Archer (Player)

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Master: Player

True Name: Nameless

Noble Phantasm: Unlimited Blade Works – Infinite Creation of Swords

Keywords: Kansho & Bakuya

Original Attributes: STR: C     CON: C     AGI: C     MGI: B     LCK: E

Skills:

  • Magic Resistance: D
    Archer class skill. Nullifies single-action spells. Protection is equal to that of an amulet that wards against magical energy.
  • Independent Action: C
    Archer class skill. The ability to act independently even without receiving a Master’s prana supply. At rank C, the Servant can exist for one day without an established contract.
  • Eye of the Mind (True): B

Powers:

Name: 投影準備 (Touei Juunbi); Projection
“Trace on”
Target: Self
Effect: Increases Projection accuracy by 1. Increases the effectiveness of Projection skills.
Active

Name: 赤原猟犬・耐久低下(Sekigen Ryouken – Taikyuu Teika); Hrunting – Hound of the Red Plains (Fatigue)
Target: Enemy
Effect: Deals damage. Decreases END. Requires Projection 1.
Active

Name: 赤原猟犬・腕力低下(Sekigen Ryouken – Wanryoku Teika); Hrunting – Hound of the Red Plains (Weaken)
Target: Enemy
Effect: Deals damage. Decreases STR. Requires Projection 2.
Active

Name: 構造強化 (Kouzou Kyouka); Structural Reinforcement
Target: Self
Effect: Raises Projection accuracy with each successful GUARD.
Active

Name: 構造把握 (Kouzou Ha’aku); Structural Mastery
Passive

Name: 鶴翼三連 (Kakuyoku Sanren); Crane Wing Three Chains
Active

Name: 熾天覆う七つの円環 (Shiten Oou Nanatsu no Enkan); Rho Aias – Seven Rings Covering the Fiery Heavens
Active

Name: 偽・螺旋剣 (Gi Rasenken); Caladbolg II – False Spiral Sword
Active


 

Background

 


 

Conversations

Round 1, Day 4

“Still, to think we’d be fighting in a 20th century school…
It’s probably true for you, but I also have a connection to buildings like this.
Myself aside, it would probably be troublesome to other Heroic Spirits.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, or perhaps it’s some conscious intervention on the part of the selection. The soldier in me hopes it’s the former.”

1. You don’t like school?

“I have no reason to dislike it. Whether real or virtual, there are plenty of opportunities to experience human interaction.
On top of that, you receive an education without having to budget your time.
From a cultural standpoint, it’s a very logical scheme.
It’s healthy for a society that thrives on its learning institutions. Learning is proof of being human.
Well, that’s the textbook answer I’d give.
Whether I like school or not has nothing to do with you, Master.
And it has no impact on my performance as a Servant.”

Archer shuts his mouth, as if to signal that the conversation is over.
His tone says “That’s that,” leaving no room for argument.

…Maybe not, but it pushes my buttons.
The question was just an ice breaker. I only wanted to talk to him, and get him to open up a bit.

a) What’s with that attitude? Are you making fun of me?

I complain to Archer after he goes quiet. As my Servant- no, as my comrade-in-arms, I’d like him to change his tone.

“Oh, excuse me. You’re concerned for me as a Master.
Sorry, but hypocritical courtesy is in my nature. You won’t change it. Servants are reincarnated with their past memories, after all.
Abilities aside, our personalities don’t change.
You should just give up on your rude Servant.”

b) …Fine, I’ll shut up too.

…Losing my temper makes me feel even more pathetic.
Archer seems to be implying, “Shouldn’t you be focusing on training your inexperienced self rather than making conversation?”
I hate to admit it, but he’s right.
I should rest up and prepare for battle…

2. Conscious intervention?

Archer said something about conscious intervention.
Could there be some meaning in the Holy Grail’s choice of a school as the battleground?

“No, it’s not the meaning of the stage, but rather it’s preparation.
If the Grail created this, then it’s just a coincidence.
But– if someone is acting on behalf of the Grail, it’s a different matter. That would mean there’s some hidden scheme wrapped up in this simple fight to the death.”

A representative of the Grail… would it be that priest?
He certainly seemed rather shady. Or rather, he smacked of someone who would be pulling the strings in some other setting…

“Good instincts, Master, but I’m sorry to say you’re mistaken. That priest is just an NPC.
I can tell you myself that the Holy Grail has no representative.
Such a person would also be its owner. If the master of the Grail were here, the war would not occur.”

That makes sense. I guess I was skeptical before.
But then, why was Archer laughing like I told a joke?

“Oh, that. It’s because you called him ‘shady.’
You’re lucky you don’t know. The real one wasn’t like that.
It seems we have an ugly but inseparable relationship no matter where I go.”

Archer shrugged in exasperation. He seemed to have known the priest well in his lifetime.
If he’s acquainted with the priest managing the Holy Grail War, does that mean that he was someone with a relationship to the war itself?

……The conversation ground to a halt.
To Archer, this was probably a pointless conversation.
He seemed satisfied, speculating aloud with a not-quite-bored expression on his face.

“Still… school, huh? As long as the Arena is around, there’s no need for a place for wizards to socialize.
…Which might mean that the school isn’t for the Masters so much as it is for the Holy Grail.
Master, do you know the minimum responsibility of any intelligent being?”

Minimum responsibility…?
Not a definition…?
Humanity gained intelligence and became masters of the planet. Our intelligence compensated for our fragile bodies, and over time we built upon our civilizations until our societies reached the state they are in today.
What would be the minimum responsibility of such humans…?

“That would be a rejection of stability.
If we only wished to maintain our standard of living, all we would have to do is life in harmony with the cycles of nature, not unlike animals.
But, humans are incapable of this.
To stop thinking and cease all self-interest and live like mere animals… we inherently look down upon that.
No matter where humans are, they are creatures that devise ways to advance themselves.
No matter where we go, we can never be satisfied with our current lives.
That is the unavoidable duty of intelligent creatures. At the core of our souls, we wish to learn.
It’s likely the Holy Grail holds this aspect of humanity in high regard.
At the very least, whoever picked a school as our break room wishes not only to see Masters as murdering animals, but as humans.
…My word. It doesn’t feel like malice, but it sure stinks.
It isn’t satisfied with mere combat.
It seems the Grail wants us humans to struggle against each other as humans before we kill each other.”

3. You said you’re a soldier?

Archer was a soldier?
…That shouldn’t be right.
The man who easily struck down the doll, as well as countless enemy programs in the Arena wouldn’t be a mere soldier.
I’m completely responsible for his weakness.
As a Master of low ability, it’s my fault he can’t bring out his true power.

“No, I really am a soldier. Even if I regain my powers, regardless of what accomplishments I’ve made in history, this body is no more than that of a mere foot soldier.
Heroes are either loved or hated by many. I was neither of these.
Yeah, it’d be unfair to get your hopes up. Let me just say this now. I am not a particularly powerful Servant.
So, don’t expect too much of me. I’m not one of those embodiments of war that can decide the outcome of a battle.
This fight is yours, not mine. It’s a heavy burden for a young girl, but the die is cast. There’s no turning back.
From now on, you need to grow for you own sake. Never forget that.”

Archer’s speaks in my defense. “It’s not your fault that you’re weak.” It has a completely different meaning to me.
“Become strong.”

Even if Archer were the most powerful, it would be for nothing if his Master was powerless. He seems to be gently scolding me for my inexperience.

“Well, that’s how it is. Concern yourself not with your Servant, but with your own future.
The fight hasn’t yet begun. You just need to think of a way to win your first battle.”

……The conversation ground to a halt.
To Archer, this was probably a pointless conversation.
He seemed satisfied, speculating aloud with a not-quite-bored expression on his face.

“Still… school, huh? As long as the Arena is around, there’s no need for a place for wizards to socialize.
…Which might mean that the school isn’t for the Masters so much as it is for the Holy Grail.
Master, do you know the minimum responsibility of any intelligent being?”

Minimum responsibility…?
Not a definition…?
Humanity gained intelligence and became masters of the planet. Our intelligence compensated for our fragile bodies, and over time we built upon our civilizations until our societies reached the state they are in today.
What would be the minimum responsibility of such humans…?

“That would be a rejection of stability.
If we only wished to maintain our standard of living, all we would have to do is life in harmony with the cycles of nature, not unlike animals.
But, humans are incapable of this.
Unconscious action and and lack of self-interest… we inherently look down on life as mere animals.
No matter where humans are, they are creatures that devise ways to advance themselves.
No matter where we go, we can never be satisfied with our current lives.
That is the unavoidable duty of intelligent creatures. At the core of our souls, we wish to learn.
It’s likely the Holy Grail holds this aspect of humanity in high regard.
At the very least, whoever picked a school as our break room wishes not only to see Masters as murdering animals, but as humans.
…My word. It doesn’t feel like malice, but it sure stinks.
It isn’t satisfied with mere combat.
It seems the Grail wants us humans to struggle against each other as humans before we kill each other.”

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