Awakening the Holy Sword

聖剣覚醒


[in Singularity Septem]

Artoria:

…Hm. About here should be fine.
There are no people or buildings in this area. Whatever happens, we’ve no reason to expect any collateral damage.
Besides us, that is.

Mash:

Um, Senpai… Artoria is saying some really unsettling things. What are we doing this time?

  1. I don’t know either…
  2. She suddenly took us out here…

Artoria:

Now, then. First, allow me to thank you for hearing out my request, Master.

Dr. Roman:

You suddenly asked to go out to this deserted wasteland. Did you have some business with Gudao-kun?

Artoria:

Yes. I wanted to address a matter I’ve been considering for some time.
An increasing number of Heroic Spirits are lending their help to Chaldea, but I foresee our battles growing ever fiercer.
What sorts of monsters might we face in the future? To be frank, do you not feel that our firepower is insufficient?

Mash:

That’s… true. I’m not one to talk since I’m specialized at defense, but I’ve also been wondering if we might eventually face an enemy that we don’t have the firepower to defeat.

Artoria:

Indeed. Thus, I was thinking that I should also get serious.

Dr. Roman:

Huh!? Have you not been serious this whole time!?

Artoria:

I have been fighting seriously, but there have been limits on what I can do.
My holy sword is, well, bound by a complicated series of contrivances.
For example, it should not be wielded against the good of heart. It should not be wielded against fairies.
Excalibur is imbued with many such oaths, and its magical output is reduced by a fraction for each condition yet unfulfilled.

Mash:

It’s like following a dress code.
Then Saber, are you saying that you’ve never used your holy sword at a hundred percent of its power?

Artoria:

Yes. There may or may not be a time when all of its oaths are released for an assault.
I know not if such an occasion will arise in the future, but for now I’d like to eliminate even a few of those oaths to increase our combat strength.
To that end, I have asked for your help, Gudao.

“One’s comrades-in-arms should be champions.” We are here to fulfill this oath.

Dr. Roman:

…Um. In other words, the holy sword can’t get serious because your Master is too weak?

Artoria:

In this case, I refer to spiritual rather than physical might. The courage to face foes stronger than oneself, perhaps?
The holy sword measures strength of the heart. Therefore…

[mana begins to coalesce around Saber]

Dr. Roman:

Wh-What’s with this level of magical energy? Saber, what are you doing!?

Artoria:

Summoning demons that I cut down and sealed in the past. What of it?

  1. No way!
  2. Impossible!

Mash:

These energy levels are equivalent to dragonkind! Right now, Senpai and I couldn’t possibly-

Dr. Roman:

Why the heck would you do that without telling us first!? King Arthur isn’t supposed to be able to use that sort of magic in the first place!

Artoria:

Regarding that, I consulted Madam Leonardo and she furnished me with an expendable grimoire (Instant Scroll).

Dr. Roman:

DA VINCI-CHANNNNNN!!!

[monsters roar]

Artoria:

Now, demonstrate your courage, Master! Let us cleave through this crisis together!

Mash:

K-Kings are so unreasonable! S-Senpai, what do we do!?

  1. Now that it’s come to this, we can only fight!
  2. Come at me, bro!

Mash:

What a mess… My Master is just like Saber!

[battle against undead and a demon]

Mash:

*pant*… *pant*… *pant*… We did it… somehow…

Dr. Roman:

Amazing! You two were spectacular. Did you just prove yourselves stronger than a lesser demon?

  1. So… tired…
  2. I thought… we were gonna die…

Mash:

But with this, we’ve fulfilled the condition. It was worth the ef- huh?

[screech]

Artoria:

Break time is over. What are you two doing? The enemy still approaches.

Dr. Roman:

Round two!? What on earth was Britain like in King Arthur’s time!?

Mash:

*gasp* Now even I’m getting desperate! Saber, these are the last ones, right!?

Artoria:

Yes, they are. Not to worry, there is little difference between these and the last wave.

[battle against ghosts and another demon]

Mash:

*pant*… *pant*… *pant*…
Twin demons… but now, we’re-

[screech!]

Mash:

Why!? Saber, did you lie to us!?

Artoria:

Eh? Ah, my apologies. I misspoke – I meant that it would be an end to the demons.
If you want an end to the enemies you must defeat, you are about to face the last of them. Only the dragon they were serving remains.

Dr. Roman:

A… dragon?

Artoria:

Now, Master, Mash… Show me your cunning and bravery! You will be fine — I have faith that you can overcome this trial!

Mash:

Senpai, d-don’t you think her misplaced faith is every bit as heavy as the dragon’s blows!?

[battle against an actual dragon]

Mash:

……

Dr. Roman:

Who’d have thought you’d come out here to this random field to duke it out with the strongest phantasmal species…
Mash, Gudao. That was seriously good work. I feel for you…

Artoria:

Why so glum? Now is the time to revel in victory!
You have proven with your own hands that you have no limits.
As your Servant, nothing could make me prouder.

  1. R-Really?
  2. Saber, you’re proud of us?

Artoria:

Yes. We Servants have… no interest in our own strength.

Mash:

(She got awfully quiet just now, Senpai.)

Artoria:

[blushing] Ahem. Mash, be quiet.

In a sense, Heroic Spirits are a conclusion – we are beings that represent our final forms. We already know our own potential.
But you are different. Just how far might a human living in this era go?
What heights might he reach? What great feats might he achieve? It is something that we Heroic Spirits cannot conceive of.

Thus, I am proud. Proud to have met a Master like you.

…How curious. I feel like this has happened before.
Perhaps I too might meet someone like you again.
A Master worthy of my respect and fondness, who rises to the occasion despite his own inexperience.

But this is neither the time nor place. What I can do now is guide you to your final battle.
Gudao, Master of Chaldea — the holy sword has acknowledged you.
I shall become a greater strength for you than ever before. May you continue to triumph in the future.

Mash:

Saber…

Dr. Roman:

We’ve gained the approval of King Arthur… And on top of that, we’ve powered up her Noble Phantasm.

  1. Same to you, Saber.
  2. …Warn us next time you try something crazy, Saber.

[1] Artoria:

Yes. My Noble Phantasm has been strengthened. Wield it as a trump card against formidable foes.

[2] Artoria:

I-I see. [blush] Well, I thought the result was worth it. But from Mash’s struggles, it seems I pushed a little too far.
Very well, I shall remember that next time!

[2] Dr. Roman:

I don’t get her… I don’t get Her Majesty at all!

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