Some day we will take the Imperial capital.
It is odd to think that I will be invading the very city
that I once called home.
Ah, that is still a ways off.
I will prepare for our journey to Ailell.
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.
Though the thought of working hard for it does
sound like quite a pain...
Have I never told you that? Huh. Oh well.
I didn't think we'd end up fighting Randolph...
He's my uncle. Well, not by blood, so... I guess I can
Don't worry about me. I'm ready for anything.
Ailell, the Valley of Torment? What kind of a name
for a place is that?
It sounds scary. Do I really have to go with you?
Hey, um, here's an idea... Maybe let the recluse stay
home and hold the fort!
Hey, Professor, thanks for your hard work again!
Nothing to report today!
Was I convincing? Was it like he was standing right
in front of you?
Some things are the same as they were five years ago,
but I guess a lot more has changed...
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.
Some in Faerghus believe Dimitri is still alive.
My father is one such eccentric.
Hmph, they can't accept reality. Dimitri is dead.
He's not coming back.
Ailell, the Valley of Torment. Aw, man... I really do
not want to go there.
Professor, have you ever been to Ailell? If you had,
That place is crazy hot! For guys like me who grew
up somewhere cold? Man... It's gonna be rough.
Though, I guess that climate will keep our enemies
We may not be students anymore, but it's still
important to read.
We might even learn something that's useful for our
I couldn't agree more! I hope the Officers Academy
reopens when the war is over.
I suppose that may be true. I always try my best
It's a shame the monastery was ruined, but...
At least the books are still intact!
Professor, is it really OK to rely on Judith?
I hear there are still quarrels within the Alliance...
This generous offer of soldiers and supplies seems a
little too good to be true.
I mean, it's also really impressive, but I'm just a little
worried, I suppose...
My family, the Galateas, are an offshoot of the
The family split in half when two brothers quarreled
over an inheritance.
Despite blood relations, the families lived apart from
one another, so the relationship has been distant and
I'm not so much acquainted with Judith, the head of
Sharing her food with us for nothing in return?
Judith really is a great person!
She's more like a goddess than the goddess is!
I never met her, so I don't know for sure, but she
must be beautiful and kind.
No? Well, she could be a demon for all I care,
so long as she feeds me!
The Valley of Torment... I'd heard of it, but I never
expected to go there.
It's exciting! I wonder what the landscape is like.
It probably is dangerous, but I still want to get there
and see it as soon as I can.
Hmm, that is an interesting point... The name does
seem to suggest that.
Ailell, the Valley of Torment, lies on the border of
three noble territories.
The Kingdom's Fraldarius and Galatea families,
and the Alliance's Daphnel family.
In the Fraldarius lands to the north, the former
Kingdom army and new duke's army are fighting.
Valley of Torment... Valley of Torment...
I once read a book full of legends surrounding Ailell,
but I can't seem to remember...
N-no... I'm trying to remember the legends
My big brother told me stories of Judith's bravery.
With just one look, she tamed a runaway horse that
nobody else had been able to touch.
When an Almyran general provoked her, she talked
him into a tearful apology.
She's spectacular. I wish she'd fight alongside us.
You're not a teacher anymore, and we're not your
students, but everyone still calls you "Professor."
Is there something you'd rather be called?
Guess that's what we're used to, huh? All right.
Oh? All right, then. I'll call you—ugh. Nope! Sorry,
can't do it. Too weird.
Meeting reinforcements in the Valley of Torment
seems an astute decision to me.
In that land of oppressive heat, it is unlikely that we
will be disturbed.
It also means we will need to contend with those
harsh conditions ourselves, however. Best ensure
we are well prepared.
It has been only five years, yet so much has changed.
Half of the Kingdom has fallen to the Empire.
Skirmishes are rife throughout the Alliance.
Despite such tumult, we look upon the same sky,
unchanged by the storm happening beneath it.
Yes, it would be nice, I suppose. Things were...
simpler then. Or so they seemed to be, at the time.
Indeed. I gazed up at this same sky with Mother and
Father. It does not feel so long ago at all.
Wait, but how would you know, Professor?
The monastery repairs have made solid progress.
Most excellent news.
When we first returned here, I was unsure what
we were going to do with the ruins of this place...
But if we can get the cathedral rebuilt, we'll
have it looking just like old times soon enough.
Hearing that an old student has died cuts me right to
As this war with the Empire continues, we'll see
more of it, Professor.
We have a duty to fight alongside our former
students. We taught them how to fight, after all.
Now, let's help them win!
Even though we're getting reinforcements, we should
still be prepared for the worst.
Never shirk your training, no matter what.
To practice, I'm going to chop something up with
Unless you'd like to train together! Care to spar?
I've heard people talk about the Hero of Daphnel.
If the stories of her courage are true, no one will be
able to stand against us.
In different circumstances, I'd have wanted to try
crossing swords with her.
Right now we have to focus on getting to those
reinforcements. Let's hope nothing goes wrong.
There are enemy spies around. Remain vigilant.
Capture anyone who seems suspicious.
What else would we do with them?
I'm glad you understand. I'm counting on you.
Gotta clean out the storerooms, tend the flowers,
do the washing, dust the library...
Well, it's my job, ya know? Gotta do your job.
Nah, this is my job. Lady Rhea herself gave it to me.
Even if Lady Rhea's not here right now, I still gotta
do my duty.
Like you. You gotta have other stuff you oughta be
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
Is everyone setting out on a big campaign?
Not exactly? Ah, so you're meeting up
with the reinforcements.
Well, you can leave guarding this place to me!
I'll keep an eye out for anything suspicious!
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
To the north of Garreg Mach lie the territories of
the Charon and Galatea houses, former lords of
Even though their territory is being nibbled at by
the Empire, they are still clinging to their neutrality.
Since they only display enough force to defend their
borders, I suppose the Empire has no incentive to
attack them with any real strength.
House Daphnel is a renowned family, descended
directly from the 10 Elites. They've had close ties
to the church for ages.
I hear even Judith, who is known for her bravery and
valor, is a devout follower of the Seiros faith.
She will lend us her strength, I'm sure of it.
It seems some of our friends believe that if we get
those reinforcements, we'll be set for provisions too.
But I think it's best not to hold our breath on the
With the added headcount from the reinforcements,
there will be even more mouths to feed.
With the Faerghus Dukedom in place, the Kingdom
is essentially no more.
The majority of the lords who once belonged
to the Kingdom are now under the jurisdiction
of the Empire.
Even the houses that haven't bent a knee yet,
like House Fraldarius, will soon be crushed.
It's only a matter of time...
I have lived inconspicuously these past five years,
so as not to be discovered by the Empire.
To be able to finally return to the monastery again
I hope that our brothers and sisters who ran far away
will also return one day.
The Valley of Torment, huh? I see your angle, but
don't let your guard down.
Any movement about their borders, and the lords of
the Kingdom will react swiftly. Don't underestimate
Keep your focus on a positive outcome. There's a lot
to gain and a lot to lose.
So Judith is on our side now. That right?
Haven't seen that lady in years.
These days, people call her a hero. Back then, I just
called her a catch and a half.
Quite a while. I was a kid back then, but she caught
my eye when she came to one of the Alliance dances.
Ha! If only. Nah, I was a kid at the time, but she still
managed to catch my eye.
She was the second loveliest lady in all of Fódlan.
Who's the first, you ask? Heh, that's my little secret...
So you intend to march into Ailell. Frankly,
I want no part of it.
Surely, such an uneventful journey won't require
And miss my share of the glory? Unacceptable.
You will? Then...I shall don my marching boots.
Though I would ask that we at least consider
marching only under cover of night.
The Valley of Torment... Isn't that the place where
it's scorching hot year-round?
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.
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.
Remember that battle five years ago? Oh... Um,
I'm guessing you do. Anyway, remember that knight
who watched over Abyss with me for a while?
He said he was going to check on things up top but
that he'd return. Thing is...I haven't seen him since.
Lots of knights have returned, but not him. I hope
Bandits from Garreg Mach used to come down to
Abyss pretty frequently.
We never dealt with them though. We refused their
offers at every turn. Sometimes we had to use force.
It was Hapi who finally drove them out for good.
Only then there were beasts all over the place...
When the monastery fell to ruin, we lost all hope
for support from the church.
Most able-bodied folks abandoned Abyss for the
surface around that time.
Since then, we've been barely scraping by...
You're alive? I was sure that the fall of Garreg Mach
had claimed your life...
I left for the Kingdom initially, but my reading of
the stars spelled disaster, so I turned back.
I've spent most of the past five years drifting through
Alliance territory. I've only recently returned.
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.