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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q&A with Nasu Kinoko

Translated from Fate/complete material III - World material pp. 140-146 

 

 

Contents

 

Fate/Stay Night

Holy Grail War

Command Spells

Servants

Noble Phantasms

Characters

Magic and Magi

Misc.

 

 

 

General Questions about Fate/Stay Night


 

Q: In the Prologue, the clocks were an hour early when Rin woke up, but she only remembered them being 30 minutes fast... why is that? She did suspect some trick of her late father’s, though (laugh). Could it be that Rin, being the idiot she is, forgot about the first time and set her clock 30 minutes fast twice?
A: The clocks being one hour fast was a scheme of her late father Tokiomi. A bit of playfulness on his part, seeming to say “if she can’t even notice a slip-up as trivial and close to home as this, it’s too soon for her to fight in the Holy Grail War.” I have to admit, it’s a little different from the perfect gentleman Tokiomi was portrayed as in Fate/Zero (laugh)

 

Q: Prior to the start of the Holy Grail War, what was Gilgamesh doing around Sakura’s house? Sakura said he was asking directions, did he come to identify “the other Grail” - Sakura?
A: Yes. He came to tell Sakura to “Go die right now”. It was a suggestion rather than a command. Regardless of the situation, from the King’s perspective, this matter will develop into some sort of entertainment. Thus, what Gilgamesh said was not a command. Sakura’s claim that "it was English" was a convenient excuse to hide the truth.

 

Q: Before he summoned Saber, why did Shirou dream about the Excalibur? Was the Greater Grail contacting Shirou in order to select him as a Master?
A: During the preparations leading up to the Holy Grail War, when it was decided that Saber (Artoria) would be summoned, “All is a Distant Utopia -- Avalon” within Shirou reacted with his mana flow to cause the image of a “sword” to manifest in his subconscious.

 

Q: During the Shirou VS. Rider scene in Saber’s route, why didn’t her daggers kill him? Was it because of the holy sheath embedded within his body? Or was it because his body had begun its swordification?
A: At that time, Shirou’s self-healing had already begun, but the nature of his regeneration was really quite indirect, “changing his muscles into blades in order to knit his wounds with swords.” That is actually what happened, regardless of what you saw during the scene in Saber’s route where Gilgamesh dealt him a mortal wound and Shirou appeared to have “masses of blades shaped like muscle fibers” in his body. So, Shirou’s innards are extremely durable. During the fight with Rider, she was able to injure Shirou with her stakes but it would have been more difficult and troublesome to fatally wound him, so she decided to kick him out the window instead.

 

Q: When Kotomine activated the Grail at Ryuudou Temple, what happened to Issei and the rest of the monks? Were they all sleeping?
A: They were passed out quite cheerfully.

[They all “batan Q’d” together quite cheerfully. It’s an expression that you use when you’ve worked/played until you collapse from exhaustion.]

 

Q: In the end of the Rin route, was it Shirou that projected Rho Aias in the Shirou vs Gilgamesh fight? Or was it Archer? In Fate/side material, it's said that it was projection magic from Archer, but in the story, there was the depiction of Shirou "pulling the shield from the hill". Does this mean that this switched to Archer's scene?
A: This has been easy to misunderstand, but the part about Archer supporting Shirou was the time before Shirou pulled out Rho Aias, before Shirou came to his realization.
After Shirou's monologue about his surprise that he was still alive after taking Gil's attack, "If I survived, there must have been a reason why I survived. But that was simply something I didn't have any control over."
That was the "Rho Aias" that Archer made to help Shirou in a way that wouldn't let Gilgamesh know there was someone else waiting to ambush him.

 

Q: Sakura only entered the Holy Grail War during her route, but not in others. Although I think she would develop as the “Black Grail” in any other route, why did Zouken only send her into actual combat in Sakura’s Route? Does that mean Zouken was not in the house in the other routes?
A: Actually Sakura would not develop as the "Black Grail" in any other route. However, when she was chosen by Shirou, "the person she does not wish to lose", the negative emotions she kept bottled up all these years came flooding out, which accelerated the growth of "All of the World's Evil – Angra Mainyu".

Q: In Sakura’s Route, what happened to the devoured Gilgamesh? Saber was blackened and enslaved, but was Gilgamesh’s will too strong to be dominated? Or was he completely digested?
A: He simply cannot be controlled. In fact, Gilgamesh cannot be blackened. After he was swallowed by the Grail, Sakura converted Gilgamesh into mana in haste because she was afraid that Gilgamesh might tear her up from the inside if she didn't digest him. However, His Majesty was very hard to digest, so “Angra Mainyu” must have been plagued by belly-ache (laughs).

 

Q: It's thought that Sakura had become "a threat to humanity" in the Sakura route, but was the human Counter Force in action at this time?
A: It hadn't occurred at that stage yet. ...On the other hand, whether or not the Counter Force moved could turn into one of those endless arguments...

 

Q: In Sakura’s route, Shinji’s death was obviously a homicide (though, whether the M.O. can be classified as such by modern forensic science is another matter) so I thought the police would have started an investigation, but there’s no sign of that in the ending. Was his death covered up by the Magic Association or the Holy Church?
A: The Church filed it as “a casualty of the Holy Grail War.”

 

Q: When the Third Sorcery was activated at the end of Sakura’s route, Shirou’s body was no longer human, right? Without his human form, how would it have recognized the body as Shirou?
A: It was thanks to a spell Rider placed on Rin’s pendant. I’ll leave Shirou’s condition to your imagination. Because Ilya also used part of her body to reconstruct him it wasn’t a matter of how big he was, but rather what degree of ‘humanity’ was desired.

 

Q: During the last part of Sakura’s route, Shirou was saved by the tiny bit of residual mana in Tohsaka Rin’s pendant. Also, it seems like Rin knew about the difference in residual mana between the thing he got back from Archer and the thing he was holding, so could Sakura’s route be the one in which Shirou becomes a Heroic Spirit after all? Or could you tell us the route(s) in which Shirou doesn’t become a Heroic Spirit?
A: I’ll just say now that he doesn’t become a Heroic Spirit in any of the routes, but the possibility is still present in all of them as well. Basically, the probability of it happening is almost zero.

 

Q: In Sakura’s Route, Archer seemed to already know of the existence of beings like Angra Mainyu. Did he have experience in battling this type of enemy in other eras?
A: He fought such things when he was alive, but had to retreat because there was nothing he could do. Also, after reaching the Throne of Heroes, he gained an understanding of the target of the Counter Force.

 

Holy Grail War


 

Q: Just how well-known is the Fuyuki Holy Grail War among magi around the world? Is it of major significance, or unexpectedly minor importance, like a secret war that isn’t talked about among magi?
A: It’s minor. The stakes were highest up until the Second War, before the Church got involved.

Q: The Holy Grail War is unknown to the general population, but to what extent is it hidden from normal people? Are the Church people (supervisors) manipulating the media and police (or even the governmental level) to cover it up?
A: The Church manipulates information, while the Magic Association handles the media. Also, the Association has the Einzbern cover the cost of any collateral damage.

Q: Why is it that Tohsaka Rin, as the legitimate heir to the legacy of the Three Houses, didn’t know about the original goal of the Holy Grail War to open a “hole” beyond the World? I would have thought that the Tohsaka family would have kept some records regarding the true nature of the Holy Grail War. ...Could it be that Rin just never saw those records?
A: It was because of her Papa’s untimely, careless death.

Q: By what criteria does the Holy Grail choose its Masters?
A: They have to be magi possessing magic circuits, be of sufficient stature to summon a Heroic Spirit, and be heretics, of a sort. Of course, the Three Houses take priority.

Q: Is the will of the Greater Grail, which selects Masters, the same will of Justeaze who was offered as a sacrifice for the ritual that created it? Or does the Greater Grail lack any kind of volition?
A: The Greater Grail does not have a will. Justeaze's soul was completely sublimated.

Q: I thought that the Lesser Grail collected "All of the World’s Evil (Angra Mainyu)"when it was defeated during the Third Holy Grail War, but then how was the Greater Grail corrupted by "All of the World’s Evil (Angra Mainyu)"?  Is it because energy flows from the Lesser Grail to the Greater Grail when the two are linked?
A: It’s because Avenger himself is "a Heroic Spirit born into existence according to people’s wishes".  Other Heroic Spirits are recognized as true heroes, but Avenger represents the belief that "heroes" are lies and fabrications. The enshrinement of humanity’s selfish desires turned Avenger into a Heroic Spirit, creating a direct connection to the wish-granting function of the Holy Grail. The Greater Grail, "activated 3 times without granting anyone's wishes", turned into its present state as there was still a chance to grant somebody’s wish.
As a result, Avenger was born into this world in order to grant everybody’s desire for an existence like "All of the World's Evil -- Angra Mainyu."

Q: When there are enough Servants in the Holy Grail, do they just remain there in the Grail (Greater or Lesser) without returning to the Throne of Heroes, as long as the pathway has not yet been opened (assuming the Grail isn’t damaged)?
A: When the Holy Grail goes into hibernation, it puts its accumulated mana into storage. When 7 Servants are present, their spiritual cores will be released and the Heroic Spirits’ bodies will disappear from this world. The cores alone will then return to the Throne of Heroes.

Q: Even though it should only happen every 60 years, was the 10 year gap between the Fourth and Fifth Holy Grail Wars as short as it was because the Lesser Grail was destroyed before the Greater Grail could direct the accumulated mana to establish its pathway trapped some unused mana in the Grail?
A: That’s true. In fact, you could say that the function of the Greater Grail was already muddled when when it was impregnated with Avenger in the Third War.

Q: Kotomine said that he had a replica of the Holy Grail that could communicate with the dead, but was that just a lie?
A: It was a priest’s harmless lie! To gain the approval of outside magi, he kept a Grail look-alike in order to have "a sacred relic that grants bargaining power!"

Q: What is Illya’s capacity as a Grail? Hypothetically, if the Einzbern won the War, Illya absorbed the other 6 Servants besides Berserker, and had some shred of human will left, could she still don the Dress of Heaven and initiate the Grail ritual?
A: That’s what Liz and Sella are for. Illya can only take up to 4 - I would think that absorbing a fifth Servant wouldn’t allow her to function as a human any longer.

Q: I thought that Servants can materialize in physical form because of the Holy Grail, but how was Berserker summoned 2 months before the Greater Grail was active? Was he summoned without the aid of the Greater Grail, using Illya’s uncommonly high energy capacity?
A: It was due to the ease of requesting material gathered at the Greater Grail, and some cheating, characteristic of the Einzbern. Although, Old Man Acht didn’t expect Illya to successfully summon a Servant a full 2 months in advance.

 

Command Spells


 

Q: In Saber’s route, there was a scene where Illya was frightened by Gil’s appearance, and her Command Seal was described as “glowing.” Is this because Illya’s Command Seals are different than those of other Masters? Are the Seals her Thaumaturgical Crest or something?
A: Illya’s Command Seals are also her magic circuits, so the generation of mana causes it to appear as if she is activating her Seals.

Q: This is a question about contracts with multiple Servants. Can Command Spells be used on any of the Servants? Hypothetically, if someone was bound to two Servants, would the magus be able to use four or more Command Spells?
A: Even when contracted with multiple Servants, a Master only receives three Command Spells (assuming none have been stolen from other Masters, etc.), so you can’t have four Command Spells for a single Servant or anything like that. Also, there’s nothing wrong with concentrating all Command Spells on a single Servant. The problems begin after all Command Spells have been used up.

Q: Can Command Seals be easily transferred between magi? From the conversation between Caren and Bazett in the sequel Fate/hollow ataraxia, it sounded like a simple matter, but was this because their mutual consent would make it so? In Fate/stay night, when people like Caster and Rin talk about taking Shirou’s Command Seals, they mentioned painful things like amputating his arm and extracting the nerves...
A: Basically, with mutual consent, a precise and time-consuming transplant procedure is possible. Caster didn’t want to take the time to properly transfer the Seals, so she decided to cut off Shirou’s arm and take it with her.

Q: How was the book (Tome of the False Attendant) that Shinji was using as a Command Spell created? Was Sakura’s Command Seal transplanted into a grimoire? Or did Sakura use her Command Spell to order Rider to obey his orders while he held the book? It’s just, since it was Shinji’s mark of authority, I was wondering why the book burst into flames after Rider’s death.
A: As a book originally created for use in magical contracts anyway, the Tome of the False Attendant was adapted to serve as a Command Spell. The authority of Rider’s Master was implanted into the book. Strictly speaking, the power binding Rider lies in the Command Spell written in the book, not the book itself.

Q: After Caster summoned Assassin (Sasaki Kojirou), was she branded with Command Seals? I ask because I don’t think she ever used a Command Spell on Assassin.
A: She had something similar to a Command Spell. Though, as a fake Master with a fake Servant, it wasn't something as powerful as a true Command Spell. While she may not originally have received any Command Spells, Caster may have skillfully borrowed the power of the Greater Grail to craft herself an imitation.

 

Q: If there were more than seven classes of Servants, is there a reason the classes of Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, and Berserker that participated in the Fifth Holy Grail War were chosen?
A: This is the basic line-up. The class distinctions exist so that Heroic Spirits with similar characteristics won't conflict with each other.

[e.g., if two swordsmen are chosen to be among the seven Servants, only one will be summoned as a Saber.]

 

 

Servants


Q: What is the basis for the ranks assigned to Servants’ abilities and skills? Also, who or what assigns the ranks? Is it the will of the Greater Grail? Or the opinion of the Master?
A: The summoning Master and local attributes have some influence, but it’s basically the hero’s known exploits, and the recognition afforded them by the people of the world, that decide these rankings.

Q: Can the spiritual core of a Servant be thought of as a vital area that, if destroyed, would cause instantaneous death, like a human’s heart or brain?
A: The heart and brain are certainly vital organs. Though they are different from the spiritual core, they can be considered organs directly connected to the core.
When the spiritual core is weakened through energy consumption or damage to the physical body, powerful energies, spells, and Noble Phantasms can no longer be materialized, and the Servant will disappear.

 

Q: What kind of role does the World give to Heroic Spirits that aren't Guardians? Also, what do magi call people with high divinity or are closer to the planet?
A: Heroic Spirits that aren't Guardians are simply treated as traditions that lend power to the later people. Those that became closer to the planet don't mix well with people so they fall into the categories of Divine Spirits and Elementals.

 

Q: As a percentage, how much are the abilities of blackened Servants enhanced? Or, when such Servants have an excess energy supply like Saber (Artoria) did, can they reach a level of power comparable to or greater than what they had in life?
A: They’re like runaway trains that never run out of fuel. Except, since they’re out of control, fine handling is impossible!

 

Q: If the Holy Grail War were set in Europe, would Cuchulainn (Lancer), King Arthur (Saber), and Herakles (Berserker) be roughly equal in power?
A: ...Well, if we’re talking western Europe in general I’d say the first two would be powered up to an equal degree... though in England and Ireland, the odds would be sharply in the respective hero’s favor. Herakles would display excellent power through all of western Europe.

Q: Even though the setting is Japan, why are there so few Japanese Heroic Spirits? Is it because the Holy Grail is a Western (Christian) concept?
A: Exactly.

 

Q: What was the sport that Saber said she liked, that used swords to play on large stretches of land? Could it be golf? Or maybe polo?
A: It was an ancestor of golf. You can think of it as "something like golf that was around before golf was conceived.”

 

Q: In the Saber route, Saber terminated her contract with the World by breaking the Grail by her own will, but in the end, wouldn't a hero of the caliber of King Arthur end up being removed from the cycle of transmigration as a Heroic Spirit after death?
A: King Arthur's goin' to Avalon. 
Among the English, King Arthur's still very much around. After all, she's "the Once and Future King".

[original Japanese says "king who will be back" but that's awkward and she ain't the Terminator]

 

Q: Even in Rin’s route, Saber voluntarily destroyed the Holy Grail. Did this time also break her contract with the World, and make it impossible for her to exist as a Heroic Spirit?
A: It was a flawed Grail, so you could say it was halfway done. Since Saber reconsidered her life and found her own path... this time, perhaps she could become a Heroic Spirit on her own.

 

Q: Around what age did Archer (Emiya Shirou) form a contract with the World as a Guardian?
A: From his late twenties to early thirties.

 

Q: When and where did Archer (Emiya Shirou) acquire his red overcoat (the holy shroud)? Or, was the shroud he used in Sakura’s route an original one?
A: When he began working as a freelance magus in his twenties, he received it from a certain curry-loving member of the clergy... now that would make a nice story, it would.

 

Q: Archer's greatest defense is "Rho Aias", but if he were the same person as Shirou, shouldn't his greatest protection be "Avalon"? In the Rin route, Archer knew that the holy sword's sheath was inside Shirou, so wouldn't the Heroic Spirit form of the Shirou that "knew" that the sheath was merged with him be Archer?
A: Avalon’s power won't work if Saber's not connected to it. It's a different story during the Grail War, but all it does when Saber isn't around is make Shirou's magic attribute into "sword". Also, after the Grail War is taken apart, the link between him and her will be gone, so it's best to think that his image of "Avalon" also disappeared.

 

Q: Who arranged to get Rider’s "Mystic Eye Killer" contact lenses at the end of Sakura’s route? And was the creator of those glasses Aozaki Touko?
A: Touko-san seems to pop up everywhere... "Ah, for inquiries about Mystic Eyes, haunting ghosts, or troubles with ungrateful little sisters, please- please call Garan no Dou~"


Q: When Rider is on a motorcycle, can she go faster than GP Rider? Also, when she’s on a bicycle, about how many kilometers per hour can she go up to? (though I’m worried if she could bear to ride a bike...)
A: She’d be a match for Wayne Gardner. On a bicycle, she’d accelerate endlessly until the bike itself broke down. "It would be nice if I could Power Burst like Saber..." were her actual words. Thus, she yearns badly for a racing bike that can go even faster.

 

Q: Caster's ability as a magus is at the sorcerer level, but is it possible for Caster (Medea) to become a wizard in the future? Also, are there beings that have a "higher level as magi" than the current sorcerers?
A: Caster was a magus back in the day that Sorcery was common, and she wouldn't have good affinity with the "Five Sorceries of the Modern Era" anyhow. So, she isn't going to be able to pick up Sorcery.
Also there are actually quite a few magi at a higher level than the current sorcerers. In the first place, Aozaki Aoko's abilities as a mage are inferior to the lecturers of the Clock Tower.

 

Q: Caster summoned Kojirou as an irregular Master, but was there a person who would have summoned Assassin as a regular Master (someone with the sign of the bruise)? Or was that Zouken?
A: Caster found him before he could do the summoning....

 

Q: About Heracles who was summoned as Berserker, it seems like he can become Saber or Archer. If he had been summoned in a different class, which class would it be that he could demonstrate his true power the most?
A: Surprisingly, it would be Archer. Archer is a ranger so it's a pretty comfortable class to someone like him who overcame many trials with knowledge and resourcefulness.

 

Q: Did the man known as Sasaki Kojirou have a real name?
A: There is speculation that Kojirou’s real name was Tsuda, etc., but the man known as Assassin has no name.

Q: Could you tell us the rest of the incantation for Protection Against Wind, which was "----hu A--a-" in the glossary? Or would that be a problem?
A: No waaay. I could neeever speak a name of such weight. I’d be stabbed in the baaack.

Q: Was Zouken branded with Command Seals after he summoned True Assassin through Kojirou’s body? Or, not being human (and a bunch of worms that infest Sakura), did he not receive them? Also, was this the proper way of summoning the regular Assassin?
A: Even though Assassin’s Command Spells were fake, Caster still had them, so additional ones were not created. True Assassin’s summoning ritual was most certainly outside the norm.

 

Noble Phantasms


 

Q: Though many Servants possess Noble Phantasms that appear in their actual myths and legends, there were some that felt like original creations for the game. What did you have in mind when you created these original Noble Phantasms (“Bounded Field of the Wind King: Invisible Air”, “All-Violating Talisman: Rule Breaker”)?
A: Invisible Air was simply a form of magic meant to conceal a Noble Phantasm. I thought that surely Merlin could have managed that somehow! Heroic Spirits that possess overly famous Noble Phantasms have a trick or two to hide their true identities.
[As for Rule Breaker,] I created it from her image as a treacherous archmage. I figured she would be too weak with only her Dragon’s Teeth soldiers.

 

Q: What is the limit of replication in UBW? The highest level of NP (sword types) is probably Ea, but while it might be impossible for Shirou, could Archer make it? Also, under the meaning of weapons, to what extent can he make modern weapons? Must it be only blade types or can he make guns and mobile weapons?
A: Divinely forged weapons such as Ea and Excalibur are non-replicable. There might be some degraded Noble Phantasms with similar performance in stock, though. Also, since sword is becoming Shirou's origin, the weapons that he has stored are fundamentally limited to close combat.

 

Q: If the original Gàn Jiàng & Mò Yē take the stage in the Holy Grail War, will they possess the power of Noble Phantasms, as twin swords that reached the realm of Gods through human sacrifice? Or, is it impossible for them to become Noble Phantasms, since they did not have wielders in their legend?
A: Without a doubt, the swords would be true Noble Phantasms. They would be extremely strong anti-monster Noble Phantasms. Rider's ultimate form - Gorgon Lv100 - or the extra-dimensional evil god summoned by Gilles would all be cut down in a single strike.

 

Q: Does Gate of Babylon contain things such as rare but weak Noble Phantasms? I noticed he kept wine in there in Fate/Zero, so I was wondering if Gilgamesh’s everyday meals were in there as well.
A: Anything can be found in there. Like a meat that multiplies in proportion to how much is eaten. He’s definitely the “NEET of Babylon.”

[NEETs are young Japanese people who are "Not in Education, Employment or Training"]

 

Q: Does Rider's blindfold Breaker Gorgon allow her to see what's before her? Also, does the Mystic Eyes Killer Rider is wearing have a comparable sealing power as this Noble Phantasm?
A: Her sight is completely sealed. Although Rider perceives the world through senses such as hearing, touch, smell, and magic-detection, she is able to acquire more precise information than sight.
About the glasses, it only seals the power of petrification. It does not act like the Breaker Gorgon, which "seals all magical properties".

 

Q: If Caster had a skill (dragon summoning skill) that let her use the Golden Fleece, would she be able to escape the rank of being the weakest Servant? Also, will the spirit in the Golden Fleece ever see the light of day? He's cute so I wanted to see him in color.
A: She'd move up to the middle rank, I think. Oh, but the Colchis dragon isn't that strong, is it...

 

Q: It seems that Berserker's Noble Phantasm "Shooting of a Hundred Heads -- Nine Lives" has the form of a bow and arrow set, but is there something special about its form as a Noble Phantasm? Also, does Nine Lives as a skill simultaneously release 9 strikes?
A: Nine Lives is more like one style rather than one armament. There's the Nine Lives using a bow, the Nine Lives using a sword, the Nine Lives using a shield, and so forth. The slaying of the Hydra led to the creation of the technique -- just so, he simultaneously annihilated 100 heads with a bow.

 

Q: Is there any way to defend against "Delusional Heartbeat: Zabaniya?"
A: One can simply stay out of True Assassin’s range, have high enough MGI to dispel the cursed mirror image heart that Zabaniya creates, or have high enough Luck to avoid it without any problem.

 

Magic and Magi


 

Q: Exactly what kind of power is magic? Is it something that can’t be used by normal people even if they obtained grimoires and studied them? Or is it something that is possible only with knowledge gained from performing magical rituals drawing on the Root?
A: It is an occult art, grounded in and actualized via imaginary elements. Magic harnesses mystic energy to interfere with phenomena; it is a shortcut that creates artificial changes in the world. ...That’s about as clear as fog, so to put it simply, it utilizes energy that doesn't exist in reality - mana - as elements to make reactions happen.
Above all, magic requires the generation of mystic energy, so people without magic circuits cannot practice magic no matter how diligently they study its theories.

Q: What kind of humans are magi? Aside from the "magic circuits" that normal people don't have, is there any other difference in their body composition?
A: It basically comes down to whether someone has magic circuits or not.

Q: Mystic energy powers magic, but if the practice of magic came down to "fist motion" rather than "technique," would magi be unable to sense mystic energy?
A: They can’t sense mana if it isn’t flowing. It’s in the same way you can’t ‘feel’ yourself being jinxed, or prayers to a god.


Q: Conceptual Arms are fixed magical items which execute a predetermined phenomenon. They're soul smashers ("outbreakers") that beat the opponent not physically but with the weight of the soul, but would it be possible to kill only the soul of a normal person, rather than something supernatural?
A: Yes, but the effect would be reduced. Or rather, against a mundane opponent, mere physical attacks would suffice. Physical interference is not possible against formless things, such as manifestations of laws or  delusions. That's why Conceptual Arms exist, because beings that exist via concepts can only be killed by concepts.

 

Q: Why is the mystic energy-killing burial shroud able to stop mystic energy?  Is it a Conceptual Arm imparted with the meaning of "stopping mystic energy"?

A: It's because it seals a certain event or returns it to normal. An air cleaner might be the way to describe it. Any more explanations on will appear eventually, I believe.

 

Q: Are there any living owners of exceptional Mystic Eyes such as the "Jewel," "Rainbow," or "Gold" colors?
A: They are rare, but they certainly exist. Powerful vampires naturally possess Gold eyes.

 

Q: Just what is that Gazamy the Evil Spook thing that's been made out to be the top disaster in the Magic Association?

A: It's the name they call this magus that's locked in the bottom of the London Tower. Not that dangerous of a person, but they say that no person has ever had a magical attribute as troublesome to magi as that. We'll eventually learn more of Gazamy, probably.

 

Q: Regarding sacraments which purify via rituals like Kyrie Eleison, am I right in thinking that this was the same existence (has the same principle) as magic?
A: They have the same principle, but that's normally a ritual that doesn't require one's own magical power. To an unworldly being, it's kind of like a sermon that tells it that "you don't have a place here" by illuminating it with the providence of the world.

 

 

Characters


 

Q: What’s the best selling product at Copenhagen? Also, how much does Shirou earn per hour working part-time there?
A: Whisky. 950 yen per hour.

Q: It seemed like Shirou received some spending money for accompanying Fujimura Raiga on his hobbies. What are those hobbies?
A: Sumo wrestling and hunting.

Q: On average, how much is one of Tohsaka Rin’s jewels worth?
A: If we’re only talking about the ones she uses in combat, those go up to about 500,000 yen each. As for the ones made of crystals inherently easy to store mana in, those are made of precious metals and fetch a very high price (I decided long ago that the gems would be very valuable). The Tohsaka have exclusive channels through which they obtain the jewels, and Rin racks her brains every day wondering whether she could've gotten a better price from the buyer if she had just become friends with that lady.

[Luvia, probably]

Q: How does Tohsaka Rin pay for her living expenses when she is performing magic using such valuable jewels? Is she eating up her parents’ inheritance? Has she taken up a part-time job like Shirou? Or has she turned her hand to some other trade?
A: The Tohsaka family is still relatively wealthy because it receives royalties from magical patents (theories and rituals used at the Clock Tower. Like real-life patents.), and as a result their income is surprisingly high. Even without any additional revenue, annual income is roughly #0,000,000 yen. ...Although, Rin feels a bit ashamed of this since it's all thanks to the work of previous generations.

Q: After the Sakura route in which Rin proves herself a splendid disciple of Zelretch, would she be able to continue her training in peace? Or would she draw the attention of a Wizard Marshal and get mixed up in battles with vampires?
A: You'll have to pay close attention to London for that story! The parallel world version of TYPE-MOON will definitely sell it!

 

Q: What's Leysritt's arm-wrestling rank in the world of Fate?
A: Leysritt's arm-wrestling... is about an even match with Rider using Monstrous Strength? Rank value is about B-.

 

Q: Where did the Einzbern nobles get their narrow view of Japanese culture from? (That Japanese people are a tribe of headhunters, and other terrible and weird prejudices...). Did it come from their resentment of Kiritsugu?
A: All foreigners are like that. (Secret Technique: Kinoko Reverse Discrimination)

Q: Where does the main Einzbern family live? The “von” in the is supposed to be German, right?
A: They live in Germany, in a mountain district near a certain river.

Q: Was Kuzuki not a Master in Saber’s route?
A: He was a Master.

Q: When Kotomine gave Rin some really cute clothes for her birthday, was that because of his own personal tastes? Or did he just intentionally pick something that she wouldn’t like to troll her?
A: It was out of unnecessary consideration for something he thought a girl her age would wear. ...Though if it were for his real daughter, it might actually suit her.

 

Q: Did Sakura study archery because of Shirou's influence? Or did Shinji or Zouken make her do it?
A: It was Shirou's influence. She did it so she could watch him more closely.

 

Q: In your original manuscript, does Shinji become a better person after he survives Rin’s route? And does have the potential to find happiness...?
A: No fundamental changes, but since a great burden was lifted off his back (his obsession with magic), he'll probably be able to enjoy life as a fussy, loudmouthed, smarter-than-average, troublesome person.

 

Q: Shinji's mother is a "Carrier", what kind of pathogen is she carrying? Is she a "God's Holder"?
A: No, nothing special of that sort. According to Zouken, she is the daughter of "a random third-rate magus".
[Note: "Carriers" retain remnants of mysteries from the Age of Gods as pathogens like bacteria and viruses. The Fraga McRemitz lineage of course is an exceptionally powerful example, while Shinji's mother unfortunately is of the bottom of the barrel.]

 

Q: Since Sakura often eats at the Emiya home, does that mean Shinji is eating all by himself during those times? Or is he taking his meals with Zouken?
A: Eating alone, hmm? He’s at some Italian restaurant flirting with girls!

Q: Can Zouken even eat normal food anymore?
A: He can, but for him it’s more efficient to directly leech life force for nourishment. He’s already a specter, after all.

Q: Where did the Makiri clan originally emigrate from?
A: It’s said that they came from somewhere around Russia.

Q: Will Ayako ever have a boyfriend?
A: It seems like she wants to find one, but it also seems like she wants to stay single as long as possible... Miss Mitsuzuri is still fully interested in maidenhood, so she’ll probably be shot down soon after she enters college. By a young man suited to black-rimmed spectacles, harmless to man and beast. ...I think I’ve seen a photo of those two somewhere...

Q: Issei’s favorite dishes are the lunches that Shirou makes... but it’s not like he has any delicate feelings for Shirou that extend beyond friendship, right?
A: I definitely won’t talk about something hopeless like that. But Issei's feelings are purely as male friends. The bonds between men are STRONGEST!

 

Misc.


Q: Looking at the parameter rules and various attributes in Fate, I got the feeling that it was something that could be made into a game outside the visual novel genre. Were you hoping to make another type of game as well?
A: Yes, a simulation game. I think a wargame like Romance of the Three Kingdoms would be interesting.


Q: If you were to join the Holy Grail War, which Hero would you like to have as your Servant? Either Servants who were present in the story, or Heroes that were not present, please tell me.
A: Rider. (Fourth Holy Grail War, Fifth Holy Grail War, I am good with either.)

 

Q: It’s said that there is only one territory in Japan where True Magic can be activated. Where is that place? The lands managed by the Aozaki?
A: Yes, the Aozaki lands. Though, now that the mysteries have been passed on to Aoko, the land itself is irrelevant.

 

Q: There's three ranks for magical beasts, but among the greatest class of these, the Divine Beasts, which would be the most famous?
Dragons are special beings with that exist in each class, but are there any currently existing dragons that can interfere with the real world in the world of Fate?
A: Moby Dick and Typhon? Divine Beasts like those are more like superweapons than living beings, I suppose. 

 

Q: Why did Bazett kill the magus sent from the Magic Association as her observer? If her official duty was to participate in the Holy Grail War on behalf of the Association, couldn’t she have cooperated with the observer to aim for victory?
A: To put it frankly, it’s because the observer was dispatched by an opposing faction within the Association. 

 

Q: Is it safe to assume that the sequel hollow follows none of the three routes' endings in Fate/stay night? (meaning a parallel universe with different possibilities)
A: It's best if you don’t think too much about it (laughs).


Q: Why does Caren have Command Spells for Gilgamesh and Lancer? Could she have transplanted (inherited) them from Kotomine?
A: Caren has no Command Spells. It's thanks to her force of personality and the threat that her death would mean their ends as well that she is able to control them. Because she's the kind of woman who, if threatened with "You’re an annoying Master. I’ll kill you," would seriously respond with "by all means." Regarding the events of hollow, it’s fine to think of her as the mouthpiece for Kotomine's personality.

 

Q: About Tsukihime, which has the same background world setting as Fate/stay night, which story happened first chronologically? And how many years apart are they?
A: The end of Tsukihime is the beginning of Fate/stay night.

 

Q: Are Kotomine, Caren, and Ciel, who are all affiliated with the Church, personally acquainted with each other?
A: Currently, they are not. It's possible that Ciel and Caren could meet, though.

 

Q: How far away is Fate/stay night's Fuyuki from Tsukihime's Misaki?
A: About the distance between Kantō and Kyūshū.

Q: Who would be stronger if Servants fought the 27 Ancestors? Servants also have superhuman battle ability, but the 27 Ancestors are also superhuman monsters... I got the impression that ORT, Primate Murder, Altrouge Brunestud, and so on were obviously stronger than Servants.
A: All I can is they're both powerful... They're both beings that dwell in mystery, so the only thing that can be said is that it all depends on the situation at the moment, whether one "has the means of killing the other guy somehow." Among those, ORT and Primate Murder have the super advantage against humanity so they're in a league of their own, I suppose. Speaking of which, seven Guardians would be the appropriate force to oppose one Primate Murder.

[clarification: Primate Murder has absolute Authority over killing humans (霊長), while ORT doesn't abide by Earth's natural laws]

 

Q: Are the three routes of Fate/stay night parallel worlds existing at the same time? I was curious about how it would look to Zelretch.
A: They're parallel... sort of. But if Zelretch was observing, it'd become true, and my feelings on the matter is that I'd rather two routes disappear if one was true.
If all of these became possible at the same time, the other routes would become meaningless.

 

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