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Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern (ユスティーツァ・リズライヒ・フォン・アインツベルン, Yusutītsa Rizuraihi fon Aintsuberun?), known as the Holy Maiden of Winter (冬の聖女, Fuyu no Seijo?), is the head of the Einzbern family at the founding of the Fuyuki Holy Grail War.

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Background[]

Justeaze with Zolgen and Nagato

Justeaze was created around 900 years after the production of homunculi to replicate the Magician of the Third Magic began. She was a model that strayed from what the magi had intended, created completely by accident, but her abilities were equal to or above those of their master. The magi should have been elated about Justeaze, but they couldn’t be happy. After all, she was a mutation that was born regardless of their own techniques or skills. Even if that specimen was to reproduce the Third Magic, that conclusion would be harder for them to bear than 900 years of failure.[1]

Justeaze was the head of the Einzbern family two hundred years ago.[2] Well acquainted with Zouken Matou, they had a dream of reaching a utopia that could eliminate and cure all hatred and suffering. Though they wished to exceed the limits of humanity by surpassing the body and reaching the soul, they were particular about reaching that state while still having human form. They were also acquainted with Nagato Tohsaka and Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg, considered a potential inheritor of the Jeweled Sword of Zelretch if not for Zelretch appraising the family as fundamentally evil.[3] Along with the family's then eight hundred year wish of retrieving their lost Third Magic, they sought to use the Holy Grail to reach that miracle. She was born to become the core of the Greater Grail, and she was the one to devise the ritual. Accompanied by Nagato and Zouken, who provided necessary land and starting materials for the ritual, and being watched over by Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg, she allowed herself willingly to be sacrificed by allowing her body crushed via a large and heavy magical pillar and her blood flowed around the ground as the key to reenacting the ancient sorcery.

The Einzberns passed down a portrait of her throughout the ages, and as of the Fourth Holy Grail War, placed a stained window in the ceremony chamber of the Einzbern Castle depicting her with Nagato and Zouken, all reaching their hands to the grail in the sky. It was made to depict the Tohsaka and Matou families waiting on her to show how much they look down on the other families and the humiliation felt in having had to rely on them. Referred to as the "Primeval Justeaze", all subsequent homunculi of the Einzberns were manufactured to the standard of her make and used her as their model. Within their hearts were contained each previous model, a record of their experiences that can be traced back to her. This allowed all those modeled after her to feel her "pain." Illyasviel von Einzbern was developed as one that could be considered her "latest model", born from a "Justeaze-type homunculus" and a foreign magus.[2]

Appearance[]

Justeaze has a doll-like face considered to be "too beautiful and too well-crafted", red irises likened to rubies, a "bell-like, beautiful voice", fair skin, and long white hair. All those modeled after her share the same appearance, with Kirei Kotomine considering Irisviel von Einzbern to look exactly like her portrait. Unlike her incarnations, Irisviel and Illyasviel, Justeaze is always depicted with solemn and almost lifeless expression.

In Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Grand Order she wears the Dress of Heaven.

Personality[]

Through Illya, Justeaze displays a cold and aloof personality, calmly chastising Zouken over how he has lost his way from their original desire of the ascension of humanity to living only for the sake of obtaining immortality.

Role[]

Fate/stay night[]

Justeaze still exists as the core of the Greater Grail as of the Fifth Holy Grail War, but will eventually be destroyed during the events of the war during the Heaven's Feel route or dismantled ten years later in a conflict meant to end the war forever.[4]

Heaven's Feel[]

When Illyasviel von Einzbern first confronts Zouken during Heaven's Feel, her personality is briefly brought to the forefront when Zouken rants about his reason for wanting immortality. She remarks that he has fallen, reminding him of their shared desire. He laughs at the mimicry and prepares to take Illya for the purpose of obtaining the Einzbern's grail. Illya later accesses her memory and shares it with Shirou Emiya to reproduce the Jewel Sword. It is the memory before she became the core, looking upon her compatriots as she sits in the center of the labyrinth of circuits before the ritual begins.

With the later collapse of the cavern as the last remaining part of Zouken finally begins to die, Illya, planning to sacrifice herself to close the gate to the other side and save Shirou, appears before Zouken and speaks as Justeaze. Zouken does not even see Illya, only seeing his partner who sacrificed herself to create the Grail. She only says "I ask of you, my foe. Why do you not want to die?", reminding Zouken of their dream. He tells her that she is right as he realized what he had truly wished, accepts that all is out of his reach, and passes away.

Fate/Apocrypha[]

Justeaze first appears to Amakusa Shirou Tokisada when he enters the Greater Grail in order to perform the Third Magic on humanity. After Shirou is defeated, Sieg and Rider of Black speak to her and ask Justeaze to reverse Shirou's wish. After she tells them that it is impossible to do so because the process of materializing humanity's souls has already begun, Sieg decides to take the Grail to the Reverse Side of the World where there are no humans for it to affect.

Fate/Grand Order[]

During the Fate/Accel Zero Order event, the protagonists go to a singularity that exists as a "What If" event. "What If The Einzberns had mastered their homunculi creation during the Fourth Holy Grail War?" This resulted in Irisviel von Einzbern being a full Master and Justeaze was able to manifest fully from the Greater Grail. However, the Grail was still corrupted and she was blackened, thus being the "boss" of the event.

Abilities[]

Justeaze is an archmagus who, as a homunculus, was born as a living Magic Circuit for the sole purpose of becoming the core of the Grail. She is known as the "Master of Northern Alchemy" and "Primeval Justeaze", and Kiritsugu Emiya appraises that none of her descendants can be overcome in the process of making superb homunculi.[5]

Despite being capable of using the Third Magic, Justeaze is unable to use Heaven's Feel in a cost-effective manner. Justeaze's use of the Third Magic was like careful knitting. It would take several years to save just one person, making the salvation of the entire human race virtually unattainable.[1] She is responsible for devising the Heaven's Feel system, and still functions in the center of the Greater Grail. Her will is needed for the system to function, else the "Holy Grail is just a Holy Grail" without her. The circuitry covering the cavern in which it is situated is her magic circuits, enlarged and multiplied to reach nearly a size of a kilometer in diameter, acting as a "microcosm of the universe created from a single human body."[2]

In addition, while Justeaze herself did not age, her body was so frail it would take little to kill her, so she could not leave the castle. Since her intelligence and mentality were also unaging, she did not develop at all. From an outside perspective, it was as if she was repeating a single day for all eternity. If she were to leave the castle she would be freed from this "single day," but the act of leaving the castle signified an easy death for Justeaze.[1]

Due to the her model being imprinted upon the subsequent Einzbern homunculi, they share her memories, and Illyasviel von Einzbern displays brief traces of her personality that surface around Zouken.

References[]

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    [[Unlimited_Blade_Works_Animation_Material_II v]] Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Season 2 DVD Booklet Animation Elements p.19-27 [T]

    • The origins of Einzbern
    A factory originally created by the students of the magician who realized the third magic. Began in the year 1 AD.
    They attempted to reproduce their master’s miracle, but couldn’t do it themselves, so as an alternate plan they tried to recreate a specimen identical to their master and have it reproduce the magic.

    After nearly 900 years of effort, Justeaze—the homunculus who would come to be called the Winter Saint—was forged.
    She was a model that strayed from what the magi had intended, created completely by accident, but her abilities were equal to or above those of their master.
    The magi should have been elated about Justeaze, but they couldn’t be happy. After all, she was a mutation that was born regardless of their own techniques or skills.
    Even if that specimen was to reproduce the third magic, that conclusion would be harder for them to bear than 900 years of failure.

    The magi deperately attempted to create a homunculus that excelled Justeaze by their own techniques.
    The artificial intelligence created to act as the castle’s central management—the golem Jubstacheit—was the pinnacle of their craft, and became the father of all homunculi created at Einzbern.

    Justeaze succeeded at proving the third magic.
    However, it was not cost-effective. Justeaze’s use of the third magic was like careful knitting. It would take several years to save just one person, making the salvation of the entire human race virtually unattainable.
    In addition, while Justeaze herself did not age, her body was so frail it would take little to kill her, so she could not leave the castle.
    Since her intelligence and mentality were also unaging, she did not develop at all. From an outside perspective, it was as if she was repeating a single day for all eternity.
    If she were to leave the castle she would be freed from this “single day,” but the act of leaving the castle signified an easy death for Justeaze.

    In the end, they accepted that humans could create something that surpassed humans, but not something that could save humans.
    … Or perhaps they would not have failed if a miracle like Justeaze had not occurred.

    The magi despaired the limits of their abilities. Some abandoned the castle, while others took their own lives.
    The homunculi left at Einzbern were abandoned by their creators, but in their purity, they continued to operate the factory for the sake of the creators’ ideology—the salvation of humankind, the reproduction of a miracle.

    From then on, all homunculi created at Einzbern were based off of Justeaze.
    Jubstacheit created a humanoid terminal unit, and used it as the manager of Einzbern. Though by the end he operated even Acht (the eighth humanoid terminal), he did not possess a personality.
    He only included the necessary “humanity” to operate the castle and reproduce the third magic into each of his humanoid terminals, and made them act like humans.
    Jubstacheit is essentially an automaton that cannot progress, but continues operating in perpetuity. His way of existence is just like an old clock ticking away, being forgotten by people before running down.

    • The great grail
    Five hundred years after the magi departed from Einzbern, a model plan was devised for a wide-area operation device for the third magic using Justeaze.
    Einzbern had determined that reproducing Justeaze was impossible.
    Their plan of keeping Justeaze safe because she was a unique and valuable model switched to a plan to use that unique model to mass-produce miracles.
    (This was not Jubstacheit’s plan, but a consensus of opinion within Einzbern. Because the homunculi were pure, they chose the method with the greatest probability of success. In fact, Jubstacheit was the only intelligence that voted against this.)

    Justeaze could only use the third magic on one human over a period of decades. Therefore, using Justeaze as a frame, they would create a “greater” magic formula and save many humans at once.
    The plan was to disassemble her magic circuits and replace them with a magic formula, creating a humanoid universe—the great grail.

    But Einzbern alone could not start this project.
    They were no more than dolls. They had no way to live in the outside world, and they couldn’t handle the complexity of human society.
    To create the great grail and reproduce the third magic, they needed understanding and cooperative humans.

    Then, in the year 1800, a guest arrived at the winter castle that had continued to produce homunculi.
    Makiri Zolken. A magus who had devoted his life to eliminating all the evils of the world, the evils of humanity.
    (At this point, Zolken was mostly disillusioned. He knew it was about time to give up, but calling on Einzbern was his last hope. He met Justeaze, and felt a complicated mix of emotions—hope towards fulfilling his ambition, jealousy at her ability to use the third magic, and pity for Justeaze’s eternal youth causing her to “repeat the same day.”)

    With Makiri’s understanding and Tōsaka’s cooperation, Einzbern began to create the great grail.
    However, once they started, they determined that Justeaze alone was not enough.
    They could create a great grail. They could create its core. However, to operate it they would need vast amounts of magical energy, and a lesser grail to control it.
    Makiri and Tōsaka devised a ritual to collect magical energy using Justeaze’s ability to connect with the root: the grail war.
    Despite being unable to reproduce Justeaze, Einzbern created a lesser grail with similar abilities to hers.

    After 10 years, the project was finally complete.
    The grail war ritual was successful, and the great grail lit up.
    But its first operation ended in dismal failure.
    There was no flaw in the great grail itself.
    The problem lay in the craftsmen and magi who participated.
    Instead of using the precious magic reactor core for the sake of the whole planet, the magi killed each other out of a desire to use it for the sake of their own race or society.
    Einzbern had been unable to understand the thought processes of the humans who operated the great grail.

    • Irisviel and Illyasviel
    Einzbern learned from the failure of the grail war and changed their plans.
    Justeaze no longer existed.
    While preparing to restart the great grail, they returned to their original goal and focused on creating a perfect homunculus.

    As a result, they created Irisviel, a homunculus with the function of a lesser grail. They expanded on her further and Illyasviel, a homunculus that was the pinnacle of Einzbern’s technique, was born.

    • Tuners
    This is a digression, but separate from the winter castle is the tuners’ building (a small house), inhabited by a family of human magi, not homunculi.
    Since the homunculi cannot negotiate with human society, the tuners went into town in their place and barter for needed materials. Traders, essentially.
    Still, they are a talented magus family, and possess strong artistry. Humans without strong aesthetic sense could never take care of Einzbern, after all.
    The tuner family’s numbers dwindled along with Einzbern’s decline, and in the end only one remained.
    It seems he often worked in the castle as a butler, teaching the secluded, medieval-minded homunculi about the outside world.

    It’s unknown what kind of conclusion that tuner chose after Illya lost and Jubstacheit shut himself down.

    • In summary: so what is Einzbern?
    A factory in which homunculi continued operating towards the ideals and goals humans had given them, after the magi had left.
    Jubstacheit is something like the factory’s central management program. A monolith. Acht is his terminal.
    Even after their creators had given up and died, the homunculi in the winter castle devoted themselves to making their masters’ dream come true.

    What lies at the basis of the Einzbern factory and many discarded things is the purity of machines.
    Imagine a doll that can speak to its owner, but only a few phrases.
    “Hello,” “thank you,” “I’m sorry,” “good night”—“I love you.”
    These reactions delight the buyer, but it’s clear that they will soon be disappointed.

    “No matter what I say, the doll can only say predetermined phrases. It just keeps repeating that tired old ‘I love you.’ ”
    Realizing that the love the doll speaks of is a false emotion, the buyer will likely discard it eventually.
    But humans are the ones who see that as empty words and a manufactured fake.
    Even if it doesn’t have a “heart,” even if it’s only repeating the same words, there are no lies in the actions of machines.
    They innocently carry out the task they were given.
    “I love you.”
    Though abandoned, forgotten, and scorned as out-of-date dolls, they continue to carry out their mission, unchanged from the time they were designed.
    Machines do not lose their worth when a newer model appears.
    Their worth (life) ends when humans can no longer bear that purity.

    ■アインツベルンの始まり

     もともとは第三魔法を実現化した魔法使いの弟子たちが起こした工房。西暦元年から続く。

     彼らは師の奇跡を再現しようと試みるも自分たちの手では叶わず、代案として師と同一の個体を作り、その個体 に魔法を再現させようとした。

     

     九百年近くの徒労の末、後に冬の聖女と呼ばれるホムンクルス、ユスティーツァが鋳造される。

     彼女はまったくの偶然で作られた、魔術師たちの思惑とは外れたモデルだったが、その性能は彼らの師と同様か 、それを上回るものだった。

     本来なら歓喜で迎えられる筈のユスティーツァだが、魔術師たちは素直には喜べなかった。

     なにしろ自分の技術、努力とは関係なく生まれた突然変異だ。

     仮にこの個体が第三魔法を再現してしまった時。

     それは彼らにとって挫折し続けた九百年の歳月より耐えがたい〃結論〃になってしまう。

     

     魔術師たちはユスティーツアを超えるホムンクルスを自らの技術体系で作りだそうと躍起になった 。

     城の中枢制御用に作られた人工知能 …… ゴーレム・ユーブスタクハイトは彼らの技術の結晶であり、アインツベルンで作られるホムンクルスたちすべて の父となった。

     

     ユスティーツァ、第三魔法の証明に成功。

     ただしコストが悪い。ユスティーツァの第三魔法は丁寧な編み物に近い。人間一人を救済するのに数年をかける ようなもので、全人類の救済にはとても届かない。

     また、ユスティーツァ自身も不老ではあるが体

     

     は脆弱で死にやすく、城の外には出られない。

     その知性、精神性も不老である為、まったく成長しない。客観的に見れば「同じ一日を永遠に繰り返している」 ようなもの。

     城の外に出れば彼女は「同じ一日」から解放されるが、城の外に出る事はユスティーツァにとって緩やかな死を 意味する。

     

     結局のところ。

     人の手で人間を超えるものは作れても、人の手で人間を救えるものは作れない、と彼らは受け入れ た。

     .....あるいは。ユスティーツァという奇跡さえ発生しなければ、彼らの挫折は訪れなかったのかもしれな いが。

     

     魔術師たちは自らの才能の限界に膝を折り、あるものは城を捨て、あるものは命を断った。

     アインツベルンに残されたホムンクルスたちは創造主に捨てられたものの、その純粋さから彼らの 理念—

     人類の救済、奇跡を再現するために工場を回し続ける事になった。

     

     以後、アインツベルンで作られるホムンクルスはすべてユスティーツァをベースにしたものとなる 。

     ユーブスタクハイトは人間型の端末筐体を製造し、これをアインツベルンの管理者として使用する。最終的には アハト(八代目の人型端末 )まで稼働するユーブスタクハイトだが、彼に人格は存在しない。

     あくまで〃城を動かすもの〃〃第三魔法を再現するもの〃として、その都度、必要な〃人間性〃を人型端末に植 え付け、人間のフリをさせている

     

     

     にすぎない。

     ユーブスタクハイトの本質は〃進歩できないかわりに、永久に稼働し続ける〃オートマトンである。そのあり方 はユツユツと時を刻み、自壊する前に人々の記憶から忘れ去られる古時計そのものだ。

     

     ■大聖杯

     アインツベルンから魔術師たちが去ってから五百年後。

     ユスティーツァを使った第三魔法の広域稼働装置のモデルプランが作られる。

     アインツベルンはユスティーツァの再製造は不可能と結論。

     一機しかいない貴重なモデルなので保存してお、くという方針から、一機の貴重品を使って奇跡を量産化する、 という方針に切り替えた。

     (これはユーブスタクハイトの方針ではなくアインツペルンの総意。ホムンクルスたちは純粋なので、より可能 性のある方法を選んだ。むしろユーブスタクハイトは唯一、反対に票を投じた知性だった)

     

     ユスティーツァでは何十年かけて人間ひとりにしか第三魔法を使用できない。

     なのでユスティーツァという機体を使って「より大きな」魔術式を作り、一度に多くの人間を救え ばいい。

     彼女の魔術回路を分解し、魔術式に置換した人体宇宙—大聖杯の構想である。

     

     しかしアインツベルンだけではこのプロジェクトを始められない。

     彼らは人形にすぎない。外の世界で生きる術を

     

     

     

     持たず、また、人間社会の複雑さには耐えきれないからだ。

     大聖杯—第三魔法の再現には人間の理解者と協力者がいる。

     

     そして西暦1800年。

     延々とホムンクルスを作り続けていた冬の城に来訪者が現れた。

     マキリゾォルケン。この世すべての悪人間の悪性、その切除に人生を捧げた魔術師だ。

     (ゾォルケンもこの段階でほぼ夢破れている状態。もう諦めるべきだと分かっていながら、最後の希望でアイン ツベルンを訪れた。そうしてユスティーツァに出会い、悲願達成への希望、第三魔法を可能とするユスティーツ ァへの羨望、不老の代償に『一日を永遠に繰り返す』ユスティーツァへの哀れみ等の複雑な感情に とらわれる )

     

     マキリという理解者、遠坂という協力者を経てアインツベルンは大聖杯の建造を開始。

     しかし。大聖杯の建造に着手した時、ユスティーツアだけでは足りない事が判明した。

     大聖杯は建造できる。炉心は確実に作れる。

     しかし、これを動かすには莫大な魔力と、それを制御しうる小聖杯が必要だ。

     マキリと遠坂は魔力集め—根源と接続できるユスティーツァの特性を生かした儀式、聖杯戦争を立 案。

     アインツベルンはユスティーツァの再現といかずとも、彼女に近い性能を持った小聖杯を作成する 事になった。

     

     十年の歳月を経て計画は成就した。

     儀式・聖杯戦争は成功し、大聖杯に灯がともった。

     

     

     だが一度目の運転は、無残な失敗に終わった。

     大聖杯に落ち度があったのではない。

     参加した技術者、魔術師たちに問題があったのだ。

     せっかくの魔術炉心を魔術師たちは惑星のために使うのではなく民族のため、己が社会のために使おうと殺し合 った。

     大聖杯を運営する人間の思惑を、アインツペルンは理解できていなかったのだ。

     

     ■アイリスフィール、イリヤスフィールまで

     失敗に終わった聖杯戦争を教訓に、アインツベルンは方針を改めた。

     もうユスティーツァは存在しない。

     彼らは大聖杯の再稼働を進めながら、当初の目的に立ち返った。完成されたホムンクルスの製造に 注力した。

     

     その結果、小聖杯としての機能を持ったホムンクルス・アイリスフィールが作られ、さらにその発展—アインツ ベルンの全技術の最高水準であるホムンクルスであるイリヤスフィールが誕生した。

     

     ■調律師

     余談ではあるが、冬の城のはずれには調律師たちの離れ(小さな洋館)がある。

     ここにはホムンクルスではない人間の魔術師の一族が住んでいる。

     彼らは人間社会とうまく交渉できないホムンクルスたちの代わりに町に出て必要な物資を交換してくる、いわば 商人だ。

     とはいえ腕の立つ魔術師の一族であり、彼ら自

     

     身も高い芸術性を持っている。優れた美術観を持つ人間でなければアインツベルンの面倒は見られ ないからだ。

     調律師の一族もアインツベルンの衰退とともにこ数を減らし、最後には一人を残すのみとなった。

     彼は人間社会にうとく中世の感覚のまま暮らしているホムンクルスたちに外の世界を教える執事として城で働く 事も多かったという。

     

     イリヤが失敗し、ユーブスタクハイトが自らの電源を落とした後、この調律師がどのような結末を選んだかは定 かではない。

     

     ■まとめつまり,アインツベルンって何?

     魔術師がいなくなった後、彼らに作られたホムンクルスたちが、人間の目指した理想と目的のために稼働し続け ている工場。

     ユーブスタクハイトは工房の中枢制御プログラムのようなもの。モノリス。アハトはその端末。

     ホムンクルスたちは創造主があきらめ死に絶えた後も、冬の城で主が夢見たものを叶えようと研鑽 していた。

     

     アインツベルンの工房、多くの廃棄物たちの根底にあるのは機械の純粋さ。

     たとえば「数パターンにすぎないが、持ち主に話しかけられると返事をする人形」があるとする。

     『ごきげんよう』 『ありがとう』 『ごめんなさい』 『おやすみなさい』—『あなたを愛しています』その反応に喜ぶ買い主だが、すぐに失望するのは 明白だ。

     〃私が何を言おうと人形は決まった台詞しか言わない。愛しています、なんて聞き飽きた言葉を

     

     

     繰り返す〃

     

     人形が語っていたのは偽物の愛、偽物の感情だ青だと思い知り、買い主はいずれ人形を破棄するだ ろう。

     だが、それを空虚な言葉、作られた偽物と感じているのは人間側の事情だ。

     たとえそこに『心』がなく、同じ言葉を繰り返すだけだとしても、機械の行いに嘘はない。

     彼らは無心に、与えられた仕事をこなし続ける。

     『あなたを愛しています』と。

     捨てられ、忘れ去られ、時代遅れの人形と蔑まれても、彼女たちは作られた時の制作意図から変わることなく使 命を果たし続ける。

     機械がその価値を失うのは次の代用品が現れた時、ではなく。

     人問がその純粋さに耐えきれなくなった時、彼らの

    いのだ価値は終わるのだ。

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
    [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern [Person's name], p.076 [T]

    Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern [Person's name]
    The Einzbern family head who became the foundation of the Great Holy Grail over 200 years ago.
    Just like Illya, she was not a proper human, but was instead a magic circuit born for the sole purpose of becoming the Great Holy Grail's core.
    In fact, Illya, who was born from the union of a Justeaze-type homunculus and a foreign magus, could be considered her latest model.
    As for Justeaze herself, she still exists within the center of the Great Holy Grail. The circuitry covering the surface of the crater in the cavern is actually her magic circuits, enlarged and multiplied.
    These magic circuits, almost a kilometer in diameter, are microcosm of the universe created from a single human body.

    ユスティーツァ·リズライヒ·フォン·アインツベルン【人名】
    二百年前、大聖杯の礎となったアインツベルンの当主。
    イリヤ同様まっとうな人間体ではなく、大聖杯の炉心になる為だけに生まれた魔術回路である。
    イリヤはユスティーツァの同係機である母親と、外来の魔術師との間で生まれた最新型。
    大聖杯の中心には未だ彼女が納まっており、クレーターの表面にビツシリと敷き詰められた回路は、彼女の魔術回路を拡大・増殖させたもの。
    直径にして一キロメートル近い大聖杯の魔術回路は、 一つの人体によって構成された小宇宙なのである。

  3. [v] TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Pamphlet 10th Anniversary Q & A Booklet:
    Q: Why did Zelretch give the design of the Jewel Sword to Tohsaka Nagato, who had the least potential amongst his pupils?

    Q: Why did Zelretch give the design of the Jewel Sword to Tohsaka Nagato, who had the least potential amongst his pupils?

    A: This student Zelretch took during his journey was mediocre, cold, and bipolar. Even Zelretch exclaimed "Hey, are you crazy or something?" However, Nagato was a good man who is "willing to sacrifice himself for a better future". Although the Einzberns and Makiris were brilliant, they were fundamentally evil. Nagato was mediocre but good at heart.
    Zelretch concluded that "this House will probably never accomplish anything great, but at least they will never stray from the righteous path". He then gave the design to Nagato and told him "alright, it will be a struggle, but work towards this goal".
    Where there is a will, there is a way. The Tohsaka lineage stubbornly followed the teachings of the great master, and finally, after the gentlemanly Tokiomi, accomplished the impossible.

    Q:ゼルレッチはどうして弟子の中でも「芽がない」と認識していた遠坂に宝石剣の設計図をたくしたのでしょうか?

    A:旅先で出会った学生は、凡才で冷血で躁鬱の気があり犠牲をかえりみない性格だったが、そんな性格のクセにゼルレッチでさえ「おいおい、おまえさん病気か?」と困ってしまうほどの「善い未来予想に殉じる」、スーパーいい人なのだった。アインツベルンとマキリは非凡ではあるが根は悪性。しかし遠坂は凡人だけど善性。
    「この家系が大業を成す事はないだろうが、間違いだけは侵すまい」そう結論したゼルレッチは“まあ、これを目指して頑張りなさい。ぜったい無理だけど”とご祝儀として設計図を渡したのであった。
    そして苔の一念、岩をも通す。遠坂の遺伝子は何代も愚直に大師の教えを守り、優雅紳士・時臣を経て、ついに不可能を可能にしてしまったのであったとさ。

  4. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - Record of Heavens Feel - Holy Grail War: History of the Holy Grail War, p.007

    1790s - The Holy Grail War preparation
    In the 1790s, the Einzbern and Matou landed in Japan to fulfill their plan. Then, they proceeded with the preparations of the First Holy Grail war over the course of 10 years.

    1800s - The First Holy Grail War
    The first Holy Grail War. The rules were not laid out properly, and the Masters' sense of being “participants” was weak. Because there were no Command Spells as in the present, the Servants did not comply with orders, and so the rest of the ritual failed. The Descent of the Holy Grail was at Ryūdō temple.

    1860s - The Second Holy Grail War
    In light of the failure of the First, the ritual was held only after detailed rules were developed. The so-called "Command Spell System” was perfected/completed, so that it became possible for the Master to enslave the Servant, though the War was a failure. The Descent of the Holy Grail was at the Tōsaka Residence.

    1930s - The Third Holy Grail War
    Held on the eve of WWII. There were battles over the Lesser Grail with the Imperial Army and the Nazis as well, and the fighting unfolded in the Imperial Capital, but the Lesser Grail was destroyed and the ritual failed. The evocation site of the Grail was at Fuyuki Church. Angra Mainyu was taken in and the Greater Grail was contaminated.

    1990s - The Fourth Holy Grail War

    2000s - The Fifth Holy Grail War
    Events told in "Fate / stay night", the latest and final battle.

    2010s - The taking apart of the Holy Grail War.
    Ten years after the Fifth War. Lord Emelloi II (real name, Waver Velvet. One of the Masters of the Fourth War) arrived in Fuyuki and together with the head of the Tohsaka line, set out to completely take apart the Great Grail. The Association was planning on bring back the Greater Grail, so the two sides were completely opposed. After the end of the great turmoil of the same magnitude as the Grail War, the Greater Grail was completely dismantled. The Grail Wars of Fuyuki came to a complete conclusion here.

    1790年頃 - 聖杯戦争の準備
    1790年頃、アインツベルンとマキリが日本上陸を果たす。その後、10年の歳月をかけて第一次聖杯戦争の準備を進める。

    1800年頃 - 第一次聖杯戦争
    最初の聖杯戦争. ルールはロクに規定されておらず, マスターたちの"参加者"としての意識は希薄, 現在のような令呪がないためサーヴァントは命令に従わないなど儀式の休をなさず矢敗した. 聖杯降臨地は柳洞寺

    1860年頃 - 第ニ次聖杯戦争
    第一次の失敗を踏まえ, 細部のルールを整備して執り行われた回. "令呪というシスタム"が完成し, マスターがサーヴァントを思い通りに使役することが可能になったが, 儀式は朱敗に終わる.聖杯降臨地は遠坂邸

    1930年頃 - 第三次聖杯戦争
    第二次世界大戦前夜に執り行われた回。 小聖杯を巡り帝国陸軍やナチスを交え、帝都を舞台に戦いが繰り広げられたが、小聖杯が破壊され 失敗。聖杯降臨地は冬木協会。 アンリマユを取り込み、大聖杯が汚染された。

    1990年頃 - 第四次聖杯戦争

    2000年頃 - 第五次聖杯戦争
    『Fate/stay night』で語られた、最新にレて最後の戦い。これまでの聖杯戦争の締めくくりと呼ぶに相応しい激戦が繰り広げられた。で語られた、最新にレて最後の戦い。これまでの聖杯戦争の締めくくりと呼ぶに相応しい激戦が繰り広げられた。監督者の任にあつ言峰 綺礼が、本来の参加者であるバゼットを殺害してランサーのマスタ一になり代わるなど、不測の事態が数多く発生した回でもある。

    2010年頃 - 聖杯戦争の解体
    第五次聖杯戦争の10年後、ロード・エルメロイⅡ世(本名はウェイバー・ベルベット。第四次聖杯戦争のマスタ一のひとり)が冬木市を訪れ、遠坂家の当主と共に大聖杯の完全解体ヘと乗り出す。魔術協会は大聖杯の復興を策レていたため、両者は完全に対立。聖杯戦争にも匹敵する大騒動の未、大聖杯は解体される。冬木市の聖杯戦争は、ここで完全なる終結を迎えることとなる。

  5. [v] Fate/Zero Season 1 Boxset - Drama CD 1

    Track 1

    Kiritsugu: So this is the Grail vessel. It collects the souls of Heroic Spirits anchored to this world as Servants, and is then presented as an offering for the Great Grail summoning. A container for that purpose. If it‘s just a vessel, it should look like one. But why does it have the appearance of a human? Damn it, this makes things difficult.

    Kiritsugu: Ah, can you hear me? Do you understand what I’m saying?

    Irisviel: Yes, Emiya Kiritsugu.

    Kiritsugu: Ah, so you can speak too. I’m surprised.

    Irisviel: You seem to have extremely low expectations for Einzbern homunculi.

    Kiritsugu: Not at all. I doubt anyone can match the descendants of Justica Lizleihi, Master of Northern Alchemy and the Saint of Winter, in creating artificial humans.

    Irisviel: That’s right, I come with all the functions of a complete human body. I also have magic circuits that far surpass that of a normal person and was branded with a standardized reverse-type magic crest as the starting default. My potential as a Mage should be greater than yours.

    Kiritsugu: Right, that’s really great. But I have no need for those functions of yours. You’ll be… Damn it, why must I explain these things?

    Irisviel: If you aren’t satisfied with my functions, you need to make yourself clear or I won’t be able to do anything about them.

    Kiritsugu: Are you properly aware of the reason you were created?

    Irisviel: Yes. I am the Grail vessel. I will function as the key that will activate the Great Grail in the coming 4th Holy Grail War.

    Kiritsugu: Exactly. You’re just a container. Regardless of your purpose, you’re really no different from a beer mug. Why does the thing have limbs, talk so much, and even lecture its master? I don’t get it.

    Irisviel: In that case, please allow me to explain. On top of protecting the Grail vessel, as the most effective method, I have also been given a psyche so I can act independently and evaluate situations. That’s what I am.

    Kiritsugu: So you’re saying I don’t need to worry about protecting the Grail vessel because it can make its own decisions and keep itself safe?

    Irisviel: That would be correct.

    Kiritsugu: Let me ask you, then. Do you really have the ability to defend yourself in battle?

    Irisviel: That’s how I was designed.

    Kiritsugu: Looking at you, I find that hard to believe.

    Irisviel: Are you judging me by my appearance?

    Kiritsugu: Very well. All I need to do is put it to the test.

    Kiritsugu strikes Irisviel

    Kiritsugu: Hey. Are you playing the fool? How could you not even counter such a simple attack? Do you not even have basic self-defense skills?

    Irisviel: I had no need to counter it. You are Emiya Kiritsugu, and therefore can’t possibly want to destroy the Grail vessel.

    Kiritsugu: I’m not playing around. If you’re a defect that only knows how to talk and can’t defend itself, then it’s better for me if I destroy you right away and ask the family head to prepare another vessel.

    Irisviel: Is returning the blow and fighting with the intent to harm what you define as self-defense?

    Kiritsugu: That’s right. Got a problem with that?

    Irisviel: That’s the worst decision I could make to ensure my survival. I should be avoiding dangerous situations as my greatest priority. In the event I make a strategic mistake that puts me in a situation where danger is unavoidable, escape, disguise, deceitful negotiations and so forth would be the next best options.

    Kiritsugu: I’ll give it to you straight. Battle strength is what I need, not sophistry. I need agility that kills before being killed, accuracy, and destructive power.

    Irisviel: That’s not a strategy for survival. If we compare you and me in terms of self-defense… Emiya Kiritsugu, you’re weaker than I am.

    Kiritsugu: You’re unbelievable.

                                ———————————————————————–
    Track 2

    Kiritsugu: What do you think you’re doing, forcing a homunculus like that onto me?

    Jubstacheit: You aren’t satisfied with her? She is among the best of my creations in recent years.

    Kiritsugu: As a doll, she is indeed very well-made. But I’ll have absolutely no use for her in the Grail War. You gave the Grail vessel a humanoid body and a sense of self capable of self-defense, apparently, but she’s completely useless. If she encounters a drunk on the streets, she’ll most likely get hurt. I’d have better uses for it if you gave it the body of a crow or a Doberman.

    Jubstacheit: You live up to your name of Mage Killer, Emiya Kiritsugu. The savagery of the way you think is far beyond our ability to understand.

    Kiritsugu: Isn’t that why you sent for me? The methodology you Einzberns employ couldn’t be any less suitable in battle.

    Jubstacheit: Whether or not an instrument’s functions can be put to good use depends on its owner. Regarding that, it’s clear that debating with you would just be a waste of time. Anyway, on that point, it’ll be enough to simply prove her tenacity to you. Constructed to be harder to break than a typical Grail vessel, she’s even been designed to prevent herself from being broken. You’ll witness that function of hers directly. Let’s see, we’ll have the results in two or three days.

    Kiritsugu: What are you talking about?

    Jubstacheit: It’s just a little experiment. You can think of it as a test of her durability. I left her at the disposal yard for failed creations in the forest depths last night.

    Kiritsugu: Wha-?!

    Jubstacheit: I threw her, naked, right into the middle of hungry wolves and evil spirits in the frigid blizzard. It’s a trial where even the most robust of warriors either die of cold or are killed and eaten within the night. If she manages to return to this castle alive, then you’ll have to acknowledge her strength.

    Kiritsugu: You can’t be serious. She may be a homunculus, but she’s a girl you created with your very own hands!

    Jubstacheit: All I ask of that thing is that it doesn’t break and maintains itself until the Great Grail ritual. If it cannot even endure a trial as trivial as this, then, in line with your complaint, I'II acknowledge the defects in my design and prepare a new vessel.

                               ———————————————————————–
    Track 3

    Irisviel: Where am… I?

    Kiritsugu: There’s no need to worry. Get some more rest and don’t speak.

    Irisviel: Why am I… in the castle?

    Kiritsugu: I brought you back to put an end to that ridiculous test Acht sent you.

    Irisviel: Ah… You can’t do that.

    Irisviel: I still haven’t finished the trial. I still haven’t proved my durability to you.

    Kiritsugu: Don’t be ridiculous. Does that body of yours not feel pain?

    Irisviel: It does. In order to properly grasp the state of my body, pain is a neccesary sensation.

    Kiritsugu: Then why? Is putting up a bold front even though your body’s been so brutally battered what you call strength?

    Irisviel: Exactly. My mission is to survive. It is to live through any extreme situation. Any bodily damage that does not go beyond permitted levels is fine.

    Kiritsugu: You’re wrong.

    Irisviel: Why?

    Kiritsugu: Strength isn’t measured by how much pain you can endure. If you don’t feel anger towards pain and have the will to retaliate against whatever caused you pain, you won’t ever win. Don’t you feel anger towards the family head? Towards Jubstacheit, the one who did this to you?

    Irisviel: Anger? But why? Greatgrandpa didn’t do anything wrong.

    Kiritsugu: He hurt you badly just to clear the humiliation I gave him. He values his pride as a designer more than your pain. Ah… I suppose I also hold responsibility for thinking light of you. That’s why you should be feeling anger towards Acht and me, because we’re both the reason why you were hurt.

    Irisviel: Even in my current condition of damage, my body can still more than fulfill its function as the Grail vessel. Therefore, my greatgrandfather’s pride and clearing up your misunderstanding are far more important than my pain.

    Kiritsugu: You’re wrong. You’re wrong! In order to become strong, you must learn what anger is.

    Irisviel: Why?

    Kiritsugu: Because it’s the very basis of the act of fighting. No matter how you are, you must resist anything that results in your being hurt.

    Irisviel: I don’t understand what you’re saying.

    Kiritsugu: You seem to be aware of your value and the meaning of your existence, at least in theory. But do you feel happiness and pride in your being born to this world and in the mission you have been given? I’m slighting that very aspect of you this time.

    Irisviel: Ah…

    Kiritsugu: If you really do think your mission is to protect yourself, wouldn’t you want to become stronger? Wouldn’t you want to broaden your fighting repertoire so you could win battles?

    Irisviel: Yes. If it really is possible, it would be very profitable learning.

    Kiritsugu: Then start by having more concern for yourself. Find happiness in your life and its stage, the world. Then you won’t allow any of these things to be damaged. That way, you should be able to acquire the emotion we call anger.

    Irisviel: Happiness… Concern… It’s difficult for me to embrace emotions with no basis.

    Kiritsugu: Damn it, must I really go to such lengths for you? Okay. I’ll teach you about them. All right, let’s start with your-

     Ah, I shouldn’t keep referring to you like that. Do you have a name? Not “vessel”, not “homunculus”, but a name of your very own?

    Irisviel: I’m… Irisviel, Irisviel von Einzbern.

                               ———————————————————————–
    Track 4

    Maiya: How has the homunculus been doing since?

    Kiritsugu: She’s becoming a different person day by day. She must’ve been given a great thirst for knowledge. She greedily absorbs any information I give her, and her general knowledge is becoming abundant.

    Kiritsugu: Already, she can hold casual conversations like any typical person. But is there a point in educating her so much? Sometimes, I wonder if it’s all a big mistake. Maiya, you mentioned… how you used to think of yourself as a machine, didn’t you?

    Maiya: Yes. What about it?

    Kiritsugu: I’m just puzzled as to how you manage to firmly keep your sanity in battle when you think of yourself like that.

    Maiya: That’s a strange question coming from you, Kiritsugu. I thought it’d be second nature to you as to how one stays sane in the battlefield.

    Kiritsugu: It appears I’ve gotten confused on many things since I began training Irisviel. It’s true that, since she doesn’t think of herself as anything more than a machine, she probably isn’t suited for the battlefield. I thought there’d be room for improvement if l could instill battle instincts in her by strengthening her sense of self, but I might’ve gotten the premise itself wrong.

    Maiya: Being a tool, she was never made for battle to begin with. Even so, while the homunculus may have forgotten she is a tool, her aptitude for battle won’t immediately awaken.

    Kiritsugu: A human and a machine… which of the two would be better in battle, I wonder?

    Maiya: While machines are tougher than humans, they do have their limits. On the other hand, while humans are incredibly weak, they sometimes surpass their limits and become experts of slaughtering. In other words, exceptional entities we call Heroes appear from time to time. We can perhaps overlook these rare irregularities. For the remaining majority of fighters, it is of greatest priority that they overcome their weaknesses in order to survive. That is why people abandon their souls in battle and become machines. I am one of those many people.

    Kiritsugu: Maybe I really am wasting my time.

    Maiya: Kiritsugu. You’re like someone who was given a hammer when you needed a pair of scissors. Since it didn’t serve its purpose, you melted it back into a lump of iron. If you wish to use it again as a sharp blade, you’ll have to reforge it. Is that not so?

                               ———————————————————————–
    Track 5

    Irisviel: Hey, Kiritsugu, what are you showing me today? A movie? Photos? Or some music?

    Kiritsugu: You seem excited, Irisviel.

    Irisviel: Yes! It’s true that the knowledge you’re giving me has nothing to do with the Holy Grail War, but it all amazes me so much. I had no idea the world was so plentiful and diverse. With just my basic education, I never would’ve even imagined that.

    Kiritsugu: Do you want to know even more about the world?

    Irisviel: Of course! But don’t worry. My mission of greatest importance is to complete the third true magic. My interests are ultimately of lower priority, and I haven’t lost sight of our wish.

    Kiritsugu: If it’s what you want, you can walk away from fate.

    Irisviel: Huh?

    Kiritsugu: If you really admire humanity with all your heart. If you really do wish to spend your remaining years living a peaceful life… you just need to run. If you leave the castle in the dead of the night, nobody will come after you. The Grail vessel can simply be recreated. Acht won’t be very happy about having to do it again, but that’d be all. He holds no expectations for you other than that of a tool. That’s nothing compared to your sense of self.

    Irisviel: Ah…

    Kiritsugu: This was why I opposed Acht’s idea to give the Grail vessel a sense of self. A tool cannot fight on its own will, and an object with a will isn’t a tool. And objects that are no longer tools must start by asking themselves if they wish to fight on their own will. That’s why you should take everything you’ve learned so far into account and ask yourself once again. Is the mission you were given really worth the fighting and the spilling of blood?

    Irisviel: Are you asking me to abandon everything that I have?

    Kiritsugu: That’s right. By abandoning everything, you can redo it all from square one. If that‘s what you wish.

    Irisviel: Ah… I see what you’re saying. Kiritsugu, I now understand why you’ve been educating me.

    Kiritsugu: What?

    Irisviel: The knowledge you’ve presented to me until now, the way the world is, how people live…they’re all things you’ve forsaken and walked away from, aren’t they?

    Kiritsugu: Well-

    Irisviel: Did you once prioritize your mission over your happy life and choose to fight battles worth the spilling of blood? … No… that’s not it. If you had already determined which is more valuable, you wouldn’t be letting me choose. If you really do strongly believe in your justice, you wouldn’t have prepared these two options for me. Did you have no choice?

    Kiritsugu tries to say something but cannot

    Irisviel: Emiya Kiritsugu, aren’t you the one who’s been living like a machine with just one function? It’s strange. You’re human, but live like a machine. I’m a doll, but you’re giving me a choice meant for humans.

    Kiritsugu: You have defects as a tool to be brought to the battlefield. I’m adjusting you because you’ll burden me otherwise. That’s all there is to it. Don’t get any strange ideas.

    Irisviel: I see. You think that I shouldn’t blindly follow my mission as a homunculus, but acquire an impulse of wanting to fight based on thought. Is that why you’re trying to elicit anger, happiness, and pride within me?

    Kiritsugu: It’s only been a few months since you emerged from the cultivating tank, but you’ve become quite eloquent.

    Irisviel: I hope you aren’t underestimating my ability to think and analyze, inherited from Justeaze’s designs. From the learning materials you’ve given me, I’ve already derived a different opinion from the one you have.

    Kiritsugu: What?

    Irisviel: You said that anger is the source of the will to fight, and that the basis for anger is one’s dignity. But according to my analysis, anger merely runs from another simpler and more comprehensive impulse. That impulse is… love.

    lrisviel’s words catch Kiritsugu off guard

    Irisviel: People don’t get angry at their enemies for no reason. I’ve identified many examples of people steadfastly spilling blood for their family, their compatriots, and their country. Even animals show hostility and fight seriously to protect their newborn offspring. Even the concept you call dignity is but love towards oneself. In order for me to acquire the emotion of anger, I must first learn about love.

    Kiritsugu breathes heavily

    Irisviel: Because I’ve grasped my own construction and function, I’m unable to feel newly-found concern and interest in myself. However, in becoming strong, there’s no need for me to restrict my love to just myself. The more I learn about people different from me, the more amazed I am, the more I discover… the happiness is incredible. For example… Emiya Kiritsugu. I find you very interesting. The complex internal thoughts you hide arouse my curiosity to no end.

    Kiritsugu: Huh? What are you saying, Irisviel?

    Irisviel: So that I can acquire the strength you ask of me, the will to fight, as soon as possible, I will start by judging whether it is appropriate for me to love you. What do you think?

    Kiritsugu: That’s enough joking around!

    Irisviel: No, I’m simply trying to fulfill what you ask of me. You’re the one who wants me to become strong. I definitely won’t allow anyone to take away what you’ve given me. I’ll be able to feel anger and show hostility towards anyone who seeks to hurt you. Is there a… problem with that?

    Kiritsugu: No, uh… It wouldn’t be very convenient for me…

    Irisviel: No, don’t worry. I won’t burden you at all. It‘ll just be what I’m thinking inside.

    Kiritsugu: The love between man and woman isn’t that simple! Ah, damn it… I can’t believe I have to explain all this… Okay. I’ll teach you for now. You’ll soon realize just how wrong everything you were talking about was.

    Irisviel: That sounds interesting. I’m really looking forward to it.

                               ———————————————————————–
    Track 6

    Kiritsugu: This is nothing more than an act. Irisviel, I cannot love you, and you cannot love me.

    Irisviel: But why?

    Kiritsugu: To begin with, look at what our aim is. After we win the Holy Grail War and defeat all the other Servants, you will cease to exist. I will cause your death.

    Just how big of a fool am I? I’m trying to teach someone I’ll be forced to kill the insistence and desire to live. If I had only so much as thought about it, I would’ve realized just how cruel it is.

    Irisviel: Kiritsugu…

    Kiritsugu: If there was a way to save you, then I could continue to love you. But if I do that, everything I’ve sacrificed up until now would be for naught. The many lives I’ve taken would become completely meaningless. Your death is the only way I can make up for all the sins I’ve committed. Do I have any right to receive your love?!

    Irisviel: Why is it wrong to love something that will be destroyed? Kiritsugu, it doesn’t look like you’ve thought about your life after the Grail War. You intend to burn yourself out and perish in the coming battles, don’t you?

    Kiritsugu breathes out heavily

    Irisviel: Even so, I find myself holding feelings of love for you. We only have nine more years together in this world. Is there anything wrong with loving each other during that time?

    Kiritsugu: We have no salvation, no hope. The two of us have no future.

    Irisviel: Future?

    Kiritsugu: You see, love is about wishing for the salvation and hopes of your partner and entrusting those prayers. I’m unable to save you, and there is no hope for you, so we can’t possibly love each other. Even now, by saying you love me, it means you’re still unable to love yourself. The fact that you feel no sadness for your eventual demise is proof enough.

    Irisviel: Anger is needed for strength… Love is needed for anger… And a future is needed for love. Is that it?

    Kiritsugu: Great, not only have we wasted much of our time, we’ve come straight to a dead end. I’m sorry. If I knew it’d all be in vain, you’d have it so much easier if you had just remained the emotionless tool that you were.

    Irisviel: No. I have no regrets. Everything I’ve received from you is very precious to me. If we don’t have a future now, we just need to create a new one. A blank sheet, a new life, that isn’t yet bound by anything…

    Kiritsugu: What?

    Irisviel: I’m a woman. You’re a man. Together, we can create new life.  As a complete homunculus, I have a womb that functions no differently from that of a normal person. It should be entirely possible.

    Kiritsugu: That’s just…

    Irisviel: If I can carry your hopes inside my body, and if I can one day give birth to an individual that will give you hope… As the one who made it possible, I’ll be able to feel proud of and love myself. Without needing how others think, I’ll be able to fight for my life and the fate of the future it leads to, entrusting my prayers…

    Kiritsugu: Iri, why would you go to such lengths?

    Irisviel: That’s because I’m stronger than you are. I think I’ve said so before.

    Kiritsugu: Heh…

    Irisviel: Having won and survived many battles, you probably think you’re stronger than everyone else, but you’ve simply chosen to make your enemies die before you do. That’s not the same as wanting to live longer. The strength you’ve acquired is nothing more than the ability to hasten the deaths of others as you all rush towards your doom. You’ve simply arranging the order in which you and others die. That’s not true strength.

    Kiritsugu sighs

    Irisviel: To never give up… to be able to find a way out and execute it no matter the predicament… to carry out the will to live until the moment of your demise… That’s the strength of the perfect Einzbern homunculus. That’s the power of the souls of the truly strong, something you don’t yet have.

    Kiritsugu: Ah, I see… It appears I’m no match for you. I have no further worries, I can truly believe now. Together, the two of us will yield to no enemy and surely reach the Grail.

    Irisviel: Yes.

    Kiritsugu: Please bear me a strong child. A child who’ll give me new hope once the war is over.

    Irisviel: Yes, please come up with a wonderful name for the child… my love.

Characters by series
Fate/stay night Main characters: Shirou EmiyaSaberRin TohsakaSakura MatouIllyasviel von EinzbernArcherKirei Kotomine
Secondary characters: AssassinBerserkerCasterGilgameshLancerRiderShinji MatouSouichirou KuzukiTrue AssassinZouken Matou
Minor characters: Atrum GalliastaAyako MitsuzuriBedivereClaudia HortensiaGai GotouIssei RyuudouKaede MakideraKane HimuroLeysrittJusteaze Lizrich von EinzbernOtoko HotaruzukaSellaTaiga FujimuraVivianYukika Saegusa
Fate/hollow ataraxia Main characters: Bazett Fraga McRemitzAvengerCaren Hortensia
Secondary characters: AssassinDiloEdelfelt sistersLuviagelita EdelfeltMinori Mitsuzuri Master of AssassinPerseusReikan RyuudouSaberScáthachSthenoEuryale
Fate/Zero Main characters: Kiritsugu EmiyaIrisviel von EinzbernSaberKirei KotomineWaver VelvetRiderTokiomi TohsakaArcher
Secondary characters: Aoi TohsakaAssassinBerserkerCasterKariya MatouKayneth El-Melloi ArchibaldLancerMaiya HisauRisei KotomineRyuunosuke UryuuSola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri
Minor characters: Byakuya MatouFionn mac CumhaillGlen and Martha MackenzieGrainneJubstacheit von EinzbernNatalia KaminskiNorikata EmiyaShirley
Fate/EXTRA Main characters: Hakuno KishinamiSaberArcherCasterGilgameshRin TohsakaRani VIIISakura MatouBB
Secondary characters: AliceArcherAssassinBerserkerBerserkerCasterCasterDan BlackmoreJinako CarigiriJulius B. HarweyLauncherKiara SessyoinLancerLancerLancerRun RuLeonardo B. HarweyMeltryllisMonji GatouPassionlipRiderSaberSaverShinji MatouTwice H. Pieceman
Minor characters: AmaterasuAoko Aozaki Chishiki MabiIkuyo YuutouIssei RyuudouKirei KotomineShiki RyougiSialim Eltnam Re-AtlasiaTaiga FujimuraTouko Aozaki
Fate/Apocrypha Black Faction characters: Caules Forvedge YggdmillenniaDarnic Prestone YggdmillenniaFiore Forvedge YggdmillenniaGordes Musik YggdmillenniaReika RikudouRoche Flyn YggdmillenniaCelenike Icecolle YggdmillenniaArcher of BlackAssassin of BlackBerserker of BlackCaster of BlackLancer of BlackRider of BlackSaber of Black
Red Faction characters: Kairi SisigouShirou KotomineRottweil BerzinskyJean RumPentel brothersFeend vor SembrenArcher of RedAssassin of RedBerserker of RedCaster of RedLancer of RedRider of RedSaber of Red
Other characters: SiegRuler
Minor characters: AiasAlma PetresiaAlzirBram Nuada-Re Sophia-RiFafnirHectorLord El-Melloi IIReines El-Melloi ArchisorteRocco BelfebanSergeTooleTouki SisigouTrimmauVictor Frankenstein
Fate/Prototype Main characters: Ayaka SajyouSaberMisaya ReiroukanLancerArcherRiderManaka Sajyou

Secondary characters: Archer's MasterAssassinBeast|BerserkerCasterAro IsemiHiroki SajyouSancraid Phahn

Fate/Prototype: Fragments Manaka SajyouSaberElza SaijoArcherNigel SawardLancerShizuri IsemiRiderMisaya's fatherCasterTatsumi KitanoBerserkerSeiji JingaAssassin
Fate/Labyrinth Manaka SajyouNorma GoodfellowSaberArcherCasterAssassinGrayLord El-Melloi IIWolfgang Faustus
Fate/strange fake False Masters and Servants: Flat EscardosFalse BerserkerTiné ChelcFalse ArcherWolfFalse LancerTsubaki KuruokaFalse RiderOrlando ReeveFalse CasterJester KartureFalse Assassin
True Masters and Servants: Ayaka SajyouPlayerSaberSigmaWatcherBazdilot CordelionTrue ArcherFrancesca PrelatiTrue CasterHaruri BorzakTrue BerserkerFaldeus DiolandTrue AssassinDoris LusendraTrue Rider
Other characters: FilliaJohn WingardVera LevittClan CalatinHansa CervantesLord El-Melloi IIYuukaku KuruokaCashuraGalvarosso ScladioRohngallSaint GermainMaster of Archer (Fate/strange Fake)
Fate/Grand Order Main characters: Ritsuka FujimaruMash Kyrielight
Observer on Timeless Temple characters: Romani ArchamanLeonardo da VinciOlga Marie AnimusphereFouSherlock HolmesLev Lainur FlaurosBeast IIGoetia
Epic of Remnant characters: BaalPhenexZeparBeast III/RAshiya DoumanRaumRandolph Carter
Cosmos in the Lostbelt characters: Goredolf MusikJingle Abel MeuniereSion Eltnam SokarisCaptain NemoTamamo Vitch KoyanskayaGrigori RasputinKirei KotominePriestess of the Alien GodAlien GodKadoc ZemlupusOphelia PhamrsoloneHinako AkutaScandinavia PeperoncinoKirschtaria WodimeBeryl GutDaybit Sem VoidSenji MuramasaChaldeanDavid Bluebook
Other characters: Marisbury AnimusphereGalahadCharacters in Fate/Grand Order
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Main characters: Lord El-Melloi IIGrayReines El-Melloi Archisorte

Recurring characters: AddTrimmauHishiri AdashinoFlat EscardosSvin GlascheitLuviagelita EdelfeltHishiri AdashinoMelvin WeinsFakerDoctor Heartless
Secondary characters: FluegerHeine IstariJiroubou Seigen TokitouClownOrlocke CaesarmundRosalind IstariGeryon AshbornTouko AozakiInorai Valualeta AtroholmByron Valualeta IselmaDiadra Valualeta IselmaEstella Valualeta IselmaCarinaReginaMaio Brishisan ClynellesIslo SebunanMick GrazilierAtrum GalliastaCaules ForvedgeYvette L. LehrmanOlga Marie AnimusphereTrisha FellowsKarabo FramptonRodinLeandraJean-Mario SupinerraBersac BlackmoreMagdalenaZepia Eltnam AtlasiaFernando CrozeSister IlumiaCorpse KingMcDonell Trambellio ElrodRufleus Nuada-Re EulyphisAsheara MystrasCalugh Ithred

The Adventures of Lord El-Melloi II Main characters: Lord El-Melloi IIGrayReines El-Melloi ArchisorteErgo

Secondary characters: AddRin TohsakaLatio Crudelis HiramTangereWuzhiqiFlat EscardosLuviagelita Edelfelt
Other characters: Shirou EmiyaMikiya KokutouMana Ryougi

Garden of Avalon AgravainArtoriaGalahadGawainGuinevereKayLancelotMerlinMorgan le FayTristanVortigern
Fate/kaleid liner Main characters: Illyasviel von EinzbernMiyu EdelfeltChloe von EinzbernRin TohsakaLuviagelita EdelfeltMagical RubyMagical Sapphire

Secondary characters: Shirou EmiyaSella (Fate/kaleid)Leysritt (Fate/kaleid)Kiritsugu EmiyaIrisviel von EinzbernCaren HortensiaBazett Fraga McRemitzTanakaBeatrice FlowerchildAngelicaDarius AinsworthErika AinsworthShirou Emiya (Miyu's brother)Julian AinsworthKischur Zelretch SchweinorgLord El-Melloi IIMimi KatsuraTatsuko GakumazawaSuzuka KuriharaNanaki MoriyamaTaiga FujimuraShinji MatouSakura Matou

Fate/Requiem Main characters: Erice UtsumiVoyagerKarinBerserkerKoharu F RiedenflausSaberChitose ManazuruLancerNzambiAnubis
Secondary characters: Caren FujimuraMakkiKuchimeRurihime
Fate/type Redline Main characters: Kanata AkagiTsukumo FujimiyaSaber
Secondary characters: ArcherBerserkerMajor MagatsuKanameMajor ReiterAssassinCasterRider
Fate/Koha-Ace Main characters: Sakura SaberKohakuAkihaDemon ArcherArtoriaRiderOryuuCaren KotomineLancerMajor MatouBerserkerAssassinCasterMajor ReiterFuhrerLancer
Other characters: SaberDevil SaberSun Wukong
Others Association DirectorGazamyGrail-kunKischur Zelretch SchweinorgMagical AmberMagical CarenMoby DickNagato TohsakaNeco-ArcPhantas-MoonRaiga FujimuraSaber LionTyphonList of characters by statistics
Fate/stay night Shirou EmiyaRin TohsakaIllyasviel von EinzbernShinji MatouSouichirou KuzukiCasterKirei KotomineZouken MatouSakura MatouAtrum Galliasta
Ernest Gravehill
Fate/hollow ataraxia Bazett Fraga McRemitzCaren HortensiaEdelfelt sistersMaster of AssassinEinzbern Master
Fate/Zero Kiritsugu EmiyaKirei KotomineTokiomi TohsakaRyuunosuke UryuuWaver VelvetKariya MatouKayneth El-Melloi ArchibaldSola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri
Fate/EXTRA Hakuno KishinamiRin TohsakaRani VIIILeonardo B. HarweyRun RuDan BlackmoreShinji MatouAliceJulius B. HarweyMonji GatouTwice H. PiecemanJinako CarigiriKiara SessyoinMeltryllisBBKazuhito SakagamiIzaya KiiLeila RaidouMisao AmariAtrum Galliasta
Fate/Apocrypha Kairi SisigouShirou KotomineRottweil BerzinskyJean RumPentel brothersFeend vor SembrenGordes Musik YggdmillenniaFiore Forvedge YggdmillenniaDarnic Prestone YggdmillenniaCelenike Icecolle YggdmillenniaRoche Frain YggdmillenniaCaules Forvedge YggdmillenniaReika RikudouSagara HyoumaSieg
Fate/Prototype Ayaka SajyouMisaya ReiroukanManaka SajyouSancraid PhahnAro IsemiElza SaijoNigel SawardMisaya's fatherShizuri IsemiSeiji JingaTatsumi Kitano
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Doctor Heartless
Fate/Labyrinth Manaka SajyouNorma GoodfellowWolfgang Faustus
Fate/strange fake PlayerTiné ChelcTsubaki KuruokaOrlando ReeveJester KartureFlat EscardosWolfAyaka SajyouSigmaFaldeus DiolandCashuraFrancescaDoris LusendraHaruriBazdilot Cordelion
Fate/Grand Order Ritsuka FujimaruKirschtaria WodimeOphelia PhamrsoloneKadoc ZemlupusScandinavia PeperoncinoHinako AkutaBeryl GutDaybit Sem Void
Fate/Requiem Erice UtsumiKarinKoharu F RiedenflausChitose ManazuruMakkiKuchimeRurihimeAhasuerus
Fate/type Redline Kanata AkagiKanameMajor MagatsuMajor ReiterMaster of CasterMysterious OfficerLanlan Fang
Koha-Ace KohakuArtoriaMajor MatouCaren Kotomine
Fate/kaleid liner Class Card users: Illyasviel von EinzbernMiyu EdelfeltAngelicaBeatrice FlowerchildJulian AinsworthRin TohsakaLuviagelita EdelfeltShinji Matou
Classes SaberLancerArcherRiderCasterAssassinBerserker
RulerAvengerAlter EgoMoonCancerShielderBeastGrand Servant (Grand Caster) • SaverGunnerGatekeeperFunny VampFakerWatcherNon-classed Servants
Fate/stay night SaberLancerArcherRiderCasterAssassinBerserker
ArcherAssassin
Shielder
Fate/hollow ataraxia AvengerSaberAssassin
Fate/Zero SaberLancerArcherRiderCasterAssassinBerserker
Fate/EXTRA Playable Servants: SaberArcherCasterGilgameshSaberCasterSaberRuler
Party Servants: RiderRiderRulerSaberRiderLancerArcherBerserkerCasterBerserker
Non-Playable Servants: SaberLancerLancerArcherRiderCasterAssassinBerserkerBerserkerSaverRiderAssassinLancerSaberLancerBerserkerBerserkerArmstrong
Non-Playable CCC Servants: SaberLancerCasterLauncherBB
Alter Ego: PassionlipMeltryllisVioletKingproteaKazuradrop
Others: Saber
Fate/Apocrypha Black Faction: Saber of Black (Sieg) • Lancer of BlackArcher of BlackRider of BlackCaster of BlackAssassin of BlackBerserker of Black
Red Faction: Saber of RedLancer of RedArcher of RedRider of RedCaster of RedAssassin of RedBerserker of Red
Others: RulerRuler
Discarded designs: DavidMusashibou BenkeiGeorgiosSakata Kintoki
Fate/Prototype First Tokyo Holy Grail War Servants: SaberLancerArcherRiderCasterAssassinBerserker
Second Tokyo Holy Grail War Servants: SaberLancerArcherRiderCasterAssassinBerserkerBeast
Fate/strange fake False Servants: SaberFalse LancerFalse ArcherFalse RiderFalse CasterFalse AssassinFalse Berserker
True Servants: True ArcherTrue RiderTrue CasterTrue AssassinTrue BerserkerWatcher
Fate/Grand Order Saber: AstolfoAlteraArtoria PendragonArtoria Pendragon (Alter)Artoria Pendragon LilyBarghestBedivereBenienmaChevalier d'EonDiarmuid Ua DuibhneDioscuriFairy Knight GawainFergus mac RóichGaius Julius CaesarGilles de RaisIbuki-doujiJasonLancelotMiyamoto MusashiMordredNero ClaudiusNero BridePrince of LanlingRamaSaitou HajimeSenji MuramasaShiki RyougiSiegfriedSigurdSuzuka GozenWatanabe-no-TsunaYagyuu Munenori
Lancer: Artoria PendragonArtoria Pendragon (Alter)BradamanteBrynhildrCaenisCú ChulainnCú Chulainn (Prototype)Diarmuid Ua DuibhneElizabeth BathoryEnkiduEreshkigalErice UtsumiFairy Knight LancelotFionn mac CumhaillGarethHectorHouzouin InshunJaguar ManKarnaLeonidasMedusaMusashibou BenkeiNezhaParvatiPercivalQin LiangyuRomulusRomulus-QuirinusScáthachSakamoto RyoumaValkyrieVritra
Archer: ArashArjunaBaobhan SithAtalantaBilly the KidCalamity JaneChild-GilChironChloe von EinzbernDavidEMIYAEMIYA AlterEuryaleFairy Knight TristanFujino AsagamiGilgameshIshtarJames MoriartyNapoleonOda NobukatsuOda NobunagaOrion(Artemis)ParisRobin HoodSei ShounagonSuper OrionTawara ToutaTomoe GozenTristanZenobia
Rider: AchillesAlexanderArtoria Pendragon (Santa Alter)AstolfoBartholomew RobertsBonny and ReadBoudicaCaptain NemoChristopher ColumbusDobrynya NikitichEdward TeachEuropaFrancis DrakeHabetrotIvan the TerribleLeonardo da VinciMandricardoMarie AntoinetteMedbMedusaOzymandiasQuetzalcoatlRed HareGeorgiosMarthaSakamoto RyoumaSakata KintokiTaigong WangUshiwakamaru
Caster: Anastasia Nikolaevna RomanovaArtoria AvalonAvicebronCharles BabbageChen GongCirceCú ChulainnGeronimoGilgameshGilles de RaisHans Christian AndersenHelena BlavatskyIllyasviel von EinzbernIrisviel (Dress of Heaven)Izumo-no-OkuniLeonardo da VinciMedeaMedea LilyMephistophelesMerlinMerlin (Prototype)Miss CraneMurasaki ShikibuNitocrisNursery RhymeQueen of ShebaScáthach SkadiScheherazadeSiegSolomonTamamo-no-MaeThomas EdisonWilliam ShakespeareParacelsus von HohenheimWolfgang Amadeus MozartXuanzang SanzangZhuge Liang (Lord El-Melloi II)
Berserker: AsteriosAtalanta AlterBeowulfCaligulaChachaCú Chulainn AlterDarius IIIEric BloodaxeFlorence NightingaleFrankenstein's MonsterHeraclesHijikata ToshizoGalateaIbaraki-doujiKijyo KoyoKiyohimeLancelotLu BuMinamoto-no-RaikouMorganMysterious Heroine X AlterPenthesileaPaul BunyanSakata KintokiSalomeSpartacusTamamo CatVlad IIIXiang Yu
Assassin: CarmillaCharles-Henri SansonCharlotte CordayCleopatraConsort YuDr. JekyllEMIYAFuuma KotarouHassan of the Cursed ArmHassan of the Hundred FacesHassan of SerenityJack the RipperJing KeKamaKatō DanzōKiichi HougenKing HassanKoyanskaya of LightMata HariMochizuki ChiyomeMysterious Heroine XOkada IzouOsakabehimePhantom of the OperaSasaki KojirouSemiramisShiki RyougiShuten-doujiSthenoWu ZetianYan Qing
Ruler: Amakusa Shirou TokisadaAmourHimikoJeanne d'ArcSherlock HolmesQin Shi Huang
Avenger: Amakusa Shirou TokisadaAngra MainyuAntonio SalieriBlack IriEdmond DantèsGorgonHessian LoboJeanne AlterMysterious Ranmaru XSpace IshtarTaira-no-Kagekiyo
Alter Ego: Ashiya DoumanKiara SessyoinKingproteaMecha Eli-chanMecha Eli-chan MkIIMeltryllisOkita Souji AlterPassionlipSitonai
MoonCancer: BBKiara SessyoinGanesha
Foreigner: Abigail WilliamsBB PeleKatsushika HokusaiKoyanskaya of DarknessJacques de MolayMysterious Heroine XXMysterious Idol X AlterVan GoghVoyagerYang Guifei
Pretender: Hephaestion MnemosyneOberon
Beast: GoetiaTiamatKiara SessyoinKama/MaraCath PalugTamamo Vitch KoyanskayaU-Olga Marie
Fate/Requiem VoyagerBerserkerSaberLancerCasterAnubisUnnamed female ServantAssassinAvengerRiderHendrik van der DeckenBarbarossaCirceEdward TeachEl CidJacques de MolayHannibalMarcus Vipsanius AgrippaMinamoto Kurou YoshitsuneElizabeth BathoryMata HariForeignerAsclepiusOdysseus
Fate/type Redline SaberArcherBerserkerAssassinCasterRiderLancerFake Lancer
Fate/kaleid liner Fifth Holy Grail War Class Cards: Archer (Gilgamesh) • Assassin (AssassinAssassin) • SaberLancerArcherRiderCasterBerserker
Unknown Holy Grail War Class Cards: AssassinBerserkerBerserker
Koha-Ace Sakura SaberMusashiLancerDemon ArcherDevil SaberRiderCasterAssassinBerserkerSun WukongLancer
Others Saber LionFakerOthersServants of Fate/Grand Order x Himuro's World
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