Anastasia Servant Profile (CV: Yumi Hara, CI: sime)
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Youngest daughter of Romanov Empire’s last Tsar, Nicholas II.
Caught amidst the upheaval of the Russian Revolution, she was executed at Ipatiev House「1」 alongside her family, servants and pets.
Height / Weight: 158cm / 40kg
Source: Historic Fact
Alignment: True Neutral
She made a contract with Viy「2」, a treasured spirit from the Romanov Empire「3」.
Deep down, she is actually pretty naïve. But she’s cautious towards people, and as such speaks indifferently to you immediately after the summoning. If only you win her trust, then perhaps you’ll see her true lively and mischievous nature.
By reflecting yourself into the mirrors of a camera, you leave behind a glimpse of yourself. Just like how those so-called “selfies” of the present preserve charming episodes.
Inside the few family letters that has been left behind, you can see a glimpse of her innocent nature, and the profound affection she has towards her family.
Anastasia’s former nickname (which means “Imp”)「4」, which also happens to be one of Viy’s ability.
It enables the doings of a lot of undoable things. Moving items from one’s hand to her own, cracking small imperfections into the ground to trip someone, and potentially anything in the mischievous-prank-level.
While it is indeed an ability that borders unthinkable-levels, not only that its limited in range, it is not in the do-harm-and-kill-level – and as such it cannot be used to seriously injure or end life.
”Gallop – Gaze of the Boundless Ghastly Eyes”
Classification: Spirit-type Noble Phantasm
Max. Target: ?
Viy, Viy, Viy.
Full unleashing of Viy’s demonic eyes . The eyes that see through everything, the eyes that distort principles of causality to the breaking point.
“Lingering Gleam, Loathed Citadel of Blood”
Classification: Fortress-type Noble Phantasm
Max. Target: 11 Personnel + 1 Animal
Reproductions of citadels (Kremlins, also known as Kreml) 「6」 scattered here and there all over the lands of Russia.
Anastasia, one who inherited the Emperor (Tsar)’s blood, called upon an exceedingly strong and splendor citadel, which can be used for protection.
However, only those allowed by Anastasia herself could enter. The whole castle will do harm upon those who enter uninvited.
It is not used in FGO.
Strictly speaking, the existence of the so-called “Viy”, as either a spirit or a monster「7」, does not exist.
It was the Russian Author Gogol「8」 who introduced Viy as a made-up monster in his short horror novella, “Viy”「9」.
However, Slavic folklore resembling Viy does exist, and it has been proposed that these legends served as inspiration for the tale itself.
Viy, whom Anastasia made a contract with, was a familiar kept around by the Romanov Empire. He used his demonic eyes to open all sorts of secrets, to spot weak spots in strongholds, and furthermore, to bath those who oppose them in blood.
However, without the right talent, you will not be able to see nor control him. Anastasia eventually met the requirements to make a contract with him just moments before her death.
「1」 Ipatiev House were a Merchant's House in Yekaterinburg and was the building in which the Imperial Prisoners, including Anastasia and her Family were imprisoned and later executed during the Russian Revolution. The house itself was demolished in the late 1950s and a church has been built on the site since to commemorate the Romanov Sainthood.
「2」 Viy, also known as the King of Gnomes was a fictional demonic entity often described as:
"an ungainly human figure with crooked legs … He was quite covered with black soil, and his hands and feet resembled knotted roots. He trod heavily and stumbled at every step. His eyelids were of enormous length."
「3」 Romanov Empire is a way of referring to the Russian Empire, which collapsed in 1917 during the revolution, during Anastasia's Father reign.
「4」 Shvibzik (Швыбзик) translates directly from Russian to imp, and this nickname was at least given to her in part by her older sister Olga, as some letters show. It most likely refers to her mischievous demeanor when she's younger (as many accounts confirmed), but it has been suggested that it's merely a reference to the fact that she's the youngest sister.
「5」 Sunreki Kreml (Сумерки Кремль) is Russian for "Gloam/Twillight/Sunset" and "Fortress/Stronghold/Citadel".
「6」 While the Moskovskiy Kreml is probably the first one to come to mind upon hearing the word, Kremlin is also a term for fortified complexes in general.
「7」 While I normally don't translate the word 妖怪, it's clear that the text is not referring to the specific Japanese apparitions normally associated with the word and as such I've translated it.
「8」 Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, a Russian-Ukranian Dramatist, Poet and Author.
「9」 Viy is a horror novella written by Gogol.
450 years ago, when the present Ice Age began, and average outdoor temperatures fell to -100 C, Ivan sought the assistance of a magus to improve his citizens' capacity for survival. The method chosen was to fuse the survivors of the initial onslaught of the blizzard with an unspecified phantasmal species. Eventually, things became as they are at present – but prior to the establishment of the new status quo, there was a period wherein a lack of resources resulted in cannibalism.
The current name that the Russians have assumed as their racial designation is "Yaga," after Baba Yaga – with basis in Baba Yaga's penchant for consuming humans. They've adopted this name specifically so as to remind themselves of the sins that their ancestors committed.
—And so, the curtains were drawn on our history.
It is now 90 days after the invasion from outer space.
The Earth has become a planet entirely bleached white.
Just a mere three months of resistance.
No, rather, it was a long, long battle that continued for three months.
All manner of resistance has ended pointlessly. That is only natural.
As we were only good at monitoring our neighbouring countries, we had no plans at all for handling space invaders.
The United Nations, which had been battling the invasion to the end, was destroyed just several days ago.
The remaining handful of humans can do nothing but stare up at the empty sky helplessly.
In their eyes lie the vacant despair that has accepted this day, of all days, may be the day the world ends.
…However, I just could not accept it.
Casting aside the contemptuous glances of those immersed in their last prayers, I leapt out of the campgrounds like a tantrum-throwing child.
There is not even a single fragment of the past that can be seen.
Only a new, white wilderness can be seen, stretching out before my eyes.
We no longer have any hopes of reversing this situation or even surviving it.
No activity of ours will bear any fruit.
Unable to accept that, I am attempting to fish for records of the past.
Riding an old motorcycle with enough fuel only for a one-way ride, I embark into the world which has now been turned into a white wilderness.
After all, it's just weird. There are too many questions.
At least, before I die, I may be able to find out "Why".
The world has ended. Fine.
The invaders are aliens from outer space. Great.
However, their motives, their purpose, their story; it is all too secretive.
The invasion lasted for 90 days, but there should have been signs of it beforehand.
There should have been those who had foreseen this situation.
There were those who overlooked this, knowing that it would end up this way.
How did the invaders appear on this planet? If these traces, this secrets are not exposed, humanity will not be able to die in peace.
"This" is what I hope my journey in search for clues will uncover.
Though this voice recording is my soliloquy, it is at the same time the final record of this planet.
My name is David. David Bluebook.
A strange man who went on this final journey to seek a satisfactory answer, whilst abandoning all hopes and expectations for a future.
Then, the scene moves to detail the notes of a researcher in 2016. The notes tell of 「Specimen: E」 being moved to a base 18 hours after the observation in New Mexico. The researcher is extremely excited: this is the greatest achievement since the Roswell Incident in 1947. The specimen is dying and in a state where it is unable to survive without human assistance. More importantly, it's undoubtedly a sapient lifeform alien to humanity. Its form and structure are incomprehensible; a monstrous shape that looks like it came out of the sort of film featuring visitors from outer space.
The mission of the researcher was to resuscitate this "friend" from a far off world and establish communication with it. The staff are all fired up and eager to help, but there is one thing that the researcher regrets. It is that this cannot be disclosed to the outside world. This project is classified at the highest levels and cannot be made public until it is complete. And so, in this underground facility, they have to continue their vigil and medical care of this unknown lifeform, which resembles the root of a tree.
Seated at a large, round table, Kirschtaria has called a meeting of the Crypters. He is the only one present in the flesh while the others appear to be just holograms. It has been 90 days since the Trees of Fantasy sprouted, roughly three months. The Filtering Alternate History Phenomenon, or in other words the rewriting of the Lostbelts, has been completed. This appears to be the first step of their masterplan, and Kirschtaria congratulates his fellow Crypters for this achievement.
Beryl is the first to respond, in a cheerful manner.
Hm? You're exaggerating it, Kirschtaria. None of us have actually done any bit of work yet. The invasion from space as well as the rewriting of the Texture, that's all the great work of the mighty 「Alien God」. What we've been doing is actually just sucking up to the Kings of each Lostbelt. The real thing starts from now on, right?
Ophelia immediately rebuts him, saying that the stability of the Lostbelts and the growth of the "Tree" mean the same thing.
Lord Kirschtaria has said to contract with the Servants in the Lostbelt and devote our full strength to this end. For a Master like you, who still feels like playing around…
Beryl pleads mockingly to be let off from her glare. He notes that she is referring to Kirschtaria in a very respectful and subordinate manner now, and that she seems to have changed quite a bit after waking up. He can understand the feeling of wanting to cling onto somebody in such a situation, but corrects her, saying that he is now more serious than ever. After all, he's already died once, and he has no expectations that after this first gift of resurrection from the Alien God, there will be a second chance. So while he's alive, he has to do what he wants to do. A twisted grin creeps across his face.
To kill and to take is the pleasure of living. —Hey, don't you think so too, Daybit?
Agreed. The act of workmanlike killing was not an experience I could have while within the Coffin. The areas that you and I are in charge of are rather primitive. Inevitably, we shall be blessed with such an opportunity.
Grinning, Beryl says they can't be accused of playing around if their opposition comes looking to fight to the death. Ophelia expresses her sympathy for the Lostbelts that they are in charge of. Meanwhile, Peperoncino tells Kadoc he's not looking to well, compared to Beryl who seems just as usual.
You've got dark circles under your eyes, you know? Didn't catch enough sleep? Or are you too stressed?
…It's both. Leave me alone, I'm properly doing my job after all.
That's a bit impossible. Very impossible. If you want me to leave you alone, then at least give me a smile. If my friend looks gloomy then I'll feel down too. That's a given, isn't it?
Peperoncino says that he's concerned over Kadoc for his own sake. It has nothing to do with Kadoc's circumstances or feelings. If Kadoc wants to stand alone, then he has to demonstrate strength worthy of doing so. To mediate the situation, Peperoncino proceeds to offer Kadoc some tea. It seems that Pepe's Lostbelt has some really good tea leaves. He thinks Kadoc and the princess may enjoy it. Kadoc tells him to mind his own business.
Even when the world has changed so, you are the only one that doesn't change, Pepe.
Kya, I got praised~! Nice, that's a pretty good pick-up line, Kadoc!
Kadoc complains to Ophelia that there's someone here who's really playing around, but it seems that even Ophelia is going to let him be. Apparently, that is just Pepe's default mode. Beryl gleefully agrees - that is just who Peperoncino is, and if Pepe were to express any sort of worry or look serious, it'd mean that the world's going to end.
Hinako interrupts the chatter, asking Kirschtaria what this meeting is for.
I should have completed my report on the Lostbelt I am in. My Lostbelt is unsuitable for territorial expansion, and so I will not be competing. The rest of you can contend for supremacy over this planet as you wish. Didn't I send a message saying that?
Kadoc doesn't trust Akuta's words. Even if she shuts herself away, she cannot avoid a fight. There can only be one Lostbelt chosen at the end. Even if Akuta does not expand her territory, other Lostbelts will encroach upon it. He asks her if she's fine just sitting there waiting to lose. Akuta does not seem to care even if her Lostbelt disappears. She just wants to stay there till the end this time around. It is a problem of conviction; she'll leave everything to the other Crypters. Beryl takes the opportunity to complain that this is a rigged game where the results are already known. Even if they band together, they can't reach Kirschtaria - it's like the race is almost completed.
Daybit and I are in really terrible spots, y'know? What type of "possible human history" is that?
On that point, Kirschtaria's Lostbelt seems to be superior to theirs, and perhaps even superior compared to the Pan-Human History. Beryl laughs about how born aristocrats just get all the luck. While Kirschtaria says nothing, Ophelia snaps at Beryl, telling him off. She says that Kirschtaria had conquered that city with his own strength. As proof of that, it seems that he even has three Divine Spirits under his command. Kirschtaria stops Ophelia before she can say anything more, saying that Beryl isn't wrong. Kirschtaria's victory at the end is something self-evident after all.
Well then, though this communication may be at long-range, I have summoned you all here today not to ascertain the growth of your respective Lostbelts. Around an hour ago, one of my Servants predicted the appearance of a certain Saint Graph and Round Circle.
This gets all of the Crypters' attention. Smiling, Kirschtaria continues to explain that the Saint Graph is that of Chaldea's, and the summoning circle is, of course, the Round Table in Mashu Kyrielight's possession. After submerging into Imaginary Numbers space at the South Pole and being lost to their sight, Chaldea has finally reappeared. Pepe wonders if Kirschtaria made the wrong choice in having Koyanskaya manipulate the Mage's Association choice of new director. He claims that his Servants could've directly destroyed the base instead.
Kirschtaria maintains that the right decision was taken. Chaldea's defenses are not robust, but they are perfect. Without infiltrating Chaldea by the way of sending in new staff, they would not have been able to take countermeasures against rayshifting; it was necessary to shut down Chaldeas from the inside. Koyanskaya's plan went well - if Kirschtaria were to pinpoint a problem, it would be because that Servant did not work proactively enough. However, he refrains from blaming Kadoc.
The three Servants who are emissaries… that priest and Koyanskaya are not our Servants.
Kadoc asks where Chaldea will reappear, but Kirschtaria replies that the prediction was not that precise. He only knows that they will show up in a few more hours. Beryl suggest that everyone be on alert in their respective territories. Then, Daybit deduces that the point of reappearance will be in Russia. After all, the only thing Chaldea knows about the "current world" are the Servants that attacked them. Hence, they will have formed a "bond" with that - something necessary for them to resurface into the real world - and are likely to make the Oprichniki their target.
…Hmph. This is karma, then. If you get done in, then pay it back. To them, I'm the very first enemy to defeat.
Beryl offers Kadoc his help, which Kadoc rejects immediately. He doesn't want Beryl acting too big brotherly with him; having Pepe alone do that is already all that Kadoc can take. Beryl seems disappointed and retorts that Peperoncino is more of a dad than anything. But he'll respect Kadoc's wishes, and tells him to show off his manliness to the princess.
But don't push yourself, kay? It's fine if you turn tail and run if things get bad. We might be competitors, but we aren't bitter enemies. There's no value in a Crypter who's lost their Lostbelt.
No one is going to lay a hand on Kadoc if he loses Russia, it seems. Kirschtaria confirms it. He reminds Kadoc that there is one inviolable rule the Crypters have.
The objective of a Crypter is to expand the territory of the Lostbelt under their charge. One day, the Lostbelts will collide, and one will swallow the other. The Lostbelt constructed on the stronger Human Order will take the weaker for its nourishment. However, with regards to any conflicts outside of that collision— no Crypters are allowed to interfere with the internal affairs of other Lostbelts.
He goes on to say that the matter of Chaldea is for the King of the Russian Lostbelt to handle. As Crypters, their mission is to rewrite the Human Order using the Lostbelts, and once more create a world where man is with god. Now that the invasion by the Alien God has ended, the elimination of Chaldea is but an extraneous affair. However, they are still an obstacle. After all, Chaldea is a bunch used to overturning the world. With that, Kirschtaria tells Kadoc that he anticipates good results from him. Eliminating Chaldea and nurturing the Tree in Russia are closely related objectives. Kirschtaria assigns equal potential to all of the Lostbelts, and he will not permit these Lostbelts, which contain the potential of human history, to be shut away as some stunted archive. Kadoc has no intentions of losing. He leaves the meeting to prepare for Chaldea's arrival.
Akuta is the next to leave.
Then I'll return to the throne too. The King over here is a monster with a keen spirit of inquiry and a strong desire for domination. If left alone, I have no idea what might be aspired to.
Beryl prepares to depart, saying to notify him should an SOS arrive from Russia. Pepe asks if he finds Kadoc's predicament so amusing.
Hey hey. Do I seem like such a terrible guy to you, Peperoncino? I'm genuinely concerned about Kadoc, y'know? I have no siblings of my own, so I've always thought of him as my real little brother. So I'd be sad if he died, yeah? I wanna look out for him as a brother. It's just that—
He grins. Apart from that, Beryl's just happy that he's alive. He hasn't been this happy since he broke into that man's treatment room for the first time. At that time, the Doctor drove him out as soon as he was discovered, but now… there's no longer anyone in his way. Still grinning, Beryl leaves.
Before Peperoncino leaves too, he asks Daybit for his opinion on something.
What do you think about the 「Cube」 in my Lostbelt?
Lacking information, Daybit asks if it's fine if he just calls it based on his instinct. Peperoncino is alright with that.
It's an Achilles's heel. A point that cannot be any more vital. Both for you, and for that Lostbelt. If it were me or Wodime, we would get rid of it immediately. However, you would leave it be, Peperoncino. You are such a person after all.
Peperoncino smiles, admitting that he'll be taking a wait-and-see approach, before leaving the meeting. Daybit follows suit, mentioning that the next meeting is in a month's time. Only Ophelia and Kirschtaria are left. Ophelia says that with Kadoc's ability, it would be hard to maintain the Russian Lostbelt. It seems that from the reports, the Spiritual Foundation values of the King of Russia are not inferior to that of a Divine Spirit-class Servant; not something she believes Kadoc can handle. Kirschtaria wonders if she's worried that Russia will collapse before becoming nourishment for other Lostbelts. Ophelia explains that she just feels Kadoc's behaviour is unstable. As far as she can tell, he seems likely to prioritize the princess's wishes over the Crypters' goals.
Kirschtaria summons Caeneus - now is the time for her to make use of her Authority to cross the seas. He wants Caeneus to keep an eye on Kadoc's movements, and should he show any signs of betraying the Crypters' mission, he is to be punished.
Ah? Hey, Master. Are you gonna use this great Caeneus for such trivial affairs? And it's because you're being pushed around by a woman, at that. Just what kind of Heroic Spirit do you think I am?
Kirschtaria affirms that Caeneus is a Heroic Spirit he can trust, buttering her up. Caeneus agrees to do his bidding, saying that if Kirschtaria loses then the gods' luck would have run out. After Caeneus leaves, Ophelia asks Kirschtaria if it's fine to send his bodyguard Servant away. Kirschtaria reveals that it's fine, Caeneus was a Servant that he contracted for such purposes from the start. She is trusted enough to serve as his eyes to observe the mainland. It seems that he will be sending Caeneus to Ophelia's Lostbelt too, and asks her to be careful. If Caeneus's wrath is incurred, perhaps her Lostbelt's King would be destroyed.
Ophelia, on the other hand, does not seem that worried about Caeneus. Even if her Lostbelt's King is more obedient than Russia's, they possess a strength to rival Divine Spirits. Furthermore, she has the strongest knight by her side. Kirschtaria apologizes for speaking out of turn, and then tells Ophelia that he hopes their Lostbelts will be the last ones standing to compete against each other in the end. This makes Ophelia happy.
Yes—- Yes, Lord Kirschtaria…! I will surely, surely answer your expectations…!
Ophelia is gone, and Kirschtaria remains alone in the room.
….The root of fantasy has fallen. The "Alien God" will soon descend. In these past three months, the rewriting of the Lostbelts has also ended. The next human history to succeed this planet will be ours… But, that is insufficient to satisfy me. The wise men of the Pan-Human History abandoned humans out of their leniency. The Beast bearing the name of the King of Magic gave up on humanity out of pity. I am different. My grip will surely not falter. Two thousand years after Divine Mystery has ceased to be and the foundation of the world passed over to humans… I will challenge the world that so many wise men have failed to reach, the conclusion that so many mages have failed to even consider. Watch me well, Marisbilly Animusphere. I will bring to completion the abstract theory that you left as a sketch.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
—I am the one who will kill you.
Your prestige, your pieces, every vestige of you,
I'll kill you with all my might.
As soon as you set foot on the present world,
this time, I will kill you with these hands of mine.
Gottlieb, the Man loved by God.
Source: 『The Man in Grey』「1」, the legend of Mozart's assassination, etc.
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Monologues a lot. On the same wavelength as Jeanne d'Arc Alter and the King of the Cavern (is what the person himself thinks).
Not on the same wavelength as Phantom.
In the presense of Marie Antoinette, he turns meek and quiet like a borrowed cat「2」.
A Servant that excels at promptly bringing down the opponent in accordance with the Master's orders.
There is never a time when things like a human-like nature or purpose intervene with this.
Originally, he was the owner of a thoughtful, calm and composed personality.
However, Salieri's soul has already developed cracks due to being transformed into an Innocent Monster.
Being fused with the 『Man in Grey』, something similar to the legend of the Reaper, has also had a bad influence on him.
Upon laying eyes on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he'll probably ignore the orders of the Master and turn into a rampaging machine of slaughter until he perishes.(edited)
○Innocent Monster EX
While alive, Salieri hasn't killed anyone.
However, as the legend of him assassinating Mozart spread throughout the world in the later years, Antonio Salieri was turned into an Innocent Monster because of it.
By fusing with the originally seperate skill, "Self Denial", it turned into a composite skill.
○Wailing Facade A
Salieri is clad in the shell/armor of an anti-hero.
This ability was aquired after mixing together with the 『Man in Grey』, an existence akin to the Reaper, who often appears in records relating to Mozart and was said to have commissioned the composition, 「Requiem in D minor」.
In combat, Salieri's body is automatically wrapped in this, operating as a fighting machine of slaughter.
The hateful rumor of Mozart's assassination spread like wildfire.
Avenger Salieri is strengthened by the same ill will, slander, false rumors, demagogy and repulsing whispering that created him.
It instantly weakens the enemies' collective morale and also functions as a strong mental attack.
If the enemy does not possess any means of magical defense, it is possible to cause them to commit suicide.
『O Supreme God, Please Have Mercy on Me』
Class: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Max. number of target: 50
Dio Santissimo Misericordia di Mi.
An enormous amount of killing intent that would be uncontrollable for a single living being is compressed, coagulated and infused with magical power to play a ruinous composition that eats into both your body and mind.
While alive, Antonio Salieri would never be able to have something like this. Only the Innocent Monster-worthy Servant, Avenger Salieri could possess a special move of a musical Noble Phantasm like this.
…Alas, how sorrowful this is.
Salieri, who's been converted into an Avenger, would never be able to perceive the "music" that rivals Mozart's own as "sound" for all eternity.
Antonio Salieri was a friend of Amadeus Mozart.
Normally, he wouldn't have been put into the role of an anti-hero.
Although he was once deprived of the position of royal court conductor, he was an existence that garnered the rspect of others as an esteemed musician and had a great number of musicians and their children working as his disciples. Among them were Mozart's best pupil, Süssmayr, Mozart's son, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart and even Beethoven.
However, then came the 1820s. "Mozart was murdered by Salieri." All of a sudden, a rumor like this spread through the world. In spite of differing from the truth, people dreamed up a cruel story about "A genius beloved by god and a prodigy who had his life snatched away due to deep-rooted resentment".
Even the words "This is nothing but malicious slander" the old Salieri told his pupil, Moscheles was being spread as an admittance of his sin. Even the rumor about the aged musician regretting his sin and slitting his own throat with a knife was being whispered by others as if it was the truth.
After clearing Imperial Princess of the Country of Beasts
And then, after a long time has passed.
Salieri, who's existence continues to be warped in accordance with the baseless assassination rumors, in syncretism with the 『Gray Man』 related to the end of Amadeus, fulfills his role as a Servant in the present world.
An anti-hero that hurts people—
The sorrowful one.
The angry one.
The one who kills the beloved child of God.
As a single, innocent monster.
Due to such an origin,
Salieri is an aggressive being,
the type of Servant with who it is difficult to come to a mutual understanding.
It seems like caution is required for his treatment.
(Regarding the curious report in the current world; it seems like due to some revisions, he's come to his senses to a certain extent).
You are surrounded, enemies are coming from the back and front. You quickly tell Billy to deal with one side but one of the soldiers manage to slip through and as he was about to kill you, you close your eyes in fear. You realize nothing happened and hear a woman talking
"For trying to harm him, I will cut you down! If you don't fear my sword, come at me!"
You open your eyes to see Musashi standing in front of you.
"Hey! Long time no see, Guda! I was sure we were going to see each other again!"
Mashu detected an unknown Servant presence and wonders who it is. Musashi is aware she doesn't belong here but after all she's a free spirited traveler. It's in her nature to travel and go where life takes her. She was aimlessly traveling when suddenly was enveloped by a blizzard that brought her to the Lostbelt. Before she noticed what was going on she was already slashing Russian soldiers left and right. She was chasing a bandit when she found herself in the Minotaur's labyrinth and found you. You both catch up on what you've been doing while Musashi casually kills soldiers coming at you. After witnessing her skill Mashu realizes she's the girl you partnered up during your stay in Shimosa.
"That's enough of introductions! All we have to do now is to cut the enemies in front of us! No need to worry about them coming from both sides anymore. Gunman-kun, feel free to go wild! Don't worry about me. If a bullet comes my way I'll make sure to dodge it!"
Both Musashi and Billy deal with the remaining soldiers. Musashi is glad to see you are doing well, and more importantly, that you are still fighting.
"Shinmen Musashi, will from now on act as your bodyguard! That's the nature of our contract this time!"
You hold hands with Musashi and a contract is formed. Mashu is surprised a contract was able to be made that quickly without any of the usual formalities. Now Musashi can go all out. As payment for her services she wants to eat lots of udon later. Meanwhile on the car Holmes is pondering about Musashi. He's impressed by your "luck" or rather, the bonds you've made so far that made possible for this to happen. He and Da Vinci contact you and talk a bit to Musashi. Musashi thinks Da Vinci is cute. Holmes is glad to have Musashi on board, in this land where everyone is your enemy and you can't trust anyone, having a familiar face you know you can count on is welcomed. Moving onto more important matters.
"Do you remember where the exit is?"
"Ahahaha. Sorry, no idea!"
"Well, our strength has increased greatly. This is enough for now."
You all decide to make a map and get moving, staying here won't change anything. While walking you explain Musashi what's going on with the Lostbelts and the Crypters. She was curious about Billy since he was called "The Kid" but after seeing his speed and skill she understood there is nothing to worry about. She wanted to have a contest to see who's more skilled, but you forbid it. Billy called her out on her strategy. The labyrinth is small and she's too close to him so she was planning to guard his shot and cut him, then say "I wanted to find out which one is sturdier, never said anything about who's the fastest. Haha, sorry!". But this gave Billy an idea, by shooting to the walls and listening to the sound he can grasp the structure of the labyrinth. The plan works thanks to the help of the furry dude, his ears are pretty good. Everyone makes it out of the labyrinth safely.
You meet Beowulf outside. He's surprised to see the woman accompanying you is the great Miyamoto Musashi. She recognized him as well and was itching to fight him, but Beowulf had to decline. This is not the time to be fighting for no reason. Musashi wonders why Mashu isn't with you. You explain her why she can't fight right now and she said to leave it to her. The car came to pick you all up. Musashi has a private talk with Mashu, trying to become her friend and figure out what's going on with her. It wasn't a matter of her body but her heart. However before they can keep talking you interrupt them and they have to stop. Musashi promises Mashu to come talk to her later, there are lots of thing she wants to talk about, even private stuff about you.
The appearance of Atalanta who went through a transformation due to her personal Noble Phantasm, the Pelt of the Calydonian Boar.
Also known as Atalanta Metamorphosis.
Source: Greek mythology
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
A rare existence who, while being Demon Beast-ified due to the Pelt of the Calydonian Boar and having her status elevated to equal an A-class Mad Enhancement, is capable of composed thinking.
(It's not a transformation left relying fully on rage, but since she is already in a beast-like state when summoned, the rank is lower compared to the time when it's used as a Noble Phantasm.)
She executes the the most suitable process for defeating her enemies and even retreat is acceptable based on the circumstances.
However, there's basically no way for somebody regarded as an enemy to persuade her. By peeling off the Pelt of Calydon, she immediately returns to being an Archer.
○Self Evolution EX
Surpassing Self Modification, it's a skill that reforms oneself.
In order to overcome any kind of objective in the way of accomplishing one's goals, they keep evolving in mere seconds.
However, it has the demerit of having a lower mark than Self Modification concerning its applicability to anything more than the specialization towards the user's goals.
○Wild Beast's Logic B
Combative way of thinking resulting from transforming into a beast.
It's not useful for finding weak points, but the speed of thinking focusing on killing the enemy swiftly increases.
If combined with the skill, Self Evolution, the speed of defeating an opponent increases even further.
『Archery Eclipsing the Dark Heavens』
Class: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Max. number of targets: A single person
Consuming the Tauropolos used as an Archer, all magic power is poured into a single blow.
Instead of an arrow, it should be called a ballistic missile.
The devoured enemy is taken into the sticky substance's "darkness" and forcefully absorbed.
To resist it, an extremely powerful anti-magic skill is necessary.
Despite possessing a skill identical to Mad Enhancement, you can communicate with each other, however, persuading her based on logical reasoning is almost impossible.
She has no interest in whether you are an ally of the Human Order or not.
No matter how much of a beast she is, if you do not deviate from the rules carved into her heart, she'll be a loyal Servant. However, if it conflicts with these rules, it seems like she will throw away the Master-Servant relationship.
Perhaps, even the identification of the Master will be impossible.
Of course, if you do not break said rules, there will be no problems. By peeling off the Pelt of Calydon, she immediately returns to being an Archer.
Pelt of the Calydonian Boar
When equipped on Atalanta (Alter), increases allies' Quick performance and Critical Damage by 15% and reducing their defense by 10% 「Demerit」
Despite having such a Noble Phantasm, I did not understand the need or the way to use it. I thought it was enough to use for the sake of cursing my enemies.
"…If it's now, I can understand it. When facing a truly hateful enemy, when you must win against the enemy at any cost. When you choose to burn yourself with hatred, this pelt comes into existence as a Noble Phantasm.
I want to turn into a beast. I want to become a simple beast who feels nothing and just kills its enemies. For this heart to feel no burning sorrow, just a beast────"
Section 1: Empire of Beasts
In the wintry landscape, someone is hunting. It is a matter of life or death - if no food is hunted, they will starve and perish. They come across a Krichat1 and take it down, complaining of the hunger. Soon after, an earthquake occurs, and with it, the hunter sees a tall tree appear, akin to a pillar reaching into the heavens.
This history is one that walks with magical beasts. In this land, man has taken on a peculiar evolution to withstand the endless blizzard and the magical beasts born from it. Weakness is evil, death is defeat, and tenacity is praised as justice. This is a world of eternal permafrost where the theory of survival of the fittest is explored thoroughly. And right now, Guda and gang are about to set foot in this strange history…
Fou wakes you up. You are in your room in the Shadow Border, and it has been a week since you escaped from Chaldea. Mashu gives the door a couple of knocks and enters, bringing you your breakfast. It's military-style rations today too. Mashu reports to you that there are only 6 more days of rations left. Thanking her, you tuck in.
Since your escape, the enemy has not been able to give chase. Even so, Mashu explains that you're not out of the woods yet. She begins giving a lecture on how 「Time」 is something that has neither a past or present; that is merely an axis that people travel along. As long as time is accumulated, it's no problem even if you get confused about which comes before or after. However, in Imaginary Numbers Space, time does not accumulate. In short, the time you spend in here might not match the time that passes in normal space. When you exit, a second may have passed, or centuries may have gone by. She equates it to the story of Urashima Taro. As such, the Shadow Border has to correct the time difference with normal space before exiting Imaginary Numbers Space. As she finishes her explanation, Mashu and you decide to go to the cockpit to hear more about the situation.
Still, the interior of the Shadow Border is larger than imagined. That's been a great help. By distorting the internal space, we've secured twice as much room as would be normally possible.
Thanks to that, it's become a barely livable habitat, although the staff have been forced to bunk up four to a room. Since Mashu has her maintenance as a Demi-Servant to worry about, the infirmary has become her private quarters. Gordolf has occupied the captain's chambers, Da Vinci is usually in the capsule at the computing room, and Holmes has made his home in the workshop. There is also the air-conditioning control room, the warehouse and the arsenal, but Gordolf has restricted entry to these. The Shadow Border is about twice the size of a large cruiser, but thanks to that, getting to the command center and cockpit will need you to walk several meters.
The moment you enter the cockpit, you see Gordolf arguing with Holmes. He's asking why the Shadow Border cannot surface, since things should be all clear. Holmes rejects his assumption firmly.
Should we say that the situation is safe as we are now in Imaginary Numbers Space, with no enemies around us? No. The answer is whole-heartedly no, Mister Gordolf. In the first place, there are no enemies in Imaginary Numbers Space. There is no need to even ponder the enemy's pursuit. Rather than such visible threats, there is in fact a greater danger enveloping us. Yes, this is what I speak of: the problem that we should puzzle over is not "when shall we surface?", but "how do we surface?".
Gordolf grows pale and begins to shake. He forces out a laugh and accuses Holmes of just trying to scare him. Meanwhile, Mashu whispers to you.
(Senpai. It looks like the new director is deepening his friendship with Holmes-san. Though I feel bad about interrupting…)
She greets Gordolf and Holmes, and so do you. Holmes asks if you have eaten breakfast, and Mashu replies in the affirmative: rations in the style of Italian cuisine.
Heh. So the lower-class staff had rations. How sad. I, on the other hand, enjoyed a warm French toast and considerably milky tea. Well, this is the duty of the captain. The duties of managing the crew do require me to take in many times more calories after all.
Muniere sighs about Gordolf hogging all the food, but Holmes laughs and says it's fine. The quality of the food will affect one's mental state. People with no patience should be fed good food regularly. Exchanging a cup of tea is a good trade off to ensure that potentially troublesome factors are calmed, Holmes says.
Huh… well, if Holmes says so… even the most impatient guy of all is being patient here, so…
Hahaha, are you perchance referring to me? Why, I do have my secret stock of medication after all! In a state of emergency, those will effectively stabilize my mind! I can keep on going in such a situation for another month!
Gordolf loudly brings the conversation back to the topic of surfacing. As it turns out, he's appointed Holmes to be Chaldea's new managing consultant. Holmes himself appears eager to rise to the challenge. Mashu, on the other hand, is confused. She whispers to Muniere, asking if Gordolf has some sort of desire for ruin. Muniere explains that Da Vinci's already the technical consultant, so this was the only job available.
Holmes begins to clarify that there is no place for you to surface. In order to return to the real world from Imaginary Numbers Space, a 「Bond」 with reality is necessary; in other words, an anchor. Originally, anything that exists in the real world can serve as a 「Bond」. However, it is impossible right now, as the world has fallen into a state of bleached white. Gordolf finds it hard to believe. Certainly, he did see the seven objects falling from the sky, and from their scale, each landing would be several times that of the Tunguska impact. However, that would be all there is to it - it would be unimaginable to think that those could wipe away every single country on earth.
Most of all— yes, most of all! There is no way that the Clock Tower, which has existed before the start of the AD calendar, could be destroyed! The Clock Tower in London is the largest magical fortress protected by hundreds of defensive contraptions! It wouldn't be destroyed even if the Earth itself was!
(…Maybe he wasn't briefed about the incident in the City of Demonic Fog…)
Holmes assures Gordolf that the Mage's Association has indeed been destroyed. All countries on the planet have been wiped away. Still disbelieving, Gordolf turns to you, asking for your opinion. Apparently, even though he thinks you're a cheeky brat, he also believes that you should feel quite close to him. He asks you to refute Holmes, to say that it isn't true.
Unfortunately, there is precedent.
Gordolf's face grows even paler.
Eh? No, did you just say that with a straight face? Weren't you the same type as me?
And with your words, it seems that Gordolf finally believes it.
That can't be— does that mean everything on earth is gone…? My beloved Hawaii islands! The Monaco GP too! Even the Suzuka Circuit of my dreams!?
While bemoaning the tragedy, Gordolf wonders if he can't use this chance to set up a new Mage's Association and have a comeback. Muniere brings him back to reality, telling the uncle that with humanity extinct, he can't even find any members to join his new organization.
I'm no uncle! I'm a handsome youth who's just a little older than you!
Holmes takes this time to mention a single opportunity for the Shadow Border to resurface. Even though everything else on the planet is gone, there is something that still remains: the Oprichniki that attacked Chaldea. You know of them, and they know of you. It is a real, solid bond. Should you surface now, chances are very high that you will appear where they are. Even though you will be appearing in the enemy's grounds, it is not like you can stay in the Shadow Border for much longer either. The available food, water and electricity are all running low. So, you have to surface. However, the timing is paramount. Thankfully, you have the Paper Moon, which can measure both real space and imaginary space simultaneously - using it, you can find a safer location to appear.
Da Vinci, still in the capsule, agrees. She reminds Gordolf and Holmes that while she is within the capsule, she knows everything that goes on within the Shadow Border. There's nothing they can hide from her. At any rate, she's prepared the submersible to surface on the next tide, Which happens to be in 5 minutes. The tide after that would be 10 days later, and by then the power would have almost run out. In other words—
We have to do it now if we want to surface—!?
Da Vinci is pleased with your reaction and says she'll praise you later. She notes that riding on this wave will create a time lapse of 90 days in comparison to real space, and that you will appear in April 2018. An acceptable gap, all things considered: if you're unlucky, it could've been a wave that sent you out hundreds of years later. If that was the case, everything would've been long over by the time you reappeared. Holmes reminds everyone of the danger once again - you could be pursued by Oprichniki the moment you reappear. Still…
…We've got to do this.
Are you a thrill-seeker!?
The Shadow Border shudders. Muniere does not know what's going on, only that the left screw has stopped working and the armor has been damaged. It seems that you've run into a boundary within Imaginary Numbers Space. Regardless, you need to surface right now. The repairs can come after that. Gordolf is still panicking about the Oprichniki and stammers that perhaps you should wait for the next wave.
You would have starved to death by then. In your case, that might be a more painful way to perish than dying in battle.
Gordolf refuses to listen to Holmes and asks for Mashu's opinion instead. Mashu resolutely says that she'll follow your orders no matter what, and if you do end up in the middle of the enemy, that's something to think about when it happens. Gordolf exclaims in disbelief, wondering why everyone in Chaldea is so reckless.
Finished talking? Then, the Shadow Border's about to ride the wave!
Hey, you've already decided on your own!? W-W-Wait, seatbelt, seatbelt! All hands, return to your seats! Don't fall and hurt yourselves! Guda, you too! If you're in a vehicle, the seatbelt's the most important thing of all! I'm speaking from experience here!
The Shadow Border shakes again, and Da Vinci makes the leap.
You make it out safely, to Gordolf's delight. Since the Border's armor was damaged, you will not be able to dive back into imaginary space until it's repaired. For now, you should scout out the area, procure supplies, and begin maintenance on the Shadow Border. The staff, stuck in the vehicle for a week now, rush for the door to finally get fresh air and see the great outdoors once more. You and Mashu go too, and Muniere wants to follow but Holmes denies him permission, saying that he has to man the monitors.
The emergency exit is opened, and immediately you feel the cold. Outside, a blizzard rages.
T-This, this is bad! Frost is sticking to my coat! Everyone, do shut the door immediately!
Da Vinci walks out and smirks, saying that this should've taught everyone a lesson to check the exterior thoroughly before venturing out. She reports that though there are no enemies around for now, you are stuck in a blizzard and the temperature outside is negative 100 degrees. Without proper gear to protect from the cold, you wouldn't last two minutes out there. Da Vinci also shows you the images of a vast storm surrounding Russia, a wall of horrific weather that is physically impenetrable. The storm has energy rivalling that of nuclear weapons, and Da Vinci claims there is no weapon or vehicle that can penetrate it with mankind's current level of technology. In other words, even if the Shadow Border is operational, you cannot get to the outside from within this Lostbelt.
While consoling a depressed Gordolf, Holmes asks if the Shadow Border's camouflage function can be put into play. Da Vinci says that there's no problem with that - it appears that the vehicle can utilize both light camouflage and also conceptual camouflage. There is no danger of being seen from the outside. On the inside, though, the temperature is growing cold. As you have to ration electricity, the Border cannot afford to spend too much power on heating up the internal environment. Your food situation, however, is even more pressing, as supplies are at a precarious level.
In such a situation, the new director would definitely be the last one standing.
Hohou. You're saying that I'm a man who won't yield right to the end, then. Heh. I won't fall for your flattery, youngster. But well, seems like you have good eyes. I am Musik of the Phoenix. Not someone who would fall so easily. Overflowing guts. Pervading bravery. And an unshakeable will. Equipped with all three, certainly I am the one who will be the last man standing!
I think Senpai is talking about how you have the most fat reserves, though…
At any rate, you begin to ascertain the current situation. You are in Russia, and Gordolf seems amazed at how you could have entered imaginary space in Antarctica and surfaced all the way here. Da Vinci explains that distance has no meaning while in imaginary space. She brings up a cylindrical projection of the world map using the Paper Moon. At seven locations, the texture of the map appears to be different, as if the layers were different. Gordolf claims he didn't notice because the map was rotating like a drum roll. Holmes is reminded that there were also seven singularities that sparked the Incineration of the Human Order, but of course, this situation is wildly different.
Then, there were seven singularities that existed vertically along the axis of time. But here, we have seven abnormal zones emerging at the current point in the time axis.
And right now you are in Russia, which is one of those abnormal zones. You ask Holmes if this is a singularity. From Kirschtaria's message, Holmes has deduced that this abnormality is not somewhere in the past. Before he can complete his explanation, a Chaldea staff comes in from the outside, shivering from the cold. It looks like they've finished checking the Shadow Border; the conclusion is that it cannot be repaired at this moment. Da Vinci offers them 10 minutes in the hot shower as a reward for their hard work, but they turn it down, saying that a hot towel is enough and that electricity should be conserved.
Returning to the problem at hand, Holmes says that this singularity-like place needs to be resolved. You volunteer to go immediately. As there are no other Servants that can serve as combatants around, Holmes is to be your escort. Mashu looks rather depressed about this. Gordolf cuts in and forbids Holmes from departing with you. As the only combat-ready Servant at the moment, he needs to remain at the Shadow Border to protect it. After all, it can be said to be humanity's last fortress.
Oya. If you're talking about Servants, then there's one here too, okay? Have you forgotten about this genius Da Vinci-chan?
Gordolf retorts that she's lost her former strength. It is too risky to send out their greatest combat potential into this unexplored, unknown region. Turning to you, he asks if you remember what you said to him during the interrogation, back in Chaldea. "The information in these reports are false, right?" "You guys didn't save the world at all, did you?" At that time, to these questions, you had answered: "Chaldea has fully accomplished those duties."
Hmph. Though you may be a cheeky brat, those words were well said. They're worthy of commendation. Then, my decision will not be wrong. You already have prior results in resolving singularities. Is there any director who would not place his trust in such a Master? Of course not. I believe in you. Got it? You'll head out to investigate on your own. We'll convey our instructions from this operations room.
No way! Senpai… Master can't bear this task alone!
…Then, do you retract the words you said to the interrogation committee? Were you just lazing off and snoozing in Chaldea for a year?
…Of course, I'll go.
Holmes speaks up in support of Gordolf, saying that if the Shadow Border is destroyed, then there is no more hope. Even though investigating this abnormal region is important, protecting the Shadow Border is even more so. The Paper Moon itself needs to be defended well. However, he does not agree that you should go out alone. The temperature is too low and you know too little about the environment. Gordolf grimaces and says that of course he'll be sending a buddy along with you. He begins trying to pick out the guy who had called him an uncle earlier, though unable to remember his name. While Gordolf mulls over whether it's saute or piccata, you point out that it's the one where you cook it with butter and lemon juice.
Uwah!? Are you a devil, Guda!?
That's right. Muniere. Mu-ni-ere! You, get armed and depart along with Guda!
Though Muniere protests, Gordolf says that since he's the driver and monitors operator, he has nothing to do while the Shadow Border remains immobile. Mashu shouts out to wait, as she wants to go along too. She says that she has even less to do here than Muniere does, and if need be she can fight for short amounts of time, just like when Chaldea was attacked. You are reluctant about that. Holmes is against the idea too. He asks Da Vinci what she thinks. On Da Vinci's part, she says that like you, Mashu is well-experienced in such expeditions by now. She agrees to let Mashu participate on the condition that she does not engage in battle and act only as your support. Mashu smiles happily.
…Yes, Master! Mashu Kyrielight will accompany you on this field investigation!
Gordolf reminds you not to waste your lives. If you're to die, at least make it worth something. This causes Da Vinci to chastise Gordolf's way with words. Gordolf himself doesn't seem to be aware that he said anything wrong, as he was only trying to encourage you. Da Vinci is amazed that he hasn't died of loneliness so far, and Gordolf rejects the possibility of that. He's had a spartan education after all.
Even though you look adorable, what a foul-mouthed familiar you are!
Muniere is prepping you for the expedition. He tells you that regardless of what Gordolf said, you should prioritize your own life first and foremost. You agree, it'd be a waste to die after all. There's a lot more interesting things in the world that you haven't seen.
When this is all over, I'll invite you to my hometown. Japanese culture is great, but French culture won't lose to it, yeah?
He also reminds Mashu not to do anything reckless. She thanks him for his concern. Then, Muniere hands over the suitcase containing the Saint Graphs to you. Once a leyline has been identified and secured, you can summon Servants using the suitcase. As for powering it, you'll need to get your hands on a source of electricity, whether by artificial or natural means. Since you've had a history of being in singularities, no matter what, something will respond to your summoning. By sending a minimal amount of energy to the Saint Graphs, you can summon a single Servant. Summoning someone too strong would be difficult, however, as you do not have the mana supply that Chaldea once did. Still, Heroic Spirits are your best helpers, and it is definitely worth a try.
To be honest, I still don't get what's going on. The Doctor's no longer with us, and there's less than half of us staff remaining now. I think we're in an even worse situation now compared to Orleans. Still, we've got no choice but to count on you. So, do your best.
Leave it to me!
Before you leave, Muniere tells you to grab some fish back if you can. He'll show off his cooking skills with them.
Out in the snow, Fou's tagged along too. He appears to be perfectly fine even in this weather. Da Vinci contacts you over the comms and directs you on where to go on your search. First to the north, then east. If you still don't chance upon one then, you should head back west. Once you're done, you can return to the Shadow Border, and then extend your search to the south.
That's the plan, so what do you think? How's it? Am I better than me?
You're really reliable, just like the usual Da Vinci-chan.
I see. I'm happy to hear that, then.
Gordolf says that if you encounter any natives, to leave the negotiations to him. He plans to use a charm magecraft to brainwash them over the comms. Holmes talks him out of this idea, saying that it should be the last resort due to how unreliable it is.
Rather than take that risk, it would certainly be much safer to win their trust through your force of personality, Director. If we do encounter the natives, Mister Guda should take the lead in the negotiations. After they have established mutual understanding, the natives can be brought near the Border.
Oh, hm. I see… with my personal virtue, this method is indeed… Of course.
Gordolf proceeds to ask Da Vinci if there is any pomade in the Shadow Border. He wants to style his hair in order to leave the best first impression on the natives. Da Vinci says she'll make some, and whispers to Holmes that he's pretty good at manipulating Gordolf. Holmes replies that he's the best detective in the world after all, and that it was not all lies. As a scion of a famous clan, Gordolf does carry himself with some gravitas, something that you don't.
Outside, you are still trudging around the icy land, searching for leylines. You've finished heading north and are now proceeding east. Through the falling snow, you catch the glimpse of a strange tower… or perhaps, a tree. Just then, you hear a growl. Magical beasts have encircled you, cutting off your path of escape. You are forced to allow Mashu to go into battle so that you can break through and retreat to the Shadow Border. Just as you are about to make it, one of the monsters catches Mashu off guard and lunges at her. Before its claws can reach, however, it is shot and collapses.
From the sound it made, that was a rifle. The target was taken out of commission with a single headshot. Beautiful!
Your mystery saviour shouts that you must be mad to try and break through a group of Krichat. As he draws closer, you see that it is a wolf-like being, standing upright and clothed. On his part, he too seems surprised at your smooth faces. He raises his gun and aims at you.
…You, could you be… mages…?
There is a cry in the distance. The wolf-man curses and tells you to follow him before the monster's comrades arrive. Casually lifting the large beast he felled, he urges you to run. You can do nothing but follow. He curses again, saying that the Krichat are noisy today, and wonders if it was your fault. You have no idea.
Move, move! If not, you'll be eaten by the Krichat, and while crying out even the "Javol Troan" might appear!
Mashu asks him what it is - apparently it's a vile snake with many heads that can easily crush an entire village. The wolf-man seems disbelieving at how little you know. Finally, you make it to the village. However, there are Oprichniki there, confiscating possessions of those who are unable to pay taxes. You try to find a place to hide, leading the wolf-man to realize that you're an enemy of the Oprichniki. If that is the case, he says that you are an ally of his. He says that you're surprisingly bright for a Cordoon, when you agree to accept his help.
Another wolf-man approaches. Although initially suspicious of you, his attention is directed away by your benefactor. The second wolf-man offers him a trade: food in exchange for information on hunting spots. Saying that he'll think about it, your benefactor makes to leave. The second wolf-man wonders if you aren't members of the rebels, and threatens to tell on you to the Oprichiniki. Hearing those threats, the first wolf-man says that he'll respond by telling them just how friendly he is with the second, causing the latter to back off and run away.
Finally, the wolf-man leads you to a cabin where you can hide. You thank him, but he says he didn't save you for free. You'll have to exchange something of equal value for his aid. Holmes pops up in a hologram, offering information and surprising the wolf-man. The information provided is that of locations where more Krichats can be hunted. The wolf-man calls those easy foes, which surprises Mashu.
They're easy, aren't they? I mean, if you shoot them, they'll die. The magical beasts that don't die even when shot are a lot more troublesome.
Having searched the locations of the hunting grounds, Holmes begins the exchange of information. But first, you ask the wolf-man's name. He's afraid that telling a Cordoon his name will call down a curse. When Mashu asks what a Cordoon is, he explains that it refers to mages. You assure him that you're bad with curses, and he gives you his name: Patsy. You, Mashu and Holmes introduce yourselves too in return.
First, Holmes asks Patsy what year this is. He finds it a stupid question: it's the year 2018 AD. Holmes then asks about the wall of storms surrounding the country. Patsy replies that in his twenty years of life, he's never seen such a thing. When he finds out from Holmes that you came from outside Russia, this amazes him - he has never even thought about what lay outside of Russia. As far as he knows, everyone outside of Russia died a long time ago. Holmes then asks Patsy what the Oprichniki really are.
Patsy says that they are Ivan the Terrible's personal guard. However, if this is 2018, how is his personal guard still around? You wonder if he's a Servant. Patsy's not sure what you're talking about, but tells you that Ivan is alive, and has been alive for nearly five hundred years now. He is the oldest "Yaga".
Holmes gets the clarification that Yaga refers to people like Patsy. Patsy wonders how many hundreds of years have you been hidden away to not know such a thing. You ask for the history of Russia, which Patsy gives. As it turns out, 450 years ago, an asteroid struck and sent the world into an ice age. The extreme cold made the planet unsuitable for the old breed of "humans". All of the other countries could not withstand the cold, gave up, and perished. However, Russia was a country used to coldness, and was relatively better prepared. Even so, 90% of its population perished, and the country was one step away from extinction too. It was then that Ivan the Terrible and his mages came up with a countermeasure. That was the "Yaga". Hybrids of magical beasts and man.
This tells Holmes most of what he needs to know, and he thanks Patsy. Patsy asks just what you are, and you tell him that you are here to save the world. Or something like that.
Eh, that's cool…. are you an idiot? You're an idiot, aren'tcha?
Holmes assures him that it's not a joke. Anyway, Patsy finds you guys interesting. Still, he was promised information on hunting spots, and he wants that now. Holmes shows him the location to go to. Before he leaves, he says that although he hates the Oprichniki, he hates liars even more. He tells you to wait here until he returns. If the information about the hunting grounds are false, he'll chase you to the ends of the earth.
After Patsy has left, you feel that this is somehow different from the singularities you have encountered before. Holmes ascertains with Gordolf that the Oprichniki he defeated were indeed inhuman.
Yeah, they melted away when defeated by my Fist of Steel, the Goff Punch. Those Oprichniki were closer to being familiars.
From here, you theorize that they could be Ivan's Noble Phantasm, or one of his skills. Holmes agrees. This seems to point to Ivan the Terrible as being the culprit behind the attack on Chaldea, and a Servant you must defeat. Mashu wonders if he might be like Nero instead, not a Servant, but a living being. Regardless, it's more important to secure a leyline right now. It would be risky for you to venture out alone so you will have to get Patsy to guide you when he returns. You can only wait until then.
Going off on his hunt, Patsy thinks to himself that he's certainly picked up a strange bunch. The old breed of humans were only a myth to him. Now that he's set eyes on them, he finds them surprisingly fragile, to the extent that he's surprised they're still alive. At any rate, the old breed are the ancestors of the Yaga. Perhaps that is why he did not feel the hunger to eat them.
They were mysterious and knowledgeable people who had information about good hunting grounds - when faced with something unknown like this, most Yaga would be uneasy. But not Patsy. Patsy himself is aware that this makes him different from other Yaga. He thinks a lot. He wonders why they must be strong. He wonders why they cannot be weak. He wonders why they are always, always so hungry for something. For those thoughts he was jeered and ridiculed. They were called pointless things to wonder about… a truth that Patsy was aware of himself.
On his way out of town, another Yaga stops him, asking if he's going hunting. It seems that the usual hunting grounds are the communal property of the town and sealed off at the moment. Patsy shrugs and says he'll be going somewhere else. Leaving under that Yaga's glare, he goes in the opposite direction of the town's hunting grounds. The other townsfolk are watching him too, perhaps afraid he'll enter without permission.
As far as magical beasts are concerned, there are ones hard to hunt and ones easy to hunt. However, even the difficult creatures can be hunted easily in the right location. For example, the Krichat, which tends to call for its friends - if you hunt it down in a cul-de-sac of a valley, there its cry will not travel far to be heard. So, the Yaga create such places so that they can hunt the monsters for food more easily. The magical beasts are gathered there and allowed to reproduce, so that they can be hunted later. It is a place where the hunt can take place relatively safely, and where if they only wait, there will be more to hunt. For Yaga, these hunting grounds are their lifeline.
That is why once a weakling falls, they fall completely. Yaga die quickly when they cannot find food. This town actively creates those weaklings. They will eliminate neighbouring villages, worship the Tsar, and flatter the Oprichniki. Only the strong are allowed to eat. This is the iron-clad rule of the Yaga, and something the town uses with malice.
Patsy himself is an outcast, but there is nothing he can do about it. He cannot make an enemy of the Tsar. He cannot escape from the Oprichniki. So, if the strange people he picked up really are mages, if they really are here to save the world… for just a bit, this pain in his chest can be cleared up.
But, well, can I really believe in the words of that strange man…
As it turns out, he can. Holmes's information was correct, letting Patsy claim some large kills. With these, he thinks he might be able to pay the tax. Returning to the village, he drops one beast as his tax. The Yaga in charge reminds Patsy that he also has a mother to account for.
It's fine even if you don't. That old woman is useless anyway. Yaga that don't hunt are unneeded by this town. Actually, why are you even paying the tax for your mother anyway? I really don't get it.
Stop blabbering… here's my mother's share.
He drops the other beast. It seems that his mother is unwanted by this town. Knowing that, she only sits home and awaits death. Waiting to starve to death. As Patsy returns, his mother calls out, asking who it is.
…I brought meat.
Thank you very much. You have my utmost gratitude… my utmost…
Think nothing of it.
My husband and son will be home soon. Please, do stay and share a meal with us…
His mother does not even recognize him anymore. Yaga who live a long life tend to end up that way, it seems. Her memories have become fuzzy and she now lives in her own delusion. There is no longer meaning in being alive; in fact, it might be better if she died quickly. After all, she is useless to Patsy even if she continues to live. Only the strong deserve to eat. Thus, she has forfeited her right to live.
…That should have been the case, but Patsy can't bring himself to abandon his mother. He wonders just what he is doing.
Returning to the cabin you're in, Patsy seems pleased at the hunting grounds you've showed him. He asks for the next spot. Of course, information doesn't come free, and you return to the trading of knowledge. Holmes asks about the giant tree. Patsy doesn't know anything about that and is in fact wondering if you know. The tree appeared roughly three months ago. Although initially everyone was in an uproar about it being a miracle of the Tsar, nothing really came of it. Impatiently, Patsy asks if the exchange is over - if so, he'd like information about the next hunting grounds now. Holmes says that it's not enough yet.
What? I already have nothing else to trade. Do you actually want my gun? I'm never handing that over.
Oh, of course not. We need a kite.
It seems that he wants Patsy to go gather materials for a kite. The wolf-man's quick to agree, which pleases Holmes. Once he's left, Meuniere asks what use there is for a kite. Shouldn't you be trading for food instead?
Indeed. It's just as that fatty says. It's about time I got to enjoy some roast beef.
Da Vinci reminds them that ensuring safety is more important. It looks like you need the kite for something Benjamin Franklin once did. You realize that they're planning to use electricity from lightning to power the suitcase, allowing you to summon a Servant. Of course, you will need to find a leyline first. It might be a primitive method, but the suitcase was designed for you to be able to use it in eras where electricity had yet to be discovered in the first place. All you need to do is to set up at a leyline, wait for a lightning strike, and you'll have a Servant summoned.
Oh, I am such an all-capable genius, I am! It frightens even myself that I've been able to simplify the summoning system to such an extent! Ahem.
Holmes asks if you have had any experience making kites, and you say no.
Ah, that is indeed the case. I have thoroughly deduced that you are not one to have a hidden hobby of kite-making. But worry not. Da Vinci and I are here.
They're good at making such toys after all. Patsy returns with the materials, and Holmes shows him more hunting grounds in return. This time they are rather far and it'll take him a day to complete the hunt. Before he leaves, he tells you not to go outside, and only to eat the food that's been rationed to you. You wish him luck on the hunt, causing Patsy to mutter that you're weird.
When he's gone, Holmes claps his hands and begins the kite-making session.
This kite carries with it the potential of summoning a Servant. In other words, it carries the fate of the world itself! It is a heavy responsibility indeed!
You begin working on the kite and cutting the material.
Ah, that's wrong, that's wrong! Not there! You should cut it here! It's wrong! Jeez!
Da Vinci-chan, it's confusing!
As I said, it's not there! If you cut it there the kite won't be able to fly!
No, that is fine. It is the next cut which should be inverted.
Is that right? …Kites are so deep. They aren't just tents that fly in the sky, huh…
Mashu brings you some water and asks you to calm down. She seems happy; despite all that is hanging in the balance on your work, making a kite together with you is fun for her.
Let me bend the wires that'll be used for the kite's frame. I'm a Demi-Servant after all.
No, in your normal state you have less strength than Guda!
The kite-making continues. It takes quite a bit of time, and Holmes warns that the weather is changing. The storm is coming. Although the kite should be fine in terms of its design, whether or not it can fly in the stormy skies of this world is something Holmes says is a gamble. The kite's frame should be strengthened as much as possible in that case. Finally, as the skies grow dark and thunder begins to rumble, you complete the kite. There's just the matter of the most important element of all, says Da Vinci: drawing a decoration on the kite. When you say it's unneeded, she pouts, saying that she was going to draw the wonderful anatomical figure worthy of putting on the Voyager and all.
We don't need that! In fact it'd be scary! Just draw a henohenomoheji1 face! It's in Japanese characters, anyone should be able to do it!
Oh, you certainly know a lot about that. Indeed, a playful spirit is necessary. Miss Kyrielight, just draw anything you feel suitable.
Yes. Graphic arts design is my specialty. Leave it to me, Master. I will present to you a high-end stylish kite that will widen the eyes of anyone who sees it!
She gets to work.
It certainly became a rather unique face.
…I'm sorry… I was trying to expertly convert Senpai's face into an Euclidean plane, but…
Holmes cheerfully says that it has its own charm. In fact, it looks like a charm to drive away evil spirits now. Mashu is shocked.
At any rate, now that the kite is finally complete, it is time to depart. Unfortunately, you don't have the time to wait for Patsy. Stepping out into the streets, Mashu notes that there are a lot of Yaga gathered. You hear the sound of a horn…
In a grand chamber, someone calls for Anastasia. It is the Tsar.
Ah, my empress. My beloved wife. Russia… is it at peace?
Anastasia assures him that it is. The Oprichniki are working hard to spread his glory to all corners, and so, she urges him to sleep in peace. The Tsar seems content that Russia is at peace, and has been so for the past two hundred years. Then, he asks about the outside world. There are places outside of Russia that have yet to be basked in the glory of the Tsar. What of those places beset by the cold and awaiting their doom? What has become of Europe and the Far East?
Again, Anastasia assures him that they are at peace. Europe is obeying the Tsar's will, and negotiations are proceeding well in the Far East. The war is over and their time of fealty will be soon at hand. The Tsar says that is good, but changes his mind shortly.
Peace alone is insufficient. If I do not strengthen and broaden my dominion… if I do not unite the world and lead it towards happiness…!
Anastasia calls for Amadeus, who obeys her command. The Tsar becomes groggy and slowly returns to his slumber. Outside of the chambers, Kadoc is waiting for her. He asks if Ivan's treatment is complete. They are using Amadeus's piano to keep the Tsar in slumber, it seems. Anastasia says that a Lostbelt Servant such as he is greatly influenced by the arts. Thanks to that, Anastasia can get some sleep too.
It looks like they are attempting to keep this Lostbelt under the Tsar's complete control. Anastasia says that if it comes to it, she can leave Ivan to Amadeus while she handles the rebels herself. Kadoc rejects that plan. Amadeus alone isn't enough to control the Tsar. It could throw their predictions haywire, and Kadoc does not like that at all. Unpredictable elements in their plan should be removed as much as possible. Kadoc tells Anastasia that she will be needed after the safety of the Tsar is assured.
…I understand. You are the Master, and I the Servant. Therefore, I will believe in your judgment.
Thanks, that'll help.
The priest appears, interrupting them. Anastasia appears offended, saying that even though he may be teacher to the Tsar, he will not be forgiven for casually speaking to her, who is of royal blood. The priest says that she misunderstands his intent.
I bear only the utmost respect for all members of the Russian royal family. Regardless of what royalty they are, even if they are a princess upon whom a certain fate befell.
This incites Anastasia, and Kadoc steps in quickly, saying that this is no time for them to fight. Kadoc tells the priest that his duties are to keep the Tsar pleased and so he should be hurrying with the repairs of the great cathedral, not conversing with the princess.
Or do you have an urgent report to make? Is there movement in the other Lostbelts?
Of course. There is an urgent report for you, the first Crypter. Rejoice, boy. The opportunity for battle will finally be granted to you.
…It can't be. So they've come.
The priest confirms Kadoc's suspicions. The Shadow Border has arrived in Russia. He notes that for Chaldea, this will be their first Lostbelt, and so it will take them some days to get their bearings. It would be easier for Kadoc to attack quickly and defeat them now. Kadoc says that he can't leave the Tsar's side now, so he'll leave it to the Oprichniki. In the first place, it was Koyanskaya's mistake in letting the remnants of Chaldea escape, so he'll let her have this chance to redeem herself.
Or perhaps you will act instead, as her ally? So far, you've not done anything useful even once anyway.
Oh no. Regrettably, I am quite concerned for the Tsar's condition. I cannot depart from this Yaga Moskva.
The priest continues to explain that Koyanskaya is at work, although that work coincides with her private hobbies. Kadoc asks what that is, since commanding the Oprichniki should be Koyanskaya's job. Anastasia tells him that she is giving out food to the Yaga. However, it is at a high price, of the sort where you would have bring down your neighbour and rob them of their belongings to afford it. Kadoc is amazed that Koyanskaya is bullying the weak in such a place.
Turning back to the priest, Kadoc says that although he doesn't like him, he believes in his fervent will to defend Russia. However, Koyanskaya is another matter. Kadoc doesn't trust her, as she can move on to other Lostbelts, unlike the priest. She could have gone to a more civilized place without staying in this impoverished world. The priest replies that no matter which country she is in, her stance does not change.
In some ways, that can be said to be a love for humanity. Cornering the weak, mocking them, and trampling all over them is part of it. We are not your enemies. It is fine to simply think of us as troublesome mercenaries that will work for pay.
Though he admits that they may have been acting too freely. The priest agrees to watch his own conduct more carefully in Russia and follow Kadoc's direction. He asks Kadoc if that's fine. It's fine with him; if they say they are mercenaries, then he'll use them without hesitation. As long as the Thunder Emperor sees his dreams, the Oprichniki will never die.
He tells the priest to convey a message to Koyanskaya: she is to thoroughly eliminate the remnant forces of Chaldea. Since Chaldea consist of humans, they will surely stand out in town. Kadoc sends out the order to search the streets and kill on sight. The priest acknowledges his orders, although he notes Kadoc seems to be speaking quite harshly about his former comrades.
I had thought your sensitivities softer than this, but has the past three months frayed your spirit? Perhaps it is not only the Tsar, but you, too, who needs some sleep?
Kadoc acknowledges that he might be pushing himself, but he insists that he has not changed.
My friendship with the people of Chaldea is a thing of the past. As the sole Master in this Lostbelt, I will bring about victory. I will do what the Master of the Pan-Human History cannot. No, I must do it.
Though this is perhaps where I should say you are playing with fire being in too high spirits, being unreasonable is the privilege of the young. If that is so, then I can only support you whole-heartedly. Kadoc Zemlupus. I will respect your bravado and your will. But do remember one thing. Those who do not love themselves will never be able to save the world. Whence is your hostility born? That is something you would do well to consider once more.
With that, the priest walks away.
…Hostility. It means that I've acknowledged him as a rival… Hmph. Who'd think of that guy as a rival? Didn't he just luck out anyway—
Anastasia chastises him not to say things that he does not actually think. Even if he becomes strong, that lie will only weaken him.
Kadoc. The truth is that you could not do it. Don't lie to yourself. And they could do it. You couldn't. That's why— you will demonstrate your strength with this opportunity. As one of the Crypters who should have saved the world, you will show your strongest state.
…Yeah, I got it.
Both you and Mashu leave Patsy’s house to test out the kite, but it looks like there’s a crowd of Yaga gathering nearby in the village. A sudden, loud horn-like sound catches Mashu’s attention, but you suggest it’s better to stay put. Mashu then suggests going over to covertly examine the situation, to which you give your consent. The two of you proceed to quietly move to a spot to observe. As you are watching, Mashu notes that the Yaga are queuing for what seems to be a food vendor. A familiar face dressed in a military-like winter garment is there advertising.
H~i, greetings to all you Yaga! Good job on barely keeping your lives together today♡
Ecologically, no matter how much you labor it’s impossible to save. No matter how much effort you exert it’s impossible to see success. And so the cute angel has finally arrived to save you from your blizzard (bleak) lifestyles~☆
Come come, please come closer and browse at our merchandise. Food supplies, medical tools, and even contraband alcohol, there’s nothing that our NFF Service cannot provide♡
Mashu’s expression darkens. The exact same woman that brought Chaldea’s ruin is right before both of you. Goldorf pops up in the communications hologram, visibly stunned.
Pouring honey on honey, and topping it off with ice after that, that sweet, honey-baked voice is without a doubt!? Both of you, take cover! Listen well, you are to properly observe the situation from afar! You must not go closer alright! Unless you want to lose everything to the honeytrap just like I did!
You consent, though thinking in your mind that Goldorf’s words were the most persuasive thus far. Back at the crowd, Koyanskaya continues promoting her services. Her Honey Kitchen has now opened, and Koyanskaya thanks the crowd for coming today, even though they know of her cruel business. She sighs and describes how the robust bodies of the Yaga may be close to that of an immortal’s, but in exchange they burn a lot of calories. Their consumption intake is 10x the amount of the old species (human). You could also say that their calorie consumption worsened as their bodies became specialized against the harsh cold. Unless the Yaga eat, they will freeze to death in this Russia.
In any case, Koyanskaya has come down from Yaga Moskva to offer aid to this village. It’s time to gather and cling onto their goddess of salvation with their measly scraps of money. The Yaga villagers however, aren’t too pleased with Koyanskaya’s presence. It looks like she’s visited them in the past and has left an insulting impression on the villagers. One villager beckons his neighbor not to complain, cautioning that Koyanskaya could come up with another unreasonable demand on a whim. Another villager agrees, mentioning that no matter how twisted her approach has been, Koyanskaya has surely provided aid to this village. He moves up closer and pleads with Koyanskaya to allow them to purchase from her today.
Koyanskaya’s expression turns somber, and she laments over how the Yaga here lack memory like a Pirozhki.1 Her face darkens.
For goodness sake───being so incompetent in addressing their owner. You should be using “Koyanskaya-sama” here. If the corpus is unsightly, the heart will also be impoverished. Lacking in tact, incapable of reading the mood───Really, all of you have turned out to become such a boring history. Negotiating with animal and human is really such a stupid thing. The purity of animals, and the prosperity of humans have been lost. It’s really laughable that this “New Species” is purely just adapted to its environment, and has negated the good traits of both sides.
The Yaga villager is taken aback, and his neighbor speaks up against Koyanskaya. Even if she’s of the Tsar’s imperial guards, she can’t just say whatever she wants. In the first place, the Magical Beast Hybridization Policy was initiated by the Tsar, if Koyanskaya is going to criticize that then she herself is a rebel. But before the Yaga villager can finish, the Oprichniki fatally shoot him. This causes unrest amongst the other Yaga villagers, and Koyanskaya reminds them not to attempt to resist her on their own.
My apologies, you Yaga whose names I don’t even know. The Oprichniki accompanying me are of a special model. They are elite types that will immediately act if I get just a little irritated. Do be mindful of your language.
The other Yaga villager protests, saying that the earlier attack was instigated by Koyanskaya. Koyanskaya smiles wonders aloud if he’s the next courageous fool. The Oprichniki take aim on the villager, and he panics, apologizing profusely to Koyanskaya-sama. She cheerfully forgives him and resumes her business. Today, they have provided twice the usual amount of food supplies, so everyone can go ahead and purchase to their heart’s content. One of the Yaga villagers is just relieved that he can procure food, but the price tag gives him a nasty shock.
Koyanskaya: Yes♡ That Krichat shoulder meat will be 500 000 rubles♡2
The Yaga villager proclaims that the price is thrice the previous amount. In fact, last time wasn’t even close to being affordable. He despairs, having believed that if they were loyal to the Tsar they would be supplied with the bare minimum of food. He starts to shout at Koyanskaya, accusing her of tormenting them. The crowd gets noisy, but Koyanskaya continues smiling, wondering if they are on the verge of an insurrection. As part of the Tsar’s imperial guards, she can’t just let that slide, but there is one other solution to their food problem. One of the Yaga villager tries to negotiate, saying that they aren’t intending to rebel, but inflated prices are akin to telling the villagers to just perish. He pleads with Koyanskaya to at least reduce it back to the previous amount.
Koyanskaya thinks about it but unfortunately, it’s a no go. The villagers will have to have to give up♡. It’s an iron-clad rule of the NFF Service that any price increase will never go down. Koyanskaya smiles cunningly, telling them that it’s not impossible to pay and they still should have a method. That futile effort to resist against her, that shameless spirit that overlooks rebels. The neighbors who each carry a similar amount of monetary fortune. It’s a rule of the Yaga to plunder from the weaker ones right? Koyanskaya did mention after all, there is one other solution to this.
The Yaga villagers turn silent. One of them affirms that since Koyanskaya (representing the Tsar’s imperial guards) herself says so, there shouldn’t be any problem. Koyanskaya doesn’t give two hoots about the ethics involved. That Yaga villager’s neighbor questions him over why he’s giving up, but the Yaga villager tells him that they’ll combine their money and pay together. He proceeds to assault his neighbor.
Both you and Mashu have been watching the entire time. You are very much taken aback by the scene. Mashu confirms Koyanskaya’s horse carriage departing from the village. It appears the assaulted Yaga were also carried onto the carriage and taken away. Goldorf notices both your dejected faces, and asks for a brief report of the matter. Even just key points are fine. Mashu explains the situation to him, describing Koyanskaya’s business and the price inflation which led to the Yaga villagers attacking each other to procure more money. Only half of what was left of the crowd was able to purchase food, and the other half most likely…
Holmes chimes in on the conversation.
……hmm. Even if her objective was to cull the population, it’s really in bad taste. As a result, the Yaga that were unable to obtain their own food resources were halved, and their survival chances may have increased but……
Goldorf retorts, saying there’s no need to discuss any further. The conclusion is that Koyanskaya is a demon. He reminds you that current combat prowess is trash, and that if Koyanskaya found you that would mean certain death. Goldorf may be able to fend off the Oprichniki with his Steel-Fist Magecraft but, a third-rate magus likes us would not be so lucky. It is more fitting that we know our place and hide somewhere safe. With regards to that, Goldorf praises us for having did our best to stay hidden and endure the ordeal. Mashu is a little surprised by his change in tone.
In any case, the fact that Koyanskaya is also here in Russia is an unpleasant problem. Da Vinci confirms that the readings from the Shadow Border’s Magical Detection reveal Koyanskaya to be a Servant. She had kept a disguise on back in Chaldea. Da Vinci surmises that Koyanskaya is very likely on the Crypter’s side. Holmes deduces that the same would also apply for the Priest that you met back then. However, Holmes is troubled by something else.
While Koyanskaya definitely managed to disguise herself and butter up to Goldorf, Father Kotomine was supposedly a proper clergyman sent in by the Church. Father Kotomine should have also had no contact with Goldorf prior to their first meeting on ship en route to the South Pole/Chaldea. Goldorf confirms this, raising that they didn’t interact much either. Holmes deduces that they had carried out their scheme through an information network we had no knowledge of. Holmes further adds, that in the Church, there is no such figure by the name of Kotomine Kirei.
At least in the year 2017, there is no such name in the Church’s roster. Mashu is shocked, and wonders if Kotomine Kirei was just a fake alias, but Holmes ascertains that such a person did indeed exist. However, Kotomine had passed away in Japan during 2004 according to Chaldea’s records. Da Vinci ponders if the Priest you had met back then was Pseudo-Servant,3 or perhaps the Heroic Spirit had possessed the corpse. But is such a thing even possible?
Holmes: ………It’s possible that the corpse was used as the vessel for the summoning, but I’d like to affirm that there isn’t a Heroic Spirit that would do such a thing. Well for an exception, there may have been a Pseudo-Servant that developed into a Heroic Spirit due to the vessel being a corpse.
But even if that’s the case, there’s another major problem. The report from the Church was written as such: “Kotomine Kirei’s corpse, was burned without a trace during his death. For that reason we were unable to retrieve his body”. In short, Father Kotomine doesn’t have any physical flesh left in this world. At least with regards to our world.
You wonder if the Priest was a Servant from this Russia, but Holmes can only assert that all of this is speculation. We are still lacking in sufficient evidence to further investigate. Suddenly, a familiar voice interrupts your conversation.
Oh my, I thought I smelt so~mething delicious here, and it looks like we have some cute mice here in a back alley? I’d like to pretend I didn’t see this but, now that you’ve been found it’s all over right? “Crush down those pesky insects”, I was just relayed this by Kotomine-kun too?
Koyanskaya appears before you. She greets and commends you for your luck and vitality. You recognize her and Mashu quickly tells you to stand back. Koyanskaya smiles and taunts Mashu, reminding her that she can’t even fight and all she’s doing is just fanning the flames. She tells Mashu to properly think about her current predicament and circumstances, after all, she wouldn’t want Guda to get killed right? Koyanskaya taunts her further, suggesting that this the appropriate time for Mashu to cast aside any shame and “let the enemy do as they please”.
You won’t have any of that and you tell Mashu that both of you would fend off Koyanskaya together. Koyanskaya falls into a laughing fit.
As~if, that was just a fib! My my, Guda-kun you’re too desperate~♡ Today’s business has yet to conclude. For me,4 I’m the type to tidy up tasks one by one. Searching for your group, and the disposal will start tomorrow. Killing each other here right now would be against my principles. That’s why, I’ve magnanimously decided to let you go. This will make things far more interesting from here on anyway. Giving Kadoc-kun something like an advantage wouldn’t be fair as well. Your side should also be given some reprieve too.
Mashu firmly asks if Koyanskaya is also trying to set you up to fight against Kadoc Zemlupus. You tell Mashu to calm down, and Fou moves over to her. Koyanskaya admits that she wants Guda to face off with the Crypters. That is what she and her compatriots have been preparing for after all. It’ll be a massive loss if everything ended with the first. Her expression darkens, and she grumbles if Sherlock Holmes is listening in. With his assistance, you and Mashu shouldn’t be this vulnerable, and more careful with your movements. If it wasn’t for Koyanskaya being the Servant in charge of Russia, your journey would have ended here right now. Holmes’ hologram appears.
How unexpected that you’d be worried about your enemy’s side. However……you mentioned, there being other Servants? If you could offer a hint I’d like to take up such a service. Your true name? Your Master? The number of allies you have? And finally───this Singularity’s true name, what is it?
Koyanskaya sighs, seeing how Holmes has revealed himself. Though she’s smiling, Koyanskaya isn’t too pleased to have been one-upped by Holmes. She asserts that if they meet, she’ll immediately return the favor twice-fold. In addition, she wont be giving out any hints. Her side has spent about a year preparing this stage after all. The unknown parts, problems, and things to reconsider, you will have to figure it out by yourselves. Koyanskaya’s master feels that such is necessary – the one who has flown in from faraway, ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ who has yet to obtain form.5
You ask if Koyanskaya isn’t on the side of the Russian Servants, to which she doesn’t give you an answer. She is indeed your enemy, but she isn’t an ally of Kadoc Zemlupus either. The Yaga are also an outcome of human progress anyway, it doesn’t change the fact that they are a target to be hated. That’s why Koyanskaya will continue to thoroughly exploit them, playfully and seriously. Exploitation of the weak is a social construct established by humans anyway, but violence is a no-no. While she may have exerted force back at Chaldea, that’s usually out of the question for her. If Koyanskaya could’ve have gotten supremacy for a year, she would have peacefully arrange to have you all killed. Barbaric outbursts and destruction are such foolish things of humans. Koyanskaya believes you humans should reap what you sow and collapse like that. She has no intention of falling to the same level.
In any case, Koyanskaya has decided she won’t lay a finger on you for now. Her duty of obliterating Chaldea for Ivan the Terrible has been completed, and her control of the Oprichniki is an additional service to that. She’ll leave the rest to the Crypters if you’re going to face off with them.
……Right now, you have no intention to fight with us, am I right?
……Because we are powerless. Because we have nothing left, you are letting us go……!
Koyanskaya smiles, and praises Mashu for properly accepting reality as it is. But Koyanskaya doesn’t want you to feel relieved either, she isn’t truly letting this slide. Koyanskaya turns and proceeds to leave, having finished her business here. As Mashu tries to muster up the words and ask her to stop, Koyanskaya reminds you that you shouldn’t resist an opponent you can’t win against. This is natural for animals too. She promises both of you one thing though – if you survive through this Russia, she’ll meet you again once more and listen to your resentment properly as a woman. Until then, you should continue scrambling around like mice. Koyanskaya serves as an advisor to the Crypters and will certainly appear as your enemy so long as you continue your journey.
Mashu watches as Koyanskaya leaves, and remarks that she has lost the malicious magical reaction of the enemy servant. She apologizes to you, having been of no use against Koyanskaya. You comfort Mashu, telling her that likewise you were helpless. Now that she’s calmed down, Mashu can’t help but be astounded all sorts of questions. Why did Koyanskaya appear before us in the first place? You wonder if it’s just plain harassment, or an intentional caution…
Suddenly, the two of you hear a scream from nearby. Mashu is surprised and wonders where is it coming from. Holmes brings in some bad news – there’s some kind of commotion in the village. He instructs the two of you to carefully return to Patsy’s house. Both you and Mashu covertly make your way back.
The Oprichniki have appeared again and are questioning a Yaga villager. He tries to pacify the Oprichniki, affirming his allegiance even though his elder brother was killed for being part of the Resistance Army. The Oprichniki respond in a robotic-like manner, remarking that they must pull out and crush any seeds of rebellion. They will confiscate that Yaga villager’s assets and burn down his house. This is the fate of those that rebel against the “Extremely Supreme Authority”. They continue to question the Yaga villager on the whereabouts of “The Magus”, but he doesn’t know. In response, the Oprichniki prepare to kill him as he begs them to stop.
Mashu looks at you worriedly, but another Yaga villager interrupts the Oprichniki. He knows which villager has betrayed the Tsar – the Yaga called Patsy. Both you and Mashu are stunned, but Holmes remembers that the villagers had treated Patsy quite differently. That Yaga villager continues to pour suspicion on Patsy, adding that his father was also killed by the Oprichniki for being a rebel. He adds that Patsy may have also been spreading information to the Resistance Army during his hunts. Unfortunately, Patsy has also just returned.
Hey, stop messing around!
At the worst timing!
Patsy denies the Yaga villager’s claim, but the Yaga villager uses the spoils of Patsy’s hunt against him. Even though the hunting grounds for this village have been sealed, Patsy always seems to have enough leftover after paying the tax. Patsy can’t really respond, and the Yaga villager runs off as the Oprichniki move closer to punish Patsy. But Patsy will have none of this bullshit and fires his gun at the Oprichniki. They take it as a sign of rebellion against the Tsar, and begin to prepare to attack him.
Goldorf watches the situation, and remarks that such is the fate of those that bare their fangs thoughtlessly. But he notes that this is a good opportunity for you to quickly head towards the leyline point while Patsy is being chased.
Master, let’s go!
To save Patsy!
Goldorf is visibly shocked by your decision. Why would you do that? Holmes assures him that while his shock is understandable, this is Chaldea’s style that he’d like him to accept. Holmes laughs, remarking that there is no such thing as wasted effort. The risk may be high, but the return will definitely compensate for that. Da Vinci urges you to do your best and escape with Patsy. Mashu agrees, and asserts that if need be, she can transform once more. But you assure her that there won’t be a next time. Mashu blushes.
The Oprichniki remark that without any instruction from the commander Koyanskaya, they cannot execute Patsy. As such, they will crush his limbs and render him powerless first. You rush over to Patsy, much to his shock. Mashu tells him that they’ll talk later, and guides him towards an escape route. One of the Oprichniki tosses a weapon towards your direction, and Patsy retaliates with gunfire. But seeing that you are out-numbered, you encourage Patsy to ignore them and escape. He comes to the realization that you have done something to earn their hostility. Holmes chimes in and cautions Patsy that escaping with you is akin to abandoning this village – he won’t ever be able to return. But if he is fine with that, Holmes will do his best to provide support as they escape. Goldorf adds, saying that Patsy shouldn’t have any regrets given how the other Yaga villagers treated him.
Patsy hesitates, but the Oprichniki close in. They are starting to seek approval from their commander to eliminate all of you. Patsy gives in and asks you to quickly lead the way. He doesn’t want to be attacked from behind though. The three of you (and Fou) make your escape.
With Holmes’ assistance, Mashu, Patsy, Fou and you successfully escape from the village without any casualties. You had also successfully obstructed the Oprichniki from pursuit by “blocking their path with obstacles in the alleys” like in the movies. Mashu and Meuniere were pretty amazed by your feat. It’s also to your fortune that the Oprichniki weren’t armed with guns. Da Vinci surmises that they must have had some kind of miscommunication.
Holmes interrupts the conversation. It’s time to move on to the next location. Holmes instructs Mashu to have Patsy guide us to the red beacon indicated on the map. While we have a virtual map of the terrain, Patsy has better knowledge of the local geography. Patsy remarks that everything has been going as Holmes had predicted. Surely people would hate him for that.
Hahaha, it’s as you say! Especially so for an honest type of person like you!
You continue towards your destination as another blizzard starts. Patsy notes that you’ve managed to shake off the Oprichniki, but grumbles over his current predicament.
……I’m truly sorry. We knew nothing about the situation in Russia, and ended up causing trouble to Patsy’s home……
……whatever. That’s over and done with. I was also thoughtless.
That’s what a fool gets for jumping straight into a sweet deal before him. I’m responsible too. We’re even now. More importantly……you guys, why didn’t you treat me as a decoy?
I couldn’t just leave you alone.
Mashu agrees. Both of you wanted to save Patsy. From Patsy’s perspective, ignoring the person in trouble would’ve been the norm. He’s a bit annoyed by your actions. Patsy’s death shouldn’t mean anything to us. Gordolf chimes in, saying that’s exactly the case. It’s beyond the question to have a defective Demi-Servant and an unreliable third-rate Master fight. That’s why he insisted that we conceal ourselves.
Sorry for all the trouble
You’re really weird. Or are all other mages, unexpectedly like that? The Yaga’s law is “Predation”. Only the strongest ones are allowed to eat.
Hm, are you missing out the ‘weaker ones’ in the “Survival of the fittest”?1
The weaker ones aren’t even worth preying on. That’s what we’ve been taught……man, you mages really are strange folk.
Holmes assures Patsy that most mages would make similar decisions like Patsy, and that Guda just happens to be a heretic. Rather than focusing on merits and losses, Guda is the type to follow their feelings. Patsy just grumbles in irritation. In any case, until the Oprichniki have calmed down, it would be for the best to hide in another village, or maybe join the Resistance Army. Holmes inquires about them, and Patsy reveals that throughout the 450 years, there has always been a group resisting the Tsar’s rule. They could’ve been nobles or peasants, but their usual fate was being eliminated by the Oprichniki.
The current Resistance Army is strangely active in this period, and Patsy adds that it’s rumored their leader is a human female bow-user from a period dating further than the Thunder Emperor. Mashu is surprised by this info. You wonder if they might be an Archer class Servant. Patsy himself isn’t too fond of bows, even though they have their effectiveness against some large magical beasts.
Da Vinci advises that you seek cooperation with the Servant. Given that the are fighting against Ivan, we can consider them allies. Furthermore, if they are a stray Servant, it would be to your advantage to contract with them so that they can display their full potential. Back in the Shadow Border, Holmes quietly ponders over the summoning of Servants in this Russia. It doesn’t seem like they were summoned by a Grail. Perhaps they were consequently summoned due to the Chaldea possessing a Saint Graph from the Pan-Human History? Or perhaps…summoned as the last form of resistance by this land’s humanity?
Da Vinci interrupts Holmes, asking if he is thinking of something. Holmes laughs it off – he is always in the middle of thought. He emphasizes that your summoning will need to be successful to collect the next card. Holmes checks on your progress. You should be close to the destination – a cavern. Mashu affirms, and notes thunder to be rumbling in the clouds. She’s a little worried that there might be a lightning strike. Da Vinci apologizes that there’s nothing they can do about that, but she’s glad they made it on time. The lightning will be the energy we use for our summoning. Both you and Mashu prepare to raise the kite, and Mashu checks with Da Vinci over the safety of this operation.
……Ah? Ah, what does that mean……
Mm, it’s really no good to do a rush job. In such situations, you’d just forget☆ Well that’s fine, anyway quickly raise it! Hurry up! Hurry up!
Wait a sec!?
Benjamin Franklin was able to return safely from doing a similar experiment!
And of course occasionally some of those that followed suit in reproducing that experiment ended up dead. Scientific development is one that comes with sacrifices.
You devils, no you Servants! I’ve never seen such a dark workplace before! Ohh, that’s right! I’ve just thought of something! Guda, use your brain! Leave the difficult jobs to others! In short, the Yaga or whatever should be fine against lightning right!?
Are you an idiot! I’d die! Lightning is the Thunder Emperor’s possession, the Tsar’s power! I’d be burned all over!
Nnhh, how disgraceful to have doubted the beastmen’s intelligence! But you there, you rebelled against the Thunder Emperor right! What’s the point of being defiant here! Face the reality, the reality!
I don’t want to be told about reality from you people who came from some bizarre flower garden country!
Seeing that Patsy absolutely does not want to hold onto to the kite string, Holmes instructs Mashu to tie the kite to the Saint Graph suitcase. You will then carry it horizontally to the cavern. Mashu releases the kite into the sky, and Meuniere confirms its connection to the lightning along with the conversion ritual. Holmes further instructs Mashu to observe the kite, and directs you to stand next to the suitcase. Your very presence is a key factor to the summoning process.
As this is a forced summoning, it will summon one of the servants that had contracted and linked their fate with yours. The lightning will convert into mana and materialize their Saint Graph. However, that will only be momentary. You will need to be there as a keystone (Master) to keep them on this plane via a contract.
(Just who will be summoned……!?)
As the entire process is foreign to him, Patsy wonders if there’s any meaning to it. He doesn’t really understand the thought process of the old species (humans). Back in the Shadow Border, Gordolf reminds Holmes that even though this isn’t the same Russia that we know, it isn’t acceptable to let anyone witness Magecraft. He is worried that there may be repercussions if Patsy attains knowledge about it. Holmes ponders a bit but agrees with Gordolf. He will try to convince Patsy not to watch the ritual. Patsy doesn’t respond too well to Holmes’ request, and grumbles to himself. He guided you to this cavern, why should he be kept in the dark?
───Mages, they are distant existences from us normal Yaga.
I know that the Yaga were born from Ivan the Terrible’s fusion ritual between Magical Beast and Man. Without being Yaga, there would be no way to endure the Great Cold Wave.
And the mages, even till now, searched for all kinds of rituals to save the world……
Or possibly, incurring Ivan’s wrath and ending up dead.
All of these were vague rumors.
Even if there were mages, there’s no knowing what they can do.
Because they are a mage, that’s probably why a Yaga like me would have sensed that they possessed some incredible level of magical power.
……but that person called Guda, looks like they weren’t such a big deal after all.
Even with the Yaga, having such a fragility as if they might perish immediately upon birth.
The reason why such a frail person would be of interest to the Oprichniki is unknown.
They might be the ones, to actually save the world.
Having such an expectation, that’s why I couldn’t stand to not know. I could sense both their presences, and some kind of great magical power.
───well then, let’s take a look at this secret rite.
───That was an intricately compiled ritual pattern for the purpose of bringing forth a miracle.
Master, the preparations are complete. The electricity in the Saint Graph suitcase is sufficient. If its for just one summon, we can manage!
That person, raised their right arm and loudly proclaimed.
Your body shall serve under me. My fate shall be with your sword. Submit to the beckoning of the Holy Grail. If you submit to this will and this reason, then answer.
An oath shall be sworn here.
I shall attain all virtues of all of Heaven,
I shall have dominion over all evils of all of Hell.
From the Seventh Heaven, attended to by three great words of power, come forth from the ring of restraint, Protector of the Balance!
Those were the words to draw forth the miracle.
Spun with bravery and desire to seek wisdom, the incantation to defeat all kinds of adversities.
FATE System. The secret rite of Heroic Spirit Summoning.
Servant. Caster. My name is Avicebron.
Responding to your summon, I have arrived but───
It appears, there appears to be some complication here.
And finally, you over there. Are you the enemy?
Patsy shrieks a little and falls over. Mashu realizes his presence, and it looks like Holmes has predicted this outcome. Gordolf is visibly upset and orders you to have Avicebron eliminate Patsy. Holmes laughs, there isn’t any need to go that far so since the Mage’s Association doesn’t exist in this world anyway. Likely, no one in this Russia can unravel the Heroic Spirit Summoning ritual. In fact, Patsy’s awareness would benefit us.
Patsy is still shaken. A person had suddenly appeared out of nowhere…but is he human? Avicebron clarifies that he isn’t. He is a Servant, one who has carved their name into the record of history and qualified as a Heroic Spirit in the Throne, and finally, one who is to support his Master (Guda). Patsy asks if its similar to the Thunder Emperor.
I see, the enemy is the Thunder Emperor huh. This will be quite difficult.
You realize that you’ve summoned a completely unknown Heroic Spirit2 (though of an intellectual-type). Avicebron confirms that now that he’s been summoned, he is aware of the knowledge that you have about this place. However, there are still many uncertainties. He suggests moving to another place to discuss, though before that he’d like to demonstrate his capabilities. A howl suddenly comes from nearby.
……magical beast! Dammit, when did it get behind me……!
Before we battle let me inform you, I am extremely weak.
I cannot do anything alone, and probably close to being one of the worst among all the classes. However, I can bring forth a miracle. First, I’d like you to know what that is.
Avicebron snaps his fingers, and a stone golem manifests. You begin battle.
The enemy is defeated, and Patsy is dumbfounded by the golem’s strength to easily tear the Krichat to shreds. Avicebron explains that as he is weak, he has the golems fight in his place instead. In any case the details can come later, Avicebron suggests establishing this workshop here first. Doing so will strengthen the Summoning Line, and enable you to utilize your stored Saint Graphs, drawing out the ‘shadows’3 of your recorded Servants whenever you need them. Of course, as a limited resource for necessary combat.
Avicebron snaps his fingers, and the golem moves off the prepare the workshop. He turns back to the three of you, and re-introduces himself again. Caster Avicebron, an uninteresting golem-user. Avicebron feels that he was summoned in response to your current predicament.
An unknown Servant, whose Saint Graph Mister Guda has not acquired. Rather than the bond with Mister Guda, the cries from this land were stronger I see. It looks like that in this world, existing Heroic Spirits can only be established in a rather half-hearted manner.
Hm. It’s becoming less and less like a Singularity……looks like this is finally becoming like what was theorized in That Magical Theory……
Ah, I should be grateful that we have a new combat power, and fully make use of it.
Avicebron. With your skills, would it be possible to repair the armoring of the Shadow Border?
Avicebron asks Da Vinci to provide him with the data, which she does while asking him for his honest opinion. Avicebron reviews the information, and concludes that you will require some antique ore composed of mana. While it would be difficult to obtain such a resource, this Russia would not fail to disappoint. Da Vinci and Holmes agree to have Avicebron assist with the repairs. Holmes wraps up the conversation and brings up the next matter – Heading for the Resistance Army.
There is clearly a Servant leading them, and also a high chance that they will ally with us given that the Thunder Emperor is our common enemy. You wonder where they could be, but Holmes assures that you can rely on Patsy for this. Patsy mentions that he doesn’t know the exact location of their base, but is aware of some villages affiliated with the Resistance Army. Holmes confirms with Gordolf on his opinion, to which he gives the green light. The Resistance Army may be rowdy business, but the Shadow Border needs supplies and the staff may not be able to hold out any longer.
Da Vinci wonders if the Krichat meat is even edible. Gordolf retorts, even if it’s not roast beef, bacon is fine. It’ll be problematic if they can’t eat. Rest assured, as an alchemist of the Musik family, he will manage if there are any toxic substances in the meat. He already has devised an alchemic rite to transmute back meat back into a good condition, having experienced disaster on a snowy mountain alone before. The Immortal Musik will prevail.
A useless, I mean, a very efficient magecraft I see. It’s a very niche genre but, it would be quite reliable right now!
Gordolf smiles, and you promise to do your best. Gordolf reminds his future hinges upon your actions.
Something like that gives you pressure───!?
Section 3: Golem Master
After camouflaging the workshop, Avicebron snaps his fingers and creates a golem. Mashu is impressed watching him at work.
If we draw close, the golem is set to automatically detect and guide us.
Golems are so cool!
Avicebron waves it off, saying that any golem user could do such a thing. After this you will be heading out to a village that's supporting the rebel army. Holmes says that you should hurry, and Patsy agrees. Patsy informs you that you will be passing through another village before arriving at the rebel supporters, and that you shouldn't cause any trouble there - that village seems to be somewhat, slightly, maybe pro-Tsarist.
When you arrive at the village, a Yaga stops you, asking for a toll fee to pass through the village. Patsy tells him in no uncertain terms to piss off, but the Yaga threatens him.
You're going off to join the rebels, aren'tcha? We've got no problems at all turning you in.
Most regrettably, we are absolutely impoverished in terms of money, and we do not want to hurt you either. We don't, but…
Avicebron asks you what should be done. You elect for a more diplomatic method, attempting to persuade the Yaga to let you pass.
You there, do you feel that you have an insufficient force for labour?
The Yaga is not sure about the question. While he hesitates, Avicebron snaps his fingers and summons a golem, which he gives over to the surprised Yaga. He explains that it is a moving puppet powered by magecraft, and that though its movements may be slow, it is reliable in manners of work requiring strength.
…then, it's free?
Of course not. The price is that you stay silent about us, and we will pass through as if nothing had happened. You will then obtain an eternal workforce, and we will head to the village of our destination…. how does that sound?
You move on, with Gordolf commenting that the Yaga of that village were pretty half-hearted. Patsy confirms Gordolf's thoughts, saying that is where the half-hearted gather. Gordolph remarks on their behaviour in following Ivan's rule while also openly helping the rebels depending on the deal that they could get.
A village like that will end up making enemies of both sides in the end, and usually destroyed by an attack from either side.
However, that may not come to pass if we consider the village's geographical location. They are far from the capital and close to the rebels. Can we blame them for leading such a half-hearted lifestyle when it might be all that they can do?
Hmph, those who live half-heartedly are just throwing everything away and giving in to compromise and degradation as a way of life. They live while comforting themselves that while there is no better tomorrow, on the bright side, yesterday is no worse. Those unable to do even that teeter between both, and there is nothing for them but to await their doom. At any rate, that's how my family declined due to political in-fighting in the twinkling of an eye!
With a sad expression, Gordolf catches himself and stops his rant. You ask him to calm down. Mashu doesn't know the details, but she expresses that it's sad for a clan of mages to decline. Patsy remarks that Gordolf said something good, that the village just now was indeed unsteady. This reminds Mashu of a thought, that the buildings in the village look old in style. As if they were from the Middle Ages. Patsy tells her that they were built by the old breed of humans, more than 400 years ago.
From the looks of it, it's been patched up over and over again. No one knows how to make those buildings anymore anyway. Most we can do is to fill up any holes and cracks that appear… if there's a big earthquake of sorts, all those buildings will come completely tumbling down.
Avicebron interrupts the conversation; although he finds this discussion on Yaga culture absolutely enthralling, there are more important things to talk about. Namely, how to get into contact with the rebel forces. Mashu suggests using words like "Master", "Servant" or "Singularity" to initiate contact, but Avicebron shoots that idea down, saying that the rank-and-file soldiers aren't likely to have heard of these terms. Furthermore, Servants exist on both the allied and enemy sides, and even though you may be Master and Servants, you are not exclusively allies of the rebel army.
Holmes offers a simpler approach. He asks Patsy if he wants to join the rebel army.
…The Thunder Emperor has led his Oprichniki to rule this land for four hundred and fifty years.The Undying Thunder Emperor, the Great Tsar. Although we have fearfully lived long under his rule… if I am to just cower and die at this rate… I would rather fight proudly.
Patsy seems intent on joining the rebel army, and that seems to be your way in. He doesn't mind introducing you. In fact, his confidence appears to be buoyed, thinking that if you join hands with the Servant of the rebels, there might be a chance of defeating Ivan. Patsy will head to the village first and meet up with you later. He tells you not to worry, that he'll definitely introduce you. You're the only gifts he has to bring, after all. With that, Patsy trudges off.
Your complexion looks ill at ease, Master. Do you regret involving him this far?
Just a bit… although I respect his will.
It cannot be helped. There are times when your fate is decided not by your ownself, but by others. In any case, we can but wait. Rome was not built in a day, as they say? The same goes for golems too.
Rather than a day, you can cast them in a mere second, right?
That's because it's his magecraft, Avicebron says. Without it, it would be a great task to complete even a single golem, and so his initial statement is still correct.
The sun sets, and Patsy is yet to return. Mashu asks if you should head to the village yourself when a Yaga approaches you. It seems that Patsy has made contact and told of you to the Yaga. He asks that you lower your hood so that he can see your face. When you do so, the Yaga is shocked. Patsy was telling the truth after all. Avicebron says that he will not take of his mask, and asks the Yaga a question: why are so many hostile Yaga surrounding you?
The Yaga explains that it has been rumoured a human mage is serving Ivan the Terrible, with a human Servant too. He's sorry, but there'll be no mercy for you. Again, Avicebron asks you what the next step is. You tell him to strike at them with the back of the blade.
Striking with the back of the blade, with a golem. Once more you have posed me a difficult question to resolve… that was a joke. I understand what you were trying to say. I'll do what I can. Very well then, please behold my most secret of secret golems. Dear Yaga, though I will try my best to hold back— should I hit you in a bad spot, I bear no responsibility. Say your prayers.
The golem successfully beats the Yaga back, but a rain of arrows destroy it. A cat-lady shouts for the fight to stop - the leader of the rebels, it seems. She says that she understands your strength now and asks if you want to join the rebel army. She would welcome you if that was the case… were you not of the old breed. There are only two types of old breeds in this world: mages and Servants. Thus, you are her enemies.
To prove that you are not the merciless agents of the Tsar, she challenges you to a battle she admits is unreasonable: while you are to fight without killing them, they will fight while trying to kill you. If you can defeat her, there is almost no need to doubt that you are spies. After all, you could just proceed to destroy them at will. However, if you spare them, that is mercy, and it is an unreasonableness that she is looking forward to. And once more, Avicebron asks your opinion, saying that he will follow your will.
Fight, win, spare them.
Very well. Though it has some measure of difficulty, it is by no means impossible. Then, let's proceed to remind her that we are indeed Heroic Spirits.
After the fight, the leader asks one of the Yaga if he can still fight. He apologizes, being unable to move anymore. Avicebron says that they will recover mobility after a few days. It is the rebels' complete defeat. She says that if you had been agents of the Tsar, then they would no longer have any chance of victory.
Could your name be…
My apologies. I am Atalante. One who has borrowed the power of the Magical Beast of Calydon.
Avicebron notes that she is in an Altered state. Atalante admits that it is so, but it's not bad. In the first place, her Saint Graph is compatible with the beast of Calydon. Thanks to that, she has also been recognized as a comrade by the Yaga. Mashu asks Atalante if she has no memories of them. She has none. Atalante was here before she knew it, called by what she thinks to be the last gasp of the world, a final act of defiance. She understands that the original Russia has been painted over by a Russia that doesn't exist in our history.
I have only about 3 months of knowledge after being summoned…. yeah. I should be asking you questions instead.
…Am I alright this way? Am I doing the right thing as a Heroic Spirit?
A difficult question. I do not know all of the circumstances either. However, when we examined the overlap of this frozen Russia with the Russia that we know, the Thunder Emperor's misrule by force was observed. If so, can we not think that standing up in opposition to Ivan the Terrible is the way of a "hero"?
…Yes, that's right. Ah, I have prayed that it is so.
At any rate, she prepares to escort you to the rebel fort, where the injured Yaga can recuperate. You suddenly remember Patsy. It looks like Atalante left him tied up somewhere, not knowing whether he was friend or foe yet. You find him shivering, mumbling to himself.
I thought I was going to get killed. I thought I was going to get killed.
Open your eyes, please!
You are lucky, Yaga.
Patsy snaps back to his senses,
…! Y-yeah. Yeah. …I survived… you guys made it too, huh. Seriously, you saved me…
Atalante then gives the order to move out to the fort, with the reminder to be careful not to be trailed by familiars.
Worry not. My flight-type golems are keeping an eye on things.
Telling Avicebron she's counting on him then, Atalante orders everyone to get on their bicorns and ride out.
I'll be moving on my golem, but do you and Mashu want a ride?
…I want to give it a try too. Can't I?
That is fine. Making two or three is all the same.
The emperor (tsar) of Russia feared as a monster (hence the nickname Terrible).
In this Lostbelt, he's a man whose form has changed to that of a Magic Beast and he became an existence closely related to God.
That is Ivan, the Emperor of Lightning.
Height/Weight: 531cm・2548kg / When combined with the mountain-type magic beast, his height and weight are unknown.
Source: Historical facts and Lostbelt
Alignment: Lawful Evil/Chaotic Evil
He is equal parts Lawful and Chaotic.
The Spirit Origin registered at Chaldea is Lawful.
Known as Russia's worst tyrant, his severity and brutality were unprecedented.
And such a person was an earnestly devout believer of God. Such an excessively contradictory dual nature could never be permitted for a decent human being, it is a special right only allowed to an emperor possessing absolute power.
Even though his circumstances are well-understood by modern day knowledge, if it was an ordinary person, just laying their eyes on this Servant would be enough to make them faint.
Even if his appearance was not that of a monster, the power he wields would still be too overwhelming.
○Contradictory Spirit A
As the emperor of Russia, the Lightning Emperor Ivan established a government of centralized authoritarian rule while imposing a reign of terror on the nation at the same time.
In the morning, regretting his sins, he confined himself in the church, in the afternoon, he tortured rebels with great delight.
The souls of a saint and villain seemed to live in perfect coexistence, randomly transforming his alignment into two kinds. Namely, into lawful and chaotic.
○Innocent Monster (Odd) A
Despite being a human, he proclaimed himself to be an existence equal to 「God」, chasing away the aristocracy that once boasted of great influence, he became the one with the most authority.
Revered as the absolute emperor in Russia, the people of Western Europe gave him the moniker 「Terrible」 in fear.
In the Empire of Frozen Soil, by combining with the magic beast that boasted the title of strongest, he became a monster worthy of ruling the russian Lostbelt────this is how he ended up.
○Extraordinary Authority A
The emperor's authority of absolute obedience the Lightning Emperor Ivan wished for in order to rule over the opposing nobles.
To the surrounding people, the strong intimidating air results in an intense "heavy pressure" that lowers the rank of their full capacity. In the case of an ordinary human, even seeing will prove to be difficult.
It's possible to negate the effects with a charisma skill of rank B or higher.
『The Black Dogs Crawling Out of my Dreams』
Class: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Range: Everything inside his dominion
Maximum number of targets: 3000
The Black Dog Corps.
A Noble Phantasm transformed from the Lightning Emperor's Extraordinary Authority skill, based on his "royal guards (the Oprichniki)".
The Oprichniki was an existence that you could call the hands and feet of the Lightning Emperor Ivan and they held the authority to seize the property and lands of every noble.
Fully clad in black clothes, they rode on black horses using black harnesses. Said horses had the head of a dog hanging from their necks while their riders held broom-shaped whips knit from animal hair in their hands.「Rebels will be struck down like a dog and swept out with a broom」, the dog heads and the brooms seemed to imply such a thing.
Their brotherhood whose members once ate, slept and lived under the same roof, does not exist in this world anymore, they only remain in the dreams of Magic Beast Lightning Emperor Ivan. A Noble Phantasm that activates on its own once the Tsar has fallen asleep, protecting and ruling over his dominion.
The Noble Phantasm spawns an infinite number of soldiers, who do not rest until the enemy is killed. As a group, their might is overwhelming; the individual soldiers' relatively low strength being its only weakness.
However, in the vicinity of the capital city, Moscow, a single unit has power comparable to a low-rank Servant.
『Beast Which Follows Mine Journey』
Class: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Maximum number of targets: 1
Звери Крестный ход (Zveri Kretzny Hod).
The Divine Beast's Crucession.
The emperor marches towards the Land of the Heavens and believes he'll reach it one day.
For one to stand in his way is tantamount to committing treason towards the emperor, which is equal to blaspheming God.
Lightning Emperor Ivan regains his old form as a colossal beast of days of yore and proceeds to pulverize the opposition without mercy.
A Russia of if that was scraped away after being deemed as 「an unneeded thing with unnecessary variations (IF)」 to attain the current human history; the Eternally Frozen Empire - Anastasia that was discarded by even the parallel world theory claiming 「such a scraped off future (dead end) will have its history come to a close eventually」; such a land the Emperor governs.
That is Lightning Emperor Ivan, the one revived as a Servant. However, that man exists as the world's first Yaga in the history of the Lostbelt. Everyone living in his empire is a Yaga, since in that harsh environment, human beings can no longer exist.
However, in the process of becoming a mix between beast and man, the Yagas have lost the important things they gained as humans.
After clearing the Eternally Frozen Empire - Anastasia
The Pan-Human History's Lightning Emperor Ivan was a true tyrant, an existence with little to no relation to magic.
However, with the crisis of the Lostbelt's freezing world looming over the horizon, he invited mages to his empire, seeking a way to survival by utilizing a technique that combined magical beast and man.
However, this was no different from giving birth to life forms that were no longer human and before long, having even their minds change into that of a beast, they were recognized as a dead-end human history────a world to be pruned.
His lamentation non-ending, the Lightning Emperor walks his pilgrimage in grief.
Section 4 Rebels
On their way, Atalante questioned a rebel soldier about the situation of the village they are heading towards.
The rebel soldier answered that the situation there was not favorable and that the amount of plundering that happened there have increased.
The reason was assumed to be the increasing radicality of the Oprichniki. There were rumors that a village that caused a rebellion was completely burned down.
"It can't be helped… in the first place, it was a village that exists as a decoy. However, for them to move their dwellings to this place, quite a brave decision. Seventy, no, eighty percent of them probably died."
The soldier replied that compared to being massacred by the Oprichniki, having two-tenth of them surviving is better.
"…hey, you guys. Don't you guys feel guilty even a bit?"
The soldier didn't seem to understand the meaning of Patsy's question, so he asked again.
"I'm asking if you don't feel sorry towards the villages that got sacrificed."
The soldier asked if Patsy was someone who was born in one of those villages, then he added that he too was from one of such village. Patsy ignored his comment and repeated his question strongly.
"…I felt it. Nothing more than that though.
After all, we are fighting against Ivan the Terrible.
We are fighting against the immortal Tsar who has lived for 450 years.
There were countless villages, sinless Yagas, and children who were sacrificed. But, it couldn't be helped, right?"
Atalante reacted a bit hearing the soldier's words, but did not say anything.
"We are definitely going to fall to hell.
We will fall, and we will be seen through by The Oddity of Demonic Eyes
But, at the very least, I must defeat Ivan the Terrible before my children grow old.
Now that I've joined with boss, Atalante-sama's rebel army it's my best chance for that. We will raise a revolution in Russia!"
"Talking about revolution is fine and all, but before that, we must deal with the demonic beasts."
Atalante immediately commanded the soldiers to ready their weapons. Then Atalante asked for Ritsuka and Aviceborn to show their power, saying that people like them wouldn't be defeated against the likes of demonic beasts.
Aviceborn clicked his fingers, summoning the golems as he requested for commands.
After the battle, Patsy reported to Aviceborn that they've finished skinning the demonic beats. Aviceborn thanked him and told him to hand them to the carrier golems.
Then Aviceborn asked Atalante whether they kept the ingredients from the demonic beasts in their base. He asked if Atalante would be willing to give some of that to him.
Atalante answered that they do keep some amounts of the ingredients and that they'd be willing to give them as rewards depending on Aviceborn and Ritsuka's achievements.
Atalante then mention that they'll reach the hidden tunnel soon and that the fort of their rebel army lies beyond the hidden tunnel. Atalante then asked if Mashu and Ritsuka are alright, as they are not Yagas or Servants.
Mashu answered that they are alright and that Ritsuka also possess a Mystic Code suited for polar regions use.
Ritsuka thanked Atalante for worrying about them.
"No, I just thought it was strange as normal humans shouldn't be able to survive in this condition.
I am, after all, a heretic Servant that was manifested by another side of the actual Heroic Spirit.
Please don't think that I have such a respectable way of thoughts."
Atalante then mentioned that there were demonic beasts inside the tunnel, but they are weaklings who escaped into the tunnels, so they can ignore and break through them.
Entering the tunnel, Mashu mentioned that the connection to the Shadow Border was cut. Atalante assumed it was because of the tunnel and that it should return once they passed through it.
Mashu commented that while there were demonic beasts around, there were no normal animals.
Patsy answered that the normal animals were already extinct since long ago.
Mashu was surprised but Aviceborn understood, saying that it is impossible for animals to survive in this kind of extreme conditions.
A Yaga soldier mentioned that cats or dogs did exist 500 years ago.
"…cat. A cat, huh? Because I was summoned in this form, my memories of dog and cat is a bit hazy…"
Mashu commented that Fou seemed to be alright.
One of the Yaga then stopped moving, saying that he smelt the scent of blood. It appears that something is eating the demonic beasts, and it is something that is quite big.
Atalante commanded the non-Servants to step back, she recognized the scent. it was the scent of a demonic boar.
The demonic boar appeared before them and Atalante told Ritsuka that they should kill it quickly.
After defeating the demonic boar, Atalante told them to take as much meat as they can. Aviceborn then mentioned that while they are at it, they should also secure the soil.
Aviceborn explained that because the demonic beasts lived there, the soil mutated and that it could be used to create good golems.
Patsy commented that it sounded like farming. Aviceborn corrected him that it was closer to pottery instead.
One of the soldier gratefully collected some of the meat, saying that his children won't starve with the meat.
Ritsuka questioned him about his kids, the soldier explained that the rebel army had many people who escaped with their family from their burning villages. He was one of those people.
Mashu asked if the Oprichniki were the ones who burned the village and the soldier confirmed it.
The soldier stated that he was one of the luckier ones as his family all managed to survive as there were children who saw their family murdered in front of their eyes.
Atalante then spoke up, saying that they have no time for idle talk and that they should return to their fort.
After they passed through the hidden tunnel, they reached the rebel army's fort.
Aviceborn reported that he couldn't confirm anyone who might have followed their trails. Just in case, he will install some hidden observer golems around.
Ritsuka thanked Aviceborn. Then they received a connection from the Shadow Border and Holmes confirmed the recovery of the connection.
Goldorf demanded reports from them. Mashu then reported that they, including Aviceborn and Patsy have traveled alongside the rebel army and reached the secret base of the rebel army.
There they plan to rebuild their momentum and request materials and tools that can be used to repair the Shadow Border, Of course, if possible they would also ask for food supplies, Mashu added.
Da Vinci commented that while she is not too familiar with the intricates of castle or fortress, she could see it was a well done one. Because there were cliffs around them, it is difficult to attack and a ballista is installed on top of the gate.
In addition, as a way to deal with Oprichniki riders, they installed barricades. To destroy the castle, the enemy must be prepared to receive a lot of damage. Da Vinci commented that it the name Rebel Army is not an exaggeration.
Atalante ordered the soldiers to open the gate and the rebel army did so, recognizing her. One of them asked about the increase of entourage and Atalante said that she'd explain about Ritsuka and the rest later.
Atalante told the people in the base that they have secured enough meat to be distributed for everyone and the people cheered.
Atalante told them to gather everyone once they are done eating and that they will hold a meeting. Atalante told Ritsuka to wait until then.
Ritsuka then spoke up, saying that they would like to request food as well. At first Atalante seemed surprised since normal humans do not eat demonic beasts' meat, then she assumed that we have skilled cooks with us that will solve that problem.
Atalante agreed to share 3 kg of the meat as they would simply go bad if left alone. Mashu commmented that with this they would be able to give a good report.
After that the Chaldea group waited quietly until the meeting begins.
Section 5: Quest - Manifesto
You are sitting outside in the snow, eating magical beast meat shared by the Yaga. Having followed Gordolf's advice on how to detoxify the meat, Mashu asks you how it tastes.
It's not bad.
My master is quite the tough one.
Hmph, you're too delicate. As long as it fills my belly, I'm fine with anything.
A little Yaga is staring at you. Patsy asks him what he wants.
Who is this Yaga with such smooth skin?
Yeah! Are you a ghost? Since your face is so smooth, doesn't the cold hurt?
I'm~ a~ monster~!
Growling, you pretend to be one, and the child squeals in delight. Patsy shoos the kid away, remarking on how a part of the rebel army is all kids and women and the elderly. He thinks this looks more like a refugee camp than a rebel base. Avicebron agrees, estimating that perhaps only 60% of the Yaga here are capable of being combatants. The rest can only be relegated to support roles, although Avicebron does not have high hopes of them being able to do even that.
…Ah, you're here, Guda. The volunteer too. Firstly, I'd like to talk about our goal. Defeating Ivan the Terrible… we're in agreement on that. But even so, I'd be bothered if you think that means we're serving under your command.
You assure Atlante that you had no such intentions. She says that personal strength isn't enough to fight against the Oprichniki, comparing them to a calamity that is like a violent storm. As an army your strength is insufficient. So, in order to prove your usefulness, she will use you as a reserve corps. There has been a mission which requires small but elite numbers to complete, that has been set aside until now. Although Atalante could have handled it herself, she is the leader of this army. She doesn't fear death but she is considering the movement of the army as a whole. Atalante asks if you will accept this mission.
Excuse me. My apologies for conducting this conversation over the comms, Miss Atalante. Though you may have heard about me on the way, let me introduce myself once more. I am Sherlock Holmes. A Servant, as you are. And I would also like to introduce-
Hi~ I'm Leonardo da Vinci. I am currently in a low energy-consumption Saint Graph for a certain reason, but let us not speak of that for now. Atalante. I am a Servant of the Pan-Human History, just like you. Also, a genius. Please consult with me if there's anything bothering you.
Though since your party has just arrived in this land, there isn't really have much information to work with. Da Vinci would like to ask Atalante a question.
A child hero? Are you Altered too? …Oh well. I can't turn down a child's request. What is it?
Da Vinci wants to ask about that large tree. It's something that shouldn't exist in Russia, or even the world at large. Atalante says that it seems like a tree that supports the world, and that her mythology should have something similar too, though it's probably unconnected to that tree. But ultimately she doesn't know what it is. She did however hear of something from her spies in Yaga Moskva. It is not a lot; only a name. The "Fantasy Tree". The court mage who looked like an old breed was overheard saying this: "The Fantasy Tree has yet to spread its roots."
Hm. A tree of fantasy. You could call it a Cloud Tree, I suppose.
For the time being, Holmes will search the database for references to this tree, though he doesn't seem confident he will find anything useful. Atalante tells him to do as she wishes; she wants to know if you are accepting the mission.
Atalante smiles and thanks you. She tells Patsy to go along with you, as you are not familiar with the lay of the land. Patsy is a hunter and should be good enough with a gun. Patsy's fine with accompanying you - he has some grudges against the Oprichniki too.
Grudges… huh. It's hard to fight till the end on grudges alone. If you think that, then cling on to its conclusion. Be prepared to lay your life down for it. If not, a single misstep will see you swallowed up by the blizzards of Russia.
Patsy grumbles that he understands. With that settled, Atalante gives you your mission: to convey an appeal to each village. It is a simple one: the rebel army exists in order to defeat Ivan and destroy the Oprichniki. And as much as can be given, they seek donations of food and medication. Patsy says that the risks are high - if the villagers tell on you, you're done for.
Just improvise on the spot.
That's very unspecific. With that said, you cannot travel around vast Russia without support from the villages at each location.
In return, Holmes makes a request from Chaldea's end. They want magical beast fangs and golem cores from Atalante, which she says she'll prepare immediately. As an advance on your reward, she'll hand over the materials harvested from the magical beast earlier.
Is that all!?
Who do you think we are? We're the rebels. It's normal for us to be short of supplies. We can hand over the fangs and cores only because they aren't that necessary to us… Well, there's a few cities who've sworn complete obedience to Ivan, and which I want to take down. At that time, I'll think about it again if you've proven yourself useful. How about that?
Got it, then we'll be off.
I'm the one with the authority to determine that! Anyway, you should first refer here. Don't decide on-site!
Atalante asks again what the decision is.
Hm. Well then, first, let's proceed this way. You'll be doing it, Guda.
The decision didn't change…
Atalante marks the locations on your map. The team in the Shadow Border will handle the search for the shortest route to those villages. Mashu thanks Holmes for his help. Quietly, Holmes is pleased that you've finally gotten a foothold here and made a step forward. He suggests to meet up so that you can transfer the food you have received from the rebels. There are also other things to be done before repairing the Shadow Border.
The next day, you set off on Avicebron's golems.
I have transformed them into high-mobility models. This is how their speed should be.
So this is real magecraft… ah, dammit. If only I were a mage too!
No, Patsy-san. Avicebron-san is a famed Kabbalist who has made his mark in history…. an average mage could only begin to hope to reach such heights even after ten generations of inheritance…
But on my part, I am merely casting my golems as experiments to lead me to what I seek…
What you seek?
Avicebron explains that his final objective is to complete the golem called the 「Primordial Human」. It is a golem that will guide his suffering people and build a true paradise for them. In life, however, he was unable to fulfil this wish.
…Well, it is good that I am able to use the skills I have refined in that process to serve in protection of the Human Order.
Patsy reports that you are nearing the village, and that you should get down from the golems lest they cause a panic. Agreeing, Avicebron dispels them.
Section 6: A Person From Chaldea
"This is the first village. Then, just as planned, cover your heads with hoods and follow me, you two."
Mashu and Ritsuka followed Patsy's command.
"Depending on their reaction to our declaration, we have to run away with all we have…"
Near the village, they were stopped by a Yaga guarding the village.
Patsy explained that they are the Rebel Army and that they came here with a declaration.
The Yaga seemed surprised but then allowed them to enter.
Patsy commented that it is weird that they are allowed to enter so easily.
"For now, it doesn't seem like there is any sign of unrest. Let's try to negotiate first."
Speaking with the chief of the village, Patsy explained that they are requesting foods and medical supplies.
The chief spoke of the present situation in Russia. Regarding how the Tsar was silent for the past three months and how the Oprichniki's atrocity spread.
The chief mentioned that the reason his village hasn't been hit yet was because it is a poor village and because it is located away from the main roads.
Yaga Village Chief:
"However, young one. Even so, the Tsar is still the Tsar.
We, the Yagas of Russia cannot forget our debt to that personage.
If that personage did not create the method to fuse with demonic beasts… the method to turn into Yagas, our history would have met its end.
It is thanks to that personage that we are able to carry out our daily lives. I cannot cooperate with the Rebel Army."
Patsy didn't seem surprised by the reaction and was about to leave, accepting the chief's answer, but the chief continued.
Yaga Village Chief:
"Listen till the end.
However, the violence by the Oprichniki is fearsome. They are not Yagas, and they too are not humans who once existed in the past.
If the Tsar do not wish to stop their violence, then we have no choice but to protect ourselves.
If so, then the point we are curious about is your strength. Whether you possess the strength to match the Oprichniki or not.
We would like to test it."
"So he said."
"How will you do it?"
The village chief answered that in their village, there are Yagas who are proud of their strength and demonic beasts that they raised.
He wanted the Rebel Army to show their strength in a battle. Aside from killing, everything else is allowed.
Patsy commented that it doesn't seem like they can get out of this without fighting.
Ritsuka agreed to the test and they moved out of the village to fight.
"Showing my strength in this way is not to my taste, but…
There's no choice, I suppose. Let us fight with all we have."
…why does this world determine what is right and wrong with strength?"
"N-No, pay me no mind.
Master, we'll be counting on you to command Avicebron-san!"
Avicebron clicked his hand and the golems moved, knocking out the Yagas, then he clicked his hands once more and the golems disappeared.
The village chief was shocked by Avicebron's strength, and asked Avicebron if he is a Servant
Avicebron confirmed that he is indeed a Servant.
Yaga Village Chief:
The tales of existences known as Servants are passed through the Yagas as well.
Mysterious People from another world. Though they possess the appearance of the old kind, they have great power.
Among them, those who are able to fight against the Tsar too-…
..I see, so you are one of them."
Avicebron answered that he was no one that great. He was just a scholar, a golem user, nothing more than a common human."
The village chief then promised them that his village will cooperate as much as they can with the Rebel Army. Though they won't be able to supply many foods or medicine.
Patsy answered that they'd be grateful nevertheless.
The village chief then asked if they are visiting the two other villages nearby. Then he said that he'd write some letters to smoothen the talks with the other villages.
Ritsuka thanked the chief.
The chief had a sorrowful expression as he continued his words. It appears that recently they were unable to establish contact with the other villages.
It is possible that the villages were attacked by bandits. The chief asked them to hold a memorial for those villages if that happened to be the case.
Ritsuka agreed and Avicebron had the golems carry the foods and medical supplies as they move to the next village.
When they reached their destination, they were greeted by the sight of a ruined village.
"This is terrible…!"
"Huh, looks like this one is no good… let's go to the next village."
Umm, shouldn't we look for survivors?"
"Doubt there's any in a place like this."
Ritsuka ignored Patsy's words and looked around.
"Is there anyone here?!"
Avicebron contacted the Shadow Border and asked if they are able to search for survivors or not.
Gordolf answered that they are tuning the system based on information from the Yagas so that it would be able to search for living beings of that world.
However, as the search function of Shadow Border is an old-type function, it will take time to gather and match the data.
Basically, calling out for survivors would be faster.
Ritsuka continued to call out for survivors, then a reply came.
Mashu and Ritsuka rushed to the source of the voice. They founded a wounded Yaga.
"Are you alright?!"
"Yeah… I just lost my consciousness.."
"What happened here?"
"It was bandits…
We tried to fight back, but…
They attacked and destroyed the village in four days… damn it.
Is there anyone else who survived?"
Patsy asked the wounded Yaga if he knows where the bandits went after that. The Yaga didn't know but he added that the bandits might be going to one of the nearby villages.
Mashu mentioned that one of the village was the one they just visited, which means the other village is their target.
"We have a map. Let's hurry!"
"Sorry, but it doesn't seem like we can take you with us. In return, I'll leave some medicine and food supplies here."
"Yeah, as long as I can recuperate, it should be fine. Regarding food… well, I'll deal with it somehow.
If you guys are planning to help, go quickly. So that they won't end up like our village.
No, it can't even be called a village anymore, huh…"
"I'm sorry, we'll be leaving!"
"Master, go board the golems.
…let us hurry, it won't be pleasant if we can't make it."
"…Master, the golem I've sent ahead have sighted the village."
"How is the situation?"
"It might be bad, there are red smokes coming out."
"Red… that is the emergency signal smoke!"
"We might still make it!"
"A shadow in front of us, it's a Yaga!"
Before them was a group of Yaga bandits. The bandits were rushing towards them, no, they were running away from something in panic.
"MOVE! GET OUT OF THE WAAAY!!!!
IF YOU DON'T MOVE I'LL KILL YOU!"
Avicebron mentioned that it doesn't seem like they are willing to talk and that it'd be faster to deal with the bandits. Mashu agreed and the combat began.
"It appears that they've fled. It doesn't seem like we need to pursue them."
"It doesn't seem like they came to attack us."
"Yes, if I have to say, it would be better to say they were running away.
In fact, there were some who merely ran away without fighting."
Avicebron mentioned that while there are points they should ponder about, they have to hurry for now.
"What is it, Holmes?"
"It took quite a while to register the signals of Yaga, but the registration of Patsy-kun who was used as the base data was finally completed.
Well, at most it can only tell us the number of Yagas in the direction you are heading.
Anyway, in the direction you are heading, there are a few hundreds of Yagas.
Logically it is impossible for all of them to be bandits, correct? That means, it appears that you can make it."
"Yosh! Let's hurry, Ritsuka!"
Yaga Village Chief:
"You are, people of Chaldea?"
Ritsuka and Mashu were surprised that the chief knew of Chaldea.
Yaga Village Chief:
"Am I wrong?"
"N-No. It is true that we are Chaldea, but…"
Yaga Village Chief:
"Aah, we've been under your care. We apologize for not being able to say our gratitude back then.
Ah, we've left the emergency smoke signal up, huh? Ooi! Someone put it out!"
"S-Sorry! Please explain the situation to us!"
Yaga Village Chief:
"? Did you not come because you received our emergency signal?"
"Sorry, we don't get the situation as well.
Old man, can you tell us everything from the start?"
Yaga Village Chief:
"Yes. At the second day of the bandits attack. We surrounded the village with fences and made our stand.
However, in the end we are merely weak Yagas who can't win against common soldiers.
And unfortunately, our enemies are also the same as us.
If the difference of strength was clear, then perhaps it would be better.
We would just allow them to take what they want and be left with our lives.
However, they too were desperate.
Perhaps they received a strong resistance from the village before. We've seen some injured among them.
It was either to kill or be killed. To sum it up, that is what the bandits actions are.
Of course, we raised the emergency signal as soon as possible. However, we had no expectations.
The Oprichniki do not respond to requests for assistance as they are a squad that exist for the Tsar.
We even shamelessly hoped for help from the other villages."
"And then… you were saved by Chaldea?"
Yaga Village Chief:
"That is correct. …because they were like you, someone with the appearance of the old kind, we thought he was a magus.
…in a truly unexpected matter, that personage appeared in this village that was supposed to have shut itself off.
And then, they spoke to the attacking bandits. 'Why are you doing such a worthless thing?' They asked.
The bandits were enraged and attacked that personage, and within moments, the bandits were defeated.
Surrounded by the bandits… they used a thin sword-like weapon that we have never seen to cut the hands of the bandits.
Was that a magecraft? Or perhaps, a trick performed by a street performer?
Nevertheless, after that came a fearsome murderous intent. The pressure that can cause even Krichat to flee.
The bandits too are those who know life and death, they probably understand that the warrior in front of their eyes is not someone they can face.
The remaining bandits escaped towards the direction where you came from.
While we were overcame by surprise, that personage let out a sigh.
'…my head hurts. Once again, I've cut another worthless object「1」.'
That sigh sounded as if it was full of gloom, but at the same time, kindness.
That personage then helped mending the injured villagers and walked towards the snowy mountains.
I, who have lost my wariness, spoke to that personage and asked them, 'May I have your name?'
'—. A Person from Chaldea.'"
After that the one claiming to be 'a person from Chaldea' left the village. At the end of the chief's story, Ritsuka spoke up.
"Thank you for telling us the story. What did the person look like?"
Yaga Village Chief:
"Well, regarding that… the strange thing is that no one can remember clearly.
Their clothes were tattered like a wanderer. Their face was covered by a hood, but they are in a shape similar to you.
I remember that they weren't a Yaga, but…"
"A human other than us…? Or perhaps, a Servant…?"
"Fumu, if they called themselves Chaldea, that means it must be someone you know. Perhaps it was, other than Atalanate, one of the Heroic Spirits who was saved by the Chaldea before.
Anyway, it is good that they are not enemies. After all they've raised the image of Chaldea."
Holmes, what's your opinion?"
"If they were a Servant who sas summoned by Mr. Ritsuka, then they would call themselves Chaldea, I suppose.
However, the Servant we summoned was Avicebron.
…it is possible that they were a Servant who was summoned by the land, like Miss Atalante, however, that too is strange.
If so… it is possible that said person was truly someone from Chaldea who survived.
Just like us, they got lost in 'this Arctic Russia', something like that, perhaps."
(I wonder who could it be…)
(Someone who got lost into… another world…?)
Patsy then suddenly spoke up.
"I almost forgot, this is a declaration from the Rebel Army. Please read it."
Yaga Village Chief:
"Ah, I see. Chaldea is one of the Rebel Army's…
Since our lives were saved, we have no reason to refuse. We will cooperate to the best as we can."
"Yosh. We managed to gain cooperation from two out of three vilages.
It can't be helped since the other one was destroyed before we came.
Oh, that's right.
There was a survivor in the neighboring village, so send someone to get him later.
If possible, I want you to let him work in this village. He shouldn't be too wounded."
Yaga Village Chief:
"What? To think there was a survivor…
Understood, we will do so immediately."
"Yosh, with this our mission is complete."
"Well then, Patsy-kun. We have a place that we must visit, so we will have to go separately for now."
"Ugh, you're telling me to go back alone?"
"Shouldn't you be able to go back faster if you are alone?"
"No, I can't match the golems created by Avicebron.
…couldn't be helped, I guess. I'll ask the village chief to get a Bicorn.
Well then, leave the report to me. Go back to the fortress as fast as you can, get it?"
"Be careful, okay?"
"How to say this? It feels weird having someone to tell me to be careful."
"Well, you guys won't do things like betraying us, but just come back quickly, understand?"
Section 7: Grieving in the Night, Weeping in the Dawn
Together with Mashu, you return to the Shadow Border.
Welcome back, the both of you~! It's nice to meet you for the first time too, Avicebron! I am really happy to meet the famous Golem Master. It looks like my artist's spirit is the only thing that won't be quenched no matter the circumstances☆
I see. I am the one who should be honored by this exchange of words, Leonardo da Vinci. To be welcomed so innocently by the famed Universal Genius makes me somewhat embarrassed.
But you did not return just to report the situation. It is time for Mashu's medical checkup. Mashu apologizes profusely, saying that she forgot.
I thought so. Seriously. I know it was an emergency, but you armed yourself again, didn't you? That would've been reason enough to bring you in for a checkup immediately, but we didn't have that leisure. Well, let's go to the treatment room. Holmes, I'll leave Guda to you.
Da Vinci leads Mashu off. Holmes turns to Gordolf and says that now they should think about their next move based on the information you've scouted for them.
Ah, y-yes… the next move and whatnot, what'd be best for us to do there?
He looks perplexed, and Holmes begins to explain.
Having finished the medical checkup for Mashu, Da Vinci reports that she finds no abnormalities. Although there's still some instability when it comes to being an active Servant, there is no problem with Mashu's physiology at the moment. In fact, it is overly healthy.
In Chaldea, your human body failed to be compatible with your Servant's Saint Graph, resulting in a state of autotoxemia, but that has been resolved during our voyage through Imaginary Numbers Space too. As expected of me, even my medical skills are perfect!
Mashu doesn't seem as pleased as Da Vinci is. She asks if Da Vinci will hear her out. Since Mashu seems to be serious, Da Vinci sits down for this one.
…Please answer me honestly. Just how many more times can I fight as a Servant? I already know that I'm no longer able to serve in active duty as a Demi-Servant. Still, this isn't a situation where I "can't fight". It might be reckless, but if I can't go on the front lines again…
Mashu pauses, surprised as Da Vinci hems and haws. Finally, not being able to take it anymore, Da Vinci spills the beans.
Uuunn! Alright, no more beating around the bush or hiding things from you! It's not correct to ask how many more times you can fight. You can fight as many more times as you want. Your Saint Graph which slept for a year has now been awoken, after all. Even though your strength as a Servant was lowered during the fight on the snowy plains, it didn't really hurt that much, did it? That's because your body has allowed itself to become a Demi Servant once more.
What's left is a matter of Mashu's feelings, although Da Vinci says that is actually the greatest problem of all.
I-Is that so…? I'm, that is, I keep thinking that Galahad-san has already… already… judged that I am not worthy, and left…
Yeah, that's right. That really pisses me off. It has been a year since the battle at the Time Temple. That year's worth of checkups has made one thing really clear. The Heroic Spirit Galahad is no longer lending you his power. That man, who was even hailed as a paladin, has abandoned his responsibility: you. To put it bluntly, he went "I'm not lending you my powers anymore. Do whatever you want" and completely vanished.
Mashu brings up that she is still able to summon her armaments. Da Vinci explains that this is because she is not Galahad. They are different beings, and what Galahad lent to her was merely a model of his power. Through battle, Mashu has grown into a "Knight of the Shield" on her own. The Heroic Spirit that fused with Mashu and transferred his Saint Graph, and Mashu herself, are both separate existences.
Even though there is no longer any response from Galahad, your body has established itself as a Demi-Servant. Get it? The pain suffered when summoning your weapons as well as the decrease in your Saint Graph's power output has nothing to do with Galahad. All of the problems are with your own mind and body.
Da Vinci continues to explain that the drop in power output is purely a problem of the body. Mashu's inability to wield her shield as she once could is a problem of the mind. Mashu asks for more details.
If we resolve both of those problems, then can I be of help to everyone once more…!?
With Galahad bailing out, your Saint Graph's level has decreased drastically. It's actually less than half of what it was. It's only natural the output has dropped. That's the problem of the body. Besides that, his spirituality, the skills shaped from his tales, his gifts, and his protection have all been lost. From now on you will have to seek, learn and strengthen your own means of combat. Well, that's something we can support you with. It should be fine to just go back to the original and earliest plan.
The original plan… Could you be talking about the Orthenaus Project?
Oops. You know of it? Did you hear about it from Romani?
Ah… no. It was from Director Marisbilly. A Demi-Servant would likely be rejected by the Heroic Spirit. So, it was predicted they would have difficulties operating healthily as a Servant, and a way to compensate was necessary…
Da Vinci sighs, muttering that while Marisbilly had thought about it that far, he did not stop the Demi-Servant experiments.
Just what did he think the body of a Heroic Spirit is? He should have been ashamed of being so willing to degrade it for his own objectives.
Though Da Vinci then gives a guilty grin, saying that similarly, she once found herself in a position where she could not be picky about her means to achieve her goals. At any rate, the problem of power output can be solved and so that can be left for later. The remaining problem is about Mashu's mind. Da Vinci explains that Mashu's fear of arming herself and her rejection of transitioning into Servant form stems from her own conflict.
Yeah. This time, you really do not want to fight. Well, up until now you haven't really had a desire to fight. But because you had a sense of rightfulness as a person, as a human, you fought even if you were afraid. However… now, it's different. That is not the threat we face this time. You must have felt it, and I am sure Guda does too. That is why compared to Galahad's absence, compared to the adverse effects of transforming into a Servant, this is a problem that goes far deeper. Mashu Kyrielight. Can you fight for your own justice even when your opponents are "neighbours who have done no wrong"?
Back in the command room, Gordolf is exasperated that we've not found out anything more other than this is Russia, and it's current populated by barbaric beastmen. Holmes corrects him, saying that they are not beastment, but Yaga. Gordolf doesn't see the difference.
Oh, no, you are quite mistaken, Alchemy and Kabbalism are both magecraft, yet different, are they not? Though the fundamentals of magecraft may be different, leading to a difference in rituals, but all the same, we categorize them under an overall system and call it magecraft. Beastmen and Yaga may look similar on the outside, but they stem from rather different evolutionary pathways. The beastmen that you speak of, Mr. Gordolf… the werewolves, the lycanthropes, these are magical beasts that come about through the awakening of their blood. On the other hand, Yaga are the fusion of magical beast and human. They would be classified as chimera instead. Closer to being a phantasmal species borne of fusion, in that way.
When put in this manner, Gordolf understands Holmes's explanation. However, Holmes points out the origin of the Yaga is not the problem; rather, it is that they have constructed a nation, a civilization.
…Is it different from those singularities that you have resolved?
Yes, it is indeed different. The seven singularities that were once resolved came about due to 「if」s in history. You can compare it to the point in which a train switches tracks. In order to rectify that, Chaldea rayshifts to each era and changes it to the correct point. This time, however, it is not the same. The point where the switch occurs lies four hundred and fifty years in the past. In other words, the point in time where the great cold wave forced Ivan the Terrible to create the Yaga from fusing his people with magical beasts.
The singularity is long past, then?
Yes. In other words, this is a modern age which has continued from what could have been in a singularity.
Holmes notes that Patsy's equipment is close to what you can find in the present day, though perhaps fifty years out of date. Such advanced guns would not have existed in Ivan's time.
A bolt-action hunting rifle with a scope… furthermore, it has special characteristics not present even in our modern era. That is a gun made for the purpose of hunting magical beasts.
Yes, I've also noticed that since I too have a magical gun. Though rather primitive, there was clearly a point where magecraft activated when he fired his gun.
I fear that gun was designed to be used by the Yaga in the first place. From my deductions, it is quite likely that in lieu of increasing the amount of gunpowder, magical energy is infused to heighten explosiveness and penetration power. Patsy walks around with such a gun as if it were normal. So do the other Yaga. That is why this place is not a singularity. It is another world with its own, continuous past.
Holmes does not think it would be fitting to call this a singularity, though Gordolf doesn't really care what it's called. The pressing issue is still that of defeating Ivan the Terrible. Holmes points out vaguely that as long as Ivan is present, there must be some influence being exerted.
Eii, you're the world's greatest detective, aren't you? Can't you be more decisive, like, chop chop, about this!?
With only the available circumstantial evidence at hand, things are yet to align satisfactorily. Furthermore…
(Ah, here it comes)
…we are yet to be in a situation where it is necessary for me to speak of it!
Gordolf curses the jovial Holmes for being such a frustrating man. You can't help but think it's just the usual Holmes being Holmes. Holmes laughs and says that the situation is indeed unclear, but the problem isn't that complex. After all, there's a clear enemy for you to fight: the greatest difference between the Russia of your history, and this place. Ivan the Terrible, who has now lived for close to five hundred years. Holmes states that he is undoubtedly the key person here. As long as you continue aiding the rebel army, an opportunity to encounter Ivan will arise. It'll be a long and arduous path, though.
There's another piece of information I'm interested in.
That would be the human-looking mage and Servant that serve Ivan the Terrible.
The Servant in human form would be, well, her. Or perhaps Koyanskaya, or the priest.
Just thinking about it makes me feel chilly… my wallet's cold and empty too. Mostly thanks to Koyanskaya.
As for the mage, Holmes connects it to Kirschtaria styling himself as a "Crypter". There are seven of them, and the A-Team that vanished from the Coffins also number seven. And so, it would not be surprising for the new mage serving Ivan to be one of the seven. If Koyanskaya's words can be taken for truth, then your opponent is Kadoc Zemlupus. If so, how would he act against you? Holmes ponders…
I mocked those who were ordinary, I envied those who were strong. Competing in ability with a prestigious mage, that would be laughable. I have not won anything, not even once. I worked hard. I gritted my teeth. I cried miserably and stopped crying. I turned my gaze away from pointlessness. Nevertheless, those who were born strong despise me.
A dog. Merely livestock, lower than humans.
However, that moment was different. Those seven people chosen to face the extraordinary situation of the Human Order. I was chosen to be one of the seven… not because of politics, but purely because they sought my strength. However—
Without being able to show my ability, everything was over by the time I opened my eyes. Yes, completely so. Without being able to do anything, we ended.
You have a scary look there, Kadoc.
Kadoc is jolted back from his thoughts. Apologizing, he brushes it off, saying that it was nothing.
Is it your inferiority complex that causes you to apologize so quickly?
Sor… damn it. My bad for being a walking inferiority complex.
Even though you managed to summon me? Luxury, jewels, selling off.
Kadoc says that he doesn't understand what the princess says sometimes. Thinking for a bit, he tries to interpret her words.
Let's see… Summoning one such as myself is a luxury comparable to precious jewels. If you have any complaints, then I'll dispose of you, is that right?
Yes, that's right. Well done.
…That's certainly true. I am a first-class Master, and so you are also a first-class Servant.
The princess promptly points out that there's still some worries about Kadoc's magical energy supply, causing him to grumble that she keeps hitting him where it hurts. Kadoc says that though a Caster doesn't need much magical energy from their Master, large quantities are still drawn out when it comes to their Noble Phantasms and workshops.
My cute Viy will take charge of that, worry not.
As the topic of conversation turns to Viy, Kadoc mentions that in the Pan-Human History, Viy is an unimaginable monster. The princess calls it an apparition with heavy eyelids imagined by Gogol, but continues to say that Gogol's fantasy had its foundation somewhere. Sheludivy Bunio, or Boniak, who turned all the towns he could see into ashes and was said to have killed 40,000 people.
That is who he is— he who is descended from Balor and the hidden trump card of we Romanovs.
Kadoc wonders if Viy actually came to Pan-Human History from a Lostbelt, as his power is unnaturally strong considering his era of origin. Still, he is surprised that his princess is actually a mage in the true sense of the word. When she was redefined as a Heroic Spirit, she seems to have become a mage that embodied this Russia.
The pathetic loser of a girl from the Pan-Human History became a princess of ice in this Lostbelt… this is your doing. Kadoc Zemlupus.
…I'm sorry for the twisted summoning. But this was the only thing I could do to obtain a strong Heroic Spirit.
Perhaps you misunderstood what I said. It was an expression of thanks. In my own special way. I don't mind being twisted. Thanks to it, even the faces of my family are vague in my mind. Although outwardly I may seem to be an old breed, inside, I am closer to being a Yaga.
Since the place of her summoning was this Lostbelt, the records of history may hve become a bit muddled. What she can remember is that she is a princess. And that she is a spirit user who has contracted with Viy. The princess declares that it is fine for her to cut her ties with the Pan-Human History, and firmly stand as a Servant of a Lostbelt.
Be at ease, employ me as you wish.
Got it. Then I will put that twisted strength to great use.
As long as I have this strength, I will kill. I will kill Chaldea, which has become our obstacle. Even if this may be the Russia of a Lostbelt, I will kill the rebel army which dares sing a different tune to the royal family. And…
The corridor begins to freeze over. Kadoc stops the princess, saying that 'he' is still sleeping. It is still not yet time for her to use her power, and for now they should let him sleep.
—-you are no fun, seriously.
Shut up. I know that too… but we can't fail. This time, I'll do it. If not, I'll be gotten rid of.
Yes. Then struggle as much as you can, my Master.
Well, let us end this unpleasant topic. The dress is being tailored.
…Wait, wait, wait. Is there a need for such a thing!?
There is. It'll be required for the soirée, no?
There's no soirée!
Then, we shall hold one.
This is a place where no one even remembers how to dance. This is such a world!
The princess stares at Kadoc silently.
…Could it be, I am to…
Of course not, it was a joke. We're not holding any such evening parties. And please, do stop giving me that look which says "I really hate it". I'll freeze your legs and have you stand in this corridor all night long.
This time, it is Kadoc's turn to be silent.
That look. That's right, Master. I'm adorably selfish, so you'd better work up the resolve to accept that.
I'm so tired…
Section 8: Spirit「1」
A snowstorm is raging outside.
Mashu informs you that it’s noon before remarking about the strength of the blizzard. The point indicating the Rebel Army’s hideout is displayed on our device, but she still warns us not to get lost.
You are suddenly interrupted by Avicebron who urges you to stop. You can hear the sound of something crawling in the sound coming from up ahead. According to Avicebron the noise is coming from something fairly huge.
It seems like giants wandered the world back in the Age of Gods, although there are those who doubt such rumors.
Perhaps, that is what Patsy-san was talking about─────
Явол Трон (Devil’s Throne)?
Yes. A Demonic Beast that looks like it could destroy a village. Seeing it like this, I understand that he was not exaggerating.
So it’s outward appearance is like a giant snake with several heads… Now then, what should we do, Master? Fight it or avoid it. Both choices are correct. …I’ll leave the decision to you.
It might attack a village so let’s fight it.
As you wish. For the sake of fighting in Russia to the bitter end, it is an enemy we can not avoid.
First of all, I’ll stop it with my golems. Mashu Kyrielight, I entrust the analysis to you.
Understood! I’ll do my best with the data gathering!
We engage the black-scaled hydra called the Devil’s Throne in battle and defeat it.
Mashu confirms the elimination of the Devil’s Throne. The Demonic Beast's data has also been completely analyzed. It seems like the snake can produce alcohol inside its body.
That catches Goldorf’s attention. He asks if its Russia’s renowned liquor, vodka.
Mashu denies it. It’s not distilled alcohol. If she had to compare it to something, it’s like fermented sake.
Angrily, Goldorf tells us to leave it alone. A cowardly alcohol like fermented sake is not needed. We should quickly head for the rebel army’s hideout instead. Since they are an army they must have some vodka hidden somewhere. He’d like us to get our hands on that for him.
It would be great if the Yagas had any of such luxury items left. Let’s hurry, Gudao.
Section 9: The birth of the Yaga (Part 1)
You and Avicebron return to the hideout of the Rebellion Army. One of the Yaga rebels lets you in, and relays to you that Atalante Alter has a request for you, more specifically, a discussion between Servants. You make your way to one of the rooms, where Patsy and Atalante are waiting. Patsy greets you and asks about Mashu’s whereabouts upon realizing she isn’t with you. Mashu pops up via the communications hologram and explains her situation. She will be assisting with navigations for the time being. While he acts disinterested, Patsy is a little surprised that Mashu was weaker than he thought.
Atalante appears and commends you for your efforts with the 2 villages you manage to gain cooperation with. It can’t be helped that the 3rd village was wiped out. Atalante is a bit dejected that Mashu isn’t physically here to help, but she won’t query further into the matter. It’s also a necessary decision to leave the battlefield if one has deemed themselves unfit for combat.
Moving on, Atalante addresses a more pressing problem – the lack of manpower to fight. In addition, there is another influential power composed of former nobles and renegade soldiers, which is being led by a Servant. Avicebron asks if Atalante knows their identity.
I’ve met them once. The identity is unknown to me, but it’s a male. Racially, they are quite close to me…I think. And also…
Atalante looks away in a disconcerted manner, and blushes.
……ahem. That is, how should I put it……they weren’t wearing any clothes.
N-no! It wasn’t to that extent!
Even for us Yaga, that would attract attention.
Returning back to the topic, Atalante asserts that as long as that other group’s leader is a Servant, she has no choice but to personally venture out. She requests that Avicebron remains to watch over the hideout in her place. Avicebron turns to you, and you give your consent. Avicebron checks if Atalante would require a golem for transport, but she declines. Her swift feet ascribed to her legend aren’t just for show after all.
Atalante also requests that Patsy accompanies you, as his presence as a Yaga would ensure the other group won’t be too cautious when you meet them. She also wants him to help with hunting the magical beasts for meat if they encounter any along the way. Patsy agrees, hunting is his best field after all. In any case, Patsy is glad to continue traveling with you. Atalante notes that all the required members are present, and asks Patsy to call in one of the Yaga rebels.
Section 9: The birth of the Yaga (Part 2)
The following day, you continue your journey through a harsh blizzard to meet with the other force led by a Servant. Based on the map and Atalante Alter’s memory, it looks like there are only village ruins ahead from your present location. The weather is also interfering with the Shadow Border’s communications with you, much to Mashu’s dismay. If only she was Chaldea, the connection wouldn’t be this unsteady. She asks if you are faring alright.
My breath is frozen!
Mashu notes that thanks to your special Pole-region use Mystic Code, the cold isn’t affecting you as badly as it should. Suddenly, there is the sound of gunshots. Atalante quickly deflects an incoming bullet.
Who is there!
A mysterious figure emerges, asking you what business you have with the ruins ahead. Unfortunately, in this blizzard, he has no choice but to shoot if necessary. Atalante introduces herself and asks for the leader of the other party. He declines however, stating that there’s nothing to discuss. Atalante presses on, and states that she will forcefully proceed to meet the leader. The mysterious man steps forward, revealing a familiar face.
Before that, I’ll have to test your skills! My name is Billy the Kid! Come and try defeat me!
You manage to overcome Billy, and he requests for a short break. Atalante sighs, thinking that Billy still has a lot of energy left. Now that the situation has calmed a bit, you are excited to find a familiar Servant before you.
Hm? Chaldea? What’s that? Sorry but, I really don’t know. What do you guys know about me? Unfortunately, ever since we were summoned, it’s been a complete mess. We don’t have any clue about what we should be doing!
……Master. His Saint Graph, doesn’t match with ours. This person doesn’t appear to be the same Billy-san that we had encountered back in the American Continent.
Most likely he is a Servant called forth by this land. Without the Holy Grail, it’s amazing how it managed to have this much mana───
Holmes thinks for a bit.
(No. The absence of the Holy Grail and so forth, such a thought is already nonsensical. The very fact that a Master-less Servant has appeared, does have relevance to the Holy Grail. If the Grail isn’t within human hands, and responds to the “present state of the World”, it’s a neutral mana resource. If so, it would not be strange for Servants to be summoned as a counteracting response to the Human History’s death cry…)
I’ve been under the care of the Billy the Kid that is not you.
……Hmm, is that so. Well, the me here is me though. Now then……oi, Berserker! That hunter lady is here! Also, a group of old species or Servants is with her!
Aah, that one who was bound to come huh. Alright then, we’ll defeat them here!
……Yo. We’ve always thought ourselves as separate from your group.
Mashu is surprised to see another familiar Servant present as well. But like Billy, this Beowulf is not the same as the one that you met back in the Fifth Singularity. Beowulf is quick to realize you are Master, and he turns hostile. Could you happen to be the Tsar’s court magician? As other Yaga soldiers gather, you assert that you aren’t connected to Ivan, and you are from Chaldea. But Beowulf fails to remember, having a fuzzy memory like Billy. You further assert having met Beowulf back in America, but it doesn’t ring a bell to him.
Beowulf challenges you to a fight first, it’s the rule of the society here to predate after all. If you prove your strength to him, he’ll let you proceed. Atalante accepts much to your surprise, but she winks and assures you to trust her – the other party isn’t just crazed to fight, and they likely have an agenda.
You fight against Beowulf and Billy, and the former decides to stop midway. Beowulf recognizes your strength, and asks his troops if they have any problems with that. They don’t have any qualms, and Beowulf welcomes you to the village of ruffians. Billy offers to guide you, and Atalante just sighs.
Your group is brought to one of the houses, and Beowulf re-introduces himself. He explains that 3 months ago, he and Billy were summoned into this Russia. They had no knowledge about their surroundings, no Master, and wandered around aimlessly in the cold until they became bodyguards for this village. Though it seems like they’ve already become the chiefs.
Mashu asks about the earlier battle, and Patsy explains that it’s a test of strength to prove your worth to the other Yaga here. Even with Atalante Alter’s presence as the leader of the rebels, Beowulf explains that Yaga are generally stubborn about this. Seeing is believing after all. Billy walks over with some refreshments – a coffee-like juice boiled from beans with sugar in it. He offers it as an apology for the earlier fight. Both he and Beowulf were pretty excited to see humans (and a Master with Servants) after all.
Atalante also feels some assurance know that she knows she wasn’t the sole Servant to be summoned in this Russia. She takes some of the coffee-drink, feeling some nostalgia in the flavor. You are happy to have a hot drink warm you up. Atalante re-introduces herself as the leader of the Rebellion Army and expresses her pleasure in being able to formally meet the other Servants.
Likewise, Beowulf feels the same way. Being with the Yaga here brought out his own principles, which made him disinterested in siding with Ivan the Terrible. Atalante asks if its possible for Beowulf and Billy’s group to join forces with her, but they decline, stating that the Yaga here likely will not get along with those from Atalante’s side. She sighs, having suspected this would be the case. In addition, she could feel the other Yaga watching her. Beowulf admits that there is a male-dominated societal structure here. There aren’t any strong females, and none capable of proving their strength. As such, the women have been regarded as inferior.
Atalante brushes it aside as mere stupidity. There is no difference between men and women when it comes to learning the art of combat. Unlike humans, the Yaga won’t die so easily from the cold or blood loss. Only if you crush the head or heart. You ask Patsy if it’s true, and he explains that for the Yaga, even if their arteries are severed, they will reconnect again quickly. New blood vessels are also naturally formed in response to continuous blood loss.
The conversation reminds Atalante about the Yaga corpse you saw the previous day. She asks if it was Beowulf’s doing but he doesn’t know anything about it. Furthermore, Beowulf’s skill with the sword is closer to smashing than ‘slicing to death’. Billy wonders if it’s the rumored human killer swordsman. Beowulf explains that the rumor was spread around as a horror story shortly after the two of them were summoned. The killer swordsman went around indiscriminately slicing up Yaga and Oprichniki. They occasionally helped some of the Yaga from Beowulf’s group, leaving their identity as “one from Chaldea”. Atalante asks if you have any idea about this, but you too are clueless. In any case, given that the killer swordsman has been slicing up Oprichniki as well, they aren’t Ivan’s allies.
Beowulf steers the conversation to a bigger problem at hand – the presence of bandits. Apparently, the bandits used to be part of Beowulf’s group, but defected to lead their own community. Atalante sternly asks if Beowulf and Billy are requesting for her to close an eye to the bandits, but Billy explains that those Yaga that left didn’t want to be led by the old species, and initially planned to join the Rebellion Army. But likely upon realizing that it was led by a female human, they chose to plunder from other villages instead.
Both Beowulf and Billy are apologetic for having allowed this matter to escalate into its present state, but Atalante brushes it aside, though she is still disappointed that it has become more difficult to merge forces. The Resistance Army has taken in women, children, elderly and the sick after all, and a merger would cause great unrest. Beowulf suggests forming an alliance instead, that way both groups can continue to act separately. Atalante finds the idea viable but is concerned with regards to communications. Billy recommends having Chaldea as the middle-man, but Mashu discloses that the Shadow Border cannot assist without your presence.
Mashu asks Da Vinci on her opinion, to which she remarks on the difficulty given that the lack of resources, absence of a communications device like the one you had in America, and the different rules of this world. Furthermore, the rhythm of the mana in this world isn’t smooth unlike the Pan-Human History, and this would create difficulty in transmissions. You are fine as you are part of Chaldea, but it is unlikely the device would function properly for some random stranger.
Billy notes that it’s a pity, and decides to bring out a domesticated magical beast instead. Mashu is surprised, but Billy remarks that it should be normal for magicians. He asks if you have any Casters, to which you reply having two reliable supports.
Mm. Certainly Avicebron-kun is calm and reliable but, the other one is agh!?
Ya~ho, I’m Leonardo Da Vinci of the Caster class.
Beowulf is slightly shocked that Da Vinci is this young, and Gordolf retorts that the inside is actually close to an old person. Da Vinci inflicts more pain to him and he yells. Moving along, she asks Billy to show her the magical beast. Gordolf has never seen anything like it before, and Da Vinci surmises it must be a species that had gone extinct in our history.
It’s really lovable in a sacrilegious kind of way.
Right right? This one’s a pretty cute chap.
Atalante asks about its name, to which Beowulf says they’ve called it Shanshan.1 Billy replies that Shanshan can trace his and Beowulf’s mana. Atalante decides to have it remember her scent and stretches her arm for it to fly towards her. Patsy feels that Shanshan is being overly cautious though.
………well, that also happens too……
(She’s really shocked……)
(Well she was raised together with beasts in the forest……)
Atalante tries to smile it off, remarking that she had slayed many magical beasts after all. It should be expected she would be hated. As for yourself, Shanshan has a normal reaction towards you. Beowulf observes a bit and concludes that Shanshan is cautious towards Atalante because her essence is close to a magical beast’s, and Shanshan probably perceives it as similar to a hostile species.
I see, it can’t be helped if it’s something since birth. Yup!
As for you, Master from Chaldea. Your case is simply that Mystic Code shutting out any excess mana. Though that said, if you take that off you’d probably die. And, this guy probably can’t remember the smell of Yaga.
Yeah yeah, I’m no good too.
Billy gives up, and offers to join forces with you instead. Beowulf wonders if Billy is trying to push all the responsibility to him, but Billy remarks that he’s an outlaw after all. Beowulf is a king too, and has a much likelier disposition to face off with Ivan among the summoned Servants. In addition, he has become pretty tied down by his present surroundings. Billy isn’t the same, but Beowulf cuts him off and tells him to go along.
……Understood. Sorry for always causing you losses.
Can’t be helped. Kings always make losses as they wish.
Sorry again, I’ll leave the rest to you.
Ou, leave it to me……so with that Atalante, have Billy join you guys.
Atalante asks if its fine to take in Billy, though she wonders if that’s a thoughtless remark. Beowulf brushes it off, for as long as he never forgets that he was once a king, he as a duty of exercising a benevolent rule, and saving the masses.
Thank you, King
……I’m not that kind of character though. Anyway Atalante. This Beowulf will cooperate with your Resistance Army. Along with the outlaw Yaga. Finally, Master from Chaldea. I promise to provide all kinds of support.
Atalante is grateful for Beowulf’s assurance, feeling one step closer to defeating Ivan. He does give some caution regards Ivan though, having sensed that he’s a troublesome landmine. Atalante smiles and agrees that she too has felt the same since her summoning. It is likely that given Ivan the Terrible’s continued rule for 450 years, he is wielding the power of the Phantasmal Species from the Age of Divinity, or one that rivals sacred beasts. If you compare it to that, the Calydonian boar is just a mere magical beast.
Beowulf also remarks on the troublesome nature of the Oprichniki as well. This catches Atalante and Gordolf’s attention. A Servant should be able to take out the Oprichniki without any problems, but Beowulf explains that those in the capital have a different level of strength. The closer you get to the capital, the stronger the Oprichniki. Beowulf suspects that it’s likely influenced by the degree of faith held towards the Thunder Emperor. The information leaves Patsy and Mashu in dismay, but you assure that your side also has reliable allies. Atalante thanks you for your encouragement.
Oops, please excuse me. This may be abrupt but, I would like to ask one more thing. Do you know about that giant tree that is said to be called the “Fantasy Tree”?
Aah, of course. Though I didn’t know about that name.
Anything about it is fine, do you have any information about it?
Anything I know……huh. If I’m not wrong……there was something……
Billy reminds Beowulf about what one of the Yaga had said when they were in Yaga Moskva - there was nothing at all around the tree. Holmes is still puzzled, but has his curiosity piqued by this mystery. He would like to go and see the tree but unfortunately it’s right next to Yaga Moskva – the enemy’s stronghold.
Beowulf brings the conversation back to the discussion over everyone’s next course of action. His group will try to find a good opportunity to stir up some trouble near the capital. There shouldn’t be any problem with this plan, as the Oprichniki would be focused on protecting the area that’s most concerned with the Tsar’s glory. While Beowulf’s group keeps the Oprichniki busy, Atalante’s group would come in to attack the capital. Atalante is fine with this plan, but you are worried about the Priest, Koyanskaya, and one more person…
The three people that attacked Chaldea……right. The Oprichniki, and if we consider the fact that this is Russia, that girl’s true name is……
Well, the most likely probability is That Imperial Princess. We don’t know why she’s on the side of Ivan the Terrible from this history, but if you factor that in, it’s necessary to face off against her this time from the front.
Atalante mentions that spies in the capital had provided witness reports of a human girl, with the Oprichniki showing her an extremely high degree of respect.
Aah. This is, your dream huh.
The person dreaming opens their eyes to a grey scene of soldiers looking down towards them.
ection 10: Ghastly Eyes
Aah. This is, your dream huh.
The person dreaming opens their eyes to a grey scene of soldiers looking down towards them.
Pain that intensifies with every second.
Fear that pulls you in, a ridiculous sense of chaos.
A rising, great hatred towards the sneering soldiers.
In that moment, pain inverts into pleasure.
I’ll kill you all, so the girl prayed.
A repulsive, inhuman voice screeches.
Ahh, this voice has always, always been by my side.
Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Alexei, Papa, and Mama never noticed it though.
I could always hear this voice.
Whenever I played pranks, whenever I climbed trees.
……but, I knew that it wasn’t a guardian angel or anything like that.
Because right now, like this. I am dying.
Three seconds from my death, all that “he” does, is just watch───closely, watch me.
A fantasy being that was summoned to my killing intent.
The monster with demonic eyes that only shows itself to those of the Romanova bloodline, and carrying its accomplishments.
They battered the girl’s body. Burned it. Buried it in the earth.
Even as my clothes tore to shreds, my flesh beaten up all over, and buried into the soil it still───
It only had the consciousness, to grasp what was happening.
Therefore, those soldiers that had accomplished their task, will never find repose.
I am watching.
I won’t kill you, I’ll let you continue living in fear.
Viy is watching you.
Your sins will continue to rampage. Continue to gouge out your confessions. Because, I am always watching. I’m always watching until you die.
Always, Always, Always───!!
──────Ahh, enough. I can’t remember anything but the dark sky.
Kadoc awakens from the dream.
……Were you asleep?
I wasn’t sleeping, I was just dreaming.
……is there a difference?
There’s a big difference between shutting out and shifting one’s consciousness. When I’m asleep, I don’t see any dreams. And now, everything’s settled without sleeping.
Like a Servant I see.
……anyway, did something happen?
There has been a report from the Oprichniki sent to the rural parts. It’s not really an issue but───it looks like they burned down the rebel’s storehouses.
Hmph, looks like they’ve managed to track them down.
Also, the Servants apart from the Rebellion Army. It would be good to settle to that and sound the Tsar’s glory.
We can manage that by ourselves right? In the meantime, I’ll leave the Cardinal to you.
……in that case, it’s time to depart. I will go prepare.
I can’t really see what’s there to prepare for……
You really are terrible at handling Servants. At times like this, you should joyfully see me off.
Leave me alone. Efficiency is more preferable, for me. Otherwise, the mediocre will never be able to chase up to the geniuses. Against those that innately understand what’s efficient, logically there’s no other choice but for me to pile up efficiency.
……is that so. Then, help me with my preparations. That way is more efficient.
Enough with replying like a sloppy soldier. It’ll make me want to place a curse on you.
Alright I get it, Anastasia. So, what did you want me to help you with?
Help me pick an outdoor coat.
The two of them walk off. Somewhere in the room, Koyanskaya and the Priest have been watching.
Such a heartwarming scene. Even now when everything feels like it’ll sink into the abyss, it’s like a waltz above thin ice, so innocent. Fufu. That cowardly Kadoc making a good pair with the Imperial Princess, is what you could say I suppose?
The timid boy that hasn’t given up on everything, and the confident girl who has given up on everything huh. Indeed, the combination appears fitting. Both sides make up for each other’s weaknesses. From my perspective it’s an ideal pairing of Master and Servant.
───which is why, Koyanskaya-kun. Refrain from disturbing them any more out of jest. As the aide of the Tsar, I cannot just stay quiet.
Oh my. How surprising that you have some patriotism. Are you abhorrent to having your homeland being messed up all over? Well, in that case I should also prepare to take my leave too. I’ve already done my greetings to everyone from Chaldea, and finished confirming the completions with the Tsar. There’s nothing left for me to do here. I’ll take my leave for the next dispatch. Wodime-sama has also sent over that haughty Caenis over too.
Ahh, go ahead then. In the first place, this Russia doesn’t have the kind of entertainment that you seek. There aren’t any humans here that are trying to fight against ruin. There isn’t any ray of hope for you to crush down. For this Lostbelt, regardless of what happens it is a world without future.
……Yes, that is so. With regards to that, I find it most disappointing. Well then, I will take my leave here. I have no business with barren land that can’t amount to any profit♡
How carefree. Ahh, would you like me to pray for a safe journey?
No thank you. Your prayers seem like the kind to bring a reverse in fortune after all. Alright, I look forward to your future patronage. Trampling on strangers yet making profit. Bringing misfortune to your neighbors yet seeking satisfaction. Answering those desires of yours, this has been the NFF Service♡
Koyanskaya walks off to make her departure.
───fu. Cursing them to be like mice but, surely you have realized you too are the same. Poking your nose into danger is also a problem, Koyanskaya. Your way of living, is exactly like that of mice trying to escape a sinking ship.
Back in the village of outlaws, Beowulf and Billy part ways as according to the earlier discussion. Billy smiles and remarks that he’ll meet Beo again if fate lets them. One of the Yaga ask Billy where is he going, to which he replies that he has joined your group (the rebels). The Yaga outlaw is shocked.
Yup. Well, I’m aware that you guys don’t have very good feelings about them. But being Human is not all there is to it. Even though I’m a Servant, an old species like me would surely rebel.
The Yaga outlaw falls silent, and Billy says goodbye.
Two days after your departure, your group is somewhere in a snowy plain. Billy realizes Shanshan is suddenly on alert, and Atalante Alter infers that magical beasts must be nearby. It’s time to chop them down for meat.
Yeah yeah, it’s time for that. It’s time for separation.1
That sounds like some kind of signature move phrase.
……sometimes I don’t really get what you are saying……
You defeat and turn the enemy beasts into dinner.
Al-right, we got meat! Other than Guda, do you guys want any?
Servant’s don’t really need to have meals. But if I’m receiving any I’m fine with a portion that won’t spoil the stomach. I’m the kind to enjoy it as boiled appetizers while having a drink.
……I can understand. I’d like to drink some cider……
For me well, probably bourbon or tequila I guess. When I was living back there, they made anything into alcohol though.
……I’ve heard there’s other kind of alcohol apart from spirits, what do they taste like?
Billy explains that most of the alcohol in this world is straight vodka, and doesn’t really have any flavor. Billy made some of his own though, and offers Patsy a taste.
……it’s good. It’s good but……the actual alcohol is weak.
Billy notes that the alcohol content is pretty high for human standards, and the Yaga just happen to have strong tolerance. Patsy is a little depressed by this fact.
The next day, your group finally returns to the rebel’s hideout. It looks there hasn’t been any trouble during your absence, and Atalante Alter reports to her men about Billy’s addition to the rebel’s forces. Avicebron however, has bad news – the food supplies are now close to none.
Section 11: To the Side Who Pillages
Atalante explained that because the demonic beasts hunted by the hunters were sent at the capitals first, the Yagas that lived in borderland had no choice to rebel for the sake of obtaining food.
For them, securing food supply is the most important and pressing issue, the amount they acquired is not enough.
At first they were able to link up with the villages, helping them to hunt more demonic beasts and distribute more food, however, the growth of the rebel army's members is faster than expected.
"…there's a lot of kids after all. Atalante, have you ever thought of refusing the kids?"
"There is no need to think of that. For the sake of not letting their children starve, the parents decided to fight.
The reason why they wishes to rebel is the system of thi sworld. The situation where the weak are not allowed to live.
Therefore, we the rebel army must ensure the children lives."
"You're mixing in your personal feelings, huh?"
"I will not deny that."
"…yes, that's good. Really good. I'm glad I decided to come here."
Atalante continued her words, explaining that they kept a third of their supplies in a hidden storehouse.
However, when the rebel army were about to transport the food supplies to the base, they were attacked by the Oprichniki.
The storehouse was burned down and the rebels were massacred.
"The Oprichniki has no need for food. Therefore, regardless of how much the country starve, they prioritize the authority of the Tsar."
"…I see. Then as expected, they are Ivan the Terrible's Noble Phantasm, yes?
However, to keep that Noble Phantasm released at all time is…
Even though it must have cost him a large amount of magical energy.
…no, that is wrong. It does not meet the law of equivalent exchange."
"Apologies. We have to deal with the food problem right now, yes?"
"Yes, to humans like Ritsuka, it might be difficult to understand, but the Yagas die of hunger easily.
As long as there is water, a human can survive hunger for seven days at average, however…
For a Yaga, even if there is water, if there is no food, they will die of starvation within 3 days.
In addition, the energy they require in a single day is multiple times of what a human require.
The act of surviving in this arctic land have caused them to consume an abnormal amount of energy."
"…I see, no wonder.
This is not a nice way to say it, however it is similar to mice.
If they do not continue to eat, they will consume too much calorie and quickly die."
"Can't you find a better example than that…"
Avicebron asked Atalante what she is planning to do to solve the problem with food supply.
"To be honest, I do not want to do this, however…
We will pillage foods from a pro-Tsar city, Yaga Smolensk.
That place is not the borderlands, but it is also not close to the capital. The Oprichniki's protection is low as well."
"Pillaging the foods…?!"
"From my city?!"
"…we might have no choice but that, it seems.
However, it is a poor move."
"I understand that without you saying it!
However, there are elderly and children without strength in the fortress.
Even so, if we prioritize them, it will weaken our frontline.
Yes, I understand. For the rebel army, it is the poorest move among all.
That is why, I picked the most pro-Tsar city among the borderlands.
Also, we will not pillage everything.
We will enter with the troops and negotiate for them to provide us with food supplies.
However, this time, they have no right to refuse. Even if they refuse, we will take it.
Just enough so that our side and their side both won't die of starvation. However…"
Some members of the rebel army voiced their thoughts about the city, Yaga Smolensk.
They accused that the Yagas there kept the location of where the demonic beasts gather a secret and gathered more than what they need to survive.
They said that the reason why the villagers there can show a good face to the Oprichniki is because they do not worry about starving.
"Those guys have no pride as a Yaga."
…won't you guys do the same thing if you guys are in the same position
That place just happens to have that kind of environment, however they desperately built a city.
It's not like everyone who lived there profits, there are Yagas who died of starvation because they didn't hunt.
Even so, to the other villages… no, to you guys, it's probably a favorable condition, huh.
But even if that's so, 'those guys are the bad guys, so it's fine to do whatever we want,' that way of thinking disgust me."
"You're from that city?"
"…I got kicked out, though.
I don't plan to cover for them, and I'm not against pillaging them for food.
However, those guys and I are Yagas too, just don't forget that."
"…what Patsy said is true. I forbid any harm towards the villagers.
That is our intention from the start. Furthermore, I will give the soldiers a firm warning.
If any of you harm the children, I will turn you into a porcupine on the spot."
"Sorry, what kind of a demonic beast is a porcupine?"
"…this is difficult…
Anyway, we will take only what is necessary! If they want to think us as evil, then let them think that!
We will defeat Ivan the Terrible and purge Oprichniki from this world!
After that, finally this frozen empire will greet the dawn. The clock of history will move forward!
Everyone, take up your weapons!"
As the rebel army cheered, Patsy let out a sigh.
In the Shadow Border, Holmes and Gordolf discussed the development. Gordolf pointed that they had no choice but to do so to avoid death by starvation from their side and that for them, the way this is developing might be a good thing.
Holmes mentioned that they still lack enough power to face the Oprichniki.
"Us and the Resistance.
Avicebron, Miss Atalante, Billy, Beowulf.
Even though we can reduce the difference of number with Avicebron's golems, I wish we can get one more Servant's assistance."
Mashu questioned Patsy if he was alright, as they were about to advance towards his hometown.
Patsy waved Mashu's concern off and that thanks to Atalante's words, it might not end too badly.
"…well then, do you think it will go that smoothly?"
"What is it, Avicebron?"
"I am a Servant, therefore I possess memories from my previous life.
The pan human history and this history, I am able to grasp both of them quite a bit.
According to my observation,
This kind of plundering, even if you try to reference history, is almost never a success.
Worst case scenario, it might be better to prepare ourselves for a mass killing caused by a small war."
"A mass killing…?!"
"But, something like that is…"
"It's possible, Mashu.
Even in pan human history, people who work in position far more respectable than me and people who are supposed to be smarter than me..
There are people who did far worse than what I did, right? Without a doubt.
Also, I too, if I took that kind of position, I'm sure I will do the same thing."
Mashu was silenced by Billy's words.
"Mass killing. It is something that is possible even without evil intentions.
And right now… the conditions leading to that is all in place, to a dangerous extent.
First of all, despite both sides being Yaga, Patsy-kun's hometown and the rebel army already lived in a far different lifestyle.
In addition, as seen before, there are ill will towards them who chose to swear fealty to the Oprichniki for the sake of stability.
It is not possible to declare that a mass killing will not happen."
"I won't… let that happen."
"What did you say?!"
"You see, a mass killing is not something as simple as a bad person killing many good people.
It is something that spreads.
Lies, history, hatred, misinformation, doubt, racial discrimination, wealth gap, pride, panic, propaganda.
Those and everything else became ingredients that got mixed up together.
And something like this is not something that happens slowly like descending downhill.
The dissatisfaction that reached its boiling point will explode all at once and burn up.
If you are on the side who were pillaged, you simply have to protect, but it is different for those who become the pillager."
"…I want to reduce the danger to the minimum."
"Then we must do our best to eliminate the Oprichniki.
The worst case is the rebel army and the Oprichniki fighting in the village, leading to a situation where the civilians become involved.
The rebel army will deem them as allies of the Oprichniki and the Oprichniki will not care about the civilians.
To put it simply, There will be no one left who will save the civilians.
That is why we have to crush any sign of mass killing.
…Master, is this in accordance to your wish?"
"Let's go with that."
"Understood. Then, before that there is a favor I must ask.
It seems that there is still some preparations necessary before the rebel army can move to plunder the food supply.
Within that timeframe, we will gather the as much ingredients as possible and build a wall."
"Indeed, a wall. A wall named golem."
In a snowy field, Patsy assisted Avicebron in gathering the materials for the golem.
"Un, excellent. It seems like I'll be able to create good golems in this Russia."
"Sorry, Patsy. I want to help, but…"
"Stupid. This isn't something that can be done with those frail arms of yours.
It's just a bit, but we managed to collect some meat. It'll add a bit to the supplies."
"Well then, I will begin constructing golems from now. Inform me once the rebel army makes their move."
"Roger. Shanshan, remember this guy's smell."
Shanshan cried out.
"Is it alright?"
"Your scent is kinda weak, after all. What about making it remember the smell of the soil used to make the golem?"
"It seems that it'd be better that way. Well then, I'll be counting on you."
"Roger, roger. Kay then, let's go back."
When they returned to the rebel army's stronghold, they saw the Yagas bustling around.
Patsy commented that the atmosphere became more solemn.
"Because this is different from the skirmishes up until now.
There is also the possibility of the Oprichniki rushing in."
"What's wrong, Chaldean? It seems as if there is something you wish to say?"
Mashu explained to the Atalante regarding what Avicebron said to them, about the possibility of the battle turning into a mass killing.
"A mass killing, is it…?
Certainly, if I say that I do not consider that possibility, it'd be a lie.
However, what of it? I have the duty to protect them. It is my purpose.
I have to save the parents who tried to make up for letting their children die with their own death.
I understand that it is not something wonderful such as cutting off the chains of hell.
However, if it is only a possibility, I will avert my eyes from it.
Do you all understand the feelings of the soldiers who were given foods by the starving children as they said that you can't fight with empty stomach?
What should be truly hated is perhaps neither Ivan the Terrible nor the Oprichniki.
It is this world that does not allow the cultivation of almost all grain.
"The world… is it…"
"For now, there is still time. I will inform everyone of your worries."
"Thank you very much!"
"It is painful, huh, Ritsuka?
Just like Billy and the others, I do not have any memory of fighting to correct the Human Order.
However… this fight is…
…is saving the world this kind of painful thing?
I became unable to understand that."
"Father Macarius, the Tsar is calling for you."
"Oh, the Tsar is? It is rare for him to be awake at this hour.
"Perhaps he saw a bad dream or something such as that. Understood, I shall go immediately.
"…be quick. Should you displease him, he will not show any mercy even to you."
"That is difficult. I am someone who remonstrates the Tsar's actions.
I cannot simply speak to please his ears.
At times, I must also give him a candid advice that will displease him.
Is that not the role of the priest, Macarius?"
"…the priest, Macarius, is it?
May I ask you something, father?"
"I do not understand your desire or your wish. It is unclear what is your final destination.
…what are you thinking?"
"It is the same as you, Imperial Princess. I possess the same wish as you.
There is no falsehood in that. If you are asking whose ally I am, I am your ally."
"…hm, no, my apologies. It is but a joke.
That was nothing more than one's slip of tongue.
To you, it would be something similar to a thoughtless remark. Please forget it.
I will simply accomplish all of my duties. Even though I've become a tool of another like this.
Adorations for survival, and condolences for loss. And blessing to all lives that are born.
In this eternal frozen land, salvation for the souls that are not rewarded.
That is all it is for now, your highness."
Hurry and go to the Tsar's side."
"So he left. I still don't quite understand what that guy is thinking."
"It's strange, isn't it? I do not feel as cautious as you are towards him."
"Really? That guy is one of the Servants that Wodime can't control, you know.
One of those envoys of the 「God of Foreign Star」 that Wodime talked about. In a way, they are a more troublesome bunch than the Chaldea."
"…that is true. The same as Koyanskaya. I understand that they are people that cannot be trusted.
However… truly, I wonder why.
For some reason, I feel as if no matter what that person will stick alongside us until the last moment."
"Are you there? Gottlieb?"
"…are you here to enrage the Tsar, Macarius? Do not awaken him who is watching a gentle dream."
"Giving a report regarding the foreign affairs is also a cardinal's「1」 duty.
There is no need to worry, I do not plan to turn this into something big.
Not long before, the Tsar surrendered himself to rage and a village was crushed.
He truly regrets what he has done. Perhaps now he is offering up his prayers."
You are not talking to the Tsar, what business do you have with me?"
"I wanted to ask how you feel about being summoned to the present world as a Servant.
After all, I am also something similar.
Normally I am not someone who should be able to exist as a Heroic Spirit, however I managed to obtain the body of a suitable human and became a Servant.
Being a Servant is quite convenient.
Especially the part about how you can keep moving without sleep or food.
However, just because you can do that, doesn't mean that it is not painful.
Gottlieb, you too, are you not tired of simply playing that piano continuously?
I will have you fulfill your original duty as a Servant.
Head towards Yaga Kazan.
A former noble's rebel army have taken control of the city.
Alongside the Oprichniki, quickly go and slaughter them all."
"You are telling me to abandon the piano? …you, what are you planning?"
"During that period, I shall take over the task of comforting him. Until you were summoned, I was the one who handled it after all.
There is nothing lacking to maintain the peace of the Tsar."
"Work hard, O Divine Fingers. If not, this world might soon face a worse hell."
"Am I not summoned exactly for the sake of maintaining this hell?
…very well, I will kill them all. Let the Oprichniki to come along if they want.
Someone, summon a Bicorn!"
Amadeus Alter's image transformed into a Servant clad in red suit.
"Well then, I wish you luck.
Gottlieb. No, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart."
"…yes. I shall deliver death to those who refuse to obey the Tsar's might.
My death is as the tribute by the hands of the Man in Grey."
Ivan the Terrible:
"Ooh, father Macarius…
I have heard from my beloved wife… Anastasia.
It appears that you have went to various countries in my place, speaking of peace and words of reverence towards me.
"Good day to you, Tsar. It appears that you look better today as well, I am glad.
It is difficult for the glory of the Tsar to reach the frontier of Russia, therefore it is obvious that I should go.
However, as you can see, my body too is quite old. I cannot act as your proxy forever.
You should heal your wounds as fast as you can and with your visage, bring calm to the people."
Ivan the Terrible:
"Ooh… it is as you say…
Perhaps in this country, only you will reprimand me.
It is like a dream… truly, like a dream…
As if… As if it was our Springtime World once more.
I seek peace for the sake of my love…
Anastasia… the light of my everything, Anastasia..
I will not lose you again…
This Russia must remain eternal…
Macarius… O teacher who I trust…
Does the frontier remains a desolated land?"
"No, the Yagas have learned of the Tsar and admire you.
Most likely it is thanks to the new squad's strict patrol. However, it appears that the number is lacking."
Ivan the Terrible:
"…I see. Then, I shall increase the number of the Oprichniki.
The additional troops will be sent to the cities far away, is that fine, Macarius?"
"Yes, that is truly the great favor of the Tsar. The Yagas too will accept it."
Ivan the Terrible:
"…forgive me, Macarius.
I am scared."
Ivan the Terrible:
"I have lived for 450 years. And most likely I will live on forever from now on as well.
However, my strength is still not enough. The glory of the Tsar is still not enough.
I have to give light to all lands in the world, and love that will not falter even in this blizzard for the Yagas."
For that… I must exterminate all evil.
I have heard the revelation from God.
Though it is a foreign God it is the same as the God we know.
That God said it. Expand the Lostbelt, impeach the world that did not become like this.
The filth known as the correct Human Order that did not save us. Those bothersome Planetary Observation group, destroy them all! It said.
…however, I cannot move. I have always commited a sin by moving in accordance to my anger.
As a result, a village was destroyed."
"They are Yagas who stopped valuing faith and did not pay their respect to the Tsar.
One day they will not be able to refuse the whispers of evil and sink within the blizzard. Compassion is unecessary."
Ivan the Terrible:
"Perhaps that is so… however…
Even so, it would not have happened if I had power…
The 「God of Foreign Star」 have brought salvation to this land. The power to fight against the other Lostbelts…
The Fantasy Tree. Thanks to its blessing, the world will also become similar to this Russia.
…I… I, do not like that power. The one who should rule the world is I, however…
If it is to the extent of freezing the entire world, what do I rule?
I am the great Tsar… the Tsar cannot be wrong… the Tsar cannot be wrong…
This time, for sure… I shall become the Emperor who will turn Russia into a great land.
For that sake, the Oprichniki… The hounds that crawls in my dream….
Macarius… am I correct? My path is… still… not over… yet…"
"That is correct.
However, it is still not the time for you to wake up from your nap.
Heal your wounds, Those eyes are waiting for the time when it is truly awake.
That day will indeed be the day of celebration, the day where a new Russia blooms.
Please, rest easily for now…"
Ivan the Terrible:
"Yes… yes… I cannot hear the sounds of the piano, however…
O Macarius… if you say so, then…"
The Tsar closed his eyes and fell into his slumber.
"The Tsar has fallen asleep.
Russia has once again wrapped in a temporary peace.
The worry that the Tsar will destroy the Fantasy Tree has also disappeared.
Is this good enough, Priestess of Foreign Star?"
The priest spoke to the mysterious woman. She did not respond to his words and simply disappeared.
"Fu, is she happy, or is she sad?
Being unable to reach someone with words and being unable to read their expressions is not something a priest should say in a confession."
Section 12: Distance to Genocide
Atalante asks if you are ready. The rebels have already surrounded the town. First they will aim to clean up the Oprichniki occupying the town, and then they will negotiate with the mayor. In order to shake their morale and prevent any resistance from the mayor, a swift blitz is of paramount importance. Atalante gives the order to launch the attack.
The rebels successfully sweep past the defenders, cheering as Atalante defeats the Oprichniki. To the mayor, who has hobbled out frantically at this incursion, Atalante declares their identity: they are an organization formed with the intent of rebelling against Ivan and the Oprichniki.
Despite knowing of the suffering of the oppressed Yaga at the frontiers, you have become sycophants to the Oprichniki and informed on those who have tried to escape, didn't you? In order to live, you bow to the strong. As long as you are Yaga there is no other way. However, now is the time to pay the price! You will hand over sixty percent of the food you have stored up to us, right here!
That can't be… more than half…!? We would all starve to death!
…Hmph, the stench of lies. Mayor, you would still survive if we took away seventy percent, let alone sixty, wouldn't you?
There's no way…!
Of course, that is if you don't live extravagantly.
Do not try to pull the wool over my eyes!
It seems that Atalante has heard from some of the other Yaga that a distinction between "aristocrats" and "citizens" has partially formed. She finds this utter idiocy - in this harsh and frozen world, you must share and work together to survive.
Did you think that you could establish a class of aristocrats who do nothing but fatten themselves!?
T-That's not it! We would not dare to aspire to aristocracy in front of our glorious Tsar. What we have done is merely segregation. The sick, the orphaned, the elderly… our town works by abandoning these weaklings and having warriors stand guard in the streets, That is how we have protected this town!
Having warriors protect the town? What they really protect are the colonies of the magical beasts, you mean! That you shoot dead Yaga from other villages who come to those places is also something that I have already investigated!
One of the town's Yaga yells at Atalante to shut up, saying that the magical beasts belong to them. She fires a couple of warning shots at him, warning him not to interfere while she is talking to the mayor. The mayor decides to acquiesce and agrees to supply the rebels with food. He tries to bargain it down to forty percent, but Atalante gives her final offer at fifty percent. Then they will spare the town. The rebels don't plan to do this regularly as there are more important things they need to do. The mayor reluctantly agrees.
Holmes remarks that though the high pressure approach was meant to reduce resistance from the townspeople, the rebels may be overdoing it a bit. You ask him what he means. Holmes explains that the rebel Yaga have hostility in their eyes. A sad-looking Gordolf says that he understands, as he has been the target of identical glares before.
You didn't give up, though.
Gordolf brightens up and begins to brag.
Indeed. My father was also widely known as the Indomitable Gord, after all…
Fou-san is gazing at you as if to say, "fight on".
I don't need such a report! Eei, that damn animal, even though it gets a piece of bacon from me every morning!
Well, the current situation may just be limited to verbal scuffles and spitting at each other, but should something happen, bullets will begin to fly. Mister Guda, please be cautious.
You hear a shout. Running over to the source, you find a rebel Yaga arguing with a Yaga woman. It looks like the rebel bumped into a child and is quite unapologetic about it. He is quite busy. Billy orders both of them to calm down.
What is there to rebel about!? The Tsar was the one who carved out this world! How utterly shameless you are to forget his kindness!
What did you say!? The Oprichniki killed my sister! They trampled her to death with their black horses!
That's just because your sister was weak, wasn't she!?
The both of you, stop it!
That's as far as it goes! I won't let this go on any longer. You should back down too!
Cursing under their breath, the two squabbling Yaga part ways. Mashu sighs, and you ask her if she's alright. Although she's only observing, she says it must be a tough situation.
It's nothing as simple as an outside enemy… no matter which standpoint you take, they each have their own valid reasons…
Suddenly, one of the Yaga townspeople start shouting.
It's the Oprichniki! The Oprichniki are coming!
Enemy reinforcements are arriving.
F-Fight! Ready your guns!
Who said to ready your guns!! Hurry up and transport the food!
Y-Yes…! The Tsar has not abandoned us after all! O, rebels! Tremble in fear! It is the Oprichniki! They will kill you all!
Are you an idiot!? What kind of situation do you think this is? You'll be caught between both sides!
….This is the worst timing possible. It is as Avicebron feared. The genocide has begun. Both sides behaved in a way as to minimize casualties, but now both sides would suffer the greatest damage.
You ask Holmes what should be done.
You have no choice but to head towards the Oprichiniki at full speed, and engage them far away from the townspeople. However, it will be difficult to completely stop them, even so. We can only pray that Avicebron makes it in time.
No two ways about it, guess we've gotta stop this! Let's go!
Mashu warns you that the Oprichniki are approaching. They identify the presence of enemies, rebels who would defy the Tsar's glory.
Kill them to the last man, without mercy. Return them to dust, without exception.
With Billy's assistance, you'll have to stop them here as best as you can.
The fight wears on. Billy fires away at the enemy.
I'm reloading, buy me some time!
You recover Billy's health with magecraft.
Ooh, nice one, pretty good.
Holmes says that it is too late. It has begun. In the town, rebels are being slaughtered by Oprichniki left and right. The mayor is cheering gleefully, declaring that this is his town. However, that does not stop the Oprichniki from trampling over him with their horses. He dies, confused. The Oprichniki continue to advance, cutting down any of the town's citizens that happen to be in front of them. One of them close in on a rebel, who is desperately firing his rifle to no avail.
…Death to those who would cloud the light of the Tsar's glory. Rest in peace.
The rebel dies in a spray of blood. Cursing, Patsy fires at the Oprichniki's head and successfully takes it down. Meanwhile, the other rebels are frustrated that their guns, able to bring down even magical beasts, have little effect on the Oprichniki. These Oprichniki that have come as reinforcements are far stronger than the ones guarding the town earlier.
He fires, and hits one of the townspeople.
…!? You shot one of the citizens!
What are you talking about!? He was holding a weapon!
Look more carefully! That's just a broom!
But it's too late.
Fire! Fire, fire, fire!
Kill them, kill them all!
Shots ring out, hitting one of the citizens in the arm. Atalante Alter shouts at the rebels, ordering them to stop firing upon the townsfolk.
But, boss! Those bastards are already aiming their guns…! Besides, if they're mixed in with the Oprichniki they'll get dragged in anyway!
Ugh… aim for the Oprichniki! That is all I can say!
The rebels move to do as she orders. Atalante looks down, frustrated with the situation.
(Am I… allowing the sacrifice of the citizens with this…!)
Meanwhile, Patsy has run off, searching for his mother.
(Mother… is Mother alright? It doesn't look like she's come outside? It should be fine, there's nothing happening in the direction of our home…)
There is a loud bang.
I-It's an explosion…! The rebel army are using bombs!
The Oprichniki are using bombs!
The chaos continues. Patsy can see flames rising. Someone's house has caught on fire, and there are screams.
Ah, this is just…! What should we do…!
Just how can we help them…!?
We don't know who did it, but if this fire spreads, it'll be…!
It appears to be a dust explosion. The cause is likely the group who attacked the grain warehouse earlier. The burning from the explosion then arrived at the warehouse filled with oil barrels. But there is no cause for panic, for the blizzard seems to be worsening. The fire will not spread and subsequently be extinguished.
Avicebron has arrived. He apologizes for his tardiness, but says that thanks to the time taken, something can now be done.
Y-You mean you can do something about this situation?
Yes. The preparation and integration has ended. Then, let us turn these chaotic conditions around in one go. Golems, activate. Mine Eyes Sight an Infinite View.
He snaps his fingers. Golems appear, striding into the mess and destroying the Oprichniki. The fighting rebels and townsfolk scatter in fear.
Their orders number two. Gather and transport all weapons. Crush the Oprichniki. The golems already buried in the town are moving out. By preparing the material that is to be the core, the surrounding buildings will be turned into material for constructing the golem. Luckily, this town… no, this world's stone walls are infused with magical energy. They are quite suitable as golem materials. With that said, this has caused quite some damage to the buildings and the walls, though as human life is irreplaceable, please pardon me for it. By the way, the surroundings of the fire have been destroyed by the golems, so its spread has been controlled.
T-This… method of use…. though it should have taken time…
My apologies. It would have been better if I could have deployed earlier, but Master, is there anything else?
N-No, that's all…
Hm. Then as they say, this was worth my labour.
You defeat more of the Oprichniki. Saying that it is about time, Avicebron asks you to step back a bit. The golems are pressing forward in other parts of the town. Though there may be injuries, there will be no more deaths from now.
One of the Yaga townsfolk screams as he fires desperately at the approaching golem. His cries turn to surprise as the golem instead confiscates guns from both rebel and townspeople alike. Atalante asks if the transport of the food is complete. It looks like with the golems' assistance, everything is just about done. Even if it is only at about 70% of what is expected, Atalante says that will be enough. She orders the rebels to withdraw. A horn is blown: the signal to retreat.
Well then, the Oprichniki should prioritize attacking the golems. Let us take this opportunity to retreat too.
Patsy runs through the ruined town, panting.
(It'll be alright, it'll be alright… no, it'll be alright so what am I doing? I shouldn't be showing my face here at this time. In the first place, I'm someone who has given up on this town, who had abandoned it… besides, the food that I gave her last time should be good for a long while…)
Patsy runs into a crying Yaga and approaches him. The Yaga recognizes Patsy, calling him a traitor, but Patsy does not care. He just wants to know where his mother is, and if she's alright.
Hi, hihihi…. hihihihihi! Are you stupid!? Your mother was killed because you joined the rebel army! She was killed by being stoned to death! You, you! It's all because of you! It's all because you're a coward! I'll kill you too—
Patsy shoots the man.
That… can't… aah… it's a lie… a lie…
(—No, it was not a lie. I should have understood that from the beginning. That this town would not forgive the family of betrayers. It was a given that my mother was doomed from the moment I abandoned this place…!)
Patsy runs once more.
(No! No, no, no! It's not my fault, it's not my fault! This rebellion is only natural! They are the sinners! It is the fault of those who live in this town! I'd always feared this place since I was a kid! This town that discards the weak! Even though Father was the head of the militia… when he appealed for food from the Oprichniki as the representative of the town, they killed him without a word! This town is shit! Why, why did Mother not leave this place…! Mother being killed was… my… my fault… no… no, no, no!)
Patsy hears the horn, the signal to retreat.
Patsy, what are you doing!? We're withdrawing!
The rebel asks him to hurry as there are Oprichniki remnants closing in. He'll take the rear, so Patsy should hurry.
He runs away.
Just where is he…!?
…Let us go, Master. It seems that we are parting ways with him.
That can't be…!?
In the palace, Kadoc is feeling nervous. The princess asks him what is wrong, and he explains that it is about time for the scheduled report.
Ah, him…. um, Kir… Kirschtaria…
Yes, yes, Vodime. It seems that he has had a long history as a mage.
If it is just that, such mages are a dime a dozen. Amongst even them, Vodime is the real deal with the pedigree, ability, and— and the confidence to match. It pains me to admit it, but there's none more suited to be the leader than he is.
Even though the Crypters are to contend using the occurences of the Lostbelts, like in a race, Kadoc says that Kirschtaria has all but won it.
At the moment?
At the moment, yes.
—Why, that's great. Looks like you still have the will to fight.
Caenis appears before Kadoc and his Servant, happy that Kadoc is still in the mood to compete. The Oprichniki gather, though they are quickly dismissed by the princess. Caenis is their guest, not someone who would bring harm to the Tsar.
Hah. That depends on you. If you're a useless small fry, I'll crush your king right here before going back!
Kadoc tells Caenis not to be too provocative. He can acknowledge Caenis's effort taken in crossing the seas and the storm, but he can't be too impressed with any attempts to stir up trouble needlessly, as it would be a fight without any profit. Besides…
I would feel sorry towards Vodime if I reduced his precious Divine Spirit Servants from three to two.
Caenis's eyes glow red.
—Nicely said. I thought you were a weakling, but you're not bad. Hey, Miss Princess. Is he trying to act cool in front of you? Or is he the sort who's been hiding his fangs all this while?
That goes without saying. It's both, Divine Spirit Caenis.
I see. Fear and foolhardiness. That's good. There's still room to grow.
…So, what's it? I have nothing to report. Everything is proceeding as planned.
Caenis seems doubtful.
Your place is the only one yet to take root. The Fantasy Tree hasn't budded, either. Of course my Master's concerned about that. Whether or not the weakling Kadoc is alright, or whether the burden is too heavy to overcome!
Kadoc assures Caenis that everything is progressing well. Even though it is indeed slow, he was late in the first place. He believes that he and Caster will still be the victors in the end. That the Fantasy Tree has not rooted yet is because the Tsar hasn't deemed it necessary. But Kadoc appears confident he will come to do so.
Until then, it is time for preparation. Reversi… though you wouldn't know of that. Anyway, it is to prepare the foundations for a turnaround.
That's a rather cold gaze. They're the eyes of someone with ambition, flattering the king while sneakily searching for ways to overthrow him…. that's fine. If you can upset that bastard Vodime's plans, then it'd be the best spectacle ever! Alright, there are no problems in Russia. I'll tell Vodime that.
Caenis says that although the foundation of this Lostbelt is poor, its king is a top-class monster.
…Yeah. Though I only caught a glimpse, that was hideous. He might win in a brawl even against our chief deity. Do your best in turning things around unexpectedly, Kadoc Zemlupus. You want to impress the girl, don't you? Isn't that nice, a Master and Servant couple! If that happens then it's finally my turn. I'll make this proud princess into my woman right before your eyes!
….How vulgar. I want nothing to do with an uneducated boor of a man.
What a coincidence. I agree with you. I think the same of pampered girls with heads filled with flowery and princessy stuff but can't even catch a single fish.
Caenis, are you that starved for conversation? I'll prepare a seat for you if you want to have a tea party.
Yeah, I'll accept that offer gladly when the princess is not around. Actually, Kadoc, you're pretty slick with your words, aren't you? You should be more sarcastic usually too, hey!
Kadoc replies that he picks his targets to be sharp-tongued with. He asks if Caenis has any other business. There's none, except for the matter of the people from the Panhuman History. Caenis asks if they have appeared in Russia, as Daybit said. Kadoc says that they have and that he'll handle it. Caenis volunteers to clean them up for Kadoc, but he rejects the offer. They have come to Russia, and so belong to him. It is Kadoc's right to do with them as he pleases.
…I see. You're getting carried away, human. Ah, it feels like I'm looking at your past self. I have expectations for your hubris, Kadoc. Right, Russia is your game board. Aim for the top prize as best as you can. Don't let someone else pull the carpet out from under your feet. If you pull it off well, then at that time call me for, what's it called? A tea party?
Caenis leaves the room.
…What a farcical Servant. If you had not forbidden it, I would have struck to kill.
Kadoc reminds the princess that they need to avoid troublesome situations. They would have had to enlist the Tsar's assistance if a fight had broken out.
Are all heroes from the Age of Gods that ill-mannered? …It makes me quite angry to be underestimated, too.
Right, right, it's my fault.
Yes, that is so. And if you're at fault, so am I. I'm angry because I understand that.
…I have some tea leaves I got from Pepe. Even though Servants don't need it, let's fix the mood with this.
…Of course, it'll depend on the taste.
Section 13: Man of the Gray (Part 1)
Back at the rebel fort, Atalante is ordering the food to be brought into the warehouse. The food is to be divided into perishables and non-perishables, and the former are to be given to children and the elderly. Atalante also tells the non-combatants to get ready to treat the wounded.
I'm bad with the sight of human blood, so I'll go back to fixing up the golems. The golems can take over guard duties so it would be better for all of the Yaga to rest at this moment.
Atalante thanks Avicebron. He tells her to think nothing of it, but mentions that he has complex feelings about the matter. The only thing he says about the matter, when asked, is that he feels that this is a strange turn of fate, and that is all.
While the Yaga begin feeding their young and old, you think about Patsy. Gordolf shouts at you for worrying over it.
He ran away! We couldn't chase after him! And that's the end of it, right there! Besides, betrayals are just part of daily life for mages! We shouldn't feel down about that wolf-man leaving us, but about how to fill in the hole left by losing a guide who has a good sense for the lay of the land!
That's true, but it's not something to "feel down" about, rather, it's to "think" about…
He must have had his own thoughts on the matter. In the first place, we owe him for dragging him into our matters. There is nothing but to pray for his safety. At the moment, that is all we can do.
To change the mood, Holmes asks you to go and report to Atalante that the transfer of food is complete. You proceed to do so. Atalante thanks you for the help, saying that if you and Avicebron were not here, the rebel army would have either been wiped out, or would now be bearing the sin of massacring the town. They've also kept their casualties to a minimum, something to remember to lest their morale drops further. Though it is very soon after your last mission, Atalante tells you that you have a new job to do.
Amongst the information gathered during this operation, there is a single piece that seems unrelated yet vitally important. It regards the town of Yaga Tula…
A splinter group of the rebel army appears to have taken control of the town. Although it was not to a level where it would directly incite Ivan the Terrible's wrath, the court mage and the priest seem to have found out about it. They've dispatched a Servant and some Oprichniki to the town, throwing it into chaos.
It's a bit far and if Atalante attempted a large scale troop movement it would be detected immediately. Avicebron's golems would be able to arrive quickly but on the other hand, if he were not around, the golems at the rebel fort would not be able to move. That would be a problem. Avicebron offers to designate the golems to receive commands from Atalante. They would only be able to obey simple ones like transporting items or attacking enemies, but Atalante finds that sufficient. She says the rebel army will not move some time, staying at the fort to recuperate and train.
You bring up the matter of Patsy. Atalante says it's not uncommon for such things to happen, just that escaping into that town is risky. Regardless, there's nothing you can do about it right now, so you set off for Yaga Tula.
You really are running around this land tirelessly, just like a Yaga.
I'll be coming along this time too. It'll be a Servant battle after all. By the way, Atalante, any idea about who's the Servant they sent?
Yeah, it seems that he gave his name quite boldly. His name is— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
At the town, a Yaga bandit is being pursued by Amadeus Alter. The bandit pants, crying that he'd rather face the Oprichniki than this.
Wallow in fear. Fear these claws that rend through the dark night, this shrieking cry! You shall all be cleansed, your vices ascertained! There shall be no place in this world for evil to hide!
Amadeus Alter strikes the Yaga down, proclaiming it to be for justice. He is not clear whether there is any meaning to his actions, but he thinks this is probably what Servants do.
Your work is to repent, and rest well in sleep. After all, in this Lostbelt, death is salvation.
More Yaga appear and Amadeus Alter defeats them, remarking that Yaga are indeed sturdy beings which require a full decapitation to kill. The Oprichniki capture one of the Yaga alive. Amadeus Alter interrogates him regarding his allegiance to the rebel army.
Don't lump me in together with those weaklings!
From the end result, they appear to be faring better than you, who have been caught in this manner.
You're noisy, shut up! Ugh… food… give me food…! Food… if there's no food… the hunger…!
The Yaga groans loudly.
…Have you ever heard a piano before?
The Yaga hasn't. Amadeus Alter tells the Oprichniki to deliver mercy to the Yaga, although that may be too lenient a treatment for their deeds. The Oprichniki finishes the captive Yaga off without a word.
Why… is there no music here. Why does nobody lend their ears to the poetry of art, to the whispers of Heaven. Each and every person is too preoccupied with merely surviving in this hell.
The Oprichniki ask him for more orders. Amadeus Alter tells them to interrogate the surviving bandits, and then release them.
We should let enemies of the Tsar escape?
Let them run. Those Yaga will flock to where the strong gather…. they will seek the aid of the rebels, and guide them to us. You should be able to think of this much at least, is what I would like to say, but— after all, you are but residents of a dream and I have no such expectations of you. This is an act to subjugate enemies of the Tsar. Endure it.
The wind begins to pick up.
…Ah, my skull is distorted by this blizzard. For what reason am I here, for what reason did I come to this place…?
You set off from the fort. Atalante asks you to spread the rebel manifesto to any villages you might encounter on your way. A more stable foundation is still necessary to gather the strength to battle Ivan.
Oh, we won't be meeting for a while then. You've really helped us out.
Big brother of the old breed!
Hey, it's rude to call Guda-san an old breed.
Um, but he is one isn't he? I heard that the old breed were weak and all died out, but he's really awesome!
You idiot! That human's strong, that's why he's here. If you continue mouthing off rudely like this, he might kill you!
Yeah, got it!
Why would I kill the kid?
The rebel explains that it is just how the Yaga were brought up. The principle of survival of the fittest is everything to them. It's not a concept that he fundamentally disagrees with.
Then, have a safe trip! Bring me back some souvenirs!
If I can find any…
Avicebron reports that the golem adjustments are complete and thankfully, the blizzard has subsided somewhat. You can push through to Yaga Tula. Mashu reminds you to check your equipment before you go, especially your polar outfit.
Yes, it is no joking matter should the cold air slip into the gaps, as the necrosis will set in from there. Although there is some measure of magical protection, I hope you will be more careful.
After you have left the fort, Atalante thinks to herself that thanks to your help in gathering the summoned Servants, the dream of defeating Ivan the Terrible may actually become reality. She winces as a headache assails her.
When dreams become reality, maybe I too… will awaken from my dream.
Patsy has been captured by the Oprichniki, and brought to meet the priest.
Hm. You are a survivor of the rebel army. It is unfortunate, but you are the only prisoner that has been taken. The Oprichniki's lack of a subtle touch is certainly troubling in times such as these. On that point, you have been blessed with heavenly luck. Give praise to the Lord.
Tch… I'll say it straight, I'm just a new recruit. I don't remember anything important at all.
I see. You have no confidence in your memory, then. It is very helpful of you to clear that up beforehand. After all, you are all tough, sturdy types. Interrogating little by little would have the sun set before anything is done.
What did you say…?
Your kind are good at enduring, is what I meant. Yaga are remarkably dull to pain, and a Yaga resolved for death even more so. Even if it's pulling out your claws, or breaking your limbs, or confining you in a closed room for a month. The Oprichniki's torture would just end in death. It would be an excessive waste of time.
Right. If you're going to kill me then just do it!
That will not do, young Yaga. As you can see, I am one who professes to spread the path of God. I would like to avoid the taking of human life if I can. Furthermore— one matter that comes to mind. There is a trial that I have wanted to put to the test for some time now. Oprichniki. Transport him, carefully, if you would not mind?
…What… do you plan on doing…
Rejoice. You did say that you had no confidence in your memory, did you not? I merely wish to provide a strong shock to the brain of such a man.
Section 13: Man of the Gray (Part 2)
At the speed you are travelling, communications with the Shadow Border are sporadic and easily broken. Avicebron asks Mashu if it's possible to track you even if they can't communicate. They can, and are constantly monitoring you. Avicebron suggests it may be better to rest and report the situation at leisure.Billy agrees.
How about that, Master. Aren't you tired too?
The golems come to a halt.
Hm? …I see, the presence of magical beasts. Then, let us first exterminate them.
Billy is eager to go on the hunt. After you wrap up the hunting, you take refuge in a cave. With the golems forming a wall to block out the cold, it's not too uncomfortable to be in.
Speaking of which, Avicebron, can you really make golems out of anything? Stone, boulders, wood, metal… anything else?
I can make them out of most things.
Then, can you make them out of that blizzard that's raging outside?
…Snow golems…. hm. Even if the core can be made, gathering and maintaining its form would be difficult. However, it would also be physically difficult to destroy. Even if the enemy chips away at it, it can always be replenished from its surroundings.
Though after calculating for a bit more, Avicebron says that it is not possible with cheap cores, and even if you use expensive materials for the core, you would only be able to create a golem with nothing but endurance. He asks your opinion on the matter.
It would be better to freeze it.
Indeed, in such temperatures, you can immediately freeze almost anything. Although it may lose some versatility, it may be better this way.
Avicebron-san really likes golems, it seems.
Yes, well, I just hate humans.
Guda & Mashu:
So that you don't misunderstand, Avicebron explains himself. He doesn't truly abhor humans, he just finds interacting with people troublesome. That's just the sort of person he is. You point out that he's talking to you just fine at the moment. Avicebron says that upon becoming a Servant, he's seen the flaws in himself that he needs to correct. Even if it's troublesome, he will continue the conversation.
Ah, but if you're not happy with it, we'll keep quiet—
No, that would not be good. That would not be good at all, Mashu. I hate humans. But still, I work hard to save humans. In life, and in death…. Making that reason more ambiguous would not be good. The giant that should have been indestructible must not be defeatable. If it is defeated, even so, then it is my fault.
…Sorry. I got confused. Somehow, it seems that I have managed to understand a bit of something more. For that sake, I will continue to talk with you. That is why you do not need to mind my mood. A normal conversation is exactly what I wish for.
You would like to converse more normally with Avicebron too. Mashu points out that the talk you are having now is quite important. Protecting the Human Order is the duty of all Heroic Spirits. However, each and every Heroic Spirits has their own complicated thoughts to deal with. Whether they were once human, or if they had divine lineage, or even if they were not human at all.
But now, they are our comrades.
Yes, well, it may be boastful to say this, but indeed, we are comrades. We are a community.
Billy asks if Holmes is around. He is, as usual. Billy wants to find out about the state of the world outside of Russia. Holmes tells him that the storm around Russia is preventing them from doing so in further detail, but when the Paper Moon is definitely displaying the image of the current Earth: a featureless, blank planet with no traces of civilization or nature. There are some differences in elevation but no mountains above 1000 metres. And on this world, there are seven abnormal zones, each similar in scale to this Russia.
Although Billy's memories are still vague, there's one thing he is certain of.
In the place I once lived—- it must've been a comfortable place where you can solve matters by just firing a bullet at them!
When morning comes, you plan to give out the rebel manifesto to the villages on your way. The first village you encounter, however, has its elder tell you to leave immediately. The old Yaga seems to know the difference between Servants and normal humans. He calls Servants inhuman monsters.
That is why, get lost. If this isn't enough, take my life too.
Do you fear the Thunder Emperor that much?
The old Yaga says that there should be a neighbouring village marked on the map. He tells you to go there. There you will see the omen of the great Tsar, and understand why they cannot rebel. Heading over to the village, you find nothing but devastation. Billy wonders if it was an earthquake or a tornado.
Gordolf is curious about what you are seeing, but the connection is poor at the moment and he can't receive any images.
Alright, let's fix it then.
He begins hitting the communications device like one would an old television.
Why are you trying to break it, old man? Did you think if it broke we would just replace it with a new one? But right now we don't have any new parts in stock so if it breaks, we'll get the equipment from the captain's office in replacement.
Eei, you don't know how to talk to your commanding officer at all! Mashu, kick Meuniere's butt with your Demi-Power! Even if you're weakened now, you're still a Servant, so go and split his ass six ways!
I-I'm not going to listen to such an order…! I… I refuse…!
(….how do you even break an ass into six parts…)
Since the comms isn't going to get fixed, Holmes says he'll just have to deduce it from your descriptions. Billy says the only thing they can tell is that the destruction was very thorough. There are no survivors. Holmes asks if there are any signs of fire. Billy can't find any. There aren't any scorches on what remains of the houses' frames, though he thinks that it would be hard to burn any places down in Russia. That may be the case, but Holmes says that there is no need for the Oprichniki to destroy houses either.
…Mister Guda. Anything will be fine, please talk about anything that has caught your eye.
This sight… where have I seen it before…
Holmes says that such a terrible sight can only have been seen during your journey to undo the incineration of the Human Order. He then recounts the places you have been too, one by one.
Fuyuki… Orleans… Rome… Okeanos… London… America… Camelot…
The sight of the craters in Jerusalem's lands flash in your mind.
Camelot? Ah, I see. The craters left behind by the Holy Selection?
Billy notes that the houses do look like they were crushed from above. The force to flatten houses alone wouldn't be enough to leave a crater, however, so he wonders if a meteorite dropped from above. At any rate, Avicebron says that this is Ivan the Terrible's power. The Yaga residing here must have been killed without a second's hesitation. He now understands why the neighbouring villages are terrified. It would be useless to try and hand out the manifesto here. You might as well head straight for your destination.
Well then, the strange one known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart— whether it'll become a fight, or if we'll make friends, it'll all be decided with this bullet!
The sky has turned dark by the time you reach Yaga Tula. Avicebron reminds you to camouflage yourself with your hood. Billy hides in spirit form. The town is bustling even at night. Were Patsy here, you could have had him gather information, but at the moment eavesdropping is all you can do. Avicebron tells you to wait for a while.
Ah, yes.., why are you placing your hands on the wall?
Avicebron begins catching snippets of conversation from the townsfolk. He finds a clue, where two Yaga are talking about seeing an old breed up north, in the old church. One of them wanted to attack in order to free their town from the Oprichniki, but the other talked him out of it by reminding him of the Tsar's strength. He calls the Tsar a monster that they cannot defeat. Their only hope is to pray that he does not awaken.
…Done. The results of my eavesdropping have revealed that the mystery Servant may be at the old church.
…could it be that you can actually do anything?
I merely utilized some golem techniques. It was pure luck that I managed to obtain information. This technique isn't suitable for retrieving specific knowledge.
At any rate, the church is where you must go. There, you find it empty. From what little he can see through the monitors, Holmes deduces that the enemy Servant has made their base here. They must have good compatibility with this location - although not to the extent of a Caster, they can use this church as a type of workshop. Billy praises Holmes for his deductive skills and Da Vinci protests, saying that she was the one who analysed it and Holmes was merely reading out the results.
Drat, I was exposed. I was just trying to show off a little. As it is not possible to deliver a brilliant conclusion at this time, my stress was accumulating. Hahaha, my apologies.
Hah, you're the last person who should say such a thing, you air-headed self-absorbed detective. You seem the furthest thing in the world from being stressed to me.
Holmes denies that, saying that the presence of an unsolvable mystery gives him the greatest amount of stress. Avicebron says that you should wait at the church. If this is the enemy Servant's base, then he will definitely return. You go to sleep in the church.
And you dream of your encounter with Koyanskaya, back in Chaldea. When she taunted you about knowing nothing at all about the seven A-Team Masters, yet taking away all their glory and their reason for existence, as well as their place of belonging in Chaldea. You dream of the priest telling you that the miracle you have accomplished is about to be trampled over by common men.
Mashu wakes you up as you seemed to be having an uneasy sleep. She is relieved when you do so, as she thought you might have drifted off to another world again in your dreams. Anyway, the Servant you are looking for has returned to the church.
Alright. Now then, to pull the trigger, or not to pull the trigger. That is the question.
Mashu reports that the Servant claiming to be Amadeus is standing right outside the church, not moving. Billy says he's asking you to get out there and face him, if that's the case.
What should we do, Master?
You really are a light-hearted one.
When you step out, the enemy Servant attacks from above. Avicebron blocks the attack with his golem, calling it an impolite greeting.
I was awaiting the rebel army which refused to bow before the Tsar's glory, but to think that it would be the people of Chaldea who came to visit! There is no place for you in this belt of strange tales. Thus, do not go anywhere, for I will slaughter you.
In the Shadow Border, Amadeus Alter's words spark Holmes's thoughts.
(Belt of strange tales… is what he said just now, yes? Strange tales… I see, so that's it! And if it has written over the Texture in this way, certainly it can be called a belt! This is truly a fitting masterpiece that brings together all hypotheses so far!)
Meanwhile, Billy is gushing over Amadeus Alter's outfit.
Hey, that guy's really cool! Is that a full body suit? Armor? Is that actually Amadeus!?
Mashu reports that the Saint Graph readings are unstable and that you can't really tell if it is Amadeus at the moment. The enemy also appears to be calling spirits of the dead to him.
God's love is nowhere to be found here. —Thus, I will hunt. Let my death be a parting gift! Should I be one who is inhuman!
Are you really Amadeus?
…Silence! Silence, silence, silence! Mine name is Amadeus! If that is not so— there will be no forgiveness from God!
You engage Amadeus Alter in battle.
Hey, □□□□. I don't want to make your mood bad, but—
…What is it?
Did you really kill him? No, of course, I don't mean killing him directly. But well… see, there's quite a few ways of killing someone indirectly, right?
—Did I kill that, you ask? It's not a joke.
Y-Yeah, that's right. That's right… yeah. Sorry.
The first man walks away.
It's not a joke. I undoubtedly killed him. Yes, I killed Amadeus. I commissioned the Requiem in D minor. It was I! Who killed! That genius! …What foolishness, if this were truly the case, how many could be saved? I couldn't kill him. I truly couldn't kill him, no matter what. Not because we were best friends, not because of our friendship, but purely because I could not accept harming that God-given talent. That is Amadeus. That is Mozart.
However, the world, the hearts of men, and even myself, search for a culprit. Who was the fool that envied that genius and his divine melodies! Who was the one to cast that man into hell! In order to turn one's eyes away from the true hell where even he who created such godly music could die with no distinction from the common man! I, mine being, it was remade this way. It was remade this way!! But, very well! That is fine! I loved him. I envied him. I burned for him. I respected him, admired him, adored him. If I am to bear the honor of having killed the Child of God! Then that is none other than Divine Providence!
Ah, but, however— I feel that… that man… told me something far more… important…
Amadeus Alter still refuses to converse. Billy fires his gun and shoots off the mask, revealing the Servant's face for just an instant. But that is long enough for you to see that it is not Mozart. His face and his Saint Graph values are different. Even if Altered, Mashu says there is no way it could be this different.
Just who are you…!?
I… I am— I am not… Amadeus…! Damn it… I am not Amadeus…!
Holmes shouts out a warning for an enemy attack.
Your radar must be an old model. Thanks to that, it was easy to get close.
This voice, it's…!
Oprichniki, stand down. It looks like the favourite has come. The court musician is… no longer any good, huh. That's fine, he was reaching the end of his use anyway. Farewell, Salieri.
Salieri… Antonio Salieri, I see.
Is that you… Kadoc-san…!?
Mashu Kyrielight…? Why, it's just comms. Well then. This may be a cliched thing to say, but it might be better to do it this way. We finally meet, the last Master. My name is Kadoc Zemlupus. The one in charge of this Lostbelt, and one of the Crypters.
Section 14: Lostbelt
Kadoc, which means…
Yes, the member of the A-team who was selected for having the highest leyshift compatibility, and, I fear—
Kadoc cuts her off, saying that there's no need to explain. There's no problem with you not knowing. Besides, Wodime has already introduced the seven Crypters, who are responsible for the plan to destroy the world. Kadoc is one of them, and he tells you that is all you need to know.
Please wait! So, that was really—- Kirschtaria-san and the others really…!
You've become quite chatty. You used to be a kid who would only speak when spoken to… well, that doesn't matter anymore. Don't interrupt the conversation, Kyrielight. We only used you as a piece of equipment. You were a supporting character without any lines, a mere tool for summoning Servants in advance of the leyshift. There's no need for you to mind our personalities or our human rights. We never cared for yours.
…That's… that's just… No. You're Chaldea's enemy, aren't you. Kadoc-san.
That's right. You're still quick to understand matters. That helps. We've already made our declaration of war. We are Crypters, and we will nourish this belt of strange tales— this Lostbelt, to put an end to Pan-Human History. But, well. You could say that it is as good as having already ended.
Mashu asks if 'Lostbelt' refers to the name of this singularity. Kadoc explains that this is not a singularity's 'point', but a 'belt'. The point of transition is long in the past, and this world is spinning its own history.
…It's too bad that I can't listen to any rock music here, but the distant cries of the magical beasts are similar enough.
Why would you do this?
I have no obligation to answer you… still, before I kill you, let's talk a little. Guda. Why didn't you die in our place?
In your place?
Yes. If that had happened, the casualties would've been much lesser. All of us know of the deeds you have accomplished. We were told about them when we woke up. Even if we didn't want to hear it. From that, I can say this confidently. Comparing you to me, comparing me to the others on the A-Team, comparing anyone else at all to Wodime, probably, the casualties would have been drastically reduced. It would not even have taken a year.
There was nobody else but me.
…That's right. You were just there by chance, and chosen just by chance. The death toll from the incineration of the Human Order is certainly no small amount. Congratulations, you've accomplished the greatest number of victims.
Kadoc-san. I am Guda's Servant. No matter where you stand at the moment, I will definitely not forgive or tolerate any insults towards my Master.
What bluster. You've thought it before, haven't you? That it'd be better if it was any of the A-Team select. Whether it was Wodime, or Ophelia, or Pepe, or Daybit. If it was any of them, they would have been able to do better.
—That might be true. But it's meaningless to think about that. That wasn't how things happened in reality. To that end, we already did the best that we could. We were too busy in that span of a year when the Human Order was being restored. There was no time to think of what could have been. But, after what Kadoc-san pointed out just now, there is one thing I can be certain of.
Oh? What could that be? Let's hear it.
Even if everyone on the A-Team were there, that ending would have been unattainable. It's because Master Guda was there that I am alive right now!
…Well, that's certainly the case. We would have discarded you at the right time, without any hesitation.
Since Kadoc is in charge of Russia, Mashu thinks that the other Crypters are handling the other Lostbelts. Kadoc confirms her thoughts, though he says that knowing it is meaningless. When you ask him why he wants to destroy the world, Kadoc replies that it's not exactly the world they want to destroy. It's the Pan-Human History. The Crypters plan to battle each other's Lostbelts anyway, so everything besides the winning Lostbelt will disappear. He asks you who the Servant by your side is.
I am not obliged to speak to the enemy.
Same. Well, it's obvious who I am, though!
…Tch. Whatever, you're all going to be exterminated anyway, but there's no harm in being careful. Oprichniki, kill them.
Mashu warns you that the Oprichniki are advancing and that you should get ready for battle.
We're doing this, guys!
The Oprichniki destroy one of Avicebron's golems.
Oh dear. Then let's remake it.
Kadoc identifies the Kabbalism that Avicebron is using, and through that, figures out his identity. Avicebron shrugs it off, saying that despite wearing a mask, his use of golems would certainly give it away. And as for the other one…
Well, it's not much difference whether it's Billy the Kid or Buffalo Bill.
There is! I'm Billy! Don't lump me in together with those cowboys!
I guess that's just fine. Your Servants and mine— let's see once more who's stronger. Caster!
An icy wind blows, and Kadoc's Servant appears.
—Was it worthwhile coming all the way out here to the frontier? Master.
Having uncertain elements lying around makes Kadoc uneasy, but with this, he is relieved. Mashu recognizes Caster as the one who destroyed Chaldea, thinking that she is a Servant from Russia after all.
Though I thought Avicebron may be of use.
Reorganizing the contract, then? Well, it's not like it can't be done… Hm… Alright, this might be a bit difficult, but if it's you, you can do it.
Yes, yes. That's right. Prostrate before the glory of the Tsar, beasts of Pan-Human History. My name is Anastasia. I am a woman of the eternal and everlasting royal family which too built a dynasty upon this great land.
So it's the descendant of the Romanov Dynasty, Princess Anastasia after all! But there's something off about this! Even though she is a tragic princess, Anastasia had no valiant deeds to speak of! I can't imagine that she would be elevated to become a Heroic Spirit…!
Yes, that's right. I have no barbaric epics of heroism, nor do I have any stories of maddened kings. But, I have Viy. I will get rid of you as a Servant of this Lostbelt. —Now, let us kill them together. Viy. Well then, here is my command to all of you. In this world of eternal permafrost, become statues that will be frozen in agony for all time.
Anastasia proves to be a rather difficult opponent.
Viy, Viy, Viy! Come, gaze more! With your evil eye, expose all things!
Avicebron's golem shatters.
So it was that magical beast which turned my golem into dust in an instant just now…!?
How ill-mannered, to call him a magical beast. He is Viy. My most trusted spirit, an existence passed down through generations of Romanovs which stays close to the Tsar.
That is no different from a monster… Ugh, I suppose it's a bit too late to think of counter-measures against Mystic Eyes…
Suddenly, Kadoc shouts at Anastasia to be careful. Salieri has awakened.
You dogs of the Tsarrrrrrr!!
Salieri swoops in to attack as Anastasia calls for Viy. The two of them use their Noble Phantasms at the same time, clashing without regard for collateral damage.
Doing this right at the moment he recovers his memories, what a crazy bastard. Though, it looks like he's at his limit.
Salieri got the worse of the exchange, it seems.
Ah, that was a shock. I may be the only one who has ever experienced having the court musician swooping in from the sky in a sudden assault. —Well, whatever.
Damn you… you brainwashed me, and misused me…!
Misusing makes it sound bad. We just used you in an efficient manner, that's all. No matter how weak you are… letting you fly around is just annoying. Anastasia, crush his legs.
There's my chance. Golem, activate. Mine hand is the crozier of blue ice!
Avicebron snaps his fingers and creates a golem made of snow. It advances on Anastasia, but Kadoc jumps in the way, shouting her name as he casts a spell to defend her.
…For a Master to protect a Servant, that's a bit…
It's nothing much. I just protected you because I felt like protecting you. Right now neither of us are hurt.
Alright, then let us flee.
Avicebron says you should grab Salieri too as you retreat.
You read my mind!
I see. So I have been infected by you, Master… Let me use this for future reference.
Avicebron snaps his fingers, and all of you are gone. Kadoc orders the Oprichniki to track you down.
…Perhaps it may comfort you if I said that looking from the results, things didn't end up in the worst way possible.
I guess. Although it may have been for the best if we could have crushed them here, the priest or the Oprichniki are both insufficient. If we can gather all of them together, there could be nothing better…. Besides, thanks to you, I thought of a certain something.
What is it?
If it works out, we might be able to blast through it in a single breath. That gigantic mountain.
Anastasia thought that it would be fine for the plan to go on for a little longer, but this will depend on the results of Kadoc's negotiations. He believes that if he can provide the necessary material, he can sway his target. That is the type of Servant his target is.
Well then, it is time to let this frontier know of the Tsar's glory. Oprichniki. This town is a nest of rebels. So, you know what you must do, then?
Of course. Thoroughly exterminate, exterminate.
That's fine. Crush this town with your hands.
…They must have done this while alive too. Just like the ones who killed me.
Saying any more would be disrespectful, Anastasia.
Do not speak of disrespect to me, Master.
…My bad. Come to think of it, they should be finishing up over there.
Anastasia agrees, and says that they should return soon. The Tsar will still seek her even in his sleep.