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Singularity 2: Septem
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Prelude

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Fou
Kyuuu! Kyau!
Mash
Good morning.
Did you sleep well, Senpai?

  1. Yes, like a log.  2. Well enough.
  Select: Yes, like a log.
Mash
Glad to hear it.
I m happy to know that you got plenty of rest

  Select: Well enough.
Mash
ls that right?
Senpai, you must rest as much as possible.

Fou
Fou! Fou!
Mash
As you can see, Fou is also fired up.
I'm sure he's had more than enough sleep and breakfast.
Mash
We don't know what it'll be like beyond the Rayshift.
No telling when or how much we can rest.
Mash
So as much as possible, please get enough sleep.
Mash
Staying up late is prohibited, since your magical energy
is linked to your stamina.
Mash
And, umm
about that dream...
Mash
Did you see something?

  1. Dream? Why?  2. No, not really...
  Select: Dream? Why?

  Select: No, not really...

Mash
It's not like I saw anything special
It s just...
Mash
Da Vinci says that Masters and Servants under contract
see the same dream.
Mash
I don't know what that means...
But if you didn't see one, then there's no problem.
Mash
Let's go to the command room after breakfast.
The Doctor's eagerly waiting.
Dr. Roman
Ah, good morning, everyone.
Although by that, I mean just you two and...
Da Vinci
Yawn! Oh, 'morning... The tech department is
analyzing the Grail you've retrieved as we speak.
Dr. Roman
...That half—asleep genius, and myself.
Please pardon the work crew for not being very reliable
Dr. Roman
We're already set to Rayshift.
This time you're headed to Ist Century Europe.
Dr. Roman
Specifically Ancient Rome, the great empire that
grew from Italy to control the Mediterranean Sea.
Da Vinci
Hm? Ancient Rome? Really?
That sounds like fun! I sort of want to go, too!
Dr. Roman
You have analyzing to do, I believe.
Please partake of Roman pleasures some other time
Da Vinci
Oh, darn it. I don't care which one,
but I always wanted to chat with a Roman Emperor.
Da Vinci
Especially Emperor Caligula or Nero.
I bet we'd have a lot in common.
Dr. Roman
Yes, I feel the same... No, we can't.
You also have work to do reviving Chaldea.
Dr. Roman
Ahem! ls that clear, <Your Name>.
Your teleport point is the Imperial Capital Rome.
Dr. Roman
The name of the Roman Empire's capital is also Rome.
It's geographically similar to the last time.
Dr. Roman
The exact location of the supposedly existing Holy Grail
is unknown. There may be historical changes as well.
Dr. Roman
Neither can be determined.
Sorry, the observation precision seems unstable.
Mash
Not a problem.
Either way, Senpai and I will locate it.
Dr. Roman
Right, that's the spirit.
You really are reliable.
Dr. Roman
Similar to the last mission, you'll reach and correct the
singularity. Also, find the Grail, and either obtain or
destroy it.
Dr. Roman
Humanity's continuation is on your shoulders
I hope you're successful this time, too.
Dr. Roman
And...
That you come back safely.
Mash
—Yes.
We'll make it back to Chaldea, I promise.
Mash
...l'm counting on you, Senpai.
I'll need your strength for this mission.

  1. Leave it to me.  2. It's rather your strength we need, Mash.
  Select: Leave it to me.
Mash
Okay!

  Select: It's rather your strength we need, Mash.
Mash
No, that's... The fact is, running this mission
requires your judgment and leadership.

Dr. Roman
No doubt, Servants will be summoned during the Ist
Century Rome as well.
Dr. Roman
If possible, call upon their power.
Of course, you won't get help from hostile ones.
Mash
Doctor,have one question.
May I ask it?
Mash
Hostile Servants and neutral Servants.
ls there a way to distinguish them upon detection?
Dr. Roman
It would be best if we had the ability to distinguish them
from our observation data.
Dr. Roman
For example, the ability to see if approaching Servants
are enemies or possible allies—
Dr. Roman
I am sorry.
Unfortunately, that's impossible right now.
Dr. Roman
Even if we combine Sheba and Trismegistus, the best we
can do is to detect lifeforms and energy readings.
Dr. Roman
The ability to distinguish hostility, that lies within the
realm of psychology.
Dr. Roman
For now, you can't quantify that with numbers.
I'm sorry, Mash, <Your Name>.
Dr. Roman
But, we can speculate from the situation.
I'll warn you if there's over 70% chance of hostility.
Dr. Roman
As for non-Servant readings of local humans, I will try
my best to detect them as well.
Mash
That's okay, Doctor.
I'm sorry for asking too much of you.
Mash
I realize it was logically unreasonable.
But. even so...

  1. It was to reduce the danger, right?  2. Was it to avoid fighting?
  Select: It was to reduce the danger, right?

  Select: Was it to avoid fighting?

Mash
...Yes. Strategically speaking,
it's best to avoid unnecessary battles.
Mash
But no, I knew it was an unreasonable request.
Please forget it.
Dr. Roman
No, forgive me.
I know I'm putting you in unreasonable danger...
Dr. Roman
T0 the best of my ability, I'll support and back you up.
Dr. Roman
I can promise you that much at least.
Mash, <Your Name>.

  1. Understood!
  Select: Understood!

Dr. Roman
Thank you.
...Well, let's start the Rayshift.
Mash
...Dr. Roman.
Dr. Roman
Quit being so gloomy!
I'll back you up mentally, as well!
Mash
No, that's...
It's just the sudden shift in mood is a little
Dr. Roman
Program start!
Announcement A
Unsummon Program start.
Spiritron Conversion start.
Announcement A
Rayshift starting in 3, 2, I...
Announcement A
All procedures cleared.
Grand Order commencing operation.

Second Singularity
AD.0060 Eternal Madness Empire: Septem
Emperor of Rose

Section 1: Windy Hill

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Mash
—Ahh.
We've successfully teleported this time, Senpai.
Mash
The feel of the wind, the scent of earth—
the vast blue sky.
Mash
...It's strange. I've seen it on film so many times,
but just standing here, it's so much more vivid.

  1. What's wrong? You're breathing deeply.  2. So Rayshifting makes you nervous?
  Select: What's wrong? You're breathing deeply.
Mash
Huh? Was I? I-I see.
I'm sure I was doing it without thinking.

  Select: So Rayshifting makes you nervous?
Mash
Yes, Rayshifting makes me nervous. But, I don't
think my state of mind has anything to do with that.

Mash
...I mean, I feel overwhelmed.
Mash
In France, it was one shock after another.
S0 now it's like I'm finally able to face this landscape.
Fou
Fou...
Kyu,kyu?
Mash
Fou?

  1. You tagged along again?  2. Did you just pop out of Mash's chest?
  Select: You tagged along again?

  Select: Did you just pop out of Mash's chest?

Fou
Kyu! Kyau!
Mash
Looks like Fou will be tagging along again.
He prefers the outside world to that cramped base.
Mash
I can agree with that sentiment.
Mash
Battles can be scary, but it makes me happy to discover
new worlds like this.
Mash
...But "that" is visible in the sky in this era as well, isn't it?

Mash
That ring of light.
It's the same as the one that was over France.
Mash
No, I mean it looks the same.
Not that I've examined it precisely.
Mash
I wonder what it could be?
It's such a huge-—
Dr. Roman
Ring of light, huh? As usual, we can't get a good look at
it from here.
Dr. Roman
But it is an intriguing phenomenon.
I will continue to investigate.

Dr. Roman
By the way, is that... Oh?
Weren't you suppose to be in... Rome?

  1. Uh, we're in the hills.  2. I wonder?
  Select: Uh, we're in the hills.
Mash
You're right Senpai.
We're in the hills.
  Select: I wonder?
Mash
No Senpai, I don't believe this is the
ancient Roman capital. We're in the hills.

Dr. Roman
That's weird, I confirmed it from here as well.
That's not the capital.
Dr. Roman
I'm sure that I fixed your teleport position...
Uh, looks like that's a suburb of the Roman capital.
Mash
Was there an error in the coordinates?
ls the era correct?
Dr. Roman
The era's correct.
Definitely the Ist Century where the singularity exists.
Dr. Roman
During the reign of Nero Claudius—
fifth emperor of Rome. That's for certain.
Dr. Roman
Still, this is strange.
Why are we so far from the capital?
Dr. Roman
Despite the poisoning of Empress Aggripina last year,
Nero isn't in his dangerously declining years yet.
Dr. Roman
An era where the emperor is loved, and the city of Rome
is prosperous...
Dr. Roman
...that's what should've been awaiting you.
Mash
No Doctor, it's just rolling hills.
All it needs is some sheep to complete it.
Dr. Roman
There must be some reason for this. in
D0 you see anything unusual in the surroundings?
Fou
Fou, fou!
Mash
...I hear it.
Dr. Roman
What?
Mash
This is—

  1. A battle somewhere?  2. Do you hear something?
  Select: A battle somewhere?

  Select: Do you hear something?

Mash
Yes, I think it's the sound of a large battle.
It seems to be coming from over the hill.
Dr. Roman
A large battle? A war, maybe?
No, no, no. Impossible.
Dr. Roman
There were no full-scale wars near the Roman capital in
that era.
Dr. Roman
That means—
Mash
There's a historical anomaly. H
That must be it.

  1. Let's get to that noise!
  Select: Let's get to that noise!

Fou
Fou!

Mash
That's...
Mash t
No doubt about it. they're in combat.
One side is overwhelmingly larger than the other.
Mash
The larger force wears regalia of crimson and gold.
The small wears the same, but a different design.
Dr. Roman
Crimson and gold were colors especially liked in Ancient
Rome. Mash, anything else that's distinctive?
Mash
...A woman. Several groups of the
smaller force are being led by a young woman.
Mash
She's practically taking on the enemy forces herself.
The overwhelming avalanche towards the capital, all by
herself.
Mash
An extremely strong individual.
A Servant, perhaps.
Dr. Roman
No, I am not getting any readings on Servants.
You don't sense it either, do you?
Mash
Correct.
Dr. Roman Then it's certain.
That woman is a human of this era.
Mash
This is just personal speculation—
Mash
But she reminds me a bit of Jeanne.
I've no basis for it, though.
Dr. Roman
Of Jeanne?
The saint who rose to defend the sacred?
Dr. Roman
Hmmm, who of this era was like that...
I can't think of one. My knowledge is lacking.
Dr. Roman
In any case, an impossible war is going on.
Dr. Roman
Which means—

  1. Let's help that woman.  2. We must stop the city from being overrun.
  Select: Let's help that woman.

  Select: We must stop the city from being overrun.

Mash
Yes, I agree with your firm policy, Senpai.
Even Fou's fired up.
Fou
Kyuu!
Kyu kyu, kyu!
Dr. Roman
You aren't facing Servants or monsters, but they have great numbers. Be careful!
Mash
Right!

???
Sheathe your swords! It's over.
You there! Are you reinforcements from the capital?
???
I thought the capital was sealed off...
No matter, I commend you!
???
It doesn't matter if you were once my enemy.
I am merciful, so past mistakes are water under the
bridge.
???
More importantly, I praise the way you fought just now.
For a girl to brandish a weapon larger than herself...
???
Umu, I must say I like you!
You showed such indescribable, aberrant beauty!
???
Very good, I shall allow you to fight by my side.
Revel in the ultimate honor!
???
...Still, you people sure dress in a strange fashion. Aren't you showing a little too much? Are you
foreigners?

  1. We are beyond words for your generous praise.  2. We're reinforcements, just passing by.
  Select: We are beyond words for your generous praise.
???
Yes, yes.
You may enjoy wallowing in the sweet sounds I utter.
  Select: We're reinforcements, just passing by.
???
What perfect timing! Do you serve Boudica,
perhaps? Her moves are beyond shrewd.

???
At any rate, this victory belongs to us.
I will reward you handsomely!
???
Oh, uh, sorry.
...I couldn't help myself just now.
???
You'll have to wait for your reward.
Since I have nothing but this sword at the moment.
???
It will all be taken care of after we're back in Rome.
Now then, follow me!

Section 2: All Regards Lead to Rome

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???
By the way, you people. I don't doubt that
you're foreigners, but where are you from?
???
Surely not... Britannia.
The Far East... doesn't seem likely, either.

  1. We're from Chaldea.  2. We're from the future.
  Select: We're from Chaldea.
???
Chaldea?

  Select: We're from the future.
???
What? If that's true, we're going to have a problem.
You have my sympathies, but did you fall down the
stairs perhaps?

Mash
That's enough small talk. We still have many
enemies to deal with, the second wave is coming.
???
Damn those restless United Empire fools!
How dare they interrupt my beautiful voice!
???
Let's go! You! Very striking—looking girl,
I order you to serve as my shield!
Mash
Huh? Uh, right!
Mash
...Senpai, now we're the ones under command somehow!

???
...Somehow we're out of the danger.
You ended up saving the day again.
???
I'm sure it's not uncommon to be outnumbered in war,
but being on the inferior side is no fun. So tiring!
Mash
No, it's not over yet.
I can sense more coming!
Dr. Roman
A Servant, Mash, <Your Name>!
I've detected a single Servant!
Mash
Yes. I'm sensing it.
It's almost...there it is!
???
—My beloved younger sister's child.
???
Uncle!
???
No... No, no, let me call you this now. You fool who
inexplicably lost his way, aligning with the United
Empire!
???
..."Caligula!"
Dr. Roman
What did she just say? Uncle?
ls that what she said?
Mash
Yes, I'm sure that's what I heard. A human living
in this era, and a blood relative—of a Servant?
Dr. Roman
Let's look into that later, Mash.
No question about it, that's a Servant.
Dr. Roman
<Your Name>, are you ready?
This is our first Servant battle since coming to this era.

  1. Ready when you are!  2. I'm still not used to this, but I have no choice.
  Select: Ready when you are!

  Select: I'm still not used to this, but I have no choice.

Mash
No need to worry, Senpai.
No, Master.
Caligula
My—
Caligula
My actions are destiny.
Caligula
Give up your, life.
Give up that body.
Caligula
All of it
Caligula
Give it up!
???
Uncle, how could you?
Mash
Here he comes! It's a Servant Battle.
Master, your orders!

Caligula
Oh...Oh.
My beloved...younger sister's...child
Caligula
Why won't you...give it to me?
Why can't you give it to me?
Caligula
My beautiful...
My...My...My...My...

???
H-He's gone?
Uncle...
Mash
I can no longer sense his presence. u
The enemy troops seem to be withdrawing as well.
???
...My uncle must've been the general of that battalion.
I didn't think I'd ever see him again.
Mash
Dr. Roman
Looks like he turned into a Spiritual Body and left.
Or fled rather, good work.
Dr. Roman
Berserker class from the looks of him.
If so, it's hard to believe that he'd flee...
Dr. Roman
Could it be that...
He has a Master?
???
Hmm. Huh?
Mash
Wh-What is it?
???
There's a man around here, who can be heard but
not seen. From the feel of it, maybe a Mage?
Dr. Roman
I am glad you know of magecraft. Yes, these two and
myself are from an organization called Chaldeai
???
That's all right.
You two, no, three over there!
Dr. Roman
Hey, you interrupted me...
???
I'm not sure about the one with no body, but the
two of you fought marvelously. I praise you again!
??? I
Before I ask your lineage, I'll offer my own.
I am—
???
The true protector of Rome.
Truly, I am Rome itself.
???
I swear to rebuild the empire. Yes, this I swear to
the gods, my ancestors, to myself, and to the people!
Nero
I am Nero Claudius,
fifth emperor of the Roman Empire—!

  1. (Gasp)  2. (I knew it.)
  Select: (Gasp)

  Select: (I knew it.)

Nero
Heh heh heh, are you surprised?
You are surprised!
Nero
Of course, of course. Very good.
Be as surprised and amazed as you like. I shall allow it.
Mash
...Emperor Nero.
Dr. Roman
Was...a girl...
History...
Dr. Roman
ls deep...

Section 3: Eternal City

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Nero
Take a good look and be struck with awe! This is my
city, a glorious regime that even young girls extol!

  1. It does seem incredibly vibrant!  2. Everyone seems to be laughing!
  Select: It does seem incredibly vibrant!

  Select: Everyone seems to be laughing!

Nero
Yes, yes, didn't I tell you?
After all, this is the greatest city in the world!
Nero
First, there was Septem Montes—
Such words existed like so.
Nero
And that's where it all started. Our glorious history
began with our divine ancestors and those hills.
Nero
And... Hey, shopkeeper, I'm taking one of these apples
Shopkeeper
Welcome to my... Oh! Your Majesty! Please,
take as you wish. Glory to the Emperor and Rome!
Nero
Shopkeeper, you don't have to be so stiff.
Yes, yes, this is a delicious apple.
Nero
Why don't you take one too? We're returning from war,
so no need to worry about bad manners.
Nero
Sweet fruit does wonders for battle fatigue.
My wounds won't be healed, but my motivation will!
Mash
Oh, no thank you.
But I appreciate the gesture...
Nero
Then how about that man over there?
They're delicious, don't be shy.

  1. Thank you.
  Select: Thank you.

Nero
Ah, that is a wonderful apple.
Nero
Umu. Once again, I like you.
Nero
Honestly, I'm unclear about what you speak of...
But I can tell that you and that girl are honest people
Dr. Roman
It's a relief to hear you say that, Emperor Nero.
Dr. Roman
It might be best to think of us simply as a mage and his
pupils.
Nero
ls that so? Then let us forget this
confusing talk of Masters and Servants.
Nero
You are the mage's pupils, and the mage speaks from a
distant land.
Nero
And? You also said your goal—
is to aid me?
Mash
Yes.
You aren't wrong about that.
Dr. Roman
The center of the world, and the world itself. The name
of the greatest empire that rules the world is Rome.
Dr. Roman
In this era, there should be no threat to the city.
The Grail's influence must be upsetting events.
Dr. Roman
If I am right, this era's singularity is probably the
existence of the great Roman Empire.
Dr. Roman
An empire that greatly influenced later generations.
Stopping its destruction would fix the singularity.
Nero
...Mm, Mm Mm...
Nero
...S-Sorry, I don't quite understand.
Please speak a bit more in my range of understanding.
Mash
Sorry, he can be a bit too theoretical...
I'll explain.
Mash
We seek something called the Holy Grail, a magical item
with special powers.
Mash
It's causing a great many disturbances just by being
here.
Mash
The odds are great that the Grail is the problem eating
away at Rome now. I
Nero
...I see.
This Holy Grail is damaging my Rome.
Mash
Yes. It must sound astounding to you...
Nero
No, neither strange nor weird. This Holy Grail.
It strangely... Worries me...
Nero
Never mind, a needless concern of mine.
It's just a nightmare I had once.
Nero
Right. Come with me,
let's talk freely in my home.
Nero
...Wait, what?
ls there something wrong at the market?
Shopkeeper
H-Hey! What's this!
What are you people doing to my shop!
Fou
Fou!?
Nero
How dare you do this to my Rome, and my people!
Are they enemy spies? Either way, it's unforgivable!
Mash
Senpai, we should go tool
The townsfolk are being attacked!

Nero
—Now then.
My Rome is currently endangered.
Nero
My great empire's territories are now, vexingly enough,
ripped apart and scattered all over.
Nero
On one hand, there is the true Roman Empire that I rule
over. The area centered around this capital, Rome.
Nero
On the other hand, there is an alliance controlled by
multiple "emperors", that suddenly appeared out of
nowhere.
Nero
The United Roman Empire. That's what they called
themselves when they stole half of my empire.
Nero
The United Empire is still a mystery to us. No matter
how many scouts we send out, none ever return.
Nero
Even the location of the capital where these fake
emperors gather is unknown to us.
Mash
Multiple emperors. you say?
Nero
That's right.
In my eyes, they're just a group of treacherous bandits. U
Nero
And...
Nero
...No, it's not worth mentioning.
Just rebels spreading their vicious lies.
Nero
They call themselves emperors, but they're just
pretenders.

  1. You look troubled.  2. Is something bothering you?
  Select: You look troubled.

  Select: Is something bothering you?

Mash
...Senpai.
Nero
No, it's fine.
You saw one of them before.
Nero
Caligula, the enemy general. The man who
singlehandedly slaughtered my forces before you
arrived.
Nero
He's one of the traitors who calls himself "emperor."
As well as being...
Nero
...my uncle.
Dr. Roman
Shouldn't he be dead already?
Nero
Yes, dear formless mage.
That is correct.
Nero
Even our Court Mage was killed by Uncle Caligula, but if
he was still alive you might have gotten along well.
Nero
Our mage boasted that he had overcome death.
In truth, he showed me some impressive spells.
Nero
But... He was killed by that one "emperor's" sword.
Nero
A master of spells who shouldn't have died, yet died
easily. ...lt shouldn't be possible, yet, he did.
Dr. Roman
To easily beat a mage of this era...
That's no ordinary human. It's a Servant.
Mash
That must be causing the historical anomaly.
One of the "emperors" got hold of the Grail.
Dr. Roman
It's highly likely that is the cause of this era's singularity.
Nero
Honestly, the United Empire is very strong. Violent
battles are occurring all over and the people suffer.
Nero
I've dispatched all my serving viceroys and generals, and
thrown nearly every troop at them. Yet the United
Empire's power is undiminished.
Nero
Recently, an expeditionary force of theirs pressed in on
the capital. They even managed to get inside.
Nero
I only had a few of my troops to defend us.
Nero
I hate to say it... But it showed me that this situation
is beyond my ability to break by myself.
Nero
Therefore.
I order you, no, I implore you!
Nero
Become my generals! Then Rome and I
shall assist you in obtaining this Holy Grail!
Dr. Roman
Such a heaven-sent proposal.
It seems we have a common cause.
Mash
That's right. What do you think, Senpai?

  1. Let's cooperate.  2. Do we get a salary?
  Select: Let's cooperate.
Nero
Ah, I see! I see!
That's a quick response!

  Select: Do we get a salary?
Nero
Of course. As soon as the United Empire is beaten,
I shall give you what you desire.

Nero
I shall grant one of you the title of viceroy, as well as
reward for the work you've already done.
Nero
Rest well tonight.
I shall prepare quarters suitable for a viceroy for you.
Nero
Oh yes, will the invisible mage require them as well?
Dr. Roman
Don't worry about me.
Supplying a room for those two will be enough.
Dr. Roman
By the way Your Majesty, have you ever heard the name
Lev Lainur?
Nero
...Lev? No I haven't, who is he?
Mash
A mage of our era. He betrayed Chaldea and all
humanity.
Mash There's a chance he's in this era. Although, I don't
know if he's revealed himself or taken any action.
Nero
A mage from a foreign land?
...Hmm.
Nero
I've heard there is a powerful mage in the United Empire.
It's only a rumor, but someone saw that mage on the
front lines.
Dr. Roman
...It's possible.
Your Majesty, I have a request.
Nero
Speak.
Dr. Roman
I'd like Mash and <Your Name> to be
deployed as close to the front lines as possible.
Nero
I don't mind, but...
Will <Your Name> be all right?
Mash
...Yes.
Lev Lainur is our enemy.

  1. We owe him some payback.  2. The Director will be avenged.
  Select: We owe him some payback.
Mash
...Yes, Master.

  Select: The Director will be avenged.
Mash
...That's right.
We can't let him go after the way he killed the Director.

Nero
Very well.
Nero Claudius will honor your request.
Nero
I shall pray to the gods and divine ancestors of Rome
that your enemy be defeated.
Nero
But first, how about a feast before you rest!
Nero
Not as grand as usual due to the war, but it will still be a
feast where I spare no efforts.
Nero
<Your Name>, Mash, do you drink?
We have something special imported from the Orient!
Mash
Oh, uh, no drinking for me thanks...
Roman Soldier
Your Majesty! The eastern city gate is under
attack by a mid-size United Empire force!
Roman Soldier
I think they're remnants of that expeditionary force!
Our eastern gate can't hold them back!
Nero
...Grr.
Just as I was about to have a rare pleasant feast.
Dr. Roman
Go Mash, <Your Name>.
Looks like your time has come.
Dr. Roman
It won't be unusual if another Servant shows up as an
enemy general. Stay on guard!
Mash
Understood.
...Senpai, shall we?

  1. Let's go, Mash!
  Select: Let's go, Mash!

Mash
Yes!
Nero
I m counting on you Viceroy <Your Name>.
Show those skills you demonstrated before!
Nero
The feast can wait!
We'll look forward to it!
Mash
Enemy forces sighted.
They're in battle formation.
Dr. Roman
You're facing human forces, not Servants or monsters.
Take it easy on them you two.
Mash
Got it.
Master, your commands please.

Mash
The sun is setting, but it seems the attack isn't over yet.
Dr. Roman
I'm worried about the enemy's numbers. Keep an
eye on <Your Name>'s stamina and magical energy
consumption.
Mash
Yes Doctor. Master, try not to exert yourself too much.

Mash
...It's getting dark, huh?
Dr. Roman
The enemy isn't letting up. As expected in the
age of close combat, they all have incredible stamina!
Dr. Roman
Still, this is where you need to make your stand.
Don't let your guard down, <Your Name>!

Mash
...Whew.
The enemy is retreating.
Mash
There didn't seem to be any Servants among them.
They were all human soldiers.
Dr. Roman
No mages that could be Lev, huh?
Anyway, good job. It's gotten really dark.
Mash
Let's head back, Senpai.
If there's a night raid, we'll be in for another battle. g
Mash
You should rest while you can.
Didn't I tell you as much this morning?

  1. Yes, you did.  2. I'm not sleepy yet...
  Select: Yes, you did.
Mash
Okay.

  Select: I'm not sleepy yet...
Mash
What?

Dr. Roman
Hahaha!
Then I think I'll go back to my room and sleep
Dr. Roman
I have to check Magi★Mari's blog too. She should've
updated her diary by now...

  1. Doctor...  2. Isn't the outside world destroyed?
  Select: Doctor...
Dr. Roman
Wh-Why are you looking at me like some sort of pitiful
creature? What's wrong with internet idols?
Dr. Roman
They're truly the ideal "idols," untainted by
the hand of the media, TV networks, or even morals!
  Select: Isn't the outside world destroyed?
Dr. Roman
You've noticed a vital point.
The outside world has definitely been destroyed.
Dr. Roman
Which means Magi★Mari and that HP will
no longer be updated...Is that what you think?
Dr. Roman
Fool! Magi★Mari is a supreme idol who
has transcended beyond this world's circumstances!
Dr. Roman
...Well actually, she's been recreated as an
auto-generated AI from her original data.

Mash
Doctor, it's not my place to comment on the hobby of a
30-year old bachelor, but please do your job.
Mash
Otherwise, I'll be forced to delete that "secret" folder of
yours.
Dr. Roman
C-Come on now, it's a joke!
I'm always checking your surroundings and finding data!
Dr. Roman
Anyway, get some rest you two.
The Emperor's also waiting for your report.

Section 4: Burning Mountain

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Dr. Roman
Good morning. Your Majesty, I actually have an important
favor to ask of you.
Nero
Umu, ask me anything!
I am quite generous!
Dr. Roman
In order to stabilize our activities in this era, I'd like to go
to Mount Etna.
Dr. Roman
A leyline crucial to our mission exists in that volcano.
Nero
Etna, huh? The Court Mage used to go to Etna a lot too.
Hmm, but why?

  1. We need to set a terminal point.  2. So we can bolster our troops
  Select: We need to set a terminal point.

  Select: So we can bolster our troops

Nero
I see.
I'm not sure I understand, but I'll grant you permission.
Nero
If you go to Etna, will it be for me and for the sake of my
Rome?
Mash
Yes, Your Majesty.A
Of course.
Nero
Very well. While my investigation of
the United Empire prevents me from going-—-
Nero
You may do as you wish.
Be prepared for enemy soldiers along the way.
Mash
Thank you very much.

Fou
Fou, foooou!
Dr. Roman
...We arrived more easily than expected.
Isn't this a vital region to the United Empire?
Mash
Wait Doctor, it looks like something's already swarming
around the leyline!
Mash
That's—
Dr. Roman
Ghost-type monsters?
If it's naturally occurring, that's quite a leyline!

  1. Let's eliminate them!  2. Secure the leyline!
  Select: Let's eliminate them!

  Select: Secure the leyline!

Mash
Roger Master!
Initiating combat!

Mash
The battle is over.
Now I'll create a terminal point—
Dr. Roman
...Hm. Huh?
Dr. Roman
Da Vinci's not coming out.
Oh, could it be that this time it's...
Fou
Fou?
Dr. Roman
He must be busy with Sheba's maintenance, so I guess
he doesn't have the time.
Fou
Fou, fou...

Mash
I've completed the summoning circle.
Now we can secure combat personnel even in this era.

Mash
Now then, let's return to Rome. Thank goodness
there were fewer battles than I expected.
Dr. Roman
What?
No, wait, I am still detecting some magical energy.
Dr. Roman
Did it get drawn by the energy that was leaking before
the circle was established?
???
...Oh...oh...oh!
Mash
...Senpai, the opponent is a non-physical type.
Your battle commands!

Mash
—No sign of any nearby enemies.
Dr. Roman
This time we're safe for sure. Let's head down
while keeping an eye out for enemy soldiers.
Fou
Fou! Foooou!

Mash
United Roman Empire...
They seem to have taken in Servants.
Mash
Who is the mastermind anyway?
ls it Lev Lainur, or perhaps—
Dr. Roman
I still can't pick up anything, but if there's a Servant here
it'd be hard to avoid combat.
Dr. Roman
Servants are being implemented in wars
without hesitation. This is clearly unusual.
Dr. Roman
If you weren't here, the emperor would've been killed for
sure.
Dr. Roman
Please do your best, I'll proceed with my analysis.

  1. Understood.  2. Do your best, Doctor.
  Select: Understood.

  Select: Do your best, Doctor.

Fou
Fou!

Nero
Ah, you're back, <Your Name>.
Nero
I know you only just returned, but I'm thinking of
launching an expedition to Gaul.
Nero
It's to aid and give encouragement to my fellow
subordinates. Of course, if I don't go there's no point.
Nero
I'd like <Your Name> and Mash to join me.
Well? Will you come?
Mash
...What should we do, Senpai?
Dr. Roman
The emperor's given me details of the situation. Gaul I seems to be a front line in the war with the United
Empire.
Dr. Roman
There's a chance that the Servant with the Grail
could be rampaging there. Lev could be there too.
Dr. Roman
I think you should go with her.
Naturally, it'll be dangerous, but—

  1. It can't be helped.  2. We'll do our best and be careful.
  Select: It can't be helped.

  Select: We'll do our best and be careful.

Mash
...Right Senpai, I agree.
Nero
It's decided! An imperial expedition!
Prepare at once!
Roman Soldier
Yes, Your Majesty!

Section 5: Onward to Gaul

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Nero
<Your Name>, you're not going on horseback?
Mash
I do have Riding Skill, but...
Senpai isn't very used to horses.
Mash
Senpai, are you all right? You've been walking
non-stop all this way, are you not tired?

  1. This is nothing.  2. Are you all right Mash?
  Select: This is nothing.
Mash
Don't tell me... Before coming to Chaldea,
you were the outdoors type?
  Select: Are you all right Mash?
Mash
I'm fine.
As a Demi-Servant I have incredible stamina.

Dr. Roman
You shouldn't try to keep up with Mash, <Your Name>
Demi-Servants have mind-blowing stamina.
Dr. Roman
You should've just gotten on that horse.
Were you traumatized when you almost fell off?
Mash
Doctor.
Try not to tease Senpai too much, please.
Dr. Roman
Hahaha!
Well, it's no fun just providing intel support.
Dr. Roman
—Hold! I am detecting life ahead.
Not a Servant, but I think it's an enemy.
Nero
Hmmm.
The invisible mage is quite convenient.
Nero
Faster than my scouts.
If you may, please consider becoming my Court Mage.
Dr. Roman
Gulp. Royal service...A promotion?
Mash
...Doctor.
Dr. Roman
No, no, I was just kidding.
How could I ever accept royal service?
Dr. Roman
Anyway, here they come! Flanking from left and right!
Prepare for immediate combat!
Nero
Umu, we'll get rid of them!
<Your Name>, I'll leave the right side to you!

Nero
You handled those veterans like they were nobodies.
With such small numbers, too.
Nero
Was that thanks to Mash's skills?
Or was it—
Nero
Or was it <Your Name>'s leadership? Either
way, you're more intriguing than when we first met.
Nero
Listen... Rather than a guest commander, want to serve
me?
Nero
You'll get to savor all the glory of this world by my side
I mean after we ve defeated the United Empire, of
course.
Mash
...
Nero
Well? Not a bad deal, is it?

  1. True...  2. Please let me think about it.
  Select: True...
Nero
Isn't that right? Isn't that right? You're an honest soul.
Heh, heh, I think I really like you now!
Mash
Senpai, we have a mission.
You haven't forgotten, have you?
Mash
...You haven't forgotten, have you?

  Select: Please let me think about it.
Nero
Can't answer right away even though you want to?
How modest! Very well, think it over!

Nero
Once we defeat the United Empire, I can even grant you
Britannia, let alone Gaul.
Nero
You know of my generosity, but grand feasts like this
have been rare.
Nero
Isn't that right, soldier?
Do I not excel in splendor among past emperors?
Roman Soldier
Yes, as you say. Today the brilliance
that is Rome shines all the brighter!
Nero
Heh, heh, an honest fellow. Yes, yes,
I believe that even I may shine a bit too brightly.
Mash
...
Dr. Roman
Oh? Mash is looking a little...
Mash
What is it, Doctor?
Dr. Roman
No, it's nothing. Nothing. Whoops! Another
enemy attack! More regular soldiers, this time.
Nero
This mage is really quite useful.
Go on then, crush them once more!

Mash
Battle over.
We've only sustained minor casualties.
Mash
Senpai, good work! Aren't you exhausted?

  1. Good work to you too.  2. I'm a little tired.
  Select: Good work to you too.
Mash
R-Right... Thank you very much,
but I'm more worried about our allies.

  Select: I'm a little tired.
Mash
You mustn't overdo it.
Let's ask Nero if we can rest for a bit.

Dr. Roman
No, we only have to endure this a little longer.
We should be arriving soon. I can see it.
Nero
...How truly convenient!
I'm going to want one in every country, mage.
Nero
Whoa, it's just like the mage said <Your Name>.
We've entered the territory of Gaul. You must be tired
from your long journey.
Nero
The Gaul expedition troop's camp is nearby.
We can finally get a good long rest.

Section 6: Wild Camp

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Nero
I am Emperor Nero Claudius!
I shall allow you to listen carefully!
Nero
Soldiers of the Gaul expedition, I thank
you for your efforts for me, my subjects, and my Rome!
Nero
I have now come to the expedition's aid.
You now have a mighty general here with you!
Nero
There's no reason for us to lose this battle!
—Victory belongs to me, and the Rome you all love!
Mash
Listen to the crowd. So this is how
charismatic Emperor Nero was at her peak?
Dr. Roman
Probably, but it's also a mystery.
She's so charismatic now, but in her later years...
Dr. Roman
...No, never mind. I will stop there, never tell people
living in the past about the future. That's our policy.
Fou
...Kyuu...
Dr. Roman
Mm. This is...
This reaction, Mash...right there—
???
Well, Emperor Nero Claudius came earlier than I thought.
???
—You there. The boy who looks like a rookie.
Are you the guest commander I've heard so much
about? I guess looks can be deceiving.
Boudica
Thank you for travelling so far.
I'm Boudica, general of the Gaul expedition.
Mash
Boudica—?
Boudica
Yes Boudica, the "former" queen of Britannia, and this
huge fellow here is...
???
Another champion who was invited to the battlefield.
You should be pleased, this garden of battle is full of
oppressors.
???
The oppressors are committing atrocities as they
approach.
It is time to rise up. Let us battle side by side. You who
dare defy this unparalleled tyranny.
Mash
???
Mash
...Right. His words baffle me, but I have a feeling...
Boudica
H-Huh? Whoa, that's extremely rare. Spartacus
hardly ever takes a liking to someone at first sight.
Boudica
Let me correct myself. He hardly ever takes a liking
to someone at first sight, without then pouncing on them.
Mash
(...Doctor, this giant over here is.)
Fou
(Fouuuuuu...)
Dr. Roman
(Y-Yes, he's definitely a muscle.)
Dr. Roman
(I mean a Servant. That's what the reading says.
Definitely a Servant. Let's leave it at that.) .
Dr. Roman
(He doesn't seem to have hostile intentions.)
Mash
(I can't translate what he's saying.
He's looking at us, but what does he mean by "You who
defy tyranny"—?)
Dr. Roman
(My guess is he's a Berserker.
Yes, he must be...Maybe...)
Spartacus i
Warrior of the rebellion, give me your name.
Let us revolt together against the inhumane empire and
shout in triumph under a free sky.
Mash
???

  1. My name is <Your Name>.  2. I don't know what he's saying.
  Select: My name is <Your Name>.
Mash
Did he ask for your name just now?
ls that what it was?
  Select: I don't know what he's saying.
Mash
Neither do I... He's got this extremely carefree smile, but
that's all I'm getting...
Dr. Roman
Huh? He's smiling while saying all that?
His Madness Enhancement must be incredible.

Dr. Roman
That being said, I suppose this proves that
even in this era, stray Servants do exist.
Dr. Roman
For some reason, unlike hostile Servants, there are also
those who have free will, stand by their era, and fight.
Dr. Roman
It has been confirmed in two eras.
I am sure it will be the case for all the singularities.
Dr. Roman
If we count Fuyuki, this makes the third time—
Dr. Roman
At any rate, this is encouraging. This way we know
we'll have allies even without summoning.
Boudica
Ummmm, are you the Invisible Mage?
Dr. Roman
Oh excuse me, let me introduce myself.
I am Roman, and...
Mash
I am Mash Kyrielight,
this is <Your Name>... The viceroy.
Boudica
I've heard your names before, news of you travels even
out here.
They are the honored guests, aren't they, Your Majesty.
Nero
...
Mash
Your Majesty?
Nero
...Mm. D-Did you say something? It seems I am
a little tired. Boudica, take care of our guests.
Nero
Tell them about the situation here in Gaul.
I have a terrible headache. I'm going to lie down for a bit.
Boudica
Understood.
Leave these youngsters to me.
Nero
Yes, l'm counting on you. <Your Name>,
you must be exhausted, too. You should get some rest. U
Boudica
...
Roman Soldier
I bring news!
An enemy scouting party has been discovered!
Boudica
...Can we pursue them?
Roman Soldier
We can't catch up to the enemy soldiers' speed!
At this rate, it's possible they'll get away!
Dr. Roman
Yes, you're right. A group of them are leaving
the camp and making off with intel on us!
Dr. Roman
I think we should strike,
Mash and <Your Name>.
Mash
Understood, Doctor.

  1. Let's go.  2. Sometime we can't let them go.
  Select: Let's go.

  Select: Sometime we can't let them go.

Mash
Right. Let's go!

Mash
——So that's the story.
I think we'll be in your care for a while.
Boudica
Oh? From a foreign world?
I see, I guess such things can really happen.
Dr. Roman
Thank you for your understanding.
Boudica, was it? You're a Servant too, right?
Mash
...Doctor.
Boudica
It's all right, you don't have to hold your tongue.
Yes, I "should be dead" already.
Boudica
I see you find that strange.
How did Queen Boudica become a Roman general, right?
Mash
Yes.
In the history that I'm aware of, you—-
Boudica
Yes, that's right.
Boudica
I'll never forgive Emperor Nero or Rome.
I even swore it to the Celtic gods.
Boudica
...And then I materialized. To this era right after my
death, of all things.
Boudica
I thought maybe it was my chance for revenge,
but when I saw Rome overrun by the United Empire...
Boudica
My body moved on its own.
Not for Nero's sake, but for the people who live there
Boudica
Or did I feel guilty towards the Londinium fellows,
whom I brutally murdered for the sake of my vengeance
Boudica
I don't really know myself.
But when I think about it, I've always been like that.
Boudica
I think fighting to protect something is just my
personality. That's what seems most natural to me.
Boudica
So my apologies to Nero, who wrongly sees me as a
"worthy living opponent," but...

  1. Are you keeping your Servant status a secret?  2. Are you keeping your death a secret?
  Select: Are you keeping your Servant status a secret?

  Select: Are you keeping your death a secret?

Boudica
Yes, because somehow she's more dangerous than
before. If she becomes overly concerned about me, who
knows what she would do.
Mash
...Understood.
You're a proper Heroic Spirit.
Mash
A hero whom others aspire to be. The symbol of
strength used to suppress villainy and save others.
Boudica
Nyahaha, I was just doing it on a whim... Although
if that's how I look to you, who am I to disagree?
Dr. Roman
There aren't many Heroic Spirits who could put it
like that. Queen Boudica, your pride is dazzling.
Mash
...Senpai.
Um, are you keeping up with the conversation?

  1. I don't really get it...  2. Yes, it's okay. I understand.
  Select: I don't really get it...
Mash
I didn't think so.
Sorry, I'll explain.
  Select: Yes, it's okay. I understand.
Mash
...Right.
Ms. Boudica is, um...

Mash
...She's a Heroic Spirit, a Servant. She was
killed by Nero's army just before this era.
Mash
She was the Queen of Britannia, which was
overrun by Rome. Now she stands with Nero. U
Mash
I do have a question, though.
I mean, why—
Boudica
It's not that difficult.
I dislike the United Empire more than Nero.
Boudica
You feel the same way, don't you Spartacus?
You intend to fight a legion of oppressors.
Boudica
It's dangerous to say this, but she isn't the enemy.
You don't consider yourself to be Nero's ally, do you?
Spartacus
Hahaha, the walls of the colosseum have fallen.
Soon, all of this land shall become my colosseum.
Boudica
You see?
Mash
(l don't.)
Dr. Roman
(l wonder if she possesses a special skill.
Like Madness Comprehension...0r something?)
Mash
A-Anyway.
Both of them are Heroic Spirits and Servants.
Mash
Just like in Orleans, right?
In a singularity, multiple Servants will materialize.
Mash
But not all of them are enemies. Some have wills
of their own and stand on the side of justice.
Boudica
You're embarrassing me.
I'm not all that.
Spartacus
Hahaha! Behold, this muscular body is proof of the
uprising. The oppressors shall know any injuries inflicted
are my strength.
Boudica
There, you see?
Spartacus is embarrassed, too.
Mash
...
Dr. Roman
...
Mash
...Senpai, did you understand what he said?

  1. I got the gist.  2. Not one bit!
  Select: I got the gist.
Mash
Huh?
R-Really?
  Select: Not one bit!
Mash
I-I didn't think so.
I didn't catch any of it either...

Boudica
—All right, shall we get started then?
Mash
Excuse me?
Boudica
I don't doubt your skills, but...
Ah, actually, maybe I do.
Boudica
Right now, the United Empire controls most of Gaul
Not even we can drive them out.
Boudica
The ruler of Gaul—
One of the "emperors," is strong.
Boudica
There's nothing excessive about him, body or mind.
He's a top-notch hero in both looks and skills.
Boudica
Do you have the strength to fight him head-on?
Or should I use you as back-up?
Boudica
My apologies, but could I put your abilities to the test?
Dr. Roman
What? I thought you were a rational queen, but it
turns out you're a hero who "speaks" with her sword!
Boudica
Ahaha, now you've got the idea.
So, shall we?
Boudica
Just try not to die. When we're done,
I'll whip up something delicious for you.
Boudica
Of course I mean Britannia cuisine, not Roman.
—So, let's meet face to face and cross swords!
Boudica
My True Name is Boudica, class Rider!
Be careful, because my chariot is extremely strong!

Boudica
Ah.
...l must say, I am happy to be proven wrong about you.
Boudica
You showed me how competent you are. Thanks,
I know you must be exhausted from your travels.
Boudica
My defense and Spartacus's offense matches pretty
well. You held your own against us, I underestimated
you!
Boudica
As for you... Mash? You're a shield-wielding
Heroic Spirit, right? I really like you.
Boudical
I know it's twisted to have a weapon solely for defense,
but it's far better than one solely for killing.
Boudica
I mean, how can you be so reliable when you're so slim?
Fou
Fou?
Mash
R-Reliable? I
Boudica
Yes, when you wielded your shield and stood your
ground... It was like you'd taken root.
Boudica
If Lord Nero is the violence of fire, then you're the riches
of the earth. I think you'd be compatible with any Heroic
Spirit.
Mash
...Right.
Boudica
Yes, good answer.
Indeed, indeed.
Boudica
Hmm...
Boudica
Hmm, hmm. (staring)
Boudica
Hmm, hmm, hmm. (staring)
Mash
E-Excuse me?
Boudica
Now that I look at you carefully, yes, I see. S0 that's
what it is. If that's the case, you should have just told
me!
Mash
Excuse me?
Boudica
Things are getting complicated, aren't they?
Even we...Ah, I just noticed. How adorable!
Mash
Huh?
Boudica
Come here. Come on.
There, there.
Mash
Ah—W-What is it, Boudica?
Augh...What's with you all of a sudden...
Boudica
You're like a little sister to me.
Maybe both of you are. There, there.
Boudica
I'm so proud of you, coming from a faraway time period.
You're so strong. There, there.

  1. She's like an aunt... or big sister.  2. Boudica's chest is mashing Mash.
  Select: She's like an aunt... or big sister.

  Select: Boudica's chest is mashing Mash.

Mash
U-Um, y-your chest...
I can't breathe...
Boudica
Mmm, good girl, good girl!
Boudica
You called yourself Nero's ally so I was on my guard for
a bit, sorry!
Boudica
But now I'm in a great mood! All right, tonightl
I'll make you something wonderful to eat!
Boudica
Your big sister here is really good at cooking
Britannia cuisine. You'll eat it, won't you? u
Mash
T-Thank you...
Senpai, how about you? Are you hungry?

  1. Famished.  2. I'm just completely exhausted.
  Select: Famished.
Mash
I know, right?
Actually, me too.
  Select: I'm just completely exhausted.
Mash
Ah... I-I know, right?
I'm exhausted from traveling, too. I'm sorry!

Boudica
Yes, yes! Eat, eat, and then go to sleep! That's the key to having plenty of energy!
Boudica
Even if you don't like it, I'll force you to eat!
Then after dinner—
Boudica
Of course, we should take a bath!
I'll even wash your back.
Mash
Huh?
Boudica
I hate to admit this, but Roman baths are the best in the
world. It goes to show that even Nero can be useful.
Boudica
It feels amazing. Even Spartacus calms down
when he's immersed in hot water.
Mash
Huh?
Mash
U-Um...
I think you can let go of me now...
Dr. Roman
Berserkers calm down when they're immersed in
hot water... This is a discovery, Mash!
Mash
No, it's not.
Mash
No...

Section 7: Take Back Gaul!

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United Empire Soldier
I have a report, Your Majesty. Enemy attacks are
intensifying—and we have a message from the front.
United Empire Soldier
A small unit led by the pretender, Emperor Nero, is
advancing with incredible force.
United Empire Soldier
It's as you said, Your Majesty. There's a "special" enemy leader among them.
Caesar
I see.
United Empire Soldier
Yes, sir.
Caesar
Hmm.
United Empire Soldier
Sir, how should we proceed?
Caesar
Do nothing.
Forget about them.
United Empire Soldier
What?
Caesar
Only a Servant can stand up to another Servant.
Seriously, it's such a pain.
Caesar
It's laughable to think that the fickle gods would come
this far. I mean, look at me—
Caesar
A "Saber" class, huh?
To think they would make me take up my sword.
United Empire Soldier
D-Do you mean...
Emperor Caesar, are you going into battle yourself?
Caesar
Fool.
United Empire Soldier
Sir!
Caesar
I am not going into battle.
They are coming to me.
Caesar
I'm not moving.
The rest of you better not meddle with them, either.
United Empire Soldier
B-But, Your Majesty!
We are soldiers of the true United Roman Empire!
United Empire Soldier
If our rule over Gaul is the will of the gods, then we must
not retreat!
Caesar
Fool! Are you in a hurry to die? Humans cannot
defeat a Servant. They would be slaughtered.
United Empire Soldier
B-But...
Caesar
Then let it be an order.
Fight in moderation,do not desire your deaths.
United Empire Soldier
...Yes, sir!
With everything I have.l
Caesar
That being said, I'm sure you are going to die for the
sake of the Rome that you believe in.
Caesar
Honestly...
I've had it with "that one's" whims.
Caesar
Perfect government. Perfect leadership. But then
you're left with a colony of people without a will.

Boudica
Spartacus and I will lead the charge! Both of you,
go with Nero to take the enemy's main camp.
Spartacus
Hahahahaha. Wonderful. Everything is here.
Hundreds, thousands of oppressor's evil agents are here.
Spartacus
Now is the time to sing of our victory. We're not at a
disadvantage, we have the upper hand.
From now on, my warcry shall signify the beginning of
our triumph.
Boudica
Not over there, here!
Oh, come on Spartacus!
Spartacus
Hahahahaha. The queen of the rebellion is my ally.
That is to say, victory is at hand. The powerful will be
defeated!
Nero
...Umu, I'm counting on you, Boudica.
In a number of ways, I'm counting on you.
Nero
Still, Spartacus isn't wrong!
The time has come to defeat one of the "emperors."
Nero
Let us take Gaul back from the false emperor! Come, Mash and <Your Name>!
Mash
Right.
Master!

  1. Hold nothing back!  2. Let's be careful out there!
  Select: Hold nothing back!

  Select: Let's be careful out there!

Mash
Right!
Order understood!

Mash
...What was that enemy just now.
Dr. Roman
No question, it's a magical creature.
ls this the work of an enemy Servant or mage?
Dr. Roman
Or was it Lev Lainur—?
Nero
Stop daydreaming!
We're charging into the enemy's main camp!

Dr. Roman
I am getting a reading on non-human, non-Servant entity.
<Your Name>, more golems are coming!
Mash
I will crush them.
Master, your orders!

Caesar
...So you're here.
Caesar
I'm tired of waiting.
How long do you intend to keep me waiting.
Caesar
Still though, it looks like it was worth a little boredom!
Caesar
That beauty of yours—
Caesar
So beautiful. Beautiful. Truly beautiful, your beauty
is fitting for the world's greatest treasure - Rome!
Caesar
Heir to our beloved Rome.
What did you say your name was?
Nero

Caesar
Don't fall silent.
Even if it's on the battlefield, be eloquent.
Caesar
Or do you intend to fight without giving me your name?
ls that the way of the current Roman emperor?
Caesar
Now then, speak. Who is the one who would
force me to take up arms, what is your name?
Nero
—Nero.
I am the fifth Emperor of the Roman Empire.
Nero
My name is Nero Claudius.
I will take you out pretender to the throne!
Caesar
I like how you announced yourself.
Otherwise it would all be so dull.
Caesar
You, guest commander! Thank you for coming
from a distant land. Tell me your names as well

  1. I am <Your Name>  2. Um, you're kind of plump, aren't you?
  Select: I am <Your Name>
Mash
Mash Kyrielight.
I'm Master <Your Name>'s Servant.
Caesar
I've never heard of those names. All roads
lead to Rome, eh? I see that I was arrogant.
  Select: Um, you're kind of plump, aren't you?

Caesar
Of course, Rome is the pinnacle of civilization and that
begins with gourmet food. Plumpness is power.
Caesar
Take the fifth Emperor here, she's plump in all the right
places.
Although inferior to my woman, the Queen of Desert, but
that's fine.
Nero
...Mmm, as befits the mystery man who subdued Gaul...
You soften a woman's heart as naturally as you
breathe...
Nero
But I am not a woman like my mother.
I am an emperor and a young maiden!
Nero
Oddly rotund man, your words fail to strike a chord in
my heart!
Caesar
ls that so...
Dr. Roman
Um, can we get down to business?}} Mash
I want to ask you something.
About the United Empire, and the Holy Grail.
Caesar
Oh? Then, um, the what's-your-name over there...

  1. It's <Your Name>.
  Select: It's <Your Name>.

Caesar
So you're the "Master," huh?
I see, so this is Master and Servant.
Caesar
You seem very different from the one I know.
Or are you the proper one?
Caesar
In any case, I suppose you're my enemy.
It's a pain, but so be it.
Caesar
Let me reward you for coming all this way. I will let
you witness the power of my golden sword, Crocea
Mors.
Nero
Don't say that! Gold is my color!
Mine! The one who built the Golden Theater!
Caesar
Haha, that's the spirit.
Protect her well, Demi-Servant.
Caesar
Fight well and perhaps I will tell you where to find the
Holy Grail that you seek.
Mash
!!!
Caesar
Now then—
Come forth. The die has already been cast.

Caesar
Hmm, you certainly are strong.
No—
Caesar
Who would even place a fine general like me on the front
lines in the first place. Can't call this "best man for the
job."
Mash
Wielding such a devastating sword...
How can you even say that...
Dr. Roman
Just what you'd expect of a Saber Class...
He's truly a skilled Servant.
Nero
Such a monster...
Ugh, and I thought he was just a fake emperor...
Caesar
No, you're wrong about that Nero Claudius. I'm still
the emperor, though no such title existed in my time.
Caesar
In response to your beauty and courage, I shall tell
you my name. I am Caesar. In other words...
Caesar
Gaius Julius Caesar.
Nero
Wh-What? That's...
the name of the ruler who preceded our first emperor...
Nero
But... You're dead...
How can this be?
Caesar
You've already met Caligula, I presume?
Then you should already know.
Caesar
We're "genuine."
Both myself...and him.
Nero
...Ugh.
Caesar
Try to relax. You are beautiful, truly beautiful.
Your beauty can match any other treasure in the world.
Caesar
You, Demi-Servant, you too are beautiful.
Very nice indeed. Nice body, too.
Mash
!!!
Caesar
I admire your courage, strength, and beauty.
Therefore, I shall tell you one thing.
Caesar
The Holy Grail is located in a castle within the United
Empire's capital. More precisely, in the hands of our
Court Mage.
Mash
Mage—
Can you tell us the name of that person?
Caesar
I can't. Your reward ends here for
I have no reason to tell you more.
Caesar
Now, Emperor Nero, your hardship is not something I
wish for.
Caesar
But I have my own reasons to fight.
I want that Holy Grail for myself as well.
Caesar
They say once a Servant has obtained the Holy Grail,
they can get any wish granted—
Caesar
This is rather greedy as I am already dead, but I must
fulfill the promise that I made
Caesar
...Well then.
It's time for me to be serious.
Caesar
It's been a while, so I needed exercise.
The poor golden sword also needs occasional use
Nero
"Serious?"
Mash
This presence——
Please be careful, Master!
Dr. Roman
His magical energy level is rising?
No, he's unleashing what he's been holding back!
Dr. Roman
I guess our opponent has gotten serious!
Or rather, he didn't fight seriously until now!
Caesar
I came, I saw.
Now, I must conquer!

Nero
Mm, mmm...
Did we...get him?
Dr. Roman
Yes, I can detect his readings are getting weaker.
You've won. Congratulations.
Mash
Your sword was very powerful, but as long as I have
Senpai's instructions I can block it.
Caesar
Hmm, being taken out by beautiful women isn't so bad.
Caesar g
It's not feasible for me to act like a mere soldier anyway.
Seriously, I was helpless against that person's weirdness
Nero
That person——?
Caesar
That's right, the true emperor of this era. That person
is surely waiting for your arrival in the capital.
Caesar
I'm not an emperor to be exact, but none of the
past "emperors" can stand up against that person.
Caesar
When you see that person's name and face.
I wonder how you'll react? I can't wait.
Caesar
I am not being sarcastic. You are beautiful,
no matter what expression you may have—

Nero
He's gone...
Nero
What's this...
ls this some sort of magecraft...or...

  1. It's a Servant death.  2. He's left this world.
  Select: It's a Servant death.

  Select: He's left this world.

Nero
What did you...
Mash
Like Senpai said, that Servant has lost his life.
Mash
A Servant disappears when facing death.
Their temporary body dissipates, and their experience is
sent back to the Throne.
Nero
I don't quite understand...
What that bastard, no, "that man" said earlier.
Dr. Roman
He is a Servant.
A deceased human transcended into a different form.
Nero
...I see.
Nero
I made you personally kill the once great ruler Caesar.
Mash
Nero—
Nero
No, nothing. Umu!
I commend you for defeating one of the "emperors."
Nero
Now Gaul is truly under my command.
We have shown the United Empire what we can do!
Nero
Just as I wished, just as my people wished, the Rome
blessed by our ancestors and gods is returning to us!
Nero
I will bring Rome back into my hands! Until then—
Until then, no matter what, I cannot afford to stop here.

???
...So Caesar was defeated.
Lev
Yes, it seems that way.
I only used him because he had a wish for the Grail.
Lev
This shouldn't cause many issues.
I can summon as many new Servants as I want.
Lev
If there's an issue, it's this foolish Berserker.
Isn't it obvious that Berserkers are fools?
Lev
I was surprised he would defy my orders.
Is blood thicker than water? What a joke.
Caligula
For my destiny...
My beloved niece Nero...is irrelevant...
Caligula
Beautiful child...
Nero, you will be loved, loved, so loved...
Caligula .
Therefore...
In my destiny...
Lev
Hmph, I regret not having a Command Spell.
However, I have quite the spell ready for you.
Lev
You will kill your niece with your own hands. Then,
drowned in regret, you will destroy everything else in
this era.
Lev
That said—-—
You likely don't have enough intellect left to regret.
Lev
My, my, Servants truly are inconvenient beings.
Lev
No matter how legendary you are, or how much
superhuman strength you possess, in the end you are
just mere familiars.
Lev
With the power to change the world at will, yet that
freedom is not allowed. Talk about irony.
Lev
Say, wouldn't you agree?
???
...Well then.
Lev
Oh, excuse me.
Come to think it, you are a Servant too.
Lev
—Heh. that's why you must obey me.
If anything called destiny exists for you, I am it.
Lev
The utter annihilation of this era. The death of Emperor
Nero, the collapse of ancient Rome, the death of
humanity.
Lev
That—
is my duty, bestowed upon me by our king.
???
...Yes.
Lev
Then, it is time to replenish our lost personnel.
The summoning ritual is almost finished.
Lev
This is different than the incomplete one in Chaldea.
I can truly summon Servants at will.
Lev
We were created as such. With this summoning ritual,
I stand at the end of this world.

Leonidas
...Servant, Lancer. True Name, Leonidas.
I will serve you from here on.
Lev
Oh, a Heroic Spirit from Thermopylae. Not bad.
Use your full powers to eliminate Nero Claudius—

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Nero
...Hmm.
Nero
Did you hear what that farmer said just now?
The traveler we passed yesterday said the same thing.
Nero
That "an ancient god has appeared."
Could it be true?
Dr. Roman
I wonder. It's an interesting phrase. If he said
"ancient god," could it be from the Age of the Gods.
Mash
To be precise, it's the fourth time we've heard it.
None of them seemed to be lying.
Mash
"An ancient god appeared on an island in the
Mediterranean." For a rumor, it's very specific.
Nero
Well, Gaul faces the Mediterranean.
It's not unusual to hear such rumors...
Nero
But after hearing it over and over, I'm intrigued.
Though we're on our way back to Rome now.
Dr. Roman
Hmm, it is intriguing, huh?
I mean, I'm extremely intrigued.
Dr. Roman
<Your Name>, what do you think?

  1. It may have to do with the Holy Grail.  2. I think we might've misheard.
  Select: It may have to do with the Holy Grail.
Mash
Well...l don't know about that.
Caesar said their Court Mage has possession of it.
Dr. Roman
We can't tell if it's Lev Lainur or not,
but is it possible that he moved to the Mediterranean?
Dr. Roman
And is claiming to be a god.
It's a likely story.
Dr. Roman
No, well, he could be a real god.

  Select: I think we might've misheard.
Mash
No, we've heard it multiple times for sure
Senpai, have you forgotten?

Dr. Roman
An island where a god lives, huh.
Ah, that sounds so romantic!
Dr. Roman
An ancient god in the 1st Century! The supposedly
gone Divine Spirits returned to the land once more!
Mash
Question Doctor, is materialization of Divine Spirits really
possible?
Dr. Roman
It's difficult. So much so that it's nigh impossible.
At least, it's not possible with Chaldea's system.

  1. Divine Spirit?  2. Divine Spirit, not Heroic Spirit?
  Select: Divine Spirit?
Mash
Yes, a Divine Spirit.

  Select: Divine Spirit, not Heroic Spirit?
Mash
Yes. It is different than a Heroic Spirit.
It is said to be a higher being than elementals.

Dr. Roman
Divine beings are mentioned in many legends of this
world. Sometimes as a natural phenomenon, or symbols
of authority.
Dr. Roman
They are what you may call God, or gods.
Just think of Divine Spirits as a term to define them.
Dr. Roman
They're already gone from the face of the Earth.
Perhaps they never existed in the first place?
Dr. Roman
It's hard to understand with magecraft developed after
Anno Domini. After all, we can't observe them in our
time.
Dr. Roman
When you pray to the gods in times of trouble, they
don't give help that easily do they?
Dr. Roman
...Maybe that was a bad example.
In any case, they "do not exist."
Dr. Roman
However, several pieces of supporting evidence exist.
Hence we predict Divine Spirits exist in a higher
dimension.
Dr. Roman
At the very least, they won't do anything directly.
No, they can't do anything.
Dr. Roman
Anyways, it's impossible.
The world has long been that of humans and civilization.
Dr. Roman
Even if there was a kind god, realistically they wouldn't
be able to regain a lost future.
Dr. Roman
We're the only ones who can possibly save the world
and its future
Dr. Roman
So, let's get back to an earlier topic. Whether or
not a Divine Spirit can materialize as a Servant.
Dr. Roman
They can't.
That's the answer.
Dr. Roman
Even if "they" were inclined to do so.
Even if technology reached realms of True Magic, it's
disadvantageous.
Dr. Roman
In theory, it should not necessarily be impossible though
Mash
Then, the god of the Mediterranean—
Dr. Roman
It's probably not a god from somewhere.
Probability of a materialized Divine Spirit is quite low.
Dr. Roman
But, there might be that one in a million chance if it's a
god that fell from its throne.
Nero
This is pointless.
Umu, if it's on our minds so much, fine!
Nero
It would be a good idea to verify.
Fortunately, we're facing the Mediterranean Sea.
Roman Soldier
Your Majesty!
Rear ranks are being assaulted by an unknown monster!
Roman Soldier
We can't hold it down!
At this rate...
Nero
...Mm, perfect timing.
Dr. Roman
I am detecting traces of magical energy. It could
be the Holy Grail that's causing the monster to spawn.
Mash
Let's go, Senpai!

  1. Let's quickly deal with it.  2. Be careful, but be quick.
  Select: Let's quickly deal with it.

  Select: Be careful, but be quick.

Mash
Yes, Master.
Commencing battle!

Mash
——The battle has ended. ;
There are no reinforcements.
Dr. Roman
Ahh, how awful. To think that
spirits of the dead would materialize on their own.
Nero
I'm used to it.
So, uh, what were we talking about—
Nero
Right, that Mediterranean god!
Personally, I'd really like to find out about that.
Mash
Are you sure?
Don't you need to return to Rome?
Nero
I don't know what this ancient god may be, but what if
it's truly one of the gods?
Nero
It's not impossible, right?
There are Roman legends.
Nero
For instance, Romulus the founder and first king of Rome
became the newest god after he disappeared in lightning. p
Nero
Things like that occasionally happen.
Ancient gods. How amusing.
Nero
Further, assume they are gods of Rome. If the United
Empire's "emperors" took that god away, we'd have
bigger problems.
Nero
I don't want that.
That's the one thing I absolutely cannot stand.
Dr. Roman
I see, Your Majesty's words are reasonable. As guest
commanders, we'd be happy to accompany you.
Mash
...Aren't you enjoying this too much, Doctor?
Dr. Roman
That's not true!
ljust can't hide my overflowing curiosity as a researcher!
Mash
But that's...
Fou
Fu...Kyu, kyu. Fou.
Nero
...
Mash
Come on Nero, say something...
Mash
Nero?
Are you all right?
Nero
...Hmm, what? No, I've decided.
A triumphant return from the sea might not be so bad! t
Nero
Then, we'll continue our journey back through the sea.
I'm rather tired of traveling on land! t
Mash
(She spaced out just now.)
Dr. Roman
(Right. This must be what Boudica was talking about.)

Boudica
There's something I'm worried about.
Something about Nero.
Boudica
It happened right after you got here.
I wonder if you noticed.
Boudica
She occasionally spaces out. She been like
that ever since the United Empire showed up. A
Boudica
I think it might be just me, but when it happens,
I feel a slight trace of magical energy.
Boudica
...She's a human from this era, not a mage.
Still, I definitely feel it.
Boudica
I asked her about it, but she doesn't feel it at all.
Boudica
Can you guys keep an eye out?
I mean, about her. p
Boudica
As the governors of Gaul, Spartacus and I must to
continue protecting this place.
Boudica
About her...
If possible, I'd like to rely on you all.
Mash
Understood.
You are...worried about Nero aren't you.
Boudica
I wouldn't worry about her at all!
...lt's not something I want to do personally.
Boudica
For better or for worse, she's the symbol of this land
If something happens to her, it would be a war lost.
Boudica
I don't want to lose another war.
That's the only reason I care about her.
Mash
...Right.
Boudica
Well then, that's that.
Mash, we still have time, right?
Mash
U-Um—
Boudica
Before you leave, I will teach you the best of Britannia
cuisine!
Boudica
I'd be happy if you learned it and made it your specialty!
Mash
N—No, that's—
Boudica
You're so cute, you should start training to be a bride!
Boudica
Oh, geez, so cute!
Come here!
Mash
W-Wah! Again—
Your breasts—
Boudica
There, there.
Good girl, good girl.
Boudica
You stay cheerful forever.
Don't get too hurt, and don't be too reckless
Boudica
You really are an adorable girl.
Mash
Y-Yes, well, I-I am Senpai's...Um...
Boudica
There, there!
I am so happy to see you grow into such a fine lady!
Mash

Mash

Dr. Roman
(Yeah, I definitely sensed a trace of magical energy in
Nero. But that might just mean she has the potential to
be a mage.)
Mash
(I wonder what it is.)
Dr. Roman
(Hmm, we don't have enough info...)
Nero
All right, then it's settled!
Let's go, we must first hurry and procure a ship!
Mash
—Before that, Master look, the enemy army remnant.
I feel their presence.
Dr. Roman
Yes, I have detected multiple lifeforms. I am getting
hostile readings from the United Empire troops in Gaul. .
Nero
I'd leave them be if they're fleeing home, but if
they're headed here it can't be helped. Let's defeat
them!


Nero
It's more or less taken care of.
Now then, let's regroup and head out to the sea
Nero
It's good to travel by sea. <Your Name>,
let me show you my brilliant sailing skills!

  1. I can't wait!  2. I'm a bit worried.
  Select: I can't wait!
Nero
Right? Right?
Heh, heh, such a honest fellow.

  Select: I'm a bit worried.
Nero
No need to be embarrassed.
Heh, heh, you're bad at hiding your feelings, huh?

Dr. Roman
The emperor is amazing!
Whatever you say, she interprets it in a positive way!
Mash
...

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Nero
Umu, that was some nice wind!
It was the most aggressive voyage ever!
Mash
...
Thank goodness my semicircular canals were enhanced.
Mash
If I hadn't become a Demi-Servant...
Ugh...I'm not going to go there.
Dr. Roman
Y-You seem to have gone through an ordeal.
I could tell by your vitals.
Dr. Roman
The soldiers couldn't leave the ship either.
Oh, poor men!
Dr. Roman
Since the emperor offered to take the wheel herself, I
thought she had impeccable skills.
Dr. Roman
But wait, maybe, just maybe!
Those were impeccable skills, in a sense.
Dr. Roman
I mean, the ship's still standing after such a rocky
journey. It also leapt through waves, and drifted some
turns...
Dr. Roman
It's amazing when you think about it.
Just what you'd expect of the emperor...

  1. Don't be stupid.  2. I agree.
  Select: Don't be stupid.

  Select: I agree.

Dr. Roman
Hahaha! Oh c'mon <Your Name>,
you didn't get mad, did you?
Dr. Roman
Anyways, you landed safely on the rumored island.
You should start looking for this ancient god—
Dr. Roman
Wait, maybe we don't have to look after all?
It seems the god is coming to greet us.
Dr. Roman
However, I am detecting a Servant.
Be on your guard.
Mash
!!!
Nero
What, another enemy attack?
So this island is also under the United Empire's control.
Dr. Roman
No, this is...a Servant, but... Something is off.
It's different than normal, what is this?
???
Yes, that's right.
I'm not a "normal" Servant.
???
Good day heroes, welcome to my humble temporary
home for this era, the "Shaped" Isle.
???
My, oh my. I was wondering what
kind of magnificent hero was here.
???
But to my surprise, it seems there are Servants in your
group. Unfortunately, I was waiting for human heroes.
Mash
This presence—
Dr. Roman
What in the world...can this even be possible?
Her reading is definitely like a Servant, but different...

  1. What the...  2. Is she the "ancient god"?
  Select: What the...

  Select: Is she the "ancient god"?

Dr. Roman
An immeasurable divinity level!
Without a doubt, she's definitely a god. No, a goddess!
Stheno
That's right.
I am a goddess—my name is Stheno.
Stheno
One of the three Gorgon Sisters.
Though, I rather dislike being called an ancient god.
Stheno
But it's fine.
It is true that where you're from, I am a past god.
Stheno
You may call me whatever you wish.
After all, time is irrelevant when it comes to my beauty.
Mash
Servant of a Divine Spirit, not a Heroic Spirit?
Doctor, this is different from what we talked about.
Dr. Roman
Y-Yeah, I guess everything has an exception.
O-Oh this is unheard of, a Divine Spirit Servant.
Dr. Roman
Furthermore, one of "the" ancient Greek gods!
That's an authentic god!
Dr. Roman
Is that possible? She is actually standing before you. it
Even so, there's no way she can remain "as a god."
Dr. Roman
I mean, it's the same for Heroic Spirits.
Her power must've been downsized.
Dr. Roman
Gods no longer have "Authority" on this land.
If that's the case...
Stheno
Aren't you the knowledgeable one, Mage.
That's right, you are not mistaken there.
Stheno
However...
There's one thing you should remember, pure one.
Dr. Roman
W-What is it?
-—To think a goddess would personally instruct me
Stheno
Oh, what a wonderful voice. It has a nice sound to it, ;
I would love to see your face but...
Stheno
Such a shame.
You're in a place where even my "eyes" can't reach.
Stheno
If you were in my arm's reach, I'd have done
something nice to you in the wink of an eye.
Dr. Roman
Whoa... I just had shivers down my entire body...
This presence is different than Dark Jeanne!
Stheno
Oh, that's just your imagination.
Allow me to inform all of you clueless people.
Stheno
Not all gods are powerful.
"Myself" and I are quite "feeble" beings.
Mash
???
Dr. Roman
Based on the readings you are quite an individual...
So does that mean you're not hostile because your
combat abilities are low?
Stheno
There are goddesses who are never asked to fight. .
For instance, you over there.
Mash
You mean me?
Stheno
You are one such, no?
Your power is not to kill, but to protect.
Mash
...It is.
Stheno
Hehe, I do like honest girls. ;
I'd like to pamper you like I do to my "little sister."
Mash
(Oh, I just got a shiver.)
Nero
(I had a shiver, too!)
Fou
Fou.
---Missing scene?---
Dr. Roman
Oh my.
Nero
How dare they interrupt an emperor and a goddess. Who
are they? From the United Empire?
Mash
...No, they're just ghosts.
But they are closing in.

  1. Let's ask them to leave.
  Select: Let's ask them to leave.

Mash
Yes Senpai, commencing interceptive combat!

Nero
Anyway!
Stop leaving me out of the conversation!
Nero
I get the gist of what you're saying.
That goddess isn't our enemy, right?
Mash
Right. I'm assuming that's the case.
Nero
Hmm, in that case, isn't it simple?
Ancient Goddess Stheno, come to Rome!
Nero
I am Rome.
The fifth emperor of the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius.
Nero
I shall accept you as a new god.
Let us defeat the United Empire together!
Stheno
Well now, how dazzling you are,
as much as Apollo. But I'm sorry, Your Majesty.
Stheno
I am not suitable for combat.
Stheno
Now that I've taken on the form of a Servant, I do have
some skills and basic functions, but...
Stheno
I don't possess the power to fight valiantly like my younger sister.
Dr. Roman
What?
Stheno
I said I don't have the power <3 You'll get stabbed
in the back if you don't stop being insensitive.
Dr. Roman
...Sorry, I get it. She's more of the type
of goddess who hunts her prey, I guess.
Stheno
But, you are a hero who came all the way here.
Stheno
I should give you a reward.
Though back in the day, I would've incited Medusa—

  1. Incited?  2. I heard nothing.
  Select: Incited?

  Select: I heard nothing.

Nero
lncited?
Mash
Did you say incited?
Stheno
Ahem, hehe. Never mind!
I'll give you a goddess' blessing.
Stheno
As you walk along the coast, you'll find an entrance to a cave.
All the way in the back...
Stheno
I prepared a treasure.
It doesn't exist in nature, it's something special.
Stheno
I'll give it to you because you're fun.
Haha, I don't usually reward someone like this.
Nero
Well, a goddess' blessing...
That's really...
Dr. Roman
It's interesting. It could be the Holy Grail.
Mash
It doesn't match up with Caesar's information.
That said, I think there's still a chance...
Nero
I don't care what kind of treasure it is
I try to love everything.
Dr. Roman
All right then, let's head for the cave now!

Nero
Ugh...
Nero
...It's so dark, and clammy...
Mash
It's not exactly comfortable in here, is it?
It's hard to see ahead.
Dr. Roman
Oh...
Mash
Doctor, is something wrong?
Your face...no, I mean your voice sounds funny.
Dr. Roman
I've been deceived. Forgive me,
multiple magical energy signatures up ahead.
Mash
What?
Dr. Roman
They're not Servants, but a type of monster.
Does this mean...that goddess...
Dr. Roman
Set us up?
Oh, hahaha...
Skeleton Soldier
(clank, clank, clank)

Nero
What's going on here?
This cave is full of skeletons!
Mash
Well, let's hope they're just skeletons...
Dr. Roman
Multiple signatures incoming!
I think a lot of skeletons are coming...
Nero
Mm, mmm, mmm!
Sword-wielding skeletons aren't treasure by a long shot!
Mash
Please give me your orders, Master!

Nero
Phew, I'm getting a little exhausted...
I want to go back and rest...
Dr. Roman
But what do you know? Looks like we reached *
the back of the cave while fighting.
Dr. Roman
I'm getting a unique signature there.
This amount of energy—No, that's not possible.
Mash
What is it, Doctor?
Could the Holy Grail really be here?
Dr. Roman
No...no, it's not the Holy Grail at all! It's a Phantasma;,
not a dragon, but a powerful mystical beast!
???
GARRRRRRRRRR!!
Mash
This is—
Nero
It's so huge!
Oh, but that lion has a cute face!
Dr. Roman
It's a chimera, a legendary beast of ancient Greece.
This is not a product of magecraft, but a true mystical
beast!
Dr. Roman
Why would a thing like this be here?
Oh, I know why. That goddess.
Dr. Roman
It's powerful and has considerable toughness, so be
careful!
Mash
Roger.
Master, commencing battle!

Stheno
Haha. Welcome back, did you
enjoy your special reward to the fullest?
Nero
I'm tired...
so exhausted...
Mash
Yes, I'm sure... Consecutive battles in a
closed space will wear you out beyond belief...

  1. I'm totally wiped out...  2. This is nothing!
  Select: I'm totally wiped out...
Mash
Yes, I think you should rest immediately...
Should we return to the ship?
  Select: This is nothing!
Mash
Are you sure?
Senpai, at times you display extraordinary endurance...

Elisabeth
Really, you re so lame! I could ve taken on a
big cat like that without breaking a sweat!
Tamamo Cat
Ahahahaha!
Mash
Master, I'm sensing two enemies.
Either lizards, dragons, or maybe idols...
Mash
At any rate, we're going to take them out!

  1. No, that's Elisabeth!  2. Okay, let's beat them up!
  Select: No, that's Elisabeth!
Mash
I know, I know!
Mash
But she's dangerous, Senpai.
I have a feeling that she might screw everything up!
Dr. Roman
I agree... Let's pretend we don't notice her,
so we can get away with it <Your Name>!

  Select: Okay, let's beat them up!
Dr. Roman
It's the right choice. I'm sure they wil
bring up some absolute nonsense!

Elisabeth
What, that reaction again!
You ugly, weird deerlet!
Tamamo Cat
Ahahahaha!
Mash
Senpai, a weird person told me I'm weird!

  1. There, there.  2. She's the weird one.
  Select: There, there.

  Select: She's the weird one.

Elisabeth
Hmph, I guess that cave was really tough.
Well, it can't be helped with the Puppy's ability.
Nero
...Who the hell are you, appearing all of a sudden and
talking nonsense?
Elisabeth
Who the hell are YOU? Oh, I'm not sensing
any magical energy...wait a human? You?
Nero
Not sure why you're so surprised. You are rude and
insensitive. I would have slashed you already if you
didn't look so cute.
Nero
I'm Nero Claudius, the emperor of this era.
...Um, why are you looking at me like that?
Elisabeth
Are you kidding me?
The real Nero?!
Mash
The real...
Nero
What do you mean by "real?"
Tamamo Cat
Ahahahaha!
Dr. Roman
This is worse than France!
I'm even more confused about what's going on!

Stheno
Anyway, when I materialized in this world
I dragged these two with me.
Stheno
I didn't feel like I'd be able to complete the Heroes' Cave
on my own.
Stheno
So I had these two serve as my testers for the cave,
that's all I think?
Elisabeth
Hmph, it was a totally boring dungeon.
Oh, but a live show in an underground cave is a new
concept, right?
Tamamo Cat
Ahahaha!
Stheno
So you know Elisabeth.
What about this one?
Tamamo Cat
Ahahaha!
Mash
Uh no...we've never met.
Although, I know she's a Servant—
Tamamo Cat
Ahahaha!
All right, let's introduce ourselves!
Tamamo Cat
I am Tamamo Cat, one of the Tamamo Nine!
Tamamo Cat
I tag "woof" at the end of my sentences. My hobby is
cafe management. My favorite food is carrots.
Tamamo Cat
Hmm.
That's pretty inconsistent even for me. Woof woof.
Nero
She talked!
Mash
She did that on purpose, too. Woof!
Dr. Roman
...Neutral, huh? I'm glad she's not a hostile Servant
Or maybe I should say I'm glad she's not our ally?
Tamamo Cat
I was laughing because it was fun.
I'm a laughing drunk.
Mash
Oh, s-sure.
Tamamo Cat
I'm Tamamo Cat, one of the Tamamo Nine!
Can I speak in cat language?
Mash
What?
Nero
What's the Tamamo Nine?
Tamamo Cat
No? How about dog language?
Nero
Umu?
Stheno
Hehe! Your reaction was better than I thought
It requires technique to communicate with her.
Stheno
Thank you, Tamamo Cat.
But why weren't you in the treasure chest?
Stheno
You were supposed to be the last trick. After they
dealt with the chimera, you should've come out.
Tamamo Cat
Now I'll get my carrots as the reward!
Stheno
Did you eat the chest?
Oh my...okay. I understand.
Nero
H-Hmm.
Their conversation seems to be working out...
Nero
She's a goddess after all.
She doesn't even flinch at that oddball.
Dr. Roman
Oh, well. Though this island has been somewhat fun,
I guess we came here for nothing.

  1. You sound like it's not your problem...
  Select: You sound like it's not your problem...

Dr. Roman
Ahahaha! It happens! Don't look so depressed.
Why don't we return to Rome for now—
Dr. Roman
But it looks like we can't!
There's a Servant over there!
Elisabeth
Huh? (<—Servant)
Tamamo Cat
Indeed. (<—Servant)
Stheno
Oh? (<—Servant)
Mash
Doc? (<—Demi Servant) lé
Dr. Roman
Sorry, that didn't come out right! There's another
Servant besides you guys, it's coming from the sea!
Caligula
My!
Caligula
My!
My...actions...are...fate!
Caligula
Sacrifice your life!
Sacrifice your flesh! lu
Nero
Uncle?
Elisabeth
What? Who?
Nero's uncle?
Stheno
He seems to be pretty "tangled up."
That's how one should deal with Servants, I suppose.
Stheno
—-That's just bad taste.
Caligula
Beautiful...
You're beautiful...
Elisabeth
You popped out of nowhere and now you're hitting on
girls? W-What's with you, I know I am an attractive idol
and all.
Elisabeth
But acting like a lowly beast is the worst!
What kind of royalty are you?
Caligula
Beautiful...Really beautiful!
You are beautiful!
Caligula
I want to take it, lust over it, and tear it apart.
Your purity, your divine beauty, everything!
Caligula
I want to trample all over you with my entire body!
I...love...you, my beloved sister's child-
Caligula
—-Nerooooo!!
Nero
...That's right. You are a beast.
You are no longer my uncle!
Nero
My uncle is dead.
I still can't stop thinking about his regrettable death.
Nero
But still, if you appear before me after being lost in
death...
Nero
...Then I shall sing a requiem for you. Know it's
my duty as your niece, and as a proper emperor!
Mash
Master, this is going to be a Servant battle.
Your orders!


Caligula
Nero...Nero...
My...beautiful...niece...
Caligula
You...are...so...
very...beautiful...
Caligula
More so than...the goddess...of the moon...
More than...the radiance of...the Holy Grail...

Nero
Uncle...
Nero
...I've defeated the enemy commander, Caligula.
I've slaughtered yet another pretender to the throne!
Nero
What a splendid job.
Thank you Mash, <Your Name>.

  1. It was nothing.  2. Are you all right?
  Select: It was nothing.
Nero
Oh, it was definitely something.
Now I'll have to think up another reward.
  Select: Are you all right?
Nero
You really are kind, <Your Name>. But no
need to worry, I am the emperor of Rome after all.

Nero
Anyways, you guys have saved me so many times.
Nero
I can assure you that the reward for the defeat of the
United Empire's shall be grand.
Nero
I won't send a monster and say, "Here, it's your reward."
Stheno
Are you talking to me?
You, not a Servant, but a mere human?
Stheno
The queen of this era seems to be brave.
Stheno
You might actually be a proper hero.
Oh, how I wish you were a man.
Nero
No, I am not a queen or a hero.
Listen well, I am—
Nero
—I am, the Fifth Emperor of the Roman Empire!
Stheno
Yes of course, that's what I shall call you.
The Fifth Emperor of the Roman Empire.
Stheno
As a special gift, I'll give you a real goddess' blessing.
This time it won't be a monster.
Stheno
It is also my thanks, for taking out a Servant who was
not a hero.
Stheno
Your enemy, this so-called United Empire, and the
gathering ground for their "emperors"—
Stheno
The United Empire capital.
I shall tell you its exact location.
Nero
!!!
Dr. Roman
This is...an unexpected reward.
Good thing we got into the cave, eh guys? X
Mash
R-Really?

  1. Dr. Roman didn't do anything.  2. The cave had nothing to do with it.
  Select: Dr. Roman didn't do anything.

  Select: The cave had nothing to do with it.

Dr. Roman
...Y-Yes. T-That's right.
Sorry.
Elisabeth
... (<—Did nothing)
Tamamo Cat
... (<—Did nothing)

Section 10: Triumph

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Mash
It won't be long until we're in Rome again.
Good work on the way back, Senpai.
Nero
Why won't you go by horseback <Your Name>?
I know, I should've provided a chariot.
Nero
I apologize, the few soldiers left in my unit are brilliant,
but none of them fights on chariots.
Roman Soldier
Your Majesty, should I provide a chariot for the next
expedition?
Nero
I'm sure we'll need one anyway. After all, next
time we'll be attacking the United Empire capital!
Roman Soldier
Sir!
Nero
Yes, yes.
Dr. Roman
Your Majesty, we seem to be under attack.
Enemy brigade up ahead. Multiple signatures.

Mash
That's strange... We're running into
the same amount of enemies as before.
Nero
You're right. Even though we already
regained control of nearby Gaul.
Nero
Don't tell me they're attacking from the sea!
If our scouts haven't noticed, then...
Dr. Roman
The scouts were discovered and killed.
We might be dealing with an elite battalion.
Dr. Roman
Well, that explains it.
But if so, that would mean—
Dr. Roman
It's as I feared.
I'm detecting even more enemies now!
Mash
Brave soldiers, please be safe.
I'm going to do what I can.
Roman Soldier
Good luck to you too, Miss Mash!
Mash
Your orders please, Master.
Commencing battle.

Nero
Those soldiers just now—
They're not like the ones we've run into before.
Nero
Not that they looked much different, but...
Mash
True, rather than human soldiers, they feel like Servants.
Mash
Yet they're not really Servants per se.
Doctor, do you have an idea?
Dr. Roman
I can think of several possibilities. Not good.
Things like this are typically related to Noble Phantasms.
Dr. Roman
And I don't mean typical Noble Phantasms.
The type that's designed for use on the battlefield.
Dr. Roman
ln which case—

Mash
...Master, I'm sensing the presence of a Servant.
There's one...no, several hundred!
Mash
It's the same presence from before. But I can
only tell that one of them is an actual Servant.
Roman Soldier
Enemy attack! Several hundred enemy soldiers!
Nero
Is this an ambush? .
Where did several hundred enemies come from?
???
It's not an ambush.
I chose to defend this place, that's all.
???
You people trespassed into my stronghold.
So I shall defend it.
???
I will crush any and all enemies more valiantly than any
attack, and far stronger than any defense.
???
This is how we Spartans fight. .
You will soon experience it for yourselves.
Mash
Did you just say Sparta?
Then you are—
Leonidas
Servant, Lancer.
My True Name is Leonidas.
Dr. Roman
He's not hiding his True Name. Just like last time,
this is far different than a normal Holy Grail War.
Nero
Leonidas?
You introduce yourself as King Leonidas of Sparta?
Leonidas
Precisely.
It is an immoral war, but I'm still going to destroy you.
Nero
What! You are the legendary Leonidas,
the guardian of the Hot Gates!
Nero
So the "emperors" aren't the only ones who came back?
Hmm, then what about Boudica?

  1. Stay focused on the battle!  2. We met Elisabeth, too, remember?
  Select: Stay focused on the battle!
Nero
U-Umu?
  Select: We met Elisabeth, too, remember?
Ah, now that you mention it.
Hmm, but then is Boudica...
Nero
ls she also dead?
ls that it? I
Nero
Or was she alive? I told her, "This time, surrender
yourself to Rome.“ Thinking that was the case...

Mash
N-Never mind that Nero, there are many enemies.
We must strengthen our defenses!
Nero
U-Umu, our unit is quite small.
I hope we're able to defend...
Mash
If we defeat the main Servant, the remaining hundreds
should be gone. In that case—
Mash
Master, it's a Servant battle.
Your orders, please!

Leonidas
Just as I thought, huh?
In a battle with nothing to protect...
Nero
He vanished?
So he wasn't meant to exist in this world after all.
Mash
...He was a formidable enemy. Just what you'd
expect of the ultimate defensive Heroic Spirit.
Dr. Roman
No signs of Servants or humans around us.
No Phantasmals, either.
Nero
Then let's head back to Rome!
Mash, <Your Name>, you can hold your heads up high!
Nero
Umu, you in particular Mash. Your skills aren't
as good as mine, but they are quite good.
Mash
N-Not really...
Nero
Haha! Hold your head up high with pride!
This is our triumphant return from Gaul, after all!

Nero
Phew... At last, things have settled down.
Mash
That was an unbelievable crowd. It was like a festiva
Senpai, you got squished pretty hard, didn't you?
Mash
But you didn't seem that uncomfortable.
Maybe you like that sort of thing?

  1. Well, yeah.  2. Can't be helped if it's a festival...
  Select: Well, yeah.

  Select: Can't be helped if it's a festival...

Mash
I see, I see, at festivals, everyone becomes friendly,
right?
Dr. Roman
Haha. I bet you didn't mind at all.
That's what you call a victory wine!
Nero
Ah unseen mage, you speak as though you ve actually
tasted some?
Dr. Roman
Hahaha, I have a vivid imagination.
Which has led me into all kinds of situations.
Nero
Mash, you protected us well.
Do you not like being touched?
Nero
As expected, the great warrior of shield swore loyalty
only to me. It makes me like you even more.
Mash
T-Thank you.
It's nice of you to say that...

  1. Why are you looking at me?  2. I'm glad that she likes you.
  Select: Why are you looking at me?

  Select: I'm glad that she likes you.

Mash
Y-Yes...Well, no. Nothing.
I have nothing to say.
Roman Soldier
Your Majesty!
The special expedition force is heading back to Rome!
Nero
What&mdash?
Those people are coming back?
Roman Soldier
Yes, both generals are alive and well! But now they are
tied down due to a massive attack by the United Empire!
Nero
That's not good.
I'm sorry, Mash, <Your Name>!
Mash
Yes.
Senpai, your orders please.

  1. Let's go help them.  2. Orders are orders.
  Select: Let's go help them.

  Select: Orders are orders.

Mash
——Understood.
???
%%%%%%%%%%%%
???
We're completely surrounded.
Nothing but swarms of enemies around us.
???
That shouldn't be a problem, but...
???
%%%%%%%%%%%%
???
Yeah, we'll probably lose the soldiers Nero Claudius
provided for us. I'd like to avoid that if possible.
???
Find a way out of an impossible situation—
???
People like you and me can get through it on our own,
but it would be too harsh to force them to do that.
???
What should we do?
...Huh?
???
%%%%%%%%%%%%
???
Reinforcements, huh?
Though I heard Boudica and Spartacus were in Gaul.
Mash
...You must be Jing Ke. I recognize you from your
description. Looks like we met up with them, Master.

  1. I'm relieved.  2. I thought it was all over.
  Select: I'm relieved.
Mash
Yes.
We made it.
  Select: I thought it was all over.
Mash
Yes. I was a little nervous when we
broke through the enemy's line, but...
Mash
They are human forces. The degree of risk is relatively low.

Jing Ke
You look unfamiliar, but you don't seem to be an enemy.
Mash
No we're not, we are reinforcements from Rome.
You guys are——-
Jing Ke
Let's talk later.
You're Servants, too, aren't you?
Mash
Yes.
Jing Ke
Then, let's find a way out together. My hope is to
bring as many soldiers back to Rome as possible.
Mash
Of course. Master, massive enemy
troops ahead. Your orders, please!

Mash
We have destroyed the enemy forces and sustained
only minor casualties. Good work Senpai!
Jing Ke
Thank you again, looks like I didn't lose my borrowed
troops.
Jing Ke
I'm Assassin, Jing Ke.
Like you, I'm a guest commander under Nero Claudius.
Jing Ke
I was drawn by the prospect of killing multiple
"emperors," but now I'm being treated like a general.
Jing Ke
Of course...
My main activities are reconnaissance and assassination.
Jing Ke
It's his job to do the actual work on the battlefield.
Lu Bu—...hm...where's he gone after chasing those
enemies?
Jing Ke
...Hm.
I'm sure he'll be back eventually.
Dr. Roman
Jing Ke. The legendary Chinese assassin?
No wonder you're obsessed with killing emperors.
Jing Ke
Huh—?
Jing Ke
Mash and <Your Name>,
I see that you are visitors from another era.
Jing Ke
I understand your circumstances.
That said, it doesn't change what we must do here
Jing Ke
We are here to slaughter the "emperors."
Me and Lu Bu.
Jing Ke
We've already killed three enemy "emperor" Servants.
It's going to be a competition with you guys.
Mash
S-Sure.
Competition...

  1. We are not losing to you.  2. We've killed only two so far...
  Select: We are not losing to you.
Jing Ke
Is that so?
Jing Ke
As soon as we're back in Rome,
Nero's full-scale invasion of the United Empire will start.
  Select: We've killed only two so far...
Jing Ke
Don't be so depressed.
You still have a chance to catch up.


Jing Ke
And there comes the race.
We count heads of "emperors," or enemy generals.
Jing Ke
Our team or your team, which one gets more—
Heh, now I have something to look forward to.
Mash
W-Well.
Something to look forward to...
Mash
(...I can't, Senpai.
I can't maintain the conversation.)

  1. It's okay. Me neither.  2. You just have to do your best.
  Select: It's okay. Me neither.

  Select: You just have to do your best.

Mash
(H-Hey, Senpai!)
Lev
—So they failed to eliminate Lu Bu.
???
...What should we do, Lev Lainur?
Lev
There's nothing to worry about. Don't forget that I have
the Holy Grail. I told you before, didn't I?
Lev
I'm capable of summoning Servants at will.
No matter how powerful they may be!
???
...Servant Rider, huh?
Hmm, I guess, that's my class?
???
So?
What should I do, Master?
Lev
Eliminate Nero Claudius immediately.
Destroy this era, and crush the foundation of humanity.
???
...I'll lend you my troops.
Use them as you see fit.
???
Got it.
In short, you want me to start a war, right?
???
...Exactly.
???
War. War, hmm. War, huh?
I guess I'm very good at that. ???
All right, if you insist I'll borrow your troops—

Section 11: Attack the United Empire

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???
—That sums up Nero Claudius' army.
???
All the details are in the report.
Look it over later.
???
One comment from me.
Think of the enemy commander, Lu Bu as a disaster.
???
The same goes for Spartacus.
It's no use confronting them head-on.
???
That said, these disasters can be dealt with.
The two Berserkers are like automatic machines.
???
It should be easy to "lure" them.
Luckily, they didn't materialize as other classes.
???
Guess our luck is turning.
Were my Luck parameters that high?
???
Luck that's already played out is nothing but reality.
Meaning that reality is working in your favor, nothing
more.
???
Oh? You can look at it that way too, I guess.
???
It doesn't matter either way.
I want to see her face.
???
Nero Claudius.
The fifth emperor of the Roman Empire.
???
What kind of king is she?
No, what kind of emperor is she, I should say.
???
I will make your wish come true.
No matter what.
???
Thank you, but I kind of feel weird.
???
I'm what you may consider a curveball as a Heroic Spirit,
so my "memory" is a little different too.
???
It seems a little bit off, that you became my teacher.
???
Those are my words. Can you imagine being sent back in
time, and becoming a vessel for a Heroic Spirit I have no
connections with.
???
What happened to me in my own era?
Did I switch with this Heroic Spirit?
???
Or did the time in "my era" stop, and I'm here
as myself, integrated with this Heroic Spirit?
???
...I have no idea what's going on.
???
But you came here anyway.
As my new teacher.
???
Right, Mr. Zhuge Liang.
???
No. Well, as a Heroic Spirit, that may be true.
El-Melloi II
—I am Lord El-Melloi II.
Mash
And—
Mash
The true Roman Empire Army has started its attack.
The United Empire is being invaded.
Mash
Jing Ke already came back with intel. A city
resembling Rome indeed exists in the specified location.
Mash
This is the place Stheno was talking about.
This is the real blessing from the goddess. p
Mash
Boudica and Spartacus of Gaul, along with Lu Bu and
Jing Ke.
Mash
An army commanding five Servants, including me.
That is the true Roman Imperial Army led by Emperor
Nero.
Mash
It's a force that no standard army can match. Yet the
United Empire force won't send in their Servants.
Mash
No sign of Lev Lainur either.
Everyday, we advance further.
Mash
We certainly have the upper hand now.
The Imperial Army is marching toward the enemy capita
with unbelievable momentum.
Mash
In the meantime, I—
Mash
will do this—

  1. What are you doing?  2. Are you keeping a journal?
  Select: What are you doing?

  Select: Are you keeping a journal?

Fou
Fou!
Mash
S-Senpai?
Fou?!
Mash
...Doctor asked me.
To keep a journal, like a military record.
Dr. Roman
That's right, I'm the one who asked. To take
advantage of the fact that you became a Roman viceroy!
Dr. Roman
What do you think about "Novus Commentarii de Bello
Gallico"? This title is an homage to the book written by
Caesar.
Dr. Roman
That sounds interesting, right? Though you do have
to cover the part where a god showed up...

  1. Are you planning to publish this?  2. Wouldn't that be breach of confidentiality?
  Select: Are you planning to publish this?

  Select: Wouldn't that be breach of confidentiality?

Dr. Roman
I suppose you're right.
Well then, let's talk about something serious!
Dr. Roman
Let's assume you guys could save the world.
I thought about what would come after that.
Dr. Roman
Even if the world is saved, the tragedy of Chaldea will
never be reversed.
Dr. Roman
In other words—
there's no guarantee for our salary.
Dr. Roman
You understand the rest, right?
Mash
I see. You mean prevention is better than the cure,
but why are you the one avoiding physical labor, Doctor?
Dr. Roman
Oh, it's a joke, it's a joke. Why would I count my
chickens before they hatch when the world's about to
end?
Dr. Roman
What's happening in Rome is exactly like a war.
In order to grasp the situation correctly, I just use the
best means.
Mash
I understand its purpose now.
In that case, I will dispose of this journal right away.
Mash
Regarding the war record, I will deliver it to Da Vinci
later.
Dr. Roman
Good! Look how well you've been trained!
Damn!

  1. Mash is right.  2. What a waste to throw it away.
  Select: Mash is right.

  Select: What a waste to throw it away.

Mash
...
Fou
Fou?
Nero
Mmm, what?
What are you talking about?
Nero
<Your Name> always seems to be having fun.
You should let me in on it, too.
Boudica
Hey! You know this is not the time to be fooling around
We've detected the enemy.
Dr. Roman
You're right, multiple signatures. I am not
picking up any Servants, it's a regular military force.
Nero
Hmmm. I was just about to have a
lovely conversation...what a disappointment...
Nero
It's okay. First, we'll get rid of them.
What can mere United Empire troops do to us!
Nero
I shall take in those who surrender!
Pledge fealty to my Rome, and your life will be spared!
Boudica
Your Rome, I see.
Nero
Huh?
Mash
Master, we should go too. If we can crush
the leading units, we can demoralize their troops

  1. Understood!  2. Don't overdo it.
  Select: Understood!

  Select: Don't overdo it.

Mash
Yes.
Let's go!

Jing Ke
...That's all.
Already, the United Empire is without clear leadership.
Jing Ke
All we encountered are small random
skirmishes with independent enemy units.
Jing Ke
It's safe to assume that the situation looks positive.
Nero
Umu! In other words, my army
has regained its true power, right?
Nero
No, I have Mash and the others, as well.
These traitors have no chance against my forces!
Jing Ke
Carelessness could be fatal, Nero Claudius.
Life can be extinguished without you even knowing it.
Jing Ke
The United Empire defense is still formidable.
That's also why we only run into weaker units.
Nero
U-Umu.
Jing Ke is so cautious.
Jing Ke
Have you forgotten?
I assassinate others for a living.
Jing Ke
Plotting is my specialty and at the same time, it's what
I'm most wary of.
Nero
Umu...
Roman Soldier
Pardon me, Your Majesty!
Enemy troops are ahead! Also they are behind us!
Mash
Behind us?
Dr. Roman
I believe General Lu Bu was in the rearguard,
Spartacus as well. We can't leave them like that—
Jing Ke
This is not good.
Jing Ke
Once the fight starts, those two will probably chase the
enemy to the ends of the earth...
Nero
That's why we placed them in the rearguard.
To capture the capital as planned...but it backfired.
Nero
We can't lose those generals! I'm sorry, Mash,
<Your Name>, I am counting on you!
Mash
Understood. I just need to
stop the rear enemy troops, right?
Mash
I am relatively good at fighting defensively.
I want to emphasize...'relatively.'

  1. Let's hurry up!  2. Don't over do it.
  Select: Let's hurry up!

  Select: Don't over do it.

Mash
Yes, Master!

Mash
We've crushed the enemy forces, and destroyed all the
monsters.
Mash
We somehow made it—
Dr. Roman
Not yet! Multiple signatures! What's this?
The enemy forces are even stronger than before!
Mash
Another battle!
Master, your orders please!

Dr. Roman
Did we stop them? Looks like the rest retreated.
Good job, Mash, <Your Name>!
Dr. Roman
We were able to save Lu Bu and Spartacus.
Dear me, let's take a breather.
Jing Ke
From now on, let's protect our rearguard as well.
The enemy seems to understand how our army works
Dr. Roman
Did you sense any Servants?
I couldn't detect anything from here.
Mash
There were no signs of such during the battle.
Except for the four in our own forces. Oh wait...
Mash
Jing Ke often extinguishes her presence.
So to be precise, that's three Servants.
Dr. Roman
That's Assassin's Presence Concealment skill.
I can't detect her from here, either.
Dr. Roman
I don't think an Assassin is involved.
In this case—
Jing Ke
It must be directed... There must be an
enemy general who's adept at commanding.
Mash
I wonder if it's one of the "emperors."
Jing Ke
I don't know.
But we will find out soon.

???
%%%%%%%%%%%%
Nero
Wh-What's this sound?
A beast howling?
Mash
No, it's a Servant's presence.
It's possible that an enemy Servant has appeared.
Nero
A big gun like Mash and the others? An enemy
commander? In that case, one of the "emperors"—
Mash
First, let's draw back our men. Humans don't stand
a chance against that, they'll be slaughtered!
Nero
Right, gotcha! So the instant we
move Boudica to the rear, this happens?
Mash
Let's head to the front.
Master!
Mash
I have them in my sights.
That's...
Dr. Roman
I'm picking up multiple magical energy signatures.
All belong to that of necromancy, but with this number...
perhaps a Caster?
Mash
Multiple non-human, hostile creatures.
We haven't confirmed the source of the roar.
Mash
It may be a Berserker. Master, we should
eradicate this group of hostile creatures.

  1. Please!  2. Pay attention to Servants!
  Select: Please!

  Select: Pay attention to Servants!

Mash
Right!

El—Melloi II
Looks like a Servant was summoned in the enemy
vanguard. Was it that Court Mage's doing—
El-Melloi II
No, it couldn t have been.
In that case, was it you?
???
I don't know.
All I did was gallop my horse.
???
I thought they'd be on their way by now.
I never thought it would be this soon.
El-Melloi II
Oh?
???
Have you heard the rumors about the Mediterranean
goddess? They say that aside from her, there are two
female monsters.
???
So you see...
It hit me.
???
A Chained Summon.
If such a thing could be possible.
El-Melloi II
I don't like battles that rely on luck.
???
Please don't say that. You're the one
who created that opening in their vanguard.
???
Let's get ready now, while he's buying us time
El-Melloi II
...Are you sure?
???
About?
El-Melloi II
If he materialized through the chained summon,
then most likely he's—-
???
Yes, I think he's Darius III.
The fearless Persian King and my forever rival in life.
???
However, right now, I feel that I know that as a kind of
future.
???
It's okay.
I fought him once, and will fight him again.
But not right now.
???
Right now, it's Nero Claudius.
I want to talk to that person.
Darius III
%%%%%%%%%%—!
Dr. Roman
Amazing, I can almost feel the air vibrations over here!
Magical energy signature confirmed. He's a Servant!
Mash
Linguistic communication impossible, it's an enemy
Servant. Master, your orders!
Darius III
%%%%%%%%%%—!!!
Mash
Ugh...

  1. Don't get swallowed up!  2. We can beat it!
  Select: Don't get swallowed up!

  Select: We can beat it!

Mash
—Right!

Mash
We have defeated the enemy Servant.
Good job, Master.
Dr. Roman
You're really getting hang of fighting Servants.
Your experiences are coming in handy, well done.
Mash
Oh no Doctor, I think it's because of Master's precise
orders.
Roman Soldier
Commander <Your Name>, Commander Mash,
a message! It's from Her Majesty the Emperor.
Roman Soldier
There's been an ambush in the rear, both General
Spartacus and General Lu Bu have left the battlefield.
Mash
!!!
Dr. Roman
Oh, no!
So the enemy deployed a two-front attack? I
Roman Soldier
The two generals have defeated the enemy forces, but
they've broken away in pursuit of remnants!
Roman Soldier
Then another force launched a surprise attack from both
sides. General Boudica fell into the enemy's hands and
was taken prisoner!
Dr. Roman
This is...
Mmmm, this is not good at all...
Nero
...
Nero
...
Nero
...
Mash
—Nero.
Nero
Hmm? Oh, I seemed to be deep in thought.
I have made my decision.
Mash
(Seemed?)
Nero
Our forces were outmatched in the previous battle
I will accept this as a stern truth.
Nero
My generals are just as capable as the enemy
"emperors." But two of them left the front line, and one
is captured by the enemy.
Nero
There is nothing we can do about those two.
No, it was my mistake.
Nero
It might take a little bit of time, but I'm willing to believe
Lu Bu and Spartacus will return to us.
Nero
Therefore, at this point—
We will save Boudica!
Nero
Fortunately, Jing Ke found the location of enemy fort.
We will charge in, destroy the fort, and save Boudica.
Dr. Roman
Hmmmm...
Mash
Doctor, something wrong?
Dr. Roman
ljust feel uneasy. The one who
captured Boudica is supposed to be a Servant.
Dr. Roman
It's not something a regular human can do. but why are
they barricading themselves in a fort?
Dr. Roman
It's not that far from the United Empire capital.
So it should be convenient to get back there.
Mash
The enemy is trying to lure us in.
Is that what this means?
Dr. Roman
If they just want to destroy our force, the approach I
mentioned earlier should be "better."
Dr. Roman
We have at least two Servants.
They should understand that too.
Dr. Roman
That's why they cut off Lu Bu and Spartacus in such a
spectacular manner.
Mash
...Yes. Humans and Servants, I think the enemy
has a good grasp of the clear difference.
Dr. Roman
Now, <Your Name>.
It's time for a decision.

  1. We're going to rescue Boudica.  2. If it's a trap, we'll crush it.
  Select: We're going to rescue Boudica.
Dr. Roman
I see.
I knew you'd say that.
Dr. Roman
You're too optimistic. We're at war.
We need a strategic point of view.

  Select: If it's a trap, we'll crush it.
Mash
...Senpai.
You're starting to think like a Berserker.
Mash
I understand more Berserkers have materialized this
time, but I don't think it's a good idea to be influenced
by them.

Mash
But...
I don't believe your way of thinking is bad.
Nero
You understand me, <Your Name>.
In that case, let's conquer together. Our target is the
enemy base!
Nero
We will take it at once!
My loyal soldiers, attack with caution!

Section 12: Rescue Boudica

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Mash
I am sensing Servants nearby.
Please be careful, they're very close.
Dr. Roman
I'm picking up two signatures from here. You're looking
at a battle with multiple Servants. Watch your back!
Nero
Where are you Boudica?
Answer me!
Nero
I know you can't be dead yet!
I can tell, I can tell. You would never die!
???
...No, no.
Isn't that a rather selfish way to put it?
???
Rest assured, she's safe.
Right now, she's fast asleep thanks to his spells.
???
It's a Restraint Spell.;
Not like being fast asleep.
???
But she really was sleeping.
Fast asleep.
Nero
...You bastards.
I'm surprised that you'd show your faces.
I assume you re both leaders of this fort.
I shall allow it, tell me your names.
???
You're making us tell you our names?
Hmm, let's see... How should I put this?
???
I have several names. It's hard to pick one, hmm
—Alright, this is what I'm gonna do.
Alexander
My name is Alexander.
To be precise, that's Alexander III.
Alexander
So, he's——
El-Melloi II
Lord El-Melloi II. Due to certain reasons,
or should I say fate, I am his strategist.
El-Melloi II
I am not a true Heroic Spirit.
I'd probably have another name as a Heroic Spirit.
El-Melloi II
Therefore, it's okay to forget my name.
Alexander
That doesn't work.
We are the enemy generals to her.
Alexander
Right, Roman Emperor?
Nero
Of course...what? Now that it's come to this
don't tell me you're not going to fight.
Alexander
Exactly.
Nero
W-What?
Mash
You aren't going to fight?
You aren't the enemy Servants?
El-Melloi II
I'm a "drop out," I don't have a Master.

Alexander, however, is a different story.
Alexander
I guess I didn't get along with my Master.
That's why I'm here of my own will.
Alexander
I was waiting here.
For you to show up.
Nero
For...me? You were waiting?
Alexander
Yes, I'm a little bit interested.
That's why I teased you here and there.
Alexander
I wanted to talk to you.
Alexander
If possible—
right here in the middle of the battlefield.
Alexander
Thank you, Lord El-Melloi ll.
You made my selfish wish come true.
El-Melloi II
What are you talking about?
More than half of them were your directions.
Nero
???
Mash
...Senpai! Your Majesty! The enemy soldiers
are coming, their target is Your Majesty!
Nero
Ugh, a pincer attack?
Alexander
Yes, don't worry.
We won't do anything, but-—
Alexander
The United Empire soldiers won't stop.
Once they notice you, they will attack automatically.
Mash
They're coming!

  1. Intercept them!  2. Protect Nero!
  Select: Intercept them!

  Select: Protect Nero!

Got it, Master!

Alexander
...Is it over?
Alexander
All right, let's talk. We need to hurry,
or both your soldiers and mine will die off.
Alexander
It's not my intention.
That's why—
Alexander
—C'mon. "Let's talk."
Nero
...I don't understand, not one bit.
At the very least, my men were killed by your army!
Nero
It's happening even now.
Knowing that...
Nero
...Are you still saying your purpose is to talk?
You bastard!
Alexander
Yes.
Alexander
I do believe that human lives are sacred.
Even I believe that.
Alexander
But you see, I think that this is the best way.
Alexander
Because you caught my attention
Fifth Emperor of the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius.
Alexander
Why is it—
——that you fight?
Alexander
Why would you not show allegiance to the United
Empire, and keep fighting like that? No, "like this."
Alexander
If you chose to be one of the united "emperors,"
you could've avoided many unnecessary conflicts.
Nero
Unnecessary...
Nero
Did you call this fight unnecessary?
How dare you.
Alexander
I did. So what are you going to do?
Nero
...I won't forgive you.
Nero
It doesn't matter it you're my resurrected kin...
or a wise ruler from the past...
Nero
Or a brave general from an ancient era...
or even if you're a legendary king yourself...
Nero
The only one suitable to be emperor
is none other than Nero Claudius!
Nero
Loved by the people, allowed to love them, wanted
by them... There is only one! The one and only ruler!
Nero
A shining star like so!
Arrogant to carry all the burden like so!
Nero
Even if all the Gods of Rome descend and tell her
to surrender to the United Empire, she'll never back
down!
Nero
How can I back down! Such is my life to
believe in this philosophy, such is my fate!
Nero
I won't back down, I will rule and I will prosper
gloriously. I am, without a doubt, Rome itself!
Alexander
Splendid!
That's exactly what I wanted to hear.
Alexander
You pass. Go forth and become a ruler.
No, an emperor! You have the right to do so!
Alexander
A rose that attracts glory and prosperity! A sin only
allowed for humans, a Beast that shows the number of
the Fallen. u
Alexander
You can even "become the Devil!"
Nero
Shut up, shut up, shut up!
You don't need to say any more, so!
Nero
Mash, <Your Name>! I need your help.
Take this bastard—-
Nero
—down!

Alexander
I have one more thing to say to you, my adorable
emperor.
Alexander
That pride of yours... Its blossom,
it's radiance is sure to be revered, but...
Alexander
I'm sure it can also be dangerous.
Please...
El-Melloi II
That's not for you—
No, it's not your place to say.
El-Melloi II
But it's so like you to meddle that way.
Dear me.
Nero
I am not wrong by any means.
Not by any means...
Nero
I am the only...
Emperor...
Mash
...

Section 13: Signal of the Final Battle

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Nero
Umu—In other words, it's the final showdown!
Nero
Now is the time to gather my strength and yours, as my
soldiers. With this battle, Rome will become one again!
Nero
Those miserable pretenders to the throne...
Now is the time for the false Rome to fall!
Nero
Fight, my soldiers!
As my swords, annihilate every one of those pretenders!
Nero
My sword is the Original Flame, and the sound of it
clashing is like a star streaking across the sky.
Nero
Listen in awe and praise it!
Rejoice, my Swords!
Dr. Roman
I could hear her voice and cheers over here, too.
The troops' morale is sky-high.
Mash
The battle has already started, but there's still no sign of
any Servants.
Mash
We'll be taking part in the palace raid.
I hope we can find that court mage...

  1. You mean Lev Lainur?  2. Professor Lev...
  Select: You mean Lev Lainur?
Mash
I can't say for sure, but it's a strong possibility.

  Select: Professor Lev...
Mash
A dangerous man who killed the Director, and
proclaimed the world to have ended.
There's no room for sympathy, Senpai.

Dr. Roman
Mash, <Your Name>, be extremely careful.<nt> Who knows what will happen if we run into the holder of
the Grail.
Dr. Roman
A dragon was summoned with the power of the Grail last
time. This time it might not just be used to summon
Heroic Spirits.
Dr. Roman
Also—
Dr. Roman
Wait, I've detected a Servant signature.
It's close, you should be able to see it in front of you.
???
...Brave ones.
???
You are truly brave, and that is why you rule over the
current Rome.
Nero
Hmm—
Mash
We've got visual confirmation.
One large target, near the entrance to the palace.
Mash
To us...he's talking to us.
It seems Nero heard him too.
Dr. Roman
His voice reaches this far even on the battlefield?
As expected of Servants, even their vocal cords are
different.
???
I see.
So you're Nero?
???
How adorable. How beautiful. How gorgeous.
I can see how you held Rome up with those slender arms
of yours. .
???
Now, come.
???
The past, the present, the future.
All that is Rome loves you.
Nero
What?
Nero
What's... No, I-I can't...
Nero
Would...that...even be...possible... .
No, no, but...
Mash
Nero? You don't look well.
Did someone cast some spell on you—
Dr. Roman
I'm not detecting any traces of magical energy.
It's probably not due to magecraft or Servant Skills.
Mash
Then what's——

  1. Do you know who that might be?  2. Why are you so afraid?
  Select: Do you know who that might be?
Nero
W-Well...
  Select: Why are you so afraid?
Nero
Afraid?
A-And...just what would I be afraid of?
Nero
I am the Roman Emperor... I
That's right, Rome...

Nero
Rome...
But that person...“He" is...
Nero
Just one glance...and I understand...
He is truly...
Nero
Rome, itself...
???
I'm sure you understand, Nero.
???
Now come back, come back to Rome, my dear child.
???
It's Rome.
Rome is the true leader of the United Empire.
???
You should join, as well. You shall be
forgiven for everything. Rome shall forgive you.
???
Rome will even love that inner beast of yours.
Rome is the only one that can do that.
???
That's right—
???
I am Rome.
Nero

I...
You're...No, you're...
Nero
You're...That's not possible...
I...
Nero
I had thought about it...
I had believed. I had wanted to believe...
Nero
However, you stand in my way! You are none other
than Rome, the founding king of the nation.
Nero
The Holy Progenitor, Romulus! a
Mash
Master, there's a group of enemies headed this way!
I believe they're going after Nero!

  1. Intercept them!  2. Let's pull back!
  Select: Intercept them!

  Select: Let's pull back!

Mash
Yes, Master!

Lu Bu
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%—!!!
Spartacus
Hahaha! Hahahahahahahaha! The day of liberation has
come. Crush the oppressors with your will and bodies!
Roman Soldier
The generals have returned! Victory is within our grasp!
Glory to Her Majesty, the emperor!
Boudica
...I see, the founding ruler.
Boudica
So that's why she's acting like that.
Such a gloomy face is sure to affect the troops' morale.
Jing Ke
Emperor Nero?
She doesn't look so gloomy.
Jing Ke
Even as we speak, she's encouraging the troops on the
battlefield. I'm sure there's no problem.
Boudica
Well, she is acting cheerfully.
But she's not as radiant as normal.
Boudica
Well, right now we're fighting human soldiers, and the
boss is hiding in the palace. It should be fine, but...
Boudica
If that big one shows up again, we'll have a problem.
Boudica
The morale of the United Empire troops is strangely
high. The soldiers were all ready to sacrifice themselves.
Boudica
More so, each capital civilian is acting like a soldier, and
attacking our troops whenever in sight.
Boudica
I am sure this is the charisma of that Holy Progenitor.
Well, right now we're fighting human soldiers, and the
The soldiers and people are acting like moths drawn to
the flame.
Jing Ke
It's true they seem to be acting that way.
Jing Ke
People of the United Empire are blind. Though that
may be proof that they're under proper leadership.
Jing Ke
However, our troops have high morale as well.
Nero...is acting no different than usual.
Mash
I'm...not sure about that.
Mash
I understand a little bit. It's her determination,
or just general aura about her...
Mash
It feels...
a little bit lacking right now.
Mash
I'm sure it came as a shock for her. The founder of
the nation, King Romulus, is actually the enemy leader...

  1. Romulus?  2. I thought he was some mythological figure...
  Select: Romulus?

  Select: I thought he was some mythological figure...

Dr. Roman
Yes, the founding-king, Romulus. The great hero
who founded Rome upon the Septem Montes.
Dr. Roman
A great figure that deserves to be called the Progenitor
of Rome. At any rate, he's the son of the War God Mars.
Dr. Roman
So that means his Divinity level is quite high,
since Mars is the equivalent of Ares the Greek God of
War—
Dr. Roman
Sorry, I'll get back on track.
Either way...
Dr. Roman
It doesn't matter if he existed in history or not.
Just like I've explained before, Heroic Spirits are the
heroes people dreamt of.
Dr. Roman
In other words, Emperor Nero must have dreamt of
Romulus, as well.
Dr. Roman
A dream of the shining hero who created Rome.
I'm sure it was quite a shock when that person turned
out to be an enemy.
Boudica
It would be like if I was betrayed by the Celtic gods.
Dr. Roman
Something like that. Maybe also adding in
being betrayed by your beloved husband.
Boudica
My husband is the best husband there is. If the world
turned inside-out, he still wouldn't betray me.
Dr. Roman
It was just an example, but it looks like it's time for you
to go.
Dr. Roman
It isn't a Servant, but I am getting magical energy
signatures. Might be some kind of monster.
Jing Ke
...I will search for a route to infiltrate the palace.
Boudica
Then I will protect the soldiers and the Emperor.
Mash, <Your Name>, can I leave this to you?

  1. Sure.  2. Don't expect too much from us.
  Select: Sure.
Boudica
Thanks, I'm going to go save our silly emperor.
  Select: Don't expect too much from us.
Boudica
Oh, but I will.
Mash, you'll figure this out, right?
Mash
Yes, of course.
Senpai gets things done when the need is there.

Mash
Well then Master, commencing battle with the enemy
creatures.

Nero
...Mmm, so it's you.
Nero
Where's Mash? Oh, the restroom?
I guess this happens too.
Nero
It's just you two seem to be joined at the hip, so I
thought you'd be together during those times too, sorry.
Nero
...
Nero
...I made a fool out of myself, didn't I?
I can't believe I'd lose it like that.
Nero
Although I panicked a bit during the incidents with my
uncle and Lord Caesar.
Nero
This time, it hit home.
Just a tiny bit, mind you...
Nero
I...
Nero
"Could it be?" I thought.
Could it be that my path was mistaken?
Nero
...Needless to say, that's not possible.
I myself am Rome...its fifth emperor.
Nero
But when I heard our founding ruler's voice,
though it was for a brief moment, it did cross my mind.
Nero
"Could it be?"
Nero
The other day, I put up such an act, and now I'm being
completely pathetic.
But it crossed my mind.
Could it be possible?
Nero
Would it be better for me to just bow down to the
Holy Progenitor? No, let's say it. I will say it.
Nero
I wanted to.
That's how I really, truly felt in my heart!
Nero
The Holy Progenitor!
With all of his faults, he founded this nation!
Nero
If my path is wrong, if that is indeed the case, then I
want to entrust everything to him as an "emperor" of the
United Empire!
Nero
But——
Nero
I can't do that. That is the one thing I cannot do.
The Holy Progenitor is definitely mistaken.
Nero
Look at his people, look at his soldiers.
Not a single one of them is smiling!
Nero
No matter how perfect the reign may be, how can there
be a nation without laughter!
Nero
Which is why
I...I...

  1. You're not wrong. Stay on your path!  2. We're in the middle of a battle right now.
  Select: You're not wrong. Stay on your path!

  Select: We're in the middle of a battle right now.

Nero
...I know.
Oh, I know!
Nero
That's it.
I forgot something important.
Nero
No matter who the enemy might be, I must not stray
from the path. I shall finish what I started.
Nero
Thank you, <Your Name>.
I feel like my eyes are wide open now.
Mash
I'm back, Senpai.
...Oh, Nero?
Nero
Umu, hey there, Mash!
If you're back, it's about time to finish this!
Mash
???
Mash
Looks like you've cheered up...
Senpai, Nero looks brighter now, right?

  1. She's the same as usual.  2. I cheered her up a little.
  Select: She's the same as usual.
Mash
Yeah. that's true.
That might just be true.
Mash
I think she's a lot like the sun.
That's why she's captured the hearts of many.
Mash
Even now, people are fighting under her name.
She's got a powerful charisma.
Mash
That's just who she is...
Even if it dims a little, her light still shines true.
  Select: I cheered her up a little.
Mash
All because of that?
Mash
I see...
So that's what I should have done.
Mash
I couldn't do anything for her.
Master, you're amazing.

Nero
Boo. What are you talking about?
I want in on it too.
Nero
At least that's what I want to say. Right now, I'll just
have to wait, for now we assault the palace!
Nero
Jing Ke has found a way in. We will take a
small number of elites, and take out Romulus.
Nero
This will be the last battle. Will you come with me
Mash, <Your Name>?

  1. Of course!  2. We have unfinished business in there, too.
  Select: Of course!

  Select: We have unfinished business in there, too.

Nero
Umu!
Let's go, then!

Section 14: The Emperor

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Nero
Are you sure this is the way, Jing Ke?
Jing Ke
This is the second time I've gone to the emperor.
Don't worry, I promise I'll guide you to the throne
without fail.
Nero
The city sure looks familiar... It's impressive,
they even replicated the palace down to the interiors.
Nero
When did they build it?
ls this some sort of spell?
Dr. Roman
That's possible.
It might have been the power of the Holy Grail.
Jing Ke
There's no time to chit chat.
The enemy's noticed us—They're not human.
Dr. Roman
Nor are they Servants.
They're probably monsters created by magecraft.
Nero
Ugh, monsters huh?
Whatever they may be, I am no longer afraid!
Mash
Master, it's enemy lifeforms...
Commencing battle.

Romulus
...Here you are, my beloved child.
Nero
Umu, I am here!
O proud founder of our great nation, King Romulus!
Romulus
...Splendid radiance.
In that case, should I call out your name, "Emperor?'
Nero
Oh, there's no need.
Call me what you did just now——
Nero
Whether it's the past, the present, or the future.
I am the one and only Fifth Emperor of the Roman
Empire!
Nero
Holy Progenitor, O King Romulus! I hereby
challenge you with my warriors, my swords!
Romulus
I'll allow it, Nero Claudius. Show me you
can trample over Rome's love with your love.
Romulus
Behold.
My spear-—
Romulus
—"Rome" is here!
Mash
An enemy Servant is approaching. Speculated class is
Lancer. Battle commencing. Master, your orders!

Romulus
...Your love, is so dazzling, Nero.
Romulus
My eternal crimson and gold empire.
I entrust it all to you and your heirs.
Romulus
Don't forget.
Rome is eternal.
Romulus
Therefore, the world must always be eternal.
Remember that...
Mash
We've defeated the enemy Servant, Lancer Romulus.
Victory is ours.
Nero
We won?
In that case...
Nero
...Umu.
Rome shall be restored to its former glory.
Dr. Roman
That's true, more or less, but we still haven't found that
Court Mage. We've got to search for the Holy Grail.
Nero
Hmm? But the United Empire has already met its end.
Isn't that right, Unseen Mage?
Dr. Roman
That's certainly true, give or take. But unless we
secure the Holy Grail, our purpose will be—
Jing Ke
Wait, someone's there.
Though it's not a Servant.

Lev
...Well, well.
To think you took out Romulus.
Lev
Nice work for a "mere" Demi-Servant. Have you
become more powerful since I last saw you at Fuyuki?
Lev
However, a Servant is still a Servant. Sorry,
but you'll never surpass the power of the Holy Grail.
Mash
!!!
Nero
ls that the Court Mage?
Then that golden chalice he has is—
Mash
Yes, that's the Holy Grail.
It looks similar in shape to the one we saw before...
Dr. Roman
Who could've thought a Court Mage would ignore his
king's crisis. I guess betrayal is second nature to you
now, Professor Lev?
Dr. Roman
Actually, perhaps this is the real you? You seem more
energetic than when you were at Chaldea.

  1. Save the small talk for later!  2. Hand over the Holy Grail!
  Select: Save the small talk for later!

  Select: Hand over the Holy Grail!

Lev
I see.
Looks like you've learned to talk back, boy.
Lev
I hear you did quite a bit in France.
Thanks to that— I really got yelled at!
Lev
I would've been back at the Temple already, but I got
sent back out!
Lev
As a result, I am here to do some clean-up.
Lev
My plan was to give the Grail to a fitting fool,
then enjoy what would unfold. But you ruined that.
Dr. Roman
...I see. Find a human, or a Heroic Spirit
who wants to plunge an era into madness.
Dr. Roman
Then if you give them the Grail, that era would surely
drive itself into madness.
Dr. Roman
That's what happened in France, but this time—
Mash
Yes, the Holy Progenitor Romulus did not wish for
the downfall of mankind. That's why—
Dr. Roman
You have no other choice but to interfere, yourself.
Dr. Roman
That's quite ironic, Professor Lev. In this era,
the only betrayer of mankind is you.
Lev
Shut it, trash.
I never had any hope for humans in the first place.
Lev
You either, <Your Name>.
Lev
You think you can stop me, Lev Lainur,
just because you defeated a few Servants?

  1. It's not going to go like it did, before!  2. What are you after?
  Select: It's not going to go like it did, before!
Lev
It's true, you've changed.
You've grown quite a bit.
Lev
You've grown more stupid, that is! Don't you know that if
you try to resist, you're going to suffer that much more?
  Select: What are you after?
Lev
I believe I told you, I already long completed my
objective.
This is what you should be asking, <Your Name>.
Lev
"Why did you destroy humanity?"
Lev
Although, even if you did ask me, I have no reason to
answer you.

Lev
Besides, I think you people misunderstand something.
Recover the Grail, repair the Singularity,
protect mankind——
Lev
Protect humanity? ——Idiots.
There's nothing you can do.
Lev
There's no point in struggling. The end is certain.
You're insignificant, worthless!
Lev
You will perish in sorrow!
Allow me to show you the favor of our King!
Fou
Fou! Fooou!
Mash
!!!
Nero
What's that creature! It's ugly!
You're uglier than anything of this world!
Lev
Haha! Hahahaha! That's right!
That ugliness will be your undoing!
Dr. Roman
...This signature, this amount of magical energy...
Dr. Roman
That's not a Servant, not even a Phantasmal
Could that be—could that be an actual "Demon" from
legends?
Lev
Allow me to introduce myself again.
I am Lev Lainur "Flauros!"
Lev
One of the Seventy-Two Demon Gods! The Demon
God Flauros— This is the true favor of our King!
Nero
How disgusting...
You are the reincarnation of evil!
Mash
A giant pillar of flesh protruding out of the ground?
A large amount of magical energy... Doctor!
Dr. Roman
...Flauros. He did say Seventy-Two Demon Gods.
In that case, the King he speaks of is—
Dr. Roman
No, there's still not enough information.
That's impossible, Demon Gods do not exist!
Fou
...Fou!
Kyu, kyu, kyu, kya!
Dr. Roman
We don't know the details, but that thing is dangerous.
Here it comes! We've got to take it out!

Mash
...We've defeated the enemy lifeform, Master!
Mash
Right!
Lev *
...lmpossible...
Lev
A mere Heroic Spirit...
Do you really think you can repel one of the "Gods?"
Lev
No, this is simple miscalculation.
That's right, that must be it.
Lev
It's been too long since I left the Temple.
My cells are starting to die off.
Lev
But, I am entrusted with the mission to incinerate
the future. It's not as if I didn't have a contingency plan.
Mash
Is something else coming?
Dr. Roman
Watch out! I'm detecting the Holy Grail's activation!
Mash and <Your Name>, something's about to happen!
Lev
...By sacrificing ancient Rome,
I have managed to summon the strongest hero.
Lev
Rejoice, Emperor Nero Claudius.
This one is truly fit to bring the demise of Rome.
Nero
Rome is the world, and the world shall never come to an
end!
Lev
Even pride is nothing more than ultimate stupidity if
misdirected, huh?
See with your own eyes, the end of your world!
Lev
We'll pull the bottom out on humanity!
We'll destroy one of its seven foundations!
Lev
—By the esteemed words of our King!
Lev
Come forth!
Great hero of destruction, Altera!
Altera
——
Mash
!!!
Lev
Kill. Destroy. Incinerate. With your power,
burn Rome and this Singularity to the ground!
Lev
Hahaha! It's over, Romani Archaman! Your dream
of continuing Humanity is nothing but a dream!
Lev
This Servant is the ultimate destroyer'
Altera is a Heroic Spirit, but her power—
Altera
—Silence.
Lev
Huh?
Fou
Fou!
Dr. Roman
What?
Lev Lainur's signature has disappeared!
Mash
He...He was cut in half by the Servant he summoned!
Her True Name is Altera. She's probably a Saber.
Mash
Altera has the Grail!
It's being absorbed...huh? She's absorbing it...
Altera
I am—
Altera
A warrior of the Hun.
Altera
And, its King.
Altera
I am the King of Destruction, the one who destroyed the
western world.
Altera
Destruction—
Nero
I've got a bad...feeling about this!
Mash, something's going to happen. Even I can tell!
Dr. Roman
Huge spike in her magical energy signature! This must
be her Noble Phantasm—an Anti-Fortress level at that!
Mash
Master!

  1. Deploy your Noble Phantasm, hurry!
  Select: Deploy your Noble Phantasm, hurry!

Mash
Right!
Altera
This is what you people said.
Altera
That I am the divine punishment itself.
Altera
—The Scourge of God.

Mash
...We've defeated the enemy lifeform, Master!

  1. Don't let your guard down!
  Select: Don't let your guard down!

Mash
Right!
Lev
...Impossible...

Section 15: God's Whip

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Nero
...I thought I was going to die.
Dr. Roman
Right. With the release of an Anti-Fortress Noble
Phantasm so close, I'm amazed that you're not dead.
Dr. Roman
Thank you, Mash.
You too, Boudica. That was great timing.
Boudica
...To be honest, that was too close.
Boudica
I ran in to raid the palace from the entrance, only to
sense this vast amount of magical energy, so I rushed to
release my Noble Phantasm's True Name as well.
Mash
I couldn't have blocked that with my Noble Phantasm
alone. Thank you, Boudica.
Boudica
Likewise.
But, what are we going to do now.
Boudica
Lu Bu and Spartacus were rampaging around the palace
entrance and unfortunately got hit by that light.
Boudica
We can't count on them any more.
We've gotten this far...
Nero
Altera was the name, right?
She-—
Dr. Roman
Already started her advance from the United Empire's
capital. Judging from the direction, she's heading for
Rome.
Nero
In that case, is she planning to burn my capital to ash?
Dr. Roman
I'd imagine so.
Plus, she has that ability.
Dr. Roman
Even if you're left alive, with the capital destroyed, Rome
will disappear as well.
Dr. Roman
Or she might come to kill you after she destroys the
capital.
Nero
Either option is rejected. I have no
intention of allowing Rome or myself to fall.
Mash
Then we have to defeat Altera.
But can we...even stand up to her?
Mash
Her magical energy is tremendous. It reminded
me of the sacred sword in Fuyuki...
Mash
And we had a powerful Caster helping us back then.
Now...
Nero
You can't do it, Mash?
Mash
...
Nero
I would like to think otherwise. <Your Name>
and Mash have saved me multiple times.
Nero
You were talking about gods and the like, I'm certain the
gods and fate are on our side.
Nero
That's why <Your Name> and the rest of you
came here. My wish shall see its fruition.
Nero
Rome will be saved. My people and my Rome
will be left for future generations. I'm sure of it.
Nero
The Holy Progenitor said so as well.
I heard it.
Nero
The world must be eternal.
Rome must continue on eternally.
Nero
Even if its name will someday be forgotten, the many
seeds Rome planted will continue on in different forms.
Nero
The eternal empire will continue to exist.
Even if its emperor, state, and name changes.
Nero
It is the innate truth that mankind will continue to thrive.
The tree of life that is humanity.
Nero
——<Your Name>.
I am sure that is the "Humanity" you are trying to protect.
Boudica
...Emperor Nero.
I don't understand what you're trying to say.
Nero
I see.
Honestly, I don't, either.
Mash
I understood it a little.
At least, I think I did.
Mash
Even if something clear and defined fades, as long as
the world exists, its memes will remain.
Fou
Fou!
Dr. Roman
How about thinking more romantically?
Nero's words gave me strength.
Dr. Roman
She's confident that we can fight Altera.
That's why the world won't end.
Dr. Roman
Sounds good to me.
Although there's no real basis for it—
Dr. Roman
But it makes you feel like we should at least try.
<Your Name>, what do you think?

  1. —Let's put our faith in Nero.
  Select: —Let's put our faith in Nero.

Mash
...Got it.
Then I will put my faith in your words, Senpai.
Boudica
I'll join in, too.
I'm tired of things getting destroyed.
Boudica
I hate that one called Altera far more than Emperor
Nero.
Jing Ke
I don't really get what's going on, but I think it's safe to
believe in Nero Claudius's luck.
Nero
Oh, hey there Jing Ke, where did you disappear off to?
Jing Ke
I was observing—Altera.
It looks like she's slowly advancing.
Jing Ke
We can catch up if we leave now.
That is, if you all want to.
Dr. Roman
We just came to a conclusion on that.
Nice timing, there.
Dr. Roman
Well then, everyone, time to head out!
Let's get the Grail back and save the world! E
Dr. Roman
...At least that was the plan until a second ago.
I am picking up a major magical energy signature.
Dr. Roman
It must've be drawn to the power of the Grail when it
connected with Altera—Phantasmals, it's the wyverns!
Nero
Wyvern? What's that?
A monster out of a fairy tale?
Mash
No, it's a dangerous enemy!
Master, your orders please!

Dr. Roman
Now I'm picking up multiple magical energy
signatures. ls she attracting monsters just by walking?
Dr. Roman
ls she summoning them? I don't know
the details, but they're closing in fast!
Nero
Wyverns again?
I never thought I'd be fighting dragons.
Mash
We're used to it.
Lord Nero, Senpai and I will take the front!
Nero
So reliable!
Umu, l'm leaving it to you!
Fou
Fou!

Dr. Roman
I really want to say "good work," but more are coming.
Several times more than before——
Nero
Wh-What? Several times?
That's pretty wild.
Boudica
...Guess it can't be helped.
We'll take those on, Jing Ke, are you ready?
Jing Ke
Monsters aren't my specialty.
But I should take on non-human enemies for a change.
Nero
W-Wait, Boudica, Jing Ke, what do you mean
take them on? You're coming with us.
Boudica
Exactly.
You go on ahead, already.
Nero
What are you saying—
???
GuOOOOOO—!!!!!
Boudica
Go! You stupid emperor! Never mind this,
go protect what you call your world!
Nero
...Apologies.
My worthy rival, Queen of Britannia.
Dr. Roman
That's right, everyone. No time to look back,
we're close to where Altera is—

Altera
...Are you going to stand in my way?

  1. That's why we're here.  2. I can't let you advance any further.
  Select: That's why we're here.

  Select: I can't let you advance any further.

Nero
Yes, I'll stand in your way. I can't allow
you to advance further, no matter what.
Nero
You said that you would destroy the world.
Nero
I don't understand. Why would you say
that you were going to destroy the world?
Nero
The world is brimming with beauty.
Flowers, songs, gold, love...
Nero
That's right, above all, this Rome, this world is filled with
my love.
Nero
And you'd destroy it?
Don't you find that wasteful, Altera, or whoever you are?
Altera
I am—
Altera
A warrior of the Hun.
Altera
And its King.
Altera
A King of Destruction, who will bring destruction to the
western world.
Nero
That again?
Nero
How sad, Altera, but even that sadness seems beautiful
to me.
Nero
I can't just leave you like this.
I feel a great pain and contradiction in your life.
Nero
Perhaps your power exceeds mine, but know that you
cannot defeat me in love.
Altera
I know not of love, I know not of beauty.
Mash
Doctor, those words are different from before.
It seems like she's not responding automatically.
Dr. Roman
This reaction—
Dr. Roman
I see, she's going out of control by becoming one with
the Grail! This isn't good, talking is not going to end this.
Dr. Roman
Magical energy signature rising.
You have to stop her before she unleashes it again.
Dr. Roman
This is the last battle for Rome—
Mash, <Your Name>!
Mash
Prepare for anti-Servant combat!
Master, your orders!

Altera
...I see.
Altera
In this world... There are things that cannot be destroyed, even... by my sword.
Altera
I was called, the Scourge of God...
Altera
Even my...
Altera
Sword of Mars...can't...
I see...
Altera
Well that...
Altera
Makes me...a little happy...
Nero
Altera is gone. Perhaps fate will
arrange for us to battle again one day.
Nero
But...is it over?
Have you obtained that Holy Grail—
Mash
Yes, we've obtained the Holy Grail.
This concludes our mission.
Mash
Thank you very much, Nero Claudius.
Nero
Mash, your toes are looking faint!
Don't tell me you're going to vanish too!
Nero
<Your Name>, Fou...
I see, you're all going to vanish...

  1. Farewell.  2. We must go now.
  Select: Farewell.

  Select: We must go now.

Nero
...I had a feeling.
My intuition is pretty sharp, you see.
Nero
You're going to disappear like Altera,
my uncle, and the Holy Progenitor.
Nero
Boudica, will you, as well?
Jing Ke, Lu Bu, Spartacus?
Mash
...Yes.
Mash
This era will be restored. Your memories
of fighting the United Empire will no longer exist.
Nero
That's a sad thing.
Mash
Yes, it is...
Nero
I will no longer doubt you.
I believe you, but this is a problem.
Nero
It's unfortunate, I haven't given you any reward.
Nero
You could have been more than my retainers.
Something more—
Nero
No, no sense in saying it. <Your Name>,
you will find yourself heading to Rome.
Nero
All roads lead to Rome, for Rome is the world.
Both the Holy Progenitor and I believe so.
Nero
So I will not say goodbye.
Only thanks.
Nero
—-Thank you. I offer you the thanks of
my soul and a rose for your efforts!

Dr. Roman
Welcome back and good job, you two.
You retrieved the Grail.

  1. Was that for the best?  2. When?
  Select: Was that for the best?

  Select: When?

Da Vinci
I'll explain. The Grail is the law that decides
how magical energies in a dimension is used.
Da Vinci
Think of it as a world's rules. It normally
doesn't have a form, but Lev crystallized it into one.
Da Vinci
We can't analyze its workings, but we can seal it away.
Da Vinci
I fiddled with Mash's shield a little, and created a space
for the Grail.
Mash
My shield can do that?
Da Vinci
Yes. The best place for a relic is in a relic, I figure.
Da Vinci
It can only hold one at a time, so I yank it out after each
retrieval. Got it?
Mash
Ahhh!
Da Vinci
Ok, Grail's retrieval is confirmed~♪
Try your best to search for the next one!
Dr. Roman
This is our second Grail and we've also achieved our
original goal of finding Lev.

  1. But Lev is——  2. I didn't learn anything...
  Select: But Lev is——

  Select: I didn't learn anything...

Dr. Roman
...That's right. Altera killed him,
and we never found out what his plans were.
Mash
...Y0u mean why he betrayed mankind
and tried to...destroy it?
Dr. Roman
That's right. We still don't know anything,
but still have five singularities left.
Dr. Roman
Lev spoke of "Gods." In other words,
there are other enemies out there just like him.
Dr. Roman
What that means at this point, we don't know.
Dr. Roman
All we can do is to recover the Grails one by one, and
restore the Singularities.

  1. Leave the next Grail to me!  2. We've got a long way to go.
  Select: Leave the next Grail to me!

  Select: We've got a long way to go.

Dr. Roman
Good answer.
I'm counting on you, <Your Name>.
Dr. Roman
We don't have that much time, but for tonight try and
rest well.
Dr. Roman
You walked a long way.
You'll want a good massage, I'm sure.
Mash
...

  1. You look down, Mash.  2. ...Thinking about Nero?
  Select: You look down, Mash.

  Select: ...Thinking about Nero?

Mash
...Yes. Our parting with Nero was so sudden.
I feel bad about leaving her...
Mash
Even if it ended up never happening, in that last moment,
she was alone.
Mash
She defeated the people she respected, and said
goodbye to her rivals——
Mash
She was left all alone in that huge empire with no one to
rely on.

  1. Was this battle hard for you?  2. Do you think Nero feels lonely?
  Select: Was this battle hard for you?

  Select: Do you think Nero feels lonely?

Mash
—No, I don't think so.
...I'm sure that's not right.
Mash
It was a hard battle, yes. We almost
died many times, and I'm still scared of fighting.
Mash
But—
it was a fun journey.
Mash ;
Partially thanks to Nero's glamour, but...
It was a lot of fun.

  1. I'm sure it was fun for Nero, too.  2. It was a fun Empire, just like Nero.
  Select: I'm sure it was fun for Nero, too.

  Select: It was a fun Empire, just like Nero.

Mash
...Yes.
I'll never forget that sky and land, I'm sure.
Mash
By the way, Senpai, about what the Doctor said.

  1. What did Roman say?  2. The massage?
  Select: What did Roman say?

  Select: The massage?

Mash
Yes, you need to take care of yourself.
Shall I give you a massage?
Mash
I know several effective methods: shiatsu, deep tissue...

  1. Sounds good.  2. I'll pass.
  Select: Sounds good.
Mash
Really?
  Select: I'll pass.
Mash
Come on, please!

Mash
...Ahem.
I really wanted to try it.
Mash
Yes, that's all.
Um, well...
Mash I tried it once before, and they said it really hurt...Oh!
Mash
T-That shouldn't happen anymore.
I practiced after that. In my mind.
Mash
Huh?
Mash
Where are you going?
Oh, you want a massage in your room, right?
Mash
Senpai?

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