The True Holy Grail War (本当の聖杯戦争, Hontō no Seihai Sensō?) and False Holy Grail War (偽りの聖杯戦争, Itsuwari no Seihai Sensō?) are two simultaneous Holy Grail Wars held in Snowfield in America, also referred to as the Snowfield Holy Grail War.
After the end of the Third Holy Grail War in Fuyuki, an organization of magi from the United States, separate from the London-based Mage's Association, took data from the Fuyuki Grail War and planned their own version of the ritual, which would be held seventy years later, with the city Snowfield selected as the Sacred Land in which to hold the ritual.
The system of the True and False Holy Grail Wars is copied from the Fuyuki system, although with some changes. Due to the nature of the War, the procedures for becoming Masters and summoning Servants is somewhat more flexible. For example, Tsubaki Kuruoka, a young comatose girl, was able to become a Master and summon Pale Rider, an entity that isn't a Heroic Spirit or a Divine Spirit. Flat Escardos also managed to summon his Servant, Jack the Ripper, without a summoning circle or a chant, only messing around with his catalyst and the ley lines around the area. Enkidu, a being closer to a Noble Phantasm of the Gods, was also summoned. The True War also has its own exceptionalities, such as the summoning of the Watcher.
The Grail itself is yet to be shown, as the False War alone won't cause it to manifest. Even after the summoning of the "True" Servants, the Grail hasn't been shown.
False Holy Grail War
The False War is a primer for the true war, gathering enough energy by summoning six Servants. America based on the one in Fuyuki. Rather than fighting for a Holy Grail, the war is over a "False Grail", making the ritual hard to predict compared to that of Fuyuki. While it seems that the immense scale of the preparation for the ritual would have required a magi family of the caliber of a Great House like the Einzberns, the "Initiator" of the Holy Grail War has not appeared, nor do they give off any such presence of magi of their theorized stature.
The definition of "Summoning Rituals" is vague at best due to the flawed system, as shown by the summoning of Rider. After the fifth Servant is summoned, the False Grail wishes for the materialization of the sixth Servant, even through brutal force.
True Holy Grail War
The "True" War is started after the summoning of the "False" Servants has occurred. The True Masters are selected far more carefully, unlike the False Masters, most of whom are just people who happened to hear of the War. Unlike the False War, there is also a full roster of seven Servants and the possibility of Ruler being summoned exists.
Despite the False and True Wars being defined as separate occurrences, the Masters and Servants freely battle and collaborate with each other, making the Wars far less separate, at least so far. The exact differences between the "False" and "True" Servants also remain presently unclear, if there are any, to begin with. The two Wars are sometimes referred to both separately and collectively as the 'Snowfield Holy Grail War'.
The Grail War is established by the American government, with the help of Francesca. Faldeus Dioland acts as the representative of the government, a sort of supervisor on their behalf who tries to keep the War on track.
Unlike in the Fuyuki Grail War, the Church was not asked to supervise the Grail War. However, the Church still sent their own supervisor, Hansa Cervantes to find out more about the War. Some of the Masters though refuse to accept Hansa as an actual supervisor.
|False Archer||Gilgamesh|| Unnamed magus (Original Master)|
|False Assassin||Former Hassan-i-Sabbah candidate||Jester Karture|
|False Berserker||Jack the Ripper||Flat Escardos|
|False Caster||Alexandre Dumas||Orlando Reeve|
|False Rider||Pale Rider||Tsubaki Kuruoka|
|Saber||Richard I|| Cashura (Original Master)|
|Avenger/True Archer||Alcides||Bazdilot Cordelion|
|True Assassin||Hassan-i-Sabbah||Faldeus Dioland|
|True Berserker||Unknown||Haruri Borzak|
|True Caster||François Prelati||Francesca Prelati|
|True Rider||Hippolyta||Doris Lusendra|
- ↑ Fate/strange fake
- ↑ Fate/strange fake Volume 1, Prologue 5: "Rider"
- ↑ Fate/strange fake Volume 1, Prologue 2: "Berserker"
- ↑ Fate/strange fake Volume 1, Prologue 6: "Lancer"
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