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In Fate/Zero, there are some soldiers from Rider's Ionioi Hetairoi that look somewhat important. All of them are heroes so they probably a named hero as well. Who are they? Do they have any name?

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    The first one is very likely supposed to be Waver himself. That's pretty much exactly how Waver looks as an adult.
    – senshin
    May 7, 2017 at 4:49

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The Seven Warriors

Ionioi Hetairoi means "The Companions of Ionia", so I would expect some, if not all, of these important-looking soldiers to be Alexander's bodyguards, which

consisted of seven men, drawn from the Macedonian nobility, who also acted as high-ranking military officers, holding command positions such as general or chiliarch.

In fact, included in Fate/complete material IV is this illustration, debuted in Sound Drama Fate/Zero Vol.2 The Mad Feast of Kings, of Iskander and, around him, seven men with distinctive designs and complexions:

Ionioi Hetairoi, as depicted on page 291 of Fate/complete material IV

The left-most character appears to be Mithrenes, or someone who wears the same gears as him, who is not a somatophylax, so the somatophylakes might just be an inspiration to, rather than a one-to-one correspondence of, the seven distinguished servants of Alexander. Speaking of servants, doesn't it look like they are of the Berserker, Assassin, Lancer, Saber, Archer, Rider and Caster classes, respectively, from left to right?

The Eighth Warrior?

A bulky baldy can be seen in both the first ED and episode 23 of Fate/Zero. I include him here for completeness and also because the somatophylakes later expanded to include an eighth individual.

Bulky baldy in the first ED of Fate/Zero Bulky baldy in episode 23 of Fate/Zero

Designations by Fans

Immediately after the airing of episode 11 of Fate/Zero, someone, possibly from 2chan, posted this fan-annotated image that names these important-looking people:

Fan-annotated image of notable people in Alexander's army

Top row: Eumenes, Parmenion
Middle row: Hephaestion, Ptolemy

It's actually quite an educated guess: Eumenes was known for his loyalty to his master and his role as the private secretary of Alexander; Parmenion was an experienced general who killed to ensure Alexander's succession to the throne was a smooth one, and being Alexander's second in command and also 40-50 years older than him puts Parmenion as a likely candidate to the identity of the old man in turban; Hephaestion's and Ptolemy's names are on there probably just because they are more well-known.

Traces in Canon Works

But "Hephaestion" does actually make an appearance in Lord El-Melloi II Case Files, and she has this to say about Lord El-Melloi II:

「ケチ。せせこましい。暗くて偏屈。寝起きが悪い。黴びた書物ばかり読んでる。卑屈なくせに傲慢。さも苦労人でございって顔をしてるくせに、終わってみれば一番事態を搔き回してる。どうだ、全部当たってるだろう」

「気に入らない。まったく気に入らない。そんな偏屈な顔はエウメネスで見飽きてるというのに、この時代でも見せられるのか」

I can't provide a faithful translation, but she's basically saying she hates to see that perverse, arrogant and miserly face of Lord El-Melloi II even though she has seen enough of them already from Eumenes.

Also, in Fate/Grand Order, if you have both Zhuge Liang (Lord El-Melloi II) and Iskander as your Servants, then talking to a Bond Lvl 5 Iskander in My Room will trigger Dialogue 4:

Hm? You have a strategist with a stern countenance. I’d like to see him compete with Eumenes- Ah, he’s still an immature youth on the inside. How amusing it would be if he met Hephaestion!

These details seem to corroborate the likeness of Eumenes to an adult Waver, and we have one such person in Ionioi Hetairoi!

Update: no more detective guesswork, it has officially been presented in Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material that the Waver lookalike is Eumenes, and the soldier wearing a flashy Corinthian helmet is Ptolemy. Now it makes sense why there is a sphinx in the design of the helmet, at least in the Fate/Zero anime, due to Ptolemy's connections to Egypt where his empire is based. Bear in mind that there were a number of officers named Ptolemy who served Alexander the Great, but there is little doubt that this is Ptolemy I Soter we're talking about, as linked earlier.

Eumenes on page 86 of Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material Ptolemy on page 87 of Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material

The seven warriors made a cameo reappearance in the Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note anime, though some of their designs have been altered so greatly (is that you, EMIYA?) that I doubt if they are the same people as the original seven in the Sound Drama illustration.

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files episode 1 generals Lord El-Melloi II Case Files episode 1 generals continued

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files episode 10

My Speculations

I offer my speculations regarding the identities of the 7+1 warriors and use the 7+1 Servant classes as placeholders to indicate the one being named.

  • Saber: Hephaestion. He was rumored to be Alexander's lover, being taller, more handsome and more king-like than him, such that Darius III's mother mistook Hephaestion for the King of Conquerors. "This man too is Alexander." His weapon of choice is the same as Iskander; his flaunting the bare upper body is the same as the version of the King of Heroes in the Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front - Babylonia anime; heck, he was even buried in Babylonia! After the death of Cleitus the Black, he became the sole commander of the Companion cavalry, a prominent leading position befitting of the screenshots above. He has a striking resemblance to the silhouette of Hephaestion as drawn in chapter 45 of the Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files manga.
  • Lancer: Coenus. He commanded the right-most battalion of infantry, which in the Macedonian battle tradition, was the best of the phalanx, indicating that he was one of the ablest generals of Alexander the Great. He was also the first among the commanders who had the boldness to urge his master to end the eastern conquest and return home, but would die of illness at the commencement of the return journey.
  • Archer: Eumenes. Confirmed by official sources (except for the Servant class).
  • Rider: Ptolemy. Confirmed by official sources (except for the Servant class).
  • Caster: Porus. Yngvi made a good point that the old man in turban could be Poros, or Porus the Elder. Other than the obvious Indian appearance, Porus must have been a lot older than Alexander because he has had two sons that died in the Battle of the Hydaspes.
  • Assassin: Cleitus the Black. The epithet 'the Black' was used to distinguish him from Cleitus the White, probably because he had a darker hair or skin color. He severed the arm of an enemy general who went after Alexander's life, thus saving him, and was later promoted to be one of the two commanders of the Companion cavalry, the other being Hephaestion. Cleitus was assassinated by Alexander under the effects of alcohol, three years before Alexander and his army would embark on a journey to cross the Gedrosian desert.
  • Berserker: Mithrenes. He was a Persian commander who surrendered to Alexander after the battle of the Granicus. He fought for Alexander at Gaugamela against an army that included his father, Orontes II. After his appointment to Satrap of Armenia, he disappeared from the historical record and his ultimate fate unknown.
  • Avenger (the bulky baldy): Lysimachus. He once overcame a lion with his bare hands and earned Alexander's respect. For reasons unknown, he murdered his eldest son, which caused revolts in many of his cities and the desertion of his friends.

Nicknames in Sensha Otoko

It's regrettable to say that we aren't able to identify most of the subjects in question with confidence, but if nicknames satisfy you, these are what they're called in Sensha Otoko:

Iskander Family in Sensha Otoko

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I would argue that the old man with a turban is actually the Indian king Poros, not Parmenion. For three reasons:

  1. The obvious Indian appearance of the character
  2. Parmenion was executed by Alexander, because his son Philotas plotted against him.
  3. Poros was also an old man, and swore loyalty to Alexander after the battle of the Hydaspes. He served him and remained loyal to him until Alexander's death in 323.

At the battle of the Hydaspes, Alexander was impressed by Poros' courage and determination (he fought personally in the battle despite his old age), so he spared him and his kingdom, and took him as a subject. His presence in Ionioi Hetairoi would be logical.

As for the others, Eumenes is indeed an educated guess for the Waver lookalike, but it's basically impossible to determine the identity of the others.

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