Vivian (ヴィヴィアン?), the Lady of the Lake (湖の乙女, Mizūmi no Otome?), is a fairy known for bestowing Excalibur upon King Arthur.

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Background[edit | edit source]

Vivian was a Great Mother class fairy born in the inner sea of the planet.[1] Also known as the "fairy princess of the lake,"[2] Morgan le Fay was considered her counterpart, Vivian embodying goodness compared to Morgan's evil. This duality was also reflected in the nature of Excalibur itself.[3] It is thought Morgan inherited Vivian's authority.[1] It was believed by some that Merlin himself taught Vivian magecraft.[4]

Vivian granted Artoria Pendragon Excalibur[2] and Rhongomyniad[5] after the loss of Caliburn. Vivian also became her guardian.[2] Near the end of Artoria's reign, when Merlin fled to Avalon to escape Vivian after scorning her, Vivian imprisoned him in a tower where he remains even now.[4][6]

Bedivere at Vivian's lake.

As Artoria's dying wish, Excalibur was returned to Vivian by Bedivere.[2] According to legend, Vivian was one of the fairies who arrived to bring Artoria to Avalon after she died.

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Vivian embodies goodness.[3] Ayaka Sajyou as a child reminded Arthur Pendragon of Vivian's kind and gentle voice.[7] However she can still be angered. When Merlin scorned her, Vivian's response was to pursue him as he fled to Avalon and then lay a trap for him that imprisoned him in a tower for eternity. Merlin describes himself as trying to escape the "vicious claws of the witch".[6]

Role[edit | edit source]

Fate/stay night[edit | edit source]

Vivian in the Fate/stay night manga.

Vivian is briefly portrayed accepting the returned Excalibur at the end of the Fate/stay night manga adaptation of the Fate route.

Fate/strange Fake[edit | edit source]

Francesca Prelati and Francois Prelati refer to their teachers in magecraft as spirits who took interest in and watched Artoria through "water-viewing whispers," the duo feeling that Artoria's misfortune would upset their teachers. Merlin is noted to have taught their teachers magecraft.[8]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

As a Great Mother, Vivian is a Divided Spirit of the planet's soul. She is a "pure transcendent existence" who, while within the same scope as nature gods born through human worship, is not bound by human rules.[1]

One receiving the blessing of Vivian possesses the ability to walk atop any body of water.[9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fate/Grand Order - Fairy Round Table Domain: Avalon le Fay - Oberon's fairy explanation, translated by You
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Fate/stay night - Saber profile
  3. 3.0 3.1
    [v] Fate/complete material II: Character material - Weapons: Black Excalibur, p.121

    User: Saber
    Excalibur’s appearance after being corrupted by evil. Excalibur functions by converting its user’s magical energy into offensive power. Because of this nature as a “sword that amplifies”, when Saber was blackened, Excalibur blackened with her.
    In Arthurian legend, King Arthur received Excalibur from Vivian, a fairy of the lake. Just as the fairy Vivian who embodied goodness had her polar opposite in the evil Morgan, so too does Excalibur have the possibility of embodying both good and evil. However, whether Excalibur is filled with good or stained by evil, the fact that it is the strongest holy sword does not change.

    黒エクスカリバー
    使用者:セイバー
    エクスカリバーが悪の属性に染まった姿。エクスカリバーは所有者の魔力を取り込み攻撃力に変換し、増幅させ る剣であるため、セイバーの黒化に伴い聖剣も"黒化"した。
    アーサー王伝説において、エクスカリバーは湖の妖精ヴィヴィアンがアーサー王に授けた剣である。湖の妖精に 善の属性を持つヴィヴィアンと、対極である悪の属性を持つモルガンが存在するように、妖精から授かったエク スカリバーも善と悪の両属性を持ちうる可能性があるのだろう。だがエクスカリバーが善悪どちらの属性に染ま ろうとも、これが聖剣の頂点に立つ最強の斬撃兵器であることに変わりはない。

  4. 4.0 4.1 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Merlin, p.396-409, translated by castor212 at Beast's Lair.
  5. Garden of Avalon
  6. 6.0 6.1 Garden of Avalon - Prologue: At the Garden
  7. Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver Volume 5 - "Knight of Fate Arc" Part 3-B
  8. Fate/strange Fake Volume 6 - Chapter 20: "Fantasy Becomes Reality"
  9. Fate/Zero Volume 3: The Scattered Ones - Act 10 Part 1 -84:34:58
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