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In the Prisma Illya universe, the class cards (cf. below) are physically real magical items. But what about in the "main" Fate universe, where Fate/stay night is set? Do the class cards physically exist there (even perhaps in some non-magical capacity)?

Archer class card

We do see a fair bit of them in the VN, but never "in-universe", per se, at least as far as I remember - we mostly see them as illustrations to accompany explanations given to Shirou, without any actual indication that they are physically present.

I would have thought that the class cards don't physically exist there, but I just had a look at the first OP for DEEN/stay night, and there's a shot there of Kirei holding the cards (cf. video). Not that DEEN/stay night should necessarily be taken at face value, but it does make me wonder.

Kirei discarding the class cards

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    In the Visual Novel they appear as visualization when Rin is explaining to Shirou the different Servants and if i remember correctly, in Heaven's Feel Avenger's Card appears in the same manner. however in all of these cases they aren't physical, just a visual aid in the game. – Memor-X May 25 '15 at 3:38
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These cards only appear in the Prisma Illya universe as physical objects. In all other works in Nasuverse (Fate/stay night, etc.), these cards are only used to explain the situation of the Servants and the Holy Grail War. They never appear as physical objects, but only as visual aid to the story.

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    Fate/stay night is a VN consisting of 3 routes: Fate, UBW and HF. It's wrong to call them adaptation. – nhahtdh May 27 '15 at 12:34
  • ah yes you are right sorry for that, that was a mistake on my part thank you for correcting me. – Jordy Kramer May 27 '15 at 18:55

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