The Moon Holy Grail War (月の聖杯戦争, Tsuki no Seihai Sensō?) of the Moon Cell in the Fate/EXTRA series is based on the ritual in Fuyuki. It is vastly different than the original, as it starts with 999 participants that are pared down to 128 Masters who do battle in a tournament format. All participants have had their souls digitalized to enter the Moon Cell, and in the case of disqualification or loss, their lives are forfeit due to the deletion of the data comprising their souls.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Moon Cell utilizes the Holy Grail War structure to collect data. It was not called as such until around the 20th century, and the original conflicts did not have a name. It wanted the best data samples, so a war of survival based on the ritual in Fuyuki was the best method for it to separate the good from the bad. The magi invited into it would simply kill others and then flee, leaving a mountain of corpses. It changed upon Twice H. Pieceman's entrance into consciousness as an NPC, allowing him to repeatedly enter because he would revive as an NPC no matter how many times he lost.

Twice eventually became victorious and reached an elevated seat close to the Holy Grail, but he could not utilize the wish granting aspect of the Moon Cell due to being an NPC that would be deleted before the wish could be granted. He decided to manipulate the rules of the Moon Cell into a structured Holy Grail War, a battle of survival from which only a single person could emerge victorious. The purpose was to have a world where the limits of human potential can be pushed beyond imagination to have a proper person fulfill his wish for him. He invited many magi to participate over two years, leading to a vast increase in deaths related to hackers.

Procedure[edit | edit source]

Preliminaries[edit | edit source]

Hakuno Kishinami and her Effigy

The participants are gathered together in a school, and they have all of their memories suppressed except for certain special people like Leonardo B. Harwey and Julius B. Harwey. Placed into the roles of students with different memories, they go through the same lessons, subjects, and content every day. Everything feels artificial, as students have trouble with memories and the general feel of the school. Those who figure out the strangeness are able to regain their own memories. Those like Rin Tohsaka are able to do it quickly, while some barely manage to make it. Direct interference with people without memory during the period is against the rules.

People close to figuring it out get crushing headaches and feel static that affects their vision as the illusion breaks apart. The overbearing strangeness only increases as people eventually start to disappear slowly over time, reducing the number of students each day. Only those who make the decision to look beyond the accepted and progress are allowed the right to exist. By recovering themselves, they are allowed to enter the main tournament. Overall, thirty percent manage to overcome it, allowing them to move on to the next stage of the preliminaries, while any who remain in the school are disqualified.

The final part grants the potential Masters an Effigy, a substitute for a Servant, and tests their capabilities. They are pitted against another Effigy, and if theirs should happen to be defeated, as with the defeat of an actual Servant, they will be disqualified. Those that manage to win will become one of the 128 competing Masters and will be granted a Servant. While Hakuno Kishinami loses, their will to survive causes their selected Servant to save them.

Battles[edit | edit source]

Those 128 who become Masters and obtain Servants are allowed into the main part of the Holy Grail War, an elimination tournament that lasts over a period of seven weeks. The last Master and Servant pair left alive then get to claim the Holy Grail as theirs. The main area is a new Reality Marble identical to the school used in the preliminaries, and all of the Masters and Servants are able to utilize it at once. They are not allowed to fight, but they can have their Servants materialize. Each pair is granted a Private Room in which to rest, and they have access to a shop, library, nurse's office, and church for their various needs.

Each round randomly pairs all of the Masters against each other, and they have a time period of one week to prepare for battle. The Preparation Period grants access to the Arena for six days, and the seventh day features the Elimination Battle. The arena, accessed at most once per day, allows Masters to gain strength by fighting the programs randomly generated there. If the programs overwhelm them, they will be disqualified. The arena generates two Triggers, a primary cipher key and secondary cipher key, for each Master that must be obtained for the right to participate in the Elimination Battle. Should they fail to obtain both, that Master will be unable to battle and immediately disqualified on the seventh day.

Aside from gaining strength, the opponents are given time to search for clues revealing the class and identity of the opposing Servant. Both pairs are allowed within the Arena at once, so they are able to interact. Direct battles between the parties are not allowed, but SE.RA.PH takes time to intervene. They can battle for a short period without worry, and it is possible for one side to lose should they be fully defeated before SE.RA.PH intervenes. Obtaining the two triggers and surviving the six days allows the opponents to enter the Coliseum to do battle, and the winner moves onto the next round.

While combat is banned on the campus, only Masters are restricted entirely. Servants may take action if they are willing to accept the penalties from SE.RA.PH. Only actions that threaten the Moon Cell itself are completely restricted, even to the point where a Servant may be forced to turn on their Master or risk being deleted entirely. For those with Mad Enhancement, SE.RA.PH will make an exception. SE.RA.PH will send a proxy program to punish Servants and Masters who are held accountable for the Servant's transgression.

Victory[edit | edit source]

Obtaining entrance into the core of the Moon Cell, the Holy Grail of the Seven Heavens, allows a person to harness the power of the Moon Cell to grant their own wishes.

Wars[edit | edit source]

Wars before Fate/EXTRA[edit | edit source]

Fate/EXTRA[edit | edit source]

CCC Incident[edit | edit source]

Sakura Labyrinth

The CCC Incident (CCC事件?), also known as Case: CCC (ケース・CCC?), is a plot formulated by BB to obtain the Moon Cell's core as a way to protect Hakuno at all costs (though in truth this was itself a plot by Kiara Sessoyin, who planned to absorb BB after she obtained the Moon Cell's core in order to bring "salvation"). Creating the Sakura Labyrinth (サクラ迷宮, Sakura Meikyuu?) in the Far Side of the Moon Cell during Fate/EXTRA CCC, It takes Masters and Servants from the Holy Grail War, allowing them to keep their contracts, and places them within her world.

Upon its end, the events of the Incident were apparently registered by the Moon Cell as a "Void Phenomenon", causing the majority of the incident's effects on the observable universe to be erased as if they never happened. However, Kiara's status as a potential Beast meant that the Incident's records could not be erased outright but instead were hidden within the Far Side. This would later lead to the Demon God Zepar learning of its existence and incorporating Kiara into its plans for humanity, ultimately giving rise to the SE.RA.PH Singularity and forcing the Moon Cell to dispatch a copy of BB to prevent Kiara from becoming a Beast.

CCC Incident (Fox Tail)[edit | edit source]

The CCC Incident in Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail differs from the scenario presented in Fate/EXTRA CCC because of one significant point of divergence: instead of releasing only Meltryllis and Passionlip as her Alter Egos, in this version, BB released all of the Sakura Five. However, she soon realized that Kingprotea was too dangerous, being able to become a walking disaster who could destroy whole planets if left to her own devices, and so she put a firewall around her to seal her away and sent her to a space where she could do no harm. But while BB was distracted with sealing away Kingprotea, Kazuradrop devoured Meltryllis and Passionlip to increase her power, and, together with Violet, betrayed BB and stabbed her in the back, with Kazuradrop eating and stealing most of BB's power.[2]

End of the Holy Grail War[edit | edit source]

Participants[edit | edit source]

[v]War Servant Identity Master
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Alter Ego C (Violet) Several goddesses/BB's ego BB
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Alter Ego G (Kingprotea) Earth Mother/BB's ego BB
Fate/EXTRA CCC Alter Ego M (Passionlip) Several goddesses/BB's ego BB
Fate/EXTRA CCC Alter Ego S (Meltryllis) Several goddesses/BB's ego BB
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Alter Ego (Kazuradrop) Several goddesses/BB's ego BB
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Archer Arjuna Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA Archer Atalanta Unknown
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Archer No Name Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Archer Robin Hood Dan Blackmore
BB
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Armstrong Neil Armstrong Unknown
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore Assassin Fuuma Koutarou Unknown
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Assassin
Berserker
Li Shuwen Julius B. Harwey
Fate/EXTRA Berserker Arcueid Brunestud Monji Gatoh
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Berserker Caligula Izaya Kii
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Berserker Lancelot Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Berserker Lü Bu Rani VIII
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Berserker Minamoto no Raikou Leila Raidou
Fate/EXTELLA Caster Archimedes N/A
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Caster Gilles de Rais Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA CCC Caster Hans Christian Andersen Kiara Sesshouin
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Caster Nursery Rhyme Alice
BB
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail
Extella/Zero
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Caster Tamamo-no-Mae Hakuno Kishinami
Twice H. Pieceman
Atrum Galliasta
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Gilgamesh (No Class) Gilgamesh Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Lancer Cú Chulainn Rin Tohsaka (Extra)
Kirei Kotomine (CCC)
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Lancer
Berserker
Elizabeth Báthory Run Ru
Rin Tohsaka
Rani VIII
Meltryllis
Shinji Matou
Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Lancer Fionn mac Cumhaill Unknown
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore Lancer Leonidas I Unknown
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Lancer Scáthach Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA Lancer Vlad III Run Ru
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Launcher Karna Jinako Karigiri
Fate/EXTRA CCC Mooncancer (BB) Moon Cell AI None
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Rider Astolfo Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Rider
Berserker
Darius III Unknown
N/A
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Rider Francis Drake Shinji Matou
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Rider Iskandar Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Rider Medusa Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore Rider Vánagandr Misao Amari
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Ruler Charles the Great N/A
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Ruler Joan of Arc N/A
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Saber King Arthur N/A
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Saber
Saber
Attila Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTELLA LINK Saber Charlemagne N/A
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore Saber Fergus mac Róich Unknown
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Saber Gawain Leonardo B. Harwey
Hakuno Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA CCC
Fate/EXTELLA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Saber Nero Claudius Caesar Hakuno Kishinami
HAKUNO Kishinami
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Saber Suzuka Gozen Kazuhito Sakagami
Fate/EXTRA
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Saver Buddha Twice H. Pieceman
  • Fate/EXTRA

Hakuno Kishinami faces the following opponents:

  • Fate/EXTRA CCC Foxtail
  • Fate/EXTELLA

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [v] Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Holy Grail War [Circumstances], p.194

    Holy Grail [Circumstances]

    聖杯戦争【事柄】

  2. Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail Chapter 64.5: "Divergence Point 2"
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