Lostbelt 4 Part 2 Roll Thread: A Tranquil Night's Dream Amongst The Gods

You’re certain you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere.

What little of the moonlight’s sheen that filters through the mist reveals an unfamiliar, run-down path. None of your companions are on sight. The night’s not cold, but the rain pouring down is—and isn’t that strange, that the moon is still shining?

“Ah, come out of the rain, why won’t you, traveller? You seem weary and confused, come into the temple, and rest some, give these lonely acolytes some company.”

The voice comes from in front of you. You startle, lifting your gaze to discover a young woman beckoning you to a temple. The mist parts, revealing a man beside her, donning similar pristine robes. Unlike her, he sports an ear-wide smile.

“Where is this, you ask? Why, we are but a humble adobe of Gods atop a long-lost misty mountain. Care to take a look around? Care to peek into the mystical Gods that protect this sacred realm from the four corners? Oh, such a curious gaze. Come along little lost stargazer, let’s see if we shall fulfil those burning eyes of yours yet?”

You hesitate. But it’s either being at the mercy of the elements or trusting this temple you’ve stumbled into. The man’s smile drips amusement. Curiosity prickles at you and you surrender into it. What’s the worst thing that could happen, anyway?

The temple, despite not looking particularly special, is deceptively wide inside. Your shoes squelch against the marble floors, but the priests guiding you don’t make a single sound. A thunder echoes in the chambers.

The priestess halts, staring back at you. Her dark eyes are piercing, but not unkind, and her voice is serene.

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“Ah, the rumbling South. Thunder and Rain feed its beautiful lakes. Wondrously blooming lotuses are they not, little Master? The South has always welcomed the Rain in Ancient Bharata you know, joyous and rumbling, fulfilling and calamitous. Much like our God that resides upon its doors.”

The devoted lilt to the Priestess tells you of this man’s true strengths, strengths that you cannot yet grasp at, but understand the power behind anyway. A transcendent God meant to stand proud upon the Doors of the South. You lift your gaze to look properly at the altar before you.


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Portraits of Perfection


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“He’s quite the Hero and warrior too. Not a man knows not his tale in this land,” a squeaky voice chimes in, and you tear your gaze from the images of the God to see a goggle-eyed strange creature carrying the scent of scrolls and ink.

Compact Lore combined with Proper Human History depiction

The protagonist of the Great Indian Epic, “The Mahabharata ‘’, he was the 3rd of the Panch Pandavas (lit, 5 Sons of Pandu). He was versed in the Literary and Warrior Arts the greatest and favourite of all of the Great Teacher Drona’s pupils. His preferred weapon was the Bow, but he was versed in other weapons like swords, maces, lances, etc. He was also said to be a great Dancer and Musician, indeed in the 13th year of the Pandavas’ Exile he disguised himself as the Dance teacher Brihanalla. Some trivia from Fate:

  • The bow he wields in combat is the Gandiva. It was a bow forged by the God of Creation, Brahma. It was gifted to him after the successful completion of a heroic quest by the Fire God, Agni (who in turn had acquired it from Varuna, the Wind God). It was a bow capable of wielding Divine Weapons (astras) and killing the Gods themselves. The twang of Gandiva in Arjuna’s hands is said to be as a thunder strike upon a silent hill. “Overflow Gandiva!”, that we see him utter in his Extra Animation is a reference to him summoning arrows from his quiver, so fast that even a divine bow would need to be instructed to go beyond its limits.

  • “The Endowed Hero”, is a reference to the Mahabharata, in particular when Arjuna would go to Shiva to wish for the Pashupata, The Hermit God would call him “The Endowed Hero, to whom nothing shall be withheld, none shall refuse, and no grant go ungiven”. His Clairvoyance Skill is in reference to the several premonitions he’d have as a Warrior, most prominently, that he and Karna would always be opposites.

  • Pashupata was the Weapon of destruction given to him by the God of Destruction, Shiva. In the game, we see him have a chance to Insta-kill Divine enemies, this is a direct reference to the fact that Divinity when faced with this weapon will perish. In fact, the weapon itself is derived from Shiva’s foretold destruction of the World. The Astra itself must only be hurled when by thought, by word, and by deed there is no other choice to be had. It was Shiva’s favourite weapon, and the one foretold to sign the World’s Destruction. in some versions particular the South East Asian ones, it is even Pashupata that kills Karna, his sworn rival.

  • Arjuna however had in his possession, many weapons of divine origins, it is said that perhaps only 3 can match him in both archery and arsenal. Another Astra that he possesses is the Anjalikastra, the weapon that slew Karna. It is this that Arjuna presents to us in his Valentine’s scene, a sign of his resolve. And indeed, it did signify resolve. That Arjuna chose this arrow to slay his nemesis is no coincidence, Anjalikastra is the weapon of his Father, Indra. But more importantly it signified a resolved shot, it is said, only one who has accepted the fruits of his karma whether good or bad, defeated his doubts, and resolved to shoot may invoke the Anjalikastra.

  • Arjuna Alter wields the almighty Mahapralaya as his Noble Phantasm. It is destruction itself forged into an Astra, the concept of Shiva’s Destructive Dance taken in weapon form. It cannot be guarded against, and even Gods will be powerless before it. But it also signifies Rebirth, anything razed by it will be born anew and better. Perhaps as the Final Dark God, there is no weapon more befitting than this for him to wield.

  • [LB4 Spoilers] Arjuna Alter’s 3 skills showcase his capacity as the Final God who presides over the Cyclic Yugas of the Indian Lostbelt. Anti-Evil(Unique) is the skill that encapsulates his desire to do away with all evils in his World, the literal crystallization of his greatest authority and purpose in one. His 2nd Clairvoyance skill has been built up from his Archer self to evolve into a transcendental sight that is perhaps “only” the right of a Singular, Perfect God. Yet, there is humanity left in this perfected being, Lamplight of the Soul is the last of Arjuna’s humanity that he has managed to keep guarded in himself, almost as if it’s a flickering and precious lamp that will guide him to salvation.

  • {LB4 Spoilers and Valentine’s CE Spoilers} AA’s Bond CE, “A Sculpted Object”, represents him gaining back his humanity. A God, nay, a Perfect Singular God turned Human by something as base (and indeed in Ancient India, Sculpting was the Art of the “Base”) as Sculpting returning to him the sense of human achievement, and with it love. A simple but integral part of his character. His Valentine’s CE is similarly simple, An Ordinary but Miraculous Stone. Blue in colour, it is reminiscent of the stones given by royalty as tribute to Brahmins who would come begging for alms at Royal Palaces in Ancient India. These stones possessed no inherent value as jewels, yet were said to be valuable. As the CE itself says, the value itself is up to the recipient.


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Something… doesn’t sit right with you. The stories she told you are intriguing indeed, but… why should you pay tribute to this God?

“I see that doubt, that I do. Can a hero such as this truly Guard the North of this venerated Temple you ask?” An unknown man asks beside you, with the sultry voice of street merchants. You flinch. His eyes spark and his smirk turns wolfish. “Well, let me show you.”

The Vendor's Selling Points

A lot of you guys know how ridiculous this god-fueled G.O.A.T. Zerk is, so I don’t have to say much, but here’s the gist of things:

  • 50% Powermod triggering on any debuff (that is removable; boxed ones don’t count), including the 20% Buster Resistance down his NP applies before slicing down on your enemies harder than your Gacha impulses do to your bank account.

  • Massive star gather on his busters with a 2 turn downtime, including a nifty 20-30% scaling battery (on a 5T CD no less) means he can charge up Turn 1 with a 50% CE and ol’ Shakey for my poverty-stricken friends.

  • While his skill 3 is comparatively weaksauce (3T effects on a massive 9-7 turn CD), his Burst playstyle means that you can usually leave it alone…unless you wanna up it for completion, or you’re madly in love with the guy – can’t blame ya – he’s pulling out numbers that’ll make a millionaire’s accountant blush. Plus, if the battle lasts long enough to where you can use the skill again, either that’s a long fight, or you’ve gotta do some self-reflecting. But hey, it’s a start for some survival, the Zerk life is a fragile one (unless you’re a certain Fluffy Boi, Dino-looking Edgy OC or Illya’s Number 1 Bodyguard)

A few recommendations I have - feel free to take 'em with a grain of salt cuz these are only based on my ideas:

  • For CEs, I see a lot on Supports run Scope or a Max Limit-Broken Imaginary Element to NP turn 1. If you’re like me and lack those options – or would like (even) more beef to your DPS – using 50% CEs like Aerial Drive and Holy Night’s Supper could work in your favor with an external 20% charge for that turn 1 Mahapralaya.
  • For those who haven’t yet applied Command Codes, I really recommend slapping any of the Ailment (Poison, Curse, etc) Codes on one of his Buster cards, as this also triggers his S1 damage mod . Trust me, it’s worth it if you’re gonna use his face cards a bunch.

Overall, like it was established in LB4 he ain’t the perfect being, but he’s still godly enough to melt whoever’s unfortunate enough to be his opposition. I recommend pulling for this EXtraordinary Berserker, plus as of writing this, he has not received an additional rate up in JP currently, so if you’re considering the pull I absolutely suggest you do now unless you want to play the waiting game or bank on some GSSRs.


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“Ah, but you didn’t think this was the only God we rendered tribute to, did you?” the Priest smirks, “No, not at all. But you’re in luck, stargazer, we’ll entertain you for the whole night. Until the rain clears.”

“Until the rain clears,” you echo as they guide you to another altar, this time with a hero bright as the sun and dressed in flames.


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“Towards the East, The Sun rises bright to start a day.” The Priest chuckles at your wrinkled nose. “Not a morning person, are you, traveller from afar? Yet each day the Sun, it roams the sky, and with it roam the people about their daily lives. Lives that grow harsh and require a hand sometimes. He is that charitable hand, lending out his being to the depraved who cry.”

The Priest’s voice holds a strange thread of reverence that you unexpectedly understand where it comes from. Even if you do not comprehend the God that guards the East, you understand the benevolence of this god.


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Behold, Benefactions

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“The Altar of the East is of a tragic man perhaps, a man of dharma on the side that lacked it the most. Perhaps a true Sun in that sense.” There is wistfulness in the creature’s tone, a fond appreciation as she heads on.

Compact Lore combined with Proper Human History depiction

The Tragic Hero of the Great Indian Epic, “The Mahabharata”, he was the first born son of Kunti, later the mother of the Pandavas. He was cast away at birth, for his mother feared the shame he would bring upon her. Raised in the low-born caste of Sutas, he wished to become a Warrior, even as society forbade it. Through many trials and tribulations, he would find himself by the side of Duryodhana,one of the antagonists of the Epic. Though a man of dharma himself he would ultimately side with the wrong side, and lose his life for it. Some Fate Trivia:

  • Before his mother cast him away at the River Ganga, she (in the only motherly act she would perform for him) prayed to his Father, Surya, the Sun God, to protect him. In response, his father would gift him the Kavacha and Kundala, an armour and earrings, that would make him invincible. These weapons * would later be taken away by Indra, who would scheme to ensure Arjuna may have a chance at victory. Yet despite having been warned of Indra’s schemes, Karna would give away his armour and earrings, that were essentially his skin, and melded with his essence. Moved by his Charity, Indra would grant him Brahmastra and Vasavi Shakti. Two Divine Astras never before wielded by mortals. Indeed, in his NP chant he evokes Indra, as thanks and respect for having given him the weapons, as is customary.

  • Knowledge of the Deprived refers to two things. First, Karna who was raised low born, and thus considered “deprived”, but despite this rose to prominence as a Warrior, therefore he is an enlightened “deprived”. Second, he was known as the Hero of Charity, but he was also righteous. Indeed, it is said, no truth may be kept from the King of Anga, Karna, no deprived man he offers charity to may hide from him any truth of his circumstances. Therefore, it has double meaning, knowledge possessed by a deprived man, and the truth of any deprived’s circumstances known to him at all times.

  • Uncrowned Arms Mastery refers to the fact that despite being a peerless warrior, all his life he would never be recognized as a true Warrior, merely due to the circumstances of his raising.

  • Vasavi Shakti, is the second weapon given to him by Indra. It was forged by the God of Creation Brahma, and was one of Indra’s principle weapons. Most importantly it was the weapon meant to stop Shiva’s Dance of Destruction should it occur before time. Destruction to meet Destruction is what it may be called. It is said when hurled, even the Sun itself will still to death, and the World will end should it not meet another Destruction in its path. Any divinities in its path will be melted to the core and returned to formlessness. It was not meant to be wielded by mortals, and when Indra gave it to Karna, he was certain Karna would not master it. Indra would be proven wrong a mere month later when Karna would not only Master the weapon, but invoke into it the Sun God’s blessings, making it even deadlier, and indeed so formidable that even Indra would doubt if he could wield it any longer.

  • The Lamp of the Unfortunate, his Bond CE, is as said, a reference to Buddha’s legend. But it also highlights Karna’s own charity. In particular it refers to the story that would spur Karna to offer his last possessions to a beggar on his deathbed. As he lay dying, a beggar would come to Kurukshetra, and find his only son dead. Unable to afford a funeral, he would roam the battlefield, till he comes upon the dying Karna, recognizing him as the Hero of Charity, the man would beg him to provide him with some money for his son’s funeral. Here, Karna would recount this very story, before tearing out his gold tooth and offering it to the man.


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Your heart throbs. But there’s something that doesn’t make sense. The Vendor stares down at you with his sempiternal smirk.

“Ah, you see not how a man so stooped in charity can be a proud Warrior? Let not his softness fool you, little Master.”

The Vendor's Selling Points

While he isn’t as hyped up as Mr. New God on the block, the Lancer of Rad isn’t exactly a sleeper either.

Here’s a brief on his gameplay:

  • His NP is upgraded and deals bonus damage to Divine Servants – even without this massive damage up he still has one of the hardest hitting NPs for any AoE Lancer out there (or the hardest hitting period in NA), not to mention he looks absolutely awesome doing it.

  • His skill 3 while on a slightly more unwieldy 6 turn cooldown still offers a nice Crit damage buff for harder-hitting Brahmastra Kundala! nukes, and some star drop so you could get your crits a bit more consistently.

  • His Mana Burst trades some pure Buster damage for some more NP damage; a trade that costs his face cards some until you realize his NP inflicts Buster Resist down after to compensate for that loss.

  • His first skill is largely ignored, but NP seal can be useful, plus Debuff resist down at least helps allies get their debuffs off more consistently (even when debuffing the opponent he’s still charitable to his allies), plus it’s fine at level 1, so you don’t have to think that much about his material costs.

A few – again subjective recommendations – to consider:

  • CEs: since Karna’s battery is at a very awkward 25%, to get a turn 1 NP you’d want to use a Scope or MLB Imaginary Element (which gets him to exactly 100%). DPS CEs like Aerial Drive and Sumo also work, and Fondant gets extra recognition if you want to double down on his niche – if you have one just lying around of course.
  • For Command Codes I also really recommend giving his Arts some form of Star Gather – it doesn’t have to be the premium stuff if you don’t want to use 'em, but any gather makes it more likely for his Arts card to crit, which fills his NP Gauge remarkably quickly. To a lesser extent, if you want to take even more advantage of his niche, feel free to use any Divine damage-up Command Codes on his Busters to give 'em a God-killing Buster Brave chain if you don’t wanna use the general hard hitters. Glitter on the * Quick cards or any similar Stargen/Drop Code works if you want to give it to him.

Overall being a permanent pool unit means that he isn’t everyone’s priority, especially with how limited Arjuna Alter is, but if you do decide to go for him he’ll definitely be valuable, plus his awesome animations and likable personality means that you can net yourself a reliable, awesome Hero of Charity.

Also, for all of us who have beat LB4, you also get an awesome new costume, complete with awesome things like hand lasers, pink undies and more Egg costs! :fgo_ohoho:

He likes to be extremely humble, so you might have to show him a lot of Proof that he’s a Hero

Additional material costs have to be provided by the Master, no refunds are available at this time :feh_annawink:


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The Vendor gives you a last mischievous grin, smacking his hand against your back. The jovial mood vanishes though when you start walking again and a crackling sound joins the pit-patter of the rain. Soon the temple’s pillars are washed with a blinding light, seeping the heat of a vicious giant flame.


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The Unabating Rage

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“North, the lands that house the great mountains of Bharata, mountains amongst which reside The Grand Hermit God. Perhaps it is fitting that his avatar be the Guardian of this Gate.” The Priestess blinks down at you. “Mm, what is that? Why a giant fire is his altar, you ask? Ah, it is rage, you see; lonely, despairing rage that consumes this God. Yet he is warm, cosy, even if a bit prickly to be sure. He is fire, thus an altar of fire.”

Her voice shadows a grief for a God too consumed in rage to mourn. You cannot help but wonder… wouldn’t it be easier to let that anger go?

“If it were that easy,” the Priest sighs as if reading your thoughts.

“His anger burns, but not consumes. It transforms him until he is the fire of his rage…” the creature mutters and endeavours to make you understand.


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Compact Lore combined with Proper Human History depiction

He was considered amongst the Greatest of Brahmin (Clergy) Warriors. Born as the son of the Great Brahmin Warrior Drona, teacher of the Pandava and Kaurava Princes of Hastinapur, and Kripi, the daughter of the great Sage Bharadwaja, he was destined to be unmatched in combat. His Father had done great penance to ensure his son would possess the prowess of the Hermit God, Shiva, thus he is also called Drauni.

  • The gem on his forehead is a divine gift and a symbol of the fact that he is born with Shiva divine favour. It gives him power over all living beings lower than humans; it protects him from hunger, thirst, and fatigue. Strangely in some parts of India, it is said that Shiva formed the gem with ashes, amongst which were some remains of Kama (that Parvati had kept with her). The cults that believe this, think that it was Shiva’s way of respecting Kama, by ensuring his her remains are interred in a great Warrior, and are a source of his power.

  • His Noble Phantasm is an iteration of Sudarshan Chakra. The main weapon of Vishnu, and his incarnation, Krishna. Ironically, it was Krishna who would destroy the gem on his forehead, and curse him to immortality. Furthermore, Yamraja, was the Judge of Human Souls after death and father to the eldest Pandava Yudhisthir; the righteous one who perhaps (barring Arjuna) swore at him with the greatest anger after his massacre of the Pandava camp. That his NP’s name is derived from such origins is both sad, and ironic.

  • Ashvattama’s anger is canonically accurate, to when he went mad with rage after Duryodhana’s death. He was angered by pain and bereavement of his friends and fellow warriors certainly, but his father mostly. When the Pandavas had killed Drona, they had done so when he was unarmed in grief after having been lied to that his son was dead. Ash would see himself as responsible for his death, as without being provoked by Ash, Drona would never have sided with the Kauravas. He was angered of jealously, that even in death, his father would recognize and love Arjuna more than him. He was angered of pride, that he would be the only Maharathi of the Kaurava camp to survive and not perish with his fellow Warriors. He was angered of broken promises, that he could not keep to his friend Duryodhana and that Duryodhana couldn’t keep to him. He was angered at the world, that never let him rise. But most of all, he was angered of self loathing, the one he couldn’t forgive in the end, would always be himself. Thus, he would let go of his Warrior Oaths, and step into the Pandava camp in the dead of the Night, to slaughter the warriors resting there. While done in madness, it was also done to mark himself as a true sinner, who could no longer follow the dharmic path, a self condemnation.

  • His skills reflect his lore. Chintamani, refers to both the gem on his forehead that would always protect him and to the fact that he would be cursed to immortality after its loss. Violation of the Chivalric Code refers to his famous slaughter of the Pandava Camp at night after his friend’s death. Maharatha/Maharathi refers to the fact that he was a great Warrior, (one of the few) who could fight with 12 Great Warriors simultaneously, and had mastery over all forms of combat and weapons, it was the highest honour bestowed upon a Warrior in Ancient India.

  • His Bond CE is a reference to his whole life’s struggles. He was his father’s only son, for whom his father even gave up his righteous ways and courted evils. For him his father would stoop as low as begging to the King of Panchal, for him his father would acquire a Kingdom, there was nothing his father would not do for him. Yet, he would not be the apple of his father’s eye, it would always be Arjuna. Yet, he would not be the man most respected by his father, it would always be Yudhisthir. Yet, he would not be the one whose strength would impress his father, it would always be Bhima. Yet, it would not be his wisdom or mastery of the Arts that would earn praise from his father, it would always be Nakula and Sahadeva. He would struggle, try and beg, all for naught. He would earn his father’s love since birth, but never his approval and pride. In the end, as a last desperate effort he would try to obtain the chakra of Great Power, yet he would be inadequate. Never Enough to be truly distinguished.

Yet, your doubts come.

“How can he be a God?”

“So consumed and centred in his rage?” the Vendor challenges you, “You have indeed much to learn of that rage, of the might that an all-consuming inferno lends him.”

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The Vendor's Selling Points

Aśvatthāmā…Ashwatthama…Hot Wheels…we’re calling him Ash from here out.

ASH is a 4* Archer on a pretty stacked banner, and being an Archer means that he has to compete with some of the best like Fujino and Chloe in his rarity, so what’s this guy all about?

  • His skill 1 is a 20-30% battery and a one-turn Invul on a 6T CD. While a 6T CD isn’t nearly as good as a 5T Invul (I know this from experience :fgo_deadinside:), it’s still a nice battery to chain off the NP more easily, and a 6T CD Invul and a 30% battery is better than nothing.
  • His skill 2 is where things start to get fun. At base, it’s a 3T 30% buster buff with a 5T CD, pretty standard but solid stuff, but wait, there’s more , for 3 times that this Anger Junkie slams his Wheel of Misfortune on an enemy, they get a 20% defense down, stacking to a total of 60% (on an NPBB chain you get the full 60% in one turn). On a 5T CD, this means that your def down gets at most a 2T downtime.
  • His Skill 3 is where things get funky, and when accidentally bringing in a Skadi could work. Like his Buster buff, it’s a 30%, 3T Quick up on a 5T CD. On hit with a Quick card, however, nets you a 30% crit buff for 3 turns (so that’s 90% total, and with his passives, that’s actually around 100% crit damage). This crit buff applies for all cards, meaning you rev him up with some Quick cards for some stars and crit buffs and his Chivalric Code won’t be the only thing getting violated.

Something to note is his Passive, Rudra Avatāra, which grants him passive Buster up (5%), Buster Crit damage (10%), and most importantly, full Mental debuff Immunity , which means he won’t get Charmed, or Confused or Terrorized. The guy’s literally too angry to Sleep too.

Some subjective recs for things:

  • For CE going with the classics like Sumo, Aerial Drive and HNS works, especially since they capitalize on buff types he lacks. If you want his NP to get its 1 HP mod to blow everything to smithereens, then if you have it, Divine Three-Legged Race is the best of the Guts CEs since it increases his NP damage which he cannot do natively, however any others such as Grudge Match work too.
  • For CCs he isn’t terribly CC heavy; some star drop on the Quicks and Gather on Busters work for some damage; you won’t be using the Arts card way too often so I’ve seen people run Magus or any such CC.

Overall, his performance and where he stands in comparison to his peers is debatable, but it doesn’t change the fact that this Furious Fireball has some potent and unique abilities in his kit which can distinguish him from the rest of the competition.


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The God is powerful indeed, that you cannot deny. Nevertheless, there is something nagging you about him. An existence fuelled by a never-ending rage… seems beyond exhausting.

The Priestess’ eyes are knowing. “Let’s keep going.”

The fire’s heat dried your sopping clothes, but even so you feel cold when the temple’s walls grow dark again: the moonlight is so pale and gloomy in comparison to that blazing flame.


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“At last, the Discordant West,” the Priest smirks, “yes, quite discordant. He never could agree with the Gods of his pantheon, this healer, could he? Are you confused of what’s a doctor doing, being revered in a Temple? Yet there were days where Temples were centres of healing and medical sciences. For eons, humans gathered at places of worship to pray and treat away the worst of their illnesses, to gather charity for the sick, to quarantine them in holy places so that they might have had a blessed recovery—and to even prepare the last sacred rites should they not recover.”


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Witness the Healer's Miracles

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You notice with a pang that frustration bleeds from his voice.

“Weren’t healing temples a thing of the unadvanced past, to pray for recovery rather than work toward it?” The creature asks, a bit too smugly for your taste. “Is that what you think, little Childe of Stargazers? A point in fairness, but one in fair misunderstanding. After all, it was in temples that the basis of the Medical Sciences was established. Plus, he is more than your everyday doctor…”

Compact Lore combined with Proper Human History depiction

The Greek God of Medicine, he was the Demigod Son of Apollo and a mortal (either Coronis or Arsione, but the former in Fate), his mother accused of infidelity (true in some renditions, false in others) would be killed by either his father or aunt Artemis, the unborn child in her womb rescued at the last moment by Apollo. Reared in his early years by his Father, who was a God and later by the Centaur Sage, Chiron, he would establish himself as the most prominent and talented Healer of Greece; talented enough to cure death. Yet his talent would lead him to doom, being struck down by Zeus; yet he would rise again, this time a God. His Roman equivalent is Vejovis(though many claim they are not of the same origin).

  • In Fate he makes his dislike of Apollo quite clear, this is by Phoenician tradition correct, as they say Asclepius was never able to get along with his Father. Yet the same tradition and others, make it clear that he is perhaps ironically, the favourite child of the Sun God. The only other one who comes close is Aristaeus, but even then Apollo never gave him any special attention. Demigods in Greek Myths would quite literally kill for the attention and favour of their parents, it is perhaps ironically funny that a demigod so freely given his parent’s favour and attention, would choose to despise it.

  • The Myth of Asclepius’ birth also mentions the reason as to why the Crow is Black. Apollo would learn of his lover’s infidelity through the crow, and depending on the truth of the claim would turn in black immediately (if true) as it brought him bad news, or turn it black later (if false) in rage that it would lie to him. After rescuing their child from his mother’s corpse, Apollo would rear the infant in Delphi (where Asclepius is actually born). The Murals in his temple in Epidaurus depict that the Sun would not rise for 5~7 days, as Apollo was too busy caring for Asclepius, and finally Artemis had to remind him of his duties. But unwilling to leave the child behind in the care of others, he would take the infant on his Sun Chariot across the sky. Once Asclepius was finally old enough, he would be left in the care of Chiron, in Phoenician traditions, Apollo explicitly warns Chiron to not teach him the Arts of War too prominently, as (whether by his prophetic powers or just out of worry) he did not wish his Son to perish in battle. Asclepius would thus master Medicine instead.

  • Asclepius was a natural Archer, due to his heritage, but would practice medicine prominently. But his skills on the Bow would earn him Artemis’ recommendation to the Argo under the Hero Jason. He would earn the name Hepius in his travels on the Argo after healing the eye ailment of the Ruler of Epidaurus, or vice versa, earn the name Asclepius there (depending on which tradition is followed). Most importantly though, he would learn the medical secrets that would enable him to surpass his mentor and father, from either when he would help a snake and in return it would whisper secrets into his ears. Or when, he would accidentally kill a snake, and watch it be revived by another snake placing herbs in its mouth. He would learn to cure death, a skill which would earn him the praise from Artemis and Apollo. Yet, Hades, the God of Underworld, would complain that a mere mortal was encroaching upon his domain, agreeing to Hades’ complaints, Zeus would strike Asclepius dead. yet Apollo could not stand his son’s death, the apple of his eye. Thus he would bargain, not only for his revival, but for Asclepius’ ascension to Godhood, citing, that if he were a God, it would no longer matter that he was encroaching on Hades’ domain, as they were equals now.

  • His skills reflect his life’s myths and achievements. God of Medicine is a reference to his divine position in the Greek Pantheon as primary and specific God of Healing and Medical Sciences. Son of Apollo, not only encapsulates his divine heritage, but also his position as the most favoured Son of Apollo, but perhaps its rank is “only” A, due to Asclepius’ own dislike of his father. Ophiuchus is the Snake and Man Constellation in the Sky, in many traditions, but primarily Roman, the figure represents the healer Asclepius, who learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. To prevent the entire human race from becoming immortal under Asclepius’ care, Jupiter(Zeus in Greek myths) killed him with a bolt of lightning, but later placed his image in the heavens to honor his good works. His Noble Phantasm, is of course, the famous medicine (or an inferior replication of it) that cures death.

  • His Bond CE is Aesculapius, his staff of medicine, with a single snake wrapped around it, both a reference to his myths, and his primary weapon. Snakes were sacred creatures in Ancient Greece, they represent wisdom, healing and immortality, all concepts key to Asclepius. Furthermore, Asclepius’ own nature toward healing that doesn’t inform his patient’s of much is exactly how the doctors in healing temples (of which he was always the patron) operated.


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“A Doctor that resurrects the dead… yet he is a doctor in the end. How can he be a God so revered to earn his place at our altar? Is that what you think, little Master?” The Vendor winks deviously. “My, what a doubting guest we’ve had over. Well, well, leave it to me to explain.”

The Vendor's Selling Points

For being the resident 3* of this banner, he doesn’t fail to pull his weight compared to our other Golden Boys, and once you see his skills, you’ll see that this doc knows how to treat his patients:

  • His skill 3 is already a pretty massive AoE 20% battery with free debuff removal slapped onto it. While it’s sitting on a pretty chunky 7T cooldown, for those who lack a native Helena this is pretty big for farming setups provided you can hit the damage thresholds already.

  • His skill 2 is also pretty neat too; 20-30% NP Gain up and an NP Seal on up to a 6T CD. This pairs really well with his skill 3 to enable some looping on his own, or to help a slower team get their NPs faster. The NP Seal is also a nice touch for getting up a protective NP or skill

  • While at first glance his S1 isn’t too special, being a 3k Heal at lv 1 is extremely significant for an uninvested heal, capping off at a chunky 5k at lv 10. That’s more than half the HP of some 3*s, and with that 50% Debuff resistance you can worry a bit less about enemies bogging you down with ailments. On a 5 turn cooldown, this skill is a nice heal in a pinch.

Now you may be thinking, “So this the guy that made Iri file for unemployment?” on a team, you bet. His heal is on the same CD while healing more and his NP OC at base heals the same amount as an NP5 Irisviel over 3 turns, while his Guts scaling with NP level starts and ends on the same HP level as Iri’s Overcharge, plus he provides NP Gain Up, a 20% battery and Debuff cleanse/Immunity on his kit.

The thing is tho, the Good Doc definitely helps his patients but he doesn’t check himself; the guy’s got 0 hard survival as his Guts is not self-applicable, unlike Irisviel’s which can also make her viable for meme solos.

Just some opinions to share:
CE recommendations: Prisma Cosmos is nice to keep the NP train going and synergizes with a slow team, or you can go for Volumen or something similar if you want him to live to get off an NP. Likewise, you can opt-in for a scope to start him off with a T1 NP if you think it’s worth it. Another cool tech you could use is equipping Vessel of the Saint, which not only stops any T1 debuffs from ruining your vibes but also helps out his NP gain.

For Command Codes it doesn’t matter since he’s almost exclusively team support, but slapping on support codes like the Bride CC we got in Valentine’s can work.

Overall he might be a Snake Doctor, but he’s no Quack. He can absolutely keep you and your team healthy, and his first two stages are mask-on if you’re worried about mask etiquette, and keeps your teams from contracting beatdowns. Though one has to wonder why he needs 21 Eggs for his breakfast Omelet…


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Four directions, four sacred deities. A Temple squirreled on a Misty Mountain on a moonlit rainy night… You can’t help but wonder…

“Is all this real? Or is it just my mind imagining things?” the Priest voices your thoughts, amused, “You sure do wonder strange things, Curious Guest.”

“Why can’t it be real even if you are just imagining it? I swear you faraway humans think such strange notions of reality,” the goggle-eyed creature sniffs, annoyed. You blink, feeling… not quite there. As if in a dream, or a dream within a dream. Has it always been this distant?

It’s not raining anymore. Clear moonlight pours from outside, bathing the temple residents in a nacreous sheen.

“It seems it’s almost time for you to find your way back, little stargazer. Pity.” You hear a smile in the Priest’s voice. Are you leaving? Where are you going? Just yet—suddenly, you don’t want to go.

“Aw, did you grow fond of us, old temple acolytes? Ah, but you can’t stay, can you? You have a journey ahead, after all.” The Vendor chuckles, offering you a booklet. “This is a one-time deal! If you must remember this old temple, have this. Having been such a gracious guest, I’m sure the Gods shall hear and answer your prayers, as long as you pray at the correct time.”

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“You will have two weeks, so don’t waste them,” the Priestess warns, “the sky has cleared. The stars are calling you home. Hear their voice, and you’ll be able to return home.”

Your gaze grows hazy, so much that you cannot tell their faces apart. A kind male voice whispers in your ears, soothingly, and a dam in your mind breaks free.

The Southern God, Arjuna…

“You’ve gone far, too far from home. Far enough to forget even, haven’t you? You’ve seen this God, remember, lost child? The Final God atop his Perfect Cyclic World?”


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LB4 Spoilers: Arjuna, The Final Dark God

One who claimed to be a perfect being. One who was hailed to be an almighty overseer. He who judges and brings about his own concept of justice, cleansing evil in his wake. As a transcendent, far and disconnected from humans. And yet… when all faces, memories and emotions are laid bare…a being so human. An Arjuna consumed by guilt and doubt–darkness from the remnants of the Kurukshetra war. A broken hero who abandoned himself, humanity and the world. With divine powers in his grasp, set forth for an ideal that was never meant to be…

“The world cannot rid itself of evil on its own. So if the world won’t do it… someone else will have to. And if no one else is willing… that leaves only me.”

The Eastern God, Karna…

“Does this elude you as well, Master lost in their dreams? The Warrior who stood by you, certainly you ought to remember by now? The Hero of…”


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LB4Spoilers: The Hero Of Benefaction

Opening his eyes to a once familiar yet eerie land, his name as a hero sung far and wide, now forgotten. But what mattered most was his calling. There he found such purpose and a name of power so familiar as the cause. Once again laying everything, he drew his spear, only to understand that his divine armor’s protection brought hope for salvation. Hope in exchange for downfall to the abyss… Yet the stroke of fate had yet reached out its hand once again. One more chance. One more. This time to call to the man who lost his sight and reveal his true self. To stand as equals in what seemed like eons ever since…

“Once I transform myself into the life’s radiance, this gold will no longer be my armor. It will merely be a sign that I am burning bright as the sun, here where you can see it.”

The Raging God of the North, Asvatthama…

“My, my, what forgetful a stargazer, are you? Forget a man that brilliant and blazing, that screaming and raging? Certainly, he is familiar…”


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The Warrior was all Rage

Hero of the Kurukshetra War. Servant to Scandinavia Peperoncino. Lokapala . Setting his sights to this new chapter of conflict in his homeland, he rages on. A new life and perhaps a new hope, but what was found again was a cursed destiny, burdened by sins lost in time. Trapped in a prison of pain and suffering, he can only scream. He can only bring destruction for that glimpse of doubtful reprieve. And yet, in this turmoil of an existence, answers can be found. The man known as Ashvatthaman could reclaim his lost self. Once again be hailed a hero. And once again answer a contract abandoned…

“I let my fury swallow me whole until I was nothing more than a beast… a vessel of pure rage. To put it in another way… that was the moment Ashvatthaman became no more than anger incarnate.”

The Western God of Medicine, Asclepius…

“You forget even someone who heals you, from death even. Is it not a bit beyond forgetful Dreaming Stargazer? About time to recall, do you not think so?”


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The Man the Healed even Death

Hailed as the hero who pursued the progress of medicine, the man had set foot in a foreign land shaped by the hands of a god as his pillar. Lokapala. Given the title despite his reservations of the gods, he accepted for belief. Belief that this time, a world where the cruelty, evil and arrogance that trampled on him and his dreams once will be vanquished. A world ripe for his passion. Yet he asked for what was beyond his person. Awakened from his own foolery, with his own miracle, he set out to cure this world’s cancer. And so, for the last time, he remembered where his hopes had begun…

“Humans… Mankind… Carry on my work. Travel the path others have blazed. There is no need to fear failure. Casting aside excellence may be foolish, but it is no less to cast failure aside. For anything that continues to evolve will always be defective when compared to the future.”

“Wha—” you babble, flailing around to look for the kind man or even those strange temple members. Memories rush into you as the scenery melts into nothingness, the last of the acolytes’ words ringing in your ears.

“We are but devotees, forget us. The Gods, they will come soon. Welcome them, Master of Chaldea. Welcome them warmly to your faraway observatory and treasure them…”

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It is finally time to awaken, Humanity’s Last Master, your new servants await.

You snap your eyes open, the remnants of your dream slip through your fingers like water. You vaguely wonder—what was it all about…?

Neighhhh.

Subsequent screams have you jolting from your bed, Red Hare’s neigh the loudest of them all. In what kind of mess have your dear Servants gotten in this time?

Fin


All the best Masters~

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Afterword

Hello everyone! First things in order: thank you for reading our little story! We’d planned to aim for the roll thread for a while, and wanted to make it special, since the characters in it are very dear to us. But we struggled a bit on how to connect all the aspects we wanted to showcase (lore, gameplay, art, character love). In the end, we managed to tie everything together with a story.

We know it’s very text-heavy, hence the cuts, but we’re very happy with the result. It was a really fun project to do and we enjoyed it very much. We only hope we’ve done the characters right and that you may have enjoyed the post as well. Thank you so much!

Credits

The Little Creature of Lore: @Deadsocialskills (lore, dialogues and organization)
The Capable Vendor/Bookkeeper of the Temple: @Tac_Tacc (gameplay reviews)
The Mystical Priestess: @cinnamon_cheshire (art research, organization and descriptions)
The Amused Priest: @gott_ist_tot (Story Relevance and Overall Planning)
The Dream Navigating Voice: @zackedzzz (Story Relevance and Overall Planning).

And of course to you dear reading for participating. If you guess who are the characters in the story, have a :cookie:! :fgo_pancakeslmao:

Good luck everyone, may you have the best results in this banner!

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Wow, what an extraordinary thread!
Good job everyone, this is really something! :fgo_jeannyes:

And most importantly, I wish the very best of luck to all of you out there who will roll for AA, Ash, Asclepius and/or Karna!
May you all be successful and share happy stories of your lucky rolls!
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:catlove:

Let’s hope we are indeed Blessed by L’Inde.

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That’s quite the roll thread. I’m going to need to give it a better read through than I can now. You’ve got actual dates on the schedule, are those officially announced anywhere or still guessed based on 1wk after part 1?

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All guessed, based on the assumption the banner will drop today (and JP schedule). In case there is a change we’ll edit it!

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Chessie guessed them, based on JP schedule.

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It’s so rich and deep. Truly, a roll thread to put all roll threads to shame. :fgo_wow:

I vote Chessie, DSS, and Tic Tac make every roll thread from now on into a story-rich experience. :fgo_meltbirb:

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:fgo_lipburrito:

I think we’ll not do them Justice or go insane in the process

Also glad the Professor approves!

:fgo_moriartysmile:

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Insanity is just commitment to a different plane of existence. :fgo_insane:

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:fgo_lipburrito:

You wish us dead or mad, dearest Professor?

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As if I had the time…

This was everyone’s effort though (including Gott and Zack) and well, we don’t quite hold the same love for other banners. I’ll becontent if most people can enjoy this :fgo_ereshlove: we just wanted to honour the Servants in this banner.

Also the Priest has his own Kama temple but we didn’t have time to include it in the story lol.

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The Kama’s cult’s branch in the L’Inde Cult

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If Arjuna Alter was like Jalter and came twice a year I wouldn’t have batted an eye for this banner. But the fact that I’m regretting not rolling for Kama makes me compelled to roll for him since this is his only banner.

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Perhaps…

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Speaking of madness, though…

10 hours left! :fgo_gaooo:

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SOON

:fgo_insane:

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Bravo!!! What a thread. I really felt a like only will undermine the efforts that went into making this thread as well as the awesomeness of it. So i will leave this comment as a token of appreciation to the creators. Well done guys, kudos to you!!!

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Absolutely incredible roll thread!

Great job everyone!

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