Also known as:
Divine Spear Li
Li ShuwenWP (李書文WP, Ri Shobun?), Class Name Assassin (アサシン, Asashin?), is the Assassin-class Servant of Julius B. Harwey in the Moon Holy Grail War of Fate/EXTRA. He later switches classes to Berserker due to the unusual circumstances of his Master. His primary class is listed as Berserker for Fate/EXTRA Last Encore, but it is revealed to be similar circumstances to those of Fate/EXTRA.
A legendary martial artist from China who, despite being born in modern times, carved many legends. A Chinese martial artist from Yanshan County, HebeiWP - CangzhouWP (1864~1934). Having been born in the deathbed of the Qing DynastyWP, Li Shuwen distinguished himself soon after beginning to take lessons in Bajiquan, ascending to the point of being extolled as the strongest in the history of Chinese martial arts. A prominent martial artist in the history of Chinese martial artsWP, renowned as "a second strike is needless, so long there is one it will suffice". Otherwise he is known as Demon Fist Master (魔拳士?) of the Bajiquan. Rather than learning 1,000 techniques, he personified a literal one-hit kill by thoroughly polishing up a single technique.
The progenitor of the Li clan's branch of Bājí, Li Shuwen excelled in the use of spear to the point of being nicknamed "Divine Spear Li" (神槍李, Kamisō Ri?). The "Six Harmony Great SpearWP" that he used was a basic weapon of the Bājí-branch and, if one is to accept this extreme logic, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Bājí-branch (the Bājíquán) are nothing but preliminary steps to learn the techniques of this great spear.
It is said he have brought too much hatred due to killing too many opponents and finally had his life ended by being served poison from the victims relatives.
In his youth he has long tied back red hair. He also wears traditional Chinese clothing. Hakuno describes him to be a sinister man with piercing eyes whose clothing looks aflame.
In his older days, he has short gray hair, he wore a tan coloured Chinese clothing. He wore a fur long coat over his shoulders. While making the original design, Takashi Takeuchi also drew an older version much like how he is said to appear when summoned as Lancer.
- Mr. Li's Ruffian Get-Up (李氏無頼行?)
A master of martial arts who fundamentally keeps the morality of the innate goodness of man, but at same time also accepts evil. As a Servant, Shuwen's morality had deviated from the general common sense, but his humanity itself is that of a "sensible person" that esteems rationality. He does not see great difference in justice and evil, but if someone's behavior offends his rationality, he will bring swift and inevitable death. At a first glance this would seems as an act of chivalry, but since the chivalry of China is "pick up a sword out of passion", his way of thinking is the exact opposite. Rather than rational, Li Shuwen's character is something better described as being close to that of modern people. Li Shuwen was someone who simply (not purely) sought for strength, but it has been said that, in his late years, he discovered the valor of the strength of conviction, one's way of life, instead the strength of violence. He acknowledges that he is a kind of professional killer rather than a martial artist, but that is neither a self-depreciation nor a boast. Given that he often learned, often fought and often murdered in his previous life, he really does not carry any regrets or grudges.
Since he was summoned as a Servant, he swings his wicked fists as the concealed weapons of his master Julius without hesitation. He starts to find the Holy Grail War enjoyable as Hakuno and Hakuno's Servants manage to survive his attacks. Making conversation and getting to know the opponent is the ultimate luxury to him. He believes that Martial Arts is to fight on one's life, with the weight of years behind one's fist. The opportunity to crush each other's lives is rare for him. He is very compatible with his master Julius and he is grateful to be summoned by him to fight once again.
Assassin is prideful, serious, and energetic when fighting in battle.
- Julius B. Harwey
- His Master, Julius, also makes his living by stealing the lives of others. Their compatibility is good. Julius was originally a contract killer, and Assassin was originally a professional martial artist, so their opinions clash on a fundamental level. Julius just thinks of killing as all in a day’s work, while Assassin greatly enjoyed the prime of his life when he could often fight to the death.
Assassin was summoned by another Wizard who used to be in Leonardo B. Harwey's service, but he was given to Julius B. Harway. Since he was summoned as a Servant, he swings his wicked fists as the concealed weapons of his Master Julius without hesitation. For the time being he has taken up the role of Assassin for the sake of compatibility with Julius, though originally his Servant class was supposed to be Lancer. As Lancer he would have probably appeared as a grizzled master, the figure of his later years.
After the battle against Dan Blackmore, Hakuno Kishinami would stumble across bodies of dead students. Assassin would force Hakuno to be teleported into an arena and attacks her, however, Hakuno's Servant would appear to protect his or her Master.
During the fifth round, Hakuno fights against Julius. Assassin ambushes Hakuno's Servant during a conversation with Julius on the first day in the arena, fatally wounding them. With the help of either Rin or Rani, Hakuno is able to restore his or her Servant back to full health. During this time, Assassin has a brief, friendly encounter with Hakuno while taking a stroll.
For most of the week, Assassin is invisible and Hakuno desperately needs to find out how. Once Hakuno's Servant has recovered, Julius and Assassin attempt to kill them on school grounds, but are halted by Kotomine, who insists they fight in the arena unless they both want a penalty. When Hakuno encounters Julius in the arena, her Servant barely survives fighting against Assassin due to Assassin's invisibility.
Rin or Rani offers to set up a series of traps that will disable Assassin's Sphere Boundary. Three traps are strategically placed in the area and the third one successfully disables Assassin's invisibility. This leads to another confrontation between Hakuno's Servant and Assassin.
Although both Leo and Julius are confident in Julius's victory in the Elimination Battle, Julius and Assassin lose to Hakuno. Assassin accepts his defeat and tells Julius to do the same, even thanking him for allowing Assassin to fight in this world once more. Julius refuses and tries to resist the Moon Cell's deletion and the two disappear in a flash.
He appears along Julius again on first day of the final week. Due to Julius's new Command Spell, which he had stolen from the Master of a Berserker, Assassin is now of the Berserker class, however, most of his abilities are restrained because he lost his sanity and cannot control them.
As before, Assassin is defeated by Hakuno and his or her Servant, fading away almost immediately.
Li Shuwen was the Assassin-class Servant of Julius B. Harwey, the fifth floor's Master. The two fought and were defeated by Hakuno Kishinami and Saber, in a battle Saber described as requiring a "great deal of luck."
Julius returned in the form of a Dead Face, while Li Shuwen was turned into a Berserker-class Servant who lacked any sense of reason, forcing him to rely on Julius when it came to using logic.
Due to the real Julius being long dead, the one on the fifth floor is not the real Floor Master and does not need to battle anyone to ascend, but remains in order to attack anyone who comes to his floor. Rin Tohsaka describes Julius as a "homicidal maniac."
Li Shuwen intercepts Saber when she returns with a new Master, HAKUNO Kishinami, and proves to be a difficult opponent for her. Saber opts to let Rin deal with Li Shuwen while she rushes to help HAKUNO, who is fighting Julius. Li Shuwen defeats Rin and returns to his Master's side. At this point, both HAKUNO and Saber are badly injured and Julius intends to kill them both.
However, Julius and Li Shuwen are nearly crushed by Rani VIII, who had come to rescue her allies. When HAKUNO and Saber return for a rematch, Saber decides to use her Noble Phantasm, Aestus Domus Aurea, and easily kills Li Shuwen. HAKUNO defeats Julius soon after.
In EXTELLA, he joins Nero's army after being scouted by her, although there was only a fifty-fifty chance that he would have agreed; had he been approached by Tamamo-no-Mae first, it is possible he would have joined her army instead.
While his enlistment in Nero's army was more a matter of chance, he holds honor in the highest regard and has pledged his allegiance to the Crimson Emperor, willing to put his life on the line for the sake of their contract.
In the backstory of Fate/EXTELLA, Assassin's role is unchanged from the Fate/EXTRA of the Moon Holy Grail War. Nero Claudius is rendered unable to fight by Assassin's Noble Phantasm. With Casko's assistance, Hakuno challenges Julius and Assassin on his own.
Li Shuwen is introduced by Nero as one of her generals. He wonders if meeting Hakuno again is either coincidence or fate, and assures any blood smelled on him isn't his. He continues he welcomes their hospitality, and he'll go to any battlefield without complaint. Before returning to his post, he asks to call him if any fighting occurs. He also requests any fights to be challenging. He later joins in conquering Mare Mellum and Mare Origio.
When Nero calls her general before her and Hakuno's final battle with Altera, Li Shuwen is convinced by their words that Altera threatens Hakuno's rules. He commends Hakuno for their honesty, and their growth as both a ruler and a warrior. He continues the upcoming battle is theirs to win, and states he'll act as an Asssasin if ordered so.
Li Shuwen infiltrates Tamamo-no-Mae's castle in Mare Luxuria, easily bypassing its security, on Nero's command. He then launches a full invasion together with Gawain and Nameless. However they are all forced to retreated by Tamamo and her army. He later aids in defending Mare Aurum with Gawain against Tamamo's army, but they ultimately fail.
Li Shuwen uses Sphere Boundary to try to attempt to ambush Altera and her army when they invade Mare Mellum. He is eventually discovered and defeated by Altera.
Li Shuwen begins to repeat his introduction from the first timeline until he realizes Hakuno isn't surprised by the possibility of blood on him. As that suits him fine, he states he looks forward to battling on the new SE.RA.PH. When Nero reveals the true enemy is Velber and its servant, Archimedes, Li Shuwen agrees with Cú Chulainn that Tamamo's army intends to conquer Mare Arurum instead of allying against their true enemy. He later joins in assaulting Mare Luxuria.
After Nero and Tamamo's forces ally, Li Shuwen scouted out Altera's forces with Cú Chulainn. During the meeting between the generals, he notes Altera's generals are more formidable than Nero and Tamamo's own. He also reveals his fascination with Lu Bu during his lifetime, and is surprised Tamamo recruited Lu Bu despite his legendary treachery.
Li Shuwen is last seen fighting Velber corrupted Attack Programs alongside Cú Chulainn. The two stop though when the programs cease to function with the Ark of the Star's destruction. Cú Chulainn is disappointed the fighting stopped though, as it was just getting good. Though he understands how he feels, Li Shuwen tells Cú Chulainn to not complain since Nero has been victorious.
In his side story The Villain-Slaying Assassin, Li Shuwen remarks the large number of enemies is the perfect opportunity to test his spearsmanship. He laments that him being summoned as an Assassin prevents him from demonstrating his skill with the spear. Nameless points out to Li Shuwen that despite being an Assassin, his fighting prowess allows him to take on an army. Li Shuwen agrees to Nameless' request to remove invaders from Mare Aurum, partly to relieve the boredom from his reconnaissance duty.
Fighting through many enemy Attack Programs, Li Shuwen finds Elizabeth Báthory performing a concert, and figures she is behind the invasion. He compares her singing to strange bird calls, and she interprets that as an insult. Elizabeth retreats commanding her troops to attack Li Shuwen, but he's able to defeat them all. After catching up to and defeating Elizabeth, Li Shuwen tells that he thought her to be an Extra class but realized she was a regular Lancer after defeating her. He finds though that she doesn't have a spear, but Elizabeth says she does indeed have a spear. Li Shuwen points out she wields as a spear is a microphone, which makes Elizabeth question her own class. He calls her a Guai-naoi, a roaring bird creature, but she mistakes bird for bard. He then tells her to depart from Mare Aurum, and to ask permission before performing another concert.
Later, Li Shuwen is order by Nero to stop an invasion led by a Berserker she describes as thundering and rampaging. He suspects the Berserker to be Lu Bu, and perhaps to fight and confirm his suspicion. Gawain decides to help him, which Li Shuwen accepts if he doesn't interfere with his path. When questioned by Gawain, Li Shuwen explains he wishes for a duel with his life on the line. After defeating Lu Bu, he regrets that the general was summoned as a Berserker, and regrets he was summoned as an Assassin. He laments if they're summoned as Lancers, then they could have had a fight like no other. He ponders if his pride fuels his regret, or if it's something else until Nameless interrupts and orders him back to the throne room. Li Shuwen realizes his true nature lies in testing his skills against formiable opponents, but realizes he won't get such an opportunity unless SE.RA.PH becomes engulfed in war.
Meeting with Nameless in Mare Origio, Li Shuwen is exhilarated by the chaos in SE.RA.PH brought upon by the Forces of Destruction. After defeating the Forces of Destruction as ordered, he finds it strange he and the other Solo Servants who fell in the Holy Grail War were summoned again. He then tells Nero that building a new Rome on the moon is a fine purpose that historians will remember as folly or glorious depending on her. He thanks her inviting him to her lands, and remarks his joyful days of being her guest. While grateful for the fights during his reconnaissance duty, Li Shuwen leaves Nero's service to seek out stronger warriors. Later, he meets with a mysterious Servant, not caring who they are as long as they're a strong opponent. He says he'll fight every strong opponent to death, especially if they're spear wielders. He continues he'll break the spear of every warrior he finds to truly achieve the Six Harmony Great Spear. Stating he'll break swords as well as lives, Li Shuwen prepares to fight the mysterious Servant.
If Hakuno's forces recruit Cú Chulainn) in Mare Origio, Li Shuwen is ordered by Karl to rally his troops. He later confronts Hakuno's forces in Mare Luxuria when they launch an ambush on Karl's forces there (if Hakuno chose that option). When No Name realizes he isn't Oraclized, Li Shuwen reveals he joined Karl because he was promised a duel with Scáthach. He then decides to fight Nero Claudius, Tamamo-no-Mae, Charlemagne, Nameless, and Astolfo, considering them all to be worthy opponents. Charlemagne accepts his challenges, which pleases Li Shuwen greatly. After Lu Bu is defeated, Li Shuwen activates his Sphere Boundary skill to hide from Hakuno's Servants and ambush them. However, his Sphere Boundary is broken twice, so he falls back while facsimiles of Gilles de Rais and Francis Drake continue to attack Hakuno's forces with their monsters and culverins. After facsimile Karna is defeated, Li Shuwen returns to the battlefield to personally fight Hakuno's Servants. He is defeated, but retreats satisfied with the battle.
Li Shuwen is one of the foremost practitioners of the style known as Bajiquan, and he was so powerful that many remarked that with him, "a second strike is needless as just a single blow will suffice." In addition to his skills in hand-to-hand combat, he was also supremely talented in the use of the spear, so much so that he earned the name "Divine Spear Li." Although this version of Li Shuwen belongs to the Assassin class, it is only when using a spear that his true ability can be drawn out to the fullest. The Six Harmony Great Spear that he used is the basic weapon of Eight Extremities Gate, and to speak strongly, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Eight Extremities Gate are nothing but the preliminary step to learning the techniques of this great spear. His occasional use of this weapon sometimes causes his opponents to mistakenly classify him as a Lancer. While this wouldn't normally be entirely incorrect, since originally his Servant class was supposed to be Lancer, due to his Master's desire for a stealthy Servant capable of killing from the shadows, the traits more associated with the Assassin class have come to the fore. As Lancer he would have probably appeared as a grizzled master, the figure of his later years.
Li Shuwen's blows are almost always fatal, whether he throws a hard blow designed to kill or a simple feint to draw his opponent into an attack. As someone who earned "A Second Strike is Needless" in the history of Chinese martial arts, this was the second name conferred to a martial artist famous as one of the strongest. It said he can snatch away the life of his opponents during matches just by touching them, no matter how light of a touch.
There is much debate as to whether Li Shuwen actually uses his QiWP (気, Ki?, localized as "Chi") to defeat his opponents, although there are very few who have managed to survive a confrontation with him report suffering all of the effects associated with this attack, such as obscured senses, heightened state of paranoia, and the feeling that their nervous system was under almost unendurable strain.
Although the Assassin class is one of the weaker classes at fighting, this Assassin makes up this flaw with his Chinese Martial Arts Bajiquan. With the combination of Sphere Boundary skill and No Second Strike, he is pretty much invincible as he is undetectable and able to cause a vital one-hit K.O. Each impact of his fist can easily break bones, injuries inflicted by him takes about the next 3–4 days to heal.
- Presence Concealment (—): While a common skill of all Servants of the Assassin Class, the level to which Li Shuwen is able to almost completely obscure his presence goes far above the limits normally associated with this ability. Although this ability allows the user to become almost completely invisible, the sheer amount of Magical Energy required almost screams out that some form of thaumaturgy is being used. Should this person's opponent be a skilled magus, their presence would be noticeable in some extrasensory fashion. There is a way to achieve this state of being without the use of any kind of magical aid and using only the abilities inherent within one's own physical form, but the level of concentration required is far beyond what humans are capable of.
- Chinese Martial Arts (A+++ Rank): A Chinese meditiative ideal. It is a belief that true mastery of martial arts comes not through training, but acceptance. As this technique is extremely difficult to understand, let alone master, it is only when achieving the rank A that one is thought to have actually begun to learn. Those with ranks exceeding A are considered true masters of the arts.
- Sphere Boundary (A Rank): A technique in which one uses their Chi to blend in with the whole of their surroundings. For masters of the ability, it is possible for them to truly become one with the world and have their very forms seem to become invisible. If Li Shuwen is caught in an Anti-spirit trap (対精神トラップ, Tai-seishin Torappu?), it will stop his invisibility. The trap follows the disciplines of Tao and the knowledge of a TiānxiānWP (天仙, Tensen?), it uses all Eight TrigramsWP (八卦炉, Hakkero?, localized as "eight divinations") of the Yin YangWP (陰陽, Onmyō [In'yō]?) to channel both Heaven and Earth thus disrupting his Qi back to himself.
|Fate/EXTRA - Assassin Skills list|
Forms and Alternate Versions
When his Master refused to be deleted from the program. Julius infused Command Spells he got from another Master, who he'd previously killed. A Master with a Berserker class Servant, Li Shuwen loses his mind with the new Command Seals and his class changes to Berserker.
If there had been a route where Archimedes tried to kill the main character directly, Li Shuwen would have stepped in to prevent it instead of Nero Claudius. "Why do you protect him [or her]?" Archimedes would ask. "I'd assumed that Nero is the one to whom you owe your word, not her Master." "Well, I never mentioned it to you, but I have a particular bond with this one," Li Shuwen's response would begin. "If it is his [or her] destiny to fall in battle, that is one thing, but no one's going to assassinate him [or her] on my watch. After all, there was once a man who could not accomplish his task because he went along with me for my sake." This sense of justice differs from what he displays as Nero's general, a sense a righteousness born from the experiences he had with the man who was his Master in the past.
Creation and Conception
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Li Shuwen was ranked 104th.
 Fate/EXTRA material - SERVANT Parameter and Skills: SERVANT ASSASSIN, p.014
- Master: Julius B. Harwey
- Identity: Li Shuwen
- Gender: Male
- Height, Weight: 166cm/60kg
- Alignment：Neutral Evil
- Strength: B
- Endurance: C
- Agility: A
- Mana: E
- Luck: E
- Noble Phantasm: None
■ Presence Concealment: Not applicable
■ Chinese Martial Arts: EX
■ Sphere Boundary: A
■ No Second Strike
Maximum number of targets: One Person
"When a Heroic Spirit's martial arts becomes his most singular ["one and only"] asset, the 'skill' itself is sublimated as a Noble Phantasm. This is one such Noble Phantasm.
Even one of Li Shuwen's powerful strikes was enough to take the enemy's life, including those intended as diversions of feints.
'Li Shuwen never needs to strike twice (godly spear no second strike)'
No Second Strike is his title, given form."
- 身長・体重： １６６ｃｍ／６０ｋｇ
- Master: Julius B. Harwey
 Fate/EXTRA material - Character Profile: Li Shuwen ASSASSIN, p.090
Li Shuwen ASSASSIN
- Height: 166cm
- Weight: 60kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Image colour: Orange
- Talents: Nothing in particular
- Likes: Family
- Dislike: Photo, Tatari
- Enemy: Vlad III
- Height: 166cm
 Fate/EXTELLA material - SERVANT Parameter and Skills: Li Shuwen (Assassin), p.013 [T]
Identity: Li Shuwen Gender: Male
Alignment: Neutral Evil Height: 166cm Weight: 60kg
Strength: B Endurance: C Agility: A Mana: E Luck: E Noble Phantasm: None
■ Obfuscation: No Rank
■ Wushuu: A+++
■ Sphere Boundary: A
■ Wu Er Da (No Second Strike)
Rank: None Type: Anti-Person Range: 1 Maximum number of targets: 1
属性：渾沌・善 身長：１６６ｃｍ 体重：６０ｋｇ
筋力：Ｂ 耐力：Ｃ 敏捷：Ａ 魔力：Ｂ 幸運：Ａ 宝具： なし
ランク：なし 種別：対人宝具 レンジ：１ 最大補足：一人
 Fate/EXTELLA material - Character Profile: Li Shuwen, p.056-057 [T]
- Class: Assassin
- Height: 166cm
- Weight: 60kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Image colour: Orange
- Talents: Nothing in particular
- Likes: Disciplines, Duels, Family
- Dislike: Photo, Tatari
- Enemy: Tamamo no Mae
- Class: Assassin
 Fate/Grand Order - Lancer Profile [T]
Li Shuwen - Lancer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Arco Wada
Voice Actor: Yasui Kunihiko
Noble Phantasm: B
Chinese Martial Arts: A+++
Sphere Boundary: B
Magic Resistance: D
Shen Qiang Wu Er Da: Divine Spear, No Second Strike
Li Shuwen with his heydays body, summoned as a Lancer.
A legendary martial artist from China who, despite born in modern times, carved many legends.
He is of course famous as a master of baji quan, but the exquisiteness of his spear-wielding is to the point of being extolled as "Divine Spear".
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: Neutral Evil Gender: Male
Even upon being summoned as a Lancer, there is no special changes in his basic performance.
Level 2 Bond
- Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang): A+++
A Chinese rationality. A count of how much one has mastered the martial arts that made becoming one with the universe its objective.
The degree of difficulty for learning this is of the highest level and, unlike other Skills, A Rank is finally at a level one can say to have "learned it".
Upon reaching +++, one is a expert among experts.
While summoned as a Lancer, he has mastered the baji quan - including spearmanship.
Level 3 Bond
Having been born in the deathbed of the Qing Dynasty, at Cangzhou, Li Shuwen distinguished himself soon after beginning to take lessons in baji quan, ascending to the point of being extolled as the strongest in the history of Chinese martial arts.
Rather than learning 1,000 techniques, he personified a literal one-hit kill by thoroughly polishing up a single technique.
Level 4 Bond
"Divine Spear Needs No Second Strike"
Rank: - Type: Anti-Unit
Range: 2~5 Maximum Targets: 1 person
Shen Qiang Wu Er Da.
Similarly to "Tsubame Gaeshi" and "Wu Er Da", a technical skill perfected to the point of being sublimated as a Noble Phantasm.
Its effects are the same as the "Wu Er Da" from when he is an Assassin, but the range was broadened by holding a spear. One can guess that the precision of movements is also no different from when unarmed.
Level 5 Bond
The Classes which Li Shuwen corresponds to are Lancer, Berserker and Assassin.
Furthermore, there are also precedents of Li Shuwen being summoned as an "elder".
The golden age of his body has naturally his younger days as standard, but it is possible to conjecture that his martial arts reached its golden age when he approached old age. Just like a younger Li Shuwen can be summoned as an Assassin, there are also cases of an elder Li Shuwen being summoned as a Lancer.
李書文 - ランサー
- Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang): A+++
 Fate/EXTRA - Li Shuwen (Assassin) Matrix [T]
Master: Julius Harway
True Name: Li Shuwen
Noble Phantasm: No Second Strike
Keyword: A second strike isn't needed, Obfuscation
Strength: B, Defense: C, Agility: A, Magic: E, Luck: E
Obfuscation: -, Liuhe Quan: A+++, Concealment: A
01 - No Second Strike
Li Shuwen's blows are almost always fatal, whether he throws a hard blow designed to kill or a simple feint to draw his opponent into an attack. A saying that has managed to survive the passing of years is, "For Li Shuwen, a second strike is needless." It is this saying from which his Noble Phantasm get its name.
To be accurate, this isn't a Noble Phantasm in the traditional sense of term. Rather, it is the ultimate expressions of the true power possible by mastering the martial arts. Li Shuwen is considered to be one of the very few to have gained total mastery over his style, and in fact was believed to have transcended the need for physical attacks, instead defeating his opponents by engulfing them in Chi.
There is much debate as to whether Li Shuwen actually uses his Chi to defeat his opponents, although the very few who have managed to survive a confrontation with him report suffering all of the effects associated with this attack, such as obscured senses, heightened state of paranoia, and the feeling that their nervous system was under almost unendurable strain.
02 - A second strike isn't needed
This was the second name given to one of the strongest practitioners of kung fu in Bajiquan history. Considered to be the ultimate master of Bajiquan, it is said that this person was able to take the life of his opponents with a single gentle touch.
03 - Obfuscation
A skill used to completely conceal one's presence.
Although this ability allows the user to become almost completely invisible, the sheer amount of magical energy required almost screams out that some form of thaumaturgy is being used. Should this person's opponent be a skilled magus, their presence would be noticeable in some extrasensory fashion.
There is a way to achieve this state of being without the use of any kind of magical aid and using only the abilities inherent within one's own physical form, but the level of concentration required is far beyond what humans are capable of.
０１ - 无二打
０２ - 二の打ち要らず
０３ - 気配遮断
While a common skill of all Servants of the Assassin Class, the level to which he is able to almost completely obscure his presence goes far above the limits normally associated with this ability.
Liuhe Quan [A+++]
A Chinese meditiative ideal. It is a belief that true mastery of martial arts comes not through training, but acceptance. As this technique is extremely difficult to understand, let alone master, it is only when achieving the rank A that one is thought to have actually begun to learn. Those with ranks exceeding A are considered true masters of the arts.
A technique in which one uses their Chi to blend in with the whole of their surroundings. For masters of the ability, it is possible for them to truly become one with the world and have their very forms seem to become invisible.
01 - Character Background
Li Shuwen (1864-1934)
A Chinese martial arts master from Yanshan County, Hebei-Cangzhou. One of the foremost practitioners of the style of the style known as Bajiquan, he was so powerful that many remarked that with him, "a second strike is needless as long a single blow will suffice."
In addition to his skills in hand-to-hand combat, he was also supremely talented in the use of the spear, so much so that he earned the name "Divine Spear Li." His occasional us of this weapon sometimes causes his opponents to mistakenly classify him as a Lancer. While this wouldn't normally be entirely incorrect, due to his Master's desire for a stealthy Servant capable of killing from the shadows, the traits more associated with the Assassin class have come to the fore.
On a final note, since his ability to become invisible is based on his natural abilities and not on any form of thaumaturgy, he is all but undetectable to the vast majority of magi or anyone dependent on magic.
02 - "Master of the Demonic Fist"
Li Shuwen, Master of the Demon Fist.
One of the few undisputed masters of martial arts, he maintains a delicate balance between the innate goodness and inherent evil found in all men. He fell victim to poison after earning the undying hatred of the countless families of those he had killed.
As a Servant, the balance he maintained in life has slipped slightly, but he still values rationality greatly. While he does not see much difference between good and evil, he will react with disgust and utter contempt for those who stray from rational thinking. And for those who allow what Christians call "The Seven Deadly Sins" to overwhelm their lives, he brings swift and inevitable death.
Although he was known as a deadly fighter throughout his life, in his later years he discovered that true power lay not in the strength of his fists, but in the strength of his convictions. He spent the remainder of his life following valor, not violence.
He freely acknowledge that in his current incarnation he is nothing more than a professional killer, but does so without bitterness or regret. And although he uses his power as Julius directs, could it be that...?
０１ - 人物背景：
０２ - 『魔拳士』
 Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Assassin [Servant], p.154-155 [T]
He is an assassin that melts into the shadows. Julius is his Master.
His true name is Li Shuwen.
Li was a prominent Chinese martial artist who lived from 1864 to 1934, and was feared for prowess in battle, “Li Shuwen needs no second strike, as long as he lands one blow it will more than suffice.”
He became known as the Demon Fist Master for casually ending the lives of those he defeated in martial art matches. In EXTRA, he stands out from the other Assassin class Heroic Spirits because of his unique skill “Presence Concealment” which he uses to impede the protagonist as an invisible assassin.
While cold-hearted and able to kill without reserve, he is not someone who takes pleasure in killing.
“When I encounter another warrior, one of us will die. A fight is not something that can be taken lightly; it is something upon which both parties have staked their beliefs. Therefore it is not something that should be approached in a casual way. Also, after a fight has begun, it must always result in the death of one combatant.”
This is the principle which governs Assassin in Fate/EXTRA.
He is extremely logical and fair, and it would seem that this is what he believes a fight to be.
His Master, Julius, also makes his living by stealing the lives of others. Their compatibility is good.
Julius was originally a contract killer, and Assassin was originally a professional martial artist, so their opinions clash on a fundamental level. Julius just thinks of killing as all in a day’s work, while Assassin greatly enjoyed the prime of his life when he could often fight to the death.
Assassin is not a maniacal killer, but if things come to a fight, he figures he might as well have fun.
Assassin would heartily laugh and say that without such an attitude it would be impossible to truly hone oneself as a warrior. Julius replied seriously “...really?”
Li Shuwen belongs to the Assassin class, however only when using a lance can his true ability be drawn out to the fullest.
He is the founder of a branch of Bājíquán named Eight Extremities Gate, and he excelled in the use of spears to the point of being nicknamed Divine Spear Li. The Six Harmony Great Spear that he used is the basic weapon of Eight Extremities Gate, and to speak strongly, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Eight Extremities Gate are nothing but the preliminary step to learning the techniques of this great spear.
Simply (but not purely) Li desired nothing more than to increase his own strength. In his later years he came to see the power of his values and way of life as his strength, rather than violence.
He acknowledges that he is a closer to being a professional killer than a martial artist, but this is neither a self-depreciation nor a boast.
Given that he often learned, often fought and often murdered in his previous life, he really does not carry any regrets or grudges.
Since he was summoned as a Servant, he swings his wicked fists as the concealed weapons of his Master Julius without hesitation. For the time being he has taken up the role of Assassin for the sake of compatibility with Julius, though originally his Servant class was supposed to be Lancer. As Lancer he would have probably appeared as a grizzled master, the figure of his later years.
 Fate/EXTELLA material - Encyclopedia: Li Shuwen [Servant], p.116-117 [T]
Li Shuwen [Servant]
An Assassin-class Servant in Nero's army.
In life, Li Shuwen hailed from the city of Cangzhou in Yanshan County, Hebei. A legendary martial artist, he was celebrated as "God's Spear" from the end of the Qing Dynasty to the formation of the Republic of China.
In Fate/EXTRA, he fought the main character as the Servant of Julius B. Harwey.
In EXTELLA, he joins Nero's army after being scouted by her, although there was only a fifty-fifty chance that he would have agreed; had he been approached by Tamamo first, it is possible he would have joined her army instead.
While his enlistment in Nero's army was more a matter of chance, he holds honor in the highest regard and has pledged his allegiance to the Crimson Emperor, willing to put his life on the line for the sake of their contract, If there had been a route where Archimedes tried to kill the main character directly, Li Shuwen would have stepped in to prevent it instead of Nero. "Why do you protect him [or her]?" Archimedes would ask. "I'd assumed that Nero is the one to whom you owe your word, not her Master." "Well, I never mentioned it to you, but I have a particular bond with this one," Li Shuwen's response would begin. "If it is his [or her] destiny to fall in battle, that is one thing, but no one's going to assassinate him [or her] on my watch. After all, there was once a man who could not accomplish his task because he went along with me for my sake." This sense of justice differs from what he displays as Nero's general, a sense a righteousness born from the experiences he had with the man who was his Master in the past.
李「なに、貴様には黙っていたがこやつとは縁があってな戦いに敗れるのであれば運命だが、暗殺されるのは見過ごせん濃の趣味に付き合って、結局果たさなかった男がいるものでな」 それはネロに見せた仕事としての仁義ではなく、男として、か つてのマスターに向けた仁義である。
- Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Julius B. Harwey, p.217-218
- Fate/EXTRA - Fifth Week: The Fifth Selection - Day 07
- Fate/EXTRA - ULTIM: The Final Selection - Day 01
- The BAMBOO BROOM DIARY (Nasu and Takeuchi blog) - Grateful EXTELLA (Kinoko), translated by mewarmo990