A long time ago, there was a large war. After the war, the rising sea levels caused people to live within Mosaic Cities where they can. However, those born after the war and those who survived it are now blessed by having a "Holy Grail" inside them, allowing them to surpass natural causes of death and summon a Servant tied to their fate, as they live their lives being blessed by the Grail.
Within the coastal city of Akihabara, Erice Utsumi is the only person not blessed by the Grail, and instead was born with an evil spirit inside her. With the evil spirit, she acts as a "Grim Reaper" who kills Servants who act outside of the will of the Holy Grail. After one mission, she meets and bonds with a mysterious boy who turns out to be the last Servant summoned into this world. What will her fate be?
Fate/Requiem is a light novel within the Fate Series, written by Meteo Hoshizora and illustrated by NOCO.
Tropes associated with Fate/Requiem are:
- Action Prologue: The first volume begins with Erice being chased by beasts while trying to escort a Master and their Servant out of the City.
- A Boy and His X: The series is predicated on Erice and her Servant, a complete and total anomaly in the system of Requiem.
- Broken Masquerade: As of the last Holy Grail War, Magecraft and Servants are all public knowledge.
- The Cameo: Many Servants are mentioned or have only minor roles, both from previous Fate entries and original ones for Requiem.
- Enfant Terrible: Louis XVII, the son of Marie Antoinette manifests as an Avenger and is a Doom Magnet for all those who have made a contract with him.
- Everyone is a Super: At the very least, almost every person in the world was either born with a Holy Grail inside them, or received it later, and are able to summon and maintain a Servant. They have also removed ageing, poor genetics, disease, viruses, cancer and other biological illnesses, and can control their physical age with Command Seals. They have, in short, attained eternal youth and life.
- Gender Flip: Erice ponders on the tendency to have men in history and myth actually be women, using Francis Drake as an example as all of her contemporaries remember her as either male or female. Erice concludes that Drake's actual gender doesn't really matter compared to the great feats achieved.
- Great Offscreen War: The setting of the work and the reason why everyone can summon a Servant is due to a Holy Grail War that happened a long time ago.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Erice and Karin's debate on the Holy Grail Tournament, with the former loathing how humanity's heroic icons are basically used for cheap entertainment and the latter enjoying such activities, is an observation on the increasingly prominent focus on Servants in more recent Fate works.
- Translator Microbes: Erice has a smartphone app to help analyze the body language of Berserkers and other irrational Servants to discern their intent.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The setting of the book is implied to take place in the year 2025, as Armstrong's moon landing is stated to have happened 56 years ago.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The first antagonist, Nzambi, tries to trigger one by continually killing and raising people as zombies.