- Class: Assassin
- True Name: Yu Meiren [Yu the Beauty] (Akuta Hinako)
- Sex: Female
- Source: Historical Fact
- Region: China
- Alignment: Lawful Evil
- Height: 160cm
- Weight: 49kg
- Character Creator: Urobuchi Gen
- Character Designer: toi8
- Character Voice: Mariya Ise
- Major Appearances in Main Works: Fate/Grand Order
Presence Concealment: [B]
Suppresses one’s presence as a Servant. It is suitable for espionage activities.
In addition, due to Consort Yu’s special characteristic as an Elemental Spirit Kin, the effect of Presence Concealment is greatly amplified in a natural environment, while on the contrary, the effect decays in an artificial environment.
Incarnated Elemental: [A]
Since she is an Elemental Spirit Kin that can share her Magical Energy with the natural world and its Mana, it is feasible for Consort Yu to draw an inexhaustible supply of Magical Energy from the physical world rather than storing Magical Energy within her own body. But since she is restricted to a form that is “Humanoid”, even if her supply of Magical Energy is infinite, there is a limit to her output, so the quantity of Magical Energy she can practically use is being stopped within the domain of a Humanoid Heroic Spirit.
Feathered Person of the Immortal Realm: [A]
Consort Yu is a Xian (Immortal) who were spoken of in Taoist ideology; one who has immortality. Because interferences from the natural world are required in order for her to maintain her body, it is possible to say that she is restricted to a humanoid form as a result.
It is feasible for Consort Yu to deprive a fixed amount of energy from any lifeform – regardless if it is a plant or an animal – and use it for herself. It is strictly different from the act of bloodsucking, but she is recognized as a Bloodsucking Kin because of this ability, so she has come to receive persecution from Executors throughout successive generations.
Eternal Lament: Lamentation in the Release from the Cursed-Blooded Corpse
- Rank: C+
- Classification: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
- Range: 1~20
- Maximum Number of Targets: 100 people
A drastic move where Consort Yu causes her Magical Energy to rampage by destroying her own body in order to go over its limits, and after causing an abnormal weather attack by means of a hex, she reconstructs her body over again. For the Elemental Spirit Kin where their Spiritual Core is being shared with the environment, it is possible to say that this is a suicide bomb attack.
Since it is an attack method that disregards even her coordination with the other Servants and the safety of her Master, the number of situations where this can be used is limited.
First Person Pronoun: watashi
Second Person Pronouns: omae / kisama / anata / anta
Third Person Pronouns: are / aitsu
Due to the particulars of how she came to be persecuted by humanity for a long time, Consort Yu is a staunch misanthropist. However, she was touched by the fact that Xiang Yu – the only person who understood her – desired for “a repose to the world of humans” until the very end, so she consented to being added to the Throne of Heroes, a place that houses the protectors of the Human Order.
Although she loathes human civilization, Consort Yu does not loathe humans as a lifeform. She possesses a peculiar sense of ethics that should even be said to be a “wild fundamentalism” so to speak, generally affirming in a providence where the strong eats the weak and flourish. However, she exposes her anger towards the use of science and technology to the extent that it overturns the order of the natural world, as well as monotheistic values such as “God desired such a thing from humans.”
Nonetheless, as far as Consort Yu is concerned, the particulars behind her making her appearance in this world where she was a specimen who came from a colony are a trauma to her, albeit an unconscious one, and although the person in question firmly denies it, her true character is that of someone who easily succumbs to loneliness. Towards those who have the intention in becoming a person who can understand her, she reaches the point where she can embrace a fairly deep compassion for them (without making a distinction of them as a plant, an animal, an android, etc.).
Attitude Towards Master
It must be remembered that Consort Yu denies the stance of “protecting humanity”, defining herself instead as a Heroic Spirit in the position of an arbitrator who monitors the humanity that does not grasp what mess they are going to make in this future. But if “someone who can lead the people very well” appears to her among the many humans, then she is willing to support them.
Consort Yu will cooperate with the Master with the justification of “Because I firmly detest getting myself involved with the world of humans.” Although she quibbles with them for various reasons and flames them with abusive language, she feels a repose that will never be over, for she had wished for “a place where someone considers her necessary and where her existence is allowed”, so if it is for the sake of maintaining that environment, she will not spare herself in desperately exhausting her efforts to maintain it.
“Recently… everything is like a fleeting dream. I don’t even have the mood anymore to reflect on them.”
“I have no intention in protecting humans, not one bit. I’ll only stop you all from arriving at the point of extinction that would have been caused by your own follies… Because if it was that person, he would have done such a thing.”
“Ah, good grief; why do naked monkeys like you all carry the fate of this planet? How about you bear in mind that responsibility seriously?”
“Yakisoba sandwich. You understand, don’t you?”
Historical Character and Figure
Xiang Yu’s favourite mistress who was told of in fragments in the Records of the Grand Historian and the Book of Han, and someone who was engulfed in mystery. In folklore, Consort Yu committed suicide after Xiang Yu’s death, and that anecdote has given another name to the red poppy flower: Yu Meiren Cao (the field poppy).
Character in FGO
A Bloodsucking Kind that acquire nourishment through energy drains. They are not a kind of Demonic Beast or Phantasmal Beast, but terminals that originated from the Earth’s inner sea for the sake of managing its surface… They are Elementals. In the Magic World, this species of Elementals are close to a category of being called a “True Ancestor”, but although the process of how they originated resembles that of a True Ancestor’s, they are another species of the Bloodsucking Kind where their purpose as an existence differs from theirs.
Consort Yu is a Xiannu (female Immortal) – a Zhenren (True Human) – who were spoken of in ancient Chinese traditions, and since she acquired a reason and a self-consciousness much later after she made her appearance in this world, she herself does not even know what her origins are or how she came to be.
With her circumstances of complete isolation, with neither a family nor a group she can belong to, and while being weary and fearful of humans, single-mindedly running away and hiding from human society that continues to expand, Consort Yu refused to commit suicide and fulfilled her duty to Xiang Yu – who was the only person who understood her – and she continued to live for a time that lasts for eternity. While in the middle of her destiny towards a long, long road of wandering, she saved up all the exhaustion of wandering she had built, and if she can get to a place where she can feel at ease, even for just a brief moment, then she will embrace a desperate desire where it does not matter if that place is connected to her own ruin so long as she gets there.
On the other hand, Consort Yu laments for her own future after Xiang Yu’s death, someone who she mourns for even now, and she is caught in a self-contradiction where she cannot even make a bold start on a quick suicide. As far as she is concerned, the place called Chaldea – a place where inhuman Heroic Spirits gather and where equilibrium is preserved among the various purposes of the various people there – possesses a special meaning to her as “a place where people are not even frightened by what kind of person she is”, a place that she did not reach for the very long time of 2000 years, until now.
“What are you laughing at?! Is it so comical to you? Hey, leave me alone!”
The Prince of Lanling
“I’m worried that you would be asked for something unreasonable by Master since you’re such a good-natured person. Don’t you agree? If you have a problem, come ask me for advice whenever you want.”
“Although it’s for the sake of restoring the Human Order in whatever way possible, to recruit even Enma-chan, there has to be a limit of how incorrigible this situation can be. The work conditions here can be too exploitative.”
“Huh? A good wife you said? You… no, it’s fine. And it’s truly amazing of you to have the nerve to leave that Cat or whatever alone. I don’t want to be a copy cat of you.”
Comment from the Illustrator
To tell you the truth, I started with Yu Meiren’s design before Hinako’s. The first thing I imagined was “Farewell My Concubine” that was starred by Leslie Cheung… In the beginning, her design was extremely Chinese-like, but eventually, I formed Yu Meiren’s current design which was completely different to her previous design. There was a suggestion of “Her design should be more modernistic!”; that is the Second Stage of Yu Meiren’s design. After that, I did things such as adding glasses and adding fabric to her, and those became the designs of her First Stage and Third Stage respectively. (toi8)
(Lib will add after publish)