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Burial Agency
Tsukihime (2000)

The Burial Agency (埋葬機関, Maisō Kikan?) is a group of special Inquisitors gathered by the Holy Church in the original Tsukihime series.

History[]

The original Michael Roa Valdamjong, then a priest of the Church, created a burial doctrine, the base of the Burial Agency, back in the twelfth century. He created it along with the original Narbareck, the first technical leader of the Agency, called the Burial Classroom at the time. She knew of Roa's plans to become a vampire, but didn't stop him. Though they are known as the most professional Inquisitors, they are not actually responsible for stamping out heresy, leading them to be called Executors or killers.[1][2]

Characteristics[]

They are not meant to be exorcists, but simply those who kill demons.[3] The organization operates and scouts entirely on ability. Anyone can become a member if they have the power and the will to destroy heretics and whatever else the Church finds "inconvenient." Faith is a secondary condition compared to the necessary power to obliterate the heretical,[4] though they will baptize the members. It is made up of seven main members including the leader, and an eighth member, an exceptional candidate from the Church, is in reserve, though they are changed often because they keep dying during missions. Those on the outside see it as a group filled with magi who loved to explore the taboo, people who enjoyed enslaving the captured heretics, gun nuts, and maniacs with insatiable bloodlust.

Each member works alone under most circumstances, and they will not cooperate with foreign demon hunting organizations. The members gain powerful privileges and influence, and they will even go against the wishes of the Church without orders to eliminate heretics. They'll go as far as to skewer a Bishop if he is possessed, leading to whispers calling it the most heretical section of the Church. The Agency does not like that Arcueid has sometimes taken requests from the Church to cooperate in eliminating Dead Apostles, and they would like to seal her, despite her not being on their list, should an opportunity show up. Merem, an Ancestor, cooperates with the Burial Agency because, as he is a collector of treasures from all ages all around the world, he wants to be near the treasures that the Church sealed away.

El Nahat, another Ancestor, is also forcefully cooperating with the agency; he's being stored in a prison of mirrors and his stomach is used as a scripture. The "Alien Stomach World" operates as a summoning terminal for his main body and it is considered to be the most powerful resource of the Church against the Dead Apostles. It is carried and used by the first or second members of the Burial Agency.

Members[]

  1. Narbareck, 1st member and leader of the agency
  2. ???, 2nd member
  3. ???, 3rd member
  4. ???, 4th member
  5. Merem Solomon, 5th member
  6. Mr. Dawn/Partner, 6th member
  7. Ciel, 7th member
  8. ???, 8th spare member

References[]

  1. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - talk. Glossary: Burial Agency [Organisation name], p.196

    Burial Agency [Organisation name]
    The Inquisitors of the Church who were given special privileges. However, since they were not actually responsible for stamping out heresy, they were also called Executors or killers.
    Their policies had always been "shoot first and report later".
    Faith was secondary, the only necessity for the job was the power to obliterate the heretical.
    From the outside, it seemed like the ranks of the Burial Agency was filled with magi who loved to explore the taboo, people who enjoyed enslaving the captured heretics, gun nuts, and maniacs with insatiable bloodlust.
    It consisted of seven members, with one on reserve.
    The reserved member was always an exceptional candidate from the Church, but it kept changing because the person kept dying during missions.

    埋葬機関【組織名】
    教会における、それぞれが特別権限を持つ異端審問員。が、彼らが異端を審問する事などない為に代行者、または殺し屋とも言われる。
    彼らの行いが事後承諾でない時などない。
    信仰は二の次、ただ異端を抹殺するだけの力を必要とする部署である。
    (表立っては)禁忌とされる魔術を好む者、捉えてきた異端者を奴隷として扱う者、はては近代兵器マニアから殺人快楽性と中々に飽きさせない人材が集まっている。{*}
    構成は七人プラス、予備の一人。
    この予備の一人は教会で優れた者をスカウトするのだが、審問のたびに死亡するため目まぐるしく変わっていく。

  2. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: The Holy Church [Others], p.063 [T]

    The Holy Church [Others]
    The other side of an ubiquitous major religion.
    They preached the Lord's teachings, and did not tolerate anything that violated their dogma.
    On the surface, they assumed "heresies" did not exist, but there were zealots amongst them who wished to ostracize the heretics.
    Thus the "Heretic Hunters" were born and specialized, becoming an enormous department within the Holy Church.
    They were the Executors. Their missions included Demon-slaying, elimination of heretics, and proper regulation of Mysteries that fell into the hands of the populace.
    Of course, the Holy Church's relationship with the Mages' Association, whose mission was to conceal magecraft, was very poor. The two groups had crossed blades numerous times to date. (Currently there is a truce, providing a temporary respite.)
    Against their greatest foe, the monsters known as vampires (READ: Blood Suckers), the Mages' Association occasionally provided assistance.
    Kotomine was responsible for the control and collection of relics. He had the role of an Executor of the Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament.
    The arms forces of the Holy Church consisted of the excellent fighters known as Executors, the Knights that each church held reserve, and the monsters known as the Burial Agency hidden within the headquarter of the Holy Church.
    The Holy Church was the largest organization in the world of Fate. For those who fell outside of humanity, the Holy Church was the greatest enemy.

    聖堂教会【その他】
    “普遍的な”意味を持つ一大宗教の裏側。
    神の教えを説く彼らは、その教義に反したモノたちを認めていない。“異端”という存在を表向きでは無いものとして扱うが、中には熱狂的に排斥しようとする者たちがいた。
    その『異端狩り』が特化し、巨大な部門となったものを聖堂教会と呼ぶ。
    彼らは代行者と呼ばれる悪魔退治を擁し、全ての異 端を消し去り、人の手にあまる神秘を正しく管理する為だけに機能する。
    当然、魔術を隠匿する魔術協会とは折り合いが悪く、今まで幾度となく刃を交えてきた。(現在は協定が結ばれ、仮初めの平穏を一謳っている)
    もっとも、彼らにとって最大の敵は『吸血種』と呼ばれる怪物たちであり、魔術協会とは時に協力し合う間柄でもある。
    言峰は聖遺物の管理・回収を任務とする第八秘蹟会に席を置いていた代行者。
    卓越した戦闘者である代行者、各教会が保有する騎士団、そして聖堂教会本部が隠し持つ埋葬機関と呼ばれる怪物たち。
    聖堂教会は「Fate」世界において最大の組織であり、人間の範疇から外れてしまった者たちにとって、最大の敵として君騙している。

  3. [v] Character material - Prelude II: Burial Agency [Organization], p.038

    Burial Agency [Organization]
    A branch of the Holy Church. A group of Executor responsible for the inquisition of heretics.
    They were not Exorcists who repelled Demons, but executioners of the Demonic.
    They never worked with Demon hunting organizations of any nations, and its members frequently operated alone.
    The Burial Agency favoured raw power above all. If an individual possessed powers that could vanquish difficult foes of the Church, he/she would be welcomed without any consideration of his status. The Agency consisted of eight members. This included seven members led by Chief Narbareck, as well as one reserve member.

    埋葬機関 [組織名]
    聖堂教会における、より専門的な異端審問の代行集団。
    悪魔払いであるエクソシストではなく、悪魔殺しのエクスキューター。他国の退魔組織と協力することは絶対になく、常に単体で行動する。
    完全な実力主義制で、能力があり教会にとって都合の悪いモノを始末するのなら何者であろうと迎え入れる。局長ナルバレックを含めた七人と予備の為の一人、計八人で構成される。

  4. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - Theory of Magic - The two great forces in the Thaumaturgy world: The Holy Church, p.052

    Holy Chuch
    The‌ ‌Catholic‌ ‌Church‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌know‌ ‌also‌ ‌exists‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌‌Fate/stay‌ ‌night‌.‌ ‌Centered‌ ‌in‌ ‌western‌ ‌Europe,‌ ‌its‌ ‌influence‌ ‌stretches‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌entire‌ ‌world.‌ ‌The‌ ‌primary‌ ‌missions‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Catholic‌ ‌Church‌ ‌are‌ ‌to‌ ‌preach‌ ‌the‌ ‌love‌ ‌of‌ ‌God‌ ‌and‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌the‌ ‌sick‌ ‌and‌ ‌poor,‌ ‌but‌ ‌beneath‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌mysterious‌ ‌organization‌ ‌that‌ ‌pursues‌ ‌different‌ ‌goals‌ ‌—‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Church.‌
    The‌ ‌objective‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Church‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌extermination‌ ‌of‌ ‌heresy.‌ ‌The‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌occult‌ ‌arts‌ ‌to‌ ‌insult‌ ‌God,‌ ‌to‌ ‌kill‌ ‌people,‌ ‌to‌ ‌beguile‌ ‌the‌ ‌public,‌ ‌and‌ ‌to‌ ‌twist‌ ‌the‌ ‌laws‌ ‌of‌ ‌divine‌ ‌Providence‌ ‌that‌ ‌govern‌ ‌the‌ ‌world,‌ ‌all‌ ‌fall‌ ‌under‌ ‌the‌ ‌umbrella‌ ‌of‌ ‌heresy‌ ‌and‌ ‌must‌ ‌be‌ ‌eradicated.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌heretics‌ ‌are‌ ‌powerful.‌ ‌Vampire‌ ‌fangs‌ ‌and‌ ‌magical‌ ‌bullets‌ ‌all‌ ‌make‌ ‌short‌ ‌work‌ ‌of‌ ‌human‌ ‌flesh.‌ ‌For‌ ‌this‌ ‌reason,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church‌ ‌possesses‌ ‌trump‌ ‌cards‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌Executors,‌ ‌knightly‌ ‌orders,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Assembly‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Eighth‌ ‌Sacrament.
    The‌ ‌Church‌ ‌has‌ ‌long‌ ‌been‌ ‌engaged‌ ‌in‌ ‌bloody‌ ‌conflict‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Magic‌ ‌Association,‌ ‌but‌ ‌in‌ ‌recent‌ ‌times‌ ‌they‌ ‌have‌ ‌finally‌ ‌reached‌ ‌a‌ ‌state‌ ‌of‌ ‌peace.‌ ‌(Though,‌ ‌covert‌ ‌and‌ ‌private‌ ‌battles‌ ‌still‌ ‌occur.)‌ ‌In‌ ‌contrast‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Magic‌ ‌Association‌ ‌which‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌loose‌ ‌collection‌ ‌of‌ ‌collaborators‌ ‌whose‌ ‌sole,‌ ‌absolute‌ ‌goal‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌reach‌ ‌the‌ ‌Root,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Church‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌gathering‌ ‌of‌ ‌compatriots‌ ‌who‌ ‌share‌ ‌a‌ ‌common‌ ‌ideology.‌ ‌The‌ ‌unity‌ ‌among‌ ‌those‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌connected‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌singular‌ ‌bond‌ ‌of‌ ‌faith‌ ‌is‌ ‌far‌ ‌removed‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌infighting‌ ‌and‌ ‌mutual‌ ‌distrust‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Magic‌ ‌Association.‌ ‌In‌ ‌this‌ ‌sense,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌powerful‌ ‌organization.‌ ‌Although‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church’s‌ ‌members‌ ‌debate‌ ‌their‌ ‌interpretation‌ ‌of‌ ‌doctrine,‌ ‌these‌ ‌simply‌ ‌amount‌ ‌to‌ ‌reasonable‌ ‌discussions‌ ‌on‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌become‌ ‌better‌ ‌people.‌ ‌

    •Executors,‌ ‌purgers‌ ‌of‌ ‌heretics‌
    Executioners‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church.‌ ‌Pure,‌ ‌armed‌ ‌agents‌ ‌that‌ ‌carry‌ ‌out‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church’s‌ ‌denunciation‌ ‌of‌ ‌“heresies‌ ‌outside‌ ‌the‌ ‌doctrine‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Church,”‌ ‌be‌ ‌they‌ ‌bloodsuckers,‌ ‌monsters,‌ ‌or‌ ‌magi.‌ ‌
    Although‌ ‌they‌ ‌do‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌other‌ ‌parts‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church,‌ ‌the‌ ‌task‌ ‌of‌ ‌Executors‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌the‌ ‌purification‌ ‌of‌ ‌demons‌ ‌via‌ ‌exorcism,‌ ‌but‌ ‌rather‌ ‌execution‌ ‌—‌ ‌the‌ ‌direct‌ ‌destruction‌ ‌of‌ ‌demons.‌
    While‌ ‌the‌ ‌Executors‌ ‌have‌ ‌no‌ ‌doubt‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church‌ ‌or‌ ‌God,‌ ‌the‌ ‌values‌ ‌and‌ ‌morals‌ ‌of‌ ‌many‌ ‌agents‌ ‌deviate‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌norm.‌

    KireiBKs.jpg
    Kotomine‌ ‌Kirei‌ ‌is‌ ‌also‌ ‌an‌ ‌Executor‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Church,‌ ‌and‌ ‌was‌ ‌affiliated‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Assembly‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Eighth‌ ‌Sacrament.‌ ‌His‌ ‌combat‌ ‌strength,‌ ‌which‌ ‌combines‌ ‌bājíquán‌ ‌and‌ ‌magic,‌ ‌is‌ ‌superhuman.‌


    •Magic‌ ‌and‌ ‌baptismal‌ ‌rites‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Church‌
    Magic‌ ‌is‌ ‌viewed‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌followers‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌heretical‌ ‌art‌ ‌that‌ ‌should‌ ‌never‌ ‌be‌ ‌studied.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌permitted‌ ‌to‌ ‌learn‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church’s‌ ‌form‌ ‌of‌ ‌magic:‌ ‌“miracles.”‌ ‌These‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌codified‌ ‌into‌ ‌simple‌ ‌rituals‌ ‌called‌ ‌baptismal‌ ‌rites.‌
    These‌ ‌rituals‌ ‌use‌ ‌the‌ ‌global‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church’s‌ ‌doctrine,‌ ‌so‌ ‌they‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌activated‌ ‌regardless‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌caster’s‌ ‌physical‌ ‌location.‌ ‌Unlike‌ ‌other‌ ‌magics‌ ‌that‌ ‌use‌ ‌mystic‌ ‌energy‌ ‌to‌ ‌smash‌ ‌stones,‌ ‌baptismal‌ ‌rites‌ ‌have‌ ‌no‌ ‌power‌ ‌of‌ ‌physical‌ ‌interference.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌they‌ ‌exert‌ ‌tremendous‌ ‌power‌ ‌against‌ ‌spiritual‌ ‌bodies.‌ ‌
    A‌ ‌spiritual‌ ‌body‌ ‌that‌ ‌receives‌ ‌a‌ ‌rite‌ ‌of‌ ‌baptism‌ ‌is‌ ‌immediately‌ ‌compelled‌ ‌to‌ ‌sublimate‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌word‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lord,‌ ‌and‌ ‌returns‌ ‌to‌ ‌where‌ ‌it‌ ‌belongs.‌ ‌This‌ ‌is‌ ‌so-called‌ ‌exorcism,‌ ‌the‌ ‌purification‌ ‌of‌ ‌demons.‌ ‌

    Baptism.jpg
    Kýrie,‌ ‌eléison:‌ ‌When‌ ‌this‌ ‌holy‌ ‌seal‌ ‌bears‌ ‌the‌ ‌sacred‌ ‌scripture‌ ‌“Lord,‌ ‌have‌ ‌mercy,”‌ ‌it‌ ‌radiates‌ ‌the‌ ‌light‌ ‌of‌ ‌God.‌ ‌Wayward‌ souls‌ ‌are‌ ‌purified‌ ‌by‌ ‌its‌ ‌guiding‌ ‌light,‌ ‌and‌ ‌sent‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌place‌ ‌where‌ ‌they‌ ‌belong.‌ ‌


    •Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament
    The remains and blood of saints, the nails that crucified Christ, the 30 silver coins of Judas, and other items with the holy attribute are call holy relics, and the special agency for collecting and managing these holy relics scattered across the globe is called the "Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament".
    "Sacraments" refers to the seven graces that God bestows in the Catholic faith: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing. The "Eighth Sacrament" refers to the "Grace that doesn't Exist" in the rightful faith. Put into other words, this can also be said to be "power separated from the faith". In other words, the Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament is a group of special clerics who do not fear being involved in heretical power such as magery, and are trained for retrieving the hidden relics.

    •Burial Agency
    An‌ ‌armed‌ ‌organization‌ ‌composed‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church’s‌ ‌most‌ ‌powerful‌ ‌members.‌ ‌In‌ ‌addition‌ ‌to‌ ‌its‌ ‌immense‌ ‌fighting‌ ‌strength,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Burial‌ ‌Agency‌ ‌has‌ ‌the‌ ‌authority‌ ‌to‌ ‌summarily‌ ‌purge‌ ‌someone‌ ‌judged‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌heretic,‌ ‌even‌ ‌if‌ ‌they‌ ‌carry‌ ‌a‌ ‌rank‌ ‌as‌ ‌high‌ ‌as‌ ‌archbishop.‌ ‌
    The‌ ‌quality‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌Burial‌ ‌Agency‌ ‌seeks‌ ‌in‌ ‌its‌ ‌members‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌ability‌ ‌to‌ ‌kill‌ ‌heretics‌ ‌with‌ ‌certainty;‌ ‌faith‌ ‌and‌ ‌personality‌ ‌are‌ ‌secondary‌ ‌and‌ ‌tertiary‌ ‌considerations.‌ ‌Unsurprisingly,‌ ‌its‌ ‌agents‌ ‌are‌ ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌character‌ ‌flaws.‌ ‌They‌ ‌are‌ ‌also‌ ‌powerful‌ ‌enough‌ ‌to‌ ‌match‌ ‌Servants‌ ‌in‌ ‌battle,‌ ‌despite‌ ‌having‌ ‌merely‌ ‌human‌ ‌bodies.‌
    The‌ ‌Burial‌ ‌Agency’s‌ ‌greatest‌ ‌foes‌ ‌are‌ ‌vampires,‌ ‌particularly‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌ancient‌ ‌and‌ ‌powerful‌ ‌Twenty-Seven‌ ‌Dead‌ ‌Apostle‌ ‌Ancestors.‌ ‌Oddly‌ ‌enough,‌ ‌the‌ ‌agency’s‌ ‌policy‌ ‌to‌ ‌seek‌ ‌strength‌ ‌above‌ ‌all‌ ‌has‌ ‌led‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌employ‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Twenty-Seven‌ ‌Ancestors‌ ‌in‌ ‌its‌ ‌ranks.‌

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