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Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?) is a Caster-class Servant summoned by ‎Marisbury Animusphere in the first summoning ritual performed by Chaldea Security Organization, participating in the First Fuyuki Holy Grail War of the Fate/Grand Order timeline. He is also the one who holds the position of Grand Caster (グランドキャスター, Gurando Kyasutā?) until his usage of Ars Nova.

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IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is Solomon (ソロモン, Soromon?), who was named the King of Magic (魔術王, Majutsu Ō?) for his mastery over magecraft. A son of David and Bathsheba who was alive from around 1011 BC to 931 BC, he ruled as the third King of ancient Israel, and was said to be a great king who made the country enormously prosper. He was known for making many excellent political measures in his position as king, but also left behind many anecdotes as a magus. He married the daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh, but was said to be later visited by God while he was dreaming on his bed. God said to Solomon, "You are qualified. Speak your wishes. I'll shall grant it", but Solomon only sought wisdom more so than gold or political power. The answer satisfied God, the answer being proof that Solomon possessed the qualifications to obtain "true wisdom." Solomon awoke with ten rings upon both hands, the proof of a wise man recognized by God. Those rings came to be recognized as the Ring of Solomon, the "source of the magecraft that employs angels and demons."[1][3]

Solomon came to be known for employing seventy-two demon gods as his familiars, later leaving behind a manuscript that came to be called the Lemegeton or Goetia that tells of the art of controlling demons. He was the first individual to build the Temple of Israel. During his tenure, Solomon only accomplished a single miracle, but that was also said to exemplify his prudence. It was said that the people knowing that "the king is receiving God's protection" only a single time was best because more miracles could have served to frighten or corrupt the people. His single revelation established a "phenomena operation technique", magecraft that could be preformed by the hands of the common man that previously belonged only to those with connections to the god. Even without needing to utilize magecraft, he was recognized by his reputation as the King of Magic throughout neighboring countries and was said to have left the world as a wise king.[1][3]

His death marked a great acceleration in the decline of mystery, leading to the demise of the Age of Gods five hundred years before the time of King Arthur.[4]

Some myths also tell that Solomon wedded the Queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem and tested Solomon's wisdom with three riddles.[3]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

Introverted, self-assured and passive. A laid-back king, without a hint of seriousness. The gist of his personality is “self-assured”, but this is simply the power to “no read the mood”. Thus, he is merely making statements on a self-assured manner, and his nature is that of a chicken. Although serious, he is not earnest and is constantly living at 80% power. He properly ascertained people, properly established laws and properly governed the country. Despite lacking in vigor, he was loved and respected by the masses as a wise, gentle king who was full of love.[1]

Yet, none of those traits came from Solomon’s own will. Having been ordained as a king from the moment he was born, Solomon had no choice but to hear the voice of God and act accordingly. His psyche is dispassionate and (having been deprived of the freedom to sympathize with the joys and sorrows of people) inhuman.[1]

A gentle king that gives off a relaxed sense.
"Confidence" is his main characteristic, but it's actually only his ability of "unable to read the mood." As a result, he only makes statements in a confident manner, but is actually a coward (chicken) in his basic nature.
Diligent but not earnest, he lives by putting only 80% of his maximum effort.
He poperly ascertained of the people, properly established the law, and properly governed the country.
Although he is somewhat lacking in mettle, he is a wise and kind king full of love, respected and beloved by his people.
However, all of those traits are not actually by Solomon's own will.
From his birth, he had been ordained to be a king, to hear the voice of God and to live in accordance to it. There is no emotion within him; he is inhuman, deprived of the autonomy to symphatize with the joy and sorrow of the people.[2]

Only when he becomes Romani Archaman that he finally acquires his original human nature.
His root is that of a pessimist and realist. Even though he speaks of wishful thinking as a moodmaker, due to himself unable to think of that as more than pipe dreams, he is quite shameless in some respects.
He loves humans, but because he's a coward in nature who "does not want to see sad things", he ends up limiting himself with superficial relationships. On the other hand, he is capable of being good terms with pretty much everybody. Your typical affable friendly guy.
When being faced with a dilemma, he has the bad habit of choosing to stay undecided and devoting himself to just observe, or just straight up runs away, so that the status quo is maintained.
Due to Roman himself is reflecting on that weakness of his, it only needs a few words, for someone in his surroundings to simply says "hang in there", for him to somehow holds his ground and displays a resolution worthy of the King of Magic.[2]

Incidentally, any Servants would end up having "I don't know the reason but this guy's the one at fault here" as their first impression for Roman; and due to that they will unconsciously complain about him.
The only ones who don't judge him negatively are those who aren't Servants, the contrarians, and the Berserkers that don't perceive evil as evil.[2]

RelationshipsEdit

David
His father. And yet, David and Solomon has a relatively indiferent parent-child relationship. Even if Solomon declares that he would incinerate humankind, David would say "Mm, Solomon does say things like that" and just coolly observe. It is the same with Solomon; even if David declares that Solomon is a failure of a human being, Solomon would say "Well, Father does say things like that" and call if off just like that.[2]
Cleopatra, Ozymandias
Solomon was very fond of the Egyptian beauty, but didn't care much for the pharaoh.[2]
Galahad
The same with him, someone who was granted by God "the chance to have his prayer fulfilled". Solomon had wished for wisdom, but Galahad had wished for nothing. Solomon questions "Why?" in regards of that matter, and bears a sense of inferiority that comes from his subconscious regret, thinking that "I should have done so."[2]
Goetia
"With all said and done, you, aren't you hating me a bit too much?!"[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Solomon was the first successful Heroic Spirit summoned servant by Chaldea. He and ‎Marisbury Animusphere emerged victorious in Fuyuki's Holy Grail War, Solomon wished for a life as a normal human and became Romani Archaman. The wish he entrusted to the Holy Grail was “to become human”. Through the power of the Holy Grail, he did not “incarnated as a heroic spirit”, but instead was reborn as a new human that had no relation to King Solomon.[1]

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Romani Archaman reveals his identity as Solomon, much to Goetia's disdained shock. Expressing that Solomon is too late to stop him, Goetia prepares to kill him, but Solomon activates Ars Nova, removing Goetia's immortality, while also perishing himself.[5]

Other appearancesEdit

Solomon was first mentioned in Garden of Avalon.[4]

AbilitiesEdit

He has three Noble Phantasms: Ars Nova, Ars Paulina and Ars Almadel Salomonis.

SkillsEdit

Territory Creation (Rank A): Creation of a "Workshop" territory that is advantageous to himself as a magus. That ability of his that had created the Temple of Jerusalem is of the highest peak of Territory Creation.[2]

High-Speed Incantation (Rank C): The ability to hasten magic incantation speed. Despite being fast, his tendency to worry prones to ruin it and sometimes makes him do a mistake.[2]

Item Construction (Rank C): Creation of tools tinged with magic energy. Perhaps because he is specialized in contracts, his Item Construction ability is on average level.[2]

Summoning (Rank EX): Magic that evokes of spiritual bodies of the past, or perhaps the future. With his Evocation ability that spoke of the summoned spiritual existences, the "Seventy Two Demon Gods", and established them as capable familiars, he truly lived up to his title of King of Magic.[2]

Solomon's Ring (Rank EX): The ten rings given by God. The mark of the king, the progenitor of magic. In the case of all ten rings present, any and all kinds of magic performed by mankind is invalidated and put under his subordination.[2]

Clairvoyance (Rank EX): Eyesight of good quality. Apprehension of long distance target and elevation of kinetic vision. When the rank is high enough, even x-ray vision or future prediction becomes possible. Solomon's Clairvoyance gives him unobstructed view of both the past and the future.[2]

Revelation (Rank B): A Skill that hears of "the voice from the Heavens" and performs the most suitable of actions. While "Instinct" is a sixth sense for combat purpose, Revelation conforms to all matters in regards of achieving a goal (such as selecting the most suitable road for travel route). Solomon had only ever received one Revelation, but based on that he had established the phenomena operation technique--that is, magic--that even an ordinary person could perform. (Until then, magic had been a work only for those related to the gods.)[2]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Takashi Takeuchi is the character designer for Caster.[1][3]

Solomon

In Fate/school life, Eiichirou Mashin held a contest for which he asked his readers to submit designs for the strongest Servant. His Noble Phantasm is The Seal of Solomon.


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
  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 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Solomon
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Garden of Avalon
  5. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 12: The Future