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Holy Grail War

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

The Great Holy Grail War (聖杯大戦, Seihai Taisen?), also called the Great War, is the Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. It is a conflict based upon those of Fuyuki that takes place in an alternate timeline where the Greater Grail was stolen after the Third Holy Grail War. It takes place in Trifas, a city on the outskirts of the Transylvania region of Romania.

HistoryEdit

Fuyuki's original Third Holy Grail War took place around the time of the beginning of the Second World War, but the ritual failed due to the Lesser Grail being destroyed. Afterward, Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia, a magi supporting the Nazis, found the location of the Great Grail in the caverns underneath Mount Enzou, and it was removed using military aid from the Nazis. The Three Families and the Japanese Imperial Army fought to thwart the theft, but they were left in a weak position due to having been weakened by the Holy Grail War. With their opposition defeated, the Greater Grail was successfully taken by the Nazis. Sometime during the events, Amakusa Shirou Tokisada was summoned as Ruler, and later remained materialized to join with the Church

Nazi Germany had planned to utilize it to allow them to rule the world as they saw fit, but Darnic interfered during its transport and took it for his own Yggdmillennia family. Records of battle for it were only known to magi and its whereabouts thereafter were not known to anybody, leading to speculation that it may have landed in the hands of the Imperial Army or raided by the Soviet forces. It was not allowed to become the symbol of the Third Reich and their dream of world unification, and it vanished without a trace, Darnic having also vanished from the Nazi's side.

Though the theft marked the end of Fuyuki's conflicts and the dreams of the Three Families, the Einzberns did not give up and seemed to be crafting a new Grail. The Tohsakas gave up the Grail. Nothing was heard from the presumably-decayed Matous. It marked the beginning of spreading conflicts worldwide. While attempting to prepare to utilize the Greater Grail for his own purposes, Darnic allowed for the spreading of information pertaining to the ritual, which he considered to be his only misstep. Though the Mage's Association had paid little attention to Fuyuki's ritual, the information behind its system was spread to magi throughout the world, beginning an advent of rituals across each continent.

The ritual was commonplace around the end of the 20th century, but the majority were all small in scale compared to that of Fuyuki. They could only summon five Servants, and even if the ritual were fully established, they could never proceed to the point of it being able to grant a wish. The location of the Greater Grail was revealed at that time due to Yggdmillennia seceding from the Association and using it as the focal point of their own association. They summoned Servants of their own in preparation for conflict, and settled themselves into their new position.

Due to interference from fifty hunters from the Association, the Greater Grail's backup system was activated, allowing for the Association to summon seven Servants of their own to oppose Yggdmillennia. The scale of the Holy Grail War, fourteen Servants being summoned, was the largest ever seen, leading to it being called the Great Holy Grail War. Due to the repeated Holy Grail Wars over time, relics acting as catalysts for powerful heroes like Gilgamesh, King Arthur, and Alexander the Great had been scattered and lost over time. There were still enough left for Yggdmillennia and the Association to properly summon excellent Servants of their choosing.

ProcedureEdit

The Great War makes use of the reserve system set up within the Greater Grail. While it would have likely exhausted the leylines of Fuyuki, Trifas' land is positioned on the best leylines of Romania, and they have been stockpiling magical energy at a higher speed than Fuyuki to the point of calling it an inexhaustible amount. As a highly abnormal situation, it makes for a very different battle than the Fuyuki Wars. Rather than each Servant having for form separate strategies, teams of Servants allow for Servants like Berserker, Assassin, and Caster that would normally have difficulty surviving in single combat to show their full potential.

Due to the unprecedented nature of the Great War, the Holy Grail sees it as an abnormal encroachment of its authority no matter how much the system has been altered. The status of an impartial overseer is only outside interference, so it disregards whether they exist or not and instead uses it own logic to call upon a Servant to act as Ruler of the Holy Grail War. Ruler does not serve one side or the other, but protects the very concept of the Holy Grail War. Both sides believe the monsters gathered would be too much to ignore, so they took the summoning of a Ruler-class Servant as a given.

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.

False Holy Grail WarEdit

The False Holy Grail War (偽りの聖杯戦争, ?) of Snowfield is a ritual in America based on the one in Fuyuki. Rather than fighting for a Holy Grail, the war is over a "False Grail", making the ritual hard to predict compared to that of Fuyuki. While it seems that the immense scale of the preparation for the ritual would have required a magi family of the caliber of a Great House like the Einzberns, the "Initiator" of the Holy Grail War has not appeared, nor do they give off any such presence of magi of their theorized stature.

The definition of “Summoning Rituals” is vague at best due to the flawed system, as shown by the summoning of Rider. After the fifth Servant is summoned, the False Grail wishes for the materialization of the sixth Servant, even through brutal force.

Grand OrderEdit

For the highest law of magi, see Grand Order.

Quest for the Holy Grail "Grand Order" (聖杯探索 グランドオーダー, Seihai Tansaku Gurando Ōdā?) , named after the highest law of magi due to their critical importance, are quests performed by Chaldea Security Organization in order to reverse the eradication of mankind. Because of humanity's destruction in 2015 due to the collapse of the Human Order Foundation. Chaldea is forced to travel to Singularities in the past in order to fix the irregularities of history caused by various Holy Grails. Utilizing Rayshift, the souls of selected subjects are projected into the past, forming Spiritrons avatars with the capacity to interfere with historical events. By the efforts of time-travelling agents, anomalous temporal singularities may be eliminated. The 'Grand Order' is a "name for those who would rise up against human history for the sake of humanity, and combat fate itself."

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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