Spoiler for Servant Stats:
Alignment: Lawful Good
True Name: ‘Archer’
Noble Phantasm: C
Independent Action: E
Materialization for 30 turns.
Impossible Knowledge: C+
Archer has knowledge from the depths of the Kaleidoscope and alternate realities. He is aware of things which he would otherwise unable to know. Due to his nature, Archer is also resistant to any effect which would expose him to the overwhelming amounts of information.
Divine Words: E
Archer possesses a form of the same kind of language that casters from the Age of the Gods used. This skill is similar to High Speed Divine Words, but is lesser, requiring more language to achieve the same effect. At this rank it is a basic understanding of the language, much like someone in elementary school. Even so, it allows the user to cast spells beyond their prana capacity.
The user can see into infrared and ultraviolet with his left eye.
Archer has a basic understanding of modern magecraft, and is able to perform Reinforcement and Structural Analysis.
The Force: C-
Archer may tap into the web of the life force around him without converting it into mana or prana. As there is not as much of a connection between all life as the reality in which he gained this skill, it is ranked down and provides the Instinct and Telekinesis skills at only E rank.
Lightsaber: A-Rank Anti-Personnel
Whether from a far flung past or a far off potential future, this weapon is one for a more refined age. When inactive, it is merely an 8-inch long metal cylinder, but when activated a beam of intense light extends one meter from it. This beam is a monomolecular, superheated plasma chainsaw capable of cutting through nearly anything. A weapon built by Archer, for Archer, it is greatest in his hands. While he wields the weapon, he increases the Instinct granted by his Force skill by one rank.
Energy Shields: E+++-Rank Defense
Archer possesses temporary energy shields which he may activate, creating a barrier of solidified plasma in the air between him and an attack. Attacks below a certain threshold do nothing, but any attack above that threshold pierces the shield, causing it to dissipate, though the attack’s damage is reduced by one rank. These shields may only be used five times each before their internal battery runs out, though they may be layered. This potential layering is the cause of the +’s on the ranks. Archer possesses three of these shields.
Archer is summoned with his armor and equipment from Star Wars, but also his spellbook. Still breaks a leg upon summoning though.
He still sucks mounds of ass as a Servant, and comes across miles more as a Caster than an Archer, but Rin has a hard time believing he’s not a Servant. Just a shit one.
Cue her dragging him into fights because of the argument and her temper getting the better of her?
He has a run-in with Lancer at the school, with a combination of his Force-granted instinct, the variable length of his Lightsaber, his blasters, and magically pushing himself to his limits, he barely avoids getting killed in the first exchange (and has an unpleasant surprise that Noble Phantasms can break through his lightsaber, de-activating it). However, the appearance of Shirou distracts the Hound and sends him off. Cue the classic introduction to the War for Shirou. Archer is damn insistent though that they take Shirou home and protect him after repairing his heart.
Cue summoning of Saber.
When they go to register Saber, Berserker appears. Archer is actually able to take two lives, one with an overcharged grenade and the other with his lightsaber, causing Illya to pull back when Archer starts to pull out another weapon.
Cue Rin yelling at him about saying he couldn’t fight and Archer snapping back that he’s out of tricks! He doesn’t have anything else that can kill Berserker and has used up all of his shields against Lancer, his lightsaber is broken, he’s badly hurt from his fight with Lancer, and he’s out of magic. So no, no he can’t
The group holes up at Shirou’s place for a while as Archer heals up. He practices his magic some, though Rin convinces Shirou and Saber to help her rescue Sakura.
They return with Sakura and Rider, which is pretty cool! Though Archer is worried. His arm is finally healed, but he has to hold it against his side or it aches. With Rin’s help, Archer figures out how to use his Circuits and Reinforcement to recharge his equipment, though he can, and does, repair his lightsaber on his own. Archer makes sure to get a hold of notes on magic in the Nasuverse as well as greater knowledge of the theory behind Thaumaturgy. He tries to reconcile that with the magical theory he’s learned from his Baldur’s Gate party.
Shirou gets kidnapped by Illya, between Sakura-powered Rider, a properly supplied Saber, and Archer supporting them, they break Shirou out. They have a confrontation with Berserker and Archer can’t get back fast enough, he nearly gets cut in two by Berserker, though his shields save him from being bisected. , though by overcharging his Blaster Rifle he takes another of Berserkers lives. Bellephron takes two. And cue Excalibur.
Archer dies from his wounds?
?? (Jesus christ, thought: If Saber could be talked into it, letting Archer enchant her armor, equipment, and her, what happens to the war then when she’s summoned properly in the first place?)Results:
Death, definitely death.
---Baldur's Gate (Faueron)
Archer is summoned in the middle of a forest away from everyone else by the protagonist… who asks him more calmly why he hadn’t told him/her. And he tells her him/her that it wouldn’t have helped and it would have hurt him/her… but also because he was scared and didn’t know what to do.
“I am not
happy with you.”
“I know, and I’m sorry.”
The young demigod sighed, “Are there any other
major revelations I need to know about?”
“Well… Imoen’s a Bhaalspawn as well.”
“Yeah, that one you wouldn’t have found out for probably a year and at a bad time at that.”
A groan, “Any other
wonderful surprises from the future?”
“… if this goes the way the games did, you’ll have a chance to ascend to godhood after beating up the strongest of your siblings? Also, your divine power has the potential to take you over in certain circumstances which may or may not come to pass. That’s… really about it.”
It was only after a slow, calming breath that they spoke again, “Alright, you’re not forgiven yet, but I’m willing to let you travel with us again.”
I smiled, “That’s all I can ask for. How long has it been anyways?”
“… well fuck.”
No, seriously, that’s a legit plot point, the main villain sends assassins after the protagonist occasionally.
Viconia, the Drow (dark elf) party member flirts with Archer as she does with any competent man… and Archer rolls with it, embarrassed and flattered as hell but no way he’s going to not at least give it a shot. Nothing comes of it at the time, but it’s a delightful change of pace for Archer.
It takes a while longer before Archer is forgiven by the protagonist, though the others do a bit more easily. They progress further through the game, pausing to gather resources. Archer shows a trick when he figures out how to use Reinforcement to create gemstones from raw materials… and suddenly money problems are non-existent.
With a much expanded spellbook and equipment, the group heads until they reach the final boss… a demigod that if it weren’t for the limitations of the game mechanics would probably be Servant-tier. So… yeah. That’s not a fun fight. Especially since said demigod has backup.
They win, barely, and the demigod Saerevok begins to dissolve into golden motes of light as all Bhaalspawn do upon death and Archer expected…. But instead of floating off into the universe and off to hell, the motes rush Archer and force themselves inside him in excruciating pain.
Archer has no clue! He’s gotten stronger and more competent, there’s trouble in the only group of friends he truly has, and while they solve it, at the end as the reach the final conflict of the game… he suddenly has what happen to him? (In truth, his fragmented soul desperately grabbed on to the strong one nearby before it guttered out and used it to patch itself up)
---Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[/i]
Archer replaces Revan once again, but no one knows him. He still has his artificial left eye though… He occasionally lets this slip, but he’s able to pass it off as a concussion of sorts, and later, the Force. Without the equipment he’d started to get used to, Archer goes out of his way to get it again, this time making sure to pick up a Vibroblade as well to allow him to actually block when fighting Servants or other things.
Readers might note that he’s losing his southern accent.
Archer focuses hard on not letting himself fall to the Dark Side, using logic and his own good nature. It’s far more difficult than he’d like, especially with the nightmares and the… joy
he feels at killing. Before it was a disgusting and revolting thing that he cringed from, something he hated doing even when necessary, but now a part of him sings
when he takes a life, when one ends.
This time, Archer can feel the planet die as it is bombarded, it makes him cringe as they fly off, but a part of him rejoices and actually is empowered… which horrifies him.
Archer has nightmares of an ocean of blood, of a demon of spikes and teeth and claws rising from it and trying to drag him down into it. Archer begins to suspect that he somehow absorbed Saerevok’s Bhaalspawn spark… which simultaneously amazes, horrifies, and confuses him. He doesn’t know how that happened.
The group gets to Dantoine and trains with the Jedi masters. Thankfully, the Jedi Masters expect Archer to learn the Force quickly, and Archer is able to bluff himself through to more advanced classes as well as find time to study the technology, creating a new set of armor with a built in fusion generator and energy shields. He ghetto-rigs the thing to be able to run off of a normal, breathable atmosphere, but rather inefficiently.
The team/party he has gathered heads out, first to Kashyk, the home of the Wookies. This time when Archer meets the ‘dragon’, he tears it a new one, focusing his use of the Force inwards and relying on his experience (both in straight combat as well as fighting with marginal Force Instinct) to beat its ass. Archer makes sure to clean the kill and take a lot of materials from it for magical purposes, using magic subtly to preserve them.
At one point, he nearly kills a fool for a trivial reason, stopping himself at the last minute.
Next they head to Tatooine and Archer picks up HK-47, an amusing Assassin droid. Archer also builds himself two more lightsabers to hide in his sleeves, he adds blasters to the back of his gauntlets and various other tricks to his armor… and generally just overcompensates. Pretty much every other party member thinks this is excessive, though HK-47 approves. Archer just says he prefers to be prepared, but admits to himself that he’s just freaking terrified of having to fight Servants and doesn’t like putting himself at risk in the first place.
Problem is, he can’t just sit aside while other people are hurt. He has no shame or fear when standing up for others or trying to make them smile. It was never a big deal before, but he realizes that he’s the one in charge, and he’s the one who has to make the decisions.
He starts to grow closer to his party members, thinking he might be here long enough to really get to know them.
Taking a chance, he leads the group to Korriban, he takes the more lightside members with him to help keep himself centered. It’s still a struggle to keep himself… well… him and not Revan, but he manages despite the added difficulty of the surging blood of the god of murder. Archer is surprisingly capable in the Academy and picks up what it teaches very easily as well as the backstabbing politics. It kind of surprises him how good he is at that.
Archer takes out the headmasters through betrayal… and manages to keep control of himself! Though the surging power of the Dark Side makes it hard.
He starts to head out of the Sith Academy… only to find that one of his crew, one of his friends, had been killed in an attempt to ‘get back at the high and mighty new guy’, a young T’weilek named Mission.
Archer can’t help himself. He tears the offenders limbs off entirely before electrocuting him to death with Force Lightning… and then the rest of the Academy picks up on the fact that he killed the headmasters and gangs up on him and his team… and Archer is already too far gone. Revan surges up and tries to absorb Archer, but is once again shunted out.Result:
Archer has greatly improved his equipment and has gotten further training, but he’s struggling with a literal Dark Side that is suddenly shoved onto him. He starts to appreciate and befriend his companions, only for them to die horribly. Despite his comparatively immense power, Archer has been unable to do anything of note. This is more of a breaking of his spirit than of his body.
---Rosario + Vampire
Archer wakes up… in a hospital bed…?
… wait, what?
His waking and looking around wakes the girls that were nearby to keep watch over him. They’re all happy he’s alright, which flatters him, but he’s confused. He was certain he was dead and admits as such to them, though he doesn’t say why
he’s sure… that he’s died before and he knows the feeling.
It turns out that Moka had given him an injection of her blood which had literally saved him from the brink of death.
Well what the fuck.
Archer’s not complaining mind you, but still, very confused.
Still, he returns to school with the others. More battles ensue, two more getting (but not really requiring) injections of vampire blood to keep him going. At one point, one of the girls that he had become friends with specifically to try and keep her from falling for a teacher… falls for that teacher. Archer nearly panics and rushes off upon finding this out… and arrives in time to find the teacher attempting to molest her as he feared.
To say that Archer is furious would be an understatement.
Through a combination of burgeoning vampiric strength, the power of a demigod, and the Dark Side of the Force he quite literally rips the kraken limb from limb. There’s no strategy, no coherence, just snarls and rage at the one who dared hurt one of his own. He crushes the teacher’s torso at the last, ignoring his screams as he ends its life… and then turns to Mizore, the threatened girl and checks if she’s alright.
In his mind, there’s no switch, it’s natural. From nearly mindless fury to concern and soft words in an instant and it doesn’t even register.
This is not normal. If he’d been called on it, he might have realized it and addressed it, analyzed his thought processes and tried to fix himself… but these are not humans, these are monsters, and it is almost as natural a reaction to them as it is to him.
This also gets him a stalker in the girl he saved. Very awkward.
He comes into very
direct conflict with the Disciplinary squad, which is one of the most powerful groups on campus, which brings Archer into direct conflict with a Four Tailed Kitsune. That fight does not
go well for Archer, he injures his opponent, but then gets completely roasted.Result:
Archer giving in to his darker sides and gaining vampiric blood, it shows a contrast between monster society and human society, but also shows that Archer is picking up some of monster society as well. Loses =
---Familiar of Zero
Another summoning… by another Tsundere… though this one is even shorter. Joys.
Archer is massively more competent than Saito, and between his armor, sword, guns, and unusual eyes, he’s rather interesting to the other students, though they still deride Louise for summoning him. He becomes the Gandálfr, and casts a spell on himself to allow him to speak the language, though subtly. He doesn’t know this series worth a damn, but he tries to teach his silly little master and help her grow as a person. He’s infinitely patient with her, though he has to hold in the snark.
He makes sure to warn her that she may need to summon him again.
He goes along, being himself, becoming friends with the staff as they’re far easier to get used to than the nobility.
When Guiche tries to push off his problems on a maid, Archer takes exemption to that. As he expected, when he wields a weapon, his power increases by a degree of magnitude. The noble doesn’t stand a chance and Archer can’t help but berate him on his lack of true honor. Archer doesn’t consider himself to have honor, but damnit, if you say you have it you should at least treat it properly. This is a guy who just cut brass golems in half. With a knife
. Telling a noble off about honor and arrogance. He makes a little bit of an impression.
Louise takes him a bit more seriously after that; and Archer takes the chance to just talk with her, he talks a lot of philosophy, but also about what their ‘relationship’ is going to be. She is the Master and he the Servant, but she needs to give him appropriate respect due his station just as he must her.
Louise grumbles that he has a limp, visible scars, always holds his left arm close, and is relatively short… but he doesn’t look like a commoner at least. His outfit and armor are obviously the work of a master craftsman.
Archer settles in to his role as Louise’ Servant. He doesn’t mind being her manservant and rather enjoys working with the other staff… when he gets dragged off by Kirche’s familiar he mostly ignores her. She’s attractive, sure, but Archer’s seen better and he’s a fair bit older than she is. Also, he’s used to an equally developed succubus
throwing herself at him (quite literally), so… whoop-dee-doo.
Louise insists on getting Archer a sword, and Archer picks up Derflinger, the anti-magic sentient blade. Kirche and Tabitha both get Archer something as well, a giant (ornamental) blade and a folding polearm.
Some more time passes, with Archer striving to keep himself in shape (or even improve his conditioning) as well as working with his magic as well as helping Louise improve hers as best he can. It’s difficult since he doesn’t really understand their system of magic, but he works on it. But one night, when he falls asleep, he fades from existence.Results:
Archer gains both a new ‘class’ as well as an Anti-magic blade, but also showcases another side of him, the ‘adult’ in contrast to children, acting something more like a second father or a big brother to Louise than a lover.