Byleth & Balthus

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Balthus
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Hey, pal. You've got a lot of nerve coming here after ignoring us for five years!

Balthus
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Ha! Got ya! All this time, and you still can't take a joke, can ya?

Balthus
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Good job surviving and clawing your way back to us. This day couldn't get better if it tried.

Balthus
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Heh. Say, now that you're back, we should celebrate with some liquid gold. We're not your students anymore, so it should be fine, yeah?

Balthus
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Oh... I like this idea. We'll make it a wild party! Even the emperor won't be able to turn it down.

Edelgard

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Edelgard
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Professor... I'm sorry to have dragged you into the fight again so soon after our reunion.

Edelgard
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But you appeared at a most opportune time.

Edelgard
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I'm truly humbled by your support, my teacher. Thank you.

Edelgard
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And so I will. I'm hoping your abilities from five years prior are still intact.

Edelgard
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You may be worried, but you shouldn't be. You always manage to pull through.

Edelgard
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Make sure you're ready to head out, OK?

Hubert

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Hubert
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Allow me to brief you on the details of our situation.

Hubert
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The Empire firmly controls the western portion of Faerghus. However, the central and eastern regions continue to put up heavy resistance.

Hubert
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The strongholds in these regions are Arianrhod, the Fortress City, and Fhirdiad, the Kingdom Capital.

Hubert
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We cannot control Faerghus until we have taken both of these cities.

Hubert
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As for the Alliance, Houses Gloucester and Ordelia seem predisposed to capitulate to us.

Hubert
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However, due to interference from Houses Riegan and Goneril, we have yet to secure their cooperation.

Hubert
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Claude obviously hopes to keep the Alliance whole through diplomacy.

Hubert
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But because we have had to focus our efforts against the church until now, our forces have yet to meet his.

Hubert
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We have only recently begun to take the fight to Alliance territory.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand
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The last five years have been difficult at times.

Ferdinand
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My relationship with Edelgard is rather contentious, due to the incident with my father.

Ferdinand
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Nevertheless, I cannot abandon my family's duties.

Ferdinand
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As Duke Aegir, I must play my part in the Imperial army.

Ferdinand
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Edelgard intends to abolish the nobility, but I know I can dissuade her from doing so.

Linhardt

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Linhardt
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Professor! Do you know how happy I was to hear you were still alive?

Linhardt
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I'll tell you how happy—for the past two days, I haven't had my morning or my afternoon naps.

Linhardt
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Yes?

Linhardt
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Well as long as we weren't marching. Can't sleep much then...but it's not for want of trying...

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Linhardt
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Professor! Do you know how happy I was to hear you were still alive?

Linhardt
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I'll tell you how happy—for the past two days, I haven't had my morning or my afternoon naps.

Linhardt
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Yes?

Linhardt
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Well as long as we weren't marching. Can't sleep much then...but it's not for want of trying...

Linhardt
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By the way, with Professor Hanneman not around...

Linhardt
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I've occupied his room. So I am well equipped to perform research on you. Isn't that exciting?

Caspar

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Caspar
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All right! I'm ready to fight! Let's do this!

Caspar
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You're right! I gotta keep it under control or I'm gonna wear myself out too quickly.

Caspar
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Maybe I'll just get rid of a few monsters...or is that too risky right before a mission?

Caspar
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Leave it to me! I can take on the whole...most of the enemy's army!

Caspar
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I know my limits now, Professor!

Bernadetta

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Bernadetta
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Are we leaving for battle? I heard it's a long march.

Bernadetta
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But it's fine! I've had plenty of time to stay inside lately, so I think it's time I...went out. Yeah!

Bernadetta
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I can do this! No more Bernie-bear!

Bernadetta
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Oh yeah. People call me Bernie-bear since I hole up in my den all the time. Not anymore though!

Bernadetta
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Yes! But, um. Please don't put me up front, OK?

Dorothea

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Dorothea
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Laaa-la-laaa-la-laaa...

Dorothea
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Professor! Oh my! It's so good to see you.

Dorothea
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These days, so many old friends seem to be disappearing. But you... You're here!

Dorothea
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It's incredible to see you again after five years!

Dorothea
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I have a feeling your name will go down in history.

Petra

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Petra
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Edelgard is controlling the Empire. She is putting the pressure on the Kingdom and Alliance.

Petra
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Empire and religion are at open war. It will be... difficult for us at first.

Petra
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But corrupt nobles are many. That means the common people will rebel and be joining our side.

Petra
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With you, Professor, the battle tides will...ah, will turn. I have certainty.

Felix

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Felix
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For five years, I've fought for the Empire. I've cut down hordes of enemies.

Felix
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Now I have the same look in my eyes that the boar used to have in his.

Felix
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The look of a savage beast who loves nothing but destruction and violence.

Felix
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I hope not.

Felix
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Hmph. I can hardly hold it against him anymore.

Felix
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You and Edelgard must not disappoint me. Mark my words.

Felix
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The future you're building had better be worth all this bloodshed.

Ashe

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Ashe
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Since you came back, everyone's been smiling.

Ashe
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Just you being here makes an incredible difference.

Ashe
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I can't express how reassuring it is to see you.

Sylvain

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Sylvain
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Hey, Professor. It's been a really long time, hasn't it?

Sylvain
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The last five years have been full of heartbreak—not from girls...but friends and family becoming enemies.

Sylvain
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One of the things that kept me going was the hope you'd return, and now here you are.

Sylvain
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A lot has changed, but you're back, and it's the first time I can remember being happy in a while.

Mercedes

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Mercedes
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I have good friends in both the Alliance and Faerghus, so this fighting weighs heavily on me...

Mercedes
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I can't bear the thought of battling the Knights of Seiros to the death!

Mercedes
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I have to keep my chin up though, right? Let's press on together, Professor.

Annette

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Annette
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My father used to be a knight in service of the royal family of Faerghus.

Annette
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For a time he was at the monastery, but apparently he's back in Faerghus serving as a knight again.

Annette
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Which means if I fight with this army, I'll eventually have to face my own father...

Annette
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Don't say that! I know what I'm doing and I'm ready for anything.

Annette
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Terribly. But...I've accepted my fate. I'm ready for anything.

Annette
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Of course, if at all possible, I would prefer not to fight my father.

Annette
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This is the path I chose. I have no regrets.

Ingrid

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Ingrid
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His Highness, the new king, is in the process of unifying the Kingdom under his command.

Ingrid
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His powerful army has joined forces with the Knights of Seiros, who moved their seat to Faerghus.

Ingrid
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And now they're presenting a united front against the Imperial army. They're our greatest enemy, absolutely.

Ingrid
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Presently, it's doubtful. That's why I'm in favor of first capturing Alliance lands.

Ingrid
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I don't relish the idea, but there's no turning back now.

Ingrid
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For now we should focus our efforts on the Alliance. The Kingdom and church can come afterwards.

Ingrid
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Judith, who defends the Great Bridge of Myrddin, is a formidable opponent.

Ingrid
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We can't afford to drop our guard.

Lorenz

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Lorenz
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House Gloucester will remain staunchly neutral in this war. Even if we press into Alliance territory.

Lorenz
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My father is no threat to the Empire. Lady Edelgard surely understands that.

Lorenz
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The Great Bridge of Myrddin, however, is another story. I hear it is held by Judith of House Daphnel.

Lorenz
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She is renowned for her military prowess. We would do well not to underestimate her.

Raphael

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Raphael
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Hey, Professor! What have you been up to for five years? Hope you haven't gone soft!

Raphael
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I got myself into perfect shape. Took all five years of pushing my muscles to the limit, but look!

Raphael
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You bet I do! You gotta get training if you want to catch up!

Raphael
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What?! Can't you see my muscles? Do I gotta undress so you can get a better look?

Ignatz

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Ignatz
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I thought you might be at the monastery. That's why I made my way here.

Ignatz
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I decided to follow your path, because I believed in you. But then you vanished.

Ignatz
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Now that you've returned, I have my guiding light once again. Welcome back, Professor!

Lysithea

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Lysithea
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I'm relieved you're here, Professor. It seems we've reached a stalemate on the war front.

Lysithea
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I admit I'm feeling apprehensive about fighting the Alliance...

Lysithea
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I agree. It's time to shelve my personal feelings and focus on the bigger picture.

Lysithea
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No. I have to shelve my personal feelings. There are bigger things at play here.

Lysithea
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I'll fight with full force. I'm counting on you to lead us to victory, Professor.

Marianne

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Marianne
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My adoptive father sent me here so our family name would be known. He doesn't care which side wins, the Empire or the Alliance.

Marianne
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However, even if he tells me to come home, I intend to stay.

Marianne
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I want to see this new world Edelgard dreams of...

Leonie

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Leonie
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I'm so glad to see you're all right.

Leonie
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I really regretted not being able to keep the promise I made to my mentor.

Leonie
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Captain Jeralt, obviously! I'm still his first and greatest apprentice, you know!

Leonie
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Captain Jeralt told me that if anything should happen to him, then I should stick by you.

Leonie
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I'm going to do just what he asked. I'll be right here to support you from now on.

Hanneman

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Hanneman
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You've finally joined us, have you? I attached myself to the Imperial army as well. Seemed the thing to do.

Hanneman
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I feel I owe it to Edelgard to set my past feelings about the Empire aside. I am happy to help her.

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Hanneman
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It's strange, isn't it? After five years, the three professors are together once more.

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Hanneman
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I am most curious though. You say you were asleep for five whole years? Incredible.

Hanneman
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Perhaps this is another effect of your Crest. I do look forward to investigating you in greater detail.

Hanneman
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Wonderful news! I am most excited to begin. We must find the time, of course.

Hanneman
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I'll have to be content with observing you wherever you go, then. I cannot waste any opportunity!

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Hanneman
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You've finally joined us, have you? I attached myself to the Imperial army as well. Seemed the thing to do.

Hanneman
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I feel I owe it to Edelgard to set my past feelings about the Empire aside. I am happy to help her.

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Hanneman
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I am most curious though. You say you were asleep for five whole years? Incredible.

Hanneman
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Perhaps this is another effect of your Crest. I do look forward to investigating you in greater detail.

Hanneman
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Wonderful news! I am most excited to begin. We must find the time, of course.

Hanneman
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I'll have to be content with observing you wherever you go, then. I cannot waste any opportunity!

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Hanneman
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I am most curious though. You say you were asleep for five whole years? Incredible.

Hanneman
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Perhaps this is another effect of your Crest. I do look forward to investigating you in greater detail.

Hanneman & Alois

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Alois
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Ah!

Alois
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At long last, we meet again!

Alois
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I knew you were alive. I knew you could survive. And five years on, you arrive!

Alois
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We're reunited! I'm glad I kept watch for you in the downstream villages all that time.

Alois
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I was so devoted to finding you that I left the Knights of Seiros. Now I serve no one...

Alois
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Other than you! I'll protect you, just as I promised Captain Jeralt I would all those years ago.

Manuela

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Manuela
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After the battle five years ago, the Imperial army occupied Garreg Mach.

Manuela
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The cathedral and several other buildings were destroyed, but...

Manuela
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We've done some repair work here and there, and we're using the buildings as a base of operations.

Manuela
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As for me? Well, the church moved its headquarters to Faerghus, and I've seen no reason to follow.

Manuela
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When I returned to Enbarr, I received a summons from Her Majesty, and I chose to answer.

Shamir

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Shamir
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What's that look on your face? Surprised to see me?

Shamir
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I'm a mercenary. Always have been. Even when I was with the Knights of Seiros.

Shamir
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I never was too attached to Fódlan. I was considering leaving soon.

Shamir
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But I might change my mind if you're around.

Randolph & Fleche

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Randolph
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Ah yes! You're Her Majesty's professor. You're alive?!

Randolph
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Um... Oh, this is my little sister, Fleche. She's just a rookie, but she's helping me as my assistant.

Fleche
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H-hello. I'm Fleche von Bergliez. It's nice to meet you.

Fleche
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I know I'm inexperienced, but I'm going to do my best. You can count on me to look after my big brother!

Randolph
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I've heard you're planning to march into Alliance territory. I'll be here to guard the fort.

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Randolph
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Ah yes! You're Her Majesty's professor. You're alive?!

Randolph
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Um... Oh, this is my little sister, Fleche. She's just a rookie, but she's helping me as my assistant.

Fleche
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H-hello. I'm Fleche von Bergliez. It's nice to meet you.

Fleche
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I know I'm inexperienced, but I'm going to do my best. You can count on me to look after my big brother!

Randolph
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I've heard you're planning to march into Alliance territory. I'll be here to guard the fort.

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Randolph
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Ah, a new face. I am Randolph von Bergliez.

Randolph
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I'm the guardian of this place. Wait a moment... I'm sure I've seen you somewhere before.

Randolph
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Ah yes! You're Her Majesty's professor. You're alive?!

Randolph
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Um... Oh, this is my little sister, Fleche. She's just a rookie, but she's helping me as my assistant.

Fleche
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H-hello. I'm Fleche von Bergliez. It's nice to meet you.

Fleche
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I know I'm inexperienced, but I'm going to do my best. You can count on me to look after my big brother!

Randolph
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I've heard you're planning to march into Alliance territory. I'll be here to guard the fort.

Randolph
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Ah yes! You're Her Majesty's professor. You're alive?!

Randolph
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Um... Oh, this is my little sister, Fleche. She's just a rookie, but she's helping me as my assistant.

Fleche
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H-hello. I'm Fleche von Bergliez. It's nice to meet you.

Fleche
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I know I'm inexperienced, but I'm going to do my best. You can count on me to look after my big brother!

Randolph
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I've heard you're planning to march into Alliance territory. I'll be here to guard the fort.

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper
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Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper
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What's that? Do I have brothers in the church? You really are well informed!

Gatekeeper
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My older twin works for the Knights of Seiros, but I think he's just a grunt. Not a noble gate keeper like yours truly.

Gatekeeper
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Unlike me, he's very devout. He left the Empire a long time ago.

Artisan

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Artisan
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I was so surprised to hear that the faith of Seiros was a sham, my eyes nearly popped out of my skull.

Artisan
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But just because the church lied to us doesn't mean that the goddess isn't real.

Artisan
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That's my take on it, anyway. I'd feel very anxious with no one to pray to...

Soldier

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Soldier
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Within the territories of the Alliance, the Gloucester and Daphnel houses dominate the west.

Soldier
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House Gloucester has always supported the Empire. There's not much chance of them defying us.

Soldier
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So all that needs to be done to restore peace in the west now is to crush House Daphnel.

Soldier

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Soldier
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By making an enemy of the church, disorder is running rampant among the populace.

Soldier
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It's quieted down over these last five years though. The well-being of Her Majesty is steadily improving.

Soldier

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Soldier
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There were clashes with the Kingdom army near the western front, but this is the first time the Alliance army has had an honest-to-goodness fight.

Soldier
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I hear their leader's pretty competent, but the Alliance army is pretty tough too.

Soldier

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Soldier
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The north side of the Great Bridge of Myrddin is in the territory of Acheron of the Alliance.

Soldier
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He's known as "the weathervane." He's a notoriously flippant man.

Soldier
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A man like that doesn't have the guts to give it all for the defense of that bridge.

Merchant

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Merchant
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Since the great nobles lost their standing, the regulation of the merchant houses has relaxed somewhat.

Merchant
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You'd probably have thought that would make it easier for us to profit...but the world isn't so simple.

Merchant
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The war has made the price of goods unstable, causing no end of hardship for the people.

Scholar

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Scholar
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It's normal for history to be revised in favor of those who hold the power.

Scholar
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The documents in this library are no exception. It's perfectly possible for someone to have made edits to them.

Scholar
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But it's my belief that no one has the power to blot out the truth entirely.

Scholar
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I like to read the same texts over and over again. That way, I can spot some of the truths hidden between the lines...

Citizen

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Citizen
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I've been working here for a few years now. There are plenty of others working here too.

Citizen
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Since the acolytes and students aren't here, it's up to us to pick up the slack.

Yuri

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Yuri
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Huh... Is that... It is you, isn't it? I kinda forgot what you looked like.

Yuri
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No doubt. A lot can happen in five years. A baby goes from crawling and babbling to walking and talking in that time.

Yuri
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Aw, I didn't mean any harm. It's just that so much has happened... It's hard to keep track, you know?

Yuri
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Anyway, you came back, and that's what matters. Staying here wasn't a mistake. I can say that much.

Constance

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Constance
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If you haven't heard, we'll soon be launching a full-scale assault on the Alliance.

Constance
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Her Majesty has searched relentlessly for you. Now that you're found, her moment has come.

Constance
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Yes. Before then, I had never known her to show such...desperate resolve.

Constance
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I think not. You were, it sounded to me, crucial to her plans.

Constance
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The stalemate we've been locked in shall give way very abruptly.

Constance
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We have your reappearance to thank for that.

Hapi

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Hapi
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Abyss is OK. The Bert kept it safe out of the goodness of his heart. Ha. Kidding, of course.

Hapi
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He said the "lowlifes" here could be useful, because they won't mind fighting dirty, or rooting out spies.

Hapi
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Or...something along those lines. I didn't pay much attention to that part.

Hapi
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Yeah. Honestly, I'm psyched that you're back. It's all I can do to stop myself from whooping with joy.

Hapi
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You don't know the half of it. It's all I can do to stop myself from whooping with joy.

Jeritza

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Jeritza
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You've survived. How very fortunate...

Jeritza
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Were you dead, I wouldn't be able to fight you. But you are very much alive—now I've a chance to kill you.

Anna

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Anna
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Abyss? You're interested in that place, are you?

Anna
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Ancient sprawling remains deep below Garreg Mach... That's Abyss.

Anna
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Some folks have made their home there. Obviously they all have their reasons and tales to tell.

Anna
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But only the most enterprising merchant would venture near it. My advice? Avoid going there yourself.

Abysskeeper

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Abysskeeper
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Hey, you. Listen up. I've got something to report.

Abysskeeper
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It's you. You're still alive! It's been five whole years, hasn't it? Time flies when you're standing guard.

Abysskeeper
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That's right. I've been here the whole time. Day in and day out. Not like I have anywhere else to be.

Abysskeeper
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The Imperial army hasn't interfered with us all that much, so it's business as usual here in Abyss. I mean, as usual as it gets here, anyhow.

Resident

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Resident
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I used to be a rather important person in the church, but...I am in exile for committing a crime.

Resident
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I embezzled some money. But it wasn't out of greed!

Resident
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My hometown was pillaged, you see, and the church wasn't putting in enough to rebuild...

Rogue

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Rogue
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A lot of folks cleared out once the fighting started.

Rogue
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People are saying it was the church that used to keep order around here.

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Rogue
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But it's Yuri who's saving us from complete chaos.

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Rogue
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A lot of folks cleared out once the fighting started.

Rogue
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People are saying it was the church that used to keep order around here.

Monk

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Monk
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Thank you so much. This is just the type of flower she once loved so dearly.

Monk
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I can rest easy now.

Monk
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I must be off. Take especially good care of yourself, won't you?

Monk
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Please, look after Jeralt. She'd have wanted that.