Dimitri

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Dimitri

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

Dimitri

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

Dimitri

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

Dimitri

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

Dimitri

People praised Cornelia as a saint for ending the epidemic.

Dimitri

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

Dimitri

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

Dimitri

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

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand

I have been wondering something...

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Linhardt

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Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

Caspar

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Caspar

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

Caspar

I want a nickname too!

Caspar

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

Caspar

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

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

Bernadetta

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

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

Dorothea

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

Dorothea

Just imagine if Edie was there too?

Dorothea

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

Petra

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Petra

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

Petra

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

Petra

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

Petra

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

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

Dedue

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Dedue

Lord Rodrigue Fraldarius has passed on.

Dedue

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

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Dedue

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

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Dedue

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

Dedue

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

Dedue

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

Dedue

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

Lord Rodrigue Fraldarius has passed on.

Dedue

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

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Dedue

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

Dedue

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

Dedue

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

Dedue

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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Felix

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

Felix

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

Felix

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

Felix

Or so I believe.

Ashe

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Ashe

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

Ashe

Claude must have predicted that we'd retake it.

Ashe

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

Ashe

Claude's a hard person to read.

Ashe

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

Sylvain

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Sylvain

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

Sylvain

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

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

Sylvain

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

Sylvain

Aw, come on. Let a guy dream.

Mercedes

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Mercedes

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

Mercedes

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

Mercedes

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

Mercedes

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

Mercedes

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

Mercedes

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

Annette

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Annette

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

Annette

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

Annette

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

Annette

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

Ingrid

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Ingrid

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

Ingrid

Claude always was somewhat inscrutable.

Ingrid

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

Lorenz

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Lorenz

It seems Dimitri has become downright charitable.

Lorenz

But I believe he is operating under a serious misapprehension.

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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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Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Ignatz

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Ignatz

So, war finally comes to the Alliance territories.

Ignatz

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

Ignatz

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

Ignatz

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

Ignatz

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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Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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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Marianne

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

Marianne

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

Marianne

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

Hilda

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Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Hilda

Will you come with me, Professor?

Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Leonie

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Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Seteth

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Seteth

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

Seteth

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

Seteth

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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Flayn

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

Flayn

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

Flayn

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

Hanneman

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Hanneman

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

Hanneman

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

Hanneman

Unlike myself, Cornelia traveled to the Kingdom.

Hanneman

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

Hanneman

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

Manuela

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Manuela

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

Manuela

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

Manuela

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

Manuela

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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Gilbert

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

Gilbert

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

Gilbert

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

Gilbert

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

Gilbert

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

Gilbert

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

Alois

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Alois

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

Alois

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

Alois

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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Catherine

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

Catherine

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

Catherine

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

Shamir

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Shamir

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

Shamir

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

Shamir

I'd like to save him if we can.

Shamir

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

Shamir

Heh. You may be right.

Cyril

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Cyril

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

Cyril

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

Cyril

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

Cyril

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

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper

Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper

Derdriu is known as the Aquatic capital...

Gatekeeper

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

Gatekeeper

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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Soldier

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

Soldier

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

Soldier

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

Artisan

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Artisan

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

Artisan

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

Merchant

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Merchant

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

Merchant

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

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

Merchant

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Merchant

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

Merchant

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

Merchant

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

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

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

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

Knight of Seiros

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

Knight of Seiros

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

Knight of Seiros

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

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

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

Knight of Seiros

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

Knight of Seiros

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

Knight of Seiros

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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Citizen

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

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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Yuri

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

Yuri

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

Yuri

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

Yuri

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

Yuri

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

Yuri

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

Balthus

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Balthus

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

Balthus

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

Balthus

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

Balthus

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

Balthus

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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Constance

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

Constance

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

Constance

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

Constance

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

Constance

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

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

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

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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Resident

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

Resident

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

Resident

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

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.