The Godsbow’s True Worth

神弓の真価


 

[the sound of shooting, and a blast]

Mashu:

Wow…

Arjuna:

…There. Now it is at about a tenth of its original power.

Mashu:

A-A tenth?

Arjuna:

Gudao, I acknowledge you as my Master, but this does not mean I have sworn my loyalty to you.
The most important thing in the world to attain victory, is trust. By fighting together, I have come to know you better.
Yet, that is not enough. Thus, I shall give you a trial, Master.
The test is simple. Overcome three battles by my side. In the meantime, I will obey your every command.
Conversely, I will do nothing that you do not command. Show me how you might wield me as a weapon
Do you understand?
…Ah, of course, I do not object to the aid of other Servants.
Good luck to you.

[monsters growl]

Arjuna:

No time to waste — the enemy advances. They are trivial foes I would normally dispatch with ease.
Master, I hope your battle plan is as elegant and swift as I would be. Now, then…

[battle]

Arjuna:

Hm. Adequate. It isn’t so bad to stop thinking and simply let myself be controlled.
Of course, it would be remiss of you to grow arrogant over a few small fry. Our next foes are somewhat formidable.
You must defeat typically troublesome enemies without difficulty. If you cannot at least manage this much, you are unfit to be a commander.
…Don’t worry. At the very least, your life is in no danger.
I, Arjuna, swear it to be so. Now, let us fight.

[battle against some enemies and a dragon]

Mashu:

Phew…

Arjuna:

Excellent. Master, I can find no fault with your leadership abilities.
Now, for your final trial. Fix your eyes upon the greatest foes we will face next–
In other words, I prepared Servants for us to fight. Neither intelligent nor beastly, they are nonetheless unmistakably heroic beings recognized by the world.
I must triumph. No matter how mighty my opponent, I must obtain a brilliant victory.
……No, rather, we must be victorious.
I will be a silent arrow. Master, you will point me at those you would call enemy, and slay them.
Such is the ideal bond between Servant and Master. Let us begin, Master.

[battle against shadow Servants]

Arjuna:

—-Very well. I knew you were truly qualified to be a Master. You are worthy of all my trust, and my weapons.
The name of my bow is Agni Gandiva, Howl of the Fire God. It is a boon from the God of Fire, a godsbow by which nothing in this world cannot be brought low.
We will appreciate its true worth in the battles to come.

[monsters roar]

Arjuna:

Oh?
Heh. “Just what the doctor ordered,” is the saying here, yes? Bear witness to the true meaning of flames!

[battle]

Arjuna:

Scatter to dust, in the inferno of Agni!
…No, that still isn’t enough.

O Shiva, God of Destruction, mete heavenly punishment with thy power!

[blinding radiance]

[you’re in a wasteland]

Arjuna:

How was that, Master? Actually, you don’t need to say anything.
I have demonstrated my true strength. Together, my weapons and Noble Phantasms are the ultimate power.
You may proudly boast of me as the mightiest Servant of all.

Mashu:

U-Um…

Arjuna:

Yes?

Mashu:

The forest turned into a wasteland…

Arjuna:

……
……Erm.
It seems I got slightly carried away. I apologize.

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