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“Huh? Say, it's a giant. Well, I guess then..."
"You have the right to reform..."
"Then, it can't be helped."
"Hamesh Avanim!”

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Hamesh Avanim: The Five Stones (五つの石ハメシュ・アヴァニム, Itsutsu no IshiHameshu Avanimu?) is the slingshot of David that he used to defeat Goliath, consisting of five decorated stones bound by the line of a sling and normally carried around his waist. The sling is the true Noble Phantasm, and the projectiles are merely normal stones that have undergone transfiguration, allowing them to be replenished unendingly.[2] The stones can be called an expression of David's tolerance, the first four stones acting as projectile "warning shots" to attempt to persuade the opponent to lay down their arms.[1][2]

Should the opponent fail to comply with the warnings, he will be able to launch the fifth stone, "a rapid, nonlethal attack that is extremely difficult to evade", that is said to certainly hit a vital spot and defeat the opponent.[2][3] In the case of a Servant, they will temporarily lose consciousness and suffer severe damage, although it is something insignificant in a typical war situation where the unconscious person can be rescued. Afterwards, the opponent's main armament will either become David's or it will become unusable. David will mightily shout in Hebrew gematria a countdown when using this Noble Phantasm, starting with "He (5)", "Dalet (4)", "Gimel (3)", "Bet (2)" and "Alef (1)". He will make the threat obvious towards his opponent on the count of one with a stronger shout.[3]

DevelopmentEdit

HameshAvanimDeployed

Concept of Hamesh Avanim activation

The original design for the Fate/Apocrypha game describes the fifth shot rendering normal Heroic Spirits unconscious on impact, causing their belongings to be "redesignated" as the possessions of David. Even if the Servant should take hold of their former Noble Phantasm, its usage will be disallowed to them by divine authority.[2] This function has been slightly modified as of the Fate/Grand Order design.

Hamesh Avanim is the name of an Israeli game consisting of throwing one stone upward and picking up four stones before catching the first as it comes down, like the ancient Greek game Knucklebones.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fate/Grand Order material II - David, p.214-223