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The Einzbern (アインツベルン, Aintsuberun?) family is an independent magus lineage seeking the Third Magic.

CharacteristicsEdit

The family was created by the disciples of the Magician of the Third Magic seeking to replicate their master's achievements. For such an old lineage, they surprisingly have no branch families. The family's Sorcery Trait is Flow and transfer of power, while homunculi created as the Lesser Grail have the additional trait of Wish-Granting – Spellcasting without possessing the knowledge of the spell itself. They skip the thaumaturgical process altogether and recreate miracles just through the use of magical energy but they are still bound to the limitations of the Magic Circuits.

About 1,000 years ago, the Einzberns started a quest to recover their lost miracle but eventually came to realize that they would never succeed by themselves and thus sought outside help. The result was the establishment of the Heaven's Feel ritual 200 years ago thanks to the help of the Makiri and the Tohsaka. They were the ones who built the Great Grail of Fuyuki and also the ones left in charge of producing a new vessel of the Holy Grail for each new Grail War.

The Magecraft of the Einzbern family, which follows the Thaumaturgical School of Alchemy, is based on the creation and refinement of substances and the focus of their studies lies solely in the structural manipulation of precious metals. They know healing magecraft, but as alchemists this is used not for the sake of recovering the flesh of injured people, but rather to lessen the great burden felt by a subject who received an organ that was tempered with magical power and help his body get used with the newly transplanted organ. Because with the craft of the Einzbern magical energy becomes easily dispersible, buildings that sealed off with soil or stone are the ones most desired by them to install a workshop.

The Einzberns are well known for being excellent producers of homunculus. Even the ones that are regarded as failures by their creators are still superior to even 100 magi. The Einzbern homunculi have their functions determined during the design stages and are born with bodies and minds optimized to perform their purposes.

The current head of the Einzbern family is called Jubstacheit von Einzbern (or simply "old man-Acht") and is the eighth person to rise to the position. He has been around ever since the time of Second Heaven's Feel thanks to methods of life prolonging and it has been said that under his leadership, the Einzbern changed its goals from "seeking the Holy Grail" to "winning the Grail War". He has a close relationship with the Talbot farm of early autumn Darjeeling and for years its tea has been only served to special guests.

Although their members can be dangerous when forced to fight, their single-minded specialization in Alchemy makes them ill-suited for battle. That is the reason why, up to the Third Heaven’s Feel, the Masters of the Einzbern were eliminated early in the battle. For the Fourth Heaven’s Feel, the family hired the services of an outsider, Kiritsugu Emiya, and presented him with the sheath of the holy sword which was excavated from Cornwall to serve as a catalyst to summon King Arthur. The whole family placed their expectations on him, but he ended up betraying them and destroying the Holy Grail.

The Einzbern family have a narrow view of Japan's culture.[1] They live in Germany, in a mountain district near a certain river.[2] The Einzbern castle at their homeland has a chapel and it was there that Kiritsugu summoned Saber. Since their dwelling is in a snowy mountain, the family does not have the custom of raising flowers. The climate of their territory is also not one suitable to produce liquor, but they nevertheless possess a brewery to supply alcohol, which is an ingredient necessary for their Magecraft.

As of the Fourth Holy Grail War, there are practically no true human members of the Einzbern Family, as a majority of the members who are accounted for are either Homunculi, Golems or some other form of Demi-Human or Artificial Human.

They at some point came to be in possession of the Das Rheingold, the great treasure obtained by Siegfried by slaying the dragon Fafnir.[3]

In the Apocrypha universe, they didn't become discouraged by the fact that the Greater Grail was stolen in the Third Holy Grail War. Rather, they don't seem to have that kind of mentality in the first place (if they gave up, it would only be when even their greatest creation, Illyasviel, would fail to attain the Third Sorcery), They are doing everything they can with the belief that they might be able to reproduce that miracle and the Einzberns apparently were trying to make a new one. Accordingly, they have come to reluctantly have relationships with other magi despite their insular and unsociable nature, and the Musik family took advantage of their confused state of affairs in order to receive a portion of their homunculi craft. However, what the Einzberns taught was merely the equivalent of giving a toy to a child, so it was not much of a problem for them. The Musik family concealed the fact that they were part of the Yggdmillennia clan, but naturally the Einzberns know about it. However, the Greater Grail was formed by taking apart the only successful Justeaze-model homunculus, so the Einzbern agreed to cooperate with them in case they should manage to activate one.[4] The Einzberns are in the midst of struggling to make a new Greater Grail under the excuse “It was stolen, so we’ll just make a new Holy Grail”. Fortunately, in the “Apocrypha” world, Kiritsugu Emiya won’t end up becoming involved with the Einzberns, so their greatest work Illyasviel will never be born. As long as she isn’t born, the Einzberns will never despair.[5]

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  1. Fate/Grand Order - Siegfried My Room voice lines - Das Rheingold... the accursed treasure. I had heard from a while ago, that now it is in the possession of alchemists hailing from Germany? If I am not mistaken, the name is.... Einzbern? It would be great if no curse had befallen to them, yet..."
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