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Prelati's Spellbook: Text of the Sunken Spiraled City (螺湮城教本, Rain-jō Kyōhon?) is a demonic guidebook and summoning grimoire with a cover made of glistening and wet human skin. It allows the summoning of an army of Horrors (海魔, Kaima?), water demons from the depth of the seas of another dimension, High Thaumaturgy, and Greater Rituals. Rather than simply functioning as tome of spells and curses, the book itself is a "monster" that functions as a magical energy core possessing its own enormous magical energy furnaces completely independent of its wielder's magical energy. It can either be read from as a regular tome for minor spells, such as summoning a single demon with "Cthulhu fhtagn", or it can be completely commanded by the user, causing the pages to rapidly flip by themselves, as the tome provides the necessary incantations and its own independent power to conduct the summoning spells.
Depending on the verses used, this allows for the usage of a class of ritual magecraft that tens of magi couldn't accomplish together. The Spellbook itself is constantly giving off magical energy, and if it is cut, rather than showing pages, it shows a glowing, unearthly substance. It is capable of regenerating damage caused to it under its own power, and the "wound" closes much like it would on a living creature. It is also known as the R'lyeh Text in reference to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. It was probably copied from the original book in the sunken spiraled city, translated from the R'lyeh language into Chinese during the Xia Dynasty, and later translated into Italian by François Prelati.
The water demons, without a discernible torso nor appendages, are best described as masses of tentacles with circular mouth-like openings marked with shark teeth-like blades. Their innards spew a mist-like gas that would cause lung corrosion in a normal human. They are neither spiritual bodies or members of the Phantasmal Species, but rather creatures from an entirely different dimension with different natural laws. They are summoned by using the blood and flesh of creatures, living or deceased, as a sacrifice, and they must constantly receive magical energy from the Spellbook. They can be guided, but the tome doesn't allow for direct control over the creatures. It can be said that it is "inviting" them, simply utilizing the magical energy and technique to open the door into the world.
It is able to endlessly call them, revive them, and send them at any enemies as its wielder commands it. They will stay summoned as long as they receive magical energy, allowing Caster to leave them as guards to his workshop while he is away. No matter how many are destroyed in close combat, their numbers will never decrease, as the flesh of the defeated demons will instantly spawn new ones to take their place. Enough are created that both Saber and Lancer working together are able to kill five hundred each without there being a single chance to break through and reach Caster just outside of their battleground. If the connection is severed for even a moment, they will all instantly dissipate into the blood of the original sacrifices. If Caster is in need of an escape route, he can surge magical energy from the Spellbook into the blood that is still receiving its energy due to the summoning ritual in order to cause it to boil and evaporate into a bloody mist.
However, although Gilles possesses this Noble Phantasm in the Saber class, he cannot use it. If he were to use this Noble Phantasm, he would automatically class-change to Caster, and Saint's War Order will be lost.
Caster also has the ability to become absorbed with the Spellbook into a mass of demons to form a Gigantic Horror (巨大海魔, Kyodai Kaima?). He needs a good deal of preparation time, and beginning with the chant "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh wgah'nagl fhtagn", he summons numerous horrors into the Mion River. They begin to gather under his feet and form a "sandbar", which is made up of an extremely numerous amount of them due to being in the middle of a deep river. There is a strange fog that forms around the area as an aftereffect, while he simply stands relaxingly in the middle of the river. The vortex of raging magical energy overflowing from the tome begins to distort even the space around it. The Horrors, ever increasing, begin to swallow him with their tentacles, covering his entire body. Swelling in numbers, they begin to entwine and coalesce while rising out of the water as a large lump of meat. It can eventually even be called an "island of meat", but still grows even then.
Upon fully forming, the Gigantic Horror becomes an aquatic giant befitting the name of a "sea demon", the nightmare that governs the ocean in the realm outside of the world. It can be called the true form of the diabolic underworld, a massive extradimensional evil god, of which all of the summoned familiars had been bits and pieces, that is at least the size of a building when only considering the mass of it not obscured by the river. It has a disgusting, yet overwhelming majesty, and while Caster is no longer visible, his voice is still able to ring out from it. While magecraft can be called "the art of flipping through evil", the Gigantic Horror can be called "genuine evil", the incarnation of something which has the craving desire of devouring with thorough greediness. The act of summoning such a being cannot be called an "art" or anything else. It is not under his control in any way, only invited to eat the city, which would only take it a few hours to consume. It was brought forth with the intention of suicide. As it feeds on lives to grow, it will eventually grow too large and die, so it was summoned only for the purpose of destruction.
With a similar structure to an amoeba, it has no bones or organs and it feels no pain, even with a third of its body blown away. It continuously regenerates, no matter how much damage is done, allowing it to survive an assault from Saber, Lancer, Rider's chariot and the force of his entire army in Ionioi Hetairoi, and mountain-shattering weapons fired from Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon all at once without suffering any permanent damage. It has tentacles capable of swatting an F15 fighter jet out of the sky with ease, and after it crashes into the demon's body, the F15 is swallowed by it without leaving a trace. In order for it to be destroyed, either Caster's master must be killed, allowing Caster to potentially fade away naturally after his magical energy supply is used up unless the creature starts feeding on humans, or an Anti-Fortress attack, such as Excalibur, must be used in order to eradicate the entirety of its flesh and kill Caster deep inside the heart of the creature. Though from another dimension, it is affected by weapons with an affinity towards slaying monsters.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
 Fate/Zero material - Servant Status Caster: p.020-021
Master: Ryuunosuke Uryuu
True Name: Gille de Rais
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Noble Phantasm: A+
■ Territory Creation: B
■ Item Construction: -
■ Mental Pollution: A
■ Eye for Art: E-
■ Prelati's Spellbook: Text of the Sunken Spiraled City
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum number of targets:100 People
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2
 Fate/Grand Order - Caster Profile [T]
Gilles de Rais - Caster
Illustrator and Voice actor
Voice Actor: Tsuruoka Satoshi
Noble Phantasm: A+
Mental Pollution: A
Eye for Art: E-
Territory Creation: B
Prelati's Spellbook: Textbook of the Spiral Sunken Castle
A French noble from the 15th Century. Having repeatedly committed the deed of abducting young boys from the vicinity of his domains and then disgracing・slaughtering them one after the other, things reached the point in which he became known as the model for the later fairytale "Bluebeard".
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: Chaotic Evil Gender: Male
A holy monster that sought for God more than anyone else.
Level 2 Bond
He was once the owner of a highly pious heart, he fell of deep despair and lost sight of God after Jeanne D'arc was executed as a heretic. His cruel deeds were also a means to prove the absence of God (who supposedly punished such vices).
Level 3 Bond
"Textbook of the Spiral Sunken Castle"
Rank: A+ Type: Anti-Army
A grimoire which in itself is equipped with a magic reactor.
It summons monsters from another world in an inexhaustible supply.
Gilles de Rais is not a legitimate magus himself and has no groundings in magecraft, but in exchange this grimoire can exercise magecraft.
Level 4 Bond
At first, Gilles got involved in alchemy along with his friend, the cleric François Prelati, in order to cover up for financial difficulties, but at some point he lost sight of the original purpose and began to concentrate on summoning of demons.
Level 5 Bond
As others began fearing that he would sell over his domains to an enemy nation in order to raise money, as an excuse for the seizure of his territory, Gilles was convicted for his past misdeeds and executed. The censures towards his blasphemy and cruel deeds were all nothing but political pretenses.
This man, who couldn't help but hold suspicions against God exactly because he extolled God too much and infatuated himself with scornfully curse God, was finally destroyed without being judged by God. Probably, only a Master who shows understanding towards such zeal and despair can perfectly employ him as a Servant.
ジル・ド・レェ - キャスター
- ↑ Fate/zero anime - Episode 02
 Fate/Zero - Volume 4: Prelati's Spellbook: Text of the Sunken Spiraled City
Prelati's Spellbook: Text of the Sunken Spiraled City
- ↑ Einzbern Consultation Room 4
 Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Noble Phantasms, p.134
Q: If the original Kansho and Bakuya take the stage in the Holy Grail War, as the twin swords reaching the realm of Gods...
Q: If the original Kansho and Bakuya take the stage in the Holy Grail War, as the twin swords reaching the realm of Gods due to the sacrifice of human lives, will they possess powers as Noble Phantasms? Or, since they did not have wielders in the legend, thus cannot become Noble Phantasms?
A: Absolutely without a doubt that they will be true Noble Phantasms. They will be extremely strong anti-monster Noble Phantasms. Rider's ultimate form--Gorgon Lv100, or the extra-dimensional evil god summoned by Gilles, will all be cut down in a single strike.