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Dragon Tooth Warriors

Dragon Tooth Warriors (竜牙兵, Ryūga-hei?) are familiars manufactured and bound by dragons' fangs.[1]

Characteristics[]

Creation[]

They are used by Medea, Semiramis and Circe through the Item Construction skill. Familiars made from dragon fangs are known as Hecate's specialty, whom Medea's magecraft derives from. Acting more like golems than automatons, they are skeleton rank-and-file disposable soldiers meant to be readily expendable in battle. They are brought forth by planting the dragon teeth in the ground, an inexpensive act allowing for a near-limitless amount to be created. Bestowed with the magical energy of the dragon race and granted knowledge from the earth, they are able to act as an army to slow their enemies.[2]

Combat[]

Illyasviel von Einzbern comments that they are "cheap", and Saber mentions their low quality, but that is easily overlooked due to their amount. Powerless against homunculi and golems built specifically for battle, together they are legion, able to overwhelm others through sheer number.

They are very strong, said to be able to be very troublesome for a "group of level five adventurers." Shirou Emiya is able to easily destroy them in one-on-one combat with a reinforced wooden sword, and Servants can easily wipe them out without trouble. Even a group of five hundred poses no immediate threat to a Servant, but it can be called foolhardy to rush into a group of them without a plan. Some Servants can easily destroy hundreds at once with their Noble Phantasms, but it does not put any noticeable strain on the large numbers of the forces. While Saber alone can easily destroy one hundred without issue, enough so that the scattered pieces of bones make it look like there is a snowstorm, their constant replenishing numbers are able to keep her busy and have her contemplate using Excalibur to quickly finish them off. Medea can keep replenishing them as necessary to easily surround a stronghold, while Semiramis can easily produce an army of three thousand in short order, only with the ability of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon enhancing her, for a large battle.

Medea can create at least three types, and Semiramis shows the ability to modify them in functionality. While mindless, they show the ability to be "awed" and left motionless by nearby Servants clashing. Dragon Tooth Warriors use a variety of different weapons such as giant cleavers, broadswords, twin daggers, spears, and bows and arrows, wielded with smooth, mechanical movements that provide wasteless, accurate attacks. The attacks, while accurate, are not refined and do not instill a sense of fear like a true seasoned opponent, moving in loose movements and attacking in the same way. They charge no matter how much they are destroyed, continually destroying the area around them with each attack as they try to slay their targets. Medea has also shown the ability to form Warriors out of other elements, such as making them out of water: being made of water grants them the ability to regenerate and multiply if they take damage or are destroyed from the scattered water remains.[3]. Medea was also capable of using the bones of numerous Dragon Tooth Warriors in order to create a massive Dragon Tooth Warrior giant that was as tall as a skyscraper.[4] Semiramis' special modified flying soldiers, Dragon Wing Warriors (竜翼兵, Ryūyoku-hei?), have the upper-halves of regular soldiers and lower halves of harpies with bird-like features, claws sharper than metal, and wings sprouting from their backs. As harpies are normally unsuitable as soldiers, she has fused them with the Dragon Tooth Warriors, producing "very thin and ugly-looking soldiers" unbefitting of their "dragon" name.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - The Servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War: Caster, p.030-031 [T]

    Medea
    Class: Caster
    Master: Souichirou Kuzuki
    Alignment: Neutral Evil
    Sex: Female
    Height: 163cm
    Weight: 51kg
    Weapon: None

    STR: E
    CON: D
    AGI: C
    MGI: A+
    LCK: B
    Noble Phantasm: C

    Legend
    Medea, the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis in Greece, was a priestess taught by Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft. While she was raised without any discomfort, her fate was shaken greatly by the arrival of the ship Argo that sought the Golden Fleece.
    Having fallen under the goddess Aphrodite's curse to fall in love with Jason, the Argo's captain, Medea stole the Golden Fleece from her father and attempted to flee the country together with Jason. Furthermore, to stall her father's ship that had been following them, she violently tore her brother to pieces and scattered his remains in the sea. With this, Medea lost a home she could return to, and came to be despised as a "witch" by the people. After that, Medea, in order to let her beloved Jason sit on the throne, continued to murder any opposition with magic and strategy, but her practices disgusted Jason and caused him to gradually become adverse to her. Eventually, Jason switched his interests to another woman, going so far as to have children, which Medea could not forgive. She murdered his new wife and children with magecraft, the brokenhearted Jason undergoing a miserable last moment.
    Thus, Medea's obsessiveness and cruelty made calling her a "witch" appropriate, but despite committing inhuman deeds, she herself received no reward from this. Theories have been left behind that Medea, who achieved an immortal body from her devotion to the study of magecraft, became the reigning queen of the paradise, Elysium.

    Tactics
    Having mastered magecraft from the Age of the Gods, Medea possessed extraordinary power as a magus. However, because her physical ability as a Servant was the lowest, she was at a disadvantage in battles against Servants with high Magic Resistance. Consequently, she faced the battles with basic tactics, avoiding personal combat to the best of her ability and using her Dragon Tooth Warriors as pawns. Even in combination with Kuzuki, he was the attacker and she bore the role of support with magecraft. She laid out a stratagem to summon Servant Assassin (Sasaki Kojirou) and order him to guard the Ryuudou temple gate while she gathered mana and used her own Noble Phantasm to destroy the other Servants' contracts and make them her allies.

    Class Abilities
    Territory Creation: A
    The ability to create a territory to gather mana is a special characteristic of the Caster class. Medea's inherent magical capacity is not that great but by expanding her territory to collect mana, it becomes possible for her to use high level magecraft. Moreover, because the place Medea selected to establish her territory is the underground limestone cave where the Greater Grail was instituted, Fuyuki City's greatest holy ground Ryuudou Temple, it is possible to gather an enormous amount of mana in a short time. She secured Ryuudou Temple as her main base solely to reserve enough mana to get Artoria and EMIYA to obey her after using "Rule Breaker" having summoning Servant Assassin independently. Furthermore, the influence of her created territory extends not only to Ryuudou Temple but also its surroundings. The rapid breakdown in the health of those inhabiting the periphery of the territory was because their life force was plundered for magical energy.
    Because she understood the importance of the Ryuudou Temple territory the best, Sasaki Kojirou was ordered to guard the temple gate, and the interior was fortified so it could not be invaded easily. Furthermore, immediately following the beginning of the Holy Grail War, Medea almost never left the Ryuudou Temple, instead hiding on the grounds and raising mana. However, as soon as she made the judgment that she had collected enough magical energy for combat, she left the territory and turned on to the offensive.

    Item Construction: A
    Another skill granted to the Caster class. It is possible to construct enchanted tools, from implements of war to items for daily use. Many different articles can be made at will.
    The dragon tooth warriors on the next page were made using this ability. In addition, it is also possible to make magical implements known as Mystic Codes. As Mystic Codes are used as devices to supplement thaumaturgy, or wielded as tools to activate specific effects during magical combat, this is a typical skill for a magus to possess. However, with an Item Construction rank of A, there is a great difference between the Mystic Codes that other magi build and the artifacts that Medea can create. Also, this skill requires time to gather components and manufacture items. This is why she spent most of her efforts on Territory Creation and focused on creating dragon tooth warriors. Though it requires preparation and planning, given enough time Item Construction has the potential to be a formidable asset.

    Personal Skills
    High-Speed Divine Words: A
    A skill that assists magical incantations. Normally, the length of an incantation increases with the scale of the thaumaturgy being performed, but this skill allows chants to be greatly abbreviated. It is particularly useful for direct attack magic. There are many examples of Medea personally using direct attack magic during the Holy Grail War, but in the fight against EMIYA she instantly unleashed countless blasts of light in an attack comparable to high thaumaturgy.
    Caption: As long as a caster using High-Speed Divine Words has enough prana, she can continually fire powerful thaumaturgical attacks.

    Golden Fleece: EX
    The pelt of the golden-furred winged ram of Colchis. It contains the legend, "if thrown on the earth, a dragon will appear." Medea does not have the skill to summon the dragon, so she is unable to to do so even if she uses the Golden Fleece. This secret treasure might well have been the heart of the events that altered Medea's fate for the worse.
    The Golden Fleece appears in Greek mythology, beginning with the marriage of King Athamas of Thessaly to his second wife Ino. Ino, who despised the children Athamas had with his first wife, the cloud goddess Nephele, plotted to kill the prince Phrixus by telling the king a false oracle and sacrificing the prince in a ritual. But then, Phrixus rescued his sister Helle at the altar. Helle rode a winged ram with golden fleece to safety, brought to her by Hermes, one of the Twelve Olympians. With the help of his sister, Phrixus went to Colchis, sacrificed the meat of the golden ram to Zeus, and offered its pelt to King Aeetes of Colchis. From then on, the Golden Fleece was passed down as a secret treasure of the royal house of Colchis.

    Magecraft
    Medea used many different types of magic during the Holy Grail War. Against nearby humans, she employed mind control, hypnosis, and other spells to gather intelligence and eliminate threats. She also used magic to lure Emiya Shirou into her own workshop.
    In combat, she supported her Master Kuzuki Souichirou, who wielded the assassination technique "Snake." Souichirou, who seemed powerful enough to overwhelm a Servant, was actually being magically Reinforced to give him enough destructive power to damage a Servant.
    Additionally, Medea used spatial teleportation whenever she was attacked. This spell was highly versatile.

    Magecraft Tool
    Dragon Tooth Warriors
    Magic that uses dragon teeth as foci to create golems. This is one of the magics Medea specialized in, passed down to the king of Colchis long ago. The combat strength of one dragon tooth soldier is no match for a Servant, and even a human Master can deal with one. However, they are dangerous in large numbers. Medea used these golems to buy time to advance her plans. The dragon tooth soldiers are not necessarily homogeneous in appearance, showing variations in the weapons they wield.

    Noble Phantasm
    Rule Breaker:
    Rank: C
    Type: Anti-Thaumaturgy Noble Phantasm
    Range: 1 person

    A Noble Phantasm with an ability clearly unlike that of the other Servants' Noble Phantasms. Its efficiency as a weapon is virtually nil, but it has the ability to "break" (as in, "violation of commandment" or "transgression of law") any magic on a target pierced by its blade. Targets that can be broken are contracts formed from prana, and life forms born from prana. Rule Breaker can reset the condition of the target to the state before magic was used on it. In other words, contracts formed from prana are wiped clean, and life forms created from prana are forcibly sublimated. Thus, its utility is quite limited, but it is extremely powerful within the context of the Servant system of the Holy Grail War.
    In practice, Medea successfully used this Noble Phantasm to nullify the contracts between other Masters and their Servants. For a time, Artoria and EMIYA served Medea as her own Servants.

  2. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Dragon Tooth Warrior [Magecraft], p.077 [T]

    Dragon Tooth Warrior [Magecraft]
    Familiars made from dragon teeth.
    The teeth are planted in the ground, where they become disposable soldiers imbued with the magical energy of dragons and knowledge from the earth.
    Going by sprites it seems that there are three types, and they're all lovely.
    A nostalgic existence for those experienced with tabletop role-playing games.
    They're actually very strong, and if a group of level five adventurers picks a fight with them they're in for a rude awakening.

    竜牙兵【魔術】
    竜の歯から作られた使い魔。
    大地に歯を蒔き、竜種の魔力と大地からの知識を得て使い捨ての雑兵となる。
    立ち絵では三タイプおり、みんなラブリー。
    TRPG経験者には懐かしい存在。
    ホントは淒く強く、レベル5程度の冒险者じゃ返り討ちだ。

  3. Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] - Episode 12: "The Final Decision"
  4. Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Manga - Chapter 30
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