Rider of "Red" ("赤"のライダー, "Aka" no Raidā?) is the Rider-class Servant of Cabik Pentel of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Shirou Kotomine assumes command over him before he even meets his Master, and through his machinations he later officially becomes Rider's Master.
Rider's True Name is Achilles (アキレウス, Akireusu?), one of the famous heroes in the Trojan Wars. Born from the sea goddess Thetis and the hero Peleus, Achilles was blessed by the gods from birth. His mother Thetis, having greatly loved her son, had warmed him within holy flames in order to try and make him immortal. But her husband Peleus had opposed it, saying “Then that would destroy Achilles as a human”, and in the end Achilles grew up while only a certain part of him remained human. Eventually, when war broke out between Troia and Achaea, Achilles was asked the following by his mother Thetis: "Do you wish to live a long and peaceful life without having your name recognized by the masses? Or do you wish to live the short life of a hero with brilliant achievements in battle?" Achilles choice went without saying. At the same time as his mother felt pride in his decision, she also felt heartbreakingly sad, because his fate had been predetermined since he was born. If he lived as a hero, he would have a short life, as if sprinting through it at full speed.
When Achilles was a young child, his mother Thetis returned to her home at the bottom of the sea, due to discord with his father Peleus. Chiron, who had raised many heroes, was an old friend of Peleus. Peleus requested Chiron to train his son and Chiron happily accepted the role of mentoring Achilles for nine years.
After having grown up, he participated in the Trojan War as part of the Achaean army and continued achieving many great feats. He was a human who was exceedingly close to the level of the gods. A fast-sprinting hero with an invincible body, his body blessed by all the gods could never received any wounds, but his heel alone was this hero's vital weak point. The spear his father had given to him pierced through all other heroes. With his chariot led by three steeds, consisting of two divine horses given to him as a gift from the sea god Poseidon and a famous horse he stole while assaulting a certain city, no one could chase after him from behind.
Hector was one of the greatest heroes in the Trojan War, being equal in strength and skill with Achilles, even when his weak point was exposed. Hector was the killer of Achilles' friend Patroclus. Achilles, enraged with his friend's death, challenged Hector in a one-on-one fight. Even after killing Hector, the way Achilles insulted him by dragging his corpse around with his chariot was a foolish and intolerable act. As a result, he incurred the displeasure of the sun god Apollo, but despite being repeatedly warned to restrain himself, Achilles continued slaughtering the Trojan army. So the enraged Apollo aided the Trojan army's bow expert Paris, and guided him to shoot Achilles' only weak point—that is, his heel. Having his heart pierced by arrows one after another afterwards, Achilles sensed his own death, but continued fiercely fighting and using all his strength to kill the soldiers of the Trojan army around him. Just as predicted, he had a short life, but his legend as a hero was carved into the world.
Rider appears to be a great hero just from his appearance, one who would be admired by any man or woman, young or old. While his face is pleasing to the eyes, it is not like the knights of old whose courteousness softened the hearts of noble ladies. He has the eyes of a raptor, a strong and firm build, and the lack of any appearance of crudeness.
Rider has spiky green hair that stands up except for a single bang that hangs over the left side of his face. The chest piece of his silver armor also features a bird. An orange cloth is wrapped loosely around his body.
Rider is described as being broad-minded and audacious, often displaying a carefree smile on his face. He is not a hero like Berserker of Red who rebelled against all authority, but he is far removed from knights who valiantly served kings. Even if ordered by his Master, he is a Servant who will not accept tasks he does not wish to complete, showing his nature as a "hero." He thinks little of those called kings, so he has "fatal lack of compatibility" with those like Assassin of Red; the only exception would be the Amazon Queen Penthesilea, as he had an awful amount of regret when he killed her with his spear thus making it hesitant for him to fight against female opponents. During the course of a regular war, the first clash would likely have been between the two of them. In such a way, he once openly ignored orders from a king he disliked, only taking up arms for the sake of a slain comrade. While he is able to stand stern against those he has marked as enemies, he becomes soft when faced with those whom he has already marked as "good people" when they temporarily remove themselves from being his ally.
He has striven to live his life in such a way that he is constantly the target of killing intent and hateful animosity, and he has become accustomed to it. He was one who stood out alongside other heroes, displaying confidence in any battle and a great will to fight. His thirst for blood is such that normal humans will have their spirits utterly crumble before him. He freely boasts before his opponents and mocks them severely, even while outnumbered and not fighting at full power. He was one whose one true friend and the women who loved him meant all the world, so such things are nothing to him. For the opponents of the war whose scornful glares are directed at him, the only difference compared to those who directed animosity towards him in his life are the time in which they existed and the weapons they wielded. He views them as all the same, and plans to cut them down like they are nothing.
He has a very close relationship with Archer of Red and calls her as "Sister" (姐さん, Nee-san?), ("Missy" in the Fate/Apocrypha anime). Due to him and Archer being from the same lands, Assassin believes that he will no doubt make advances on her. While his charm and demeanor are enough to fluster even a "virtuous wife" with his words, though they are not effective due to her time in the wild. When they work together for the first time, Caster of Red suggested to write a love poem for them, Rider's eyes sparkled with joy at Caster's suggestion and happily accepted it.
Rider seemed to be obsessed with facing Archer of Black as he was a similar existence as him and was capable of harming him. When he learns Archer is Chiron, it was only natural that Achilles had wavered for an instant. Chiron had been an absolute figure and symbol to his younger self. His gentleness, seriousness and words had been engraved like magic into the young Achilles. Chiron was a father, teacher, older brother and close friend whom he spent his childhood with, when he was at his most sensitive. For Achilles, who was the son of a hero, had received the blessings of the Olympian gods and had been given looks of awe, respect and admiration from many young warriors, there were few people he could truly call his friends or teachers. Chiron was, beyond a doubt, one of those few people. He was someone Achilles could trust just as much as his close friend Patroclus. Rider still respectfully calls him master (先生, sensei?). There was definitely a bond between them. Teacher and student, friend and friend who trusted each other from the bottom of their hearts. Even if they trampled on those feelings, vast 'joy' over facing each other that surpassed their other feelings definitely existed in their hearts.
He wishes to fulfill the vow he made with his mother, "live like a hero and die like a hero" and to fight against Chiron. Despite this, however, the three people that Achilles never wants to have a rematch with, regardless whether it is before or after his death, are Hector, Penthesilea and Chiron.
The Beginning Stages of the War
Rider, on his own judgment, follows Archer of Red as she chases the marching Berserker of Red to the Black Faction's base in Trifas, later officially asked by Shirou to provide backup after he decides that Rider would not willingly accept the task of killing Ruler. Rider attempts to make an advance on Archer when she asks his reason for being there, but her lack of any reaction leaves him only able to cough and get back to his mission. Curious about only having interacted with Shirou Kotomine instead of his Master, he asks Archer if it has been the same for her, which she affirms. As they speculate on the reasoning for them not showing themselves, they think it to be a possible magi eccentricity or plan for future battle, but find Shirou and Assassin of Red to be suspicious.
Berserker soon encounters his first enemy resistance from the Black Faction, but the two observe the battle because they are not enemy Servants. Unwilling to show his true power to the enemy, Rider only takes up his spear rather than his rightful weapon, his mount, and Archer takes to the woods to provide support from the rear. Preparing for battle, he engages Berserker of Black and Saber of Black, taunting the other side in underestimating him with just two Servants and that their entire force would be needed against him. Rider shows his superiority over Saber and Berserker by exceeding them both in skill and ability, as well as demonstrating the nigh invincibility granted to him by his Noble Phantasm, Andreias Amarantos. Due to Saber possessing no Divinity to match Rider's, he is unable to injury Rider, which prompts his Master, Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia, to use one of his Command Spells to force Saber into using his Noble Phantasm, Balmung. However, before Saber can utilize Balmung, which would reveal his True Name, Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia intervenes and forces Gordes to use another Command Seal to stop the attack. Rider is disappointed and slightly confused over Saber not using his Noble Phantasm, but to his shock, he suddenly struck by an arrow that manages to injure him. This arrow was shot by the Archer of Black, who, possessing Divinity of Rank C, is capable of wounding Rider. As more arrows are shot, Rider attempts to avoid them, only to notice that the attacker is capable of predicting his movements. Knowing that he is at a disadvantage, Rider retreats, though not before claiming that he will face Archer of Black again. Archer of Red also retreats alongside him.
Battle At Castle Yggdmillennia
Rider, along with the rest of the Red Faction Servants, aside from Saber of Red and Berserker of Red, later attack Fortress of Millennia onboard Assassin of Red's Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Demonstrating the power of his mount, Troias Tragōidia, he easily tramples the Black Faction's homunculi. But his mount is stopped by Caster of Black's golems, which does little to stop him as Rider continues to kill and destroy both golem and homunculi alike until he blocks an arrow fired by Archer of Black. Rider then goes off to engage Archer of Black in the woods, deflecting all arrows fired at him as closes the distances between them. However, he hesitates to strike Archer when he sees that Archer is his former friend and mentor, Chiron. Archer uses this opportunity to attack Rider, stating to him that although they were friends in life, it has no relevance in the Grail War. Although somewhat hesitant, Rider continues battling Archer, until both retreat when Berserker of Red unleashes his Noble Phantasm, Crying Warmonger.
Confronting Lancer of Black and Shirou's True Identity
After the Red Faction uses the Hanging Gardens to steal the Greater Grail, Rider again faces off against Archer of Black, who came to retrieve the Grail along with Caster of Black and Lancer of Black. However, their fight is interrupted when Darnic suddenly appears and uses a Command Spell to force Lancer of Black to activate his Noble Phantasm, Legend of Dracula, turning Lancer in a vampire and combines himself with him. The Servants temporarily unite to battle the Nameless Vampire, with the recently arrived Ruler also empowering them. However, the Servants of Red suddenly fall down due to their contracts being switched to Shirou Kotomine, who also destroys the Nameless Vampire. Shirou then invites all of the Servants to join him, claiming that there is no point for the Black Faction to continue. Rider of Red and Archer of Red are suspicious of him, but Lancer of Red agrees to listen to Shirou, not allowing the others to damage him. Caster of Black also decides to ally with Shirou, while Ruler and Archer of Black flee the Hanging Gardens.
Joining Amakusa Shirou's Camp
When the Red Servants later negotiate the terms of between their new Master, Shirou, Rider agrees to help Shirou, wanting to battle Archer of Black again, although he is skeptical of him. Rider later questions Shirou of his goals, with Shirou saying that he only wants to gain salvation for humanity and has no other mischievous intentions.
The Final Battle
When the Black Faction launches their attack on the Hanging Gardens, flying on top of airplanes, Rider rides his chariot and destroys many of the airplanes while also avoiding attacks from Archer of Black. Rider of Red eventually lands down, confronting Archer on top of an airplane. He activates his Noble Phantasm's Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē's ability, that creates a Duelfield, that no one else can enter, where Rider and Archer battle each other in unarmed combat. Although being closely equal, Rider manages to beat Archer, who is left unable to move. Before his death though, Archer manages to hit Rider's heel with his Noble Phantasm, Antares Snipe, neutralizing his immortality. He also asks Rider to loan one of his Noble Phantasms to the Black Faction, before finally dying. Rider of Red later meets the wounded Rider of Black, giving his Akhilleus Kosmos to him, out of respect for his teacher. Rider also shows up during Ruler's battle against Archer of Red, who had succumbed to madness due to her Noble Phantasm, Agrius Metamorphosis. Rider tells Ruler to leave, while facing Archer himself. He manages to defeat her, although he is mortally wounded in the process. During Archer's final moments, Rider comforts her, saying that her dream was wonderful. He also fades away afterward.
The original Light Novel has a different scene in regards of the final battle of Rider. Before finally confronting Archer, he recalled his past and why he liked her so much, namely because his father Peleus used to tell him the stories of his past, participating in the Hunt for the Golden Fleece with the Argonauts and the Hunt for Calydonian Boar, where he met a beautiful swift-footed huntress that took center stage of both events and even defeated him in a ceremonial wrestling match. Rider was inspired by the stories and considered her his idol, which hurt him when he saw her succumbing to madness and decided that he had to set her straight to preserve her image. In his victory, he was reminded with his final battle against Penthesilea, whereas after he expressed regret to kill a beautiful person, she went into rage and cursed that he would use his spear to slay a beloved person before she died, a curse that was fulfilled in the time he impaled Archer. To further comfort Archer, he's then shown crying over her own sorrow and despair over her unrewarding but beautiful dream that she kept pursuing, which was enough to grant peace to her mind, and they faded together in the same time, knowing that a journey to Hell would be all right when they're together.
Achilles appears in Alexander interlude.
Fate Apocrypha: Inheritance of Glory
Achilles is without a doubt, a first rate Servant, and is considered a top rank Heroic Spirit that boasts of worldwide‐class fame. His fame equals the legendary Greek Hero, Heracles and is comparable to Vlad III, even within Romania. Among the many Servants from Greek Mythology, he boasts of power that ranks next to Heracles. He is seen as one of two Servants of the Red Faction to have unparalleled strength, the other being Karna. Ruler estimates that Achilles boasts power and ability that rivals Karna, and states that his existence alone completely changes the course of the battle. Shirou Kotomine also states that Achilles could match Karna, and considers him powerful enough to oppose Vlad III, even within Romania. Due to his power the Subcategory Holy Grail War in Greece simply turned into a competition for his catalyst, just like the previous one was a competition for a catalyst for Heracles before he was banned. In addition to his strength he possesses an abnormally abundant number of Noble Phantasms. As such he would instantly run out of mana if he used them in a normal Holy Grail War. The mana consumption of his chariot is particularly harsh, meaning only a first rate Master can fully utilize him.
He is extolled as the fastest hero regardless of era, which is embodied as the Noble Phantasm Dromeus Komētēs. Although his physical prowess is high, it is not an impossible standard for a Servant, but even taking that into account his speed still greatly stands out. Being equated to instantaneous movement, he is able to strike anything that enters into his field of vision, as he can close the distance instantly. His speed is so overwhelming that not many Heroic Spirits can keep up with him, even if an enemy can see through all his attacks, they are unable to completely avoid or block all of his attacks.
Affections of the Goddess increases his parameters by one rank in all statistics other than Mana and Luck, and he displays a C rank in Divinity due to being born of Sea Goddess Thetis and the human hero Peleus. He possesses a high rank in Riding as a Class Skill of the Rider Class, allowing him to mount any creature other than Dragons, and he displays Magic Resistance able to nullify spells with chants below two verses while leaving him susceptible to stronger magecraft.
Achilles is a natural born warrior, and possesses the qualifications to be summoned as a Lancer, Berserker and Shielder, although his complement of Noble Phantasms is slightly different in each of the other classes.  As a Rider, Achilles fights using his hero-killing spear, Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē utilizing thrust and swipe techniques along with clever feints to overwhelm his opponent with his divine speed. His skill with the spear is so great that he would have no trouble being summoned as a Lancer. Normally speaking, he would have easily gouged out Chiron's heart if he did not see through his body's movements and habits. After changing up his fighting-style with tricky moves in the middle of his fight with Chiron, he was able to temporarily corner him. He is skilled enough to fight Saber of Black in combat despite his outstanding swordsmanship. Furthermore Achilles has a sword that he can use in conjunction to his spear, in order to fight hordes of enemies. Due to his Bravery skill the damage he inflicts on an opponent during melee combat is increased and mental interference is nullified.
One of Achilles' known fighting styles is the "poisonous serpent", an effective style for warding off enemy attacks while attacking with quick thrusts. Additionally Achilles is proficient in using his spear as a throwing weapon, being able to throw it fast enough to surpass the speed of sound.
Due to being trained by Chiron in the world's oldest mixed martial art, Pankration. Achilles is very skilled in unarmed combat, utilizing powerful punches, elbows and kicks to overwhelm his opponent with his sheer power and speed. A singe kick was able to crush Chiron's eye and another was able to send him flying. He can perform throws and locks as well, to slam an opponent to the ground or break their neck. During his barehanded duel against Chiron, his final punch went through his chest and was stated to not be inferior to a Noble Phantasm.
During serious fights he mounts his flying chariot, Troias Tragōidia, to trample and crush his enemies with the chariot's excellent charging power and speed. Achilles' greatest noble phantasm and trump card however is his shield, Akhilleus Kosmos.
Due to Andreias Amarantos, his invulnerability that nullifies all attacks with the exception of his Achilles' Heel (アキレス腱, Akiresu-ken?) of those who do not possess Divinity of a certain rank. He cannot be harmed in any way by the Black Faction Servants aside from Chiron, making it impossible for them to win in combat without him. Due to a high rank in Battle Continuation, he is able to fight even when given grievous injuries. Compared to Saber of Black's weakpoint that can allow even the weakest of Servants to kill him, Rider, who "doesn't know when to give up", can continue fighting for a time even after either of his weak-points, his heel and heart, are struck.
Creation and Conception
He was not part of the designs for the original canceled online game project. Since Saint George was discarded and left an empty Rider slot, Yuuichirou Higashide thought it should be someone really famous who wouldn’t be too intertwined with the main plot of the story and the candidate that came to his mind was Achilles.
Ototsugu Konoe was responsible for the character design.
- ↑ 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 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29
 Fate/Apocrypha material - STATUS: Rider of Red, p.038-039
Master: Shirou Kotomine
True name: Achilles
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Noble Phantasm: A+
■ Magic Resistance: C
Cancel spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against Magecraft on the level of High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals.
■ Riding : A+
Creatures on the level of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast can be used as mounts. However, that does not apply to members of the Dragon Kind.
■ Battle Continuation: A
Doesn't know when to give up.
Even after being being struck in his weak points, heart and Achilles Heel he continued fighting for a while.
■ Bravery: A+
Ability to nullify mental interference such as coercion, confusion, and glamours.
Also damage in hand-to-hand combat also increases.
■ Goddess's Affection: B
Affection is from his mother, Thetis.
Other than MAN and LUK, all stats are Rank-Up.
■ Divinity: C
Sea Goddess Thetis and human hero Peleus's child.
■ Troias Tragoidia: Tempestuous Immortal Chariot
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 50 people
Three-horsed chariot. Posiden the sea god, bestowed two immortal divine horses, the other, a great horse, was pillaged from a city. He tramples through the battlefield with godspeed. Increase is speed is also proportional to increase in damage dealt. At the highest speed it is just like a giant galloping lawnmower.
■ Dromeus Cometes: Comet Form
Type: Anti-Unit (Self) Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 1 Person
A Noble Phantasm whose activation is usually triggered by stepping out of "Tempeteous Immortal Chariot."
It is an embodiment of the legend that he is the fastest among all heroes of all eras.
He can run through a giant battlefield in one breath, obstacles on the field will not slow him down.
It must expose his weak-point, the Achilles Heel, however there aren't many heroic spirits that can keep up with his speed.
■ Andres Amarantos: Amaranth of the Brave
Type: Anti-Unit (Self) Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 1 Person
Other than the heel, his mother, goddess Thetis, gave him immortality.
Any type of attack is nullfied. A person with a certain rank or above in the skill Divinity would negate this effect.
■ Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē: Spear-tip of the Star Traversing the Skies
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Max Targets: 1 person
A Noble Phantasm that becomes usable when dismounted from Troias Tragōidia.
A long spear that Chiron sent as a wedding gift to Achilles's parent's.
For the purpose of allowing fellow Heroic Spirits a one on one match, an area that is comparable to a Reality Marble is construction.
Because he has not been summoned as a Lancer, one part of the spear's ability, a curse of mortality, has been lost.
Also, because he killed the Amazon Queen Penthesilea with this spear, he cannot invoke the true name against female opponents due to an awful amount of regret.
■ Akhilleus Kosmos: The Azure Sky Enclosing this Small World
Type: Barrier Noble Phantasm
Max Targets: 1 person
A defense type, bounded field Noble Phantasm that is comparable to Rho Aias. A shield said to be constructed by the god of smithing, Hephaestus. The world that Achilles saw. The outer circumference portion has a swirling ocean currents because of the sea god.
To oppose this shield is the same as making a world your opponent.
Can protect from Anti-Fortress, Anti-Country, Anti-God Noble Phantasms.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
 Fate/Apocrypha material - CHARACTER Profile: Rider of “Red”, p.098-099 [T]
Rider of “Red” - Real name: Achilles
- Height: 185cm
- Weight: 97kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Talents: All the skills necessary for a hero
- Likes: Victory and a pretty girl's smile
- Dislike: Fate
- Image colour: White green
- Enemy: Hector, Penthesilea
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
“赤”のライダー - 真名：アキレウス
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
- Height: 185cm
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Rider of “Red” [Servant], p.152-153 [T]
Rider of “Red” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Red camp. Though he was deceived by Shirou Kotomine, he understood the situation and reluctantly decided to serve him. A natural-born warrior who, rather than concerning himself over whether or not Shirou’s wish would be fulfilled, looked forward to his showdown with Archer of Black more than anything else.
His true name is Achilles. The fastest hero among all humanity, lauded for his great valor and prowess in the Trojan War. He definitely ranks equals with Heracles in terms of fame—after all, his name is attached to one of the vital points of the human body.
However, in contrast with his fame, the time during which Achilles accomplished great deeds was comparatively short. His deeds are also almost completely carved into the Trojan War alone. He had the turning point of his life thrust before him at a young age: he could run through his life like a transient gale in exchange for accomplishing magnificent deeds in the Trojan War, or he could become a person unknown to anyone in the world and live a long life.
Achilles gave his answer to his mother without hesitating. “—I will live a short yet brilliant life.”
Achilles was raised by Chiron and, after undergoing training as a hero, he threw himself into the Trojan War. Meeting his sword friend Patroclus, meeting his wife, battles and sworn rivals, meeting Hector—
Without a doubt, Achilles ran through his life while treating all of those things as a joy to have experienced.
He is without a doubt first rate as a Servant. Even among the Servants from Greek legend, he boasts of power that ranks next to Heracles. He also has an abnormally abundant number of Noble Phantasms. In the beginning, all these Noble Phantasms were written out, and when I consulted over how many of them should be used, Mr. NP said, “Isn’t a super-strong Servant with an abundance of Noble Phantasms fine?”, and easily permitted all of them to be adopted. I never thought I would end up using all of them…
Naturally, he is a Servant who would instantly run out of prana if he used them in a normal Holy Grail War. The prana consumption of Rider’s chariot is uncommonly harsh in particular, and only a first rate Master could fully utilize him.
Additionally, besides the Rider class, Achilles has aptitude as a Lancer, Berserker and, quite unusually, a Shielder. His complement of Noble Phantasms is slightly different in each of the other classes. For instance, as a Lancer, he would lose his chariot since it is his Noble Phantasm as a Rider, but his spear would gain the secondary effect of causing HP reduction.
His fatal weak point, his heel, serves as the linchpin for his Noble Phantasms “Andreis Amarantos: Amaranth of the Brave”, which maintains his immortality, and “Dromeus Cometes: Comet Form”, for which he is extolled as the fastest, and when his heel is pierced, these two Noble Phantasms disappear. After being pierced once, it is extremely difficult for his heel to be healed, and, without the use of some extraordinary means, there is no way for him to completely regain his running speed afterwards.
In this Great Holy Grail War, Achilles wished for a showdown with his teacher, Archer of Black, and gave his assent to Shirou Kotomine’s actions for the sake of accomplishing that. This might be because, leaving aside his animosity towards Semiramis, he does not really hold much ill feelings towards Shirou. Just as Archer of Black aptly pointed out, Achilles is naïve when it comes to his recognition of enemies and allies. This is a probably demonstration of the difference of experience between him and the older Cu Chulainn, who is able to decisively kill when he needs to kill even when split between enemies and allies in such a manner.
His connection to Atalanta actually begins from a story he heard from his father in life. His father, who was always somehow gentle and could never stand up against his mother, had spoken of his encounter with Atalanta embarrassingly, and because of that the young Achilles always remembered her. He never got the chance to meet her in life, though.
Achilles thinks that it is his fault for overlooking Atalanta’s transformation while engrossed in his own battle. He fought her in her rampage as a way of atonement. Achilles cried out of guilt for having crushed Atalanta’s dream.
But I’d like to think that it was that very naivety and tears of her that granted Atalanta a small measure of salvation at the very end.
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 4
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2, Chapter 2
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2, Chapter 3
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2, Chapter 2
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Subcategory Holy Grail Wars [Others], p.154-155 [T]
Subspecies Holy Grail Wars [Others]
The small Holy Grail Wars that have been recklessly happening everywhere since several decades ago in the “Apocrypha” world. Varying from those with only two Servants to wars with five Servants which, though inferior in scale to Fuyuki, are still considerably large conflicts, all kinds of Holy Grails Wars are brightly, happily and violently taken place throughout the world.
This is because, after the Third Holy Grail War, Darnic disseminated information on the structure of the Holy Grail War, which normally should have been concealed at all costs, to other magi in order to forestall them from searching for the Holy Grail that he had stolen.
Even for magi who lament over how the Root is just a distant fairy tale, once they learned that they could take a step… or perhaps even just half a step towards reaching it through this ritual, they ended up desperately creating Holy Grails of their own.
Broadly speaking, out of a hundred Holy Grails made, ninety-five of them get stalled due to setbacks in the midst of constructing them, and out of the remaining finished five Grails, four end up incomplete and explode while prana is poured into them. The last remaining Grail out of them all manages to work properly, but the ritual is degraded in quality and cannot be compared to the one in Fuyuki.
However, with the prana accumulated in the Grail, it still becomes possible to bring about miracles of varying scale. Being summoned by such a shoddy Holy Grail is a real nuisance to the Servants, though. There are many Servants who refuse the summoning or rebel and kill their Masters.
Amongst young magi, something like a “Holy Grail War Walkthrough Wiki” has been secretly created and is used to outwit obstinate old magi by mustering their intelligence… maybe. The early period right after the subspecies Holy Grails began was called the “golden era of Assassins”, where Assassins (Hassan-i-Sabbah) were a great menace (because, on top of their prana consumption being low, killing Masters was far easier than battles between Servants, so it might have seemed like easier work in its own way), but by the middle period, countermeasures against them were naturally taken and the Hassan boom fell into decline. It’s apparently a common sight for Masters who enjoy having their Servants fight each other to easily team up just as Assassin is confirmed to be summoned.
It is quite common in the subspecies Holy Grail Wars for the Servants to be unable to display their full power as much as in Fuyuki depending on the quality of the leylines, and, since the advantages and disadvantages of each Servant also becomes clear according to their level of fame in the land where a war takes place, it often turns into a competition to obtain the catalysts of local Servants.
For instance, a subspecies Holy Grail War in Greece would create a struggle for a “catalyst of Heracles”, and the magi who managed to get it would win… In other words, the whole thing seems to go full circle and turn into a simple battle of magecraft between magi in the end. As a cute one-time divorcee magus said, “Rather, the whole idea of fighting that macho guy in his homeland is seriously ridiculous in the first place.”
After the use of Heracles was forbidden as a result of that, the next war turned into a competition over the catalyst of Achilles, and so there has never been a proper Holy Grail War held in Greece. There exist terrible tales of Holy Grail Wars like this.
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 3, Chapter 2
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 4, Chapter 2
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha Volume 4, Chapter 2
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Restructuring [Others], p.187-188 [T]
Discarded Servants [Other]
The Servants who experienced the bitterness of being discarded in the transition from the proto-version of “Apocrypha” featured in “Complete material IV” to the official light novels.
The one who disappeared first was Sakata Kintoki. As an enemy to the protagonist side, he’s a far too nice guy to fight, and as an ally, he’s very reliable. Furthermore, one aspect of the plot that was decided near the beginning was that “Frankenstein will use her Noble Phantasm and revive”, so Frankenstein had to take up the slot for the ally Berserker, causing Kintoki to be discarded. The next one to be cut was Musashibou Benkei. In his case, I briefly outlined him as a Servant who’s mentality was very complex which made him hard to act as a partner to a Master, but the Master-Servant pairs had already been decided and there was too little room for him to cut in. Most of all, there were three Lancers drafted in the first place, and the remaining two were Vlad III and Karna. The fact that he was a Japanese Servant also played a factor, so he was unfortunately retired from the running.
During this period of the plot creation, the following had already been basically decided: “Romanian stage. Vlad III’s big fame bonus. Central Servants are Jeanne and Astolfo, and the rival Servant is Amakusa Shirou Tokisada.” Therefore, the next one to be retired was Georgius. Since he would be the third saint in the story, he would have to be included in the ideological conflict between Jeanne and Amakusa, but I feared it would become too confusing. Also, considering the final outcome of the story, his value as a character dimmed further since his Noble Phantasm would cause the metamorphosis midway through the story, so he was discarded.
Now then, one of the two planned Riders has been discarded and left an empty Rider slot, so let’s think of possible choices. If possible, it should be someone really famous who wouldn’t be too intertwined with the main plot of the story… With that thinking, the candidate that came to mind was Achilles.
I want one more Servant suitable to act as a rival to Achilles on the opposing team from him. For example, how about his teacher Chiron? But in that case, one of the initially planned Archers would have to be discarded.
At this point, it was already decided that Atalanta would oppose Jeanne, so she had to be in the Red camp like Achilles. The remaining Archer was David. There was no problem with him as an ally character-wise, Vlad III was planned to be made the head of the Black camp. If there were another world-famous king on the same team as him, his relationship with Vlad would become complex… As such, David was the last one to be discarded.
This segment has already become very drawn-out, but, well, I have say to congratulations for them all getting to make a return in “Fate/Grand Order”…