The cover of the first Fate/Apocrypha novel.
|Written by||Yūichirō Higashide|
|Illustrated by||Ototsugu Konoe|
|Original run||December 29, 2012 – December 30, 2014|
|Written by||Yūichirō Higashide|
|Illustrated by||Akira Ishida|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||April 15, 2016 – present|
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 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. A manga adaptation by Akira Ishida was announced, with the first volume being released on April 15, 2016.
The story is set in a parallel world to original Fate/stay night, where the Holy Grail was removed from Fuyuki City after the Third Holy Grail War and thus the 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 are mages sent by the Clock Tower Mage's Association, while the Black Faction members are part of a Romanian group of magi called Yggdmillennia.
- Ruler (ルーラー Rūrā?) - Joan of Arc (ジャンヌ・ダルク Jannu Daruku?)
- Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
- Sieg (ジーク Jīku?)
- Saber of Black ("黒"のセイバー "Kuro" no Seibā?) - Siegfried (ジークフリート Jīkufurīdo?)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
- Archer of Black ("黒"のアーチャー "Kuro" no Āchā?) - Chiron (ケイローン Keirōn?)
- Lancer of Black ("黒"のランサー "Kuro" no Ransā?) - Vlad III (ヴラド三世 Vurado Sansei?)
- Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
- Rider of Black ("黒"のライダー "Kuro" no Raidā?) - Astolfo (アストルフォ Asutorufo?)
- Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo
- Caster of Black ("黒"のキャスタ "Kuro" no Kyasutā?) - Avicebron (アヴィケブロン Avikeburon?)
- Berserker of Black ("黒"のバーサーカー "Kuro" no Bāsākā?) - Frankenstein's Monster (フランケンシュタインの怪物 Furankenshutain no Kaibutsu?)
- Voiced by: Ai Nonaka
- Assassin of Black ("黒"のアサシン "Kuro" no Asashin?) - Jack the Ripper (ジャック・ザ・リッパー Jakku za Rippā?)
- Voiced by: Sakura Tange
- Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia (ダーニック・プレストーン・ユグドミレニア Dānikku Puresutōn Yugudomirenia?)
- Black Lancer's Master and the leader of the Yggdmillennia group. He is almost a century old despite looking in his 20s. He plundered the Holy Grail from the Third Holy Grail War of Fuyuki
- Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia (ゴルド・ムジーク・ユグドミレニア Gorudo Mujīku Yugudomirenia?)
- Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia (フィオレ・フォルヴェッジ・ユグドミレニア Fiore Foruvejji Yugudomirenia?)
- Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillennia (セレニケ・アイスコル・ユグドミレニア Serenike Aisukoru Yugudomirenia?)
- Roche Frain Yggdmillennia (ロシェ・フレイン・ユグドミレニア Roshe Furein Yugudomirenia?)
- Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia (カウレス・フォルヴェッジ・ユグドミレニア Kauresu Foruvejji Yugudomirenia?)
- Reika Rikudou (六導玲霞 Rikudō Reika?)
- Saber of Red ("赤"のセイバー "Aka" no Seiba?) - Mordred (モルドレッド Morudoreddo?)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
- Archer of Red ("赤"のアーチャー "Aka" no Āchā?) - Atalanta (アタランテ Atarante?)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami
- Lancer of Red ("赤"のランサー "Aka" no Ransā?) - Karna (カルナ Karuna?)
- Voiced by: Koji Yusa
- Rider of Red ("赤"のライダー "Aka" no Raidā?) - Achilles (アキレウス Akireusu?)
- Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi
- Caster of Red ("赤"のキャスタ "Aka" no Kyasutā?) - William Shakespeare (ウィリアム・シェイクスピア U~Iriamu Sheikusupia?)
- Voiced by: Tetsu Inada
- Berserker of Red ("赤"のバーサーカー "Aka" no Bāsākā?) - Spartacus (スパルタクス Suparutakusu?)
- Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka
- Assassin of Red ("赤"のアサシン "Aka" no Asashin?) - Semiramis (セミラミス Semiramisu?)
- Shirou Kotomine (シロウ・コトミネ Shirō Kotomine?)
- Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama
- Kairi Sisigou (獅子劫界離 Shishigō Kairi?)
- A freelance Necromancer. He summoned Saber of Red with a splinter of the Round Table.
Fate/Apocrypha was 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. On November 2011, it was announced as a new project called Fate/Apocrypha, and in early December, Higashide confirmed on Twitter that he is writing Fate/Apocrypha as a light novel. On December 15, 2011, in the seventh volume of Type-Moon Ace magazine, it was first published as a short story penned by Higashide as the first chapter. Although some story elements were present, the short story itself has no relation to the final version of the story presented in the 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 since been rebooted as Fate/Grand Order.
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