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“Well then, let's play together!"
"The repeated ripples of pages... being pushed away is the bookmark of grass... all fables are my friend!”

Caster, Fate/Grand Order


Nursery Rhyme: A Tale For Somebody's Sake (誰かの為の物語ナーサリー・ライム, Dare ka no Tame no MonogatariNāsarī Raimu?) is a Noble Phantasm possessed by Caster. It is a Reality Marble, her nature of reflecting her Master's desires upon herself through the Perpetual Engine relic. Alice has great interest in nursery rhymes, so she takes on that form.

The Servant's own ability is not the Reality Marble, but rather the Reality Marble itself being able to take the form of a Servant. It projects the Master's mind out into the open like a mirror, and manifests itself as a Pseudo-Servant based on a shape that the Master dreamed of. Originally, there is no specific name, but the genre of the picture book is "nursery rhyme". Because the contents of the Marble reflects the Master's mind, it will be strongly influenced by Alice's favorite books "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" that composes the thoughts of her mind. Aspects of the ability include the summoning of the monster "Jabberwock" and the "Trump Soldiers", fading a person's very existence itself from the beginning of the target's memories and ego through the "Nameless Forest", etc. One can see the influence of the picture books that was read with great pleasure during Alice's lifetime.[2]

“A nursery rhyme is a children's refrain,
Tom Thumb's charming picture book,
The first glimpse of Mother Goose's awakening,
The sorrowful me to the lonely you,
Your final wish, let's make it true.”

—Caster Matrix


AbilitiesEdit

Nursery Rhymes

Unknown whereabouts. (正体不明で消息不明。, Shōtai fumeide shōsoku fumei.?)
Fire-spouting dragons and cloud-breathing giants. (火をふく竜とか雲つく巨人。, Hi o fuku ryū toka kumo tsuku kyojin.?)
Illusions (trompe-l'œil) are silhouetted apparitions. (トリックアートは影絵の魔物。, Torikkuāto wa kagee no mamono.?)
Adult conversations are, perhaps, full of lies. (けだし、大人の話はデマカセだらけ。, Kedashi, otona no hanashi wa demakase-darake. ?)
The truth lies within Professor Dodgson's head. (真相はドジスン教授の頭の中に。, Sō wa dojisun kyōju no atama no naka ni.?)

Aykroyd in celluloid. (アクロイドでセルロイド。, Akuroido de seruroido.?)
Acrostic sadistic. (アクロスティックなサディスティック。, Akurosutikkuna sadisutikku.?)
Everyone here is ordinary. (ここでは誰もがただのモノ。, Kokode wa daremoga tada no mono.?)
Birds being birds and people being people is nice, isn't it. (鳥は鳥で、人は人でいいじゃない。, Tori wa tori de, hito wa hitode ī janai.?)
Your name, I will now take. (貴方のお名前、いただくわ。, Anata no onamae, itadaku wa.?)

JabberwockyEdit

Jabberwocky

The Jabberwock

“And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.”

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol


Caster can summon the Jabberwock (ジャバウォック, Jabawokku?), a being she calls a "friend" that is greater in power than Servants. It is initially believed to be the Berserker-class Servant of Alice, and it has an overwhelming presence. Its strength shakes the Arena itself, and simply nearing it allows for its fierce, swirling magical power to be felt. It can overwhelmingly defeat Hakuno Kishinami's Servant, and the only defense is to retreat because Alice doesn't have it pursue them due to wishing to wait for Hakuno to "play" with her. It is created through their power, and it will stay until its granted magical energy is depleted. In the Fate/Extra Manga, it was shown that while Saber and Lancer could damage the Jabberwocky, it simply regenerated from its injuries, even restoring its decapitated head with no issue.

AliceEater

Alice Eater

It can only be defeated by the Vorpal Blade, a "blade of legend that no one has ever seen", a Mystic Code weapon that has an effect on certain types of monstrosities. It is from the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol, depicting a nameless hero's quest to slay the fearsome beast. It is not something found normally within the Moon Cell, but crafted by an alchemist with Malachite. The one created by Rani VIII is only able to be used once. It emanates magic as it nears the Jabberwock, shrinking his aura and allowing for him to be defeated in regular combat. It uses a skill called Alice Eater (ありすイーター, Arisu Ītā?) to temporarily strengthen itself.

Nameless ForestEdit

“Birds are just birds here. People are just people here. Welcome to Alice's tea party.”
Alice and Caster


Nameless Forest (名無しの森, Nanashi no Mori?) is a Reality Marble generated as a "playground" for Alice and Caster. Modeled after a forest, it is "Alice's tea party" where none can remember their names. It slowly chips away at the target's ego in order by influencing their unconscious mind to cause them to disappear. They first forget their name, forget who they are, and then begin to fade away until their body completely disappears. Attempting to retrieve information like their identity or the names of others from their memory does not work, feeling a disturbance like slipping against smooth stone. Alice and Caster carry a piece of paper with them with "What is your name?" written upon it. Hakuno Kishinami's Servants, Alice, and Caster appear unaffected by its abilities.

The only way to recall information within is for the target to recall their name. Simply writing it and reading it aloud is enough to break the effects. Reading a wrong name has no effect, and they are unable to tell the meaning behind the words. They similarly don't comprehend the importance of their name at first, but feel the area return quickly afterward.

In the Fate/Extra Manga, the Nameless Forest takes the shape of a table with chairs laid out with food and tea, set in the middle of a garden with metal arches marking the entrances.

Trump SoldiersEdit

Trump Soldiers (トランプ兵, Toranpu-hei?), spear-wielding card soldiers from Alice in Wonderland, can be created. She can bring about an army of forty, and though their combat ability is low, they are almost invincible due to Caster providing regenerative powers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Fate/Grand Order material III - Nursery Rhyme, p.006-013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2