Shirou (thought): It’s as if she melts into the silence of this place // like clear water. // If I fight alongside her, // I surely won’t take the wrong path.
Chapter 13: Day 4 / The Holy Grail War and its Origins 2
Saber: I see you’ve woken up, // Shirou.
Shirou: Ah…Yeah. I woke up just now. // Saber, what are you doing here?
Saber: I was resting my body. // I don’t have the skill to treat your injuries, so I decided to rest myself to stay in perfect condition, at least.
Shirou (thought): Calm down…! // What am I getting so flustered for—!? // It’s true that she’s incredibly beautiful // and she’s wearing a very girlish outfit. // (small text) Where did her armor go? // But I didn’t come looking for Saber just to stay silent like this. // —All right.
Shirou: Saber, do you have a moment?
Shirou: This is the first chance we’ve had to have a proper talk…
Saber: Shirou. // Before that, // there’s something I’d like to say regarding what you did last night.
Shirou: Last night?
Shirou (thought): Did I do something…?
Saber: Yes. // Shirou…It’s troubling to have my Master do something like that. // Battle is my domain, so please stick to your own role. // I can’t protect you if you run off and die in vain.
Shirou: W-What’re you saying? // If I hadn’t acted back then, you would have been killed.
Saber: In that case, I would merely disappear. // There’s no reason for you to have gotten wounded.
Saber: Even when we Servants die, we merely return to our original place. // But there’s no next time for a human Master like you if you die. // Please try not to act so foolhardily again.
Shirou: —Don’t be ridiculous! // How could I do nothing when you were bleeding so badly…? // I don’t need a reason to save a girl!
Shirou (thought): Uh…? // I feel like I just said something really inappropriate…
Shirou: I-In any case, I owe you for carrying me back home. // Thanks.
Saber: It’s only natural for a Servant to protect their Master, but I appreciate your thanks. // You’re quite polite, Shirou.
Shirou: That’s not quite it… // But more importantly, can I get back to what I wanted to talk about?
Shirou: I only summoned you by sheer coincidence. // As you know, I’m an amateur magus… // Are you fine with an inexperienced Master like me?
Saber: Of course. // Since we’ve forged a contract, I am now your sword. // And you are my Master. // However, Shirou, I won’t allow my Master to suffer defeat.
Saber: If you have no chance of winning, I’ll create that chance for you. // I will make use of all possible methods and obtain the Holy Grail for you.
Shirou: — // Saber, do you want the Holy Grail for yourself too…?
Saber: Yes… From the start, we Servants answer the grail’s summons for that very reason. // Only the Servant of the winning Master in the Holy Grail War // can have the Holy Grail grant their wish as compensation.
Shirou: …Wait a minute.
Shirou: You said “all possible methods”. // Does that mean you’ll do whatever it takes to win…? // For example, // involving innocent people—
Kirei (flashback): That great fire which killed over five hundred people // was one of the scars of the Holy Grail War.
Rin (flashback): Masters of inferior ability // tend to make their Servants devour humans.
Saber: Shirou, that isn’t a possible method for me. // I only take actions that I approve of. // Hurting unarmed people— // goes against my oath as a knight.
Saber: However, if my Master orders me to do so, I will have no choice but to comply. // Though in that case, you will have to use a Command Spell as compensation for trampling over my will.
Shirou (thought): …Thank goodness.
Shirou: Don’t worry. // I will never make you do such a thing.
Shirou (thought): Saber isn’t a cold-blooded killer—
Shirou: Sorry…I insulted you without realizing it.
Saber: Ah…No, I was too quick to jump to conclusions as well. // You’ve done nothing wrong, Shirou. // Please raise your head.
Shirou: Eh? Ah. // I just reflexively apologized…
Shirou (thought): Ah, she smiled. // I don’t know why…but whatever.
Shirou: Then…can I ask you another question? // I still don’t fully understand the nature of you and the other Servants. // I can tell that // “Saber”, “Lancer” and the like aren’t your real names, but…
Saber: Yes, that’s correct. // This is a good opportunity. I’ll give you a general outline.
Saber: Seven Servants are summoned in the Holy Grail War in Fuyuki. // Seven Heroic Spirits are chosen according to seven “classes” prepared by the Holy Grail—they are // “Saber”, “Archer”, “Lancer”, “Rider”, “Caster”, “Assassin”, and “Berserker”. // Heroic Spirits are heroes who possessed extraordinary abilities in life and ascended to the level of spirits after death. // The more famous they are, the stronger the Servant is, but conversely, this means their weakness are widely known as well, // so it’s custom to call Servants by their class names to avoid revealing their true identities—
Shirou: In other words… You were summoned as Saber because you’re a Heroic Spirit skilled with the sword?
Saber: Yes. // There are Heroic Spirits who have multiple attributes, // but I can proudly say that there is no one superior to me when it comes to the sword.
Saber: However, that is also the weak point of the Saber class. // I’m strong in battle, but unsuited to trickery and scheming. // On the other hand, there are Servants who are weak in close combat but excel in other areas. // For examples, the Assassin class has the skill to erase to erase their presence from detection, // and the Caster class is well versed in magecraft that does not exist in this era. // Additionally, we Servants have “Noble Phantasms”. // They are unique and powerful weapons that belong exclusively to each Heroic Spirit and our trump cards in the Holy Grail War—
Shirou: Like Lancer’s spear…?
Saber: Yes…That spear displayed its true power as a Noble Phantasm when Lancer poured prana into it and spoke its true name. // The cursed spear Gae Bolg— // Lancer’s true identity is the great hero of Celtic myth, Cu Chulainn.
Saber: No matter what kind of Servant they are, as long as they are a Heroic Spirit, // they will possess a weapon that gives them the chance to deal a fatal blow—That is what a Noble Phantasm is.
Shirou: Then, Saber, // is your Noble Phantasm that invisible sword?
Saber: …That’s correct. // About that, I’d like to make a request of you, Shirou.
Saber: It’s about my true name. // Normally, I would reveal my true name to my Master alone in order to formulate countermeasures together. // However, you’re inexperienced as a magus. // A skilled magus could read your thoughts—so…
Shirou: You don’t want to tell me your name, right?
Shirou: Yeah, you’ve got a point there. // If I were placed under hypnosis, I would probably blab out any secrets… // All right, let’s do that. I’ll leave the use of your Noble Phantasm to your judgement, Saber.
Saber: Ah…umm, really? // (small text) That was so easy…
Shirou: Really. // I properly thought it over before agreeing to it, so don’t worry about it. // (small text) I didn’t agree to it lightly.
Saber: Though it was simplified, that covers everything I need to explain.
Shirou: Yeah, I understand the gist of it now. Sorry for the trouble, Saber.
Saber: There’s no need to apologize. // If you understand the situation, we should now decide what to do next.
Shirou (thought): I see…Saber’s the same as Tohsaka— // She’s the type to attack before being attacked.
Shirou: Hmm… We could wait and see how things unfold for a while… but this isn’t a situation where we can afford to do so. // I’d like to at least search for the other Masters in order to prevent the outbreak of any victims… // Hey, Saber, do Masters and Servants have some kind of distinguishing mark? // I can’t properly react unless I at least notice the enemy’s presence before being attacked.
Saber: Servants can detect the presence of other Servants if they’re nearby. // Also…Yes, how about you follow the traces of prana that Masters leak out?
Shirou: Sorry…I can’t do anything so skillful. // I didn’t even notice Tohsaka was a magus after being in the same school with her for two years. // (small text) Though it shames me // to admit it.
Saber: I see…
Shirou (thought): This is bad… I decided to fight, but I don’t even know who the other Masters are. // (small text in brackets) Beside Tohsaka
Shirou: …Walking aimlessly around town seems dangerous. // And I’m also concerned about that girl Illya—
Saber: Illya…? // Shirou, is there something about Berserker’s Master that bothers you?
Shirou: Ah, no…I’m just wondering why she’s targeting us— // That wasn’t the first time I encountered her—and, umm, // I also recall hearing the name “Einzbern” before.
Shirou: Saber, // do you perhaps know the Einzberns?
Saber: I do. // Right back at you, do you know about the Einzberns, Shirou?
Shirou: Well… I only heard their name once. // Some unrelated guy asked me, “Is the daughter of the Einzberns doing well?”
Saber: I see…Then you haven’t heard anything. // This too is likely some kind of fate. // If you want to know about the Einzberns, you should visit the church again.