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Nasuverse character
Rider
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Rider extra
Japanese name: ライダー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Extra
Voice actor: Urara Takano
Character type: Servant (Master: Shinji Matou)
Gender: Female[1]
Birthday: Unknown[2]
Height: 162cm[1][2]
Weight: 55kg[1][2]
Blood type: Unknown[2]
Hair color: Crimson-pink
Eye color: Blue
Likes: Alcohol, Largess[2]
Dislikes: Men of justice, Planning, Tone-deafness[2]
Talents: Hard sell, Gold account[2]
Natural enemy: Elizabeth, Main Protagonist[2]
Image Color: Maroon[2]

Rider (ライダー, ?) is the Rider-class Servant of Shinji Matou in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/Extra.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

The person who circumnavigated the globe and paved the way for England to become the dominate superpower in the Age of Discovery through its substantial earnings. This person was also the one who was given credit for the virtual destruction of Spain's Invincible Armada, which caused the nation once thought of as "the kingdom on which the sun will never set" to teeter on the edge of collapse.

She is a person who has dedicated her life to hedonistic pursuits and sees no difference between a paragon of virtue and a rogue scoundrel. She revels in all things gaudy, whether they are in war or in her private life, and is content to chase after ephemeral pleasures and leave nothing of worth behind, much like the passing of a raging storm.

She is particularly entranced with treasures of gold and silver, but her true love lies not with enduring treasure, but those treasures that explode like fireworks and then quickly fade away.

"I chase after gold so that I can scatter it like a storm!"
—As she so often declares

It is for this reason that she is wholly incompatible with the Hero of Legend that symbolizes "an inexhaustible treasury." She would also be at odds with the fox-eared Caster, as Caster is the epitome of eternity.

As a devoted libertine, all that matters to her is the inevitable crash at the end of it all. A Legendary Spirit who is completely indifferent to the frailty of human existence, she is content to indulge in her own whims and desires until death comes to greet her.

She died of dysentery at the age of 55. Her dying wish was that she be buried in her full armor.

Franciscus DracoEdit

Sir Francis Drake is generally considered the first person to successfully circumnavigate the globe (the first person known to have attempted this feat -- Ferdinand Magellan—was killed halfway through his voyage).

Though a male in life, Francis Drake has materialized in Fate/Extra as a woman.

During the time of Francis Drake, England was considered to be a second-rate power with no real influence beyond its borders and no colonies of worth overseas. It was primarily due to his voyages and successes on the high seas that gave rise to the British Empire. The combination of the wealth he brought to the country and the detailed maps he produced while circumnavigating the globe allowed Britain to assemble a fleet that rivaled that of Spain's.

An oft-mentioned aspect of the Drake mythos is that of his ship, the Golden Hind. Not only was it the flagship of Drake's fleet, it was seen as a symbol of hope and a source of miracles. The exploits the Golden Hind made possible elevated Drake (known and feared by the Spanish as El Draque) to a level on par with King Arthur. Both are said to dwell in Avalon, the city of the dead, and will eventually return to lead England to true glory.

During what was to be the final confrontation between England and Spain's Invincible Armada, Francis Drake was commissioned as a vice admiral in the English navy. Using an unorthodox strategy involving the use of fire-ships, he forced the Spanish fleet into open water where they could be bombarded with cannon fire.

In addition - and this is merely literary creation - there is also a story full of romance in which Drake was a companion of Queen Elizabeth and, just before setting sail for the world circumnavigation, switched places with the Queen, who could no longer go out in public due to receiving a wound on her face.

Invincible ArmadaEdit

The name given to the Spanish naval forces during the period of history known as the Age of Discovery.

The Invincible Armada consisted of an estimated 65,000 men serving on more than a hundred large warships, each of which weighed in at over 1,000 tons. Its might was such that it earned Spain the reputation of being "The kingdom on which the sun will never set."

LogbookEdit

The sailing logs of a renowned explorer who successfully circumnavigated the globe.

The logs themselves are illegible, with pages cracked and flaking. However, it seems that the author of these logs was a ship's captain who made their name as both an adventurer and fleet commander.

AppearanceEdit

Rider extra intial
Francis Drake initial design by Takeuchi Takashi
NikonuAdded by Nikonu

Rider is a female pirate captain with long wavy crimson pink hair, blue eyes and scar across her face. She wears brown choker collar almost attach to her dark pink captain vest that shows her breasts, white pants, and long dark brown boots.

PersonalityEdit

Rider proclaims her personality as selfish and greedy; she is also devilish in battle. Rider treats Shinji as a younger brother, often pointing out his flaws. A self proclaimed villain who is only interested in money, she seems to only work with Shinji for monetary reward. However, despite all her apparent character flaws she accepts her loss with good grace, displaying her belief in impermanence, the idea that nothing lasts forever.

RoleEdit

Fate/ExtraEdit

She was summoned by Shinji and is the first servant that the player fights.

AbilitiesEdit

She wields a pair of guns and the player intially thought that she was an Archer class.

Hunt of the Golden Hind: Golden Stag and the Eventide TempestEdit

This Noble Phantasm is Rider's ace in the hole and forms the basis of her day-to-day life. With her flagship, The Golden Hind, at the fore, a vast flotilla of smaller craft expand ever outward and exterminates her enemies with overwhelming firepower. Its attributes contain vestiges of not only the fleet that eventually defeated the mighty Spanish Armada, but also of the stories involving the golden stag and the eventide tempest that had spread throughout the whole of Europe.

The eventide tempest is the encapsulation of all storms, from blizzards to cyclones, which manifest in the imagination of men as beasts and soldiers, saviors and monsters. Depending on who is speaking, the leader of these apparitions ranges from a fallen King Arthur to the Norse god Odin to the first murderer of men, Cain. in England, it is believed that Francis Drake rides the endless storm despite the fact that the role assigned to her is usually given to malevolent figures of history and myth.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8

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