Arturia "Saber" Pendragon
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Full name Arturia "Saber" Pendragon
Series   Fate/Stay Night
D.o.B / Age   July 7th
Height   154cm
B / W / H   73cm / 53cm / 76cm
Weight   47kg
Bloodtype   O
Likes   Good meals, plush lions
Dislikes   Bad meals, formal dress, old men
Affiliated Characters   Ayako Mitsuzuri, Bazett Fraga McRemitz, Caren Ortensia, Caster, Himuro Kane, Illyasviel "Ilya" von Einzbern, Kaede Makidera, Luvia Zeritta Edelfelt, Rider, Rin Tosaka, Sakura Mato, Taiga "Tiger" Fujiwara, Yukika Seagusa
Family   King Uther Pendragon (father) and Igraine (mother), Merlin (guardian and uncle)
Background Info   Saber is an agile but powerful warrior. She is loyal, independent, and reserved; she appears cold, but is actually suppressing her emotions to focus on her goals. Her class is considered the "Most Outstanding", with excellent ratings in all categories. Because her master cannot effectively provide her with Mana, she minimizes her activity to preserve what she has. Saber is bewildered by Shiro's "protective" tendencies, and believes his erratic and reckless behavior jeopardize her chances of winning the Holy Grail War.

Her full name is Arturia Pendragon, and her creation as a character was inspired by the legends of King Arthur. Arturia is the daughter of British King Uther Pendragon and Igraine, a former Duchess of Cornwall. At her nativity, Uther realizes his subjects will never accept a female as a legitimate ruler, and decides to not publicly announce Arturia's birth or gender. She is entrusted by Merlin to a loyal knight, Sir Ector, who raises her as a surrogate son. When Arturia is fifteen, King Uther dies, and with no known eligible heir to the throne, Britain enters a period of turmoil following the growing threat of invasion by the Saxons. Merlin soon approaches her, explaining that the British people will recognize her as a destined ruler if she withdraws Caliburn, a ceremonial sword embedded in a large slab of stone. However, pulling this sword is symbolic of accepting the hardships of a monarch, and Arturia will be responsible for preserving the welfare of her people. Without hesitation, and despite her gender, she draws Caliburn and shoulders Britain's mantle of leadership.

Arturia rules Britain from her stronghold in Camelot, and earns the reputation of a just, yet distant king. Under the guidance of Merlin and with the aid of her Knights of the Round Table, she guides Britain into an era of prosperity and tranquillity. Caliburn is destroyed, but Arturia soon acquires her holy sword, Excalibur, and Avalon, Excalibur's blessed sheath, from Vivian. While Avalon is in her possession, Arturia never ages and is immortal in battle.

Throughout her reign, Arturia is plagued by feelings of guilt and inferiority; she sacrifices her emotions for the good of Britain, yet many of her subjects become critical of her lack of humanity. Excalibur's scabbard is stolen while she repels an assault along her country's borders; when Arturia returns inland, she discovers Britain is being torn asunder by civil unrest. Despite her valiant efforts to placate the dissent, Arturia is mortally wounded by a traitorous knight, a homunculus born of her blood named Mordred, during the Battle of Camlann. Her dying body is escorted to a holy isle by Morgan le Fay and Sir Bedivere. Arturia orders a grieving Bedivere to dispose of Excalibur by throwing it back to Vivian; in her absence, she reflects on her personal failures, regretting her life as king. Before her last breath, she appeals to the world; in exchange for services as a Heroic Spirit, she asks to be given an opportunity to relive her life, where someone more suitable and effective would lead Britain in her stead

Saber destroyed the Holy Grail in the fourth Holy Grail War because Kiritsugu Emiya used a command seal (Reiju) in order to force her to act against her will. However, she only managed to destroy the Grail's physical form. Her only wish is to redo her life so that she would never become king. In the Fate scenario, Shiro convinces Saber that she should accept her life for what it is rather than wishing to change her life. Saber only survives in Unlimited Blade Works' good ending. In Fate and Unlimited Blade Works, she used Excalibur to destroy the Holy Grail and its contents once and for all.

In the Heaven's Feel scenario, Saber was consumed by darkness by Angra Mainyu and turned into Sakura's Servant, Black Saber. Black Saber is later defeated and killed by Shiro.

In Fate/hollow ataraxia, Saber continues to protect Shiro, though it seems their relationship has turned more towards Saber having the major control over the relationship with Shiro. She kills Archer when he attacks Shiro in one loop. In another loop, Saber is killed by Bazett's Fragrach when she tried to use Excalibur on Bazett. In the final loop of Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, Saber aided Shiro/Avenger in reaching the Grail by fending off the mysterious monsters (which were in fact leftover parts of Avenger wishing to continue the loop) with other Heroic Spirits.

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