|Archer of "Red"|
|Appears in:|| Fate/Apocrypha|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: N/A)|
|Eye color:||Pale Green|
Archer of "Red" ("赤"のアーチャー, "Aka" no Āchā?) is the Archer-class Servant of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. She was designed by Myougaya Jinroku and illustrated by Genji Asai for the original canceled online game project.
Archer's identity is Atalanta, the Chaste Huntress (純潔の狩人 アタランテ, Junketsu no Karyūdo Atarante?). She is a Servant of the Archer class designed by Myogaya Jinroku and a huntress in Greek mythology. Born in the natural paradise Arcadia, she speaks in an old fashion. She was abandoned in the mountains immediately after birth, and survived by being nurtured by a female bear, sacred beast of the goddess Artemis. 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. Her wish to the Holy Grail is for a world where every child can be raised with love.
Though she was born as the princess of Arcadia, Atalanta was abandoned in the mountain, but she survived thanks to divine protection from Artemis. In gratitude, she is a fervent follower of Artemis. She grows into an excellent huntress, and accompanies the Argonauts. She is most known for the hunt of the Calydonian boar. She then returned to her birth land, but her father, who never had a son, commanded her to get married. 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, but at last, she lost when she was tricked into picking up irresistible golden apples thrown in front of her, and she had to break her vow.
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 Atalanta design. They briefly fight against Lancer, Saber saves Atalanta from Lancer's strike. Ultimately, she and her Master perish in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War.
Crossing Arcadia (アルカディア越え, Arukadia Koe?): N/A
Can move while jumping over all kinds of obstacles on the field, including enemies.
"Arcadia, my far-away homeland, I shall jump stone by stone across the steep mountain range that lead to you." (「遥かなる吾が故郷アルカディア、峻険なる山嶺連なりし彼の地の岩から岩へと、飛び渡り遊びし吾なりき」, "Haruka naru waga furusato Arukadia, shunken naru sanrei tsura nari shi ka no chi no iwa kara iwa he to, tobi watari asobi shi ware nariki"?).
Aesthetics of the Last Spurt (追い込みの美学, Oikomi no Bigaku?): N/A
Can anticipate the enemy by letting him take the initiative and then confirming his actions. Even in footraces, she always made her opponent run ahead.
"Go ahead. I shall pass in front of you afterward like a squall." (「先に行け。しかるのち吾、疾風となりて汝を抜き去るべし」, "Saki ni yuke. Shikaru nochi ware, hayate to narite sonata wo nukisaru beshi"?).
The Golden Apple (黄金のリンゴ, Ōgon no Ringo?): N/A
Draws the enemy near by displaying a treasured item.
"Look, this is the fruit of fate. This glorious treasure once sparked the burning of Troy. Come closer if you wish for it." (「見よ、これが運命の果実也。ひとたび投げられれば栄華を極めしトロイアをも焼き払うこの賜物。望まば近くに寄って見よ」, "Mi yo, kore ga unmei no kajitsu nari. Hitotabi nagerarereba eiga wo kiwameshi Troy wo mo yaki harau kono tamamono. Nozomaba chikaku ni yotte mi yo"?).
The Disputed Spoils of War (諍いの戦利品, Isakai no Senrihin?)
A boar's pelt (with head attached) attained as booty of the Calydonian Boar Hunt. By releasing prana, high-speed traveling long distances in a straight line becomes possible. While moving, characters in the traveled route enter in disorder and start killing each other by mistake. When the king of Calydon forgot the offerings to Artemis in a harvest festival, the angry goddess let this boar loose over the land. The hero of Calydon who loved Atalanta, Meleager, finished it off, but because Atalanta refused his wishes of handing over the achievement, the concerning fate of said achievement brought discord to the country.
The Complaint Message on the Arrow (訴状の矢文, Sojō no Yabumi?)
By sending a letter affixed to an arrow requesting divine protection with the "Celestial Bow" received from the guardian deity Artemis, in the next turn a rain of arrows will downpour and perform an attack on all units. The letter on the arrow will randomly reach either Artemis or Apollo. If it reaches Artemis then all women will become targets, while if it reaches Apollo all men will be targeted. This Noble Phantasm is associated with the episode in which Artemis and Apollo shot to death all the children of the fertile woman Niobe, because she boasted that she was greater than their mother Leto because "Leto had fewer children".
The Beast of Divine Punishment (神罰の野獣, Shinbatsu no Nokemono?)
The condition in which "The Disputed Spoils of War" is clad over the body comfortably from the head and power of the Calydonian Boar is made one's own possession. Offensive power, defensive power and movement capacity are raised and one's life-force can be recovered about just as much as the damage dealt to the enemy. The wild boar dispatched by Artemis divine punishment was both giant as a mountain and brutal and attempted to completely devour the crops of the city-state Calydon. The power attained through this Noble Phantasm is the Calydonian Boar itself, which was not stopped without making victims even after brave warriors from all over Greece were called.
The Seven Arrows of the Big Dipper (北斗の七矢, Hokuto no Nanaya?)
Meteor arrows that rain incessantly from the "seven stars of the Ursa Major" in heavens. 7 consecutive attacks are possible. Only in the first strike the target can be designated arbitrarily, and thereafter the attacks converge at said target. Fundamentally, the target cannot be altered, but if said target dies in middle of the attack, the remaining number of strikes will be divided among different targets on that location at random. The Ursa Major is Callisto, one of the nymphs that serve Artemis who had her figure transformed as divine punishment for breaking the vow of chastity and later was raised to a constellation. Really, Artemis is a goddess with a deep connection to bears.
- ↑ Fate/Complete Material IV: Extra Material, Atalanta entry p. 312-313