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E Pluribus Unum
Singularity 6: Camelot
Babylonia

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Prelude

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???
“So that's why I've awakened you.
You understand the situation, don't you?”

Lucius
(...Of course, I understand. We have no way of knowing what has become of the world.)

Lucius
(However, that which I must accomplish... is still here in my hand—)

???
“Mind, body, and soul... the Holy Trinity.
All of which have worn out during your long exile.”

???
“Very well, I shall grant a sinner's promise.
Know that this is your one last chance.”

???
“But let's be perfectly clear, okay? Regardless of the
result of this upcoming battle, you will die.”

???
“Your soul exhausted, ousted from the cycle of
reincarnation, your existence will fall into the void.”

???
“Even then—
do you still strive for the end of your journey?”

Lucius
(...I put strength in my broken knees.
I move my left arm, now as thin as a twig.)

Lucius
(He is right... I am nothing but ash.
I can barely lift a finger with this exhausted body.)

Lucius
(I hardly have any soul left either. I've burned it all as fuel to move my broken body.)

Lucius
(And my mind... It's worn out just like my body and soul... I no longer have any of it left—)

Lucius
(—Nay. That alone shall not be the case. My mind... My will... They remain loyal to my king and his glory.)

???
“...I see. So you've decided to take a stand.
Then take this, it's my parting gift to you.”

???
“The place you will travel to is a hypothetical. A place
striving to be perfected.”

???
“You shall face your former allies.
You shall face the sin you've committed.”

???
“Even so, the light in that hand shall never dwindle.

Lucius
(...When I came to my senses, I was already in this foreign land.)

Lucius
(The arid earth. The raging winds.
The scorching atmosphere. All without signs of life.)

Lucius
(So long. So long have I journeyed.)

Lucius
(No, it would be arrogant to call this a journey.
It's like I've been wandering around all this time.)

Lucius
(As I wandered, I saw numerous worlds.
Some worlds were beautiful, others ugly.)

Lucius
(Yet I've never known a hell like this.
It brings to mind my own impoverished homeland.)

Lucius
(...But isn't that a bitter thought. Compared to what I am witnessing, my homeland could be considered quite prosperous.)

Lucius
...I see. So this is the end of the journey that I was granted.

Lucius
(I take a step onto the sandy earth.
No matter what I must sacrifice, this time I will—)

Lucius
(...This time for sure.
I will kill my king with my own hands.)

A:???
—I woke up at the same time again today.

A:???
I checked my temperature. I checked my five senses.
I said my name out loud, so I could understand it objectively.

A:???
Mash Kyrielight.
That was the name they gave me, a human being.

Dr. Roman
Hello. Nice to meet you, Summon Experiment No. 2.
Oh... No, that won't do.

Dr. Roman
Starting today, I should call you by your proper name. Don't worry, I've stopped the recorders.

Dr. Roman
Hello, Mash Kyrielight.
I'm Romani Archaman.

Dr. Roman
From now on, I'll be your primary physician.
Oh, is it all right if I take a seat here?

Mash
...Since that was unprecedented, my words and actions were delayed.

Mash
No doctor has ever entered this room before.

Mash
The reasoning was that it was sufficient to speak through the glass.

Dr. Roman
Oh, is that right? To be able to convey your feelings even through glass... Chaldea is very advanced indeed.

Dr. Roman
But I'm still quite an amateur. I can't have a proper conversation unless I talk to people directly like this.

Dr. Roman
So please don't hesitate to tell me what you think or feel. I want you to tell me all kinds of things.

Dr. Roman
Communication is the best way to achieve mutual understanding. You can acquire far more information and feel someone else's warmth, right?

Mash
“I see,” I nodded. Indeed, more information can be acquired this way than through glass.

Mash
The manner in which someone speaks. Their gaze. Temperature. Scent. Mannerisms. All things I have never experienced before.

Mash
If such interactions are deemed human-like... for the first time, I responded in a human-like fashion by...

Mash
...agreeing to his proposal.
“Hello, and nice to meet you, Doctor Romani.”

Dr. Roman
Oh, about that. I don't like the name Romani, see.
And the name Archaman is a bit pretentious.

Dr. Roman
I'd like you to call me Roman.
Doctor Roman. Sounds good, huh?

Mash
I know the word “Roman” may stem from “Romanticism.”

Mash
It means to observe the world not by reason or logic, but to observe it spiritually, subjectively.

Mash
The definition of the word changes from person to person. Even so, if I had to explain it—

Mash
It is the philosophy of “imagining a good future.”
The sense of fulfillment when living one's own life.

Mash
Unlike my allotted period of activation, which is a detailed and efficient “schedule.”

Mash
Perhaps the hopeful observation that “tomorrow holds many possibilities” is what the word is trying to express.

Dr. Roman
Oh my. That's quite a serious opinion you've got there. You sound like a senpai character from a Japanese comic.

Dr. Roman
Oh... but that should be okay. You've been in Chaldea a lot longer than I have, so that would make you the senpai.

Dr. Roman
(Sigh) It's rather pathetic, actually. Although I am the head of the medical department,

Dr. Roman
for the longest time, I didn't even know this section existed. I am truly sorry.

Mash
Doctor Roman apologized to me for no reason.
What a mysterious person. Also, he was wrong.

Mash
The Japanese terms “senpai” and “kouhai” are similar to that of a teacher and a student. However, I have yet to learn a single thing from the Doctor.

Mash
Since my knowledge was input from Sheba, that would make Sheba my senpai in terms of knowledge.

Mash
And so, when it comes to knowledge and information within Chaldea, I am the kouhai.

Mash
...Aside from that, though it may be impossible, if I had a senpai in life...

Mash
It would be someone inherently human and of average status. Not the best, but a normal person who strives to do their best.

Mash
I think it would be someone who doesn't hurt others and never gives up. An upright human being.

Mash
After all, that's the kind of person I was modeled after when given life.

Dr. Roman
I see. You're right, not many people like that exist here in Chaldea.

Dr. Roman
The staff here is made up of freaky geniuses.
There isn't anything normal or average about them.

Dr. Roman
Well, good and bad, normal or not, I guess all that makes up what it means to be human. I'm sure one day you'll find a senpai that you can truly rely on.

Mash
...The Doctor's words left a really strong impression on me. A senpai that I could truly rely on...

Mash
To imagine such a future sure made my eyes flicker with hope... A future filled with “romance.”

Dr. Roman
All right, then. Once again, nice to meet you, Mash.
Let's try to make this a lasting relationship.

Mash
—“Sure,” I answered.

Mash
I'm a designer baby created for experimental purposes. Therefore, my lifespan is predetermined.

Mash
I have been in operation for more than 10 years.

Mash
If my surgery succeeds, I can live for a few more years.

Mash
...Oh, I am very happy.

Mash
After all, I get to have self-awareness for that much longer.

Dr. Roman
...There you have it.
That's as much as I can disclose about Mash.

Dr. Roman
Chaldea is an organization listed under the United Nations, yes, but it's actually also a research facility for the Mage's Association... for the Animusphere family.

Dr. Roman
In the name of safeguarding humanity's future, they carried out numerous unethical experiments.

Dr. Roman
Namely, fusing a Heroic Spirit and a human—
the Demi-Servant experiments.

Dr. Roman
As you must know yourself, despite being used as familiars, Heroic Spirits are superhuman entities.

Dr. Roman
They could even kill their Masters and return to the Throne of Heroes if they so desired.

Dr. Roman
You could hardly call them safe weapons. As such, the previous director looked for a more reliable way to harness their power.

Dr. Roman
Normally you would use relics related to them as catalysts for the summoning, but Chaldea used human children instead.

Dr. Roman
Children possessing not only magical circuits fit to summon Heroic Spirits, but also innocent souls.

Dr. Roman
Using this method, Chaldea wanted to fuse Heroic Spirits with children and turn them into humans.

Dr. Roman
Owing to this concept, the previous director secretly created children by artificial insemination in Chaldea.

Dr. Roman
That was over ten years ago, at the turn of the 21st century. That was also how Mash was born.

Dr. Roman
She's a human created through artificial insemination... through DNA manipulation.

Dr. Roman
In terms of being created, you could say she is similar to a homunculus.

Dr. Roman
However, fundamentally, she's just a human...
A human with excellent magical circuits.

Dr. Roman
Please make no mistake about that. I'm also sure Mash doesn't want Player's Name to have the wrong idea about her.

  1. ...  2. Of course, I wouldn't do that.
  Select: ...

  Select: Of course, I wouldn't do that.

Dr. Roman
You're right. It was stupid of me to assume that.

Dr. Roman
Anyway, several years after Mash's birth, they conducted the fusion experiment.

  1. Director Olga Marie said the experiment failed...  2. ...
  Select: Director Olga Marie said the experiment failed...

  Select: ...

Dr. Roman
No. The summoning itself was successful.
A Heroic Spirit was summoned within Mash.

Dr. Roman
That was the second Heroic Spirit summoned by Chaldea. However, the Heroic Spirit did not awaken.

Dr. Roman
It must've been a noble Heroic Spirit. They didn't want to acknowledge Chaldea's... the previous director's actions.

Dr. Roman
“Should I depart, the girl will die. Therefore, I will not leave, nor will I awaken.”

Dr. Roman
...Mash proved that humans can fuse with Heroic Spirits,

Dr. Roman
but at the same time, proved how unethical those fusions can be.

Dr. Roman
Even when they're Anti-Heroes, Heroic Spirits reject being fused with humans, for some reason.

Dr. Roman
And so the fusion experiments were aborted, and a year later, the previous director was found dead in his office.

Dr. Roman
It was ruled a suicide based on the circumstances.
Marie came here after that.

Dr. Roman
The rest is exactly as you imagine.

Dr. Roman
I somehow got Marie's permission to add Mash to the staff.

Dr. Roman
Even if her Heroic Spirit never awakened, her capacity as a Master is first-class.

Dr. Roman
I thought to myself, “I won't let this precious resource go to waste.”

Dr. Roman
Initially, Marie was scared. Of course, who can blame her.

Dr. Roman
First, the father she idolized passed away, then she found out about his cruel experiment.

Dr. Roman
She was so shocked she refused to eat for an entire month. Plus, she was like, 30% more hysterical about everything.

Dr. Roman
She was close to a mental breakdown when she took over as director. But the one thing that scared her more than anything...

Dr. Roman
...And that was giving freedom to the one successful case of Heroic Spirit fusion. Since she was already so worried, it was only natural that she was scared of Mash.

Dr. Roman
“Mash is going to take revenge on me! She will viciously kill me in the restroom! Why wouldn't she!?”

Dr. Roman
Marie would scream about that endlessly.

Dr. Roman
However, even as she was consumed by fear, she never once turned her back on Mash.

Dr. Roman
That was her charm. She was so serious about everything, she would never do anything immoral no matter how much she hated it.

Dr. Roman
Thanks to that, Mash was acknowledged as a human, and given freedom within Chaldea.

Dr. Roman
Of course, her freedom was only allowed within Chaldea. Even though she possessed magical circuits any mage would dream of, her body was too pure.

Dr. Roman
Having been raised in a sterilized room, her body couldn't adapt to the outside world.

Dr. Roman
For as long as she remained operational, she'd only be able to live in Chaldea.

  1. ...  2. “As long as she remained operational”?
  Select: ...

  Select: “As long as she remained operational”?

Dr. Roman
What makes Mash different from other human beings is that her lifespan has been predetermined.

Dr. Roman
The designer babies created by Chaldea mostly ended in failure.

Dr. Roman
...Mash was one of the rare survivors.
Even so, her cells started to degenerate at a rapid rate.

Dr. Roman
Her physical body won't age any more than it already has. So she won't die of old age.

Dr. Roman
But she'll expire when her life force dries up.
One day, suddenly, like a robot running out of batteries.

  1. You knew all that!?  2. And you're fine with that, Doctor!?
  Select: You knew all that!?
Dr. Roman
Of course I did. I am her primary physician after all.
  Select: And you're fine with that, Doctor!?
Dr. Roman
Of course I worry about her and want to help her.
I'm not heartless. Dr. Roman
But when it comes to her lifespan, I don't pity her.
That would be an insult to her.

Dr. Roman
Sure, her life has a definite end.
But the same can be said for all lifeforms.

Dr. Roman
Life is full of suffering and sorrow.

Dr. Roman
In that regard, we are not so different from Mash. Humans cannot escape from the fear of death.

Dr. Roman
...Sorry, I'll get back on topic.

Dr. Roman
Mash was then selected as a Master candidate, and in a short time, the top candidate of the A team.

Dr. Roman
Shortly after that, the light on Chaldeas disappeared.

Dr. Roman
Olga Marie negotiated with the United Nations, and got approval to investigate singularities with Masters.

Dr. Roman
That's when candidates like you were assembled, followed by that incident...

Dr. Roman
...where the Command Room was damaged and you were Rayshifted. It was then that Mash became a Demi-Servant.

Dr. Roman
That must be reason she can function in the outside world, albeit only in her Rayshift destination.

Dr. Roman
...However, the fundamental problem remains unsolved.

Dr. Roman
By becoming a Demi-Servant, Mash acquired a more durable body. Even so, her cells have a lifespan.

Dr. Roman
She can remain operational for at most one more year... That's what I wanted to tell you.

  1. Does Mash know about that?
  Select: Does Mash know about that?

Dr. Roman
...I don't think so. At least, no one has spoken to her about it.

A:Staff
Doctor. Mash Kyrielight's physical adjustment is over.

A:Staff
Brainwaves, vitals, everything's normal. She should wake up any time now. What are your instructions?

Dr. Roman
There's no need to put her to sleep again. Once she wakes up, make sure to respect her free will.

A:Staff
Understood. We will make preparations accordingly.

Dr. Roman
...Now then, Player's Name. I'm sure Mash will come straight here after she wakes up.

Dr. Roman
Before she arrives, I have a favor to ask of you: please interact with her in the same way you always do.

Dr. Roman
In Mash's eyes, the time you spend as friends has become something irreplaceable.

Dr. Roman
That much is clear just by looking at her brainwave graphs since the start of the Grand Order.

Dr. Roman
So I'd like you not to be overly considerate, or worry too much about her.

Dr. Roman
Of course, I'm not going to tell her that I've spoken to you. What do you say, Player's Name?

Dr. Roman
Are you any good at acting? Like pretending you're seeing a movie for the first time even though you saw it already.

  1. ...I'll do my best.  2. Are you sure you're okay with that, Doctor?
  Select: ...I'll do my best.
Dr. Roman
Yes, please do that. Mash's a perceptive kid, so I'm sure she'll catch on eventually... Dr. Roman
But at least till then, I'd like her to enjoy herself whenever she's not in battle.
  Select: Are you sure you're okay with that, Doctor?
Dr. Roman
No, I'm not okay.
But it's for the best.

Da Vinci
Yes, that would be the best way to approach this.
This is quite a compromise coming from Roman.

Dr. Roman
Da Vinci!? Have you been listening the whole time!?

Da Vinci
Of course I have! It's you we're talking about, who knows when you will chicken out when talking about Mash.

Da Vinci
If that were to happen, I'd have to step up.

Da Vinci
I was planning to tell Player's Name everything I knew about Mash myself...

Da Vinci
But looks like you managed to do that. Thank goodness! You've handled it beautifully.

Da Vinci
You ARE currently the head of Chaldea, you know?

Da Vinci
If you let things get personal, and take Mash off the front lines, you'll be facing Uomo Universale, okay?

Dr. Roman
...Ah. I'm not that naive, you know.

Dr. Roman
I think I know what I must do and accomplish. Well, I might do something I'm not supposed to from time to time.

Dr. Roman
Anyway, this talk about Mash is our secret, Player's Name.

Dr. Roman
Make sure she doesn't find out, no matter what.
...And besides, you know...

Dr. Roman
If humanity itself ends up showing us the right path to take, perhaps there's a reward at the end of that path.

Dr. Roman
A reward that would easily extend Mash's physical lifespan, or something like that.

Da Vinci
Now THAT's something the Holy Grail could be used for, I suppose...

Da Vinci
Maybe the King of Mages is actually not all that.
Maybe we can defeat him without all seven Grails.

Da Vinci
If we had just one Grail to spare, we could use it on Mash. It's not too much to ask for a happy ending like that, right?

  1. I like that idea!  2. That's our Da Vinci!
  Select: I like that idea!

  Select: That's our Da Vinci!

Dr. Roman
Yeah, if that's possible, I wonder how—

Fou
Fou! Foou!

Mash
Sorry I'm late!

Mash
Mash Kyrielight, now attending the briefing 27 minutes late!

Mash
...So. You all seem to be having a good time chatting, is something going on?

  1. Mash, are you feeling okay!?
  Select: Mash, are you feeling okay!?

Dr. Roman
Hey, you shouldn't be running around yet!
You need to be getting lots of rest now, Mash!

Da Vinci
...Oh my. These two are hopeless, I see...

Fou
Fou?

Mash
Senpai? Doctor?
Weren't you chatting?

Da Vinci
No, no. These two are just worrywarts. Look how flustered they are just because you passed out the one time.

Mash
Oh... Right. That. I'm sorry for making you all worry.

Mash
It was such a long battle, and a war, no less... Seems like my body sustained more damage than usual.

Mash
But as you can see, I've recovered now, so there's no problem. I've gained experience too, so that will come in handy next time.

  1. Next time...?
  Select: Next time...?

Mash
Yes, the staff mentioned that they'd found the coordinates for the Sixth Singularity... Was I mistaken?

Dr. Roman
...Oh my. Should I have enforced a gag rule?
The Command Room staff is so careless...

Dr. Roman
But it's like you said, Mash.

Dr. Roman
Master Player's Name.
We've pinpointed the Sixth Singularity.

Dr. Roman
You and Mash will continue your search for the Holy Grail. Do either of you have any objections?

  1. ...No objections.  2. ...Mash, want to sit out the next one?
  Select: ...No objections.
Mash
Right. Me neither.
I will obey you, Master. Fou
Fo—u! Mash
Haha. As you can see, Fou is motivated as well.
  Select: ...Mash, want to sit out the next one?
Mash
No need to worry about that.
I've already rested well. Mash
I know it's important to take a break, but I'd like to fulfill as many missions as possible. Fou
...

Dr. Roman
I see. Then let's move up the schedule and start
the briefing. About the Sixth Singularity we've discovered—

Dr. Roman
The era is the 13th century. The location is Jerusalem, known as the “Holy Land.”

Dr. Roman
To be precise, it's 1273 AD. The Ninth Crusade has just ended, and the kingdom of Jerusalem has vanished from the face of the earth.

Dr. Roman
The end of the Crusades...

Dr. Roman
The western nations' withdrawal from Jerusalem has greatly affected the history of mankind.

Dr. Roman
You could say it's an apt time and place to be chosen as a Singularity.

Dr. Roman
...At least that was the case until yesterday.

Dr. Roman
The truth is, the Sixth Singularity was detected before the one in America.

Dr. Roman
But the results from Sheba were just so unstable.

Dr. Roman
The era couldn't be verified, and at times, no observation could be carried out.

Dr. Roman
Do you understand? It's not like all we observed was the red color of burning lands.

Dr. Roman
There were times when the light of observation itself disappeared. In other words—

Mash
...The Sixth Singularity doesn't exist on the surface of Chaldeas. That section alone is hollowed out completely.

Dr. Roman
That's right. This is unprecedented. The Sixth Singularity is trying to leave the flow of humanity.

Dr. Roman
All Rayshifts until now have been battles against Solomon's Holy Grails. Each threatened to disrupt its respective era.

Dr. Roman
This time, the Singularity itself is becoming history that should not exist.

Dr. Roman
If we leave it alone, human history will be severely damaged, independent to the restoration of Solomon's incineration.

Dr. Roman
Thus, the Foundation of Humanity evaluation of the Sixth Singularity is EX, meaning everything about it is unique.

Dr. Roman
Once again, we can't provide much backup from Chaldea. We have no idea what's going on—

Dr. Roman
Are you still willing to go with Mash, Player's Name?

  1. Of course.  2. As always.
  Select: Of course.

  Select: As always.

Fou
Fo—u!

Dr. Roman
—All right. Then let's begin the Rayshift right away.

Dr. Roman
Get into the Coffins, you two. As usual, Da Vinci and I will be in the Command Room.

Da Vinci
♪ Do do doooo, do dooooo doooo...

Fou
Faaa!?

Dr. Roman
Hey, what are you doing?
Why are you opening the remaining Coffin?

Da Vinci
Huh? What do you mean? I'm going with them.
Isn't that what we were talking about now?

Da Vinci
I mean, this is an unprecedented Foundation of Humanity EX. Player's Name needs the help of a genius.

  1. At last, Da Vinci is...  2. ...It's not because you're bored, right?
  Select: At last, Da Vinci is...
Da Vinci
Yes, that's right! I said so before, right?
If push comes to shove, I'll take part! Da Vinci
And now that time has come!
You can just leave it all to me now!
  Select: ...It's not because you're bored, right?
Da Vinci
I'm not bored! I'm only slightly intrigued by the architecture of Jerusalem. Da Vinci
My interest is purely artistic, so it's important for mankind!

Dr. Roman
Idiot! I never gave you the go-ahead!

Dr. Roman
Once you Rayshift to the Singularity, you can't return to Chaldea till the Foundation of Humanity is repaired!

Dr. Roman
If something happens, it'll be too late!
What'll become of Chaldea if something happens to you?

Da Vinci
Hey, you. I may love myself, but even that remark makes me mad.

Da Vinci
What Chaldea needs right now is a human. You, Romani.
I'm just a carefree Servant.

Fou
Fou. Fou. Fou.

Dr. Roman
(Sigh) If you're so insistent, I don't think I can stop you.
You are the ideal support for these two...

Da Vinci
Right, right. Leave the front lines to me, and get yourself a good, long rest.

Da Vinci
All right, so why don't we head out, Player's Name, Mash!

Da Vinci
Even if the difficulty level is EX, basically it's still 13th-century Jerusalem.

Da Vinci
Jerusalem draws people of many faiths.
The battlefield will almost certainly be in the city.

Da Vinci
And if that's the case, I can do my part, and then some. If it's in the city, we won't have to travel far, unlike America!

Fou
Fou! Fou fou fou fou!

Mash
Yes, I can't wait to taste the local food!
All right, this way, please, Fou.

Fou
Fou!

Dr. Roman
Looks like Mash can communicate with Fou in some way, after all...

Dr. Roman
Player's Name. We may be out of our element, but our game plan hasn't changed.

Dr. Roman
Find what's causing the disruption in that era, and retrieve it, or else destroy it.

Dr. Roman
...I don't think Solomon will be around to get in the way, but be especially alert all the same.

  1. Understood.  2. Leave it to us!
  Select: Understood.

  Select: Leave it to us!

Dr. Roman
That's what I like to hear.
All right— Rayshift Program, start!

Da Vinci
Woo hoo! Finally, I'm a member of the Grand Order team in search of the Holy Grail! I'm getting so fired up!

Mash
All right, Doctor, see you again in this Command Room. Thank you for all your concern.

Dr. Roman
...Right. Go on, then, Mash.
Whatever you do, make a journey you won't regret.

Announcement A
Unsummon Program, start.
Spiritron Conversion, start.

Announcement A
Rayshift starting in 3, 2, 1...

Announcement A
All procedures cleared.
Grand Order, commencing operation.

Section 1: Welcomed by the Sand

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Sanzang
So there you have it. Thank you for everything, fellows of the Round Table.

E:???
...

F:???
...

G:???
...

Sanzang
Huh? Why is everyone looking so serious all of a sudden? Did I say something wrong?

Sanzang
All I said was, “I'm getting bored of this town, so I'm taking my leave,” right?

H:???
...Of course. In other words, Xuanzang Sanzang. You just announced that you were breaking away from us.

Sanzang
Why does it have to be like that?
I have no intention of becoming your enemy.

Sanzang
I mean, I only meant to make a brief stop here. You see, I'm on my way back from Tianzhu and I have to get home.

H:???
And what I am saying is that we cannot believe that, Xuanzang Sanzang.

H:???
You are already a Servant. Meaning there's no point for you to repeat actions taken when you were alive.

H:???
You have no reason nor responsibility to go back home. In fact, your home doesn't even exist in this world.

H:???
So, please enlighten me, where exactly are you going?

Sanzang
Oh c'mon, it's nothing material like that. I'm simply following my heart.

Sanzang
My purpose is to go home. I am a monk whose worth is in the steps I've spent on my journey. And I get really lonely without my disciples.

Sanzang
Yes, I do find this city amazing. It's peaceful, prosperous, beautiful, and no one is hungry.

Sanzang
I'm sure that this is what people mean when they speak of utopias.

E:???
Thank you very much. It makes us proud to hear you say that.

E:???
For that very reason, Lady Sanzang, I must ask you: is staying in this castle not an option?

Sanzang
Thank you, Gawain. I love how chivalrous you are to women.

Sanzang
But please let it go. This is just who I am.

Sanzang
I'm going to start off by going to the desert.
Oh, I'm taking Touta with me, all right?

Sanzang
Now, then, thank you for everything you've done for me! Bye-bye! Ciao! Zaijian!

Gawain
...And there she goes.
How unfortunate.

Gawain
That woman was truly like the sun.
Her presence alone lit up the whole place.

G:???
Really? I actually feel relieved.
Never liked her.

G:???
So whatcha gonna do, Agravain? You know no one is supposed to leave the castle without Father's approval...

G:???
Isn't that one of the rules of this Round Table? Besides, she's a pain in the ass.

Agravain
I agree with you, Mordred. However, the king has already granted approval.

Agravain
That no one shall stop Xuanzang Sanzang if she says she is going to leave the castle.

Mordred
You gotta be kidding. It's such a perfect chance to stab her in the back.

Mordred
Oh well. That desert is ruthless, she won't survive by herself.

Mordred
Don't you agree, Tris?
Hey, still alive there, ya bastard?

Tristan
!!!

Tristan
...Pardon me. I wasn't asleep by the way. Please continue your conversation, don't mind me...

Tristan
...Also, if you wish to have a conversation about women, you should talk to Lancelot instead...

Tristan
Ah... How very sad indeed...
He is the one more experienced with love...

Gawain
...Sir Agravain. As his adjutant, only you can speak to the king directly.

Gawain
Did the king say anything else? About the Holy City, about how we are protecting it?

Agravain
Know your place. The king has no words for the likes of you. Only your loyalty is required of you.

Agravain
Yes, Xuanzang Sanzang is a foreigner. However, she was not the traitor that the star-seer prophecized. That's all.

Tristan
“When the foreign star shines, the bond of the white wall crumbles, the king's power wanes, and the divine tower falls.”

Tristan
...What a beautiful and sad poem... Yes, if it's required of me, I can still go after her now.

Agravain
The king has spoken.
Leave Xuanzang Sanzang be.

Agravain
What you should be worrying about are any foreigners arriving next. The burden of protecting humanity is surely heavy.

Agravain
Soon, the last Master of this world shall arrive. The king has instructed us not to show disrespect to our guests.

Agravain
However, the king bears the responsibility of shouldering the entire world. We will deal with all the trivialities ourselves.

Agravain
Is that understood, O brave Knights of the Round Table? I expect true loyalty from all of you.

Gawain
...

Tristan
...

Mordred
...

Mash
Master, please come over here!
You will get blown away if you stand there!

Fou
Fou, fooouuu, fooooooo!

  1. My eyes... My eyes...  2. Is this... Jerusalem?
  Select: My eyes... My eyes...

  Select: Is this... Jerusalem?

Da Vinci
This can't be Jerusalem!
There are sandstorms everywhere!

Mash
Master, Da Vinci, please get behind that boulder! Another gust is coming!

Da Vinci
Okay, behind those mysterious bones, right?
Wow, this is as big as a dragonkin's!

Da Vinci
Anyway, did you get in touch with Roman!? He better be working on an apology for this kind of miscalculation!

Mash
...The communication with Chaldea is unstable.
I'm sure the Doctor is working on resolving it...

  1. This sort of thing always happens, nothing we can do...  2. Well, this place is ranked EX...
  Select: This sort of thing always happens, nothing we can do...

  Select: Well, this place is ranked EX...

Mash
Precisely, Master. Let's assess the situation by ourselves for now.

Mash
The Rayshift was successful. Our target location was supposed to be the 13th-century Middle East.

Mash
However, we ended up in the middle of a sandstorm! Is it common for Jerusalem of this era!?

Da Vinci
We got sent too far into the past! Boy do I have a special punishment in store for Romani when we get back... Wait...

Da Vinci
This era... If this is a different era then... Give me a minute, let me run over some data...

Fou
Fou!
Fau, fuuuun!

  1. Fou is going wild too!  2. That sound just now...
  Select: Fou is going wild too!

  Select: That sound just now...

Mash
Master, it's a hostile lifeform!
Something is emerging from the sandstorm!

Mash
Visibility couldn't be worse, but prepare for battle!
For now, let's just make sure we're safe!

Da Vinci
Okay, leave it to me! Let me show you my omnipotence, my universal wisdom!

Da Vinci
It's a horrible location for a maiden battle, but hey, think of it this way...

Da Vinci
The ultimate beauty remains even in a sandstorm—

Da Vinci
Be dazzled by the secret weapon of the Universally Gorgeous Secretary Servant, Da Vinci-chan!

--BATTLE--

Da Vinci
Wait, that last enemy was odd!
I couldn't see that well with all the sand but...

Mash
...Yes, odd indeed. It looked like a golem, but the sandstorm made it hard to tell!

Mash
What about you, Master? Any idea what it was?

  1. It was a knight in armor!  2. Neither of you could tell?
  Select: It was a knight in armor!

  Select: Neither of you could tell?

Mash
A huge... knight in armor?

Da Vinci
I see. It must be easier to identify enemies from a position overlooking the battlefield.

Da Vinci
I couldn't see a thing. When you're up close to them, all you could make out in this storm was a silhouette.

Mash
...Wait! More enemies, incoming!

Mash
—My whole body's tingling... Something...abnormal is on the way here, Master!

Fou
Fou... Foooou!

Da Vinci
—The numbers are off the chart. That flapping sound and silhouette... It can't be—

Da Vinci
Player's Name, no time to sit around! Our next opponent is without a doubt a powerful one!

--BATTLE--

Mash
We defeated the giant lifeform!
Except... Uh...

Da Vinci
Except we didn't eliminate it.
It only appeared that way.

Da Vinci
You see, that was among the most powerful kind of demonic beasts, a Phantasmal that is perhaps even stronger than dragonkin.

Mash
I knew it... So that indeed was a sphinx. A divine beast from ancient Egypt that has a man's face and a lion's body.

Da Vinci
Yeah. That damage we just inflicted was nothing more than a yawn to such a creature. It'll recover in the blink of an eye.

Da Vinci
Let's get out of here. It's too tough to go up against a sphinx by ourselves.

Mash
But where can we go? I wish we could get some kind of data from the Doctor about this area...

Da Vinci
Oh, we don't have to worry about that. Scanning the area is just a piece of cake for me, you know...

Da Vinci
...All right, I've found a source of water to the west of here. Not only that, it seems there's a city there.

Da Vinci
Let's go there first.
You need to rest too, right, Player's Name?

  1. Water sounds really good now...  2. I can keep going.
  Select: Water sounds really good now...
Mash
Yes. I agree with you, Senpai.
Let's look for some cold water!
  Select: I can keep going.
Mash
No, Senpai. Your lips are all chapped, and you're looking very pale. Mash
We should do as Da Vinci suggested, and head for that water source.

Mash
We've covered about 10 kilometers so far...
Master, just hang on for a little bit longer.

Mash
O-Or would you like me to carry you?
If you ride on my shield, then I can just pull it...

  1. ...No, it's just that...  2. ...For some reason, I can't breathe...
  Select: ...No, it's just that...

  Select: ...For some reason, I can't breathe...

Da Vinci
...Just as I thought, the mana density in the atmosphere is too high. Here, Player's Name, take this.

Mash
A portable oxygen canister?
When did you...

Da Vinci
It's a mana-blocking mask I made in a hurry.
The atmosphere here is too harsh for humans.

Da Vinci
Hey, that's what I'm here for. Still, a little “thank you” would be nice. Come on, shower me with your admiration!

Da Vinci
Either way, we'll be at the water source soon.
You can see that building beyond the sandstorm, right?

Da Vinci
That must be a temple. If we can at least get in there

Da Vinci
Sorry. Forget everything I just said, this place is no good. We have to turn back.

Mash
Why!? We're so close!

Da Vinci
That we are. But I can see countless shadows in the area between here and the temple. Look closely.

  1. ...One, two, three...  2. I stopped counting after 20.
  Select: ...One, two, three...

  Select: I stopped counting after 20.

Mash
You're right. They're all wandering around... I wonder what they are?

Da Vinci
They're the same kind of sphinxes we encountered earlier. They're roaming around the temple freely.

Mash
!

Da Vinci
It's suicidal to pass through here.
Let's find a different shelter.

Da Vinci
By the way, I got a pretty good idea who's residing in that temple.

Da Vinci
We can't enter on our own.
So let's look for another route.

Da Vinci
Hey, if need be, I'll even supply my universal secret cottage like you might see in games, so rest easy. Huh?

Mash
...I think I just saw some shadows heading this way from the temple... Sphinxes?

Da Vinci
All right, let's make a run for it! I thought I glimpsed a skull mask as well, but whatever!

  1. A skull... mask?  2. Hold up a second!
  Select: A skull... mask?

  Select: Hold up a second!

Mash
Master, is something bothering you!?

Da Vinci
Whoa, they're moving way too fast!
See, Player's Name, I told you to move—

Da Vinci
...Huh? For sphinxes, their magical energy level is too low... And this number... Humans?

???
—Hmph, they caught on pretty fast! Sending soldiers after us, eh... How clever of you, Sun King.

???
Those monsters won't dare to hurt us as long as we have the queen, but the humans are different. She has no influence over them.

???
There's no time, get rid of them! But let one of them live! It will be a valuable source of intel!

Mash
Enemies sighted! I'm counting ten of them! All human!

Mash
One of them is carrying a bound woman!
Senpai, your orders!

  1. Fight back, Mash! But gently!  2. Hit them with the flats of your blades!
  Select: Fight back, Mash! But gently!

  Select: Hit them with the flats of your blades!

Mash
...Right! Please leave it to me, Master!

--BATTLE--

B:???
Ugh! My mask...

  1. A Servant?  2. Oh, it's just Hassan!
  Select: A Servant?
B:???
...What? Don't tell me you're a Master!?
  Select: Oh, it's just Hassan!
B:???
What kind of reaction is that!?
Don't be so casual with our names, moron!

???
Please forgive us, Lord Hundred Personas!
It seems they are no ordinary soldiers!

???
The design of that girl's armor...
She's most likely from the Holy City—

Hundred Personas
The rest of you, fall back! We're up against Servants, you'll be easily killed...

Hundred Personas
...Or not... and just struck with the flat sides of their blades...

Hundred Personas
Are you underestimating us? Mocking us?
We of the mountain don't deserve your blades?

Hundred Personas
...Fine. Either way, this battle is ours as long as we still have our lives.

Hundred Personas
Our current objective is to take the queen. Now that we have our prisoner, those cursed sphinxes—

???
Uh, about that... During our battle just now, that trickster over there...

Da Vinci
Oh hello♪ But I'm not a trickster, I'm a genius.
And one who doesn't miss any chances at that!

Da Vinci
I grabbed your prisoner while Player's Name was fighting.

Hundred Personas
Who are you people! Do you work for Ozymandias!?

  1. I'm Player's Name! How you doin'?  2. Ozyman-who?
  Select: I'm Player's Name! How you doin'?
Hundred Personas
...I-I am the Hassan of the Hundred Personas! One of the leaders of the West, an Old Man of the Mountain!
  Select: Ozyman-who?
Hundred Personas
Who, you ask?
...Say, are you an idiot or what?

???
I have a sitrep! The sphinxes are coming back! And some strange creatures wearing cloth are with them!

Hundred Personas
Idiot! They're Medjed! Don't look them in the eye, or you'll be cursed!

Hundred Personas
Damn it, we failed again! Retreat!
Make sure you don't drop the food we took!

Hundred Personas
Listen up, shield girl and staff woman... Wait, woman? Whatever, you there with the staff!

Hundred Personas
You too, human! You little Just you wait, I will never let this go!

  1. Wait, hear us out!  2. But it was self-defense!
  Select: Wait, hear us out!

  Select: But it was self-defense!

Hundred Personas
Hahaha! Hassan never waits when told to wait!
Farewell, you slowpokes!

Hundred Personas
Sandstorms are an everyday thing for us.
We're protected by our wind-deflecting amulets!

Mash
...The enemies are moving away fast...
We lost track of them.

Mash
Too bad, we finally ran into people we could talk to...

  1. ...Was it an actual conversation?  2. Never mind that! Da Vinci!
  Select: ...Was it an actual conversation?
Mash
Well... yes. Although I feel like everything we said backfired...
  Select: Never mind that! Da Vinci!
Mash
Right, the woman they'd captured!

Da Vinci
Okay, okay, leave it to me. I'm taking the ropes and gag off of her right now.

Da Vinci
Hmm, did they put her to sleep?
H

Da Vinci
Wakey wakey! A one-in-a-million genius is standing right in front of you!

E:???
...Mmm... No, Pharaoh, please don't pull my hair like that...

E:???
That may look like an ear, but it's a magical catalyst evoking Horus... No, not bed head either...

E:???
—Huh!?

  1. Oh, she's awake.  2. Good evening.
  Select: Oh, she's awake.

  Select: Good evening.

E:???

Da Vinci
(Oh, this doesn't look good.)

Mash
(Right, she's frozen stiff.)

E:???
—Insolent fools! Who are you? Do you know who I am? How dare you treat the pharaoh Nitocris thusly!

Mash
(Nitocris! She's the sorceress queen of ancient Egypt, Master!)

Da Vinci
(Yes, she doesn't look intimidating anymore after all that, but she's indeed a powerful Heroic Spirit from 2000 BC.)

Nitocris
...Whispering behind my back, hmm!?
Are you making a mockery of me?

Nitocris
Oh, that's right, you already have!
You drugged me and dragged me outside the temple!

Nitocris
I cannot show any sympathy to such vulgarity! Normally I'd question your allegiance to the Sun King—

Nitocris
But first, you will have to do something incredible to earn the forgiveness of Queen Nitocris!

Nitocris
Mirror of the Underworld, appear! Please pay them back a thousandfold for the humiliation they have caused!

Mash
Nitocris's mirror! Master, she's getting ready for battle!

Mash
She's mistaken us for the people who abducted her!
I'd like to talk it over with her—

Da Vinci
Oh boy, that was a bust. I shouldn't have poked her all over with my staff.

Da Vinci
But we have no choice. We can't prove our innocence anyway, and that queen doesn't look like a good listener!

Da Vinci
First, we're gonna have to fight her!
Let's go, Player's Name!

--BATTLE--

Nitocris
...As I have only just awoken, I am merely at half strength...but no matter! It is surprising to be pushed this far, however...

Nitocris
I must say, those were some drastic measures.
You're quite the warriors, I'll give you that.

Nitocris
However, your trial begins now. You committed a grave sin by disgracing me, and I want to know whether you can atone for it.

Nitocris
The pharaoh granted this divine beast to me. You shall be tested by it until you are torn limb from limb!

  1. This is a misunderstanding, we just helped!  2. You look elegant, but you're unreasonable!
  Select: This is a misunderstanding, we just helped!
Nitocris
—How shameless.
Do you really think I'd believe you?
  Select: You look elegant, but you're unreasonable!
Nitocris
Of course. Pharaohs must first assert their own justice!

Mash
Please listen, Queen Nitocris!

Mash
We really did save you, after you were captured by assassins!

Nitocris
—Even so! That doesn't change the fact that you witnessed my disgrace!

Nitocris
Besides, you don't have any proof!
Why did you save me!?

Nitocris
Did you happen to be here out of coincidence?
And you saved me, despite not even knowing my name?

Nitocris
That is an impossible story! Saving a stranger for no reward in this land at the end of the world!

Da Vinci
Nothing seems to be getting through to her...
We might have no choice but to defeat her.

  1. ...  2. ...But she doesn't seem bad...
  Select: ...

  Select: ...But she doesn't seem bad...

Nitocris
(...They're still so passive, even after all of this...
Did they really save me—no, no!)

Nitocris
You bear the armor of the knights from the Holy City!
I cannot trust you!

Nitocris
Go, sphinx! Bestow upon them the judgment of the great Sun King!

Mash
Sphinx!? Fighting a divine beast in our current situation is too harsh!

F:???
No, please raise your head.
No divine beast could shatter your shield.

F:???
Above all, the justice you stand for is right. You will easily overcome a battle born of a misunderstanding such as this.

Nitocris
Who are you!?

F:???
We have yet to forge a bond for you to know my name. You may consider me the same as an enemy for now.

F:???
You must be the one called Player's Name, yes? I am Lucius, a Servant without a Master.

F:???
I just couldn't help but interrupt. You may think I'm meddling, but please forgive me for that.

F:???
If you don't mind, I can lend some assistance.
My sword is yours, make use of me as you will.

Nitocris
You look so weak, but you've got a big mouth!
I'll crush you both and make you all my slaves!

Nitocris
Now, prepare yourselves!

--BATTLE--

Lucius
—My apologies!

Mash
Amazing... The sphinx has been completely eliminated! I'm not detecting any spiritron reconstruction!

Da Vinci
That arm... That knight's right arm...
There's no doubt, that's the radiance of Airgetlám!

Da Vinci
It's the divine arm of the Celtic war god Nuadha!
He's using a Mystic of Divine Spirit-class!?

Nitocris
Wh-Wh-What...!? The Pharaoh's divine beast...
The noble beast Lord Ozymandias entrusted to me...

Nitocris
It's been completely eradicated from the earth...
J-Just who do you think you are!?

Lucius
That's why I apologized. I concluded you wouldn't settle down unless I dealt that final blow.

Lucius
Now listen, awoken pharaoh.
Incarnation of the god Horus, Nitocris.

Lucius
It's true that they saved you.
I witnessed it myself, after all.

Lucius
They saw you were about to be taken by the Old Man of the Mountain and company, and saved you honorably.

Lucius
If you still refuse to believe it, then I will have no choice but to use this silver arm once more...

Lucius
Do you wish to lose the Sun King's trust even more? Will your own standing not become precarious as well?

Nitocris
Uh... But you aren't even citizens of Egypt.
You have no reason to help me...

Lucius
Then let me ask in return: the people of the mountain aside, do the knights of the Holy City have reason to abduct you?

Nitocris
I... suppose that's...

Nitocris
Only the people of the mountain have the ability to sneak into my temple...

Mash
Nitocris seems depressed now.
Maybe she's regretting her actions?

Da Vinci
Yes, now would be the chance to press her for answers.
Player's Name, go right ahead!

Fou
Foou!

  1. You finally believe us!
  Select: You finally believe us!

Nitocris
Eek!? Wh-Why are you shouting like that all of a sudden!?

  1. We saved you. Got a problem!?
  Select: We saved you. Got a problem!?

Nitocris
Uh, agh... That's... No. Now that I think about it calmly... There's no other explanation...

Nitocris
You have my gratitude, travelers.
...I'm sorry. My short temper got the best of me again...

  1. By the way, we'd like some water!
  Select: By the way, we'd like some water!

Nitocris
W-Water!? In that case, there's an oasis nearby...

  1. We want some fruit too!
  Select: We want some fruit too!

Fou
Fou, foooou!

Da Vinci
That's right! And we want to take a bath and relax, too!

Nitocris
(What's with them, suddenly acting so brazenly! Ugh, but they did save me, so I need to show my gratitude!)

Nitocris
...Ahem. Very well, I understand! I'll make a special exception, and welcome you as my guests!

Nitocris
You'd like some hospitality, right?

Nitocris
In that case, escort me back to Ramesseum Tentyris, the most prosperous and ideal nation in the desert.

Nitocris
Normally you need to answer a sphinx's riddle to get inside... But I hereby bestow upon you the honor of entering its walls!

Fou
Fou, foooou!

Section 2: Supper of the King

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Nitocris
Oh winds, I release you from your duties.
By the name of Nitocris, give us a view into the heavens!

Mash
The storm has ceased, Senpai! The sky's perfectly clear... Blue as far as you can see!

Nitocris
What a pleasant smile. It was worth putting on such a show.

Da Vinci
But that band of light exists in the skies of this era, too.

Nitocris
Yes, quite frustratingly. The only thing that needs to shine in the sky is the sun.

Fou
Fou, fou.

Nitocris
All you need to do now is head west.
You should reach the grand temple in about two hours.

Lucius
That's good. Then I'll take my leave here.
May good fate accompany your journey.

  1. You're leaving now?  2. You aren't coming with us?
  Select: You're leaving now?

  Select: You aren't coming with us?

Lucius
I have no business at the grand temple.
Nor a reason to stop you from going.

Lucius
...We really were simply brought together by coincidence.

Lucius
I have always been a wanderer. I am unfit to keep the company of others.

Mash
He left...

Da Vinci
...Mash. Did you feel anything strange from that Servant just now?

Da Vinci
Nostalgia, perhaps? Or that you know him somehow?

Mash
I didn't really feel anything in particular...

Mash
...No, I actually did have a strange sensation.
We're both Servants, but something seemed different...

Da Vinci
I see. Hmm, then Lucius really might be his True Name. Don't know what to make of that, though...

  1. Is the True Name Lucius strange?  2. Right... He didn't look like an emperor...
  Select: Is the True Name Lucius strange?
Da Vinci
It's not really strange, but saying that name itself is something of a joke. Da Vinci
Lucius is the name of a Roman emperor who appears in the “Historia Regum Britanniae.” Da Vinci
He didn't achieve any particular feats worth mentioning...
  Select: Right... He didn't look like an emperor...
Mash
Master, you know him!? Da Vinci
Wow, I see you know your stuff, Player's Name! That's right, Lucius was an emperor of Rome. Da Vinci
He appears in the “Historia Regum Britanniae,” but he was a very minor emperor...

Da Vinci
...Anyway, the issue isn't his True Name.
What's strange is the Noble Phantasm on his right arm.

Da Vinci
That was Nuadha's right arm.
The shining arm, Airgetlám.

Da Vinci
Well, he isn't actually Nuadha, so there's no mistake that it's a replica...

Da Vinci
But even then, its power was extraordinary.

Da Vinci
It was able to defeat a sphinx, a creature of near divinity. What kind of mechanism could be behind it?

Da Vinci
I'm curious... so curious... And as someone who also has an artificial arm, I'm also envious!

Da Vinci
I want something like that tooooo! I want to defeat a sphinx all by myself tooooo!

Nitocris
That's enough useless chat!
Are you going to the grand temple or not!?

Nitocris
I'm not made of time, you know!

Nitocris
If I don't return by evening, they'll realize that I've been abducted! How disgraceful!

  1. Oh, okay.  2. ...I think it's already obvious...
  Select: Oh, okay.

  Select: ...I think it's already obvious...

Mash
I'm sorry, Queen Nitocris.
We totally forgot you were there.

Nitocris
You act polite, but you've got a sharp tongue, girl!
What's your name!?

Mash
Oh, pardon my rudeness.
My name is Mash Kyrielight.

Mash
This is Da Vinci. And this is our Master...

  1. Player's Name.
  Select: Player's Name.

Nitocris
Hmm, very well. It's a little late, but I'll forgive you. None of the names are on the criminal register. What a relief.

Nitocris
Now then, I bestow upon you the duty of escorting me. Protect me until we reach the grand temple.

Mash
We need to protect you, the queen? Everything we've heard up to now suggests that this desert is your domain...

Nitocris
This isn't my domain, it's the Sun King's. And it's not even a domain per se... It's a land at the end of the world.

Nitocris
Stopping the sandstorm like I did means that demonic beasts outside of our control will invade.

Nitocris
That's why you must guard me, just in case. You have a responsibility to bring me to the grand temple.

Mash
I see. Beasts outside of your control...

  1. I see. That's convincing.  2. I see. Mash, let her know.
  Select: I see. That's convincing.

  Select: I see. Mash, let her know.

Mash
Understood, Master. Executing orders.

Mash
Queen Nitocris. Is that thing sneaking up behind you a creature of the desert?

Nitocris
!?

???
GuZbuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Nitocris
I don't recall ever seeing such a demonic beast!
Destroy it, Player's Name!

--BATTLE--

Nitocris
Where did those beasts come from? I've never seen or heard of anything like them...

  1. They were... octopuses...  2. We're just as surprised.
  Select: They were... octopuses...

  Select: We're just as surprised.

Da Vinci
Hmm. Maybe we're the ones who lured them out, seeing as how we're... er...

Da Vinci
(We shouldn't say we're from Chaldea.
Nitocris isn't exactly an ally, after all.)

Nitocris
Seeing as how you're... what?

Da Vinci
Oh, seeing as how we're just traveling performers, carrying rare goods! Of course things like that would come after us!

Nitocris
...How suspicious. It's clear that you aren't subjects of the Sun King, but...

Nitocris
Where exactly are you from? Are you mountain people, or citizens of the Holy City?

Nitocris
And besides, what exactly is a Master? I heard the pharaoh mention that term a few times...

Mash
You're a Servant, but you don't know what a Master is?

Mash
Even if you were summoned by the Singularity... the Holy Grail, you should have at least some knowledge as a Servant.

Nitocris
I was summoned by the great pharaoh—
the Sun King Ozymandias.

Nitocris
He ordered me to work for him.
That's all I need to know.

Nitocris
I don't know what it means to be a Servant.

Nitocris
I'm a pharaoh first and foremost. Being a Heroic Spirit comes second.

Da Vinci
So that name comes up after all... Okay, this'll be a long story. Let's talk while we walk!

Da Vinci
Queen Nitocris. You're in charge of these sandstorms... Well, not just them, but the protection of the desert as a whole.

Da Vinci
You haven't been given any other knowledge at all.
Am I correct in assuming this?

Nitocris
I wouldn't say none at all. I am aware of the state of the war.

Nitocris
Pharaoh Ozymandias rose to power not long after being summoned to this era.

Nitocris
This territory of Egypt is proof of that. The pharaoh saved his subjects that were summoned together with the land.

  1. Subjects were summoned with the land?  2. Territory of Egypt?
  Select: Subjects were summoned with the land?
Nitocris
That's right. Likely due to the pharaoh's great power. Nitocris
For normal Heroic Spirit summons, it's only the individual... the hero themselves. However, Pharaoh Ozymandias was different. Nitocris
In his case, he is the nation. When he appears, it is only natural that his lands would also be restored.
  Select: Territory of Egypt?
Nitocris
That's what I said, yes. Is there an issue? Did you enter this place without even knowing what it was? Da Vinci
Yes, be lenient with us. With the sudden sandstorm, we had to keep moving forward. Da Vinci
We couldn't help it. There weren't any border lines, and we were suddenly in Egyptian territory. Nitocris
...

Nitocris
...Anyway. The pharaoh showed us his right to rule as king.

Nitocris
However, there were some who opposed him. They were the indigenous—the Saracen mountain people...

Da Vinci
And the citizens of the Holy City you mentioned.
The people of Jerusalem, right?

Nitocris
—Wait a second.
Did you just say Jerusalem?

Mash
Your Majesty?

Nitocris
...Who exactly are you, really, mentioning Jerusalem after all this?

Nitocris
That doesn't exist anymore!
The Holy Land was destroyed!

Nitocris
All those who live in this land already know that!

  1. What's that supposed to mean!?
  Select: What's that supposed to mean!?

Nitocris
I thank you for saving me. However, this is a different issue altogether!

Nitocris
I knew I couldn't allow you to enter the great temple! Your actions will be what decides that!

Nitocris
Come, envoys of the king!
Ascertain the truth of these people!

Mash
Your Majesty! ...Master, Queen Nitocris is getting ready for battle!

Nitocris
No, I won't fight. That's the least I can do to pay you back. They will be the ones to test you.

Nitocris
...You have a choice before you. Live in this land and dedicate yourselves to the Sun King. Or you may refuse.

Nitocris
Refusal means that the wastelands of death will be your final resting place. Either that, or the Lion King's...

Nitocris
No. No, that will not happen. Fate converges upon our king, Ozymandias!

Nitocris
O great lion-bodied beasts, bestow a trial upon them! Show me the truth they stand by!

Da Vinci
Hm. The kings of Egypt, the pharaohs, had a different level of authority than the kings of other nations.

Da Vinci
They were worshipped as gods that rule over men, and they flaunted their power as such.

Da Vinci
A living god is the most suitable term. However—Queen Nitocris... I feel a little sorry for her.

  1. ...She's too nice?  2. ...She's too much of a normal person?
  Select: ...She's too nice?

  Select: ...She's too much of a normal person?

Da Vinci
Yes, exactly. The sphinx's power is being kept to about 10%.

Da Vinci
This may be convenient for us, but living as a pharaoh like this must be harsh for her.

Nitocris
Save your secret talks for later! Now is the time for you to prove your innocence!

--BATTLE--

Mash
We did it, Master! The sphinx is retreating into the sky!

  1. Good work, Mash!  2. You did well, Mash!
  Select: Good work, Mash!

  Select: You did well, Mash!

Nitocris
(...I'm surprised she managed, with such a weak body... Upon closer inspection, her hands and legs are still trembling...)

Mash
Queen Nitocris!
The sphinx has let us go!

Mash
Is this the end of your so-called trial!?

Nitocris
—Yes, very impressive! Your strength has been recognized by the Sun King!

Nitocris
In that case, my guidance is unnecessary!
Fear not, and pass through this storm!

Nitocris
The king's benevolence will be your light, and welcome you! Farewell!

Mash
Oh... She's gone...

Da Vinci
That just means she decided to draw the line. She probably thought she'd get too attached if she stayed any longer.

Da Vinci
Still, this means we're safe now. The other sphinxes around us won't attack.

Da Vinci
As she said, we should cut through the storm. It's finally time to confront the truth—

Da Vinci
About what exactly is going on in this Singularity.

Mash
I see the silhouette of the temple! I don't know for certain, but this should be the last hill!

Mash
...The wind is strong!
Master, be careful! Stay behind me!

Mash
I'll deploy my Noble Phantasm and go straight through! If we... If we can just get past here, we'll... Huh?

Mash
...

Da Vinci
...

  1. What an awesome temple!  2. What's that ridiculous structure!?
  Select: What an awesome temple!

  Select: What's that ridiculous structure!?

Mash
It's like a floating city on a sea of sand! What a feat of engineering... You can tell just by looking at it!

Mash
So that's the palace of the Sun King Ozymandias—
The legendary shining temple complex, Ramesseum Tentyris!

  1. Yup, yup... Who's that?  2. Hm, hm... What's that?
  Select: Yup, yup... Who's that?

  Select: Hm, hm... What's that?

Da Vinci
Oh, right. Roman always gives a lecture at times like this.

Da Vinci
The Sun King Ozymandias. Or originally, Ramesses II. The greatest, most powerful pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

Mash
Yes, a true pharaoh among pharaohs who called himself the God King. He brought great prosperity to Egypt around 1300 BC.

Mash
It's not unusual for pharaohs to see themselves as gods, but even then, the Sun King was always the one closest to the sun.

Mash
He was also known as a great architect.

Mash
So great that it's even said he proclaimed,
“All temples on this earth were built by me.”

Mash
If that's true, he may be linked to the story of humanity's oldest dynamo, the Dendera light system.

Da Vinci
He is also called the Construction King as well. That great temple is likely one of his Noble Phantasms.

  1. That's amazing.  2. So Nitocris didn't make the furniture...
  Select: That's amazing.

  Select: So Nitocris didn't make the furniture...

Mash
Let's go inside! This is my first time visiting an Egyptian building!

Fou
Foooou!

Da Vinci
I don't see anything blocking our way.
The inside seems rather cool, too.

Da Vinci
However, Mash, there's something I want to confirm first. Any transmissions from Roman?

Mash
Oh... I'm sorry, I got carried away. Our connection to the Doctor hasn't been restored yet.

Da Vinci
As expected. This proves my hypothesis.

Da Vinci
Player's Name, Mash. The Rayshift brought us to the 13th-century Middle East.

Da Vinci
That's for certain. However, this isn't entirely 13th-century Earth. My staff can measure magical energy, and...

Da Vinci
The quality of magical energy has changed since we came here. The magical energy here is much older.

Da Vinci
Nitocris said that this is the territory of Egypt.
She wasn't just speaking of our location.

Da Vinci
This desert is from the BC era.
I have no idea why, but—

Da Vinci
In this Sixth Singularity, the world ruled by Ozymandias has been transported over entirely.

Da Vinci
Space-time itself is in disarray.

Da Vinci
That's the reason why we couldn't Rayshift to Jerusalem, and why we can't contact Chaldea now.

Mash
No way... Then the Sixth Singularity isn't the Holy Land, but this desert?

Da Vinci
Hmm... Can't say for sure yet. What I do know is that this Egyptian territory is like a foreign body in this world.

Da Vinci
In addition, according to my measurements, there is another location in this territory where space-time is distorted.

  1. Even more distorted than the desert?  2. Like a foreign body inside a foreign body?
  Select: Even more distorted than the desert?

  Select: Like a foreign body inside a foreign body?

Da Vinci
Yes, that's a good way to put it. This is just a hunch, but it might be the key to our search.

Da Vinci
I'm curious as to exactly what it is... But in any event, we should solve the mystery right in front of us first.

Da Vinci
Let's head to the great temple of Ozymandias!
If legends are true, he should be a fussy, handsome boy!

Ozymandias

Mash
(Senpai, we were given VIP treatment right upon entering the temple, and brought straight to the throne room, but—)

Mash
(This tanned man rubbing his eyes on the throne...
Could that actually be King Ozymandias!?)

Nitocris
So you've finally come, mysterious travelers!
You're a little late, but I don't mind!

Nitocris
Having overcome the Trial of the Sphinx, you have permission for an audience with the king!

Nitocris
Now, bow down before him!

Nitocris
If you do, His Majesty may awaken from his weariness, and speak to you!

  1. At once!  2. You're King Ozymandias? Seriously?
  Select: At once!
Nitocris
Heh! An excellent sight. I feel as excited as if I had done it myself!
  Select: You're King Ozymandias? Seriously?
Nitocris
H-How rude! Nitocris
Such insolence in the face of the pharaoh, a god upon this earth!

Nitocris
He is the greatest pharaoh. The most courageous, most authoritative pharaoh! He is fit to be a god–

Nitocris
–He is Pharaoh Ozymandias! Subjugator and savior of the land at the end of the world! Our ideal king!

Ozymandias
...How unusual, Nitocris.

Ozymandias
You may be a great bird, but you were never the type to shout in such a loud voice.

Ozymandias
It seems you've taken quite a liking to them.
Haha, how joyous. Truly joyous.

Nitocris
I-I apologize, Pharaoh. To utter your True Name in such a loud manner...

Nitocris
That was something for Your Majesty to do.
...I regret it thoroughly.

Ozymandias
Indeed, the crime for stealing my amusement is heavy. Afterwards, cut off an arm, and place it in a jar.

Nitocris
Yes, thank you for your kindness...

Ozymandias
...Now then. You're the travelers from a foreign nation?

Ozymandias
My name is Ozymandias. I am a god, I am the sun, I am the pharaoh who rules this land.

Ozymandias
That has not changed in the past or the present.
I grew somewhat tired of being called a Rider.

Ozymandias
This small throne is simply one diversion from my boredom.

Ozymandias
Also, above all...

Ozymandias
—I'm quite sleepy now. I feel like an old man who has just awoken from the abyss of death.

Ozymandias
Thus I intend to keep this brief. Listen to my grand voice, and remember from the bottom of your soul...

Ozymandias
You are envoys from Chaldea.
You have repaired five Singularities thus far.

Ozymandias
And now you appear here in the sixth wedge— this Holy Land of sand. I am already aware of all of that.

Ozymandias
If you would question my knowledge, then the answer should now be apparent: I hold the Holy Grail which you seek.

  1. The Holy Grail!  2. Are you... a Demon God Pillar!?
  Select: The Holy Grail!

  Select: Are you... a Demon God Pillar!?

Ozymandias
As if I would side with the King of Mages.
When I descended upon this land, I seized it—

Fou
Fooou!?

Ozymandias
—I seized it from the Crusaders.
It was fitting for a true king such as myself, after all.

Mash
U-Um... King Ozymandias, that's surprising, but, um...

Da Vinci
(Silently nodding in agreement.)

  1. Your head just...  2. Did it just come off!?
  Select: Your head just...

  Select: Did it just come off!?

Ozymandias
—Unthinkable. You must be tired from the trip.
While disrespectful, I will forgive you this once.

Ozymandias
There's nothing wrong with my head.
And now that I have the Holy Grail, I— Whoops.

Ozymandias
... (Silently staring at you with a “Did you see that?” look on his face)

  1. ... (Pretend you didn't see anything)  2. ... (Try to avoid eye contact)
  Select: ... (Pretend you didn't see anything)

  Select: ... (Try to avoid eye contact)

Ozymandias
Nitocris!

Nitocris
Yes! What do you require, Pharaoh!?

Ozymandias
I don't feel well! I'd like to move my body a bit!
Call some fire sprites to wake me up!

Ozymandias
Here I come, Master of Chaldea!
I particularly enjoyed your silence just now!

Mash
Master! For reasons unknown, Pharaoh Ozymandias is gearing up for battle!

Da Vinci
Okay, as expected! This king is a problem child who's always just lived by his own rules!

--BATTLE--

Ozymandias
Heh—that was quite heated for mere amusement. Thanks to that, my head feels better.

Nitocris
Pharaoh, what exactly... No, um, do you intend to punish these people?

Ozymandias
Naturally. Their objective is the Holy Grail.
The Grail now belongs to me.

Ozymandias
That means they will eventually try to kill me. I have no intention of letting them live.

Nitocris
Wha... Are you saying that I personally brought your enemies before you, Pharaoh?

Ozymandias
Indeed I am. However—

Ozymandias
Nitocris. I hadn't told you about the Holy Grail, nor have I shared with you any knowledge relating to this Singularity.

Ozymandias
That was my own blunder. This is not your crime.
That is all because—

Ozymandias
...Hmph. I honestly thought they had perished around the Fourth Singularity. So much for my speculation.

Ozymandias
Good grief— You're far too slow! Slow, slow, slow! There's a limit to how slow one should be!

Ozymandias
O Master of Chaldea!

Ozymandias
Humanity in this era collapsed long before you arrived!

Mash
King Ozymandias...
What exactly does that mean...

Ozymandias
Exactly as I said it. In this era— there should have been a war to claim the Holy Land.

Ozymandias
One side defending, and one side invading. A merciless slaughter between two absolutely incompatible nations.

Ozymandias
At the end, one side would have claimed the Holy Grail, and the Holy Land would have become a seedbed for a Demon God Pillar.

Ozymandias
—That is, if you had arrived in this land just a little earlier.

Da Vinci
But that didn't happen... So that means the war to capture the Holy Land never occurred, correct?

Da Vinci
After all, the Grail is in your possession, King Ozymandias. You were likely summoned by someone on the Crusaders' side.

Da Vinci
And then you naturally opposed them, taking the Holy Land as your own.

Da Vinci
Is this territory of Egypt something you summoned? And is that what caused the collapse of humanity in this era?

Ozymandias
...Who are you?
You seem to be quite knowledgeable...

  1. She's Leonardo da Vinci.  2. She's Da Vinci-chan.
  Select: She's Leonardo da Vinci.
Ozymandias
Oh? I know that name. One of the greatest geniuses in human history. Ozymandias
Yes, yes indeed. It is said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity!
  Select: She's Da Vinci-chan.
Ozymandias
Da Vinci-chan? I don't know of a Heroic Spirit by that name... Ozymandias
However, I can tell by your beauty.
With true beauty comes true knowledge, after all. Ozymandias
Listen, Da Vinci-chan or whatever your name is. I intend to take you as my concubine one day. Plan accordingly.

Da Vinci
No, no, no. My intelligence is only a tiiiiiny bit higher than yours, O great Sun King.

Da Vinci
So? Was my theory correct? Can we assume that you're the Singularity in this era?

Ozymandias
Heh—

Ozymandias
Heh heh, hahahahahaha!
I'm sorry to say you're mistaken, foreign sage!

Ozymandias
Did you think that I, the all-powerful Sun King, would use a poisoned chalice such as the Holy Grail!?

Ozymandias
I am simply the holder and protector of the Holy Grail! I have no interest whatsoever in the Holy Land!

Ozymandias
Therefore, listen carefully.

Ozymandias
The one who turned this era into a unique Singularity, and utterly destroyed all of humanity—

Ozymandias
He sits on the throne in what was once Jerusalem, that sacred city devoid of all hope. ...Which is where you're heading.

Ozymandias
They call him the Lion King... The infamous pure-white Lion King!

--ARROW--

Mash
(Sigh) That sure was a storm of events, Senpai.

  1. Yeah. I don't get it.  2. Yeah. But I didn't hate it.
  Select: Yeah. I don't get it.

  Select: Yeah. But I didn't hate it.

Fou
Fou...

Da Vinci
Yes, yes. To think that after doing battle, we would be treated to an extravagant meal...

Da Vinci
Although, after all of that we were told to leave and essentially chased out.

Mash
...Yes. Thinking back to what King Ozymandias said—

Ozymandias
Guests are to be given hospitality. Obviously.

Ozymandias
We people of the desert never refuse hospitality to travelers. We understand the hardships of long journeys.

Ozymandias
However, don't expect us to reach an accord so easily. You have neither the determination nor the dignity necessary.

Ozymandias
Go and experience the cruel reality of this world. I shall give you one last opportunity after you have done so.

Ozymandias
I am the tyrant who rules this era. I'm sure you will return to take my head eventually.

Ozymandias
At which point, you won't be treated as guests.
You'll be treated as foolish beasts who dare oppose me.

Ozymandias
Now then, I banish you from these Egyptian lands. Seek out the Holy City first. We will have words afterward.

Mash
After that, we were escorted all the way here, still completely dumbfounded...

Mash
I wanted to know more about the buildings and stuff there... The Construction King is so impatient...

Nitocris
Are you still discontent!? Even after the king bestowed precious water and food upon you!?

Mash
Yes, we're very thankful for that.

Mash
If you die a dog's death before leaving the territory of Egypt, I'll lose face—

Mash
That's what King Ozymandias said when he handed all these supplies to us.

Da Vinci
Exactly. He even let us have materials from the temple. He may be a tyrant, but he's certainly generous!

Nitocris
...Of course. The king may be ruthless, but he's generous to the courageous.

Nitocris
Also, it seems the king took a liking to you. Perhaps it was Player's Name's, how can I put it, air? Or aura?

Nitocris
I think it's because your easygoing personality resembles that of an old friend.

Nitocris
However, that was just a one-off.
Pharaoh Ozymandias is a frightening man.

Nitocris
You're fated to die the next time you meet.
...Don't ever forget that.

Mash
...Yes. Thank you for the warning. We're grateful for your hospitality, Queen Nitocris.

Nitocris
I simply repaid my debt. You won't receive anything from me again, either.

Nitocris
...

Mash
Your Majesty? ...Um, do you want to ask me something?

Nitocris
...Not really. It seems I lack determination as well.
Mash, are you afraid of fighting?

Nitocris
You fight bravely, like any Servant would, but I could tell. ...Your true nature, that is.

Mash
...That's...

Nitocris
It's okay. I could sense it's something to be proud about. Although I'm sure Pharaoh Ozymandias would rebuke it as weakness.

Nitocris
However, you're different from me. Despite your fear, you stand and fight, without deceiving yourself.

Nitocris
Hehe. It must be nice to have a Master and to mutually support each other.

Nitocris
This may be an issue considering I'm a pharaoh, but I... I feel envious, just a little.

  1. What are you talking to Mash about?
  Select: What are you talking to Mash about?

Nitocris
It's what you'd call girls' talk!
Don't worry about it!

Nitocris
Anyway, I'll be going now.

Nitocris
Once you leave this territory, you will be in the middle of the land at the end of the world... Be careful.

Mash
There she goes... Riding off on a sphinx...

Da Vinci
Yes, I'm so very jealous. I'd like to try riding a sphinx, at least once!

  1. What are you doing, Da Vinci?  2. Why so rowdy, Da Vinci?
  Select: What are you doing, Da Vinci?

  Select: Why so rowdy, Da Vinci?

Da Vinci
Thanks for asking! It seems that this time we'll have long periods of physical activity.

Da Vinci
So I borrowed some wood from King Ozymandias for... Ta–dah!

Da Vinci
As you can see, I tried making a vehicle for desert travel! I call it the All-Purpose Vehicular Ornithopter Sphinx!

Fou
Fou, foooouuuu!
(Translation: Da Vinci-chan really is an idiot!)

Mash
This is...a buggy, no matter how you look at it!
It's really out of place for the 13th century!

  1. What's going on here!?  2. As expected from Da Vinci-chan!
  Select: What's going on here!?
Da Vinci
Well, technology that is ahead of its time is really hard to pull off successfully. Da Vinci
So I tried making it work using the technological level of this era. Da Vinci
It's all made of wood, but it runs, you know?
  Select: As expected from Da Vinci-chan!
Da Vinci
Yes, naturally!
I'm a genius, after all! Da Vinci
A custom-made vehicle built entirely from wood. It has seven other functions, but we'll talk about those later.

Mash
How great... Yes, how great... Mr. Leonardo! Do we need a driver's license for this!?

Da Vinci
No need, no need at all. Because it doesn't have an engine! It's basically the same as a bicycle!

Da Vinci
Well, since it uses magical energy in place of gasoline, it can only reach speeds of 60 kilometers an hour. But never mind that!

Da Vinci
Now then, pile in everyone!
No more physical activity required!

Da Vinci
Our true destination is about 100 kilometers to the east, waiting for us beyond the desert!

Mash
Roger!

Fou
Fou!

  1. Yay!  2. Yahoo!
  Select: Yay!

  Select: Yahoo!

???
Yeah!!!!

Mash
...

Da Vinci
...

Fou
...Uu?

???
...! Y-

Mash
—I've detected an extra exclamation of joy, Master! We've been surrounded without us noticing!

Mash
I won't let anyone interfere with Senpai's inaugural drive... Eliminating them at full power!

Section 3: To the East

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Mash
We've left the sandstorm! And with the buggy running properly, this is rather pleasant!

Mash
...By the way, are you tired from driving?
If you are, I could swap with you...

  1. I'll never give up the wheel!  2. Time for a player sub, Mash.
  Select: I'll never give up the wheel!
Mash
Please, don't say that. You should go keep Da Vinci company in the back seat. Mash
I'll take the wheel while you do.
I'll pull off a magnificent jump from that hill!
  Select: Time for a player sub, Mash.
Mash
Please leave it to me. You can take a pit stop.
Mash Kyrielight will defend your position in the race!

Da Vinci
Oh, switching drivers? Yes, good. It's dangerous to drive for more than an hour straight.

Da Vinci
Would you like a meal? Or a massage?
We've also got some cold juice...

  1. This thing's TOO convenient...  2. I see you like taking care of people.
  Select: This thing's TOO convenient...

  Select: I see you like taking care of people.

Fou
Fou, fooou!

Da Vinci
Of course. You should already know I'm always aware of what's going on. I'll put together any order with aplomb.

Da Vinci
More importantly, we're almost out of the desert.
You can take the mask off whenever you like.

Da Vinci
The mana density changes past that big sand dune.
We'll no doubt be able to see what this era's original landscape looks like.

  1. ...That's a little scary.  2. You seem to be having fun.
  Select: ...That's a little scary.
Da Vinci
Right, I'm a little uneasy too. My worst expectations always have a way of hitting the mark. Da Vinci
...The reason why King Ozymandias doesn't use the Holy Grail frightens me.
  Select: You seem to be having fun.
Da Vinci
Really? If so, my show of courage must be pretty good. Da Vinci
The Mona Lisa mustn't lose her smile, after all.
I need to smile no matter how uneasy I might be feeling.

Da Vinci
Then again, I suppose my worries will abate soon.

Da Vinci
Once we're out of Egyptian territory, we should be able to contact Romani again.

  1. I suppose the Doctor's worried too.  2. I suppose the Doctor's on the edge of his seat too.
  Select: I suppose the Doctor's worried too.

  Select: I suppose the Doctor's on the edge of his seat too.

Da Vinci
Haha, I'm sure.

Da Vinci
But to be honest, I think this was good.
Romani should have gotten a little break thanks to this.

Da Vinci
He's hardly slept a wink since we started the Grand Order.

Fou
Fou, fou.

  1. The Doctor isn't sleeping?  2. Even if he's just on comms?
  Select: The Doctor isn't sleeping?

  Select: Even if he's just on comms?

Da Vinci
Of course. Chaldea lost over 60 staff in that incident.

Da Vinci
How did you think such a shortage was being filled? Romani's job doesn't just involve health care.

Da Vinci
Operating the remaining equipment, maintaining Sheba, controlling Chaldea's generators, planning operations, handling Rayshifts.

Da Vinci
On top of that, taking care of the mental health of the staff that break down each day... though that's technically his main job.

Da Vinci
Since there are no external supplies, the internal staff have to somehow manage.

Da Vinci
It would take a genius to do all of these things alone, but Romani isn't one. Nor is he a Heroic Spirit.

Da Vinci
He's an ordinary human, and when ordinary humans have that much work, they sacrifice time and stamina.

Da Vinci
When that isn't enough, they push themselves further, using modern medicine to increase mental acuity or ignore fatigue.

  1. I didn't know...  2. I kind of realized it...
  Select: I didn't know...
Fou
Fou...
  Select: I kind of realized it...
Da Vinci
That's okay. It means his efforts didn't go to waste, at least.

Da Vinci
Also, Chaldea communications aren't ordinary transmissions.

Da Vinci
Singularities are both realities and unexplored possibilities. Simply being here is enough to make your existence ambiguous.

Da Vinci
You didn't exist in the 13th century, after all. From the point of view of the world itself, you're an unknown.

Da Vinci
That's why Chaldea has to constantly verify your existence: to make sure your meaning as a person doesn't vanish.

Da Vinci
By certifying that the human named Player's Name is real, your existence at the Rayshift destination is secured.

Da Vinci
Singularities are uncertain. Even if your body exists, some value could deviate from your original self—

Da Vinci
It's possible that this hypothetical, slightly different version of yourself could get projected onto Chaldeas.

Da Vinci
If that happens, you can't return to reality in 2018. That's why they constantly monitor you in the Command Room.

Da Vinci
They check all numerical values, and if something appears to be deviating even slightly, they return it to normal.

Da Vinci
This is a job where the slightest disparity, the slightest sign, can't be overlooked.

Da Vinci
So Romani and the entire Command Room staff give everything they have to support your journey.

  1. ...  2. But Doctor Roman... What he did to Mash...
  Select: ...

  Select: But Doctor Roman... What he did to Mash...

Da Vinci
Ah, what he said before the Rayshift.

Da Vinci
Right. Romani is still an accomplice in Chaldea's experiments. For that, you can be angry with him and have your doubts.

Da Vinci
When I was summoned to Chaldea, the first thing I did was denounce Marisbury and Romani.

Da Vinci
Why am I so angry and scornful? That goes without saying. Because ordinary people shouldn't pretend to be geniuses!

  1. Marisbury?
  Select: Marisbury?

Da Vinci
Oh, you didn't know?

Da Vinci
Marisbury Animusphere. Father of Olga Marie, and former director of Chaldea.

Fou
Fou!?

Mash
Sorry for the sudden brake!
There are signs of enemies ahead, Master!

Mash
They're acting like a wall to block our path!
We need to eliminate them to cross the sand dune!

  1. They dare interfere with our big jump!?  2. Mash! Shield out and punch it!
  Select: They dare interfere with our big jump!?

  Select: Mash! Shield out and punch it!

Mash
Yes, Master! We'll have them get out of the way of our pleasant drive!

Da Vinci
Okay, we're going to cross the sand dune!
Everyone, brace for landing after the jump!

Mash
Going full throttle! Let's fly, Senpai!

Mash
—This is the 13th century Middle East?

Da Vinci
Air temperature 48 degrees Celsius, relative humidity 0 percent, atmospheric mana density 0.3 milligrams...

Da Vinci
...This is awful. This isn't an environment for humans to live in.

Da Vinci
The desert sandstorm was rough, but this is just as harsh... It's exactly as I expected, too.

  1. As you expected?  2. What do you mean?
  Select: As you expected?

  Select: What do you mean?

Da Vinci
This is the King of Mages' work. He created a Singularity by disturbing the Foundation of Humanity.

Da Vinci
As a result, human history has become unstable. Everything up to where the King of Mages crosses history is incinerated.

Da Vinci
Conversely, it meant Singularities themselves were safe from the waves of humanity incineration...

Da Vinci
But if the Foundation of Humanity is this disturbed, even Singularities would be no exception.

Da Vinci
My conclusion is that this land will be incinerated in time. That's the reason why King Ozymandias doesn't use the Holy Grail.

Da Vinci
It makes sense, right? In the end, this land would fall to ruin even without using the Grail.

Mash
That's terrible... What exactly happened in this era?

Mash
Oh no! We're surrounded! They're...

???
Food... They have food.

???
And water... And appetizing women.

???
Heh heh... They must have come running from the Sun King's man-eating beasts... Heh heh, hahahaha!

???
Thank you... Thank you...
Thank you for surviving, for me!

???
Kill, kill, kill!
Meat, meat, meat!

Mash
No way... These people are human!
They aren't Servants, or illusions!

Da Vinci
...Mash, Player's Name. Hit them with nonlethal blows, but only if you can safely do so.

Da Vinci
...They've partially turned into ghouls.
At this point, they're finished as human beings.

Da Vinci
They can only live through hate, envy, and harming others now. They likely won't survive for long, either.

Da Vinci
That's the kind of place this era has become.
We've come here to fix that, to reject such an era.

Da Vinci
To do that, you must wield your sword, Master.
The time has come to discard your innocence.

--BATTLE--

???
Ow... That hurts!
Damn it, damn you—

???
I thought I finally found some good meat...
Damn it, you scum...

???
Why don't you just die, dammit!

  1. ...
  Select: ...

Mash
...The battle's over. I tried my best to use non-lethal force...

Da Vinci
Most of them ran off from the pain, but about 10% of them continued attacking.

Da Vinci
This is what happens when they still have a brain to think, but the only way to stop themselves becomes “death.”

Da Vinci
Facing opponents like that has the effect of turning one heartless, as well—

Da Vinci
You didn't kill a single one.

Da Vinci
Although they all fainted in agony.

  1. ...Sorry.  2. ...Hindsight is 20/20.
  Select: ...Sorry.

  Select: ...Hindsight is 20/20.

Da Vinci
Well, you've still kept it together, that's pretty significant too. I have nothing to scold you about.

Da Vinci
But we need to get moving. There could be more of them lurking about.

  1. By the way, can we leave some food?  2. We still had plenty of supplies, right?
  Select: By the way, can we leave some food?

  Select: We still had plenty of supplies, right?

Da Vinci
Hm! Did you hear that? What do you think, Mash?
I personally oppose it, but what about you?

Mash
Yes, I vote in favor!
That's two votes against one, Da Vinci!

Da Vinci
Very well. It'll only provide temporary peace of mind, but one sip of water can shine light back into one's life!

Da Vinci
Take it, heartless ladies and gentlemen!

Da Vinci
You'll likely have forgotten by tomorrow, but consider this half a day of relief!

???
Ahh... Yeah!
Water, water—!

???
Move, that's mine, that's mine!
I worked the hardest! You all come after me!

Da Vinci
Okay, time to withdraw! Everyone, get in the Sphinx-mobile while we have the chance!

Fou
Fooou!

???
...Hold on.

???
Are you going east?
...Don't tell me, to the Holy City?

Da Vinci
Yes, to the Holy City. Is there a problem?
It's the only city around here, right?

???
...Yeah. The Holy City is the only city.
A land of dreams, where they have everything.

???
The city where the great Lion King, who massacred every Crusader trying to burn this world down, resides...

Da Vinci
(...So the Crusaders really have been eradicated...
But the Saracens have also been driven out?)

Da Vinci
(And “Lion King” again... I thought it was merely a rash remark from the Sun King, but apparently he really exists...)

Da Vinci
(But someone called the Lion King... Hmm, this is getting even more complicated.)

???
...Be careful. Beauty makes things all the more dreadful...

???
...Don't go near the walls. If you don't want to die, go back to the desert!

Mash
Okay... Thank you for the advice!

Fou
Fou, fooou!

--ARROW--

Dr. Roman
Thank goodness, I finally got you on the line!

Dr. Roman
Are you all okay!? Did any unexpected accidents happen again this time!?

  1. Ah, good ol' Dr. Roman!  2. We've managed somehow.
  Select: Ah, good ol' Dr. Roman!
Mash
Yes. This is the kind of entertainment we expect from him.
  Select: We've managed somehow.
Dr. Roman
Oh... You seem really calm, Player's Name... Dr. Roman
I guess a little accident or two isn't enough to surprise you anymore.

Dr. Roman
Anyway, this isn't the time for a casual chat.
I'm glad you're safe.

Dr. Roman
We were constantly able to see Player's Name's signal, but we couldn't establish a connection at all.

Dr. Roman
Sorry we couldn't provide any support for two days. What's the situation over there?

Mash
Right, I'll report the details about what happened so far. After the Rayshift, we—

Dr. Roman
...So that's what happened. Egypt from the BC era is in 13th-century Middle East?

Dr. Roman
No wonder the transmissions failed. We don't have time to recalibrate, so Egypt will be our weak point moving forward.

Dr. Roman
Still, King Ozymandias, huh... Again with the troublemakers showing up.

Dr. Roman
But we should have reliable allies this time.
Ozymandias mentioned a Lion King, right?

Dr. Roman
There's no mistake that he's Richard I. If King Lionheart is there, we should be able to deal with the Sun King.

Dr. Roman
You should meet up with the Crusaders, and try to convince Richard to... What's with that face?

Dr. Roman
Why does it look like you're trying to hold back laughter,
Player's Name?

Dr. Roman
Did I say something funny?

Da Vinci
Hahaha. It's time for Da Vinci to step in.

Da Vinci
Roman, you wanted to hear about unexpected accidents, yes? Then be happy. The Crusaders have already been wiped out!

Dr. Roman
What!?

Dr. Roman
Hold on, I need to say that again.
Wh!?

  1. Is it that shocking?  2. Who's Richard I?
  Select: Is it that shocking?
Dr. Roman
Of course it's shocking! Because—
  Select: Who's Richard I?
Mash
King Richard I of England. Known as Richard the Lionheart for his deeds in the Third Crusade. Mash
The name Lionheart came from his bravery. Even enemy leaders praised him as the greatest knight of all...

Dr. Roman
Argh, anyway, I'll send the data from Chaldea!

Dr. Roman
A picture's worth a thousand words!
You'll know once you look at the Singularity map!

Dr. Roman
See? There's a big city in this Singularity! There's no mistake that the Crusaders have occupied it!

Dr. Roman
Since that's there, it must mean that the Crusaders have taken the Holy Land!

Dr. Roman
This isn't historically correct, but that's how it is now!

Dr. Roman
Yet you're saying that the Crusaders were wiped out!? Then who exactly could be—

Dr. Roman
—Wait, I've picked up traces of life! There's a powerful Servant signature very close to you!

Mash
Understood. Stopping the Sphinx-mobile.
What should we do, Master?

  1. ...Let's hide and watch.  2. ...Sneak... sneak...
  Select: ...Let's hide and watch.

  Select: ...Sneak... sneak...

Intoxicating Smoke
...This is it. Escaping with this many of our brethren is impossible...

Intoxicating Smoke
...How humiliating and regrettable.
It all ends here.

???
...I'm sad. I'm so very sad, Old Man of the Mountain.

???
If you were alone, escaping this dilemma would be easy... However, you have accepted this fate.

???
The frightened people of the Holy Land follow you.
And you remain behind to protect them.

???
If you do not protect the worthless, you suffer the loss of what is worthy... I find that far too sad...

Mash
That's... an Assassin-class Servant and an Archer-class Servant, perhaps?

Mash
They seem to be hostile to each other.
Behind the Assassin are about 40 civilians.

Mash
The Archer, on the other hand... is alone.
Um, Master?

Mash
I can't stop trembling when I look at that Archer...
It hurts my heart—

  1. All right, let's fall back.  2. Let's go help the Assassin.
  Select: All right, let's fall back.

  Select: Let's go help the Assassin.

Da Vinci
They'll notice.

Da Vinci
If they notice, it's over.
We'd be killed by that Archer.

Da Vinci
...That's a “Gift.”

Intoxicating Smoke
...Worthy? You say I have more worth than them?

???
Indeed. Even with my bow, capturing you would be troublesome.

Intoxicating Smoke
...Then we'll make a deal.
If your sense of chivalry is true—

Intoxicating Smoke
I offer you my life. In exchange, allow the people to go free.

???
How noble of you. ...But what exactly do you mean by allowing them to go free?

???
I am not permitted to withdraw... My most sincere apologies...

???
I cannot leave this place until I capture all of you...

Intoxicating Smoke
...Then I will accept your right arm and legs in exchange for my head.

Intoxicating Smoke
For one day, your legs will not move and your right arm will be held in check.

Intoxicating Smoke
My head may be pitiful, but it should be a good match as compensation.

???
Wh-What? Wait, I cannot allow that. If I do, you will...

Intoxicating Smoke
I take that as acceptance—
If so, your pardon!

Intoxicating Smoke
Run, my brethren! Cursed Arm in the east will accept you!

Refugees
Ah... Thank you, thank you so very much!

???
...To sever one's own head... it would be unbecoming of me to do anything but fulfill my side of the agreement.

???
Well done. Very impressive.
—However.

H:Refugees
Huh? Why have I... When did I fall?

H:Refugees
Wait, what... My head... It...
aaaAAA NOOO!?

???
Oh, how sad I am... I did say I cannot allow it...

???
And to force me not to move a single step.
Such conceit.

???
Arrows don't suit Failnaught's bewitched string. Plucking its string creates a blade of sound that severs my enemies.

???
I can cut these bags of flesh with a single breath...
Without taking a single step, without even aiming.

H:Refugees
Aaaahhh! No!
Help, help—!

???
Foolish Old Man of the Mountain. You should have said instead: “Do not move a single finger.”

Mash
How terrible!

  1. Those people aren't even resisting!
  Select: Those people aren't even resisting!

Da Vinci
Endure it. He'll kill us too if we go out there now.

Da Vinci
I'm not exaggerating when I say that Archer is more powerful than the Servants we've come across so far.

Da Vinci
We must hide until he leaves...
Even you can tell he's no friend, right?

Mash
...Yes. That's exactly right, I'm sure...

Mash
...I see no survivors. Everyone... had their heads cut off...

Dr. Roman
...I've got a grasp of the situation.
That Archer... How merciless can you get!?

Dr. Roman
They seemed to be from opposing sides, but still, to cut down civilians like that...

Dr. Roman
What reason was there for it?
Or was he just a homicidal maniac?

Mash
...

Da Vinci
We can speculate later. Player's Name, our turn's come up.

C:???
...Curse you... Curse you... This resentment, I cannot die, even in death!

C:???
Such inexperience—
To misread the cruelty of the enemy!

C:???
I cannot forgive them—I cannot!
This regret, who can dispel such regret—!?

Mash
The Assassin's body—
Is this a vengeful ghost!?

Dr. Roman
No, it's a Shadow Servant!

Dr. Roman
Perhaps due to some affinity for this land, its powerful grudge has remained and animated itself!

Dr. Roman
If left alone, it'll turn into a monster that attacks people indiscriminately! Before that happens, Player's Name!

  1. ...Got it. Let's go, Mash!  2. ...Let's put it to rest.
  Select: ...Got it. Let's go, Mash!

  Select: ...Let's put it to rest.

Mash
...Yes. As a knight, I pray this soul finds peace!

--BATTLE--

Mash
...Spirit Origin Core destroyed. This should do it...

???
Aaargh... Aaaaaargh... Such a shameful display, all the way to the very end...

???
...I thank you for putting me to rest, unnamed Servant.

???
...If you still have kindness to offer...please bury my brethren...

???
...It seems fighting really was the only choice...
Laugh at my inexperience, Cursed Arm—

Mash
That ends this situation...
Master, um...

  1. ...Yeah, let's take a little detour.  2. ...Teach me how to properly send someone off in these lands.
  Select: ...Yeah, let's take a little detour.

  Select: ...Teach me how to properly send someone off in these lands.

Mash
...Yes. We might not be able to do it well, but we can try to give it some sort of meaning.

--BATTLE--

Refugee Woman
Ah, thank you so much.
You've saved us.

Refugee Woman
Not only did you drive away those bandits, but you've escorted us as well...

Mash
No need to thank us. In fact, thank you for telling us the way to go.

Mash
You all live around here, right? Where are you going with such a large group?

Refugee Woman
Why, the Holy City, of course! That's the only safe place now.

Refugee Woman
Invaders came, burned the land, and took the Holy Land...

Refugee Woman
But the great Lion King drove out the unjust Crusaders, and opened the Holy Land to us.

Refugee Woman
We don't know where the king and his knights came from, but we're thankful that they slaughtered those Crusaders.

Refugee Woman
Still, there are some who lament over such a shameless city being built on the Holy Land...

Refugee Woman
However, the teachings of God are eternal. Regardless of what form the city takes, our prayers will never change.

Da Vinci
(...The Crusaders were destroyed by the Lion King?
It sounds less and less like he's Richard I...)

Da Vinci
Does that mean you're refugees heading to the Holy City? Do they allow people of different races to enter?

Refugee Woman
Yes, of course. I hear that the Lion King rejects none.

Refugee Woman
Once a month, the Holy City has a ceremony called the Ritual of Holy Selection in which they accept refugees.

Refugee Woman
If you can reach the Holy City by that day, you won't have anything else to worry about.

Refugee Woman
We were wondering about going ourselves, but then our village was burned down...

Mash
I see... I'm sorry to hear that. Is this everyone from the village?

Refugee Woman
No, only about half... There were some in the village who think ill about the knights residing in the Holy City...

Refugee Woman
They headed to the mountainous region. There's a village there.

Refugee Woman
But... that region is a desolate land.

Refugee Woman
If one wishes to survive in this land, the Holy City is the only real option...

Dr. Roman
Thanks for collecting information.
It looks like the refugees went on ahead.

Da Vinci
Yes. If we stay together, we'll stand out too much.

Da Vinci
We still don't understand the full situation, so it's better to act in secret for a while longer.

  1. The buggy only fits three, anyway.  2. It would be bad if we came across a Servant.
  Select: The buggy only fits three, anyway.

  Select: It would be bad if we came across a Servant.

Mash
...That's right. And we still can't tell who's friend or foe in this situation.

Mash
King Ozymandias of Egypt... The Holy City and the Lion King residing there...

Mash
And finally, Servants in skull masks... Ones we've already crossed paths with twice. They all seem to be Assassins...

Dr. Roman
Considering the era, those wearing skull masks would naturally be from the “Old Man of the Mountain” assassination group.

Dr. Roman
This is their home territory. In fact, the term “assassin” is derived from their group.

Mash
The Sun King, the Lion King, and a group of Assassins... Does this mean it's a three-way deadlock?

  1. Lion beats Sun, Assassin beats Lion...  2. No, I doubt that.
  Select: Lion beats Sun, Assassin beats Lion...
Da Vinci
And Sun beats Assassin?
Hmm, I don't really think so.
  Select: No, I doubt that.
Da Vinci
Exactly! Nitocris and Lucius mentioned something strange, after all!

Da Vinci
This is just speculation, but it all fits: the Sun King and the Lion King have formed a non-aggression pact.

Da Vinci
Remember, Lucius said that the Holy City knights would have no reason to abduct Nitocris.

Da Vinci
The one who rules this land is most likely the Lion King. The Egyptian territory is an independent, separate nation.

Da Vinci
Hence we can assume that the kings have formed that pact.

Da Vinci
Though they oppose each other, they don't fight... It's a cold war.

Da Vinci
Perhaps the mountain people, the group of Assassins, can't tolerate that and carry out resistance activities.

Dr. Roman
...I see. I'm getting a general grasp of the situation.

Dr. Roman
First, like the refugees, you should head to the Holy City. There are some things we need to ascertain.

Dr. Roman
First, who are these knights who destroyed the Crusaders? And second, how are things there now?

Mash
Yes. King Ozymandias said that the Holy City is the source of the Singularity.

Mash
We need to go and see if that's the truth!

Section 4: The Wailing State

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Dr. Roman
Amazing... What a citadel. This is the heart of this era, the area where the Holy Land was.

Mash
Such massive white walls, as if to reject anything foreign... That's... the Holy City?

Da Vinci
It seems so. Although it's already completely nighttime now...

Da Vinci
Take a look over there at the center of the wall...
That's the Holy City's main gate.

Da Vinci
A bunch of refugees have gathered there... Somewhere around a thousand people, perhaps?

Dr. Roman
They're probably waiting for that Ritual of Holy Selection. Perfect timing. You should go along with them.

Dr. Roman
As long as you're inside the Holy City, there should be an opportunity to see the Lion King.

Da Vinci
Sounds good. I suppose I'll fold up the ornithopter now.

Da Vinci
Driving up in a car would draw unwanted attention—
Who's there? You, peering at us from behind that rock!

???
Heh heh heh... What a beauty we've got here. Did you come from the desert? Those are some expensive-looking clothes.

???
It looks like you're here for the Ritual of Holy Selection.
I won't think ill of you. You should turn back.

???
Of course, that'll be after you drop all your possessions. Don't worry, I'll pay you 10% of the market value.

???
...Man, thanks to the Lion King I can just wait out here, and suckers like you show up one after another.

Da Vinci
I see, you're a scammer trying to take advantage of refugees. I shouldn't say this, but that's pretty efficient!

Da Vinci
However, I can't allow a business to prey upon the weak!

Da Vinci
Player's Name, go right ahead and discipline them!

  1. Leave it to me!  2. You be careful too, Da Vinci!
  Select: Leave it to me!

  Select: You be careful too, Da Vinci!

--BATTLE--

???
Ugh, I give up! I surrender, I surrender!
My life isn't worth giving up for chump change!

Da Vinci
For a thief, you know pretty well when to quit. By the way, that accent... Are you a Muslim merchant?

???
Huh? I sure haven't heard that recently. Until a little while ago there were people like that everywhere.

???
There were quite a number of us around! We even did good business with the Crusaders.

???
But after the Holy City was built, the Lion King's aides crushed us in an instant.

???
I'm pretty quick-witted, though. I bowed down before them, and they let me live.

???
By the time I raised my head, everyone else had theirs chopped off! Isn't that just a laugh?

Mash
...That's terrible. They killed all the local merchants?

???
Here's our chance! You let your guard down, knight girl! Everyone, scatter!

Merchants
Yeah! On our way, Boss Saruhan!

Da Vinci
Ah, hey wait! We want to hear more details!

E:Saruhan
If you want me to talk, pay up! ...Or so I'd like to say, but you're all pretty scary, so I'm not making deals!

E:Saruhan
See you, weird ...But I was serious when I warned you to turn back.

E:Saruhan
This is for your own good. If you want to stay human, don't go near that castle.

Mash
...The group of thieves has retreated.
Should we pursue them, Master?

Da Vinci
That won't be necessary. Besides, it would be difficult to catch them.

Dr. Roman
Right. They were saying some disturbing things, but we have no choice but to jump into the lion's den.

Dr. Roman
Also, they were locals. I didn't detect any sort of Servant response.

Dr. Roman
Although they could be like Jekyll back in London, mixed in from a different era.

Mash
I see. Despite not being Servants, they were pretty strong...

Da Vinci
Hmm. They said they were merchants, but they might have been soldiers.

Da Vinci
Well, that's none of our concern. Anyway, let's hurry to the Holy City. Looks like something might happen soon.

Dr. Roman
Yeah, everyone be careful. Hide yourselves under cloaks, and do your best not to stand out!

--ARROW--

Mash
...We managed to slip in. Then again, we are at the edge of the refugee group and the furthest from the main gate...

Dr. Roman
...I'm sure you've noticed, but I'll report anyway. There are highly concentrated magical energy signatures around you.

Dr. Roman
They're encircling the refugees. Can you visually confirm this, Mash?

Mash
...Yes. They're from...

Mash
It seems to be the knights who came out of the Holy City. They're silently guarding the refugees...

  1. It's suddenly daytime!?  2. Sorry, did I doze off!?
  Select: It's suddenly daytime!?
Mash
Yes, this isn't an illusion!
What exactly could this be—
  Select: Sorry, did I doze off!?
Mash
Senpai, that's not it!
The sun suddenly rose!

Refugees
...What's going on? How did the sun rise without anyone noticing?

???
Calm yourselves.
This is a miracle from the Lion King—

???
A Gift he bestowed upon me with the words, “May the sun always bless you.”

Mash
Master, a knight just appeared from the main gate. That's—that man is—

Refugees
Sir Gawain! Sir Gawain of the Knights of the Round Table! The ceremony's starting! We can enter the Holy City–!

Dr. Roman
They've started admitting the refugees!? But I've detected an enormous Servant signature!

Da Vinci
...This is terrible. I can't believe it! How could something like this happen?

Dr. Roman
...Leonardo? What's wrong? You aren't acting like yourself! What exactly is going on there!?

Da Vinci
Player's Name, Mash. We need to get away from here. Now.

Da Vinci
We can still make it. They call this Holy Selection?
That's the wrong word. They're—

Gawain
Everyone, I thank you for gathering here in the Holy City of your own accord.

Gawain
Humanity's time has ended and this small world is marching toward ruin.

Gawain
His Majesty has cast judgment. There is no place for people to live on this earth, in any land.

Gawain
That is, with the exception of our Holy City of Camelot.

Gawain
Our Holy City is a complete, perfect, pure-white, millennial kingdom. Beyond this gate awaits an ideal world.

Refugees
Wow! So the rumors were true!

Refugees
The Knights of the Round Table... How divine... Despite being foreign knights, their radiance is real...

Gawain
Thank you. I'm sure you underwent a long, difficult journey to arrive here.

Gawain
Our king accepts any and all people, of all races and religions, without exception.

Gawain
—However, before that, you must receive his pardon.

Refugees
There's someone on top of the main gate!?
Ahh, that's—!

???
—There are few who can be led to the end of this world.

???
The roots of humanity rot and fall.

???
And thus, I must choose. Those souls who are clean of filth. Those souls uncorrupted by any and all wickedness.

???
—Those people born of eternal, immovable purity.

Refugees
—Huh? What's this light!?
—It's so bright, but it's not blinding at all!?

Refugees
—Hey, are you shining?
—Mommy, you're all shiny!

???
The Holy Selection is over. Allow only those three to enter. Go and collect them, Sir Gawain.

Gawain
...As you wish.

Gawain
Everyone, I'm most sorry. However, this is all done to preserve the world of man.

Gawain
The king has ordered your purification.
Now—your Holy Punishment begins.

Enforcement Knight

H:Refugees
What the... Y-You're joking, right? Wait, why are you drawing your swords?

H:Refugees
Stop... Stop, stop, stop!
Please, don't kill me, don't kill me!

Mash
They're in a panic! The refugees...
The knights are attacking them!

Da Vinci
But they can't escape. They're completely surrounded. The knights of the Holy City intended to do that from the get-go.

Da Vinci
...If it's just us, we can make it out of here. Player's Name... You understand this, right?

  1. Yeah, we'll open a path for everyone!
  Select: Yeah, we'll open a path for everyone!

Mash
Yes! It doesn't matter where, we just have to break a hole in the knights' circle!

Mash
Master, please provide magical energy!
I most certainly won't lose!

Da Vinci
...Oh dear. I already know how this is going to turn out.

Da Vinci
Well, I suppose I can't help it. Now that I think about it, I'm just a little too universal.

Dr. Roman
Leonardo?

Da Vinci
Oh, just talking to myself! I agree with Player's Name as well!

Da Vinci
Even if we can't save a thousand, we can save a hundred! Let's break through the encircling knights!

--ARROW--

Mash
Enemy group eliminated!

Refugees
Wait, are they fighting each other!?
Well, who cares, thanks!

Refugees
Everyone, this way!

Fou
Fou, fooou!

Mash
We did it! Even if it's just a bit, we've disrupted the enemy circle.

Mash
Now the gathered people can...

Enforcement Knight
...

Mash
The fallen knights are vanishing. What exactly are they?

Dr. Roman
Their magical responses show they are human, but also close to Heroic Spirits.

Dr. Roman
They're like living weapons, forged using powerful spells.

Dr. Roman
This...isn't the work of a human being... Is that Lion King really a Heroic Spirit!?

Enforcement Knight
Report to Sir Agravain.
We're being obstructed by Servants.

Enforcement Knight
Even Heroic Spirits are no exception.
Those sentenced to Holy Punishment are unneeded.

Dr. Roman
I've detected multiple enemy reinforcements! Enemy signatures are rushing straight to your position!

Dr. Roman
You've done enough! Escape! At this rate, they'll overwhelm you with sheer numbers!

Mash
But... if we don't fight, the refugees will...

Dr. Roman
What!? I've confirmed a magical energy signal from another direction!

Dr. Roman
This—looks like others have started fighting!
You're hitting the west, and someone is hitting the east!

Dr. Roman
This should reduce your burden a little!
Da Vinci!

Da Vinci
Got it! We'll hold out to our limit! Let's go, Player's Name!

--BATTLE--

Enforcement Knight
You've been chosen. Come, now enter the Holy City.

Refugee Woman
Stop, let me go! Ahh... Rushd, Rushd!

Refugee Woman
Open your eyes, Rushd! How terrible of you, to strike a child!

Refugee Child
Ugh... Ngh...

Refugee Woman
If you'll take me, take my child as well! I can't leave him on his own!

Enforcement Knight
That child was not chosen. Forget him. Your body no longer belongs to you.

Enforcement Knight
There are no exceptions. Such affection is not permitted. The ideal soul is not allowed to enjoy human freedoms.

Refugee Woman
I'll obey the Lion King! I'll do anything! Just let my child stay with me!

Refugee Woman
I'll make sure he behaves! I'll tell him to pray day and night to the Lion King as well!

Enforcement Knight
...No. You people won't discard your own god. Even a young child cannot.

Enforcement Knight
Your fervent faith is respectable. That gives your life value.

Enforcement Knight
He can sleep along with his faith. Your child has been chosen by your god for this.

Refugee Woman
Ahh— Stop, stop it—
At least spare my child!

Enforcement Knight
...How foolish. You shield your own child?

Refugee Child
Huh... Mommy? What's wrong? Is it morning already?

Refugee Woman
Ahh... Rushd... I'm so glad. You're my hope... My life...

Refugee Woman
May you live...a long and...happy life...

Refugee Child
Mommy, are you crying? Did something sad happen?

Refugee Child
You're such a crybaby sometimes. And you're hugging me too tight... It hurts...

Refugee Woman
......

Enforcement Knight
Chokhmah 2 here. Confirmed drop-out of one chosen. Vitals have ceased. Those that cannot gauge their own value have no right entering the Holy City.

Enforcement Knight
Will resume the Holy Punishment after disposing of the child. End of report.

Refugee Child
...Mommy? Who are those people? Are they your friends?

Refugee Child
Aaaah!?

Enforcement Knight
Blasphemous. To even compare a knight to a drop-out like her...

Enforcement Knight
That mother earlier... She must have been chosen by mistake. Mountain scum like this mother and child will be judged—

Mash
Uu-aaaaaaaah—!

Mash
Argh... Ugh... Hah, hah... Enemy knight eliminated!

Mash
But, but... I could see it happening, but I couldn't make it in time...

  1. Mash, watch over that child!  2. ...Take him and run, Mash!
  Select: Mash, watch over that child!

  Select: ...Take him and run, Mash!

Mash
Yes! I'll do everything I can to protect him!

Dr. Roman
This is the point of no return! If you get any closer to the gate, there's no going back!

Dr. Roman
You need to break through from the west! You can still make it from there!

Gawain
That hope will not be fulfilled... Your lives end here.

Mash
—!

Gawain
An impressive uprising. It seems there were still fighters amongst the heretics.

Gawain
However, that ends now. Causing disorder at the Holy City gate is a sin worthy of death.

Gawain
I am Gawain, a Knight of the Round Table. As one entrusted with the responsibility of delivering Holy Punishment, I shall judge you.

--ARROW--

Gawain
I am Gawain, a Knight of the Round Table. As one entrusted with the responsibility of delivering Holy Punishment, I shall judge you.

Dr. Roman
Sir Gawain! He's the one called the Knight of the Sun and wields the second sacred sword!

Dr. Roman
There's no more doubt about it!

Dr. Roman
It was King Arthur's knights, the Knights of the Round Table, who annihilated the Crusaders and built a Holy City upon the Holy Land!

  1. The Arthur we met in Singularity F!?  2. The Arthur we met in London!?
  Select: The Arthur we met in Singularity F!?

  Select: The Arthur we met in London!?

Dr. Roman
No, this one's different.

Dr. Roman
The Spirit Origin output observed from that Servant just now was far beyond that of King Arthur in our data!

Dr. Roman
That's not even in the realm of a Servant! How did King Arthur become such a monster!?

Gawain
It seems you have a mage using a far-seeing spell... Then, you must be the defenders of humanity.

Gawain
“When the foreign star shines, the bond of the white wall crumbles, the king's power wanes, and the divine tower falls.”

Gawain
...How unfortunate. If our meeting was of a different nature, we may have found a path of coexistence.

Dr. Roman
Magical energy response has multiplied several times over! Gawain intends to fight!

Dr. Roman
Gawain is the wielder of the sister sword of Excalibur, a Noble Phantasm second only to King Arthur's...

Dr. Roman
Not only that, but it's daytime now, right!? In that case, you have no way to win! Get out of there!

  1. What's wrong with it being daytime!?  2. He's three times as powerful during the day...
  Select: What's wrong with it being daytime!?
Mash
Sir Gawain is a knight blessed with the Numeral of the Saint... During the day, his power is three times greater... Mash
According to legend, none could defeat him under the sun! Sir Gawain is invincible during the day!
  Select: He's three times as powerful during the day...
Dr. Roman
Right, the Numeral of the Saint strengthens his body! During the day, Sir Gawain is invincible!

Gawain
—You cannot escape. It's already impossible for you to withdraw on your own.

Gawain
You opened a way for the refugees to escape, then set foot into enemy lines to save that child.

Gawain
This is the price you must pay. Weren't you prepared for this to happen?

Mash
It's no good, we can't retreat!
We're entering combat, Master!

--BATTLE-- --ARROW--

Mash
It's no good, Master! Our attacks are meaningless against him during the day!

Da Vinci
On top of that, he's holding back on us. He isn't even using his Noble Phantasm.

Gawain
Oh? It seems one of you is taking it easy as well. Of course, I do not intend to use my sacred sword.

Gawain
You are not powerful enough to be worthy. I will dispose of you like the common trash.

Mash
...

Da Vinci
(Have you noticed, Player's Name? Mash doesn't seem very well.)

Da Vinci
(It's not just that her strength is dwindling. Mash is hardly standing up to Gawain at all.)

Da Vinci
(We'll be in real danger if this keeps up. Try to buy some time, just a little.)

Fou
Fou, fou!

  1. Gawain! Why are you doing this!?  2. Gawain! What exactly is Holy Selection!?
  Select: Gawain! Why are you doing this!?

  Select: Gawain! What exactly is Holy Selection!?

Mash
Master!?

Gawain
Hm. Normally, I would not even deem you worthy of a response...

Gawain
But seeing how you put yourself in danger to shield a woman, I shall answer your question.

Gawain
Master from a foreign land. What is your name?

  1. .
  Select: .

Gawain
Many thanks. Allow me to formally introduce myself, Player's Name.

Gawain
I am Gawain, a Knight of the Round Table.

Gawain
I serve Arthur, the King of Knights, the pure-white Lion King, protector of humanity, and founder of this Holy City.

Gawain
What we seek is the completion of a utopia, untainted and unstained.

Gawain
The only right way for humans to live is to obey the laws of the Lion King, which will create a pure-white millennial kingdom.

Gawain
To do that, we select exceptionally good humans. Those not selected are purged.

Gawain
That is all we're trying to do. We act in accordance with our own justice.

Gawain
You decided to reject that. It may have been on the spur of the moment, but still, you denied the Lion King's Holy Selection.

Gawain
For the king, one mistake is one too many.
...Thus, you must prepare yourselves.

Gawain
You have now made enemies of the Lion King, and the Knights of the Round Table.

Gawain
Whether I defeat you now, or another Knight of the Round defeats you later... Either way, your fate is sealed.

Gawain
I have no intention of causing you suffering. Accept your fate, and let this end quickly.

  1. You don't get to decide!  2. We won't lose to you!
  Select: You don't get to decide!

  Select: We won't lose to you!

Mash
You're being reckless! That won't do, Master!

Mash
Ugh!

Gawain
You're equally reckless. No, I'm certain that disposition is causing grief for Player's Name, as well.

Gawain
You still don't view me with hostility. Why did you even enter the battlefield with such a mindset?

Gawain
You said you'd defend that child. You defeated the Enforcement Knight who killed his mother out of hatred.

Gawain
Yet you don't exhibit the same hostility toward me. Don't you understand? I am the one who killed that child's mother.

Gawain
I ordered this Holy Punishment. I allowed this slaughter to occur.

Gawain
The Enforcement Knight was simply following orders. The enemy you should hate is me, the commander.

Gawain
Someone who doesn't even understand that shouldn't be on the battlefield! Realize how you insult us by being here!

Mash
!!!

Gawain
This is the end! That shield is too heavy of a burden for you to bear!

  1. Mash!
  Select: Mash!

Lucius
You're the arrogant one here, Sir Gawain. Individual beliefs and one's actions on the battlefield are two separate things—

Lucius
You don't have the right to denounce her beliefs. All the more if you've fallen to such heresy.

Gawain
Wh-What? You... You're...

  1. Lucius!  2. Silver arm guy!
  Select: Lucius!

  Select: Silver arm guy!

Lucius
Save the greetings for later! Devote your attention to the enemy before us!

Lucius
I shall destroy his Gift as a Knight of the Round Table. You have nothing to fear from Sir Gawain.

Lucius
You haven't lost yet. This isn't a matter of sheer power. This is a matter of how one lives their life.

Lucius
...I had my own issues as well.

Lucius
To crush the strong, and aid the weak. That decision is always correct, more than any other.

Lucius
In that case, this radiance is for you, Player's Name.
—Switch On - Airgetlám!

Gawain
Impossible! Unbelievable! Why are you here!? And more importantly—

Gawain
Sir Bedivere! You are a Knight of the Round Table! Do you intend to commit treason against your king!?

  1. What—  2. [[#Come again[line 6]!?|Come again[line 6]!?]]
  Select: What—

  Select: Come again[line 6]!?

--BATTLE--

Gawain
You brushed aside my Galatine!? Impossible, are you saying that's the true arm of Nuadha!?

Bedivere
Ugh... Arghhhhh!

Mash
This smell— Wait, are you burning!? Not just that arm, but inside too!?

Bedivere
Don't mind me, hurry! Now's the chance to escape!

Da Vinci
That's our intent! I defeated the enemies behind us while you were fighting, Lucius!

Da Vinci
Let's go, Player's Name! It's not worth the energy fighting Gawain during the day!

  1. Got it!  2. As expected of Da Vinci!
  Select: Got it!

  Select: As expected of Da Vinci!

Mash
Yes, what a reliable, universal Servant!
Luc–I mean, Mr. Bedivere! Come with us!

Bedivere
Huh... Whoa!?

Bedivere
Y-You're quite strong there, milady! To carry that shield and also pick me up at the same time...

Mash
Master, please take this child!

  1. Leave him to me!  2. Sure!
  Select: Leave him to me!

  Select: Sure!

Da Vinci
Now everyone, shield your eyes, and brace for impact! Open your mouths, and cover your eyes and ears!

Gawain
!!!

Gawain
Bedivere! Wait, what's the meaning of this!?

Gawain
Why... Why would a knight like you appear on a battlefield like this!?

Section 5: Taking Flight

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Da Vinci
Okay, we've managed to break through the line.
What's the situation, Romani!?

Dr. Roman
The knights' formation has broken in two places, and refugees are escaping through them.

Dr. Roman
I detect about 50 life signs around Player's Name, and about 100 from the other location!

Mash
There are more over there... But none of them can fight back, right!?

Bedivere
...We have to leave them on their own. Considering how far they are, if we tried to join them, we'd all be rounded up together.

Bedivere
The only thing we can do now is escape in different directions!

Da Vinci
Lucius– Bedivere is correct. We need to guard the rear for the refugees here.

Da Vinci
Fortunately, Sir Gawain isn't pursuing us.
Look, the sky has turned back to night.

Da Vinci
I would hazard a guess that he hasn't received orders to leave the gate and give chase.

Da Vinci
Before that happens, we'll use the cover of darkness and get as far away from the Holy City as we can!

Da Vinci
Oh, but before that—

Enforcement Knight
Don't let them escape! Those given Holy Punishment must be purged! They will cause calamity if left alive!

Bedivere
We need to crush these pursuers first!
Are you ready, Player's Name!?

  1. Of course, leave the rear to us!  2. Da Vinci, take the lead!
  Select: Of course, leave the rear to us!
Da Vinci
Wow, you've gotten pretty gallant, Player's Name! Da Vinci
I'll take charge of leading the refugees! Our efforts will be in vain if the refugees end up scattering everywhere!
  Select: Da Vinci, take the lead!
Da Vinci
Yes, good decision, Player's Name!
I won't let you down! Da Vinci
This is such a large group of panicked people after all. Someone needs to take charge here!

Mash
Enforcement Knights are closing in on the refugee group! Engaging!

--BATTLE--

Gawain
Gawain reporting in.
Where is the Lion King, Sir Agravain?

Agravain
The king has gone to sleep.
I already explained the situation.

Agravain
You will be punished later, Sir Gawain.
You are to wait in your manor until then.

Gawain
...How unfortunate. I cannot see the king even in a time like this?

Agravain
Naturally. It is merely the escape of some refugees.
We can handle it ourselves.

Agravain
Or, Sir Gawain, are you saying you wish to trouble our king?

Gawain
...I would never do such a thing.

Tristan
...Looks like there was some misconduct.
This blunder is unfitting of you, Sir Gawain... How tragic.

Mordred
Hah, maybe he went easy on them again?
The Knight of the Sun is such a kind man!

Tristan
That isn't kindness, Sir Mordred.
That is disrespect.

Tristan
It is by the order of the king that the Holy Selection take place. Death awaits any failure, Knight of the Round or otherwise.

Tristan
There is no need to wait for the king's verdict.
Agravain, may I cast judgement on Sir Gawain myself?

Mordred
Hey, that's harsh. House arrest should be punishment enough for him. No need to cut his freaking head off, right?

Tristan
Mordred... This is why I say you don't understand the king's heart...

Tristan
You would wish our king to personally take the head of a Knight of the Round? I am sad... such would indeed be the end of the world.

Tristan
For our king's sake, I must take the life of my friend...
Do you understand, Sir Gawain?

Gawain
A swift decision from Tristan, as expected.
Yes, here in the throne room, my Gift is useless.

Gawain
Go ahead and take my head. The sharpness of Failnaught would do so without doubt.

Tristan
Indeed. I can cut it so cleanly that no blood will spill out. It would be ill-mannered to stain the throne, after all.

Mordred
Hey, wait, are you serious!? You really are!
Hey, stop it, I said stop!

Mordred
Tristan cutting off Gawain's head?
Father would never allow such a thing!

Mordred
“If you are to die, I will butcher you myself!”
I'm sure that's what King Arthur would say!

Agravain
...No, wait. Put down your bow, Sir Tristan.

Agravain
I find it hard to believe that Sir Gawain would meet such resistance from refugees, much less allow their escape.

Agravain
Did something unforseen happen? Circumstances may dictate Sir Gawain's punishment be eased.

Agravain
What say you, Sir Gawain? Were the rebels who attacked you at the gate truly refugees?

Gawain
I have nothing particular to report. There were simply two unknown Servants mixed in with the crowd.

Gawain
Both likely wandered in by the call of the Holy Grail. They are not the kind of Heroic Spirits who could threaten us.

Agravain
I see. Thank you for the clarification.
Sir Tristan, the punishment for Sir Gawain is—

E:???
—What's this ruckus? Have you started a war council for the desert invasion, Agravain?

Gawain
Your Majesty!

Tristan
...

Mordred
...

Agravain
...What's this? To think you would come to the throne room so late at night.

Agravain
Allow me to make a report, my king.

Agravain
Half a year has passed since your rule began.
Our Holy City is more prosperous than ever.

Agravain
Markets are full of bustling voices, wheat grows thick, flowing waterways glimmer, and flowers bloom in the gardens.

Agravain
The sky is perfectly clear and blue, and the desolate winds of famine cannot reach our lands.

Agravain
We know that everything... everything is all thanks to our king's rule.

Agravain
O Lion King, you are revered by all.

Agravain
Your rule must be free of all impurity. This latest disturbance will be treated as a mere mishap.

Lion King
Flattery is unnecessary, Agravain.
I came to hear a report from one of my knights.

Lion King
Now, state your business, Gawain.
I will believe your words.

Agravain
...

Gawain
Yes, Your Majesty. The Holy Selection was carried out correctly.

Gawain
As a result, we discovered three compatible candidates.

Gawain
Two were secured and given a warm welcome as citizens of the Holy City.

Gawain
However... The remaining one was lost.
This was due to my negligence in supervision.

Gawain
I also allowed the refugees to resist, losing 12 Enforcement Knights in the process. The enclosure was broken and over 100 refugees fled.

Gawain
They split up. One group headed to the mountains.

Gawain
The other was sheltered by suspicious merchants.
Their destination remains unclear.

Mordred
Suspicious merchants?
That sounds like Agravain's problem.

Mordred
Does that mean they haven't been wiped out?

Agravain
...It would seem so. Indeed, we still haven't confirmed the death of one merchant leader.

Gawain
That concludes my report. I am prepared for any judgment you may hand down.

Gawain
I already dedicated my life to you—
Please make your decision, my king.

Lion King
I see. Very well then, raise your head, Gawain.
Ah, you may remain on your knees.

Lion King
For you have no need to ever stand again.

Tristan
How... enviable. It may have been but a small amount, but to receive the king's sacred lance...

Agravain
Gawain! Mordred, what happened to Gawain!?

Mordred
Calm down, Agravain.
Let's see...

Mordred
Hah! I'd expect no less from Gawain, the toughest bastard of the Round Table! Hah! Look at him, so pathetic!

Mordred
Not only did he blast through the castle wall, but he was blown out to the Holy City's outer wall!

Mordred
And on top of that, he managed to survive!
But man, it's gonna be a pain in the ass to fix that wall...

Agravain
...He's alive?
Sir Gawain is alive?

Lion King
Hear me, Knights of the Round Table.
That strike was death itself.

Lion King
The fact that he survived shall be considered Sir Gawain's pardon. Are there any objections?

Tristan
...Nobody would ever object to you, Your Majesty. There is, however, one sad thing about all this...

Tristan
Starting tonight, we'll be hearing yet another song at the tavern, extolling praise upon the magnificent Sir Gawain.

Tristan
...How truly sad. The number of songs written about Lancelot or myself hasn't grown at all lately...

Mordred
I said from the start to leave everything to Father. There's no way I'd complain.

Lion King
Mordred. I don't recall granting you citizenship to the Holy City.

Lion King
You are only allowed to stay in the city during the day. Return to your natural domain.

Mordred
Yeah, I'll go back to the wasteland!
Leave guarding the outside to me, Father!

Agravain
...Your Majesty. This may not be my place to ask, but why do you not allow Mordred to stay in the Holy City?

Lion King
Indeed, it is not your place to ask.

Lion King
Do you wish to measure up against Sir Gawain's toughness? Even you, Agravain of Iron, would suffer after one of my blows.

Agravain
Wh-What!? No, I simply thought that stationing Sir Mordred in the Holy City would solidify our guard—

Lion King
Unnecessary. That one has no use beyond roaming the lands outside. Keep them alive until our eventual battle against the Sun King.

Agravain
...I see. Temporary freedom is a great reward, so to speak.

Agravain
Very well, I shall issue the order to pursue the refugees. I'm sure Sir Mordred would be happy to be of use to the king.

Lion King
Also unnecessary. Leave the refugees.
They'll die eventually in the wasteland.

Lion King
The Sun King will soon realize our true intent.
Prepare for the coming battle with him.

Lion King
When the Knight of the Lake makes his triumphant return, we'll settle things with the Sun King. Understand, Agravain?

Agravain
...You still rely on that man...

Tristan
Agravain? Is it really okay not to pursue the refugees?

Agravain
...Of course. This is a direct order from the king.
Still, be that as it may, we cannot ignore the outsiders.

Agravain
If they managed to repel Gawain, they are likely led by the foreign Master.

Agravain
The Master causing a revolt at the gate is hereby considered a rebel. Send pursuers their way, and destroy them.

Agravain
Whatever happens to the refugees accompanying them as a result of that is simply... inevitable.

Tristan
I see. That plan sounds like something you'd do, Agravain. Who will you entrust the mission to?

Agravain
Let me think— Ah, I know of one knight who happens to be free at the moment.

Agravain
Raider Knight Lancelot. Contact him. He should be making his way back to the Holy City.

Agravain
Tell him to pursue the foreign rebels, and that he is not allowed to return to the Holy City until they are dead.

Mash
...No more enemy groups in the immediate vicinity.
We've managed to distance ourselves from the Holy City.

Fou
Fou, fooou.

Bedivere
Thank you. I wouldn't have escaped if it wasn't for your help.

Bedivere
These people would also like to thank you.

Refugee Man
...Yeah. So you're the ones who beat the Holy City's knights... We were watching.

Refugee Man
...Thanks. We are in your debt, but... Sorry.
We can't exactly celebrate right now...

Refugee Man
We can't really express our gratitude... from the bottoms of our hearts...

Mash
...I can understand. It is not exactly an occasion for smiles and laughter after such tragedy...

Refugee Man
...Sorry. Also, this is hard to say, but... how long do you intend to accompany us?

Refugee Man
We're grateful that you're protecting us.
We're thankful, but you, uh—

Da Vinci
You're saying you don't trust us, right?
We're of a different race, we have different goals...

Da Vinci
Furthermore, you can't give us a proper show of gratitude! So, there's no reason for us to escort you, right?

Refugee Man
...That's right. We want to trust you, but at this point...

Refugee Man
So yes, we want to know why you're helping us.

  1. Sorry... It was on a whim.  2. We couldn't stand it...
  Select: Sorry... It was on a whim.
Refugee Man
On a whim? You decided to rebel against the Lion King on a whim!?
  Select: We couldn't stand it...
Refugee Man
Couldn't stand it... Well, I get that... Nobody would be able to stand such a thing...

Bedivere
Excuse me. Would you mind if I made a proposal?

Bedivere
We'd like to continue guarding you.
And for that, we'll request compensation.

Bedivere
Whatever the reason may be, we've all made enemies of the knights of the Holy City.

Bedivere
To survive, we require more cooperation.
Thus, we would like to borrow your strength.

Refugee Man
We'd love to help... But only a few among us can actually fight.

Refugee Man
We have wives and children among us.
To fight alongside you, we would—

Bedivere
No, that's not what I meant.
We'd like you to be our guides.

Bedivere
We need trust to enter the mountainous region to the north. As you can see, some of us are the same race as those in the Holy City.

Bedivere
We can't enter a region controlled by the mountain people. A battle would ensue the moment we tried to.

Bedivere
Combat is the last thing we want.
If possible, we too would like them to shelter us.

Bedivere
However, they have no reason to trust us.
Do you understand what I mean?

Refugee Man
I get it, they'd see that you saved us! Indeed, if so, even the Old Men of the Mountain wouldn't treat you with disdain!

Bedivere
Yes. That would be enough to give us hope.

Bedivere
We will protect you with all our might and escape to the mountains.

Bedivere
After that, we would like you to mediate between us and those of the mountain... Does that sound agreeable?

Refugee Man
Yeah, I can convince everyone if that's the case!
That we can continue to put our trust in you!

Refugee Man
Thank you... Thank you! And thank you for saving us earlier, I mean it!

Refugee Man
Just wait a bit, I'll go talk to everyone!

Bedivere
...That's good. This should unify the group under a common cause, Player's Name.

Bedivere
Oh... I'm sorry! Should I have taken that liberty!?
I ended up speaking on Player's Name's behalf!

  1. No. Thank you for that.  2. You're good at talking, Bedivere.
  Select: No. Thank you for that.
Da Vinci
Geez. You've taken my opportunity to be in the spotlight.
  Select: You're good at talking, Bedivere.
Fou
Fou, fooou! Bedivere
Yes. It seems that was my only merit as one of the Round Table.

Bedivere
Still, I'm sure they need some rest, too.
We've run all this way, after all.

Bedivere
...While I'd love for them to have a good night's rest, we don't have time to spare.

Bedivere
Let's take an hour break here, then head north. We'll force our way through the night to reach the mountains.

Da Vinci
Okay. I'll tell the refugees what you said.

Da Vinci
I'll also treat the wounded, and provide some food. Roman, I'll leave Player's Name to you.

Dr. Roman
Yeah, yeah, leave the difficult verifications to me.
Fine, I'll do it.

Bedivere
...Long-distance communication via Magecraft, hmm?
I heard his voice earlier as well, but...

Bedivere
From his voice, I imagine him to be a delicate man, but strong of heart, with intelligence and a quick wit... Am I close?

Dr. Roman
Hurray, a Servant who finally understands me! To think the day I'd be praised so much would actually come!

  1. You shouldn't spoil this guy.  2. You're kind of airheaded, Bedivere.
  Select: You shouldn't spoil this guy.

  Select: You're kind of airheaded, Bedivere.

Dr. Roman
Wait, this isn't the time for celebration.

Dr. Roman
I'm Romani Archaman of Chaldea.
Just call me Doctor Roman.

Dr. Roman
You must be Lucius... I mean Sir Bedivere, who saved
Player's Name out in the desert?

Bedivere
...My apologies for the false name.
I could not fully trust you then...

  1. It was our first meeting. That's to be expected.  2. To be honest, we suspected you too!
  Select: It was our first meeting. That's to be expected.
Mash
Yes. I'm sure you had your own circumstances, and that doesn't change the fact that you helped us.
  Select: To be honest, we suspected you too!
Fou
Fooou! Bedivere
That's... You're right... I'm sure you did... I'm rather suspicious... Especially with my shining arm...

Dr. Roman
Anyway, now that you've told us your True Name, you've got our full trust.

Dr. Roman
Sir Bedivere. We still don't know your reasons, but the situation is clear.

Dr. Roman
The Holy City is occupied by the Knights of the Round Table, Heroic Spirits of the 5th century related to King Arthur.

Dr. Roman
Those that gathered at the Round Table would naturally become the greatest force in this era. Unfortunately, this time, as tyrants.

Dr. Roman
And you, Sir Bedivere, are one of them.

Dr. Roman
Normally, you'd be a Heroic Spirit that sides with them, and yet you decided to save Mash.

Dr. Roman
...Someone helped Player's Name break the lines of those knights.

Dr. Roman
That was you, right? You concealed yourself and blended in with the refugees...

Dr. Roman
Most likely to enter the Holy City without anyone's notice.

Dr. Roman
But upon seeing Player's Name do battle with the knights, instead of slipping into the city amid the chaos, you joined in.

Dr. Roman
I'm sure it wasn't your intent to clash with Gawain there. But you saved us.

Dr. Roman
You're a hero. And not just that... You're a true hero of justice.

Bedivere
...Who knows? It's true that I was influenced by Player's Name, though.

Bedivere
Lord Magus. As you guessed, I was hiding my identity hoping to enter the Holy City alone.

Bedivere
It was all to have an audience with my king...
To ask why he had resorted to such violent acts.

Mash
...Yes, I still can't believe it either. The Knights of the Round Table are supposed to be a group of righteous knights...

Dr. Roman
Yeah. A shining achievement atop the legend of King Arthur. The proudest and most powerful knights gathered at that table.

Dr. Roman
Why would they do such a thing—

  1. It's just like Ozymandias said.  2. They must have a reason...
  Select: It's just like Ozymandias said.

  Select: They must have a reason...

Dr. Roman
...Hmm. This is just my speculation, but...

Dr. Roman
Originally, the Sixth Singularity would have seen the Crusaders overrun the Holy City, resulting in an endless crusade.

Dr. Roman
...A never-ending war for the Holy Land that would lead to the collapse of humanity.

Dr. Roman
The Crusader army, transformed into a Demon God, would end up doing battle with Chaldea... Or rather, Player's Name.

Dr. Roman
But, as you can see, the Crusaders were defeated before we even arrived...

Dr. Roman
At the hands of King Arthur, striving to defend humanity.

Fou
Foooou...

Dr. Roman
As a result, the Singularity was never repaired.
In fact, the distortion grew even stronger.

Dr. Roman
...The reason being that King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table built their Holy City and took control of this era.

Dr. Roman
They make no effort to save this land as it burns away; they only seek to enrich their own city.

Bedivere
...That's likely the case. It may be true that the inside of the Holy City is a utopia...

Bedivere
However, Servants are mere shadows of their souls. They should not exist on this earth forever.

Bedivere
Heroic Spirits should only exist temporarily.
The earth is for those living in the present.

Bedivere
The wise King Arthur should be fully aware of this...

Mash
...Yes. I hate to say this, but the Round Table has gone mad. The knights are now distorted existences who must be defeated.

Dr. Roman
...So that's why you decided to fight Sir Gawain?

Dr. Roman
By the way, it seems like you knew about Chaldea already. Was Merlin the one who sent you, by chance?

Bedivere
Indeed. I heard all about your situation from him. He told me that those who intend to repair the Singularity will appear.

Bedivere
He said to be on the lookout for a Romani Archaman from Chaldea, and to lend you strength if our interests align.

Mash
Merlin!? By Merlin, do you mean the court mage of King Arthur!?

Bedivere
Correct. He has shut himself away, however, speaking of how his preparations were not yet complete, or something of that nature.

Dr. Roman
Yeah, sounds just like the legend. Merlin should be confined at the edge of Avalon.

Mash
Wait... But... Senpai, I feel like Mr. Merlin—

  1. I feel like we met him before once...  2. Smug... No, I can't remember!
  Select: I feel like we met him before once...

  Select: Smug... No, I can't remember!

Bedivere
...That about explains it all.
I am a knight who arrived here late.

Bedivere
When I arrived, the Knights of the Round Table had taken the Holy Land from the Crusaders and turned it into the Holy City.

Bedivere
...I've come this far to correct their deeds.
Even if it means cutting down my former friends.

Mash
...Sir Bedivere...

  1. We'll fight together.  2. Let's meet the king together.
  Select: We'll fight together.

  Select: Let's meet the king together.

Mash
Yes. We also have a mission to restore humanity.

Mash
The Sun King may have the Holy Grail, but the cause of the Singularity this time is the Holy City—

Mash
As such, we must enter the Holy City, and face the Lion King.

Mash
Isn't that right, Master?

  1. We're running away now, though.  2. It's going to be rough, but we'll manage.
  Select: We're running away now, though.

  Select: It's going to be rough, but we'll manage.

Bedivere
Thank you, both of you. I may not be of too much use, but I look forward to working with you.

Fou
Fou, fou fooou.

Da Vinci
Oh, are you done talking?
Then we should set out.

Da Vinci
I talked to the refugee leader. He said we'll reach the village of the mountain people if we continue north for two days.

Da Vinci
If we can make it, we should be safe for a while.
We can plan our comeback there!

--ARROW--

Da Vinci
How's this drifting!? It's faster not to drift, but cornering like this is more impressive, isn't it!?

Rushd
Awesooome! So fuuuun!

Bedivere
What exactly is Lady Da Vinci doing?
And what exactly is that box-like object?

Mash
That's just a type of vehicle. We're playing with Rushd to try and cheer him up.

  1. Who's Rushd?
  Select: Who's Rushd?

Mash
The child we saved back at the Holy City.
He finally woke up a short while ago.

Mash
However, he was quick to notice that his mother isn't here.

Mash
The others told him she went with a different group, so we've been able to dodge the issue, but...

Dr. Roman
I see, so that's why... Looks like even Da Vinci has a human heart.

Rushd
Mash! You should try this too, it's so fun—!

Mash
Okay!
Senpai, I'll be over there for a bit.

Bedivere
...That boy has a strong will, but so does Lady Mash. We walked for an entire day, but she shows no signs of fatigue.

Dr. Roman
We've been through a lot of fierce battles up to this point.

Dr. Roman
This is the sixth trip for Player's Name and Mash, after all.

Dr. Roman
Looking back, they've visited a lot of different worlds. Isn't that right, Player's Name?

  1. We've conquered land and sea.  2. Crossing the American continent was rough...
  Select: We've conquered land and sea.

  Select: Crossing the American continent was rough...

Bedivere
What? You have done so much!? I was confident of my own travels, but the sea was...

Dr. Roman
The Knights of the Round Table were based in Britain. You didn't have reason to cross the sea.

Dr. Roman
And the era of King Arthur was a time of civil war and ethnic strife. It wasn't really a time for making journeys.

Dr. Roman
...Oh, right. Uh, Sir Bedivere?

Dr. Roman
About that arm of yours... Is that really Airgetlám?

Bedivere
I would hesitate to call it real.
This is an artificial arm given to me by Merlin.

Bedivere
It was a plan he devised. He told me that I would have a difficult time facing the Round Table, seeing as I only had one arm...

Bedivere
So this is an artificial Noble Phantasm of his creation.
A replica of the silver arm used by the Celtic war god Nuadha.

Bedivere
My body can't handle it for long periods of time...
Only short bursts, like you saw.

Dr. Roman
Hm... That technology is amazing. I wonder what kind of raw materials Merlin used to replicate the arm of a Divine Spirit.

Dr. Roman
I bet even Da Vinci's pride is hurt, deep down.

Dr. Roman
I can already imagine her flying into a rage and yelling, “My gauntlet is way better!” Well, it would just be talk though!

  1. That's true.  2. I could have sworn she already said that...
  Select: That's true.

  Select: I could have sworn she already said that...

Da Vinci
Of course, I have no plan to admit my defeat!
That's right, I heard everything!

Da Vinci
Prepare yourself when we get back, Romani. I'll prove that I'm not all talk, with you as my guinea pig.

Dr. Roman
Hahaha. No way, even you couldn't best Airgetlám.
This is Merlin we're talking about. THE Merlin.

Dr. Roman
He's the scummiest of scummy mages that would do anything to win, you know?

Dr. Roman
With your fixation on beauty, there's no way to beat him.

Da Vinci
I would win, and win beautifully. In fact, if I don't, we can't beat the Knights of the Round Table!

  1. ???  2. What's that supposed to mean?
  Select: ???

  Select: What's that supposed to mean?

Da Vinci
Huh? Oh... I let my tongue slip because of you, Romani.

Da Vinci
I didn't want to worry you, but too late now.
Let me do a little explanation!

Da Vinci
Remember what Sir Gawain said?
That he had a “Gift” from the king?

Da Vinci
That's a blessing from the Holy Grail. But I don't mean the Art Graph Grails we're collecting.

Da Vinci
I mean the Holy Grail of the Savior, from Arthurian legends. The Knights of the Round Table are blessed by God.

Da Vinci
Oh, right. You're an exception, Bedivere. To be exact, we're talking about the Knights of the Round Table under the Lion King.

Bedivere
...It would seem so. Those knights are no ordinary Servants anymore.

Bedivere
In terms of divinity, my Airgetlám is about on par...

Bedivere
Without the ability to “sever the Holy Grail,” that Gift cannot be broken.

Dr. Roman
Then, if the Knights of the Round Table decide to show up...

Da Vinci
Only Bedivere would be able to fight them.
But he would reach his limit quickly.

Da Vinci
Isn't that right, Sir Bedivere? How many times can you still fight? Once? Twice?

Bedivere
...What are you implying? I can fight as many times as needed. It would indeed be a bit painful, but still...

Da Vinci
Oh? I see. Well, we'll just leave it at that!

Da Vinci
But I'm a universal genius. A big sister you can rely on,
Player's Name!

Da Vinci
We need to prepare countermeasures against the Round Table, just in case. For that, I'd like to settle down somewhere ASAP.

Da Vinci
If I have a workshop, I can analyze their Gift.
But before that—

Refugees
Aaah!

Da Vinci
Before that, we need to fulfill our task as guards!
Let's go, Player's Name!

--ARROW--

Refugee Man
Just a little further. We'll be in the mountains soon.

Refugee Man
Once we're in the mountains, we can make our way to the village while staying out of sight.

Refugee Man
The eastern village is hidden, sheltered by the mountains. You can't reach it easily without a guide.

Refugee Man
It would be all the more difficult for knights from the plains. Especially when there are wild beasts and thieves up there.

  1. Sounds like we'll make it.  2. Just a little further...
  Select: Sounds like we'll make it.

  Select: Just a little further...

Da Vinci
Ah... Right, I knew it. Of course, there's no way it would be that easy.

Dr. Roman
Leonardo? No, wait. Magical energy signatures are closing in quickly from the rear!

Dr. Roman
I detect four... They're Enforcement Knights! The quickest we've seen so far!

Da Vinci
Yup, they must be vanguard units on horseback. Fast horses at that. Anyway, look just a little further behind them, Romani.

Da Vinci
See that massive response? It's most likely a Knight of the Round Table.

Mash
Ah!

Dr. Roman
Damn it, and you're so close! Anyway, you have to intercept them, Player's Name!

Dr. Roman
The Enforcement Knights will reach the rear of the refugee group in a few minutes! Hurry over there!

  1. Got it!  2. Let's go, Mash!
  Select: Got it!

  Select: Let's go, Mash!

Mash
Yes! We'll attack swiftly, and shake them off our tail, Master!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Enforcement Knights intercepted! Refugees are abandoning their belongings and running for the mountains!

Bedivere
—No good, a second wave is coming!
This speed... Could it be you, Lancelot!?

Enforcement Knight
Sir Lancelot, we've tracked down the enemies.
Shall we wait for the third wave?

Lancelot
No, we attack.

Lancelot
Split the third wave horizontally. Have them surround the refugees while we're in combat.

Lancelot
Our orders are to capture the rebels.
If they do not resist, there is no need to fight them.

Lancelot
Do you understand? This is not the king's orders, but Agravain's. There's no need to work so hard.

Lancelot
Sir Agravain has stated he cannot give us clearance to set foot in the Holy City before this mission is complete.

Lancelot
Unbelievable—

Lancelot
A pathetic trifle, a petty scheme.
Let us quickly deal with this and return to the Holy City.

Enforcement Knight
Understood! Let our flag bear the pride of the King of Knights!

Mash
Enemy units are moving faster! I count 40 total!
They'll catch up to us, Master!

Bedivere
If push comes to shove, then I'll...

Da Vinci
No, you can't possibly handle that many, Sir Bedivere.

Da Vinci
Pity. I'd have let you deal with it if that Round Table knight was alone.

  1. Da Vinci!?  2. What are you doing on the buggy!?
  Select: Da Vinci!?

  Select: What are you doing on the buggy!?

Da Vinci
Hm? This thing?

Da Vinci
The new and improved ornithopter, now with my magical energy collection device in its core... I call it Sphinx Megiddo!

Da Vinci
Basically a self-propelling bomb that charges and explodes in the enemy camp. Its only flaw is the lack of autopilot.

Da Vinci
This should clear those guys out. So, Player's Name, you go with the refugees.

Da Vinci
It's my time to truly shine... Or rather, my final scene, as it were.

Mash
—Um. What do you mean—

Dr. Roman
Oh, come on, Da Vinci. You make it sound like you're going to pilot that thing or something!

Dr. Roman
This thing's got it, right? An autopilot?
I mean, wouldn't that be easier than making a bomb?

Da Vinci
Well, I call it a bomb, but it basically uses my staff and my magical circuits to self-destruct.

Da Vinci
This tactic requires me to be the one driving. That's why there was never a need to develop an autopilot.

Dr. Roman
Are you insane!?
We can't let you do that!

Da Vinci
Now, now... I had predicted this before we reached the Holy City, when we saw that redheaded knight. We can't help it.

Da Vinci
If they catch up to us, this is the only way we can escape.

Da Vinci
So, well, personally, it's nothing much.
Like, my turn has finally come.

Da Vinci
Right, Romani? Servants are actually disposable.
You use them for a day or two, and then get rid of them.

Da Vinci
I just happened to be around a little longer.
Maybe too long, if you ask me.

Da Vinci
I'm leaving the rest up to you. For a chicken, you actually made it this far, right?

Mash
Da Vinci... Don't do it!
Doctor, please stop her!

Dr. Roman
...

Dr. Roman
Well, that's Da Vinci for you. I don't think there's anything I can do to stop her. Why don't you go on ahead?

Mash
Doctor!

Da Vinci
Ahaha! All right, full speed ahead!
I'm gonna blast the entire enemy camp!

Da Vinci
Doctor Roman, Mash, Player's Name... Ci vediamo!

Da Vinci
Don't worry. Genius is immortal!
If I survive this, we will meet again!

Mash
The ornithopter is plunging into the enemy camp—
Contact soon!

Mash
Master! Da Vinci is... Da Vinci is...

  1. ...  2. Let's go back to save her!
  Select: ...
Fou
Fou...
  Select: Let's go back to save her!
Bedivere
We can't! The enemy's third wave is still up!
They split up to flank us!

Bedivere
Don't let her sacrifice be in vain! We'll escape into the mountains before the third wave arrives!

Bedivere
Get a grip, Player's Name!
That Servant entrusted everything to you!

  1. Make your way to the mountains!
  Select: Make your way to the mountains!

Mash
...Yes. We will return... Da Vinci, I promise we'll come back for you.

Lancelot
Sacrificing one's life to buy time... Foolish, yet radiant all the same.

Lancelot
Someone with this much resolve cannot be a simple rebel.

Lancelot
...Hmph. In fact, they were formidable enough to fluster even Agravain, huh?

Enforcement Knight
Sir Lancelot. We have lost only six men, but all of our horses are down.

Enforcement Knight
We will have to pursue on foot...

Lancelot
No. I will be fine, but you will not be able to catch up. Such is the flaw of heavy armor. We need cavalry to traverse this area.

Lancelot
Send word to the fort to our west, and replenish our cavalry. Do not forget to find a guide that knows the mountains well.

Lancelot
...It will be a week until we can return to the Holy City. Get ready to comb the mountains.

Enforcement Knight
Yes, my lord!

Mash
...

Bedivere
...

Fou
Fooou...

Refugee Man
...I'm sorry. I had no idea that she would sacrifice herself for us...

  1. Da Vinci isn't dead yet.  2. Compliments are best when it comes to her.
  Select: Da Vinci isn't dead yet.
Mash
Right... Da Vinci is an undisputed genius... Mash
I'm sure she's alive. They say the ornithopter was originally an airplane, after all... Mash
Surely she flew up into the air right before the explosion...
  Select: Compliments are best when it comes to her.
Fou
Fou, Fouu...

Dr. Roman
...Now, enough sad talk.

Dr. Roman
We've entered the mountains, but how much longer to this village?

Refugee Man
Right. We can reach it in another day. But... There's a problem...

Mash
...What could that be? Don't tell me there's some barrier around the village?

Refugee Man
No. Nothing like that. I'm talking about food and water.

Refugee Man
We're talking about 50 people here... We never had much, but that Da Vinci lady held things together...

Mash
...That's right. Tending the wounded, gathering food, even using alchemy to create water. Da Vinci did it all...

Fou
Fou, Fouu...

Dr. Roman
Being too talented can almost be harmful. People find themselves relying on her before they know it...

Dr. Roman
I'm sorry, but providing food is no longer an option.

Dr. Roman
The refugees must travel to the village without food or water over the next day.

Bedivere
With everyone at their limits, this day will be quite the hurdle... Although, perhaps I can do something about food.

Mash
Bedivere? Um, don't tell me you're...

Bedivere
As you see, I may seem imprudent. However, I am quite well-traveled.

Bedivere
I have a knack for telling which animals are safe for humans to eat. It is amazing.

Fou
Fouuu...

Bedivere
And fortunately for us, some are coming right towards us.

Bedivere
Will they eat us, or will we feast on them? ...En garde!

Mash
Whaaaaaaat!?

--BATTLE--

Bedivere
Quotation from King Arthur, Number 8. “Nutritionally, a strange creature's meat is no different from any other meat!”

Bedivere
Lady Mash! Repeat after me!

Mash
Yes... Nutritionally, a strange creature's meat is no different from any other...

Refugee Man
Ah, this is wonderful meat.
Though it's a little black and fatty...

Rushd
It's delicious! Mash, this is amazing!

Mash
Yes... Mash Kyrielight, digging in. Survival can be cruel sometimes...

Mash
But we need to eat this. For Da Vinci... Otherwise, how will I be useful to Senpai?

Mash
It's tough, but soft... and squishy. This scent stabs at my nose... and seeps into my brain...

Mash
Thank you very much, Bedivere... You've added mint for us. How thoughtful...

Bedivere
(Hehe. I didn't use any herbs, but let's just leave it at that.)

  1. You look more energetic now.  2. ...Can't be gloomy forever.
  Select: You look more energetic now.

  Select: ...Can't be gloomy forever.

Mash
...Yes, no matter what we do, we must first be optimistic.

Bedivere
Thank goodness. Would you like another plate? There's a precious part that I could only get one of.

Bedivere
Look... At this magnificent eye.

Mash
I respectfully and wholeheartedly decline!

Mash
By the way, Senpai. Don't those craters bother you?

Mash
I realized after climbing the mountain, but the wasteland is scattered with unnatural indentations.

Mash
What on earth could they be?

Rushd
You guys don't know about the Lion King's Judgment?

Bedivere
What is it, Rushd? What's the Lion King's Judgment?

Rushd
Sometimes the Holy City flashes... And when it does, that's what it leaves behind...

Rushd
The knights call it the “Lion King's Judgment,” so we call it that, too.

Mash
...Don't tell me those craters are—

  1. Man-made!?  2. The result of a destructive Noble Phantasm?
  Select: Man-made!?

  Select: The result of a destructive Noble Phantasm?

Dr. Roman
...Yes. But there aren't any in this era's original timeline.

Dr. Roman
It's probably King Arthur's Noble Phantasm. A tremendous power that the king unleashes indiscriminately.

Dr. Roman
Much like Solomon's band of light in the sky. That explains why the mana density in the atmosphere is so high.

Dr. Roman
...Unbelievable. The Lion King's going to destroy this place.

Refugee Man
...You guys didn't know about the Lion King's Judgment? So that's why you were able to act so defiantly...

Refugee Man
No, sorry. Even if you knew, you guys would have saved us. We know that.

Refugee Man
But do remember this. There is nowhere left for us to go now.

Refugee Man
We don't know when the Judgment will befall the wastelands. Escape into the desert, and the Sun King's beasts devour us.

Refugee Man
The mountains are relatively safe, but there is no more food up here.

Refugee Man
...We had to go to the Holy City to survive. Though that plan became moot as well.

Bedivere
...So I see. I've heard the stories, but never thought it was this bad...

Bedivere
The Round Table has already fallen, and Arthur is now a demon king worse than Vortigern.

Bedivere
I see... For the people of this land, the Holy City's Lion King is an existence that cannot be forgiven and must be eradicated...

Mash
...

Section 6: Adventure in the East Village

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Dr. Roman
I think we've climbed over three hills already?
We seem pretty deep in now...

Rushd
Yes, but we're almost at the village.
I remember this area.

Mash
Oh? You know the village we're headed for?

Rushd
Yeah. Mommy brought me here before.
She told me to come here if I was ever in trouble.

Refugee Man
Yeah. Everyone who lives in the mountains left the Holy Land for one reason or another.

Refugee Man
...That said, they still built villages rather close. They still wanted to pray as close to the Holy Land as they could.

Refugee Man
That's the eastern village we're headed to.
I hope they take us in...

Dr. Roman
...I see. Even the Saracens have their reasons concerning the Holy Land...

Dr. Roman
But now that the Holy City's been built up there, the problem lies elsewhere...

Bedivere
..The foundation of their faith was robbed before their very eyes... That means they've lost more than their own lives...

???
What do you know? You're a knight that defiled our Holy Land.

Mash
Master! I have detected a Servant!

Dr. Roman
What? Where are your readings coming fr—
Assassins! Be careful, Player's Name!

???
What do you want with our village, outsiders? You even bring in knights for show... Are you here to take our last hope?

  1. We fled all the way here.  2. Bedivere isn't a Knight of the Round Table.
  Select: We fled all the way here.
???
Hmph. Obviously... We've been watching you since you entered the mountains.
  Select: Bedivere isn't a Knight of the Round Table.
Mash
That's right! He isn't! Mash
He's not strong like Sir Gawain, and all his stories aren't that memorable either! Bedivere
U-Umm... right... I was... first among the Round Table... at being boring... anyway... Fou
Fou. FOU! ???
Really? ...That's quite a sad tale. Live strong, sad knight. ???
(...He was not the only one to whom I was referring, but... Oh well.)

???
—Enough idle banter. We already know why you are here.

???
We had a report from our scouts. “Young foreigners are saving our comrades,” they said.

Dr. Roman
That's great! Now there won't be any misunderstandings!

Dr. Roman
You're an Assassin Servant?
It's a rather long story, but we're—

???
QUIET! You're nothing but talk, coward. Sit this one out!

Dr. Roman
Ahhh, I'm sorry, I'm soooooorryyy!

Refugee Man
Wait, Old Man of the Mountain. These people protected us all the way here.

Refugee Man
We're being chased by the Knights of the Round Table. Can you possibly shelter us in your village?

Refugee Man
...I know this sounds selfish, since we've also persecuted you so very much until now...

Refugee Man
But please. Some among us are injured, others are pregnant... This is the only place we could run to...

???
...Fine, as long as you have some sense of guilt. People of this village all have simple, good-natured hearts.

???
They themselves don't believe they were persecuted by people of the Holy Land. ...All you need to do is repay their good nature.

Refugee Man
...Sorry. Thank you. Thank you!

???
But...those foreigners are a different story.
We can't let you into our village.

???
Nor can we let you leave. After you leave, what's to stop you from selling us out to the knights?

Mash
Senpai would never do that! If you want us to leave, then that's what we'll do!

???
...Unfortunately, the people trust me with this village.
I am in no position to believe your story without proof.

???
—Take up arms. This is not an assassination, but a fight. If you wish to live, you best strike me down first!

Mash
...He's assuming a fighting stance!
Master!

  1. Blade flats again, Mash!  2. Don't slash them with your arm, Beddy!
  Select: Blade flats again, Mash!
Mash
Understood! Awaiting further orders!
  Select: Don't slash them with your arm, Beddy!
Bedivere
Beddy? Well, I do have a long name... Very well!

--BATTLE--

E:???
Ugh! It is I who falls first!? I cannot believe this!

Mash
Assassin has been neutralized! We landed some really good blows, so he won't move anytime soon!

E:???
Gah, ugh! It feels as though I've been struck in the stomach with a log!

E:???
To think that I, Hassan of the Cursed Arm, could be cornered thusly! I applaud you. You must be a high-ranking Knight of the Round.

Bedivere
No. As I've said, I'm not part of the Round Table... and I'm not high-ranking either... However...

Fou
Fou. Fooou!

Cursed Arm
But, even if every bone in my body shatters, I shall not stay down! What is the meaning of this, Knight of the Round!?

Rushd
...

H:???
Come on... A normal being could not stand with every bone broken. Even your gods do not wish for such devotion.

H:???
The match is over. I understand your frustration, but why don't you admit it, Lord Cursed Arm?

Cursed Arm
You're... Lord Arash.
Yes... but... still, you know...

Arash
Is it not true that they saved the refugees?

Arash
I mean, yesterday, you were happy about it as if it had happened to you.

Arash
“Amazing! Wonderful! I cannot find the words to express my gratitude! Can anything else be this joyful?” Those were your words, yes?

Cursed Arm
Th-That was before I knew who these people were! I can't express gratitude to a member of the Round Table!

Arash
Oh, let it go. These guys don't seem to be in cahoots with them.

Arash
...So why don't you stay true to your word? You know,
“I must give an embrace of thanks!” and all that?

Mash
U-Umm... Embrace, as in... a hug? Why...
Yes. My pleasure, Mr. Assassin.

Bedivere
Huh? W-Wait... I'm not mentally ready...

  1. Bring it on!  2. ...Isn't that skull guy too nice?
  Select: Bring it on!

  Select: ...Isn't that skull guy too nice?

Cursed Arm
Hmph... How could I, Hassan of the Cursed Arm, have had such a slip of the tongue!? Truly the biggest one this half-year!

Dr. Roman
Hahaha. Once every six months? Pretty frequent.
Maybe that Assassin makes too many careless mistakes.

Cursed Arm
Shuuuut up! You don't even know if you'll be alive six months from now!

Cursed Arm
...No, no. I, of all people, lost my temper.
You there, the Master. What is your name?

  1. I'm Player's Name.
  Select: I'm Player's Name.

Cursed Arm
That appears to be your True Name. Well, no such name exists in the Knights of the Round Table.

Cursed Arm
...Very well. I believe you when you say you're not a member.

Cursed Arm
But entering the village is another matter—

Rushd
Player's Name saved us, Mr. Skull Face!

Rushd
So please stop fighting.
I don't like seeing you that way.

Cursed Arm
Well now... If it isn't Rushd!
Where is your mother? Salia is not with you?

Rushd
No, we got separated.
They said Mommy wasn't over here.

Cursed Arm
...That means—

Mash
...

Bedivere
...

Cursed Arm
...I see. Thank you for your trouble.

Cursed Arm
Salia was originally from this village. Her father opposed, but she married into a family in the Holy Land.

Cursed Arm
...What irony. It was a past I discarded, a tale that had no connection with me as a Heroic Spirit...

Cursed Arm
To think I've been summoned into the era I originally lived in. ...This is rough. Too rough for the inexperienced...

Arash
...

Cursed Arm
...Very well. We will repay this debt. I grant you passage into our village. Lord Arash, please show them around.

Cursed Arm
I must prepare a place for our new friends to stay. With 50 people, perhaps the entire village should help me...

Arash
...I see. No wonder he knew so much about this area. That guy was summoned back to his own land...

Arash
Anyway, no point thinking about it. Sorry for the wait!

Arash
I'm Arash. As you can see, I'm an Archer Servant.

Arash
Aren't you exhausted from the trip? I'll show you our village. We lead a frugal life, though, so we can't give a welcome toast...

--ARROW--


Bedivere
This is the secret mountain village? It's magnificent!

Bedivere
But... But we couldn't see it from up in the mountains... How can you do this without a Bounded Field!?

Arash
That's the wisdom of the mountain people. They learned how to conceal themselves in the mountains.

Arash
Unless you're familiar with these parts, it's impossible to find this place.

Arash
The reason Cursed Arm didn't want to show you it... is to make sure its location remains hidden.

Dr. Roman
Ah, that makes sense. The village lacks magical protection, so if it were discovered... Well, it'd all be over.

Dr. Roman
...Plus it looks like they have it rough here. They may not be starving, but... there's no breathing room either.

Dr. Roman
Still, the people who live here have not given up on their feelings for the Holy Land.

Dr. Roman
These mountain people... The knights in the Holy City... They're like oil and water.

Bedivere
...Yes, it's just as Lord Roman says. And right now those feelings are being trampled...

Bedivere
I am not a knight of the Lion King, but I am related to the Round Table.

Bedivere
...For them to invite someone like me...

Arash
Don't sweat it too much. The guys here don't hold prejudices just because your beliefs are different.

Arash
Probably a result of the harsh life. We can tell those who had rough journeys at a single glance.

Arash
Mr. Knight... Your different appearance and status aside, the way you live your life struck a chord with the residents here.

Bedivere
The way I live my life? I have nothing to be proud of...

Fou
Fou!

  1. By the way, what about you, Arash?  2. Are you a Heroic Spirit from around here?
  Select: By the way, what about you, Arash?

  Select: Are you a Heroic Spirit from around here?

Fou
B'foooou!

Arash
Wow, straight to the point! Asking if I'm from around here, huh?

Arash
This was my turf, yes. Slightly different era, however.

Arash
But, as you can see, I'm just an ordinary archer. Think of me as a third-rate Servant.

Dr. Roman
(Thank goodness Arash has a very open personality... Still, ignorance can be scary...)

Dr. Roman
(Arash's name may not be that recognizable, but in Western Asia he's all that comes to mind when you hear the word “archer.”)

Dr. Roman
(Moreover, he's one of the very few great heroes Ozymandias reveres...)

Arash
So, what about you? I've never seen a human Master here before.

Arash
Tell me about your journey so far. You seem to be born under quite a special star.

Dr. Roman
—And that's what brought us here. Chaldea is an organization dedicated to correcting the incineration of humanity.

Dr. Roman
And Player's Name is Chaldea's only Master.

Arash
I see... Chaldea. And the Foundation of Humanity. Fascinating, truly fascinating!

Arash
—Wait, that's no laughing matter! You've got a massive burden on your shoulders!

Mash
Umm, yeah... When you put it that way. Right, Senpai?

  1. I'm used to unreasonable requests. Right, Roman?  2. It's difficult for everyone.
  Select: I'm used to unreasonable requests. Right, Roman?
Dr. Roman
Hahaha, hearing that puts my conscience at ease. Dr. Roman
Player's Name, when you return, I'll give you one of my treasured sweet buns! Mash
Doctor... I believe that was Senpai protesting. Dr. Roman
...Yeah. Sorry. I'm really sorry.. When Chaldea is fully restored, I'll get you a big bonus.
  Select: It's difficult for everyone.
Mash
Yes. Good point, Senpai.

Arash
I'm not really feeling that sense of urgency... Though I suppose it's better than getting worked up.

Arash
So that guy over there is from Chaldea as well?

Arash
As a fellow... er, former Knight of the Round Table, you're here to investigate what they're up to?

Bedivere
No... I met Player's Name in the desert.

Bedivere
We bumped into each other again at the Holy City gates, and I have accompanied them since.

Arash
...Hmm. So, you just happened to be headed in the same direction, eh...

  1. Meaning what?
  Select: Meaning what?

Arash
Meaning the two of you don't share goals. Even if they do happen to align for now...

Arash
No matter. In any case, I welcome you. Thanks for making the long journey over.

Arash
First, you need to place a summoning circle, right? The Leyline here is legit. Let's get it over with.

Fou
FOU!!

Dr. Roman
How could you possibly know that much!? This Heroic Spirit is a really sharp-witted one!

Mash
Deploying summoning circle. Ah, but... is it all right not to ask permission from Assassin?

Arash
Don't worry about it. Cursed Arm talks hatred, but already thinks of you as allies.

Mash
That... That makes us very happy. He's actually a nice person, despite the look he always has on his face.

Mash
...Oh, by “face” I mean, uh...

Bedivere
Wh-What the...!?

Mash
...Deployed.

Mash
Normally, Da Vinci would spoil us with some idle banter about now...

Arash
You've settled down? Good, now it's my turn to talk.

Arash
You're going to be in this village for a while, right? It's the perfect place to evade the Knights of the Round Table.

Arash
As long as you're here, you'll be safe. Plus you can collect some intel as well.

Arash
You there, Mr. Knight. You seem quite tired. You need a home base somewhere.

Bedivere
That's nonsense. Once I have delivered the people to safety, I intend to return to the Holy City alone.

  1. You're going alone?  2. You prefer to go alone?
  Select: You're going alone?
Bedivere
...Well, that has always been my intent, but...
  Select: You prefer to go alone?
Bedivere
Oh... no, that's not what I meant. I, umm... Sorry... Thank you very much.

Dr. Roman
Yeah, Player's Name's right. Operating alone is not a good idea, Bedivere.

Dr. Roman
Your Spirit Origin looks terrible. I only speak of what I can see from here, but it's way too erratic.

Dr. Roman
What have you put yourself through? It's so unstable, it looks like a mosaic!

Arash
You hear that? Either way, you need a place to relax.

Arash
So, you guys... You mind helping with some of my work?

Arash
It's a bit unsettling around the village. Bandits and monsters roam about.

Arash
If you can defeat them, the villagers would feel much more at ease. You'll gain their trust, and feel great!

Arash
I think it's a win-win. What do you say? Care to go on a hunt with me?

  1. If that means we gain their trust.  2. Looking forward to it, Arash.
  Select: If that means we gain their trust.

  Select: Looking forward to it, Arash.

Arash
Great response. Let us be on our way!

Arash
You get your rest, Mr. Knight. Keep an eye on the village in my stead.

Arash
First, let's get rid of the monsters gathering at the spring midway up the mountain. I'm counting on you, Master!

  1. Calling me Master already!?  2. YEAH!
  Select: Calling me Master already!?
Mash
Indeed. You sure are fast, Arash!
  Select: YEAH!
Arash
That's how the Celts greet each other! I know that one!

--BATTLE--

Arash
Good work out there today! Looks like you've gotten used to fighting in the mountains, Mash, Player's Name!

Rushd
Welcome back, Player's Name, Mash!

Mash
We're back, Rushd. What have you been doing today?

Rushd
Today we were making new water troughs! I heard there are new horses coming soon from the village in the west!

Arash
Water troughs for the horses? But more importantly, Rushd, no welcome home for me?

Rushd
Oh, it's you, Arash... Fine, welcome back.

Arash
What the... Why so much distance all of a sudden?

Rushd
Because that's a fake name. How could your name be Arash?

Arash
Why you... My name is Arash, the one and only! This is what's gonna happen to kids who doubt me!

Rushd
Ah—!? Stop poking at my sides, it really tickles!

Mash
Arash is really good with children. Rushd is always smiling when he's around.

  1. He smiles when you're around, too, Mash.  2. Could it be he's a kid at heart?
  Select: He smiles when you're around, too, Mash.
Mash
I'm happy to hear that. But we have still yet to tell Rushd the truth...
  Select: Could it be he's a kid at heart?
Dr. Roman
No, no. Arash is a hero to children. Especially here in the Middle East.

Dr. Roman
...Nevertheless, you've been in this village for a week. Looks like you've lost the Knights of the Round Table.

Mash
...Yes. What should we do now? We have no way to have an audience with the Lion King.

Mash
If we head to the Holy City, we'll have to fight the Knights of the Round Table. We currently lack the strength to do so.

Mash
Besides... We cannot simply leave this place. The villagers' living conditions are too poor.

Mash
They don't even have enough food for tomorrow.

Mash
If we leave, Arash will probably be the only one who can hunt...

Dr. Roman
...That's true. But we'll need to be prepared too.

Dr. Roman
A fight with the Knights of the Round may be inevitable if we want to face the Lion King and get some answers.

  1. I still don't know...  2. Is the Lion King really our enemy?
  Select: I still don't know...

  Select: Is the Lion King really our enemy?

Bedivere
Ah, this is where you were, Player's Name. I'm glad to know the hunt went smoothly today as well.

Bedivere
Oh, and Mash... Do you have a moment before you go to sleep?

Mash
Huh? Me? Not Senpai?

Bedivere
Yes. It's a rather personal matter, so let's go elsewhere.
Player's Name, feel free to come along.

Bedivere
Mash Kyrielight. That is your full name, correct?

Mash
Yes, that's correct... Why does that matter?

Bedivere
Pardon me if this seems rather rude, but that name... Is that your True Name as a Heroic Spirit?

Mash
That's...

Bedivere
I am fully aware that normally, this is not something I should be asking a Servant.

Bedivere
However, I must know. Pardon my manners.

Mash
...

  1. You should tell him.  2. There's no need to tell him.
  Select: You should tell him.
Mash
...Yes, Senpai.
  Select: There's no need to tell him.
Mash
...Thank you. But I'm all right, Master.

Mash
Sir Bedivere. I'm... not a proper Servant.

Mash
I'm a Demi-Servant. Specifically, I'm the result of a fusion between a human and a Heroic Spirit.

Mash
Mash Kyrielight is merely my name as a human being.

Mash
As for my True Name...

Mash
The Heroic Spirit who fused with me perished without telling me. Therefore, I don't know what kind of Heroic Spirit I am.

Mash
I don't even know the True Name of my Noble Phantasm. As such, my Noble Phantasm output... is considerably lower.

Bedivere
...I see. Thank you very much for sharing your story.

Bedivere
I apologize again for my manners. All the doubts that I had have now vanished.

Mash
No, please don't worry about it. I've... I've lost my own identity, so...

Dr. Roman
Right. It would make sense for a Servant to be curious about the existence of a Demi-Servant.

Dr. Roman
If anything, all the Heroic Spirits we've met so far are perhaps the exceptions. They all accepted you without question.

Dr. Roman
Mash is a Servant, but not a Heroic Spirit.

Dr. Roman
Sir Bedivere. That's been bothering you the entire time, has it not?

Bedivere
...Yes. Frankly, I was not sure if you were friend or foe.

Bedivere
But your answer has cleared all the doubt from my mind. Once again, Lady Mash...

Mash
Y-Yes.

  1. L-Lady?  2. N-Now that's the mark of a true knight...
  Select: L-Lady?

  Select: N-Now that's the mark of a true knight...

Fou
Fou, foou!

Dr. Roman
Ahh, an apology on one knee! ...Oh, no. More like a knight bowing to a noblewoman, I suppose...

Mash
N-Noblewoman... Um, I feel a little... uncomfortable being called that...

Bedivere
It's not to make up for my rude behavior, but I shall show you the utmost respect.

Bedivere
For the many battles Player's Name and you have fought. You are both here to save the world. That is the truth.

Mash
N-No. Senpai, sure, but... I'm just a Demi-Servant that Senpai protects...

Bedivere
No, milady. I doubt that.

Mash
...Milady...

Bedivere
...As long as your Heroic Spirit does not speak, neither shall I.

Bedivere
But, there is something I must say to you... As a fellow Knight of the Round Table.

Mash
!

  1. Mash is a Knight of the Round Table!?  2. ...
  Select: Mash is a Knight of the Round Table!?

  Select: ...

Mash
Wait, Bedivere. Do you know the Heroic Spirit that fused with me!?

Bedivere
Of course. It's not just me. I'm certain all Knights of the Round Table who have encountered you felt the same way.

Bedivere
The knight who gave you that Noble Phantasm is that special.

Bedivere
He was the strongest, wisest, and most courageous of them all—

Bedivere
The only one who chose to take pride in a spiritual and mindful path rather than one of strength and martial prowess.

Bedivere
I pray that you yourself will be able to find his True Name.

Mash
...Which means that you... won't tell me.

Bedivere
Yes. The answer is basically right in front of you. But it is your destiny to discover it for yourself.

Bedivere
...However, as long as the Heroic Spirit inside you is a Knight of the Round Table, there are other issues.

Bedivere
Namely, will you be able to fight your former comrades?

Mash
...Well, I...

  1. So that's why when we fought Gawain...  2. Mash looked like she was in pain.
  Select: So that's why when we fought Gawain...

  Select: Mash looked like she was in pain.

Mash
...Yes. When I saw the Holy City's walls, and when I fought Sir Gawain, my body was screaming.

Mash
“This is wrong... This can't be the work of King Arthur.” That's what it was telling me...

Bedivere
...Yes, that is true.

Bedivere
What the king has done in these lands is definitely not what the King Arthur we know would have done.

Bedivere
...Allow me to be frank. No matter what I must sacrifice, I WILL defeat this Lion King.

Bedivere
That is why I have come this far. That is why I have lived till now.

Bedivere
But what about you? And your friends?

Bedivere
If your goal is to correct this era, then there may be no need to confront the Lion King.

Bedivere
...I will stay in this village and ask Hassan-i Sabbah to lend me his strength.

Bedivere
Both Lord Hassan and I are rebels in the eyes of the Holy City. They will mercilessly try to purge our lives.

Bedivere
But you are still neutral. If you surrender now, it may not be too late.

Bedivere
Even then—will you still fight? Against the Knights of the Round Table? Against the powerful Lion King?

  1. ...Of course.  2. The Lion King is wrong.
  Select: ...Of course.

  Select: The Lion King is wrong.

Mash
...Exactly, Master.

Mash
We will fight the Lion King. Of course we value our lives, but even more so—

Mash
I cannot overlook what the Lion King did in the Holy City. This goes beyond my responsibility as a knight.

Mash
It's something that must be done to make amends to all who live here. To all those who lost their lives at that gate.

  1. Mash...
  Select: Mash...

Bedivere
...

Bedivere
—Brilliant. I'm sure that even the king's knights will lend you their strength.

Bedivere
That is all I have to say. I apologize for overstepping my boundaries.

Bedivere
I will tell Lord Hassan everything tomorrow. Whether he allows me to fight by their side, shoulder-to-shoulder...

Bedivere
Whatever he decides, I shall obey.

Mash
...Yes. I'm sure Hassan will understand!

Cursed Arm
...Mmm. Though it's part of my job, some things just shouldn't be learned through eavesdropping...

Cursed Arm
...How gallant. I can't possibly turn him down now...

--ARROW--

Cursed Arm
—Oh? In other words, you wish to fight with us?

  1. Yes.  2. Oui.
  Select: Yes.

  Select: Oui.

Cursed Arm
Hahaha. What an unusual request. We're refugees struggling just to survive each day, see?

Cursed Arm
Do you think such folk would fight the Lion King's forces?

Mash
Oh... Huh? Now that you mention it... You're right!

Mash
An unexpected reply from Hassan, Senpai!

  1. Uh... You weren't... rebelling?  2. Chaldea's eyes can't be fooled.
  Select: Uh... You weren't... rebelling?
Arash
Of course not. Couldn't you tell?
You're easily fooled, Player's Name!
  Select: Chaldea's eyes can't be fooled.
Bedivere
Exactly, Lord Hassan. We're already aware of the military armaments you're secretly preparing.

Cursed Arm
...Sorry. I'm just joking. Indeed, we are awaiting an opportunity to launch a counterattack against the Lion King.

Cursed Arm
Each hidden village has an “Old Man of the Mountain” with his own ideas, gathering his forces.

Cursed Arm
Listen. We must never succumb to the Lion King.

Cursed Arm
He belittles our gods... He declared that the laws of the Holy City override the authority of any and every god.

Cursed Arm
That can never be forgiven. On top of that, he obliterates opposition without question.

Cursed Arm
The ruthlessly excavated lands... You must have seen them too...

Mash
...Yes. With our very eyes.

Cursed Arm
...Hmm, I wonder about that. But no matter. We must fight. We must resist.

Cursed Arm
In order to do that, we do need more fighting power. However...

Cursed Arm
I can't possibly just up and accept you. Least of all with two Knights of the Round, even if they are rebels.

  1. You saw through Mash, too!  2. ...Wait, you were eavesdropping?
  Select: You saw through Mash, too!
Cursed Arm
Ha. It's obvious when you're as experienced a Servant as we are. Isn't that right, Lord Arash? Arash
What, seriously!? Mash was a Knight of the Round Table, too!? Cursed Arm
Loooord Aaaaraaaaash! Arash
Ohhh... Sorry, sorry, couldn't help it! Duh, of course I knew, right from the start!
  Select: ...Wait, you were eavesdropping?
Cursed Arm
—By the way, how was today's breakfast? Did you like my special chickpea dish? Fou
Fou, foooou!

Cursed Arm
Anyway! There's no way I could ever see you as comrades!

Cursed Arm
This is a matter of faith! I cannot accept your help!

Mash
Oh come on, Hassan...

Cursed Arm
However! If you are a demon that surpasses our principles, someone with so much skill that we must rely on you, then it's a different matter!

Cursed Arm
To destroy a demon, one must be prepared to use a demon!

Cursed Arm
If you are a force that can rival the Knights of the Round, I, Cursed Arm, will gladly become your dog!

Cursed Arm
Prove it to me now! Here goes, Lord Arash! No holding back!

Cursed Arm
However, I forbid you from using your Noble Phantasm! It needs no testing, as you know!

Arash
Ah, I get it now! It must be tough to lead an Assassin sect, Lord Cursed Arm!

Arash
Sure, I'll go along with your little plan! Player's Name, come at me with everything you've got!

Mash
Hassan, Arash...

Mash
Master, prepare for battle! Let's prove our strength!

--BATTLE--

Cursed Arm
Whew... That was impressive. Impressive indeed.

Cursed Arm
The great founder would behead me if I were to let such a formidable force go. He would say, “A blind man has no need for a skull.”

Cursed Arm
Player's Name, Lady Mash, Sir Bedivere...

Cursed Arm
Let me be the one to ask you. Would you please fight alongside us?

Cursed Arm
I can't promise any rewards... But on my honor as an Old Man of the Mountain, I swear to take you to the Lion King.

  1. The pleasure is ours.  2. That'd be the best reward!
  Select: The pleasure is ours.

  Select: That'd be the best reward!

Arash
Then it's settled. I thought we were already buddies at the point when Player's Name came to the village, but...

Arash
We've each got our positions to protect. Especially Hassan, who's an Old Man of the Mountain.

Cursed Arm
Let me introduce myself properly. I am Hassan-i Sabbah.

Cursed Arm
I became the leader of the religious sect born in this land, but assassination is my occupation now.

Cursed Arm
The heads of our sect are all given the names “Hassan” and “Old Man of the Mountain.” We succeed our great founder's name.

Cursed Arm
There is usually only one Hassan per era, but in the current situation, other Old Men of the Mountain have been summoned.

Cursed Arm
We've abandoned our pride as assassins and revealed ourselves, protecting each of our villages as leaders.

Mash
I see. Thank you for explaining.

Mash
I'm Mash Kyrielight. It's nice to meet you.

Bedivere
Bedivere, Knight of the Round Table.

Bedivere
—Thank you, Lord Hassan, for trusting someone like me.

Cursed Arm
...It's fine. If anything, I shouldn't have been so stubborn.

Cursed Arm
You fought for our people at the gates of the Holy City,

Cursed Arm
even abandoning your objective of closing in on the Lion King. How can I not trust such an act?

Bedivere
Thank you, Hassan-i Sabbah. O righteous Old Man of the Mountain, you give me too much credit.

Cursed Arm
Hahaha. No need to thank me. After all, I'm the only one who trusts you, Sir.

Cursed Arm
I can't guarantee what the other Hassans will think of you.

Dr. Roman
(This Hassan's insanely cooperative!?)

Cursed Arm
Well then, let me take you to our headquarters.

Cursed Arm
It's quite deserted now, but my fellow Hassans will be coming in from all over within a few days.

Arash
Yes. They are few, but they are elite, able fighters. Not nearly enough to recapture the Holy City, though.

Bedivere
...Former militia, actually. But still humans nonetheless.

Bedivere
Against Enforcement Knights receiving the Lion King's protection, let alone Knights of the Round Table—

Arash
Yes, they can't hope to win. It'll be up to us to do something about that.

Arash
Servants for Servants. Right, Cursed Arm?

Cursed Arm
Naturally. That's why I have been trying to gather as many Old Men of the Mountain as I can, but...

Cursed Arm
Hassan of the Trembling Pipe lost to Lancelot, and Hassan of the Peeling Shadows lost to Gawain.

Cursed Arm
I hope the best assassin among us, Hassan of the Intoxicating Smoke, will answer the call...

  1. There really are a lot!  2. ...By Intoxicating Smoke, could it be...
  Select: There really are a lot!
Cursed Arm
Of course. We Old Men of the Mountain are a religious sect that spans eighteen generations since our great founder.
  Select: ...By Intoxicating Smoke, could it be...
Mash
...Hassan. Um, during our journey here... Cursed Arm
...I see. So that's what happened to him... Cursed Arm
“This will be a war of attrition. Do not stir up trouble with the Lion King.” Cursed Arm
Those were his words as he parted with me, but... To think that he'd name me at the end... Cursed Arm
...You have my thanks, Player's Name. I won't let his regrets die in vain.

G:Refugee Man
Boss! Boss!

Cursed Arm
Huh? That voice belongs to the watchman on the summit. ...It seems something's happened...

Refugee Man
Boss Cursed Arm, it's an emergency! Signal fires are going up from the village in the west!

Cursed Arm
What!? And the color!? What color is up!?

Arash
...Tch, that's an enemy attack! The village must've been discovered by the enemy!

Cursed Arm
And the enemy flag!? Can you see the enemy flag, Lord Arash!?

Arash
—A red dragon, and red lightning severing its head— Do you recognize this crest, Lord Cursed Arm?

Cursed Arm
Oooooooh! This is bad! They'll be slaughtered!

Cursed Arm
Only one flag openly declares its intent to take the king's head— A Knight of the Round Table, Raider Knight Mordred!

Section 7: Mordred, the Raider Knight

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Cursed Arm
To think the Raider Knight would find the village in the west! Lord Arash, how far are the enemy forces from the village!?

Arash
One mountain pass! Their signal fire is black, meaning they're about to engage!

Mash
The village in the west... So another village is under attack!? Then, we must go help them right away!

  1. Mash, calm down...  2. What's a Raider Knight?
  Select: Mash, calm down...
Arash
Player's Name is right. We can only do so much right now. Calm down, Mash. Mash
Sorry. But I heard “Knight of the Round Table” and I...
  Select: What's a Raider Knight?
Arash
Ah. They're Knights of the Round Table who are given territory in forts outside the Holy City. Arash
To a Knight of the Round Table, being kicked out of the Holy City is nothing short of punishment. Arash
Guess they must've done something to displease the Lion King. Arash
They remain mobile to crush their enemies, like hounds of war. The polar opposite of Gawain, the immovable gatekeeper.

Dr. Roman
We can't just sit around and do nothing. If they're your comrades, they must be valuable soldiers, no?

Cursed Arm
Of course. However, it'll take two days to get from here to the village, no matter how much we hurry...

Cursed Arm
Even if we take off now...

Arash
Hundred Personas would be good at delaying them...
But even then, they'd last half a day at most.

  1. We could tell the villagers to flee and come here...  2. If we only had Da Vinci...
  Select: We could tell the villagers to flee and come here...
Cursed Arm
Right. That's about all we can do now. Cursed Arm
We can only hope that several of them make it out alive... Bedivere
No, that would be a dead end. This village has no emergency rations... Bedivere
If we increase the population any more, it would mean mutual ruin. We must try to protect the western village. Cursed Arm
That is true. It's just as you've inferred, Sir Bedivere.
  Select: If we only had Da Vinci...

Mash
If Da Vinci were here, I suppose she would've brushed this all off like it was no big deal.

Mash
“Let's fly, then!” she'd say...

Arash
Oh! That's right, we had that option.
That might do it.

Bedivere
Huh?

Cursed Arm
What?

  1. Arash?
  Select: Arash?

Arash
Well, if you wouldn't mind it being only once, and one way, we could fly and get there in one go!

Arash
Mind you, it's risky. We won't be able to land right at the village. Is that still okay with you?

  1. It doesn't matter. Let's go right now!  2. Let's help the western village!
  Select: It doesn't matter. Let's go right now!

  Select: Let's help the western village!

Cursed Arm
Player's Name...

Arash
All right. Choose the members of the assault team, then. I'm in, obviously. Player's Name and Mash will go too.

Arash
What about you, Mr. Knight? We're up against the Round Table. Can you handle it?

Bedivere
Thanks for your concern, but there's no need.
I'm not a knight under the Lion King.

Arash
Well said. Get ready to move! Follow me!

Arash
There's an old roof slab fortified with clay near that collapsed house. Look closely. It's got handles, right?

Mash
Oh yeah, it does. I can see holes as deep as my heels, too.

Bedivere
So we grasp these handles and put our feet in these holes... It's almost like we're on all fours...

Arash
Save your comments for later, just hold on tight!
Player's Name, you're next to Mash.

Arash
Mash, hang tight onto your Master.
We'll be going over 300 kilometers an hour.

Mash
Huh? Er, Arash Kamangir?
What are you doing?

Arash
...All we do is wrap these ropes around the slab like so... then fasten them to this huge arrow here...

Arash
Now, all set. This should be about the right angle. Good tailwind today... We'll end up right in front of that village!

Bedivere
You're not serious, surely...

Mash
Right. This is no laughing matter.
There's no way, you can't possibly...

Arash
You're being dumb. Who's laughing?
It's a life-or-death situation. A story for the ages!

Arash
Slab and arrow secure! I'll shoot with everything I've got. The arrow will travel 20 kilometers and take the slab along with it!

Arash
See? Easy, right?

  1. This guy's an idiot!
  Select: This guy's an idiot!

Arash
You're the idiot! Be serious or you'll end up biting your tongue!

Mash
What— Arash is in shooting position!
This guy's serious!

Mash
There's no way we can travel like this.
It's just not possible!

Dr. Roman
You'd think so, but it is. The laws of physics don't apply to things like a Servant's Noble Phantasm.

Dr. Roman
Besides, a distance of merely 10 or 20 kilometers is like a warm-up session for him.

Arash
Yo, thanks for the comment, brother!
Leave it to me. I found a good landing spot, too!

Mash
Landing spot!? Crash site, more like it—
Master, please hang on tight!

Mash
AHHHHHHHHH!
AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  1. We're really flying!?  2. [[#This is the Noble Phantasm[line 2] Human Cannon!|This is the Noble Phantasm[line 2] Human Cannon!]]
  Select: We're really flying!?

  Select: This is the Noble Phantasm[line 2] Human Cannon!

Mash
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
WAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Bedivere
Aaaaaaaaare you all right, milaaaaaaaaady!? Everyooooone!?

Dr. Roman
Ahaha. Look there, Player's Name.
Bedivere's cheeks are flapping in the air current!

Mash
Dooooctoooorrrrr! Quiiiiiit insulting Sir Bediverrrrrrrrrre!

Arash
We're close. Everyone, brace yourselves for the landing!

Arash
The foundation will shatter to pieces the instant we crash! Everyone, prepare for impact!

Arash
Mash, I'll look after Player's Name!
You focus on taking care of yourself!

Mash
Y-Yes! Please take good care of Master, Mr. Arash!

Bedivere
Cooommmiiiinnnng dooooooowwwwnnnn iiiinnnn threeee, twoooooo, oooooonnne...!

Arash
All right, this time it was a success.
I'm letting you down, Player's Name.

  1. I can't feel my face...
  Select: I can't feel my face...

Arash
Intercontinental ballistic transport, only possible from a high-altitude location... Good aim, if I say so myself.

Arash
By the way, in case you're wondering why this is a one-time-only deal...

Arash
It's because most people who go through it once say, “Never again.”

  1. Please, never again!
  Select: Please, never again!

Mash
Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch... Senpai, are you okay!?
Where did you land!?

Arash
Yo! Sir Bedivere, are you there!?

Bedivere
I'm fine! My cheeks are still numb, though!

Arash
Hmph. Both of you still look irritated...
We're about to go into battle now. Suck it up.

Cursed Arm
I am sure those two cannot help themselves.
Even I'm shivering after that.

  1. Hassan!?  2. When did you...!?
  Select: Hassan!?

  Select: When did you...!?

Cursed Arm
You won't be able to find the animal trail leading to the village on your own, so... But first...

???
Fuuuuu!

Mash
Master, we're surrounded!
Combat is inevitable!

Arash
Tch. It seemed like a good landing spot, but it was a beast's nest.

Arash
Must have been quite the disaster for you guys, but we're in a hurry, too... If you interfere, I'll shoot you dead!

Bedivere
(Hahaha. It was quite the disaster for us too, Lord Kamangir.)

--ARROW--

Hundred Personas
Ugh!

Mordred
Dammit, hurry up and die already!
Quit being such a pain in the ass!

Hundred Personas
You scumbag— How'd you find this village!? Our methods of concealment were perfect!

Mordred
Huh? Who cares? This was instinct... Pure instinct.

Mordred
I swung my sword where I thought gloomy losers like you would be cowering, and bingo! That's all.

Mordred
Well, it was a hit, but not my main target. Those traitors that Lancelot let slip away—

Mordred
That's the prey I wanna steal from him... I just got stuck with you losers instead.

Mordred
...Yeah, dammit. This was my chance to drag Lance's name through the dirt and report it to Father—

Mordred
And wiping out a run-down village like this won't earn me any praise. I can't even get a scolding!

Mordred
How are you gonna pay for this, huh!? I've only got a few days left until I'm executed!

Hundred Personas
Executed? They're going to execute you?
A Knight of the Round Table?

Mordred
Yup, that's right! Once Father's Holy Selection is done, everyone outside the Holy City is going to hell!

Mordred
He didn't give me a castle in the Holy City, so that means I'm going up in flames, too!

Mordred
So how 'bout it, eh? We're both gonna die in vain anyway. Tell me the village where those traitors escaped to.

Mordred
If you do, I'll give you a nice, easy death. I won't even manhandle the villagers, just slit their throats.

Hundred Personas
Such foolishness... You people have gone mad. You've even ceased to believe in God...

Mordred
Argh, shut up. If anything, I'd doubt your own sanity in defying Father.

Soldier
Sir Mordred! Enemy ambush from the rear!

Soldier
It seems several Enforcement Knights courtesy of His Majesty the Lion King have been defeated!

Mordred
Huh? There's no way those tin cans would lose to any old soldier.

Mordred
You sure it's not some of Ozymandias's monsters? It wouldn't surprise me if those guys broke the alliance...

Soldier
The thing is... the enemy looks to be several Servants!

Mordred
What... Servants, you say!?

Cursed Arm
Look, we can see them now! The tail end of the Raider Knight's unit!

Bedivere
We'll proceed with the surprise attack!
Lord Arash, cover us from behind!

Arash
Roger! I've got your backs!

Mash
Five seconds until enemy contact! Here we go, Senpai!

--BATTLE-- --ARROW--

Enforcement Knight
That can't be... Where on earth did you...

Mash
You won't believe this, but we came from the sky!

Dr. Roman
A powerful magical energy signature is headed this way! No doubt it's a Knight of the Round Table!

Mordred
Thanks for dropping by, trash. I welcome you! I'm impressed you came out to see me!

Mash
Master, it really is Mordred! From back in London!

Mordred
Quit shouting my name so much.
Who are you, a fan of mine?

Mordred
Then again, I've killed so many heathens.
I'm sure to be famous.

Mash
...I, I must have been mistaken...
This Mordred's different after all...

Mordred
What, now you're suddenly being all meek?
I'm telling you, I don't know who you—

Mordred
Wait, I do know you. You look different now, but I remember the scent of your magical energy.

Mordred
I was wondering why you didn't respond to Father's summons. What the hell are you doing here!?

Mordred
Don't tell me you were one of the rebels? ...So that's it, then. Well, hardly surprising, considering it's you.

Mordred
You're about the only one who dares to object to King Arthur nowadays. Though you got here a bit too late.

Mash
Mordred? Um... Does that mean you'll talk with us, then?

Mordred
Why would I do that, you idiot!
Whoever interferes with me is an enemy!

Mordred
That mage there must be the Master everyone's talking about. I'm gonna do Agravain a favor and cut you up into pieces!

  1. I don't want to fight you!  2. Why are you doing this!?
  Select: I don't want to fight you!
Mordred
What's that? You know me too? Tch.
Being a Servant is such a hassle. Mordred
Anyway, just give it up. I don't know what kind of moron the Mordred you knew was, and I don't give a shit anyway. Mordred
Right now I am a knight serving the Lion King. I'm the great Raider Knight Mordred, and it is my duty to be a dishonorable hound. Mordred
Do you understand? I've been let off my leash, meaning it's okay for me to do whatever I please! Mordred
Hah! That's the best way to handle someone like me! I'll kill whoever dares to defy the king, no matter who they may be!
  Select: Why are you doing this!?
Mordred
Obvious, isn't it?! Because it's sooo fun! Mordred
It's great, hunting heathens, you know? Despite their weakness, they fight so desperately, they resist— Mordred
and then they die off like flies, one after the other! Now I know how the Crusaders must've felt!

Dr. Roman
Player's Name. She's not the Mordred from London.

Dr. Roman
If you pity her, you'll be killed. Fight her as an enemy, with everything you've got.

Mordred
Well, I was hoping this would turn into a fight.
See, my Gift is called “Rampage.”

Mordred
And that means I'll fire off my sacred sword as much as I want, until my soul burns out. Battalions? Armies? Bring it!

Mordred
Let's see... There's one, two, three...
What? Only three of you?

Mordred
Just one Master and three Servants!? That's not a fight! It's not even a game! There's no way I'd— Oh, hang on...

Mordred
—Hey. What? What's the meaning of this?

Mordred
What are you doing here? YOU, of all people, shouldn't be here! It's not possible!

Mordred
Isn't that right, third-rate knight!? You, mixed in with these rebels...!? Must be some kind of sick joke!

Bedivere
I have nothing to say to you.
I, too, have bones to pick.

Bedivere
My objective was to reach the Lion King, but I'll forget that for the time being.

Bedivere
Treacherous Knight Mordred. The traitor who trampled all over King Arthur's ideals.

Bedivere
That tainted sword of yours is the horrible reality I can't stand to look at.

Fou
Fou, foooou!?

Mordred
Hah! Looks like you've finally learned to talk like a man, coward!

Mordred
Interesting! In that case, let me remind you of the pitiful fact that you have not once won against me!

Dr. Roman
Look out! A second battle against the Knights of the Round Table! Watch out for their special abilities!

--BATTLE-- --ARROW--

Mordred
!!!

Bedivere
Ugh—!

Mash
They're so strong! If we let our guard down at all, Mordred will use that Noble Phantasm!

Mash
Bedivere is keeping Mordred contained for now, but we can't go on like this forever!

Mordred
That's an impressive artificial arm! Was that why you spoke so boldly earlier!?

Mordred
Where'd you get a thing like that, coward!? I don't remember us having anything like that!

Bedivere
...You don't remember, huh? ...You sure about that? Maybe it's just your bird brain getting in the way!

Mordred
—You callin' me a blockhead?
Oh, you so did! You always called me that.

Mordred
Don't get cocky, Bedivere. You're just a feeble knight who sat down in the extra seat.

Mordred
You'd never have become the king's attendant if Agravain hadn't kicked it so early.

Mordred
You're nothing compared to me! King Arthur just happened to take a liking to you!

Bedivere
...Yes, you're right. I'm nowhere near the other knights.

Bedivere
I have neither the fairies' blessings, nor the sun's... I have no inherent gifts...

Bedivere
I was nothing but an ordinary knight.
Yet the king relied on me until his last breath.

Bedivere
To repay that kindness, this arm was granted to me. A gift from the archmage Merlin. Nuadha's arm.

Mordred
Until his last breath, you say?

Mordred
Fine, I'll kill you right here! There'll be nothing left of you when I'm done!

Mordred
I won't even tell the king you were here! You'll never come close to seeing such a thing ever again!

Bedivere
—Burn my soul and unleash thyself, O silver light.

Bedivere
...Both my loyalty and your loyalty are one and the same.

Bedivere
In the past they were true, but now their roots are distorted.

Bedivere
Mordred... You are both my sworn enemy and brother-in-arms. I can understand that pain now.

Bedivere
That is precisely why I shall slay you with all my strength. Switch On - Airgetlám!

Mordred
Shut up! What do you know!?
You don't know anything about me!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
Dammit, what am I doing!? Even with my Gift, I'm losing!

Mash
Mordred retracted the helmet! It looks like that armor and the “Rampage” Gift don't mesh well!

Dr. Roman
I see, the Secret of Pedigree...

Dr. Roman
That armor was made to rebel against King Arthur. Naturally it would try to reject the Lion King's Gift.

Dr. Roman
That means... Mordred wasn't at full strength!?

Mordred
Yeah, that's right. I'd be the laughingstock of the Round Table if I took you weaklings too seriously.

Mordred
...But if I were to lose, it'd be even worse.

Mordred
So screw my reputation. I'll obliterate this mountain... and you along with it.

Mordred
Feel the seething rage of this planet! Clarent Blood—

Mordred
Ugh!

Mordred
Who the hell are you!? Who keeps aiming at my arm joints!? You wanna die!?

Arash
It's a battle, after all... Someone's bound to die! Especially those who ignore their own limits and keep coming back for more.

Mash
Arash!

Arash
Hey. Nice moves, Player's Name, Mash. Check it out... The result of your efforts!

Arash
I was able to take care of all the other soldiers, leaving only Mr. Knight here. All that's left is to take his head, but—

Arash
(Sigh) I dunno about that guy. He's about to blow everything up, including himself, right?

Arash
His Gift is Rampage, isn't it? I bet he's about to unleash all of his power and blow this entire mountain away along with that sword.

Mash
!

Mordred
What!? You can tell!?

Arash
Nahhh, it's coincidence, just coincidence!

Arash
Rampaging magical energy would only lead to your own demise, even for a Heroic Spirit. At most you get to power up your Noble Phantasm for a bit.

Arash
However, your Gift is different. “Rampage” sounds cool, but it's no different than a nuclear meltdown.

Arash
Do you get it now? The one who gave you that Gift...
See what they think of you?

Mordred
Yeah, that's right! I'm a hound, see? I take prey, kill, and kill again. In the end, I'll happily die in a ditch!

Mordred
I'm just taking you along for the ride! Come die along with... Gwah!?

Arash
The hell? That pisses me off, even if you're my enemy!

Arash
You lost the battle, so you blow yourself up and call it even!? Where's your pride as a warrior!?

Arash
And you still call yourself a Knight of the Round Table!? Are you only brave in the beginning!?

Mordred
Wha—

Arash
Listen up. If you're going to use your own life, use it to defend your own pride!

Arash
Don't drag us into your own desperate struggle! I love taking care of kids, but I refuse to look after brats!

Mordred
B-Brat—!? Who you calling a brat, bastard!

Arash
What? You weren't a brat?
...Sorry, time-out.

Arash
Hey, Player's Name, how old's that kid? From the way he looked, I totally thought he was younger than you...

Mordred
I'm (probably) older! My appearance is frozen at my 16-year-old self!

Arash
I see. Then he's a proper adult. In that case, all the more reason...

Arash
If you're feeling frustrated, start over and put everything on the line. We'll call this a draw.

Arash
Or would you rather try me on for size? I've been hanging in the back, so I'm still full of stamina.

Mordred
...Dammit. Listening to this idiot cooled my head.

Mordred
Fine, I'll play along. This round's my loss. Besides, my unit's been annihilated.

Mordred
I'll let this village go, too. I was only hunting you vermin anyway.

Mordred
If that coward there's gonna be meeting with the Lion King, we'll face off in the Holy City no matter what.

Mordred
...The contest is on hold till then.

Mordred
This is an oath of a knight, given in return for sparing my life. I will never break it.

Mordred
Stay alive until then, weaklings! I'll be pissed off if you lose to another Knight of the Round!

Dr. Roman
Mordred's signal is fading away. Are you sure about letting her go?

Cursed Arm
...It's despicable, yet unavoidable. We can't save the western village if he self-destructs here.

Cursed Arm
We already lost when they invaded. We were then able to negotiate a draw. We can't ask for more.

Mash
That's true. And it seems the village was protected, thanks to Arash's cover fire.

Mash
Now all that's left is to check on the villagers and see if there's anything we can do to— Bedivere?

Bedivere
...

Mash
Bedivere!? Are you okay? Hang in there!

Section 8: Sanzang Returning from the West

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Bedivere
—It happened so long ago, I've lost track.

Bedivere
I have seen many things, and forgotten many things. Yet among them, that memory still remains in my heart.

???
They say this winter will be harsher. We must dismantle some of the villages.

???
And to think, we only just finished driving away the Picts from the north. The misfortunes continue, Bedivere.

Bedivere
That day, the king visited me when I was deep in thought in the watchtower. With no attendants, alone, out of the blue.

Bedivere
He had the appearance of a young boy, but in truth, he was not so far in age from me at the time.

Bedivere
At 16, he drew the Sword of Selection from the stone, and became the ruler of Britain.

Bedivere
After that, he apparently ceased to age. They said it was the fairies' blessings, but I couldn't help but think it was a curse.

Bedivere
The young king fought through the fiercest battles I've ever seen. He was a great leader who brought glory to Britain.

Bedivere
He led foreign tribes to victory against the tyrannical king Vortigern, who was ravaging the land.

Bedivere
He united the warring feudal lords, fought off the advancing Picts from the north,

Bedivere
put an end to the wave of Saxons closing in from the mainland,

Bedivere
and restored Camelot Castle as the crown jewel of Londinium, the largest city in all the British Isles.

Bedivere
The one and only King of Knights, King Arthur.

Bedivere
I told the king then and there: “As long as you shall live, Britain shall never perish, and suffering shall never prevail.”

???
That is not true. Camelot and its surroundings may be flourishing, but the rest of the land remains in ruins.

???
Even if Camelot were to accommodate those whose villages were destroyed, it could not restore their lifestyle.

???
Plowing the land, living life day by day, raising children... That is what leads to future prosperity.

???
There is no future in merely sheltering the people. Eventually, the noose is sure to tighten.

Bedivere
Unlike the Knights of the Round Table, giddy from all their victories and glories, the king always looked grim.

Bedivere
Things were different before Camelot was restored, though...

Bedivere
Sir Kay spoke of how the king used to smile more often, back when he used to travel the island in disguise.

Bedivere
But now, not a trace of a smile remained. The king alone saw the dark clouds waiting on the horizon.

Bedivere
...Perhaps the sunset was making me nostalgic, as at that moment, I asked the king a timid question.

Bedivere
One that stemmed from the doubt and unrest that had plagued me ever since I was granted a seat at the Round Table.

Bedivere
“Why did you choose a knight as worthless as me to be a Knight of the Round Table?”

???
You feel unworthy because you are inferior to the others? How foolish. The same goes for me.

???
In build, I am no match for others. In swordsmanship, many are my better.

???
However, bonds must not be measured by strength or weakness alone. Friend and foe, good and evil, benefit and detriment...

???
Just as those are all different things, the Knights of the Round Table all serve different purposes.

Bedivere
Friend and foe. Good and evil.

Bedivere
Friends are good. Foes are evil.

Bedivere
But the king said they were different things.

Bedivere
It was unexpected. In this era of warfare, he was the only knight who looked down and saw the situation in its entirety.

Bedivere
In all likelihood, the king never said this to any of the other knights.

Bedivere
It's something he said only to me. And it's obvious why. In that moment, the king told me thus:

Bedivere
“The Saxon invaders are our enemies, but they are not evil.”

Bedivere
If he had mentioned such a thought to the other knights, many would have criticized him.

???
...That's right. The Saxons just came to this island searching for land to live on.

???
To us they are the enemy, but their actions are not evil. What they wish for is inherently good.

???
And if it is good—there must come a time when they will serve an important function for this island.

???
As long as we are human, conflict will arise. The division of friend or foe is born from benefit and detriment.

???
We are now in an era where that is at an extreme. An era of winter where neither side relents until the other is crushed.

???
I hate to even imagine creating a Round Table bound only by strength in such a time.

???
It would fall into evil. We did not take the oath in order to kill our enemies.

???
We took up arms for the future of our brethren. That is why—

???
That is why we need so many roles, Bedivere.

???
Does our Camelot shine because it was created by force? Of course not.

???
This place is made up of everyone's dreams.

???
It is forged from the desire for man alone to create a utopia... albeit just barely.

???
That's why we need knights like you.

???
Compassionate knights who can pick up on the details of people's lives. Details that Gawain and I wouldn't notice.

Bedivere
...Even now, my heart aches every time I think of it.

Bedivere
I had no idea just how much hopeless the king felt then... Not until I heard about it from Merlin.

Bedivere
Stupid and weak as I was at the time, I responded thus:

Bedivere
“It's too difficult a topic for me to understand, but I, too, enjoy living in Camelot.”

Bedivere
“Thomas's wife gave birth just the other day. Twin girls. Such adorable little darlings—”

Bedivere
How mundane and commonplace a reply. Yet I remember giving it with such satisfaction, such delight.

???
—Good grief, you had me worried for a moment. Such concerns do not become you, O simple and honest Bedivere.

???
However, I am heartened to learn you lead such a fulfilling life. That should be a source of sustenance for all.

Bedivere
—His hair shone gold in the sunset. That was the moment when I finally felt I was in the presence of a true king.

Bedivere
The knights feared they had not seen the king smile for quite some time. But that was not the case. Truly.

Bedivere
The king did not smile for himself. He smiled upon seeing the happiness of others.

Bedivere
The gravity of my sins made me want to rip out my own heart.

Bedivere
Despite remembering that, I still turned an unfaithful sword toward the king.

Bedivere
Oh—forgive me. I have committed a deed unbecoming of a knight in your service.

Bedivere
Please, deliver justice upon my transgression. All that I have done, night after night, was for—

Arash
I've laid Bedivere down to sleep. He has no noticeable wounds, but he's physically exhausted.

Arash
If only we'd had a Servant specializing in medical care...

Arash
Both Lord Cursed Arm and I have no such knowledge.

Mash
I haven't mastered treatment spells, either...

Mash
Do you think Bedivere's Noble Phantasm wears away at him after all?

Arash
It definitely takes its toll on him... Not just physically, but apparently mentally as well.

Arash
He was crying out in his sleep just now. “Forgive me, my king,” he said.

Mash
That's... not surprising.

Mash
Despite only being fused with a Knight of the Round Table, even I feel an indescribable irritation when we fight them.

Mash
...A sense of guilt telling me that this is treason against King Arthur. So for Sir Bedivere, an actual member of the Round Table, it must be a lot worse.

  1. What sort of knight is Bedivere?  2. ...It's related to the end of King Arthur's story.
  Select: What sort of knight is Bedivere?

  Select: ...It's related to the end of King Arthur's story.

Mash
...Sir Bedivere is one of King Arthur's longest-serving knights.

Mash
Despite only having one arm, he is said to have been three times as successful than other knights in battle.

Mash
Oh, by other knights I'm referring to ordinary knights.

Mash
Compared to the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Bedivere's victories were modest.

Mash
The most famous anecdote about him is from the end of King Arthur's life.

Mash
...King Arthur's final battle, the Battle of Camlann.

Mash
It was war not with the invading Saxons, but within the nation between the knights of Britain.

Mash
Despite killing the traitor Mordred at Camlann, King Arthur himself suffered a fatal wound.

Mash
“The king cannot recover on a hill soaked with blood.”

Mash
Believing so, Sir Bedivere carried King Arthur to a pure, sheltered forest.

Mash
Lying there, the king quietly spoke.

Mash
“Beyond this forest and over the hill is a lake. Cast my famed sword into it.”

Dr. Roman
...The famous legend of returning the sacred sword Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake.

Dr. Roman
King Arthur, sensing his own death, chose to return it to its proper owner.

Dr. Roman
However... that would mark the end of his life.

Dr. Roman
His faithful retainer Bedivere, out of concern for the king, twice failed in this task.

Dr. Roman
As long as the sword existed, the king was immortal. Bedivere believed it had the power to heal his mortal wound.

Dr. Roman
Through the woods, over a hill, debating the sword's return with each trip to the lake, he would fail and return to the king.

Dr. Roman
And upon his return, he would lie to the king by saying, “I have returned the sword.”

Dr. Roman
It is said to be Sir Bedivere's one and only act of disloyalty.

Mash
Yes. A very compassionate decision, in keeping with Bedivere's character.

Mash
But King Arthur could not be deceived. In a quiet voice, he would say to him, “Do your duty.”

Mash
And so Bedivere made a third journey over the hill. This time, it was at dawn.

Mash
Accepting that he could no longer sway the king's heart, he cast the sacred sword into the lake's depths.

Mash
With Excalibur delivered to the Lady of the Lake, he made his way back to the forest.

Mash
...That is how King Arthur drew his final breath, and fulfilled his responsibility.

Mash
The king's body was sent to sea on a boat, and is said to have reached the legendary paradise, Avalon.

Dr. Roman
Yes. It is believed he'll return when Britain is endangered, and lead the people once more.

Dr. Roman
King Arthur's gravestone in England is said to have the epitaph, “Here lies Arthur, the once and future king.”

  1. Bedivere...  2. That must be tough...
  Select: Bedivere...

  Select: That must be tough...

Dr. Roman
Yes. Sir Bedivere's anxiety is indeed a cause for concern. Fighting against his former brethren must also be tough,

Dr. Roman
but above all, his beloved King Arthur is being a tyrannical ruler, completely different from how he was in life.

Dr. Roman
Even in the name of justice, turning on a king you once served must be an unforgivable act for a knight.

Cursed Arm
There you are, Player's Name. Forgive my delay.

Cursed Arm
I've just returned from checking on the village. Thanks to you, we were able to keep the damage to a minimum.

Cursed Arm
On behalf of the village leader, I humbly offer my thanks. We are truly indebted to you...

Arash
You may be right. If we'd given up back then, this village wouldn't be here by now.

Arash
It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but it looks like Player's Name's bet was correct!

  1. Um, it was spur-of-the-moment because...  2. I'm so glad.
  Select: Um, it was spur-of-the-moment because...
Mash
Yes. “The Arash sky-flying incident.” Let it go down in Chaldea's history forever. Mash
We'll also say: “When Arash ties a rope to his arrow, beware.” Yes. May no one else fall victim like we did!
  Select: I'm so glad.
Cursed Arm
...Yes. I shall impress that smile firmly upon my heart.
Player's Name is sure to become a good Master.

Dr. Roman
By the way, Hassan. What are your plans from now on?

Cursed Arm
Introduce you to the village leader, of course. We've come all this way, after all. It's a good opportunity.

Cursed Arm
We are already in cooperation with each other. I'll introduce you all as my new military power.

Cursed Arm
Hahaha, I'm sure talks will go smoothly now. She, too, was grateful for your assistance.

Cursed Arm
Oh. Speak of the devil. Yes, this way, Hundred Personas. These are my new brethren I was telling you about.

Hundred Personas
...I apologize for the delay. I have nothing but thanks for your assistance on this occasion.

Hundred Personas
I'm the guardian of this village, an Old Man of the Mountain, Hassan of the Hundred Pers— Huuuuuuuh!?

Hundred Personas
Whaa

  1. Whooooaaaa!  2. Craaaaaaap!
  Select: Whooooaaaa!

  Select: Craaaaaaap!

Cursed Arm
Ah. So you've already met? How convenient. Hahahahahaha.

Hundred Personas
I refuse. They cannot be trusted. Fighting together is completely out of the question.

Hundred Personas
Be thankful that I don't slaughter you here and now in front of these villagers!

Hundred Personas
We won't feed you, either. The place is strapped for food, even for today.

Hundred Personas
For two days now, the villagers have only had a little water and salt. We have no food to serve the likes of you.

Cursed Arm
...What is this? ...Going so far as to reveal your face while making such threats...

Cursed Arm
Player's Name... What on earth happened?

Cursed Arm
Hundred Personas is indeed nasty and stubborn. Easy to resent, but also the most calculating Hassan.

Cursed Arm
Even without my explanations, she should know that Player's Name's assistance is worth its weight in gold...

  1. We met once, back in Egypt...  2. You never know what destiny brings...
  Select: We met once, back in Egypt...

  Select: You never know what destiny brings...

Hundred Personas
Hey, quit speaking as if it is all over! Do you know how much I've suffered, thanks to you!?

Hundred Personas
You disrupt my carefully crafted Nitocris abduction, force me to reveal my face...

Hundred Personas
And now, to suffer the humiliation of being rescued by such a hated enemy!

Hundred Personas
If the great founder was to find out about this, I would surely be punished! I will never fight alongside you!

Hundred Personas
What's wrong with you, Cursed Arm!? To trust in a Knight of the Round Table, of all people!?

Cursed Arm
Hahaha. It's like watching my former self. It'll be hard to convince this one.

  1. This is no time to be leisurely sipping tea!  2. All right, let's fight, then!
  Select: This is no time to be leisurely sipping tea!
Dr. Roman
Indeed. My impression of Hassan of the Cursed Arm keeps changing, but this seems to be his true form. Mash
Yes. I have a feeling he's like the Old Man of the Mountain version of Bedivere.
  Select: All right, let's fight, then!
Hundred Personas
No thanks! Did you think I would accept you if you beat me!? If anything, I'd hate you more! Fool, idiot! Arash
Hmm. She's worse than Mordred. What exactly did you guys do to her?

Dr. Roman
...But, she's also an Old Man of the Mountain. Without her help, we can't even advance onto the Holy City.

Dr. Roman
We've got to convince her somehow...

Cursed Arm
Hm. By the way, Hundred Personas, how is the other matter going?

Hundred Personas
...Oh, that. No developments. At this rate, it is just a matter of waiting for death.

Hundred Personas
...I'm sure she is not one to break her silence, but... I hear there are masters of torture within the Round Table.

Hundred Personas
If she were to reveal our plans before she dies, we would lose our chance of a counterattack...

Cursed Arm
Hm. That's worrying, truly worrying. If only we could find someone somewhere...

Cursed Arm
Someone stronger than us, able to work independently, good at leading Servants, and willing to help us...

Hundred Personas
Where are you ever going find such a convenient helper!? Give me a break, fool—

Hundred Personas
—Right here, in front of my face! Fools. ...Ugh. Ugggggh!

  1. I don't get the situation but I heard your story.  2. (Silently shadowboxes.)
  Select: I don't get the situation but I heard your story.

  Select: (Silently shadowboxes.)

Mash
Senpai. It seems we can help them in some way.

Cursed Arm
Yes. To put it simply, one Old Man of the Mountain has been captured by the enemy.

Cursed Arm
If it were any other Old Man of the Mountain, we wouldn't be worried. She would've taken her own life upon capture.

Cursed Arm
But this one is young, and her innate constitution prevents her from killing herself—

Cursed Arm
Unless we rescue her, she may eventually leak our information to the enemy.

Hundred Personas
Unfortunately, the fort she's being held in belongs to the Round Table. It will be difficult to penetrate.

Hundred Personas
We've sent a select few to attempt it, but so far, none have returned...

  1. All right, leave it to us!  2. Sorry about Nitocris, Hundred Personas!
  Select: All right, leave it to us!
Hundred Personas
So an instant reply!
  Select: Sorry about Nitocris, Hundred Personas!
Hundred Personas
Your “sorry” doesn't cut it! I had a miserable trip home! Including cold glares from my subordinates!

Cursed Arm
Oh, how reassuring. I knew you would say so!

Cursed Arm
So, how about it, Hundred Personas? You said we cannot trust Player's Name?

Cursed Arm
After saving our skin twice, surely you have no complaints. Still, it all depends on what they do next.

Hundred Personas
...Let's have them prepare a hostage.

Hundred Personas
There are many who promise to help, then flee. Leave one of your members here.

Hundred Personas
It'll be an exchange for the captured Old Man of the Mountain. I won't have any objections then.

Arash
That's perfect! We can let Bedivere rest.

Mash
Then please take one of our leaders, Sir Bedivere, as your hostage!

Mash
Guard him with your strictest men, so he can't do anything but lie down!

Hundred Personas
O-Okay. That Knight of the Round Table, huh? That sounds like a fair exchange.

Cursed Arm
Then it's decided. Ready, Player's Name?

  1. Yes. Let's go with a select few.  2. Thank you, Hassan of the Cursed Arm.
  Select: Yes. Let's go with a select few.
Arash
Excellent. It'll be a good chance for Bedivere to take a load off!
  Select: Thank you, Hassan of the Cursed Arm.
Cursed Arm
No no, likewise. You were brilliant.

Hundred Personas
Then, let's go. I'll show you to the fort.

Mash
Um, what about Arash? I don't see him here...

Hundred Personas
I've asked Lord Arash to protect the village. There's no guarantee that Mordred won't come back.

Hundred Personas
And, without me, the village won't have anyone to provide food.

Hundred Personas
But thankfully, when it comes to hunting, Lord Arash is more skilled than me. He will make sure everyone eats.

Hundred Personas
This isn't the front lines... It's a shelter for people who can't fight.

Mash
I see... That's why everyone looked so worried...

Hundred Personas
...Let's go. No need for unnecessary sympathy. After all, it takes an entire day to reach the fort.

Hundred Personas
...Before that, some warm-up exercises. I don't know if this bodes well or not...

Hundred Personas
We're surrounded by bandits. Time's too precious for detours. We'll rout them and advance, Player's Name!

Hundred Personas
The winds are picking up... Heh heh heh. Sandstorms are child's play for us. A good omen indeed.

Cursed Arm
Ah, sorry if that was difficult to understand. What Hundred Personas means is,

Cursed Arm
“Soldiers of the Holy City will never find us in a sandstorm. We are in luck. Now's our chance, let's hurry!”

Hundred Personas
You don't need to translate every little thing I say!

Mash
We'd get lost in all this if it weren't for you. What a relief you're here with us.

Mash
It looks like we'll quickly reach the fort without encountering any Holy City forces.

Dr. Roman
...No, wait. Servants detected up ahead! One is heading the same way you are. The magical energy response is enormous!

Hundred Personas
A Servant!? Is it strong!? An A-ranked Servant?

Dr. Roman
Oh, no, sorry! Scratch that! Rather, it's an “interesting” one.

Dr. Roman
How should I describe it... Shiny and fluffy, yet also stocky!

Dr. Roman
It's a colorful Servant, impossible for the Knights of the Round Table!

  1. Sounds like a weirdo...  2. Sounds formidable!
  Select: Sounds like a weirdo...

  Select: Sounds formidable!

???
Waaaaaaaaaaah!

???
Heeeeeeeelp! Someone do something!

Mash
Did you hear that!? A woman's scream! Master!

  1. Let's go save her!  2. A Heroic Spirit that attacks women!?
  Select: Let's go save her!

  Select: A Heroic Spirit that attacks women!?

Dr. Roman
Yeah, in which case it may even be an Anti-Hero! It's a Servant battle. Be on your guard!

Fou
Fooooooouuu!

Hundred Personas
Hmm!? That fool rushes off to help, even before determining the opponent's strength!?

Cursed Arm
No, no. It seems that this time reason outweighed instinct... The reason being that someone requires assistance.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name is among the best at sensing danger. If it were a hopeless battle, there'd be more hesitation.

Hundred Personas
But still, only hesitation!? What a fool indeed!

--BATTLE-- --ARROW--

Mash
We've defeated the hostile forces! But the source of the scream in question is still...

Fou
Fou, fouuu.

Dr. Roman
That Servant is close! Be careful!

???
HEEEEEEEELP! I'm not TAAAAAAAAASTYYYYYY!!

???
Oh. Stop. Don't breathe fire or anything. It's hot. All right, the whole thing about my meat being tasty is only a RUUUUUUUMOR!

???
So don't treat me so roughly! Hungry, I am so hungry! Touta is a dummy!

Hundred Personas
Tch, what a nuisance... But I can't ignore a woman's scream. Curse me for not being cold-blooded Zayd right now!

Cursed Arm
That way, Player's Name! We've spotted signs of the enemy!

  1. Roger that. Let's go, Mash!  2. ...Um, haven't we heard that voice before?
  Select: Roger that. Let's go, Mash!
Mash
Yes! Mash Kyrielight, here to attack and rescue!
  Select: ...Um, haven't we heard that voice before?
Mash
I wouldn't know... Mash
It must be some sort of mistake!
Here I go, Master!

--BATTLE-- --ARROW--

Mash
...Whew. We've completely defeated the hostile forces. But there was no sign of any Servants.

Dr. Roman
Yet there's definitely a Servant response.
What this means is–

???
(Sniff, hic) That was scary... So scary...

???
Why is it... always when you're at your weakest... that they all come at you... Like BAM!?

???
I didn't do anything at all... Ah, well, I guess I was hogging the watering hole, yes...

???
But even then, I at least left enough for the wild animals... (Sniff, sniff)

Mash
That woman's crying... Who is she?
What shall we do, Senpai?

  1. Hello.  2. Are you okay?
  Select: Hello.

  Select: Are you okay?

???
(Sob, sob) Sheesh... Why do I always get into these situations...

???
I materialize here all alone... I can't hear the Bodhisattva's voice anymore... (Sniff)

???
Turning into Spirit Form feels kinda gross, so I don't wanna... (hic)

???
Ugh... And it's all because... Oh! If only I didn't give Wukong and the boys time off!

???
But what else was I supposed to do!? Those idiot disciples were so unbelievably helpless!

???
Wujing's still single at that age! Go back to the Heavenly Realm already and find yourself a wife!

???
Then to think Bajie was actually married once!

???
That he had a wife and kids... You sure can't judge a pig by its cover! Haha, nice one!

???
But I can't forgive him for leaving his wife all alone. Hence, he is excommunicated until he apologizes to her!

???
And that Wukong! Back on Flowers and Fruit Mountain, he can have his pick! What's he doing hanging around me!?

???
Hurry back to your mountain so that everyone can feel safe! Me? I'm perfectly fine alone!

???
I'm going to become a Buddha!
I can worry about falling in love AFTER that!

Mash
...Um. Senpai, this lady... Could it be?

  1. Yup, she's a Servant.  2. Didn't we get lost in her heart's labyrinth once...
  Select: Yup, she's a Servant.

  Select: Didn't we get lost in her heart's labyrinth once...

Dr. Roman
Huh? That's the Servant you've been talking about!?

Mash
...Yes, she's definitely a Servant. Considering her aura and her magical energy, there's no doubt about it.

Dr. Roman
Nonsense... Are you saying that despite her top-level Spirit Origin, she was screaming from an animal attack!?

H:???
!

Hundred Personas
Wh-Wh-What is this!? What is that gigantic monster!? There shouldn't be any monsters like that in this land!

???
What? No! Could that dragon be...!?

???
I didn't have any food, so I figured I'd ask the White Dragon Horse for help. But when I tried to summon him I failed.

???
So I told him, “Sorry, I can't send you home. Just give up.” But then he got angry and attacked me!

???
Maybe a demonic dragon that's making people suffer in France!?

Mash
Senpai, I see it now too!
This lady is indeed “interesting”!

--BATTLE--

Sanzang
That's right, I am Xuanzang Sanzang!

Sanzang
With the guidance of the Buddha, I've materialized in this world. My class? Caster, of course!

Hundred Personas
...

Cursed Arm
...

Sanzang
Not much of a reaction, huh?
Well, no matter, I'll continue.

Sanzang
I was summoned somewhere in this world about half a year ago. Following the Buddha's guidance, I traveled the Silk Road and ended up here.

Sanzang
Of course, I'm here to stop the unprecedented crisis happening here in the Holy Land.

Sanzang
Honestly, this is all nothing but trouble for me. In Heroic Spirit form I'm still technically on my way back from Tianzhu, after all...

Sanzang
However, guidance is guidance... So I must go.

Sanzang
That's why I'm here! In this forsaken land, this land of endless sandstorms, Shambhala!

  1. This is in the middle of nowhere.  2. This isn't Shambhala.
  Select: This is in the middle of nowhere.
Sanzang
Yes, I can see that! It means I'm lost!
  Select: This isn't Shambhala.
Sanzang
Wait... really? Huh... That doesn't sound right...

Sanzang
Well, let's not get caught up in the details.

Sanzang
Let your feelings always be composed, as calm as the River Ganges. Know that that is the way to great enlightenment. Okay?

Mash
Xuanzang Sanzang... Monk Sanzang, right? You don't seem like a Servant of the Holy City...

Mash
You do seem to be quite temperamental though... Um... Monk Sanzang?

Mash
Are you aware of this era's circumstances? Do you know of the Lion King's Holy City?

Sanzang
Yes, of course. After all, I lived there for two months as an honored guest.

Mash
Y-You lived in the Holy City!?

Sanzang
Yes. It was such a pleasant place. Everyone was so carefree and happy, and there wasn't a wicked person in sight.

Sanzang
But I didn't feel like I belonged there. So I left. I had other places I wanted to see, too.

Sanzang
Um... You there. Player's Name, was it?

Sanzang
Thank you for saving me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sanzang
And, um... It's Mash, right?

Mash
Y-Yes.

Sanzang
Thanks for helping me just now. And you skeletons, thank you too.

Sanzang
That leaves the mage, Mr. Voice Only. Oh, and that little rabbit there too.

Fou
Fou, fou?

Dr. Roman
...Well, it IS hard to remember a name without a face. Anyway, will you be joining us?

Sanzang
Of course! I always try to return the favors I receive.

Sanzang
And... I'm sure I came here for that purpose.

Sanzang
Monk Sanzang is known as the traveling high priest. So it's only natural for me to join you on your journey.

Mash
Y-Yes. Thank you, Sanzang.

Dr. Roman
Everything's happening so fast that I can barely keep up, but it's certainly nice to have an increase in fighting power!

Dr. Roman
Thank you, Monk Sanzang! The assistance of a Servant is an unexpected stroke of luck!

Sanzang
Not a stroke of luck. The Lord Buddha's divine protection.

Sanzang
You all have the Lord Buddha's divine protection. That would be... me!

Sanzang
I don't have Wukong, or Bajie, or Wujing, or the White Dragon Horse, nor can I hear the Bodhisattva's voice, but whatever!

Sanzang
I am the high priestess who shall one day become a Buddha, Xuanzang Sanzang!

Sanzang
Just you watch! Like the Buddha's palm, I'll save you all... As in, like, BAM!

Hundred Personas
...O-Okay. I don't quite understand the situation, but it's good to have more fighting power!

Cursed Arm
Never a dull moment with Player's Name, is there?

Dr. Roman
(Yes, yes. She was crying alone just now, but I'll pretend I didn't see that.)

Mash
Doctor! You just said that out loud!

Fou
Fou...

Sanzang
!!!

Sanzang
I-I couldn't help it, okay?! I... can't stand being by myself...

Sanzang
It makes me feel lonely... Lonely, scared, and helpless.

Sanzang
Touta won't come for me, either... I've called and called, but he won't come at all...

Sanzang
... (Sniff)

Mash
Don't worry, Sanzang. You're not alone anymore.

  1. It's like you're already one of us.  2. Let's just go together, hm?
  Select: It's like you're already one of us.

  Select: Let's just go together, hm?

Sanzang
...Yeah, you're right. I'm not alone!

Cursed Arm
Hm. Now that you've calmed down, may I ask a question?

Sanzang
Sure. What is it, Mr. Skeleton?

Cursed Arm
Did you come here on your own? It seems you came from the direction of the desert.

Sanzang
...That's the thing. I actually had one disciple.

Sanzang
A Servant I met a while ago. He was so hopeless that I took him under my wing.

Sanzang
But that idiot... He got captured in front of the Holy City army's fort.

Sanzang
I'm his mentor, so I tried to go back and save him, but then I lost my way and... Oh, this is beyond hopeless...

  1. Yeah, just... leave that to us, too.  2. All right, just... leave it all to us.
  Select: Yeah, just... leave that to us, too.

  Select: All right, just... leave it all to us.

Mash
Exactly. Our objectives are so well aligned. It just feels like fate!

Sanzang
Huh? ...You mean, you'll come with me to the fort?

Mash
Of course. After all, Senpai's headed there as well!

Sanzang
Ohhhhhhh! Thanks, Player's Name! I just love you! That settles it: you can be my disciple!

Sanzang
Yeah, I'm not really supposed to play favorites, but I'll do everything I can to help you!

  1. That's great to hear!  2. Thanks, but I think I've had enough of being a disciple.
  Select: That's great to hear!

  Select: Thanks, but I think I've had enough of being a disciple.

Section 9: Flower of Poison, Blade of Iron

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Hundred Personas
...We've made it. That's the fort.

Hundred Personas
It's carefully guarded. However, the lookouts can't see very well at night. They might as well be scarecrows.

Mash
...It looks like they've got ten patrol soldiers around the outer wall, and ten above it.

Mash
Doctor, can you scan inside the fort?

Dr. Roman
...It's quite a large structure.

Dr. Roman
Two big buildings and one small one... The latter might be a stable.

Dr. Roman
And it appears there's a large space underground. It must be a dungeon.

Cursed Arm
A dungeon, huh? One can only imagine the kind of cruel things that happen there. Lord Mage, can you detect any Servants?

Dr. Roman
Two underground. Sorry, that's all I can tell.

Dr. Roman
Looks like they're using some old ruins down there. I can't get any more details with ordinary echolocation technology...

Mash
What shall we do, Senpai?

Mash
We can jump up onto the gate, so if we could just distract the soldiers on the lookout somehow...

Sanzang
...No. Something's not right. I can feel it. It feels darker since I was last here.

Sanzang
The people in this fort are so tense. It's like they're already aware of our movements...

Hundred Personas
Are you saying they are on high alert? ...Wait, we did intercept one of the Knights of the Round Table.

Hundred Personas
That must be why those in the Holy City are sensitive to our movements. ...Heh.

Cursed Arm
Your smug satisfaction is not going to help us, Hundred Personas. We should wait and find another opportunity.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name. Why don't we take a day to assess the situation here?

Cursed Arm
It's hard to believe they'll remain alert for long. Good things come to those who wait. Rather than risking danger... Huh?

Dr. Roman
Everyone, hide! I'm seeing movement from the fort!

Fort Soldier A
Honestly, can't they give us a break? Making all of us come out here in the middle of the night...

Fort Soldier B
It can't be helped. A Knight of the Round Table is secretly visiting this fort. Any form of disrespect and our heads will roll.

Fort Soldier A
That's just it. It's a sudden visit without any prior communication, right? And it's not just any Knight of the Round Table.

Fort Soldier A
It's the secretary to His Majesty the Lion King, Agravain of Iron!

Fort Soldier A
What's the Round Table's second-in-command doing in a place like his? I thought he's not supposed to leave the Holy City?

Fort Soldier B
...Oh, I know. Remember we gave Sir Lancelot that horse the other day?

Fort Soldier B
You're not supposed to take a fort's resource without first consulting Sir Agravain... Maybe he's here to pass down his judgment.

Fort Soldier A
Seriously!? Upon our leader!?

Fort Soldier A
Yeah, well, he's a piece of garbage who treats refugees like dirt. If he gets fired, it'd be doing us a favor...

Fort Soldier B
...Or, it may be about the suspicious bowman we captured the other day.

Fort Soldier B
It took several Enforcement Knights to finally capture him. Perhaps Sir Agravain is here to kill him with his own hands?

Fort Soldier A
Seriously!? He's going to be executed? I don't understand a word he's saying, but he's not a bad guy, ya know?

Fort Soldier A
And ever since he came, our meals got so much better. I actually wanted him to join our side.

Fort Soldier B
...No no, perhaps... Sir Agravain is after the Old Man of the Mountain we've locked up in our dungeon.

Fort Soldier B
I hear she's quite a beauty, but she's tight-lipped. Even the torturers gave up...

Fort Soldier B
Sir Agravain is the best interrogator at the Round Table... They say he's so good he can literally make a hippo scream for help...

Fort Soldier A
Seriously!? As in an actual word, help? Just how brutal can Sir Agravain be?

Fort Soldier A
And just how much trouble can one fort hold!? Man, I want to move to the Holy City, too!

Fort Soldier B
No no, perhaps...

Fort Soldier A
Seriously!? You got more!?

Dr. Roman
...The signals are leaving your location...
It's okay to come out now.

  1. This is bad...  2. What a fort we've come to...
  Select: This is bad...
Mash
Yes. If what they were saying just now is true, that would explain the alertness at the fort.
  Select: What a fort we've come to...
Hundred Personas
...Yeah. Hearing that really makes my head hurt. Tell me the truth, do you guys carry some kind of curse?

Sanzang
Looks like the situation has changed. If Agravain's coming, we've got to hurry.

Sanzang
That guy doesn't approve of any Servants besides the Knights of the Round Table. We can't wait around all night. They'll get Touta!

Mash
Yes. The captured Hassan is also in danger. Thankfully, Sir Agravain hasn't reached the fort yet.

Mash
Let's rescue them both before he gets here!

  1. Of course!  2. Let's rescue the third Old Man of the Mountain!
  Select: Of course!

  Select: Let's rescue the third Old Man of the Mountain!

Cursed Arm
...Wait, Player's Name. May I speak, too?

Cursed Arm
I can hear a pin drop thousands of kilometers away. ...The group of horses headed for this fort is already very near.

Cursed Arm
We'll most likely encounter the enemy group as we emerge from the dungeon. That'll complicate our escape.

Cursed Arm
Let's split into two parties. One will break in and rescue the Servants.

Cursed Arm
The other will remain here and, after Agravain's entourage appears, launch an ambush on the fort, creating a diversion.

Dr. Roman
I see. But how would we manage the ambush? The soldiers at the fort won't mobilize for just one or two of us.

Dr. Roman
Won't we need at least twenty of us to cause a diversion?

Hundred Personas
...

Hundred Personas
...Leave that to me. The rest of you go to the dungeon.

Mash
But Hundred Personas... You can't go at it alone...

Hundred Personas
Ambush and diversion are my forte. I cannot allow myself to rely on you all the time.

Hundred Personas
I am an Old Man of the Mountain possessing multiple personas. If I feel like it...

Hundred Personas
See? When it comes to assassination by numbers, no one can rival me.

Hundred Personas
I may be no match for a Knight of the Round Table, but against mere soldiers, there is no one more suitable than me.

Hundred Personas
I'll at least give those fort soldiers a good scare. And while I'm at it, I'll get you all a horse.

Hundred Personas
All of you, go save Serenity and Touta.

Mash
Hundred Personas...

  1. Leave it to me!  2. Man, you're so cool!
  Select: Leave it to me!

  Select: Man, you're so cool!

Fou
Fou, fooou!

Hundred Personas
Cut the flattery. Hurry up.

Cursed Arm
Then, off we go. Let's move, Player's Name!

Cursed Arm
First we will jump over this wall. Then we will search for the dungeon's entrance.

Sanzang
What? We're going to jump this wall?
Without a sound? I can't do that, no way...

Cursed Arm
I will carry Lady Sanzang with me.
Lady Mash, please carry Player's Name.

  1. Thanks, Mash. Let's go quietly.  2. Makes you a bit nervous, huh?
  Select: Thanks, Mash. Let's go quietly.

  Select: Makes you a bit nervous, huh?

Mash
Y-Yes. I'll do my best not to get caught!

Sanzang
Wow, that skeleton guy's amazing! To be able to slip into the dungeon like that!

Sanzang
Could it be you were one of the Phantom Thieves before? Lupin? You must be Arsène Lupin, right!?

Cursed Arm
Not quite. Forts are all built the same no matter where you go. Breaking into a fort is one of the most basic skills for any Hassan.

Cursed Arm
Moreover, the entrance of a dungeon can be easily found by tracing the human psyche.

Cursed Arm
That is, hide it in the deepest and darkest corner that can neither be heard by enemies nor seen by friends...

Cursed Arm
This holds true in any culture. ...But be careful.

Cursed Arm
It seems they're simply using what was previously here as a dungeon. ...Bad things live here.

Dr. Roman
Hassan's right! I've confirmed several ghost-type enemy signatures!

Dr. Roman
They're coming! Respond to the attack as quietly as you can! Don't let the fort soldiers hear you!

Sanzang
What, vengeful spirits? Then it's my turn!
Leave it to me, Player's Name!

Sanzang
aryavalokitesvaro bodhisattvo gambhirayam prajnaparamitayam caryam caramano vyavalokayati...

Sanzang
Now, everyone come at me! Whatever regrets you may have, I'll guide you all to nirvana!

--ARROW--

Mash
This place is bigger and more complicated than we thought, isn't it... We might be outside the fort grounds by now...

Cursed Arm
Yes, it is a wicked structure indeed. It almost feels like it will devour all those who wander into it...

Cursed Arm
You don't seem to have noticed, Lady Mash. But we are three levels underground already.

Mash
What!? But I don't remember going down any stairs or slopes...

Cursed Arm
We've been walking down an incline from the start. Only those accustomed to the darkness would notice.

Cursed Arm
...Already it's a labyrinth. Looks like this won't be as straightforward after all...

  1. By the way, who's Agravain?
  Select: By the way, who's Agravain?

Dr. Roman
Oh, that's right, our dear Player's Name
doesn't know Agravain very well.

Dr. Roman
He may not be much compared to the glorious legends of Sir Gawain, Sir Lancelot, or Sir Percival, but...

Mash
He was King Arthur's adjutant.

Mash
His mother, Morgan the Enchantress, was Arthur's older sister. She cursed and neglected the king his entire life.

Cursed Arm
I see. The son of King Arthur's enemy... In other words, he was a spy, a snake in his bosom?

Mash
...Yes. If you look at the family tree, he's also a half-brother to the treacherous Sir Mordred.

Dr. Roman
At the same time, he was the youngest brother of Sir Gawain, who swore allegiance to King Arthur.

Mash
Yes. But apparently Sir Gawain and Morgan never had much interaction.

Mash
Sir Mordred was also a child of Morgan, but he was only in her care during his childhood.

Mash
It may be that Morgan raised Sir Agravain as the only son she could trust.

Mash
Sir Agravain was a cold individual. Yet he succeeded King Arthur as the civil officer in charge of Camelot's government.

Mash
Most of the Knights of the Round Table must've hated him. They would've seen him as one of Morgan's men who might turn on them at any moment.

Mash
But, in the end...

Dr. Roman
He was killed by Sir Lancelot.

Dr. Roman
Lancelot had an affair with Guinevere, King Arthur's wife.

Dr. Roman
It was Agravain who denounced the two unfaithful. Agravain even accused Guinevere of being impure.

Dr. Roman
...And for that, in a fit of rage, Lancelot slew him.

Mash
That was the beginning of the collapse of the Round Table.

Mash
Lancelot escorted Queen Guinevere safely from Camelot, then returned to his home country of France,

Mash
and King Arthur, returning from a successful Roman expedition, found himself up against a rebellion led by Sir Mordred...

Dr. Roman
...Which led to Arthur's death at Camlann. That is the conclusion of the famous Arthurian legend.

Dr. Roman
Right. In that sense, you can even say Agravain murdered King Arthur, as Morgan had planned.

Dr. Roman
Had he not revealed Queen Guinevere and Lancelot's affair, the Round Table wouldn't have fallen.

Mash
That's right... You may say he achieved the biggest impact with the smallest gesture.

Cursed Arm
Hmm... I was never interested in the legend of the Knights of the Round Table, but hearing it now makes me think...

Cursed Arm
They pride themselves on glory and chivalry, but in the end, their lives were just as bitter...

Fou
Fouuuuu...

Sanzang
Hellooo? Toutaaa? Where are youuu?

Sanzang
...HELLOOO!

Fou
Foooou!

Sanzang
(Sigh) We've been looking all over, but we still can't find him... Don't tell me they already killed him!

Sanzang
No, no way... (Sob, sob) It's all... my fault...

Sanzang
I'm supposed to be his mentor... but I can't even save one of my disciples... Sorry, I'm sorry, Touta...

Fou
Fouuuu. Fou? Fou, fooou!

Mash
Fou, stop. Right now we don't have the time toAh.

Mash
Master, there's a hidden passageway here! I can see jail cells!

Mash
Enemy guard presence confirmed in front of one of them! It appears there's a Servant inside it!

Sanzang
Really?! Hang on, I'll be there, I'll be there right away!

???
Huh? That frantic, worried voice...
Heeeyyy! Is that you, Sanzang!?

Sanzang
Touta! That voice just now, it's Touta! Hellooooo! Yes, it's me!

Sanzang
When her disciple's in need, she will jump fences, even of the gardens of Gandharva Castle!

Sanzang
In matters of the Abhidharma, namely sutta pitaka, vinaya pitaka, abhidhamma pitaka!

Sanzang
These be the way to the Buddha, and these have I mastered! I, Monk Sanzang! I may be late, but Xuanzang Sanzang is back!

???
Ah yes, there's no mistaking that sinfully showy speech! Yet, despite my joy, I'll tell you to be careful!

???
That prison guard is as monstrously strong as me! See, look, he's headed your way!

???
Especially his kicks, his kicks hurt! Hahaha, your guts will spill if he tags you a good one!

Sanzang
What? Oh no! Everyone, intercept! Intercept!

Sanzang
Let's take down that big one, and get Touta out of there!

--BATTLE--

G:Touta
Ah, brilliant! That was truly a match worth watching!

G:Touta
I kept biting my fingernails in anticipation... So much that, coupled with this hunger, I was about to eat my own hands! Ah, there we go.

Mash
Did you just walk out of that jail cell on your own!?

G:Touta
Well yeah, I could've stepped out at any time. But I've finally grown tired of lying around. It's about time I got to work.

G:Touta
So, I take it you're the ones who came to attack this fort? Hahaha, you don't say, you don't say!

G:Touta
After all, you must be quite the softies to befriend Xuanzang! Each one of you is an outstandingly good person, I'm sure!

Sanzang
Touta! Where are your manners?! At least introduce yourself first! Are you a monkey or what!?

G:Touta
Huh? Oh. Come to think of it, we don't even know each other's names. I got carried away. Forgive me.

G:Touta
Servant, Archer. My True Name is Tawara Touta. Through fate, I ended up protecting that monk over there.

Sanzang
Escorting, not protecting!
Gosh, how many times have I told you!?

Sanzang
You're my disciple, remember?

Sanzang
Disciples have to protect their mentors, no matter what. Got that?

Sanzang
They have to protect their mentor's integrity, and their mentor's safety.

Sanzang
L-I-S-T-E-N! ...Gee, don't make me worry so much, okay?

Sanzang
Promise me. Oh, and if you break that promise, I'll send the Buddha's palm after you, like BAM!

Tawara Touta
O-Okay. Sorry. I didn't think you'd become so meek...

Tawara Touta
...Huh? No, wait, wait.
It was you. It was you, remember?

Tawara Touta
You were the one who said, “That fort looks so much fun!” You were the one who ran off to pick a fight with the knights! And look what came of it!

Tawara Touta
Next thing I knew, you were already nowhere in sight... I went around looking for you, but then hunger kicked in...

Tawara Touta
I came across a knight in purple armor, but he made quick work of me in my weakened state. Now look at where I am.

Mash
A knight in purple armor... Was that a Knight of the Round Table?

Tawara Touta
Hmm. He called himself Lancelot. He was truly frightening and straightforward. A simple yet powerful swordsman.

Tawara Touta
Sensing danger, I quickly surrendered and let myself be caught. I was getting sleepy anyway.

Dr. Roman
Whoa... You grew sleepy during your fight so you purposely lost to them... all so you could get to a bed?

Dr. Roman
It seems we've stumbled upon yet another dynamic Heroic Spirit... Hmm? Tawara... Tawara!? Hold up, this is the samurai who...!

Tawara Touta
Regardless, you saved me and that's a fact. Was it you who brought Sanzang?

Tawara Touta
Then let me thank you. I am glad you made it in time... Of course I meant Sanzang.

  1. Yes. It's nice to meet you.  2. What's that straw bag?
  Select: Yes. It's nice to meet you.
Tawara Touta
Wow, and such fine manners.
Nice to meet you too, Player's Name!
  Select: What's that straw bag?
Tawara Touta
This? Heh heh heh... Well, that's a surprise for later. I will show you the blessing of the sun, one pile after another!

Sanzang
Never mind that, Touta. We're looking for one more prisoner.

Sanzang
Would you know where she is? Apparently, she's like that skeleton guy over there.

Tawara Touta
What!? A mask sewn onto your skull!
Doesn't that hurt!?

Cursed Arm
Of course, somewhat. My mask does stick on my face much firmer than any other Old Men.

Tawara Touta
...Hm. Seems like you have your reasons.
I have asked a foolish question, do forgive me.

Tawara Touta
As for your inquiry... I'm not sure whether they have the same face as you, but there's another prisoner back there to the left.

Cursed Arm
—We appreciate it.
Let's hurry, Player's Name.

Cursed Arm
I think I smell something burning.

Sanzang
Yes, let's hurry! And Touta! I'm tired of walking, so carry me on your shoulders!

Tawara Touta
That again? You'll grow fat if you get too lazy, you know.

Sanzang
I. WILL. NOT. And quit making me repeat myself!

Sanzang
I'm your mentor, remember? Mentors are to be obeyed, remember? Absolute obedience, remember?

Tawara Touta
That's exactly what I mean. Listen, Sanzang, Xuanzang Sanzang. I don't recall ever agreeing to...

Sanzang
Yeah, yeah. Who cares, come on, carry me.

Tawara Touta
...Goodness. What am I to do with you...

  1. Sanzang's behaving even more freely...  2. I thought this was supposed to be an intense moment...
  Select: Sanzang's behaving even more freely...

  Select: I thought this was supposed to be an intense moment...

Dr. Roman
Ah well, that Tawara Touta over there is a Dragon Slayer from the Far East, a samurai with interesting tales.

Dr. Roman
Let's hurry up and rescue Hassan, then return to the village. Touta's Noble Phantasm will be a brand-new discovery for Mash.

Mash
Doctor? What do you mean?

Dr. Roman
I'd like you to find that out with your own eyes.

Dr. Roman
What can I say? That girl Sanzang there might just be the real savior in all this.

--ARROW--

Dr. Roman
Everyone, bad news! I am detecting large-scale movement above ground!

Dr. Roman
Hassan of the Hundred Personas must have engaged the enemy already! That can only mean—

Cursed Arm
Agravain is already here...
Let's hurry, Player's Name!

Mash
I am picking up another life sign!
It's beyond this door.

Fou
Fouuu.

Mash
...The floor is stained with blood, and there are all sorts of tools hanging on the wall...

Mash
This... This is no ordinary prison.
There's a... girl? She's chained to the wall over there.

E:???
...Who are you?
...You haven't given up yet?

E:???
No matter what you may do to me, I won't tell you anything. So... hurry up and slit my throat.

E:???
Let's stop wasting both of our time... After all, pain or poison can't kill me.

Cursed Arm
...There'll be no need for any throat-slitting today, Serenity. I am impressed you've held on this long.

Serenity
...Are you...from the eastern village?

  1. We're here to rescue you!  2. This chain... It's pitch-black!
  Select: We're here to rescue you!
Serenity
...Rescue...me? Dr. Roman
...Looks like she's not fully conscious yet. To capture a Servant, and wear her down to this state... Dr. Roman
It's probably a skill these Knights of the Round Table... Or rather, Agravain possesses. But still, even if she's a Hassan, to do this to a child... Cursed Arm
Stay your tongue. No matter how young she may be, she is a first-rate assassin that was crowned an “Old Man of the Mountain.” Cursed Arm
Serenity's age has nothing to do with her skills. Any further comment on such topic would be an insult to her, Lord Mage. Dr. Roman
Er... I am sorry. That's true, she must be quite an assassin to be able to lead a sect by herself...
  Select: This chain... It's pitch-black!
Sanzang
That's Agravain's “Iron Punishment.” That guy has a sick hobby of binding people with specific rules. Sanzang
Once he gets his special chains around you, there's no escape, not even for a Servant.

Serenity
...Wait. Wait there. Don't come near me.
Are you really people from the mountains?

Mash
No, we're foreigners. We came here to rescue you...
That much is true.

Mash
Together with Hassan of the Cursed Arm, and Hassan of the Hundred Personas, we broke in here to do just that.

Cursed Arm
They speak the truth, Serenity. Hence you can relax your guard. You mustn't lose hope.

Cursed Arm
I hate to ask, Player's Name, but could you unshackle her? Somehow, that chain is not friendly towards Servants.

  1. Of course. Leave it to me!  2. It must've been rough. Here, stay still.
  Select: Of course. Leave it to me!

  Select: It must've been rough. Here, stay still.

Mash
Good. The chains came off.
Now you're free.

Serenity
...Yes.

Mash
Oh, look out, you'll trip if you–

  1. (Jumps up to help)  2. (Watches)
  Select: (Jumps up to help)
Serenity
...Huh!?
  Select: (Watches)
Serenity
...Huh!!

Dr. Roman
Hm? What was that sound just now?

Mash
Serenity lost her footing and Senpai jumped in to catch her.

Mash
They've collapsed in each other's arms.
Senpai has cushioned her fall.

Mash
Hassan's mask seems to have fallen from the impact.
It's on the ground.

Mash
And for some reason they aren't getting up.
Both are rooted on the spot.

Dr. Roman
Oh!? I can sense a brand-new romance blossoming!

Dr. Roman
...I mean, this is bad.
Right, this is not good.

Dr. Roman
Hurry and get up, Player's Name. I understand how you feel, but we're in enemy territory right now.

Serenity
...No. This person will never be able to get up again.

Mash
?

Serenity
The Zabaniya I've acquired will take the life of anyone who touches my body.

Serenity
...My body is poisonous. Every inch of it and every drop of fluid inside it is extremely poisonous.

Serenity
Based on the legend of Visha Kanya from the far eastern land, I'm a “poison girl,” created by a religious cult to be a living lump of poison.

Serenity
Normal interaction wouldn't cause immediate death, but... we just...

Serenity
...Our...lips...

Mash
...Come again?

Dr. Roman
I didn't catch that. What?

Serenity
...I'm sorry. It's too late. This person will die.

Serenity
That's an irreversible fact.
I am truly...sorry...

Serenity
You all came to save me, yet I've killed... again...

  1. I'm a bit numb, but I'm still alive.  2. I almost died of shock in a way, but anyway...
  Select: I'm a bit numb, but I'm still alive.

  Select: I almost died of shock in a way, but anyway...

Serenity
...Huh!?

Serenity
No, that's not possible... How... I don't understand...

Mash
Right. Senpai has the skill Anti-Poison (Temporary Name). You don't have to worry, Hassan.

Dr. Roman
Oh yeah, even the demonic fog in London didn't do anything.

Dr. Roman
There's no doubt about it. Player's Name is shrouded in some kind of Anti-Filth protection.

Dr. Roman
It's most likely an effect of Mash's shield.
It protects its contractor from illness.

Serenity
Um... Are you really...all right?

Serenity
Are we... Are we able... to touch?

Mash
Senpai, and even I, will most likely have no problem. Unless it's due to some kind of Noble Phantasm-level Mystic.

Serenity
Is that...right...

Mash
...?

Serenity
...

Dr. Roman
Anyway, let's return to the surface soon.

Dr. Roman
Even if Hundred Personas is capable of multiplying herself, the burden is too heavy for her alone.

Dr. Roman
Let's join her right away, and relocate somewhere where we can rest, before that Knight of the Round Table shows up.

H:???
Nonsense. You should just rest here.

Cursed Arm
!!!

H:???
Hello, everyone. And welcome to my torture chamber.

H:???
Even thieves are still guests from far away.
Greetings, Master of Chaldea.

Cursed Arm
Agravain of the Round Table!

Agravain
Ah, it seems there's no need to introduce myself. Oh, don't worry. No need to introduce yourselves, either.

Agravain
One Master, one contract Servant, two Old Men of the Mountain, and finally—

Agravain
Sanzang, who so arrogantly left our Holy City behind, along with her escorting Servant.

Agravain
All of you are targets of enforcement.
Please allow us to take care of you immediately.

Mash
Enforcement Knights approaching!
They won't listen to reason!

Sanzang
Still no sense of playfulness, huh, Agravain!
Don't you know that's why everybody hates you!?

Agravain
That's fine. I despise humans so I couldn't wish for more.

Agravain
I'm but a simple man, the complete opposite of you, who dreams of leading everyone to enlightenment.

Sanzang
...There you go again...

Tawara Touta
I see, then you're definitely my enemy!

Tawara Touta
My bow embodies the power of Hachiman, the Great Bodhisattva. Let my arrows rid you of your melancholy. ...Why, you ask?

Tawara Touta
Because in a peaceful world, even a delicious meal will taste plain without smiles! Having a depressed face like that will ruin any feast!

--ARROW--

Mash
We've defeated the Enforcement Knights. But...

Dr. Roman
I'm picking up more enemies! More are coming!

Dr. Roman
We'll only get overwhelmed if we keep fighting! We have to find an escape route!

Cursed Arm
...There are no escape routes. So this is checkmate for us, Agravain...

Agravain
Of course. I am different than the others sitting at the Round Table. I do not seek glory, only results.

Agravain
You're all finished here. It's a shame that your death is so... forgettable.

Agravain
(Yet... Gawain, that fool. How could he have failed to capture these simpletons?)

Agravain
(Surely it wasn't out of distrust for the king? No, Sir Gawain would never do such a thing.)

Agravain
(He himself is the sword serving the king. He's not like Lancelot.)

Sanzang
Agravain. No, Aggy. You know what, I'm gonna call you Aggy from now.

Enforcement Knight
Y-You tramp, how dare you speak to Lord Agravain like that!? Have you no fear?! Prepare to be punished!

Agravain
It's all right. Stand down.

Agravain
Xuanzang Sanzang. I have no intention of discussing anything with you. Never have, never will.

Agravain
But I value the depth of your insights.

Agravain
It may be from a little girl's perspective, but you must have seen a number of lands.

Agravain
For that sole reason, there's value in lending an ear to your stories.

Sanzang
“Little girl”!? You're not that much older than me, Aggy.

Enforcement Knight
...You!

Agravain
...I shall grant you one last chance. A chance to return to this side.

Agravain
You saw what life was like in the Holy City. You saw what life was like among the mountain tribes.

Agravain
I'm sure you also saw Ozymandias's land, the territory of Egypt.

Agravain
With that in mind, let me pose this question to you... Is the Lion King in the wrong?

Sanzang
Well...

  1. Sanzang?  2. Why aren't you saying anything?
  Select: Sanzang?

  Select: Why aren't you saying anything?

Agravain
Exactly. You of all people should understand, Xuanzang Sanzang. Our Holy City is the only truth, the only ideal.

Agravain
No matter which side you are on, we share the same goal. We are merely searching for a way to survive.

Agravain
“To defend the people of our nation.” Even that Ozymandias thinks the same thing.

Agravain
But with their policies, they won't change anything. They'll just fall into ruin along with the world, along with the era.

Agravain
Think back on your time in the Holy City. Everyone lived a satisfying life. They bettered each other, they respected each other.

Agravain
The utopia once dreamed of by the King of Knights has come true in the Holy City.

Agravain
You turned your back on that. That alone is an insult to me, but—

Agravain
The King of Knights... No, His Majesty the Lion King respected your thoughtfulness. Therefore, this will be my final offer.

Agravain
Return to the Holy City, and sit with us at the Round Table. You will fit well in Gareth's empty seat.

Sanzang
...I suppose so. To be honest, I've been hesitating this whole time.

Sanzang
Which side I should take... The Lion King, the Sun King, or the mountain people...

Sanzang
I wasn't really into the idea from the start. I couldn't hear the Buddha's voice, either.

Sanzang
When the Buddha is silent, it means things are out of my hands.

Sanzang
In other words, Buddha has been telling me to “butt out” this entire time.

Dr. Roman
Oh, I get it. Budd-ha, Budd-out, Butt-out!

  1. You butt out!  2. Shut up, Doctor!
  Select: You butt out!

  Select: Shut up, Doctor!

Sanzang
However...

Sanzang
... (Glance)

Sanzang
Nope, I can't stay out any longer.

Sanzang
No matter how nice the Lion King's Holy City may be, I know in my heart that the tactics used by the Round Table are wrong!

Mash
That's right!

Mash
Even if the Holy City is a utopia, selecting who will live in it and then killing the rest is unforgivable! It's an atrocity!

Agravain
It isn't an atrocity. It's a conclusion. Those not chosen by the Holy City will die in this wilderness.

Agravain
...Which by itself wouldn't be so bad, except that they'll then develop feelings of hate and jealousy toward it.

Agravain
To build a strong Holy City, we cut off that evil at the source. This is also the mercy of the Lion King.

Agravain
We've never forced anyone. The refugees are free to choose whether or not they wish to receive the Holy City's sanctuary.

Agravain
We wage war, yes, but only to protect the Holy City from its enemies. If the mountain people give up on the Holy Land, we'll cease fighting too.

Sanzang
Oh. Then why does this world have an “end”?

Agravain
—What?

Sanzang
I've journeyed to the other side of the desert. And saw THAT there. That's why I returned.

Sanzang
Agravain. I promise not to start crying, so tell me. What are you trying to do?

Sanzang
Is the Lion King really in her right mind?

Sanzang
Didn't she lose her human heart a long time ago? Are you sure she's still a Heroic Spirit!?

Agravain
...You crossed that desert with your own two feet? Indeed, it seems I underestimated you.

Agravain
I'm breaking off the negotiations. Resume the enforcement.

Sanzang
Hey, answer my questions! Or what, you want me to get serious, is that it!?

Sanzang
My Buddha palm will snap your feeble Enforcement Knights like a bunch of rice crackers!

Agravain
We shall see. These Enforcement Knights are different.

Agravain
...In the past, there was a fool who fled the court after slaying his brethren in a wild rage.

Agravain
These Enforcement Knights are modeled after that man and made stronger. They fight like pathetic mad dogs, yet that is fitting for rebel scum like you.

--BATTLE--

Agravain
On to the next one. It seems we are at a stand-still... But that matters not. I have resources and time on my side.

Dr. Roman
There's no place for us to run in a small space like this!

Dr. Roman
Even if we try to go after Agravain directly, doesn't he have a Gift like the other Knights of the Round!?

Dr. Roman
Without Be–
Lucius, we can't take them down!

Mash
No, wait, that's incorrect, Doctor.
Sir Agravain doesn't possess a Gift.

Dr. Roman
What!? Why not!?

Agravain
It is obvious. To receive a Gift is to enter into a contract with the Lion King... Something akin to becoming his Servant.

Agravain
Such a situation would prove rather inconvenient for me. Because... I would not be able to do anything to the king, right?

Dr. Roman
...I see, so that's how it is. But thanks to that, we now have a fighting chance!

Dr. Roman
Player's Name, focus your attacks on Agravain!
That'll turn the tables on him!

Agravain
It will not, fool. The Enforcement Knights will not stop, even if you kill me.

Agravain
You will all die down here.
That was decided the moment I arrived.

Agravain
Death means nothing to me, as it is an inevitability.
Soon, the sacred lance will enter its final phase.

Agravain
When that happens, this era will...
What's going on!?

Enforcement Knight
Lord Agravain? Why are you retreating all by—
Ugh... Argh... Gah...

D:Enforcement Knight
What's going on... My feet are numb... And... I can't breathe...

Mash
They... They all passed out!
What's going on here!?

Serenity
...Halt. If you take another step, you will be affected by this poison as well.

Serenity
I am the Hassan-i Sabbah of the Serenity, the poisonous flower that blooms at night. As I dance, the wind becomes poison and assassinates the enemy—

Serenity
It's meant to be used upwind, but you can see how it works in an airtight underground facility such as this one...

Serenity
Hehe. It was... something I was able to use only because everyone kept the Enforcement Knights at bay. You have my gratitude.

Serenity
...And I am sorry to have kept you waiting, Master Player's Name.

Serenity
Was I...useful to you?

  1. Oh, uh, of course!  2. (...This girl is scary!)
  Select: Oh, uh, of course!

  Select: (...This girl is scary!)

Mash
I-In any event, thanks to Serenity, we've managed to get ourselves out of trouble...

Mash
Also, Senpai, you're too close.
Serenity is basically glued to your back.

Cursed Arm
Oh, I'm sorry about that, Mash.
I guess I'm as blind as a skeleton.

Cursed Arm
Serenity, you should back away.

Cursed Arm
I know it's rare to find a human who doesn't die by your touch. However, that person is our guest and savior.

Cursed Arm
Don't try to cause any trouble.

Serenity
...Of course. I will make sure to take care of our guest.

Sanzang
...Agravain got away, huh? He ran above ground with his tail between his legs as soon as he sensed the poison...

Sanzang
All his men are out cold.
I doubt they'll pose any threat now.

Tawara Touta
Well, so... what's the situation?
Is it all right for us to move now?

Serenity
...Yes. I've stopped my dance, so the poison should have thinned out. Breathing the air might numb you a bit, but it should be fine.

Dr. Roman
I-I see. In that case, let's hurry back above ground.
I'm worried about Hundred Personas!

Section 10: Feast, West Village

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Hundred Personas
Took you long enough, fools!
An entire hour?! I thought I would die!

Mash
I'm so sorry!
Great work, Hundred Personas!

Serenity
You... You're from the western village, right?
Even you came here, too?

Hundred Personas
Hmm. It looks like everything went well.

Hundred Personas
...Oh, I saw Agravain heading for the Holy City on horseback just now. Had a feeling that would happen.

Hundred Personas
Well done, Player's Name. I guess all that intense fighting I did wasn't in vain.

Hundred Personas
...Still some survivors.
I'll let you guys take care of them.

Hundred Personas
I'm going to go steal some horses. My brain is not functioning. Ah, I want to eat some sweet fruit...

  1. It's physical work, and yet it's mentally draining for you.  2. I should have brought a steamed bun.
  Select: It's physical work, and yet it's mentally draining for you.
Hundred Personas
That's right. I turn all of my personalities into my own blade. That's how I fight. Hundred Personas
That's why the longer I fight, the slower my thought process becomes. Stealing horses is about as much as I can do now.
  Select: I should have brought a steamed bun.
Hundred Personas
Steamed...bun? Is that like lokum?
Whatever it is, I'll take it. Hundred Personas
Our village is always short of food. I would love the kids to at least have something sweet to eat.

Hundred Personas
...Anyway. Serenity, it's time you showed Player's Name your true strength.

Hundred Personas
That know what you're capable of.

Serenity
Yes, of course! Please count on me, Master Player's Name!

Fort Soldier
There they are! Follow me!
Bring as many Golems as possible!

Fort Soldier
Don't let anyone get away. Kill them all!

--BATTLE--

Serenity
...Mmm. That was my ability, Master Player's Name. Please use me at your discretion...

Cursed Arm
Player's Name, the horses are ready.
We should leave the fort at once.

Cursed Arm
It was unfortunate we missed Agravain, but I think we should be proud of what we achieved.

Cursed Arm
In fact, it was a tremendous pleasure to see him running around. It will be a story to talk about for a long time, ha!

Hundred Personas
Just get on, Cursed Arm. We should head back to the mountains before dawn.

Hundred Personas
Even if Lord Arash is there, we've been away from the village for two days now. It worries me.

Cursed Arm
Mmm, you're right! We also have two new guests with us. Let's hurry back and regroup.

Arash
Hey, great work! You did it!
Heard the good news, Player's Name!

Arash
Sir Bedivere, you should come out from behind the house too. We need to give a proper welcome to those who fought hard, right?

Bedivere
...I know, but... I just... I am so pathetic, to be out at such a crucial time...

  1. I'm home, Sir Bedivere!  2. You don't need to worry at all.
  Select: I'm home, Sir Bedivere!
Bedivere
Y-Yes! Welcome back, Player's Name. Bedivere
...I'm glad you're back safely. Bedivere
When I heard that you ran into Sir Agravain, I was extremely worried... Bedivere
But you chased off that Agravain of Iron.
What marvelous work. I wish I was there to see it.
  Select: You don't need to worry at all.
Bedivere
...Thank you. Bedivere
I know I shouldn't be depressed. I know I should look forward to the chance to make it up to you. But... Bedivere
No, this is bad, I get pessimistic way too easily.
I should be more optimistic like you. Bedivere
And you did a wonderful job, Player's Name.
I am overjoyed as if it were my own victory.

Arash
So, those two are the new additions?
...What a unique look they have...

Sanzang
Yes, my name's Xuanzang Sanzang! I'm here to bring forth the divine protection of the Buddha!

Tawara Touta
I am Tawara Touta. As you can see, I'm just a passerby who somehow got caught up in this. ...I see, so this is the western village...

Tawara Touta
I heard all about the village on the way here.
Well then... Mwahaha...

Tawara Touta
Save the greetings and long stories for later!
First, get a load of this!

Tawara Touta
Traveling on Mt. Mikami, exterminating some evil bugs... You can keep scooping from it, but its fortunes never run dry...

Tawara Touta
Seven rounds at the mountain ain't enough.
Eight rounds at the mountain ain't enough.

Tawara Touta
If you're about to eat, make many rounds. The Dragon King's mighty generous, so off with the lid and out with the goods!

Tawara Touta
Here we go! Anti-Feast Noble Phantasm...
Shower of Tasty Rice! Let it rain, let it rain!

Mash
Wha-

Cursed Arm
Wha-

Bedivere
Wha-

Serenity
?

  1. What in the world!?
  Select: What in the world!?

Hundred Personas
Wh-What is this downpour!? Grains!?
Food!? Could this be food!?

Mash
Yes... There's no doubt, this is rice! Enough to make Hundred Personas take off her mask!

Arash
Wow, what an amazing Archer!
We have the greatest helper here!

Sanzang
Yes, this is part of the Buddha's divine protection, you see? This is why Touta and I met!

Sanzang
AH!

E:Children
Whoaaaaaa.
Whoaaaaaaaaa!

Sanzang
This is just the start! Hundred Palms Buddha Rice Balls, we'll keep them coming—!

E:Children
Wooooooo! You are awesome!

Dr. Roman
It sounds really lively over there!?
What happened, Player's Name!?

  1. A feast has started.  2. A feast has finally started.
  Select: A feast has started.

  Select: A feast has finally started.

Tawara Touta
Look at how you can drink!
Lord Arash, you finished that huge bottle in a second!

Arash
Well, look at how you can eat, Lord Touta!
I'm impressed you finished that huge fish in a flash!

Hundred Personas
...These two are completely drunk.
They even talk like each other... For goodness' sake...

Hundred Personas
Hmph. This tastes a bit strange, but once you get used to it, it's not too bad. Alcohol from fermented rice... Huh, not bad.

Sanzang
Okay, next the stuffing! I can't eat meat, but it'll surely be a feast for the kids!

Sanzang
Take out the guts and stuff it with rice!
I taught this recipe to Bajie before!

Sanzang
Oh, that reminds me. I would like one more disciple if possible.

Sanzang
Touta is Wukong, Arash is Bajie... Now I just need someone to be Wujing!

Arash
Wait a minute, Lord Touta is the one gobbling everything up!

Arash
The pig!? I don't like it!
Switch me with Lord Touta!

Tawara Touta
Oh no, as long as it's delicious, I'll eat everything, including meat and fish. I'm far from being Bajie.

Tawara Touta
In that sense, Lord Arash is the virtuous one!
All he's been eating is beans!

Arash
No, I eat meat, too! It's just that these split peas are so damn good!

  1. They're completely drunk...  2. I can't stop this...
  Select: They're completely drunk...

  Select: I can't stop this...

Cursed Arm
Looks like it. I'd scold them for letting their guard down too much in a situation like this, but...

Cursed Arm
For the past six months, ever since the land was burned down and the Holy Land was taken, we have been living under heavy restrictions.

Cursed Arm
All these villagers... they deserve to enjoy this moment. Well, we owe all of this to Lord Tawara.

Mash
...Yes. Looks like everyone in the village is having a good time.

Mash
But what about you? You still haven't had anything to eat or drink.

Cursed Arm
I'm fine. It's not that I can't hold my alcohol,
it's just—

Cursed Arm
You see, it's this body. I cannot ingest human food as much anymore.

Mash
What does that mean?

Cursed Arm
Hahaha. This is going to be an embarrassing story. You see, out of all of the Old Men of the Mountain, I was the most ordinary.

Cursed Arm
I was pretty good at everything, but I didn't have any exceptional talent.

Cursed Arm
We Old Men of the Mountain are the greatest assassins of our generation. We each need to have one special skill that nobody else can replicate.

Cursed Arm
Hundred Personas can take on a hundred personalities. Serenity's entire body is poisonous, and can also neutralize any poison.

Cursed Arm
I never had anything like that. Nevertheless, I still desired to become an Old Man of the Mountain.

Cursed Arm
...I guess I was desperate because I was young, or actually, because I was alive.

Cursed Arm
I wanted the title of Old Man of the Mountain, no matter the cost. I wanted to earn my place in history as a great, remarkable man.

Cursed Arm
And in order to achieve that, I chose to sacrifice my own body.

Cursed Arm
...My right arm is not a man's arm.
This is the arm of the demon Shaytan.

Cursed Arm
Though I myself lacked talent, I could at least take something that did and make it my own... That was my logic.

Cursed Arm
This body, Cursed Arm, is the result.

Cursed Arm
My face, my people, my love... I left them all behind and became an Old Man of the Mountain.

Cursed Arm
...All without understanding that I would become a nonperson, indistinguishable from the others in history and memory.

Mash
...

Cursed Arm
Well, I'm sorry you had to hear this boring story.
But it looks like we are the only ones who are not drunk.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name, I have one favor to ask of you.

Cursed Arm
The smell of this feast has attracted uninvited guests. They now gather outside the village.

Cursed Arm
While we're both destined to be sober, would you keep my company a little longer?

  1. Of course.  2. I can't rely on you alone, Cursed Arm.
  Select: Of course.

  Select: I can't rely on you alone, Cursed Arm.

Cursed Arm
Haha, well then, let's duck out quietly. Tonight is a pleasant dream. The people here need not wake from it.

Mash
Indeed... I'll stay with you, Hassan!

--BATTLE--

Cursed Arm
Ha, it took longer than I thought.
I suspect the feast must be over by now.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name, Lady Mash.
You should rest here tonight.

Cursed Arm
...Because tomorrow morning we will be discussing our next move. See you then.

Mash
...It seems like Cursed Arm is going to rest for the night. The square is still a mess, but we can't do much about it.

Mash
That was an amazing sight earlier.
A shower of rice from Touta's bags...

Mash
Sanzang and Touta then used that rice and made a lot of stir-fried dishes.

Mash
An endless supply of rice... Enough for every single villager to eat and then some!

Mash
Did you know? I understand that's Touta's Noble Phantasm.

  1. That's surprising.  2. Although he can't fight with it.
  Select: That's surprising.

  Select: Although he can't fight with it.

Mash
...Right.

Mash
A Servant's Special Arts. An EX-ranked Noble Phantasm, yet it serves no purpose in battle.

Mash
A cure for people's hunger achieved without conflict.
I never knew such a Noble Phantasm existed.

Mash
It's just amazing.

Mash
It reminds me of something Nero said, something like, “How can there be a nation without laughter?”

Mash
Those were her words to you during her fight with Romulus.

  1. That's right.  2. Mash, you were listening?
  Select: That's right.

  Select: Mash, you were listening?

Mash
Yes. I was there at the time.
I just couldn't come out.

Mash
The faces of the villagers earlier today...
They were all smiling. Everyone was happy.

Mash
So that's the kind of Noble Phantasm his rice bag is...
I never would've imagined it.

Mash
Of course, defeating an enemy of the innocent...
is the same as saving the innocent...

Mash
But...

Mash
No, never mind. I can't put it into words.

Mash
But I do understand. I understand that every event in a Singularity is, by nature, a distortion that never should have been.

Mash
Everything gets corrected upon retrieving the Holy Grail: phenomena, memories, everything.

Mash
For Chaldea, for Senpai, restoring the Foundation of Humanity is the only action that means anything.

Mash
Forging friendships with those who suffer in a Singularity is therefore meaningless.

Mash
I know that, but... somehow...

  1. It's not meaningless.  2. Its meaning will remain, even if it gets erased.
  Select: It's not meaningless.
Mash
...I, I suppose you're right. Mash
Episodes, interactions, emotions... The joy, the sorrow... It's all real, regardless of whether it ends up being erased or not.
  Select: Its meaning will remain, even if it gets erased.
Mash
Even if there are no records of our actions... the meaning will remain? Mash
Do I have it backwards? Mash
...Even if no one remembers it, even if it doesn't exist in Chaldea's records, Mash
the fact that such a life definitely existed is, in itself, an essential element of human history... Mash
...Hmm. It might be a little too difficult for me to understand, but... Mash
But what a beautiful expression. “Its meaning will remain, even if it gets erased.” Mash
...Even if nobody remembers anymore, the feelings that existed at that time are what make up this exact moment.

Mash
...My apologies. I've rambled on. Like Hassan said, we're going to be busy in the morning.

Mash
Good night, Master. I hope you rest up, and wake up feeling good tomorrow as you always do.

Fort Soldier
Attention, men! Sir Tristan of the Knights of the Round Table is here!

Tristan
...Thank you for your welcome, but I am not in the mood.

Tristan
I would like to see where it happened. Please, lead the way.

Fort Soldier
Yes, sir! This way!

Fort Soldier
That's what happened last night. The insurgents' ambush has reduced our military force by 70 percent.

Fort Soldier
Right now, this fort has lost its functionality.

Tristan
...Tragic. For a knight of the Holy City to die of poison-induced suffocation...

Tristan
I wonder how the king will mourn over this cruelty...

Fort Soldier
...Yes, sir. The casualties include more than 30 soldiers stationed at this fort, and 26 knights brought here by Sir Agravain.

Fort Soldier
All the surviving soldiers are working around the clock so we may hold a funeral for our lost comrades.

Fort Soldier
“As soon as you have held their funeral, avenge their deaths with all your might.” That's what His Majesty the Lion King would say.

Tristan
...How sad. Yes, I am very sad indeed.

Tristan
...That I have left this fort in the care of weak-minded fools like you.

Fort Soldier
...Huh?

Fort Soldier B
N-No! Sir Tristan, what are you doing!?

Tristan
Who gave you permission to mourn the dead? Oh... I am saddened by your incompetence.

Fort Soldier C
Sir Tristan... Please... Please forgive us!

Fort Soldier C
We will organize a search party to go after them! I swear on my honor, we will eradicate those mountain tribes!

Tristan
Hurry. They left on horses.

Tristan
Then the only way to track them down is with my bow. It should not pose a problem if the tracks are only a day old.

Tristan
This kind of job is normally for the Raider Knights, but I am sure this is also the will of His Majesty the Lion King.

Tristan
Even if they are just insects, I cannot stand them still roaming around.

Tristan
Ah, how sad. It seems I will have to... pluck them from the soil with these fingers once again.

--ARROW--

Cursed Arm
Good morning. It looks like everyone had a good rest last night and is fully recharged.

Cursed Arm
So. I will get straight to the point. Player's Name, we would like a word with you. Come on, Hundred Personas.

Hundred Personas
I know, no need to remind me.
...Player's Name, Mash, and Bedivere.

Hundred Personas
We will believe that you do not serve the Lion King and that you wish to oppose his tyranny.

Hundred Personas
Furthermore, it was only with your help that we were able to save Serenity.

Hundred Personas
Because of all of this, our plan to stage an uprising against the Holy City was kept secret.

Hundred Personas
All of you have contributed to the wellbeing of every citizen of this land. Great job.

Hundred Personas
...

Hundred Personas
...

  1. ?
  Select: ?

Hundred Personas
Ugh... No, I can't put it in words!
Not even I can believe I would be this stubborn!

Hundred Personas
All right, I'll let my fists do the talking!
Player's Name! This is our last battle!

Hundred Personas
If you want words out of me, you'll have to win them from me fair and square! ...In battle, of course!

Hundred Personas
You come too, Serenity! It's a good opportunity to show
Player's Name your skills!

Serenity
Uh... Okay. I'm not perfectly sure, but if you say so...

Cursed Arm
(Hmm... Should I tell Hundred Personas that assassins shouldn't fight “fair and square”?)

--BATTLE--

Cursed Arm
Oh, stop being such a baby! You should learn how to be open-minded like Serenity!

Hundred Personas
I just haven't forgotten my pride as an Old Man of the Mountain! I just can't accept heathens that easily!

Hundred Personas
...However, it ends now. It's true I was being petty, especially in front of the children.

Hundred Personas
Player's Name. Our mission is to defeat the Lion King. Your mission is to face him.

Hundred Personas
I'd say they are practically the same.
The Lion King would never leave the Holy City.

Hundred Personas
To get inside, we'll need to defeat their knights and get past that front gate.

Hundred Personas
We will soon launch a full-scale attack on the city with a united force consisting of those that have lost their families and their stake in the Holy Land.

Hundred Personas
When we do, we want your help.
Please lend us a hand.

  1. We're the ones who need help from you.  2. It's give and take.
  Select: We're the ones who need help from you.
Sanzang
Well, that's what I thought. You can't possibly get through the gate of the Holy City on your own.
  Select: It's give and take.
Bedivere
...Absolutely. It was never a question of whether I could handle it myself.

Dr. Roman
...So the situation has developed into an all-out assault, huh?

Dr. Roman
You've fought in a war in America, but it might be your first time trying to capture a city that size.

Dr. Roman
I wonder if it will go our way.

Dr. Roman
How many troops can you gather to attack the Holy City? If you simply go and attack, you're asking to get defeated.

Fou
Fou, Foooou...

Hundred Personas
How true. You are right in that our forces are not that formidable.

Hundred Personas
Right now, half of the villages have agreed to join the attack. We have about 7,000 soldiers who can fight at the front.

Hundred Personas
The Holy City soldiers are also less than 10,000 in number, but their training is what makes the difference. All the soldiers there are really tough.

Hundred Personas
We need three of our soldiers to match one of theirs.

Hundred Personas
And if the Knights of the Round Table join the fray, normal soldiers wouldn't even stand a chance.

Hundred Personas
...Even so, we can't wait any longer.
Our resources are being exhausted day by day.

Dr. Roman
...I see. I apologize for ruining the mood.
I understand our differences in military strength now.

Tawara Touta
Hm... We should have more Servants than they do though. There are five Knights of the Round Table who survived the fight with the Crusaders.

Tawara Touta
Lancelot, Gawain, Tristan, Mordred, and Agravain.

Tawara Touta
On our end, we have eight.

Tawara Touta
Mash, Bedivere, Arash, Hassan, Hassan, Hassan, me, and Sanzang.

Tawara Touta
Wait, Sanzang is practically useless on the battlefield, so seven. Even so, our Servants can still match with theirs.

Tawara Touta
In that case, why don't we launch the assault by ourselves?

Arash
It's not that, Lord Touta. Our fight is to take back the Holy Land.

Arash
Simply defeating the Knights of the Round Table wouldn't suffice. I mean, that whole 3-on-1 thing...

Arash
The same applies to us too.
I witnessed the fight with Mordred...

Arash
The Knights of the Round Table all seem to be protected by some kind of strange power. I'm not even sure if three of us would be able to defeat one of them.

Tawara Touta
...Hm. If Lord Arash puts it that way. I guess now is not the time to rejoice over a worthy opponent.

Bedivere
...

Hundred Personas
...Of course, we will continue to recruit more troops. As for the Knights of the Round Table, we just need to take them down one by one.

Hundred Personas
The problem is Gawain. As long as he is at the front gate, there's no way we can win.

Mash
Sir Gawain is invincible in broad daylight. Logically, the only chance we have is to attack at night...

Dr. Roman
Oh, but he doesn't have that weak point. Thanks to the Lion King's Gift, the sun will never set as long as he's on the battlefield.

Bedivere
...Right. It's been said time and again, but Gawain is the most powerful Knight of the Round Table under daylight.

Bedivere
Unless we have a Noble Phantasm that shares the same attribute as, say, Lancelot's Arondight, we can't even defend against him.

Mash
...Arondight... The treasured sword that never dulls.

Mash
Using a sword to defend against attack...
Does that mean its attribute is similar to my shield?

Bedivere
No, Lady Mash. Your Noble Phantasm's attribute is one of a kind.

Bedivere
Also, Sir Lancelot's sword is an Anti-Personnel Noble Phantasm.

Bedivere
I can't explain it well, but in terms of fighting with Sir Gawain, Sir Lancelot is the best match.

Sanzang
Oh, I have an idea! Why don't we draw Lancelot to our side, and have him fight Gawain!?

Tawara Touta
You fool, how could we turn them against each other!? We can't win them over with a rice ball! That works only for you!

Sanzang
Ouch! ...Hmm. I thought Lancelot was someone we could try to talk to...

Dr. Roman
Well, the way things are, I have to say that I'm against the attack on the Holy City. We have no way to defeat Sir Gawain.

Dr. Roman
On top of that, our purpose is to face the Lion King, but there's also another “enemy”...

  1. Enemy?  2. There is one more king...
  Select: Enemy?
Mash
That's right... The one holding the Holy Grail in this time period is not the Lion King...
  Select: There is one more king...
Cursed Arm
...True. And that man is a dangerous enemy for us too...

Dr. Roman
Yes, Ozymandias in the territory of Egypt.
It's impossible to tell what he's plotting.

Dr. Roman
There are still too many concerns. As commander of Chaldea, I cannot allow Player's Name to join the battle.

Serenity
Please wait a moment. In order to have Master Player's Name join our cause, we just need a force strong enough, right?

Serenity
If that's the case... we do have one ultimate secret hidden away. It was also one of the reasons why I was captured and interrogated.

Hundred Personas
Serenity! Don't tell me—!

Serenity
...Please forgive me, Hundred Personas.
But isn't this the time for us to break our taboo?

Serenity
If our strength alone is not enough, then we must borrow his great strength.

Hundred Personas
...

Cursed Arm
...

Sanzang
Huh? What is it? These skeletons just got gloomy all of a sudden...

  1. Taboo?  2. Great strength?
  Select: Taboo?

  Select: Great strength?

Bedivere
...The Shrine of Azrael.

Bedivere
The one who lies dormant in the shrine of the Assassin's sect, the “First Hassan.”

Hundred Personas
What!? You know of him? You, a Knight of the Round Table?

Bedivere
Before I came here, I was told by a certain mage.

Bedivere
“If you are to rise against King Arthur, pay a visit to the Old Man of the Mountain. Not the ones of later generations, but he who is their first, and their last.”

Cursed Arm
...I see. So you knew, Sir Bedivere.

Cursed Arm
...Indeed, Gawain would pose no threat to the First One.

Cursed Arm
However, if we were to wake him up, that could only mean...

Hundred Personas
...I didn't tell you, Serenity, but Cursed Arm is an assassin of this era.

Hundred Personas
You are an Old Man of the Mountain... Surely you know the implications of that.

Serenity
Oh my... I am so sorry, I didn't know—

Cursed Arm
That's fine. It's nothing for you to worry about.
I was too hung up on a rule, too.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name, Doctor Roman... All we need is the means to defeat Sir Gawain, correct?

Cursed Arm
Then come to my village again.
We will show you our secrets there.

Section 11: The Evening Bell of Death

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Hundred Personas
We're going our separate ways now. I'm going back to the wastelands to prepare for our attack on the Holy City.

Hundred Personas
...There are still some villages that might possibly join us. I'm determined to recruit a thousand more soldiers.

Hundred Personas
Let's meet in the eastern village.
Cursed Arm, I'm leaving the rest to you.

Mash
...So, it's been two days since we parted with Hundred Personas. We can finally see the eastern village, Senpai.

Bedivere
It's been a whole week since that crazy Arash incident... It seems like a distant dream that I don't want to remember.

Sanzang
Hm? Talking about something fun, are you?

Arash
They sure are! The laughs are coming nonstop!

Arash
I did suggest we fly again on our way back, but they turned me down. How disappointing.

Arash
Oh well, in reality, we do have more people this time.
We might've lost speed and had to make an emergency landing.

Mash
I think you call that a crash... Time is valuable, but I believe safety is also important...

Cursed Arm
Lady Mash is right. If you are careful you won't run into any enemies. There, you can see the village now.

Rushd
Welcome back, Mash, Player's Name!

Mash
Wow!

Fou
Fou!

Cursed Arm
Hahaha. Rushd, I know you're excited, but I don't think jumping out from the shadows is a good idea.

Cursed Arm
Had it been Serenity or Sanzang, you would be suffering in pain right now.

Rushd
No need to worry about that! I'm choosing who I do it to!

Cursed Arm
All right, that's good. If you can tell the difference between safe ones and dangerous ones, I have no other worries for you.

Mash
Um... Even so, it still startles me when you jump out and hug me...

Mash
But I'm glad to see you're doing well, Rushd.
Is everything fine in the village?

Rushd
Yeah, it is! Although, people were anxious that Arash and the village leader were gone.

Cursed Arm
...Hm. I suppose we made them worried...
But this time we've brought you back something nice.

Cursed Arm
Well, Lord Touta, could you show them? You know... That. It's been two days since the last feast. I assume it's charged?

Tawara Touta
Sure, I got this! It's not as much as the last one, but I was saving up!

Tawara Touta
Here you go! A shower of tasty rice!

Rushd
Wooooow! He's sooooo awesome!

Rushd
He's a bow guy like Arash, but cooler!

Arash
Yeah, Lord Touta is our savior!
I have a lot to learn from him!

Cursed Arm
...Well. We would normally stay overnight in the village and get some rest...

Cursed Arm
But this time, we will keep going.
Our destination is deeper into the mountains.

Cursed Arm
I ask you to accompany me to a place even the mountain people stay away from: the Shrine of Azrael.

Dr. Roman
Azrael? Do you mean Azrael, the Angel of Death?

Serenity
...Yes. The archangel Azrael who, under divine command, comes to tell people of their death...

Serenity
There we will find an assassin who earned a title he didn't even wish for: The very first “Old Man of the Mountain.” The guardian of our sect.

Serenity
He has no equals. The Knights of the Round Table would be no match for him. Not even the Lion King would pose a threat.

Mash
The first Old Man of the Mountain... In other words, your ancestor! Indeed, it would be encouraging if he could join our side!

Dr. Roman
Hmmm, I'm not sure about that.

Dr. Roman
He may be the first Old Man of the Mountain, but he is, after all, an Assassin Servant, isn't he?

Dr. Roman
I'm sure he's powerful against individuals, but can he stand up to the Knights of the Round Table with their Gifts and their master the Lion King...

Dr. Roman
I mean, if he's that capable, why hasn't he assassinated the Lion King already?

  1. Maybe he has his reasons?  2. You have a point there...
  Select: Maybe he has his reasons?
Cursed Arm
...
  Select: You have a point there...
Serenity
...Um...that's kind of true, but...

Bedivere
No, Lord Mage. Serenity's description is accurate.

Bedivere
The Servant at the Shrine of Azrael is special.
To him, all Servants are equal.

Bedivere
Whether powerful or weak, any Servant is merely
“one life” before his blade.

Bedivere
That Servant doesn't kill his opponents per se. Rather, everyone who opposes him is killed by “their own fate.”

Mash
By their own fate? Senpai, what does that even mean?

  1. It's too difficult for me to understand.  2. It's something like the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception...
  Select: It's too difficult for me to understand.

  Select: It's something like the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception...

Cursed Arm
...Sir Bedivere. While I am glad that you show so much respect to our founder, now I find you even more of a mystery.

Cursed Arm
You are a Knight of the Round Table.
How do you know so much?

Bedivere
It is secondhand knowledge. Something I learned from a mage before coming here.

Bedivere
I am just an inexperienced knight who was once at the Round Table.

Cursed Arm
...All right. Let's leave it at that then.
Still, you are a terrible liar.

Bedivere
Right, I am sorry...

Bedivere
No no, I wasn't lying! It wasn't a lie!
I heard about the first Old Man in France!

  1. ...  2. (Digging yourself deeper...)
  Select: ...

  Select: (Digging yourself deeper...)

Fou
Foooou...

Bedivere
Ahem. In any case, I agree with the idea that you guide us to the Shrine of Azrael.

Bedivere
If the legends about the Old Man of the Mountain are true, then that's great. If not, we will still gain an ally. Right?

Dr. Roman
That much is true. Hassan, how long will it take to reach the shrine?

Cursed Arm
With my guide, it will take about two days to get there and come back. What do you think, Player's Name?

  1. Of course, please lead the way.  2. So this person has a skeleton face too?
  Select: Of course, please lead the way.
Serenity
You got it. I'm sure the great founder would consider lending you his strength.
  Select: So this person has a skeleton face too?
Mash
(Master, that could be rude to Hassan!
Please be careful when you talk to their founder!)

Arash
I understand. I'm also interested in that shrine, but I have to stay again this time.

Arash
There's that thing with Mordred, too.
Somebody has to protect the people.

Arash
I can see the bottom of the mountain from here.
If my eyes can reach it, so too should my arrows.

Arash
Even if the Holy City's troops come up, I can get by for about two days. Don't worry about us.

Mash
Yes, he's right. Arash's arrow did reach the western village from here...

Rushd
Wow, the village to the west?!
If Mash says it, then it must be true!

Rushd
You're awesome, Arash!
You're like the real Arash Kamangir!

Arash
Hey, I told you I'm the real one. Once the dust settles, I'm going to teach you the basics of archery, okay?

Rushd
Yay! We start with arrow-making, right Arash?

Sanzang
That kid... Look at the sparkles in his eyes.
I didn't know Arash was so good with kids.

Tawara Touta
Yeah, I guess I'll give him that.
I like kids too, just not as much as women.

Dr. Roman
(Well, that comment will certainly get him in deep water... But Sanzang's just standing there smiling? She sure is laid-back...)

Cursed Arm
Well... Shall we leave then?
Rushd, go back to the village.

Rushd
Sure. Safe journey, Mash.
...This won't be goodbye, will it?

Mash
Of course not.
See you, Rushd.

Arash
Take care. I'm looking forward to the good news.

Arash
Also, Sir Bedivere... You didn't end up telling everyone.

Bedivere
...Lord Arash.
...Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Bedivere
However, this problem is mine...
It's not worth talking about.

Arash
...All right. I will respect your decision.

Arash
But don't force yourself. I also told this to Mordred, but you Knights of the Round Table all fight in the wrong way.

Arash
You need to make a choice anyway, so make it one where everyone survives. That's the best way to finish any fight.

Bedivere
Yes, I agree. It's especially meaningful coming from you, Lord Arash.

Mash
What a steep cliff it is! I was not informed about this, Master!

Mash
Could I be perfectly honest with you!?

  1. Your legs are shaking, Mash.  2. This is scarier than Arash Airlines!
  Select: Your legs are shaking, Mash.
Mash
Of course they are. It's a survival instinct. If I'm not careful, I'll crash and never be able to get back up again!
  Select: This is scarier than Arash Airlines!
Cursed Arm
Haha, that much I believe. Cursed Arm
That whole affair was done against your will. Mountaineering, on the other hand, requires you to move with your own two feet. Cursed Arm
Advancing of your own free will can be terrifying if you're not used to it.

Serenity
If you're scared, you can hold onto me.
...I won't let go, no matter what.

Mash
No, I'm okay, I think I got used to it.
Serenity, you can focus on what's ahead of us.

Serenity
All right. Then I will be right by you, Player's Name, while I pay attention to what's ahead.

Sanzang
Hey hey... Hold on.
Player's Name's arm is mine! MINE!

Sanzang
Oh, I'm getting dizzy just by looking ahead!
I'm going to fall! I don't do well in these situations!

Tawara Touta
Ugh, here we go again! Can't handle the heat, can't handle the cold, bad with underground spaces, bad with heights... And you call yourself Monk Sanzang!?

Tawara Touta
How did you get through all those demonic realms and reach the Far West!?

Sanzang
I pumped myself up for that beforehand! I worked hard!
I received plenty of blessings!

Sanzang
But I did not expect this! I'm not good when I'm thrown into the deep end, no matter what the situation!

Cursed Arm
...I never expected the day would come when going to that shrine would be this lively...

Cursed Arm
How interesting. Destiny has its own way.

Dr. Roman
Huh. Not “life has its own way”?

Cursed Arm
Well, I am now a Heroic Spirit. I already saw the conclusion of my life as a human.

Cursed Arm
...Indeed, it was a life full of disappointment, and there's nothing I can do to change that.

Cursed Arm
Alas, I thought I lived a successful life, but I was just being naive.

Cursed Arm
Now that I've become a Heroic Spirit, I was made aware of my own foolishness.

Cursed Arm
It was a hollow life, but I do feel joyous having lived it. That's why “destiny has its own way.”

Bedivere
...

Dr. Roman
Hold on, I am detecting a hostile presence.
Hassan, does anything live at this altitude?

Cursed Arm
No! Normally neither man nor beast would come near this place, as they fear the sound of the bell!

Cursed Arm
Seems like the situation is a lot more dire than we imagined! Player's Name, prepare for battle!

Cursed Arm
These people have already lost their sanity!

--ARROW--

Bedivere
We managed to put them down...
But why were they in a place like this?

Cursed Arm
They probably ran away... from the Lion King's wastelands.

Cursed Arm
Deep in these mountains, no plants grow. No birds come. There's not anything to eat besides worms.

Tawara Touta
They had no other choice.
Well, that aside...

  1. Why didn't you fight, Serenity?  2. Why didn't you fight, Sanzang?
  Select: Why didn't you fight, Serenity?
Serenity
Because... I was protecting your back.
It was very... Warm...
  Select: Why didn't you fight, Sanzang?
Sanzang
Because! I'm scared of heights! Tawara Touta
Hey, that's your only excuse!?

Bedivere
...In any case, we should wait for dawn before we go to the shrine. Let's climb up to where we can set up camp.

Cursed Arm
We should be able to get to a lodge for pilgrims by early evening. It's not in great shape, though, since it's rarely used.

Tawara Touta
That's fine, as long as we can keep out the rain and wind. And I'll take care of the food!

Tawara Touta
It looks like we have more work to do before that.

Tawara Touta
They're stragglers from the earlier group.
Let me see you guys fight for real this time!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Sanzang, are you still awake?
Everyone is asleep now...

Sanzang
Hm? I was just writing down what happened today before I go to bed.

Sanzang
How about Player's Name?
Is everyone asleep already?

Mash
Yes, they're all sound asleep. Even Doctor Roman left his staff in charge and is taking a nap.

Sanzang
I see. Chaldea's work is tough.
No, it's not just tough... it's incredible.

Sanzang
I mean, it's Chaldea's job to send Player's Name and you back and forth through time, right?

Sanzang
Their Servant System efforts are equally incredible. Normally, Heroic Spirits don't appear like this, you know.

Sanzang
When someone in this world summons a Heroic Spirit, all they're doing is temporarily invoking phenomena related to that spirit.

Sanzang
For example, in my case they'd say:
“I've summoned Sanzang! Now I'm smarter!”

Sanzang
A Singularity created by the likes of the Holy Grail may indeed contain Servants like Touta and me...

Sanzang
But summoning Heroic Spirits without space-time distortion and then using them as familiars is impossible normally.

Sanzang
So when I found out Chaldea was able to perform such a miracle... Well, you can imagine my surprise.

Mash
...I don't know much myself, but...

Mash
Right up until the issue of the Grand Order, it was actually failure after failure.

Mash
Chaldea only succeeded in summoning three Heroic Spirits... the second of which lent me their strength.

Sanzang
Hmmm. Whoever it was, they certainly have a good eye.

Sanzang
I suppose that Heroic Spirit probably thought it'd be a waste not to.

Sanzang
After all, to us Heroic Spirits, being summoned as a Servant is a miracle in itself.

Mash
Really?

Sanzang
Yes, really. As I said, Heroic Spirits are nothing more than “strength” to be harnessed.

Sanzang
We were never summoned as individual beings before. This is incredible.

Sanzang
Every Heroic Spirit who gets summoned as a Servant probably has the same thought: “This sort of miracle will never happen again.”

Sanzang
That's why most of us follow our own path after being summoned.

Sanzang
Because this is like a second dream, a continuation that never should've happened. One we'll wake from if we're not careful.

Sanzang
Some follow the principles they lived by in their previous lives. Some try to erase their own regret and disappointment.

Sanzang
In my opinion, neither path is evil. It's simply behavior based on one's alignment as a Heroic Spirit.

Sanzang
However, I do feel it's a little bit cruel.

Sanzang
I mean, we're given the chance to live as individuals, albeit temporarily. But in the end, even then we're just guests.

Sanzang
We don't get to become residents of the era into which we're summoned. We will always be outsiders from a different time.

Mash
That's not true... I never thought of you as outsiders...

Sanzang
Thank you. But don't worry. Feelings of alienation only come from within.

Sanzang
I do feel that you and Player's Name totally rely on me!

Mash
...Yes. I was very happy when you joined us.

Sanzang
Right!? I know a thing or two about traveling, you know?

Mash
Ah, yes! Your journey to Tianzhu! A long, long adventure with your three companions: Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing.

Mash
Um... Can I ask you something? There was one thing that bothered me when I was reading Journey to the West...

Mash
Sanzang, why would you go to such lengths to continue your journey?

Mash
Your legends don't really mention your motivation...

Sanzang
Why? To get the Buddhist scriptures, make a name for myself, retire, and live happily ever after in Leiyin Temple, of course!

Sanzang
...Just kidding, although it's partially true.

Sanzang
The thing is, I just don't know when to quit. I really don't. I can be reincarnated three or nine times and still won't learn my lesson.

Sanzang
Also, it was never a case of me just going, “I think I'll go to Tianzhu!” No, it was a vow: “I'll make it to Tianzhu no matter what.”

Mash
...Is that like the Bodhisattva's vow in Buddhism?
One of the conditions required to reach nirvana?

Sanzang
No, that's a little bit different.
...You see, sometimes I can hear the Buddha's voice.

Sanzang
Once I do, there's nothing that can stop me.

Sanzang
I'm normally a cowardly, selfish crybaby... But when you hear the voice of the Buddha, what choice is there but to obey to the best of your ability?

Sanzang
“Go to Tianzhu.” “Discipline Wukong.”
“Get out of this Holy City.” “Go across the desert.”

Sanzang
Things like that. So this time, I walked across the desert.

Sanzang
Wukong once told me: “It's the voice of the Buddha, but not one from on high: it's from inside your heart.”

Sanzang
“You're the one who said every human can become a Buddha, after all.”

Sanzang
“So what you hear is your own voice.
The voice of your future enlightened self.”

Sanzang
That silly disciple... He says something cool like that once in a while. Hmm, either way...

Sanzang
The point is, my actions cannot be explained by reason.
I just do whatever I want, however I want, whenever I want.

Sanzang
It's more like... I just genuinely believe in what I feel is the right thing to do.

Sanzang
The same must be true for you too.
As a high priestess, I can tell.

Mash
...You may be right. It's not the first time I've heard that.

Mash
Captain Drake, an individual we spent some time with, said something similar: that I already have a wish.

Mash
...But also that I'm better off not realizing what it is.
I'll know in the end, she said.

Sanzang
...I'm not sure what that means, but could it be something like this?

Sanzang
Those who realize what they live for after you give them a shove,

Sanzang
as opposed to those who only realize what they have lived for at the end?

Sanzang
They're nice words, but that Drake sounds like the complete opposite to who we are. She must've been insanely materialistic!

Mash
Yes, she was an amazing person. She saved the world by following her own greed.

Mash
...Umm. Sanzang, you have joined our side, yes... But we never asked about your intentions.

Mash
Is the Lion King an enemy to you?

Sanzang
Yeah about that... I don't dislike the Lion King. I'm actually not interested in fighting against the Holy City.

Sanzang
Or against King Ozymandias in the desert.

Sanzang
In the end, some annoying lady prevented me from meeting him, but...

Sanzang
I saw how that desert nation was run.
It was under a strict dictatorship, but it was peaceful.

Sanzang
The Lion King and Ozymandias are the same.
They both strive to protect the people of their nation.

Sanzang
I understand both sides' sense of justice, but... Actually, wait, no. That's not right.

Sanzang
Let me say that again: I understand both sides' wrongdoings. That's why I can't take a stance. But...

Mash
But?

Sanzang
But I have a dream now.
As a Servant who was summoned.

Sanzang
As someone who ended up meeting you and a Master named Player's Name.

Sanzang
Mash. After bringing peace to this era, I want to go to Chaldea.

Sanzang
There, I want to mentor Player's Name. Together we'll laugh, cry, and laugh some more.

Sanzang
Uh... the King of Mages, was it? My dream is for us to have an overwhelming victory over him.

Sanzang
That's the voice I hear coming from the bottom of my heart. That's what I want to do the most.

Sanzang
Even if this life is temporary, that's what I desire.
That's why I will fight... with you guys.

Mash
Sanzang...

Mash
...Yes. You definitely will. I am looking forward to that moment.

Sanzang
Well, now Mash is asleep too.
I guess I'd better follow suit.

Sanzang
...I'm really glad I was summoned as on my way back from Tianzhu.

Sanzang
After all, I found a purpose that seems even more exciting than my journey there.

Sanzang
Oh well. It'll take longer for me to become a Buddha now, but I'm sure the Lord Tathagata will let it go this time, right?

Serenity
—Oh. There it is, Master Player's Name.

Serenity
That temple you see is the Shrine of Azrael.
But...

Cursed Arm
Hmm, as to be expected, the great founder is angry.
He placed guards at the gate.

Dr. Roman
I'm picking up multiple magical energy responses!
Those are ghosts... and one of them's huge!

Cursed Arm
We cannot enter the shrine unless we defeat them.
Let's go, Player's Name!

--BATTLE--

Dr. Roman
So this is the Shrine of Azrael... I'm not picking up anything out of the ordinary...

Mash
No, Doctor... You have to be here to feel this pressure...

Mash
There are no traces of magical energy or Servant activity, no signs of life...

Mash
But my whole body is trembling, and I can't stop it.

Mash
Everything down to the pit of my stomach is screaming to get out of here!

Cursed Arm
...We must move forward, Player's Name.
What lies ahead is the realm of the great founder.

Cursed Arm
There's no telling what could happen.
Please be cautious—

Mash
Master!

Mash
Ugh... I can't find the enemy!

Mash
Doctor, any Servant response?

Dr. Roman
None! I'm not detecting anything aside from you guys!

Dr. Roman
Actually, for an instant just now, Player's Name's response disappeared on my end!

Dr. Roman
But if there was an attack, Mash would've blocked it... What's going on!?

Dr. Roman
Based on the observation data, Player's Name is already dead!

  1. ...Huh?  2. Stop it, you're creeping me out!
  Select: ...Huh?

  Select: Stop it, you're creeping me out!

???
—Apprentice of Magecraft.

Cursed Arm
Sir!

Serenity
...!

Sanzang
Wh-What's going on!? You're both suddenly down on your knees!

Sanzang
Nothing has come out yet!

Bedivere
...No, keep it down, Lady Sanzang. It seems someone is already standing in front of us.

Tawara Touta
...Mm. Stay quiet, Sanzang. And try not to breathe. If you're caught by this one, you won't stand a chance.

Tawara Touta
This guy is... the kind that would take me 30, 40 years to even come close to reaching.

???
—Apprentice of Magecraft and ye inhumans.

???
Thy voices have been heard. My blade shall accept thy will, the will of saving this era.

???
However... death awaiteth all those who set foot into my shrine.

???
Fight, ye dead, and seize life. With that rite, thou shalt be forgiven for unveiling me.

???
Serenity, thou shalt oversee the ritual. Show me thy conviction.

Serenity
Arrrrgggghhh, arrrggh! Gah, arrrgghh!?

Bedivere
Lady Serenity! This aura... Her mind is being taken over?

Cursed Arm
O great founder! Please allow me to be the one to serve you! This burden is too heavy for Serenity!

???
Fool. Thine head shall be taken by my sword. It is not worthy for the ritual.

???
The head of Serenity shall be offered as a tribute by those entering here. The scales accept but one head.

  1. Are you telling us to kill Serenity!?  2. There's no way we can do that!
  Select: Are you telling us to kill Serenity!?

  Select: There's no way we can do that!

???
Choose thine own path. I judge only the outcome. Now, start thy dance of death, Serenity.

???
Whose head shall be chosen by the Evening Bell...
That will be determined by thine hands.

--ARROW--

???
Choose thine own path. I judge only the outcome.
Now, start thy dance of death, Serenity.

???
Whose head shall be chosen by the Evening Bell...
That will be determined by thine hands.

Dr. Roman
Here she comes! Hassan of Serenity's Spirit Origin values are increasing drastically!

Dr. Roman
Don't think of her as the same person!
Fight her with everything you've got!

Mash
But to take down Serenity... Senpai...

  1. It's all or nothing. We need to do this!  2. [[#Just like always[line 3] With everything we've got!|Just like always[line 3] With everything we've got!]]
  Select: It's all or nothing. We need to do this!

  Select: Just like always[line 3] With everything we've got!

Mash
—Yes! I, Mash Kyrielight, will fight with all my strength as your Servant!

--BATTLE--

Mash
We've successfully neutralized the enemy Servant, and somehow avoided destroying her Spirit Origin!

Serenity
Ah, everyone... I am so...sorry...

???
...I asked of thee to seize life, and yet thou would seize everything.

???
However, I said also that I judge only the outcome.
I judge not the goodness or evil of thy path. ...Very well.

First Hassan
Thou art welcome to my shrine. I am Old Man of the Mountain, Hassan-i Sabbah.

Mash
A swordsman? The first Old Man of the Mountain was a swordsman?

Dr. Roman
No, that's not what should surprise you, Mash.
That Assassin over there... Could he be Gra—

First Hassan
Hold thy tongue, mage. Unnecessary words diminish the worth of the courage thy summoner hath displayed.

Dr. Roman
Oh, I-I'm sorryyy! H-Huh? What's going on? The feed is cutting out!?

Cursed Arm
...O great founder, I am aware of the shame we have brought upon ourselves in visiting this shrine. Forgive us.

Cursed Arm
These people have risen up against the Lion King... but he is still just out of reach. We are one fang short.

Cursed Arm
Please, grant us the privilege of borrowing your strength. All of this is for the future of our people.

First Hassan
...Cursed Arm, thou art mistaken on two counts.
I see thou art shallow as ever.

Cursed Arm
...What do you mean, great founder?

First Hassan
Apprentice of magecraft, I ask of thee.
Thou wouldst rise against the Lion King... Is that true?

First Hassan
Thou wishest for the head of the Lion King, who hath fallen to a mere deity. Is that statement accurate?

  1. That's...  2. ...To be honest, I don't know.
  Select: That's...

  Select: ...To be honest, I don't know.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name!?

Sanzang
Mm-hmm. There's no point in lying.

Sanzang
You can't kill someone you've never even met.
All you can do is complain, right?

First Hassan
...Thou needst one more fang, sayeth Cursed Arm.
I wonder, is one enough?

  1. Well, to be honest...  2. I don't think Hassan and the others are enough.
  Select: Well, to be honest...

  Select: I don't think Hassan and the others are enough.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name!?

First Hassan
...Apprentice of magecraft.
Thou must know...

First Hassan
The truth of the Lion King. The foolish words of the Sun King. The rending of humanity. And the start of everything.

First Hassan
When thou hast accomplished it, my blade shall lead the charge for thee. Thou spokest of the Knight of the Sun, Gawain?

First Hassan
My blade will be the raptor that pecketh out his eyes. My black shroud will be the night that swalloweth the light of the Holy City.

Sanzang
I'm sorry, mighty skeleton man!
I don't understand a word you're saying!

Sanzang
Can you use easier, simpler words?

  1. Sanzang!  2. At least refer to him as King Hassan!
  Select: Sanzang!

  Select: At least refer to him as King Hassan!

Mash
M-Master, I don't know about “King Hassan” either...

Mash
He'll get mad if we keep being rude to him!

Fou
Fou, foooou!

First Hassan
...No matter.

Mash
Huh?

First Hassan
No mind. Call me as thou wilt. I am nameless from the beginning. Therefore, I have no preference.

Mash
Right... Thank you for your kind words.
It does put us at ease, too...

Sanzang
Well, that sure makes it easier for us to talk to you!

Sanzang
So, uh... you're saying you can help us only if we search for something, right?

Sanzang
What should we look up? You're going to tell us where to begin, right?

First Hassan
...There is a mystical realm within the desert.
Therein thou wilt find what thou seekest.

First Hassan
A realm even the Sun King of the desert cannot reach.
A vault of knowledge buried within the sands.

First Hassan
Its name is the Atlas Institute.

Mash
What!?

First Hassan
Apprentice of magecraft, it has come time for thee to know what caused the Incineration of Humanity.

First Hassan
When that has come to pass, I shall appear on the battlefield. ...As the sword of divine will.

First Hassan
Now, Cursed Arm. Offer thine head.

Cursed Arm
...As you wish. I, Hassan of the Cursed Arm, accept my punishment.

Bedivere
Wait! Hold on a second! Why must you cut off Lord Hassan's head?

First Hassan
My mask symbolizeth an Old Man's death. My blade symbolizeth an Old Man's punishment.

First Hassan
Knight of a foreign land, traveler with a silver arm.
I am an Old Man of the Mountain for all others.

First Hassan
...In other words, a Hassan who killeth Hassans.

Bedivere
...! In that case, you are—

First Hassan
When an Old Man is corrupted and hath taken a wrong turn, I shall stand before him.

First Hassan
Dost thou understand? All Old Men of the Mountain throughout the course of history have seen my mask at the end of their lives.

First Hassan
Not one hath escaped my blade. Thus, those who have seen my mask are the true Old Men.

First Hassan
Should that era's Hassan come to ask for my assistance... He will have declared, “I am not worthy to be an Old Man of the Mountain.”

First Hassan
...Therefore, he shall be stripped of his mask.

Bedivere
Lord Hassan... You guided us here despite knowing all of that!?

  1. If I knew that, I wouldn't have come...!  2. If this is true, I don't want your help...!
  Select: If I knew that, I wouldn't have come...!

  Select: If this is true, I don't want your help...!

Cursed Arm
...

First Hassan
Cursed Arm. Although they were thy fellows for but a short time, thou hast not revealed thy fate?

First Hassan
It seems thou hast not changed at all.
Also, thou givest up too soon.

First Hassan
...Rise, Cursed Arm. Thou hast already brought enough shame upon thyself. No more.

First Hassan
Carry out thy responsibility with these men.
When that is fulfilled, I will grant thee thy death.

Cursed Arm
...I am grateful for your words. As an Old Man of the Mountain, I will fulfill my responsibility.

First Hassan
Make haste to the Atlas Institute.
There is little time left.

First Hassan
Ere the lance of the Lion King returneth to its true form, restore the Holy Land... And return the holy artifact.

Bedivere
...

Section 12: Village in Flames

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Sanzang
Ahhh, we're finally back under the sun! We went through a lot, but it's great everyone is safe and sound!

Cursed Arm
And we secured help from the great founder. I'm still in awe that my head is attached...

  1. I'm glad he didn't cut it off!  2. Isn't the First Hassan a little too scary?
  Select: I'm glad he didn't cut it off!
Cursed Arm
Hahaha. Absolutely. Cursed Arm
I had prepared myself for it, but it was terrifying to go through that feeling again.
  Select: Isn't the First Hassan a little too scary?
Cursed Arm
You can't be a leader if you're not scary. Cursed Arm
We are just the leaders of Assassins, but he is the leader of all 19 past Old Men of the Mountain. Cursed Arm
Normally, you would need to pass a sanity check the moment you set eyes on him.

Cursed Arm
By the way, could you please try to talk to Serenity? She's been like that the whole time...

Serenity
...I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry...
It's always like this with me...

Serenity
...I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry...

Cursed Arm
She keeps hanging her head and apologizing.
Even though everyone knows what really happened.

  1. Everyone's safe. That's what matters most.  2. I'm the one to apologize. I'm sorry I was forceful.
  Select: Everyone's safe. That's what matters most.
Serenity
Ah... I'm sorry that you feel you need to be nice to me, Master Player's Name... I'm a useless Hassan... Serenity
...I will certainly make up for this... With everything I have, even my life...
  Select: I'm the one to apologize. I'm sorry I was forceful.
Serenity
...Yes, that's right. You were so brave, so tough... You fought so I would not be killed... Serenity
...Thank you. You not only saved Lord Cursed Arm, you also saved me. Serenity
Yes... The only way to repay you... would be to devote my life to you. Through marriage.

Dr. Roman
Oh. The live feed is finally back on! What happened?

Dr. Roman
I was able to monitor Player's Name's condition from here, but I didn't get any audio or video.

Dr. Roman
It would be helpful if you could tell me what happened.

Mash
...Yes, Doctor. Here is my report.

Dr. Roman
I see, I see... A mystical realm in the desert known as the Atlas Institute.

Dr. Roman
Hm? The Atlas Institute... Atlas... Wait!
You mean THAT Atlas Institute!?

Mash
Yes, I believe so.

  1. Mash, what's the Atlas Institute?  2. Wasn't Trismegistus made by them?
  Select: Mash, what's the Atlas Institute?
Mash
One of the three major schools of the Mage's Association. Mash
The Atlas Institute specializes in alchemy. The success that it has seen can't be duplicated. Mash
Trismegistus, the Pseudo-Spiritron Calculating Engine that analyzes Chaldeas, was a donation from it. Mash
And that wasn't the only one. The Atlas Institute has also provided many other technologies to Chaldea.
  Select: Wasn't Trismegistus made by them?
Mash
Yes, they manufactured Trismegistus. Only they could analyze and calculate Chaldeas so accurately. Mash
The Atlas Institute is the brainchild of the oldest alchemists. Its goal is to “avoid a bad future.” Mash
Without the institute's cooperation, Chaldea wouldn't have become an organization recognized by the Mage's Association or the United Nations.

Dr. Roman
Hmm. The Atlas Institute of that time period...

Dr. Roman
Wasn't the desert of Ozymandias before Christ?

Dr. Roman
Then it would be the Atlas Institute before the Mage's Association was formed... It feels dangerous...

Mash
...Are you against the idea of us going to the Atlas Institute, Doctor?

Dr. Roman
Why would I be? You'll learn the truth about the Lion King if you go there.

Dr. Roman
In other words, you could find out why the Round Table is taking such drastic actions.

Mash
Okay... I didn't expect that. I thought you would be opposed to that idea.

Dr. Roman
I do think it's dangerous, but any Singularity is.

Dr. Roman
I'm also interested in what the Lion King's purpose is. Also, I'm curious to know how he's upsetting the Foundation of Humanity without using the Grail.

Dr. Roman
...But it's true that I am worried.

Dr. Roman
Every mage's workshop has tons of traps against invaders.

Dr. Roman
You saw it beneath the Mage's Association in London, didn't you?

Dr. Roman
It is said that the Atlas Institute has so many abandoned magical weapons, it can destroy the world seven times over.

Dr. Roman
To send you guys to such a place...
If Da Vinci were here, what would she say?

Mash
...Definitely. If Da Vinci were alive...

Dr. Roman
...She is alive. Leonardo is not gone. She's a reckless genius, but she won't die so easily.

  1. Doctor...  2. ...
  Select: Doctor...

  Select: ...

Dr. Roman
...Oh, I've wasted enough of your time! Let's first go back to the eastern village!

Cursed Arm
Yeah. The way back is downhill, so it will be easier, but our legs will still hurt nonetheless.

Sanzang
You're right. Being easy is not an excuse to continue without a break. Our knees will go out if we don't.

Tawara Touta
Huh, you seem to be in a good mood. I thought you would say you wanted me to carry you or something.

Sanzang
No way, then I'd stick out too much! I'll keep to my feet, thankyoumuch!

Fou
Fou, foouuuu!

Cursed Arm
Hahaha, true. Then let's make our way down.
Carefully now.

Mash
That sure was a fast descent, Senpai. Look how much distance we cover with no enemies around!

Mash
If we go down a bit further, we'll see the lights of the village.

  1. I'm glad it was easy.  2. ...Mash. About your attitude towards the Doctor earlier...
  Select: I'm glad it was easy.
Mash
We're all tired, though. Great job, everyone. Let's get some sleep when we arrive.
  Select: ...Mash. About your attitude towards the Doctor earlier...
Mash
...Yes. This is just my gut feeling, but... Mash
I felt like First Hassan deliberately tampered with the communications from Chaldea. Mash
Maybe he didn't want the Doctor to hear about the Atlas Institute... That's what it felt like to me. Mash
So I couldn't help but be wary of sharing such things with him. Mash
But it seems like that was my misunderstanding. Mash
Doctor Roman remains, as ever, our slightly unreliable yet good-hearted leader.

Tawara Touta
—Wait. What's that? What's going on!?

Bedivere
Lord Touta? Is there something wrong?

Tawara Touta
Oh, you guys can't see it yet! It's fire! There's fire in the direction of the village!

Tawara Touta
Numerous bonfires are moving around!
Those are— Holy City soldiers!

Cursed Arm
—Player's Name, my apologies!
I will go on ahead!

Cursed Arm
Serenity, you protect Player's Name!
Sanzang, Touta, Bedivere...

Cursed Arm
I beg of you... Please save the villagers!

Sanzang
No need to ask! Let's go, Touta!

Tawara Touta
Sure! We'll head for the eastern side!

Mash
Master! We should go too!

  1. No time to lose!
  Select: No time to lose!

Serenity
Got it. Allow me to guide you!

Enforcement Knight
...

Mash
Enforcement Knights!

Mash
What the...! That thing in his hand is... a human's...

Enforcement Knight
—This is Markt 3. I've found the 10th heretic. Commencing enforcement.

Mash
Aaaahhhhhhhh!

Serenity
Stay calm, Mash! They're the ones who are going down!

--ARROW--

Mash
...!

Fou
Fou, Foooou!

Serenity
Oh no... This is... terrible...

Cursed Arm
Of all the vile, despicable...! None of these poor souls can even fight! There were no warriors here!

Cursed Arm
This is where people who only wanted to live gathered to support each other!

Cursed Arm
To be so cruel in a place like this...! Do the soldiers of the Lion King kill women and children first!?

Sanzang
Is there anybody alive!? Please say something if you can hear me!

Sanzang
The fire and smoke is just too violent!

Dr. Roman
No, the villagers are all scattered! If the enemy attacks now...

  1. But we need to save the villagers!  2. What happened to Arash!?
  Select: But we need to save the villagers!
Mash
Yes! We need to save them first!
  Select: What happened to Arash!?
Mash
That's right! Where is he!?
I thought he was protecting the village!

Serenity
...Wait! All the villagers sprawled out on the ground are men...

Serenity
Could it be...

Enforcement Knight
Rebels located. It appears to be the Servant on the report.

Enforcement Knight
Come in, Commander. This is Markt 5. I've located Iseult. Repeat, I've located Iseult.

Dr. Roman
The surrounding enemies are coming towards you! You three, be careful!

--BATTLE--

Serenity
As I expected... Master Player's Name, half of the villagers have already evacuated!

Serenity
I heard that this village has a cave in case of evacuation.
I would assume they are there!

Mash
Just as you'd expect of Arash! But where is he!?

Arash
The enemy troops are here! Hurry to the cave! We still have time. No need to panic!

Arash
I need two men who can fight. Follow me. We will intercept the knights!

Villager
Help shooting the enemy? I'm your man! Hey, those who can move should help the women and children!

Rushd
Wait, Arash! You're going out there alone!? What are you gonna do!?

Arash
Well, if it isn't little Rushd! Don't give me that look. You're scaring me.

Arash
I'm just going to sit at the entrance to the village and shoot the idiots who try to climb up.

Arash
Evacuation is the worst-case scenario. I wouldn't be so careless as to let them crawl up here.

Rushd
But we should all run together! Look at how many there are!

Arash
You've got good eyes. They're still a few kilometers away. Makes me want to teach you some more.

Arash
Anyway, take it easy! Who do you think I am? I have the same name as a legendary hero!

Arash
I'll take care of them all in a flash. Until then, I'll leave you in charge of the villagers, okay?

Rushd
Araaaash!

Arash
Okay, next! The front seems fine. How about the road on the eastern side?

Villager
No sign of any knights here! All clear! You should focus on the front!

Arash
You got it! Lucky number 20, you're next!

Villager
But how did they figure out where the village was...? Nobody has gone down the mountain in the past two days!

Arash
Questions later, shooting now!

Arash
It'll be bad if someone comes from the left! I've got the front. You watch the eastern ridge!

Arash
!?

Villager
What's going on!? Arash's arrows are getting shot down right before they hit the knights!

Villager
But the knights themselves aren't even doing anything!
Is this some sort of divine intervention!?

Arash
Are you serious? Are you telling me there's someone who can go toe-to-toe with me at this range!?

Arash
...Oh, right. There is. That bowman from the Round Table, Tristan!

Villager
A Knight of the Round Table!? He came all the way here to attack a small village like this!?

C:???
That's right. But you got one thing wrong.

Lancelot
Sir Tristan isn't the only Knight of the Round Table who caught up.

Arash
...Lancelot, the Knight of the Lake!

Arash
Argh!

Lancelot
Despite the armor, I'm fairly adept at concealing my presence. Sorry, this is the end for you.

Arash
Urgh... Meh, what's one hit gonna do? This ain't over yet. Look, pretty boy, you and I are just getting started!

Lancelot
No, it is over.

Lancelot
In a fight against Arash Kamangir, you put everything you have into the first blow. That's ironclad.

Lancelot
...Farewell. My sword shines brightest when used against mighty enemies like you.

Lancelot
O aurora, may the lake's surface be reflected upon this blade... Arondight Overload.

Arash
What...is...this... Ugghhhh!

B:???
The great bowman is no longer in this world.
...Now I am sad.

B:???
A chance to battle against such a skilled marksman,
a true legend. Yet the fight ended with a sneak attack.

Tristan
...I'm so sad it makes me chuckle. Fate has finally caught up with you.

--ARROW--

Tristan
I'm Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table.
I've come to collect your heads.

Tristan
Life is so transient.
A meeting can become a parting.

Tristan
But such is this world.
To kill and be killed is the way of war.

Tristan
Your fate is to burn to ashes, together with this miserable village.

Mash
...One of the Lion King's followers, Sir Tristan...
How terrible.

Tristan
I've disposed of the men left in the village. After I finish you off, I'll get the villagers who fled for the cave.

Serenity
You plan to kill us all? Why!?

Serenity
!?

Tristan
I've already told you.
It's because of you, poison girl.

Tristan
You are the cause of everything. This isn't about us taking revenge because you poisoned the knights at the fort.

Tristan
You've foolishly decided to join up with them.
THAT is the reason why this happened.

Tristan
My bow chased your footsteps. Yours alone. If you had fled your own way, this would not have occurred.

Serenity
Wh-What? Me?
Because... of me?

Tristan
Exactly. This is entirely your fault.

Tristan
You should've told us everything at that prison, and quietly died alone.

Tristan
Vermin should be like vermin, slaves should be like slaves. You should've known your place.

Serenity
I... I... Ah...

  1. Nonsense!  2. Stuff it!
  Select: Nonsense!

  Select: Stuff it!

Mash
That's right. Don't be fooled, Serenity!
They chased us all down, not just you!

Mash
The responsibility lies with us!
It was all of us that ruined this village—

Mash
All of us... have a duty to defeat this knight!

Tristan
...This feeling... Can it be?
Don't tell me that man is here?

Tristan
The Heroic Spirit of the Round Table who refused the Lion King's summons. The one chosen by the Holy Grail...

Tristan
...Very well. If this be my fate, I have only to confirm its truth with my bow.

Tristan
Come now, young one. I'll let you practice with me.
Let your screams reveal your true identity!

--ARROW--


Serenity
Ugh! Master Player's Name, this knight is not an Archer!

Serenity
He's... He's some other kind of monster!
He can cut through sound!

Mash
He creates a vacuum arrow by plucking the strings of his bow like a musical instrument!

Mash
But this strength is more than just that!
It's a Gift from the Lion King!

Tristan
...Yes, it is sad indeed. I hate to use the king's Gift on the likes of you, but...

Tristan
This is not a power I control. It is but a merciless blade that cuts down all, even the weak...

Tristan
Ah... I am sad. I must send the unblessed to the underworld yet again.

Bedivere
No...! This stops now, Tristan!

Tristan
...Yet another. My, it is like being in a dream.

Tristan
To think that even you would appear on this battlefield and oppose us...

Tristan
Ah... how sad.

Tristan
I was only one step away from being able to burn everything to the ground. How disappointing. Ah... How sad it is.

Bedivere
Sad? Sad is what you have done here!

Bedivere
What's sad is that you of all people would kill innocent villagers and set the whole place ablaze!

Bedivere
Have you lost your pride as a Knight of the Round Table? Or is this merely what your king wants!?

Tristan
...Fool. You think a knight who sits at the Round Table wouldn't harm an innocent commoner?

Tristan
Sir Bedivere. That is a gross error. A mistake.
Your mistake.

Tristan
Regarding Britain, our benevolent king did indeed warn against proceeding too far—

Tristan
—but he certainly did not forbid it.

Tristan
...You only ever had eyes for the king's glory.
You do not understand his horror.

Tristan
How many times must I say it? The king does not understand people's feelings!

Bedivere
Tristan...!

Bedivere
...!

  1. Calm down, Bedivere!  2. Snap out of it, Bedivere!
  Select: Calm down, Bedivere!

  Select: Snap out of it, Bedivere!

Tristan
...Such anger, and a brandished blade... To think the calm and meek Bedivere could show such rage?

Tristan
...It appears your right arm is quite the Noble Phantasm.
I fear I cannot afford to hold back...

Tristan
This sorrow shall never be healed. To think that I must slaughter you with these hands, with these strings...

Tristan
A knight with whom I sat next to at the Round Table...
A knight with whom I fought many enemies alongside...

Tristan
Please, reconsider. Just thinking about such a thing, about cutting you down...

Tristan
It breaks my heart.
Ah...!

Bedivere
...I feel the same way. Although you were always a pessimistic fellow...

Bedivere
...when we stood together, no other knight matched my step as closely as you did.

Bedivere
Be it defending or attacking, or anything else.

Tristan
Yes, it is true.
We were...

Tristan
...Friends. Is that not right, Sir Bedivere?

Bedivere
Yes. And precisely because you were my friend, there is something I cannot forgive!

Bedivere
If you say the Lion King sanctions this, I have no choice but to step over your corpse to face the Lion King myself!

Tristan
...You would confront the current king? How sad.

Tristan
I know no sadder tale. Even I, a so-called child of sorrow, cannot bear to face it.

Tristan
As such, I have no hesitation about slaying you on the spot. Rescuing one's friend from tragedy is also friendship, after all.

Mash
Enemy Servants are coming!
Master, your orders please!

--BATTLE--

Bedivere
...Ugh.

Tristan
...The sound of flesh and bone burning...
Ah... There is no greater horror.

Tristan
I don't know how you came to possess that silver arm, but its power is too much for you...

Tristan
Of course, even it cannot vanquish me.
Let us call it a wasted effort.

Mash
The enemy Servant is still going strong! Despite all those attacks, he still heals in the blink of an eye!

Tristan
Hm... Has Sir Lancelot already descended the mountain? He asked me to allow him to take on the Archer but...

Tristan
To think he would really only take on one opponent...
I guess he will always be the serious one.

Tristan
Oh well. It will not change the outcome...
Now then, I do not have much time to waste, either.

Tristan
You will all die here regardless.
Continuing to resist will do you no—

Sanzang
Hwachaa!

Tawara Touta
Nuunh!

Cursed Arm
Scatter into the wind!

Mash
Everyone...!
You came!

Sanzang
Yes, after taking care of those nobodies back there! Sorry for the wait!

Tristan
...What a group of failures. They could not even stop Servants such as this.

Tristan
I have no kind words to good-for-nothings.
The Enforcement Knights must better themselves.

Sanzang
If you're going to talk nonsense, say it in your sleep!
I won't let you get away unscathed!

Cursed Arm
...Tristan, Knight of the Round Table.
I'll never forgive you! No matter what!

Tristan
Same goes for us, Old Man of the Mountain.
The king will never pardon you.

Tristan
For had you not rebelled, the king would have achieved his objective long ago.

Tristan
...The time has come. Gaze upon the western sky.
It is time to accept your punishment and your regret.

Cursed Arm
Wh-What did you say? Don't tell me you, you...!?

Mash
What's... What's that light up there!?
...There's a pillar of light falling from the sky!

Mash
...It can't...be...

Serenity
The western village is being swallowed by that light!

Bedivere
...

Tristan
That is the Lion King's judgment. A pillar of purification from the sacred lance, Rhongomyniad.

Tristan
So sad... Without any reason or words...
To be so beautiful, yet so sad...

Tristan
As you can see, that tiny village of mountain people has disappeared.

Tristan
And it goes without saying that this village is next.
It shall be purged without a trace.

Bedivere
You! Have you all gone mad?!
You think that is King Arthur's doing? That!?

Tristan
Of course not! I would not carry out enforcement if I was mad! By royal decree, we cast away our humanity!

Tristan
Judgment must not be clouded by sentiment! His Majesty has succeeded in completely severing human emotions!

Bedivere
...!

Tristan
...Five minutes from now, the Lion King's judgment will descend upon this mountain.

Tristan
Farewell, Sir Bedivere.
We shall never meet again.

Sanzang
This is beyond annoying! Trying to hold us back, huh? ...Ugh, so many of them! They're like Wukong's clones!

Tawara Touta
Yah! Quit complaining and start fighting!
We've got to do something about these guys first!

Dr. Roman
Confirmed, a high-density magical energy response in the sky! Everyone, get out of there!

Cursed Arm
...How could we possibly leave?
Serenity, you understand our role, don't you?

Serenity
Yes! We will assist Master Player's Name, even if we die here!

Mash
Master, your orders! Let us break through the Enforcement Knights' ranks!

--ARROW--

Dr. Roman
Right above you! Magical energy value over 3,000,000! Um... Even the highest ranked Noble Phantasm has a value between 1,000 and 3,000, so...

Dr. Roman
Forget it! It's just a ridiculous amount of heat! Everyone, hurry and take cover! You'll get burned to a crisp!

Fou
...

  1. Let's make a run for it!  2. What about the villagers!?
  Select: Let's make a run for it!
Mash
But... the villagers...!
  Select: What about the villagers!?
Mash
Right, we can't just abandon them! They're taking shelter in the cave... Come on, let's go!

F:???
It's no use. We can't escape... and we can't save them either.

F:???
We're all going to die here, no matter how you look at it. I mean, we knew that from the beginning... That this would happen if the other side decided to get serious...

Cursed Arm
Who goes there?! How dare you act like you know everything! Show yourse— Lord Arash!?

Arash
Yo. Sorry, I messed up. They got me, and just like that...
I fell to the bottom of the valley.

Arash
(Sigh) I said I'd hold them off for two days, yet look at this. Come on then, let me hear all complaints...

Mash
Arash... Those injuries... You're already...

Sanzang
What! Are you kidding me? If there's anything to reprimand you for, it's that sorry state of yours! You came all the way back here with injuries like that!?

Sanzang
Sit down there for a second!
I'll give you a lecture on treating your body right!

Arash
Haha, thanks, but let's save that for another time.

Arash
I messed up, but... I've made it back in time for the opportunity to redeem myself.

  1. Arash...?
  Select: Arash...?

Arash
Quit looking so worried. It doesn't suit anyone here, least of all you.

Arash
While I'm at it, neither does the ending where you all die here fighting. So, I'll get serious, just this once.

Arash
You guys stand back by the cave.
Take care of the folks who've made it there alive.

Arash
Relax, I won't let the attacks reach you there.
It's just that it's more difficult if you're close by.

Bedivere
...Lord Arash.
Not... Not you too...

Arash
Sorry, Sir Bedivere. After all those lectures I gave you, it turns out I'm the same as you.

Arash
That's just the way I am. Can't do anything about it. This is how the Heroic Spirits that aren't hungry for power come to an end.

Arash
We put things right, then cease to exist.
We win the battles but lose the war, as they say.

Arash
Isn't that right, Sir Bedivere?
You have it even worse than me.

Arash
You reached your limit long ago. Yet it's incredible how you still manage to remain standing.

Bedivere
...You give me too much credit, Arash.
I still don't have the resolve that you do...

Arash
Wow. You're the only one who hasn't realized it yet.
My resolve is nothing compared to your loyalty.

Arash
Listen, Bedivere. You can rest now.
...No, you should've rested a long, long time ago.

Arash
Bringing that arm out and everything... Throwing away your last remaining happiness...

Arash
So let me tell you, you've only got one more swing left. Make sure the next time is against your final opponent.

Bedivere
...You knew. My purpose... my various sins.

Arash
Well, I do have Clairvoyance, after all.
No one can escape my insight and perception.

Arash
...But enough chitchat. Thank you all for everything!
Lord Hassan, take everyone to the cave!

Cursed Arm
Yes, leave it to me. Farewell... Farewell!
You're the greatest ally I met on this land!

  1. What!?  2. We're not done talking!
  Select: What!?

  Select: We're not done talking!

Arash
...All right, everyone's gone. Now it's time for some one-on-one with that annoying thing above.

Tawara Touta
Yes. A fitting opponent.
It's time for the big one, Lord Arash.

Arash
Wait, you were still here!?
Sitting and drinking wine, too!?

Tawara Touta
Yes. It'd be a shame if no one was here to witness your final glory.

Tawara Touta
So I'll stay here.
Let's see what you've got.

Tawara Touta
...What? Look, if you mess up, I'll take care of the rest. Don't worry and just give it everything you've got.

Arash
...I see. Well then, as a fellow Archer, you're definitely one person I don't want to screw up in front of.

Arash
...O sacred Lord. O radiant Lord who bestowed wisdom, sanctity, and strength upon me.

Arash
I call upon thee to witness my heart, my thoughts, and everything I've achieved.

Arash
Now, creator of the moon and stars. Behold my deeds, my death, and the Spenta Armaiti which I must carry out.

Arash
After I unleash this last arrow with all my strength—

Arash
—Even my iron body shall shatter, and annihilate me where I stand!

Arash

Tawara Touta
...Truly impressive. Few may have shot down the stars, but none have the divine skill to obliterate them.

Tawara Touta
Brilliant indeed, Arash Kamangir. It was a shot as if Hachiman, the God of Archery and War, dwelled within it.

Sanzang
It's awful, too awful!
Even the Buddha would weep!

Sanzang
(Sob) Arash! He said he was so happy to be summoned!

Sanzang
He said he was so ecstatic to have become a Servant! That idiot! That dummy!

Tawara Touta
Calm down, Sanzang. Not in front of the children.
If you cry, they all will too.

Sanzang
What's wrong with crying when I'm sad!?
Besides, what were you up to, Touta!?

Tawara Touta
Hmm, I'm afraid I don't have a good answer. If I said I sent him off with some good wine, that'd be bad...

Sanzang
I can hear you, idiot! Why do men insist on parting like that...

  1. Sanzang's flipping out...  2. Touta's getting clobbered...
  Select: Sanzang's flipping out...

  Select: Touta's getting clobbered...

Mash
...Yes, well, thanks to Arash, the village is safe. But at what cost?

Bedivere
Lord Arash was a hero from ancient Persia. They say that, with a single shot from his bow, he brought a war between two countries to an end.

Bedivere
According to legend, the arrow he shot from the mountaintop landed far ahead, piercing the ground.

Bedivere
That arrow was an earth-splitting shot. It was a shooting star that brought peace.

Bedivere
They say that the spot pierced by the arrow became the new border for the two countries. However...

Cursed Arm
...The exertion was too much for a human. The hero's body scattered the moment he shot that arrow.

Cursed Arm
The arrogance of a mere human splitting the earth was unacceptable. As punishment, the hero gave up his body.

Mash
...A Noble Phantasm unleashed at the cost of one's own life... That's just unfair...

Bedivere
...

Bedivere
Lord Hassan. What has become of the western village?
Is it true that not a trace...?

Cursed Arm
Indeed. Not even a shadow remains.
But the previous raid proved to be a fortunate event.

Cursed Arm
The majority of the villagers already evacuated elsewhere. Hundred Personas stayed there for that very purpose.

Cursed Arm
There were some among them who couldn't part with the village, but that was on account of their faith. We couldn't just walk all over that.

Bedivere
...

Serenity
...Everyone. The funeral for the villagers is about to begin.

Serenity
Let us at least pray together...

Cursed Arm
No, there'll be no need for that. Player's Name. Leave the village immediately.

Cursed Arm
Word that Lord Arash's shot saved the village, saved the mountain, will soon spread to the Holy City.

Cursed Arm
They'll come for us. That much is clear. Head for the desert before that, Player's Name.

Dr. Roman
...He's right. Heading to the Atlas Institute is more important right now.

Dr. Roman
We have King Hassan's orders, too, but what we want right now is information that will help us rise against the Holy City.

Dr. Roman
Now that we've seen the Light of Judgment with our own eyes, we know that there isn't a moment to lose. We have to find a way to counter that.

Cursed Arm
That's right. That will be what brings solace to those who died.

Cursed Arm
...After we evacuate the people of the village, we must prepare for the advance on the Holy City.

Cursed Arm
Serenity and I will remain in the mountains. The next time we meet will be before the attack on the Holy City.

Mash
...Okay. We'll split up from here on out.
But how will we keep in touch?

Cursed Arm
As for that, I'll spread the word about Player's Name to all the mountain people, wherever they may be.

Cursed Arm
If something happens to us, they'll hear about it, and vice versa.

Mash
...Very well. Hassan, everyone, take care.

Cursed Arm
You too, Lady Mash. Rushd will miss you, but I'll find a way to make him understand.

Mash
...Yes. Thank you.

Serenity
...Master Player's Name.
I'll say goodbye here as well.

Serenity
I know I promised to protect you until the end, but the duties of an Old Man of the Mountain take precedence...

Serenity
Still, it's clear that our battles will serve to assist you.
So, I hope to help you from the sidelines.

Dr. Roman
It's decided, then. Hassan's group will remain in the mountain region and prepare for the advance on the Holy City.

Dr. Roman
Player's Name, Mash, Bedivere, Xuanzang Sanzang, Tawara Touta. You five will head for the desert.

Dr. Roman
Shall we meet again in this village?

Cursed Arm
Yes. The leaders of each village will gather here for final confirmations before we depart for the Holy City.

Mash
Then I'll let Sanzang and Touta know.
Looks like another journey to the desert!

Cursed Arm
...Now then. Our work here is done, for the time being.
I leave the rest to you, Sir Bedivere.

Cursed Arm
But I will say this: We will never forgive the Knights of the Round Table. Especially Tristan.

Cursed Arm
Upon our honor, we will make sure that heretic's death is the cruelest of all.

Cursed Arm
Never forget that. Should you defend him, I will show no mercy, even for you.

Bedivere
...Of course. Upon my sword, upon my soul, I will never do such a thing.

Bedivere
The injustices committed by the Knights of the Round Table is a responsibility held by all of the knights.

Bedivere
Hence, if the Lion King is exposed as the true evil, I implore you: treat me no different than the rest of them.

Bedivere
...As one of the unsightly invaders who violated your land, I want you to equally bestow upon my neck the judgment of death.

Section 13: To the Desert of Atlas

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Lancelot
I have returned, Majesty. Apologies for the delay.
Sir Agravain had urgent business for me to attend to.

Lion King
It's fine. I ordered you to protect any humans fit for the Holy Selection.

Lion King
If that is achieved, I have no punishment to give. Raise your head.

Lancelot
Yes, Your Majesty. Thank you most kindly. Knowing that I have not defiled Your Majesty's kindness brings me unspeakable joy.

Lancelot
There are twelve humans fit for the Holy Selection. We've already brought them to the Holy City, and handed them off to the supervisors.

Lancelot
...From now, I will also join in the defense of the Holy City. Does that suit you, Sir Agravain?

Agravain
...Of course. It is problematic that it took so long to suppress the rebels, but the king has forgiven it. I shall let it go.

Agravain
I would have you assist in guarding the third tower, Sir Lancelot. Thanks to your work, the king's plans have entered the final stages.

Agravain
The confrontation with Ozymandias is near. The third tower will be the key to protecting the royal castle.

Agravain
Consider your assignment an honor. Head for the tower at once.

Lancelot
...Before that. I beg our king to please allow me a question.

Agravain
Disrespectful and unnecessary. The king must prepare the sacred lance. Without your comments.

Lion King
Wait, Agravain. It is the wish of a knight who has not once asked for a reward in all his years of service. I cannot turn it down.

Agravain
...Yes, Your Majesty. You may speak, Sir Lancelot. What is it?

Lancelot
I have just returned from attacking the village of rebels, in response to Sir Tristan's request.

Lancelot
I did so as that village hosted rebels that committed sins before the main gates of the Holy City.

Lion King
I heard. It was brilliant work, Lancelot. What of it?

Lancelot
...Why was the sacred lance unleashed? Sir Tristan setting fire to the battlefield was already excessive.

Lancelot
Dropping the Light of Judgment on top of that was simply cruel. Thus far, Your Majesty has brandished the sacred lance to rule these wastelands.

Lancelot
But, even for rebellions, not once has the Light of Judgment been unleashed upon human settlements.

Lancelot
...Under these pressing circumstances, we utilize fear to speed up governance. We've believed that this is the righteousness of the Lion King.

Lancelot
But using the sacred spear against a village is wrong. That is not justice. That is not even fear.

Lancelot
My king. Why do such a thing to the village? I would like to hear the true intention behind it.

Lancelot
...Even more so if it was not Your Majesty's decision but that of someone else... the opinion of someone who keeps the government.

Lancelot
Are you other knights not curious of that, too? Whether the king's decision was really his own?

Agravain
...What are you implying, Sir Lancelot? That was quite a suggestive speech.

Lancelot
Only the guilty would hear it so. We Knights of the Round have no use for those with a guilty conscience.

Agravain
...How dare you.

Lion King
Stand down, Agravain. ...Heh. For some reason, you grow short-tempered when Lancelot is your opponent.

Lion King
And hear me, my knights. The enforcement through my sacred lance was entirely of my own volition.

Lion King
The reason I have never dropped it on a human settlement is clear. Burning down a village would only fan the flames of rebellion.

Lion King
The bonds of the mountain people would only strengthen, and they may even prepare an army to invade the Holy City.

Lion King
That would be unnecessary. Until preparations with the sacred lance are complete, I have no time to spare on insignificant scuffles.

Lion King
However... The sacred lance has entered the final stages. The Tower at the Ends of the World will finally be welcoming us.

Lion King
...Our greatest enemy was time.

Lion King
We had to open the tower before that king entered the next stage after the Incineration of Humanity.

Lion King
And that is about to take place. The defiance of the mountain people is but a trifle.

Lion King
Therefore, I launched the direct enforcement of the village. If the rebellious forces rise up because of it, all the better.

Lion King
If it be but a small number that reach the Holy City in a fight to their death, Sir Gawain can manage their extermination on his own.

Lion King
This was my true intention. Have you any objections, Sir Lancelot?

Lancelot
But...! If that was the case, there was no need for enforcement!

Lancelot
If the defense of the Holy City is complete, there is no need to so recklessly rob them of their lives!

Tristan
...But you see, they aren't complete. Threats that disturb the king's heart yet live.

Tristan
...Sir Lancelot. It is due to our failure, of course.

Gawain
You've returned, Tristan.
...What did you mean just now?

Tristan
...Sadly, the eastern village hasn't been eliminated.

Tristan
The rebels' Servants must have resisted. Unbelievable as it may be, they blocked the king's light completely.

Agravain
They blocked the sacred lance's attack!? There is none among them capable of such a feat!

Tristan
Ah, but there is: Arash Kamangir.
His skill rivals even mine.

Mordred
Seriously!? Damn, that guy's good!

Agravain
Shut up, Mordred! You'll anger the Lion King!

Tristan
...Yes, he was quite impressive. He was also the one I asked Sir Lancelot to take care of.

Tristan
...It may have been poor judgment, yes. But there was also a failure on your part, Lancelot.

Tristan
As a result, the rebels survived, and left the mountain. They were headed in the direction of the desert... and that's where my bow snapped.

Tristan
They likely mean to join forces with Ozymandias.
...As far as I can see, it is the worst combination.

Agravain
What a blunder! How do you propose to make amends, Lancelot!?

Lancelot
...Chase after the rebels and capture them, of course.

Lancelot
My punishment shall be afterward. For thus disgracing His Majesty, I have no choice but to offer my head.

Agravain
Who needs that, you fool! I'll assign the pursuit to others! I have no leniency left for you!

Agravain
Sir Gawain, seize Lancelot! On the morrow, you
shall be relieved of your duties and sentenced to confinement—

Lion King
...Can you make it in time, Lancelot? The rebels' star is swift and free.

Lion King
Can you capture them?

Lancelot
Of course. I swear it upon my treasured Arondight.

Agravain
Your Majesty!

Lion King
I order you to pursue the rebels, Lancelot. Hurry. The walls of the castle will soon appear. Return before that.

Lancelot
Yes, Your Majesty!

Agravain
Tch...!

Lion King
Do not be so angry, Agravain. With Lancelot there shall be no mistake.

Agravain
...That must be true. You always believed so.

Agravain
...Forgive me, my king. It was an untoward remark.

Tristan
...Sir Agravain. May I continue with one more report?

Agravain
What? Is there more?

Tristan
Yes. ...I saw him. Among the rebels.

Tristan
The one-armed knight. The most loyal among those of the Round Table. ...Our sworn friend, Sir Bedivere.

Agravain
...Wh-What?

Agravain
Bedivere!? Why would he be there!? There's no way!

Agravain
Save your jokes for taverns and women, Sir Tristan! Bedivere? A most unlikely tale!

Mordred
Yeah, that's right, Agravain.

Mordred
It's insane, huh? A feeble knight like him is, for some reason, among their—

Agravain
Mordred! You knew!?

Mordred
Er... I didn't think it was worth mentioning, that's all! I mean, come on, Gawain didn't say anything about it either, right?!

Agravain
Save your silly excuses... No, wait, I see. So that's what the battle at the main gates was about.

Agravain
Sir Gawain. What is the meaning of this? Why didn't you report this to us, to the king?

Agravain
With Bedivere aiding the rebels, it's no wonder Sir Tristan suffered an upset.

Agravain
That man may be lacking in skill, but he is an expert on our Round Table's state of affairs! In addition, he is the king's closest follower—

Agravain
No, never mind that. Are you telling me you let personal feelings cloud your judgment!?

Gawain
The reason I did not report about Sir Bedivere is because it is unworthy of attention.

Gawain
He is but a novice, never even summoned by the Lion King. He is a rebel, nothing more.

Gawain
There is no need to treat such a knight with special attention. Because... our king is perfect.

Gawain
In judgment, in ideology, in actions. I believe he is flawless.

Gawain
In which case, one or two knights shifting sides would not impact the overall plan.

Gawain
What can Sir Bedivere do? No matter what he may do, the Lion King's heart will not be disturbed.

Gawain
Is that not right, Agravain?

Agravain
...True. Even if that man goes over to the enemy, it's not as if he can do anything.

Agravain
...Well done, Sir Gawain. You may return to protecting the main gate.

Tristan
...It's not as if he can do anything? True, if he were the former Sir Bedivere.

Agravain
...What do you wish to imply?

Agravain
Bedivere was your close friend. Perhaps sentiment prevented you from doing something about him.

Tristan
...Of course not. I had no personal feelings.

Tristan
My Gift is “Reversal.” You have not forgotten that, have you?

Agravain
...How could I? True, there's no way you, now, would succumb to personal feelings.

Agravain
Sir Tristan, guard the castle town. Sir Mordred, continue to sweep the city surroundings.

Agravain
...Forgive us for disturbing your throne, my king.

Agravain
Please do not let Sir Bedivere concern you. It can very well be Sir Tristan's misunderstanding.

Agravain
Even if it is true, all we must do is welcome him to His Majesty's Round Table.

Agravain
...There is no problem. Please open the gates to the Tower at the Ends of the World with your utmost.

Lion King
...Wait. What have you sirs been talking about all this time?

Agravain
Huh?

Lion King
Bedivere...

Lion King
Who is this... Bedivere?

Bedivere
Enemy traces up ahead! Everyone, prepare for battle!

Dr. Roman
It's not much of a response. You should be able to take care of them!

Dr. Roman
Once you get past this, you'll be in the desert. Communication from me won't reach you there.

Dr. Roman
But I'll always be monitoring your responses, Player's Name, so it's not like I've disappeared!

Dr. Roman
It's too bad I can't help you navigate. Just be careful!

Dr. Roman
When you come back to the wastelands, be sure to come show me how much you've grown, Player's Name!

  1. Leave it to me!  2. Thanks for always helping us, Doctor!
  Select: Leave it to me!
Dr. Roman
Yup, I'm counting on you! Good luck!
  Select: Thanks for always helping us, Doctor!
Dr. Roman
No no, the honor is mine. I could never thank you enough. Personally that is. Dr. Roman
Oops, no time to be chit-chatting. I've got to get it together, too.

Fou
Foooooou!

Mash
We're about to make contact! Everybody, dismount and prepare to engage!


--BATTLE--

Mash
...Phew. The battle is over. Sanzang is safe.

Bedivere
That's great to hear. But... where is she?

Fou
Fou, fou.

Sanzang
Gosh, Touta. Honestly! You mustn't stray from your mentor, you hear?

Sanzang
A good disciple is supposed to be aware of his mentor at all times, not lose sight of her!

Tawara Touta
Hm. It's gotten to the point where replying would be stupid. If anything, I was the idiot.

Tawara Touta
It's true, you are a good mentor. I've never seen a monk who makes her disciple so frantic!

Sanzang
What's that? Was that a compliment? That was a compliment, wasn't it?

Sanzang
Yes, true, true. Looks like you're finally ready for the Sravaka, Touta!

Bedivere
I've no idea what she's saying, but I'm glad it all worked out.

Bedivere
It may have been in a panic, but she was able to ward off the sphinxes on her own.

Mash
...The sphinxes, you say? Um, is that...

  1. Sanzang, what'd you do with the sphinxes?
  Select: Sanzang, what'd you do with the sphinxes?

Sanzang
Su-fee-nn-ks? You mean those weird animals? There were lots of them over there...

Mash
Ah, that's it! The message said the Sun King's beasts would be hanging around the ruin we're looking for...

Tawara Touta
If you think about it, they serve as a landmark, huh? So is this also the Buddha's protection? How terrifying...

Tawara Touta
Sanzang, just go wherever you want. Leave the protection to us.

Sanzang
What, you want me to lead the way?

Sanzang
Well, why didn't you just say so?! I'd be happy to! Follow me!

Sanzang
Oh, but watch out, okay? The back of my neck's been tingling, sort of...

Sanzang
Like, it feels like something bad's closing in from behind, you know?

Sanzang
It's probably a violent boulder or something, so be sure to catch it when it comes rolling, alright?

Tawara Touta
A bad feeling, huh? I can't laugh at your intuition anymore... Looks like we'd better hurry.

Fou
Fou!

Mash
...Master. I can see the shadows of multiple sphinxes beyond that particularly tall sand dune there.

Mash
They are circling that area as if monitoring it, so the ruin we're looking for must be right in front of us, but...

Bedivere
The problem is what to do about them all?
Taking on that many would be reckless.

Bedivere
We'll have to find another way to enter. Although it's easier said than done, in this sandstorm...

Mash
If only we had the Doctor to back us up at a time like this...

Fou
Fou, fouuu.

Sanzang
Then how about this: we use Touta's rice to feed them one by one!

  1. What an idea! You must be a genius, Sanzang!  2. What an idea... Sanzang, you stay here.
  Select: What an idea! You must be a genius, Sanzang!
Bedivere
Unfortunately, sphinxes only feed on spirits... Bedivere
The reason they attack humans is not for nutrition, but to be in accordance with the laws that govern them... Sanzang
I see... Despite appearances, they're actually herbivores, or rather, soulivores... No need to count calories... Lucky... Fou
Fou. Fofouuu.
  Select: What an idea... Sanzang, you stay here.
Sanzang
Whyyy! It's not like it's a koan, right?! I think it's a pretty good plan myself! Fou
Fou...fou...

Tawara Touta
A good meal knows no borders. I thought it was a pretty good idea, but...give it up this time, Sanzang.

Tawara Touta
...I can hear horses! Armed soldiers are headed this way! This pressure... It must be a Knight of the Round Table!

Sanzang
Stuck between a rock and a hard place, huh? Player's Name, what should we do...?

Bedivere
...We must fight them. I'll lead the way on this one!

Tawara Touta
That's great, but are you sure!? You haven't forgotten what Arash said, have you?!

Bedivere
...Of course not. I merely see it as his one and only misjudgment.

Bedivere
As long as I have my spirit, I shall never fall. As long as I have my shining silver arm, Airgetlám!

Mash
Sir Bedivere... Senpai, to let him fight a Knight of the Round Table would be...!

  1. ...Of course, we'll avoid such a match.  2. I hope he'll stop and listen to us...
  Select: ...Of course, we'll avoid such a match.

  Select: I hope he'll stop and listen to us...

H:???
I've caught up to you. This is the third time I'm stirring up trouble with you.

H:???
The first was when you were chased from the Holy City. The second was at the village of the mountain people.

H:???
Neither time was I granted my wish of facing the rebels' leader. ...But that all changes now.

Lancelot
Lancelot, Raider Knight of the Round Table. I have come on the king's orders to take you all into custody.

Lancelot
If you resist, I will show no mercy. Surrender or fight... Whatever your creed, I shall comply.

Mash
...Master. I have a feeling... I know that person well...

  1. ...Yeah, I bet.  2. ...Huh, you do?
  Select: ...Yeah, I bet.
Fou
Fou, fouuu...
  Select: ...Huh, you do?
Fou
Fou, fouuu!

Bedivere
I have no intention of surrendering. But, before we fight, there's something I'd like to ask.

Bedivere
Sir Lancelot. For what reasons are you serving the current king?

Lancelot
...Is this an illusion? What kind of sorcery is this? Bedivere... Sir Bedivere, is that you!?

Lancelot
Nonsense! Impossible! You would never...!

Sanzang
(...Hey, Player's Name. Were all the Knights of the Round Table like that?)

Sanzang
(Just because Bedivere broke away from the Round Table... Don't you think they're overreacting?)

  1. Now that you mention it...  2. Maybe there's another reason?
  Select: Now that you mention it...

  Select: Maybe there's another reason?

Bedivere
Even if I am an illusion, it does not change the reality of my question.

Bedivere
Answer me, Sir Lancelot. Why did a knight like you choose to serve the Lion King?

Bedivere
Sir Gawain believes the king no matter what. Sir Mordred said the mere act of opposing the king is sacrilege.

Bedivere
Tristan asserted... that the king's commandments are merciful actions.

Bedivere
How about you? Can you call that light, that folly of burning a village to the ground, King Arthur's job!?

Lancelot
...

Lancelot
...All units, prepare for battle. We will be detaining the rebels.

Bedivere
Lancelot! Let us hear your answer!

Lancelot
...You are correct, I would not call that the king's work! I swore allegiance to the King of Knights, not the Lion King!

Lancelot
But that has nothing to do with my duty to capture you! Air your grievances in front of His Majesty himself!

Lancelot
That is, if Agravain even allows your presence!

Bedivere
...Yet you still fight, knowing all of that.

Bedivere
Very well! I have a lot of things to say to you, too!

Mash
Sir Lancelot has drawn his sword! He's incredibly stubborn, I somehow get it!

Sanzang
Yes, admitting the king is wrong but still fighting... He needs a good preaching-to!

Sanzang
Player's Name, we'll back up Bedi! The way things are going, I have a feeling we can win this!

--BATTLE--

Sanzang
No good!

Tawara Touta
It's because you had to say those weird things! No... That man is just too tough!

Bedivere
Tch... This is nothing! Compared to Lord Arash's regret...

Fou
Fou, fouuu!

Mash
Master, we must retreat! It's frustrating beyond belief, but we can't fight any longer!

  1. Is it that painful for you!?  2. We've been completely surrounded...!
  Select: Is it that painful for you!?
Mash
...No, even... I've never wanted to win so badly...
  Select: We've been completely surrounded...!

Lancelot
Give it up. This is Ozymandias's desert. No mountain people will come to your aid.

Lancelot
Fleeing to the desert came back around on you. We can speak of it as we return...

C:???
What are you doing, you scoundrels!? Do you wreak havoc even knowing that this is the Sun King's most cherished land!?

Lancelot
What...

Mash
What's going on!?

--ARROW--

C:???
My name is Nitocris! I am the pharaoh who has been assigned this Atlas Institute by the Sun King!

C:???
Fear me! Worship me! If you do, I shall at least spare your lives!

C:???
...Or to put it bluntly, leave or surrender! As you can see, I am very powerful!

  1. Giant... Nitocris!  2. ...Trying too hard again...
  Select: Giant... Nitocris!
Sanzang
Oh wow... It's a Tathagata-class Heroic Spirit... I mean, look, she's big! Really big! Sanzang
I... I don't think we can beat her! Let's run, Player's Name!
  Select: ...Trying too hard again...
Mash
...Yes. Such a grand entrance, but oozing with kindness... Fou
Fouuu...

Enforcement Knight
S-S-S-Sir Lancelot...!

Enforcement Knight
His Majesty the Lion King told us that 14,000 years ago, in the desert, there lived a giant of destruction...
Could this be that giant!?

Lancelot
Idiot, take a good look! It is an illusion of Magecraft!

Lancelot
She is not actually here! She is just controlling it remotely! Focus on making sure the formation does not fail!

  1. Now's our chance...!  2. Everyone, right now!
  Select: Now's our chance...!

  Select: Everyone, right now!

Mash
Yes! Everyone, to the other side of the sand dune! Charge into the sphinx herd!

Sanzang
Oh, we can ignore that giant? Really? Okay! Xiexie, strange lady!

C:???
This is no time for manners! Quit blabbering and RUN! Seriously, you're so much work!

Lancelot
Don't let them get away! Follow them! I'm getting an ominous feeling about what lies ahead!

Enforcement Knight
Aaaaaaahhh! Sir Lancelot, it's a sphinx!

Enforcement Knight
Up ahead is a sphinx nest! Before we can go after the rebels, we'll be in danger!

Lancelot
Do not panic! All units, square formation! We will annihilate the sphinxes first!

B:???
Guooooooooooooooo!

Tawara Touta
Tch, they aren't going to let us go, either! Player's Name, let's crush them to bits!

Mash
Yes! I hate to disappoint the queen, but we can't hesitate here!

--BATTLE--

Mash
We've intercepted the sphinxes! Senpai, how should we proceed from— Argh!

Fou
Fou!?

Sanzang
Hey, did Mash suddenly disappear just now!? It's as if she fell into a... Whoa!

Fou
Fofou!?

Tawara Touta
Hm, is this...?

Bedivere
Yes, it is!

  1. It's a pitfall trap!
  Select: It's a pitfall trap!

Mash
Ouch... My butt...

Mash
Is everyone here? I heard five thuds...

  1. Roll call! Player's Name, present...
  Select: Roll call! Player's Name, present...

Bedivere
A graceful landing, if I do say so myself. Bedivere, present.

Sanzang
...prajnaparamitayam caryam caramano vyavalokayati... Yes... Xuanzang Sanzang, right here...

Tawara Touta
We fell pretty far... But I didn't think there'd be that much oxygen down here.

Fou
Fou.

D:???
Excellent. Looks like everyone was able to escape. Glad no one was hurt.

D:???
I'll turn on the lights, then. You may feel a bit dizzy, but that's part of the charm.

  1. ...Huh?  2. ...There's a sixth person!?
  Select: ...Huh?

  Select: ...There's a sixth person!?

D:???
Hello there, everyone. And welcome to the wondrous mysteries of the Atlas Institute!

Holmes
I am Sherlock Holmes. The world's best detective, and its only consulting detective.

Holmes
As the representative of those who shed light on a problem, I am here to guide you all to the truth! I hold all the pieces of the puzzle!

Section 14: The Hidden Research

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Holmes
You must be And she is Ms. Kyrielight.

Holmes
She is the Servant Xuanzang Sanzang.
He is the Servant Tawara Touta.

Holmes
And that is... Well well, what a surprise.
A Knight of the Round Table is also among you.

Holmes
Wonderful to meet you, Sir Bedivere. As we share a homeland, it's hard not to feel a certain familiarity with you already.

  1. How do you know my name already!?  2. How did you know everyone's True Name...
  Select: How do you know my name already!?

  Select: How did you know everyone's True Name...

Holmes
Why? Elementary, my dear friends.

Mash
(There it is, that famous line of his!
This man is the real Mr. Holmes!)

Holmes
You and I have already made contact. Before we met face to face, we met through information.

Mash
Through... information?

Holmes
In London, you managed to safely acquire the information I left at the Mage's Association, right?

Holmes
It was just paperwork, but it must've been worth a thousand pounds to you at the time.

Holmes
I gathered only the necessary information, and arranged it so it'd be easy to read.

Holmes
At that point, you must've accepted me as a collaborator in the shadows.

  1. Now that you mention it...  2. Wasn't Andersen saying something about...?
  Select: Now that you mention it...

  Select: Wasn't Andersen saying something about...?

Mash
Yes. He said someone had organized the information before he looked it up!

Mash
So that was your doing, Mr. Holmes!

Holmes
Yes. Had I made it too easy to understand, Makiri would have noticed.

Holmes
I arranged it so that it would only make sense when a wise person with a true purpose searched for it.

Holmes
You needed to know it in order to solve this murder case and not just be a passive bystander.

  1. ...Murder case?
  Select: ...Murder case?

Holmes
Yes, it's a murder case, and one on a scale I've never experienced before: “The complete murder of the primates by means of the Incineration of Humanity.”

Holmes
Yes indeed, a mythological murder case...
Obviously I'd appear!

Bedivere
...Um, Player's Name, Lady Mash?
I hate to interrupt, but...

Bedivere
Who is he? Holmes... I don't remember a knight by that name...

Holmes
How sad.

Holmes
It's true that I never attained knighthood.
The person who recorded my efforts, however, did.

Bedivere
So the person who recorded your achievements was a knight? Uh... Milady?

Mash
Yes, Sir Bedivere. Mr. Holmes is the most famous detective in the world.

Mash
His class is... probably Caster, right?
He is one of the true forefathers of all detectives.

Mash
Oh, if only the monitor was alive, the Doctor would've been overjoyed!

Mash
And, I am especially moved as well!
Sherlock Holmes was real!

Mash
In other words, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels were biographies by Dr. Watson!

Holmes
Heh. Watson's side job. If it makes an innocent girl so openly happy, then our work was well worth it.

Holmes
But Ms. Kyrielight. My true identity, my essence, is slightly different from what you may think.

Holmes
And sad, but that is not the purpose of our gathering here today.

Holmes
I cannot yet accept your case, .

Mash
Oh... you can't?

Mash
Mr. Holmes, you appeared in person, without even a disguise, so I assumed...

Holmes
Hahahahaha! What a good fan!
You're very aware of my personality!

Holmes
...Phew. I would very much like to cooperate, too, but there's a case I must solve first.

Holmes
Sir Babbage asked me to do so.

Holmes
He only had a little bit of reason left in him, just a speck, but it was like a glittering star. It is in exchange for that.

Holmes
Until that case is closed, I cannot make ties with Chaldea.

Holmes
But that is not a vital problem.
I'll leave the battle to you heroes.

Holmes
I am a detective. I have no interest in justice or honor.
I just solve mysteries. That is my duty.

Mash
(I-It's exactly the Holmes I imagined...!)

  1. In other words, he just beat us to the punch?  2. What sort of mysteries do you mean?
  Select: In other words, he just beat us to the punch?
Holmes
Yes, that's exactly it! Although I did activate the pitfall and invite you all!
  Select: What sort of mysteries do you mean?
Holmes
We can talk about that next.
After all, it seems our journey will be a long one.

Sanzang
You'll help Player's Name, but won't join us...
Is that right?

Holmes
Yes. I came to this institute in search of knowledge.

Holmes
The Old Man of the Mountain must've talked about needing to know everything, right?

Holmes
In that case, you should head for the central area of this institute. I, too, have business there.

Holmes
It is far from here, about half a mile underground. The path twists and folds over itself, much like a labyrinth.

Holmes
I'll show you the way there, and you'll eliminate the traps with your strength.

Holmes
It's quite the efficient collaboration.
Now, let's hurry. Infinite knowledge awaits us!

Bedivere
We seem to have ended up teaming with Mr. Holmes... Are you sure about this, Player's Name?

  1. Let's trust the detective.  2. Our objectives are the same.
  Select: Let's trust the detective.

  Select: Our objectives are the same.

Fou
Fou. Fou, fouuu!

Bedivere
...I see. I suppose I've never really been good with people like him. He reminds me of Merlin.

Mash
Master, a magical energy response!
Something's coming!

Mash
It's the same as in London...
It's an autonomous magical familiar!

Holmes
It seems the defense mechanisms are still active!
I was right to wait for your arrival!

Holmes
My existence is currently in flux... There's no way I can fight. I'm counting on your success!

--BATTLE--

Holmes
What's the Atlas Institute, you ask? An excellent question, .

Holmes
It is an institute of alchemists built in the Atlas Mountains of Egypt.

Holmes
It's also known as the Titan's Pit.

Holmes
It's one of three branches of the Mage's Association, dealing with accumulation and measurement.

Holmes
Their alchemy is not at all like alchemy as you may know it, the kind that became mainstream in the Middle Ages. They are the progenitors of Magecraft, focused on investigating the principles of the world.

Holmes
While they are certainly mages, I understand that their Magical Circuits are rather paltry.

Holmes
Consequently, they do not rely on magical energy to learn the mysteries of the world, instead using a great number of tools.

Holmes
In a way, these tools evolved similarly to scientific progress.

Holmes
They treated Pseudo Spiritrons... souls as energy that could be observed and manipulated. This led to Homunculi, lifeforms that possess Magical Circuits.

Holmes
“We have no need to become the strongest.
We simply have to create the strongest tool.”

Holmes
That was their motto. True to their words, they created many weapons.

Holmes
In the world of Magecraft, they are called the Seven Taboos. The Atlas Institute created seven weapons capable of destroying the world.

Holmes
Realizing that they had reached their limits, they sealed them away.

Holmes
...There are still many theories about why they decided to build such weapons in the first place.

Holmes
The director of the Atlas Institute was given the title Atlasia.

Holmes
I saw a wall plate on the way here.
It said Zepia Eltnam Atlasia.

Holmes
He was likely the last director. There seems to have been a successor designated, but the name wasn't recorded.

Holmes
The directors of this institute would always go mad, and as a result, they created forbidden weapons that would destroy the world.

Holmes
It's also possible that they would try to prevent the destruction of the world, fail in the progress, and then go mad as a result...

Holmes
Regardless, this place is a storehouse of “Mystic Codes” unparalleled anywhere else on earth.

Holmes
Although in reality, it's more like a disposal site.

Holmes
The alchemists of this institute would constantly invent things. These were treated as failed creations, and a mountain of terrible weapons accumulated.

Holmes
We're headed to the center of that. What do you think? Did you understand my summary of the Atlas Institute?

  1. ...I got that it's dangerous.  2. Why's it called the Titan's Pit?
  Select: ...I got that it's dangerous.
Holmes
A simple deduction!
But that's perfectly fine!
  Select: Why's it called the Titan's Pit?
Holmes
Hm. Do you know the titan who held up the world in Greek mythology? His name was Atlas. Holmes
The name may have been influenced by his story. Holmes
I've also heard that it was called the Atlas Institute because it's in the Atlas Mountains. A simple reason for naming it so. Holmes
The origin of alchemy at the Atlas Institute is tied with the progenitor of Magecraft in Egyptian mythology, the goddess Isis. Holmes
That connection may be why the institute appeared in the territory of Egypt in this Singularity.

Bedivere
They fled underground to study Magecraft...
No wonder I had never heard of this group of mages.

Bedivere
However, I don't see any students.
Did the Atlas Institute fall to ruin prior to this time?

Holmes
...No. As far as I have been able to deduce, the Atlas Institute was active from the BC era up to 2018 AD.

Holmes
If there aren't any people here, then...

Holmes
No, I shouldn't speak based on assumptions.
We'll know for certain when we reach the center.

Holmes
An underground academy filled with mysteries. A research facility created with unknown techniques—

Holmes
Is its true identity an ideal shelter, or merely an enormous tomb?

Holmes
Let us hold hope in our hearts, and press forward to see the truth.

--ARROW--

Bedivere
Still, the layout of this place is rather complicated.
It's more of a maze than an academic institute.

Bedivere
The path splits in two as we descend, but if you look behind you, it's actually three.

Bedivere
It's built like an optical illusion.
It's as though...

Holmes
Indeed. It's built to confuse those trying to leave. Entering is simple, but exiting is forbidden.

Mash
It's not like it's to protect against theft... That would be the opposite, right? So why did build it this way?

Holmes
Because they were more fearful of people leaving than entering.

Holmes
The Atlas Institute was a group of geniuses. They immersed themselves in various research, in their own independent workshops.

Holmes
There were no taboos here. One would not be rebuked for creating any weapon, no matter how inhumane.

Holmes
However, there was one condition: what was created here could never be brought outside.

Holmes
That was the great principle of the Atlas Institute.
For over 2,000 years, they stubbornly kept to this rule.

Holmes
An exception would be the Seven Contracts created when the institute was established.

Holmes
The Atlas Institute promised to cooperate with only those holding these special contracts.

Holmes
I'm sure this agreement caused headaches for generations of directors. They're contracts arbitrarily made by their ancestors, after all.

Holmes
They had recovered four of the contracts by 2000 AD, but the whereabouts of the other three remain unknown.

Holmes
Oh, sorry to stop so abruptly, but there are more defense mechanisms! I expect you can handle them?

--BATTLE--

Holmes
...Hm. , having watched two of your battles, may I comment on your leadership?

  1. Yes.  2. No.
  Select: Yes.

  Select: No.
Holmes
Hahaha, how unfortunate! You seem to know less about me than Ms. Kyrielight! Holmes
Sherlock Holmes cannot be silenced, has no self-restraint, and doesn't care about bothering others! Holmes
I always voice my own deductions!

Holmes
Anyway, To be honest, I'm quite surprised.

Holmes
Your fighting abilities are unbelievable, but they're still only secondary to something else.

Holmes
The root of your strength lies in the style of your contracts.

Holmes
I'm sure there's no precedent in history of a Master with connections to so many Servants.

Holmes
An even more shocking aspect is the length of time that this has continued.

Holmes
Normally, Servants are only summoned temporarily, and only for a particular battle.

Holmes
Perpetual contracts like your own are unthinkable.
Yet it doesn't seem like you have any particular secrets, .

Holmes
In other words...

  1. ...In other words what? (Gulp)
  Select: ...In other words what? (Gulp)

Holmes
...By the way, Ms. Kyrielight. It would appear you still don't have full control of your Noble Phantasm.

Holmes
Why is that? Is it something beyond your means?

  1. You changed the subject!?  2. Mash doesn't know its True Name...
  Select: You changed the subject!?
Holmes
Hahaha. Hahahahahahaha.
  Select: Mash doesn't know its True Name...

Mash
...Yes. I still don't know the True Name of the Heroic Spirit who transferred this power to me...

Holmes
That's not it. The True Name isn't a big issue.
You've simply erred on which foot to set forth on.

Holmes
But be at ease. You will have the solution soon.
Given the information, there's nothing I can't uncover.

Holmes
...No, that was rude of me. That sounded like bragging. There are some things that even I don't know.

Holmes
Right now, we're fighting with another mystery: the true identity of the King of Mages, the culprit behind the Incineration of Humanity.

Holmes
I have almost no information about him.

Holmes
Every corner of time has his tracks, but none of these seem to tie to King Solomon.

Holmes
If someone had seen the King of Mages firsthand,
I could've asked if there was any resemblance to Solomon.

Holmes
But of course there wouldn't be such a convenient witness. I have no choice but to continue inferring from information.

  1. Uh... I've seen the King of Mages.  2. Um... I know the King of Mages.
  Select: Uh... I've seen the King of Mages.

  Select: Um... I know the King of Mages.

Holmes
You were such a vital witness!?
Then please, tell me everything!

Holmes
What did he look like? His voice? His magical lineage?
And most importantly—

Holmes
What are your impressions, having directly met him?

Holmes
Any discomfort? Anything out of place? A sense of discomfort would be the most important key.

Holmes
Try to remember, no matter how trivial it may seem.
Was there anything strange about the King of Mages?

  1. ...I remember what he looks like, but...  2. ...Now that I think about it...
  Select: ...I remember what he looks like, but...
Mash
So do I, but I'm not able to share those memories with you... The recordings are all covered in static too...
  Select: ...Now that I think about it...
Holmes
Is there something?

  1. ...One thing about his appearance...  2. ...Something seemed to be missing...
  Select: ...One thing about his appearance...

  Select: ...Something seemed to be missing...

Holmes
...Something missing... Missing, you say? For a human who had never seen the King of Mages before to say such a thing...

Holmes
He must've made an oversight, trivial though it may be. An oversight that, though unintentional, was enough to arouse suspicion.

Holmes
...Ms. Kyrielight. I'm sorry, but could you draw a sketch as we walk?

Holmes
I'd like a picture of the King of Mages you saw. Normally, you'd be cursed for even making an attempt,

Holmes
but here in Atlas, they likely have perfect measures against outside curses. No harm would come to you.

Mash
I understand. I'm no artist, but I'll try to draw what we saw.

Mash
...And may I also say something, Mr. Holmes?

Mash
I didn't sense any sort of discomfort like my Master did, but...

Mash
What the King of Mages said, how he acted... It wasn't consistent. That was what seemed out of place to me.

Mash
He was sometimes violent, sometimes calm... even totally indifferent toward us at times.

Mash
...The changes all seemed abrupt to me...

Holmes
Hm. Tell me in more detail. What kind of conversation did you have with him?

Holmes
—I see. Thank you, Ms. Kyrielight.

Holmes
That was very useful information. Enough to inch a little closer to the true identity of the King of Mages.

Mash
Y-You're welcome... I'm glad I could help.

Holmes
Guessing from your conversation, the King of Mages is akin to a mirror.

Mash
A mirror...?

Holmes
Correct. A mirror reflects those standing before it. A mirror that shows the nature of the person speaking to it.

Holmes
If someone vulgar speaks, he answers just as rudely...

Holmes
While if someone wise speaks, he answers with equal earnestness.

Holmes
He responds to the cruel with cruelty, and to the calm with benevolence.

Holmes
It's not that he lacks his own sense of self, or that he has multiple personality disorder...

Holmes
He's just not confined to one single alignment.
No, it's the exact opposite, in fact. That's his nature.

  1. I see. Mordred was crude, so...  2. I see. Andersen was mean, so...
  Select: I see. Mordred was crude, so...

  Select: I see. Andersen was mean, so...

Mash
But he said he isn't interested in us.
He said life has no value.

Mash
I don't think anybody who was present thought that way.

Holmes
...That's exactly it. That's the part I find frightening,
Ms. Kyrielight.

Holmes
No interest in humans... That is the truth for the King of Mages.

Holmes
As proof, he has already destroyed humanity.
He's unlike the Lion King, who seeks to destroy this era.

Holmes
He has already won, which is precisely why he has shown his true form.

Holmes
Of course he would have no interest in us. It's because he has already moved on to his next project.

Holmes
For example, suppose there's a desk here with a project labeled “Incineration of Humanity” sitting on top of it.

Holmes
He finished that project long ago. Now he's at a different desk, ready to start anew.

Holmes
Normally, that would be the end. Humanity wouldn't even have the option of fighting against him.

Holmes
However, a miracle occurred. It goes without saying, but that miracle was Chaldea.

Holmes
Although it's simply a miniscule space remaining at the now uninhabited desk.

Mash
...To the King of Mages, incinerating humanity is already a finished project... You're saying that's why he has no interest in us?

Holmes
Yes. To be precise, it's because he's occupied with his next task.

Holmes
What frightens me is... the true nature of that “next task.”

Holmes
Listen well. You can say that this case was the perfect crime.

Holmes
Nobody could prevent the plot from occurring. We were completely defeated, unable to even make a move.

Holmes
A detective works after an incident occurs...
After there are already victims.

Holmes
Even if I deduce the truth behind the incident, I don't have the power to undo what has taken place.

Holmes
...But you do, You have that power.

Holmes
The King of Mages doesn't believe so... Which is your one and only chance to overcome that demon's crime.

--ARROW--

Holmes
Rejoice, everyone. We're nearly at the center.
Many answers await us ahead.

Holmes
The Old Man of the Mountain sent you here for two reasons.

Holmes
The first relates to this Singularity: to gain knowledge about the Lion King's objectives and his sacred lance.

Holmes
The second relates to all seven Singularities. In other words, a part of the mystery behind the Incineration of Humanity.

Holmes
I'm prepared to answer both of those.
However, before that...

  1. We've got to eliminate the defenses, right?  2. A battle! Of course there'd be one!
  Select: We've got to eliminate the defenses, right?

  Select: A battle! Of course there'd be one!

Holmes
No. I have a warning.
...Well, more like a declaration.

Holmes
The greatest reason why I appeared before you is that the peering eyes of Chaldea cannot reach you here.

Holmes
Let me tell you in advance.
I do not trust Doctor Roman.

--BATTLE--

Mash
This is the heart of the Atlas Institute...
We're underground, but there's a sky, Master!

Bedivere
This place is the size of a city... I can't believe they were able to build such a vast structure here...

Bedivere
This sure looks like an academic institute, all right. They have everything necessary for humans to live their lives.

Bedivere
This would help their students keep sound minds.
Even if the sky was artificial.

Holmes
That obelisk in the center is the Atlas Institute's greatest recording medium: a Pseudo-Spiritron Calculation Engine dubbed Tri-Hermes.

Holmes
Trismegistus in Chaldea was based off it.

  1. That's...the original?  2. Now that you mention it, its construction...
  Select: That's...the original?
Holmes
Indeed. The one sent to Chaldea is merely a copy. Holmes
It is a Photonic Crystal, a Philosopher's Stone. An out-of-place artifact that cannot be created through science in the present world.
  Select: Now that you mention it, its construction...
Mash
That's right! It looks just like Chaldea's Command Room! Mash
Although... most of it is buried in sand now...

Holmes
Now then. We've already acquired the access rights. Normally, we would just ask the staff, but...

Holmes
As you can see, this place is completely uninhabited.
I feel a little sorry, but we'll just have to use it without their permission.

Mash
...Yes. But I wonder why the staff aren't present?

Mash
It may be buried in sand, but all the equipment seems to be operating like normal.

Holmes
The answer is obvious. This is Atlas in 2018.
In other words, the one from your time period.

Mash
Atlas from our time!? Now that you mention it, Da Vinci said something like that.

Mash
Something about how in Egyptian territory there's a foreign object from yet another era.

Mash
It must have been this!

Holmes
I believe so. The mages may have been incinerated, but the Atlas Institute itself didn't vanish.

Holmes
...Now, let's get to the main issue.
Tri-Hermes contains recordings of all events.

Holmes
Since we aren't alchemists of Atlas, we wouldn't understand everything it contains, but...

Holmes
The simple truth... We should be able to understand the results. Although it would be like looking at a mathematical equation's solution.

  1. What are you checking?  2. Peeping isn't a good hobby, you know?
  Select: What are you checking?
Holmes
Ah, I'm embarrassed to admit it, but it's a record that even I couldn't trace. The recording of a certain event, kept secret from all.
  Select: Peeping isn't a good hobby, you know?
Holmes
Hahahahaha! That's not what I'm doing. I'm only interested in the honest truth! Holmes
I would never do anything so shady! The only thing that excites me is the truth itself, not personal lives!

Holmes
Now, Tri-Hermes, soaring bird of the underworld! Answer my question!

Holmes
Tell us of a certain incident, erased from all records and descriptions: the Holy Grail War that occurred in Japan in 2004!

Mash
The Holy Grail War!?
Don't tell me you mean Singularity X!?

Mash
W-Well, the Director did talk of a Holy Grail War held in Singularity X, but...

Mash
Are you saying that's the truth behind the Incineration of Humanity... The true origin!?

Holmes
No, it's not the origin.
But it is an important factor.

Holmes
The Holy Grail War. That is a grand ritual, where Heroic Spirits are summoned to fight, in which the last surviving mage and Servant standing obtain the Holy Grail.

Holmes
You already know that much.
Right, ?

Holmes
Very well. That ritual did indeed take place.
In 2004, located in a certain city of Japan.

Holmes
I checked the records of this war. However, I couldn't figure out what happened during its course, or how it concluded.

Holmes
The only traceable data was from when the Holy Grail War started: the identities of the seven mages who sought the Holy Grail.

Holmes
Among those seven who participated, one of them was related to someone you know.

Holmes
Or to be precise, the daughter of that person.

  1. ...Don't tell me it's...  2. ...The previous director of Chaldea?
  Select: ...Don't tell me it's...

  Select: ...The previous director of Chaldea?

Holmes
That's right. The father of Olga Marie Animusphere, the late director of Chaldea.

Holmes
As a Lord of the Clock Tower, he secretly headed to that regional city of Japan, and participated in that bloody ritual.

Holmes
His name was...

Holmes
...Hm? An answer already? It's a little sad that it doesn't make sounds while in operation.

Holmes
However, I'm glad to see it backs up my hypothesis.
This resolves one of the questions.

Holmes
The winner of the 2004 Holy Grail War in Japan was Marisbury Animusphere.

Holmes
Hermes recorded that he killed six other mages, and obtained the omnipotent wish granter known as the Holy Grail.

Mash
He... obtained the Holy Grail?

Mash
And that's before the Incineration of Humanity...
Before the Rayshift was carried out?

Holmes
Correct. Records indicate Marisbury brought his assistant along to the Holy Grail War...

Holmes
...and that, having been given special exemption the following year, the assistant was then invited to join the staff of Chaldea.

Holmes
He became the top of the medical division in his early twenties, so “special” is the word for it. I'd hesitate to call him a normal person.

  1. ...The top of the medical division...  2. ...
  Select: ...The top of the medical division...

  Select: ...

Mash
...Do you mean Romani Archaman?

Mash
Doctor Roman... He knew the former director before coming to Chaldea?

Holmes
Yes. And it gets stranger. The personal history of the man named Romani Archaman is unknown.

Holmes
I couldn't find anything about him in records from before the Holy Grail War. I might figure it out if I keep using Hermes, but...

Holmes
We don't have the time to salvage data about a single person, out of the billions of personal data files updated yearly.

Holmes
But that's the reason why I don't trust Doctor Roman. There's no mistake that he's human, and not a mage, but...

Holmes
He's hiding something. Something extraordinarily close to the truth.

Mash
...

Sanzang
Um... Can I ask something?

Sanzang
I know I shouldn't just butt in because I'm tired of being quiet, but...

Sanzang
This Marisbury guy obtained the Holy Grail, right?

Sanzang
What did he wish for?

Holmes
...Who knows? Unfortunately, Hermes doesn't record personal wishes.

Holmes
The only things recorded are results.

Holmes
According to Hermes, Marisbury went on to become a great mage.

Holmes
To the Clock Tower, Chaldea and the Animusphere family's theories were mostly disregarded.

Holmes
However, that assessment was overturned after repeated successes. The establishment of the Heroic Spirit Summoning System.

Holmes
Experiments that made it possible to not just observe the future, but also use Rayshifts to intervene in other time periods.

Holmes
Chaldea was nothing more than an observatory in 2004, but then gained vast amounts of equipment like any other research facility.

Holmes
It's safe to assume that Marisbury wished for fortune.

Holmes
He had no reason to wish for the Incineration of Humanity. Reading the documents, he comes off as a man of good sense.

Holmes
His desire was ordinary, his envy was ordinary, and his love of happiness was ordinary... That's the type of man he was.

Holmes
In that case, he was either used by a third party, or... he stepped into a minefield of destruction, without even noticing it himself.

Mash
A third party... Like Professor Lev?

Holmes
Lev Lainur was appointed to Chaldea at the turn of the century. That coincides with the time when the technology to construct the observation lens, Sheba, was provided to Chaldea.

Holmes
Lev Lainur was working under the King of Mages.
I have no doubt about that.

Holmes
...To be honest, this causes me the biggest headache. Chaldea caught the eye of Lev, and he infiltrated it.

Holmes
In that case, there must have been some issue at Chaldea before the Holy Grail War of 2004.

Holmes
That war was just a way for Marisbury to obtain capital. There's a possibility that it wasn't related to the Incineration of Humanity.

Holmes
With that in mind... I don't want to say this, but... it would mean this about Romani Archaman:

Holmes
“We don't know what he was doing, but he had no connection to the incident. A simple nuisance, a mystery... Someone who doesn't really matter at all.”

Holmes
...That's the conclusion that I can draw.

Sanzang
What's that supposed to mean!? That's ridiculous!

  1. Sounds just like Roman!  2. A mystery someone who doesn't matter!
  Select: Sounds just like Roman!

  Select: A mystery someone who doesn't matter!

Mash
Yes, that's the Doctor in a nutshell!

Holmes
Personally, I still see him as an important person of interest.

Holmes
You shouldn't tell him anything that you heard here.
We can't trust him until his secrets are clear.

Holmes
At the very least, Romani Archaman knows the conclusion of the Holy Grail War, and never told you.

Holmes
...Now, that wraps up the facts that I wanted to know. Next is your turn... But before that.

Holmes
As I searched through the records of Chaldea, I found an answer for you, Ms. Kyrielight.

Holmes
I'm sorry if this seems like it's just being tacked on, but do you mind if we speak about it?

Mash
An answer for me...?

Mash
Oh, do you mean what we talked about on the way here? About the True Name of the Heroic Spirit who transferred their power to me?

Holmes
Exactly! I came to a conclusion already, but I had no clear proof, so I spoke ambiguously...

Holmes
But now, I can tell it to you as fact.
Are you prepared to hear this, Ms. Kyrielight?

Bedivere
Wait a minute. That's something for Lady Mash to discover for herself. We shouldn't be the ones...

Holmes
No, I must speak my mind! I'm sure everyone has already realized it, anyway!

Holmes
Only fools would continue to avert their eyes from the truth. Are you saying that Ms. Kyrielight is a fool?

Holmes
I say no! No, Sir Bedivere!
And besides, what are you so fearful of?

Holmes
That knowing her True Name wouldn't change anything? That it wouldn't help her develop her Noble Phantasm?

Holmes
I declare that as an unnecessary concern!
Because...

Holmes
Mash Kyrielight's spirit is already complete! Her fears don't depend on whether or not she possesses a Noble Phantasm!

Holmes
Also! Even if her Noble Phantasm fails to develop, she'll never stop standing up for her beliefs!

Holmes
For the sake of what she believes in, she'll muster her courage and fight to the very end!

Mash
...

Holmes
...Apologies. I unashamedly flew into a rage.
Anyway, do you mind if I speak openly now?

Holmes
This fate was bestowed upon you.
The name of the Heroic Spirit who saved your life.

Mash
...Master.
Is this really okay?

  1. Of course.  2. It's fine, although Roman's not here.
  Select: Of course.

  Select: It's fine, although Roman's not here.

Mash
...Okay. Although I wish it was something a little more special.

Mash
Please tell me, Mr. Holmes.
My True Name. The real name of this shield.

Holmes
Very well. Then I shall tell you everything, like a true detective would.

Holmes
First off, how did Chaldea stabilize their Heroic Spirit summons?

Holmes
...By being in possession of something that gathers Heroic Spirits.

Holmes
A seat where many heroes once gathered.
A rite of vows called the Round Table.

Holmes
Chaldea processed that relic, using it as a catalyst for summons, and buried it in the body of a fused being.

Holmes
I am sure you can understand this, ... That while the weapon she carries looks like a shield, that's not what it actually is.

Holmes
That the first Servant you contracted with is actually the groundwork for gathering many Heroic Spirits.

  1. I had a feeling.  2. Part is literally a “round shield.”
  Select: I had a feeling.

  Select: Part is literally a “round shield.”

Holmes
Yes, perhaps something of a pun. Something to applaud the Chaldea engineers for.

Holmes
The core of her holy round shield is the Round Table itself.

Holmes
Now listen well, Ms. Kyrielight.

Holmes
The second Heroic Spirit summoned when you were young... The only successful result of Chaldea's Heroic Spirit fusion experiment...

Holmes
The hero who lamented the inhumane experiments of Chaldea, but stayed in the present world to preserve your life...

Holmes
The one who entrusted everything during the Chaldea bombing incident...

Holmes
That Heroic Spirit's name was Galahad.

Holmes
One of the Knights of the Round Table, a holy knight who alone succeeded in the search for the Holy Grail.

Mash
Galahad of the Knights of the Round Table...

  1. Mash!?  2. Are you okay!?
  Select: Mash!?

  Select: Are you okay!?

Mash
Y-Yes... I suddenly felt weak at the knees...
I just had to sit down...

Mash
But it wasn't painful, or even surprising.
...I was just happy.

Mash
I finally know the name of the person who believed in us, and helped us back then...

Mash
I feel so happy right now.

Mash
I wonder if I've fought well enough to not soil his name?

Holmes
See, it's just as I said.
She's just that kind of girl.

Holmes
She never forgets gratitude. Why would she hold any pessimism in her heart towards the one who saved her life?

Bedivere
...Yes, it's exactly as you say.
It seems Galahad made the correct decision.

Bedivere
They were eons apart, they were a different race... But he truly did entrust this to the person closest to him...

--ARROW--

Holmes
Now, . I'll leave the actual awakening of the Noble Phantasm to you.

Holmes
But I fear Hermes is not doing very well.
One more search and it'll run out of power.

Holmes
...I should reflect on my actions as well.

Holmes
It would seem my plan to search for enchanting unsolved mysteries has somehow backfired...

Mash
Mr. Holmes!?

Fou
Fooou!

Holmes
Please, fear not. It will work, but only one more time.
I never miss the truth.

Holmes
The Lion King's sacred lance, Rhongomyniad.
You must know why it exists.

Holmes
Needless to say, I have heard of this name, as well.
But, I have never set eyes upon it.

Holmes
Hermes, show us the truth that lies behind it...
I see.

Mash
(Senpai, it looks like the search is complete.
Hermes seems rather useful.)

Fou
Fou. Fou!

Holmes
The lance that the Lion King possesses...
How much do you know of it, Sir Bedivere?

Bedivere
Very little. The king had a number of holy artifacts aside from the sword.

Bedivere
I imagine Rhongomyniad is one of them. Even the Knights of the Round Table were not informed of it.

Bedivere
Merlin called it the “Tower at the Ends of the World.”

Bedivere
A pillar of light that stands far west of the Isle of Britain. A tower that stands beyond the horizon... at the edge of the world.

Sanzang
A tower? But it's a lance, right? I mean... I understand they're both long and pointy, but...

Bedivere
That answer is beyond me, I fear... Mr. Holmes?

Holmes
There are two lances, Ms. Sanzang.

Holmes
The first is the massive tower that pierces this world: the lance in its physical form.

Holmes
It is an indication of the lance's strength. It would seem that it indeed exists as a tower, but it cannot be accessed by humans.

Holmes
Most importantly, it exists at the edge of this world. One can never reach the edge, no matter how much they walk.

Holmes
The tower stands at the edge of this world, seeing all of mankind, and protecting it.

Tawara Touta
Hmm... So, you're suggesting it's a powerful magical tower with a great view?

Holmes
And the other is the lance that the Lion King wields. Think of this as the shadow that this tower casts upon the world.

Holmes
A personal weapon that allows the user to use the skills, the Authority of the tower.

Mash
So the tower is the mainframe, while the lance is the terminal?

Holmes
A great analogy, Ms. Kyrielight.

Holmes
The tower will continue to exist at the edge of the world, while the lance is held by the tower's keeper.

Holmes
The only mystery that remains, is why the tower is pinned on this planet.

Holmes
There is a theory that our world, the human world, is nothing more than a texture placed upon the surface of this planet.

Holmes
Our understanding as this planet's ruling intelligent lifeform... the laws of physics as we know it...

Holmes
The texture that results from this understanding is our world. And it is sewn tightly to this planet so as not to be removed.

Holmes
What keeps it in place, my friends, is the phenomenon known as the “Tower at the Ends of the World.” And, this tower is not limited to the Isle of Britain, either.

Holmes
There are several around the world. One of which is the sacred lance currently in the Lion King's hands.

Bedivere
The Tower at the Ends of the World... Now I understand what it means. The king is trying to use such a dangerous thing to—

Sanzang
It's like a pagoda, a vessel for receiving faith. I get it.

Sanzang
But, how is that related to the state of the Holy City? What does the Lion King intend to do with it?

Holmes
...Most likely, the Lion King intends to use the lance as the tower.

Holmes
The Lion King intends to create an ideal world at the Holy City by gathering only the chosen ones.

Holmes
Not simply a pure human being, but one that will always do the right thing, no matter what.

Holmes
According to Hermes' calculations, the sacred lance can store up to 500 souls.

Holmes
The Holy City was built over the Holy Land in a single night. It seemed impossible, but not until you understand why...

Holmes
That city is the sacred lance itself. People that were brought to the city have all been sealed inside it.

Holmes
The Lion King claims he is quarantining pure humans, but the truth is that he is not letting them get away. It's an elaborate trap.

Bedivere
Impossible! That city is Camelot. The details may be slightly different, but I've no doubt. It's Camelot!

Bedivere
How... How could that be turned into such an evil...

Mash
...No. Mr. Holmes' deduction is correct.
That is not Camelot.

Mash
True, the Castle of Camelot was created by fairies.
It's no wonder it appeared overnight.

Mash
...But that's not right. I had a really bad feeling, from the moment I saw it.

Mash
That's the outer shell of Rhongomyniad.
It is not something that will save humanity.

Bedivere
Then...what will happen to all of the people inside the Holy City? They must live lives of captivity while being protected by the King.

Holmes
To live or to die...that is not the issue. All those in the Holy City will be consumed by the lance.

Holmes
The sacred lance is similar to the Atlas Institute.
It's a shelter, Sir Bedivere.

Holmes
However, there is no room to exist as a lifeform. All of them are being herded, as virtuous human elements.

Holmes
Eventually the Holy City will converge and become a single tower. Inside of that tower is a smaller version of hell.

Holmes
The people have not been gathered in this so-called utopia to live. They are samples.

Holmes
To be stored for all eternity, underneath the Lion King's command. As though displayed in a case to show the value of mankind.

Bedivere
How could this...!? Whoever's behind such a malicious deed can't be human!

Sanzang
...

Tawara Touta
...The Lion King's conduct, whether good or evil, means nothing to me. He's simply protecting his own people. That much is true.

Sanzang
There's a huge mistake! What are you talking about, Touta?

Tawara Touta
Let me finish! Now, listen... So, the Holy City has been turned into this tower.

Tawara Touta
Then, what will happen next? I believe the tower will disappear along with the Lion King's army.

Tawara Touta
At the very least, the mountain people and the Lion King will have no reason to fight...because he will fade, along with his ideals.

Sanzang
Hm, you're right... I suppose that would technically put an end to the conflict. Technically.

Sanzang
To protect one's own people... It would seem that even the Lion King wants to do that.

Holmes
What a relief to hear.
I am of the same opinion as Mr. Touta.

Holmes
...Until we see Hermes' analysis.

Mash
...So, you're suggesting something else? That there is a deeper meaning to the Lion King's actions?

Holmes
Correct. The Lion King intends to turn the Holy City into the Tower at the Ends of the World. Surely you know what that means?

Holmes
When the tower is complete, the entire area will become the Ends of the World.

Holmes
In exchange for creating the complete world known as the tower, the world outside it must be destroyed.

Holmes
The Lion King is not simply trying to protect his own people. He's going to eliminate all other people aside from his own.

Holmes
And that destruction has already begun.

Holmes
The reason this Singularity has been an exception within an exception is because it exists “nowhere in this world.”

Sanzang
...I see. The reason there's nothing on the other side of the desert is because this era has already been separated from human history.

Holmes
Yes, Ms. Sanzang.

Holmes
The King of Mages is no longer the one who's trying to destroy this era, nor the one that created it.

Holmes
The Lion King is willing to sacrifice one of the Foundations of Humanity, to create his own utopia.
Only gods may do that.

Sanzang
...

Bedivere
...Let us return to the surface, everyone.
We are racing against time.

Bedivere
We need to invade the Holy City before the sacred lance is complete. There, we need to confirm the Lion King's intent.

Sanzang
I agree with Bedivere. And it makes sense why the mighty skeleton guy told us to come here.

Sanzang
We should rendezvous with them as soon as we can. They need to know this...

Sanzang
...Hm? Why didn't the mighty skeleton guy just tell us the truth? Wouldn't that be faster?

Tawara Touta
Because Player's Name needed to come here. Or, perhaps to the desert itself, if not this institute.

Tawara Touta
No amount of strength will alter the importance of the people you meet. This Old Man of the Mountain still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Tawara Touta
Player's Name has a mission to accomplish here... Could that be his true intention?

Tawara Touta
Mm!? Why do you laugh at me, detective?

Holmes
Pardon me... Was I laughing?

Holmes
If that is the case, then what you are saying is quite amusing. Enough to melt this cold hard expression of mine.

Sanzang
...Wait, we have to deal with this on the way back, too!?

Holmes
But of course. And, this time this opponent is stronger than any others we've faced.

Holmes
The Atlas Institute does not want people to leave...
I thought I've explained this to you?

Holmes
This is the final battle in this underground lost world. Let's make it count!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Senpai, I see light at the end of the corridor.
That must be sunlight!

Bedivere
The return trip was much quicker.
I suppose we owe this to you, Mr. Holmes.

Holmes
Elementary, my friends. You must not rely on only your visual senses when inside a maze.

Holmes
You construct a three-dimensional map inside your mind as you proceed.

  1. Ah, the master detective!  2. Thank you, Mr. Holmes.
  Select: Ah, the master detective!

  Select: Thank you, Mr. Holmes.

Holmes
Mmm, I'm glad to be of service to you in the end.
And on that note, I must bid you farewell.

Mash
...So, Chaldea cannot be trusted after all?

Holmes
Mmm, true, there is much mystery surrounding Chaldea. But there are others I must chase right now.

Holmes
Namely, the Phantom Spirit who... No, I must not discuss this here. If you'll excuse me, .

Holmes
How about a little riddle, as a parting gift. The simplest of puzzles about the Incineration of Humanity.

Holmes
I've been thinking.
Why 2018? Why now of all times?

Mash
Huh?

Holmes
None of you questioned it? The King of Mages erased human history itself.

Holmes
So, going by the Western calendar, that means the world should have ended before you were even born.

Holmes
However, he went with purging everything in 2018.
He altered the history leading up to now.

Holmes
Think. Incineration in 2018 and burning backwards into history.

Holmes
Why is that? There is only one logical conclusion.

Holmes
The King of Mages had a reason why he needed to wait until 2018. Let's suppose he exists in 1000 BC.

Holmes
Between 1000 BC and 2018 AD there are approximately 3,000 years. He needed to burn all of it.

Holmes
Do you follow? The King of Mages did not destroy it because he wanted to.

Holmes
He burned it because he needed to. The result may be the same, but we cannot overlook this tiny detail.

  1. Not because... he hates humans?  2. Now that you mention it...
  Select: Not because... he hates humans?

  Select: Now that you mention it...

Holmes
Exactly. How can one bear murderous intent if they do not care at all?

Holmes
...However, this is where the inquiry becomes a little tricky. Needless to say, the reason is a complete mystery.

Holmes
One theory is what I've mentioned earlier: that the time frame from the past up until 2018 has meaning.

Holmes
The other... is that even King Solomon could not see past the year 2018.

Holmes
King Solomon had the ability to see into the future.

Holmes
And if for some reason even he could not see past 2018, then...

  1. ...No future existed in the first place?  2. Because the King of Mages is going to destroy the world?
  Select: ...No future existed in the first place?
Holmes
The same conclusion at which I have arrived.
I can only pray that this is not the case.
  Select: Because the King of Mages is going to destroy the world?
Holmes
Yes. That is the easiest answer.
I pray it turns out to be true.

Holmes
Now then, I must part ways here!
The next time we meet, yes...

Holmes
I hope it'll be in a bustling metropolitan city like London, not in these wastelands!

Section 15: The God King Ozymandias

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Fou
Foooou!

Sanzang
Looks like the little kitty's happy to be outside again.
Of course, I'm very happy, too... I'm at a loss for words!

Mash
It was a long corridor, after all. Looks like the sandstorm died down, as well.

Mash
Most likely because it was directly above the Atlas Institute. This region does not belong to the Sun King, after all.

Tawara Touta
We don't have time to savor the moment.
What a despicable man, to await us at the exit.

Lancelot
...

Mash
Sir Lancelot! Master, we're surrounded!

Lancelot
Your escape ends here. There is nowhere to run. Surrender.

Lancelot
We have no more time to waste on you. If you choose to resist, then we will not hesitate to kill you.

Bedivere
...Looks like he's serious.
Player's Name, please stand back.

Bedivere
A failure of one of the Knights of the Round Table... must be dealt with by a knight...

  1. But first, I want to confirm something.  2. I want to ask about the sacred lance.
  Select: But first, I want to confirm something.

  Select: I want to ask about the sacred lance.

Bedivere
Th-That is an excellent point... It seems I let the blood rush to my head, as well.

Bedivere
The Knights of the Round Table all believe in the king, but that does not mean they know what the lance represents...

Mash
Yes. If they are following the Lion King without understanding the role of the lance, it makes sense that they would be convinced.

Bedivere
Sir Lancelot. Before we fight, I have a question for you. Do you know what the lance really is? What the Lion King is after?

Lancelot
...What?

Bedivere
The Holy City is no ideal city. That is the Tower at the Ends of the World. It gathers the most ideal humans, and places them in a cage...

Bedivere
And when that is realized, this entire area will disappear. What the Lion King is doing goes beyond what humans must do.

Lancelot
...No way.

Mash
(Sir Lancelot... lowered his sword. It seems like even the Knights of the Round Table weren't informed about the lance.)

Lancelot
Hrng!

Lancelot
I did not expect you to know so much. I suppose that means those over there are privy to the same information?

Lancelot
...All the more reason I cannot let you escape.
You would only spread fear where it is not needed.

Bedivere
Guh! Lancelot, how could you...!?

Bedivere
You knew of the sacred lance, yet you still serve the king!? Have you any idea what he intends to do?

Lancelot
Enough! We of the Round Table tolerate no disloyalty to the king!

Lancelot
When the city has enough human souls, the doors to the Tower at the Ends of the World will open.

Lancelot
This is what the Lion King announced as soon as he summoned us.

Lancelot
And we decided to obey. Based on his ideals, we slaughtered the Crusaders...

Lancelot
...and decided to become enemies to all in this era. We have done this even knowing that what the king is doing is inhuman!

Bedivere
...!

Lancelot
Enough talk. If you wish to continue this debate, then you must put your life on the line.

Mash
AAAARGH! NOW! I AM! MAAAAD!

Lancelot
What!?

Bedivere
Milady!?

  1. Mash!?
  Select: Mash!?

Lancelot
You were able to stop my Arondight? ...No. This shield, this presence... Don't tell me you're...

Mash
Furious! Although he is no longer within me, I'm sure he feels the same!

Mash
Which is why I must have you pay the price!
Sir Lancelot! Stop this nonsense!

Lancelot
S-Stop this...?
Are you scolding me?

Mash
Forget scolding, I'm disgusted! How can you possibly take pride in yourself as a knight of King Arthur!?

Mash
If you disagree with the king, raise your case!
If the king is wrong, then you fight!

Mash
That is the heart of chivalry. That was entrusted to you. Only you!

Lancelot
Wait... Just wait! That disrespectful and rebellious tone... That hair that covers one eye...

Lancelot
You couldn't be...!?

Mash
No more words, Sir Lancelot!
No, I challenge you to a duel once more!

  1. Mash!?
  Select: Mash!?

Mash
Rest assured, Master! I will not lose to this person!

Mash
This shield, this armor, this burning heart...
They're all crying out to me! Because... Because...

Fou
Foooou!

Bedivere
—Milady! No, Sir Mash!
Y-You look just like...

Mash
I am Mash Kyrielight. My True Name as a Heroic Spirit... is Galahad!

Mash
With this flesh and bone I have been granted, I will purge the filth from the proud Knights of the Round!

--BATTLE--

Lancelot
Ugh... The attack is so strong it reaches the core of my body... There's no doubt...

Mash
Now do you see, Sir Lancelot? If you don't understand after this, I'll smash you with my castle!

Bedivere
That much!?

Lancelot
...No. It's just as you say, Mash.

Lancelot
I fought a Knight of the Round Table, and was defeated.
I can no longer call myself a knight of the king.

Lancelot
This doesn't clear away my foolishness...
but I have lost my reason to fight you all.

Sanzang
Finally, you've come to your senses. Any way you look at it, you were fighting reluctantly, after all.

Sanzang
...But still, someone that stubborn accepting their loss so easily... I wonder why?

  1. Sanzang, Galahad is...  2. Sanzang, Lancelot is...
  Select: Sanzang, Galahad is...

  Select: Sanzang, Lancelot is...

Sanzang
What?! Those two are related!?

Fou
Fuuu, Foooou!

Mash
No, not quite, Sanzang.

Mash
The only time he seemed like a father was when Galahad was a child. Galahad's Spirit Origin wants to make that known.

Mash
In reality, the relationship between Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad was not very good.

Mash
Isn't that right, Dad?

Lancelot
Ah, I wanted things to go well...
I'm sorry, calling me that is bad for my heart.

Lancelot
If I'm not ready for it, I'm liable to die from shock...

Bedivere
(What a complicated family background... becoming a Heroic Spirit, and being referred to in the way you've most desired...)

Tawara Touta
Hm. The hostility and bloodlust have been neatly and cleanly erased. Sir Lancelot is no longer an enemy, I see.

Tawara Touta
Now what do we do, Player's Name?

Tawara Touta
Capture Sir Lancelot and enter the Holy City, or entrust him to the mountain people? That is an option as well.

  1. What about making him an ally?  2. Revenge for Da Vinci...
  Select: What about making him an ally?
Bedivere
An ally? ...Hah. You are right. You say so naturally what even I would have difficulty spitting out. Bedivere
If Sir Lancelot became our ally, I could not ask for more.
  Select: Revenge for Da Vinci...
Mash
...

Lancelot
...As I was defeated, my life is yours. However, before that, I want to show you something. A certain place.

Lancelot
If I disappear, all knowledge of it will be lost.
More than anything, I would like to avoid that.

Lancelot
My unit will escort you.
From here it is only half a day's travel.

Sanzang
...He seems to have his reasons.
What should we do, Player's Name?

  1. ...Let's go see what it is.  2. Either way, we're returning to the wastelands, right?
  Select: ...Let's go see what it is.

  Select: Either way, we're returning to the wastelands, right?

Mash
I understand. But I wonder what kind of place it is...?

Mash
...A campground!? In a place like this!?
And what's more...

Sanzang
It's full of people! Mountain people, desert people, and even people from the Holy Land!

Tawara Touta
On top of that, this place wasn't built yesterday!
You could even say this is a refugee village!

Bedivere
Sir Lancelot... You gave the refugees shelter here?!

Lancelot
...There was no choice but to send those chosen by the Holy Selection to the Holy City.

Lancelot
I was free to do as I wished with those who weren't chosen. The king didn't order me to execute them.

Lancelot
Moreover, there were quite a few knights who disobeyed the king. There also needs to be a place for them.

Lancelot
So I used them to guard the refugees.
In short, my private army.

Sanzang
What amazing sophistry!
This is serious treason, Lancelot!

Sanzang
But it's fantastic!
Come on, Mash, let him have it!

Mash
Loafer! Good-for-nothing! Loser! Although this is something, it almost doesn't suit you, deadbeat Dad!

Lancelot
I told you, please stop calling me that...

C:???
Well well, just when I was wondering what all the ruckus was! I see you've finally arrived! Sure kept me waiting!

Mash
...What.

Fou
Foooo...

  1. Da...
  Select: Da...

Da Vinci
Hey, nice reaction! The reappearance of the Universal Genius Da Vinci☆ Miss me?

Da Vinci
How have you been, Player's Name?
Shall we start with a toast celebrating our reunion?

Da Vinci
What, no reunion hug? I guess not? Hmmm, that's too bad. I was looking forward to it.

Da Vinci
Well, I'll just put it down to your being too shy to hug in front of people!

Da Vinci
At any rate, I can plainly see your happiness. But if you open your mouth that big, you'll dislocate your jaw.

  1. I just can't keep it shut!  2. That tone! it's the real Da Vinci!
  Select: I just can't keep it shut!

  Select: That tone! it's the real Da Vinci!

Dr. Roman
Ah, good, finally connected. It seems like you've returned from the desert zone.

Dr. Roman
Your safety is the most important thing. I see Da Vinci there as well. Yup, all is right in the world...

Dr. Roman
Wait, whaaaaaaaat!?
Da Vinciiiiiiiiii!?

Dr. Roman
You mean she lived through being so spectacularly blown to pieces!?

Da Vinci
Oh Romani, thank you for such an unsightly reaction!

Da Vinci
When I return, let me test out my new skill, the Astronaut Home Run.

Dr. Roman
...Just kidding. I figured you wouldn't be dead.
It wasn't a big deal to me anyway.

Dr. Roman
Player's Name and Mash were all sad, so I read the room and decided to play along, that's all.

Dr. Roman
In fact, your being gone would be nothing more than a nuisance, that's all.

Da Vinci
Eww, this guy is gross. It's not cute when a guy acts tough, especially when he's single and over 30.

Dr. Roman
I'm not acting tough. I'm just glad our helping hand is back, that's all!

Dr. Roman
...But more importantly, how did you survive?
That staff exploded, didn't it?

Dr. Roman
I didn't think there was any way I could help you.

Da Vinci
Ah, that was an unexpected development for me too.

Da Vinci
I thought if I tossed it high into the air, I'd at least be able to avoid instant death, but...

Da Vinci
I didn't expect, of all things, the knight leading the enemy assault to jump in front of me and cover me. Can you believe it?

Lancelot
...

Mash
Sir Lancelot saved Da Vinci?

Lancelot
Umm... From far away it looked like a beautiful woman, so in the spur of the moment...

Mash
...I beg your pardon!?

Mash
Just what are you saying!?

Fou
Fou...

Bedivere
Hahaha, that's Lancelot for you.
Anything for beautiful women.

  1. Ouch! A burn from another Round Table-r.  2. Yeah... I understand Galahad's feelings...
  Select: Ouch! A burn from another Round Table-r.

  Select: Yeah... I understand Galahad's feelings...

Dr. Roman
That's right... Gotta think about Galahad's feelings, too...

Dr. Roman
...Wait, Player's Name, did you find out the True Name of the Heroic Spirit that fused with Mash!?

Mash
Yes. Holm... Uh, home run.
We hit a home run at the Atlas Institute.

Mash
We confirmed the name of the Heroic Spirit lending me their power, as well as the true nature of the Lion King's sacred lance.

Mash
I'm sending information about the lance now.

Dr. Roman
I see, that's good.
I'll leave the report to you, then.

Mash
(...Senpai. I won't tell the Doctor that we looked into Chaldea. Mr. Holmes asked me not to.)

Da Vinci
The truth about the sacred lance, eh?
Now that sounds interesting!

Da Vinci
I'd like to know the details of things up until now too, seeing as I was stuck here and everything.

Da Vinci
To tell the truth, I've only been able to stand up like this for a few days. Before this, I was confined to my bed.

Da Vinci
Well, I suppose I did hear about your exploits from him, though.

Mash
From him...?

Saruhan
Me, young lady. We've met once before, haven't we?

  1. The group of thieves from the main gate!  2. Those heartless people!
  Select: The group of thieves from the main gate!
Saruhan
That's the one.
I was much obliged that time, .
  Select: Those heartless people!
Saruhan
I haven't lost it! There's reason in my eyes! Dollar signs!

Da Vinci
I had Saruhan assist the refugees fleeing in the opposite direction to us. He's a first-class thief.

Da Vinci
Some time after that, he couldn't look after them anymore, so he pushed the refugees here.

Da Vinci
From then on, I had him look into the state of the wastelands. He did some hard work for very little money.

Saruhan
You were quite the nuisance, though.

Saruhan
But, well, there's no replacement for Ms. Da Vinci's wisdom. Her skills in the wastelands proved to be a highly valuable resource.

Saruhan
Like finding a source of water and digging a well in a day, I thought she was a goddess of salvation.

Da Vinci
That's right, even bedridden, there were things I could do. But that armchair detective work ends today!

Da Vinci
I'll start with a quick warm-up, and move on to some light training!

Da Vinci
How strong have you all become?
How much have I recovered?

Da Vinci
Let's find out with a little battle!

Mash
A battle!? How did you come to that conclusion!? Senpai, Da Vinci is acting weird!

  1. What else is new?  2. No problem, let's have at it!
  Select: What else is new?

  Select: No problem, let's have at it!

Da Vinci
Hahaha! As expected of Player's Name!

Da Vinci
Well then, while we battle, I'll have you tell me about this sacred lance! Fill me in on what the Lion King is aiming for!

--BATTLE--

Mash
...And that's the truth about the sacred lance.
Do you understand, Da Vinci?

Da Vinci
Ah. So to put it simply...

Da Vinci
The point of Holy Selection is to select humans... Those who won't stray from the path of righteousness no matter what kind of evil has invaded their hearts.

Da Vinci
To gather people of Lawful-Good alignment into the Holy City Camelot, then absorb Camelot into Rhongomyniad...

Da Vinci
...thereby creating a sort of space colony that can continue to exist no matter what kind of isolation it is in.

Da Vinci
In which case, it would be able to withstand the King of Mages' incineration. ...That's the Lion King's goal, yes?

Lancelot
...That's right. All of us believed that ideal was righteous.

Bedivere
...

Sanzang
Bedivere, you can say it.
Lancelot was wrong.

Bedivere
Hm? N-No...I don't want to attack him while he's down...

Sanzang
Right. You're so kind. I like that kind of person.
In that case, I'll continue for you.

Sanzang
The Lion King had the wrong idea. It's not good to take people's choices away from them.

Sanzang
But all of the Knights of the Round Table accepted that idea... albeit at the cost of their own identity.

Sanzang
That's because they believed in the past King Arthur. However, the current King Arthur is no longer the same.

Sanzang
Right? Why did King Arthur become the Lion King?

Lancelot
...That I don't know. At the time we were summoned, the king was already in that form.

Lancelot
There's also no indication that His Majesty's heart was invaded by the one you call the King of Mages.

Lancelot
There were knights who disobeyed, saying he had gone mad... But really, there was no reason for him to do so.

Da Vinci
...It's not madness. I mean, the current King Arthur doesn't even have any sense of reason to begin with.

Lancelot
No sense of reason... Are you calling His Majesty a puppet!? One that's controlled by Agravain!?

Da Vinci
Agravain? ...Oh, King Arthur's aide.
Saruhan mentioned something about him...

Da Vinci
About how Agravain took over the merchant's guild and lined his own pockets while using his role as royal aide as cover.

Da Vinci
Hmm. Well regardless of what Agravain was thinking,
I can explain why King Arthur became the Lion King.

Da Vinci
She is no longer human, no longer a Heroic Spirit. Her very existence changed from holding onto the sacred lance for too long.

Lancelot
Her existence... has changed?

Da Vinci
Yes. She was originally a legend born on this earth, but through the sacred lance, she became one that sits in the heavens.

Da Vinci
If she had any sense of normal reason, she would focus on improving life in the ideal city she aimed to build.

Da Vinci
But she didn't choose that, she didn't even think of that.

Da Vinci
In order to maintain this everlasting world of man she envisions, she turned down all human happiness.

Da Vinci
This was a transcendent viewpoint that went beyond being coolheaded. She honestly believed this.

Da Vinci
“Mankind is something of value. However, human life has no value.”

Da Vinci
The result was the Holy City. Truly a god's perspective. That is what I meant by having no sense of reason.

Dr. Roman
...So her existence changed. That's believable. So the King Arthur who manifested in this Singularity is, rather than a Heroic Spirit...

Lancelot
A Divine Spirit... One of the gods...

  1. The Lion King is a Divine Spirit...  2. So that means a goddess?
  Select: The Lion King is a Divine Spirit...
Fou
Fou...fou...
  Select: So that means a goddess?
Sanzang
Not what we would call a god though.
The Buddha wouldn't exist without mercy.

Lancelot
But why! Why did it turn out that way?

Lancelot
King Arthur was trying to bring peace to Britain, to bring happiness to all its people.

Lancelot
Why did the King of Knights turn out like that!?

Bedivere
...

Dr. Roman
We'll talk about King Arthur's transformation later. The situation is too dangerous.

Dr. Roman
Not only was that era already in ruins, but building a human world without humanity?

Dr. Roman
If that's the case, even if we beat Solomon and prevent his machinations, the history of mankind will be a mess.

Dr. Roman
The Lion King's sacred lance... The Holy City Camelot will be a cancer even after humanity is restored.

Dr. Roman
Whatever happens, we have to stop the Lion King...

Lancelot
...I will have an audience with the king. I will be the traitor. That'll stop the sacred lance, surely?

Da Vinci
That's impossible. Sir Lancelot, you received a Gift from the Lion King, didn't you?

Da Vinci
If so, the instant you turn your sword on the king, you will be burned away. ...I didn't want to say it, but, well...

Da Vinci
The moment they accepted their Gifts, the Knights of the Round Table lost their ability to turn on the king.

Lancelot
...

Mash
...We have no choice but to join up with Hassan and attack the Holy City up front. But...

Sanzang
That mighty skeleton guy said he would come to the battlefield, but that alone wouldn't be enough to beat the Lion King's armies.

Sanzang
The difference in the forces is too great...
Plus there's the Light of Judgment too.

Sanzang
...Attacking as we are now would be suicide.
And suicide is absolutely out of the question.

Sanzang
I don't mind doing it myself, but to have it done in front of me by someone else would drive me to tears.

Bedivere
We don't have the forces to attack the Holy City...
But no one else has the strength left to help us...

  1. ...Is that true?
  Select: ...Is that true?

Bedivere
Player's Name?

  1. There is one person, isn't there?  2. Someone does have strength to spare.
  Select: There is one person, isn't there?

  Select: Someone does have strength to spare.

Mash
King Ozymandias...! What if you asked the Sun King to help us?!

Bedivere
There's no way! That haughty king would never come to our aid!

Da Vinci
Yeah, I'm opposed to that idea too.

Da Vinci
Besides, once we defeat the Lion King, we'll have to think of how to defeat Ozymandias too.

Lancelot
...No, we may have overlooked that. It's not impossible.

Lancelot
If the Lion King is left alone, Egypt will disappear too. He would know that.

Lancelot
If we give him our terms, Ozymandias will help us.
He would not turn down something to his benefit.

Da Vinci
...Hmm. And those terms are?

Da Vinci
We won't get anywhere if they demand that we hand over Player's Name, though.

Lancelot
No need to worry about that.
He doesn't look like it, but he's simpleminded.

Fou
Fou?

Lancelot
He only sides with whoever can win.

Lancelot
We'll tell him directly that there is value in fighting alongside us.

--ARROW--

Da Vinci
Okay, we're ready to cross the desert. Shall we leave soon, Player's Name?

Da Vinci
The group consists of Player's Name, Mash, Sanzang, Touta, Sir Lancelot, and his elite followers.

Da Vinci
It's possible that we'll battle King Ozymandias's forces as well. Sir Lancelot and his followers will have to be in high spirits.

  1. Huh? Where is Bedivere?
  Select: Huh? Where is Bedivere?

Da Vinci
I asked him to contact the mountain people. I had him go to the eastern village a little earlier.

Da Vinci
He already knows Hassan of the Cursed Arm, so that should be appropriate, right?

Tawara Touta
That's good. Bedivere will have a good rest. You've got quite a good eye for judgment, Da Vinci.

Da Vinci
Don't praise me as a genius for things which are obvious. You're also quite the Servant.

Mash
Bedivere will let Hassan know that we'll be joining forces with the Sun King, but...

Mash
Hassan is hostile towards the Sun King, so I worry about whether or not he'll accept it.

Saruhan
Accepting it is the only option. All right. I'm going to go, too, Ms. Da Vinci.

Da Vinci
Ah, I leave it up to you, Saruhan. This is exactly why your grassroots networking will help.

Saruhan
Okay, okay. I assume it'll be an awkward talk, though. If I could use the as an excuse, it should be 50:50.

  1. ?  2. [[#[&Me?:Myself?]|[&Me?:Myself?]]]
  Select: ?

  Select: [&Me?:Myself?]

Saruhan
Yes, you. Could you eloquently and efficiently go and borrow Ozymandias's forces?

Enforcement Knight
Sir Lancelot, 40 Raider Knights are prepared for battle.

Lancelot
Very good. The remaining knights will stay here and await information from Bedivere.

Lancelot
If the mountain people accept our invitation, the forces here will move to the hidden valley near the Holy City, and stand by.

Enforcement Knight
Yes, my lord! Good fortunes to you!

  1. ...Are you sure it's okay?  2. ...Fighting the Lion King, right?
  Select: ...Are you sure it's okay?

  Select: ...Fighting the Lion King, right?

Lancelot
...Yes, although it might be too late.

Lancelot
I made an oath to the king. I chose to swing this sword for him.

Lancelot
However, if he has lost his humanity, it is his subjects' duty to set things right.

Lancelot
Even if it means people will see me as a monster, now is the time to carry out my final act of loyalty.

Da Vinci
Hey, let's not get gloomy. First we have to appeal to the Sun King.

Dr. Roman
Right, right. We have to look as strong as possible and convince him that there's no way we'll lose.

Dr. Roman
Player's Name, Mash... We won't be able to communicate in the desert, so be careful.

Da Vinci
Okay, Player's Name! Let's board the new and improved ornithopter! It's been reborn!

Da Vinci
A land, sea, and air universal mode of transport for four people, complete with thrusters and canards!

Da Vinci
Behold... the Bastinyan!

  1. A universal...Bastinyan!  2. ...Do you perhaps like Egypt?
  Select: A universal...Bastinyan!

  Select: ...Do you perhaps like Egypt?

Sanzang
Woohooooo☆ It's so comfyyyyyy!
Bastinyaaaaaan! Look, it's sooo cute!

Da Vinci
Yes, indeed. Sanzang, you are the perfect audience!

Da Vinci
But I would like you to be careful.

Da Vinci
It can cross lakes and, with the aid of a ramp, can even glide around 200 meters, but...

Da Vinci
In exchange, it's pretty fragile! If it hits even a small golem, it'll fall apart!

Da Vinci
That is to say, you're going too fast, Player's Name.

  1. I mean, the more I step on it, the faster it goes!  2. Desert racing, let's go!
  Select: I mean, the more I step on it, the faster it goes!

  Select: Desert racing, let's go!

Mash
I understand how you feel, but please calm down, Master! Lancelot and the others are getting farther away!

Sanzang
Touta is getting farther away too! And he's shouting something, but I can't hear!

Sanzang
In terms of handling a horse, though, he's on par with Lancelot! That's my disciple for you! Whatever he does, he's first-class!

Tawara Touta
Watch where you're going, fools!

Lancelot
There's a purple wall ahead!

Mash
Watch out in front? Purple wall?

Mash
What!? Senpai, emergency brake! My apologies!

Sanzang
Wooohooo☆ We're drifting in the desert☆

???
Hollyyyyyyyywoooooooood!

Mash
That's... those mysterious lifeforms from some time ago... There's so many of them, they're just like a wall!

Da Vinci
The ones that lived seemed to have multiplied. What marvelous vitality!

Da Vinci
But it was a mistake for them to try to take their revenge. This time we'll annihilate those mysterious lifeforms!

--BATTLE--

Da Vinci
And so, having overcome various trials and tribulations, we finally arrive at the great temple!

Da Vinci
As you can see, in preparation for tomorrow's battle, everyone is asleep, though.

Da Vinci
Thanks for all your hard work, Player's Name.

Da Vinci
It's the same as usual, but this time I wonder if you've become a little more ?

  1. That sounds suspicious... Something's changed?  2. The same goes for you, Da Vinci.
  Select: That sounds suspicious... Something's changed?
Da Vinci
Something. We've been busy with so many things, we haven't had time to say much. Da Vinci
Since it's just the two of us, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to try and catch up.
  Select: The same goes for you, Da Vinci.
Da Vinci
Is that so? I only roamed between life and death a bit... Da Vinci
Even in a situation like that, maintaining a smile is what it means to be the Mona Lisa, though... Da Vinci
Yes. If it has increased my appeal, I suppose it was worth it.

Da Vinci
Well, incidentally, I did have something else.

Da Vinci
Player's Name, are you hiding something? Not from me, but from Roman.

  1. Ugh!  2. ...How do you know?
  Select: Ugh!

  Select: ...How do you know?

Da Vinci
You made eye contact with Mash, right? You seemed surprised.

Da Vinci
This is the territory of Egypt. The conversation between us won't reach Chaldea.

Da Vinci
If it's all right, if there's anything wrong, I'd like for you to be able to tell me.

  1. ...Actually...  2. ...Roman is...
  Select: ...Actually...

  Select: ...Roman is...

Da Vinci
I see...The 2004 Holy Grail War... Yes, I didn't know that either.

Da Vinci
I was summoned to Chaldea much later. I only met the previous director very briefly.

Da Vinci
Near the end of that year, Marisbury died. I didn't know about the relationship between Romani and the former director.

Da Vinci
Oh, speaking of which, a Heroic Spirit was summoned into Mash shortly before my summoning.

Da Vinci
At that time, Mash's condition got worse, and the former director apparently asked Romani for help.

Da Vinci
Romani learned of Heroic Spirit possession experiments at that time, and seemed to regret his foolishness.

Da Vinci
He had been in Chaldea for some years, but never realized that that section existed.

Da Vinci
Of course I was shocked, too. Then angry. I wished I had never been summoned to Chaldea.

  1. But then why did you stay in Chaldea?
  Select: But then why did you stay in Chaldea?

Da Vinci
...Well, there's a chance that Heroic Spirit summoning could disappear in the future, and I had a scientific curiosity, so I couldn't turn it down.

Da Vinci
But the biggest reason was Romani.

Da Vinci
I knew from one look. “Ah, this is the kind of guy who overworks himself.”

  1. Overwork himself...?  2. Not that he had a secret?
  Select: Overwork himself...?

  Select: Not that he had a secret?

Da Vinci
Romani is only human, not a mage. Just like you, he experiences various emotions when dealing with challenges.

Da Vinci
He possesses greater than ordinary gifts, but he's not a genius to surpass other people.

Da Vinci
That kind of person was carrying humanity on his back, and was becoming desperate.

Da Vinci
Romani himself didn't know why he would have to do such a thing.

Da Vinci
He never said it, but I understood that he was at his wits' end... Because I'm a genius.

Da Vinci
That's why I chose to stay in Chaldea. The point is I couldn't turn my back on Romani.

  1. ...Is the Doctor a bad person?  2. ...Is the Doctor a good person?
  Select: ...Is the Doctor a bad person?

  Select: ...Is the Doctor a good person?

Da Vinci
He's neither, and he's both. I mean, that's what human beings are.

Da Vinci
...But Romani is holding a trump card. I will tell you that.

Da Vinci
Just as you suspect, Romani is hiding something. That's... Well, it's like the Holy Grail.

Da Vinci
He's secretly holding onto a means to grant one wish. But he's too scared to even think about it.

  1. Why?
  Select: Why?

Da Vinci
It's simple. If he uses it, he'll disappear. That's why he can't use it.

  1. ...You mean, he'll die?
  Select: ...You mean, he'll die?

Da Vinci
—Yeah. Something like that.

Da Vinci
...Anyway. Dr. Roman's past is a mystery, but he doesn't have any ulterior motives. He will be your ally to the end.

Da Vinci
That alone I'd stake my title of “genius” on. So please don't pick on Romani too much.

Da Vinci
As you know, his will is like tofu. If he loses confidence, it will have an effect on our chances of survival.

  1. ...Yes, you're right.  2. ...Thank you, Da Vinci.
  Select: ...Yes, you're right.

  Select: ...Thank you, Da Vinci.

Da Vinci
What, I should be thanking you. It helps you're a thoughtful person.

Da Vinci
Okay, you should sleep. Our negotiations with King Ozymandias are tomorrow.

Da Vinci
It's surely going to be a long day. Make sure to prepare for battle.

Da Vinci
I sent a messenger to King Ozymandias. Let's wait for his reply first.

Mash
...Da Vinci, just to be safe, what was the message exactly?

Da Vinci
Of course it was...

Da Vinci
“We're gonna ask you to join our cause, so be ready when we come get you!”

  1. That's picking a fight, isn't it!?  2. Good... Very good...
  Select: That's picking a fight, isn't it!?
Tawara Touta
Sure is. He's not the type of man to lend his strength to someone acting all modest. Tawara Touta
In that case, we have to make him feel like we're on equal grounds.
  Select: Good... Very good...
Sanzang
Of course. King Ozymandias is the personification of human confidence, arrogance, and narcissism. Sanzang
With someone like that, modesty will have the opposite effect! Sanzang
We need to display our own strength, stand firm and say “Hey, we can be worthy opponents!”

Lancelot
...There's movement! A group of guardian beasts is storming out the temple as the gates open!

Lancelot
All hands, prepare for battle! Just as planned, we will meet Ozymandias' forces head-on!

Lancelot
The time has come! Let us show them a single knight can rival the strength of a hundred soldiers!

Da Vinci
Okay, we'll count on Sir Lancelot to deal with their armies. Are you ready, Player's Name!?

  1. Leave it to me!  2. CHARGE!
  Select: Leave it to me!

  Select: CHARGE!

Mash
Right! Let's break through the guardian beasts and make King Ozymandias grant us an audience!

Ozymandias
Heh... I did tell them to return. I also did tell them when that happens, I will be their enemy.

Ozymandias
Yet, these insolent fools would be this ignorant... I cannot even be angry at these clowns anymore.

Ozymandias
Isn't that right, Nitocris? Wouldn't you say your repeated assistance to them has proven amusing?

Nitocris
That was not my intention... My sincerest apologies, Pharaoh Ozymandias.

Nitocris
I will no longer allow my foolish actions to sully your shining glory...

Ozymandias
No need for that. This is rather amusing, it shall not be counted as your failure.

Ozymandias
...However, to think my guardian star would dwindle on the eve of our confrontation with the Lion King.

Ozymandias
It seems my judgment was clouded as I took the Holy Grail so rashly.

Ozymandias
Until now, everyone has been fighting over this Holy Grail. Even after they were made aware of the fact that their world and future would be incinerated.

Ozymandias
Nay, perhaps that only deepened their desire. Even after they become Heroic Spirits, a hero is capable of great sins.

Ozymandias
Fearing it would lead to further ruin, I kept it in my possession... it seems now I am suffering for it.

Ozymandias
My intention was to seal the Grail, but doing so also sealed away my freedom.

Ozymandias
“If I have the Grail, even the Lion King can't easily make his move” I said... What a joke.

Nitocris
No. Your judgment was correct, O Pharaoh.

Nitocris
Heroic Spirits are greedy beings, but you, and only you, are different from the others.

Nitocris
A pharaoh who was more prosperous than anyone on this earth. You alone have not sought after the Grail.

Ozymandias
...Hm. Prosperity alone cannot erase the greed in my heart.

Ozymandias
Also, are you not a pharaoh as well? You, the incarnation of the sky god, Horus.

Ozymandias
If you want, I can give you the Grail. Well, how about it? It's not too late.

Ozymandias
You are already a Heroic Spirit. Using the Grail to turn into the real Horus might not be so bad.

Nitocris
...I am far too immature to be a pharaoh. Hence, I shall not refer to myself as one in front of you.

Nitocris
The Holy Grail belongs to you. I am content to be but a guardian of the mirror to the underworld.

Ozymandias
I admire your loyalty. Perhaps a queen like you does not need power, but a friend.

Ozymandias
Very well. Talking with you has relieved some of my boredom.

Ozymandias
Go, Pharaoh Nitocris. Sever that weakness residing in your heart.

Nitocris
As you wish.

Ozymandias
...A pharaoh is a god. As such, my decision is absolute.

Ozymandias
However, I wonder what the gods would say if the world is erased.

Ozymandias
The outcome will not change no matter what the Lion King chooses to do. That's how perfect a plan the King of Mages devised.

Ozymandias
To wait for your extinction or to flee... The Lion King chose the latter. Truly a wise decision.

Ozymandias
...And me? What would I, the Sun King, do when faced with such decisions?

Mash
We have infiltrated the temple! I still remember how to get to the throne room, so I'll lead the way!

Sanzang
...

Tawara Touta
Hm? What's the matter Sanzang? You've got a gloomy look on your face. I thought you would be shouting something like “This'll be a breeze!”

Sanzang
...I'm overflowing with that sentiment, but... I got a bad feeling the moment we entered the temple.

Sanzang
...Player's Name, I don't want to dampen the mood, but...

Sanzang
I've been to the Holy City, so I am going to say this.

Sanzang
This grand temple feels just like the Lion King's Holy City. I know this place will be a shelter, too.

Sanzang
...King Ozymandias has the same means as the Lion King.

Sanzang
With this grand temple he can probably do the same thing as the Holy City.

Mash
So King Ozymandias doesn't have to fight the Lion King... Actually he's going to avoid the confrontation?

G:???
How disrespecful, Mash.
Pharaoh Ozymandias will not run.

G:???
The likes of the Lion King are of no concern to us. Light of Judgment? What a joke!

G:???
A stream of light like that is powerless against my mirror!

G:???
No matter how many times the Lion King throws his sacred lance at us, I will be the very shield that protects this temple!

Mash
Queen Nitocris...

Nitocris
...Yes, it has been a while since I last saw you, Mash, Player's Name.

Nitocris
How admirable that you've returned to this grand temple. I should praise you for keeping that promise.

Nitocris
However, that also means you must be prepared for a trial. It is time to display your strength.

Nitocris
I cannot allow voices of the weak to reach the ears of King Ozymandias.

Nitocris
It's time to send our thoughts and ideals down the raging Nile. If you want to move past this point, it will only be over my corpse!

  1. Even though you saved us in Atlas?  2. ...I see. Let's go, Mash!
  Select: Even though you saved us in Atlas?
Nitocris
I know nothing of that! Nothing! If anything happened, it was because I was still half asleep!
  Select: ...I see. Let's go, Mash!
Nitocris
...That's it. That's how a courageous hero should act.

Nitocris
O mirror of underworld, O warriors from the forgotten and ruined world! Nitocris orders you! Return this once to the present world!

???

Nitocris
Now then, let your trial begin! If you desire an audience with the king, defeat these monsters that have answered my summons!

Nitocris
My name is Pharaoh Nitocris! Upon your victory, I will show you the road to glory!

--BATTLE--

Nitocris
...Truly the skill of a seasoned warrior. Certainly worthy of an audience with the king...

Nitocris
...Please forgive me, O Sun King. ...It seems I'm not strong enough to call myself a pharaoh...

  1. ...Looks like we were able to pull our punches.  2. She may hold a grudge later, but oh well.
  Select: ...Looks like we were able to pull our punches.

  Select: She may hold a grudge later, but oh well.

Mash
Yes. She'll probably get upset and say she fought her best later, but...

Mash
We've been saved by her so many times.

Mash
So I think that just this time, she'll accept it.

Da Vinci
Ah, this is certainly “retribution.” She saved us, so she can't complain when we save her.

Da Vinci
Okay, let's head to the throne, further into the inner citadel, for the confrontation with King Ozymandias!

--ARROW--

Ozymandias
So you bested Nitocris. Good. I congratulate you.

Ozymandias
State your business, foreign Master. Are you here to leave me your head, or to beg for mercy?

Ozymandias
I will allow either of those. I will kill you however you want.

  1. We already stated our business.
  Select: We already stated our business.

Ozymandias
Huh? The message from earlier? It said you wanted me to fight alongside you, but...

Ozymandias
Unbelievable! You were serious?! Hahahahahahahahahaha!

Ozymandias
To think that I cannot see through the truth and lies! If I must burn you alive to stop my laughter then that is what I shall do, but...

Ozymandias
I forgive you. Yes, I shall forgive you! How long has it been since I've laughed this much!?

Ozymandias
I'll admit it, foreign master! You have a gift!

Ozymandias
A gift for seeing dreams so far removed from reality! A gift that I, not knowing imagination, don't possess, fuhahahahahaha!

Sanzang
...Hey, please refrain yourself, King Ozymandias.

Sanzang
Turn the mocking down a notch. Me aside, Player's Name is serious.

Sanzang
And, let's stop laughing at what isn't fun. You don't think it's all that funny either, do you?

  1. Sanzang!  2. ...He's not really laughing at us?
  Select: Sanzang!

  Select: ...He's not really laughing at us?
Da Vinci
No, he's not. He's accepted our proposal. That's why he didn't stop us from getting here.

Ozymandias
...Xuanzang Sanzang. The woman who crossed my Egypt without permission.

Ozymandias
It seems you have something to say to me. Fine. In return for that great feat, I will allow your question.

Sanzang
Thank you very much. ...He's just like everyone said, isn't he.

Ozymandias
What?

Sanzang
I didn't enter the grand temple, but I have been a guest at many other oases and temples.

Sanzang
There, I've listened to stories told by many people from this nation: stories of a cold-blooded and narcissistic king, and yet a king that rationally protects his people.

Sanzang
You're different from the Lion King. You prioritize the lives of your people.

Sanzang
Because you know that is the best way for a country to prosper. Because you think that is the duty of a king.

Sanzang
Except...

Sanzang
Except, you are going to abandon that duty. You say you don't know imagination, right?

Sanzang
You realized that if you were to fight the Lion King, you would both fall. That's why you wouldn't fight.

Sanzang
So, you chose the path of closing your country by summoning that desert into the world!

Sanzang
You can't beat the Lion King, so you are trying to lock your country's people in this temple!

Sanzang
You were shown a path where you could leave this paradox, no, resignation... Why can't you just be honest to yourself and say “Yes!”?

Ozymandias
Fool, what would come of joining in this nonsense with no hope of victory! What would happen when we defeat the Lion King?

Ozymandias
Through the Incineration of Humanity, the world will be burned away. If that's the case, it's pointless to defeat only the Lion King.

Ozymandias
I will use my power to save my people! What happens to other people is none of my concern!

Sanzang
OH I DARE YOU TO SAY THAT AGAIN!
Now I am angry! No, I am furious!

Sanzang
Enough is enough! For both you and the Lion King! You're just as selfish as Wukong!

Ozymandias
Wukong... From Journey to the West!? Isn't he a monkey!?

Sanzang
Yes, a monkey. Now that you mention it, you two look like each other.

Sanzang
You done interrupting me? You see, the end of the world is knocking on your door!

Sanzang
Even if you're fine with it, your people don't want to lose this desert! Why can't you understand that!?

Sanzang
You've been saying “I'll protect my people, I'll protect my people,” but isn't that just the same as the Lion King!?

Sanzang
Pharaoh Ozymandias is the strongest in all of Egypt, right!? Then show me how great you are.

Sanzang
Instead of “I'll protect my people,” try saying “I'll protect this world!” You're the real fool!

Ozymandias
...

Tawara Touta
Even the great king is speechless. Well, I know she gets angry but I've never seen her this furious before!

Tawara Touta
However, he will not get mad. Her reason is but a child's. He would lose his pride as a king if he took a child's tantrum seriously.

Ozymandias
...Ha.

Ozymandias
Haha. Hahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Kuh hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  1. Your Majesty, are you okay?  2. He's really laughing now...
  Select: Your Majesty, are you okay?

  Select: He's really laughing now...

Ozymandias
To protect the world!? You are asking me to protect the world!? The shameful world of humans!?

Ozymandias
What I protect is the law of the gods! In the end, you claim I am merely protecting my own subjects!?

Ozymandias
But, yes. That possibility was outside of my calculations.

Ozymandias
...Just as I expected. I am always an obstacle to you brave heroes.

Ozymandias
This prominent king is once again a tyrant that needs to be defeated.

Ozymandias
As such, were I in any era, any world, I would have reigned as your enemy.

Ozymandias
Pharaoh Ozymandias cannot save the world. The reason being I am the king on the side that rules and intimidates.

Sanzang
...King Ozymandias. You just happened to end up in that role, didn't you?

Sanzang
Just this one time, I'm sure doing something good is not a bad deal for you.

Ozymandias
Hmm... Is that so? At the very least, I want to kill you more than anything right now!

Ozymandias
Xuanzang Sanzang, that was quite the question! However, there is one fatal flaw in what you said!

Ozymandias
This is a reward for making me laugh from the bottom of my heart. From the hand of King Ozymandias, I will compensate you!

Sanzang
Huh...What do you mean something lacking? Did I mess up again?

Ozymandias
Do I really have to say it?

Ozymandias
You haven't proved... whether you have what it takes or not to save the world.

Ozymandias
For that reason, I am saying I will give you that opportunity.

Da Vinci
That's the Holy Grail! King Ozymandias has the Holy Grail in his hand!

Ozymandias
Hrgh!

Mash
King Ozymandias cut himself and is pouring the blood into the Grail...

Tawara Touta
Oh, and he just drank it down in one gulp!

Ozymandias
Shadow of the Demon God that resides in this Grail!
O False God, Amon. Now I grant your True Name!

B:Demon God Amun-Ra
I am one of the seventy-two. I am the Demon God Amon... Nay, you shall call me by my True Name.

B:Demon God Amun-Ra
The proper god enshrined and worshipped in this temple! The name is the Great God Amun-Ra!

Da Vinci
Whew, now that's a big one! In ancient Egypt, Amun-Ra was one of the gods with the highest level of divinity!

Da Vinci
It's impossible to manifest something with that level of divinity to this world! However, it's a different story if you grant that name to a Demon God Pillar!

Da Vinci
Although it's temporary, that's a true Divine Spirit... A monster that far exceeds that of a Demon God Pillar!

Mash
...Even still, if we don't defeat him, we can't move on! The Sun King took that form for that very reason!

Mash
As proof that we can defeat the Lion King...we will take down the Demon God Pillar Amun-Ra!

--ARROW--

Demon God Amun-Ra
Meryamun... Usermaatre!

Mash
The enemy Demon God Pillar won't disappear! The damaged parts regenerate immediately!

Da Vinci
The great temple complex must be supplying an infinite amount of magical energy to Amun-Ra.

Da Vinci
Perhaps this is what King Ozymandias is saving for his final battle with the Lion King.

Mash
As long as he's in this temple he's invincible! Truly a combat form specialized in protecting his people.

Tawara Touta
Admiration is nice, but we can't win at this rate! That thing over there won't go down easily!

Sanzang
...Sorry. I must apologize to you, King Ozymandias. That was bad of me just now...

  1. Sanzang apologized!?  2. Now of all times!?
  Select: Sanzang apologized!?

  Select: Now of all times!?

Sanzang
...And that's why I'm going to get serious now. If you'd go so far as becoming an ugly monster, then I must answer your resolve.

Sanzang
This skill... I sealed it away after the Buddha got angry in Tianzhu.

Sanzang
He told me to stop, told me I was abusing its use. But now...

Sanzang
This is, because that is. This comes to be, because that comes to be.

Sanzang
This is not, because that is not. This ceases to be, because that ceases to be.

Sanzang
Pratityasamutpada! These merits, skills, and the teachings of the Buddha are honed by the Five Elements Mountain!

Sanzang
The time has come to unleash the Buddha Palm! Now, I will save this entire world!

--ARROW--

Demon God Amun-Ra
AA...AAaaAAAAAA!

Mash
The Demon God Pillar has been terminated! But, isn't this...

Sanzang
Oops, did I got too far!? Whoa whoa whoa, um... King Ozymandias!?

Ozymandias
Hm, you called?

Ozymandias
In hindsight, it wasn't very pleasant turning into a Demon God Pillar!

Fou
Fooou!

  1. He can turn back just like that!
  Select: He can turn back just like that!

Ozymandias
Of course! I am the King of the Sun, the king of all gods!

Ozymandias
That aside, well fought! Your strength is befitting of taking on the Lion King, who fancies himself a god.

Nitocris
Pharaoh! Are you alright? I thought I saw something strange...

Ozymandias
Nitocris, is that you? I'm glad you're here! You should accompany me, too!

Nitocris
Accompany...? I mean, yes, of course, if that is your wish! But, in what should I accompany you!?

Ozymandias
Hah, that's obvious. They have shown they are qualified to face the Lion King.

Ozymandias
Then, only one more qualification remains! Are they brave enough to fight side by side with me!?

Ozymandias
Are they worthy for me to entrust the entirety of my nation, my soldiers to them!

  1. Ozymandias...  2. Why can't he just be honest with himself!?
  Select: Ozymandias...

  Select: Why can't he just be honest with himself!?

Ozymandias
Don't praise me too much, I am used to it! However, don't regret making me want to fight you!

Ozymandias
You, not giving up even when faced with the fires of destruction. You, the ones who shall bring true salvation to this world!

Ozymandias
Hear ye! My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings! Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!

Ozymandias
The Demon God Pillar was but an opening act! Witness the pharaoh's fighting methods, passed down from his forefathers!

Nitocris
In other words, this is the final decisive battle!
I, Nitocris, shall make you shine with all I've got!

--BATTLE--

Ozymandias
...Now then, what were we talking about?

  1. He sat back on the throne like nothing happened!  2. We were talking about joining forces, my king.
  Select: He sat back on the throne like nothing happened!
Nitocris
Hey you, enough with your remarks! You must think of it as the pharaoh's unique way of showing consideration!
  Select: We were talking about joining forces, my king.
Ozymandias
I know that. I thought it'd be awkward to discuss it after the fight, so I was doing you a favor. Let it slide, alligator-brains.

Ozymandias
You've demonstrated your strength. As such, I mustn't treat you lightly, either.

Ozymandias
I'm no different from the Lion King if I only protect my own people, huh? Xuanzang Sanzang, it's as you say.

Ozymandias
I was so fixated on planning for the future that I chose the safest route. I was determined, but at the same time, narrow-minded.

Ozymandias
Hmph... Perhaps because I acquired this Grail without much thought, I was obsessed with things I normally would not care about.

Mash
Um... King Ozymandias, this is...

Ozymandias
Your reward. Take it. It was a satisfying fight worthy of it.

Ozymandias
But, this era is different from other Singularities. Humanity will not be restored just by obtaining the Holy Grail.

Da Vinci
We're aware of it. Unless we can stop the Lion King's sacred lance, this era's disturbance will never disappear.

Da Vinci
King Ozymandias. You gave up your trump card, the Holy Grail.

Da Vinci
Does that mean you will cooperate with our capture of the Holy City?

Ozymandias
Don't make me say it out loud, lady of beauty. I have already told the guardian beasts outside to stand down.

Ozymandias
I'll lend you my Divine Beast Corps. I'd demonstrate my own strength on the battlefield as well, but...

Ozymandias
I'll likely have to attend to something else. You go capture the Holy City on your own.

Sanzang
You mean the army of sphinxes outside!? That's this nation's strongest unit!

Sanzang
Thank you, King Ozymandias! Although it's a shame you won't be joining us!

Ozymandias
Humph. Be grateful I'm not stealing your spotlight on the battlefield.

Mash
Yes, thank you.

Mash
We did it, Senpai! Looks like we'll have a good news for King Hassan!

Ozymandias
What did you say? King... Hassan?

Ozymandias
Are you referring to the swordsman that looks like the grim reaper? You came to my desert on his advice?

Sanzang
That's right. That skeleton told us to go to the desert. Only then would he take on Sir Gawain for us.

Ozymandias
...I see. Seems like you've wasted your time, Player's Name.

  1. Hey, you said my name!  2. What do you mean, wasted my time?
  Select: Hey, you said my name!
Ozymandias
Nitocris wouldn't stop blathering on about it, so it stuck in my mind.
  Select: What do you mean, wasted my time?
Ozymandias
...Heh.

Nitocris
...Pharaoh Ozymandias. Who is King Hassan?

Ozymandias
The leader of the Old Men of the Mountain and the one I am cautious of as much as the Lion King.

Ozymandias
The reason I didn't wage all-out war on the Lion King wasn't merely to guard this grand temple.

Ozymandias
I expanded this desert and fought against the mountain people. It was just after that.

Ozymandias
I was sitting alone on this throne, plotting my next military strategy, when lightning shot up my spine.

Ozymandias
It was such a chill that I turned around, and standing there was that man... the first Old Man of the Mountain.

Ozymandias
He was long done with his mission, too. In a brilliant display of swordsmanship, he'd already decapitated me.

Ozymandias
I swung back with all my strength, of course, but by that time he'd melted back into the darkness.

Mash
Already decapitated... Oh! Senpai, it's that thing, remember!?

  1. That thing, back when we first met!  2. How are you still alive?!
  Select: That thing, back when we first met!

  Select: How are you still alive?!

Ozymandias
I realize he's my enemy, but I can't help but to admire his god-like assassination.

Ozymandias
If the battle hadn't taken place in my temple, my head would be long gone.

Ozymandias
Since then, I could not even move on my own until the wound healed.

Ozymandias
When you came to my temple, the wound was about to heal.

Ozymandias
Hmph... If I'd known he was cooperating with you, I would've agreed to help from the start.

Ozymandias
That's what I meant. If you'd told me first, you wouldn't have had to fight me.

Sanzang
That's true. But, aren't you glad we fought?

Ozymandias
Like I said, don't make me say it out loud. That you never know until you try...

Ozymandias
How much embarrassment do you think the king of all gods can take?

Section 16: The Eve of the Decisive Battle

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Lancelot
Then, King Ozymandias, your forces will march in from the west of the Holy City.

Lancelot
We will be arriving at the Holy City four days from now, in the morning.

Lancelot
We'll march through the night until we get to the wastelands near the Holy City, then march in at the break of dawn. Remember, whatever you do...

Ozymandias
Relax. My Divine Beast Corps will arrive on time. Leave the castle's west wall diversion to me.

Ozymandias
I'll send our beast trainers along with you. Discuss the particulars of the plan with them along the way.

Lancelot
Thank you.
...As expected, you are well-practiced in battle.

Ozymandias
No need for praise. I'm sick of it. Focus on hurrying back home. Even with swift horses, it will be difficult to reach the mountainous region in only three days.

Mash
Yes. Thank you, King Ozymandias. You take care, too.

Ozymandias
Humph... I'm lending you my precious divine beasts. Don't let them go to waste, will you?

Dr. Roman
And that's how we could get back to the eastern village in such a short time. Looks like we just got back in time for the last battle.

Bedivere
Welcome home, we were waiting for you. You must be exhausted, Player's Name.

Bedivere
Requesting King Ozymandias's cooperation...
We heard it all went well.

Bedivere
When I first heard you were going to talk to the king, I couldn't believe it, but...

Bedivere
It's fortunate that you were able to get the king's cooperation. We have some good news for you, too.

Cursed Arm
Glad to have you back, everyone. As you can see, our preparations are almost complete.

  1. The village looks sort of...  2. It's booming...
  Select: The village looks sort of...

  Select: It's booming...

Serenity
Yes. All the village representatives are gathered here at the moment.

Serenity
We're all collaborating on the capture of the Holy City. We've gathered seven thousand...

Hundred Personas
...Since then, two thousand people from within the Holy City have risen up behind the scenes to endorse our revolt as well.

Hundred Personas
We haven't reached our goal of ten thousand and we're nowhere near an ideal twenty thousand, but...

Hundred Personas
we should be able to make that up with Lancelot and Ozymandias' forces, thanks to you.

  1. Hi Hassans, we're back.  2. Were you guys okay?
  Select: Hi Hassans, we're back.
Cursed Arm
Everything went pretty smoothly for us... Oh, who am I kidding, haha.
  Select: Were you guys okay?
Serenity
Actually, it was nonstop chaos. Who would've thought it'd be this bad?

Sanzang
You mean, you ran into unexpected events? You all look pretty happy, considering...

Hundred Personas
...Humph. Didn't I tell you we have faced two thousand battles?

Hundred Personas
I'd given up on strengthening our troops, that it was a dream within a dream.

Hundred Personas
But, day by day, little by little, the heads of the villagers who'd visit our village came forth.

Hundred Personas
Ten people turned to thirty. Thirty turned to sixty. They kept doubling like that.

Hundred Personas
Even though nothing we said could ever convince them before.

Hundred Personas
It was, “Someone helped me at the Wailing Wall,” “Someone helped us escape from the Holy City,”

Hundred Personas
and in the end, “At the entrance of the desert, someone reminded me I was human.”

Mash
...

  1. Isn't that...  2. From that time...
  Select: Isn't that...

  Select: From that time...

Fou
Fou, foooou!

Hundred Personas
It wasn't like, “If those guys are here, we wouldn't mind joining them.” It just made them change their minds, apparently.

Hundred Personas
Honestly...this is why I will never understand the human mind.

Hundred Personas
It's obvious for us Old Men of the Mountain to help the mountain people. That's why no one even questions it.

Hundred Personas
But those rescued by outsiders must've all wondered about the same thing.

Hundred Personas
“Why didn't those outsiders give upon us, they're not obligated.”

Da Vinci
I see. That thought wouldn't have occurred to me. We're neither the strongest nor the kindest, but we don't give up on little things.

Da Vinci
...Romani believed that humans... Masters like that were necessary.

Rushd
Ahhhh! Welcome home! Player's Name, Mash!

Mash
Rushd! Yes, we're back! How's everything!?

Rushd
Good! All the houses that burned down need to be rebuilt, so that's been keeping me busy!

Mash
That's great.

Mash
But, you can't charge at people like that anymore. Someone might register that as an offensive action called tackle.

Rushd
Okay, fiiine. ...Hm? Where's Arash? Wasn't he with you?

Bedivere
...

Mash
...Arash has gone ahead to the wastelands. To keep an eye on the Holy City's developments, he said.

Rushd
...I see... Then, we'll see him again sometime, huh!

Serenity
...He ran off toward the fields. Rushd is a very perceptive child, so...

Tawara Touta
He pretends, for our sake. I see. Well, I think I'll get something going in the kitchen!

Tawara Touta
There's nothing like a good meal to cheer you up! I'll say an extra prayer to the Dragon God tonight!

Sanzang
Wait, I'm coming too! Disciples shouldn't act without permission!

Sanzang
Imagine if a half-naked man suddenly walked in! You'd scare everyone if it was just you, Touta!

Fou
Fofouuu!

Cursed Arm
...Ah, I've missed this endearing ruckus. Can you believe it's only been for a few days?

  1. Seriously.  2. Always bright and lively. That's Chaldea.
  Select: Seriously.

  Select: Always bright and lively. That's Chaldea.

Cursed Arm
Yes, that's strong. I must learn from you.

Cursed Arm
...All right, Player's Name. Let's go over the plan one more time.

Cursed Arm
We'll head into the wastelands, assemble the forces scattered there, and head toward the Holy City.

Lancelot
I will lead the way. The terrain in the wastelands has blind spots that will not be noticed by patrols.

Lancelot
But that is only until we get to the city itself. There are no hiding places in the wastelands surrounding the Holy City.

Cursed Arm
Aye. Therefore, we will take our final rest further out, then aim for the Holy City under the cover of night.

Cursed Arm
I hope we reach the city while it's still dark, but we have an army of nearly ten thousand, and few horses.

Cursed Arm
It will likely be dawn by the time we're close enough to see the city. And they will then be able to see us.

Cursed Arm
The Lion King's forces will notice our advance, and strengthen their defenses. We will break through this, and force our way into the Holy City grounds.

Cursed Arm
With our allied forces, we will gain control over the Holy City, and take down the king's castle. After that, I want you to take over, Player's Name.

Bedivere
...Killing the Lion King will be our role?

Cursed Arm
Aye. The Lion King is a Servant. We cannot compete with him, no matter how many soldiers we use.

Cursed Arm
Even if we Old Men of the Mountain gather together, our blades will not reach the Lion King's throat.

Cursed Arm
The only countermeasure we have left is you.
...Will you agree to it?

  1. ...(Nod silently)
  Select: ...(Nod silently)

Cursed Arm
In that case, assume your positions, Player's Name. Mash. Sir Bedivere.

Cursed Arm
We Old Men of the Mountain challenge you to a fight.

Mash
Why? I don't understand the reason we're fighting!

Hundred Personas
It's our way of compromising. As for me, I'm still opposed to trusting outsiders.

Serenity
Please don't mind him, Player's Name. Hundred Personas is only saying that to show off.

Hundred Personas
I told you this will be our compromise! If they're stronger, I'll have no choice but to let them do it!

Cursed Arm
Indeed, it's as Hundred Personas says. Please go along with it, Player's Name.

Cursed Arm
Can we place our people's fate in your hands? Do your skills measure up or not... This will be the last time we let our fists do the talking!

--BATTLE--

Sanzang
Lalalaaa... gaaateee... lalaaa... paaaraaagaateeee!♪

Sanzang
Happyyy... parasomegateeeee... bodhi svahaaaaa!♪

  1. What are you doing here?  2. Sanzang, what are you humming?
  Select: What are you doing here?

  Select: Sanzang, what are you humming?

Sanzang
Oh my, right back at you. Where's Mash? Are you out for a walk without her?

Sanzang
I'm doing my daily writing. I'm making note of what happened today in a scroll.

Sanzang
One day this will be “Monk Sanzang's Tortuous Travels,” the hundred-volume set, stored in Chalde...no, the temple.

  1. Those will be the sutras that touch people's hearts.  2. Scrolls... collect... Bajie... uuh, my brain...
  Select: Those will be the sutras that touch people's hearts.
Sanzang
Huh? R-Really? You think they'll be? I hope they'll be, of course, but... Teeheehee.
  Select: Scrolls... collect... Bajie... uuh, my brain...
Sanzang
What, you've gone on a scripture-collecting journey before? Tell me next time, it must've been fun.

Sanzang
Here, come on. Sit next to me. It's a bit scary, but the view from this cliff is beautiful.

Sanzang
...

Sanzang
...

Sanzang
...

Sanzang
...

Sanzang
Argh, gosh, just say something! I can't take the silence!

  1. I know, right!?  2. Then, how about your hopes for tomorrow?
  Select: I know, right!?

  Select: Then, how about your hopes for tomorrow?

Sanzang
My hopes for tomorrow? Ah, like my fighting spirit?! Leave it to me. I'm roarin' and ready to go!

Sanzang
...Yeah, that's right. Come to think of it, Mash and I had this sort of discussion once, too.

Sanzang
Back then, I didn't know much about the Lion King or King Ozymandias.

Sanzang
So I couldn't decide whose side to take, which side was correct.

Sanzang
That's why I decided to take your guys' side. Because you were the easiest to understand, Player's Name.

  1. ...So that's why.  2. ...Then, what about now?
  Select: ...So that's why.

  Select: ...Then, what about now?

Sanzang
Now I know for sure. I'm still on your side, Player's Name, but...

Sanzang
I will fight the Lion King, for my own principles. I'll be sure to destroy the sacred lance, you watch.

Sanzang
Hey, Player's Name?

Sanzang
People aren't all equal, but they all have a path to the Buddha. They all have possibility.

Sanzang
Like the lotus that blooms in the mud. Like those who nurture a beautiful heart, unrecognized by others.

Sanzang
I won't approve a way of life that plucks off those blossoms.

Sanzang
Because, if they say there's no need for me because I keep screwing up, I'll never become a Buddha!

  1. That's so like you, Sanzang.  2. ...You're exactly right.
  Select: That's so like you, Sanzang.

  Select: ...You're exactly right.

Sanzang
Yeah, so leave it to me! I've got some special Buddhist punishments up my sleeve to make sure the Lion King sees the light!

Sanzang
And... and also... if we save this era, er...

Sanzang
As a reward... can I also... in Chaldea...

  1. ?
  Select: ?

Sanzang
...No, nothing. I'll save the fun stuff for later.

Sanzang
Good night, then, Player's Name.

Sanzang
When it's all over, I'll let you be my disciple, so you'd better look forward to it, okay!?

Mash
So this is where you all were. How is the night watch going?

Cursed Arm
Ah, Lady Mash. So you've finished putting Rushd to bed.

Cursed Arm
Thank you. I'm afraid he doesn't really listen to what I say...

Cursed Arm
He won't be a child forever, but he's grown up rather wild. I wonder who he takes after?

Hundred Personas
It's a good thing he didn't turn out like you. Rushd is a smart kid. That's his way of trying not to worry us.

Cursed Arm
...Humph. Easy on the liquor, Hundred Personas.

Hundred Personas
What, I'm just getting started! It's all Touta's fault. He's got some good stuff!

Tawara Touta
Hahaha. Hundred Personas is a chatty drinker, isn't she? On the other hand, Serenity is...

Serenity
Ah... Master Player's Name... No, you mustn't... I have my duties as an Old Man of the Mountain...

Serenity
But... oh well, I suppose we can slip under the covers for a while...

Tawara Touta
As you can see, she's completely immersed in her own hallucination! Hmm... I'm sure she didn't have that much to drink, but...?

Mash
...

Cursed Arm
Ah. Looks like something good has happened. You look as calm as ever.

Mash
...Yes. I witnessed a wonderful thing just now. It's as if I've gained another treasure.

Cursed Arm
Oh? That sounds very interesting indeed. Would you mind sharing with me, too?

Mash
...

Mash
Good night, Rushd. See you tomorrow.

Rushd
It's alright, Mash. Don't worry about me. You're all going to the Holy City in the morning, right?

Mash
Uh... ...That's right. I'm sorry for lying to you.

Mash
But, to tell you the truth, we were afraid you'd insist on coming along...

Rushd
“Fighting is dangerous. It's too early for a child.” That's what you were going to say, right? Yeah. Even I know that.

Rushd
This is where we say goodbye, right?
With you, and with Player's Name...

Rushd
...That's why I wanted to thank you properly. Thank you for saving my mom and I back then.

Rushd
Thanks to you, Mom and I are here.

Mash
...Rushd. Your mom is...

Rushd
It's okay. Sorry, I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable. But I want you to know, Mash.

Rushd
I will go to the Holy City one day for sure. I have to say goodbye to Mom.

Rushd
But until then, I'll go on living with all my strength. I've got to first become an adult quickly.

Mash
...You knew, didn't you. And... your mother's last words?

Rushd
Yeah. Mom said...that I was her life.

Rushd
Then, I need to live as long as I can.

Rushd
Because as long as I'm alive, my mother will continue to live, too.

Rushd
That's what I can do now, no, what I can keep on doing. It's our most important fight.

Mash
That was my farewell with Rushd.

Mash
I may not be able to understand his feelings, but my heart is so filled with warmth right now.

Mash
It seems like sad things are all that happen in Singularities... but maybe good things happen too.

Cursed Arm
...I see. Salia's son said such a thing...

Mash
...Um, Hassan? You're an Old Man of the Mountain of this era, right?

Mash
Then, were you perhaps...

Cursed Arm
Huh? It was so long ago, I'm afraid I can't recall.

Cursed Arm
Either way, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the me who's assumed this mask.

Cursed Arm
...Nothing, to a man who threw away everything, to become an Old Man of the Mountain out of his selfish desires.

Mash
...

Cursed Arm
But, I am the Hassan-i Sabbah of this era. When we cut down the Lion King and the Holy Land is returned to normal...

Cursed Arm
The other Hassans will probably leave this world, but I will be left in this era.

Cursed Arm
In that case, I won't have anything else to do. I'll look after the mountain people's lives for a while.

Mash
...Yes! I'm sure that'll be best, Hassan!

Da Vinci
Oh! Where is the beauty? Where is the passion? It's our last night, and we're spending it in this stuffy tactical meeting!

Lancelot
I am afraid you must overlook that. Someone needs to be aware of the overall movements of each unit.

Lancelot
I was looking forward to Touta's dinner as well. But please, you must give it up.

Da Vinci
Fine, fine. I do owe you for helping me out before. Da Vinci will keep Sir Lancelot company.

Da Vinci
By the way, how are we getting through the main gates? Wanna blast it with my Noble Phantasm?

Lancelot
...That is the problem. Camelot's main gates cannot be broken so easily.

Lancelot
Those gates render ill-intentioned attacks and evil powers ineffective. Even a sacred sword with the highest firepower would not make a dent.

Da Vinci
Dear me. Then, should we ignore the main gates?

Lancelot
We will build a scaffold and climb over the walls into the castle. That is the most realistic plan. King Ozymandias' divine beasts will be attacking from the western side of the Holy City as well.

Lancelot
Even if we cannot break through the front gates, it will be ideal to knock down a portion of the wall...

Da Vinci
If the Holy City is the Lion King's sacred lance itself, even knocking down the castle wall won't go so easily, I'd think...

Da Vinci
Yes, I wonder what the Raider Knights will do? What about Mordred's units?

Lancelot
My units will handle that. Mordred's knights are not so proficient.

Lancelot
Attacking head-on once or twice should clean them up. Then we will also assist in scaling the wall.

Da Vinci
Hm... that seems best.

Da Vinci
Player's Name and I will wait near the castle wall. We'll wait for your arrival while protecting the allied forces.

Da Vinci
Once we get inside, we'll head straight for the king's castle. There'll be nothing left to fear, except maybe the Knights of the Round Table.

Da Vinci
Those still stuck in the Holy City are Sir Tristan and Sir Agravain. It'll be battle after battle, but we'll just have to manage.

Lancelot
...Agravain, hm? That man for certain will be aware of what we are up to.

Lancelot
The allied forces of the mountain, desert, and Holy Land peoples have grown exponentially. It is not something we can keep hidden.

Lancelot
Agravain is the kind of man to already have caught on to us.

Lancelot
Yet, there has been no developments by the Holy City. He has not told the Lion King about the existence of the allied forces.

Lancelot
...Most likely. He must be planning to use us to weaken the Lion King's power.

Lancelot
The Lion King's objectives and his objectives are separate things. Agravain is only acting out of his own self-interest.

Lancelot
He manipulated King Arthur from the shadows. He controlled the government both here and in Britain.

Lancelot
...The one I should put to death is that man. Without that man, the Lion King would not have gone insane!

Da Vinci
Hmm. I'm not sure you're right about that.

Lancelot
What!?

Da Vinci
If Agravain was really only acting out of his own self-interest, I don't think it would've come to this.

Da Vinci
The Holy City would've become an over-compartmentalized bureaucracy, full of useless functions that we could've used to our advantage.

Da Vinci
But there are no such holes in the Holy City. There are no power-hungry members. And because it's such an unbelievable city, it can't ever be brought down from the inside.

Da Vinci
I see Consul Agravain's deep-seated hatred in this. He's, how would I call it...

Da Vinci
Remaining close to the Lion King with a terrible anger and spite. That's the sense I get.

Lancelot
Spite... In that man as cold as anger, who's disinterested in everything?

Mash
Oh, Bedivere. Were you resting here?

Mash
Sorry to interrupt, but have you seen Senpai? I heard Senpai was by the rocky mountains...

H:Bedivere
Uu...gh... Aaaaaahhhhh!

Mash
Um? (Was he...crying just now?)

Bedivere
Ugh...

Bedivere
W-What is it? Player's Name isn't here.

Mash
I guess not, sorry. Um, I'll try looking over there, so...

Mash
I haven't seen anything, so...!

Bedivere
...No. Sorry that you had to see me like this. Forgive me, milady?

Bedivere
I'm afraid I will only be adding shame to shame, but... won't you sit down? I had something I wanted to ask you.

Mash
...Sure. Then, please allow me to join you, Sir Bedivere.

Bedivere
...Everything is tomorrow, is it not? Are you all right, milady?

Mash
...Yes, we're fully prepared. Are you, Sir Bedivere...

Mash
Er, does your body ache? Was that from pain, just now?

Bedivere
No. I have been allowed plenty of rest, so my body is in good health.

Bedivere
...I am used to physical pain. Besides, it has been years since I lost sensation in my body.

Mash
(It's...been years?)

Bedivere
...I was crying out of fear just now. I am not very strong mentally, you understand.

Bedivere
I was scared, so scared... that I couldn't muster the courage to raise my face...

Bedivere
So I was purging my fear here, where no one would see.

Mash
...You're...scared? I wouldn't have thought so. I'm afraid of combat too, but...

Mash
You're so used to it, Sir Bedivere. I didn't think you had any fear.

Bedivere
...No. I do not fear combat. I am...

Bedivere
...Just afraid of my own actions.

Bedivere
Whether I am doing what is right, or not. Perhaps I am doing wrong.

Bedivere
...That is what frightens me unbearably. I am scared out of my wits about my own decision.

Mash
...Sir Bedivere, you're... scared of meeting the Lion King, aren't you?

Bedivere
...Yes. That's exactly it. I came here and became terrified of the Lion King.

Bedivere
Milady, you are also a Knight of the Round Table. Do you not also have doubts within your body?

Bedivere
Are you not, like me... terrified of confronting King Arthur?

Mash
...Yes. To be honest, I'm also scared of facing the Lion King.

Mash
Will I be able to fight... Will I be able to come to Senpai's aid?

Mash
Will I mess up, and ruin everything for everyone...?

Bedivere
...

Mash
But, even more than that, I want to believe in that trust. I want to cherish that miracle.

Bedivere
Milady? A miracle?

Mash
...Well. I died once.

Mash
There was a terrible explosion, and rubble came falling down... and I lost all feeling in the lower half of my body.

Mash
I knew I wouldn't last another two minutes. I could calculate it exactly. ...To be honest, it was terrifying.

Mash
Because when I thought about what I could do with the little time I had left, I knew there was nothing.

Mash
...But.

Mash
I had someone who held my hand. Inside those flames, I had someone who helped me.

Mash
...Of course, it was impossible to save me. That person was clearly aware of that, too.

Mash
Unlike me, that person was someone who valued their own life. Afraid of dying, that person's knees were trembling.

Mash
Yet, that person thought of me. Because of me, that person would end up dying, too...

Mash
So that I wouldn't feel that way, that person smiled and held my hand.

Mash
...That person couldn't change the fact that I would die before their eyes.

Mash
Then, until that final moment, that person believed that comforting me was the best thing to do.

Mash
...I still remember the warmth of their hand then. And that is what brought forth Galahad.

Mash
I know now. The person Heroic Spirit Galahad approved of wasn't only me.

Mash
He trusted that Senpai and I... He believed in the goodness of humans, that could do such acts.

Mash
I wasn't rescued. Something was entrusted to me. That I should live for people like that.

Mash
...That is why I fight, even if I'm afraid. For that beautiful moment I witnessed, I fight...

Mash
For thanks to that wonderful miracle, I am still alive.

Bedivere
...So that's what happened.

Bedivere
I apologize from the bottom of my heart, milady. What a terrible insult, to say that you and I are the same.

Mash
N-No, it's not an insult or anything... I, too, struggle to be like you, Bedivere...

Mash
I'm still... scared of combat, and...

Bedivere
No. That's not it.

Bedivere
When I heard you were a Demi-Servant, I thought you were the same as me.

Bedivere
That you and I were both a “counterfeit.” That we both felt scarcely allowed to breathe.

Bedivere
...But you were different. Even if your path to becoming a Heroic Spirit was irregular, your conduct as one is the real thing.

Mash
A counterfeit? You?

Bedivere
Well, no, it's just a metaphor. Because my Noble Phantasm is an imitation, a fake.

Bedivere
I am without a doubt Bedivere, Knight of the Round Table. Even if I sometimes wish I weren't.

Bedivere
I...

Bedivere
I committed a crime. An unforgiveable crime, at that.

Bedivere
To atone for that, I came all this way. I have sacrificed many things for that.

Bedivere
...That is what happened this time as well. I left Player's Name in the desert.

Bedivere
It was more important for me to head for the Holy City than to bother with your distressed circumstances.

Bedivere
And I did the same thing at the gates of the Holy City. To meet the king, I hid my face with my robe, and continued to look down.

Bedivere
...When the Holy Selection began, and many people were being killed, I did not raise my face.

Bedivere
I wasn't trembling from anger at the violence.

Bedivere
All I was thinking of at that time was how to invade the Holy City.

Bedivere
...It was then, that I heard the sounds of battle.

Bedivere
An unknown mage and a girl knight broke through the knights' enclosure to let the people escape.

Bedivere
That was something I should have done. At least, the old me would have done the same.

Bedivere
Ah... What am I doing? After all this traveling, how pitiful have I become?

Bedivere
Irritated by such thoughts, I blindly swung my sword. I need not remind you what happened next.

Bedivere
I joined you and the unknown mage, Player's Name.

Bedivere
Figuring that would be the fastest way to my destination.

Bedivere
I didn't cooperate with you for your sakes. I only used you, for my own purposes.

Bedivere
There's no way that I can call myself the same as you.

Mash
...

Bedivere
...I'm afraid...of this journey ending.

Bedivere
That is what I have been living for all this time. Yet now, near the end, I am afraid of death.

Bedivere
It has been a difficult journey...

Bedivere
But because it has been difficult, what if the salvation does not measure up to it when it is over?

Bedivere
...When I thought about that, I was so afraid I couldn't stand. I am terrified of a meaningless ending...

Mash
It won't be meaningless. There's no way.

Bedivere
Milady...?

Mash
I say so. My body says so.

Mash
There's no way the ending of this journey you sought will be meaningless, Sir Bedivere.

Mash
Because you... must've been able to end it whenever you liked.

Mash
But you didn't. No matter how difficult and terrifying it was, you've come this far.

Mash
And it's because it wasn't a journey for yourself, it was a journey for others.

Mash
Even if you were scared, you weren't a coward.

Mash
That's why... I'm sure there'll be a meaning to the end of this journey. A final salvation that measures up to the long path you've walked.

Bedivere
...Yes. I hope so. No, if you believe so...

Bedivere
Then I will do my best to make it so. I cannot lose to a younger knight, after all.

Mash
Er...no, I just meant, um... I got all fired up, and...

Mash
Sorry... pretending like I know better. I haven't even mastered my Noble Phantasm...

Bedivere
Haha, that is true. Then here is a bit of advice from me, as your senior.

Bedivere
Mash. Your Noble Phantasm's true nature is to protect people. But are you not mistaking it as one that “blocks attacks”?

Bedivere
Focus your mind on the people you should be protecting, rather than repelling the enemy's attacks.

Bedivere
That is your shield's, no, a Knight of the Round Table's true nature. That is the path, not to the fake Camelot built on that Holy Land,

Bedivere
But the path to the real pure white castle that will never crumble.

Mash
...The path to the white castle...

Bedivere
Yes. You already possess the qualifications. Your kind heart that saved me just now is proof above all.

Section 17: Replica

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Dr. Roman
...Monitors are in order. Your time is seven on the dot. Not a single cloud in the sky.

Dr. Roman
The Holy City is right before us... There are hordes of soldiers around the main gate. Looks like they've noticed our advance.

Dr. Roman
The Allied Forces and the Holy City Knights... You could cut the air with a knife.

Dr. Roman
If either army takes even one step forward, it could trigger a war.

Dr. Roman
Player's Name, are you ready?

  1. ...(Silently nod)  2. ...It's scary, but we have to do this.
  Select: ...(Silently nod)

  Select: ...It's scary, but we have to do this.

Da Vinci
Rest assured, you have me and Mash by your side. Besides, Sir Bedivere is here, too.

Da Vinci
We'll head towards the main gates with the infantry. Sir Lancelot will head the army of knights.

Tawara Touta
And me, along with Sanzang.

Tawara Touta
A single knight out of formation could spark the beginning of a war.

Mash
Sanzang and Touta, you're going to ride doubles?

Sanzang
I know, right!? I know a thing or two about horses,

Sanzang
But Touta just threw me on the back of a horse after seeing me ride one!

Tawara Touta
What you were doing isn't anything like horse riding! You must have only ridden the tamest of the tame!

Tawara Touta
Showing up on the battlefield looking the way you did would be a bother to us all.

Tawara Touta
It would be more terrifying to the enemies if you could just wave your staff around and mutter some scary sounding chants in the back.

Cursed Arm
As soon as I can reach the castle walls, I will thin out the archers. But...

Lancelot
...That's right. Damn, Agravain. Now I understand. He's placed archers all along the walls.

Lancelot
Even if we tripled the force of our last attack, it would do no good. Is he trying to end it before we reach the walls?

Lancelot
King Ozymandias's army of divine beasts will arrive soon.

Lancelot
They will cause a diversion on the west side of the Holy City, and we will use that opportunity to strike.

Lancelot
My army of knights will also advance before you, but we are not a good distraction... We will suffer heavy casualties from the archers.

Lancelot
I suspect only sixty percent of our army will make it to their gates.

Mash
...

Lancelot
Even so, we have no other way to attack...than knocking on their front doors.

Lancelot
Sir Bedivere. I leave Player's Name in your hands.

Bedivere
Likewise, Sir Lancelot. I do not mean to doubt King Hassan, but...

Bedivere
We cannot wait any longer. Worst case, you may have to fight Sir Gawain.

Lancelot
Hmph. I shall wait till nightfall...is what I would like to say, but I must finish what I started.

Lancelot
Unfortunately, I cannot simply sit on the sidelines and hope this battle ends on its own.

Sanzang
Leave it to me. Touta, Lancelot and I will gang up on him. Three to one!

Lancelot
Then I am counting on you. Women from the Far East certainly are brave and...charming.

Mash
Sir Lancelot, have you gone mad!? We're about to dive into battle like... NOW!

Lancelot
Ahem, pardon me!

Lancelot
...Now, if you will prepare the banner. ...We are now going to invade the Holy City.

Lancelot
For all those that live in these lands! We shall terminate the Lion King!

Lancelot
To arms, everyone! We must return the Holy Land to its rightful glory!

Lancelot
What on earth is going on!? A sandstorm in the Holy City? That's never happened bef—

Soldier
Look! There's a storm falling from the northern sky! As though it were swallowing the Holy City!

Mash
Senpai, am I seeing things...? I thought I just saw a large skull in the sandstorm...

Dr. Roman
Yeah, I saw the skull too! But that's not what we have to worry about right now!

Dr. Roman
I'm not detecting an ounce of magic from that storm! This is a natural phenomenon!

Dr. Roman
A very directional one! I can only call this divine intervention!

Cursed Arm
Ahh! This bell! Sir Lancelot! This is the power of the great founder!

Cursed Arm
My promise has been fulfilled! We advance!!

  1. The arrows can't hit us in this storm!
  Select: The arrows can't hit us in this storm!

Lancelot
Throw away your arrows, men! They are useless! This is a battle of speed!

Lancelot
Stay away from Gawain. Avoid him at all costs, and make your way to the castle walls!

Lancelot
Let us go forth... ADVANCE!

  1. Alright, let's go Mash!
  Select: Alright, let's go Mash!

Mash
Yes...! I am going to do my best!

--BATTLE--

Gawain
Hurry with the message! Tell the soldiers on the wall to only aim for enemies directly below us!

Gawain
I know even that's difficult in a storm like this, but that's better than accidentally shooting one of our own!

Holy City Soldier A
Sir Gawain, the Third Unit at the right flank is requesting backup! A strange cavalryman is running amok!

Holy City Soldier A
The report says they're being hit with waves of white grains! They cannot move from their current location!

Gawain
Grain? What a waste to use for attacks! It's probably an enemy Servant, do not engage!

Gawain
Sir Mordred's unit is on its way. Hold your ranks until they arrive!

Holy City Soldier B
Sir Gawain, a message from the First Unit at the left flank! They are at risk of being completely overrun!

Gawain
The First Unit!? Are you implying our finest knights are being pushed back by mere villagers!?

Gawain
Who's leading the assault!? The foreign Master and their Servants!?

Holy City Soldier B
...I am not sure how to interpret the report...but it seems it was cavalry led by a knight in purple armor...

Holy City Soldier B
Sir Lancelot is leading the assault!

Gawain
...I see. That is unfortunate... Truly...

Holy City Soldier B
...Sir Gawain?

Gawain
Tell everyone at the left flank to retreat and regroup with the Fourth Unit. After that, you are to rally with the troops at the right flank.

Gawain
...I will use my sword. I will incinerate all enemies, along with all traitors!

Holy City Soldier B
Ahh! Finally, the Galatine!
Listen, knights of the Holy City!

Holy City Soldier B
Sir Gawain is marching out! This is the end for our enemy, there's no need for us to—

Gawain
...

D:???
Thou shalt not leave. The sandstorm has shrouded thy followers, and severed thy escape.

Gawain
...I assume you are the one behind this sandstorm.

Gawain
A great party trick, but foolish nonetheless. You have some nerve to appear before me!

Gawain
While the sun shines, I am invincible! My sword is second only to the Lion King's himself!

Gawain
It matters not who you are... You are no match for me.

Gawain
Guh!? Impossible. You parry my strike with your...your coat!?

Gawain
Who are you!?

First Hassan
I am Hassan-i Sabbah. I am come from the valley of death to bring the living with me.

First Hassan
Look upon the heavens, foolish knight. Does the sun shine above thine head?

--ARROW--

Alliance Soldier
Climb! The sandstorm won't last forever! Let's get a ladder and get up on that wall now!

Holy City Soldier
Remain calm! It's not possible for them to reach the top of the wall! We will pick them off one by one!

Holy City Soldier
We must not open the gate without the Lion King's orders! Peasants like them are not worthy to look upon the Holy City!

Mash
We are still at a disadvantage! Our ladders get destroyed the instant they mount on the wall...

Da Vinci
The sphinxes are attacking the main gate but there's not even a scratch! What should we do?

Bedivere
Camelot Castle will only grant access to those with righteous hearts... Malicious attacks alone will not bring down the gate!

Mash
No! We've all made it this far... But arrows from above the wall and the Enforcement Knights are taking us out one by one...

Da Vinci
Lord Hassan is facing off with Sir Gawain. This is probably our once-in-a-lifetime chance!

Da Vinci
We've got no choice... Sir Bedivere! Can you do something about the gate with your Airgetlám!?

Bedivere
I am too embarrassed to say... This is the most terrible shame of my life!

Bedivere
My Airgetlám has no effect on Camelot. I cannot raise a sword against it no matter what!

Mash
You can't attack Camelot with the Airgetlám?

Enforcement Knight
...Servant located. Identified as the Master from Chaldea.

Enforcement Knight
This is a matter of the highest priority. You will be enforced, per Agravain's orders!

Mash
Enforcement Knights! This unit is under Sir Agravain's direct control!

Bedivere
We will intercept, Player's Name! Right now, we must protect ourselves!

--BATTLE--

Tawara Touta
There's just no end to them! And they don't seem to care if they survive or not!

Alliance Soldiers
It hurts... It hurts!

Alliance Soldiers
Help me... I don't want to die... Spare me!

Alliance Soldiers
Raise the next ladder! Don't give up, hurry! Do you know how many we've lost so far? We can't run now!

Alliance Soldiers
Kill them! Kill them! Defend the scaffolding! And don't go to the front gate, you'll just die for nothing!

Alliance Soldiers
Aaaaah! It burns! It burns! They're using molten lead! Aaah!

Alliance Soldiers
Don't run away! There's nowhere to run now! You'll either die here, or die in the wasteland!

Sanzang
...

Sanzang
...Yup. It's the only option, huh?

Sanzang
Touta, run the other way! Head past the front gate and for that wall over there!

Tawara Touta
Hmm? There's enemies everywhere, though! No, I guess that just means there's more for me to fight!

Tawara Touta
Hai-yah! Out of the way! Tawara Touta, coming through!

Sanzang
Okay! Just like that! Keep going and don't stop!

Tawara Touta
Do you have a plan!?
Or are we going to meet up with Player's Name!?

Sanzang
Hmm, that's a good idea. But no. That would dull my resolve.

Tawara Touta
What? Hey, what are you going to do? Wait, what are you doing behind my back?

Sanzang
I'm getting my Final Buddha Palm ready. We just need to get rid of that front gate, right?

Sanzang
At this rate, everyone's going to suffer and die.

Sanzang
As a follower of the Buddha, I can't have that.

Sanzang
Your spiritual journey continues into the next life. So I don't want these lives to end in suffering.

Tawara Touta
Well, sure, but...! Can you destroy it, Sanzang!? And what is the Final Buddha Palm!?

Sanzang
Well, it's...it's a Buddhist secret. Touta, you should learn it from the Bodhisattva Hachiman.

Sanzang
Well, soon you'll be getting mad at me and telling me to stop. It kills me, you see.

Tawara Touta
—!
Wait, you idiot!

Tawara Touta
Damn it! My horse won't stop! You tricked me when you told me to go past the front gate!

Sanzang
Hehehe. By the time you notice my trick, it's too late. I've got a lock on the front gate!

Sanzang
Gate, gate, paragate, para sam gate bodhi svaha.

Sanzang
You know, I just remembered. I owe Player's Name a favor.

Sanzang

may not remember it, but I have memories of a very fun journey.

Sanzang
...So I need to pay them back. You know, because I'm a high priest girl.

Tawara Touta
Sanzang!

Sanzang
Okay! Rapid Sutra Chanting, activate! I'll show the true power of the girl who came back from Tianzhu!

Sanzang
If only the good may pass, then my fist of compassion will make its way through!

Sanzang
The fist of the Buddha shall shatter mountains!
Get blown to pieces and REPEEEEEENT!

Alliance Soldier
The front gate... The front gate was blown away!

Alliance Soldier
It's a miracle from heaven...! Everyone, run! If you can, carry the wounded!

Alliance Soldier
But what happened!? Was it some kind of hand-shaped cannon?

Mash
Senpai, look...! There's a huge hole in the front gate!

Mash
That's Sanzang's Noble Phantasm! Sanzang did it!

  1. Wow!  2. Way to go, Sanzang!
  Select: Wow!

  Select: Way to go, Sanzang!

Bedivere
S-She really destroyed the gate of Camelot...! Lady Sanzang was a peerless high priestess, wasn't she!?

Da Vinci
...That's right. She used it not to defeat, but to save. It was something only she could achieve.

Mash
Everyone is heading inside the city! Let's follow them, Master!

Tawara Touta
Okay, Sanzang. We made it to the west wall.

Tawara Touta
What's next? Got any other ridiculous ideas?

Sanzang
...What's next? Oh... yeah... next... What's next...

Sanzang
...I'm sorry. I need a second... My head's all fuzzy... I can't think...

Tawara Touta
I see. Then rest a while. The disciple shall work in place of his mentor.

Sanzang
Hehehe... Touta, you really are a hard worker... I wish you'd be a little less annoying, though...

Sanzang
But... yeah... Next, huh? I guess I already went to Tianzhu...

Sanzang
So maybe next time... I'd like to go to an observatory on top of a snowy mountain somewhere...

Sanzang
And then maybe I could take some new disciples... Gather some scriptures again...

Sanzang
When I was alive, all I ever did was spiritual training... I didn't get to do that stuff...

Sanzang
The Buddha wouldn't punish me...

Sanzang
...for having a dream like that, would he...?

Tawara Touta
Of course not. You just showed how compassionate the Buddha is, didn't you?

Tawara Touta
Well done, Xuanzang Sanzang. As your disciple, I am very proud.

Tawara Touta
I'm going to go give the people of the Holy City some delicious rice.

Tawara Touta
You go on ahead to paradise and relax.

Holy City Soldier
Lord Agravain, the front gate's been destroyed! We must tell the Lion King!

Holy City Soldier
It's only a matter of time before they make it to the castle town... Tell the king to use his Light of Judgment!

Agravain
There's no need. Even if the front gate has fallen, we still have the Knights of the Round Table.

Agravain
Tristan is stationed in the castle town. Mordred's forces are outside.

Agravain
Their momentum is temporary. That sandstorm will soon disappear. Continue the fight until it does.

Holy City Soldier
No, Sir Mordred's unit has been routed! It no longer exists!

Agravain
...That is a surprise. The greatest surprise since I have come to the Holy Land.

Agravain
...What happened?

Holy City Soldier
Yes, well...um... Sir Mordred's raiders were defeated by another similar unit.

Agravain
...

Holy City Soldier
Sir Lancelot has betrayed us. The Knight of the Lake no longer stands with the Holy City!

Bedivere
This is the Holy City... Camelot, created by the sacred lance. ...At last, I've made it...

Dr. Roman
There's no time to feel sentimental! A massive number of magical energy responses is approaching!

Dr. Roman
Until now it's been a mix of soldiers and Enforcement Knights, but these guys aren't even human anymore...

Dr. Roman
They're a type of divine construct created by the sacred lance's magical energy, and more powerful than anything we've faced before!

  1. We have to fight in the town, too...?  2. Hey, where are the people...
  Select: We have to fight in the town, too...?

  Select: Hey, where are the people...

Mash
...Nobody's here. There's no sign that they're hiding in the buildings.

Mash
The people of the Holy City are gone. Only the soldiers are here.

Mash
Maybe... the Holy Selection is over and the people have been absorbed by the sacred lance?

Da Vinci
I'm not sure about that. If that was the case, the vicinity around the Holy City would be at the edge of the world already.

Da Vinci
There's a good chance they've been evacuated since the battle started. To the Lion King, the citizens are irreplaceable people...

Da Vinci
Or irreplaceable parts, right.

Bedivere
...That's right... You're right, but...

Da Vinci
I'm sorry, that was wrong of me to say! Anyway, for now, let's fight!

Da Vinci
They're coming! These are the Enforcement Knights directly assigned to the Holy City! There's no need to hold back!

Da Vinci
They're clones of the Lion King. Consider this a warm-up!

--BATTLE--

Mash
We've eliminated the Enforcement Knights! The path's clear, Master!

Dr. Roman
Looks like you guys are the first.

Dr. Roman
The Allied Forces' soldiers are coming inside the city, but there's a lot of them. They'll run into the Enforcement Knights eventually.

Dr. Roman
Their forces are taking control of the area around the main gate and heading towards the center of the city... the castle.

Dr. Roman
They're about an hour or so behind you, I think. Let's get to the castle while they're distracting the city's soldiers!

Mash
Right! Let's head to the castle before the other Knights of the Round Table catch up, Senpai!

Lion King
It's very noisy out there, Agravain. Did you allow invaders into the Holy City?

Agravain
...So it seems. I failed to realize they had enough to stop Sir Gawain.

Agravain
The main gate has fallen, and the enemy is inside the city. So please, my liege.

Agravain
There is no need to waste any more time. The Holy Selection is finished. All that remains is your decision.

Agravain
...Bring the Tower at the Ends of the World here. Create the millennial kingdom you once failed to create in Britain!

Agravain
Create the ideal country, which threatens no one, and which no one may invade.

Agravain
I will simply watch the results.

Lion King
...Very well. If Agravain of Iron wishes for such a thing, I shall grant it.

Lion King
The waves from the Ends of the World have reached my throne. The Round Table will close, and this area will become a stairway.

Lion King
Camelot will be visited by a time of stormy waves. It is time for all to be ruled by my hand, in the name of the King of Storms.

Bedivere
I can see it...! Up ahead is the king's area! At the top of that castle is the Lion King!

Dr. Roman
Wait! The magical energy gauge is maxed out! Stop! Stop, everyone!

Dr. Roman
This response matches the level of a space-time fracture! Something huge is about to appear there!

Mash
What is this...!?

Mash
Doctor, it's a wall! Something that looks like a wall of light is surrounding the castle!

Bedivere
...! This light is the same as the sacred sword... It's the exterior of the sacred lance Rhongomyniad!

Da Vinci
...So the Lion King was ready a long time ago! Romani, what's the amount of heat energy around the city looking like?

Dr. Roman
It's rising rapidly! And I'm detecting a gravitational collapse from all corners of that era!

Dr. Roman
The world has started to close! The far end of the world that Sanzang saw...

Dr. Roman
That empty space, it's heading right for the Holy City!

Bedivere
It's begun... the Tower at the Ends of the World is going to be made so soon!

Dr. Roman
Enemy response approaching! Everyone, be ready! The enemy's getting close!

Da Vinci
Okay, the situation has started to heat up! No time to think, huh?

Dr. Roman
This is bad... The Allied Force is being pinned at the front gate. The Holy City guards are using this chance to make their move.

Dr. Roman
They'll be wiped out! We need to do something to get rid of the wall somehow!

Dr. Roman
It appeared out of nowhere. There has to be a way to make it disappear too!

Dr. Roman
Everyone, hurry and look around you! Do you see a way in, or maybe a generator!?

E:???
Hah, there's no such thing...!

Bedivere
Mordred!

Mordred
Don't call me like you know me, coward! Just like I said I would, I hit you with a fair-and-square surprise attack!

Mash
Mordred... I thought you were fighting outside the Holy City!?

Mordred
Huh? Gawain can deal with that trash himself.

Mordred
I came to take you out. That was our promise, right?

Mash
That's... That's true. But I don't...

Mordred
...Tch. You're throwing me off my game, shieldy. More importantly, where are they?

  1. They?  2. Who?
  Select: They?

  Select: Who?

Mordred
You know, the Archer that was with you! Is he at the rear sniping again?!? Hey, show yourself!

Mash
Arash Kamangir is gone. He defeated the Light of Judgment and saved the village.

Mordred
!

Mordred
...I see. So he died before I could beat him, huh? Damn it. He won and ran away.

  1. You two didn't fight.  2. I don't think that's called running away...
  Select: You two didn't fight.

  Select: I don't think that's called running away...

Mordred
Sure it is! He stopped Father's sacred lance!

Mordred
...I was never able to do that even until my death. I can't believe some minor no-name took that lance out first.

Mordred
Whatever. Just one less thing to look forward to! You're all gonna burn from Father's lance anyway!

Mordred
Now get ready, wimps! I'll at least give you the honor of dying by my hand!

Bedivere
...No, if you want to die, do it on your own, Mordred.

Bedivere
We have no time to waste on your desire for destruction.

Mordred
...What?

Mordred
What did you say? Are you picking a fight with me, you coward!?

Bedivere
I am indeed! It is a disgrace that you call yourself King Arthur's heir!

Bedivere
No matter how cruel you were, you once did your duties as a general.

Bedivere
But now there's not a trace of that! You fight alone! Without taking command of your men!

Bedivere
And you look at this situation and think nothing of it? The king is trying to burn the world, and his own men!

Mordred
...Is this what this is about?
Are you stupid or something?

Mordred
My Father's killing his own men? Of course... Of course he would!

Mordred
Listen! An army is the last thing the Lion King needs!

Mordred
The Lion King's idea is a city with no war. In that case, why would you need an army!?

Mordred
We're going to protect the Holy City and die here! We'll be the Foundation of Humanity created by the Lion King!

Mordred
That's what the Lion King's Round Table is all about!

Mordred
It was the honor of a knight, which you were given and we weren't!

Mordred
You were at King Arthur's side to the last. How would you know about our feelings!?

Bedivere
Mordred... You...

Mordred
Shut up! You just came out of nowhere after all that happened... You're really pissing me off, Bedivere!

Mash
Sir Mordred is engaging!

Mash
The Gift of the Knights of the Round Table is still active! Let's fight with all we have, Master!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
Gah! Grah... It'll take more than that...

Mordred
I'm not going to disappear... The only one who can end me is King... Arthur...

Mash
Sir Mordred is still standing... but...

Bedivere
...Enough, Mordred. I'm sorry for tainting your dream.

Mordred
What...did...you...say!?

Bedivere
...But it will stay a dream.

Bedivere
You are the Knight of Treachery. The day you want to serve King Arthur from the bottom of your heart...will never come.

Bedivere
...The same is true for me.

Bedivere
The reason I was at the king's side at the end was because I was weak. I was not able to save him on the battlefield.

Bedivere
And the reason you couldn't deliver the king's death was because... you were weak.

Bedivere
We were both incompetent as knights. We were never worthy to be by the king's side.

Bedivere
...However, despite being hated by the king, you still possess this innocent dream. The dream of serving the king.

Bedivere
In that sense, you have surpassed me. You live a much purer life than a sinner like me.

Bedivere
Forgive me for insulting it.
...My sword shall inherit your atonement.

Mordred
Tch... What the hell are you talking about?

Mordred
...Man, this is lame. I lost to a coward in a fight, and lost to their trash talk.

Mordred
This really is the end for me.

Mordred
If the Knight of Treachery loses to a traitor, what's the point of me staying?

Mash
...Mordred's Spirit Origin is gone. Only three enemy knights of the Round Table remain.

Dr. Roman
...So Mordred also had a reason for serving the Lion King, huh?

Dr. Roman
No, now's not the time to get depressed! Hurry and search the surrounding area!

Dr. Roman
We need to destroy that wall ASAP, or everything will be over.

Da Vinci
No, the wall is a creation of the Lion King from within the castle. There's no way to stop it from outside.

Da Vinci
I can tell you this: we can't destroy that wall. We are completely out of options.

Nitocris
Pharaoh, your prophecy has come true. The Tower at the Ends of the World has appeared at the Holy City.

Ozymandias
Hahaha, I knew it! The Lion King must have gotten rather desperate!

Ozymandias
Well, Player's Name joined the battle. To be honest, I expected nothing less! I would be disappointed if they hadn't pushed him at least this far.

Ozymandias
I mean, they are the heroes who made me truly laugh! Fwahahahahahahaha!

Ozymandias
...Then, I must give them a reward worthy of their exploits.

Ozymandias
Open the eye of the great temple! Activate the Great Lightbulb Dendera!

Ozymandias
Reroute all magical energy from anti-enforcement defense to the lightbulb!

Ozymandias
I will use all the energy stored in this temple to unleash my ultra long range divine punishment upon the Holy City!

Nitocris
Yes, my pharaoh! Releasing pyramid's composite armor!

Nitocris
Begin magical energy compression acceleration rituals! Stabilize outputs from Abu el-Hol-class to Mesektet-class!

Ozymandias
Humph. You forgot about me, didn't you, Lion King?

Ozymandias
It's true that I didn't use the ultra long-range divine punishment out of wariness for your Light of Judgment.

Ozymandias
However, that is no longer possible for you! You cannot unleash the Light of Judgment when that tower is up.

Ozymandias
And that is why I strike now! My divine lightning shall shatter your lance!

Nitocris
No, if the Light of Judgment does come, I'll block it! Rest assured and focus on controlling the lightning ball, my pharaoh!

Ozymandias
That is my intention from the beginning. You just stand there and witness my glory.

Ozymandias
All judgment is to be passed down by the hands of pharaohs! For a mere king who's not even a god...

Ozymandias
No, I am sure you are a goddess by now.
HOWEVER!

Ozymandias
I am the pharaoh! And that is why I will show you what it means to be a true God King!

Ozymandias
Great Light of Amun-Ra, open your eyes! Behold, Meryamun!

Nitocris
The divine punishment has landed! But... it didn't work!

Nitocris
There's a wall of magical energy surrounding the city! The lightning has not reached the tower!

Ozymandias
I can tell by feeling the impact! How impudent! So you had a trick up your sleeve too, Lion King?

Ozymandias
Then I'll hit you twice, no, ten times! I'll turn half my Spirit Origin into magical energy and use it to accelerate the great temple!

Ozymandias
The walls of the Holy City are like paper to me! Fwahaha! I pity you, Tower at the Ends of the World!

Nitocris
The magical energy walls around the city are gone! My king, just one more hit and...

Ozymandias
Do not look back, Nitocris! I will not allow you to worry about me!

Nitocris
My apologies, Pharaoh...

Nitocris
Movement from the Holy City! The Tower is aiming at us... It's the Light of Judgment!

Ozymandias
Ugh!

Nitocris
Give me a moment! I'll take care of this!

Nitocris
...Graahhh!

Ozymandias
...Nitocris, you're using the Mirror of the Underworld to stop the light from coming down from above, right?

Ozymandias
...I still have strength left. Pharaoh Nitocris, do you require my aid?

Nitocris
Aah!! AAAHHH!

Ozymandias
...No, there was no need to ask. You'll burn yourself to ash before you ask for help. That's the kind of woman you are.

Ozymandias
Very well.

Ozymandias
Lion King, you have won this duel of Noble Phantasms! But the greater battle is a tie!

Ozymandias
When you aimed for me, you left yourself open! My Noble Phantasm is still intact!

Ozymandias
If the greater divine punishment isn't enough for you, then I shall give you my grave!

Ozymandias
Even your sacred lance is like an ancient, rickety ship before this huge mass!

Ozymandias
O monument of the sun, O great stone, O pyramid which rules the universe!

Ozymandias
The sun descends here, in our unlimited brilliance! Fall... Ramesseum Tentyris!

Nitocris
Oh... that is the glorious light of the pharaohs... Ramesseum Tentyris...

Nitocris
You've destroyed the Tower at the Ends of the World, my king! And so I too shall!

Nitocris
I shall protect the home of the king, even if I must offer my soul to the god of the underworld! My mirror is the darkness that drives away all light!

Ozymandias
...There is no need.

Nitocris
...Pharaoh?

Ozymandias
You've done enough. There is no need for more.

Ozymandias
And I don't want you being taken to the underworld. I don't really like that place.

Nitocris
But this is why my mirror...

Ozymandias
Idiot. It's already broken.

Ozymandias
...I'm taking a rest now. You rest too, Pharaoh Nitocris.

Ozymandias
Don't push yourself too hard. You're a little too kind to rule the darkness.

Nitocris
...No, that's not true. I am still an inexperienced pharaoh...

--ARROW--

Alliance Soldier
Did you see that!? The pyramid destroyed the pillar of light in the Holy City!

Alliance Soldier
There's no need to fear the Lion King now! We can do it—Gwah!?

Holy City Soldier
Don't get cocky, rebels! The castle remains strong! The Round Table remains strong!

Holy City Soldier
Sir Tristan is in the Holy City! The rebels who entered are probably being executed right now!

Holy City Soldier
Once this sandstorm is gone, we'll have the advantage! If Sir Gawain can just restore order at the front gate!

Gawain
Fwah!

First Hassan
...

Gawain
(It has been an hour since we began this battle... and he has not slowed at all!)

Gawain
(But I am becoming accustomed to his fighting style. Even this swordsman is not immortal. There must be a way!)

First Hassan
...That's enough. The tolling of the bell has passed.

Gawain
The storm... stopped? No, he stopped it?

First Hassan
There is no need for the sand any longer. My robe need no longer block out the sky.

First Hassan
The sunlight shall illuminate the sins of the Lion King. The bell shall pass unto the Holy City.

Gawain
Such arrogance! Once the sunlight returns, my sacred sword will be invincible!

First Hassan
Of course. Arrogance is warranted. That light could not even awaken one who is asleep.

Gawain
What...?

Gawain
Galatine...uninhibited by the sandstorm, yet even under the sun you can still deflect it?

Gawain
(...I was the one who was blind. This swordsman's power rivals the Lion King!)

Gawain
...Why? Why did you stop the sandstorm?

Gawain
No, if you have all this power, why did you not use it until this moment?

Gawain
You could even defeat the Lion King. If you are the Old Man of the Mountain, then, half a year ago...

Gawain
When we built the Holy City, you could have stopped us!

First Hassan
No. My blade is only a threat to those who disobey the will of heaven.

First Hassan
The will of heaven has not tasked me to fight the Lion King. It has tasked them. Thus there is no need for my blade.

Gawain
Those who disobey... the will of heaven...

First Hassan
Knight of the Sun, your blade has proven thine innocence. The passing of the bell is proof.

First Hassan
...The will of heaven calls thou to that castle. If thou art a knight, thou must hurry.

First Hassan
Before the sacred lance consumes thy chance to confess the last and only stagnation within thou.

Gawain
W-Wait! We are not done here!

Gawain
...He is gone. Did he let me go? No, he is not so compassionate...

Gawain
The black hole said that... A crueler fate awaits us...

Holy City Soldier
Sir Gawain, you're safe! That was a splendid battle with the enemy leader!

Gawain
The enemy leader...? I see. So that's how he looked to you.

Holy City Soldier
Was that not who he was? He seemed to be a terrifying swordsman. Just one glance was chilling...

Gawain
Yes, that is right. I never thought I would see the day when I could battle such a splendid knight.

Gawain
I am quite fortunate. I actually feel a little guilty toward the rest of the Round Table.

Holy City Soldier
Haha. Nevertheless, you were able to repel even a knight like that.

Holy City Soldier
You are our pride. Please remain the guardian of the gate.

Holy City Soldier
We will deal with the rebels who entered the Holy City. You rest here.

Gawain
...No, I am sorry, but it must be the other way around. I will return to the castle. You men hold the gate.

Gawain
The battle will be decided in an hour's time, I am certain. If the castle goes up in flames...

Gawain
Take your men and head north. Though you may find it hard to reach...

Gawain
Please, get as many as possible home.

Gawain
This expedition was doomed from the start, but thank you for coming all this way.

Holy City Soldier
Sir Gawain...

Gawain
Of course, I have no intention of being defeated. My comrades from the Round Table still fight.

Gawain
Now I... Gawain, Knight of the Round Table, shall go!
My sword is with my king until the last!

  1. The wall of light...  2. A pyramid came from the sky...
  Select: The wall of light...
Bedivere
...Yes, it shattered... Have I finally gone mad? Bedivere
It looked like a pyramid fell down from the skies...
  Select: A pyramid came from the sky...
Mash
It fell from the sky... and it was shining gold... Mash
Was that King Ozymandias's support, you think?

Da Vinci
Man, talk about a brute force method! I said we were out of options, but forget that!

Da Vinci
Anyway, the Tower at the Ends of the World has shattered. That's a fatal blow to the Holy City Army.

Da Vinci
That was the pillar keeping their morale up. I bet some of them will be willing to surrender now!

Dr. Roman
...No, maybe the soldiers will, but the main camp won't.

Dr. Roman
The gravity fluctuation still threatens to crush this era. The Lion King's sacred lance is still active.

Dr. Roman
What you just saw was like the sheathe of the sacred lance. As long as the Lion King survives, the collapse won't stop!

Bedivere
That's...

Mash
Let's hurry, Senpai! Once we're through the castle town area, we'll reach the castle!

Lancelot
Player's Name! Sir Bedivere!

Mash
Sir Lancelot! Thanks for finally showing up after the work is all done!

Lancelot
Hnghn!

Mash
I'm sorry, I said it wrong. Thank you for coming here at the end!

Bedivere
(Milady, that was not a big change. The strength of your words has not really changed!)

Da Vinci
Now, now. Sir Lancelot is here, which means the battle in front of the city is mostly over, right?

Lancelot
Of course. The Alliance Army is in total control. Many archers on the castle walls are surrendering.

Lancelot
They saw what just happened with their own eyes. They probably lost the will to fight.

Lancelot
...The biggest factor was the absence of Lord Gawain. He seems to have returned to the castle.

Da Vinci
I see. Then we need to settle things with the Lion King before he arrives.

Da Vinci
What about you, Sir Lancelot? Will you come with us?

Lancelot
...No, I must look for Agravain. He is too dangerous to ignore.

Bedivere
...Sir Agravain?

Bedivere
Even in the Lion King's Round Table, he hasn't changed, huh?

Lancelot
...?

Da Vinci
Okay, then let's split up. We'll take a direct route to the castle from the front.

Da Vinci
You're going around the back, right Sir Lancelot? That's where the bad guys tend to escape from.

Lancelot
Yes. We have horses that can go fast.

Lancelot
We will go ahead and capture Agravain. Then we will meet at the Lion King's throne!

Mash
I'm seeing fire over there! The Holy City has almost fallen!

Da Vinci
Yeah. I don't know about setting fire to the buildings, but I guess that's just what you do in war!

Da Vinci
By the way, Sir Bedivere. You were saying something odd about Sir Agravain, weren't you?

Da Vinci
What was that about? I am very curious!

Bedivere
...At the last Round Table too, Sir Agravain inspired hatred and fear in the knights.

Bedivere
I realized that it's the same this time too, is all.

Da Vinci
Hmm? And why's that? Was he just such a villain that everybody hated him?

Bedivere
Of course not. If the king's advisor was a villain, Camelot would have never survived.

Bedivere
...For some reason, Sir Agravain makes no efforts to be liked by anyone.

Bedivere
As a result, the people around him viewed him as cold.

Bedivere
His blood relatives Sir Gawain, Sir Gaheris, and even little Miss Gareth all misunderstood him.

Dr. Roman
Wait, wait, wait. I think I just heard a particularly amazing phrase mixed in there!

Da Vinci
Okay, single men need to shut up.

Da Vinci
...But you didn't see Sir Agravain that way. Why?

Bedivere
...No. I hated him, too. But later, I realized.

Bedivere
The collapse of the Round Table and the fall of Camelot began after Sir Agravain's death.

Bedivere
The king needed him. Perhaps more than Merlin, the court mage.

Mash
...Um, actually, you know... I agree with Bedivere.

Mash
When I saw Sir Agravain at the fort, I felt relieved.

Mash
It was as if my Spirit Origin was saying, “If he's here, the king will be all right.”

Bedivere
Galahad was the biggest airhea...I mean, best Knight of the Round. He was an excellent judge of character.

Bedivere
If he trusted Sir Agravain, there must have been some justice in his heart... Watch out!

Bedivere
This silent arrow... Sir Tristan! Where are you! Show yourself!

Dr. Roman
Ahead, on the roof of the left side building! There's a magical energy response behind the smokestack!

Tristan
...How sad. Another 10 steps, and I could've been close enough to slice you into ribbons.

Tristan
But Sir Bedivere's outrageous remarks irritated me, and I let go a moment too soon.

Tristan
...That's Sir Bedivere for you. Even his mistaken words bring him good luck.

Tristan
I wish I had a fraction of his good fortune.

Tristan
...The way I see it, fate is like the grim reaper.

Tristan
Those who outrun it are given a brief stay of execution, and those who it catches die unfulfilled.

Tristan
You escaped your fate once before, from that dump of a village.

Tristan
Now let me see your last struggles, one more time.

Bedivere
...Tristan, I've nothing more to say to you.

Bedivere
The Sir Tristan I know vanished in that village. Immature as I may be, I am a knight serving the King of Knights.

Bedivere
You are a knight of the Lion King, and I cannot let you defeat me!

Tristan
...Of course. You've finally reached that state of mind, then?

Tristan
The Round Table you knew never existed here. We are lions. Monsters with the heart of beasts.

Tristan
We think nothing of slaughtering you, destroying this era, and being the only ones to survive.

Tristan
I'm sorry, but that's all I have left to me now. So let us end this.

Bedivere
He's coming! Player's Name, milady, get ready!

Mash
Right! The enemy is Tristan, Knight of the Round Table! His bow has taken many lives! This time, we'll snap it in two!

--BATTLE--

Tristan
...How sad. To miss your mark, despite possessing all of that skill...

Tristan
Certainly, you have improved. You are no longer one I can kill with minimal effort.

Tristan
However, the same can be said for you. You cannot kill me if I am focused on defense.

Tristan
This is what you call a stalemate. Ahhh... This is exactly why I am so sad...

Tristan
On this occasion, time is on my side. All I have to do is toy with you people here.

Tristan
That alone will accomplish the Lion King's ambition. Ah, so boring, so difficult to bear.

Tristan
I did not imagine a silly ending like this awaited... This is but a tragedy...

Mash
Ah, Sir Tristan is right! He doesn't mean to actually defeat us!

Da Vinci
He's making shallow attacks. At this rate, neither side will score a winning hit.

Da Vinci
...The first time I saw him, I had a hunch that this Archer falls under the category of "deplorable."

Da Vinci
And it seems my intuition was right. He's being atrocious!

Bedivere
We have no time. If it comes to that, we...

D:???
Wrong! What you call tragedy, we call it comedy!

Tristan
...Who are you people?

  1. Hassan!  2. You came!
  Select: Hassan!

  Select: You came!

Cursed Arm
My apologies for making you wait, Player's Name. I'm sure we have much to discuss, especially the fierce battles up to now...

Cursed Arm
But at the moment, we are in a race against time. Please, go on ahead.

Cursed Arm
This man is our prey. By the pride of the Old Man of the Mountain, I swear we will take his life.

Tristan
...

  1. ...Thank you.  2. ...Don't die!
  Select: ...Thank you.

  Select: ...Don't die!

Cursed Arm
Hahaha. That's my line.

Cursed Arm
Then farewell for now. With this battle, consider us even.

Hundred Personas
Why the look of concern? Get going. We are, together, Old Men of the Mountain. We don't fight if there's no way to win.

Hundred Personas
We've researched Tristan's history. We'll easily kill him, then hunt for the Lion King's head.

Serenity
Yes. Our fangs will definitely reach that villainous Tristan. The rest is up to you. Go on, and be careful.

  1. ...Understood!  2. Don't work too hard!
  Select: ...Understood!

  Select: Don't work too hard!

Hassans
...Indeed.

Bedivere
Hassan!

Bedivere
I am grateful for your thoughtfulness, time and again! May the fortunes of war be with you...!

Cursed Arm
...That is my line as well. The duty you have undertaken is more important than ours.

Cursed Arm
The fortunes of war be with you, Sir Bedivere.

Cursed Arm
Once, there was a king that, though an enemy, called our hero a knight and praised him...

Cursed Arm
You remind me very much of him. It seems chivalry is still alive and well.

Tristan
...Right now, I am very sad.

Tristan
It seems even the Knights of the Round Table have fallen.

Tristan
Are you so absorbed in chatting with your friends? You insects who have come here to be exterminated?

Tristan
I fear the cost for such boorishness is high. In fact I worry whether you can afford to pay it.

Tristan
I am going to dismember and gut you while preserving your heads, so die not along the way.

Hundred Personas
I'm not so sure about that plan. You don't hear us pleading for our lives either, dandy.

Tristan
... What did you just say?

Hundred Personas
I said... I know your weakness.

Hundred Personas
I, Hundred Personas, am going to teach you that the cause of your defeat is arrogance and your contempt of us!

Mash
The royal castle! We've finally arrived, Senpai!

Dr. Roman
I'll verify that on video, too! But first, I'm picking up hostiles!

Dr. Roman
There's a lot of magical energy near the entrance! Enforcement Knights!

Dr. Roman
But no other response in that area! This will probably be the final battle with the Enforcement Knights!

Dr. Roman
This is the royal guard. They'll be in a whole other league than the others!

Dr. Roman
Be careful, Player's Name!

--BATTLE--

Da Vinci
Enforcement Knights, farewell! This is really the last of them!

  1. If you say that, more will come out.  2. I kind of doubt that...
  Select: If you say that, more will come out.

  Select: I kind of doubt that...

Da Vinci
You're right. Cliché has it that just when you forget about them, a giant Enforcement Knight will appear as the very last obstacle!

Dr. Roman
Stop talking nonsense and get a move on! It looks like Sir Lancelot is already in the royal castle!

Bedivere
The structure of the castle is the same as Camelot, yes? Then I'll lead the way. Let's go, everyone!

Mash
Right. But... I hope the Hassans are all right...

Tristan
...That makes 90. I heard you possess one hundred personas and can manifest each of them.

Tristan
...It seems you were all talk... What a disappointment.

Tristan
Ten left? No...

Tristan
Probably less than five.

Tristan
As you can see, I do not have a scratch on me. You have wasted your time.

Hundred Personas
...Is that what you think?

Tristan
Mm!? It can't be... What is this mist!?

Serenity
...I am Serenity, the poison flower that blooms in the darkness. This area is filled with my poison already.

Serenity
You thought you had the upper hand. But in fact, Hundred Personas and Cursed Arm were playing you.

Serenity
They purposely pushed you to the limit so you wouldn't notice the poison that was eating away at your body.

Tristan
Poison? Poison, you say? What did you do to me...

Hundred Personas
That's right. Your golden Iseult is gone, Tristan, Knight of the Round Table!

Hundred Personas
Poison has ended your life, undefeated archer! You betrayed a woman and then she betrayed you!

Hundred Personas
For a Heroic Spirit like you, poison is the eventual end of your fate!

Hundred Personas
I'll tell you something. The white hand of Iseult has finally caught up with you.

Tristan
Ah!

Hundred Personas
A fitting end for one who has killed so many in the mountains, burned villages, and even tried to murder his brethren!

Tristan
Ahhh... This truly makes me sad...

Serenity
Huh?

Hundred Personas
W-Why? I am sure... That was a lethal dose...

Tristan
Heh... Heh-heh, heh-heh-heh-heh! Hahahahahahaha!

Tristan
Oh, pardon me. It was just so sad that a chuckle slipped out.

Tristan
I didn't tell you about my Gift, did I?

Tristan
The Gift I've been given is “Reversal.” It was originally to turn me into a beast by removing any doubt in my heart...

Tristan
But its special attribute ends up reversing everything. Therefore, right now, poison has absolutely no effect.

Tristan
Your desperate measure was in vain.

Hundred Personas
Wha...?

Cursed Arm
To think... our final secret plan, too... was a wasted effort...

Tristan
Yes. And now, it's time for you to die.

Cursed Arm
Ah!

Cursed Arm
How vexing... We've been fighting that bow for all this time, yet we still cannot see its arrow...

Tristan
Of course not. As long as you are trying to see it with your eyes.

Tristan
I knew it would end like this. You three cannot defeat me.

Tristan
Your tragedy is you didn't comprehend that until the end.

Cursed Arm
...So it seems. I am truly made aware of my own powerlessness.

Tristan
Well then...

Cursed Arm
However. Even if I can't beat you, I know something that can.

Cursed Arm
Haaaaaaa, you've fell for it! I've got your arm, Tristan!

Tristan
...So you've grabbed me. what of it? You threw away your life and finally snatched my hand.

Tristan
But that is all. What can you do with that body when I've split open your belly and disemboweled you?

Tristan
...Your arm is moving by itself!? No, what is this!?

Cursed Arm
...I stole this arm from Shaytan. I've been controlling it through a curse...

Cursed Arm
However, I've removed that curse.

Cursed Arm
I'm sure Shaytan will take over my body and devour me, a thief, and you, a sacrifice.

Tristan
Arrrggggh! Why won't you let go!? Get away from me!

Tristan
Urk, this is ridiculous! You're using our Spirit Origins as bait!?

Cursed Arm
H-hrrr! Such overwhelming pain... One that pierces through your entire body!

Cursed Arm
And I'm sorry, Sir Tristan. Even though you're my enemy, I can't help but admire that technique.

Cursed Arm
For us, skills are living things. How much of your heart and soul did you put into that bow? How much training did you do with it...?

Cursed Arm
When I think of all the carnage up to now, I have to express my respect for all those years.

Cursed Arm
However, hell is a fitting place for you! We'll go there together, Tristan!

Tristan
I-I'm going to die!? I'm going to be eaten by an ugly monster like this!?

Tristan
I mean, you'll die, too! You're feeling this agony, too! Why would you go this far!?

Tristan
You're not even bound by any Gift!

Cursed Arm
We don't need any Gift.

Cursed Arm
We coexisted with sterile soil, protected our brethren who live on this land, and made the lessons of this earth our concern!

Cursed Arm
We don't care about other countries! We don't care about some utopia! We loved the people who lived on this land!

Cursed Arm
We lived for that, and for that we died! That is the original law of us, the Old Man of the Mountain!

Tristan
Agh... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

Cursed Arm
...

Tristan
Heh... Hehhhhh...

Tristan
Giving me the freedom of a hand was a mistake. I am able to fire Failnaught with but a finger...

Tristan
...Well. Somehow I managed to... separate myself from the Old Man of the Mountain...

Tristan
...However, it seems I was too late. Shaytan has already devoured half of me...

Tristan
...Still. A frightening level of tenacity... No, I suppose I should say “faith”...

Tristan
The heathens... By rights, I shouldn't care, but...

Tristan
What was he saying, about skills being alive and such...? ...Haha. That kind of dedication... That's not fair...

H:?????
...Is that me reflected in the window...?

H:?????
Thus, even viewing the villainous knight was horrifying. He was reduced to a monster...

H:?????
...Heh. Since coming to this land, there has been nothing but misery. And yet, in the end, it seems I saw something amusing...

--ARROW--

Bedivere
The seventh corridor and the second spiral staircase. This is the fastest route to the throne.

Da Vinci
They don't have many people on hand in here, surprisingly. Maybe we can get to the Lion King without anyone getting in our way.

  1. Bedivere, is your arm fine?  2. We've fought our way here, but...
  Select: Bedivere, is your arm fine?

  Select: We've fought our way here, but...

Mash
Yes. Sir Bedivere, how are you feeling?

Bedivere
You don't have to worry about me, Player's Name, Lady Mash.

Bedivere
My arm has been feeling better for a while now, and I should also be feeling better shortly.

Bedivere
Your words are a comfort to me, and I am afraid no longer.

  1. Afraid?
  Select: Afraid?

Mash
Um? Well, I can't exactly explain what that entails very easily...

Dr. Roman
That's enough talking! I'm detecting a strong Spirit Origin from down the rear stairs!

Dr. Roman
It's... a Knight of the Round Table! Sir Gawain is coming up!

Bedivere
...So he came. There's no way he wouldn't make it in time.

Bedivere
Let us consider ourselves fortunate that the goddess of victory is on our side.

Bedivere
If he decided to interfere while we were fighting the Lion King we would have no chance of winning.

  1. ...You've gotten stronger.  2. That's exactly right!
  Select: ...You've gotten stronger.

  Select: That's exactly right!

Bedivere
Yes, we've made it this far so maybe you can say I've had a change of heart.

Gawain
Well said. I will not have to hold back against a knight with a smile like that, Sir Bedivere.

Mash
Sir Gawain! You're here alone!?

Gawain
Yes, I gave each knight their choice. I no longer have anything to do with their fate.

Gawain
Whether I strike you down here, or I am the one to fall, the fate of the Holy City will not change.

Gawain
When the Tower appeared, our job here was done. The only thing left for us in the Round Table is for each of us to figure out how to serve the king.

Bedivere
...It does seem so. Your resolve has not changed. In the end, you remain the sword of the king.

Bedivere
You would not stop me from revealing the king's mistakes and denouncing the Holy City.

Gawain
Of course. The king said this to me when I was summoned here.

Gawain
“Knight of the Sun, the other bearer of the sacred sword. You should take this chance to grant your desire.”

Gawain
The king told me I could do anything. I could leave the Holy City, or even strike him down.

Gawain
...You couldn't understand just how happy I was in that moment.

Gawain
You just happened to be there for the king and take care of him in his final moments.

Gawain
I was once called the right-hand man of the king, but unable to cast away my own personal grudges, I caused his death.

Gawain
...I cannot repeat that foolishness again.

Gawain
King Arthur is not the same king he once was.
The king understands that more than anyone.

Gawain
He wouldn't call himself the Lion King if that wasn't the case. He gave us all a choice from the beginning.

Gawain
Britain's Round Table has fallen to ruin. Our world has fallen to ruin.

Gawain
The Lion King declared he will protect the world. No matter how self-righteous that might be.

Gawain
Why do you think we alone are left of the Round Table in the Holy City? It should not need to be said.

Gawain
The second chair, Percival. The third chair, Kay. The sixth, Gaheris. The ninth, Palamedes.

Gawain
The advisor, King Pellinore. The next 11th chair, Bors.

Gawain
After they were summoned by the king, they showed their loyalty by revolting against the Lion King.

Gawain
They were all wonderful knights. They challenged the king in battle to protect the king's honor.

Gawain
...And we disposed of them all.

Bedivere
...It can't be... Weren't they killed by the Crusaders?

Gawain
Hold your tongue! Do you think us knights with superhuman strength would lose to some grave robbers?

Mash
So that means you... completed your oaths together in your own ways?

Gawain
That's right. Sir Bedivere, you were not the only one granted the right to slay your own brethren.

Gawain
The moment we pledged our loyalty to the Lion King we were already branded sinners. No matter what happens, I will not betray the Lion King.

Gawain
At the same time, I am grateful. I do not know the reasons the King of Knights became the Lion King...

Gawain
However, my wish will stay with the Lion King.

Gawain
Because King Arthur has the sacred lance, and he needed us, the Knights of the Round Table, to be the means to destroy this world...

Gawain
I am no longer a knight serving the King of Knights. I am Gawain, a knight serving the Lion King.

Gawain
...That's all I have to say to you. Draw your sword, Sir Bedivere.

Gawain
What you want to protect and what I must protect are like oil and water. Allow me to ask once more, what is your sword for!?

Bedivere
...Then I shall answer. My right arm is the end of my loyalty, my proof of a sin that I could not erase.

Bedivere
What it dreamed of was the king. For the sake of truly saving the one who walked alone...

Bedivere
...I will cut down anyone who stands in my way! With my arm, now the silver arm of Nuadha, Airgetlám!

Gawain
Then I shall crush you along with that arm.

Gawain
Last remnant of the old Round Table! Last remnant of chivalry! Your life will end here!

--ARROW--

Gawain
So this is the end... I guess this is divine intervention...

Gawain
In the end I won't make it to the king's fight... I guess that is my fate for being an unfaithful knight...

Bedivere
...What are you saying? There is no knight more loyal than you, Sir Gawain.

Bedivere
You're the same as me. You admire what it means to be a king rather than the concept of honor.

Bedivere
You cannot call yourself unfaithful...

Gawain
...

Gawain
...Bedivere. Why did you have to appear now?

Gawain
...Not when the Holy City was prosperous... but when everything is about to end...

Gawain
...The King may have regained his heart... if you were the one...

Gawain
I...resent you from the bottom of my heart.

Bedivere
...That's right. Sir Gawain. I am also an unfaithful knight which you should detest...

Bedivere
A sinful and foolish knight...

Agravain
Ugh...

Lancelot
This is the end. Your plot ends here, Agravain.

Lancelot
...I will not kill you. We both became traitors... the moment we cut down our Round Table brethren.

Lancelot
However, I cannot ignore your evil plans. You will pay for the numerous atrocities you've caused in the name of the king.

Agravain
...Traitor? Me? The same as you?

Agravain
Haha, hahahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Lancelot
...Agravain?

Agravain
I can't stop laughing!

Lancelot
Th-This power... Did you use the Madness Enhancement you placed on the Enforcement Knights on yourself!?

Lancelot
Agravain, you...

Agravain
...My mother was mad.

Agravain
“One day, you will rule over Britain.” That was the grudge I had to hear when I was growing up.

Agravain
Through the plan of my mother, Morgan, I got to sit among you all. I did not want to be a Knight of the Round Table, but I suppose that was the fastest way.

Agravain
I was but a tool to steal the throne away from King Arthur and give it to my mother.

Agravain
I agreed to it. I understood that Britain needed a strong king.

Agravain
I just wanted Britain to continue on. I used King Arthur to that end.

Agravain
...I used our king.

Lancelot
You...!

Agravain
I wanted a king that would labor. A king that would, even for a little bit, extend Britain's life.

Agravain
I just needed someone for my plan. I did not really care who became king.

Agravain
King Arthur was the best. That is all. King Arthur was easier to use than Morgan.

Agravain
I hate women.

Agravain
Morgan was a vixen, ugly to her core. And Guinevere, who extolled virtue, fell in love with you.

Agravain
I have and will continue to hate women.

Agravain
I will continue to despise humans.

Agravain
And I will continue to resent the emotion of love.

Agravain
That is me...

Agravain
Do you understand the relief I felt when I found out the first person that made me fear being resented...was a man?

Agravain
...That's what you and Guinevere have done. You cannot even fathom the emptiness I felt in my heart when I found out of my king's pain.

Lancelot
Lord... Agravain...

Agravain
I still have something left to do.

Agravain
...This is what you deserve. You have once again betrayed my king.

--ARROW--

Dr. Roman
...It's time. I've detected a powerful magical response up ahead.

Dr. Roman
This is the highest point in the Holy City. It must be the location of the throne.

Dr. Roman
...Just who and what is the Lion King? Why did the Sixth Singularity end up like this?

Dr. Roman
The answer to all of that lies beyond these doors. ...Are you ready, Player's Name?

  1. ...Let's go to the throne of the Lion King!
  Select: ...Let's go to the throne of the Lion King!

Mash
...Yes! The final stage of the Sixth Grand Order... Let's go!

Da Vinci
...This is the highest level of the castle. The place of the oath for the Knights of the Round Table.

Da Vinci
And the person sitting on the throne is the Lion King... Altria Pendragon!

Lion King
...Answer me.

Lion King
...Answer me. Who are you?

Lion King
Why did you come to my castle? Why do you show yourselves before me?

Lion King
I am the Lion King. The King of the Storm and the Lord residing over the Ends of the World. The remnant of the hero who wields the sacred lance Rhongomyniad.

Mash
...That voice just gives me the shivers... This is just like a geas...

Bedivere
(That is the Lion King... King Arthur who held on to the sacred lance...)

Bedivere
(I've already made up my mind, but to think I would be afraid this much... However...)

Bedivere
(I must look upon the Lion King directly in the eyes!)

Lion King
...Answer me.

Lion King
Do you seek me? Or are you here to reject me?

Lion King
Player's Name, the last Master of the distant Chaldea.

Lion King
Why have you come to see me?

  1. I'm here to correct the course of humanity!  2. I'm here to defeat you!
  Select: I'm here to correct the course of humanity!

  Select: I'm here to defeat you!

Lion King
Makes no difference. To correct the course of humanity is the same as taking my life.

Lion King
You are here to kill me. Unfortunately, you are not chosen by the sacred lance.

Lion King
Your soul knows good but commits evil. While it is good, it allows evil.

Lion King
That is the same as evil. I had some expectations for the latest human who could reach my feet, however...

Lion King
You shall die here. Your soul is not needed in my utopia.

Lion King
...I will unleash the Round Table.

Lion King
Behold, the wave of the Ends of the World. When the outer layer is removed, the true face of the planet is revealed.

Da Vinci
The storm that's beyond the throne... So the Lion King was waiting at the Ends of the World from the very beginning!

Mash
The Lion King has stood up from the throne... She's assumed a combat stance!

Mash
Master... What should we do!?

  1. I don't understand. Why abandon the world!?  2. Shut up! Screw your utopia!
  Select: I don't understand. Why abandon the world!?

  Select: Shut up! Screw your utopia!

Mash
Senpai!?

Da Vinci
That's some courage right there! A Servant would cower before that level of divinity!

Da Vinci
But that's the spirit! Tell her! That's only something you, a human, can do!

Lion King
...A reason, huh? Humans always want to ask that, no matter the era.

Lion King
I am abandoning the world, in order to help you, humans, to survive.

Lion King
The history of this planet will come to an end due to the work of one man.

Lion King
Humanity will be incinerated and history will become nothingness. But that goes against my purpose.

Lion King
We were born thanks to you humans. A god cannot exist without humans.

Lion King
Which is why you humans must remain. I will protect you no matter the cost.

Lion King
...This is my own free will. If the King of Mages is allowed this much freedom, I am also going to do as I see fit.

Lion King
Yes, I shall confess. I have always wished for this.

Lion King
I love all of you. You are important to me.

Lion King
That is why I cannot bear to lose you.

Lion King
I've decided to grant humans eternity. To souls worthy of remaining in the next world...

Lion King
Those who do no evil nor will they know evil even when affected by it. Those who know no end to goodness and yet are not aware of their goodness.

Lion King
I shall gather those purest souls, freeze them, and archive them.

Lion King
No matter how much time passes, I will store them in my lance as something whose value will never change.

Lion King
What is wrong with that? My work is all for you, humans.

  1. WE ARE NOT SOME BUTTERFLIES ON A BOARD!
  Select: WE ARE NOT SOME BUTTERFLIES ON A BOARD!

Lion King
...Is that what you think?

Lion King
...Is that also what you think? O Knight of the Shield?

Lion King
Human lives are finite. Amongst them, there are few whose lives are even more limited.

Lion King
Mash Kyrielight, you understand my ideal, don't you?

Dr. Roman
...!

Mash
I...

Mash
I...

  1. Mash?  2. Do you... understand?
  Select: Mash?

  Select: Do you... understand?

Dr. Roman
Player's Name, that's enough talking! The Lion King's mental structure is now completely that of a deity.

Dr. Roman
She's lost her values as a human! This won't end with just talk!

Dr. Roman
Fight, and destroy that lance! Time will return to normal if you do that!

Lion King
...Imprudent, Romani Archaman. That is much like you. However, I have come to the same conclusion.

Lion King
You've answered the question. If you are to deny me, I will deny you, as well.

Lion King
Your death is inevitable, and now it draws near. Lament the limits on your life.

Lion King
Know those limits, and accept my divine grace.

Lion King
Knight of the Shield, if you want to protect human lives... you will not fight me.

Da Vinci
Here she comes...! Master, prepare for combat!

Da Vinci
The enemy is Altria, the Lion King... No, she's not a Heroic Spirit anymore!

Da Vinci
If I were to give her a name... She is the Goddess Rhongomyniad, an avatar of the sacred lance!

--BATTLE--

Dr. Roman
She blew away pieces of Sheba!? Her magical energy can even reach Chaldea!?

Dr. Roman
Damn it! I can't get a visual!

Dr. Roman
Is everyone okay?! Did you defeat Rhongomyniad!?

Da Vinci
Ah... This is bad... There's just too much difference between us... The power of divinity that surpasses that of a genius...

Da Vinci
That is truly the power of an Authority... A normal Servant couldn't stand up against that.

Bedivere
Ugh! I can't...move my...legs!

Bedivere
The king is mistaken! We must fight for the king's sake as well but...

Bedivere
My body...won't...listen to me!

  1. ...This is hopeless...  2. This is so frustrating...
  Select: ...This is hopeless...

  Select: This is so frustrating...

Lion King
This is the end. As your lives wither away, the Ends of the World shall be unleashed.

Lion King
I am the King of the Storm, the wave that will swallow this earth. I am the one who shall bring an end to this world!

Lion King
...But feel no sadness. Happiness shall be granted to you humans.

Lion King
Your limited lives will receive eternity.

Lion King
I will freeze the lives of yours that will burn up and store them. I will stop them from losing any value.

Lion King
That is the meaning behind “protecting” lives. The ultimate conclusion of what it means to protect humans.

  1. That's...
  Select: That's...

A:???
That's not right! It isn't right!

Bedivere
Milady!?

  1. Mash!
  Select: Mash!

Mash
You're wrong. I don't agree with your concept of happiness.

Mash
I've seen a lot of different lives in this era!

Mash
Someone died to protect a child! And there was someone who grieved about it!

Mash
And... they continued to live on in spite of all of it.

Mash
There was someone who thought that their mom would continue living on as long as they were alive!

Mash
Having an end isn't meaningless! Life continues on. It doesn't just exist for only a single moment!

Mash
Even if these losses continue to mount forever, life will continue to spread out, connecting us all!

Bedivere
...

Da Vinci
...

Mash
Rhongomyniad! If you call yourself the Storm... If you're the ends of the world...!

Mash
I will fight you with everything I have!

Lion King
Very well. Show me.

Lion King
My sacred lance calls forth the storm. It shows the truth lying underneath the peeled skin of the world!

Lion King
Sacred lance, anchor unleashed. For thou art the Anchor of Storms which splits the sky and connects the earth...

Lion King
Unleash your light from the Ends of the World! Rhongomyniad!

Mash
Here I go! Master Player's Name, please give me strength!

Mash
Watch me, Director... At this very moment, I will prove the foundation of our humanity!

Merlin
...So that's what's going on. The Altria in that Singularity is turning into something quite concerning...

Merlin
The Wild Hunt, one from local folklores. The King of the Storm and the King of the Dead leading them to manifest in this world.

Merlin
Of course, that's merely one of the stories attributed to her later on. There are other people fit to be the Wild Hunt.

Merlin
However, that Altria is different. She really became the Wild Hunt.

Merlin
To be precise, that's not the real King Arthur.

Merlin
She's the King Arthur that mutated due to a certain discrepancy.

Merlin
In other words, she's a fake King Arthur who should've never appeared. However, she manifested due to the influence of this Singularity.

Merlin
...Or perhaps, that is the real King Arthur, and the one from our memories is the fake one.

Merlin
The king who stayed behind on this earth to lead the dead. Or the once and future king who was transported to Avalon.

Merlin
Of course I know the one who went to Avalon. But the King Arthur you know is...

Lucius
...the one who stayed behind on this earth. However, I couldn't find what I was looking for.

Lucius
I never found what I was looking for. In the end, I ended up a living corpse washed up to this place.

Merlin
Precisely. You are truly fortunate. No, perhaps unfortunate.

Merlin
There was a rumor among the fairies of a human-shaped rock at the edge of Avalon.

Merlin
It appeared out of nowhere, and no one knows where it came from. It seemed to be a human, and scarily enough, it was still alive.

Merlin
It was alive yet it couldn't move. The body was beat-up and its soul exhausted. Truly, a living corpse.

Merlin
But surprisingly its mind was still intact.

Merlin
That rock had tremendous tenacity. It wouldn't allow itself to die.

Merlin
...I am sure you understand by now. That rock was you, Lucius.

Merlin
You showed up here due to the effects of the Singularity. A possibility that came from another terminal world.

Merlin
Lucius... No, my dear friend Sir Bedivere. Good morning, and good day.

Merlin
I'm sorry to do this to you right after you woke up, but there's no time to spare. I'm going to request something cruel from you, as always.

Merlin
Can you still fight? Can you still complete your mission?

Lucius
...Of course. I've done everything I have up until now for that purpose.

Merlin
I see. ...I see. Then I shall give you this parting gift.

Merlin
First, I shall cast a spell upon you to deceive others into not knowing your true identity.

Merlin
Even a Heroic Spirit won't be able to discover your true self.

Merlin
Why? Because if they knew who you were, they would try their hardest to stop you.

Merlin
They're not stupid. Well, I suppose Mordred is. If they know the truth about you, they'll awake to the truth about the Lion King too.

Merlin
They will definitely not let you get close to the Lion King, and the Lion King doesn't remember you any longer, I imagine.

Merlin
You must get an audience with the Lion King and complete your task before you are denied.

Merlin
It's a very, very lonely journey. But you're used to that, right?

Merlin
You've continued your journey long enough to make one lose their sanity.

Merlin
But let's be perfectly clear, okay? Regardless of the result of this upcoming battle, you will die.

Merlin
Your soul exhausted, ousted from the cycle of reincarnation, your existence will fall into the void.

Merlin
Even then— do you still strive for the end of your journey?

Lucius
...Yes. My mind... My will... They remain loyal to my king and his glory.

Merlin
...I see. Then this is an additional parting gift for you. I've made it so that you can fight.

Merlin
I've changed its name to Airgetlám. You will exhaust your soul as its fuel each time you use it, but try to endure it.

Merlin
The place you will travel to is a hypothetical. A place standing at the edge of the world where chivalry is striving to be perfected.

Merlin
You shall fight your former allies. You shall face the sin you've committed.

Merlin
Even so, the light in that hand shall never dwindle.

Merlin
Why, you ask? Because it itself... is the greatest sin you have committed.

Mash
That which heals all wounds and grudges, our glorious homeland...

Mash
Manifest yourself, Lord Camelot!

Bedivere
...

Lion King
Interesting... Let's see how long those slender arms of yours can support the white walls of Camelot!

Mash
Ugh... Uhhh... Aaaarghhh!

  1. You can do it, Mash!  2. I'll help you!
  Select: You can do it, Mash!

  Select: I'll help you!

Bedivere
You shouldn't, Player's Name.

Bedivere
A normal person couldn't take it. I understand how you feel, but please wait here.

Da Vinci
Sir Bedivere...? Why are you calmly walking towards Mash...

Da Vinci
...Wait. Hold on. Hold up. That body of yours...

Bedivere
Relax yourself, Sir Kyrielight. As long as the resolve in your heart is true, that shield shall never falter.

Mash
Bedivere...? Oh... right. Like this?

Bedivere
That's right. You are a quick learner. Listen, and listen well.

Bedivere
The white walls of Camelot answer to their wielder's heart. Doubts and impurities will cause cracks, and the walls will be crushed by the wave.

Bedivere
However, if you do not have a shred of hesitation in your heart, the main gate shall never fall.

Bedivere
You are not a knight that defeats the enemy. You were chosen by the Round Table to show that good heart of yours.

Lion King
...Who are you? You seem like you're a knight too...

Mash
Y-You have to know him! He's Sir Bedivere, one of the Knights of the Round Table!

Lion King
Wh-What are you saying...? I don't know any knight by that name...

Bedivere
...Of course. But you should remember as soon as you see this.

Bedivere
Switch on, Airgetlám. It is time for you to tear the Light of Judgment to pieces...!

Lion King
...I know...that light. I... know that light!

Lion King
Just who are you? Why do I...!

Bedivere
...Player's Name. I was able to come this far thanks to you.

Bedivere
I thank you for all of your kindness. ...And I would like to offer an apology.

Bedivere
I have been hiding something from you. I know why the Lion King has changed.

Bedivere
I have known and have not said anything. Please forgive me for that.

  1. Bedivere...?  2. ...Wait... your body is... breaking down?
  Select: Bedivere...?

  Select: ...Wait... your body is... breaking down?

Dr. Roman
...It can't be. What's going on? Why has this been malfunctioning this whole time!?

Dr. Roman
Player's Name, is the Sir Bedivere there real!?

Dr. Roman
The observation results are off! There's no Spirit Origin signature at all! The Magical Circuits are on the level of a human's...

Dr. Roman
He's just... a regular human!

Dr. Roman
He's not a Servant at all!
He's human like you!

Mash
...

Da Vinci
...

  1. No way...  2. But why...?
  Select: No way...

  Select: But why...?

Bedivere
No, Doctor, your analysis is correct. I am not a Servant.

Bedivere
I have fooled everyone with Magecraft. Airgetlám here is the same. This is...

Da Vinci
...Excalibur. That arm is the sacred sword, Excalibur.

Lion King
...Excalibur...

Lion King
...Bedivere... I remember that name...

Lion King
It cannot be... You...

Bedivere
...Yes. I have committed a sin. A completely foolish sin born because I didn't want to lose the king.

Bedivere
I hesitated to carry out your order in the forest. You would have truly died if the sacred sword was returned to the lake.

Bedivere
I was afraid of that...and could not return the sword even after the third try.

Bedivere
When I returned to the forest, the King was gone.
...I realized after that.

Bedivere
By not returning the sword, the king was unable to die.

Bedivere
The king kept the sacred lance, and became the King of the Dead that wanders this earth.

Bedivere
...In order to make up for that sin, I looked for you... this whole time, trying to find an invisible shadow.

Dr. Roman
Impossible! That's like 1,500 years! Are you saying you've been looking for King Arthur for 1,500 years!?

Dr. Roman
A human can't live that long! Sure, Excalibur stops its owner from aging!

Dr. Roman
But that's just the body! The mind can't last forever!

Dr. Roman
You were alone all this time? Continuing your journey of atonement!?

Dr. Roman
Nothing that tragic could actually happen! That's just way too cruel!

Bedivere
Thank you, Doctor Roman. However, it was not that tough.

Bedivere
Plus, I was given this last chance, thanks to Player's Name.

Bedivere
The night of that Holy Selection, if you weren't there I wouldn't have been able to make it this far.

Lion King
...I can't remember. I know the name Bedivere.

Lion King
But I have no memories of you. Are you really Sir Bedivere?

Lion King
...Very well. In that case, return to me. Throw away that sword. I do not require it.

Lion King
If you really are my knight, obey my words! Return to my Round Table, Bedivere!

Bedivere
No, I cannot do that, Lion King, avatar of the sacred lance.

Bedivere
I am an enemy you must strike down. You must take your revenge against me.

Bedivere
And...

Bedivere
And I have the duty to stop you! I tell you this as one of the Knights of the Round Table serving under the King of Knights!

Bedivere
I am Bedivere, a Knight of the Round Table! As someone that is righteous, I must strike you down, as you are evil!

Lion King
...No. What are you saying, Bedivere?

Lion King
You are mine... You were mine...

Bedivere
Now, Player's Name, give me your final orders. Please give me a fourth chance.

Bedivere
The sacred sword is to be given to the right person by someone whose heart is good.

Bedivere
...I no longer have that right.

  1. ...Bedivere, let's do this!  2. ...If that is what you wish.
  Select: ...Bedivere, let's do this!

  Select: ...If that is what you wish.

Bedivere
I'm glad. Mash, please accompany me.

Bedivere
Please help my weak self.

Mash
...Yes! I will do anything to help you, Sir Bedivere!

Mash
Our enemy is the Lion King, Goddess Rhongomyniad! Let's start the final battle of this Holy City, Master!

--BATTLE--

Merlin
The king wandered without ever recovering her sword, and became a Heroic Spirit of heaven.

Merlin
Thus, “The Altria who kept using the sacred lance” will never come here to Avalon.

Merlin
Unlike you, who came here to return the sacred sword.

Merlin
There's just one way to release her. This time, give her back the sacred sword.

Merlin
But...you understand, right?

Merlin
The reason you've been able to continue your journey this far is because of that sword.

Merlin
Giving it back means that everything will end.

Merlin
Your long journey, all that you've suffered, will end without ever being repaid.

Merlin
For a human who depends on their physical body, the longer they live, the greater the fear of death.

Merlin
It's been 1,500 years. The weight of the fear you feel towards death is unimaginable even for me.

Merlin
The pain of eternal life is tough, but that's all it is. Anyone can endure it if they try.

Merlin
But the weight of what you're about to do is a fear that none can bear to look upon.

Merlin
Even so... Will you go?

Merlin
Will you right that mistake from days gone by? All you wanted was for the king to live...

Merlin
Sir Bedivere. Will you do this when you yourself have done nothing wrong?

Bedivere
...Yes. That is the one way I can serve my king.

Lion King
I...I'm being pushed back by a mere Heroic Spirit...
No, you're not even a Heroic Spirit.

Lion King
You are a mere human... and you are a match for me? Even as your limbs turn to dust and crumble away?

Lion King
...Who are you...? Why are you...so...?

Bedivere
It's because I still remember your smile on that day, King Arthur.

Lion King
...Wait. Don't use that. If you do, you'll...

Bedivere
...On behalf of the Knights of the Round Table, thank you.

Bedivere
We made you carry the burden of that dark era all by yourself. You alone weren't part of the Round Table's joy.

Bedivere
...Brave King of Knights, you are the one who saved Britain. You are my shining star.

Bedivere
My King, my Liege, now... No, this time, I will return this sword to you.

Lion King
...I see. I finally remember.

Lion King
...That forest. That hill. The face of the crying knight who watched over me to the end.

Lion King
Did you wander all these years out of regret for what happened?

Lion King
...Well done. You are my last, and most loyal knight.

Lion King
The sacred sword has been returned. Be proud, Bedivere.

Lion King
You have truly...fulfilled the order of your king.

Mash
...Sir Bedivere has vanished. The sacred sword has been returned.

Dr. Roman
...I can see the Singularity collapsing from here. The gravity fluctuations trying to swallow the era are gone.

Dr. Roman
The loss of the sacred lance is causing the Holy City to disappear as well. ...The disturbance in that era is completely gone.

Lion King
...

Da Vinci
Oh, you want to fight more? You've got the sword back, so that sacred lance binds you no longer.

Da Vinci
Even if you still have the strength, you have no reason to fight us, do you?

Lion King
I have no reason to let those who opposed the king return alive. And I have the sacred sword.

Lion King
I will not let you go to say you have defeated me when I have yet to use it.

  1. You're still going to fight, Lion King?  2. Talk about someone who hates to lose...!
  Select: You're still going to fight, Lion King?

  Select: Talk about someone who hates to lose...!

Lion King
That's right. If you challenge me, I must give you my all...even if you are the restorers of humanity.

Lion King
My pride as a king insists...but it seems I won't get the chance.

Da Vinci
Hey, Romani! I'm disappearing! What's going on here?

Mash
Me too...! And Senpai...!

Dr. Roman
That's right! The Grail... Player's Name already recovered the Holy Grail!

Dr. Roman
The sacred lance that disturbed the Foundation of Humanity is gone, so the restoration is speeding up!

Dr. Roman
Since the Holy City itself is impossible in that era, the restorative power is many times faster than usual!

Dr. Roman
Anything that wasn't originally part of this era is being forced back to where it belongs!

Dr. Roman
But that doesn't mean you'll disappear.

Dr. Roman
Da Vinci, Mash, Player's Name, you'll all just be sent back to Chaldea, so don't worry.

Lion King
...There goes our chance for a third battle. A shame.
I feel like you're running away with your victory.

Mash
The Lion King... No, King Arthur is going back to her throne... Isn't she going to leave!?

Da Vinci
...She's not a Heroic Spirit. She wasn't summoned into this era.

Da Vinci
She's a divinity that made it here on her own power. When the sacred lance vanished, that was the end.

Da Vinci
The Lion King ends “here.”

Da Vinci
Even if you meet another King Arthur who's wielding the sacred lance, it will not be the same person.

Da Vinci
The Lion King and her sacred lance will end along with this Holy City.

Mash
...No... But then what Bedivere did was...

Lion King
It didn't go to waste. Just as he hoped, I was released.

Lion King
And the mistake that was my existence had a purpose as well.

Lion King
There was a truth that I could only learn after I became the King of the Storm.

Mash
A truth that only the Lion King could know...?

Lion King
...Yes. I acquired the same perspective as the King of Mages. I understood his ideal and his purpose.

Lion King
The King of Mages, Solomon. The temple where he resides in is outside the proper flow of time.

Lion King
Only the seventh Grail can show you his location. It is the only one he sent into the past himself.

Dr. Roman
In other words, the Seventh Singularity lies further in the past than King Solomon?

Dr. Roman
I had thought that before his death, Solomon was able to tell which eras would be important to the Foundations of Humanity.

Dr. Roman
And so he left the Grails behind so eventually they would manifest in those eras...

Lion King
...Your speculation is accurate. Six Grails, six messengers speaking the names of the Demon Gods.

Lion King
Perhaps they were mages, let loose upon the world as the King of Mages' descendants until the hour of their awakening.

Lion King
They lived on from the era of the King of Mages, and stayed a part of human history until the year 2018.

Lion King
But the seventh Grail alone was sent to the past by the King of Mages himself.

Lion King
And that... was the first step towards the Incineration of Humanity. A move that shatters the very foundation of human history.

Lion King
Remember what he said? If you reach the seventh Grail, he might consider you a threat.

Lion King
He wasn't talking about simply acquiring the Grail.

Lion King
The seventh Grail is what makes the King of Mages absolutely confident. As long as it's not restored, human history will be incinerated.

Dr. Roman
...I can go over everything again. If I know that much, I can observe the Seventh Singularity!

Dr. Roman
Thank you, Lion King! Next time we meet, let me give you a thank you kiss!

Lion King
Heh. If we ever do meet again, yeah.

  1. Oh...  2. ...She laughed?
  Select: Oh...

  Select: ...She laughed?

Lion King
Even I laugh when I find something amusing. Perhaps not in the past, but as you can see, I have grown now.

Lion King
...Master of Chaldea, I will not apologize for this battle.

Lion King
I still think what I did was right. What it takes to protect humanity is different than what an individual requires.

Lion King
That's why... You must follow the path you feel is the best.

Lion King
You have reached the point where you can see the King of Mages' temple.

Lion King
...At the last Grail, and the last Singularity, lies an “evil” you can't even imagine.

Lion King
A great demon who perhaps surpasses the King of Mages himself. The original sin of humankind.

Lion King
...Gather the stars. The stars which would not dwindle in the face of darkness, the Evils of Humanity.

Lion King
Heroic Spirits you deem worthy of your trust. Comrades with whom you have fully bonded.

Dr. Roman
The forced return is beginning! Everyone, concentrate on your own form!

Dr. Roman
Focus on getting back to Chaldea more than anything!

Lion King
...Farewell. I will vanish along with my ideals.

Lion King
But... there was something that was saved. Sir Bedivere... there was meaning in your mistake.

Lion King
There was meaning in the Lion King. For me... That's...

Alliance Soldier
The Enforcement Knights are disappearing... What's going on...

Saruhan
All the Holy City soldiers have stopped fighting.

Saruhan
A moment ago, everybody was being drawn towards the castle, and it was scaring me bad, but that's gone!

Saruhan
This is... I don't want to get too optimistic, but did they beat the Lion King?

Tawara Touta
Yes, it seems so. We can assume they've fixed the distortion in this land.

Saruhan
Tawara!? Wait, you ain't lookin' so good!

Saruhan
I can see through your legs!

Tawara Touta
Indeed you can. It can't be helped. I'm a stray Heroic Spirit with no Master.

Tawara Touta
Without the Grail, and with humanity restored, I can't stay here in this era.

Tawara Touta
If I'd met a proper Master on this journey, I probably would have vanished with them, but...

Tawara Touta
What a shame. This time, I had my mentor with me! I must wait for another miracle to bring me to a Master!

Tawara Touta
Farewell, Holy Land! Farewell, Sanzang, Player's Name! The battle is yours!

Saruhan
Oh, wait! Wait! Wait! Leave it! At least leave the rice!

Tawara Touta
Hahaha! Sorry, I can't do that!

Tawara Touta
If you take the Tawara, my rice barrel, what do I have left? Just my first name!

Saruhan
Oh yeah? Get lost then, ya stingy jerk!

Saruhan
You helped us with a lot... but it was the rice you gave us that made me happiest!

???

Cursed Arm
...Am I...alive?

???

Cursed Arm
Haha... But not for long. I can't move my arms... or legs...

Cursed Arm
That must be... Shaytan incarnated. It seems like a useless beast, that simply eats...

Cursed Arm
But in this state... I can't do anything... I'm sorry, Salia... I'm leaving Rushd behind, and I'm...

First Hassan
...

Cursed Arm
Oh... Great founder...

Cursed Arm
...That's right. I promised you my head... after this was done...

Cursed Arm
Gahnnhh! Haha! I'm so embarrassed. It takes all my strength just to kneel.

First Hassan
...

Cursed Arm
...But forgive me. Please, take my head.

First Hassan
...

Cursed Arm
!?

Cursed Arm
W-Wait...! Why... Why did you spare my life!?

First Hassan
Thou must be jesting. Hassan of the Cursed Arm's head hath fallen.

First Hassan
The arm of this corpse is the Cursed Arm. And thus, it is the Old Man of the Cursed Arm.

Cursed Arm
Wha...

First Hassan
Thou art no longer the Old Man of the Cursed Arm. Thus, there is no reason for thou to die by my blade.

First Hassan
...In our world, one is only discharged by death. And now...

First Hassan
And now I am surprised to see one who has ended his mission and survived.

First Hassan
Be proud. Thou mayest be a failed assassin, but of all 19 of us, thou art the only one to escape the yolk of the Old Man.

Cursed Arm
What... How could I...

Cursed Arm
Is this what you're telling me to do? To stay in this era and help restore the people of the mountain?

Cursed Arm
Haha... hahahaha! I've done many tasks in my life...

Cursed Arm
But I can imagine no greater job worth doing. I, Hanam, will dedicate my life to it...

Cursed Arm
And when... and when it's done... I must repay my debt.

Cursed Arm
Player's Name of Chaldea... I hope that fate brings us together...

Cursed Arm
But I'm not that experienced, as you can see. I worry I won't be able to help you too much!

Mash
Senpai's awake, too! We all made it back!

  1. I'm outside the Coffin...?  2. We made it back...?
  Select: I'm outside the Coffin...?

  Select: We made it back...?

Mash
Yes. As you can see, we're all fine. We just confirmed that the Foundation of Humanity was restored too.

Mash
The Sixth Grand Order has been completed. Good work, Master.

Da Vinci
Yeah, great job. This time it was especially tough.

Da Vinci
And sorry. We can't give you much to thank you for what you did.

Da Vinci
As always, what happened in the Singularity was undone when we fixed the problem.

Da Vinci
It won't remain in people's memories, or human history.

Da Vinci
You won't even get the glory after all you did. It's tough. I realized now by going myself.

  1. It doesn't bother me.  2. Sorry, Da Vinci.
  Select: It doesn't bother me.

  Select: Sorry, Da Vinci.

Da Vinci
...Humph. I didn't think you'd try and make me feel better. I guess you've one-upped me there.

Mash
Yes, because both Senpai and I know now...

Mash
Even if it was a world that disappeared, a distorted era that no one will remember...

Mash
People cried, and were hurt there... But... even so...

Mash
The laughter, the joy, all the good food we ate...

Mash
To us, it's all real. All the joy they gave us will never disappear.

  1. That's right.  2. Yup yup.
  Select: That's right.

  Select: Yup yup.

Da Vinci
Yes, you're right. When you spend all your time observing, you end up focusing too much on records.

Da Vinci
Even if there's no recording of it, what happened, happened. Even if it was something not tangible...

Da Vinci
It wasn't a waste. I'm sure it wasn't. It's still part of what makes up the universe.

Dr. Roman
Yeah. Creating something that can't be left behind in a record is the greatest and strangest ability of humanity.

Mash
Doctor, is the Grail secured?

Dr. Roman
Yeah. I just locked it away carefully. Now the sixth Singularity is safe.

Dr. Roman
Once again, good work, Player's Name. Now there's only one Grail left.

Dr. Roman
...And with the Lion King's information, I was able to calculate the location of the seventh Grail.

Mash
Where is it, Doctor?

Mash
The Lion King said that it was before the time of King Solomon. In other words, it's located before 1011 BC...

Dr. Roman
...We've observed a Singularity in 2600 BC. In the ancient world of Mesopotamia.

  1. At last, we're visiting ancient Uruk!  2. Then let's go now!
  Select: At last, we're visiting ancient Uruk!

  Select: Then let's go now!

Dr. Roman
Yeah, I'd love to do that. But Rayshifts into the BC era have a very low success rate.

Dr. Roman
Even with the entire control room staff working on it, it's going take a long time to prove we can do a Rayshift that far into the past.

Dr. Roman
Hurry too much, and we'll screw it up. For now, I want you to wait on standby.

Dr. Roman
Just consider it badly needed rest. This time it was particularly tough, after all.

Dr. Roman
Both you, Player's Name, and of course Mash, need a break, right?

  1. That's true...  2. ...(Roman's being insistent...)
  Select: That's true...

  Select: ...(Roman's being insistent...)

Dr. Roman
Yup. Yup. So get back to your room and wash off the dirt from your travels!

Dr. Roman
...But stay sharp.

Dr. Roman
The year 2600 BC is right in the middle of what we call the Age of Gods.

Dr. Roman
Whatever's waiting at the Seventh Singularity will be far worse than what came before.

Dr. Roman
It's a world where gods, devils, and the world of the dead were a part of everyday life.

Dr. Roman
And—there's something there that even King Solomon couldn't see.

Dr. Roman
A terrible monster awaits at the Seventh Singularity. A great power that would deny humanity the right to exist.

Dr. Roman
Defeating it is your job, and ours. It's Chaldea's final mission...

Dr. Roman
Please, get some rest until then.

  1. It's just one thing after another, huh?  2. Do you ever have good news?
  Select: It's just one thing after another, huh?

  Select: Do you ever have good news?

Dr. Roman
Oh, I do have one bit of good news. A new name just showed up on the list of summonable Heroic Spirits.

Dr. Roman
He never had any accomplishments to become a Heroic Spirit, but after what happened, maybe Humanity recognized him.

Dr. Roman
Or maybe it was something set up by the Lion King. Either way, you'll see him soon.

Dr. Roman
Don't get too surprised, okay? His name is—

Mash
Tatta-tatat-tah!♪ Tatta-tatat-tah!!

  1. You sound happy, Mash.  2. You sound excited, Mash.
  Select: You sound happy, Mash.

  Select: You sound excited, Mash.

Mash
Yes! Of course I am! There's another Senpai I can trust now!

Mash
He probably doesn't remember what happened at the Holy City... No, he probably never experienced it.

Mash
But still, I'm happy. I'm happy it's been proven he was right.

Mash
I'm happy it's been proven that his journey wasn't meaningless.

  1. ...Our journey so far, huh?  2. ...Are you going to be okay with this, Mash?
  Select: ...Our journey so far, huh?

  Select: ...Are you going to be okay with this, Mash?

Mash
You mean my journey with you? Are you asking if it's going to hurt if I keep going...?

Mash
...Yes. It's always a cruel journey. I'm always scared when I fight, and there's so much sadness.

Mash
But this is what I want to do. Journeying with you is my greatest pleasure.

Mash
What Drake said before... And what Sanzang said on that night...

Mash
I've had lots of other encounters, and experiences, and became someone who I could be proud of.

Mash
I'm a Demi-Servant, and I'm nowhere near Galahad yet, but...

Mash
Even so, this journey is fun.

Mash
This is what I wanted. This is what I want to do.

  1. What you want to do...?
  Select: What you want to do...?

Mash
Yes. It looks like that hasn't changed since the start.

Mash
I became a Demi-Servant because I wanted to help you, Senpai!

Agravain
Hahh... hahh... hahh...

Agravain
...Lion King, are you... alright? The rebels...will be here soon.

Agravain
I know that you will never lose to them, but please, be very careful.

Agravain
You have... a tendency to respect... the ideals of your opponent...

Lion King
Sir Agravain, should you not be more worried about yourself?

Lion King
Your limbs are broken, your chest torn open, and you've lost an eye. You must have fought quite the foe.

Agravain
Hahah... Indeed. He was a man of incredible power, but...

Agravain
This time, my obsessiveness won the day. Oh, forgive me for not being able to offer you proof.

Agravain
...Even if he is dead, I cannot show you his head.

Lion King
I see. Sir Agravain, come closer. I permit you to approach the throne.

Lion King
With your wounds, it will not save you, but give me your hand. It will help ease the pain a little.

Agravain
...No, I'm not worthy. And I still have five jobs to do.

Agravain
Defeat the rebels. Defeat the intruders. Restore the Holy City. Guide the citizens who underwent the Holy Selections.

Agravain
And... lastly, build for you a splendid palace.

Agravain
There's still... too much to do. There's too much to do, but...

Agravain
...It seems that it all ends here.

Agravain
This time, I truly intended to give you your ideal utopia...

Agravain
I'm so embarrassed... My plan failed once again.

Lion King
...That's right. But I will not blame you for it.

Lion King
Rest, Agravain. Your one flaw is that you work too much.

Agravain

Nonsense... Not when compared to you.