The World (世界, Sekai?) is used to refer to either the Earth, Gaia, or the collective unconsciousness of mankind, Alayashiki. There also exist the Reverse Side of the World and the Outside of the World.

The Ultimate Ones are vessels upon which the planet's will is manifested, and rather than being part of the Counter Force, they are essentially the planets themselves. Unlike most other celestial bodies in the Solar System, there is no clear Ultimate One for Earth. The creature closest to being the Ultimate One of Earth is Archetype Earth.

Another definition of "world" refers to a particular location or environment, much like its real-world definition. Differing from the concept of the Earth, a world can exist in a variety of shapes, such as "the world of the humans", the "Reverse Side of the World", "mental world", or "underworld."[1][2] This article will deal with the former definition of "world".

History[edit | edit source]

The Earth was initially formed from molten magma and gas. Life did not emerge until the inhospitable planet cooled and settled. The infernal landscape of the Earth before genesis has become part of the genetic memories of all creatures on Earth, and humans drew from this imagery when they created the concept of Hell.

Age of Gods[edit | edit source]

The time period beginning with the genesis of the Earth until the beginning of the Common Era around 0 AD is referred to as the Age of Gods (神代, Jindai?), during which the world followed laws based not on physics but on Mystery. This period is marked by a greater proliferation of Phantasmal Species and greater interaction between gods and mortals. This is the age of heroes and mythology, when rules of mankind and the laws of the world were different right down to the very fundamental physics of reality itself, but this period ended many years ago. Even Magecraft itself is described as being closer to Magic in this era and Caster's abilities reinforce this concept. The currently-revealed Second Age of Gods eventually transitioned into the Age of Man due to three major events.

Deterioration[edit | edit source]

Originally, gods existed in physical form as manifestations of nature itself, and ruled the Earth and its civilizations. The Deterioration began with the invasion of Sefar in 12,000 BC. After Sefar destroyed the majority of the Earth and a massive number of gods, she was finally beaten back by a Holy Sword forged in the core of the planet; however, due to the damage done by Sefar, the influence and power of the gods declined whereas those of humanity grew. The gods slowly began to lose their physical forms and eventually could only walk on the Earth by possessing compatible humans.

Separation[edit | edit source]

Realizing that if the weakening of the gods were to continue, the Age of Gods itself would end, the gods of Mesopotamia created Gilgamesh around 2,600 BC as the keystone to connect the gods and humans. However, Gilgamesh unexpectedly rebelled against the gods and encouraged the complete separation of the gods and the humans. Due to this, the decline of the gods was accelerated and the gods lost their powers and became Divine Spirits, forced to exist likely in the Reverse Side of the World , only able to observe the Earth without directly interfering. Later, the demise of Solomon, the King of Magic, accelerated the decline of Mystery.

Trigger[edit | edit source]

In 700 BC, there was a certain Trigger that caused the end of the Age of Gods and the beginning of the next age. Further details are unknown.[3]

Age of Fairies[edit | edit source]

Not much is known about the Age of Fairies (妖精の時代, Yōsei no Jidai?), but the Age of Fairies has ended.[4][5]

Age of Man[edit | edit source]

Around 0 AD, the Age of Gods ended entirely and the population of humanity grew explosively. Because the Earth obeys the law of the most prosperous species on its surface, the rules of the world were completely changed from one that mostly obeyed Mystery to one that mostly obeyed physics. The Phantasmal Species ceded the Earth's surface to humans and moved to the Reverse Side of the World, where Mystery still thrives.

The current age is identified as the Age of Man (人間の時代, Ningen no Jidai?), where Mysteries such as magecraft are dwindling in favor of science. The Five Magics were born in this age.

Counter Force[edit | edit source]

The Counter Force (抑止力, Yokushi-ryoku?, "Deterrent Force") in the English localization is a safety device formed by a World to defend itself against extinction and is synonymous with the World it represents. The concept of Counter Force is central to the Nasuverse, and there are two types: Gaia and Alaya. Gaia is the will of the Earth, the planet's intrinsic wish to survive and prosper. Alaya, on the other hand, is the collective unconscious will of mankind to avoid extinction. As humans are creatures of Earth, Alaya was a component of Gaia. However, as mankind began to develop independent from nature, it became independent. With this divergence, Alaya is no longer aligned with Gaia and potential conflict can result.[6]

Despite being called "the will of the planet/mankind", the Counter Forces bear no emotions. They are described as passive spirals of energy that respond to threats of planet destruction or human extinction. The Counter Forces are always active, constantly steering mankind and the planet away from potential danger. Usually, the Counter Forces act indirectly. For instance, Shiki Ryougi was driven by the Counter Force to eliminate the threat that is Souren Araya, while historically, Joan of Arc is also named as one who was empowered by the Counter Force. One exception to this is Enkidu, who is able to access the Counter Force directly through their Noble Phantasm, Enuma Elish.

Although Gaia and Alaya are intangible forces of will, each does enlist physical agents to deal with events too threatening to address with indirect intervention. The agents of Gaia consist of the Elementals such as: Lugh Beowulf, Fairies, True Ancestors, some Phantasmal Species, and some Divine Spirits. The agents of Alaya are Heroic Spirits[citation needed] and the Counter Guardians, human spirits who pledge their eternal service to Alaya in return for power during their lifetime.

There also exist unique entities known as Monsters that are employed by each World. The Monster of Gaia (ガイアの怪物?) is known to be Primate Murder, but the Monster of Alaya (アラヤの怪物?) has yet to be named. It is known for a fact, however, that it exists.

The Counter Forces have immense power at their disposal. However, only the appropriate amount is unleashed to address a particular event. If the threat possesses an amount of power equal to X, then the Counter Force will deploy an amount of power just enough to snuff out X and eliminate the threat. The amount of power can be as small as nudging individuals into place through "coincidences", but it can also be as great as sinking an entire continent.

According to Merlin in Garden of Avalon, Counter Force is a defensive mechanism born of the collective unconscious of mankind, and that the difference between the Heroic Spirits and the Counter Guardians of Counter Force is that the Heroic Spirits are summoned by the hopes of men, while Counter Guardians are summoned by the despair of men.

Alaya[edit | edit source]

Alaya (アラヤ, Araya?) is the collective unconsciousness of mankind and the drive for its survival as a whole. Alaya constantly steers mankind away from extinction.

Usually Alaya interferes indirectly by guiding and empowering an individual to eliminate a threat. Such individuals include Shiki Ryougi and nearby individuals. When indirect intervention is insufficient, Alaya will deploy the Counter Guardians or Heroic Spirits. The deployment of Counter Guardians is by no means subtle, as the threat will be eliminated with the surroundings, inflicting much collateral damage. Touko Aozaki hinted that the sinking of Atlantis was the work of Alaya, though her theory was actually incorrect, as Atlantis was orignally destroyed by Sefar.

Alaya is of particular relevance to magi, as those close to reaching the Root are deemed threatening by Alaya. Many of them go to extreme lengths to avoid or hide from Alaya. For instance, Araya Souren attempted to hide his approach to the Root by containing his experiment in a boundary field close to a Reality Marble, essentially masking his work by internalizing it.

Human Order (人理, Jinri?, localized as "Humanity"), also referred to as the Common Sense of Man (人理, Jinri?, lit. "Human Principle"), is the core principle on which Alaya operates for the building of the Human Order Foundation. Essentially, it is the principle that "humanity must exist for as long as possible." Parallel worlds in which humanity has destroyed itself or advanced too quickly and therefore stopped progressing are, following this principle, culled, allowing for only the most promising parallel worlds to survive in order to ensure the future of mankind.[7][8][9]

Gaia[edit | edit source]

Gaia (ガイア?) is the planet's will to survive. Gaia protects all creatures on Earth by using Nature Spirits and creatures of the Earth, but as mankind becomes independent, Gaia increasingly perceives humans as a source of threat due to their reckless destruction of the environment.

Gaia's response to the human threat is producing beings that can cull or rule mankind. Primate Murder was created to quickly eliminate humans. The True Ancestors are great Faeries modeled after the Crimson Moon, introduced by Gaia to rule over mankind.

The destruction of the planet by Earth-born creatures is essentially impossible due to measures already put in place by the Counter Force. Even Anti-Planet Noble Phantasms are unable to accomplish this feat.[10]

Future[edit | edit source]

The future of the planet is undetermined, with many possible outcomes available depending on the conditions present in the parallel worlds. The Mana Depletion of the world of Fate/EXTRA is caused by the Aylesbury Valesti producing a pole shift that began the depletion of mana. The world of Tsuki no Sango experienced a similar pole shift and the decline of the human race rather than magecraft. The world of Notes died entirely, and humanity still occupied its corpse. Gilgamesh saw a future where, following the wishes of the Çatalhöyük,[11] humanity outgrows the planet and reaches for the light millions of lightyears away.[12] Merlin saw a similar future, a new Age following the Age of Man called the Age of the Will, where humanity will live among the stars and those unable to live without a flesh and blood body will be left behind.[4] It is also Archetype Earth's wish for humans led by their forward way of thinking.[13] Flat Escardos also made the cryptic declaration that all human lives are valuable "for jumping clear of the Earth", with his eyes somehow seeing a far-off destination, probably the same as Merlin and Gilgamesh.[14]

One possible future of the world is the Overcount 1999 (オーバーカウント1999?) phenomenon, the beginning of the decline of humanity. With the Earth's resources dying, the ability to live on the planet is gradually lost. The nucleus of the Earth, what can be said to be its soul, is hurt. The cause is unknown, possibly the Aylesbury Valesti ritual, and the phenomenon is associated with the Land of Steel.

Fate/EXTRA[edit | edit source]

The world of Fate/EXTRA shares the same events as that of Fate/stay night up until a certain point until a "certain major incident" in the 1970s that caused the world's mana to start drying up causes it to split off into its own separate universe. As of the 2030s, the world's mana was completely gone.

Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]

Due to anomalies in time, it has been shown that humans will go extinct in 2016. The future was previously established so that humans would prosper for the next century, but that future has become unobservable. Using Grand Orders, the Chaldea Security Organization plans to correct the anomalies and save the human race.

Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA[edit | edit source]

The parallel world of the Ainsworth family in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA has experienced a shift in the axis of the world and the start of the depletion of its magical energy through a cause unknown to humans. This has brought on changes in the environment like abnormal weather and changes to the coastlines, such as Japan experiencing cold weather and snow during the summer. Plant life has declined, causing a decline in the animal life that feeds off the plants, and it has reached the human population as well. The process for the depletion of energy will take several hundred years, and the humans will not last more than ten generations before the world's destruction.

While science will allow humans to prevail in the short term even with the miracles of the world vanishing, the rules of the world being rewritten make it a surety that humans will perish. "Dry spots" are beginning to appear around the world in places where the energy has been completely exhausted, and an unknown particle unlike magical energy is spreading through those areas. Acting as a poison to wipe out everything alive under the current rules of the planet, the current inhabitants cannot exist in the new world. The Ainsworths plan to use the Holy Grail, Miyu Edelfelt, to use the remaining energy on the planet to make humans into beings that can survive in a new world, similar to the A-Rays and Liners of Notes.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Land of Steel

Land of Steel (鋼の大地, Hagane no Daichi?, [over count 1999]) is the name of the world in the time of Notes. It is not the official name, but a nickname passed down by those who live on the dead planet. The land is no longer able to support life due to the continents being mostly cracked wastelands unable to properly allow for the growth of food, and the atmosphere, covered with gray and sepia clouds, is no longer suitable for animals. Despite these conditions, humanity has lived on by utilizing their developed civic technology.[15] Due to their survival, the planet, not wishing to have beings live on past itself, made a final wish to the other planets to completely wipe out humanity. They responded by sending the Ultimate Ones, which ravage the Land of Steel in order to fulfill their purpose.

Cloud Sky.

Blood Sky.

The world is filled with Grain (ジン, Jin?, "Gin", [grain "Ether"]) harmful and unpredictable space dust particles generated from the dead planet.[16] It is lethal to regular humans, who require special medication and machinery to process it, but it has had beneficial effects for A-Rays and Liners. The energy transfer rate of the Grain scattered in atmosphere is incredibly high, and it resulted in a new level of warfare that was never before possible due to the A-Rays and Knight Arms making weapons of the old age useless. The Cloud Sky (空が、昏い, Sora ga, Kurai?, The Sky, it's Dark), said to be a barrier created by the Six Sisters to repel the Ultimate Ones, is a thick layer of clouds that has hidden the sky since the Great War.[17] It covers the Blood Sky (空が、赤い, Sora ga, Akai?, The Sky, it's Red), which is completely red rather than blue. This resulted not from pollution, but from the blood of Type Pluto after its destruction in the atmosphere completely covering the sky.[18]

The main inhabitants after the death of the world were the A-rays and the surviving human race. They fought against each other in a conflict called The Great War (大戦, Taisen?, [Babel's Tale]) where the A-Rays, under the Six Sisters, wished to rule the world, while the humans fought to survive.[19] Humanity, on the verge of defeat, eventually developed Liners and the Knights to help in their battles, but this did nothing more than further destroy the already dead planet. The war had no victor due to the sudden appearance of the Ultimate Ones, having arrived to fulfill their goal of wiping out all living beings. Both sides were nearly wiped out, and they started working together to fight against their combined threats. The Ultimate Ones slowed their activity after the end of the war, but still continue to slowly wipe out the remaining humans. Type Jupiter, Type Venus, and Type Saturn have all been destroyed, which has led for a call to the planets to initiate a final battle with the humans.

Tsuki no Sango[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 5
  2. Fate/Grand Order Babylonia Singularity: Chapter 14.1 story summary translated by STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
  3. Fate/Grand Order Babylonia Singularity: Chapter 3 story summary translated by STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Garden of Avalon - Chapter 0 translated by Quality ★ Mistranslations
  5. Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - Volume 2, Chapter 1
  6. [v] Kara no Kyoukai Special Pamphlet - Encyclopedia: Counter Force [Others], p.041-042 [T]

    Counter Force [Others]
    The Counter Force here is the safety device formed by the collective unconsciousness.
    The prayer to avert the demise of mankind, Alaya.
    And the prayer to extend the life of the planet, Gaia.
    These are the two aspect of the Counter Force.
    Both aspects have the goal of extending the existence of the current World. They will eradicate the factors that threaten to destroy the World at the moment of their occurance.
    Since the Counter Force is the unconscious, its appearance draws no attention, and no one will recognize it.
    The Counter Force is a formless spiral of power. It adjusts its scale based on the target that needs to be obliterated. The Counter Force will always appear with a status above the target, enough to absolutely secure a victory.
    Normally, the Counter Force empowers "a normal person" to remove the factor that can trigger destruction. As a result, these individuals are worshiped as "Heroes".
    Individuals who became Heroes through the aspect of Alaya are said to be integrated into Alaya after death. However, the accuracy of this statement is uncertain.
    These individuals are also called Counter Guardians. The emphasis here is "Counter", because they have no autonomy and will only activate in response to an event.

    抑止力【よくしりょく】【その他】
    ここで挙げているのは、集合無意識によって作られた安全装置の事。
    人が願う破滅回避の祈りであるアラヤ、
    星が思う生命延長の祈りであるガイア、
    の二つに分けられる。
    どちらも現在の世界の延長を目的とし、世界を滅ぼす要因が発生した瞬間に出現、この要因を抹消する。
    無意識である為、発生しても誰の目にもとまらず、誰にも意識される事はない。
    抑止力はカタチのない力の渦で、抹消すべき対象に合わせて規模を変えて出現する。絶対に勝利できるよう、対象を上回る数値で現れるのだ。
    たいていは抑止力によって後押しされた『一般人』が滅びの要因を排除し、結果として『英雄』として扱われる。
    アラヤ側の抑止力によって英雄になった人間は、その死後はアラヤに組み込まれるというが、その真偽は定かではない。
    カウンターガーディアンとも呼ばれる。カウンターであるところがミソ。決して自分からは行動できず、起きた現象に対してのみ発動する。
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  7. [v] Fate/EXTELLA Material - Quantum Time-Lock

    Quantum Time-lock [Existence]

    Spiritron Record Anchoring Bands (霊子記録固定帯, Reishi Kiroku Kotei-tai).

    An event that manifests at regular intervals for the purpose of anchoring the Average Expression (平均値, heikin-chi?, lit. "Average Values") of phenomena as absolutes.

    This universe permits the birth of unlimited possibilities, numerous adjacent worlds, and divergent developments of history.

    However, as the unrestricted propagation of this process would exhaust the lifespan of the universe, at set intervals, those extraneous worlds(routes) (世界(ルート), sekai(ru-to)?) removed of the category of "routes characterized by survivability and stability" are culled (伐採, basai, lit. "cull" / "prune"), so as to prevent the needless expenditure of energy.

    The Mooncell has concluded that the means by which our Universe of Awareness (認識宇宙) -- fundamentally unstable by nature -- is stabilized across the Past, Present, and Future lie in the execution of "culling" and the formation of "records" (記録帯, Kiroku-tai, lit. "Recording Bands").

    If left alone, the Great Tree Known as Time (時間という大樹, Jikan to Iu Daiju?) will branch without restriction, and the behavior of culling serves to remove those divergences that are unnecessary, leaving only the "trunk" to advance. This is the simplest image by which to comprehend the phenomena.

    Any history that has been secured as an anchoring band (固定帯, kotei-tai) become as an existence impervious to interference from the past and future; events or phenomena that exist within the purview of the anchoring band are utterly immovable.

    Hypothetically, if one were to move to a chronological position in the past of an "anchoring band" to the purpose of modifying history, as time progresses unto the position of the "anchoring band," history would be forcibly corrected (強引に復元, gouin ni fukugen?, lit. "forcibly restored") to its state of record.

    In those universes wherein Quantum Time-Locks are imposed, the "outcomes" that have been registered to anchoring bands are categorically unchangeable. Thus, that which would be open for time travelers to modify would be invariably restricted to "process."

    For example, let us presume that the "outcome" that "Britain was destroyed" is secured as a matter of record.

    In the circumstance that a process wherein "Britain comes to prosper; its wars are concluded; and happiness is granted to its people" is successfully brought about, in the moment that history advances unto the anchoring band, the outcome whereby "even so, Britain came unto its destruction" manifests.

    One or two -- or any number of lives might be saved.

    However, modification to the overall course of the History of Man (人類史, Jinrui-shi) is decisively beyond possibility.

    These are the Quantum Time-Locks -- those existences referred to within Thaumaturgical Society as Human Order Foundations (人理定礎, Jinri Teiso?, lit. "Foundations of the Rationality of Man").

    To rephrase, it is potentially possible that by some immense undertaking, the course of the History of Man could be fundamentally denied by successful revocation (破壊, hakai, destruction) of a "Quantum Time-Lock," but even by this method, that which is denied is restricted to "the History of Man that falls subsequent to the anchoring band."

    The purview of a "Quantum Time-Lock" due to manifest may be dictated only those who live within the era. Intervention from the past or future is incapable of directly influencing the formation of a Quantum Time-Lock.

    クォンタム・タイムロック【事柄】

    霊子記録固定帯。
    一定の間隔で事象の平均値を固定化するタイミングの事。
    この宇宙は無数の可能性を許容し、多くの並行世界、違う展開の歴史を生み出している。
    しかしそれを際限なく行うと宇宙の寿命が尽きてしまう為、一定のタイミングで「もっとも強く、安定性を持ったルート」から外れた特例の世界(ルート)を伐採し、エネルギーの無駄な消費を防いできた。
    本来なら不安定な我々の認識宇宙を現在・過去・未来にわたり安定させているのはこの「伐採」と「記録帯」によるものとムーンセルは結論づけている。
    放っておけば無限に枝分かれしていく時間という大樹から不要な枝を伐採し、つねに「幹」だけにしていく行為ーーーというのが一番分かりやすいイメージ。
    固定帯となった歴史は過去・未来からの干渉をうけても不動のものとなるため、固定帯にある事象は何があっても変動しない。
    仮に、「固定帯」より過去に移動して歴史を変動させようと、その「固定帯」に到達すれば歴史は強引に復元される。
    霊子記録固定帯がある宇宙において、固定帯として登録された「結果」は決して変わらない。時間移動者に変革できるのはその「過程」だけとなる。

    たとえば「ブリテンが滅んだ」という「結果」が固定された場合。
    時間移動をして「プリテンを繁栄させ、戦争を終結させ、誰もが幸福になった」という過程を成功させたとしても、歴史が固定帯に入った瞬間に「しかし、それでもプリテンは滅びた」という結果になる。
    一人や二人、何人かの人生は救えるかしもれない。
    しかし人類史という大きなうねりを変えることは決してできない。
    これが霊子記録固定帯、魔術世界では「人理定礎」と呼ばれるもの。
    逆に言えば、何らかの大偉業によってこの「霊子記録固定帯」を破壊できれば人類史を根底から否定する事が可能となるが、その方法でも「破壊した固定帯から先の人類史だけ」を否定するのが限界である。

    次に訪れる「霊子記録固定帯j の決定ができるのは、その時代を生きた者たちだけである。
    過去・未来からの介入では「霊子記録固定帯」に手を出せない。

  8. [v] Fate/EXTELLA - Chapter Altera - Prologue

    Upon the Earth, there is exists the hypothesis of "Adjacent Worlds."

    The World is not one; rather, like a reflection in a pair of opposing mirrors, it infinitely unfolds. Consequently, there cannot exist only a single future -- or so it's thought. In other words --

    Let's explain it like this. The you that exists right now can be described as a you that exists somewhere within this flow of time.

    It's probably difficult for you to envision. After all, it's impossible for humans to even perceive "the Boundaries Between Worlds" (世界の壁, Sekai no Kabe?) -- much less what lies beyond.

    So, how about I rephrase? Worlds that run adjacent are essentially as "possibilities."

    Conclusions that may be possible.
    Bonds that were abandoned.
    Options that went unnoticed.

    Divergent futures, wherein "what ifs" such as these were permitted. It is indeed these "realities in which the future was altered" that are referred to as Adjacent Worlds.

    The you who is now alive --
    By the actions of the you who exists here and now, the course of the World can shift in any number of ways.

    This is proof that "possibility" (可能性, kanousei?) is itself still alive; positive evidence that your World still lies upon its "proper axis" (正しい軸, Tadashii Jiku?).

    In converse: For those Worlds wherein the act of choice can no longer impact the future, Adjacent Realities cannot exist.

    Such timelines merely advance.
    Losing even the possibility of undoing the past, they become distinct, solitary Worlds.

    Their manifestation is a necessary evil, structurally mandated.

    In those worlds where choiceless choices incessantly persist, the form of the "World" familiar to you cannot endure.

    There should exist worlds ruined by the repetition of choices in mortal error, yes?
    There should exist worlds that excessively advanced their civilization by way of continuous innovation, yes?

    But once a World arrives at such a state, it can no longer be counted as "a World comparable to the others" (他と同じ世界, hoka to onaji sekai?). If the Foundation of a World (世界の基盤, Sekai no Kiban?) has deviated, it becomes that which is known as an Otherworld (別世界, Betsu-Sekai?, lit. "distinct reality").

    But why do such realities become solitary? Shouldn't it be that whatever the future, the possibility of adjacent advancement persists?

    Unfortunately, this isn't the case. The energy to account for the proliferation of unnecessary worlds, exists nowhere within this Dimension (次元, Jigen?).

    That is to say, the ceaseless proliferation of Adjacent Realities may eventually exceed the capacity of the Dimension as a whole.

    Adjacent Realities are a necessary existence, but they cannot be let to freely multiply.

    It's a very rough estimation, but should the Earth persist at its present level of civilization for another century, it's likely that the Solar System will collapse.

    However, the reality is that we live and multiply. The Solar System hasn't yet dissolved (緩和, kanwa?, lit. "loosen / relax / alleviate") before the sheer volume of data that we produce, and it's likely that the status quo (今の方式, ima no houshiki, lit. "the present formulation / system"?) can be sustained for another hundred million years.

    And the principle behind it is simple. To a certain extent, the existence known as the World (世界という者, Sekai to Iu Mono?, lit. "the thing called the World") conducts a hueristic analysis (統計, toukei?) of timeline survivability (進むと可能性, susumu to kanousei?, lit. "prospects and potential"), preserving only those Outcomes wherein "the operation of the subsequent era" (次の時代の運営, Tsugi no Jidai no Unei?) isn't impossible.

    For those Adjacent Realities judged to be unnecessary -- the future is closed.

    In more concrete terms, cumulative audits (集計, Shukei?) are conducted at intervals of a century in scale (百年単位, hyakunen tan'i?, lit. "units of a century"), to the end of identifying and preserving only the possibilities (可能性, kanousei?) of those Worlds capable of guaranteeing "the preservation of capacity for advancement in yet a subsequent century, at bare minimum."

    Per the systematic demands (法則, housoku?, lit. "laws") that facilitate the Conservation of Mass (質量保存, Shitsuryou Hozon?), this process could be termed the Conservation of Phenomena (事象保存, Jijou Hozon?).

    Thusly, the civilizations of the many extant Adjacent Realities largely refrain from divergence. You can imagine it as a great tree. The worlds permitted to advance are restricted to the center -- comprising the trunk. Those branches that diverge grow and multiply, but eventually succumb to their limitations (限界, genkai?), falling to ruin without reaching a future.

    You understand, yes?

    Those worlds that advance too far into ruin or prosperity are bankrupt of Adjacent Realities(Branching Potential) (平行世界(かのうせい), heikou sekai(kanousei)?). Otherworlds (異世界, Isekai?) such as these are little more than blind alleys(dead routes) (袋小路(デッドルート), fukurou-kouji(deddo ru-to)?) whose outcomes are foreordained.

    The time of the culling brings a termination to unnecessary possibilities -- the point at which, by force of Observation (観測, Kansoku?), the mutable Histories of the past solidify as a static course.

    This is what the Magi of the Old World (旧世界, Kyuusekai?) referred to as Phenomenon Anchoring Bands (事象固定帯, Jijou Kotei-Tai?) -- the Foundations of the Rationalities of Man (人理定礎, Jinri Teiso?).

    地上には「並行世界」とい仮説がある。
     
    世界は一つではなく合わせ鏡のように無数に展開しており、
    だからこそ未来は一つきりではない、という考え。
    つまりは――
     
    こういう事だと捉えればいい。
    いまのあなたはこの時間流のどこかにいるあなたという事だ。
     
    実感は湧かないかもしれない。
    なにしろ人間には「世界の壁」を知覚する事も、超える事もできないのだから。
     
    だがこう言い換えればどうだろう。
    並行世界とは、即ち可能性の事なのだと。
     
    ありえたかもしれない結末。
    切り捨ててしまった関係。
    気付くことさえなかった選択。
     
    そういった「もしも」を許容する事で変わる未来。
     
    正確には「変動する未来のある世界」が、並行世界と呼ばれるものだ。
     
    いま生きているあなた――
    現在にいるあなたの行いによって、世界はいかようにも変動する。
     
    それは可能性が生きていることの証左であり、
    あなたの世界が「正しい軸」にある事を示している。
     
    逆に言えば。
    もう何を選んでも未来が変わらなくなった世界に、
    並行世界は存在しない。
     
    それはただの行き止まり。
    過去に戻る事さえできなくなった、孤独な単一の世界だ。
     
    それは必ず生まれてしまう構造的必要悪だ。
     
    人々に選ばれなかった選択が続いた世界は、
    あなたのいる「世界」と同じ姿を保てるはずがないのだから。
     
    致命的な選択を続けた事で滅びた世界もあるだろう。
    革新的な世界を続けて文明レベルがあがりすぎた世界もあるだろう。
     
    そうなってしまってはもう「他と同じ世界」とは数えない。
    世界の基盤がズレてしまったのなら、
    それは別世界というべきものだ。
     
    なぜそれが孤独な世界なのか?
    どんな未来になっても並行する可能性はあるはずだ、だって?
     
    残念だがそれはない。
    間違ってしまった世界の顛末を増やすために使うエネルギーは、
    この次元には存在しない。
     
    このように、
    増え続ける並行世界はいずれ次元の容量を超えてしまう。
     
    並行世界というものはなくてはならないものだが、
    ありすぎてもいけないものだ。
     
    おおざっぱな目算だが、
    地球の文明レベルであれば百年も続けばこの太陽系は破裂するだろう。
     
    だが事実として我々は生存し、繁殖している。
    太陽系は情報量によって緩和することなく、
    むこう一億年は今の方式で存続できる。
     
    理屈は簡単だ。
    世界という者はある程度進むと可能性の統計をとり、
    「次の時代の運営」に無理のない結末だけを存続させる。
     
    不要と判断した世界の並行世界――
    その未来を閉ざすんだよ。
     
    具体的に言うと百年単位で「ここまで」と集計をとって、
    「少なくとも、あと百年は続けられると」と
    保証された世界だけに可能性を許す。
     
    質量保存の法則にならっていえば、
    これは事象保存の法則と言えるだろう。
     
    だからあまたに存在する並行世界に文明のズレはない。
    大樹をイメージすればいい。
    成長を続けられるのは幹である中心の部分だけ。
    すくすくと育った枝葉はいずれ限界を迎え、未来なく崩壊する。
     
    わかっただろう?
     
    いきすぎた崩壊、いきすぎた進化をとげた世界に
    並行世界(かのうせい)は存在しない。
    そういった異世界は、もう結末が決まってしまった袋小路(デッドルート)にすぎない。
     
    この伐採のタイミング。
    余計な可能性を掴み取り、
    観測によって変動しがちな歴史を不動のものにするポイント。
     
    これを旧世界の魔術師たちは事象固定帯――
    人理定礎と呼んでいた。

  9. [v] Fate/EXTELLA - Chapter Altera (Localization) - Prologue

    "Earth scientists have hypothesized the so-called 'parallel worlds,' other versions of Earth and its surroundings, expanding indefinitely like mirrored reflections. If true, that would mean that Earth has not only one future, but many. In other words ..."

    "Think of it like this. The 'you' that you are aware of exists somewhere upon this timeline."

    "It might sound unreal. Humans aren't equipped to perceive, let alone traverse, the 'wall between worlds.' But what if I put it another way? Think of these parallel worlds as other possibilities."

    "Imagine what might have been in your life. Think of the connections that were cut off and thrown away. Options you see now, in retrospect, that yu would never have considered at the time. Picture how your life today might be different had those 'what ifs' come to pass. All those variant futures, in everyone's lives, make up the vast array of parallel worlds."

    "Your actions, those of the 'you' in this present moment on this particular timeline, can change the world in any number of ways. That proves such possibilities are alive, and that your world exists on the 'proper axis.'"

    "Conversely, a world where the future cannot be changed, regardless of your choices, can have no parallel worlds. Such a world is nothing but a dead end, solitary and singular, with a past as immutable as its future."

    "This is a necessary evil, a byproduct of the way parallel worlds are structured together. After all, a world where humanity made radically different choices would bear very little resemblance to the world you know."

    "Some worlds may have crumbled by making all the worse choices. Others may have made all the right ones, and rocketed ahead, perhaps too far ahead. In either case, that world can no longer be said to resemble ours, and once a world moves out of sync, it is no longer 'parallel.'"

    "'Why would those worlds become solitary,' you ask? 'Could the people in those worlds not still make different choices?'"

    "Unfortunately, no. This dimension contains a finite amount of energy, and has none to spare for creating new worlds from the worlds gone so far astray."

    "If parallel worlds continued to increase in this manner, their number would eventuallky exceed the capacity of this dimension. Parallel worlds must exust, but in a manageable quantity. By my own rough calculations, and judging by the civilization of Earth alone, this solar system would collapse within 100 years if parallel worlds expanded without limits."

    "Seeing as how we do, in fact, live and multiply, the solar system is clearly not oversaturated with possibilities at this time, I extrapolate that this dimension can sustain our existence for the next 100,000,000 years."

    "The system works thusly: At regular intervals, the dimension takes stock of the possibilities it contains, and only allows certain outcomes, those that would not cause undue difficulty in managing the next generation, to remain. As for the unneeded parallel worlds, the system closes off their futures."

    "Specifically, every 100 years, it calculates how many worlds will last another 100 years, and supports those worlds only. Have you heard of the Law of Conservation of Mass? This could be called the Law of Conservation of Events."

    "And so, the civilization in these numerous parallel worlds line up with one another. Think of it all as a giant tree. Only the trunk at the center can grow tall. The branches may bear fruit, but eventually they reach their limit, and fall without reaching the future."

    "You understand, yes? There are no parallel worlds for a world that has evolved too fast or crumbled too quickly. Such worlds are merely dead ends whose outcomes are predetermined."

    "And so, there is a set time frame in which these branches are trimmed, extra possibilities are removed, and future histories, once fluid, turn to stone. The mages of the old world called this time frame 'the Foundation of Humanity.'"

  10. Fate/Grand Order Shinjuku Singularity: Chapter 11 story summary translated by Aesma-Daeva.
  11. [v] Fate/EXTRA CCC - BB (Moon Cancer) Matrix

    Class: Moon Cancer
    Name: BB
    Master: None
    Noble Phantasm: Cursed Cutting Crater (C. C. C.)
    Keyword: Advanced level AI, khakkhara of direction
    Strength: ★, Endurance: ★, Agility: ★, Magic: ★, Luck: ★
    Golden Grail: EX, Self-Modification: EX, Potnia Theron: EX

    Keywords

    Cursed Cutting Crater (C. C. C.)
    An attack on the world by BB in control of the Moon Cell.
    Also called the spirit particle imaginary pit.
    A world purge by means of event rewriting, making maximum use of the EX skill “Potnia Theron” BB had acquired.
    The goddess who is the mother of the earth goddesses who created the earth is, in other words, the “root” that created all creation.
    This Noble Phantasm is an anti-world Noble Phantasm that outputs information like an ultra-precise 3d printer and crushes the present world with the world desired by the user.
    The space eroded by BB becomes imaginary space and a curse that consumes reality. CCC as the name suggests is a cursed pit that bores out reality.
    In addition to scattering all objects inside on an atomic level and reconstructing them, it is capable of writing over and rewriting information of fields such as luck and coincidence.
    While theoretical, it is also thought possible to distort the time axis by interfering with gravity fields and rewrite the law of cause and effect.
    When used in combat, BB’s familiars, the shapeshifters engulf the target, and after turning into a sphere, is wiped out of existence along with the target and the dimension with it.
    Normally, a structure in which value can be shared cannot be constructed in the far side of the world, which is imaginary space. What established BB’s internal world as the Sakura labyrinth was the power of this Noble Phantasm.

    Advanced Level AI
    An artificial intelligence configured according to their program. In this age, they are treated as things that "function as programs," but "do not exist as actual beings." In other words, things that "are" right in front of your eyes but "are not." They are merely a mechanisms for the sake of allowing human lives to progress smoothly.
    As it is the same for the SE.RA.PH, they are virtual lifeforms that are created along with the commencement of the Holy Grail War and disposed along with its completion.
    Within the SE.RA.PH. the humanoid virtual lifeforms are: the NPCs that perform only one task, AIs who have been granted the capability for self-judgement, and the advanced level AIs who have been trusted with the capability for self-judgement ad the management of a section.
    Advanced level AIs are things created to efficiently promote the Moon Cell's primary objective of "human observation." As they are perfect reproductions of humans, they have been programmed with a at least a soul, but while the soul "is there," it is contents are still colorless.
    The virtual lifeforms that the SE.RA.PH creates are reset with the round of the Holy Grail War. The NPCs and AIs return to zero, while advanced level AIs retain just their persona and their memories are reset--made to pretend that they never existed.
    When the Holy Grail War is over, the one who is left alive is the Master standing at the summit. This is a fact that applies not just to the Masters but is also held in common by the virtual lifeforms that the SE.RA.PH created.
    It appears that BB is an advanced level AI entrusted with managing the health of the Masters, the same as Sakura. However, as she is now rampaging for reasons unknown, the methods she uses to "manage the Masters" have become extreme.

    Khakkhara of Direction
    The teacher's pointer that BB carries. A device that allows her to use her use her authority as an advanced level AI to its fullest. There are restrictions from the far side of the moon, but with this, BB can revise the game rules (spirit particle laws within the SE.RA.PH)
    The ten crowns of direction worn by the Beast of Babylon converted into a teacher's cane. This is due to the theory that the seven-headed beast is male, which opposes the theory that it is female; it's true nature is a phallus (an erect rod).
    The symbol of the king of the world who was granted power and authority by a great dragon and, during a period of 42 months, spat as many arrogant words as they desired and had received the right to desecrate all things.
    The beasts heads are the seven hills of the Roman Empire... Capitolium, Palatium, Aventinus, Esquilinus, Caelius, Quirinalis, Viminalis. In other words, it symbolized the Roman Empire itself, and those ten horns were symbols of... Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasianus, Titus, Galba, Otho, Vitellius... those emperors.

    01 - C. C. C.(カースド・カッティング・クレーター)
    ムーンセルを掌握したBBによる、世界を犯す攻撃。
    霊子虚構陥穽とも。

    BBが獲得したEXスキル『百獣受胎(ポトニア・テローン)』を最大限に活用した、事象書き換えによるワールド・パージ。

    大地を創造した地母神たちの母にあたる女神とは、即ち、万物を生み出した「根源」である。
    この宝具はその情報を超精密立体プリンターとして出力し、使用者の望むままの世界で、いまある世界を握りつぶす対界宝具である。

    BBに侵食された空間は虚数空間となり、現実を蝕む呪いとなる。『C.C.C.』はその名の通り、現実をえぐり切り取る呪いの大穴なのだ。


    その場にある物体を原子単位までばらばらにして再構成する他、運不運、偶然といった場の情報を書き換えて再出力する事もできる。
    理論上の話になるが、重力場に干渉すれば時間軸を歪めて因果律を書き換える事も可能とされる。

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    戦闘に使用した場合、BBの使い魔であるシェイプシフターが対象を包み、球体化したのち、対象と共に次元ごと消滅する。

    本来、虚数空間である月の裏側において、価値観を共有できる構造体は創造できない。
    BBの心象世界をサクラ迷宮として成立させていたのも、この宝具の力である。

    02 - 上級AI
    プログラムによって構成された人工知能。
    この時代では『プログラムとして機能しているが』
    『存在として成立しないもの』とされている。
    つまり、目の前に『有る』が『無い』もの。
    人間の生活をスムーズに進めるための機構にすぎない。

    それはSE.RA.PHにおいても同様で、彼らは聖杯戦争開始と共に作られ、終了と共に廃棄される仮想生命体とされる。

    SE.RA.PHにおける人間型の仮想生命は、単一の目的だけをこなすNPC、自己判断資格を与えられたAI、自己判断資格とセクション管理を任された上級AIがある。

    上級AIはムーンセルの主目的である『人間観察』を効率的に進めるために作られたもの。
    人間を完全に再現しており、魂すらプログラムされているが魂は『有る』だけで、その中身は無色のまま。

    SE.RA.PHに作られた仮想生命たちは、その回の聖杯戦争が終了するとリセットされる。
    NPCやAIはゼロに返るが、上級AIはパーソナルだけ残し、その記録はリセット————無かった事にされる。

    聖杯戦争が終わった時、生き残るのは頂点に立ったマスターだけ。
    それはマスターだけではなく、SE.RA.PHに作られた仮想生命たちも共通なのだ。

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    BBは桜と同じく、マスターたちの健康管理を任された上級AIと思われる。
    しかし原因不明の暴走により、『マスターを管理する』 方法が極端なものになってしまったようだ。

    03 - 支配の錫杖
    BBが持つ教鞭。
    上級AIとしての権限をフルに使用できるデバイス。
    月の裏側限定ではあるが、これによってBBはSE.RA.PH内の霊子法則(ゲームルール)を変更する事ができる。

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    バビロンの獣がかぶる『十の支配の王冠』を教鞭に変えたもの。
    これは七つの首の獣が女性原理に対応する男性原理であり、その本質はファロス(まっすぐな棒)だからである。

    大いなる竜から王座と権威を与えられ、さらに42ヶ月の間、どれだけ不遜な言葉を吐いてもよく、あらゆるものを冒涜する権利を与えられたという世界の王の象徴。

    獣の首はローマ帝国の七つの丘……
    カピトリウム、パラティウム、アウェンティヌス、エスクイリヌス、カエリウス、クイリナリス、ウィミナリス、すなわちローマ帝国そのものを意味し、十の角はその皇帝……
    アウグストゥス、ティベリウス、カリグラ、クラウディウス、ネロ、ウェスパシアヌス、ティトゥス、ガルバ、 オト、ウィテリウス……を象徴している。

    Skills

    Golden Grail [EX]
    The golden grail that BB possesses. The Holy Grail. The Holy Grail that grants its owner's impudent and selfish desires.
    The grail that the great enchantress who appears in The Revelation of St. John the Divine holds. Though it's a counterfeit Holy Grail, it's because that it's a counterfeit Holy Grail that it's become a "genuine" Holy Grail that grants the desires of humans without paying heed to right or wrong.
    To the Christians of those days, who considered honorable poverty a virtue, this grail, which was formed as a symbol of treasures such as gold, is no doubt the meaning of corrupt wealth, greed, and the vanity that leads one to adorn oneself.
    Though it is clear on the occasion that this grail is held by the great enchantress of Babylon which in the personification of the Roman Empire, this grail symbolizes the wealth of the earth, which is the inversion of Christ's words, "Do not pile up the wealth of the earth."
    "I saw a single woman astride a red beast. This beast, whose entire body was full of numerous blasphemous names, had seven heads and ten horns."
    This is the description of the beast of destruction that appeared in the Holy City and the woman who was straddling this beast, according to the book of Revelation. A large beast with seven heads like a hydra came from the sea and disembarked toward the Holy City. This beast and woman, while two, are as one, and it is impossible to think of them separately.
    It is said that this woman was born from evil, and those who are quick to anger, those who are greedy, cannot resist her allure and become corrupted by that grail.
    This is a digression, but it is sad that the red Saber who claims the title of emperor was, after her death, was seen by believers to be on par with this beast.

    Self-Modification [EX]
    A skill that allows one to restructure oneself. AIs created by the Moon Cell are under an absolute rule, "Improving one's functionality is not allowed."
    However, BB, who had escaped that yoke due to her breaking down, began to expand her own functions. In order to boost her calculating power, she had that black noise prey on and dismantle NPCs, AIs, and finally, Servants, and utilized them as her own memory.
    Though they were appendix-like additions that won't spare her from the fate of collapsing on her own, BB has changed into a hyper level AI who holds an enormous amount of capacity. Like the towns on reclaimed land that continue to build architecture while knowing that it will be swallowed by water or Frakenstein's monster.

    Potnia Theron [EX]
    Potnia Theron (Conception of All Animals).
    The authority of the goddesses whom BB compiled and absorbed from the abyss of the mooncell.
    What it is is the embodiment of the power of creation possessed by the mother goddesses, originating from a forgotten goddess approximately 8000 years ago (the goddess of Çatalhöyük), and branching to Tiamat and Cybele, Ishtar, Inanna, Athena, Astarte, Gaia, Hera, Artemis, Aphrodite, Demeter, Athena, etc.
    Many are imaged with mural crowns. This is because many of the goddesses were also the guardian deities of cities.
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    The symbols of this authority are the holes opening in the earth and the sky (caves and the moon), the whirlpools and typhoons of the sea, the craters of volcanos, and so on, and from these, evils bringing forth all manners of death are birthed.
    But once these evils have finished spreading death, they leave the promise of good harvest and fertility. This authority is none other than the power of bringing death as well as giving life.
    The earth mother is a guardian deity revered by the people and their protector, and at the same time she is the sacrifice that feeds them with the crops born from her body and the beasts of the fields and the forests.
    The earth mother feeds man with her blood and flesh, kills man over time and absorbs him as nutrition, and once again feeds man with her replenished blood and flesh.
    This process is the circle of the food chain, and the cycle of life and death can be said to be the true nature of the earth mother. With this authority, most of the goddesses gave birth to countless monsters and giants and posed a threat to the gods and man, or they gave birth to heroes and became protectors of man.
    Tiamat and Gaia are examples of those who became threats, and Hera is an example of a mother of heroes.
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    Those born on this earth cannot defy the authority of the earth mother, as that would mean rebelling against the system of life itself.
    However, it is when they have left this earth to go into outer space and ended the infantile stage of intelligent lifeforms that they should no longer be bound to this authority..
    The wish of Çatalhöyük is the coming of that day.

    01 - 黄金の杯:[EX]
    BBが持つ黄金の杯。聖杯とも。
    持ち主の厚顔で自分勝手な願い事を叶える負の聖杯。

    ヨハネ黙示録にある、バビロンの大妖婦が持っていた杯。
    偽聖杯であるが、偽の聖杯であるからこそ、正邪問わずに人間の欲望を叶える“本物の”聖杯となっている。

    当時の清貧を美徳としたキリスト教徒にとって、金などという財の象徴で形作られた杯は、まさしく汚れた富と強欲、そして己を飾ろうとする虚偽を意味するものであった。

    ローマ帝国の化身であるバビロンの大妖婦が手にする杯という時点で明瞭であるが、この杯はキリストの「地に富を積んではならない」と言う言葉を反転させた、地上の富を象徴している。

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    “わたしは、赤い獣にまたがっている一人の女を見た。
    この獣は、全身至るところ神を冒涜する数々の名で覆われており、七つの頭と十本の角があった。”

    これは黙示録曰く、聖都に現れた滅びの獣と、その獣にまたがっていた女の描写である。
    七つの頭を持つヒュドラの如き巨大な獣は海より現れ、聖都に上陸したという。
    この獣と女は二つで一つであり、切り離して考える事はできない。

    女はすべての邪悪を生み出すものとされ、短慮なる者、欲深き者は彼女の誘惑に逆らえず、その杯によって堕落したという。

    余談ではあるが、皇帝を名乗る赤いセイバーはその死後、信徒たちにこの獣と同一視され敵視されたという。

    02 - 自己改造:[EX]
    自身を改造するスキル。
    ムーンセルによって作られたAIには“機能を向上させてはならない”という絶対命令が備わっている。

    しかし、故障によりそのくびきから逃れたBBは自己機能の拡張を始めてしまった。
    計算能力を高めるためにNPC、AI、はてはサーヴァントまで黒いノイズで捕食・分解し、自らのメモリとして使用。

    自己崩壊をいとわない後付け増築だが、結果、BBは膨大な容量を持つ超級AIと化した。
    その有様は沈水しながらも建築を続ける埋め立て地の都市か、フランケンシュタインの怪物のようでもある。

    03 - 百獣母胎:[EX]
    百獣母胎(ポトニア・テローン)
    それはBBがムーンセルの深淵より編纂し、取り込んだ女神の権能である。

    約8000年前のすでに名の失われた女神(チャタル・ヒュユクの女神)より発し、 ティアマットやキュベレー、イシュタル、イナンナ、アナテ、アスタルテ、ガイア、ヘラ、アルテミス、アフロディーテ、デメテル、アテナなどに派生した、母なる女神の持つ万物を生み出す力の具現である。

    多くは城壁冠の形をとってイメージされる。
    これはこれらの女神の多くが、同時に都市の守護神でもあったからだ。

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    大地や空に開いた門(洞窟や月)、海の渦潮や竜巻、火山の火口などに象徴され、そこからあらゆる死をもたらす害悪を生み出す。
    ただし、その害悪は死をまき散らした後、確かな豊穣や多産を約束するもの。
    この権能は死と同時に生を生み出す力に他ならない。

    大地母神は人々によって崇められ、それらを加護する守護神であると同時に、その身から生まれ出る穀物や作物、野や森の獣によって人々を養う犠牲そのものでもある。

    大地母神は自らの血肉によって人を養い、そして時を経ればその人を殺して自らの糧として己の血肉を回復し、またその回復した血肉で人を養う。

    この過程は食物連鎖の円環そのものでもあり、この生と死の循環こそが大地母神の本質と言っていい。
    ほとんどの女神はこの権能で、無数の怪物や巨人を生んで神々や人の脅威となり、あるいは英雄を生み、それから人々を守った。

    その代表例は、脅威となったならばティアマットやガイア、英雄の母ならばヘラである。

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    この大地に生まれたものは、母なる神の権能には逆らえない。それは生命のシステムそのものに反逆する事だからだ。
    しかし大地を離れ、宇宙を目指し、知性体としての幼年期を終えた時こそ、この権能が打ち破れる事だろう。

    チャタル・ヒュユクの願いは、その日が訪れる事にある。

    Setting

    Spirit Particle Imaginary Trap
    Cursed Cutting Crater (Spirit Particle Imaginary Trap)
    The official name of this stage.
    The fact that BB had reached the Moon Cell core established this “place”, formerly imaginary space for storing malicious information, as real space in the present, past, and future. It was reconstructed at her hands as a “far side of the moon” where even Masters can exist.
    BB attaining the power of the primordial goddess succeeded in quantifying the “nothingness” before the birth of life. She transformed into a master of imaginary space where time and space are indefinite.
    While the Moon Cell can’t be hacked however much time is spent, BB was able to take control of it by placing herself in “unlimited time”.

    02 The remnants of peaceful days
    After the constraints to her free will were removed by Kiara, she was unable to control her status abnormality and went into overload.
    As NPCs can only do routine work, they ignored Sakura while she was crashing down as being “non-existent”, and since the mooncell only performs a check at the end of the day in the preliminaries, Sakura was within an inch of termination.
    (MC name) witnessing this called to her. Are you okay, he/she said.
    The observation of Sakura “being here” by a third party helped her recover her close to disappearing unconscious, and the subsequent nursing gave her a clear ego of “wanting to be here”. Her self-destruction was averted.
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    What happened afterwards need not be said.
    When the next day comes, everything will be erased by the mooncell. Sakura wanting to continue this one day miracle used her higher class AI privilege to repeat the day she came to know the MC for 69 days.
    However as time passed, Sakura came to suffer from her self-contradiction as an AI and from the fact that she dragged (MC name) into this.
    “The Masters participating in the holy grail war will all die, barring one exception. No, even then (MC name)…..”
    Sakura continued to suffer from her desire to continue the loop for eternity and her feelings for (MC name)
    The decision she chose ultimately was to seal the 69 days worth of memory, the love she acquired, so she could return to being a normal AI.
    An AI cannot delete records.
    Because of that, she moved the memory to a backup machine to reset herself.
    Believing that to be the best choice for (MC name).
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    But even if the memories in the mind are lost, the memories recorded by the body continue to live. Though she had forgotten everything and was back to being a normal AI, she was shaken by emotional values of unknown origin every time she talked with the MC.
    Meanwhile, the backup to which she moved her memory, couldn’t tolerate herself, and she decided her course of action and made her move as BB, the rebel plotting to destroy the system of the mooncell for a certain objective.
    The timing she took control of the far side of the moon was between the end of the fifth round and the beginning of the sixth in real time. Four Masters who were not defeated yet, (MC name), Leo, Rin, and Rani, and the irregular exception Jinako were kidnapped to the far side during the war while they were still alive.
    Matou Shinji, Gato, Julius were moved to imaginary space 0.00001 seconds before the firewall would have destroyed them after they were defeated, prolonging their flash of life.
    Regardless, CCC is a dream by BB.
    If the dreamer is no more, the world ought to return to a reality where nothing happened.
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    By the way, the everyday scenery in the prologue that (MC name) saw in his nightmare was an artificial paradise modeled off the discarded 69 days.
    After pulling (MC name) to the near side, BB placed his digital body in the old school building, putting into a deep sleep and sealing him in a never ending dream.
    Normally, he would have lived peacefully in the looping everyday life, but the strength of his bond with his Servant, or his own will rejecting the peaceful days caused cracks in the artificial garden and (MC name) came to notice something was not right.
    In order to place (MC name) into deep slumber once more, BB reset the school building and tried to redo the dream, but the (MC name) escaped the reset and leaped into a deeper part of imaginary space
    It was a depth deeper than the bottom of Id.
    “The death of the collective unconscious” beneath the unconscious.
    What saved (MC name) who leaped into a region even BB cannot affect was the voice of the Servant whose fate was shared with his.
    Thus, the contract was sealed, and (MC name) woke up in the old school building left in the far side.

    01 - 霊子虚構陥穽
    霊子 虚構 陥穽(カースド・カッティング・クレーター)

    この舞台の正式名称。
    悪性情報を貯蔵するだけの虚数空間だった“ここ”は、BBがムーンセル中枢に到達した事実をもって、現在・過去・未来において実数空間として成立。
    彼女の手によって、マスターたちでも存在できる“月の裏側”として再構築された。

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    原初の女神の力を手に入れたBBは生命が生まれる前の『無』を数値化する事に成功。
    時間も空間もあやふやな虚数空間の使い手に変革した。

    どれほどの時間を要しようがハッキングできないムーンセルだが、BBは『無限の時間』の概念に自分を置く事で攻略した。

    02 - 日々の名残
    日々の名残:
    予選中、キアラの手によって自由性を解放された彼女はそのステータス異常を制御できずに過負荷を起こした。

    NPCたちはルーチンワークしかできないため、自壊しかけていた桜を“無い”ものとしてスルーし、予選ではムーンセルのチェックは一日の終わりにしか行われないため、桜は消滅の危機にあった。

    その異常を目の当たりにした岸波白野は彼女に呼びかける。大丈夫か、と。

    桜は“自分はここにいる”という他者からの観測を受けて消滅寸前だった無意識を持ち直し、その後の看病によって明確に“ここに在りたい”という自我を獲得。自己消滅から免れた。

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    その後の事はもはや語るまでもない。
    翌日になればすべてムーンセルの手によって消されてしまう。この、たった一日の奇蹟を続けたがった桜は上級AIの特権を使用して
    “岸波白野と知り合った一日”を69日間、繰り返した。

    しかし日が進むにつれ桜はAIとしての自己矛盾と、岸波白野を取り巻くある事実に苦しむ事になる。

    “聖杯戦争に参加したマスターは、ひとりを除いてみな死亡する。いや、そもそも岸波白野は————”

    桜は幸せな時間を永遠にループしていたという我欲と、岸波白野への思いに苦しみ続けた。
    結論として、彼女は正常なAIに戻るため、69日に及ぶメモリー……獲得した“愛”を封印する道を選んだ。
    AIには記録を消す事はできない。
    そのため、バックアップの機体にメモリーを移動させる事で自らをリセットしたのだ。

    それが岸波白野にとって、もっとも正しい選択と信じて。

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    だが精神の記憶は失っても、肉体が記録した思い出は生き続ける。
    すべてを忘れ正常なAIに戻ったはずの彼女は、岸波白野と話すたびに正体不明の感情値に揺れ動かされる事になる。

    一方、メモリーを移植されたバックアップはそんな自分を許せず、ある目的のためムーンセルのシステムを破壊する反逆者・BBとして自らの方針を定め、行動を開始した。

    彼女が月の裏側を掌握したタイミングは、現実時間で“聖杯戦争 五回戦終了~六回戦開始前”。
    まだ敗退していなかった岸波白野、レオ、凛、ラニの四名、そしてイレギュラーのジナコは聖杯戦争の途中、生きている状態で月の裏側に拉致された。


    間桐シンジ、ガトー、ユリウス、といったマスターは聖杯戦争で敗れた後、ファイヤーウォールによって消滅する“0.00001秒前”に虚数空間に移動させられ、一瞬の命を長らえていた。

    どちらにせよ、C.C.C.はBBが見ていた夢である。
    夢を見ていたものが消え去れば、世界はもとの、何事もなかった現実に戻るだろう。

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    また、余談ではあるが岸波白野が悪夢として見た冒頭の日常風景は、捨てられた69日間をモデルにして作られた人工楽園である。
     
    BBは岸波白野を月の裏側に引きずりこんだ後、旧校舎にその電脳体を安置させ、深い眠りに落とし、覚めない夢の中に閉じこめた。

    通常ならループする日常の中で平和に過ごすのだが、サーヴァントとの強い繋がり、あるいは、安寧の日常を否定する岸波の意思によって人工楽園に綻びが生じ、岸波は異常に気がつくのだった。

    BBはもう一度岸波白野を深い眠りに落とすため、校舎をリセットして夢をやり直そうとしたが、岸波はそのリセットからも逃れ、虚数空間の更なる深部に飛びこんでしまう。

    そこはイドの底のさらに底。
    無意識の下にある、“集合無意識の死”である。
    BBでさえ手を出せない領域に飛びこんだ岸波白野を救ったのは、運命を共にするサーヴァントの声だった。

    かくして契約は交わされ、岸波白野は月の裏側に残された旧校舎で目を覚ます事になる。

  12. Gilgamesh Secret Garden conversation
  13. Melty Blood Actress Again [T]

    The strong point of humans is the "as long as things are fun, now" kind of forward thinking. If they keep expanding on the dreaming up better futures' part of it, they should escape to the star ocean one day!

  14. Fate/strange Fake Volume 4, Chapter 10: "Separate Mornings, Separate Pasts I"
  15. [v] Notes - Land of Steel [over count 1999]

    A planet that died. A globe that reached its end. A world where living things can't live.
    The name of the world in the present time. It's not its official name, but a nick name passed down between the people who live in the corrupted land. Like the name Land of Steel indicates, a large part of the continent are now wild lands that are torn apart, covered by a tainted gray colored cloud.
    Food can't be grown, and the atmosphere is no longer suited for the animals.
    To put it in a human species way, a drastic end of a century. But even after the mother planet died, the humans were able to live on with its developed civil technology.
    Even the planet's end where people once imagined, couldn't bring an end to mankind.

  16. [v] Notes - Grain [grain "Ether"]

    Space dust. Name given to all the harmful and unpredictable particles generated from the planet that lost its function. Although it is harmful to humans, sometimes it gives an unique effect to their body, and some call it Ether. The Hundred A-rays, Human Species, Knights, are all new species created by this Gin. The energy transfer rate of the Gin scattered in atmosphere is incredible, and it resulted in a new level of warfare that was never possible on this planet.
    With A-rays who can take in Gin into their body and Demonic Swords crystallized by Gin, all the weapons of the old age became useless.

  17. [v] Notes - The Sky, it's Dark. [cloud sky]

    Sky covered by clouds. The thick layers of cloud hides the sky since the great war. It doesn't mean the sky is gray; they just can't see the sky.

  18. [v] Notes - The Sky, it's Red. [blood sky]

    The Sky in this world. Above the gray sea of clouds, there is not a blue, but a red sky.
    It's not because of a pollution, but from the blood of one of the Aristoteles that appeared near the end of the Great War, Type-Pluto.
    In order to not let Pluto enter the planet's atmosphere, the Six Sisters fought it and killed each other at the same time, and its blood covered the whole planet as a result. The gray cloud is said to be a shield that the Six Sisters placed.
    Within this red sky, the two Aristoteles that are prevented from entering the planet is floating like fishes that swim in the sea.

  19. [v] Notes - The Great War [Babel's Tale]

    After the death of the planet, there was a war between the survived human race and the Hundred A-rays.
    Mankind in order to survive, and the A-rays to rule the world.
    Under the Six-Sisters who united the unmassed A-rays, the human race were on the verge of defeat. Near the end of the war, mankind created the Knights and the Human Species, and it further killed the planet that's already dead.
    There was no victor to this war. It was interrupted by an intruder that suddenly appeared and nearly wiped out both sides.

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