I wish we could settle all of this before the fighting
begins. Don't you?
I wish it dearly. But few others feel that way.
They fight in a bloody battle, take countless lives,
and then finally come to understand defeat.
They refuse to admit when they're beaten, and they
keep it up until they've been utterly defeated.
Of course, I understand that sacrifice is inevitable...
But if they're going to surrender after being defeated
anyway, why raise a weapon in the first place?
So, we've somehow managed to take the Great
Bridge of Myrddin.
That means House Gloucester should now be ready
to join the fold more formally.
We've blown a major hole in Claude's plan to
preserve the Alliance.
We should press on to Derdriu before he has the
opportunity to adjust his strategy.
I have been wondering something...
If I had not been your student, where would I be
right now? Who would I be?
Do you ever think about that sort of thing, Professor?
Ah, so you do think about such questions. You can
never find answers though, right?
We cannot turn back time, so there is no way to go
back and try a different path.
I see... You are so focused and coolheaded. I wish
I could be more like you.
I never do get used to the sight of blood. It always
makes me feel as if I might faint.
I suppose I've told you that though, yes? I've no idea
how you cope with it.
I hope this war ends soon. I dislike being lightheaded
because other people are bleeding everywhere.
It's all a great deal of bother, but I will do my part
Have I never told you that? Huh. Oh well.
Didn't they used to call Claude the
I want a nickname too!
Maybe I'll get one if I can defeat him at Derdriu...
I'll come up with a plan that'll beat his and earn a
nickname for sure!
Claude... Claude... Which one was he again? Oh!
Right. Yeah, of course I remember him.
It's just... I can't picture his face. Don't remember
what he looks like. I'm not sure if I ever knew.
Oh well. He's just another enemy now, isn't he?
What, am I not supposed to say that?!
I'm happy when we win battles, and I'm always
relieved when our friends make it back safe.
On the other hand, it's hard to watch the enemy die.
Even worse when it's someone you know.
Perhaps it would have been better if I'd just stayed
with the opera...
You're right, Professor. I'll never regret the choices
No, Professor. I refuse to regret my past decisions.
Now you just have to lead us to victory so everyone
else can let go of their regrets too.
Since the past, I have learned much of the language
But speaking the Fódlan language still gives
I can understand, read, and write with nearly
perfection now. But understanding and speaking
are...fruits of a different color.
I have gratitude for you, Professor. I hope that
I will have fluency one day.
Yes. I will keep practicing more.
I hear Claude's earned himself a rather
He does whatever it takes to win. I like that. It will
be especially satisfying to defeat him.
I can't wait to see what his next move is.
Food has gotten scarce since the war started. Lately
the prices have really been going up.
Normally that would mean reducing our own take,
but we just can't afford to do that.
If we lose this war, we lose everything.
Still, the townspeople are the ones who will suffer
from this the most.
The longer this goes on, the more people will starve.
Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital... I've heard it's a
magnificent city, you know.
If we're going, I wish it wasn't to wage war. It'd be
more fun to visit with a cute girl on my arm.
You're right. That's something to look forward to.
Yeah? Maybe you and me? That'd be a good reason
to survive the war. Heh heh...
Aw, come on. Let a guy dream.
Flowers are so resilient, aren't they?
Despite the war going on outside the monastery,
here they are, blooming beautifully.
I hope we get to see more kinds of flowers when the
weather warms up...
Derdriu, huh? I've always wanted to go there.
In Faerghus, most of the towns are pretty much
So to hear about a place called the Aquatic capital...
it just sounds so elegant!
Let's go for a leisurely visit someday, promise?
You know...after the war is over.
Judith of Daphnel. You were a force to be reckoned
with. You will not be forgotten.
In another life, I might have fought by her side.
As harsh as that is, it's the truth of it. It's over now.
It's a harsh truth, but it's the truth nonetheless.
We can't change the past.
Now that we've seized the Great Bridge of Myrddin,
House Gloucester is comfortable aligning itself with
The path to Riegan lands lies straight before us. Our
clash with Claude draws nearer by the moment.
Not at all. On the contrary, I look forward to it.
My old rival will be a worthy test for me.
I certainly hope so. I would be quite disappointed if
my greatest rival were to simply roll over.
I know Claude better than anyone. He is a schemer.
No doubt he has some trap for us in mind.
Let us be vigilant, Professor.
We're gonna go up against Claude next? I haven't
seen him in forever. Wonder how he's been...
I chose this side because I believe in you, Professor.
But it's not like I got anything against Claude.
Hmm... Well, he loved parties, and he was full of
some pretty good jokes!
Of course! Claude was the kinda person who would
be instantly friends with anyone.
I don't mind so much that we gotta fight him, I just
hope he doesn't get killed...
I thought I was ready for this, but it's not easy to
fight against my old schoolmates...
I was in the Golden Deer House, so I have a lot of
memories with them.
No, I'm not. I decided to fight alongside you, and I
will not waver.
Really, it is? I wish that we could resolve this
Then again, precisely because they're old friends,
I wouldn't leave this to someone else.
I have to assume responsibility.
Without the support of the pro-Imperialist lords,
the Alliance is greatly weakened.
Even so, I don't feel great about all this. We're gonna
be fighting Claude...
We can't—you're right. Claude has such unusual
strategies for toying with his enemies.
Even so, we should stay alert. Claude won't be
caught off guard. Neither should we.
Even with you here, this battle will be
The tide of war is clearly favoring us, but Claude
refuses to surrender.
I wonder why that could be...
Frankly, it seems to me that his ideals are not that far
removed from Edelgard's...
I think you're probably right...
I suppose even the very powerful can be irrational
I'm from Alliance lands, but I'm only a commoner.
The idea of fighting Alliance nobles isn't exactly
losing me any sleep.
Fighting old friends though? That's something else.
Ugh. I'd better clear my head.
Captain Jeralt used to say a mercenary has to be
thoughtless. Guess I finally get what he meant.
Professor, I think you should be made aware of a
certain group working with the Imperial army.
They are the same lot that invented a technique to
turn monsters into war assets.
It's quite obvious their trick draws on the power of
the Crest Stones, but...
There is something more to it than that. Some secret
I have yet to decipher.
I suppose I need to better understand what kind of
people they are. Who are they? What do they want?
For her part, Miss Edelgard is cooperating, yet does
not hide her hostility towards them.
I suspect we should prepare in case the day should
come when we must combat these strange people.
Remember the Death Knight who stabbed me five
years ago? Of course you do. How could you forget?
Well, it turns out he's a general in the Imperial army!
He leads the western front against the Kingdom.
Once I knew he was at Garreg Mach, I stormed right
up to him, told him who I was, and what he did...
And he offered me an apology. I'm talking about a
sincere, heartfelt, solemn apology. What a letdown.
What's going on with that guy, anyway? Who is he
under that mask?
Oh, hello there, Professor. Did you need something
It doesn't look like you're wounded or anything.
You just looking for...someone to talk to?
I thought so. Well, I'm here for you! Making you feel
better is my top priority.
Come on now, you don't have to be shy. Helping you
feel better is important to me.
Whether it's physical pain or worries of the heart,
you can come to me for anything, Professor.
Do you ever regret taking the path you did?
Hm. I guess doubts and regrets just come with
Hah, the very model of a leader! I should take a page
out of your book.
Whatever path you choose going forward, I'll follow
you without question.
Claude, eh? He always was sharp among his peers.
Never let himself get caught up in conventions.
He wasn't typical in Fódlan.
Then there's Rhea and King Dimitri... I'd stay on
their good sides, for different reasons.
Yeah, well... If that's the only way forward, it can't
Lately, the Kingdom and the Knights of Seiros
haven't made any significant moves.
I don't suppose they're going to stand by and watch
while we attack Derdriu though.
That's why I've doubled our guard and instructed
them to be extra vigilant.
I will keep Garreg Mach safe! It is my duty
Big brother always gets so fired up... Better keep an
eye on him.
Oh, sorry! I was just talking to myself.
I hear you're heading out to Derdriu.
Good luck with the battle!
Five years ago, during the attack on this place,
you allowed me to join your side.
Since then I've risen through the ranks, and now
I'm a general leading my own army.
In this invasion of the Alliance, I've been entrusted
with maintaining the supply lines and keeping the
Goneril territories under control.
That's why I won't be accompanying you to Derdriu.
Please look after Lady Edelgard.
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
Derdriu is known as the Aquatic capital...
It's a beautiful town with streets that seem to float
on the water and an impressive harbor.
In times of peace, it would be a wonderful place for
a holiday... Anyway! Best of luck in the next battle!
To tell you the truth, I used to be a Knight of Seiros.
But at some point, I just couldn't follow the
I ran away in secret...and decided to join the
When I found Alois here, it made me feel much
better. It meant I'd made the right decision.
Ever since that day you disappeared, the archbishop
has been completely different.
She started laughing as if she was possessed and
spouting complete gibberish...
Things we can't obtain here are likely obtainable by
way of the underground.
Are you unfamiliar with Garreg Mach's
underground? The place is an absolute paradise
for those who can't stay above ground.
Those Abyssian idiots. All they ever do is
We'd best purge the entire underbelly of
If you travel east from the Alliance and cross
Fódlan's Throat, you enter the land of Almyra.
House Goneril's territory touches the eastern border
of the Alliance. They also have Lord Holst, the most
valiant warrior in the Alliance.
Tasked with keeping watch over the Almyrans'
movements, he rarely leaves Goneril territory.
We can't actually join you on the battlefield, but rest
assured that we're there in spirit.
We're doing everything we can to support the army,
so give it your all out there!
I figured I'd have a look at how the Kingdom is
holding up while I was on the road, so I took a
trip up north despite the cold.
But the borders were closed on every road. I wasn't
even able to get into the Kingdom.
Every crossing point was guarded by grim-looking,
armed soldiers. It was all very imposing.
The Gloucester and Ordelia houses have territory
in the southern regions of the Alliance.
Everyone knows they support the Empire, so they
won't get in the way of our armies.
The Alliance troops were nothing to turn a nose up
at. They were pretty strong and brave too.
Our next target of attack is Derdriu, the Alliance
base. Better stay sharp, even if we do have
Five years ago, most of the people involved with the
church in the Empire moved to the Eastern Church
in Alliance territory.
I've been hearing rumors that the majority of those
have now gone to the Kingdom Capital, Fhirdiad.
The Eastern Church has no military force of its own,
so they must be sensing that the Alliance is weak
In order to defeat a formidable foe, you must first
learn who they are. How much do you know about
The Leicester Alliance unites the feudal lords of
It holds regular roundtable conferences, where they
vote on their policies.
However, only the Five Great Lords are permitted
Duke Goneril, Count Gloucester, Count Ordelia,
Margrave Edmund, and their leader, Duke Riegan.
Their titles were originally granted to them by the
royal family of Faerghus.
About 300 years ago, the Alliance was still part
of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, you see.
A hungry hero is no better than a well-fed soldier.
Do you know that saying? No? That's because I
just made it up.
If you're hungry, you're never going to be at full
strength. Keep your belly full and stay strong!
Ugh! What more could Hubert possibly want
He's been pushing me too damn hard. Said that the
only way to win over the Alliance lords is with
Well, yeah, clearly. I haven't been worked this hard
All grousing aside, it's not the end of the world. If it
helps us win, I'll do whatever it takes.
I wouldn't have signed up for this if I wasn't getting
something out of it.
So, Goneril's troops have entered Derdriu... Hmm...
Oh. Hey, pal. Didn't see you there. Guess I was lost
You're a quick one, Professor.
I caught wind that Duke Goneril sent Hilda to
She's the sister of my buddy, Holst. I can't let her die.
I won't! Gah, this is a terrible situation...
Ahaha! The Great Bridge of Myrddin is ours.
The Alliance may be composed of powerful nobles,
but their power is directionless and thus wasted.
Though the Empire was no better before Lady
Edelgard ascended the throne.
Indeed, my own house fell due in part to its inability
to wield power properly...
You know, I've always wanted to see the world.
That's why I left my village.
And here I am, traveling to all these interesting new
places...to kill people. Not what I had in mind.
Maybe I'll find some time to admire the scenery.
Though people might get mad I'm not taking this
silly war seriously...
Oops, that was close. Almost sighed.
What is it?
I have no words for you. I have blades, and if you
wish to cross them, I'll be more than happy to.
Although you may not be.
Leave, then. I feel a nearly uncontrollable urge to
I was told not to, however, so I will hold off. Until
the war ends.
Hey, Professor. How's it going? Making lots of coin?
I'd love to catch up, but I'm super busy right now.
Working. For money. You understand.
There's unrest everywhere these days. All of my
fellow merchants seem to be endangered.
I hope things go back to normal soon. People need
more to smile about, aside from my great deals.
Abyss? You're interested in that place, are you?
Ancient sprawling remains deep below
Garreg Mach... That's Abyss.
Some folks have made their home there. Obviously
they all have their reasons and tales to tell.
But only the most enterprising merchant
would venture near it. My advice? Avoid
going there yourself.
Hey, you. Listen up. I've got something to report.
I hear Derdriu is our next objective. Small world.
That's actually where I grew up. It's a great place...
Hello, Professor. I doubt you recognize me, but I
work for Lord Hubert.
He has stationed me here to ensure that the church
does not attempt to make use of this place.
Thus, I'm blending in with the residents here.
Strictly confidentially, of course.
The army runs you ragged. Marches you from place
to place, prodding you to fight.
They promised me three meals a day... They'd have
to give a lot more than that to get me to sign on.
I'd rather starve down here than deal with that.
I hurt my leg in the last battle. Had to take shelter
down here—nowhere else to go.
Be careful up there. All sides are bringing their
strongest people to this fight.
Ah, I see. So you are Jeralt's child. You so resemble
I did indeed. I was acquainted with your parents.
I've been wanting to speak with you for a while now.
I am nothing more than a common monk. I knew
your parents...once upon a time.
I've been gone from the monastery for some time
now because... Well, it matters not.
Might I...ask a favor of you?
Do you mind terribly picking up some fresh flowers
to place upon your mother's grave?
I am certain she'd be deeply moved to receive a gift
Thank you so much. This is just the type of flower
she once loved so dearly.
I can rest easy now.
I must be off. Take especially good care of yourself,
Please, look after Jeralt. She'd have wanted that.