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This page is about a NPC Fate/Extra servant. For playable servant, see Playable Saber (Fate/Extra)
Nasuverse character
Saber
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Saber extra
Japanese name: セイバー
Also known as: Knight of the Sun
The White Knight of the Round Table
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Extra
Fate/Extra CCC
Fate/Extra CCC Fox Tail
Japanese VA: Mizushima Takahiro
Character type: Servant (Master: Leonardo B. Harwey)
Gender: Male[1]
Birthday: Unknown[3]
Height: 180cm[1][3]
Weight: 78kg[1][3]
Blood type: Unknown[3]
Place of Birth: Britain, Europe
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Aqua Blue
Likes: King Arthur[3]
Dislikes: Older wife[3]
Talents: Effective hit confirmation with the Holy sword[3]
Natural enemy: Alice[3]
Image Color: Silver[3]
Bloodline: N/A

Saber (セイバー, Seibā?) is a Servant of Leonardo B. Harwey in Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/Extra, and reprises his role in Fate/Extra CCC. He is the last servant to battle in order to win the Holy Grail.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Saber's true identity is Gawain (ガウェイン, ?), one of the Knights of the Round Table that appeared in the Arthurian legends, also known as the White Knight of the Round Table (円卓の白騎士, ?).[4]

If King Arthur was the night, the symbol of the moon itself, then Sir Gawain was the day, which shoulders the sun. He acted as King Arthur's impersonator (in the kagemusha sense) in the royal castle of Camelot. In other words, he was one of the candidates to substitute the King after his fall. He is the bearer of the sister-sword to Excalibur, Excalibur Galatine. However, in his blind adoration for the King, he remained unaware of the King's agony. A loyal knight just like Sir Bedivere who took care of King Arthur in his final moments, but unlike Bedivere that wished for the King to attain happiness as a person from the bottom of his heart, Gawain wished for him to flourish as a king. Unmindful of such evaluation and intentions from those who surrounded him, Sir Gawain remained as King Arthur's right-hand to the end.

He never looked down on his enemies. Needless to say, he also never insults his enemies, confronting them with politeness and maintaining his fighting spirit and resolve even when the opponent lacks capacity. Remaining under the shadow of the King, he gallantly proceeds to the battlefield once the command is given and triumphs with a refreshing smile. Naturally, he was described as the ideal knight. His greatest regret was his dispute with Sir Lancelot. He was a knight who was equal to Sir Lancelot but was also incompatible with him, unable to forget that Lancelot killed his brothers, Gareth and Gaheris. With a pure personality, he was an ideal young warrior and thus his affection towards his relatives was greater than in others.

"Sir Lancelot not only killed my brothers, that black knight even betrayed the King. Kidnapped the King's wife. How expect that to be forgiven?"
—Gawain

But in the end, King Arthur forgave Sir Lancelot; "I was at fault for everything". Gawain, however, never forgave Sir Lancelot's betrayal and remained hostile towards him to the end. That grudge not only cost Sir Gawain's status as a knight, but in the end even played a part in the King's ruin. Sir Gawain continued to reject Sir Lancelot when he attempted to participate in the Battle of Camlann even after being excommunicated and, consequentially, caused the death of both the King and himself.

During King Arthur's final battle at the hill of Camlann, Sir Gawain died after being struck by an enemy in an old wound inflicted by Sir Lancelot. Just as King Arthur reproached himself in the hill of Camlann, Sir Gawain, too, cried in his deathbed. His passion invited the King to death. He regretted that his grudge invited the ruin of the King and accepted his enmity towards Sir Lancelot - and even Lancelot's disloyalty - as coming from his own lack of virtue.

"...in the chance there is a next time. If there is an opportunity to restore my honor - a second life - then at that time I will devote my everything to the king..."
—Gawain

Thus, he was brought back as a Heroic Spirit. From this conclusion, the Heroic Spirit Gawain seems to perceive "being of assistance to the king" as his absolute mission. Now set free from all doubts, Sir Gawain regained his proper figure as a literal Knight of the Sun (太陽の騎士, ?). Having become a Servant while retaining such an oath in his heart in order to correct his mistake, the regret of his past life, Sir Gawain serves his Master as an even more perfect "knight". All for the sake of becoming the cornerstone of a single, lonely king.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Gawain is mature older adult with short almost curly light dark blond hair and aqua eyes. He wears shining white armor with flower design on it.

PersonalityEdit

Gawain wanted to serve a true king loyally without questions or doubt like a true knight. However Gawain saw flaws in his master and he understood that his master lacked the experience of defeat. Gawain didn't tell him because he wanted to witness his master's growth before his defeat. He can be overly protective to Leo and insults Hakuno's servant, for example he calls Saber as Whore of Babylon (バビロンの妖婦士, ?), threatening Caster to "Step back, you foul demon woman" (「下がれ下郎、魔性の女。」, ?) and Archer as unskillfulness (不器用, ?).

He built a good working relationship with Julius B. Harwey and he describes Julius similar to Lancelot.

He believes that quantity is over quality when it comes to food. He is satisfied with large quantities of potatoes, vinegar, bread, ale and vegetables.[5]

DevelopmentEdit

  • Gawain located at the far back.
  • Intial concept Closeup
  • Intial concept

His first appearance was shown in the cover illustration of Fate/stay night [Realta Nua] soundtrack. However this design was later scrapped in favor for the Fate/Extra design.

In the Fate/Extra Visual Fanbook, it was revealed that Takashi Takeuchi was responsible for Gawain design. His appearance is very likely based on the original Archetype Saber while the armour design is roughly based on Saber from Fate/stay night.

RoleEdit

Fate/ExtraEdit

  • Leo and Saber
  • Leo and Saber forming their contract.

In Fate/Extra, he was summoned by Leonardo B. Harwey as a Saber-class Servant. Leonardo refers him by his real name to intimidate others. Gawain would follow Leonardo like a shadow and serve him like he would a king.

In the Sound Drama, Gawain defeated Lancer with a single blow of his sword, Excalibur Galatine.

He was the last Servant in school that Hakuno would face. Depending on Hakuno's Servants, Gawain would interact them differently. With his defeat, Leonardo finally learns of defeat and thanked Gawain for his services. He pointed out to Leonardo that he was honored to witness an honorable king before fading out.

Fate/Extra CCCEdit

While BB devoured both Masters and servants, Leo was able retain Gawain as his servant. In the majority of the game, he assisted Leo in the student council.

In chapter 1, Hakuno Kishinami can borrow money from Leo. Gawain would travel to the Sakura Labyrinth to find Hakuno and ask him to return the money. If Hakuno doesn't return the money, a battle between two Servant would start. If Gawains wins, he'll reclaim the 100000sm from Hakuno and the opposite if Hakuno wins.

After Hakuno defeated Karna and Jinako Karigiri, Leo and Gawain took action in Chapter Bad End. While Leo activated his Sword Camelot codecast skill to created a fire wall to avoid BB directly interacting with Hakuno. Leo and Gawain challenged BB but Gawain and Leo suffered a massive defeat. However Leo used all his Command Spells to break his contract with Gawain thus BB wouldn't be able to use him.

Fate/Extra CCC FoxtailEdit

His role is similar in CCC. When Meltlilith and Passionlip invaded the school, Gawain intercepted them. When the fight appears at a disadvantage, Karna helps Gawain. They teamed up and cut down Passionlip.

AbilitiesEdit

It is said that Gawain is possibly a greater Heroic Spirit than King Arthur. Gawain is an extremely skilled swordsman, he wields Excalibur Galatine, a sister-blade of Excalibur gifted by an Elemental called Lady of the Lake. Though not as famous as Excalibur, it possesses power that could rival the legendary sword. Galatine has a fragment of the sun dwelling inside it, it's flame can purged evil. The holy blade is an incarnation of the sun.

CombatEdit

  • Divine Aegis (精霊の加護, ?) to boost his Luck, the effect would only last for 3 turns. He will use this skill on the 2nd move.
  • Siege Perilous (円卓の刻印, ?) to boost his defense, it seals enemy Skills when using GUARD. The effect would only last for 3 turns. He will use this skill on the 5th move.
  • Blade of the Devoted (忠義の剣閃, ?), a powerful strike with Excalibur Galatine. He will use this skill on the 3rd move.

Compared to King Arthur's providence from the moon (Alto, Artemis, the pedigree of goddess of the moon), Sir Gawain is the knight who receives grace from the sun earning him the title of "Knight of the Sun". This skill, Numeral of the Saint (聖者の数字, Seija no Sūji?) power is displayed at its maximum at noon when the sun is at its highest.[6] During the hours between 9am and 12pm and those between 3pm and sunset, all of his powers increase by a factor of three. This was related to the ancient belief that numeral "3" was the sacred number of the Celtic deities. In the game, the player couldn't damage him due to this ability until steps were taken to circumvent or negate it. In battle he can still use this skill but to a certain degree, he'll activate it when his HP is below 10%. It greatly reduces the damage done by enemy attacks. The effect would only last for 1 turn. He will use this skill on the 4th 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 1.15
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8

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