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Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?) is the Caster-class Servant available to be chosen by Hakuno Kishinami in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War in Fate/Extra and Fate/Extra CCC. She is one of the Servants of Ritsuka Fujimaru of the Grand Orders conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is Tamamo no Mae (玉藻の前?), a woman of astonishing beauty that served as a courtesan for Emperor Toba toward the end of the Heian era (794-1185).[6][2] She is publicly known as a Kitsune (狐?, lit. "Fox"), and is credited for catalyzing the downfall of the Shang dynasty, among other powerful regimes. In the Genpei Seisuiki, she is associated with Dakini Deva, a tantric deity whose Japanese interpretation rode upon a fox; her power is invoked in one of Taira no Kiyomori's schemes for political influence.[6]

In the Nasuverse, Tamamo no Mae is a soul originating directly from the sun goddess Amaterasu as her Bunrei (分霊?, lit. "separated spirit") and therefore a higher order of being than the Earth Spirit of myth. Her manifested form is actually a Yakanjackal (野干ジャッカル?), who suffers the fate of bearing cursory resemblance to a Nine-Tailed Fox Spirit. She is also frequently mistaken for an Uka no Mitama, or one of the many fox spirit messengers under the employment of Inari Ookami.

Regarding her background, she became curious about the lives of her worshipers, whose seemingly inconsequential lives were a source of fascination. Most perplexing was their devotion toward a deity with no name or shape. At first, she wanted to scold these creatures for their weakness, and enact divine retribution upon evil-doers as was wont of the kin of a goddess. However, as she continued observing the human condition, she learned of their great capacity for perseverance.

Able to smile in happiness despite the dark acts of their brethren or their frail stature, one generation could easily shrug off the regrets of the last and continue to love. Tamamo no Mae soon desired to become a human so that she could experience these emotions. She then relinquished her divinity and memories to reincarnate, as a young human girl, in the old province of Izumo. Her childhood name while alive was Mizukume (藻女?).[2]

As a child, she was said to be the human form of a white-faced, gold-furred nine-tailed fox. At the age of eighteen, she started serving the court of Emperor Toba, who had fallen in love with her at first sight. She became a court lady and called herself Tamamo-no-Mae. She would be his lady-in-waiting under her current name and was his favorite, possessing great beauty and knowledge.[6][2] However, her divine origins would eventually be her undoing.

One morning, her head had sprouted fox ears; she managed to conceal them for a month.[2] From there, the exact accounts vary, but what is clear is that she was exposed as a fox by an Onmyouji. By her accounts, it was Abe no Seimei, who had been investigating the cause of Toba's mysterious illness. Whether or not Mizukume led the emperor on or their love was real is uncertain, and countless tales of the matter had differing answers.

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Caster during life.

She fled from the inner sanctum of the Imperial Court. They sent hounds after her, and it was the first time in Japan that a fox had been hunted by Hounds. She fled and cried in the fields of Nasu (那須?) because she was hunted by those who claimed to love her. Foxes gathered around her, saying things like "you have come a long way", and "what a rough journey you had". She wished the foxes to understand her feelings and hoped they would encourage her. It was then she realized who she truly was when the fox comforted her, stating "aah, what a fool I was". She was betrayed and hunted by the humans who feared her. She did nothing wrong, she only tried to help them prosper. She was forced to flee the village simply because she was not human. Her infamy grew at the plains of Nasu after fleeing from the court, where she met an eighty thousand man army that was dispatched at the behest of the retired emperor to kill her. The soldier came screaming "kill the fox demon!", and she tried to apologize to them but nobody listened. She fought back, yelling "all right, let's do this!", and killed everyone.

During the second encounter against the force, she regretted her actions and tried to reason with them. It rained arrows for three straight days and night and nothing seemed to click with them. Standing in a hail of arrows covered in blood, she cried "I was not trying to fool anyone. I'll leave now so please just forget all about me." The assault continued from the humans who were filled with hatred, and she realized humans were fragile and their lives were precious. They were narrow minded, filled with hatred and self-righteousness. She was wrong from the beginning, much like the humans and religion. Her perspective influenced her belief. Even though a goddess, she was a fool and she didn't realize her mistake until her final moments. No matter how much humans respect God, and through priesthood try to understand and be one of them, their efforts are wasted. "There is no way for a human to become a god", Tamano no Mae died screaming when shot by an enchanted arrow. She was hunted and killed as an enemy of mankind. She doesn't want revenge because there are things that even a goddess can't do. She was killed trying to defend herself against an army of 80,000 soldiers sent by the emperor.[6]

Her corpse was said to have become the Killing Stone (殺生石, Sesshō-seki?), which released a problematic cursed poison that killed approaching people and animals until it was shattered by the monk Gennou Shinshou (源翁心昭, Gennō Shinshō?) and its fragments dispersed to three places in Japan named Takada. Furthermore, the remnants that were scattered at that occasion became Osaki Kitsunes and Inukamis and said to have been turned into familiars by many Magus from various places.

She cannot be called a human-spawned Heroic Spirit as the facet of a goddess, but she willingly embraces the role in order to "become a good wife." Accepting the limits inherent in the role of a Servant, many of her original powers have been sealed away.[6] Even before becoming a servant, she killed untold numbers of people, possibly holding the world record for murder.

AppearanceEdit

  • Gym uniform
  • Shrine maiden outfit
  • Maid uniform
  • Swimwear
  • Boxers

Caster is a therianthrope being with the appearance of a human possessing fox characteristics such as the ears and tail. She doesn't mind being called a fox since she thinks they are cute especially their fluffy ears. Caster has yellow eyes and long pink hair that she keeps tied up.

She has a Shapeshift (変化, Henge?, localized as "Transformation") skill that allows her to borrow and change to appearances with other people, however she does not feel like making much of using this skill due to a trauma of the past that resulted in her death. It is said that she is equivalent to China's thousand year old Huli jing (狐狸精, Kori-sei?, lit. "Fox Spirit"). Daji (妲己, Dakki?) is a Huli jing from the Shang Zhou Revolutionary Period, being well known with in the Fengshen Yanyi (封神演義, Hōshin-Engi?) Chinese novel. Daji also possesses this skill and the ability to somehow identify with Tamamo-no-Mae.[6][2] Assassin, whose origin is from China identifies her to be Daji, calling her uncivilized and vicious fox.

  • Blue Witchcraft-User's Clothes (蒼色の呪術服, Ao-iro no Jujutsu-fuku?) is her standard outfit and it is within these were she feels her most relaxed. She does not however feel that they are aggressive enough for modern standards.[7] As seen in Fate/Extra CCC, when Caster was Twice's Servant, she had a more mature appearance, shooinsg to wear her hair in a high ponytail with the same ribbon.
  • Jet Black of magic clothes (漆黒の魔術服, Shikkoku no Majutsu-fuku?) is Caster's S&M bondage style and Gothic Lolita dress fusion design in Fate/Extra CCC. Even though she puts up a front pretending to dislike her attire she actually loves it, “As long as it’s cute, anything’s okay!”[8]
  • Spring coloured modern clothing (春色の現代服, Haru-iro no Gendai-fuku?) is her casual clothing. In Takeuchi original design, she was in her human form.
  • Sexy Bikini (せくすぃーびきに, Sekusyī Bikini?) is her bikini type swimsuit.
  • Mythology Mystic Code of the Sun (太陽の神話礼装, Taiyō no Shinwa Reisō?) is a costume identical to Amaterasu.
  • Summer Vacances (サマー・ヴァカンス, Samā vuakansu?) is her swimsuit costume in Fate/Extella.
  • Beach Flower (ビーチフラワー, Bīchi furawā?) is Tamamo's swimsuit form in Fate/Grand Order and her costume in Fate/Extella Link.


PersonalityEdit

Caster is sometimes comic relief, being a goofy, silly, and cheerful young fox girl. Her cheerful personality at times is a brave face she puts on to hide her loneliness. Occasionally, she takes the battle and the situation each week of the game seriously. She doesn't think too much about the consequences of killing.

She becomes infatuated easily and she can't help liking the person she serves. She devoted herself to Hakuno and stood with Hakuno until the very end. To stand by her master until their spirit transcends reincarnation is all she wishes for. She falls in love with Hakuno, placing herself in the role of their wife regardless of their gender. She doesn't need the Holy Grail as her wish is to be a devoted wife of Hakuno. She expresses that the most important thing over anything else is love. Her affection towards love came from observing humans, stating it was strange that that they were so happy in worshiping her personification of Amaterasu. Seeing so many people fawn over her, she wanted to do the same for someone else. Drawing from her own fate and the actions she took, she believes the intent of person is always important. She will only serve those whose intentions and actions are ultimately good. While stating she would be fine with serving anyone in general, Caster states the person would ultimately need to be good or have good intentions to obtain her service. It doesn't matter if they are male or female, child or adult, or even a saint or sinner, only their intentions matter. That's is one principle she will never betray. Regardless of her notoriety, she wanted to serve someone with content. She likes to cook but not the actual food itself, she enjoys providing meals for her partner and watching them eat it. She also likes to receive presents from her partner but frowns upon cheap gifts.

Caster is easily jealous, citing frustration over Hakuno's relationship with Rin/Rani and refusing to lose to them. She is often quite suggestive to Hakuno and can make some crude remarks. When angered or insulted, she can become quite harsh, throwing vile insults and threats to enemies who insult her and Hakuno. She was quite surprised with Rani's level of astrology that surpassed her and wished to meet her professor.

It is said that Caster would get along with Arcueid Brunestud because they share the same basic origins.[9] When Assassin calls Caster as Daji, Caster was offended by his statement, she calls Daji an "evil, sadistic mongrel". There is a moment where Caster felt relatable to Lancer, as someone who is also misconception as a monster "how you love too much, nobody can understand you anymore. And what people don't understand, they fear".

She likes trips to hot spring resorts (but not hot spring baths), and love-filled cooking (at least while doing the cooking), and giving presents to herself. She hates dogs, only somewhat handsome guys, and people who disrupt her time alone with her Master. She’s not too fond of loveable 100% airhead characters. She seems to have well learned the lesson that her half-baked airhead act never seems to come out ahead of the real deal.[8]

RoleEdit

Fate/ExtraEdit

  • Caster summoned by Twice in Fate/Extra manga

Caster is one of the selectable Servants in Fate/Extra along with Saber and Archer. She is described as a magical fox girl. She responded to Hakuno summon because she heard Hakuno's calling. She claims it was like an arranged marriage since there was no spiritual connection between the two.

It is revealed that she was once the servant of the game's final antagonist Twice H. Pieceman before he gained Saver. Twice keeps losing and respawning in the war, eventually he lost Caster.

Caster sympathizes with Dan Blackmore because he prays for his wife's soul in the church. Caster mocks Archer for being a hero hiding in the shadows and speaks bluntly how Archer is becoming more like Dan Blackmore. Archer was flustered from Caster's response and almost unleashed his Noble Phantasm.

When Caster faces Gawain, she doesn't get along with Gawain as they both have the sun domains. She claims that Leo is a cool prince but that that is not necessary for a great king. She compares him to Toba and believes Hakuno will win over Leo.

After re-encountering her former master, Twice asked Caster her opinion about his plans. She claims that the Twice she once knew is gone and she refused to change sides.

Though she is not the chosen Servant of Hakuno Kishinami in the manga version, she does appear in the omake chapters. She does however make an appearance in Twice H. Pieceman's flashback when he tells Hakuno, Saber and Rin of his backstory.

Fate/Extra CCCEdit

  • Caster's Secret Garden
  • Caster ending part 1
  • Caster Female ending part 2
  • Caster Male ending part 2

Caster is again selectable as one of the servants for Hakuno Kishinami.

In the prologue, Hakuno hears Caster's voice begging Hakuno to wake up and remember her, but Hakuno has no memory on who the voice belongs to. Once Hakuno is devoured by BB's shadows, Hakuno once again hears Caster's voice and reaches out to her. Caster breaks the barrier to save Hakuno and took Hakuno to the new school. When she reached to the Far Side of Moon Cell, she wore her new costume.

In Chapter bad end, BB separates Hakuno from Caster. Hakuno travels to the World of Logo to search for her. Hakuno eventually regains Caster, unseals her noble phantasm and they both face BB's shadow Requiem.

She develops a rivalry relationship with Elizabeth. In chapter 7 Hakuno enters inside Caster's Innercore Harmonics. Hakuno temporary formed a contract with Elizabeth, they fought against the Zero Model of Caster.

In Caster's ending, Hakuno returns to the Moon Cell Holy Grail War as seen in Fate/Extra. While Hakuno waited to be deleted by the moon cell at the end of Extra Caster trains for a 1000 years and grow back her tails. With her new power she able to go back in time to save Hakuno by giving the moon cell one hard kick. Tamamo’s kick destroyed the Moon Cell’s Core, it recovered itself and switched to environment supply mode, SE.RA.PH became a new frontier for not only mankind but aliens from other planets as well. However Caster didn't like her extra 8 tail so she removed them and threw them in the imaginary number space. Caster would later live happly in the country side in the SE.RA.PH until 97% was concord by the Tamamo Nine. Hakuno deside to stop them and Caster energetically agrees.

In Sakura's ending, after beating Kiara Sessyoin, the Moon Cell does a reset and appears to be deleting Caster however it turns out that the moon cell didn't have the power to delete her. Her supposed deletion is revealed to be only an acting so to leave a lasting memorie on Hakuno since he was going to be with Sakura. Caster would last be seen walk off into a bright light.

The past versions of Twice H. Pieceman and Caster appear as a bonus boss fight. Twice's Caster attempts to act more seriously and has different hairstyle.

Fate/Extra CCC Fox TailEdit

In Fate/Extra CCC Fox Tail, Caster is the main heroine and Servant of the male Hakuno.

Fate/ExtellaEdit

Caster returns as a selectable playable character. This time, she will be facing other parties in an upcoming war and her main party consists of herself, her adjutant Karna, Elizabeth, Medusa, and Lu Bu Fengxian.

Extella/ZeroEdit

In the retold events of Fate/Extra leading to Fate/Extella, Tamamo was Atrum Galliasta's Servant, and encountered Hakuno and Nero during 4th round. Artrum ordered her to seduce Hakuno into giving up the war, but she fell in love with Hakuno instead. During the Elimination fight, Atrum lost to Hakuno, so he used his sacrificial magecraft to burn Tamamo as a scapegoat. Hakuno used a Command Spell to form a contract with her, and she fully recovered and bypassed the firewall. Later, when Hakuno and Nero reached the Angelica Cage, Tamamo is unable to enter as she's the Servant of a defeated Master. Knowing Hakuno cannot enter as long as she is with them, she bid farewell to Hakuno and Nero.[10]

Flame PoemEdit

Tamamo orders Elizabeth to invade Nero's territory of Mare Aurum, but it's ultimately suppressed by Nero's forces. She reveals herself when Nero is preparing to take Hakuno to heal their sudden fatigue. Nero tells Hakuno that they formed with Tamamo during the war, who was planned to take the Holy Grail for herself. Her aspirations came to nothing though as Tamamo accuses Nero of pushing her off the path to the Angelica Cage, but Nero denies the accusation. (Nero and Tamamo are in truth telling their own version of what transpired in the war's climax due to their love rivalry with Hakuno.) Saying will be Hakuno hers soon, she agrees with Nero that Hakuno needs to rest. Tamamo then declares war on Nero, and reveals her possession of another Regalia, the ring of authority in SE.RA.PH, to Nero's shock. Another Hakuno then appears, and Tamamo mocks Nero's confusion at the existence of two Hakunos. She proclaims herself along with her Hakuno to be rulers all of SE.RA.PH. She reveals that half of SE.RA.PH. belongs to her already within in the last few days. Telling Nero to prepare and she cannot be stopped, Tamamo leaves with the other Hakuno.

Later, Tamamo with Hakuno's Soul encounters Nero and Hakuno's Mind when they came to her territory of Mare Luxuria. She is infuriated by Nero wanting to steal her Master in order restore her own. Rejecting Nero's request of surrender, she calls her naive, and challenges her as she tells Hakuno's mind she'll free them from Nero. After returning to her palace, Tamamo orders her forces to attack Nero and her forces. However, she and her forces are defeated by Nero's forces and herself. Lamenting her defeat, she waits to be executed by Nero when Hakuno's Soul appears to protect her. She is overjoyed by Hakuno's Soul's faith in her, and considers herself foolish for getting involved in her conquest of SE.RA.PH. After confessing her love for Hakuno, she is spared by Nero. However before they discuss the matter of the two Hakunos, Archimedes, the Moon Cell's system engineer, appears. Tamamo decides to give her Regalia to Nero as per the terms of her surrender. When Archimedes reveals the unification of the Regalias means the unification of the Hakunos, she remains true to her surrender despite Nero's concerns. Suddenly, Elizabeth appears and steals the Regalia from her, who declares her own plan to conquer SE.RA.PH. However, the Regalia begin to overload after Elizabeth put in on as it rejects her. After the Regalia destroys itself, Tamamo retreats with Hakuno's Soul, warning Nero of her upcoming burdens as ruler of SE.RA.PH.

Orchid WordsEdit

Tamamo greets the newly awoken Hakuno over the intercom, and orders Elizabeth to bring them to the throne room. When they arrive before her bed-like throne, she speaks to Hakuno in a threatening demeanor. However seeing they aren't falling, she drops the act, and properly greets them. After showing Hakuno a view of Mare Luxuria, she orders Elizabeth to announce she is the ruler of SE.RA.PH and wielder of the Regalia. Tamamo corrects her that Hakuno rules alongside her, then tells Hakuno of their victory in the Holy Grail War. She asks Hakuno if they remember everything of their relationship, to which they answer yes to her delight. Assuring they'll recover after sleeping for so long, Tamamo begins to explains how they became the rulers of SE.RA.PH with their victory in the war. However, before she can continue any further, Archidemes appears. After he pledges his loyalty to her and Hakuno, Tamamo thanks him for bringing her Master back to her palace. However, she quickly threatens him for interrupting her moment with Hakuno. Apologizing for his impertinence, Archidemes tells her of the oncoming danger to SE.RA.PH, which he says only Tamamo and Hakuno can resolve. Tamamo explains to him that they need to defeat all opposing Servants first. However, Archimedes tells her again she needs to resolve the threat to SE.RA.PH, which enrages her. After Hakuno calms her down, she states the danger to SE.RA.PH doesn't her concern her as she only wants to live happily with them. Tamamo electrocutes Elizabeth when she says Tamamo will keep searching for joy beyond Hakuno. She returns to Hakuno to tell them she wants to have a luxurious life with them, not caring about anything else. Archimdes realizes he can't force her to take action when Tamamo senses intruder in the palace. Medusa appears and explains the intruder is likely Assassin, calling palace security to useless. Introducing her to Hakuno, Tamamo explains she recruited Medusa as a spy after meeting her during time as a Solo Servant. She asks her if Lu Bu is nearby, to which Medusa answers he and Karna will arrive soon. Lu Bu and Karna then appear to introduce themselves to Hakuno, which makes Tamamo concerned about their priorities when there's an intruder. With all of her generals, she calls them an elite troop of Servants expect for Elizabeth, who is considered useless. After introducing her generals, she orders them to stop the intruder.

Outside the palace, Tamamo walks with Hakuno who is concerned about her fighting and intentions. She forcibly absorbs Hakuno into the Regalia to keep them safe with her before heading into battlefield. After defeating Li Shuwen single-handedly, she tells Hakuno that the power of the Regalia is their power together. As Tamamo boasts how they'll govern all of an eternally peaceful SE.RA.PH, Nero appears and criticizes her intent. Nero announces she'll stop Tamamo, but Tamamo considers that to be futile. She is shocked Hakuno remembers fighting alongside Nero in the Grail War. She regards Nero as an enemy though, recalling how Nero pushed off her the path to the Angelica Cage in the climax of the war. Tamamo is intially left confused by the appearance of another Hakuno whose asked by Nero regarding Tamamo's claim. However, she reveals she knew Hakuno was split into their Mind and their Soul, which is the one she's with. After Nero states the true threat to Moon Cell approaches, Tamamo considers everything else besides Hakuno to be trivial. Nero announces to her that she'll stop her from ruling SE.RA.PH, and absorbs Hakuno's Mind into her Regalia. Tamamo is angered that she has the other Regalia, and activates her Moon Crux form to fight Nero. However, neither of them are able to overpower the other, even though Nero hasn't activated her full power. Nero leaves disappointed in Tamamo following her selfish desires, which Tamamo agrees with. She and Hakuno then return to her throne room before heading to her room to rest since she used too much mana. She tells Hakuno to enjoy the palace to their heart's content as it also belongs to them. She continues they may call Elizabeth, who serves as a maid, for assistance before going to her room. Later, Tamamo disagrees with Hakuno wanting her to not fight Nero while they eat her cooking.

The next morning, Tamamo greets Hakuno the very moment they wake up as she lies atop of them. She declares to them that she'll stay by their side forever as their beloved. Further infatuated by Hakuno's silence at her words, Tamamo prepares to make love to Hakuno. However, she is interrupted by Elizabeth, whose promptly electrocuted as punishment. Tamamo prepares to punish Elizabeth further with fire, but Elizabeth's apology for her transgression stops Tamamo. She says torturing Elizabeth no longer amuses her, and tells Hakuno to go to the throne room. At the throne room, Archimedes arrives to tell her to defeat Nero, which makes Tamamo glad he finally sees her way. She listens as Archimedes tells how her and Nero's Regalia can become one, and that she'll need to invade Nero's territory to defeat her. She dismisses Elizabeth when she comments they need to save Hakuno's Mind. Tamamo says there's no need to save Hakuno's Mind since she already has their Soul with her. Declaring they only need to restore the Regalia to conquer SE.RA.PH, she heads to the battlefield with Hakuno. Her forces invade Mare Mellum while Nero's forces were conquering it to take over the neutral sectors before Nero's forces do. After conquering Mare Mellum's neutral sectors, Tamamo returns to her room with Hakuno. She prepares to make love to Hakuno again, but she is interrupted when Altera talks to Hakuno through a vision. Tamamo appears in the vision to save Hakuno, and deduces Altera as the threat to SE.RA.PH. After Hakuno reawakens, Tamamo declares Altera to be an enemy, finally recognizing why Archimedes considers her a threat. She electrocutes Elizabeth when she enters her room without permission. After electrocuting her again, she orders Elizabeth to leave in response to Hakuno's compassion for her. Later that night, Tamamo asks Hakuno if they admired Altera. After hearing their answer, she apologizes for doubting Hakuno's love, and returning to sleeping next to them.

Sitting on her throne before her generals, Tamamo congratulates them on their victories. Archimedes arrives and reports to her that her continuous victories have weaken Nero's forces, and Nero's base of Mare Aurum has been located. Tamamo's forces prepare to march onto Mare Aurum, but before that she has Hakuno promise to let her make all battle decisions. Later arriving in Mare Aurum, Tamamo asks Hakuno for their opinion on her captial and Nero's. However before Hakuno can properly answer, Elizabeth interrupts them, but Tamamo dismisses her. She reminds her to clean her palace, but Elizabeth reveals she resigned and her plans to turn SE.RA.PH into her personal playground. After Elizabeth says she'll steal the Regalia, Tamamo asks her who put that thought into her head. She dismisses Elizabeth again for quoting astrology books when she declares she'll become "The Great King of Terror from Mars". She mocks her further by offering her a position as her court jester. After Elizabeth leaves declaring war on her, Tamamo tells Hakuno that Elizabeth is just someone's puppet as she further insults her. She and Hakuno then fight their way through Nero's forces, including defeating Gawain. Arriving in Nero's palace, Tamamo asks Hakuno what they'd wish with their Royal Authority while they wait for Nero. Their conversation is interrupted by Nero, who declares she'll free Hakuno from Tamamo. Tamamo dismisses her words, and states Moon Cell chose her, not Nero. After declaring Mare Aurum is at its end, Tamamo and Nero fight each other. After Nero is defeated, Tamamo dismisses Nero's words about saving the Earth since she lost. She prepares to finish Nero off, but Hakuno's Mind appears to protect Nero. She tells Mind that there's no need to protect Nero since she lost and will lose her Regalia soon. She asks Mind to join her, but they refuse to leave Nero. Tamamo reveals how happy she was when the Regalia appeared on her finger after she failed to reach the Angelica Core in the war. She continues she was shocked when she saw the Regalia on Nero's finger. Taking Nero's Regalia, she declares herself ruler of all of SE.RA.PH. After Nero retreats with Mind, Archimedes appears to congratulate Tamamo on her victory. She calls him impatient for wanting to restore the Regalia immediately, not trusting his words that it's for the tranquility of SE.RA.PH. Rather cautious of the situation, she tells Hakuno to not move. Suddenly, Elizabeth drops in from above, and steals the Regalia and puts it on. As the Regalia begins to overload, Tamamo orders Elizabeth to take it off. She is shocked it doesn't shatter, calling it impossible that Elizabeth now wields the Regalia. As Elizabeth declares herself the ruler of SE.RA.PH, Tamamo sees herself mirrored in her. She then watches in utter confusion as Elizabeth eats the Regalia. After Elizabeth is transformed from her act, Tamamo expresses her shock from what Elizabeth did. She and Hakuno then witness as Archimedes is obliterated by Elizabeth's Báthory Erzsébet. She defends Hakuno from Elizabeth when Altera suddenly emerges from the Zero Dark. She and Hakuno then witness Elizabeth being destroyed the Void Cells Altera sent out. Tamamo defends herself and Hakuno when Altera attacks them with her sword. She recognizes the strike to a regular attack, not a Noble Phantasm, and realizes Altera specializes in destruction. She isn't surprised when another Hakuno appears and stands next to Altera, deducing them to be the Body. She is able recognize what Altera from their prior encounter in her room, and asks her who she is. When Altera refuses to answer and prepares to attack again, Tamamo uses the entirety of her Moon Crux to retreat with Hakuno.

The next day, Tamamo tells Hakuno that her territories have been destroyed, and Karna, Medusa, and Lu Bu are trying to hold off Altera's forces. She decides to fight despite being unsure of victory even with the Regalia. She infuriated by Elizabeth's sudden arrival, and deduces her new appear to be from the power of Velber, the alien threat from 14,000 years ago. She is able recognize Velber's power, though not the name itself, since she is an avatar of Amaterasu. She listens as Elizabeth tells how Velber nearly destroyed both Moon Cell and civilization on earth with Sefar fourteen millennia ago. She is able to deduce from Elizabeth's words that the Regalia is a tool to defend the Moon Cell against Velber. Refusing to join with Elizabeth, Tamamo declares war on Altera, but not for the sake of SE.RA.PH. When asked why she hates Altera despite being an anti-hero, she answers she despises inhumane monsters. She tries to attack Elizabeth, but the latter blocks it and leaves. Karna then reports in that an enemy Sevant destroyed the territory he was guarding. Tamamo asks him for the True Name of the enemy Servant, to which he answers it's Gilgamesh. Later in her room, she wonders why Hakuno's Body is with Altera, and wonders if Archimedes might've known something. Then, after returning from defeating Gilgamesh, Tamamo is reported to by Karna that Gilgamesh's defeated saved a portion of Mare Luxuria from his bombardments. Listening to his advice, she uses the Regalia she observes her territories are still being attacked by another force, which Lu Bu is in pursuit of. After Medusa says the enemy force is likely led by Altera, Tamamo tells her and Karna to relax. After they leave, Tamamo tells Hakuno that she'll guarantee their safety from Altera's army. She says their fight against their enemy will be a message that their brilliance will never fade. Later in her room, she tells Hakuno they'll likely head into the Zero Dark to battle Velber's forces. She continues their fight stated because of her greed, not caring to protect either SE.RA.PH or Earth. Calling herself neither protector nor savior, she cannot abide Altera. After Hakuno awakens from another dream of Altera talking to them, Tamamo becomes jealous of Altera when she demands the Regalia. Later into the night as they lie together, she confesses to Hakuno that her and Altera's nature are the same as they were both born to be enemies of humanity. She understands how Altera can forcibly dominate humans as they're both monsters, and it's easier for heartless creatures. Telling Hakuno to dismiss her words if they make them hesitate, she wishes them a good night and goes back to sleep.

The next day, Tamamo and Hakuno are walking outside in Mare Luxuria as part of their date. When Hakuno asks her how they'll get into the Zero Dark, she answers she can create a portal to it. After creating the portal, she and Hakuno have a meal in preparation for their fight against Altera. She believes becoming a goddess would give her power on par with Velber, but that'd also remove her existence as a Servant as she doesn't want to leave Hakuno. Afterwards, Tamamo and her forces invade Altera's territory of Mare Origio through the portal she made. Fighting her a way through the enemy, she eventually confronts Altera in her palace. She questions why Altera is hesitating to kill her. She notes the contradiction between Altera's destructive power and her doubt, which Altera herself understands. Tamamo refuses to give the Regalia to Altera, partially due to her own jealously. Refusing to listen to her anymore, she fights Altera. After defeating her, Tamamo uses a digital decoy while hiding, using the remainder of the Regalia's power to avoid Teardrop Photon Ray. Using Eightfold Blessing of Amaterasu, She then ambushes Altera from above with her strongest spell: Gyokutenhou. However, Elizabeth appears and transforms Altera into her original form of the White Titan, Sefar. Tamamo points out to Hakuno that their Body is standing on Sefar's shoulder. Fearing it may be the end, she confesses to Hakuno she was playing the part of a tyrannical harlot out fear of loneliness. She reveals that since she is an avatar of Amateratsu she knew about the destruction Sefar caused 14,000 years ago. She knew Sefar would return beforehand, but was too paranoid of the end to say anything. Seeing Hakuno accepts her no matter what, Tamamo decides to fight Sefar to protect SE.RA.PH for their sake. Following Sefar and Body's deaths, she and Hakuno return to Mare Luxuria. She tells Hakuno to enjoy their peaceful days together until Velber inevitably arrives. They then go shopping together for tonight's dinner.

Dawn Edit

Tamamo and her army invade Altera's territory of Mare Origio to save Hakuno's Body. She is eventually encounters Altera, who she decides to talk to. She recognizes Hakuno's Body when they emerge from Altera's Regalia. She reveals Hakuno's Mind and Body will eventually fade out of existence, and offers a surrender in exchange for Body coming with her. She reprimands Altera for allowing Body on the battlefield as even the smallest wound could mean their demise, not believing Altera didn't know that fact. Altera decides to end negoations, and Tamamo is surprised by Altera's affection for Hakuno like Nero and herself. She questions at first what kind of power Hakuno gives Altera, but decides to fight instead. She is defeated by Altera, but manages to retreat.

Later, her territory of Mare Luxuria is invaded by Altera's forces. When Altera enters her palace, Tamamo is prepared to face her. Seeing negotiating won't work again, she prepares to fight Altera again. She admits Hakuno would try to understand both her and Altera even if they both enemies of humanity. She again offer to let Body join her, but they refuse to adbandon Altera. She understands that to be Hakuno's nature, and then fights Altera without the intent to retreat. As she disappears following her defeat, Tamamo tries to say some final word to Hakuno's Soul, but she is finished off by Altera.

Golden PoemEdit

Tamamo orders Lu Bu, Medusa, and Karna to invade Mare Aurum, but it's ultimately suppressed by Nero's forces. Later, she encounters Nero when the latter invades Mare Luxuria, and threatens to behead her. She transforms into her Moon Crux form to fight Nero for the Regalia, but she's eventually convinced by Hakuno's Mind to talk. Deactivating her Moon Crux form, Tamamo apologizes to Hakuno's Soul for letting her jealously towards Nero get the better of her. She and Nero then witness as their Regalia and Hakuno's Mind and Soul, and states the fusion should keep Hakuno's vessel inactivate. She dismisses Nero's concern for Hakuno's Body, believing them to impure and no longer the Hakuno they knew. She also reveals she also received Body's message from a previous parallel world, but stops talking of them so not to sully their name. Changing the subject, she tells Nero that Velber last arrived during the Age of the Gods, and unless they stop its return, both the Earth and the Moon are doomed. She recalls the massive destruction caused by Velber's last visit, saying both her and Hakuno want to prevent it from happening again. Following the fusion completing, Tamamo and Nero run to Hakuno and fight over them. They're both struck by a Code Cast from Hakuno to stop their arguing. Agreeing to settle the matter of Hakuno later, they then witness Altera emerge from the Zero Dark. Tamamo and Nero protect Hakuno despite their fear of Altera's power. After blocking attack from Altera's sword to her surprise, they fight her together. They struggle against her though; Tamamo warns Nero to be caution even with the Regalia. The fight is stopped when Hakuno emerges the Regalia to negotiate with Altera. As Hakuno talks with Altera, Tamamo asks Nero about her current mana supply as she's running low, to which Nero answers she's the same. Tamamo tells her Altera's sword isn't magical nor divine, but she doesn't explain any further. She lets Hakuno continue talking with Altera, believing their lives tider on Hakuno's words and how Altera perceives them. After Altera leaves, Tamamo states negotitions are at a standstill, but is glad to have been spared. She tells Hakuno not to be disheartened by Altera's refusal to be saved from her fate, which they agree with.

Returning with Hakuno and Nero to Mare Aurum, Tamamo admires the throne room before arguing with Nero over Rome's cultural influences. She then asks Nero why they returned to Mare Aurum, explaining she followed so she wouldn't be alone. Nero explains to her that Hakuno lives in Mare Aurum, and she wanted Tamamo to move her base to hers. Deciding to settle the matter of Hakuno's living quarters later, Tamamo states the roman territories are the perfect point to plan their attack on Velber, as their both easy to defend and difficult to attack. Stating her generals are already gathered, she joins in a strategy meeting with Nero and her generals. During the meeting, Tamamo warns the Regalia lost its ability to produce attack programs for an unknown reason when she handed it to Nero. Later, she learns from Li Shuwen that Lu Bu was a traitorous general, which prompts her to ask if Lu Bu was planning to betray her. After Nero declares to defend SE.RA.PH, Tamamo suggest to her generals they stay behind to defend Mare Aurum. After they agree and Nero thanks her, she tells Hakuno to leave home defense to her, and wishes for their return. After the meeting, she catches Nero kissing Hakuno, which results in her and Nero arguing over Hakuno.

The next day, Tamamo tells Hakuno and Nero that Sefar destroyed all who fought it, thus she's surprised by the two's plan to save Altera. Stating to leave to home defense to her, she asks Nero to protect Hakuno before they depart for their next battle. After Nero destroyed the Ark of the Stars, a fragment of Velber in the Zero Dark, Tamamo detects from Nero's throne that Velber's forces in the Zero Dark are gone. She compares it to fireworks exploding in the sky, which Nameless says it's a result of the Ark's destruction. After Nameless confirms that means their victory, Tamamo is shocked that Nero was able to destroy the Ark, as not even the gods could do it. While still jealous of her, she nonetheless believes Nero earned her victory. Later, She competes with Nero for Hakuno's affections, with each presenting a feast of their own to them. As they argue for Hakuno to eat their indivual cooking, Altera (child form) interrupts them when she inquires about the food. Tamamo and Nero decide to end their competion with a draw, and enjoy the feast with Hakuno and Altera.

Fate/Extella LinkEdit

She returns as one of Hakuno's servants to fight against the new threat to SE.RA.PH.

Fate/Extra Last EncoreEdit

According to the script, she is the servant inhabiting the 4th floor (which was skipped in the anime, but the way Nero referencing it is supposed to be a hint of her talking of her rival). It is unknown if she is there alone or there is a Master with her.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

London: The Death World in the City of Demonic FogEdit

She and Sakata Kintoki face Nikola Tesla as he intends to fully activate the "Demonic Fog" around London. They fight Tesla, until he escapes to the sky by creating a large stairway. Tamamo and Kintoki ally themselves with the Ritsuka Fujimaru's party and together they defeat Tesla and afterward Artoria Alter. Tamamo also participates in the battle against Solomon, but she is killed by him.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

She is amongst the "London" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars at the 4th Throne lead by Barbatos.[11]

SE.RA.PH. - Deep-Sea Cyber-Nirvana, Epic of Remnant: ExtraEdit

Chaldea Summer Memories ~White Beach of Solace~Edit

She appears in her swimsuit as a Lancer, due to Scáthach deed.

Chaldea Heat Odyssey ~Evolving Civilization~Edit

Other appearancesEdit

  • Tamamo as she appeared in Himegami Emaki Collaboration.
  • Gothic Tamamo as she appeared in Himegami Emaki Collaboration.
  • Modern Tamamo as she appeared in Himegami Emaki Collaboration.


AbilitiesEdit

Castertails

Caster's other tails.

All of Caster's parameters are at a low E rank due to her Master's lackluster ability. Her strength and endurance have a slow growth rate, her agility has a medium growth rate, her luck has a fast growth rate, and her mana has a very fast growth rate. The Alteration of the Soul boosts her magic power like crazy.[8]

Reflecting on her past misdeeds, she cut loose her own tails and fell into a one-tailed condition. By twisting her sacrum bone and once again undergoing thousands, ten thousands years of ascetic practices, she may turn back to a nine-tailed but the cut down tails are also endowed with the same spiritual power and spiritual core as herself. Even after reaching the limits of Ascension in Grand Order, she will only return to a three-tails form.[2] The eight other tails of her original form have also been granted Servant bodies. With her Origin Form, she becomes capable of feats like moving faster than light and the reversal of time. She can reduce the distance from the Horsehead Nebula back to the original galaxy to zero to instantly cross the distance.[12] Compared to an A rank Servant, she has nine percent of its power with a single tail. If she were to increase in tails, each one would increase her power exponentially by nine.[8] She is weak as a Heroic Spirit but in the case that she is revived as an evil spirit (悪霊, aku-ryō?), she will undergo a transformation into a large monster that can defeat even 100 heroes. It is not just for show that she is called one of the Japan's Three Great Monsters.[6] She is able to fool Moon Cell's surveillance and jam Twice's observation signal to avoid revealing Servant's data.

« This time there is only one due to the constrains of the Moon Cell, but originally I could produce a million troops from my multiple tails! »

(According to Caster's own words)

She fights with her Noble Phantasm mirror called Eightfold Blessings of Amaterasu on the Weight Stone under the Sunlit Watery Heavens (水天日光天照八野鎮石, Suiten Nikkō Amaterasu Yano Shizu-Ishi?, localized as "Eightfold Blessing of Amaterasu"). She is capable of fighting close range combat with her mirror. The mirror levitates around Caster in battle, and she uses it to hit enemies in close combat. The Mirror is a symbol for sun and water, for life and death. It is a blessing of energy or blessed energy. There are other forms of this Noble Phantasm but this particular form fits her best. It doesn't have value as a single strike but is excellent in a long engagement.

In Fate/Extra CCC Fox Tail, she demonstrated the ability to fight hand to hand against Violet. She told Hakuno Kishinami that she wanted to keep the image of a frail lady in his eyes so she didn't want to use those techniques, but she lifted the ban on those techniques for that battle. This fighting style continues in Fate/Extella where she fights with punches, claws and kicks in addition to her curses.

Her class skill Territory Creation (陣地作成, Jinchi Sakusei?, localized as "Area Creation") is the skill to build a special terrain that is advantageous to oneself as a magus. Because it seems that her personality is not suited for it, Tamamo no Mae has difficulty in manufacturing even a Workshop allowing her to create minor amulets and other types of low-level talismans.[6]

Fox's Wedding (狐の嫁入り, Kitsune no Yomeiri?, Sun Shower) is the Skill・Item Construction that received various of her own peculiar tamperings. By one-sidedly declaring a wedding, a sun shower of blessings is shed and souvenirs are pushed on ally-like individuals in congratulations; truly a Cheat-Skill that can only be described as miko-fox.[2]

WitchcraftEdit

The Witchcraft (呪術, Jujutsu?, localized as "Maleficium") that Caster uses is all physical phenomena performed with her own body. While common Magecraft is a program that "recomposes what exists around", Witchcraft is a program that "recomposes the raw materials in one's own body." It is related to Dakini heavenly methods (ダキニ天法, Dakini ten-hō?), and includes methods to discern one's time of death, secret arts to obtain influence, methods to attain status and fortune (for men) and methods to gain the favor of influential individuals (for women). Due to a number of very harsh lessons impressed upon her in the past, Tamano no Mae no longer makes use of her still formidable skills in these areas.[6] [2]

Additionally, her Witchcraft curses seem to ignore Magic Resistance. She has no trouble hitting targets with high Magic Resistance like Elizabeth Barthory in Fate/Extra CCC and Fate/Extella or Suzuka Gozen in Fate/Extra CCC Fox Tail who both possess A-ranked Magic Resistance. The rank of Witchcraft doesn't seem to be a factor as well, because Tamamo Cat also managed to hit Suzuka with her E-ranked Witchcraft. The reason behind this is still unknown.

In Fate/Extella, she also uses a Lightning curse on Elizabeth to keep her in check. This lightning curse returns in Fate/Extella Link as one of her active skills in battle, called Curse: Thunderclap (呪相・雷霆, Jusō - Raitei?)​; and in the collaboration event between Fate/Extra CCC and Fate/Grand Order, Tamamo Cat utilized the skill Curse: Void Cleft Great Chaos Heaven (呪相・空裂大密天, Jusō - Kūretsu Dai Mitten?)​ to lock Suzuka Gozen in place. Meltlilith recognized that it's Caster Tamamo's "final secret technique" and was surprised that Cat could also use it.

Forms and Alternate VersionsEdit

Moon CruxEdit

Caster possesses a Spiritrons-enhancement Mystic Code that can wear with the power of the Regalia in Fate/Extella. Tamamo no Mae's Form Change combines the luxuriousness of a dangerous beauty with the duality of ying and yang, she looks like a boss who doubles as an expensive Ginza hostess.[13]

SwimsuitEdit

« Yes? A beauty AND a swimsuit; is there any problem? »

(Tamamo-no-Mae)

Even while wearing a swimsuit, as expected, she still the usual Tamamo-no-Mae. However, thanks to being in a vacation this time around, she has completely exhausted her magic energy and turned into a beast of summer. That is the reason behind her abnormally high physical ability. Maybe due to an overflowing complacency, she seems more refined and high-society than the usual Tamamo. She herself seems to under the assumption of an elegant mannequin. But a true lady wouldn't be cheerfully carrying a swim ring, with the full intention of playing around.[14]

When talking about summer, it is the beach. When talking about beach, it is the parasol. When talking about parasol, it is yours dependable miko-fox. This is, surely, the common sense of the Ashihara no Kuni...! A solar explosion. Making a wet T-shirt and a swim ring as her weapons, Lancer Tamamo-chan, sunshining on the southern countries![14]

Tamamo-no-Mae is a good-wife-aspirant, extravagant miko shaman. In the deathbed of the Heian Period, this peerless beauty served the retired emperor Toba. It has been said that she is the disguised appearance of the nine-tailed fox Hakumen Kinmou, and also said to be a wake-mitama of Amaterasu Oomikami. Since she has that much of a career, it should be fine to come about a life of fully enjoying a vacation in the southern countries... so thought Tamamo-chan.[14]

  • Beach Flower (ビーチフラワー, Bīchi Furawā?)

Truly, the incarnation of a sunflower. A goddess of summer has descended here.[14]

"No no, I am in fact a deity."

While the Tamamo of summer appeals her beauty as a woman, this is not the attitude of making love-traps whenever she has a chance. When it comes to summer・beach・parasol, it is about a chance to appeal her refinement. A strategy of putting up more charms than usual in the summer beach, so that the other party is already madly in love by the time they return to their ordinary days.[14]

"Instead of a lady, isn't that a hunter already?"
"Indeed, that's exactly right master. Despite being the original, she is a Tamamo-no-Mae who stuck one foot into the Tamamo-Nine... the hunter of the sea, also known as Tamamo-Shark".[14]

DevelopmentEdit

In the planning stages of the Fate/Extra CCC game, Caster was planned to have Saber as her own personal rival until they decided all Hakuno's Servants would have Elizabeth as the rival. However, with the release of Fate/Extra CCC Fox Tail, it will explain the background between Tamamo no Mae and Amaterasu, and the plot includes planned elements for CCC that were cut from the game.

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Nasu Kinoko claims that Caster was the last character to be picked out of the three playable characters, at that time Nasu already decided to have Red Saber and Archer for Fate/Extra. It was thanks to Kazuya Niinō who helped Nasu design the character, he said to Nasu "I hope Caster is a very cute girl with Japanese style furry ears". Nasu thought it would be a good occasion to debut a character with cute animal ears for the male players. Nasu further explains that if he wrote Caster, she'd become a character with a lot of neurotic attributes, so he decided to pass it along to other writers to write. However Nasu gave Caster the top priority to start scripting because Archer already has a high popularity in "Fate" but his role was weak.[15]

Takeuchi Takashi was the character designer for Caster and it was Arco Wada who refined the final design. Arco Wada didn’t expect a character with fox ears to come to life like she did, so Arco was very surprised about that and personally thinks Caster is an adorable character.

Nasu wrote her scenario in Fate/Grand Order.[1]

ReceptionEdit

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 1.17 1.18 Fate/Grand Order material II - Tamamo no Mae, p.206-213
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 Fate/Grand Order - Tamamo-no-Mae (Caster), Translation by Master of Chaos
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7

  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11
  7. Caster conversation
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3
  9. Extella Zero script[1]TL by mewarmo
  10. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 05: IV / Control Tower Barbatos
  11. Fate/EXTELLA material - Moon Crux, p.114-115
  12. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 14.25 Fate/Grand Order - Tamamo-no-Mae (Lancer), Translation by Master of Chaos
  13. Fate/Extra Visual Fanbook - Nasu interview, p.080
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