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Archer of "Red"

Archer of red

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Japanese name: 赤のアーチャー
Also known as: Chaste Huntress
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Capsule Servant
Chibichuki!
Fate/Apocrypha
Fate/Extra
Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Saori Hayami
English VA: Allegra Clark
Character type: Servant, Heroic Spirit, Human
Gender: Female[1][2][3][4]
Birthday: Unknown[5]
Height: 166cm[1][2][3][4][5]
Weight: 57kg[1][2][3][4][5]
Three sizes: B78/W59/H75[5]
Blood type: Unknown[5]
Likes: Forests[5]
Dislikes: Sly men, Apples[5]
Talents: Sprinting[5]
Natural enemy: Ruler[5]
Image Color: Dark Green[5]
Addresses self as: Watashi (, ?)[2]

Archer of "Red" ("赤"のアーチャー, "Aka" no Āchā?) is the Archer-class Servant of Rottweil Berzinsky of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Shirou Kotomine assumes command over her before she even meets her Master, and through his machinations, he later officially becomes Archer's Master. She is one of the Servants able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Archer's True Name is Atalanta (アタランテ, Atarante?), a famous huntress known as the Chaste Huntress (純潔の狩人, Junketsu no Karyūdo?) that appears in Greek Mythology.[3] She is a huntress who is famous for her swift feet in Ancient Greek legend.[6] She became famous after being the first one to drive an arrow into the Calydonian Boar during its extermination. Also, she is included as a member of the Argonauts, which assembled brave heroes from all over Greece.[3] She has the tragic past of being born as the daughter of a king of a certain country and yet being abandoned in the mountains by her father.[3][6]

LegendEdit

Atalanta was born as the daughter of King Iasus of Arcadia.[3][2] Though she was born in and as the princess of the natural paradise, Atalanta ended up being abandoned in the forests and mountains immediately after birth as she was shunned by her father - who desired a son.[3][4] But she survived thanks to the divine protection from Artemis, who felt pity for her. Artemis sent and made a female bear, a sacred beast of the goddess, nurture the girl by giving her milk and raising her up.[3][2][4] In gratitude, Atalanta is a fervent follower of Artemis.[4]

Thereafter, after being raised by the female bear and later discovered and adopted by hunters who treaded into the mountains, Atalanta has developed her skills conspicuously, perhaps due to her latent talent, and also became a huntress.[6][2] Upon reaching adulthood, Atalanta grows into and becomes an excellent and peerless huntress, and she accomplishes many adventures.[3][4]

There are three tales that Atalanta is famous for.[6] The first tale is about how she was chosen, accompanies and participates as a member of the Argonauts led by Jason.[3][6] Atalanta boasts to be the fastest among humans, and right after becoming one of the few female crewmembers on the Argo, she happened to meet the hero Meleager.[2]

Although he was charmed by Atalanta, Meleager invited her to the extermination of the Magical Beast, the Calydonian Boar.[2] The second tale is about this extermination where Atalanta is most known for her participation in this hunt, but this incident resulted in giving rise to a tragedy right after this event.[3][6][2][4] For the sake of exterminating this Magical Beast that was dispatched by Artemis, who got angry with a king who was being negligent in offering her a sacrifice, Atalanta and the others exhausted their efforts in a desperate attempt to hunt down the boar. However, although Meleager pierced the finishing blow, he handed over the achievement to Atalanta who was the first one to hit her arrow onto the boar, this being an act of good will towards Atalanta, or Meleager having thought that it is something that should be followed as a simple hero.[2]

Concerning the males————they held displeasure towards that, where they cannot grow to be simply tolerant and said that they possess abilities greater than Atalanta who is a female————a fight suddenly occured between Meleager and his relatives, and Meleager was accidentally cursed to death.[2]

  • Golden Apple (黄金のリンゴ, Ōgon'no Ringo?)

The third tale is about the dispute over Atalanta's marriage.[6] After the hunt of the Calydonian Boar, Atalanta then returned to her birthland, but her father, who never had a son, commanded her to get married.[4] When suitors began to rush for her hand, the troubled Atalanta decided to turn it into a footrace contest.[3] As she had pledged a vow of virginity to the goddess, she proclaimed "I will only marry one who can beat me in a footrace. Those who lose will be killed." She tore through a great number of challengers.[4] Although Atalanta would not lose to any man in a footrace, she fell on the cowardly schemes of a man who borrowed the help of a goddess and ended up getting married half-forcibly.[3] She lost when she was tricked into picking up irresistible golden apples thrown in front of her, and she had to break her vow.[4] Afterwards, it has been told that she was turned into a lion as a punishment, but that is unsure.[3]

Regarding Meleager, it is uncertain what kind of feelings Atalanta had embraced for him. However, she seems to have watched the outcome of a man who loved her get dragged into a tragedy, while regarding her father's persuasion to marry, she tried to escape the unreasonable demand thrusted at her, but she could not accomplish that either.[2] In the end, none of these tales had a particularly happy ending for her, and her distrust of men became extremely strong due to the third tale in particular as well.[6]

As far as she is concerned, Atalanta is an existence that projected her former self while simultaneously, she exists as a symbol of purity for children. Although she was saved by the hands of the gods, it is nearly beyond redemption for the rest of the children. She, who materialized as a Servant, entrusts the salvation of the children to the Holy Grail. All children throughout the world, far and wide————That quest is without any reward, and yet, even if she is aware that it is a difficult challenge that is close to impossible to accomplish, she will chase after that dream for eternity.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Atalanta is a huntress who wears beautiful green clothing, clad in verdant green with her cold, sharp eyes containing a beastly glint.[6] Her hair is stretched out long and unkempt, and it is completely lacking in the silkiness that would be found amongst those of noble birth. As one who can be called a beautiful beast in human form, it befits her appearance.

Atalanta's charm points consists of those things on her head that look like animal ears and that thing on her lower back that looks like a tail. Her animal ears and tail seem to be the symbols and after-effects of a curse told of in her legend... or so they should have been, but she actually seems to like them.[6]


PersonalityEdit

Born in the natural paradise of Arcadia, Atalanta speaks in an old fashion manner. She has the same egotism and view on life and death as a wild animal, so it is natural to her to steal food to live. However, she will help any child left behind as much as she can, as gratitude for the care she received herself.[4] The reason she is obsessed over children is due to her own origins. The despair she felt as a baby was just that strong. She would happily throw away her own life to become a stepping stone to realizing a world where all children are saved.[6] Her wish to the Holy Grail is for a world where every child can be raised with love.[4] Because it concerns her previous established wish of "saving all children", she will probably cooperate with her Master in an assertive manner. Her favorite dishes are apples and meat. It is suggested for one to sometimes try to earn her good mood with an apple pie.[3]

Atalanta is fundamentally stubborn because of her wish for the salvation of all children in the world. Due to her nature of being brought up together with animals, she is an extreme realist except when against children. Her outlook on life and death is more severe than a human being's, basically not showing any mercy towards the weak... provided that, children are excluded.[2] Obviously, she likes children, including their smiles, and she would dislike those who hurts children the most. While she does not really have any regrets, she finds it a shame that she was not gifted with children due to swearing a vow of chastity, as well as the fact that she wasn't cherished much by others.[7]

Atalanta embraces the grand desire of saving all children in the world. Because of that, taking an unsparing attitude towards her Master, in the situation where she does not catch sight of her Master having a zeal in obtaining the Holy Grail, she will even slay her Master. Nonetheless, if one goes along with her entirely and properly while respecting her dream, she will even probably hand over a golden apple... Well, speaking of faults, in regards to unfaithfulness in comparison with other Greek heroes, she deals with that fault in a strict manner.[2]

  • Apple Arrow Chocolate (アップル・アロー・チョコ, Appuru Arō Choko?)

Concerning the golden apple, the forbidden fruit of the gods that promises immortality, it was once used on Atalanta during her race in her third tale she was famous for, and she had stopped as a result, losing control over herself. If this is used, any human being would stop in their tracks, reach for the fruit, and try to eat it, causing their rationality to fade. It is a conditioned response, similar to how one will retract their hand when touching something hot, a response carved deeply into their bodies. And the same goes for Atalanta, where she forgot about the race and stopped completely.[8] That is precisely why she will hold onto this golden apple and not give it to anyone unless they have a need of something like this, such as mentioning that her Master is free to use the golden apple against her during a footrace.[8][9] She would then ask if they are prepared as they should know the "consequences" for defeating her.[9]

Atalanta's distrust of men became extremely strong due to her third tale in particular. After all, to Greek warriors at the time, battle was both an offering to the gods and a way of trampling over others. Atalanta liked none of these warriors since they acted more violent than necessary when they hunted. However, there was one man named Peleus who she was fond of, for he was the only one who approached her with a humble attitude.[6] Moreover, when she became an Argonaut, she interacted with this fellow companion, who was the father of Achilles. A modest young man who cannot watch the egoism of heroes in Greek Mythology, it was a point that was something for Atalanta to reasonably think about.[2]

Atalanta has no reaction to Achilles' advances, showing nothing of embarrassment, surprise, or even anger. Without reacting at all, such words of courtship have no meaning after having lived in the wild alongside beasts; however, Atalanta does seem to be affected with the view of others, such as how Shakespeare had suggested in writing a love poem for her and Achilles, which she scowled unpleasantly at the idea as opposed to how Achilles was quick to joyfully agree to the offer. Despite this, Achilles had seemed to at least formed a bond of some level with Atalanta where the two are usually found together while passing time, or when they exchanged glances as a way to convey each other's thoughts; aside from romantic subjects, they seem to agree in other matters such as how the two tried to convince Shirou Kotomine, who they originally thought was a normal Master, to avoid fighting alongside them.

RelationshipsEdit

Heracles
A member of the Argonauts. The strongest, the invincible, the almighty! It is difficult to approach him who is excessively powerful.[2]
Medea
A member of the Argonauts. At the moment Atalanta met her, before long, she begged for a short time with her, and the memories of her (as a Lily) was touchingly lovely... and then, when she conversed with a samurai who happened to be casually nearby, she bursted into laughter as she fainted in agony.[2]
Artemis
The goddess Atalanta believes in. "I'm okay. Even sweets are really okay. No problem. I'm okay after all. I'll bear with it. I'll persevere."[2]
Jeanne d'Arc
Atalanta develops a grudge against Jeanne during the events of Fate/Apocrypha when the latter exorcises Jack the Ripper. "You imposter of a saint! I will never forgive you!"

RoleEdit

Fate/ApocryphaEdit

Beginning Stages Of The War Edit

  • The Red Faction on top of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Archer of Red versus Ruler
  • Assassin of Black attacking Archer of Red
  • Archer using Agrius Metamorphosis

Archer is summoned in the presence of Shirou Kotomine and Assassin of Red rather than her own Master. She is later ordered by Shirou to follow the marching Berserker of Red after it is deemed impossible to stop him. She is told to try to pursue him from his course and help him until it gets too dangerous, but stopping him is thought to be extremely unlikely. As she follows, she becomes frustrated at his inability to understand her, and after two days of marching, decides to give up on stopping him. She decides to fully support his actions as ordered, and soon after encounters more support in Rider of Red. They discuss their actions in supporting Berserker and gaining information on the Black Faction's Servants.

After Rider's failed attempt at flirting, he asks if she has actually seen her Master, to which Archer responds that she has only interacted through the mediator, Shirou. The two discuss the situation, speculating that their Masters may just be acting like usual magi, but believe the situation with Shirou and Assassin to be suspicious. After three hours of following him, Berserker encounters his first resistance from the Black Faction, but they remain back to observe because the enemies are not Servants. After the enemies are massacred, they are unnerved by Berserker's way of battle, and speculate on his overall capability. As they continue forward, Archer is discomforted by the stench of metal and machine oil, unbearable to her keen sense of smell. With the approach of two enemy Servants, Berserker of Black and Saber of Black, she retreats into the forest to provide support from the rear.

Battle At Castle Yggdmillenia Edit

A few days later, Atalanta is summoned to Assassin of Red's base along with Achilles and Lancer of Red. After they arrive, they are left waiting for Caster of Red who appears and makes a grand entrance, lavishing praises on Assassin. Caster then announces that the curtains are about to rise on this act, intriguing both Atalanta and Achilles. Atalanta then watches as Assassin confronts Caster on his stance as a neutral observer and as Caster makes his solemn vow to watch the events unfold since it is his duty to do so. A fed up Assassin then takes charge and informs the group that they are going to attack the Black Faction.

Achilles suggests to Assassin that being flashy will be a waste to the efforts she put towards fortifying this place. Assassin laughs and tells Achilles that he is very mistaken about the fortification, confusing Atalanta. Suddenly, Atalanta feels the ground start to shake as their base starts to lift off. Going out onto one of the balconies, Atalanta and the others are surprised by the fact that Assassin of Red's Noble Phantasm is a flying fortress. Assassin then comes out and starts explaining her Noble Phantasm, 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon'. Achilles figures out their plan of attack and Atalanta listens on as Shirou tells them to prepare for the attack.

Later that night, the aerial fortress arrives at Castle Yggdmillenia and Atalanta is ordered to stay on standby until its her turn. When the Black Faction arrives with its Servants and armies, Atalanta fires off the first shot using her Noble Phantasm 'Phoebus Catastrophe' to decimate most of the Homunculi and Golems. Berserker of Black manages to block her arrows, but still a large number of Homunculi and Golems are killed and destroyed. Seeing that her first shot succeeded, Atalanta orders Achilles to go and fight, while she stays on the fortress according to their strategy. However, after Berserker of Red is unleashed by Caster of Black, Atalanta is ordered to descend and intercept Berserker. Firing a shot, Atalanta ticks her tongue and irritatedly laments that she should've shot Berserker in the tendon back then. From his own battle, Lancer of Red tells Atalanta that he'll leave Berserker of Red to her and Atalanta states that she will, charging at Berserker of Red.

Sliding beneath Berserker of Red's legs, Atalanta fires a bunch of arrows at Berserker's back, labelling him as pitiful. However, Berserker shrugs the arrows off and kicks a stunned Atalanta straight in the gut, throwing her a few feet away. Pulling herself back up, Atalanta looks at the rampaging Berserker and notices that his skin has started to transform, signalling that he is regenerating. Summoning her bow again, Atalanta fires off another 'Phoebus Catastrophe' which tears Berserker into pieces. Once the attack has subsided, Atalanta approaches Berserker, thinking that she has won. However, as she turns back, Atalanta is surprised to see Berserker regenerating again. Atalanta continues pressing her attacks against Berserker, but they are all for nought as Berserker of Red's Noble Phantasm, 'Crying Warmonger', just absorbs the attacks and causes him to become stronger and at the same time, causes him to transform into an hideous creature.

Mid-way through her fight with Berserker of Red, Atalanta gets a telepathic transmission from Shirou Kotomine who orders her to lure Berserker towards Ruler (Jeanne d'Arc) which Atalanta complies to, leading Berserker to Ruler's location. Once at Ruler's location, Atalanta greets Ruler, who asks what she is doing here. Atalanta replies that she is not here to hurt her and hasn't been ordered to do so. Lowering her bow, Atalanta then warns Ruler that she should probably watch out for "him". Berserker then appears before Ruler and Atalanta fires another arrow at him.

Stepping off the wall that she is standing on, Atalanta apologizes and tells Ruler that she will have to take care of the rest, leaving Berserker of Red to take care of Ruler. While leaping through the trees towards her next location, Atalanta watches the collision between Saber of Black's 'Balmung' and Saber of Red's 'Clarent Blood Arthur'. A while later, Berserker of Red explodes with Atalanta barely avoiding the blast. Suddenly, Atalanta is summoned back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon because the Red Faction's main objective: to clear a path to the Greater Grail beneath Castle Yggdmillenia, has been achieved. Atalanta then watches from the fortress as Assassin of Red steals the Greater Holy Grail.

Confronting Lancer of Black & Shirou's True Identity Edit

With the Greater Grail now in their hands, Assassin of Red alerts Atalanta and the others to the Black Faction's presence within the fortress and orders them to intercept the Servants of Black. Atalanta, Achilles and Lancer of Red head to the designated point and engages with the Servants of Black. During this fight, Atalanta fends off Caster of Black and his Golems. During the middle of the fight, however, a desperate Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia appears and forces Lancer of Black to use his Noble Phantasm 'Legend of Dracula' with one of his command spells.

Atalanta is then forced to watch as Darnic uses his second to order Lancer of Black to fight until he obtains the Holy Grail, and much to her shock and horror, watches as Darnic uses his third Command Spell to take possession of Lancer of Black's body. Having achieved control of Lancer of Black's body, Darnic attacks the Red and Black Factions, causing Atalanta to join the fight against him in order to prevent him from attaining the Grail and making a vampire army with his wish. Half-way through the fight, Ruler makes a timely arrival and asks for Atalanta and the other Servants' help in defeating Lancer of Black.

Slightly miffed, Atalanta asks Ruler if this is an order by the Ruler of the Holy Grail War and Jeanne replies that it is, and then declares that she is calling a ceasefire for now. Ruler then uses one of her allotted Command Spells to boost Atalanta's and everyone else's attack power. Taking charge, Atalanta announces that she and Archer of Black will assist by using long distance attacks to support Lancer of Red, Achilles and Ruler in the fighting and orders Achilles and Lancer of Red to do what they like, while Caster of Black takes it upon himself to deal with the Homunculi vampires.

Atalanta then begins firing off arrows while dodging Lancer of Black's attacks. Right before Lancer of Red unleashes the finishing blow on Lancer of Black, though, Atalanta senses that something strange is going on and she and Achilles gets forcibly restrained by their Masters with a Command Spell. After regaining their composure, Atalanta and Achilles gives chase after Lancer of Black and arrives in time to see the burnt ashes of Lancer of Black. Confronting Shirou, Atalanta blatantly asks why both her's and Achilles' Masters have suddenly changed hands. Shirou explains to Atalanta that he had "talked" it out with their Masters and that all of them had agreed to hand over their Command Spells to him, making him, Ruler, Amakusa Tokisada Shirou, the Master of all the Servants of Red (barring Saber of Red).

Upon this revelation and betrayal, Atalanta and Achilles attack Amakusa only to be blocked by Assassin of Red and Lancer of Red. Angry, Atalanta asks Lancer if he intends to accept Amakusa as his Master and Lancer replies that he wants to hear Amakusa's side of the story first and politely asks that she unnock her bow. Atlanta reluctantly agrees and lowers her bow. Atalanta then listens as Amakusa gives his declaration of war to the Black Faction and offers Archer and Caster of Black the opportunity to defect to his side. Archer of Black declines Amakusa's offer, but Caster of Black chooses to accept and Atalanta chooses to step out of the ensuing fight until she knows more.

Joining Amakusa Shirou's Camp Edit

The next day, Atalanta and Achilles confront Amakusa to get some answers out of him. Instead, Amakusa informs them that Ruler and the Black Faction, along with Saber of Red and her Master, will be returning in a few days to recapture the Greater Grail. Knowing that, Atalanta and Achilles still question Amakusa, stating that whether they'll help him will depend on his responses. Achilles starts by asking about the location of their Masters and Amakusa responds that they are all in one of the rooms of the Gardens with some semblance of themselves remaining and further responds that he and Assassin of Red used poison to make them more complacent.

Atalanta and Achilles gets angry by this, but Assassin of Red and Amakusa further explain that they were in the way because all they thought of was of outsmarting each other. However, Amakusa promises that their Masters' lives are not in danger. Hearing all of this, Atalanta allows Amakusa to become her new Master as they are out of options and explains to an astounded Achilles that she has no compassion for a weak Master. Achilles then asks Amakusa if he will get rid of them once they are no longer of use to him and Amakusa states that he won't as they will also be allowed to cast their wishes upon the Holy Grail.

Amakusa then asks Atalanta, Achilles and Lancer of Red about their wishes and after listening to Achilles' wish of living his life as a hero, Atalanta explains that her wish is for all children to be loved. When Assassin of Red chides her wish as nothing but a pipe dream, Atalanta gets upset and angrily asks if that is not what the Holy Grail is for, further explaining that if it can't grant her wish then it doesn't deserve to be called a 'Holy Grail'.

Calming the situation down, Amakusa states that her wish can be granted in some form as it doesn't run in contradiction to his own wish. Atalanta asks if it is the salvation of all mankind and Amakusa says that it is. Atalanta then asks Lancer of Red about what he'll do and Lancer responds that he chooses to stay loyal to his own Master; however, he'll still temporarily stay on their side since the group's position will allow him to achieve his own wish of wielding his lance against Saber of Black. However, Lancer continues that once that is complete and if he wins his duel, then he will use his lance to burn all those seeking the Holy Grail to ashes.

With the matter of allegiances settled, Atalanta listens on as Amakusa Tokisada Shirou explains how he will achieve his wish of saving mankind. From this point onwards, Atalanta continues to cooperate with Amakusa because she clung to the idea that his wish would lead to her own wish. Since it is uncertain whether the Holy Grail would be able to grant her wish, his words which spoke of a clear form of salvation might have seemed just like the gospel to her.[6]

Out on the balcony later that day, Atalanta and the other Servants of Red confront Caster of Red about whether he knew about Amakusa's plan. Caster admits to it and Atalanta asks if Amakusa is sane or not. Caster responds that it doesn't matter to him whether Amakusa is sane or not as he (Amakusa) overcame great pain and despair to come to this conclusion, so he'll do everything in his power to grant Amakusa's wish. Hearing this, Atalanta then states that even though she knows that Caster is insane, she wants to know the reason why Caster helps him. Caster responds by dramatically stating that he does it because he finds Amakusa's story interesting and that this must be what saving mankind is like.

Hunt For Assassin of Black Edit

During the hunt for Assassin of Black, Amakusa orders Atalanta to scout out Trifas where she spots Assassin of Black activating her Noble Phantasm and attacking Ruler and Sieg. Upon Assassin's retreat after having her leg shot off by Archer of Black, Atalanta fires an arrow at the retreating Reika Rikudou and Assassin from her hiding spot. However, Reika spots Archer in a car side mirror and protects Assassin with her body, taking an arrow to her chest. Atalanta then watches on as a dying Reika tells Assassin about how happy she was during their time together and uses her remaining Command Seals to ensure that Assassin would be alright.

Watching Assassin mourn for her mother, Atalanta takes advantage of the situation to fire a clear arrow into Assassin's back. Checking to see that Assassin is dead, Atalanta mourns the fact that Assassin is a child and becomes surprised when Assassin twists her head around and ask her "Why?" Atalanta then becomes engulfed by Assassin's illusion which transports her to a recreation of late 19th Century London. Engulfed by the fog, Atalanta is surrounded by street children who asks her "Why?" and is then made to see her past in a vision.

In the vision, Atalanta is talking to Medea as she combs her hair. During their conversation, Medea praises Atalanta for being so kind to her and towards children. Atalanta replies by revealing her past as an abandoned orphan, how she was raised by the goddess Artemis and how she strives to create a world where all children are loved. Suddenly, Atalanta is shaken from the vision and gets surrounded by Assassin who hugs her and asks that she not leave them alone. Atalanta yells out that she will save them, but ends up further surrounded. Atalanta then madly screams out as they hug her tighter and curse her right arm.

When Ruler is about to exorcise the evil spirits of the children who comprises Jack the Ripper, Atalanta suddenly fires an arrow on Ruler and appears on a rooftop with her bow drawn. Ruler asks Atalanta what she is doing and Atalanta replies by jumping down in front of the children and returning the question on Ruler. Atalanta angrily declares that they are children, victims of the world and draws her bow on Ruler, declaring that she'll kill Ruler if she makes another move.

Sieg then appears, but Ruler tells him to stay back and chides Atalanta, telling her that evil spirits of the children will only multiply if they aren't dealt with. Atalanta tells Ruler to shut up, but Ruler replies that "Freeing their souls is salvation" which causes Atalanta to angrily rebut "Where's the salvation in that?" and fires another arrow at Ruler, ripping a couple of strands of her hair. Sieg tries to run to help Ruler, but Ruler repeats that he stay back. Drawing another arrow, Atalanta asks Ruler why she wielded a banner in battle and angrily accuses Ruler that she wielded it so that she wouldn't have to kill someone and dirty her hands with blood.

Getting angry, Ruler reveals that every time she led an army in battle, her hands were dyed red with the blood of the soldiers who died in her name. Ruler then declares that she won't hesitate to kill the children, leading Atalanta to angrily declare that she is no saint, to which Ruler agrees. Ruler declares that she has never considered herself to be a saint and asks Atalanta that, since this world is an illusion created by those children's memories, why is she persisting in furthering their suffering, before asking her to step aside.

Panicking, Atalanta angrily refuses, saying that if she backs down now, then who will love them, and then angrily accuses Ruler of committing murder. Suddenly, Atalanta watches as one of the street kids (who looks exactly like Ruler in make-up) walk up to Ruler and ask her if she really wants to kill them and if they have no choice but to die. Biting her lip, Ruler tells the girl that there isn't a way, but still, they have to move forward. The girl agrees and all of the children walk past a pleading Atalanta who begs them not to go. Hanging her head down, Atalanta re-draws her bow and helplessly watches as all of the children reform back into Assassin and are exorcised by Ruler.

Back in Trifas, a still cursed Atalanta mentally snaps and furiously declares that Ruler killed those children which Ruler doesn't deny. Hearing this with tears in her eyes, Atalanta declares that Ruler abandoned them and draws her bow, preparing to fire at Ruler. Atalanta continues that they could've been saved, but Ruler disagrees, saying that they were evil spirits, and thus, already dead; hence, warmth would be wasted on them as they could never feel it. Upon this, Atalanta angrily tells Ruler to shut up and fires an arrow on her which Ruler blocks. Atalanta continues firing and declares that they still could've been saved, if not by her hands, then by the power of the Holy Grail.

Upon saying this, Atalanta is barraged upon by Archer of Black's arrows which she avoids. Atalanta angrily continues firing on Ruler, declaring that she will never forgive her and fires on Sieg. Sieg is saved by the timely arrival of Rider of Black who uses La Black Luna to blow away the arrows. Noticing that she is at a disadvantage, Atalanta jumps upon a rooftop and angrily declares "You imposter of a saint! I will never forgive you!" Archer of Black then fires on Atalanta who blocks it with one of her arrows. Archer of Black asks if she intends to retreat, and Atalanta responds by angrily challenging them to come and grab the Grail and swears on her name that she will shoot them all down before leaving the area.

The Final Battle Edit

On the night before the final battle, Atalanta returns to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and approaches Achilles, who is practicing his spear skills. Stopping him mid-training, a sullen Atalanta asks Achilles if he really thinks that they can save all of the children in the world. Achilles nervously replies that he doesn't think they can and Atalanta storms off. As she is about to leave, Achilles tries to yell out something to her, but he can't bring himself to say it and she walks off.

Fate/ExtraEdit

  • Saber describes Atalanta
  • Lancer versus Archer
  • Saber saves Archer

Atalanta is briefly mentioned in Fate/Extra as a passing Servant of an unnamed Master by Saber in a Private Room conversation. She praises Atalanta as a beautiful huntress and one of the examples of a beautiful Heroic Spirit, unlike the "ugly" ones like pirates and thieves. The mention is unrelated to the Apocrypha design, and she does not make an actual appearance.

The manga adaptation of Fate/Extra combines the two aspects, featuring a brief cameo of the Apocrypha design of Atalanta. Saber and Atalanta briefly fights against Lancer, where Saber saves Atalanta from Lancer's strike. Ultimately, she and her Master perishes in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Orleans: The Wicked Dragon Hundred Years' WarEdit

Gilles de Rais summons various Servants to face the Protagonist and Mash Kyrielight, including Atalanta who is summoned as Berserk-Archer (バーサーク・アーチャー, Bāsāku Āchā?). She is encountered in Chapter 12, "March to Orleans" (オルレアンへ進撃, Orurean e Shingeki?), where she fights the Chaldea party along with two Wyvern Evil. She is defeated by the Protagonist's party with Mozart noting afterwards that she would normally never fight on the side of evil.

Okeanos: The Four Sealed Seas of the EndEdit

Atalanta is an ally in the Okeanos Singularity. She was summoned along with the other Argonauts: Jason, Heracles, and Medea. However, when Jason wanted to search for the Ark and sacrifice a god to it, she left the group. She eventually finds David and tells him what Jason plans to do with the Ark. After informing him of this, she decides to wait with David until allies arrive in the era.

They eventually hear about Ritsuka and their allies searching for the Ark before Jason gets to it. After Atalanta sends a message to the Golden Hind by arrow, David anxiously waits for the ship's arrival, but she tells him to calm down. She manages to deflect all of David's flirtations until Ritsuka and their allies arrive. She goes to meet the group where she remembers Ritsuka and Mash from Orleans, but she is thankful to be her proper self this time. After the shock of discovering Artemis to be a hopeless romantic, Atalanta leads the group through the island to meet David. She then speaks of her circumstances regarding her summoning and allying with David, explaining that she had never liked Jason in life.

Later, Atalanta helps the group in their plan to destroy Heracles by luring him and making him touch the Ark. Afterwards, she and David joins the group on the Golden Hind as they chase after Jason. After Chaldea retrieves the Holy Grail from Medea, Atalanta tells Ritsuka and Mash that she is glad to be of help this time before vanishing with the Singularity's collapse.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Atalanta is amongst the "Okeanos" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars. David flirts with Atalanta and calls her Abishag.[10]

AbilitiesEdit

  • Tauropolos

Atalanta is a peerless huntress skilled in the ways of the forest, easily traversing through it by leaping between branches, having knowledge in restraining wild beasts, and displaying the capability to easily become one with the forest to easily disappear from the sight of someone actively watching her. She is more animal than human, and her senses are far greater than others. She is able to sense enemies far before Achilles with her great sense of smell, and her sight is great enough to pinpoint targets in conditions of near zero visibility at night from an extreme distance.

As one of the world's most famous archers, Atalanta wields Tauropolos: Bow of Heaven (天穹の弓タウロポロス, Tenkō no YumiTauroporosu?), the boar-killer, a celestial bow that can be called a "rare gem befitting such an archer." A large bow awarded by the gods, it is her general weapon, her weapon of choice that received the blessings of the goddess Artemis.[3][2] It is a jet black, Western-style weapon larger than her own height, granted to her by Artemis and named after one of the goddesses' titles. There is nothing its arrows cannot pierce, and drawn to its limit, it is able to perform a pure physical attack exceeding A-rank in power. With no trace of magecraft, she displays the ability to surprise other Servants by attacking from a great distance with extreme destructive power, using her great eyesight to aim through dense and thick trees at night at the target that is no more than a moving dot at that distance, and hitting them with the supreme precision required to make such a succinct attack. Although there are bowmen skilled enough to accomplish each requirement for the shot, there are not many capable of performing all of them simultaneously.

Atalanta has two Noble Phantasms, Phoebus Catastrophe and Agrius Metamorphosis. By offering a prayer to Artemis and her brother, the Sun God Apollo, this powerful Anti-Army Noble Phantasm can be invoked.[3] But regarding Agrius Metamorphosis, it would normally be impossible to use it in a regular Holy Grail War, so practically speaking, her only Noble Phantasm is "Phoebus Catastrophe".[6][1]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Atalanta was designed by Jinroku Myougaya and illustrated by Genji Asai for the original cancelled online game project.[4] Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for her character in Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Grand Order, with Jinroku Myougaya also being the scenario writer for Atalanta in the latter series.[2] Rin Kususaga is the character illustrator for Atalanta in Fate/Grand Order.[3][2]

Yuuichirou Higashide said that the drawings for Atalanta are quite clever, whether it be the ears, tail or apple. Ototsugu Konoe said that her outward appearance is full of clever symbols.[11]

Discarded AbilitiesEdit

Atalanta has one skill, Golden Apple, and three Noble Phantasms that have been discarded from her original Fate/complete material IV profile. Two Noble Phantasms, The Disputed Spoils of War and The Beast of Divine Punishment, were redesigned into Agrius Metamorphosis, while Seven Arrows of the Big Dipper was left unused.[4]

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
  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 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 Fate/Grand Order material I - Atalanta, p.126-135
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13
  7. Fate/Grand Order - Atalanta's My Room Lines
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fate/Grand Order - Atalanta's Bond Craft Essence: Golden Apple
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fate/Grand Order - Atalanta's Valentine's Craft Essence: Apple Arrow Chocolate
  10. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 04: III / Observatory Forneus