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

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Archer's True Name is Sir Tristan (サー・トリスタン, Sā Torisutan?), one of the thirteen Knights of the Round Table. The tale of Tristan and Iseult, the woman he loved, is a legend boasting outstanding popularity in Europe.[1]

LegendEdit

Tristan is a child born from Rivalen (king of Leonois) and Blancheflor, the younger sister of Mark, prince of Cornwall. However, his environment made fitting to call him a "child of sadness". To begin with, his father Rivalen died in battle without ever being able to see Tristan's face. His mother Blancheflor died post partum, soon after naming the boy Tristan and entrusting him to a loyal subordinate of Rivalen, Loire.[1][2]

Afterwards, Tristan became a knight that served under his uncle, King Mark. Tristan served the king as a good knight and the king too had a deep trust in this handsome knight, But, one day, Tristan was made to fell in love with a woman named Iseult.[1][2] It was a love made to be by means of aphrosidiac; yet nevertheless, it was the first love Tristan the child of sorrow ever experienced, one worthy for him to devote his life for.[2] The tragedy probably lied in the fact that Iseult was the woman who King Mark loved and vowed to marry. Before long, thanks to the admonition of King Mark's courtiers who envied Tristan, he was forced to leave the royal court.[2][1]

Afterwards,Tristan served under King Arthur as a Knight of the Round Table, performing numerous deeds and feats. There, he had friends; he had a king worthy for him to serve. Yet there was nobody he could love there; Tristan had been warned that the burning love inside him was due to the fault of the aphrosidiac, but he fully understood that such a drug had already long past its effectiveness.[2] He then came to marry a woman who had the same name of Iseult by coincidence, but still his feelings for the past Iseult only grew stronger.[1]

Many times they passed each other, and he still continued on being torn up over an insensitive one. It would have been so much easier were his uncle King Mark is an evil man. However. King Mark had loved Tristan ever since the times where he had served under him as a knight. To Tristan, whose countenance hold the vestiges of his sister. There is no way Tristan would betray him. He then simply go through despair, day every day.[2]

In a certain battle, Tristan collapsed due to being poisoned and, on verge of death, he wished to meet with Iseult. Knowing of his predicament, Iseult too left behind her position under King Mark as his wife. "A white sail if she comes. A black sail if she does not--". Upon seeing the boat carrying Iseult, Then the other Iseult, Iseult the White Hand, murmured to Tristan as he waited for the ship. "A boat with black sail is coming this way." It was a modest treason (lie), uttered towards the husband who had never tried to love her, even if he had married her. Tristan accepted those words, so that he could atone for what he had done to her.[1] [2]

He was reunited with Iseult; yet by then it was too late. Iseult, who didn't make in time, kissed him as her tears falling over. She had not been afraid of touching him, who had been poisoned to death, nor had she been afraid of dying herself.[2]

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Tristan leaves Camelot

Tristan had separated himself from the Knights of the Round Table before he had succumbed to poison. I understand. The king was magnificent. He was fair, sincere, with no gap where human emotion can crept in. The very picture of kings of old, showing no emotion even as it is there.[2]

Maybe, just maybe. Are the king not mistaken?[2]
Nay, maybe it is I who had mistaken the king.[2]

Perhaps it was simply an extravagant worry. Perhaps it was but a speculation.[2]

However, the king had not even a splinter of feelings-----nay, it was that she simply harbored far too many feelings that she killed her self and continued on fighting. The sight of the small, thin king; it was too heartbreaking. It was tragic exactly because it was right; it was sorrowful exactly because it was right. Tristan no longer had the will nor the mind to endure such a thing.[2]

The unexpected sharp words that he uttered, at the time where he separated from the Knights of the Round Table. The words towards the too many knights. And so, he unknowingly bestowed a "curse" upon even the king. Indeed, he murmured such as he left.[2]

"The king understands not of human heart."[3]

AppearanceEdit

No matter what he does, he seems sad and beautiful.[1]

PersonalityEdit

He was quite popular due his good looks and poetic behavior. He's also a master of the bow just like in legends, but when other bowmen assessed him, they would give evaluations such as "I would hesitate to call that a bow" or "You have fundamental misunderstandings about what a bow is".[4]

Ever known as the "child of sorrow", being a downer is a normal condition for him. A narcissist slightly intoxicated with himself. However, since his circumstances are genuinely tragic, it's hard to call him out on it.The type that perceives things tragically, and ends up thinking that every mistake is his fault. His thoughts are calm, his tactics precise; yet where it concerns women his reason are shaken, in a good way. (For example, if his Master is female and someone had taken her hostage, presumably even if it is a trap he would still go and walk in anyway).[2]

A member of the Knights of the Round Table. Perhaps it was due to his days of wandering (to put it more accurately, it was due to him being included from other legends to the legend of King Arthur), but his loyalty to the king is not absolute, or better put, less fanatic. However, he felt deep shame from leaving his service under the king, and it was during his following service where he set his mind to be completely faithful.[2]

He is severe and without mercy against his enemies, but there is a side of him that would grieve for the enemies and shed tears for them once the battle is over. Is it not a sinful of him, born without blessing, to kill those born with one? ...is what he kept on thinking.[2]

When summoned at Chaldea, he seems to regret his decision of leaving King Arthur in an insensitive manner. During Camelot, he was given the gift "Reversal" because he was unable to move out of despair[5], which alters his personality and turned him into a heartless killer.

Fundamentally, he simply serves as a knight. In the case where the Master is female, he will courteously treat her as a princess; while if the Master is a male, then he will dedicate his sword for him as a king. Perhaps this is due to the massive love affair he experienced when he was alive; the possibility that he would fall for someone is low. However, due to his beautiful countenance, it's possible for others to fall for him instead. The so-called "Diarmuid"-type Servant, but rather there's just simply no chance to consequently make use of this nature of his.[2]

Should the Master raises their trust for him, he would put to stake even his life to protect the them. However, should the Master is a wicked one instead, be they men or women, there shall be no mercy from Tristan.[2]

"Of the Round Table serving under King Arthur, Tristan of Lament. I have come in response of your summon. I pray that this body of mine may be of use to you. By your order, Master."

"-----Ahh, how sorrowful. For this self, born within sorrow, to once again let a child who would have been raised and engulfed with joy die."

"Master. Please. Pay no mind to me, and simply keep on pushing through your path. This Tristan is but your attendant, one who would prune the wicked ones standing in your way."

RelationshipsEdit

Lancelot and Gawain, the equal delegates of the Round Table. The unconventional Lancelot, the grand Gawain. And Tristan, the natural airhead, incharge. Of course, Tristan himself is completely unaware of this.[2]

Lancelot
"Married woman are great...."
"Yes, truly...."[2]
Mordred
(Verbally abused them both "Nothing is great about it you bloody idiots" after hearing the conversation above)[2]
Gawain
"Hahaha. Me, an airhead? Quite a joke you have there, Sir Gawain. Rather, are you not the airhead one?"[2]
Bedivere
"Was I sleeping during the parade? Now then, what might you be talking about?"[2]
Artoria
"For me to stand in front of her.... that in itself is already an impertinence on my part. I have no other course of action but to fly away and escape."[2]
Cleopatra
"Zzzz ( ˘ω˘)"[2]
Meltlilith
"Mind it not. How could any knight ever abandon an owner of such a beautiful soul such as you, truly?"[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Camelot: The Sacred Round Table RealmEdit

Other appearancesEdit

Both Garden of Avalon and Einzbern Consultation Room tells Lancelot point of view about Tristan who left Camelot because King Arthur doesn't understand others.[3]

Tristan and his ability with the bow are compared to Arash many times by Saber in Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Blue and Silver.[6]

AbilitiesEdit

His Class is Saber, but he is often summoned as an Archer due his renown with the bow.[1]

Tristan is said to possess skill in using a bow equal to that of Arash. He is a powerful Heroic Spirit able to be summoned as a Servant with a piece of the Round Table. He wields the bow Failnaught, that possesses multiple bowstrings resembling, and is in fact a string instrument. This bow does not launch arrows, but invisible sonic vacuum blade to cut off foes. Due to the nature of this weapon, he can attack with a slight motion of one finger.

Unblessed Birth (祝福されぬ生誕, Shukufuku sa Renu Seitan?)To be born of ill fate. He was called Tristan, the child of sorrow; for grief follows him so ever since his birth. By means of his singing voice, filled with lamentation, it provides additional bonus to his musical performance.[2]

Admonishment to the King of Knights (騎士王への諫言, Kishi-Ō e no Kangen?) "The king understands not of human heart-----" The decisive trauma that was engraved on the King of Knights. In the legend, it was a severely heart rending admonition. And yet the Knights of the Round Table, summoned as Servants, unanimously declare so: "Nay. We truly know not what manner of thing you are guilty of."[2]

The words he left at the very end was an excessively cruel remark; Tristan himself severely regrets uttering those words.[2]

Weakness (Poison) ({{{2}}}, ?)In the legend, numerous times he was weakened by poison, driven almost to death. Due to that, his resistance against poison is lowered to an extent.[2] However when serving the Lion King, he receives the gift of "Reversed" which nullifies this weakness.

DevelopmentEdit

Tristan was originally considered for the role of the Archer-class Servant in Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Blue and Silver.

Shidzuki Morii is the character designer for Tristan.[1] Yuuichirou Higashide is in charge of Tristans scenerio in Fate Grand Order.[2]

Comment from Illustrator: "When I drew Tristan's rough sketch, I scribbled a line up of the Knights of the Round Table besides the manuscript, and the complete set of these guys really looks great, eh.... is what I thought. Then I checked the gathered materials, line up the characters, and put the finishing touches for his last ascension. It was kinda hard to understand from the card drawing, but the glimpse was Lancelot's armor shoulder pad. The violet thingy in his chest is the wound poison he got when he was alive. There probably was or wasn't a talk of how it it could be a stuck-on seaweed." (Morii Shizuki)[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 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 Fate/Grand Order Material IV p. 110-121translated by Castor
  3. 3.0 3.1 Garden of Avalon - Chapter 03: Story of knights, p.076
  4. Garden of Avalon - Beast's Lair
  5. Fate/Grand Order Story and Lore - Beast's Lair
  6. Fragments roundtable discussion