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Fairy NPCs in Fate/Grand Order.

Fairies (妖精, Yōsei?) are a race of beings acting as extensions of the planet, considered the "sense of touch" of nature.[1]

History[]

With the coming of the Age of Man, the fairies retreated to the Reverse Side of the World along with the other phantasmal species. As the Age of Gods took longer to disappear in the British Isles than in the rest of the world, fairies there continued to interact with humans for longer.

Fionn mac Cumhaill had seven years of his youth stolen by a fairy. The fairy Vivian granted King Arthur the holy sword Excalibur and raised Lancelot as his foster mother. After the defeat of Vortigern, the fairies worked alongside Arthur to construct Camelot. Arthur's wicked half-sister Morgan le Fay was an evil fairy and counterpart to Vivian, and both she and Vivian were said to have carried Arthur to Avalon upon Arthur's death.

Characteristics[]

Most fairies are beings humans cannot naturally perceive, normally viewable only through Glam Sight Mystic Eyes.[1][2] There do exist certain fairies born wearing "human imagination" as perceivable shells, and those that can be fully perceived by humans are of the Elemental class, like Arcueid Brunestud.[1] The magical foundations of fairies and elementals are of a Mystery unable to be reached through Magecraft.[1] Fairies do not need to rely on Magecraft, as they can perform Mysteries without the use of things like Foundations, Mystic Codes, or formulas. In fact, they look down on people who do need to go through all the trouble of performing Magecraft.[3] Instead of Magic Circuits, fairies have Divine Patterns (神代紋様, Jindai Monyō?, lit. "Age of Gods Pattern")[4] or Fairy Patterns (妖精紋様, Yōsei Monyō?)[5], which are far superior to a human's Magic Circuits.

There are various types of fae: Those who have fallen from the rank of a god; an accumulation of human and animal grudges plus dregs of their souls; thoughts with no other place to go, reborn as an empty human rumor. These are fae that are born from human society and strictly speaking, not genuine. Genuine fae come from within the planet, unrelated to human society. They develop from the inner sea of the planet. These fae which come from within the inner sea of the planet are known in the magecraft world as Great Fathers (大父?) or Great Mothers (大母?) and can be thought of as Divided Spirits of the planet's soul. They're about the same scope as an anthropomorphized nature divinity, but unlike those gods, they are not clothed in human rules. Great Fathers and Mothers are pure transcendent existences. Vivian/Morgan le Fay was one of these Great Mothers.[6]

All fairies are born independently of each other. Fairies with similar attributes refer to each other as siblings. Offsprings are those born to succeed fairies who have fulfilled their purpose and passed on. This relationship is referred to as “current generation” and “previous generation”, though there is no connection like that of humans since fairies are born independently. Abilities and appearances are similar between generations (for example, Tonelico and Artoria Caster look the same because they are fairies born with the same purpose), so a fairy will always know who they are no matter when or where they’re born. Rarely, even though the “current generation” is still alive, a fairy resembling them is born. In these instances, the fairy can be considered an offspring of the “current generation”.[7]

Fairies are essentially immortal and do not have the same lifespan as humans or animals. When a fairy is born they have a purpose deep in their hearts. If they lose their purpose they lose their name as well, and without a name they gradually waste away until they die. Fairies who have lost their names are hated by other fairies.[8]

Mors in Fate/Grand Order.

Fairies who die this way become Mors (モース?): life that can no longer speak or hear, the black algae that pollutes the world with its existence, the curse of Britain, killer of fairies.[9] A fairy who becomes too absorbed in their purpose however will lose sight of themselves and endlessly generate magical energy to the point they cannot maintain their form. These are considered to be evil fairies.

Humans are an indispensable source of nourishment for fairies. Just being near a human greatly increases morale, a kind of spiritual fulfillment.[9]

Fairies do not get hungry and do not need to eat, though they enjoy eating and throwing parties for fun.[9]

“Iron Weapons” can injure faeries. Above all else, iron manufacturing played a crucial part in human technological advancements.

Fairies can see through lies with their Fairy Eyes (妖精眼?).[10]

Items that are granted by fairies, such as Arondight, Avalon, Excalibur and Gáe Buidhe bear engraved inscriptions with Fairy letters (妖精文字, Yōsei Moji?), one of the lost languages, to show they were not crafted by human hands.[11]

Avalon is said to be the "Land of Fairies."[12]

English Lostbelt[]

Within the English Lostbelt, fairies of the Great Father and Mother ranks who appear on the surface to solve a problem or on a mission from the planet are known as Sub-Bells (亜鈴, Arei?). It is a term close to Elementals or True Ancestors. Sub-Bells are Great Mother class fairies who have "their own will," their own truths. The essence of these fae carry properties that reshape the World. This is known as a fairy's territory, the great mystery powerful fae possess. Furthermore, just by being present, Sub-Bells increase the number of terminals, also known as offspring. Children of the forest or children of the stone are known to be these offspring. These are the majority of fae in fairyland. Compared to Sub-Bell their power only consists of the tip of a nail, but offspring are offspring. Some strongly inherit the blood of the Sub-Bells. Two known inheritors of Sub-Bell blood are Knocknarea and Muryan. Most other Sub-Bells have perished and became wandering wraiths called Fairy Dreadlords.[6]

Fairies in the English Lostbelt take humans as slaves, and fascinated by human culture, they have built a society modeled on the humans'. While fairies in Proper Human History lived as one with nature, the fairies of the Lostbelt live in cities and craft goods. But it is only facsimile, and they don't truly understand the meanings behind what they are copying from humans.[10] When a fairy owns a human, they form a magical bond similar to a Master/Servant contract.[13]

The fairies of this world gave up their Fairy Eyes that can see through lies long ago.[10]

When fairies die, their corpses change and become part of Britain.[14]

Fairies in the English Lostbelt are divided into clans that function like ethnic groups: the Wind Clan, Earth Clan, Fang Clan, Wing Clan, Mirror Clan and King Clan. The clan system was established after the Summer War between Mab's fairies of the north and the fairies of the south 4,000 years ago. Not all fairies are a part of one; for example, Artoria says she is not in any clan.

  • Wind Clan (風の氏族?): Fairies that look like humans, like Harobalomia. Peaceful and rational, with an excellent divine form. Their leader is Aurora.
  • Earth Clan (土の氏族?): A hardy, tight-knight race resembling dwarves, like Onfam. The hardest working who help construct buildings and roads. Their leader is Spriggan.
  • Fang Clan (牙の氏族?): Animalistic fairies like Doga who live as one with the earth like a pack of wolves. Belligerent, but very strong; the fairies of the Lostbelt were able to survive because the Fang Clan fought for them. Their leader is Woodwose.
  • Wing Clan (翅の氏族?): Fairies with butterfly-like wings. Except for Muryan they were wiped out 1200 years ago by the Fang Clan.
  • Mirror Clan (鏡の氏族?): Used to be the most populous clan in the fairy lands, but several years ago their entire village vanished. Their leader is Ainsel.
  • King Clan (王の氏族?): The cause of all discord, division, and conflict in Britain, led by Knocknarea, a single peerless individual who looks down on all others.[15]

Role[]

Kara no Kyoukai[]

Satsuki Kurogiri was kidnapped by fairies at the age of ten, who made him lose all his past memory and cursed him so that he could still store future memories in his brain, but could not retrieve those memories and recognize them as his own. He eventually killed every fairy he came across when he escaped. In order to cope with his problem, he had to store his visual information in descriptive words, so that he could recognize it the next time he saw it; however, if the object he had seen had changed in any way, he was still unable to recognize it. Satsuki managed to learn the Unified Language from his contact from the fairies.[16] However, in reality, the fairies did not actually kidnap him, but instead he killed them in some kind of Mad Dream, and his current mental state is a result of their last curse in vengeance.

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files[]

Doctor Heartless had his heart stolen by the fairies. Betrayed by his fellow students, Kurou Adashino was thrown down a hole in the Spiritual Tomb of Albion that led to the land of fairies. After his encounter with the fairies he used his Mystic Eyes of Finding to find an exit, only to find once he returned to the human world that he had traveled to the past because the land of fairies was outside of time and space. Calling himself Heartless, he decided to complete the time loop he now realized he was in to get his revenge. He decided to tear down the magecraft society that allowed such a betrayal to exist.[17][18]

After making contact with the fairy Faye, Trevor Pelham Codrington created artificial Black Dog fairies to create his own Wild Hunt. Upon realizing his true intentions, Faye killed him, but the Black Dogs continued to propagate even after his death. The incident at his estate opened a temporary door to fairyland through which his son Wills Pelham Codrington entered.

Fate/Grand Order[]

During his time managing the English Lostbelt, Beryl Gut had somehow incurred the wrath and anger of Fairies and has now become constantly targeted by them. The exact specifics and mechanics of this condition is unknown, but whenever Beryl declares his presence out loud, he immediately becomes targeted by Rhongomyniad, regardless of him being within the native English Lostbelt of its owner or in another Lostbelt altogether. Beryl had essentially taken advantage of this condition to target both himself and his enemies by declaring his presence and having the Lance be fired at both himself and his intended target, as seen where Kirschtaria Wodime was forced to expand the majority of his magical energy into his defensive Magecraft to defend himself and block it and had thus then left him open to be attacked by Beryl himself.[19]

Known fairies[]

Types[]

Black Dog[]

Black Dogs (捕食?) are a type of fairy said to appear at crossroads, and an incarnation of thunder. They are said to devour the souls of the deceased.[2] They are associated with the Wild Hunt.[20] Evil fairies from the Unseelie Court, Black Dogs follow the rotten smell of mortal life and even eat other fairies.[21]

Artificial Black Dogs seen in the anime adaption of Lord El-Melloi II Case Files.

The ones encountered by Lord El-Melloi II, Gray, and Kairi Sisigou at the Marburry Workshop are artificial fairies created by Trevor Pelham Codrington. On days where the alignment of the moon and stars heightened powers of the underworld and the Earth, people who entered the Workshop were killed by a Black Dog. The victims were then transformed into Black Dogs themselves by the Workshop using the Fairies' power and Fairy Eyes.[2]

Barghest is said to be a type of Black Dog specific to northern England, a chained dog with burning horns and eyes. She is a type of Black Dog that brings death in the countryside, and appears in cities when someone dies.[22] She can also transform humans into Black Dogs.[23]

The Hound of the Baskervilles that Sherlock Holmes once encountered was close in nature to the Black Dogs. Arthur Conan Doyle obfuscated the Hound's true nature when he turned Holmes' case into a novel, removing all references to magecraft and the Mage's Association.[20]

Familiar[]

Apparitions shaped after the image of fairies

Misaya Ouji, granted the ability by Satsuki Kurogiri, utilizes Familiars using fairy-like shells, but they are not the real thing. The false fairies are normally formless, low rank spirits that have been granted the image of woodland fairies. These shells allow them to wield a portion of real fairies' power.[1]

Goblin[]

Goblins in Fate/Grand Order.

Goblins (ゴブリン?) are male demonic humanoid fairies with green skin that appear as enemies in Fate/Grand Order. Wag, Winky, and Rob are goblins.

Human-Eating Fairies[]

Human-Eating Fairies (食人妖精, Shokujin Yōsei?) are a subset found in the Seventh Labyrinth of Caubac Alcatraz. They are Familiars around 20-30 centimeters in height.

Spriggan[]

Spriggans in Fate/Grand Order.

Spriggans (スプリ?) are giant humanoid fairies that seem to be made of stone, that appear as enemies in Fate/Grand Order.

Witch[]

Main article: Witch

Witches are fairies, they do not have children. Beryl Gut's mother said that she was her own mother.[25]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
    [v] Kara no Kyoukai Special Pamphlet - Encyclopedia: Faeries [Others], p.041 [T]

    Faeries [Others]
    Ouji Misaya's Familiars.
    Originally, Faeries are considered the nature's sense of touch, something that humans cannot perceive.
    However, there are indeed some Faeries who were born wearing humans' imagination as shells.
    Ouji Misaya's Familiars are false Faeries. They are formless low-rank Spirits possessing the image of woodland Faeries.
    They can indeed wield a portion of the original Faeries' powers due to wearing Faerie-like shells.
    The Faerie-disguises are thought to be the creation of Misaya's Master rather than hers.
    As an aside, true Faeries at the scale of capable of being perceived by humans are called Elementals. A certain white vampire seemed to be of this class.
    One more thing, the Foundation of Faeries and Elementals are of a Mystery that cannot be reached through magecraft.

    妖精【ようせい】【その他】
    黄路美沙夜が使役《し えき》していた使い魔。
    本来、妖精とは自然の触覚として捉えられる概念で、人に知覚できるものではない。
    が、そういった人間の想像図を外殻にして生まれてしまう妖精も稀《まれ》に存在する。
    黄路美沙夜が使役したモノは、森に棲むとされる一般的な妖精のイメージに、カタチを作れない下級の霊を憑依《ひょうい》させ、妖精に偽装したもの。
    妖精としての殻を被ったそれらは、元になった妖精の能力の一部を行使できる。
    妖精偽装は黄路美沙夜ではなく彼女の師が行ったと思われる。
    余談ではあるが、本物の妖精は人間にも知覚できるほどの規模になると精霊と呼ばれる。某白い吸血鬼はこちらに属するとか。
    更に余談ではあるが、妖精・精霊もその基盤は魔術では成しえない神秘である。

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Rail Zeppelin Grace note - Episode 5: "The Lance that shines at the End of the World"
  3. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 2 Section 2
  4. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 3 Section 1
  5. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Round Table Domain - Chapter 14 Section 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 4 Section 2 - Oberon's fairy explanation, translated by You
  7. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 6 Section 3
  8. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 1 Section 5
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 1 Section 6
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 2 Section 3
  11. Fate/Zero Volume 1: The Untold Story of the Fourth Holy Grail War - Act 1 Part 2 -282:14:28
  12. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - The Servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War: Saber, p.020-021 [T]

    Artoria
    Class: Saber
    Master: Emiya Shirou
    Alignment: Lawful Good
    Sex: Female
    Height: 154cm
    Weight: 42kg
    Armament: Armour, Sword

    STR: B
    CON: C
    AGI: C
    MGI: B
    LCK: B
    Noble Phantasm: C

    Legend
    Once up on a time, there was a king in England named Arthur Pendragon. He was the legendary king who staunchly defended the land from the invading Saxons for a long period of time.
    The name Arthur, written in the fashion of Romans is “Artorius”. Its feminine form is “Artoria”, which is the true name of Saber.
    Artoria was born between Uther Pendragon and a Queen hailed from the rival kingdom. She grew up under the guidance of the True Magician Merlin, and became the king after pulling out the Sword of Selection. Later, she led Lacenlot, Gawain, and other famed knights to achieve innumerable deeds. They engaged the King of Saxons at the Battle of Badon Hill and brought peace to the land of Britain. Because the Scabbard of the Holy Sword stopped her from aging, Artoria continued to reign as the ideal king. It was ironic that Queen Guinevere and the serving knights grew more distant from Artoria precisely because she was too ideal. In the civil war that raged at the end of her reign, she crossed blade with her very own son, Mordred. At that instant, she pledged her service as a Heroic Spirit after death in exchange for striking a pact with the World. The one wish she hoped the Holy Grail could realise was “redo the selection of the king”. In legend, the body of King Arthur was transported to the Fairyland – Avalon, where he is healing his wounds in serenity.

    Tactics
    Saber’s ability is maximally unleashed while engaging in an honourable face-to-face single combat. It is a method of battle that is full of chivalric honour, and it is also one that suits Saber's sense of aesthetics. However, this does not mean she dislikes strategising. Because she is also a capable military commander, she tends to loath fabricated strategies that have no concrete basis. She fine-tunes her strategy meticulously. While on the battlefield, she further adapts her actions in response to the ever-changing dynamics of combat. Naturally, Saber despises cowardly actions, strategies or not. For this reason, in the Fourth Holy Grail War, her compatibility with the cool-headed, achieving-his-goal-at-all-cost Master Emiya Kiritsugu was the worst.

    Class Abilities
    Magic Resistance: A
    Artoria boasts the highest rank of resistance to magic amongst the Servants. She is capable of completely neutralising grand sorceries involving magic arrays and instant contracts. Even modern magi of the highest level cannot wound her directly with sorcery. Artoria is able to resist an action force onto her powered by one stroke of the Command Spell. Such is the extraordinary rank of Artoria’s Magic Resistance, sufficient to shake the very foundation of the Servant System. If the opponent is someone who attacks with sorcery, Artoria will charge without fear and determine the outcome of the battle with a slash.
    Also, as her “Pendragon” name shows, Artoria is the holder of the Element of the Red Dragon, charged with the task of protecting the kingdom. She carries the very magical power of the Dragon. This humongous magical power is also the source of Artoria’s Magic Resistance. Due to the characteristics of Dragon, Artoria has much trouble with existences such as Siegfried, who is associated with tales of “Dragon extermination”. If she is targeted by “Dragon-slaying Sorceries”, it is possible that Magic Resistance will not function to its fullest extent.
    In the story, Artoria retained her Magic Resistance of A while having Emiya Shirou and Rin as Masters, regardless the two’s differences in power and characteristics. On the other hand, while having Matou Sakura as her Master, her Magic Resistance decreased to B as a result of Blackening.

    Riding: B
    Since “knights” are soldiers who are proficient in mounted warfare, Saber’s rank in Riding is very high. Chariots can be ridden the same way. Motorcycles and automobiles are treated as “modern mounts”, thus a high rank in Riding is also applicable. It is unclear if Riding is applicable to aircrafts. Saber’s Riding was elevated to A while having Emiya Kiritsugu as Master. However, Artoria can ultimately only control normal mounts. She cannot control Pegasi, Griffons, Dragons, and other Magical Beast, Divine Beast Ranked Phantasmal Species. This is due to her Class not being Rider, as well as the fact that she was a King in the Age of Man, thus did not have the fortune of having “Legends of Riding Phantasmal Species”.
    Artoria rode a motorcycle in the Fourth Holy Grail War, but did not have the opportunity to demonstrate her Riding ability in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Provided with the appropriate mount, the battles might have developed differently.

    Personal Skills
    Instinct: A
    Instinct is the ability to instantly identify “the best personal course of action” during combat. Because this skill allows for the prediction of trajectory, it is possible to avoid attacks from firearms. At rank A, it is essentially in the realm of predicting the future. Through this ability, it is possible to negate the penalties inflicted by visual and auditory interference to a certain extend.
    Being able to discern Cú Chulainn’s ultimate technique certainly reflects her skills, but having exceptional Instinct also helped her immensely.

    Mana Burst: A
    The ability to reinforce one’s weapon and body through the infusion of magical energy. By reinforcing the ability of the body to a great extend using magical energy, the physically fragile Artoria was able to fight head on with monsters such as Berserker. At rank A, even a stick can become a weapon of great power.
    Executing large-scale body reinforcement through Mana Burst is only possible with Artoria’s immense magical power.
    (Translator's Note: This is basically analogous to Strengthening/Reinforcement Sorcery.)

    Charisma: B
    Artoria possessed high Charisma, and reigned as the king of England. The morale of military forces she commands is extremely high. However, this strong influence is still insufficient to build a vast empire spanning the world, so it remains at rank B (enough to rule a country).
    Caption: Artoria, the protector of the British Isles. Even with her Charisma, she could not avert the fall of her kingdom.

    Noble Phantasms
    Invisible Air
    Rank: C
    Type: Anti-Unit
    Range: 1~2
    Maximum Targets: 1 Object

    A barrier that renders the blade hidden by entangling it with layers of wind, and altering the light refraction rate. It is closer to a sorcery than a Noble Phantasm. By using this barrier, Artoria can attack without the opponent recognising the sword’s reach and trajectory. Since concealing one’s Noble Phantasm also conceals one’s true identity, Invisible Air was highly effective at the early stages of the Holy Grail War. It also has other advantages such as increasing attack power and accuracy. Entangling the sword with wind and using the wind as the blade enhances the attack power, while having an “invisible weapon” provides an advantage in accuracy. (Translator’s Note: It is probably more “decreasing opponent's evasion” in RPG terms.) Since the advantage of Invisible Air lies in “invisibility”, the accuracy increase will not occur while engaging opponents who possess Eye of the Mind or do not depend on vision.
    In the Fourth Holy Grail War, Artoria unleashed the condensed air and used it as a long-range weapon that mauls down groups of enemies --- “The Iron Mallet of the Wind King”.

    Excalibur
    Rank: A++
    Type: Anti-Fortress
    Range: 1~99
    Maximum Targets: 1000 Persons

    The greatest and most powerful Noble Phantasm of Artoria (Translator’s Note: Not Avalon?). It is the strongest and most majestic holy sword that symbolises King Arthur. The pinnacle of holy swords. Excalibur was not forged by mankind, but crystallised within the Earth, using the wishes of mankind as the basis. It is one of the ultimate God-forged weapons, a Last Phantasm. Originally cared for by the Faeries of the Planet, it was passed into the hands of King Arthur through the Lady of the Lake.
    Excalibur converts the mana of the wielder into light, and as the sword is swung, the light is released from the tip of the blade like a laser beam and destroys everything in its path. Of course, the mana consumption is extreme, thus it cannot be fired consecutively. In the Fourth Holy Grail War, the beastly giant sea monster summoned by Caster was completely incinerated by this Noble Phantasm. Excalibur is classified as an ‘Anti-Fortress Noble Phantasm” due to its magnitude and destructive power.

    Avalon
    Rank: EX
    Type: Bound Field
    Maximum Targets: 1 Person
    The sheath of Excalibur, a Noble Phantasm with its origin in the Fairyland Avalon where King Arthur rests. The wielder will heal from any wound, and the aging process will cease. Unleashing the true name of Avalon will deploy a Bound Field that provides the greatest defence. A Noble Phantasm that annuls the interference of True Magic; its existence is equivalent to True Magic.
    In legend, losing this sheath casted an ominous shadow onto the life of King Arthur, eventually cascading to the collapse of the kingdom. In modern times, the Einzberns excavated Avalon at Cornwall and passed it into the hands of Emiya Kiritsugu. Afterward, it was planted into the body of Emiya Shirou to save his life, eventually becoming the link that led to his bond with Artoria. In Fate Route, Artoria learned that Shirou was her “sheath”, which led the duo to emerge victorious in the Holy Grail War.

    対魔力: A
    また、アーサー王の父ウーサーは、マーリンの計らいで竜の因子を持った後継者を造り、アルトリアは人であり ながら竜そのものの魔力を帯びるに至った。

  13. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 3 Section 5
  14. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 13 Section 8
  15. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 1 Section 3
  16. [v] Kara no Kyoukai - Chapter 6: “Oblivion Recorder” Movies Q & A Pamphlets
    Q: When and how did Kurogiri Satsuki master the Unified Language?

    Q: When and how did Kurogiri Satsuki master the Unified Language? <The 9th Servant>

    Nasu: When he was kidnapped by fairies, it’s safe to assume they tampered with him in various ways. Kind of like Shocker from Kamen Rider.
    Takeuchi: Kurogiri Satsuki is a modified human. He was altered by fairies as a child, and became a thirty-year-old with a proclivity for dreaming!
    Nasu: Oh, I wish somebody would alter me!

  17. Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Volume 10: case. Grand Resolution (Lower)
  18. [v] Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material - Encyclopedia: Heartless [Person], p.105

    Heartless [Person]
    Also known as Adashino Kurou.
    His elemental affinity was originally Earth, but was changed by his experience in the Land of the Fairies.
    In this work, he stands as the greatest rival of El-Melloi II. Or one could call him El-Melloi II’s shadow. While El-Melloi II could be characterized as one so lacking in talent he is always being saved by his students, Heartless can be characterized by one who is so peerless in ability that he was inevitably betrayed by his students.
    The magecraft he uses is wide and varied.
    The Faculty of Modern Magecraft didn’t have much in the way of family lines, and so worked to preserve numerous forms of magecraft of relatively shallow histories. Heartless’ area of study was each and every one of those. Though it is hard to say how much he was aware of it, due to a certain kind of time paradox, having lead the dual lives of Adashino Kurou and Heartless had a large influence on him.
    Adashino Kurou received all kinds of guidance from his future self, Heartless, causing his abilities to grow at an unprecedented rate. To those around him, it seemed like the pouring of water from one bottle into another, but there was nothing supernatural about it. In reality, his future self knew his own nature and thought process so well that he could provide the perfect teaching and guidance for him, thus transferring all of his skills.
    …in short, it was an homage to a certain Archer and his relationship with Emiya Shirou in the Fifth Holy Grail War.
    His ability to completely flip his heart was, as El-Melloi II recognized, not an ability so much as it was a defect. His heart, left behind in the Land of the Fairies, once connected to the body that was now like an empty shell, made a kind of pseudo-teleportation possible for him, an ability encroaching on the domain of True Magic. However, it was an act similar to inserting a scalpel into one’s heart and flipping it over.
    In the Rail Zeppelin incident, he casually opened his heart twice, but in reality his back was really up against the wall.
    He was the bearer of Mystic Eyes that could steal and take over the vision of others, the Mystic Eyes of the Usurper.
    Originally, they were similar to the Mystic Eyes of Finding, only able to find lost things that they were specifically paired with — rare to be sure, but all in all rather low level as far as Mystic Eyes are concerned. However, due to his time spent in the Land of the Fairies, they transformed into “Mystic Eyes that could steal even the vision from Mystic Eyes.”



    During the story, he spent ten years on his plan to turn the world of magecraft on its head.
    This was not because of some anger at Kurou’s friends among the survivors (or his four students, from Heartless’ perspective) betraying him. Having experienced that betrayal twice after jumping through time, he considered that situation to be “a simple result of karma.”
    Water flows from high to low. Things burned turn to ash.
    As such, if the system itself never changes, the same things will happen over and over for all eternity. That was why he left behind his position as head of the Faculty of Modern Magecraft and, using every method imaginable, sought to upend the world of magecraft known to the Clock Tower.
    In this case, the first thing he needed was information to overwhelm the other magi.
    Carefully picking his allies, he ended up joining forces with Lord Marisbury of the Faculty of Astrology, secretly orchestrating the Mystic Eye Bearer Serial Killings seven years prior. After acquiring numerous sets of Mystic Eyes by doing so, Heartless learned of the truth of the Holy Grail War that the Clock Tower failed to consider seriously, and at the same time decided to keep that information hidden.
    As a result, Marisbury also recognized that the Holy Grail War wouldn’t be able to satisfy his objectives, and he put an end to his own plans…but that is another story.
    At any rate, Heartless, knowing about the truth of the Fourth Holy Grail War and the existence of Servants, moved on to the next step of his plan. In short, through the use of the Divine Spirit Iskandar, the plan for the revival of the magecraft from the Age of Gods. The conspiracies of the Clock Tower were nothing more than scrabbling over Mysteries that were already in decline. So, it was better to return to the Age of Gods, where such intrigue was unnecessary, he thought.



    As an aside, his partnership with Faker was an enjoyable one for him.
    Within his life, where he had already predicted his own betrayal, the companionship of Faker who was raging at being betrayed by the Ionian Hetairoi was something he could accept without consideration. In most cases the relationship between Master and Servant is riddled with tension, but regardless of Faker’s opinion of Heartless, Heartless’ opinion of Faker was that he could rest assured in their partnership.
    Part of the reason much of the malice in Faker’s personality seemed to disappear in Grand Roll was no doubt because of Heartless’ attitude in that respect. Between the times of the Rail Zeppelin and Grand Roll incidents, the pair of them got involved in numerous incidents beyond the knowledge of El-Melloi II. Through it all, Heartless always seemed to be strangely enjoying himslf, an attitude that always brought a frown and a “what’s with this guy?” from Faker.
    In comparison to the rest of his unfortunate life, the last two months of his plan to upend the world of magecraft were, despite the tremendous upheavel, incredibly calm.

    ハートレス【人名】
    もしくは、化野九郎。
    属性は地だが、妖精郷を経たことで変質している。
    本編における、エルメロイII世の最大のライバル。もしくはII世の影。本人が才能を持たず、生徒たちに助けられたのがエルメロイII世なら、本人が無類の才能を持ち、それゆえに生徒たちに裏切られたのがハートレスという男だ。
    扱う魔術は多岐にわたる。
    当時の現代魔術科は、魔術についてあまり系統だっておらず、比較的歴史の浅い魔術を片端から保存していたのだが、ハートレスはこのことごとくを修めてのけたのだ。どこまで意識していたかは分からないが、ある種のタイムパラドックスを含む、化野九郎とハートレスの二重人生も大きな影響を与えただろう。
    ハートレスのもととなった化野九郎は自分の未来の姿であるハートレスから指導を受けることで、途轍もない速度で実力を伸ばしていった。周囲からは瓶水を移すようと思われていたが、なんのことはない。本当に未来の自分から、素質も思想も見きった完全に的確な指導によって、その能力のすべてを移譲されていたのだ。
    ……つまり、これは第五次聖杯戦争における、とあるアーチャーと衛宮士郎のオマージュなのである。
    心臓を裏返すという行為は、II世が看破していた通り、能力というよりは単なる欠陥である。妖精郷に置きっぱなしになっている彼の心臓と、いまや抜け殻になった彼の身体の内側をつなぐことで、魔法の域に近しい疑似転移を可能とするが、これは心臓にメスをいれて裏返すような行為なのだ。
    魔眼蒐集列車では、彼は涼しい顔で二度心臓を開いているが、実のところ最大のピンチはあのタイミングだった。
    視界を奪う、簒奪の魔眼の持ち主。
    本来、対になったものを探し出す失せ物探し程度の―――それなりに珍しいが、格は低い魔眼だった。しかし、これも妖精郷を経た結果、「魔眼の視界さえ奪う魔眼」へと変質してしまっている。



    作中では、十年をかけて、魔術世界をひっくり返そうと目論む。
    これはけして、化野九郎にとって仲間だった生還者たち(ハートレスにとって弟子だった四人)の裏切りに怒ったためではない。時間を越えて、ニ度同じ裏切りに立ち会ったことで、この事象を「単なる因果の帰結である」と、彼は捉えるようになった。
    水は高きより低きに流れる。炎で焼かれたものは灰となる。
    ならば、このシステム自体を変更しない限り、無限に同じことが起こる。だからこそ、ハートレスは現代魔術科の学部長を辞し、あらゆる手段を厭わず、時計塔による既存の魔術世界を転覆させようとした。
    この際、最初に必要となったのが、ほかの魔術師を圧倒する情報である。
    慎重に相手を選んだ結果、天体科の君主マリスビリーと手を組み、密かに七年前の魔眼保持者連続殺人事件を引き起こす。これによって多くの魔眼を得たハートレスは、時計塔では重視されてなかった聖杯戦争の真実を知り、同時にこれらの情報を隠匿することとなる。
    結果として、聖杯戦争では目的を達成しえないと知ったマリスビリーも、自身の計画を中止することとなるのだが……これはまた別の話である。
    いずれにせよ、サーヴァントの存在や第四次聖杯戦争の真実を知ったハートレスは、次の段階へと移行する。つまり、神霊イスカンダルによる、神代魔術復興計画である。時計塔がくだらない陰謀に明け暮れているのは、衰退していく神秘を取り合っているからだ。ならば、そんな必要のなかった神代の魔術を取り戻せば良い、と考えたのだ。



    余談だが、フェイカーとのコンビは、彼にとって愉快なものだった。
    常に裏切られることを予測していた彼の人生の中で、『王の軍勢』の裏切りに激怒していたフェイカーとの付き合いだけは、そんなことを考えずにすむ関係であったからだ。おおよそサーヴァントとマスターの関係というのは、どこか緊張感を孕んだものなのだが、フェイカーにとってのハートレスはともかく、ハートレスにとってのフェイカーは、ずっと安心できる相手だった。
    冠位決議のフェイカーがどこか毒気を抜かれたようだったのは、そんなハートレスの態度を見続けたからでもあったろう。魔眼蒐集列車から冠位決議までの間、エルメロイII世のあずかりしらぬところで、このコンビはいくつかの事件に遭遇しているが、そのたびに妙に楽しそうなハートレスを目撃して、「なんだこいつ」とフェィ力ーは眉をひそめていたのだった。
    彼の数奇な人生の中で、魔術世界を転覆させようとした最後のこのニケ月だけが、激動の内容にかかわらず、ひどく穩やかなものであった。

  19. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Olympus: Interstellar Mountain City, Section 23: The Day a God is Shot Down
  20. 20.0 20.1 Fate/Grand Order - Sherlock Holmes Interlude: Thinking Back to Lost Times
  21. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Fragment 2
  22. Fate/Grand Order — Fairy Knight Gawain Profile, translated by Konchew
  23. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Chapter 3 Section 7
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 Fate/Labyrinth - Monster Encyclopedia, Translations by You
  25. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain - Beryl's confession scene
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