Our response is obvious. "You were just shouting "Why?" a moment ago. There are very few people who know the answer to that question... Well, it's not a bad wish, per se. I now pledge that I will fight by your side until your wish ceases to be." In that case, I hope you're prepared to wait for a while. That's a pretty vague-sounding wish we've got there. :D He takes a hold of my hand and helps me to my feet. From the hand he had grabbed comes a sudden warmth... and then a sharp pain, like I've been cut by a knife. On the back of my hand, as though tattooed, is a strange symbol that looks like some kind of crest. "This seems to be as good an opportunity as any for you to show me your skills as a Master." ... Oh yeah, completely forgot about the murderous puppet from earlier. Whoops. "Time to clean things up... Stand back." In complete contrast with the previous fight, this one... is... a... complete... pushover, since we know what the opponent's going to throw out. The battle BGM is nice, though. Archer gives his approval to our leadership skills in his own tsundere-like manner. This is of course, the cue for Disembodied Morbid Voice From the Heavens to speak up. ???: "You can use it to give three orders that must be obeyed. Think of them as disposable strengthening spells. It is also proof of your participation in the Holy Grail War. If you lose it for some reason, you will die." ???: "Congratulations. You have endured much to make it here. Now rest for a while; you've achieved your first goal." Well... That's surprisingly nice, coming from you. I expected more of a backhanded compli-- ???: "It was an incredibly clumsy effort to say the least, but that's what made it all the more entertaining. I've had this duty for a long time, but this is the first time I've seen a Master as helpless as you." Aaaand there we go. For some reason, I can see the owner of the voice as a priest, dressed in a somber cassock. ???: "Oh, you are curious about my identity? I am honored, but I am insignificant. I am merely a part of the system." Just look at how much Protag-chan does not give a shit. That face, man. That face. ???: "... Well, this is unexpected. You have received a commendation. Something about you "having a light." " I have no clue who would say such a thing about me. ... But that short phrase struck my heart because, for some unknown reason, I knew the words were sincere. ???: "Your decision to look beyond the accepted and progress means you have earned the right to exist. However, you have but taken the first step. Be jubilant, young knight, for the Holy Grail Way begins now!" ???: "Now, fight to the death. The fiery throne of heaven will only receive those with the strongest of desires-" I now have the sudden mental image of people fighting for a golden throne on fire and cannot stop giggling. gdi brain ???: "In war, a weapon is needed. That is your Servant. They're the spear that pierces, the shield that protects. A Legendary Soul whose purpose is to clear your way to the Grail. That is the one who stands beside you." ???: " It seems you have decided, and with that decision as payment, I now open the gates to the Holy Grail War. Magi who have been invited here by the Moon; show me your true strength-" Sorry, protag-chan can't hear you over her passing out from boredom exhaustion and the searing pain due to the tattoo from earlier.