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- 3 Abilities
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Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
Arjuna was the great hero of Hindu Mythology from the ancient Indian epic poem, "Mahabharata", and the rival of Karna. The Mahabharata is a dazzling story that gathers all heroes from India, but it is no exaggeration to say that Arjuna is an existence placed at the center of it all, the one who is in the position of the protagonist.
Legend[edit | edit source]
If Karna is the "Hero of Charity", Arjuna is indeed the "Endowed Hero" (授かりの英雄, Sasugari no Eiyū?). He was born as the son of the King of Kuru, the third of the five Pandava brothers, and was also simultaneously the son of the Thunder God Indra.
And his fateful rival was Karna, his older brother from a different father, but it was impossible to determine if Arjuna knew the truth that Karna was his older brother. Arjuna, who was truly a hero without any faults to point at - from his caliber to his personality - was driven out of the country as a result of his older brother losing in a gamble. At that time, he already had a premonition that a confrontation with Karna was unavoidable. After all, Karna revered Duryodhana, who regarded the five Pandava brothers as archenemies, like a father. Every time Arjuna thinks of Karna, he shudders as if it appears that he was seeing himself reflected in a mirror. And then, with that being plain to see—————he became frightened; furthermore, the reflected expression might have been similar to one seeing through everything about him completely.
He loved his brothers, and was loved in return. He loved both his father and mother, and was loved in return. He loved the people, and was loved in return. And despite this, Arjuna set the gaze of those eyes that grew cold towards some place.
"My darkness is terrifying. I differ from Karna. He, while cool-headed, is the warmth that believes in the people. I, while quiet, has a resignation that is so far as desperate."
When was it that Arjuna resolved himself to kill Karna no matter what? Probably, it was when they had first met each other. The Kuru family held a conference. At this conference, the five Pandava brothers indulged themselves in the martial arts they were so proud of and so famous for. The third son Arjuna's skill at the bow was especially magnificent, to the point that he was praised as having no equal. When the grounds were united as one voice looking for someone to equal the Pandavas, Karna leapt up to participate and displayed martial arts of the same rank as Arjuna's. Karna challenged Arjuna to determine which of them was superior. But to challenge Arjuna, a member of the royal family, one must be higher than a Kshatriya. However, Karna seemed to be a lower caste Vaishya (merchant class) or Shudra (a slave). Karna, whose challenge was refused due to the difference in status, was made a laughingstock. The Pandava brothers (except for Arjuna) further ridiculed Karna, who displayed martial arts superior to their own, saying, "The son of a charioteer should have a sense of shame."
That time, why did Arjuna not remonstrate by even expressing a single word when his brothers were speaking ill will of Karna in their loud voices? Was it not because he envied Karna who displayed martial arts that actually surpasses his? What an ugly, petty emotion. This Arjuna must not harbor such a thing, for that is supposed to be the way he is. Thus, Karna must not become aware of that reason.
"That discernment, exposing myself—————Surely I would die in shame, without a doubt. I regulated myself. Thoroughly, I continued to regulate, regulate, regulate. Therefore, the gods, my father, my mother, my wife, my brothers, they all love Arjuna. If I am not loved, I am not worth anything."
The antagonism between the Kauravas whom Karna entrusted his bow as a soldier and the Pandavas that Arjuna led intensified and finally became a war with their territory in the balance. That war is called the Kurukshetra War. Karna continued to wield his strength so that the one hundred Kaurava princes, and consequently Duryodhana, would be victorious. On the Pandava side, the only one who could oppose Karna was Arjuna, but even Arjuna could only be resigned to the fact that facing Karna directly meant death. Through several conflicts, pretexts, and mutual hatred, the war between these two camps arrived at Kurukshetra.
In Arjuna's final battle with Karna, Karna fell from his chariot by the hands of his charioteer, who was his betrayer. Due to Karna's curse, the wheel of Karna's chariot was stuck in a rut. The string of Arjuna's bow was drawn back to its limits. These brothers who, for a long time, were manipulated by an unseen destiny to compete for supremacy, could only in this moment strike one another with all their might. Arjuna pierced through him while he was struggling to budge the wheels of his chariot, and that is a deed that should not be done in the way of a warrior. Cowardly, heretical, it is a conduct not unusual to others and even really spoken ill of.
However. Opportunities, they aren't allowed to be restricted. And above all, Karna, who was nocking arrows to his bow—————was smiling. Of course, it was not a sneer to Arjuna. Although it was a smile of various emotions and reasons, to Arjuna however, that could not be seen as such. At that moment, Arjuna abandoned being a warrior (Kshatriya) and held great joy in battle, but that became a mechanism with the purpose of finishing the war. That was no fate decided by the gods. The karma Arjuna chose together with sheer enmity. Even if it was not righteous, Arjuna had to accomplish that no matter what.
Sure enough, Arjuna's bow shot down the sun.
Thus, the role of Arjuna also came to an end. Heroes behaved as heroes until the end; they were heroes until the moment they died out. Brilliant heroic tales finished in brilliance until the conclusion. Afterwards, Arjuna as a holy man that perceived everything is still Arjuna, but his heart as a warrior was in a state of disorderly pieces.
——"Sure enough, that one arrow shot down the sun."
——"Am I probably going to shoot it at him once more?"
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Personality[edit | edit source]
Extremely diligent, integrous, just and upright, Arjuna has a flawless personality with no faults to point out and hit on. He has an honest and faithful personality that seems to embody justice itself. At the very least, the people around him, including Karna, perceived him that way. The perfect person in the manner of a superman, he is on a standard that is said to be him being compelled to "having come" to the aid of others like a certain Knight of the Sun. He has no interest in wealth, whether the battle is an honorable one or not. And that is whether it is all in accordance with his sense of values (by the ancient Indian customs) as a warrior. He is self-indulgent with the prestige of the battlefield.
... However, when the opportunity has come, Arjuna will wonder and carry out all kinds of cowardly schemes. Although he is extremely hesitant in the preliminary stages, when he wonders if he can carry them out at that time, he lets a wicked smile show. That should not be seen by anyone——suppose someone sees it, he warns himself that he has no choice but to kill that person.
Inside his heart, Arjuna carries another personality that can be called "Black". A wicked one that hates, scorns and plots evil designs against someone. Not being able to accept that fact, he behaved as if it was an attendant by his side... This is a digression, but Krishna - the reincarnation and eighth avatar of Vishnu - was a hero that exists separately from Arjuna's other personality.
Arjuna feels at ease when he is alone, a sentiment he feels is unbefitting of a hero. He doesn't like it very much when people try to intrude into his heart, and he cannot bear to expose his shame. Thus, bonds are somewhat annoying to him, but he states that this is also the fate of a Servant. His wish for the Holy Grail is eternal solitude.
Fundamentally quiet, Arjuna openly follows his Master like a butler, and most Masters would view him as someone without the slightest display of pride and the likes when he was actually of royalty. When it comes to him and his Master, having his greatness be recognized is irrelevant to the fact that he highly regards his partner as his Master. However, if the Master tries to take a grip to the point of attaining the Servant's true nature like a certain ordinary Master for instance, there is a likelihood where Arjuna is willing to murder his Master as well. Alternatively, for the Master who seems to have seen his true face, he becomes terribly sad, and impores his Master to keep it a secret. "Trust" is not the only thing gained when grasping the true nature of a partner. There is also a possibility of losing "trust" surely from "grasping the true nature of a partner." For example, even if the partner accepts that darkness, the way Arjuna carries that dark side is all the more something he feels ashamed of.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- As seen in the real life of the one already recorded in history. As already explained in the passage of the character's image. No doubt a fateful rival. Like Karna, Arjuna felt an obsession towards Karna. While Arjuna won't initially fight Karna if they are in the same camp, who knows what will happen if Karna shows his face the next time?
- The protagonist of the Ramayana. The manner of that refreshing boy is dazzling. "Though unpleasant, can you not touch on the subject regarding my wife? Because there were various circumstances too!"
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
Arjuna's & Karna's Trial Quest[edit | edit source]
E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America[edit | edit source]
Arjuna is part of the Celtic, serving under Medb. Me is called by Medb following Cú Chulainn Alter when Geronimo, Robin Hood, Billy the Kid and Nero attempt to assassinate her during a parade. While Robin escapes, the others stay behind to stall Arjuna and Cú Chulainn Alter. Arjuna counters Geronimo's Tsago Degi Naleya with his Agni Gandiva. He then kills Billy after deflecting his bullets. Geronimo asks why he joined the Celts, but Arjuna remains silent. After Geronimo and Nero are killed, Medb sends Arjuna and Cú Chulainn Alter after Robin. They eventually catch up to him, but Scáthach stops Arjuna from killing him. Cú Chulainn Alter tells him to stand down, knowing his former mentor is too much for Arjuna.
Arjuna is later put in charge of the Celtic south army for the climatic battle between the Americans and the Celts. He soon clashes with Karna, who leads the vanguard in the American south army. Here Arjuna admits his reasoning for joining the Celts was so he could stand opposite of his half-brother. Karna asks him to save the world if he is victorious in their battle. Their battle is suddenly interrupted however when Cú Chulainn Alter impales Karna from behind with Gáe Bolg. Arjuna is angered by Cú Chulainn Alter's actions, to which the latter reprimands the former for focusing on his personal vendetta. Arjuna stops Ritsuka's party from pursuing Cú Chulainn Alter when he retreats to recover his wounds from Vasavi Shakti. Florence Nightingale tells him Karna believed in fulfilling his duty as a Servant rather than indulging in his deep-rooted obsession. She calls it a mistake, and Arjuna must live with his regret like all other Servants. Arjuna admits there isn't any need to fight, but he still wishes to settle the score to purge something in his heart. After he is defeated, Arjuna leaves declining Mash's invitation.
When the American north army are being overwhelmed by Clan Calatin, Arjuna appears to fulfill his promise to Karna. He sacrifices himself to destroy the Demon Gods with a restricted Pashupata. He disappears, hoping his sacrifice was enough to atone for his actions, and finally realizing how Karna felt.
Salomon: The Grand Time Temple[edit | edit source]
Interlude[edit | edit source]
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Arjuna was indirectly mentioned in the duel between Lancer of Red and Saber of Black in Fate/Apocrypha as the legendary bowman Karna fought in his past. Karna saw the similarities between Siegfried and Arjuna, the face of a pure warrior trying to carry out his duty even while feeling anguished by something.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Arjuna is undoubtedly a top-ranked Heroic Spirit as claimed by multiple other servants in the E Pluribus Unum Singularity. Both Medb and Geronimo referred to him as a top-notch warrior alongside Beowulf and as the strongest hero of India. As appropriate for the name of the Archer Class, Arjuna is an expert genius of the bow, and he uses his powers to further enhance his archery. He can fire a single arrow to mark his enemy, allowing his other arrows fired from behind to home in on them. He can create a series of orbs around the enemy that allow an arrow to travel between them without losing velocity. He can ignite the ends of his bow with energy to use like blades followed by firing an energy wave the same length as the bow. He can also create a bubble to allow him to float around.
Arjuna is strong enough to hold his own at close range combat even with Karna, albeit by slowly getting overwhelmed due to Archers shining at long range, and fight not only Rama but Nightingale and Mash at the same time. Arjuna is a well-trained hero but his attacks are regarded as weak by Scáthach due to him not putting any heart into them. Cú Chulainn Alter also claimed she was too much even for Arjuna to handle.
Class Skills[edit | edit source]
- Independent Action (A Rank): It is possible to take action even without a Master. However, to use Noble Phantasms of great Magical Energy consumption, backup from the Master is necessary.
- Magic Resistance (C Rank): Cancel spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against magecraft on the level of High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals. 
- Divinity (B Rank): Whether one has Divine Spirit aptitude or not. The higher the rank, the more they are treated as a mixed-race being of a physical Divine Spirit. Arjuna is the son of the God of Lightning Indra.
Personal Skills[edit | edit source]
- Clairvoyance (C+ Rank): The skill representing eyesight quality that allows him to see targets at a long distance beyond kinetic vision. Arjuna is even able to see invisible targets. By concentrating extremely during the moment he shoots his bow, Arjuna manipulates his own sense of time.
- The Endowed Hero (A Rank): A Skill representing the great hero Arjuna, where he was always loved the moment he was born. Anyone would occasionally give Arjuna the thing he needed at the moment. He will not lack in anything, as long as he doesn't have an active cause, like a curse.
- Mana Burst (Flame) (A Rank): A Skill that came attached to his Noble Phantasm Agni Gandiva that he received from the God of Flames Agni. It allows him to release jet-like bursts of mana, not from his body, but as propulsion for his arrows, allowing them to pierce his enemies faster than a rifle.
Noble Phantasms[edit | edit source]
Arjuna wields a longbow named Agni Gandiva, which he received from the God of Flames Agni. This Noble Phantasm allows Arjuna to shoot missiles engulfed in flames which have the precision of a homing missile thanks to his possession of the Clairvoyance skill.
Arjuna's second Noble Phantasm is Pashupata, a Divine Construct given to him by one of the Three Greater Gods of the Hindu religion, Shiva. Not holding back while firing this Noble Phantasm can result in his death. In this case, its power is great enough to destroy Clan Calatin.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- Arjuna possesses the arrow with which he killed Karna. Presenting it as a gift to Ritsuka Fujimaru, An Arrow Towards Karna (カルナへの一矢?) is thought of as the "ultimate symbol of trust" for Arjuna. For him, entrusting it to his Master is a personal statement that he will be able to live life as he desires.
Development[edit | edit source]
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
pako is the character illustrator for Arjuna. Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for his character, and he wishes Arjuna's and Karna's story to be told in another Type-Moon work someday.
References[edit | edit source]
- Fate/Grand Order material III - Arjuna, p.092-103 translated by Kinalvin
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Arjuna, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Arjuna [Person's name], p.155 [T]
Arjuna [Person's name]
Karna’s rival in Ancient Indian epic poem, the “Mahabharata”… Or rather, story-wise, Karna is the rival and Arjuna is the one who is in the position of protagonist. He is Karna’s younger brother from a different mother, but Arjuna continued to fight Karna without ever knowing that.
He has an honest and faithful personality that seems to embody justice itself. (At the very least, the people around him, including Karna, perceived him that way.)
Both in the present as a summoned Servant and in his lifetime, Karna lived without fussing over anything, but the only thing that the detached Karna ever felt an obsession towards was Arjuna.
Even when his mother Kunti begged him not to fight his five younger brothers, including Arjuna, Karna swore to not fight any of them except for Arjuna. Even for his mother’s request, Arjuna was something to Karna that he couldn’t turn over.
And it was the same for Arjuna as well. To him, Karna was—
…These two will probably be told of in another work someday. At least, it would be nice if that happened.
 Fate/EXTRA CCC - Karna (Lancer) Matrix
Master: Jinako Carigiri
Noble Phantasm: Vasavi Shakti (O Sun, Abide by Death)
Keyword: Golden armor, hero of generosity
Strength: B, Endurance: A, Agility: A, Magic: B, Luck: A+
Divinity: A, Uncrowned Martial Arts: -, Discernment of the Poor: -
Vasavi Shakti: O Sun, Abide to Death
A spear of light that can only strike once. A spear of mortality made of lightning.
When it was time for the fight between Karna and Arjuna to reach its final stages, Indra, Arjuna's father and king of the gods, in order to help Arjuna, took away Karna's greatest armor, the "golden armor" through trickery.
However, Karna's behavior on that occasion was so noble that Indra came to adore Karna, the enemy of his son, and gave to Karna, as compensation for taking his armor, the power of the god of thunder that he had never allowed anyone but himself wield.
That was this "thunder spear." It holds the power to defeat the gods themselves, but there is not record of Karna using this in his myth.
In Hindu mythology, the golden armor and earrings and the hero Karna had upon his body. Karna's mother, Kunti, feared being an unmarried mother and prayed for the armor and earrings from Surya in order to protect her son.
A defense-type Noble Phantasm that emits the radiance of the sun itself. Since it is light itself given shape, even a god would have difficulty destroying it, and Indra put in the effort to render it unavailable to Karna.
In the myth, Indra took the form of a Brahmin and visited Karna's castle. He approached Karna when he was taking his holy bath and said, "I wish to receive the things you carry."
Karna had sworn not to refuse the request of a Brahmin made during this time. While aware of Indra's trap, he accepted this request and handed over the requested item, the armor that was his only proof of his lineage.
While it was taken from him in the myth, as a Servant, Karna still possesses it. While it appears massive, it's an invincible armor that disregards physics and concepts to curtail antagonistic interference.
As long as he wears it, the damage Karna takes is reduced to one-tenth.
Hero of Generosity
The specialty of the Saint of Generosity Karna, according to The Mahabharata.
Karna is poor at expressing his emotions, but he has the tendency to become angry when those who have picked him up, those who have supported him, are scorned. Even if it is a relationship based only on mutual benefit, to repay a favor with a favor is how Karna lives.
Possibly due to that selfless devotion of his, when people came to him, seeking something, he would generally grant it to them, as long as they were being truthful.
And this was without considering possessions or assets but with him considering the state of their heart first.
However, during the Holy Grail War, his master's victory is his priority, so a request for him to "yield his victory" will go unanswered, and he would admonish his opponent, as such a proposal would have no benefit for them.
"What a ridiculous misunderstanding. First of all, victory is something one must attain for oneself. Is a victory that I give truly a victory for you?"
This is not out of ill intentions, but rather because the question of "Doesn't having victory yielded to you cause you to lose at life?" is matter of real worry for him.
０１ - 『日輪よ、死に随え』
０２ - 黄金の鎧
01 - Divinity [A]
The son of the sun god, Surya. In order to allow him to unify with Surya on a later occasion, he possess Divinity of the highest rank. Compared to heroes related to sun gods with Divinity ranked below B, he exhibits high defensive abilities.
While Karna is not good at asserting himself, when it comes to protecting the dignity of his sun god father, he shows a furious determination.
It seems that for the motherless Karna, that his father was the sun god was his only certainty, on top of receiving that power, he swore that he would never be able to do anything that would shame his father.
02 - Uncrowned Martial Arts [-]
Skill at arms that when unacknowledged for various reasons. Each sword, spear, bow, Riding, and Divinity skill is brought down one rank, and attributes will be displayed as their complete opposites. However, once his true name is revealed, this skill will no longer take effect.
Also, this is a digression, but the rank of his luck stat was reported by Karna himself.
03 - Discernment of the Poor [-]
The ability to observe and see through one's opponent's personality and attributes. Cannot be tricked by deceit or spoken excuses.
Truly, he was a immensely prudent and superhuman hero. He had the virtue to accept differing ideologies, even if they were his enemies', and their accompanying ways of life and respect them as "ways to live."
But Karna has difficulty conveying his true nature. Karna's speech and conduct pricks at those true natures. Words and actions meant to deceive oneself, behavior meant to gloss over, conviction. Karna sees through all of those things and frankly states "the true nature that his opponent wants to hide."
As a result, he comes to be hated by the majority of his opponents and is forced to fight them.
Anyone would hate having their faults being spoken of.
It goes without saying, but Karna's words and conduct do not contain any disgust at his opponent('s faults).
For Karna who affirms the position of every human, both faith that is not compatible with him and beauty and ugliness that he cannot understand are things to be held in esteem. Because he cannot put the admiration in his heart into words, people misunderstand him as someone who "denies and hates everything."
０１ - 神性：[A]
０２ - 無冠の武芸：[－]
０３ - 貧者の見識：[－]
Personal Background I
Karna appears in the Indian epic poem The Mahabharata, as a hero on the vanquished side. (The central conflict of The Mahabharata is the war over influence between the Pandava royal family and Kaurava royal family.)
Karna became famous as the rival of Arjuna, the great hero of Hindu mythology.
Karna was born from the daughter of a human king, Kunti, and the sun god, Surya.
Kunti was the wife of the Kuru king Pandu, but he was under a curse that prevented him from producing children, so his queens each had no choice but other methods to bear children.
Kunti was a woman who had a mantra that allowed her to copulate with and bear the child of any god and, by those means, gave Pandu children.
...But. Before she became the king's wife, she tested the mantra and bore a single child. That child was Karna, the golden hero who was born from relations with the sun god Surya.
Kunti was a determined woman and, afraid of her first birth and anxiety over whether the god would acknowledge his own child, prayed to Surya: "I want proof that this child is your son."
Surya heard Kunti's words and gave until the child, as he was born, his own power and attributes.
This is the source of the golden armor that made Karna invulnerable.
But. Though she was shown such grace and faithfulness, Kunti threw away her first son. For her, who was to become the queen of Kuru king Pandu, the existence of her son nothing but unnecessary.
This is how Karna, who was thrown away by his owner mother, came to be ignorant of his own birth, but he lived with only the things he had been given by his father, the sun god Surya, held in his chest.
The form of Karna, who didn't know his own mother's face and who questioned whether his mother was motivated by dishonesty, couldn't be called beautiful.
Though he possessed his father's brilliant authority, his form was stained black. His countenance was cruel, and his every action was violent. Because of his lack of human mother, he didn't learn the subtleties of human emotion and spent his days being considered a nuisance by the people around him.
That was how Karna was raised, but he didn't hate his mother or his surroundings. Instead, he accepted everything.
"I was given life by my mother and father. No matter what kind of person my mother is, I do not hold contempt for her. If there is anything I hate, anything I hold contempt for, it is myself alone."
In contrast to his appearance, Karna was an exceedingly virtuous and perceptive child. Possibly the cause of that was because, while he was the child of a god, he was also a child without a single relative. Karna was blessed with the opportunity to question the poor, their lives, and their value. As a result, he chose, of his own free will, the path where he persisted in his own fastidiousness.
"I who was born with more than people should display a 'proof of my life' greater than those of people. Unless I do so, the people without power will not be rewarded."
What Karna had was simply the conviction to live without bringing dishonor to his father's authority and without shaming the people who compensated him. "Though he may be relentless and ruthless, he is also full of majesty," is Karna's stance given form.
And Karna, who had grown to be a young man, participated in a conference of the Kuru family. At this conference, the five Pandava brothers indulged themselves in the martial arts they were so proud of and so famous for. The third son Arjuna's skill at the bow was especially magnificent, to the point that he was praised as having no equal.
When the grounds were united as one voice looking for someone to equal the Pandavas, Karna leapt up to participate and displayed martial arts of the same rank as Arjuna's.
(This is a digression, though the reason for the unmotivated Karna to challenge Arjuna is famous but obscure. The reason that Arjuna was the only opponent that Karna who never envied anyone, who never hated anyone, was conscious of was confirmed later.)
Karna challenged Arjuna to determine which of them was superior. But to challenge Arjuna, a member of the royal family, one must be higher than a Kshatriya.
(*Kshatriya... Those in the caste system who are of the military or royalty. Karna seemed to be a Vaishya (merchant class) or a Shudrya (a slave).)
Karna, whose challenge was refused due to the difference in status, was a laughingstock. The one who saved Karna in this situation was the eldest of the one hundred princes of the Kaurava clan, who opposed the Pandavas, Duryodhana.
He became interested in Karna and made him a king at that place. This is how Karna was saved from disgrace, but his foster father, who had heard of his promotion, appeared and established his origins.
The five Pandava brothers further ridiculed Karna, who displayed martial arts superior to their own, saying, "The son of a charioteer should have a sense of shame."
These words enraged Karna. If it were about himself, he would accept and be resigned to anything, but he would not allow insults toward his foster father. Even if it was a foster father who announced himself out of greed, to Karna, he was the father who raised him, who Karna should take pride in.
The antagonism between Karna and the five Pandava brothers had become something he could not step back from, but sunset had come and the curtain was drawn on the conference.
From then again, Karna, as the friend of Duryodhana, who saved him and treated him as a king, lived as a guest of honor of the one hundred princes of the Kaurava clan.
That which awaits him beyond that is after understanding the cruel battle with the five Pandava brothers--great hero Arjuna.
Personal Background II
The antagonism between the Kauravas whom Karna entrusted his bow as a soldier and the Pandavas that Arjuna led intensified and finally became a war with their territory in the balance.
That war is called the Kurukshetra War, and that is where Karna's life came to an end.
Karna continued to wield his strength so that the one hundred Kaurava princes, and consequently Duryodhana, would be victorious. On the Pandava side, the only one who could oppose Karna was Arjuna, but even Arjuna could only be resigned to the fact that facing Karna directly was death.
Through several conflicts, pretexts, and mutual hatred, the war between this two camps arrived at Kurukshetra.
Things having reached this point, Karna's mother, Kunti, wagered one last gamble: to reveal his lineage to Karna and draw him to the Pandava camp.
Kunti told only Krishna, who was a friend of Arjuna in the guise of a normal person, of this situation, and the two of them went alone to meet Karna.
Kunti revealed that she was Karna's mother, spoke how fighting with the five Pandava brothers would yield no benefits whilst weeping, and persuaded him that by fighting together with Arjuna, he would attain glory.
Karna, without failing to show the friend of his arch-enemy Arjuna, Krishna, thanks, quietly listened to his mother's arguments.
"I understand your words. To join hands with the five brothers and return to my proper form. That would be a story filled with light, without a single fault."
Then, facing the rejoicing Kunti, Karna continued speaking in an even softer voice.
"But I wish for you to answer one thing. Do you not feel that those words of yours were too late?"
She was too late in declaring she was his mother. She was too late in looking back upon Karna. "If you do not feel that this is a shame, then please answer. You, who declare yourself my mother, if you yourself have done no wrong, then accept the past without feeling ashamed of yourself."
While Kunti was a selfish woman, that was due to her natural innocence and and simple-mindedness; she was most definitely not a shameless woman. She knew her own deeds...throwing away Karna, who had just been born, for her own sake...were full of selfishness and reproached herself for that.
And for that reason, she possesses a minimum amount of pride. She could not tell to Karna, who had been raised alone until now, who was grateful to his foster family, who had never once embraced hatred toward another, a horrible lie.
Kunti broke off the negotiation without answering. Karna said this to Kunti, who stood with her head hanging,
"That is a deception, a complacent love. The only one your love can save is you. Your love is directed at no one but yourself. But--"
"I shall answer that feeling. From hereon, during the war, I will not kill any of the brothers who come to match me. I will only use all my power against my arch-enemy Arjuna."
Karna swore not to lay a hand on the brothers of the Pandava family who were inferior to him in strength. The countless times Karna allowed the five brothers to go after this was due to this pledge.
"Return to the place that you obtained with your own hands. ...Though it was only once, I am grateful that you called me your son."
Karna opened the castle gate and escorted Kunti out. That was the love that Karna bore for his mother, Kunti. It was not love for his mother at this late point in time but Kunti's resolution to raise "her feelings as mother" in the end... even if it wasn't genuine... That is what he answered. Kunti risked the danger of having her past come to light. To the hero of generosity Karna, such determination is worthy of compensation.
And so, just before the final battle. Arjuna's father, Indra, who understood that Karna could not be persuaded, took the form of a Brahmin, contacts Karna, and takes his golden armor.
Though Karna had lost the property of being unkillable that he received from his father, he never said he would stop proceeding to the battlefield. He did not care that when he had lost his golden armor he had hastened his own death.
Indra, who was touched by how gallant a figure Karna struck, asked why. Why did he continue to the battlefield, having lost his armor, but without reproaching Indra, who had hatched this scheme out of love for Arjuna?
"There is no need to hate you. It is simply a matter of being a step ahead. In fact--yes. Though you are a god, you are also a father. Such a thing brings me joy."
Then why do you advance toward the battlefield, asked Indra.
"To me, defeat is bringing shame upon my father. Even though death awaits me, I cannot run away."
After all, that was why he lived. To Karna, who lived his life with pride in those who gave him life and raised him, his life was not his own.
"Including, I owe Duryodhana a debt. For some reason, that impudent and timid man is so bright to me. It may be blasphemy against my father but, occasionally, I feel that that sweet light is the warmth of the sun."
It was not the fire of the sun that Karna carried nor the absolute brilliance of Surya; to Karna, the sun was the imperfect charm that humans displayed.
Indra, who saw the divinity of Surya himself in that form, gave Karna his spear. He had taken from this noble hero something greater than his life. Unless he gave something as compensation, his honor would be stained; above all--he was charmed with him: if it were this man, he could wield the greatest spear, that Indra had not given even to his own son.
After, Karna sent off the Brahmin, having lost his armor (flesh), and headed to the battlefield, as thin as a ghost.
The final battle with Arjuna. Karna was already without allies; his charioteer, whom he trusted with his body, was already an enemy, in collusion with the Pandavas.
He had a large number of heavy burdens, his feelings towards his younger half-brothers.
Due to his curse, the wheel of Karna's chariot was stuck in a rut. The string of Arjuna's bow was drawn back to its limits. These brothers who, for a long time, were manipulated by an unseen destiny to compete for supremacy, could only in this moment strike one another with all their might.
--And sure enough, Arjuna's bow shot down the sun.
It is said that after his death, Karna became one with his father Surya. Called "the hero of generosity," he was a saint with the creed of not refusing when people came to ask or rely on him. The hero who, while possessing exceedingly high abilities, was within a tragedy where he was the enemy of his brothers by blood, received various curses, and lost his life without showing his true worth--that is Karna.
This is a digression, but it is impossible to determine if Arjuna knew the truth...that Karna was his older brother...or not.
It seems the only people who knew that Karna was Kunti's son were Karna and Kunti, Krishna, and the sun god Surya.
０１ - 人物背景Ⅰ
０２ - 人物背景Ⅱ
- Fate/Grand Order - Arjuna's My Room Lines
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 12: Sympathy for the Soldier
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 13: Over the Rainbow
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 19: North American Myth War (Beginning)
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 22: Shielder, Master, Soldier, Nurse
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 06: V / Arsenal Halphas
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Lancer of “Red” [Servant], p.153 [T]
Lancer of “Red” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Red camp. One of the great heroes that appears in the Ancient Indian epic poem, the “Mahabharata”. His true name is Karna. Since details about him have already been revealed in “Fate/EXTRA CCC” and the material book “Fate/EXTRA material”, I will only write about Karna as concerned with his appearance in “Apocrypha”.
In the Great Holy Grail War, Karna is the Heroic Spirit who didn’t acknowledge Shirou Kotomine as his Master right till the very end. He continued to serve the Masters whose consciousness had been stolen until the end. He merely obeyed Shirou out of necessity in order to protect them; if it weren’t for that, he would have been an aloof Servant who would merely obey his Master’s desire to “obtain the Holy Grail”. He truly is a saint, although I get the feeling that, after having served with such an honest and faithful attitude, he said in the Moon Cell, “Then, this time I’m put together with a completely useless shut-in of a Master”, but who knows?
This time, he had an abundant prana supply, so he was able to utilize his full power at full throttle, unlike anything seen previously. Honestly, I feel regret over maybe having gone too far with him. He acts as if damage is nothing to him thanks to his golden armor, he sends the enemy flying with his “Prana Burst, he’s covered in flames like a burning phoenix, and his divine spear releases a humongous explosion—in contrast to his modest attitude, it gave the impression that he was rampaging violently.
He possesses power and skill that isn’t inferior to that of Achilles within the Red camp; truly a case of two star players in a single team. During the great battle in the second volume, Lancer of Black’s repeated attacks weren’t half-hearted at all, and any other Lancer besides Karna wouldn’t have been able to withstand it.
Karna saw in Siegfried in the face of a pure warrior trying to carry out his duty even while feeling anguished by something. It seems it was similar to what he saw in the legendary bowman who he fought in the past.
Also, originally in the Jumbo Jet Counter-Attack battle of volume 5, there were plans to have something like a ‘Massive Jumbo Jet Target Shooting scene where Karna readies himself and sticks his spear in the ground, and when Semiramis asks what he is doing, he says, “Weapons are unnecessary. A true hero kills with his eyes!”’, but it was too much of a ridiculous gag and it ended up being cut.
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: Section 19 North American Myth War (Beginning)
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: Section 13 Over the Rainbow
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: Section 21 North American Myth War (Ending)