Kuro’s ramblings about Fate/Zero episode 11

Normally, I don’t blog about Fate/Zero because I believe that there are many bloggers who already do it but this episode is so damn impressive, I felt the urge to write about it.

Now, I could go on and on how Iskander is just pure epic in this episode and his Ionian Hetaroi is a sight to behold and Gilgamesh being more of a “in between” to Saber and Rider but I think the content in this episode is much more notable than the action.

As for the content itself, it is simply all about this: What is a King?

A king is a ruler, one who rules all.

What is a ruler? He/she is a servant, a leader, a tyrant, a conqueror, a supremacy. A ruler could be one of these or many of these.

But I digress, what exactly is a ruler?

There are many interpretations as what a ruler should be, depending on one’s disposition or cultural background. A person who resides in a democratic country or a poor person may say that a ruler is a servant to his people, a shepherd to his sheep, one who thinks the greater good of all and will sacrifice everything for his subjects and possibly a slave to his ideals-the embodiment of Arturia Pendragon, noble to a fault. While this is true, a ruler who is idealistic inevitably finds himself alone. An ideal ruler inevitably clashes with those who have much more practical uses for power and the ideal ruler may become a mere figurehead presence in the web of politics and deceit. An ideal ruler may inevitably lose his power and become a figurehead of those who scheme behind his back.

A person who values dominance and power may say that a ruler is a conqueror, one who dominates. He borders on tyranny, and because he rules, people revere him and make offerings to him. He is a warrior and a paragon, the highest in everything, and he does everything as he pleases and because he rules by power, people follow him-the embodiment of Alexander the Great, the great conqueror. It is he who maybe the most effective ruler, but the conqueror’s iron fist may invite resentment from his subjects which may bring his downfall.

There are many interpretations as to what a ruler should be, though one thing consistent would be this: A ruler should be able to attract people to his cause. A qualification of being a ruler is that he should be able to gather people under one cause, through unmatched charisma or through sheer force of power. Looking through history and literature, most notable rulers are those who were able to rally people under their cause.

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