Gransurg Blackmore
Tsukihime (2000)

Gransurg Blackmore (グランスルグ・ブラックモア, Guransurugu Burakkumoa?), also known as the Black Wing Lord (黒翼公, Kokuyoku-Kō?), Peng (鵬, ?), Moon Drinker (月飲み, Tsuki Nomi?), and Dead Apostle Killer (死徒殺し, Shitogoroshi?), is the sixteenth of the The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors.



While his place of birth and original name have been lost for many years, it is known that Gransurg Blackmore was originally a Magus whose research involved the sanctification of birds. These eccentricities garnered the attention of Crimson Moon, who sought to battle Gransurg despite him having average thaumaturgy and no unique traits. Gransurg was quickly defeated and only survived due to a last minute coincidence, which led Crimson Moon to make Gransurg his personal magus. He pledged absolute obedience to Crimson Moon, believing that the defeated must serve, and chose to become a Dead Apostle on his own through arcane research. Stating "If I am to serve my Lord, I shall take on a fitting appearance", he gave himself the form of a bird, destroyed his birthplace, discarded his name, and worked diligently, more akin to a familiar than an Apostle, to serve his master.[1]

Gransurg continued to serve Crimson Moon until his defeat at the hands of Zelretch, at which point he sought out a position as an independent Apostle. He attacked the castle of the sixteenth Ancestor and destroyed that entire clan, and from thereon took on the name Blackmore. As he had been recognized by the Ancestors while Crimson Moon was alive, they recognized his succession and allowed him a title appropriate for his abilities.[1] He cooperates with the Mage's Association as Merem Solomon does with the Church, and he is currently imprisoned by the Church.[2] He seems to have escaped as of the time of Prelude, where he is shown speaking with Merem before the time of the Aylesbury Ritual.[3] He currently resides in Austria.[1]

In Fate worlds, he was killed about a thousand and seven hundred years prior to the Fifth Fuyuki Holy Grail War, and Blackmore Cemetery was named after him as a sign of respect.[4]


Blackmore reveres birds as holy creatures and the kings of the world. He greatly adores their internal composition, and hopes to build a better sky for them. He goes as far as modeling his own appearance, and those of his minions after them as well. While he is considered a very social and great vampire with many minions, his appearance and his minions unorthodox status as improper vampires causes him to be looked down upon by the other Ancestors as ungraceful. He has been given the title of "Black Wing Lord" derived from sarcasm, contrasting him as someone close, yet far away from the current lord of the Apostles the "White Wing Lord", Trhvmn Ortenrosse. He personally holds the same sentiments towards the other Ancestors, believing their human forms to lack grace.[1] He apparently dislikes his own current name, and becomes irritated upon hearing it.[3]

He holds Crimson Moon as his absolute master, and even continues to follow him after his death. He is actively participating in the Aylesbury Ritual, which was established by Crimson Moon. He similarly currently worships Arcueid Brunestud, the golden princess, as his current master due to her connection with Crimson Moon. Everyone else is unworthy of his respect no matter their strength. He also has a great hatred for Altrouge Brunestud, called the impostor of Crimson Moon, and wishes to slay her. He does not fight for personal reasons, and the one and only basis for him taking action is for the sake of his master. He will only engage in battle with other Apostles if they have forgotten the teachings of Crimson Moon, their "Lord", or to follow Crimson Moon's wishes. Even if he hates them or has a personal grudge, he will still avoid confrontations for over one thousand years if it has no relation to Crimson Moon.[3]

He became acquaintances with Merem one thousand years ago, and considers him to be both a friend and an enemy at the same time. They both consider Crimson Moon as their god, but they are at odds with one another, as Merem sees him as an idol, while Blackmore sees him as a master. While he feels lifetime friendship under the same master and they have no true hatred for each other, he cannot forgive Merem for mixing affection with worship. While capable of having friendly conversations in a casual manner, he is just as easily capable of stating that he wishes to rip Merem apart with a silent black murderous aura, and Merem notes that it is troubling having "two kings of the sky." Blackmore has done nothing for a millennium due to his practice of not fighting, and he is glad to finally be able settle their dispute at Aylesbury where he can freely destroy Merem without holding back. He wishes to make him realize that his shape of loyalty was unacceptable during his last moments. Before their dispute comes their hatred for Altrouge Brunestud, who they plan on fighting together before destroying each other.[3]


Prelude III[]

Blackmore has only been detailed in Character Material and its brief short story, Prelude III. He visits Merem in the shrine where he was kept as an idol and discusses the upcoming Aylesbury Ritual.[3]


Blackmore is considered to be Ortenrosse's equal in both history and ability, placing him within the top-class of the Ancestors.[1] Merem holds him in high regards, believing him capable making a large difference in their planned battle with Altrouge and her minions.[3] He normally takes the appearance of a humanoid with the features of a crow, and he is capable of changing his shape into a large bird several kilometers in size. His numerous minions, rather than transforming from humans into pure vampires, have become hybrids with the heads and wings of birds. He is skilled in carrying souls with his thaumaturgical system based upon birds, as they are known as "those who carry the souls after death" in the world of magi.[1]

He has a Reality Marble called Nevermore (ネバーモア, Nebāmoa?), which was used to wipe out the previous sixteenth's clan of over one hundred vampires without damaging anything or staining the castle walls, gardens, or curtains with a single drop of blood after declaring "-Be careful, gentlemen. The birds dancing in my sky are vicious only to the dead-". It covers the sky with a canopy of "death wings" that produce a "world of death" where absolute darkness swallows the light of the Moon and stars.[1]


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    [v] Character Material - Gransurg Blackmore, p.054-055

    Introduction - Gransurg Blackmore

    The Black Wing Lord.

    One of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, who makes his home in Austria.

    Real name unknown. His birthplace and name have both been lost for many years. Gransurg and Blackmore are both simply aliases that originated from his circumstances.

    A social, great vampire who has many household members and shows up at every large-scale ritual without fail. …Unfortunately, he is only ever shunned by other Ancestors.

    Humans who are bitten and have their blood sucked by a vampire become vampires themselves. But in Blackmore’s case, humans who have blood sucked by him morph into monsters with bird heads and wings.

    The other Ancestors belittle Blackmore he doesn’t maintain a human form and because his bird-man chimera underlings lack elegance.

    (Although in Blackmore’s opinion, the moment the other Apostles chose a human form, they lost all their elegance.)

    The title of Black Wing Lord was a sarcastic one, supposed to contrast with White Wing Lord, the title of the current king of the Apostles.

    A black-winged beastmaster who resembled yet didn’t resemble the first noble white-winged sovereign ---- that would be how Blackmore was treated in the world of the 27 Ancestors.

    On the other hand, as he is a Dead Apostle whose abilities and history equal those of the White Wing Lord, only the very top of the 27 Ancestors can get away with making sarcastic comments to his face.

    Explanation - Lifetime

    During his lifetime, he was a magus who worshiped birds as sacred.

    He adored the form and inner anatomy of birds, sang praises of them as the true kings of this planet, and lived for the purpose of creating a world (sky) that was easier for them to live in.

    In the world of magi, birds are treated as “the carriers of souls”. Setting his biased thinking aside, Gransurg, who made birds the foundation of his thaumaturgy, was an excellent soul carrier.

    But. That bias caught the attention of the Crimson Moon. He challenged Gransurg to a battle for fun and defeated him.

    Gransurg, who was an average magus and had no special blood or outstanding factors was killed immediately ---- or he would have, if not for a coincidence that saved him at the very last moment.

    The Crimson Moon let the coincidence be and let Gransurg go. Instead of using him as a blood pack (Dead Apostle), he ordered Gransurg to live as his personal magus from then on.

    As a human, Gransurg honored the dignity of the defeated, and pledged his mind and body to the Crimson Moon, swearing allegiance to him. He decided to walk the path of the Dead Apostle himself.

    He became a vampire at the conclusion of his thaumaturgy. “If I am to serve my master, I shall take on a form befitting me.” Thus, he transformed his form into that of a bird.

    During the time when he served the Crimson Moon, he was more like a familiar than he was a Dead Apostle, and worked a lot for the sake of the Crimson Moon.

    Explanation - Nevermore

    He still served under the Crimson Moon after the 27 Ancestors separated from the True Ancestors, but after the Crimson Moon was dispersed by Zelretch, he became an independent Apostle.

    He attacked the castle of Apostle 16 fair and square, annihilating his clan and taking on the name of Blackmore. From the beginning, when the Crimson Moon was alive, he was already recognized as “one of the 27”, but once the other Ancestors acknowledged this name succession, Blackmore finally settled into a title befitting his abilities.

    The Reality Marble he used during this raid was Nevermore.

    A curtain of death wings covers the universe, swallowing up the moon and the stars. It is a “world of death” of absolute darkness.

    “Be careful.

    The birds that dance in this night of mine, are only unforgiving to the dead----”

    Declaring this, Blackmore destroyed a single Ancestor and his entire faction.

    Not a single drop of blood was shed. The walls, the garden, and even the curtains were completely untouched. But the vampires, numbering over a hundred, were all dead.

    Source: Source/the dark six (alias)

    A character on the Dead Apostle side in Tsukihime 2 (in Nasu’s head).

    A bird gentleman, vampire Gatchaman.

    Just as Merem is a reasonable vampire on the side of both the Dead Apostles and Church, he is a reasonable vampire on the side of both Dead Apostles and magi.

    As opposed to his pride as an Ancestor, he fights in order to protect the Crimson Moon’s dignity.

    Though this trickster is a supporting character, his abilities rank as top-class among the set of monsters appearing in Tsukihime 2.



  2. Kagetsu Tohya - 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors Series, 16/Gransurg Blackmoa

    Lord of the Black Wing. Magical existence. Controls the Reality Marble 'Nevermore.'
    Since he bothers others a lot, he's imprisoned by the church.
    Used to be a human who researched magic. Now, however, he has the form of a gigantic crow.

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  4. Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Volume 6: case. Atlas Contract (Upper) - Chapter 2 Part 4