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It was hopeless, impossible. But he held onto his wish. His ever distant ideal. He would hold his beloved again.

Fate-In Time by Parcasious is a Fate/stay night fic that follows Shirou Emiya years after the Fifth Holy Grail War, when he finds himself inexplicably sent back to medieval Britain where he meets a young Arturia Pendragon before she drew the sword in the stone. From there on, Shirou does everything in his power to avert Arturia's fate and Camelot's downfall.


Currently at 78 chapters and ongoing.

Tropes present in Fate-In Time:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Shirou's hand forged weapons.
  • The Ace: Shirou is this to everyone who meets him.
  • Action Dad: Shirou and Sir Ector.
  • Action Mom: Arturia.
  • A-Cup Angst: During Arturia's confrontation with Cywyrd in his throne room, the female nobles in the room were jealous of Arturia's chest, which was huge.
  • Altar the Speed: Shirou places the date of his and Arturia's wedding to tomorrow night after they arrived at Camelot.
  • Alternate Timeline: Thanks to Shirou's appearance, the original timeline is changing by a lot.
  • Appeal to Tradition: Duke Wellington and a few other nobles insist on Shirou marrying Morgana, because it's tradition that Shirou must marry the older sibling. Both Arturia and Shirou doesn't like this and they reject their idea in their own ways.
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  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Arturia gives one to Shirou during the battle against Hengist and his army.
  • Artificial Human: Mordred.
  • Bash Brothers: Each member of the Knights of the Round Table apply to this.
  • Battle Couple: Shirou and Arturia.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: The two times Arturia beating up Merlin were done like this.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Shirou's supposed death in front of Arturia, badmouth him, or mention her sister in front of her as well.
    • Palamid gets mad when someone calls him a woman.
    • Never hurt or insult Arturia in front of Shirou.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Shirou Tracing Excalibur is this.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kay to Arturia.
    • Gawain to his siblings and by extension, Arturia.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shirou pulls this off after a Saxton was almost about to stab Arturia in the head.
  • Big Eater: Arturia when it comes to Shirou's food.
  • Bitch Slap: Arturia gives one to Duke Wellington.
  • Book Burning: Subverted. Mordred tries to burn the study materials Merlin gave to her. It failed because Merlin made the books immune to physical and magical damage.
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  • Break the Haughty: Shirou does this in front of the Barthomeloi elder by showing off his reality marble. Emily also pulls this off in front of her half-siblings.
  • Bucket Helmet: During his meeting with Guinevere, Lancelot grabs a nearby bucket and put it on his head to cover up the embarrassment he's going through at the moment. Guinevere finds it hilarious.
  • Cain and Abel: Morgana and Arturia respectively.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: During the finals of the young blade's competition, Petris cheated by poisoning the air in the arena. Arturia wasn't affected badly, but the son of Wolfred was stabbed in the hand during this. Shirou then proceeds to beat Petris with a reinforced stick in ten moves.
  • Classified Information: Arturia's true gender, as well as Shirou's reality marble.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Even though Shirou is in love with Arturia, he unknowingly attracted both Emily and Mordred.
    • Lancelot doesn't know a thing about love, and yet he attracted Guinevere, Gareth, and to a certain extent, Guinevere's maids.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Arturia when some other girl is with Shirou.
  • Cool Big Sis: Mordred to Artus and Annabel.
  • Daydream Surprise: Arturia has a daydream of her wedding with Shirou as she imagined the castle reception hall decorated with roses and soft silk with everyone watching the moment. She snapped back to reality after finding out that Gawain was staring at her this whole time.
  • Death Seeker: Arturia during the five years she lost Shirou.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Arturia experiences this when she sees Morgana killing Shirou, only to find out that it didn't work five years later.
  • The Dreaded: Shirou is this after helping wipe out the Saxtons. Later, he becomes this to the monsters from the Reverse Side of the World, because of his swords which killed legendary monsters in the past.
    • Not only that, but Morgana even fears him as well.
    • Also, Agatha fears the Cath Palug, which Merlin has as a pet.
    • The nobles in Camelot now fear Arturia after what she did to Duke Wellington and a few other nobles.
  • Driven by Envy: The reason why Morgana wants to make Arturia's life miserable was because of her jealously over the fact that King Uther chose Arturia as his heir.
  • Driven to Suicide: Arturia is so devastated by Shirou's disappearance that she welcomes death after being exhausted and impaled by four swords, rather than using the defensive and regenerative abilities of her scabbard, Avalon, to save herself.
  • Dual Wielding: Shirou with Kanshou and Bakuya. Also shown when he wields both Mjolnir and Gungnir.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Shirou when he's able to see Arturia again, though Shirou now has the job of changing Arturia's fate for a happier one.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Various characters come to the conclusion that Shirou is descended from certain legendary heroes because of him wielding their weaponry.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Subverted. Mordred not only hates math, but also hates literature as well.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Morgana Le Fey.
  • Faking Amnesia: For a short while, even after having his memory restored, Shirou pretends having amnesia to get Arturia and Mordred along.
  • Family Man: Sir Ector to Arturia and Kay.
  • Foreshadowing: Early on, a Phantasmal Beast notes that the supposedly dead Ashton family has two members who survived. One of them is Shirou. Later it turns out Mordred is also an Ashton, for unknown reasons.
  • Field of Blades: Shirou summons this.
  • For Want of a Nail: Shirou's presence in the past changes a lot of things.
    • One of the things changed is when Arturia pulled the Sword in the Stone, with her pulling it two years later than canon since Shirou's action bought her more time to train.
    • Arturia seeing The Sword in the Stone react to Shirou indicating that he is also worthy leads her to realize of an alternate way to rule the Kingdom as a Queen with Shirou as her King, which makes it even more heartbreaking when she saw Shirou being killed right in front of her eyes, unaware of the fact that he actually managed to survive Morgana's attempt. When Shirou returns, after a brief period of indecisiveness, decides to reveal her true gender, consequences be damned.
    • Thanks to Shirou, the meeting between Lancelot and Guinevere ended in a different way. When Shirou was staying at Guinevere's private estate, Lancelot decided to secretly bring him back to Arturia. The problem was that he didn't know which house he was staying at, so he chose the biggest one. However, the house he chose happened to be Guinevere's, and he accidentally saw Guinevere when climbing up the balcony. As soon as he saw her, he then placed a bucket on his head, making her laugh. When the maids were arriving, Guinevere hid him under the bed. Therefore, the meeting between Guinevere and Lancelot did not end with tragedy.
  • The Gadfly: Merlin.
  • Gender Bender: Palamid, because of Merlin. Shirou and Arturia too, although it was short-lived.
  • Gender Reveal: In-Universe, Arturia tells Shirou her true gender as a symbol of trust. Of course, Shirou already knew that.
    • Later on, Arturia reveals her true gender to nobles of her kingdom as she no longer had a need to hide it with Shirou's return.
  • Giant Flyer: Efreet the Phoenix.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Shirou brings back more modern inventions and concepts with him when he goes back in time.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Morgana.
  • Groin Attack: Bedivere and Merlin receives one.
  • Half Breed: Merlin and Shirou.
  • Home Base: The Ashton Manor and later on, Camelot.
  • Hunter of Monsters: For a short while, Shirou.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Shirou is well aware that telling Arturia and Mordred that he would help them bare their burdens when they don't because they don't want to trouble him is hypocritical coming from him.
  • Idiot Hair: Arturia and her ahoge.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Shirou, naturally.
  • I Want Grandkids: Ever since Shirou's accepted Arturia's marriage proposal, sir Ector wanted to see some grandkids.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Subverted. Arturia goes on one after having doubts from seeing Shirou being worthy of Caliburn. However, Shirou accompanies her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Hengist.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Merlin receives one after interrupting Shirou and Arturia twice. The end result was not pretty for him.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Shirou and Gawain does this in their duel because Gawain wants to make sure if Shirou can protect Arturia.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Efreet is loyal to the Ashton family.
  • Mage Killer: Shirou.
  • Mage Marksman: Shirou and Tristan. Shirou uses magic swords instead of arrows with his bow and Tristan using Failnaught, a magic bow.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Merlin receives one after receiving Arturia's anger for interrupting her twice.
  • Magic Knight: Shirou, being punted back into the time of Arthurian Legends, and Knighted by Arturia herself, can be classified as the "Magic Knight" of the Round Table.
  • Marry for Love: Shirou and Arturia, naturally.
  • Master of One Magic: Shirou.
  • Master Swordsman: Shirou is this even when regressed to a young body, capable of defeating even knights.
  • Moment Killer: Merlin pulls this off when Shirou and Arturia were about to have sex...TWICE.
  • Mysterious Parent: Lord Ashton.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Arturia does this to Merlin after he interrupted her and Shirou again. Later on, Arturia pulls this off to four nobles and Duke Wellington after Duke Wellingtion insists on Shirou marrying Morgana. Luckily, Merlin stopped her before she could cause any more damage. However, he ends up in the same situation like what happened in Gwent.
  • No Name Given: The son of Wolfred.
  • Not Quite Dead: Shirou is seemingly killed off by Morgana, only to be revealed that he survived with amnesia.
  • Not So Different: Shirou bitterly realizes that he, Arturia, and Mordred are quote "capable stubborn bastards" which leads to them refusing to ask for aid when it would be more than reasonable to do so. The knowledge that both would refuse his help because they didn't want to trouble him, something he himself would do, makes him wonder if this is what Rin and the others had to go through with him.
  • Oblivious to Love: Lancelot.
  • Official Couple: Shirou and Arturia.
  • Older Than They Look: In the adolescence arc, Shirou is actually an adult despite looking like a kid. This gets fixed over time though.
  • One-Man Army: Shirou and his ever-growing arsenal of Noble Phantasms, Mystic Codes of the bladed/weapon variety, and mundane swords would have little trouble turning most opponents into mincemeat.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Subverted. Shirou is also capable of pulling Caliburn out of the stone, but decides that he is not the one to wield it.
    • Later on, it is revealed that Shirou is the only one capable of wielding Mjolnir.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Gawain pulls this off to test Shirou to see if he is worthy to marry Arturia.
  • Pet Monstrosity: Merlin keeps Fou, who is also known as the Cath Palug.
  • Point of Divergence: Shirou's arrival in Medieval Britain is this.
  • Power Tattoo: The Ashton Crest.
  • Punched Across the Room: Shirou pulls this off towards a representative of a duke's son who was insulting Arturia.
  • Real Men Cook: Shirou, naturally.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Turns out that Shirou's actually an Ashton, a family that specializes in subduing phantasmal beasts. What's more is that his father is Duke Ashton, a fire elemental.
    • At the end of the battle in the Vernier estate, it was revealed that Emily was a Barthomeloi.
  • Rebellious Princess: Natalie.
  • Red Baron: Shirou is called The Wizard of Swords.
  • Running Gag: Arturia's alter form pops out sometimes.
    • Efreet likes to spit fire on Mordred's butt.
  • Secret Societies: The Mage's Association.
  • Sharing a Body: Subverted. Agatha now resides in Shirou's reality marble.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Shirou towards Arturia. Vice versa as well.
  • Stunned Silence: Arturia after finding out that Mordred found Shirou, followed up by finding out that he has amnesia, and lastly being told that Shirou was acting as Mordred's knight. Later on, she experiences this again after finding out that Cywyrd plans on getting Guinevere to marry Shirou.
    • Gawain after seeing Arturia and Mordred getting along with each other. He even wonders if Shirou's magic had anything to do with it.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Subverted. Merlin thought of this when Duke Wellington insists on telling Arturia his proposal of Shirou marrying Morgana.
  • Talking Animal: Efreet the phoenix, Llamrei the horse, and Fafnir the dragon.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Subverted. During Shirou's, Arturia's, and Mordred's time in House Barthomeloi, they had to share two beds together.
  • Time Skip: After Arturia and Shirou's wedding, the story's next arc jumps least a year into Shirou's reign, where the royal family has expanded with the addition of the newborn twins.
  • Time Travel: The premise of this story. Shirou winds up back in time to interact with Saber's younger self before she claimed Caliburn.
  • Trauma Button: Thanks to Morgan's failed attempt of killing Shirou, Arturia has a trauma of Shirou's suppposed death. She does get a lot better when Shirou returns, but it's still there.
    • Whenever Morgana is mentioned in front of Mordred, Mordred gets scared. Luckily, Shirou is there to help her.
    • Merlin now has a trauma of an angry Arturia after the two times he cockblocked her.
  • True Craftsman: Shirou.
  • Undying Loyalty: Shirou towards Arturia. He would even go against his own morals if it meant following her or doing something for her benefit.
  • Unexpected Successor: Subverted. Shirou became the king of Camelot because of Arturia revealing her gender, Merlin revealing to the nobles that Shirou was actually worthy to wield Caliburn first, and Shirou wielding Caliburn.
  • Unknown Rival: Merlin is jealous at how Shirou is able to charm women effortlessly. Shirou doesn't notice this at all.
    • Even though she doesn't admit it, Emily is jealous at Arturia for capturing Shirou's heart. Ironically, in their childhood, Arturia was jealous of Emily for spending time with Shirou.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Following their marriage, Arturia and Shirou have twins, a boy and a girl.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The son of Wolfred in the beginning. He does get better over time.
    • Duke Wellington.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Shirou goes through this when seeing Arturia getting hurt badly.
  • Walking Armory: Shirou and his Unlimited Blade Works.
  • We Can Rule Together: Subverted. Morgana offers Shirou to leave Arturia in exchange for riches and land. Naturally, Shirou rejects it.
  • Wedding Day: Shirou marries Arturia.
  • Wham Line: Arturia storms into Cywyrd's castle and asks Cywyrd, "Where is my man?"
    • Later on, after the battle between Shirou and Hengist and his army were over, Arturia gives Shirou a kiss on the lips and tells him, "I love you. Please marry me."
    • Shirou tells the nobles who supported the idea of him marrying Morgana, "I love Arturia Pendragon."
  • You're Insane!: Mordred tells this to Shirou after he plans on dueling Hengist to save Sir Ector, knowing that even if he wins, he'll have to fight the Saxton army as well.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Duke Wellington insists on getting Shirou to marry Morgana in front of Arturia. The end result was not pretty for him.

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