Dead Apostle Ancestors
Tsukihime (2000)

List of the Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors

The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors (死徒二十七祖, Shito Nijūnanaso?) 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.

About half of the originals, 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 that are yet to be replaced. These 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 save their Ancestors 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), Erudātaitoru?), including Trhvmn Ortenrosse, Rizo-Waal Strout, Van-Fem and the parent of Rita Rozay-en. 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 faction. The oldest favor Territories, whereas those who transformed from the culmination of pursuing magecraft have little interest in such power. There are even Ancestors who are secretly biding their time in the unexplored regions of the world and Ancestor factions akin to a family, that passes on the throne, to a successor every 500 years.

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, Bara no Yogen?), 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. There are those who follow the formal King of the Dead Apostles, Trhvmn Ortenrosse, and those who follow the Princess of the Dead Apostles, Altrouge Brunestud. But there is also one minor faction which is loyal to the White Princess Arcueid Brunestud, and then there are those who are neutral and follow their own agendas. They can be considered an organization with power rivaling the Church and Mage's Association.[2]


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. 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, El Nahat, Caubac Alcatraz, and Michael Roa Valdamjong.[3] 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."[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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 Valesti[]

One major event for the Ancestors is the Aylesbury Valesti (アルズベリ・バレステイン, Aruzuberi Baresutein?) ritual established by Crimson Moon that involves the revival of The Dark Six.[7] 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.[8] 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 Ancestors[]

# Name Aliases Notes
1 Primate Murder White Beast
Altrouge's Demonic Dog
Not a Dead Apostle
Drinks blood to copy Altrouge Brunestud
2 The Dark Six Six Royalties of the Dark
First and Highest System
Original Dead Apostle
Is currently resuscitating
3 Brunestud of the Crimson Moon Type-Moon Not a Dead Apostle
Originator of the True Ancestors
Ultimate One of the Moon
4 Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg Zelretch the Wizard Marshall
Zelretch of the Jewels
Old Man of the Jewels
5 ORT Type Mercury Not a Dead Apostle
Bloodsucker that killed the previous Fifth
Ultimate One of Mercury
6 Rizo-Waal Strout Black Knight Strout Member of Altrouge's faction
One of the longest Serving Dead Aposltes
7 Forest of Einnashe Predator Forest
Demon of the Schwartzwald
Thinking Forest
Current Seventh as of present day
7 Einnashe ??? Former Seventh
Killed by Arcueid hundreds of years ago
8 Fina-blood Svelten White Knight Blood
Demon of Stratovarius
Bloodsucking Count
Member of Altrouge's faction
9 Altrouge Brunestud Vampire Princess of the Dead Apostles
Eclipse Princess of Black Blood
Master of Blood and Contract
Leader of one of the two primary factions
10 Nrvnqsr Chaos Chaos Has completely lost his original body
Killed at the end of Tsukihime
10 Louvre Dead Apostle of the Lake Nrvnqsr's replacement as of Prelude
Killed hours after appointment
11 Stanrobe Calhin Stantia: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
13 Night of Wallachia TATARI Has completely lost his original body
13 Dust of Osiris TATARI Possible future of Sion Eltnam Atlasia
Manifests in Melty Blood
13 Sion TATARI TATARI Succeeds power of TATARI
Takes over role in some timelines
14 Van-Fem Dark Lord of the Business World
Van Fem of the Demonic Castles
One of the longest Serving Dead Apostles
15 Rita Rozay-en Self-styled: The Artist's Lady
16 Gransurg Blackmore Black Wing Lord
Moon Drinker
Dead Apostle Killer
Has completely lost his original body
Killed former Sixteenth to take their place
17 Trhvmn Ortenrosse White Wing Lord
King of the Dead Apostles
Leader of one of the two primary factions
One of the longest Serving Dead Apostles
18 Enhance Knight of Vengeance
Dead Apostle-Killing Vampire
Enhance Sword (Blade)
19 ??? ??? Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
20 Merem Solomon Crown
Daemon Summoner
Member of the Burial Agency
21 Sumire Water Bottle
Sumire the Water Demon
Can use Marble Phantasm and teleport
22 ??? ??? Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
23 ??? ??? Details unknown
Likely deceased or sealed by the Church
24 El Nahat Refraction Sealed 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
27 Caubac Alcatraz Dead Apostle of the Millennium Lock
Comedian of the Dead Apostles
Has completely lost his original body
Trapped in own Labyrinth
EX Michael Roa Valdamjong Serpent of Akasha
The Infinite Reincarnator
Counted as an Ancestor by the Church
Ranking is ignored by other Ancestors


  1. [v] Character material - Prelude I: The Twenty Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors [Term], p.020

    The Twenty Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors [Term]
    The twenty seven ancestors, the greatest beings among the Dead Apostles. More than half of them had been sealed by the Church.
    Among the most ancient Dead Apostles, some of the Ancestors had been slain. The reason that the Twenty Seven seats still existed was that the subordinates of the slain Ancestors inherited their seats.
    The sealed Ancestors were locked within sarcophagi by the Holy Church. Since they could not be completely destroyed, they were essentially permanently imprisoned. The covens of the sealed Ancestors still existed today. They were working hard either attempting to save the Ancestors or destroy them.

    死徒二十七祖 [用語]

  2. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - talk. Glossary: The Twenty Seven Ancestors [Term], p.195

    The Twenty Seven Ancestors [Term]
    The oldest 27 Dead Apostles.
    However, some had already been succeed by the next generation of Dead Apostles. Nowadays it mostly referred to the distinct factions that existed among the Dead Apostles.
    The Ancestors established their kingdoms consisted of Territories, Dead Apostles, and the Dead. However, some exceptional Ancestors had neither a Territory nor coven.
    The Vampires who were subordinates of True Ancestors favoured Territories, but those Ancestors who became Vampires as a culmination of pursuing magecraft had very little interest in such power.
    The Ancestors were non-aggressive against one another. At the present, there were two main factions.
    In some sense, they were an organization with power that rivaled the Church and Association.


  3. Tsukihime・Fate glossaries Sa~So - 27 Ancestors

    Furthermore, for those who have reached the 27 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, TATARI, Gransurg Blackmore, Caubac Alcatraz, and Michael Roa Valdamjong.

    なお、二十七祖クラスになると肉体を失っても幽体として存在できる。本来の肉体を完全に失ったものはネロ・カオス、スタンローブ・カルハイン、タタリ、グランスルグ・ブラック モア、コーバック・アルカトラス、ミハイル・ロア・バルダムヨォンがある。

  4. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors [Term], p.055

    The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors [Term]
    The 27 oldest Dead Apostles.
    There are the Ancestors of the Elder Title, whose age exceeds 4000 years, Ancestors sealed by the Holy Church, Ancestors secretly biding their time in the unexplored regions of the world, and even Ancestors akin to a family that passes on the throne to a successor every 500 years.
    They each have their own factions, and are engaged in vicious power struggles within them. Perhaps for them, this is one of the few things that gives meaning to their existence now that their sense for amusement has completely worn away.
    On rare occasions an Ancestor will die, but since there is always a successor to replace them, the number of Ancestors never changes. In fact, it could be said that becoming an Ancestor is the ultimate goal of all Dead Apostles. Even those Dead Apostles at the very bottom, who were changed into vampires by lowly Dead Apostles with no standing or reputation, dream of one day being able to gather enough power to become one of the 27 themselves.
    On the other hand, there also exist Ancestors who have no interest in such things at all. They are seekers, who eschew building a kingdom of their very own in favor of chasing after perfect immortality. There are many of these "Ancestors without a faction" among the Dead Apostles that used to be magi.
    Below is a brief introduction.

    1/ Primate Murder
    Details unknown. Murderer of primates. The White Beast. Altrouge's demonic dog (the Beast of Gaia).

    2/ The Dark Six
    The very first Dead Apostles. The six royals of darkness.
    Currently resuscitating.
    It is said that their revival will unite the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, but not a single Dead Apostle knows their true colors.

    3/ Crimson Moon Brunestud
    Ultimate One. Currently vacant.

    4/ Wizard Marshal Zelretch
    One of the five existing magicians. Also called Zelretch of the Jewel.

    5/ ORT
    Details unknown. Seems to be a mutant species that crash landed in South America sometime before the Common Era. As an attack-type organism, its power is on a completely different level.

    6/ Rizo-Vaal Strout
    One of the longest-serving Dead Apostles. Black Knight Strout. One of Altrouge's bodyguards. The True Devil Neardark.

    7/ Disemboweling Forest Einnashe
    The Sentient Woods. A mobile, predatory forest.

    8/ Fina-Vlad Svelten
    White Knight Vlad. One of Altrouge's bodyguards. The Vampiric Count. Devil of Stratovaris.

    9/ Altrouge Brunestud
    Hybrid of a True Ancestor and a Dead Apostle. Vampire princess of the Dead Apostles. "Black". Master of blood and contracts.

    10/ Nrvnqsr Chaos
    A living mass of chaos. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a bloodsucker.

    11/ Stanrobe Calhin
    The Duke of Predation. Wraith. Also known as the "City Devourer". …The First Wraith (Stantia).

    13/ ?????
    Tatari. A Dead Apostle purported to exist. Only the name "Night of Wallachia" remains as a legend handed down through the ages.

    14/ Van Fem
    One of the longest-serving Dead Apostles. Dark Lord of the Business World. Puppet Master. He created seven great golem castles.

    15/ Rita Rozay-en
    A self-proclaimed artist. Indulges in a distinctive hobby even among the Dead Apostles. A second-generation Dead Apostle that inherited her castle from the Dead Apostle that made her.

    16/ Gransurg Blackmore
    Peng. The Black Wing Lord. A Dead Apostle known as the Moon Eater. Uses the reality marble Nevermore.

    17/ Trhvmn Ortenrosse
    One of the longest-serving Dead Apostles. The White Wing Lord. A magus who became a bloodsucker. The quintessential vampire. King of the Dead Apostles. As the official representative of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors he has the greatest influence – formally, at least.

    20/ Merem Solomon
    The Great Four Demon Beasts. Despite being a Dead Apostle, he is the fifth member of the Burial Agency. Goes by the alias of Crown. For Ciel, he is something like a pesky senpai.

    21/ Sumire
    Aquatic Demon Sumire. Water Bottle. An oddball Dead Apostle that lives underwater. A reformed vampire that has overcome the weakness to running water.

    24/ El Nahat
    Background unknown. The artifact called the Book of the Stomach World. Regarded as the Burial Agency's ultimate anti-Dead Apostle trump card.

    27/ Caubac Alcatraz
    Dead Apostle of the Millennium Lock. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a Dead Apostle.

    EX/ Michael Roa Valdamjong
    The Serpent of Akasha. The Infinite Reincarnator.
    Though the Church counts him among the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, the Ancestors themselves despise him as one who overstepped his bounds.



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  5. [v] Comptiq 2006-11 issue - Fate Dojo Q & A
    Q: Who'd win if the Servants and the 27 Ancestors fought each other?

    Q: Who'd win if the Servants and the 27 Ancestors fought each other? Also, who'd win in a fight between Bazett, a renowned powerhouse of the Association, and Ciel, top class in even the Association?

    A: Depends on compatibility, but basically Servants will have the slightly higher advantage. With Saber, Lancer, and Archer classes, we ought to be able to relax and see decent fights. In particular, Saber has THAT sort of Noble Phantasms so against guys like the 27 Ancestors that overwhelm by material quantity and alienness, she'd be REALLY tough.
    ....Well, there are also some of those tough Ancestors that can withstand a direct hit from Excalibur-class attacks, but against those guys that just (emphasis on just; other stats don't match up) have wickedly high HP, Lancer-aniki'd be pretty tough.

    Q:サーヴァントと27祖が戦ったらどちらが勝つんでしょうか? また、協会屈指の実力者・バゼットと、教会でも最高クラスの シエルが戦ったらどっちが勝つんですか?(新潟県/神田聖一)

    あとバゼットさんとシエル嬢ですが、ホロウの段階ではシエルの勝ちは動きません。バゼットさんが開眼してフラガラックを使いこなせるように なるといい勝負になります。

  6. [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Miscellaneous, p.136

    Q: Who would be stronger if Servants fought the 27 Ancestors?

    Q: Who would be stronger if Servants fought the 27 Ancestors? Servant's also have superhuman battle ability, but the 27 Ancestors are also superhuman monsters.... I got the impression that ORT, Primate Murder, Altrouge Brunestud, and so on were obviously stronger than Servants.

    A: All I can is they're both powerful.... They're both beings that live in mystery, so the only thing that can be said is that it all depends on the situation the moment it comes done to ""having the means of killing the other guy somehow". Among those, Earth rules won't even apply to ORT in the first place and Primate Murder has the super advantage against primates so they're in a league of their own, I suppose. Speaking of which, for one Primate Murder, seven Guardians would be the appropriate amount.


    A:どっちもどっち、としか・・・・・・。どちらも神秘に生きるものたちなので、"なんとかして殺す手段がある"時点で状況次第としか言えません。そんななか、 ORTはそもそも地球上でのルールが成立しないし、プライミッツマーダーは霊長に対して超有利なので別格でしょうか。ちなみに、プライミッツマーダー1匹に対して守護者七騎であたるのが妥当なところです。

  7. Character material - Prelude III, p.066-069
    "By participating in this ritual that his master established, he is finally able to kill the Ancestor without holding back."
  8. [v] TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Pamphlet 10th Anniversary Q & A Booklet:

    Q: What is the reason of the Mana depletion in the world of Extra?

    Q: What is the reason of the Mana depletion in the world of Extra?

    A: Gonna leak you some info. It is the "what if scenario" caused by a "certain ritual" that occurred in the 1970's. This ritual is not expected to happen until the year 20XX.