False Lancer (偽ランサー, Nise Ransā?) is the "False" Lancer-class Servant summoned by the Wolf in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange Fake. Lancer is one of the Servants summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
Lancer's True Name is Enkidu (エルキドゥ, Erukidu?), the only friend of Gilgamesh. Born from a clod of earth, Enkidu was clay shaped by hands of the Gods, their father the king of gods, Anu, and their mother the goddess of creation, Aruru. It was neither male nor female, but merely a monster made of mud that descended onto the earth and awoke in the wilderness. It opened its eyelids in response to a voice calling to it from afar, taking in the sight of the expanses of land and sky and the towering city in the distance. The voice was unknown to Enkidu, but it was neither the maternal hand nor the paternal rebuke.
Though Enkidu was given superb power, their parents were unable to give Enkidu a Soul. They had no intellect after awakening, so their existence for years afterward consisted of rushing through the wilderness with the animals. Though Enkidu had a purpose, given the task of being the chains to return the keystone, Gilgamesh, back under control of the Gods, without a soul they could only live like a feral animal. Lacking the will of a human, Enkidu's happiness came from being free in the wild, neither perfect nor flawed. They would still stop to look at the city occasionally, hearing the voice that was neither their father's nor mother's calling to them from beyond the wilds.
Anu brought Enkidu a woman, the divine harlot, after despairing over their lack of rational thought. The asexual lump of clay fell for the beauty of the woman, which transcended the bound between man and woman, and they spent six days and seven nights together. The mud puppet, ignorant of mankind, slowly allowed their form to approximate that of a human, which seemed to become that of the beautiful harlot sharing their food and bed with them, as if attempting to assume her beauty. Enkidu made her paradoxical beauty their own, losing much of their strength and divinity, though still retaining levels of both far above that of humanity, in exchange for wisdom and reason. They had never looked in a mirror, so the humanoid form became a good instructor for Enkidu to learn about themself. They acquired knowledge and rational thought, all the truths of heaven and earth. Filled with the soul needed to fulfill their task, Enkidu spoke its name for the first time and the world became something extremely simple in that instant.
Finally recognizing their role and task, imposing the wrath of the gods and divine judgement upon a fellow puppet of the gods, Enkidu decided to seek out the arrogant Gilgamesh. The one they found was still a child, so Enkidu had to wait until Gilgamesh reached adulthood in order to fight and reprimand him as an equal. It watched the city while waiting, hearing the familiar voice from within. While watching Gilgamesh grow by the day, Enkidu found that the king's fair nature confused them and made them question the gods' judgement. Soon, and though they understood the reason behind it, Enkidu came to realize the gods were correct, however, as Gilgamesh grew and became a tyrant.
Understanding that Gilgamesh's arrogance stemmed from his solitude, Enkidu sought to reprimand him, but did not state the real reason to avoid hurting his pride. They met Gilgamesh in front of the temple of Uruk, and both clashed in a fierce battle that lasted for several days. Gilgamesh was angered by a "clod of mud" being equal to him, humiliated that he had to use his treasures. He soon came to enjoy the battle, however, and brought his weapons out without regret. After fierce fighting that left them both spent, each warrior collapsed to the ground without consideration for the location. Gilgamesh did so laughing, noting that there could be no winner without two corpses, and Enkidu fell in imitation of him, like a mirror.
Praising each other's valor, they became peerless friends who went on to have many adventures. One of Enkidu's few achievements of the time was to have Gilgamesh make use of his treasures in battle. They combined their strength to defeat the guardian of the forest and beast of the gods, Humbaba, for the reason of protecting Uruk rather than anything to do with the gods. Enkidu commented that the people were suffering under them, so they questioned the point of such an action. Enkidu came to understand Gilgamesh's path at that point, that the king would observe humanity's future from his solidarity.
Enkidu attempted to declare that they were a tool for Gilgamesh's use, claiming that they would stand by his side until the end of the world. Gilgamesh instead called them a fool, telling Enkidu that those who live together, talk together, and fight together are neither people nor tools, but what is called a friend. Obtaining that word was precious to Enkidu, and it was in that moment that it acquired a "self" in the true sense of the word. Afterward, Ishtar proposed to Gilgamesh, but he rejected her. Angered by his insults, she begged Anu to release the Bull of Heaven to punish them.
After working together to destroy it, Ishtar requested they be put to death for slaying a beast of the gods. Her request was granted, and Enkidu, created by the gods, was unable to defy the decree. Over time, they slowly weakened and returned to clay, as Gilgamesh desperately held on to the crumbling clod in his arms. Gilgamesh was angered, exclaiming that he should have been punished instead, but Enkidu reiterated that they were only one of the numerous weapons in the king's collection. There would be no need to grieve, because he would find countless greater treasures, so there was no worth left in Enkidu to deserve any tears from the king.
Enkidu believed that Gilgamesh was a hero who had a soul and free will since the beginning, who had true life and worth unlike their own expendable self. They always yearned for that and hated that they were such different beings despite being created by the same father. Gilgamesh exclaimed that Enkidu did have worth, declaring "In all this world, only one shall be my friend. Thus---not for all eternity shall his worth ever change." As the rain gradually let up, Enkidu returned to their original state, naught but a clod of earth in the wilderness, leaving behind nothing but the thunderous cry of the king. The rest of Gilgamesh's lifetime afterward showed the large shadow cast over him from losing the sole person who understood him.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Enkidu's appearance is something modeled after said sacred prostitute out of respect. Lancer is able to take a myriad of forms, but their usual form is that of a sixteen-year-old androgynous person with long, beautiful hair that shimmers with a light-green color. They were summoned only wearing a plain tunic, so they seem rather unremarkable compared to those normally called Heroic Spirits. Enkidu is not summoned with any items, and their clothing does not look valuable in any way. While heroes are not determined by their wealth, being summoned completely barehanded is abnormal.
It is hard to tell if Enkidu is a man or woman at first glance. Their face retains vaguely childlike features that are able to be interpreted as that of either gender. Their lustrous skin and soft features are reminiscent of a woman, but their loose tunic further obscures their sex by hiding their physique, making it impossible to see their chest and hips, and making it difficult to discern if they are even actually human. They have firm and taut limbs with rough hands and feet like those of men, and their body seems like a coiled spring ready to rocket forth.
With an androgynous and neutral voice, Enkidu's face can be called beautiful and elegant despite their gender, but at the same time gives off a strange and uncomfortable atmosphere. While their face looks human, it also appears inhuman due to the fact that it looks "too perfect." While the feeling cannot be put into words and it is not immediately apparent to the eye, Enkidu's form evokes a similar feeling in the observer as a mannequin or puppets constructed by magi. Their nature becomes less apparent the more one looks upon them, but their beauty as a being of perfect harmony is undeniable. They are a paradoxical being that possesses the impurity characteristic of mankind and the immaculate perfection inherent to nature. Defying classification as man or woman, human or beast, god or demon: their body is like the velvety boughs wrapping the statue of Venus.
In the April Fool Art by Riyo, they're depicted topless with nothing to obscure their chest.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Enkidu's flesh was designed so that their entire personality would be inscribed into the body itself. As such, even if a different soul inhabited their corpse, it would be recorded by the world as one of the "paths" a body created by the gods took. A path... or perhaps "circuit" is a better term. Enkidu originally didn't have a personality until he bonded with other humans and Gilgamesh himself. Therefore, what was recorded onto the Throne of Heroes was not his soul, but his physical body.
Lancer seems to greatly appreciate nature, and often finds it as a relief that the world is still beautiful as ever even after being covered by cities like Uruk. They are happy to sit while their Master is resting and simply allow themself to enjoy the magnificent natural landscape and the "song of the river." They enjoyed running in the wild during their days as a beast, with only the voice of Gilgamesh drawing them towards Uruk.
Even when dealing with the person who hurt their Master, Enkidu speaks serenely in a polite manner without any provocation. They follow their Master's wishes exactly without issue, leaving the magus to his own devices. At the final jeering from the magus calling their Master a mongrel, Lancer simply turns their head and looks at the magus with eyes saturated with “rejection.” They instantly dissolve the malice in their eyes upon the magus' departure, and focus on their Master afterward.
Much like Gilgamesh, Lancer regards their friendship highly. They held that they were a weapon in life, and that their fate was to be supplanted by the next. Any worth or mystery was to be limited only to Enkidu's age, but Gilgamesh changed those thoughts. Gilgamesh accepted a penalty of a fate of solitude thereafter, but granted Enkidu with a soul with his words. Enkidu believes that they sinned in knowing Gilgamesh, whose greatest sincerity was to remain aloof without acknowledging the strong or the weak, but in the end, Enkidu ended up leaving a lasting mar upon that integrity.
Enkidu is extremely surprised upon learning Gilgamesh has been summoned, and initially cannot even believe in such a turn of fate. After calmly opening their eyes, slowly standing up, and having a brief moment of silence, a feeling of confusion, frustration, and finally overwhelming joy rampages through their chest. Enkidu believes it is destiny that they will battle once again in the Holy Grail War, and is confident that the tapestry woven between them and their King would not tear just because a fight or two. Even after a thousand melees together, their bond would remain just as strong as ever.
« If you tell me to fight, I’ll fight. After all, it is not like I hate fighting »
Introverted, active and self-assured. Usually they just loiter like a beautiful flower; but, once it gets on the move, it becomes a frightening active monster that doesn’t wait, has no mercy and shows no self-restraint.
Since they are a life form born from the Earth, Enkidu also finds humans “appealing”. But, because humans think of themselves as beings apart from nature due to their intelligence, they rank low as protection targets. Enkidu feels that animals and plants are existences closer to itself and will mostly take action in order to protect them, rather than humans.
That being said, since it had great curiosity (intellectual craving) to begin with, Enkidu regards conversations with humans as an enjoyment. If said character has an appealing personality (a totalitarian brimming with a philanthropic mentality, but still someone who thinks of themselves foremost), Enkidu will demonstrate respect and admiration from the bottom of its heart, feeling joy in support them as a friend.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- (Expressing a slight gentle smile while listening to his words.)
- (Searching for things to throw at her.)
- (Showing a slightly surprised expression upon seeing her, but immediately returns to the usual serene expression.)
- Frankenstein/Brynhildr/Kato Danzo/Nezha
- (No reaction. Particularly not showing emphatic behavior or such.)
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/strange Fake[edit | edit source]
Day 0[edit | edit source]
Lancer is summoned by a Wolf originally meant to act as a catalyst for another magus. Before the magus can slay the wolf to retrieve the Command Spells, the wolf's most basic instinct, the will to survive, causes it to let out a bellow that acts as both magecraft and a summoning ritual for Lancer. While the magus is confused and intimidated by Lancer's appearance, he cannot deny Lancer's presence as a Heroic Spirit. Lancer quickly tends to their Master, speaking to him in an “animal language” to complete their contract, and prepares to take him to heal his wounds.
The magus, outraged at the farce of a chimera becoming a Master, attempts to fire upon the wolf in rage. Lancer tells him to lower his weapon because their Master wishes him no harm, and even though Lancer can tell what had happened from their Master's wounds, they wish to make it clear that their Master holds no malice against the magus. The magus makes a final plea to work together towards the Holy Grail rather than with that "mongrel", which earns the magus a gaze saturated with a crushing sense of “rejection” that causes him to flee with a squeal.
Upon applying minimal treatment to their Master's wounds at a small river ten kilometers away, Enkidu takes a survey of the area. They immediately shift their sight to the northwest upon detecting a familiar presence: a Heroic Spirit in golden armor, exiting a cave that was covered by a magus’ Bounded Field. Much like they were brought together in the past, it seems that fate is about to be altered once again. Certain that the presence in the north was their King, Lancer smiled, silently opening their arms as if to bare their heart to the world, and then announces: “Let us continued the duel on that plaza once again… Let us relive that joy.” They then begin to sing a song that shakes the earth, which acts as the signal that the War has begun.
Lancer then meets False Archer, whose identity is Gilgamesh, in the desert. Before saying a word, Archer uses Ea to launch his Enuma Elish at Lancer. Despite the immense power of the attack, Lancer is unalarmed, using their own version of Enuma Elish to clash with Archer's Noble Phantasm. After their clash, Archer and Lancer talk a bit, both being happy to see each other again. Archer then activates his Gate of Babylon, launching multiple Noble Phantasms to attack Lancer. Lancer though counters these weapons by creating weapons of their own from the earth. As they continue to clash, Lancer senses an approaching presence of something similar to a curse of death, which is especially dangerous to them. Lancer decides to retreat, with him and Archer promising to meet again. They clash once more before departing, creating a large crater.
Day 1[edit | edit source]
While staying in the forest, Lancer transforms the whole forest into some kind of Bounded Field, that keeps out invaders. During Archer's battle against True Archer and True Rider, Lancer senses both of their presences, noting that they are quite strong. Saber and his Master, Ayaka Sajyou, arrive to the forest, thanks to Saber receiving instructions from his "friend". Wolf takes a liking to Ayaka and lets her pet him, which delights Lancer. Saber asks Lancer to make an alliance with him, as he had decided to make an alliance with the first Servant he meets. Lancer though refuses the alliance, saying that their friend, False Archer, would probably not accept Saber as Lancer's friend and likely would demand a test of strength. However, Lancer agrees to give Saber a chance to prove his strength, accepting the alliance if he is strong enough. Saber agrees to the challenge, facing Lancer. Despite Saber moving very fast, he is unable to even touch Lancer, though he does manage to avoid all of the blades launched towards him by Lancer. Seeing that he won't be able to make by with just using his hands, he grabs a tree branch and uses it to launch his Noble Phantasm, Excalibur, towards Lancer. However, Lancer blocks the attack by turning their hand into a blade. Though the battle comes out to a draw, Lancer is still impressed by Saber's strength, and agrees to make an alliance with him. After their battle, Lancer calls out to False Assassin, who had been watching their battle from the shadows. False Assassin also forms an alliance with Saber.
Day 2[edit | edit source]
Later, Wolf has a dream about Lancer's creation. Lancer comforts their Master after he wakes up, thinking about their past.
Day 4[edit | edit source]
Lancer and Gilgamesh's Master, Tiné Chelc, had retrieved Gilgamesh after he was poisoned with Hydra venom arrows by True Archer and then impaled by True Berserker, then took him to her hotel. Together, they try to heal him, but it doesn't seem to be working. After trying for all of the previous day and this day, Tine is about to collapse from overusing her Magic Circuits. Lancer tells her to give up and accept Gilgamesh's death, but she refuses, saying she must save her king. Wolf tells Lancer to help her. Surprised, Lancer says Tine isn't like Ayaka and more resembles the humans he hates, but Wolf insists. Lancer says Wolf is kind and heals Tine by transfering some of Wolf's energy to her, allowing her to keep trying to heal Gilgamesh. Lancer reaches into Gilgamesh's wound despite the energy burning their hand and asks him to wake up. Having deduced True Berserker is Humbaba, Lance says they want to save her too.
Fate/Zero[edit | edit source]
« Who would understand you after I die? Who else would march forward by your side? My friend… when I think that you will live on all alone henceforth, I can’t help but shed tears… »
|(Enkidu final words to Gilgamesh)|
After Saber destroyed Caster, Gilgamesh recalls Enkidu's death upon witnessing Excalibur's light. Here, Enkidu is described as foolish and ridiculous, having set their heart to stand next to the gods even with a body of mud and soil. Through their hubris and disrespectful arrogance that offended the gods, Enkidu suffered divine retribution and lost their life. Gilgamesh was unable to forget their death and the tears streaming down Enkidu's face. Gilgamesh assumes the puppet had regretted taking to his king's side; but, to Gilgamesh's surprise: Enkidu's tears were for him and how lonely it will be for him after Enkidu was gone. Gilgamesh realized that this puppet, who was human but wanted to surpass humanity, had lived, was even more precious and more brilliant than all the treasures the King had ever collected throughout his lifetime.
Enkidu is also the main reason for Gilgamesh to reject Rider's invitation for a joint world conquest; Gilgamesh states Enkidu is the only person whom he considers as his friend and companion in the past and future, and he further declares that there is only one true king.
Fate/EXTRA CCC[edit | edit source]
Enkidu's past from their own perspective appears to Hakuno Kishinami in a dream if Gilgamesh is their Servant. As their records fade away, they speaks to Hakuno, noting that they are naught but a long-gone regret of the past. Enkidu tells them that it is their future and their story, the story of someone who is human unlike him. They ask Hakuno to ask Gilgamesh if he still loves humanity, still remembers the name of their friend, and if he has "finally cast aside the mistakes of a distant age and laid them to rest."
After Hakuno awakes, Gilgamesh also reveals that he had been dreaming of something nostalgic, the battle with the Bull of Heaven. Hakuno attributes it to Servants rarely sharing a mental link while sleeping. If asked if he remembers his friend, Gilgamesh claims that he hardly had friends, and that he would have forgotten the name of his friend if he had one. He disdainfully says "I can no longer speak the name.", but his voice contains no trace of anger. If asked if he loves humanity, he responds that it should be obvious from the way he treats Hakuno, and they take it as an affirmation.
Gilgamesh makes it clear that he was dreaming about the path traced by his own life, calling the events Hakuno glimpsed tainted by their own perspective and far from his truth. Although Hakuno is confused over the nature of the dream, knowing that it was not Gilgamesh's or their own perspective, they know the words spoken were the entirety of the truth, especially the King who uttered "Not for all eternity shall that worth ever change" to his friend. Hakuno apologizes to the one who the dream belonged to, noting that his wish for Gilgamesh to cast aside those memories will never be granted.
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts[edit | edit source]
Enkidu's corpse, which was buried in the graveyard of the underworld, was taken. Kingu (キングゥ, Kingwu?), unrelated to the Kingu of Babylonian mythology, is a chimera created from Enkidu's corpse, although the puppet itself does not find out until later on. Kingu is tricked into believing that they are the prototype for the next generation human after the extermination of mankind.
Salomon: Grand Time Temple[edit | edit source]
Chibichuki![edit | edit source]
Enkidu befriends a lonely Lugh Beowulf, while Gilgamesh becomes jealous.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Lancer has appeared in a number of pieces of guest artwork in various TYPE-MOON material books.
In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2009, moon.cinemas.jp is a fake movie theater site listing a number of parody films. Lancer was featured in Chariot Man: A True Tank Man, a parody film of Densha Otoko. Lancer plays the role of Enkidu-chan, a girl who loves her dog. The story is expanded in TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm comic. She is "Gil's" next door neighbor, childhood friend and she is currently in love with Gil. She is seen waking Gilgamesh and suggested him to eat breakfast down stair. The every day occurrence in the morning, Kirei Kotomine uses his Super Bajiquan to "wake" Gilgamesh. Previously the explosive power has revealed her dog-print underwear to Gil and it left a painful experience for her. This time she wore spats and she considers it more elegant enough to impress Gil. Unfortuneately Gil was more concerned about the Saber figure than Enkidu. She is worried and shocked about the present suggestion to Waver.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Enkidu's combat strength is roughly the same as that of Gilgamesh during his prime, due to that, they have been recognized as one of the strongest heroes in human history. Enkidu's might is far beyond human comprehension, and Gilgamesh considers them to be his only equal in the world. However, existences as strong or stronger than them do exist, as according to the Sage King Gilgamesh, Enkidu may have been weaker than the Kingu.
Enkidu is a being made by the gods, an autonomous weapon similar in nature to an AI, given their blood much like Gilgamesh, and was "Uruk's greatest weapon." Faldeus is surprised Enkidu can even be summoned, as they were more a Noble Phantasm of the Gods than a hero. Gilgamesh speculates that Enkidu could potentially be summoned as a Berserker-class Servant or in some other way that would make their coming duel less favorable, but he casts aside the thought. Faldeus comments that Enkidu would potentially reach the level of a god, regaining the power lost from gaining humanity. It has also been noted by Gilgamesh that Enkidu has no known weaknesses due to them being a Divine Construct, however, it was then stated that the only real weakness that they possessed is the fact that they would be susceptible to a "Curse of Death". They mention to Tine that they possess the ability to forcibly open the Gate of Babylon, should the need arise, such as when Gilgamesh is afflicted by poison.
Enkidu is able to leap and sprint great distances.
Class Skills[edit | edit source]
- Magic Resistance (— Rank): Because of the skill "Transfiguration", the rank of this skill fluctuates accordingly. When they increase it to A Rank, it cancels spells of A-Rank or below, no matter what High-Thaumaturgy it is. In practice, the Servant is untouchable to modern magi, so it would not be an exaggeration to title the Servant a "Magus Killer".
Personal Skills[edit | edit source]
- Transfiguration (A Rank): Enkidu was made from clay by a god, so they lack a gender or fixed form. They can change shape at will, but as creation of the gods is considered complete from birth and neither grew or evolved unlike Gilgamesh. Enkidu generally uses their androgynous appearance despite being able to take different forms as needed; they can take the form of a spear, axe, shield, or beast should the need arise, each the pinnacle of human craftsmanship, with this ability allowing Enkidu to last several days in battle against Gilgamesh and the Gate of Babylon. Though it required using ninety percent of the clay making up their body, leaving Enkidu at the point of being unable to even form clothing, the puppet still forced Gilgamesh to empty his vault. The battle left them both in a state where it was considered to be a draw because defenselessly charging would have left two corpses.
- Enkidu does not possess normal parameters, instead of possessing the Transfiguration skill as an inherent characteristic of an "Automatic Doll." They are able to freely change their ability scores according to match the situation at hand, manipulating their Strength, Endurance, Agility, Mana, and Luck parameters. Enkidu possesses a set pool of points to allocate into said parameters, and their naturally high ranks mean they possess a great pool of points. When allocated evenly, Enkidu possesses all A-rank parameters, higher than even Karna and Heracles. The cost, however, rises when bringing a parameter from A-rank to A+, which requires a two rank drop in another parameter, or a one rank drop in two parameters, to achieve. Enkidu's Magic Resistance also changes based upon their Mana rank. The higher the rank, the higher the comprehensive value becomes. For their summoning in Fate/Grand Order, they at times make STR into A Rank, and at times make END into A Rank. However, because the conversion limits of parameters is set in stone, Enkidu cannot make all parameters into A Rank. Enkidu possesses a comprehensive value of 30, and each parameter consumes the respective values: A-7, B-6, C-5, D-4, E-3.
- The maximum value is dependent on the Master Enkidu has. If they were summoned by the World and the Earth was their Master, then all of Enkidu's parameters would be set to A rank and they would be given an additional 30 points to spend, which will allow Enkidu to reach A+ rank in all parameters. This is an ability that can also be achieved by a certain True Ancestor Princess.
Status Str End Agi Man Luk Balanced A A A A A Boost speed A B A+ B A
- Presence Detection (A+ Rank): Enkidu boasts the highest rank of presence detection, a subsystem that allows him to become one with the world and identify anything out of place. This allows them to easily detect the presence of another Servant very far north of their position and recognize it as Gilgamesh almost immediately. It can also be used to sense the "presence" of water over ten kilometers away even without any sounds or visible clues. Enkidu can also feel the direction in which water can be found, and details as to how it "caresses the land." In close range, an equal or lower rank of Presence Concealment can be nullified.
- Enkidu is unable to pinpoint the exact location of anything infused with their own magical energy. This can result in the object completely concealing the presence of other entities in the area. In the Grand Orders, after Enkidu travels to the aftermath of the Babylonia Singularity and he absorbs a remnant of the chains formed from Kingu's Enuma Elish, they upgrade themself. By synchronizing with the chain and incorporating it back to their Spirit Origin, a part of Kingu's own Spirit Origin also came flowing into Enkidu, who gained their memories. This results in the quality of his Spirit Origin changing, due to his connection to the world being slightly increased. In this state, Enkidu is now able to further integrate themself into anything connected to Chaldea's world. Now they can melt their very existence into the world. Even if for an instant, they may be able to evade an enemy's attacks. Whether they can actually use it would probably depend on how much his Spirit Origin has bonded with Chaldea.
- Perfect Form (A Rank): By making use of the Magical Energy of the land, it restores itself to its former shape. So long as there is a supply of magic energy from the land, Enkidu’s body, which was produced from the clay of the Age of Gods, will never collapse. This ability is a powerful form of regeneration and restoration that is completely unprecedented—the soul, however, is a different matter.
Noble Phantasms[edit | edit source]
Lancer possesses two Noble Phantasms that allow them to equally match Gilgamesh; Age of Babylon is the ability that allows for the creation of weapons, such as swords, spears, and chains, from the ground, with each being the pinnacle of craftsmanship. With it, Enkidu is able to counter Gate of Babylon. However, his strongest asset is Enuma Elish. With it, Enkidu can transform its own body into a Divine Construct, to fire a giant amount of energy that pierces and binds the opponent in one hit. Since Enkidu draws its power from the Counter Force to power this attack, its power is increased in response to things that threaten the destruction of the planet or humanity. According to Gilgamesh, Kingu's own version of Enuma Elish momentarily restraining Tiamat before she broke them freeing herself in the process is a feat equal to any of Enkidu's life.
Other capabilities[edit | edit source]
Enkidu has a connection with nature and can speak in an animal language (獣の言葉, Kemono no Kotoba?) that allows them to understand, communicate with, translate the "words" of their Master and other animals. Even though the wolf is not capable of "thought" in the sense of humans, Lancer is able to communicate that the wolf bears no malice towards its creator. It is noted that when Enkidu sings, the landscape resonates to their song, and the entire land of Snowfield sings with them. It is a tremendous roar with the power to shake both heaven and earth, too beautiful to be called such, instead of sounding like a lullaby sung by the earth itself. It lays waste to the laws of physics, sounding like the cry of a newborn while show its power at the same time.
Development[edit | edit source]
Enkidu's background and final moments differ somewhat in their three appearances. Their background in Fate/strange Fake and Fate/EXTRA CCC differ in the time of their creation and events leading to their initial battle, while their final conversation in Fate/Zero differs from that of Fate/EXTRA CCC.
The appearance in Fate/Zero was written to be vague and ambiguous as not to ruin the proceeding scene with Excalibur's activation. It was not possible to depict it as such in the anime adaptation, so the scene was not animated.
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
Narita was worried about their ranking being too high and above both Berserker and Karna, to which people are going to call them a Mary Sue. Narita was impressed with Kinoko Nasu's precised planning.
Reception[edit | edit source]
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Lancer was ranked 105th.
References[edit | edit source]
 Fate/strange Fake - Volume 1 - Servant status: Lancer
Master: Synthetic beast Silver Wolf
True name: Enkidu
Height/Weight: Control at will
Alignment: True Neutral
Noble Phantasm: A++
■ Magic Resistance: -
Because of the skill "Transfiguration," the magical energy stat fluctuates accordingly.
■ Transfiguration: A
Special skill inherent to Automatic Dolls for allocating ability scores from a set pool of points according to the situation.
The higher the rank, the greater the pool, but two ranks worth of points will be needed to bring A up to A+.
■ Presence Detection: A+
Highest rank of Presence Detection ability. Via the Earth, is able to sense the presence of things at long range. If close range, an equal or lower rank of Presence Concealment can be nullified.
■ (Obscured in volume 2)
Max Targets: ???
■ Enuma Elish: O Humans, Let Us Restrain The Gods Above
Type: Anti-Purge Noble Phantasm
Maximum Targets: 1000 People
Ability of Enkidu's to transform its own body into a Divine Construct.
The Counter Forces known as Alaya and Gaia's powers flow into a keystone made of light. Then giant amounts of energy are transformed into a form that the world can recognize and pierces the opponent in one hit. In response to things that threaten the destruction of the planet or humanity, the power is increased.
 Fate/Grand Order - Enkidu (Lancer) Profile [T]
Enkidu - Lancer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Shidzuki Morii
Voice Actor: Yū Kobayashi
Noble Phantasm: A++
Presence Detection: A+
Consummated Shape: A
Magic Resistance: A
Enuma Elish: O People, Lets Tie the Gods
Type: Anti-Purge Noble Phantasm
From its gentle tone and graceful bearings, one would never guess that this is a “Noble Phantasm with a will” that possesses a fierce combat power.
The chains that fasten heavens and earth, regarded by the King of Heroes Gilgamesh as one of the strongest.
A doll created by the hands of the gods, and also an offshot of the earth that harmonizes・becomes one with nature.
A tragic weapon that underwent many adventures as the sole friend of the King of Heroes and, after acquiring a human heart, returned to dirt as a doll.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Epic of Gilgamesh
Alignment: True Neutral Gender: -
“If you tell me to fight, I’ll fight.
After all, it is not like I hate fighting”
Level 2 Bond
One of the oldest heroes described in the Epic of Gilgamesh. A weapon manufactured by the gods.
Originally, it was “a clay work that could transform into anything” produced by the gods.
It phantasmagorically changes its shape in accordance with circumstances.
Its whole body is equivalent to a weapon of gods.
However, it does not have the same mentality or emotions as people, and at first it was not all that different from a wild beast.
It has been said that, after appearing on this world, it became aware of much by meeting with a single sacred prostitute and eventually choose to take the shape of a person (as its basic form).
This appearance is something modeled after said sacred prostitute out of respect.
Level 3 Bond
Its combat strength is roughly the same as that of the King of Heroes Gilgamesh on his golden age.
In the battle against Gilgamesh described on the Epic, it displayed a performance on par to him, who is recognized as one of the strongest heroes in human history.
The first friend ever discovered by Gilgamesh, who was an aloof existence, and it too perceives Gilgamesh as its peerless friend.
After the fight on the city of Uruk, the friends Gilgamesh and Enkidu underwent many adventures, but it ultimately lost its life after the battle with the divine beast Gugalanna.
Level 4 Bond
Introverted, active and self-assured.
Usually it just loiters like a beautiful flower but, once it gets on the move, it becomes a frightening active monster that doesn’t wait, has no mercy and show no self-restrain.
Since they are life forms born from the Earth, it also finds humans “appealing”. But, because humans think of themselves as beings apart from nature due to their intelligence, they rank low as protection targets.
It feels that animals and plants are existences closer to itself and it mostly takes action in order to protect them.
That being said, since it had great curiosity (intellectual craving) to begin with, Enkidu regards conversations with humans as an enjoyment.
If said character has an appealing personality (a totalitarian brimming with philantropous mentality, and yet who thinks of himself as foremost), it will demonstrate respect and admiration from the bottom of its heart, feeling joy in support him as a friend.
Level 5 Bond
- Transfiguration: A
A unique skill in which parameter values are allotted in accordance to the situation from a prescribed comprehensive value. Enkidu’s greatest feature.
The higher the rank, higher the comprehensive value becomes.
At times it makes STR into A Rank, at times it makes END into A Rank.
However, because the conversion limits of parameters is set in stone, it cannot make all parameters into A Rank.
Enkidu possesses a comprehensive value of 30, and each parameter consume the respectively values: A-7, B-6, C-5, D-4, E-3.
- Presence Detection: A+
The highest rank of presence detection.
It is possible to sense presences from long distances by using the land as a medium.
- Consummated Shape: A
By making use of the magic energy of the land, it restores itself to its former shape.
So long there is a supply of magic energy from the land, Enkidu’s body (which was produced from the clay of the Age of Gods) will never collapse.
A powerful regeneration・restoration ability that is completely unprecedented.
However, the soul is a different matter.
Level 5 Bond
"O People, Lets Tie the Gods"
Rank: A++ Type: Anti-Purge
Enkidu transforms its own body into a Divine Construct.
Becoming a linchpin that converted vast amounts of energy to pierce and tie the target.
Originally, Enkidu was a weapon dispatched by the gods in order to “restore Gilgamesh to god”.
The “Linchpin of Heavens” created so that gods and people would not separate, Gilgamesh.
Because such Gilgamesh revolted against the gods, it was charged with the role of binding and bringing him back to heavens.
However, Enkidu became Gilgamesh’s friend and, just like its friend wished, chose the path of using this “chain that restrains even heavens” for the sake of people.
エルキドゥ - ランサー
エルキドゥは30の数値を持ち、パラメーターはそれぞれA7 B6 C5 D4 E3の数値を消費する。
- Transfiguration: A
- Fate/EXTRA CCC - Gilgamesh Secret Garden conversations: 1, 2, 3, and 4
 Fate/EXTRA CCC - Gilgamesh Matrix
Noble Phantasm: Enuma Elish (The Star of Creation That Split Heaven and Earth)
Keyword: King of Heroes, friend
Strength: B, Endurance: C, Agility: C, Magic: A, Luck: A
Divinity: B (A+), Golden Rule: A, Collector: EX
Enuma Elish (The Star of Creation That Split Heaven and Earth)
Gilgamesh's final Noble Phantasm which reveals creation--the beginning of everything.
The severing of space which comes from the Sword of Rupture, Ea, the sword crowned with the name of a god from Mesopotamian mythology.
The god, Ea, is believed to be the quasi-deification of the power of the planet which turned, smashed, and stabilized the surface of the earth when it was still covered in gas and seas of magma, during the primordial stage of the earth.
Many gods began building nations after the the primordial earth was stabilized into a world where living creatures could live, but Ea is a god who performed the act of building of planet before that.
Gilgamesh's sword, which is crowned with Ea's name, changes space itself by agitating space-time through the rotation of three layers of giant power fields.
It's true power is not something to be used against a single living creature but against the world. Even among the many Noble Phantasms possessed by Servants, it is one considered to be at the top, the sword "which tore apart the world."
King of Heroes
Another name for Gilgamesh. It does not mean a king who is a hero but is used with the implication that he is the king over heroes.
The story of Gilgamesh, is who mankind's oldest hero, is copied within the mythologies of all the countries of the world. The origin of all myths, the model on which heroes are based...calling him such would not be an exaggeration.
More or less, the heroes of various myths are derived from Gilgamesh's legend. As such, Gilgamesh possesses the prototypes of the Noble Phantasms that heroes carry... the original treasures from before every legend was arranged. Though it may be a paradox, unless the original, Gilgamesh, possesses it, it cannot be handed down as the Noble Phantasm possessed by the later heroes who were derived from him.
When humanity was still small. Within the treasury of the king, who governed his kingdom and lived in as much luxury as he desired, was collected every single treasure in the world.
Inside that treasury, there is the treasured swords that saved later heroes, and there is preserved the cursed swords that stole the lives of heroes.
The reason that Gilgamesh is called the King of Heroes is here. Noble Phantasms are primarily one to a any single hero. Not only does he possess an approximately infinite amount of them, he also owns the "legends" that other heroes are wake against, as if it were natural. It should be impossible for an average hero to cross swords with him.
As a Heroic Spirit, he is an absolute warrior in battles against Heroic Spirits. While there are several heroes who hold the title of king, such as the King of Knights and the King of Conquerors, but in regards to being crowned with the title "King of All Heroes," in all of heaven and earth, he is the only one.
As he became a young man, Gilgamesh's violent disposition only grew. Of course the people of Uruk, but even the gods who dispatched him, were greatly perplexed by his violence.
"Gilgamesh is not fulfilling his original role." "That insolent creature needs someone to admonish him."
Having come to that conclusion, the gods sent a single life to the surface. Its name was Enkidu. It was a person made by a god and given her blood, the same as Gilgamesh.
It had neither a sex nor a fixed form. Enkidu, being made from clay by a god, was "Uruk's greatest weapon," able to change its shape at will. According to the god which was its mother's will, Enkidu confronted Gilgamesh before the temple of Uruk. With their exchanging of blows like a storm, their battle occurred within the city.
After that fierce fighting, they both collapsed to the ground without consideration for where, praised each other's valor, and became peerless friends.
Gilgamesh, who had been without equal, for the first time found someone he could call "a friend."
After that, while his vainglorious attitude did not change, Gilgamesh, remonstrated by Enkidu, softened his tyranny.
Gilgamesh, who had acquired someone who understood him in Enkidu, defeated the guardian of the forest and beast of the gods, Humbaba, and, as the most excellent king on the earth, took possession of every single treasure.
At this time, the dazzlingly powerful Gilgamesh was an existence that not even the gods could avert their eyes from.
A goddess fell in LOVE with this Gilgamesh. It was the goddess of fertility Ishtar. She proposed to Gilgamesh, but he quickly refused. Because he knew that how whimsical and cruel a witch who rendered men useless Ishtar was.
Ishtar, enraged by Gilgamesh's insults, as her revenge, clung to her father, the god Anu, in tears and released the greatest of divine beasts, "the Bull of Heaven," onto the earth.
"The Bull of Heaven" is a disaster of extreme magnitude clad in storms. When it appeared, a seven-year famine and destruction occurred on earth. In other words, the downfall of Uruk.
Against this divine beast which none could match, Gilgamesh and Enkidu worked together to stand against it and repelled it splendidly. Once again, the goddess lost face. Naturally, Isthar's rage had not lessened, and she requested death for either of the two of them from the gods. Because for one with a human body to kill the beast of the gods was a sin.
Ishtar's wish was granted, and one of the two, Enkidu, who was created by the gods, unable to defy that decree, slowly weakened and died.
...The sole person who understood the king, Enkidu. Just how large a shadow his loss cast over Gilgamesh is told in his lifetime afterward.
Enkidu is an autonomous weapon created from the clay of the gods. In SE.RA.PH. terms, he is close to an AI. As a result of being complete from birth, he neither grows nor evolves. He could take various forms as needed, but it is said his usual appearance was that of a 16-year-old person who could be seen as a girl or a boy with long hair which faintly shines a light-green color.
０１ - 『天地乖離す開闢の星』
０２ - 英雄王
０３ - 友人
01 - Divinity [B (A+)]
A judgement regarding whether or not one's body possess the property of being divine.
Though he possesses the greatest rank of divine spirit aptitude, Gilgamesh himself hates the gods, so the rank has gone down.
02 - Golden Rule [A]
Not the bodily golden ratio, but one's destiny in regard to how much money follows one around in life.
At rank A, it's possible to call it a soul of gold. With this Goldy attitude, even while living like a multimillionaire, he won't have any money troubles during his life.
03 - Collector [EX]
The ability to acquire items of higher quality. It's the good luck of frequently obtaining even rare items, but because it only applies to Gilgamesh himself, it does not bless the Master.
Gilgamesh is a collector of treasure. "I collected all the treasures of the earth," is Gilgamesh's favorite phrase, but that is not a metaphor. He collected and stored away a sample of all the technology that was developed during his age and sealed them.
That which Gilgamesh stored, rather than being treasure, is "the origin of the intelligence of mankind" itself. If it does not exist in Gilgamesh's treasury, then it is "something produced by a new breed of humanity, according a completely new concept," "something made from the technology of the culture born from the intelligent life from another heavenly body," one of the two.
For that reason, of course he has airplanes and submarines. The desires of the people from before Christ are not different, and it would not do for the crafts of ancient times when magic was in good health to be inferior to the crafts of the modern age. People generally realize the "tools of hope" that they dream of, and each time that occurs, it ended with them being confiscated by the king's hand.
The offensive skill Gilgamesh uses, "Gate of Babylon," shoots the treasure he collected like this like arrows. The gate to the golden capital opens, and his treasures are shot out from his treasure cellar.
This is a digression, but after the Noble Phantasms that are shot out are used, regardless of how far it has gone, it turns to Gilgamesh's treasure cellar. "Hah. I possess a Noble Phantasm which excels at the task of retrieval," says the person himself.
０１ - 神性 [B（A+）]
０２ - 黄金律 [A]
０３ - コレクター [EX]
The demigod king who ruled over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk in the time before Christ. Not just a legend but also a real person, the king written of in mankind's oldest epic, "The Epic of Gilgamesh."
Possessing great divinity as two-thirds god and one-third human, without anyone to match him in this world, he was perfected as a transcendent being who attained everything in the world.
In his childhood, he was adored by the people as the ideal ruler, but as he grew, possible due to being treated as almighty, his consideration for the people waned, and he came to rule Uruk with absolute power.
However, simply being oppressive does not make one a tyrant, he made Uruk prosper properly, found a friend he could speak with, and in personally subjugating the phenomena that would harm the people, that heroic quality cannot be doubted.
He is the heroic figure who defeated the bull so large it was cloaked in the heavens and rendered the civilization of this fortified Sumerian city unshakeable.
The following is historical fact, which differs from "The Epic of Gilgamesh." According to a fragment of an inscription found in an archaeological excavation of the historical ruins of this Sumerian city, Uruk was a city-state that existed on the shore of Persian south of Mesopotamia, and he was the fifth king of that city's first dynasty. It obtained assets through ocean trade and subjugated the region of southern Mesopotamia. He was victorious in the fight against Aga, king of the Kish who controlled the north made strong the city-states of Sumer. However, as a result the reckless deforestation of the woods due to the building of ships, their agricultural land was destroyed.
For that reason, Gilgamesh, seeking the giant tree, the Lebanon Cedar, launched an expedition all the way to far-away Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon), fought against the people of woods, called Humbaba, gained victory against them, and brought that massive tree back with him.
According to "The Epic of Gilgamesh," it seems that Gilgamesh, after the loss of Enkidu, fell into depression, his previous vigor gone.
The fact that Enkidu, whose strength had not been inferior to Gilgamesh's own, could die, was the shock that Gilgamesh received.
Gilgamesh, who was tormented over anxiety of death, finally set off on a trip to the realm of the death in search of perpetual youth and eternal life.
It was said that there lived a sage who had lived since placing a large amount of animals upon an ark before the coming of a deluge that assailed the earth.
This sage was said to be the only one of the earth escape from death and live until the present. Seeking him, Gilgamesh set across wilderness alone.
At the end of that long journey and many hardships, Gilgamesh finally managed to reach the realm of the dead. There, he met the sage, Utnapishtim, spoke with him, and in the end, Gilgamesh attained the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
Gilgamesh came to rise above the "death" that had taken even Enkidu.
His heart's desire fulfilled, during his triumphant return to Uruk, Gilgamesh stopped by a spring. He cleansed himself; it seems he wanted to test the fruits of his labor while in perfect condition.
However. While he was bathing, unexpectedly, a snake with an empty stomach sniffed out the smell of the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
By the time he noticed, it was too late. Panicked, Gilgamesh emerged from the spring, all that remained there was the skin that snake had shed.
Having lost the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life in this way, Gilgamesh was irritated for a long interval, but afterwards, he made his way back to his own castle, Uruk.
While the Gilgamesh after this was severe, he ruled his state quietly, entrusted to to the next king, and went to his eternal rest.
Without telling anyone of the whereabouts of the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
Mankind's oldest king of heroes, Gilgamesh. Discord with the gods, the journey for the perpetual youth and eternal life, a deluge which covered the world. In that epic is the basis of every legend.
The truth of his epic poem, which has many uncertain points concerning fine details exists on the other side of the veil of romance placed upon it by the present day.
This is another digression, but the snake is reborn with a new body every time it sheds its skin because it stole and ate Gilgamesh's spirit herb... is what is said. It seems that the way the snake goes about its life appeared to the ancient people as a kind of perpetual youth and eternal life that was not available to humans.
０１ - 出典
０２ - 出典
- Fate/strange Fake - Volume 1: Prologue VI: "Lancer", p.159-184
- Fate/Grand Order, Enkidu's Interlude
- Gilgamesh vs Enkidu, translated by food
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 2, Chapter 6: "Two Archers and..."
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 3, Chapter 8: "The Wandering King's Rock'n'Roll"
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 4, Chapter 10: "Separate Mornings, Separate Pasts (Part 1)"
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 5, Bridge: "One Day, Atop a Building"
- Fate/Zero - Volume 3: Act 10 -84:19:03, p.159-160
- Fate/Zero - Volume 4: Act 16 -04:08:29, p.260-261
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: Section 6 Encounter
Fate/strange Fake - Volume 1 afterward
Me: "About Enkidu's stats, he has 'Transfiguration,' so I wanted to set his point total..."
Nasu: "Hmm. He is Enkidu, and he's A rank, so all As."
Me: "All As!? But isn't that even higher than Berserker in the 5th!? Everyone's going to say, 'Heroic Spirit favoritism! He's a Mary Sue!'"
Nasu: "Don't let it get to you."
Me: "But, I mean, all As is even higher than Karna."
Nasu: "Don't let it get to you."
Me: "To be honest, it's so high that even I think his stats are too exaggerated..."
Nasu: "I said, don't let it get to you!"
Nasu: "If you think about it the other way, it's Nemes*s... All As is his base, and if he raises his strength to A+, another stat goes down two ranks..."
Me: "What cool-headed and precise worldbuilding...!"
Nasu: "And if... (etc., etc.)"
- Type-Moon: Bamboo Broom Diary (12/14)
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: Section 21 Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia (II)
 Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box II English Translation booklet: Introduction, p.003-004
To give a specific example, allow me to explain Berserker's flashback scenes, which were probably the most heavily revised from the original. In the original novel, it is a scene that jumps to an entirely different time period that is inserted right in the middle of the duel at the end. It is precisely because the depiction of the fight had been placed in the back of the reader's mind as a concept that it was possible to depict and link this to his past as a separate narrative thread.
With that said, in the visual medium, because the audience takes in the battle in the underground garbage by means of sight and sounds, the scene has a sense of place which helps to make it seem as if they themselves are there. If the point of view were to suddenly shift to another time, another story, the tension that suffused that showdown scene would suddenly evaporate. Although humans can develop differing concepts in parallel, they can only focus on and process one view point at a time. If the anime version has ignored this difference and stayed slavishly true to the original novel and revealed Berserker's past in exactly the same way, the viewers probably would have felt a visceral sense of incongruity and instantly been thrown out of the moment.
The same goes for the flashback scene where Gilgamesh reminisces about Enkidu. In the novel, I took care to write it with deliberately vague, ambiguous imagery to depict Gilgamesh's flashback so as not to ruin the afterimage of Excalibur's activation scene that immediately preceded it. However, this sort of allowance isn't possible in visual media. Every scene is depicted with the same resolution and the same sense of presence as time unfolds at the same pace. So with that in mind, they had no choice but to place both the catharsis of Excalibur and the information dealing with Enkidu on the table and decide between. Of course, it was obviously the former that was more vital to the overall story.