Speaking of which, I haven’t properly introduced myself. I am Lord El-Melloi II.
I’m just a human, made into the Saint Graph of Zhuge Liang Kongming, the genius strategist famed during the Three Kingdoms period of China.
- “The Second?”
 El-Melloi II:
You don’t know that? What sort of training manual did the Animusphere master write…?
 El-Melloi II:
Yeah. I was originally from a family of third-rate, backwater nobles. Thus, after I succeeded my master, I changed my title to include the “II.”
Excuse me, El-Melloi II. By “Lord,” are you referring to the Lords of the Magic Association?
That’s right. There are twelve nobles who administer the Clock Tower, the headquarters of the Association. I’m one of those representatives. Though, I’m the lowest ranked.
Speaking of which, did you know Director Olga Marie? Wait, what time period are you from anyway?
Like you, Gudao, I’m a person from the 21st century. Before I knew it, I’d become the Pseudo-Servant you see here.
Pseudo-Servant… You’re a human gifted with the powers of a Heroic Spirit, like me?
…The end result seems similar, but the underlying theory is completely different. There’s no one else like you.
It shouldn’t be possible to create a Demi-Servant to begin with. It’s like how vampires can’t give birth to mixed-blood dhampirs.
To correctly understand why it’s impossible, you really are a Clock Tower magus.
He’s right. Mash, you’re an outlier. Your case happened completely by accident, so we can’t reproduce it.
I’m glad to hear it. If Chaldea were an agency pursuing such foolhardy ends, I would’ve immediately recommended its dissolution.
…Mrgh. Pardon me. I misspoke. You aren’t at fault, young lady. Let me amend that remark.
N-Not at all. I can’t deny that the Demi-Servant experiments were inhumane.
You’re a righteous man, Lord El-Melloi. All the more so if you meant those words out of a sense of justice or morality.
May we return to the topic? What about Pseudo-Servants?
Right, sorry. I’ll answer your question.
A Pseudo-Servant is a person possessed by a Heroic Spirit. For whatever reason, the spirit can’t become a Servant…
Be it a Divine Spirit, which is a higher-dimensional life form, or a Heroic Spirit whose Saint Graph is difficult to construct with Chaldea’s summoning ritual…
To summon such a being as a Servant, there are cases where the body of a human is used as a vessel.
That’s what a Pseudo-Servant is. It’s a forced Heroic Spirit summoning procedure using a human body as a catalyst.
Ah, Gudao is confused! Don’t think about it too hard. They are rather exceptional cases.
In short, they’re people possessed by ghosts.
Though, the possessed human can have their spirit overwritten by the Heroic Spirit itself…
I’m the opposite. I’ve taken nothing but the role of Zhuge Liang Kongming. The rationalism of Chinese and Western philosophies is incompatible, you see.
For the grand goal of safeguarding humanity, our strengths and weaknesses were combined.
In the process, the Master Strategist analyzed who would be best in charge. The role fell to me, being already acquainted with the modern era.
I see. It’s an idea most like Zhuge Liang Kongming. In death, Kongming dispatches Zhongda to the task, eh?
What’s important is that this is part of his strategy, yet he has no active role in it himself…
In other words, you’re saying that Kongming judged that there was no need for himself to come to the forefront, since he already had a competent agent?
Exactly. We only spoke for a few minutes, but that was definitely a monster from ancient history. I didn’t feel like I was talking to a human.
- …So, can you fight?
- …You’re just a human?
If I were an ordinary human, I would have burnt to cinders with the rest of history.
I was possessed by a Heroic Spirit, fusing with it to become the same thing as a Servant, even if only for a while.
Come along. I’ll prove it to you.
This area should be fine. Enemies approach. Prepare for battle.
You can see for yourself whether I can fight as a Servant.
I’ll able to analyze your potential as a Master while we’re at it. We’ll kill two birds with one stone.
T-The monsters are suddenly agitated! What did you do!?
Well, they’re worth using because they move well. I used sexual pheromones to get them excited.
Young lady, you should fight cautiously as well. The enemies are completely delusional. Don’t hold back.
Master! He’s being excessively rational!
Enemy signatures are still increasing! There’s a huge number of them. Do they want to mate with you that badly!?
Doctor, now is not the time to be surprised! Do something!
Sorry, all I can do is scan from here… you’ll just have to make the best of your situation!
Understood. I guess Senpai is the only one I can count on!
- Sorry. Let’s go, Mashu!
- It’s the same as always. Let’s go, Mashu!
Oh? That’s considerable pluck for someone so mediocre.
I can see you’ve got spirit, if not a plan of action.
Hmph. Not bad at all.
I daresay you remind me of myself from long ago. Now I’ll personally get down to business too.
In the end, this is just a step on the path to reaching his level, but for now we’ll treat it like a real pact!
The battle is over… I feel… thrice as exhausted… as usual…
- Good work, Mash.
- You’ve got it rough, Mash.
Senpai… I’m glad Fou is… okay…
The wild beasts were completely focused on the two of you, yet I still fought desperately…
It’s over. So how about it, Gudao? Did I pass?
- I’ve accepted your strength.
- It’s unfair that you can fight as a human.
 El-Melloi II:
Good. I’ve finished your analysis, as well.
 El-Melloi II:
Unfair…? Ah, compared to you. You envy that I can fight on the front lines despite being a fellow human.
You should cherish your position in the rear line. Your tolerance for your own weakness prevents you from engaging in direct combat. That too, is its own strength.
As you can see, I can fight as a Servant. My combat strength may be somewhat lacking, but I compensate for it with intellect.
Yeah, he certainly is a first-rate Servant. Pseudo-Servants all tend to be exceptional, anyway.
Gudao, one day you might even meet a Pseudo-Servant that’s a fusion of a god.
Probably… Well, I am a special case.
Human hosts chosen to be Pseudo-Servants — magi — already possess considerable power of their own.
When a Heroic Spirit possesses somebody, it will choose a person that is close in appearance and composition. That vessel wouldn’t be a weakling.
Once human and spirit combine, you could say they become a third personality. The fusion gives birth to a new personality.
Servants like these can be dangerous, you know. In any case, their thought patterns would come from the Divine Spirit.
They’re selfish in ways we can’t imagine, and make all sorts of impossible demands.
When that happens to you, you’ll realize that I’m a proper example of Heroic Spirit possession.
Hahaha… Well, we’ll look forward to that day. Great work, Mash, Gudao.
Come on home with Mr. El-Melloi II.
To make up for being unhelpful, I’m brewing tea for you.