What used to be Aegir territory lies far to the east of
the Great Bridge of Myrddin, downstream of the
For the sake of my family, I wish we could invade the
Empire from there.
But I do not have the power to advocate for that.
Strategically, Myrddin is more important.
Thank you, Professor. I will not give in. Not until
I have restored my noble pride!
Yes, I know it would be difficult, but I will
not give in!
Since I'm originally from the Empire, it seems no
one trusts me with any important tasks. Fine by me.
Honestly, I'd bet they're watching my every move to
make sure I can be trusted.
If I were in charge, it's what I would do.
I knew it. War makes people crazy, huh?
The Airmid River separates the Empire and Alliance.
It's the largest river in Fódlan.
Sometimes it'll flood when there's lots of rain, but...
At least the land gets some extra water!
War isn't kind to you if you're a recluse.
By the time you realize what's going on, you're
already under attack.
And if you're off by yourself, you can get killed with
no one ever even finding out.
Oh, that'd be awful—just terrible! OK, Professor,
I get it. I know I'll have to come out.
We're going to invade the Empire...which means
we'll be fighting people we know, won't we?
If we're attacked by someone we know, or used to
think of as a friend, is it permitted to run away?
Makes sense. A commander running away would be
terrible for morale.
Really? If something happens, will you keep me safe?
If we can suppress this Myrddin, we can invade
into the Empire. Right?
I was in the Empire. Now I will be an enemy...
I am having strange feelings. It is with ease that an
ally turns into an enemy...
We have the Empire and Alliance situations under
control. The problem is Faerghus.
The eastern lords have joined forces and are warring
with the Dukedom.
But I've heard nothing about that conflict as of late.
I haven't heard much from my father either. I can't
help but find this silence unsettling...
It's thanks to you that I'm here now.
I owe you, Professor. You saved my life.
I swear I'll do all I can to repay that debt.
I had an encounter with Lord Gwendal... How many
years ago was it?
Back before the academy, I met this girl who I fell
madly in love with...and her dad tried to kill me.
I suppose he just tried to scare me, but I was sure I
was gonna die. Oh yeah, her dad? Lord Gwendal.
Crazy, right? I never thought I'd seriously be trying
to kill the guy in battle.
I kind of don't know how to make sense of it.
Lady Rhea is in the Empire, isn't she? We should
hurry up and find her.
So many people in the monastery and nearby towns
I want to ease their minds as soon as possible,
Professor. Let's work together to find her!
Next we face the Great Bridge of Myrddin...
We actually crossed it a long time ago.
Do you remember? It was five whole years ago!
It seems like so long ago, doesn't it? It's odd how fast
What are you talking about, Professor? It was on the
way to the Battle of the Eagle and Lion!
Everyone was still friends then. After the fighting,
we all ate together without splitting into our
But now we're fighting the same people who were
our friends back then... Even Ashe...
I often wish we could go back to those
So, that was Judith. Just as I'd heard of her, she was
an upstanding person.
The same Daphnel blood runs through my veins,
and yet I feel as though I am nothing like her. I am
but a phantom of what could be...
You think so? Wow, thank you!
If only I could be even half of who she is.
Thanks to all that food from Judith, I'm full for once!
I've got so much energy! Let me at that Great Bridge
of Myrddin! I'll bust it down myself!
Oh, but then how do we cross?
The Great Bridge of Myrddin isn't just a bridge.
It has the features of a fortress.
I believe it was built for military purposes by the
first leader of the Adrestian Empire.
In other words, it's even older than the monastery.
So if we occupy the Great Bridge, we'll have to
search it from top to bottom.
I'm sure you know this already, but House Ordelia
is aligned with the Empire.
They face the Empire from across a river, similar to
Even so, I refuse to yield to the Empire a
The Empire did unthinkable things to my family.
And to me.
The only option here is winning. Professor, you must
promise we will overcome the Empire.
Legend says that pillars of light fell and ravaged
Ailell. I was reminded of that when I saw it...
Um, Professor? Do you think those legends are true?
I think so too. I don't know if the goddess really
destroyed the valley out of anger, but...
Oh! I suppose you may be right. There's no way to
be sure it won't...
There are still so many things we don't understand in
It looks like people are slowly starting to come back
to the town.
I guess they feel safe now that you and the Knights of
Seiros have returned.
Peddlers have become more common too, so there'll
be food and supplies available.
After being run-down for all those years, it's really
becoming livable again!
Things would have gotten a lot more interesting if
Judith had joined us.
I only spoke to her briefly, but I really liked her.
I hope someday I can be as strong, kind, and
levelheaded as her.
If Rhea really is in the Empire, then we must defeat
the Imperial army by any means necessary.
The people at large are just as concerned for Rhea's
safety as we are.
The sooner we can settle all our unease, the better.
Judith is a wonderful person. So strong and
confident, as well.
Looking upon her, I was sharply reminded of
Not in the slightest. Rather, it is her way of
being—her demeanor. Brilliantly bright and positive,
like a warm ray of light.
Very much so! Both brilliantly bright and positive,
like a warm ray of light.
I...lost my mother, long ago. I miss her desperately.
The battle at Ailell was a tactical marvel. You grow
stronger with each passing day.
Where does your talent end and your Crest's power
begin? Are they one and the same, I wonder?
Most intriguing. Yet it is quite difficult to draw
useful conclusions, given the situation.
It is quite unfortunate I did not achieve my research
goals before the war broke out. So much unknown.
Now, I fear I will not have those answers even by
conflict's end. So very frustrating.
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.
So, Lady Rhea was in the Empire all this time.
Glad as I am that Judith told us, I wish we had
known this five years ago.
We spent all that time spread out over Fódlan,
searching for the archbishop and you.
It was a mistake to abandon the monastery, to leave
it in ruins. Now we're paying for that mistake.
I'd heard of the Hero of Daphnel, but that was the
first time I've met her in person.
She's the head of a prestigious noble family?
Just like Claude. The Alliance nobility is so...odd.
Kind of, but I don't mean that in a bad way.
You won't find such big-hearted nobles elsewhere.
Plus, Judith can drink with the best of 'em! A woman
after my own heart.
Five years ago, when the Imperial army attacked
Garreg Mach, they moved with incredible speed.
But in the middle of all that chaos, she still had
The Hero of Daphnel's spy network is impressive.
She shouldn't be taken lightly.
Is it true Lady Rhea was dragged off by the
Imperial army? I heard that was true.
Why'd they take Lady Rhea? Professor...they didn't
take her to kill her, did they?
That's good. We just gotta beat the Imperial army
and get her back, right?
Yeah, good point. If they did, we'd have heard about
it by now.
You gotta help her, Professor. I'm begging ya.
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
Oh! I heard what happened at Ailell.
I can't believe Imperial spies have been lurking in
Garreg Mach! Under my watch!
But I'll make sure no more of 'em get in, trust me!
We came from the territory of House Daphnel.
It's not easy to leave one's home, but it had to
Judith asked us so earnestly, there was no way we
could have refused.
We can trust you, right? I'd hate to end up just
another pointless death...
I was dead certain Judith would fight by our side
But since she holds a position within the Alliance,
it seems she has no choice but to abstain for now.
If the in-fighting within the Alliance came to an end,
maybe she'd be able to fight with us...
With life returning to the monastery, the unease of
the church's followers is slowly abating.
The number of people coming to the town church
dwindled over the past five years, but we're seeing
To reward and accommodate their devotion, we have
to hurry and rebuild the church!
Count Gloucester of the Alliance is supposed to be
the head of the faction that supports the Empire.
That being said, the count himself is an ardent
follower of Seiros, and likely not too keen on
The commoners are also allies of the knights.
We should be able to reach Myrddin without
On the north side of the Great Bridge of Myrddin
lies the territory of Acheron of the Alliance, and to
the south, the Empire's Bergliez territory.
Count Bergliez has held the position of Minister of
Military Affairs for the Empire ever since the days
of Emperor Ionius.
The current emperor seems to have brought the
corrupt nobility to heel, but Count Bergliez looks
to be an exception.
Hearing that the Knights of Seiros have returned,
the monks have also been coming back.
We still don't have enough hands here, but we'll
use all that we've got to rebuild the monastery.
Until the day that Lady Rhea is returned to us,
we have to do all we can...
Damn, who'd have thought that House Rowe would
They must've been sweating blood to get to Ailell
from way out there.
Guess it's been a while since I left House Rowe, so it
doesn't bother me much to have to fight them.
Kinda always knew I'd be the one to take that
stubborn old donkey out. I've been ready for this.
Huh. That lady hasn't changed a bit since I was
a kid. Still intimidating as hell. What a woman.
Being me, I'm not nervous or anything. I just...
I'm not sure how to approach her, that's all.
My luck, she'll treat me like I'm still a kid, even
though I'm clearly a full-grown adult man.
Hm. If that's the angle she takes, maybe I can get
some nice hugs out of this... Huh?! Oh, nothing.
Invading the Empire at last, are we? I cannot still
the wild palpitations in my chest.
I have made myself ready to the extent that I could,
but now that the day draws near...
I fear that to proceed will be to abandon all hope of
restoring the Imperial house of Nuvelle.
Which leaves me with no choice but to appeal to
you and Claude for that. My dream is in your hands.
I've never met someone like Judy.
She's easygoing, but at the same time, tough as nails.
I bet she'd be real fun to hang out with.
Ha, yeah, same here. But in a good way, ya know?
Judy's great. Unlike that other guy,
I can't stand people like him—people who think
they're always in the right.
All he did was make trouble, but he convinced
himself it was for a good cause. So infuriating.
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.
Lots of things happen down here. Lots of reports
need to be reported. And for all reportable things,
I'm your guy.
Not sure what brought people back up above,
but I'm glad for it.
The dining hall, the greenhouse... They're all ripe
for the picking again.
Uh, I mean, for them! Good for them!
House Daphnel was kind enough to share their food
It may not be much in the grand scheme of things,
but the gesture means a lot.
The Hero of Daphnel is something else too, isn't she?
Balthus seems pretty taken with her...
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.