Fate/Zero : Chapter 01

Manga by 真じろう Shinjirou
Original Work by 虚淵玄 Urobuchi Gen (Nitroplus) / TYPE-MOON


Page 1

[1]
(Saber) Why, Kiritsugu?!

[3]
(Saber) – You, of all people!

[4]
(Saber) Why – ?!


Page 2-3

(Red text) Surrounding the “Holy Grail” and its power to grant miracles,
(Red text) The curtains will be raised,
(Red text) On an epic battle unfolding between seven teams of Masters [jp. Magi] and Servants [jp. Familiars] – !!


Page 4

[1]
(Text) Let us tell the story of a certain man.

[3]
(Text) The tale of a man who, more than anyone else, was set aflame by his ideals, and by them was driven into despair.


Page 5

[1]
(Text) The man had wished that everyone in the world could be happy.
(Text) It was something that all boys would once hold in their hearts, a childish ideal that they would cast aside.

[2]
(Text) However, that man was different.

[3]
(Text) He came to know that all lives sat on the scales of balance between sacrifice and salvation.
(Text) And once he understood that no one side of the scales could ever be empty,
(Text) He steeled his resolve to become the one who would measure the balance of the scales.


Page 6

(Top-right Text) If one wishes to reduce the most amount of grief coming from the world with the most certainty, this is the only path that can be taken.
(Middle Text) That would the act of slaughtering the few in order to allow the many to survive.
(Middle Text) And thus, in order to save as many as possible, he became proficient in the ways of killing.
(Bottom Text) There was no question, no doubt of right or wrong in his methods and his objective; he became the infallible balance of the scales.
(Bottom Text) The man saved many people, and killed many people, with no discrimination.


Page 7

(Right Text) But he realised it far too late.
(Top Text) To value all humans fairly and equally is the same as to never be loved by anyone.
(Left Text) Perhaps he should feel no anguish, as he perfected himself into a bloodless, tearless measuring instrument, freezing and mortifying his young heart.
(Bottom Text) However, that man was different.


Page 8

[1]
(Text) A smile of delight would satisfy him. A voice of lamentation would shake his heart.
(Text) Anger accompanied his deep resentment of regret, and he could not help but hold out his hand to the tears of desolation.

[3]
(Text) For one who pursued an ideal beyond the rationality of the world of men –
(Text) He was far too human.


Page 9

(Text) This is the tale of such a foolish man –


Page 10

[1]
(Acht) Our family of Einzbern has been in pursuit of the miracle of the Grail for over a thousand years.

[2]
(Acht) The journey has been beset by difficulties, a cycle of countless setbacks.

[3]
(Text) Castle Einzbern Chapel
(Acht) Two hundred years ago, we abandoned attempting to realise it with our own strength.


Page 11

[1]
(Acht) We were forced to form a pact with outside families, these Tōsaka and Makiri…
(Acht) Even when the Holy Grail War began, due to the lack of strength of the Masters, we have not once emerged victorious.

[2]
(Acht) “Magus Killer” –
(Acht) Emiya Kiritsugu.


Page 12

[1]
(Acht) You should understand the reason why you were welcomed in our house of Einzbern nine years ago.

[2]
(Kiritsu) I understand completely.

[3]
(Acht) The holy relic we had been searching for in Cornwall,
(Acht) Has finally reached us this morning.


Page 13

[1]
(Acht) Using this as the catalyst,
(Acht) You will be able to summon what is possibly the most powerful “Heroic Spirit of the Sword” conceivable as a Servant.

[2]
(Acht) Kiritsugu.
(Acht) Consider this the greatest aid the Einzbern can give to you.

[3]
(Kiritsu) I am in your debt, Head of the Einzbern.

[4]
(Acht) Irisviel, what of the condition of the vessel?
(Irie) There are no problems.
(Irie) I believe it will function well even in Fuyuki.

[5]
(Acht) Hm…


Page 14

[1]
(Acht) This time, do not leave even one of them standing.

[2]
(Acht) Hunt down all six Servants,
(Acht) And realise the Third Magic – Heaven’s Feel [jp: Grail of Heaven] without fail!

[3]
(Both) As you wish.


Page 15

[1]
(Kiritsu-top) ‘Realise’ – are you no longer interested in the Grail’s contents?
(Kiritsu-bottom) So, at the end of their ramble of a thousand years, the Einzbern have even mistaken the means for the objective…

[2]
(Kiritsu-top) Very well.
(Kiritsu-top) As you have wished, by this hand will the Grail your house had pursued be completed.
(Kiritsu-middle) However, it will not end at that.
(Kiritsu-bottom) With the power of the omnipotent container, I shall achieve my own wishes of salvation…


Page 17

[1]
(Kiritsu) It’s hard to believe,

[2]
(Kiritsu) That they really managed to find something like this…

[3]
(Kiritsu) …Incredible. There’s not a single chip in it.
(Kiritsu) And this is something excavated from an age 1500 years?


Page 18

[1]
(Irie) This in itself is a type of conceptual armament.

[2]
(Irie) Naturally, the material will never become weathered.
(Irie) This is a treasure on the level of magic – it’s incredulous to use this holy relic as a summoning catalyst.

[3]
(Irie) Just by equipping it, this sheath can heal its holder’s wounds and stagnate aging, as according to its legend…
(Irie) But of course, that would require the supply of prana from its “original holder”.

[4]
(Kiritsu) Basically – if we apply this with the summoned Heroic Spirit,
(Kiritsu) This in itself can serve as a “Noble Phantasm of the Master”.


Page 19

[1]
(Irie) That’s just like you. A tool is, to the end, just a tool, yes?

[2]
(Kiritsu) If you say that, then a Servant is like that as well.
(Kiritsu) No matter who the hero may be, once he is summoned as a Heroic Spirit, he is in all rights a tool of the Master.

[4]
(Kiritsu) …Anyone who brings strange fantasies into this fact will never be able to survive and win this battle.


Page 20

[1]
(Irie) The way you think is exactly why this sheath is appropriate for you –
(Irie) That’s probably what Great-Grandfather had considered.

[2]
(Kiritsu) I wonder if that will really be the case.

[4]
(Irie) Are you dissatisfied with Great-Grandfather’s gift?
(Kiritsu) Of course not. The old man did well.
(Kiritsu) There’s probably no other Master with a trump card such as this.

[5]
(Irie) Then, what’s wrong?

[6]
(Kiritsu) With such a perfect “item of affinity”, the Heroic Spirit we are aiming for will definitely answer the summons.
(Kiritsu) So the compatibility with me, the Master, is secondary, huh…


Page 21

[1]
(Irie) …You mean, you’re uneasy about your contract with the “King of Knights”.
(Kiritsu) Of course.
(Kiritsu) I doubt there’s any man as far from this thing called the ways of chivalry as me.

[2]
(Kiritsu) Challenging a battle face-to-face just isn’t the way I work.
(Kiritsu) And better yet, it’s a battle royale [jp. battle for survival].
(Kiritsu) When you aim for someone, it should be when they’re asleep or their back is turned.
(Kiritsu) It is more efficient to strike the enemy and bring him down with certainty, regardless of time and place.


Page 22

[1]
(Kiritsu) I don’t think some great noble knight would go along with that method of warfare.
(Kiritsu) To be honest, a “Caster” or “Assassin” would better fit my nature.

[2]
(Irie) …But wouldn’t that be regrettable?

[3]
(Irie-right-top) “Saber”
(Irie-right-bottom) “Lancer”
(Irie-middle-bottom) “Archer”
(Irie-middle-top) “Rider”
(Irie-left-top) “Caster”
(Irie-left-bottom) “Assassin”
(Irie-leftmost) “Berserker”

(Irie) – Among the seven Classes [jp. seats] called by the Grail, “Saber” is considered the strongest.


Page 23

[1]
(Irie) And, if we can place the King of Knights upon that seat…

[2]
(Irie) He would be the strongest card in play.

[3]
(Kiritsu) ………


Page 24

[1]
(Kiritsu) …A good plan just came to me.
(Kiritsu) The means by which to use this strongest Servant in the strongest way.

[2]
(Kiritsu) Be fulfilled [jp. shut].
(Kiritsu) Be fulfilled [jp. shut].
(Kiritsu) Be fulfilled [jp. shut].
(Kiritsu) Be fulfilled [jp. shut].
(Kiritsu) Be fulfilled [jp. shut].


Page 25

[1]
(Kiritsu) Let each turn over five times, simply breaking asunder the fulfilled time.
(Kiritsu) Let silver and steel be the essence.
(Kiritsu) Let stone and the archduke of contracts be the foundation.
(Kiritsu) Let my great master Schweinorg be the ancestor.
(Kiritsu) A wall, against the wind that shall fall.

[2]
(Kiritsu) Let the four cardinal gates close, and come out from the crown.
(Kiritsu) And rotate the three-branched road reaching the Kingdom.


Page 26

[1]
(Irie) Is it not a problem to have such a simple ritual?
(Kiritsu) It might be anti-climatic,
(Kiritsu) But a large-scale evocation isn’t necessary to summon a Servant.

[2]
(Kiritsu) It’s really the Grail that will bring the Servant here.
(Kiritsu-aside) Good.
(Kiritsu) The Master just needs to anchor it to this side and supply enough prana for it to materialise.


Page 27

[1]
(Kiritsu) And now, all preparations are complete.


Page 28

[1]
(Kiritsu) I declare –

[2]
(Kiritsu) Your body shall serve under me.

[3]
(Kiritsu) My fate shall be with your sword.

[4]
(Kiritsu) Submit to the beckoning of the Holy Grail.
(Kiritsu) If you will submit to this will and this reason, then answer.


Page 29

[1]
(Kiritsu) An oath shall be sworn here –

[3]
(Kiritsu) I shall attain all virtues of all of Heaven.
(Kiritsu) I shall have dominion over all evils of all of Hell.

[4]
(Kiritsu) From the seventh Heaven, attended to by three great words of power,


Page 30

[1]
(Kiritsu) Come forth from the ring of restraint, protector of the balance – !


Page 31

[2]
(Kiritsu) Pant –
(Kiritsu) Pant –


Page 34

[1]
(Saber) I ask of you,

[2]
(Saber) Are you the Master who have called me forth?
(Text-lower right) Heroic Spirit summoned!!


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