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Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā?) is a Caster-class Servant able to be summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is Xuanzang Sanzang (玄奘三藏, Genjō Sanzō?), also known as Sanzang Fashi (三藏法師, Sanzō Hōshi?), a Buddhist priest of the Tang Dynasty in 7th Century AD. Travelling through the Silk Road in search of the original Buddhist scriptures, it resulted in Xuanzang heading to India from Central Asia, before bringing back to China from there sutras amounting up to 657 items and becoming the founder of the Chinese Faxiang Buddhist sect.[1][2]

Journey to the WestEdit

Xuanzang is also known as a key character in the Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. Receiving a command from Guanyin, this beautiful monk, while riding Bai Long (Yulong) – the son of the Dragon King of the West Sea that transformed into a white horse – had Qitiang Dasheng (Great Sage Equal to Heaven) Sun Wukong (Sun Xingzhe), Tianpeng Yuanshuai (Marshal Canopy) Zhu Bajie (Zhu Wuneng) and Juanlian Dajiang (Curtain-Lifting General) Sha Wujing (Sha Heshang) as her disciples, and she headed for India without ever losing heart in the face of the many monsters obstructing her path.[1][2]

In “Journey to the West”, it is said that Xuanzang lived in the heavens originally as Jin Chanzi (金蝉子, Konzenshi?, lit. "Golden Cicada"), a disciple of Shakyamuni, but she fell into secular life because of a “certain incident” being the impetus. In other words, Xuanzang Sanzang is the reincarnation of Jin Chanzi.[1][2] (It is because of this that the Demon King and the monsters are enticed by and tried to eat Xuanzang’s flesh again and again during the story of “Journey to the West”. If one eats Xuanzang, one gets to acquire a tremendous power associated with eternal youth.)[1]

Xuanzang Sanzang had a Prophecy of Future Enlightenment and became the Buddha of Sandalwood Merit, so she is originally not a being that can respond to a person’s summoning, even with the one done by Chaldea’s system. Materializing and being successfully summoned at this time is only because of these exceptional circumstances. That alone, the phenomenon called the Incineration of the Human Order, must be perceived as an extremely serious threat.[1]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

“I'll never drink the waters of the Zimu River again!”

—Xuanzang Sanzang

A bundle of curiosity. Xuanzang loves adventure! A figure brimming with the spirit of inquiry towards the unknown with an unwavering self-confidence. Although gracefully silent as a beautiful and faithful monk, her spirit overflowing for a desire to challenge herself decorates her facial expressions, and it truly does not conceal her nature of having an unyielding spirit. “As long as there are the chirpings of adorable songbirds that signals the morning’s rise, and the guidance, compassion and divine protection of the honorable Buddha, my journey will not be hindered by anybody and everybody![1]

Xuanzang is confident in herself————or so it looks like with an open glance of her. As a matter of fact, the reason she is confident is in regard to the sacred Buddhism religion, so she does not believe even a little about herself as a great person and the likes. She is also not self-aware of herself as a talented student. Although she remembers only a faint bit concerning her experience of being kicked out of the heavens for having deceived Master Tathagata in the spur of the moment in the heavens, the root of her is humble given that it is permeated with the depths of her memories.[1]

Xuanzang appears strict, but her nature is gentle. Especially to the weak, she is earnestly kind, and if a person is troubled, she will not forsake them. Because she is not thoughtless, she is extremely positive thinking oriented since she has a belief that is unshakeable, called “being rewarded for persevering three times the hardship.” Taking into consideration that she is never mistaken regarding the “Way of Man”, she often becomes lost during her travels. And because she gets lonely when she becomes lost, she cries before long.[1]

Xuanzang recognizes the Master as a “disciple”. Frankly, she is strict to her companion that she deemed as a “disciple”. Although, given that she expects a growth from them that progresses down the tough path of a “Buddhist disciple” sufficient to the point that they will receive the same reward like other disciples, when it sometimes come to it, Miss Tsundere Teacher here will be gentle either way.[1]

Xuanzang is a rather upbeat person, often times looking on the bright side, cracking jokes, and she speaks in a way full of energy. She wears her faith like a badge, mentioning the Buddha countless times, thanking and praising him. She even gives offers to have others become a Buddhist. As soon as she becomes close to her Master, she immediately takes them on as a disciple, trying to teach them in the ways of Buddhism. Despite being so cheerful, she sees herself as an idiot who is prone to mistakes, but because of her faith, she believes that despite that, all are given guidance equally.

It is stated that she and Sun Wukong are very close, to the point Xuanzang often mentions him. This close relationship almost borders on reliance as she often wonders how affairs may go without him by her side. She's stated to miss him, but clearly gets flustered over the topic. This reliance doesn't just extend to Sun Wukong as she has stated the only thing she dislikes is being alone, though she quickly tries to change the topic.

Xuanzang has no wish for the Holy Grail because she believes a disciple of Buddha has no need of such a thing.

RelationshipsEdit

The Enlightened One
"There is always the Shakyamuni Buddha’s divine protection. Therefore, everything’s alright!"[1]
Wukong
"If you have time to come here, first add to your body a resourceful ability to find yourself a bride!"[1]
Touta (Tawara Touta)
"It’s Touta… hey, wait! It’s not good if you are not training diligently!"[1]
Nezha
"What? Lies. You, you are not Prince Nezha!"
"I wonder if Heavenly King Li Jing is in good health."
"Eh, well, Wukong is not here… I’m telling you the truth. By some chance, did you lose to Wukong? Ahaha, you never change. You’re cute."[1]
Li Shuwen
"You handle an excellent spear! I wonder if you can teach me your moves… eh? You want me to teach you? Gone?"[1]
Asterios
"You… hmmm. Good good, you look okay."[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Sanzang of the Stars Goes to TianzhuEdit

Camelot: The Sacred Round Table RealmEdit

Sanzang is summoned in the "Camelot" Singularity. She travels around the world, including the territory of Ozymandias, and eventually ends in the Holy City of the Lion King. Despite being welcomed into the city, she decides to leave nonetheless, being escorted out by the Knights of the Lion King. She then travels together with Tawara Touta, who she declares her disciple, until they are separated when they come across Lancelot and his forces. She is eventually captured by soldiers of the Lion King.

Sanzang meets the Chaldea group, consisting of Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight, Hassan of the Cursed Arm and Hassan of the Hundred Faces, who free her. Sanzang decides to join them, as they are heading to free Hassan of Serenity from a castle where Touta is also being held, declaring Ritsuka to also be her disciple. They manage to break into the prison, freeing Touta and Serenity, but are confronted by Agravain. Sanzang criticizes Agravain and the cruel action of the Lion King, but Agravain points out that they are the best solution in the current situation, something which Sanzang herself is unable to deny.

The difficulty of the situation within the Singularity and her own lack of purpose plague Sanzang for the rest of the Singularity, until she comes to terms with herself and the situation, thanks to Ritsuka's and Mash's help. She assists them on throughout the Singularity, accompanying them to meet Ozymandias. Sanzang manages to convince Ozymandias himself that fighting the Lion King is the right choice and greatly helps in the battle against Amun-Ra, that Ozymandias turned himself into.

In the final battle against the Lion King's forces, Sanzang sacrifices herself, using all her power to break the gates of the Holy City.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Xuanzang Sanzang is amongst the "Camelot" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars.[3]

Dead Heat Summer Race! ~Ishtar Cup of Hopes and Dreams~Edit

Death Jail Summer Escape ~Medb's Great Bastille of Guilt and Despair~Edit

Salem: The Taboo Epiphany GardenEdit

Mash Kyrielight narrates the Journey to the West story.

AbilitiesEdit

Xuanzang makes use of mainly bare-handed techniques that appears to be taught by her teacher in the heavens. Also, she uses the weapons and techniques associated with Sun Wukong and her disciples (Sun Wukong's Ruyi Jingu Bang, Zhu Bajie's Nine-toothed Rake, and Sha Wujing's Monk's Spade) although the person herself is not aware of this situation. Dr. Roman expressed jokingly that it may not be known that the fragmented thoughts of her disciples’ worries for their great teacher lurks within her Saint Graph.[1] She also wields a Khakkhara staff.

Xuanzang's Noble Phantasms are Five Elements Mountain - Shaka Nyorai Palm and Prophecy of Future Enlightenment - Buddha of Sandalwood Merit.

Her Territory Creation creates a “Workshop” that is an advantageous position to oneself as a magus. Because she possesses A Rank in this, it is possible to create a “Temple”, which is superior to a “Workshop”. (Strictly speaking, because the orientation of her school of magecraft is different, the position created by Xuanzang Sanzang is not designated as a “Workshop”. Also, it excels in timeliness in regards to its creation, so the practicability of creating a position immediately = a powerful Bounded Field.)[1]

Xuanzang does not own an Item Construction Skill.[1]

High-Speed Sutra Chanting is the ability to speak magical incantations at an accelerated speed in regard to sutras. She is able to finish powerful Greater-Thaumaturgy incantations at the speed of a Single-Action spell.[1]

Xuanzang’s way of being, becoming a Teachings of Tripitaka Skill that shows the way a Tripitaka Master ought to be. The Buddhist scriptures were promoted to be the “treasury” of Sanzang’s; with this, the Buddhist scriptures took the name of the three branches of Buddhist sutras. It demonstrates a person having knowledge in the three branches of Buddhist sutras, or in other words, being a Tripitaka Master.[1]

Xuanzang, who is destined to eventually reach the Buddahood of the Buddha of Sandalwood Merit, is endowed with the Divinity Skill.[1]

A natural beauty that greatly attracts demonic entities and evil spirits. The higher this Bewitching Rosy Cheeks Skill’s rank, the more likely one is going to drag those with demonic qualities. Additionally, if one has the Divinity Skill, it becomes even more likely for that one to be targeted.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Takeshi Okazaki is the character illustrator for Xuanzang.[1][2] Takeshi said that the feminization of Xuanzang Sanzang was influenced by a drama masterpiece where Xuanzang was performed by Miss Masako Natsume, he ended up arguing and drafting up to 3 or 4 designs. Although there are some divine articles as well as even more young Chinese characters, in the end he understood why this pattern was chosen when playing the scenario. Takeshi aimed to draw a character that wanted to be preaching, he certainly did not know that she would be preaching physically.[1]

Hikaru Sakurai is the scenario writer for her character.[1]

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 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47
  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 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Xuanzang Sanzang, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  3. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 07: VI / Spy Satellite Amon