Prince of Lanling (蘭陵王, Ranryō-Ō?), Class Name Saber (セイバー, Seibā?), is a Saber-class Servant summoned by Hinako Akuta in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order. He is also summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru.
Also known as Gao ChanggongWP (高長恭WP, Kō Chōkyō?), he was a high-ranking general of the Northern Qi dynasty, grandson of Gao Huan, and the fourth son of Gao Cheng. He had a beautiful face and feminine physical appearance; thus, he always wore a terrible mask when he fought in battles.
He asks his Master not to mind his mask, declaring that his swords shall not falter.
“This poison was bestowed upon me from His Majesty himself. By just downing it with a single breath and nothing more, His Majesty’s ill humour can be easily traded away.
As you know, I have offered up glories in battle far above my own station. The drawing of this curtain, well, could be due to living my life in an overly hurried manner.”
In life, Changgong was an honorable warrior. Upon his time to die, he accepted the poison from the emperor, but not without regrets. He declared in his final moments that his wish would be to see Hinako in his next life.
During the events of the Chinese Lostbelt, Changgong is relatively silent yet loyally follows orders. It isn't until after his Master is insulted that he decides to respond by giving Nezha the “death penalty” as repayment. Saber once more responds with anger after his Master is insulted by Koyanskaya.
He is not of the Assassin class, yet he still attempts to sneak around darkness and strike when he can. Lancer comments on him not being fit for that sort of role.
Knowing of his Master's true nature, he does not hesitate to offer up his own blood for her survival, even going as far as to talk her into it:
“I understand your disgust. Consuming others for nourishment……the very same actions of those humans that you could not fail to hate.
However even so, right now……
Now is the very time to lose yourself to that humiliation……
You have, met him again once more!
Remember that eternal lament, that endless loneliness up until now!"
As a Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru, Gao Changgong is loyal and highly friendly towards other Servants. He feels the need to keep himself masked, and asks for forgiveness, believing he is mistaken of being arrogant. It is through Ascension that he learns that his beauty is not at all a problem for the Master or other Servants. As a result, he is able to relax and be happy. After this, he expresses loyalty and love for the Master.
In regards to Xiang Yu, he feels that referring to himself as that man's nephew would be unreasonable of him.
SIN: Land of Unified Knowledge
Emerging from a container launched Xianyang, Lanling attacks Ritsuka's party on Hinako's corders. The group overwhelm him, so Hinako orders a retreat, recognizing she underestimated her enemies.
Lanling and Hinako return later in the same manner as before. Now accompanied by automaton soldiers, Lanling declares he demonstrate his true skills as a general. Then, on Hinako's command, he activates his Noble Phantasm and initiates combat. Despite his leadership though, Lanling still cannot defeat Ritsuka's party. Hinako orders a retreat, knowing they need a new strategy.
The next day, as Ritsuka's party is being ovehelmed by Xiang Yu, Lanling comes to retrieve the general. Lanling asks Xiang Yu why he attacked without him and Hinako. Xiang Yu answers he did so to assess their enemies' abilities, and now that he has, he can devise hat will lead them to a flawless victory. He and Lanling then return to their camp.
Lanling and Xiang Yu clash with Ritsuka's party again later that evening when the latter intercept their foces. The battle ends however when Qin Liangyu arrives with her army, demanding both sides to stand down on Qin Shi Huang's orders.
Despite Shi Huang's call for a truce, Lanling tries to assassinate Ritsuka the next night, but Mash quickly spots him. He notes that while Shi Huang and Chaldea called a truce, he and his Master agreed to no such thing. Liangyu arrives to help Ritsuka and Mash defeat him when HInako and Xiang Yu arrive. Shi Huang then orders Xiang Yu to crush his own core. Hinako begs the emperor to spare him. She, Lanling, and Xiang Yu leave after Shi Huang agrees to her pleas.
The next night, Hinako and Lanling join Xiang Yu in his efforts to kill Ritsuka’s party on Shi Huang’s orders under the accusation they’re Confucians. Later though Shi Huang orders the three to leave immediately so they’re not caught in the blast from the payload he just launched from the Great Wall.
Later at Ankang, Lanling expresses displeasure at the notion of Koyanskaya and the Shadow Border crew being kept prisoner in the same facility. Hinako agrees but notes keeping them all in the same place means Shi Huang can eliminate can them all at once if necessary. Lanling admits the way Shi Huang views his subjects and the matter of his rule after obtaining immortality terrifies him. He asks Hinako’s opinion on the Lostbelt and the state of the Qin’s eternal empire. Hinako dismisses the question with her misanthropic ranting, but she apologizes to Lanling, knowing he had his own nation and people to protect. Lanling tells her, though, that she has every right to be angry. He admires how her feelings have not wavered all this time and feels honored to fight for her convictions.
When Ritsuka’s party tries to break the Border crew and Vitch out of Ankang, Lanling and guards block their escape. While the Jotun summoned by Vitch deal with the guards, Ritsuka’s party fight Lanling. After Hinako uses her last Command Spell, a bomb explodes beneath her. Lanling rushes to his Master, knocking Mash out of his way when she tries to stop him at Vitch’s behest. Knowing there is no other choice now, Lanling tells Hinako to sacrifice him to save herself. He knows it is ironic to have her feed on others when that is why she hates humans. But now that she has reunited with Xiang Yu after many years of grieving alone, Lanling demands Hinako to swallow her pride and do her utmost to survive. He promises she and Xiang Yu will happily together and share in each other’s fates this time. Left with no choice, Hinako drains Lanling of his Spirit Core through his blood. Lanling asks her why she chose to summon him. Hinako answers it’s because of the warm memory of him speaking to her without fear.. Lanling thanks her for those words, calling her by her True Name: Yu Mei-ren. Though he understands she hates her eternal life and youth, Lanling conveys to Yu Mei-ren how comforting it is for mortals to know there is someone whose beauty will remain pristine forever. With those last words, Lanling disappears.
Saber is initially shown wielding twin JianWP-style swords, however he is only shown possessing one.
As a Servant he has many of the superhuman traits seen in many if not all. Such as flying through the air, carrying Hinako, engaging Ritsuka's group by falling out of the sky in a way that resembled a rocket. Gao has history as a general, which he displayed as he was granted an army to lead in a rematch against Ritsuka's group. He is adept at sneak attacks in darkness but was unsuccessful in his assassination attempt.
He has the power to block out mental disturbances in his area through his mask, and as long as he is around them, soldiers or allies accompanying him will remain unaffected as well through his Skill Mask of Concealing Beauty.
- Magic Resistance (C Rank): Nullifies any magecraft with less than two incantations. He is unable to defend against greater magecraft and rituals.
- Riding (A Rank): He is able to masterfully ride any vehicles or beasts excluding those of mythical or divine class.
- Mask of Concealing Beauty (A Rank): A skill symbolizing the stories about Lanling having to hide his beautiful face behind a mask as to not cause unrest within his troops. Its effect cleanses everyone in his vicinity of mental discomposure or disturbance. However it's not like the mask hides his charisma, so the morale of his troops still gets raised.
- Vigorous like the Breaking Bamboo (C Rank): A variation of the Tactics skill. In a battlefield where many soldiers are mobilized, he is able to make his troops advance fiercely without losing momentum. Lanling was said to be a peerless commander who defeated a large army with a mere 500 soldiers.
- Devilish Face (EX Rank): Lanling's bare face, which becomes revealed with him ascending. Even the history books describe Lanling's looks and voice as being beautiful and bewitching, so by merely revealing his face he can influence his surroundings. It is unknown whether he can receive support from the moon in the form of a beam.
Creation and Conception
hou is the character designer for Saber.
- Fate/Grand Order material VIII - Prince of Lanling, trasnlated by BananaShiki
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - SIN: Land of Unified Knowledge, Section 2: Eternal Empire
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - SIN: Land of Unified Knowledge, Section 6: The Demonic General Descends
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - SIN: Land of Unified Knowledge, Section 7: Qin Shi Huang
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - SIN: Land of Unified Knowledge, Section 9: Morning Star of Rebellion
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - SIN: Land of Unified Knowledge, Section 11: The Poppy Girl