|“||Yes, that’s precisely right! I want to witness the ending of this Great Holy Grail War! I must witness it! Whether it ends in fortune or misfortune, or even a despairing truth, watching everyone’s story right till the end as a spectator is the duty that I have been charged with!||„|
|~ Caster explaining his intentions|
Caster of "Red" ("赤"のキャスター, "Aka" no Kyasutā) is the Caster-class Servant of Shirou Kotomine of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha.
Caster's True Name is William Shakespeare (ウィリアム・シェイクスピア, U~Iriamu Sheikusupia) (1564-1616), a poet and playwright from the Elizabethan England and one of the greatest authors of literature in all of modern history.
Powers and Stats
Name: Caster of Red, William Shakespeare
Age: 52 at the time of his death
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Magic, Mind Manipulation, Illusion Creation, Limited ability to Break The Fourth Wall (can recognize "protagonists" and when a character is "death-flagged"), Soul Manipulation (all Servants can absorb souls to replenish their magical energy), Can enhance items and cause coincidences with his writing, Intangibility and Invisibility in spirit form, Immunity to conventional weapons, Extremely skilled at remaining out of a fight, Skilled analyst of human behavior, Superhumanly fast and capable writer, Can produce "phantoms" through his own writing, ephemeral existences that are not capable enough to become Heroic Spirits on their own, but creating enough of them can allow them act collectively to generate effects on the level of a Noble Phantasm, such as designating someone as a "culprit" about to be caught
Attack Potency: Wall level (Caster is an abysmal fighter by Servant standards, but is still ten times stronger than the strongest human)
Speed: Superhuman with High Hypersonic reaction speed via power-scaling (Spent most of the war simply watching its events)
Lifting Strength: Superhuman
Striking Strength: Wall Class
Durability: Building level via power-scaling (A terribly weak Servant who is not suited for battle)
Stamina: Virtually tireless for as long as he has prana
Range: Several dozen meters with illusions
Standard Equipment: A virtually inexhaustible supply of quill pens and parchment paper, various copies of his own works, His Noble Phantasm: First Folio
Intelligence: Caster, despite his class, is absolutely terrible in the use of magecraft in battle due to being a playwright rather than a magus. Along with his low parameters, he is completely unsuited for combat of any form. However, as one of the most skillful writers in all of history he is a master of understanding human language, mannerisms, emotions, and thought patterns, allowing him to best scar his opponents with his Noble Phantasm. He uses his writing prowess to enhance the legend of other objects, allowing him to turn famous but otherwise mundane objects into C-Rank Noble Phantasms. He is also an expert at preserving his own life for as long as his Master is left with the minimum amount of safety. However, for all his wiliness and literary brilliance, he is also a narcissist and puts his writing first and foremost, quoting himself in conversation and is willing to compromise the well-being of his allies if it means writing a spectacular story.
Weaknesses: A terrible combatant, a rather arrogant narcissist, not interesting in winning a fight and is more than likely to try and spectate one rather than participate. He freezes up if there are not interesting characters or settings around him to write about.
-First Folio: When the Curtain Rises, the Applause Shall Be As Ten Thousand Thunders: A Noble Phantasm that does not deal physical damage, but instead preys upon the guilty consciences of his foes to shatter their minds. After spending time researching his target, he then proceeds to use a series of "shadow actors" and illusions to recreate scenes from his foes' lives that haunt them and force them to relive past mental and emotional trauma to sink them into despair. Following a script written by him, these actors can take the form of anyone from his target's life, as seen when one of these actors took the form of Victor Frankenstein who treated his creation kindly, driving the Berserker mad with grief-filled rage that required a Command Seal to break. Those broken by this display can also be left "defenseless", broken mentally and emotionally to the point that they will not respond to outside stimuli. However, the actors cannot deviate from his script, and are thus incapable of acting autonomously, thus making it theoretically possible for one to see through it if one realizes that the actors aren't properly responding properly. but this is difficult due to the quality of Shakespeare's writing.
However, when empowered by Semiramis' Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the First Folio's powers are elevated, allowing it to replay Jeanne d'Arc's entire life to her, including the events that proceeded after her death. As such he forced her to relive her burning at the stake, as well as the atrocities committed by her close associate, Gilles de Rais, in her name. This Gilles had a limited degree of autonomy, allowing it to respond and act as the real Gilles did, making the illusion even more powerful and difficult to break.
- Territory Creation: A skill inherent to Caster-class Servants that quantifies their abilities to create a territory advantageous to them as magi. Due to never practicing magecraft in life, Shakespeare is limited to producing a "Study" that hides him from the detection of other Servants, allowing him to make observations unimpeded.
- Item Construction: A skill inherent to Caster-class Servants that quantifies their ability to create magical items from reagents provided to them. Shakespeare's rank in this skill has been lost in favor of his Enchant personal skill.
- Enchant: A skill that endows concepts and enhancements onto existing weapons. Also referred to as "Literary Masterpiece Endowment", Shakespeare can use his abilities as a writer to turn mundane objects into Noble Phantasm-class weaponry. Thanks to his extraordinary fame, Shakespeare he can produce Noble Phantasms ranging from E-Rank to C-Rank in power, depending on the original value of an item and its history. For instance, a simple pebble would only be able to raised to the level of an E-Rank Noble Phantasm due to having few notable traits to write about. However, when enchanting an object of fine make with considerable fame in the modern world, such as Shirou Kotomine's "Miike Tenta Mitsuyo", Shakespeare can write at length about how it is "magnificently sharp" to increase its cutting power and saying that "it can receive all attacks" to increase its durability, eventually raising it to the level of a C-Rank Noble Phantasm that can match Berserker of Black's attacks without damage.
- Self-Preservation: Due to lacking virtually any direct combat abilities, Shakespeare prefers to avoid fighting at all, as reflected in this skill. As long as he provides the bare minimum amount of protection for his Master, Shakespeare will be able to completely avoid nearly any sort of harm by never entering combat, thus allowing him to safely make observations.