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Rider

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Japanese name: ライダー
Also known as: Dragon Rider
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Saori Hayami
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Rider FGO Ruler
Gender: Female[1][2]
Height: 161cm[1][2]
Weight: 49kg[1][2]
Place of Origin: Europe[1][2]
Addresses self as: Watashi (, ?)[1]

Rider (ライダー, Raidā?) is a Rider-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist 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 holy woman from the 1st Century who appeased the evil dragon Tarasque and made this frightening monster fall madly in love.[2]

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 and her siblings gave a warm reception to, Martha became a believer.[2] She did not abandon her faith even after the Messiah was executed, avoiding death after being exiled by the Roman viceroy at the time as she was placed in a boat with neither a sail or paddle to use, and drifted to South France upon receiving the grace of God.[1][2]

At the city of Nerluc, a city located ahead of her as she went north along the Rhône River, Martha ended up confronting the monster Tarasque, both a dragon and a child of Leviathan, the cruel dragon tormenting the people.[1][2] Martha was not afraid and suppressed this monster 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]

There are various opinions on the details behind the suppression of Tarasque. From the scene back in Saint Martha's lifetime, Tarasque has an expression similar to one who can't be managed, but within Fate/Grand Order, Tarasque always appears to be sad. If one can guess about this matter in question, what it is is in fact domestic violence done to a certain degree.[1]

AppearanceEdit

A perfect person, possessing beauty and overflowing with charm. Endowed with beauty and dripping with charm, she was perfection. Even fearsome beasts would fall head-over-heels for this holy maiden.[2] A beautiful saint and a radiant and flawless saint.[1]


PersonalityEdit

The woman's exterior is that of a perfect holy woman. The woman's interior is also that of a perfect holy woman.[1] Saint Martha is a perfect holy woman, both on the outside and the inside. Perhaps due to the existence of her younger sister, she often acts like an older sister.[2] A woman who is reliable, holds an indomitable spirit, and on top of that, tender.[1] Kind, chaste, and gentle, she is a person who is always shining.[2] No matter what kind of predicament happens, even in a predicament where everybody is getting back on their feet after receiving an attack, if she says "I'm okay", her companions will believe that she's truly okay. Even raging monsters will embrace that sanctity. The perfect holy maiden.[1]

Still... especially around those she grew close to, the saint may also show a "Martha who is not a holy woman", even although she can forgive her companions with her particularly saintly nature. As this "Martha who is not a holy woman," her words, gaze and facial expressions can suddenly turn sharp, and she and the mood around her becomes dynamic and determined.[1][2] This happens when she is doing things such as sulking, getting angry, or even unintentionally getting irritated towards someone being dangerous. But she will control her bare knuckle brawling, given that she received her cross staff from "Him".[1]

This side of her's Martha displays to her close friends is also a form of herself that comes from her trust, showing a kind of dependence on others. It is her figure of the "town girl who lived together with her siblings" from before turning into a holy woman and from a time where the Messiah have yet to pass by.[1][2] She is a genuine saint, but this persona is just a little bit extreme.[1]

Still, even though it is a bit far from the "image of a perfect holy woman," her charm that captivates everybody, her indomitable spirit and belief that guides and protects each single person, her love for people, etc., are constant with her fundamental essence, for even while Saint Martha displays such behavior, her core remains unchanged as that of a holy woman. Nevertheless, the point is, it is said to be a difference of having a ON-OFF filter.[1][2]

Saint Martha has no wish for a Holy Grail that is not that of the Messiah's. Just like in the past, she will remain a holy woman even after having manifested as a Servant. Therefore, she will be cooperative with the activities of the Master so long as the Master continues to walk on the proper path.[2]

RelationshipsEdit

Georgius
Fellow Saint. "George is also not half bad."[1]
Jeanne d'Arc
Fellow Saintess. Has many opinions about her. Wants to have a relaxing chat with her once.[1]
Jeanne d'Arc (Alter)
Since she reminds her of her past self, Martha can't look at her in the eyes. "Impossible! You, you will regret this with shame later."[1]
Mephistopheles
"A demon!?" (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 the Protagonist, 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.

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 to assist Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars.[3]

Other appearancesEdit

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

AbilitiesEdit

As a Servant, when materialized as a Rider, Saint Martha would be accompanied by the monster Tarasque as her Noble Phantasm.[1] A Rider that can exceptionally mount the Dragon Kind, she is able to ride every beast and every vehicle.[1][2] Normally the Riding Skill is not supposed to allow one to ride dragons; however, Martha is an exception due to her legend as a Dragon Rider.[1]

Saint Martha can perform distant attacks through her prayers (magical-based attacks). She can also 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 an explosion caused by the impact of a energy wave or a fireball flying through the air, but an attack where after Martha's cross staff starts to shine from her prayer, the target will automatically emit a magical light and "explode" or "burst".[1]

As a companion in the Messiah's journey and as a saint who calmed down the evil dragon Tarasque, a child of Leviathan, Martha is a subject of worship and reverence. Because of this, she has the Divinity Skill at Rank C.[1]

Her Miracle Skill can make the impossible possible. Although it has some similarities with the Skill Pioneer of the Stars, it is something essentially different. There are also differences regarding the things that it can be applied to.[2]

Saint Martha has deep connections to water for having to drift on top of a boat and reined in the Tarasque at the Rhône's riverbank. The Holy Woman of the Waterside (水辺の聖女, Mizube no Seijo?) Skill represents this factor, and upon perceiving a waterside, Martha's attack power raises.[1][4]

SwimsuitEdit

Nasuverse character
Ruler

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Martha Ruler 2

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Japanese name: ルーラー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Saori Hayami
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Ruler FGO Rider
Gender: Female[4]
Height: 161cm[4]
Weight: 49kg[4]
Place of Origin: Europe[4]
“That aside, I won't allow a slacken life-style just because it is summer!”

—Martha (Ruler)

With a single iron fist, she splits steel. With a single strong fist, she pierces even a dragon. Carrying the words of the Messiah (that person) in her heart, even now, she has not forgotten the oath of a holy woman.[4]

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

—Martha (Ruler)

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]

It is possible to catch glimpses of the signs of "those times" from before she had the holy staff. If compared to when materialized as a Rider, the frequency is somewhat higher.[4]

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

Jacob's Limbs (ヤコブの手足, Yakobu no Teashi?) is a method of hand-to-hand combat of old that was continuously inherited from Jacob, to Moses, and finally to Martha. According to legends, a saint who mastered this would for sure beat to death an "angel of destruction" that leads 12,000 angels. The reason why Martha can "behave like that" when releasing the True Name of her Noble Phantasm is also thanks to this Skill.[4]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

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

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 Fate/Grand Order material I - Martha, p.270-275, translated by 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 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Saint Martha, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  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 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Martha (Swimsuit), translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.