It was over 20 years ago... There was an illness raging
While people were dying left and right...it was
Cornelia who saved the Kingdom from that
Neither can I. By the time I was old enough to
understand, that time had already passed.
No, I hear she was originally an Imperial scholar.
She was in the Kingdom by my father's invitation.
People praised Cornelia as a saint for ending
But there came a day when she completely
changed. Her behavior, mannerisms, likes,
Despite all that, Father still appointed her to a
high post. After all, she had saved the Kingdom
from ruin by that disease...
But above all, my stepmother trusted her. That's why
what that woman said is... Never mind.
I have been wondering something...
If I had not been your student, where would I be
right now? Who would I be?
Do you ever think about that sort of thing, Professor?
Ah, so you do think about such questions. You can
never find answers though, right?
We cannot turn back time, so there is no way to go
back and try a different path.
I see... You are so focused and coolheaded. I wish
I could be more like you.
Traveling to the Empire, to the Kingdom, and then
off to Alliance territory...
Everyone certainly is busy. Perhaps it's not a bad
thing now that I think about it.
Peace will be lovely. Peace will, one assumes, be
considerably less perilous.
If we were only busy, then I think I would be fine.
I'd be able to take a nap for one.
But if I napped now, I suspect that soon enough I'd
find myself busy dying...
Didn't they used to call Claude the
I want a nickname too!
Maybe I'll get one if I can rescue him at Derdriu...
I'll come up with a plan that's even better than his
and earn a nickname for sure!
Claude... Claude... Which one was he again? Oh!
Right. Yeah, of course I remember him.
It's just... I can't picture his face. Don't remember
what he looks like. I'm not sure if I ever knew.
Dimitri is going to Claude's aid. How great is that?
It's like we've gone back to how things were five
years ago. It's so nice.
Just imagine if Edie was there too?
I suppose you can't ever really go back to the way
things were in the past...
I am being told you can see the sea from Derdriu.
Not just see...that it is right there in front of you.
In Brigid, the sea has great closeness. I would be
looking at it every day.
But in Garreg Mach, we cannot look at the sea.
So I am feeling...drawn to Derdriu.
That is true. The ghosts of the sea have vengeance
in their hearts. If they are wanting to take you,
you cannot be saved.
Yes, I think the sea has much beauty. But can also
Lord Rodrigue Fraldarius has passed on.
Margrave Gautier has assumed his position, and is
now gathering the lords of the eastern territories.
House Gautier is equal in prestige to House
Fraldarius. Sylvain is a Gautier.
These lords are reorganizing the Faerghus army,
and eradicating any remaining factions that claim
allegiance to the Empire.
Of course, His Highness is being kept apprised with
But it falls to me to monitor him, and ensure he does
not try to take on too much.
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.
My uncle gave me some of my father's belongings.
But there was something else that my old man really
wanted to pass down.
He wanted me to inherit his mission—ensuring that
Dimitri ascends the throne.
Or so I believe.
The very same night we liberated the capital,
a messenger arrived from Derdriu.
Claude must have predicted that we'd retake it.
No, I don't think so. It takes too long to travel
to Fhirdiad from Derdriu for it to be chance.
Claude's a hard person to read.
It's obvious not much escapes his eye though. Kind
of unsettling, honestly.
Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital... I've heard it's a
magnificent city, you know.
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.
You're right. That's something to look forward to.
Yeah? Maybe you and me? That'd be a good reason
to survive the war. Heh heh...
Aw, come on. Let a guy dream.
I went to visit my adoptive father at his home in
He used to grovel at Cornelia's feet when the city
was under her control.
But after it was liberated, he started courting the
I suppose he was just doing what he needed
Absolutely. He's hopeless. I suppose when you're a
merchant, that's all you know.
No matter what becomes of the world, it'll always be
plagued by people like him.
Derdriu, huh? I've always wanted to go there.
In Faerghus, most of the towns are pretty much
So to hear about a place called the Aquatic capital...
it just sounds so elegant!
When the war's over, I hope I can visit with
So, House Riegan has regained its influence in the
Alliance and is gathering forces.
Claude always was somewhat inscrutable.
It's strange somehow to hear talk of his brilliance
as the leader of the Alliance.
It seems Dimitri has become downright charitable.
But I believe he is operating under a serious
It may appear as if Claude is appealing to Dimitri
for aid, but that is not what is happening here.
That's not it either. I see it got by you as well.
Yes. A fine example of how snap decisions based
on mere appearances can lead to gross
Claude has asked for reinforcements from here
because he knows that I am here.
Simply put, he is not throwing himself on Dimitri's
mercy. He is throwing himself on mine.
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.
We're gonna go help Claude? I haven't seen him in
forever. Wonder how he's been...
I chose this side because I believe in you, Professor.
But it's not like I got anything against Claude.
Hmm... Well, he loved parties, and he was full of
some pretty good jokes!
Of course! Claude was the kinda person who would
be instantly friends with anyone.
I got no clue what'll happen to the Alliance, but I
sure hope Claude doesn't die...
So, war finally comes to the Alliance territories.
I don't mean that there's never been fighting on
Alliance soil, of course.
There have been countless skirmishes between
neighboring lords, as well as conflicts with Almyra.
But this is an invasion by an army of the Empire.
It's a whole different animal.
I don't want to see my family get dragged into this...
I hope we can drive back the Empire.
The pro-Imperialist lords who've let the Empire in
have their hands tied.
Houses Ordelia and Gloucester are exposed and
likely caught off guard.
That must mean that Claude's allies are...
Geographically, it would be hard for him to commit
his forces, and logically, it wouldn't make sense for
him to offer support.
Margrave Edmund does not commit troops as easily
as he commits funds, so that's doubtful.
Without a doubt she is providing reinforcements.
She has always supported Claude.
Whatever the situation, Claude's military strength
is lacking, and what's more, they suffered casualties
at Gronder Field.
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.
I'm glad Dimitri and Claude don't have to fight
I am the daughter of an Alliance lord though, so I
suppose that goes without saying.
Having to fight with your former classmates is just so
We took Fhirdiad back, but I never found the time
to go shopping there!
When the war's over and the city is revitalized,
I'd like to visit again.
Will you come with me, Professor?
Really? Oh, I'm so glad! Although I suppose we have
bigger things on our plate, like...
Claude! He's in big trouble. I bet my family is too.
We have to help them, Professor! I know we can't
lose with you on our side!
Guess this doesn't end with liberating the Kingdom
capital. Derdriu is next.
That prince really works his people hard, doesn't he?
Or should I be calling him a king now?
Whatever the title is, he'll always be Dimitri to me.
I thought there was a chance that Cornelia had
captured Lady Rhea, but it seems that is not the case.
Our next foe, Lord Arundel, was once a pious
adherent to the Seiros creed.
His contributions to the church stopped quite
abruptly some time ago. I think it is likely the man
You plan to aid Claude, do you not? I think that is
Being opposing forces at the battle of Gronder
was ill fated.
It hurt to side against him. I am happy that things
have taken a brighter turn now.
Cornelia Arnim... That's a familiar name, yes.
She once studied in the Empire.
My understanding is, shortly after I left the Empire,
she did as well.
Unlike myself, Cornelia traveled to the Kingdom.
Apparently she halted a plague, and was rewarded
with a quite powerful appointment.
That such an outstanding researcher should fall to
such depravity... Sickening, Professor. And quite sad.
Remember the Death Knight who stabbed me five
years ago? Of course you do. How could you forget?
Well, it turns out he's a general in the Imperial army,
claiming victories on dozens of battlefields.
But it looks like he's not at Derdriu. Like every man
in my life, he's run away from me...
And he better run! One day, I'm gonna find that guy
and pay him back for what he did to me!
With the capital recaptured, I desire to call him
"Your Majesty" rather than "Your Highness."
He would refuse my desire, rightfully pointing out
that he has not, as yet, been crowned.
However, the day this war has ended, and the
church has placed the crown upon his head...
Then, he will truly be our king, and I will call him
"Your Majesty" at last.
I must go hear the reports from our spies. There is
something worrying me and—No. It can wait.
I shall tell you more when our information is
I was getting excited for our big Empire showdown!
I spent so much time mentally preparing.
Then we shifted focus to Derdriu. I hadn't been
But, as a knight who's sworn to serve the goddess,
I cannot turn a blind ear to those who seek my aid.
We're still searching for Lady Rhea. No news on
that, I'm afraid.
Lord Arundel, the emperor's uncle, is the regent of
If we crush them at Derdriu, maybe we'll capture
him and wring some clues out of him.
Claude, eh? He always was sharp among his peers.
Never let himself get caught up in conventions.
He wasn't typical in Fódlan.
I'd like to save him if we can.
I know. And I'm sure he's already calculated exactly
when that will be.
Heh. You may be right.
Ugh, even if we do enter Alliance territory, we're not
gonna find Lady Rhea there.
I wish we could leave Claude be and go attack
I suppose if we can't beat the Empire forces here,
then we can't get into the Empire lands, can we?
I guess that just means it's hard work time,
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
Derdriu is known as the Aquatic capital...
It's a beautiful town with streets that seem to float
on the water and an impressive harbor.
In times of peace, it would be a wonderful place for
a holiday... Anyway! Best of luck in the next battle!
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
If you travel east from the Alliance and cross
Fódlan's Throat, you enter the land of Almyra.
House Goneril's territory touches the eastern border
of the Alliance. They also have Lord Holst, the most
valiant warrior in the Alliance.
Tasked with keeping watch over the Almyrans'
movements, he rarely leaves Goneril territory.
We can't actually join you on the battlefield, but rest
assured that we're there in spirit.
We're doing everything we can to support the
army, so give it your all out there!
It'll take a little while yet for the capital to be
restored to its former glory.
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.
Just you watch. Before long, things will be back
to how they were.
I heard that Derdriu is under attack. I hope Judith is
She may be the Hero of Daphnel, but facing the
might of the Empire?
I wish there was something more I could do.
But I can only pray and hope.
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.
Judging by the information we've gathered,
the most suspicious location is definitely the
The Hrym territory, whose leader is a mere puppet,
and the Aegir territory, whose leader was deposed
The Empire has a lot of places with suspicious
happenings. It's certainly worth investigating.
But it won't do to take too much time in relieving
the Alliance army. Please, hurry.
The Alliance leader is too demanding, and the prince
is too soft-hearted. Don't you think?
They spilled much of each other's blood at Gronder.
I lost a lot of friends to the Alliance...
Sorry... I shouldn't complain. I know this is
Everyone seems on board with it, but I'd be lying if
I said I didn't have any misgivings.
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.
If you're hungry, you're never going to be at full
strength. Keep your belly full and stay strong!
So the king who came back from hell defeated the
tyrant and liberated the people.
It's like something out of a poetic saga. At least
those in need will see it as such.
It isn't like the poor need some lofty heir basking
What they need is someone who can ease their woes,
keep them fed. Things like that.
How they view such a king all depends on his ability
to provide for them.
All things considered, I imagine Dimitri will do a
fine job at it.
It's happened. The Alliance is now little more than a
battlefield. I guess that was inevitable...
So far, Albrecht territory has remained unscathed.
But that won't last forever.
When I see that Arundel guy, I'm gonna knock
I appreciate the sentiment, pal, but we can't just rush
into this thing. Let's make sure we're ready, yeah?
We're short on time, but we have to go in prepared.
If we lose this, we lose everything. The stakes are too
I was most relieved to hear that no one at the
school of sorcery was harmed.
They are capable people who bear Fódlan's future on
their shoulders. We can afford to lose none of them.
Yes, the future of magic is bright! Though it would
be brighter if my own house's future was guaranteed.
In exchange for securing a bright future for magic
in Fódlan, that is a small price to pay.
The Alliance is next on our agenda, yes? Ahaha!
Watch carefully for my dazzling spellcraft!
People have always fought, I guess. Bandits and
nobles clashing over territory. Things like that.
So before the war, when folks talked about how
peaceful everything was, I thought, "What continent
are you living on?"
I get it now. A few isolated skirmishes here and there
are nothing compared to a full-blown war.
The one truly peaceful place I've known was the
village where I grew up.
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.
I hear Derdriu is our next objective. Small world.
That's actually where I grew up. It's a great place.
The army runs you ragged. Marches you from place
to place, prodding you to fight.
They promised me three meals a day... They'd have
to give a lot more than that to get me to sign on.
I'd rather starve down here than deal with that.
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.