Waver Velvet (ウェイバー・ベルベット, Weibā Berubetto?) is the Master of Rider in the Fourth Holy Grail War of Fate/Zero. Initially a student in the Clock Tower under the tutelage of Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald before the Holy Grail War, he later attains the position of Lord, referred to as Lord El-Melloi II (ロード・エルメロイⅡ世, Rōdo Erumeroi Nisei?). Highly respected within the Clock Tower, he is the Lord of the Department of Modern Magecraft Theory and owns the El-Melloi Classroom. He is the protagonist of Lord El-Melloi II Case Files.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 2.1 Fate/Zero
- 2.2 Capsule Servant
- 2.3 Lord El-Melloi II Case Files
- 2.4 Fate/stay night
- 2.5 Fate/Apocrypha
- 2.6 Fate/Grand Order
- 2.7 Fate/Strange Fake
- 2.8 Fate/Kaleid Liner PRISMA☆ILLYA
- 2.9 Fate/Labyrinth
- 2.10 Other appearances
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Waver was born as the third generation of the Velvet family, but it was not a very prestigious line. His grandmother, the first generation, was the lover of a certain magus who picked up the very basics of magecraft during their pillow talk. Waver's mother, the second generation, only sparsely practiced as a way to honor her mother. Waver was the first to seriously follow the path of magecraft, so his heritage and innate abilities were lacking. His mother found the Association’s hierarchical system annoying and disapproved of Waver seeking out the tutelage of a proper mentor, but he was strongly drawn to magecraft. His parents eventually both died of illness, so he took the opportunity to sell all of his family’s possessions to gather enough money for his tuition for the Clock Tower without anything leftover.
Becoming Lord El-Melloi II[edit | edit source]
He became a third year lecturer while studying the bare essentials, he had no choice but to rely on others due to his own fundamental lack of ability. As a lecturer for third year students, he quickly made a name for himself. At first, he wasn't even placed into a specific Faculty, so his lectures had a vanishingly small number of attendees. Thanks to this, however, the lessons had a practicality to them that was unrivaled elsewhere in the Clock Tower, and the new generations of students with nowhere else to go flocked to him. Winning the approval of other lecturers that had failed in their struggles for power, he was able to take the stage and actualize a multilateral approach to education that had yet to be seen.
Kayneth's sudden death leaves a gap the organization of his research left at the Clock Tower, and House El-Melloi is left on the verge of ruin. While still considered Kayneth's "most useless formal student", Waver collects the unorganized and unattended works before they are lost, compiling them into the tome named "Lord Kayneth's Encyclopedia of Arcane Secrets." His actions restore the El-Melloi house, and he become known as the "man who revived the Archibalds" or "new El-Melloi." The encyclopedia becomes what acts as the foundation for the flourishing of the house and its descendants.
« I recognize your deeds to the Archibald family, but since you were only making up for what you caused in the first place, you better serve me for your entire life. »
|(Reines El-Melloi Archisorte, 10th Head of the Archibald family)|
Waver takes on the title of Lord El-Melloi II, after the proper heir, Reines El-Melloi Archisorte, a young girl at the bottom of the family's hierarchy, recognizes his achievements, but only does so while letting him know that Kayneth's death was his fault and that he will have to serve her for his entire life. He was the youngest Lord the Clock Tower had ever seen. Amongst the twelve nobles who administer the Clock Tower, he's the lowest-ranked. He attains the fourth-order rank, "Fes". He was previously in charge of the Mineralogy Department until he changed to the 12th Modern Magecraft Theories department.
The majority of people thought he wasn't anyone special. It was assumed that he was a mere puppet the El-Melloi family had, at their convenience, forced into the unenviable position of heading that hodgepodge of subjects known as Modern Magical Studies. But, they soon learned that they were terribly wrong. His works eventually cause him to be recognized as a great professor. Within the Clock Tower political party, Lord El-Melloi II is in the flexible reformist camp. He is the type to respect one’s merits, regardless of tradition or novelty. Rather than labelling him a conservative or a reformer, it might be most accurate to call him a neutral party.
He wishes to further his own studies, but his mediocrity as a magus keeps him from advancing. He attains a reputation as a great teacher but cares little for it due to not even being able to advance in rank within the Clock Tower.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
In the Fourth Holy Grail War, Waver was nineteen years old. Although he was a bit shorter than an average person. His body tended to be frail, because he had done nothing but study magic during his childhood, and had little time to forge his body, but he didn’t think it was a weakness. Rather, Waver had pride in polishing up his intellect.
As Lord El-Melloi II, he is a man in his early thirties with long loose hair. He wore a red coat with golden ornamentations on its shoulders, and his face bore a tremendously sour expression. He is often seen smoking a cigar. In Character material, he is seen wearing an elbow sleeve shirt with Admirable Great Tactics logo on it.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Fourth Holy Grail War[edit | edit source]
Waver is often called a "spoiled brat" who is the very embodiment of a "narcissist that does not doubt he's a genius." He displays traits of cowardice, being short-tempered, and constant complaints without action. He has an inferiority-complex about his abilities as a magus and Master, and he constantly doubts himself at every turn. He forms a bond with Rider over time that begins to change him, with Rider bolstering his confidence and recognizing his traits. He praises Waver for riding into the front lines of the battle with him, he comforts Waver upon seeing Caster's victims, and remarks in his abilities as an unconventional but exceptionally talented magus, though Waver quickly refutes him.
Though he often fights with Rider, he bonds with him over the course of the Holy Grail War, and he even pledges his allegiance to Rider as one of his subjects. Even Gilgamesh praises his loyalty, sparing his life because of remaining steadfast in following Rider's final orders.
Lord El-Melloi II[edit | edit source]
After becoming Lord El-Melloi II, he takes on a reputation as a famous lecturer of the Clock Tower. His involvement with Rider changed his attitude, allowing his persistent effort to lead to him being called a professor. Known as "Great Big Ben London Star”, "Professor Charisma", and "Master V". He has been even named "the number one man female students would like to sleep with", among others. He cares little about his reputation, and he would rather focus on his own success as a magus. His irritations towards it have even caused people to say that he has haunted the school with a constantly cranky look to him for several years. He is not an ambitious person, and he does not like to become personally involved with his students, having once said, "What a load of codswallop. Why should I, stuck at the fourth tier I still be, have to bloody look after other people?" He dislikes people calling him Lord El-Melloi without the "second" because it is unbearably grating without it.
He takes after Rider in that his sole pleasure lies in Japanese video games (often called 'visual novels'), though he has come to hate Japan and its people. He orders large batches of these games, and after playing through them fully, takes the time to diligently give detailed reviews on the games through their survey cards. Though he often receives game memorabilia through sweepstakes, he cares little for it and mostly believes that it is the proper action to relay his opinions back to the game designers even if he must pay international postage to airmail them to Japan. Much of his room is full of the memorabilia, though he also has a cabinet where he keeps the remaining piece of Rider's cloak that he used as his catalyst.
In the anime adaptations, he holds no such contempt for Japan or its people and even holds many in respect (such as Kairi Sisigou and Rin Tohsaka) while also yearning to witness the Holy Grail Wars again.
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/Zero[edit | edit source]
Shortly before the Fourth Holy Grail War, at the age of nineteen, he developed the revolutionary concept that a mage's power could be increased through effort, experience, and knowledge rather than increasing magical potential through that of a mage's genetic lineage. His idea was dismissed by his lecturer, the nobleman Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald, who tore up Waver's manuscript without another thought. He experienced nothing but hardship and failure in his work. Outraged and humiliated, Waver discovers that Lord El-Melloi will participate in the Fourth Holy Grail War in Japan. Stealing the artefact El-Melloi intends to use to summon his Servant and running off to Japan, Waver intends to win the Holy Grail in order to force the Mage's Association to recognize his genius.
Using the stolen artefact, he summons the Rider-class Servant, Iskandar. The two of them stay with Glen and Martha Mackenzie, an elderly Canadian couple living in Japan, for the duration of the war. The couple, thanks to Waver's magical abilities, are under the impression that he is their grandson. Waver is the youngest Master in the Fourth Holy Grail War. This caused him to gamble everything on the Holy Grail War. Though an adept mage, his confidence in his own skill comes off as arrogance. Waver is not courageous by nature and somewhat short-tempered, cowardly, and whiny. In contrast, his Servant Iskandar, the King of Conquerors, is noble and physically overbearing. Much to Waver's chagrin, the enormous man has little interest in the Holy Grail and cares more about conquering the world again, especially now that he realizes the world is much bigger than he was aware of during his life and is particularly fascinated by ordinary aspects of modern life. The Master and Servant have difficulty getting along at first due to differing personalities and Rider's selfish nature makes him especially difficult to control and Waver finds himself accommodating his interests to his Servant's to ensure Rider remains focused on defeating opposing Servants.
Despite their differences, they had a very close bond of friendship, similar to that of a father and a son. This is evident in the fact, that on their first encounter with the other servants and masters of the war, Rider defended his master's dignity after Waver was being tormented by Kayneth, who was threatening to make Waver suffer for stealing his artefact and entering the Grail War with the servant he was intending to summon. Rider disparages Kayneth by calling him a coward, saying that someone like him could never be his master even he really was summoned by Kayneth.
After Caster's death, Rider used all his magical energy from his own supply when he used Ionioi Hetairoi. Waver aware of this, he gathered food and went back to the summoning place where there is a leyline to help provide magical energy to Rider. Waver questions Rider why he didn't take any magical energy from him, Rider explains that servants are soul eaters and he didn't want to see Waver dying for the Holy Grail that possibly didn't exist. However, Waver is determined to continue the Holy Grail War to the end which left Rider impressed and Waver slept for the whole day providing magical energy to Rider.
As the Holy Grail War continues, Waver and Iskandar's friendship strengthens, Iskandar teaches Waver how to live like a man. Saber on her motorcycle chased after Rider as she thought Rider kidnapped Irisviel. Waver acknowledges Rider's method of conquest, while Rider's Via Expugnatio clashes with Saber's Excalibur. Rider's chariot was destroyed and Waver told Rider to activate his Ionioi Hetairoi, however, Rider said Via Expugnatio was the only gamble he would take against Saber.
After Saber destroyed Rider's Chariot, Waver had to walk back to the Mackenzie residence. As he walked back, he sees Glen on the roof who calls Waver to join him to see the view of Miyama Town. Glen reveals that he knew Waver was not his grandson because he was too nice to be his actual grandson. Waver asked if Glen was angry but to his surprise, Glen was happy to see Martha smiling as Waver and Rider came to live with them. Glen offered Waver to stay longer but Waver expressed that he could not as he's risking his life for something. Glen's opinion differs as there is not anything that worth dying for when people look back in their lives.
On the final day of the war, Waver decides it is too dangerous for him to continue participating in the war and uses all three of his Command Seals to order Iskandar to defeat all the remaining Servants, win the Grail, and not to return unless he succeeded. By using all of his Command Seals, Waver effectively abandons his position as Rider's Master and allows the Servant to do as he wishes. However, Iskandar insists that Waver stand at his side as he rides off to his final battle as his friend, rather than his Master.
During his battle with Archer, Iskandar uses his final Noble Phantasm: Ionioi Hetairoi. However, Gilgamesh uses his Anti-world Noble Phantasm to destroy Iskandar's Reality Marble in an instant. As Iskandar and Waver manage to evade the blast, Iskandar asks Waver if he wants to be his subordinate, which Waver accepts. Iskandar orders Waver to live and tell the story of his king, leaving Waver in a safe location to observe the battle. When the King of Conquerors is defeated by the golden Servant, Archer confronts Waver. Though he is afraid, Waver courageously stands up to Archer, declaring that he is a follower of Iskandar and that he has been ordered to live for Iskandar's sake. Out of respect for Iskandar's final wishes, Archer spares Waver's life.
He survived the Fourth Grail War, he returned to Mackenzie house safely. The time he spent with Iskandar has positively influenced him, he wanted to stop studying for a while and travel, experience and understand the outside world. He decided to stay in Japan for a while and asks Glen and Martha for permission to stay at their place. When he looks around his room and finds the game that Iskandar brought earlier, Waver at first thought it was silly but decides to try new things out and realizes he likes playing video games after this. After the war, he expresses several regrets: he wonders if the conflagration caused by the end of the war could have been prevented if he and Iskandar had still been around and also that he wanted to be Iskandar's friend as an equal rather than a subordinate.
The Outsiders’ Performance[edit | edit source]
In the side story of the special drama CD, Taiga Fujimura as an adult tells Saber how she was inspired to become an English teacher when she encountered Waver and Rider in the Fourth Grail War. She was looking for the thief who broke into her friend Otoko Hotaruzuka's store and stole their best wine barrel. She encounters both Waver and Rider during in the night after she fell from the roof. Rider becomes a translator for both Taiga and Waver, as Waver did not learn Japanese before coming to Japan, and Taiga explained to Waver and Rider that she chased after the thief until he flew off.
Taiga instantly jumped in the cold water to save the dog while believing Waver and Rider would also help out. As Waver and Rider helped Taiga out of the water, Waver questioned why Taiga is so persistent in helping people. Taiga replied that she believes in kindness in others. Waver thinks this is quite cute, though Rider says something completely different which left Waver in disarray: Rider claims he wanted Waver to have a romantic experience. Taiga chased after an underwear thief, dragging Rider and Waver to help her. After they handed the underwear thief to the police, they helped reunited the puppy to its owner.
Waver asked Taiga if she helped others, does not she have any problems herself. Taiga claims that she is worried about her love, school and future. Waver and Rider suggested she is suitable for teaching and guiding those who seek knowledge. Waver suggested they should part ways and head back home but Taiga wants to go after the wine barrel thief. Waver and Rider explained that searching for the criminal at night in Fuyuki City is getting more dangerous. Taiga tried to introduce herself to the two but Waver hypnotizes Taiga to head back home for her own safety. Rider thought of stealing more wine barrels from the market for Taiga but Waver stopped him from creating more trouble, Waver had a plan that could help her. Taiga says an anonymous person sent a dozen barrels of high-class London red wine outside her friend's house.
Capsule Servant[edit | edit source]
In Shirou's story, Waver decided to challenge him because it is his destiny and he can't run away. Waver was emotionally unprepared, even while trying to convince himself to take the Grail and the world just like Rider. Shirou suggests that Waver live more carefreely.
In Rin's story, Rin recognizes Waver as a magus. Waver proclaims himself as a famous genius magus at the Clock Tower- however, Rin notices Waver didn't possess many magic circuits. Waver, shocked from her statement, claims kids are cruel.
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files[edit | edit source]
The setting follows closely to Fate/Zero, Waver survives the Fourth Holy Grail War and becomes Lord El-Melloi II.
Prior to the events of the Adra Castle Separation case, Lord El-Melloi II encounters Gray and takes her as his apprentice.
case. Adra Castle Separation[edit | edit source]
The Adra Castle case takes place 10 years after the Fourth Holy Grail War. In the events of Adra Castle case, Lord El-Melloi II was informed by Reines El-Melloi Archisorte about the recent death of the Adra Castle owner and requested him to investigate. Although Lord El-Melloi II reacted negatively, Reines manages to manipulate him by suggesting he will be able to take part in the Holy Grail War, if he is able to resolve the Adra Castle case. He calls his apprentice Gray on an early Autumn and travelled with her to the castle.
Back in London, Lord El-Melloi II meets Hishiri who was supposedly deceased. It turns out that Waver's suspicion of the conspiracy was true but he had no proof. Hishiri thinks she's pretty similar to Lord El-Melloi II, both realizing that the search for the Root is futile, though Waver notes that there is a significant difference between not being able to do it because of lack of talent and not trying due to lack of interest. Hishiri suggests that they should join forces, but Waver excuses himself, though not before she asks him if he hasn't given up yet. Lord El-Melloi II claims he hasn't given up. Waver says that he wants to meet Rider again. That as soon as his contract with Reines is finished, he'll return to being a single magus and participate in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Gray, hearing this, asks that Waver take her with him.
case. Twin Towers of Iselma[edit | edit source]
Grace note[edit | edit source]
Trisha Fellows approaches Reines on behalf of the Animusphere family, presenting a request for El-Melloi II to investigate the death of Ernest Fargo, the head of one of the Animusphere branch families.
case. Mystic Eyes collection train[edit | edit source]
case. Atlas' contract[edit | edit source]
case. Grand Resolution[edit | edit source]
Fate/stay night[edit | edit source]
Though Lord El-Melloi II does not appear within Fate/stay night, he is noted to have a great impact ten years after the end of the Fifth Holy Grail War. He arrives in Fuyuki and, together with Rin as the head of the Tohsaka clan, sets out to completely take apart the Greater Grail. They are opposed by members of the Mage's Association wishing to retrieve it instead, leading to great turmoil of the same magnitude as the Grail War. His side eventually is victorious, and the Greater Grail is completely dismantled, marking the conclusion of the Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars.
In Ufotable's adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works scenario, Lord El-Melloi II is seen speaking to Shirou Emiya in the epilogue. Lord El-Melloi II questions why Shirou went to the Clock Tower to study magecraft. Shirou replied that he learned many things while attending the Clock Tower, and he wants to dedicate his life to become a Hero of Justice. El-Melloi II rejects this notion as idiotic but not without merit, proceeding to remark that Shirou's dream is too large for the Clock Tower to contain.
Curtain Call ~ LET US DRIVE TOGETHER ~[edit | edit source]
After the epilogue of Ufotable adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works, Rin spends her days together with Shirou in London. Rin goes to purchase a car, however, Shirou is worried about Rin using modern technology. Rin suggests asking for a favour from someone they can depend on and ask Lord El-Melloi II.
Fate/Apocrypha[edit | edit source]
The world of Fate/Apocrypha did not have a Fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki, so Waver had instead participated in a subspecies Holy Grail War across the world with Rider as his Servant, once again facing Kayneth. He gained the title of Lord El-Melloi II in the same manner.
Lord El-Melloi II, along with Rocco Belfaban and Bram Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri discussed the recently failed operation against Yggdmillennia in Trifas. With the Yggdmillennia announced them possessing the Greater Grail, the Mages Association responded and sent fifty specialized magi 'hunters'. However, everything was ruined by Lancer of Black who annihilated forty-nine magi. With the last magus adjusted the Greater Grail to summon additional Servants. When Rocco asked for Lord El-Melloi II opinion, he suggested altering their approach for a counterattack. Lord El-Melloi II believes victory can be successful if they assemble seven Masters. El-Melloi II suggested to bring in the professionals from the outside and the Clock Tower must provide at least one or two magi as this Holy Grail War is on an utterly different scale. The three men are the people overseeing the selection of Masters for the Great Holy Grail War. He is in charge of recruiting prospective freelance talents with Belfaban.
Lord El-Melloi II, Rocco and Bram discuss the Great Holy Grail War situation. They have not heard from the Red faction, they believed that Shirou Kotomine from the holy church has killed five masters from Association and he had stolen the Greater Grail. They made a decision, the Mages Association will remain spectators and observe the outcome. Lord El-Melloi II returns to his office and he took out Iskandar's catalyst, reminiscing his bond with Iskandar. Meanwhile, Reines El-Melloi Archisorte was already in the room sitting on the chair and drinking cup of tea casually. Flat Escardos was eavesdropping the whole conversation leaving El-Melloi II's face pale. He punishes Flat by giving him more homework.
After the Great Holy Grail War, Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia attends classes in the Clock Tower. However, one day, Caules had his class changed with a single phrase by Lord El-Melloi II, who told him, "Why are you studying this kind of magecraft which doesn't suit you? Your talent is much more suited to this, you know?", and before he realized it, he was surrounded by classmates who were dangerous in terms of both talent and personality.
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Caster (Fate/Grand Order - Zhuge Liang)
Fate/Accel Zero Order[edit | edit source]
Lord El-Melloi II was injured by Lancelot and Zouken Matou. Waver, Ritsuka and Irisviel retreated back into the smaller caves and checks Lord El-Melloi II's condition. Lord El-Melloi II was badly wounded so he passed the power of the Zhuge Kongming to Waver. Zhuge Kongming has deemed Waver worthy, and Waver becomes a Pseudo-Servant.
Fate/Strange Fake[edit | edit source]
Several months before the False Holy Grail War of Fate/strange Fake, Lord El-Melloi II decides to play the video game Night Wars of the British Empire, mistakenly believing it to have been a game about knights. He still plays it and notes down his thoughts on the game as usual. This enters him for a chance to win a replica signature Jack the Ripper knife with a sheath, but the trivial toy is quickly lost from his mind. He later wins the prize, and like much of the other merchandise he inadvertently wins, it is sent to the Clock Tower with several other packages.
He later is the first to notice the strangeness occurring in America due to irregularities in the ley lines and through information leaked by Faldeus. He connects it to the happening of another Holy Grail War, resulting in Rohngall and Faldeus being sent to investigate. After one of his most troublesome students, Flat Escardos, eavesdrops on the result of the investigation, Flat beseeches him to help him participate. El-Melloi furiously grips his pupil's face in rage, but he is quickly shocked into silence by the method he used to eavesdrop. While Flat is a prodigy, he lacks the intelligence to properly utilize his talents, and though El-Melloi's teaching prowess allowed him to advance more than any other, he was still unable to graduate. This left El-Melloi with mixed feelings in not letting him go even though he normally hates to let unprepared students out into the world.
He attempts to have Flat understand the true nature of the war, moving past his anger and reaching a form of ascetic enlightenment. He attempts to reason that Flat is unsuited to the battle, but his words do nothing to daunt him. He is unable to use logic with Flat and eventually outright denies him, though Flat's idea of befriending the other Servants reminds him of Rider. He begins to think of lending the fragment of Rider's cloak should Flat return again, but Flat's mistake with the Jack the Ripper toy knife, not remembering it or checking it to see its significance, causes him to think that Flat has given up on participating. This causes him to make the choice of giving it to him and reinforcing his misunderstanding. He returns to his room, reminisces over Rider's cloak, and then believes the situation with Flat to be settled.
Back in London, Rohngall and his unnamed student decided to meet Lord El-Melloi II and ask his opinion about the False Holy Grail War. Lord El-Melloi II continues his class. When Lord El-Melloi II learns from Rohngall that a student of his, who Lord El-Melloi II initially believed to be Flat Escardos, was participating in the False Holy Grail War, Lord El-Melloi II collapsed on the lecture platform. Gray takes him to the infirmary.
In his second meeting with Rohngall, Lord El-Melloi II realized he had jumped to the wrong conclusion when Rohngall mentioned one of his students went to America, who the lord initially believed that Rohngall was referring to Flat, but it was later discovered that Rohngall was referring to Ayaka Sajyou. This later caused a nonplussed Lord El-Melloi II to call the real Ayaka, who he discovers was in Romania. After confirming his student's real location, Lord El-Melloi II begins to contemplate about the look-alike that is in the United States.
Fate/Kaleid Liner PRISMA☆ILLYA[edit | edit source]
Lord El-Melloi II is the tutor of Rin and Luvia in Fate/Kaleid Liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, he was reporting the situation to Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg. It made him angry when he found out the estimated damage was £2 Million. He is noted to have been distraught in dealing with their violent arguing until Kischur intervened. He and Kischur order Rin and Luvia to retrieve the Class Cards from Fuyuki City.
When Rin and Luvia successfully collected all the class cards, Rin contacted El-Melloi II and Kischur in London. They praise their efforts in collecting the cards and the stability of Fuyuki's leylines. However, they ordered Rin and Luvia to stay in Fuyuki for one year and learn common sense as Japan values cooperation and harmony. They declared that both girls need to amend their personalities in order to be Zelretch's students.
Fate/Labyrinth[edit | edit source]
Lord El-Melloi II was ordered by the Mage's Association to investigate the Subcategory Holy Grail in the Seventh Labyrinth of Caubac Alcatraz. However, he and Gray are separated upon arrival and Gray ends up trapped in the Labyrinth. Lord El-Melloi is left on the surface for the majority of the novel.
After the incident is over, Lord El-Melloi meets up with Gray who introduces him to Norma Goodfellow. Lord El-Melloi II then takes Norma in for questioning about the incident.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Waver appears briefly in Carnival Phantasm with other Fate/Zero characters.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Waver's poor lineage gave him a Magic Circuit count and Magic Crest quality of the lowest standard. The Velvet Crest is a "simple square", lacking history as a magi family. It is still only a "vessel" which Waver and his descendants must fill. The Crest is removed from his body upon becoming Lord El-Melloi II, held as collateral until his debt is repaid. He lacks the prerequisites to actually practice magecraft, and he cannot even provide the cost of Rider's Ionioi Hetairoi, causing Rider to bear the cost himself to keep from draining and killing his Master. If Kayneth has "3,000 MP", Waver has a paltry "5 MP." He improves his ability enough over time that he has no trouble declaring that he is a powerful archmagus as of becoming titled Lord El-Melloi II, but his skills as a magus are still hopelessly average.
He is capable of hypnotic suggestion to a certain degree. It allows him to make Glen and Martha MacKenzie believe him to be their grandson for a long duration of time, but it is lacking in that it fails to affect Glen for the entirety of Waver's stay. He believes he has completely failed in what should be the most basic art among basic arts and has no excuse even if it was by luck or accident that he broke free from it.
Observation[edit | edit source]
Even at nineteen, Waver possesses the power of observation and insight that gives him remarkable talent as a researcher. He could have insisted that “Magecraft is a subculture!” and taken the world by storm after starting a business as a critic, but he would have been quickly obliterated by the Association. His inborn talents instead take another form later in life.
As Lord El-Melloi II, he could be called an "investigator of magecraft". However, Luviagelita Edelfelt and Kayneth said that by understanding magecraft, all he is doing is destroying it. For example, he only witnessed Luvia's Gandr once and he easily deciphered Edelfelt's magecraft.
Tutorage[edit | edit source]
His true talent is realized as a lecturer due to being the best person at detecting the hidden talent of others and training it, described as the "unusual talent of could not put magecraft to practice, but ingenious in the reinterpretation of theories and classification of systems." It can be said in comparison to running that he could never be an athlete because his leg strength is among the absolute worst, but his talents can shine as a coach because he can imagine the perfect running form. He doesn’t take many students, but all of his graduates have achieved no less than the rank of "Brand" (『色位』?) and "Pride" (『典位』?) within a decade, without exception. It is said they could change the entire internal power structure of the Clock Tower if they were to gather under him. His works as a talent production are regarded as the greatest masterpieces of their time, but he doesn't really care because he is more focused on becoming a successful magus himself. He may well be the greatest instructor in the Clock Tower. And he doesn't even crush his pupils as Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg does.
- Ayaka Sajyou
- Ayaka from Fate/school life is a student of his.
- Fezgram vor Sembren
- Relative of Feend vor Sembren. Promoted to either the ranks "Brand" and "Pride".
- Flat Escardos
- Flatt became his student when the other professor gave up on him, five years after the Fourth Holy Grail War. Lord El-Melloi II's oldest disciple. While Lord El-Melloi II does not like to let unprepared magi into the world, he came to regret keeping Flat around.
- Luviagelita Edelfelt
- Nazica Pentel
- Sister of Radia Pentel and relatives to the Pentel brothers. Promoted to either the ranks "Brand" and "Pride".
- Org Rum
- Relative to Jean Rum. Promoted to either the ranks "Brand" and "Pride".
- Radia Pentel
- Sister of Nazica Pentel and relatives to the Pentel brothers. Promoted to either the ranks "Brand" and "Pride".
- Rin Tohsaka
- He becomes the sponsor of Rin after she arrives in London to begin her studies, but he lays out the condition "I will not give you one ounce of instruction. Eh well, I will at least send letters of recommendation to the other departments" due to his hatred for Japan. Though he attempts to connect with Rin, a complete game dunce, while being internally excited about the thought of discussing video games with her, she displays no interest in Akihabara or Nihonbashi. Causing his anger to flare, the only thing he can say to her is "Fuck! You're the worst Japanese in the world." Rin has taken a half year apprenticeship under him.
- Roland Berzinsky
- Relative to Rottweil Berzinsky. Promoted to either the ranks "Brand" and "Pride".
- Svin Glascheit (スヴィン・グラシュエート?)
- Svin became his student, five years after the Fourth Holy Grail War. One of the oldest disciple along with Flat.
- Verner Caesarmund
- The current heir of the Butterfly magecraft. Promoted to either the ranks "Brand" and "Pride".
Alchemy[edit | edit source]
Waver can do basic alchemy using tools brought from London, including twenty-four vials for ores and reagents, a spirit lamp mortar, and droppers. Using a basic practice of mixing complementary reagents into river water from the Mion river, he can detect residual magical energy, and doing so on various samples collected from parts of the river can be used to trace a target. Water with latent magecraft turns a rusty red colour, water with strong traces turns a murky black, and normal water is unaffected. This allows him to pinpoint the lair of Caster using the specifically labelled samples and a map to find where the traces are strongest and when normal water ends.
He follows the idea that the Water element is the first step that should be taken when tracking magi because it always follows the absolute principle of being something that “flows from a higher place to a lower place.” Tasks like calculating the wind's direction and reading the earth's pulse are more difficult than finding the lowest flow of the water pulse, especially in an area with rivers like Fuyuki. He dislikes such methods and instead wishes for a true “Magecraft Contest” instead of milling about like a forensic investigator. Rider praises him for obtaining great results from a poor method over a better method, but Waver perceives it as an insult.
As Lord El-Melloi II, he uses alchemy for his forensic investigation. In the Adra Castle case, he was investigating upon the death of Hishiri Adashino. He takes out a vial of some sort of liquid from his jacket. With one drop of that liquid, the colour of the bloodstain changed dramatically. By analysing the concentration of magical energy remaining in the bloodstains, he can determine when Hishiri died. Orlocke commented that rather than science, his method was more like Medieval era Alchemy or a form of Witchcraft. Orlocke believes his methods are too direct, and it's getting farther away from the Mystery. Lord El-Melloi II replied that he tried numerous methods, but this is the best method for him.
Volumen Hydrargyrum[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Trimmau
Upon succeeding the El-Melloi title, he inherits Kayneth's Mystic Code, Volumen Hydrargyrum, and he is able to improve its functions by modifying it into a kind of humanoid automaton, Maid Golem (メイドゴーレム, Meido Gōremu?), that is similar to the liquid metal Terminator. While it normally does chores, it seems there is a troublesome bug that causes it to run out of control while insisting that it is a killer robot from the future. This may be because of a harmful movie it was shown during its developmental stages. She currently acts as the maid of Reines El-Melloi Archisorte.
Development[edit | edit source]
Waver was to receive more scenes to flesh out his growth, but it was felt that it would have made the identity of the main character too confusing if he was given too much focus. While attacking Caster's lair, they would have found a small girl Assassin, who Waver would believe to be one of Caster's victims after she had her memories and the awareness of being Assassin hidden away. Rider, knowing of her identity, would have kept quiet to honour Waver's chivalry. As another addition to the Mackenzie household, their interactions would have served to lighten the story at the time, but after the confrontation with the Assassins at the Einzbern Castle, she would have regained her memories as Hassan. Through a dramatic farewell tragedy, Waver would climb another step on the path to becoming an adult.
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
Waver was a Nobita-like “King of Cowards” in the setting stage of the novels, but his character had grown to the point at the end where he could be mistaken for the protagonist. Takashi Takeuchi said his original design motif was "sarcastic, smart-alecky boy". He had no trouble designing Waver because he had a clear image of the character. He really wanted to draw him and feels the design that makes him look incompetent was for the best.
Originally Nasu wrote all of Lord El-Melio II's students are "Grand" ranks.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Takeuchi said the epilogue where a young man lost his childish leader has brought him to tears. To Takeuchi, Waver is now oddly cute to him. He was originally designed to be just another loser character but watching him develop and grow is very moving. Takeuchi said Waver was popular in the original novel, so he figured he would be loved in the anime. He was amazed by the way he was drawn in the anime, the look of a "heroine" written all over it. He states that Ufotable anime has reimagined him as a character that the viewers can come to like normally.
Gen Urobuchi wants to write about a character like him at some point and feels that he is the character with the most vivid expressions. He wanted to ask a question in the anime version, "Why are you sticking your butt up in the air?" whenever Rider (Iskandar) hits Waver. The prospect of seeing another author write about Waver as he was getting his footing as a magus, able to do nothing but sit back and watch as events unfolded around him, was honestly a point of unease for me. But in the end, that worry was for nothing. The character that came out on the other end of ten years had grown splendidly, crowned with the title of Lord, and a completely different man from the boy I had written. The gentleman who had polished his powers of analysis, bearing a cunning like an old man's wisdom, while still hiding the distortion of his youth somewhere in his heart was truly an enchanting character!
Kinoko Nasu said that Waver is a teenaged boy mixed in with the other protagonists and there was not much time for a lot of beautiful young ladies. He said Ufotable has succeeded in capturing his character as he's drawn differently from most bishounen characters. He thinks they did a good job of portraying a youth who is slowly growing into a man.
Sayaka Ohara (Voice Actress of Irisviel) said she really liked and thought it was cute when Rider (Iskandar) hit Waver so hard with a finger flick that the boy went flying. She thought the pairing with Iskandar and Waver was great because of the contrast between violence and emotion, watching them carry on was a lot of fun for her.
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Waver from Fate/Zero was ranked 15th, the sixth most popular male character. Lord El-Melloi II was ranked 124th.
References[edit | edit source]
 Character Material - Lord El-Melloi II, p.040-041
Introduction - Lord El-Melloi II
Great Big Ben Londonster.
The man that female students named as the #1 man they'd like to get laid by, and so on.
A famous lecturer in the Clock Tower with many nicknames.
He doesn't have any problems in declaring he's an archmagus, but he's hopelessly average as a magus.
But, his skill as a lecturer dominates the rest, and is the best person at detecting the hidden talent of others and training it.
There are no magi that were his students that hadn't obtained the rank of Grand, and it's even been said that if he gathered his students together, the power chart in the Clock Tower would change.
But he himself isn't the ambitious sort and has said,
"What a load of codswallop. Why should I, stuck at the 4th tier I still be, have to bloody look after other people?"
Well, so, in that sense, he doesn't really want to get involved with his students.
Back when he was an apprentice, he'd been the very embodiment of the "narcissist that doesn't doubt he's a genius", but an incident some ten years ago had led him to change his attitude, and since then, the result of persistent effort for a spoiled brat led him to be called the professor.
As far as being a talent production, his works are regarded as the greatest masterpieces of their time, but El-Melloi II doesn't really seem to care about that, probably because he's more interested in being a successful magus himself.
So anyhow, as a lecturer, he has zip interest in his mega popularity.
...Rather, he's irritated by that fact and so has for several years has been walking inside the institute with a constantly cranky look to him. Or so they say.
Speaking of which, El-Melloi II isn't his real name but a name given to him by the current head of the Archibald house.
The custodian (sponsor) of Rin after she went to study in London. The condition being "I will not give you one ounce of instruction. Eh well, I will at least send letters of recommendation to the other departments".
He really hates Japan and Japanese, but his sole pleasures are Japanese games. A petit bourgeois that you really can't hate.
And so, while being internally excited, he tried to bring this up to the complete game dunce Rin,
"Maybe you might..... You know, you should be familiar with that town. That place right between Ueno and Asakusa...."
Only to be given an instant answer from Rin that not only did she have no interest in Akihabara, but she had no interest in even Nihonbashi.
And so he got pissed off instead.
"Fuck! You're the worst Japanese in the world."
The person that took down the Fuyuki Holy Grail war.
Introduction - ロード・エルメロイⅡ世
Explanation 02 -
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. the Twin Towers of Iselma (Upper): Chapter 1 Part 1
- Fate/strange Fake Volume 5, Bridge Chapter: "Rondo of the Outsiders"
 Fate/Zero material - Characters: Waver Velvet, p.044-045
Blood type: B
Birthday: October 3
Image color: Warm grey
Talents: Conjecture, arranging the main points
Things he likes: All sorts of puzzles, detective fiction
Things he hates: Physical strength
Worst enemy: Himself
Ooh... Timid face
Incompetent numbskull - gah The hell is that?
Grin - What sorta Servant will it be...
Comment for Waver
Takeuchi: Because I decided on his image clearly, he was a character that took almost no trouble to design. It must be because I wanted to draw him a lot.
Urobuchi: Perhaps because he's the character with the most vivid expressions. I too want to write about a character like this one sooner or later.
Takeuchi: He has a design that makes him look incompetent, but it probably turn out for the best. At the epilogue, I was really in tears. The part about the young man who lost his childish leader.
Urobuchi: Maybe if Suneo parted with Jaian, he too would have become an honorable, mature man!?
Comment for Waver
- Fate/Zero Anime Visual Guide I - Waver Velvet entry, p.014
 Fate/Grand Order - Caster Profile
Zhuge Liang Kong Ming (Lord El Mellio II) - Caster
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Takashi Takeuchi
Voice Actor: Namikawa Daisuke
Noble Phantasm: A
Discerning Eye: A
Advice of the Strategist: A+
Command of the Strategist: A+
Territory Creation: A
Item Construction: B
Unreturning Army: Stone Sentinel Maze
Type: Anti-Amy Noble Phantasm
Originally, Lord El-Melloi II was not someone possessing the caliber and the history that would result in a Servant.
However, the extremely unique circumstances of this Holy Grail War got involved and his summoning was made possible by becoming the vessel of the Heroic Spirit of China Zhuge Liang.
Level 1 Bond
Source: "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms"
Alignment: Neutral Good
A monster of rationalism.
Level 2 Bond
Zhuge Liang is widely known an excellent statesman, tactician from the Three Kingdoms Period of China, and it has been said that his strength played a great part in making possible for the small state of Shu to oppose the longstanding major power of Wei.
Level 3 Bond
Strictly speaking, this Servant is neither El-Melloi II or Zhuge Liang. The powers of both parties has mingled together, so abilities that cannot be found in the original Servant are being displayed. Also, thoughts and emotions conform with those of the vessel, El-Melloi II.
Level 4 Bond
Discerning Eye: A
Personal Skill. An ability that finds its cause not on Zhuge Liang, but on El-Melloi II. An technique that made Human Observation even more narrow. The judgment for in which shape the targeted human will acquire usefulness in the future is extremely outstanding.
Level 5 Bond
Stone Sentinel Maze - Formation of No Return
A legendary military formation set by Zhuge Liang at the occasion when he decided for his army to take flight. Composed by huge rocks, said formation bewildered invaders and drove them to death.
Pseudo-Servant... an Heroic Spirit, that for some reason cannot become a Servant, is summoned to this world by making a human body its vessel. Other than Lord El-Melloi II, multiple pseudo-Servants have been confirmed.
諸葛孔明〔エルメロイⅡ世〕 - キャスター
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Waver Velvet [Person's name], p.091
Waver Velvet [Person's name]
Third generation magus of the Velvet household. Though to put that in perspective, the first generation was his grandmother, who was the lover of a certain magus and picked up the very basics of magecraft from their pillow talk. The second generation, Waver’s mother, only dabbled as a way to honor her mother’s memory. Waver was the first member of his family to seriously follow the path of magecraft, which is why his circuit count and crest quality are both the lowest of the low.
Though his mother found the Association’s hierarchical system annoying and disapproved of her son seeking out tutelage from a proper mentor, Waver himself was strongly drawn to magecraft. As soon as both his parents died of illness, he gave away all of his family’s possessions, scraped together enough to cover tuition, and entered the Clock Tower without a penny to his name. ――As a result, nothing but hardship and failure awaited him, and he resorted to gambling everything on the Holy Grail War.
Though he doesn’t possess the prerequisites to actually practice magecraft, his power of observation and insight give him remarkable talent as a researcher. In fact, had he insisted that “Magecraft is a subculture!” and started a business as a critic, he could have taken the world by storm. But of course, he would have been obliterated by the Association, so his inborn talents took another form.
To use running as metaphor, though his leg strength is just the absolute worst, he is capable of imagining the perfect running form. While he can never be an athlete, his talent shines as a coach.
In the initial setting stage of Zero, before the writing started, he was a Nobita-like “King of Cowards”, an oasis of zero. By the end, his character had grown to the point you might mistake him as the protagonist.
- TYPE-MOON Ace - Volume 11
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. the Twin Towers of Iselma (Upper): Prologue, p.007-016
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald [Person's name], p.095
Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald [Person's name]
Kayneth demonstrated genius level talent during his time as a student. He was the youngest lecturer to grace the podium of the Department of Evocation in its history. His skills were not only in research, but also politics. Due to his great lineage, he had extensive connections. He was expected to form the greatest faction in the Clock Tower.
He did not participate in the Holy Grail War due to necessity or duress, it was merely to add a splash of "martial prowess" to his life's story. That was it. Although he did not severely underestimate the Three Founding Houses, he did boast that Lord El-Melloi could overwhelm them by skills alone.
The reason Kayneth brought many dangerous Mystic Code had nothing to do with research, but for entertainment value. Kayneth had talents not only in Spirit Evocation, but also in many fields of magecraft. He was really a man of many talents like Gennai Hiraga or Cao Cao.
Kayneth even considered the Heroic Spirits ---- Servants, to be part of his stock of Mystic Codes. Because he never acknowledged the humanity of Servants, he did not understand Diarmuid's loyalty even until the very end. As a result, he effectively lost through self-destruction.
However, Diarmuid was not choosey of his Master, he would acknowledge anyone who would accept his loyalty. As a result, he did not understand Kayneth as a person either. If Diarmuid really appreciated Kayneth's talents and experience, then Kayneth would have treated him with a much softer attitude.
To Kayneth, unable to bond with his Servant was the second most unfortunate event at the worst. The most unfortunate event by far was encountering Emiya Kiritsugu. Although as a mage, Kayneth won by an enormous margin, as a killer, he was miles behind Kiritsugu. It was inevitable that Kayneth would lose in a melee such as the Holy Grail War. Because of Kayneth's sudden death, his many valuable research accumulated in the Clock Tower was unorganized and left unattended. Although they were almost lost, the most useless formal student suddenly appeared to save the day. He had an unusual talent of "could not put magecraft to practice, but ingenious in the reinterpretation of theories and classification of systems". This student eventually compiled a tome named "Lord Kayneth's Encyclopedia of Arcane Secrets", which laid the foundation for the flourishing of House El-Melloi and its descendants.
By the way, in the Fourth Holy Grail War, the following strategy would insure the absolute victory of Team Lancer:
- Kayneth must not let his Servant recognize such things as honour on the battle field or knights' pride. He must let Diarmuid realize that the Holy Grail War was merely dirty chores that needed to be done.
- In order to fulfill the previous item, Kayneth must avoid any contact between Diarmuid and Saber with his best effort.
- In combat, Kayneth must prioritize securing an exit. In a battle, missions would be considered accomplished if Diarmuid scored one hit with Gae Buidhe. Repeat this tactic, and exhaust all hostile teams.
- Capitalize on Team Berserker. Team Berserker was a powerful enemy against all other teams, but Lancer had an advantage due to compatibility. It would be optimal to let Berserker destroy the other teams and reach the finale. He could then be defeated at that point.
- Kayneth must not let his Servant recognize such things as honour on the battle field or knights' pride. He must let Diarmuid realize that the Holy Grail War was merely dirty chores that needed to be done.
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. Adra Castle Separation: Chapter 3 Part 2, p.197-220
- Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 01: Heroic Spirit Possession
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. Adra Castle Separation: Chapter 1 Part 4, p.069-084
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. Adra Castle Separation: Chapter 1 Part 3, p.046-068
- Fate/strange Fake - Volume 1 - Prologue VII: Visitor & _____, p.265-275
- Fate/Zero - Volume 1 - Act 1: -285:42:56, p.059-068
- Fate/Zero - Volume 1 - Act 2: -268:22:30, p.125-146
- Fate/strange Fake - Volume 1 - Prologue II: Berserker, p.061-091
- Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 1: Chapter 1, p.027-030
- Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 1: Chapter 1, p.027-030
- Capsule Servant - Shirou Route
- Capsule Servant - Rin Route
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. Adra Castle Separation: Chapter 1 Part 1, p.017-031
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. Adra Castle Separation: Chapter 3 Part 3, p.221-233
 Fate/complete material III: World Material - Record of Heavens Feel - Holy Grail War: History of the Holy Grail War, p.007
1790s - The Holy Grail War preparation
In the 1790s, the Einzbern and Matou landed in Japan to fulfill their plan. Then, they proceeded with the preparations of the First Holy Grail war over the course of 10 years.
1800s - The First Holy Grail War
The first Holy Grail War. The rules were not laid out properly, and the Masters' sense of being “participants” was weak. Because there were no Command Spells as in the present, the Servants did not comply with orders, and so the rest of the ritual failed. The Descent of the Holy Grail was at Ryūdō temple.
1860s - The Second Holy Grail War
In light of the failure of the First, the ritual was held only after detailed rules were developed. The so-called "Command Spell System” was perfected/completed, so that it became possible for the Master to enslave the Servant, though the War was a failure. The Descent of the Holy Grail was at the Tōsaka Residence.
1930s - The Third Holy Grail War
Held on the eve of WWII. There were battles over the Lesser Grail with the Imperial Army and the Nazis as well, and the fighting unfolded in the Imperial Capital, but the Lesser Grail was destroyed and the ritual failed. The evocation site of the Grail was at Fuyuki Church. Angra Mainyu was taken in and the Greater Grail was contaminated.
1990s - The Fourth Holy Grail War
2000s - The Fifth Holy Grail War
Events told in "Fate / stay night", the latest and final battle.
2010s - The taking apart of the Holy Grail War.
Ten years after the Fifth War. Lord Emelloi II (real name, Waver Velvet. One of the Masters of the Fourth War) arrived in Fuyuki and together with the head of the Tohsaka line, set out to completely take apart the Great Grail. The Association was planning on bring back the Greater Grail, so the two sides were completely opposed. After the end of the great turmoil of the same magnitude as the Grail War, the Greater Grail was completely dismantled. The Grail Wars of Fuyuki came to a complete conclusion here.
１７９０年頃 - 聖杯戦争の準備
１８００年頃 - 第一次聖杯戦争
最初の聖杯戦争. ルールはロクに規定されておらず, マスターたちの"参加者"としての意識は希薄, 現在のような令呪がないためサーヴァントは命令に従わないなど儀式の休をなさず矢敗した. 聖杯降臨地は柳洞寺
１８６０年頃 - 第ニ次聖杯戦争
第一次の失敗を踏まえ, 細部のルールを整備して執り行われた回. "令呪というシスタム"が完成し, マスターがサーヴァントを思い通りに使役することが可能になったが, 儀式は朱敗に終わる.聖杯降臨地は遠坂邸
１９３０年頃 - 第三次聖杯戦争
第二次世界大戦前夜に執り行われた回。 小聖杯を巡り帝国陸軍やナチスを交え、帝都を舞台に戦いが繰り広げられたが、小聖杯が破壊され 失敗。聖杯降臨地は冬木協会。 アンリマユを取り込み、大聖杯が汚染された。
１９９０年頃 - 第四次聖杯戦争
２０００年頃 - 第五次聖杯戦争
『Fate/stay night』で語られた、最新にレて最後の戦い。これまでの聖杯戦争の締めくくりと呼ぶに相応しい激戦が繰り広げられた。で語られた、最新にレて最後の戦い。これまでの聖杯戦争の締めくくりと呼ぶに相応しい激戦が繰り広げられた。監督者の任にあつ言峰 綺礼が、本来の参加者であるバゼットを殺害してランサーのマスタ一になり代わるなど、不測の事態が数多く発生した回でもある。
２０１０年頃 - 聖杯戦争の解体
- Fate/Grand Order - Fate/Accel Zero Order, ACT-3: Second Owner
- Fate/stay night [Unlimited Bladeworks] - Episode 25: "Epilogue"
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Lord El-Melloi II [Person's name], p.189 [T]
Lord El-Melloi II [Person's name]
Waver Velvet, who appeared in “Fate/Zero”. This is him roughly ten years after those events. He was half-forced to inherit the title of El Melloi II by Reines and spend his days working hard to repay his debt and repair the family’s Magic Crest while teaching students as a professor.
To find out more about him, go check out “Character material”. Even in the “Fate/Apocrypha” world, he fought alongside Rider, Iskander, in a subspecies Holy Grail War against Kayneth—that’s the setting here, anyway.
After the end of the novels, Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia also ends up joining El Melloi II’s class.
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia [Person's name], p.157-158 [T]
Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia [Person's name]
A Master of the Black camp, and a member of the Yggdmillennia clan. He comes from the Forvedge family. He specializes in summoning low-class spirits, insects and animals. Fiore was born with exceptional Magic Circuits that appear in someone only once in a hundred years, but since it was uncertain whether the paralysis of her legs could be cured, the present head of the Forvedge family had his wife give birth to Caules as both a spare successor and a caretaker for Fiore.
Unfortunately, a miracle didn’t occur a second time, and when he saw Caules’ mediocrity that embodied the decline of the Forvedge family, the family head decided that Fiore should be made the successor even if her legs didn’t function and ordered Caules to be her caretaker.
Caules himself studied magecraft while half-resigning himself to a carefree life. But as time went on, he began to feel a slight sense of impending crisis not only in Fiore, but the entire Forvedge family. It was fine for their parents to thoroughly drive the teachings of magecraft into Fiore by personally educating her, but as a result, Fiore ended up growing up as an unfortunate young lady who did not know a single thing outside of magecraft…!
Therefore, the only thing he could do was meddle in his older sister’s affairs as a helpful younger brother. Even during the Holy Grail War, he went with Fiore to Romania as her backup. There, Command Spells appeared on him and he ended up being made in charge of Berserker.
He essentially followed the creed that magecraft is an accessory to human life, and he had not the slightest intention to devote his entire life to magecraft. But, his slightly pessimistic way of thinking seems to have greatly changed over of the course of the Great Holy Grail War. His way of thinking is simple and dry, and if he were to have faced his sister in a regular Holy Grail War, Fiore would have forever despaired after killing him, but Caules would have resolved himself after having first despaired and unhesitatingly killed her. In other words, his consciousness as a magus is greater than Fiore in a certain sense.
At the same time, Caules also has abundant present-day knowledge, and he was the one to teach Fiore about cell phones. By daring to rely on technology, he gained some leeway and flexibility in that area, and he tried to expand his poor specs as a magus even slightly. Though he has much more leeway after having the family’s Magic Crest transplanted in him, he is still far from being a first-class magus.
After the Great Holy Grail War, he spent his days in shame while being watched by the Association of Magi in London… However, one day, Caules had his class changed with a single phrase by a certain long-haired and mean-eyed person with a very high position, who told him, “Why are you studying this kind of magecraft which doesn’t suit you? Your talent is much more suited to this, you know?”, and before he realized it, he was surrounded by classmates who were dangerous in terms of both talent and personality while he was still in a daze.
“No way, I want to live a normal and mediocre life. I don’t want to get involved with these people.” Dear Caules-kun thought this while sighing softly as he gave a sidelong glance at the optimistic and thoughtless genius who was making a ruckus in a nearby seat.
…It seems that person will be making an appearance in a different work soon, but don’t mind, don’t mind.
- Fate/Grand Order - Fate/Accel Zero Order - ACT-17:
- Fate/Grand Order - Fate/Accel Zero Order - ACT-18: Fallen Grail
- Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! - Volume 1 - Special 01: Their Situation
- Makoto Sanda Twitter 11:10 AM · Sep 28, 2019 - My eyes widened when I was told by Type-Moon supervising staff that Waver's magic crest was "a simple square." As Waver's family don't have a history as magi the crest is only a "vessel." A vessel that II will fill. In other words, a vessel that only he and his descendants can fill has been taken away.
Fate/Zero Anime Visual Guide I - Commentary: Episode 08 "The Magus Killer", p.131 Nasu: To use an RPG analogy, the Origin Round is like an attack that converts the opponent's MP into damage. For example, Kayneth with his 3000 MP would receive 3000 damage against his mere 100 HP. For someone like Waver with 5 MP, he would only receive 5 damage against his 50 HP.
 Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material - Encyclopedia: Lord El-Melloi II [Person/Title], p.111-112
Lord El-Melloi II [Person/Title]
It goes without saying, the main character of this story.
His real name is Waver Velvet. One of the few survivors of the Fourth Holy Grail War.
His elemental affinity is Earth. His specialty in magecraft is Counteraction1. A destroyer of Mystery — though his talent for magecraft is mediocre, he was blessed with an incredible talent for deconstructing.
In reality, he doesn’t really possess all that much more knowledge than other magi. When he became the head of the Faculty of Modern Magecraft, he gained access to an incredible amount of materials, but with the amount of work he is saddled with, the amount of those materials he actually has time to study is limited.
His real talent is the speed and accuracy with which he can connect the people and events happening before him with his knowledge.
Just as Gray pointed out several times, rather than the Mystery or the incidents themselves, he looks more at the magi behind them. Why does such a Mystery exist? Why did they reach for such a Mystery? His eye for judgment is, in the end, reserved for judging people.
In particular, his impression that “this riddle is meaningless” that he expressed at the beginning of the Castle of Separation incident shows how well that ability of his was suited to that incident. In contrast, after the Rail Zeppelin incident, once he began pursuing Heartless, that same eye for judgment is what allowed Heartless to drag him along. Without cooperating with Heartless, the riddle couldn’t be solved — such a methodology was the perfect kind of hacking to use against El-Melloi II.
After the events of Case Files, in order to stop Gray’s transformation, he turned to the numerous thesis and essays left behind by his predecessor, Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald. As a result, he ended up reanalyzing and reclassifying the huge number of theories his predecessor had idly scribbled down…
And that was the beginning of the grimoire known as “Lord Kayneth’s Encyclopedia of Secret Arts,” which would someday be written.
 TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Pamphlet 10th Anniversary Q & A Booklet:
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Volumen Hydrargyrum [Magecraft], p.092
Volumen Hydrargyrum [Magecraft]
One of the mystic codes employed by Lord El-Melloi. Essentially, it is a mass of magically-infused mercury that has been filled with a large variety of movement patterns and programmed to respond appropriately depending on the situation. I guess you could call it a kind of battle golem? Out of all of Kayneth's armaments, it has the greatest capacity for physical destruction. He had prepared many other mystic codes designed for battles with curses and conjurations, but the vast majority of them were lost when his hotel was blown up by Kiritsugu.
Though it wouldn't be wrong to call it an almighty weapon due to its versatility, in the end it is still just an automaton, and once you see through its movement patterns it's fairly easy to handle. Also, since the magical energy required to operate it is directly proportional to the complexity of its shape, it is necessary to keep it in its basic form as much as possible – switching to a more complex form drastically reduces its reaction speed and power. The final "sea urchin" transformation used in the battle against Kiritsugu was a form that combined both raw defensive ability and cunning, but accordingly the drain on Kayneth's magical energy was immense.
By the way, after the war ended Lord El-Melloi II may or may not have reprogrammed this mystic code and employed it as a multi-purpose maid golem. Though it has enough intellectual capacity to perform simple household chores, it seems there's a troublesome bug that pops up every now and then that causes it to rampage around insisting that it's a killer robot from the future. Maybe it was shown a detrimental movie just when it was on the verge of completing its education in good taste…?
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Child Assassin [Other], p.100
Child Assassin [Other]
A plot in the 2nd or 3rd volume that went unused. This conceived character was one among the hundred-faced Hassans, an unfortunate loli that would lighten up the story. A young girl lacking conversational skills, memories, and the awareness that she was a part of Hassan Sabbah. That personality of this past Hassan would surface when she was captured by the enemy in order to protect her secret. When Rider and Waver attacked Gilles’ workshop, she alone separated herself from the Hassans who were beheaded, leading Waver to mistakenly think “This is one of the children who Ryuunosuke kidnapped, and who fell victim to memory loss” and take her under his wing. Although Iskandar knew that she was a Servant, because of Waver’s chivalry allowed the Mackenzies to take in yet another false household member. In the third volume, because Kirei (who knew of her existence) used his command spell, she regained her memories as Hassan, and went through a dramatic farewell tragedy. Waver again climbed another step on the path to becoming an adult…although it was conceived like this, it would make people even more confused about who was Zero’s main protagonist! Because of this judgment it was cut, leaving only the already-written workshop raiding scene.
- Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box I, p.30
 Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box II English Translation booklet: Master Session 004 - Rider Side, p.010-013
Master Session 003 - Rider Side
Namikawa: To be honest, that puts a lot of pressure on us. Since it was a terrific novel and he had a great role, Waver was a tough character to play.
Gordias Wheel (Wheel of Heaven's Authority)
- TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm - p.208
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Case. Adra Castle Separation: Commentary and Afterword, p.046-068
- TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm - p.207
- TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm - p.176