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Roland (ローラン, Rōran?), also known as Orlando (オルランド, Orurando?), is a Servant appearing in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Roland is the paladin leader of the Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne.[1][2] 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.[1][3] 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.[3] During his rampage, Astolfo and the other Paladins worked hard to capture him.[3] Astolfo notably dressed as a woman during the episode, wearing such clothing to calm and appease Roland.[4] He says the hair ornaments worn during that period are an "irresistible proof of friendship" between the two.[2] Astolfo eventually brought him a bottle of reason from the moon and restored his sanity.[3]

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.[5]

PersonalityEdit

Roland is thought by others to be a pervert along with Astolfo, but Astolfo describes him as being "into kinky stuff like handcuffs" in comparison to himself who enjoys being part of a scandal.[6]

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Fate/Grand OrderEdit

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.

AbilitiesEdit

He wields the sword Durandal.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Mineji Sakamoto is the character designer for Roland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. Fate/Grand Order - Santa Alter for Roughly a Week: The Second Night: Her Name is Marie-chan
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