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Fate/strange Fake (フェイト/ストレンジフェイク, Feito/ Sutorenji Feiku?, originally stylized as Fate/strange fake and alternatively stylized as Fate strange Fake) is an ongoing light novel created by Ryohgo NaritaWP, started in 2015 and illustrated by Shidzuki Morii. It expands on the setting of an April Fool's joke published by Narita on his website in 2008 and its short story adaptation in Type-Moon Ace 2 magazine in 2009.



Fate/strange Fake takes place around 2009.[1] The plot centers around a Grail War faultily copied from the Third Holy Grail War in Fuyuki. After the end of the third Grail War, an organization from the United States that has magi separate from the London-based Mage Association as members took data from Fuyuki's Grail War and planned their own ritual. After seventy years, they used the city Snowfield as the Sacred Land for their own Grail War. They were unable to successfully copy every aspect of the ritual, which led to it acting only as an imitation that has lost the Saber class and allowed for the summoning of strange Servants due to the definition of "hero" being blurred.


The Mage's Association has sent Rohngall and his pupil, Faldeus, to investigate the city and the status of the war. Faldeus, a spy from the US organization, has Rohngall sniped upon arrival, despite knowing that Rohngall was simply a puppet. He announces that their Holy Grail War has been in development and that it is real, which causes an uproar at the Clock Tower, and wishes to "advertise" the project to the Association.


False Holy Grail War[]

Characters related to the False Masters (偽マスター?) and False Servants (偽サーヴァント?) participating in the False Holy Grail War meant to prime the True Holy Grail War.

Tine Chelc
The master of False Archer.
False Archer
The King of Heroes, Gilgamesh.
Original Master of Archer
The original master of Archer.
The master of False Lancer.
False Lancer
The Chains of Heaven, Enkidu.
Wolf's creator
The creator of the chimera wolf.
Tsubaki Kuruoka
The master of False Rider.
False Rider
The Embodiment of Disease, Pale Rider.
Yuukaku Kuruoka and Mrs. Kuruoka
The parents of Tsubaki Kuruoka, trapped within Doomsday Come.
Spirit summoned by the crossbow the Kuruokas planned to use as a catalyst for Qin Shi Huang.
Orlando Reeve
The master of False Caster.
False Caster
The Author of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas.
Clan Calatin
Group of police officers serving under Orlando.
John Wingard
Clan Calatin member.
Vera Levitt
Orlando's secretary and Clan Calatin member.
Jester Karture
The master of False Assassin.
False Assassin
Failed Hassan-i-Sabbah Candidate.
Flat Escardos
The master of False Berserker.
False Berserker
The Serial-Killer, Jack the Ripper.
Thia Escardos
Flat's other self.

True Holy Grail War[]

Characters related to the True Masters (真マスター?) and True Servants (真サーヴァント?) participating in the True Holy Grail War.

Ayaka Sajyou (Player in the prototype version)
The master of Saber.
The Lionheart, Richard I. Ayaka's Servant.
Rounds of Lionheart
Seven Heroic Spirits summoned through Saber's Noble Phantasm.
Pierre Basile
Einzbern Homunculus responsible for Ayaka's participation.
Little Red Riding Hood
Apparition that appears to Ayaka.
He is a magus working for the US government. Granted Command Spells by the Grail, he was planning to summon King Arthur, but summoned Saber instead. Killed during the summoning, Ayaka usurps the contract.
Bazdilot Cordelion
The master of True Archer.
True Archer
The Distorted Hero, Alcides.
Scladio Family
The master of Watcher. He himself is meant to become True Lancer.
A unique Servant, that is supposed to guide Sigma into becoming the True Lancer.
Watcher's Shadows
Seven individuals manifested as the "shadows" of Watcher.
Winged boy
Asclepius (Child)
Man (Watcher's Shadow)
Samurai (Watcher's Shadow)
El-Melloi Classroom
Masters of True Rider. Students of Lord El-Melloi II, totaling 30 members.
Roland Berzinsky
Org Rum
Fezgram vor Sembren
Nazica Pentel
Radia Pentel
Verner Caesarmund
Svin Glascheit
Rin Tohsaka
Luviagelita Edelfelt
Caules Forvedge
Mary Lil Fargo
Yvette L. Lehrman
Accompanying but not an active Master.
Doris Lusendra
The purported master of True Rider.
True Rider
The Queen of Amazons, Hippolyta.
Francesca Prelati
The master of True Caster.
True Caster
The Trickster, François Prelati.
Faldeus Dioland
The master of True Assassin.
True Assassin
Faldeus' subordinate.
Anti-magus assault team commanded by Faldeus.
Haruri Borzak
The Master of True Berserker.
True Berserker
Beast of the Cedar Forest, Huwawa.
Fragment of the goddess manifested into the world, Haruri's benefactor.
Divine Beast summoned by Ishtar.

Holy Church[]

Characters involved with the Holy Church.

Hansa Cervantes
A priest and a member of the Holy Church sent to act as unofficial Overseer.
Hansa's followers.
Delmio Cervantes
Adoptive father of Hansa.
Bishop of the church who discovered Hansa.

Mage's Association[]

Characters involved with the Mage's Association.

Lord El-Melloi II
Lord El-Melloi II is highly regarded in the Clock Tower and he is the professor of Flat. He once participated in the Fourth Holy Grail War.
Student of Lord El-Melloi II and friend of Flat.
Ayaka Sajyou
Student of Lord El-Melloi II for a month. Identical to the Ayaka in Snowfield aside from her hair color, but they are not the same person.
Clock Tower magus sent to spy on the American ritual.
Christophel Beilman
Student seen with Rohngall when meeting with Lord El-Melloi II.
Rocco Belfeban
A clerk of the Clock Tower.
Haruri's caretaker

Citizens of Snowfield[]

Citizens unrelated to the proceedings of the Holy Grail Wars

Drugstore employee
Unnamed man who meets Ayaka and Saber.
Amelia Levitt
Tsubaki Kuruoka's doctor and Vera's older sister.

Other magi[]

Avi Dikhail, Carl Lexarm, Hyouma Sagara, Silvelt Kotcheff, and Zugzwang
Independent magi attempting to defeat Flat Escardos and False Berserker. They were all killed by Assassin of Black in the Fate/Apocrypha world, reacting with unknown fear when Berserker takes on her appearance.


Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg
Magician observing the world of the novel, looking into viable solutions for the world line.
Caubac Alcatraz
Dead Apostle who knows Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg, helping Zelretch pick Ayaka.

Dead Apostles[]

Dead Apostle Ancestor familiar with Flat Escardos and Jester Karture.

Fuyuki City[]

Characters from Fuyuki City mentioned in the story.

Kirei Kotomine
Met Ayaka in the past.
Version of Gilgamesh from the Fourth Fuyuki Holy Grail War. Met Ayaka in the past.
Einzbern homunculus living at the Einzbern Castle.

Shirou Emiya

Historical figures[]

Characters who have appeared in flashbacks or characters that have been referenced

Saint Germain
Man who met Saber during his lifetime.
Charles Nodier
Contemporary of Alexandre Dumas.
Prince Napoléon Bonaparte
Contemporary of Alexandre Dumas.
Count of Monte Cristo

Other characters[]

Mesala Escardos


Main article: Fate/strange Fake (manga)


Volume 1[]

First volume transcription


あらゆる願いを叶える願望機「聖杯」を求め、魔術師たちが英霊を召喚して競い合う争奪戦──聖杯戦争。 日本の地で行われた第五次聖杯戦争の終結から数年、米国西部スノーフィールドの地において次なる戦いが顕現する。 ──それは偽りだらけの聖杯戦争。 偽りの台座に集まった魔術師と英霊達。 これが偽りの聖杯戦争であると知りながら──彼らはそれでも、台座の上で踊り続ける。 真偽などは彼岸の彼方。 聖杯ではなく──他でもない、彼ら自身の信念を通すために。 そしてその時、器に満ちるのは偽りか、真実か、それとも──。 成田良悟と奈須きのこがタッグを組み、イラスト・森井しづきが彩る『Fate』の新プロジェクトが遂に本格始動!!

Volume 2[]

Second volume transcription


冬木と呼ばれる地で語られる、どこにでもあるような噂話『蝉菜マンションの赤ずきん』。その話には、噂では語られぬ続きがあった。 遠い異国の地、スノーフィールドにて紡がれる事となる、都市伝説の後日談。 その怪談の主役、アヤカ・サジョウが巻き込まれたのは、生半な流言飛語などよりも遥かに荒唐無稽な――偽りだらけの聖杯戦争だった。 「問おう、汝が俺のマスターか」 半壊したオペラハウスの中、『セイバー』と名乗る騎士風の英霊は、アヤカにそう問いかけた。 偽りの聖杯戦争の仕掛け人たちですら与り知らぬ、謎のサーヴァントの参戦により、事態は混迷を極めていく。 そして、市内のカジノビルで賭博に興じるギルガメッシュは、そのとき――。

Volume 3[]

Third volume transcription



Volume 4[]

Fourth volume transcription



Volume 5[]

Fifth volume transcription






Volume 6[]

Sixth volume transcription

Somehow, the city is noisy.

The wind is very damp. Let's be scared. I'm scared.

Something scary will come.

The view of the city remains unchanged. A few hours ago, the powers of each camp were mixed, and the main street was supposed to be a big turn. However, there are no traces of war damage, and in front of the cityscape as if nothing had happened, the policemen and the Saber camp just stood stunned.

It was in the dream of a young master, Tsubaki Kuruoka. A closed world created by "Mr. Black" connected to Tsubaki's Magic Circuits, and exists only to fulfill Tsubaki's wishes. Sabers are looking for a way to escape ...







Volume 7[]

Seventh volume transcription

48 hours left until this city is "purified".

The Fake Grail War approaches its turbulent last stage. The sniper's bullet killed Flat, but he suddenly revived. With magical energy above a Heroic Spirit's, he became the greatest risk factor in the Grail War. And the masterminds made their decision: 48 hours left until this city is incinerated.




Fate/strange Fake was originally placed on Narita's homepage on April 1, 2008 under the title of "Fake/states night." It was presented as a prologue and introduction for a role playing style game as an April Fool's joke. The text was later edited and released in the form of a novel with the Type-Moon Ace 2 magazine. It was a stand-alone novel with illustrations by Shidzuki Morii and an afterword by the author. It had an epilogue describing the Player character.

Years later, it was announced that both a novel and manga series would be officially published, and a brief trailer was made. The first novel was given an additional three chapters and released for sale in 2015. The epilogue with the Player character was removed in place of Ayaka Sajyou.



  1. Fate/strange Fake Volume 6 - Chapter 20: "Dream Becomes Reality"

    "Part of the Holy Grail War that happened in Fuyuki. It was about 15 years ago, though.

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