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Rider (ライダー, Raidā?) is the Rider-class Servant of Shizuri Isemi‎ in the First Holy Grail War of Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver.

He is able to be summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Rider's True Name is Ozymandias (オジマンディアス, Ojimandiasu?), a person from the 13th~14th Century BC. A Pharaoh of ancient Egypt who governed over a vast empire. He is also known as Ramesses II (ラムセス二世, Ramusesu Nisei?) and Meryamen (メリアメン, Meriamen?).[1][2]

A wise ruler and exemplary statesman who, while fighting the Hittites, eventually made peace and brought about a thriving prosperity to ancient Egypt by means of "cultural exchange and interaction". He is in particular a valorous general, and a man who had married the world's most beautiful women and fathered over a hundred children. Even in the current era, he is famous for leaving behind a large number of various colossal constructions. He loved the masses just like Osiris would, and he was greatly loved by the people in return.[1][2] The very golden age of ancient Egypt is during his longstanding reign of 7X years.[2]

There are numerous cases of the name Moses, often raised as his brother-in-law whom he had grown up together with, being brought up. According to an existing anecdote, the Egyptian sovereign who prevented the "Exodus" of the Jews with his rule, then utilized a great army to pursue them, is considered to be none other than this Ozymandias.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

  • Ozymandias, Moses, and Nefertari.

The greatest hero of ancient Egypt, and the third Pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. He was friends with Moses in his life, and holds a special place in his heart for one of his wives, Nefertari. However, their friendship was put to the test when Moses became the prophet of the Hebrews and began to preach the teachings of God, denouncing the gods of Egypt.

When Moses told him to free the Hebrews, Ozymandias refused. So the Ten Plagues of Egypt were triggered. If not for the might of the Egyptian gods and himself, he believe Egypt would have been destroyed. He finally agreed with Moses' request when his and Nefertari's firstborn son was killed by the final plague.

Ozymandias, despite not bearing any ill will or hatred towards Moses, still felt anger due to his son's death. One of his advisers persuaded him to send a legion of charioteers to attack the Hebrews. When Moses saw the coming troops, he displayed the miracle of God by parting the Red Sea and lead his people across it. Seeing that, Ozymandias simply let his surrogate brother and once closest friend go, and bid him a farewell.

Normally, a Pharaoh considers "death" as a transient sleep. As they dream of rebirth at the farthest end of time, naturally, it becomes the undertaking of a journey towards the gods. However, Ozymandias could not stand it. It is exactly because if he is truly the one who held the world in the palm of his hand, that he lamented, even resented, his powerlessness. The powerlessness of his body, unable to do anything but accept the transient sleep as the successive generations of Pharaohs had done. "No man in this world grieves as I grieve upon the brink of death." His perfect self. His absolute self. He curses the truth where one must go to their eternal sleep. Even if he is promised a rebirth and revival upon the "Eternal Paradise".[2]

Eventually, Ozymandias, who had engraved himself unto human history, manifested as a Servant. At the time of his first manifestation, he, who knew that his remains were being kept at a museum in Cairo, has no choice but to stand up in a certain kind of spiritual awakening. As he had been moved away from the mausoleum that was under the mythological outlook of ancient Egypt, no longer would he, as one of the successive lines of the Pharaohs, be revived in his original body. And if that would be the case, then he would do as he wish to the utmost. Anything is fine; be it desiring immortality on top of preserving his perfect body just like in the past, or simply eliminating the insolent Master before vanishing away, or perhaps ruling the world and bringing about prosperity upon the people in peace.[2]

And then, now. During his latest manifestation... Indeed, if the Human Order is upon a crisis, then now is truly the time to save the world. Such is the thought Ozymandias naturally arrived at. Once, he did not manage to establish it. But, if it is Chaldea with numerous figures befitting of that of heroes, then perhaps————[2]

AppearanceEdit

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Casual Clothing

It has been conjectured that his height while alive was over 180cm. However, Ozymandias himself has alleged that his height of prosperity/summit was back when his beloved wife, Nefertari, gave birth to their second prince.[1][2]

Ozymandias is described to be a man who had eyes like the sun, wrapped in the presence of a king. He seems to be vain in his appearance, not unlike Gilgamesh, as he wears modern, stylish attire, not to mention a gold necklace and bangles on his wrists.


PersonalityEdit

Anat and Set, it is good that you dwell in both of my arms! Astarte, wish me well so that the earth will be soaked in the blood of my battles after my glorious victory! I who am Horus and Ra will give happiness to the world when I get another life, from here on! O’ my beloved Nefertari, you will bless the call of Ozymandias as Hathor!”

—Ozymandias invoking the ancient gods of Egypt

A Pharaoh filled to the brim with unswaying confidence. The Sun King (太陽王, Taiyō-Ō?). It is not arrogance, nor is it haughtiness. Ozymandias simply conducts himself as a god and Pharaoh that he is as a straightforward fact. That mentality completely savored the splendour of the world, having reigned over ancient Egypt at the time.[2] He is a child of the Sun God Ra, while at the same time, his incarnation, stipulating himself as the absolute one above the earth. Just like a bird flying above the great skies, just like a fish swimming within the great seas, and just like a flower blooming in full glory in the plains, he is naturally a God-King (神王, Shin-Ō?) (Pharaoh).[1][2]

He likes to refer to himself as the King of Kings (王の中の王, Ō no Naka no Ō?), and also prefers being addressed as Ozymandias by other Servants and people.

Ozymandias shows a personality of a person with a big ego, seeing himself as a god, but does not go as far as disrespecting the gods of his time. Unlike other demigods or beings with Divinity, Ozymandias is one that is not contrary to the law of the heavens. However, despite his respect for the gods, he declares himself to be the God of Heaven, Horus and Ra, to the point that he believes the gods are in his favor, and sometimes quotes the name of Nefertari as well, not only to show affection and love for her, but with a respect that places his beloved as someone divine like a goddess in life, asking for her blessing to his call. During his life, he calls Nefertari a manifestation of Hathor, the Goddess of the Sky and Love.

Unlike Gilgamesh, he freely declares his True Name, Ozymandias, believing that the world should kneel by the return of his radiant presence.

Ozymandias believes that his invocation was given by the need to save the world from its current state, to sort the current holder of a broken humanity, and that those who oppose him should be burned by his power.

Although he enjoys battle and mentions that his fight against Arthur, Arash, and Brynhildr would be compared to his battle against the Hittites, Ozymandias says the position he takes between "fight or not fight" is the central motif of his fights to show Nefertari how powerful and victorious he is, and without her, there was no meaning in him fighting.

For him, his tragedy was that there was no other fate than to rule the world. The failure of his life, in his eyes, was that he could not subjugate his journey towards the gods while dreaming of his rebirth at the end of the distant times like the other Pharaohs.

Ozymandias' attitude towards his Master depends on his mood.[1][2] If he recognizes one as having the disposition of a king, then this isn't bad from time to time, and he might say and take action under their rule.[1] Even as he understands his present state as a Servant who cannot continue on materializing without a magical energy supply, he will not dangle his head down to a magus to begin with. He expects not to be treated as a Servant. He will take action when and only when his and the Master's goal coincide.[2]

Facing a man endowed with such a sovereign characteristic, one softens up their manner. A king is never an equal to a Pharaoh, yet it is quite well for a Pharaoh to watch over and guide the kings who are not a Pharaoh. Such is what Ozymandias does as he advances on his own.[2] In other cases, if somebody who happens to resemble and (maybe) possesses a presence similar to his old friend (a saint) exists, he would take interest to them and inquisitively peer into their face.[1][2]

... However, there is one major premise. To Ozymandias, his "beloved" will always be Queen Nefertari, and his "peerless friend" shall always be Moses. That alone, no matter the passage of time, will remain absolute and unchanging.[1][2]

RelationshipsEdit

Moses
His foster brother, who he grew up together with, raised by the same mother. A youth filled with shining talent and the traits of a sovereign. There was even a chance of him becoming the Pharaoh. Ozymandias approved of Moses as "befitting to be my foster brother, a saint who is far from ordinary." And yet, simultaneously ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■.[2]
Karna
"Fellow child of the sun. Indeed. Our combat compatibility is bad."[2]
Tamamo-no-Mae
"Fellow incarnation of the sun. Indeed. As expected, I am the older brother here."[2]
Quetzalcoatl
"Hoh. A Sun God of a foreign land, is she? Hohoh."[2]
Old Man of the Mountain
"Fu......"[2]
Arash / Arthur Pendragon (Prototype)
"I do hold interest for Heroic Spirits who are pure and honest in nature. All the more so if they are heroes who had saved the world."[2]
Cleopatra / Iskandar
"The Pharaohs. They cannot be compared to I, the King of Kings. Yet they are Pharaohs nonetheless. I suppose it would not be so bad to join Nitocris and the others for a trip around the world."[2]
Nitocris
"An ancient Pharaoh. She went through some troubles upon fighting the Lion King. Supposedly, she is one you would call motherly, but I have decided to treat her as my retainer. For that is no less than her own wish."[2]
Gilgamesh
Unexpectedly gets along.[2]
Nefertari
"An existence I loved and hold supreme more than even myself. I once had a numerous amount of wives, but now————if Nefertari is by my side, I'd keep on thinking that maybe I have no need for the likes of concubines."[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky SilverEdit

Rider is summoned with Nefertari's necklace as a catalyst by Shizuri, but before he knew how he was summoned, Rider expresses his seemingly unpleasant feelings for the place where he had been summoned. While in fact he likes it, instead of talking about such a place, Rider directly asks Shizuri what he had used as a catalyst, saying he should reveal the object used.

Initially, Rider cites several objects that can serve as catalysts for his summoning, like the remains of his war chariot, his bow used in the decisive battle against the Hittite King, or the Egyptian–Hittite peace treaty he exchanged with the Hittites, or even something that certainly had been plundered from his own mummy.

Apparently, Rider was not displeased, or even furious, about these possibilities. However, Shizuri ingenuously reveals he had used Nefertari's necklace as a catalyst. This necklace is no mere necklace like the others; it was precious and directly connected to the heart of Rider because it was the symbol of his love for Nefertari. Rider did not show aggression initially, to the point of having praised Shizuri's research ability and saying that it explained the wonderful scent of Nefertari's over the place.

However, Rider bursts into rage with cold eyes like sharpened blades, believing that the tomb of his most beloved was broken into and robbed just to acquire a catalyst to summon him. Materializing part of Mesektet and breaking the workshop, which was described as tough as a bunker built for the Cold War, with great ease, he gave Shizuri two options to choose: die along with his clan, or be devoured by a Divine Beast.

Although Shizuri didn't make any of the choices offered by Rider, he was ready to die for the sake of his clan. Being aware of it, Rider decides to spare his life and allows him the opportunity to prove that he is able to fulfill that promise to its full capacity.

After their confrontation, Rider starts walking around the workshop, trying to be fair as a Pharaoh and giving Shizuri another chance. While exploring the workshop and entering each room, he notes a white room. Inside the white room, Rider narrows his eyes at a small child connected by numerous cables to various machines. Rider tries to read the instruments to get some information; however, he is unable to make sense out of them. But, even though he couldn't read them, he notices that the child had been undermined by a disease since birth.

During the battle on top of Tokyo Bay, Rider summons his Reality Marble-like Noble Phantasm, Ramesseum Tentyris, and uses a wide range of beasts and traps to try and defeat Saber and Archer. Pushed to his limits and having noticed that his Master has died, he decides to use the remaining energy in the Dendera Electric Bulb in a last ditch effort to defeat the both of them. However, this attack fails due to the combined efforts of Saber and Archer, whom used their combined Noble Phantasms to overwhelm him.

As their combined Noble Phantasms strike him, the light of it reminds him of the light from when Moses parted the Red Sea and of the times that he shared with him. Dying together with his crumbling Ramesseum Tentyris, he says this:

“Then, I see. It‘s clear to me now that you guys――――are the people who will save the world in my stead!”

—Rider's final words

During Saber's battle with the Beast, Rider appears again in Saber's mind. He encourages Saber to fight and then becomes one of the Servants who lends Saber his power when he activates Excalibur.

8 years later, a shadow of Rider is seen again as one of Manaka's Grail corrupted Servants.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Camelot: The Sacred Round Table RealmEdit

Ozymandias is summoned during the Ninth Crusade in the Holy Land. He takes possession of the Holy Grail and goes on establishing a new kingdom, proclaiming himself as the Sun King. He also summons Nitocris using the Grail. Ozymandias and his kingdom are in conflict with the Holy City of the Lion King and the Mountain Villages of the Hashshashins. At one point, when Ozymandias was planning an assault on the Mountain Villages, he was suddenly attacked by The Old Man of the Mountain, King Hassan, who cuts off his head and then disappears. Ozymandias is able to survive, but decides not to attack the villages, due to being frightened by the power of King Hassan.

The Chaldea group, Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight and Da Vinci, are escorted by Nitocris into Ozymandias' territory, after they save her. Ozymandias informs them of the situation within the Singularity, telling them that the Human Order of the Singularity has already collapsed, showing awareness of Chaldea's previous efforts. The group is escorted out of the Egyptian Kingdom, being told to go to the Holy City.

Later on, the Chaldea group enters Ozymandias' territory again, wanting his help against the Lion King. Ozymandias is initially hesitant to help them, as he believes he can save his people with his own power, but Xuanzang Sanzang manages to convince him to help them protect the world. However, Ozymandias demands them to prove that they are fit to save the world. He uses the Grail to transform himself into the Demon God Pillar Amun-Ra. Though the group is able to defeat Amun-Ra, thanks to Sanzang, with Ozymandias agreeing to help them afterward, being impressed due to their power. After hearing that King Hassan will also be helping them, he is very shocked, saying that if he had heard it from the beginning, he would have agreed to help immediately.[3]

During the final battle against the Lion King, Ozymandias attack the Tower of the Furthest Reaches with his Dendera Electric Bulb. He is able to penetrate the defenses of the Lion King, but is forced to use all his power in the process, while also being assaulted by her attacks. Ozymandias finally decides to use his fortress itself to attack the Tower, sacrificing himself.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Ozymandias is amongst the "Camelot" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillar.[4]

AbilitiesEdit

Rider is an extremely powerful Servant, prompting even Saber to claim that Rider is superior to himself. Caster also admits that, despite all of the powerful defenses he set up, Rider would still be able to completely destroy his stronghold if he chooses to.

He is given the Class of Rider due to his Noble Phantasm Mesektet, the boat of the sun. It is able to fly through the skies and fire several beams of light that can scorch the earth. Rider is also able to summon just parts of it if he chooses, and it is both sturdy and large enough that just causing the front of it to appear is enough to demolish a sizeable portion of his Master's workshop.

Another one of his Noble Phantasms is The Sphinx of Abu el-Hol. The beast is released as a minion rather than as a normal mount of someone of the Rider Class. In Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver, Rider claims that the sphinx that was summoned has the power to defeat three Servants, even though Saber is able to slay it. The sphinx is able to cover itself with flames, instantly melting the materials its body comes into contact with. An example of this would be concrete, which became similar in shape to melted candy upon coming into contact with it. It can also adjust the temperature of its claws specifically, turning them into red hot blades.

Finally, Rider seems to possess some unspecified level of skill at magecraft, but it is fairly high since he possesses a Reality Marble-like Noble Phantasm, Ramesseum Tentyris. It manifests itself as a large temple complex where a large number of different Phantasmal Beasts reside. While they are inferior to the aforementioned sphinx, their numbers are an extreme threat.

Rider has also given other demonstrations of his skill at magecraft, easily noticing Misaya's familiar and saying that it was the work of an amateur, while she herself is considered by her father to be a genius who wields Mystic Codes and repairs Bounded Fields before the age of ten. He demonstrated something akin to Mystic Eyes or a high-level suggestive magecraft by being able to knock Misaya uncounscious just by glaring at her familiar. He is also seen observing the battle between Saber and his sphinx from a distance, utilizing some form of scrying orb.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Nakahara is the character illustrator for Ozymandias.[1][2] Hikaru Sakurai is the scenario writer for his character.[2]

Ozymandias is Hikaru Sakurai's favorite character due to her love of Egyptian historical figures. She sought advice from Kinoko Nasu on how to write the character of a "King".[5]

Hikaru Sakurai had also stated in an interview in the January 2017 Comptiq magazine that there’s a small joke in Nakahara’s design of Ozymandias. Sakurai states that Ozymandias’ hair has a risen design and a lowered design. As such, his hair would rise whenever tension was running high, and conversely, his hair would lower itself when he was in a calm or a displeased state.[6]

Comment from IllustratorEdit

"This here is a sovereign whose first appearance is not in FGO, and had become quite a long time company. But sometimes, you can still feel a new breath in his action and his sudden, spontaneous remarks. To tell you the truth, I wonder if I did him a bit plain. Also, he feels fatherly. What's that, so unfair. Also, he has a lower glandular hair, but the one you must recognize first is the deepness and balance of his eyeliner. I will devote myself to draw you better, O' King. Guess what is the flower on his last Ascension illustration is about?"[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29
  2. 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 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Ozymandias, p.068-079, translated by castor212 at Beast's Lair.
  3. Fate/Grand Order - Camelot: Sacred Round Table Realm - Act 15: God-King Ozymandias
  4. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 07: VI / Spy Satellite Amon
  5. Fragments Roundtable Discussion
  6. Comptiq 2017-01 Issue - Interview with Hikaru Sakurai, translated (Part 2) by PhoenixRising at Beast's Lair.