Ayaka Sajyou (アヤカ・サジョウ, Ayaka Sajō?) is the "True" Master of Saber in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange Fake after usurping the summoning from Saber's original Master, Cashura. She is the subject of an urban legend ghost story in Fuyuki City. Described as Person A (A氏, A-shi?), she is said to have disappeared in the past after a family suicide in the apartment next to her.
Ayaka was a student who moved to Fuyuki's Shinto in the beginning of spring shortly after turning twenty. She rented room two on the eleventh floor of Semina Apartments. There was a family suicide during the fall, and she went missing a month later. Although the police were asked to start an investigation, it turned up nothing, Kaede Makidera claiming that Person A only went on a journey of self-discovery and that she will come back when she becomes stronger. The story later become told as a ghost story by Ayako Mitsuzuri with an unknown amount of embellishment. The "Little Red Riding Hood of Semina Apartments" is a common ghost story known by students in Homurahara Academy, to which Taiga Fujimura has banned them.
Ayaka Sajyou is around twenty years of age, yet baby-faced even for a Japanese person, so she probably looks two or three years younger than her actual age. She wears glasses of a conservative design in an attempt to look more mature, but as if to contradict that, her hair had been dyed a bold blonde color.
Ayaka is afraid of taking elevator as she suffers from illusion of Little Red Riding Hood.
Person A is an introvert by nature, so she has little issue living alone. Comfortable without others, she does not care about having few friends or the prospect of living around only strangers. She prefers such solitude, not caring to be disturbed by either friends or family. She does not like simple living, so she prefers larger living space to act as a "fortress" against the outside world. Rather than liking being alone, she instead has a fear of other people coming near her and intruding within her space. The place she lives needs to be large, solid, and hard, almost "impenetrable", to reach for her to feel comfortable living there. The hallway of the apartment is particularly ideal for her, acting as a "boundary" to the outside. She does not care about the outside world so long as it does not interfere with her lifestyle, so even remembering the name of a person she often meets is of no interest to her.
In order to not directly observe the world line and fixate it as truth, Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg decided to chose Ayaka as an outsider to participate the Fake Holy Grail War, with her playing the part of the Person A in the Semina Apartments ghost story. Ayaka was a Fuyuki native and she had travelled to the United States. She was gifted with five command spells and at the same time cursed by a mysterious woman.
The mysterious woman tells Ayaka to go to a certain opera house. Ayaka was captured by Cashura, who is a magus working for the US government. He thinks Ayaka is a spy and he was planning to summon King Arthur with his catalyst and have her kill Ayaka. However, as he was about to do his summoning, he was killed by False Assassin when she used Zabaniya: Phantasmal Pedigree on him. Assassin questions Ayaka if she is after the Holy Grail. Before Ayaka can respond, Ayaka saw the opera stage enveloped with light and she saw multiple figures. However all but one of them disappear with the light. Saber who appears from the light, instantly recognizes that Assassin is one of the Old Men of the Mountain. They engage in a fight and eventually Saber uses Excalibur, which destroyed parts of the opera house. Ayaka only heard parts of the Excalibur name and after witnessing Saber using Excalibur, Saber asked if she was his Master. Ayaka who was confused with the situation, rejected him. Ayaka stubbornly refused to participate in the Holy Grail War, therefore she does not form a proper formal contract with Saber. Saber disappears after her rejection.
When the police arrives, they discover the deceased body of Cashura and the ruined opera house. As the police are about to rescue her, Saber reappears again and admits he was involved in the opera house's destruction. Both Saber and Ayaka are arrested and taken to police headquarters. Assassin targets Saber; she infiltrates the police headquarters and challenges Orlando Reeve's Clan Calatin force. Saber makes use of this commotion to break Ayaka out of her holding cell and escape.
Ayaka stubbornly says she doesn't want to have anything to do with the Holy Grail War and asks Saber to leave her alone, but he points out she is still a Master and may be targeted and killed by other Masters and Servants, so her only hope of survival is to stick with him. They go to an underground punk hangout where Saber impresses everyone with his proficiency with an electric guitar. In exchange, they are given food, a change of clothes, and a place to sleep. A man mistakes the two for boyfriend and girlfriend, but she denies it. Saber decides to reveal his True Name to her, Richard the Lionheart.
The next morning, Saber takes them to the forest where they meet False Lancer and his Master, a Wolf. The Wolf takes a liking to Ayaka and lets her pet him, which delights False Lancer. After the two Servants spar, False Lancer agrees to become allies with them for the time being. False Assassin then appears and joins their alliance.
Later, Ayaka, Saber, and False Assassin approach the hideout of Sigma, and False Assassin ends up attacking him. While fleeing, he sees Ayaka and mistakes her for an innocent bystander, attempting to pull her to safety. This act of altruism causes Saber to invite him into their alliance. When Sigma claims his Servant is Charlie Chaplin, Ayaka is surprised and confused.
When she sleeps in Sigma's hideout, she has a dream about Richard the Lionheart's meeting with Saint Germain, but she keeps it to herself the next morning. When Sigma reveals the hideout is surrounded by soldiers, she is nervous, but Saber is unconcerned and Sigma manages to convince the soldiers to leave.
Later, when Saber, Sigma, and the others travel to a battle between True Archer and False Berserker, Saber tells her to go to the church where she will be safe. When she arrives, Hansa Cervantes becomes annoyed and points out active Masters are not supposed to use the church for shelter. She denies that she is a Master, but he can sense the connection between her and Saber. He decides to allow her to stay.
While Saber battles False Archer, Ayaka looks out the window and is unable to tell what is happening since she is not a magus and cannot sense magical energy. As Saber consumes more magical energy to fuel his attacks, Ayaka is drained of her energy and becomes tired. Hansa asks what is she, since she is somehow providing Saber with more magical energy than even a first rate magus. She says she cannot understand what he is saying. Outside, False Archer impales Saber several times and slams him through the church's roof. Hansa pulls her out of the way of falling debris in time. When False Archer enters the church, Ayaka is shocked as she feels she has seen him before, then starts to see Little Red Riding Hood again. The vision disappears when she notices the heavily injured Saber. She tries to go to him, but trips on some rubble. False Archer ignores her, says he will deliver his verdict, and asks if Saber has any final words. Saber points out Ayaka has not done anything to him and asks that he spare her. False Archer says he will only grant her consideration, and if he judges her worthless, he will blow her away with the other rabble. He is about to declare his judgment on Saber, but is interrupted mid-sentence when True Archer attacks him.
While the Archers fight, Saber complains about how he is missing a great battle. Ayaka says they need to get out of there and get him medical attention, and that the church must have some bandages. Saber chuckles that she must really not be a magus if she's trying to heal a Servant with bandages. She says this is not the time for jokes and tries to lift him onto her shoulder, but he complains that being helped by someone he had sworn to protect is a disgrace as both a knight and a king. She says swearing to protect a nobody like her already bemirched his honor, so he says making her disparage herself is a disgrace as a Heroic Spirit. He stands up under his own power and says after getting them into this situation, he won't complain if she says he is not fit to be a Servant. Suddenly, a wave of blackness washes over the street. When it passes, Ayaka and all the other combatants have vanished, to the shock of those observing.
Ayaka has a dream of Saber's childhood. Saber was talented in pretty much every activity, but this alienated him from his peers. Ayaka did not understand why he was upset about this. He complained to his mother about this and Ayaka was struck by her beauty. His mother cheered him up by telling the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but greatly exaggerated their feats to the point Ayaka could tell she was just making stuff up.
She wakes up to find Saber completely healed and he apologizes because he needed to take a lot of her magical energy to summon one of his companions to heal him, which is why she fell asleep for half a day. She then yells at him for making her go to the church and trying to shield her from False Archer's attacks with his body, telling him he needs to take care of himself too. She then notices the church is intact and asks if he repaired it, but he points out if he was able to do that, he would have done it to the opera house. She then tells him she had a dream of his childhood and saw his mother, embarrassing him. He says he was childish when he said he could do anything and makes her laugh by confessing that although he knew French, Italian, and Persian, he was ironically bad at English despite being the King of England. He then declares that he's a new man and will protect her and defeat False Archer next time.
A bunch of police officers enter the church. Ayaka worries that they are here to arrest them for escaping police custody earlier, but one of them who introduces herself as Vera Levitt says they ask for an alliance. They explain that the city seems empty except for some people whose minds seem to have been seized by something, and trying to leave the city just warps them back into it. Vera and Saber talk and agree they must be in some sort of isolated space, possibly a Reality Marble. Ayaka does not understand what they are saying, but Vera concludes that to escape, they must eliminate whoever is causing it.
Fate/hollow ataraxia begins with Ayako Mitsuzuri telling of the ghost story based around Person A with an unknown amount of embellishment. Person A is a pseudonym given for the purpose of the story to hide his real name. Moving for the first time, living alone for the first time, and finding himself in an unfamiliar area for the first time, even he as an introvert by nature felt lost and had to take some time to adjust to life in Fuyuki. He was satisfied by the state of his life, except for the strange nature of the hallway leading to the door of his apartment and the family next door to him. Although he chose the apartment due to the hallway providing a great distance between the door and living room to act as an "obstacle" to the outside world, he felt uncomfortable with it for many months before realizing the simple fact that it had no lights. Feeling foolish because of it, it could be said that was when he had made a "wrong turn" due to not noticing it.
His second issue, a family of three, moved into the next door apartment during fall, and he only greeted them once while moving. Only knowing their surname and the name of their daughter, he would occasionally meet them in the entryway of the building and sometimes the daughter by herself in the elevator. She would always ask him to push the elevator button for her. Although such a young girl being by herself was strange, especially finding her at the entrance both the eleventh floor and first floor, he always did as she asked whenever he came upon her as he left or returned. Although he learned her name from their various meetings, he did not remember it due to his nature as an introvert, instead nicknaming her Little Red Riding Hood.
One particular day after they moved into the apartment, he heard an especially loud commotion from their apartment, including a panicked banging on his own door. While he was initially going to answer, he simply turned up the television to drown out the sound and ignored it. Believing that others need to solve their own problems, he felt it would be troublesome to get involved. After awakening the next day, he learned that there had been a family suicide in the apartment due to the police questioning him. Lying about having not heard anything, he asked about the daughter's state. The officer explained that she fled the scene, knocked at his door desperately, and then went towards the elevator where all traces of her disappeared
He began hearing knocking on his door every night at two A.M. after several days had passed, initially believing it to be a minor sound coming from his window. As he determined it to be coming from the door, he tried the intercom to find out who was knocking, but that only caused the noise to become louder. As he tried to see through his peephole, he could only discern something red just below it. As the knocking became even more noticeable as the days passed, he eventually decided to answer it, finding nothing initially. Feeling that it was just the guilt building up in him, he closed the door only to find the blood-stained girl at the end of his hallway. Believing that it would be the last sight he saw before death, she began to ask him to push the button, where the story ends after Kaede Makidera's scream interrupts it.
While discussing the validity of the story, Rin Tohsaka confirms that Kaede was so scared because she personally knew about the event. It is a known fact that there was a family suicide and that he later disappeared. Kaede claims that it is a distasteful rendition and that Mr. A's brother claimed it to simply be a "journey of self-discovery." Ayako mentions that she likely had not needed dramatize the story because retelling the rumors themselves would have been scary enough.
Ayaka was granted five Command Spells by a mysterious woman, the command spells are located to her right hand, right shoulder, back, left shoulder and left hand. It is implied by Hansa that she has a enormous amount of magical energy, because her Servant was able to use his Noble Phantasm repeatedly yet she seemed fine, when first class mages would not be able to keep up with such repeated uses.
Creation and Conception
In the PS Vita version of Fate/hollow ataraxia, Person A was voiced by a male voice actor. However, this must be because who was telling the story was Ayako and she imagined that the mysterious Person A could be a man, since no one knew the true identity of the Person A and if it was a man or a woman in this case.
Ayaka has taken on the role of the original Player character from the original version of the novel series. Although this Ayaka is based on Fate/Prototype, her existence is closer to her counterpart in Fate/school life. Despite this, another Ayaka Sajyou, who is also a student of Lord El-Melloi II, is confirmed to be in Romania.
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 2 - Interlude: "The Little Red Riding Hood of Semina Apartments", p.020
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 1 - Prologue VII: “Visitor & ●●●●“
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 1 - Afterword
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 3 - Chapter 9: Day 1, Evening "A Horse Yet Pale: Mud Yet Firm"
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 6 - Chapter 17: Day 3, Morning "Breaking Dawn and Wakeless Dreams II"