Let’s get out there and save the world.
Cu Chulainn has a Prototype appearance in the Fate series. His role can be seen in Fate/Extella, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Prototype, and Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver. Still summoned in the Lancer Class, Cu is a younger version of himself, said to be about 20 years old. Because of his immature nature and younger body, Cu has a different outlook on the world than "the other one" does. It becomes hard for him to accept that the world is unfair, which pushes him to be as just as he can in the world. His love for battle gets him into a bit of trouble from time to time, but he continues to fight for what he believes is right.
FATE/GRAND ORDER (MOBILE GAME)The following information will continuously grow as my Lancer (Prototype) grows in the Fate/Grand Order Mobile Game. As Cu's Prototype version is my favorite, I decided to level him to 90 with some Holy Grails! He is one of my most used heroic spirits in the game.
ID: 20 | | RARITY: THREE STARS
CURRENT LVL: 90 | | MAX LVL: 70
MAX HP: 13,491 | | MAX ATK: 9,748 | | COST 7
CURRENT BOND LVL: 9/10 (Next: 180,051)
GAE BOLG: NP LVL 5/5
In Celctic mythology and the Ulster Cycle, there is a great hero who stands above all. A "Child of Light" born of the blood of the Sun God, Lugh. Also known as the Guard-Dog, he seems to be the same individual as the Lancer that is summoned with the same True Name, However, his body and mental age seem to be a bit younger than "the other one."
Cu has three skills that can be used and leveled up during battle. My Prototype currently has three out of the three skills in place. The skills I currently have will have descriptions and an image:
Rune Spell B Lv. 4- - Increase Critical Strength (3 turns) & increase Debuff Resists (3 turns)
This skill is extremely important because it helps Cu to increase his attack power during critical attacks. He also is able to resist enemies putting things such as poison or burns on him through debuff resist.
Protectoin from Arrows B Lv. 8- - Apply Evade (3 times) & increase DEF (3 turns) for yourself
This skill is basically what makes my Prototype invincible during battle. As I increase this skill level, he is able to diminish his waiting time till he can use it again. This allows him to continuously block attacks and keep his resistance high.
Beast-Slayer B++ Lv.4- - Apply [Wild Beast] Special Attack for yourself & Increase C. Star Gather Rate for yourself (3 turns)
This skill helps to increase your special attack skills. It is useful to help with Prototype's attack power, especailly when you are about to use your Noble Phantasm.
BONDING WITH THE PROTOTYPETo enhance your bond level with a Servant in the Fate/Grand Order game, you must have the Summon Spirit in your fighting party. Every battle, you gain points that go towards your bond level. The first few levels are easy to come by, (and hence the informationy you gather is simple), but as you go higher, it takes more and more points to grow a bond with your Servant. Below are the following 9/10 Bonds that I have with Lancer Prototype.
Bond Level 1Height/Weight: 184cm, 71Kg
Origin: Celtic Mthology
Can use rune spells just like "the other one."
Bond Level 2He's a wild but cool kind of guy. Even though he won't judge between justice or evil, and decide "which one is better," he cares deeply about being just in the world. But he isn't mature enough to accept the many unfairnesses that occur in the world. He's an animal wielder, and has a great affinity for dogs.
Bond Level 3Compared to the Lancer summoned with the same True Name, he wears heavy armor. Despite this, his dexterity parameter is A+, surpassing "the other one." It's not that he's more capable, but that he's younger, and overenthusiastic which causes several differences between them.
Bond Level 4[[Gae Bolg]]
NP Type: Anti-Personnel/Army
The Spear which Reverses Causality. The scarlet spear and related arts which he received from his mentor, Scathach. Capable of Anti-Personnel Thrusts and Anti-Army Throws.
Bond Level 5Compared to the other Lancer, he has a bit more affection for his teacher, Scathach. It's unknown whether this is due to his age or how much time has passed. It's true he cannot accept the unfairness of the world, and the fact that it’s all shades of gray, but...
Interlude Bond LevelHe probably thinks it's commendable that his Master is attempting to coorect human history, and most likely wouldn't mind lending a hand. However, you must be careful, as he may not respond the same as the Lancer with the same True Name.
Interlude: To The Nameless BattlefieldWhen your Bond level with Lancer Prototype reaches Level 1 and you've reached your First Ascension, this Interlude will become availabe to play. You will have to beat this Interlude 3 times, costing a total of 30 AP, for you to beat this interlude. At the end, you will receive one saint quartz and you will notice an increase in his Noble Phantasm & a new Bond in his Profile. Through out these battles, you will fighting Classes of: Lancer, Archer, and Saber. The final battle will be with "The Other One," also known as Lancer himself. In final battle, Lancer will be at level 36 and have 110,179 HP. It is important for you to have a Saber in your party during the 3rd and final sequence because of this final battle. To check out the exact transcript during this Interlude, scroll down to the Dialogue & Voice Unlocked section and read what it was like to participate in the Lancer Prototype Interlude.
"He probably thinks it’s commendable that his Master is attempting to correct human history, and most likely wouldn't mind lending a hand. However, you must be careful, as he may not respond the same as the Lancer with the same True Name."Overall, you learn that there is a link between Master and Servant where both memories come together in a dream-like state. Cu is showing you memories where he fought a brutal battle once before in his past in Connacht. He asks for your help, along with any other Heroic Spirits we can summon. He reminds us during the second sequence that if we lose the battle, we will die, even if it is in a dream world. Finally, after the third sequence, Cu is bummed that the battles are over. He is soon interrupted by the real Lancer, and the two have a small conversation before starting their battle.
Lancer: Though the answer's obvious, but I'll ask anyway. You want me to go easy on you?After we win the battle against Lancer, the two decide that it ultimately was a draw. They continue to joke around about how they are surprised neither of them are dead due to their Noble Phantasm. Lancer states, "I'm impressed. My younger self is quite a tough guy." Prototype Lancer laughs it off, saying that he will definitely finish him off the next time they battle. Prototype then lets you know that when you wake up from the dream, his skills will have improved a lot and will be helpful in real battles.
Prototype: You've got to be kidding.
Lancer: Ah, just as I'd hoped. Impressive, Cu Chulainn, hero of Ulster.
Prototype: Well, I guess it's possible. Meeting yourself in a dream. Youget that, don't you?
Lancer: Nice. That's really a good way to put it. Well, shall we do this --
Prototype: Sure!! Okay, let's go, Master!!
DIALOGUE & VOICE UNLOCKEDClick the above title to view the dialogue and voices unlocked from Fate/Grand Order. The following can be found under the VOICE tab while looking at Lancer (Prototype) under his Summon Spirit information. This will continue to be updated as I finish up unlocking his quotes. Look back for more.
FATE/PROTOTYPEFate/Prototype is a twelve minute short animated movie that shares a glimpse into the second Tokyo Holy Grail War. The storyline of Fate/Prototype takes place in its own universe, eight years after the tragic First Holy Grail War also known as the "Heaven's Feel" ritual. Lancer Prototype was summoned to a young female named Misaya Reiroukan, a character that was the original design for Rin Tohsaka from Fate/Stay Night (and therefore said to be Rin's prototype for this series). With Misaya and her savage black dogs as her familiars, the duo fight to win the Holy Grail War together. Misaya is a noble woman and a sadist; proud, elegant, cruel and calculative. She lost her father in the first Holy Grail War to a Caster servant who killed him.
The animted short shows Lancer attacking a young girl, who we find out to be Ayaka Sajyou, the future Master of Saber. She was a traumatized girl after she lost both her father and sister to the first Holy Grail War. Lancer's Master, Misaya, orders Lancer to take her hounds and kill Ayaka before Saber comes. Ayaka runs and uses her magic to avoid as much as she can, running into a beautiful Garden scene. Lancer is sucessful in his pursuit, stabing into Ayaka's chest. Her chest begins to glow where the stab wound is, creating a summon circle. Saber is summoned and saves her just in time, sending Lancer flying backwards and breaking his makeshift spear.
After the twelve minute animation, a few Art Books that included a manga to follow the story line, as well as some drama CD's were released to continue the Fate/Prototype series. Here we see a bit more into the character, as well as his relationship with his Master, Misaya. Although she is a bit of a sadistic character towards others, she is shown having a little bit of a teasing personality with Lancer. She expects a lot out of him because she expects a lot out of herself, but she can smile with him once in awhile.
Misaya has her command spells for Lancer on the back of her neck. She tells Lancer that if she fails during the Holy Grail war to end her life because she doesn't want to go out disgracefully. Lancer is shocked by her request, but makes light of it by saying they must get the Grail together then. She tells him she doesn't need a compassionate servant, but shows a small smile towards him. He apologizes and then she tells him to "get ahold of [himself]" as they walk onwards to enjoy the rest of the time before the Holy Grail War begins.
In some of the Drama CD's we find out that Misaya has used a Command Spell to not let Lancer use his Noble Phantasm, Gae Blog. She doesn't fully trust him and therefore doesn't want him using it yet. Because Misaya sealed Lancer's Noble Phantasm (due to believing that revealing such a technique so readily was lacking elegance), Lancer instead uses a green, makeshift spear. He initially possesses the same spear in the Grand Orders, but regains Gae Bolg through Ascension. This irritates Lancer because he feels like he isn't able to use his true abilities without it. She then explains why she summoned him: wishing for a hero killed by a woman to have them already learned to fear women. Lancer is displeased that Misaya cares too much about her elegance and that she won't continue attacking other Masters and Servants, especially when there is a time limit. However, they run into Saber and Ayaka again. Because of the bond and skills that Lancer and Misaya have, they are able to force Saber back. Due to the machinations of Manaka, Misaya's time limit runs out and she becomes a "fallen angel", so he becomes the Servant of Ayaka who recently lost Saber in exchange for help in killing his zombified Master.
An animal user who has an exceptional affinity for the familiars that Misaya raises. His true name, unchaged from that in FSN, is Cu Chulainn. His spear is also the familiar Lance of Sure Hit, the causality inversing Gae Bolg. However, Misaya, believing that revealing a killing technique so easily would not be elegant enough, sealed it. Aftr Misaya was turned into a Fallen by Manaka, he became the Servant of Ayaka, who had lost Saber, in exchange for her help in killing the zombiefied Misaya." - page 39 in the Prototype Material.
SYMBOLISMEverything written in this section is based on my own opinions and cited information on symbolisms of things related to Prototype. This is not officially connected with Prototype in any way, but I thought it would be neat to tie in real world symbols to Prototype.
The first thing I want to mention is the amulet that Prototype wears around his neck. In his other forms, he is no longer wearing this. Seeing as how Prototype is Chulainn's youngest form of himself in the series, I felt like this must be an important part of understanding his youth. In the Great Lakes region of North America, the Native American's describe the January Moon the symbolism of the Wolf. The phrase wolf moon is another name for a full moon, assigned to moons that glow roundly in the dead of winter, specifically in January, referring to the first full moon of a new calendar year. This moon is commonly known otherwise as Old Moon, Moon After Yule, or the Full Snow Moon.
Before getting into the full meaning of the Wolf and Moon together, it's important to look at their meanings for each individually:
- The moon conveys a kind of creativity that is born from veiled magic
- The moon carries themes of cycles and fertility.
- The manifestation of the moons development is made known to us through light and shadow.
Overall Message: Progress is sometimes subtle. Manifestations of evolution often occur behind the scenes, in shadow – before we "see the light" or the end-product of our vision.
The WolfLegend has it that Tirawa, the Great Spirit, placed the wolf spirit in the sky in order to watch out for the evening star. The wolf spirit, said to be the guardian of and possessing ancient ties to the moon, was also believed to stand as a devoted servant of the sun. Even now, it’s widely regarded that a lone wolf sings his song to the moon, hence the name of the first moon of the year, occurring in the dead of winter.
- Strategic, resourceful and incredibly communicative, the Wolf is a noble mentor for humankind.
- Wolves have specific protocol and rank within their packs.
- Wolves are vastly expressive, both in their cry and in their body language.
Overall Message: Wolves are pack animals and need to learn how to communicate as a team, as well as strive on their own.
So, this relates to Prototype's persona because he is devoted leader of his pack. He fights not just to kill, but for justice itself of his people and the world. Prototype is also a strong three star servant in the game as well, proving that he is strong physically and through his war cries. He finds his light and his shadows, just like the moon, as he forms into his future self.
January Wolf Moon Symbolism - one / Why is it Called the Wolf Moon? - two / Cultural Meanings of the Moon - three