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The Holy Church (聖堂教会, Seidō Kyōkai?), also referred simply as "the Church," is the hidden side of the Roman Catholic Church that specializes in the hunting of heresy. Compared to the public side of the Holy Church that treats heresies as if they do not exist because those who teach the word of God must not acknowledge that which runs counter to their doctrines, the Holy Church contains the zealots who feel the heresies should be more proactively destroyed. They are a major force that has a tenuous relationship with the Mage's Association.[1]

Activities[]

The Church holds a great level of animosity towards Vampires.[2] There is no great reason for specifically hunting them down with such fervency other than that they are a group that only likes humans. Beings that are not human can be controlled, so they don't need to be made into enemies. They can coexist with completely different races, but Vampires are beings born from humans. They carry the possibility of "infection" to other humans, so they are treated like diseases that need to be cut off.

The Church mainly began to take this view with the founding of the Burial Agency, as it was created for the very purpose of killing them. If they don't take such a stance, it has no real reason to exist. As their faith is very shallow, they have a necessity to affirm the importance of their roles. That same stance continued to escalate within the Church since then.[3]

The Thaumaturgical Theory of the Church, in form of its Holy Sacraments, is the most widespread and well stabilized in the world.[4][5][6]

Known members[]

Subdivisions[]

Abbeys[]

Abbeys are monasteries that house individuals like Caren Hortensia. She was admitted to the Citeaux Abbey, but she was permitted to leave on errands pertaining to exorcism unlike the others in the abbey.

Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament[]

The Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament (第八秘蹟会, Daihachi Hiseki Kai?) is a special agency made up of a group of special clerics charged with the research, recovery, and managing of holy relics scattered across the globe. The items called holy relics include the remains and blood of saints, the nails that crucified Christ, the holy cross, the thirty silver coins of Judas, and other items with the holy attribute. The members follow the "Eighth Sacrament" outside of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, the seven graces that God bestows in the Catholic faith: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing. It is a "Grace that doesn't Exist" in the rightful faith or a "power separated from the faith", meaning the members trained to retrieve the hidden relics do not fear being involved in heretical power such as magery to accomplish their goals. It is the lowest of the special agencies.[8]

One aspect of their job is to watch over any claim of the Holy Grail, which has great importance the doctrine of the Church. One such claim includes Fuyuki City's Holy Grail War. They send a supervisor from the agency, such as Risei Kotomine and Kirei Kotomine, to act as a mediator between the Church and the Mage's Association. As of the Fifth Holy Grail War, they are investigating the 726th claim of the Grail, and they are tasked with recovering it if it proves to be real, or disputing it if it proves to be false. In reality, they already know it is not the genuine artifact, and would generally ignore a special device which seeks the "Root." The path leading to the root can be said to lead to the "outside" of the world, meaning that it will not bring any effect to the "inside." The Church only cares about the visible world, and finds the magi’s pursuit as a meaningless plan. The ability for the Holy Grail to realize wishes is "omnipotent", granting it unlimited, mysterious power to change even the "inside" of the world. Such a power could become an existence which threatens their belief, so they feel the need to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. They wish to guide the wish made with it, such as backing Tokiomi Tohsaka's "boring, meaningless wish." Tokiomi is one of the most right-winged magi, compared to others who would pursue the gifts of mundane riches, prestige, desires, power, all of which can be fulfilled "within" the world. He wishes to reach the Root, which has nothing to do with the "inside."

Burial Agency[]

The details of the Burial Agency differ between Tsukihime and the Tsukihime Remake series.

Chivalric Orders[]

The Chivalric Orders are the Knights (騎士団, Kishidan?) that make up the main military body of each church. They only fight to defend holy ground, according to Nrvnqsr. It is one of the few groups that still uses halberds, but its use is dying out.[9] Riesbyfe is the captain of the Vestel Shield Knights and an official vampire hunter. She possesses the conceptual weapon "True Apocrypha Gamaliel", a pile bunker shaped like a string instrument.

Executors[]

The executors of the church

The Executors (代行者, Daikōsha?)[10][11] are the heretic inquisitors of the Church established by the 120th Cardinal. They are not charged with the purpose of daemon exorcism, but rather have the task of demon killing and the destruction of other heretical beings. It is known as the bloodiest department of the Church, called the Shura's Den for its responsibility of punishing heresies. It takes a certain amount of willpower to be part of it, and being able to achieve the title of "Executor" signifies that one is a first-rate murderer that has passed brutal and pious training to become mankind's weapon. Kirei Kotomine was ten years old when he was made into an Executor, but he later changed positions a number of times. They have varying specialties, including those specialized and geared for magus hunting, demon killing, or vampire slaying.

The Executors also follow the Eighth Sacrament, granting the permit to stray away from the rules of their religion as long as one thing, the name of the Almighty, is protected. They are followers that do not teach the words of the Lord, but act as His representative, His Executors, despite being mere mortals. They take part in trials that should have only been watched, and slay heretics that should have only been denied. They are those who should not have even existed, who dispel the demonic and hunt what does not exist not in the teachings of their Lord. The existence of demons has sometimes made man mistake the calculations of heaven as the powerlessness of heaven. They sought a miracle from their Lord in the incomprehensible work of the demonic, causing exceptions in the form of the Executors to be born.

They consider demons to be messenger of heaven according to their doctrine, making it so a priest teaching the words of God has no right to destroy them. They follow the idea that God is the one absolute, that which is supreme and that which is all, and that as The Holy Spirit, He is the creator of a perfect world. It is impossible for Him to allow the existence of demons to defile the world He created by violating His own children. Even with that ideal, it is a fact that they do exist, corrupting man and defiling the world, playing out miserable tragedies and comedies beyond the reasoning of man. That which ought not be taints the world of God, and so, they reasoned that even these demons, the corruptors of man, are a vital part of the world the Lord constructed and one of His precious creations. They simply follow that if it is the work of the holy to strengthen the goodness of man, then what strengthens the evil of man is the demonic. The Executors are those who hunt that which is not in their doctrine, meaning that they can not be held back by that doctrine, and allowing them to annihilate even Their Lord's own demonic creations. That is the one point that distinguishes them from exorcists.

Exorcists[]

Exorcists (エクソシスト, Ekusoshisuto?), are a special kind of priests charged as "representatives" by the bishop of a diocese. They are a type of Executor not geared for heretic hunting, but rather answer pleas for help and visit those towns to exorcise daemons. While the mere likes of humans are no match for a mature daemon, the real problem for the visiting exorcists is the protection of the soul. The experience of daemon exorcism is said to be one that a person cannot withstand once again, making an iron faith more sought after than physical prowess. They don't fear daemons, but rather they fear the breaking of their will. The only known Exorcist to ever exorcise a mature daemon from a person is Mr. Dawn from the Burial Agency. The Church values people like Caren Hortensia whose body itself possesses an unusual property which is known as Masochistic Spiritualist Constitution; if there is a person nearby who has been possessed by a daemon, her body will mimic the end effects that the daemon possession will eventually have on the possessed human. As a result, exorcists employ her to act as a radar of sorts to find daemons.

The Templars[]

The Order of the Templars (テンプル騎士団, Tenpuru Kishidan?) is a small but powerful faction in the Church that has only appeared in Fate/Prototype. Although they have a considerable amount of connections and allegiance to the Church, the Order of the Templars is often not considered a part of the Church. They are in truth a separate independent organization of their own and hold only loyalty to themselves. They are considered to be far more radical, bordering the line of terrorism in their activities, as they hire criminals to work for them or even join their ranks. They seem to specialize in heretic hunting and often lend some of their own heretic hunters to the church, when necessary. Sancraid Phahn is a member and one of their top Heretic Hunters.

Artifacts[]

  • Ash Lock (灰錠, Hai jou?) are Conceptual Weapons that are standard equipment for Executors. As they are easier to use than Black Keys, requiring minimum of training to unleash their devastating power, the majority of Executors prefer them. They come in a variety of forms, from armored gauntlets to small knives and crossbows, disguised as gloves or boots until the tag is removed, reverting them to their original form.[12]
  • Keys of Providence (摂理の鍵, Setsuri no Kagi?) are types of Conceptual Weapons used for purification,[13] which is the forcing of natural laws onto the vampire and baptizing their flesh to turn them back into ash. They open the structure of physical body and lock it back into its original form if the target was a Catholic during their human life, or if they have devoured or sucked the blood of a Catholic. They lack much of an effect if they were not Catholic, on the other hand, they will have some effect on a Christian vampire even if the user is a non-Christian. If both are believers of the faith, their power is absolute. Black Keys are types of Keys of Providence.
  • Holy Shrouds (聖骸布, Seigaifu?) are cloths used to wrap around the remains of saints, they are a type of Mystic Code. Kotomine owns the Shroud of Martin and Caren Hortensia owns the Shroud of Magdalene. Archer's cloak is also made from a Holy Shroud.[14]
  • Relics of the Son of God (神の御子の聖遺物?) - Holy artifacts related to Jesus, typically recognized and managed by the Holy Church with the exception of things like the Fuyuki Holy Grail.[15]

Right Hand of Glory

  • Hands of Glory: Right Hand of Glory (栄光の右手(ハンズ・オブ・グローリー)?) are holy relic Mystic Codes made from the right arm of a sinner who was hanged. While the process to make them is difficult, they are common Mystic Codes with the ability of making people fall asleep. There is a particular Right Hand of Glory, made from a "special person's" right arm, that is sealed away by the Holy Church due to its exceptional nature, stolen by the Third Reich during the Imperial Capital Holy Grail Strange Story to use as a catalyst to bring forth the Neo Fuhrer.[16]
  • Scriptures (聖典, Seiten?) are powerful Conceptual Weapons that have only been granted to a few selected Executors. Kirei Kotomine believes weapons of this level could potentially allow a person to defeat a Heroic Spirit. The holy shield Gamaliel is used by Riesbyfe Stridberg, the Seventh Holy Scripture is used by Ciel and the Scripture of the Stomach World is used by the first or second member of the Burial Agency. The Holy Burial Artillery Scripture is one of the only known Scriptures which is not used by an Executor from the Church but by the Dead Apostle Ancestor Enhance. Holy Scripture Triten is another of the only known Scriptures which is not used by an Executor from the Church but by the Dead Apostle Ancestor Caubac Alcatraz.

References[]

  1. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Holy Church [Organisation name], p.183

    The Holy Church [Organisation name]
    The hidden side of the prominent religion whose name means "universal". In Tsukihime, it is referred to merely as "The Church".
    Those who teach the word of God do not acknowledge things which run counter to their doctrine. Though the public face of the Church simply treats these heresies as if they do not exist at all, there were zealots within the organization who felt they should be dealt with more proactively. This enormous division that specializes in the hunting of heresy is known as the Holy Church.
    They lead the devil exterminators called Executors, and exist for just two reasons: to completely expunge all heresy, and to properly manage those mysteries that are beyond human control. Naturally, they are on bad terms with the Association, which seeks to conceal sorcery, and the two have crossed swords time and time again. (At present the two have reached a tenuous agreement, and overt hostilities have, at least for now, come to an end.) However, their real enemies are the monsters known as "bloodsuckers". For the sake of combatting this greater threat, they have even been known to cooperate with the Association on occasion.
    Also, there are various jurisdictions within the Church as well. The Burial Agency, which Ciel belongs to, are like the elite commandos of heresy hunting.
    Arcueid, Roa, and Ciel all have deep ties to the Church, but since Tsukihime is set in the Far East outside of the Church's influence, it serves as little more than a backdrop to the story's events.

    聖堂教会【組織名】

  2. [v] Character material - Prelude II: The Holy Church [Organization], p.036

    The Holy Church [Organization]
    The organization that ran contrary to the "universal tolerance" of the religion.
    Preaching the word of God, they absolutely did not tolerate anything against the doctrine. Although on the surface they denied the existence of "heretics", within the ranks there existed some who rejected heretics with unmatched fervor. They turned "heretic hunting" into a profession, and a immense department was established for this purpose.
    "Executors" were individuals with the power to vanquish Demons. They physically eliminated things that did not exist in the Lord's teachings. On the other hand, Exorcists were individuals in the clergy who tolerated the existence of Demons, but merely temporarily repelled them.

  3. TYPE-MOON Long Interview - Kanwa Tsukihime - The Burial Agency and Vampires
  4. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Baptismal Chant [Magecraft], p.065

    Baptismal Chant [Magecraft]
    The only miracle allowed to be practiced by the Holy Church.
    It was a simple ritual that sublimed lost souls through the Lord's teaching, and returned them to the appropriate "Throne".
    The Foundations of each mage school's arcane principles were carved onto the World. Spells were activated by taking control of the Rules and System (through the Foundation).
    Spells with a feeble belief system and small Foundation were often weak, and could not function in foreign lands.
    Amongst faith-based spells, the one with the broadest Foundation was the Church's teaching of God, i.e. Words of God.
    Its ability to interfere with physical objects was weak, but its ability to interfere with spiritual entities was great.
    The teachings of the Church were widespread, because this miracle that "speaks to the soul" had mended the hearts of many.

    洗礼詠唱【魔術】
    聖堂教会において、唯一習得を許される奇蹟。
    主の教えにより迷える魂を昇華し、還るべき『座』に送る簡易儀式である。
    各魔術流派は、それぞれの魔術理論の基盤を世界に刻みつけ、そのルールとシステムに乗っ取って魔術を起動させる。
    信仰·基盤の小さな一派の魔術は弱く、他国においてまっとうに機能しないのはザラだ。
    その中において、最も広い“基盤”を持つ魔術理論が教会による神の教え、聖言である。
    物理的な干渉力は微弱だが、霊体に対する干渉力は 絶大なものがある。
    彼らの教えがここまで広く浸透したのも、この“魂に訴える”奇蹟が、多くの人間の心を癒すからだろう。

  5. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - Theory of Magic - Magecraft: Land and Thaumaturgy, p.043

    Land and Thaumaturgy
    To use magic, what is necessary is a sequence in which a magus, once establishing contact with a magic foundation engraved in the world, sends a command to the magic foundation and executes a premade function. At this time, the fuel used for executing the function is magic energy, and the magus will have to send the command at the same time as the magic energy.

    Magic foundations are magic theories that magus schools have engraved in the world, and magic is started up in accordance with those rules and systems. For example, the magic theory with the largest foundation is the “Teaching of the Lord” of the Church. Magic foundations engraved in the form of academia and religions fuse intimately with the veins of the land, and the magus using that magic foundation can perform magic anywhere in the world. However, if the magus leaves the land where his magic foundation was engraved in, he loses the backup of his land, and the force is certain to deteriorate.

    Note that the case is different with magic foundations that are not academia or religions but rather are passed down through personal orally transmitted teachings, the limited inheritance in clans, etc. As long as the rules of those foundations are met, it is possible to exhibit the same basic effect no matter where one is in the world.

    Matou Zouken
    The Makiri line moved from their homeland to Fuyuki and fell. For a magus to leave their land carries the meaning of departing from their own magic foundation and is extremely risky.

  6. [v] Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material - Encyclopedia: Magical Foundation [Magecraft/Other], p.109

    Magical Foundation [Magecraft/Other]
    A magical theory engraved into the world. Its strength is greatly influenced by the faith and the collective unconscious of the people.
    As a Mystery propagates, it loses power. However, the reason they become more stable as knowledge about them spreads, though it may seem contradictory at first glance, is because of this system of Magical Foundations.
    In the present day, the most widespread and most powerful Magical Foundation is the “Teachings of God,” used by the Holy Church.
    Of course, there also exist families who develop magical formulas entirely independent of such Foundations, and weirdos like Flat who “build an entirely new formula from scratch every time.”

    魔術基盤【魔術/その他】
    世界に刻みつけられた魔術理論。人々の信仰や無意識によって、この効果は大きく強化される。
    神秘は広まれば広まるほど力を失う。しかし、知名度が高いほど安定するという、一見矛盾した事柄が成立するのは、この魔術基盤というシステムのため。現行世界において最も広大かつ強大な魔術基盤は、聖堂教会による『神の教え』そのものである。
    もっとも、家伝の魔術はこうした魔術基盤を利用せず、個人の魔術式だけで成立するし、フラットのように「毎回魔術式を新しく構築する」などという変態も存在する。

  7. Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon- - Rainbow in the Night route - Normal End - Day 15: "Rainbow at Night"
  8. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - Theory of Magic - The two great forces in the Thaumaturgy world: The Holy Church, p.052

    Holy Chuch
    •Agents to eliminate heretics

    •Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament
    The remains and blood of saints, the nails that crucified Christ, the 30 silver coins of Judas, and other items with the holy attribute are call holy relics, and the special agency for collecting and managing these holy relics scattered across the globe is called the "Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament".
    "Sacraments" refers to the seven graces that God bestows in the Catholic faith: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing. The "Eighth Sacrament" refers to the "Grace that doesn't Exist" in the rightful faith. Put into other words, this can also be said to be "power separated from the faith". In other words, the Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament is a group of special clerics who do not fear being involved in heretical power such as magery, and are trained for retrieving the hidden relics.

    •Burial Agency

  9. Fate/hollow ataraxia - Heaven's Feel - 5/ Void
  10. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Executors [Term], p.184

    Executors [Term]
    Inquisitors of the Holy Church. Those who eliminate heresies that do not exist in the Church's doctrine.
    What makes them different from exorcists is that they do not exorcize demons, but eliminate them. If exorcists are those who drive out devils from the possessed, then executors are those who exterminate devils on the spot.
    Not banishing, but defeating; not rescuing, but erasing.
    They are more like professional killers than priests.
    However, according to the Church, humans do not have the authority to defeat demons, because even demons are the creations of God. The name "executor" comes from the fact that the executors transcend that teaching, and act as God's proxy on earth to stamp out heresy. They are an army of believers, devised of by the 120 Cardinals supporting the Pope. It wouldn't be a mistake to call them the Church's greatest treasure.

    代行者【用語】

  11. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Executors [Term], p.052

    Executors [Term]
    Inquisitors of the Holy Church. Those who eliminate heresies that do not exist in the Church's doctrine.
    If exorcists are those who drive out devils from the possessed, then executors are those who exterminate devils on the spot. "Not to banish, but defeat. Not to rescue, but erase." That is the ideology that drives the executors.
    However, according to the Church, humans do not have the authority to defeat demons, because even demons are the creations of God. The name "executor" comes from the fact that the executors transcend that teaching, and act as God's proxy on earth to stamp out heresy.

    代行者【用語】
    エクスキューター。
    聖堂教会における異端審問員。教義に存在しない異端を排除するモノたち。
    エクソシストは人に取り付いた悪魔を追い払う者であり、エクスキューターは悪魔をその場で消滅させる者である。払うのではなく斃す、救うのではなく消し去るという行動理念を持つ。
    教会において、人には魔を斃す権限はない。魔さえも神の創造物であるからだ。その教えるを超越し、神の代行として異端を“消滅”させる事から代行者と呼ばれている。

  12. [v] Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material - Encyclopedia: Ash Lock [Other], p.100

    Ash Lock [Other]
    Standard equipment used by the Executors of the Holy Church.
    Unlike the Black Keys that Executors are also known for, which take a considerable amount of training to use effectively, the Ash Lock is a powerful Conceptual Weapon that can demonstrate great ability with a minimum of training. Normally they are disguised as gloves or boots, but by removing their tag, they revert to their original form.
    Used by a large number of Executors, they come in a variety of forms. While Ilumia elected for a hand-to-hand fighting type, versions using things like small blades or crossbows also exist.

    灰錠【そのほか】
    聖堂教会の代行者たちが使う標準装備。
    同じく標準装備でありながら、扱いに熟練を要する黒鍵と違い、比較的短時間の訓練で十分な能力を保証する強力な概念武装。普段は手袋やブーツなどに偽装しているが、紙片を滑らせることによって本来の姿に戻る。
    多くの代行者に選ばれてきただけあって、その形状と能力にも複数のパターンがあり、イルミアが選んだのは格闘タイプだったが、小型の刃やボウガンを仕込んだタイプもあるという。

  13. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Purification [Term], p.182-183

    Purification [Term]
    In Tsukihime, the Church’s method of dealing with the undead.
    Dead Apostles… beings which were once human, but became bloodsucking monsters. In order to return them to dust, a religious symbol that they were familiar with in life is required.
    The process works by driving the natural law from when they were a human into the vampire’s body, re-baptizing their former flesh, and returning them to dust. The conceptual armaments required to perform the ceremony of forcibly opening the composition of the flesh and locking it into its original state are called “Keys of Providence”.
    To put it simply, a crucifix would be a typical example.
    However, a crucifix will only be effective on vampires that were originally Christians. If the official religion when they were human wasn’t Catholicism, it becomes much more difficult for the crucifix to generate an effect.
    On the other hand, if the vampire used to be a Christian, then even if the human under attack is not a believer the crucifix will have an effect on its own.
    Of course, it goes without saying that the effect will be greatest if they are both believers.

    浄化【用語】

  14. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Holy Shroud [Armament], p.063 [T]

    Holy Shroud [Armament]
    The shroud that wrapped the remains of Saints.
    The Holy Shroud that was wound around the arm of Shirou was a portion of the Shroud of Martin.
    It was likely something Kotomine hid away while he worked as an agent of the Church.

    聖骸布【武装】
    聖人の亡骸を包んだ布。
    士郎が腕に巻いたものはマルティーンの聖骸布の一部。
    教会時代、言峰が隠匿していた物と思われる。

  15. [v] Fate/Zero Anime Visual Guide I: The Fourth Holy Grail War Glossary: Relic of the Son of God [Magecraft Term]

    Relic of the Son of God [Magecraft Term]
    Holy artifacts recognized by the Holy Church. Management of such artifacts typically falls under the jurisdiction of the Church, however the Fuyuki Grail does not fall into this category.

    神の御子の聖遺物【魔術用語】
    聖堂教会が認める聖遺物。認定された聖遺物は教会の管理下に置かれることになるが、冬木の聖杯はこれにあたらないことが確認されている。

  16. [v] Fate/KOHA-ACE - Encyclopedia: Right Hand of Glory [Holy Relic], p.160

    Right Hand of Glory [Holy Relic]
    Hands of Glory. For our generation, we think of Yokoshima's certain-kill skill. But it's a relatively popular magecraft tool. Its effect of making people go to sleep is at the level of a handy effect. However, the hurdle for creating this tool is high. By the way, in the story the Right Hand of Glory that Caren purses is a special person's right arm. It has no relation to the guy in lace.

    栄光の右手【聖物】
    ハンズ・オブ・グローリー。わたし達の年代ですと横島君の必殺技かと思いますが、基本的には割とポピュラーな魔術道具であり、効果も人を眠らせるという程よいレベルの効果。しかし作成手順のハードルは高い。ちなみに本編で花蓮ちゃんが追っている『栄光の右手」はとある特別な人物の右腕。レースのやつとは関係ない。

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