- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Forms and Alternate Versions
- 5 Development
- 6 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
Ishtar is the goddess of beauty, good harvests, war, lust, discord and fertility in Mesopotamian Mythology/Sumerian Mythology/Babylonian Mythology, and one among the many mother goddesses whose power is derived from the Earth Mother. Said to be the most pampered, or rather, the most beloved goddess by the other deities. Her Sumerian divine name was said to be Inanna (イナンナ, Inan'na?), and that name is actually her older name. Ishtar is her Akkadian divine name. It means “The Mistress of Heaven”. A goddess of Venus, a goddess who governs over the good harvests that brings prosperity to the people, and even a goddess who rules over war and destruction, she is a great goddess who, among the goddesses, was presented with many rights and Authorities from the gods. In Sumerian Mythology, she plays an active role as a dynamic goddess and as a goddess who is like the heroine of a story, possessing various anecdotes. Particularly among them, a famous one is her feeding the city of Uruk to a fearsome Divine Beast called the “Bull of Heaven”, seemingly an anecdote that caused the city to be on the brink of destruction; in any case, she is a goddess who is a nuisance to others.
At any rate, Ishtar is a whimsy deity that is free and uncontrolled, and is also famous for having numerous loves; it is said that she would make advances with all her energies on those who she took a liking to, regardless of those being humans or other deities, and she has many lovers, irrespective of them being from the domain of men or from the domain of the gods. On the other hand, she also displayed a demon-like cruelty towards those who did not bow to her will. She is a deity who was perfected as a deity, one who usually took control and command of things. There is no compromise. The motive for bringing out the Divine Beast onto the Earth was said to be the result of the King of Heroes, Gilgamesh of Uruk, having not responded to her temptations.
Legend[edit | edit source]
After Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeated Humbaba, the goddess Ishtar fell in love with Gilgamesh. She proposed to the King of Heroes, but he quickly refused because he knew that Ishtar was a whimsical and cruel witch who rendered men useless. Ishtar, enraged by Gilgamesh's insults, clung to her father, the god Anu, in tears and asked for the release of the greatest of Divine Beasts, the "Bull of Heaven", onto the Earth for her revenge. Against this Divine Beast none could match, Gilgamesh and Enkidu worked together to stand against it and repelled it splendidly. Once again, the goddess lost face. Naturally, Ishtar's rage had not lessened, and she requested death for either of the two of them from the gods because it was a sin for one with a human body to kill the beast of the gods. Ishtar's wish was granted, and one of the two, Enkidu, who was created by the gods, was unable to defy that decree, slowly weakened, and died.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
This form is not that of the goddess Ishtar herself, but a Pseudo-Servant condition in which a human that has a wavelength close to her own was made into a vessel.
Unlike Ereshkigal, Ishtar retains Rin's black hair.
In this form, Ishtar has red eyes, long black hair tied up into twin tails with two black ribbons. On top of her head is a black and gold tiara, along with a golden neck brace and matching "O" shaped earings.
Ishtar's clothing is very revealing, with her top being a white bra that is outlined with gold and exposes a bit of cleavage along with her lower back and stomach. On her bottom is a jeweled black-gold thong that snuggles deeply in between her butt-cheeks and exposes a large portion of her butt and legs. She also wears a black stocking on her right leg that has golden ornaments, with her left ankle having a golden bracelet. Her left arm is outfitted with a black and gold glove that covers her forearm, while her left arm has a golden bracelet around her upper-arm.
« My original self was more glamorous, but this body is also not bad. »
Personality[edit | edit source]
In “Fate/Grand Order”, Ishtar has materialized as a Pseudo-Servant by possessing a human. Since Ishtar is egotistical, she behaves without paying any regard to the possessed human, but her nature is receiving a big influence from the human that was possessed. Originally, Ishtar is both deeply compassionate and cruel, but because the personality of the possessed human is more virtuous, her cruelty has retreated to the bottom of her heart, and her good side appears to have come out ahead of it.
Active and extroverted. The goddess of war and good harvests that lives according to her own whims without being a slave to her own fixed position, all while having high intelligence and pride. Ishtar loves beautiful things, hates ugly things, and the things she desires are the things she absolutely takes hold of in her own hands. Even though she is smart, she is impulsive, and sometimes leaves with an unthinkable reckless abandon. In myths, Ishtar is commented by Gilgamesh as thus: “Inanna? Isn’t she the most annoying goddess in the world!? She will destroy something that certainly doesn’t need to be destroyed, and she will also create something that doesn’t need to be created!” If Ishtar becomes ostentatious in this world, then surely in that way, she will invite chaos simultaneously.
The root of Ishtar’s personality does not have any changes even when materialized as a Servant. It cannot be helped that Rin, who is the possessed vessel, almost has the same nature as Ishtar’s as well. However, there is one thing that Rin has that Ishtar doesn’t. That is “patience”. Rin is a hardworking person who is not negligent in her trainings even though she is a genius. She knows patience, which appears to be giving a little influence on this Ishtar. Incidentally, Rin became independent after losing her father when she was very young, while Ishtar behaved like a spoiled child up to the very end towards her almighty father.
Ishtar is the exact opposite of Kongming (Zhuge Liang), who is identical to her by being another Pseudo-Servant, in that the human personality, the basis of the possessed human, does not come out to the surface. Ishtar thinks and behaves as Ishtar to the very end. Although she thinks to herself “Is it because I am just being a destructive god?”, Rin’s innate goodness is mixed in with that creed as this Ishtar, and the following changes were made:
- I must be the most beautiful → (If there is someone more beautiful than me, I will strive to become more beautiful then)
- I’ll kill anyone who opposes me → (If I made someone cry because I went too far in killing someone, I would rather stop then)
- I’ll tolerate anyone who is faithful to me → (I will lend my power only in proportion to the faith you have in me)
Openly like this, Ishtar’s cruelty is held back, and when assessing this as Rin Tohsaka, it at least becomes “Ah, I became just a little higher than usual.” Also, Ishtar herself is not conscious of Rin being her possessed body. “I am myself. Whatever human this possessed body was, is now the goddess Ishtar herself. Think of it in this way. Instead of saying this human was taken over by Ishtar, it is rather that suddenly on one day, she became Ishtar as well.” Although it openly sounds like she is making light of Rin’s human rights, it actually means the exact opposite. Ishtar recognizes that “if Rin Tohsaka is Ishtar, then it means Ishtar is Rin Tohsaka, regardless if it is from something like whoever is on top, to whichever one of them accepts this current state of things.” Although she will absolutely not say this.
For Ishtar, the Master is "a human worth teasing." Although she thinks of herself as someone celebrated, she will never do things such as looking down on someone, including humans, given that the personality of the possessed body, Rin, is her base. She comes into contact with the Master with deep affections and friendship, although simply as “a toy worth teasing.” However, as their bonds deepens, the virtue of taking care of people that she has since the beginning and her emotional weakness (of completely emphasizing with someone) works against her, and they grow from “a toy worth teasing” into “my cherished contractor, whose future is worth watching over.”
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- "After losing all the money he has on hand through gambling, he returned back to his home to find his storehouse of treasures burning, and for the finishing blow, while he was still broke, his debt was being collected after the break period he had implored the collector for had just ended, and he died!"
- "In the middle of its journey, its vehicle’s engine stalled and even its cellphone had a flat battery, so it wandered around without any decent food too, before in the end, it finally arrived at a diner, only for zombies to infest the place, and it died!"
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
Seventh Singularity: Babylonia[edit | edit source]
In Chapter 7, Ishtar appeared as the only living Sumerian deity. By becoming a Pseudo-Servant, she manifested on the lands of Mesopotamia, attentively watching the Seventh Singularity and the future of humanity. Although she says that her role is to attentively watch the humans in a way appropriate for a goddess, it means she is watching over them while letting out an evil sneer. “Well then. I wonder if the humans will survive this, or will they be destroyed?” By chance, she happens to see the protagonist persevering as a mere human being while losing their Servants, being a favorite among those she teases, and temporarily links a contract with them. In the end, she proves to be a literal “Goddess of Victory”.
Also, it is a digression, but regarding the battle against Ishtar in one section of the Seventh Singularity’s Tenth Chapter, she had a Passive Skill called “Broken Lapis Lazuli Necklace”. Because it is broken, its original effect becomes the exact opposite (Noble Phantasm damage reduced by 30%). Ishtar herself realizes that negative effect, but daringly wears it. Even if it is for this reason: “It is still beautiful, and I wanted to flaunt it; plus, if I think about this inversely, even if it starts to act up violently and flare up, I am not going to suffer damage because I am already suffering from its debuff, right?” Or so she thinks. But she ignores pointing out that she had used her Noble Phantasm, which caused it to act up violently in the first place.
Whem the era was becoming a Singularity, the temple matron took advantage of the unstable space-time to connect to other eras to summon Rin Tohsaka. Due to her compatibility, Rin was used as a vessel for Ishtar. Unbeknownst to Ishar though, Ereshkigal was summoned at the same time. She then killed the matron by draining her of her magical energy.
While searching for the missing Gugalanna, Ishtar crash lands onto Ritsuka. She wonders if they're a sacrifice fleeing Nippur, or a survivor from Babylon. She then threatens to shoot off their limbs, and scatter them over Mt. Ebih. She prepares to kill them when Mash explains who she and Ritsuka are. Ishtar decides not to kill Ritsuka for touching, as they're ignorant of the Singularity's rules and circumstances. She tells Ritsuka to forget everything that happened earlier, saying their life will be spared if they do. She then indirectly asks them if they've seen Gugalanna around. Ritsuka isn't able to answer when Demonic Beasts attack. After killing the beasts, Ishtar leaves, warning Ritsuka and Mash to return to Chaldea.
She later busts through the roof of Uruk's ziggurat to confront Gilgamesh. She decides to kill him as a payment for hhis years of mocking her. She then notices Ritsuka and Mash are also there. She decides to kill Ritsuka in order to prevent any rumors of their first encounter from spreading. In the ensuing fight, she prepares to destroy ziggurat along with everyone. She stops however when she notices Medusa behind Ritsuka. She leaves after recognizing who Medusa truly is.
Over the next month, Ishtar harasses the ranchers outside of Uruk. While she does kill the Demonic Beasts attacking them, her attacks damage their ranches and scare their sheep. In addition, she takes their gems as compensation. Ishtar eventually confronts Ritsuka's party in Kutha, and attacks them for questioning the ranchers. Ritsuka's party fight her, but she flies away whenever they gain the advantage. She suddenly gets drowsy, so Ana takes advantage of it to knock her down. The impact knocks Ishtar unconscious, and the group tie her up.
Ishtar encounters Ritsuka's party again when they come to her temple on Mt. Ebih. She knows about their defeat by Gorgon. She also declares she can longer treat Ritsuka and Mash as ignorant outsiders, and fights the group. The fight stops however when Mash shows her the cart of gems Gilgamesh provided them. Merlin explains they want to hire her, with the promise she'll receive a large percentage of Gilgamesh's gems. Ishtar is conflicted about accepting such an offer due to the years of animosity between her and Gilgamesh. Romani Archaman further convinces her to accept the offer by saying she'll be remembered as a pure, righteous goddess. She eventually gives in, and agrees to join the group. She then contracts with Ritsuka. Outside her temple, she explains the circumstances of her summoning. She also seems to know about Medusa's circumstances, which Medusa asks her not to divulge. She then assures Romani that Rin isn't dead, but as a Divine Spirit, she is the main personality. Her and Rin's personalities are essentially merged into one. She then leaves the mountain with the others, reaching the plains below by nightfall.
Gilgamesh tells the group that Marduk's Axe, which they can use against Gorgon, is in Eridu. Ishtar reveals Quetzalcoatl is the southern goddess. In response to Romani's confusion about Quetzalcoatl being female, Ishtar explains how the Mesoarmerican pantheon use human vessels to interact; Quetzalcoatl's current vessel is female. A soldier then reports Quetzalcoatl has destroyed the southern gate, and she's now heading for the ziggurat. Ritsuka and the others head out to fight her.
They fight her, but their attacks are ineffective. Quetzalcoatl leaves, having reached her quota of killing 100 humans a day. The group then witness Jaguar Warrior stacking the dead soldiers onto a cargo slab. After killing her were-jaguars, they return to the ziggurat. It is insinuated Quetzalcoal has a temple in Eridu dedicated to her to increase her divinity. The group realize they will need to destroy the symbol of her power at the temple in order to lower her divinity. Gilgamesh then orders them to go to Eridu to defeat Quetzcoatl and retrieve Marduk's axe. He says they'll immediately begin preparations for the battle with Gorgon upon their return.
Entering the jungle, Merlin asks Ishtar if she and Quetzalcoatl were ordered by Gorgon to destroy humanity. Ishtar responds she doesn't care about the Alliance, and guesses Quetzalcoatl is helping Gorgon becaue they're both snakes. Jaguar Warrior then appears, and the group fight her. With Ishtar's help, they're able to defeat her. Jaguar Warrior reveals she is a Rogue Servant. Ritsuka then convinces her to join them through flattery. She guides the group to Ur, where they find the Urukian soldiers alive. Jaguar Warrior explains Quetzcoatl revived the soldiers right after killing them. She also reveals the soldiers are forbidden to leave because they're members of Quetzalcoatl's army.
The next day, the group are guided through the jungle to Eridu. They learn Quetzalcoatl has recently returned from Uruk. Jaguar Warrior says she, Mash, and Ishtar will hold her off while Ritsuka destroys Piedra Del Sol, the symbol of her power. She then gives them a spare of her weapon she made last night for this very purpose.
The group enter Eridu, and breakthrough to the temple. They also see Marduk's Axe behind it. Ritsuka heads for Piedra Del Sol, while the others hold off Quetzalcoatl. She defeats them however by the time Ritsuka reaches the altar where Piedra Del Sol is kept. They prepares to destroy the stone when they realize Quetzcoatl wants to see a display of human resolve. At Jaguar Warrior's suggestion, Ishtar takes Ritsuka high into the air so they can body slam Quetzalcoatl. Quetzalcoatl catches them at the last moment, and joins the group, impressed by Ritsuka's resolve.
Due to the sheer size of Marduk's axe, Quetzcoatl fastens ropes made from jungle vines to her winged serpents to carry it to Uruk. After prepartions are complete, she takes the group to see a cylinder seal in the center of Eridu. Merlin transcribes its inscription into the air to reveal the prophecy of Mesopotamia becoming a Singularity and Tiamat razing Uruk. The group realize Gilgamesh made preparations against the Demonic Beasts because he knew of the prophecy. Thanks to his preparations and the resolve of Uruk's populace, Mesopotamia was able to stave off destruction for half a year before Chaldea arrived. Quetzcoatl then orders Jaguar Warrior to supervise the winged serpents carrying Marduk's axe.
Returning to Uruk, the group learn Gilgamesh died from seemingly overexertion. They doubt this, as Siduri notes a number of similiar cases in Uruk. Quetzalcoatl attributes this to Ereshkigal, the third member of the Alliance, meaning Ishtar isn't one. Merlin reveals Ereshkigal was summoned when Ishtar was. She killed the temple matron, and has been using Ishtar's body without her knowledge since she can't leave the underworld. Quetzalcoatl suspects one of Ereshkigal's gallû spirits took Gilgamesh's soul to Kur. When Ritsuka and Mash decide to go there to rescue Gilgamesh, Ishtar warns it is place where every Heroic Spirit and deity is powerless. Only Ereshkigal has absolute authority there. Ishtar tries to escape, only for Quetzalcoatl to grab her and ask her to guide the group to Kur. Ishtar warns without Dumuzid there, the group won't be resurrected if they die in Kur.
At Kutha, Ishtar tells Quetzalcoatl and Merlin to stay behind while she, Ritsuka, and Mash go into Kur. This is because a god's powers are nullifed in Kur to prevent their escape after death. The second reason is for Merlin and Quetzalcoatl to serve as backup if the others fail. If they do fail, Merlin and Quetzalcoatl will need to convince Ereshkigal to return Ritsuka and Mash. Ishtar wonders where Medusa is, to which Mash replies they left her behind. Ishtar finds that is for the best since she would be powerless in Kur. She then blasts a large hole in the ground, sending Ritsuka and Mash down into Kur. Ishtar follows in after them.
Inside Kur, Ishtar explains they had to physically enter the underworld because it could be fatal if she telported them, only for her powers to be sealed. She then explains the cages around them contain the souls of the deceased, meant to keep them from disappearing after physical body dies. However, after thousands of years in Kur, the souls essentially become living ice. Ishtar notices there are more soul cages than before, suspecting the Alliance is responisble. She then guides Ritsuka and Mash to the first gate of seven required to pass through to reach Ereshkigal's palace. The gates will ask a binary question that's fair and logical to test a soul's morality. However, the group quickly learn the gates asks illogical questions, with the answers being related to Ishtar and Ereshkigal. Ishtar also shrinks with every gate she passes through, losing 1/7 of her divinity at a time. Eventually, the group find Gilgamesh, who hid from the gallû spirits so they couldn't capture him. The group learn Kingu's body is actually Enkidu's, as Gilgamesh said their remains were missing from their grave before Chaldea's arrival. They then pass through the remaining gates and enter Ereshkigal's palace.
Inside her palace, Ereshkigal changes the atmosphere to the equivalent of a mountain top. She then sheds her guise as a gallû spirit to reveal her true form, the same one Ritsuka met before. She then fights the group in her gallû spirit form. After Ereshkigal is defeated, Ishtar is returned to normal size, and Gilgamesh is unbound from the underworld. She is then bisected by Ziusudra, though what he killed was her bond with the Alliance. She agrees to aid the group as repayment for Ritsuka's kindness. The group then return to Uruk.
At the ziggurat, the group immediately begin a strategy meeting for Gorgon. Gorgons' current forces consist of roughly 100,000 Demonic Beasts gathered in the Cedar Forest. Gilgamesh orders the group to go to the Blood Fort, while the Northern Wall forces hold off Gorgon's forces. The Blood Fort is located in the underground lake deep within the Cedar Forest. Gorgon will also lose much of her Authority once the Blood Fort is destroyed. Gilgamesh suggests Quetzalcoatl throws Marduk's Axe at the Blood Fort from the Northern Wall, where it was relocated. Merlin devises a plan where he and Ritsuka will sneak into the Cedar Forest and head to the Blood Fort. Once they're close enough, he'll signal Quetzalcoatl who'll throw the axe to him. The group then travel to the Northern Wall to begin the operation.
While Quetzalcoatl and Jaguar Warrior stay behind at the Northern Wall, the others pass through the ruins of Babylon to the Cedar Forest. They eventually reach the Blood Fort deeper in. There Merlin signals Quetzalcoatl, who throws Marduk's Axe to destroy the temple's entrance. Upon seeing the human-filled cocoons inside, Ishtar recognizes the contradition of Gorgon using something more productive than humans to get revenge on them. Medusa then leads the group to the temple's depths where Gorgon is. Ishtar calls Gorgon a fake who couldn't become a goddess without the Grail's power. Even with Tiamat's Authority, Potnia Theron, Gorgon needs other creatures to create Demonic Beasts unlike the real Tiamat. Tiamat herself would never use humans to get revenge on them. The group then fight Gorgon, with Medusa offsetting her Mystic Eyes with her own. With her defeat, the temple begins to collapse yet she still lives thanks to her immortality. Medusa slays her with Harpe, seemingly dying in the process. However, the group soon learn Kingu has the Grail when they arrive. After the ensuing fight, spatial rifts suddenly open all over Mesopotamia. Merlin is suddenly injured, as he had trapped Tiamat in a dream to postpone her revival. She created Kingu, and gave them the Grail while asleep with the task of awakening her. Gorgon gained Potnia Theron by synchorizing with her, and Gorgon's death awakened her. As a result of her awakening, Tiamat found Merlin in her dreams and severely wounded him. Meanwhile outside at the Persian Gulf, the sea becomes the Chaos Tide, and a growing horde of Laḫmu emerge. After Kingu leaves, Merlin urges the others to warn Gilgamesh that a Beast has awoken before disappearing.
Outside the Blood Fort, the group learn the Lahmu are spreading across Mesopotamia at an incredible rate. Eridu has already been attacked, and Ur is about to be. Ishtar goes to Uruk at supersonic speed ahead of Ritsuka and Mash. Ritsuka and Mash quickly redevous with her at Uruk thanks to Quetzalcoatl's pterosaurs. While she covers them from the sky, the others fight the Lahmu on the ground. The Lahum eventually leave all the sudden, so the group go to the ziggurat. There Gilgamesh orders the evacuation of the citzens to beyond the Northern Wall and Nippur. Ritsuka tells him of Merlin's warning that Solomon had summoned one of the Evils of Humanity. Gilgamesh reveals the Evils of Humanity are seven entities that destroy humanity, becoming stronger the more humanity develops. They're not evils that destroy humanity, rather they're evil that humanity destroys. They're the original basis for Heroic Spirits, and born from humanity's bestial nature, their class is Beast. Tiamat is one of them, though she has yet to fully awaken. She is in the blackened sea, and the source of the Laḫmu. Not only are they slaughtering Mesopotamia's population, they're kidnapping them as well. Those kidnapped are taken to Eridu, which along with Ur are the Laḫmu's nest. Gilgamesh intially orders the group to go to the blackened sea. However, he changes it to Eridu after mentioning Siduri was taken there.
The group arrives at Ur to find everyone dead. They head to Eridu where they find the kidnapped victims gathered in the plaza. They also meet a strange Laḫmu that doesn't attack them. Ignoring it, the group enter the plaza where they see the Laḫmu forcing humans kill each other. They kill the Laḫmu to allow the survivors to escape. Kingu arrives and tries to stop the Laḫmu. A Laḫmu then rips the Grail from Kingu's body. The group try to take it when the Laḫmu swallows it and grows a pair of wings, becoming Bel Lahmu. The group fights it to prevent it from flying to Tiamat to fully awaken her. Ishtar tries to give chase when the other Laḫmu weigh her down. She has Ritsuka, Mash, and Quetzalcoatl go on without her.
After evacuating Eridu's citzens to the ziggurat's basement, Ishtar meets with the others at the Persian Gulf observatory following their encounter with the corrupted Ushiwakamaru and failure to stop Bel Lahmu from delivering the Grail to Tiamat. She explains Tiamat's most powerful ability is Amino Geas, which Blackens any Servant inside the Chaos Tide. Gilgamesh (contacting the others from Uruk) reveals the sea level began to rise when Tiamat retrieved the Grail. Once it floods Mesopatamia, it'll convert the surviving population into Tiamat's children, thereby destroying the era. The group then return to the Persian Gulf. Upon encountering Tiamat, Ishtar and Quetzalcoatl describe how she was sent to the Imaginary Number Space after she was deemed unnecessary after the planet's environment settled and life was established. Whether it was Solomon or Humanity that released her, Ishtar knows Tiamat doesn't belong on the planet anymore. The group then fight Tiamant to stop her from launching a blast that will destroy Uruk. They defeat her, but her true body emerges from the sea. She then begins to walk towards Uruk, sending waves of the Chaos Tide across Mesopatamia. Understanding Tiamat is invulnerable, the group retreat.
Returning to Uruk, the group learns there are only 500 humans left in Sumer. They learn Tiamat has a paradoxical protection, where she cannot die as long as life exists on Earth. Gilamesh contacts Ereshkigal and asks her to send Tiamat to Kur, where she'll be considered the last living being. He orders her to open a gate beneath Uruk. He suggests they hold Tiamat with Gugalanna while Ereshkigal completes her task. However Ishtar reveals she lost Gugalanna, who she was looking for when she first met Ritsuka and Mash. Gilgamesh reprimands her for her incompetence, and makes her hold a tablet that reads: "Worst goddess". Realizing they lack a way to combat Tiamat, everyone takes a break.
Later that night, Ishtar speaks with Mash atop the city wall. She is impressed that Ritsuka and Mash don't see goodbyes as something to mourn. It's best to rejoice in the fact people met and lived to say goodbye. Ishtar calls Chaldea's Order a good journey, understanding now why Gilgamesh was so nice to Ritsuka and Mash. She describes how the old him would never make a plan that relies on other people. He would kill without a second thought, without the slightest regard for someone's circumstances or feelings. His current good nature reminds Ishtar how he acted with Enkidu. Ishtar recognizes Mash still isn't used to killing or others trying to kill you. Mash isn't bothered by that anymore though, as Leonidas once told her she is the type who holds back their fear with courage. Ishtar sees he was amazing and the voice of reason. Mash considers all Heroic Spirits to be great people, finding herself lucky to learn so much from then. Ishtar reveals Rin knew about Chaldea, describing it as weaving together a story of the stars in the sky, and of this land. She suspects that wish is why she felt she could work with Chaldea, reaching out its hand not to use, but to know. She asks Mash if Ritsuka has special feelings anyone, asking because Ereshkigal seems be infauated with them. She compares it to imprinting, as Ritsuka was the first human who treated Ereshkigal normally. Mash answers her questions that she doesn't know Ritsuka has anyone special. Ishtar replies that in case, it'll be a three-way affair, confusing Mash about who's involved.
At the Persian Gulf, the group struggle against Ushiwakamaru and her clones. She prepares to kill them when Musashibou Benkei grabs her. Her clones impale them both, but Benkei uses The Pilgrimage of the Five Hundred Arhat to destroy them both. Quetzalcoatl then uses Piedra Del Sol to incinerate the Chaos Tide in Tiamat's perimeter. However, it reemerges from Tiamat, and she starts to fly using her horns. Ishtar says they need to return to Uruk, and come up with a new plan. Quetzalcoatl replies it's pointless to go back if they don't stop Tiamat. Ishtar tells her to use her own last resort first if she's willing to sacrifice herself. But Quetzalcoatl says that would be useless since Tiamat can fly now. This confuses Ishtar, as Tiamat is the goddess of the Earth unable to ever go near the heavens. Quetzalcoatl tries to use Xiuhcoatl on her, but she is knocked into the Chaos Tide. Tiamat tries to fly to Uruk when Medusa, now as Gorgon, drags her down with her snakes. While the others retreat, she uses Pandemonium Cetus to destroy Tiamat's right horn at the cost of her own life. However, Tiamat still flies to Uruk, so the group rush there.
The group return to Uruk to find Gilgamesh and a few soldiers are the only ones left. They rendezvous with him at Celestial Hill, where they witness the Chaos Tide flow in. Ishtar is horrified by Tiamat's actions, believing she has gone further than she herself ever did. She wonders if Tiamat hates humans that much. Gilgamesh assumes Tiamat stopped being her old self the moment she turned into a Beast. When Tiamat arrives, Gilgamesh orders Ishtar to stand by in the sky, hover above the clouds directly under the sun. He'll issue instuctions when ready. Ishtar complies, and departs telling Ritsuka to keep a close watch on Gilgamesh. She witnesses the Lahmu clump together and smash the zigguart's roof, comparing it to Gugalanna's hoof. She sees Giglamesh is still stand standing, but Ristsuka and Mash are out cold. She prepares to scatter the Lahmu and help when Kingu attacks the Lahmu. After Kingu sacrifices himself to briefly bind Tiamat in the Chains of Heaven, Ereshkigal reports her task is complete, so Gilgamesh orders Ishtar to create a hole to Kur. She launches An Gal Tā Kigal Shē when Tiamat arrives at the ziggurat, killing Gilgamesh, and sending Ritsuka, Mash, and Tiamat down into Kur.
After the Singularity is resolved, Ishtar finds Ereshkigal disappearing from the repercussions of her as the goddess of the underworld helping a living human for free. She tells her to remove the Blessing of Kur before it's too late, especially since she finally found someone she can talk to. If she does get another chance, Ereshkigal may not have the same personality or memories she has now. Ereshkigal doesn't mind that as long as Ritsuka doesn't change their way of thinking, and remembers her.
Ishtar then reunites with Ritsuka and Mash on the surface. Mash finds she isn't disappearing , so she assumes she's staying in the era. Ishtar confirms her assumption, saying she'll stay until the first Uruk dynasty ends. She tells Ritsuka and Mash about her last conversation with Ereshkigal, who is now resting in Kur. She thanks the pair on her behalf. She then asks Gilgamesh why he was in different getup when fighting Tiamat. Gilgamesh answers that was the him at his golden age, summoned by him on the verge of death. Ishtar is shocked when he gives his Grail to Mash before disappearing.
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Other appearances[edit | edit source]
In Fate/EXTRA CCC, although Gilgamesh mentions that he will not use his full power for Hakuno Kishinami, he states an exception would be an Alter Ego using Ishtar as a base. He says BB has likely taken his personality into account when creating them, so it is unlikely for that to happen.
Gilgamesh in Fate/Prototype hates her greatly, describing the sentiment as "Women who are absolutely confident in their good looks are repulsive creatures!" He sees similarities between her and Manaka Sajyou.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Ishtar is considered the greatest of the Sumerian goddesses. As Inanna, "The Mistress of Heaven", she once ruled the heavens in the god An's place and never lost in a battle of strength. Referred to as a "spoiled goddess" that obtained all she ever desired, even all of Enki's Divinity at one point, she's said to be more impressive than Ereshkigal in terms of raw power. It would normally be impossible to summon her, however, in the Babylonia Singularity she's able to manifest as a Pseudo-Servant by possessing a human extremely compatible with her. As an Archer class servant, her power is logically reduced, however, based on the data Da Vinci saw, Ishtar's incredibly powerful Spirit Origin is extremely close to the real thing. As such, Ishtar is able to fight against Mash, Ana and Gilgamesh all at the same time while holding back her Authority. Should her divinity be reduced to 5/7, her power would become that of a low-rank Divine Spirit, however, her bow's destructive power wouldn't decline at all. Only her Magical Energy. At 3/7 she'd be weaker than a gallu. Despite her raw power being so high, in terms of physical strength she is said to be weaker than Gorgon, who had been empowered by the Holy Grail and Tiamat's Authority. She has also been shown struggling against stronger opponents, such as Quetzalcoatl, claiming she could only block her charge one time, or the New Eleven Offspring. While called a Mesopotamian deity, her image is like that of an invader flying in from Venus to attack the Earth. Bibyu.
Ishtar is always floating lightly because she is not the “Goddess of Earth”, but the “Goddess of Heaven”. This gives her an advantage over enemies who can't fly as she'll just fly away in her boat the moment they get the upper hand on her. Therefore, her main weapon of choice is the "Boat of Heaven Maanna" (天の舟マアンナ, Ten no Fune Maan'na?), which is both an airship and an enormous bow. Maana is the boat of the gods that soars across the Mesopotamian World, and it is also an interstellar teleportation stargate (gate) that connects between Earth and Venus, but because she is a Pseudo-Servant, except during the occasion of using her Noble Phantasm, its warp function is normally sealed. Maana was regarded as the fastest object in Mesopotamia, even by Gilgamesh the first time he saw it. Although her bow doesn't possess the overwhelming force of the Demonic Front, it can still be considered a nuisance. Ishtar can also use a spear, but this time, she is sticking to her act as an Archer.
Ishtar's major weakness is Gems. She lacks Golden Rule so despite her love for gems she has no luck when it comes to obtaining them. However, the amount it takes to completely trick her and/or persuade her is usually very high.
Skills[edit | edit source]
Class Skills[edit | edit source]
- Magic Resistance (A Rank): Nullifies spells of Rank A or below. Modern magi would not be able to wound her with magecraft. Gilgamesh's regular attacks aren't even able to graze her despite her holding back her own Authority.
- Independent Action (A Rank): The ability to remain independent for a while even when rejecting the Magical Energy supply from one’s Master. At this rank, it is possible for her to remain materialized in this world for a week even without a master.
- Divine Core of the Goddess (B Rank): A Skill that expresses one being a perfected goddess since birth. It has the effect of preserving the absoluteness of the mind and body. It mitigates almost all mental interferences, prevents the body from growth, and prevents the figure from change no matter how many calories are absorbed. It is a composite Skill that comprises the Divinity Skill. Since she is a Pseudo-Servant, the skill is only ranked B.
Personal Skills[edit | edit source]
- Shining Great Crown (A Rank): A Skill that imitates even Authorities. A Shining Great Crown that expresses one among the many Authorities of the goddess Ishtar, bringing out various effects.
- Mana Burst (Gem) (A+ Rank): A Skill that causes an increase of attack power, done by adding excessive Magical Energy to one’s weapon. Originally, Ishtar’s divine energy is practically almighty since she can manipulate it with complete mastery, but perhaps due to the influence coming from her possessed vessel, she became unable to accumulate magical energy on anything but jewels for some reason. It is a powerful Mana Burst (damage intensification) Skill, but because there is the necessary process of charging the jewels before shooting them, its effects will be exhibited after 1 turn from the Skill’s utilization. It is somewhat difficult to use.
- Manifestation of Beauty (EX→B): The formidable charismatic nature one has as a Goddess of Beauty. A power to captivate others. Despite being in a state where it can only work as possession, it already exceeds the domain of men. Naturally, it should be a composite Skill (gauge absorption, curse, Skill sealing) that works with a powerful seduction effect as its core, but the restriction effects towards others were removed due to the strong inclination of the human possessed by her, and it essentially became a simple Charisma Skill. This is the reason the rank has dropped so much.
Noble Phantasms[edit | edit source]
Ishtar's main Noble Phantasm is An Gal Tā Kigal Shē, the embodiment of her anecdote of trampling down and annihilating the Sacred Mountain Ebih, which was revered and feared even by the King of Gods, simply because she was "displeased" with it. When deploying it, Ishtar warps to Venus and takes possession of its concept by means of management rights, loading it like a bullet and firing it from Maanna’s magazine as a conceptual planet. Its power is able to completely destroy Tiamat's "Femme Fatale" form, whose magical energy core contained seven times the magical energy of a Holy Grail and was able to release an amount of energy on the level of a hydrogen bomb. When fighting Enkidu, she's confident about taking them down with this Noble Phantasm even after they get serious and invoke the True Name of Age of Babylon.
Although Gilgamesh has no particular high hopes for her assistance against the other members of the Three Goddess Alliance, her Gugalanna Strike is an entirely different matter. She's not called the "most powerful goddess in Mesopotamia" for nothing, as with this Noble Phantasm Ishtar can temporarily summon the “Bull of Heaven”, viewed as the greatest and strongest Divine Beast whose power would be enough to destroy the world. As the beast that none of the gods could tame, it is theorized that it'd be strong enough to hold Tiamat's "Titan" form on her tracks for a day. A lethal weapon that if used could undoubtedly incinerate a city in an instant. In the Babylonia Singularity she can't use this Noble Phantasm due to her other self summoning it instead.
Other Capabilities[edit | edit source]
- Ishtar's mountain is guarded by multiple demonic statutes she placed there. Each one of them has the magical energy of an A-ranked Servant.
- Ishtar is an incredible fast thinker. In what seems to be less than two minutes for Ritsuka Fujimaru, she's able to go through an entire psychological adventure for so long that the world could have been destroyed 7 times over. She refers to this ability as "Goddess Time".
Forms and Alternate Versions[edit | edit source]
Swimsuit[edit | edit source]
Ishtar, Goddess of Venus, in summer garb. A summer festival is a state of popular frenzy... Truly a goddess-like goddess, she organized a grand event after being moved by the people's piety. She's also a kungfu-style goddess who moves her body nimbly and thrillingly, and burns rubber on her modernized Boat of Heaven Maanna. Truly a goddess among goddesses who graciously and generously blesses all those gathered at the venue.
What is that smile really hiding? As always, a goddess whose feet don't quite touch the ground. The hoodie apparently covers a white high-leg swimsuit. Goddess Ishtar is a free sprit. Elegant, audacious, and rather cruel. Yet the present-day outfit mitigates slightly her divine nobility and terrifyingness. Merrier and more magnanimous than usual, she's friendly.
Although Ishtar takes an interest in her Master for being a hero with a promising future, she says she's sometimes puzzled, wondering "How come such an average Joe turned out to be a hero?" She thinks of her Master as a curious human. It's because she appreciates her Master's popularity (for having the trust of other Servants) that she hires him/her as a staff member for the current Ishtar Cup, but...?
The Ishtar Cup, a summer festival. It was an enormous ritual for reviving the Bull of Heaven Gugalanna, a familiar of Isthar's. Ishtar lost Gugalanna when disaster struck the Mesopotamian World, meaning a complete loss of face for her. Since then, she must have been waiting vigilantly for a chance at revenge. And what happened this time is a result of that. Goddess Ishtar secretly borrowed a ritual utensil from the Babylonian treasury and converted it into a Holy Grail, with which she spread her Venusian texture upon the soil of Connacht. Her plan was to create Gugalanna once more by having mighty Heroic Spirits offer thanks to the land (by racing across it). Revamping the Temple of Ishtar as a gigantic magical energy resource accumulation circuit was part of this. The Ishtar QPS (Quantum Piece System) is a nightmarish money-collection device that absorbs the magical energy not only of the people, but of the Heroic Spirits as well. The more QP is accumulated, the higher Ishtar's Divinity is raised. This deed truly befits her as a wicked goddess among wicked goddesses.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
The bow used by Ishtar in her Archer form is the detached prow of the Boat of Heaven Maanna, but this time, she has transformed the "oars" of the Boat of Heaven into a scooter that she rides. Appearance-wise, it looks like any modern scooter, but, naturally, its capabilities are goddess-class. It can fly, it can warp. There’s a mysterious creature (Gugalanna Lily) stirring restlessly around Ishtar’s feet all the time, but Ishtar refuses to make any comments about the creature.
Anyone who calls herself a goddess is expected to have mastered one or two martial arts... which is obviously not a thing. The reason Ishtar can move so adroitly is because the body she occupied was quite adept at both magic and martial arts. Her current fighting style is her own unique spin on the kungfu learnt by the body. "An Uruk Art! Is there such a thing?" Thus comments the king sun-bathing atop the Ziggurat.
- Riding (EX Rank): As someone who can skillfully pilot Maanna the Boat of Heaven, Ishtar’s Riding Skill is exceptional, on a different dimension from humans. Of course, “exceptional” doesn’t necessarily mean “better” or “faster” than humans. Anyways, she is “all sorts of impressive”. Uruk Driving cares little for minor obstacles like time or space.
- Independent Action (A Rank): The ability to operate independently for a while even if she is disconnected from the Master’s mana supply. Combined with the fact she’s a Pseudo-Servant, this means she is pretty much free to act independently in the present world. Staying away from Chaldea from approximately 2 whole weeks to secretly plan and set up her goddess worshipping Event was probably not even difficult for her.
- Divine Core of the Goddess (B Rank): The Skill that shows she is a perfect goddess from birth. It has an effect that preserves the absoluteness of her body and mind. Mental interventions are mostly mitigated, her body never ages, her figure doesn’t change no matter how many calories she intakes. It’s a composite Skill including Divinity. Due to her being a Pseudo-Servant, its rank stops at B. (Passive Skill)
- Shining Water Robe (A Rank): The Skill of the Great Crown converted into a swimsuit. It buffs the party’s Buster and Quick, and on top of that, raises their NP efficiency. The Great Crown is exclusively for Ishtar’s personal use, but this version is spread through everyone in the party. In exchange, its output is lower.
- Accel Turn (B Rank): An emergency dodge with the Maanna Scooter. The now smaller Maanna seems better at making tight turns, making it possible for it to perform instant dodges. Her gorgeous and graceful evading of her pursuers’ attacks is like that of a Hollywood movie heroine.
- Summer Breaker! (A Rank): The goddess who (in many senses) destroys the summer. She temporarily unleashes her Saint Graph as a goddess and wreaks havoc with it. A watered-down version of the Goddess Metamorphosis Skill that Tamamo no Mae and Kiara have.
Development[edit | edit source]
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
Comment from Illustrator[edit | edit source]
"Although Ishtar’s picture was finished up to total completion on one occasion, I felt that 'Hmm… Somehow, I have a feeling that this isn’t it', so I continued overtime work on this even in spite of the picture being completed already; the appearance of my state of being is like saying 'Since that drawing is already accepted, it’s fine, it’s fine', but I went as far as continually dismissing that inside me, and then, I got to accept my drawing, saying '… if it’s this… yeah' after making my third rough sketch, so it was that drawing of Ishtar that I immediately pushed to replace with.
Since the first picture was a hard picture to draw because it fluctuated when I became tense from mental strain, I recalled wondering if it was good. If it is said that, 'as a result of Ishtar being a deity who rules over war, comparatively anything can properly be a reasonable Class for her', it then becomes a strained interpretation of an Archer as well; although, she is a goddess, so I took into consideration a weapon with a form that can work similar to a bow, and I remember wondering boldly what can be something more fascinating for an enormous Noble Phantasm she can carry in her hand. However, that weapon that can work similar to a bow turned out to be something unexpected, 'I’ll make that as Maanna, ok?', and this Maanna was added to the setting afterwards.
By the way, the coloring of Maanna references the gold and blue colors of the Ishtar Gate. And then, the earrings references a statue of Ishtar. And finally, speaking of the image of Archer regarding Rin Tohsaka… I added a loincloth to her first look. Although she has a lot of skin exposure, considering the Mesopotamian culture and the nature of the goddess Ishtar, this seems to show more skin in this way… right…? I did not think she would have screen time later on in the summer as well… yeah."
References[edit | edit source]
- Fate/Grand Order material IV - Ishtar, p.296-309, translated by Clyton at Beast's Lair.
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Ishtar, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
 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/EXTRA CCC - BB (Moon Cancer) Matrix
Class: Moon Cancer
Noble Phantasm: Cursed Cutting Crater (C. C. C.)
Keyword: Advanced level AI, khakkhara of direction
Strength: ★, Endurance: ★, Agility: ★, Magic: ★, Luck: ★
Golden Grail: EX, Self-Modification: EX, Potnia Theron: EX
Cursed Cutting Crater (C. C. C.)
An attack on the world by BB in control of the Moon Cell.
Also called the spirit particle imaginary pit.
A world purge by means of event rewriting, making maximum use of the EX skill “Potnia Theron” BB had acquired.
The goddess who is the mother of the earth goddesses who created the earth is, in other words, the “root” that created all creation.
This Noble Phantasm is an anti-world Noble Phantasm that outputs information like an ultra-precise 3d printer and crushes the present world with the world desired by the user.
The space eroded by BB becomes imaginary space and a curse that consumes reality. CCC as the name suggests is a cursed pit that bores out reality.
In addition to scattering all objects inside on an atomic level and reconstructing them, it is capable of writing over and rewriting information of fields such as luck and coincidence.
While theoretical, it is also thought possible to distort the time axis by interfering with gravity fields and rewrite the law of cause and effect.
When used in combat, BB’s familiars, the shapeshifters engulf the target, and after turning into a sphere, is wiped out of existence along with the target and the dimension with it.
Normally, a structure in which value can be shared cannot be constructed in the far side of the world, which is imaginary space. What established BB’s internal world as the Sakura labyrinth was the power of this Noble Phantasm.
Advanced Level AI
An artificial intelligence configured according to their program. In this age, they are treated as things that "function as programs," but "do not exist as actual beings." In other words, things that "are" right in front of your eyes but "are not." They are merely a mechanisms for the sake of allowing human lives to progress smoothly.
As it is the same for the SE.RA.PH, they are virtual lifeforms that are created along with the commencement of the Holy Grail War and disposed along with its completion.
Within the SE.RA.PH. the humanoid virtual lifeforms are: the NPCs that perform only one task, AIs who have been granted the capability for self-judgement, and the advanced level AIs who have been trusted with the capability for self-judgement ad the management of a section.
Advanced level AIs are things created to efficiently promote the Moon Cell's primary objective of "human observation." As they are perfect reproductions of humans, they have been programmed with a at least a soul, but while the soul "is there," it is contents are still colorless.
The virtual lifeforms that the SE.RA.PH creates are reset with the round of the Holy Grail War. The NPCs and AIs return to zero, while advanced level AIs retain just their persona and their memories are reset--made to pretend that they never existed.
When the Holy Grail War is over, the one who is left alive is the Master standing at the summit. This is a fact that applies not just to the Masters but is also held in common by the virtual lifeforms that the SE.RA.PH created.
It appears that BB is an advanced level AI entrusted with managing the health of the Masters, the same as Sakura. However, as she is now rampaging for reasons unknown, the methods she uses to "manage the Masters" have become extreme.
Khakkhara of Direction
The teacher's pointer that BB carries. A device that allows her to use her use her authority as an advanced level AI to its fullest. There are restrictions from the far side of the moon, but with this, BB can revise the game rules (spirit particle laws within the SE.RA.PH)
The ten crowns of direction worn by the Beast of Babylon converted into a teacher's cane. This is due to the theory that the seven-headed beast is male, which opposes the theory that it is female; it's true nature is a phallus (an erect rod).
The symbol of the king of the world who was granted power and authority by a great dragon and, during a period of 42 months, spat as many arrogant words as they desired and had received the right to desecrate all things.
The beasts heads are the seven hills of the Roman Empire... Capitolium, Palatium, Aventinus, Esquilinus, Caelius, Quirinalis, Viminalis. In other words, it symbolized the Roman Empire itself, and those ten horns were symbols of... Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasianus, Titus, Galba, Otho, Vitellius... those emperors.
０１ - C. C. C.
０２ - 上級AI
０３ - 支配の錫杖
Golden Grail [EX]
The golden grail that BB possesses. The Holy Grail. The Holy Grail that grants its owner's impudent and selfish desires.
The grail that the great enchantress who appears in The Revelation of St. John the Divine holds. Though it's a counterfeit Holy Grail, it's because that it's a counterfeit Holy Grail that it's become a "genuine" Holy Grail that grants the desires of humans without paying heed to right or wrong.
To the Christians of those days, who considered honorable poverty a virtue, this grail, which was formed as a symbol of treasures such as gold, is no doubt the meaning of corrupt wealth, greed, and the vanity that leads one to adorn oneself.
Though it is clear on the occasion that this grail is held by the great enchantress of Babylon which in the personification of the Roman Empire, this grail symbolizes the wealth of the earth, which is the inversion of Christ's words, "Do not pile up the wealth of the earth."
"I saw a single woman astride a red beast. This beast, whose entire body was full of numerous blasphemous names, had seven heads and ten horns."
This is the description of the beast of destruction that appeared in the Holy City and the woman who was straddling this beast, according to the book of Revelation. A large beast with seven heads like a hydra came from the sea and disembarked toward the Holy City. This beast and woman, while two, are as one, and it is impossible to think of them separately.
It is said that this woman was born from evil, and those who are quick to anger, those who are greedy, cannot resist her allure and become corrupted by that grail.
This is a digression, but it is sad that the red Saber who claims the title of emperor was, after her death, was seen by believers to be on par with this beast.
A skill that allows one to restructure oneself. AIs created by the Moon Cell are under an absolute rule, "Improving one's functionality is not allowed."
However, BB, who had escaped that yoke due to her breaking down, began to expand her own functions. In order to boost her calculating power, she had that black noise prey on and dismantle NPCs, AIs, and finally, Servants, and utilized them as her own memory.
Though they were appendix-like additions that won't spare her from the fate of collapsing on her own, BB has changed into a hyper level AI who holds an enormous amount of capacity. Like the towns on reclaimed land that continue to build architecture while knowing that it will be swallowed by water or Frakenstein's monster.
Potnia Theron [EX]
Potnia Theron (Conception of All Animals).
The authority of the goddesses whom BB compiled and absorbed from the abyss of the mooncell.
What it is is the embodiment of the power of creation possessed by the mother goddesses, originating from a forgotten goddess approximately 8000 years ago (the goddess of Çatalhöyük), and branching to Tiamat and Cybele, Ishtar, Inanna, Athena, Astarte, Gaia, Hera, Artemis, Aphrodite, Demeter, Athena, etc.
Many are imaged with mural crowns. This is because many of the goddesses were also the guardian deities of cities.
The symbols of this authority are the holes opening in the earth and the sky (caves and the moon), the whirlpools and typhoons of the sea, the craters of volcanos, and so on, and from these, evils bringing forth all manners of death are birthed.
But once these evils have finished spreading death, they leave the promise of good harvest and fertility. This authority is none other than the power of bringing death as well as giving life.
The earth mother is a guardian deity revered by the people and their protector, and at the same time she is the sacrifice that feeds them with the crops born from her body and the beasts of the fields and the forests.
The earth mother feeds man with her blood and flesh, kills man over time and absorbs him as nutrition, and once again feeds man with her replenished blood and flesh.
This process is the circle of the food chain, and the cycle of life and death can be said to be the true nature of the earth mother. With this authority, most of the goddesses gave birth to countless monsters and giants and posed a threat to the gods and man, or they gave birth to heroes and became protectors of man.
Tiamat and Gaia are examples of those who became threats, and Hera is an example of a mother of heroes.
Those born on this earth cannot defy the authority of the earth mother, as that would mean rebelling against the system of life itself.
However, it is when they have left this earth to go into outer space and ended the infantile stage of intelligent lifeforms that they should no longer be bound to this authority..
The wish of Çatalhöyük is the coming of that day.
０１ - 黄金の杯：[ＥＸ]
０２ - 自己改造：[ＥＸ]
０３ - 百獣母胎：[ＥＸ]
Spirit Particle Imaginary Trap
Cursed Cutting Crater (Spirit Particle Imaginary Trap)
The official name of this stage.
The fact that BB had reached the Moon Cell core established this “place”, formerly imaginary space for storing malicious information, as real space in the present, past, and future. It was reconstructed at her hands as a “far side of the moon” where even Masters can exist.
BB attaining the power of the primordial goddess succeeded in quantifying the “nothingness” before the birth of life. She transformed into a master of imaginary space where time and space are indefinite.
While the Moon Cell can’t be hacked however much time is spent, BB was able to take control of it by placing herself in “unlimited time”.
02 The remnants of peaceful days
After the constraints to her free will were removed by Kiara, she was unable to control her status abnormality and went into overload.
As NPCs can only do routine work, they ignored Sakura while she was crashing down as being “non-existent”, and since the mooncell only performs a check at the end of the day in the preliminaries, Sakura was within an inch of termination.
(MC name) witnessing this called to her. Are you okay, he/she said.
The observation of Sakura “being here” by a third party helped her recover her close to disappearing unconscious, and the subsequent nursing gave her a clear ego of “wanting to be here”. Her self-destruction was averted.
What happened afterwards need not be said.
When the next day comes, everything will be erased by the mooncell. Sakura wanting to continue this one day miracle used her higher class AI privilege to repeat the day she came to know the MC for 69 days.
However as time passed, Sakura came to suffer from her self-contradiction as an AI and from the fact that she dragged (MC name) into this.
“The Masters participating in the holy grail war will all die, barring one exception. No, even then (MC name)…..”
Sakura continued to suffer from her desire to continue the loop for eternity and her feelings for (MC name)
The decision she chose ultimately was to seal the 69 days worth of memory, the love she acquired, so she could return to being a normal AI.
An AI cannot delete records.
Because of that, she moved the memory to a backup machine to reset herself.
Believing that to be the best choice for (MC name).
But even if the memories in the mind are lost, the memories recorded by the body continue to live. Though she had forgotten everything and was back to being a normal AI, she was shaken by emotional values of unknown origin every time she talked with the MC.
Meanwhile, the backup to which she moved her memory, couldn’t tolerate herself, and she decided her course of action and made her move as BB, the rebel plotting to destroy the system of the mooncell for a certain objective.
The timing she took control of the far side of the moon was between the end of the fifth round and the beginning of the sixth in real time. Four Masters who were not defeated yet, (MC name), Leo, Rin, and Rani, and the irregular exception Jinako were kidnapped to the far side during the war while they were still alive.
Matou Shinji, Gato, Julius were moved to imaginary space 0.00001 seconds before the firewall would have destroyed them after they were defeated, prolonging their flash of life.
Regardless, CCC is a dream by BB.
If the dreamer is no more, the world ought to return to a reality where nothing happened.
By the way, the everyday scenery in the prologue that (MC name) saw in his nightmare was an artificial paradise modeled off the discarded 69 days.
After pulling (MC name) to the near side, BB placed his digital body in the old school building, putting into a deep sleep and sealing him in a never ending dream.
Normally, he would have lived peacefully in the looping everyday life, but the strength of his bond with his Servant, or his own will rejecting the peaceful days caused cracks in the artificial garden and (MC name) came to notice something was not right.
In order to place (MC name) into deep slumber once more, BB reset the school building and tried to redo the dream, but the (MC name) escaped the reset and leaped into a deeper part of imaginary space
It was a depth deeper than the bottom of Id.
“The death of the collective unconscious” beneath the unconscious.
What saved (MC name) who leaped into a region even BB cannot affect was the voice of the Servant whose fate was shared with his.
Thus, the contract was sealed, and (MC name) woke up in the old school building left in the far side.
０１ - 霊子虚構陥穽
霊子 虚構 陥穽。
０２ - 日々の名残
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 10: Good Morning, Goddess of Venus
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 13: Prophecy of the Heavens
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 1: In the Age of the Gods
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 3: Gilgamesh's Calamity
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 7: The Tablet of Destinies
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 11: Hello, Goddess of the Sun
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 12: Temple of the Sun
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 14: Goodbye, Goddess of the Underworld
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 15: Decisive Battle
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 16: Demise
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 17: The New Humanity
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 18: Awakening
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 19: Star of the Beginning, We Look Up at the Sky
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 20: Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia (I)
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 21: Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia (II)
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 22: Returning to Chaldea
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 08: VII / Health Office Sabnock
- Prototype material - Archer, p.035
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 4: Hardworking Citizens of Uruk
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 9: The Mother of Demonic Beasts
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia Anime Episode 20
- Fate/Grand Order, Enkidu's Interlude
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 2: Humanity's Oldest Fortress City
 Fate/Grand Order - Ishtar (Rider) Profile [T]
Ishtar - Rider
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Shidzuki Morii
Voice Actor: Kana Ueda
Noble Phantasm: EX
Shining Water Garments: A
Accelerator Turn: B
Summer Breaker!: A
Independent Action: A
Goddess's Divine Core: B
An Gal Tā Seven Colors: Heavenly Peak-Visiting Rainbow of Venus
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Goddess of Venus Ishtar, her summer guise.
She held a grand event after having been impressed by the wild enthusiasm... devotion of people towards summer festivals - truly a goddess-like goddess. Driving the Heavenly Boat Maanna that has been rearranged to a modern style, she is also a kung fu-type goddess who casually, and thrillingly, makes free use of her body.
“Hey everyone, are you all having a fun time~~!? The best~~?
Yeah yeah, that’s good, that’s good!
Please keep at it more and more, until your limit okay~!”
Just like this, cordially and generously, she blesses all those who gathered on the venue - truly a goddess among goddesses.
Now, what exactly lies behind that smiling face.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Ancient Mesopotamian Mythology
Alignment: Lawful Good Gender: Female
As usual, a fickly goddess who does not keep her feet on the ground. Seems that she has a white, high-leg swimsuit underneath that hooded jacket.
Level 2 Bond
Describe as freewheeling, elegant and bold, and cruel.
The same Goddess Ishtar, but by changing into modern clothes, her haughtiness・dreadfulness as a goddess has softened just a little.
It is only natural for a goddess to have learned one or two forms of hand-to-hand combat... of course that is not the case.
The reason why Ishtar can move so skillfully is because the body that became her vessel has properly learned both magecraft and martial arts.
Her battle style at this occasion is the kung fu that said body had learned rearranged into Ishtar’s own style.
“Uruk Arts! Is there even such a thing?” - such was the comment from a certain king that was sunbathing on top of a ziggurat.
Level 3 Bond
"Heavenly Peak-Visiting Rainbow of Venus"
Rank: EX Type: Anti-Unit Range: 0~??
An Gal Tā Seven Colors.
Since Maanna has turned into a modern vehicle, the True Name was also converted into a modern style.
Her style is to enjoy summer with all her might.
A rainbow Noble Phantasm that is said to convert her happy feelings (acquired by getting merrier while riding on the Maana Scooter and sightseeing various resorts around the globe) into magical power and scattering it across the world’s surface.
Fair even after changing clothes, the magical power that rains incessantly over the surface turns into glittering stars and bestow damage to enemies.
The concerned person feels very happy and fabulous, but this is a big nuisance for those on the surface.
Level 4 Bond
- Riding: EX
Capable of fully managing the Heavenly Boat Maanna, Ishtar’s Riding skill is extraordinary, on a whole different level than that of humans.
Of course, just because it is “extraordinary”, that does not mean it is “better・faster” than humans. At any rate, it is “amazing in many different ways”. An Uruk Drive that no longer cares much about things such as time and space.
- Shining Water Garments: A
A skill that changed the Great Crown into a swimsuit.
The Great Crown was something that would only affect Ishtar herself, but this can be spread throughout the entire party. In exchange, the output is low.
- Summer Breaker!: A
A goddess that breaks (in many different ways) the summer.
A downsized version of Goddess Metamorphosis.
Level 5 Bond
The bow that Archer Ishtar uses is the detached prow section of the Heavenly Boat Maanna, but this time, she changed the “oar” section of the Heavenly Boat into a scooter and is employing it as a vehicle. Its outward appearance is just like that of a modern scooter, but its performance is naturally goddess-class. It flies on the sky and even undergoes warp.
An enigmatic creature is constantly squirming about by Ishtar’s feet, but Ishtar maintains a “no comment” policy in regards to said creature.
Although she is keeping an eye on the Master that saved Uruk as a hero with a promising future, there are also times when she tilts her head in confusion thinking “how can such a pedestrian become a hero?” She is perceiving him/her as a curious human.
On this occasion, she employed him/her as a staff member of the Ishtar Cup out of expectations for his/her popularity (having the trust of the Servants), but...?
Will she ever learn her lesson?
Summer festival, Ishtar Cup.
That was a great ceremony for the sake of resurrecting Ishtar’s familiar, the Bull of Heaven Gugalanna.
After having her reputation completely ruined by losing Gugalanna on the day when a calamity struck the Mesopotamian world, Ishtar probably has been vigilantly waiting for a favorable chance to get revenge.
And the result is what we see at this time.
I will say it again. Will she ever learn her lesson?
The Goddess Ishtar converted the precious ritual tools she secretly borrowed from the treasury of Babylon into a Holy Grail, pasted the texture of Venus over the land of Connacht with its power, and then planned to create Gugalanna once more by having powerful Heroic Spirits offer their gratitude (race) over the earth.
Remodeling the Ishtar Temple into a giant prana resources accumulation circuit(1) was also a part of this. The Ishtar QPS (Quantum-piece Power System) is a devilish money collection installation that sucks prone not only from people, but also Heroic Spirits, making it her own. The more QP is collected, more Ishtar’s divine rank goes up. That deed is truly that of an evil deity among evil deities.
(1) probably irrelevant, but the original Japanese text uses the same term for ‘integrated circuit’ here
イシュタル - ライダー
ランク：ＥＸ 種別：対人宝具 レンジ：０～？？
- Riding: EX
- Fate/Grand Order material V Ishtar (Rider) profile translated by ComunCoutinho