Illyasviel "Ilya" von Einzbern
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Full name Illyasviel "Ilya" von Einzbern
Series   Fate/Stay Night
D.o.B / Age   Secret
Height   Not known
B / W / H   Not known
Weight   Not known
Bloodtype   Not known
Likes   Nature
Dislikes   Being considered a little girl
Affiliated Characters   Ayako Mitsuzuri, Bazett Fraga McRemitz, Caren Ortensia, Caster, Himuro Kane, Kaede Makidera, Luvia Zeritta Edelfelt, Rider, Rin Tosaka, Saber, Sakura Mato, Taiga "Tiger" Fujiwara, Yukika Seagusa
Family   Taiga Fujimura (legal guardian), Kiritsugu Emiya (father, deceased), Irisviel von Einzbern (mother), Shiro Emiya (stepbrother), Leysritt and Sella (her maidens)
Background Info   A young German aristocrat, she travelled to Japan to participate in the Holy Grail War as a Master. Illyasviel has an angelic appearance and unsurpassed potential as a Master. She lives in a castle on the outskirts of Fuyuki City, accompanied only by her Servant and two maids. Illyasviel asks those she feels comfortable around to call her "Ilya". Her mother, Irisviel von Einzbern, fought alongside Saber and Emiya Kiritsugu during the previous Holy Grail war.

Ilya initially appears as an enemy to Shiro Emiya. The reason she is after him is because his step father, Kiritsugu Emiya, was a Master working for her family in the previous War, but betrayed them by destroying the Holy Grail. After Berserker is defeated, she has no desire to continue fighting and stays at Shiro's house.

She is in reality a Homunculus, an artificial human given life by applying sorcery to sperm cells, originally created and raised by the Einzbern family. She is actually slightly older than Shiro, her childlike appearance being a result of a distorted growth rate. During the Heaven's Feel scenario, it is hinted that the sperm used to create her was donated by Kiritsugu Emiya (it is confirmed in the novel Fate/zero), making her his biological daughter and Shiro's stepsister. Her personal interest in Shiro seems conflicted, due to the fact that Kiritsugu, whom she had loved as her father, remained in Japan as Shiro's guardian after betraying her family by destroying the long-sought Grail. Einzbern then trained Ilya harshly in order to groom her as the next vessel for the Grail, and a Master who would finally bring the Grail to the Einzbern family. Ilya, with her mother dying during the Grail War and her father abandoning her shortly after, became angry with Kiritsugu, and consequently, Shiro. She feels that Kiritsugu abandoned her for Shiro, and is jealous of Shiro for that. However at the same time, she also feels very close to Shiro for his relationship with Kiritsugu.

The Einzbern, one of three families of sorcerers involved in the Holy Grail War (the others being the Tosaka and the Makiri/Mato), were responsible for creation of the vessel which the souls of the defeated Servants would go into, while the Makiri created the system of Masters and Servants and the Tosaka supplied the land which became Fuyuki City. As such, Ilya was prepared by her family to act as a living vessel for the Grail.

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