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Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?) is a Lancer-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

AppearanceEdit

This form is not that of the Goddess Ereshkigal, but that of a Pseudo-Servant where she has possessed the soul of a human with a similar wavelength to her's, Rin Tohsaka.[1]

Unlike Ishtar, Ereshkigal does not retain Rin's black hair. Instead, her hair is blonde, much like the Rin Tohsaka of Fate/EXTRA.

PersonalityEdit

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.[1]

« 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. »

(Ereshkigal)


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.[1]

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.[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[1]

AbilitiesEdit

When summoned together with Ishtar in the Babylonia Singularity, she is not a proper Servant, but rather considered another side of Ishtar, that is summoned whenever Ishtar is, due to them being sister goddesses. She can take control of the body occasionally, but generally has no means of interacting with the world.[4] Although she's an old goddess like Ishtar, Ereshkigal is not as impressive as her in terms of raw power. Whereas Ishtar is a spoiled goddess that got everything she ever wanted, Ereshkigal did not desire anything.[5]

Ereshkigal can only make use of her Authority within the Underworld. Inside her domain, she is absolute law, and every Heroic Spirit and deity will be left powerless if she so desires it.[5] With her authority, Ereshkigal has a number of attacks and security features that can be performed. One of them was even stated by Dr. Roman to have heat comparable to Ishtar's Noble Phantasm and was shown restraining Tiamat's "Titan" form, weakened by the wounds she sustained in her fall to the underworld.[6]

After allowing Dumuzid to leave the Underworld, she gained a portion of his Authority, similar to what happened with Nergal. She was hoping to gain his Authority over sheep, so she could use their wool to warm the souls in Kur, but instead Dumuzid left her with his ability to transform into serpents and antelope. Ereshkigal was not happy gaining a second Authority that doesn't help her improve the Underworld.

The spear in her hand is the blazing soul of Meslamtaea. A grace only granted in this materialized form, the light that warms the depths of the earth.[1] 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.

Class SkillsEdit

Magic Resistance (D Rank): Nullify any magecraft ranked D or below. Drenched in the gloom of the underworld, death has become an everyday occurrence, considerably lowering her resistance to magic.[1]
Territory Creation (A+ Rank): Freely calls the Seven Gates of the Underworld. The place in which Ereshkigal stands becomes the Underworld in which death easily conducts itself.[1]
Divine Core of the Goddess (B Rank): A Skill that expresses one being a perfect 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.[1]

Personal SkillsEdit

Hidden Great Crown (A Rank): 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).[1]
Mana Burst (Cage) (A+ Rank): 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.[1]
Protection of the Underworld (EX Rank): 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.[1]

Noble PhantasmEdit

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.[1] In the anime, it was able to momentarily stop the expansion of Nega-Genesis and hold back Tiamat's "Dragonic Corpus" form, whose strength is like that of a giant's.[7][8]

DevelopmentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Fate/Grand Order material VI - Profile of Ereshkigal, translated by King of Padoru.
  2. Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: Section 21 Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia (II)
  3. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 08: VII / Health Office Sabnock
  4. Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: Section 13 Prophecy of the Heavens
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: Section 14 Goodbye, Goddess of the Underworld
  6. Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia Anime Episode 19
  7. Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia Anime Episode 20
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