|Rider of "Red"|
|Appears in:|| Chibichuki!|
|Japanese VA:||Makoto Furukawa|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: Shirou Kotomine)|
|Likes:||Victory and a pretty girl's smile|
|Talents:||All the skills necessary for a hero|
|Natural enemy:||Hector, Penthesilea|
|Image Color:||White Green|
Rider of "Red" ("赤"のライダー, "Aka" no Raidā?) is the Rider-class Servant of Shirou Kotomine of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Originally summoned by one of the Pentel brothers of the Red Faction, he later becomes one of the Servants of Shirou.
Rider's True Name is Achilles (アキレウス, Akireusu?), one of the famous heroes in the Trojan Wars. Born from the sea goddess Thetis and the hero Peleus, Achilles was blessed by the gods from birth. His mother Thetis, having greatly loved her son, had warmed him within holy flames in order to try and make him immortal. But her husband Peleus had opposed it, saying “Then that would destroy Achilles as a human”, and in the end Achilles grew up while only a certain part of him remained human. Eventually, when war broke out between Troia and Achaea, Achilles was asked the following by his mother Thetis: "Do you wish to live a long and peaceful life without having your name recognized by the masses? Or do you wish to live the short life of a hero with brilliant achievements in battle?" Achilles choice went without saying. At the same time as his mother felt pride in his decision, she also felt heartbreakingly sad, because his fate had been predetermined since he was born. If he lived as a hero, he would have a short life, as if sprinting through it at full speed.
When Achilles was a young child, his mother Thetis returned to her home at the bottom of the sea, due to discord with his father Peleus. Chiron, who had raised many heroes, was an old friend of Peleus. Peleus requested Chiron to train his son and Chiron happily accepted the role of mentoring Achilles for nine years.
After having grown up, he participated in the Trojan War as part of the Achaean army and continued achieving many great feats. He was a human who was exceedingly close to the level of the gods. A fast-sprinting hero with an invincible body, his body blessed by all the gods could never received any wounds, but his heel alone was this hero's vital weak point. The spear his father had given to him pierced through all other heroes. With his chariot led by three steeds, consisting of two divine horses given to him as a gift from the sea god Poseidon and a famous horse he stole while assaulting a certain city, no one could chase after him from behind.
Hector was one of the greatest heroes in the Trojan War, being equal in strength and skill with Achilles, even when his weak point was exposed. Hector was the killer of Achilles' close friend Patroclus. Achilles, enraged with his friends death, challenged Hector in a one-on-one fight. Even after killing Hector, the way Achilles insulted him by dragging his corpse around with his chariot was a foolish and intolerable act. As a result, he incurred the displeasure of the sun god Apollo, but despite being repeatedly warned to restrain himself, Achilles continued slaughtering the Trojan army. So the enraged Apollo aided the Trojan army's bow expert Paris, and guided him to shoot Achilles' only weak point—that is, his heel. Having his heart pierced by arrows one after another afterwards, Achilles sensed his own death, but continued fiercely fighting and using all his strength to kill the soldiers of the Trojan army around him. Just as predicted, he had a short life, but his legend as a hero was carved into the world.
Rider appears to be a great hero just from his appearance, one who would be admired by any man or woman, young or old. While his face is pleasing to the eyes, it is not like the knights of old whose courteousness softened the hearts of noble ladies. He has the eyes of a raptor, a strong and firm build, and the lack of any appearance of crudeness.
Rider is described as being broad-minded and audacious, often displaying a carefree smile on his face. He is not a hero like Berserker of Red who rebelled against all authority, but he is far removed from knights who valiantly served kings. Even if ordered by his Master, he is a Servant who will not accept tasks he does not wish to complete, showing his nature as a "hero." He thinks little of those called kings, so he has "fatal lack of compatibility" with those like Assassin of Red; the only exception would be the Amazon Queen Penthesilea, as he had an awful amount of regret when he killed her with his spear thus making it hesitant for him to fight against female opponents. During the course of a regular war, the first clash would likely have been between the two of them. In such a way, he once openly ignored orders from a king he disliked, only taking up arms for the sake of a slain comrade. While he is able to stand stern against those he has marked as enemies, he becomes soft when faced with those whom he has already marked as "good people" when they temporarily remove themselves from being his ally.
He has striven to live his life in such a way that he is constantly the target of killing intent and hateful animosity, and he has become accustomed to it. He was one who stood out alongside other heroes, displaying confidence in any battle and a great will to fight. His thirst for blood is such that normal humans will have their spirits utterly crumble before him. He freely boasts before his opponents and mocks them severely, even while outnumbered and not fighting at full power. He was one whose one true friend and the women who loved him meant all the world, so such things are nothing to him. For the opponents of the war whose scornful glares are directed at him, the only difference compared to those who directed animosity towards him in his life are the time in which they existed and the weapons they wielded. He views them as all the same, and plans to cut them down like they are nothing.
He has a very close relationship with Archer of Red and calls her as "Sister" (姐さん, Nee-san?). Due to he and Archer being from the same lands, Assassin believes that he will no doubt make advances on her. While his charm and demeanor are enough to fluster even a "virtuous wife" with his words, though they are not effective due to her time in the wild. When they work together for the first time, Caster of Red suggested to write a love poem for them, Rider's eyes sparkled with joy at Caster's suggestion and happily accepted it.
Rider seemed to be obsessed with facing Archer of Black as he was a similar existence as him and was capable of harming him. When he learns Archer is Chiron, it was only natural that Achilles had wavered for an instant. Chiron had been an absolute figure and symbol to his younger self. His gentleness, seriousness and words had been engraved like magic into the young Achilles. Chiron was a father, teacher, older brother and close friend whom he spent his childhood with, when he was at his most sensitive. For Achilles, who was the son of a hero, had received the blessings of the Olympian gods and had been given looks of awe, respect and admiration from many young warriors, there were few people he could truly call his friends or teachers. Chiron was, beyond a doubt, one of those few people. He was someone Achilles could trust just as much as his close friend Patroclus. Rider still respectfully calls him master (先生, sensei?). There was definitely a bond between them. Teacher and student, friend and friend who trusted each other from the bottom of their hearts. Even if they trampled on those feelings, vast 'joy' over facing each other that surpassed their other feelings definitely existed in their hearts.
He wishes to fulfill the vow he made with his mother, "live like a hero and die like a hero" and to fight against Chiron. Despite this, however, the three people that Achilles never wants to have a rematch with, regardless whether it is before or after his death, are Hector, Penthesilea and Chiron.
Rider, on his own judgement, follows Archer of Red as she chases the marching Berserker of Red to the Black Faction's base in Trifas, later officially asked by Shirou to provide backup after he decides that Rider would not willingly accept the task of killing Ruler. Rider attempts to make an advance on Archer when she asks his reason for being there, but her lack of any reaction leaves him only able to cough and get back to his mission. He relays that they are to support Berserker in his actions as much as possible to obtain information, but he will not fight with his chariot to avoid giving the enemy any information about himself. Curious about only having interacted with Shirou Kotomine instead of his Master, he asks Archer if it has been the same for her, which she affirms. As they speculate on the reasoning for them not showing themselves, they think it to be a possible magi eccentricity or plan for future battle, but find Shirou and Assassin of Red to be suspicious.
Berserker soon encounters his first enemy resistance from the Black Faction, but the two observe the battle because they are not enemy Servants. Unnerved by Berserker's constant smiling throughout the battle, they speak of his battle potential before Archer senses the coming of enemies, and they prepare a battle strategy. Unwilling to show his true power to the enemy, Rider only takes up his spear rather than his rightful weapon, his mount, and Archer takes to the woods to provide support from the rear. Preparing for battle, he engages Berserker of Black and Saber of Black, taunting the other side in underestimating him with just two Servants and that their entire force would be needed against him.
After introducing himself and taunting them once again that they are not worth bringing out his mount, his opponents are both angered, but he takes their killing intent while smirking. Believing his weapon to be greater than any other in its thrust and with the support of Archer, he feels no disadvantage against them as they come to blows.
Achilles appears in Alexander interlude.
He is a "hero of the world" whose fame rivaled the legendary Greek hero Heracles and is comparable to Vlad the Impaler, even within Romania. Rider is seen as one of two Servants of the Red Faction to have unparalleled strength, the other being Lancer of Red. Both Shirou and Ruler believes him to be the only one capable of matching Lancer. There were probably less than ten heroes, including him, whose names were known on a global scale. However, the number of people decreased when it came to those who knew the story of the rushed and short life of this great sprinter. His physical prowess was abnormal, but it wasn't an impossible feat for a Servant. But, even taking into account the fact that he was a Servant, his speed still greatly stood out and was as top rank as a Heroic Spirit as conceivably possible. Generally speaking, there was no one among these Servants present who could beat him in terms of speed. It was the same even if he wasn't mounted on his chariot. There was no one, either before or after his death, who had beaten the great hero Achilles of the Trojan War in speed.
Affections of the Goddess increases his parameters by one rank in all statistics other than Mana and Luck, and he displays a C rank in Divinity due to being born of Sea Goddess Thetis and the human hero Peleus. He possesses a high rank in Riding as a Class Skill of the Rider Class, allowing him to mount any creature other than Dragons, and he displays Magic Resistance able to nullify spells with chants below two verses while leaving him susceptible to stronger magecraft. Skilled in hand-to-hand combat, Bravery increases his power in battle and nullifies mental interference. He also has the qualifications to be summoned under the Lancer, Berserker, and Shielder classes.
Although a serious fight would have him use his mount, Troias Tragōidia, a flying chariot with divine speed that lets Achilles chase his targets into the sky as well as trample most foes with its sheer speed, with its power increasing the longer and faster the chariot is allowed to run, being equated to a "giant galloping lawnmower". Achilles also has a sword which he can use in conjunction with his spear to devastating effect as shown when he demolished an entire cohort of homunculi with ease. He is also very skilled in hand-to-hand combat, having been trained personally by Chiron in Pankration. He is perfectly capable of fighting multiple Servants at once on-foot with only his spear, Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē, due to Andreias Amarantos, his invulnerability that nullifies all attacks of those who do not possess Divinity of a certain rank. With the exception of his Achilles' Heel (アキレス腱, Akiresu-ken?), a critical weak-point, he cannot be harmed in any way by the Black Faction Servants aside from Archer of Black, making it impossible for them to win in combat without him. Due to a high rank in Battle Continuation, he is able to fight even when given grievous injuries. Compared to Saber of Black's weakpoint that can allow even the weakest of Servants to kill him, Rider, who "doesn't know when to give up", can continue fighting for a time even after either of his weak-points, his heel and heart, are struck. When stepping out of his chariot, he activates Dromeus Komētēs to invoke his legendary speed as the fastest hero of all eras, but it forces him to expose his critical weak-point his heel. He also possesses Akhilleus Kosmos. A Divine Construct forged by Hephaestus himself, and is said to represent the world. It is a defensive type Noble Phantasm said to be able to stand against nearly any attack by deploying a miniature world. In addition, due to bearing the concept of the world, he is able to advance forward and crush his opponents with it as it bears the same weight as its concept when used as an attack. However, it is vulnerable to Anti-World Noble Phantasms due to the very nature of its existence.
Creation and ConceptionEdit
He was not part of the designs for the original canceled online game project. Since Saint George was discarded and left an empty Rider slot, Yuuichirou Higashide thought it should be someone really famous who wouldn’t be too intertwined with the main plot of the story and the candidate that came to his mind was Achilles.
Ototsugu Konoe was responsible for the character design.
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 Fate/Apocrypha material - STATUS: Rider of Red, p.038-039
Master: Shirou Kotomine
True name: Achilles
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Noble Phantasm: A+
■ Magic Resistance: C
Cancel spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against Magecraft on the level of High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals.
■ Riding : A+
Creatures on the level of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast can be used as mounts. However, that does not apply to members of the Dragon Kind.
■ Battle Continuation: A
Doesn't know when to give up.
Even after being being struck in his weak points, heart and Achilles Heel he continued fighting for a while.
■ Bravery: A+
Ability to nullify mental interference such as coercion, confusion, and glamours.
Also damage in hand-to-hand combat also increases.
■ Goddess's Affection: B
Affection is from his mother, Thetis.
Other than MAN and LUK, all stats are Rank-Up.
■ Divinity: C
Sea Goddess Thetis and human hero Peleus's child.
■ Troias Tragoidia: Tempestuous Immortal Chariot
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 50 people
Three-horsed chariot. Posiden the sea god, bestowed two immortal divine horses, the other, a great horse, was pillaged from a city. He tramples through the battlefield with godspeed. Increase is speed is also proportional to increase in damage dealt. At the highest speed it is just like a giant galloping lawnmower.
■ Dromeus Cometes: Comet Form
Type: Anti-Unit (Self) Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 1 Person
A Noble Phantasm whose activation is usually triggered by stepping out of "Tempeteous Immortal Chariot."
It is an embodiment of the legend that he is the fastest among all heroes of all eras.
He can run through a giant battlefield in one breath, obstacles on the field will not slow him down.
It must expose his weak-point, the Achilles Heel, however there aren't many heroic spirits that can keep up with his speed.
■ Andres Amarantos: Amaranth of the Brave
Type: Anti-Unit (Self) Noble Phantasm
Maximum Number of Targets: 1 Person
Other than the heel, his mother, goddess Thetis, gave him immortality.
Any type of attack is nullfied. A person with a certain rank or above in the skill Divinity would negate this effect.
■ Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē: Spear-tip of the Star Traversing the Skies
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Max Targets: 1 person
A Noble Phantasm that becomes usable when dismounted from Troias Tragōidia.
A long spear that Chiron sent as a wedding gift to Achilles's parent's.
For the purpose of allowing fellow Heroic Spirits a one on one match, an area that is comparable to a Reality Marble is construction.
Because he has not been summoned as a Lancer, one part of the spear's ability, a curse of mortality, has been lost.
Also, because he killed the Amazon Queen Penthesilea with this spear, he cannot invoke the true name against female opponents due to an awful amount of regret.
■ Akhilleus Kosmos: The Azure Sky Enclosing this Small World
Type: Barrier Noble Phantasm
Max Targets: 1 person
A defense type, bounded field Noble Phantasm that is comparable to Rho Aias. A shield said to be constructed by the god of smithing, Hephaestus. The world that Achilles saw. The outer circumference portion has a swirling ocean currents because of the sea god.
To oppose this shield is the same as making a world your opponent.
Can protect from Anti-Fortress, Anti-Country, Anti-God Noble Phantasms.
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 Fate/Apocrypha material - CHARACTER Profile: Rider of “Red”, p.098-099 [T]
Rider of “Red” - Real name: Achilles
- Height: 185cm
- Weight: 97kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Talents: All the skills necessary for a hero
- Likes: Victory and a pretty girl's smile
- Dislike: Fate
- Image colour: White green
- Enemy: Hector, Penthesilea
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
“赤”のライダー - 真名：アキレウス
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
- Height: 185cm
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Rider of “Red” [Servant], p.152-153 [T]
Rider of “Red” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Red camp. Though he was deceived by Shirou Kotomine, he understood the situation and reluctantly decided to serve him. A natural-born warrior who, rather than concerning himself over whether or not Shirou’s wish would be fulfilled, looked forward to his showdown with Archer of Black more than anything else.
His true name is Achilles. The fastest hero among all humanity, lauded for his great valor and prowess in the Trojan War. He definitely ranks equals with Heracles in terms of fame—after all, his name is attached to one of the vital points of the human body.
However, in contrast with his fame, the time during which Achilles accomplished great deeds was comparatively short. His deeds are also almost completely carved into the Trojan War alone. He had the turning point of his life thrust before him at a young age: he could run through his life like a transient gale in exchange for accomplishing magnificent deeds in the Trojan War, or he could become a person unknown to anyone in the world and live a long life.
Achilles gave his answer to his mother without hesitating. “—I will live a short yet brilliant life.”
Achilles was raised by Chiron and, after undergoing training as a hero, he threw himself into the Trojan War. Meeting his sword friend Patroclus, meeting his wife, battles and sworn rivals, meeting Hector—
Without a doubt, Achilles ran through his life while treating all of those things as a joy to have experienced.
He is without a doubt first rate as a Servant. Even among the Servants from Greek legend, he boasts of power that ranks next to Heracles. He also has an abnormally abundant number of Noble Phantasms. In the beginning, all these Noble Phantasms were written out, and when I consulted over how many of them should be used, Mr. NP said, “Isn’t a super-strong Servant with an abundance of Noble Phantasms fine?”, and easily permitted all of them to be adopted. I never thought I would end up using all of them…
Naturally, he is a Servant who would instantly run out of prana if he used them in a normal Holy Grail War. The prana consumption of Rider’s chariot is uncommonly harsh in particular, and only a first rate Master could fully utilize him.
Additionally, besides the Rider class, Achilles has aptitude as a Lancer, Berserker and, quite unusually, a Shielder. His complement of Noble Phantasms is slightly different in each of the other classes. For instance, as a Lancer, he would lose his chariot since it is his Noble Phantasm as a Rider, but his spear would gain the secondary effect of causing HP reduction.
His fatal weak point, his heel, serves as the linchpin for his Noble Phantasms “Andreis Amarantos: Amaranth of the Brave”, which maintains his immortality, and “Dromeus Cometes: Comet Form”, for which he is extolled as the fastest, and when his heel is pierced, these two Noble Phantasms disappear. After being pierced once, it is extremely difficult for his heel to be healed, and, without the use of some extraordinary means, there is no way for him to completely regain his running speed afterwards.
In this Great Holy Grail War, Achilles wished for a showdown with his teacher, Archer of Black, and gave his assent to Shirou Kotomine’s actions for the sake of accomplishing that. This might be because, leaving aside his animosity towards Semiramis, he does not really hold much ill feelings towards Shirou. Just as Archer of Black aptly pointed out, Achilles is naïve when it comes to his recognition of enemies and allies. This is a probably demonstration of the difference of experience between him and the older Cu Chulainn, who is able to decisively kill when he needs to kill even when split between enemies and allies in such a manner.
His connection to Atalanta actually begins from a story he heard from his father in life. His father, who was always somehow gentle and could never stand up against his mother, had spoken of his encounter with Atalanta embarrassingly, and because of that the young Achilles always remembered her. He never got the chance to meet her in life, though.
Achilles thinks that it is his fault for overlooking Atalanta’s transformation while engrossed in his own battle. He fought her in her rampage as a way of atonement. Achilles cried out of guilt for having crushed Atalanta’s dream.
But I’d like to think that it was that very naivety and tears of her that granted Atalanta a small measure of salvation at the very end.
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Restructuring [Others], p.187-188 [T]
Discarded Servants [Other]
The Servants who experienced the bitterness of being discarded in the transition from the proto-version of “Apocrypha” featured in “Complete material IV” to the official light novels.
The one who disappeared first was Sakata Kintoki. As an enemy to the protagonist side, he’s a far too nice guy to fight, and as an ally, he’s very reliable. Furthermore, one aspect of the plot that was decided near the beginning was that “Frankenstein will use her Noble Phantasm and revive”, so Frankenstein had to take up the slot for the ally Berserker, causing Kintoki to be discarded. The next one to be cut was Musashibou Benkei. In his case, I briefly outlined him as a Servant who’s mentality was very complex which made him hard to act as a partner to a Master, but the Master-Servant pairs had already been decided and there was too little room for him to cut in. Most of all, there were three Lancers drafted in the first place, and the remaining two were Vlad III and Karna. The fact that he was a Japanese Servant also played a factor, so he was unfortunately retired from the running.
During this period of the plot creation, the following had already been basically decided: “Romanian stage. Vlad III’s big fame bonus. Central Servants are Jeanne and Astolfo, and the rival Servant is Amakusa Shirou Tokisada.” Therefore, the next one to be retired was Georgius. Since he would be the third saint in the story, he would have to be included in the ideological conflict between Jeanne and Amakusa, but I feared it would become too confusing. Also, considering the final outcome of the story, his value as a character dimmed further since his Noble Phantasm would cause the metamorphosis midway through the story, so he was discarded.
Now then, one of the two planned Riders has been discarded and left an empty Rider slot, so let’s think of possible choices. If possible, it should be someone really famous who wouldn’t be too intertwined with the main plot of the story… With that thinking, the candidate that came to mind was Achilles.
I want one more Servant suitable to act as a rival to Achilles on the opposing team from him. For example, how about his teacher Chiron? But in that case, one of the initially planned Archers would have to be discarded.
At this point, it was already decided that Atalanta would oppose Jeanne, so she had to be in the Red camp like Achilles. The remaining Archer was David. There was no problem with him as an ally character-wise, Vlad III was planned to be made the head of the Black camp. If there were another world-famous king on the same team as him, his relationship with Vlad would become complex… As such, David was the last one to be discarded.
This segment has already become very drawn-out, but, well, I have say to congratulations for them all getting to make a return in “Fate/Grand Order”…