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Caster

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Japanese name: キャスター
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Namikawa Daisuke
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Caster
Gender: Male[1]
Height: 186cm[1]
Weight: 68kg[1]
Place of Origin: China[1]

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

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is Zhuge Kongming (諸葛孔明, Shokatsu Kōmei?, Kongming is his Courtesy name), also known as Zhuge Liang, was a prominent politician in China's Three Kingdoms era. He was widely known as a military strategist, it was reported that it was mainly due to his abilities that the weaker and smaller state of Shu was able to resist the much larger Wei army for a quite some time.[1] In death, Kongming still out smarted Zhongda.[2]

Due to the "extremely peculiar circumstances" of the Grand Orders, Lord El-Melloi II was forced to become a receptacle for his spirit to facilitate a successful summoning. Lord El-Melloi II himself lacks the means or history to become a Heroic Spirit.[1] In the process, the Master Strategist analyzed who would be best in charge. Kongming judged that there was no need for himself to come to the forefront, since he already had a competent agent, so the role fell to Lord El-Melloi II, who was already acquainted with the modern era.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Caster takes the appearance of Lord El-Melloi II but as his ascension progress increases, his appearance takes the form of Waver Velvet.

PersonalityEdit

Kongming is described as a monster of rationalism.[1] The rationalism of Chinese and Western philosophies is incompatible.[2] His thoughts and feelings are more in accordance with Lord El-Melloi II.[1] Lord El-Melloi II only spoke with Kongming for a few minutes, but he calls Kongming a monster from ancient history and it didn't feel like he was talking to a human.[2]

Lord El-Melloi II sees his younger self in the Protagonist.[2][3] However he dislike his younger self.[4]

Lord El-Melloi II dream was to reach Okeanos but explains he is not quite ready to go find the boundless sea.[3]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Septem: Eternal Madness EmpireEdit

Originally he was a stray Servant without a master, he encounters the young King of Conqueror and decided to lend him his power. He is the strategist for Alexander and challenges the Protagonist and Shielder.

Fate/Accel Zero OrderEdit

Lord El-Melloi II is a major character in this event. In the Chaldea Security Organization headquarters, Mash Kyrielight and Romani Akiman discuss about the singularity in Fuyuki's Fourth Holy Grail War. They discuss this matter with El-Melloi II as he had participated in that war, however El-Melloi II says that his knowledge may not be very useful since he is from another world line. Dr.Romani has already taken this into consideration but would still like El-Melloi II's help since he believes that even if the pasts were different, they both lead to the same future.

InterludeEdit

In his first interlude Heroic Spirit Possession (英霊憑依, ?), he explains his conditions to Shielder, Protagonist and Romani Akiman and further explains the difference between Demi-Servant and Pseudo-Servant. He demonstrated his abilities when they fought against monsters and he analyses the Protagonist's potential as a master.[2]

In his second interlude Boundless Sea (見果てぬ海, ?), Lord El-Melloi II stares at the beach alone, he seems unapproachable as Shielder and the Protagonist hesitated to approach him. He was disappointed at the sea as he watches the waves of the sea. He explains that even though the sea was named Okeanos because of the Holy Grail, it is an underwhelming experience as the sea is not infinite and doesn't live up to it is name. Four warns them about approaching enemies. After defeating some monsters, he gifted the protagonist with Gemstones Mystic Code.[3]

In his third interlude The Truth of Readvent (再臨の真実, ?), Lord El-Melloi II discovered himself turning into his younger self. He blames Stheno and Euryale for his sudden transformation. They travelled to the Shaped Isle, Waver demanded Stheno to dispel her curse. As negotiation turned sour, Stheno send her Golems to fight. Later Stheno and Euryale calls Medusa to fight. Although the goddesses defeated yet again, it turns out that Stheno and Euryale were not involved in his transformation. Waver is determined to find a way to get back to his old form back.[4]

Other appearancesEdit

In Fate/hollow ataraxia, Shirou Emiya occasionally sees Rin Tohsaka appears as a Red strategist known as Zhuge Rin (諸葛凛, Shokatsu Rin?). She gives advice to Shirou with reference to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

AbilitiesEdit

Caster is a Pseudo-Servant, strictly speaking he is neither El-Melloi II or Kongming. For the grand goal of safeguarding humanity, their strengths and weaknesses were combined.[1][2] Intermixing the two forces, shows the power that is not the original Servant.[1] His combat strength may somewhat lacking, but he compensate for it with intellect.[2] His knowledge, experience, and preparedness have somehow been fused with Kongming.[3] Stheno calls him an A-Class Servant.[4]

It turns out that his transformation to his younger self is thanks to Saint Graph Readvent. His powers as a Servant has not dropped. The form represents "the origin of an idea", it is most appropriate to when Caster fighting in the "leading role".[4]

Caster's personal skills are Discerning Eyes (鑑識眼, Kanshiki me?), Advice of the strategist (軍師の忠言, Gunshi no chūgen?) and Command of the Strategist (軍師の指揮, Gunshi no shiki?).

His Noble Phantasm is Unreturning Army and Chu Shi Biao.

His skill as a magus actually is not much different from the Protagonist.[3] He can make monster agitated by making their sexual pheromones excited.[2] El-Melloi II uses Bagua Mirrors and Kongming's iconic feather fan in battle. He uses wind, earth and fire element spells.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Takashi Takeuchi is the character illustrator for Lord El-Melloi II and Waver Velvet.[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
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 01: Heroic Spirit Possession
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 02: Boundless Sea
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fate/Grand Order - Caster interlude 03: The Truth of Readvent

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