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"His spear hit Mordred in the chest
And through his backbone bore;
So Mordred lost his life at last
And never spoke word more.
But as he died, he raised his arm
And clove King Arthur's head
Through crest and helmet. Thrice he swooned
Like one that's almost dead"

~From The Stanzaic Morte Arthur (King Arthur's Death, trans. Brian Stone)
 
I. General Info
II. Permissions
III.HMD
IV. Gender Issues



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CHARACTER NAME: Mordred | Saber of Red
CHARACTER SERIES: Fate/Apocrypha

[OOC]
This is the permissions list for OOC (out of character), activity.
Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no", as well as additional information if desired.

Backtagging: Yes
Threadhopping: No
Fourthwalling: Maybe, ask me first.
Offensive subjects (elaborate): Anything is fine.

[IC]
This is the permissions list for IC (in-character), activity.
Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no", as well as additional information if desired. With IC permissions, it's a good idea to elaborate on what other players can expect from your character if they choose to do any of the following:

Hugging this character: Mordred sees herself as above people and thus has quite the ego, as such anyone may try but attempts to hug her may garner anger and threats of violence.
Kissing this character:See above
Flirting with this character: Some courtly flirting Mordred is fine with, hand kissing and such, but anything besides that will likely rile her up a bit.
Fighting with this character: She's a knight, so she is always always up for a fight.
Injuring this character (include limits and severity): Ask me first.
Killing this character: Again, ask me first.
Using telepathy/mind reading abilities on this character: See the last two.

Warnings:


Secret of Pedigree: Helm of Hidden of Infidelity

Mordred's secondary Noble Phantasm prevents people from being able to discover such information as her true name, abilties and even gender. In general this means anyone who has an inkling as to who she may truly be will feel as if they know, but will be unable to recall the exact information, a sensation much like having information on the tip of your tongue but annoyingly not being able to call it to mind.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this power ask right here and we can hash something out!
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Though she was first mentioned in the original Fate/Stay Night visual novel, Mordred did not receive a proper design until the 2006 animation adaption, in which she is depicted as a near identical copy as her father wearing red armor and a masked-helmet. It would not be till sometime later, in her entry in one of the Character Material collection, that we would finally learn of Modred's history as an homunculus spawned from Arturia via the meddling of her sister, Morgan La Fey. This information formed the basis of the fandom's conception of Mordred as a character, and would serve as the basis for almost all thought of her until the release of Fate/Apocrypha many years later.

But what is most important about all this for the sake of argument is the fact that, for many many years, the fandom simply assumed the Modred was male. This was perfectly reasonable at the time, given how little we knew about her at the time, and defined Mordred as a son who longed for the approval of a distant father figure who he both worshiped as an ideal of all that was good and just, and hated for rejecting his claim to the throne and refusing to acknowledge their blood relation.

But with the release of Apocrypha, and Nasu's statement that Mordred is in fact a young woman, the story of a boy who wished only for the love and respect of the father he admired so much becomes a bit more convoluted. For even now that it is known that Modred is a woman, she still refers to herself as the son of King Arthur.

This is a rather complicated issue, but what can be said is that a good portion of Mordred's identity is wrapped up in her blood relation to Arturia. As Mordred firmly believes she is above other people in stature, as seen in her treatment of her master, and uses her royal blood as an excuse as to why this is so. Though her relationship with her past is complicated, to the point that Mordred will become enraged at the mere mention of Round Table, her gender is equally as problematic a matter for the young knight and garners from her a sort of rage similar to that level against invocations of her past.

My take on this is as follows, Mordred's self identity is that of being the "Son" of the King, both male titles. To her, emulating the greatness of her father in every way meant forming a mental construct that forced upon her a male gender role as well. Knight, son, all of these were roles occupied by men, to admit her own femininity would mean being force to reevaluate her entire view of the world. As Mordred has not yet shown the strength in universe to reconcile with her past, neither does she have the strength to admit to herself who she truly is as a person.

So, somewhere down in the line, if she ever manages to come to terms with her past, her "father", and all that goes with it, it is likely that only then will she finally be able to reconcile that that she didn't need to adopt a male persona to remain a knight and her father's son, but that is a level of self-awareness that a child like Mordred will take ages to truly attain.

TL;DR: Mordred has a very specific identity that requires seeing herself as male in order to maintain, and if questioned as to why she sees the world this way she will become angry and refuse to answer. That is why she will sometimes refer to herself in a male fashion.
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NAME & AGE: Mordred | Saber of Red | 15 or so physically and mentally, unknown chronologically.
CANON & CANON POINT:
Fate/Apocrypha, Post-Volume 2

CANON INFORMATION:
Fate/Apocrypha is an alternate-universe version of Fate/stay night that split from the normal timeline after the events of the Third Grail War. Whereas in F/SN after the Third Grail War the hatred of the servant known as Avenger would corrupt the Grail and bring ruin to both the Fourth and Fifth Grail Wars, in the World of Fate/Apocrypha, the Grail was instead stolen by an organization known as Yggdmillennia.

Around the time the Fifth Grail War would take place in the main timeline, Yggdmillennia declares not only their secession from the Magus Association but also that they were the ones who stole the Grail following the Third War.

This leads to the beginning of what comes to be called the “Grand Grail War,” in which 14 servants, the seven that would be normally summoned plus seven more summoned under an obscure reserve system normally only invoked if all seven Magi in a single Grail War decided to collaborate, fighting in teams of seven over the right to the Grail. The Yggdmillennia then title themselves the Black Faction, while the Magus Association declares themselves the Red Faction.

Mordred herself is summoned to fight in the Grail War by a man named Kairi Sisigou, who used a wooden shard of the Round Table as a catalyst during her summoning.


PERSONALITY:
Created by the sorceress Morgan le Fay via magical means, Mordred was born to help her mother to destroy Morgan's sister, Arturia, and her kingdom. To this end, Mordred used her keen skills and dedication to the ideals of knighthood to win a place among the legendary Knights of the Round Table, though she hid her face beneath a horned helmet to conceal her true identity and unmistakable resemblance to the king she so admired. However, upon being told of her origins as an artificial human conceived by sorcery from the flesh of the king himself, Mordred began to see herself as a superior human of sorts via her blood connection to Arturia, whom she viewed with child-like eyes as a great person and leader, and fancied herself the true heir to the throne and to her father's legacy.

However, this pride would not last for long, as Arturia eventually rejected Mordred and refused to acknowledge the artificial girl as her child. This shattered Mordred's view of the world and of her “father,” and eventually caused her to sow the seeds of rebellion and unrest in the kingdom while Arturia was away. The end result of all this was the meeting of the two once last time at the Battle of Camlann, where mother and daughter fought atop a hill, and, though Arthur managed to pierce Mordred with a holy spear, a counterattack from Modred sealed her mother's fate as well, as she would later die of the wounds inflicted by her own child.

After her death, Mordred's spirit would come to rest in the Throne of Heroes, the receptacle from which heroes from throughout mankind's history are called to do battle once more in the Holy Grail War. In particular, she would be summoned into what would be know as the Grand Grail War, an event in which two factions, Red and Black, clashed over the right to claim the grail for themselves.

After being summoned into the modern world, it does not take long for Mordred's master to discover the true identity of the helmeted knight he had summoned, for she almost immediately destroys the piece of the Round Table that had been used to summon her in the first place, suggesting that she was a person who had powerful negative feelings towards her past in the knighthood. This lingering resentment of her past, and especially of her less-than-ideal relationship with Arturia, forms a large basis of Mordred's personality in the present, to the point that she will become angry if any mention of the Round Table, her father, or even her own gender is made in her presence as quoted in the following exchange between Mordred and her master:

“Saber said, and the face-covering helm split and merged with the armor. When she revealed her face, Shishigou could not close his opened mouth.

"You're a girl...?"

No, perhaps he was a boy. In any case, the knight had quite a youthful appearance. This was so unexpected that Shishigou let his words slip out without thinking, and did not notice the knight's mood immediately worsening.

"Do not say that again."

"Say... what?"

Her chilling, murderous growl brought Shishigou back down to earth.

"Call me that again, and I will be unable to restrain myself."

The glint in her eyes told him of her killing intent. Shishigou's instinct whispered to him that she was serious.

"...Okay, my bad. I won't say it again."

The fact that Mordred seems to paradoxically worship and loathe her father puzzles her master, and often makes him question just where Mordred's true feelings on the matter lie. Beneath the surface, however, the matter is a bit more complicated, as Mordred's motivation to act as she did both in the past and during the Grail War was prove to Arturia, and to herself, that she was worthy of being both the king's son and the heir to the throne.

And so great was Mordred's desire to prove herself to her father that, when questioned about what she would wish for if she somehow managed to win the Grail War, Mordred responded that she would like the chance to attempt to remove the sword Caliburn from the stone just as Artuia had as a girl, in effect giving herself a chance to show with concrete evidence to that she was worthy of being the heir to the throne and her father's legacy. Mordred's desire to be loved by her father is best summed up in the final exchange between father and son during their flast battle

“—I hate you, I hate you. I hate you, the perfect king. I hate you, who didn’t acknowledge my existence. Even though I was happy to be in your shadow. You never once turned around to face me.
—That’s why this is a natural punishment, King Arthur. I destroyed everything, everything you1 had!
“Do you hate me!? Do you hate me that much!? Did you hate me for being Morgan’s son!? Answer me… answer me, Arthur!!”
At that shout, Arthur finally responded to her as they crossed swords. In a cold, completely emotionless voice, the king pronounced his verdict.
“I have never once hated you. The reason I did not hand the throne over to you is because—”

It is also worth noting that Mordred's relationship with her father has so come to define her as a person that it has been emblazoned upon her sword, which bears the name “Clarent Blood Arthur” and the title “Rebellion Against My Beautiful Father,” showcasing even in the name of her weaponry just how ingrained her convoluted relationship with Arturia has become in her legend over the years.

As mentioned previously, Mordred becomes angered if anyone refers to her by her gender – that is, referring to her as a woman or girl – for the simple fact that her own identity is highly tied to that of being the son of the king, whom, as far as she knew, was a man. To live up to and surpass the image of her father that lingers in her memories, Mordred's self-image is formed in such a way that, by her logic, she must share her father's perceived gender in order to stand on equal footing with the legendary King of Knights. Likewise, admitting herself as female would also mean that her father, of whom she is a nearly identical copy, was female as well, which would not fit the ideal image she had of Arturia, and thus would force Mordred to reevaluate her entire worldview.

Mordred is also an endlessly cocky girl who always seems to see herself as coming out on top of any given situation, calling herself the one person who overcame the King of Knights, and often gloats of her ability on the battlefield, though her master often thinks to himself that such an attitude may become an issue someday. She even goes so far as to claim that her victory in the Grail War, and thus her opportunity to wish to take up the same trial that her father did in order to become king, is a sure thing as seen in the following exchange:

“Of course, if Mordred manages to pull the sword from the stone, then she would be recognized as worthy of being king. However, there is one gaping hole in what she planned to wish for.

"Hey, can I just ask you one thing?"

"Yes?"

"Assuming the Grail grants your wish, what happens if you can't pull the sword out?"

If she wants to challenge the sword of appointment, then naturally there is the chance that she cannot draw the sword. There was not a single man in the country who was deemed worthy by the sword, after all. Mordred may carry the blood of Arthur, but it is truly questionable whether she can pull out the sword.

"What nonsense, Master. Of course I can pull the sword out!"


However, despite her time as a knight, Mordred also defines herself as someone who will do anything necessary to come out on top of a conflict, such as defeating several golems by throwing her sword, an unorthodox and risky move that most knights would never think to even try. When questioned about the matter by her master, Mordred simply states that she would do anything if it would help her win, including punching, kicking, and biting, if it came to down to it – adding that, to her, her swordplay is just another tool in her arsenal as seen as she bathes in the afterglow of a hard fought battle against the Black Factions Golems mentioned above:

“Saber gave a big stretch and skipped to the middle of the street where she spun round and round. The battle might have improved her mood, Shishigou thought faintly.

Stopping herself with one foot, Saber turned back to him and asked.

"Oh, yes - how did I do, Master?"

"Hmm?"

"What I mean is, what do you think of my fighting abilities? Well, the enemy was not a Servant, so I could not use my full strength..."

"Ah, that... Well, I'd have to say that you were incredible. You definitely showed me why you are a Saber-class Servant."

Saber puffed up proudly, looking satisfied.

"But throwing your sword at the end there? Really?"

"Don't be a fool, Master. The only thing that matters is that I win - nothing else. Swordsmanship is just another option in combat. I will punch, kick and bite if that is what it takes."

"...I agree completely."

Her mentality is so very close to his own that he almost wanted to shield his eyes from it.“

Off the battlefield, Mordred is a girl who sees herself as being above others and deserving of the finer things in life. This is seen when she asks her master to buy her clothing, mentioning that it should be no bother to simply drop a few coins on such an item for her and thinking it below her to sleep on the floor of the crypt that her master, a necromancer, had chosen as his base of operation for the war. As per the following back and forth, we can see that Mordred sees herself as a person of great stature who deserves the the best that life life has to offer due to her status as a knight:

“Saber is well within her rights to lament - the candles around them illuminated looming piles of bones. Two sleeping bags have been placed over a slightly more open area, seemingly an altar, confirming that Shishigou is planning on sleeping here.

"Don't be so demanding. There aren't many leylines of this quality, you know? This place will definitely help with recovering your prana."

"Damn the leylines. That's not the problem."

"Oh... are you scared?"

When Shishigou slapped his hands together in understanding, Saber made a face like a bellicose snapping turtle and yelled.

"No! I simply cannot stand this poor treatment! I was a knight! And even if I weren't, no one would be able to accept this!"

"Sigh... all right, fine. You can use that sleeping bag. It's more expensive, so it should be more comfy."

Mordred does possess something of a sense of honor, even noting on occasion that she would never go so far as to drag innocent bystanders into a conflict between magi and servants as seen when discussing the possibility of harm coming to common people with her master:

“Of course, one should have moderation in all things. A single death may cause little more than grief to those around them - but when one death becomes ten deaths, or a hundred deaths, public institutions will act. And if the situation becomes impossible for one person to conceal, the Association will act. That is why the fighting takes place at night, and why bounded fields should be placed before combat to turn back normal people.

But this is the Great Holy Grail War. Is there really a choice whether this city should be sacrificed to those heroes of myths and legends, called here to rampage about as they please? Besides, every stick and stone of Trifas belongs to the Yggdmillennia.

Saber remained unexpectedly quiet. A curious Shishigou turned around and saw that she was clearly cross.

"I would not stand for that."

"Stand for what?"

"Sacrificing the common folk. Why is it that magi never seem able to understand such a simple logic?"

Saber spat out in obvious disgust.

"Well, that's just what they are."

"Disgusting. I would never stoop so low, Master."

"Yeah, yeah... we'll try not to involve the peasantry, Your Highness."

This is partly because of her own sense of right and wrong, but also because Mordred believes that part of being a right and just king is looking out for the safety and well-being of the common folk – and, as Mordred believes herself the proper heir to the throne of Camelot, she holds herself to these standards as well.

It is also worth noting that Mordred does not like to be kept in her spiritual form as some servants do in order to make it easier to hide themselves from their rivals, but rather prefers her physical body because she prefers keeping her own two feet planted firmly on the ground, stating when speaking of the fact to her master:

“In any case, Shishigou walked up the dome-roofed staircase towards the designated location. Said to contain one hundred and seventy-two steps, this staircase as well as the Church on the Hill are both famous sights.

Suddenly, Saber spoke to Shishigou.

"...There's something I want you to do, Master."

"Yeah? What is it?"

"Buy me some clothes."

For a while, Shishigou could not find the words to respond to this utterly unexpected request.

"...Why?"

"Staying in this form makes me ill at ease. I cannot calm myself without my own feet planted on the ground. And I cannot walk around the city, even during the day, whilst wearing this."

It is true that her 'clothes', or rather, full suit of armor could not possibly be worn in public. Then again, the majority of the Holy Grail War is to be conducted during the night, so it is not exactly a pressing need...

"Do this for me. I trust that my Master is not such a miser that he would begrudge sparing some coin for mere cloth?"

"...Guess I don't have much of a choice."

In all, Mordred is a girl with a complicated relationship with her past, yet one who is nevertheless fully capable of acting in the present as well. Though she is cocky, often looks down on others, and is sometimes quick to anger, she is capable of working with others that she deems worthy of her attention, as seen when she is finally able to say something positive about her master after a meeting between the two of them ,Shirou Kotomine, and his servant, the Assassin of Red. Though, naturally, given Mordred's stubborn and haughty personality, this same show of trust comes about in the form of a rather backhanded compliment:

“Shishigou reached the end of the stairs and finally breathed a sigh of relief. Still, he made Saber confirm that there was no presence of any Servants nearby.

"Actually, Master..."

"Yeah, what?"

"It's simply that... it comforts me to know that my Master is not a man who would give a price for trickery and deceit. Not that I'm greatly relieved, mind. Just... well."

With some hesitant wording, she voiced her praise. At the very least, he had managed to benefit greatly from refusing Shirou's proposal - the Master had gained the trust of his Servant.

"You're welcome. Now, we go to Trifas. If worse comes to worst, we could be dealing with every Servant in the war. You okay with that?"

Saber declared herself loudly in response.

"Leave everything to me, Master, for I am Mordred, the only knight to have surpassed my father!"

Shishigou accepted this internally. It is said that, in summoning a Servant, a Heroic Spirit with a mentality similar to the summoner's own will be chosen. And she truly did resemble him.

Yes... especially in her over-abundance of confidence.”


COURT ALLIANCE & REASONING:
UnSeelie: Though a knight by training and code of honor, Mordred is a person defined in legend as a force of treachery and deceit who tore apart an entire country merely in revenge for the slights that her own father had leveled against her. She is also by no means a completely terrible person, as envisioned by her going out of her way to avoid hurting civilians during the Holy Grail War, but is nevertheless described by her master as a person who will approached her battlefield in a state of madness that pushed her further and further as a means of revenge against her own flesh and blood. Had she drummed up rebellion, her master would go on to comment, as a “knight”, the sort of person she had been during her time as a member of the Round Table, she likely would not have gathered the throng of followers that she had rallied under the banner of toppling the fallen King of Knights from her lofty throne. Rather, at the time she had become a warrior of spurred on by her own blind rage, a state of mind that brought some to her side who desired only to see how far that Mordred would go in her quest for revenge.

It is this drive for change, for the destruction the of the king whom she had seen as having fallen from the grace and failed the very people he ruled, that would most likely spur Mordred to side with the Unseelie court. She is not a person who holds herself to closely to what would constitute the “rules” and instead operates on doing whatever befits the current situation. Besides the above mentioned rebellion and the spirit that drove Mordred to commit such acts, she is also known to do things in combat that no normal knight would ever think of doing. Whether throwing her sword, or even saying that she would go so far to bite and kick at foes if it would benefit her at the present moment, Mordred does not constrain herself to silly things like “honor” if it would obstruct her advancement in someway.

It is for these reasons that I feel that Mordred would find home in the Unseelie court.


ABILITIES:

Servant: As a hero summoned by the Holy Grail, Mordred is something of a spiritual being who's physical form is only bound to the mortal realm by a steady flow of mana provided to her by any Master she may be contracted to at the moment. This spiritual nature also gives her, as it does all Servants, the ability to take on a nearly invisible spirit form and imparted upon her a basic amount of information concerning the modern age.

Clarent Blood Arthur: Modred's most powerful Noble Phantasm that fires a wave of blood red magical energy from her sword. A technique much like her Father's Excalibur, Clarent Blood Arthur is a destructive force classified as an “Anti-Army” Noble Phantasm with a range of between 1 to 50 people. After its use, Mordred's small body is wracked with horrible pain, but, if her master is powerful enough, she will be able to move not long after invoking her demon sword.

Secret of Pedigree: A Noble Phantasm that prevents others from learning Mordred's name, class, and other characteristics as long as she is wearing her helmet. The effect persists even when she is not “wearing” her armor, such as when she is wearing the casual clothes her master had bought for her, but will be negated any time Mordred uses Clarent Blood Arthur, as that technique requires her to show her true face.

Knight: Aside from all of her super natural powers, Mordred is also a talented knight, having served as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table for some time, and possess all of the talent and training that go along with the title. Meaning that she is competent in the use of swords and armor, and has some training in horse-back riding, as show by her above average score in the “Riding” skill as a Servant.


INVENTORY:

The sword Clarenet
Her armor
The outfit that her master bought for not long after arriving in Trifas.



Armor



Servant statistics
Class : Saber
Master: Kairi Sisigou

Strength: B+
Endurance: A
Agility: B
Mana: B
Luck: D
Noble Phantasm: A

Class Skills

Magic Resistance: B
Riding: B

Personal Skills

Prana Burst: A
Instinct: B
Battle Continuation: B
Charisma: C

Noble Phantasms

Clarnet Blood Arthur:
A+
Secret of Pedigree: C
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Character: Mordred | Saber of Red
Age: looks to be about 15
Canon: Fate/Apocrypha
Canon Point: Post-Volume 3

Background:
http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Saber_of_Red
Personality:
Created by the sorceress Morgan La Fey via magical means, Mordred was born to help her mother to destroy her sister, Arturia, and her kingdom. To this end, Mordred used her keen skills and dedication to the ideals of knighthood to win a place among the legendary Knights of the Round Table, though she hid her face beneath a horned helmet to conceal her true identity and unmistakable resemblance to the king she so admired. However, upon being told of her origins as an artificial human conceived by the sorcery from the flesh of the king himself, Mordred began to see herself as a superior human of sorts via her blood connection to Arturia, whom she viewed with child-like eyes as a great person and leader, and fancied herself the true heir to the throne and her “father's” legacy.

However, this pride would not last for long, as Arthur eventually rejected Mordred and refused to acknowledge the artificial girl as her child. This shattered Mordred's view of the world and of her “father,” and eventually caused her to sow the seeds of rebellion and unrest in the kingdom while Arturia was away. The end result of all this was the meeting of the two once last time at the Battle of Camlann, where mother and daughter fought atop a hill, and, though Arthur managed to pierce Mordred with a holy spear, a counterattack from Modred sealed her mother's fate as well, as she would later die of the wounds inflicted by her own child.

After her death, Mordred's spirit would come to rest in the Throne of Heroes, the receptacle from which heroes from throughout mankind's history are called to do battle once more in the Holy Grail War. In particular she would be summoned into what would be know as the Grand Grail War. An event in which two factions, Red and Black, clashed over the right to claim the grail for themselves.


After being summoned into the modern world, it does not take long for Mordred's master to discover the true identity of the helmeted knight he had summoned, for, she almost immediately destroys the piece of the Round Table that had been used to summon her in the first place, suggesting that she was a person who had a powerful negative feelings towards her past as a knight. This lingering resentment of her past, and especially of her less-than-ideal relationship with Arturia, forms a large basis of Mordred's personality in the present, to the point that she will become angry if any mention of the Round Table, her father, or even her own gender is made in her presence.

The fact that Modred seems to paradoxically worship and loathe her “father” puzzles her master, and often makes him question just how Modred's true feelings on the matter lie. Beneath the surface, however, the matter is a bit more complicated, as Mordred motivation to act as she did both in the past and during the Grail War, was prove to Arturia, and herself, that she was worthy of being the both the king's son and heir to the throne.

And so great was Modred's desire to prove herself to her father that, when questioned about what she would wish for if she somehow managed to win the Grail War, Mordred responded that she would like the chance to attempt to remove the sword Caliburn from the stone just as Artuia had as a girl, in effect giving herself a chance to show with concrete evidence to that she was worthy of being the heir to the throne and her “father's” legacy.

It is also worth noting that Modred's relationship with her father has so come to define her as a person that it has been emblazoned upon her sword, which bears the name “Clarent Blood Arthur” and the title “Rebellion Against My Beautiful Father.” Showcasing even in the name of her weaponry just how ingrained her convoluted relationship with Arturia has become in her legend over the years.

As mentioned previously, Mordred becomes angered if anyone refers to her by her gender – that is, referring to her as a woman or girl – for the simple fact that her own identity is highly tied to that of being the son of the king, whom, as far as she knew, was a man. To live up to and surpass the image of her “father” that lingers in her memories, Mordred's self-image is formed in such a way that, by her logic, she must share her “father's” perceived gender in order to stand on equal footing with legendary King of Knights. Likewise, admitting herself as female would also means that her “father,” of whom she is a nearly identical copy, was female as well, which would not fit the ideal image she had of Arturia, and thus force Mordred to reevaluate her entire worldview.

Mordred is also an endlessly cocky girl who always seems to see herself as a coming out of top of any given situation, calling herself the one person who overcame the King of Knights and often gloating of her ability on the battlefield, though her master often thinks to himself that such an attitude may become an issue someday. However, this cockiness is backed by her immense skill as a knight, as seen in the fact that she is able to best a foe as strong as Siegfried, the legendary German hero and one of the strongest servants summoned in this particular Grail War, in one-on-one combat, as well as being able to defeat a number of high-class golems with a bit of help from her master.

However, Mordred, despite her time as a knight, also defines herself as someone who will do anything necessary to come out on top of a conflict, such as is seen when fighting against several golems and in the fact that she defeats them by throwing her sword, an unorthodox and risky move that most knights would never think to even try. When questioned about the matter by her master, Mordred simply states that she would do anything if it would help her win, including punching, kicking, and biting, if it came to down to it – adding that, to her, her swordplay is just another tool in her arsenal.

Off the battlefield, Mordred is a girl who sees herself as being above others and deserving of the finer things in life. This is seen when she asks her master to buy her clothing, mentioning that it should be no bother to simply drop a few coins on such an item for her and thought it below her to sleep on the floor of the crypt that her master, a necromancer, had chosen as his base of operation for the war. Though they are eventually able to settle on Mordred taking the sleeping bag he had brought along, noting that it was worth slightly more then the blankets he would be using.

Mordred does possess something of a sense of honor, noting on occasion that she would never go so far as to dragging innocent bystanders into a conflict between magi and servants. This is partly because of her own sense of right and wrong, but also because Mordred believes that part of being a right and just king is looking out for the safety and well being of the common folk. And, as Mordred believes herself the proper heir to the throne of Camelot, she holds herself to these standards as well.

It is also worth noting that Mordred does not like to be kept in her spiritual form, as some servants do in order to make it easier to hide themselves from their rivals, but rather prefers her physical body because of the fact that she prefers to live with her own two feet planted firmly on the ground. As it adds a layer of reality to the situation that does not exist when one is merely floating around like a will-o-wisp most of the time.

In all, Mordred is a girl with a complicated relationship with her past, yet one who is nevertheless fully capable of acting in the present as well. Though she is cocky, often looks down on others, and is sometimes quick to anger, she is capable of working with others that she deems worthy of her attention, such as her master, who won her trust after refusing to team up with Shirou Kotomine.

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http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Saber_of_Red#Abilities

Alignment: Elios One of the central conflicts in Mordred's life is her hatred of her father for rejecting her as her son. But at the same time, in canon it is shown that Mordred secretly still loves Artoria as well for very complicated reasons, in fact in her character profile the thing she loves and hates are both listed as her father, cementing in simple words the complex relationship the two share.

Other:


⌈ SAMPLE SECTION ⌉

Sample:

http://empatheias-ooc.dreamwidth.org/115279.html?thread=10940751#cmt10940751

To meet her father again was an event that Mordred had never in a thousand year would ever happen. Drawn across time and space and dressed in her armor of old, she had sat in front of the King of Knights and from the depths of her heart spat forth venom and tears in equal amounts. But now, with the conversation in which she had said more to her father then she ever thought possible, all she felt was a sense of emptiness, and a sense of “Where do I go from here?”

She had a hundred times over played out such a scene in her head, where she would pridefully lord over her father her own achievements in the Grand Grail War and once and for all prove that he was wrong in rejecting her. But that was not what had come to pass. She had cried, wept, and yelled, but not felt nothing at all. All around her, holes had begun to appear, small in size as they were, in the ground, one for each memory she recalled that left a similar hole in her heart. She had once filled that space with a burning hatred for her father, but those flames had cooled and nothing it seemed would take their place.

So she sat, her head low and heart calm, wondering when she would know what to do next.

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To begin, I will note that my view of Mordred's relationship is more then a bit biased by the fact that I tend to take side with Mordred in matters over Arturia, but nevertheless I will attempt to be as impartial as possible when explaining my reasoning for the statements that follow.

For most of her short youth, Mordred saw Arturia as a perfect and resplendent king who could do no wrong and thus worshiped her from afar like one today might a celebrity or other famous figure. This form of hero worship formed in Mordred's mind a very particular vision of the woman who she would one day learn was her father, infallible and just Mordred's mental image of Arturia was one far removed from reality and vested in the sort of tales of gallantry and valor that one would expect of a figure as legendary as King Arthur.

And for sometime, there was little issue with Mordred seemingly being the king's biggest fan. As she followed her role as knight to a T and proved herself many times over on the field of battle, her face hidden firmly beneath a fearsome helmet made to hide her uncanny resemblance to the king she so adored. In truth, the first stepping stone to the downfall of Mordred, and indeed all those around her, seemed to come after discovering she shared the blood of royalty, though ever so twisted that relation might have been. A prideful person to a fault, as seen with how readily Mordred is to shout that she was the "only knight to overcome the king!", this only served to make things worse, and set up the young homunculus for a far greater fall then had she merely become disillusioned with her father's rule.

This is where things begin to get sticky. As Mordred began to hold up Arturia not only as a perfect king, but also her father the image of the two became so conflated that when Mordred finally did confront her father over the issue of her blood, and was excited in doing so, that any denial would likely have set fire to the tinder already stockpiled in her heart, as the real Arturia could never in a thousand years live up to the perfect mental image that Mordred had constructed in her head.

While it seems that Mordred did wish to be given the right to the throne and everything else that would come from inheriting the name Pendragon, what I truly believe  she actually wished for was her father to acknowledge her as "his" son. In Fate/Apocrypha's second volume we see the following exchange given between Arturia and Mordred:

"I hate you, I hate you. I hate you, the perfect king. I hate you, who didn’t acknowledge my existence. Even though I was happy to be in your shadow. You never once turned around to face me.

—That’s why this is a natural punishment, King Arthur. I destroyed everything, everything you1 had!"

“Do you hate me!? Do you hate me that much!? Did you hate me for being Morgan’s son!? Answer me… answer me, Arthur!!”

At that shout, Arthur finally responded to her as they crossed swords. In a cold, completely emotionless voice, the king pronounced his verdict.

“I have never once hated you. The reason I did not hand the throne over to you is because—”

 

You did not have the capacity to be a king."

We see in this the difference between the two's view of the situation. Whereas Mordred's thought seethe with rages about never have been given the acknowledgement that she felt she deserved from her father, note that she refers to Arthur as "the perfect king", Arturia dwells on the role of king instead. The two's view of one another was terribly skewed. Arturia saw from her vantage point as king only the bratty and impudent youth who desired the lofty role she possessed without any of the qualities needed to take it up. While Mordred, in turn, who so desired to be seen as her father's son, found her image of a perfect and just king shattered by such words. No truly good king would deny his own son's very existence, and thus something had to be done about the situation.

In this way, Mordred is very much like any other teenager. When not given what she wanted, she threw a fit, albeit one that would soon grow to engulf all of Britain in flames. The matter of the throne, it seems, was never what truly motivated Mordred to do what she did. Rather it was something of a symbol to her. To possess the right to the throne was to be acknowledged as the proper heir of the Pendragon family and gain everything that would come with it, including attention of her father. To pull another quote from Apocrypha, we see an outsider's perspective on the issue from Mordred's Master, Shishigou, as he reflects after having see Mordred's past in a dream.: (The emphasis is mine)

"There’s a limit even to compatibility, Shishigou thought. In the end, a Servant was merely a visitor from the past. Connecting with each other was important, but plunging in too deeply was out of the question. Once they got their hands on the Holy Grails, their relationship would end.

That’s why this truth was extremely irritating. A child who wished for her father’s love was the worst bad joke to Shishigou."

In summery, Mordred held an idealized vision of Arturia that was shattered when she was denied acknowledgement by her. To this end, she channeled her rage upon being denied her father's attention into the thought that no truly good king would deny their own flesh and blood, she must go for not only her own sake, but for that of the kingdom as well. This led to the bloody rebellion that would eventually claim the lives of both father and son, and pass on for more then a thousand years the story of Mordred's treachery and how he slew the King of Knights.

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