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Earth
Nasuverse character
Saber

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Japanese name: セイバー
Also known as: Altera
King of Combat
Great King of Destruction
King Atil
Scourge of God
Whip of God
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Chibichuki!
Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Mamiko Noto
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Saber
Gender: Female[1][2]
Height: 160cm[1][2]
Weight: 48kg[1][2]
Place of Origin: Central Asia~Europe[1][2]
Addresses self as: Watashi (, ?)[1]
Bloodline: N/A

Saber (セイバー, Seibā?) is a Saber-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Saber's True Name is Altera (アルテラ, Arutera?), better known in history as Attila the Hun (アッティラ・ザ・フン, Attira za Fun?). She was the overlord who established a great empire in the 5th Century. She was a warrior and king of the Huns, a tribe descending from the Xiongnu (Hunni). Leading an army of cavalry, the conquests of this great hero covered a great part of the map, controlling a vast territory spanning from Western Asia to Russia, Eastern Europe and even Gaul. It can be said that she invited the eventual collapse of the Roman Empire.[1][2]

Throughout her life, Altera was always in the midst of battle. Due to the terrifying acts she commited in war, she was greatly feared in all European nations as the Scourge of God (神の懲罰, Kami no Chōbatsu?) and the Whip of God (神の鞭, Kami no Muchi?, Divine Punishment).[1][2] She is a pure King of Combat (戦闘王, Sentō-Ō?).[1]

Attila is known as Etzel in the Nibelungenlied. Etzel's previous wife passed away and she later married Kriemhild, who handled the ruling court. Kriemhild merely used the king for the sake of her revenge.[3] Attila is also known as King Atli in the "Volsunga Saga", "Guðrúnarkviða" and "Sigurðarkviða hin skamma" from the Elder Edda, etc.[4]

In actuality, however, Altera is not related to the Huns at all. She was discovered within the dark ruins of a civilization from thousands of years ago by the Hun elders, with the tattoos of combat on her body and the Photon Ray in her hand. After she killed an armed man, the elders began to regard her as "destruction" itself, and she went on to destroy civilizations as her instincts dictated.[5]

History Edit

FGO Altera scene
Altera was an avatar of destruction. An engine of war that scythed down the many lives who had stood in her path. That was how she had been made to be… or so what the elders of the Huns had said to her. That she, Altera, existed for battle. That she had no father, no mother. That she had been “discovered” by the Huns, descendants of the Xiongnu people. Yes, she had no memories of parents, nor of friends, nor of a family. Instead, the world was filled with enemies. As shown by the marks of war carved into her flesh from the beginning, she lived only to fight. It was her born nature and her role. It was her purpose to exercise her capabilities as intended, and she never held any doubt on the matter.[1]

Becoming destruction itself, Altera fought like a raging tempest, king of the Huns yet not one of them. It barely even registered to her that she had armies at her back as she swung her sword with a single mind. "Destruction. Domination. Invasion." She could not be sated, even as the lands of the Huns grew beyond their ability to control. She merely swung her sword and continued the slaughter.[1]

In contrast with her martial achievements, Altera did not succeed politically, and her empire rapidly fell apart and dissolved after her death.[1][2] Even in the moment when death came to her, she recalled – as she laid in a pool of her own blood, she had thought only of ways to fell Rome.[1] However, the awe and dread infused in the name “Attila” remains in the memories of people to this day.[1][2] History had even forgotten that she was a woman.[1]

AppearanceEdit

Altera has short white hair and red eyes, her body carved with the marks of war and tattoos of combat as the symbol of the Star Emblem.


PersonalityEdit

In truth, Altera dislikes her more common name of “Attila”. She does not dislike its meaning – ‘father’ or ‘controller’ – but rather its sound, and is somewhat more attached to the German “Etzel”. She calls herself “Altera” and wishes to be known as such, but it is difficult to have her explain the reason. Only to the very small number of people she trusts will she quietly disclose the truth – because it does not sound charming or sweet.[1][3]

With her excellent instincts, Altera can deal with even the drastic of circumstances without abandoning her reason – a proud and logical fighter. However, there is a sort of ’emptiness’ about her.[1][2] Although she lacked emotions while she was alive, Altera gained the ability to feel when she was summoned as a Servant. However, she feels uncomfortable with emotions because she doesn't know how to express them.[6]

Regardless of friend or foe, Altera has some magnanimity for those warriors whose skill (performance) she has acknowledged, but those who stand against her are treated as only obstructions to be removed, and she is fundamentally merciless. There is no hesitation in her blade.[1] In battle, she can coolly and correctly grasp the situation, becoming a merciless killing machine.[1][2] She has an innate compulsion to destroy, of which she describes it as being even greater than that of a Command Spell's.[3]

Although she recognizes combat as where she is truly in her element, Altera personally does not like it. She fights because she is a fighter. In the name of the violent and unchained God of War, she kills all who stands in her way and destroys all ‘civilization’ before her, nothing more. She is unused and inexperienced in matters outside of war and combat.[1] Altera was born with a fondness for the God of War, Mars (Ares).[1][2] She would call him “Marc”, though she did not enforce this on others. It was just something she preferred.[1]

Altera treats her Master stoically, recognizing them as a general or adviser-like figure, and will generally go along with anything they say with an “I see”. Instead of trusting as a human being, the situation is closer to a fighting machine on the battlefield that fully relies on an external software (the Master) to process thoughts.[1]

Having become a Heroic Spirit and taken form as a Servant, Altera began silently questioning herself. Had she perhaps been too much of a warrior? What if she had not become the embodiment of destruction itself? What if she never gripped the Sword of the War God?[1]

She had been feared by Europe as the punishment brought down by their absolute deity, the very Whip of God Himself. She had been a fighting machine. What life could she have lived, if not as a warrior?[1]

What would she have spent her time on? Would she have been a traveler, freely circling the world on the back of her horse? Would she have been a grower of life, tilling the earth as she had seen the people of Europe done? Would she be baking bread in a smoldering oven? Hunting birds and beasts in the wild? Would she be learning words and language, and writing it down in books? Would she, with reddened cheeks and a gentle smile, have pressed herself into the breast of another?[1]

She did not know. But she wondered…[1]

Altera wants to destroy the Holy Grail, but if she were to have a wish for it, her wish would be "I want to try living a life other than that of a warrior." She does not despise the life that she spent fighting, but she is interested to find out how she would have lived otherwise.[1][2] "Just, if I were not a warrior, what sort of life would I lead." She holds such a curiosity.[2]

Relationships Edit

Other Servants
All civilization must be destroyed. There is no difference between them.[1]
Caster Servants
Although she witnessed the works of curses in life, as she herself had few ties with magecraft, she holds some actual interest in those pure Casters who practice magecraft.[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Septem: The Eternal Madness EmpireEdit

Lev Lainur Flauros summons Saber in Rome after he is defeated. Although his Holy Grail should ensure absolute obedience in Servants that he summons, Saber was completely uncontrollable and killed him. She absorbs the grail and attempts to destroy the Western World, but she is stopped by the Protagonist's party. She dies somewhat happily as she finds that there are things in the world that even she can't destroy.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Altera is amongst the "Septem" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars.[7]

InterludeEdit

In her first interlude, The Beast Within (私の中の獣, Watashi no Naka no Kemono?), the Protagonist and Mash Kyrielight enters Altera's dream world.[6]

In her second interlude, Memory (私の記憶, Watashi no Kioku?), Altera, the Protagonist and Mash Kyrielight encounters Brynhildr. Brynhildr mistakes Altera as a woman who approached Sigurd.[3]

Fate/ExtellaEdit

Main article: Saber (Fate/Extella)

The Altera of the Moon is a playable character.

AbilitiesEdit

Although she is classified as one, Altera's combat abilities surpasses those of Heroic Spirits, and she is able to battle Scathach to a standstill.[8] Upon ascension, she mentions that her current vessel is harmonizing with her main body, and even upon reaching maximum ascension, she says that her strength is still limited by her vessel.

Saber's Noble Phantasm is Photon Ray, the Sword of the War God. Even when summoned as a Servant of Earth, Saber is capable of unleashing the Noble Phantasm's full power, Teardrop Photon Ray.

Civilization Erasure (文明浸食, Bunmei Shinshoku?) is the subconsciously active Skill of the Heroic Spirit Altera. Anything in Altera's grasp is transformed into its 'best' form currently most suited for herself. This is based on Altera's own perspective, not necessarily reflecting the object at its greatest or most excellent.[1] In this case, anything within Altera's grasp is transformed into the Photon Ray sword.

Star Emblem (星の紋章, Hoshi no Monshō?) is the unique pattern imprinted on Altera's body, a strange design that does not belong to the Huns but resulted from some advanced ritual. The higher the rank, the higher one's attack power is increased. By expending mana through it, Altera can temporarily enhance the performance of any desired part of the body. An efficient skill that costs little mana but lacks the explosiveness of Skills like Mana Burst. In addition, this unique Skill also has the effects of the Instinct Skill - since it felt like it was missing a little something.[1]

Altera attained Divinity at Rank B. Altera is not related to a Divine Spirit by blood; however, Europe was overrun on what was considered to be the Authority of God. The target of this fear was given the name, "Scourge of God." Because of this, Altera, who became a Heroic Spirit on Earth, has a high ranking Divine Spirit aptitude.[1]

Having possession of a perfect body as a living being since birth, Altera has the Natural Body Skill. She can temporarily rank up her STR. Furthermore, no matter how many calories she ingests, her body shape will not change.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

huke is the character illustrator for Altera.[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 1.48 1.49 1.50 Fate/Grand Order material I - Altera, p.72-81, translated by You at Beast's Lair and CanonRap (Part 2, Part 3) at Beast's Lair and at Chaldeum.
  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 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Altera, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Fate/Grand Order - Saber Interlude 02: Memory
  4. Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Brynhildr, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  5. Fate/Grand Order - Saber Interlude 03: My Sword of the War God
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fate/Grand Order - Saber Interlude 01: The Beast Within
  7. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 03: II / Intelligence Room Flauros
  8. Fate/Grand Order - Scáthach Trial Quest
    Scathach: You've taken my attack. So, your title of "Great King of Destruction" isn't just for show.
    Altera: ... I'm the one who's surprised. It took on my sword but it didn't get destroyed. What is... that spear?