Lancer's True Name is Ereshkigal (エレシュキガル, Ereshukigaru?), the Goddess of the Underworld in Sumerian myth. She freely wields a spear-like cage; at times stabbing the enemy with it, at times imprisoning souls, at times summoning lightning, she is the fearsome ruler of the underworld. Having carried out her duties of administrating the underworld since birth, she is a goddess that disappeared along with the Age of Gods without ever knowing of the world above, or of freedom.
In original Mesopotamian texts, she presided over the growth and decay of crops, bent the dragons and snakes to her will, and freely controlled the Garula familiars of the underworld. The 'Heavenly Mistress' Ishtar, and the Queen of the Great Below Ereshkigal held a rival relationship. Mythologically speaking, the goddess of the harvest Ishtar (Inanna) was the Great Earth Mother that represented human life while Ereshkigal, who represented human death, was the Terrible Earth Mother.
In the tale of Ishtar's descent, Ishtar made a visit to the underworld only to be killed by Ereshkigal's hand. While she was revived afterward, the reason Ishtar went down to the underworld, and the reason Ereshkigal was so enraged, are never spoken of, and in Fate/Grand Order, they are treated as stemming from them being one and the same. Ereshkigal and Ishtar. Two gods of equivalent existence, or perhaps a divinity divided from what was once a single entity.
Though she claims that her role is merely to supervise humans, like the underworld goddess that she is... "... It's a problem if so many people are coming to the underworld... It's also a big issue creating cages to confine all these souls... I wonder if I can provide them a more comfortable place to be in..." In this way, it's hard to fully conceal her caring heart. She is truly a red angel of the underworld.
« I have no interest in humans. Living things are simply sickening, after all. But if you say you must at all costs, I wouldn't mind going out with you with death as the end goal. »
A passive and introverted nature. Because of the high wisdom and pride she boasts, she sacrifices herself to the duties of the mistress of the underworld, bound by her own design to be the goddess of death and decline. Envying the beautiful, laughing at the unsightly, and killing so that which she desired never passes to the hand of another... or so was Ereshkigal, but due to her assimilation with the young girl she inhabits, she has gained an objective awareness that such things are 'not good' and 'embarrassing', her brutality disappearing to the depths. But as she is a frank person, once angered, that side will come to the surface, becoming the unfortunate goddess as terrifyingly as told in legends. The principles she act on belong to the goddess Ereshkigal, occasionally making her seem more level-headed and self-depreciating than the young girl serving as her vessel.
She has the same theatrical elocution as Ishtar but occasionally breaks into the tone of an elegant lady. Like suddenly becoming honest, or emphasizing a 'My, oh my' when panicking, those courteous gestures are her 'base portion' coming out. While Ishtar was originally raised as a sheltered girl, the pampering and unbridled freedom afforded to her caused her to develop the speech of a woman of action. Meanwhile, as Ereshkigal diligently carried out her duties in the underworld, it is surmised that her choice of words became that of a 'sheltered (oblivious) young lady'.
Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic BeastsEdit
Ereshkigal detests how she was hated and suffered as a social outcast from the Age of the Gods. "I want to try living as freely as Ishtar. I want to meet someone who accepts that I'm the mistress of the underworld, but doesn't let that status affect how they see me." She even held such a romantic notion. "I won't deny the fact that I'm a villain, but evil, as it is, has its uses for humanity. Why does everyone have to be so afraid of me!?" As she sulked so in her heart, she found the end of the Mesopotamian world before her eyes, participating in the three-goddess alliance and making an enemy of Uruk to save humans in her own way.
Though she is initially a member of the Three Goddess Alliance opposed to Uruk, her meeting and battle with the Protagonist - the very sort of person that "doesn't judge her for being the ruler of the Underworld" - causes her heart to melt, and she joins their side. Though she doesn't join him as a Servant, she still takes part in the final battle against Tiamat, utilizing her Jurisdiction to weaken Tiamat and to reinforce the capabilities of the front-line combatants.
Though they were victorious against Tiamat with her help, Ereshkigal admits that in doing so she had been forced to break her oath of not directly interfering with the mortal realm above, and to Ishtar's dismay notes that she will have to sink into the abyss as a result in the hopes of reincarnating into a more responsible ruler of the Underworld.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
Ereshkigal is amongst the "Babylonia" Singularity Servant to aid Chaldea against Demon Gods Pillar, to which her sister Ishtar reacts with surprise as she had thought Ereshkigal has sunk into the abyss to be reincarnated, and thus should not be her previous self. Ereshkigal states that "stuff" happened involving Chaldea to make it possible, but pointedly refuses to go into detail.
Merry Christmas from the UnderworldEdit
Aside from the typical lunacy associated with Events, this side-story heavily focuses on Ereshkigal. After the Babylonia Singularity's series of events, Ereshkigal had indeed sunk into the abyss as expected to reincarnate, causing the Underworld to enter a state of chaos where time, space and faith are heavily distorted ("time" being the most notable, as these events had not yet happened for Chaldea, this being why Ereshkigal refused to elaborate at Solomon's Temple). Chaldea suddenly comes down with a deadly case of "Sumerian Summer Fever", with the Underworld being the direct cause. The Protagonist also learns of Ereshkigal's peril, and races to save both.
As the Event proceeds, the heroes learn that Ereshkigal has excised her own memories to make the reincarnation process easier, unable to bear the thought of being unable to repay the Protagonist's kindness during the war against Tiamat. They also learn that another force is making a play at the Underworld's throne with Ereshkigal's coming dissolution: the lingering Malice of Nergal, whom once challenged Ereshkigal before but was defeated. The Malice's plan is to turn the Underworld into the literal hell that all humans imagine it to be, rather than the gloomy-yet-pleasant afterlife Ereshkigal wants to create and improve.
After the Protagonist reaches the abyss and finds Ereshkigal and Nergal's Malice, they, with the help of Atilla the San(ta) and Dumuzid, restore Ereshkigal's memories to reverse the abyss' reclaiming of her. Now with full mental faculty and an awareness of the Malice's true intent, she turns on Nergal's Malice and helps the Protagonist destroy it. Freed from the abyss after the battle, the Protagonist finally gets through to Ereshkigal, helping her realize that she is a fine ruler for the Underworld and that she has nothing to "atone" for as she once thought. She thanks them, and then affirms her 'current self' choosing to cooperate with Chaldea in order to repair human civilization.
When summoned together with Ishtar in Babylon, she is not a proper Servant, but rather considered another side of Ishtar, due to them being sister goddesses, that is summoned whenever Ishtar is summoned. She can take control of the body occasionally, but generally has no means of interacting with the world. She can take control of the underworld due to it being her domain.
Hidden Great Crown: The crown of a goddess said to have been created from what she took from Ishtar. Of the heaven and earth, it allows her to make the various graces bestowed unto Ishtar her own, but those effects are made slightly darker (more gloomy).
Mana Burst (Cage): Ereshkigal is a diligent, earnest, and somewhat pessimistic goddess. On a regular basis, as long as she has the free time, she'll store up her mana in her spear cages to release in battle.
Protection of the Underworld: Offered as a pillar of the underworld she came to rule, Ereshkigal's authority. Until her rule comes to an end, she who controls the underworld is the underworld itself, as well as the queen protected by its bounds. Provides support to all allies as well as changing the effect of her Noble Phantasm.
Her Noble Phantasm is Kur Kigal Irkalla, an Anti-Mountain type Noble Phantasm. It is the same as Ishtar's An Gal Tā Kigal Shē, but instead of a shot from the great heavens to the great earth, it is the goddess of the underworld's punishment from the great below to the world above.
In the anime adaptation of Babylonia, she uses a new attack, Nammu Abzu Gugalanna (ナム・アビス・グガルアンナ?), creating a large, red spear in her ghost form and thrusting it forward. It is blocked by Lord Camelot.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Fate/Grand Order Profile of Ereshkigal, translated at Fate/Grand Order Wiki.
 Fate/Grand Order, 7th Singularity, Chapter 21 - Prelude to the Final Stand
1: We're falling~!
Indeed, we're falling ... ! Below is -- I can't see it very clearly!
At this rate, we'll die to the plummet before the Goddess Tiamat!
Ereshkigal grants floatation.
I won't permit any such thing.
I hereby bestow to you the privilege to buoy yourself afloat (浮遊権, Fuyuu-ken?, lit. "Privelege of Floatation") within the Underworld (冥界, Meikai?).
Gather your mana (魔力, maryoku?, lit. "magical energy") at the base of your feet, and imagine a surface.
This should grant you a bit of capacity for flight.
Alright, I'll give it a try!
But I'm afraid that salutations will have to wait.
Look over there!
The Underworld is lit with lightning.
That's ... the Goddess Tiamat!?
We've successfully lured her into the Underworld!?
Indeed. Glance upwards. You can glimpse Uruk from here, can you not?
That Ishtar shattered the foundations of Uruk, causing it to collapse into the Underworld (here).
It's over 2000 meters to the surface ...
The Underworld of the Age of Divinities is amazing as expected -- though I'm not sure whether this place would be considered deep or shallow ...
No, more importantly -- what the hell is that!?
A heat source comparable in magnitude to Ishtar's Noble Phantasm is steadily consuming Tiamat!?
It's a defense mechanism (防衛機構, bōei kikō?) of the Underworld.
Any of the Living who trespass in this domain against my permissions are so afflicted.
This is a rule established by the World itself.
And once the process is begun, the end is certain -- even for the Goddess Tiamat.
In any case, what of Lord Gilgamesh (ギルガメッシュ王, Girugamesshu-Ō?, lit. "King Gilgamesh")?
Is it time yet to deliver the final blow?
The man ordered that we stand by until all parties arrive at their stations, but is that truly necessary?
Now would be the time to act, if our purpose is to secure a victory.
That's ... I definitely agree.
But Ereshkigal-san, Lord Gilgamesh is already ...
1: ... even so, if we don't fight
... yeah, I get it. Even if it's just us, we have to do this.
If you're ready, then let's begin!
Leave it to my disgression, for neither Lord Gilgamesh nor Ishtar are needed here and now!
Ereshkigal gathers energy.
I shall settle this alone ... !
O Gallu (ガルラ霊, Garura-rei?, lit. "Gallu Spirits") of the Underworld -- the Spears of Rot (腐敗の槍, Fuhai no Yari?, lit. "Spears of Putrefaction / Degeneration") arrayed before me!
Against that which trespasses, let us bring down the Iron Hammer of the Underworld (冥界の鉄槌, Meikai no Tettsui?)!
All hands, engage!
Destruction rains upon Tiamat.
What say you? I believe it's good as finished. Even the Goddess Tiamat is within the Underworld merely a goddess.
Before the combined onslaught of myself and the Gallu, not a single being -- a single --
Chaos Tide manifests.
Wha -- what --
Chaos Tide (ケイオスタイド, Keiosu Taido?), compromising (侵食, Shinshoku?, lit. "eroding / encroaching") the Underworld!
This is bad! If we leave it alone, the Underworld will be overtaken!
And that's not all ... what is this?
Beast II Saint Graph (霊基, Reiki?, lit. "Spiritual Foundation") signature -- rapidly dilating (膨張, bouchou?, lit. "expanding / swelling")!
The Divine Regression (神代回帰, Jindai Kaiki?, lit. "Regression to the Age of Divinities") of the Saint Graph has advanced unto the Jurassic Era (ジュラ紀, Jura-Ki?).
That's no longer a Divinity (神性, Jinsei?, lit. "Divine Nature")! Unmistakably, it's the very Corpus of a God (神の体, Kami no Karada?, lit. "Flesh of God")!
Eh, eh, eh -- !?
Wh- what's happened!?
Is it something that I've done -- !?
Saint Graph Dilation Operations (霊基膨張工程, Reiki Bōchō Kōtei?) has ceased. Continuous reactivation (連続再起動, Renzoku saikidō?) of Mana Reactor (魔力炉心, Maryoku Roshin?) confirmed ... !
Injuries incurred by the plummet into the Underworld are regenerating!
-- it's come ... ! This is --
This is the true appearance of Beast II!
Tiamat emerges from the Mud.
Clouds of Lahmu spill forth.
The Goddess Tiamat is releasing Lahmu (ラフム, Rahumu?) from her flesh!
They're spreading across the Underworld!
It's impossible, right!? No matter how I look at it, it's impossible!
If it's only us, there's no way we can defeat something like that!
More than that, the tide is upon us!
The Underworld will be taken from me -- !
Don't be sayin' sad things, Sukapon-ta~n! Ain'tcha the Goddess of the Land of Death, nya~!?
Lahmu killed by a spear.
Jaguar Man appears.
That's right! It's a bird; it's a balloon -- no, it's merely your imagination!
I am the Tiger that dashes across the Underworld -- the one that they call JAGUAR MAAAAN!!
1: You're kinda burnt!?
A whole buncha stuff happened, so I'll explain later!
In any case, you did well getting this far, Gudako-san!
2: You came dashing to me!
Yeah, uh-huh. And I totally don't mind the fact that you didn't give me a shout when you got back to Uruk, so don't worry about that.
In any case, you did well getting this far, Gudako-san!
A tiger! A tiger has appeared in the Underworld!
Inconcievable! Is such a thing commonplace in the lands afar!?
It's a thing alright, little girly!
And less chitterin' already! Get back to blastin' away with that awesome attack o' yours!
B- but, it's completely without effect ... !
And the total energy output of the Underworld is dropping off!
Has to be done, even if it's without effect!
Listen up. No matter what it looks like, that right there is the Goddess Tiamat in her very weakest state!
Us! Right here, right now! If we don't do somethin' about this, it ain't just Humanity that's gonna be done for. It'll be bye-bye for the Earth itself!
If she gets back ta the surface in that state she's in right now?
In less than a day, the whole planet's gonna be swimmin' in Black Mud (黒泥, Kokutei?).
That can't be ... Doctor, what she said just now ...
It's the truth!
As of right now, the Chaos Tide has already subsumed the majority of the Underworld!
It can't be permitted to reach the surface! By some means or another, we have to put an end to it right here!
Thankfully, the Chaos Tide and the Lahmu are both of the same existence as Tiamat, and don't actually qualify as "seperate organisms."
So long as she remains within the Underworld, the act of killing Tiamat shouldn't be negated by way of Paradox Restoration (逆説的復元, Gyakusetsu-teki Fukugen?)!
But, there's already so much Mud!
In such circumstances, how precisely are we to properly engage --
What in the world -- !?
Flowers cover the Black Mud.
1: Flowers are blooming ...
2: These flowers. It can't be ... !
The Divine Authority (権能, Ken'nō?) invested within the Chaos Tide has ceased operation!?
No -- the function (機能, Kinō?) of the Authority's run its course, and the Tide's become nothing more than normal mud!
It sounds impossible, but --
These flowers -- they're somehow depleting (枯渇, kokatsu?, lit. "becoming drained / exhausted") the Goddess Tiamat of her power (力, chikara?, lit. "power, in the sense of an ability possessed")!
Good! Seems that I've made it in time -- !
And to Archaman of the uninspired imagination, I have only this to say!
If you desire to neutralize the Sea From Which Life Itself is Sprung (命を産む海, Inochi wo Umu Umi?), you need only make use of the Life that it births -- investing it within creatures small and innocuous!
This is of course where I come in!
The Magician of the Flowers (花の魔術師, Hana no Majutsu-shi?) arrives, come to make true upon his appellation (二つ名, Futatsuna?)!
Merlin drops to the ground before the protagonists.
How are you here!? It can't be that you were resummoned (再召喚, sai-shōkan?)!? No-no-no!
Hahaha, of course not.
It's impossible that I would be resummoned.
This is something a lot less complicated.
I'm the actual Merlin -- the authentic article.
In a rush, I've run here all the way from Avalon (アヴァロン, Avaron?)!
1: This man got here on foot!
2: So, you could actually run here!
Yeah. Seeing as the World's been reduced to a tabula rasa (白紙状態, Hakushi Jōtai?, lit. "state of being white paper") by the Incineration of the Common Sense of Man (人理焼却, Jinri Shōkyaku?), I was able to sneak here by way of the Faerielands (妖精郷, Yōsei-Kyō?)!
I absolutely despise sad farewells. No matter what, I wouldn't permit a parting by death.
Consequently, I've bent my principles (信条, shinjō?) a bit, and escaped the tower of my imprisonment (幽閉塔, Yūhei-tō?, lit. "Prison Tower").
Of course, it was for the sake of meeting you all.
Yes! We were waiting for you, Merlin-san!
It's a happy thing that we were able to meet each other again!
Beast II -- dorsal Wing-Horns (角翼, Kakuyoku?) deployed!
See that? With Merlin's provocations, she's decided to get serious on us!
Even if we've prevented Beast II from subsuming the Underworld, her Primary Corpus is still free to act!
She's ascending to Uruk -- to the surface!
1: Her wings have regenerated ... !
2: Merlin, isn't there something you can do!?
... hm. It took the labors of two goddesses to slow the advance of the Primary Corpus (真体, Shintai?, lit. "True Body").
Using the city of Uruk itself as bait, we've lured her to entrapment within the depths of the Underworld.
We've restricted (拘束, Kōsoku?) her with the Chain of Heaven (天の鎖, Ten no Kusari?); with the Sanctions of the Underworld (冥界の刑罰, Meikai no Keibatsu?) --
and with my flowers, which are merely beautiful.
Gudako-kun -- and Heroic Spirits all.
For the purpose of reaching this juncture, we have indeed played many a hand.
However, it still isn't enough.
That is a being that is yet to to know Fear (恐怖, Kyōfu?) -- yet to know the meaning of Predation (天敵, Tenteki?, lit. "natural enemy / predator").
She is yet to know the Death (死, Shi?) that He Is Become.
He ... ?
Is there somebody else coming to help?
Oh, indeed there is.
One final trump, held in reserve.
And so, who was it that called Him here, do you suppose?
It wasn't Lord Gilgamesh. It certainly wasn't the Grail of the King of Magecraft (魔術王の聖杯, Majutsu-Ō no Seihai?).
... It shouldn't be necessary to explain it, really.
It was you, Gudako-kun.
He mentioned that it was to repay a favor owed to you that he abandoned (捨てる, suteru?) the Station of the Crown (冠位, Kan'i?, lit. "Crown Position").
And the enemy that stands before us is an Evil of Man (人類悪, Jinrui-Aku?) -- a Beast (ビースト, Bīsuto?).
From the very start, the requisite conditions for his manifestation in this land were met.
The battles that you've fought until now have not been without meaning.
-- It can't be.
You mean, the one that suppressed Gudako's vital signature (生命反応, Seimei Han'ō?, lit. "Life Reaction") when she entered the Underworld was ... !
Glance heavensward, O Sea of Genesis (原初の海, Genshō no Umi?, lit. "Primordial Ocean")!
For there, your Death (死神, Shinigami?, lit. "Death God") awaits!
Ziusudra overlooks the Underworld from Uruk.
... That which cannot die, cannot be said to have lived -- for a life absent of mortality cannot be life.
Yours is an eternity without advance -- a stagnation of endless slumber.
O Beast of Calamity (災害の獣, Saigai no Jū?) -- Evil born of Man.
Your rejection (排斥, Haiseki?) is in the end founded (根底, Kontei?, lit. "foundation") in the very benevolence (慈愛, Jiai?, lit. "love / affection") by which you sought to impose Regression (回帰, Kaiki?).
Though the Station of the Crown is to me unnecessary, there dwells within this blade the Proof of the Strongest (最強の証, Saikyō no Akashi?).
Ziusudra reveals himself as the Old Man of the Mountain.
Old Man of the Mountain:
A Goddess fallen unto beasthood you may be, but being that you are indeed the Mother of Genesis (原初の母, Genshō no Haha?), it is only proper that I give my name.
-- of the Abyss of the Shadowed Valley (幽谷の淵, Yūkoku no Fuchi?), I come to entreat (馳走, chisō?) you with the darkness of Death (暗き死, Anki Shi?).
I am Hassan-i-Sabbah (ハサン・サッバーハ, Hasan Sabba-ha?) -- the Old Man of the Mountain (山の翁, Yama no Okina?).
The Old Man of the Mountain leaps into the crevice of the Underworld.
Old Man of the Mountain:
The Evening Bell (晩鐘, Banshō?) tolls with your name.
Unto the Will of the Heavens (天命, Tenmei?), I consign those wings -- !
The Old Man of the Mountain cuts at Tiamat's wings, eliciting a cry.
-- Beast II Saint Graph Pattern (霊基パターン, Reiki Patān?), undergoing reorganization (変化, henka?, lit. "Change") ...
This is incredible ... He didn't merely cut away the Wing-Horns of the Goddess Tiamat; he imposed upon her "the Concept of Death" (死の概念, Shi no Gainen?)!
The physical scale (規模, kibo?) of the Goddess Tiamat remains unchanged, but the underlying Saint Graph has conformed to the standard pattern of a Servant!
She can be defeated!
As of this moment, the complete annihilation of Beast II has become a possibility!
Romani! I've got a read (特定, tokutei?, lit. "identification") on the Saint Graph Core (霊基核, Reiki-Kaku?)!
A bit stereotypical, but it's inside the head! The Saint Graph Core lies not within the heart, but within the brain of the Goddess Tiamat!
-- You hear that, Gudako!?
Target the head of the Beast II.
This is the true and final battle of attrition!
Tiamat sings, releasing a new wave of Lahmu.
Indeed -- and as expected of the Beast II.
In coming finally to appreciate the worth of a life, she has begun to resist in earnest!
Maximizing the birthing of the Lahmu, the Primary Corpus approaches the Walls of the Underworld (冥界の壁, Meikai no Kabe?)!
She intends to climb to the surface!
1: I'm not going to let you escape!
2: But before that, we're definitely going to ... !
Yes, that is indeed the case!
This is well and truly our last chance!
Mashu, Gudako-kun. The salutations of our reuniting can wait until later!
We come now to face the storm itself! Are you ready to make a stand?
-- Yes! Of course we are, Magician of the Flowers!
And Sempai -- I judge that this is the final confrontation (最後の局面, Saigo no Kyokumen?) of the Seventh Singularity (第七特異点, Dai-Shichi Tokuiten?)!
Though I'm weak of heart, please give me my orders, Master!
In order to repay the trust of all of those who have invested their faith in us up until this point --
I'll do everything within my power to shatter that Calamity (災害, Saigai?)!
1: Yeah, let's get to it, Mashu!
This is amazing ... ! My Underworld is filled with so many flowers!
-- no, that isn't right. This isn't the time or place for that.
Now that I've reestablished Jurisdiction (支配権, Shihai-ken?) over the Underworld --
I suppose it's fine. Consider this a one-time service.
I hereby bestow to you all the Privelege of Mobility (行動権利, Kōdō Kenri?) within the Underworld, and the reinforcement of all strengths and capabilities (全強化, Zen-Kyōka?, lit. "complete reinforcement")!
As the Mistress of the Underworld (冥界の女主人, Meikai no On'na-Shujin?), I, Ereshkigal, so beseech!
O Heroes of the Surface (地上の勇者, Chijō no Yūsha?), let fall the Iron Hammer (鉄槌, Tettsui?) upon that Wyrm (魔竜, Maryū?, lit. "Demonic Dragon")!
By the hands of you Humans who have unto the distant future marched, let Heaven and Earth by a linchpin (楔, kusabi?) be joined!
ここで！ 私たちが！ なんとかしないと人類終了どころか地球終了のお知らせよ！
げぇぇぇ、マ――リン！？なんでキミが！？ まさか再召喚！？ いやいやいや！
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 08: VII / Health Office Sabnock
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts