This is the last on my series on Kingship and Fate/Zero. It’s been fun to do something like this, and I’ll continue to do other series. I’ll be doing one more on Kingship for a while, summarizing what I talked about here, as well as discussing what I have learned from other sources. Now we shall talk about the last of the kings talked about… the Paladin King.

Episode 11 of Fate/Zero was the feast of Kings. It is an excellent episode, one of the best I have seen. People forget that leadership is all about philosophies. It is one of the great tests of manliness and personal ability alike. A good king will lead his people to greatness, fight off his enemies and his kingdom will last, at least, as long as the King lives.

Fate Zero is the story of the fourth Summoner War. The combatants are about 14 in number, plus however many Assassin is. The large number of characters is beyond me to properly describe, so I will just talk about my three favorite characters. Rider, Archer and Saber, though not in this order. The three are ancient great kings, Alexander the Great (Iskander), Gilgemesh, King of Uruk and  Arthur (Arturia), The Once and Future King. They each have a different philosophy on Kingship.

They may be each summed up in three terms: The Conqueror King, The Narcissist King and the Paladin King. Each are important styles of kinship that really have had happened in history. Part of the genius of the story is that these characters are all larger than life. Saber (Arturia) has such a sense of honor as to be, as Iskander states that in life, she must have been a ‘saintly king’. Gilgemesh only cares about ‘entertainment’. He is only in the war to ‘keep what is already his’, the Holy Grail, the object of the contest. Iskander is in the Holy Grail war to achieve mortal form without a need for mana. Then, he plans on returning to Greece in triumph.

In episode 11, Iskander calls a ‘banquet’ for the members of the Holy Grail War. He means to figure out who is strongest among them via a discussion of ideals. He feels that because the Holy Grail War is about supremacy, they can figure it out via an exchange of their philosophies on Kingship. Now, at the end of my series, I come to the last of them, Saber, Arturia.

ARTURIA! The King of Knights!

The Paladin King is the last of the three archetypes displayed in the King’s Banquet. It is portrayed as the ‘weakest’ in philosophy of the three, despite the relative equal power. It’s to do with their self-centered philosophies. Not that the Paladin King is any better, but rather, they are powerful in their own right, while the Paladin King can call on a ‘higher power’ to justify their actions.

They are limited by their ideals certainly, but it also causes them to have a positive rating from the civilians, if they are wise.  They will also fight tenaciously, even if they face death. The drawbacks, of course, come with a ‘zealot’ mindset and the limiting of their abilities. A Paladin King, following the just path, will not always be able to do all s/he can because his morals say otherwise. Also, if he is hard on his people, and ban certain things that they use to relax, then his people will hate and chafe under him, and he will lose his support.

The Paladin King also runs the benefit of a mass of warriors who gather under him because of his ideals. The Narcissist King has the benefit of adoring worshipers who may sacrifice themselves for his favor. The Conqueror king corrals loyal followers through his charisma and military success. The Paladin King runs the risk of falling away from his beliefs. If that happens, then his supporters leave him, or are abandoned by him. Many cannot rank up to a high standard, as such, they will say ‘I cannot measure up to him, no matter what I do, I will leave him.’ They may even plot their former King’s demise.

It’s important to remember that the Paladin King is not quite his own man. They must follow their sense of justice. For this reason I believe that Arturia’s attack EXCALIBUR!isn’t connected to wealth or their ability to lead, but to her core legend. The sword is a ranged/physical attacks that probably kills anything, if it hits.

The next post will talk about the three kings at once, what they should look out for, and how their people consider them.

This picture is the end of Arturia’s ‘path’. She abandoned her friends and companions, and though she died a saint, she died alone. In myth, King Arthur was given his death wound by Mordred.

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