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Shielder (シールダー, Shīrudā?), whose True Name is Mash Kyrielight (マシュ・キリエライト, Mashu Kirieraito?), is a Shielder-class Servant contracted with Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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BackgroundEdit

Shielder's True Name is Mash Kyrielight, a Demi-Servant human fused with the Heroic Spirit Galahad. She herself initially does not know the identity of the Servant fused with her.[1][2] In the year 2000, Mash was created from artificial fertilization and genetic editing. She is actually a Designer Baby, a magus genetically engineered under the orders of Chaldea's late director, ‎Marisbury Animusphere, to be a prime vessel for a Heroic Spirit's soul. The project aimed to control the powers of Heroic Spirits by binding them to a compatible mortal vessel in order to produce Demi-Servants.[3]

In 2010, when Mash was aged 10, Chaldea performed their second Heroic Spirit summoning.[3][4] While the project succeeded in summoning and binding a spirit to Mash, the spirit failed to awaken.[3] Galahad decried Chaldea's brutal experiments but remained in the world to keep his host alive.[4]

After the research team deemed the project a failure, Mash was left to Chaldea's care. However, due to being a genetically engineered organism not dissimilar to a Homunculus, her life-span was set since her conception. She was given eighteen years to live and while she was aware of this fact, she kept it a secret between herself and Dr. Romani, her physician. By the start of the story, Mash has already lived sixteen years of her life giving her a mere two years left, at best.[3]

AppearanceEdit

Mashu has lilac hair, lavender eyes and fair skin.

In her casual outfit, Mash wears rectangular frame glasses, a grey hoodie over a black shirt over a white-collar shirt, a red tie, a black skirt and tights and brown shoes. In her Demi-Servant outfit Mash wears skin-tight black armor that resembles an extremely short mini-dress that exposes her butt and reveals her panties. There is a hole that exposes her stomach area. She also wears black gauntlets and boots, a garter on her right thigh, a large cross-shaped shield and she doesn't wear her glasses.


PersonalityEdit

Mash is a mysterious, kind-hearted girl. She refers to Ritsuka Fujimaru as her senior (先輩, senpai?).[5] However, that smile belies a deep sorrow and resolve that has accepted her fate as a person with a set life-span since day one.

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Mash works at the Chaldea Security Organization. She was originally assigned as one of the forty eight Chaldea Master Candidates, as well as leading A-team for the "Spatial Singularity F" expedition.

PrologueEdit

She encountered Ritsuka Fujimaru while walking with Fou.

Fuyuki: The Contaminated City in FlamesEdit

During the Grand Order conflict in Fuyuki City, Shielder encountered Shadow Assassin and Shadow Lancer but was saved by Cú Chulainn. Fujimaru and Shielder defeated both and entered a short skirmish with Caster. Shielder and the protagonist later encountered and fought Saber Alter, who attempted to kill both of them with Excalibur Morgan but it was blocked by Shielder's Noble Phantasm.

Camelot: The Sacred Round Table RealmEdit

Romani Archaman explains to Ritsuka about Mash. A flashback of Mash's first meeting with Dr. Romani was told. She has been assigned with her full name, rather than her original code name "Summoning Experiment #2". In their first meeting with Dr. Romani, he teaches Mash about 'senpai' and 'kouhai' relationship. It's revealed by Romani that Mash is a designer baby and has limited life. The continual battle and Demi-Servant status put a further strain on her body.[3]

Her possessing the power of Galahad is revealed by Bedivere and Sherlock Holmes. The realization ultimately allows her to activate Galahad's real Noble Phantasm.[4]

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

She is told that she has only three days of life left, but nonetheless accompanies her Master to the final battle. When invited by Goetia to a new world, she denies life to be worthless due to its destined termination, and stand her ground when Goetia launches its Noble Phantasm capable of annihilating anything on Earth. Even though her body could not withstand the immerse heat and is vaporized, her will to protect is indestructible. Her shield remains unscathed and continued to guard her Master.

However Cath Palug, Beast IV, having traveled with her for extensive period, admires her. Since death within the Time Temple is not registered in the real world, Cath Palug is able to transform its prana gathered through centuries into her fate, giving her the lifespan of a normal human and reviving her. She later reappears in the crumbling Time Temple and pulls Fujimaru out.[6]

After passing over seven singularities and overcoming many battles, she grew up as a single fully-fledged human, a Servant that is not merely a borrowed article. The battle surrounding the incineration of the anthropic principle will soon come to an end. What sort of conclusion will her journey reach? The beast of the planet continues to silently watch over that snowflake-like scenery.[2]

Salem: The Taboo Epiphany GardenEdit

Anastasia: The Permafrost EmpireEdit

Other appearancesEdit

  • Fate Gudao Order 6

Before her identity is revealed, she is called Child of the Shield (盾の子, Tate no Ko?) in Fate/GUDAGUDA Order. Demon Archer guesses Shielder's identity to be one of the Argonauts, while Sakura Saber randomly guessed Shielder to be Pearl the Iron Wall.

AbilitiesEdit

Mash is a product of Chaldea's genetic engineering, a designer baby crafted to be born with a particularly strong set of Magic Circuits so as to become a suitable vessel for a Heroic Spirit. However, due to her nature, her life-span has been set to only eighteen years with her body cells increasingly deteriorating.[3] Since awakening the spirit sleeping inside her, her body has become more resilient, but that has done nothing to stop her deterioration. Mash carries a large cross-shaped shield as her primary weapon. She also carries a sword in her waist, but she has never been shown actually using it.

Before discovering Galahad as the Heroic Spirit possessing her, Mash isn't able to access the full power of her defensive Noble Phantasm due to her ignoring its True Name. In this state, Mash is only able to deploy Lord Chaldeas thanks to her instincts.[2] This barrier is strong enough to block Excalibur Morgan, but Mash claimed that it wouldn't be able to block Altera's Teardrop Photon Ray on its own, as she needed the help of Boudica's Chariot of Boudica to block it.[7]

Once Mash learned her true nature in the Camelot Singularity, Mash finally accessed Galahad's Noble Phantasm, Lord Camelot. It consists of an "ultimate protection" employing the Round Table, "where the Knights of the Round Table sat at the center of the Castle of White Walls, Camelot", in the form of a shield. Its strength is proportionate to the will power of the user, so as long as her heart doesn't break, the castle walls too shall never crumble, allowing her to block any attack.[2] Lord Camelot has been shown blocking all types of different attacks, such as protecting Gilgamesh, Merlin, Ishtar, Ereshkigal and herself from Tiamat's Nega-Genesis or protecting Ritsuka Fujimaru from Goetia's Ars Almadel Salomonis,[8][9] an attack that shoots Hundreds of Millions of A-Ranked beams of light each as strong as the Holy Sword wielded by the King Arthur from the Fuyuuki Singularity.[10] However, Lord Camelot doesn't make Mash invulnerable, as Mash's body wasn't strong enough to resist the extreme heat of Ars Almadel Salomonis, which vaporized her, leaving only her shield.[9]

Class SkillsEdit

Magic Resistance (A Rank): A rank and lower magecraft is nullified, no matter what high-thaumaturgy it is.[1]
Riding (C Rank): She can perfectly ride things with the right breaking or adjustments.[1]
Self-Field Defense (C Rank): A power displayed when protecting allies or an allied camp. Exhibits damage reduction surpassing the defensive limit value, but she herself is not included as a target. Also, the higher the Rank more the protective range spreads.[1][2]
Possession Inheritance (? Rank): An unique Skill that Demi-Servants possess. Succeed Phantasm. One of the Skills that the possessing Heroic Spirit owns is inherited and sublimated in a self-taught manner. In Mash's case, it is "Mana Defense". A Skill of the same type as "Mana Burst", magical power is translated directly into defensive power. For a Heroic Spirit possessing a huge magical power, it would probably become a sacred wall that protects a whole country.[1][2]

Personal SkillsEdit

Transient Wall of Snowflakes (): The ability to apply defense buff to the entire party. The user's mental fortitude is converted into physical defense. Because Mash misunderstands how to use her Noble Phantasm, it's true worth cannot be shown.[1] The skill updates to Exalted Impervious Wall of Snowflakes in the Camelot Singularity.[2]
Obscurant Wall of Chalk (): A defensive skill that allows one to arbitrarily apply invincibility to someone in the party. Noble Phantasm also increases a bit. Following how it is called "hazy," the target temporarily shifts out of the time axis to avoid an attack. If the rank was higher, attacks from a higher-order dimension could also be ignored. That principle is close to a certain defensive self-targeted Noble Phantasm.[1]
Shield of Rousing Resolution (): A skill that temporarily raises one's own defensive power and draws in an opponent's attack. It is only bestowed upon those who muster their courage and protect the back of those who egress before anyone else. This is not a skill that comes from the Noble Phantasm, but rather the form Mash's mentality takes.[1]

Forms and alternate versionsEdit

OrtenausEdit

Ortenaus (オルテナウス, Orutenausu?) is a system designed to supplement Demi-Servants. Mash makes use of it after Galahad leaves her.

DevelopmentEdit

In 26th September 2016, Risa Taneda announced she will retire from voicing acting Mash, due to her health condition. It was announced that Takahashi Rie will take the role of Mash.[11]

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Main article: Tachie
Tateko

The Stray Servant, planned for the original visual novel.

Known as the Stray Servant (はぐれ サーヴァント, Hagure Sāvanto?), Shielder was a heroine candidate during the development of Fate/stay night who was left unused in the final version. She was considered along with Rider and Caster to be a possible heroine, but she was cut due to the plot beginning to stray so as to keep it manageable for the player. As Saber is a "Servant of the Sword", she was to be her rival as a Shielder, "Servant of the Shield."[12] She would have been an "abandoned puppy" type heroine who killed her Master during the Fourth Holy Grail War and went on a rampage, surviving into the Fifth Holy Grail War in a similar manner to Gilgamesh.[13]

Her scrapped role for the visual novel was originally only detailed in Fate/side material, but later it was planned that she would be a character in what was to be the original story of Studio Deen's Fate/stay night adaptation. Her character design by Takashi Takeuchi was completed at that time, but the anime was later changed to an adaptation of the Fate route and the character was again abandoned. There was a plan for an anime original film featuring the character, but the storyline and designs went unused.[14] The design was later revived for Grand Order in 2015 for Kinoko Nasu to allow her to be one of the main heroines along with Saber and Ruler.[15] Nasu wrote her scenario in Fate/Grand Order.[1]

The notes from the anime original film were collected and revised in the Fate/unpublished material booklet released on the fifteenth anniversary of Fate/stay night in 2019. This version of the character, Tachie, is the main heroine, sharing the Shielder class and Galahad as the Servant inside her.[16]

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 1.29
  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 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.43 2.44 2.45
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Fate/Grand Order - Camelot: The Sacred Round Table Realm - Prologue
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2
  5. Fate/Grand Order - Septem: Section 15 God's Whip
  6. Fate/Grand Order Babylonia Anime Episode 20
  7. 9.0 9.1 Fate/Grand Order - Solomon: The Grand Time Temple: Section 12: The Future
  8. Fate/Grand Order - London: Section 13 Beyond the Fog
  9. Voice change regarding "Mash Kyrielight" character
  10. Fate/Grand Order interview
  11. Fate/Unpublished Material
  12. Fate/Unpublished Material
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