Fan Fic / Fate Revenant Sword

"I need to go back."
"If that is what you wish, Champion."

Fate/Revenant Sword is a Fate/Stay Night fanfic by James D. Fawkes, a writer on

This is a Time Travel story, where Shirou unwittingly makes a wish on the Holy Grail at the end of the anime, just after Saber vanishes into the dawn. He is suddenly hurled back in time by a not-quite-destroyed Holy Grail, to the beginning of the Fifth Holy Grail War.

Now, he has to try his hardest to change the outcome of the War, and save everyone from Caster, Gilgamesh, and Kirei Kotomine.

"Fate/Revenant Sword" provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rin, who fills her canon role, and Saber, who is a female version of King Arthur.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Holy Grail.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Shirou, after making a pact with the Fae, becomes Apeiron Lepida Leitoyrgei, King of the Forsaken.
  • Badass: Nearly everyone, but especially Shirou, who is much stronger than he was at the end of the anime (and, by extension, Fate, which is the route the anime mainly adapts).
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Shirou gets sent back in time because he says, "I can't stay here. I need to go back." He's telling himself aloud that he can't stay on the hill staring at where Saber disappeared because he has to go take care Illya and Rin, but Angra Mainyu chooses to interpret it as a wish to be sent back in time.
  • Big Fancy House: Shirou has an entire traditional Japanese estate, and the Tohsaka and Matou have Western-style mansions.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The beginning of the story, and then the fact that you know it's going to end the same way. Or at least the Normal End and Epilogue and the True Epilogue of the Good End end this way. The Good Epilogue of the Good End means what it says.
  • Blood Magic: Riderís method of summoning her Phantasmal Beast.
  • By the Power of Grayskull! / Calling Your Attacks: The Noble Phantasms used by Servants require their names to be invoked.
  • Chekhov's Gun
    • Caliburn, which Shirou manages to make into a real weapon, rather than just an imitation.
    • The books that Rin gives to Shirou at the end of chapter three are important later on.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Shirou's pact with the Fae is made to help fight Gilgamesh ON HIS LEVEL.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique
    • Noble Phantasms that have to be called out to be used reveal their wielder's identity, and therefore, their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Excalibur, which takes too much mana to be used more than once.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Caliburn, and later on, Escalvatine.
  • Field of Blades: Unlimited Blade Works is one.
  • Foreshadowing: The books Shirou gets from Rin involve making contracts with Ghost Liners, Servants, Divine Spirits, and Elementals.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: Gilgamesh's Ea and Shirou's Escalvatine. Both of those weapons are EX-ranked Anti-World Noble Phantasms.
  • Jerkass: Shinji is one, as usual.
  • Magic Contract Romance: Shirou has summoned Saber and in the Fate route of Fate/stay night, they fall in love. Having gone through that already, Shirou is already in love with Saber and hopes to woo her into falling for him again.
  • Magic Wand: The Azoth Dagger can function as one.
  • Mental World: Unlimited Blade Works is a reality marble—the user's inner world made manifest in reality.
  • Morning Wood: Shirou on the morning of the third day, when he wakes up spooned against Saber.
  • Multiple Endings
    • Normal End: Saber and Shirou defeat Gilgamesh and Kotomine respectively and destroy the Holy Grail, but Saber disappears, leaving Shirou to live his life without her.
      • Normal Epilogue: The Grail system is dismantled, and Ilya dies a year after the War's end. Eventually, after Shirou's death, he and Saber reunite in Avalon.
      • If his recent The Familiar of Zero Crossover fic Miracle of Zero: Kingdom of the Forsaken is concerned as it takes place during this route, sometime before the familiar summoning, Rin Tousaka gets raped by the Association and later gets killed right in front of Shirou. Needless to say his reaction is extremely over the top and it also added into his list of greatest failures. How can he be a hero of justice if he cannot save someone close to him?
    • Good End: Shirou and Saber defeat Gilgamesh and Kotomine, respectively, and Saber destroys the Grail and ends up wishing to remain with Shirou.
      • Good Epilogue: Ilya is still alive (although she physically remains as a young girl), and Shirou, Saber, Rin, Sakura, Ilya, and Taiga are all living as a family.
      • True Epilogue: Ilya dies three years after the War ends. The Grail system has been dismantled, but there are people who still want to begin more Grail Wars, and a number of magi, whether from the Association or not, want to either capture or kill Shirou and Saber. Things may not be easy for the pair, but at least they have each other.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Holy Grail, in the beginning of the story and in the Good End.
  • Peggy Sue: Though not by very far, Shirou gets sent back in time to repeat part of his life with his future knowledge intact.
  • Sinister Minister: Kotomine is a priest of the Catholic church with evil intentions.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Shirou and Saber, especially in the Normal End.
  • The Power of the Sun: Escalvatine has a fragment of the Sun inside it, however that actually works.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shirou, who gets good enough to beat Gilgamesh in a one-on-one sword fight.
  • Tranquil Fury: Shirou feels this when he sees Caster holding Illya and Taiga hostage.
  • Wave Motion Sword: Three of them, as a matter of fact:
    • Excalibur, Saber's sword.
    • Ea, Gilgamesh's ultimate Noble Phantasm.
    • Escalvatine, which Shirou gets later on.