Also known as:
Dark Illya (黒イリヤ, Kuro Iriya?)
Chloe von Einzbern (クロエ・フォン・アインツベルン, Kuroe fon Aintsuberun?), also known as Kuro (クロ?, lit. "Black"), is a twin existence formed from Illya's original self in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. She also appears as Archer (アーチャー, Āchā?), an Archer-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.
Illya was born to act as the key of the Holy Grail War system of Fuyuki, but it was never actualized in the Fate/kaleid liner world. Her parents, Kiritsugu Emiya and Irisviel von Einzbern, decided to abandon the ritual by Irisviel's choice, but Illya still had the knowledge granted to her to act out her purpose. She had been continually tuned during her first few months of life, given the ability to understand words and different types of knowledge. Irisviel believed that an eight month old existence outweighed the thousand year dream of the Einzberns, so she sealed Illya's faculties, knowledge, and memories in order to allow her to live as a normal girl.
Irisviel miscalculated the process, so the sealed memories grew up inside Illya and eventually became a second personality. Due to Illya's ability to "grant wishes" as the vessel of the Grail leaking from the seal, this personality became powerful enough to harness the Archer Class Card and create a body for itself, becoming Kuro. She refers to herself as Illyasviel von Einzbern even after being separated, but has her name changed to avoid confusion.
Chloe is a young girl with tanned skin color and white-rose like hair. Her Archer form her clothing consists of a feminine version of EMIYA's servant clothing. While at school she wear the typical school uniform. Generally speaking she looks like a palette swapped version of Illya.
Despite having an overall similar appearance with Illya (except her eye and hair colors), Chloe often styles her hair differently from her.
Kuro is generally much calmer and more nonchalant than Illya. She is devious and manipulative, picking up on subtleties about people and using them to her advantage, and she can be very brazen and unrestrained in her actions. She has experienced all of the same events as Illya, allowing her to recall events before she manifested.
Kuro is deeply bitter as a result of having been sealed, both towards her parents for sealing her, and toward Illya for wishing to be 'normal'. She believes Illya is indirectly wishing for her, the manifestation of her past as part of a Magus clan, to not exist. She places pride in the reason she was born, and wishes to follow it if she can. The idea of being called a second hand clone infuriates her, for the name 'Illya' originally belongs to her.
Kuro easily gets into conflicts with Illya, fighting over any minuscule insult. Funnily, when Illya is unable to stop Kuro in some of these conflicts, she uses the effect of a curse to inflict pain on Kuro by hurting herself. Due to Kuro's appearance and her tendency to drain energy through kissing, it creates certain comedic situations and misunderstandings.
Despite these problematic aspects of her personality, underneath it all is a caring, sweet, and even timid girl fitting of her age. This reflects her vulnerable side on how despite everything, what she truly desires is a family, a normal life, and above all, to live with a purpose. When she was finally granted these wishes, she becomes more well behaved but still mischievous.
Kuro is straight-forward such as stating that one should face a problem instead of avoiding them, and immediately choosing her friend Miyu over saving the world. This also shows her deep devotion towards those she desires and deeply cares about.
Kuro also shares Illya's affection towards their brother. However, she is more forthright with Shirou (similar to the Fate/stay night counterpart of Illya), allowing herself to express the feelings Illya has not been able to express. Kuro became jubilant when learning that the identity of the Archer Class Card, that was used to manifest her body, is EMIYA.
Kuro's first sign of existence comes during the battle with Saber after the defeat of Illya, Miyu, Rin, and Luvia. Filled with despair upon seeing their last hope wiped out by Excalibur, the seal, a metaphorical lock inside Illya, comes undone, and she, who should know little about magic, displays a large amount of magical energy far beyond that of a normal person under the threat of death. Illya mostly loses consciousness, allowing an emotionless personality to emerge that quickly realizes the best way to gain power is from the Class Card. She takes the Archer Card and utilizes the Install ability for the first time. She emotionlessly defeats Saber by overpowering her with a projected Excalibur, returning to normal without any memory of the events, while the lock returns to normal.
The power is displayed again against the Assassins, when the team get raided and Illya is disabled. Though the team survive the raid, she is distressed by the power, because her attack also entangled her friends. Losing self-confidence, she attempts to forget everything related to magic and return to her normal life. Irisviel, the girl's mother who happens to come back home for the first time since the beginning of the story, notices her distress and talks to her. She mentions that the seal has been drained of power after ten years of weakening and two times of breaking, and that she did not expect it to loosen so early. She refuses to elaborate more on the topic, simply telling her that the power is neither good or evil and that, as a part of her, it is her will to use it that is the most important. Illya regains her confidence, helping Miyu defeat Berserker by utilizing the power for a third time and seemingly end the conflicts.
While attempting to fix the Earth's Pulse that has been disrupted by the Class Cards, a reflux causes the cavern to begin to collapse. Utilizing the power for the fourth time to Install the Archer Class Card, Illya protects them from the falling rocks, but feels a strange disruption. After everything has cleared, they are all shocked to find two Illya next to each other and the Archer Class Card missing. The duplicate, with the exception of dark skin and the Archer outfit, quickly runs away during the confusion.
Kuro makes various attempts on Illya's life the next day, stating that they cannot both freely exist. Illya and Miyu try to fight her, but Illya has lost most of her power and Miyu is dispatched by having her energy drained. Illya manages to damage Kuro clothes with her most powerfull attack which leaves Kuro naked after seeing this she leaves naked to town to get more energy. Rin decides to deal with the problem by catching Kuro, utilizing Illya as bait. She still arrives even though the trap is obvious, and manages to foil their attempts. She easily dispatches Rin, Luvia, and Miyu, but gets tricked by Illya into stepping into the original trap that seals her magic.
Upon interrogation, she simply states that her only goal is to kill Illya, while refusing to divulge any new information. Rin decides to nickname her Kuro to avoid confusion between the two Illya's, and utilizes Illya's blood to create a seal on her. It makes it so that she shares all sensations with Illya, including injuries and pain. Unable to fulfill her original goal, she uses her appearance to try to sabotage Illya's relationships, her normal life, because said normal life is what she would rather have than magic, essentially denying Kuro's existence.
Appearing at school, she drains several people, causing Illya grief. They are exposed afterward, causing Kuro to introduce herself as Illya's who will be transferring to the school the next week. She claims she wishes to try living a normal life, so they allow it as long as she does not harm anyone and acts out the role of Illya's cousin. She interacts with the students the following week, and plays a dodge ball against those whose first kisses she stole from them with the losing team acting as servants to the winners. Ruby believes her true goal is to take Illya's place, so Illya duels her to protect her normal life.
The fight results in a double knockout after Kuro injures Illya, and herself, after being insulted. They discuss the missing Archer Card later on, and ask Illya about her motivation to fight, which is to return to her normal life. This angers Kuro, causing her to ask what becomes of her in that normal life, and reveals the location of the Archer Card inside her. She then decides to end the "farce", using a powerful attack to escape. She leaves a message for Miyu the next day, asking her to come alone.
She eventually comes to terms with her anger after Illya finally accepts her, only to begin breaking down shortly after. Although on the verge of death, Illya is able to convince her to fight for her new life, making her admit that what she wants most is not to be a Magus, nor to kill anyone, nor even to be accepted: most of all, she just wants the chance to live. This admission is enough for her powers as an incomplete Grail to activate, granting her wish to live and stabilizing her body. She is then formally adopted into the extended Einzbern family, being introduced to Shirou as Illya's cousin Chloe von Einzbern
After being transferred to another world, she is first seen with Bazett while meeting with Illya, Tanaka, and Gilgamesh. They would go to an abandon school grounds and discuss a battle strategy in saving Miyu. When Illya was in turmoil over how she wants to save Miyu, but was in turmoil over being sent to another world and fighting strong enemies, Kuro decides to take Illya to the school roof and fight her. Through this battle, Illya Installed with Lancer (Kuro was able to identify Lancer's true identity), and Rider for the first time. When Illya throws her complaints at Kuro, Kuro points how Miyu went through the same thing after coming to their world but never said anything. Kuro continues that if they are truly Miyu's friends, they have no right to complain until they save Miyu and hear it from her too. To further test and strengthen Illya's resolve, the fight continues where Kuro traces Excalibur but is overpowered by the power of the Saber Class Card Illya Installed herself and because she was running out of magical energy. Kuro then identifies Saber's true identity, complimenting how its Noble Phantasm is the embodiment of people's hopes and prayers woven by the stars. This is elaborated by Kuro on how Illya should show no fear as people's prayers can even reach the gods, cheering Illya up to move forward. She was able to replenish her mana by kissing Illya and then made up with her when Illya requests that Kuro will stay by her side since she can't do it alone. Kuro thinks back on Illya's accomplishments regarding the subject, stating that no one can fight alone.
She, along with Bazett, later helps Illya and Gil free Rin and Luvia from the Ainsworth's control, and she later helps the now-freed Shirou fight off Angelica at the Ainsworth castle and delay the plans of Julian Ainsworth, and force him to retreat for the time being.
During the final battle against Darius, he rips the Archer card out of Kuro's body and destroys it, condemning her to death. However, at the same time, Kuro used this opening to hit him with the Origin Bullet she had previously obtained from Shiro, destroying his Magic Circuits and killing him. As her body begins to fade, Kuro intends to thank Illya and Miyu for everything. However, upon seeing their sad faces, she instead tells them to cheer up and that she would be watching over them before dissapearing completely.
Event: Prisma Causwway
Without their notice, Chloe followed Illyasviel von Einzbern and Miyu Edelfelt as they traveled to the Mirror World. But flustered about being left behind, she performed accidentally ended up in the First Lady's Reality Marble. Though she may have been inadvertently summoned to the Reality Marble through the wish of the First Lady's friend Mila. However, Chloe arrived while the Magical Girls were still warring with one another. Not knowing whom to trust, she hid her presence until her magical energy was depleted. That was when she met the First Lady through a familiar and became her vessel.
The First Lady eventually abducted Miyu when she and Illya arrived in her Reality Marble. She then imprisoned Miyu in her castle and restrained her in the Anti-Magical Girl Mystic Code, Voile de Deuil, for he purposes of harvesting her magical energy. During this time, Chloe and Miyu spent many an awkward moment together. Chloe also saw Illya's journey with Ritsuka and Mash to rescue Miyu through their shared senses. She didn't join them because she still hoped Rin Tohsaka and Luviagelita Edelfelt would come and save them. But that moment never came since they didn't notice Chloe was gone in the first place. The First Lady eventually turns Chloe against Illya by calling her an accessory to Ilya and using her desire to have Miyu to herself.
Chloe convinces the First Lady to give her back full control of her body, at least until her duel with Illya is over. When Ritsuka's party enters the First Lady's throne, they find Chloe sitting on the throne. She tells them about her circumstances and what the First Lady told her about being an accessory to Illya. Illya. Illya denies that, but Chloe projects a weapon in response and fights her. However her and Illya's shared pain puts Chloe at a disadvantage when she cofesses she is the First Lady's vessel.. At that moment, the First Lady posseses Chloe against the latter's will, having fulfilled her earlier promise.Chloe doe regain control of her body, though, when she lashes out at Miyu for complaining that it's been awkward with her. Unfortunately, this breaks her last vestiges of resistance against assimilation and allows the First Lady to fully possess her.
After the First Lady is defeated, Chloe slowly regains control of her body. Mahatma ♀ Helena soon arrives and takes everyone outside, where the First Lady reunites with Mila after Magical Ruby has the latter possess Illya. The First Lady eventually starts to disappear, triggering the collapse of her Reality Marble. Helena convinces her to give her ownership of the Reality Marble so it can be used as a refuge for wounded Magical Girls. Afterward, the First Lady and Mila disappear together. Chloe and Illya find themselves holding hands. Chloe tries to avoid all responsibility by pretending to have lost all memories of when she was possessed. She also claims she used the First Lady's power to create an imaginary world where she lived a lovey-dovey life with Shirou Emiya. She gets annoyed at Ruby for saying she'll never be a main character, as it was thanks to her strength of will that the First Lady was kept in check .She then notices the gentle look in Miyu's eyes and asks her if she sees her in a new light. Miyu answers she doesn't and states she is going to bill her for the psychological pain she suffered, prompting Chloe to call greedy as her adopted family. Afterward, she apologizes to Ritsuka for what happened, and everyone returns home using the jewels' power.
However, to Ritsuka and Mash's surprise, Chloe returns to Chaldea with them. Chole suspects her being a Servant in Chaldea is thanks to First Lady as an apology for possessing her. She wholeheartedly agrees to join Chaldea, but Mash is concerned about Illya and Miyu. Chloe assures her that the other her returned to her original world with them.
Later, Ritsuka, Mash, and Chloe are suddenly summoned back into the Reality Marble. Blackbeard and the Phantom of the Opera then appear before them, wearing miniskirts on their regular outfits. They and two others found their way into the Reality Marble and formed the Magical Gentlemen. The group notices the Reality Marble's enemies and spatial connections have changed from before. Helena is also missing, even though she's the Reality Marble’s new owner. Although she considers Blackbeard and Phantom’s desire to be with Magical Girls harmless, Chloe nonetheless attacks them for turning her first mission into a farce. She misses, however, even with Caladbolg III, forcing the pair to retreat. The group decide they need to defeat the Magical Gentlemen.
Encountering the Phantom in the Land of Sweets, Mash believes him to be harmless. Chloe, however, asks him what he’d do with a bird that stopped singing, as he used songbirds as an analogy for girls earlier. The Phantom answers he would kill it, so the group defeat him. Next, they defeat Blackbeard in the Land of Dragons and Sea after he declares the greatest Magical Girl of all is about to appear. Later, they defeat Gilles de Rais inthe Land of Dead Bookshelves after noticing he sees everyone as Jeanne d’Arc a Magical Girl when she leads armies after hearing God’s voice. Seeing he considers everyone to be Jeanne, the group defeat Gilles. Next, they defeat Diarmuid Ua Duibhne in the Land of Snow and Honey after he advises Mash and Chloe to never become adult women.
With the Magical Gentlemen defeated, the group return to the Neutral Zone and prepares to return to Chaldea. However, some occurrence throughout the Reality Marble prompts them to go into the Land of Crystals and Stars, the former kingdom of the First Lady. Inside the castle, they witness a girl form from the shadows. The girl names herself Testament, and she looks exactly like Illya. She was created from the wishes of the Magical Gentlemen, the crystallization of their obsessive desire for a pure and ideal Magical Girl. However, Testament shows herself to be absolutely impure with the desire to spread despair. After the group defeats her, Testament reveals they were summoned into the Reality Marble to serve as spectators and her enemies. After she disappears, the Reality Marble is returned to normal, and the group return to Chaldea.
With the Magical Gentlemen defeated, the group return to the Neutral Zone and prepares to return to Chaldea. However, some occurrence throughout the Reality Marble prompts them to go into the Land of Crystals and Stars, the former kingdom of the First Lady. Inside the castle, they witness a girl form from the shadows. The girl names herself Testament, looking just like Illya. She was created from the Magical Gentlemen's obsessive desire for a pure and ideal Magical Girl. However, Testament shows herself to be impure with the desire to spread despair. After the group defeats her, Testament reveals they were summoned into the Reality Marble to serve as spectators and her enemies. After she disappears, the Reality Marble is returned to normal, and the group return to Chaldea.
Hokusai Trial Quest
Chloe and Illya appear in Ritsuka's dream of Edo under the names of Kakuloe and Illysuke respectively. They are taking a leisure trip through the country with Old Meowster.
Old Meowster purchases a ukiyo-e from suspicious merchant who claimed it was a genuine Katsushika Hokusai piece. She sensed it was painted by Hokusai's daughter, Oei, yet it had Hokusai's signature. So she sends out Kakuloe and Illysuke to find Oei to verify the piece.
Kakuloe and Illysuke eventually find Oei with Ritsuka and Suzuka Gozen on their way to Hosshou Temple. Calling Old Meowster, they have Oei verify the ukiyo-e. Oei confirms it is real, leading Old Meowster to believe that her appraisal was correct. Her feral instincts then kick in, as if ready for a fight. Illysuke tells it's too early for that, only for Old Meowster to shove her toe beans in her face. While Illysuke deals with that, Kakuloe tells Oei why they sought her out. Unfortunately, she triggers a fight with the group when Oei is angered by the implication that she is lying to herself about not caring whether the piece was made by Hokusai or not.
The fight stops though when Oei suddenly collapses. After being tended to by Suzuka and Illysuke, Oei confesses the piece was a collaboration between her and her father. Ever since then she has painted many pieces under her father's name. Illysuke wonders if that means some sections of the paintings are counterfeit, but Suzuka explains ukiyo-e are collaborative efforts in general. Therefore, the name "Katsushika Hokusai" is closer to a brand name. Oei then signs the piece as per Old Meowster's request after Ritsuka and Suzuka convince her. Ritsuka then asks about the art dealer that sold the piece. Illysuke recalls there were two and carried things labeled "Seiseidou" and "Kitsurudou". Oei recognizes those names as publishers from the Utagawa School, but she doesn't recall selling any Hokusai work to them. Learning she overpaid for the piece, Old Meowster asks Illysuke and Kakuloe to do a bit of erotic modeling for the Hokusai, for which they'll sign a royalty agreement. Illysuke and Kakuloe refuse, though Kakuloe jokes Illysuke may enjoy it.
Kuro originally did not know the identity of the Heroic Spirit whose form she has borrowed, but later learned of it after meeting Miyu's brother. She has only inherited the fighting skills that he refined. She wields her formidable combat powers with reckless abandon. Rin saw this as a threat, and inflicted on Kuro a curse of shared pain perception. Kuro’s shared pain with Illya was meant to deter her from targeting her twin, but the trifling curse meant nothing to the little devil.
Having received most of Illya's magical power, Kuro is extremely powerful, capable of using all of the Archer class' abilities to a high degree, and easily able to overpower magical girls and even Miyu's Saber class change. She has physical strength equal to that of a magical girl, allowing her to damage a wall with a towel. She is much more analytical than Illya, allowing her to read her opponent's strategy. She can utilize basic magic like a ball of magical energy that breaks apart the ground and reversing binding magic on the caster.
Kuro also possesses the ability to teleport as shown when she escaped being locked up by Luvia and Rin, fighting Miyu Installed with Saber, and fighting Angelica with Shirou (Miyu's brother). The range of this is still unknown. Kuro explains this comes from the ability to achieve the result/answer while bypassing the process. This ability is how she was able to Install Archer for the first time.
She was given a seal formed from Illya's blood that connects them and replicates all physical sensations caused to Illya onto her. It replicates all injuries caused to Illya, no matter how slight the sensation, and reproduces even effects like having a cheek pulled. If Illya, her "master", were to die, the same would happen to her. Kuro has analyzed the curse for a long time and can easily dispel it, but she still kept it until she needed to teach Illya a lesson.
- Magic Resistance (C Rank): Invalidates Magecraft with chant 2 verses or less. Unable to defend against large scale magecraft such as greater magecraft and ritual spells.
- Independent Action (B Rank): The ability to act independently for a period even if Magical Energy supply from the Master is severed. At B rank, even if she loses her Master she is able to stay materialized for a period of 2 days.
- Mind's Eye (Fake) (B Rank): Danger avoidance by means of intuition and sixth sense. Possessing the intuition to omit the verification process and immediately derives the most optimum course of action.
- Projection Magecraft (B Rank): A type of Magecraft that reproduces imagined weapons for just a few minutes. She generally fights with Kanshou and Bakuya in close combat, and makes use of metastasis and Projection to create other Noble Phantasms. She can create mundane objects like a chair, or more powerful objects like Fake Nine Lives, Berserker's axe-sword, using it as a shield in front of her and running at the opponent. She fires Caladbolg II as an arrow.
- Kiss Demon (B→B++ Rank): Detects someone suitable for Magical Energy supply, and without missing the right timing assuredly executes it. She has the ability to drain people of their natural energy through the act of kissing, leaving them weakened and unable to act. As a result it makes her seem a succubus. She has to replenish herself often, but normal people are not enough. While draining several normal people still leaves her weakened, as demonstrated when she drains the entire school of their mana, magi like Rin and Luvia or someone powerful like Miyu or Illya can provide her with enough energy alone through kissing. She mentioned she has other ways to acquire mana but she prefered kissing Illya because it was more effective and Illya would prefer that instead of Kuro.
 Fate/Grand Order - Archer Profile [T]
Chloe von Einzbern - Archer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Hiroyama Hiroshi
Voice Actor: Saitou Chiwa
Noble Phantasm: C
Mind’s Eye (False): B
Projection Magic: B
Kiss Demon: B
Magic Resistance: C
Independent Action: B
Kakuyoku Sanren: Triple-Linked Crane Wings
Kuro is a clone who split off from Illya and incarnated in the form of a certain Heroic Spirit.
She describes herself as “Illya’s older sister.”
However, Illya also claims to be the older sister, leading to endless sibling quarrels that look like someone yelling into a mirror.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
Region: Fuyuki, Japan
Alignment: Chaotic Good Gender: Female
“Mana transfer, pretty please?”
Level 2 Bond
Illya rejected Kuro at first, but Kuro eventually came to live in the Einzbern household.
Her cover story claims that she’s Illya’s cousin, but the resemblance is so uncanny that they are often mistaken for twin sisters.
Upon their first meeting Illya’s foster brother Shirou mistook Kuro for Illya. This was understandable since he had no idea Kuro existed, but it seems to have been a great shock to Illya that her brother couldn’t tell them apart.
Level 3 Bond
Kuro does not know the identity of the Heroic Spirit whose form she has borrowed. She has only inherited the fighting skills that he refined.
She wields her formidable combat powers with reckless abandon. Rin saw this as a threat, and inflicted on Kuro a curse of shared pain perception. Kuro’s shared pain with Illya was meant to deter her from targeting her twin, but the trifling curse meant nothing to the little devil.
Level 4 Bond
"Threefold Crane Wings"
Rank: C Type: Anti-personnel Noble Phantasm
An exquisite technique of a certain Heroic Spirit.
The user projects three sets of the male and female paired swords, combining throwing and slashing maneuvers to execute an unavoidable combination.
Kuro also teleports behind the enemy in conjunction with the technique, making her attack difficult to predict even with Mind’s Eye.
Level 5 Bond
- Kiss Demon: B
Kuro, who unexpectedly manifested as a Servant-like being without a Master, always requires magical energy.
Thus, she resupplies via mucous membrane contact as a quick and easy method that requires no contract.
An unguarded victim will suddenly oneself thrust into a kissing scene by the brown little devil, without a care for the time or place.
“But don’t get me wrong, it’s just a medical procedure,” she says. Oh, that makes sense.
Interlude "Two Flowers Laughing in the Wind"
Illya’s sealed nature and memories grew denser and more complex until they condensed into a single personality: Kuro.
Kuro is aware of this.
She knows that it’s a miracle that she can even exist.
She may not have even wanted to take this form.
Still, Illya and her family accepted Kuro.
The warmth of a family she believed had been stolen from her was still there after all, waiting for her.
Thus, her birth must have had meaning.
Kuro will lecture her unreliable little sister, defeat her enemies, and show her the way.
Once, she thought her little sister was behind her. But before she knows it, Illya will surely surpass even her big sister, and reach for the light of the distant stars.
クロエ・フォン・アインツベルン - アーチャー
- Kiss Demon: B
- Fate/Grand Order material IV - Chloe von Einzbern's profile translated by castor212
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