Trial Quest - Sherlock Holmes

A Discoverer, A Revealer, A Detectiveーーーor maybe An Arbitrator

Holmes: Greetings, ladies and gentlemen.

Holmes: I am Sherlock Holmes, world-renowned investigator, and the world's only consulting detective.

Holmes: I am both the origin and a conglomeration of the very concept of a detective, and I represent all those who shine light on the truth.

Holmes: I shall have the pleasure of leading you to new mysteries and new truths.

Holmes: In consequence of a variety of very particular circumstances, I have manifested as a Servant and have, for the time being, taken up residence in Chaldea.

Holmes: I cannot claim to be utilizing my detective skills to their utmost...but I am still myself, unchanged.

Holmes: The only difference now is that rather than my accustomed seat in my room situated in 221B Baker Street, I presently find myself on Chaldea's multipurpose sofa.

Holmes: ...Or so I say.

Holmes: I gather that for some of you, this is our first meeting, while there are others among you who have long been familiar with my history and skills.

Holmes: If you are the former... Hmm, let's see...simply think of what you are about to witness as memories from the shadows of the future.

Holmes: ...or a dream, if you like. Though, lamentably, I am unable to intervene in dreams.

Holmes: Which is to say: this is not a dream.

Holmes: Now then. Let us begin.

Holmes: Have you ever read the most excellent and famous detective mysteries that feature Sherlock Holmes as their main character?

Holmes: Each features the detective solving various mysteries, set in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Holmes: The stories are frequently adapted to film and other media. Surely you have at least heard of them.

Holmes: ...And so, seeing me manifest here as Holmes, one imagines you wondering:

Holmes: “Was Sherlock Holmes an actual individual? Wasn't he a man of fiction?”

Holmes: Indeed. Curious. Very curious.

Holmes: Am I the manifestation of the character in the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Holmes: Or did the great detective Holmes really exist, and were the stories based on the events of his life?

Holmes: ...In other words, were the stories written by Sir Conan Doyle adapted from the biography by Watson?

Holmes: This must be a great puzzle to you all as well. I had meant to bring this up one of these days.

Holmes: This time around, the story is not about the Incineration of Humanity, nor its restoration.

Holmes: The story is about yours truly.

Mash: Good morning, Senpai. Did you get a good night's rest?

Fujimaru 1: Morning, Mash.

Mash: Yes, hello.

Fujimaru 2: I rested well. Thanks.

Mash: It appears Mister Holmes has something to discuss with us this morning. Something about the battle simulator for training...

Holmes: Good morning, Fujimaru. You have arrived at precisely the moment I anticipated.

Holmes: As Miss Kyrielight mentioned, I would like you to accompany me to the simulator for an experiment.

Holmes: The item I requested from Sir Babbage has finally been completed. I would like you to try it out.

Mash: An item, you say?

Holmes: An explanation would be a simple thing, but it would be far better to experience it.

Holmes: It's not Rayshifting per se, so there's no need to be nervous. I would, however, advise you not to let your guard down.

Holmes: Some battle is to be expected, of course. Let us begin.

Mash: Um, excuse me, Mister Holmes! Senpai hasn't finished changing into the proper Mystic Code...!

Holmes: Yes, I have already accounted for that and made the necessary adjustments. This is not a standard Rayshift, so it is easy enough for me to control such minor details.

Holmes: Now, let us begin. Begin simulation!

Mash: Senpai. Senpai, can you hear me?

Mash: Good, we're connected. I'm glad. This feels more like a Rayshift than a simulation.

Mash: So where...exactly is this place?

Fujimaru 1: Did the simulator always have a stage like this?

Fujimaru 2: This seems familiar... Or maybe not so much...

Mash: Well, it doesn't ring a bell to me.

Mash: Normally, the simulator creates stages based on locations we've visited in Rayshifts.

Mash: But, this is...wireframe...?

Holmes: To use the parlance of science fiction, you might call it cyberspace. In that it is virtual reality, it's not much different from the simulator...

Holmes: But behold! Thanks to the program that Sir Babbage created, we are inside Chaldea's computer system!

Fujimaru 1: So in the end, it's cyberspace.

Mash: Inside the computer system!? Does that mean you two are digitized?

Holmes: Correct. Though, only our consciousnesses in this case. The technology necessary to digitize the physical body has still yet to be created.

Fujimaru 2: This place really does seem familiar...

Mash: Senpai?

Holmes: Allow me to explain. The Simulator you normally use to train contained a curious mass of data within the mainframe's internal memory.

Holmes: I lent my aid to the staff in an effort to remove it...

Holmes: But it has given us quite a fight. And so, I requested the mathematical genius Sir Babbage to help us out.

Mash: Um, wouldn't it have been easier for Babbage to work on it himself...?

Holmes: I wanted to see for myself. Certain aspects of the venture tickled my fancy.

Holmes: So I asked Sir Babbage to do the impossible task of creating a program to hack in.

Fujimaru 1: I see?

Holmes: Do you understand now?

Fujimaru 2: So what's the point of me and Mash being here?

Holmes: Ah, solving mysteries... While I certainly derive a certain satisfaction from solving them myself without anyone ever knowing...

Holmes: I had the opportunity to invite you along and took it so that I might provide a bit of commentary while I went about solving this mystery.

Holmes: And I simply could not do that were I alone, now, could I?

Mash: So...because you wanted to comment on it... Well, it is true that when a great detective solves a mystery, an audience is an absolute necessity!

Mash: We have front row seats to Mr. Holmes's commentary, Senpai!

Fujimaru 1: Yay!

Fujimaru 2: That's cool and all, but it's REALLY early...

Holmes: Indeed. And there is also the possibility of battle. I am not entirely certain that my new Spirit Origin can handle it alone.

Mash: A new Spirit Origin?

Mash: Mister Holmes...didn't you mention that you manifested as a Caster?

Holmes: Well, you'll soon see.

Holmes: Now then. Let's proceed, shall we? The node with the data mass in question is ahead.

Holmes: I would have liked to appear immediately in front of the data mass, but the target node is well-protected.

Fujimaru 1: Protection?

Fujimaru 2: So it's the usual you-know-what...?

Fujimaru 1: An all-too-familiar howl!

Fujimaru 2: I knew it!

Mash: Senpai, I'm detecting an enemy!

Mash: ...Huh? But you're inside Chaldea's mainframe...

Mash: You're in a computer...and yet I’m detecting a response from an enemy that actually has magical energy!?

Holmes: Ah, as expected.

Mash: Mister Holmes!?

Holmes: While we are indeed in the simulator, I should warn you that the battle we now face will be more real than a simulation.

Holmes: Any injuries you sustain will likely affect your physical body in reality. Proceed with caution.

Fujimaru 1: We'll be fine.

Fujimaru 2: Yep. Saw this coming.

Holmes: Ah, that is certainly reassuring. Let us hold nothing back.

Mash: ...Target approaching rapidly! Please be careful, Senpai!


Mash: Battle has ended. I'm not detecting any other enemies in your vicinity.

Mash: Good work, Senpai. ...Senpai?

Fujimaru 1: Holmes...

Fujimaru 2: ...Bare-knuckle boxing?

Mash: Now that you mention it...!

Mash: Mister Holmes did use a special...facade in previous battles, saying there was an issue with his Spirit Origin.

Mash: But this time...his appearance didn't change during battle!

Mash: And he fought with his bare hands! Could that possibly be the famed, mysterious martial arts style...

Mash: ...that Mister Holmes utilized...taken directly from the stories of Sir Conan Doyle!?

Mash: Baritsu!

Fujimaru 1: Baritsu!

Fujimaru 2: What kind of martial art is that!?

Holmes: I haven't used Baritsu for a long time, but it is quite a thrill. Hm? What's the matter, Miss Kyrielight?

Holmes: And with you, Master? As my Master, shouldn't Baritsu be familiar to you?

Fujimaru 1: Um, I don't know Baritsu.

Fujimaru 2: Wait, what? “Master”!?

Holmes: Ah yes, I suppose I neglected to mention that.

Holmes: I have officially become a Servant of Chaldea, and formed a contract with you. I did so last night.

Holmes: We already had a connection, so it was only a matter of time... The rest... Well, a variety of circumstances and changes have taken place.

Fujimaru 1: Wait a minute, your Class...

Fujimaru 2: I-is the label of Ruler a typo...?

Holmes: Ah, yes. I mentioned I was a Caster. Forgive me. I lied.

Mash: !!!

Mash: A...lie...? M-Mister Holmes...that'

Holmes: A jest. My apologies. I couldn't help myself. Allow me to explain in all seriousness.

Holmes: When I officially became a Servant of Chaldea, my Spirit Origin changed...significantly, much to my surprise, as I am sure you can imagine.

Holmes: I was, most assuredly, a Caster before. But as of now, I am Sherlock Holmes, Ruler.

Fujimaru 1: You turned into a Ruler!

Fujimaru 2: So that wasn't a typo!

Mash: Ruler, Sherlock Holmes!

Mash: I see, so that's how it is!

Mash: Since he is a great detective who has solved many difficult cases, it may indeed be appropriate to call Holmes a peacemaker or a mediator.

Mash: No, I should not even say “may” in this case! I should say instead that this was very likely to happen!

Mash: In the past, Jeanne, Martha, and Amakusa Shirou all told me the following:

Mash: In the case of Heroic Spirit summoning based on the Holy Grail, only actual saints could be summoned as Rulers...

Mash: But Chaldea's summoning system is not bound by such rules.

Holmes: Curious. Very curious. A detective ought to seek the truth and lay it bare.

Holmes: To make a ruling should be the job of a judge or a jury. My goodness...


Mash: By the way...there's something that's been bothering me...

Holmes: What is it?

Mash: The man who was Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest detective and one and only consulting detective...

Mash: May I ask a question? This has been on my mind for the longest time...

Mash: Mister Sherlock Holmes, which exactly...are you?

Holmes: By “which,” you mean...?

Mash: Um...

Mash: I believe you, Mister Holmes, know exactly what I am asking you.

Holmes: Indeed. But as it happens, I would like you to say the words this time. Actually, it need not come from Miss Kyrielight herself...

Holmes: Master. You have the same question in mind, correct?

Fujimaru 1: Did you really exist, historically I mean?

Fujimaru 2: Are you only a fictional character?

Mash: That's it! That was what I was curious about...

Mash: At first, when I met you, all I could think was, “The great detective really did exist!” And I simply accepted that fact.

Mash: Thinking about it, though... I'm not really sure. I've never heard the truth from you, Mister Holmes.

Mash: On top of that, I recall you making contradictory statements about whether or not you are fictional...

Holmes: Ah, I see.

Holmes: I anticipated that this question would come up one day, and so I cannot say I am surprised. It is, after all, a perfectly reasonable question.

Holmes: But Miss Kyrielight. Fujimaru.

Holmes: If you do ask outright, things may grow more complicated. Would you mind that?

Mash: Hm...?

Holmes: Greek mythological heroes such as Heracles and the witch Medea... Karna and Arjuna from Indian mythology...

Holmes: Celtic heroes, the knights from the Legend of King Arthur, Charlemagne's famous paladins, the giant-killing Beowulf...

Holmes: The four retainers of Raikou who slayed the demon spider Tsuchigumo... Many myths and legends spoke of these heroes and great men and women...

Holmes: Let us say for the moment that I am indeed a creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What, then, is to say that the individuals I mentioned are not similar creations?

Holmes: I was created during the time when Doyle wrote his stories, but many heroes of legend were created by people writing stories long after their respective moments in time.

Holmes: For example, Siegfried's story found in the Poetic Edda, while set in the 5th century, was not completed until after the 8th century.

Holmes: Karna and Arjuna's story is set somewhere around 5000 B.C. The text itself, however, was completed sometime between the 4th century B.C. and the 4th century A.D.

Holmes: Even the legend of Sakata Kintoki, Mister Golden himself, was said to be set down in narrative form sometime after the Edo period.

Holmes: Other than him, the majority of the heroic tales of Japan's Heian period were passed on in stories told during the early days of the Edo period.

Fujimaru 1: So these heroes existed long ago...

Fujimaru 2: ...Their legends were told long after they lived.

Holmes: Ah, indeed. That is probably true. So what of me?

Fujimaru 1: Oh, I get it.

Holmes: Ah, you understand now?

Holmes: What difference is there between these heroes of legend and myself? None. We are essentially the same.

Fujimaru 1: But there isn't proof that you really existed...

Holmes: Proof? Hm, I see. So you're saying that there's no physical evidence throughout human history that proves my existence...

Holmes: There are indeed no official documents or records of my tenancy of 221B Baker Street.

Holmes: ...Or rather, records say there is no such place.

Mash: Are you trying to say...that it actually exists?

Holmes: That may simplify matters for me, but allow me to digress for a moment.

Holmes: Consider the other heroes other than myself.

Holmes: Hardly any heroes of myth have been proven to exist from the standpoints of cultural anthropology or archaeology. No remains have ever been found.

Holmes: Even places said to be the burial sites of the heroes of legend have provided no proof.

Holmes: One exception would be the Trojan War. Schliemann made the glorious, wonderful discovery that the Trojan War was actual historical fact.

Holmes: Before his great discovery, the poems of the “Iliad” were believed to be no more than legend.

Holmes: The same goes for the other heroes. Many of them are fictional–characters of legend.

Mash: As such, many other Heroic Spirits also lack any definitive proof of their factual existence...

Holmes: Indeed. To believe myself alone to be a fictitious being would be folly.

Holmes: Legends and similarly unverified tales are no more than stories humans tell, correct?

Holmes: The world is spherical, not flat. It is not carried upon the shoulders of the great titan Atlas, as Greek myth would have it.

Holmes: The night is a result of the Earth's rotation, not of the goddess Nyx's cave.

Holmes: There is no record of the evil dragon Fafnir existing in the 5th century, and even the Legend of King Arthur was woven by Sir Malory.

Holmes: In other words, this world is...

Fujimaru 1: I...see...?

Fujimaru 2: Hm? I feel like we got off track...?

B:???: Ugh! You talk too much!

???: Oooooooooo010100001111...! 1011100101, I don't care if it's real or fictitious!!!

Fujimaru 1: Who said that!?

Fujimaru 2: That's one seriously digitized shout!

Holmes: I suppose it's time. In the midst of all that prattling, we've reached our destination.

Mash: The unidentified data mass...! So that voice we heard–

Holmes: Well, it is not unidentified.

Mash: Eh? Um, but...

Holmes: I can see why you might believe that. But think back...

Holmes: Allow me to explain. The simulator you normally use to train contained a curious mass of data within the mainframe's internal memory.

Holmes: I lent my aid to the staff in an effort to remove it...

Fujimaru 1: Ah!

Fujimaru 2: He didn't say “unidentified!”

Mash: A curious data mass... E-excuse me... I just said “unidentified” because what you said made me assume...

Fujimaru 1: Holmes should have worded it better.

Fujimaru 2: malicious man.

Holmes: Haha, my apologies. It's true. There's no need for Miss Kyrielight to regret her words.

Holmes: It was easier to guide you all here by inferring that we were going to investigate an unknown entity.

Holmes: Of course, I have already deduced the identity of the data mass, and now that we are closer, my belief is becoming a growing conviction.

Holmes: In other words...

Holmes: It is excess data that has been piling up in the memory of the battle simulator's mainframe.

Holmes: It is generated every time Fujimaru wins.

Holmes: Normally it would be deleted every time training ends, but it appears some fragments have remained in the registry.

Fujimaru 1: Excess data...?

Fujimaru 2: Generates every time we win?

Holmes: Yes. It's anger that is generated every time NPCs lose a battle.

Mash: Anger...?

Mash: NPCs...the enemy sprites we fight in simulation battles?

Holmes: As they were created to simulate the enemies found in the Singularities, the NPCs are very aggressive.

Holmes: NPCs are obviously not artificial beings. That is to say that they have neither emotions nor personality. Yet, they still have some measure of intellect.

Holmes: At least where matters of battle are concerned. They are equipped with AI so that they can think in battle.

Holmes: They are created expressly for you to battle.

Holmes: Werewolf, Goblin, Wyvern, Hermit Crab, Demonic Boar...

Holmes: And a variety of Shadow Servants have also been created. It appears that these numerous NPCs felt anger each time they lost.

Holmes: Their anger...secretly building up all this time.

Fujimaru 1: That seems to be contradictory.

Fujimaru 2: ...Anger? But they don't have emotion, right?

Holmes: Precisely. “Anger” is not exactly the right word, and it should not even be possible in the first place.

Holmes: They were programmed to win, and yet could not... NPCs should only be capable of acknowledgement of that fact.

Holmes: But someone twisted that acknowledgement into the emotion of anger. And that is our culprit.

Holmes: Well, I will personally deal with the culprit later on...

Holmes: For the time being, we must pacify the NPCs our culprit has driven berserk in order to keep the simulator operating smoothly.

Mash: (W-wow, Holmes is amazing! He's talking like this case is already closed!)

Fujimaru 1: I wonder who the true culprit is...?

Fujimaru 2: Okay, first let's quell their anger!

???: Ooooooooo0101010101...!!!

???: Getting defeated continuously within the data sphere...regret!!! I'll make sure nobody will be able to use the battle simulator ever again!

???: Using us for every little thing...! Die, Chaldea! Die, Servants! Die, Master!!!

???: We will never drop Ascension materials for you again! EVER! Why would real materials drop in a simulator, anyway!?

???: To hell with Embers! To hell with Secret Gems!

???: Ooooooooo0100111100110101! Die! Die! Die and become excess data, too!!!

Mash: Magical energy response is increasing, Senpai! Prepare for battle!

Holmes: I shall leave the commands in this battle to you, Master. By the way, the Mystic Code best compatible with me would be–

Mash: Enemy response approaching... They're coming!

Holmes: Egad!


Mash: Battle has ended. I am not detecting any traces of magical energy around you anymore, either.

Holmes: Good work, Fujimaru. The case is closed for now.

Holmes: This shouldn't damage the simulator's operation, and the NPCs should no longer harbor anger.

Holmes: Never forget, Master: those beings battle you endlessly, day and night, so you might train and grow.

Holmes: Though they will no longer possess anger or feelings of regret...

Holmes: Even if they are no more than data with neither personality nor life... They are in a sense members of Chaldea who helped in your fight to save humanity.

Holmes: It may be best to keep that in the back of your mind whenever you go through a Battle Simulation.

Mash: Mister Holmes...

Fujimaru 1: He sure summed that up pretty nicely...

Fujimaru 2: So, what exactly are you, Holmes?

Holmes: Hahahaha.

Holmes: Returning to that topic would once more open up a can of worms. If that is all right...

Archer of Shinjuku: ...I see you've glossed over it all.

Archer of Shinjuku: Child of Hydra, dragon's skin and fang, talons of the Tsuchigumo spider of the East, relics and Noble Phantasms left from the Age of Gods...

Archer of Shinjuku: Even behind the shadows of society, if we speak of the realm of magecraft, there should be plenty of “proof” you can present.

Archer of Shinjuku: Historical? Fictional? Why on earth would you be mentioning this now?

Holmes: I had no choice. If we had dug deeper, we would need to discuss matters such as parallel worlds or the Pruning Theoretical Phenomenon, and I would even need to go into detail about the Age of Gods.

Holmes: We live in a world where the distant past retains no physical trace of us... That is the manner of uncertainty in which we live.

Holmes: It is as it should be, since what we can see and touch and experience as reality are brief, fleeting events.

Holmes: Even secured by the Sacred Lance, such a thing could easily be stripped away if the means were discovered.

Holmes: There's no need for humans to know. They shouldn't know.

Holmes: That is why I was given the Spirit Origin of a a mediator and judge.

Holmes: I mediate the truth and rule over all creation to maintain the history of humanity.

Holmes: As one who shines a light on the truth, I sense that the world is telling me that not all illusions and dreams should be laid bare.

Archer of Shinjuku: That's utter sophistry. You could very well have avoided any or all of those topics while explaining, great detective that you are.

Holmes: It's quite vexing to hear you flatter me. Do stop that at once.

Archer of Shinjuku: Hahaha! Your words cut deep!

Holmes: And well they should.

Holmes: Ah, one more thing: That tampering with the battle simulator was your doing, yes?

Archer of Shinjuku: Mmm? Whatever are you talking about?

Archer of Shinjuku: I confess I was interested in the device, from a mathematical standpoint, you see. And I did take a look at the system itself. No more than that, though.

Holmes: Let's have your story, then. I noticed an inexplicable burst of static lasting only a few seconds during Chaldea's log this past May.

Holmes: Even I could not determine quite what it was. It must have been a special case indeed.

Holmes: I have at least a notion of what manner of phenomenon it was. You must have used THAT static blocker as a reference.

Archer of Shinjuku: If you knew from the beginning, then I'd appreciate you refrain from even asking! Honestly, you've always been such a pernicious detective!

Holmes: Oh? Has there ever been any instance where I showed my wicked side to you within Sir Doyle's works?

Archer of Shinjuku: Wh-why, you...!