Fate/Grand Order is a 2015 online mobile RPG for iOS and Android by Japanese company Type-Moon that is part of the popular Fate/Stay night franchise of visual novels, anime and video games. It is also the first installment in the franchise to feature Sherlockian characters, including Holmes himself.
As with other Fate/Stay night works, the plot of Fate/Grand Order revolves around the conflict over the Holy Grail, which in the Fate/Stay night universe occurs in various times and places throughout history. Masters – including the player's character – and their Servants fight for control of the Grail and the power it wields. Along the way, Masters will encounter Servants who are legendary in literature, history, mythology or religion as both enemies and allies.
Holmes is first mentioned during a Holy Grail War set in London in 1888 as an information gatherer for the Mage's Association and Chaldea – the organization that the player is part of. He is also mentioned as having been given a case by Sir Charles Babbage, who is himself a Caster-class Servant. He then appears for the first time in Camelot in 1273 and elects not to join Chaldea but instead assist the player's allies on his own. Moriarty, meanwhile, is able to be summoned by the player as a Servant.
An accompanying Holmes story was also published by Type-Moon entitled A Study in the Color of Ravens' Feathers. Written in a manner similar to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and with Dr. Watson as the narrator, it chronicles Holmes' and Watson's investigation into Dr. Jekyll's death.
Note – More Servants and characters are present, but this is a basic list. Each Servant here is listed along with the classes that he or she chooses or can choose.
From the Holmes universe
From other literary works
- Carmilla (Assassin)
- Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde (Assassin / Berserker)
- Alice (Caster)
- Frankenstein's Monster (Berserker)
- Edmond Dantès (The Count of Monte Cristo – Avenger)
- The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera – Assassin)
From the original Fate works
- Arturia/Artoria Pendragon (Saber / Lancer) – King Arthur, cast beginning with the original Fate/Stay Night as a female.
- Shiro/Shirou Emiya (Archer) – The main male protagonist of the original Fate/Stay Night installments, he also appears as a Servant in an older incarnation.
- Cú Chulainn (Lancer)
- Medusa (Rider/Lancer)
- Hercules (Berserker)
- Hassan-i-Sabbah (Assassin)
Before the release of Fate/Grand Order, when fans were asked to submit their ideas for the strongest Servant along with his or her Noble Phantasms (Fate's name for a Servant's ultimate techniques) as part of promotions for the comedy manga Fate/School life, one fan nominated Holmes and listed his Noble Phantasms as Absolute Reasoning and Bartitsu.