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Nasuverse character
False Lancer

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Japanese name: 偽ランサー
Also known as: Chains of Heaven
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Chibichuki!
Fate/Extra CCC
Fate/Grand Order
Fate/strange fake
Fate/Zero
Japanese VA: Yū Kobayashi [Note 1]
Shinya Takahashi [Note 2]
Character type: Servant (Master: Wolf)

Servant (Master: Protagonist)

Servant classes: FGO Lancer FGO Berserker
Gender: None[1][2]
Height: Control at will[1]
Weight: Control at will[1]

False Lancer (偽ランサー, Ransā?) is the "False" Lancer-class Servant summoned by the Wolf in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange fake. Lancer is one of the Servants able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Lancer's True Name is Enkidu (エルキドゥ, Erukidu?), the only friend of Gilgamesh. Born from a clod of earth, Enkidu was clay shaped by hands of the Gods, their father the king of gods, Anu, and their mother the goddess of creation, Aruru. They were neither male nor female, but merely a monster made of mud that descended onto the earth and awoke in the wilderness. They opened their eyelids in response to a voice calling to them from afar, taking in the sight of the expanses of land and sky and the towering city in the distance. The voice was unknown to Enkidu, but it was neither the maternal hand nor the paternal rebuke.[2][3][4]

Though Enkidu was given superb power, their parents were unable to give Enkidu a Soul. They had no intellect after awakening, so their existence for years afterward consisted of rushing through the wilderness with the animals. Though Enkidu had a purpose, given the task of being the chains to return the keystone, Gilgamesh, back under control of the Gods, without a soul they could only live like a feral animal. Lacking the will of a human, Enkidu's happiness came from being free in the wild, neither perfect nor flawed. They would still stop to look at the city occasionally, hearing the voice that was neither their father's nor mother's calling to them from beyond the wilds.[3]

Anu brought Enkinu a woman, the divine harlot, after despairing over their lack of rational thought.[2][3][5] The asexual lump of clay fell for the beauty of the woman, which transcended the bound between man and woman, and they spent six days and seven nights together. The mud puppet, ignorant of mankind, slowly allowed their form to approximate that of a human, which seemed to become that of the beautiful harlot sharing their food and bed with them, as if attempting to assume her beauty. Enkidu made her paradoxical beauty their own, losing much of their strength and divinity, though still retaining levels of both far above that of humanity, in exchange for wisdom and reason.[2][5] They had never looked in a mirror, so the humanoid form became a good instructor for Enkidu to learn about themself. They acquired knowledge and rational thought, all the truths of heaven and earth. Filled with the soul needed to fulfill their task, Enkidu spoke its name for the first time and the world became something extremely simple in that instant.[3]

Finally recognizing their role and task, imposing the wrath of the gods and divine judgement upon a fellow puppet of the gods, Enkidu decided to seek out the arrogant Gilgamesh. The one they found was still a child, so Enkidu had to wait until Gilgamesh reached adulthood in order to fight and reprimand him as an equal. It watched the city while waiting, hearing the familiar voice from within. While watching Gilgamesh grow by the day, Enkidu found that the king's fair nature confused them and made them question the gods' judgement. Soon, and though they understood the reason behind it, Enkidu came to realize the gods were correct, however, as Gilgamesh grew and became a tyrant.[3]

Understanding that Gilgamesh's arrogance stemmed from his solitude, Enkidu sought to reprimand him, but did not state the real reason to avoid hurting his pride. They met Gilgamesh in front of the temple of Uruk, and both clashed in a fierce battle that lasted for several days. Gilgamesh was angered by a "clod of mud" being equal to him, humiliated that he had to use his treasures.[2][3][4][5] He soon came to enjoy the battle, however, and brought his weapons out without regret. After fierce fighting that left them both spent, each warrior collapsed to the ground without consideration for the location. Gilgamesh did so laughing, noting that there could be no winner without two corpses, and Enkidu fell in imitation of him, like a mirror.[3]

Praising each other's valor, they became peerless friends who went on to have many adventures. One of Enkidu's few achievements of the time was to have Gilgamesh make use of his treasures in battle. They combined their strength to defeat the guardian of the forest and beast of the gods, Humbaba, for the reason of protecting Uruk rather than anything to do with the gods.[3][4] Enkidu commented that the people were suffering under them, so they questioned the point of such an action. Enkidu came to understand Gilgamesh's path at that point, that the king would observe humanity's future from his solidarity.[3]

Enkidu attempted to declare that they were a tool for Gilgamesh's use, claiming that they would stand by his side until the end of the world. Gilgamesh instead called them a fool, telling Enkidu that those who live together, talk together, and fight together are neither people nor tools, but what is called a friend. Obtaining that word was precious to Enkidu, and it was in that moment that it acquired a "self" in the true sense of the word. Afterward, Ishtar proposed to Gilgamesh, but he rejected her. Angered by his insults, she begged Anu to release the Bull of Heaven to punish them.[3][4]

After working together to destroy it, Ishtar requested they be put to death for slaying a beast of the gods.[2][3][4] Her request was granted, and Enkidu, created by the gods, was unable to defy the decree. Over time, they slowly weakened and returned to clay, as Gilgamesh desperately held on to the crumbling clod in his arms. Gilgamesh was angered, exclaiming that he should have been punished instead, but Enkidu reiterated that they were only one of the numerous weapons in the king's collection. There would be no need to grieve, because he would find countless greater treasures, so there was no worth left in Enkidu to deserve any tears from the king.[3][4]

Enkidu believed that Gilgamesh was a hero who had a soul and free will since the beginning, who had true life and worth unlike their own expendable self. They always yearned for that and hated that they were such different beings despite being created by the same father. Gilgamesh exclaimed that Enkidu did have worth, declaring "In all this world, only one shall be my friend. Thus---not for all eternity shall his worth ever change." As the rain gradually let up, Enkidu returned to their original state, naught but a clod of earth in the wilderness, leaving behind nothing but the thunderous cry of the king.[3] The rest of Gilgamesh's lifetime afterward showed the large shadow cast over him from losing the sole person who understood him.[4]

AppearanceEdit

Enkidu's appearance is something modeled after said sacred prostitute out of respect.[2] Lancer is able to take a myriad of forms, but their usual form is that of a sixteen-year-old androgynous person with long, beautiful hair that shimmers with a light-green color.[4] They were summoned only wearing a plain tunic, so they seem rather unremarkable compared to those normally called Heroic Spirits. Enkidu is not summoned with any items, and their clothing does not look valuable in any way. While heroes are not determined by their wealth, being summoned completely barehanded is abnormal.

It is hard to tell if Enkidu is a man or woman at first glance. Their face retains vaguely childlike features that are able to be interpreted as that of either gender. Their lustrous skin and soft features are reminiscent of a woman, but their loose tunic further obscures their sex by hiding their physique, making it impossible to see their chest and hips, and making it difficult to discern if they are even actually human. They have firm and taut limbs, and their body seems like a coiled spring ready to rocket forth.[5]

With an androgynous and neutral voice, Enkidu's face can be called beautiful and elegant despite their gender, but at the same time gives off a strange and uncomfortable atmosphere. While their face looks human, it also appears inhuman due to the fact that it looks "too perfect." While the feeling cannot be put into words and it is not immediately apparent to the eye, Enkidu's form evokes a similar feeling in the observer as a mannequin or puppets constructed by magi. Their nature becomes less apparent the more one looks upon them, but their beauty as a being of perfect harmony is undeniable. They are a paradoxical being that possesses the impurity characteristic of mankind and the immaculate perfection inherent to nature. Defying classification as man or woman, human or beast, god or demon: their body is like the velvety boughs wrapping the statue of Venus.[5]

PersonalityEdit

Lancer seems to greatly appreciate nature, and often finds it as a relief that the world is still beautiful as ever even after being covered by cities like Uruk. They are happy to sit while their Master is resting and simply allow themself to enjoy the magnificent natural landscape and the "song of the river."[5] They enjoyed running in the wild during their days as a beast, with only the voice of Gilgamesh drawing them towards Uruk.

Even when dealing with the person who hurt their Master, Enkidu speaks serenely in a polite manner without any provocation. They follows their Master's wishes exactly without issue, leaving the magus to his own devices. At the final jeering from the magus calling their Master a mongrel, Lancer simply turns their head and looks at the magus with eyes saturated with “rejection.” They instantly dissolves the malice in their eyes upon the magus' departure, and focuses on their Master afterward.[5]

Much like Gilgamesh, Lancer regards their friendship highly. They held that they were a weapon in life, and that their fate was to be supplanted by the next. Any worth or mystery was to be limited only to Enkidu's age, but Gilgamesh changed those thoughts. Gilgamesh accepted a penalty of a fate of solitude thereafter, but granted Enkidu with a soul with his words. Enkidu believes that they sinned in knowing Gilgamesh, whose greatest sincerity was to remain aloof without acknowledging the strong or the weak, but in the end, Enkidu ended up leaving a lasting mar upon that integrity.[3]

Enkidu is extremely surprised upon learning Gilgamesh has been summoned, and initially cannot even believe in such a turn of fate. After calmly opening their eyes, slowly standing up, and having a brief moment of silence, a feeling of confusion, frustration, and finally overwhelming joy rampages through their chest. Enkidu believes it is destiny that they will battle once again in the Holy Grail War, and is confident that the tapestry woven between them and their King would not tear just because a fight or two. Even after a thousand melees together, their bond would remain just as strong as ever.[5]

“If you tell me to fight, I’ll fight. After all, it is not like I hate fighting”

—Lancer

Introverted, active and self-assured. Usually they just loiter like a beautiful flower; but, once it gets on the move, it becomes a frightening active monster that doesn’t wait, has no mercy and show no self-restrain.[2]

Since they are a life form born from the Earth, Enkidu also finds humans “appealing”. But, because humans think of themselves as beings apart from nature due to their intelligence, they rank low as protection targets. Enkidu feels that animals and plants are existences closer to itself and will mostly take action in order to protect them, rather than humans.[2]

That being said, since it had great curiosity (intellectual craving) to begin with, Enkidu regards conversations with humans as an enjoyment. If said character has an appealing personality (a totalitarian brimming with a philanthropic mentality, but still someone who thinks of themselves foremost), Enkidu will demonstrate respect and admiration from the bottom of its heart, feeling joy in support them as a friend.[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/strange fakeEdit

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Lancer expressing his joy in being able to fight Gilgamesh.

Lancer is summoned by a Wolf originally meant to act as a catalyst for another magus. Before the magus can slay the wolf to retrieve the Command Spells, the wolf's most basic instinct, the will to survive, causes it to let out a bellow that acts as both magecraft and a summoning ritual for Lancer. While the magus is confused and intimidated by Lancer's appearance, he cannot deny Lancer's presence as a Heroic Spirit. Lancer quickly tends to their Master, speaking to him in an “animal language” to complete their contract, and prepares to take him to heal his wounds.[5]

The magus, outraged at the farce of a chimera becoming a Master, attempts to fire upon the wolf in rage. Lancer tells him to lower his weapon because their Master wishes him no harm, and even though Lancer can tell what had happened from their Master's wounds, they wish to make it clear that their Master holds no malice against the magus. The magus makes a final plea to work together towards the Holy Grail rather than with that "mongrel", which earns the magus a gaze saturated with a crushing sense of “rejection” that causes him to flee with a squeal.[5]

Brought forth by the gods as a beast during Gilgamesh's rule, it was rumored that Enkidu was more powerful than Gilgamesh, the Hero who ruled the nation, when they unleashed their wrath. Gilgamesh dismissed it entirely because he considered “having a contest of strength with a beast” to be complete nonsense. He merely laughed at the rumor due to the absolute faith in his own might and because he was certain that there existed no one stronger. The fate of everyone was altered upon the encounter between the divine harlot and the beast, bringing Enkidu the form and wisdom of a human. After, it stood before the great King, and they quickly became inseparable friends after an epic melee that shook the Heavens and Earth. While the views of the Golden King and the mud puppet could not be more different, the duo went on innumerable adventures while sharing in each other’s joy and sorrow.[5]

Upon applying minimal treatment to their Master's wounds at a small river ten kilometers away, Enkidu takes a survey of the area. They immediately shift their sight to the northwest upon detecting a familiar presence: a Heroic Spirit in golden armor, exiting a cave that was covered by a magus’ Bounded Field. Much like they were brought together in the past, it seems that fate is about to be altered once again. Certain that the presence in the north was his King, Enkidu smiled, silently opening their arms as if to bare their heart to the world, and then announces: “Let us continued the duel on that plaza once again… Let us relive that joy.” They then begin to sing a song that shakes the earth, which acts as the signal that the War has begun.[5]

Fate/ZeroEdit

“Who would understand you after I die? Who else would march forward by your side? My friend… when I think that you will live on all alone henceforth, I can’t help but shed tears…”

—Enkidu final words to Gilgamesh

  • Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the manga adaptation.
  • Enkidu last moment in the manga adaptation.

After Saber destroyed Caster, Gilgamesh recalls Enkidu's death upon witnessing Excalibur's light. Here, Enkidu is described as foolish and ridiculous, having set their heart to stand next to the gods even with a body of mud and soil. Through their hubris and disrespectful arrogance that offended the gods, Enkidu suffered divine retribution and lost their life. Gilgamesh was unable to forget their death and the tears streaming down Enkidu's face. Gilgamesh assumes the puppet had regretted taking to his king's side; but, to Gilgamesh's surprise: Enkidu's tears were for him and how lonely it will be for him after Enkidu was gone. Gilgamesh realized that this puppet, who was human but wanted to surpass humanity, had lived, was even more precious and more brilliant than all the treasures the King had ever collected throughout his lifetime.[6]

Enkidu is also the main reason for Gilgamesh to reject Rider's invitation for a joint world conquest; Gilgamesh states Enkidu is the only person whom he considers as his friend and companion in the past and future, and he further declares that there is only one true king.[7]

Fate/Extra CCCEdit

Enkidu's past from his own perspective appears to Hakuno Kishinami in a dream if Gilgamesh is their Servant. As his records fade away, he speaks to Hakuno, noting that he is naught but a long-gone regret of the past. He tells them that it is their future and their story, the story of someone who is human unlike him. He asks them to ask Gilgamesh if he still loves humanity, still remembers the name of his friend, and if he has "finally cast aside the mistakes of a distant age and laid them to rest."[3]

After Hakuno awakes, Gilgamesh also reveals that he had been dreaming of something nostalgic, the battle with the Bull of Heaven. Hakuno attributes it to Servants rarely sharing a mental link while sleeping. If asked if he remembers his friend, Gilgamesh claims that he hardly had friends, and that he would have forgotten the name of his friend if he had one. He disdainfully says "I can no longer speak the name.", but his voice contains no trace of anger. If asked if he loves humanity, he responds that it should be obvious from the way he treats Hakuno, and they take it as an affirmation.[3]

Gilgamesh makes it clear that he was dreaming about the path traced by his own life, calling the events Hakuno glimpsed tainted by their own perspective and far from his truth. Although Hakuno is confused over the nature of the dream, knowing that it was not Gilgamesh's or their own perspective, they know the words spoken were the entirety of the truth, especially the King who uttered "Not for all eternity shall that worth ever change" to his friend. Hakuno apologizes to the one who the dream belonged to, noting that his wish for Gilgamesh to cast aside those memories will never be granted.[3]

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic BeastsEdit

Kingu (キングゥ, ?), unrelated to the Kingu of Babylonian mythology, is a chimera created from Enkidu's corpse, although the puppet itself does not find out until later on. Enkidu is tricked into believing that they are the prototype for the next generation human after the extermination of mankind.

Salomon: Grand Time TempleEdit

Enkidu assists the Protagonist and Mash Kyrielight in the battle against Sabnock.

Chibichuki!Edit

Enkidu befriends a lonely Lugh Beowulf, while Gilgamesh becomes jealous.

Other appearancesEdit

Lancer has appeared in a number of pieces of guest artwork in various TYPE-MOON material books.

In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2009, moon.cinemas.jp is a fake movie theater site listing a number of parody films. Lancer was featured in Chariot Man: A True Tank Man, a parody film of Densha Otoko. Lancer plays the role of Enkidu-chan, a girl who loves her dog. The story is expanded in TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm comic. She is "Gil's" next door neighbor, childhood friend and she is currently in love with Gil. She is seen waking Gilgamesh and suggested him to eat breakfast down stair. The every day occurrence in the morning, Kirei Kotomine uses his Super Bajiquan to "wake" Gilgamesh. Previously the explosive power has revealed her dog-print underwear to Gil and it left a painful experience for her. This time she wore spats and she considers it more elegant enough to impress Gil. Unfortuneately Gil was more concerned about the Saber figure than Enkidu. She is worried and shocked about the present suggestion to Waver.

AbilitiesEdit

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Its combat strength is roughly the same as that of the King of Heroes Gilgamesh during his golden age.[2] Lancer's might is far beyond human comprehension, and Gilgamesh considers them to be his only equal in the world. They are a being made by the gods, an autonomous weapon similar in nature to an AI, given their blood much like Gilgamesh, and was "Uruk's greatest weapon."[4] Faldeus is surprised Enkidu can even be summoned, as they were more a Noble Phantasm of the Gods than a hero.[2][5] Gilgamesh speculates that Enkidu could potentially be summoned as a Berserker-class Servant or in some other way that would make their coming duel less favorable, but he casts aside the thought. Faldeus comments that Enkidu would potentially reach the level of a god, regaining the power lost from gaining humanity.[5]

Enkidu has a connection with nature, and can speak in an animal language (獣の言葉, kemono no kotoba?) that allows them to understand, communicate with, translate the "words" of their Master and other animals. Even though the wolf is not capable of "thought" in the sense of humans, Lancer is able to communicate that the wolf bears no malice towards its creator. It is noted that when Enkidu sings, the landscape resonates to their song, and the entire land of Snowfield sings with them. It is a tremendous roar with the power to shake both heaven and earth, too beautiful to be called such, instead sounding like a lullaby sung by the earth itself. It lays waste to the laws of physics, sounding like the cry of a newborn while show its power at the same time.[5]

Lancer's special ability is Presence Detection (気配感知, Kehai Kanchi?) of the highest rank, which allows it to easily detect the presence of another Servant very far north of their position and recognize it as Gilgamesh almost immediately. It can also be used to sense the "presence" of water over ten kilometers away even without any sounds or visible clues. Enkidu can also feel the direction in which water can be found, and details as to how it "caresses the land."[1][2][5]

Lancer's other ability is Consummated Shape (完全なる形, ?), by making use of the Magical Energy of the land, it restores itself to its former shape. So long as there is a supply of magic energy from the land, Enkidu’s body, which was produced from the clay of the Age of Gods, will never collapse. This ability is a powerful form of regeneration and restoration that is completely unprecedented -- the soul, however, is a different matter.[2]

Lancer possesses two Noble Phantasms; however only one, Enuma Elish is uncensored in their status page.[1]

TransfigurationEdit

Enkidu was made from clay by a god, so they lack a gender or fixed form. They can change shape at will, but as creation of the gods is considered complete from birth and neither grew or evolved unlike Gilgamesh. Enkidu generally uses their androgynous appearance despite being able to take different forms as needed; they can take the form of  a spear, axe, shield, or beast should the need arise, with this ability allowing Enkidu to last several days in battle against Gilgamesh and the Gate of Babylon. Though it required using ninety percent of the clay making up their body, leaving Enkidu at the point of being unable to even form clothing, the puppet still forced Gilgamesh to empty his vault. The battle left them both in a state where it was considered to be a draw because defenselessly charging would have left two corpses.[3]

Enkidu does not posses normal parameters, instead possessing the Transfiguration skill as an inherent characteristic of an "Automatic Doll." They are able to freely change their ability scores according to match the situation at hand, manipulating their Strength, Endurance, Agility, Mana, and Luck parameters. Enkidu possesses a set pool of points to allocate into said parameters, and their naturally high ranks means they possess a great pool of points. When allocated evenly, Enkidu possesses all A-rank parameters, higher than even Karna and Heracles. The cost, however, rises when bringing a parameter from A-rank to A+, which requires a two rank drop in another parameter, or a one rank drop in two parameters, to achieve. Enkidu's Magic Resistance also changes based upon their Mana rank.[1][8] The higher the rank, higher the comprehensive value becomes. For their summoning in Fate/Grand Order, they at times make STR into A Rank, and at times makes END into A Rank. However, because the conversion limits of parameters is set in stone, Enkidu cannot make all parameters into A Rank. Enkidu possesses a comprehensive value of 30, and each parameter consume the respectively values: A-7, B-6, C-5, D-4, E-3.[2]

Status Str End Agi Man Luk
Balanced A A A A A
Boost speed A B A+ B A

DevelopmentEdit

Enkidu's background and final moments differ somewhat in their three appearances. Their background in Fate/strange fake and Fate/Extra CCC differ in the time of their creation and events leading to their initial battle, while their final conversation in Fate/Zero differs from that of Fate/Extra CCC.

The appearance in Fate/Zero was written to be vague and ambiguous as not to ruin the proceeding scene with Excalibur's activation. It was not possible to depict it as such in the anime adaptation, so the scene was not animated.[9]

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Lancer was designed by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Shidzuki Morii.

Narita was worried about his their ranking being too high and above both Berserker and Karna, to which people are going to call them a Mary Sue. Narita was impressed with Kinoko Nasu's precised planning.[8]

ReceptionEdit


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 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27
  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 Fate/Extra CCC - Gilgamesh Secret Garden conversations: 1, 2, 3, and 4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 Fate/strange fake - Volume 1: Prologue VI: "Lancer", p.159-184
  6. Fate/Zero - Volume 3: Act 10 -84:19:03, p.159-160
  7. Fate/Zero - Volume 4: Act 16 -04:08:29, p.260-261
  8. 8.0 8.1