- This page is about a NPC Fate/EXTRA servant. For playable servant, see Playable Saber (Fate/EXTRA)
Saber's True Name is Gawain (ガウェイン, Gawein?), one of the Knights of the Round Table that appeared in the Arthurian legends, also known as the White Knight of the Round Table (円卓の白騎士, Entaku no Shirokishi?).
If King Arthur was the night, the symbol of the moon itself, then Sir Gawain was the day, which shoulders the sun. He acted as King Arthur's impersonator (in the kagemusha sense) in the royal castle of Camelot. In other words, he was one of the candidates to substitute the King after his fall. He is the bearer of the sister-sword to Excalibur, Excalibur Galatine. However, in his blind adoration for the King, he remained unaware of the King's agony. A loyal knight just like Sir Bedivere who took care of King Arthur in his final moments, but unlike Bedivere who wished for the King to attain happiness as a person from the bottom of his heart, Gawain wished for him to flourish as a king. Unmindful of such evaluation and intentions from those who surrounded him, Sir Gawain remained as King Arthur's right-hand to the end.
He never looked down on his enemies. Needless to say, he also never insults his enemies, confronting them with politeness and maintaining his fighting spirit and resolve even when the opponent lacks capacity. Remaining under the shadow of the King, he gallantly proceeds to the battlefield once the command is given and triumphs with a refreshing smile. Naturally, he was described as the ideal knight. His greatest regret was his dispute with Sir Lancelot. He was a knight who was equal to Sir Lancelot but was also incompatible with him, unable to forget that Lancelot killed his brother and sister, Gaheris and Gareth. With a pure personality, he was an ideal young warrior and thus his affection towards his relatives was greater than in others.
« Sir Lancelot not only killed my brothers, that black knight even betrayed the King. Kidnapped the King's wife. How do you expect that to be forgiven? »
But in the end, King Arthur forgave Sir Lancelot; "I was at fault for everything". Gawain, however, never forgave Sir Lancelot's betrayal and remained hostile towards him to the end. That grudge not only cost Sir Gawain's status as a knight, but in the end even played a part in the King's ruin. Sir Gawain continued to reject Sir Lancelot when he attempted to participate in the Battle of Camlann even after being excommunicated and, consequentially, caused the death of both the King and himself.
During King Arthur's final battle at the hill of Camlann, Sir Gawain died after being struck by Mordred in an old wound inflicted by Sir Lancelot. Just as King Arthur reproached himself in the hill of Camlann, Sir Gawain, too, cried in his deathbed. His passion invited the King to death. He regretted that his grudge invited the ruin of the King and accepted his enmity towards Sir Lancelot - and even Lancelot's disloyalty - as coming from his own lack of virtue. Although his ending that did not help the king in the legend, that loyalty was sincere to the very end.
« ...in the chance there is a next time. If there is an opportunity to restore my honor - a second life - then at that time I will devote my everything to the king... »
Thus, he was brought back as a Heroic Spirit. From this conclusion, the Heroic Spirit Gawain seems to perceive "being of assistance to the king" as his absolute mission. Now set free from all doubts, Sir Gawain regained his proper figure as a literal Knight of the Sun (太陽の騎士, Taiyō no Kishi?). Having become a Servant while retaining such an oath in his heart in order to correct his mistake, the regret of his past life, Sir Gawain serves his Master as an even more perfect "knight". All for the sake of becoming the cornerstone of a single, lonely king.
Sir Gawain takes an appearance of a tall young man with wavy dishwater blond hair and aqua eyes with long eyelashes. He wears silver armor with floral patterns over his black and dark blue overall. In Fate: Grand Order, Gawain gains capes with intricate design in his later ascensions, as well as taking off his chest plate. Humorously, he is often called Gorilla (mainly by his horse Gringolet), due to the "unpretty boy-like muscle distribution" of his muscular upper body.
- Britain Waiter (ブリテンウェイター, Buriten ueitā?)
- Sunset Sun (サン・セット・サン, Sansetto San?) Gawain's swimming pants with sky pattern. He also wears bracelets, sunglasses, and sun locket as accessories.
He earnestly performs all sorts of work. Even if that is, by any chance, debt collecting. Despite his serious character, he has no gloomy aspects and interacts with anyone in a sincere and polite fashion. While he may get enraged, since he never harbors negative emotions such as jealousy and malice, his attitude is refreshing no matter what kind of battlefield. According to the other Knights of the Round Table, "That lack of sarcasm is already a talent". For Gawain to have never been envied, despite blessed with talent and pedigree, was probably due his own good character and the natural airheadness to think of it as a matter of course, without ever being boastful. A loyal knight, his faithfulness to the king was like iron.
Gawain wanted to serve a true king loyally without questions or doubt like a true knight.
He believes that quantity is over quality when it comes to food. He is satisfied with large quantities of potatoes, vinegar, bread, ale and vegetables.
- Leonardo B. Harwey
- The relationship between Leo and Gawain is like a real brother watching the growth of the younger brother. However Gawain saw flaws in his Master and he understood that his Master lacked the experience of defeat. Gawain didn't tell him because he wanted to witness his Master's growth before his defeat. He can be overly protective to Leo and insults Hakuno's Servant, for example he calls Saber as Whore of Babylon (バビロンの妖婦士, Babiron no Yōfushi?), threatening Caster to "Step back, you foul demon woman" (「下がれ下郎、魔性の女。」, "Sagare gerō, mashō no on'na"?) and Archer as unskillfulness (不器用, bukiyō?).
- Julius B. Harwey
- He built a good working relationship with Julius and he describes Julius as similar to Lancelot.
- Gawain blames himself for Artoria's death, viewing his distrust in Lancelot as a mistake that led to his King's demise. As a Servant, Gawain sought to become perfectly obedient towards his Master as a way of atoning for his past mistakes, and views Leo as his second King. In Fate/Grand Order, Gawain's guilt drives him to follow all of Artoria's orders, no matter how vile, in order to become the perfect knight.
- Gawain held a deep grudge against Lancelot in response to the latter's affair with Guinevere and the murder of Gawain's siblings. His grudge drove him to prevent Lancelot's participation in the final battle, a decision which most likely cost Artoria's life. Gawain came to regret this decision deeply.
In Fate/EXTRA, he was summoned by Leonardo B. Harwey as a Saber-class Servant. Leonardo refers him by his real name to intimidate others. Gawain would follow Leonardo like a shadow and serve him like he would a king.
He was the last Servant that Hakuno would face. Depending on Hakuno's Servants, Gawain would interact with them differently. With his defeat, Leonardo finally learns of defeat and thanks Gawain for his services. Gawain points out to Leonardo that he was honored to witness an honorable king before fading away.
Gawain is standing in a field of flowers with a large cloak on. However, Saber becomes hostile once she recognizes his voice. Gawain reveals an injury to his chest and reveals his body is in no state to fight nor does he want to, and invites the three for a drink.
Gawain reveals that after Leo had been defeated by the real Hakuno, Twice H. Pieceman rescued Leo from death, passed on his own ideologies to Leo and convinced Leo to guard the seventh floor as its Master. After several hundred years, Leo deemed there would be no more competitors and chose to go into slumber, leaving Gawain alone to, in his own words, rust over time like a sword.
Gawain agrees to take the trio up the mountain to meet Leo, his "King". Along the way, Gawain admits that he does not fully agree with Leo and Twice's belief that humanity's history should be wiped out. He becomes convinced himself that HAKUNO might be able to defeat Twice and save humanity.
However, Leo awakens with his conviction to let history be wiped out intact, and he orders Gawain to attack Saber. In the ensuing fight, Gawain unleashes his Noble Phantasm on Saber and sends her and her Master plunging to the first floor. Afterwards, he and Leo start assaulting the entirely of the seventh floor in their attempt to defeat Rin; unfortunately, HAKUNO and Saber manage to teleport back to the seventh floor in time, leading to a rematch that ends in Gawain's defeat.
Gawain appears later on during the fight between Leo, Rin, HAKUNO and Saber against Twice. Gawain is summoned by Leo and asked to use the last of his strength to defeat Twice. Although tired, Gawain is more than happy to fight for his Master and launches his Noble Phantasm at Twice, successfully repelling Twice's attack but dying in the process.
While BB devoured both Masters and servants, Leo was able to retain Gawain as his servant. In the majority of the game, he assisted Leo in the student council.
In Chapter 1, when Rin demands money for Hakuno Kishinami to pass through her programs, they can borrow money from Leo. Gawain will travel to the Sakura Labyrinth to find Hakuno and ask them to return the money. If Hakuno doesn't return the money by selecting the second option, a battle between two Servant would start. If Gawain wins, he will reclaim the 100000sm from Hakuno and the opposite if Hakuno wins.
After Hakuno defeats Karna and Jinako Karigiri, Leo and Gawain take action in Chapter Bad End. Leo activates his Sword Camelot codecast skill to create a fire wall to take on BB by himself. Leo and Gawain challenge BB but Gawain and Leo suffer a massive defeat. When BB attempts to absorb Gawain, Leo uses all three of his Command Spells to make it so that he and Gawain had already broken their contract before BB's interference with the Holy Grail War.
Fate/EXTRA CCC FoxtailEdit
His role is similar in CCC. When Meltlilith and Passionlip invaded the school, Gawain intercepted them. When the fight appears at a disadvantage, Karna helps Gawain. They teamed up and cut down Passionlip.
Gawain is introduced by Nero as one of her generals. He tells her and Hakuno that he'll serve them as long as their cause is just. He thanks Hakuno for the guidance they gave to Leo, and thus will believe in their righteousness. He then leaves to check on the AIs seeking refugees, as they'll be soon citizens of SE.RA.PH.
Couple days later when Nero prepares to invade Mare Luxuria, Gawain reports the findings of his reconnaissance. While scouting the area, he sensed a powerful source of mana similar to his holy sword. He believes the source comes from a Servant who draws power from the sun like he does. He implores Nero to thus protect Hakuno, for if they die he will no longer serve her. he later joins in the invasion of the Mare Luxuria.
When Hakuno and Nero prepare for their final battle against Altera, Gawain states the upcoming battle will finally unite SE.RA.PH. He tells Hakuno since they guided Leo, he will also believe in Nero like they do.
Gawain joins Li Shuwen and Nameless in invading Mare Luxuria, but Tamamo no Mae's army repels it. Later, when Tamamo invades Mare Aurum, he empowers himself with his Numeral of the Saint skill on Nero's order. However he is eventually defeated by Tamamo.
Gawain is used as bait by Nero and Archimedes to distract Altera's army in Mare Aurum while they invade Mare Carcer. He is eventually defeated by Altera, which is when she realizes Nero and Archimedes' ruse.
When Gawain sees Hakuno is sovereign of SE.RA.PH, he believes the Holy Grail organized its battles with a sense of justice. He then states he'll believe in their righteousness since they guided Leo. When Nero reveals the true enemy is Velber and its servant, Archimedes, he agrees with Li Shuwen and Cú Chulainn that Tamamo's army intends to conquer Mare Arurum instead of allying against their true enemy. He reports Tamamo has sent Lu Bu and Karna to invade Mare Aurum. He then joins in repelling the invasion.
During the meeting between the Nero and Tamamo's generals, Gawain thanks Nameless for covering his failings in a previous battle, and swears to repay him for it someday. He feels appreciative towards Karna when he admires his fighting prowess. He later joins in conquering Mare Origio.
Gawain later fights the Umbral Forces in Mare Carcer, but stops when they cease to function with the Ark of the Stars's destruction. Realizing it was Hakuno and Nero's doing, he exclaims how proud he is of Hakuno as the one who guided Leo.
In his side story Symbol of the Holy Sword, Gawain is commanded by Nero to suppress invasion of her territories. Accepting her orders as its his duty as a knight to defend the people, he sets forth joined by Nameless. Later, Gawain encounters Elizabeth Báthory, who had been using her music to control the Attack Programs. Unfortunately, she escapes but before commanding the programs to attack Gawain. After defeating the programs and helping to recapture Nero's territories, he soon encounters and fights Elizabeth. After defeating her, Gawain notices Artoria Pendragon walking about, and wonders what she is doing in SE.RA.PH.
Returning to base, he asks Nameless about the true identity of the Forces of Destruction after he stated that'll destroy all in their path if ignored. Nameless answers that he has his suspicions, and asks Gawain if he saw the destruction the Forces cause when they first arrived. Gawain merely states that to him that he reminds him of Agravain due their alike politeness. Nameless then reveals that Nero has commanded them to drive out the Forces of Destruction and protect SE.RA.PH., and then he asks Gawain about Hakuno regarding Nero's orders. He answers that Hakuno would agree with Nero without question and that expects nothing less from the person who helped Leo grow. Later, Gawain fights the Forces of Destruction, defeating Altera, Iskandar, and Gilgamesh alongside Nameless. Afterwards, he wonders where Artoria could be, but he senses that she's somewhere nearby.
Later, Gawain realizes that Artoria is a Top Servant like Iskandar and that she was summoned to halt the conflict. Nameless tells him that he can return to base, but Gawain tells him that he'll stay and continue fighting as there is something he must see. Continuing, he eventually fights Iskandar, Jeanne d'Arc, and later Artoria, who had came to stop the battle. After defeating them, he tells Artoria about his regret in that his anger towards Lancelot had caused her death when he refused his help in Mordred's rebellion. He continues that he wished to have a second chance at serving a King, telling her about his time as Leo's Servant. Gawain then asks her what he should do regarding his third life, stating that he'll kill himself if she commands as punishment for failings in his first life and his loyalty to another in his second. Artoria tells him to continuing serving as the Knight of the Sun and that he'll always be her honorable knight regardless time passed or if he serves another King. Calling Gawain her pride and joy, she reveals that she'll disappear from the Moon Cell after the Forces of Destruction are gone, and tells him to live his third life as he wishes after the conflict is done. Artoria continues that he should serve with pride if he has found a new king, believing that they will become a great king of SE.RA.PH. She tells Gawain that she has faith in his actions and that she'll for him from afar, then finally finishes by saying he'll always be one of her knights. Hearing her words, Gawain vows that he succeed in living his third life, and tells her that she'll always be his king.
Gawain, along with the other Knights of the Round Table, is summoned by the Lion King. The Lion King gives them the choice to either aid her in her "Holy Selection" or side against her, giving them half a day to decide. Gawain understood the significance of Artoria calling herself the Lion King, ultimately siding with her. He, along with Lancelot, Agravain, Tristan, Gareth, and Mordred, kills his former comrades who sided against the Lion King, which included Gawain's second brother, Gaheris, and form the Knights of the Lion King. The Lion King also gives each of them a Gift, with Gawain receiving the Gift of "Nightlessness" due to wanting to maximize his usefulness.
The Knights of the Lion King set out to the Holy Land, killing anyone there who opposes them. They engage the False Crusaders, easily defeating them, with the exception of their leader, a Servant claiming to be Richard I. He possesses immense power, enough to fight equally with the knights. Finally, Gareth sacrifices herself by restraining their opponent using her own body, giving her comrades a chance to finish the battle. Gareth willingly sacrifices herself, due to not being able to withstand the cruelty of her acts. Gawain is the one that cuts down both their opponent and his sister, shedding away the last threads of his humanity. The Holy Land thus falls into the hands of the Lion King and her knights, who establish the Holy City.
Camelot: Sacred Round Table RealmEdit
The Hassan of the Cursed Arm mentions that Gawain had killed the Hassan of Shadow Peeling at some point. Gawain escorts Xuanzang Sanzang out of the Holy City, along with his fellow knights, feeling a bit sad that she left.
Gawain confronts the people seeking refuge in the Holy City, which includes the Chaldea group, Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight and Da Vinci. Three of the refugees are chosen to enter the city while the others are ordered to be killed. Gawain fights the Chaldea group, who attempt to protect the people, being able to overwhelm them due to his increased abilities. However, the group is saved by Bedivere, whose appearance shock Gawain. Bedivere manages to stall Gawain with his arm, Airgetlám, allowing them to escape. Gawain is confronted by the Lion King and the other knights about his failure. Gawain explains what happened, though he does not tell about Bedivere. The Lion King attacks Gawain with Rhongomyniad, blasting him through the wall. Gawain, however, survives, causing the Lion King to forgive him.
During the final battle between The Lion King's forces and Chaldea and their allies, Gawain faces King Hassan, who had been asked to participate specifically to deal with Gawain. King Hassan blocks out the Sun, causing Gawain to become weaker. After fighting for some time, King Hassan stops covering the Sun, seeing it no longer necessary. Gawain attempts to use this opportunity to attack King Hassan with Galatine, but King Hassan is unaffected. He then leaves, declaring that the "Evening Bell" has passed, leaving Gawain alone. Gawain then chases after Ritsuka, Mash and Bedivere, who are attempting to reach the Lion King. Gawain explains that he joined the Lion King, due to wanting to fulfill his oath to the King that he failed during life. Gawain is defeated by the group, apologizing to the Lion King for his failure before vanishing.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
Gawain is one of the "Camelot" Singularity Servants that aid Ritsuka Fujimaru.
SE.RA.PH. - Deep-Sea Cyber-Nirvana, Epic of Remnant: ExtraEdit
Garden of AvalonEdit
He was briefly mentioned in the original novel of Fate/Zero when Saber fought against Berserker. As Berserker revealed his true identity, Saber was tormented on how she led her kingdom. She thought of her knights and wondered if they had left this world with resentment and unwillingness. Saber claims that Gawain had heroically sacrificed himself.
Since Gawain was a famous knight when he was alive, he boasts impeccable parameters at a high-level thanks to being summoned in the Saber Class. His fame is such, that he is widely considered by many not only to be equal in power to Sir Lancelot but to King Arthur himself. As expected of the toughest Knight of the Round Table, Gawain is able to survive a strike of the Lion King's sacred lance which blasted him away not only through the castle wall but to the Holy City's outer wall as well. The amount of power the king used was small, and he was left in a near-death state, however, it is undoubtedly an impressive performance even among Heroic Spirits of his caliber. Despite being so strong, as a regular Servant, his power can't be compared to that of a Grand Servant such as King Hassan. During their fight inside Hassan's sandstorm, the Old Man of the Mountain was able to parry Gawain's initial attack with his coat, and it took fighting him for an hour for Gawain to start getting accustomed to his fighting style.
- Magic Resistance (B Rank): Cancels spells with a chant below three verses. Even if targeted by High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals, it is difficult for them to be affected.
- Riding (B Rank): Most vehicles and animals can be handled with above average skill, even vehicles that did not exist in the time period one was alive in, for they are no exception. However, cannot ride the likes of Phantasmal Species such as Monstrous Beasts.
- Numeral of the Saint (EX Rank): A special constitution that Sir Gawain possesses. His power becomes three times greater only in the three hours between 9 AM and noon, 3 PM and sunset. It indicates 3 as the sacred number of the Celts.
- Charisma (E Rank): The natural talent of commanding an army. Charisma is a rare talent, but occasionally it does affect the development of its possessor's personality. In the case of Sir Gawain, the honesty in what he says is what led to his reputation of being the "the oblivious knight."
Gawain's Noble Phantasm is Excalibur Galatine, the sister-sword of Excalibur which was given to him by the Lady of the Lake. Unlike Excalibur's centralized attack, Galatine is a broad wave, a radiation-type attack that completely annihilates the enemy army. The attack is performed by a motion similar to drawing a sword, extending a beam as far as it is possible to visualize the blade of the sword. That is to say...about 13 kilometers or so.
Despite its great power, its legend has been greatly overshadowed by its more famous counterpart, and therefore very few people know of its true significance. This holy sword possesses an artificial sun stored on its hilt, said to be able to purge evil. Gawain says that the sword is the incarnation of the sun itself. As such, this Noble Phantasm draws its power from the grace of the Sun. This empowerment manifests in the form of an extraordinary skill of the highest rank, Numeral of the Saint. Due to this, Gawain boasts the fame of a peerless knight who is unmatched during daytime. Under the Sun, both Dr. Roman and Gawain himself agree that he is invincible and that his sword is second only to King Arthur's himself. Despite this, it is naturally deflected by King Hassan, who claimed: "that light couldn't even awaken one who is asleep".
When serving the Lion King during the Camelot Singularity, he received the gift of "Nightlessness", which makes the sun shine anywhere he goes even at night, ensuring he is at his peak at all times. As a Servant of Chaldea, he later gains the upgraded skill Nightless Charisma, which is the result of the Gift, the events of the Singularity, being engraved on his Saint Graph. Compared to the other Knights of the Lion King who came to their own answers, he has not cast aside his sins.
- Protection of the Spirits (精霊の加護, Seirei no Kago?, localized as "Divine Aegis") to boost his Luck, the effect would only last for 3 turns. He will use this skill on the 2nd move.
- Siege Perilous (円卓の刻印, Entaku no Kokuin?) to boost his defense, it seals enemy Skills when using GUARD. The effect would only last for 3 turns. He will use this skill on the 5th move.
- Blade of the Devoted (忠義の剣閃, Chūgi no Kensen?), a powerful strike with Excalibur Galatine. He will use this skill on the 3rd move.
His first appearance was shown in the cover illustration of Fate/stay night [Realta Nua] soundtrack. However this design was later scrapped in favor for the Fate/EXTRA design.
In the Fate/EXTRA Visual Fanbook, it was revealed that Takashi Takeuchi was responsible for Gawain's facial design. His appearance is very likely based on the original Archetype Saber while the armour design is roughly based on Saber from Fate/stay night.
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Gawain was ranked 85th.