Saber's True Name is Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (ネロ・クラウディウス・カエサル・アウグストゥス・ゲルマニクス, Nero Kuraudiusu Kaesaru Augusutusu Gerumanikusu?), the Fifth Roman Emperor. She had the reputation of a notorious tyrant whose rule was made up of schemes and poison as she oppressed all religious forces, especially Christians, and the Roman Senate during the period from 50 to 60 AD. It is believed in one theory that the Book of Revelation was written as a reaction against said oppression. She was regarded in the same light as the devil as the assumed Hebrew pronunciation of her name as an emperor, Nero Caesar being pronounced as "NRVN QSR", equates with the "Number of the Beast". This name and the "Beast of Babylon" refers to Rome itself and it is not an alias given to her as an individual.
Nero's father was Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, cousin of the Fourth Emperor, Claudius; and her mother, Julia Augusta Agrippina, was the younger sister of Emperor Caligula. Because Nero's father was considered to be a weak man, Nero was barred from succeeding to the throne. Agrippina eventually remarried to Emperor Claudius (Agrippina's uncle) and convinced him to adopt Nero as his heir, leading Nero down the path to becoming emperor by her own evil designs but started by her own mother's debauchery. Agrippina, through her plotting and manipulating, pressured Octavia (Claudius's daughter and Nero's step-sister) to marry Nero. Nero's relatives resented her illegitimate birthright and relations became strain. Nero had more affection for the nameless masses than her relatives.
During her youth, Nero was revered as a very competent judge who brought in several important lawsuits with her fairness and efficiency, though Claudius had forbidden her from doing so due to her young age. Nero eventually succeeded her stepfather after Agrippina murdered Claudius in the year 54 AD, she was enthroned emperor at the age of seventeen, which would have been extremely difficult with her origins.
After claiming the throne, Nero gave out money to all citizens in celebration. She then abolished all indirect taxes. Predictably, the public adored Nero's generosity. Nero attempted to reform a depraved government and the corrupt senate, but her reforms were stalled and met with hostility. Conflicts with the senate erupted when Nero tried to unify the Roman Empire with some troublesome provinces. In contrast, Nero boasted tremendous popularity from the citizens, thanks to her generous policies; her care for diplomacy caused Britannia's relations in Rome to improve during later years, essentially making her the person who built the opportunity for the legend of King Arthur to be born. She was also highly praised by Persia, which lead to Rome being considered "the country of Nero" by Persia after her death.
Nero had to bicker between a corrupt Senate and her predatory mother who made policies in self-interest. Agrippina only saw Nero as a tool to become the mother of the emperor. Conflicts with her mother became more pronounced at this time. As a result, Nero hired an assassin to end her mother's life before she could deal with a troublesome senate. But the assassination failed, and the only thing she could do was cut her mother down publicly, proclaiming that her own mother tried to poison her. The year was 59 AD, that was the year that Nero's reputation as a tyrant was cemented. Nero states that since that day, she has been afflicted with headaches. Nero suffered from chronic hysteria, a result from constantly using a silver cup. Nero had been poisoned as a child, so as not to defy her mother she was given the antidote in tandem. When her mother died, she also took the antidote with her to the grave, so Nero lapsed into a fevered delirium.
Nero's life then took a radical shift after her ascension. Nero's wife, Octavia, committed suicide. Her younger stepbrother was murdered in order to secure her influence and then drove her sole mentor, the philosopher Seneca, to suicide. Seneca's death affected Nero deeply, she considered him a father figure. According to Nero, she told him that she would forgive him over and over again, but Seneca was skeptical of Nero's word and he ended his life in Nero's house. It pained Nero that Seneca disbelieved her words. Through her selfish actions, Nero was a monster to her relatives, but she boasted popularity with the masses.
She established the "Nero Festival" in 59 or 60 AD, which was an athletic conference that took after the Greek Olympics and happened once every five years. She opened three fields for music, gymnastics, and horse riding and openly participated in the events herself. During July 19, 64 AD., there was a large conflagration that occurred to the extent of reducing Rome to ashes. The victims were contained to a bare minimum thanks to Nero's swift and adequate response as an administrator, and she earned immense popularity with the citizens by thoroughly carrying out her subsequent pledges. These measures are highly praised as "effective measures that exhausted the bounds of human intellect" even by the many historians who criticize her. She later established the Domus Aurea theater designed by herself. She was eventually driven out of her position during a revolt in 69 AD, lead by Vindex in Gallia. At first, Nero ignored the situation, perhaps she still trusted Vindex, the inciter of the rebellion. More likely she was suffering from despair and she wished for the situation to go away. Two years later, Vindex would incite another rebellion and by then the senate had enough with Nero. The senate was so displeased with Nero's mishandling of the revolt that they called her a traitor and she was forced to escape from Rome. Nero was convinced that her popular policies and her popularity with the people would protect her from being forced to abdicate the throne. However, the public was silent and they did nothing to protect her. The Roman people had abandoned her, after she had devoted so much for them. She acknowledges that she had made an error in judgement in relying on the people. Still, Nero did not resent them, instead she was saddened by their lack of uproar, "it was my greatest error to love them in a way that they could not understand."
She eventually decided to kill herself, though such an end was considered unsportsmanlike by her. She stopped herself many times, having cried about "how can such a magnificent artist disappear from this world?", but as those who betrayed her closed in she quoted a line from Homer's Iliad, "Hark, now strikes on my ear the trampling of swift-footed coursers!", before finally stabbing her own throat with a knife. After Nero's suicide, a soldier delicately wrapped a cloak around Nero's body, "too late. This is fidelity," Nero said. Those were her last words.
Saber is a blond-haired young girl of short stature. She has a great resemblance to another Saber, King Arthur, though there is no blood relationship between them. King Arthur was said to be a fusion between two individuals, one of whom was the Roman general Artorius so there is some form of a link. Self-styled, cross-dressing beauty. She appears in a Santa outfit as Saber Santa (セイバーサンタ, Seibā Santa?) in the second TYPE-MOON MOVIE Ace 2nd episode.
- Ball Dress of Rose (薔薇の舞踏服, Bara no Butōfuku?) is the default dress that Saber wears. Who typically appears dressed in a military-styled red dress with a translucent portion in the front of the lower skirt. She claims the dress itself is not see-through, but rather she is letting people see.
- Bondage Bridal Gown (束縛の花嫁衣装, Sokubaku no Hanayome Ishō?) is Saber's Bride outfit in Fate/Extra CCC earning the nickname of Bride Saber (嫁セイバー, Yome Seibā?). With a whole new get-up, the emperor of roses wrapped herself in a pure white outfit. Due the exchange of outfit, her tension has also changed and her combat-styled underwent a variation from its original condition. Even her favorite sword - Original Fire - has read the mood and converted its blade from red to silvery snow.
- Unshackled Bridal Gown (解放の花嫁衣装, Kaihō no Hanayome Ishō?)
- Modern costume of Crimson (深紅の現代衣装, Shinku no Gendai Ishō?) is Saber's modern frilly short dress. In Takeuchi original design, she had black stocking.
- Red lightning (あかいいなずま, Akai Inazuma?) is a sling bikini type costume.
- Mythology Mystic Code of Emperor (皇帝の神話礼装, Kōtei no Shinwa Reisō?) is Saber's last costume.
Saber has a haughtiness that seems to more than compensate for her short stature, overlapping much with the personality of Gilgamesh. She refrains from asking how privileged Hakuno feels by summoning her, and grants them the honor of being her Master. She feels that, as her Master, they can be allowed to act as her equal without having to use honorifics. Often when given the choice to answer to her, only a single affirmative choice is offered rather than allowing for a negative response. She believes that anything she does must be perfect down to the smallest detail, such as a number of flawless victories to make her feel on top of the world after displaying perfection in her swordplay. If Hakuno denies to be her Master, she claims she cannot understand what they are speaking about, believing it to be some form of Oriental humility. She refuses to accept the answer, and declares that her tolerance allows for a single mistake from them. When recounting the Servant Classes, she names some, and then claims that the rest are not of any importance. Only the Saber class has any worth, and as it is known as the best of the classes, it should be obvious that she is Saber.
Saber has a different definition for love as she understood it. According to her, her type of love was selfish. When she gave it, she expected something in return for it was not unconditional. To Saber, the more tender type of love was foreign and incomprehensible. She acknowledges that she has a different value system than the people. Nero's love burnt out offering and devoting everything. Her passion burned brightly, without regards to permanence. Nero loved her citizens as she thought was right. But, the love her citizens proffered was different, and the difference invited Nero's fall. Saber regrets that she could not share in the love that the masses embraced so naturally. Because she could not express her love in a way that can be understood, she did not receive love in return, "while this woman could love more than any other person, she could not experience the joy of being loved. Her lavish expressions of love were not enough to satisfy her people." The thought of dying without anyone loving her could be one of the reasons why she hesitated pushing the dagger into her own throat.
She identifies herself as being short, but claims it does not matter in determining superiority. As she does not mind it, she firmly believes others should also not mind as well, and declares that no comments about her height, especially the terms petite or short, should be made. She finds being addressed as "princess" to be an insult because she is a grown woman, and instead prefers to be addressed as empress by her enemies.
She gives off the impression of a valiant young man in crimson, and she has a masculine bearing and tone of voice, leading Hakuno to think she may have been raised like a boy. She acknowledges that the reason she wears men's clothes is not that she is trying to project an imperial image, but because she actually enjoys wearing men's clothes. While her brusque attitude and gallant actions would imply that she values valor above all, she actually identifies her core as a maiden due to her adoration for beauty. She still does not allow gender to sway her preferences, and believes the true orientation of her soul to be half and half. Firmly routed in the middle of the two genders, she personally finds her ability to go either way admirable. She becomes attracted to Hakuno regardless of their gender, and eventually even declares her love for them.
She often refers to her Master as Praetor, which was a title granted by the government of Ancient Rome to men acting in one of two official capacities: the commander of an army or an elected magistrate. She comes to develop feelings for Hakuno, and discloses her true identity to them for that reason. She is worried about the negative connotations that come with her identity, and does not mind if she is called a tyrant or the Whore of Babylon by them. Even if she is disliked, she will simply work hard to become worthy of Hakuno's love and take their heart. While she claims to be able to endure the pain, she looks like a child who is trying really hard not to cry while stating it.
She feels she is an artist before an emperor, truly thinking that she is the pinnacle of the arts and "an artist who rivals the god of arts Apollo." Citing it as her true calling, she boasts various accomplishments, such as writing and singing songs, painting, sculpting, writing, fashion design, architecture, acting, and metalwork. She cherishes the theater the most, but still prides herself on the rest of her works. She feels that only through art can she express what she feels, as she finds it difficult to do so in a normal way. It was said that in her final hours that she expressed her anguish that an artist such as herself had to die. Her main concern was that her act of suicide was punishing the public by having "such a magnificent artist disappear from this world." She is sensitive to praises and can be quite easy to manipulate when flattered.
She claims to have been popular, citing a small girl laying a crown of flowers upon her head after returning from a triumphant battle even though that has all to do with her being an emperor. She acknowledges that not all of her works were masterpieces, but thinks some of them were quite good. She knows that not many people appreciated or understood her artistic talents, but simply suggests that her critics were not advanced enough to understand her artistic vision. She claims she mastered it all in the name of art, so even if no one valued them, she was satisfied just having them made. She was able to express her love for her people through her works. She eventually decided that no one understands genius, so, having grown accustomed to the public lacking understanding in her art, decided that faith in herself is enough.
Despite her "humility", she does not like to be criticized, and will go to great lengths to protect her artistic integrity. They were panned by her friends, and she was once told, "We are friends and I support your government, but I cannot understand eighty percent of your art!" by her dear friend Tacitus. She almost murdered him in an outburst of rage afterward, but managed to stop herself. She would often perform for the masses at her Domus Aurea, but spectators would frequently leave midway through her performances. She was so enraged by this obvious act of disrespect that she ordered all entrances to the theater to be sealed, forcing the audience to sit through her entire performance until the final curtain fell.
She praises beauty above all, stating that "Beautiful young boys are good. Beautiful young girls are better. My singular preference is beauty!" She greatly expresses a desire to fight Greek Heroic Spirits like Atalante, because of their beauty. She has a certain fixation on Heracles, causing her to create a legend after publicly strangling a lion with a rear naked choke in an attempt to emulate him by reenacting his exploits. While she was trying to prove her own might was as great as that of Heracles, her citizens were left unimpressed by the display and attempting to view Heracles as a rival causes the protagonist to think of her as a megalomaniac. She felt the achievement could potentially have been surpassed by Hakuno if they had been in a public coliseum upon defeating a large number of rare enemies. She likes beautiful speech, commenting that Hakuno speaks with few, but beautiful words when she was first summoned, either that or she is greatly unconcerned with their laconic speech.
Her characteristic anecdote is that she was an administrator for the citizens. She believes herself that she was a tyrannical emperor who injured the lives of many and met an ugly end. She does not deny that is the truth of her rule, but she is not ashamed of it either. While she has regrets about her life and moments where she went too far, she feels all that matters is that she was true to herself in everything. She is not one to cave to others' assessments, but she values the opinions of Hakuno.
She doesn't like to be directly called a tyrant, even by her Master, and while the assertion is true, she would rather be thought of as an earnest emperor incapable of separating business and pleasure. It makes her slightly angry, but she quickly calms down once her position is understood. She claims that even a poorly regarded emperor is still an emperor, and that she will defend her Master proudly as the best of Servants. Due to her legend, others, such as Gawain, refer to her as the "Whore of Babylon" (バビロンの妖婦士, Babiron no Yōfushi?) as an insult.
She has great pride in herself and her actions. Even though she does not wish to give her name, simply being asked about it brings her great happiness. She claims that it is the pleasure of those with regal natures to dignify the queries of those around them with answers, and gets so caught up in the mood that she almost gives her birth name without even thinking about it. She feels that she must always speak with the air of an emperor, speaking according to her parents' expectations of her in childhood and how she was raised. She was never allowed to speak plainly since leaving childhood, and speaking casually would be denying what she has become, throwing away all that to which she has devoted herself. While doing so would allow her to regain her humanity, she speaks with certainty that such a day had never occurred and will never come.
She lived a luxurious lifestyle. She voices her disappointment over the scenery of the underwater arena, exclaiming that view it offers simply looks too much like the aquarium she owned during life. She has no direct interest in monetary gain, but admires the trappings of wealth and believes that treasure cannot be ignored.
Saber by a Hair's BreadthEdit
Saber by a Hair's Breadth (セイバー危機一髪, Seibā Kiki Ippatsu?) is a promotional flash game set during Saber's life. Wishing to take a bath after working up a sweat, she has an unnamed Roman soldier heat it for her. While he initially gets it right, he quickly breaks the oven and overheats it, causing him to run in after hearing her shouting and see her in the bath. She doesn't have any issues with him viewing her, and instead, asking if she fascinates him, comments that he must have a heart that admires beauty. She asks about his particular likes, and says that, as long as he has no wicked thoughts, that she will forgive him.
There is no need for her to run away or hide as his emperor, so she even offers to model for him. After she gets out of the bath to do so, the soldier faints from embarrassment, causing Saber to have him taken out. She chides him for causing her trouble, but says there is nothing wrong with having the spirit to admire beauty. Commenting that they would have gotten along, she says they may meet in another time and place, and says she will leave things to him at that time.
Saber is one of the selectable Servants in Fate/Extra along with Archer and Caster. However, in the first place, there isn’t a Master to be found who would summon her. Her true name corresponds to great evil in a certain religion, and the end of her life was a miserable one. Just as much as she is an emperor, she is also an artist with unshakable faith in her own genius, and the only absolute justice to her is “beauty.” Whether ally, enemy, her citizens, or herself, she will not love anything that does not fit into that category. That holds true even for a Master. For sure, she will never obey someone she finds unseemly. There’s no magus who would want to make use of a weapon who judges matters based on something like “beauty.” Contracting with this Heroic Spirit is simply too risky.
And so she spent her days in ennui in the Moon Cell's Throne of Heroes. Though she gets lonely, her pride overcame that. She decided not to settle for just anyone, planning on only contracting with a genius of her level. And so, at the end of another round of preliminaries. Just when she was about to leave, thinking that there was no one to call her this time either, she heard a faint voice. When she turned, she saw a nameless someone who, despite being on the verge of death, still fought to stand. Someone who was not strong, had no outstanding talent and wasn’t even a proper wizard. But Saber saw a kindling that twinkled like a star in the night, a kindling that refused to fade. Instantly, she rushed forward. What she had in her chest was not sympathy for that someone, but anger against the high heavens. She knew that it was the way of the world for the weak to remain weak and perish, their prayers to no avail. Precisely because she knew this, she couldn’t stand for it. What kind of heaven would ignore such powerful will? Even in the death throes, that nameless one chose not to give up but to fight. Rather than answering summons, Saber had come to the place of selection of her own volition. While groaning inwardly at the offering up of herself that she had disliked so, she speaks to the nameless soul. She first appears upon hearing Hakuno Kishinami will to continue striving to live. She admires and respects their attempt to embrace the fear of death and fight on regardless of the fate that may await them. Deciding that she will hear it even if the world doesn't, she exclaims their destiny begins right at that moment.
—Saber talking to Hakuno
She finds their first fight together against the effigy to be unsatisfying given how long she had waited for such a moment. After explaining the details of the Holy Grail War, she says she will keep her identity a secret for the time being to avoid having enemies find out. She will eventually reveal it as she gets to know them more. She turns the private room into her audience chamber to answer any grievances they may have for her.
They face Shinji Matou and Rider in the first week. She hates Shinji, and compares him to a talking rat. Once they finally reach the battle, she finds the Coliseum to be lacking, as it bears little resemblance to the Roman Coliseum and lacks even a single spectator. She believes she has to make up for the tackiness of the stage with a brilliant display of bravery. After Shinji and Rider's defeat, she claims that she wanted to hang Rider, but chooses to drop her ill will after she comes to feels pity for her instead.
After the battle, she comforts Hakuno over their feelings towards Shinji's death. She understands the need to lament over Shinji's death even if their friendship was only brief. While someone like Rin will abandon her civility to be emotionless towards the deaths of others, she claims that she won't do such a thing. She has come to like Hakuno even more after their recent ordeals though she is unsure of the exact reason.
She likes those who are kind, and while their tears have no beauty in them, she is still moved by them nonetheless. She encourages them to forge onward towards the end of the Grail War. The stronger wish is not that which triumphs in the end, but rather the wish that is more beautiful. Their wish may be a small and frail seed, but it will blossom beautifully by the end as long as they keep winning and let resolution bloom in their mind.
After the second round begins, she is wary of Dan Blackmore due to his great experience and Hakuno's lack of motivation. She dislikes Archer's style of battle, as she prefers direct combat and hates those who attack from the shadows without any refinement. She thinks his actions lack any beauty, and takes a particular dislike for his poisons, only for the fact that she thinks he could have used better ones.
She suggests that Archer and Dan cannot communicate soul to soul, so their defeat lies in observing the differences in their philosophies. She prefers Hakuno, who only relies on willpower rather than ability or philosophy, and she entrusts herself to it without question.
The pair enter the Moon Mile Ladder. As they wait for it to reach the first floor, Hakuno is slightly shocked when she decides to join him in the bath, unconcerned about being seen naked by a man. Slightly confused by his amnesia and ignorance of his situation, she explains the nature of their world and of the Holy Grail War, and becomes impressed when he agrees to fight despite the risk of dying. She tells Hakuno she will tell him her true name when the time is right.
When they reach the first floor, she becomes shocked that instead of a battlefield, it is a festive city, though she becomes taken in by the sights. The pair tour the city and eat at a cafe. At a bar, they meet a woman whom Saber mistakes for a Master and tries to challenge her to a fight, but the woman explains that all the Masters gave up their Servants to be able to live on this floor in peace, which upsets Saber. Outside, they are surrounded by women in police uniforms, which excites Saber as she explains she is attracted to both pretty boys and pretty girls.
The women take them to the mayor's office. Shinji Matou reveals himself as the mayor and explains that he has suspended the Grail War and created an area of peace, with NPCs to tend to a Master's every need. He invites Hakuno to become a citizen, as long as he gives up Saber. Saber becomes slightly scared when Shinji says the Servants become "recycled" for raw materials and energy, but Hakuno refuses the offer. Enraged, Shinji separates the pair with a firewall and summons Darius III, Fergus and Leonidas, explaining that he decided to save a few of the Servants and reformat them as Berserkers. Saber fights them while telling Hakuno, who is being attacked by the police women, to stay alive until she can reach him.
After dodging and parrying their attacks, she tricks them into breaking a hole in the firewall and reaches Hakuno, who passed out after defeating the police women. Rin Tohsaka arrives on a flying motorcycle and calls out to her, so she picks up Hakuno and jumps on the cycle to escape. Rin takes them to her apartment and treats Hakuno's injuries. When he wakes up, Rin gives them both mana-replenishing drinks and explains how Shinji came into power and suspended the Holy Grail War, thanks to a strange circle in the sky called Chakravatin disrupting SE.RA.PH.'s influence. Offended by the very notion of disrupting the Grail War, Saber accepts Rin as an ally in taking Shinji down.
The next day, Rin helps the two sneak into the mayor's office before staying behind to fight the Berserkers. They take the elevator and are shocked to arrive in a school setting. They find Shinji, who accepts their challenge and floods the city before calling upon Rider to fight her. She leaps from place to place, dodging Rider's gunfire and cannons from the Golden Hind, but is eventually knocked into the water. She finds a sunken ship and tries to take control of it with Imperial Privilege, but runs low on mana and starts to drown. Hakuno dives down to her and kisses her to restore her energy.
She rises from the water and reveals she figured out Rider's true name is Francis Drake, and Drake congratulates her. Saber takes control of the sunken ship and rams the Golden Hind with it, distracting Drake long enough to board the ship. She then charges Drake and impales her when Drake runs out of bullets. Saber looks on as Drake, Shinji, and Hakuno exchange some final words before Drake and Shinji die. After they die, the city reverts to ruins and Saber remarks that this was what the first floor was supposed to look like. The Moon Mile Ladder arrives to take them to the second floor, and Rin joins them.
She and Rin bathe together and she asks Hakuno to join them, but he declines. Rin marvels on how they seem to be underwater, and she explains there is an ocean between the first and second floors. She gets up and walks into the main room wearing only a ribbon and comments on Hakuno's willingness to fight despite having no real motivation, and says they will discover what he really wants in time.
They arrive on the second floor in what appear to be ruins in a forest. Almost immediately, they are shot at by a sniper. She effortlessly deflects the bullets, then runs with Hakuno to the cover of the forest. Hakuno amazes her by being able to tell the sniper was in a tower in the distance, and thanks her for all the times she saved his life. She says he should smile more often, and that no matter what happens, he should appreciate all the beautiful and fun things in life. Archer attacks them, angering her for interrupting her time with Hakuno. When Archer spreads a poisonous mist, she tells Hakuno to run as she deflects arrows from the concealed bowman. Archer taunts Hakuno on not having a real motivation to fight, which angers Saber as she tells him to stop hiding and fight her head on. She is eventually hit in the chest, which weakens her even as she pulls the arrow out. Hakuno uses a Command Spell to increase her power, allowing her to ignite her sword and destroy several arrows and trees at once, but the effort weakens her enough that she drops her sword.
Just as Archer fires another volley of arrows, Rani VIII arrives and destroys the arrows with magic, forcing Archer to retreat. Rani VIII takes them to her cabin and treats her wound. Around this time, Saber and Hakuno suddenly realize Rin is not with them and have no idea where she is. She finds Rani VIII familiar, but the woman claims they have never met before. The woman explains that she lost her Servant and that Archer's Master had been murdering every Master who came before them. Saber is exhausted and goes to sleep, bidding Hakuno good night.
The next morning, Hakuno is depressed and worried after learning from Rani that it is currently the year 3020 instead of 2020 like he thought. She tells him not to worry about such things, as she personally does not care what time period she is in. Rani tells them about how Archer's Master Dan Blackmore had previously lost and is not an actual participant in the Holy Grail War. The two had been killing every Master and Servant that came before them in a futile attempt to ascend to the third floor. Rani also explains that Archer is Robin Hood, and that his arrows are poisoned and he can detonate the poison at will after dropping his invisibility. The three form a plan where Saber will engage Robin while Hakuno and Rani head to the tower in Rani's motorcycle.
Saber admires the motorcycle as they put the plan into action. Saber battles Robin, boasting that Robin may be famous for stealing from the rich, but he will lose to her, the formerly rich. She calls him out on needlessly murdering the Masters when they will gain nothing from it. Robin retorts that all Dan has is his pride in battle, and he will not deny his Master. She eventually gets shot in the arm and Robin tries to detonate it, but she deliberately bleeds out the poison, using her Thrice-Setting Sun ability to survive the blood loss. She then mortally wounds Robin, who peacefully remarks that Hakuno had defeated Dan as well, prompting her to hurry to him.
The second floor starts to fall apart with Dan's death. The Moon Mile Ladder arrives and gives them two minutes to get in. Hakuno wishes to retrieve Rani, who had been wounded and left in the forest, but Saber tells him to leave her behind, as they have no time and Rani had earlier wished to stay. Hakuno reluctantly leaves Rani behind and they enter the Moon Mile Ladder, which ascends to the third floor as the second floor is destroyed. Inside, they find Rin, who remarks that Rani got what she wanted even in death. Annoyed, they ask where she had been.
Medical Play and SaberEdit
Medical Play and Saber (セイバーとおいしゃさんごっこ, Seibā to Oishasangokko?) is a promotional flash game for Fate/Extra CCC. Hakuno helps Saber while she is sick, first checking that her temperature is at 39 °C. She remarks on having had no appetite, though Hakuno offers to feed her rice porridge to her joy. Eating proves to make her feel better, but she is drenched in sweat. Having not had a bath recently, Hakuno wipes down her body until she feels better. Before she can take the time to fully rest and recuperate, the time spent with her causes Hakuno to also fall sick, and she claims that it is her turn to care for them and provide a special lullaby. After the story, Saber promotes Fate/Extra CCC and mentions that the game had absolutely nothing to do with the main game.
In the prologue, Hakuno hears Saber's voice who begs Hakuno to wake up and remember her, but Hakuno has no memory on who the voice belongs to. Once Hakuno is devoured by BB's shadows, Hakuno once again hears Saber's voice and reaches out to her. Saber breaks the barrier to save Hakuno and took Hakuno to the new school. When she reached to the Far Side of Moon Cell, she wore her new costume "Saber Bride."
In Chapter bad end, BB separates Hakuno from Saber. Hakuno travels to the World of Logo to search for her. Hakuno eventually regains Saber, unseals her noble phantasm and they both face BB's shadow Requiem.
She develops a rivalry relationship with Elizabeth. In chapter 7 Hakuno enters inside Saber's Innercore Harmonics. Hakuno temporary formed a contract with Elizabeth, they fought against the Zero Model of Saber.
In Saber's ending, Hakuno returns to the Moon Cell Holy Grail War as seen in Fate/Extra. Before Hakuno gets deleted, Saber saves Hakuno from the process, intending to keep their promise to get married. She activates Aestus Domus Aurea, which takes the form of a church and Saber appears in a wedding dress.
Septem: Eternal Madness EmpireEdit
During the "Septem" Singularity Nero is a living hero and the current Emperor of Rome. She is engaged in a war with the United Roman Empire, established by the many emperors summoned by Lev Lainur Flauros with the Holy Grail. However, Nero's forces are also aided by multiple other Servants, including Boudica, Spartacus, Jing Ke and Lu Bu, although Nero remains unknowing of their nature as Servants, at least initially.
When Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight arrive in the Singularity, they stumble on one of the battles between the two forces and join Nero's side. Together they battle against the forces of the United Roman Empire. They defeat Julius Caesar in Gaul and meet the goddess Stheno on a nearby island, where they also defeat Nero's uncle Caligula. They also fight and defeat Leonidas when they return.
After finding out the location of the United Roman Empire's headquarters, they launch an all-out attack against them, confronting the full power of the United Roman Empire's forces and confronting enemy Servants, like Darius III and Alexander the Great. When they finally arrive in the capital of the United Roman Empire, Nero is confronted by the leader of the United Empire, Romulus, who she greatly adores and is nearly unable to attack due to being nervous of confronting him. She, however, is able to face Romulus with the help of the Protagonist, defeating him with their help. They then confront Lev Lainur Flauros himself who uses the Grail to transform himself into the Demon God, Flauros, and even summon the King of Combat, Attila. Nero and the Protagonist's party manage to defeat them, with Ritsuka and Mash leaving afterward, taking the Holy Grail with them and neutralizing the Singularity.
SABER WARS – Lily’s Cosmic Training – The Caliburn AwakensEdit
Nero Claudius (Bride) Trial QuestEdit
E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North AmericaEdit
Nero, in her Bride form, is summoned in the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity. She resides in an empty town, where the Ritsuka's party meet her. She is also attacked by Fergus mac Róich, who is sent by the Celtic forces, but is defeated by the Protagonist's party, who Nero joins as a part of the Resistance against both the American and Celtic forces. She is one of the Resistance members, along with Geronimo, Robin Hood and Billy the Kid, who attempt to assassinate the leader of the Celts, Medb, managing to isolate her in Nero's Aestus Domus Aurea. However, Medb is protected by Cú Chulainn Alter and Arjuna, who battle the Resistance members. Nero fights Chulainn Alter, who manages to defeat her even while in her Aestus Domus Aurea, with the Noble Phantasm fading away along with her after her defeat.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
In her first interlude First Sailing, Once Again, she sails Ritsuka and Mash to an island in search of treasure. After landing on the island they eventually reach a cave, where they encounter werebeasts. After killing them, Nero has Mash open the treasure chest, but most of the treasure has already been taken from it. Nero then takes the remaining treasure, saying that she needs more capital for a surprise that she's preparing.
In her second interlude A Golden Business, she reveals that her treasure gathering from before was to rebuild Aestus Domus Aurea more extravagantly, which will improve her Noble Phantasm. Golems then attack the group, but Nero reveals that she had her patrons draw them to their location so they could take the materials from them. However, she decides against using the golem materials to build a statue of herself due to them being too brawny for her. But, she says that she will use them to make her theater even stronger.
Saber makes a brief appearance in Episode 8, during Taiga Dojo segment. She is called Red Saber (赤 セイバー, Aka Seibā?). Like in Fate/Extra, she is arrogant, proud and shamelessly flaunts her sexuality, noting that her transparent skirt does not bare her flesh, but rather 'deliberately allows others to see it'. She was also disappointed that the delayed release of Fate/Extra made her too late enjoy the huge carnival she had rushed to join and that she will not be in the third season. She makes another brief appearance in the bonus episode, citing it as her debut even though Rider points out her previous appearance. She later asks if she will soon get her own show, and becomes disappointed that her screen time is ending.
She first appears with a tied Elizabeth and later with Gilgamesh, both using their swimsuit outfits in Exciting Splash.
- Fight!! Ms.Blossom Cost Chapter (「たたかえ!!ブロッサム先生 コスト編, Tatakae!! Burossamu-sensei Kosuto Hen?) - Saber, Archer, and Caster fights Sakura, in order to save Hakuno.
- Let Me Hear!! Ms.Blossom Merry Chrismas Chapter (きかせて!!ブロッサム先生 メリクリ編, Kikasete!! Burossamu-sensei Merikuri Hen?) - The Servants and Sakura celebrate Christmas.
In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2013, she appears in Back Alley Satsuki. Saber is a gold heroine of Tiger to protect the third temple known as the "Zoo" and she is known as Idol Emperor Red Saber (アイドル皇帝赤セイバー, Aidoru Kōtei Aka Seibā?).
In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2015, she is the most popular artist in the Imperial Roma talent agency. She debuted in the 22nd July 2010 and she is known as the Red Saber or Nero. Her class is Idol Emperor and she is from Rome. She says she can do anything as her Skills and Hobbies. Her Tmitter user account is @tmtt15_nero.
Normally she would not be qualified for the Saber class with her parameters, however she took care of that part somehow thanks to her Imperial Privilege skill and she would be more suitable as a commander-type Servant.
She wields a scarlet long sword called Aestus Estus: The Original Flame (原初の火, Gensho no Hi?, localized as "Aestus Estus: The Embryonic Flame"). It is a hand-crafted crimson sword brought with her when summoned under the Saber Class by a Master. It has the following inscription carved on it: regnum caelorum et gehenna (the kingdom of heaven and hell). She feels it is the ultimate instrument, and that muses would bow before the sound it makes. While she is a skilled charioteer that "rivals the solar deity Sol", she feels that she would not be suitable for the Rider class because of her general dislike for them. Even before becoming a Heroic Spirit, she had the skill and strength to grapple a lion and asphyxiate it with her bare arms.
Due to Hakuno's status as a "pseudo-magus" who didn't actively enter the Grail War, all of her parameters are an extremely low E rank at the beginning. All of her parameters have a medium growth rate. She has lost use of much of her power, including her Noble Phantasm. She claims the magic in her blade is weak due to that, and wishes for her Master to devote to strengthening her with haste. She can be returned to her proper level of power by increasing the bond between their souls. Aozaki Aoko offers Alteration of the Soul to increase this bond and her parameters by hacking their souls.
The skills she develops include powerful sword blows and support skills. Her skills appear to be named after aspects of her personality such as her love of flowers and her status.
|Fate/Extra / CCC - Saber Skills list|
Her Noble Phantasm is unavailable to her for a number of rounds in the war. It is Aestus Domus Aurea, she performs three powerful strikes and implants her sword into the ground thus activating it. It is an "absolute imperial zone" that resembles a Reality Marble and allows the owner to achieve their aspirations. It boosts Saber's parameters and negates an opponents defense, though its true effect as a phantasm is unclear.
Imperial Privilege (皇帝特権, Kōtei Tokken?, localized as both "Royal Prerogative" and "Emperor's Prerogative") is a personal skill. An ability that, due the insistence of the owner, Skills that are essentially impossible to possess can be obtained for a short period of time. Skills available included Riding, Swordsmanship, Artistry, Charisma, Military Tactics, etc. With A rank or above, alteration of the corpus (such as Divinity) was possible. The Roman Emperor was no different from Gods. All skills converge at the Emperor. If the Emperor called white black, then it was black. However, even so, one could not acquire skills without basis. Since Saber was a polymath with ample curiosity, she had experience in most of the skills. For example, if Saber decided "I can pilot a jet! It is nothing, just adjust the plane according to altitude, not too different from the jet chariot I invented!" And just like that, she would figure out how to pilot the plane. With her short attention span and headache, she would soon forget what she learned.
- Imperial Privilege - Gold Rate (黄金率・皇帝特権, Ōgonritsu - Kōtei Tokken?) - It increases the item drop rate after battle.
- Imperial Privilege - Swordsmanship (剣術・皇帝特権, Kenjutsu - Kōtei Tokken?) - It strengthens the power of chain attacks.
Forms and Alternate VersionsEdit
Nero Bride (ネロ・ブライド, Nero Buraido?), also known as Saber Bride (セイバー・ブライド, Seibā Buraido?), is a variation of Saber present in Fate/Grand Order. Differing from being only an alternate costume in Fate/Extra CCC, Nero Bride possesses different parameters, different skills, and a new Noble Phantasm. While the regular version of Saber in Fate/Grand Order possesses traits from Fate/Extra, Nero Bride is a "what-if" version who went through an adjustment to fit with the Fate/Grand Order setting. She has never interacted with Hakuno Kishinami, so she becomes attached to the Protagonist.
Saber Venus (セイバー・ヴィーナス, Seibā Vīnasu?) is a form taken in Fate/Extella through Heroic Spirit Apotheosis, which makes her the most powerful Servant in the game. She wields the Sword of Mars which she obtained from Altera and evolves herself into this powerful form in Venus' name, whom she believes herself comparable to, and defeats Velber II. Saber Venus can be unlocked in Free Mode by completing the Golden Poem arc. She maintains almost the same moveset as her normal form but some combos are changed into more powerful attacks. However, the most drastic changes are Saber Venus can't use her Noble Phantasm, activate Moon Crux, and is unable to raise her Bond Level.
“Speaking of Summer, it's about resorts. Speaking of resorts, it's about extravagant hotels. Speaking of extravagant hotels, yes, a specially set up arena! Now, the Golden Theatre changes for an everlasting summer, and the Emperor Nero, Prism--In to the summer sea! That is so! Let the sunlight be carried by flowing water! Now, my opera shall resound through Chaldea!”
—Nero Claudius Caesar
Self-proclaimed, all-rounded genius. A cross-dressing beauty of the Saber-class (so she regards herself as) but this time, she has chosen to reveal herself as a beautiful lady, boldly enjoying the summer sea. She loves herself very much, but also adores the people around her. These are the majestic values of the Fifth Emperor of the Roman Empire, which are a result of her combined narcissism and philanthropy.
Applying the teachings from Simon Magus to the fullest degree, Emperor Nero has completed a theatrical garment that can only be seen as a specialized Mystic Code for herself. The pipe organs floating by her sides converts her alluring song into an attack, and lasers, fireworks, flame projectiles and the like are grandiosely and randomly fired. Speaking of which, why does her singing voice produce damage? That cruel truth is something Nero herself is oblivious to.
Nero was extremely displeased with having been uninvited to the Southern Island in the previous summer. This round is especially why she has procured a brand new swimsuit, and is brimming with excitement to proceed with the Summer Event. The Ishtar Cup had opened there, and she euphorically entered the race. However, a teammate was necessary, and as such, she called out to Artoria Alter who happened to be walking by, and a miraculous team was formed.
Her beloved car is the Red Venus.
Her approach towards the race is extremely oriented to the offensive. Anyone blocking her path is forcefully overcome, and even after countless clashes with the other vehicles, she is satisfied with getting past them through speed. Because Nero sees all the other teams as "Good Rivals", she enjoys witnessing their strengths, and aims towards surpassing them. Alter doesn't really care, and is only aiming towards being the top. As the end-result is the same, they don't fight with each other, which is why they are a miraculous team.
There is actually a rumor that she has better compatibility than when she is of the Saber class.
Surprisingly, even though she has turned into the Caster-class, her parameters remain the same as when she is of the Saber-class (excluding Noble Phantasm).
Creation and ConceptionEdit
Saber was given a personality similar to Nasu's original idea of Iskandar. Nasu enjoyed Gen Urobuchi's rendition of the character, so Saber may have been born out of his drive to surpass him and create a different tyrant from Iskandar. She was made to look like Saber because they wanted to trick people into thinking they were the same character and surprise them upon actually playing the game.
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Saber was ranked 14th and the ninth most popular female character.
- ↑ 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
 Fate/EXTRA material - SERVANT Parameter and Skills: SERVANT SABER, p.006
- Master: Hero
- Identity: Nero Claudius
- Gender: Female
- Height, Weight: 150cm/42kg
- Alignment：Chaotic Good
- Strength: D
- Endurance: D
- Agility: A
- Mana: B
- Luck: A
- Noble Phantasm: B
■ Magic Resistance: C
■ Imperial Privilege: EX
■ Migraine: B
■ Aestus Domus Aurea: Golden Theater of the Flamboyant
Maximum number of targets: Hundred People, Five Hundred People, Thousand people
- Master: Hero
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20
 Fate/Grand Order material I - CHARACTER profile: Nero Claudius, p.044-051 [T]
Class: Saber True Name: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Gender: Female Source: Historical fact Region: Rome
Alignment: Chaotic Good Height: 150cm Weight: 42kg
Strength: D Endurance: D Agility: A Mana: B Luck: A Noble Phantasm: B
Scenerio Writer: Nasu Kinoko/Character Designer: Arco Wada/Voice Actor: Sakura Tange
Major Appearance Works: Fate/EXTRA, Fate/EXTRA CCC
Magic Resistance: C
Her forte is chariots, but she avoids them because they make her butt sore.
Imperial Privilege: EX
Skills that would otherwise be impossible to perform can be used for a short period of time.
Corresponding skills are riding, sword techniques, fine arts, military strategy, etc. Because it's A rank or higher, burdens of the body (Divinity, etc) can be acquired.
Thrice-setting Sun: A
A skill born from emperor Nero's final anecdote.
A Roman solider found Nero three days after she committed suicide.
Feeling that her final moments were pathetic, the solider covered her remains. That moment, she briefly opened her eyes and thanked the Roman solider.
Aestus Domus Aurea: The Charmingly Beckoning Golden Theater
Rank: B Type: Anti-Encampment Noble Phantasm Range: 30, 60, 90 Maximum Targets: 100 peoples, 500 peoples, 1000 peoples
Aestus Domus Aurea.
An absolute imperial sphere that allows her to achieve her own aspirations. The theater "Domus Aurea", which she designed in Rome when alive, reproduced through magical energy. It creates a battlefield that works to her advantage.
性別：女性 出典：史実 地域：ローマ
属性：混沌・善 身長：１５０ｃｍ 体重：４２ｋｇ
筋力：D 耐力：D 敏捷：Ａ 魔力：Ｂ 幸運：Ａ 宝具：Ｂ
ランク:Ｂ 種別：対陣宝具 レンジ：３０、６０、９０ 最大捕捉：１００人、５００人、１０００人
自分の心象風景を具現した異界を一時的に世界に上書きして作リ出す、固有結界とは似て非なる大魔術であリ、自身が 生前設計した劇場や建造物を魔力で再現し、彼女にとって有利に働く戦場を作リ出す。世界を書き換える固有結界とは 異なリ、世界の上にーから建築するために、長時問展開・維持できる。
Comment from Illustrator
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 Fate/Grand Order - Nero Claudius, Translation by Master of Chaos
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8
 Fate/EXTRA material - Character Profile: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, p.030
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
- Height: 150cm
- Weight: 42kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: December 15
- Image Color: Red rose
- Talent: I can do everything!
- Likes: Herself, Praetor
- Dislikes: Moderation, Rebellion, Downfall
- Natural enemy: Seneca, Her mother
- 身長: １５０ｃｍ
- 体重: ４２ｋｇ
- 血液型: 不明
- 誕生日: １２月１５日
- イメージカラー: 薔薇の赤
- 特技: なんでもできるぞ！
- 好きなもの: 自分 奏者
- 嫌いなもの: 節制・反逆・没落
- 天敵: セネカ 母親
- Height: 150cm
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3
 Fate/Extra CCC - Saber Secret Garden
Name: Saber (At this time, calling me Saber is fine. You will remember my true name, which you have lost, when that time comes.)
Height: 150 cm (You, do not ever speak what you just thought. Even a sneeze will anger me!)
Weight: 42 kg (Mmm. My body is a work of art, but being asked about my weight, as a maiden, makes me a bit uncomfortable...)
3 Sizes: B83/W56/H82 ([Some Latin?] Not showing lines like these would be a loss for mankind, wouldn't it not?)
Home: (Embraced by the Mediterranean sea, the place where all roads lead, which was my castle, the capital of flowers, in other words, the Empire of) Rome
Birthday: Unknown (Do you refer to the day I let out my first cry or the day I came to the crown? My apologies, I said something ill-natured. Do not make such a darling face.)
Weak Point: That I possess headaches, and that I was not blessed with someone who understood me, I suppose. (Well, it does not bother me much now. You are here. Praise and pamper me, one hundred, no, one thousands more than those people!)
Fetishism: I cannot cite only one! (It's for that reason I need a harem!)
What do you seek from your partner?
Now is the time when I protect you, Praetor. Therefore, I do not desire much. (As long as you are healthy, that is enough.)
Favorite underwear color?
When I exposed myself to the people, I was generally wearing red. (I suppose you could say that it is my image color.)
How do you spend your free time?
I take baths. Those with flowers floating in the water are especially fine. (On occasion, it would be fine for you to wash my back out of gratitude.)
Love of Harems
Saber's first SG.
Her true name is unknown, but either way, this is one of the deeds of her life, where she did as she liked. Basically, calling it the privilege of an emperor, she kept beautiful boys and beautiful girls.
It seems that she indulged her whims as much as wanted: listening to them singing, having them model for sculpture, receiving massages from them, and occasionally having them be her companion in fashionable games.
Besides the harem, she opened tournaments crowned with her own name, appear in Olympia (the root word of olympic) and become the champion, boast that she was an artist that rivals the god of music Apollo, declare that she was a charioteer that rivals the god of the sun Sol; whether now or then, her love of flashiness hasn't changed.
However, unexpectedly, before she became emperor, she was appreciated as an impartial judge. This flashy life all came about after she became emperor. Or maybe, she considered an emperor a "light which, like the sun, is necessary and essential to the people and the world," and maybe she was performing that role with all her strength.
Laurel Wreath Veil
Saber's second SG. Its other name is "Desire for Marriage."
Rather than a secret, it is a desire, a dream. As she became emperor as a girl, she was unable to welcome a wedding ceremony as a single human being. From her admiration of that, this SG was given form.
Though her birthplace of the peninsula of Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it is a region of especially vigorous volcanic activity and a zone of reoccurring earthquakes. Regions like this...of course, Japan is included as well...as an often seen peculiarity, attached importance to symbols that have to do with fertility and symbols of living motion.
The greatest of these is a crown of bay laurel--the laurel wreath.
Since Ancient Greece, within the scope of Mediterranean civilization, the laurel wreath is a tradition, a symbol of glory granted to the victors of all games. This is the reason that the successive generations of emperors had their heads crowned with laurel wreaths.
Of course, Saber, as the emperor or maybe as the winner of a tournament, has been crowned with a laurel wreath countless times. There is no mistake that a veil in the shape of a laurel wreath is reflected in her mind as a treasure that has no superior.
Love of People
Saber's third SG.
The way of her heart. It is said that while Saber personally criticized herself as self-righteous, she pursued the beauty to forgive ten thousand people--the ultimate beauty. That wish was not granted even to the end, of course.
"Whether is it a single gold coin, the sport of a single night, a single shard of a dream.
Nevertheless, the ten thousand people who saw that were people who showed flower-like smiles--that, I think, is the form of ultimate beauty,"
she said, as if she were dreaming. Stars for the sky. Flowers for the earth. And love for people. That this way of living is ultimate beauty, Saber is unaware.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5
 Fate/Extra - Nero Claudius (Saber) Matrix [T]
True Name: Nero Claudius
Noble Phantasm: Aestus Domus Aurea: Golden Theater of the Deranged
Keyword: Aestus Estus: The Embryonic Flame, The Great Fire of Rome
Strength: -, Defense: -, Agility: -, Magic: -, Luck: -
Anti-Magic: C, Royal Prerogative: EX, Migraine: B
01 - Aestus Domus Aurea: Golden Theater of the Deranged
A theater based on the palace Nero had built after her original one burned to the ground. Called the Domus Aurea, it was a grand villa built upon the ruins of the homes of the aristocracy that once covered the famed Esquiline Hill.
Historical accounts paint Nero as somewhat delusional, and she herself has claimed that she herself has claimed that she was an artist and performer of such incredible gifts that only the god Apollo could match her skills. She would often perform for the masses, but those spectators for the would frequently leave midway through her performances. She was so enraged by this obvious act of disrespect that she would order all entrances to the theater in which she was performing to be sealed until the final curtain fell.
This Noble Phantasm is based on the highest and most difficult principles of thaumaturgy and superficially resembles a reality marble, though its effects are far more pronounced. It creates a reality in which one's imperial aspirations can be fully realized.
02 - Aestus Estus: The Embryonic Flame
The hand-crafted crimson sword wielded by Saber when summoned by a Master. The following inscription has been engraved on the blade: regnum caelorum et gehenna.
03 - The Great Fire of Rome
July 19, 64 AD.
A devastating fire erupted in one of the poorer districts of Rome and quickly spread throughout the city, reducing most of it to ashes. Contrary to popular belief, Nero quickly responded to the disaster and even contributed to relief efforts out of her own personal funds. While she became immensely popular with the common citizenry, her populist policies combined with her sometimes bizarre predilections earned her the ire of not only the higher castes, but also of historians who insist on painting her as a tyrant.
０１ - 招き蕩う黄金劇場
０２ - 隕鉄の鞴「原初の火」
regnum caelorum et gehenna（レグナム カエロラム エト ジェヘナ）
０３ - ローマの大火
Nullifies minor spells consisting of chants of two verses or less. Ineffective against high-level thaumaturgy and the greater rituals. As Saber herself has a negligible resistance to magic, the effectiveness of this skill is pathetically low, even by the normal standard of the Saber class.
Royal Prerogative [EX]
In response to the demands of a Master, skills that would otherwise be impossible to perform can be used for a short period of time. Some of the skills that can be acquired through this ability include those related to riding, weapons mastery, fine arts, military strategy, and diplomacy. Should an A rank be achieved, more esoteric skills becomes obtainable.
A curse that was inherited from her place of birth during her mortal life. As a result of the crushing headaches inflicted by this condition, the effectiveness of mental skills decreases considerably. Another side effect that seems to concern Saber most is the fact that it prevents her from demonstrating what she considers her divine talent for the performing arts.
01 - Character Background
Nero reigned as emperor during the years 54 to 64 AD. Although most surviving contemporary accounts paint her as a vicious tyrant who disregarded the Senate and violently oppressed the nascent Christian movement, many scholars believe that these accounts were an attempt to discredit her, as she incredibly popular with the citizenry.
Whatever the case, her infamy is such that some theorize that the Book of Revelations found in the Vulgate Bible was written as commentary on and reaction to her supposed repression of the Christian faith, and have gone so far as to make the case that Hebrew pronunciation of her imperial name (Caesar) -NRVN QSR- is the same as the phrase "Number of the Beast."
However, this has been proven to be patently false, as that term commonly referred to Rome itself, and not to any one individual, royal or otherwise.
02 - "Nero the Tyrant"
Taking the name Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus upon her ascension to the imperial throne, she was the fifth emperor of the Roman Empire and the last of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, who had ruled Rome since its inception.
The daughter of the cousin of the fourth emperor Claudius, she was put on the throne at the age of seventeen as a result of the devious scheming and possible matricide by her mother, Julia Augusta Agrippina. Once on the throne, she immediately began to demonstrate her talents at administration as well as her ability to navigate the often murky political situation inherent in Roman government.
In addition to the above, Nero was generally acknowledged to be a consummate diplomat who preferred discussion and compromise to warfare and conflict. She was held in especially high esteem by both the peoples of Brittania and the leaders of the nations of Persia, who continued to refer to Rome as the "country of Nero" long after her death.
While popular abroad and with the lower castes at home, the Senate and the higher caste members of the empire grew weary of her populist policies, extravagant expenditures on public entertainments, and occasionally irrational repression of religious expression. In the year 68 AD, a series of revolt drove Nero from the throne and eventually to suicide. It was said that in her final hours she continually expresses her anguish that anguish that an artist such as herself had to die, but as those who betrayed her closed in she quote a line from Homer's Iliad ("Hark, now strikes on my ear the trampling of swift-footed coursers!") and then drove a dagger into her throat.
０１ - 人物背景
０２ - 『暴君 ネロ』
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3
 Fate/EXTRA material - Saber [Servant], p.192-194
One of the Servants who contracts with the protagonist.
A (self-proclaimed to be) crossdressing young swordswoman clothed in a bright crimson dress. Often called Red Saber to distinguish her from other Sabers.
A headstrong emperor who calls herself an omni-talented genius and actualizes (by force) most of the things she wills.
Though often mistaken for a tyrant because of her arrogance and confident proclamations, as a rule she acknowledges the ways of existences of all manners of people, without rejection.
She judges not by society's standards of good and evil, but by the human beauty.
Having dabbled in plays, song, painting, sculpture, and such various arts, upon creating a new work,
“How’s this? It is quite good, no? T-true, it may be a little on the maniacal side, but is it not good nonetheless?”
A little miss attention seeker who tearfully begs for appraisal like so.
Though she would normally not qualify for the Saber class with her parameters, well, she took care of that part somehow with her Imperial Privilege. She would properly be a commander-type Servant.
As a Servant, she has no particular contentions or wishes.
That is because she is perfect by simply existing.
At least, Saber herself says,
“I am consummate simply by thinking, speaking, and sleeping while being myself. No matter the era, the mere fact of my existence symbolizes the might of Rome.”
Since she’s already perfect, there remains nothing more for her to seek.
She has reached the conclusion that simply being herself is the finest reward in itself.
Since she has absolute beliefs and tenets within herself, she isn’t offended by much.
To Saber, the one unacceptable thing is to “for her to not be able to act as herself.”
The reason why the egocentric Saber is fine with being used as a Servant is because a Servant is contracted as that which “must prove her supremacy.”
“Hmm? I am to prove my supremacy, yes? That I have no complaints about. I shall simply fight a fight not shameful to myself.
Even if I had a frog for a Master, if I can fight together with the frog and emerge the victor without shame, it would become a pride of mine.”
Such is her amazingly optimistic outlook.
And so it’s rare for her to scold the inexperienced protagonist. Though she does grumble about the protagonist’s timidity and fecklessness, in her heart she does not truly look down on the protagonist.
To her, saying that the protagonist is “feeble” is simply an honest appraisal.
Thus, when the protagonist grows as a Master and builds the bond of trust, she becomes more straightforwardly affectionate.
“Confound it all, pay more attention to me!
Since you are contracted to me, you shall put me first of all things!”
Thus the attention-starved puppy emperor came to be.
However, in the first place, there isn’t a Master to be found who would summon her.
Her true name corresponds to great evil in a certain religion, and the end of her life was a miserable one.
Just as much as she is an emperor, she is also an artist with unshakable faith in her own genius, and the only absolute justice to her is “beauty.”
Whether ally, enemy, her citizens, or herself, she will not love anything that does not fit into that category.
That holds true even for a Master. For sure, she will never obey someone she finds unseemly.
There’s no magus who would want to make use of a weapon who judges matters based on something like “beauty.” Contracting with this Heroic Spirit is simply too risky.
“……Well, that’s only natural.
Magi are clever and calculating creatures;
certainly not fools who would entrust their lives to me.”
And so she spent her days in ennui in the Throne of Heroes.
Though she gets lonely, her pride overcame that. She decided not to settle for just anyone, planning on only contracting with a genius of her level.
And so, at the end of another round of preliminaries.
Just when she was about to leave, thinking that there was no one to call her this time either, she heard a faint voice.
When she turned, she saw a nameless someone who, despite being on the verge of death, still fought to stand.
Someone who was not strong.
Someone who had no outstanding talent.
Someone who wasn’t even a proper wizard.
But―――Saber saw a kindling that twinkled like a star in the night, a kindling that refused to fade.
Instantly, she rushed forward.
What she had in her chest was not sympathy for that someone, but anger against the high heavens.
She knew that it was the way of the world for the weak to remain weak and perish, their prayers to no avail.
Precisely because she knew this, she couldn’t stand for it.
What kind of heaven would ignore such powerful will?
Even in the death throes, that nameless one chose not to give up but to fight.
“If it would not answer that purehearted wish, the will of the heavens matters not! How can I not answer the cry of that noble soul―――?!”
Rather than answering summons, Saber had come to the place of selection of her own volition.
While groaning inwardly at the offering up of herself that she had disliked so, she speaks to the nameless soul.
“Answer me―――are you my Praetor?”
She appears in a white bridal dress for CCC, earning the nickname of Bride Saber. Since there’s another Red Saber in Apocrypha now, I feel like we need another nickname for her to cover both Extra and CCC.
Tange Saber……no? Okay, I guess not.
Her rival in CCC is Red Lancer.
One hopes that they can become friendly rivals as idols.
After all, having both experienced similar reactions to their performances, it seems like there’s plenty they can talk about.
Also, her voice when the player acquires her swimwear is a must-listen. Therein lies the max endearing charm of the Tange Saber.
 Fate/Grand Order - Nero Interlude I
Sorry to trouble you, Gudako.
We have summoned you on this occasion entirely as a matter of personal business.
... the Federation of the Emperors is defeated,
and Roma has again attained a transient peace.
However, the one who guides Roma as her princeps civitatis ...
Nero Claudius is already departed.
Or rather, more correctly, the Nero that lived as a human is no longer.
Such is the result of our contract with Gudako.
She who once as a human existed is per the fact of history is departed now from Roma.
She who presently occupies the seat of the Imperator stands now before you.
The Restorative Force (修復力, Shuufuku-Ryoku?) of the Era (時代, Jidai?) ... no, the Corrective Force (修正力, Shuusei-Ryoku?).
Because the Nero-san who is a Servant is extant within this time period,
it would be strange if the Emperor Nero weren't already deceased.
In normal space-time, a living person can coexisting with an iteration of themselves that's become a Servant after passing on,
but within the context of a Singularity (特異点, Tokuiten?), "that which is presently appropriate" and "that which is of greater potency" holds priority.
Thus, as of Sempai's contract with the Heroic Spirit Nero,
the "Nero-san" that lived within Septem was replaced by the "Nero-san" before us ...
1: 'Was replaced by' is unnecessary, Mashu.
... sorry. I misspoke.
Though I truly didn't mean anything by it ...
My sincere apologies, Lord Nero.
'Tis no issue. That which provoked Mashu's melancholy
is the passing of the we who was, yes?
If such be the case, we forgive you. Rather, we are thankful.
We thank that Mashu would mourn the passing of we who were reputed merely to be a tyrant.
2: Is that necessarily a bad thing?
Ah ... that's right. Sorry that I misspoke, Lord Nero.
I wasn't being considerate of company,
and so I've said something incredibly negative ...
Lord Nero -- no, Nero-san. I didn't mean to imply that there was anything wrong with you being present in Roma like this.
I thank you for honoring us with your presence, Imperator.
Umu, Mashu is a good and honest girl!
In guilt, you offer condolences,
and express your joy upon elation!
On account of the smile that you just now displayed, I shall deign to forgive the darkness of your words!
Indeed, should you truly wish to express your apologies, I permit that you accompany me to the baths upon our return!
... and with that, we've gone astray.
It would appear that in Gudako's presence, we are excessively relaxed.
But to speak it forthright, we have on this occasion come to Septem for a certain purpose;
we desire that our Master would lend us her aid.
You recall that during your previous visit, a leg of our travels was conducted by ship?
We happened at the time to overhear a certain rumor.
Beyond the perimeter of Rome, there is said to lie a cursed waste haunted by a Wraith (亡霊, bourei?).
We have our suspicions regarding the nature of the Wraith in question.
Though it may be that we are abusing our standing as a Servant to better fulfill the obligations of our station,
understand that we act in ignorance of the time at which our contract is to end, or when again we shall depart.
... thus, before then,
we wish that by our hand, we might put a close to one amongst the sorrows of Rome.
1: If it's something like that, I'd be happy to help.
We leave ourself to your care, O contractor.
... the sun's setting, Sempai.
Even though the landscape is familiar, it feels very lonely ...
... almost like an uninhabited world;
a stage that everyone's forgotten ...
1: Is it really around here?
2: You said that you have suspicions?
Umu, it is indeed somewhere near.
The form of the stones; the sound of the wind; the withering tint of the twilight sun.
The entirety of this place is engraved within our recollection;
the doom of a certain Emperor, whose path did in this empty waste reach its end.
Nero-san, this is --
Umu. 'Tis indeed the place of my death.
Here did Nero Claudius pierce herself through the throat.
For her people, Nero bore the utmost devotion.
It was a love in the manner of a flame, ever burning for all to witness --
but not of a variety that could be characterized as 'warmth.'
It was a love that demanded in the extreme; bestowed in the extreme; that moldered in the extreme.
Such was the only avenue by which Nero knew to express her devotions.
'Twas excessively obtrusive, it might be said --
and to the people, it was as a poison;
Nero was, to the end, unable to recognize this.
By a certain error of judgment, she eroded her standing,
and was driven from the Seat of the Imperator by the designs of the Senate.
The military turned against her -- and yet Nero still believed:
for in her mind, the citizens to which she had so dedicated herself would inevitably come to her defense.
... the outcome of such goes without saying.
The citizens offered no salvation to the foolish tyrant.
Escaping from her pursuers,
Nero chose in sorrow to end her life.
-- as to the matter of Nero's sorrows, we shall not here detail.
Simply, her life came in this place to its terminus.
... and yet,
Nero could not so easily die;
could not so easily bring herself unto death.
... with her throat in agony; a breast full of anguish; and eyes ablaze,
those final days were as a time cut adrift to the currents of fever.
Escaping the sight of her pursuers,
Nero thrice welcomed the sunset.
It was only as the sun inclined upon the horizon that Nero came to consciousness;
for from afar, she could faintly make out the sound of voices calling to her.
These were the voices of her beloved citizens.
The Emperor Nero is blameless, they said;
and they chanted in Nero's praise.
Fufu. Truly, indignity is upon indignity piled.
Nowhere could such adulation exist; nowhere has it ever existed.
... but even so,
so as perhaps to know her folly, Nero parted her eyes.
Upon the first twilight, she derided the absurdity of her illusions.
Upon the second, she chewed her lips at the voices unheard.
And then, upon the third twilight --
There, the Emperor Nero left her final words.
When the legionnaires that had been set upon her found her body,
they took pity that her flesh had been left to the battering of the elements, and so covered her with a cloth.
The Emperor Nero awakened then, and spoke:
"Too late! But, ah, what fidelity!"
Umu. Our fate came there to its severance.
That which in those final moments entered Nero's mind
is in truth to us unclear.
But Nero had by then obtained her solace.
Though it had come not by the hand of her beloved citizens --
as of the drawing of the curtain upon her final hour, she was able to recieve of the warmth of humanity;
and so the tyrant was heartened.
This is the Deus Ex Machina that appears even now within our dreams.
A "happily ever after" visited upon the ending of this tale, irrespective of its unlikelihood;
a final miracle.
Had those legionnaires not arrived, it is likely that I would have even now remained adrift,
awaiting yet within these wilds a voice that could never be.
Thus and therefore,
we are by obligation bound to cut you down!
Dream of the tyrant that wanders yet the empty waste!
Bloom of prosperity that has forgotten of wilting!
We shall have you make your exit here, mine Wraith!
Manifest, and draw your sword!
@ Wraith (Shadow Servant Nero)
A potent aggregation of mana ... !?
This is --
This isn't just the shade of Servant, or a Wraith ...
It's almost as if ... it's something like a Demon God Pillar --
The Fifth Emperor, Nero Claudius here entreats!
O Master of ours; O Gudako!
We ask that you lend us your strength! Though it be far too late --
Let that we might square away our debts by the edge of our sword!
1: Aah, leave it to me, Nero ... !
2: Happily, Lord Imperator!
What purpose bears a player that refuses their exit!
We are that which hath abundantly thrived and thereon come to annihilation!
Death cannot be averted! The end is ever invariable!
It is thus that we sing!
It is thus that we shout!
We love therefore without regret; without surrender!
And ever yet, we welcome the curtain!
@ Wraith (Shadow Servant Nero)
... aa ... I hear it ...
The voices of the city ... the Sixth ...
maiden who could not to "me" return.
1: Nero ...
'Twas a meaningless thought, spoken aloud.
Pay it no mind.
More importantly --
We must commend you, Gudako.
Much as we expected of our contractor! Your reliability is matchless!
By your aid was a disturbance to the peace of Rome ...
No, we suppose that it wasn't precisely 'qwelled' ...
If anything, it may have been disregarded outright ...
What loneliness ... 'twas somewhat a hollow victory, mayhaps ...
Nay, it is rather that --
unmistakeably, the citizens recognized the ill humour that we displayed, and so pretended ignorance to our toil!
Much as expected of our august self, and of the citizens of Rome!
Such is surely a feat of synergy yet unmatched within the History of Man!
1: Regardless of what happens ... positivity!
2: ... you're putting up a strong front!
Fuu. Would it befit my standing as an Emperor if I were not so?
So long as the slightest hope exists, we shall laugh as if all is well.
Such is our way!
Be that we are ceaselessly struck down, we shall until all is exhausted climb again upright!
Hereon, we will offer to you the proof of this claim!
O Mashu; O Gudako.
'Twas by thine aid that this victory was earned.
In answer to the granting of this boon, we shall upon the stage of battle claim our glory as recompense.
Is it not yet time that we return to Chaldea, Master?
We endeavor that the land shall by our acts resound with an applause of ten thousand thunders!
 TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Pamphlet 10th Anniversary Q & A Booklet:
Q: Why are Red Saber and Blue Saber so similar? Are they related?
Q: Why are Red Saber and Blue Saber so similar? Are they related?
A: They are very different!
They are different like Takeuchi Takashi and Arco Wada. Or like buckwheat noodles and udon.
The model of King Arthur were said to be a fusion of two individuals, and one of them is the Roman general Artorius. I guess there are some relationships.
- ↑ 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20
 Fate/Grand Order - Nero Claudius〔Bride〕(Saber) Profile [T]
Nero Claudius (Bride) - Saber
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Arco Wada
Voice Actor: Sakura Tenge
Noble Phantasm: B+
Star in Heaven: A
Flower on Earth: A
Love for People: A
Magic Resistance: C
Fax Caelestis: Star-Rushing Rose of Closure
Rank: B+ → B++
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
With a whole new get-up, the emperor of roses wrapped herself in a pure white outfit.
Due the exchange of outfit, her tension has also changed and her combat-styled underwent a variation from its original condition.
Even her favorite sword - Original Fire - has read the mood and converted its blade from red to silvery snow.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: Chaotic Bride Gender: Female
Umu, an ace in the hole wedding dress!
Level 2 Bond
- Headache Affliction: B
A curse inherited from one's origins in life.
Due having chronic headaches, the success rate of Skills with regards to mental aspects declines considerably.
Nero was a (self-styled) artist, but it is difficult to perfectly exhibit her rare talents because of this Skill.
Level 3 Bond
"Star-Rushing Rose of Closure"
Rank: B+ Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
An unique Skill that derives from "The Charmingly Beckoning Golden Theater".
It is merely a sword-technique, but "from its gaudiness, loveliness and the overwhelming marriage-ness released by the wedding dress; why not call it a Noble Phantasm already? Right?" - it came to be treated as Noble Phantasm because of such statement from the concerned person.
By no means, it is not like there were feelings of rivalry towards the new Skill of the blue, fox-ears Caster.
Level 4 Bond
In A.D 59 (some views say A.D. 60), following the example of the Greek Olympics, she established the quinquennial athletic meet "Neronia".
It held three divisions of music, gymnastics and riding, and she herself performed in a number of those.
Due the rebellion that occurred in A.D. 69, she was chased out of the throne of emperor and fled from Roma. In the midst of it, she understood that it was impossible to get away and resolved herself to commit suicide.
Level 5 Bond
Enthroned emperor at the age of 17 years old, Nero boasted tremendous popularity with the citizens due her generous political measures.
She also paid attention to diplomacy, the popularity towards Roma in the England (Britannia) of later years had her political measures as its cause.
It has been said that Persia would abundantly give high praises to Nero and, even after her death, there was a great concern in Roma about Persia "given it was Nero's country".
Passing away without meeting her fated spouse, this pure white Servant continued to fight despite not having her fated meeting even after becoming a Servant.
In other words, a figure that vanished in dreams, without ever participating in the Holy Grail War of a certain virtual world.
ネロ・クラウディウス〔ブライド〕 - セイバー
ランク：Ｂ＋ → Ｂ＋＋
ただの剣技だが、その派手さ、麗しさ、花嫁衣装が放つその圧倒的マリッジさからもはや宝具といってもよいのではないか？ ん？ という本人の申告による宝具扱いとなった。
- Headache Affliction: B
Saber Fate/Extra CCC promotional video
Though there also seems to be a new Servant with flashy gold armor......
Praetor, surely you are not thinking of cheating on me, are you?
That one is annoying, super annoying, okay?
After all, his character has too many overlaps with mine!
- ↑ Game translation
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Fate/Extra Last Encore - Episode 01: The Present Lies at the Bottom of an Olden Limbo
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 03: II / Intelligence Room Flauros
 Fate/EXTRA material - Encyclopedia: Imperial Privilege [Skill], p.180
Imperial Privilege [Skill]
The skill of Red Saber.
The acquisition of skills that one should not possess in a short period of time, due to personal wishes.
Skills available included Riding, Swordsmanship, Artistry, Charisma, Military Tactics, etc. With A rank or above, alteration of the corpus (Divinity etc) was possible.
It could be said to be the ultimate unfair advantage, but it could also be called a form of vanity.
The Roman Emperor was no different from Gods. All skills converged at Rome... no, converge at the Emperor. If the Emperor called white black, then it was black.
However, even so, one could not acquire skills without basis. Since Sabre was a polymath with ample curiosity, she had experience in most of the skills.
Let's say one day Sabre decided "I can pilot a jet! It is nothing, just adjust the plane according to altitude, not too different from the jet chariot I invented!" And just like that, she would figure out how to pilot the plane.
.... but because of her short attention span and headache, she would soon forget what she learned.
- ↑ Nasu blog 2/9/16
- ↑ 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 17.12 17.13 17.14 17.15 17.16 17.17 17.18 17.19 17.20 17.21 17.22 17.23 17.24 17.25 17.26 17.27 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Nero Claudius Caesar (Swimsuit), translated by roadromancer at Reddit.
 TYPE-MOON Ace 7 - 10 year Anniversary interview: Nasu Kinoko X Takeuchi Takashi X Urobuchi Gen
Q: Having the "black" one as the main character and the "white" one as the villain is a refreshing idea. Then, how about the red Saber (Saber Extra), who appeared in Fate/Extra?
Q: Having the "black" one as the main character and the "white" one as the villain is a refreshing idea. Then, how about the red Saber (Saber Extra), who appeared in Fate/Extra?
Uro: That character is completely disconnected from the other Sabers. Personally, she looked like a female Gilgamesh to me.
Nasu: If I had written Fate/Zero, then Iskandar would have been a character like Red Saber. In my mind, I can only see Iskandar as a worthy opponent to Gilgamesh, but the Iskandar Urobuchi created was an excellent, wild, and unprecedented character that I could have never thought up. But I want to surpass him somehow, so maybe Red Saber was born out of my drive to create a different tyrant from Iskandar.
- ↑ TYPE-MOON Ace 8 Fate/Extra CCC Nasu and Takeuchi interviews - Pages 11-12, 39-43