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.
We weren't related by blood, but Randolph was still
Seeing him end up that way was... Never mind.
This wasn't just about war. It was a grudge. Or are
you gonna tell me you're on Dimitri's side?
It's fine. I don't need your sympathy. It's not like
I had any real connection with him anyway.
But Dimitri's methods... I don't know...
I'm sure he never trusted me, being born in the
Empire and all.
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!
This is all a bit troubling, isn't it? The people from
the Kingdom seem to be of two minds, as well.
Can we really plan to fight when we're this unsure
You think once we're face to face with the enemy,
it might help us band together? I hope so.
Well, Professor, I hope you can bring everyone
together. You might be the only person who can.
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.
Hmph. I am steeling myself to see my father again.
I can't stand that old man.
That's just biological circumstance. We may have the
same blood, but we've nothing else in common.
Yes, I do. Above all, I hate the crazed nonsense that
comes out of his mouth.
The Kingdom capital or the Imperial capital?
I don't know which is the right way.
If we tried to take on the Empire like this, would we
really stand a chance?
With House Fraldarius under attack, they probably
can't spare many soldiers.
On the other hand, if we did manage to take the
Imperial capital, the war would be over.
Hmm... I'm no good at thinking through this kind of
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
I don't know about everyone else, but heading to the
Empire seems like a good idea to me.
The search for Lady Rhea will be so much easier if
we can just get the Empire out of the way.
I suppose Dimitri might still pose a problem though.
He seems so fixated on the Imperial capital, but...
I get the feeling he's not even sure what he
If we can take back the Kingdom, we'll recover our
soldiers. And some food and supplies too, I bet.
Most importantly of all, there are people in the
Kingdom waiting for our help...
Even His Highness understands that. I'm sure of it.
Yet he wants to take on the Empire despite all that...
Do you think...he just doesn't care about anything
other than fighting Edelgard anymore?
But if not, then why...
He wasn't always like this. What happened...
It is imperative that we regroup with those who
continue to resist. Most importantly, we must join
up with the Fraldarius family.
If we do, our ability to reclaim the Kingdom capital
is ensured. We should aim for this outcome rather
than focusing our efforts on the Imperial capital.
This seems to me the best strategy at present.
But I feel what His Highness feels—his hatred,
his anger—so keenly, as if it were my own.
So I find it difficult to oppose his wishes.
Ugh...so...hungry... I won't be able to train if I don't
get some food in me!
I used to eat until I was full, but nowadays I can't
even get seconds!
Aren't reinforcements supposed to be joining us
soon? I hope they bring food along with them...
I still want my little sis to live in the town here, but
there's no point if we can't even feed her!
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.
Hm, 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.
Incidentally, the Galatea family was originally an
offshoot from the Daphnel family.
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
I feel there is something dreadful I'm forgetting.
I heard we're headed to the Valley of Torment. I'm
not exactly thrilled.
That place is supposed to be really, really hot. Just
the thought of it makes me uncomfortable.
I hate them! You get all sweaty and sticky and eugh!
Ooh, that's not a bad idea! Though if our enemies
attacked while I was here, that would be a pain too...
Ugh! Who names a place "Valley of Torment"?
A more inviting name would have been nice.
"Valley of Endless Summer," something like that!
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.
Gilbert was a knight to the royal family of
What was a man like that doing in Garreg Mach,
Who knows. Whenever I'd try to ask about it, he'd
change the subject and avoid giving a proper answer.
These past five years, Lord Rodrigue worried
for His Highness more than any other.
But I wonder what he would say if he saw
what has become of Dimitri...
The Kingdom doesn't seem to have clear goals
holding them together. Different people have
The situation right now is difficult. But at times
like this, you have the opportunity to really shine,
You're in charge. Show them what you're made of!
I'll do what I can to help.
Strategically speaking, our best move is probably to
head for the Kingdom capital.
Though, I think it's more likely that Lady Rhea is in
the Empire, so I would not object to taking the fight
directly to Edelgard.
Hm. There are no right or wrong answers in war.
What do you think we should do? I hope, with the
goddess's guidance, we can make the right choice.
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.
It seems Arianrhod, one of the Kingdom's sturdiest
fortress cities, has fallen to the Empire.
It looks like Count Rowe didn't resist, and switched
sides to the Empire straight away.
Repaying all that the royal family has done for him
with betrayal... How shameful.
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.
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.
I wonder how many soldiers that Rodrigue guy
will lend us...
Not that it matters much. Taking on the whole damn
Empire... Not even I would bet on those odds.
Now you're talkin', pal. I love a nice, reckless
gamble. Oof, now I'm excited!
Well, yeah. If we don't, we'll die a terrible death.
I've survived this long. I refuse to give up now.
You know... Win or lose, I guess it's not worth
betting on. Who would I collect from after the
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.
Lots of things happen down here. Lots of reports
need to be reported. And for all reportable things,
I'm your guy.
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...
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.