Roland is the paladin leader of the Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne. Recognized as one of the more popular and renowned of the Paladins, he is famed for being the wielder of Durandal that he received from Charlemagne. Roland was said to have fallen in love with the beautiful queen Angelica, but she rejected the idea of falling in love and eloping with a "mere soldier" out of her pride. This caused Roland to go mad, throwing off all his clothes and rampaging around while nude. During his rampage, Astolfo and the other Paladins worked hard to capture him. Astolfo notably dressed as a woman during the episode, wearing such clothing to calm and appease Roland. He says the hair ornaments worn during that period are an "irresistible proof of friendship" between the two. Astolfo eventually brought him a bottle of reason from the moon and restored his sanity.
When Roland was eventually on the verge of death in battle, he made an attempt to break Durandal to keep it from falling into enemy hands, but its indestructible nature did not allow for that. The sword appeared in various other legends revolving around Charlemagne, and it eventually became a symbol of Roland's bravery.
While Waiting for RolandEdit
In Astolfo's Interlude, he forces Ritsuka Fujimaru to accompany him to the Orleans Singularity under the assumption that Roland would eventually be summoned if they just wander around looking for him. While spending some time being lost and carefree about it, Astolfo tells Ritsuka and Mash (who is serving as navigator) a little more about his cousin after denying that they are romantically involved, specifically about how Roland came to enjoy stripping and running around naked.
Eventually, they come across a castle, where Astolfo questions one of the soldiers about whether they had seen a "naked handsome man". Evidently traumatised by Roland's naked rampage, the castle's soldiers attack under the belief that they are Roland's friends. After subduing them, Astolfo and Ritsuka move on to a town where the process repeats itself, with the town's citizens being so appalled that they appear zombie-like.
They track Roland to the wastelands, and Astolfo manages to successfully locate him with his detailed if illogical reasoning. Thankfully, Roland appears to them clothed, and seems reasonable enough until he is introduced to Mash. When she rejects his advances, Roland descends into a rampage yet again and loses his form, revealing that he is actually a figment of Roland's emotions that were left in France rather than the real deal. The figment laments that it wanted to "bare it all" upon defeat, causing Astolfo to burst into laughter and proudly acknowledge that he would like to fight again with Roland and their king, Charlemagne.
He wields the sword Durandal.
Creation and ConceptionEdit
Mineji Sakamoto is the character designer for Roland.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1
 Fate/stay night - Weapon Menu: Durandal [T]
A holy sword favored by Roland, the paladin of Middle Age Europe.
The king Charlemagne was granted the sword by an angel, and awarded it to Roland, the honored leader of the twelve knights.
It holds three miracles and does not lose its sharpness even when its possessor's magical energy is depleted.
Like Caliburn, it is a symbol of power splendidly made.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
 Fate/complete material IV: Extra material - Fate/Apocrypha - Astolfo, p.318-319
Astolfo, the Twelfth Paladin of Charlemagne
In the Charlemagne Legend, he is the son of an English king, and one of Charlemagne's twelve faithful Paladins. He is beautiful beyond all compare, but he is also a frightfully unparalleled blabbermouth, prone to speaking on and on until those involved lose all rationality. His conversations, through no ill intent on his part, have a way of meandering toward maximum social awkwardness. His hobby of adventuring gets himself mixed up in an assorted amount of mischief due to him constantly popping up everywhere. He states that his hair ornaments, which seem like something a princess would wear, are an "irresistible proof of friendship" that he uses to restore peace to his depressively mad boon ally, Orlando.
- Alignment：Chaotic Good
- Height：160cm stand
- Weight：50cm stand
- Armament: Sword, Chainmail, Horn flute
Illustrations: Ototsugu Konoe
Creator: Ototsugu Konoe, Meteo Hoshizora (TYPE-MOON)
- STR: D
- CON: D
- AGI: B
- MGI: C
- LCK: A+
- Noble Phantasm: C
- La Black Luna (Lunatic Moon): The Magic Flute That Calls Panic
A horn that strikes fear into the hearts of all who hear its sound, prompting instinctive escape. Does not affect Heroic Spirits with magical resistance, but normal mages are not immune to its influence. Normally a small horn that hangs from the Servant's belt, it increases in size when activated, becoming large enough to enclose the Servant. Given to the Servant by the good witch Logestila of Avalon as a means to remove a large flock of harpies.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne [Organization], p.171 [T]
Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne [Organization]
The knights of Charlemagne (Charles the Great) who Astolfo served under, for which only the most excellent people were selected to join. They are similar to the Knights of the Round Table in King Arthur’s legend, and the number and members of the Paladins differ depending on the documents which reference them. Among these uncertainties, Astolfo is also definitely confirmed to be one of the Paladins, and other members such as Roland, famed for being the wielder of Durandal, and Oliver, who wielded Hauteclaire, boast of great popularity and renown.
Roland felt in love with a beautiful queen known as Angelica, but due to being a proud woman, she rejected the idea of falling in love with a mere soldier and eloping with him, and so Roland went mad, throwing off all his clothes as he began rampaging around while completely naked. Concerned for him, Astolfo and the other Paladins worked hard to capture him and gave him a bottle of reason brought from the moon, thereby restoring his sanity. Astolfo’s current appearance is connected to how he dressed up as a girl during this episode.
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Rider of “Black” [Servant], p.163-164 [T]
Rider of “Black” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Black camp. His true name is Astolfo, one of Charlemagne’s Twelve Paladins. He is the son of King Otto of England, and was destined to become king in the future.
He is one of the two major problem children in the light novels. Though he possessed a beautiful face and was beloved by all of the other Paladins, he is a “weak” knight whose abilities are inferior to the rest of them.
However, he himself didn’t care about his weakness at all and even when he felt depressed after losing a jousting match, he forget about it soon after. The easy-going Astolfo, whether due to possessing good luck or being loved for his attitude, ended up obtaining various Noble Phantasms.
He was given “Casa Di Logistilla: Declaration of Complete Destruction”, capable of destroying all spells, as a gift from a witch, borrowed the jousting lance “Trap of Argalia: Down with a Touch!” that Argalia had forgotten and left behind, and secured “Hippogriff: Otherworldly Phantasmal Horse” from the evil magus Atlante.
Astolfo fully used these Noble Phantasms and went on various adventures.
…Incidentally, since he happily loaned away most of his borrowed items when someone asked for them, he is the type that fundamentally feels no attachment to goods and objects. That might be precisely why various Noble Phantasms came into Astolfo’s possession during his life.
Astolfo’s clothes are based on his tastes—no, not his tastes; rather, he wore them in order to calm and appease Roland, who went mad after he was spurned by the woman he loved. The reason he had that appearance when he was summoned is probably because the Greater Grail decided that that was the point of “Astolfo’s heyday”. How cruel.
He is truly second-rate as a Servant. He lacks the ability to be first-rate, and even if his abundant Noble Phantasms give him a bit of an advantage, he would be overwhelmingly beaten by someone power like a Saber-class Servant due to the difference in pure strength.
However, if you consider him as a single chess piece among many in the Great Holy Grail War, his abundant Noble Phantasms can expand the breadth of his team’s tactics, and his Noble Phantasms which can make the enemy incapable of moving or fall into confusion are suited to keeping the enemy in place.
You could say he truly is a piece suited to the Great Holy Grail War, but… unfortunately, Astolfo’s sense of values is abnormal. For instance, if even a homunculus asked him for help, he would comply with all his power and do it even while knowing full well that it would be disadvantageous to his camp.
Due to his skill “Evaporation of Sanity”, he also possesses the special skill “Monstrous Strength” limited to magical beasts, though its rank is low, and his Magic Resistance is raised to A rank thanks to his Noble Phantasm. It makes him basically invincible and troublesome against an ordinary magus Master. If he were to aim to kill the other Masters, even winning the Holy Grail War might not be just a dream for him—but regrettably, that’s the type of strategy that Astolfo would definitely refuse, making it a dream within a dream.
In the light novels, his bottomless soft-heartedness, his optimism and, most of all, his dynamic attitude greatly affect the story. If Sieg is the shaft of the car wheel and Ruler is the car wheel, Astolfo is like the lubricating oil. Also, “Evaporation of Sanity” is, obviously, not a good skill. To lack reason means you can’t control your own desires. However, despite lacking reason, Astolfo eliminates the concept of “doing something bad” from his mind on an instinctive level in the first place, so it’s all good in the end…!
His feelings towards Sieg are passionate and frank. Incidentally, Astolfo doesn’t care about male and female gender differences at all. If he loves someone, whether they’re a man or woman is a trivial issue. If Sieg wished for it, he would have probably happily become his partner. However, Sieg himself is only aware of the “act of reproduction” as a phrase that means to bring into existence a life besides oneself.
He has a wish for the Holy Grail, but he still hasn’t thought about what it is. His principle was to think and actually find his wish after he reaches the point where his wish comes true. The reason that Astolfo can be summoned in a Holy Grail War despite this nature of his is because of his sense of duty to help if someone is so troubled that they call for him, similar to Karna. For some reason, it seems another class he is compatible with is the Saber class.
After the end of the light novels, Astolfo went on a wandering journey. Humanity is immature as a species, and Astolfo himself is also immature as a Servant. Even so, to make their lives as they live desperately meaningless was, as he thought, mistaken. Astolfo will continue to optimistically help those who want help without asking for any real compensation and live on until the day when he feels like he wants to live. His way of life, no matter how weak he is, truly is appropriate for a hero.
 Fate/complete material II: Character material - Weapons: Durandal, p.134
One of the Noble Phantasms owned by Gilgamesh.
A holy sword appearing in the “Song of Roland” and emblem of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Wielded by Roland, one of the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, king of the Frankish Empire. When Roland was on the verge of death in battle, he attempted to break Durandal in order to keep it from falling into enemy hands. Unfortunately, the sword proved to be completely indestructible.
Afterward, it was featured prominently in the various legends concerning Charlemagne, eventually becoming a symbol of the knight Roland’s bravery.
ロンスヴォーの戦いなどをモチーフとした古フランス語叙事詩「ローランの歌」に登場する聖剣。フランク王 国のシャルルマーニュ王に仕える12人の騎士の筆頭であったローランが使っていたものである。ローランが戦 死する際、敵に渡すのが惜しいということで折ろうとするも、まったく折れることがなかったと伝えられている 。
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Santa Alter for Roughly a Week: The Second Night: Her Name is Marie-chan