The cover of the first Fate/Apocrypha novel.
|Written by||Yūichirō Higashide|
|Illustrated by||Ototsugu Konoe|
|Original run||December 29, 2012 – December 30, 2014|
Fate/Apocrypha (フェイト/アポクリファ Feito/Apokurifa?) is a light novel from Type-Moon's popular Fate/stay night franchise, written by Yūichirō Higashide and illustrated by Ototsugu Konoe. The first volume of novel was released on December 29, 2012 at Comiket 83. The second volume was released on August 16, 2013. The third volume was released on December 29, 2013. The fourth volume was released on May 30, 2014. The fifth and final volume was released on December 30, 2014.
The story is set in a parallel world to original Fate/stay night, where the Grail was removed from Fuyuki City after the Third War and thus events of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero never happened. It focuses on the conflict between the two opposing factions, Red and Black, each summoning seven Servants and the Grail itself summoning a special Ruler-class servant as a mediator of the Holy Grail War. The red faction members were sent by the Clock Tower Mage's Association, while the black faction members are part of a Romanian group called Yggdmillennia.
Originally introduced as a canceled project for an online game with various details and character designs by various artists collected in Fate/complete material IV Extra material. In November 2011 was announced a new project for Fate/Apocrypha and in early December, Higashide confirmed on his Twitter that he is writing Fate/Apocrypha as a novel. In December 15, 2011, in seventh volume of Type-Moon Ace magazine was published short story penned by Higashide as the first chapter. But although some story elements are still present, the short story itself has no relation to final version of story presented in novels. The original planned number of books was four, but on May 2, 2014, Higashide confirmed that the story was eventually extended to five books. The, now defunct, original Online game project has been rebooted as Fate/Grand Order, in development for Smarthphones.
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