LANCER (enkidu)
23 May 2015 @ 06:13 pm
 

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NAME: Fiona
AGE: 23
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DOES THIS CHARACTER MEET SKELETAL BASICS? yes
NAME & AGE: Enkidu / 5000ish
CANON & CANON POINT: Canon, listed in chronological order: Fate/Extra CCC (flashbacks to his life), Fate/Zero (flashback to his death), Fate/Strange Fake (summoning as a servant)
Canon Point: Fate/Strange Fake - at the end of his chapter
CANON INFORMATION: f/sf wiki article, f/e:cc translation

PERSONALITY: The meaning of my existence.
The reason I was made.
The thing that gave me life.
- Fate/Extra CCC

When someone says Gilgamesh is Enkidu's reason for existing, you must know this is quite literal. The gods of ancient Mesopotamia created Enkidu to unleash their wrath for his many trespasses against gods on men upon the tyrant king. The moment Enkidu gains true human consciousness, he is immediately aware of the task he was created to complete, and rushes to complete it. He has something of a reckless, headstrong nature, as his given purpose in life can be drawn down to such a simple, single thing. Even when he gained rational thought, his first few immediate thoughts were exceptionally carnal and violent. It might be a wonder that he has ideas beyond that, but although he began life as a wild animal, his transformation into a human is complete, and he thinks of himself as a person. This is exemplified through many moments where he displays very thoughtful and observant actions, with both humans and beasts.

"Yes. With my hands, I'll right your arrogance." - Fate/Extra CCC

Despite being born as something like an animal, he is fully capable of reading and analyzing the thoughts and actions of others. Around Gilgamesh, Enkidu's ability to read others is most obvious. While Gilgamesh puts on a show of being an self-righteous douchebag, Enkidu is able to see through that to what actually lies in his heart: deep, aching loneliness. Gilgamesh's isolation was his on doing, for there were few people who could stand beside him without fear of the consequences. Though Enkidu knows this to be the truth of the matter, he doesn't speak it, at least at first. He spares the king's pride, and this action proves, for Gilgamesh, to be a surprisingly kind act from a creature created by the gods to reprimand him.

"I am a tool. Something you will decide is unnecessary.

But until the world's end, I can continue to be by your side."
- Fate/Extra: CCC

Compared to Gilgamesh, Enkidu is far from prideful and has very little consideration for himself. Even though he keeps constant companionship with one of the most self-important men to walk the earth, his sense of self is almost entirely tied to just that; he thinks of himself as little more than a puppet, yet another object in the king's endless treasury. Gilgamesh calls him a fool, but is clearly relieved that his wish to have Enkidu stay by his side echoed by Enkidu. Seeing Gilgamesh's relief is so shocking to him, it begins to change him:

At that moment, I received words that were as brilliant and precious as a glittering star.

At that moment, I had a true meaning. An ego.
- Fate/Extra: CCC

His undying devotion to the person who granted him a small sense of pride is ironically the source of his downfall. In swearing loyalty to his king above his creators, he eventually defies them. Something he wouldn't have dreamed of doing when he first gained knowledge is now natural to him. A tool once created to suppress and restrain the king's tyrannical behavior, his own thoughts are now only of helping the person he holds above all others as his friend: "If Gilgamesh must defeat something, I must defeat it with him." If it is not the will of the gods, but his own, then the gods who created him for their own purposes must be defied.

“Who would understand you after I die? Who else would march forward by your side? My friend… when I think that you will live on all alone henceforth, I can’t help but shed tears…” - Fate/Zero

For though his punishment of death seems only for him, Enkidu knows where the real victim lies. Without him, Gilgamesh is alone. Almost everything Enkidu has done and lived for in his life started with Gilgamesh, and he always puts his friend before himself. It was his longing for companionship that moved Enkidu to stay by his side, and his high regard for him when Enkidu thought so little of himself which cemented that loyalty. Even in his dying moments, the fate of his friend is the only thing in his mind. Though his life is coming to an end, he weeps not for his own loss, but for the loss of his most loved, a complete unselfishness that comes only naturally to him, as he has tied up so much of his own worth in that of his friend. The great sin of his death, and by extension abandonment of Gilgamesh, haunts him, but he cannot regret it. A wild, loyal beast at heart, if he could not stand with his friend, he would not stand at all.

When Enkidu is summoned as a servant, is calm and immovable. He is as straightforward as was in life, but now with an almost serene countenance about him. While he was always rather laidback and relaxed, one can perhaps attribute some of this behavior to being removed from Gilgamesh's presence and by extension, much of his reason for living.

“Are you… the Master who summoned me?” - Fate/Strange Fake

In a false grail war, Enkidu is summoned not by a human magus, but by a wild animal, a chimera created to facilitate the summoning of a heroic spirit that would surpass all others. Instead, the beast, driven by its natural instinct to live, uses its enhanced magic circuits to summon a servant of its own. Perhaps the only servant capable of being summoned by a wild animal: a hero was born little more than a wild animal himself. Enkidu was a puppet of mud, created by the gods for their own means, but was born without a soul-- for many years, he roamed the lands as a beast, living among the animals where he was accepted as one of their own, a wild creature incapable of reason or feeling. Even after he gained rational thought, his connection with animals and nature is certainly palpable-- he is still capable of communicating with animals, as he does with his new master, to assure him of his intent to protect him from all harm. It seems only natural for him to respond to the death cries of creature utterly inhuman and desperate to live, and immediately accepts his duty, seeing no oddity or shame in serving what is really nothing less than a beast.

“Please lower your weapon. My Master wishes you no harm.” - Fate/Strange Fake

The next piece of important information we learn of Enkidu is his calm, almost serene nature, even in face of a nearly hostile party. The magus who created the chimera for his own uses begins to shout Enkidu down, who return responds with nothing but soft-spoken politeness. This is even after he sees the state his master is in, obviously put through horrendous pain in magical experiments to create a vessel by which a more powerful servant could be summoned. But like the beast, who can feel no ill will towards a human who commit unforgivable acts against it, Enkidu truly feels no emotions of hate or anger towards that person. But, of course, he is not without a temper. When the magus calls his master a 'mongrel', and suggests they team up instead for a better chance of victory, Enkidu sends him running in fear with a single glance. While he is capable of great forgiveness and empathy, he is not a passive doll that allows every trespass. Insulting the worth of a beast, a 'mongrel', so very much like himself, shows not only a protective nature, but also one of self-awareness. He recognizes an insult to his master, and by their connection, an insult to himself. Though he "lowers" himself, in the eyes of the magus, by aligning with a beast, he doesn't think any less of himself by it, and doesn't tolerate being insulted.

In his final scene in the novel, we touch upon several important parts of his character: his connection and views to humanity and nature and his reactions to his own emotions. First, his love of the earth, as well as its people. In brief flashback to the beginning of his life as a human. This began, in fact, because of his love for the beauty of a human woman. So taken with her form was he, that as he transformed from a beast to a man, his own appearance mirrors hers. There's a certain kind of innocence in the action, especially considering the manner of their meeting. He saw something beautiful and he replicated it with his own appearance, completely oblivious to everything but his own feelings in that act. This can be seen as something of a reflection of his acts in the Fate Extra scenes where he actively reminds Gilgamesh of the virtues of humanity, already having fallen hard for them himself. We're also reminded, once again, that he still puts great value on all things wild and earthly, remarking that the land of the planet is still beautiful despite being covered in more human cities than ever.

When he recognizes Gilgamesh's presence, his calm demeanor is utterly shaken, revealing some of the confusion and inhumanity that existed through much of his life. He's so overcome with different emotions, he doesn't initially understand what he's feeling. This is another holdover from his beginnings as an animal, and despite spending many years in the company of humans, is still capable of being somewhat confused and baffled by such things as overlapping emotions. An overwhelming, all encompassing joy wins out, and he raises his voice to sing. How could he not? This person is the reason he was created, the beginning of all meaning he has ever had. It speaks of a love between two men so deep it goes beyond reason, so deep that when these two were parted, one man fell into a slow and inevitable spiral of damnation and chaos. The very promise that they might be together again is enough to send Enkidu into jubilation, an unbridled and carefree reaction that comes easily and naturally to him.

COURT ALLIANCE & REASONING: Seelie. While his wild nature might give him a few chaotic points, much of his life was dedicated to upholding order.

'Death Before Dishonor' - this one applies to him quite literally. He defied the very gods that created him to stand with his friend against a rampaging beast sent to punish him. For his act of rebellion he is cursed to a slow and painful death, yet his only regret is leaving Gilgamesh alone in the world.

'Love Conquers All' - Enkidu highly values love, as it was his infatuation with a human woman that gave him sentience. Though a proper Seelie native might balk at what that love entailed, Enkidu doesn't really put grades on 'pureness' of love. Not to mention his love for Gilgamesh is the main driving force in his life, taming a lonesome tyrant king who arguably shows little to no true care for anyone else after his death.

'Beauty is Life' - the son of fertility goddess, Enkidu easily delights in the beauty and variation of the world and the people in it. He was so enamored with the appearance of Shamat he partially mirrored her when creating his own human body.

ABILITIES: 1. Servant strength/speed: as a heroic spirit, Enkidu is much stronger, faster, and more resilient than any human alive today. As Gilgamesh, one of the more powerful servants ever summoned, considers him his only equal on earth, it can easily be said he's somewhat unstoppable with his full power uncapped.

2. Mud: a being made not from blood and flesh, but of the earth itself, Enkidu can form a myriad of objects using his own body's mud as the base. This includes weapons and clothing, along with being able to change his size and appearance at will. This is an exhaustible resource, and constantly maintaining of weapons and shifting form over time will render him unable to utilize this for a time while recuperating.

3. Animal language: he is able to freely converse and communicate with all animals, independent of their level of intelligence.

4. Presence detection: his special ability as a servant, this allows him to instantly know the lay of the land he steps upon, along with the location and general form of the other souls that tread upon it.

5. Enuma Elish: his currently only known noble phantasm (special attack as servant), Enkidu becomes a bolt of pure energy, fueled by the survival instincts of the earth and all of mankind, piercing his opponent with a single blow. Its power increases with the danger its target has posed to earth or humanity. (out of everything this will probably need to capped/removed the most to prevent game breakage)
INVENTORY: Nothin'.

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NETWORK SAMPLE:(video)
[when the androgynous face flickers into view, there are a few long moments when he doesn't actually say anything. it's clear that he's studying it, slight movement as he shifts it around, the image blurring until it suddenly it stops.]

Ah, it is working, then? Good. [a small smile.] I must admit that I am unused to such means of communications ... but this is a rather wondrous objects, is it not? I've been aware that such objects exist, though I've never come within personal contact with one before this.

[his voice is smooth and even as he speaks, clearly unembarrassed by his own admitted lack of experience.]

This place... it is almost a more familiar world than the one I came from. That is unlikely the case for most of you, though, is it not? Or is this one more similar to your home than not?

[there is no guile to his question, no apparent underlying reason for him asking such a thing. his curiosity sounds genuine, a pure kind of wonder at the different situations his fellows must have arrived from.]

They say there is a part of our homes inside of us, yes? If you'd be willing, I'd like to hear about what kind of place that is for any of you. What the land is like, what kind of creatures inhabit it ... how it's changed, if at all, in the time you've been alive. Such things are of interest to me, if you'd care to discuss them.
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