Lancer - The Only One
| Also Known As|
The Only One
|Other Qualifying Classes||Caster, Ruler, Berserker|
|Source||The Time Before Stones Spoke|
|Region||The Navel of the World|
The best way to describe Lancer would be with the phrase "overly personable." If Lancer were to stay in one place for any extended length of time, he would inevitably, as if a matter of course, become the single most important pillar within that community. A hideout would become decorated with the drawings of children and keepsakes given to him by others, and his spare time would be spent assisting, teaching, and being generally overjoyed to be of help to anyone, or even just lend an ear to one who does, or does not, require it. A man of commitment and dedication, he is unwavering in his beliefs and what he will do to stand by them. It is fortunate, then, that he possesses a might that allows him to carry his rather naive beliefs forward as though they are anything but.
The feature of Lancer that stands out more than any other would be his insistence that all humans are his children and that he shall treat them as such. That is not to say that he will view them as immature or in need of guidance when they are not - it is quite the contrary, he believes in the potential of humanity more than any other and loves nothing more than allowing humans to shine in their own right without the help of a guiding hand! - but that he will love and care for them as if they were his own, from the oldest to the youngest, the kindest to the cruellest, and the strongest to the weakest, Lancer sees no distinction between them. This does not mean that Lancer will not punish those that deserve it - in life, after all, he would personally see to any and all executions within his empire and steadfastly punish his children when they broke the law - but that he will always want to give people a second chance, and that it pains him beyond anything else to punish his children for their own evil.
Beyond that, the most unusual aspect of Lancer, perhaps even more than his personality itself, is the manner in which his clothes function. It is said that all customs of his empire invariably link back to him, and within his empire, it was a custom, nay, a steadfast rule, that the rulers would never wear the same clothes twice. As a servant, this aspect of Lancer's past manifests in a rather unusual way: should the eyes of others fall off him - that is, should nobody be looking at him - there is a chance that, when he is next observed by someone, he will suddenly be wearing a completely new set of clothes, without any indication or movement to change clothes on his part. If questioned about this, Lancer either feigns ignorance or truly cannot tell what others are talking about. The sly smile he wears as if he's pulling off a light prank, however, points at one of those options being more likely than the other.
If a master wishes to have Lancer engage in the killing of humans, they will either need to trick him into viewing them as truly irredeemable or force him to do so through the use of a command seal. In either case, they must be prepared for the fallout that results, whether that be the sting of betrayal or the despondency of grief, and if a master does wish to try to push Lancer into engaging in such actions, they risk his spear being pointed at them in turn, with their master's target, instead of the master themselves, seeing the back of their reliable father protecting them from harm.
- "You are a credit to your brothers and sisters, one of the best that humanity has to offer. You are a shining example of just how far humanity can go, how much of the world is in your reach, and for that, I am endlessly proud of you, my child. Yet still, though you have lived your life with pride and now stand before me as an equal, you and I both are but wraiths of the past, temporarily haunting a time that is not ours. How I wish I could have seen how brightly you shone in life, but nevertheless, I am happy beyond words to meet you even like this. So, come, warrior! Show me just how hard you have worked to make it to this point! Don't expect me to go easy on you!"
- "Ahh, my child, your jokes are as bright as the sun! You truly inherited my sense of humour."
"Umm, thanks? Anyway, that will be $14. 25, sir."
"Haha! See, this is just what I mean, that deadpan humour is just like my own!"
"... Lancer, let's just leave. Please?"
- "Believe in yourself, my child, for you possess the strength to overcome any obstacle. The fire within you burns bright, and it is my honour to fan those flames and witness you achieve greatness."
- "Oh my! This... this...! You call this a 'freeway,' you say? For roads to have come this far, I am truly touched. Come, let us borrow a vehicle and partake!"
- "To shed your own humanity to chase after immortality... my child, you have lost sight of yourself, no, you have lost sight of what makes humanity the special existence they are. Although it may pain my heart, you have long since made your choice. Fear not, my wayward son, even if nobody else shall, I at least will grieve your loss. Now, come."
- "Stand aside, Lancer!"
"... I refuse. He has strayed far from his intended path, but even so, I want to have faith in him. No, I must do so. After all, what kind of father doesn't protect his own child? I am sorry, master, I understand your position, but even so, I will not move."
- "Hm? My child, what are you - pfft - ahem, what are you talking about? I was just wearing these? Anyway, aren't they fashionable? I quite like this modern style of clothing, and these 'joggers' are so incredibly comfortable! What? No, it's not embarrassing, come on, I look very stylish."
- "You're right, my child, I can see why it would be awkward for someone who looks younger than you to refer to you in such a way. Honestly, I thought this form would look older, but perhaps this class is when I was at my physical peak. I suppose that would be when... hmm, how unpleasant."
- "Why do you look so fearful, master? Worry not, and let all your faith rest on me for a moment. Your father can handle it."
|Guardian of XXXX||EX|
A skill denoting Lancer's status as the end-all and be-all of his empire. Lancer is one of the few figures in Pan-Human History who can boast of having created a civilisation without the aid of a prior civilisation or of prior knowledge to take from. Born, no, created, for the express purpose of guiding humanity and granting them the platform needed to grow, Lancer took to his job in stride. Despite not having the knowledge to grow an empire in a rapid way by himself, Lancer guided a section of humanity that had fallen behind, protecting them from any and all outside threats during their period of growth from savagery into the grandest empire of Pre-Columbian America. If for most users of Imperial Privilege it was "only natural" for them to be gifted, or to find themselves ruling, for Lancer, it is truly the case that he "could never have been ungifted," or could ever have done anything but rule. He was, after all, created for that exact purpose, and that exact purpose alone.
A unique form of Imperial Privilege. Due to Lancer's legend, it is a skill that is locked until his empire has been planted. Upon the budding of his empire, the skill automatically activates in full bloom. Lancer is XXXX, and XXXX is Lancer in turn. With his precious children behind him, Lancer is capable of fighting any threat. At least, that is what he claims.
A skill denoting a connection to the divine. Lancer's birth is special. He is not the child of a God and a human but of two Gods themselves. Lancer was born from the flesh of his parents, who tore off parts of themselves to mould into Lancer's form. As such, he was created without a drop of humanity in his body and should be a divine spirit in his own right; however, through his own circumstances and decisions, he refused to rise to the position of his parents, willingly and deliberately lowering his divinity throughout his life to live among his children as a human. As such, the skill is lowered in rank, but Lancer still boasts among the highest levels of divinity possessed by a servant.
A skill denoting connection to the World, allowing one to identify anything out of place to a precise enough level to detect even those using Presence Concealment of the same rank. Moulded into existence by his parents and entering the world of the living through a cave connected to the underworld of XXXX XXXXX, Lancer's connection to the Earth was strong enough to claim himself as XXXXXXXXXX, the Earth Maker.
Although lacking the range of one who was moulded out of clay, his precision is roughly on par with the other notable user of the skill.
|Magic Resistance||A||Cancel spells of A-Rank or below, no matter what greater magecraft it is. In practice, the Servant is untouchable to modern magi.|
|Mana Burst [Sun and Moon]||A+|
Through his father, the god of the sun, and his mother, the goddess of the moon, Lancer possesses mana that synergises with both celestial bodies. Able to call upon the blazing flames of the sun and the bitter frost of the moon, Lancer's very mana emphasises flexibility and might in equal measure.
As he is able to go beyond the standards of purely using the sun's flames and incorporates another celestial body's power into himself, his mana burst is equal to the highest rank of mana burst that any servant has been recorded as being able to possess.
Lancer's connection with his empire was so intertwined that the Spanish, upon conquering the XXXX empire, employed a grand strategy of discrediting Lancer and painting him as an evil tyrant, as doing so would delegitimise the XXXX empire and, in turn, legitimise the Spanish invasion. Christian mythos and beliefs were suffused with XXXX culture, and Lancer was positioned as the great evil that turned the XXXX away from the teachings of God. It was said that he was the devil in human form, the unholy one who brought idolatry and false worship to his naive people. It was said that prior to Lancer's reign, the children of Noah lived peacefully and guided the natives, and that Lancer viciously slaughtered them, usurped their rule, and commanded over the people with evil in his heart.
Despite the efforts of the Spanish, Lancer is still, in large part, worshipped and raised up as a symbol in his native land. As a result, the rank of the skill is relatively low. If summoned within the nation of Spain, however, the rank of this skill raises dramatically, and the classes Lancer can be summoned in will be reduced to only that of Berserker. Within the lands of Spain, their tales are seen as true, and the Spanish will have their tyrant, their devil in human form, the slayer of Christianity.
The belief that Lancer was a living personification or incarnation of the devil is reflected in a way that increases his compatibility with those who would potentially view Satan as "their father." When speaking to beings who are considered undead, demonic, satanic, or that come from hell, the emotional manipulation element of his charisma is considered as A rank for his "father" aura, and B rank for general communication. He does not gain the ability to increase/decrease elements of builds.
The sad reality of this skill is that for the vast majority of beings affected who would sincerely view Lancer as a father, or at least a father figure, Lancer himself has no interest in them. Lancer's children are humanity, not those born from hell, or inhuman forms of the undead. In all honesty, being referred to as "father" by beings he does not view as his children creeps him out a bit. The irony of the situation is, unfortunately, entirely lost on him.
|Charisma||C-||Not quite a gift in the art of speechcraft, but rather a subtle effect brought out as part of his divinity and character. When Lancer speaks, his aura gives off a subtle effect that makes the listener subconsciously view him as a father figure. The effect is not pronounced enough to create anything close to unconditional trust in his words, and it may even lead to unfavourable impressions of those with poor familial experiences, but Lancer truly believes all of humanity to be his children, and it is through this skill that, even if only in some small, unspoken and unknown way, humanity views him as their father as well.|
Effect: his "aura" is on the level of C rank charisma and is a passive effect, but his normal speech outside of that aura is E rank.