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Rider (ライダー, Raidā?) is a Rider-class Servant able to be summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Rider's True Name is Martha (マルタ, Maruta?), also known as Saint Martha, the Dragon Rider (ドラゴンライダー, Doragon Raidā?). A saint of the 1st Century who suppressed the evil dragon Tarasque. A holy maiden who made a terrible and grotesque monster fall madly in love.[2][1]

HistoryEdit

  • The Staff that He gave me (彼のくれた杖, Kare no ku reta Tsue?)
Guided by the words of the Messiah, whom she warmly welcomed with her younger brother and sister, Martha became a person of faith. She did not abandon her faith even later on after the Messiah was executed, further avoiding death as she was exiled by the Roman viceroy at the time and was placed in a boat with neither a paddle or a sail to use, and drifted to southern France upon receiving the grace of God.[2][1]

At the town of Nerluc, which was located ahead of her as she went north along the Rhône River, she ended up confronting the monster Tarasque, who was also called the child of Leviathan and was viewed as a tyrannical dragon tormenting the people.[2][1] Martha was not afraid of this monster and suppressed it with discipline carried out through her sacred powers. Afterwards, Nerluc changed its name to “Tarascon”, and it is currently prospering as a city that enshrines Saint Martha and Tarasque.[1]

Although there are various opinions on the details of how Tarasque was suppressed, from the scene back in Martha’s lifetime, Tarasque wears an expression similar to one that can’t be managed, but within Fate/Grand Order, Tarasque always appears to be sad; one can presume that what this matter in question is, is domestic violence done to a degree.[1]

AppearanceEdit

A perfect person, endowed with beauty and overflowing with charm.[2][1] She is a beautiful saint.[1]


PersonalityEdit

The woman’s exterior is that of a perfect holy saint. The woman’s interior is also that of a perfect holy saint.[1] A perfect saint both on the outside and in the inside.[2] Perhaps due to the existence of her younger sister, Martha basically displays the words and actions of an elder sister-like behaviour frequently. Kind, chaste, gentle————The saint that is flawlessly radiant.[2][1] A woman who is reliable, tender on top of that, and holds an indomitable spirit. If she can say, “I’m okay”, her companions will believe that she’s truly okay, no matter what kind of predicament happens, and even if she is getting back onto her feet. Even when everybody receives an attack, and even with a monster raging around, they will embrace that sanctity. The perfect holy maiden.[1]

Although then however————to her companions who she can particularly confide in, Martha displays a different facial expression as a saint; especially around those she grew close to, she may come to show a “Martha who is not a saint.” During that, as the “Martha who is not a saint”, her words, gaze and facial expressions suddenly turn sharp, the atmosphere around her becomes unyielding, and she becomes dynamic and determined right after.[2][1] This happens when she is also doing things such as sulking, getting angry, or unconsciously getting quite irritated at those being dangerous. But she will control no more than her bare-knuckle brawling. Given that she received her cross staff from “Him”.[1]

This face shown to her close companions, from the figure of herself in those days as “the town girl who lived together with her younger brother and sister before He had passed by” and from before she ended up as a saint, is also a form of Martha that comes from her trust, as one who displays a kind of dependence on others.[2][1] Although she is a genuine saint, this persona is a little extreme.[1]

Still, even while displaying such behaviour, Martha's core remains unchanged as that of a saint.[2] Even though it is a bit distant from the “image of a perfect saint”, her charm that captivates everybody, her indomitable spirit and belief that guides and protects each single person, her love for people, and so on, are all fundamentally constant with her saintly essence.[1] Nevertheless, the point is, the difference is whether her filter is ON or OFF.[2][1]

Saint Martha has nothing to wish for on the Holy Grail that does not belong to the Messiah’s. Similarly, like the times of before, she will live as a saint even after she had materialized as a Servant. Therefore, she will be cooperative with the activities of the Master. So long as the Master continues to walk on the correct path.[2][1]

RelationshipsEdit

Georgios
A connection between them as fellow saints. "George is also not half bad."[1]
Jeanne d'Arc
A connection between them as fellow saintesses. There are various things to think about regarding her. For once, Martha wants to do something like having a relaxing chat with her.[1]
Jeanne d'Arc (Alter)
Since she reminds her of her former self, Martha cannot look at her in the eyes. "Impossible! You, you will really regret this. Disgraceful."[1]
Mephistopheles
"The “devil”!?" (veins popping)[1]
Altera
"The “Scourge of God”!?" (veins popping)[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Orleans: Wicked Dragon Hundred Years' WarEdit

Gilles de Rais summons various Servants to face Mash Kyrielight and Ritsuka Fujimaru, including Saint Martha, who is summoned as Berserk-Rider (バーサーク・ライダー, Bāsāku-Raidā?). She is first encountered in Dijon, where she is defeated by the Protagonist's party. Before vanishing, Martha thanks them for releasing her from her madness and tells them that they need to find the Dragon Slayer to defeat Jeanne Alter and her forces.

Do Moon Goddesses Dream of Dango?Edit

Traveling with Georgios and Sasaki Kojiro, Martha runs into Marie Antoinette, Chevalier d'Eon and Charles-Henri Sanson, who gives them most of their dumplings as a sign of friendship. Afterwards, she and the others go to the waters of Marseille to pray.

Later, while camping at the shoreline of Marseille, Martha obverses the calmness of ocean waves. After stating that no one wants Georgios' photos, she begins eating the dumplings with him and Kojiro. But Martha soon becomes upset at Kojiro for tagging along with her and Georgios, and asks what his motives are. After Kojiro answers that he seeks a duel with her, Martha refuses, saying that she preaches the folly of battle. She then asks Kojiro why she must fight him, saying she isn't the fighting type, and wonders if Kojiro is actually a samurai. Martha then gets angrier when Kojiro asks about Tarasque, wondering if he's after the dragon. She continues to say that Tarasque's shell is too thick for both Sasaki's sword and her fists, and becomes upsets when Georgios wonders if she fought dragons with her fists before becoming a saint. Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight and Artemis soon arrive however, with Mash demanding that they surrender. Martha and the others seemingly return the dumplings to the group, but Artemis reveals that they're still hiding some, with Martha hiding some behind her back. With their poor deception unveiled by Artemis, Martha, wanting more dumplings, fights the group with Georgios and Kojiro. After being defeated by the group, Martha reprimands Georgios and Kojiro for pretending to be passed out due to their male pride by knocking the two of them unconscious. Afterwards, she escapes on Tarasque, but not before revealing that her group had given half of their dumplings to a fat man they met in the wasteland.

Miss Almost Weekly Santa AlterEdit

When Julius Caesar came to Jing Ke's hideout, Martha mistakes him for Santa Claus and asks him for a new set of German cooking knives. Caesar instead however, makes her, along with Ushiwakamaru and Jing Ke, to sign a contract that forced them to buy expensive presents with their own money. But when Caesar discovered that they don't have enough money, he confiscates their possessions.

Later, Martha aggressively punches a punching bag while complaining about Christmas. Then, after punching the bag off its chain, she becomes startled when Santa Alter asks her where Jing Ke (calling her Jean Kay) is. Martha welcomes her and Ritsuka Fujimaru to the cave, and tells them to leave after they had their soup. Jing Ke arrives though and asks for Martha to cook some seared beef and sea turtle soup, but Martha instead confronts her about how lazy she's become instead of being her usual gallant self. Then, when Santa Alter reveals herself to be Santa Claus, Martha attacks her along with Jing Ke and Ushiwakamaru. After Santa Alter defeats them, Martha relays to her about their incident with the other Santa. She is then given her present, which will help get her buffed up, but she complains about why a saint would want to get buff.

Chaldea Summer Memories ~White Beach of Solace~Edit

Saint Martha appears in her swimsuit as a Ruler-class Servant due to Scáthach's deed.

Chaldea Heat Odyssey ~Evolving Civilization~Edit

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Martha is amongst the "Orleans" Singularity Servants assisting Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars.[3]

InterludeEdit

In her first interlude Saint of the Dragon and Sea, Martha, Ritsuka and Mash go to France due to her sensing a distortion on the Marseille coast. While there, she tells the others of her past before Romani Archaman tells them that multiple magical energy signatures have been detected under the sea. After Mash asks if they'll have to dive under the sea, Martha states that she can use Tarasque to guide the swarm of incomplete dragon subspecies to the shore. Swarms of wyverns then appear, but the group slays them all.

in her second interlude The Desired Saint, Martha goes to Rome with Ritsuka and Mash, sensing that something is wrong in that era. The group then proceed to destroy a group of ghosts that suddenly appeared before them. However, a demon then appears, but the group is able to slay it. Afterwards, Martha expresses that even though she perceives her summoning as a Heroic Spirit as unnatural, she believes it was done for the purpose of saving the world, for which she thanks Ritsuka and Mash.

Other appearancesEdit

In the manga adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha, Saint Martha made a cameo as a possible Ruler-class Servant.

AbilitiesEdit

As a Servant, Martha would be accompanied by the monster Tarasque when materializing as a Rider. It is possible for Martha, who materialized as a Rider, to operate all vehicles and beasts freely. In addition, regarding the Dragon Kinds, it should originally not be possible for one to manage them with the Riding Skill, but it is possible for Martha to exceptionally ride them.[1] A Rider that can exceptionally mount the Dragon Kind.[2]

Martha can perform distant attacks through her prayers (magical attacks). She can deliver damage to the target by praying on her lengthy cross staff that she carries, of which it can be visibly seen as a spear. This is not with something that causes an impact or violently explodes because of a fireball or an energy wave flying through the air, but an attack where after Martha’s cross staff starts to shine, the target will automatically emit a magical light and “explode” or “burst apart”. There is almost never the course for that, but those results can be generated.[1]

As a fellow traveller in the Messiah’s journey, and as the saint who suppressed the evil dragon Tarasque, the child of Leviathan, Martha became a subject of worship and reverence.[1] Because of this, she has the Divinity Skill at Rank C.

Martha's Miracle Skill can make a miracle that occasionally makes the impossible possible. Although a part of this has similarities with the Skill Pioneer of the Stars, it is something essentially different. There are also differences regarding the things this can be applied to.[2][1]

Having drifted on board a boat and reined in the Tarasque by the Rhône’s riverbank, Martha has deep connections to water.[1][4] The Saint of the Waterside (水辺の聖女, Mizube no Seijo?) Skill represents this aspect. Upon perceiving a waterside, Martha’s attack power rises.[1][4]

Forms and Alternate VersionsEdit

SwimsuitEdit

“Apart from that, I won’t allow a slacken lifestyle just because it is summer!”

—Martha

Brandishing an iron fist, she breaks steel. With a single attack of her strong fist, she pierces even a dragon. With the words of the Messiah (that person) carried in her heart, even now, her vow as a Saint has not been forgotten.[4][6]

“————This body surely exists for the sake of the people.”

—Martha

Since she lost the holy garments and holy staff to manifest in a swimsuit, Martha has no other choice but to stop conflict with her bare hands. This cannot be helped. It is not conflict. It is mediation. The holy woman finally ended up being released empty-handed... a dragon-slayer (unarmed)... and the likes that must not be mentioned.[4]

Even if there are some changes in her words, and even if her form has changed, Martha is still herself. Nothing but a perfect holy woman saving mankind and the world. However, in any event, it is a special materialization. As she says, this is the Lord’s trial, or is it?————[6]

PersonalityEdit

It should be as usual, but… as a matter of fact, Martha's state of being has become somewhat anxious given that she does not carry her cross.[6] Because of that, it is possible to catch glimpses of the signs of “those times” from before she held the holy staff appearing and disappearing. When compared to her materialization as a Rider, the frequency is somewhat higher.[4][6] For the person herself who has such manners, the way she loses her bearings is unconcealable, even though she has a feeling where she is not sure if this is the Lord’s trial.[6]

Judging from appearances, Martha is the usual self. However, it is also a matter of time before she becomes serious in accepting everything from the Master and without any help from others since in this way, the Master begins to appear as her “younger brother”.[6]

Even if things turn for the worse, Martha will not be wishing on the Holy Grail to return to her original Saint Graph. Even if her Saint Graph is altered, there is only one Holy Grail as far as Saint Martha is concerned, and she will not be misled by a fake Holy Grail too. That is her foregoing thought.[6]

RelationshipsEdit

Moses / Jacob

"Jacob, Moses, please greatly forgive me for swinging my fist. I believe this is also undoubtedly a step to take for the sake of saving the Human Order."[6]

Beowulf / Li Shuwen / Assassin of Shinjuku

"I did not say something like, 'That’s just fine, bring it on!' I did not say that. Since I did not say that, please do not send your looks of anticipation for such a behaviour from me. Haaa…"[6]

Mary

"Younger sister. This form, I cannot show it to you!"[6]

AbilitiesEdit

Martha uses hand-to-hand combat attacks. Basically unarmed. If anything, she has the Holy Knuckles armaments equipped on her third stage Ascension. “Even though I want to be a Saint, why!?” She says as the person herself seemingly complains.

Martha’s body, which was undressed from holy garments, is perfect as a living being. It’s amazing when undressed. Her Natural Body (Sea) (天性の肉体(海), Tensei no Nikutai (Umi)?) is a Skill that denotes the absoluteness of the body, but it also functions as a fascination Skill towards others.[4][6]

Jacob's Limbs (ヤコブの手足, Yakobu no Teashi?) is an old method of hand-to-hand combat that was continuously inherited from Jacob, to Moses, and finally to Martha. If reached to its limits, one can triumph even over an archangel. According to legends, a saint who mastered this can surely beat an “angel of destruction” that leads 12,000 angels to death. In addition, the reason why Martha can bring out “that sort of behaviour” when releasing the True Name of her Noble Phantasm is surely because of this Skill.[4][6]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Mineji Sakamoto is the character illustrator for Saint Martha.[1][2][5][4][6] Hikaru Sakurai is the scenario writer for her character.[1][5][4][6]

Comments from IllustratorEdit

"Its shape is distorted by her breasts so it is hard to comprehend, but the exposed section of her torso is in the shape of a cross."[1]

"There was a suggestion to have a facial expression of the so-called 'embarrassed laugh followed by sticking out her tongue' look, and it is nice that it came out OK."[6] (Swimsuit Ver.)

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 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.52 Fate/Grand Order material I - Martha, p.270-275, translated by Kinalvin at Reddit and You and GundamFSN at Beast's Lair.
  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 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34

  3. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 02: I / Blast Furnace Naberius
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Martha (Swimsuit), translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Martha (Ruler), p.236-245
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Martha (Ruler), p.236-245, translated by Clyton at Beast's Lair.