Assassin (アサシン, Asashin?) is the Assassin-class Servant of Julius B. Harwey in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/Extra. He later switches classes to Berserker due to the unusual circumstances of his Master. He also appears as a Berserker in Fate/Extra Last Encore.
Assassin's True Name is Li Shuwen (李書文, Ri Shobun?), a legendary martial artist from China who, despite born in modern times, carved many legends. A Chinese martial artist from Yanshan County, Hebei - Cangzhou (1864~1934). Having been born in the deathbed of the Qing Dynasty, Li Shuwen distinguished himself soon after beginning to take lessons in Bājíquán, ascending to the point of being extolled as the strongest in the history of Chinese martial arts. A prominent martial artist in the history of Chinese martial arts, renowned as "a second strike is needless, so long there is one it will suffice". Otherwise he is known as Demon Fist Master (魔拳士, ?) of the Bājíquán. Rather than learning 1,000 techniques, he personified a literal one-hit kill by thoroughly polishing up a single technique.
The progenitor of the Li clan's branch of Bājí, Li Shuwen excelled in the use of spear to the point of being nicknamed "Divine Spear Li" (神槍李, Kamisō Ri?). The "Six Harmony Great Spear" that he used was a basic weapon of the Bājí-branch and, if one is to accept this extreme logic, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Bājí-branch (the Bājíquán) are nothing but preliminary steps to learn the techniques of this great spear.
It is said he have brought too much hatred due to killing too many opponents and finally had his life ended by being served poison from the victims relatives.
In his youth he has long tied back red hair. He also wears traditional Chinese clothing. Hakuno describes him to be a sinister man with piercing eyes whose clothing looks aflame. In his older days, he has short gray hair, he wore a tan coloured Chinese clothing. He wore a fur long coat over his shoulders. While making the original design, Takashi Takeuchi also drew an older version much like how he is said to appear when summoned as Lancer.
A master of martial arts who fundamentally keeps the morality of the innate goodness of man, but at same time also accepts evil. As a Servant, Shuwen's morality had deviated from the general common sense, but his humanity itself is that of a "sensible person" that esteems rationality. He does not see great difference in justice and evil, but if someone's behavior offends his rationality, he will bring swift and inevitable death. At a first glance this would seems as an act of chivalry, but since the chivalry of China is "pick up a sword out of passion", his way of thinking is the exact opposite. Rather than rational, Li Shuwen's character is something better described as being close to that of modern people. Li Shuwen was someone who simply (not purely) sought for strength, but it has been said that, in his late years, he discovered the valor of the strength of conviction, one's way of life, instead the strength of violence. He acknowledges that he is a kind of professional killer rather than a martial artist, but that is neither a self-depreciation nor a boast. Given that he often learned, often fought and often murdered in his previous life, he really does not carry any regrets or grudges. Since he was summoned as a Servant, he swings his wicked fists as the concealed weapons of his master Julius without hesitation. He starts to find the Holy Grail War enjoyable as Hakuno and Hakuno's Servants manage to survive his attacks. Making conversation and getting to know the opponent is the ultimate luxury to him. He believes that Martial Arts is to fight on one's life, with the weight of years behind one's fist. The opportunity to crush each other's lives is rare for him. He is very compatible with his master Julius and he is grateful to be summoned by him to fight once again.
Assassin is prideful, serious, and energetic when fighting in battle. But when his Master refused to be deleted from the program and infused Command Seals he got from another Master he killed previously, a Master with a Berserker class Servant, Li Shuwen loses his mind with the new Command Seals and his class changes to Berserker.
He was summoned by Julius B. Harway as an Assassin class out of compatibility.
After the battle against Dan Blackmore, Hakuno Kishinami would stumble across bodies of dead students. Assassin would force Hakuno to be teleported into an arena and attacks, however Hakuno's Servant would appear to protect it's master.
During the fifth round, Hakuno fights against Julius. Assassin ambushes Hakuno's Servant during conversation with Julius on first day in the arena, fatally wounding them, however Hakuno is able to restore his/her servant to health in a few days time. They confront Julius and Assassin, who challenges them to duel in school but are halted by Kotomine. Instead, they fight in the arena. The battle ends with Hakuno's Servant unable to land a single hit on him due to his Sphere Boundary. Hakuno discusses this with Rani/Rin and sets a series of traps that she uploaded into the arena. Though he acknowledges Hakuno's presence, he falls into his/her trap and lost the ability to control his Sphere Boundary. Though he lost one of his abilities, he taunts Hakuno's Servant to show their true power.
After he loses in the elimination battle, he talks to Julius and tells him to accept his fate. However, Julius refuses and tries to resist the Moon Cell's deletion and the two disappear in a flash.
He appears along Julius again on first day of the final week. Due to Julius' new command seal, which he stole from the Master of a Berserker, Assassin is now of the Berserker class, however most of his abilities are restrained because he lost his sanity and cannot control them.
Originally his Servant class was supposed to be Lancer, but in this case he would appear with the figure of his late years. It is thought that he appeared as Assassin due to his Master, Julius, desired a young and ferocious Li Shuwen out of compatibility. He later becomes a Berserker after avoiding deletion, Hakuno describes him to have the attributes of Berserker and Assassin, his power is incredible. He can utilize Fierce Tiger Forcibly Climbs a Mountain as a Noble Phantasm. An additional digression, it seems there was once a swordsman who, similar to Li Shuwen, could use just human techniques to freely create split selves, without using any Magecraft. The name of this secret sword was Tsubame Gaeshi. Oddly enough, it was a mystic art from the Assassin Class. In the Moon Cell Holy Grail War, he stands out from the other Assassin class Heroic Spirits because of his unique skill “Presence Concealment” which he uses to impede the protagonist as an invisible assassin.
Chinese Martial ArtsEdit
He is a strong practitioner of Bajiquan and a true master of the arts earning him a high rank in his Chinese Martial Arts (中国武術, Chūgoku Bujutsu?, localized as "Liuhu Quan") skill. Li Shuwen's blows are almost always fatal, whether he throws a hard blow designed to kill or a simple feint to draw his opponent into an attack. As someone who earned "A Second Strike is Needless" in the history of Chinese martial arts, this was the second name conferred to a martial artist famous as one of the strongest. It said he can snatch away the life of his opponents during matches just by touching them, no matter how light of a touch.
There is much debate as to whether Li Shuwen actually uses his Qi (気, Ki?, localized as "Chi") to defeat his opponents, although there are very few who have managed to survive a confrontation with him report suffering all of the effects associated with this attack, such as obscured senses, heightened state of paranoia, and the feeling that their nervous system was under almost unendurable strain.
- Cosmic Orbit, Focused Qi (周天、気を収める, Shūten, Ki wo Osameru?, localized as "Focused Chi") - He utilizes Focused Qi to conceal his presence and increase strength for his next move. He will always use this Skill on the 1st move. This is a requirement for his Noble Phantasm.
- Cosmic Orbit, Heightened Qi (周天、気を高める, Shūten, Ki wo Takameru?, localized as "Heightened Chi") - He utilizes Heightened Qi to increases the effectiveness of his attack, the effect would only last for 3 turns. He will use this Skill on the 5th move.
- Cosmic Orbit, Charged Qi (周天、気を満たす, Shūten, Ki wo Mitasu?, localized as "Charged Chi") - He utilizes Charged Qi to increases defense. The effect would only last for 3 turns.
- Assassin's Fist (暗拳暗器, Anken Anki?) - Inflicts Stun on an enemy when using BREAK. The effect would only last for 3 turns. He will use this Skill on the 3rd move.
Though Assassin is lacking in the standard class skill of Presence Concealment (気配遮断, Kehai Shadan?), he is capable of achieving a lack of outward discernibility through use of the meditative Qi technique of the Sphere Boundary (圏境, Kenkyō?, localized as "Concealment"). It is a technique only a handful of Martial artist, most notably Bajiquan masters of the Qing dynasty were able to mastered the ways of becoming one with nature and the universe by manipulating Qi. Unlike Presence Concealment, Sphere Boundary allows the user to attack while being invisible.
If Assassin is caught in an Anti-spirit trap (対精神トラップ, Tai-seishin Torappu?), it will stop his invisibility. The trap follows the disciplines of Tao and the knowledge of a Tiānxiān (天仙, Tensen?), it uses all Eight Trigrams (八卦炉, Hakkero?, localized as "eight divinations") of the Yin Yang (陰陽, Onmyō [In'yō]?) to channel both Heaven and Earth thus disrupting his Qi back to himself.
Under normal circumstances, the utilization of vast quantities of magical energy serves as a telltale indication of any form of invisibility attained through Magecraft, clearly indicating to a magus of sufficient training that "Magecraft is being used". Being that elimination of presence through the use of the Sphere Boundary, a martial arts technique, is unreliant upon and unrelated to Magecraft, it effectively functions as an 'invisibility' technique that those trained solely under the system of thaumaturgical theories will absolutely fail to perceive—a technique beyond the domain of man.
Incidentally, though this is a digression, Assassin's capacity to become indiscernible is an essential point of meditation in accordance with the method of the Sphere Boundary.
Although the Assassin class is one of the weaker classes at fighting, this Assassin makes up this flaw with his Chinese Martial Arts Bajiquan. With the combination of Sphere Boundary skill and No Second Strike, he is pretty much invincible as he is undetectable and able to cause a vital one-hit K.O. Each impact of his fist can easily break bones, injuries inflicted by him takes about the next 3–4 days to heal.
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Assassin was ranked 104th.
- ↑ 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
 Fate/EXTRA material - SERVANT Parameter and Skills: SERVANT ASSASSIN, p.014
- Master: Julius B. Harwey
- Identity: Li Shuwen
- Gender: Male
- Height, Weight: 166cm/60kg
- Alignment：Neutral Evil
- Strength: B
- Endurance: C
- Agility: A
- Mana: E
- Luck: E
- Noble Phantasm: None
■ Presence Concealment: Not applicable
■ Chinese Martial Arts: EX
■ Sphere Boundary: A
■ No Second Strike
Maximum number of targets: One Person
"When a Heroic Spirit's martial arts becomes his most singular ["one and only"] asset, the 'skill' itself is sublimated as a Noble Phantasm. This is one such Noble Phantasm.
Even one of Li Shuwen's powerful strikes was enough to take the enemy's life, including those intended as diversions of feints.
'Li Shuwen never needs to strike twice (godly spear no second strike)'
No Second Strike is his title, given form."
- 身長・体重： １６６ｃｍ／６０ｋｇ
- Master: Julius B. Harwey
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
 Fate/EXTRA material - Character Profile: Li Shuwen ASSASSIN, p.090
Li Shuwen ASSASSIN
- Height: 166cm
- Weight: 60kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Image colour: Orange
- Talents: Nothing in particular
- Likes: Family
- Dislike: Photo, Tatari
- Enemy: Vlad III
- Height: 166cm
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Fate/Extella English Materials
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11
 Fate/Extra - Assassin Matrix [T]
Master: Julius Harway
True Name: Li Shuwen
Noble Phantasm: No Second Strike
Keyword: A second strike isn't needed, Obfuscation
Strength: B, Defense: C, Agility: A, Magic: E, Luck: E
Obfuscation: -, Liuhe Quan: A+++, Concealment: A
01 - No Second Strike
Li Shuwen's blows are almost always fatal, whether he throws a hard blow designed to kill or a simple feint to draw his opponent into an attack. A saying that has managed to survive the passing of years is, "For Li Shuwen, a second strike is needless." It is this saying from which his Noble Phantasm get its name.
To be accurate, this isn't a Noble Phantasm in the traditional sense of term. Rather, it is the ultimate expressions of the true power possible by mastering the martial arts. Li Shuwen is considered to be one of the very few to have gained total mastery over his style, and in fact was believed to have transcended the need for physical attacks, instead defeating his opponents by engulfing them in Chi.
There is much debate as to whether Li Shuwen actually uses his Chi to defeat his opponents, although the very few who have managed to survive a confrontation with him report suffering all of the effects associated with this attack, such as obscured senses, heightened state of paranoia, and the feeling that their nervous system was under almost unendurable strain.
02 - A second strike isn't needed
This was the second name given to one of the strongest practitioners of kung fu in Bajiquan history. Considered to be the ultimate master of Bajiquan, it is said that this person was able to take the life of his opponents with a single gentle touch.
03 - Obfuscation
A skill used to completely conceal one's presence.
Although this ability allows the user to become almost completely invisible, the sheer amount of magical energy required almost screams out that some form of thaumaturgy is being used. Should this person's opponent be a skilled magus, their presence would be noticeable in some extrasensory fashion.
There is a way to achieve this state of being without the use of any kind of magical aid and using only the abilities inherent within one's own physical form, but the level of concentration required is far beyond what humans are capable of.
０１ - 无二打
０２ - 二の打ち要らず
０３ - 気配遮断
While a common skill of all Servants of the Assassin Class, the level to which he is able to almost completely obscure his presence goes far above the limits normally associated with this ability.
Liuhe Quan [A+++]
A Chinese meditiative ideal. It is a belief that true mastery of martial arts comes not through training, but acceptance. As this technique is extremely difficult to understand, let alone master, it is only when achieving the rank A that one is thought to have actually begun to learn. Those with ranks exceeding A are considered true masters of the arts.
A technique in which one uses their Chi to blend in with the whole of their surroundings. For masters of the ability, it is possible for them to truly become one with the world and have their very forms seem to become invisible.
01 - Character Background
Li Shuwen (1864-1934)
A Chinese martial arts master from Yanshan County, Hebei-Cangzhou. One of the foremost practitioners of the style of the style known as Bajiquan, he was so powerful that many remarked that with him, "a second strike is needless as long a single blow will suffice."
In addition to his skills in hand-to-hand combat, he was also supremely talented in the use of the spear, so much so that he earned the name "Divine Spear Li." His occasional us of this weapon sometimes causes his opponents to mistakenly classify him as a Lancer. While this wouldn't normally be entirely incorrect, due to his Master's desire for a stealthy Servant capable of killing from the shadows, the traits more associated with the Assassin class have come to the fore.
On a final note, since his ability to become invisible is based on his natural abilities and not on any form of thaumaturgy, he is all but undetectable to the vast majority of magi or anyone dependent on magic.
02 - "Master of the Demonic Fist"
Li Shuwen, Master of the Demon Fist.
One of the few undisputed masters of martial arts, he maintains a delicate balance between the innate goodness and inherent evil found in all men. He fell victim to poison after earning the undying hatred of the countless families of those he had killed.
As a Servant, the balance he maintained in life has slipped slightly, but he still values rationality greatly. While he does not see much difference between good and evil, he will react with disgust and utter contempt for those who stray from rational thinking. And for those who allow what Christians call "The Seven Deadly Sins" to overwhelm their lives, he brings swift and inevitable death.
Although he was known as a deadly fighter throughout his life, in his later years he discovered that true power lay not in the strength of his fists, but in the strength of his convictions. He spent the remainder of his life following valor, not violence.
He freely acknowledge that in his current incarnation he is nothing more than a professional killer, but does so without bitterness or regret. And although he uses his power as Julius directs, could it be that...?
０１ - 人物背景：
０２ - 『魔拳士』
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2
 Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Assassin [Servant], p.154-155 [T]
He is an assassin that melts into the shadows. Julius is his Master.
His true name is Li Shuwen.
Li was a prominent Chinese martial artist who lived from 1864 to 1934, and was feared for prowess in battle, “Li Shuwen needs no second strike, as long as he lands one blow it will more than suffice.”
He became known as the Demon Fist Master for casually ending the lives of those he defeated in martial art matches. In EXTRA, he stands out from the other Assassin class Heroic Spirits because of his unique skill “Presence Concealment” which he uses to impede the protagonist as an invisible assassin.
While cold-hearted and able to kill without reserve, he is not someone who takes pleasure in killing.
“When I encounter another warrior, one of us will die. A fight is not something that can be taken lightly; it is something upon which both parties have staked their beliefs. Therefore it is not something that should be approached in a casual way. Also, after a fight has begun, it must always result in the death of one combatant.”
This is the principle which governs Assassin in Fate/Extra.
He is extremely logical and fair, and it would seem that this is what he believes a fight to be.
His Master, Julius, also makes his living by stealing the lives of others. Their compatibility is good.
Julius was originally a contract killer, and Assassin was originally a professional martial artist, so their opinions clash on a fundamental level. Julius just thinks of killing as all in a day’s work, while Assassin greatly enjoyed the prime of his life when he could often fight to the death.
Assassin is not a maniacal killer, but if things come to a fight, he figures he might as well have fun.
Assassin would heartily laugh and say that without such an attitude it would be impossible to truly hone oneself as a warrior. Julius replied seriously “...really?”
Li Shuwen belongs to the Assassin class, however only when using a lance can his true ability be drawn out to the fullest.
He is the founder of a branch of Bājíquán named Eight Extremities Gate, and he excelled in the use of spears to the point of being nicknamed Divine Spear Li. The Six Harmony Great Spear that he used is the basic weapon of Eight Extremities Gate, and to speak strongly, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Eight Extremities Gate are nothing but the preliminary step to learning the techniques of this great spear.
Simply (but not purely) Li desired nothing more than to increase his own strength. In his later years he came to see the power of his values and way of life as his strength, rather than violence.
He acknowledges that he is a closer to being a professional killer than a martial artist, but this is neither a self-depreciation nor a boast.
Given that he often learned, often fought and often murdered in his previous life, he really does not carry any regrets or grudges.
Since he was summoned as a Servant, he swings his wicked fists as the concealed weapons of his Master Julius without hesitation. For the time being he has taken up the role of Assassin for the sake of compatibility with Julius, though originally his Servant class was supposed to be Lancer. As Lancer he would have probably appeared as a grizzled master, the figure of his later years.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3
 Fate/Grand Order - Lancer Profile [T]
Li Shuwen - Lancer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Arco Wada
Voice Actor: Yasui Kunihiko
Noble Phantasm: B
Chinese Martial Arts: A+++
Sphere Boundary: B
Magic Resistance: D
Shen Qiang Wu Er Da: Divine Spear, No Second Strike
Li Shuwen with his heydays body, summoned as a Lancer.
A legendary martial artist from China who, despite born in modern times, carved many legends.
He is of course famous as a master of baji quan, but the exquisiteness of his spear-wielding is to the point of being extolled as "Divine Spear".
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: Neutral Evil Gender: Male
Even upon being summoned as a Lancer, there is no special changes in his basic performance.
Level 2 Bond
- Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang): A+++
A Chinese rationality. A count of how much one has mastered the martial arts that made becoming one with the universe its objective.
The degree of difficulty for learning this is of the highest level and, unlike other Skills, A Rank is finally at a level one can say to have "learned it".
Upon reaching +++, one is a expert among experts.
While summoned as a Lancer, he has mastered the baji quan - including spearmanship.
Level 3 Bond
Having been born in the deathbed of the Qing Dynasty, at Cangzhou, Li Shuwen distinguished himself soon after beginning to take lessons in baji quan, ascending to the point of being extolled as the strongest in the history of Chinese martial arts.
Rather than learning 1,000 techniques, he personified a literal one-hit kill by thoroughly polishing up a single technique.
Level 4 Bond
"Divine Spear Needs No Second Strike"
Rank: - Type: Anti-Unit
Range: 2~5 Maximum Targets: 1 person
Shen Qiang Wu Er Da.
Similarly to "Tsubame Gaeshi" and "Wu Er Da", a technical skill perfected to the point of being sublimated as a Noble Phantasm.
Its effects are the same as the "Wu Er Da" from when he is an Assassin, but the range was broadened by holding a spear. One can guess that the precision of movements is also no different from when unarmed.
Level 5 Bond
The Classes which Li Shuwen corresponds to are Lancer, Berserker and Assassin.
Furthermore, there are also precedents of Li Shuwen being summoned as an "elder".
The golden age of his body has naturally his younger days as standard, but it is possible to conjecture that his martial arts reached its golden age when he approached old age. Just like a younger Li Shuwen can be summoned as an Assassin, there are also cases of an elder Li Shuwen being summoned as a Lancer.
李書文 - ランサー
- Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang): A+++