- This page is about a NPC Fate/EXTRA servant. For playable servant, see Playable Caster (Fate/EXTRA)
Behind the Scenes
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
Caster's True Name is "Nursery Rhyme" (ナーサリー・ライム, Nāsarī Raimu?), the embodiment of Alice's feelings on the subject projected onto a Reality Marble, Nursery Rhyme, to create a virtual-servant. It is not a hero in the traditional sense, but the general term for any picture book that managed to manifest itself into a corporeal existence. It is a genre deeply loved by the children of England that came into being as a reaction to the half-voiced dreams of the young. It eventually emerged as a Servant who became a champion of the innocent. It formed the foundation for the book Alice in Wonderland, what was perhaps the best known work from the author known as Lewis Carroll, which began as a series of simple rhymes told to the daughters of a family friend while rowing down the River Thames on a warm summer's day.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Nursery Rhyme does not have its own body, and it manifests itself as the will of its current Master. Caster is Alice's identical twin in terms of her appearance; however, Caster's primary colors are black and purple in contrast to Alice's white and blue.
In Fate/Grand Order she retains the same form as she had in Fate/EXTRA, to honor Alice's wish to play with others and to remember her by. Supposedly, the height and weight belong to its human form.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Caster is the mirror image of Alice with the same personality, but she truly cares about her Master and doesn't want to lose her. Unlike Alice, she is not shy, only emotionless and bored. She claims that being Alice's Servant makes her happy, and being the Servant of another wouldn't be the same.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/EXTRA[edit | edit source]
Caster is the enemy that Hakuno's Servants has to face in the third round. She appears when Alice talks about her past history, Caster summon Jabberwock to fight. Hakuno Kishinami and the servant first thought that Jabberwock was the servant and a Berserker class. Throughout the week, they convince Hakuno to "play games" with them, noting two people named Yamada and Suzuki as previous "playmates." In the second floor, Caster unleashed her Reality Marble Nameless Forest against Hakuno and the Servant. As Hakuno managed to catch up to Alice and Caster, Hakuno's existence started to fade while Alice and Caster teleported away. Hakuno successfully broke the reality marble by remembering their name. Caster comforts Alice saying there are other games that they can play with Hakuno.
Touko Aozaki helps analyze Alice's Servant explaining that a Berserker class cannot utilize a Reality Marble and a Caster class is more suitable. As Hakuno look up more details about Jabberwock, Alice pops up and Hakuno asked if Jabberwock is her Servant. Caster interrupts their conversion before Alice reveals anymore details, and Hakuno figured out the true class of this Servant. Alice and Caster both revealed Nursery Rhyme's existence.
In the elevator, Alice claims that she doesn't need Hakuno anymore and Caster is the only person she'll ever needs. As they're about to be deleted, Caster laments for her defeat and clings onto Alice. Caster blames on Hakuno for taking away her happiness with Alice, but Alice accepts that everything has to end someday. Alice thanked Caster and fades away, Caster cries out knowing that she wouldn't be happy without Alice and fades away as well.
Last Encore[edit | edit source]
Caster appears in Episode 7 to speak with HAKUNO Kishinami. She introduces herself as a Servant named "Alice" and informs HAKUNO of her Master, Alice's, predicament. Caster reveals that her Master was "left behind," but her Master cannot be saved because her Master is already dead.
Caster tries to help her Master by dreaming of a life for Alice, allowing Alice to manifest on the floor. The Alice who appeared to HAKUNO earlier was an illusion. Caster then summarizes that she can no longer help Alice and that the light that can soften the despair of the living is not her, but HAKUNO.
Fate/EXTRA CCC[edit | edit source]
Caster and her Master Alice appear in Chapter 3. Caster is first seen bullying Passionlip and together with Alice, gleefully stuff objects into Passionlip's unique storage space. Passionlip is "saved" from her predicament by Hakuno, leading Caster and Alice to disappear.
By the time of Chapter 6, Caster and Alice have been captured by Meltryllis. Caster is turned into a doll and ripped to pieces, rendering Alice in a comatose state. When Hakuno arrives at Alice's location, Alice uses the last vestiges of her strength to beg Hakuno to rescue Caster.
Hakuno defeats three Jabberwock look-a-likes and acquires the three pieces of Caster's doll form. Hakuno reassembles them and places the doll on Alice's lap. This allows Alice to finally pass on and for Caster to briefly materialize.
After expressing her gratitude toward Hakuno, Caster disappears and rejoins her Master in death.
Caster is one of two Servants Hakuno doesn't fight in the game, the other being the other Caster.
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
London: Death World in the City of Demonic Fog[edit | edit source]
Nursery Rhyme, nicknamed Magical Tome by Dr. Henry Jekyll, is a stray Servant summoned likely from the "Demonic Fog" around London in the form of a large book lacking personality. It wanders around the Soho area, attacking civilians and putting them in an eternal slumber. It is actually searching for a Master whose psyche it could use to take a form. Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight and Mordred are sent by Jekyll to stop the Magical Tome, with Hans Christian Andersen helping them once they arrive. They are initially unable to even damage the Magical Tome, until Andersen reveals its intentions and names it Nursery Rhyme, causing it to take the form of "Alice". She is then defeated by the party.
Miss Almost Weekly Santa Alter[edit | edit source]
Feeling alone and confused on Christmas with Jack the Ripper, Nursery Rhyme encounter Julius Caesar. They mistake him for Santa Claus, but he tells them to wait patiently for the real Santa since he isn't the real Santa. Before leaving Caesar tells them be good girls and wait patiently until then and that he'll try to do something for them next year if they can't do that.
Later Nursery Rhyme and Jack summon Ritsuka Fujimaru and Santa Alter into their inner world. They both ask Santa Alter if she's Santa to which she answers that she is and asks what they are. They answer that they don't know what they are nor do they have names either. After Jack asks for something warm for Christmas, she apologizes for forcefully summoning Ritsuka and Santa Alter into her and Jack's inner world despite knowing that it was wrong. Then, after Jack tells Santa Alter that they're not complicated as unfulfilled spirits of innocent young girls who died unknown to love, she says that they want to feel chosen by someone. She and Jack then fight Santa Alter to prove to her that they're worthy of getting presents since they didn't write a letter to Santa. They are defeated however and despair that there won't be any Christmas for either of them. To their confusion though Santa Alter over-dramatically pretends to be defeated by them, and gives a whole plethora of Christmas presents. hey thank her for the presents, but Nursery Rhyme asks if it's okay for them to have so many presents. Santa Alter answers not to worry and that she only has one more stop, and says that the presents are the spoils of their victory not their actual individual presents. She then gives them their presents; one being Asterios as a reindeer, who they gleefully run around as she watches. Though Santa Alter begins to leave, Jack stops her to thank her, and Nursery Rhyme thanks her and Jack as the Christmas party was fun despite her fear at first. She then expresses joy that she and Jack were able to meet the real Santa became they waited patiently like the other Santa told them to. Then, to a curios Santa Alter, they tell her about their encounter with the other Santa.
Salomon: The Grand Time Temple[edit | edit source]
Chocolate Ladies Fussing Over Trifles ~Valentine 2016~[edit | edit source]
Caster is the antagonist of the Valentine's Day event.
Interlude[edit | edit source]
In her interlude, A Bunch of Books, a Crowd of Us, Ritsuka and Mash enter Nursery Rhyme's Reality Marble. They find Nursery Rhyme there has regressed to her book despite reaching the second ascension to become a young girl. The pair are then surrounded by magical tomes that Nursery Rhyme helps to defeat. Afterwards, they meet "Alice", who wants Nursery Rhyme to stay as a book. Nursery Rhyme confirms "Alice" is also her, but she questions taking that form when the real Alice isn't around. "Alice" asserts she must be a story so she cannot take human form. Romani Archaman realizes "Alice" manifested due to the contradiction that Nursery Rhyme isn't supposed to have human form, yet she gained one when she reached the second ascension. Mash realizes Nursery Rhyme is trying to decide which form to take for Ritsuka. Nursery Rhyme is uncertain, while "Alice" wants to reject it. Nursery Rhyme decides she wants experience things as Alice. In response, "Alice" attacks the group. After being defeated, she tells Nursery Rhyme to never let herself have an unhappy ending if she takes Alice's form before disappearing. Nursery Rhyme then takes Alice's form, and the group leave her Reality Marble.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
She is an irregular Servant created from the dreams of her Master with the relic known as "Perpetual Engine - Maiden Empire". Caster's abilities are linked to Alice due to their unique nature through Nursery Rhyme. Their main Noble Phantasm is The Queen's Glass Game, and they can create the Jabberwock and Nameless Forest. Caster uses physical strikes in battle despite her frail-looking nature.
|Fate/EXTRA / CCC - Caster Skills list|
Development[edit | edit source]
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
Arco Wada is the character designer for Nursery Rhyme. In one of her self-published artbooks Fate/GOMEMO2, she revealed that Nursery Rhyme's dress in later ascensions reflects the motif of the book that she manifests as, using The Little Mermaid as an example of Nursery Rhyme gaining an underwater coral reef pattern.
References[edit | edit source]
 Fate/EXTRA material - SERVANT Parameter and Skills: SERVANT CASTER, p.011
- Master: Alice
- Identity: Nursery Rhyme
- Gender: Undefined
- Height, Weight: Undefined
- Strength: D~E
- Endurance: D~E
- Agility: D~E
- Mana: D~E
- Luck: D~E
- Noble Phantasm: EX
■ Territory Creation: A
■ Shapeshift: A+
■ Self-Modification: A
■ The Queen's Glass Game
Type: Anti-Unit (self)
Maximum number of targets: 1 person
■ Nursery Rhyme: A Story For Somebody's Sake
Maximum number of targets: 1 person
- Master: Alice
- Fate/Grand Order material III - Nursery Rhyme, p.006-013
 Fate/Grand Order - Caster Profile [T]
Nursery Rhyme - Caster
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Arco Wada
Voice Actor: Ai Nonaka
Noble Phantasm: C++
Territory Creation: A
Nursery Rhyme: A Story for Somebody's Sake
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
"Nursery Rhyme is a nursery song.
Tommy Thumb's cute picture book.
The initial form of Mother Goose.
The sorrowful me to the lonely you.
Lets us grant those last wishes."
Level 1 Bond
Source: English fairy-tale
Alignment: Changes according to the Master Gender: Female
Supposedly, the height and weight belong to its human form.
Level 2 Bond
"The pitiful and cute Tommy Thumb; I appreciate your various efforts up to this point, but the adventure is over.
After all, soon this will all be within a dream.
The curtain of night has already fallen.
Your head too, will fall with a plop!"
Level 3 Bond
"I'm going to transform, I shall transform.
I am you, you are me.*
I will transform, I transformed.
I am you, you are me.*"
Level 4 Bond
"Ackroyd and celluloid.
An acrostic sadistic.
Here anyone is just a something.
Isn't if fine for birds to be just birds, and people to be just people.
Your name, I shall be taking it."
Level 5 Bond
"A Story for Somebody's Sake (Nursery Rhyme)"
Rank: EX Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
"The story continues on forever.
Just like a thin finger turning back a page, or maybe like taking a second volume into one's hand.
So long the sorrowful reader, continues to reject reality."
Nursery Rhyme is not an actual hero, but the general term for a picture book that actually exists.
As it accepted the dreams of many children, this genre that is deeply loved in England was established as a single concept, turning into a Servant that is "a hero of the children".
Later, something that became the groundwork for bringing forth the celebrated writer Lewis Carroll.
*In the original Japanese, there is change in the articulation between these two lines that makes it seem that they were spoken by two different people, one a woman and the other a man.
ナーサリー・ライム - キャスター
 Fate/EXTRA material - Character Profile: Alice & Alice CASTER, p.078
Alice & Alice CASTER
- Height: 137cm
- Weight: 30kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Image colour: Light Blue
- Talents: Nothing in particular
- Likes: Playing chase, sweet tea party
- Dislike: Doctors, Armies
- Enemy: Dan, Twice, No Name
- Height: 137cm
 Fate/EXTRA - Nursery Rhyme (Caster) Matrix [T]
True Name: Nursery Rhyme
Noble Phantasm: Maxwell's Demon - Maiden's Empire: Queens Glass Game
Keyword: Jabberwock, Nameless Forest
Strength: E, Defense: E, Agility: E, Magic: E, Luck: E
Transformation: A+, Metamorphosis: A, Area Creation: A
01 - Maxwell's Demon - Maiden's Empire: Queens Glass Game
"A story without end,
A child-like finger returns to the first line,
A tiny hand reaches out for the second volume,
For as long as the reader denies reality."
02 - Jabberwock
"Names to be uncovered and places still unknown.
Fire breathing dragons and cloud sprouting giants,
and magicks that are monsters in the shadows.
Maybe, just maybe, the words of adults are lies.
The truth of it all is in Professor Dodgson's mind."
03 - Nameless Forest
"Ackroyd and Celluloid;
No one is especially special here,
Birds are birds and people are people,
Entropy suits me to a tittle,
In the end, your name is mine."
０１ - 永久機関・少女帝国
０２ - ジャバウォック
０３ - 名無しの森
01 -Transformation [A+]
"I will change, I have changed.
I am you, while you are me.
I'm going to change, I will have changed.
I am you and you are me."
02 - Metamorphosis [A]
"This is the ability to merge one's own body with the body part of others. The higher the ranking of this skill, the further away one becomes from being considered as a true hero. But it do-do-doesn't matter doesn't matter that kind of stuff doesn't matter at all!
Whatever you say needs to be done I will do as you order me to!"
03 - Territory Creation [A]
"The smallest door, the maddest tea party,
The checkered board in the rainbow meadow,
the riddles of the chatty twins,
But my favorite of all can only be this one,
The invitation to the nameless forest,
where all can be forgotten!"
01 - Character Background
"A nursery rhyme is a children's refrain,
Tom Thumb's charming picture book,
The first glimpse of Mother Goose's awakening,
The sorrowful me to the lonely you,
Your final wish, let's make it true."
02 - "Nursery Rhyme"
Nursery Rhyme is not a hero in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a general term for any picture book that has managed to manifest itself into a corporeal existence.
The genre itself, deeply loved by the children of England, came into being as a reaction to the half-voiced dreams of the young and eventually emerged as a Servant who came a champion of the innocent. It formed the foundation for perhaps the best known work from the author known as Lewis Carroll. His book "Alice in Wonderland" began as a series of simple rhymes told to the daughters of a family friend while rowing down the River Thames on a warm summer's day.
The Servant Nursery Rhyme is actually a type of Reality Marble. It projects the true feelings of its Master and creates a pseudo-servant in a form imagined by the one who summoned it.
０１ - 人物背景：
０２ - 『ナーサリーライム』
 Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Caster (Alice) [Servant], p.174-175 [T]
Caster (Alice) [Servant]
This is Sansenme’s Servant Caster.
I am you, and you are I.
For you who have even forgotten your own name,
I will mimic your exact appearance.
My name is Nursery Rhyme.
Tommy Thumbs’s cute picture book.
The very first version of Mother Goose.
A romantic flight that continues through the night,
For the you and I who are dreaming.
Ahh, but alas the elevator descends.
The end of the dream has come along.
The end of Alice has come along.
This is a story, so of course it has an end.
The lonely you and the sad me.
Let us grant our final wish.
Nursery Rhyme is not a true heroic spirit; she is the manifestation of a real picture book.
The picture book genre, which is deeply loved in England, has stimulated the dreams of many a child. Nursery Rhyme is essentially a heroic spirit born from children; by children and for children. (Nursery Rhyme is the book which eventually became the foundation for Lewis Caroll’s famous works. One of his great works, Alice in Wonderland, is actually a nursery rhyme he improvised while entertaining his nieces.)
The Servant Nursery Rhyme is actually a pseudo-Servant dreamt up by her Master. She is a Reality Marble that embodies a reflection of her Master’s feelings.
This servant managed to save her miserable Master, yet at the same time she is not her own person, just a mirror image who was also saving herself. …this fragile balance…is it meaningless?
Also the prose poetry included above is the same as in the game’s “Matrix Details:1” section.
Before the final battle with Alice there is the “Let’s guess their true name!” event, and after that the poem is displayed. In the poem, the line “Let us grant our final wish.” is a reference to a desire of Alice’s that is not from when she was alive, but rather from after her death when she became a ghost.
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 05: IV / Control Tower Barbatos