|Appears in:||Fate/Grand Order|
|Japanese VA:||Yuichi Nakamura|
|Character type:||Servant, Heroic Spirit, Human, King|
Archer's True Name is David (ダビデ, Dabide?), the King of Israel (イスラエル王, Isuraeru-Ō?), based on the king of ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament. He was a shepherd and a harpist. As a shepherd, he was told by the prophet Samuel that he had been given a special role from God. He is famous for episodes such as performing with a harp in front of Saul, the King of Israel of that time, to exorcise him from an evil spirit, and defeating the Philistine giant Goliath.
In order to play the harp to the King of Israel, who was fighting the Philistines at the time, David often visited the army. At that occasion, the Philistine giant Goliath demanded for a one-on-one duel with everything on the line. Scared from the giant's excessive strength, nobody from the Israel army was able to oppose him, but David alone accepted that duel, announcing his candidacy to the one-on-one duel with the giant. Goliath made light of David, who challenged him without carrying a sword, but David threw a rock that made Goliath faint, defeated him, and decapitated him with his own sword afterwards.
It has been said that afterwards, there were a few quarrels with Saul. Saul soon became jealous of David's glory in battle, and he became the target of assassination attempts. However, after Saul dies in battle with the Philistines, David ascends the throne and conquers Jerusalem. Upon being splendidly enthroned as king, he carried out a splendid reign. David's only disgrace is his disregard of the law to pursue the married woman Bathsheba. He murders his vassal to obtain her, and he endures God's punishment for it in his last years.
A refreshing, super-talented prodigy who does not reach his wits' end with matters. While David views God first and foremost over all other things, on the other hand, he is a thorough realist. Placing his duty as an agent of God first and foremost, David possesses the strength of will to maintain an extreme calmness in the face of utter desperation, clear-mindedly evaluating his situation in a realistic manner. He does not consider his summoning as a resurrection of himself, but namely a summoning of a person that possesses the spirit of David himself; however, he does not openly feel a sense of inferiority in existing as such. There is no difference in being a messenger of God in both the present time and during his own lifetime for he holds a view of being pleasant to merely feel the grace of God no matter what kind of person he is. On the occasion of being summoned as a Heroic Spirit, he will wield his power to the maximum degree without accidentally holding back. Furthermore, bringing alongside his body is the knowledge he absorbed in greed related to the advancement of technology and human history from the time after his death to the arrival of the present time.
A wise man who does not hold hostility thoughtlessly, and also, one who shows a disciplined behaviour calmly towards anyone. Since everyone is bestowed a role by God, David deals with this matter with respect. To his view, "All humans upon this earth has a place within God's plan", and it should be regarded with appropriate respect. At least, the person himself intends to act in accordance to that. He advocates without hesitation that it is useless and a fruitless effort for people to do battle while held captive by the grudges of their past. Although he does not regard women and children as part of one's military strength, towards warriors, people who resolved themselves for the king, that is not the case. A king and also a shepherd who is used to waiting upon people, David also grew accustomed in serving others from his experience as a harpist.
Because his flesh and bones are permeated with financial value and the importance of wealth, David is shrewd in the management of funds and assets. The plots of land is also important to making a living as a king. Money is also important. Although people's hearts are hard to grasp, money can be harvested and grasped with rationality. And given that human nature is able to be controlled with money, it was David's style to take into consideration that the investment of assets is surely essential.
And then, while he indeed appears to be a hero, David is weak towards women with nice bodies, having a weakness for them and occasionally muttering, "I wish to take a wife for myself..." A friendly, sincere Servant, and is the typical of many heroes, but he is absurdly weak towards women, so care is required in regards to that point. Something he always starts talking about is going out to meet his wife, among other things. He truly does not regret about the matter of him stealing another person's spouse, Bathsheba (who became the mother of Solomon), a beautiful wife of one of his subordinates who he deliberately murdered. Also, because the devotion of the beautiful girl Abishag was very good in soothing his solitude during the time of him being in an old age, he possesses a very unmanageable sense of values where his tastes of a beautiful women = Abishag. He usually goes into a decision of viewing one as Abishag should she be a beautiful woman or possesses a nice body, but because of his bitter memory of the battle against the giant Goliath, any women that are taller than him is proven to be NG (No Good). He loves to dance (poor in doing so) and musically perform on the harp (gifted in doing so); though he is considered an unparalleled genius in his talent with a harp, he possesses little skill in dancing. However, he favors both as his pastimes.
- "Say, has he given up all thoughts of doing work? Perhaps there was a matter he could not be greatly patient with. Me? Hey, maybe I look like... someone who would open up the Ark of the Covenant and run away with all of its contents with my ten treasured mistresses. Though detestable, I wonder if I can really try that sort of thing to Solomon... Well then, I'm making a brave comment, but I think that guy does not have that sort of freedom? I became a king from being a shepherd, although looking at that guy, I can say that he was meant to be a great king from the beginning."
- "Thank you thank you, great Ancestor. I truly thank you. But I wonder, isn't THAT a little dangerous?"
- Female Servants in General (With the Exception of Children)
- "Abishag! You are not Abishag!?"
Okeanos: The Four Sealed Seas of the EndEdit
David is an ally in the Okeanos Singularity. He was the first Servant to be summoned into the era. He is eventually confronted by Atalanta, who informs him that Jason is searching for the Ark and plans to sacrifice a god to it to gain ultimate power. After being informed of this, David decides to wait with Atalanta until allies arrive in the era.
They eventually hear about Ritsuka and their allies searching for the Ark before Jason gets to it. After Atalanta sends a message to the Golden Hind by arrow, David anxiously waits for the ship's arrival, but Atalanta tells him to calm down. David's flirtations with her are quickly interrupted by the arrival of Ritsuka and their allies. Meeting with the group, David reveals that the Ark is one of his Noble Phantasms summoned independently from him. He further explains that Jason sacrificing a god to the Ark would cause widespread destruction, but he states that the fragility of the Singularity would cause the Ark to destroy the era.
Later, David helps the group in their plan to destroy Heracles by luring him and making him touch the Ark. Afterwards, he and Atalanta join the group on the Golden Hind as they chase after Jason. David soon confronts Jason on his ship about the truth of the Ark, asking him who told him that sacrificing a god to it would give him power. After the Singularity is resolved, Romani asks David how he knew about the Demon Gods.
Sanzang of the Stars Goes to TianzhuEdit
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
David is amongst the "Okeanos" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars. David flirts with Atalanta and calls her Abishag. It is implied that he knows Solomon to be an imposter.
David's armanent is a bow and arrows made by himself, although he also possesses the slingshot that he used to defeat Goliath, Hamesh Avanim, and his shepherd staff. His other Noble Phantasms are Sacrifice and Ark.
Divine Protection (神の加護, Kami no Kago?): A
The form and flesh of a man prophecized to be king, bearing the quick-wittedness and the brute strength to defeat beasts unaided. Though he has been resurrected by the power of the Grail, David does not regard himself as a vessel to the soul of his original - merely as an instrument of God. He does not terribly mind this existence, content merely to feel the grace of his Lord.
Harp of Healing (治癒の竪琴, Chiyu no Tategoto?): B
David's harp (kinnor) - which cleansed the evil spirits from the King of Israel, Saul - possesses effects of exorcism and preserves the tranquility of the listeners' minds. In ancient society, the harp was highly regarded in appeasing evil spirits.
A prodigy of military tactics and command in life, with all the tribes following him as King of Israel within the country's 2nd generation of existence, he called to arms and led a soldier force of more than 320,000 men to seize control of the city of Jerusalem. For the long path of bloodshed that he wrought as a military leader, he later deemed to seek the forgiveness of God by building a place of worship in his capital. (Due to certain circumstances, it was not built until the reign of his son, Solomon.)
Though the Servant was originally a mere shepherd in life, David, as an ancestor of Christ, do qualify weakly as a being of divine nature—perhaps equivalent in rank to Joseph of Nazareth. He possesses some defense against the action of conceptual relics and Noble Phantasms based in the Divinity of Christ (though not those based in the Divinity of God) - for example, "holy shrouds", "the stakes of the Crucifixion", and "the Lancea Longini"; possibly even "the Holy Grail".
Creation and ConceptionEdit
David was designed by Meteo Hoshizora (TYPE-MOON) and illustrated by Ginka for the original cancelled Fate/Apocrypha online game project and was not included in the final version. He was collected along with the other thirteen initial Servant designs in Fate/complete material IV Extra material. The project was revived in a novel format afterwards. David was discarded because Yuuichirou Higashide wanted a suitable Servant to act as a rival to Achilles on the opposing team from him, and David was replaced by Chiron. At this point, it was already decided that Atalanta would oppose Joan of Arc, so she had to be in the Red camp like Achilles. The remaining Archer was David. There was no problem with him as an ally character-wise where Vlad III was planned to be made the head of the Black camp. If there were another world-famous king on the same team as him, his relationship with Vlad would become complex.
Harp Performance (竪琴の演奏, Tategoto no Ensō?): N/A
In life, David is said to have exorcized evil spirits on the behalf of King Saul of Israel with the use of his harp alone. His skill with the instrument is such that he is capable of purging mental interference and restoring psychological stability to those who listen to his music. However, the accuracy of projectiles and polearms suffer a large Rank Down within hearing range. The Servant's act of exorcism may have a modern analogue in musical therapy.
- ↑ 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 Fate/Grand Order material II - David, p.214-223
- ↑ 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 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28
 Fate/Grand Order - Archer Profile [T]
David - Archer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Voice Actor: Yūichi Nakamura
Noble Phantasm: B
Divine Protection: A
Harp of Healing: B
Magic Resistance: A
Independent Action: A
Hamesh Avanim: The Five Stones
David is a king of Israel that appears in the Old Testament.
Originally a shepherd, he announced his candidacy to the one-on-one duel with the giant Goliath and defeated him. It has been said that afterwards - although there were a few quarrels with the king of that time - upon being splendidly enthroned as king, he carried out an excellent reign.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Old Testament
Alignment: Lawful Neutral Gender: Male
Michelangelo's "David" is the most famous statue about him.
Level 2 Bond
David was a shepherd and a harpist. In order to play the harp to the king of Israel, who was fighting the Philistines at the time, he often visited the army. At that occasion, the Philistine giant Goliath demanded for a one-on-one duel with everything on the line.
Level 3 Bond
Scared from the giant's excessive strength, nobody from the Israel army was able to oppose him, but David alone accepted that duel. Goliath made light of David, who challenged him without carrying a sword, David threw a rock that made Goliath faint and decapitated him with his own sword.
Level 4 Bond
- Harp of Healing: B
David's harp (kinnor) - which cleansed the evil spirits from the king of Israel, Saul - possesses effects of exorcism and preserves the tranquility of the listeners' minds. In ancient society, the harp was highly regarded as appeasing evil spirits.
Level 5 Bond
Rank: C Type: Anti-Unit
The sling that knocked down the giant Goliath. The five stones express David's tolerance; he misses up to four of the attacks, but the fifth attack will certainly hit and defeat the opponent.
A king and also a shepherd who is used to waiting upon people, he also grew accustomed serving others from his experience as a harpist. A friendly, sincere Servant, but he is absurdly weak towards women, so care is required in regards to that point.
ダビデ - アーチャー
- Harp of Healing: B
- ↑ 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 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27
 Fate/complete material IV: Extra material - Fate/Apocrypha - David, p.308-309
King of Israel
David is based on the king of ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament. Placing his duty as an agent of God first and foremost, he possesses the strength of will to maintain an extreme calm in the face of utter desperation, clear-mindedly evaluating his situation in a realistic manner. To his view, "All humans upon this earth have a place within God's plan," and should be regarded with appropriate respect. Typical of many heroes, however, he has a weakness for women with nice bodies, occasionally muttering, "I wish to take a wife for myself ..." Though he is considered an unparalleled genius in his talent with a harp, he possesses little skill in dancing. However, he favors both as his pastimes.
- Source：Old Testament
- Location：Judeo-Christian cultural sphere
- Alignment：Lawful Neutral
- Armament: Sling
Creator: Hoshizora Meteo (TYPE-MOON)
As a shepherd, he was told by the prophet Samuel that he had been given a special role from God. He is famous for episodes such as performing with a harp in front of Saul, king of Israel, to exorcise him from an evil spirit, and defeating the Philistine giant Goliath. Saul soon became jealous of David's glory in battle, and he became the target of assassination attempts. However, after Saul dies in battle with the Philistines, David ascends the throne and conquers Jerusalem. David's only disgrace is his disregarding the law to pursue the married woman Bathsheba. He murders his vassal to obtain her, and he endures God's punishment for it in his last years.
- STR: C
- CON: D
- AGI: B
- MGI: C
- LCK: A
- Noble Phantasm: B
- Divine Protection
The form and flesh of a man prophecized to be king, bearing the quick-wittedness and brute strength to defeat beasts unaided. Though he has been resurrected by the power of the Grail, Servant does not regard himself as a vessel to the soul of his original -- merely as an instrument of God. He does not terribly mind this existence, content merely to feel the grace of his Lord.
- Harp Performance
In life, the Servant is said to have exorcized evil spirits on the behalf of King Saul of Israel with use of his harp alone. His skill with the instrument is such that he is capable of purging mental interference and restoring psychological stability to those who listen to his music. However, the accuracy of projectiles and polearms suffer a large Rank Down within hearing range. The Servant's act of exorcism may have a modern analogue in musical therapy.
Though the Servant was originally a mere shepherd in life, as an ancestor of Christ, he qualified weakly as a being of divine nature -- perhaps equivalent in rank to Joseph of Nazareth. He possesses some defense against the action of conceptual relics and Noble Phantasms based in the divinity of Christ (though not those based in the divinity of God) -- for example, "holy shrouds," "the stakes of the Crucifixion," and "the Lancea Longini"; possibly even "the Holy Grail."
A prodigy of military tactics and command in life, the Servant called to arms a force of 320 thousand men to seize the city of Jerusalem. For the long path of bloodshed that he wrought as a military leader, he later deemed to seek the forgiveness of God by building a place of worship in his capital. (Due to certain circumstances, it was not built until the reign of his son, Solomon.)
- Hamesh Avanim: The Five Stones
The slingshot that defeated the giant Goliath. A Noble Phantasm that consists of five decorated stones bound by the line of a sling, normally carried behind the Servant's waist. Hamesh Avanim expresses David's generosity: As projectiles, the first four stones are used as warning shots as the Servant attempts to persuade his opponent to lay down arms. If said opponent fails to comply, the fifth stone may be launched -- a rapid, nonlethal attack that is extremely difficult to evade. Normal Heroic Spirits are rendered unconscious on impact, and their belongings are "redesignated" to the possession of the user of the Hamesh Avanim; that is, even if they take hold of their former Noble Phantasms, usage is disallowed by divine authority. The sling itself is the true Hamesh Avanim, and the five projectiles are merely normal stones that have undergone transfiguration; they may be unendingly replenished.
- Sacrifice: Flames Upon the Altar
The "flame that carries the hottest heat, shinning brightly, which flared up by God's commands" which appears in the Book of Numbers of the Old Testament. A phantasmal incense burner in deactivation. Ketoret is burned within, and when the violet fumes that issue have enveloped the target, thunderclouds and mist gather overhead -- giving the impression of Mount Sinai; from them, a fire descends from the heavens, incinerating without a trace all those who would oppose the will of God. The flames are shaped like an altar.
- Ark: The Chest of the Covenant
A wooden box that contains the original engravings of the Ten Commandments issued to Moses by God. As a Noble Phantasm, its effect is narrow but absolute; besides the Servant that carries them, all those who would deem to touch the box without authorization are drained of their magical energy unto death. Upon seizure of Jerusalem and the removal of the Philistines, King David of Israel appointed the city as his capital, and situated within it the Ark of the Covenant.
- 五つの石 - 威力：小
- 燔祭の火焔 - 威力：中
- 契約の箱 - 威力：大
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 04: III / Observatory Forneus
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Restructuring [Others], p.187-188 [T]
Discarded Servants [Other]
The Servants who experienced the bitterness of being discarded in the transition from the proto-version of “Apocrypha” featured in “Complete material IV” to the official light novels.
The one who disappeared first was Sakata Kintoki. As an enemy to the protagonist side, he’s a far too nice guy to fight, and as an ally, he’s very reliable. Furthermore, one aspect of the plot that was decided near the beginning was that “Frankenstein will use her Noble Phantasm and revive”, so Frankenstein had to take up the slot for the ally Berserker, causing Kintoki to be discarded. The next one to be cut was Musashibou Benkei. In his case, I briefly outlined him as a Servant who’s mentality was very complex which made him hard to act as a partner to a Master, but the Master-Servant pairs had already been decided and there was too little room for him to cut in. Most of all, there were three Lancers drafted in the first place, and the remaining two were Vlad III and Karna. The fact that he was a Japanese Servant also played a factor, so he was unfortunately retired from the running.
During this period of the plot creation, the following had already been basically decided: “Romanian stage. Vlad III’s big fame bonus. Central Servants are Jeanne and Astolfo, and the rival Servant is Amakusa Shirou Tokisada.” Therefore, the next one to be retired was Georgius. Since he would be the third saint in the story, he would have to be included in the ideological conflict between Jeanne and Amakusa, but I feared it would become too confusing. Also, considering the final outcome of the story, his value as a character dimmed further since his Noble Phantasm would cause the metamorphosis midway through the story, so he was discarded.
Now then, one of the two planned Riders has been discarded and left an empty Rider slot, so let’s think of possible choices. If possible, it should be someone really famous who wouldn’t be too intertwined with the main plot of the story… With that thinking, the candidate that came to mind was Achilles.
I want one more Servant suitable to act as a rival to Achilles on the opposing team from him. For example, how about his teacher Chiron? But in that case, one of the initially planned Archers would have to be discarded.
At this point, it was already decided that Atalanta would oppose Jeanne, so she had to be in the Red camp like Achilles. The remaining Archer was David. There was no problem with him as an ally character-wise, Vlad III was planned to be made the head of the Black camp. If there were another world-famous king on the same team as him, his relationship with Vlad would become complex… As such, David was the last one to be discarded.
This segment has already become very drawn-out, but, well, I have say to congratulations for them all getting to make a return in “Fate/Grand Order”…