For all of you excited about Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower being back in theaters this week, let’s take a look into the stories behind the many Servants featured in the movie. Each of these characters carries with them beautiful and somewhat tragic tales, so let’s take a quick look at the legend behind some of the Servants from the beloved Fate series that started it all, Fate/stay night.
Lancer /Cú Chulainn
A hero in popular Irish mythology. Cú Chulainn appears in the Ulster Cycle. Born from a mortal woman and a deity, Cú Chulainn exhibited knowledge, strength, and supernatural abilities. His many adventures take him to places like the “Land of Shadows,” where he trains under a powerful sorceress named Scáthach and learns how to wield the demonic spear that would become his signature weapon Gaé Bolg. Cú Chulainn distinguishes himself among all others with his sense of honor and his prowess on the battlefield. Ireland still honors this mythical character with statues and poetry about his many heroic deeds.
The legend goes that Sasaki Kojirou was a handsome master swordsman who created his own sword fighting style known as “Ganryu.” His weapon of choice was a longsword known as Monohoshi Zao. Not content with creating his own style, Sasaki Kojirou also perfected his secret sword technique known as Tsubame Gaeshi. Word of his fighting style and technique spread and swordsmen all over the country feared him. It is said that he found his equal in Miyamoto Musashi, whom he dueled with at Funajima Island.
Heracles is considered to be the most illustrious hero in Greek mythology. Born from the god Zeus and a mortal woman by the name of Alcmene, Heracles was a demigod. His courage, strength and ingenuity are highlighted in many exciting tales in which our hero prevailed against all odds to complete his famous labors. Aside from his physical prowess, Heracles was also passionate and loyal to those that he called friends. He would stand up for them, and in some cases, put himself in harm’s way to make sure they were safe.
The daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis and the granddaughter of the sun god Helios. Medea is known as a powerful sorceress and a priestess of the goddess Hecate. Her story connects her to the hero Jason, who she falls in love with and promises to help obtain the mythical Golden Fleece with the condition that Jason takes her as his wife. With that promise, Medea does everything in her power to make sure Jason succeeds. The two go on many adventures together, but eventually part ways in Corinth when another woman by the name of Glauce catches his eye. Medea is spurned, but she continues without him.
The king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk. This title was given to him because some believe that Gilgamesh is mankind’s earliest hero. His tales of great heroic feats seem to be the template for many different mythological stories around the world. These stories featured his best friend Enkidu, whom he loved and adored.
According to legend, Medusa was a beautiful maiden and sister to Stheno and Euryale. She had many suitors, however, it was the god Poseidon who forcefully had his way with her in the temple of Athena. This act enraged the jealous Athena, so she turned the fair maiden into a creature with snakes for hair and a hideous face that would turn onlookers into stone. She was eventually defeated by the hero Perseus and her head was used as part of Athena’s shield. In some stories, a Pegasus springs forth from her severed neck.
The legendary King of Britain who fought the invading Anglo-Saxons during the 5th or early 6th century. The stories of King Arthur have been a favorite of many for some time. The tales of his heroic deeds, his mighty sword Excalibur, the Knights of the Round Table, the magician Merlin, and his love for Queen Guinevere and Lancelot have been told many times over. The Arthurian tales seem to be broken into two different types: ones that are focused on his heroic deeds and others that delve into the lore and his love with Queen Guinevere. With both tales we are given an account of a king who not only wanted the best for his people but was compassionate and caring to those he held dear.
Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I.presage flower returns to U.S. theaters this week!