Asclepius (アスクレピオス, Asukurepiosu?), Class Name Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?), is a Caster-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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Identity[edit | edit source]

A hero of Greek myth who studied under Chiron and later became known as the “God of Medicine”. He was also a member of the Argonauts led by Jason. Being a child of Apollo, he eventually gained the power to resurrect the dead, which was viewed as a problem, and thus he was struck down by godly thunder. Apollo consorted with a woman named Coronis and sired a son.[1]

However, a crow spoke to him of her infidelity (a lie it had made up), and in his rage, he killed her and changed the formerly white wings of the crow to black. But Apollo, regretting having killed Coronis, took the child (Asclepius) from her body which was on the verge of cremation, and entrusted him to the wise centaur Chiron to raise.

Asclepius studied medicine and hunting under Chiron, but eventually became more talented in medicine than him.

The healing art that came from the blood of Gorgon given by Athena gave rise to the medicine that was able to resuscitate the dead. However, if one is able to overcome death, the inherent value of the realm of the underworld becomes lost.

Feeling a sense of impending crisis, the God of the Underworld, Hades, went to Zeus to request a favor (as Asclepius was a child of Apollo and he could not interfere directly), and Zeus struck him down with a bolt of lightning. In order to quell the anger of Apollo, whose son was killed, Zeus pulled the dead Asclepius up into the seat of a god (Ophiuchus).

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

A mad doctor who is only interested in advancing medicine. Conversely, he won’t give a damn about bothering others for the sake of his goal. (The reason for his goal is rooted in his love for humanity, his desire “to leave exceptional medicine for posterity” - something he himself has forgotten.)

He is typically a calm and quiet man. He won’t interact with others by choice except for medical reasons. Neither is he interested in others.

He considers himself an excellent doctor which is an absolute assessment rather than a relative assessment. He neither needlessly scorns nor looks down on others. But if the need arises, he would nonchalantly say, “I am far better than you. That’s a given.” And even if his words anger the other person, he would only add, “Why? It is a fact that I am better,” puzzled.

Although he is a quiet person, that doesn’t mean he has a lot of patience. He would suddenly snap when he’s furious. A mad doctor indeed.

Role[edit | edit source]

Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]

Yuga Kshetra: The Black Final God[edit | edit source]

Fate/Apocrypha[edit | edit source]

Asclepius is briefly mentioned in that a piece of the Argo could act as a catalyst to summon him as a Servant.[2]

Fate/strange Fake[edit | edit source]

Main article: Watcher (Fate/strange Fake)

Asclepius appears as one of the shadow apparitions of Watcher, taking the form of a young boy.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Asclepius's Noble Phantasm is Resurrection Fraught Hades.

His armaments are Rod of Asclepius, Snake, and Medicine. Asclepius primarily commands his mechanical snake, Aesculapius, to attack his enemies. It is capable of changing its size, duplicating itself, and spewing deadly mist. Caster himself uses his surgical knives like daggers; dual-wielding or throwing them with manipulated trajectory. He can also telekinetically manipulate his staff.

Class Skills[edit | edit source]

  • Territory Creation (A Rank): As a mage, he can create a “workshop”, a territory advantageous to him. Because he possesses an A-rank skill, it is also possible for him to create a “temple” which surpasses a “workshop”. Naturally, such a place is nothing but a consultation room, a treatment room, or an operating room for the sake of medical practice to him.[1]
  • Item Construction (EX Rank): Although he can only create items related to medicine, the items he creates are of extremely high quality. These items are, in most cases, more or less effective on his target injuries or diseases. However, the same cannot be guaranteed for everything else.[1]

Personal Skills[edit | edit source]

  • God of Medicine (EX Rank): A skill that proves his existence as the founder of the concept of “medical care”, which has been handed down until present times, and as the god of medicine. In one myth version, the first to use herbs for treatment was Chiron, but the one who studied and developed that knowledge and the first to practice clinical medicine was Asclepius.[1]
  • Child of Apollo (A Rank): A skill that proves his lineage to the Greek god Apollo. Apollo is the god of many fields such as archery, performing arts, prophecies, and the sun. He is also the god of plagues as well as healing, a manifestation of duality. Asclepius would very much want to forget about this skill. However, if there are patients he can only save through the power of this blood… It’s likely that, while clicking his tongue, he will not hesitate to make use of this power.[1]
  • Serpent Bearer (B Rank): He employs a serpent which is a symbol of immortality and also used in medical care. In Ancient Greece, serpents were regarded as sacred messengers of the gods. Asclepius, killed by a thunderbolt thrown by Zeus as punishment for resurrecting the dead, became the constellation Ophiuchus/Serpent Bearer after death—something he may or may not have wished for. “The Rod of Asclepius” has a serpent wrapped around it and is still used as a symbol of medicine today.[1]

Indian Lostbelt[edit | edit source]

When he was summoned to the Indian Lostbelt and his master was God Arjuna, Caster was given a small fraction of the Amalgam God's divinity and divine authority of one of the many Indian Gods he was merged with as one of his Lokapala. With the god in question being Yama the Indian God of Death and the Underworld, effectively granting him the power to create hordes of undead armies for him to call upon and command. Caster has also displayed the ability to freely restore his undead no matter how much their bodies are destroyed or ravaged during battle, effectively granting him a near inexhaustible army.

After his first confrontation against Chaldea, Caster was once again given another Divine Authority in order to further empower himself by God Arjuna. With the Divinity being the Vedic God, Varuna, who is associated with Water, Rain and Medicine, Greatly amplifying and enhancing all of Caster's abilities and powers due to him being more more compatible with this God than Yama due to him also being associated with Medicine and Water.

With this new divinity, Caster was now granted a degree of water based healing powers, as seen where he was able to instantly heal hordes of Kali beasts, increase their powers and manipulate them biologically to merge them together as a single monster by creating a water ripple like effect.

However unlike Yama, Caster was shown to mainly access this newfound power via a special item or tool in order to use Varuna's divine authority due to already being given the divinity of Yama and even then the sheer power of him now hosting two Gods, rapidly caused Caster's body to slowly be destroyed from the immense power and strain it took to contain both of the God's divinity's.

Development[edit | edit source]

Taho is the character designer for Asclepius.

References[edit | edit source]

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