First of this my first thread so I apologize for all mistakes. Also I am not a historian so you should not easily believe what I spout out. Additionally I never played Extra or Extella, games in which Darius III appeared though I read his wikipage. What’s left to say… I am not a Fan of buffing a servant for the sake of simply making them better, but I advocate changes to NP and Skillsets in order to better represent their lore.
Lore (including Information from Fate Wiki) :
The Great Schah is one of the most stale and boring servants we have in the game. This not only due his basic and uninspired skillset and NP, but also because of how he was written.
My Problem with Darius III is that he apparently merely exists to Hype Iskander up, which makes sense considering Iskander already was a well established and poular servant thanks to Zero.
There is no proof that Darius III saw Iskander as a rival that was worth deafeating. I would even suggest the contrary, when Iskander started his invasion Darius III merely send some naval armament as support so that he could not be accused of total inactivity. Iskander probably would not have been able to conquer Persia that easily if the Schah considered him to be threat from the get go (feels Gilgamesh). Darius III even attempted a failed assassination on Iskander so he probably did not consider this war to be “fun” and worth continuing. Later he also proposed a treaty of friend ship to Iskander but it was dissmissed by him. I feel like Darius III and Iskanders relationship would have been more like that of Gilgamesh and Shirou, the arrogant and restrained superforce and the brillant and Skilled Underdog, and slowly evolved to the Overwhelmed and the Determined. The Writer could have focused on how Darius III felt and reflected about losing his country, Family and Support because of one man and his own incompetence.
I don’t say that wanting to fight Iskander again is bad Motivation for the Charakter, but the reasoning behind it should be more than just:“Iskander Was pretty awesome”. It could be revenge or just the wish to redeem mistakes of the past and restore the glory of his dynasty. Not all is bad though, what I love about Darius III being in the Beserker class ist that it makes sense regarding his wish. Even though Rider would probably be his best class, he could never meet Iskander in a Holy Grail War that way. In my headcannon his Rider Version would be much less fixated on Iskander.
Still I appreciate the good light in which Darius III is being placed by the writer. He is being described as brave and strongwilled Fighter and ruler, a benevolent Schah that aspires to reach the glory of his ancestors even though he attained his position through assassination. <I couldn’t find any claims that Darius III actually knew of the assassinations> Bagoas, who instructed the assassination of many royals and disposed of the former Schahs who opposed him (just to emphazise, this man was responsible for the death of Multiple rulers!) was finally finished of by Darius III. There are tales about how Darius III made Bagoas drink his own poision.
Darius III really appeared to be a brave warrior (his explicit “Job” at first seemed to be that of an messenger for the King . Feats like winning a one-one duel while under the service of schah اردشیر (sorry sometimes Latin Alphabet makes names hard to remember) during a Revolt against said Schah made him popular amongst nobility and made his reign acceptable to them.
The Schahs life ended not on the battlefield but during his retreat when he was betrayed by his own subordinates and assassinated.
Upon seeing his dead rival, Iskander covered him with his Coat as sign of respect. There are also tales in which Darius III was still on the Brink of death when Iskander arrived, who then gave him some water. Iskander ordered the Traitors to be killed and he welcomed Darius III brother into his own army. Also when Darius III imprisoned wife died before, Iskander gave her a grand burial. Darius III at first after hearing about this unusal act suspected that his wife had cheated on him. But Iskanders messenger assured him that this was just another sign of Iskanders Greatness. Iskanders rule did not influence Persian culture, which Shows one more time that the Great conquerer respected Foreign cultures just like Darius I. Why am I telling you about all this stuff? Well, it would be Kinda strange if the servant versions respected each other, but the realife counterparts hated each others Guts and tried to Ruin the others country. Fortunately we can see that this was not the case.
This was my opinion on how to handle Darius III as a character. Later I will Share my opinion on the gameplay aspect. Thanks to everyone who read this convuluted mess up to this point, I really need to learn how to keep it short and simple. I appreciate Critique and corrections. What is your opinion on how to handle Darius III as a Charakter and gameplay unit? Were you dissapointed or did you actually like their dynamic? Do you even care if the servant is nothing like it’s realife counterpart?