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Beast (ビースト, Bīsuto?) is an Extra Servant Class populated by entities classified among the Evils of Humanity (人類悪, Jinrui Aku?) -- the common designation for the Beasts of Calamity (災害の獣, Saigai no Shuu?, localized as "Beasts of Disaster").[1][2] Vastly exceeding Servants summoned for Holy Grail Wars, it is for the purpose of acting as a fail-safe by which to counteract the Evils of Humanity that the Grand Servants are summoned forth.

OverviewEdit

Manifest

Advent Beast: An Evil of Humanity Manifests.

The Evils of Humanity are, as the name implies, the Stigmata of Humanity (人類の汚点, Jinrui no Oten?, lit. "blights / stains of humanity") -- the seven Calamities (災害, Saigai?) positioned to enact the annihilation of Humanity that threatens the continuity of the history of Humanity.[1][2] Being entities that obtain standing within the World of the Primates by way of factors that grow forth from human society and the Human Order, the Evils of Humanity are existences that accumulate strength in proportion to the advancement of Humanity, and are in essence a cancer that consumes Humankind from within.[2] Empowered by civilization itself, they are beings that consume civilization -- the embodiment of the destruction visited upon the works of Humanity.[3]

Rather than Servants brought forth via the evocations of spells founded upon the Combat Ritual for the Salvation of the World[4] --"the Summoning of the Heroic Spirits[5] -- the Beasts are the original beings that came to accumulate spiritual stature as Saint Graphs[1][2]; the basis and archetype of the Heroic Spirits, which by the causality of self-inflicted karma come to act as a system for the Apoptosis of Humanity (人類の自滅アポートシス機構, Jinrui no JimetsuApo-toshisu Kikou?).[1][2][6] That is to say, the exceptional nature or capabilities that Heroic Spirits exhibit when summoned as Servants, are justified upon the same mechanisms that lend the Evils of Humanity their capacity for threat.[2]

Though the Beasts can be said to preside over the Seven Sins of Humanity (人類の七罪, Jinrui no Shichizai?), the sins that they represent are not the seven carried away upon the death of the Savior. Rather, these "sins" come of the attributes that humans embody in existing as humans; those things that cannot be set aside so long as humans continue to subsist as creatures who possess wisdom.[7] Being existences that encompass all of humanity, the Evils cannot be withstood or overcome by any one human, or anything beholden to the laws of the Human Order; for just as Humanity is incapable of abandoning Wisdom, so too are the Evils an inevitable fixture of the human condition.[8]

However, by the word of Gilgamesh in the 7th Singularity of Fate/Grand Order, the Evils of Humanity are the Calamities over which Humanity is destined to prevail.[1][2]

In the Final Singularity, Gilgamesh further elaborates that the Evils of Humanity are by intrinsic nature the Love of Humanity (人類愛, jinrui-ai?), as -- unlike malicious intent directed toward humanity -- a true desire to preserve the Rationality of Humanity is inexhaustible. Justified in the pursuit of a more favorable future, fangs are brought to bear against the peace of the present[9] -- but any such endeavor inevitably brings forth a stagnation (淀, yodo?) within the History of Humanity (人類史, Jinrui-Shi?).[2]

L and REdit

Some of the Beasts are split into two halves, each possessing paired "antithesis" concepts. They are "Left and Right", "black and white, and "yin and yang," each unable to coexist with the other. These halves are called L and R. In the case of Beast III, they also stand for Lapse and Rapture.

If one half is to manifest, the other will manifest in due time. While Beast III/L asks Beast III/R if she seeks to devour her to become whole as a complete body, Beast III/R says that is impossible. Though both born from the same sin, they are both completely opposed. They are not two halves to be joined, but two enemies that are diametrically opposed.

SkillsEdit

The Beast class has unique Class Skills, but each individual Beast possesses Class Skills unique to themselves as well. In the case of Goetia, he possesses Caster Class Skills, while the normal Beast Class Skills are listed as Personal Skills.

  • Independent Manifestation is a capacity that permits the unrestricted projection and materialization of the soul, permitting the skillholder to freely manifest within a time period and location of one's choosing. Being that the skillholder's soul fundamentally exists in a place beyond the boundaries of life and death and the limits of the History of Humanity, time travel may be enacted at will; and the projected flesh is in essence an immortal puppet controlled by the skillholder's consciousness. In the Final Singularity of Fate/Grand Order, Chloe von Einzbern implies that the Independent Manifestation exhibited by Goetia's Demon God Pillars is comparable to the use of the Third Magic.[10] While fundamentally unique to Beasts, Shiki Ryougi, Merlin, and Tamamo Vitch possess it. Shiki's case is unexplained, only noting it is normally restricted. Merlin is able to grant it to himself. Tamamo Vitch has yet to be explained. Gilgamesh is able to utilize it in the Moon Cell through unique circumstances.
  • Authority of Beasts is an Anti-Human Skill that enhances the skillholder's capacity to harm existences that are classified as Humans. In the specific case of Tiamat, it is stated that access to such a Skill is held by right of standing as the Sea of Life (生命の海, Seimei no Umi?, localized as "Primordial Sea") itself -- being essentially a Divine Authority (権能, Kennou?) to destroy what one has birthed. It is likely that the Skill as held by the other Evils of Humanity is justified by alternative means. Again by the example of Tiamat, the Authority of Beasts is apparently communicable to other entities per the will of the skillholder.[11]
  • Nega skills are possessed by each Beast, unique to each one.

Known BeastsEdit

# Name War Master Nega Skill Sin
IGoetiaGrand OrderNoneNega-SummonPity (憐憫?)
IITiamatGrand OrderNoneNega-GenesisRegression (回帰?)
III/LKama/MaraGrand OrderNoneNega-DesirePleasure (快楽?)
Depravity (堕落?)
III/RHeaven's HoleGrand OrderNoneNega-SaverPleasure (快楽?)
Lust (愛欲?)
IVCath PalugGrand OrderNoneUnkownComparison (比較?)
VUnknownNoneNoneUnkownUnknown
VI/?Beast of 666Second Holy Grail WarManaka SajyouNega-Messiah?Unknown
VI/?UnknownGrand OrderNoneNega-Messiah?Unknown
VII"The VII of the End"NoneNoneUnknownUnknown

Sub-BeastsEdit

Entities that display the Beast classification due to being considered part of a Beast.

Name Classification
Demon GodsBeast I
Bel LahmuBeast II
Ushiwakamaru (Chaos Tide)Beast II

Other Evils of HumanityEdit

Those mentioned as Evils of Humanity without having yet been designated as a Beast.

The Beast of "Regret"Edit

Regret (慚愧, Zanki?, lit. Feelings of Shame / Regret / Repentence) is stated by the Old Man of the Mountain to be designated as one of the Evils. The identity and numerical designation of the Beast that presides over Regret is presently unknown.

Hakumen Konmou Kyuubi no KitsuneEdit

Castergoddess

The Golden-Furred Fox speaks of herself as "an Evil of Humanity."


Main article: Amaterasu

In Fate/Extra CCC, the Golden-Furred White-Faced Nine-Tailed Fox (白面金毛九尾の狐, Hakumen Konmou Kyuubi no Kitsune?) that speaks to Hakuno Kishinami in Tamamo-no-Mae's Secret Garden #3 gives that as Divine Spirits are "merely extant" (ただそこにあるだけ, tada soko ni aru dake?, lit. "merely existent in that location") as temporal circumstance or phenomena (時勢、現象, Jisei, Genshou?) fundamentally absent of human notions of positive or negative valence, so too is she herself "merely extant" as an Evil of Humanity. Furthermore, the expression of her existence and that of her aspects conform unfailingly to the present convictions of Humanity, much in the manner of Divine Spirits; and thus, whether she manifests as a benevolent or monstrous being is inconstant, varying from era to era per the requirements of humanity.[12][13]

As a Beast, the numerical designation associated with the Golden-Furred Fox is unknown, and the Sin that she presides over is similarly unknown.

BBEdit

Gilgamesh describes BB as a completely new Evil of Humanity (まったく新しい人類悪?).[14] When faced in battle in Fate/Grand Order, the "Advent Beast" display that appears before battling a Beast appears briefly, but it is obscured by other effects.

Angra MainyuEdit

In the Unlimited Blade Works anime, Gilgamesh describes Angra Mainyu as an Evil of Humanity.

Manaka SajyouEdit

In Take Off! Super Dimensional Trouble Hanafuda Epic Battle (とびたて! 超時空トラぶる花札大作戦, Tobitate! Chōjikū toraburu hanafuda daisakusen?), Tamamo calls Manaka Sajyou a Natural-born Evil of Humanity (生粋の人類悪, Kissui no Jinrui Aku?).[15]

MerlinEdit

Merlin is stated to normally be an identical being with the Beasts, an adolescent life form of higher order certified as an enemy of humanity.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Tiamat
  4. Tamamo's 3rd Secret Garden event conversation
  5. Take Off! Super Dimensional Trouble Hanafuda Epic Battle - Fate/Extra Arc.
  6. Fate/Grand Order material IV - Merlin (Caster), p.080-089, translated by castor 212 at Beast's Lair.