Lancer's True Name is Li Shuwen (李書文, Ri Shobun?), a legendary martial artist from China who, despite being born in modern times, carved many legends. A Chinese martial artist from Yanshan County, Hebei - Cangzhou (1864~1934). Having been born in the deathbed of the Qing Dynasty, Li Shuwen distinguished himself soon after beginning to take lessons in Bājíquán, ascending to the point of being extolled as the strongest in the history of Chinese martial arts. A prominent martial artist in the history of Chinese martial arts, renowned as "a second strike is needless, so long there is one it will suffice". Otherwise he is known as Demon Fist Master (魔拳士, ?) of the Bājíquán. Rather than learning 1,000 techniques, he personified a literal one-hit kill by thoroughly polishing up a single technique.
The progenitor of the Li clan's branch of Bājí, Li Shuwen excelled in the use of spear to the point of being nicknamed "Divine Spear Li" (神槍李, Kamisō Ri?). The "Six Harmony Great Spear" that he used was a basic weapon of the Bājí-branch and, if one is to accept this extreme logic, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Bājí-branch (the Bājíquán) are nothing but preliminary steps to learn the techniques of this great spear.
It is said he have brought too much hatred due to killing too many opponents and finally had his life ended by being served poison from the victims relatives.
Li Shuwen with his heyday body, summoned as a Lancer.
To put him in a few words, a blade that cuts sharply upon being touched. Li Shuwen has regained his youth; therefore, he is equipped with a condition where his rough nature is laid bare in the open. On the topic of one having attained their youth to some extent after becoming, more or less, heroes, there are many people who will have that sort of breezy feeling of feeling young again, but for Li Shuwen in particular, that nature is stronger within him.
At the time of having grown old, he was intimate with children as the “grandpa who taught them boxing”, but Li Shuwen as he is now swings his evil fist of his own accord, devoting everything he has to fight a formidable and tough enemy, and being a martial artist with even some austere sense.
- Wong Fei-hung
- In the history of Chinese martial arts, this person is the master standing at the highest peak. Imagining about that special move which leaves not even a shadow behind, Li Shuwen wonders how closely it can reach him, so he will not calm down unless he kills that hero, even if he is only dreaming of such a moment.
E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North AmericaEdit
Li Shuwen is summoned in the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity. He is allied with no factions and instead only seemingly wanting to battle against Scáthach. While looking for her, he comes upon the Protagonist's party, who Scáthach is a part, who are being attacked by a Shadow Servant. Li Shuwen easily defeats the Shadow Servant and then demands that Scáthach to face him. However, the Protagonist's and Mash Kyrielight face him first instead, managing to beat him. Li Shuwen leaves after his defeat, refusing to join them, although he does inform them that something strange is happening to Thomas Edison, the leader of the American forces.
Li Shuwen appears later during the battle between the Celts and the United American and Resistance armies, aiding the latter. He fights Beowulf, managing to gain the upper hand on him, until the Demon Gods, Clan Calatin, arrive. He assists in the battle against them, until they are finally defeated by Arjuna's Pashupata.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
Li Shuwen is one of the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity Servants that appear to aid the Protagonist.
Journey to the WestEdit
While summoned as Lancer, there are no special changes in his basic performance. He still retains the ability of a Bajiquan master and could battle as effectively with bare fists.
The golden age of his body has naturally his younger days as standard, but it is possible to conjecture that his martial arts reached its golden age when he approached old age.
Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang) (中国武術（六合大槍）, ?) (Rank A++): A Chinese rationality. A count of how much one has mastered the martial arts that made becoming one with the universe its objective. The degree of difficulty for learning this is of the highest level and, unlike other Skills, A Rank is finally at a level one can say to have "learned it". Upon reaching +++, one is an expert among experts. While summoned as a Lancer, he has mastered the Bajiquan - including spearmanship.
Sphere Boundary (Rank B): A technique that uses Qi to perceive the state of affairs in the environment around oneself, while also, having their own existence disappear. By mastering this to achieve a state of oneness with the universe, it becomes possible to even have one’s figure become naturally transparent. Due to being summoned as a Lancer this time, his usage of Sphere Boundary has not reached a complete Presence Concealment like before.
Li's Noble Phantasm is God Spear, No Second Strike, an Anti-Unit attack that is more similar to a technical skill but has been sublimated as a Noble Phantasm. Unlike his Assassin version, Li uses his spear for the attack, increasing its range.
- ↑ 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
 Fate/Grand Order - Lancer Profile [T]
Li Shuwen - Lancer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Arco Wada
Voice Actor: Yasui Kunihiko
Noble Phantasm: B
Chinese Martial Arts: A+++
Sphere Boundary: B
Magic Resistance: D
Shen Qiang Wu Er Da: Divine Spear, No Second Strike
Li Shuwen with his heydays body, summoned as a Lancer.
A legendary martial artist from China who, despite born in modern times, carved many legends.
He is of course famous as a master of baji quan, but the exquisiteness of his spear-wielding is to the point of being extolled as "Divine Spear".
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: Neutral Evil Gender: Male
Even upon being summoned as a Lancer, there is no special changes in his basic performance.
Level 2 Bond
- Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang): A+++
A Chinese rationality. A count of how much one has mastered the martial arts that made becoming one with the universe its objective.
The degree of difficulty for learning this is of the highest level and, unlike other Skills, A Rank is finally at a level one can say to have "learned it".
Upon reaching +++, one is a expert among experts.
While summoned as a Lancer, he has mastered the baji quan - including spearmanship.
Level 3 Bond
Having been born in the deathbed of the Qing Dynasty, at Cangzhou, Li Shuwen distinguished himself soon after beginning to take lessons in baji quan, ascending to the point of being extolled as the strongest in the history of Chinese martial arts.
Rather than learning 1,000 techniques, he personified a literal one-hit kill by thoroughly polishing up a single technique.
Level 4 Bond
"Divine Spear Needs No Second Strike"
Rank: - Type: Anti-Unit
Range: 2~5 Maximum Targets: 1 person
Shen Qiang Wu Er Da.
Similarly to "Tsubame Gaeshi" and "Wu Er Da", a technical skill perfected to the point of being sublimated as a Noble Phantasm.
Its effects are the same as the "Wu Er Da" from when he is an Assassin, but the range was broadened by holding a spear. One can guess that the precision of movements is also no different from when unarmed.
Level 5 Bond
The Classes which Li Shuwen corresponds to are Lancer, Berserker and Assassin.
Furthermore, there are also precedents of Li Shuwen being summoned as an "elder".
The golden age of his body has naturally his younger days as standard, but it is possible to conjecture that his martial arts reached its golden age when he approached old age. Just like a younger Li Shuwen can be summoned as an Assassin, there are also cases of an elder Li Shuwen being summoned as a Lancer.
李書文 - ランサー
- Chinese Martial Arts (Liu He Da Qiang): A+++
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
 Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Assassin [Servant], p.154-155 [T]
He is an assassin that melts into the shadows. Julius is his Master.
His true name is Li Shuwen.
Li was a prominent Chinese martial artist who lived from 1864 to 1934, and was feared for prowess in battle, “Li Shuwen needs no second strike, as long as he lands one blow it will more than suffice.”
He became known as the Demon Fist Master for casually ending the lives of those he defeated in martial art matches. In EXTRA, he stands out from the other Assassin class Heroic Spirits because of his unique skill “Presence Concealment” which he uses to impede the protagonist as an invisible assassin.
While cold-hearted and able to kill without reserve, he is not someone who takes pleasure in killing.
“When I encounter another warrior, one of us will die. A fight is not something that can be taken lightly; it is something upon which both parties have staked their beliefs. Therefore it is not something that should be approached in a casual way. Also, after a fight has begun, it must always result in the death of one combatant.”
This is the principle which governs Assassin in Fate/Extra.
He is extremely logical and fair, and it would seem that this is what he believes a fight to be.
His Master, Julius, also makes his living by stealing the lives of others. Their compatibility is good.
Julius was originally a contract killer, and Assassin was originally a professional martial artist, so their opinions clash on a fundamental level. Julius just thinks of killing as all in a day’s work, while Assassin greatly enjoyed the prime of his life when he could often fight to the death.
Assassin is not a maniacal killer, but if things come to a fight, he figures he might as well have fun.
Assassin would heartily laugh and say that without such an attitude it would be impossible to truly hone oneself as a warrior. Julius replied seriously “...really?”
Li Shuwen belongs to the Assassin class, however only when using a lance can his true ability be drawn out to the fullest.
He is the founder of a branch of Bājíquán named Eight Extremities Gate, and he excelled in the use of spears to the point of being nicknamed Divine Spear Li. The Six Harmony Great Spear that he used is the basic weapon of Eight Extremities Gate, and to speak strongly, it can be said that the unarmed techniques of the Eight Extremities Gate are nothing but the preliminary step to learning the techniques of this great spear.
Simply (but not purely) Li desired nothing more than to increase his own strength. In his later years he came to see the power of his values and way of life as his strength, rather than violence.
He acknowledges that he is a closer to being a professional killer than a martial artist, but this is neither a self-depreciation nor a boast.
Given that he often learned, often fought and often murdered in his previous life, he really does not carry any regrets or grudges.
Since he was summoned as a Servant, he swings his wicked fists as the concealed weapons of his Master Julius without hesitation. For the time being he has taken up the role of Assassin for the sake of compatibility with Julius, though originally his Servant class was supposed to be Lancer. As Lancer he would have probably appeared as a grizzled master, the figure of his later years.
 Fate/EXTELLA material - Encyclopedia: Li Shuwen [Servant], p.116-117 [T]
Li Shuwen [Servant]
An Assassin-class Servant in Nero's army.
In life, Li Shuwen hailed from the city of Cangzhou in Yanshan County, Hebei. A legendary martial artist, he was celebrated as "God's Spear" from the end of the Qing Dynasty to the formation of the Republic of China.
In Fate/EXTRA, he fought the main character as the Servant of Julius B. Harwey.
In EXTELLA, he joins Nero's army after being scouted by her, although there was only a fifty-fifty chance that he would have agreed; had he been approached by Tamamo first, it is possible he would have joined her army instead.
While his enlistment in Nero's army was more a matter of chance, he holds honor in the highest regard and has pledged his allegiance to the Crimson Emperor, willing to put his life on the line for the sake of their contract, If there had been a route where Archimedes tried to kill the main character directly, Li Shuwen would have stepped in to prevent it instead of Nero. "Why do you protect him [or her]?" Archimedes would ask. "I'd assumed that Nero is the one to whom you owe your word, not her Master." "Well, I never mentioned it to you, but I have a particular bond with this one," Li Shuwen's response would begin. "If it is his [or her] destiny to fall in battle, that is one thing, but no one's going to assassinate him [or her] on my watch. After all, there was once a man who could not accomplish his task because he went along with me for my sake." This sense of justice differs from what he displays as Nero's general, a sense a righteousness born from the experiences he had with the man who was his Master in the past.
李「なに、貴様には黙っていたがこやつとは縁があってな戦いに敗れるのであれば運命だが、暗殺されるのは見過ごせん濃の趣味に付き合って、結局果たさなかった男がいるものでな」 それはネロに見せた仕事としての仁義ではなく、男として、か つてのマスターに向けた仁義である。
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3
 Fate/Extra - Li Shuwen (Assassin) Matrix [T]
Master: Julius Harway
True Name: Li Shuwen
Noble Phantasm: No Second Strike
Keyword: A second strike isn't needed, Obfuscation
Strength: B, Defense: C, Agility: A, Magic: E, Luck: E
Obfuscation: -, Liuhe Quan: A+++, Concealment: A
01 - No Second Strike
Li Shuwen's blows are almost always fatal, whether he throws a hard blow designed to kill or a simple feint to draw his opponent into an attack. A saying that has managed to survive the passing of years is, "For Li Shuwen, a second strike is needless." It is this saying from which his Noble Phantasm get its name.
To be accurate, this isn't a Noble Phantasm in the traditional sense of term. Rather, it is the ultimate expressions of the true power possible by mastering the martial arts. Li Shuwen is considered to be one of the very few to have gained total mastery over his style, and in fact was believed to have transcended the need for physical attacks, instead defeating his opponents by engulfing them in Chi.
There is much debate as to whether Li Shuwen actually uses his Chi to defeat his opponents, although the very few who have managed to survive a confrontation with him report suffering all of the effects associated with this attack, such as obscured senses, heightened state of paranoia, and the feeling that their nervous system was under almost unendurable strain.
02 - A second strike isn't needed
This was the second name given to one of the strongest practitioners of kung fu in Bajiquan history. Considered to be the ultimate master of Bajiquan, it is said that this person was able to take the life of his opponents with a single gentle touch.
03 - Obfuscation
A skill used to completely conceal one's presence.
Although this ability allows the user to become almost completely invisible, the sheer amount of magical energy required almost screams out that some form of thaumaturgy is being used. Should this person's opponent be a skilled magus, their presence would be noticeable in some extrasensory fashion.
There is a way to achieve this state of being without the use of any kind of magical aid and using only the abilities inherent within one's own physical form, but the level of concentration required is far beyond what humans are capable of.
０１ - 无二打
０２ - 二の打ち要らず
０３ - 気配遮断
While a common skill of all Servants of the Assassin Class, the level to which he is able to almost completely obscure his presence goes far above the limits normally associated with this ability.
Liuhe Quan [A+++]
A Chinese meditiative ideal. It is a belief that true mastery of martial arts comes not through training, but acceptance. As this technique is extremely difficult to understand, let alone master, it is only when achieving the rank A that one is thought to have actually begun to learn. Those with ranks exceeding A are considered true masters of the arts.
A technique in which one uses their Chi to blend in with the whole of their surroundings. For masters of the ability, it is possible for them to truly become one with the world and have their very forms seem to become invisible.
01 - Character Background
Li Shuwen (1864-1934)
A Chinese martial arts master from Yanshan County, Hebei-Cangzhou. One of the foremost practitioners of the style of the style known as Bajiquan, he was so powerful that many remarked that with him, "a second strike is needless as long a single blow will suffice."
In addition to his skills in hand-to-hand combat, he was also supremely talented in the use of the spear, so much so that he earned the name "Divine Spear Li." His occasional us of this weapon sometimes causes his opponents to mistakenly classify him as a Lancer. While this wouldn't normally be entirely incorrect, due to his Master's desire for a stealthy Servant capable of killing from the shadows, the traits more associated with the Assassin class have come to the fore.
On a final note, since his ability to become invisible is based on his natural abilities and not on any form of thaumaturgy, he is all but undetectable to the vast majority of magi or anyone dependent on magic.
02 - "Master of the Demonic Fist"
Li Shuwen, Master of the Demon Fist.
One of the few undisputed masters of martial arts, he maintains a delicate balance between the innate goodness and inherent evil found in all men. He fell victim to poison after earning the undying hatred of the countless families of those he had killed.
As a Servant, the balance he maintained in life has slipped slightly, but he still values rationality greatly. While he does not see much difference between good and evil, he will react with disgust and utter contempt for those who stray from rational thinking. And for those who allow what Christians call "The Seven Deadly Sins" to overwhelm their lives, he brings swift and inevitable death.
Although he was known as a deadly fighter throughout his life, in his later years he discovered that true power lay not in the strength of his fists, but in the strength of his convictions. He spent the remainder of his life following valor, not violence.
He freely acknowledge that in his current incarnation he is nothing more than a professional killer, but does so without bitterness or regret. And although he uses his power as Julius directs, could it be that...?
０１ - 人物背景：
０２ - 『魔拳士』
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Fate/Grand Order material III - Li Shuwen