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Singularity 4: London
E Pluribus Unum

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Prelude

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Woman
Hah... Hah... Hah...

Woman
What is this fog?
My body...is losing...more and more...strength...

Woman
Not only that...

Woman
All this time...
Something's been...chasing me all this time!

E:???
—I'm sorry.

Woman
Huh? Wh-When did you...get in front...of me?
O-Oh...

Woman
...N-No... Stay away...

Woman
Oooh, no, don't come near me... I don't know
you... What are you... WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU!

E:???
I'm sorry, Mom.
I'm sorry.

E:???
But I want to go home...
I want to go home, go home, go home, go home, so...

E:???
We... We really, really...want to go home, okay?

Woman
Eek!
No, please stop— Stop, stop, stop, stop!

Woman
What's that thing you're holding!? Stop it...
Please... Just don't come...near me!

E:???
I'm sorry.

Mash
Good morning, Senpai.
...You're looking quite pale today.

Mash
You couldn't sleep at all? That's no good,
you must get plenty of rest while you're in Chaldea.

Mash
Rest is also an important part of our mission.
Like I told you before, we are–

  1. ...  2. I had a scary dream.
  Select: ...
Mash
Senpai? Mash
Perhaps...
You had...a dream?
  Select: I had a scary dream.
Mash
...So you did have a dream.

Mash
What kind of dream was it?
It's just a guess, but...could it be my... Um...

  1. The dream was like a horror movie.  2. I don't really remember.
  Select: The dream was like a horror movie.

  Select: I don't really remember.

Mash
I see. That's good to hear...

Mash
No. No, it's nothing. The meeting's about to start,
so let's go to the Control Room.

Mash
You've had breakfast already, right?
Then let's go, the Doctor is waiting.

Dr. Roman
Good morning, everybody.
Good timing. We just finished prepping.

Dr. Roman
Let's start with the analysis of information from last time.

Mash
Observing the era of King Solomon, where a summoning
spell called the 72 Demon Gods was used, right?

Dr. Roman
That's right. Let me start with the result...
There was nothing wrong with King Solomon's era.

Dr. Roman
Singularities could not be observed around the 10th
century BC. Basically what that means is...

Da Vinci
Unfortunately, as Romani says, those who called
themselves the 72 Demon Gods had nothing to do with King Solomon.

  1. Why is that?  2. Good morning, Da Vinci.
  Select: Why is that?
Da Vinci
Oh, how do I put it... Think of it like a mystery novel,
one where the suspect's alibi stands.
  Select: Good morning, Da Vinci.
Da Vinci
Hey, good morning! Someone that can actually greet
people! Player's Name, you're a fine Master!

Dr. Roman
If King Solomon had used the 72 Demon Gods,
we definitely would have detected it.

Dr. Roman
Or at least seen signs that he released his 72 Demon
Gods toward the future from 10th Century B.C.

Dr. Roman
But there was nothing unusual during King Solomon's
time. Which means his era remains part of correct human history.

Dr. Roman
Therefore—

Da Vinci
Lev Lainur and those calling themselves Demon Gods
appeared from a completely different era.

Da Vinci
So, King Solomon has nothing to do with them.
Well, of course—

Mash
...That's not the case if King Solomon had been
serving someone else as a Servant, right?

Da Vinci
Correct. Like Player's Name,
one can simply use Solomon as a familiar in his own era.

Da Vinci
That way, one could also control the "72 Demon Gods."

Dr. Roman
Sigh. Using the 72 Demon Gods as familiars...
But that's assuming those things really existed.

Dr. Roman
Besides, I don't think King Solomon is
the kind of person that would aid such evil.

  1. Even if he was so in life...  2. Servants obey their Masters...
  Select: Even if he was so in life...

  Select: Servants obey their Masters...

Mash
Forgive me, Doctor.
But it's a Servant's nature to obey their Master.

Mash
As long as it's the Master's command, then King
Solomon would have no choice but to obey, right?

Dr. Roman
Such a villain couldn't summon Solomon.
It's not like the Holy Grail War in Fuyuki.

Dr. Roman
Chaldea's Summoning System comes into effect only if
the Master and Heroic Spirit both agree to it.

Da Vinci
Oh, you do have a point.
I came to Chaldea because I agreed to.

Da Vinci
The director back then was a fine mage.
I agreed to the contract because I could trust them.

Da Vinci
I told you before, didn't I? I'm Chaldea's third
successful summon. It's definitely worth noting!

  1. So you're Servant No. 3?  2. Who was the first?
  Select: So you're Servant No. 3?

  Select: Who was the first?

Da Vinci
No. 2 is right in front of you. It's Mash.
As for No. 1, no one knows at this point.

Da Vinci
No. 1 and No. 2 are treated as confidential matters.
Only the previous director knew the details.

Mash
Senpai. The Heroic Spirit who rescued me is No. 2.
...Not that I know his True Name or skills.

Fou
Fou...

Dr. Roman
Director Marie didn't even know about No. 1, either.
The previous director kept all of No. 1's data under wraps.

Dr. Roman
...Now that I think about it, perhaps the previous
director's death wasn't an accident, but a murder.

Dr. Roman
It's likely that Lev disliked the successful No. 1—
No, the Heroic Spirit Summoning System itself, so much so that he killed the previous director.

Da Vinci
Oh, but I think No. 1 ended in failure. Since even
Mash's Heroic Spirit No. 2 ended as an incomplete summon.

Da Vinci
For Chaldea, completely successful
Heroic Spirit summons started with me, No. 3.

Da Vinci
Also, No. 1's existence itself is suspicious.
I think No. 1 may have been summoned by accident.

Da Vinci
That's because Fate, the Heroic Spirit Summoning
System's foundation, was at long last proven with No. 2's help and—

Dr. Roman
Ahem! Ms. Leonardo, we're going to start the Rayshift
soon, so would you mind getting it ready?

Da Vinci
Whoops, a slip of my tongue.
Well, that's it for me?

Dr. Roman
...Now, in any case, for the remaining four Singularities...
It's possible the mastermind lurks in one of these eras.

Dr. Roman
After all, there are no abnormalities in any other era.
If we crush each Singularity, we'll find the culprit.

Dr. Roman
Now let me explain the details of our Order this time.
The Fourth Singularity is in the 19th century–

Dr. Roman
Of the seven, it's the Singularity closest to modern times.
But no need to be surprised.

Dr. Roman
This is a time when civilizations rise and flourish.
In this era, mankind makes huge strides.

Dr. Roman
–In other words, the Industrial Revolution!
It's a definitive turning point in mankind's history.

Dr. Roman
Even from the standpoint of a consumer society,
this is when mankind makes a huge leap towards modern times.

Dr. Roman
Your specific destination
will be the dazzling, lavish British Empire.

Dr. Roman
Surprisingly, it's specific to the capital, London.
This differs from the widespread approach of the other Singularities.

Dr. Roman
Maybe this time, you won't have to walk yourselves to
death. After all, there are carriages and trains.

Dr. Roman
That is, of course, if you can manage to use them.
Since some abnormalities have been detected...

Dr. Roman
Soon, the Singularity that is 19th century London will be
incinerated. It will vanish. You must stop it.

Dr. Roman
Find the Holy Grail,
and correct the Fourth Singularity.

Mash
Understood.
So we'll be working inside the city this time.

Dr. Roman
Yes, that's right.
Lucky you! London, the city of fog...

Dr. Roman
If only I could go with you all.
Please get Sherlock Holmes's autograph if you see him.

Mash
Doctor.
This isn't a vacation.

Dr. Roman
R-Right.

Mash
Oh, one more thing.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character.

Mash
I'm guessing it will be hard to get his autograph.
I'm sorry, but please give up.

Dr. Roman
Right...
Wait, Mash, you too?

Mash
Excuse me?

Dr. Roman
Are you a Holmes fan, too? Isn't he the best?
The world's best detective, the little gray cells!

Mash
That's Hercule Poirot.
He appears in books written by Agatha Christie.

Dr. Roman
Oh...
Th-That's right. Okay. Let's get back on track.

Dr. Roman
All right, are you ready? The world hasn't
been incinerated yet, so go reclaim our future!

  1. Mission...start!  2. Let's be cautious this time.
  Select: Mission...start!

  Select: Let's be cautious this time.

Mash
Yes, Senpai.

Announcement A
Unsummon Program. start.
Spiritron Conversion, start.
Announcement A
Rayshift starting in 3. 2, 1.
Announcement A
All procedures cleared.
Grand Order, commencing operation.

Section One: London, The City of Demonic Fog

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Mash
Rayshift successful. ...It seems we can't
see very well in our current conditions.

Mash
Fog?
No, could it be smoke? It's extremely dense...

Mash
In the sky...
I can see the same "Circle of Light" as before. But...

Mash
...with all this fog and pollution, it's obscured—

Dr. Roman
Fog and smoke engulfing the sky?
That's fairly common for the Industrial Revolution...

Dr. Roman
...but this doesn't look like your typical fog or smoke.
I'm picking up an abnormal amount of magical energy readings.

Dr. Roman
It's dense. Very dense. Really dense.
No, this may be a little too dense!

Dr. Roman
It's like the atmosphere is saturated with magical energy!

Dr. Roman
It's poisonous to life-forms, this fog...
Mash, Player's Name, how are you feeling?

Mash
There's nothing wrong with me.
Probably because I'm a Demi-Servant.

Mash
How about you, Senpai?
You don't seem...any different than usual.

  1. Same as always.
  Select: Same as always.

Mash
Good to hear.
But try not to enter that dense fog if you can.

Dr. Roman
Player's Name is okay... Huh.
Indeed, there are no significant vital sign changes.

Dr. Roman
I'm a bit surprised.
I have the analysis result of that fog...

Dr. Roman
I'm positive it's harmful to organisms. It would threaten
a normal human's life if they breathed it.

Dr. Roman
Mages, monsters, Servants, and Phantasmals have
innate magic resistance, so for them it's a different story...

Dr. Roman
So of course Mash is fine.
But how is Player's Name all right...

Dr. Roman
Hmm... I wonder.
Maybe it's a poison-resistance skill?

Mash
Really?

Dr. Roman
It could be part of Mash's benefits, or rather,
the benefits of the Heroic Spirit Mash fused with.

Dr. Roman
Maybe the Servant that fused with Mash has
high poison resistance, or a strong blessing skill...

Dr. Roman
...and its protection extends to the Master.
That could be why Player's Name is safe.

Mash
...I'm happy to be of use to Senpai,
but it seems strange to call it a "skill."

Dr. Roman
Well, Player's Name is human, after all.
We'll call it "Poison Resistance Skill (Temporary)," then.

Mash
I-I see... "Temporary," is it...

Dr. Roman
For now. London, has turned into a city of death
enveloped by a magical fog.

Dr. Roman
How does it look around there?
Do you see any victims?

Mash
No, Doctor.
It's completely deserted.

Mash
It's currently 2:00 p.m., but there's not
a single carriage or even a pedestrian in sight.

Mash
I don't see any victims.
There's just nobody here.

Mash
It's like an abandoned city...

Mash
Also, as far as we can see from the street, all the
doors and windows of the buildings are shut tight.

Dr. Roman
After people started falling victim to the fog,
the survivors must have taken refuge indoors...

Dr. Roman
I've also detected
multiple life readings in the surrounding buildings.

Dr. Roman
They're likely survivors. No doubt they're
in trouble being trapped indoors.

  1. We need to solve this problem at once.  2. Let's do what we can.
  Select: We need to solve this problem at once.

  Select: Let's do what we can.

Mash
...Yes.
You're right, Senpai.

Mash
If we obtain and destroy the Holy Grail, the existence
of this abnormal London will be corrected too.

Mash
I'm sure that applies to all the residents who lost
their lives because of this fog...

Mash
...and those who are indoors, taking shelter from the fog.
Everyone, basically.

Mash
If Senpai and I can bring things under control here,
all phenomena related to the magical fog should disappear.

Mash
It'll be as if there were no damage or harm at all.
So, um... You see, what I'm trying to say is...

Dr. Roman
Mash is trying to say:
"Senpai is a nice person." Right?

Mash
...
...

Dr. Roman
Huh? Um, should I have not said that?
Wait, did I say something wrong?

Dr. Roman
—Wait a minute. Vital reaction detected.

E:???
...Who the hell are you guys?

Mash
Ah... Umm, w-we're, uh—

E:???
You're breathing in a place with that dense fog without croaking.
You obviously aren't ordinary humans.

E:???
So, which is it?
Friend, or foe?

Mash
(I could ask the same question...
Doctor, is she human? Or maybe...)

Dr. Roman
(I see, I'm also wondering the same! There's too much
magical energy in the area. I can't get a clear reading.)

Dr. Roman
(But look at that armor. She's definitely not a
typical London citizen.)

Dr. Roman
(I thought things would be easier
since we're limited to a city.)

Dr. Roman
(This has gotten quite troublesome!
We have no clue who or what she is!)

Dr. Roman
(An ordinary person who happens to have magical
resistance? A mage? Or, maybe a Servant—)

Dr. Roman
I can't tell at all! What do I do!?
Argh, I'm so disorientated here!

Dr. Roman
(I've never seen this kind of fog before...
Ah, help me, Magi?Mari!

Dr. Roman
"London's fog is worse than rumored. What am I supposed to do?"...There.)

Mash
(Calm down, Doctor. The situation won't
improve by consulting internet idols!)

E:???
What are you sneaking around for?
If you're not going to attack, well, whatever.

E:???
I have nothing to do here.
Sorry to bother you.

E:???
The fog is dense around here.
You'd better move if you value your life.

  1. Thanks for the warning.  2. We'll do that.
  Select: Thanks for the warning.

  Select: We'll do that.

E:???
Hmm?
Yeah. Well, see you.

Mash
Oh—

Mash
She's gone... The alley to the north...
Right into the dense fog, all alone, confident.

Dr. Roman
Wait, she left during our huddle?
She's so impatient. I wonder if she's a London girl.

Mash
That was a "huddle?"

Dr. Roman
It sounded like she knew what was going on. She
probably knows more than us about the current situation in London.

  1. Let's follow her.  2. Gathering data is important.
  Select: Let's follow her.

  Select: Gathering data is important.

Mash
Yes, Senpai.
Let's go after her.

Dr. Roman
I was just about to say that.
But then she just had to go and disappear on me.

Mash
Doctor... Doctor Roman.

Dr. Roman
Yes, sorry.
All right, time to get moving. I'll keep careful watch!

Mash
...What is that? I can hear something.

Dr. Roman
No vital reactions, but I detect multiple moving bodies!
The fog still obscures magical readings, so I can't get any!

Mash
The sound is approaching. It's close.
Master!

Dr. Roman
Multiple targets closing in at high speed. Assume
they're hostile. Break through before you're surrounded!

Dr. Roman
Good judgment will be even more important here—
Player's Name, be careful!

Mash
Preparing for battle.
Master, your orders!

--BATTLE--

Mash
—We made it through. Somehow we
were able to move without being surrounded.

Dr. Roman
Who knew something like that would be lurking in the
fog? No wonder nobody's emerged from any buildings.

Dr. Roman
Since no doors or windows seem to be kicked in,
that must mean they don't break into houses, right?

Dr. Roman
Strange.
They're really quite strange.

Mash
Yes. What bizarre enemies...
No, I don't think they were living creatures.

Mash
We'll call them enemy bodies for now.
They're likely automata animated by magecraft.

Mash
The structure of their remains seems familiar.
Some parts are machinery from this era, too.

Dr. Roman
I-I see...

Dr. Roman
I'm sorry. I won't be able to give you any advance
warning. All of my magical detection readings are in a state of chaos.

Dr. Roman
I only have motion detection at best.
Hmm, this is quite concerning.

Mash
I feel the same.
It's just like the city itself...

Mash
Fog, smoke.
It's like there's a layer of mist around everything...

Dr. Roman
At any rate, we have to act more cautiously than before.
All right, let's go after that girl.

Mash
Yes... Senpai, let's go.

Section Two: Knight of Londinium

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Dr. Roman
Detecting multiple entities!
Here they come! They're around the corner!

Mash
...It's the same sound as before. Master!

  1. Let's drive them away!
  Select: Let's drive them away!

Mash
Yes!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Hmm. It's like...
a presence... What is this feeling?

Dr. Roman
The girl from earlier? Is she nearby?
London girls are quite quick on their feet, aren't they.

Mash
No, there are multiple readings.
But they're silent... They're not puppets?

Dr. Roman
Yeah, they might be different. They move differently.
But this feeling... They're definitely enemies. Here they come!

--BATTLE--

Mash
All enemies defeated.
Good work, Senpai.

Mash
They don't seem to be puppets. But... I can't say
for sure if they are humans, either.

Mash
I believe these enemies...
are a kind of... Well, homunculus.

  1. Homunculus?  2. A kind of human created by magecraft, right?
  Select: Homunculus?

  Select: A kind of human created by magecraft, right?

Mash
Yes. An artificial human created with magecraft.

  1. Mash?  2. Were you hurt?
  Select: Mash?

  Select: Were you hurt?

Mash
No... I'm fine, Senpai, thank you. There's no need to worry. I carefully monitor my physical condition.

Mash
I'm sorry. I'm probably a little on edge
because of the unusual environment we're in.

Mash
I need to learn how to adapt to any situation.
I'm your Demi-Servant, after all.

  1. I'm counting on you!
  Select: I'm counting on you!

Mash
...Yes.

--Arrow--

Dr. Roman
—Okay. I'm starting to get the hang of this.

Mash
Doctor?
Have you detected anything?

Dr. Roman
Yeah. It could be because they're mechanical,
but I'm positive they're hostile. Multiple enemies approaching!

Mash
Roger.
Master, prepare for battle. Waiting for orders!

--BATTLE--

Mash
All enemies destroyed.
There are none left as far as I can see.

Dr. Roman
I can't detect anything else from here either.
Okay, continue on ahead... Wait, hold on.

Dr. Roman
I've detected a single, large unit.
Easy to make out. It's too large to be human!

Dr. Roman
I doubt it's a large vehicle.
Mash, do you sense anything?

Mash
...I can hear machinery operating. It's large!

Dr. Roman
It would have been a rather romantic story if Britain's
secret service had arranged for a special vehicle...

Dr. Roman
...or if this era's Mage's Association had sent a
mechanical golem to save the citizens of London.

Dr. Roman
I doubt that's the case here! It's clearly an enemy,
and it's approaching you!

Mash
Master, be on your guard.
It's probably a new type of enemy.

  1. Let's fight cautiously.  2. Mash, we just have to take our chances!
  Select: Let's fight cautiously.

  Select: Mash, we just have to take our chances!

Mash
...Yes!

Dr. Roman
Enemy contact now!

--BATTLE--

Mash
...All enemy movements have ceased.

Mash
It was powerful... But what was it, exactly?
A golem? A mechanical puppet?

  1. A robot...  2. It was so cool!
  Select: A robot...
Mash
It looks...that way...
I guess you could see it that way, yes...
  Select: It was so cool!
Mash
Cool? It looked like a walking tin can to me... Well,
I guess the definition of cool is subjective...

Dr. Roman
It's problematic that I can't detect any magical energy.
Mash, are there any enemies remaining?

Dr. Roman
If any enemy parts are exposed, send me some images.
I'll analyze them when I have the time.

Mash
Understood.
I'll send the visual data after filming.

Mash
Hmm...

Mash
It's bizarre... This mechanical armor is corroding
in some places.

Mash
It seems fine for the most part, but areas that
seem to be made of metal have...corroded...

Dr. Roman
Hmm, did we use any acid attacks in the last battle?
Wait, do we have any Servants of that sort?

Mash
During the Industrial Revolution in London, massive
amounts of smoke emitted from steam engines was a big social problem.

Mash
The sulfurous gases in the smoke got caught in the cold
fog, retaining and concentrating into a fog of sulfuric acid...

Mash
...Hmm.

Dr. Roman
Huh? Is something the matter, Mash?

Mash
No. Please wait...
"Something like inhaling sulfuric acid?" Yes, that's it...

Mash
Some records from before... Should be...

Mash
Yes. That's right. I mean, this era—

  1. Mash, behind you!  2. Hey, who are you!
  Select: Mash, behind you!

  Select: Hey, who are you!

Mash
!?

Mash
...Ah!

Mash
I'm under attack!
An ambush? I didn't sense anything!

G:???
...Hey, what are you, exactly? A human?
Or a mage?

G:???
You're moving unhindered within the magical fog,
and you seem just fine within "our fog" as well.

G:???
I guess you're just like us.

Mash
So you're a Servant. You're supposed to be a
human from this era, though...

Mash
—Jack the Ripper.

Mash
An infamous serial killer who not only killed many
women in London at the end of the 19th century, but who also dismembered them...

Mash
...and directly challenged Scotland Yard. The symbol of
terror that swept across England, no, all of Europe, at the time.

Jack
You know about us?
Hmm, that pleases me... How very nice... In that case...

Jack
You're aware, then, of what we'll do to you?
Oh, I'm so very, very happy!

Jack
I'm so...HAPPY!

Mash
She's coming at us!
Master, your orders!

--BATTLE--

Dr. Roman
The motion response is gone.
Either they retreated or are hiding within the fog.

Mash
...Right. That was a dangerous, hostile Servant.

Dr. Roman
From the area analysis I did during the battle, a part of
this fog is likely from the Noble Phantasm of that Servant.

Dr. Roman
But the fog of magical energy that covers London
is something else entirely.

Dr. Roman
In short, it was a combination of the two fogs.
We've got a really difficult opponent on our hands...

Dr. Roman
The fog contains such a high density of sulfuric acid
that there's no way this is a normal phenomenon.

Dr. Roman
Also... And this is the most troubling aspect, Mash...

Mash
I know. My memory seems to have been altered.
We just fought...and yet...

Mash
...the memory of my opponent is a blur.

Mash
I only remember one thing.
It was a Servant.

Mash
The form, the name, and...
There's some other memory related to it, but...

Dr. Roman
Hmm. Seems like the effect can transcend eras.
My memory is kind of vague, too.

Dr. Roman
At this rate, the observation record may be distorted,
too. What a strange Noble Phantasm it is...

Mash
Speaking of bizarre—
That's right. Doctor, we, um...

  1. We were filming...  2. What about the giant robot from earlier?
  Select: We were filming...

  Select: What about the giant robot from earlier?

Mash
Ah! That's right. We were filming.
Senpai, I'm sorry... Thank you.

Mash
It seems the effect on your memory is weak, Senpai.
Lucky for us!

Dr. Roman
That's right! Yup. Right. I received it.
I received image data for a mysterious robot.

Dr. Roman
I'm going to proceed in analyzing these images.
I wonder what it is?

Dr. Roman
It doesn't look like a golem that runs on magical energy,
but it also doesn't look like a complete machine...

Mash
Doctor, are you versed in mechanical engineering?

Dr. Roman
I'm no expert, but I am a member of Chaldea.
Albeit as medical staff.

Dr. Roman
Hmm, this is... Don't tell me we've just come
across some lost steam engine technology.

E:???
Oh, that—?

E:???
It's just a clump of steel, right?
We call it...

E:???
—Helter Skelter.

Mash
You are–

E:???
I've been watching you. You destroyed one of them,
which means you're probably not my enemy.

E:???
Besides, you fought well, not bad. Considering you
probably have no idea about the circumstances.

E:???
Very nice.
I rather like fools like that.

  1. Can I ask you a question?  2. Who are you calling a fool!?
  Select: Can I ask you a question?

  Select: Who are you calling a fool!?

E:???
Say what?

Mash
You're right.
I'm sure we're not your enemy.

Mash
Please... Can you give us some information.
Will you speak with us?

Mash
What's happening in this foggy city?

E:???
Very well.
I'll talk to you.

E:???
But first, let me get one thing straight.
You're a Demi-Servant, aren't you?

Mash
...Yes. My name is Mash Kyrielight.
And I am a Demi-Servant.

E:???
And who are you?

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

E:???
Mash Kyrielight and Player's Name, huh?
...I suppose that's all right. It has nothing to do with me.

E:???
I am Mordred. A Heroic Spirit.
And—

Mordred
I'm a Knight of the Round Table, here to face the perils
of Londinium, a city in Father's beloved Britain.

Section Three: The Demonic Fog Laughs

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F:???
...Oh boy, Saber. You always reveal your
True Name to strangers right away.

F:???
We talked about this.
If you're introducing yourself, just state your class.

F:???
Do you understand?
Disclosing your True Name is like revealing your abilities.

F:???
That's the reason we conceal
our True Names during normal Holy Grail Wars.

F:???
And yet you give out your
True Name at the drop of a hat...

Mordred
Oh, what's the difference? This is no longer
the "Holy Grail War" that you spoke of.

Mordred
It's not the one with 7 Heroic Spirits, nor the one with
14. On top of that, no Masters. Anyway, do you have any ciders? I am thirsty.

F:???
Wait, that's my favorite sofa...
Ah well. Yes, I already got your ciders chilled and ready.

Mordred
Right, we do have a refrigerator before it became widely
used. Being a scholar sure is useful.

F:???
Though I have chemicals that need to be stored at low
temperatures. It's necessary for scholars.

Mordred
Sure, sure.

Mordred
(...Gulp, gulp gulp) Whew! That's the stuff.
It really hits the spot coming out of that demonic fog!

Mordred
Mmm—

Mordred
What are you two doing?
Don't just stand there. Find a place to sit.

Mordred
My home is your home.
This is my temporary base.

Mash
Ah, right...
Senpai, what should we do? Is it all right to sit?

  1. I suppose...  2. You with the glasses... Can I ask you something?
  Select: I suppose...

  Select: You with the glasses... Can I ask you something?

F:???
...Haha. Well, all right, I don't mind.
If Saber trusts you, I'm sure we're on the same side.

F:???
I haven't introduced myself yet.
I am Henry Jekyll.

Jekyll
I work in London as a scholar— A scientist.
Though not officially a mage, I am familiar with elixirs.

Jekyll
One day, all of a sudden,
London was blanketed by this fog. It was a nightmare.

Jekyll
I was able to figure out that the fog contained
magical energy, but was at a loss about what to do.

Mordred
That's when we met and started working together.

Mordred
He isn't very reliable as a mage,
but comes in handy in his own way.

Mordred
I provide the muscle.
He investigates and analyzes.

Jekyll
Exactly.

Mash
Um—
Excuse me. Mr. Henry Jekyll?

Mash
That name, um...

Dr. Roman
It's the same name as a character in a novel.
Coincidence? Or perhaps he was the model for that character?

Dr. Roman
Mash, can you detect the presence of a Servant?
I can't. You're inside, but you might as well be outside.

Mash
I can't either, Doctor.
I can't tell if this presence is human or not.

Jekyll
I assure you, I am a genuine human.
If it's a Servant you want, they're outside, investigating.

Jekyll
And what were you talking about?
A novel?

Mash
...Yes. A book that was published a little before this era.
The main character shares your name.

Jekyll
I don't recall that.
Strange, as I do read my share of novels...

Jekyll
The same name as the main character? Really?
Hmm, I don't think I could forget that.

Jekyll
Well, let's set that aside.
It is a very common name, after all.

Jekyll
—As I was saying, I am Henry Jekyll.
All I want to do is stop this blight on my hometown.

Jekyll
But the more important matter at hand is you folks.
You're slightly different from us, aren't you?

Mordred
—Hmm... Singularity, huh?

Jekyll
One of seven bolts that were driven into the world.
And...the London of this era is that bolt.

Mash
Yes. We're searching for the Holy Grail,
which we believe causes the Singularity.

Jekyll
I understand your situation now, more or less. Now, let
me tell you of the city's circumstances that we're aware of.

Jekyll
Each night for the past three nights,
a lethal fog has descended upon London.

Jekyll
If you wear a mask in an area where the fog is thin,
you probably won't die from it.

Jekyll
But it's no good where it's thick. Normal creatures
will be corrupted by the magical energy just by breathing it.

Jekyll
It probably depends on one's predisposition,
but in the worst cases, death comes within an hour.

Jekyll
I don't have the exact numbers, but according to
my calculations, several hundred thousand have died.

Jekyll
There are areas that have become ghost towns already.
The East End is just about wiped out.

Jekyll
It's only a matter of time before the entire city
is nothing but ruins.

Jekyll
It's all because of that fog. An extraordinary dense fog
laced with potent magical energy—

Jekyll
For now, we're
calling it Demonic Fog.

Mash
London, covered by a deadly fog... It's slightly similar
to an incident that will occur in the 20th century.

Dr. Roman
Is it off by a century?
That's probably what the Singularity is... But...

Dr. Roman
I'll look at the 20th century case, too. I had thought this
was a one city deal, but it's getting pretty complicated.

Jekyll
It's not just the Demonic Fog.
You two should've engaged in combat as well.

Jekyll
These past three days—on top of the Demonic Fog,
London has been plagued with other types of threats.

Jekyll
Those committing atrocities under cover of the fog.
Automatas made of magecraft, killer homunculi...

Jekyll
Helter Skelter—

Jekyll
And there's a serial killer.
The newspapers call them "Jack the Ripper."

Mash
The newspapers?

Jekyll
Yes, the newspapers were still being printed
on the first day of the Demonic Fog... Though no longer.

Jekyll
Understandably, it seems neither Scotland Yard
nor the government has a handle on the situation.

Jekyll
Government functions are already starting to freeze up.
External support is hindered by the fog, isolating London.

Jekyll
It's already been three days.
A cooped-up populace won't last long.

Jekyll
The Demonic Fog doesn't go indoors,
but once food and water runs out, London will perish.

Dr. Roman
...That's horrifying. The situation requires quick response.
All right then, Mr. Jekyll and Mordred.

Dr. Roman
I have a proposal. We'd like you to help us search for
the Holy Grail, the likely origin of this situation.

Jekyll
Nothing would suit us better.
Right, Saber?

Mordred
Fine with me.
It seems like the best thing to do.

Dr. Roman
Good, this will truly help us!
In more ways than one!

Dr. Roman
So– Mash and Player's Name,
lucky for us, this apartment is over a Leyline!

  1. Excuse me?  2. We can put a Terminal Point here.
  Select: Excuse me?

  Select: We can put a Terminal Point here.

Fou
Fouuu!

Mash
Right, Senpai and Fou.
It's possible to set up a Summoning Circle in this room.

Mash
Maybe Mr. Jekyll knew about the Leyline
and intentionally built his apartment over it?

Jekyll
Oh, no, I'm not a legitimate mage, so this isn't
a magecraft workshop. It's just a regular room.

Jekyll
At any rate, feel free to use it as you please.
What are you going to do?

Dr. Roman
We'll put the Servant summoning circle over the Leyline
to boost Player's Name and Mash's combat abilities.

Dr. Roman
Servants summoned by the circle aren't always active,
but they're a huge help during battles!

Dr. Roman
All right!
Let's start setting it up!

Mash
Roger.
Creating Terminal Point—

Da Vinci
While they make the circle,
I'll help you pass the time.

Da Vinci
Previously, I spoke about Servant class affinity,
so I think I'll expand on that.

Da Vinci
Just as each Heroic Spirit has a story to tell, they have
classifications that explain how they were born.

Da Vinci
There are three attributes: Heaven, Earth, and Human.
Most Servants fall under one of these categories.

Da Vinci
Heaven includes Divine Spirits demoted to Heroic Spirits,
children of gods, and embodiments of legends.

Da Vinci
Earth includes legendary heroes that took hold in the
land, fairies, and Demonic Beasts.

Da Vinci
Human is for heroes and great people who actually
existed. I'm included in this group, as a great artist who actually existed.

Da Vinci
Heaven wins over Earth, but loses to Human.
Earth wins over Human, but loses to Heaven.

Da Vinci
And Human wins over Heaven, but loses to Earth.

Da Vinci
...Humans believe in gods. However,
gods that they stop believing in become "nonexistent."

Da Vinci
Native heroes and fairies have nothing to do with faith.
However, they are no match for the gods that created them.

Da Vinci
...And there are rare, special Heroic Spirits
that do not belong in any of the three attributes.

Da Vinci
They are an exception of exceptions.
–The Heroic Spirits of the Star.

Da Vinci
They do not belong to Heaven, Earth, or Human.
Yet they exist on earth under heaven, and are born of humans.

Da Vinci
Servants of the Star have nothing to do with Heaven,
Earth, or Humans. After all, they're an exception.

Da Vinci
That said, these are nothing more than categories.

Da Vinci
The effects aren't as pronounced as Class affinity,
so it's not worth integrating into a strategy.

Da Vinci
...And that wraps up this session. Summoning circle
setup complete. Good luck in this era, too!

Dr. Roman
Thank you, Da Vinci, thank you!
Thank you yet again!

Jekyll
Who was that just now? She was beautiful,
but... She wasn't actually here, was she?

Fou
Fou, fouuu!

Jekyll
???

Mordred
...Mmm. I remember seeing him somewhere before.
Phantasmal?

Fou
F-Fouuuu...

Mash
Fou?

Jekyll
Perhaps a rare animal from around Africa? Anyway,
Saber, and this concerns Mash and Player's Name, too.

Jekyll
This is abrupt–
but I would like to ask you three to do something.

Mordred
We just got back and we have to go out
into the Demonic Fog again? Good grief.

Mash
I apologize for asking you to lead the way.
It's just that we're not used to London yet.

Mordred
Oh, it's fine. Don't worry. If you guys hadn't come here,
this work would've had to be all mine.

Mordred
If anything, I should be thanking you. Sorry for making
you come along based on vague information.

Mash
Oh, no, Mordred. Not at all...

Dr. Roman
Protecting one of Mr. Jekyll's other collaborators,
the Swiss scholar Mr. Frankenstein, huh?

Dr. Roman
Seems he's been unreachable since this morning.
Do you normally communicate with each other via radio?

Mordred
Jekyll does. He calls it his information network.
I don't really understand it.

Mordred
He has collaborators all over the city
and chats with them on the radio every day.

Mordred
Old man Victor
was safe until yesterday at least.

Dr. Roman
Victor Frankenstein, huh... Just when we thought
it's another character from a novel, it turns out to be his "relative."

Mash
The grandchild of the mage that became the model
character in the novel, was what Mr. Jekyll mentioned.

Mash
Unexpected, indeed.
In Mary Shelly's novel...

Mash
Dr. Frankenstein was a scientist. But the person
he was modeled after was a real-life mage.

Mash
It brings to mind that idiom
about how "truth is stranger than fiction".

  1. Is it that strange?  2. Are scientists and mages really that different?
  Select: Is it that strange?

  Select: Are scientists and mages really that different?

Mash
Yes. Strictly speaking,
magecraft and science are contrary to each other.

Mash
Chaldea's existence is an extreme exception, and if you
think about it, both globally and historically—

Dr. Roman
Oh yes, but everything has an exception. In a certain era,
science and magecraft virtually meant the same thing.

Dr. Roman
For example, even if you set aside ancient times,
some will say alchemy is the origin of chemistry.

Dr. Roman
There are numerous examples of mages who are known
as renowned scientists, chemists, and scholars.

Dr. Roman
You know,
Da Vinci is one such example.

Mash
Ah—

Da Vinci
Mmm. You called?

Da Vinci
Oh, you're talking about science and magecraft.
I'm no help there. After all...

Da Vinci
I'm almighty.
You can't compare me to anyone. Too bad. Bye.

Mash
Ah! We lost the connection.

  1. What's with her, anyway?  2. Da Vinci is way too carefree...
  Select: What's with her, anyway?

  Select: Da Vinci is way too carefree...

Mash
I know...

Mordred
We're near Soho.
Keep your guard up now. They'll be here soon.

Mordred
The edge of the City Area where Jekyll's apartment is
seems relatively peaceful in comparison.

Mordred
This area is no good.
We're in their territory.

Dr. Roman
So it appears. I'm picking up multiple motion signals.
It'll be a fight, so watch out!

Mash
Right. Master, your orders!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
...Damn. They're coming again.
I wish I could unleash my Noble Phantasm at will.

Mash
We're inside the city.
I'm sorry, but you must get your temper under control.

Mordred
I know that, Shieldy.
Ugh, somehow I feel weird when you tell me that.

Mash
Hold on. "Shieldy?"
Are you referring to me?

Mordred
Huh? You have a shield, don't you?
You use it to defend and bash people in the face.

Mordred
Or, does "Ms. Shieldy" sound better?
I don't care which one you pick.

Mash
...That's okay.
Just call me "Shieldy," please...

Dr. Roman
The enemy is trying to flank us from both sides.
Can you take care of the right side, Saber Mordred?

Mordred
Leave it to me. I usually deal with everything by myself.

Mordred
Are you ready over there, Player's Name?

  1. Yes, I'm ready!  2. Strike foes from the left!
  Select: Yes, I'm ready!

  Select: Strike foes from the left!

Mash
Roger. Entering battle with hostiles!

--BATTLE--

Mash
...Excuse me.
Can I talk to you for a second?

Mash
I, um...

Mordred
What? Speak up.
If you have something to say, just say it.

Mash
All right, then.

Mash
I have a question for you.
Why are you fighting here?

Mash
Mr. Jekyll is fighting to protect his hometown.
But what about you—

Mordred
I already told you, didn't I? I'm here to face the perils
of Father's beloved Londinium.

Mash
Well, sure...
I mean...

Mash
Yes, I did hear that when we first met.
I understand that, really, but...

Mash
I hope you won't get upset, but for some reason,
I... I feel like...it's for a different reason.

Mordred
...Jeez.

Mordred
All right.
I didn't even tell Jekyll about this, you know?

Mordred
I just—

Mordred
Yes, that's right. I just can't allow the land of
Britain to be violated by someone other than me.

Mordred
I'm the only one allowed to violate the land
King Arthur loved. I can't let anyone else do that.

  1. ...  2. So distorted...
  Select: ...

  Select: So distorted...

Mordred
Hm? Did you say something?

  1. No, not at all.  2. Not particularly.
  Select: No, not at all.

  Select: Not particularly.

Mordred
If you want to say something, say it.
Well, anyway...

Mordred
Don't worry.
I will give you the Holy Grail once we find it.

Mordred
I won't say "I want it after all" or anything.
And even if I did, it wouldn't serve any purpose.

Mordred
I'm Mordred, the Treacherous Knight. But this time
it's special, and I'll be on the defender's side.

Mordred
Honestly, I was hesitating a bit.
Meeting you guys cleared up my mind.

Mash
What do you mean?

Mordred
I mean, someone worthy of being the owner finally
showed up. You can have the Holy Grail.

Mash
???

Mordred
Enough chitchat.
Don't bring up this topic ever again.

Mordred
We're almost at the mansion, but enemies are here
again. Well then, shall we rip them apart?

Dr. Roman
Mordred's detection is amazing. Is it an Intuition skill?
We detected hostile reactions too. There'll be three waves!

Mash
Roger.
Master, orders please!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
All right, we're here.
This big building is Victor's mansion.

Mordred
Unlike Jekyll who's half-assed,
he is a genuine mage, so be careful.

Mordred
Traps like barriers and such are set up all over, so even
Servants get hurt if they touch things without knowing.

Mordred
When I first visited to check things out,
I had an absolutely terrible experience here.

Mash
Oh, okay.
I'll be careful, then.

Dr. Roman
A death trap workshop in an urban area...
Sounds like a cautious old guy with pretty strong nerves.

Mordred
The first challenge is the entrance door.
See, look at that big door—

Mordred
—Damn, we're too late.

Mash
Someone is at the entrance...
A tall silhouette... A clown?

Mordred
Hey, you! Scarecrow! Or are you a living statue?
Whatever! Anyway...

Mordred
...you stink like hell.
It's like blood, guts, and fire.

Mordred
And the catalyst for the old man's favorite
elemental spell? I can smell it from here!

Mordred
You killed him, didn't you.
You murdered Victor Frankenstein.

???
Yes, I did—
Well, no, let me see. Just a moment, please.

???
Indeed, indeed. That elderly man will not open his
mouth, brush his teeth, eat food, or breathe ever again.

???
Yes, yes.
Frankly speaking, I'm certain he is dead.

???
It's a shame. He refused to join our cause.
Right till the very end.

???
But, and yet, however.
Who killed Victor Frankenstein?

???
That might be quite a difficult question to answer.
Because he "blew himself up."

Mash
!!!

???
Oh, my.
Did I scare the beautiful young lady?

???
My apologies.
As you can see, I am a demon after all—

???
That was a joke, and I'm sorry for letting you down,
but I'm actually a Heroic Spirit.

???
I'm a Servant just like you.
The class is Caster.

???
...Oh?
Well, folks, you don't get it?

Mordred
That's enough. Shut up.

???
No, I'm sure you got that.
You wonder why I revealed my class so easily?

???
It is reasonable during a Holy Grail War unlike
any other. At least that lady over there knows why!

???
An encounter instantly becomes an all-out battle!
As we are Servants without Masters—

???
We can be called the most powerful forces on the earth.
However...

???
Sadly, it seems that you have a Master.
Best you protect yourself well. Otherwise, in no time...

Mordred
Enough small talk.
And wipe that grin off your face right now.

???
Pardon?

Mordred
That smirk of a smile! So annoying!
Was it really that fun to kill that old man?

???
Well, sure—

???
Once he rejected our cause,
it was like a job to me, so to speak.

Mash
Cause?

???
When you are obligated to do something,
it's usually quite a nuisance, indeed.

???
But still, it feels good to do your best.
You will work hard for a job you enjoy.

???
His expression in the moment he died. The face of a
human who understood the transition from life to death!

???
Despair!
Sorrow! Ah! That is exactly it—!

???
Well, anyway, something like that—

???
It killed my boredom?
At least, I guess?

Mordred
...I see.

Mordred
Immigrant or not, that old man was a citizen of Britain.
Listen, you took him...

Mordred
You put your hand on "my stuff" without my permission.
You know what will happen?

???
—What?

Mordred
—I'm saying, I'm going to kill you, dumb-ass clown!

???
Well, well, well!
You? Killing me? Can you, really?

???
You seem to be a hot-blooded person!
Good, that's fine. I'll try not to disappoint you then!

???
You might as well watch out for the explosions!
My Noble Phantasm has already been set up!

???
By my True Name, Mephistopheles!
I shall relish striking you all down into despair!

Dr. Roman
You've set up what!? Dammit! I don't know if
it's because of the fog or his skill, but it's undetectable!

Mash
Master, hostile Servant approaching!
Orders, please—

  1. Get him!  2. Fight and watch out for his Noble Phantasm!
  Select: Get him!

  Select: Fight and watch out for his Noble Phantasm!

Mash
...Roger!

--BATTLE--

Mephistopheles
This is quite...regretful!
This materialization was one I couldn't enjoy much of...

Mephistopheles
I suppose Servants need Masters after all... Yes, the
power of the bond between Master and Servant...

Mephistopheles
Something of it...
Not. Yes, definitely not.

Mephistopheles
Once a Master decides to fulfill an earnest wish, I must make at least one child must die by the Master's hand.

Mephistopheles
Otherwise you can't enjoy the best part of a Holy Grail
War. Oh, I envy you, Shield Servant...

Mephistopheles
You will have countless chances from here onwards...
to betray and throw your Master into despair!

Mephistopheles
I am so...jealous of you!

Mordred
—Shut up.

Mordred
...Did you find anything?

Mash
Yes. I found the note the doctor left.
Apparently, he was writing this when he was attacked.

Mordred
I see.
I must say, he was a lax old guy until the end.

Mash
...I'll read it out loud.

Mash
"I learned of a certain plot. Its name is 'Project Demonic
Fog.' Though its present state is still unknown,"

Mash
"The three leaders of the project are 'P', 'B' and 'M', who
can cast spells beyond human wisdom. Probably Heroic Spirits."

Mordred
Is "M" the guy from earlier?
Well, let's take this back and have Jekyll read it, too.

Mordred
And now...
I've found something interesting, too.

Mordred
Hey, come over here.

H:???
...Uh.

Mash
...A girl?

  1. She has a horn.  2. Is she human? Or a Servant?
  Select: She has a horn.
Mash
Yes, she does have a horn...
  Select: Is she human? Or a Servant?
Mash
Who knows?
It would be the best if we ask her.

Mash
Are you a human?
Or are you a Servant just like us?

H:???
...Uhh.

Mash
?

Dr. Roman
Hmm, I can't determine what she is... All I can read
is that there are vital and physical reactions.

Dr. Roman
It seems the detection issues caused by the Demonic Fog
can reach indoors, too. How about you, Mash?

Mash
I can't figure it out, either.
How about you, Mordred?

Mordred
I can't tell for sure by just her presence.
I think the Demonic Fog outside is interrupting.

Mordred
But, you're asking what she is?
Of course she's a Servant—

Mordred
At least I wish I could say that.
...In my memory, that's how it was supposed to be...

Mordred
Anyway, yes.
She is an artificial human. Apparently.

Mash
An artificial human—is she?

Mordred
I found her in the coffin in the backroom,
and a note was attached. Let me see...

Mordred
First artificial human created by Grandfather Victor
Frankenstein, or something like that.

Dr. Roman
So it is Frankenstein's monster.
But didn't it burn up in the end according to the novel?

Dr. Roman
I wonder if she can hear my voice.
Let's see... Are you Frankenstein's monster?

H:???
...Uhh, ah... uuuh...

Mordred
Hm?

Mash
It seems like she doesn't have a speech function.
But I can somehow understand her.

H:???
...
...

Mash
Name, I guess.
Monster—is certainly a name you don't like, right?

H:???
...Uhh.

  1. Then, how about Fran?
  Select: Then, how about Fran?

H:???
...Uh...

Mash
Ah, she seems to be happy with the name.
Okay then, Ms. Fran.

Fran
...Uh...

Mash
You are an artificial human... Is that correct?

Fran
...Uh, uh...

Mordred
You're not a Servant, huh.
Oh, I get it. You mean, "you're still alive."

Mordred
I finally understand.
No wonder I couldn't figure it out just by looking at you.

Mash
?

Mordred
Oh, never mind.

Mordred
We can't just leave her here,
so let's take her back to Jekyll.

Fran
...Uh, uh...

Mordred
Your master is no longer here.
You can go anywhere you want.

Mordred
I'll let you stay with Jekyll for now. Let's go. The fog
shouldn't impact you if you're an artificial human.

Mash
Is she...really?
I'm not so sure about that. That's a dangerous action.

Mordred
She's going to be fine! She's not breathing.
Right, Fran?

Fran
...Uh.

Mordred
See. She's nodding.

Section Four: One Book, One Pen

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Jekyll
This girl—yes, Fran is an artificial human. Her
physical composition was not of a spirit. She's not a Heroic Spirit.

Jekyll
She is a human living in this era.
Wait, I guess artificial human.

Jekyll
Maybe the description in the novel was wrong...
Though I can't be that positive about it.

Fran
...Uh... Uh...

Jekyll
Hmm?

Mash
Um, well...
She's just... I mean... How can I say this...

Mordred
You touched around her body insisting it was an
inspection, and it made her unhappy. Apologize to her, Jekyll.

Jekyll
Oh. I'm very sorry. How shameful of me.
That was unacceptable from an English gentleman.

Fran
...Uh.

Jekyll

Mash
It's fine, as long as you understand...
That was the nuance in her voice... I think.

Mordred
Most likely.

  1. Yes, that's what she said.  2. How are you guys understanding her?
  Select: Yes, that's what she said.

  Select: How are you guys understanding her?

Jekyll
How do you guys know what she thinks?
Is it because you're the "same gender"... Oh, no, nothing!

Mordred
Next time, I will kill you.

Jekyll
Yes. Yup. Sorry. I'll never say it again. Anyway—
another case showed up in my info network.

Jekyll
Something strange appeared in the Soho area.
Apparently it even slips indoors to assault civilians.

Dr. Roman
Let me confirm. The homunculi, automata,
and Helter Skelters until now—

Jekyll
Have zero cases of entering buildings. At least not
according to my information network and Saber's patrols.

Jekyll
What is entering buildings and attacking civilians
appears to be a book as big as a human.

Jekyll
I decided to tentatively call them Magical Tomes.
I want you to deal with this.

Jekyll
Whether this is related to "Project Demonic Fog" is
uncertain, but at the very least, there have been victims in Soho.

Jekyll
I need your help.
Will you do it?

  1. Leave it to me.  2. It's no use staying still.
  Select: Leave it to me.

  Select: It's no use staying still.

Mash
I agree, Master.
We're some of the few able to go outdoors.

Mash
I will try my best to be of help to you, Senpai.
Rather, it would make me happy...

Mordred
What are you talking about? Doesn't matter if
you're a Demi or whatever, you're still a Servant.

Mash
Y-Yes.

Mordred
...Oh, I mean... Well, just forget it.

Mash
Huh—

Mordred
Master-Servant relationships are case-by-case.
It's not something I should interfere with.

Mordred
Now, shall we?
I don't know if Fran can be useful, so she'll stay here.

Fran
...Uh, uh...
...Uh...

Mordred
What, are you lonely?
Just be a good girl and wait. We'll be right back.

Mash
It's dangerous outside.
Let's talk again when we come back.

Fran
...Uh, uh.

Mordred
Huge book... A Magical Tome, huh? A kind of monster
that didn't exist in Britain back in my day.

Mash
The Britain when you were alive... Did monsters
exist back in the times of the Arthurian legends?

Mordred
Of course. The Knights of the Round Table
even fought dragons and giants.

Mordred
Deep woods, steep mountains, bluffs with unceasing
winds. Realms humans never cross are prime dens for Phantasmals.

Mordred
They come down to human dwellings every so often.
And well, ordinary humans usually end up as their food.

Mash
Food, you say.

Mordred
Average soldiers are no match for demonic beasts,
dragons, or Phantasmals. Even in your era, most weapons are useless.

Mordred
But there are exceptions.
For Britain—it was the Knights of the Round Table.

Mordred
We fought well, and killed a reasonable number,
you know? Battling a Phantasmal is pretty rough—

Mordred
Oh, and them. Them...
The Picts.

Mash
In our time, they're seen as a very mysterious people.
A tribe that once flourished mainly in Scotland, so we've heard.

Mordred
Well, rather than people, they were...
Um...

Mordred
They weren't like any tribes or barbarians...
They went far beyond any of them.

Mordred
Describing it in terms of your era, they were like
something that would be in a sci-fi movie, you know?

Mordred
Aliens?
Or, something like that. Yes, that's a close one.

  1. An Arthurian joke?  2. Ah, that's a funny joke.
  Select: An Arthurian joke?

  Select: Ah, that's a funny joke.

Mash
Yes, Senpai. I heard it as a joke, too.
...Oh.

Mash
Mordred, I...
I'm sorry. I completely missed the timing to laugh.

Dr. Roman
Hmm, that was an Arthurian joke?
So you're supposed to miss the timing... Hm, I see.

Fou
Fou...

Mordred
Joke? No, I wasn't joking at all—

Mordred
Wait, I sense enemies.
Most of them are automatas.

Mash
...It's a battle. Master, your orders please!

--BATTLE--

Fou
Fou...

Mordred
Crushed the dolls. There.

Mordred
But—
What is this sort of thing even called?

Mordred
In Asia they have a term for it, don't they?
"En" or something. It's like fate?

Mordred
Gathering all sorts of Heroic Spirits and making them
your allies—That's not something you can achieve easily.

Mordred
But well, if that's the way you're using
the summons I guess it's possible.

Mordred
This method should indeed make Heroic Spirit summons
easier. I can imagine who it was that suggested it.

Mordred
To be honest, it feels strange to me...
...But that, I suppose, is also fate.

Mash
?

  1. What is Mordred talking about?  2. Is it about the summoning system?
  Select: What is Mordred talking about?

  Select: Is it about the summoning system?

Mash
Yes... It seems so, anyways. Are you talking
about the Heroic Spirit Summoning System?

Mash
Um... Mordred, do you know much about Heroic Spirit
summons? Like you're a Saber with magecraft knowledge?

Mordred
What did you just say, Shieldy? Do I have
magecraft knowledge? Are you being sarcastic or...

Mordred
...Wait, that's not what you meant, huh.
Argh, you're such a pain in the ass, Mash!

Mash
Y-Yes...! I don't know why I just got scolded,
but in any case I'm very sorry!

Mordred
I'm not scolding, it's just a complaint!
That's another thing you two have in common!

  1. "You two?"  2. Touchy, aren't you?
  Select: "You two?"
Mordred
...Forget it. That was a slip of the tongue.
Don't probe any further, Player's Name.
  Select: Touchy, aren't you?
Mordred
Of course, I am. Being cranky is my default mode.
It's 'cause I'm a mass killer, as far from a saint as one can be. Mordred
You guys are the ones that are getting too close in the
first place. People are normally scared of me, being the Treacherous Knight and all.

Mash
...

Mordred
...Tch! Look, you guys aren't the problem here, okay?
It's my own nature that's the problem.

Mordred
So don't misunderstand me. It's not that I hate either
Mash or Player's Name. I don't hate you, that's not it, but—

Mordred
I can't help myself. Come on, let's fight.
Get that shield up. I'll batter it to pieces.

  1. You ARE upset!  2. Treacherous Berserker!
  Select: You ARE upset!

  Select: Treacherous Berserker!

Mordred
Yeah, insult me all you want.
I'm used to it. Feels better than awkward compliments.

  1. I won't let Mash engage in needless battles.  2. [[#To fight Mash, go through me first[line 3]|To fight Mash, go through me first[line 3]]]
  Select: I won't let Mash engage in needless battles.

  Select: To fight Mash, go through me first[line 3]

Mordred
Oh, so you CAN act like a Master. Though it would've
looked a lot cooler if your knees weren't shaking, you know?

Mordred
The weak should act like one and stay back. Because
they meddle in things like that, they're the first to die, yeah?

Mash
—! Master, get back!
Mordred is serious!

Mordred
You parried my first attack! How cheeky! You're finally
learning how to use that thing the way you should!

Mordred
That's good. Here goes, Shieldy! You must always be
one step ahead of your own limit to protect your allies!

Mordred
If you're gonna use that Noble Phantasm, put some spirit
in it! As an experienced Servant, I will train you thoroughly!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Hah... Ah... Ugh...

  1. Mash!  2. Mordred!
  Select: Mash!
Mash
Sen...pai— Thank goodness.
Were you watching? Mash
Battle...is over—I...was able
to parry...Mordred's attacks—
  Select: Mordred!
Mordred
Oof... Don't glare at me like that. I regret that I went a
little overboard. You seriously look scary right now. Mordred
Don't worry, that was a mock fight.
Mash was fully aware of that too.

Mordred
So, how was it, Mash? Figured out how to use that
Noble Phantasm at least a little bit?

Mash
Yes... Thank you... Very much...
Somehow, it feels—

Mash
...like a shackle on my heart was removed... That was
the toughest I've felt since Cú Chulainn's spells...

  1. Then perhaps...that just now was?
  Select: Then perhaps...that just now was?

Mordred
...Well, drastic times call for drastic measures.

Mordred
She was holding herself back
by calling herself a Demi-Servant.

Mordred
I pulled a stunt here to hammer into her what her role
was. She'll be a bit more decent from now on.

Mash
Mordred...

  1. You look after others well.  2. ...Even so, a bit too rough...
  Select: You look after others well.

  Select: ...Even so, a bit too rough...

Mordred
Shut up. You guys drop your guard way too much
and it was pissing me off, that's all.

Mordred
It's not like me to teach swordsmanship to others.
In fact, this was my first time. Damn you!

Mordred
Listen. Not a word of this to Jekyll.
He'll interrogate me again.

Mordred
And sorry, Player's Name. I apologize for
disrespecting you. You are indeed weak, but it's a practical kind of weak.

Mordred
You're no coward nor scoundrel. You're an idiot worth
carrying, in your own way. Right, Mash?

Mash
Yes, definitely!
After all, Senpai is the best Master in Chaldea!

  1. Thanks, Mash.  2. Best in Chaldea is saying too much...
  Select: Thanks, Mash.

  Select: Best in Chaldea is saying too much...

Mordred
Okay, okay, enough already. This is so sweet
I'm getting indigestion.

Mordred
All right, time to hurry onward, Player's Name,
Mash. Keep that shield at the ready and follow me.

Mash
Okay!
Thank you very much, kind Sir Mordred!

Mordred
D-Don't suddenly start calling me "Sir Mordred," dummy!
You're gonna make me trip!

--BATTLE--

Mash
All hostile units eliminated... Complete silence confirmed.
Good work, Senpai.

Dr. Roman
Good work.
I received a transmission from Jekyll, so I'll connect you.

Jekyll
Can you hear me?
I have supplemental information to pass on.

Mash
Oh—I see. They took the radio transmission from
Jekyll and patched it through via Dr. Roman's channel.

Jekyll
Right. Chaldea's technology is marvelous. But let me cut
to the chase. It's about the Magical Tome running amok in Soho.

Jekyll
Unlike killer homunculi or automatas, the Magical Tome
can get past closed doors and into buildings. That we know.

Jekyll
We have specifics on the damage now.
They say it puts people into an unending slumber.

Mordred
Through magecraft?
Or a drug?

Jekyll
We don't know yet.
If it's just a drug, it shouldn't pose any issue for you...

Mash
Yes, I don't think that would affect us.
Senpai has Poison Resistance Skill (Temporary), too.

Mordred
I see, that's good.
But well, nothing beats good, old-fashioned vigilance.

Mordred
If it is magecraft, in my case, my Magic Resistance
Skill nullifies most effects on me—

Mordred
But I can't block a direct hit of, say, a drug made by a
Servant's skill or Noble Phantasm at high magecraft levels.

  1. Let's be really careful.  2. It's okay if it doesn't hit us.
  Select: Let's be really careful.

  Select: It's okay if it doesn't hit us.

Mordred
Well, yeah.
Just act carefully.

Jekyll
Once you've arrived in the Soho area,
stop by the antique bookshop I specified first.

Jekyll
There should be an informant there. That is,
if they haven't been attacked by Magical Tomes yet.

Mash
Understood.

Mordred
Then let's get going.
Soho's not far off now.

--Arrow--

Boy
...So you've finally come.
I was getting pretty sick of waiting, you idiots.

Boy
Thanks to you, I've ended up reading an entire novel
series, roughly 20 volumes, that I didn't even want to read.

  1. Who's this?  2. A child?
  Select: Who's this?

  Select: A child?

Fou
Fou?

Boy
You're the rescue team Mr. Henry Jekyll said was
coming? Then, let me quickly fill you in on the situation here.

Mordred
Huh? Wait, so the informant he mentioned is this brat?

Mash
This boy, as it were.
He must have some relation to this antique bookshop.

Mash
Maybe he's the shopkeeper's son or relative...
or grandson. Is that correct?

Mash
You're the one who contacted Mr. Jekyll,
and are seeking help from us, right?

Boy
Yes, that's right. The situation being what it is,
a rough understanding is fine for now.

Mordred
You kind of...have a really nice voice.
Is your voice changing right now?

Boy
Yeah, I've always wanted to be in theaters.

Boy
So embarrassing. Nothing more embarrassing than
a life where you couldn't achieve what you want!

Boy
Well, we'll put talk of my beautiful voice aside.
I'll be talking your ears off from here, anyway.

Boy
For now, let's talk about "this place." The Magical Tome
already assaulted the elderly shopkeeper here.

Boy
Nearly half of Soho's people met the same fate. They've
fallen into unending slumber, and now dream merrily together.

Dr. Roman
Do you know where the Magical Tome is now?
Also, how did you manage to escape its attack?

Boy
Huh? Are you stupid? Is your brain, not just your voice,
in la-la land? Obviously, I ran away from it!

Dr. Roman
Huh? ...Oh! Um, s-sorry... Of course...
That makes perfect sense... Ha, ha, sorry... I apologize...

Dr. Roman
Ha, ha...
Ha, ha, ha...

Mash
Doctor, please don't get hurt by a child's words.
Kids that age tend to speak very bluntly.

Boy
So, you asked where the Magical Tome is.
Right here.

Mordred
What?

Mash
Huh?

Boy
It's on the 2nd floor residence of the bookshop...
In other words, still on this floor, in the study next door.

Mordred
Haha!
Well, well! So it's right there?

Mash
!!!

Mash
Senpai, indoor combat is dangerous. We should avoid
combat in narrow, enclosed spaces if we can.

Mash
There is a chance that you and the boy
would get caught up in the fight.

  1. Then let's fight in an open space.  2. Lure it outside!
  Select: Then let's fight in an open space.

  Select: Lure it outside!

Mash
...All right.
Mordred, if you will.

Mordred
Okay, let's get this over with!

--Arrow--

Fou
Foou!?

Mordred
Dammit, I know the attacks are hitting, but they're not
getting through! What's with this book?

Mash
I don't get it either.
Our attacks are landing, but it's not going down!

Dr. Roman
Hmmm are you sure it's not an illusion?
And are you sure your attacks are hitting?

Mash
Yes, Doctor.
We have no status anomalies.

Magical Tome
...
...

Mordred
Tch, floating around like that! So cheeky for
a book, are you missing pages or something!?

Boy
More like a banned book. If the contents are true, then even as a book it can kill people... Or so the story goes.

Mash
The boy from earlier... You shouldn't come out!
It's dangerous! Go back!

Boy
Keep watching the Magical Tome, miss. Don't worry
about me, I'll take off as soon as I say what needs to be said.

Mordred
You...
I thought you had a good voice, but I never thought.

Mordred
Are you by chance a Servant?
Damn, this fog is clouding my intuition!

Boy
You finally noticed.
Yes, I'm a Heroic Spirit like you. Or rather—

Boy
Did you think a kid reading rare books so calmly
in a time like this is normal?

Boy
The ability to detect magical energy aside, your intuition
as a reader is abysmal, Saber. You should read more.

Boy
I recommend the series in shelf E on the 1st floor.
They're full of dreams, adventures, and bad endings you might like.

Mordred
Hey—who the hell are you!
You sure know how to jok—

Andersen
Andersen.
Hans Christian Andersen.

Andersen
My class is Caster.
If you want to know the details, read one of my books.

Mash
What? What?
—Whaaat!?

Mash
Hans Christian Andersen, the author– Amazing...
He's one of the top three fairy tale authors in the world, Senpai!

  1. Calm down.  2. Do you like fairy tales?
  Select: Calm down.

  Select: Do you like fairy tales?

Mash
Oh, no... Well... I wouldn't say I love them,
but I have read quite a few of them.

Andersen
Oh. You don't have to hide it, it's obvious! You're an
avid reader! I have an avid reader among Servants!

Dr. Roman
First characters from fictional novels,
now an actual author! And, our enemy is a book!

Dr. Roman
Okay, it's turning into another
confusing situation, Player's Name!

Dr. Roman
So how's Mr. Andersen?
Is he amazing as a Servant!?

Andersen
Huh? What does that bonehead expect?
I'm an author. Of course I'm absolutely powerless.

Andersen
It's neat to encounter a Magical Tome that attacks
people, but it's literally impossible for me to defeat it alone.

Andersen
So, here I am, waiting for Servants
fit for physical labor to show up!

Andersen
Now go fight, Saber and Ms. Avid Reader!
I'll keep detailed notes of the entire affair!

Fou
Mmm, kyuu!
Kyaau!

Mordred
Shut up, please shut up!
I feel like killing you before the Magical Tome!

Andersen
What? Not only do you lack intelligence to study the
Magical Tome, you can't make distinctions between friend and foe?

Andersen
Amazing. An extreme barbarian! You know,
your head must be filled with mashed potatoes!

Mordred
Move aside, Shieldy!
I'm going to beat the crap out of that punk first!

Mash
I know how you feel but calm down!
Mr. Andersen, please say something to her, too!

Andersen
Say something? Oh, something beneficial.
Hmm. Well then, here's a lecture.

Andersen
You have experienced the nature of the Magical Tome,
yes? Attacks are ineffective. Of course they are.

Andersen
It's because you think it's a book.
It's not. It's a type of Reality Marble.

Mash
Reality Marble!?

  1. Reality Marble?  2. As I recall, that's...
  Select: Reality Marble?

  Select: As I recall, that's...

Mash
Yes. It's a type of powerful magecraft that rewrites how
the world exists. They say it's almost equivalent to True Magic.

Mash
Rarely, there are cases when a Servant
materialized uses it as their Noble Phantasm—

Andersen
Right, maybe a Reality Marble affects the space it's in.
But that's different. Its existence itself is a Reality Marble.

Andersen
That's why it has endurance near invincibility.
It effectively utilizes the fact it is a Reality Marble.

Andersen
Then, why is that possible?
Good. That's a natural question.

Andersen
But figure out that much on your own! There's plenty of
food for thought, anyone can make sense of it in minutes!

Mordred
But we don't have those few minutes!
State the conclusion! The conclusion!

Mordred
It's floating right now,
but we don't know when it will attack again!

Andersen
How hasty... Do you start books at the ending? Oh, fine.
Out of respect for the avid reader, I'll tell you.

Andersen
My reason by analogy is that it originally
was a Servant that projects the psyche of its Master.

Andersen
It's easy if you elicit from dramaturgy.
Though, I needed to ponder for about an hour.

Mordred
You took your sweet time!
Enough! State the conclusion! The conclusion!

Andersen
The conclusion, or rather, the problem is before you.
This is a "stray." There is no Master.

Andersen
That's why it attacked the people in Soho.
It put them to sleep and made them dream.

Andersen
In short, it's searching for a Master. To manifest the
dream, it's "trying to materialize" as a Pseudo-Servant.

Mordred
What?

Dr. Roman
...I see!
So the guise of this Magical Tome has no substance!

Andersen
Good answer! It's not even a Servant. It's a clump
of magical energy that wants to be a Servant.

Andersen
It will materialize eventually if left alone.
In return, every citizen of Soho will fall asleep.

Andersen
Compared to the fog of magical energy drifting outside,
the damage may not be as vicious.

Andersen
However.

Andersen
Some may become emaciated and die while asleep,
but perhaps nobody will die.

Andersen
To begin with, if sleep takes so much of one's time,
we writers would go out of business!

Andersen
So, it will be defeated.
Soho has many bookstores, both new and used.

Mash
You contradict yourself, Mr. Andersen! You just
said it has no substance so we can't defeat—

Andersen
I mean, you can't look for a book without a title.
It's easy to give substance to a story.

Andersen
Can you hear me?
I'll give you a name, Magical Tome, no—

Andersen
—A Tale for Someone, Nursery Rhyme!

Nursery Rhyme
!!!

Mordred
You can do things when you actually try, punk!
But why didn't you do anything until now!?

Andersen
Idiot, if I gave it substance, it would attack me, too.
Just saying, I'm very weak in fistfights.

Andersen
I told you I had no choice but to hold my breath and read
books until you guys, the physical labor, showed up.

Nursery Rhyme
...Nursery... Rhyme...

Nursery Rhyme
No, it's not.
That's not "my" name, "my" name is Alice.

Andersen
Mmm? Huh?

Mash
Something...is a bit off from Mr. Andersen's predictions...
But, Senpai, this is...

  1. It's materializing!  2. All's well that ends well!
  Select: It's materializing!

  Select: All's well that ends well!

Mash
Yes, the enemy is materializing!
Now I can clearly discern its form!

Mordred
All right. Let's do it!
Afterwards, I'm gonna choke that punk!

Nursery Rhyme
Alice, where are you?
Alice isn't...here...

Nursery Rhyme
Hey, big sisters.
Where is the lonely "me?"

Andersen
...You don't have a Master.
No, to be exact, she probably is not in this era.

Andersen
...I can't believe there was a Master who loved
a book without a title this much.

Andersen
This is what you call painful to watch.
I'm sorry, but please defeat it quickly.

--BATTLE--

Andersen
...All bark and no bite.
I was expecting at least a reproduction of Wonderland.

Andersen
I guess that was expecting too much.
It didn't help that we were too powerful.

Mordred
...Hey.
What was that about us being too powerful, punk?

Mordred
Not only did you stand there like a damn statue,
I think all you ever did was run your mouth and insult us!

Mash
P-Please, let's stop it, Mordred.

Mash
He has a sharp tongue for sure, but we were able to
defeat the Magical Tome—Nursery Rhyme thanks to him!

Fou
Fou! Foou!

Mordred
Tch... You're right. I know.
It's my loss if I meddle with people of this sort.

Andersen
What, contrary to your looks... Wait, maybe you do have
that look... Wait, maybe not after all. Your soul is like a Morning Star!

Mordred
Morning Star, like a flail? So I'm thorny, huh?
Dammit! I hate to admit it but you make a good point!

Andersen
...Good reaction... With training, you might be easy prey...
Excuse me, a good reader. What a waste.

Andersen
But to think I'd be defended from a hater by an avid
reader. Humans never change regardless of era.

Mordred
Both Mash and I are Servants.

Mash
Yes. But I was originally a human...

Dr. Roman
More like,
most Servants were originally humans.

Mordred
...Tch. Oh well.
That thing didn't seem like it used to be human, though.

Fou
...Fou...

Andersen
Right, most of Heroic Spirits were humans,
but sometimes there are cases like Nursery Rhyme.

Andersen
Cases where a human creation gains its own will, or
gathers visions from people to become a "Conceptual Heroic Spirit."

Dr. Roman
Those are rare, though. Someday, there might
even be Heroic Spirits of machines as well as books.

Dr. Roman
Anyway, thank you for all your work.
Go back to Jekyll's apartment for now.

Dr. Roman
Andersen, can you come, too?
It's most reassuring to have more Servants as allies.

Mordred
What?!
We're taking this punk with us?

Mordred
He's super weak. I'm sure he'll be useless! He's so
boring, too! I'm sure he won't write any decent books!

Andersen
—I see. Okay, I'm happy to go with you.

Andersen
I had no intention of helping you,
but that last statement changed my mind.

Andersen
My pleasure, Saber. No, Sir Mordred. By the way, if you
are to be a protagonist, what's your favorite genre?

Andersen
A tragedy? A farce? Or a comedy?
Splendid. I'll polish it into the best trashy tale ever.

Mordred
I see. Why don't you go write some unpopular books
and cry in a corner, fairy tale author.

Mash
(Um, excuse me, that's rude, he can hear that)

Mordred
I wanted him to hear it.
Only a coward talks behind one's back.

Mash
...
...

Andersen
Well, let's move. Let's leave before
the antique bookshop's owner wakes up.

Andersen
Because I'm also a thief.
Actually, I snuck in from the back door.

Andersen
It'd be awkward if he woke up and called the cops.
Getting arrested despite helping is going too far for a trashy book!

Mordred
Huh!?

Mordred
You entered without permission,
and still acted that confidently!?

Section Five: Helter Skelter

Show/Hide Story Chapter

Andersen
My, what a lovely little hideout.
I like it. I'll take the study next door.

Andersen
I'll be unpacking, so call me if you need me.
Oh, and don't forget to knock.

Mordred
...Wow, I'm so tired.
That baggage made me double tired. No, triple tired!

Jekyll
She's wrecking my personal sofa again...
I'd prefer you use the one for guests... Oh, never mind.

Jekyll
Just stay there and listen.
Mash, you and Player's Name too.

Jekyll
Jack the Ripper is back.
And this time they're not murdering women in the fog.

Jekyll
They're currently putting Scotland Yard under siege.
I'm picking up calls for help from stations all over London.

Mordred
That guy!
That bastard finally came out!

  1. Sounds like a grudge.  2. An acquaintance?
  Select: Sounds like a grudge.

  Select: An acquaintance?

Mordred
Yeah. A Servant of Assassin class.
We fought a few times in the fog...

Mordred
Escapes every time.
I can't quite finish 'em off. They escape into the fog!

Mordred
On top of that, I can't remember a face, figure, or
specific abilities! It pisses me off!

Mordred
Every time I hear "Jack the Ripper,"
all I can do is think, "Oh yeah, that Assassin!"

Mordred
Dammit! It's so frustrating!
That stupid little—

Jekyll
You may have had an encounter as well.
How about it? Do you remember fighting "an Assassin?"

Mash
Oh...

Mash
Yes, I think I do...
I think it was an Assassin. We...were ambushed...

Mash
That's right... We were ambushed.
My memories suddenly came back to me.

Mash
I couldn't remember most of the details until now.
But, if it's a Servant, we can guess why—

  1. A skill?  2. A Noble Phantasm?
  Select: A skill?

  Select: A Noble Phantasm?

Mash
Yes, Senpai. That's right.
It's due to either a skill or a Noble Phantasm.

Mordred
They're fast.
We should hurry before they get away. Let's go!

Andersen
What, stepping out? Then say so.
Bring me back...I know! Some scones would be great.

Mordred
You're not coming!?
No, you wouldn't be useful if you did...

Mordred
...Wait.
Can you make them easier to beat, like that last one?

Andersen
The last one was an extreme exception. Don't count on
it. What do you expect an author to do to begin with?

Andersen
Do you think authors are all-powerful, omniscient gods?
Then you need to learn better.

Andersen
Listen to me. Authors are just fools who fled to the pen
when reality wouldn't go their way.

Andersen
Do you really think I can help you with anything?

Mordred
...I was stupid for asking.
Let's go, Mash, Player's Name!

Mordred
We'll go as fast as we can. Mash, carry
Player's Name. It's a race against time.

Mordred
We can't slow down for a human.
We'll head to the Yard at Servants' full speed.

Mash
R-Right.
...Senpai, excuse me for a bit.

  1. Don't drop me.  2. Pleasure's mine.
  Select: Don't drop me.

  Select: Pleasure's mine.

Mash
R-Right.

Mash
...I'll do everything I can not to drop you.
Don't let go of my hand.

Mordred
Hey, hurry up—
Tch. There's the enemy already!

Dr. Roman
Multiple enemy responses, coming from all directions.
Break through before they surround us!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
That's most of them!
Forget the rest and just run, Mash!

Mash
Right!

Dr. Roman
He fights pretty fiercely.
I guess he really is the Treacherous Knight of legend.

Mash
Yes, you're right.
His combat powers match what's in the legend.

Mash
He's swift and accurate, like a bolt of lighting
flashing through the sky. You won't sense a shred of doubt in his blade.

  1. Treacherous Knight?  2. You mean Mordred?
  Select: Treacherous Knight?

  Select: You mean Mordred?

Dr. Roman
Oh, come to think— I never gave
Player's Name a proper explanation.

Dr. Roman
Mordred the Treacherous Knight
has manifested here as a Saber class.

Dr. Roman
Of course, he's not from this era. He's from the
Arthurian legends of the 5th and 6th century.

Dr. Roman
The one who brought upon its end.
He literally betrayed King Arthur.

Mash
It was no ordinary betrayal, either. He brought together
all of Arthur's enemies, both domestic and foreign...

Mash
...and became what we call the Treacherous King.
In peaceful times, he could've been king himself.

Mash
There are many stories of his own glory.
He was originally a Knight of the Round Table—

Dr. Roman
And is said to be King Arthur's "son."
But there's also stories that the King didn't admit such.

Dr. Roman
Some say that's the reason for his betrayal.
At the end, why did Mordred betray King Arthur?

Dr. Roman
Only he—
no, she herself knows.

  1. Did the rebellion succeed?  2. Did the rebellion fail?
  Select: Did the rebellion succeed?

  Select: Did the rebellion fail?

Mash
...Yes. Mordred died during the battle
on the Hill of Camlann.

Mash
They killed each other.
She fought King Arthur with the sword Clarent...

Mash
...and King Arthur fought with a holy spear
and pierced her through.

Mash
King Arthur was fatally wounded as well and—

Mordred
What are you guys babbling about?
Hurry up and let's go!

Mash
Oh, r-right!

  1. Let's hurry!
  Select: Let's hurry!

Mash
...Roger, Master!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
They're attacking us while we run!
They just keep coming!

Mordred
Don't stop, Mash!

Mash
Right...

Dr. Roman
Sorry to interrupt while you're moving.
I've got news from Da Vinci.

Dr. Roman
I'll give you her analysis on Helter Skelter,
that huge armored robot.

Dr. Roman
She's still not finished,
but according to what she's found so far...

Dr. Roman
First, it's not a Golem.
The video showed no traces of magecraft.

Dr. Roman
Even if it's a pure machine...there's still many unknowns,
except that it seems to be steam-operated.

Dr. Roman
It looks like technology that doesn't exist
in our year of 2017.

Dr. Roman
It was made via some technology
that was hidden, or perhaps lost—

Dr. Roman
It's as if it's a product of some super-technology
from a world that took a "different path" than our own.

Dr. Roman
...Yeah.

Dr. Roman
...So, I guess you're running right now.
It would make sense that you wouldn't answer.

Dr. Roman
That's all I've got.
Good luck, guys!

--Arrow--

Jack the Ripper
...Oh?

Jack the Ripper
You came out here.
All right. Hehe...what should we do?

Jack the Ripper
Should we kill you?
One, two, three, lots. Lots.

Jack the Ripper
Hehe. We killed lots and lots,
but we're still hungry. We're starving.

Jack the Ripper
The police officers don't have much
magical energy, you know.

Jack the Ripper
So thanks for coming.
We'll be full after we eat your magical energy.

Mordred
We made it—

Mordred
No, I don't think we did.
This smells of blood...the Yard's been wiped out, huh?

Dr. Roman
There are two moving responses there besides you.
Jack the Ripper, and one more.

Mash
We can assume it's an unknown Servant.
You there—

H:???
Yes. I'm a Caster Servant.
I'm one of the leaders of the "Project" you know of.

  1. Project Demonic Fog?  2. Why are you doing this?
  Select: Project Demonic Fog?

  Select: Why are you doing this?

H:???
It's a complex set of circumstances, you see.
Oh, please call me "P."

"P"
Unfortunately, you're too late.
Scotland Yard has been slaughtered to the last man.

"P"
They all died horribly.
That girl has no compassion within her at all.

"P"
But it was necessary.
A necessary sacrifice. That's all I can say.

"P"
Man is to be loved.
Love and emotions are both noble, brilliant things.

"P"
But— How sad. Sometimes they
pale in comparison to the greater good.

"P"
Something we need was kept
inside Scotland Yard.

"P"
Figures the British Empire, home of the
Mage's Association and the Clock Tower, would put a heavy magical seal on.

"P"
And so, sadly,
they were in the way of our greater good.

Mordred
Why do you mouth off like you actually know stuff?
I could care less about love and emotions!

Mordred
Yet again, you guys laid your hands on what's mine.
You're no king. How dare you touch what belongs to a king!

  1. A Heroic Spirit, killing innocent people?  2. Have you no pride as a hero?
  Select: A Heroic Spirit, killing innocent people?

  Select: Have you no pride as a hero?

"P"
Yes, and so you see.
I am so filled with sorrow I cannot control myself.

"P"
Humans, possessing emotion, should be sacred.
Humans, filled with love, should be dazzling.

"P"
My power cannot save them.
No, looking at the results, it could never save them.

"P"
Time is being incinerated.
Humanity is being incinerated.

"P"
The march of civilization, emotions, love, are all
disappearing. Only four more singularities remain in the world.

"P"
How sad.
But neither you nor I can stop it.

"P"
No, if we could not stop it—

Mash
...I feel a contradiction.

Mash
A contradiction in your words when you speak of
emotion. Caster, no, "P," who are you?

Mash
You used Jack to take human lives.
You're surely the one without compassion.

"P"
Yes, perhaps I am,
beautiful young girl.

"P"
I am a mage, and a wicked and cruel one at that.
Even now, I tell an innocent girl as follows:

"P"
Jack.
You handle them.

"P"
Do what you like.
They might be "your mother."

Jack
Huh?
They...might?

Jack
Oh, We see. Hmmm.
Then we'll do to you what we do to Mommy, okay?

Jack
Will you let us "go back?"
Will you let us go inside you...inside Mommy...

Mordred
No. You're going straight back to the Throne.
I'll kill you here.

Mash
I think we should stop Assassin here.
...Senpai...

  1. Let's stop her.  2. Prepare for combat.
  Select: Let's stop her.

  Select: Prepare for combat.

Mash
—Right, Master!

--BATTLE--

Jack
Mo-mmy...
No... No, no, noo... It hurts...

Jack
Why...
Why?

Jack
...Why? Tell me... Please... Please?

"P"
Farewell, child who knows not love.
I pray that someday you find the love you seek.

"P"
—Now then.
I suppose I should die by your hands here as well.

"P"
The wicked mage is defeated by the heroes.
That is one of the endings I seek.

"P"
But,
I will first fulfill my duty.

"P"
Farewell, you heroes who would walk the bright path.
You too, Knight of the Round Table—

"P"
I pray that you forever remain
the "heroes" who defeat evil.

Mordred
Wait! Aah, damn it! He disappeared!
That's why I hate mages!

Mash
Teleportation—
If it wasn't caused by the use of a Command Spell, it's...

Mash
It's a skill closer to True Magic.
With the way he did it... A possibility is the Holy Grail...

Dr. Roman
It's possible. He did say that he was one of the people
behind Project Demonic Fog trying to destroy this era.

Dr. Roman
It's also possible that the owner of the Holy Grail
teleported him away as well.

Dr. Roman
What are they...
What are they trying to do here in London?

Mordred
Who cares?
We'll find them and crush them.

"P"
...I have returned.

"B"
Sshhuu...
Kkoohh...

"M"
Excellent work.
...So that girl was defeated?

"P"
Unfortunately, she's dead.
A second loss, after Mephistopheles.

"M"
The grand scheme remains unaffected.
We need simply advance our "project."

"P"
Yes, that's right.
We are Servants. We obey our Master's words.

"P"
There is no need for regret.
You just need to move ahead with your "project."

"M"
...I know.

"B"
To pave the path for the world and civilization—
That is our destiny as scholars.

"B"
But the world has been incinerated... Humanity and
civilization are on the path to an unchangeable end.

"B"
We no longer—

Section Six: London Night

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Andersen
I'm glad to see you back.
A shame about the officers at the Yard.

Andersen
Rest for a little.
I heard you haven't rested at all since your arrival, right?

Andersen
Pushing yourself doesn't equate to good work. Be it
writing or hunting for the Holy Grail, occasional breaks are needed.

Mash
Thank you.
But...there's no time.

Andersen
Fool. Are you a workaholic, too?
Can you not forget the weight of what you carry?

Andersen
Then let me tell you a story to pass the time.
A story of how Nursery Rhyme and I materialized.

Mash
Um...you mean Alice, right?
That's what she called herself...

Andersen
No, Nursery Rhyme.
You left for the Yard before I could tell you.

Andersen
I didn't get to say this, but both Nursery Rhyme and I
appeared "from the demonic fog."

Andersen
With no Master,
and no summoning ritual, either.

Mordred
Yeah, so was I, come to think of it.
Jekyll's no Master, and there was no summoning ritual.

Mordred
I just woke up one moment in the fog.
Huh, do Servants just naturally appear like that?

  1. Maybe they do.  2. I don't know about that...
  Select: Maybe they do.
Dr. Roman
No, no, no!
That's impossible! Dr. Roman
If you can just appear... No, be summoned on your own,
you're something way more powerful than a Servant!
  Select: I don't know about that...
Mash
Yes, it's normally impossible. Mash
If you mean—naturally appearing Heroic Spirits,
there aren't many, but there are a few such records. Mash
But when that happens,
they don't have a personality of their own. Mash
When a Heroic Spirit appears as a Servant,
they're always summoned from the Throne by a ritual.

Dr. Roman
Listen, in the other three eras we went to, the Servants
were always summoned under the Grail's influence.

Dr. Roman
It's absolutely impossible
for a Servant to just appear on its own!

Andersen
So the Servants aren't appearing from the fog, then?
That leaves one possibility.

Andersen
The fog was "created by the Holy Grail."
Or, what creates the fog is influenced by the Holy Grail.

Mash
That's...what it would mean.
That's the logical conclusion. No contradictions.

Andersen
Logic applies to most things in the real world.
About the only thing it doesn't apply to is love.

Andersen
Use your imagination. Then, you'll anticipate
most things, and sometimes even predict them.

Mordred
Haha. Love?
Like you'd know, you punk.

Andersen
I don't want to hear that from a kid who doesn't even
know love. I'm a virgin. I know all about love and romance.

Mordred
...Huh? Hmm. Huh?
That doesn't make sense, does it? Hmm?

  1. I don't know, but those are amazing words.  2. Hmm? It's true, it doesn't...
  Select: I don't know, but those are amazing words.

  Select: Hmm? It's true, it doesn't...

Andersen
Have you forgotten? I am Andersen.
My storytelling makes me a Caster Heroic Spirit.

Andersen
If a swordsman's skills lie in battle, an author's
skills lie in letters, words, indolence, pain, and love.

Andersen
Be it improv poetry or a crazy deadline,
a true author is capable of anything when serious.

Andersen
I am a creative author.
Not many can match me for imagination.

Andersen
I won't lose a debate to an amateur.
If you're not going to rest, go for a late-night patrol.

Mordred
Yeah. You're right! If we can nab that "P"
and make him talk, we can end this.

Mordred
I'm going for a patrol then.
I'll take a walk to the edge of the city area.

Mash
Oh, Senpai...
Mordred is about to leave.

  1. Let's follow.  2. It's better to act than do nothing.
  Select: Let's follow.

  Select: It's better to act than do nothing.

Mash
Right!

Jekyll
You're good at manipulating people, huh?
But thanks, they were under a lot of strain.

Andersen
It's nothing
compared to writing a moving story.

Andersen
I just had to "motivate" them.
...But I don't understand.

Jekyll
Hmm?

Andersen
What I showed them may be an illusion. A wisp within a
match light. Logical or not, it's no different from a fantasy.

Jekyll
You just used your imagination, right?
So—

Andersen
Don't be stupid.
That was just a "play" on words.

Mordred
...It feels strange
to do a patrol with a bunch of people.

Mordred
I always did it on my own. Well, this makes it easier,
so I don't mind... Oh, there's some already.

Dr. Roman
I just can't match Mordred for speed.
I see them too. Enemy responses!

Mash
Roger.
Master, your orders!

--BATTLE--

Mordred
There were quite a few.
Whew.

Mash
You must be tired.
Do you need to rest?

Mordred
No, there were just so many of them.
It would be different if there had been a Helter Skelter.

Mordred
It's quite strong. It's probably the only enemy
I've enjoyed fighting during this materialization.

Dr. Roman
Mash and Player's Name have only encountered
it once. It was a tough opponent.

Dr. Roman
Maybe there aren't that many of them? Come to think,
you covered a lot of ground but haven't seen any.

Mordred
Yeah...
Come to think, I've never seen big groups of them.

Mordred
If possible, I'd like to go up against a tough enemy.
I hope we'll see one tonight.

  1. Now that you've said it, we will.  2. You're jinxing us.
  Select: Now that you've said it, we will.

  Select: You're jinxing us.

Mordred
Oh, you think so?

Mash
Why don't we go on a bit further?
There is still some distance to the City's edge.

Mash
Um, well, I'm confirming map information...
It's not like I'm particularly familiar with London.

Mordred
Well, if something turns up, we'll deal with it then.

--BATTLE--

Mordred
...Hmph, more gutless enemies.

Mash
All enemies destroyed.
No, I don't think they were as easy to defeat as you say...

Mordred
If the fog makes Servants appear,
I want it to toss out a strong one.

Mordred
Oh... But you know.
What if what comes out isn't necessarily an enemy?

Dr. Roman
Right. In fact, you've been helping us.
Same goes for Andersen.

Dr. Roman
But, Nursery Rhyme and Jack were enemies. Both were
likely Servants that materialized from the Demonic Fog, too.

Mordred
I'd like to occasionally see an enemy that faces me
head-on, instead of all these guys that attack from behind.

  1. Indeed.  2. Sneak attacks are good too.
  Select: Indeed.
Mordred
Right?
You're quite a perceptive Master.
  Select: Sneak attacks are good too.
Mordred
...You really think so?

Mash
Senpai, let's continue patrolling.
It's only a little bit further to the edge of the City.

Mordred
Come at me! Strong enemies!

--Arrow--

Shakespeare
Well then—who is it that doth summon me!? I, Caster
Shakespeare, travelled with great haste to the city of fog.

Shakespeare
Or so I wish to say to you. But it seems that I was not
summoned to participate in a Holy Grail War this time.

Shakespeare
This is quite vexing indeed. O God! Where dost lie the
grand story that I am destined to behold?

Shakespeare
No reply. Silence. God hast forsaken me. Where art the
tale making blood boil, flesh dance, heart shiver, and soul shake!

Shakespeare
Then, I can only utter these words.
Oh, "Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind!"

Mordred
...This is a blank. Next.

Shakespeare
Ah, what have we here? How curious our paths should
finally cross within this unfathomable fog!

Mash
Do you know him?
This, uh... Caster Shakespeare guy?

Mordred
Never heard of him. He's a blank.

Mordred
But we just confirmed our theory.
Right now, this guy materialized from the Demonic Fog.

Shakespeare
It is a tragedy that my Master does not exist. But, I was able to meet you. Surely this too is destiny.

Shakespeare
I shall weave a tale of your exploits.
I pray that your tale shall live up to your reputation.

Mordred
Ugh...

Mordred
This guy—doesn't look like an enemy.
It's kind of odd if you think about it.

Mordred
What's the difference between him and the likes of Jack
or that clown? Jack aside, everyone moved on their own will.

Mordred
Also—

Mordred
Never mind. Wait.
What, did this night patrol hit the jackpot?

Mash
What?

Mordred
He's here. The one we've been waiting for.
Hey you! You got some nerve for someone who fled!

"P"
...Looks like I am late.

  1. It's "P!"  2. Just when did he...
  Select: It's "P!"

  Select: Just when did he...

"P"
How unfortunate. It seems you have already procured
the Servant that newly materialized.

"P"
He appears to be a Caster. If only we had
procured him, he would have made a fine ally.

Mordred
Hah hah. I get it.
It's really quite simple when you reveal the trick.

Mash
...Yes. Now I understand as well.

Dr. Roman
So, you procure and round up Servants materializing
from the Demonic Fog, and make them your allies.

Dr. Roman
I see. Logically it's simple.
But, easier said than done.

Dr. Roman
Unless you have the Holy Grail, it's impossible
to make Heroic Spirits move according to your will.

"P"
—Correct. I confess as much.
It is as you say.

"P"
We continue to wait in London for those who
are indispensable to us to manifest themselves.

"P"
So, we procure Heroic Spirits materializing from the fog
one by one, and "adjust" them so they work on expanding the fog.

"P"
It is truly regrettable indeed
that we were not able to procure all of you.

"P"
We surely would have been fine friends.
All of us.

  1. I doubt it.  2. You're kidding me.
  Select: I doubt it.

  Select: You're kidding me.

Mash
...Yes, Senpai.
I feel exactly the same as you do.

Mordred
Hah! Seriously.
You'll have to allow me to pass on that!

Mordred
You won't get away this time!
Mage, name yourself before I cut you down!

"P"
—As you wish. There is no catalyst to transport at
this time. I shall procure you here myself.

"P"
I am Paracelsus von Hohenheim. I manipulate
the Four Great Elementals, and I seek the True Ether.

Paracelsus
Of course...
I possess a different objective at the moment.

Mash
Master, prepare for a battle between Servants!
Your orders—!

--BATTLE--

Paracelsus
...A most natural result.

Paracelsus
This is precisely what I'd expect from a sword-wielding
hero. Naturally, evildoers must fall.

Paracelsus
Overcoming all the world's evils.
Resisting all this world's greed.

Paracelsus
And you who will carve out the future of this world.
May the path before you...

Paracelsus
...be somehow illuminated...
By true...light...

Mash
...I have confirmed termination of the enemy Servant.
Victory is ours, Senpai.

Mordred
Damn. The idiot disappeared without a trace.
He was a nauseating mage from beginning to end.

Mordred
"Carve out the future?" Give me a break.
As if I'm the type to do that. Ugh.

Shakespeare
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player."

Mordred
Huh? What was that?

Shakespeare
It's nothing but a few fanciful phrases crossing my mind.
It is quite a fine spectacle that you have shown me today.

Shakespeare
I was only able to behold the mage in a short role,
but he provided a truly satisfying final act.

Mordred
...What an idiot.
You're just being delusional.

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Mash
Senpai—
Are you okay? You seem a little pale.

  1. Sleepy.  2. It's so early in the morning.
  Select: Sleepy.

  Select: It's so early in the morning.

Mash
...I suppose so.
But early-morning patrols are necessary.

Mash
Mordred's actions are not mistaken.
What happened last night may very well happen again.

Mash
However, it's not ideal...
If you are starting to feel excessive fatigue...

  1. I'm fine.  2. Don't worry so much.
  Select: I'm fine.

  Select: Don't worry so much.

Mash
...Okay.

Mordred
It's pretty inconvenient to be a Master.
But I guess you live with it, as you're still human.

Mordred
All the enemies are pushovers anyway.
I could handle them myself—

Mash
...Mechanical sounds detected. There's a big one approaching!

Mordred
Oh, speak of the devil.
Hah, maybe I'll finally get to fight a Helter Skelter!

Mash
I'm sorry, Master!
Preparing for battle! Your orders, please!

--Arrow--

Dr. Roman
...I've got bad news for you.
Sorry, but listen up. Right around where you are...

Dr. Roman
Oh, can you hear them now?
Well, that's what I'm talking about.

Mordred
Great, bring it on! I'll crush as many as I need to!
It's pretty great slashing my way through thick steel.

Mash
I'm really, really sorry Master!
Entering consecutive battles! Your orders, please.

--BATTLE--

Mordred
...You know, even I'm getting kind of tired.

Mordred
We should make our way back to Jekyll's apartment.
I don't need sleep, but I want to recover my magical energy.

Dr. Roman
Ahhh...
Umm, this is kind of hard to say, but...

Mordred
...I know, I know, so just shut up.
I already sense them. There's quite a few.

Mash
...Mechanical sounds detected. Multiple large units!
Predicting enemy count will further increase!

Mordred
I wish they would all just congregate in Hyde Park!
Then, I'd turn them all to cinders with my Noble Phantasm!

Mash
Please restrain yourself.
Massive firepower in the City area is dangerous!

Mordred
I'll be as careful as I can
when I use it!

  1. Let's go!  2. This is getting more and more fun!
  Select: Let's go!
Mash
Yes!
  Select: This is getting more and more fun!
Mash
S-Senpai?

Mordred
I guess the enemy's getting serious now that a leader's
down! Bring it on—I'll fight to the finish!

--BATTLE--

Jekyll
...I see.
So that's what's been happening.

Jekyll
Anyway, good work. Glad you made it back.
Now please get some rest.

Mordred
Ah...
That's much better... Ahhh...

Jekyll
Sitting on my favorite sofa again... Well... Okay fine.
You did put in a lot of effort both last night and just now.

  1. Dead tired.  2. Wiped out.
  Select: Dead tired.

  Select: Wiped out.

Mash
Senpai, don't overdo it. Please rest up.
From now on, I'll watch over your vitals, too.

Dr. Roman
Huh? That's actually my job...

Dr. Roman
B-But you're right. It's more pleasing
to be looked after by someone close to you...

Jekyll
Still, I see... I didn't think mass production of
Helter Skelters was possible before, but now the situation is dire.

Jekyll
It's likely due to us defeating the mage Paracelsus AKA
"P," one of the three leaders of Project Demonic Fog.

Jekyll
The enemy recognized you as a threat, and built up their
strength in order to obtain materialized Heroic Spirits.

Jekyll
We should think of it that way.
But, I wonder what kind of Heroic Spirit they're seeking...

Mordred
I don't know. It's your job to do the thinking.
I'm...exhausted.

Mordred
...That's right. Speaking of thinking, there's a freeloader
who's only good for thinking. Hell, we got two of 'em.

Mordred
What are they doing right now, Jekyll?
They're in the study, right?

Andersen
You called?

Shakespeare
Did you summon us?

Mordred
...Sigh. I'm totally going to regret this. I should've
known better. It's like you guys opened the Ark or something.

Shakespeare
Ark? Do you mean that "Ark?"
Hahaha, you are harsh indeed! What an exaggeration!

Shakespeare
I do call myself a jack-in-the-box
that releases grand, flowery words when cracked open...

Shakespeare
...but I am no match for that cache of calamities!
Rather, such a box does not exist to begin with.

Andersen
Indeed, it doesn't exist. It can't exist.
As you know, its intended use is an impossibility.

Andersen
Nothing spoils fun like anecdotes of opening a box
ending the world. The message is, if you want to die, die alone.

Mash
...Um, Senpai.

  1. ...Let's not talk about the Ark.  2. No, the Ark does exist. I know for sure.
  Select: ...Let's not talk about the Ark.
Mash
...I agree.
Despite what they say, those two are obviously into it. Mash
I think the best thing to do is keep quiet.
  Select: No, the Ark does exist. I know for sure.
Andersen & Shakespeare
Seriously!? Shakespeare
Mm? Oh, I do apologize. Young Andersen incited me
into raising my voice. Shakespeare
But that aside, Player's Name,
I am verily interested in what you were just saying! Shakespeare
Where and when did you see that Ark!?
And who in the world opened it and for what reason!? Shakespeare
Specifically, in what way did the ultimate bad ending
overflowed with both sorrow and farce!? Andersen
...Hmm.(?listening calmly) Andersen
...Hmm.(?silently beginning to prepare tea) Andersen
...Hmm.(?spreading jam on a scone) Mordred
...Fool. You aroused a cat's curiosity.
I know not of this. Mordred
Player's Name, Mash.
Go talk in the study until they're satisfied. Mash
Bummer... Jekyll
Good luck.
Maybe you can count that as part of resting up? Mordred
Ha! Do you think you can take a nap in front a pond of
geese? Look at Player's Name's face. I've never seen anyone so dumbfounded.

Andersen
Oh, that's right. I forgot to tell you
what it is that we're doing.

Andersen
That playwright is focused on getting these events down
on paper, but not me. I want to do as little work as possible.

Andersen
But there is something on my mind. I heard from
Player's Name of the developments leading up to now... The seven Singularities.

Andersen
...More precisely, something about the magecraft ritual
called the Holy Grail War bothers me...

Andersen
...I don't have enough materials to make a judgment.
To be honest, I'm almost at a stalemate.

Mordred
...Hmph. I see you can act like a Caster.
Although you're still useless...

Dr. Roman
Ah, excuse me. Can we get back on topic?
A review of the current situation, and future plans?

Dr. Roman
Luckily, enemy's awareness is focusing on the Demonic
Fog. If they want to wipe us out, they'd go around destroying buildings.

Dr. Roman
The fact that they haven't means the enemy is only
aware of the streets that the Demonic Fog extends to.

Dr. Roman
I'm sure there's something there
to take advantage of—

Jekyll
...Is there?

Dr. Roman
I hope so.
Hmm... Is there? I hope there is... It'd be nice...

Mordred
This is a pain, do something.
We can't spend as much time outside like we used to.

Mordred
Wandering around aimlessly just eats away
at my magical energy with each battle.

Mordred
If we could at least disable the Helter Skelters,
it wouldn't be that much of an effort, but...

Jekyll
There's no way.
This is a problem, as we might end up in a stalemate.

Fran
...Urhh...
...Uhh, urhh...

Andersen
All right, then how about this?

Andersen
There is an outbreak of Helter Skelters, but how
about gathering some data to support my theory?

Andersen
Run an errand for me, basically.
You guys have stamina, so isn't this the perfect job?

Dr. Roman
Working outside among all those Helter Skelters
is a tall order...

  1. Let's try it.  2. Let's cooperate with Andersen and Shakespeare.
  Select: Let's try it.

  Select: Let's cooperate with Andersen and Shakespeare.

Mash
Right, Senpai.
It won't make our current situation any better but—

Mash
I don't think things will get any better
if we just stay holed up in this apartment.

Fou
Fou!

Dr. Roman
Well, if there is anything we can do,
getting on it would be constructive.

Dr. Roman
Still, you want us to gather data,
but where are we supposed to go?

Fou
Kyu, fouuu...

Andersen
Oh, come on, this is London.
Your destination is obvious.

  1. Obvious?  2. Does he mean the Mage's Association?
  Select: Obvious?
Dr. Roman
Hmm, what is it? Jekyll
Maybe the Mage's Association—AKA "Clock Tower?"
  Select: Does he mean the Mage's Association?
Andersen
Correct. Once man enters AD, mages centered around a
giant academy—the Mage's Association, Clock Tower.

Dr. Roman
Ah!

Andersen
Right. A giant academy that is unlocking the secrets of
the world exists here in London. Why would you not use it?

Dr. Roman
You're right...
B-But in the state London is in now, I wonder...

Dr. Roman
If the Mage's Association—Clock Tower still stands,
I'd naturally assume Jekyll is in contact with them.

Mash
Good point. Jekyll
hasn't spoken about the Clock Tower.

Jekyll
...That's because there was no need.

Mordred
The Mage's Association... That's like underground, from
Regent Park all the way to Westminster, right?

Mordred
After materializing and meeting Jekyll,
I went there to check it out immediately.

Mordred
The British Museum, was it? I went there
because I heard that's where the entrance was.

Mordred
But the entrance was completely sealed off.
It was a ruined pile of rubble.

Jekyll
Yeah. Strangely enough, "the building was demolished."
No part was left untouched.

Jekyll
Thinking back, perhaps the mastermind of "Project Demonic Fog" crushed all possibility of resistance.

Andersen
I don't mind if it got destroyed.
So what if it's a pile of rubbles.

Andersen
Nothing could be better if the mages are alive, but that
has nothing to do with my objective one way or another.

Andersen
What I need are records. Data.

Andersen
It's certain that the important archives are protected
by considerably firm seals. Take me there.

Fou
Kyuuu...
Fou...

Shakespeare
Then I shall accompany you. The ruins of a mystic
academy should serve as a font of inspiration!

Dr. Roman
It seems this is going to be a large group.
But...

Dr. Roman
I suppose the more firepower the better, in case you
encounter Helter Skelters. Yeah, that makes sense.

Fran
...Uhh...
...Urhh?

  1. You should stay here, Fran.  2. It's dangerous, so hold the fort, Fran.
  Select: You should stay here, Fran.

  Select: It's dangerous, so hold the fort, Fran.

Mash
I agree. Right now, London is especially dangerous.
Please stay here, Fran.

Fran
...Uh, urrh...

Andersen
Then let's be off.
We'll visit that formerly flourishing mystic academy.

Andersen
Oh, and also Saber...
Do make sure to protect us weak Casters.

Mordred
Huh? Protect you?
Say that to Shieldy over there.

Mash
Ah, u-um—

Jekyll
All right, I'm going, too!
Let's go!

Mordred
Huh?

Mash
Wha...

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Mordred
...You know. You said "a large group,"
but we can't count you in during combat.

Jekyll
You're looking for the ruins of the Mage's Association,
yes? Surely my intellectual curiosity as a scholar will be aroused.

Jekyll
Besides, I can be good when need to.
You see, I also have an "ace up my sleeve."

Jekyll
And I have faith that you'll all protect me.
I'm counting on you, Saber.

Mordred
Tch. As I said, I'm not protecting anyone.
But do as you like.

Dr. Roman
All right then. We really should get moving. The British
Museum means we're heading to the Regent Park area.

Dr. Roman
That's some distance from here. You'd best
prepare yourselves for a succession of battles.

Dr. Roman
Mmm?
Come to think of it—

Dr. Roman
Didn't the Mage's Association exist as several
college towns in the London suburbs and stuff?

Jekyll
That's that. This is this.

Jekyll
The Mage's Association originated at their London HQ,
and added facilities centuries later as they grew in scale.

Jekyll
That's why interspersed college towns center around
London, as it's the heart of Mage's Association and Clock Tower.

Jekyll
Multiple cities built to surround London
comprise the rest of the Association.

Jekyll
Doctor, have you never been to the Clock Tower before?

Andersen
Oh. I knew there was something unpolished about you.
Are you a country bumpkin?

Dr. Roman
Gulp. N-No, of course not.

Dr. Roman
It's just that I haven't had much connection to London,
I mean, being so far away...

Dr. Roman
B-But I knew what was going on in London! Director
Marie was sent from the Mage's Association, too!

Mordred
Enough chatter.
We need to—Ah, as soon as I think it. Here we go.

Mash
Multiple machine sounds ahead.
Senpai, I think the Helter Skelters are here!

Fou
Fou, fou!

Dr. Roman
They didn't waste any time. Fight your way
through them and get to Regent Park on the double!

  1. Roger.  2. Let's go right through them!
  Select: Roger.

  Select: Let's go right through them!

Mash
Yes, Master!

--BATTLE--
Shakespeare
The British Museum! A symbol of the British Empire!
Or rather, what remains—
Oh, what a sorrowful sight! This museum once held so many of humanity's greatest treasures!
I cannot help but sigh.
This building once held human progress itself.
Can such a thing be allowed! Oh!
Tis like the burning of the Library of Alexandria!
Truly, a shame—
However, however.
This is the way of humanity as well.
Foolishness and grieving are human traits.
You, gods, will give us some faults to make us men.

Mordred
...It's no different from the last time I weas here.
Rubble. Ruin. Nothing else.
Whoever destroyed this place must've had a personal grudge. There's no survivors.

Mash
So this is the British Museum...or what's left.
I'd seen it, but just in image data...
Nowhere else in London were buildings destroyed.
Just here...

  1. It's sad.  2. I don't like destroyed buildings.
  Select: It's sad.

  Select: I don't like destroyed buildings.



Mash
Yes, Senpai...
Yes...

Andersen
All right, physical laborers.
Oh, especially Saber and Mash Kyrielight.

Mash
Yes.

Mordred
What?

Andersen
Start digging here. According to Jekyll, the Clock Tower spread underground as well.
Despite the thorough wreckage, the ground is intact. That means what we're after is underground.
But, unfortunately, the stairs are buried in rubble.
So — You see?
Time to show off the ridiculous strength of Servants!
Now go smash stuff like a bulldozer!

Shakespeare
That's true! Sadly, I expend tremendous magical energy if I hold anything heavier than a pen!

Fou
Fou...

Mordred
...

Jekyll
I-I'll help. Yeah.
I probably won't be of much use though.

Dr. Roman<b/>
Yay! I'm faster this time!
Magical energy responses near you! And lots of them!

<b>Mordred

Hmm... It's true. There's something here.
What is this?

Dr. Roman
You don't see anything, right?
But it's there. And it's moving around.
It's not the Mystic Codes scattered in the rubble, either.
Which means there's only one answer!

Jekyll
It's from below!?
Saber, sorry, but get ready—

Mordred
Don't treat me like you're my Master!
I know! If they come out, we'll fight them!

Mash
Master, multiple incoming enemies! Magical energy signatures are growing—Assume they're attacking!

  1. Fight!  2. Be careful!
  Select: Fight!

  Select: Be careful!



Mash
Right, Master. Beginning combat!

Shakespeare
I shall aid you as well. A shield maiden dancing amidst the rubble—truly stimulates the imagination!

--BATTLE--
Mash
Battle is over, Senpai.
Good work.

Dr. Roman
I don't see Helter Skelters around,
but we still ran into something troublesome...

  1. Those were...  2. I remember that shape.
  Select: Those were...

  Select: I remember that shape.

Mash
Yes, Senpai. The enemy has a striking resemblance
to the magical tome we saw in Soho.

Mash
But this time our attacks worked...
Without Andersen giving them a name.

Mash
Normal attacks alone were sufficient.
They also didn't change form...

Mordred
Last time I was here, I didn't see
any floating books like that.

Jekyll
May I speak? This is just a guess,
but I think those are a type of transformed grimoire.

Jekyll
Maybe the Demonic Fog transformed the tomes
that were kept underground with the Mage's Association.

Dr. Roman
(Oh...
I was thinking the same thing, but he said it first...)

Andersen
...A swarm of attacking books, huh?

Shakespeare
...It was like a nightmare, or perhaps a vision of hell.

Andersen
Don't be stupid.
Those things weren't even...

Andersen
...

Shakespeare
...
...

Mordred
Haha. What's wrong, authors?
You're not running your mouths like usual?

Andersen
...I'm holding back. No, forget it. Forget it!
Wow, that felt good! That felt great!

Mordred
Hmm?

Shakespeare
To burn a book! It is something inconceivable!
Oh, how sad...but there was a joy in it!

Shakespeare
Wrongdoings that should ne'er be done. Unforgivable
acts of barbarism! There should only be sadness, yet...

Shakespeare
I cannot help but feel a moment of forbidden joy!
Oh, my God!

Andersen
No books are needed except my own.
Actually, I'd prefer to even burn my own works!

Andersen
If there were no books in the world! No need
to lament of the many great works I'll never read!

Andersen
If there were no books in the world!
I'd never have to scream, "Who published this trash!?"

Andersen
If there were no books in the world!
I'd never have to worry about deadlines!

Shakespeare
What an honest man!
Oh, but his words strike me in my heart!

Fou
Fo, fooou...

Mordred
W-What's gotten into them?

Jekyll
This is kind of amazing...
Really...

  1. Authors are twisted.  2. Authors are creatures of paradox?
  Select: Authors are twisted.

  Select: Authors are creatures of paradox?

Mash
A-Anyway, Senpai.
This makes our path clear, doesn't it?

Mash
When the book-type enemies appeared,
they formed a path to the underground by chance—

Dr. Roman
Yeah. Once the author Heroic Spirits calm down,
it's time to go underground!

Dr. Roman
I'm so excited.
This is like the headquarters of the Mage's Association.

Dr. Roman
I wonder what it's like down there?
Oh, I wish I could go and see for myself.

Mordred
Then you should come.
Instead of just being a voice.

Dr. Roman
I-I...um...
I have to observe, and keep Chaldea running...

Dr. Roman
O-Okay!
Back to my observation work!

Fou
Fou, Kyukyu...

--Arrow--

Jekyll
...It's like an endless dungeon, huh?

Andersen
It's dark.

Shakespeare
Indeed, and the air is awfully wet.

Mordred
That's what mage dwellings are like, right?
Everybody knows they like it dark and damp.

Mash
Do they?

Fou
Kyuu, kyaau!
Fou!

Mordred
The rodent is agreeing with me.
It says this sure feels like where a mage lives. Right?

Fou
Kyuu!

Mash
Fou?
You seem kind of excited...

  1. Does he feel something?  2. He really is agreeing with Mordred.
  Select: Does he feel something?
Fou
Kyukyu... Kyaau...
  Select: He really is agreeing with Mordred.
Fou
Kyuu, kyaau!
Kyuu! Mash
That's right. I wonder if Fou
has taken a liking to Mordred. Fou
Foou...

Dr. Roman
The endless dark corridors might be because, well, we're
choosing to walk down corridors not blocked by debris.

Dr. Roman
All the entrances to the rooms are smashed,
or filled with rubble...

Dr. Roman
It feels like someone destroyed this place thoroughly.
There's not a single surviving mage.

Dr. Roman
If that theory's correct, the enemy
should have sent someone down here. And they—

Mordred
They might still be here, huh?
Looks like you're right.

Fou
Fou!

Mash
Magical energy response detected!
Senpai, something's around the corner!

  1. Time for combat!  2. This is a closed area, so be careful!
  Select: Time for combat!

  Select: This is a closed area, so be careful!

Mash
—Roger, Master!

Andersen
Hmmph. I'll help you this time.
Don't expect it all the time, though.

--Arrow--

Jekyll
Mr. Andersen.
This door is—

Andersen
I'm sensing magical energy.
Yeah, this is it. A warded entrance to a library.

Andersen
It's not blocked with rubble either. Excellent.
I hope what I'm after is here, but that's up to chance.

Andersen
Saber, Mash Kyrielight,
and Player's Name.

Andersen
Jekyll and I are going inside.
Guard the door.

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

  Select: Leave it to us!

Mash
Right, Senpai.

Mordred
Find what you're after quickly and get back here.
I'm not sure when the enemy might show—

Mordred
...And there they are now!
Flying books, and even a Helter Skelter!

Dr. Roman
Multiple moving responses!
Th-This is not good!

Dr. Roman
They're rushing in one after another. Can't assess the
total amount! Andersen, escape once you find the reference you're after!

Andersen
Oh...
I don't know about that. This is a problem.

Jekyll
This is... This is indeed a problem...
I see. So that's how they guard the books.

Mordred
What?
Stop being pompous and tell us what's going on!

Jekyll
The library books are warded by special, powerful spells.
They can't leave this room! We can't go through the door!

Andersen
Luckily, I have several good guesses for the references
I seek. But, oh... These are...

Andersen
..."Wait a while for me to finish reading them."

Mordred
WHAT!?

Shakespeare
One scans information deep in the mystic garden!
The other guards the door against a horde of foes!

Shakespeare
On one side, a battle of knowledge!
On another, a battle of strength!

Shakespeare
This is truly a situation
that entrances one's heart!

Shakespeare
Oh, which side should I stand on?
Which should I see, that I can record in a book!

Mordred
Just shut up and fight over here!
They're coming!

Mash
...This is a defensive battle!
Master, your orders!

--Arrow--

Mordred
That's most of 'em—
No, wait. There's more?

Dr. Roman
There's more!
The layout down here puts you at a huge disadvantage!

Dr. Roman
The enemy's just going to keep coming!
And you have to defend a single point!

Mash
We're okay for now, but if this drags out it'll be bad.
Master!

  1. We can't leave yet!  2. Just hang in a little more!
  Select: We can't leave yet!

  Select: Just hang in a little more!

Mash
...Roger, Master!
Continuing battle!

Andersen
Just a little more, Player's Name!
I'm at the best part. It's all for nothing if we leave now.

Shakespeare
Badly outnumbered! The ideal situation for a hero,
but this is—

Shakespeare
This is perhaps a bit too many. I'm about to run
out of magical energy. Actually, I already have.

Mordred
Wha—

Jekyll
...Oh, fine.
I wanted to avoid this if I could, but...

Mordred
—Huh?
Jekyll, why are you coming out into the hall?

Mordred
There's nothing a would-be mage can do here!
Get back in the library!

Jekyll
I told you.
I have an ace-in-the-hole.

Fou
Fou!?

Mash
Jekyll, that's—

Jekyll
An elixir. A "special" one I made.
First you do this...and then inject it...like this...

Dr. Roman
Wh-What!? A strange magical energy
response suddenly spawned there!?

Fou
Fo–u!
Kyau!

Jekyll
Haha—

Jekyll
Hehehe, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
It's been so long since I've been outside! HERE I AM!!

Mordred
Huh!?

Mash
!!!
!?!?!?

  1. Who are you?  2. Jekyll?
  Select: Who are you?

  Select: Jekyll?

Mash
Yes, that was Mr. Jekyll... Mr. Henry Jekyll!
But the way he changed is "just like in the book"...

Hyde
I'm "Hyde!" If I don't like you, I kill you!
You get in my way, I kill you! Kill! Kill! Kill!

Hyde
HYAHAHAHAHAHAH!
I'LL KILL YOU, HELTER SKELTER–!

Mordred
...He ran right at the enemy.
He's just like a Berserker. Not bad!

Dr. Roman
Elixir-induced transformation. I see, truly Jekyll and
Hyde! But physical transformation must put an awful strain on him!

Dr. Roman
I don't think it'll last long...
Andersen, you better hurry up!

Andersen
I understand.
Don't hurry me.

Andersen
Reading should be done at one's own pace.
Yes, alone, and in a quiet room—

Andersen
Hmm. It's not quiet.
The noise outside is bothering me.

Mordred
You don't understand at all!
Just hurry up!

Mordred
...Damn it. Shieldy, we'll follow Jekyll!

Mash
Right.
—Senpai!

  1. Work together and don't go too deep!  2. Don't let Hyde get away!
  Select: Work together and don't go too deep!

  Select: Don't let Hyde get away!

Mash
Roger, Master! Continuing combat!

--BATTLE--

Mash
Enemy units destroyed!

Jekyll
...We're done, huh?
Whew, I don't think...I can do anymore...

Mordred
Oh, you're back to normal.

Jekyll
There was a chance I wouldn't come back, so I'm glad I
did. Is Andersen's book-reading—

Andersen
I'm done.
I finished decoding most of the documents I was after.

Andersen
Besides, there were also several interesting books.
I satisfied my personal curiosity, too. Great work, guys.

Mordred
Personal curiosity?

Fou
...Fou...
...Fo...

Dr. Roman
What a free spirit Andersen is... There's something
impressive in his lack of shame. However...

Dr. Roman
Y-You need to get out of here!
There are more enemies coming!

  1. Break away, Mash!  2. Good work. Let's get out of here.
  Select: Break away, Mash!

  Select: Good work. Let's get out of here.

Mash
Right, Senpai.
Let's return to the surface right away.

Andersen
Once again, good work.
Let's return to the apartment and I'll share the results.

Shakespeare
—Okay! I've recovered!
Now it's time for me to rejoin the heroes' battle as well!

Shakespeare
Oh?
Are you all ready to return home?

Mordred
That's right!
We're leaving, damn it!

Andersen
And so you see—
Your efforts have answered a certain question.

Andersen
Again, you have my thanks.
Thank you, Player's Name, Mash, Saber.

Mordred
Y-Yeah.

Andersen
My wallet is so empty I can't reward you a single penny,
but I hope these observations are worth it.

Jekyll
Yes, I'm looking forward to them, Mr. Andersen.
Enough to forget all this muscle pain.

Fou
Fou.

Andersen
In light of Mr. Jekyll's urgent need for rest,
I'll get right to the point.

Andersen
What bothered me in the first place was
the relationship between "Heroic Spirits" and "Servants."

Andersen
Heroic Spirits are records or results of human history.

Andersen
Be they real or fictional,
they'll exist as long as humanity does.

Andersen
But a Servant is something different.
This treats a Heroic Spirit as an "existence" in reality...

Andersen
A familiar given a container called a Class and "made real," when its existence is uncertain to begin with.

Andersen
But I ask you, Jekyll and Roman, was it? Is such
a thing possible with the powers of a human, a mage?

Andersen
Turning a Heroic Spirit into a familiar—I see,
that's powerful. The strongest summoning spell imaginable.

Andersen
But a human couldn't handle such a spell on their own.
If it's possible, it would be—

Dr. Roman
A being greater than humans. An "Authority" exercised
by a supernatural being, labeled as world or god. Is that it?

Andersen
Indeed. Heroic Spirits can't be summoned with human
power alone. There needs to be some other reason—

Andersen
It needs an extra push from something else, I think.

Mash
...Um.
Isn't that the Holy Grail?

Mash
It's a fact that up to this point, many Servants
have been summoned thanks to the Holy Grail.

Andersen
Indeed. You spoke of the seven Singularities.
Seven Holy Grails driving the different eras mad.

Andersen
That's why I asked Dr. Roman
about the Holy Grail.

Andersen
What exactly is the Holy Grail War that enables Heroic
Spirit Summons? For what reason was it created?

Dr. Roman
Yup. I don't have detailed data, but the origin is a town
in rural Japan. The flaming city you visited, Player's Name.

Andersen
There, they made a vessel for the Holy Grail, used its
power to summon Heroic Spirits, who they had compete as Servants.

Andersen
That's what seemed weird to me. There's a flaw
in the concept of making Heroic Spirits fight each other.

Andersen
It felt like there was something else going on.
So I decided to read the Mage's Association archives.

Andersen
And I found what I expected.

Andersen
The original Heroic Spirit summoning ritual
was a ceremony to pit seven powers against one.

Andersen
It wasn't something where seven Heroic Spirits
fought one another.

Andersen
"Ritual: Heroic Spirit Summon" and "Ritual: Holy Grail War" are the same systems with different genres, you could say.

Andersen
"Holy Grail War" altered an existing spell
and used it for selfish human purposes.

Andersen
Meanwhile, it's base spell "Heroic Spirit Summon"...

Andersen
...was a ritual to put "humanity's strongest seven Heroic Spirits" against "a single powerful enemy."

Andersen
That's what got distorted in the Fuyuki Holy Grail War.

  1. ...Then you and the others are also?  2. ...So um... What?
  Select: ...Then you and the others are also?
Andersen
Yeah. Since there are only supposed to be seven of them, all the Heroic Spirits that got summoned
later— Andersen
Well, they're cheap, convenient,
multi-purpose familiars.
  Select: ...So um... What?
Andersen
...For now, just know that the Ritual: Holy Grail War
was based off of something else.

Dr. Roman
Hmm, I see! I see!
An interesting theory.

Dr. Roman
Chaldea wasn't able to make its own summoning system
from the ground up.

Dr. Roman
We modified and stabilized the Fuyuki ritual,
but never considered the possibility of an older original.

Fou
Foou!

Mash
Yes, Doctor.
This is a viewpoint we've never heard before.

Mash
It casts doubt about the fundamental nature of the Holy Grail War.

Mash
I thought I knew what Heroic Spirits were originally.
But it was nothing more than information—

Mash
It wasn't nearly at the level of what you just pointed out.
That's very impressive, Mr. Andersen.

Mash
I guess this is the keen eye of observation
owned by an author that left his name in history.

  1. Maybe so.  2. What you'd call an objective perspective?
  Select: Maybe so.

  Select: What you'd call an objective perspective?

Mordred
I don't know if it's that special.
Anyway... That's fine, but you know...

Mordred
This doesn't help us do anything
about the mass-production of those Helter Skelters.

Mash
Th...
That's...

Dr. Roman
...Well, that's true.

Andersen
Of course it is. I just felt a hitch
with the Heroic Spirit summoning system.

Andersen
If we're all normal Classes
summoned by a single system—

Andersen
I wondered what kind of Spirit Origins
the original seven for this system must have had.

Andersen
...And someone else thought the same thing.

Andersen
I don't think it's coincidence that information about this,
even the parts you'd expect to be lost, was all in one place.

Andersen
"Someone" predicted our coming,
and put it there.

Mash
Someone?

Dr. Roman
Who could it be? A surviving mage of the Clock Tower?
Or a Servant?

Andersen
I don't think it would be a mage, but I don't know why
a Servant would do it. We'll have to set that aside for now.

Section Nine: Opportunity

Show/Hide Story Chapter

Dr. Roman
...Hm... It seems I'm picking up interference on my mic,
but speak of the devil? I detect multiple hostiles around you.

Dr. Roman
There are more roaming around the apartment than
earlier... Enough magical energy distortion to disturb communications.

Mash
This mechanical sound—
I believe it's a group of Helter Skelters.

Andersen
I doubt they'll break in, but they are a nuisance.
Get out there and dismantle them.

  1. Let's do it!  2. We'll finish them off quickly.
  Select: Let's do it!

  Select: We'll finish them off quickly.

Mash
Right, Senpai. Intercepting them in
the alley. Let's reduce their numbers.

--BATTLE--

Mash
...Good work.
We drove off the Helter Skelters.

Dr. Roman
Mmm. Mmm?
Wait... Hold on a second, um... So that means...

Dr. Roman
—Helter Skelters?

Fou
Fou?

Dr. Roman
Yes. That's it! Actually, I've made
progress on the Helter Skelter analysis!

Dr. Roman
As expected, they're machines created by technology
unknown to us. I suspect they were built–with magical energy.

Mash
You mean...machines created with a combination
of magecraft and science?

Dr. Roman
Not exactly. They are made by
magical energy, but they are machines.

Dr. Roman
I still don't understand the kind of techniques used
but structurally, they're machines. Yet, they were formed by magecraft.

Jekyll
In other words...
Um...

  1. What do you mean?  2. Maybe like Noble Phantasms?
  Select: What do you mean?
Jekyll
I don't really understand...
  Select: Maybe like Noble Phantasms?
Dr. Roman
Exactly! Good insight!

Mash
...In other words, they're armaments made of magical
energy, just like Servants' Noble Phantasms, right?

Dr. Roman
Yeah. They're half-baked mechanical constructions,
which is why I was looking too hard for magecraft-made golem approximations.

Dr. Roman
Basically, they're Noble Phantasms.
Powerful figures woven from magical energy.

Dr. Roman
Unlike a sword Noble Phantasm that is a "razor edge,"
Helter Skelters are "fighting machine" Noble Phantasms.

Dr. Roman
It looks like they operate autonomously, but they're
actually controlled by someone like the Noble Phantasm's owner.

Dr. Roman
They're a remote-controlled robotic squad, so to say.
All units should stop if we break the acting controller.

Mash
Then, considerable exceptions aside, if we beat
the Servant possessing the Noble Phantasm—

Mordred
The robots will disappear.
Well, we can see the whole picture now, huh?

Mash
So Doctor,
where is the Servant who owns the Noble Phantasm?

Dr. Roman
...I don't know.

Jekyll
...Yes. Right, you wouldn't know.

Dr. Roman
Not even Da Vinci knows, or rather, she
said she can't clean up my mess anymore...

Mash
Huh?

Jekyll
Mmm?

Mordred
What, someone else did the analysis?

Dr. Roman
...Uuh, that's right... After all, I wasn't
getting anywhere on my own...

Dr. Roman
I'm a medical staff...
Considering that, don't you think I'm doing pretty well?

Mash
Y-Yes. You're making a great effort, Doctor.
Right, Senpai?

  1. Yeah.  2. Where the Servant with the Noble Phantasm is...
  Select: Yeah.
Dr. Roman
Thank you, thank you...
Player's Name...
  Select: Where the Servant with the Noble Phantasm is...
Dr. Roman
Uuh...
I feel so lonely...

Fran
...Uhh...
...Uh, uh, uhrrr...

Mordred
We know what we have to do. Yes.
But, we don't know our destination. Do we?

Fran
...Urh...

Mordred
What should we do?
If we could trace the magical energy in one shot...

Mash
If the example of a remote control is correct,
then maybe we can trace the magical energy back.

Dr. Roman
Da Vinci, wise in the ways of science and magecraft,
brought up that example, so I imagine it's right.

Dr. Roman
But with the effect of the Demonic Fog, doing
something subtle like tracing marks of magical energy...

Dr. Roman
Is not something I can do.
It's rather difficult even with Chaldea's equipment.

Jekyll
I give up, too.
I'm not a real mage in the first place.

Fran
...Urh...

  1. Fran's been making noise...  2. Somebody here has something to say.
  Select: Fran's been making noise...

  Select: Somebody here has something to say.

Mash
Fran?
You're hiding over there... Is something wrong?

Fran
...Uhh...
...Uhh, urrrh...

Mordred
Oh, she fled from the literary Heroic Spirits next door?
I know how she feels. They are annoying.

Fran
...Uhh...
...Uhh, urrrh...

Mordred
Don't hide, show your face here.
Come on now.

Fran
...Uhh, uhhh...

Mordred
What, you have something to say to us?
Then spit it out.

Fran
...Uhh...

Mash
I don't mind. As long as you're fine with us,
right, Senpai?

  1. Of course.  2. You can tell us anything.
  Select: Of course.

  Select: You can tell us anything.

Fran
...Uhh, urrrh...Ahh...

Fran
...Ahh...

Fran
...Ahh, uhh...Urhhh, uhh...

Fran
...Ahh, ahh, ahhh...

Mordred
Wha... Is that true!?

Mash
I'm shocked.
Fran, I had no idea you could do that...

Jekyll
???

Dr. Roman
Tell me, do you really understand?
Do you really understand what she's saying?

Mash
Somewhat. She also uses gestures,
so it's like reading a kind of sign language...

Mordred
It seems she knows
where the Helter Skelter's remote control is.

Dr. Roman
Huh!?

Jekyll
R-Really?

Fran
...Uhh...

Jekyll
Let me double-check. Fran, can you...
detect traces of the magical energy that controls them?

Fran
...Uhh. Uhh.

Mordred
There, you see? She nodded.
All right, this makes things easier. Let's get moving!

--Arrow--

Mordred
...You know, even though I've gotten used to it,
this poor visibility is irritating.

Fran
...Uhh.

Mordred
Say, Player's Name. Your court mage...
Dr. Maron, was it?

Mordred
Can't he make us a far-seeing crystal or something?
That would have been a snap for Merlin...

Dr. Roman
Roman! My name is Roman!
And don't compare me to Merlin!

Dr. Roman
He was the ultimate hermit wizard!
I'm just a modern-day doctor!

Fou
Fou, fou!

  1. Margarine?  2. Marmalade?
  Select: Margarine?

  Select: Marmalade?

Mordred
Huh!? You're a mage and you're saying you don't
know!? Merlin! I'm talking about Merlin!

Mordred
King Arthur's successor and mastermind of the Round
Table. He was a great mage born half-human, half-incubus.

Mordred
He isn't famous anymore?
Haha! That feels great! Serves him right!

Dr. Roman
Merlin was one of the world's most renowned
kingmakers. He was also behind Arthur pulling the sword from the stone.

Dr. Roman
Apparently, he had extraordinary magecraft skills, but
was ultimately imprisoned at world's end for woman trouble.

Mordred
Yeah. I heard he's all crabby and in a tower
at a corner of Avalon, unable to leave or die.

Mordred
How can I put it? He was a flighty bastard. Imagine
a perpetual flurry of flowers behind him... do you get me?

  1. I do.  2. I don't.
  Select: I do.

  Select: I don't.

Mordred
Well, whatever. Enough about him.
He's so spineless he can't even rush over to London's calamity.

Mordred
...More importantly.
Tell me, Player's Name, are you okay with that?

  1. Okay with what?  2. What's wrong?
  Select: Okay with what?

  Select: What's wrong?

Mordred
(Mash, I'm talking about Mash.
You see how depressed she looks? Go talk to her.)

Fou
Fou...

  1. What's wrong, Mash?  2. You seem down, Mash.
  Select: What's wrong, Mash?

  Select: You seem down, Mash.

Mash
...Yes. Physically, there's nothing wrong with me, but...
...mentally, I have a problem.

Mash
...I'm sorry, Senpai. Our battles are getting more intense,
but I haven't been improving at all...

Fou
Fou?

Mash
...It's my Noble Phantasm.
Servants' true fighting powers lie in Noble Phantasms.

Mash
I've seen many Noble Phantasms up till now.
All of them have been miracles worthy of their heroic names.

Mash
Yet, I still—
can't use my Noble Phantasm properly.

Mash
...At this rate, I'm just a burden. I know that,
but I still can't remember his True Name...

  1. Even without a Noble Phantasm...  2. It's not your fault, Mash.
  Select: Even without a Noble Phantasm...
Mash
No, I need a Noble Phantasm! Mash
Ah, um... I'm sorry I yelled at you.
But it will definitely become necessary...that's my hunch.
  Select: It's not your fault, Mash.
Mash
...Indeed, the merge was due to a sudden accident.
But he entrusted me with everything... Mash
The point is, I'm not oblivious of the Noble Phantasm's
true value. I don't even know his True Name...

Mordred
So that's what this is about. You heard Helter Skelter
is a Noble Phantasm and became depressed.

Mordred
True, a Servant who cannot use a Noble Phantasm
is no Servant at all.

Mordred
No matter how weak the Noble Phantasm, its very
existence is proof of that hero. It's a matter of pride.

Mash
...

Mordred
But you're different, Mash. You're you. How you think
and your honor are different from that Shield bastard.

Mordred
It's true you haven't mastered using that Noble
Phantasm. From what I've seen, you're about a third of the way there.

Mordred
The remaining two-thirds are untapped. Or maybe you,
being you, won't get to 100% and that's that.

Mash
...So it is like that.

Mash
The "Demi" side... The human part of me
is dragging Senpai down...

Mordred
Fool. That's ridiculous.
Listen until I'm done talking.

Mordred
You're not fully utilizing your Noble Phantasm. But I'm
sure—you're stronger than the original Heroic Spirit.

Mash
Huh? The original Heroic Spirit...
You mean the Heroic Spirit that I merged with?

Mordred
Yes. You're much, much stronger than him.
That's coming from me, so there's no doubt about it.

Mordred
You may come up short not having a Noble Phantasm,
but not anywhere else. Am I right, Player's Name?

Mordred
For you,
Mash is the perfect partner, isn't she?

  1. Of course!  2. I'll do something about that Noble Phantasm!
  Select: Of course!

  Select: I'll do something about that Noble Phantasm!

Mash
...
I-Is that really the case?

Mash
...Okay.
If that's the case, I feel much better.

Mordred
There, you see? In the first place, it's a Master's job
to take care of their Servant.

Mordred
Whether you can utilize the true value of a Noble
Phantasm is Player's Name's problem, not yours, Mash.

Mordred
Right, Player's Name?

Mordred
Before Mash can become a full-fledged Servant,
you need to become a first-rate Master.

  1. We'll be first-rate together.  2. I'll teach you how to use it eventually.
  Select: We'll be first-rate together.

  Select: I'll teach you how to use it eventually.

Fou
Fouuu!

Mordred
There you go. So don't worry about it, Mash.

Mordred
Player's Name is the one
who's sitting in the hot seat.

Mash
—Right!

Dr. Roman
...All right, can we get moving soon?
I'm sorry, as everyone is in a good mood, but...

Mash
Ah...

Mordred
Hmmph. Player's Name, summon a Rider Servant and have it give Maron a swift kick with its hind legs.

Dr. Roman
Yeah, yeah, it's all my fault. My fault! Now, time for
combat. Multiple hostile readings approaching!

Dr. Roman
Go rout them to liven things up!

Section Ten: At the End of Brilliant Steam

Show/Hide Story Chapter

Fran
...Uhh...

Mash
That direction. Got it.
...Senpai, it seems we want to go west from here.

  1. West is...  2. Maybe the Westminster area?
  Select: West is...

  Select: Maybe the Westminster area?

Mordred
Yes, probably the Westminster area.
That's where we'll find the Houses of Parliament.

Mordred
Let's go there and pound them down.
Ah. But first.

Mash
Yes?

Mordred
There's one thing I need to say.
This time, my hands are tied protecting Fran.

Mordred
You see, she's not a Servant, and it's unknown
how much damage an artificial human can take.

Mordred
So "I'm going to protect her."
...We have a strange connection.

Dr. Roman
We can't count on Mordred during the battle then,
so you guys will have to provide all the muscle. Be careful!

  1. Roger.  2. No problem.
  Select: Roger.

  Select: No problem.

Mash
Right.
Okay then, Senpai. Let's move out!

Dr. Roman
...To think it's really near the Houses of Parliament.
What a place for a remote control. Is it actually inside?

Fran
...Uhh, uhrrr!

Mash
Looks like it's close.
She says it's in our immediate vicinity—

Mordred
Look, there's a gargantuan one!
Fran, get behind me and stay there!

Mordred
Mash, Player's Name!
I'm leaving this one to you. Take it apart!

Mash
Roger that.
Master, it's combat with a giant hostile. Awaiting orders!

--BATTLE--

Mash
—All giant hostile targets have gone silent.

Mash
It appears it wasn't a Servant... But, was this
the Noble Phantasm that's manipulating the others?

Fran
...Uh.
...Uh, uhh.

Mordred
It seems so.
Okay, that's one nuisance out of the way.

Mordred
Good work. Fran.
We pulled through thanks to you.

Fran
...Uh, uh. Ah...

Dr. Roman
Mash, Player's Name. Just in case,
could you send me some visual data of the remains?

Dr. Roman
I'll go ahead and analyze them here.
Well, I'm just going to ask Da Vinci about them.

Mash
Understood.

Mash
...Doctor. We discovered something strange.
Something that the other Helter Skelters did not possess.

Mash
Perhaps the manufacturer's name?
It's written in English.

Mash
"Charles Babbage, AD 1888"

Fran
...Uh!!?

Mordred
Hmm. What's wrong, Fran?

Fran
...
...

--Arrow--

Mash
Good morning, Senpai.
Did you sleep well?

Mash
It seems like you went by yourself
to the nap room a little earlier...

  1. I couldn't sleep much.  2. Those author Heroic Spirits were there...
  Select: I couldn't sleep much.

  Select: Those author Heroic Spirits were there...

Mash
Oh...um, that's right...
The two Heroic Spirit authors are occupying that room...

Mash
In that case, you probably didn't get much rest.
I-I'm sorry I didn't notice.

Mash
I...wish I had let you use
the sofa in the living room that was assigned to me...

  1. It's okay.  2. I'm glad it worked out this way.
  Select: It's okay.

  Select: I'm glad it worked out this way.

Mash
...Senpai...

Mordred
Mm. Both of you are awake.
Hey, have you seen Fran around?

Mash
Come to think of it...
Oh! Senpai, maybe Fran...

  1. In the next room.  2. In the authors' room.
  Select: In the next room.

  Select: In the authors' room.

Mordred
...Well, if she's fine with that, it's fine.
I myself have no intention of entering that room.

Mash
That room gives off a kind of odd ambience. I wonder
if that's the power of authors with looming deadlines.

Mordred
They've basically just been writing since materializing.
Though I'm not sure if Andersen is really working or not.

Mash
I couldn't help but sense a strange pressure coming from that room...

Jekyll
Good morning, everyone.
Looks like you all got some rest.

Jekyll
There's something we need to talk about, okay?
It's the name you found a few hours earlier.

Dr. Roman
Charles Babbage, right? He was an outstanding British
scientist and mathematician of the 19th century.

Jekyll
Yes. He belongs to this age.
I haven't met him myself, but I recall a few things.

Jekyll
I'm sure that he and the original Dr. Victor Frankenstein
were acquaintances.

Mash
—I'm sorry, but please wait.

Mash
Babbage was supposed to have passed away
at least a decade prior to our present time.

Jekyll
Huh? No, that's strange. He may be old, but he should
still be an active scholar in good health.

Mash
???

Dr. Roman
Jekyll, are you sure that's not a lapse in your memory?
Are you really sure that Babbage is a man of this era?

Jekyll
Of course. I came across his name while perusing this
year's Royal Society Almanac. Victor also spoke of him.

Jekyll
So I can't imagine he's dead. His inventions were
featured in newspapers from last year and this year, too.

Mash
Allow me to confirm this.
Let's see, yes, a newspaper will do.

Mash
...Indeed, there is an article here. Charles Babbage.
Born 1791. This is the very man in question.

Dr. Roman
I can think of two possibilities.
One is that our historical records do not match reality.

Dr. Roman
Another is that a "shift" of events has occurred.
That, in fact, has occurred in all the previous eras.

Dr. Roman
Orleans, Rome, even Okeanos.
The events were all slightly distorted and "shifted."

Dr. Roman
Due to events changing, the dead are still alive
and not there as Heroic Spirits—

Dr. Roman
It's possible. The same applies to those
who died from the Demonic Fog.

Dr. Roman
It may be that 20th century events have shifted
all the way into this era.

Mash
So...
in the case of Fran, as well as Mr. Jekyll?

Dr. Roman
We can't rule it out.
So who belongs to this era, and who doesn't?

Dr. Roman
It's extremely difficult to determine. Especially when
there are no records left in existence—

Jekyll
Hmm. Are you talking about me? I'm curious, but we'll
talk about it later. I've received some emergency correspondence.

Jekyll
It's bad news from my information network.
Saber, this concerns you too.

Jekyll
All the Helter Skelters that had been
completely shut down—have reactivated.

Mordred
What, again?
So there was another remote control elsewhere?

Mash
...This is indeed an emergency.
We need to deactivate them again as quickly as possible.

Dr. Roman
Yeah. There's no way we can let the enemy
procure any other Servants that materialize from the fog.

Dr. Roman
Mash, Player's Name, I'm counting on you.
Make sure you stop the Helter Skelters for good this time!

  1. Got it!
  Select: Got it!

Mash
Yes!

Mordred
But, having said that,
we've got Fran on our side. We can dodge the enemy.

Mordred
Do the same thing as last time. Head straight
to the remote without encountering enemies.

Fran
...
...

Mash
You're right.
Let's hurry, but be careful no to let our guard down.

Mordred
I won't.
Then again, thinking of Fran's precision last time—

Mordred
Oh, we're running into them already? We haven't
reached the remote-controlled ones yet, right?

Mash
...Machine sounds ahead. Several large-type units!
It's an enemy group. Master, your orders!

--BATTLE--

Mash
...Enemy group defeated.
It seems like we're being attacked more frequently.

Mordred
The enemy just keeps on coming...
Fran, what's wrong? Are you not feeling so good?

Fran
...Uh...

Mordred
So next we head east... Seems like
you're pointing in more directions than before.

Mordred
If something's wrong, it's okay to say so.
Like I said, just be frank with us.

Fran
...

--BATTLE--

Mash
...We defeated the enemy group.
We believe the attack frequency has been rising.

Mash
Senpai, is this—

  1. It's probably Fran.  2. Maybe the properties of the magical circuits changed?
  Select: It's probably Fran.
Mash
...Yes, I suppose so.
  Select: Maybe the properties of the magical circuits changed?
Mash
I don't know.
But, if you allow me to state...my personal theory...

Mash
I do believe that... Fran is the cause. She's hesitating
when it comes to directional commands.

Mash
Isn't that right...
Fran?

Fran
...Uh...

Mordred
...
...

--Arrow--

Mordred
...Fran. We need to talk.

Fran
...Uh.

Mordred
You have no intention of leading us to the remote, do
you? It's obvious at this point.

Mash
Is that true? Fran—

Mordred
Yeah. She's hesitating about something.
One more thing.

Mordred
There's something she hasn't told us.
Right, Fran?

Fran
...Uh.
...Uhh, uh, uh.

Mordred
...Look, I've said this so many times now.
You haven't forgotten, right?

Mordred
If you have something on your mind
or something to say, be frank with us.

  1. Yeah, it's okay to talk to us.  2. We want you to tell us.
  Select: Yeah, it's okay to talk to us.

  Select: We want you to tell us.

Fran
...Uh...

Fran
...Uh, uh...uhh...

Fran
...Uhh...ah...ah...ah, ah...uhh...

Fran
...Uhh...

Mordred
...

Mash
...Oh. Right. That's what it was.

  1. What is she saying?  2. I don't understand...
  Select: What is she saying?

  Select: I don't understand...

Mash
She knows a man named Babbage.
She has apparently even talked to him in person.

Mash
She can trace the magical energy because she's
tracing something resembling his presence.

Mash
But, he is not the type to do these kinds of things.
That's what she's saying.

Mordred
...

Mash
Mr. Jekyll said just as much.
I also should have noticed at that point...

Mordred
...I get it.
You're covering for him. Isn't that right, Fran?

Mordred
But, your own actions are contradictory. Babbage
isn't the type to do "these kinds of things," right?

Fran
...Uh.

Mordred
Well then, it's simple.
...I hate to quote that stupid brat, but I have no choice.

Mordred
Fran. Calm down.
Try using your imagination. You can do that much, right?

Mordred
Babbage isn't the type to act like this.
Yet, Helter Skelters are wandering around everywhere.

Mordred
So, that means he's being forced into this.
To do "these kinds of things."

Fran
...Uh!

Mordred
Okay, good girl.
So, you understand what you need to do, right?

Fran
...Uh, uh!

  1. That settles it.  2. Let's find the remote this time.
  Select: That settles it.

  Select: Let's find the remote this time.

Mash
Yes, Senpai!

Mordred
—It's close.

Mash
Yes, I can tell, too. The magical energy
is concentrated here, even in the Demonic Fog.

Mordred
Look, over there.
I'm sure Player's Name will also hear it soon.

Dr. Roman
I detected it here as well! It's a giant response,
and almost right in front of you. To think it was there!

Mordred
Huh, it was in the center of the City Area.
It was right near the apartment.

Mordred
Well then, it's time for us to meet.
Either it's the other remote, or—

Fran
...Uh, uh!

Babbage
—Listen, listen, listen! I am the King of Steam.

Babbage
Unable to grasp the future that lay within reach,
I am the king of an evanescent world of fantasy.

Babbage
I am known to you rabble as the mage "B". I am a
mastermind behind "Project Demonic Fog" that's enveloping this city.

Babbage
Furthermore—I am a Heroic Spirit
emerged from the Demonic Fog of the empire's capital.

Mash
...Mage "B?"

Mordred
...One of the enemy bosses, huh.
Damn, I didn't see that coming.

Mordred
True, your name starts with "B." I see.
I was overthinking and missed something so simple.

Mash
However, this...
Is the same shape as a Helter Skelter?

Mordred
This guy's specs are probably way higher.
Just a hunch, but my hunches are usually right.

Mash
He does not seem human.
So he must be... a Servant!

Babbage
I am the King of Steam.
Having died once, I now dwell within a world of fantasy.

Babbage
My fantasies have sublimated to a Reality Marble,
but it's not enough. It's not enough. It's still not enough.

Babbage
Behold how I desire.
Behold how I struggle.

Babbage
With steel, I seek to lead a steam-filled civilization.
With ideas, I seek to lead an inconceivable civilization.

Babbage
And—I lament the incineration of humanity
and civilization, of the world and the future.

Dr. Roman
Oh, so that's it!
It means that he himself is already a Reality Marble!

Dr. Roman
It's similar to the Magical Tome. Though, the
Magical Tome distributed sleep to materialize.

Dr. Roman
He will continue to disperse his alter egos infinitely.
Most likely, that's—

Mash
Mr. Babbage. If what you say is the truth,
we can reason with each other.

Mash
We are the same.
The future should not be burned to ashes!

Mordred
Enough gabbing.
Listen up, you big piece of scrap iron.

Mordred
The daughter of someone you know has come to stop you.

Mordred
Listen to what she has to say. Your pompous
speeches and everything can come after that.

Fran
...Uh, uh!

Fran
...Uh...uhh, ah...ah, ah!

Fran
...Ah, ah, ah!

Babbage
—Oh, I see. I could never forget Victor's daughter.
—Are you there?

Babbage
Lovely little artificial human.
Piteous being unloved by your creator, thus craving love.

Babbage
Ah, I can hear your words.
Ah, I can hear your thoughts.

Babbage
That's right—
I...no, we, must fulfill our aspirations as scholars.

Babbage
We exist for the sake of humanity and civilization.
Thus, I sought...a fantasy world, a new era of dreams.

Babbage
Thus...

Babbage
Gah!?

Babbage
...Ugh... uh... ughh, ugh... ugh!?
What...is this... Angrboda's interference!?

Babbage
The Holy Grail that was implanted!
I see, so "M"... so even I!

Babbage
Victor's daughter!
Run...for your life!

Fran
...Uh!

Mordred
—Enough, Fran.

Mordred
You said what needed to be said,
and he replied in his own way. You did a good job.

Mordred
But, sometimes it ends up like this. Your feelings don't
get conveyed, and you must settle things with swords...

Mordred
Sometimes it just
turns out this way.

Babbage
Arghh!

Mash
...Here he comes!

Dr. Roman
Communication breakdown, and now a battle!?
This is a similar reaction when a Command Spell has been used—

Dr. Roman
If this is the Holy Grail's doing, then we have no choice
but to defeat him. Mash, Player's Name!

Mash
Master, your orders.
Commencing battle with a large-type Servant!

  1. We have no choice!  2. Let's stop him!
  Select: We have no choice!

  Select: Let's stop him!

Mash
—Yes, Master!

--BATTLE--

Babbage
...Head to the underground part of the city.

Babbage
...Deep, deep, deep beneath the Underground, in the
depths... There...lies the core of..."Project Demonic Fog"...

Babbage
The source of the Fog...covering the city...
Namely, my invention...Massive Steam Engine Angrboda...

Babbage
The Holy Grail...
was used as the power source for...Angrboda...

Fran
...Uh... uhh... ah.

Babbage
...Sorry, daughter of Victor.

Babbage
I heard your voice...
but I am no longer a human...with a proper life...

Babbage
...but an improbable Servant...
of irrelevant thoughts...

Mordred
...

Babbage
...I...

Babbage
...Oh, I have seen a dream of my world...
...But... Even that...

Babbage
...Even in a world where my dream will not be realized...
I do not wish to end your world...

Mordred
—Looks like we have the next destination.

Mash
Yes, underground.
That's what Mr. Babbage told us.

Mordred
Let's get Fran back to Jekyll's apartment first.
Then we'll take out the final boss.

  1. Let's do that.  2. We're surely getting that Holy Grail.
  Select: Let's do that.

  Select: We're surely getting that Holy Grail.

Mash
...Yes, Senpai.

Section Eleven: Angrboda

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Mordred
...Under Londinium, huh?

Mordred
I knew there was a subway underground, but who'd
have thought there'd be something "under" that.

Mordred
And how dense this Demonic Fog is...
Isn't it getting thicker the lower we go?

Dr. Roman
I'm not sure. I can't observe from here,
but if it's getting dense enough to visually confirm...

Dr. Roman
Then maybe what Babbage said was true.
After all, there really was a path leading below.

  1. Why is this here in London?  2. Was this made by the Mage's Association?
  Select: Why is this here in London?

  Select: Was this made by the Mage's Association?

Mash
London has had an underground transportation network
since the middle of the 19th century.

Mash
But there are no records of underground passages like
this. ...Perhaps the remnant of a national top secret project?

Dr. Roman
The Mage's Association only excavated the area
right under the British Museum...

Dr. Roman
Hard to think an individual secretly built an underground
labyrinth, so maybe this existed before London took shape?

Mordred
There's this old story.
Deep underneath the Tower of London—

Mordred
The head of an ancient king of Britain named Bran is
buried, and it watches over Londinium.

Mash
A head, huh...

Mordred
Interesting story, huh?
The Tower of London has other stories, like the crows.

Mash
Oh, I know a bit about that one.
They watch over London—

Mordred
They're said to be the avatar of my father, King Arthur.
I mean they're crows! His avatars are crows! Ha ha!

Dr. Roman
What? I think crows are really cool.
Raven Master is really cool, right Mash?

Mash
Uhh... What do you think, Senpai?

  1. What? You're going to ask me?  2. Pretty cool.
  Select: What? You're going to ask me?
Mash
...
  Select: Pretty cool.
Mash
Right. I think so too, Senpai. ?3:Not really cool. Mash
That's...true. No, I, well...

Mordred
Setting crows aside, you can't track
this underground passageway or routes from your end?

Dr. Roman
Sorry, just as Mash mentioned earlier,
there are no records. You'll have to explore on your own.

Dr. Roman
Hopefully it's not too complicated...
But it already sounds like a labyrinth.

Mash
Deep underneath London... An unknown
underground passage, underground labyrinth.

Mash
If what Mr. Babbage said was correct,
then a "large-scaled machine" should exist.

  1. The Massive Steam Engine?  2. The source of Demonic Fog?
  Select: The Massive Steam Engine?

  Select: The source of Demonic Fog?

Dr. Roman
Yes, the source of the Demonic Fog filling London.
The Massive Steam Engine Angrboda, powered by a Holy Grail.

Dr. Roman
That's what he mentioned right before vanishing.
To think a Holy Grail would be integrated into a machine...

Dr. Roman
But, that makes some sense. The existence of a fog
abnormally full of magical energy, and its proliferation.

Dr. Roman
A strange situation that throws off a Servant's detection
ability, and prevents various observations from Chaldea.

Dr. Roman
I see, by using the power of the Holy Grail,
something like that would be possible.

Mash
That may also explain the mechanism
that materializes Servants from the Demonic Fog.

Mash
By incorporating the Holy Grail into a device,
the Demonic Fog gained the ability to summon Heroic Spirits.

Mash
Such speculation is also possible.

Mordred
But Angrboda, huh?
That's a grand old name.

  1. Angrboda?  2. The one from Norse mythology.
  Select: Angrboda?

  Select: The one from Norse mythology.

Dr. Roman
Right, Angrboda is a Divinity from Norse mythology.
They brought forth Fenrir, World Serpent, and the Goddess of Death among others.

Mordred
With Loki, right?
An unbelievable woman giant, but I don't hate her.

Mordred
It's not often that you see someone
give birth to so many troublesome beings—

Mordred
Definitely worth punching. I'm sure she has thick skin
too, so I can get down and hack her into pieces, right?

Dr. Roman
(Oh, that's what you meant by "don't hate her"...)

Dr. Roman
(It's been so hard to retort to all this...
I'm sure Mordred is saying everything on purpose)

Mash
(Y-Yes. I believe Mordred's mother was...)

Dr. Roman
(Yeah. A witch among witches. None other than Morgan!)

Mordred
—Looks like they're finally here.
Hostiles.

Dr. Roman
Beat me to it again. Detecting multiple targets!
Looks like there aren't any more Helter Skelters.

Dr. Roman
Quality aside, they're coming in large quantities!
Be careful!

Mash
Roger that.
Master, starting combat!

--Arrow--

Mordred
...We've come pretty far down.
This is the second level, isn't it?

Mash
We've travelled pretty far.
We're most likely under Hyde Park now.

Mordred
Oh brother. We've walked quite a bit...

Dr. Roman
I'm mapping the whole thing here.
You shouldn't be traveling in circles, at least.

Dr. Roman
Taking into account Player's Name's stamina,
you should probably take appropriate periods of rest.

Mordred
Doesn't look like we'll get that chance.
They're here again.

Dr. Roman
We've got enemy signatures. Quite a few!
It will be another series of battles. Be careful!

Mash
Roger that.
Master, give me you orders!

--Arrow--

Mordred
...What level are we on now?

Mash
The fourth level.
We went down a set of stairs earlier.

Mash
We're currently
several hundred meters underground.

Mordred
We've gone pretty deep.
Isn't it going to be a pain to go back up?

Mordred
...More hostiles again. It really is quantity over quality.

Mash
Master, give me your orders.
Going to demolish the enemy group!

--Arrow--

Mordred
What the hell is this?

Mash
...Almost identical to the Fuyuki Greater Grail.
Incredible magical energy.

Mash
So much magical energy, I can feel it strongly even in the
Demonic Fog. Such a giant Magical Reactor Core...

Dr. Roman
I can observe it here, too. This is amazing.
No doubt about it, "that's" what's creating the Fog.

Mordred
I've never seen a machine this big.
Angrboda... The name of a giant fits perfectly.

Mordred
I'd love to take a closer look—
But it looks like the last boss is here.

D:???
—Oddly enough.

D:???
Oddly enough, it is just as Paracelsus said.
Evil must be stopped by those who do good.

D:???
The Massive Steam Engine, Angrboda.
This is our evil embodied, but it is also our hope.

D:???
Your path ends here.
Good will now be destroyed by our evil.

Mordred
You folks really like to talk.
Shut up. What ends here is your life.

D:???
Heroic Spirit Mordred. The 13th Knight of
the Round Table and legendary Treacherous King.

D:???
I thought you'd stand with us,
but it seems you're now a hero of good. Ironic.

  1. Who are you?  2. Are you "M"?
  Select: Who are you?

  Select: Are you "M"?

D:???
I am Makiri Zolgen.
The first leader of this "Project Demonic Fog."

Makiri
One mage seeking the annihilation of this era—the
Fourth Singularity, by releasing Demonic Fog all over England.

Dr. Roman
All of England!? So it's not just London!
That's...I have to say, going to be tough...

Makiri
Destroying London alone isn't enough. Only by
destroying this era completely can I erase the Foundation of Humanity.

Makiri
That is our King's wish, and an act which
we had no choice but to embrace after our surrender.

Mash
Our King...
Master, is he part of the same group as Lev Lainur?

  1. So you're with Lev!  2. Who is "Our King"!?
  Select: So you're with Lev!

  Select: Who is "Our King"!?

Makiri
There's no need to say another word.
Angrboda is shifting to overload mode.

Makiri
A powerful Heroic Spirit, one sufficient to truly awaken
the Demonic Fog that fills the city, will now materialize.

Makiri
A single strike from him shall activate the Demonic Fog,
engulfing the world. "Everything" will meet its end.

Makiri
Now, behold. The Heroic Spirit we desire
shall appear from the Demonic Fog shortly.

Makiri
A Pioneer of the Star, fitting for the end of the Myth of
Humanity. Or perhaps, this planet's glimmer—

Mordred
I ain't letting that happen.
I'll kill you, and destroy Angrboda.

Mordred
I'll never forgive someone other than myself
for trampling over Britain. Even if you are a human.

Mash
!?!?!?
He's not...a Servant!?

Mordred
Just a hunch. I told you they're usually right, remember?
He's human.

Mordred
I don't know if he's rightfully from this era, or "shifted"
like Babbage was.

Mash
Why are you doing this, Makiri Zolgen?
Why are you destroying the era you live in—

Makiri
Of course, I tried to resist.
But I realized everything was useless.

Makiri
Even if I wished for the salvation of all humanity,
the world where they should live has already been incinerated.

Makiri
Past, present, and future.
Our King has decided not to allow them to exist.

Makiri
—All will be destroyed before it is achieved.

Makiri
The King has proclaimed to us that he tires
of seeing more of this ugliness and existence.

Makiri
Then, before long...

Makiri
No, there's nothing left to say.
With the power of our King I shall destroy you.

Makiri
You will die here, without seeing the last Heroic Spirit.
Come forth from the sky of destruction, our Demon God!

Mordred
What!?
This presence, this mass magical energy!

Mash
He's summoning a Demon God!
Just like the last two!

Makiri
One of the 72 Demon Gods.
Demon God Barbatos—This is the form of our evil.

Makiri
My King has "found" my evilness. The ugliness
lurking within me as I desire human salvation.

Makiri
With the epitome of my abomination—
Begone, you who seek to spread good as I once did!

--BATTLE--

Mash
—Demon God Barbatos has gone completely silent.
We've won.

  1. Good work.  2. Don't let your guard down.
  Select: Good work.

  Select: Don't let your guard down.

Mash
Right, Senpai.

Mordred
That was a weird monster.
That was hard even for me to fight.

Mordred
Now all that's left is to smash this big thing.
Let's do it, Mash, Player's Name.

Makiri
...It's too late.
There's enough Demonic Fog...filling London...already...

Mordred
You're still alive?
You're tough.

Makiri
Now...
Come, my last Heroic Spirit...

Makiri
Pioneer of the Stars... who can complete my evil!

Makiri
...Thou who are trapped in a cage of madness...
and I the summoner who holds thy chains—

Makiri
Seventh Heaven clad in the great words of power!
Come forth from the circle of binding, guardian of scales!

Mash
This is... A Heroic Servant summoning incantation!?

Mordred
Shut your mouth!

Mordred
...Shut up and die.

Mash
Doctor, his last words were a Heroic Servant summoning
incantation. With...the phrase causing Madness Enhancement.

Dr. Roman
Unfortunately, you're right.
Mash, Player's Name, incoming Servant!

Dr. Roman
He didn't use the full spell, but the Demonic Fog
served as the circle and the rest of the incantation.

Dr. Roman
I can see the Servant response clearly from here.
Mash should feel it too. This is...

Dr. Roman
A Great Hero-class magical energy response. No—

Makiri
See? I sacrificed my life
for this summoning, and it succeeded...

Mordred
You're still alive!?
You're human, right? How can you be so tough—

Makiri
Magical energy of the Holy Grail, amplified by
Angrboda... The power of the Demonic fog...all concentrated onto "him"...

Makiri
...He has reached the realm of the gods!

Dr. Roman
The magical energy response is huge!
It's coming!

Section Twelve: Myth of Thunder and Lightning

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H:???
—You called me, did you not?

H:???
What was it that called me, lightning itself?
What was it that called me, the genius?

H:???
A cry? A wish? Good? Evil?

H:???
I see—
It was all of them that brought me here.

H:???
I, the lightning,
the genius, Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla
Fascinating.
All the scholars together called me?

Nikola Tesla
I, the one who brought a new myth to humanity!
I, the one who surpasses Indra, and even Zeus!

Nikola Tesla
Hahaha—

Nikola Tesla
Hahahahahahahaha!
Fascinating! You have brought me laughter, scholars!

Nikola Tesla
I am a genius, but also a super-human who loved the
bizarre! Very well then!

Nikola Tesla
I shall grant your wish!
I, the genius and the lightning, shall head to the surface!

Nikola Tesla
Hahaha!
Haha—Hahahahahahahahaha!

Dr. Roman
–So, yeah.

Dr. Roman
While the explosive magical energy from the summoning was blowing you away or almost burying you under rubble,

Dr. Roman
Heroic Spirit Nikola Tesla started heading for the
surface. This was just a few minutes ago.

Mash
Nikola Tesla.
He's known for being a scientist and inventor, isn't he?

Mash
If you define the modern era as an electricity-based
machine civilization, then you can say he created its "foundation."

Dr. Roman
Just like he said,
you could call him a Pioneer of the Stars.

Mash
He was supposed to be alive in this era,
but he's been summoned as a Servant?

Dr. Roman
Yup. Looks like there's similar cases in the past. Where
one of them is a human, the other's a Heroic Spirit.

Dr. Roman
But the human Nikola Tesla has nothing to do with that.
We just have to stop his materialization as a Heroic Spirit.

Dr. Roman
The powerful lightning that he automatically brings to his
surroundings will instantly activate the Demonic Fog.

Dr. Roman
If he gets to a place where the fog is especially dense,
what's happening in London will spread explosively.

Dr. Roman
Then it won't just be in London.
It'll cover all of Britain.

Dr. Roman
If that happens,
we'll be unable to restore Humanity in this Singularity.

Dr. Roman
The Foundation of Humanity will be completely
destroyed, and human history will end in this era.

Mash
That's...just what Makiri Zolgen said
would happen, isn't it?

Mordred
We just need to give that lightning guy a good beatdown,
right? Nice and simple.

Dr. Roman
Normally a Heroic Spirit that appears from the fog
doesn't automatically become our enemy, but...

Dr. Roman
In his case, Makiri's incantation
has had a small effect similar to Madness Enhancement.

Dr. Roman
He's not a pure Berserker.
But his mind and actions are limited.

Dr. Roman
When I spoke to him via the comms,
he did respond—

Dr. Roman
But there was a sense that his actions were controlled.
If we don't stop him he'll automatically go for the Fog.

  1. Let's stop him!  2. Let's chase him.
  Select: Let's stop him!

  Select: Let's chase him.

Mash
Right, Senpai.
By the way...are you hurt?

Dr. Roman
Player's Name's vitals are fine, thanks to Mash
promptly giving cover. More importantly...

Mordred
Yeah. Enemies. Weak ones.
Their Master is gone. How faithful of them!

Mash
Master, your orders.
We'll destroy the enemy!

--Arrow--

Mordred
Incoming, it's another homunculus!
It's needlessly huge!

Dr. Roman
Maybe it absorbed too much fog and grew?
No, that's not it. Maybe an effect of the Holy Grail?

Mash
Forget that! We have to fight it!
Master, your orders!

--Arrow--

Mordred
More!
Dammit, we can't get anywhere like this!

Mash
...Let's try and break through somehow.

Mash
He's supposedly walking,
so he can't have gone that far!

Dr. Roman
If he was going full speed as a Servant, the Demonic Fog
would have expanded by now and the world would be doomed.

Dr. Roman
Does that mean...
He's trying to help us? Maybe?

Mordred
Enough talking!
Let's do this!

--Arrow--

Mordred
...We're through! Hurry!

Dr. Roman
The response is coming from right over there!
I mean literally! He's right there!

Dr. Roman
Even if his actions are controlled, can we assume
he's on our side, mentally? ...No, we don't know that.

Dr. Roman
You should assume it'll be a fight.
He'll attack anyone who tries to stop him!

Mash
Roger.
—Master, I see him up ahead. It's Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla
You're here!
Heroes of hope, reaching out to the future.

Nikola Tesla
Unfortunately, I must fight you!
That's how my current existence has been created.

Nikola Tesla
And what's more—

Nikola Tesla
I have power in this manifestation.
So I want to try something I've been thinking about.

Mordred
What?
The Demonic Fog is tinged with lightning?

Dr. Roman
This is...not good... The Demonic Fog
has enough electricity in it to easily kill a human.

Nikola Tesla
This is what it means to activate the fog.
It absorbs even a Servant's magical energy without limit!

Nikola Tesla
Of course, I'm an exception! The Activated Fog
absorbs your magical energy upon approach!

Nikola Tesla
It's possible it will even absorb your Spirit Cores.
Now, will you still approach me?

Nikola Tesla
If you want to defeat me, first you must
completely remove this Activated Fog—

Mash
We can't get close—?
Doctor, there's nothing we can do like this.

Mordred
We just need to blow away the fog, right?
It's simple.

Mordred
If it absorbs magical energy, it'll work out somehow,
even if I blast it at full power. Here I go!

Mordred
Clarent—

Mordred
—Blood Arthur!

Dr. Roman
Releasing the Noble Phantasm's True Name! Good,
a majority of energy was absorbed but the fog dispersed!

Dr. Roman
It's not totally gone, so it'll come back soon,
but you've brief window where you can fight him!

Nikola Tesla
That power, that sword—
It is without a doubt Clarent!

Nikola Tesla
Hahaha! Then that girl is Mordred,
an old Heroic Spirit of the Earth.

Nikola Tesla
Perfect! While I'm at it,
I'll destroy every Heroic Spirit of Heaven and of Earth!

Nikola Tesla
Old myths are unnecessary! Only "Humans and the Star"
Heroic Spirits should exist beyond the age of electricity!

Nikola Tesla
Come then!
Remnants of fantasy, ancient myths fading so fleetingly!

Mordred
Let's go, Mash, Player's Name!

Mash
Roger!
Master, prepare for anti-Servant combat!

--BATTLE--

Mash
—The fog's coming back!
We'll have to temporarily retreat, Master!

Mordred
Dammit! The fog's in the way and my magical energy
can't reach him! I can't hit him!

Nikola Tesla
Hmph. You were doing well, but you're out of time!
Hahahaha! Poor ancient Heroic Spirits!

Nikola Tesla
Enough fun for now, then!
This genius heads once more for London's skies.

Nikola Tesla
...Oh, yes.
While my temperament is a little different than usual...

Nikola Tesla
I am supposed to be a Heroic Spirit that loves humanity.
Thus, I will tell you this, human.

Nikola Tesla
After reaching the surface, I'll head to the densest part
of the Demonic Fog, likely the skies above Buckingham Palace.

Nikola Tesla
A single strike of my lightning there will truly activate
the Demonic Fog, and swallow everything–

Nikola Tesla
Everything.
Yes, literally all of creation!

Nikola Tesla
It'll destroy the cancer of civilization, strip the land of it's
ostentation, and burn away this island with inviolate lightning!

Nikola Tesla
With this Singularity as the origin,
the rest of humanity is destined to be incinerated!

Mash
!!!

Nikola Tesla
However!
However—

Nikola Tesla
If you are still not giving up,
follow me. Try and stop me, heroes!

Nikola Tesla
You are about to face me, the new God of Thunder, who
created an era and a civilization with new mythology.

Nikola Tesla
So strike me down,
with the manifestation of an even newer myth!

Nikola Tesla
There is no other way!
Haha—hahahaha! Hahahahhahaha!

Mordred
Wait!
Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla
...London, huh? It's been so long.

Nikola Tesla
I had aspired to be a British gentleman,
and now I'm forced to play the role of world destroyer.

Nikola Tesla
I never would've thought it would happen.
However—

Nikola Tesla
Haha! I, the myth, the pioneer of a new age, am
destroying electric civilization and human history itself!

Nikola Tesla
It's ironic, and hilarious!
Haha! Hahahahaha!

Nikola Tesla
Come! I proceed to the heavens! Grant me footing
leading me to the fated spot in the sky where the Fog is densest!

Nikola Tesla
The Perkunas's Ladder answer my call!
I shall allow them to take me there!

Nikola Tesla
Hahahahahaha! Hahaha!
Is there no one left who can stop me?

D:???
—Stop laughing and get your ass down here, then.
It's easy, right?

Nikola Tesla
Oh—?

Nikola Tesla
Hmm. The lightning is crying.
This is...

D:???
"Golden" shines from a strike of lightning—

D:???
Somebody's calling me.
They tell me to destroy evil, and kill the demon.

D:???
Shut up—

D:???
Shut up, shut up! Stop whispering in my ear!
I always swing my own axe, and that's that!

D:???
I will beat down any and all evil!
—The shining broad-axe, Golden!

Sakata Kintoki
I don't want to give you my name, but I will.
Sakata Kintoki, Heroic Spirit—here to save the day.

Sakata Kintoki
You in that ugly jacket. Those stairs are a traffic
violation. Run along home and cry like a little girl.

Section Thirteen: Beyond the Fog

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Sakata Kintoki
This is a "doomed world" situation, isn't it?

Sakata Kintoki
My sense of smell is always accurate.
If we don't stop you, the world's in trouble, right?

Sakata Kintoki
Seems you want to head to the sky. If that happens, the
world's all messed up from fog and lightning on top of fire.

Nikola Tesla
Wonderful. Your understanding is as sharp as lightning,
and just as quick!

Nikola Tesla
Correct. The world ends if you don't stop me!

Nikola Tesla
But—Oh, I see.
My oh my. Some things are truly interesting.

Nikola Tesla
A truly fascinating case. The lightning acted as catalyst
for the Demonic Fog to summon a new Heroic Spirit.

Nikola Tesla
Sakata Kintoki, you said? Seems you're another
hero opposing the creation of a new legend.

Nikola Tesla
If you were a Heroic Spirit of Heaven or Earth from old
myths, I'd have burned you up with a laugh, but you're...

Nikola Tesla
"A Heroic Spirit of the Humans," huh?

Nikola Tesla
You're one trying to hinder my path.
You're someone willing to fight next to humans.

Nikola Tesla
Isn't that right, Sakata Kintoki? No, I suppose I should
call you Mr. Golden. I shall. No, I must.

Nikola Tesla
Yes, you could be none other than Golden!
Dazzling, just like plasma!

Sakata Kintoki
You don't look it, but you're quite fun, yourself.
I'm glad you're so reasonable!

Nikola Tesla
A genius always understands what someone says and
means. Even with a Madness Enhancement skill cast on him!

Nikola Tesla
But, ha, ha! I cannot hold back.
Let me show you a piece of Nikola Tesla's genius!

Sakata Kintoki
Now that's just golden!
I'll show you the ace up my sleeve, as well—

Tamamo-no-Mae
Hi there. Excuse me.
Could you stop for a moment?

Tamamo-no-Mae
This is London, right?
The city of fog, London, right?

Tamamo-no-Mae
Where's the dreamy double-decker buses?
Where's the British Museum, Clock Tower, St. Paul's Cathedral?

Tamamo-no-Mae
What's with this ominous fog?
Why isn't there anyone here, even though it's midday?

Tamamo-no-Mae
And where are the fish and chips I was looking forward
to? And that afternoon tea I was secretly yearning for?

Tamamo-no-Mae
What about the scones? Clotted cream?
Fortnum & Mason's flagship store?

Tamamo-no-Mae
A majority of this area feels abandoned, no?

Tamamo-no-Mae
Mikon?
Is London facing swift annihilation or something?

Tamamo-no-Mae
I tagged along to vacation in London so I could rehearse
my honeymoon with my Master, and this is what I get?

Tamamo-no-Mae
Now Kintoki, did you trick me?
Are you making a fool out of a god?

Sakata Kintoki
Ah...

Nikola Tesla
This is—

Nikola Tesla
Unmistakably a Heroic Spirit of Earth. No, of Heaven?
This genius can discern this presence. An old legend!

Nikola Tesla
But, ah... But... But—
What a stunningly beautiful lady!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Mikko?

Nikola Tesla
Even if already an inglorious resident of old legends, I,
Nikola Tesla, will treat a lovely lady with utmost courtesy.

Nikola Tesla
A beautiful lady that represents the Orient.
It's dangerous here. You should fall back, a bit.

Tamamo-no-Mae
What a nice, splendid spirit—
No, I am devoted to my Master, so I cannot.

Tamamo-no-Mae
But your heart seems not so splendid.
Did you get hit with a Madness Enhancement skill?

Nikola Tesla
And you seem to be wise, as well. How wonderful.
It's slightly different, but you're correct, My Lady.

Nikola Tesla
My words hold no meaning. I merely here
to accomplish one act, contrary to my words!

Nikola Tesla
Oh, how I do hate myself! Because I am a genius,
my thoughts and my actions are disconnected—!

Tamamo-no-Mae
I think that describes most men—
Which is bad. What do you plan to do?

Nikola Tesla
That depends on you!
Lady, I do not mind if the two of you take me on!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Then I'll do just that? Now, Kintoki.
Let's get this over quickly so I can continue the trip!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Oh, don't worry. I'll continue the trip by myself,
so I won't be tying you down, Kintoki?

Sakata Kintoki
That helps. But wait,
you just took a free ride on my summons...

Tamamo-no-Mae
How about we talk about this later? Look over there.
That hottie over there is already ready to fight, no?

Sakata Kintoki
...

Tamamo-no-Mae
Um, Kintoki? You stopped talking all of a sudden and
averted your gaze. What's wrong? (push)

Sakata Kintoki
Your face—

Tamamo-no-Mae
Huh?

Sakata Kintoki
It's way too close to mine—
No, If you can, stick to support. I'll do the punching.

Sakata Kintoki
It'll be a great fight. We're both men of lightning.
Let's make some sparks fly, Nikola Tesla!

Dr. Roman
Hm?
It looks like Nikola Tesla has stopped.

Dr. Roman
Suddenly, for some reason. He shouldn't
have reached skies above Buckingham Palace yet.

Mordred
That means we can still catch up.
That's good. I might get a chance for another fight!

Mash
Yes, we should head to the surface now!
Let's hurry, Master!

Mordred
And now there's a big group coming this way!
They should just run away now that they're free!

Dr. Roman
Multiple hostile signals!
Fight your way through the battles!

--BATTLE--

Nikola Tesla
—I see why you're the son of the lightning god!

Nikola Tesla
You're doing great in the Activated Fog! A normal
Servant would have had their Spirit Core eaten away!

Nikola Tesla
I expect nothing less from a Heroic Spirit of Humans
invited by my Lightning Fog, you stand for man's hope! But, haha, hahaha!

Nikola Tesla
Your Spirit Core—
There's already some cracks forming!

Nikola Tesla
You won't last much longer! At this rate,
you will only be burned by my lightning, and shatter!

Sakata Kintoki
Well if that isn't golden—
You should calm down that fog a bit more!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Can you stop ordering me around!?
Only my Master can speak that way to me!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Besides, I've been providing support this entire time.
Spells just don't work well on that fog.

Sakata Kintoki
Your face is so close! ...Come on!
Fox, I'm counting on you, so let's do this!

Sakata Kintoki
You're our last chance!
God of Arms, I seek aid facing enemies!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Hmm, am I being worshipped? Is this worship?

Nikola Tesla
Mm, truly beautiful... That smile
is like a sparkle from the sun, burning my heart!

Nikola Tesla
Foxy Lady!
You may be able to stand alongside my legend!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Mikko?
There's someone worshipping me here, too?

Tamamo-no-Mae
I'm really popular around here—
W-Wait, no. My Master has to be the one.

Sakata Kintoki
A-Anyway, keep up your support!
It's almost time.

Sakata Kintoki
I'm gonna ruin that nice suit of his.
Now—time to slam you with my super attack!

--Arrow--

Sakata Kintoki
—I'll blow you away! Special move:

Sakata Kintoki

Mash
...We're at the surface, Senpai!

Mordred
Hmm? Somebody's here. A man and a woman.
They're not dead, so are they Servants?

Dr. Roman
Looks like they're Servants that appeared from the fog.
I see two of them. They don't look like enemies.

Sakata Kintoki
Hey, are you guys
the heroes he was talking about?

Fou
Fou?

Mordred
It doesn't matter if we're heroes or not.
More importantly, it sounds like you fought him.

Sakata Kintoki
Yeah...I can tell you this.
We got rid of "all" that pain in the ass fog.

Sakata Kintoki
Now it's up to you guys. I'll let you grab the glory...
or whatever... Gonna rest. Whew...

Tamamo-no-Mae
Well, with so much magical energy drained from you as
you fought, utter exhaustion and near death are to be expected.

Tamamo-no-Mae
But you did wonderfully. You truly are one of Raikou's
Four Kings, whose might shakes the heavens.

Sakata Kintoki
You too. Thanks for the help!
Whew...

Tamamo-no-Mae
...But you just looked away, didn't you?
You did. Why? Is your worship a lie?

Sakata Kintoki
Eh, I did not.
Sure you're not imagining it?

Sakata Kintoki
(Those boobs! I can see your boobs, Fox!
I don't know where am I supposed to look, get it!?)

Tamamo-no-Mae
???

Dr. Roman
Anyway, this is a big help. We've got a chance now.
Without the Activated Fog we can fight him head on!

Mordred
Now we just have to catch up and slay him. Okay,
let's follow him, Mash, Player's Name!

  1. Are we going up those stairs?  2. Looks like there's no time to rest.
  Select: Are we going up those stairs?
Mash
Yes, they're made with a type of magecraft...
It seems, anyway. We can walk on them. Mordred
It's scary to think about them disappearing halfway up.
But we'll deal with that if it happens.
  Select: Looks like there's no time to rest.
Mordred
Yeah, we're gonna run up those stairs!
Even if they might disappear partway! Mash
That's probably a magical staircase created by
Nikola Tesla. Who knows how long it will last... Mordred
I'll take care of that if it happens.
There's no time to waste, just like you said.

Mash
Right!

Sakata Kintoki
I'm counting on you guys! Don't screw this up!

Tamamo-no-Mae
Huh? Is that all we get to do?

Tamamo-no-Mae
This feels like when you trip the metal detector
at a security checkpoint!

Mordred
—We caught up to him! This time, he's ours!

Mash
I've sighted Heroic Spirit Nikola Tesla once more.
He's walking towards the sky above Buckingham Palace!

  1. We defeat him here!  2. [[#The Activated Fog that was around him[line 3]|The Activated Fog that was around him[line 3]]]
  Select: We defeat him here!

  Select: The Activated Fog that was around him[line 3]

Mash
Yes, Senpai. The Activated Fog is gone.
That golden Servant was right!

Nikola Tesla
So you're here—
So you truly will try to build a new legend?

Nikola Tesla
But sadly, that's impossible. Even without
Activated Fog, my lightning is far too strong.

Nikola Tesla
Why? Because I am a genius.
Why? Because I am the lightning.

Nikola Tesla
What is a god—
Yes, what is a god? A god is the lightning.

Nikola Tesla
Since ancient times, many men have believed this,
and in fact...

Nikola Tesla
Even setting Zeus and Indra aside, it is indeed a god.
Lightning, a divine power striking from the heavens.

Nikola Tesla
Behold. The light I bring to the earth
is great power itself!

Nikola Tesla
Energy guiding a new electric, consumer civilization! My
lightning is the final farewell to the old era and its myths!

Nikola Tesla
It is a new myth!
It is "my light," a gift unto humanity!

Nikola Tesla
Now,
I shall display to all of you!

Nikola Tesla
–System Keraunos!

--BATTLE--

Mash
—Enemy Servant defeated!

Mordred
My lightning won!
Too bad, Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla
Haha...!
Hahaha, Hahahahahaha!

Nikola Tesla
No, I don't think it's bad at all!
I am a Pioneer of the Stars!

Nikola Tesla
I would never truly wish for humanity's end. The Heroic
Spirits of Heaven and Earth are still a nuisance—

Nikola Tesla
But continuation of the world means continuation of my
lightning civilization! Thank you, you who desire new myths!

Nikola Tesla
Heroes of hope!
You have done well to defeat me, the modern Zeus!

Nikola Tesla
And so now it is time
for me to return to the Throne—

Nikola Tesla
Haha! Hahahahaha!
Farewell, all of you—

Nikola Tesla
—Farewell!

Mash
...The enemy Servant has completely disappeared.

Mordred
Sheesh, he said whatever
and did whatever he pleased until the very end.

Dr. Roman
I've confirmed Nikola Tesla's annihilation.
Good work. That should take care of things.

Mash
What we're standing on was formed by his magical energy,
so it should become unstable shortly.

Mash
It's a very powerful effect, so it shouldn't
disappear immediately...

Dr. Roman
First we need to get safely back to the ground.
This should take care of London's problems—

Dr. Roman
...Oh. Right. Crap.

Mordred
Hmm?

Mash
What is it, Doctor?

  1. I think we forgot something.  2. ...What about the Holy Grail?
  Select: I think we forgot something.

  Select: ...What about the Holy Grail?

Mash
Oh—

Dr. Roman
Yeah. We forgot to get the Holy Grail from Angrboda.
N-No, it's not our fault. We were in a hurry. Yeah!

Mordred
You can take your time getting it.
The only enemies left are wimps.

Mash
Yeah, that's right.
I don't know how I feel about going back underground.

Mordred
Let's go get it now, then.
There's no sense going back to Jekyll's apartment.

Mordred
—Wait.
Looks like something's showed up after all. What is it?

Dr. Roman
A high-density magical energy response?
It's so big I can see it in the Demonic Fog... What the...

Dr. Roman
It's different from Nikola Tesla's response,
but the fog is gathering above Buckingham palace!

Dr. Roman
Something real bad is coming!
Be careful, Mash, Player's Name!

Mordred
It doesn't matter what comes!
I'll hack them all apart!

Mordred
—Bring it!

--Arrow--

Altria

Mordred
!!!

Mash
...That's...
...No, she is definitely...King Arthur!

Dr. Roman
She's absorbing the remaining Demonic Fog as she
manifests! This is bad! There's so much magical energy!

Mash
It looks like she has a spear, not a sword...
A swirling black lance...what twisted magical energy...

  1. You feel the magical energy?  2. Wasn't your detection weaker?
  Select: You feel the magical energy?

  Select: Wasn't your detection weaker?

Mash
Yes, I can tell... Magical energy so big
I can sense it even with Demonic Fog...

Mash
It's similar to when Nikola Tesla manifested.
But it's more clear—

Mash
I can feel her animosity.
It's a blind rage and hatred, like a Berserker!

Dr. Roman
Is she under the effect of Makiri Zolgen's incantation?
Then even if we can talk to her, we'll still have to fight.

Mordred
...We probably can't talk.
That's King Arthur, ready to slay her foes.

Mordred
Why... Why are you appearing now? If you're
saving Londinium, you should have come sooner...

Mordred
...No, maybe it's different.

Mordred
Maybe you're here to kill me.
Do you not like the idea of me saving Londinium?

Mordred
Do you hate me that much?
Is that why you've got the spear that killed me—

Dr. Roman
The spear that killed Mordred? Th-That's a
Divine Construct, said to rival the holy sword!

Dr. Roman
Rhongomyniad, the holy spear! The legendary spear
that's said to hold the two sides of the world together!

Dr. Roman
You already fought one battle with a powerful Servant.
You need to retreat, Player's Name!

Mordred
No, not happening.
King Arthur has decided we are enemies.

Mordred
There's no getting away.
We have to fight.

Mordred
...No, you can run if you want.
But there's a 90% chance you'll get blown away.

Mordred
Besides, I'm not running.
...I'm not turning my back on my father.

Mordred
King Arthur is right in front of me!
So there's only one thing for me to do!

Mordred
I'll fight you!
If you hate me, even as a Heroic Spirit!

Mordred
I'll rebel against you as many times as I have to!
—Arthur Pendragon!

Dr. Roman
It's no good! We can't stop Mordred!
I guess we have to fight... Good luck, you two!

  1. Roger!
  Select: Roger!

Mash
Right, Master!
...Beginning combat!

--BATTLE--

Jekyll
I just got word from Dr. Roman.
The operation was a success!

Jekyll
They defeated Heroic Spirit Nikola Tesla,
as well as another Servant that appeared from the Fog.

Jekyll
And just now, they succeeded in removing the Holy Grail
from Angrboda.

Fran
...Uh...

Jekyll
Huh? Is it just you?
Where's Andersen and Shakespeare—

Jekyll
Oh, I see. That's right. The Grail's been
recovered. Singularity is fixed. Then, yup.

Jekyll
The era is being restored.
Everything that happened here will disappear.

Jekyll
All the Servants will disappear,
and our memories will probably change as well.

Fran
...Uh, uh, uh...

Jekyll
Yes... Yes. I see.
Just this once, I think I understand what you're saying.

Fran
...Uh...

Jekyll
...Yes, you're right.
It is a little sad.

Mordred
Well, you know—

Mordred
Good work.
You guys helped with a lot.

Mordred
Londinium is saved.
No one other than me could trample it.

Mordred
And they all lived happily ever after.
Bye.

Mash
...Um, Mordred.

Mordred
Hmm?

Mash
I'll tell you...one thing.
That last Servant was clearly out of control.

Mash
It was probably the unique result of the Demonic Fog
and Makiri Zolgen's last incantation.

Mash
It didn't come here for any special reason
or anything like that, I think.

Mordred
...What?
Are you trying to make me feel better?

Mordred
Give it up.
I don't want to end this by killing you.

Mash
No, that's not it. I...No...
That's not...

  1. She said what she wanted to say.
  Select: She said what she wanted to say.

Mordred
...Haha, I get it!
I see! That's what I've said so many times!

Mordred
Yeah, you're right.
You've got me there.

Mordred
Okay, I won't kill you then.
Dammit, I should've kept my mouth shut around Fran.

Shakespeare
Oh? Isn't that a little too kind for the Treacherous Knight?

Shakespeare
I understood your character as being someone who slays
anyone who offers pity, regardless of who it may be.

Andersen
Nope. She's just easily taken in by a certain type of
person. You can tell by looking at Fran, right?

Mordred
...You're showing up after it's all over, huh?
Fine. Line up so I can chop your heads off.

Sakata Kintoki
Huh? I came to help you out of this latest danger,
and I'm finding a bunch of weirdos.

Sakata Kintoki
Are those two Servants?
Do you need my help?

Tamamo-no-Mae
Hahh, Hahh... Oh, jeez. Hold up, Kintoki.
You're a little too fast—Geh.

Andersen
Hmph. I think I may have seen those
fox ears somewhere before...

Andersen
Saber, if you want to kill Shakespeare, very well.
But first, listen to me.

Andersen
You'll want to defeat that fox-eared girl first. I don't
know why, but I can see she's a hassle to deal with!

Mordred
I'm killing you, too!

Tamamo-no-Mae
You really have it out for me,
don't you? Hmmph, precocious brat!

Dr. Roman
Hahaha. Sounds like you're busy.
Well, the case is closed, so this is fit for a grand finale.

  1. Yeah. Everybody's so friendly.  2. Doctor, we need to recover the Holy Grail.
  Select: Yeah. Everybody's so friendly.

  Select: Doctor, we need to recover the Holy Grail.

Dr. Roman
...Oh, right.
We need to finish recovering the Holy Grail.

Dr. Roman
There's no more threats in this era, so I wasn't...
Wait. What's this response!?

Mash
Doctor?

Dr. Roman
Everyone, be careful! There's some
kind of distortion in the underground space!

Dr. Roman
"Something" is coming! It's an unknown
phenomenon! Not a Servant manifestation!

Dr. Roman
Unknown? No, it's actually more like a Rayshift?
But that's impossible. Only Chaldea has that technology!

Mash
Huh? ...Senpai, something is strange. I have no
anomalies, but I'm shivering—terribly—

Dr. Roman
...The space is opening! Here it comes!

--Arrow--

C:???
Demon Marshal Gilles de Rais. Imperial Founder
Romulus. Hero Spy Jason. And Divine Scholar Nikola Tesla.

C:???
I thought they would be somewhat useful—
But they spoiled my fun as they couldn't even clean house.

C:???
Stupidity. Such stupidity.
Humans really do degrade with the passage of time.

Dr. Roman
Dammit! Sheba won't stabilize! I can only get audio!
What happened!? What's going on, Mash!?

Mash
I-I don't know. There's a shadow that looks human,
slowly walking towards us—

Sakata Kintoki
...Get back, lady. That thing's bad news.
It ain't something a good little girl should see.

Tamamo-no-Mae
So it seems. I'll be leaving too.
With only two tails, even seeing it is enough to taint me.

Sakata Kintoki
(No, you're probably fine, right?
Shouldn't you be going to the front?)

Mordred
—Hey. What is this insane magical energy?
It's a hell of a lot bigger than a dragon. It's like—

Shakespeare
One of the demons or angels in the ancient stories.
No, perhaps even greater.

Shakespeare
I was not born a mage
but as a petty Caster I can understand.

Shakespeare
This magical energy is infinite. This domination
crushes its surroundings merely by existing.

Shakespeare
Truly, truly a created being worthy of being called God!
No, perhaps it is even God itself!

Shakespeare
Am I wrong, my friend Andersen?
I think it's time for us to be going!

Andersen
Why do you always exaggerate so? There's all types of
gods. Anyway, the only god I fear is the god of editors.

Andersen
...Though I do agree it's time to run.
I didn't expect to see the big boss at this stage.

Dr. Roman
The big boss!? What does that mean!?
Player's Name, tell me what's going on!

C:???
I see. Like me, only your voice reaches them.

C:???
Chaldea is isolated from the temporal axis,
and so it's become a base that no one can find.

C:???
My eyes see everything—and all possible futures,
but even they have trouble perceiving Chaldea.

C:???
That's why you survive.
Pathetically, shamelessly, and uselessly.

C:???
Intolerant of a history of destruction already decided,
a pitiful boat still adrift in the sea of void.

C:???
That is what you are, Chaldea,
and what you are, Player's Name.

C:???
A stain upon the scorched ashes of human history.
The name of the only fools left who would defy "my" deeds.

Mash
—Doctor,
what we're about to see is—

  1. Who are you!?  2. Are you the "King" that Lev talked about?
  Select: Who are you!?

  Select: Are you the "King" that Lev talked about?

C:???
Hmm? I thought you already had the answer? Are you
so like monkeys that such a thing has to be taught?

C:???
But very well. I've taken a liking to your stupidity.
If you wish to ask, I shall answer you.

C:???
I am the final destination you seek. The one who
commands the 72 Demon Gods, and will destroy humanity from his throne.

C:???
My name is Solomon. Among the Heroic Spirits,
I stand above them all as one of the "Grand" seven.

Dr. Roman
S—Solomon!?
Are you sure that's what he said, Mash!?

Mash
...Yes, I'm sure.

Mash
He said he was Solomon... Same as the king of ancient
Israel, who was alive in the 10th century B.C.

Dr. Roman
No... Is it really Solomon?
But... But that's impossible—

Mordred
Heh. I guess we've got a big name for a guest, huh?
So what? Are you a Servant too?

Mordred
You were summoned as a Heroic Spirit,
and decided to use your 2nd life to destroy humanity?

Solomon
No, Knight of Londinium. I am indeed a Heroic Spirit, but no man will ever summon me.

Mordred
What?

Solomon
Do not think me the same rank as you incompetents.
After death, I revived by my own power to be a Heroic Spirit.

Dr. Roman
D-Did he say... he revived by his own power!?

Solomon
I am a Heroic Spirit, and also a living being.
Thus, no Master commands me.

Solomon
I started this matter of my own will.
In order to eliminate all you humans—

Solomon
Trash who's continuing along its foolish history.
You are the sole and greatest waste of this universe.

  1. You think you can do that!?  2. You can't destroy the world!
  Select: You think you can do that!?

  Select: You can't destroy the world!

Solomon
I can. I have the means,
the will, and the reality.

Solomon
Your eras have been swept away already,
by my 72 Demon Gods that cross over time.

Dr. Roman
Cross over time... So those Demon Gods
really were the demons in the Lemegeton?

Dr. Roman
But they're nothing like those in folklore!
King Solomon's familiars can't be such ugly meat monsters!

Solomon
How sad. You exist at the far end of time,
and yet your interpretation is ancient.

Solomon
The 72 Demon Gods took physical form and were
reborn. That is why they can anchor themselves in any era.

Solomon
The Demon Gods are wedges halting this planet's
rotation. The spiraling band of light in the sky is my Noble Phantasm.

Mash
Spiraling band of light in the sky

Solomon
Indeed. That is my Third Noble Phantasm.
"Ars Almadel Salomonis."

Solomon
Each ray in the band carries the same heat as a holy
sword. Light equivalent to weaving together hundreds of millions of the holy sword...

Solomon
...held by King Arthur—the Servant you played with.
In other words—an Anti-Humanity Noble Phantasm.

Mordred
Tch... Hundreds of millions of times the heat of Father's
holy sword— That's what you're using to incinerate time!?

Solomon
You'll never see it, so I've no intention of answering.

Solomon
I've answered your question.
Now it's my turn, survivors of Chaldea.

Mordred
He wants a fight!
Get ready, Mash, Player's Name!

Mordred
He's the guy behind all this, right!?
So our only option is to kill him here!

Mash
B-But—
That Servant...we can't—

Dr. Roman
Mash, get a hold of yourself!
Stay strong and focus on the enemy!

Dr. Roman
No matter who they are, they're a Servant, right!?
So you can win!

Dr. Roman
The Heroic Spirit within you was chosen by the Holy
Grail! He's a Heroic Spirit who won't be outranked by Solomon!

D:Solomon
Hah—the rank of a Heroic Spirit?
Do you really think that matters at all?

D:Solomon
Ignorance is a sin. I thought some knowledge was there,
but your commander seems to be a mage of little worth.

D:Solomon
The only one I've any interest in now
is you, girl with the shield.

D:Solomon
Now let's have a fun little chat.

D:Solomon
I'll do you a special favor. Out of respect for
your pure heart, I'll only summon "four of them."

--BATTLE--

Solomon
Do you see now? This is the inevitable result
of a mere Heroic Spirit trying to challenge me.

Mash
...Doctor, use the Rayshift.
We're going to be wiped out!

Dr. Roman
I can't do it!
The field around him is blocking the Rayshift anchor!

Dr. Roman
As long as Solomon's there,
I can't bring you back!

Mash
...At least...
I can try to save Senpai—

Mordred
That bastard is boasting!

Mordred
But it's no bluff... Our ranks don't matter.
His energy output is so much greater.

Mordred
What the hell are you made of?

Solomon
It's just like you said. It's not our ranks as Heroic Spirits.
Our vessels, our Classes are what separate us.

Solomon
Now burn, with the rest of the garbage.

Solomon
Heroic Spirit Mordred, Kingslayer.
I will take my time to incinerate you thoroughly.

Andersen
...This is crazy. Just blocking him once did this to me?
Figures I can't stand up to you as a Caster.

Mordred
Brat!?
What are you—

Andersen
Just a whim. Don't worry about it.
I owe you for all the work you've done.

Solomon
...You're still alive, scribbler?

Solomon
I thought I cleaned you up with the rest of the rabble.
I'm amazed you survived, as weak as you are.

Andersen
Hmph. I don't like physical labor, so I focused on
watching. But it looks like I can't do that anymore.

Andersen
But—I see through you, Solomon. I see what
you really are, and the truth behind your exceptional nature.

Solomon
Oh? Very well. Speak then, poet.
If your words please me, I'll grant you an easy death.

Andersen
Yeah, listen well you imbecile.
This is what was written in the Clock Tower's records.

Andersen
The Heroic Spirit Summons belong to the Counter Force.
And the Counter Force is what protects humanity.

Andersen
They manifest in seven vessels,
to fight "just one" enemy.

Andersen
What is that enemy? What else?
The great disaster that threatens our world!

Andersen
It is the avatar of the end, which destroys not this planet,
but humanity and the civilization it has built!

Andersen
It was born from civilization, and devours it—
It is none other than a self-inflicted apoptosis.

Andersen
To defeat it,
the greatest of the Heroic Spirits are summoned.

Solomon
—That's right. The seven Heroic Spirits are
messengers from heaven, sent to destroy a certain wickedness.

Solomon
Seven strongest from that era to protect humanity.
The first seven at the pinnacle of Heroic Spirits.

Solomon
The Heroic Spirit Summoning Ritual was originally
an ultimate spell meant to save humanity.

Solomon
The summoning system you use—the Holy Grail War
is a degraded form of it, meant to serve human purposes.

Mordred
Wha—You're saying we're degraded?

Andersen
Don't fall for his taunts, Mordred.
It's not an issue of rank, but of vessel and authority.

Andersen
He is simply a Heroic Spirit manifested
in a vessel one rank above our own.

Andersen
If we are weapons meant to fight individuals,
he is a weapon meant to fight the world—

Andersen
He stands at the top of all Heroic Spirits of his
alignment. In other words, he is a Servant with a "Grand" vessel.

Solomon
Yes. You have done well to reach the truth!

D:Solomon
I am the King of Kings, the Caster of Casters!
You shall refer to me as this!

D:Solomon
—The Grand Caster, Mage King Solomon!

Dr. Roman
A Grand Class!?
Is he saying he was chosen by the Root!?

Solomon
—Now then. Take your reward, poet. I shall
tear you into a hundred pieces and burn you to a crisp.

Andersen
Ggg—Gggawaahhh!

Mordred
...You bastard.

Solomon
Ordinary Servant, you're an utterly
useless tool unless summoned by the living.

Solomon
You lack the true freedom I possess. Do you now
see the wall between us that you can never cross?

Mordred
Tch—Hah. You're one to talk,
considering you lost four Grails already.

Mordred
You're only here because you're panicking that
Player's Name took half of your Grails, right?

Mordred
Only losers whine when they get beat, you know?

Solomon
—Are you the greatest fool in history?

Solomon
I've lost four Grails? No.
It will only matter if I lose them all.

Solomon
One Grail, or six, it makes no difference to me.
Player's Name is far from a threat.

Solomon
It's time for me to go.
I wasted more time than I thought.

Mash
Huh?

Mordred
Huh!?
You're leaving? Why did you even come here!?

Solomon
It was nothing more than a whim. Why?

Solomon
Sometimes after finishing a book, you go to the
bathroom before picking up the next, right? That's all this was.

Mordred
What? You're saying you came to piss on us!?

Solomon
Hah.

Solomon
Hahaha, Gwahahaha!

Solomon
That's right! That's exactly right!
But you're worth less than piss!

Solomon
I don't care about you.
I could kill you here, or not, and not care at all.

Solomon
Do you understand? I'm not letting you go.
You weren't worth looking at in the first place.

Solomon
But—Hmph.
But if you can remove all seven Singularities...

Solomon
...Then I will consider you
"a matter I must deal with."

Dr. Roman
Are we...saved?
I hate to have him let us go, but it's best to just—

Dr. Roman
Wait, Player's Name!?

  1. Why are you doing this!?  2. Is incinerating the world fun!?
  Select: Why are you doing this!?

  Select: Is incinerating the world fun!?

Mash
Senpai!

Solomon
—Oh.
That's a surprising reaction, human.

Solomon
You ask if it's fun?
You ask me if destroying humanity is fun?

D:Solomon
Oh—Of course! Of course! Of course! Of course!
It's the greatest fun in the world!

D:Solomon
If it wasn't fun,
would I take my time killing each one of you?

D:Solomon
I'm having fun.
Your deaths make me happy.

D:Solomon
Your end pleases me.
Your final gasps bring me more joy than anything!

D:Solomon
And,
this is the greatest salvation you could find.

D:Solomon
Because only I alone can make good use
of every single human being—!

Mordred
Get back, Player's Name! There's no point
in talking to him! He's rotten to the core!

Mash
...Mage King Solomon.
You're no different than Lev Lainur.

Mash
You have no gratitude towards life. You enjoy
toying with the lives of humans and of the planet!

Solomon

Solomon
Girl, speak not of life as a mere human.
When death is inevitable for you, your view has no value.

Solomon
Gratitude towards life?
That's my question for you.

Solomon
What have you done for the last 2,000 years?
You've continuously died, and continuously done nothing.

Solomon
You are sentient creatures who failed to conquer death.
And yet you retain your fear of it.

Solomon
If you cannot conquer death,
you should have abandoned your fear of it.

Solomon
If you understand death to be a shameful, terrifying
thing, then you should throw away your sentience!

Solomon
It's pathetic. Simply pathetic.
You're no different either, Master of Chaldea.

Solomon
Why do you fight?
Knowing your life will end. Knowing it has ended.

Solomon
Why do you cling to life,
when you know that your future holds no salvation?

Mash
...

Solomon
You are so young, human.
You, Player's Name, are humanity's final Master.

Solomon
And this is my one warning to you.

Solomon
Know that giving up on everything here
is the easiest way for you to live.

Solomon
—Burn, and leave not even ash.
That is your future.

Mordred
...This is the end.
I feel unsatisfactory, though we got the Grail back.

  1. ...I'm sorry.  2. ...You're right.
  Select: ...I'm sorry.
Mordred
Idiot. Don't you apologize.
I'm the one who's stupid.
  Select: ...You're right.
Mordred
Yeah. I haven't been this down since my Father's
spear— No, never mind. Never mind.

Mordred
But well, we saved London.
Not bad, considering who I am.

Mordred
What I hate is that it's ending here.
Honestly, I wanted to go with you guys...

Mordred
But I'm at my limit, as you can see.
With the Singularity gone, there's no place for me.

Mordred
I was summoned here by the Grail's fog.
Without a Master, I have to disappear.

Mordred
...I hate to say it, but he's right.
We can't fight unless we're summoned.

Mordred
That's the limit of a Heroic Spirit, and a Servant.

Mordred
In every era, the ones who build things... are always
people living on the cutting edge of the future.

  1. ...Mordred  2. ...Living people...
  Select: ...Mordred

  Select: ...Living people...

Mordred
Yeah. That's why—
you're going to get there, Player's Name.

Mordred
You'll reach the place we can't go. You'll cross over
the seven Grails and reach the end of time.

Mordred
And then you'll corner that bastard Grand Caster.
It's something only you can do.

Mash
...Mordred.

Mordred
Don't make that face, Mash.
I don't like that Shield Bastard, but you're different.

Mordred
Someday we'll meet again. When that happens, I'll help you.

Mordred
Bye, Player's Name.
Even someone like me was able to save London.

Mordred
So with a little bit of work,
you'll be able to save the world.

Mash
...All Servant responses are lost.
Senpai, our Order in this era is complete...

Da Vinci
Ahem. Test, test.
Yes! Finally got video.

Da Vinci
You two okay?
You're okay, right? None of your vitals seem off.

Da Vinci
The Demonic Fog is back to normal fog.
There's nothing left for you in that era.

Da Vinci
I'm starting the Rayshift now.
Anything left for you to do? Nothing, right?

Da Vinci
Okay, initiating Rayshift!
Congrats on completing your mission!

Da Vinci
Welcome back, you two. You're both fine...
well, maybe not. But I'm glad you're here.

  1. By the way, why are you here, Da Vinci?  2. Um, where's Dr. Roman?
  Select: By the way, why are you here, Da Vinci?

  Select: Um, where's Dr. Roman?

Da Vinci
Romani?
Oh, Romani. He's...

Dr. Roman
How... How could this happen?

Da Vinci
He's a mess, as you can see.
Go snap him out of it, would you?

  1. Get a grip, Doctor!  2. You really are a chicken, huh Doctor?
  Select: Get a grip, Doctor!

  Select: You really are a chicken, huh Doctor?

Dr. Roman
Ywaah!? W-When did you two get here!?
...Oh, right. Leonardo did it for me...

Dr. Roman
...Sorry. You were the ones in danger.
It's just... It was such a shock...

Da Vinci
Right, right. Enough gloom.
They'll get really tired of it soon, you know?

Dr. Roman
Y-Yeah...
I'm...Sorry, Mash, Player's Name.

Dr. Roman
I should've done a forced Rayshift earlier,
but my judgment was too slow...

  1. That's okay.  2. You couldn't help it.
  Select: That's okay.

  Select: You couldn't help it.

Dr. Roman
But if Solomon
had really tried to kill you...

Dr. Roman
...Wah...I'm...
I'm no good!

Mash
...Doctor.
No, stop staring at the ground.

Mash
We are able to continue our mission
because you are here.

Mash
It's true that you're a bit of a coward,
and a pessimist, too.

Mash
You're a chicken.
And kind of a wimp for a guy...

Mash
Also, your hobbies are far too introverted,
and you're way too dependent on that cyber-idol.

Da Vinci
Oh...

Fou
Fou...

  1. ...Um...  2. Mash, show some mercy...
  Select: ...Um...

  Select: Mash, show some mercy...

Mash
But—The staff left at Chaldea can only do their best
because you're doing your best.

Mash
When Chaldea was bombed, you were the one who got
the power back up in the fire, saved the survivors, and took command.

Mash
You have only one fault.
You give yourself just a bit too little credit.

Mash
Chaldea is only here because of Romani Archaman.
You saved the lives of everyone here.

Mash
That's what I think.

  1. She's right.  2. You said "what you were thinking."
  Select: She's right.

  Select: You said "what you were thinking."

Mash
...Yes, Senpai.

Dr. Roman
...

Dr. Roman
Thanks, Mash, Player's Name.
Then, I don't have time to be depressed. Yeah.

Dr. Roman
We know who's behind this all now.
There must be some reason for his extreme strength.

Dr. Roman
Let's continue the mission. We'll fix the remaining
Singularities and stop the world and future from incineration.

Dr. Roman
...No matter what that man,
Mage King Solomon, tries to do.

Mash
The Grand Caster.
He is our true enemy—

  1. Next time we win!  2. We won't lose again.
  Select: Next time we win!

  Select: We won't lose again.

Fou
Fou!

Dr. Roman
Yeah! That's the spirit, Player's Name.

Dr. Roman
Okay, it's a little late to say this,
but great work this time, guys!

Dr. Roman
We'll handle the cleanup.
You guys get some rest, ASAP.

Dr. Roman
When you wake up, it'll be time for the Fifth Singularity.
See you then!

Mash
...We've reached our rooms.
Senpai, thanks for your endless work.

  1. You too, Mash.  2. It's fine. I'm not that tired.
  Select: You too, Mash.
Mash
No. I'm a Demi-Servant.
Physically, I'm fine. Mash
If you can call exhaustion and drained magical energy...
tired... then maybe I am tired.
  Select: It's fine. I'm not that tired.
Mash
Um... I'm sorry.
I meant that more as an idiom. Mash
And I do think you're tired.
Get some rest in your room.

Mash
...Um. I'm sorry. There was something
I had to talk to you about.

Mash
...What did you think about what Solomon said?
About making use of humanity.

  1. It's stupid.  2. ...What did you think?
  Select: It's stupid.

  Select: ...What did you think?

Mash
I...
I couldn't say that he was wrong.

Mash
I don't understand it myself.
But there was something in his words I can't ignore...

Mash
Life is meaningless, and the future holds no salvation...
It sounds so pessimistic, but he was full of hope.

Mash
...I'm sorry.
The battle just got started, and I'm being weird.

Mash

Good night, Master.
I hope I see you bright and full of energy tomorrow.