Dimitri

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Dimitri
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It was over 20 years ago... There was an illness raging across Fhirdiad.

Dimitri
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While people were dying left and right...it was Cornelia who saved the Kingdom from that dreadful illness.

Dimitri
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Neither can I. By the time I was old enough to understand, that time had already passed.

Dimitri
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No, I hear she was originally an Imperial scholar. She was in the Kingdom by my father's invitation.

Dimitri
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People praised Cornelia as a saint for ending the epidemic.

Dimitri
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But there came a day when she completely changed. Her behavior, mannerisms, likes, dislikes...everything.

Dimitri
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Despite all that, Father still appointed her to a high post. After all, she had saved the Kingdom from ruin by that disease...

Dimitri
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But above all, my stepmother trusted her. That's why what that woman said is... Never mind.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand
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I have been wondering something...

Ferdinand
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If I had not been your student, where would I be right now? Who would I be?

Ferdinand
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Do you ever think about that sort of thing, Professor?

Ferdinand
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Ah, so you do think about such questions. You can never find answers though, right?

Ferdinand
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We cannot turn back time, so there is no way to go back and try a different path.

Ferdinand
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Ah, so you do think about such questions. You can never find answers though, right?

Ferdinand
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We cannot turn back time, so there is no way to go back and try a different path.

Ferdinand
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I see... You are so focused and coolheaded. I wish I could be more like you.

Linhardt

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Linhardt
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Traveling to the Empire, to the Kingdom, and then off to Alliance territory...

Linhardt
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Everyone certainly is busy. Perhaps it's not a bad thing now that I think about it.

Linhardt
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Peace will be lovely. Peace will, one assumes, be considerably less perilous.

Linhardt
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If we were only busy, then I think I would be fine. I'd be able to take a nap for one.

Linhardt
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But if I napped now, I suspect that soon enough I'd find myself busy dying...

Caspar

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Caspar
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Didn't they used to call Claude the "Master Tactician"?

Caspar
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I want a nickname too!

Caspar
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Maybe I'll get one if I can rescue him at Derdriu...

Caspar
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I'll come up with a plan that's even better than his and earn a nickname for sure!

Bernadetta

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Bernadetta
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Claude... Claude... Which one was he again? Oh! Right. Yeah, of course I remember him.

Bernadetta
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It's just... I can't picture his face. Don't remember what he looks like. I'm not sure if I ever knew.

Dorothea

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Dorothea
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Dimitri is going to Claude's aid. How great is that?

Dorothea
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It's like we've gone back to how things were five years ago. It's so nice.

Dorothea
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Just imagine if Edie was there too?

Dorothea
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I suppose you can't ever really go back to the way things were in the past...

Petra

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I am being told you can see the sea from Derdriu. Not just see...that it is right there in front of you.

Petra
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In Brigid, the sea has great closeness. I would be looking at it every day.

Petra
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But in Garreg Mach, we cannot look at the sea. So I am feeling...drawn to Derdriu.

Petra
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That is true. The ghosts of the sea have vengeance in their hearts. If they are wanting to take you, you cannot be saved.

Petra
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Yes, I think the sea has much beauty. But can also be frightening.

Dedue

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Dedue
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Lord Rodrigue Fraldarius has passed on.

Dedue
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Margrave Gautier has assumed his position, and is now gathering the lords of the eastern territories.

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Dedue
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House Gautier is equal in prestige to House Fraldarius. Sylvain is a Gautier.

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Dedue
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These lords are reorganizing the Faerghus army, and eradicating any remaining factions that claim allegiance to the Empire.

Dedue
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Of course, His Highness is being kept apprised with regular reports.

Dedue
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But it falls to me to monitor him, and ensure he does not try to take on too much.

Dedue
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I would ask you to do the same. If you take your eyes off that man, even for a moment, he is liable to do something rash.

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Dedue
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Lord Rodrigue Fraldarius has passed on.

Dedue
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Margrave Gautier has assumed his position, and is now gathering the lords of the eastern territories.

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Dedue
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These lords are reorganizing the Faerghus army, and eradicating any remaining factions that claim allegiance to the Empire.

Dedue
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Of course, His Highness is being kept apprised with regular reports.

Dedue
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But it falls to me to monitor him, and ensure he does not try to take on too much.

Dedue
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I would ask you to do the same. If you take your eyes off that man, even for a moment, he is liable to do something rash.

Felix

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My uncle gave me some of my father's belongings. Weapons, books...

Felix
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But there was something else that my old man really wanted to pass down.

Felix
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He wanted me to inherit his mission—ensuring that Dimitri ascends the throne.

Felix
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Or so I believe.

Ashe

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Ashe
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The very same night we liberated the capital, a messenger arrived from Derdriu.

Ashe
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Claude must have predicted that we'd retake it.

Ashe
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No, I don't think so. It takes too long to travel to Fhirdiad from Derdriu for it to be chance.

Ashe
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Claude's a hard person to read.

Ashe
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It's obvious not much escapes his eye though. Kind of unsettling, honestly.

Sylvain

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Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital... I've heard it's a magnificent city, you know.

Sylvain
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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.

Sylvain
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You're right. That's something to look forward to.

Sylvain
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Yeah? Maybe you and me? That'd be a good reason to survive the war. Heh heh...

Sylvain
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Aw, come on. Let a guy dream.

Mercedes

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I went to visit my adoptive father at his home in the capital.

Mercedes
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He used to grovel at Cornelia's feet when the city was under her control.

Mercedes
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But after it was liberated, he started courting the Kingdom instead.

Mercedes
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I suppose he was just doing what he needed to survive...

Mercedes
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Absolutely. He's hopeless. I suppose when you're a merchant, that's all you know.

Mercedes
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No matter what becomes of the world, it'll always be plagued by people like him.

Annette

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Annette
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Derdriu, huh? I've always wanted to go there.

Annette
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In Faerghus, most of the towns are pretty much glorified fortresses.

Annette
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So to hear about a place called the Aquatic capital... it just sounds so elegant!

Annette
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When the war's over, I hope I can visit with everyone there!

Ingrid

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Ingrid
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So, House Riegan has regained its influence in the Alliance and is gathering forces.

Ingrid
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Claude always was somewhat inscrutable.

Ingrid
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It's strange somehow to hear talk of his brilliance as the leader of the Alliance.

Lorenz

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It seems Dimitri has become downright charitable.

Lorenz
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But I believe he is operating under a serious misapprehension.

Lorenz
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It may appear as if Claude is appealing to Dimitri for aid, but that is not what is happening here.

Lorenz
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That's not it either. I see it got by you as well.

Lorenz
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That's not it either. I see it got by you as well.

Lorenz
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Yes. A fine example of how snap decisions based on mere appearances can lead to gross misunderstanding.

Lorenz
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Claude has asked for reinforcements from here because he knows that I am here.

Lorenz
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Simply put, he is not throwing himself on Dimitri's mercy. He is throwing himself on mine.

Lorenz
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I suppose there is nothing else for it, is there? We cannot turn our backs on those in need. Let us grant him the aid he requires.

Raphael

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We're gonna go help Claude? I haven't seen him in forever. Wonder how he's been...

Raphael
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I chose this side because I believe in you, Professor. But it's not like I got anything against Claude.

Raphael
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Hmm... Well, he loved parties, and he was full of some pretty good jokes!

Raphael
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Of course! Claude was the kinda person who would be instantly friends with anyone.

Raphael
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I got no clue what'll happen to the Alliance, but I sure hope Claude doesn't die...

Ignatz

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So, war finally comes to the Alliance territories.

Ignatz
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I don't mean that there's never been fighting on Alliance soil, of course.

Ignatz
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There have been countless skirmishes between neighboring lords, as well as conflicts with Almyra.

Ignatz
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But this is an invasion by an army of the Empire. It's a whole different animal.

Ignatz
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I don't want to see my family get dragged into this... I hope we can drive back the Empire.

Lysithea

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The pro-Imperialist lords who've let the Empire in have their hands tied.

Lysithea
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Houses Ordelia and Gloucester are exposed and likely caught off guard.

Lysithea
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That must mean that Claude's allies are...

Lysithea
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Geographically, it would be hard for him to commit his forces, and logically, it wouldn't make sense for him to offer support.

Lysithea
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Margrave Edmund does not commit troops as easily as he commits funds, so that's doubtful.

Lysithea
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Without a doubt she is providing reinforcements. She has always supported Claude.

Lysithea
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Whatever the situation, Claude's military strength is lacking, and what's more, they suffered casualties at Gronder Field.

Lysithea
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I don't know how long the Alliance forces will be able to hold out against the Empire. We've got to move quickly or we may be too late.

Marianne

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I'm glad Dimitri and Claude don't have to fight one another...

Marianne
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I am the daughter of an Alliance lord though, so I suppose that goes without saying.

Marianne
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Having to fight with your former classmates is just so terribly sad...

Hilda

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We took Fhirdiad back, but I never found the time to go shopping there!

Hilda
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When the war's over and the city is revitalized, I'd like to visit again.

Hilda
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Will you come with me, Professor?

Hilda
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Really? Oh, I'm so glad! Although I suppose we have bigger things on our plate, like...

Hilda
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Claude! He's in big trouble. I bet my family is too.

Hilda
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We have to help them, Professor! I know we can't lose with you on our side!

Leonie

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Leonie
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Guess this doesn't end with liberating the Kingdom capital. Derdriu is next.

Leonie
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That prince really works his people hard, doesn't he? Or should I be calling him a king now?

Leonie
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Whatever the title is, he'll always be Dimitri to me.

Seteth

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I thought there was a chance that Cornelia had captured Lady Rhea, but it seems that is not the case.

Seteth
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Our next foe, Lord Arundel, was once a pious adherent to the Seiros creed.

Seteth
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His contributions to the church stopped quite abruptly some time ago. I think it is likely the man knows something.

Flayn

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You plan to aid Claude, do you not? I think that is absolutely marvelous.

Flayn
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Being opposing forces at the battle of Gronder was ill fated.

Flayn
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It hurt to side against him. I am happy that things have taken a brighter turn now.

Hanneman

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Hanneman
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Cornelia Arnim... That's a familiar name, yes. She once studied in the Empire.

Hanneman
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My understanding is, shortly after I left the Empire, she did as well.

Hanneman
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Unlike myself, Cornelia traveled to the Kingdom.

Hanneman
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Apparently she halted a plague, and was rewarded with a quite powerful appointment.

Hanneman
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That such an outstanding researcher should fall to such depravity... Sickening, Professor. And quite sad.

Manuela

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Remember the Death Knight who stabbed me five years ago? Of course you do. How could you forget?

Manuela
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Well, it turns out he's a general in the Imperial army, claiming victories on dozens of battlefields.

Manuela
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But it looks like he's not at Derdriu. Like every man in my life, he's run away from me...

Manuela
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And he better run! One day, I'm gonna find that guy and pay him back for what he did to me!

Gilbert

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With the capital recaptured, I desire to call him "Your Majesty" rather than "Your Highness."

Gilbert
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He would refuse my desire, rightfully pointing out that he has not, as yet, been crowned.

Gilbert
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However, the day this war has ended, and the church has placed the crown upon his head...

Gilbert
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Then, he will truly be our king, and I will call him "Your Majesty" at last.

Gilbert
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I must go hear the reports from our spies. There is something worrying me and—No. It can wait.

Gilbert
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I shall tell you more when our information is more concrete.

Alois

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Alois
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I was getting excited for our big Empire showdown! I spent so much time mentally preparing.

Alois
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Then we shifted focus to Derdriu. I hadn't been expecting that.

Alois
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But, as a knight who's sworn to serve the goddess, I cannot turn a blind ear to those who seek my aid.

Catherine

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We're still searching for Lady Rhea. No news on that, I'm afraid.

Catherine
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Lord Arundel, the emperor's uncle, is the regent of the Empire.

Catherine
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If we crush them at Derdriu, maybe we'll capture him and wring some clues out of him.

Shamir

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Claude, eh? He always was sharp among his peers.

Shamir
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Never let himself get caught up in conventions. He wasn't typical in Fódlan.

Shamir
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I'd like to save him if we can.

Shamir
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I know. And I'm sure he's already calculated exactly when that will be.

Shamir
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Heh. You may be right.

Cyril

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Cyril
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Ugh, even if we do enter Alliance territory, we're not gonna find Lady Rhea there.

Cyril
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I wish we could leave Claude be and go attack the Empire.

Cyril
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I suppose if we can't beat the Empire forces here, then we can't get into the Empire lands, can we?

Cyril
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I guess that just means it's hard work time, huh, Professor?

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper
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Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper
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Derdriu is known as the Aquatic capital...

Gatekeeper
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It's a beautiful town with streets that seem to float on the water and an impressive harbor.

Gatekeeper
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In times of peace, it would be a wonderful place for a holiday... Anyway! Best of luck in the next battle!

Soldier

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If you travel east from the Alliance and cross Fódlan's Throat, you enter the land of Almyra.

Soldier
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House Goneril's territory touches the eastern border of the Alliance. They also have Lord Holst, the most valiant warrior in the Alliance.

Soldier
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Tasked with keeping watch over the Almyrans' movements, he rarely leaves Goneril territory.

Artisan

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Artisan
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We can't actually join you on the battlefield, but rest assured that we're there in spirit.

Artisan
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We're doing everything we can to support the army, so give it your all out there!

Merchant

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It'll take a little while yet for the capital to be restored to its former glory.

Merchant
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But it's not dead yet. Doesn't matter how many times you put the people of Fhirdiad down, they'll get right back up again.

Merchant
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Just you watch. Before long, things will be back to how they were.

Merchant

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I heard that Derdriu is under attack. I hope Judith is all right...

Merchant
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She may be the Hero of Daphnel, but facing the might of the Empire?

Merchant
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I wish there was something more I could do. But I can only pray and hope.

Knight of Seiros

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Using the Great Bridge of Myrddin as a base, we'll spread out and cover as much ground as possible in our search for Her Grace.

Knight of Seiros
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Judging by the information we've gathered, the most suspicious location is definitely the Imperial capital.

Knight of Seiros
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The Hrym territory, whose leader is a mere puppet, and the Aegir territory, whose leader was deposed and disappeared...

Knight of Seiros
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The Empire has a lot of places with suspicious happenings. It's certainly worth investigating.

Knight of Seiros
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But it won't do to take too much time in relieving the Alliance army. Please, hurry.

Knight of Seiros

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The Alliance leader is too demanding, and the prince is too soft-hearted. Don't you think?

Knight of Seiros
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They spilled much of each other's blood at Gronder. I lost a lot of friends to the Alliance...

Knight of Seiros
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Sorry... I shouldn't complain. I know this is tactically sound.

Knight of Seiros
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Everyone seems on board with it, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have any misgivings.

Citizen

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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.

Citizen
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If you're hungry, you're never going to be at full strength. Keep your belly full and stay strong!

Yuri

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So the king who came back from hell defeated the tyrant and liberated the people.

Yuri
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It's like something out of a poetic saga. At least those in need will see it as such.

Yuri
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It isn't like the poor need some lofty heir basking in glory.

Yuri
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What they need is someone who can ease their woes, keep them fed. Things like that.

Yuri
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How they view such a king all depends on his ability to provide for them.

Yuri
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All things considered, I imagine Dimitri will do a fine job at it.

Balthus

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Balthus
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It's happened. The Alliance is now little more than a battlefield. I guess that was inevitable...

Balthus
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So far, Albrecht territory has remained unscathed. But that won't last forever.

Balthus
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When I see that Arundel guy, I'm gonna knock him flat.

Balthus
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I appreciate the sentiment, pal, but we can't just rush into this thing. Let's make sure we're ready, yeah?

Balthus
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We're short on time, but we have to go in prepared. If we lose this, we lose everything. The stakes are too damn high.

Constance

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I was most relieved to hear that no one at the school of sorcery was harmed.

Constance
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They are capable people who bear Fódlan's future on their shoulders. We can afford to lose none of them.

Constance
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Yes, the future of magic is bright! Though it would be brighter if my own house's future was guaranteed.

Constance
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In exchange for securing a bright future for magic in Fódlan, that is a small price to pay.

Constance
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The Alliance is next on our agenda, yes? Ahaha! Watch carefully for my dazzling spellcraft!

Hapi

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

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

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

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

Anna

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

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

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

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

Abysskeeper

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

Abysskeeper
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I hear Derdriu is our next objective. Small world. That's actually where I grew up. It's a great place.

Resident

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The army runs you ragged. Marches you from place to place, prodding you to fight.

Resident
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They promised me three meals a day... They'd have to give a lot more than that to get me to sign on.

Resident
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I'd rather starve down here than deal with that.

Monk

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

Monk
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I can rest easy now.

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

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