Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?) is a Lancer-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order. He is also the Servant of Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia in the Third Holy Grail War of Fuyuki.
Lancer's True Name is Fionn mac Cumhaill (フィン・マックール, Finn Makkūru?), the unparalleled leader of the Knights of Fianna of Erin (Ireland), an "almighty group of knights", and friend of Diarmuid Ua Duibhne.
A descendant of the Celtic War God Nuada, Fionn was a great hero and warrior that established many valorous deeds and miracles, such as gaining control over healing water from the oil of the Salmon of Knowledge, having saved the capital from the wicked fallen Divine Spirit Aillen that manipulated flames and sleep, defeating invaders and monsters as the guardian of Erin, and defeating in battle various and powerful wicked monsters such as the fallen Divine Spirit Aillen, the magical Demon Boar, the horse of the underworld, and in the end, even his divine ancestor, the War God Nuada.
Serving the High King of Erin, Cormac mac Airt, Fionn was a man who attained appropriate achievements to be celebrated as both the leader and greatest knight in the glorious Knights of Fianna. He underwent an impeccable journey as a great hero, but during his personal life, he also had a fate of trouble with women. His first hardship was becoming charmed by a pair of beautiful sisters and receiving a curse. His misfortune continued afterwards; seven years were stolen from him by a conflict with a fairy over his first wife.
When Fionn was to be betrothed to his third wife and daughter of the High King, Gráinne, they put on a large banquet to celebrate the occasion, feeling as if the engagement was more joyous than any other. His poet son Oisín and warrior grandson Oscar, as well as his loyal knights, including Diarmuid, were all in attendance. Due to Gráinne begging Diarmuid to take her away from there, the two ran away together, and Fionn, filled with jealousy and resentment, mobilized all of his resources to hunt them down.
After Diarmuid fought through all of the obstacles, Fionn was the one most heartbroken through the futility of all the sacrifice, so he decided to recognize their marriage, bestow upon Diarmuid a title and territory, and take him as a subject once again. Though Diarmuid wished for reconciliation, Fionn could not let go of his bitter jealousy over the affair. In times of peace, he often spent his days quietly while carrying out events like hunts with his subordinates in the knight order. On one such hunt, Diarmuid was gored by a magical wild boar's fangs, but felt no fear due to there being a well of spring water nine steps away from which Fionn could produce healing water. Despite him being on the verge of death, Fionn could not forget his anger, so he managed to spill water from his hands during the first two attempts to bring Diarmuid the water. As of his third attempt to scoop water, Diarmuid passed away from his wound.
This dispute eventually caused the glorious order of knights to collapse. After this incident, many of Fionn's subordinates were disappointed and provoked by this event, and before long, the Knights of Fianna divided into two sides, causing a war where Fionn lost his life in the middle of the conflict.
Fionn's appearance is of when he was at the prime of his life as a knight, brimming with elegance and charm as if he was shining. It reflects the time of his more youthful years before he had lost seven years of his youth from a conflict with a fairy over his first wife.
Fionn's appearance in the Fate/Zero anime is much more regal with him as a king.
An impartial and noble knight who respects and follows the path of righteousness. At the same time, he is open-minded and pleasure-seeking. Fionn does not bear any doubt, not even a tiny bit, about his own charm. "Come now! Nowadays, I am shining!" Like his appearance, his behavior is similarly elegant. However, his way of thinking is comparatively bold. His outward appearance is suitable for his youthful character. One would not particularly catch sight of that tenacious personality in the later anecdotes of his past life.
Fionn is aware of the truth behind his own beauty. Regarding his appearance, it was something that he was born with so he does not have to boast about it, but that can be called a pet theory. It has been said that Fionn was a magnanimous man who, in times of peace, spent his days quietly while carrying out hunts and the likes with his subordinates in the knight order.
Though he has a personality that is sort of abundant with love, he consecrates that eternal and unique love to his wife. Only in the moment when he thinks about her, Fionn Mac Cumhaill is not a knight leader, but one young man who is honest with himself.
As a matter of fact, Fionn is deeply jealous, even though he is not aware of it. At a time many years beyond his present appearance of where he was in the prime of his life as a knight, there was an anecdote where he resented his subordinate Diarmuid for snatching away his third wife, the beautiful Gráinne. Later on, Fionn let DIarmuid die without helping him after the latter fell into a predicament, solely out of resentment that stemmed from his deep jealously.
Fionn will not change his elegant speech and conduct in regards to his Master. Since he also worked for the sake of the High King of Ireland while alive, he has no reluctance about operating under somebody as a Servant, because as a hero, if he desires to work for the sake of the people, he thinks there will be no problem with that approach. In addition, maybe because he has manifested in a more youthful appearance, the orientation of his mentality is "younger" than that of his later years (but he still possesses the memories all the way until his last years).
Maybe it was not that there was a problem with women, but he himself that was at fault—until the very end, Fionn mac Cumhaill never came to think like this. "What exactly went wrong?" Even now, after becoming a Heroic Spirit and manifesting as a Servant, he still does not understand.
Fionn's wish for the Holy Grail is to "fix his tendency to get into trouble with women". He thinks all of his tragedies in his life stemmed from his destiny of having trouble with women. But that's his way of thinking when summoned in this form, and in the case where he is summoned in another form, it is possible that he may have a different wish and way of thinking.
- As far as the youthful Fionn in this world is concerned, whatever happened in his last years are merely "not memories of the present." Without minding it, he will definitely say, "I'm glad to see you again after so long." However, for Diarmuid, whose memory of his death is of trouble with Fionn, this is extremely super awkward... It also doesn't help that Fionn keeps making these strange jokes about the incident between them.
- Lovely Female Servants
- "My my, this is troubling...aah, looks like once again I am shining!"
Brynhildr's Trial QuestEdit
E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North AmericaEdit
Fionn appears in the North America Singularity. He serves as a part of the Celtic army under Medb. He and Diarmuid Ua Duibhne attack the Protagonist, Mash Kyrielight and Florence Nightingale, being defeated by them. They face the Protagonist's party again on Alcatraz, where they are finally killed.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
In the A-1 Pictures' anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha, Fionn is briefly shown during a flashback to the Third Holy Grail War, summoned by Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia. In the war of the Fate/Apocrypha world, he eventually fought to the death with Ruler. His actions in the war of the Fate/stay night world are unknown. It is only known that one of the two Sabers made it to the final fight in that world.
Fionn was said to be "unparalleled under the heavens", his strength and fame rivaling that of the High King's. Originally, he would be endowed with many abilities and Noble Phantasms through having mastered Celtic magecraft and wisdom, but only his spear, Mac an Luin, his wisdom granted to him from the oil of the Salmon of Knowledge, and his healing ability are treated as Noble Phantasms under the Lancer-class.
Creation and ConceptionEdit
- ↑ 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 1.38 1.39 Fate/Grand Order material III - Fionn mac Cumhaill, p.124-133, translated by crow_claw at Reddit.
- ↑ 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 2.29 Fate/Grand Order Profile of Fionn mac Cumhaill, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Fate/Zero - Volume 2: Act 8 -122:18:42, p.251-253 & 270-272
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 06: V / Arsenal Halphas
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 3: Prologue, p.007-013