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Saber (セイバー, Seibā?) is a Saber-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Saber's True Name is Miyamoto Musashi, Musashi's formal name is Shinmen Musashi no Kami Fujiwara no Harunobu (新免武蔵守藤原玄信
しんめんむさしのかみふじわらのはるのぶ
?). A swordsman from the early Edo period, Musashi was renowned as the strongest swordsman in the history of Japan. He founded the Niten Ichi-ryū (二天一流?) school of swordsmanship; a martial art that involved the dual-wielding of a katana and wakizashi. However her circumstances are somehow different from the Musashi that left his name in history.[2][1]

HistoryEdit

In the proper history, Musashi was born in Oohara, Sakushu (modern day Mimasaka, in the Okayama Prefecture), at 1584. His father was a practitioner of martial arts named Shinmen Munisai, who served as an instructor of martial arts to the Shinmen House of lords of the Takayama Castle, and who received the name of Shinmen from his employer’s family. Shinmen Munisai built a dojo of Jutte techniques in the Miyamoto village of the Yoshino district, and Musashi would later call himself “Miyamoto” due having this land as his hometown. He left behind many anecdotes and went through numerous battles against martial artists upon reaching adulthood - especially during the ten years of his 20s. Those famous bouts are even now seen as a staple of the entertainment industry. However, the truth behind the episodes of these ten years of battle is mostly wrapped in mystery and there are strong suspicions about them being mere fiction.[2][1]

LifeEdit

Whereas the Musashi of the established timeline was in fact historically a man, the Miyamoto Musashi that appears in Fate/Grand Order is a young woman—a personage that originated of a timeline long-extinguished by the fall of the Quantum Time-Locks. Since the elimination of her world, she has perpetually shifted from timeline to timeline at random, traversing all varieties of locales and time-periods.

In her original world, 'Miyamoto Musashi' is a nameless swordsman that lives care freely day to day. Shinmen Munisai had abandoned Musashi because she was a girl. Though she was disowned, she built a hut in front of her father's house and lived there just to spite him. Once, she went to Sagami for martial training, she saw a strange old man while taking shelter from the rain.[3]

AppearanceEdit

When Danzou self destructed, Musashi wears a Tsuba as an eye patch.


PersonalityEdit

« My formal name? Shinmen Musashi-no-Kami Fujiwara no Harunobu. Still, it’s easier if you just call me Musashi. »

(Musashi)

As you see, the person herself has a relaxed, open attitude that never gets worked up. Having no particular interest in victory or prestige, yet sloven with alcohol, a sucker for money and weak against free food. However, all those who confronted and were beaten by her in battle said this in the end:[1]

───a vibrant flower of tengen. Her sword reaches the heights of nothingness.[1]

Cheerful and openhearted, a female swordsman that is lively yet dignified. Constantly full of pride, acting complacently, but that does not mean she is looking down on her opponent. She is merely enjoying life. Her way of expressing emotions is somewhat great. She greatly laughs and gets greatly surprised. While she has a broad-minded personality that laughs off at most things, due being “someone who masters the way of the sword” at her roots, she is very dry and severe in regards to the taking of lives.[1]

That being said, she falls in love easily and likes to be depended on very much. She also likes to be praised very much. Weak to flattery. A banchou disposition that loves a brawl. Although she has a sense of justice, she never preaches to be righteous herself. Fundamentally a carefree wandering vagabond, but she becomes ruthless when coming across scenes such as:[1]

« A one-sided massacre.”
“Trampling on people’s dignity, convictions for fun”
“Stealing my food when I’m hungry. »

(Musashi)

She is happy about the other world's Musashi became a really famous figure.[3]

« Eh? The Musashi in this world is a man?”
“And also extremely famous? What a surprise! »

(Musashi)

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

She went on a pilgrimage to become stronger and there is no particular purpose besides that. But if she is to think of a specific goal, it would be to return to her original world, and to take her mastery of the sword to the extremes. However her world has long since vanished. She was flung out from her disappearing world, a vagabond that can only wander through the worlds of others.[4]

In her previous journey, she ended up in the American West where she had to put her skills against pistols. At that time, the priestess that took care of her said to Musashi; "You are a Stranger".[3]

Musashi Trial QuestEdit

During Musashi's travels through alternate worlds, she duels an elderly Yagyu swordsman. As they fight, Musashi believes she is fighting a battle that she couldn't win because there's a large gap in their abilities and her taunts aren't working on him. She decided to run away but as she enters through the portal to the next world, he lands a strike that hits her heads and knocks her out.[5]

She is found by Ritsuka Fujimaru on the beach of Onigashima Island. She awoke with an amnesia, but she calls herself lucky to have a cutie with a gentle and pure personality to wake her up. They encountered two Onis who harasses them. After Musashi defeats them, one of the Oni recognizes the swordsmanship. However the Oni was surprised to find the girl to be the famed Miyamoto Musashi, thus Musashi knows her name. Musashi spares the Oni's life, she joins Ritsuka to a teahouse.[5]

In the teahouse, Musashi conversed with Ritsuka and they exchange details of their journey. One of the Oni returned and introduces himself as Sukeroku. He took an interest in the self-proclaimed Musashi and followed her to the teahouse. He informs the two about the island's situation and how three devils has preoccupied the gates. He believes that it is the best interest for Ritsuka and Musashi to reach the top of the island and return to their world through divine territory.[3]

When the trio reached Kazakoshimaru's gate, Cleopatra has taken over the gate. Cleopatra plans to build the gate into a high-class exclusive spa and invites them. Musashi thought Cleopatra to be very generous as she is invited stay for free. In response to the heavy labour work, Musashi calls it corrupt commercial law, and suggest to defeat her quickly and advance. Cleopatra was defeated when Musashi has cut her down lightly. As Cleopatra fades away, Musashi is pleased to know that she returned safely to Chaldea.[3]

The trio encounters Tamamo Cat at the second gate. Musashi was impressed that Ritsuka has a lot of different types of friends. Musashi informs Ritsuka the Japanese traditions of cooking Osechi on New Year's Day. It turns out that there are three Tamamo Cat and they all desire Ritsuka. They all joined in and fought against the trio.[6]

After dealing with the Cats, they moveed on to the next and last Gate. Things, however, seem stranger than usual as there is no gate to be seen. Instead, they found empty plains with a rocket sticking out. Musashi sense the enemy's attack and deflects some projectiles out of the air. Mysterious Heroine X appears and declares that a true Saber only holds one beloved sword in hand and that the twin sword style is the ultimate way of evil. Musashi acknowledges X's is a first-rate swordsman, and it's from a school that She’s unfamiliar with. Musashi finds X to be really interesting, it's the first time she've gotten the feeling of "I really wanna slash her!". X calls out a challenge to Musashi. Musashi lands a hit on X, X finds Musashi to be a difficult opponents, whereas Musashi easily found her weakspot through her Mystic Eyes. Musashi slashes at X's W.F.D. Bracelet, and the Reality Marble's world breaks away. The plains and X's rocket disappear, only to be replaced by the sight of the third gate. X vanishes in golden light. Musashi finds her a strange opponent, and asks Ritsuka if all of the Servants are like that. Musashi felt their wavelengths match and finds a sort of kinship with her, as they are both strayed from their world. After passing the last gate. There is only a short distance till you get to the peak.[7]

As the trio went up the mountain, Ritsuka explain to Musashi about the Human Order Incineration Protocol. She is impressed by the tremendous battles Ritsuka has gone through to reclaim human history and its future, and offers Ritsuka a formal praise. She then wishes Ritsuka a Happy New Year, thanking Ritsuka for saving the world so that she could have continued to travel like this. As they reach to the top of the island, a Rayshift activated. Although Ritsuka can't see it, but Musashi tells Ritsuka that she can feel a hole has opened up. Sukeroku tells Musashi that she is going to die and he changed form to a shadow Servant. As Musashi cuts down Sukerou, Musashi realised that he is Arima Kihei. Before Sukeroku dies, he cryptically foretell Musashi's dream to return to her own world is doom and her journey with her sword is futile. She request Ritsuka to write a diary to remember her, she was pleased to know that the feeling was mutual. Musashi says her farewell to Ritsuka.[4]

Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of CorpsesEdit

Musashi was eating onigiri when Ritsuka Fujimaru fell from the sky. Musashi drops her onigiri when she catches Ritsuka.[8] When Ristuka wakes up, they catch up and they encountered Onui and Tasuke. They learn from Onui that they're at Shimosa province and with Tokugawa Iemitsu rule.[9]

After her duel with Munenori, Musashi encounters the Nameless Saber, Sasaki Kojiro, and the two warriors would enter their fated duel. Their blades clash, and their power and skill are equal. Both their swords transcended time and space, yet their existence and concept are the exact opposite. The clash of the existences and concepts between Musashi's Zero and Kojiro's Infinity creates an infinite place, or perhaps, an empty place, where there is no time, space, karma, good or evil. A situation only those two who put their very souls into their blades can reach. Simultaneously, both of them surpass Infinity. Both of them would continue to try to kill each other over and over again for all of eternity. It is not the real world, and this moment will never be recorded or stopped for anyone. This place lies between the real world and the world of dreams. An impossible place where Infinity and Zero can intersect. A miraculous sword fight that is supposed to go on forever, never reaching its conclusion. But due to Ritsuka's presence and deciding his/her winner, Musashi was able to win the duel against Kojiro, the sword of Zero having destroyed the sword of Infinity.[10]

Anastasia: The Permafrost EmpireEdit

After the events of Shimousa, Musashi continues her travels. She meets a one-eyed swordsman who was an agent of the Japanese government, deciding to travel with him. They journey to the northern territories, fighting assassins of the Russian Yagyuu until Musashi gets lost and ends up in the territory of Ivan the Terrible.[11]

She meets the Chaldea group when she saves them from an assault of the Oprichniki, joining them afterward.

Atlantic LostbeltEdit

Olympus: Interstellar Mountain CityEdit

AbilitiesEdit

Despite considering herself a very inexperienced fighter with a long way to go,[12] especially when comparing herself to others such as Houzouin Inshun and the elderly Yagyu swordsman, throughout her many travels she became akin to a Heroic Spirit despite still being alive.[4] In fact, Musashi is a true master of the art of the sword and a person with monstrous abilities just like Saber of Empireo.[13] She has the same type of presence as the murderous 「Shiki Ryougi」,[7]  and her dual-wielding style is said to be a lot flashier than that of his male counterpart.[14] Musashi usually keeps four Katanas, except in the Shimosa Singularity, where she was forced to use Muramasa's finest katana, Myoujingiri Muramasa, in order to fight equally with the Heroic Spirit Swordmasters.[9] While she originally claims that all Heroic Spirit Swordmasters surpass her in power,[13] with this special sword she's able to reach their Spirit Core in the ether, destroying them in the process with a single hit.[9]

One of Musashi's most important abilities is her mind's eye. With it, Musashi is capable of facing her enemies on her head in a no-holds-barred duel multiple times until she comes up with a successful tactic. Although out of the 32 times she fought Lancer of Purgatorio in her head, he defeated her in 31, Musashi defeated him in their last duel. To accomplish this she needed the aid of the will of the heavens, the laws of this world, Fujimaru's help, and a final decisive factor: a final trump card, Myoujingiri Muramasa.[9] Against Archer of Inferno her fight isn't as disadvantageous, in part for Archer not releasing her flames too freely. Due to this, Archer is unable to hit Mushashi as she deflects her arrows at the last moment with her Niten Ichiryu. This time, Mushashi sees herself winning in one out of ten scenarios.[15] Furthermore, the stronger opponents Musashi fights, the stronger she becomes. Thanks to gaining a lot of experience from fighting multiple swordmasters, she ends up defeating Rider of Kālasūtra Hell,[16] and later on wounding Caster of Limbo by breaking through his multilayered barrier despite not being used to fighting with an eyepatch.[17] However when battling Shirou Amakusa inside his Reality Marble, Shimabara Hell, she feels useless due to not having anything to cut and no longer receiving Lady Kannon's protection due to the marble being completely closed off.[10] According to Muramasa, Musashi's only major flaw is her overly erratic sword ki.

Musashi also possesses the unusual ability to travel between Parallel Worlds without Rayshiffting, although she doesn't have any control over when and to where she'll teleport.[18]

The VoidEdit

Musashi trained for her entire life to develop her ultimate technique named Kengou Battou: Ishana-Daitenshou,[10] in order to surpass the sword of her father, which had reached "One", the One where nothing lies beyond, where nothing can be considered higher. As such, her life objective was to reach a sword that exceeds the One, the seat of emptiness to reach Zero. According to Sukeroku, her aim was meaningless as the greatest enemy for a swordsman is the one who takes the opposite path to her Origin to its extremes. The path that opposes it, is in other words, Infinity. It is surely a path that no one can ever walk.[4] As such, the essence of her Niten Ichiryu lied in adapting to hundreds if not thousands of possibilities, however, in her fight against Saber of Empireo this fighting style proved to be useless due to her being unable to read his next move. To defeat his Suigetsu, she had to enter the realms of the gods herself. She had to find the one right answer that lay beyond every possibility by slashing through the unbreakable heavens themselves. In other words, she finally mastered this technique.[10]

Nothingness

Realm of Nothingness

The strongest foe Musashi fought during her life was without a doubt Nameless Saber. Just from looking at him, Musashi immediately recognizes his identity as his fated ultimate rival, Sasaki Kojirou. Before their swords ever clash, Musashi also claims that his skill is godly and that he's at least several times stronger than her. As their blades clashed, their power and technique seemed evenly matched. Not only that. Their skills had surpassed everything; time, space, existence, essence. Each being the other's perfect mirror image. They eventually reach the Realm of Infinity, or the Realm of Nothingness, a place only true masters of the sword can reach. It is not a world; it is neither the proper history nor culled history; it is beyond even the rift of reality and dreams. It is an impossible domain where zero and infinity clash endlessly. It is finally in her duel with Sasaki Kojirou that Musashi truly reached the Void, a sword of zero that exceeds the unequaled. It is a path that points to "only one answer". Ten of thousands, hundreds of millions of "possibilities" exist. They are all verified, crushed, and stopped as if without meaning. In other words, a "finite" sword that strives to reach only a single "correct answer". To shave one's existence away to the extremes until there is nothing left, and yet to cut everything until only "something" still remains. That is Musashi's "Zero". A sword that establishes a "conclusion" that not even the gods can escape from. Through "history's greatest duel", their duel would have prolonged for eternity had Ritsuka Fujimaru not determined Musashi as the winner. After their duel, Musashi died, becoming a Servant of Chaldea.[10]

Despite having reached Zero, upon first seeing Ivan the Terrible in the Russian Lostbelt she feels completely useless. While she would like to cut him down starting at the legs, she doesn't think that would work, and even her Heavenly Eye can't see a way to kill him. Even if she tried to run up his trunk at full speed to strike his weak spot, she would get swatted before she ever reaches the top.[19]

In the Atlantic Lostbelt, in order to seal away the hollow space that Chaos was using to attempt to enter the universe, she reached beyond her limits of her Noble Phantasm and swordsmanship in order to achieve the ability to cut the space that is equivalent to "Void". By reaching beyond "Zero", achieving "True Emptiness", 「」, and cutting "Zero", her attack succeeds in cutting the hollow space that Chaos uses to observe the Lostbelt, reverting it to Void and sealing Chaos from accessing this universe. However, by achieving 「」 she erases her Spirit Origin from Chaldea's records and from the Throne of Heroes, wiping her from existence and preventing her from being re-summoned.[20]

Class SkillsEdit

Magic Resistance (A Rank): Witchcraft, ninjutsu and evil spirits tempting the human realm are nothing to be afraid of. A swordsman does not need to be a master to ward off, in a single stroke, techniques that do not have a sword’s heart. No matter the type of Greater Ritual, she can cut down any magecraft ranked A or lower.[1][2] Despite possessing this innate resistance to magecraft, not even her would be able to escape unscathed if she received a direct hit of any of Caster of Limbo's attacks.[17]

Personal SkillsEdit

Heavenly Eye (A Rank): A Mystic Eye ability that permits the resolution of a desired result as "inevitable," by way of committing the entirety of the user's existence to the act of achieving the outcome. In practice, Musashi's application of the Heavenly Eye generally defines that “cutting a certain place”. For example, once she has decided to “cut the opponent’s right arm”, she will sever said right arm by taking all and every measure. As a result, her attack becomes the optimal answer for a slash - “a sword stroke without anything pointless, which makes even time and space yield”. A power to take all the “measures for the sake of achieving an objective” and “narrowing them down to one”. You might as well say that this is an extremely unique set of mystic eyes, which confines the naturally infinite futures into “just a single” result.[1][2] In the Shimosa Singularity her Heavenly Eye is blocked by Rider of Kālasūtra Hell to much of Houzouin Inshun's surprise.[13]
Emptiness (A Rank): The highest order a swordsman can attain. The ultimate mental state. It corresponds to the concept of Suigetsu of the Yagyuu Shinkage-ryu. One is nothing, thus invincible. Only a swordsman who has reached the infinite mental state can perceive this.[1][2]
The Book of Five Rings (- Rank): Right before death, Musashi compiled the mental state he attained during his lifetime, his cultivated techniques, into one book. Divided into the five volumes of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void, this book was the culmination of the human being called “Musashi”. The Book of Five Rings gives an outline of the Niten Ichi-ryu and explains its ideology as an art of war in the Book of Earth, explains concrete techniques on the Book of Water, talks about the art of war in the dimensions of tactics and strategy, and - just like the above-mentioned - explains the fundamental understanding of the Niten Ichi-ryu by means of a repudiation of other schools. Finally, it has been said that Musashi’s own understanding of “emptiness”, as well as the above-mentioned technique of “confrontation”, has been written down on the Book of Void.[1][2] At the end of the Shimosa Singularity she finally reached the Void.[10]
Fifth Force (A Rank): A stance that instantly maximizes power, the main advantage of using two swords. The Niten Ichi-ryuu is a style that fights while going along with the circumstances, letting the sword fight as it wants to, but in exceptional situations when she is facing against a powerful opponent; when she is facing against destiny, she calms herself down, turns her sword’s heart into Zero, and takes the stance.[2]
Battle Continuation (EX Rank): Tries every dirty trick in the book to survive. Playing dead not to lose a fight is one of her fortes. She confuses the enemies with her speeches and pulls off amazing comebacks from disgraceful escapes. She is a shameless realist to the core and seems to use "If I win at the end, I'm the winner, right? That's why I have to run away now! After all, if I'm dead, I can't win at the end, can I?" as a convenient excuse for it. This is who Girl Musashi is.[2]

Noble PhantasmsEdit

Musashi's main Noble Phantasm is Six Realms Five Planes - The Divine Figure of Kurikara. With it, Musashi overpowers her opponent with her swords’ energy damaging their spirit. A final blow performed with all her might. It can be considered an embodiment of the sword of “Zero”, the concept of “Void” Musashi has yet to master.[2] Also known as Ishana Daitenshou, it was powerful enough to split Ivan the Terrible's enormous truck clean in half after he dropped his lightning guard due to Salieri's Noble Phantasm.[19]

Musashi also owns Oar Wooden Sword and Ganryuu-jima.[2]

Forms and Alternate VersionsEdit

SwimsuitEdit

SummerMusashiDesign

Summer Musashi character sheet by Hirokazu Koyama


DevelopmentEdit

Hirokazu Koyama is the character designer for Musashi.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 Fate/Grand Order material V - Miyamoto Musashi, profile translated by ComunCoutinho
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Fate/Grand Order - Musashi's Trial Quest: The First Gate
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fate/Grand Order - Musashi's Trial Quest: Wanderer
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fate/Grand Order - Musashi's Trial Quest: Intruder
  6. Fate/Grand Order - Musashi's Trial Quest: The Second Gate
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fate/Grand Order - Musashi's Trial Quest: The Third Gate
  8. Fate/Grand Order Epic of Remnant - Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses - Prologue
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 3 Prima Cantica: Purgatorio (Ending)  
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 15 Ultima Cantica: The Stage of Carnage, Onriedo (Ending)
  11. Fate/Grand Order: Anastasia Chapter 18
  12. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 1 Prima Cantica: Purgatorio (Beginning) 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 2 Prima Cantica: Purgatorio (Middle) 
  14. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 10 Quarta Cantica: Kalasutra Hell (Beginning)
  15. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 5 Seconda Cantica: Inferno (Middle) 
  16. Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 12 Quarta Cantica: Kalasutra Hell (Ending) 
  17. 17.0 17.1 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Shimosa: Section 14 Ultima Cantica: The Stage of Carnage, Onriedo (Middle)
  18. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Section 18 A Steady Journey to Hell
  19. 19.0 19.1 Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Anastasia: Section 21 The Lighting Tsar Reigns
  20. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Olympus: Interstellar Mountain City, Section 22: Void
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