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The Holy Grail War (聖杯戦争, Seihai Sensō?) is a competition that decides the ownership of the Holy Grail through intense battle royale. While there have been many conflicts over supposed Holy Grails in the past, this term refers to those specifically based around Masters, usually proficient magi, summoning Servants, Heroic Spirits brought forth as familiars, and meeting in battle until only one pair is left to claim the Holy Grail.

FuyukiEdit

Main article: Fuyuki Holy Grail War

Moon CellEdit

Main article: Moon Holy Grail War

TokyoEdit

The Holy Grail War of Fate/Prototype takes place in Tokyo. It differs from that of the alternate world's Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars in that, while it is an informal affair, the ritual is something formally requested by the authorities of the Church. One among the over one hundred Cardinals in the heart of the Holy Church withdrew a specific Imitation Grail with a plan to recreate the miracle in the Far East. Peddling the idea of it being a wish-granting machine to participating magi, he planned to use the souls of seven Servants as the ignition charge, a primer, to summon a being of a higher level of existence, Beast. The Masters and Servants are given Command Spells of different ranks.

The Minor Grail (小聖杯(シンボル), read as Symbol?) was developed to summon the benevolent souls of Heroic Spirits, and the underground Greater Grail (地下大聖杯(セイントグラフ), read as Saint Graph?) was developed to store a large number of souls. The features of the Holy Grail are almost identical to that of the Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars other than those differences. The Greater Grail, a three dimensional magic circle and natural furnace, is inside a giant cavern below the city. Sacrifices can be fed to it, and it contains a black, mud-like content reminiscent of the sea. Though participants are made to believe it can grant wishes and lead to the Root, the true use is as a cauldron for the chaotic soup made from souls to incarnate and give shape to the Beast.

The Holy Grail takes the form of a chalice because it is a miracle of the Christian God, a Gauge that proves the mysteries of ancient times. The purpose of a chalice is to carry water and thus acts as a container for water, and the Holy Grail, a chalice forged through the grace of God, is a container for the metaphysical, carrying the thoughts of men. Thoughts are a resource that carry no energy, and they are not physically observable. The Holy Grail is able to grant form to those thoughts to recreate Heroic Spirits, the shared illusions dreamed by humans throughout history, and it can be said that the Holy Grail's role should end there. Heroes are those born from good will, but many humans also wish for an ill will called desire that makes the Holy Grail itself something that was mad from the start.

HistoryEdit

During the First Holy Grail War of Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Blue and Silver, Manaka Sajyou and Saber ultimately defeated the other six Masters and obtain the Grail. Though Manaka had been supposedly acting in her family's interest of reaching the root, she instead planned to incarnate the Beast by sacrificing people for their souls. She killed her own father, but Saber, disgusted with her and the Holy Grail, betrayed her before she could kill her sister, Ayaka Sajyou. She was stabbed and tossed into the Greater Grail, ending the war.

The Second Holy Grail War of Fate/Prototype happened eight years later, and Ayaka summoned Saber as her own Servant. The nature of the Holy Grail War seemed normal with seven Masters partipating, but Sancraid Phahn was not one of the ranked Masters. Manaka was revived by the Holy Grail as a Master, and she brought forth the six defeated Servants of the previous war while waiting for the Beast to fully incarnate.

Great Holy Grail WarEdit

Main article: Great Holy Grail War

Subcategory Holy Grail WarsEdit

Subcategory Holy Grail Wars (亜種聖杯戦争, ?) are derivative, smaller Holy Grail Wars that began to appear in the world of Fate/Apocrypha after Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia spread information about the construction of the ritual to magi around the world.[1]

  • Greece's Subcategory Holy Grail War failed to come to fruition after it became a struggle between magi to obtain a “catalyst of Heracles”, ending in a simple battle of magecraft. Even after the usage of Heracles was forbidden, there was never a proper ritual held in Greece because the next war simply turned into a similar competition for a "catalyst of Achilles."[1]
  • Labyrinth Holy Grail War
  • Shakespeare managed to strengthen a Master enough to defeat a Servant.
  • Waver Velvet summoned Alexander and Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald died in a similar manner to the Fourth Holy Grail War.

True and False Holy Grail WarEdit

Main article: True and False Holy Grail Wars

Grand OrderEdit

Main article: Grand Order

Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy GrailEdit

The Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy Grail (帝都聖杯奇譚, ?) is a divergent Grail War set during the time of the Third Holy Grail War. The Imperial Japanese Army won the war and created a new bomb that used the Holy Grail as its core. Called the "81st Holy Grail Bomb", it is a special weapon designed to protect Japan against its enemies near the end of World War II. With an enemy from the German Third Reich’s magi division, it has become a Holy Grail War hidden in history.[2]

OthersEdit

  • Shinjuku: The Holy Grail War in the original setting of Fate/Apocrypha takes place in Shinjuku. The one of Apocrypha is noted to be the Fifth Holy Grail War, and that Shinjuku is not the ordinary location. It is also abnormal in that fourteen Servants, rather than seven, are summoned. It is unknown if it has any connection to the Fuyuki system. It was later changed to Trifas in the novel version.

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