Dimitri

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Dimitri

From this point onward, we're in all-out war with the Empire. Are you prepared, Professor?

Dimitri

I am glad to hear it. That means we can approach the coming battles with peace of mind.

Dimitri

I have already steeled myself as best I can.

Dimitri

First we capture Fort Merceus. The fighting will undoubtedly be brutal, but...we must prevail.

Dimitri

As far as this army and I are concerned, you're our last ray of hope. We are relying on you.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand

The majority is with us. This conflict will end soon. I am so moved by the decision that Claude and the Alliance nobles have made.

Ferdinand

That is true nobility! Acting in accordance with the people's needs and wishes.

Ferdinand

As war drags on, those living near the front lines inevitably get the worst of it.

Ferdinand

Still...Edelgard will not give in.

Ferdinand

She will push to complete her mission, no matter how many people die. Not everyone with noble blood has noble ideals.

Linhardt

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Linhardt

Attacking an impregnable fortress head-on is rather impressive...or suicidal. Depends on the day really.

Linhardt

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

Linhardt

It may be stubborn, but its age means it's got to be hiding a few weak spots. Makes sense to aim for those areas.

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

I love a good fortress—the perfect place to hide!

Bernadetta

This one's impregnable too, isn't it? Perfect! As soon as we take it, I'll set up a special spot for Bernie!

Bernadetta

I guess you have a point. What would you call it, then? A little pregnable?

Bernadetta

Now that you mention it, I guess it is pretty huge...

Dorothea

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Dorothea

The Leicester Alliance is no more. Three hundred years of history...gone and done.

Dorothea

They write operas about events like this, you know.

Dorothea

Dimitri will be played by the most handsome actor of the time. Hearts will pound as he takes the stage.

Dorothea

What am I saying? Surely the most handsome man would play you.

Dorothea

I'm sure they'll have a talented and beautiful songstress playing you.

Dorothea

And with Dimitri at your side... Well, they'll probably contrive some kind of romance to keep things interesting.

Petra

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Petra

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

Petra

I thought we could be using attacks like that at this fortress.

Petra

But I am hearing a different thing. A brute force attack with all of our power, yes?

Petra

Attacks that are surprising are also safer. Attacking from the front has...is dangerous.

Petra

But I will give you all of my fighting spirit, Professor.

Dedue

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Dedue

Claude has stepped down from leadership, and Leicester is now a vassal state of Faerghus.

Dedue

The lords of the western Kingdom are beginning to declare fealty to us in greater numbers also.

Dedue

The Empire is our only remaining enemy.

Felix

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Felix

We defeated Lord Arundel. The emperor must have been surprised.

Felix

If we can keep up that fervor, perhaps we'll capture Fort Merceus, and move on to the Imperial capital. We must not be overconfident though.

Felix

You're optimistic.

Felix

Yes, I concur.

Felix

Humans and beasts are ultimately the same. When they're cornered, they lash out however they can. They fight for their lives.

Felix

Who knows how the emperor will lash out? We have to be careful.

Ashe

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Ashe

I wonder where Claude will go. From the sound of it, he's leaving Fódlan altogether.

Ashe

He was strangely gallant about the whole thing. Even left his Relic behind.

Ashe

Elusive and mysterious to the end, isn't he?

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

See? You get it. Our fearless leader on the other hand... He's never been good with the ladies.

Sylvain

Anyway, I figure you go after the main gate. You take that out and I'm sure we can win.

Sylvain

Of course, you're making the tactical calls. I'm happier to follow than to lead.

Mercedes

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Mercedes

Death Knight... Going to fight the Death Knight...

Mercedes

Hmm... To be perfectly honest, I am...

Mercedes

You're right. I'll have to face him eventually.

Annette

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Annette

Oh, Professor! Good timing. You have to talk some sense into my father!

Annette

Recently he's been doing nothing but work himself to the bone.

Annette

Even when he's taking breaks from training and errands, he's apparently listening to reports. Day in and day out.

Annette

He's getting on in years, you know? I just want him to take care of himself...

Ingrid

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Ingrid

Just as we suspected, Lady Rhea was taken to the Imperial capital.

Ingrid

We must get to the capital as quickly as possible. So many people are worried sick about her...

Ingrid

I do wonder when Claude managed to learn Lady Rhea's whereabouts.

Ingrid

He's pretty shrewd. I can't help but admire him.

Lorenz

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Lorenz

It appears that Claude has dissolved the Alliance.

Lorenz

He's thrown away the pride of all the Leicester lords who have walked the path of independence from Faerghus for generations!

Lorenz

I said from the start that he was not suitable to lead!

Lorenz

...

Lorenz

Well, times have changed, haven't they? I suppose we can trust the Kingdom now.

Raphael

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Raphael

Wake up, eat, train, eat, train, eat, sleep.

Raphael

We gotta prepare for the assault, but that hasn't changed my routine!

Raphael

All the training...and eating...I do is for the sake of Fódlan! Gotta stay strong...and fed...to keep it safe!

Ignatz

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Ignatz

My family made it through the conflict unscathed. Thank the goddess!

Ignatz

It seems that Derdriu was the only place to really get caught up in the fighting.

Ignatz

Did Claude intend to spare the Alliance territories from harm? If so, he's a truly admirable leader.

Ignatz

Speaking of Claude, I wonder where he is?

Lysithea

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Lysithea

Something about Lord Arundel rubbed me the wrong way. There was something off about him.

Lysithea

Not that I've ever heard anything good about him. Have you ever heard of the Hrym family?

Lysithea

No, they're an Imperial house. Their territory is south of Ordelia's.

Lysithea

Correct. Their lands are due south of the Ordelia territory.

Lysithea

No, they're an Imperial house. Their territory is south of Ordelia's.

Lysithea

Since Edelgard's rule, Lord Arundel had been governing the territory.

Lysithea

It seems like his reign was particularly cruel. The people there suffered greatly under him.

Lysithea

He seemed to be a good and just person at one point. It simply doesn't make sense.

Marianne

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Marianne

Now that the Alliance has been dissolved, what will become of the nobility?

Marianne

No, my adoptive father knows how to get by. I'm sure he'll do well for himself in the Kingdom.

Marianne

All of Fódlan is going to change... I suppose I'll have to change with it.

Hilda

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Hilda

The Alliance dissolved so suddenly. Now there's widespread pandemonium! The lords are warring! Mass confusion among the citizens!

Hilda

Or...that's what I expected to happen. None of that seems to be taking place.

Hilda

They had a roundtable meeting and talked it out. Everyone's dealing very calmly with the situation.

Hilda

I guess if Dimitri turns out to be a crazed despot, then there really will be chaos.

Hilda

But he's not gonna go crazy again. He's OK now... Right?

Leonie

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Leonie

The Death Knight is guarding Fort Merceus.

Leonie

The same one who was linked to Monica and to Flayn's abduction five years ago.

Leonie

Anyway, he's one of the monsters responsible for Captain Jeralt's death. We have to defeat him!

Seteth

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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

Now that we know Rhea is there, we must move with the utmost urgency.

Flayn

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Flayn

The Death Knight. I shudder to think of him.

Flayn

Professor, you remember my connection to him, do you not?

Flayn

What! You have forgotten about when I was kidnapped five years ago?!

Flayn

I am still working through the trauma from back then, all these years later.

Flayn

If we meet him, I swear I will have my revenge.

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.

Gilbert

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Gilbert

Even in the Kingdom, only a few people knew about His Highness and Edelgard's relationship.

Gilbert

Me? I always knew those two to be like brother and sister.

Gilbert

To think that we would come to see this world, where they are at war with one another...

Gilbert

I live it, and can still barely imagine such a truth.

Alois

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Alois

So, Lady Rhea was in the Empire all this time.

Alois

Wish I'd known that five years ago, but there's nothing we can do about it now.

Alois

What we can do though is topple the Empire!

Alois

Will you seize victory with us, Professor? For the sake of the late captain!

Catherine

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Catherine

We took quite the detour. It was time-consuming, but finally we got the information we needed.

Catherine

We crush the Empire, we get Lady Rhea back. Two birds, one stone.

Catherine

First, we take Fort Merceus. I'll put my heart in it. I'll crack 'em like a rusty helmet.

Shamir

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Shamir

Weren't the Kingdom and Alliance once part of the same country?

Shamir

If you think about it that way, it makes sense for them to unite.

Shamir

I suppose the Kingdom was once part of the Empire as well.

Shamir

Even if Fódlan came together, I wouldn't be surprised if it fell apart again.

Cyril

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Cyril

Is it true Lady Rhea was taken to the Empire?

Cyril

Why'd they take Lady Rhea? Professor...they didn't take her to kill her, did they?

Cyril

That's good. We just gotta beat the Imperial army and get her back, right?

Cyril

Yeah, good point. If they did, we'd have heard about it by now.

Cyril

You gotta help her, Professor. I'm begging ya.

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!

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

The archbishop has been taken to the Empire, just as we thought...

Knight of Seiros

But why hasn't Edelgard killed her yet?

Knight of Seiros

If she intended to use her as a hostage, she'd have publicly announced that she was unharmed...

Knight of Seiros

We don't know what the emperor's intentions are. All we can do is fight on and pray the archbishop is OK.

Merchant

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Merchant

With the Empire destroyed, the borders within Fódlan will likely become a thing of the past.

Merchant

With that, the rules of trade will change. Personally, I'm excited to see what these changes will bring!

Merchant

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Merchant

I traveled to Kingdom territory because I was nearby. I did some good business!

Merchant

Apparently supplies are needed to reconstruct the Kingdom capital and the surrounding towns.

Merchant

Hmm, I wonder where I should go next...

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...

Squire

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Squire

We're finally going to attack the Empire? I'm actually getting a little nervous!

Squire

Please defeat the emperor and save Lady Rhea!

Squire

I'll be waiting here with all of the necessary preparations for a huge celebration!

Monk

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Monk

So we're finally invading Empire territory, huh?

Monk

There's not much we can do right now, except pray for deliverance.

Monk

I truly believe that we have it in us to succeed.

Kingdom Knight

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Kingdom Knight

Have you heard of the Crescent Moon War? That's when the Alliance won their independence from the Kingdom.

Kingdom Knight

Some 300 years ago, the ruling duke of Leicester died without an heir.

Kingdom Knight

And the lords with blood ties to House Blaiddyd took that chance to propose ruling the Leicester territory as a republic.

Kingdom Knight

The head of House Riegan led the Leicester lords and fought fiercely with Faerghus.

Kingdom Knight

They won independence from the Kingdom, and now here we are.

Citizen

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Citizen

The Alliance has really been disbanded? I never thought such a thing could happen...

Citizen

As long as it doesn't negatively impact our lives, I don't care much whether we're the Kingdom or the Alliance.

Yuri

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Yuri

We need to mop up the mess in the Kingdom quickly.

Yuri

My family lives in Faerghus. As do my people. I want to avoid exposing them to danger.

Yuri

My mother. She's been ill for a long time now. Moving her away just isn't an option.

Yuri

That's right. Those who work for me and with me. They've entrusted their lives to me. They trust me.

Yuri

So for them, more than anything, I hope we can end this swiftly and give everyone the lives they deserve.

Balthus

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Balthus

So... Claude abandoned the Alliance and ran off.

Balthus

I have a pretty good idea of where he went. Where anyone would go in his situation. Somewhere he belongs.

Balthus

He must've gone there to do something he can't achieve in Fódlan.

Balthus

Heh, good question. Here's a hint... He's probably not in Fódlan anymore.

Balthus

He may be gone, but he left his troubles behind. Now it's on us to clean up his mess.

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

Everyone seems pumped about fighting the Empire at long last.

Hapi

Personally, I find it difficult to get excited about killing people, no matter what side they're on.

Hapi

I'm on yours. It's that simple. If you fought alongside the Imperial army, so would I.

Anna

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Anna

The Alliance is just...gone. It's hard to believe.

Anna

The merchants of Derdriu all have nerves of steel. I'm sure they'll be up and running again in no time.

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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

The Alliance is a thing of the past now. Times are changing fast these days. It's hard to keep up, even for me!

Abysskeeper

I wonder if Abyss is on the verge of change too. Change leads to uncertainty, and uncertainty leads to...change? I dunno. I'm just a guard.

Suspicious Man

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Suspicious Man

So the Alliance is finished, is it? The leader's gone?

Suspicious Man

That damn prince. Seems my role here is at an end.

Suspicious Man

No matter. Should another chance present itself, I'll take a less subtle route...

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.