Requirements of a Master

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You’re in the middle of Singularity F – Fuyuki in 2004, tainted and burning as the result of the Holy Grail War.]

Emiya:

What a sorry state… what sort of Holy Grail War had to happen for it to come to this?
I can see that neither the Magic Association nor the Holy Church activated it, so it can only be because of the fight between Masters.
Most of them probably didn’t know how to handle their Servants, and let them run amok.

Gudao. Make sure you manage your Servants carefully so that the same doesn’t happen to you.

Gudao:

  1. Manage my Servants?
  2. Is it wrong to let them do what they want?

Emiya:

With the Command Spells, you can keep the malicious ones in check and prevent something like this from happening.
There are many Masters who use the Command Spells to make their Servants kill themselves once things are settled. In a way, it’s a kind of a safety mechanism.
When a Master decides that a Heroic Spirit is uncontrollable and forces it to kill itself, it’s also for the sake of the civilian population.

Mash:

I see… it’s true that there are no small number of Servants with extreme destructive impulses. Most of the Berserkers are like that. Command Spells can be used in that case, as well.

That’s just the kind of wisdom I’d expect of a veteran of numerous Holy Grail Wars, Emiya-senpai.

Emiya:

[flushing] Uh, yeah. Well, it’s true that I’m more knowledgeable than the average Heroic Spirit when it comes to the Holy Grail War.

Ahem. All right, Gudao, this is a good opportunity. Today, I’ll give a lecture for my rookie Master.
…Although, you’re probably already getting combat lessons from Dr. Roman.

(grin) In that case, I’ll talk about something that can’t be quantified in combat — the hierarchy of Heroic Spirits. Their attributes.
As a rule, Heroic Spirits are largely classified into four groups: Man, Earth, Heaven, and Star.

The Man category consists of great people in the Common Era who made contributions to humanity and were honored as heroes after death. It denotes that they’ve become recognized in common knowledge.
There are cases of heroes who were actually superhuman in life, but basically, these are Heroic Spirits that were deified by public opinion after they died.
Heroic Spirits such as Hans Christian Andersen, William Shakespeare, Robin Hood, and Florence Nightingale would fall under this label.

Next is the Earth category. These are the heroes spoken of in folklore-

Dr. Roman:

(Looks like he’s going on a long spiel again. Gudao-kun, is he always like this?)

Gudao:

  1. His switch gets flipped sometimes.
  2. He’s just charitable* at heart.

*おかん属性

[1] Mash:

Yes, he’s normally aloof and sullen, but from time to time he becomes rather fussy like this.

[2] Dr. Roman:

(Ahh*, I see. Then there’s no helping it. You’ll just have to listen until he’s finished.)

Emiya:

…And, this is the important part. The fourth category is Star.

They’re neither the heavens nor the earth nor humanity. They’re the hopes of humanity. Icons that overcome great difficulties.
Star might seem like an all-powerful attribute without any of the weaknesses of any category, but its essence lies elsewhere.

There is another category that opposes Star. This would be the fifth-

[monster growls]

Emiya:

…They came at a good time for a break. Gudao, prepare to engage.

They’ve picked up our scent. Contact in twenty seconds!

Mash:

Y-Yes, we’ll get ready immediately! Beginning anti-beast combat now!

[battle against beastmen]

Emiya:

Now for the next topic. This time, I’ll explain the features of each class. We’ll begin with Archer.

As its name suggests, Archers are Heroic Spirits that primarily fight with the bow.
Whereas Sabers and Lancers specialize in close combat, Archers excel at long distance attacks and rear-line support.
Also, Archers have the Independent Action skill.
It means that even when the connection to the Master is severed, we can continue to function on our own to an extent.

Mash:

When the connection to the Master is cut… when that happens, a Servant’s body can’t hold. Without the energy supply, wouldn’t they lose the keystone tying them to the current world and return to the Throne?

Emiya:

[smiles] Yes, normally they would. Independent Action is a skill that mitigates the compulsion of the World.

A sniper has three days and three nights to take his mark. It’s also common for a sniper not to move from the shooting position for long periods of time, anyway.
Think of it as a skill that allows a Servant a few days of autonomy in the case of separation from the Master.

It’s important to distinguish it from the Conceal Presence skill that Assassins have. In the end, Independent Action can’t hide one’s presence.
For covert action, the Servant needs skills or a Master’s spells that specifically support that.

[more monsters growl]

Dr. Roman:

Archer, sorry to interrupt you in the middle of your lecture with Gudao. I think it goes without saying, but…

Emiya:

More enemies, right? They really have good eyes. Good grief, this open-air class is going nowhere.

Mash:

(…Archer’s voice carries far, so it’s giving our position away… maybe it’s better not to mention that.)

[battle]

Emiya:

Last of all, the Master’s state of mind. I’ll teach you how to deal with your Servants.

Dr. Roman:

You’re still going after all these attacks? Hardcore!

Emiya:

What are you talking about? I have to do this because you Chaldea people didn’t tell him anything.
I’ve heard the story of how Gudao became a Master.
A completely inexperienced person who wasn’t even a magus got caught up in an accident and became a Master, right?
I know you’re understaffed, but this is ridiculous. You should have at least told him what to expect.

Mash:

I’m sorry, Senpai. Emiya-senpai is right. The only adults left at Chaldea are worthless…

Dr. Roman:

Hey, I feel bad about it too! It’s taking everything I have just to keep up with medical duties!

Emiya:

Whatever. Anyway, back to the topic. Heroes from the past serve as Servants.

Generally, Servants’ abilities far surpass that of the Masters they contract with. You know that much, right?

Mash:

That’s true. After all, there wouldn’t be any point in contracting with a familiar weaker than oneself.

Emiya:

Yeah. However, that’s all the more reason that a Master shouldn’t overly revere his Servant, nor should he overly fear it.
They may be heroes that accomplished great deeds, but that isn’t important to the pact.
The contract between Masters and Servants stipulates a ruler-subject relationship, but an equitable relationship is psychologically desirable.

Listen to me. Even if a Servant seems godlike, its standing is equal to your own.
Current civilizations use the relics and knowledge of past pioneers, and Servants are the same.

Even we Heroic Spirits were once humans who were aided in many ways, which is how we end up forming contracts with Masters such as you.
In other words, to a Heroic Spirit, it isn’t so bad to be summoned and then relied upon.
Hypothetically, what would you think if the things that you left behind were helpful to people in the next era?

Gudao:

  1. That would… make me kind of happy.
  2. It would be like proof that I lived.

Emiya:

[warm smile] That’s right. Servants are no different. To leave a legacy that that keeps future generations alive — there isn’t a single Heroic Spirit who doesn’t feel the significance of that, whether they’re good or evil. That’s why you’re on equal ground with Servants, spiritually.

It is a natural human obligation for a Servant to lend his power to his Master.

That’s what it means to live on this planet. One day, your life’s accomplishments will surely benefit someone in the future.

Mash:

Someone… in the future…

Dr. Roman:

Ahh, Mr. Emiya. I deeply apologize for interrupting you, but…

Emiya:

*sigh* It’s fine, I’ve said everything that needed to be said.

So, what is it now? Golems? Skeletons? Even wyverns wouldn’t surprise me anymore.

Dr. Roman:

Er, well… they shouldn’t even be here…

Mash:

A-A large unit of female soldiers! That doesn’t make any sense! They’re built like gorillas… gorilla ladies!*

*another untranslatable pun

And they’re making a beeline for Emiya-senpai!

Emiya:

An omen of future trouble with women here, of all places!?

Damn it. It feels like someone is doing this on purpose!

[battle against Amazon warriors]

Dr. Roman:

“The Great March of the Amazons. Who knows how this story shall be told?” The End.

Emiya:

……………

Doctor. Did you lure them here?

Dr. Roman:

Whaaa? No idea! There’s no way I could do something like that, riiight?

Mash:

In any case, it doesn’t seem like there will be any more attacks. Emiya-senpai, it’s been quite a long talk.

Emiya:

…*sigh* Ah, fine. I’m not in the mood anymore.
It’s rather boorish of me to be lecturing you all the time, anyway. Gudao, you have a great crew backing you up.

(warm smile) Miss Kyrielight is your bodyguard. She won’t let your carelessness kill you.
Your journey will be long. From now on, you’ll learn not from words but from experience, and grow into a excellent Master.

  1. I’ll do what I can.
  2. Mash is the only excellent one here.

[1] Emiya:

Good. There’s no need to rush. Just go at your own pace. If you hurt the balance between work and health, you’ll lose everything.

[2] Mash:

(blushes) ………………….

[2] Dr. Roman:

Gudao, why is it that from time to time you’re so cool it squeezes my insides?

Mash:

Um, Emiya-senpai? No, Servant Archer.

I was just wondering, why are you so nice to us?
The other Servants are interested in Senpai’s skills, but they don’t go out of their way to share their thoughts like you do.

Emiya:

[happy]

What’s this, now? I’m contracted with you, so I need you to become a first-rate Master.
It’s just business, like good PR. I’m sweet talking my Master, telling him how to be great.

(warm smile) That way, the next time you summon someone, they’ll overestimate you, right?

Mash:

…Um. So you’re saying it’s just for your benefit?

“The good you do for others is good you do yourself,” or something like that?

Emiya:

Yeah, I don’t have a problem with that view of it.
Besides, I’m not so petty as to dismiss a kid just because of his inexperience.
If I help my Master grow, then my own value rises as well. That’s what it means to be a veteran Servant.

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