The Cathedral, Day 0
"They have all been decided then," one of the two priests said. "The Masters of this Holy Grail War have all summoned their servants?"
"Yes, so it seems," the other priest said. "That means that as of now, the Holy Grail War has begun.
The first priest, youthful in appearance with a charming face and neat hair, smiled eerily. "Then the blood shall be shed once more, I assume?"
"Do not be so sadistic," the other priest, an older man with a balding head and a bad hunch, scoffed back. "The war is designed so that the Servants shall be the only ones waging war. There should not be any death amongst the magi."
"Yet there still will be regardless."
"A pessimistic viewpoint, Brother Solomon."
"A realistic viewpoint, Brother Fontleroy." The young priest, Solomon, straightened his robe out and stood closer to the older priest. "A good viewpoint for me to have as well. I'm the supervisor for this Holy Grail War, am I not?"
The older man, Fontleroy, nodded. "Yes, that is true. You will be the one primarily watching over this war, much to my chagrin..."
"Then it is my responsibility to deal with any unsavory outcomes," Solomon replied. "Given the list of combatants this game...I expect to be a very busy man these days."
"I expect that you will keep things orderly," Fontleroy told the younger priest. "You have a duty to protect the grail and the Church, and to make sure nothing leaks to the outside world."
"Yes, that is what is most important," Solomon said. "What happens between the masters is irrelevant so long as we keep it from harming anything outside of their own war."
"Keep that in mind," Fontleroy told him, heading towards the door to leave. "And remember this..." He turned towards Solomon from the doorway. "...Everything can change by the end of the day."
It is now the day after you have summoned your servant. Begin your day in the city of Fuyuki, Japan; you do not know the other Masters yet, but fate may draw you together...
Name: Nestor ”Claus” von Kleus
Appearance: Nestor is a tall man wearing mostly formal attire, almost for no reason other than the fact that he prefers it. He has a straight posture and usually keeps his right hand behind his back. He has long, black hair tied into a pony tail, sharp, piercing, stormy-gray eyes and a sly smile. For his clothes, he wears a dark-blue, double-breasted suit with gold accents, white slacks, and black leather shoes. On his left hand, he wears a white glove mostly for hiding his command seal.
Personality: Nestor is a proud gentleman of magic, a calm and proper mage with a highly intelligent mind. He is seen as a man who enjoys the company of people, more so when he can have an intellectual conversation with them. This does not mean that he doesn’t enjoy good humor, however. If you show kindness to him, he will seek to return the favor. On the contrary, he values people he considers friends and never forgets them. The same could be said of his enemies, however. Wrong him in any way and he will personally hunt you down and make you pay.
Nestor sees that there is a time to be serious and a time to be carefree. And often, he is quite relaxed. He is a man who draws effort based on interest; he is more likely to do something if he is excited or curious about it. He dislikes direct confrontation and prefers indirect methods to most of the things he does.
He has no love for his family and distances himself from them as much as possible. He avoids going into much detail with his childhood, for he found it unpleasant. He holds no sentiment for the past and instead looks at the present, which is what matters to him.
Backstory: Nestor was a member of the Kleus family, a family dedicated to the study of Alchemy. He was the first son of the family, his younger brother Hector born seven years after him. Being the first child much was expected of him as he grew up. Nestor’s parents didn’t treat him as their child, but rather as something that would bring them great honor among other mage families. In essence, he was simply a tool for their achievements and desires. This alienated him from his family at an early age. As a child, Nestor showed great promise, though he seemed to be more interested in other Magecraft rather than Alchemy. He was indifferent to his family’s goals, studying only what would be useful to him. Once he had acquired the skills he wanted, he stopped Alchemy altogether, much to the anger of his parents, who were masters of the craft. They wanted him to become a great alchemist that other families would envy and admire, one that would bring their family great glory. Nestor refused such a future, calling it silly and uninteresting. Enraged, he was immediately banished from the household, disowned by his own family. After this, Nestor’s parents turned to his younger brother Hector, who was more than eager to prove himself to them.
Done with his family and wanting nothing to do with them, Nestor sought to learn Elemental Magecraft, for it was much more enjoyable than what his parents forced onto him. He mastered the Wind Element to the point where he was capable of Lightning Magic. As of now, he continues his research into the manipulation of fire.
Despite not being formally recognized as one, he sees himself as a researcher, always curious in things that interest him and seeing what outcome can result from his studies. However, he has never specifically focused on any matter since the beginning, for he only does so based on interest. As long as what he does interests him, he shall pursue it until he has satisfied himself.
Other: Nestor prefers to be called “Claus” rather than “Kleus”, for the later reminds him too much of his family that had shunned him.
Nestor actually has some experience as a fencer, something he uses in conjunction with his Elemental Magic in the extremely rare occasion he ever gets into fights. He took it up as a form of self-defense should he wish to conceal his status as a mage… despite him requiring a suitable substitute for a weapon if he wants to utilize it.
He enjoys a good drink, not exactly suiting of him, but he does it in moderation.
He is left-handed.
Motivation: He has no particular wish for the Grail, though he is quite interested in knowing its secrets. How does it grant wishes? Is this something any mage can eventually attain through great effort? But who knows? Perhaps he will desire something from the Grail as he participates in the war.
Appearance: Saber is quite the handsome man with chiseled features, despite being past his prime. He has a sturdy, muscled build, but not to the point where he’s oversized. He stands tall and proud with a confident smile. He has messy, curly hair of medium length and a short, full beard. He has black eyes that burn with a fiery pride. In armor, Saber looks very much like a Greek Commander. He wears a muscled cuirass along with greaves, bracers and shoulder guards fashioned from a dark-colored bronze. Underneath his armor is a white, Greek chiton. A scabbard for his shortsword hangs from his hips and his large, round shield (known as a hoplon) is strapped to his forearm. Wrapped around his shoulders is a blood red cloak that signifies his status as an important military figure. The only thing that would complete the image is a helmet, which is something he lacks.
Saber’s sword is a Greek shortsword known as a Xiphos. It is a double-edged sword deadly in close-combat. What makes this sword unique however, is that it is split down the middle, almost as if the sword were made of two curved swords combined into one. At the top of the crossguard, in the middle of the two blades, is a burning flame.
Personality: Saber is your typical jovial man who holds much pride. He sees himself as a great warrior and isn’t afraid to boast about it. He is a man who is on an eternal quest for glory, something he revels in. If he were given the choice between a long, boring life or a short one full of glory, he would gladly choose the latter without second thought. But don’t make any mistake, though Saber may boast his strength, he does not underestimate his enemies. He respects those with a sense of honor and sees them as worthy allies or opponents.
What makes Saber such a valuable warrior is his cunning mind. He believes that a strategic approach is much better than a reckless one. He is also charismatic, able to inspire others to action, a trait that made him a great leader during his time. When things start to get down, you can count on him to brighten the mood with his positive attitude.
Other: Saber loves drinking, especially after a hard day’s work. He is also a lady’s man, despite already having a wife.
He is fascinated by the methods of travel mankind has developed since his time, making him wonder how such creations would have fared back then in his life.
Motivation: Saber wishes to obtain the Grail in order to achieve glory. A legendary item many have sought but few have actually found? There is much glory ad praise to be had in accomplishing such a feat. In fact, he agrees to fight this whole war just for the sake of his pride as a warrior and the glory he will get by defeating opponents that may as well be his equal. After which, he wishes to return to his home once again.
Name: Mikal Kitahara
Nationality: Japanese (sleuth apping as a Japanese person IN JAPAN?)
Appearance: Reference Sheet for Both
Personality: Mikal is a studious young girl who loves science and biology, particularly marine biology. She takes great joy in gaining knowledge, and in proving her intelligence. She's a brainy girl, a quick-learner, and though she can be a tad smug without really realizing it, she is very down-to-earth with her hobbies and desires. Like many teenagers she loves hanging out, chatting with friends, and playing video games, though unlike most teenagers, she has a dedicated chart and schedule for when and how she does these events. At her best, this makes Mikal a very organized and efficient worker who can make the most of her day, and at worst it leaves her an obsessive and nervous wreck that can't bring herself to break her own plans.
Mikal's two passions are marine biology and planning. Mikal loves to have plans, and is a bit of a control freak. I kid; she's a HUGE control freak. Though mostly oblivious to it, her controlling tendencies tend to put others off, and she tends to get extremely anxious or panicky when things don't go according to her plan. Accidents happen, of course, but huge derailments to her careful calculations tend to make her... upset, to say the least. She tends to over-think things and be poor at improvising, preferring to have a plan of action before going through with anything.
Though she's mature for her age and quick to take responsibility, deep down she's a bit of a wreck, and clings to her plans for security and stability. Her worldview has only grown more horribly shaken by her recent entrance into the Holy Grail War, and her desperation and paranoia tend to cloud her judgement in intense situations. Under normal circumstances she's fairly sociable and can adapt to situations with ease, appearing absolutely normal (except for looking and dressing like an anime character) and her eccentricities only really show under stress. When all is according to plan, Mikal is well-adjusted and a model teenager. When things fall apart... So does she.
Backstory: Born to a Japanese father and Russian mother, Mikal grew up in Japan, though she moved frequently and rarely had any time to settle down, so she wound up spending a lot of time online to keep in touch with her friends from different areas. Mikal came to putting together her life in a very organized and calculated manner to account for all the chaos in her home life, and soon became a star pupil with aspirations to become a successful Marine Biologist. As she went on with her normal life just as planned, one day her parents decided to drop the bombshell on her that, guess what, THEY'RE MAGES! And she's a mage too! Whaaaaat?
Her parents revealed to her that they were once great mages, and had decided to enter in the Holy Grail tournament, but were eventually unable to join as they'd forgotten when it was happening and didn't get any Servant. So they decided that for the next one, they would have a child, raise them and train them from birth to be the most powerful and effective mage possible in order to win the war... Then forgot and got caught up being parents, leaving Mikal with a rather normal life.
So in spite of all that, they decided to throw their daughter into the fray anyways, figuring that she might as well have a shot at it, and they will keep watch over her in case things get too intense. Mikal was, naturally, horrified by this turn of events but really didn't have any power to change anything at this point. With her parent's stash of old magical tools and books for her to use, and only a few days until the tournament starts, Mikal will have to study like she's never studied before in order to survive.
Magical Skills: Having only a limited time to take a crash course in Magic, Mikal is still very much a learner, albeit a quick one. Her years of memorizing useless facts and knowledge has finally come to use, allowing her to get a quick grasp on the basics of magic, enough so that she can at least defend herself.
So far, she's equipped herself with three tools: Her mother's old shashka sword, an old grimoire titled "The Samurai Poems", and a bag of sand from the beach. Her parents also prepared for her a great and powerful weapon guaranteed to grant her victory in battle... Buuut never finished it. It's probably lying about somewhere. While she's not too skilled with the sword, she knows a few things about fencing and primarily uses the enchanted blade to channel magic, making it work sort of like a wand or staff for her. The grimoire contains a bunch of olden spells that her parents threw together, ranging from simple, such as the Water Attack, to the complex, such as the Miasma of Paradoxes, to the downright useless, such as the Sock Repair spell. It essentially functions like the Journal in Gravity Falls, providing Mikal with insight into the world of magic. Overall Mikal's abilities are rather limited, but with time she may grow to be a formidable mage... Maybe. It's not really in the plan.
Other: yes, she still has the fish socks. they will live. She also has a New Zealand accent. totally. (i am kidding that was a joke.)
Motivation: Live. She knows that in spite of not really wanting the Grail herself, others will stop at nothing to take her out, and she's become paranoid to the point that she'll strike first if she thinks it'll save her hide. She mostly just wants her life to go back to normal so she can keep planning everything out.
Gender/Sex: Male for both.
Appearance: A handsome young man with tanned skin and a lean, muscular physique, with the body of a warrior and an attractive face. He doesn't weight much, but it's clear that he's all muscle from his build, and he fittingly has the body of a swimmer. He has long black hair tied back in a ponytail, with a few strands sticking out here and there. His frequent dips into the ocean tend to give him a bit of a bishie sparkle whenever he emerges. There is something on his back that he prefers others not to see.
In his civilian form, he wears a tacky aloha shirt with a hibiscus flowers pattern, and a pair of jeans with flip-flops. Rather conspicuous attire considering Japan is not Hawaii, but
His battle attire is akin to a surfer's wetsuit, primarily black and blue with white accents, and a with a cape wrapped around his upper body that he throws off during battles, for no reason other than it looks really cool.
Personality: Much like an obscenely rich kid who never really got put in his place, Lancer is a bit of a spoiled brat, in the sense that he is highly gifted with good looks, formidable powers, and the blessings of being a shark-man, yet never really got the whole "With Great Power" speech. Unlike any kind of superhero, Lancer revels in abusing his powers, wrecking stuff in epic battles, and generally being the biggest badass he can be. His superhuman abilities have only blown his ego to near-Gilgamesh levels (though not quite that high) and it's fair to say he's usually only got one thing on his mind: himself. He's selfish, childish, violent, and a sarcastic motherflipper, though you'd never know that at first glance. On top of that, a lifetime of hiding has made Lancer adept at hiding his true nature, though his insatiable bloodlust and planet-sized ego tend to blow his cover after a while. He has a rocky relationship with humans, and hates them just as much as they hate him. Generally, the life is a joyride for the shark-man, and humans are the speed-bumps. While not truly malicious, Lancer's general immaturity and thoughtlessness make him a pain (and threat) to those around him.
Other:His favorite anime is "Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club", and secretly desires to be an Olympic swimmer. He actually has a it of agricultural knowledge, and loves flowers, notably tropical ones. Lancer is actually very spiritual, often taking time to admire nature and respect other gods, even ones outside his own pantheon. He takes care to show respect and humility inside holy places such as a church or graveyard, and it's probably one of the few places he's willing to control himself and not be a huge jerk.
Name: Emily Sinnett
Shoulder-length deep-magenta-colored hair. Her eye color is red.
Wears a grayish-black suit - miniskirt combination with a line of 6 silver buttons.
Also has a belt with metallic silver borders around her waist (despite technically not needing it because what she's wearing is a single piece of clothing)
The sleeves of this outfit are rather wide compared to what you'd expect from a suit. They're almost more like a robe. There's also some silvery lines on them.
She's wearing light grey fingerless gloves.
Her legs are mostly covered by thighhighs in the smae color as her suit.
Finally, a black cape, held together by a button in front of her neck.
It's pretty magician-like.
Emily is both a reasonable and violent person.
She is, at her core, a rather righteous individual and does not approve of any immoral methods.
She is however fine with a little bit of vandalism and generally approves of going against the rules. It can be unclear what she will tolerate and what crosses the line for her there, and may even depend on her mood. All of this is because she is obsessed with independence.
She herself tends to always look for excitement, but knows to be serious when the situation calls for it. Has a rather morbid sense of humor. She has a rather glorified idea of the Holy Grail War and tries to fight with elegance.
She is generally kind and will at least hear anyone out before she decides whether to beat them up or not.
Has a short temper when being made fun of, unless she can come up with a good comeback quickly enough.
As she has never killed someone, she may be a little hesitant to do so even though she has mentally resolved herself.
Born into a magus family, Emily has always been taught to one day succeed her father.
Starting aorund the age of 12, this has always led to conflicts of interests as she was deprived of doing what she wanted.
While this feeling eventually died down again, there'd always been lingering regrets in her heart. Her father had been strict rather than loving,
so overall she does not consider her childhood a happy one.
Still, she had no power to oppose him, and so continued studying. Once she was admitted into studying at a prestigious academy near the clock tower,
her interest in combat magecraft showed, quite possibly a result of her feeling of powerlessness.
She was very much interested in temporarily becoming an Enforcer, despite that profession being poorly regarded in general.
It would never come to this, however, as the call of the grail interrupted her. The command seal spontaneously appeared on her hand one day.
Once her father learned of this, he appeared incredibly proud of her, which confused her greatly.
She felt like she had again been forced to do what others wanted her to do, but had no way to go against it. The idea of a wish appealed to her,
and while her father obviously wanted her to use the grail to reach the root, she secretly began thinking of other things to wish for.
Greatly prepared and equipped with one of her family heirlooms, she is now ready for battle.
Other: ...Nah I'll make up the rest as we go.
Long red hair.
Very short. Certainly still looks like a young kid.
Black eyes with a rather indifferent gaze by default.
Wears a white tunic with several black lines going from top to bottom. The black lines zig-zag back and forth, but with 90° corners. On the end of each of her sleeve is a black circle. (gee, decorations are hard to describe. If you really want to know what I mean I'll make you a sketch)
The whole thing has a red ribbon just below her neck. Wears no footwear whatsoever.
(ofc depending on how things play out she may acquire another more modern outfit)
In combat, a golden chainmail materializes underneath her clothes, but it also extends out of her tunic to cover the legs, forming somewhat of a golden skirt.
Rider talks in a very serious voice most of the time. She is very analyzing, making sure she understands the situation before she acts.
Her general approach to battles is very unorthodox for the Rider class. Rather than just fighting it out directly, she will try to convince others to team up with her.
She will most likely try to avoid a straightforward battle until the conditions are favorable, possibly by retreating to lure her opponent into a trap.
Outside of battle, you could call her a very dreamy person, not one you'd expect to have a good understanding of what's going on. She has no qualms about sitting down on the ground wherever, which could be perceived as weird. Once she has set her mind on something, she can be VERY stubborn until she gets it.
Name: Chiyo Shōtaino (Western order)
Personality: Used to be a nice girl who was spoonfed all the time by the parents.
Chiyo also cannot stand several fruits, candies, drinks etc., meaning that she is very picky.
Other: Chocolate with wine is something she likes to sate herself with.
The headband goes around his head and the feather is from one of the sun birds he shot. The moon symbol is under his hair. Also, the mask is on the other side of the head.
Personality: A loyal and strong hero. He's fierce and sometimes lets a rather sharp tongue get the better of him.
He dearly misses his beloved wife, and therefore concentrates on honing his skill EVEN further whenever possible to win the war.
Other: He is very fond of peaches.
Name: Yun Shi Huo
Stands at 5 foot 8, rather slim. Generally has a pleasant expression on his face. OCcassionally wears a bowler hat as well.
Personality: Yun Shi Huo does his best to be a people person. He's very social and likes to talk things out with people. When an argument breaks out, Yun is generally the first that will try to settle it. He's not exactly serious and he's not exactly a jokester, but he tries to be pleasant and is generally a high-spirited guy. He's casual around others despite his extra care spent on looking good (which he considers important). While he takes the Holy Grail War very seriously, he doesn't seem to believe that he can't fight with the other Masters on good terms, and he wants to try and approach things civilly. He has this kind of approach to many aspects of his life and always wants to be the guy that the others can look to for a good talk.
Backstory: Yun Shi Huo was born and raised in China, moving to Japan to participate in the Holy Grail War. He was raised in a family of mages that have been training their children every generation to some day participate in the Holy Grail War, insisting that they will win should they get in. Yun was the first in his family lineage that ever managed to successfully enter the war, summoning a Caster servant. He now has an apartment in Japan and works part-time at a bar as a bartender to help pay his rent there while he fights in the tournament.
Other: He is very self-conscious regarding his appearance. He doesn't drink much despite working at a bar, since he's kind of a lightweight as far as alcohol goes.
Notably youthful-looking despite her age. Stands at 5 foot 7. The ornament in her hair should look more like a cross. Wears a casual red coat over a slim black dress and red high-heels in her casual outfits.
Personality: Caster is strict and confident. She is very controlling, wanting things to go her way, and she won't hesitate to do what she must to get what she wants. In stark contrast to her Master, Caster is intimidating and significantly less social. She is very stubborn in her personal beliefs, and is not one to be dissuaded of them. She is easily prone to jealousy and anger. Those who disagree with her are ones that are often on her bad side. She is incredibly in touch with her spiritual side. She speaks in a refined manner and is very proper about how she goes about things. She is shockingly kind to younger people and children.
Other: Has an English accent.
Name: Dante Jeremiah
Nationality: THE US OF A!!!
Appearance: Dante Jeremiah is what one may call a very effeminate man. He has long, pony tailed, black hair that rides down his right
shoulder. He wears purple lipstick and purple eye shadow. He has naturally long eyelashes and red eyes. Dante wears a lot of foundation making his skin seem pale. Dante's apparel consists of a tight white t-shirt and woman jeans. He has two chain sashes crossing at his torso. On his right ear he has a skull earring and on his left he has a cross earring.
Personallity: Dante comes off as upbeat and slightly psychotic usually spouting how he will bring great change through the holy grail war and how all those who have been ridiculed will and hurt will finally be free once he wins. Around others he will act especially feminine and may even hit on both male and females (including masters and servants). In truth he is not that caring. Behind this guise of psychotic justice, Dante is cold and calculated and only wishes to bring pain to those who brought pain to him in the past. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goals and will enact the perceived best strategy if it benefits him.
Backstory: Involved in a cult known as the "True Believers".
Magical Skills: Dante knows medium healing magic.
Appearance: Assassin is a slender knight wearing thin chain mail and no helmet. He has short brown hair and a scar riding down the right side of his face and his eyes are blue. He wears a chest plate with a bear design to symbolize his family.
Powers, Items and Abilities: Assassin carries a mid length sword and mid sized shield with him.
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Name: Jun Ishano
Not pictured: White loafers.
Personality: To most people, Jun would appear as a well-mannered young man. However, he only maintains that personality to keep his work connections. In reality, he's sadistic and egotistical. Jun is very well educated and is entirely professional when doing his job, and this cold atmosphere most people feel when around him during work is almost as creepy as when he smiles.
Backstory: Jun's background is fairly standard for somebody raised in a well-off family. His father is a respected doctor who owns his own hospital, and Jun was brought up to carry on the torch. After completing his studies at Tokyo University, he became a nurse at his father's hospital, and eventually progressed into the position of a surgeon. With his father growing old and frail, Jun is now looking to take over the hospital in its entirety, which he is very willing to do.
Other: Uh... He likes poetry?
Looks younger than her age for reasons.
Personality: Berserker seeks the thrill of the fight. Her only desire in this war is to enjoy battling the other servants, even if she has to follow the orders of her master. While she may seem like a raging demon in battle, Berserker is in fact quite wise and intelligent. Her regression may have made her act more like she appears, rather than how old she is, but she still retains all the knowledge of her lifetime.
Other: Also likes poetry.
Motivation: Berserker has no real desire to win the holy grail, only to fight great battles and relive the thrill of war.