|Caster of "Red"|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: N/A)|
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. He was designed by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Chinatsu Kurahana for the original canceled online game project.
Caster's identity is the 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.
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 ...
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.
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.
The Globe: Seat of the King (国王一座, 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.
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, 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).
- ↑ Fate/Complete Material IV: Extra Material, Shakespeare entry p. 322-323