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Saber Jūbei Additional Information

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Grand Saber Requirements

Grand Saber - The grand class of saber class servants, this is a class only available to the rare handful of those who have essentially become an archetype for a swordsman, having exceptional skill with swordsmanship is a given, however far more important is that the subject must boast great fame as a swordsman which is recognized as them essentially being one of, if not the archetypal image for a swordsman in some respect with King Arthur being the most famous and leader of the knights of the round is the archetype for European swordsman and is also qualified as Excalibur is by far the most famous of all magical swords and considered the archetype for all magical swords. King Arthur embodies the idea of a European or knight swordsman, a great king / warrior who unifies men around them with their charisma and ideals and is elevated to the same status as a god, and with their magical weapons and their skill smite their enemies as though with the same ease as a god from upon their throne on high.

Heracles is another example of one qualified for this class as he is the progenitor of the term “Hero” meaning defender which has come to be popularly associated with “knights in shining armor”, and boasts a sword of exceptional strength, and is considered the archetype of all most myths and heroes (especially in the Mediterranean or Europe where his fame is only contested by the likes of Achilles [who due to lacking a sword or skill with such cannot qualify as grand saber]), he is considered the archetype of powerful gigantic swordsmen, those who overcome through phenomenal physical feats, cunning, and dogged endurance rather than weapons with special powers (that is not to say that their weapons lack special powers, merely that they exist more as an extension of the swordsman’s natural skills rather than a true ability in their own right). Differing from a European swordsman Heracles is a mythical swordsman, one who would endure impossible odds, and with inhuman determination, great cunning, and strength, speed, and endurance which pushes the boundaries of humanity to their limit would overcome despite all odds. Differing from the charisma of one who would lead, they possess a charisma to inspire based on their abilities and have people drawn to them and worship them because of this fact.


Lastly, Jūbei (although Miyamoto Musashi also contends and can qualify for this role) boasts the rank due to being an icon of eastern or Japanese swordsmanship and the archetype for martial arts swordsmen, and a figure revered by all who would dedicate themselves to the art of swordsmanship and combat. While lacking in the sheer dogged determination of a mythical swordsman, or the unparalleled charisma and magical weapons of a European or knight swordsman, they boast an unparalleled skill that would make gods even gods and other legendary warriors seem wanting. No movements are wasted, no breath is heavy or uneven, no hesitation can be found in their swings, boasting control of their sword which would rival the control of a paintbrush in the hands of famed artists no swing is ever overextended, mistimed, and wherever they wish their blade to go or what they wish it to do it is done effortlessly. Differing from watching a master swordsman fight where it is almost a dance or a slaughter, these warriors fight with such ease that it to most it seems hard to believe they were even fighting at all, moving with the same grace and confidence as though they were merely taking a casual stroll down the street.

However, this only is half of the equation for these warriors, with the other portion of their qualification being in their bodies. Differing from a mythical hero who pushes the boundaries of human ability to their zenith, a martial arts swordsman is one who refines and purifies their body to a state of flawlessness. While seemingly similar the difference lies in the innate nature of their behavior, martial arts, particularly martial based or with ties to the eastern world arts, promote a style of refinement that follows the concepts of Chinese and Japanese belief in the gods and the soul. Under these beliefs, it is stated that people are born with souls and selves which are utterly pure and untainted, and as such their souls are analogous to gods in terms of their nature, as gods too are beings who reflect total purity in sole devotion to their nature and being. Through mental refinement through means like philosophy and the pursuit of martial arts, one strives to refine their soul, purifying and removing all traces and forms of impurity from their souls and flesh returning to a state of purity where their condition and soul is that of a god. One who has succeeded in this respect achieves a level of technical skill and strength unparalleled and has essentially ascended to the existence of a god not through human worship, but through removing all traces of impurity associated with living among and as a human from themselves.


The major difference between Musashi and Jūbei is in their philosophy of martial arts, Jūbei is a master of formlessness one who despite having learned in his family’s style of Shinkage-ryū came to discard the school and its teachings seeing them as only a detriment to his goal. True perfection as a martial artist Jūbei felt could never be achieved as long as one was shackled to the beliefs of one school, as even in the mastery of that school they would be bound to its limitations as well as its strengths. Nay true mastery as a martial artist (specifically a martial artist interested in swordsmanship) was that which could only be reached by taking the basics, the simple techniques not held as “secrets” or “mystic arts” of any school and practicing them alongside the art of fighting (the literal definition of martial arts [a way or school of fighting particularly related to war or combat]) until one had reached pure mastery which alongside an abandonment or detachment from all other things could allow one to reach a state of physical, mental, and spiritual purity which would be equivalent to godhood.

Musashi felt that merely the mastery of his school, one which taught in the ways of fighting and war, could allow one to reach that same level of purity even without a detachment from all established schools and human civilization through the creation of an inner or real self shown in combat and training (one which reflects the fighter and warrior and is pure) and an outer or false self shown outside of combat and training (one which is not pure, yet bears the entirety of one’s impurities as a human being). In the end, although their paths may have different the end location was the same both benign recognized as worthy of contending as the archetype for a martial arts swordsman and both worthy as the title of grand saber.


Grand Saber Abilities

Shared across all:

Magic resistance - at least A Rank {differs in mechanics due to them being ascribed divinity and their legends saturated in magic King Arthur would have very high magic resistance because of this, For Heracles, his innate toughness and divinity would grant high magic resistance, for Jūbei or Musashi them being able to create a degree of separation from the world would functionally make it so that most attacks wouldn’t even connect due to them functionally being on another plane of existence, and even then their divinity would (and in Musashi's case harming his physical body which can interact with this plane of existence wouldn’t due anything as that is not his true self, but merely a false self which interacts the world and exists to act as a buffer for any impurity not tainting his true self as a martial artist).


King Arthur:

Divine right of the Chosen King [EX]- A skill combining the aspects of Apotheosis, a god’s divine core, charisma, and mana burst of the highest level and rank. This skill due to being a characteristic of the grand class cannot be copied by other servants and denotes the nature of King Arthur as a holy king whose charisma and magical weapons and skills raised them to an existence beyond humanity and became a shining star which became revered even among other shining stars.


Heracles:

Divine right of the Hero [EX]- A skill combining the aspects of Apotheosis, a god’s divine core, charisma, battle continuation of the highest level and rank (evolved to the level that their strength actually increases as the battle continues and they become more hurt as they will always overcome the odds). This skill due to being a characteristic of the grand class cannot be copied by other servants and denotes that nature of Heracles as the ultimate symbol of human determination and will, an underdog who would always triumph no matter the odds and whose very name became ingrained as the definition of one who would protect others and a measuring stick to compare other heroes and myths.


Jūbei:

Divine right of the martial artist (detachment) [EX]- A skill combining the aspects of Apotheosis (self-induced), a god’s divine core, charisma, mind’s eye (true), and swordsmanship all of the highest level and rank. This skill due to being a characteristic of the grand class cannot be copied by other servants and denotes the nature of Jūbei as one of the two greatest swordsmen whose existence is confirmed in all of Japanese myth and history. This slightly differs from Musashi as it denotes the nature of Jūbei who left his station and vanished from history (only to be replaced by his clan with a stand-in who bore his name) fully isolating himself from human civilization and dedicating himself to training until the day he died. Even then his fame, entrenched by his achievements as a younger man and his family's name and status before he isolated himself from the world granted him the status of being famed and revered as one of the pillars of the two greatest swordsmanship by martial artists.


Musashi:

Divine right of the martial artist (duality) [EX]- A skill combining the aspects of Apotheosis (self-induced), a god’s divine core, charisma, mind’s eye (true), and swordsmanship all of the highest level and rank. This skill due to being a characteristic of the grand class cannot be copied by other servants and denotes that nature of Musashi as one of the two greatest swordsmen whose existence is confirmed in all of Japanese myth and history as the one who pioneered the book on one of if not the most famous style of swordsmanship in Japan and whose legends and number of feats are vast and storied. This differs slightly from Jūbei as it denotes the nature of Musashi who never removed himself from civilization, yet merely adopted a false self which would interact with civilization and other people, separate and isolated from his true self which only emerged when he trained or battled. Even then his number of feats and status as one who fought a vast number of battles, yet was one of few to never once lose alongside his book and school of swordsmanship immortalized him as one of the two greatest pillars of swordsmanship by martial artists.


The Full Extent of Miike Tenta Mitsuyo’s Power

While constrained as Saber class Saber despite having a powerful “mind’s eye” would not truly be able to boats the full extent of this attack’s conceptual power thus barring him from feats like cutting apart divine blessings or protection, cutting apart that which is said to be uncuttable or unbreakable, or cutting apart thing’s lifespan or their existence as such he would “merely” be restricted to cutting things like spells, attacks, the air, bounded fields, projectiles, curses, the effects of mystic eyes (if he can imagine their effect as something which he can tangibly cut [such as imaging the effect of mystic eye which culls possible futures until only 1 is left as generating a localized field around that user which flows outwards and determines what possible futures could be achieved, thus allowing them to cut that field and undo their artificial selection of the future or as another example Medusa’s eyes as firing a laser to anything which sees them in her field of vision which then turns anything in that field of vision to stone, thus letting him “cut” that laser and prevent its effects working on him]), weapons, armor, bonds between a familiar and a master, the cycle of reincarnation or regeneration, and even personal skills temporarily (yet again if he can envision them as having a physical form or anchor he can cut).

However as Grand Saber all this would be brought to the zenith, even things like the very textures of reality upheld by the pillars which anchor them onto the world could be cut away from the earth if he desired it, divine protections due to himself being elevated to the existence of a god could be severed, existences like Arondight deemed “unbreakable” would be able to be broken by him cutting any magical protection and attributes on the weapon, reducing it from and invincible divine construct to a normal sword, even the very lines of death should Saber be able to see them could be cut and thus bring death upon other existences. It goes without saying that at this point Saber’s sword would be a means of severance able to even cut one away from the physical world forcibly returning them to the root or able to rend and separate a person’s mind, body, and/or soul from their other pieces. Even things normally impossible like severing the connection between an Ultimate one and its planet or severing the life/consciousness/intellect of the planet could be achieved if Saber desired it however if he would be able to survive such a task with his grand designation intact is another matter.


Notes

So originally I wanted to give Jūbei pure eyes of some sort but decided against it, I just thought it would clog up the sheet and that it would kinda go against the whole point of the sheet in making him just a training nut who took basic skills and abilities to a height so unparalleled that he elevated his existence up to that of a god’s through self-refinement and removing himself from the rest of humanity. If I ever did a male Musashi as Saber I would probably be more inclined to give him mystic or pure eyes as that I think would better fit his character as one which I desired to mirror Jūbei’s own, the master warrior who stood at the pinnacle of the art of swordsmanship with the greatest style as taught by the book of the five rings, versus one who lacked any true style at all, simply choosing to master the art of swordsmanship by taking techniques and bits of wisdom not restricted to any school and bringing them to a level of perfection.

Basically, the way I imagine it if you threw EMIYA at Jūbei EMIYA simply couldn’t mimic his swordsmanship or understand it as there is no style there to get, it’s just Jūbei using his technical skill alongside his physical abilities and his mind’s eye (which even though he doesn’t have the Mind’s eye (true) skill if he did it would likely be at least A rank) and instincts to dictate how he fights. Overall, it’s the kind of “style” he could never really get as it is much more based on who Jūbei is and how he thinks than any kind of philosophy or what weapon he is using. Jūbei’s way of fighting is one which would require him to be able to copy the countless decades of training and the effect that has had on Jūbei’s mind and body (something he can’t properly do) and be able to be as strong and fast as he is, and even then part of Jūbei’s way of fighting is based around factors like his height, his sense of hearing, and how he envisions the fight going in the mental simulations he has and is running (all things EMIYA could never copy as EMIYA cannot copy another person’s body shape or the way they think).


Overall It would be a nightmare situation to EMIYA and that’s not even accounting for his Eyepatch NP which would basically take the fight from 0 to 100 almost instantly since to be blunt the guy already is among one of the strongest Saber’s there is without his parameters min-maxed, with them brought up to their maximum potential it would essentially become a hopeless fight for EMIYA as due to the way Jūbei’s sword works he could destroy anything EMIYA projects (and even if EMIYA got out his Reality marble Jūbei is very hard to hit with Vitrification and can literally cut the bounded field upholding the reality marble), and with his parameters as high as they are and his skill as great as it is, Jūbei would body the man before he could properly react, such as the difference between Jūbei holding back and him taking things seriously, and it shows just why the man is considered a candidate for being Grand Saber.

Also if you couldn’t tell I mostly took inspiration behind making Jūbei a grand after how Muramasa described him and the idea for making him just up and leave is that some people theorize about how little information there is around Jūbei and why he was allowed back after he seemingly disgraced himself (and oddity in Japan) that he may have actually been a spy who worked for the Tokugawa and the disgracing himself was a ruse for him being covertly spying. In this sheet, however, I went with the take of the wandering or reclusive martial arts master and just cited that the man deserted his post to train and both his family and the Tokugawa had to invent an excuse as to what happened. I also generally would imagine how battle-crazy Saber is that despite his power he would be a nightmare to control in the HGW as the guy generally doesn’t really care about anything other than his goals and generally stays separate from people, to begin with.

Even then with all of his power and how high rank his Vitrification skill is he would probably have a nightmarish magical energy requirement in most fights. As for his relationship quotes and such, I just decided that in the few occasions he did speak it would be something short, yet also somewhat meaningful. Generally, I tried to go with the angle in this respect of making him somewhat similar to Red from Pokemon Gold & Silver or Akuma from Street Fighter 2 a genuine Superboss that really makes one wonder “why am I doing this” when they go to fight them, something beyond what most could ever hope to reach or much less hope to match.

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