|“||Shirou, choosing to save someone means choosing not to save someone else. You see, no matter what your intention is, you can only save those who belong to your side. I know it should be obvious, but that is the definition of a Hero of Justice.||„|
|~ Kiritsugu explaining his ideals to a young Shirou|
Kiritsugu Emiya (衛宮 切嗣, Emiya Kiritsugu) is the true Master of Saber during the Fourth Holy Grail War, working with the Einzberns to secure the Grail. He is married to Irisviel von Einzbern, and has a daughter with her, Illya. Wishing to be a Hero of Justice who would protect the weak ever since he was a child, he became cynical, using questionable methods to kill the few and save the many. This is due to a number of disillusioning events in his life, starting with his murder of his father, who was attempting to become a Dead Apostle. He became a freelancer and mercenary, working under his surrogate mother, Natalia Kaminski, and was branded the Magus Killer due to his skill in eliminating magi.
Originally planning to use the Holy Grail to bring salvation to humanity, after realizing its true nature, he orders Saber to destroy it, causing the Fuyuki City fire. Overwhelmed by guilt and shock, he discarded his dreams and emotionless facade, and adopted Shirou, one of the children orphaned by the fire, and ultimately passed his ideals onto him.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 9-B, at least High 8-C with prep
Name: Kiritsugu Emiya, the Magus Killer
Age: 29 years old (34 years old at the time of his death)
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Expert Marksman, Magecraft, Enhanced Senses (Can give himself night vision with magecraft, and can detect magi in pitch dark conditions with the Walther WA2000, tracking their Magic Circuits), Hypnosis, Time Manipulation (Can speed up or slow down his own time), his Origin Bullets cause necrosis and permanent nerve damage and fry a magi's Magic Circuits, Resistance to Magic, Regeneration (Low-Mid through Avalon; allows him to regenerate from lethal wounds, such as his bones and tendons being torn apart due to Triple and Square Accel, and from having his heart and lungs crushed by Kirei)
Attack Potency: Wall level (Can fight and wound Kirei), at least Large Building level with prep (Destroyed a skyscraper with C4). Ignores conventional durability with Origin Bullets (Against living beings, the Origin Bullets cause no visible wound or bleeding, instead causing necrosis and permanent nerve damage on impact, and are even more effective against those using magecraft, causing their magical energy to go out of control and fry their body and Circuits).
Speed: Subsonic with Massively Hypersonic reactions (Should be comparable to other magi), Massively Hypersonic with Double, Triple, and Square Accel (Using Double Accel, he disappeared from Kayneth's view, and he can barely keep up with a Mantra-boosted Kirei with Triple Accel, managing to outspeed him with Square Accel).
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Wall Class (Stabbed Kirei in the knee)
Durability: Wall level
Range: Standard melee range, Tens of Meters to Hundreds of Meters with firearms (Can see and fire on a target from up to six hundred meters away with the Walther WA2000)
Standard Equipment: His firearms; a Calico M950, Walther WA2000, and the Thompson Contender. His Origin Bullets and Avalon.
- Avalon: Excalibur's sheath, a Divine Construct of the same make. After using it to summon Saber, Kiritsugu implants it into his own body as a Master's Noble Phantasm, providing him with spectacular regenerative abilities that allow him to make full use of his Innate Time Control. It can heal even lethal wounds, quickly regenerating Kiritsugu's heart and lungs after they were crushed by Kirei, and healing Shirou after he was nearly cut in half and lost most of his internal organs on two separate occasions.
- Thompson Contender: Kiritsugu's Mystic Code, a one of a kind weapon used to fire his Origin Bullets. It is an incredibly powerful handgun, but its true power lies in the Origin Bullets, and not its sheer firepower.
- Walther WA2000: A heavyweight sniper rifle, one of only 176 units produced. It is specially equipped with night vision capabilities, using a super effective video camera that amplifies light, and a thermal scanner. It can also detect the Magic Circuits of a magi from hundreds of meters away.
Intelligence: Kiritsugu is a professional assassin who true to his title, specializes in eliminating other magic-wielders. He is skilled in every manner of modern combat, from knife work to the use of firearms and explosives. He is also known for his extensive planning and extreme pragmatism, evacuating a building before collapsing it with some well-placed explosions rather than risk his life by facing Kayneth's traps personally. With help of Avalon he is able to face Executors like Kirei Kotomine, the Church's elite heretic hunters, on even ground. However, he is constantly plagued with the guilt over the people he's killed and the decisions he's made to save the many (such as downing a plane full of Ghouls with his mentor and surrogate mother still inside).
Weaknesses: Kiritsugu's Innate Time Control takes a toll on his body; Double Accel pushes his body to its limits, while Triple and Square Accel would be lethal without Avalon. His Origin Bullets are ineffective against purely physical protections, such as military-grade armor, and can be rendered ineffective by using something else as a source of magical energy as opposed to the user's own supply. Avalon is useless without his connection to Saber.
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Magecraft: Kiritsugu is an average magus whose abilities mostly lie in his pragmatism and use of modern tactics and weaponry. The Emiya crest is carved into his back, although, due to his father's Sealing Designation, most of it was confiscated, and he possesses less than half of the original amount. By channeling magical energy into his eyes, he can see in perfect clarity even in the darkest conditions, and has basic hypnotic abilities that can only be used against those with no magical resistance. Due to his research, he is knowledgeable on Bounded Fields, and can penetrate them with incredible skill. He has two elemental affinities, Fire and Earth, which reflect his dual Origins, Severing and Binding.
These Origins are different from the concept of "destruction and rebirth"; there is no chance of recovery with binding, as even if you tie together a cut string, it will still be cut. It affects his entire life, making him incompetent when it comes to handling delicate machinery. However, he makes full use of his Origins with Origin Bullets, special conceptual weapons made from two of his ribs, ground into dust, with his soul preserved through magecraft, before they were sealed into sixty six bullets. By the time of the Fourth Holy Grail War, he's used thirty-seven of them, and he brings twelve for use during the war.
These Origin Bullets carry on his Origins and actualize them within the target, which can cripple living creatures with ease. It doesn't leave any trace of a wound in the form of a bullet hole, but the affected body part will suffer from necrosis. Even though it may appear to heal on the outside, the nerves and capillaries underneath never recover, and the function of the limb is lost forever. It is even more effective against magi, affecting them even if they block with barriers by travelling through to the source of their magical energy - their Magic Circuits. Denser magical energy for a more powerful barrier will only cause greater harm. "Severing" causes the target's magical energy to ignore their pathways, violently flowing through their body and causing severe harm, while "Binding" binds together their Magic Circuits in a useless arrangement, making it impossible to stand anymore, let alone ever use magecraft again.
The only ways a magus can effectively protect against his Origin Bullets are to discard all their magical protections and guard against it through purely physical means, or to draw their magical energy from something else instead of their Magic Circuits. During their fight, Kirei makes use of both methods, first protecting himself with Command Seal boosted Black Keys, and then swatting aside the second bullet, though it nearly tears his arm off. While one can recover from the wounds, the damage underneath remains, and even if a magus successfully protects themselves, a wound caused by the bullet can still permanently disable a limb.
- Innate Time Control: The Emiya family magecraft, researched by his family over generations, reaching the level of High-Thaumaturgy, a Bounded Field that can be used for time adjustment. While normally applied to a large area and requiring a large amount of magical energy and rituals, Kiritsugu applies it to just himself, chanting "Time Alter", followed by the degree of speed he wants to use. He can use accel to speed up his time, and stagnate to slow it down. He most often uses Double Accel for a quick burst of speed beyond human limitations, while he uses Triple Stagnate to reduce his biological processes to a third of their speed. It slows his metabolism down so much that his body temperature drops to near room temperature, and his breathing and heartbeat become so slow that they cannot be detected. The "incorrect" time results in his body being pushed to his limits, bursting blood vessels and fracturing bones. Without Avalon, Double Accel would be his limit, and Triple or Square Accel would kill him, but with the regenerative abilities that Avalon provides, he is able to use them effectively and for longer periods of time.