Fan Fic / FateBlack Reflection
is a Crossover Fan Fic
between Fate/stay night
by Nameless Flame Wielder
in which Kurosaki Ichigo is forced to participate in the 5th Holy Grail War when he is attacked by Lancer and inadvertently summons
a Servant of his own.
The story begins simply enough: Ichigo
and his friends
are called in to investigate a series of deaths and disappearances in a nearby town, which Soul Society believes to be connected to the events that occurred ten years ago
in the same city.
The story appears to be a combination of the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works routes
of Fate/stay night
thrown into the mix, though the author
has mentioned that pieces from the Heaven's Feel route will be incorporated as well. Possibly one of the best aspects of this story is the writing; Nameless has a solid grasp on the characters of both universes, and it shows
Tropes used in Fate/Black Reflection include:
- Adaptational Badass:
- Shirou and Bazett are individually developing spiritual powers as the story progresses.
- Tatsuki has been learning Hakuda as a martial arts style from Yoruichi and can focus her spirit energy into her punches and kicks.
- Beam-O-War: Excalibur vs. (Bankai) Getsuga Tenshou.
- Berserk Button: Ichigo unknowingly manages to push one of Gilgamesh's by daring to fight and match Saber's Excalibur. Gil sees this as a mongrel rebelling against a king.
- To say Lancer is angry with Kakolethros when the abomination attacks his former master, Bazett, would be a massive understatement.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Kirei & Gilgamesh, versus Caster, versus Zouken.
- Big Damn Heroes: Quite a few instances, but the most spectacular is Ichigo's rescuing of Rider.
- Blood Knight: Both Lancer and Ichigo show their tendencies during their intense rematch. Rider is also this, albeit to a lesser extent.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Ichigo's group vs. All the magi who aren't Shirou and all the Heroic Spirits. Soul reapers are trying to maintain the balance of souls between the worlds and keep casualties to a minimum. The other participants in the Holy Grail War, excluding Shirou, are there to get the Holy Grail by whatever means and keep anyone from finding out. Their morals aren't just different, they're flat-out incompatible.
- Breath Weapon: Kakolethros' Μηδέν (pronounced Midén, Greek for "Zero"). While it bears a resemblance to the Cero used by Menos-class Hollows, it's outright stated that it doesn't pack anywhere near as much of a punch due to Kakolethros' origins. Despite this, the technique is acknowledged as being a serious threat to a normal human or a magus.
- Butt Monkey: Kon, as usual.
- Cassandra Truth: Rukia finally reveals to Archer that she and her friends are trying to put a stop to the Grail War to prevent any innocent casualties. Unfortunately, Archer is so jaded that he doesn't even entertain the possibility that she could be telling the truth.
- Chekhov's Skill: Rider dreams about Ichigo's fight with Kenpachi in Soul Society through the Command Seal link. The next night, Ichigo displays the ability to handle Berserker easily, to the wonderment of everyone else there. Rider recalls the dream and realizes that the reason Ichigo can fight Berserker so well is because he has experience fighting opponents who have overwhelming power and no strategy.
- Counterpart Comparison: In-universe example. Shirou's group note the similarities between Ichigo's group and the Servant classes. The comparisons being Ichigo (Saber), Uryu (Archer), Rukia (Caster), and Chad (Berserker). Rin and Archer outright refer to them as "fake servants".
- Cute and Psycho: Illya, as usual.
- Didn't See That Coming: When Lancer and Bazett have their reunion, they manage to keep Kirei from understanding what they are talking about simply by speaking in Gaelic, a language Kotomine doesn't know. He's actually impressed that they managed to outwit him so simply.
- Dissonant Serenity: Ichigo, and later Shirou and Rin, note the dissonance of Illya talking about Berserker brutally killing them with a serene tone of voice and even a giggle in the latter's case.
- The Dreaded: Ichigo becomes this to every other Master and Servant pair in the war, due to him being capable of fighting on par with Servants despite being a Master himself.
- Eldritch Abomination: Caster fuses one of her Dragon Tooth skeleton familiars with a captured Hollow and creates a creature that, according to Assassin, is an aberration against nature.
- Enemy Mine: Sort of. After Hollows start showing up in Fuyuki City en masse, the Masters and Servants shift their focus from fighting each other to dealing with the infestation. Gilgamesh is not pleased by this, though it doesn't stop him from killing a few Hollows himself every now and then. However, no alliances are officially made, and several Servants and Masters still find the time to fight each other.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Both Lancer and Gilgamesh come to the conclusion that Ichigo's power is a result of him possessing a lost Noble Phantasm. Naturally, neither of them have any clue what a Zanpakutou is.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even Soul Society is put off by the amoral behavior that's so common among magi.
- Hearing Voices: Of the evil variety. Sakura begins to hear the voices of the Hollows that attacked the Matou mansion and were subsequently absorbed by the Shadow while she slept, with the spirits now being a part of her. They torment her during the day, insulting her and urging her to kill Rin and Saber so that she can have Shirou to herself. The worst part is that she has no idea what they are or why she's hearing them, and it's clear that it's starting to wear her down.
- Honor Before Reason: Rider observes that Ichigo has a case of this and is worried it will get him in serious trouble, especially considering he's fighting in the Grail War.
- Instant Expert: Kakolethros has an extremely high learning curve in combat.
- Mad Scientist: Upon discovering Hollows, Caster captures a bunch of them for study, including daily dissections and a host of experiments. She even fuses one with one of her skeletal familiars.
- Magnetic Hero: Ichigo is observed to be this by Bazett when they meet for the first time.
- Masquerade: The Mage's Association and Soul Society. In an interesting variation, both groups aren't just hidden from normal humans, but from each other as well, with only the upper echelons of Soul Society and the highest ranking members of the Clock Tower knowing about the existence of the other.
- Moment Killer: The tender moment between Ichigo and Rider after he rescues her from Saber is interrupted by the arrival of Uryu. The Quincy gets an intense Death Glare from Rider for his horrible timing.
- Morality Kitchen Sink: Ichigo's group is full of undeniably good, and Rider is A Lighter Shade of Grey at her worst. Shirou is just as kind as the nicest of that group, but also rather naive, and his group is largely more morally complex: Rin is pragmatic but kinder in nature, Saber is just but ruthless by necessity, and Archer is helpful but manipulative. Caster is wholly self-serving, with everyone on her side unquestionably loyal save Assassin - who mostly just wants a Worthy Opponent but is also a Noble Top Enforcer with a strong sense of honour. Soul Society are mostly concerned with keeping the balance of souls intact and thus want to limit the damage the War will cause, but would be willing to make sacrifices if it comes to it. Kotomine and Gligamesh are allies of convenience with similar goals who care little for the damage caused so long as their goals can be met; meanwhile, Zouken is only concerned about attaining immortality and will do anything, including manipulating his family and killing countless people, to achieve that.
- Oh, Crap!: Shirou's group and Bazett have this reaction when they feel a Menos Grande appear in the middle of Fuyuki.
- Rin nearly has a heart attack when Archer tells her that Ichigo and Rider have more than one ally capable of fighting Servants.
- Outside-Context Problem: Ichigo and his friends are this to everyone else in the Grail War. They're capable of matching Servants in combat, their skills are bizarre by magus standards, and their morality doesn't even line up with most magi. Add it all together, and you have a group that is frighteningly incomprehensible to the Stay/Night cast. On the other side of the coin, the magi and Heroic Spirits are this to Ichigo's crew, being unlike anything they've fought before. Though they do have Rider to explain the basics behind their new enemies, so they end up adapting far quicker than everyone else.
- Poor Communication Kills: The two major groups of good guys are trying to kill each other, mostly because they don't seem to know squat about the right way to find out who is a potential ally and who isn't. Ichigo and his True Companions are acting all mysterious and interrogative, with ominous questions being thrown out. ("Why do you want the Grail?") Shirou and his allies aren't much better, as their first response to this is to attack the people who haven't done anything yet. It gets especially bad when Saber tries to use Excalibur on Rider and Ichigo gets pissed off in response.
- As Chapter 22 shows, the Fuyuki group are worse at it; though they've no reason to trust the ominous people, their first response appears to be "attack first, ask questions later." Especially Archer.
- However, as of chapter 23, it seems Shirou is beginning to regret this, after a massive confrontation with Chad, Uryu, Rukia, Renji, Rider and Hanataro all at once.
- Psycho Supporter: Kakolethros is fanatically loyal and subservient to Caster.
- Sensing You Are Outmatched: Shirou's developing spiritual sense lets him feel the vast superiority of Ichigo's power.
- Ship Tease: There are a few… suggestive elements regarding Ichigo and Rider's partnership. Not least of which is Rider being pulled into Ichigo's Inner World by Zangetsu. But it's still too early to tell.
- Also too early to say for sure, but there is a bit between Chad and Ayako as well.
- Though she's probably just being a Troll about it, Rider keeps flirting with Tatsuki.
- Simple, yet Awesome: During their rematch, Lancer observes that this is what Ichigo's fighting style amounts too. Unlike most Servants and high level Shinigami who have flashy sword skills, Ichigo really only has the bare basics of swordsmanship. But combined with his insane strength, speed, and combat instincts, he's capable of keeping pace with Lancer.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Bazett manages to survive due to a timely find-and-heal courtesy of Orihime.
- Spider-Sense: During the war with Aizen Ichigo developed combat instincts that somehow warn him of sudden sneak attacks.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Thanks to Caster's experiments on the Hollows, she gives Assassin a Hollow mask much like the Vizards wear. It helps him overpower Saber completely and upgrades his signature move Tsubame Gaeshi by throwing the same strikes in either reverse or another angle. The mask also puts a great toll on Assassin, something he is wary of... and something that Caster is too excited to care about.
- ThinkingUpPortals: Kakolethros displays the ability to seemingly teleport using shadows. It's revealed that he's actually using a power similar to the Descorrer used by the Hollows and Arrancar to quickly open a door to the Dangai and then exit out another.
- Undying Loyalty: Ichigo earns this from Rider, much like her devotion to Sakura in Fate/stay night. She becomes extremely devoted to him to the point that she makes it clear in her internal monologues that she will do anything to keep him safe because she thinks that his Honor Before Reason tendencies will get him killed, to the point that she will sometimes slip into being a Psycho Supporter—best shown when she almost kills Renji and Hanataro because she misheard a joke.
- Kakolethros is fanatically devoted to Caster. This is most likely due to having been created from one of her Dragon Tooth familiars and a Hollow.
- Unskilled, but Strong: A majority of Soul Reapers tend to fight using the power of their zanpakutos and their kido spells over their actual weapon technique. Ichigo notices this compared to Lancer, a Servant of the spear, who is both strong AND skilled, with unmatched speed and accuracy with the weapon. Not that he's complaining.
It was so new to Ichigo. He had never fought opponents with this much pure skill with their weapon until the Holy Grail War drafted him. Most of his foes used the power of their zanpakutou and their special techniques as much as their actual swordsmanship. Even Byakuya and Aizen put emphasis on using the special abilities of their swords and kido in battle over such sublime mastery of their weapon. Lancer didn't have those options aside from the trump card that was his Noble Phantasm's ultimate move, but he still could give him an interesting fight.
- Villainous Crush: Illya develops one for Ichigo after their first encounter.
- Weak, but Skilled: Due to having been created from a single Hollow, Kakolethros lacks the raw spiritual power of even a low-class Gillian. He makes up for this lack of power by being a very quick learner in combat.
- White And White Morality: Ichigo's group vs. Shirou's group—they're definitely all good guys with noble intentions, but because they're being either overly cautious or reckless, they've so far only succeeded in making enemies of each other.
- Worthy Opponent: When Rider accepts that Ichigo is much more powerful than her and she won't be playing the traditional role of a Servant, she decides to vet the competition to see who is worthy to fight him. Ichigo and Lancer find worthy opponents in each other upon their rematch.