The description for X The Reaper's Fate:Zero Sanity
is a fanfic by X The Reaper
, inspired by The Infamous Man's Fate/Zero Sense
. It is posted on Fanfiction.net and is now complete.
Like other fics inspired by The Infamous Man, Servants from the original Fourth Grail War are replaced by characters from other works of Fiction, with the exception of: Saber, Rider, and Archer.
In this, Obito Uchiha
is the servant of the Assassin Class. Whitebeard
from One Piece
is Lancer. The Berserker class has been filled by Maka (along with Soul)
from Soul Eater
. Caster, in this fic, is Natsu
from Fairy Tail
. To cap it all off,
we have the Avenger class appearing to be filled by Alucard
, from Hellsing
, with a dash of personality from Hellsing Ultimate Abridged.
While at first the fic appears to run on the standards of most multi-crossovers, it becomes rather obvious from the roughly halfway that this isn't the standard, and not just in terms of 'replace Servants and see where the plot goes from there'. There appears to be another group working from behind the scenes observing events,
and within the Holy Grail Angra Mainyu is not alone
Filled with action, surprising Character Development
, and well-written scenes of interactions between Masters and Servants, this fic brings something rather new to the table.
A sidestory, entitled Fate: OSG
, was written and completed not long afterwards, essentially taking place during the last five years between
the Fourth and Fifth War, chronicling the adventures and some eailer Character Development
for Shirou Emiya
as well as giving some backstory on the resident mystery group: OSG
and on the leader, Edgar Silverstein
A true sequel, officially called Fate: Stay Nightmare, tells the story of the Fifth Holy Grail War and of the machinations
of the Grail to be truly reborn. And this time, it has every intentions of doing so, going so far as to summon 15
Servants (the original eight plus the new classes of Beast, Saver, Ruler, Defender, Conqueror, Slayer and Fallen) to the battlefield. It can be found here.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Anti-Villain: Assassin and Kirei fall under this. The later performs a Heel-Face Turn near the end when he comes back to life, saves Berserker and Soul, and destroys the Grail fragments. The only thing that keeps him from being a full-out hero is that he still enjoys the suffering of others.
- Armor-Piercing Question: After seeing Lancer's memories, Kayneth asks him why he wanted a family despite being so rich and powerful. Lancer tells him his reasons and asks Kayneth what does he truly want to wish for.
- Asshole Victim: Uryuu.
- Zouken even more so.
- Surprisingly averted with Kayneth. You can tell the author went through the trouble to make you feel something other than "good riddance" for him.
- Arranged Marriage: Due to the fact that the Arranged Marriage between an Archibald and a Sophia-Ri still stands, Sola-Ui and Waver are wed as a compromise in order to officially induct the later into the family.
- Happily Married: Despite a bit of a rough start, Waver and Sola Ui's marriage eventually becomes this.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Ordinis Sancti Gladius, the Order of the Holy Sword. Overlaps with Gratuitous Latin because the name and the members don't quite match up when you think about them.
- Badass: Everyone.
- Handicapped Badass: Assassin becomes this by the final battle. He's lost his right eye, preventing him from using his intangibility and his Six Paths of Pain from his previous battle, but he still holds his own against Caster and Berserker at once, had the former on the ropes before the other appeared, and nearly kills the later. Helps that he still had the Rinnegan.
- Badass Army: Rider's Ionian Hetairoi, as per canon. Avenger has his own: Vampire King: Army of the Dead. And yes, the two do fight each other.
- Bash Brothers: Rider and Caster eventually partner up and continue in this fashion throughout the Grail War until Rider's death.
- Lovely Angels: Saber and Berserker, likewise until Berserker is forced to kill Saber.
- Beam-O-War: Played with. During the battle between Archer vs. Saber and Berserker, the later two use Excalibur and Kishin Hunter combined against the former's Ea. While at first the two sides are evenly matched, Ea quickly overwhelms the other two and blasts the two Servants.
- However, Saber and Berserker did survive due to their attacks weakening Ea's strike.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Shared between Kirei and Assassin, unsurprisingly. However, considering that many of their actions are not overly evil or cruel, and that they have many Pet the Dog moments, it's really only when compared to the others that they come across as villainous.
- Big Damn Heroes: Berserker gets in on this a lot.
- Avenger pulls this at one point to save Rin's life.
- Bittersweet Ending: Once again, the Grail is still destroyed and the Great Fire still happens. However, Berserker, Soul, Sola-Ui, and Maiya all survive; Aoi doesn't become a vegetable; the remains of the Grail are completely destroyed; Zouken dies and Sakura is returned to her family; and Kirei becomes a good guy (sorta).
- Came Back Strong: Of the not-quite dead variety and overlaps with Nice Job Breaking It, Hero. Getting shot with Kiritsugu's Origin Bullet cost Kirei his left arm. Assassin replaces it and a good deal of his left side with the same material that constitutes his own right side. For extra measure, he also replaces Kirei's left eye with a Sharingan.
- Combined Energy Attack: Saber and Berserker use this twice: The first time against Avenger's Badass Army and the second time against Archer. It fails both times: The former because they were just so many enemies, and the later because of Ea.
- Cool Big Sis: Maka Becomes one to Shirou after the War.
- Cute Bruiser: Several Servants bring up the fact that for a Servant of Madness, Berserker is surprisingly small and sane.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: Lancer helps Kayneth becomes less bigoted and arrogant, evenly causing Kayneth to show his softer side to Sola-Ui.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lancer killing Avenger, Saber, Berserker and Soul killing Archer.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Assassin, did you just use a Command Seal on ARCHER?!
- Dimensional Traveler: Ordinis Sancti Gladius. They are able to travel to any dimension, even dimensions not apart of Akasha by what appears to be the usage of the Second Magic.
- Equippable Ally: Soul is Berserker's Sinister Scythe and main Noble Phantasm, but he still has the ability to manifest in human form and interact with others.
- Evil Counterpart: His Noble Phantasms and abilities make Avenger this to Rider and Lancer.
- Evil Feels Good: Still Kirei's motif. Even when he pulls a Heel-Face Turn, he still finds this to be true about himself. Not that it really bothers him by that point.
- Good Feels Good: That said, he's genuinely happy when he does a good deed without any evil desires attached. Such as comforting Rin after Tokiomi's funeral.
- Face Death with Dignity: All the Servants die content, or at least calmly, when defeated, no matter who their opponent was. Even Saber dies with some measure of peace, thanking Berserker and Soul mentally for their friendship and forgiving them for stabbing her through the chest to try and stop the Grail's destruction.
- Faking the Dead: Zouken makes Tokiomi believe that he killed Sakura when the latter attempts to kill him after Kariya tells what really happening to Sakura.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Saber and Berserker ultimately form what is potentially the most positive relationship between Servants in the entire war. How do they do this? Fighting Avenger in the Einzbern Forest.
- For Want of a Nail: The story's entire premise. This was obvious from the beginning with the inclusion of the Avenger class, but only really took off when Kirei is shot by Kiritsugu during the attack on the Einzbern Manor and barely survives.
- Caster literally disarms Uryuu, refusing to let the man to be his master while Avenger kills him.
- In Spite of a Nail: Even so, several things do stay the same regardless. The first Servant battle at the dock is more or less identical to canon, and the King's banquet still happens, albeit with most every Servant joining in now.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Avenger. He gets whole limbs hacked off, pierced clean through with multiple projectiles, and even hit point-blank with an Excalibur blast, and he shrugs it all off. It takes him using Vampire King: Army of the Dead, when he releases all of his contained souls for the battle, in order to leave him in a position to be killed, and even then, he refuses to go down easily.
- Graceful Loser: Surprisingly every Servant who dies does so without any real malice towards their killer. Even Archer's genuinely respectful of Saber and Berserker for cutting him down.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: A vertical example. This is how Berserker finishes off Assassin in the end.
- Hidden Villain: The second being within the Grail remains mostly unknown throughout the story, referred to at various points as Reaper or Grey. It's only once the epilogue arrives does Angra Mainyu finally reveal his name at his own request: Prometheus
- I Am What I Am: How Kirei ultimately comes to view his tendencies. Funny what dying will do to change a person's perspective.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How both Archer and Rider meet their ends. Multiple times for the later, courtesy of Assassin, and combined with a Wave Motion Gun from Saber for the former.
- Assassin subjects this to Berserker twice. It fails both times.
- Berserker uses this on Saber to stop her from destroying the Grail. It succeeds, but Kiritsugu's Command Seals prove stronger still...
- Irony: Archer makes several comments on killing the other Servants. Archer is the third Servant to die.
- Karma Houdini: Averted with Zouken. When it looks like he avoided getting killed by Tokiomi and is about to get away scot-free at the end, cue two members of OSG knocking on his door sent by a surviving Berserker and Soul...
- Little Miss Badass: Rin goes off on her own to save her friend Kotone from a serial killer, encounters Avenger, doesn't flinch in his presence and tries to help him fight Grand Fisher by shooting Fisher with Casull, one of Avenger's Noble Phastasms that even adults would find frighteningly large which ultimately breaks her wrist upon usage. By the end of their little adventure, Avenger is quite impressed with the young magus.
- Memento MacGuffin: After he saves her, Avenger gives Rin his Casull in the form of a silver cross because she managed to impress him with her courage.
- Mutual Kill: What ultimately happens to Avenger and Lancer, though the later survived a little longer.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Tokiomi gets hit with this big time when Kariya tells him about what Sakura's 'training' really amounts to. In fact, it's enough for him to go and attack Zouken and burn the Matou Manor down in anger when he thinks she's been killed. Even then, it still hits him throughout the remainder of the story right up to his death.
- My Greatest Failure: Saber, as per canon, considers her failure to prevent Camelot's fall to be hers, though she has another one that might be even bigger: Her role in Mordred's betrayal, refusing to acknowledge her as her successor because her bitterness against Morgan le Fay. She even flat-out admits that if she had, Camelot wouldn't have fallen, at least not in their lifetimes. This admittance only comes near the end, when she fights an illusion of Mordred created by a trap set by Assassin.
- The Omniscient Councilof Vagueness: Ordinis Sancti Gladius fits this. They only appear at several points through the fic, and only truly become involved at the very end when all is said and done. They're also made up of people from Bleach, Hellsing, Mega Man ZX, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Red vs. Blue, and apparently Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Their apparent ties to Wizard Marshall Zeltrech might have something to do with this...
- Out-Gambitted: Archer believes that he is the Fourth Grail War's resident Magnificent Bastard. He is gravely mistaken and ultimately taken advantage of by Assassin, the War's true Magnificent Bastard, ending in Archer's death via Saber and Berserker.
- Papa Wolf: Zouken found out the hard why you don't harm one of Tokiomi Tohsaka's daughters... even if he got away.
- Pet the Dog: Assassin, even when he's just betrayed Tokiomi, stolen his Command Seals, placed him under an illusion, and is now about to devour his soul for an extra power boost to defeat Rider and Caster, still feels enough pity for him to make his final vision in the illusion that of his daughter Sakura forgiving him for actions that he had been beating himself up for earlier in the story.
- Kirei gets one when he kills Irisviel. Unlike canon where he strangles her to death, he has Assassin deliver a quick and powerful strike to the back of her neck, breaking it and ending her life swiftly. Still cruel, but he doesn't take any pleasure out of it either.
- Lancer and Kayneth try to make Sola-Ui breakfast, despite being bad at it.
- Poor Communication Kills: Thankfully averted between Tokiomi and Kariya. When they encounter each other this time, Berserker and Soul have convinced Kariya to give Tokiomi a chance to talk, Aoi and Rin are nearby, and they're all in a public hospital. This is crucial because not only does it allow the two men to understand each other, but it's what motivates Tokiomi's My God, What Have I Done? and Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Zouken.
- Red Baron: Besides the known epithets (King of Knights, King of Heroes, King of Conquerors), we have:
- Fourth Sage of the Six Paths: Assassin
- King of Vampires: Avenger
- Meister of Death: Berserker
- Salamander: Caster
- Emperor of the Sea: Lancer
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Archer, as Nasuverse Divine or Semi-Divine beings like him have these. Avenger has red eyes also.
- Subverted with Soul, one of the genuinely good guys.
- Red Herring: In terms of who would be the next villain. After disposing of Archer and establishing himself as the resident Magnificent Bastard of the war, one might be led to believe that Assassin would survive and continue on his path in the Fifth War. Nope! He's killed off by Berserker, who does survive to the next war. However, the story does set up who will be the major antagonist, just not in that obvious way.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tokiomi did not take well to learning about what Zouken's training methods amount to at all.
- Sanity Has Advantages: Berserker, the not-so-Mad Servant. While she does have Mad Enhancement (with it even tied to one of her Noble Phantasms) she spends most of the story perfectly sane.
- Selfless Wish: Maka and Soul planned to use their wish to give Kariya a new body.
- Survivor Guilt: As per canon Shirou develops a case of this, for being one of the sole survivors of the Fuyuki Fire. OSG plans to help him find a outlet for it by making him a member.
- Sword Beam: Berserker has this at her disposal as a Noble Phantasm and can set it to three different levels of power. She uses the second level for a good deal of her fights, saving the third and strongest level for major finishers and using the first perhaps twice throughout the fic.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Servants in actual alliances notwithstanding, anytime Avenger arrives on the scene, expect any other Servants there to team up on him. Even if they were up to that point just trying to kill each other.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Kayneth undergoes this throughout the story, in no small part due to Lancer's actions and memories.
- Unstoppable Rage: Surprisingly, Berserker doesn't have this going for her. Played straight with Caster, however, after Rider's death. He completely loses it on Assassin, and would have killed him had the later's Master not used a Command Seal to get him out of there.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Saber is once again called out by nearly all the other Servants on her wish for the Holy Grail, with the exception of Archer who finds the whole thing hilarious.
- The lengths each goes to is different however. Rider obviously calls her out on it and stomps on her beliefs. Avenger and Lancer are on his side, but they don't take their words to that extreme. Assassin seems more neutral than anything else. Berserker, Caster and Soul do appreciate the meaning behind it, but they feel that her method just isn't the right way to go about it.
- In fact, the last two actually come to Saber's side when Rider accuses her of being unworthy of kingship, smashing their fists on the table to interupt him and with Soul calmly telling Rider to stop it.
- Worthy Opponent: Saber is this to many Servants, notably Berserker and Caster. Archer even says this about Saber and Berserker before dying.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Saber starts to question herself after the events of the banquet and Rider's accusations, Berserker and Soul comfort her with this, stating they wouldn't have anyone else as their partner.
- You Are Not Alone: Combined with the above trope, Berserker and Soul comfort Saber after the Servant banquet and tell her that they will stay by her no matter what. This event is the turning point where Saber starts to truly accept them both as friends.
Fate: OSG provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: Due to growing up with Maiya, Maka, and Soul, Shirou's quite a bit more adept at things like fighting than he ever was in canon at that age in the beginning. The fic proceeds to take it from there.
- Berserk Button: Played for Laughs with Shirou. His major one appears to be anytime someone claims not to like his cooking. When pressed, he's scary enough to freak Edgar out.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Raymond (Coyote) Starrk vs. Merem Solomon's Demon of the Right Leg. The dog didn't have a chance in hell after the former used Cero Metralleta.
- Death by Flashback: The last two chapters are spent with Edgar telling Shirou and Lambda about Sayaka Miki, Kiritsugu's former partner in the OSG and whose death ultimately caused him to break from the group.
- Determinator: Shirou's still one. When he mock-battled Lambda, he refused to surrender despite her superior abilities and kept going until he had his blade at her neck from sheer willpower. He got taken down by a sneak attack from behind not long afterwards, but still damn.
- Disconnected By Death: Sayaka's last conversation with Edgar took place over the phone, desperately telling him what had happened to her and asking whether or not Kiritsugu got his birthday present. When he tells her he did, she gratefully thanks him before being disconnected. This having been because her Soul Gem was almost fully corrupted, she didn't die... though that might have been preferable to the end result.
- Driven to Suicide: Contemplated by Edgar in the flashbacks, considering he had just lost his best chance of bringing his wife back to life and all his sacrifices for nothing. It was only the promise he made to his dying wife to live on that made him hesitate. Then Zeltrech shows up...
- Exposition: Really, the true reason this story exists is because the author felt the need to clarify some things about OSG and flesh out the characters more. It eventually grew from there.
- First-Person Smartass: In his journal entries, Edgar is quite snarky as he recalls those memories of his first years.
- Friends with Benefits: How Edgar defines his relationship with Chryssie, though he admits that he would be lying if he said they didn't feel something resembling true love for each other.
- Ghost/Genetic Memory: Lambda has both of these, of both her former life and that of Sayaka's due to her echo fusing with her. She doesn't get overwhelmed by them, they just come to her in flashes whenever she registers a trigger for either set.
- Healing Hands: Lambda-11 has these, an ability she didn't have in her canon. There's a reason for this.
- How We Got Here / This Is My Story: Each chapter begins with Edgar Silverstein writing down events from the past in his journal chronicling how he and the OSG got started.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This is Shinji's new personality. While he's still quite abrasive and smug, Shirou notes that it's more out of genuine confidence in his abilities than general jerkassry, and there are moments when he acts like a genuine Nice Guy, helping Shirou during his exercises in the early days and having a surprisingly honest heart-to-heart talk with Shirou about how he felt about the events that brought him here.
- Living Memory: 'Echoes' appear to be on the surface ghosts, but are actually facsimiles of living beings created by magic or intense emotions, which possess fractured memories of the original, but are self-aware and capable of interacting with others. However, anyone who sees or interacts with them eventually forgets all about them, essentially making them an Un-Person. An echo was created upon Sayaka's corruption into a Witch and subsequent destruction, wandering around the halls of OSG for almost two decades before eventually finding an new body to inhabit... which ended up being Lambda-11's.
- Not Quite Dead: Sayaka, after she became a Witch and was destroyed, actually had her body and Grief Seed preserved under OSG headquarters. Edgar's been trying to find a way to bring her back ever since, but he's noticed that there are occasionally hints that she's not quite as gone from the world as one might think.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In flashbacks, we get to see how deadly the normally apathetic Raymond Starrk can be. Not only did he match Edgar's Shadow Form while fighting at his base power without too much effort, he utterly curb-stomped Merem Solomon's Demon of the Right Leg when he activated his Resurreccion.
- Edgar describes the results of his first clash with Zeltrech to have destroyed the landscape they were fighting in.
- Refusal of the Call: In the flashbacks, it's made pretty obvious from near the beginning that Edgar had originally no intentions of creating OSG. It took some world traveling and a lot of prodding by Zeltrech before he finally accepted.
- Relationship Upgrade: Maka and Soul have apparently been dating by the time of this fic's events. They eventually become engaged near the end as well.
- Sadist Teacher: Harbinger is considered this by his trainees. One of the exercises he has them go through is called the 'Gut Crawl', which consists of moving through a pipe filled with cow intestines in the dark with all the sounds, sights, and smells you'd expect. He claims its because he wants them to be ready for anything when on the field.
- Sexy Mentor: Shirou's swordsmanship teacher is Jeanne d'Arc. However, she's already married or at least dating someone else in OSG.
- Shout-Out: Both parts of Lambda-11's cover name: Noel Valenzuela, are references to both the BlazBlue character of the same name, who is technically her younger sister, and her English voice actress, Cristina Valenzuela.
- Storm of Blades: One of Lambda-11's and Sayaka Miki's favored tactics in battle. Makes sense then that the latter's soul restarted the former's body.
- Supreme Chef: Shirou's cooking skills are already legendary by this point. Lambda-11 almost had a foodgasm when she first tasted it, and almost everyone at OSG eagerly anticipates when it's Shirou's turn to cook. 'Almost' meaning everyone but Edgar for some reason.
- Tragic Keepsake: Shirou's cutlass, which he received on his first day at OSG headquarters, actually belonged to Kiritsugu before he cut ties with the group, leaving it behind. It turns out it was one to him as well: It was Sayaka's last gift to him for his birthday before she went on a mission. She didn't come back... not the same way, at least.
The true sequel, Fate: Stay Nightmare, provides examples of:
- Ascended Extra: Mordred was originally just an illusion created by Zero!Assassin for a trap that Saber sprung. Here, she's the new Servant Avenger.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Saber and Saver team up to fight Berserker as Shirou and Rin are coming back from the Church.
- Badass: Every Servant, canon or otherwise, as expected, but several do stand out.
- Big Damn Heroes: Once again, a staple of Maka and Soul.
- Both Fake!Assassin and Avenger pull this off one after another against Berserker. Of course, Avenger's reasons were far more personal towards Saber.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fallen just loves pissing off Avenger.
- Up to Eleven: As mentioned earlier, there are fifteen Servants duking it out in this Grail War. Angra Mainyu appears to be of the opinion that the logical way to be revived in a war which requires the deaths of seven Servants is to create double that number to increase the chances.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's quite obvious that while their Masters are cooperating, Avenger and Caster don't get along well.