|Karl der Große|
Holy Roman Emperor, King of The Franks, leader and namesake of the Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne. The legend of Charlemagne and his paladins is based off of the real life history of Karl der Große. They are both the same Heroic Spirit with the same Saint Graph, but Charlemagne would normally never be summoned, due to the real exploits of Karl as a king and emperor far outweighing the fantasy of Charles as a hero of chivalric epics. He is only summoned due to the specific events of the story, but at the end of Extella/Link Altera proposes a way to register a unique Saint Graph for him, allowing him and Karl to be summoned individually.
Charlemagne appears as a young man with black and white hair and blue eyes. His attire consists mainly of a black and white tunic with blue accents, black pants, thigh-high armored boots, and a short white cape with a black edge. Aside from his boots, his left arm has a gauntlet, and he wears a set of faulds at his waist. A sword scabbard hangs at his left side, and red marks coat his right gloved arm. He bears a resemblance to the historical Charlemagne during his youth, (more specifically when he first became a knight at and received his legendary sword Joyeuse), but has black/white hair in place of his historically recorded brown or blond hair.
A carefree young man who somewhat bluntly says that he views himself as not very suitable to be King of The Franks or Holy Roman Emperor. He bases his aesthetic standard and behaviour on whether something is "cool/awesome" (かっこいい, kakkoii) or not, even if that will be a handicap for the Master, or even to himself. Despite this personality flaw, Astolfo describes Charlemagne as a conscientiously benevolent king that would weep and laugh with his people and also help those who are in need.
Charlemagne prefers for people calls him Charlie, Chuck, or Charles and often insists his comrades to call him by the shortened version of his real name, as he considers "Charlemagne" to be "kind of a heavy name for me to carry around these days". This may be an attempt to differentiate himself from Karl der Große.
He also expresses initial disapproval of Astolfo's crossdressing, despite Astolfo's insistence in justifying this habit. Charlemagne says that such a hobby would make "Daddy" cry, much to Astolfo's chagrin. He later expresses surprise to Astolfo "that [you] look so good in those".
When facing Altera, Charlemagne addresses her as "Sister" (姐さん, Nee-san?).
When Hakuno's allies discover that Karl der Große is the enemy, they question Charlemagne by asking if he and Karl are considered the same person. Charlemagne simplifies things by saying that his situation is similar to Li Shuwen, or the Alter Servants, where Charlemagne is derived from the "golden age" of Charles the Great as a swordsman and Karl der Große is the "golden age" of Charles the Great as a king; both are the "same person" but have contradicting personalities.
Because Charlemagne only exists as a "shadow" of Karl, he either disappears from SE.RA.PH or is implied to have done so in all three routes following Karl's defeat. However, at the end of the third route, Altera proposes a potential method to make the Moon Cell register distinct Saint Graphs for him and Karl, by writing new life histories for each of the two men. This process would normally take a lifetime, but Altera suggests that they speed up the process by summoning them as Attack Programs and having them fight new battles in SE.RA.PH.
A Heroic Spirit having two golden ages is extremely rare. Servants are normally fashioned after their namesakes at the height of their abilities. However, a rare few of those namesakes, such as Li Shuwen, were known for doing two things exceptionally well at different stages of their lives. For example, a physical powerhouse might grow into some great mental enlightenment. In cases like that, only one incarnation at a time is normally summoned. Which one depends on the Master. This is a similar case to the hero Charlemagne. Whereas "Charlie's" class is based on his golden age as a swordsman, Karl der Große’s is based on his golden age as a king. Furthermore, if "Charlie" is the embodiment of Charlemagne’s legend, a hero with memories about adventures, paladins, and monsters, Rex Magnus is the historical figure.
Because both aspects of Charlemagne originate from the same Spirit Core, when both of them are summoned, it puts pressure on both of them. Since Karl der Große is closer to being the real thing, the pressure on him is like a mosquito bite. In "Charlie's" case, the pressure is tougher. Normally, it would be impossible to summon Saber Charlemagne, since he is he’s not actually on the Moon Cell’s roster for Heroic Spirits. However, in the events of Fate/EXTELLA LINK, he was successfully summoned by the Moon Cell to stop the assimilation of SE.RA.PH orchestrated by Rex Magnus. After first meeting him, Hakuno Kishinami states that Charlemagne is a strong Heroic Spirit and that he might even be on par with the Top Servants. Also known in history as Charles the Great, he is counted as one of the Nine Worthies, right alongside King Arthur, King David, and Julius Caesar.
Although Charlemagne is seemingly inexperienced and young, he is regarded as a particularly strong Heroic Spirit. During his first fight with Karna, he proves to be strong enough to fight on par with the Indian hero, gaining his praise as a worthy opponent. The next time they meet, Karna has the support of Gilles de Rais. To remove the buff empowering Karna, Gawain momentarily fights Karna, preventing him from going after Charlemagne. After Charlemagne successfully destroys the Mana Point giving Karna extra power, he joins Gawain and helps him defeat Karna, making him retreat. In the final battle of the story, Karna also had the support of the St. Metropolita, which was supplying him with extra Magical Energy. Due to having even more power than usual, not even the combined efforts of Arjuna and Charlemagne were able to overpower him. On the contrary. Karna was at a clear advantage against them in close range combat.
Charlemagne was able to block Scáthach's surprise attacks, saving Robin Hood's life. Scáthach states that she should have expected for him to have "some skill". To Charlemagne's surprise, when he countered with another strike, she dodged it rather easily. Despite having perfectly concealed his intentions, and reading the distance between them rather well, Scáthach states that he is still "young." With a few more blows, Scáthach was able to overpower him, telling him that putting his swordsmanship aside, he is a "fledgling" with still much to learn. Although he had initially assumed that they were going to have a long even fight, he soon realized that Scáthach was going to “kick his ass.” Thanks to Cú Chulainn's arrival, their combined efforts were able to defeat Scáthach.
Full power Charlemagne, along with No Name and Gawain defeated Lu Bu, in what Charlemagne describes as an "awesome" fight. He later on challenges and defeats Li Shuwen. Charlemagne states that Lancelot is a worthy opponent. In fact, maybe a little TOO worthy. Although the combined efforts of Charlemagne, Nero Claudius, and Tamamo-no-Mae were strong enough to defeat Altera, Artoria Pendragon proved to be too strong for them. In fact, they couldn't even move her an inch. Artoria still commended him as a knight worthy to stand before her. Charlemagne was so impressed by the power of King Arthur, that he claimed they would at least have the certainty that she wouldn't get caught by Karl der Große, end up assimilated, and fighting against them again.
Because the pressure on his Saint Graph is rather extreme compared to that of Karl der Große, the first time they crossed blades, Rex Magnus drained Charlemagne almost dry with a single touch. From that point onward, Charlemagne's Saint Graph was under constant suffering, growing stronger the closer he got to Rex Magnus. Nevertheless, the combined efforts of Charlemagne, Nero Claudius, and Tamamo-no-Mae were able to destroy Karl's Karolus Patricius Auctoritas, defeated him in the process. Charlemagne states that it was due to having a Master with him whereas Karl didn’t. The difference between them was that Charlemagne had the faith and support of someone who believes in him, whereas Rex Magnus didn't.
- Magic Resistance (A Rank)
- Riding (A Rank)
- Holy Knight Emperor (EX Rank): A title skill bestowed to Charlemagne as the one who leads the holy knights (paladins) known as Twelve Peers. It provides a tremendous Charisma, improved attacks against the demonic, improved defences against Divinity, aptitude for weapons of the holy attribute and others. Also, this skill makes possible to invoke the Noble Phantasm, Joyeuse Ordre.
- Mana Burst (Light) (A Rank): A subspecies of Mana Burst that is allowed only to saints, holy maidens, and holy knights. It endows Charlemagne with an advantage against the evil-aligned.
- Over the Royal Road (C Rank): A self-admonition type skill that displays its effects by having the user stick to the attitude of wanting to be a king. It contributes to the improvement of a portion of their parameters, but weakens them upon taking a conduct that violates that kingship. In Charlemagne's case, this means that he "gets weakened when doing something lame" and that "some sort of gauge rises when doing things that he finds cool".
Charlemagne's main Noble Phantasms is his sword Joyeuse. Joyeuse is a legendary sword that never appeared in history, praised in songs for its power and dignity, as well as its magical properties. It is said to contain the tip of the Holy Lance of Longinus, the relic that pierced the side of Christ, within its pommel.
Charlemagne's second Noble Phantasm is Joyeuse Ordre. It unleashes the full power of Joyeuse and the weapons of the Twelve Paladins, firing simultaneous beams from all weapons against enemies. It was shown to be powerful enough to offset Karna's Vasavi Shakti, saving Arjuna's life, who wasn't able to charge Pashupata in time. Although Charlemagne successfully blocked it, he took a considerable amount of damage from the blast.
Charlemagne's final Noble Phantasm is Charles Patricius. All Servant’s Noble Phantasms hold miraculous power, but Charlemagne’s is particularly amazing. This is a flying fortress packed with supplies that can be used both as a base of operations, and to attack enemies. This is a fortress the likes Nero never heard of in Rome, reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens supposedly built by an empress. No Name states that this Noble Phantasm is evidence that the old warrior kings are on a whole other scale.
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Charlemagne, Profile
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 1: Prologue
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 2: Assault!
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 4: Interception
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 4: Evasion and Pursuit
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 5: Duel!
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 6: The St. Metropolita, East Gate
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 6: The St. Metropolita, West Gate
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 6: Point of No Return
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 7: The Final Savior
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 2: Turning The Tables
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 6: Assault! Finale In The Holy City
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK - Day 7: The Final Battle