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Nasuverse character
Caster of "Red"
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Caster of red
Japanese name: "赤"のキャスター
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Apocrypha
Character type: Servant (Master: N/A)
Gender: Male[1]
Birthday: Unknown[2]
Height: 180cm[1][2]
Weight: 75kg[1][2]
Blood type: Unknown[2]
Place of Birth: United Kingdom, England[1]
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Armament: Book[1]

Caster of "Red" ("赤"のキャスター, "Aka" no Kyasutā?) is the Caster-class Servant on the Red Side in the Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Caster's identity is Shakespeare, the Playwright (劇作家 シェイクスピア, Gekisakka Sheikusupia?), he is a poet and playwright (1564-1616) from the Elizabethan England. He is representative of authors of the western world, and still has a large influence over modern literature. He wrote too many masterpieces to list, but his four greatest tragedies rising above all others are "Othello", "Macbeth", "Hamlet" and "King Lear". His father was an affluent man in Stratford, but it is uncertain if Shakespeare received a higher education. There are many mysteries in his career, such as a gap of seven years. In his early days as a playwright, his productions revolved around comedy, then historical drama, before he changed his style for magnificent tragedy. At the same time, he also played as an actor in the underground, and he was the target of slander and derision from influential people.[1]

PersonalityEdit

He is a legendary playwright of England—gentlemanly and soft-spoken. Placing the importance of the Story above all else, he will lie and cheat and by any means conduct himself that he might witness the unfolding of a grand tale, beautiful beyond compare. Consequently, he tends to distance himself from mentality of the "participant," taking instead the perspective of an abstract, "Authorial" third person. His regard for others differs by individual, dependent on their qualification as a special existence, or "protagonist"—he interacts with "normal humans" only in a shallow, dismissive manner; and expresses an extreme interest in "protagonists." In slight narcissism, he frequently drops such self-authored quotes as, "Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill." He's taken a liking to certain terminology from modern fiction, such as "Death-Flagging." Incidentally, there was an undocumented period of seven years in Shakespeare's lifetime ...[1]

Caster believes that this world is the greatest story ever to be told. For he loved from the bottom of his heart all who are out of the ordinary, and pursued the tales which they spun. Caster is willing to deploy deception and provocation for the sake of the story. He openly comments he is a troublemaker and a trickster to his allies.

DevelopmentEdit

He was designed by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Chinatsu Kurahana for the original canceled online game project.[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/ApocryphaEdit

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Assassin, Caster and Shirou conversation
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After Kairi Sisigou rejected Shirou Kotomine plan to attack the Black faction headquarters, Caster appeared and referred Shirou as his master. Caster told Shirou and Assassin of Red that Berserker of Red is on a rampage towards the enemy base in Trifas, later in the conversation he revealed he intentionally told Berserker the location for his pursuit of writing a new story.

AbilitiesEdit

SkillsEdit

Enchant (エンチャント, Enchanto?): N/A
The appendage of improved attributes and functionality to others their precious articles. Typically used to reinforce the battle capabilities of the Servant's Master, such that the Servant may act as an impartial observer and carefully document the Master's psychological state.[1]

Self-Preservation (自己保存, Jiko Hozon?): N/A
Though he possesses no combat capabilities, so long as he preserves his Master's safety to the lowest possible degree, he maintains the skill to escape from nearly all harm—meaning that he never engages any opponents himself. The Servant favors a "high risk, high return" tactic, where "returns" is related to the fruits of his observation.[1]

Noble PhantasmEdit

FirstFolio
First Folio
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The Globe: Seat of the King (国王一座ザ・グローブ, Za Gurōbu: Kokuō Ichiza?)
Shakespeare's theatrical company, which was patronized by King James I. A Noble Phantasm that permits the Servant to accurately assume the aspect of another individual—passing scrutiny while disguised even if he interacts with those to whom the personage he portrays is well-known. Used for purposes of social engineering.[1]

First Folio: When the Curtain Rises, the Applause Shall Be As Ten Thousand Thunders (開演の刻は来たれり、此処に万雷の喝采をファースト・フォリオ, Fāsuto Forio: Kaien no Koku wa Kitareri, Koko ni Banrai no Kassai wo?)
A tome that may—for a limited number of instances—alter or falsify the outcome of a phenomenon occurring within sight. Though this Noble Phantasm is functionally useless in the face of an enemy that outclasses the Servant in every attribute, with skillful deployment, it has a chance of inflicting death upon otherwise defeatable opponents. (He is able to use this Noble Phantasm to defeat opponents that he is stronger than while it is useless against opponents stronger than him. However, he doesn't actually like fighting, so it's essentially a "lazy man's instant victory device.") Activated with the incantation "NON SANZ DROICT" ("Not Without Right"—the motto on Shakespeare's coat of arms).[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
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3

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