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Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?) is a Caster-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is Zhuge Kongming (諸葛孔明, Shokatsu Kōmei?, Kongming is his Courtesy name, Zhuge Liang) was a prominent politician in China's Three Kingdoms era. He was widely known as a military strategist, it was reported that it was mainly due to his abilities that the weaker and smaller state of Shu was able to resist the much larger Wei army for a quite some time.[1] In death, Kongming still out smarted Zhongda.[2](

Due to the "extremely peculiar circumstances" of the Grand Orders, Lord El-Melloi II was forced to become a receptacle for his spirit to facilitate a successful summoning. Lord El-Melloi II himself lacks the means or history to become a Heroic Spirit.[1] In the process, the Master Strategist analyzed who would be best in charge. Kongming judged that there was no need for himself to come to the forefront, since he already had a competent agent, so the role fell to Lord El-Melloi II, who was already acquainted with the modern era.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Caster takes the appearance of Lord El-Melloi II but as his ascension progress increases, his appearance takes the form of Waver Velvet.

PersonalityEdit

Kongming is described as a monster of rationalism.[1] The rationalism of Chinese and Western philosophies is incompatible.[2] His thoughts and feelings are more in accordance with Lord El-Melloi II.[1] Lord El-Melloi II only spoke with Kongming for a few minutes, but he calls Kongming a monster from ancient history and it didn't feel like he was talking to a human.[2]

Lord El-Melloi II sees his younger self in Ritsuka Fujimaru.[2][3] However he dislikes his younger self.[4]

Lord El-Melloi II's dream was to reach Okeanos, but explains he is not quite ready to go find the boundless sea.[3]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Septem: Eternal Madness EmpireEdit

El-Melloi II appears in the Singularity after becoming the vessel for Zhuge Liang. He serves as Alexander's strategist against Nero Claudius' army. After giving a report on Nero's army, he suggests luring Spartacus and Lu Bu instead of taking them on head on. He decides to fulfill Alexander's wish to see Nero to the latter's embarrassment. He then becomes annoyed that he became the vessel for a Heroic Spirit he has no connection to. He wonders what happened to his era and if he switched with Zhuge Liang. He also wonders if time stopped in his era and he's now in the era fused with Zhuge Liang. When Darius III attacks the vanguard of Nero's army, El-Melloi II wonders if Lev Lainur Flauros summoned him,. He quickly realizes though that it was Alexander, who admits he wanted to try a chained summoning after hearing Elizabeth Báthory and Tamamo Cat were summoned the same way with Stheno. El-Melloi II is disappointed he would rely on such luck in battle. He also deduces Darius' identity since he materialized through a chained summoning with Alexander. Then, while Nero's vanguard are busy with Darius, El-Melloi II and Alexander hit her rearguard with a pincer attack. Though most of their troops are killed, they manage to lure Spartacus and Lu Bu away, and captured Boudica. She is brought to a fortress near the United Roman Empire's capital. El-Melloi II puts her under a restraint spell that ends up putting her to sleep. When Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight, and Nero arrive at the fort, he and Alexander introduce themselves. El-Mello II says it's fine to forget his name though since he isn't a true Heroic Spirit. He reveals he is a Stray Sevant, and gets annoyed by Alexander thanking him for fulflling his wish to see Nero since he was merely following his direction. After the party defeated some of the soldiers attacking Nero, El-Melloi II and Alexander are defeated by them. El-Melloi finds it just like Alexander to meddle with others' lives before disappearing.

Fate/Accel Zero OrderEdit

El-Melloi II brought into the command room when a Singularity manifests in the coordinates as Singularity F at the time axis of ten years ago. He is asked by Romani Archaman to explain things since he's familiar with Fuyuki City, though his knowledge is estranged from Chaleda's records. He finds the topics of Parallel Worlds and Quantum Time-Lock to be out of his purview when Romani begins to talking about in regards to their worlds leading to the same future. He then discusses the difference between his world and their world, namely the fact that the Holy Grail War occured five time in his while it only occured once in theirs in 2004. He explains the Mage's Association and Holy Church colluded to keep the wars secret in his world when Romani is shocked by the number. He then reveals the Singularity is located at the same time as the Fourth Holy Grail War, finding it not surprising for Chaldea would detect a Grail there. He notes it shouldn't be possible to observe the light of civilization in the past on a normal temporal axis since human history was incinerated. He recognizes though the Singularity is still a stain on human history that will eventually contaminate it. He then reveals the reason the Grail War repeated five times in Fuyuki was because the Grail never manifested itself. He also warns against retrieving the Grail, as it is be allowed to manifest. He reveals the Grail wasn't a wish granter like the participants thought, but a weapon meant to destroy the world. He also says he put in considerable time in dismantling the Grail for this particular instance. He then rayshifts to the Singularity with Ritsuka and Mash.

Arriving in the Singularity, El-Melloi II reminds Mash not get sentimental about not seeing Fuyuki in flames, as everything is incinerated right now. He apologizes for being harshing, but reminds that they can't allow the inevitable to slow them down. He also says they should be prepared for anything in any given situation, giving Fuyuki at night during the Grail War. He then uses Qi Men Dun Jia to unveil Hundred-Faced Hassan. He explains that while he couldn't see through her Presence Concealment, he does she could split into multiple entities to survey all of Fuyuki. He knew the rayshift would draw attention, and Hundred-Faced would come to investigate. He then tells Ritsuka and Mash to defeat her while she's still trapped in the Stone Sentinel Maze, promising to explain everything later. After Hundred-Faced is defeated, El-Melloi II warns the pair that she will keep sending copies of herself after them. He says he won't explain everything now, as they're on a tight schelude. He will however explain the vital parts along the way.

At the wharf, El-Melloi II reveals the Grail War's prize of having one's wish granted was nothing but a trick to lure in participants. He agrees with Mash that such a thing is criminal, saying that there would be a many lawsuits in that case in another world where the Grail War worldwide. However, such a thing never came to his world since the Grail War only occured in Fuyuki. He call it an insidicious trap, revealing Angra Mainyu will activate once the required number of Servants are sacrificed. He says it would destroy the world, and calls Singularity F the likely conclusion of the Fifth Grail War. Mash asks him why such a ritual would be made, to which he responds it had a different purpose before a certain man-made disaster. He then calls the situation a paradox, as Fuyuki should be in flames if the Grail already manifested like Sheba detected. He dedudes the Grail detected by Chaldea is different from Fuyuki's Greater Grail corrupted by Angra Mainyu. He then explains tonight is where everything begins, so they need to stay ahead of events, which the wharf is the key to. Irisviel von Einzbern and Artoria Pendragon then arrive, having come to the wharf at Diarmuid Ua Duibhne's, who isn't present, invitation. El-Melloi reveals Artoria's True Name, and tells Irisviel they will be their opponents instead of Diarmuid. He tells Ritsuka and Mash to only force Artoria into retreating, even though he knows she is much stronger. After she retreats, Diarmuid, who was previously kept at bay by the Stone Sentinel Maxe, then arrives. El-Melloi II asks him to stay calm while revealing his True Name, and explains they're not Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald's enemies. He tells Kayneth that they've come to support him. He continues he cannot divulge his name yet, but he gives Reines El-Melloi Archisorte as his guarantor for the time being. He says he will explain everything tommorrow when Kayneth gets angry to why El-Melloi II knows his niece. He also says he can reveal the location of Gilles de Rais, which he'll prove at noon tomorrow. After that, he and the others will visit Kayneth's suite at Fuyuki New Tower at 10 P.M. tomorrow night. Kayneth agrees to let the group go, and shows himself before them. The group then leave the wharf.

Later, El-Melloi II explains again that the completion of the Greater Grail will only bring about the release of Angra Mainyu, instead of granting a wish. He thus concludes the war was meant to have a winner since the beginning. He imagines he would turn evil from despair if he won the Fifth Grail War. He then reveals the Grail activates in limited capacity once the fifth Servant is sacrificed. He continues it should be possible to render the ritual moot if they can convince the remaining Servants to withdraw from battle intact. The group can then use that oppurtunity to remove the Grail's vessel. El-Melloi II warns not everyone will agree with their plan, so they need to eliminate any disagreeable Servants. He admits the plan is savage, and confesses he was once cowardly and subservient. He was forced to change though because Zhuge Liang kept getting frustated at him, calling Chinese strategist more ruthless than generals. Going back to the original topic, he says they cannot allow Gilles and Gilgamesh to live since an understand wouldn't be possible with them. He then reveals Hundred Faced's Master is colluding Gilgamesh's own, so it's inevitable that they fight her again. He continues everything regarding Lancelot depends on his Master, Kariya Matou, since direct reasoning is impossible. It is also crucial they convince Kariya while Lancelot is still under his control without using Command Spells. El-Melloi II warns Lancelot may go on rampage independent from Kariya's will. He agrees with Mash that they should put meeting Kariya on hold for now despite the risk. He then concludes they're best chances for success lie with Artoria, Diarmuid, and Iskandar. He becomes momentarily somber when asked if Iskandar's team will cooperate, and replies that it's possible.

As Mash struggles to connect with the leyline to establish a summoning circle, El-Melloi II deduces it's because the Tohsaka control the leylines. He decides they need to destroy the keystones set by Tokiomi Tohsaka so they can take control of the leylines. Romani warns Tokiomi will be angered if they do that, to which El-Melloi II replies that the Tohsaka are already enemies since they summoned Gilgamesh. He reveals learned about the locations of the keystones while working with the Tohaska heir and his former student, Rin Tohsaka, to dismantle the Greater Grail. He knows taking the leylines will impoverish the Tohsaka, but feels it's their fault as one of the clans responsible for the Grail War. Later, while destroying the keystones, the group encounter Gilles' monsters in an alley. After slaying them and securing the leyline point, they go to meet with Kayneth. Along the way, El-Melloi II requests Ritsuka to allow him to handle negotiations. He says he'll keep a secret telepathic channel open, and warns them to keep quiet.

In his suite, Kayneth states he leaned from the Archisorte that El-Melloi II was lying about working on Reines' behalf. He agreed to meet though due to El-Mello II knowing about the Church's actions toward Gilles beforehand. El-Melloi II reveals he knows the Overseer, Risei Kotomine, offered a special reward to the participants that killed Gilles. He also knows Kayneth originally intended to summon Iskandar before the catalyst was stolen by Waver Velvet. He further reveals he knows that it's Kayneth's fiance, Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri, who provides Diarmuid with magical energy. He continues he wasn't lying about working for Reines, but he wouldn't officially receive that duty until four years later. Therefore, everything he just said are memories of his past. When Kayneth how such a thing is possible, El-Melloi II explains Chaldea's technology. He lies though that the Archibald family were the ones responsible for such achievements thanks to Kayneth's leadership. Kayneth believes all this, and agrees to help kill Gilles to earn a fourth Command Spell from Risei.

In the sewers, El-Melloi II explains to Kayneth that they must be careful about discussing thing not observed by anyone on the current temporal axis. Otherwise, the ripples created from the changes in history will grow too great, and may activate the Counter Force. El-Melloi II further says that their intervention has caused the future to become uncertain. Fighting through his familiars, the group confront Gilles at his workshop. El-Melloi II states Gilles' Master, Ryuunosuke Uryuu, caused him to become worse, and believes he should be eliminated even without the Grail War. After killing Gilles, the group move on to kill Uryuu since he's a dangerous murderer as stated by El-Melloi II. He tells Kayneth to go to the church to retrieve his prize, so Kayneth takes leave with Diarmuid. However, the group discover Uryuu is already dead when El-Melloi II uses Qi Men Dun Jia to unveil EMIYA. El-Melloi II says he wasn't a Servant in the Fourth Grail War he knew, and decudes he's connected to what turned it into a Singularity. The group then fight EMIYA in hopes of capturing him for interrogation. Unfortunately, EMIYA escapes when the fight is interrupted by the arrival of Waver and Iskandar. El-Melloi reprimands Waver for thinking he would the first one to arrive, as he should know his method of finding Gilles' workship was primitive. He further goes on to say that Waver ends up overestimating his own strength because he always gets out of trouble thanks to pure luck, which is precisely why he will never improve. Waver questions if El-Melloi II is either Caster or his Master, which frustrates El-Melloi II for him not fully analyzing the situation. Waver assumes he's the Caster that Riese spoke of through reading his status. El-Melloi II counters though that if he can read his status, he should be able to tell he's a Pseudo-Servant to Waver's confusion. Iskandar is able discern El-Melloi II iand the others are a third party unreleated to Caster, much to the latter's relief. He assumes El-Melloi II was trying to pick a fight with Waver, though that wasn't the case. After retreating to avoid fighting Iskandar, El-Melloi II gets frustrated towards him while telling the others to ignore him and Waver.

After Mash finishes establishig a summoning circle, El-Melloi II finds rebuilding the leylines will be a good lesson for the Tohsaka. Artoria then arrives and challenges the group to a fair fight. El-Melloi II is doubtful though, as he knows she is merely decoy until Kiritsugu Emiya, who was hired by the Einzberns, strikes. The group then fight Artoria hoping to force her into retreating again. The two struggle against each other when Irisviel is protected by Mash from a sudden ambush from EMIYA. Artoria begins to fight him, so the group support her in order to not lose her. After EMIYA retreats, El-Melloi II convinces Irisviel that they're not enemies; something Artoria should have realized from their first encounter. He asks Irisviel if she knows EMIYA, but she says she doesn't know. He calls his presence an irregularity, thus their immediate goal is to discover his identity. Irisviel feels like she was meant to be killed by EMIYA, but Artoria refuses to believe so. El-Melloi says the intuition of an Einzbern homunculus cannot be easily dismissed though. After making peace with Irisviel and Artoria, the group head for Kayneth's suite. Along the way, Romani asks El-Melloi what they're going to do about him since Kayneth is still enemies with Artoria. El-Melloi II recognizes they'll need another plan since there is a limit to be friendly with both sides. He concludes that the best way to convince Kayneth is to further inflate his ego. He then unveils Hundred Faced, whose been stalking the group, with Stone Sentinel Maze. After defeating her, the group move on to meet with Kayneth.

At his suite, Kayneth informs El-Melloi II that he sent a familiar to the Matou mansion like he suggested and negotiated with Kariya. He continues Kariya will join under the condition they provide an oppurtunity to fight Gilgamesh. El-Melloi II thanks him for the information, though he isn't certain it was worth the risk. He then convinces him that the Grail War is conspiracy by the ememy of the Archibalds, the Trambelios, to draw him away from the Clock Tower so they can expand their influence over the Mage's Association. He further explains that they came to past intervene with this trap. They couldn't warn Kayneth until they observed evidence in the past that a conspiracy existed. He further convinces Kayneth that the Tohsaka confessed to colluding with the Trambelios to lure him away with a fake Fourth Grail Wa. The other participants and the Overseer were merely decoys to make it more believable. El-Melloi II tells Kayneth to hurry to London to the Trambelios' plot. Diarmuid is ready to go with him to London, but Kayneth uses a Command Spell to order him to stay and continue the Grail War to keep his family's reputation. He then lends him to the group for just that purpose. He asks El-Melloi II about the love letter draft he left in his study, though he'd never let anyone in his study while something soembarassing is still there. He assumes the study that El-Melloi II is referring is one whose master never returned to it. El-Melloi II confirms such, and feels honored by Kayneth's thanks. He calls him the lord he wished to be and his talents as the greatest treasure in the Clock Tower.

After the group leaves the hotel, Romani reminds El-Melloi II that Chaldea isn't a time machine, and they aren't from the future. He refers to the Singularity as a bubble on the ashes of human history that will disappear like a dream when the irregularity is removed. Therefore, it's impossible to change the past via a Rayshift. El-Melloi II recognizes his actions are meaningless, but he refuses to let himself repeat the same mistakes twice. Later, the group meet with Kariya. El-Melloi II informs him that Gilgamesh is having a discussion with Artoria and Iskandar about their kingship. The group interrupt the discussion, and they defeat Gilgamesh with Kariya and Lancelot's help. Unfortunately, Lancelot attacks Artoria when Kariya collapses from expeding too much magical energy. El-Melloi II tells the others they need to eliminate Lancelot, as they can't lose Artoria, and his purpose is done with Gilgamesh gone. However, as they prepare to finish Lancelot off, Iskandar stops them. He decides to join with Lancelot for the purpose of fighting El-Melloi II. El-Melloi II asks him why, as he did everything to avoid this conflict. Iskandar replies it's because he doesn't like him to El-Melloi II's devastation, and for intervening in the Grail War. Diarmuid considers defeating Iskandar on Ritsuka's order, but El-Melloi II reminds them they're only allowed to defeat four Servants After Waver and Iskandar leave with Kariya and Lancelot, El-Melloi II gets frustrated by Iskandar's behavior. EMIYA then arrives to try to kill Irisviel again. El-Melloi II recgonizes they're both after the Lesser Grail, but their methodology is different. He explains Irisviel is the Lesser Grail, the key to activate the Greater Grail, while being a proxy Master for Artoria. He continues Irisviel is bait while Artoria's true Master, Kariya, hides in ambush. Artoria says Irisviel is her Master, and Irisviel shows her Command Spells to reinforce this point. The group fight EMIYA, but El-Melloi II stops the fight to talk. He then reveals EMIYA is a Counter Guardian sent by the Counter Force to prevent the activation of Angra Mainyu. He confesses he, Ritsuka, and Mash are from a different timeline, and that he prevented the sixth Grail War from occurring. He reveals the the risk of the Einzberns winning is what caused the Counter Force to intervene. He continues such interference never occured in the third war, while possibility was fifty-fifty during fourth and fifth war. He confirms the Singularity is an alternate timeline where the Einzbern dominated the fourth Grail War, and surmises Irisviel is the Grail detected by Chaldea. He then gives EMIYA the oppurtunity to solve the situation without killing Irisviel, which he accepts.

At the Grail's cavern, the group prepare to destroy the Greater Grail directly since their previous plan has been compromised. El-Melloi II and EMIYA detects Hundred Faced trying to amush them, then the group defeat her utterly. EMIYA guesses her Master didn't understand how to utilize her abilities. El-Melloi II deduces Tokiomi may have switched to her after losing Gilgamesh. The group then move on to the Grail's chmaber.

At the Grail's chamber, he explains Angra Mainyu won't activate with three Servants defeated. Even if it does overflow, it'll only be a mass of ambigious curses without purpose; something that the group can handled. Iskandar then arrives, and El-Melloi II asks him if he intends to continue the war, even though should be able to sense the cursed magical energy emanating from the Grail. Iskandar replies he doesn't care because he merely wants to entertain himself and El-Melloi II. El-Melloi II is frustrated he would fight for such a selfish reason when the world is facing a crisis. He then decides to fight Iskandar after he accepts him as a worthy opponent. He defeats Iskandar, though he believes he couldn't have done without Zhuge Liang's power since his own power is lacking. Iskandar however tells him it doesn't whose power is being used, but how it is being used. El-Melloi II cries when Iskandar disappears because he though he expect to meet him again like this. Unfortnuately, he is ambushed by Lancelot, who is now contracted with Zouken Matou. After Lancelot is defeated, Zouken summons Black Iri from the Grail. She proceeds to consume him, and prepares to do the same to the others. Artoria and Diarmuid hold her off while the others escapes with the unconscious El-Melloi II.

Outside the chamber, he regains consciousness. He says his Spiritual Core is undamaged, but his body isn't moving. Ritsuka informs that Artoria and Diarmuid are currently holding off Black Iri in order for them to retreat. El-Melloi II says they need to fight, but Waver points out he doesn't have the strength to do so anymore. He tells Waver that he's the key to victory, knowing full well of his inferiority complex. He then decides to transfer Zhuge Liang's power to him. He instructs him to take his hand and pray "The art of certain victory, the mode of harmonizing with charges, is a matter of opportunity." Waver does so, and he is made into Zhuge Liang's temporary vessel. The others then return to the chamber to help Artoria and Diarmuid fight Black Iri.

After Artoria and Diarmuid disappear with the Grail's destruction, El-Melloi II asks Irisviel what she'll do now she can't become the Grail any longer. Irisviel recognizes she cannot return to the Einzberns since she helped destroy the Grail. She accepts Mash's inviation to return with them to Chaldea, as they're original goal was to retrieve the Grail they detected. El-Melloi II tells Waver that Zhuge Liang will be returning with them, so Waver will return to being a regular human. He further tells him to study and become stronger while he can, as he will come to wield this power someday. Waver compares El-Melloi II to Iskandar, though El-Melloi II believes he can't match Iskandar yet. He ignores Waver's question that he's trying to become Iskandar's equal, and prepares to take him back to the surface. Afterwards, he returns to Chaldea with Ritsuka and Mash, and placed into the ICU.

Lady Reines Case Files Edit

When a Singularity manifested at the end of the 19th century London, Ritsuka and El-Mello II rayshift there. However, they're seperated and lose contact with Chaldea. El-Melloi II senses something was amiss with the SIngularity, and proceeded to investigate the matter. He eventually discovers Mnemosyne is planning to alter Ritsuka's memories through the paper scraps created by her. This however attracts Mnemosyne's attention, forcing him to separate Zhuge Liang's Spirit Core from his body to create a dead copy of himself at his apartment. While the action left him with nearly none of Zhuge Liang's powers, it enabled him to continue investigating without being detected as a Servant. He also activated Chu Shi Biao, which caused Reines and Luviagelita Edelfelt to be summoned into the Singularity as Pseudo-Servants fused with Sima Yi and Astraea along with Gray, who was summoned as a regular Servant. He then left a dying message consisting of only the letter M, knowing someone would eventually find and discover its meaning. At some point during his investigation, he removed some paper scraps from Charles Babbage's Difference Engine in his castle in the Patchwork of Dazzling Steam. He discovered the paper scraps were placed at specific locations for Ritsuka to find; the first two containing their original memories while the final would fabricate them. He also discovered the Singularity is consuming Ritsuka's memories to extend its lifespan.

Upon discovering the final scrap was a trap, El-Melloi II rushed to the Patchwork Fairy Tales to stop Ritsuka from retrieving. He doesn't arrive in time to stop that, but he is able to stop Ritsuka's memories from being erased. Shocking everyone with his survival, he reveals the scrap was a trap. Reines and Mash doubt its really him, but he asks them how could a Servant leave a corpse. He then explains he used his special properities as a Pseudo-Servant to fake his own death. He admits it left mostly without Zhuge Liang's power, but it allowed him to continue investigating relatively unimpeded. After getting annoyed at his inferiorities, he explains the final scrap is why he needed to keep a low profile. He then reveals how the Singularity's vast mana increased the normally inefficient energy drawn from their memories. He explains using the scraps caused the Singularity's vast mana to encroach on their memories and fabricated them, which is the enemy's goal. He suspects Ritsuka's memories were stole from them from the moment they arrived in the Singularity. However, even with their memories stolen though, fabricating memories would be prove difficult since their memories of a particular Servant would resurface if they reencountered them. El-Melloi II then explains how scraps were placed in certain locations for Ritsuka to retrieve for the purpose of rewriting their memories. He continues the first two were their original memories while the last one would fabricate them. He concurs with Gray that Chaldea would know whether Ritsuka's memories are true or not. He asks though why they've been only receiving transmissions from Mash, and explains the enemy needed someone Ritsuka absolutely trusted to guide them. Reines deduces the M in El-Melloi II's message was for Mash. El-Melloi II reveals the Mash the group has been talking to thus far is a fake. After the fake Mash blocks communications, El-Melloi II explains the enemy fabricated the fake Chaldea and Mash in order to get the group to believe in their information reports in order to guide them. He deduces the enemy's goal isn't to destroy them, but rather something to do with the scraps. He cannot deduce anymore though with his analysis of the final scrap, but he says Babbage could help provide a deeper analysis. He then returns to Babbage's castle with the others.

Back at the castle, the group explain the situation to Babbage, and he agrees to analyze the scrap. El-Melloi II deduces the enemy pities them, with good yet ill intentions. He then says they should rest; he gets flustered when Gray offers to brush his hair. Reines then deduces El-Melloi II used his other Noble Phantasm to summon her, Luvia, and Gray as Servants thanks to his connections with them when he needed to fake his death. El-Melloi II reveals the true name of the Noble Phantasm, and explains it grants allies the abilities they need. In this case, it turned Reines, Luvia, and Gray into Servants to summoned into the Singularity. The Noble Phantasm wouldn't normally have such an effect unless the Singularity's circumstances put a strain on humanity. El-Melloi II apologizes for pulling Reines, Luvia, and Gray into the situation, as he didn't expect them to get summoned. Later, while everyone is resting, he meets with Ritsuka in the hallway after they spoke with Reines. He finds it great that they were able to connect with, despite her behavior. He also admires how they're able to cut through words to connect with the feelings that matter. He then reveals there is no need to resolve the Singularity, as it was already collapsing from the start. He also reveals the Singularity was likely absorbing Ritsuka's memories to extend its lifespan. He then says they wouldn't be in this situation if they could contact Chaldea or return there. However, he is determined to protect Ritsuka until the situation is fully resolved. Reines then rushes to retrieve the trio to show them something at the balcony they need to see. There it is revealed what they was the Clock Tower was actually a fake Rhongomyniad. Babbage reports  a large number of steam ghost and automatons are emerging from its interior, though they seem peaceful for now. He also says the enemy has been driven into a corner now that they've unveiled the fake Rhongomyniad. He then gives his analysis of the final scrap, revealing the enemy is related to Chaldea. El-Melloi II assumes them to be a traitor since they knew both Mash's appearance and mannerism. Babbage then gives the second name revealed in his analysis: Mnemosyne, a system of Chaldea. Reines and Astraea decide to assault the fake Rhongomyniad, but Babbage warns against it with all of the enemies swarming out. Gray says she could clear a path, but she doesn't have sufficient mana to do so. El-Melloi II suggests collecting the smaller scraps for mana, and asks Babbage to provide a countermeasure against their fabricated memories.

Joined by Babbage, the group search for the smaller scraps, and fight through their fabricated memories. Following a battle against fabrications of Ultra Heroine Z, and later a fabrication of Mysterious Heroine XX called Super Heroine ZZ, both El-Melloi II and Gray are left exhausted seeing many Artoria Faces. He wanted them to all wear a hood like Gray does. He then promises to not any of them meet Gray if they're truly from Chaldea. He finds it probale that the enemy added possible memories to Ritsuka's own when they can't recall such a battle. He also says the chances of Flat Escardos and Svin Glascheit suddenly appearing like Reines wants, even as Psuedo-Servants, are extremely limited. He suggests Reines ask the Chaldea staff or Ritsuka if she needs advice. Afterwards, the group defeated a fabrication of Gawain at the front gate of Camelot, though his Gift of Nightlessness wasn't functioning. Next, they defeat a fabrication of Black Iri, who transforms into a corrupt version of Illyasviel von Einzbern. El-Melloi II only knew Irisviel by name, but he also knows she died at the conclusion of the Fourth Grail War. He then explains how the Einzberns are one of the three families that orchestrated the Fuyuki Holy Grail War. When asked by Reines how he feels about the fabrication, he replies it was similiar albeit different from his experiences, but he is glad he saw it. He recognizes that things could have been different depending on his actions. He accepts his current self though, even if he succeeded or lost. He's thankful towards the fabrication for letting him understand that. Afterwards, the group defeat fabrications of Heracles and Medea on the Argo. After defeating fabrications of corrupt versions of Benkei, El-Melloi II concurs with Reines that people must take responsibility for their actions. He continues regrets and the like are their own, but there will be failures on their chosen path. A leader will pockets away those feelings, reflects on them, then continues to move forward.

With the smaller scraps collected, Gray uses their mana to create a crystal staircase to the fake Rhongomyniad. El-Melloi II decides to stay behind while Ritsuka, Reines, Astraea, and Gray ascend the stairs, as he has very little of Zhuge Liang's power left. He then meets with Babbage, who declares he and his troops will defend the citizenry. El-Melloi II finds him strange for wanting to be removed from an irrational dream, yet he is still willing tot defend it. Babbage accepts it's a dream, but he wants to defend the people who live in it until the end, for not doing so would be contary to his duties as Heroic Spirit. El-Melloi II agrees, and offers his expertise as a tactician. EMIYA also offers his assistance, and explains to El-Melloi II that he's only acting on Astrae's behest. He wonder if they met before, but El-Melloi II replies they haven't. Even if they did, he finds it more likely that the current version of himself has no afflication with EMIYA.

After returning to Chaldea following the Singularirty's collapse with Mnemosyne's demise, El-Melloi II apologizes for getting Ritsuka into such a dangerous situation. He is displeased by Ritsuka's joke about Mash being fake, as he doesn't need to reexperience the feeling he got when he realized there was a fake Mash. He then deduces Reines used Sima Yi's Noble Phantasm, Unspeakable Formation, on Mnemosyne to make her to see Da Vinci, as she is her weak point. He admits though that he only feels that's what happened. He is also surpised Gray returned with him, as he merely felt the pull of Rhongomyniad. Da Vinci realizes the Grail must have responded to Gray and Rhongomyniad's wish to stay with El-Melloi II.

InterludeEdit

In his first interlude Heroic Spirit Possession (英霊憑依?), he explains his conditions to Ritsuka, Mash, and Romani, and further explains the difference between Demi-Servant and Pseudo-Servant. He demonstrated his abilities, and analyses the Ritsuka's potential as a master.[2]

In his second interlude Boundless Sea (見果てぬ海?), Lord El-Melloi II stares at the beach alone, he seems unapproachable as Shielder and the Protagonist hesitated to approach him. He was disappointed at the sea as he watches the waves of the sea. He explains that even though the sea was named Okeanos because of the Holy Grail, it is an underwhelming experience as the sea is not infinite and doesn't live up to it is name. Fou warns them about approaching enemies. After defeating some monsters, he gifted the protagonist with Gemstones Mystic Code.[3]

In his third interlude The Truth of Readvent (再臨の真実?), Lord El-Melloi II discovered himself turning into his younger self. He blames Stheno and Euryale for his sudden transformation. They travelled to the Shaped Isle, Waver demanded Stheno to dispel her curse. As negotiation turned sour, Stheno send her Golems to fight. Later Stheno and Euryale calls Medusa to fight. Although the goddesses defeated yet again, it turns out that Stheno and Euryale were not involved in his transformation. Waver is determined to find a way to get back to his old form back.[4]

Other appearancesEdit

In Fate/hollow ataraxia, Shirou Emiya occasionally sees Rin Tohsaka appears as a Red strategist known as Zhuge Rin (諸葛凛, Shokatsu Rin?). She gives advice to Shirou with reference to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

AbilitiesEdit

Caster is a Pseudo-Servant, strictly speaking he is neither El-Melloi II nor Kongming. For the grand goal of safeguarding humanity, their strengths and weaknesses were combined.[1][2] Intermixing the two forces, shows the power that is not the original Servant.[1] His combat strength may somewhat lacking, but he compensate for it with intellect.[2] His knowledge, experience, and preparedness have somehow been fused with Kongming.[3] Stheno calls him an A-Class Servant.[4]

It turns out that his transformation to his younger self is thanks to Saint Graph Readvent. His powers as a Servant has not dropped. The form represents "the origin of an idea", it is most appropriate to when Caster fighting in the "leading role".[4]

Caster's personal skills are Discerning Eye (鑑識眼, Kanshikigan?), Advice of the strategist (軍師の忠言, Gunshi no Chūgen?) and Tactician's Command (軍師の指揮, Gunshi no Shiki?).

His Noble Phantasm is Unreturning Formation and Chu Shi Biao.

His skill as a magus actually is not much different from Ritsuka Fujimaru.[3] He can make monster agitated by making their sexual pheromones excited.[2] El-Melloi II uses Bagua Mirrors and Kongming's iconic feather fan in battle. He uses various elemental spells such as fire, earth, wind, ice and lightning, along with various energy beams.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Takashi Takeuchi is the character illustrator for Lord El-Melloi II and Waver Velvet.[1]

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 1.24 1.25
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 01: Heroic Spirit Possession
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 02: Boundless Sea
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 03: The Truth of Readvent
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