Character Data 005
Affiliation: Rin Tohsaka's Servant
True Identity: EMIYA
Image Color: Red
Talents: Fiddle with junks, all kinds of housework
Likes: All kinds of housework (he denies it)
Dislike: Hero of Justice
Worst enemy: Rin Tohsaka, Sakura Matou, Illya
Character Data ００５
Ayako Mitsuduri - The Archery club captain from a family of the martial arts
Character Data 020
Affiliation: Homurahara Academy, 2 Year class A
Three sizes: B83/W58/H83
Image Color: Orange
Talents: Martial arts in general
Likes: Video games in general
Dislike: Go, Shogi
Worst enemy: Taiga Fujimura
Character Data 008
Affiliation: Illya's Servant
True Identity: Hercules
Image Color: Lead
Talents: - (Nothing, since he is mad enhanced)
Likes: - (Nothing, since he is mad enhanced)
Dislike: - (Nothing, since he is mad enhanced)
Worst enemy: Gilgamesh
Nasu Kinoko & Takeuchi Takashi • Character Discussion
バーサーカー - 破滅と狂気を誘う黒い戦神
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Nasu: (Summary) He's saying that, when they were brainstorming the heroes, they came up with Heracles for the strongest, most well-known hero. Then, when trying to come up with the oldest, most obscure hero, they went for Gilgamesh. There were other candidates, but they liked his strong-sounding name and his myth. Conceptually, their Gilgamesh has changed very little since they first came up with him.
Nasu: Regardless he was incarnated or not, as long as Gilgamesh was materialized under the Grail System, he could not resist the Grail itself - Black Sakura. Also, the incarnated Gilgamesh had an amazing amount of mana. In Sakura Route, since she devoured an unexpectedly large amount of mana from Gilgamesh, Sakura who was barely maintaining herself, buckled like a broken dam.
Character Data 019
Affiliation: Homurahara Academy, 2 Year class C
Image Color: Orange
Talents: Zen meditation, Karate
Likes: , Crosswords
Dislike: Females, Trendy thing
Worst enemy: Rin Tohsaka
Origin: Fuyuki City Ryuudou Temple
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Nasu Kinoko & Takeuchi Takashi • Character Discussion
Nasu: There were many Command Spells on his arm. In fact, at one point there was this idea to present the effect of the Command Spells consumed to defeat Zouken in Fate/Stay Night with all the bells and whistles. With about ten Command Spells, even a human being can damage a Heroic Spirit. Ultimately I did not get the chance to do so. Mmm, True Assassin was not as reliable as I thought he would be (sweat drop)."
Takeuchi: Speaking of strength, who is stronger, Ciel or Kotomine?
Nasu: Ciel is overwhelmingly strong, due to her circuits, constitution and immortality. The strength of Kotomine at the time of Zero was due to his abnormally large number of Command Spells and his tenacity towards Kiritsugu. It was truly the brightest moment of his life. The Kotomine at that time could even win against Ciel.
Character Data 010
Affiliation: Kirei Kotomine's Servant
True Identity: Cu Chulainn (Childhood name: Sétanta)
Image Color: Blue
Talents: Fishing, diving, mountain climbing
Likes: Women with strong will, irrational promises
Dislike: Other than your himself, irrational promises
Natural enemy: Gilgamesh, Archer
Nasu Kinoko & Takeuchi Takashi • Character Discussion
About Gae Bolg is a Noble Phantasm Nasu:
Takeuchi: So, would Archer get hit?
Nasu: For sure. But since he knows about it, he wouldn’t approach Lancer in the first place. If it looked like Lancer was seriously getting ready to use Gae Bolg, Archer would already be frantically getting as far away as possible.
Takeuchi: Ah, I see. That sort of tactic is always an option, huh? So what about the thrown version?
Nasu: The “Spear of Striking Death Flight”. That one’s just pure, simple destructive power.
Takeuchi: As expected. If you added on the concept of heart-piercing at long range too, then…
Nasu: …it would end up being the ability of Lancer’s father. The ultimate version of Fragarach.
Takeuchi: Eternal Force Blizzard! And the target dies. Around that level.
Nasu: Naturally. Because the battles in mythology are freaking hax, right
ランサー - 魔槍を操る蒼き光の御子
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Character Data 004
Affiliation: Homurahara Academy, Year 2 class C
Image Color: Red copper
Talents: Tinkering with junk, Housework
Dislike: Kirei Kotomine
Worst enemy: Umekobucha
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Zouken Matou's Servant. By using the body of Assassin that caster has summoned, Zouken brought him back as the original Assassin in the current world. His intelligence is initially low prior to his summon, he had difficulties to speak, but his intelligence is enhanced dramatically once he captured the heart of Lancer. He began to have a cordial loyalty to Zouken thereafter.
Character Data 016
Affiliation: Zouken Matou's Servant
True Identity: Hassan-i Sabbah
Image Color: White (MoonLight)
Talents: Stealth, patience, pickpocket
Likes: Dirks (Dagger throw), piety
Dislike: Other than your himself
Worst enemy: 18 other Assassin (Hassan)
Origin: Middle East
Nasu Kinoko & Takeuchi Takashi • Character Discussion
The bow projected and used by Archer. It is a matte black straight bow, with a simple design.
Unlike Shirou’s bow, Archer’s is Western-style, not Japanese. Accordingly, Archer does not use the Japanese shooting method of nocking the arrow in the palm of the left hand, but rather the traditional European method of nocking the arrow over the back of the left hand.
User: Saber Avalon, the Everdistant Utopia. The name of Excalibur’s sheathe, which also holds power as a Noble Phantasm. Aside from healing the user’s wounds and halting their aging, it also turns into a perfect fortress that protects against all physical interference when activated. Even in Arthurian legend, Excalibur’s sheathe is a “magic sheathe”. After Arthur received Excalibur from the fairy of the lake, he was approached by the wizard Merlin, who bequeathed upon him an enchanted sheathe. It is said that as long as he possessed this sheathe, he would not spill so much as a drop of his own blood. As such, it was even more valuable than Excalibur, and its loss to the machinations of his half-sister Morgan Le Faye is connected to King Arthur’s death.
User: Tohsaka Rin
Though it is nominally a dagger, it is not a weapon for slashing or stabbing. Rather, it is a tool for performing magecraft. As an amplifier for the user’s magical energy, it can be used to assist with and strengthen spells.
It is one of the most commonly used mystic codes in the Association, and is often presented as a gift by parents or teachers at coming of age ceremonies.
The sword appears in various anecdotes about Paracelsus, who created the basis of modern alchemy in the early Renaissance period. It is said he carried with him at all times a sword with a jewel set in the pommel, and that the word “Azoth” was inscribed on the jewel. The sword supposedly had a secret compartment in the hilt in which he stored a philosopher’s stone, allowing him to transmute lead into gold and cure any illness.
(Some sources identify it as a cane rather than a sword.)
User: Saber Excalibur’s appearance after being corrupted by evil. Excalibur functions by converting its user’s magical energy into offensive power. Because of this nature as a “sword that amplifies”, when Saber was blackened, Excalibur blackened with her. In Arthurian legend, King Arthur received Excalibur from Vivian, a fairy of the lake. Just as the fairy Vivian who embodied goodness had her polar opposite in the evil Morgan, so too does Excalibur have the possibility of embodying both good and evil. However, whether Excalibur is filled with good or stained by evil, the fact that it is the strongest holy sword does not change.
User: Kotomine Kirei Though they appear to be long swords, they are actually throwing weapons. As they are used against those the Church has defined as “demons”, they can be considered exorcism tools. Because of that their physical attack power is low, but they excel at spiritual interference.
The blade of a Black Key is knit from magical energy, so normally they’re just handles when they’re not in use. Therefore, they excel at portability. It would even be possible to conceal and carry as many as a hundred inside a priest or nun’s vestments, if that’s the sort of thing they were into.
Caladbolg is the demonic sword wielded by the Irish hero Fergus mac Róich in Celtic mythology. The version that Archer projects has been altered to improve its function as an arrow.
In the legends, Fergus mac Róich was the former king of Ulster and foster-father of the hero Cú Chulainn. However, he was tricked out of his kingship, and later allied with Connacht, an enemy of Ulster. During the decisive battle between Connacht and Ulster, Fergus was able to corner the enemy king who had betrayed him, but was prevented from killing him. It is said that he redirected his rage at this turn of events upon three hills, using Caladbolg to blast their tops clean off.
Cú Chulainn is affected by a geis that makes it his duty to be defeated once by the sword so long as the wielder is Ulster-born. For that reason, it could be said to be his natural enemy.
Also, there is a theory that the Caladbolg from Celtic mythology is the same sword as the Caledfwlch from Welsh mythology, making it a prototype of Excalibur.
Golden Sword of Assured Victory
A holy sword appearing in Arthurian legend, just like Excalibur. Refers to the sword Arthur pulled from the stone when he became king. For Saber it is a friendlier, more nostalgic sword than Excalibur.
As symbol of the king’s authority, it is more extravagantly adorned than Excalibur. Because of this, its performance as a weapon is also lower than Excalibur’s.
In the legends, Caliburn is broken when King Arthur engages in a fight contrary to the principles of chivalry. Afterward, he receives a new sword, Excalibur, from the fairy of the lake. There is some debate about whether or not Excalibur was reforged from Caliburn, or if they were two completely different swords from the start.
One of the many, many Noble Phantasms owned by Gilgamesh. It appears in two different stories in Norse mythology. Whichever one you go by, it is a frightening cursed demonic sword.
In the “Völsunga Saga”, it was taken from Fafnir’s treasures by the clan that killed Sigurd. Its curse causes all who possess it to surely die.
In the “Skáldskaparmál”, it is possessed by the Danish king Hogni. It is cursed to always kill a man once it is drawn, and cannot be returned to its sheathe until it does. It is due to this curse that Hogni is locked in eternal combat with the king of Serkland, Hedinn.
User: True Assassin
Daggers carried by True Assassin. Specialized for use as projectiles. Because the tip of the blade is hooked, it is hard to remove them once they’ve hit their target.
Originally, “Dirk” was the name of a type of thrusting dagger traditionally used in Scotland, which were imprinted with Celtic designs and patterns. They were used as actual weapons until around the 18th century, after which they were relegated to ceremonial uses. Also, once Scotland was incorporated into the British Empire the dirk was adopted as a weapon in the armed forces and navy.
By the way, if anybody actually called these “Darks” they’d look pretty silly. Thankfully that would never happen.
One of the Noble Phantasms owned by Gilgamesh.
A holy sword appearing in the “Song of Roland” and emblem of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Wielded by Roland, one of the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, king of the Frankish Empire. When Roland was on the verge of death in battle, he attempted to break Durandal in order to keep it from falling into enemy hands. Unfortunately, the sword proved to be completely indestructible.
Afterward, it was featured prominently in the various legends concerning Charlemagne, eventually becoming a symbol of the knight Roland’s bravery.
Gilgamesh’s favored Noble Phantasm, the Sword of Rupture Ea. Of all his countless Noble Phantasms, this is one of the few that he trusts implicitly.
The blade is divided into three parts, all of which rotate individually. Honestly, calling it a sword at all is a bit of a farce. When it goes into overload, gaseous energy shoots out of the seams between the segments.
The space-cutting technique fired from this overloaded state is called “Enuma Elish”, and boasts destructive power on the same level as Excalibur.
The name “Ea” is taken from one of the gods appearing in Babylonian mythology, of which the legend of Gilgamesh is a part, and the name “Enuma Elish” comes from the Babylonian creation myth.
Sword of Promised Victory
The sword of light possessed by Saber. A holy sword forged by an existence beyond humanity. It is considered among the strongest of Noble Phantasms. Further, it has good performance as a sword and is almost completely devoid of ostentatious ornamentation.
In Arthurian legend, it appears as the holy sword possessed by King Arthur. Once, while concealing his identity as the king’s son and being raised by the wizard Merlin, a young Arthur pulled a sword from a stone and became king. Another time, having broken his sword, King Arthur received a new one from Vivian, a fairy of the lake and guardian of the king.
Both of these swords are called “Excalibur”. However, while the sword in the stone and lady of the lake incidents were originally two separate stories, at some point they were combined into a single narrative. Because of this, the former sword became known as “Caliburn”, and the latter sword “Excalibur”.
The demonic spear used by Lancer. It is a cursed spear with an ominous design. It will unerringly pierce an opponent’s heart, and can annihilate dozens of people with a single throw.
In Celtic mythology, it is the legendary demonic spear possessed by the demigod Cú Chulainn. Because of its huge size for a throwing weapon, nobody except Cú Chulainn was powerful enough to wield it. In some stories, the spear is thrown from the fork of the toes in order to increase its power. The name of this throwing technique is also “Gáe Bolg”.
It is said that it would scatter into countless arrowheads when thrown, wiping out multiple opponents in a single throw. The name Gáe Bolg derives from “ga bool’ga” (serrated throwing weapon), which evokes images of lightning.
User: Gilgamesh A sword that appears in the “Völsunga Saga” of Norse mythology. It is wielded by the hero Sigurd. The incident where Sigurd’s father Sigmund pulled Gram from the trunk of a tree later became the model for Caliburn, the sword in the stone. After Sigurd reforged Gram from the shattered pieces, it is said to have become a demonic sword capable even of killing a dragon.
User: Gilgamesh A divine sword from Greek mythology. One of the Noble Phantasms owned by Gilgamesh. It has a special shape similar to a scythe, with the cutting edge on the inside of the blade. It also has the power to negate the “undying” attribute. The hero Perseus received the sword from Hermes, so that he could exterminate the snake-haired witch Medusa. The legend goes that Perseus approached Medusa – who would turn everybody that looked at her into stone – by using a mirrored shield, and then cut off her head with Harpe while she slept. Because Perseus returned Harpe to Hermes once the task was completed, it can be considered an “Anti-Medusa” weapon.
A weapon used chiefly during China’s Song Dynasty, even this is owned by Gilgamesh.
A Houtengeki is a variation of the Chinese halberd, which is a type of weapon with both a spearhead at the tip of the shaft, and a blade attached to the side.
The distinguishing characteristic of a Houtengeki is the unique crescent shape of the side blade, called the “Moon Fang”. It is a versatile weapon capable of performing piercing, chopping, and slicing attacks. However, because of its extreme versatility a high level of skill is required to master it.
The “Houtengageki” used by Lu Bu in “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” is this kind of weapon.
User: Tohsaka Rin
A limited-function mystic code whose blueprints have been passed down through the Tohsaka family for generations. Because the blade looks like a multi-faceted jewel, it is called the Jewel Sword.
Though limited in scope, the Jewel Sword is capable of manipulating the Second Magic, “Operation of Parallel Worlds”. Interference at the level of peering into other worlds is possible. By effectively wielding this power, it is even possible to draw mana from a parallel world into the user’s own.
It is obvious just from looking at the blade that it completely unsuitable for use as a weapon. However, daggers have a long history of use as accessories for formal dress, or as ceremonial tools. In such cases, daggers with blades made of some material other than metal are not unheard of.
Twin short swords wielded by Archer. When both are equipped at the same time, they enhance the user’s anti-magic and anti-physical attributes, and their own rank as both weapons and Noble Phantasms increases. Further, warding texts are inscribed on the swords’ blades.
Historically, the swords are purported to have been created during China’s Spring and Autumn Period. The swordsmith Gan Jiang was commissioned by the king of the time to make him a wonderful pair of swords. However, the swordsmith’s furnace was unable to even melt the metal. Worried about her husband, the swordsmith’s wife Mo Ye willingly threw herself into the furnace, and the heat of her sacrifice allowed the swords to be completed. The Yang sword was named “Ganjiang”, and the Yin sword “Moye”, after the married couple. However, when it came time to present his handiwork to the king, Gan Jiang handed over only the Moye sword, keeping the Ganjiang sword for himself. The king was furious when he discovered this deception, and had Gan Jiang killed.
A version of Kanshou & Bakuya used by Archer in the undescribed battle against Berserker in Fate route. Using reinforcement magecraft, the blades have been completely transformed into long swords.
By the way, while the story of Ganjiang and Moye has survived to this day, there is no mention of what kind of swords they actually were. The assumption is that they were cast swords, as was common in that time period. Even their shape is a mystery, as the only known description of the swords simply says that Ganjiang had a black tortoise shell pattern and Moye had a white wave pattern.
The Laundry-Drying Pole
Long sword used by Assassin. Measuring 5 shakus (about 1.5 meters), its length defies common sense. Though it has a huge range, it can’t really be called “useful”. Probably nobody except Assassin himself, whose mastery of the sword exceeds the realm of humans, is even capable of wielding it.
It was the sword used by Sasaki Kojirō in real life, as well. The name “Laundry-Drying Pole” is not its formal title, but more of a derogatory nickname. “That blade is way too damn long to use!” would be the intended meaning.
User: Berserker A brutish sword, more like a lump of rock than an axe. Carved from the foundation of a temple, it was also the catalyst used to summon Berserker. It’s only because of Berserker’s ridiculous strength that such a thing can be considered a weapon at all. In real life, flint knives dating back to prehistoric times have been unearthed in Northern Europe. However, because the stone was brittle and the knives broke easily, their lethality was low and they did not see widespread use as weapons. The axe-sword used by Berserker, however, overcomes those faults with sheer mass. It may be an unconventional weapon, but it suits him perfectly.
User: Rider The weapon favored by Rider. Called a “dagger”, but it might be more accurate to describe it as a “nail” that pierces the opponent. Attached to a long chain, which can be used to restrain and immobilize targets that have been pierced. It is not suited for short-range battles, and is better off being thrown around from a distance.
All Spells Must Be Broken User: Caster According to Caster, “This is a sword of negation and betrayal, that nullifies every kind of magecraft in the world.” Capable of returning objects strengthened with magical energy to their former state and nullifying connections bound by contracts, it could be said to be the ultimate “anti-magic” Noble Phantasm. It is an effect suitable to the Noble Phantasm that is a manifestation of Caster’s nature as the “Witch of Betrayal”. As the complex shape of the blade would suggest, it isn’t a very powerful weapon. It’s probably only about as strong as a normal knife. Traditionally, ceremonial knives were never meant to be used as weapons, and were designed as mere decoration. This knife was created under that school of thought.
User: Emiya Shirou A bow that Emiya Shirou made during the fight against Berserker. He attempted to create a copy of Archer’s bow, by using strengthening magecraft on a tree branch. Though the design is more or less the same, if you compare it to Archer’s bow the arrow rest and grip are amateurish and simple. Furthermore, it is a bit less curved, more akin to a Japanese bow than a Western one. It seems that Shirou, as a practitioner of Japanese archery accustomed to the Japanese method of shooting, altered the bow into this shape without realizing it.
User: Fujimura Taiga The bamboo sword wielded by Fujimura Taiga. The tiger charm attached under the guard is undeniably its greatest feature. Despite the fact that she was banned from entering regulation matches for attaching the charm, it is preserved within the Fujimura syndicate as Taiga’s treasured sword. The shinai itself is a tool used in kendo. It is said they were first conceived of by Kamiizumi Nobutsuna, a master swordsman in the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Though they are generally made of bamboo, in recent years shinai made of carbon have begun to appear as well. Incidentally, the majority of the bamboo used in shinai comes from Sadogashima, whose bamboo is believed to be of higher quality due to being forged in the harsh conditions there.
A weapon appearing in the Vedic mythology of ancient India. Owned by Gilgamesh. Originally the bones of the sage Dadhichi, and crafted into a weapon by the maker of divine instruments, Tvastar. In the decisive battle against the Asura Vritra, the thunder god Indra used this weapon to slay him.
One interpretation holds that Vajra is a manifestation of Indra’s lightning, supported by the fact that it is often depicted as a golden projectile. Plus, it just doesn’t look very useful as a conventional weapon.
When the myths were absorbed into Buddhism, Indra was replaced with Śakra, and Vajra’s name was also changed accordingly.