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List of the Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors

The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors (死徒二十七祖, shito nijuunanaso?) are the aristocratic elite of the vampires. The original group were those of the Dead Apostles who escaped from their role as the "emergency rations" of the True Ancestors, but it currently refers to the distinct factions amongst the Dead Apostles due to some having been succeeded by new generations of Dead Apostles. Some of the originals, more than half, have been sealed away by the Church and some have been annihilated, changing the leadership of the different factions throughout the generations as they have been replaced, while others still reign as Ancestors in the present era. There are some missing numbers yet to be replaced, as they have been executed by the Church, sealed by the Church, or they are atoning for their sins.

The sealed Ancestors are stored in coffins within the Church under eternal imprisonment because they are unable to be totally destroyed. The factions following these Ancestors are still in good condition without their leaders, and they are currently gaining strength to either take back their Ancestor or destroy them.[1] Those who are over four thousand years old from the Age of Gods are referred to as the Elder Title: League of the Age of Gods (神代連盟(エルダータイトル)?). There are those who favored establishing kingdoms consisting of Territories, Dead Apostles, and the Dead, and there are some exceptional members who possess neither a Territory nor a coven. The oldest favor Territories, whereas those who transformed from the culmination of pursuing magecraft have little interest in such power.

The main reason why the group remains in some form after years of repeated killing and destruction among each other and hunts from the Church is because one Ancestor acts as the prophet. Declaring the Rose Prophecy (薔薇の予言?), she always foresees the death of those Ancestors and warns them so they may prepare a successor immediately. Louvre was given the message "--Tonight, Death will appear before thee" around three hours before his death. They are mainly non-aggressive against one another, and there are two main factions in the present. They can be considered an organization with power rivaling the Church and Mage's Association.[2]

The grouping only exists in Tsukihime Worlds, so it is not present in Fate Worlds. The Dead Apostles who would make up the grouping still exist in Fate Worlds, but their activities and statuses may differ. In Fate worlds, Zepia Eltnam Oberon never becomes the Night of Wallachia, and Gransurg Blackmore dies in some event over one thousand years before modern times. They are often called Superior Dead Apostles (上級死徒?) instead.

AttributesEdit

They are very powerful beings, and many have the ability to utilize Reality Marbles. Their general rankings are not determined exclusively by how powerful he or she is individually, but rather the paramount danger he or she poses to humanity. Those within the first ten ranks cannot be defeated by normal concepts, as they, themselves, are fantasy much like members of the Phantasmal Species. Those who live in fantasy can only be defeated by fantasy that is greater than themselves. Furthermore, for those who have reached the Ancestor class, it is possible to exist as a phantom even after losing the physical body. Those who have completely lost their original bodies are Nrvnqsr Chaos, Stanrobe Calhin, Night of Wallachia, Gransurg Blackmore, Caubac Alcatraz, and Michael Roa Valdamjong. They are, on average, capable of facing Servants in battle, but, as both are types of beings that live in Mystery, such battles would come down to "having the means of killing the other guy somehow."[3]

Servants will generally hold a slight advantage, barring compatibility issues, and the Knight classes, Saber, Archer, and Lancer, will all be able to have solid fights. Though Saber's Excalibur is extremely effective against those who overwhelm by material quantity and alienness, there are those capable of surviving being hit by Excalibur-class attacks through pure endurance. At the same time, those same ones with extreme endurance would have a tough time with Lancer's Gae Bolg.[4] ORT, to which Earth's rules do not apply, and Primate Murder can be called in a league of their own above both Ancestors and Servants.[5]

The qualifications to be considered part of the group are rather loose, as it includes Dead Apostles created by Crimson Moon himself, magi who became vampires through their own magical powers, and even blood-sucking creatures other than Dead Apostles. Although Michael Roa Valdamjong is seen as an Ancestor, being an original one created by the White Princess, he is ranked as "Extra" outside of the regular twenty-seven because they consider him to be a heretic who does not uphold the ideals of regular vampires. Arcueid Brunestud considers them to be a group of twenty-eight, but the rest of the group do not due to Roa seeking eternity outside of the partial immortality granted upon becoming a Dead Apostle.

Aylesbury ValestiEdit

One major event for the Ancestors is the Aylesbury Valesti (アルズベリ・バレステイン?) ritual established by Crimson Moon that involves the revival of The Dark Six.[6] It is a grand ritual the Ancestors have been preparing for decades, and it has come together in Aylesbury over the last ten years. It is suggested that the ritual, performed much earlier in the 1970s for unknown reasons, resulted in the world's mana being dried up in Fate/Extra.[7] Due to the development being funded and developed entirely by human means, the Mage's Association and Church are unable to intervene until the advent of the ritual.

The ritual is the earnest desires for all Dead Apostles, and at least six Ancestors will be participating. Those more recent ones from magus backgrounds are not able to attend, limiting it to only the very old Dead Apostles. Only those with "original blood" will be invited, including Ortenrosse, who is running it, Altrouge, Van-Fem, Merem Solomon, and Blackmore. As Ortenrosse is leading it, there are no Ancestors capable of declining. Van-Fem has only provided capital without actually actively working with it. Merem has no interest in the "old fashioned" ritual, only wishing to stop it as a member of the Church and kill Altrouge, and before the importance of the ritual, Blackmore wishes to kill her as well. They are both willing to work together on killing her before attempting to kill each other.

List of the Twenty-seven Dead Apostle AncestorsEdit

The list may change upon the release of the Tsukihime remake because some will have been removed in order to redevelop the concept for later works.[8]

# Name Aliases Notes
1Primate Murder White Beast
Altrouge's Demonic Dog
Not a Dead Apostle
Drinks blood to copy Altrouge Brunestud
2The Dark SixSix Royalties of the Dark
First and Highest System

Is currently resuscitating

3Brunestud of the Crimson MoonType-MoonNot a Dead Apostle
Originator of the True Ancestors
Ultimate One of the Moon
4Kischur Zelretch SchweinorgZelretch the Wizard Marshall
Zelretch of the Jewels
Old Man of the Jewels
Kaleidoscope
5ORTType MercuryNot a Dead Apostle
Bloodsucker that killed the previous Fifth
Ultimate One of Mercury
6Rizo-Waal StroutBlack Knight StroutMember of Altrouge's faction
One of the longest Serving Dead Aposltes
7Forest of AinnashDisemboweling Sea of Trees
Demon of Schwartzwald
Living Forest
Current Seventh as of present day
7Ainnash???Former Seventh
Killed by Arcueid hundreds of years ago
8Fina-blood SveltenWhite Knight Blood
Demon of Stratovarius
Member of Altrouge's faction
9Altrouge BrunestudVampire Princess of the Dead Apostles
Eclipse Princess of Black Blood
Leader of one of the two primary factions
10Nrvnqsr ChaosChaosHas completely lost his original body
Killed at the end of Tsukihime
10LouvreDead Apostle of the LakeNrvnqsr's replacement as of Prelude
Killed hours after appointment
11Stanrobe CalhinStantia:the First Wraith
Duke of Predation
City Devourer
Destroyed eight hundred years ago
Exists as a Ghost
12??????Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
13Night of WallachiaTATARIHas completely lost his original body
13Dust of OsirisTATARIPossible future of Sion Eltnam Atlasia
Manifests in Melty Blood
13Sion TATARITATARISucceeds power of TATARI
Takes over role in some timelines
14Van-FemDark Lord of the Business World
Van Fem of the Demonic Castles
One of the longest Serving Dead Apostles
15Rita Rozay-enSelf-styled: The Artist's Lady
16Gransurg BlackmoreBlack Wing Lord
Moon Drinker
Dead Apostle Killer
Has completely lost his original body
Killed former Sixteenth to take their place
17Trhvmn OrtenrosseWhite Wing Lord
King of the Dead Apostles
Leader of one of the two primary factions
One of the longest Serving Dead Apostles
18EnhanceKnight of Vengeance
The Vampire Killer of Dead Apostles
Enhance Sword (Blade)
19??????Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
20Merem SolomonCrown
Demon Summoner
Member of the Burial Agency
21SumireWater Bottle
22??????Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
23??????Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
24El NahatRefractionSealed by the Church
Used as a weapon against Ancestors
25??????Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
26??????Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
27Caubac AlcatrazDead Apostle of the Millennium Lock
Comedian of the Dead Apostles
Has completely lost his original body
Trapped in own Labyrinth
EXMichael Roa ValdamjongSerpent of AkashaCounted as an Ancestor by the Church
Ranking is ignored by other Ancestors]

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