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False Archer (偽アーチャー, Āchā?) is the "False" Archer-class Servant of Tiné Chelc in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange fake.

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IdentityEdit

Main article: History

Archer's True Name is Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes who ruled Uruk and befriended Enkidu. During life, he had a key to the gates of his vault crafted, but he did not utilize it. The key was exceedingly ornate, and about the length and weight of a small survival knife. The jewels ornamented on the key were extremely valuable, both magically and monetarily. The key was filled with some magical energy of unknown origin.[2] Viewing it as a trifle because there were none who would lay a hand upon his treasures, he threw it away.[3] It eventually found its way into the hands of his summoner's ancestor, and while the key was filled with magical energy, he never found the vault. It stayed within his family until Archer's summoner used it to summon him instead of the first skin shed by a snake.

PersonalityEdit

Normally, being summoned in an era where his property was sullied by the consumption society of the early 2000s, Gilgamesh would usually be in a worse mood overall. Only upon learning that his best friend, Enkidu, was summoned did he become more stable.

He notably takes circumspect measures in order to protect his Master, Tiné Chelc, where Gilgamesh makes sure that Tiné is close to him along with putting up a Noble Phantasm that will automatically protect Tiné from incoming attacks. Gilgamesh tells Tiné that he can't allow her to die until he fulfills his promise with Enkidu. Gilgamesh is also otherwise more tolerant and forgiving of Tiné, as she is just a child from his perspective. Gilgamesh even calls Tiné his retainer.

RoleEdit

Fate/strange fakeEdit

Day 0 Edit

Archer is summoned by a magus wishing to restore his family's honor, but he is killed by another magus, Tiné Chelc, moments after the summoning is complete and becomes her Servant. After she introduced herself, Tiné then took Archer to meet the many people who wish to serve their king. Archer declared to Tiné that he was initially not interested in participating the War, and he would leisurely wait until a worthy opponent shows up, where he then took out the Potion of youth with the intentions of drinking it. However, as Archer learns that his best friend, Enkidu, was also summoned did he change his mind. After declaring to Tiné that she should rejoice in how she will witness her king fight with all his might, he then gives Tiné the Potion of youth where he declares he will no longer need it.[4]

  • False Archer summoned
  • False Archer and Tiné
  • Archer faces Lancer
  • Archer, and Hansa

Archer faces False Lancer, whose identity is Enkidu, in the desert. Before even saying a word, Archer draws Ea, and unleashes Enuma Elish on Lancer. Lancer, however, unleashes their own Enuma Elish, which clashes with Archer's attack. After their clash, they proceed to banter on a bit, both being happy to see each other again. Archer then manifests multiple Noble Phantasms from his Gate of Babylon, launching them at full speed towards Lancer. Lancer though creates multiple weapons of their own from the earth, which they use to fend of the Noble Phantasms of the Gate. Their battle is, however, forced to stop when Lancer senses the approaching presence of a curse of death, which is especially harmful to them. Archer and Lancer clash one last time with the Enuma Elish, until parting ways, promising to face each other again.[5]

Day 1 Edit

After his battle with Lancer, Archer and Tine depart to the city, where Archer enters a casino along with Tine, who is invisible. Archer easily gathers a large amount of money, always winning thanks to his Golden Rule Skill. He and Tien also encounter Hansa Cervantes, the overseer of the Holy Grail, who acts friendly towards them. As Archer and Tine later patrol the city, they see the battle between Hansa and Jester Karture, a Dead Apostle who is also the Master of False Assassin.[6] They are also spotted by Flat Escardos and his Servant, False Berserker.[7]

Archer and Tine take residence in a large hotel. Tine expresses worry that the other Servants may find them, but Archer reveals that he wants the Servant who interrupted his previous battle with Lancer to come for him. However, instead of that Servant, they are attacked by a bowman who shoots an arrow towards them, specifically targeting Tine. This attack is blocked by a defense mechanism employed by Archer's Gate of Babylon. However, a second arrow passess through the defense, also aiming for Tine, but is repelled by Archer himself, who uses his armor to block it. Archer and Tine then board Vimana, the flying ship of Archer, and head towards the Servant who is attacking them. This Servant is, in fact, also an Archer, being the True Archer, one of the "True" Servants. Despite False Archer arriving and speaking to him, True Archer keeps on shooting at Tine, with his arrow being destroyed by Vimana's defense system. False Archer is annoyed by True Archer ignoring him, causing him to launch weapons from the Gate of Babylon towards him. True Archer, however, survives the attack, without a scratch. Now very angered, False Archer unloads numerous weapons from Gate of Babylon towards True Archer, but none of them are able to harm him. This is due to the cloth worn by True Archer, which defends him against any human weapons. True Archer says that False Archer will need to utilize Ea in order to even have a chance. Now intrigued of his opponent, Archer manifests Merodach, the second greatest sword in his treasury, secondary to only Ea, which he plans on using to test the might of True Archer. True Archer though remarks that he will die, manifesting a sash Noble Phantasm, which exerts a divine aura. However, before their battle can continue, True Archer is knocked away by True Rider, who arrives to the battlefield, also utilizing the same Noble Phantasm.[7]

True Archer and True Rider then fight, while False Archer watches from the sidelines. However, after witnessing their power for some time, False Archer intervenes, telling True Rider that she is far weaker than him and True Archer, who is actually holding back against her. True Rider is aware of this though, only wishing to question True Archer on why he would attack Tine, a young child, without any remorse. True Archer notes that he isn't anymore the hero that True Rider knew. As they are all about to clash, they are trapped within an illusion by True Caster. True Caster also creates an illusion of False Lancer, which greatly annoys False Archer, who calls Caster an "imbecile, drunk on his own eccentricities". However, Caster manages to create a temporary truce between them, with False Archer and True Archer saying that they will meet again. True Archer also reveals his True Name, Alcides.[8]

Day 2 Edit

After the battle, Archer and Tine then return to the hotel, which Archer decides to decorate in a manner similar to Uruk. Though Tine says that it's beautiful, Archer is unpleased with the results, as it pales in comparison to Uruk. He even considers trying to create a royal palace or even a city to show the grandeur of Uruk. Tine eventually goes to sleep, while Archer stays behind. Archer notes that there are probably ten traitors within Tine's forces. He, however, chooses not to infrom Tine of this, as she should take care of her own forces.[9]

False Archer later appears during the battle between True Archer against Clan Calatin and False Berserker, over the safety of Tsubaki Kuruoka. After False Berserker is transported away by his Master, Flat, False Archer mocks True Archer's appearance, after he steals the Noble Phantasm, From Hell, from False Berserker. Saber, False Assassin and Sigma, the Master of Watcher, also arrive on the battlefield, ready to fight.[10]

AbilitiesEdit

Main article: Abilities
  • Archer's Gate of Babylon
  • Archer using Enuma Elish

Gilgamesh has access to the Gate of Babylon and Ea. He has shown being able to clash with False Lancer, using Enuma Elish, creating a huge crater when they clash. He is one of the strongest Servants in the Holy Grail War of Snowfield, to the point that he is not concerned with the other Servants, apart from False Lancer. Orlando Reeve is most worried about his strength, and he plans on using his force to overpower him with multiple Noble Phantasm imitations before he can retaliate. Flat Escardos also noted that Archer could kill him and his Servant instantly.[7]

Inside the Gate of Babylon, he has access to an essentially unlimited number of Noble Phantasms. These include Vimana, a flying aircraft, Merodach, the original sword of succession that he uses to test opponents, flying disks that act as a defense mechanism against attacks and the Potion of Youth, that allows him to transform himself into his childhood form. Archer also has shown possessing Sha Nagba Imuru, a clairvoyance Noble Phantasm that allows him to see nearly all possibilities in the world and even look through parallel worlds. However, he rarely uses this Noble Phantasm and is unable to see the timeline of the Fuyuki Grail Wars due to the mud of the Holy Grail clouding his sight.[11]

Archer possesses the same Skills as his stay night counterpart, with the exception of Charisma, which is for some reason absent.

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. Fate/strange fake - Prologue I "Archer", p.030
  3. Fate/strange fake - Prologue I "Archer", p.046
  4. Fate/strange fake Volume 1, Prologue 1: "Archer"
  5. Gilgamesh vs Enkidu, translated by food
  6. Fate/strange fake Volume 2, Chapter 4: "A Battle Without Heroic Spirits"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fate/strange fake Volume 2, Chapter 6: "Two Archers and..."
  8. Fate/strange fake Volume 3, Chapter 7: "The Canon of the Demigods"
  9. Fate/strange fake Volume 4, Chapter 10: "Separate Mornings, Separate Parts (Part 1)"
  10. Fate/strange fake Volume 4, Chapter 4: "At Last, a Second, and a Third"
  11. Fate/strange fake Volume 3, Chapter 9: "A Horse Not Yet Pale; Mud Yet Firm"