|Also known as:|| Richard the Lionheart|
|Appears in:||Fate/strange fake|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: Ayaka Sajyou)|
Saber (セイバー, Seibā?) is the "True" Saber-class Servant summoned by Ayaka Sajyou in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange fake. He is the Saber of the True Holy Grail War, but there is no "False Saber" due to the abnormal nature of the False Holy Grail War.
Saber's True Name is Richard I (リチャード一世, Richādo Issei?), the Lionheart (獅子心王, Shishishin'ō?). His bravery earned him the name “Lionheart” and even the enemy general praised him as the “greatest knight”.
In the past, he, Saladin and the leading Hassan-i-Sabbah at the time fought together against a Dead Apostle during the Third Crusade. He is known as the "Wandering King", not because he was always headed off to a battlefield or on his way back from one, but because he was the king who wandered over the border between history and myth, the last king with one foot in an age when faeries and runes were still out in the open.
Saber appears in his late teen to his early twenties. He has golden-blond hair with several streaks of red hair. He wears a set of white knight armor and a crimson mantle, reminiscent of an "old Western aristocracy or royalty". His eyes were described as shining like a beast.
Saber often shows an overly cheerful nature, even when put in situations like interrogation or skepticism, easily able to keep his cool in such situations. In his youth, and possibly into his later years, he'd been given the nickname "Oc e No (Yes and No)", due to his reputation for terseness. He also shows regrets to actions he takes, such as heavily damaging the Opera House in his battle with Assassin, requesting to know how much it will cost, in material and manpower, to repair. However, when serious, he has displayed a rather charismatic and somewhat ruthless side, declaring that not eliminating the Interrogation Officers by force is the bare minimum amount of respect he shows them for their station. He enjoys granting the wishes of the common people as best he can, save in situations like being connected to Ayaka and receiving mana from her in order to materialize. Saber also seems to have a way of thinking which is difficult for some to follow which results in his vassals or even Ayaka herself questioning him. He looks at situations from a wide and unique perspective, stating to Ayaka that he trusts her and does not fear her betrayal should it happen for he has experienced it in life so many times by those close to him, but states he is not bothered by the thought. It is also due to this way of thinking why he searched for an ally shortly after leaving the club, for if he was to fall he feared Ayaka would be unprotected and have no one to turn to.
Saber is very calm even on serious matters, calmly discussing about Pierre Basile, a man who had killed Saber in life. He would speak to Pierre as if to an old friend, stating he "learned his lesson" from being shot when looking at the treasures of the round table. Upon meeting Saint Germain he again showed his ability to remain calm in strange or tense circumstances despite all his vassals having their swords drawn and Saint Germain arriving by a car, a contraption Saber was not familiar with.
He doesn't seem too concerned with being discrete in concealing his Servant Status, going so far as to turn into Spirit Form in front of the Police Officers and appear on the news to claim his amends for the Opera House. When speaking to the multitude of people, he refers to himself by plural pronouns, such as "We" and "Our". He is also rather mischievous, entering Ayaka's Cell and declaring he doesn't need to obey her orders if she is not his master, deciding he can bother her as much as he wants and will be taking personal care of her. Evidently, he has also been told he's extreme in everything he does, after giving Ayaka some examples on how her situation could be much worse or stating to his vassals how much more credible are a drunken mans words than a sober ones.
He displays very high reverence towards King Arthur, referring to her as the Ancestor of His Chivalry and the Founding King of his native land, stating that failing to preserve his honor would make him unfit to face her again, whom he loves and respects. His mother had told him stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table which can also equate to his admiration for the King of Knights. Ideally he desires Excalibur, but any item of Arthur's would do, such as Caliburn, Rhongomyniad, or the shield used in slaying the "Chapalu". Sabers fixation even made him desire to find Avalon, hoping to see King Arthur himself or at least his court magus, Merlin.
In his youth he was described as a lover of music which had transferred into the Holy Grail War, as he naturally was inclined to play the guitar. His love for music goes as far as wishing to bring modern music back to the throne of heroes.
He has no wish for the Grail. Saber stated while normally servants have wishes, he does not know what his would be.
The Saber-class does not exist in the False Holy Grail War ritual. However, with Faldeus machination to turn the false war into the true holy grail war, he successfully changed the course of the ritual and the summoning of the Saber-class signals the true path of the holy grail war. Originally Cashura intended to summon King Arthur with his catalyst. Before he could complete the summoning, he was murdered by Assassin. With the incomplete summoning, the opera stage was enveloped with light and multiple figures appear. All but Saber disappeared when the light fades. Saber recognizes that Assassin is one of the old men of the mountain. He engages her in battle and he comments that this is the first time he's seen someone more nimble than Loxley. Eventually Saber uses Excalibur, which destroyed parts of the opera house. He ask Ayaka Sajyou whether she is his master, and to his surprise Ayaka rejected the formal contract. Saber disappears feeling dejected. When the police arrive, they noticed the corpse of Cashura and the ruined opera house. Saber reappears again and confesses he did it, even going so far as to prove that he did it by using a weaker version of Excalibur on a falling piece of rubble that would have hit the policemen. Saber was eventually handcuffed by the police. Before he was taken away to the police headquarters, he was broadcast on local television and he says he will make amends for the opera house destruction.
With both Ayaka and Saber taken to police Headquarters, Assassin targets Saber. However, she was intercepted by Orlando Reeve's Clan Calatin force. Ayaka and Saber make use of this commotion to escape. After escaping they'd be lead to an underground punk hang out where Richard demonstrated his proficiency with an electric guitar despite never using such an instrument prior, playing a tune which drew everyone's attention. After receiving a change of clothes and a brief back and forth of questions from Ayaka, he revealed his True Name. Shortly after exiting the hang out Saber searches for an ally and heads into the woods where he comes across Lancer and proposes the alliance. Lancer decides to test his strength through a duel which Richard did not dissapoint, as well as demonstrate using Excalibur with a mere stick. After the duel, he explains that while escaping the police station he saw what he described as a blood sucking monster and wishes to return the grail war to its proper form after dealing with such a threat. Soon approached Assassin who overheard the conversation, knowing Sabers identity as well as the story of his team up with Saladin and a Hassan during life to stop a dead apostle. He then allies with Lancer and Assassin to stop the mentioned menace.
As Ayaka was dreaming, she was seeing Saber's past through his eyes. They were on an open grassy plain with many knights behind Saber, all seeming very friendly to him despite knowing he is royalty. Saber states how he is searching for any traces of King Arthur's legend, be it item or place. After a brief talk with an unnamed knight, who seemed to be a good friend to Saber, they saw a car approach which Saber immediately suspected it being a descendant of a wild boar from Arthurian legends. Soon out of it came Saint Germain, who wanted to meet with Richard the Lionheart. He knew Richard was seeking out the legacy of King Arthur, so he arranged a drunken poet in the tavern to spread tales about King Arthur's legacy. Although Richard's vassals were cautious towards the man. Saint-Germain calmly surrenders and he accidently blurted out his arrangement, which caused the knights to draw out their swords. When he mentions Alexander the Great, Richard orders his men to step down and allows Saint Germain to introduce himself. Saint Germain offers to assist Richard in the grand fraud of making him into a legend
Richard was mentioned in the Camelot Singularity in Fate/Grand Order. Romani Archaman thought Richard was the Lion King, Romani commanded Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight to ally with Richard and his Crusaders. It is presumed that he perished along with his Crusaders, when the Lion King's knights destroyed them.
Saber wields an ornamental Sword that lacks even a trace of magical energy, both it and its scabbard bearing striking similarities to Excalibur and Avalon, though crimson in color rather than blue. He possesses two Noble Phantasms, Excalibur and an unnamed Noble Phantasm. During his encounter with Lancer, Saber had displayed body strengthening magic which had increased his agility above Assassin's and Lancer's base stat. It was in this encounter that Saber revealed he did not need his sword to use Excalibur. Saber was also able to destroy Lancer's bounded field in the forest upon approach. Both feats are most likely attributed to his Unnamed Noble Phantasm as he had stated he is not too familiar with Magecraft.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Fate/Grand Order - Camelot: The Sacred Round Table Realm - Act 03: Eastward
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Fate/strange fake - Volume 1- Prologue VII: Visitor & _____, p.285-291