Ferdinand

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Ferdinand

Dimitri, the late prince of Faerghus. He despised the Empire with all his heart.

Ferdinand

He should not have tried leading an army while his emotions were holding him captive.

Ferdinand

True enough, but I suspect the reason he died is that he could not keep his emotions in check.

Ferdinand

I see. You are saying you met with Dimitri?

Ferdinand

But you could not tell if it was reality or a dream. Hm. I wonder what that could mean.

Linhardt

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Linhardt

I'm rather curious to see what stratagem we'll devise to capture the fortress.

Linhardt

You know Fort Merceus's nickname, I assume. The Stubborn Old General?

Linhardt

But there must be one or two gaps in its defenses...

Caspar

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Caspar

Fort Merceus is next, huh? Ah, the memories.

Caspar

It's a huge stronghold in my father's domain. The town's completely surrounded by high walls.

Caspar

I used to run around there when I was a kid...

Caspar

Way back when a fortress was just a playground for me. Yeah, those were the days.

Bernadetta

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Bernadetta

It's always so peaceful coming back here. But it's hard to relax knowing we have to go out on another expedition again so soon.

Bernadetta

And assaulting that huge keep? That sounds hard. Oh, really hard! Don't you think it'll be hard?!

Bernadetta

I knew you'd think so! I knew you— Ow! Oh, ow. Can't believe I tried to hug you through the door...

Bernadetta

Of course you'd say that! Why'd I even ask?!

Dorothea

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Dorothea

I heard that a staggering number of people lost their lives in the battle at Gronder.

Dorothea

And here we are, preparing for the next battle, as if nothing happened the day before.

Dorothea

It's almost easier to think about war as theater, with the stage an entire continent.

Dorothea

Something like that. If an accident happens on stage, the next day's performance must be unaffected.

Dorothea

Even if an accident happens on stage, the next day you have to sing as though nothing happened.

Dorothea

Everyone just pretends like everything is fine... focusing on their role in the play.

Petra

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Petra

I have excitement in my heart for secret tactics! I enjoy attacks that are surprising.

Petra

Yes. Hunting is doing surprise attacks on prey.

Petra

Surprise attacks are safe with friends. Fewer injuries.

Felix

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Felix

It hasn't sunk in yet.

Felix

They slaughtered the boar... I can hardly believe it. I thought he was alive all this time.

Felix

He must have really hated Edelgard to lead such an ill-advised assault.

Felix

Hmph. No point in feeling sorry for the poor scoundrel now.

Ashe

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Ashe

I've heard Dedue's passed on. Just like His Highness.

Ashe

That's true. I did hear that his body was never found.

Ashe

You're right. I don't think anyone's found his body, so I guess he might still be out there.

Ashe

That's what I've heard. But no one's found his body.

Ashe

If, somehow, he's still alive...I hope we'll meet again.

Sylvain

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Sylvain

Ya know, Professor, laying siege to a keep is like asking a girl out on a date.

Sylvain

First, you get past her defenses...then you make your move.

Sylvain

Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. I'm a seasoned veteran at this kind of thing.

Sylvain

Girls, I mean. I've never actually, you know, captured any keeps...

Sylvain

Ha! I knew you'd get it, Professor.

Sylvain

Anyway, you know more about tactics than me, so I don't know why I'm offering you advice.

Mercedes

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Mercedes

Oh, Goddess, hear my prayer. Please bless the deceased with peace everlasting...

Mercedes

And may his soul rest in tranquility.

Mercedes

You know, I used to see him praying quite often when I would come to the cathedral at night.

Mercedes

I wonder who it was he prayed for back then...

Annette

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Annette

Professor. They tell me my father died at Gronder.

Annette

Was that... Was that really a fitting end for one such as him?

Annette

I don't know. I just...don't know.

Ingrid

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Ingrid

I only know what little I overheard.

Ingrid

But what I did hear implied that the Empire was involved in the Tragedy of Duscur.

Ingrid

If it's true, that may explain why His Highness chose to fight the Empire.

Ingrid

Perhaps I should have fought alongside His Highness.

Ingrid

Because...I, too, lost someone to that tragedy— the most important person in my world.

Ingrid

No. Not anymore. I am where I belong.

Ingrid

Those of us still on this plane of existence will carry the torch. The inhumane actions of the Empire must not be repeated.

Lorenz

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Lorenz

Fort Merceus is old and strong. Its reputation for durability is equal to that of Arianrhod.

Lorenz

Are you certain your plan is sufficient? It seems to be a little simplistic.

Lorenz

That's not terrifically reassuring! Shouldn't you have more faith in your own plans?!

Lorenz

I suppose I must take you at your word, mustn't I?

Lorenz

Incidentally have you heard any news of Claude?

Lorenz

I, for one, have a hard time believing he is dead. He was always a clever and tenacious sort.

Raphael

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Raphael

You know when you work your muscles and they start screaming? That means you gotta be nice to them.

Raphael

If your muscles are hungry, you gotta feed them, and let them rest when they're tired.

Raphael

Whaddya mean, "how"? You just gotta eat and sleep! It's pretty obvious...

Raphael

Of course! If my muscles hurt, then I hurt. If they're hungry, well then I'm hungry too!

Raphael

What's with the confused face, Professor? You look like you don't get a word I'm saying!

Ignatz

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Ignatz

It sounds like the battle at Gronder Field was pretty gruesome.

Ignatz

We don't know for certain whether Claude's alive or dead. Maybe he's all right?

Ignatz

I wish I could make sure somehow. But it doesn't seem possible now.

Lysithea

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Lysithea

If Claude somehow survived, I imagine he's terribly wounded.

Lysithea

All three forces have suffered heavy losses. We're incredibly lucky to have not been involved.

Lysithea

This is a perfect and unique opportunity to go on the offense. Now is the time to prove ourselves, Professor.

Marianne

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Marianne

I never used to care whether I lived or died...

Marianne

But when I think of all those who died at Gronder, I realize how precious life truly is.

Marianne

I'm ashamed of how arrogant I was to think that death could mean so little...

Hilda

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Hilda

I like this idea of yours—dressing as Imperial soldiers so they'll let us in. But don't you wish there was one more twist in the plan?

Hilda

Come on, Professor, think! How could we add another wrinkle, hm?

Hilda

Dress me as Edelgard?! But we look nothing alike!

Hilda

Seteth, dressed as a woman? I don't understand what the point of that would be.

Hilda

On second thought, let's just stick to the plan as originally conceived. That seems safer.

Leonie

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Leonie

Under your leadership, we can win any battle, no matter the odds.

Leonie

That's what everyone's saying anyway. Hope you can keep up with our expectations, Professor.

Seteth

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Seteth

The battle at Gronder Field certainly took an unexpected turn, did it not?

Seteth

Let us press on, so as not to waste the opportunity.

Seteth

Fort Merceus is a keep that was constructed to defend the Imperial Capital, Enbarr.

Seteth

We cannot enter the capital without first capturing that fort. But once we have it, the city should be almost entirely at our mercy.

Seteth

I will make the necessary preparations. Be ready.

Flayn

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Flayn

Standing face to face with those whom I went to school with. On the field of battle...

Flayn

How inhuman war is—how horrifying. My heart feels shattered.

Flayn

It is my hope that this war marks the end of such foolish behavior.

Hanneman

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Hanneman

Fort Merceus is the Empire's single most fortified military installation. Utterly impregnable, they say.

Hanneman

I wonder, do you happen to know the nickname given to Fort Merceus?

Hanneman

No, I'm afraid that name refers to the Fortress City of Arianrhod.

Hanneman

That one is a fortress that stands at Fódlan's Throat.

Hanneman

Indeed! A very good answer, but of course you'd know that.

Hanneman

Seems Fódlans give everyone and everything a nickname. Why, you were called the Ashen Demon!

Hanneman

Myself, I have been called the Father of Crestology, which is a nickname as well as a title, I suppose...

Manuela

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Manuela

Each step closer to Enbarr, I'm reminded of another part of my past.

Manuela

Riches and poverty, glory and failure, that city has it all. And if I'm honest...sometimes I miss it.

Manuela

That's how the past works though, isn't it? It's always a different story than what you really lived.

Alois

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Alois

You're quite a tactician! Disguising ourselves as enemy soldiers to sneak in, undetected. A stroke of brilliance.

Alois

In a frontal attack, our losses would be tremendous. With this strategy, we can really snatch victory from the jaws of...deceit!

Alois

Yes... With you leading our fighters, I've no doubt the Empire will suffer an embarrassing deceit. Get it? "Deceit"? Again?

Alois

Ah, rats! You've seen through my cunning punning!

Catherine

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Catherine

I hardly recognize everyone... Their faces have changed so much. More experience in the eyes, and more pain.

Catherine

I'm glad that they're stronger, but I hate to think they've all become hardened killers.

Catherine

Look after them, OK? Try to keep 'em on the straight-and-narrow.

Shamir

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Shamir

Did you give the ridiculous order to prepare Imperial armor for every one of our troops?

Shamir

I've reached out through all of my channels, but there are limits to these things.

Shamir

I'll have to recruit an entire town's worth of people if I ever plan on making enough.

Cyril

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Cyril

Guess what I noticed. I can see further than most other people can see.

Cyril

But I can't figure the point of seeing further than an arrow can fly, since I can't shoot what I see.

Cyril

I suppose I could see a whole horde of enemies coming and run away. That's kinda useful, at least.

Cyril

Yeah, I suppose it could be real useful for finding Lady Rhea too.

Cyril

Thanks, Professor. I think I get it now. I'm gonna put my eyes to real good use.

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper

Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper

Is it true that we'll be assaulting Fort Merceus next? That doesn't sound like the brightest idea...

Gatekeeper

I've heard that it's built to withstand an attack from even the largest of armies!

Gatekeeper

Not to tell you how to do your job, but don't do it! I'm not ready to say my final good-byes to everyone...

Soldier

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Soldier

Doesn't matter how sturdy the keep, if the commander defending it is incompetent, it can fall as easy as anything.

Soldier

That's what they say, at least. I wonder if that applies to Fort Merceus...

Soldier

All I know is if I was the emperor, I'd never in a million years assign an incompetent commander to a fort as important as that one!

Churchgoer

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Churchgoer

I've come to deliver vegetables we harvested in the village to the monastery's dining hall.

Churchgoer

Because of the season, I couldn't really pick that much...but I wanted to help the church out, even just a little bit.

Churchgoer

We're busily planting seeds, so when things start to grow, I'll be back.

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

I've heard that Gilbert, who used to serve in the Knights of Seiros, fell at Gronder.

Knight of Seiros

Apparently he was originally a knight of the Kingdom. And now he's shared Prince Dimitri's fate.

Knight of Seiros

Gilbert was an exceptional knight. It's an unspeakable shame...

Priest

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Priest

According to information we've received from the Eastern Church, the Alliance territories seem to be experiencing intense upheaval.

Priest

Their leader's well-being is still unclear, and the lords are all questioning each other's intentions.

Priest

It seems like a difficult time to ask the Alliance for assistance...

Soldier

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Soldier

The fish in this pond get fed every day, so they're swimming all lazy and serene...

Soldier

But the only reason they're kept here is so that they can one day be used for food.

Soldier

But the fish don't know that, so they just swim around happily...

Soldier

It's a bit of a miserable thought, but aren't soldiers much the same?

Monk

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Monk

I've come here after getting chased out of the Empire. There's no place for our kind there anymore.

Monk

But there are still many inside Empire territory who haven't abandoned their faith in the Church of Seiros.

Monk

I pray that one day, we'll get the chance to rebuild the church within the Empire...

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

After that great battle earlier, the balance of power in Fódlan has shifted greatly...

Knight of Seiros

But we only stood a chance because we drove the Empire from the Great Bridge of Myrddin.

Knight of Seiros

To get revenge for all our fallen friends, we'll have to stake our lives on the fight that lies before us.

Soldier

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Soldier

Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude...

Soldier

All the house leaders from way back when assembled again at Gronder.

Soldier

I wonder what their thoughts were as they headed out to the battlefield...

Yuri

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Yuri

If the Empire rallies its forces and attacks Garreg Mach, I'm not so sure Abyss will be OK...

Yuri

If we're not careful, it'll end up buried in rubble.

Yuri

Like I said, only if we're not careful. If it comes down to it, I'll protect this place till my dying breath.

Yuri

Heh heh... Ever the valiant one. But nobody ever knows how a war will turn out. That's part of the deal, you know?

Yuri

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I want to ensure there is still a refuge for people to escape to.

Balthus

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Balthus

You know, House Albrecht also took part in the Battle of Gronder. That's where my little bro is of course...

Balthus

He's very different from me. A smart one, but just about worthless in a fight.

Balthus

I really hope he's OK...

Constance

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Constance

It's not that I don't sympathize with Lady Edelgard's goals, mind you.

Constance

But perhaps not to the point of shedding blood for her ideals.

Constance

I must keep her example in mind as I chart a new path.

Constance

Of course. But I've gone down a different road.

Constance

Peace in Fódlan and a restored House Nuvelle shall be my guiding star as I blaze my own trail!

Hapi

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Hapi

People have always fought, I guess. Bandits and nobles clashing over territory. Things like that.

Hapi

So before the war, when folks talked about how peaceful everything was, I thought, "What continent are you living on?"

Hapi

I get it now. A few isolated skirmishes here and there are nothing compared to a full-blown war.

Hapi

The one truly peaceful place I've known was the village where I grew up.

Anna

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Anna

A class reunion on the battlefield? That's...bleak. That must have been so hard on everyone.

Anna

You gotta keep looking after them all. I mean, they still look to you for guidance, you know?

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Anna

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

Anna

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

Anna

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

Anna

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

Abysskeeper

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Abysskeeper

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

Abysskeeper

Lots of things happen down here. Lots of reports need to be reported. And for all reportable things, I'm your guy.

Resident

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Resident

Got a wager for ya. My friend says there's twice as many women in Abyss as men. You think he's right?

Resident

Good eye. You win. Here, have a little something.

Resident

No way. You got eyes? Take a look around.

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Resident

Good eye. You win. Here, have a little something.

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Resident

No way. You got eyes? Take a look around.

Resident

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Resident

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

Resident

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

Resident

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

Rogue

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Rogue

What a pain. What an absolute pain...

Rogue

Concerned, are you? That's nice. A little too nice.

Rogue

Here's a word of warning—if anyone here asks you for a favor, it's probably just a scam.

Rogue

...

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Rogue

What a pain. What an absolute pain...

Rogue

Concerned, are you? That's nice. A little too nice.

Rogue

Here's a word of warning—if anyone here asks you for a favor, it's probably just a scam.

Rogue

...

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Rogue

Concerned, are you? That's nice. A little too nice.

Rogue

Here's a word of warning—if anyone here asks you for a favor, it's probably just a scam.

Rogue

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Rogue

I hurt my leg in the last battle. Had to take shelter down here—nowhere else to go.

Rogue

Be careful up there. All sides are bringing their strongest people to this fight.

Rogue

Count Bergliez in the Empire, Lord Holst in the Alliance... I'm sure the Kingdom's got someone too.

Monk

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Monk

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

Monk

I can rest easy now.

Monk

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

Monk

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