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The Swirl of the Root

The Swirl of the Root (根源の渦, Kongen no Uzu?, "the Vortex of Radix" in the English localization), also known as the Akashic Records, the Spiral of Origin or the Root (根源, Kongen?, "Radix" in the English localization), is a metaphysical location within the Nasuverse that acts as the "force" that exists at the top of all theories in every dimension, as well as the source of all events and phenomena in the universe. It is also referred to as the "Outside of the World," as opposed to the World and the Reverse Side of the World. Existing outside of time, it stores and archives information of all possibilities and events, past, present, and future, of the world. It is the place from where all souls, including those of Heroic Spirits recorded on the Throne of Heroes, originate from and to where they return after death.

In Kara no Kyoukai, the Swirl of the Root, or Akashic Records, is the name used to pronounce 「 」 (quoted empty space, equivalent of " "), which is also referred to as "Emptiness" (, Kara?) that is part of the title[1][2], which refers to the Buddhist concept of emptiness, Śūnyatā. Although, because the Swirl of the Root is a name, it automatically can't be said to be the same anymore, since 「 」 is a space of nothingness that can't even have a name.

Reaching the RootEdit

The ultimate ambition of the Magi is to reach the Root and many focus their experiments into discovering a path to it. The First Magic and Fifth Magic were the result of reaching the Root, while the Second, Third, and Fourth Magics were meant as a means to reach it. There are various methods used in attempts to reach it, usually involving reaching the pinnacle of a certain concept. There are also methods meant to reach it through manipulating certain systems, such as the Holy Grail War using Heroic Spirits returning to the Grail as a way of making a hole to it. Once a route is used, it is closed for good upon becoming established. If one isn't entered, it can be left until someone does claim it, thus closing it off for good.

Although Magic was a goal for many magi before the creation of the Fifth Magic, it is not their ultimate objective. Seeing the Root, touching it and then managing to understand it will completely erase the meaning of "impossible", granting the magus what some would describe as "the capabilities of God".[3] Needless to say, this is impossible for even the most talented magi.

  • Magicians, such as Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg and Aoko Aozaki, draw their Magic directly from the Root.
  • Shiki Ryougi is directly connected to the Root, due to her origin itself being 「 」.
  • Manaka Sajyou has been directly connected to the Root ever since she was born.
  • The Earth Mother Goddess appears to draw its power from the Root.[4]
  • Souren Araya attempted to reach it by using the path to the Root that Shiki Ryougi's body presented.
  • Touko Aozaki studied the human body while aiming to recreate the original human body, under the belief that modern humans could no longer reach the Root after becoming too diversified genetically.
  • Norikata Emiya wished to accelerate time to observe the end of the universe and the Root that would appear afterwards.
  • Nagato Tohsaka, due to his martial arts background, believed that he could reach Akasha by attaining a state of nothingness and enlightenment.
  • As it has no connection to this actual world, the Church, which is only interested in this world, finds it completely meaningless.

Those who have touched it directly have never returned to the world. Those who have managed to touch it ceased to exist on the spot, as their human souls are either going back to "where they came from", becoming absorbed into the Root, or something similar. The exact details are unknown, so even magi who have left their names in history have refrained from touching it. There are only the Magicians who have come close, but backed away before touching it like Aoko Aozaki and magi who get close to stabilize their own Magecraft in a hurry. Aoko believes that it is possible those who end up there "become God" in a sense, so there is no reason for them to come back. It is also possible they cannot come back because "being God" isn't truly such a wondrous event as humans may think. Both those who succeeded and failed touched it and couldn't return to the world. It may be they told people about it is because the first person to become God wanted companions out of loneliness, or that their work on that side was so massive that they needed other companions.[5]

Parallel worldsEdit


World lines of the Fate/Extra series

There are an unlimited number of parallel universes, accessible to others only through the Second Magic. Characters of many different settings can interact and gather in Ahnenerbe.

  • The stories of Kara no Kyoukai and Tsukihime were originally considered both to be small happenings in a single world.[6] Afterward, due to slight differences in the ages of certain people and differences in the makeup of certain families, they can be thought of as subtly shifted parallel worlds.[7]
  • The three routes of Fate/stay night can be called parallel worlds existing at the same time in some sense. When asked how the routes would appear to Zelretch, Kinoko Nasu stated that Zelretch observing the routes as parallel would make it "true", and that Nasu would prefer that only one route existed instead.[8]
  • The world of Fate/Apocrypha is a parallel world to Fate/stay night where the Greater Grail was removed from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War and disappeared for many years.
  • The world of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA differs from Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero. The ritual of Fourth Holy Grail War was stopped before it could even begin.
  • The world of Fate/Extra shares the same events at 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.[9]
  • The world of Tsuki no Sango takes place in approximately the year 3000, when humankind arrived at the peak of its civilization, but is losing its will to keep living. It is a world in which the events of Tsukihime didn't take place and unlike the world of Fate/Extra, Tsuki no Sango is a degenerated world where magecraft yet lingers.[10]
  • The world of Notes takes place in an undetermined future where the world dies while humans continue to live on its body, and its current state involves Crimson Moon.
  • The worlds of Fate/stay night and Lord El-Melloi II Case Files are in the same parallel world; however, it is unclear which route.
  • The worlds of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero are different parallel worlds, as revealed in TYPE-MOON Ace Vol. 10.
  • The worlds of Tsukihime, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru, and Clock Tower 2015 exist in the same parallel world, separate from the world of Fate/Grand Order[11].


  1. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru - The Swirl of the Root is where all wisdom is stored and all events are decided. Seeing, touching, and understanding that would make you be able to change even the meaning of "impossible". Its name would vary depending on your culture, but you could call it the location of God.
  2. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru - General True Magic and Root Information
  3. Staff Roundtable - The Second Night
    Speaking of Tohno, did you ever think of doing a crossover with 「Kara no Kyoukai」?
    Nasu: No, even though the word rules (special powers/magic) are the same. They're both just small happenings in a single world. That's why the first main character I made is Aoko-san.
  4. Fate/Extra Visual Fanbook - Page 079
  5. The Bamboo Broom Diary, August 14th - "Clock Tower 2015 is in the world of Tsukihime and Mahou Tsukai no Yoru. In that world, a certain someone XX in order to protect the present, and so the events of FGO don't happen. No one knew about his achievements but he protected both the past and the future.

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