Rider's True Name is Francis Drake (フランシス・ドレイク, Furanshisu Doreiku?), she was a ship's captain who made her name as both an adventurer and fleet commander. He was a man in historical fact, but Drake appears in this work as a woman. This is caused by the fact how nobody in her surroundings saw Drake as a woman. According to a sailor, "Ergh, we cannot call ourselves men if we look the captain as a woman; or rather, it would be rude towards her." She was the renowned explorer who successfully became the second person alive who circumnavigated the globe, the first person known to have attempted this feat was Ferdinand Magellan but he died halfway through his voyage, and so Sebastian Elcano took the lead of the expedition and became the actual first one to circumnavigate the earth. She paved the way for England to become the dominant superpower in the Age of Discovery through its substantial earnings.
During the time of Francis Drake, England was considered to be a second-rate power with no real influence beyond its borders and no colonies of worth overseas. It was primarily due to his voyages and successes on the high seas that gave rise to the British Empire. What created the opportunity for them to be reborn in the world as the British Empire were the voyages that Drake accomplished. The story goes that there were six tons of just spice in the load she had at the time of her return, and that by far exceeded the national budget of the England of that time. These commodities and the detailed maps produced during the world circumnavigation became the capital to put together a fleet that could compete with the world's champion - Spain - and served as foundation for the establishment of the East India Company.
This person was also the one who was given credit for the virtual destruction of Spain's Invincible Armada, which caused the nation once thought of as "the kingdom on which the sun will never set" to the edge of collapse. During what was to be the final confrontation between England and Spain's Invincible Armada, the name given to the Spanish naval forces during the period of history known as the Age of Discovery. The Invincible Armada consisted of an estimated 65,000 men serving on more than a hundred large warships, each of which weighed in at over 1,000 tons. Francis Drake was commissioned as a vice admiral in the English navy. Using an unorthodox strategy involving the use of fire-ships, she forced the Spanish fleet into open water where they could be bombarded with cannon fire. Spain's Great Britain Conquest Armada was defeated without being able to land. After this, the Spanish people started to fear and call Drake in the following way "The Devil" (『悪魔』, "Akuma"?).
An oft-mentioned aspect of the Drake mythos is that of his ship, the Golden Hind. Not only was it the flagship of Drake's fleet, it was seen as a symbol of hope and a source of miracles. The exploits the Golden Hind made possible elevated Drake to a level on par with King Arthur. Both are said to dwell in Avalon, the city of the dead, and will eventually return to lead England to true glory.
In addition - and this is merely literary creation - there is also a story full of romance in which Drake was a companion of Queen Elizabeth and, just before setting sail for the world circumnavigation, switched places with the Queen, who could no longer go out in public due to receiving a wound on her face.
Though a male in real history, Francis Drake has materialized as a woman. Rider is a female pirate captain with long wavy crimson pink hair, blue eyes and scar across her face. She wears brown choker collar almost attach to her dark pink captain vest that shows her breasts, white pants, and long dark brown boots.
A woman pirate who is more manly than men.
Rider proclaims her personality as selfish and greedy; she is also devilish in battle. She is a person who has dedicated her life to hedonistic pursuits and sees no difference between a paragon of virtue and a rogue scoundrel. She revels in all things gaudy, whether they are in war or in her private life, and is content to chase after ephemeral pleasures and leave nothing of worth behind, much like the passing of a raging storm. She is particularly entranced with treasures of gold and silver, but her true love lies not with enduring treasure, but those treasures that explode like fireworks and then quickly fade away.
« I chase after gold so that I can scatter it like a storm! »
|(As she so often declares)|
As a devoted libertine, all that matters to her is the inevitable crash at the end of it all. A Heroic Spirit who is completely indifferent to the frailty of human existence, she is content to indulge in her own whims and desires until death comes to greet her. She admits it's against her nature to enjoy fighting weaker opponents and she hoped to see Hakuno and the servant to grow stronger.
- Shinji Matou
- Rider treats Shinji as a younger brother, often pointing out his flaws. A self-proclaimed villain who is only interested in money, she seems to only work with Shinji for monetary reward. However, despite all her apparent character flaws she accepts her loss with good grace, displaying her belief in impermanence, the idea that nothing lasts forever.
- It is for this reason that she is incompatible with Gilgamesh that symbolizes "an inexhaustible treasury."
- Tamamo no Mae
- She would also be at odds with Caster, as she is the epitome of eternity.
- Artoria Lancer - Alter
- THAT's the Storm King...? Hmm, the real deal got quite an expressionless grimace.
- Artoria Pendragon
- Nah, nope, nope! I can't pull that sort of lovely look!
- Anne & Mary
- Beautiful, courageous, and top quality skill to boot!
- If only I got a sailor like that in my ship too....
- Edward Teach
- Ugly, suspicious, and the worst sort of personality to boot!
- O~i, somebody bring me some rope--! I'm hanging one here--!
She was summoned by Shinji and is the first servant that Hakuno's Servants fights. When she contracted to Shinji, she said to her master about being prepared to win or lose and always laugh at bad memories. She proclaims herself to be a hired gunsman and she will only work on the amount that Shinji offered. In the manga, Rider briefly fought against Gawain until Kirei Kotomine suggest them to stop.
She is first encountered when Hakuno Kishinami and the servant was going to collect the first Cipher key. She briefly fought against Hakuno's servant until SE.RA.PH intervened. When Shinji hacked the arena to a treasure hunting event, he was hoping this would improve Profligate Pillaging skill and to satisfy Rider's comments about lack of treasury.
In the elevator, Shinji suggested to Hakuno to surrender and work with him. However Rider believes a fixed game doesn't suit to her style. Eventually, she loses against Hakuno's servant, and Shinji blames Rider for being weak. She admits to her failings and calmly suggest to Shinji to accept his fate as they lose. She reminds Shinji about the conversation they had before contract as Master and Servant. She told him to be prepared, because a villain's final moments are laughably miserable. As she fades, she forced a smile toward Hakuno and hopes them to become stronger.
In a flashback, Rider defeated an astronaut Servant and his Master, qualifying her and her Master Shinji Matou to ascend to the second floor. Instead, traumatized by all the death he had been exposed to, Shinji resolved to stay on this floor and rework it into a paradise. Amazed, Rider agreed to support him.
Rider is first found by the male Hakuno Kishinami and Saber in a bar of the ocean city located in the first floor of the Sea of Seven Heavens and Saber first mistakes her for a Master, as she is dressed in casual clothing. She explains to them that the Masters in that city gave up on the Holy Grail War and their Servants in order to live peacefully. After Saber left the bar, Rider asks Hakuno is he was going to sell Saber, to which he responds by asking her if she would turn her gold to mud just to survive. She praises his response and comments that there is still one Master like him who kept his Servant.
After flooding the city, Shinji calls upon Rider to battle Hakuno and Saber. Rider arrives on the Golden Hind and opens fire on Saber, but Rider notes that as she had not fought a battle in a while, her skills and aim are rusty. Saber is eventually knocked into the water, but Hakuno saves her and restores her energy. Saber reveals she figured out Rider's true name is Francis Drake, so Drake congratulates her. Saber uses Imperial Privilege to take control of a sunken ship and ram the Golden Hind with it. As Saber boards her ship and charges her, Drake tries to shoot her, but her guns have run out of ammunition and Saber runs her through.
As she lies dying, Drake asks Shinji to sever their contract so that he will not die with her, but he refuses to abandon her. When Hakuno says he doesn't hate Shinji anymore, Drake tells Shinji that his guilt over betraying his friend is lifted, but Shinji retorts that Hakuno is not his friend. She asks Hakuno why he wants to ascend the floors, but she and Shinji die before he can answer.
Francis Drake is a member of Karl der Große's party. Different from Karna, she disagrees with Karl der Große's ideas, which considered to be the same as plunder. Refusing the invitation of Nero Claudius, Francis Drake claims that her cooperation with Karl der Große is a business and it is a good opportunity to plunder Rome.
Okeanos: The Four Sealed Seas of the EndEdit
Drake is a living hero during the Singularity. Before the arrival of Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight, Drake and her men aboard the Golden Hind set out on a seven-day voyage, during which they came upon Atlantis and its god, Poseidon, who attempted to destroy the world. Drake managed to beat Poseidon and take the Holy Grail that he had from him. This Holy Grail was a genuine one and not one of the ones causing Singularities. It granted Drake enhanced physical abilities, on the level of a Servant. She and her crew then got caught up in a storm, that caused them to be drawn into the "Okeanos" Singularity, an endless ocean created through the contention between Drake's Grail and the Grail of "Okeanos".
Drake meets with Ritsuka and Mash when they are led to her hideout, after having defeated some of her men. They hold a celebration, during which Ritsuka and Mash notice Drake's Holy Grail and think that it is the Grail of the Singularity. However, they find out that it's a real Grail, not the one they are looking for. Drake decides to aid them in their search, setting off with them and her crew.
They encounter other Servants, including Asterios and Euryale who join them, as well as Blackbeard and his allies, who hold the Grail of the Singularity. They fight Blackbeard's forces twice, managing to beat them on the second time with the help of Artemis and Orion. However, Hector kills Blackbeard and escapes with both the Grail and Euryale. They track down Hector, who arrives onboard the Argo, where Jason, Heracles and Medea Lily also await. Drake's forces are unable to defeat them, instead, managing to escape.
The party encounters Atalanta and David, who join them to defeat Jason and prevent him from reaching the Ark. They then confront Jason again, managing to defeat his allies and Jason, who is transformed into the Demon God Forneus, ending the Singularity.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
Agartha: The Mythical Subterranean CityEdit
When the Agartha singularity manifested, Drake disappeared from Chaldea, ending up inside the singularity. Her Saint Graph was modified by Scheherazade's Phenex-enhanced Noble Phantasm, and she was made to play the role of Dahut.
Ancient Titans' Ocean: AtlantisEdit
She wields a pair of Flintlock style pistols and Hakuno initially thought that she was an Archer class. Normally Flintlock pistol can fire a single bullet but in her case, she can fire them rapidly and Rider claims that her pistols run on mana as ammunition.
Her Noble Phantasm is her flagship, the Golden Hind, at the fore, a vast flotilla of smaller craft expand ever outward and exterminates her enemies with overwhelming firepower. Its attributes contain vestiges of not only the fleet that eventually defeated the mighty Spanish Armada, but also of the stories involving the golden stag and the eventide tempest that had spread throughout the whole of Europe. Golden Wild Hunt is Rider's ace in the hole and forms the basis of her day-to-day life. The eventide tempest is the encapsulation of all storms, from blizzards to cyclones, which manifest in the imagination of men as beasts and soldiers, saviors and monsters. Depending on who is speaking, the leader of these apparitions ranges from a fallen King Arthur to the Norse god Odin to the first murderer of men, Cain. in England, it is believed that Francis Drake rides the endless storm despite the fact that the role assigned to her is usually given to malevolent figures of history and myth.
Rider has 3,094 HP, and her in-game skills are:
- Helada Sol Poniendo: Big Sister's Resplendent Plunder (姐さんの華麗な略奪, Nee-san no Kareina Ryakudatsu?, localized as Profligate Pillaging) - Her ATTACK power increases based on treasure found. She will use this skill on the 1st move. This Skill is affected by how many Pirate Bounties she got during the Treasure Hunting event.
- Culverin Cannons (カルバリン砲, Karubarin-Hō?) - Drake can also materialize certain portions of a ship, such a causing four cannon ports to materialize in the air and having them fire at the enemy. It inflicts physical damage on an enemy. She will use this skill on the 3rd move.
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Rider was ranked 144th.
- ↑ 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 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25
 Fate/EXTRA material - SERVANT Parameter and Skills: SERVANT RIDER, p.009
- Master: Shinji Matou
- Identity: Francis Drake
- Gender: Female
- Height, Weight: 162cm/55kg
- Alignment：Chaotic evil
- Strength: D
- Endurance: C
- Agility: B
- Mana: E
- Luck: EX
- Noble Phantasm: A+
■ Magic Resistance: D
■ Voyager of the Storm: A+
■ Pioneer of the Stars: EX
■ Golden Wild Hunt: The Night of the Golden Hind and the Storm
Range: 20 ~ 40
Maximum number of targets: 20 ships forward deployment
- マスター：間桐 慎二
- Master: Shinji Matou
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
 Fate/EXTRA material - Character Profile: El Draque RIDER, p.072
El Draque RIDER
- Height: 162cm
- Weight: 55kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Image colour: Maroon
- Talents: Hard sell, Gold account
- Likes: Alcohol, Largess
- Dislike: Men of justice, Planning, Tone-deafness
- Enemy: Elizabeth, Main Protagonist
- Height: 162cm
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 Fate/Grand Order material II - Francis Drake, p.234-243
- ↑ 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 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24
 Fate/Grand Order - Rider Profile [T]
Francis Drake - Rider
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Arco Wada
Voice Actor: Urara Takano
Noble Phantasm: A+
Voyager of the Storm: A
Golden Rule: B
Pioneer of the Stars: EX
Magic Resistance: D
Golden Wild Hunt: The Golden Hind and the Night of Storms
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
An adventurer, privateer and fleet commander.
The individual who accomplished the circumnavigation and, with its earnings, opened the path for England to become the supreme ruler of the Age of Discovery.
Also, the "woman who made the sun fall" that consigned to oblivion the robust Spanish Armada and caused the de facto collapse of Spain, which was called the empire where the sun never sets.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: Chaotic Evil Gender:
A woman pirate who is more manly than men.
Level 2 Bond
With a personality that treats good people and scoundrels without distinction.
A hedonist who simply loves to be showy.
Approving ephemeral pleasures, she likes the way how there is nothing left after raging like a storm in both war and private life.
Likes treasures of gold and silver, but what she loves is not to keep savings, but rather to expend them.
Level 3 Bond
"The Golden Hind and the Night of Storms"
Rank: A+ Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Golden Wild Hunt.
Having Drake's favorite ship - the Golden Hind - as its core, the countless fleets she commanded while alive are summoned・deployed in the form of ghosts. Annihilates the enemy with the overwhelming firepower of simultaneous bombardment.
Level 4 Bond
- Pioneer of the Star: EX
An unique Skill bestowed to a hero who became a turning point in human history.
Any and all difficult voyages, penances turn from "impossibilities" into "events that can be realized".
Level 5 Bond
Francis Drake is the first great man who accomplished the circumnavigation while still alive (the very first, Magellan, died midway through).
He was a man in historical fact, but Drake appears in this work as a woman. This is caused by the fact how nobody in her surroundings saw Drake as a woman.
According to a sailor, "Ergh, we cannot call ourselves men if we look the captain as a woman; or rather, it would be rude towards her."
Because she is an ephemeral hedonist, what lies at very the end is a brilliant ruin.
This Heroic Spirit has no attachment to life (human life. Meaning, pride as a human being), and instead approved death (the ruin that comes equally to all people).
At 53 years-old, she died from a plague.
It has been said that, right before dying, eccentricities such as trying to wear an armor while confused in sickbed stood out.
フランシス・ドレイク - ライダー
- Pioneer of the Star: EX
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 Encyclopedia/Fate/EXTRA CCC
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fate/EXTRA Last Encore - Episode 03: The Night of the Golden Hind and the Storm -Golden Wild Hunt-
- ↑ Fate/EXTRA Last Encore - Episode 02: Dead Phase -Dead Face-
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 04: III / Observatory Forneus
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Agartha: The Mythical Subterranean Society, Prologue
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Agartha: The Mythical Subterranean Society, Chapter 6
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Agartha: The Mythical Subterranean Society, Chapter 12
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Agartha: The Mythical Subterranean Society, Chapter 15