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Nasuverse character
Caster

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Japanese name: キャスター
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Chibichuki!
Fate/Extra CCC / Foxtail
Fate/Grand Order
Koha-Ace
Japanese VA: Takehito Koyasu
Character type: Human Heroic Spirit
Servant (Master: Kiara Sessyoin)

Servant (Master: Protagonist)

Servant classes: FGO Caster
Gender: Male[1][3]
Birthday: April 2[4]
Height: 146cm[1][3][4]
Weight: 39kg[1][3][4]
Blood type: Unknown[4]
Place of Origin: Denmark[3]
Likes: The moment when the writing is finished[4]
Dislikes: Writer's block[4]
Talents: Human Observation[4]
Natural enemy: Twice, Rani, Gawain[4]
Image Color: Light Blue[4]

Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?) is the Caster-class Servant of Kiara Sessyoin in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/Extra CCC. He is one of the Servants of the Protagonist of the Grand Order conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is Hans Christian Andersen (ハンス・クリスチャン・アンデルセン, Hansu Kurisuchan Anderusen?). A real person, born 1805 and died 1875 due to liver cancer. Now he is remembered as one of the Three Great Authors, but half his lifetime was full of frustration and agony.[3][5]

Born as the son of a shoemaker, he desired to be an actor but gave up without showing any results. Afterwards, he set his eyes on being a poet but he was harshly evaluated. Finally, a book he published at his own expense began to sell and he used that money to leave the country. The book he wrote using his trip as his inspiration, the "The Improvisatore" was finally recognized by the world. He was thirty by then.

Afterward, he switched to a writer of fairytale but his way of doing so was plainly after his more freely written works had been acknowledged, so it was a masochistic move on his part. As if to reflect that, his fairytale are full of elements of his own life: violence and misfortune, poverty, and finally a literary style that painted death as salvation. Using the form of a fairytale, he continued to paint a hopeless world where one could only grieve one's poverty and death was the only escape, all while masking all the emotions swirling his chest with those beautiful sentences.

And even after he become famous, he never had female companionship and spent his entire life a bachelor. According to one theory, he did have someone he had feelings for, but due to his pride and complex regarding his appearance, he missed the chance to confess his feelings numerous times.

  • His love letter.

At the age of 70, he died due to liver cancer. It seems that he died clutching a letter from his first love, which he would always carry around with him.[2][3]

AppearanceEdit

Caster appears to be a young boy around the age of 10 in formal clothing.[5] Despite this, he has the voice of a man much older and his body is covered in scales, burns, frostbite and a myriad of other traits taken from his stories.

Though Heroic Spirits should be at the "golden age" depicted in their myths, he interprets it as his childhood being the time when he was most overflowing with sensitivity. He also gains the characteristic of sudden understanding, such as looking over materials of his former self and finding them so rambling to the point of embarrassment. Even a prodigy becomes a normal person once they're out of their twenties. He also theorizes the possibility that he was summoned at that age due to that evil woman's interests.[6]

PersonalityEdit

Caster is incredibly blunt, often pointing out people's flaws. Because of his high rank in observation, he understands their failings quite easily and points them out, but it is not because of malicious intent, merely understanding.[2] He is not so much a bad person, as simply following his Master's directions. Although he hates his Master to the point to call her the crystallization of the ugliness that is women, he believes that a Servant is their Master's ally, even to the depths of hell.

He not only blunt with everyone, but also with himself. He calls himself a man you could find anywhere, he says that he has no fighting ability and that basically he's useless, a third-rank Servant well-suited to his disgusting Master.

When he sees Hakuno Kishinami for the first time, he points what an amazingly ordinary face he/she has, pointing that's how a buffoon should be. He thinks that stupidity is called a sin, but as a member of the masses, to be tossed about by the world is good fortune. At any rate, one gets to enjoy both good and evil. That is called living a full life. To Andersen, we are all born from our mother's wombs simply to laugh at the ugliness of the world. One can't trust other people, and more specifically one can't trust women.

Andersen says that to say the truth is his job. Human lives have worth, every person is a leading actor, but those who produce a fine performance, who have the curtain fall on a masterpiece, are the small handful of victors.[7]

He has a introverted, self-assured, and passive personality. As a dour, pessimistic poet, he has no intention of being liked by others, and as it no longer has any worth for him to discover, he lacks any intention of enjoying life. Andersen does not desire anything from the Holy Grail. The cause is probably that he didn't attain even one of the things he desired when he was alive.

"Let’s assume that life has value. That is probably something even lower than what people have delusions of."
And so he conducts himself as one who hates everything in the world.

"But, well, even if I hate the world, it’s not as if I detest it. If there is something worth loving, it would be fine to once again light the firewood in the fireplace of frozen affection."
He is truly a bothersome man.[2]

Though Andersen always criticizes Kiara, he is not Hakuno's ally either. That is just the manifestation of the impartiality that distinctive to him. As Andersen is methodical like an author, being helpful is his true nature. First of all, if one does not think to entertain the readers, to serve the readers, then one is not fit to be a writer.

He has a dark nature and is a pessimistic poet who has no desire to be liked by others.[3][5] Furthermore he is no longer able to see any remaining value in himself, and completely lacks the notion that he should enjoy, or is able to enjoy his life.[5] But he will not laugh at the efforts of people who decide "let's live correctly" and "let's achieve this all our power." Because that is what he once dreamed of, the form of a society that wished to be like that. Although he was summoned as a Servant, he has no wish or desire. This is probably because while he was alive he was unable to obtain anything he wanted.[5]

The reason Andersen advises Hakuno who was trying to resolve the incident, even while telling them, "Your actions are futile. Just leave those girls alone," in a flabbergasted manner, and never delivered definite repudiation against Kiara who was causing the situation to deteriorate, even while cursing her by saying, "Greedy, impudent, and on top of that, a liar! Only the demon in a fairy tale could be as unsightly as you!", is because both Hakuno and Kiara were earnestly "living their lives with everything they had."

In the end.
"A final light (sentence) for that unrewarded life."
That is this Servant's foundation.

Andersen who, though he was a world-famous author, did not attain even one of the things he desired. The writer of fairy tales who, while speaking of love, never once attained it. To him, a story about "a life where one struggles then disappears without being compensated" is what should be told. Humans who become happy easily are the same as scenery to him. They can just be happy of their own accord.

"I want to give a final light to the lives of people who were abandoned by even God," is the nucleus of Andersen's soul. If someone come to a stop on the final path and then turns around, he should be able to see a fragment of this Servant's truth.[2]

AnalysisEdit

RoleEdit

Fate/Extra CCCEdit

Caster is the servant of Kiara, although his class is Caster he is usually referred to using his true name Anderson because Kiara, who has abandoned participation in the War, revealed it. Despite being Kiara's Servant he interacts with Hakuno Kishinami from a neutral standpoint.[5] Throughout the game he has conversations with Hakuno, he warns Hakuno not to trust Kiara. In the true ending route he and Kiara are the final boss however instead of actual fighting Caster takes the place of the Master and performs code casts on Kiara.

Fate/Extra CCC Fox TailEdit

Caster and Kiara were quickly killed off by Saber.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Caster appears in London 1888 and assist the Protagonist and Shielder. Caster was later killed by Solomon.

AbilitiesEdit

Caster has the form of a young boy for an unknown reason, and as he was summoned that way, not even he knows for sure. He's one of the Three Great Authors (三大作家, San Dai Sakka?), The Brothers Grimm, Aesop and Andersen. While he is one of them, he is the only one who produced his own literary works as the others are editors and collectors who compiled folklore and legends, he was the only one who created new stories, so an author in the truest sense of the word. Among his masterpieces are "The Little Match Girl," "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," as well as others. It's still said that the model for the "girl" in “The Little Match Girl,” was Andersen’s poor mother who worked tirelessly so that her son could be educated and left the world without once enjoying it.

Andersen has the ability to observe and understand human beings with his personal skill, Human Observation (人間観察, Ningen Kansatsu?). This is the ability to observe and understand human beings and it's not just limited to observing people, as he can even hypothesize the livelihoods, likes and lifestyle of people whose names he doesn't know. For this skill, something resembling eidetic memory is required. While Andersen is a pessimist, the basis of that pessimism is not rejection but understanding. The only thing he can do is spin stories, but it's for that specific reason that he has continued to swear that he would approach reciting those stories with more sincerity than anyone else.[2]

He is currently being corroded by his own stories, suffering damage from the gossip of his admiring readers due to the skill Innocent Monster. In Andersen's case, it is Curses of the Readers (読者の呪い, Dokusha no Noroi?). Having become too famous as a writer of fairy tales, Andersen's original personality is being painted over by the image of a writer of fairy tales. The readers decided "The person wrote this is like this, no doubt." whenever he wrote a book, so he is personally affected as such. His legs are covered in merman scales from The Little Mermaid, his arms are covered in burn scars from The Little Match Girl and his throat is sliced with intense pain. He says his "heart is a demon who loves bad ends", and that is the price of fame from the readers grasping the true essence of it. Their view of the person depends on their own opinions.

Other skills he possesses are High-Speed Incantation, a skill which increases the speed at which one recites incantations but in his case, it seems to more or less bless the progress of his manuscript and Item Construction, the ability to make various items with magic. Though he doesn’t know any magic, by using his Noble Phantasm, he can create more or less the kinds of items you’d find in literary works. It seems his specialty item is "a love letter that convey your feelings, 100%", but when you think of Andersen’s own experiences in love, it becomes a very difficult item to request.[2]

His Noble Phantasm is Märchen Meines Lebens. That is an unpolished manuscript of Andersen's autobiography, he calls it "the supreme commentary of all my works," the compilation that is the record of his way of life, his other self. With this, it is possible to grow someone from a "human being" to a "main character." With a few pages written only a few coincidences will occur but with the work completed said human being will grow into their ideal self. This way was how his Master, Sessyoin Kiara was able to become a earth mother reaching a state close to that of a True Demon. While said like this it would seem an omnipotent Noble Phantasm, the gloomy personality of Andersen and his pride as an author will not allow someone to reach their "ideal self" so easily. Also, it is needed to be someone that incites considerable lust in Andersen to this to work.[2]

CombatEdit

Differing from other Servants, he is a non-combatant that never directly engages in battle. He lacks fighting ability and even calls himself useless in that regard. He takes the role normally reserved for the Master after Kiara's transformation, providing healing magecraft and utilizing his Noble Phantasm to support her.

  • Piece of Kai (カイの欠片, Kai no Kakera?) - A codecast skill that increases endurance.
  • Tears of Gerda (ゲルダの涙, Geruda no Namida?) - A codecast skill that increases magic.

DevelopmentEdit

He is called Hans Koyasu-chan Andersen (ハンス・子安チャン・アンデルセン, Hansu Koyasu-chan Anderusen?) in Fate/GUDAGUDA Order because Takehito Koyasu has also voiced Mephistopheles.

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Similar to how the various Lancers are related to vampires, the team wanted to link Caster to nursery rhymes and make him a märchen-like character. Eventually the team settled on the current “who would think there could be such a hateful fairy” version of him.[5]

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
  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
  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
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6
  6. Answer: About Andersen
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