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Assassin (アサシン, Asashin?) is the Assassin-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Assassin's True Name is Charles-Henri Sanson (シャルル=アンリ・サンソン, Sharuru-Anri Sanson?). The fourth head of the Sanson family, which had performed executions for generations in Paris. Charles-Henri Sanson was no assassin, but an executioner. The role of executioner is something inherited through the generations, and he is the fourth. His lifestyle was extremely wealthy, but he was often scorned because of his occupation - something that became a source of anguish in his youth.[2]

Leading an elegant lifestyle worthy of nobility, the Sanson House loved and respected the King and Queen and showed great pity for the citizens governed by them. It has been said that they even provided the cutting-edge medical technology, which was cultivated from the executions, free-of-charge to the needy.[2]

However, the times did not allow Charles' peace. During the tumultuous years of the French Revolution, he executed men from all walks of life. He, who had jobs as an executioner forced upon himself even after the French Revolution occurred, eventually had to be present in the execution of his beloved king Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette. Following the invention of the guillotine, created out of humane considerations, he conducted further executions.[2]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

Charles-Henri Sanson maintains a neutral stance towards his Master. Since the high praises regarding his skills for killing are, as expected, included among the reasons for his summoning, his feelings are somewhat complicated.[2]

A mild youth who loves "humans" above all else. He hates "evil", but not "evil people." He believes in god, but at the same time understands that "god does nothing." Therefore, he embraces the sorrowful duty of cutting down "evil" with "evil." Exceedingly strict about the law, he will stop an execution if a former occurrence is brought to light is supposed to be his true intention. While fighting Servants, if given consent, he will not kill the Master.

RelationshipsEdit

Marie Antoinette
Amadeus Mozart
Chevalier d'Eon

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Orleans: The Wicked Dragon Hundred Years' WarEdit

Sanson is summoned by Jeanne Alter to serve as one of her Servants. They begin a campaign of destruction against France, killing many, particularly King Charles VII and Pierre Cauchon. He later encounters Ritsuka's party, together with Lancelot, when they witness them attacking French soldiers with wyvernsoutside of Lyon. He and Lancelot fight the group until General Gilles de Rais arrives and bombards the wyverns with cannonfire. He retreats with Carmilla while Lancelot holds the group off.

Sanson later encounters Marie Antoinette in the town previously protected by Georgios when he and Jeanne Alter came to attack it. Expressing his desire to execute her again, he fight her but is defeated. Sanson expresses his disbelief at his own self being defeated after killing so many. But Marie replies that he became weaker because he became more proficient as a killer, but all the while becoming weaker as an executioner, as a savior of criminals. Sanson denies her claims, saying that he honed his skill so as to give her a better execution so she would forgive him. Marie, however, reveals that she bears no grudge against him. Before he could reply though, Sanson disappears when Jeanne Alter arrives.

It later revealed Sanson survived, but he lost his mind when Marie perished. He later encounters Mozart when Ritsuka's party are fighting their way towards Orleans. Surprisingly his refusal to lose to Mozart restores his sanity when the former says Marie likes him more. Before they fight, he expresses his distaste for Mozart's Requiem, hating how it turns death into mere music. After he is defeated, Sanson realizes he is unquestionably the evil one while Mozart and Ritsuka are the just one. He recalls how Marie smiled before she died to Jeanne Alter's flames, realizing said smile was filled with hope not resignation. He then gives his blessings to Ritsuka and Mozart before disappearing.

Do Moon Goddesses Dream of Dango?Edit

Together with Marie and d'Eon, Sanson had stolen a load of dumplings that were originally transported to the Singularity by Artemis. However, they had to give most of the dumplings to Saint Martha, Georgios, and Sasaki as a sign of friendship.

Later while camping out in a forest, Sanson eats dumplings with Marie and d'Eon, but he questions the morality of them taking all three tons. Marie reprimands him for this, asking his boldness when he prepared the guillotine went, though he admits didn't really like it. Sanson then tells Marie to stop eating so many dumplings since she'll fat. But he gets excited by the medical marvel of all of the fat going to her breasts when she states such, wishing to know more about it. However, both he and d'Eon sense the presence of Ritsuka, Mash, and Artemis, with Mash demanding that they surrender. However, d'Eon and Sanson both believing the Chaldea group to be mere criminals after hearing Mash's demand go to fight the group along with Marie. After the group defeats them, Mozart appears to help the French Servants, with Sanson happy to see him coming to their aid. He then fights the group again with help of Mozart and d'Eon, but they are once again defeated. Sanson then ends up getting knocked unconscious when Mozart's mask slips off and hits him in the back of the head.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

He is amongst the Orleans Singularity Servant to assist the Chaldea against Demon Gods Pillar.[3]

Salem: The Taboo Epiphany GardenEdit

Sanson eats a late breakfast at Chaldea when Mash informs him that alcohol was stolen from the kitchen. He offers his assistance as he enjoys being able to experience the tasts of different foods. He gives Robin Hood dietary advice to help get over his hangover, but the former refuses. Robin recalls Mozart drank the remaining alcohol at a party he attended, to which Sanson deduces he was sent to raid the kitchen as a result. The two nearly get into an argument about etiquette when a Type 3 alert is sounded.[4]

The next day, He, Robin, Mata Hari, Nezha, Medea are chosen to accompany Ritsuka to the Singularity. With Mash tagging along, they rayshift to a forest outside of town. Sanson and Robin nearly get into an arguement until Mata Hari scolds them, reminding them they're supposed to be a travelling troupe. He reminds Robin that it's standard procedure for Rayshifts to bring the minimum amount of equipment, and procure additional supplies on-site when the former complains about not having a wagon. The group then observe a young girl directing other girls in a so-called magic ritual. Sanson wonders what they're doing out so late at night, and if it's a trap or a magecraft ritual. He, Robin, and Mata Hari try and fail to change into their spirit forms, as asked by Medea to prove their magecraft has weakened. An albino girl then appears; Sanson tells Robin to lower his crossbow he had aimed at her. He talks to her in a stereotypical french accent, as the group try to convince her what she heard was practice for their performance. However she run away after assuming he's either a french soldier or a fugitive. After protecting the girls from a pack of wolves, Sanson is concerned about them being weakened, but Nezha reassures him. He agrees with Medea's concern about the albino girl having possibly seen them fighting. Nezha considers killing her, but Sanson warns against it and goes to search for her.[5]

The next day, the group settle into Randolph Carter's home after saving his niece, Abigail Williams, from wolves last night. Sanson is surprised the communication device that Leonardo da Vinci made isn't work after Mash set it up. He then notices he's hungry in his false incarnated form, and suspects the townsfolk would be suspicous if they never saw them eat. After Robin and Mata Hari explain Salem doesn't exactly match historical records, he concludes it's a well crafted fake like they suspected. He wonders if the Demon God swapped out modern Salem's citizens and buildings with those from the 17th century, and if the Singularity is on par with those from the Incineration of Humanity incident. He tries to ask Tituba about the albino girl from last night, but she gets back to work. He reminds Robin they need to search for modern Salem's missing population after the former got nostalgic. They nearly get into another arguement when the group overhear Abigail trying to stop Carter from punishing Tituba for teaching her and the other girls the ritual from last night.[5]

Later, Sanson accompanies Mata Hari as she spreads word about their troupe's upcoming performance. She reminds him they're supposed to be entertainers, so he can't angry no matter what the townsfolk say. Sanson recalls how his family's first patriarch served in the french colonial army, possibly participating in skirmishes near Salem against the british. Mata Hari wonders if Sanson and Robin are always arguing because their respective countries' history of conflict towards each other. Sanson says Robin is the one doing the provoking, but Mata Hari says he's also partially to blame. He admits he's try to be accomadating with Robin, and begins to say the former isn't being so when he notices the albino girl. He confronts the villager accusing her of being blasphemer, asking if she wronged him somehow. Confirming he and the others are travelling performers, he introduces himself. He then asks what the girl did to receive such ill treament, but the villager thinks he's threatening him for which Sanson apologizes. After the villager leaves, Sanson apologizes to the girl for scaring her last night. She denies being friends with Abgail, and introduces herself as Lavinia Whateley. She then says the townsfolk hate her family. Sanson introduces himself, and tells Lavinia that her albinism isn't nothing to be ashamed of. He also tells her to eat more. Lavinia says they should stay away from her if they want their show to succeed, but Sanson replies they'd never charge admission to children. Mata Hari convinces her to see their performance from a private seating where no one can bother her. Lavinia agrees on the condition they don't tell Abigail that she was out in the forest last night. Otherwise, she'll tell everyone that the group used magecraft to kill the beasts last night. Sanson decides they should investigate the Whateley family further.[5]

That evening, the group prepare to perform at the town hall. Sanson and Mata Hari reminds Medea they're supposed to be performers when she complains about being there. The group then perform a play depicting Queen of Sheba meeting King Solomon. Afterwards, they find the townsfolk accusing Tituba of witchcraft because a charm she made was found under a villager's sick daughter's bed. Matthew Hopkins then arrives, saying he's been appointed Salem's head judge by order of the governor. He gives the Judge official document to confirm this. He then orders Tituba to be taken in custody for interrogation, with Carter accompanying.[5]

The next day at Carter's home, Mash tells Sanson and Mata Hari that Ritsuka went to the village to accompany Carter, with Robin following to keep them safe. They wanted to determine to if the charm Tituba made is actually cursed or not. Sanson tells Medea she risked being seen when she reveals she finished converting the house into a magical workshop for the purpose of contacting Chaldea. He then confirms her statement that the Servants should also be able to change into their spirit forms in the house and its grounds. Medea then decides they need to find proof that Salem is the heretical version of history. In order to observe it properly, she built the workshop to isolate herself from outside interference. Sanson expects her to tell them the details when Ritsuka returns. He also wants to know why she's the only who wasn't falsely incarnated. He and Mata Hari then reveal they found signs of an underground workshop at the Whateley estate. However, they couldn't confirm if the family were praticing mages or not without leaving a trace. Without Ritsuka's permission, they couldn't risk getting closer. There was also the risk of running into a trap, even if they could change into their spirit forms. Sanson soon reveals Hopkins is an executioner. He tries to say more, but Mata Hari stops him when Nezha enters with Abigail. Ritsuka and Robin soon return, from whom the others learn Tituba is being held in an underground prison. Sanson reminds Nezha that Ritsuka and Robin went to clear Tituba's name when she reprimanded Robin for not breaking Tituba out. If they were break her out it only cast further suspicion on her. Sanson then correctly assumes Carter is speaking to the Reverend regarding Hopkin's refusal to let him see Tituba and for Ritsuka to see the charm. He then explains Hopkin will try to extra confessions from his suspects. However, Hopkin should dead if the date is correct, as he died in 1647. Hopkins was a famed English witch hunter who exectued 300 accused witches in three years, even though most were innocent. Sanson explains most "witches" were hanged, especially in England, when Medea thought they were burnt at the stake. Burning someone at the stake was closer to torture than execution, and served a warning to anyone watching. Sanson considers hanging to a more efficent and less painful form of execution. As they are british colonists, he suspects the people of Salem share similiar sensibilities. He warns they have three days at least before Tituba is hanged as a witch. Medea then asks the others to describe Tituba, but they can't recall anything beyond her skin color. Something is interfering with their awareness and memories. Sanson correctly assumes Medea's workshop protects them from that interference. Medea suspects Tituba is hiding her appearance, and she's connected to the Demon God. Sanson, Ritsuka, and Mash go with her to visit Hopkins, while the others investigate the Whateley estate.[6]

The group meet with Hopkins at his mansion. He refuses their request to see the charm. Sanson demonstrates his medical knowledge to convince Hopkins to let him examine the sick townsfolk. Later that night, he finishes examining another patient. Suspecting the play is finished, he proceeds towards the town hall when he sees Lavinia. He asks her why she refuses to talk, wondering if it's related to her family or her pride. She warns him to stay in Carter's house and leaves. He later joins with the others in Carter's house following Tituba's execution. Medea reveals what's cutting off their communications is related to what's interfering with their senses. She explains the reason they can't go into spirit forms is because they're bound by physical law while in spirit form. She also reveals they can't contact Chaldea is because their magical energy is flowing in one direction. It is also why they're weaker than normal. It also means dying in Salem will cause their Spirit Origins to disappear. Sanson wonders if they're the only ones in irregular spirit form, referring to the townsfolk. Medea guesses a mage from the Whately family may know something. Robin then demands she reveal her true identity. He and Sanson were keeping an eye on her ever since Mata Hari suspected her. The conversation is cut short though when Carter and Abigail return from burying Tituba. The group then notice something evil outside; Sanson tells Carter to stay inside and protect Abigail. He goes outside with Ritsuka, Robin, and Mata Hari to find the executed were risen from the dead. After killing them, Sanson questions if they killed living people when the ghouls spoke before turning to ash. The group then return to Carter's house after hearing a gunshot from that direction. There they encounter and destroy a risen Tituba. Afterwards, everyone meets Circe.[6]

The next day, Sanson escorts the Reverend to the town hall. He tells Ritsuka that the Reverend has request for their troupe, which is to put on a play for the children. He and Robin then get into an arguement about the Reverend's mistakes in protecting Salem. Later before the play, Sanson tells from Ritsuka he's going investigate something that happened at the Whateley Estate. He goes there to find Hopkins taking Absalom Whateley into custody. He is suprised Carter was the one who accused Absalom of summoning the ghouls last night, as he thought he was knowledgeable and trustworthy. He then demands Hopkins to give Absalom a fair trial, but the former rejects it. He accuses him of trying to spread hysteria about witches in Salem, prompting one of Hopkin's constables to strike him. Hopkins then orders to rebuild the gallows, which were destroyed in a storm last night, by himself.[7]

Later that night, Sanson finishes rebuilding the gallows, which are immediately used to hang Absalom and others as witches. He returns to Carter's house afterwards. He tells the others what transpired, suspecting it was a warning from Hopkins not to interfere. He believes though that justice is still being served if the accused were tried according to law, however imperfect. He wants to support the poeple of Salem, believing to do otherwise goes against what Servants stand for. The group then defend the town from another ghoul attack, though they rose from the town graveyard this time. Sanson stops Nezha from using her Noble Phantasm on Absalom, who was risen as a ghoul even though he was buried at Gallows Hill. He asks him not to be killed so he can be interrogated. Carter kills him however before he can say anything.[7]

The next day at Carter's home, comms with Chaldea have been restored. However, they aren't receiving audio from Da Vinci and Medea, so Ritsuka has to read their lips. Da Vinci reveals Sheba had something to do with Circe's accidental summoning. It also started to go berserk before comms were established. It could shut down, damage the system, or cause problems with the return rayshift. Da Vinci then reveals the group's memories were falsified upon entering Salem. They're unable to connect their memories of past events with the information they're currently receiving. The conditions induces visual and audiotory hallucinations. After comms are cut, Ritsuka, Mata Hari, and Sanson go out to find Mash and Abigail, who went shopping earlier.[8]

Arriving at the genral store, the trio hear the villagers there blaming them for the recent incidents. Abigail tells them that Mash went to the village outskirts with Carter. While Ritsuka goes with Robin, Sanson helps Mata Hari deal with the villager she's arguing with. Later that night, Sanson asks Hopkins for a stay of execution for Mata Hari, who was sentenced as a witch. Hopkins agrees since the executions aren't set to take place for a few hours, and tells Sanson to state his case. Sanson first reminds him there are many people who were dissatisfied with Mata Hari's sentence. He also explains the hysteria stemming from the recent ghoul attacks will make it harder to maintain order. Hopkins claims however the trials will continue without him, as Carter went to Boston to request a new judge, but Sanson suspects he's lying. After Mata Hari and two others are hanged, Carter's house is set on fire. The town is also attacked by ghouls again. While Nezha rescues Abigail, the others fight the ghouls at Gallows Hill. Sanson stays behind to defend the townsfolk, while the others escape with Mata Hari's corpse.[8]

The next day at his mansion, Hopkins thanks Sanson for protecting him from the ghouls. Sanson corrects his assumption that he was a mercenary, confessing he was an executioner. He explains a quick beheading the condemned lets them die without pain and suffering when Hopkins questions why he didn't hang them, believing suffering brings truth. He then deduces Hopkins isn't like the other villagers, but the latter stops him from saying more. Sanson compares him to a Servant, who has no chose to execute the accused. He then realizes they didn't come to Salem of their own accord, instead they were invited by something that wasn't the Demon God. He knows a Demon God wouldn't invite anyone from Chaldea, and even if it did, it wouldn't kill without reason. He then wonders if the gallows are meant to grant salvation or despair. Hopkins then shows him the Book of Eibon, a grimoire of heretical gods and spells. Lavinia brought it to him, and confessed she and Abigail conducted one of the book's rituals.[9]

The next day, Sanson, along with Hopkins and his men, find Abigail in the forest conducting a ritual from the book. Sanson asks Hopkins to allow him to handle the situation, claiming the ritual is merely a child's poor way of playing house. Hopkins pushes aside so he can arrest Abigail under the accusation that she's a witch. Sanson tells Abigail to stay calm, promising he won't let them arrest her. However, Lavinia kills Hopkins in revenge for killing her grandfather. She then offers his life as a sacrifice for the ritual Abigail tried to conduct. However his life isn't enough, so she decides to let Hopkins' men kill her. She confesses she taught Abigail the ritual, the Ritual of Descent. However, Sanson knocks the soldiers out, and he tells Lavinia to run away. He tells the group that he killed Hopkins with the sliver knife Abigail used to kill the rabbit.[10]

Before his trial, Sanson refuses Circe's fake death medicine. He admits to the charges of him defending Lavinia after she killed Hopkins. The judge quickly gives a guilty verdict for Sanson when Abigail arrives to try and stop it. Carter however convinces him to ignore her. At the gallows, Sanson tells the Reverend that he offered his prayers to those he executed long ago. He confesses he killed many, which one condemned men who deserved death. Their sentences brought them utter despair, but Sanson tormented them beyond necessity. He believes his own exectuion is his chance to atone for what he's done. Ritsuka tries to use a Command Spell to save him. Robin stops them however, having realized Sanson is sacrificing himself so the others aren't implicated. Sanson is then hanged from his crimes.[11]

After the Singularity is resolved, Sanson encounters Abigail in an empty void. She offers to open a gate to either the Throne of Heroes or to the very beginning for a clean slate. Sanson answers he doesn't need to go back anywhere, believing he's done what he sought out to do. Abigail tells him he already has the key to the gate he needs to open in that case. Sanson doesn't understand when he realizes his sword is gone. He tries to ask Abigail about it when he accidentally steps on Marie Antoinette's foot, for which he apologizes. He asks her to teach him how to dance, which she readily accepts. Later, he appears in Chaldea having breakfast when he notices Robin is hung over. Robin asks him about the pile of papers on the table, to which Sanson reveals they're the plays the group performed at Salem. Medea then arrives, and she accepts Sanson's request to sit with them. Sanson confirms he was resummoned to Chaldea the same time the group returned from Salem, having no memory of what transpired there. Because he still had his memories prior Da Vinci conducted a rather invasive examination to clear him of suspicion. He understood though, having heard there was a prior incident involving an impostor. He decides to wait for Ritsuka to tell him about what happened in Salem. He jokes about adding tomato paste and more meat to his sandwich to make cutting it more realistic. He then decides he'll ask Ritsuka and Mash think of his recipe when they return.[12]

InterludeEdit

In his interlude Guillotine Boy (ギロチン・ボーイ, Girochin Bōi?), Sanson with Ritsuka and Mash accidentally rayshifts to a French town in an unknown era. Suspecting it to be a singularity, the group search for and remove the source of suspected singularity. During their search they come across citizens about to executed, which Sanson stops because there was no fair trial beforehand. After defeating the soldiers and freeing the citizens, Sanson stops a child from being executed, but the soldiers' words bear down on his guilty conscience. After defeating the soldiers, another Sanson, who decides to test Sanson's resolve, appears. After defeating the other Sanson, the events are revealed to be a dream.

AbilitiesEdit

  • Assassin's sword

Assassin wields an executioner's sword bearing the inscription Epée de Justice(Sword of Justice). He was a physician as a side job. Traces of this can be seen in his Skills.[2] His Noble Phantasm is La Mort Espoir.

Executioner (処刑人, Shokeinin?) is a skill, severing evil by means of evil; the ultimate judgement act. Damage increases towards the Evil alignment. Also, a Servant will also become a target if his actions are regarded as evil.[1]

His special ability is Medicine (医術, Ijutsu?), a modern medicine that surpasses the medical technology of those times (in which transmission proliferated) in a few degrees. Still, this Skill does not make a comparison by modern standards, instead determining by the standards of the age in which the Servant lived.[1]

His special ability is Human Anatomy Research (人体研究, Jintai Kenkyū?), a concept placed on the "other side" of execution techniques and medicine. He did not neglect researching on where he could hurt the human body without killing, without leaving prognostic symptoms. Putting it another way, it means he understands where it is okay to injury.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for him in Fate/Grand Order.[1] Shima Drill is the character illustrator for Charles-Henri Sanson.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 Fate/Grand Order material II - Charles-Henri Sanson, p.036-041, Translation by Master of Chaos
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24
  3. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 02: I / Blast Furnace Naberius
  4. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Prologue
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 1: Before Dawn
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 2: First Knot
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 3: Second Knot
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 4: Third Knot
  9. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 5: Fourth Knot
  10. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 6: Fifth Knot
  11. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 7: Sixth Knot
  12. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Epilogue: Salem
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