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Nasuverse character
David

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Japanese name: アーチャー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Yuichi Nakamura
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)

Servant (Master: None (Original design))

Servant classes: Archer
Gender: Male[1][2]
Height: 171cm[1][2]
Weight: 62kg[1][2]
Place of Origin: Israel[1]
Armament: Sling[2]
Bloodline: N/A

Archer (アーチャー, Āchā?) is an Archer-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Order conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Archer's True Name is David (ダビデ, Dabide?), the King of Israel (イスラエル王, Isuraeru-Ō?), based on the king of ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament.[1][2] David was a shepherd and a harpist.[1] As a shepherd, he was told by the prophet Samuel that he had been given a special role from God.[2] He is famous for episodes such as performing with a harp in front of Saul, king of Israel, to exorcise him from an evil spirit, and defeating the Philistine giant Goliath.[1][2]

In order to play the harp to the king of Israel, who was fighting the Philistines at the time, he often visited the army. At that occasion, the Philistine giant Goliath demanded for a one-on-one duel with everything on the line. Scared from the giant's excessive strength, nobody from the Israel army was able to oppose him, but David alone accepted that duel. Goliath made light of David, who challenged him without carrying a sword, David threw a rock that made Goliath faint and decapitated him with his own sword.[1]

It has been said that afterwards, there were a few quarrels with Saul.[1] Saul soon became jealous of David's glory in battle, and he became the target of assassination attempts. However, after Saul dies in battle with the Philistines, David ascends the throne and conquers Jerusalem.[2] Upon being splendidly enthroned as king, he carried out an excellent reign.[1] David's only disgrace is his disregarding the law to pursue the married woman Bathsheba. He murders his vassal to obtain her, and he endures God's punishment for it in his last years.[2]

Michelangelo's "David" is the most famous statue about him.[1]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

Placing his duty as an agent of God first and foremost, he possesses the strength of will to maintain an extreme calm in the face of utter desperation, clear-mindedly evaluating his situation in a realistic manner. To his view, "All humans upon this earth have a place within God's plan," and should be regarded with appropriate respect.[2]

A king and also a shepherd who is used to waiting upon people, he also grew accustomed serving others from his experience as a harpist. [1] Though he is considered an unparalleled genius in his talent with a harp, he possesses little skill in dancing. However, he favors both as his pastimes.[2]

A friendly, sincere Servant, but he is absurdly weak towards women, so care is required in regards to that point.[1] Typical of many heroes, however, he has a weakness for women with nice bodies, occasionally muttering, "I wish to take a wife for myself ..."[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Okeanos: The Four Sealed Seas of the EndEdit

David is an ally in the third singularity, Okeanos.

Sanzang of the Stars Goes to TianzhuEdit

Archer takes the role of Zhu Bajie, a disciple of Xuanzang Sanzang.

AbilitiesEdit

  • Archer's staff
  • Archer's Staff

David's Noble Phantasms are Hamesh Avanim, Sacrifice and Ark.

SkillsEdit

Divine Protection (神の加護, Kami no Kago?): A
The form and flesh of a man prophecized to be king, bearing the quick-wittedness and brute strength to defeat beasts unaided. Though he has been resurrected by the power of the Grail, Servant does not regard himself as a vessel to the soul of his original -- merely as an instrument of God. He does not terribly mind this existence, content merely to feel the grace of his Lord.[2]

Harp of Healing (治癒の竪琴, Chiyu no Tategoto?): B
David's harp (kinnor) - which cleansed the evil spirits from the king of Israel, Saul - possesses effects of exorcism and preserves the tranquility of the listeners' minds. In ancient society, the harp was highly regarded as appeasing evil spirits.[1]

Charisma (カリスマ, Karisuma?): B
A prodigy of military tactics and command in life, the Servant called to arms a force of 320 thousand men to seize the city of Jerusalem. For the long path of bloodshed that he wrought as a military leader, he later deemed to seek the forgiveness of God by building a place of worship in his capital. (Due to certain circumstances, it was not built until the reign of his son, Solomon.)[2]

Divinity (神性, Shinsei?): D
Though the Servant was originally a mere shepherd in life, as an ancestor of Christ, he qualified weakly as a being of divine nature -- perhaps equivalent in rank to Joseph of Nazareth. He possesses some defense against the action of conceptual relics and Noble Phantasms based in the divinity of Christ (though not those based in the divinity of God) -- for example, "Holy Shrouds," "the stakes of the Crucifixion," and "the Lancea Longini"; possibly even "the Holy Grail."[2]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

  • David's Full Design

David was designed by Meteo Hoshizora (TYPE-MOON) and illustrated by Ginka for the canceled Fate/Apocrypha online game project and not included in the final version.[2] He was collected along with the other thirteen initial Servant designs in Fate/complete material IV Extra material. The project was revived in novel format afterwards, David was discarded because Yuuichirou Higashide wanted a suitable Servant to act as a rival to Achilles on the opposing team from him and he was replaced by Chiron. At this point, it was already decided that Atalanta would oppose Joan of Arc, so she had to be in the Red camp like Achilles. The remaining Archer was David. There was no problem with him as an ally character-wise, Vlad III was planned to be made the head of the Black camp. If there were another world-famous king on the same team as him, his relationship with Vlad would become complex.[3]

Yuuichirou Higashide and Hikaru Sakurai are responsible for David's Scenario in Fate/Grand Order.

Discarded skillsEdit

  • Skills

Harp Performance (竪琴の演奏, Tategoto no Ensō?): N/A
In life, the Servant is said to have exorcized evil spirits on the behalf of King Saul of Israel with use of his harp alone. His skill with the instrument is such that he is capable of purging mental interference and restoring psychological stability to those who listen to his music. However, the accuracy of projectiles and polearms suffer a large Rank Down within hearing range. The Servant's act of exorcism may have a modern analogue in musical therapy.[2]


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23

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