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Nasuverse character
Rider
Normal | Normal (Rear) | Takeuchi design
Rider extra
Japanese name: ライダー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Extra
Japanese VA: Urara Takano
Character type: Servant (Master: Shinji Matou)
Gender: Female[1]
Birthday: Unknown[3]
Height: 162cm[1][3]
Weight: 55kg[1][3]
Blood type: Unknown[3]
Hair color: Crimson-pink
Eye color: Blue
Likes: Alcohol, Largess[3]
Dislikes: Men of justice, Planning, Tone-deafness[3]
Talents: Hard sell, Gold account[3]
Natural enemy: Elizabeth, Main Protagonist[3]
Image Color: Maroon[3]

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

Rider's true identity is Francis Drake (フランシス・ドレイク, ?), she was a ship's captain who made her name as both an adventurer and fleet commander. She was the renowned explorer who successfully became the first person alive who circumnavigated the globe, the first person known to have attempted this feat was Ferdinand Magellan but he was killed halfway through his voyage. She paved the way for England to become the dominate superpower in the Age of Discovery through its substantial earnings.

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. What created the opportunity for them to be reborn in the world as the British Empire were the voyages that Drake accomplished. The story goes that there were six tons of just spice in the load she had at the time of her return, and that by far exceeded the national budget of the England of that time. These commodities and the detailed maps produced during the world circumnavigation became the capital to put together a fleet that could compete with the world's champion - Spain - and served as foundation for the establishment of the East India Company.

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 the edge of collapse. During what was to be the final confrontation between England and Spain's Invincible Armada, 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. Francis Drake was commissioned as a vice admiral in the English navy. Using an unorthodox strategy involving the use of fire-ships, she forced the Spanish fleet into open water where they could be bombarded with cannon fire. Spain's Great Britain Conquest Armada was defeated without being able to land. After this, the Spanish people started to fear and call Drake in the following way “The Devil”El Draque (『悪魔』エルドラゴ, ?).

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 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.

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.

She died of dysentery at the age of 55. Her dying wish was that she be buried in her full armor.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Though a male in real history, Francis Drake has materialized in Fate/Extra as a woman.[2] 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. 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 incompatible with Gilgamesh that symbolizes "an inexhaustible treasury." She would also be at odds with Caster, as she 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 Heroic 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.[2] She admits it's against her nature to enjoy fighting weaker opponents and she hoped to see Hakuno and the servant to grow stronger.

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.

DevelopmentEdit

  • Initial concept
  • Francis Drake initial colour scheme.

Takashi Takeuchi was responsible for Rider design.

RoleEdit

Fate/ExtraEdit

  • Rider and Shinji
  • Saber facing against Rider.

She was summoned by Shinji and is the first servant that Hakuno's Servants fights. When she contracted to Shinji, she said to her master about being prepared to win or lose and always laugh at bad memories. She proclaims herself to be a hired gunsman and she'll only work on the amount that Shinji offered. In the manga, Rider briefly fought against Gawain until Kirei Kotomine suggest them to stop.

She is first encountered when Hakuno Kishinami and the servant was going to collect the first Cipher key. She briefly fought against Hakuno's servant until SE.RA.PH intervened. When Shinji hacked the arena to a treasure hunting event, he was hoping this would improve Profligate Pillaging skill and to satisfy Rider's comments about lack of treasury.

In the elevator, Shinji suggested to Hakuno to surrender and work with him. However Rider believes a fixed game doesn't suit to her style. Eventually, she loses against Hakuno's servant, and Shinji blames Rider for being weak. She admits to her failings and calmly suggest to Shinji to accept his fate as they lose. She reminds Shinji about the conversation they had before contract as Master and Servant. She told him to be prepared, because a villain's final moments are laughably miserable. As she fades, she forced a smile toward Hakuno and hopes them to become stronger.

AbilitiesEdit

She wields a pair of Flintlock style pistols and Hakuno intially thought that she was an Archer class. Normally Flintlock pistol can fire a single bullet but in her case, she can fire them rapidly and Rider claims that her pistols runs on mana as ammunition.

Her Noble Phantasm is 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. Golden Wild Hunt is Rider's ace in the hole and forms the basis of her day-to-day life. 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.[2]

Rider has 3,094 HP, and her in-game skills are:

  • Helada Sol Poniendo: Big Sister’s Resplendent Plunder (姐さんの華麗な略奪エランダ・ソル・ポネンドゥ, Nee-san no Karei na RyakudatsuEranda soru ponendo~u?, localized as Profligate Pillaging) - Her ATTACK power increases based on treasure found. She will use this skill on the 1st move. This Skill is affected by how many Pirate Bounties she got during the Treasure Hunting event.
  • Culverin Cannons (カルバリン砲, Karubarin Hou?) - Drake can also materialize certain portions of a ship, such a causing four cannon ports to materialize in the air and having them fire at the enemy. It inflicts physical damage on an enemy. She will use this skill on the 3rd move.

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
  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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8

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