Assassin (アサシン, Asashin) is the Assassin-class Servant of Julius B. Harvey during the Moon Cell Holy Grail War. His true name is Li Shuwen (李書文, Ri Shobun), a legendary Chinese martial artist who became a legend through his skills. His skill in Bajiquan is exemplary, and he is renowned from his legend as one who only needed a single blow to kill his opponents; for Li Shuwen, no second strike is needed. His skill with the spear is similarly famous, gaining him the moniker "Divine Spear Li".
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 7-B, higher with Fierce Tiger Forcibly Climbs a Mountain
Name: Assassin, Li Shuwen
Age: 20-30 years old
Classification: Assassin-class Servant
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses (He is supernaturally aware of his surroundings), Master in Martial Arts, Qi Manipulation (Though this is technically his own magical energy; he can use it to reinforce his body and increase his strength), Invisibility with Sphere Boundary (He can blend into the World through meditation and the use of his Qi), Soul Manipulation (All Servants can consume souls to replenish their magical energy), Intangibility and Invisibility in spirit form, Immunity to conventional weapons, Regeneration (Mid-Low; all Servants have regenerative capabilities)
Attack Potency: At least City level (He can take on even Saber-class Servants with his hands alone, and can fight against Nero, Tamamo, and Archer), higher with Fierce Tiger Forcibly Climbs a Mountain. No Second Strike ignores conventional durability (By engulfing an opponent with his Qi, he disrupts their nervous, circulatory, and magical systems, throwing them into a state of panic and stopping their heart).
Speed: Massively Hypersonic (Can keep up with Nero, Tamamo, and Archer).
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: At least City Class
Durability: At least City level (Can trade blows with Nero, Tamamo, and Archer).
Stamina: High. Other Servants can fight nearly an entire day without stopping.
Range: Standard melee range.
Standard Equipment: Nothing notable.
Intelligence: Li Shuwen is a legendary practitioner of Bajiquan, known as a "master among masters", whose skill is so great that he can kill his opponents in a single blow. His awareness of his surroundings is so great that through the use of his own chi and meditation, he can become completely invisible and nearly completely undetectable by normal means, allowing him to easily kill other Servants without being noticed.
Weaknesses: None notable.
Notable Attacks / Techniques:
|“||With my ba ji, two strikes are not needed! Anger! Mastery! Seven wounds of gushing blood... A purified death!!||„|
|~ Assassin using No Second Strike|
No Second Strike: The essence of Li Shuwen's martial arts, embodying the maxim of "For Li Shuwen, no second strike is needed." in the form of a skill. It is not a true Noble Phantasm, but his sheer skill sublimated as something close to one, a technique created to instantly kill any target with a single blow. All of his hard strikes, even those meant as feints, are capable of killing an opponent. While he is exceptionally strong, the killing power comes from his Qi (a cultural term for Od, his personal magical energy), focused into his blows with enough force to engulf an opponent. It's been speculated that he used his Qi to create his own territory. Regardless, the effects of being engulfed with Qi are brutally effective; an opponent is extremely disoriented and put into a state of severe tension and paranoia, putting their nervous system under great strain and usually stopping their heart. On top of damaging his opponent's nervous and circulatory systems, it damages their Magic Circuits, disrupting them and, in the case of Servants, cutting off their links to their Masters.
Fierce Tiger Forcibly Climbs a Mountain: One of Li Shuwen's secret techniques, the pinnacle of his Bajiquan techniques. As opposed to No Second Strike, which aims to stop his opponent's heart, this technique is focused entirely on causing physical damage. It is a series of powerful consecutive attacks, each of which draw energy from the Earth.
Presence Concealment: The ability to hide one's presence as a Servant. Unusually for an Assassin, he has lost Presence Concealment and in its place gained the much more effective Sphere Boundary.
Chinese Martial Arts: A Chinese system of skills refined and pursued in the goal of becoming one with the universe. At A++ rank, Li Shuwen is a master among masters, unparalleled in life and death as one of the greatest masters and teachers of Bajiquan.
Sphere Boundary: A technique that allows the user to blend into the World around them through meditation and the utilization of Qi. Through these abilities, Li Shuwen can read his immediate environment in fine detail, perceiving every aspect so that he can best minimize the impact of his own existence. This ability allows him to become effectively completely invisible and indiscernible, and as it is reached purely through the mastery of martial arts, it produces no magical energy and is thereby unrecognizable by magical means. It is a skill that has far surpassed human possibility.
Like Presence Concealment, its effects drop when he prepares to launch an attack, but he is still effectively invisible and an opponent who dodges an attack like this will still perceive it as invisible; even then, this is extremely difficult, requiring sufficient skill. Of course, if Li Shuwen doesn't prepare for an attack, he will be completely unnoticeable even as his fist makes contact with a target. Combined with No Second Strike, this allows him to effortlessly, immediately kill other Servants.