|Also known as:|| Ramessess II|
King amongst Kings
|Appears in:|| Chibichuki!|
Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Blue and Silver
|Japanese VA:||Takehito Koyasu|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: Shizuri Isemi)|
|Place of Origin:||Egypt|
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 Blue and Silver. He is one of the Servants of the Protagonist of the Grand Order conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.
Rider's True Name is Ozymandias (オジマンディアス, Ojimandiasu?), a pharaoh from the 14th-13th Century BC and the greatest hero of ancient Egypt. He is also called Ramesses II (ラムセス二世, Ramusesu Nisei?), or Meryamen (メリアメン, Meriamen?), the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt.
A child of the Sun God Ra, and also one of its incarnations, he stipulates himself as the absolute one in this world. Just like how birds fly on the sky, fishes swim on the ocean and flowers blossom in full glory at the fields, he is quite naturally a God-King (神王, Shin ō?), otherwise known as pharaoh. As a God-King, he possesses within his body the various Egyptian gods from birth.
He loved the masses as if Osiris, and was also greatly loved by the people. The wise ruler who, while fighting the Hittites, eventually made peace and brought about prosperity to ancient Egypt by means of "interchange". At times a valorous general, and a man who married the greatest beauties in the world to father over a hundred children; he is also known as an individual who left behind many giant constructions that remained even to this day.
He was friends with Moses in his life, and holds a special place in his heart for one of his wives, Nefertari. The name Moses is often raised as a stepbrother who was raised together with him. However, their friendship was put to test when Moses became prophet of the Hebrews and began to preach the teachings of God, denouncing the gods of Egypt. According to anecdotes, the king of Egypt who obstructed "The Exodus" of Jewish people lead by Moses, pursuing them with a great army, was this Ozymandias.
When Moses told him to free the Hebrews, Ozymandias refused. So, the 10 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, Rider simply let his surrogate brother and once closest friend go, and bid him a farewell.
It has been conjectured that his height while alive was over 180cm. However, he himself has alleged that his height of prosperity・summit was back when his beloved wife, Nefertari, gave birth to their second prince.
Rider 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.
—Rider invoking the ancient gods of Egypt
Rider 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, Rider is one that is not contrary to the law of the Heavens. However, despite his respect for the gods, he declares to be the God of Heaven, Horus and Ra, to the point he believe that 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 something divine like a goddess in life and asks 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, Rider freely declares his true identity, Ozymandias, believing that the world should kneel by the return of his radiant presence.
He 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 Saber, Lancer, and Archer would be compared to his battle against the Hittites, he 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 was, 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 to the gods, while dreaming of rebirth at the end of distant time, like other Pharaohs.
Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Blue and 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 serve as catalysts, 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 plundered from his own mummy.
Apparently, he was not displease, 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 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 say that explained the wonderful scent of Nefertari over that place.
However, he 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 the catalyst to summon him. Materializing part of Mesektet, breaking the workshop which was described tough as a bunker for the Cold War with great ease, he gave Shizuri two options to choose: die along with the clan or if 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 gave Shizuri another chance. While exploring the workshop, 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 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 Light Bulb in a last ditch effort to defeat the both of them. However, this attack fails due to the combined efforts of Archer and Saber, who use 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 the times that he shared with him. Dying together with his crumbling Reality Marble, he says this:
—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 Saber activates Excalibur.
8 years later, a shadow of Rider is seen again as one of Manaka's Grail corrupted Servants.
Camelot: The Sacred Round Table RealmEdit
Ozymandias demands the group to prove that they are fit to save the world. He cut himself and drips his blood into the Holy Grail. He drinks the blood from the Grail and transform into the Demon God Pillar Amon-Ra.
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 chose so.
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 a normal mount of someone of the Rider class. He claims that it 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 probably fairly high since he possesses a Reality Marble, Ramesseum Tentyris. It manifests itself as a large temple where a large number of different Phantasmal Beasts reside. While they are inferior to his Sphinx, their numbers are an extreme threat.
He has also given other demonstrations of his skill at Magecraft, easily noticing Misaya's familiar and saying 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 also demonstrated something akin to Mystic Eyes, or 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 orb.
Creation and ConceptionEdit
Hikaru Sakurai also states 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, had 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.
- ↑ 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 Fate/Grand Order - Ozymandias, Translation by Master of Chaos
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Camelot: Sacred Round Table Realm - Act 15: God-King Ozymandias
- ↑ Fragments roundtable discussion
- ↑ Comptiq 2017-01 issue - Interview with Hikaru Sakurai, Translation by PhoenixRising pt.2