|Saber of "Black"|
|Appears in:|| Capsule Servant|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia)|
|Servant classes:||Saber, Rider|
|Place of Origin:||Germany|
Saber's identity is Siegfried (ジークフリート, Jīkufurīdo?), the Dragon-Blooded Knight (竜血の騎士, Ryūketsu no Kishi?), a national hero of Germany that has many different depictions in the various legends attributed to him. His most famous role is likely the epic poem Nibelungenlied, "The Song of the Nibelungs", which tells the story of a knight equal to the legend of King Arthur.
Born a prince of the Netherlands, he wielded the precious sword Balmung which he received from the Nibelungen family, and he fought in many campaigns and adventures since he was a young man. His most well known feat was being crowned dragon-slayer by battling the evil dragon Fafnir for the treasure of the Nibelungen family and killing with the sword. He bathed in the blood of the dragon, and obtained an invincible body. While bathing in the blood, a single linden leaf happened to stick to his back, making it his one weak point that would bring about his irrevocable death.
Adding to the growing ranks of the Burgundians, he brought them many victories, and married Kriemhild, sister of the Burgundian king, accessing the throne of Netherlands. His brother-in-law, the Burgundian king loved a certain woman, the queen of Iceland; Brünnhilde. He requested Siegfried to help him to seek her affection and so it was settled by having the hero embrace that woman as his proxy. It may not have been a crime, but it wasn’t a behavior that should be praised either and it was a request that ended up coming back to him as punishment. After a trick to marry the Burgundian king to the queen of Iceland, Brünnhilde. Due to knowledge of this spreading around, the hero wounded the woman’s honor. He wounded the woman’s pride. And she wasn’t an ordinary woman, but the queen of a country. As a result, he sensed that it would cause a terrible conflict so he spoke to Hagen who was once called a friend and in the past exchanged cups of brotherhood with.
"Ah, the situation is beyond my control. Hagen, I am invincible and so have never once been wounded by you. But even so, if I don’t have you kill me…"
—Siegfried speaking to Hagen.
The man who was once his friend granted the hero’s wish. He tenaciously searched and found out the hero’s weak point, crafted a plan knowing fully well that it was a cowardly act, and aimed for the hero’s back as he drank water. Even while knowing that, the hero stopped himself from resisting. Without leaving behind any unseemly figure or stupidity, the hero died as a tragic hero who received a sneak attack due to trickery. His former friend became widely known as a rare villain who had killed the hero through foul play. He had surmounted every field of battle without a single defeat, until losing his life at the blade of betrayal striking him in his back. This connects to the revenge tragedy of his wife Kriemhild for the murder of her husband in the later half of the tale.
It is unknown if he is also supposed to be the same person as Sigurd (シグルズ, Shiguruzu?), the greatest hero of Northern Europe who possessed Gram in the Völsunga Saga. Brynhild Romantia describes him as Sigurd (Siegfried), while Gram is attributed as both the origin of Balmung and said to have changed its name and appeared as Balmung in the later Der Ring des Nibelungen. Sigurd was said to have received the shattered fragments of the sword from his father, Sigmund, and reforged it into a demonic sword capable of killing even a dragon. He later took Brynhild, sleeping encircled by flame, as his wife, but betrayed her by presenting her as his brother-in-law's wife due to having lost his memories after drinking a special alcohol. Although she accepted the events as her immutable fate, she later learned he had already regained his memories by that point, eventually killing him through a conspiracy and taking her own life to follow after him. His story is called one of both glory and ruin befitting such a great hero.
Saber is a tall man with silver-grey hair. His body was encased in radiant silver woven plate armor. He carries his Phantasmal Greatsword, Balmung on his back. His exposing skin was dyed brown with the blood of a dragon. That skin was composed of dragon scales that wouldn’t be wounded by any blade or any spell. All except for a single part in the middle of his back.
"I lived and died as a hero. I have no regrets about that in itself. I can declare that there was not a single disagreeable thing in my life. Even so, I can’t help but think. If I weren’t a prince, if I were just an ordinary man. Wouldn’t I have been able to earnestly pursue my own will? It doesn’t matter if I’m not acknowledged by anyone. I don’t mind if I’m not praised by anyone. I want to acknowledge myself. I want to have pride in myself. There lies what I sought. What I wished for. I want to stand on the side of what I believe in. If I could do that, then surely—I would be able to live with my chest puffed up proudly. I won’t fight for the sake of someone else. I won’t fight for my own sake either. For the sake of the benevolence that I believe in, the justice I believe in, the loyalty I believe in, and the love I believe in. I will take hold of this sword and fight with this body. That is my dream, my wish. I——want to be a hero of justice."
—Siegfried last thoughts before death.
Saber is known for tales of his royalty and the way he led troops as a captain, but he was also a hero who answered the requests and calls of others. However, this selflessness opened a void in his heart. The more he helped others, the more confused he was about his own wish. Even though he loved humans and the world but he never managed to fill that emptiness no matter what he did. At his moment of death, he finally realized that in his next life, he wanted to fight not for others, nor for himself, but for the justice he believed in. He wanted to be a true Hero of Justice. He had always made the wrong decisions at the most critical of moments. Bound to his own desires, he tried to overlook the weak who cowered before him. He did not seek salvation for himself so he ignored the silent cries of those who had. Such meanness and wickedness were certainly not things he had striven for.
He obeys his Master, even if forbidden to speak by necessity, because no command will burden him if it leads to fulfilling his own desire. His personality is truly that of a noble knight, but it is unknown what he really thinks due to the command not to speak.
He develops a mutual admiration with Lancer of Red, in their fight they realized that they both shared many similarities. He was terrified of Lancer's constant spear attack but at the same time he was overjoyed that he was able to feel the sensation of struggling against death ever since he defeated the dragon. After facing Lancer of "Red", he broke his silence and hopes to fight Lancer to their heart's content.
Saber is summoned by Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia with a bloodstained leaf of a Sacred Fig tree as a catalyst in a multiple Servant summoning. Though it was agreed that all would share the names of their Servants, Gordes vehemently disagrees, claiming that revealing knowledge of his Servant's true name to anyone but Darnic and Lancer of Black would be detrimental to their battle. He then leaves with his Master, returning to his quarters. Gordes commands him to never speak unless unveiling his Noble Phantasm in order to keep the possible hints towards his identity to a minimum. Though he is worried that acting as such to a great hero may be overstepping himself, Saber confirms with a nod that he will abide by the command. It may have changed his fate had he refused, forcing the use of Command Spells, but he chose to submit as a Servant of the Saber class, bringing about a fatal misunderstanding between them.
Sometime early on, he and Gordes helped Ruler from Lancer of Red's attack. Saber and Lancer both battle in a death match situation. They both find each other as worthy opponent in the Great Grail War and was hoping to have a rematch before departing.
Saber is deployed along with Berserker of Black to act as part of the plan to capture the rogue Berserker of Red. They encounter Rider of Red and Archer of Red as they act as Red Berserker's backup. As Archer retreats into the forest, Rider taunts the two, causing them to become angered at the insult to their pride. As Rider challenges them, they both charge at him. Both Berserker and Saber's attack were ineffective against Rider, Rider paid little attention to Berserker and he clashed with Saber once again. Saber and Rider fight was equally balance as there weren't any wounds on either of them, and both of their attacks were being nullified. Gordes impatiently orders Saber to use his Noble Phantasm, Saber ignores his Master's urgings and he tries to figure out the mystery behind his invulnerability. Saber wanted Gordes to understand his reasoning so he let the command go by, unheeded. Rider tired of the fight as it isn't going anywhere, he commented that Saber should try to laugh before his death and he was shot by Archer of Red's arrow sending him backwards and crashed into several trees. Gordes frustrated with Saber, he used his Command Spell to order Saber to use his Noble Phantasm to defeat Rider. Saber shocked with his Master's order, he believed relying on brute strength to force the issue without first solving this riddle was an act of imbecile. He tried to resist the order with all his might but as he was about to release his Noble Phantasm, Gordes used a Command Spell to retract his previous order. Saber retreats by changing into his Spirit Form as Archer of Black snipes on Rider on Red and Berserker of Black takes on Archer of Red.
When Darnic questions about Gordes incompetence, he orders Saber to materializes and he appears next to Gordes. Saber knelt respectfully before Gordes and Darnic. Saber confirms that the possibility with the enemy knowing his true name is low. Caster of Black informs Darnic about Homunculus and Rider of Black plan to escape. Darnic orders Gordes to pursue Rider with Saber and bring back the homunculus. When Rider helps the nameless Homunculus escape during Berserker of Red's attack. Saber along with Gordes was blocking their path together. Gordes orders Saber to restrain Rider, Saber stepped up to Rider in a single stride and grabbed his arm and neck. Saber pulled him away from the homunculus and forced him to the earth. As Homunculus was punched almost to death by Gordes, Rider starts questioning about Saber's pride as a hero. Saber's hand twitched as he reacted to Rider's word. Saber decided to ignore Gordes command to restrain Rider and tries to appeal to Gordes good nature to spare the homunculus. Saber urges Gordes to grant the homunculus salvation by healing and releasing him but he was disappointed by his reply. In an instant, Saber knocked out Gordes consciousness by punching him in his abdomen. Saber heads towards the homunculus and Rider, dispelling his woven plates, sword and even armor, baring his chest. The homunculus is mortally wounded, and Rider begins to cry over his dying friend. Rider blames him for his delayed actions for he could have saved the homunculus life earlier. Saber is ashamed of himself for abandoning the Homunculus rather than trying to save him, realizing that he was about to repeat the same regret he had in his life. Saber torn out his heart, raising the homunculus with one hand, he made him swallow the heart. He transplants his heart into the Homunculus and successfully resuscitates him as atonement. As he fades away, he smiled bitterly and he was content with how things works out.
With his death, the nameless Homunculus names himself Sieg in honour of his sacrifice. Lancer of Black was furious with Rider of Black and blames him for his death. Rider regretted not being able to talk to him anymore. Rider wanted to believe Saber had been ‘victorious’ who sacrificed himself to save the homunculus without hesitation and smiled in satisfaction at the end. Ruler had a bad premonition, she sensed no Servants had been defeated yet something was amiss. She confirms that Saber of Black was on the verge of death yet he was still alive. She learnt the truth from the Black Faction and went looking for Sieg. Gordes had shaken pitifully and was crushed by humiliation as he had lost Saber. He started to regret treating Saber as a tool rather than a hero with his own personality.
Sieg in his near death state experienced Saber's memories and later has the ability to shape shift into Saber of Black. Shirou Kotomine theorizes that Saber of Black return isn't a revival but more of a possession. Sieg was a 'shell' that was able to wore the body of Saber of Black. Sieg's connection to Saber's heart and the combination with the abundant magical energy of a Command Spell has allowed Saber to descend from the Throne of Heroes into Sieg's flesh. Normally a human soul wouldn’t be able to endure a Heroic Spirit existence inside a body. The reason Sieg succeeded is that he is a homunculus, their souls are very young and therefore pure, and as such they won’t be dyed by anything, and their bodies can endure any kind of transformation.
He also has the qualifications to be summoned under the Rider class. Saber of Black is highly praised and powerful Servant and all of his physical stats are also very high. He is often called "invincible" and "immortal", by both the Masters of the Black Faction and Ruler alike. Lancer of Black tells Ruler that it would not be an overstatement to call Siegfried the cornerstone of the Black Faction's entire strategy. He is better known for having killed the rather powerful dragon Fafnir and bathing in his blood. This makes him an extremely dangerous entity to all dragonkind, as well as any Servants with dragon attributes, such as Artoria Pendragon.
Lancer of Red is considered by both Ruler and Shirou Kotomine as being the strongest Servant to have been summoned, yet Siegfried is able to fight him from the middle of the night until daybreak, with the match being decided on as being a draw by both sides. He is able to keep Rider of Red busy for a long time, despite not being able to harm him due to his lack of Divinity. The first time that Sieg drew upon his power with his Dead Count Command Seals, he is able to best Saber of Red until her Master reinforces her with a Command Spells despite not being at full strength because of Sieg's inexperience as a warrior.
Siegfried also possesses the Heroic Skill Golden Rule, which refers to how he attained the treasures of the Niebelungs, which promised a lifetime of wealth, but his Luck decreases due to the rank of this skill. In life, Siegfried's kingdom was the wealthiest of all the surrounding regions, often throwing great feasts and tournaments and giving tributes so large that even an entire caravan would have trouble carrying.
In combat, Saber wields the Phantasmal Greatsword Balmung. It is a golden greatsword, being very similar in nature to Caliburn, but possessing both the attributes of a Holy and Demonic blade, much like Excalibur. It is a sword that is considered "too large to be held by human hands", however, Saber is able to wield it with great skill and speed despite that fact, even with only one hand.
His swordsmanship is considered to have long surpassed the realm of humanity. He is able to swing the massive greatsword at high speed, with only the smallest of movements, taking advantage of every gap in his opponent's attacks. He can defend against a large portion of Karna's attacks without having to rely on his durability and is able to hit Karna numerous times, to the point that by the end of their battle, both warriors were "covered from head to toe with a thousand light, recovering wounds", to say nothing that they had both already healed countless times during the progress of their fight, however, it is noted that Karna slightly surpasses him when it comes to close combat skill.
He is also skilled enough, so that even with his powers reduced when manifesting himself using Sieg, he is able to use a disarming maneuver on Mordred, coiling his blade around hers and nearly launching Clarent from her hands, before following up with a two-handed slash that cut through her armor and slashed her abdomen.
Regarding his physical strength, it is high enough to give Karna greater injuries than what the spears from Lancer of Black were able to give him, considering that each of these spikes had no difficulty stabbing through Berserker of Red's armor-like muscles. He is able to take a powerful, two handed slash from Mordred with just one arm and not giving weight to her great strength.
Creation and ConceptionEdit
- ↑ 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
 Fate/complete material IV: Extra material - Fate/Apocrypha - Siegfried, p. 296-297
Siegfried, the Dragon-Blooded Knight
He is the hero portrayed as the main character of the German Nibelungenlied epic. Prince of the Netherlands, he wields the precious sword Balmung which he received from the Nibelungen family, and has fought in many campaigns and adventures. His most well known feat is killing the evil dragon Fafnir. He then bathed in the blood of the dragon, and has obtained an invincible body. His personality is truly that of a noble knight. But because he never speaks a word, it is unknown what he really thinks.
- Class: Saber (Rider)
- Source: Nibelungenlied
- Region: Germany
- Alignment: Chaotic Good
- Sex: Male
- Height: 190cm
- Weight: 70kg
- Armament: Sword
Siegfried has been in battles ever since he was a young man, and he has gained an invincible body from his victory over Fafnir in battle for the treasure of the Nibelungen family. But when he bathed in the dragon's blood, a tree leaf stuck to his back, making it his one weak point. Adding to the growing ranks of the Burgundians, he brought them many victories, and married Kriemhild, sister of the Burgundian king, accessing the throne of Netherlands. But after a trick to marry the Burgundian king to the queen of Iceland, Brünnhilde, he was assassinated by a vassal of the Burgundians who struck him on his weak point. This connects to the revenge tragedy of his wife Kriemhild for the murder of her husband in the later half of the tale.
- STR: B+
- CON: A
- AGI: B
- MGI: C
- LCK: E
- Noble Phantasm: A
- Class: Saber (Rider)
- ↑ 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
 Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 3 - Servant status: Saber of Black
Master: Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia
True name: Siegfried
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Noble Phantasm: A
■ Magic Resistance: -
As compensation for obtaining Evil Dragon's Blood Armor this is lost.
■ Riding: B
Majority of vehicles can be ridden above average. Magical Beasts, Holy Beast rank beasts cannot be ridden.
■ Golden Rule: C-
A life in which money is fated revolve around.
Due to the Nibelung treasure promised a life untroubled by money, but Luck is Rank-Down.
■ Armor of Fafnir: Blood Armor of the Evil Dragon
Maximum number of targets: 1 person
A Noble Phantasm embodying the story of his bath in the blood of a dragon. B-rank equivalent physical attacks and magic are nullified. Attacks of A-rank and above register as damage after defensive values of an amount equal to B-rank are subtracted from them. If facing a Noble Phantasm used by a proper hero, it gains defensive values equivalent to B+. However, his back, which was not bathed in the blood, does not gain defensive values, and he is unable to conceal it.
■ Balmung: Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon
Maximum number of targets: 500 people
A cursed holy blade which had accomplished the feat of dragon slaying.
It also possesses the attributes of its origin, the demonic blade Gram, and will change attributes between holy sword and demonic sword depending on who wields it. The blue jewel of the hilt stores and preserves magic energy (true Ether) from the age of gods, and upon releasing it, emanates a twilight aura. Those with the blood of dragons take additional damage.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
 Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 1 - Character Profile: Saber of “Black”
Saber of “Black”
Blood type: unknown
The Heroic Spirit of the sword contracted with Gordes.
A majestic knight that carries a holy sword.
He participates in the Great Holy Grail War while carrying a wish he couldn't fulfill during his lifetime, but he is forced to unwillingly shackle himself due to his cowardly Master.
- ↑ Fate/stay night - Gram profile
 Fate/complete material II: Character material - Weapons: Gram, p.134
A sword that appears in the “Völsunga Saga” of Norse mythology. It is wielded by the hero Sigurd. The incident where Sigurd’s father Sigmund pulled Gram from the trunk of a tree later became the model for Caliburn, the sword in the stone. After Sigurd reforged Gram from the shattered pieces, it is said to have become a demonic sword capable even of killing a dragon.
北欧神話のひとつ「ヴォルスング·サガ」。その中で登場する英雄シグルドが所有していた魔剣がグラムであ る。木の幹に刺さった剣をシグルドの父シグムントが抜いたことがグラム誕生のキッカケとなるなど、後のカリ バーンの原型となった物語だと言われる。その後、父から剣の破片を受け継ぎ、シグルドが新たに打ち直したグ ラムは，竜をも殺す魔剣になったという。
 Fate/Extra CCC - Passionlip Matrix
Class: Alter Ego
Noble Phantasm: Brynhild Romantia (Until Death Do Us Part)
Keyword: Breast Valley, composite divinity
Strength: A+, Endurance: A, Agility: C, Magic: B, Luck: E
Presence Concealment: A+, Constitution of an Abuse Victim: A, Trash & Crash: EX
01 - Brynhild Romantia (Until Death Do Us Part)'
The Noble Phantasm that BB granted to this Alter Ego.
This Noble Phantasm strikes with more accuracy and does more damage the deeper her love toward the target is. Even if it's utterly one-sided, she will never let her loved one escape.
The Servant this Noble Phantasm was made from is the valkyrie, Brynhild, who appears in "The Völsunga Saga." The spear of love and hatred that she wielded in order to get revenge on her husband, Sigurd who betrayed her and wounded her honor. Strictly speaking, not the spear itself, but the deep love and hatred Brynhild felt for Sigurd that has taken the shape of a spear.
In "The Völsunga Saga," the fearless hero Sigurd (Siegfried) takes Brynhild, who was sleeping encircled by flame, as his wife. But afterwards, Sigurd betrays her, presenting her as his brother-in-law's wife. At first, Brynhild believed that this was due to Sigurd drinking alcohol which caused him to lose his memories and accepted these events as her immutable fate.
However, she came to know that, in reality, Sigurd had already regained his memories by that time. In the end, Brynhild killed the man she loved most in the entire world via a conspiracy and then freely took her own life in order to follow after him.
02 - Breast Valley
A simple trash box. Has the function of storing away and safeguarding unneeded data files. It's a garbage can. In Passionlip's case, the icon is set right in the middle of her chest for some reason.
To put it frankly, an imaginary space pocket into which you can put anything as long as it's as trash. If it is dust data that Passionlip has crushed, she can stow away an infinite amount, regardless of capacity.
Though it seems contradictory, it seems even objects that exceed Passionlip's own memory storage can be thrown into this valley.
At first glance, this appears to be a convenient function, but because dust data cannot be returned to its original form, it's an utterly useless function. It appears that Passionlip acquired this unique structure because she is of the type of girl who bottles her feelings up inside, leading to self-destruction and self-harm.
03 - Composite Divinity
Alter Egos are High Servants created as complexes of Heroic Spirits.
BB accessed the Moon Cell's Servant Archives, chose goddesses compatible with the Ego from them, and reproduced the data. Alter Egos came into existence as complexes of goddesses.
Passionlip is made of three goddesses.
The first is the goddess of beauty from Hindu mythology, Parvati. A goddess who loves her husband, the god of destruction Shiva, with blind devotion.
The second is the goddess of war, Durga. Considered a facet of Parvati, Durga possess ten weapons given to her as divine gifts. Passionlip's giant claws are an incarnation of those ten swords.
The third is a goddess of war from Scandinavia, Brynhildr. Unable to be tied to the hero she loved, this queen called destruction to her though her grief. In Wagner's opera, she was rendered as Brünnhilde, who appears as a valkyrie (war maiden) who escorts the souls of the departed to Valhalla. It goes without saying that the circumstances of this work led to a tragedy where she despaired over love and raised her hands against her beloved.
０１ - 死がふたりを分断つまで
０２ - ブレストバレー
０３ - 複合神性
01 - Presence Concealment [A]
A skill that allows one to take action while hiding themselves. It's a skill that those of the Assassin class possess as it's their most basis ability, but Passionlip has acquired it as well, possibly due to her personality.
Due to her timidness and cautiousness, she manifests excellent Presence Concealment, but her giant claws act as a hindrance and she is quickly discovered. If she didn't have those claws, she would be an excellent stalker.
Though this is a digression, she has been following [the PC] from early on, though no one noticed, observing and watching over them from the shadows, or something like that.
02 - Constitution of an Abuse Victim [A]
A skill that increases the chances of being targeted by enemies in group battles. It appears to be a minus skill, but for a Servant with strong defensive capabilities, possessing this skills allows them to function as an excellent escort.
A slight bonus to defense is included. Once it reaches rank A, an even more unique effect is added: The more the attacking party attacks, the more they will lose their composure until the holder of this skill is all they can think of.
03 - Trash & Crash [EX]
A unique power, called id_es, that the Alter Egos possess from their creation.
A cheat skill that evolved from "Monstrous Strength." No matter how large the capacity of the item, as long as it is "something that can be enveloped by her hands," she can crush and and compress it, whatever it may be.
What that she compresses become a 5 cm by 5 cm by 5 cm cube but its mass can only be reduced to 1/10th of its mass before it was compressed. After it's been compressed, it is treated as dust data.
The only things Passionlip can crush are garments that are smaller than her hands--not. As long as it is something that can be "placed within her hands" based on her vantage point, she can treat it as a target.
For example, in the case of her target being a mega-structure such as the Arena, as long as she is in a place where she has an unimpeded view of the Arena, the requirements will have been met.
She can hold her hands out to the faraway Arena which has become so small and once the entirety of the Arena has completely settled on her hand, it is recognized as Lip "grabbing" it and crushing it becomes possible.
It's planar physical interference which ignores perspective, but as you would expect crushing large objects requires time.
０１ - 気配遮断 [A+]
０２ - 被虐待質 [A]
０３ - トラッシュ＆クラッシュ [EX]
01 - Barrier Against Cognizance
Barrier against cognizance: Most humans cannot look at themselves from an objective point of view. This is not limited to the heart but also occurs with the physical body.
Humans cannot see themselves. No, more correctly, the impartiality to look upon "oneself without falsehoods" and accept it is rare.
Because humans possess wisdom, they are able to turn only the convenient aspects of the reality in front of their eyes into the truth. It's not just being selective about what information they accept; there is also unconsciously fabricating or modifying information.
Passionlip's barrier against cognizance is of the highest order. She does not comprehend the form of her own two hands. Her "brain" averts its eyes from her own ugly appearance, and within her mind, she is converted into an exceedingly normal girl. To her, her claws only appear as "normal."
Because of this, Lip does not understand the reason "why everyone is afraid of me." Without realizing the reason is her own body's ugliness, she would simply tilt her head if you were to point it out to her.
"Why are you telling such a lie?" "Are you lying to bully me again?"
In relation to her barrier against cognizance regarding her giant claws, Passionlip is a perfect victim. Though a barrier to cognizance is something born from trying to escape, there is neither deceit nor lies in her heart.
Everyone finds it difficult to face their ugly qualities. When one looks in the mirror, is the brain properly observing the image of oneself reflected there?
02 - The End of Love and Hate
The end of love and hate: the Ego born from BB's "desire to court" and "hate and love." The kind of alluring and innocent girl that men cannot help but feel lust for. The claws of her hands are an incarnation of her desire to protect her "easy for men to aim for" self.
She held affection for [the PC] for a certain reason, but after they spoke with each other within the labyrinth, she came to embrace even deeper affection.
She wished: I want to be close to them, I want to touch them, I want to talk to them, but due to her personality, those wishes were never granted, not even once.
I want to talk to them (but for some reason, they're afraid of me), so I can't talk to them. I want to approach them (but for some reason, they run away) so I can't approach them. I want them to love them (but I seem to be hated by them, no matter what) so I won't receive get their love.
From that dilemma, her love grew deeper, but in the face of [the PC's] rejection, that love turns into grief. Unable to withstand the burden of her feelings, by viewing the source of them as an enemy, as someone she hates, she was just barely able to keep her heart from collapsing.
The work of a heart faced with a reality that it could not withstand while sane--in other words, a rampage that resembles insanity.
The only person she loved in the entire world gave her a single gentle word.
Passionlip with continue to embrace that miracle for all eternity.
...Yes, even if despair heavy enough to crush her heart is waiting for her afterward.
 Fate/complete material III: World Material - The Servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War: Saber, p.020-021
Master: Emiya Shirou
Alignment: Lawful Good
Armament: Armour, Sword
Noble Phantasm: C
Once up on a time, there was a king in England named Arthur Pendragon. He was the legendary king who staunchly defended the land from the invading Saxons for a long period of time.
The name Arthur, written in the fashion of Romans is “Artorius”. Its feminine form is “Artoria”, which is the true name of Saber.
Artoria was born between Uther Pendragon and a Queen hailed from the rival kingdom. She grew up under the guidance of the True Magician Merlin, and became the king after pulling out the Sword of Selection. Later, she led Lacenlot, Gawain, and other famed knights to achieve innumerable deeds. They engaged the King of Saxons at the Battle of Badon Hill and brought peace to the land of Britain. Because the Scabbard of the Holy Sword stopped her from aging, Artoria continued to reign as the ideal king. It was ironic that Queen Guinevere and the serving knights grew more distant from Artoria precisely because she was too ideal. In the civil war that raged at the end of her reign, she crossed blade with her very own son, Mordred. At that instant, she pledged her service as a Heroic Spirit after death in exchange for striking a pact with the World. The one wish she hoped the Holy Grail could realise was “redo the selection of the king”. In legend, the body of King Arthur was transported to the Fairyland – Avalon, where he is healing his wounds in serenity.
Saber’s ability is maximally unleashed while engaging in an honourable face-to-face single combat. It is a method of battle that is full of chivalric honour, and it is also one that suits Saber's sense of aesthetics. However, this does not mean she dislikes strategising. Because she is also a capable military commander, she tends to loath fabricated strategies that have no concrete basis. She fine-tunes her strategy meticulously. While on the battlefield, she further adapts her actions in response to the ever-changing dynamics of combat. Naturally, Saber despises cowardly actions, strategies or not. For this reason, in the Fourth Holy Grail War, her compatibility with the cool-headed, achieving-his-goal-at-all-cost Master Emiya Kiritsugu was the worst.
Magic Resistance: A
Artoria boasts the highest rank of resistance to magic amongst the Servants. She is capable of completely neutralising grand sorceries involving magic arrays and instant contracts. Even modern magi of the highest level cannot wound her directly with sorcery. Artoria is able to resist an action force onto her powered by one stroke of the Command Spell. Such is the extraordinary rank of Artoria’s Magic Resistance, sufficient to shake the very foundation of the Servant System. If the opponent is someone who attacks with sorcery, Artoria will charge without fear and determine the outcome of the battle with a slash.
Also, as her “Pendragon” name shows, Artoria is the holder of the Element of the Red Dragon, charged with the task of protecting the kingdom. She carries the very magical power of the Dragon. This humongous magical power is also the source of Artoria’s Magic Resistance. Due to the characteristics of Dragon, Artoria has much trouble with existences such as Siegfried, who is associated with tales of “Dragon extermination”. If she is targeted by “Dragon-slaying Sorceries”, it is possible that Magic Resistance will not function to its fullest extent.
In the story, Artoria retained her Magic Resistance of A while having Emiya Shirou and Rin as Masters, regardless the two’s differences in power and characteristics. On the other hand, while having Matou Sakura as her Master, her Magic Resistance decreased to B as a result of Blackening.
Since “knights” are soldiers who are proficient in mounted warfare, Saber’s rank in Riding is very high. Chariots can be ridden the same way. Motorcycles and automobiles are treated as “modern mounts”, thus a high rank in Riding is also applicable. It is unclear if Riding is applicable to aircrafts. Saber’s Riding was elevated to A while having Emiya Kiritsugu as Master. However, Artoria can ultimately only control normal mounts. She cannot control Pegasi, Griffons, Dragons, and other Magical Beast, Divine Beast Ranked Phantasmal Species. This is due to her Class not being Rider, as well as the fact that she was a King in the Age of Man, thus did not have the fortune of having “Legends of Riding Phantasmal Species”.
Artoria rode a motorcycle in the Fourth Holy Grail War, but did not have the opportunity to demonstrate her Riding ability in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Provided with the appropriate mount, the battles might have developed differently.
Instinct is the ability to instantly identify “the best personal course of action” during combat. Because this skill allows for the prediction of trajectory, it is possible to avoid attacks from firearms. At rank A, it is essentially in the realm of predicting the future. Through this ability, it is possible to negate the penalties inflicted by visual and auditory interference to a certain extend.
Being able to discern Cú Chulainn’s ultimate technique certainly reflects her skills, but having exceptional Instinct also helped her immensely.
Mana Burst: A
The ability to reinforce one’s weapon and body through the infusion of magical energy. By reinforcing the ability of the body to a great extend using magical energy, the physically fragile Artoria was able to fight head on with monsters such as Berserker. At rank A, even a stick can become a weapon of great power.
Executing large-scale body reinforcement through Mana Burst is only possible with Artoria’s immense magical power.
(Translator's Note: This is basically analogous to Strengthening/Reinforcement Sorcery.)
Maximum Targets: 1 Object
A barrier that renders the blade hidden by entangling it with layers of wind, and altering the light refraction rate. It is closer to a sorcery than a Noble Phantasm. By using this barrier, Artoria can attack without the opponent recognising the sword’s reach and trajectory. Since concealing one’s Noble Phantasm also conceals one’s true identity, Invisible Air was highly effective at the early stages of the Holy Grail War. It also has other advantages such as increasing attack power and accuracy. Entangling the sword with wind and using the wind as the blade enhances the attack power, while having an “invisible weapon” provides an advantage in accuracy. (Translator’s Note: It is probably more “decreasing opponent's evasion” in RPG terms.) Since the advantage of Invisible Air lies in “invisibility”, the accuracy increase will not occur while engaging opponents who possess Eye of the Mind or do not depend on vision.
In the Fourth Holy Grail War, Artoria unleashed the condensed air and used it as a long-range weapon that mauls down groups of enemies --- “The Iron Mallet of the Wind King”.
Maximum Targets: 1000 Persons
The greatest and most powerful Noble Phantasm of Artoria (Translator’s Note: Not Avalon?). It is the strongest and most majestic holy sword that symbolises King Arthur. The pinnacle of holy swords. Excalibur was not forged by mankind, but crystallised within the Earth, using the wishes of mankind as the basis. It is one of the ultimate God-forged weapons, a Last Phantasm. Originally cared for by the Faeries of the Planet, it was passed into the hands of King Arthur through the Lady of the Lake.
Excalibur converts the mana of the wielder into light, and as the sword is swung, the light is released from the tip of the blade like a laser beam and destroys everything in its path. Of course, the mana consumption is extreme, thus it cannot be fired consecutively. In the Fourth Holy Grail War, the beastly giant sea monster summoned by Caster was completely incinerated by this Noble Phantasm. Excalibur is classified as an ‘Anti-Fortress Noble Phantasm” due to its magnitude and destructive power.
Type: Bound Field
Maximum Targets: 1 Person
The sheath of Excalibur, a Noble Phantasm with its origin in the Fairyland Avalon where King Arthur rests. The wielder will heal from any wound, and the aging process will cease. Unleashing the true name of Avalon will deploy a Bound Field that provides the greatest defence. A Noble Phantasm that annuls the interference of True Magic; its existence is equivalent to True Magic.
In legend, losing this sheath casted an ominous shadow onto the life of King Arthur, eventually cascading to the collapse of the kingdom. In modern times, the Einzberns excavated Avalon at Cornwall and passed it into the hands of Emiya Kiritsugu. Afterward, it was planted into the body of Emiya Shirou to save his life, eventually becoming the link that led to his bond with Artoria. In Fate Route, Artoria learned that Shirou was her “sheath”, which led the duo to emerge victorious in the Holy Grail War.