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Alternate versions
Avenger/Archer (Alcides)
Nasuverse character
True Archer
ArcherSF
Japanese name: 真アーチャー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/strange fake
Character type: Servant (Master: Bazdilot Cordelion)
Servant classes: FGO Avenger FGO Archer
Gender: Male[1]
Height: 203cm[1]
Weight: 141kg[1]

True Archer (真アーチャー, Shin Āchā?) is the "True" Archer-class Servant of Bazdilot Cordelion in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange fake. He has also been granted attributes of an Avenger-class Servant through the machinations of his Master.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

True Archer's True Name is Alcides (アルケイデス, Arukeidesu?), the human side of Heracles whose divinity has been lost through interference from his Master's Command Spells awakening past memories from his life and mud from the Fuyuki Grail.

AppearanceEdit

After having undergone his transformation from being exposed to the mud of the Fuyuki Grail, Alcides' flesh has been dyed red and he has shrunk from his standard size. Over his chest near his heart, his skin has been dyed white, much like a scar from ripping out his own heart, and donning a black and gold shroud to cover his face.

PersonalityEdit

Normally of noble bearing, his personality has changed due to his exposure to the dark red mud from the Fuyuki Grail. Being forced to remember all the faces of those "humans" who he had passed or known in life, and recalling the terrible sins of his past, he has taken to wearing a shroud over his face as punishment, saying he will never again look upon the works of man. He has agreed to use his Master to obtain the Holy Grail, but declares that the minute he ceases to be of use, he will kill him. His wish for the Grail is the erasure of his posthumous name, taking the name "Alcides" in place of it.

Alcides boasts great hatred for the Gods, to the extent Gilgamesh believes he wishes to kill them. He cites his reason for not taking the power of his War Belt, is due to this hatred, calling it a power that should be made to submit, be trampled upon, and ruled over by the power of Man.

RoleEdit

Fate/strange fakeEdit

True Archer, Alcides, is a twisted form of the original True Archer, Heracles, brought by his Master Bazdilot Cordelion, using all three of his Command Seals and the mud of the Grail from Fuyuki. Alcides is far more immoral and uncaring, even ready to kill children to further his quest against the gods, making him an ideal Servant for the cold Bazdilot.[2]

True Archer is sent to attack False Archer and his Master, Tine Chelc, who are staying at a hotel. He shoots at them with his bow, aiming specifically for Tine and completely ignoring False Archer, even when he comes to confront him. This angers True Archer, who uses his Gate of Babylon to attack True Archer with multiple weapons. True Archer, however, is not shaken by the attack, going as far as calling False Archer weak. True Archer is even able to withstand a full assault of hundreds of weapons from False Archer, due to the Pelt of the Divine Beast created by his King's Order, that protects him from any weapon wielded by man. Intrigued by his power, False Archer draws out the sword Merodach from his treasury, to truly test the might of his opponent. True Archer though comments that only the strongest weapon in his treasury can give him a chance, as he will die without it. True Archer then summons another Noble Phantasm, Goddess of War, with his King's Order, but before he can attack, he is knocked back by True Rider, who appears on the battlefield, using the same Noble Phantasm.[3] True Archer and True Rider then proceed to fight, while False Archer simply watches them for a time. He soon, however, intervenes, informing True Rider that she is far weaker than either of them. However, True Rider says that she is aware of the difference in power between her and True Archer, as he was the one that killed her in life. True Rider then turns to True Archer, questioning why a noble hero like him would so mercilessly attack a child, like the Master of False Archer. True Archer, however, coldly responds that the hero she once knew is dead. They are about to continue their battle but are trapped in an illusion of True Caster, who has come to stop their battle. They all agree to stop their fight, but before departing, True Archer says to False Archer that they will meet again, telling him his name.[4]

While Bazdilot and True Archer are staying in the workshop of Bazdilot, Bazdilot receives a shared dream of Archer's past, when he traveled with Jason and the Argonauts. Jason acknowledged True Archer as a comrade, going on about his future kingdom, where all will be treated equally and everything will be amazing. When he wakes up, Bazdilot talks with True Archer about Jason, with Bazdilot calling him a worthless man, who would be used by more powerful people like himself. Though True Archer agrees with Bazdilot, he warns him not to mock the man, as he was his friend and the most humane man he knew.[5]

However, as they finish their conversation, they are attacked by the Master of True Berserker, Haruri Borzak, and Fillia, an Eizenbern homunculus who supports Haruri. As True Archer confronts Fillia, she declares that "she" is a goddess that has possessed the homunculus. This angers Archer, who immediately attacks Fillia, while Bazdilot attacks Haruri. Archer then uses his King's Order, to change his arrows into the Stymphalian Birds, which attack Fillia. Before the birds can reach her though they are destroyed by the enormous True Berserker, who is a mechanical spider-monster who is atop the workshop. True Berserker then begins to destroy the workshop and the meat processing plant around it. True Archer engages him, being allowed by Bazdilot to use enough power to even destroy the workshop himself. Before the battle can go on, however, the ground beneath them disappears due to True Caster's Noble Phantasm, Grand Illusion, that tricks the world itself. As they are all falling, True Caster manages to make a temporary truce between them, restoring the ground after they have come to an agreement. Fillia, Haruri, and Berserker then leave.[6]

Bazdilot and True Archer then move to a different location, where Bazdilot talks with Archer about their previous encounter, being surprised that Arche would let Fillia go, as she claimed to be a goddess. Archer explains that Fillia was not a real goddess, but simply a malediction of them, which is secondary to Archer. Archer is then sent to the hospital of the city, where the Master of False Rider, Tsubaki Kuruoka who is a young comatose girl, resides. Bazdilot gained this information from his spies among the police officers, who have also been informed of the young Master by Flat Escardos, another Master, and intend to her to safety.

Once True Archer arrives at the hospital, he summons Cerberus, the three-headed dog of the Underworld, that then confronts Clan Calatin, driving them back. However, Cerberus is stalled by False Berserker, who is able to multiply himself with his Noble Phantasm, Natural Born Killers. Berserker then confronts Archer, recognizing him as a hero who has forsaken his divinity and reducing himself to the level of normal men. However, this makes him able to be hunted and killed by a murderer like Berserker, whose identity is Jack the Ripper. Berserker then transforms himself and all his duplicates into demonic beings with another Noble Phantasm, From Hell, that then overwhelm Archer. However, Archer is able to get back up and uses a Noble Phantasm of his own, Reincarnation Pandora, which allows him to steal Berserker's From Hell and transform himself into a demonic being. As he prepares to kill Berserker though Berserker is teleported away by his Master, Flat, with a Command Seal. The battle having finished, False Archer makes his presence known, mocking True Archer's new appearance. Also, Saber, False Assassin and Sigma, another Master, arrive to the battlefield, ready to take part in the battle.[7]

Abilities Edit

True Archer is a strong hero with parameters higher than Archer and strong enough to be denoted as quite strong by Lancer's Presence Detection. He can accurately shoot arrows from his bow at a target over twenty kilometers away, their speed surpassing the speed of sound and releasing powerful enough shock-waves to shatter any glass in the nearby area. Even when Archer uses the gauntlet of his Golden Armor to defend himself from an arrow, it still cracks the gauntlet and causes chips of it to fall away. His bow is strong enough to knock away weapons from the Gate of Babylon. Archer's Noble Phantasm, King's Order, which allows him to summon twelve Noble Phantasm that are the proof of completing the twelve labors, like the Pelt of the Nemean Lion, that allows him to withstand any weapon wielded by man, and Goddess of War, that allows him to use a divine aura to increase his power. He also possesses the Noble Phantasms Nine Lives and Reincarnation Pandora. He states that Archer requires Ea to make them equal in a clash.

His Battle Continuation can allow him to continue fighting even with wounds that place him on the verge of death. An ability representing his strong will to stay alive on the battlefield.[1]

Bravery is a skill that brushes aside mental interference and increases melee damage. The divine curse lodged inside him has be brought out by the Command Spell. The score has decreased considerably.[1]

Forced Distortion of the class he was originally called forth in. He has received the other class's specialty as proof. Conversely, either of the class skills has declined. In his case, Independent Action has dropped to C rank.[1]

Eye of the Mind (True) is an insight fostered through training and discipline. In his case, having his god given abilities thrown away, the techniques he accumulated as a human make their appearance.[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
  2. Fate/strange fake Volume 3, Prologue 8: "The Star Performers' Banquet (Part 1)"
  3. Fate/strange fake Volume 2, Chapter 6: "Two Archers and..."
  4. Fate/strange fake Volume 3, Chapter 7: "The Canon of the Demigods"
  5. Fate/strange fake Volume 4, Chapter 10: "Separate Mornings, Separate Parts (Part 1)"
  6. Fate/strange fake Volume 4, Chapter 12: "The Gods Return from Twilight"
  7. Fate/strange fake Volume 4, Chapter 13: "At Last, a Second, and a Third"