We have left the area of the sandstorm!
The buggy is doing great too, everything is nice, Senpai!
……By the way, are you not worn out from driving?
I could switch places with you if you wish……
- I’m not letting go of the wheel……yo.
- Calling in backup driver Mashu.
Oh, no need to be like that.
Please go have a talk with Da Vinci-chan in the back.
I will take the wheel.
Watch this graceful jump over that hill!
Yes, please leave it to me, and go ahead and rest.
I will keep our pace!
Oh, are you switching?
That’s good, driving for too long is dangerous!
Do you want some food? Or a massage?
Oh and, I made some cold juice too, you know?
- This is almost too convenient……
- You’re quite the mother hen.
Of course. I’m usually quite the busybody.
I spare no efforts when it comes to finicky details.
Anyways, we’re almost out of the desert.
You can take off your mask soon.
The mana saturation in the air is different beyond that large dune.
That must be how this era originally looked.
- ……It’s a bit scary to think of.
- ……Da Vinci-chan, you sound like you’re having fun.
Yeah. I’m uneasy too. My worst-case scenarios always come true.
……Why King Ozymandias doesn’t use the grail.
I am afraid of his reason for not doing so.
Really? Then I guess I’m pretty good at keeping a tough act.
As Mona Lisa herself, I can’t let the smile leave my face, of course.
I have to laugh no matter how uneasy I feel.
But well, my worries will soon be relieved.
Once we’re out of Egyptian territory, we’ll be able to communicate with Romani.
- He must be worried too.
- He must be on the edge of his seat too.
But to be honest, I think this was a good thing. Romani was able to rest a little because of this.
Romani has been forgoing sleep and rest ever since the Grand Order began.
- He’s been doing that……?
- Even though it’s just communications?
Of course. Chaldea lost over 60 of its workers in the accident.
How do you think they’re making up for that loss?
Romani’s job isn’t just health management.
Managing the remaining equipment. Maintaining Shiva.
Regulating Chaldea’s furnace. Strategic plans and reishift operations.
Mental care for the staff who are getting more and more stressed by the day.
Well, that last one is his actual job.
So long as there is no fresh supply from the outside, Chaldea has no choice but to get by somehow with just the people it has.
To be able to cover all this is the work of a genius.
But Romani is no genius. Nor is he a Heroic Spirit.
He’s just human, a normal person. When such a person is charged with a genius’s task, first one must sacrifice stamina and time.
When that’s no longer enough, one uses drugs to boost cognition and to ignore physical weariness.
- I didn’t know……
- I somehow thought that might be the case……
That’s some payoff for his efforts.
Also, the communications from Chaldea aren’t just what they appear to be.
Singularities aren’t just realities, but also worlds built upon hypothetical possibility.
Just by being here, your existence becomes fuzzy.
Because you don’t belong here in the 13th Century.
From the viewpoint of the world, you are something incomprehensible.
And so Chaldea is constantly providing proof of your existence, so that your ‘significance’ does not vanish.
Constantly testifying to the existence of the person called Gudao, making you a concrete being at the shift point.
Singularities are all vague, you see. Even if you have a body, some slight thing could cause a different quantity from you—a you of a different possibility, with slightly different abilities, to be reflected in Chaldea.
Once that happens you can’t return to the reality of the year 2016.
And so Chaldea is constantly monitoring you from the control room.
Checking all your numbers, and restoring your ‘normal value’ wherever something might shift.
In this work, you can’t miss even the slightest difference or hint.
The staff in the Chaldea control room, including Romani, are supporting you with everything they’ve got.
- ……But Doctor Roman said……about Mashu……
Oh, what he talked about before the reishift?
You’re right in that when it comes to Chaldea’s experiments, Roman was on the side of the perpetrators.
You can get angry about that, and suspect him for it.
When I was summoned to Chaldea I immediately denounced Marisbilly and Romani for it.
“I shouldn’t need to say why I’m angry, or why I look down upon you.
No ordinary person should imitate something only a genius should do!
Oh, you didn’t know?
Olga-Marie’s father, and the ex-director of Chaldea.
I apologize for the sudden braking!
But there are enemies ahead, Master!
They are forming a wall to block our way!
We will likely not be able to get past the dune without first taking care of them!
- You bastards, getting in the way of our big leap!
- Mashu, time to go full throttle!
Yes, Master! For our comfortable drive experience, I will have have them retreat immediately!
All right, we’re getting past this dune! Everyone, get ready for the impact from landing!
We’re going to jump, Senpai!
[cut to burning wasteland]
——This is……the Middle East of the 13th Century……?
Temperature, 48 degrees Celsius. Relative humidity, 0 percent. Atmospheric mana concentration, 0.3 milligrams……
……A terrible sight to behold. No human can live in an environment like this.
The sandstorms were bad too, but this is just as bad.
……It seems my predictions were right.
- Your predictions……?
- What do you mean……?
This is the work of the King of Magecraft.
He created the singularities by unhinging the foundations of human order.
As a result, human history became unstable, and the King of Magecraft managed to achieve the great deed of burning away everything from past to present.
To turn it around, it also meant that the singularities were the only places where the flames would not reach……
But with the foundations so unraveled, it is likely that even singularities will not be exempt.
In the end, this land will soon burn away.
That is why King Ozymandias refrains from using the Grail.
It’s only natural, isn’t it?
Even without using the Grail, this land will meet its end.
That’s……what on earth happened to this era……?
Senpai, we’re surrounded! Those are……
They have water too……and delicious looking women……
Heehee……they must have run from the Sun King’s man eating beasts……heehee, heehee!
Praise be that you survived up till now for me……!
It’s meat, meat, meat——!
No……they are human!
Not Servants, and not phantoms……!
You can keep to nonlethal force, but only to a degree.
……They have half become ghouls.
Once someone reaches that stage, there’s no way to help them.
They can live only through hating, envying, and wounding others.
And not for long.
That is the kind of place this age has become.
And we came here to repudiate such an age.
Take up your sword, Master.
It is time to discard your innocence.
Dammit, damn it all——
Just when I thought I could have some top-grade meat……
You pieces of shit……
Why won’t you just let me kill you all?!
……Combat has concluded.
I attempted to subdue them non-lethally as much as possible, but……
While most of them ran from the pain, some of them still attacked us nonetheless, huh.
Even though they can think, “death” has become the only way for them to stop.
With such enemies, it’s only expected that we too must become merciless—
And yet I’m astonished, Gudao. Not a single fatality in the end.
Even if they’re all groaning on the ground.
- ……It wasn’t planned, we were just lucky.
Well, if you’ve still got the ability to feel that way, that in itself is important.
It’s not something to be scolded for.
But we have to move on soon.
There’s no guarantee that they don’t have more friends.
- By the way, you don’t mind if we leave some food?
- We still have quite a lot of water, right?
So he says, Mashu.
I’m against it, but what do you think?
I agree with Senpai!
It’s two against one so it’s Senpai’s win, Da Vinci-chan!
Very well. It really is only enough to give temporary peace of mind, but there are times when a single sip of water brightens one’s life!
Take it, you all who have lost your minds!
You’ll probably have forgotten about it by tomorrow, but hey, here’s some resuscitation for half a day!
Oh……yes! It’s water, it’s water——!
Get out of the way, that’s mine……!
I worked the hardest! You all come after!
All right, retreat!
Get in the Sphinx while you can!
You’re going east, huh?
Don’t tell me you’re heading to the Holy City?
Yeah, we’re going to that Holy City. Is there a problem? That’s the only city here, isn’t it?
……Yeah, that’s right. The Holy City is the only city. A land of dreams that has everything.
The city of the great Lion King, who killed all of the Crusaders who were attempting to burn the world down……
(……So the Crusaders are wiped out, as I thought……
But the Saracens were chased out, too……?
And this Lion King, again……
I’d thought it was just something the Sun King made up, but it would seem it’s for real……
But with someone called “Lion King”, you’d think he’s……
Mmgh, it’s getting all twisted……)
……Watch your backs.
The prettier something is, the more terrifying……
……Don’t get close to the walls.
If you don’t want to die, go back to the desert!
Thank you for the advice!
[cut to black]
Thank goodness, the connection’s finally working!
Is everyone all right?! Was there some unexpected accident this time too?!
- This sure is reassuring.
- We’ve managed to get by somehow.
This is exactly what we expect of Dr. Roman.
You’re really calm, Gudao……
I guess an accident or two isn’t enough to faze you anymore.
Oh, it’s not really the time to babble away.
Anyways, I’m glad you’re safe.
I was able to track Gudao’s signals, but our communications weren’t reaching you at all.
I’m sorry for not being able to provide any support for all of those two days.
What happened on your end?
Then I will report on the events up until now.
After the reishift, we——
[cut to black]
So that’s what happened.
An Egyptian territory from B.C. manifesting in the 13th Century…
No wonder our communications weren’t working.
There’s no time to recalibrate, Egypt’s going to be difficult from here on.
And King Ozymandias, huh……
A troublesome one’s shown up again.
But we should have a reliable ally this time around.
Ozymandias referred to a Lion King, right?
That must be Richard I.
With Richard the Lionheart on our side, we’ll be able to take care of Ozymandias somehow.
Meet up with the Crusaders and try to convince Richard——what’s that face?
Why are you holding in laughter, Gudao……?
Did I say something strange……?
Hahaha. Then I, Da Vinci-chan, will take over from here.
Roman, you wanted to hear about unexpected accidents, didn’t you?
Then rejoice. The Crusaders have already been defeated!
Okay, I’m going to say it again.
- Is it that surprising?
- Who’s Richard I?
Of course I am!
King Richard I of England.
He won his name during the Third Crusade.
His bravery earned him the name “Lionheart” and even the enemy general praised him as the “greatest knight”……
Oh, whatever, I’m sending you data from Chaldea!
A picture is worth a thousand words!
You’ll get it when you see the map of this singularity!
Listen up, all right? This singularity has a large city!
That is without question the city that the Crusaders conquered!
So long as that’s there, that should mean that the Holy Land fell to the knights!
Though it’s not proper history, that should be what happened!
And yet the Crusaders have been destroyed?!
Then, who on earth——
——Wait, before that, there are signals of life!
A powerful Servant is somewhere five hundred kilometers ahead!
……! Understood, I will stop the Sphinx.
What shall we do, Master?
- ……Let’s hide and take a look.
- ……Sneaking mission……
[cut to Hassan]
Hassan of the Intoxicating Smoke:
……So this is as far as we get.
It is impossible to escape with this many comrades……
……I regret my blunder.
All comes to an end here.
I am most sad, Old Man of the Mountain.
It would be easy for you to escape this alone.
……However, you have accepted your fate.
The people of the Holy Land cowering behind you.
So you will remain to protect them, the refugees……
And so something of worth is lost, in order to protect the worthless……
……And that makes me grieve……
That’s……an Assassin and an Archer……?
The two appear to be in conflict.
Around 40 civilians stand behind Assassin.
In contrast, Archer is alone.
When I look at that Archer, I can’t stop shaking……and I feel this great pain in my chest——
- Let’s retreat for now.
- Let’s go help Assassin.
We mustn’t take a single step. We’ll be noticed.
If that happens, that’s the end of us.
With just us, we’ll get killed by that Archer.
……He has a “Gift.”
Hassan of Intoxicating Smoke:
You say that I am worth more than they?
Yes. Even with my bow, it would be difficult to catch you.
Hassan of Intoxicating Smoke:
……I offer you a deal.
If your chivalry or some such truly exists——
I will give you my life.
In exchange, I want you to let these people go.
……But what exactly do you mean by “let them go?”
I am not allowed to retreat.
……I apologize, but……
I cannot leave until I apprehend all of you……
Hassan of Intoxicating Smoke:
……Then, your right arm and legs.
In exchange for my life, I’ll take your right arm and legs.
For one day, you will not move those legs, and your right arm shall be sealed.
Though my life is a shameful one, it ought to be sufficient a price for that.
What……what self-sacrifice indeed.
You must not, that would……
Hassan of Intoxicating Smoke:
I take that as acknowledgement.
——Then, by your leave!
Hassan of Intoxicating Smoke:
Run, my comrades……!
The Cursed Arm of the East will surely take you in!
Thank you, thank you!
To think she would cut off her own head……
That leaves me with no choice but to follow the accord.
Well done. Well done indeed.
Why am I……on the……ground?
How……my head is, moving on its own——
Oh, I am most sad……
I had said that would not do.
What self-assured carelessness to order me not to move.
Arrows do not befit the fair strings of my Failnaught.
This is a blade of sound that severs enemies with a pluck.
Even without taking a step, or raising my bow——
It requires only a single breath to cut down these sacks of meat.
Save me, save me——!
Foolish one of the mountain. You should have said thus.
“Please, do not move even a single finger.”
- He’s slaughtering them while they’re helpless……!
Hold it in. If we go right now, we’ll be killed too.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that that Archer is on a totally different level.
We have to hide until he leaves.
……You two don’t think he’s an ally, right?
You are right, of course……
[cut to black]
……Unable to locate any survivors.
All of them, decapitated with precision……
We’ve got a hold of your situation.
That Archer……how could he be so merciless?
They seem to be of opposing factions, but still, slaughtering civilians like that……
Did he have a reason?
Or is he just indulging himself in the killing?
Leave the speculations for later.
Gudao, what little part we have to play has come.
Curse you……curse you……
This grudge, I cannot allow myself to simply pass like this……!
To have misjudged my opponent’s cruelty……!
I cannot forgive this——-I cannot!
Who on earth will avenge this score for me——-?!
Something has emerged from Assassin’s body——
A vengeful spirit?!
No, it’s a Shadow Servant!
Likely because this land was highly compatible, her deep grudge has remained as residue!
If we leave it like this it’s going to start assaulting people left and right!
Gudao, before that happens……!
- ……Understood. Let’s go, Mashu!
- ……Let’s put her to rest.
……Yes. As a knight, I shall bring peace to her soul……!
……Spiritual foundation core, destroyed.
With this, she’s……
To think that I’d be so unsightly to the very end……
……Thank you for your assistance in ending me, nameless Servant.
……If you still have the good heart to……
Please, in memory of my fallen comrades……
……So in the end, fighting was the only option……
You may laugh at my immaturity, Cursed Arm——
- ……Yeah. Let’s sidetrack for a bit.
- ……Tell me how the people here mourn the dead.
……Yes. Though we can’t do it very well by ourselves, even so, I believe there is meaning to it.
[cut to black]
Oh, thank you very much.
We were saved because of you.
Not only did you chase off the bandits, you even protected us all this way……
There is no need for thanks.
We should be the one thanking you for telling us the way.
You are all residents of this land, correct?
Where are you heading in such a big group?
Where you say? The Holy City, of course……
That is the only place that is safe to this day.
With the arrival of the invaders, the land burning, and our Holy Land lost……
But the Lion King trounced the cruel Crusaders, and opened the Holy Land to us too.
Though the Lion King is a knight whose origins no one knows, just killing all of the Crusaders is enough for us to be thankful, is it not?
Well, of course there are people who lament that she shamelessly built her own city on the Holy Land……
But the divine teachings do not change. No matter what shape the city takes, our prayers will not change.
(……So the Crusaders were destroyed by the Lion King.
That most definitely is not Richard I……)
So you are refugees fleeing to the Holy City?
Do they take in even those of a different people?
Yes, of course.
It is said that the Lion King does not refuse anyone.
At the Holy City, once a month there is day when they hold the ritual of the Holy Selection, where they take in us refugees.
We hear that long as we reach the Holy City before that day, we no longer need to worry.
Though we were uncertain as well, our village burned to the ground, so……
So that’s what happened……I’m sorry for your loss.
Then this is the whole village?
No, only half of us…… There are those who think ill of the knights who occupy the Holy City, you see……
Those who refused to go to the Holy City headed for the mountains.
There are villages there belonging to the mountain folk.
But……the mountain regions have long since become barren.
If one wishes to live in these lands, the Holy City is the only choice……
[cut to black]
Good work gathering that information.
Looks like they have gone ahead.
Yeah. We stick out a bit too much to stay together.
We still don’t have the full picture of the situation and everything, so it’s better to act discreetly.
- The buggy can only fit three people, after all.
- It’ll get complicated if we meet a Servant, after all.
……That is true.
We still don’t know who are our enemies and allies.
King Ozymandias of the Egyptian territory.
The city known as the Holy City, and the Lion King who is said to be there.
And the skull-masked Servants we’ve seen twice now.
They all appear to be Assassins……
If we’re talking about skull masks in this place and era, they must be the Order of the Assassins, the Old Men of the Mountain.
This is right in their territory. After all, the word “assassin” originated from them.
The Sun King, the Lion King, and the Assassin Order……
Perhaps they form a three-way deadlock?
- The Sun is weak to the Lion, the Lion is weak to the Assassin……
- No, I don’t think so.
And the Assassin is weak to the Sun?
Hm, I don’t think it’s so simple this time.
Exactly! Nitocris and Lucius both said strange things, you see!
I’m speculating here, but it seems clear first off that the Sun King and the Lion King have formed a truce.
“The knights of the Holy City have no reason to abduct Nitocris.”
So Lucius said, remember?
Most likely, the one who rules this land is the Lion King.
The Egyptian territory is its own independent land.
From the above, we can conclude that the Sun King and the Lion King are in a pact.
Though enemies, they do not fight……
A cold war of sorts, you can say.
And I think it’s likely that the Order of the Assassins, the people of the mountain, did not tolerate that and formed a resistance.
I’ve got a rough idea of the situation now.
Let’s seek out the Holy City like the refugees for now.
We must ascertain the identity of the knights who defeated the Crusaders, and the present situation of Holy City.
Yes. King Ozymandias said the Holy City was the cause of the singularity.
Let us go see whether that is true or not!