True Archer (真アーチャー, Shin Āchā?) is the "True" Archer-class Servant of Bazdilot Cordelion in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange Fake. He has also been granted attributes of an Avenger-class Servant through the machinations of his Master.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
True Archer's True Name is Alcides (アルケイデス, Arukeidesu?), the human side of Heracles whose divinity and immortality has been lost through interference from his Master's Command Spells awakening past memories from his life and mud from the Fuyuki Grail. In a way, he could be called Heracles Alter, although he refuses to be called as such.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Although both younger and transformed from his normal counterpart, he doesn't exactly fall under the Lily or Alter classifications. After having undergone his transformation from being exposed to the mud of the Fuyuki Grail, Alcides' flesh has been dyed red and he has shrunk from his standard size. Over his chest near his heart, his skin has been dyed white, much like a scar from ripping out his own heart, and donning a black and gold shroud to cover his face.
After stealing From Hell from False Berserker using Reincarnation Pandora, Alcides sprouted horns poking from under his cloth and wings like black smoke that are similar to False Berserker in his demon form, along with being shrouded in magical energy several times stronger than he had previously.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Normally of noble bearing, his personality has changed due to his exposure to the dark red mud from the Fuyuki Grail. Being forced to remember all the faces of those "humans" who he had passed or known in life, and recalling the terrible sins of his past, he has taken to wearing a shroud over his face as punishment, saying he will never again look upon the works of man. He has agreed to use his Master to obtain the Holy Grail, but declares that the minute he ceases to be of use, he will kill him. His wish for the Grail is the erasure of his posthumous name, taking the name "Alcides" in place of it.
Alcides boasts great hatred for the Gods, to the extent Gilgamesh believes he wishes to kill them. He cites his reason for not taking the power of his War Belt, is due to this hatred, calling it a power that should be made to submit, be trampled upon, and ruled over by the power of Man.
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/strange Fake[edit | edit source]
Day 0[edit | edit source]
True Archer, Alcides, is a twisted form of the original True Archer, Heracles, brought forth by his Master Bazdilot Cordelion after using all three of his Command Seals and the mud of the Grail from Fuyuki. Before Heracles was exposed to the mud, Bazildot commanded him to not makes excuses, followed by a command to remember the humans he has seen and a command to accept human nature. Alcides is far more immoral and uncaring, even ready to kill children to further his conquest against the gods, making him an ideal Servant for the cold Bazdilot.
Day 1[edit | edit source]
True Archer is sent to attack False Archer and his Master, Tine Chelc, who are staying at a hotel. He shoots at them with his bow, aiming specifically for Tine and completely ignoring False Archer, even when he comes to confront him. This angers False Archer, who uses his Gate of Babylon to attack True Archer with multiple weapons. True Archer, however, is not shaken by the attack, going as far as calling False Archer weak. True Archer is even able to withstand a full assault of hundreds of weapons from all directions from False Archer, due to the Pelt of the Divine Beast summoned by his King's Order, that protects him from any weapon created by humans. Intrigued by his power, False Archer draws out the sword Merodach from his treasury, to truly test the might of his opponent. True Archer though comments that only the strongest weapon in his treasury can give him a chance, as he will die without it. True Archer then summons another Noble Phantasm, Goddess of War, with his King's Order, but before he can attack, he is knocked back by True Rider, who appears on the battlefield, using the same Noble Phantasm. True Archer and True Rider then proceed to fight, while False Archer simply watches them for a time. She uses Goddess of War to power up her body and weapons with divine energy, but notices he only uses it to power his bow. He explains he doesn't want the divine energy to enter his body so he can win with the power of man alone. False Archer intervenes, informing True Rider that she is far weaker than either of them. However, True Rider says that she is aware of the difference in power between her and True Archer, as he was the one that killed her in life. True Rider then turns to True Archer, questioning why a noble hero like him would so mercilessly attack a child, like the Master of False Archer. True Archer, however, coldly responds that the hero she once knew is dead. They are about to continue their battle but are trapped in an illusion of True Caster, who has come to stop their battle. They all agree to stop their fight, but before departing, True Archer says to False Archer that they will meet again, telling him his name.
True Archer returns to Bazdilot and expresses curiosity on how the man is able to fuel his extensive mana requirements without being drained. Bazdilot shows him his system where he sacrifices many human lives to produce mana crystals and uses these crystals to fuel True Archer instead of his own reserves. True Archer is not bothered by the fact many lives were sacrificed for the crystals.
Day 2[edit | edit source]
While Bazdilot and True Archer are staying in the workshop of Bazdilot, Bazdilot receives a shared dream of Archer's past, when he traveled with Jason and the Argonauts. Jason acknowledged True Archer as a comrade, going on about his future kingdom, where all will be treated equally and everything will be amazing. When he wakes up, Bazdilot talks with True Archer about Jason, with Bazdilot calling him a worthless man, who would be used by more powerful people like himself. Though True Archer agrees with Bazdilot, he warns him not to mock the man, as he was his friend and the most humane man he knew.
However, as they finish their conversation, they are attacked by the Master of True Berserker, Haruri Borzak, and Fillia, an Eizenbern homunculus who supports Haruri. As True Archer confronts Fillia, she declares that "she" is a goddess that has possessed the homunculus. This angers Archer, who immediately attacks Fillia, while Bazdilot attacks Haruri. Archer then uses his King's Order to change his arrows into the Stymphalian Birds, which attack Fillia. Before the birds can reach her though they are destroyed by the enormous True Berserker, who is a mechanical spider-monster who is atop the workshop. True Berserker then begins to destroy the workshop and the meat processing plant around it. True Archer engages him, being allowed by Bazdilot to use enough power to even destroy the workshop himself. Before the battle can go on, however, the ground beneath them disappears due to True Caster's Noble Phantasm, Grand Illusion, that tricks the world itself. As they are all falling, True Caster manages to make a temporary truce between them, restoring the ground after they have come to an agreement. Fillia, Haruri, and Berserker then leave.
Bazdilot and True Archer then move to a different location, where Bazdilot talks with Archer about their previous encounter, being surprised that Archer would let Fillia go, as she claimed to be a goddess. Archer explains that Fillia was not a real goddess, but simply a malediction of them, which is secondary to Archer. Archer is then sent to the hospital of the city, where the Master of False Rider, Tsubaki Kuruoka who is a young comatose girl, resides. Bazdilot gained this information from his spies among the police officers, who have also been informed of the young Master by Flat Escardos, another Master, and intend to take her to safety. Bazdilot orders True Archer to kill Tsubaki in order to get rid of False Rider.
Once True Archer arrives at the hospital, he summons Cerberus, the three-headed dog of the Underworld, that then confronts Clan Calatin, driving them back. However, Cerberus is stalled by False Berserker, who is able to multiply himself with his Noble Phantasm, Natural Born Killers. Berserker then confronts Archer, recognizing him as a hero who has forsaken his divinity and reducing himself to the level of normal men. However, this makes him able to be hunted and killed by a murderer like Berserker, whose identity is Jack the Ripper. Berserker then transforms himself and all his duplicates into demonic beings with another Noble Phantasm, From Hell, that then overwhelm Archer. However, Archer is able to get back up and uses a Noble Phantasm of his own, Reincarnation Pandora, which allows him to steal Berserker's From Hell and transform himself into a demonic being. After acknowledging Berserker as a worthy opponent and promising to remember their battle, he prepares to kill Berserker though Berserker is teleported away by his Master, Flat, with a Command Seal. The battle having finished, False Archer makes his presence known, mocking True Archer's new appearance. Also, Saber, False Assassin and Sigma, another Master, arrive to the battlefield, ready to take part in the battle.
Before True Archer can confront them, False Archer becomes offended by Saber and attacks him instead. True Archer observes their battle, impressed by Saber's prowess and the fact his power is natural and not granted by the gods. He then turns back to the Clan Calatin officers and says he has no quarrel with them, so if they will stand aside and let him murder Tsubaki, he'll spare their lives. John Wingard declares he will fight to the end to defend the child. True Archer says John is brave, and for that, he pities him. He strikes John with his bow, launching him into a building and breaking his neck.
Enraged by John's seeming demise, Clan Calatin attacks True Archer with their Noble Phantasms, but their attacks either bounce off the Pelt of the Divine Beast or are too weak to damage him when they hit his unprotected areas. Seeing them as no threat, he slowly advances, wary of False Archer or Saber returning. Vera Levitt tries to buy time with a smokescreen, but he simply flies into the air with his new demonic wings. Suddenly, a lone figure charges at him. His battle instincts tell him not to look away from the threat, even when he senses Saber's mighty Excalibur blasts in the distance. He becomes shocked when he recognizes the figure as John Wingard. John hits him with a flying knee to the face and knocks him back. He then learns John's name when the other officers cry it out in surprise. John then attacks him with punches and kicks. He blocks them and notes that John's strength now rivals some of his opponents from Ancient Greece. Though John's blows are not strong enough to cause serious damage, they cause damage all the same. He deduces that False Caster enchanced his body. John then draws a dagger laced with Hydra venom from his prosthetic hand. Recognizing the venom and completely horrified, since Hydra venom contributed to his original death, True Archer jumps back and draws his bow, then declares John a worthy opponent.
While True Archer battles John, Clan Calatin tries to support John, only to be scattered by arrows. False Berserker takes the form of a squad of police officers and tries to attack him from behind, only for True Archer to slash through them with his demonic wings without having to turn around. False Berserker turns into an assortment of ordinary people (young and old, men and women) and rushes him. Seeing how sluggish they are, True Archer calls it absurd, but is shocked when countless black arms form out of the people's shadows and wrap around his body.
True Archer realizes the shadows are Magecraft from False Berserker's Master, Flat Escardos, whom he learned about from his own Master. He summons the Stymphalian Birds to attack Flat after spotting him and then shoots him with three arrows while he was trying to fend the birds off. However, this Flat is revealed to be one of False Berserker's duplicates and the real Flat was hidden in the assortment of ordinary people. Flat uses a spell to disrupt True Archer's flow of magical energy. He is put in extreme agony as parts of his body start exploding and his horns and talons fall off. He stomps the street to break it apart and separate them, then uses all his strength and concentration to hold himself together. He tells himself it shouldn't be possible for Flat to affect him because of his high Magic Resistance, then realizes Flat targeted the From Hell he stole from False Berserker. John then runs up and stabs him in the side with his dagger so hard the dagger breaks.
As the Hydra venom slowly eats away at him, he asks False Berserker why he risked his Master on the battlefield. False Berserker explains there are some things only his Master can do as Flat reveals he used his second Command Spell to affect From Hell. True Archer congratulates all three of them for doing all this damage to him without divine aid, but then says it is not enough. To their horror, Black Mud erupts from his wound and absorbs the venom before flowing back inside him and healing the wound. A tornado of magical energy erupts from him, knocking them back.
Suddenly deciding they are beneath his notice, he leaps away and fires an arrow at False Archer, who was about to kill Saber. False Archer blocks the arrow and berates him for interfering with his affairs. False Archer says he can defeat him and the corruption of the Black Mud, but True Archer says he can defeat him even though he is already dead.
False Archer fires a barrage of weapons at True Archer, but True Archer either shoots them out of the air or expertly twists his body to protect himself with the Pelt of the Divine Beast. True Archer then loads an arrow coated in Hydra venom into his bow and fires it while using the Noble Phantasm Nine Lives, causing the arrow to turn into nine arrows that twist through the air seeking their target. False Archer says he can easily counter the attack, but is shocked when his Gate of Babylon portals suddenly close. He gathers the weapons he has already summoned and tries to deflect the arrows, but a loud roar sounds that distracts him with fear. An arrow pierces his shoulder, arm, and leg before spears of earth rise from the ground to deflect the rest.
True Archer watches and listens passively as Filla, riding on True Berserker, appears and takes credit for closing the Gate of Babylon and causing False Archer to lose. As False Archer struggles to resist the Hydra venom, he identifies the goddess possessing Fillia to be Ishtar. Ishtar leaves, but as a parting shot, has True Berserker impale False Archer. Suddenly, a wave of blackness washes over the entire street. When it passes, True Archer and all the other combatants have vanished, to the shock of those observing.
However, True Archer really used King's Order to summon the four Mares of Diomedes and rode one of them to escape the wave of blackness. The other three Mares are consumed by the wave and he senses he has also lost contact with Cerberus. True Rider ambushed him. While continuing to evade the wave of blackness, he duels her on his Mare of Diomedes while she rides her own horse, Kalion. Like in their first fight, he uses the Goddess of War sash to power his bow with divine energy while she uses it to power herself and her weapons. He deduces that she was observing his earlier battles and protected John, Flat, and the others with her divine energy, which is why they survived his energy wave. He also deduces that she has somehow become more powerful than normal. As they fight, he taunts her by accusing her of throwing away her people's philosophy and of betraying him when they met in life. She says she will not fall for his taunts and stabs him in the arm with her spear. He says a divine being like her will never defeat him and knocks her back, then Black Mud emerges from his wound. Shocked, she asks what that mud is, and he says he does not know nor care; what is important is that it came from the power of man. He commands the mud to attack her and the mud comes to life and chases her. Before it can reach her, her Master powers her with a Command Spell and she releases an explosion of energy that disperses the mud and the wave of blackness. While she was distracted doing that, he escapes.
Day 3[edit | edit source]
Healed of his injuries, True Archer appears in Bazdilot's workshop to find him playing a piano, commenting he did not expect that. Bazdilot explains Galvarosso Scladio had just died and he had sworn an oath to play a song for him if that happened. Bazdilot asks how much time he has left. True Archer explains that he survived the Hydra venom by using King's Order to activate Chiron's Immortality. Though it revived him, he still feels the pain of the venom. Though he is using the Black Mud to convert his pain into strength, he can only last three to four days before the pain drives him to madness.
Bazdilot asks him if he regrets killing Chiron, and he says he does not because he freed Chiron from the "curse" of immortality. Bazdilot tells him he simply has to kill the other Servants and win the Holy Grail War before he runs out of time. True Archer says he thought Bazdilot was not interested in the Holy Grail. Bazdilot says he is not, but letting True Archer get his wish of erasing the name Heracles from history by destroying everything the gods have built will help him get revenge on Galvarosso's killers.
True Archer tells Bazdilot that Cerberus and three of the Mares of Diomedes were consumed by the wave of blackness. Though he cannot call them to his side, they are still alive, but under someone else's control. He speculates that whoever controlled the wave of blackness may be related to Hades in some way. He then says under his breath so Bazdilot cannot hear, with a sense of pity, "In that case... even if I do not harm her... its Master is fated to be hunted eventually. Hunted by the true heroes... who safeguard the people."
Abilities[edit | edit source]
True Archer is a strong hero with parameters higher than Gilgamesh and strong enough to be denoted as quite strong by Enkidu's Presence Detection. He can accurately shoot arrows from his bow at a target over twenty kilometers away, their speed surpassing the speed of sound and releasing powerful enough shock-waves to shatter any glass in the nearby area. Even when Gilgamesh uses the gauntlet of his Golden Armor to defend himself from an arrow, it still cracks the gauntlet and causes chips of it to fall away. His bow is strong enough to knock away weapons from the Gate of Babylon.
Class Skills[edit | edit source]
- Magic Resistance (A Rank): Cancels spells ranked A or below, no matter what High-Thaumaturgy it is. In practice, the Servant is untouchable to modern magi, so it would not be an exaggeration to title the Servant a "Magus Killer".
- Independent Action (C Rank): It is possible for a servant to stay in the world for one day without a Master. Its rank was lowered in compensation of obtaining an Avenger Class Skill due to the Distortion Skill.
Personal Skills[edit | edit source]
- Distortion (A Rank): A Skill that forces the distortion of the class the Servant was originally called forth in. He or she would receive the other class' specialty as proof. Conversely, at least one among the set of the original Class Skills has declined. In Alcides' case, he gained the Avenger class, gaining Avenger as a Class Skill due to the exposition to the mud of the Fuyuki grail. In return, Independent Action was dropped to C Rank.
- Eye of the Mind (True) (B Rank): Insight fostered through training and discipline. In Alcides's case, having his god-given abilities thrown away, the techniques he accumulated as a human make their appearance.
- Valor (E Rank): A skill that brushes aside mental interference and increases melee damage. The divine curse lodged inside him has been brought out by the Command Spell. The rank has decreased considerably.
- Battle Continuation (A+ Rank): Alcides can continue fighting even with wounds that place him on the verge of death. An ability representing his strong will to stay alive on the battlefield.
Noble Phantasms[edit | edit source]
Due to being blackened by the grail mud, Heracles' was greatly altered, losing his Divinity and immortality as a result. In exchange for losing God Hand, Archer gained King's Order as the crystalization and proof of having completed the Twelve Labors when he was alive. It is the embodiment of "having owned the Noble Phantasms in one's legend", allowing him to fully utilize all the tools he obtained in life. It "crushes a convention of the Holy Grail War itself", so Magical Energy consumption is increased manifold as a result. Alcides currently revealed labors are the following:
- Pelt of the Divine Beast (First Labor): The pelt of the Nemean Lion draped over Alcides' face as a means of assuring that "works of man never again enter [his] sight." Due to this, the cloth works as an armor that cannot be pierced by any tool created by humans. It is able to repel all of the treasures of the Gate of Babylon, regardless if they are first-class or of a much lower order, without Alcides taking any damage. As such, he states that Gilgamesh requires Ea to make them equal in a clash. However, attacks not performed human weapons, such as punches, swipes of claws, rays of heat from Jack the Ripper's From Hell, and the such can directly affect Alcides. The pelt is inherently tough, so though it may be pierced, it will not be ripped apart by such attacks.
- Chiron's immortality (Fourth Labor): The immortality of his mentor Chiron, who Heracles accidentally struck with an arrow tipped with Hydra poison. Unable to die but wracked with extreme pain, Chiron gave up his godhood, Heracles taking it to transfer it to Prometheus. As a Noble Phantasm, it acts as a single resurrection.
- Stymphalian Bird (Sixth Labor): Allows him to manifest the Stymphalian Birds (ステュムパリデスの鳥, Suteyumuparidesu no Tori?) which were monstrous birds cherished by Ares as familiars. They are defeated by True Berserker with a single strike of its giant mass.
- Mares of Diomedes (Eighth Labor): It summons the Mares of Diomedes captured by Heracles during the Labor. It summons four horses.
- Goddess of War (Ninth Labor): Alcides wears on his left arm the sash possessed by Hippolyta which Heracles obtained on his ninth labor. While Alcides does make use of the sash, he only allows its energy to imbue and strengthen his weapons, due to him actively preventing the energy from entering his body due to his hatred of the gods.
- Cerberus (Twelfth Labor): Allows him to summon Cerberus, the three-headed guard dog of the underworld.
An attack that can be performed in various ways with a weapon or perhaps even bare-handed. Drawing the maximum power from the weapon, from anti-unit to anti-army, up to sieging, various forms depending on the circumstances are on display.
Granted upon his transfiguration into the Avenger Class. It allows for Alcides to steal a Noble Phantasm from another Servant and use it as his own. Described by Alcides as "usurping" the opponent, Alcides is shown to call out the True Name of the Noble Phantasm, immediately ceasing the opponent's usage of their Noble Phantasm and conferring the effects onto Alcides. The exact conditions are not stated.
References[edit | edit source]
 Fate/strange Fake - Volume 3 - Servant status: Avenger/True Archer [T]
Class: Avenger/True Archer
Master: Bazdilot Cordelion
True name: Alkeides
Height/Weight: 203cm 141kg
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Noble Phantasm: A++
■ Avenger: A
■ Independent Action: C
■ Magic Resistance: A
■ Distortion: A
Forced distortion of the class he was originally called forth in. He has received the other class's specialty as proof. Conversely, either of the class skills has declined. In Alkeides's case, Independent Action has dropped to C rank.
■ Eye of the Mind (True): B
Insight fostered through training and discipline. In Alkeides's case, having his god given abilities thrown away, the techniques he accumulated as a human make their appearance.
■ Bravery: E
A skill that brushes aside mental interference and increases melee damage.
The divine curse lodged inside him has be brought out by the Command Spell. The score has decreased considerably.
■ Battle Continuation: A+
Can continue fighting even with wounds that place him on the verge of death. An ability representing his strong will to stay alive on the battlefield.
■ King's Order: Twelve Glories
Losing his divinity along with his immortality meant obtaining [proof of crushing the labors]. Starting with [Pelt of the Divine Beast] and [War God's War Sash], this is the embodiment of [having owned the Noble Phantasms in one's legend]. One's own tools can be fully used. However, as using this crushes a convention of the Holy Grail itself, magical energy consumption is increased manifold.
■ Nine Lives: The Shooting Hundred Heads
Range: As the occasion demands
The technique that has become a Noble Phantasm is called [Style: Shooting the Hundred Heads], and can be performed in various ways with a weapon or perhaps even bare-handed. Drawing the maximum power from the weapon, from anti-unit to anti-army, up to sieging, various forms depending on the circumstances are on display.
■ Reincarnation Pandora: Usurper of the Celestial Wind
身長・体重： ２０３cm １４１kg
■ 心眼（真）： Ｂ
■ 勇猛： Ｅ
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