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Prelude

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Dr. Roman
I'm sorry to ask you to come this early in the morning,
Fujimaru.

Dr. Roman
It hasn't been long since what happened to Da Vinci, but we detected another Singularity.

Fou
Foou, fooou!

Mash
I'm sorry for being late, Doctor! I've been having trouble waking up for the past few days—Oh.

Mash
Oh, you're here already, Senpai. As a master of REM sleep, I can see you are ready anytime.

  1. Waking up immediately is a special skill I have.
  2. Actually, I pulled an all-nighter...
  Select: Waking up immediately is a special skill I have.
Mash
I know. I noticed that when I first met you.
Mash
I still remember how cheerful you were when you woke up that day. That memory is one of my best to date.

  Select: Actually, I pulled an all-nighter...
Mash
That is not good. Chaldea time is now the benchmark in this world.
Mash
Senpai, staying past 1 in the morning is bad for your body. Even if you get login bonuses at 4.

Dr. Roman
Mash, I'm glad to see that you're doing great, too.
Well, can I start briefing now?

Mash
Um...s-sure.
Sorry, Doctor.

Mash
You were talking about a new Singularity, right? But Doctor, aren't those coordinates the same as Singularity F?

Dr. Roman
It does appear that way on Chaldeas' map, but the temporal axis is different.

Dr. Roman
This Singularity corresponds to the point 10 years earlier in time than the Singularity F you guys investigated before.

Dr. Roman
I can't conclude that this is a Holy Grail for certain, but an extremely similar response has been observed.

Mash
Earlier, huh? But is it really possible that a Holy Grail would manifest at the same point so frequently?

Dr. Roman
Actually, even I can't explain that. So, I thought I would bring someone who seemed capable of doing it.

El-Melloi
I see. That's why you called me here.

Mash
Zhuge Liang... No,
Lord El-Melloi II!

El-Melloi
Indeed, I am familiar with Fuyuki City in Japan...
Or so I'd like to say.

El-Melloi
But unfortunately, my knowledge is estranged from the history recorded by Laplace here in Chaldea.

Dr. Roman
That's expected. Now that human history has been incinerated,

Dr. Roman
many different possibilities got mixed in with Chaldeas' observation results.

Dr. Roman
Perhaps, Chaldeas didn't exist in the history where Mr. El-Melloi II came from.

Dr. Roman
Your world and our world... I am not sure which one is the proper history, however...

Dr. Roman
It is obvious that both worlds are “centered and extremely close to each other.” Otherwise, you wouldn't have been summoned.

El-Melloi
You're talking about the cluster of parallel worlds in the Primary Branch... In other words, Phenomena Permissible for Revision that share the same future despite minor differences...

El-Melloi
And Phenomena Designated for Removal: the cluster of parallel worlds that would eventually lead to ruin like fallen leaves.

El-Melloi
Unfortunately, that kind of topic is out of my purview.

El-Melloi
It's a part of the World that, unless you're one with a Heroic Spirit like me, is hard to understand.

El-Melloi
Besides, it's not something Fujimaru must hear, either.

El-Melloi
So, I'm going to tell you only what I know. This is all just based on the events that occurred in my world, mind you.

El-Melloi
So. Your records indicate that the first Holy Grail War took place in Fuyuki City of 2004. However...

El-Melloi
As far as I know, the Holy Grail War has occured five times in Fuyuki City.

Mash
Five times! That many!?

Fou
Fooou?

Dr. Roman
Hm, I see. So depending on the situation, the Holy Grail War already happened five times already.

Dr. Roman
—Wait, five times already!?
A ritual of that scale was performed five times!?

Dr. Roman
How did they hide it from everybody!? Don't tell me the Holy Grail War is a competitive sport in your world,

Dr. Roman
and people treat it like the Olympic Games!?

El-Melloi
A rather amusing idea, but that's not it, Doctor.

El-Melloi
In our case, the Mage's Association and the Holy Church colluded to cover everything up.

Dr. Roman
O-Of course they did... Whew, that scared me.
Please continue, Professor.

El-Melloi
The temporal axis observed this time was not the 2004 where Singularity F was located, but 10 years earlier... The Fourth Holy Grail War.

El-Melloi
When it comes to my world, it's not a surprise that you could detect a Holy Grail in the past at those coordinates.

Mash
The possibility that a Holy Grail could exist at that era in the past... Indeed, that would be able to give birth to a new Singularity.

Mash
Could this be a misadjustment on Sheba's part?
I mean, to observe the light of civilization in the past...

El-Melloi
I personally hope that's the case.

El-Melloi
Now that human history has been incinerated, it's impossible to observe light on a normal temporal axis.

El-Melloi
If a light is lit on Chaldeas in its current state, that can only be a Singularity that's removed from the temporal axis.

El-Melloi
Am I right, Doctor?

El-Melloi
This is probably a stain that has already been disconnected from human history and will eventually contaminate it.

Dr. Roman
Exactly, Professor. No matter what this Singularity actually is, we must retrieve the Holy Grail that exists there.

El-Melloi
I suppose so. Retrieving or destroying it is the mission given to Fujimaru.

El-Melloi
...However, there is a problem.

El-Melloi
The main reason why the Holy Grail War was repeated five times in Fuyuki was because the Holy Grail never manifested itself, not even once.

El-Melloi
Also, due to a certain accident, this ritual has been mutated to a state you can barely call it “ritual” anymore.

El-Melloi
In conclusion, you mustn't retrieve this Holy Grail. It is a Holy Grail that must not manifest... It's just a poison.

El-Melloi
While it tempted the participants as a “wish granting device,” in truth, it was merely a device of mass destruction created for the purpose to eliminating the world.

  1. You are really knowledgeable.
 
  Select: You are really knowledgeable.

El-Melloi
Of course, I did my research. Besides, it's my responsibility as a participant... No, I just want to reassure myself.

El-Melloi
I put in a considerate amount of effort to dismantle Fuyuki's Holy Grail.

El-Melloi
When it comes to the circumstances surrounding this land, I've left no stone unturned.

Dr. Roman
How dependable. From the way you sounded, I guess I don't have to ask you to help us, right?

El-Melloi
Doctor, you sure are a bad guy. You called me here because you wanted me to help, no?

El-Melloi
I will join this investigation. I believe I am the best observer, don't you think so?

  1. You'll be a great help.
  2. You say that, but you really want to go, right?
  Select: You'll be a great help.
Mash
Yes! It'll be very assuring to have all the information about our destination.

  Select: You say that, but you really want to go, right?
El-Melloi
I won't deny that. The Fourth Holy Grail War is a fateful event to me in no small way.
El-Melloi
And it's about to begin right now.
I'd be lying if I said that I had no interest.

Dr. Roman
Then it's settled. Get ready for Rayshift now.

Dr. Roman
The target coordinates are Fuyuki City, Japan, 1994.
Looks like it's gonna be different this time around, too. So watch out!

Fou
Fou, fooou!

ACT-1: "The Man Who Knows Fuyuki"

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Mash
So this is...Fuyuki before it was in flames?

Fou
Fou, fou!

  1. Looks peaceful.
  2. Is it rare for you?
  Select: Looks peaceful.
Mash
Yes. Seeing how vibrant this city is...
Somehow I feel very relieved.

  Select: Is it rare for you?
Mash
Oh no. I've seen the scenery of modern Japan during the incident of Ogawa-heim already. There's not much difference.

Mash
But to think in 10 years, catastrophe would visit a quiet town like this...

El-Melloi
You shouldn't be too sentimental. We exist in a world where everything's been incinerated, not just this town.

Mash
Y-You are right... But...

El-Melloi
My apologies, I could've worded it better. Yes, normal life is hard to come by, but don't get obsessed over it.

El-Melloi
Fearing the inevitable tragedy like the catastrophe of war would only slow you down.

El-Melloi
Because we fight as we are confronted with the destruction of mankind's past and future.

El-Melloi
What I meant was, we should keep that in mind, and prepare ourselves for any situation.

El-Melloi
Take this instance for example. You probably think there won't be any threat in a peaceful residential district at a time where everybody is asleep, correct?

Mash
That's right. To be honest, I find it hard to believe this place was the site for a Holy Grail War...

El-Melloi
That perception is too naive. In a fight between mages, first you must question everything you see. For example...

El-Melloi
Qi Men Dun Jia, Eight Gates Golden Locks Formation!

Assassin
Ugh!

Mash
!?

Fou
Bfoooou!?

Dr. Roman
Assassin Servant!? Was that Presence Concealment!? But even so that was way too concealed!

Assassin
D-Damn you! How is that possible!?

El-Melloi
Are you asking how is it possible for me to see through your Presence Concealment? Well, I couldn't.

El-Melloi
However, I do know from my investigation that the Assassin in the Fourth Holy Grail War could split into multiple entities and monitored the entirety of Fuyuki.

El-Melloi
I knew we'd get caught in your surveillance network seeing how flashy Rayshifts can be. Then it's only natural for you to come scouting.

El-Melloi
Now that you're in my Stone Sentinel Maze, there's no point in you using Presence Concealment.

El-Melloi
Now, Fujimaru, it's time to put up a fight. I'll explain everything later.

--BATTLE--

Mash
Enemy Servant eliminated. The battle is over.

  1. That was a pretty easy win.
  2. That was pretty weak for a Servant...
  Select: That was a pretty easy win.

  Select: That was pretty weak for a Servant...

El-Melloi
That was just one of the many Assassins. As you've seen, that Assassin has the ability to split and manifest multiple bodies.

El-Melloi
That's why the fight is not over yet.
We must prepare for the next encounter.

Mash
Do you mean a single Heroic Spirit has the ability to manifest as a group?

El-Melloi
Not only is it a fearsome ability to use in espionage, unless one has an Anti-Army Noble Phantasm, it means that Assassin can overwhelm any opponent with sheer numbers alone.

El-Melloi
Humph, but now that I've mastered Qi Men Dun Jia, they'll just end up as my prey.

El-Melloi
They'd have to keep the entire Fuyuki area under surveillance for the time being. That said, they can't exactly ignore us either.

El-Melloi
Assassin will most likely keep sending people to attack us.

El-Melloi
As a result, they have broken the golden rule of military strategy by continuously investing their combat personnel without reserve. How very sad, indeed.

El-Melloi
We'll have to fight them one after another, but they shouldn't pose too much of a threat.

El-Melloi
Just take them out the minute you lay eyes on them. Now then, there's no time to waste. Onward I say! Onward!

Fou
Fou?

Mash
Huh? But...

  1. Aren't you going to give us an explanation now?
  2. What the heck is even going on right now?
  Select: Aren't you going to give us an explanation now?

  Select: What the heck is even going on right now?

El-Melloi
Apologies, but it will have to wait. I'm not trying to be pompous, it's just we're in a race against time.

El-Melloi
Oh, don't make that face. I'll explain as many things as I can on our way, starting with the most vital matters.

Fou
Fooou...

ACT-2: "Military Intervention"

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El-Melloi
To be honest, the Holy Grail War in Fuyuki is basically a scam.

El-Melloi
The whole “battle royale for the chance to grant your wish” format is just an outright lie to lure in participants.

Mash
A lie? That's terrible... Tricking someone by telling them their wishes will be granted... That's criminal!

El-Melloi
It absolutely is. If these Holy Grail Wars were a widespread thing in a different world, I bet there'd be a lot of lawsuits being filed over them.

El-Melloi
That being said, in this world...

El-Melloi
That is, in my world, that didn't happen.
That's because Holy Grail Wars only took place here.

El-Melloi
It was an insidious trap. One that, with the defeat of each participating Servant, means an unprecedented disaster draws closer.

El-Melloi
When the required number of summoned Servant have been sacrificed, “All the Evils of the World” Aŋra Mainiiu will activate.

  1. All the Evils of the World?
  2. That's a pretty dangerous-sounding name.
  Select: All the Evils of the World?

  Select: That's a pretty dangerous-sounding name.

El-Melloi
You don't need to know everything. Just consider it something like a bomb that could destroy the world.

El-Melloi
It has more than enough power to wipe out the entirety of human history up to that point.

El-Melloi
Singularity F, the first foundation you all have restored...

El-Melloi
I see that as the likely state of Fuyuki after the conclusion of the Fifth Holy Grail War.

El-Melloi
The first point to fall as the world crumbled. All because a ritual that should have never been carried out was indeed completed.

Mash
But why would someone set a trap like that?
Who would do that?

El-Melloi
This ritual started off with a very different purpose, and became what it is through a ridiculous man-made disaster.

El-Melloi
That disaster is a “past event” even in this timeline.

El-Melloi
At any rate, the problem is that the paradox Sheba detected in this era is like a Holy Grail.

Dr. Roman
I see, if the Holy Grail is already here...

El-Melloi
Yes. If the Holy Grail has already manifested, this city should be in flames right now. But at a glance, that's not really the case.

El-Melloi
So the Holy Grail detected by Chaldea is likely something different from Fuyuki's Greater Grail, corrupted by Aŋra Mainiiu.

El-Melloi
If I recall, this Fourth Holy Grail War is still in its early stages now. Tonight is when everything moves into motion. We can use that.

Mash
Ah, I see. So that's why you've been so conscious of the time today.

El-Melloi
That's right. Right now, it's critical that we stay ahead of events. This harbor district will be the key.

  1. What's going to happen here?
 
  Select: What's going to happen here?

El-Melloi
Hmm, it seems we have to end our chitchat before I get to explain that. The events have caught up to us.

E:???
You there. May I ask who you are?

E:???
It seems you are also participants in the Holy Grail War... Seeing how you have Servants with you.

F:Saber
Irisviel, something is strange. I no longer detect the presence of Lancer, who invited us here.

  1. Is that... Saber?
  2. Is this another Heroine X incident?
  Select: Is that... Saber?
Dr. Roman
She appears to be, but that's not her. I mean, she's contracted with another Master already!

  Select: Is this another Heroine X incident?
Mash
Let's not go there for now, Senpai.
This time, we're being serious here...

El-Melloi
That is one of the seven Heroic Spirits summoned into the Fourth Holy Grail War. Class Saber, Altria Pendragon.

El-Melloi
That being the case, sorry, but we will be your opponent now instead of Lancer.

El-Melloi
Irisviel von Einzbern.

Altria
What... You! How do you know my True Name!?

Irisviel
This is no ordinary opponent.
Be careful, Saber!

El-Melloi
Okay, Fujimaru, time for Round 2. But this opponent is quite powerful. She's on an entirely different level from Assassin.

El-Melloi
I realize I'm shoving you into a rather difficult fight, but unfortunately, I need to put one more restriction on you.

El-Melloi
...I'm sorry, but don't defeat Saber here.
Only push far enough to make her retreat.

  1. That's a tall order!
  2. And how do you propose we do that?
  Select: That's a tall order!

  Select: And how do you propose we do that?

El-Melloi
I already told you we're pressed for time. I'll explain everything later. Now, go on and do your best!

Fou
Fou, fooou!?

--BATTLE--

Mash
The enemy Saber has withdrawn from battle!

  1. We don't need to go after her?
 
  Select: We don't need to go after her?

El-Melloi
Leave her be.
The next one is who we should go after.

Mash
The next...one?

El-Melloi
I've been keeping the Servant who was supposed to fight Saber in my Qi Men Dun Jia formation. But it's about time...

Lancer
Who are you? Was that strange stone maze your doing!? What happened to Saber!?

Fou
Fou!?

  1. Something really came out!
 
  Select: Something really came out!

El-Melloi
Calm yourself, First Spear of the Knights of Fianna. We're not Archibald's enemies.

Lancer
What!?
You know my True Name...

F:???
Humph. We seem to be faced with a formidable opponent. How did you know that I was Lancer's Master?

Mash
? Where is that voice coming from?

Dr. Roman
He's shielding himself with magecraft.
This Servant's Master is hiding somewhere close by.

El-Melloi
Lord Kayneth, we have hastened to join your side and stand in support of you.

El-Melloi
For certain reasons, I cannot divulge my name, so let me give the name of Lady Reines as my guarantor for the time being.

F:???
Reines... My niece?
I demand to know what is going on here!

El-Melloi
Though I would not hesitate to provide an explanation at the present time, I would beg your forbearance until tomorrow.

El-Melloi
However, allow me to say just one thing in advance: I can tell you the current location of Caster.

F:???
Caster? How do you know that?

El-Melloi
Tomorrow at noon, I will prove the truth of my words.

El-Melloi
I will show you anew what value lies in listening to our story.

F:???
Humph...

El-Melloi
Then, we will pay a visit to your penthouse suite in Fuyuki New Tower at 10 p.m. tomorrow night. So for tonight, will you allow us to go?

F:???
Ohh? So you even know my address, do you?
...Very well. I don't dislike a smart man like yourself.

F:???
All the more if you're a mage with a sense of gratitude. But that faint trace of a working-class accent in your English... What a shame.

F:???
But, very well. I shall accept your proposal.

F:???
Having observed how you handled Saber earlier, we will depart here in peace.

Kayneth
I will neither flee nor hide myself. I look forward to hearing just what it is you're planning.

Mash
That's... Lancer's Master?

Lancer
Are you certain about this, Master?

Kayneth
Patience, Lancer. Yes, they are clearly a suspicious bunch. But when you know so little about what you face, it's best to wait and observe.

Kayneth
Best to be cautious when starting a fight, got it?

Lancer
...Understood.

El-Melloi
Then we'll be taking our leave.
Come, let's get going, Fujimaru.

El-Melloi
Now then, we can finally take a moment to talk properly. How far did I get in my explanation earlier?

  1. You said that once this war ends, the world will be destroyed...
 
  Select: You said that once this war ends, the world will be destroyed...

El-Melloi
Ah yes, that's right. Defeated Servants are absorbed into the Greater Grail of Fuyuki as sacrifices to bring it to completion.

El-Melloi
But what happens then is not the granting of a wish, but the release of Aŋra Mainiiu... From the start, this war was never meant to have a winner.

Dr. Roman
What a cruel tale...

Dr. Roman
After investing so much of yourself and even murdering fellow mages, your reward is the opposite of what you would wish... That's truly cruel...

El-Melloi
It certainly is. I imagine if I'd been the winner of the Fifth Holy Grail War, I would have turned evil from despair.

El-Melloi
Forgive me. And to think I'm the one who's always saying sentimentality is pointless.

El-Melloi
In my experience, the Greater Grail activates in a limited capacity after the defeat of the fifth Servant.

El-Melloi
However, that also means that if we can convince at least three Servants to withdraw from the battlefield intact...

Dr. Roman
Then the ritual will end up eternally in limbo, the Holy Grail will remain incomplete, and we can simply secure its vessel. Right?

Fou
Fooou.

Mash
Understood. So this time, we won't be fighting to defeat the other Servants, but to protect them, in a sense.

Mash
Though it'd be best if we could resolve all this amicably.

El-Melloi
Right. But we can't assume everyone will agree peacefully.

El-Melloi
Since we want the War to end in a stalemate, we need to first seek out and defeat the Servants with whom such an agreement is impossible.

  1. Just when I thought you were a gentleman!
  2. Just when I thought reason would triumph!
  Select: Just when I thought you were a gentleman!

  Select: Just when I thought reason would triumph!

El-Melloi
I'm aware of my own savagery. Let me say right now that I started off as a cowardly, subservient boy.

El-Melloi
But the war strategist I housed in my body gets so worked up I couldn't help but change.

  1. He is THE Zhuge Liang.
  2. Sayest thou truly?
  Select: He is THE Zhuge Liang.
El-Melloi
Truly. Strategists in Ancient China can get even more violent and ruthless than military generals.

  Select: Sayest thou truly?
El-Melloi
What kind of foolishness is that?
El-Melloi
It's one thing if theater actors or poets use that language, but why would you talk like that? Are you making fun of them?
El-Melloi
Show some respect!
Fou
Fou, fofofooou...

El-Melloi
Now, back to our conversation.

El-Melloi
Of the participants in this Holy Grail War, there are two Servants we couldn't even try to spare... Caster and Archer.

El-Melloi
Without a shred of doubt, I can say those two would be incapable of reaching an understanding with us.

El-Melloi
So it'd be best to get them out of the way before they start engaging other Servants.

El-Melloi
That brings us to Assassin. Their Master is colluding with the one in possession of Archer.

El-Melloi
Since we plan to fight Archer, we'll inevitably have to fight Assassin too. Though they've already marked us as opponents anyway.

Mash
Oh, the one we fought right after we Rayshifted here...

El-Melloi
Next, we have Berserker... Since his madness prevents us from reasoning with him directly, everything depends on his Master.

El-Melloi
The key will be whether we can convince the Master while he's still able to keep full control over Berserker without having to use Command Spells.

El-Melloi
That said, there's always the possibility Berserker could go on a rampage himself, independent of his Master's will.

El-Melloi
One vital thing I learned after the Fourth War ended is that the one who'd summoned Berserker was in an extremely unstable condition, both physically and mentally.

El-Melloi
But I never did get to meet him myself...

Mash
Well then, shall we put dealing with Berserker on hold for now?

El-Melloi
Though I can't help but feel it is risky, yes.

El-Melloi
Therefore, by process of elimination, we can conclude that our best chances for success lie with Saber, Lancer, and Rider.

Dr. Roman
Ahh, so that's why you prevented that clash on the docks between Saber and Lancer.

Mash
Then that only leaves Rider's faction.
Do you think they'd be likely to cooperate?

El-Melloi
...

Fou
Fou?

  1. Why are you falling quiet all of a sudden?
  2. Is there something worrying you?
  Select: Why are you falling quiet all of a sudden?

  Select: Is there something worrying you?

El-Melloi
...Yes. It all depends on how well I can get them to accept what I'll say to them.

ACT-3: "Second Owner"

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Dr. Roman
Well, Mash? How's the summoning circle coming along?

Mash
Not so well...

  1. Is it not working?
 
  Select: Is it not working?

Mash
The Leyline is here, but it's being guarded by another spell so I can't access it.

Fou
Fooou!

El-Melloi
Hmm, I guess it's difficult to set up on a land controlled by a proper mage...

  1. What do you mean?
 
  Select: What do you mean?

El-Melloi
All the Leylines in this area are under the control of a certain mage clan.

El-Melloi
I thought there would be a weakness I could exploit, but I was too naive.

El-Melloi
...Her father truly is a skilled mage. With how I am now, I can tell the structure of this spell is very solid.

Mash
What should we do? At this rate we won't be able to get supplies from Chaldea.

El-Melloi
We've got no choice but to destroy the keystones the mage placed, and take the Leyline for ourselves.

El-Melloi
They should be fairly well-defended,
but we'll have to break through.

El-Melloi
I'd like to avoid unnecessary combat, because we can't fight on an empty stomach. Nothing for it.

Dr. Roman
You mean destroy the barrier keystones!? If you do that, won't the mage, the Second Owner, get mad?

El-Melloi
Of course. But the family that owns this land, the Tohsakas, are also the mages that summoned Archer.

El-Melloi
In other words, they're our enemies to begin with.

Dr. Roman
...I see. But the keystone to the Leylines should be carefully hidden, right?

El-Melloi
Don't worry. I know where they are already.

Mash
What? How did you find out?

El-Melloi
The next heir to the Tohsaka clan is a student of mine. In the end, I dismantle the Greater Grail here with her help.

El-Melloi
When that happens, I learn the structure of the Leylines in this area.

Dr. Roman
Wait a second. You're going to wreck your future student's estate?

El-Melloi
This future happens in a different timeline. I have no duty or responsibility to the Tohsakas in this era.

El-Melloi
And the Tohsaka family was one of the clans responsible for the Fuyuki Holy Grail War.

El-Melloi
If they lose their Leyline and become impoverished, it's their own fault. I'm sure the future Tohsaka will understand.

  1. She's not around to agree, though!
  2. ...Someday we might end up paying for this big time...
  Select: She's not around to agree, though!

  Select: ...Someday we might end up paying for this big time...

El-Melloi
Let's start with the nearest point.

El-Melloi
After we destroy several of the keystones, we can try setting up the circle again.

Dr. Roman
Is this okay?
Stuff like this always comes back to haunt you...

Fou
Fooou...

ACT-4: "Those Who Lurk in the Dark"

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Dr. Roman
Wait up! I'm picking up traces of magical energy nearby... They're not human, and they're heading straight for you!

Mash
I can see them too. What are those monsters? They look like something, um... that I want nothing to do with.

El-Melloi
They're fragments of the sea monsters summoned by Caster.

El-Melloi
The Caster who participated in this Holy Grail War has completely lost his sanity.

El-Melloi
He doesn't have any strategy or plan. He just keeps summoning familiars to devour innocent civilians.

  1. We have to stop them.
  2. Let's get them!
  Select: We have to stop them.

  Select: Let's get them!

El-Melloi
They won't hurt us if we leave them alone, but...

El-Melloi
Even in a dark back alley like this, if innocent people come back here there'll be a disaster.

El-Melloi
Let's take the time to get rid of them.

--BATTLE--

ACT-5: "The Meeting of El-Melloi"

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Mash
That's another Leyline point secured.
It's going well, isn't it, Master?

Fou
Fou, fou!

El-Melloi
Yeah. But it's about time. Let's finish up here, and head to negotiate with Lancer's Master.

Mash
Is this really going to work?
He seems like a very cold person...

  1. Yeah, he's definitely a cold-blooded mage.
  2. Yeah, well, he's going bald, so...
  Select: Yeah, he's definitely a cold-blooded mage.

  Select: Yeah, well, he's going bald, so...

El-Melloi
Leave it to me. But Fujimaru, I'd like you to let me handle all negotiations with Lord Kayneth.

El-Melloi
I'll keep a telepathic channel open so we can communicate in secret, but keep your mouth shut at all times. Got it?

  1. I'll let you handle it.
  2. Let's see what you can do.
  Select: I'll let you handle it.

  Select: Let's see what you can do.

Lancer
...

Dr. Roman
(His Servant seems ready to fight at any moment!?)

Mash
(The air's heavy... How is El-Melloi going to get through this, I wonder?)

Kayneth
I spoke to Archisorte last night. You were lying when you said you were acting on Reines' behalf.

El-Melloi
But you agreed to meet with us anyway.
Which means...

Kayneth
There's something else I want to ask you about.
Your statements about Caster last night...

Kayneth
Why were you able to know the Holy Church's actions in advance?

El-Melloi
Because for me, it happened long ago in the past.

Kayneth
What?

El-Melloi
The morning after the Servant battle at the wharf, the Overseer speaks to all participants and offers a special reward for the first to kill Caster.

El-Melloi
...But that's not all I know.

El-Melloi
You originally intended to summon Iskandar for this battle. You even had the catalyst for it.

El-Melloi
However, it was stolen by a student at the Clock Tower, Waver Velvet...

El-Melloi
...and you were forced to summon Diarmuid Ua Duibhne instead.

Kayneth
How did you...

El-Melloi
And it's not you that's providing the magical energy for that Servant, it's your fiancée Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri.

El-Melloi
You have her in another room to keep her safe.
Well, it's good to be careful.

Kayneth
...

El-Melloi
Oh, speaking of Lady Sola-Ui.
There was a love letter draft left in your study.

El-Melloi
I believe it began, “To my beautiful beloved, your eyes glisten like the morning dew...”

Kayneth
Shut up! Shut up! Enough!
Who are you!?

El-Melloi
I wasn't lying when I said I was acting on behalf of Lady Reines.

El-Melloi
But I will only officially receive that duty four years from now.

El-Melloi
And thus, everything I told you is part of my memories of the past.

Kayneth
...Humph.

El-Melloi
You're taking this seriously. I suppose I should've expected that from the leader of the Archibald family.

Kayneth
A traveler through time, huh? I've heard that some are working very hard at that research.

Kayneth
I thought it was stupid nonsense that would never come true... Even so, I need a more believable explanation.

Kayneth
What you're saying is similar to True Magic.
Of course, there must be quite the backstory involved.

El-Melloi
I'll give you an overview.
Let me begin.

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Kayneth
I see. Observing the past projected on the Earth Environmental Model, and the Rayshift technology that implemented the Heroic Spirit Summoning System...

Kayneth
And all of this is made possible by the use of the Spiritron Calculation Engine.

Kayneth
Spiritron Calculation Engine... I'd heard rumors that the Atlas Institute was working on such a thing, but...

El-Melloi
Yes. All of these great achievements in magecraft are accomplished by the Archibald family.

  1. (Whaaaaat!?)
 
  Select: (Whaaaaat!?)

El-Melloi
(You there, don't let it show on your face!)

Mash
(Remember, poker face, Senpai!)

Fou
(Fou fou fou...)

Kayneth
So in the future, the Archibald family achieves all this?

El-Melloi
Of course, this is only possible due to your astonishing leadership. Your later exploits at the Clock Tower...

El-Melloi
...bring together a number of different academic factions to make this huge project, “Chaldea,” a reality.

Dr. Roman
(If Director Olga Marie heard this somehow,
who knows what she'd say...)

Mash
(Right, I don't even want to imagine it...)

Kayneth
Humph. I have no connection to the Atlas Institute.
I dislike that group of eccentrics.

Kayneth
I would never work with those pessimists...
Or so I thought, but... Heh. Hehehe.

Kayneth
I see... Well, it's not impossible, is it!?

  1. (Whaaaaat!?)
 
  Select: (Whaaaaat!?)

Dr. Roman
(Whaaaaat!?)

Mash
(Is the Lord of the Clock Tower an...)

Kayneth
Well, I was just thinking that the Evocation department and Mineralogy department weren't enough for me to get the upper hand in the academic world.

Kayneth
I was thinking perhaps it was time to find some new research. Yes. I'm surprised I had such skills in that direction, though.

Kayneth
Hmm. I guess even in my old age I can still pull off some new tricks, huh?

Dr. Roman
(What—!? He's not the kind of person I thought he was. He's not, right?)

Diarmuid
Amazing! Yes, I always believed in you.

Diarmuid
Right now, you may be struggling, but in the future you'll achieve great things!

El-Melloi
Of course, it's not only your technological achievements, but the financial backing provided by the Sophia-Ri clan.

El-Melloi
The vast amount of funds required for Chaldea was only available due to the loving relationship you have with your future wife.

Kayneth
Aww, shucks. Hehe. I've dedicated my whole life to magecraft, so I don't know if I could be a family man...

Kayneth
At least, I didn't until now!
I see! Fwahahaha!

Mash
(Oh, so the reason Lord El-Melloi wanted to get the Lancer faction on his side first was that...)

Dr. Roman
(They were the easiest to trick, maybe.)

Fou
(...Fo-u.)

El-Melloi
And so we've come here to make your future glory all the more certain, Lord Archibald.

El-Melloi
But time travel brings with it certain restrictions on what you can do in the past.

El-Melloi
We can't offer you too much aid, but when it comes to information...

Kayneth
Yes, with your intervention, I'll have the advantage over the enemy at all stages in the process.

El-Melloi
The first thing you must do is eliminate Caster.
The other Masters don't know where he is.

El-Melloi
If you can launch an attack first, the additional Command Spell the Overseer promised will be yours.

Kayneth
Wonderful! So I'll get a fourth Command Spell before I've even used one?

Kayneth
Hahaha! This battle's as good as won!

Kayneth
I joined this battle mostly on a whim, but if my future descendants are intervening...

Kayneth
Perhaps there's more meaning to this than I thought?

El-Melloi
Please just keep in mind that such possibility cannot be ignored.

El-Melloi
We can only speak to events that have already been decided when it comes to our intervention.

El-Melloi
We must remain silent about anything that has not been observed by anyone in this temporal axis.

El-Melloi
Otherwise, the ripples caused by the change of history will grow too great, and may activate the Counter Force.

Kayneth
Hmph...

El-Melloi
Our very intervention has caused the future to change and lose its certainty.

El-Melloi
What happens now is unknown to us as well.

Kayneth
These secret spells enter the realm of True Magic, and so they aren't that easy to use, huh? So I guess it all depends on how you use them.

El-Melloi
We're almost at Caster's workshop.
This is where it gets rough.

Diarmuid
We've already passed the boundary, it seems. Something's coming!

???
HISS!

El-Melloi
Caster's pet familiars.

El-Melloi
He has a powerful Noble Phantasm, but is weak as a mage. However, in large numbers these things pose a threat.

Kayneth
Hmph. If it's giving such power to scum who can't even keep their magecraft secret...

Kayneth
I guess I'll need to personally secure this Fuyuki Grail.

Kayneth
Go, Lancer!
Destroy all who would stand in my way!

Diarmuid
As you wish!

Mash
Senpai, we're being left out of this for some reason,
but we have to fight, too!

  1. Let's help them.
  2. Begin the fight!
  Select: Let's help them.

  Select: Begin the fight!

Fou
Fou, fou!

ACT-7: "Hunting for Bluebeard"

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Mash
The enemy's weakening! Hurry!

Diarmuid
We'll break through. Is that all right, Master?

Kayneth
Yes. Punish the owner of these filthy beasts in the name of El-Melloi!

  1. El-Melloi?
  2. You really are related?
  Select: El-Melloi?

  Select: You really are related?

El-Melloi
(I'll tell you about that some other time...)

Mash
Th-This is...

Diarmuid
How disgusting...who could do such a thing to a corpse?

Kayneth
Humph. This explains the Overseer's hurry.

Dr. Roman
Be careful! I'm detecting a Servant very close to you!

G:Caster
How dare you philistines interfere with our pursuit of beauty? Are you trying to stop the awakening of the Holy Maiden, too?

Mash
Marshal Gilles de Rais?

Dr. Roman
No matter where he's summoned, this guy never listens to what you have to say...

El-Melloi
The Master who summoned him this time has only made him worse. Even without the Holy Grail War, he needs to be eliminated.

Gilles
Nonsense! You will be the ones sacrificed here!

--BATTLE--

Gilles
Ooh. So this mundane ending is also the will of God?

Mash
Servant Caster is defeated.
We've won.

  1. Where's Caster's Master?
  2. We're not done here!
  Select: Where's Caster's Master?

  Select: We're not done here!

El-Melloi
He's not a mage who poses any threat alone, but...

El-Melloi
He is a murderer who will continue these acts on his own, even without Caster. He must be dealt with.

Kayneth
But Caster himself has been defeated.
Haven't we done what the Overseer asked?

El-Melloi
Indeed. Go to the Fuyuki Church and request your additional Command Spell. We'll clean things up here.

Kayneth
Humph. That's right. I can't let the Overseer see you, can I? We'll meet again later.

Diarmuid
Thank you for your help.
Hope I see you next time, future heroes.

El-Melloi
Now then, I'm not looking forward to it,
but let's track down this serial killer.

ACT-8: "Irregular"

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Fou
Fou?

Mash
Master! Down that corridor!
Someone's lying on the ground!

El-Melloi
He's...dead. From the look of things, this was definitely the Master that summoned Caster.

Mash
...No... Did he have a fight with his Servant?

El-Melloi
The wound is too clean.
That's not how Caster would kill.

El-Melloi
But then who? Hmm...

El-Melloi
!?
Eight Gates Golden Locks Formation!

Fou
Fou!?

Mash
Lord El-Melloi!?
What...

Dr. Roman
Be careful, Mash, Fujimaru!
A Servant is approaching you!

Mash
Huh? But there wasn't anything a moment ago...

El-Melloi
Presence Concealment. An Assassin? Without the Qi Men Dun Jia, we'd have been in danger too.

Assassin?
...You use strange techniques.
I didn't expect to be found.

Mash
Is this another one of the Assassins from before?
It feels different.

El-Melloi
This is...different. There was no Servant like this in the Fourth Holy Grail War I knew.

Dr. Roman
Then this is the “irregularity” that you were searching for?

El-Melloi
Perhaps. This may be what has twisted the 1994 Fuyuki into a Singularity.

El-Melloi
Even if this isn't the original cause, there must be some connection.

Assassin?
I've no reason to fight you.
If you simply let me go, I'll leave.

El-Melloi
That's not an option. We need to know who you are, and why you're here.

El-Melloi
That's practically why we came here, after all.

Assassin?
I have no reason to acquiesce to your demands, and if you insist, I'll have to fight you.

El-Melloi
You heard them, Fujimaru. Though regrettable, it seems like violence is our only option.

El-Melloi
We'll neutralize and capture them, and then get them to cooperate!

--BATTLE--

Assassin?
Tch, you're strong!

Mash
There's something strange about this Servant.

Mash
He has a different aura than the other Servants in this Holy Grail War.

El-Melloi
Yes, and he feels familiar.
He's more similar to us, at Chaldea.

Fou
Fou, fou!

Mash
That's right. He seems similar to Emiya-senpai, the Archer...

Assassin?
!?

Dr. Roman
Everyone, be careful! I'm seeing a new Servant.
They're heading straight for you!

El-Melloi
What? Who could it be now... Oh, no!

Mash
Oh no! Master, get down!

Assassin?
...

Mash
Are you okay, Master?

  1. Yeah, thanks.
  2. Where did Assassin go?
  Select: Yeah, thanks.
Mash
Good... But we let Assassin get away just now. I'm sorry.

  Select: Where did Assassin go?
Mash
...I'm sorry. I lost track of his magical energy.
He's probably already left the battlefield.

El-Melloi
That lightning just now destroyed my Golden Locks Formation as well. Curse them...

Iskandar
Oooh! The battle's already begun, it seems.
Looks like we're a little late, kid.

Waver
Huh? That's strange.
I was sure we'd be the first.

Mash
Th-That's...

Fou
Fou!

  1. I definitely know that face!
  2. This is getting complicated!
  Select: I definitely know that face!

  Select: This is getting complicated!

Mash
Yeah. That Servant is probably Rider, but that Master is...

El-Melloi
The first ones here? You idiot!

El-Melloi
You know more than anybody how primitive the method you used to find this place was!

El-Melloi
You didn't really think you could get a leg up on some of the best mages in the world with that, did you?

Waver
W-Who are you? What are you talking about...

El-Melloi
This time, and every other time, you only make it through your problems thanks to good luck!

El-Melloi
And because things work out in the end, you start to overestimate your own strength!

El-Melloi
That's why you never get better!
You know this, right? RIGHT?

Waver
Wait a second! Why do I have to get a lecture from someone I've never met?

Waver
Who are you, anyway? You're not the Caster who kidnapped the kids, or his Master, are you?

El-Melloi
You idiot! You can't even analyze a situation properly!? I'm astonished you thought you could survive a Holy Grail War...

El-Melloi
Christ! You're an idiot! An idiot! A huge idiot!
Go choke on some rice and die!

Mash
...Something seems to have gotten into Lord El-Melloi...

Fou
Fou...

  1. No one likes confronting their own past.
  2. It's funny. Let's watch for a minute.
  Select: No one likes confronting their own past.

  Select: It's funny. Let's watch for a minute.

Waver
W-Who do you think you are, anyway?
Status-wise, you're clearly a Caster!

Waver
The Overseer's figured out that you're ignoring the Holy Grail War to do evil things.

El-Melloi
BULLSHIT! If you can view someone's status, you should be able to figure out that I'm a Pseudo-Servant, you moron!

El-Melloi
God, this is pathetic! The Command Spells on your hand are crying out in shame!

Waver
W-W-Whaaaat? A Pseudo-what?

Waver
It doesn't make sense for there to be extra Casters!
No one said anything about this!

Iskandar
Hang on, kid. Whether or not that guy's a Caster, he's definitely not the owner of this workshop.

Waver
Huh? H-How can you tell?

Iskandar
By looking at the traces left here. Neither side was using the terrain, or trying to avoid damage to the area when they fought.

Iskandar
This wasn't a battle between an attacker and defender. Someone tried to run, and someone tried to stop them.

Iskandar
So neither the one who fled when we arrived, nor these people, are our enemy. They must be someone else.

El-Melloi
Yes. The King of Conquerors knows exactly how to read a battlefield.

Iskandar
Anyway, you, with the gloomy face.

El-Melloi
W-What...is it?

Iskandar
You've been picking on the kid an awful lot.

Iskandar
Does that mean you're prepared to fight the King of Conquerors?

El-Melloi
W-Why would it mean that?
You know exactly which of us is in the right!

Iskandar
Maybe, but he is my Master.

Iskandar
If you want to pick a fight with him, as his Servant, that means you'll have to fight me.

Waver
Rider, you...

El-Melloi
Tch... That's...

Mash
Um, Lord?
I thought the plan was to not fight Rider?

El-Melloi
Let's retreat, Fujimaru.
There's no sense in fighting here.

Iskandar
Humph. How boring.
And I thought you had a little more spine.

El-Melloi
...

Waver
Hah! So you're gonna say all that, and then turn tail and run? What a wimp!

Iskandar
Hey, don't get cocky.

Waver
GWAH!

  1. He sent that kid flying with the flick of a finger!
  2. What a fickle creature...
  Select: He sent that kid flying with the flick of a finger!

  Select: What a fickle creature...

El-Melloi
Gaah! This is pissing me off! A Servant shouldn't be getting involved in his Master's fights! Are you a helicopter parent or something?

  1. Calm down, Professor.
  2. No, I think they're supposed to do that...
  Select: Calm down, Professor.

  Select: No, I think they're supposed to do that...

Dr. Roman
But we were lucky enough to run into our third target to protect, the Rider Servant...

Dr. Roman
Was it okay for things to fall apart like that?

El-Melloi
I don't care! They don't plan on seriously fighting anyway.

El-Melloi
Ignore them, they'll just sit in their hideout to eat rice crackers and watch videos all day!

Dr. Roman
I don't know...

Mash
Looks like Rider is a touchy subject for Lord El-Melloi, Senpai.

  1. It's a problem.
  2. We'll have to deal with it ourselves.
  Select: It's a problem.

  Select: We'll have to deal with it ourselves.

Mash
I think so too, yes.

Fou
Fooou.

ACT-9: The King of Knights Returns"

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Mash
The summoning circle's complete. Finally...

Dr. Roman
Good work. Now I can finally offer you some real support.

Fou
Fou, fou!

Dr. Roman
It's really a pain, though, meddling with the land another mage controls.

El-Melloi
Well, thanks to us, the Leyline the Tohsakas have kept for generations has been ripped into pieces.

El-Melloi
It'll take a lot of talent and technique to rebuild it. Hahahah. It'll be a good practice lesson.

  1. You're a tough teacher, huh?
  2. Isn't that kind of mean?
  Select: You're a tough teacher, huh?

  Select: Isn't that kind of mean?

El-Melloi
Not at all. I'm simply offering my students challenges equal to their abilities and tenacity.

El-Melloi
In other words, I hold the daughter of the Tohsakas in extremely high regard... No point in talking about that now, though.

Dr. Roman
Um, I'm sorry to interrupt your break, but...

Dr. Roman
...You have a visitor. One approaching Servant.
Looks like a Saber.

Fou
Fou!?

Mash
Saber... Altria Pendragon, the one we saw at the wharf?

El-Melloi
Probably.
Hmm... I guess we exposed ourselves too much.

El-Melloi
We made it very obvious that we're an enemy.
It's inevitable that they'd retaliate.

Altria
Servant, Saber-class. Once again, I challenge you.
Let's have a fair fight.

El-Melloi
A fair fight, huh? Humph.
I know exactly what you're up to.

El-Melloi
For this Holy Grail War, the Einzberns are using their Servant as a decoy, while a hired assassin strikes from the shadows.

Irisviel
What? I'll thank you not to make false accusations.

Irisviel
And what are you planning? I can tell that you weren't an officially summoned Servant.

Mash
...What do we do, Lord El-Melloi?

El-Melloi
I'd like to avoid unnecessary battles... But it would hurt us to leave this circle we just established.

El-Melloi
We have the high ground, Fujimaru.
We'll draw out the battle until they decide to leave.

  1. Got it!
  2. We'll go with that plan.
  Select: Got it!

  Select: We'll go with that plan.

El-Melloi
And Mash, in this battle keep an eye out for ambushes on your Master.

El-Melloi
I'll use my Qi Men Dun Jia to support you.
If you sense anything strange, deal with it immediately.

Mash
Roger! Mash Kyrielight, commencing combat!

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Irisviel
This is tough... They have the Leylines on their side.
As the fight drags on, we'll be at a disadvantage.

Altria
Irisviel, I can still fight!
I have plenty of magical energy stored up!

El-Melloi
Hmm, they're hanging in there longer than I thought.
This is going to be rough...

Mash
Huh!? Watch out!

Irisviel
What?

El-Melloi
I knew it! An ambush! But that attack...

Mash
Yes, it wasn't targeted at Senpai.
It was for Saber's Master.

El-Melloi
They're not working with the Einzberns?
So they're someone else entirely?

Assassin?
Spells that control the terrain make it so I can't hide, huh? This is tough to work with.

Mash
That's... the Servant who killed Caster's Master!?

Irisviel
It's an Assassin.
Are they after both of us?

Assassin?
No, I'm only interested in one target.
You, bearer of the Grail.

Irisviel
...What?

Assassin?
It's not that you've done anything wrong. Taking your life is simply the quickest route to dismantling the Grail.

Altria
I won't let you!

Mash
Saber and Assassin have begun combat.
What should we do?

El-Melloi
Regardless of what that Assassin's after,
we can't lose Saber here.

El-Melloi
Fujimaru, move to support Einzbern!

--BATTLE--

Assassin?
Tch! Stop getting in my way!
You're not part of the Holy Grail War, are you?

El-Melloi
Neither are you, it seems. What are you after?
Why are you trying to kill the Einzbern Master?

Assassin?
...There's no point in explaining it.

Assassin?
I am commanded from beyond the bounds of human understanding. I cannot coexist with those trapped by ethics.

Mash
Assassin has retreated.
...Shall we follow?

El-Melloi
No. Let's avoid any other battles. Overexerting ourselves just makes us a target for other enemies.

Fou
Fooou.

El-Melloi
I'd like to suggest to Einzbern that she put away her weapon for the day.

El-Melloi
You have more threats to worry about than just us.

Irisviel
...Very well.
You did save us.

El-Melloi
You may not believe me, but we don't intend to make enemies of the Einzbern clan.

El-Melloi
We couldn't help what happened on the wharf.

El-Melloi
In fact, I'd imagine Saber there found it strange that we didn't pursue her.

Altria
...That's right, Irisviel. There's something strange about the way they fight.

Altria
I don't know why, but there's a meekness, as if they're trying to keep themselves from winning.

Irisviel
I'll make this simple. Are you our enemies, or our friends?

El-Melloi
Our goal does not involve the battle for the Grail, and to achieve that, we need your Saber to be kept safe.

El-Melloi
That's all I can say for now while still telling you the truth.

Irisviel
...Very well. As long as you don't make yourselves obvious enemies of the Einzberns, we'll leave you alone.

Irisviel
We have lots of other enemies that we need to prioritize first.

El-Melloi
Let me ask you something.
Do you know who that Assassin was?

Irisviel
Not really. He was saying something strange. That neither of you were participants in the Holy Grail War...

El-Melloi
That Assassin's presence is clearly an irregularity.

El-Melloi
Not that we're one to talk, in that respect. Our immediate goal is to solve the mystery of his identity.

Irisviel
The mystery, huh? He did seem strange, yes.

El-Melloi
What do you mean?

Irisviel
I've never met him, but for some reason...he seems like someone I'm deeply related to.

Irisviel
Like he was here only to kill me, and I was only here to be killed by him...

Altria
That can't be true!

Irisviel
It felt like we existed only to destroy and be destroyed.

El-Melloi
The intuition of a homunculus, the crowning achievement of the Einzberns' most secret techniques, cannot be easily dismissed.

Altria
...Fated to kill each other... No.
No, Irisviel. That's not true.

Altria
I will protect you with my blade.
You are here on this battlefield to be victorious.

Irisviel
Yes, you're right. With a Servant like you at my side,
I have nothing to fear at all.

Irisviel
One last thing, Heroic Spirit with the shield.
Your support was wonderful. Thank you.

Mash
No, um...

Altria
...(That thing that looks like a shield...
If that's what I think it is, she's...)

Altria
...(...No, if she doesn't know herself yet,
it's not right for me to say...)

  1. Something wrong with Mash's shield?
  2. You know it?
  Select: Something wrong with Mash's shield?

  Select: You know it?

Altria
...No, not really. But you aren't bad people.
That I'm sure of.

Mash
...Y-Yes. It makes me happy to hear that, but...

Fou
Fou, fooou.

ACT-11: "Strategist's Trap"

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El-Melloi
All right, now that we've settled things with Saber...

Dr. Roman
It was a de facto peace treaty, yeah. But what about Lancer... What about Lord Archibald?

Dr. Roman
He's still enemies with Saber over the Grail, right?

El-Melloi
That's the problem. There's a limit to what you can do when you're trying to be friends with both sides.

El-Melloi
Hmm... Seems like we'll need to come up with another plan.

Mash
Do you have some way to persuade him?

El-Melloi
If you want to convince someone of something, the fastest way is to present them with an illusion they want to hear.

El-Melloi
As Lord Kayneth thinks that the world revolves around him...

El-Melloi
...he's likely to believe anything that reinforces that.
A true strategist can control people's minds with ease.

Fou
Foufoufou!

  1. Zhuge Liang, that's a con man, not a strategist.
 
  Select: Zhuge Liang, that's a con man, not a strategist.

El-Melloi
But first... We need to deal with this Shadow that refuses to leave us alone.

Assassin
GWACH!
You found me again–!?

El-Melloi
The Stone Sentinel Maze is perfect for keeping out Assassins. It's like having your own portable workshop.

El-Melloi
You fell into my clutches the second you tried to sneak up on me!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Enemy Servant eliminated...
But is this another fragment?

Dr. Roman
Even if they're not tough individually,
it's hard to deal with so many of them.

El-Melloi
Let's just meet up with Lord Kayneth before anyone else follows us.

Kayneth
Just like you suggested, I sent a familiar to the Matou mansion last night and negotiated with them. Berserker will join our battle,

Kayneth
with the condition that we provide for them an opportunity to face the Tohsaka clan's Servant.

El-Melloi
Thank you very much. But I'm not certain that it justified the trouble you went through...

Kayneth
What? What do you mean?

El-Melloi
There's been a major development on our side.
A decisive improvement, you could say.

El-Melloi
We were able to observe several factors that were still uncertain, allowing us to share much more information with you while still avoiding paradoxes.

El-Melloi
As a result... We can now tell you the entire truth.
The whole truth about the Fuyuki Grail War.

Fou
(Fo?)

Kayneth
W-What do you mean?

El-Melloi
Didn't you find it strange to begin with?

El-Melloi
Why would a huge ceremony involving a battle for an omnipotent wish granter take place in the middle of nowhere, so far from the Clock Tower?

El-Melloi
And then there's the fact that out of seven participants, only one slot was provided for the Mage's Association.

Kayneth
Yes, well... that's why I participated. Even if it didn't live up to its reputation, it was still a fun game with little risk.

El-Melloi
It's worse than simply not living up to its reputation.
The whole Fuyuki Grail War is a fake.

  1. (Whaaaat?)
  2. (Hello!?)
  Select: (Whaaaat?)

  Select: (Hello!?)

Mash
(Senpai, you're letting it show! Keep a poker face!)

El-Melloi
This is all a conspiracy by an enemy of the Archibald family, the Trambelios.

El-Melloi
The plan was to get you away from the Clock Tower for a period of time,

El-Melloi
and then while you were away, quickly expand their influence in the Mage's Association!

Kayneth
W-What!?

El-Melloi
We knew that you would fall for this Trambelio trap, and decided to intervene in the past.

El-Melloi
But we couldn't warn you about it in advance.
In order to share knowledge of the future...

El-Melloi
We needed to observe unshakable evidence in the past that a conspiracy existed.

Dr. Roman
(Wow... How does he come up with this stuff...?)

Fou
(...Fou.)

El-Melloi
Last night we found that proof. We have direct testimony from the Tohsakas, one of the three clans behind the Holy Grail War.

Kayneth
H-How did you get it?

El-Melloi
We destroyed every Leyline we could find in this city.

El-Melloi
Of course, this destruction had nothing to do with the Grail War, but that's why the Tohsakas gave in.

El-Melloi
They didn't want to lose the rights to their land over a fake Holy Grail War.

El-Melloi
The Tohsakas confessed to colluding with the Trambelios in order to lure you out with a fake fourth Grail War.

Mash
(What makes it worse is that he's mixing in truth with the lies...)

El-Melloi
They knew you wanted glory not as a researcher, but as a warrior, and created the perfect arena to lure you out...

El-Melloi
That's the true nature of the Fuyuki ritual.
The other participants, the Holy Church's Overseer...

El-Melloi
They're all decoys to make the farce more believable.

Kayneth
How intricate! How wicked!

Kayneth
...But those Trambelios, those fools that espouse “democracy” so much, might just do something like that!

Kayneth
Why... Why have I wasted so much of my valuable time on this!?

Mash
(Welp... He fell for it. Yeah.)

El-Melloi
But it wasn't a total loss.
Your defeat of Caster was truly impressive.

El-Melloi
I think that display of boldness may have only increased Lady Sola-Ui's love for you.

Kayneth
Y-You think so? Hmm...

El-Melloi
I'm sure of it. I am a man who's very sensitive to how women feel in that regard. I believe it was—

El-Melloi
“I was never interested in him before, but now that I've seen how brave he is, I've gone from hating him to loving him!”

El-Melloi
It was a change of that magnitude, I believe.

Kayneth
Oh, my! Wait, what was that one part? Well, whatever. It all worked out in the end!

Dr. Roman
(Oh... I'm starting to kind of feel bad for him...)

El-Melloi
But still, there is no time to waste. You must hurry to London, and stop the Trambelio plot!

El-Melloi
No matter how secure the Archibald family is, without you they're no match for the wicked plots of the populists.

El-Melloi
The aristocracy—
The feat of our very clan depends on this!

Kayneth
Curse those sneaky Trambelios!
Curse you, Valuayeta!

Kayneth
I'll show you a thing or two! Sola-Ui!
Hurry and get ready!

Fou
(Fooou...)

Diarmuid
Our new battle lies beyond the sea... Master, I, Diarmuid, shall accompany you!

Diarmuid
I never had a wish for the Grail to begin with.
My spear shall accompany you, no matter the battle!

El-Melloi
Oh, excellent. I'm sure that if you have a Servant at your side, Lady Sola-Ui will be very happy.

Kayneth
...Uh...hmm...

Kayneth
Lancer, by my Command Spell, I order you.
Stay here and continue the Holy Grail War.

Diarmuid
W-What!?

Kayneth
Farce or not, now that I've entered the battle,
I must win it in order to maintain my reputation.

El-Melloi
Amazing, Lord El-Melloi! You know exactly how important the Archibald reputation is!

Kayneth
I leave you my Servant as a present.
You may represent the clan in my stead.

Kayneth
Defeat everyone involved in this stupid farce, and show them who is truly strong.

El-Melloi
Leave it to me!

Diarmuid
...Very well. If you say so, Master.
I shall do my best with my new Master.

Dr. Roman
(This is awful! I've never seen someone get a Servant contract just by making stuff up!)

Kayneth
...Oh, one last thing. You said you saw a draft of a love letter in my study, right?

El-Melloi
...? Yes. What of it?

Kayneth
I would never allow someone to search my room while there was something so foolish still in it.

Kayneth
Am I wrong in thinking that the study you refer to...is one whose master never returned to it?

Mash
...

Dr. Roman
...

El-Melloi
...Yes. That's right.

Kayneth
Humph. I suppose in that regard, I should thank you.

El-Melloi
...Your words honor me, my old Master. You are the Lord I wished to be. You are the great El-Melloi.

El-Melloi
Your talents are the greatest treasure the Clock Tower has. Please, take care of yourself.

Dr. Roman
Lord El-Melloi... I guess here I'll call you Lord El-Melloi II, but...

El-Melloi
What is it?

Dr. Roman
I'm likely wasting my time here, but all those lies you told your predecessor...

Dr. Roman
You're aware of how false they really are, right?

Mash
What do you mean, Doctor?

Dr. Roman
Chaldea isn't a time machine.
And you guys aren't there from the future.

Dr. Roman
This Singularity is just a tiny little area. A bubble appearing on the ashes of human history.

Dr. Roman
Once the irregularity that created the bubble is gone...it will be like a dream that has nothing to do with real history.

El-Melloi
...

Dr. Roman
Thus, no matter how hard you work, you can't actually change history.

Dr. Roman
Even if you save someone here, that salvation is only temporary.

Dr. Roman
In the timeline you're from, the dead will remain dead, and the tragedy will remain a tragedy.

Dr. Roman
It's theoretically impossible to change the past via a Rayshift. Everything you're doing...is meaningless.

Fou
Fooou...

El-Melloi
And why does that matter, Doctor?

Dr. Roman
I just wanted to make sure that you personally knew that nothing would come of this.

Dr. Roman
It seems to me like you're trying to get through this as peacefully and smoothly as possible.

Dr. Roman
But you don't need to. There are simpler and easier ways, aren't there?

El-Melloi
Nothing will come of it, huh? ...Maybe that's how it looks to you. But to me, this has a lot of meaning.

El-Melloi
Even if I can't really save them, I wanted to do the best I could here.

El-Melloi
This isn't atonement for the past.
My heart refused to let me—

El-Melloi
—be weak enough to make the same mistake twice. That's all.

Dr. Roman
...

El-Melloi
You're free to laugh at me if you like.

El-Melloi
I just don't want to be forced to realize my own powerlessness again.

El-Melloi
Of course, the pain of regret is mine alone.
It means nothing to anyone else.

El-Melloi
In that regard, I do feel bad for wasting Fujimaru and Mash's time, but...

  1. I don't mind.
  2. It's not a waste.
  Select: I don't mind.

  Select: It's not a waste.

Mash
You're right. It's wrong to see something bad happening and not try to do anything to stop it.

Mash
Regardless of the result,
I agree with Lord El-Melloi's plan.

Fou
Fou!

El-Melloi
Thank you. That helps a lot.

Dr. Roman
...I see. That's what it is to be human, huh?

Dr. Roman
Okay. I won't bring it up again.
So do you have a plan for our next move?

El-Melloi
Yes. Kayneth prepared an alliance for us with the Berserker group.

El-Melloi
We'd be foolish to let that go to waste.

ACT-12: "Discussing the Holy Grail"

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Matou Kariya
...You're Lancer's Master?

El-Melloi
I've been asked to participate in the Holy Grail War in his stead. You're Matou Kariya, Berserker's Master, right?

Matou Kariya
Yeah. You're going to keep your promise, right?

El-Melloi
Of course.
Archer is a serious threat to us as well.

El-Melloi
But your Servant's Noble Phantasm can defeat him.
If you want to deal with him, it'll help us a lot.

Matou Kariya
A one-on-one battle with the Tohsaka Servant, someplace where no one else will interfere.

Matou Kariya
You're going to provide us that?
Here, in this forest?

El-Melloi
More specifically, at the mansion deep in this forest.

El-Melloi
Right now, Archer, Saber, and Rider are all there having a standoff.

Mash
Um, Lord El-Melloi, doesn't that mean they're all going to fight each other?

El-Melloi
No, it doesn't.

El-Melloi
All three of them have something they prize more than strategy: their pride as kings.

Mash
...I see. By the way, what is this forest?
It's far away from Fuyuki's city limits.

El-Melloi
This is an area the Einzberns set aside for the Holy Grail War. Of course, it has a powerful barrier.

Fou
Fou, fou!?

Dr. Roman
Wait, is it okay for us to just walk straight into a dangerous place like that?

El-Melloi
It's not a problem. Rider destroyed all the alarms and defensive traps. There's no reason to worry.

Dr. Roman
Sounds like things are getting rough.
What's going on inside there?

El-Melloi
Heh. Listen to this.

El-Melloi
They're just having a drinking party.

Mash
They're really drinking, Senpai!

Mash
What is Rider wearing...
Also, is that a barrel?

Mash
And what's that cup-like thing with the long handle?

Fou
...Fou?

Dr. Roman
Hmm, I can't see what's going on since it's just audio, but it sounds like something unbelievable.

Iskandar
Oh? That's a strange pairing, I see.

Altria
Y-You people are...

Irisviel
Did you join forces with Berserker? Why?

Waver
A-Are you going to attack us here?

Matou Kariya
That's Tohsaka Tokiomi's Servant... Archer!

Berserker
aaaa...

Gilgamesh
Who gave you permission to look upon me, mad dog?
Your insolence warrants death!

Iskandar
If they're here to ruin our banquet, doesn't that mean that we'd all fight them together?

Gilgamesh
No. Those who violate my laws must be judged by my wrath. I am the King of Heroes, and none may stand against me.

Iskandar
I see. So you're laying down the law as a king, then? Then there's no reason for me to get involved.

Iskandar
Saber and her Master have no problem with that,
I assume?

Irisviel
I'd like to ask them to take it somewhere else... But as long as they aren't attacking us, we've no reason to intervene.

El-Melloi
Excellent! Then the terms for the battle are laid down! Berserker's only foe here is Archer.

El-Melloi
We will intervene in the fight and take down Archer!
Fujimaru, your orders!

Matou Kariya
Kill him! Crush him! Berserker!

Berserker
A...uaaa!!

ACT-13: "Battle Royale"

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Gilgamesh
Damn you! What a farce...

El-Melloi
We did it! The King of Heroes, the greatest threat of the Fourth Holy Grail War, is defeated!

Matou Kariya
Hahh... Hahh... Did you see that!
I showed... Tokiomi...

Mash
Hm!? Berserker's Master is...

Dr. Roman
This is bad. The vital signs I'm seeing here show he's dying!

El-Melloi
Damn it! We made him use too much magical energy!

El-Melloi
Hey, if you're going to pass out, at least bind Berserker with a Command Spell!

Matou Kariya
...

  1. He collapsed?
  2. Hang in there!
  Select: He collapsed?

  Select: Hang in there!

Fou
Fou, fou!

Mash
It's okay. He's just unconscious. He's still breathing.

El-Melloi
No! When this Berserker loses control, it'll go after Saber...

Berserker
Aaaaa, uaaaaa!

Altria
What? Why is it attacking me!?

El-Melloi
We've got no choice. Fujimaru,
let's give up on Berserker. We'll take him out here!

  1. What?
  2. Isn't he on our side?
  Select: What?

  Select: Isn't he on our side?

El-Melloi
We can't put Saber in danger here!

El-Melloi
With Archer out of the picture now, we're past the stage where we need Berserker's help anyway.

Diarmuid
This won't be a pleasant fight...
But I guess I've got no choice against this mad warrior!

El-Melloi
Lancer, your Noble Phantasm gives you an advantage against him. Stop whining and help!

Waver
W-What's going on here?

Iskandar
...

--BATTLE--

Diarmuid
Pierce him! Gáe Dearg!

Berserker
uaaaaa!

El-Melloi
Now, Fujimaru! Finish him...

Iskandar
HOLD IT!

Fou
Fou!?

Mash
Rider defended Berserker?

Waver
Hey, what are you doing!?

Iskandar
Yes, I've thought about it, and I've decided.
I'm joining forces with the mad warrior.

El-Melloi
W-What!?

Waver
Where is this coming from?
What's the point of siding with him?

Iskandar
Well, there isn't one, probably.

Waver
Then why? Just ignore him!

Iskandar
I'm not choosing who to side with.
I'm choosing who to fight.

Iskandar
The King of Heroes was my main target, and he's gone. So I was deciding who to fight next.

Waver
Then you want to fight Saber next?

Iskandar
Nope. That gloomy-looking strategist with the furrowed brow. He's my enemy.

Mash
What?

El-Melloi
...Why fight me?
You don't stand to gain anything!

Iskandar
No, not really.

El-Melloi
I've done everything I possibly could to avoid a conflict with you! So why!?

Iskandar
I just don't like you for some reason. That's all.

El-Melloi
Wha...

Fou
Foufou?

Waver
Why!? Why do you always stop making sense whenever something important happens!?

Iskandar
What doesn't make sense here is that strategist.
He doesn't make sense at all.

Iskandar
He's some kind of strange Servant, neither human nor Heroic Spirit. And his predictions are so accurate it's scary...

Iskandar
He clearly exists outside the rules of this battle.
And yet he's obviously trying to intervene.

Iskandar
The one thing I can say for sure...is that he's here to interfere with the Holy Grail War.

Iskandar
I don't know what he's after, but I'm one of the Servants summoned for the battle.

Iskandar
Someone who's trying to destroy the battle itself is a far greater threat than a mere enemy, right?

El-Melloi
...

Iskandar
Saber, Lancer, if you want to work with him, you're my enemy.

Iskandar
And thus, I'll side with Berserker. Very simple, right?

Diarmuid
...What will you do, Master? If you order me to defeat him before Berserker, I'll do it.

  1. Is it okay to fight?
  2. Can we win?
  Select: Is it okay to fight?

  Select: Can we win?

El-Melloi
...No, don't do it. Have you forgotten what we're here for? We're only allowed to defeat four Servants!

Mash
We've already defeated Caster and Archer, as well as most of the Assassins.

Mash
If we make an enemy out of both of them, then that's more than four...

Iskandar
Well, Berserker's very weak, and his Master is barely alive.

Iskandar
Personally, I'd like to take them and retreat.
What will you do? Will you follow?

El-Melloi
...Leave. There's nothing we can do.

Iskandar
Excellent. Enemies who are smart, but nothing else, are easy to handle.

Iskandar
Once Berserker has revived, we'll settle things then! Farewell!

ACT-14: "The Shadow Chasing Irisviel"

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Fou
Fou.

  1. Things didn't go as planned, did they?
  2. Things just aren't working out, huh?
  Select: Things didn't go as planned, did they?

  Select: Things just aren't working out, huh?

El-Melloi
That Rider, I knew he had such a crazy attitude, but... who knew it'd be this bad?!

El-Melloi
We're enemies just because? What was he on about!? He just pisses me off!

Mash
I guess Lord El-Melloi gets emotional when we deal with Rider...

El-Melloi
I'm calm! It's just a natural reaction due to the stress!

  1. I see.
  2. Lord El-Melloi is chill. Okay?
  Select: I see.

  Select: Lord El-Melloi is chill. Okay?

Mash
Yes...

Dr. Roman
Hmm? Hold on a second. I'm getting a magical energy signature approaching you. Its strength indicates it's a Servant.

Dr. Roman
It's different from any remaining Assassin fragments, and also from Rider and Berserker who retreated earlier.

Mash
That means...the figures don't add up, right?

El-Melloi
Yeah. There are only seven Heroic Spirits that the Fuyuki Holy Grail can call forth. Meaning it's an irregular like us. It's him.

Altria
You mean he's going after Irisviel again?

Assassin?
I look away for one second and you've got even more friends, huh? You guys are such a pain.

El-Melloi
Now that you've been caught twice by the Eight Gates Golden Locks Formation, you realize it's pointless to hide your presence?

El-Melloi
But how condescending of you to just walk straight up to us.

Assassin?
Well, I'll never get anywhere just waiting for my chance.

Assassin?
The Holy Grail War is nearing its end, and before its conclusion, I must have that homunculus destroyed.

El-Melloi
So you're after the vessel of the Holy Grail after all. It seems like our goals are similar, but our methodology is different.

  1. The vessel of the Holy Grail?
 
  Select: The vessel of the Holy Grail?

El-Melloi
Yes. She's pretending to be Saber's Master, but...

El-Melloi
She is serving a different purpose. She collects the souls of fallen Heroic Spirits... A Lesser Grail, the key that opens the Greater Grail.

El-Melloi
Like giving an autonomous personality to ceremonial equipment.

Irisviel
You're quite knowledgeable. But I don't really like you saying I'm pretending to be a Master. Am I not a proper Master? Is that what you want to say?

El-Melloi
There's no reason to hide anything this late in the game, homunculus.

El-Melloi
Irisviel is being used as bait. I know the true Master is hiding in the shadows.

Altria
What do you mean? Irisviel is my Master, totally and completely. I am not contracted to anyone else...

El-Melloi
What?

Irisviel
Will you see this and still doubt?

El-Melloi
Command Spells!? Then you really did contract with Saber?

Mash
Lord El-Melloi, this is no time to be surprised!
The enemy Servant is coming at us!

--BATTLE--

Assassin?
Tch, giving me a hard time...

El-Melloi
Hold on. Fighting any more isn't going to get us anywhere. There's nothing for either of us to gain.

Assassin?
Either of us to gain? It's almost like you completely understand what's going on with me.

El-Melloi
You have nothing going on, personally.
You're a Servant without a Master.

El-Melloi
You're not fighting to benefit anyone at all.

Altria
No Master? Then what about the contract?
How is he getting supplied with magical energy?

El-Melloi
Of course, a Servant can only materialize in this world when there's a summoning and a contract.

El-Melloi
However, in his case, the contract wasn't made with a human. ...Isn't that right, envoy of the Counter Force?

Dr. Roman
The Counter Force?! Then this Heroic Spirit has contracted with the World itself!?

Assassin?
...How did you come to that conclusion?

El-Melloi
We're not part of this temporal axis, and thus have a bird's-eye view of the situation here.

El-Melloi
We know that the end of the Holy Grail War here in Fuyuki will lead to the end of the world.

Irisviel
What was that? What do you mean?

El-Melloi
...I wasn't going to say anything until the end, but there's nothing for it. I'm coming clean.

El-Melloi
The ritual here at Fuyuki will succeed, unlike in the past and future, and it will lead to the activation of the Greater Grail.

El-Melloi
The reason all of this was observed by Sheba—was that this area had to be the cause of the Singularity.

Dr. Roman
I see! It wasn't just observed as an unstable dimension, but as the origin of the collapse that would become the Singularity!

Irisviel
You guys...know not only of the past, but also the future? From a different temporal axis?

El-Melloi
That is correct. I witnessed the failure of the fourth war, investigated the fifth war, and prevented the sixth war from happening. That's who I am.

El-Melloi
And I've assumed the role of pinpointing what makes this battle different from the others I've known.

El-Melloi
And the answer to that...is you, Irisviel. You are the vessel of the Holy Grail, and also a Master that controls a Servant.

El-Melloi
It was supposed to take another 10 years to complete. The Einzbern family's ultimate homunculus.

Irisviel
Ten years? That's...

El-Melloi
It's a small difference, but this is a definite advantage.

El-Melloi
I mean, for the Einzbern family to find a way to win not via a makeshift guerilla warfare, but actual frontal assault...

El-Melloi
Having a Master with the highest specs, commanding the strongest Servant, and access to the Lesser Grail.

El-Melloi
Victory is certain for Einzbern. And this victory is plenty reason...for the Counter Force to activate.

Assassin?
...The Holy Grail War you know of didn't have any interference from the Counter Force?

El-Melloi
That's right. It wasn't a factor during the third war. Meanwhile the chance of success was about fifty-fifty during the fourth and fifth war.

El-Melloi
At the very least, from the perspective of the World there was no real emergency to get involved.

El-Melloi
During the fourth war, the Einzberns' research results were behind by one whole generation. When they finally completed their research during the fifth war, they made a mistake in their strategy.

El-Melloi
To be honest, I'm surprised to see that this time the Einzberns managed to call checkmate on everyone.

Dr. Roman
So to sum things up, this Singularity is basically...

Dr. Roman
...the embodiment of the “if” situation where the Einzberns are the superior contestant in this war.

El-Melloi
Yes, and the Holy Grail reading that Chaldea picked up was most likely Irisviel's magical circuits themselves...

El-Melloi
Seeing how perfect the results of the Einzberns' research are this time, you can probably even call her a pseudo Holy Grail.

Irisviel
I'm not sure whether or not you're praising me or insulting me, but I'm going to need you to explain more.

Irisviel
What do you mean the world will end if the Fuyuki Holy Grail is completed?

El-Melloi
Yes, allow me to tell you everything. Agent of the Counter Force, you should follow along, as well.

El-Melloi
I'll show you an even better way to accomplish the task you have been given.

Assassin?
A simpler and even more certain way than destroying this homunculus here?

Irisviel
...

El-Melloi
Well, I can't say that it's entirely simpler, but let me ask you something instead, Heroic Spirit.

El-Melloi
Would you do anything because it's the simpler way?
Do you wish to kill Irisviel here, no matter what happens?

Fou
...Fou?

Assassin?
...I do not know. I have not thought of that. I had resigned myself to thinking there was no other choice. I did not have the luxury of options.

Assassin?
And now that you're telling me to choose... I am faced with a conflict within myself that is rather difficult to explain.

Assassin?
If you're telling me there is a different choice with this homunculus...then I think I would like to explore that as well.

Assassin?
I wonder why? I've never experienced this feeling before.

El-Melloi
That's because you still have a human heart left in you.

El-Melloi
A foolish but noble soul, from before you became part of the machine known as the Counter Force.

ACT-15: "To the Greater Grail"

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Matou Kariya
...And so, that's how I became Berserker's Master.

Iskandar
Hmm. I see... Hey, kid. Does everyone in this Holy Grail War have a tragic story like that?

Waver
So has that clueless optimism of yours finally gotten embarrassing?

Iskandar
Huh? Why?

Waver
...I was stupid for asking.

Waver
So... Matou was it? Now that you've taken out Archer. What do you plan on doing next?

Matou Kariya
Finishing off Tohsaka Tokiomi, of course.
He's powerless without a Servant. So, this time...

Iskandar
Right.

Matou Kariya
Bleh!

Waver
You punched him? Punched him?!
Isn't that going to kill him?!

Iskandar
Hey, Matou Kariya. Who did you want to protect?
Who should you save first?

Matou Kariya
That... would be Sakura...

Iskandar
So if you killed that Tokiomi guy, would the situation change for her right away?

Matou Kariya
But...without the Grail, Zouken is going to...

Iskandar
So would finishing off Tokiomi be the fastest way to get the Grail?

Matou Kariya
...

Iskandar
Geez... So your need, priority, and capability aren't lining up in the least, you fool.

Iskandar
You're not worthy of sharing my path of conquest yet! Time to go, kid.

Waver
Huh? Where?

Iskandar
To conquer and pillage, of course!

Matou Kariya
...Huh? Hmm... What?

Iskandar
Unfortunately, it seems the mastermind is out.

Iskandar
Well, I burned all the bugs in that basement to a crisp, so let's call it a day for now. By the way, I brought this girl here with me.

Matou Kariya
S-Sakura?!
You...saved her?

Iskandar
Don't be stupid. I'm not a savior. I'm a conqueror.
That makes this girl part of my plunder. She's my slave.

Matou Kariya
What!?

Waver
H-Hey. What are you saying!?

Iskandar
But now that she's my slave, I'm willing to trade her on my own terms.

Iskandar
Do you want to pay her way out of bondage?
Matou Kariya, I'll do that for the appropriate price.

Matou Kariya
Y-You want to solve this with money?

Iskandar
Not at all. That right hand of yours will do.
Give it to me, along with your Command Spells.

Matou Kariya
!?

Waver
Huh? But wouldn't that...

Iskandar
Well with your current state, it's possible you'd die.
It's your one life, you decide what to do with it.

Iskandar
Do you take the chance to save this girl and possibly live your days, or fight to the end with Berserker? You decide.

Matou Kariya
Sakura...

Matou Kariya
...Okay. Take my right hand.

Iskandar
Got it. Then clench your teeth hard and endure it.

Matou Kariya
Gah...

Iskandar
Good. It seems the crest worms came along with the hand. I'm sure they'd pick the Command Spells over their host.

Waver
W-Will...he be okay?

Iskandar
The rest is up to fate, though his chances are low.
Kid, take care of him as much as you can.

Waver
I-I am not that good with healing spells!

Iskandar
Hey, Mithrenes!

Iskandar
This girl and half-dead boy here. Take them out of Fuyuki, find a building with a red cross on it, carry them there, and return.

Waver
...Is that the kind of job you would ask a Heroic Spirit to do?

Iskandar
You're the one who had me get water from a river, and you want to say that?

Iskandar
Well, there is no other course.
We must hurry and head to the next battle.

Waver
The next? You're going to fight them all?
Without Berserker?

Iskandar
You worried, kid?

Waver
What are you saying?
You're stronger than everyone.

Waver
I don't think we'd lose, even if all the Servants came at us at once!

Iskandar
Hahahaha! Well said!
Now, let us hurry to the decisive battle!

Zouken
M-My manor is burning! My cute bugs are dead?

Zouken
That Kariya! What did you do!? And where's Sakura!? They ran out on me!

Zouken
Gah!! Those damn brats!

Berserker
uaaaaa...

Zouken
...Huh? Berserker? His magical energy has been used up and he's about to disappear...

Zouken
...These are... Kariya's Command Spells?
He turned his back on the Holy Grail War and ran!

Zouken
But for him to cut off his hand and dump it here...
That's not something a coward like him would do...

Berserker
uaaaaa...

Zouken
Aww, there, there. You're upset you've been betrayed too, huh? You're just like me. I just can't let this go.

Zouken
Guess we'll just have to show them...what happens to savages who oppose the Matou family.

Irisviel
I can't believe it... The Greater Grail is tainted by an Anti-Hero!?

El-Melloi
Seeing is believing. It's faster to just have you see the real thing.

Assassin?
The dismantling of the Greater Grail... If you knew a way to solve the problem at its root, why didn't you do it?

El-Melloi
Well... This is kind of like taking out nitroglycerin from a huge vat.

El-Melloi
If you're not careful, the container will break and it could spell disaster. In order to do it safely, you need preparations.

El-Melloi
It couldn't just happen over a night or two.

Dr. Roman
And yet now, you're just riding in here without any preparations...

El-Melloi
I reconsidered my methodology.

El-Melloi
If we have enough firepower to blow away our vat along with its explosive contents, it's possible things would go our way.

El-Melloi
Based on a quick estimate, in addition to us from Chaldea, if we can get at least three more Servants...

El-Melloi
We could do what we needed to.

Mash
Oh, but if we could unify the three factions...

El-Melloi
Yes, only four Servants would end up defeated, achieving our goal and resolving the issue at hand in a peaceful way.

Fou
Foou.

El-Melloi
Had we won over Rider's faction, we wouldn't have needed to deal with the Greater Grail.

El-Melloi
So we've excluded the possibility of dismantling the Greater Grail this time, but...

El-Melloi
I didn't think the Counter Force would become involved. There couldn't be a better ally if we had him on our side.

Assassin?
No matter when or where we're called for battle, we will always shed blood for purposes beyond human intellect.

Assassin?
It is not unusual for us to find ourselves against everyone, without being understood by a single person.

Assassin?
...So this is a strange feeling. It's been a long time since I've worked with someone...Huh?

El-Melloi
Yes, they were caught in my Bounded Field as well. As I thought. I guess Presence Concealment doesn't work against a better Assassin.

Assassin?
I'm also good at lurking in the shadows. Both of us are aware of what the other is capable of.

Dr. Roman
...An Assassin Servant!? You two are amazing.
I couldn't tell at all!

Assassin
How dare you... Don't think you're going to win just because you prevented my first strike! I'm going to get you all this time!

El-Melloi
Watch out. They're different than the fragments we've dealt with up until now. They're going to mobilize everyone else left.

ACT-16: "The King's Pride"

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Assassin
Why would you...try so hard to destroy our wish...
Oh, a bell... I can hear the bell toll...

Assassin
O great founder—the first and the last “Old Man”...

Assassin
Please, please forgive me...
I have...blundered...yet again...

Mash
Servant Assassin completely eliminated.

Assassin?
That's what happens to assassins that miss their chance and aren't able to pick the best occasion.

Assassin?
It seems the Master who gave Assassin their orders didn't know how to handle them in the right manner.

El-Melloi
Aha. The Master must've been replaced.

El-Melloi
Perhaps Tohsaka, having lost Archer, was plotting a comeback by switching to Assassin.

  1. The Tohsaka family is a hot mess.
  2. That elegant man's luck is the worst.
  Select: The Tohsaka family is a hot mess.

  Select: That elegant man's luck is the worst.

El-Melloi
Humph. It's only fair for a talented–no,
privileged–family to meet adversity!

Fou
Fou?

Mash
Normally he's a fair person, but sometimes I feel like he's fighting with something we can't see...

Mash
This is...the place where our final battle took place in Singularity F.

Fou
...Fooou.

El-Melloi
What do you think, Einzbern? Now that we are here, it's obvious that the magical energy radiating from the Greater Grail has been altered.

Irisviel
...Yes. Unfortunately. This is not even close to the Holy Grail that we sought after.

Irisviel
How ironic. By the time victory was finally within our reach, what we'd desperately desired to win had already been destroyed...

Diarmuid
Even before checking its contents, I can strongly feel the evil presence hiding within.

Diarmuid
Is it okay to just break this carelessly?

El-Melloi
Only three Servants have been defeated.
That's not enough to awaken Aŋra Mainiiu.

El-Melloi
Even if it overflows, it'll be just a mass of ambiguous curses with no purpose at this point. We can handle it with the force that we have now.

Dr. Roman
...Wait. I'm picking up magical energy!
A Servant is approaching at incredible speed!

Dr. Roman
That speed is not normal. It must be a type of Noble Phantasm that can increase mobility!

Mash
Increase mobility? That means...

Altria
Yes, it must be Rider.

El-Melloi
Rider!? Why now!?

Iskandar
Oh, good, good. Looks like it's still not too late.

El-Melloi
Do you still intend to continue the Holy Grail War? Don't you sense the cursed magical energy that's coming from the Greater Grail?

El-Melloi
That is not the wish granter you were looking for!
Wake up already to the fact that you've been tricked!

Iskandar
Huh? Well, I don't give a damn.

Waver
You don't!?

Iskandar
No. I just came to stop you guys from running away with the winnings.

Iskandar
You, the strategist with a wry face. This is the perfect battlefield for us, I must say.

Fou
Fou, fooou?

El-Melloi
...I don't get it. What is it that makes you oppose us so much?

Iskandar
It seems you somehow can see what lies beyond our fate, but isn't that boring?

Iskandar
If that's really the case, I must at least play the role of someone who ruins your plan.

El-Melloi
What?

Iskandar
I can tell, you're also chasing a shadow on the path of conquest. Which means you share the same joy as me, the King of Conquerors.

Iskandar
I must entertain a fellow like you.
For that's my duty as a king.

Mash
Entertain... You stand as our enemy only to make him laugh?

Irisviel
That's crazy...

Altria
Yes, he's most certainly crazy. However, it's a motivation befitting of this Heroic Spirit.

Altria
While there is no limit to this king's selfish arrogance, his actions are based on his interest in others. In fact—

Altria
He might look like a goril– Excuse me, a brute, but the truth is, he's notorious for meddling in others' business!

El-Melloi
B-But you should also excel at assessing the situation!

El-Melloi
It's obvious the kind of catastrophe this curse-filled Greater Grail is capable of causing! The world is facing a crisis!

El-Melloi
Despite the situation, you still want to fight me for such a selfish motive!? What are you thinking!?

Iskandar
Sure, you grumble, but you do like them, don't you? Games.

El-Melloi
...What...

Iskandar
Your burden and resolve do not matter. Unless you enjoy the challenge that's in front of you, life has no meaning.

Iskandar
Get more fired up, strategist. I will even stake my own path of conquest. Come, time to finish this.

El-Melloi
For you to go that far... Are you saying...
I am worthy as your opponent?

Iskandar
Of course. Though I have no knowledge of where you came from and how you are connected with me.

Iskandar
But what stands in front of me is indeed a warrior.
I won't be satisfied unless I defeat this man.

El-Melloi
...Haha, ahahaha, hah hah hah hah hah!

Mash
Wh-What's going on...

El-Melloi
Sorry, Fujimaru, my Master.
This will be my one selfish request.

El-Melloi
Let me fight him. My mission, the fate of the world...
I'll put it all aside.

El-Melloi
I'll focus solely on him. I don't even know if I can win or not... Just let me at him!

  1. It can't be helped.
  2. Sounds exciting.
  Select: It can't be helped.

  Select: Sounds exciting.

Mash
S-Senpai!?

El-Melloi
I appreciate your approval. Heh, if it were one of my students, I'd give the fool a good dressing-down...

El-Melloi
I won't mind even if I end up being defeated. If it's for someone as foolish as him or myself... Then there's meaning in serving him!

Fou
Fou! Foufou, fo—u!

Mash
Fou, even you give such a war cry... What's going on here doesn't make sense to me...

Diarmuid
Do not be sad, girl. This is called a man's dream. If you are also a Heroic Spirit, join them even if you don't understand.

ACT-17: "Wish of the Three Founding Families"

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Waver
Rider!?

Iskandar
Ugh... Well done! Hehehe, Stone Sentinel Maze, huh? You got me there.

El-Melloi
...

El-Melloi
This is not a skill I mastered myself.
I gained it by accident.

El-Melloi
After all, with my own ability, I'm no match for you...

Iskandar
Haha, moron.

El-Melloi
!?

  1. Did Rider just...flick his forehead?
 
  Select: Did Rider just...flick his forehead?

Waver
Why would you do that to him...

Iskandar
It doesn't matter whose power you wield on the path of conquest. How you wield it, lead it... That's what makes the difference.

Iskandar
If you saw my Ionioi Hetairoi with your own eyes, I'd expect you to understand that, at least. Idiot.

El-Melloi
Rider...

Iskandar
Huh? Did it hurt? Sorry. I don't know how to control my strength. I've lost the feeling in my fingertips lately, so...

Iskandar
Well, since you've already gotten such deep lines in your forehead, I assume a small attack won't leave a scar. Right?

El-Melloi
...Nonsense. Some scars affect the heart more than the body.

Iskandar
Haha, give me a break. Anyway, it was a good fight.
I'm sorry, kid, but it's time for me to go...

Waver
...Why? I am the one who's supposed to cry now.
Why are you crying instead?

El-Melloi
...You're right. I'm embarrassed to be seen this way.
I never thought I would have such a meeting in this lifetime...

El-Melloi
Ugh! ...What!?

Mash
Lord El-Melloi!?

Fou
Foooh!?

Altria
What was that attack!? From where!?

Zouken
Bahaha, you dropped your guard, strategist. I guess even the magecraft you're so proud of is useless if you're distracted by something so pathetic.

Berserker
aaa...Aaaaa...

Diarmuid
Berserker!?

Assassin?
Damn! I didn't expect to be ambushed at this stage!

Irisviel
You must be... Zolgen, Makiri's mage!
What on earth are you doing!?

Zouken
That's my line, Einzbern!

Zouken
Helping to dismantle the Greater Grail... Have you fallen so far that you've even forgotten the wish of the Founding Three?

Irisviel
It's so obvious! This ritual failed a long time ago! Heaven's Feel will never be achieved with the Grail in a state like this!

Zouken
So what? What's wrong with it? What we become... What we achieve... That no longer has any meaning.

Zouken
We've devoted everything to the past 500 years...
I don't care as long as I can witness the fruit of our labor.

Irisviel
Zolgen, are you out of your mind!?

Zouken
Who knows? How do you separate sanity from insanity? Now that my soul has withered away, I can no longer tell.

Zouken
Still, I will not let you lay one finger on this Greater Grail. This is the realization of our old dream. I will never hand it over!

Berserker
Aaaaaa!

ACT-18: "The Fallen Grail"

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Mash
We have defeated Berserker!

  1. How's Lord El-Melloi?
 
  Select: How's Lord El-Melloi?

Mash
He is unconscious and in critical condition. He needs help right away. But the fact that we defeated Berserker means...

Zouken
Bahaha, ahahahaha! Fools. To think you unwittingly helped to bring this ceremony to its completion.

Dr. Roman
I see, that was the fifth Servant defeated...

Zouken
At this stage, I no longer need the Lesser Grail to extract the sacrifices' magical energy. With my life's final ritual, I'll fuel them directly into the Greater Grail!

Irisviel
Huh!? I am losing the magical energy I was conserving... Zolgen, is this your doing!?

Zouken
No... I only hastened its awakening... Not in an imitation like yourself, but in a true vessel...

Mash
Master! Someone...is coming out of the Greater Grail!

Fou
Fou!?

Dark Irisviel
Well done, Makiri Zolgen. You're more shriveled up than the last time I saw you.

Zouken
Oh. Oh... Justeaze, the Chalice of Heaven...
Your beauty is exquisite...

Zouken
I see... So that's it... My role was no more than to recall your visage...

Dark Irisviel
My senile old foe. Enough. Your part is over. Now, go dream of the ideals that'll never be fulfilled... Then die.

Irisviel
Zolgen!

Diarmuid
Berserker's Master...was devoured?

Dark Irisviel
It's still...not enough. As if my vessel could be filled with five measly Heroic Spirits.

Dark Irisviel
You awaken me after preparing such a pitiful offering? The preparations for the feast are far from complete!

Irisviel
Justeaze Lizrich... No, it's a ruined Holy Grail, polluted by All the Evils of the World.

Dark Irisviel
Humph. What a foolish remark from my descendant. I am the Chalice of Heaven. The incarnation of the Third Magic who shall reach the Root and annihilate all evil.

Dark Irisviel
It's time. Pledge me your lives and souls! I will draw upon your blood to fulfill the cherished wish of 1,000 years!

Diarmuid
Saber, she is...

Altria
Yes, this magical energy's density...
At this rate we have no chance of victory!

Dr. Roman
I see... Since we lost Zhuge Liang–I mean, Lord El-Melloi II–we can no longer fight...

Altria
Were he safe, we may have stood a chance.
But the absence of one Servant is critical!

Diarmuid
Especially against an enemy of this stature, his loss is devastating. We must retreat!

Altria
The two of us will hold her off while we evacuate the Masters and the others. Lancer, you with me!?

Diarmuid
Yes!

Irisviel
But Saber!
What will become of you?

Altria
As long as the Master flees to safety, we can immediately withdraw from the front lines via Command Spells.

Altria
But, since you hold the Command Spells, everything hinges on your safety! Now, go!

Diarmuid
Heroic Spirit of the Shield! Assassin of the Counter Force! Please protect the Master!

Assassin?
Yes, leave it to me.

Mash
Y-Yes, I will!

El-Melloi
...Ah!

Mash
I'm so glad you regained consciousness!

Fou
Foou?

El-Melloi
Ugh... My Spirit Core is undamaged, but I can't move my body... I guess a Pseudo-Servant has its limits...

El-Melloi
...What about Saber and Lancer?

  1. They're fighting the Greater Grail.
 
  Select: They're fighting the Greater Grail.

El-Melloi
Ugh! In order to let us retreat?

Mash
Yes. They said we had no chance of winning at the time...

El-Melloi
No! Even if we run, we don't have any reserve forces! We must stand our ground and fight!

Waver
So what do we do!? You yourself have no strength left to stand with us!

El-Melloi
Waver Velvet, you're the key here.

Waver
...Huh?

El-Melloi
I know who you are, you brat.

El-Melloi
You find your powerlessness repugnant. You despise your incompetency and mediocrity. You are mired in an inferiority complex, with nothing to boast of to the world.

Waver
W-What's up with you? Don't tell me...

El-Melloi
The immature dream of a brat who always laments his own weakness... Are you prepared to finally wake up?

El-Melloi
The terror of wielding overwhelming power. The terror that heavy responsibility imposes. Will you taste these sensations while you are still just a brat?

Dr. Roman
Lord El-Melloi, what are you doing!?

Fou
Fou!?

Waver
...

Waver
Fine. I'm ready. We have no other choice, right?

El-Melloi
Hah, you truly are a fool. A fool who doesn't know his place. You truly understand nothing at all.

El-Melloi
But, that's exactly why...he once took a particular interest in you...

El-Melloi
Glory lies beyond the horizon... Huh?

Waver
Tell me! What am I supposed to do?

El-Melloi
Take my hand and pray. “The art of certain victory, the mode of harmonizing with charges, is a matter of opportunity.”

Waver
Umm... The art of certain victory...the mode of harmonizing with charges...is a matter of opportunity.

Waver
Ah! Whoa!

Waver
What's this? What's happening to me...

El-Melloi
Yes, it seems you've gained the strategist's favor.
He permits you to be his temporary avatar.

El-Melloi
Instead of my broken body, he can boss you around as much as he wants.

Fou
Foou!

Waver
I can tell...there's something inside of me... Zhuge Liang... Whaaaaat!?

El-Melloi
Rejoice, young man. You are the hero you always dreamed of being. Now, can you do your new form justice?

Waver
...Yeah, I can! I can do this!

El-Melloi
Fujimaru, sorry, but I'm entrusting you with this immature Pseudo-Servant.

El-Melloi
He's a little unreliable, but he'll be of use.
Go back and aid Saber and Lancer!

  1. Okay!
  2. Leave it to me!
  Select: Okay!

  Select: Leave it to me!

Mash
We need to hurry, Senpai, while Saber and Lancer are still alive!

Dark Irisviel
Hah hah, is this the best you can do? Pathetic Heroic Spirits. It's like you remained solely to nourish me.

Diarmuid
Ugh...this isn't good. I'm nearing my limit...

Altria
She's stronger than I imagined!
At this rate...

Waver
Hold on a bit longer and push through!

Diarmuid
What!? Why did you return!?

Altria
No, Lancer, the boy is different from before...
This magical energy... He is clearly a Servant!

Waver
We've returned to our former strength. We have Saber, Lancer, and the Counter Force Assassin...

Waver
The lineup he envisioned is assembled!
All we need now is orders, Fujimaru!

  1. This will be the final battle!
 
  Select: This will be the final battle!

Dark Irisviel
Foolishness... I'll devour every one of you.
Return to your origins within my chalice!

--BATTLE--

Dark Irisviel
Why... This hand...was meant to reach the ends of the stars...

Altria
Did we...win?

Mash
The enemy's magical energy has disappeared...
Victory is ours!

Waver
...

  1. Good job!
  2. Are you okay?
  Select: Good job!

  Select: Are you okay?

Waver
I...I had no idea!

Waver
I never knew that fighting for one's life...was this terrifying...

Altria
You did well. Very well for one's first battle.

Diarmuid
You deserve praise for not freezing in terror.
Be proud and bask in the glory of your victory.

Waver
Everyone...

Irisviel
They're all Heroic Spirits summoned to Fuyuki by the Greater Grail. Now that it's gone, they can't retain their form...

Altria
It is time to part ways. It was a taxing battle, but I am glad it ended well.

Diarmuid
May we meet on another battlefield. I am sure it will happen when the fate of the world is at stake.

Fou
Foou...

El-Melloi
The Holy Grail that we detected from Chaldea has disappeared without a trace.

El-Melloi
Also, Irisviel. You no longer have the ability to transform into the Holy Grail. What do you intend to do now?

Irisviel
Yes. Now that the Holy Grail War has been rendered meaningless, my existence is of no value.

Irisviel
I helped to destroy the Greater Grail with my own hands. There's no way that I can return to Einzbern now...

Mash
Umm, our original goal included recovering the Holy Grail that appeared in this Singularity.

Mash
If you like, why not return with us to Chaldea?

Dr. Roman
Yeah. If we abandon her, someone else might try to use her later for more sinister purposes.

Dr. Roman
It's probably best for us to take her under our wing.

Irisviel
...For someone with no one left to turn to, it's a generous offer.

Irisviel
Yes, I accept. I entrust myself to you all. Master from another world, let's work for a better future.

  1. Yes, thank you.
  2. We welcome you!
  Select: Yes, thank you.

  Select: We welcome you!

Waver
Are you guys...returning, too?

El-Melloi
Yes. Zhuge Liang as well. Relax.
You'll soon return to your ordinary, mediocre self.

Waver
...

Waver
You were right. This power is still a bit too much for me.

El-Melloi
Now that you know that, it is time to continue your studies.

El-Melloi
Someday, you will be forced to bear this power.

El-Melloi
Be consoled by the fact that you still have time.
Become strong while you still can.

Waver
You sound just like Rider.

El-Melloi
Humph, don't embarrass me. I am still no match for the King of Conquerors.

Waver
“Still,” you say? Does that mean you're also training?
To eventually be his equal?

El-Melloi
...

El-Melloi
The route to the surface is a labyrinth of caves, so I'll take you there. Then we part ways.

Fou
Fou, foou.

Assassin?
I guess I should say goodbye as well.

Waver
You're not returning to the surface?

Assassin?
I don't originally belong to this world, so it's a waste of time. If I wait, I'll soon be summoned back to the Throne.

El-Melloi
That's right, I forgot what type of being you were.

Irisviel
...

Assassin?
...It's strange. After we met, I had the feeling that only death would separate us.

Irisviel
Yes, it's weird, but I don't know why.
Yet...this strange feeling is not unpleasant.

Assassin?
Yeah. Same here...

Assassin?
...I thought I was cursed to fulfill my mission only through sacrifice or death.

Assassin?
Now, for the first time, I feel like I was able to fight to protect something.

Assassin?
Thank you. ...Although I don't know whether it's my place to say such words.

Irisviel
Yes. Goodbye. I'm glad I could meet you, nameless Heroic Spirit.

Dr. Roman
Good work! You went through a lot this time.

Fou
Foou, foou.

Dr. Roman
Da Vinci is now giving Miss Irisviel a thorough checkup.

Dr. Roman
I'm surprised. I never thought a Holy Grail could exist in such a form.

Mash
What about Lord El-Melloi?
How are his injuries?

Mash
Compared to a genuine Servant, Servants like us who possess the flesh of human beings

Mash
will die if they suffer too much damage...

Dr. Roman
Yes. He'll be in the ICU for a while.
He needs complete rest.

Dr. Roman
How reckless to have someone else form a contract with a Heroic Spirit while seriously injured.

Dr. Roman
He was nonchalant so you wouldn't be alarmed, but he was actually in really bad shape.

Fou
Foou.

Mash
But, thanks to him, we somehow pulled through... Also, the Heroic Spirit who was an agent of the Counter Force...

Dr. Roman
Right. What a strange encounter. To think that even after humanity's history has been incinerated, the Counter Force would still function.

  1. What is this “Counter Force”?
  2. What was he, exactly?
  Select: What is this “Counter Force”?

  Select: What was he, exactly?

Dr. Roman
The Counter Force...in theory, it's a force that acts to preserve the human race.

Dr. Roman
It's said that people who accomplished rare feats of valor in life are summoned by this Counter Force.

Dr. Roman
If a crisis threatens the human race, they are summoned through time and space to eliminate the source of the calamity.

Mash
So they are Servants who have no Masters, summoned solely to fight?

Dr. Roman
Yes. Even in death, their souls are tasked with a mission to fight for all eternity.

Dr. Roman
I cannot possibly understand their feelings...
They must endure unspeakable anguish.

Mash
...Yes. Although I'm a mere Demi-Servant and not a Heroic Spirit,

Mash
I cannot imagine being summoned to battle without a Master.

  1. Really?
 
  Select: Really?

Mash
Yes. What supports me in battle is you, Senpai, the one I sealed a contract with.

Mash
That bond gives me the strength and courage to overcome fear. To fight without such support would be too cruel.

Fou
Foou...

Assassin?
...

Assassin?
Will you come out already? You're the star performer.
No one will interfere now.

E:???
Humph! So you knew.
I don't want to! What a pain.

E:???
Isn't conserving energy popular in this age?
I wanted to catch you off your guard.

E:???
Well, good job picking up on me instead.
I appreciate the welcome. Less lonely.

E:???
But why didn't you warn your friends of the danger?

E:???
They only destroyed a contaminated Holy Grail.

E:???
I, Aŋra Mainiiu, its contents, remain separate.

Assassin?
I didn't want to rely on the help of others intervening from another world.

Assassin?
Your curse belongs solely to this world. It does not extend to theirs. It's logical for me to deal with you alone.

Aŋra Mainiiu
Oh, how nice. It's a fine thing to take pride in one's work.

Aŋra Mainiiu
I guess it would be painful for us to be pitied when we fight. No one would gain anything.

Aŋra Mainiiu
Happiness is everything, right?
Well, anyway—

Aŋra Mainiiu
...In that sense, you're just as much on the losing side as I am.

Aŋra Mainiiu
I know you're a mass murderer by your scent.

Aŋra Mainiiu
I bet you'll come “here” in the end.
After you're worn out by an eternity of abuse.

Assassin?
I don't think so. This is the fate I have chosen.
I was never compelled to, nor did I ever give in.

Aŋra Mainiiu
That's precisely why. You should have broken down somewhere along the line. That way you would have had a chance at peace, even salvation.

Aŋra Mainiiu
But because you couldn't stop being a “Hero of Justice” until the very end, even after death, you became a cogwheel in a mechanism like the Counter Force.

Aŋra Mainiiu
Surely that's proof you're on the losing side.

Assassin?
My life led me to this point. I have no regrets.
I do admit that we're fundamentally similar.

Assassin?
You'll curse the world, and I'll save it.
We are both devices with assigned roles. That's all.

Aŋra Mainiiu

(Grin)

Aŋra Mainiiu
Okay. If you're so sure, I guess I have to show you my respect.

Aŋra Mainiiu
If curses and salvation face each other, there is no choice. We must both seek love and recognition in the way we know best.

Aŋra Mainiiu
For such an occasion, why don't you name yourself? Unlike me, you remember your own name, yeah?

G:Emiya Kiritsugu
Emiya... Kiritsugu. Or so I was called when I lived as a human being.

G:Emiya Kiritsugu
I will save the world. I did so until now, and I will forever.

Aŋra Mainiiu
There ain't a world that can be saved by humans.
How long will you try to disprove that conclusion!

ACT-EX: "Retrieving the Holy Grail"

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Mash
Senpai? Do we still need something here?
I believe the case is closed...

  1. I don't think that's the last Holy Grail...
  2. Uh, you know. Standard procedure.
  Select: I don't think that's the last Holy Grail...

  Select: Uh, you know. Standard procedure.

Mash
I see... Senpai's sixth sense... I understand.

Mash
I, Mash Kyrielight, shall search the premises as Senpai's Servant!

Mash
Ahhh—!?

  1. Mash!?
  2. That was fast!?
  Select: Mash!?

  Select: That was fast!?

Mash
Master, this is bad! Look what I found sprawled out in the shade, near the cliff!

C:???
Ouch, that hurts, that hurts! Don't pull so hard!
I'm weak, so if you pull too hard something'll snap off!

Mash
There is a suspicious-looking figure lying on the ground!

  1. It's the shadow itself—!?
 
  Select: It's the shadow itself—!?

Mash
Yes. I cannot grasp its identity even in light.
But it is not quite a Shadow Servant...

Mash
What should we do, Master?
He does not seem particularly evil...

C:???
Oh, so supple. Hmm, fine curves too...
(Rub rub)

Mash
Hyahhh!?

C:???
Heh heh. Perks of being injured. Time to recover! Even on the verge of death, a beast's instincts are uncontrollable!

C:???
You have quite a fine Servant with you!
She would give my former Master a run for her money!

C:???
I'm just talking about looks, of course.
It's sad, but both are still mentally children.

  1. This...is a Perverted Servant!
  2. Mash, give him a good beating.
  Select: This...is a Perverted Servant!

  Select: Mash, give him a good beating.

Mash
Y-Yes! I, Mash Kyrielight, shall mercilessly exterminate him with my new moves!

--BATTLE--

C:???
Ahh—!?
You wretches seriously beat on an injured person!?

C:???
This is a scene where a virtuous person would ask,
“Why were you lying on the ground?”

Mash
I beg your pardon. I'll try it again.

Mash
Why aren't you still on the ground?
It looks like you're still breathing, but...

C:???
That can happen. Dead, but not really dead.
You see, resurrection is my special ability.

C:???
Ah, never mind. This isn't the time to bring that up.

C:???
I know about you people. You're the ones who destroyed the Greater Grail along with that Counter Force fellow.

Mash
Y-Yes. Do you know about Senpai?

C:???
I do. I observed your Master fighting for a bit from the best seat in the house. So, anyway, what?

C:???
It's your fault that I was lying collapsed on the ground... Would you believe me if I said that?

Mash
Our fault?

The Dress of Heaven
I'll explain the rest, Avenger.
At ease.

Mash
Iri!? But that form...

The Dress of Heaven
Hello, Mash and Fujimaru.
Good work.

The Dress of Heaven
I'm the Dress of Heaven. I'm a different entity than Irisviel, with whom you were working until just a while ago—

The Dress of Heaven
Simply put, I'm like the spirit of the Greater Grail.

Avenger
That's right. You people destroyed a woman in black, didn't you? Think of her as a good version of that.

The Dress of Heaven
That's a crude explanation, Avenger.
Why can't you be more classy...

Avenger
Forgive me. At any rate, you were beating me viciously until just a moment ago. Of course I'm going to harbor a deep grudge.

Mash
Iri is the one who beat that man in black to within an inch of his life?

The Dress of Heaven
...Well, I hate to say it, but yes and no.

The Dress of Heaven
Fujimaru. Listen closely, for this is your group's problem as well.

The Dress of Heaven
You destroyed the black Holy Grail. That's fine.
I don't mind. Even though it was painful.

The Dress of Heaven
But to be honest, that was a mistake.
You shouldn't have done it.

The Dress of Heaven
The reason is—

The Dress of Heaven
The reason is, the way you destroyed it was too lenient!

The Dress of Heaven
You should've done it more thoroughly! For example, you could've blown it up together with one floor of a luxury hotel!

  1. Spoken like a rock star!
  2. ...All right, this is starting to sound familiar.
  Select: Spoken like a rock star!

  Select: ...All right, this is starting to sound familiar.

Mash
Um... Iri?
What do you mean by that?

The Dress of Heaven
I'm saying you were too naive. You didn't completely destroy the black Holy Grail.

The Dress of Heaven
You broke the vessel in a clumsy manner.
As a result, the Lesser Grail...

The Dress of Heaven
Irisviel was broken into shards and scattered. Each of those shards has begun working independently.

The Dress of Heaven
They are—
Fire Iri, Water Iri, Earth Iri, and Wind Iri!

  1. The four elements of Irisviel!
  2. That's too many.
  Select: The four elements of Irisviel!

  Select: That's too many.

Avenger
Exactly. Four of them are too much to handle.
I tried to get them to calm down...

Avenger
...But I was just wasting my breath, as they attacked me.

The Dress of Heaven
Yes. Like the original Irisviel, the four split-up elements would be kind under normal circumstances.

The Dress of Heaven
But Fire Iri, who is particularly extreme, rose up in revolt.

  1. Fire Iri?
  2. Revolt?
  Select: Fire Iri?

  Select: Revolt?

The Dress of Heaven
Yes. And like leaping flames, the other Iris were awakened to their violent side.

The Dress of Heaven
Sad to say... but even after gaining their freedom and individual personalities, their grudge against you didn't disappear.

The Dress of Heaven
Do you understand, Fujimaru?
Your war isn't over yet.

The Dress of Heaven
Four types of Irisviel, let loose in Fuyuki.
You have a responsibility and a duty to defeat them.

The Dress of Heaven
They're, how can I put it... Anyway, persistent, immune to discouragement, and obstinate.

The Dress of Heaven
I'm sure they'll come back after you beat them.
But please stick with them until the job is done.

The Dress of Heaven
Besides, it looks like that gloomy, yet shy, sensitive, and handsome man... Ahem. I mean, the hooded assassin has gone back.

The Dress of Heaven
In the first place, that man isn't suited for this kind of job, right?

The Dress of Heaven
I'm asking you as a favor, on behalf of Avenger.

The Dress of Heaven
Assassin... Save the city of Fuyuki instead of him.
Only you people can do this job.

  1. Sure. Leave it to us.
  2. That dress is lovely.
  Select: Sure. Leave it to us.
The Dress of Heaven
Thank you. I was hoping for that answer, cute Master♡
Avenger
Are we done talking? Then I'm counting on you folks to take care of the rest.
Avenger
I'm not suited for fighting and I hear that woman in white doesn't want to see me, undisciplined as I am.
Avenger
From here on out, this is your domain. Teach those fragments of the Holy Grail a lesson to the very end.

  Select: That dress is lovely.
The Dress of Heaven
(Blush) Th-This is Einzbern's formal wear. I mean...
The Dress of Heaven
It's a dress for magical rituals! Now don't pay me any more embarrassing compliments!
Avenger
Are we done talking? Then I'm counting on you folks to take care of the rest.
Avenger
I'm not suited for fighting and I hear that woman in white doesn't want to see me, undisciplined as I am.
Avenger
From here on out, this is your domain. Teach those fragments of the Holy Grail a lesson to the very end.

The Dress of Heaven
Yes. The rest is up to you, Fujimaru.

The Dress of Heaven
Also, I'd like a word with you, Avenger, so please come here. When you get right down to it, this is your fault, isn't it?

Avenger
But I'm a victim in all of this.
Corporal punishment is barbarous.

Mash
...Um...

Mash
I feel like I'm out of the loop, but we've got a new mission, Master!

Mash

Let's make a fresh start and search Fuyuki again from scratch!