Conceptual Weapons (概念武装, Gainen Busō?) are magical items that often have an accumulated history and cause more than physical interference as they execute a certain built-in "concept," a predetermined phenomenon.[1]

Nature[edit | edit source]

There are a variety of concepts that Conceptual Weapons can enforce, including "the negation of immortality with the concept of a natural life", "severing and binding", and "absolute defense against thrown weapons." Some are made to directly crush the soul with a concept. Formless things such as manifestations of laws or delusions are unable to be affected by physical interference, but Conceptual Weapons are able to damage them because beings born from concepts can only be killed by concepts.[2]

List of Conceptual Weapons[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Conceptual Weapon [Term], p.058

    Conceptual Weapon [Term]
    A weapon created to go beyond mere physical interference, and exert influence on concepts, natural providence, and space.
    For instance, something that nullifies "eternal youth" by overwriting it with the idea of "natural lifespan".
    Ciel's Seventh Holy Scripture contains the dual concepts of "reincarnation criticism" and "eternity without permanence".
    By the way, after being killed by Shiki, Arcueid had at first mistakenly assumed that he must possess some kind of powerful conceptual armament.

    概念武装【用語】
    物理的な干渉のみならず、意味柄·摂理や空間に影響を及ぼすよう作られた兵器の事。
    例をあげるのなら、“不老”という存在に対して“寿命”という考えを上書きし、在り方を無効化する……といったもの。
    シエルの第七聖典には“転生批判”“永劫無不滅”といった概念がくくられている。
    余談ではあるが、アルクェイドは当初、自分を殺せた志貴は強力な慨念武装を持っていたのだろう、と誤解していた。

  2. [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Magecraft and Magi, p.135
    Q: Conceptual Weapons are soul smashers that beat the opponent not physically but with the weight of the soul, but would it be possible to kill only the soul of a normal person, rather than something supernatural?

    Q: Conceptual Weapons are fixed magical items which execute a predetermined phenomenon. They're soul smashers ("outbreakers") that beat the opponent not physically but with the weight of the soul, but would it be possible to kill only the soul of a normal person, rather than something supernatural?

    A: Yes, but the effect would be reduced. Or rather, against a mundane opponent, mere physical attacks would suffice. Physical interference is not possible against formless things, such as manifestations of laws or delusions. That's why Conceptual Weapons exist, because beings that exist via concepts can only be killed by concepts.

    Q:概念武装とは、決められた事柄を実行する、固定化された魔術品。物理的にではなく、魂魄としての重みで相手を打ち倒する魂砕き(アウトブレイカー)とのことですが、これは”魔”に対してだけではなく、通常の人も概念武装で魂だけを殺すことは可能なのでしょうか?

    A:できますが、効果は下がります。というか、通常の相手ならさっくり物理攻撃で事足りますし。形のないモノ―――規律の具現、妄念の具現などに物理干渉はできません。だからこその概念武装なのです。概念に生きるものは概念によって滅ぼされるのですから。

  3. Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Animation Material I - Kinoko and Takashi Q & A
  4. Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel - Day 11 Future Plans
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