He is an alternate iteration of Primate Murder -- inhabiting those timelines wherein the Common Sense of Man pulses with life, and the Twenty-Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors do not exist as an organization. He is known as Beast IV.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Originally a Beast of the Planet that became Merlin's familiar, Cath Palug was at some point subsequent to Merlin's sealing driven from the Isle of Avalon. In those worlds where the Common Sense of Man is insufficiently prominent, he came eventually to be known as Primate Murder -- the pet of Altrouge Brunestud.
In the timeline of Fate/Grand Order, he came to reside within the Chaldea Security Organization, journeying across the assorted eras of human history in the company of Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight.
Cath Palug describes himself as the Beast of Calamity (災厄の獣, Saiyaku no Juu?) that bears the Characteristic (特徴, tokuchou?, lit. "distinct feature") of "ever exceeding the strength of an opponent" (相手より強くなる, aite yori tsuyokunaru?) -- growing unto maturation by the conflict that arises amongst Men, feeding upon their Envies (妬み, Netami?) and Regrets (悔しさ, Kuyashisa?).
Mash Kyrielight describes the Cath Palug as a squirrel-like creature -- "a cute animal," according to his official profile. However, he states that if he were let to normally mature, he would eventually degenerate into an "unsightly monstrosity." Status up cards depict him as having horns, a possible hint at his identity as a beast of man.
Removed of the Civilization of Man, Cath Palug would be nothing more than a harmless animal.
He considers Merlin to be a "loathsome wretch," claiming that the man forced him from comfort of the Tower of Imprisonment (幽閉塔, Yuuhei-Tou?) in Avalon against his will. As such, he frequently attacks Merlin on sight. However, some of his former masters perversion may have rubbed off on him as he has demonstrated making some suggestive remarks on Mash Kyrielight.
Garden of Avalon
Upon witnessing Arthur's final moments, Merlin releases Cath Palug from the Garden of Avalon, insisting that he seek out "that which is beautiful."
Fuyuki: Flame Contaminated City
E Pluribus Unum: North American Myth War
Merlin uses Cath Palug as a conduit through which to temporarily reveal himself, so to lend aid to the protagonists in the battle against Cú Chulainn Alter.
Babylonia: Absolute Demonic Front
Cath Palug here, interacting with Merlin and the others, with even his identity as a beast being revealed by Ishtar/Ereshkigal.
Solomon: The Grand Temple of Time
In the aftermath of Mash Kyrielight's sacrifice, Cath Palug locates her soul in the place beyond life -- revealing his true name and his nature as a Beast. He then expends the majority of the Magical Energy that he's collected across the centuries of his life to transplant his Force of Providence into Mash's soul, perfectly resurrecting her. However, the act deprives him of both his Sapience (知性, Chisei?) and Characteristic (特性, Tokusei?), leaving him as nothing more than a common animal. In the end, he congratulates Mash and the people of Chaldea for defeating the Beast IV without violence.
Avalon le Fae: Fairy Round Table Domain
Unlike all previous Singularities and Lostbelts, Fou strangely chooses to stay behind at Chaldea rather than travel to the English Lostbelt.
Under certain circumstances, Cath Palug is capable of enacting a miracle that exceeds the scope of Magic -- "the Complete Revocation of Death" (死者の完全な蘇生, Shisha no Kanzen-na Sosei?). More specifically, he was able to resuscitate Mash Kyrielight, but this was possible only due to the extra-temporal nature of the context of her death, the interior of Ars Paulina. So to facilitate the process, Cath Palug consumed the majority of the Magical Energy he had accumulated across the centuries of his lifetime, using it to fuel the transference of his Force of Providence to Mash, and overwriting the limitations of her remaining lifespan (3 days). However, as he wasn't yet an adult of his species, he was capable only of granting Mash a lifespan comparable to that of a normal human -- at the cost of his own Sapience (知性, Chisei?) and his Characteristic (特性, Tokusei?) as a Beast of Calamity. He has since been witnessed communicating in snippets of human language even after this, however, so it is unclear as to how much of his intelligence was actually sacrificed.
He has even demonstrated the ability to escape the Chains of Heaven or enter inside Nega-Genesis to aid Ritsuka by teleporting him right above Tiamat's weak spot, even though it can instantly destroy Servants by denying all established forms of life. Cath Palug feeds upon the Envy and regret of mankind to become stronger. He is also capable of teleportation, time reversal, and roars that can stun the undead.
Taiki is the illustrator for Cath Palug.
- Garden of Avalon - Chapter 06: In the Flower Garden, p.103
- Fate/Grand Order - Fuyuki: Contaminated City in Flames - Prologue
Fate/Grand Order website - Characters: Fou
A cute animal who the protagonist meets alongside Mash. It seems to walk around Chaldea freely.
- Garden of Avalon - Chapter 00: At the Garden, p.013