There are cases when a Griffin, a Monstrous Beast, reproduces with a mare, which would normally be its food. What’s born as a result from this is the Monstrous Beast known as a Hippogriff (ヒポグリフ, Hipogurifu?), which has the upper body of an eagle and the lower body of a horse. However, it is an impossible creature which normally should not exist. This is because it should be impossible for a child to be born between a Griffin and a horse, which are predator and prey respectively. The Hippogriff existed only as a hypothetical and philosophical symbol, and it is a "Phantasmal Beast" in the truest sense since its very existence is uncertain. It is inferior in rank to a Griffin from the Age of Gods.
Otherworldly Phantom HorseEdit
English | Japanese
"Show us your true power!"
Hippogriff: Otherworldly Phantom Horse (この世ならざる幻馬, Kono Yo Narazaru Maboroshi Ba?) is the favored mount used by Astolfo. Astolfo secured Hippogriff from the evil magus Atlante. Though his various legends tell of him riding on the backs of mounts like a Griffin and the famous Rabicano, the Hippogriff is particularly famous among them. A Hipppogriff appears in the story of "Orlando Furioso" (The Frenzy of Roland), where Astolfo and his comrades also appear. This story includes the theme of "The Hippogriff makes an appearance here, so no matter how strange it may seem, there is nothing that is truly impossible." In "Orlando Furioso", Astolfo even goes to the Moon with the Hippogriff in order to save Roland.
Astolfo claims that it boasts great speed, and its demolishing attack as it charges is equal to an A-rank physical attack, although that is not the real value of this mythical beast. The true power of the Hippogriff takes advantage of its "impossible existence" nature and amplify it, allowing it to perform short bursts of dimensional shift continually and only for an instant. That dimension is the home of the Phantasmal Species, where only beings that are purely non-physical souls can go to. It is the Reverse Side of the World, which the Hippogriff, when summoned as a Noble Phantasm, can never reach even if it can temporarily glimpse it. This feature allows both the mount and its rider to be non-observable and immune to damage for a very short period of time within this World by phasing through every single attack. However, it also drains mana rapidly, equal to that of an A-rank Noble Phantasm.
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 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Otherworldly Phantom Horse [Noble Phantasm], p.180-181 [T]
Otherworldly Phantom Horse [Noble Phantasm]
Hippogriff. The third cheat Noble Phantasm used by Rider of Black, Astolfo. There are cases when a Griffin, a Monstrous Beast, reproduces with a mare, which would normally be its food. What’s born as a result from this is the Monstrous Beast known as a Hippogriff, which has the upper body of an eagle and the lower body of a horse.
However, it is an impossible creature which normally should not exist. This is because it should be impossible for a child to be born between a Griffon and a horse, which are predator and prey. The Hippogriff existed only as a hypothetical and philosophical symbol. A Hipppogriff appears in the story of “Orlando Furioso” (The Frenzy of Roland), where Astolfo and his comrades also appear. This story includes the theme of “The Hippogriff makes an appearance here, so no matter how strange it may seem, there is nothing that is truly impossible”. In “Orlando Furioso”, Astolfo even goes to the moon in order to save Roland.
The Hippogriff that Astolfo rides is a “Phantasmal Beast” in the true sense, since its very existence is uncertain. As a result, when it is released as a Noble Phantasm, the Hippogriff can jump over to a different dimension, though only for an instant.
That dimension is the home of the Phantasmal Species, where only beings that are purely non-physical souls can go to. It is the Reverse Side of the World, which the Hippogriff, when summoned as a Noble Phantasm, can never reach even if it can temporarily glimpse it.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3
 Fate/Apocrypha material - STATUS: Rider of Black, p.024-025
Master: Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillennia
True name: Astolfo
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Noble Phantasm: C
■ Magic Resistance: A
Cancels all magecraft A rank or under. As a matter of fact, Astolfo cannot be injured by modern day magi.
Because of the Book Noble Phantasm, Rank was greatly elevated. It is usually D rank.
■ Riding: A+
Riding Ability. Can ride beasts that are Phantasmal Beasts and Divine Beasts. However, Dragon Kind is not applicable.
■ Evaporation of Reason: D
Reasoning is disappearing. It is impossible to keep any secrets.
Carelessly chatters about own team's weaknesses and True Names, forgetful of important things, etc. A kind of extreme curse.
This skill also serves as "Instinct." During battle one is able to, to some extent, feel the optimal course.
■ Monstrous Strength C-
It is possible to rank-up Strength.
However, in the situation that this skill is activated, every 1 turn that passes damage is taken.
■ Independent Action: B
Ability that allows the magical energy from the master to be cut off and be independent.
In the case of B rank, can last two days in the current world without a master.
■ La Black Luna - Panic Calling Magic Flute
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum Targets: 100 people
A hunting horn that fires a magical sound similar to the roar of a dragon and the neighing of a divine horse.
Existences present inside the range are slammed by the force of the explosion of sound.
In the situation that the target's HP is less than the damage, it becomes dust scattered in the cardinal directions.
Granted to Astolfo by the good witch Logestila it was used by Astolfo to drive away a large flock of Harpies.
Most of the time it can be hung at the hip. When using it is big enough to encircle Astolfo.
■ Casa Di Logistilla: Destruction Declaration
Type: Anti Unit (Self) Noble Phantasm
Maximum Targets: 1 person
Inherited from a certain witch. A book with the records of the means to shatter any magecraft. The one who owns it can automatically chance A rank magecraft and below. Besides Reality Marbles, as far as things extremely close to High-Thaumaturgy are concerned, one must release the book's true name and read the book and it becomes possible to break.
■ Trap of Argilia - Touch Then Fall!
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Maximum Targets: 1 person
Lance of the knight, Argilia. Has a golden tip.
Killing ability is low although wound is attached to the leg of the spiritual body. To come back from falling, a LUC check is necessary. In the case of a failure the bad status "falling" continues to linger.
However because LUC re-adjusts itself upwards, it's not hard to succeed.
■ Hippogriff - Phantasmal Horse Not Of This World
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 100 people
Top half is a Griffon, bottom half is a horse. A Phantasmal Beast that's essentially an "impossible" existence.
Inferior in rank to a Griffon from the Age of Gods. It's demolishing attack due to it's run is equal to an A rank physical attack.
Essential regarded as "improbable," because it is born from a Griffon and a Horse, it's existence is incredibly vague. For only a moment, it is able to place itself in an interdimensional rift.
Therefore, it is able to phase through every single attack.
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Rider of “Black” [Servant], p.163-164 [T]
Rider of “Black” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Black camp. His true name is Astolfo, one of Charlemagne’s Twelve Paladins. He is the son of King Otto of England, and was destined to become king in the future.
He is one of the two major problem children in the light novels. Though he possessed a beautiful face and was beloved by all of the other Paladins, he is a “weak” knight whose abilities are inferior to the rest of them.
However, he himself didn’t care about his weakness at all and even when he felt depressed after losing a jousting match, he forget about it soon after. The easy-going Astolfo, whether due to possessing good luck or being loved for his attitude, ended up obtaining various Noble Phantasms.
He was given “Casa Di Logistilla: Declaration of Complete Destruction”, capable of destroying all spells, as a gift from a witch, borrowed the jousting lance “Trap of Argalia: Down with a Touch!” that Argalia had forgotten and left behind, and secured “Hippogriff: Otherworldly Phantasmal Horse” from the evil magus Atlante.
Astolfo fully used these Noble Phantasms and went on various adventures.
…Incidentally, since he happily loaned away most of his borrowed items when someone asked for them, he is the type that fundamentally feels no attachment to goods and objects. That might be precisely why various Noble Phantasms came into Astolfo’s possession during his life.
Astolfo’s clothes are based on his tastes—no, not his tastes; rather, he wore them in order to calm and appease Roland, who went mad after he was spurned by the woman he loved. The reason he had that appearance when he was summoned is probably because the Greater Grail decided that that was the point of “Astolfo’s heyday”. How cruel.
He is truly second-rate as a Servant. He lacks the ability to be first-rate, and even if his abundant Noble Phantasms give him a bit of an advantage, he would be overwhelmingly beaten by someone power like a Saber-class Servant due to the difference in pure strength.
However, if you consider him as a single chess piece among many in the Great Holy Grail War, his abundant Noble Phantasms can expand the breadth of his team’s tactics, and his Noble Phantasms which can make the enemy incapable of moving or fall into confusion are suited to keeping the enemy in place.
You could say he truly is a piece suited to the Great Holy Grail War, but… unfortunately, Astolfo’s sense of values is abnormal. For instance, if even a homunculus asked him for help, he would comply with all his power and do it even while knowing full well that it would be disadvantageous to his camp.
Due to his skill “Evaporation of Sanity”, he also possesses the special skill “Monstrous Strength” limited to magical beasts, though its rank is low, and his Magic Resistance is raised to A rank thanks to his Noble Phantasm. It makes him basically invincible and troublesome against an ordinary magus Master. If he were to aim to kill the other Masters, even winning the Holy Grail War might not be just a dream for him—but regrettably, that’s the type of strategy that Astolfo would definitely refuse, making it a dream within a dream.
In the light novels, his bottomless soft-heartedness, his optimism and, most of all, his dynamic attitude greatly affect the story. If Sieg is the shaft of the car wheel and Ruler is the car wheel, Astolfo is like the lubricating oil. Also, “Evaporation of Sanity” is, obviously, not a good skill. To lack reason means you can’t control your own desires. However, despite lacking reason, Astolfo eliminates the concept of “doing something bad” from his mind on an instinctive level in the first place, so it’s all good in the end…!
His feelings towards Sieg are passionate and frank. Incidentally, Astolfo doesn’t care about male and female gender differences at all. If he loves someone, whether they’re a man or woman is a trivial issue. If Sieg wished for it, he would have probably happily become his partner. However, Sieg himself is only aware of the “act of reproduction” as a phrase that means to bring into existence a life besides oneself.
He has a wish for the Holy Grail, but he still hasn’t thought about what it is. His principle was to think and actually find his wish after he reaches the point where his wish comes true. The reason that Astolfo can be summoned in a Holy Grail War despite this nature of his is because of his sense of duty to help if someone is so troubled that they call for him, similar to Karna. For some reason, it seems another class he is compatible with is the Saber class.
After the end of the light novels, Astolfo went on a wandering journey. Humanity is immature as a species, and Astolfo himself is also immature as a Servant. Even so, to make their lives as they live desperately meaningless was, as he thought, mistaken. Astolfo will continue to optimistically help those who want help without asking for any real compensation and live on until the day when he feels like he wants to live. His way of life, no matter how weak he is, truly is appropriate for a hero.