Dimitri

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

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

Dimitri
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I have already steeled myself as best I can.

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

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

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

Ferdinand
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Still...Edelgard will not give in.

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

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

Linhardt
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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
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Fort Merceus is next, huh? Ah, the memories.

Caspar
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It's a huge stronghold in my father's domain. The town's completely surrounded by high walls.

Caspar
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I used to run around there when I was a kid...

Caspar
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Way back when a fortress was just a playground for me. Yeah, those were the days.

Bernadetta

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

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

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

Dorothea

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

Dorothea
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They write operas about events like this, you know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dedue

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

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

Dedue
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The Empire is our only remaining enemy.

Felix

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

Felix
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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
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You're optimistic.

Felix
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Yes, I concur.

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

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

Ashe

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

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

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

Sylvain

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Sylvain
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Ya know, Professor, laying siege to a keep is like asking a girl out on a date.

Sylvain
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First, you get past her defenses...then you make your move.

Sylvain
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Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. I'm a seasoned veteran at this kind of thing.

Sylvain
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Girls, I mean. I've never actually, you know, captured any keeps...

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

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

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

Mercedes

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

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

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

Annette

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

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

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

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

Ingrid

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

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

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

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

Lorenz

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Lorenz
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It appears that Claude has dissolved the Alliance.

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

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

Lorenz
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...

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

Raphael

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

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

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

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

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

Ignatz
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Speaking of Claude, I wonder where he is?

Lysithea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marianne

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

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

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

Hilda

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

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

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

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

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

Leonie

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Leonie
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The Death Knight is guarding Fort Merceus.

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

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

Seteth

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Seteth
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Fort Merceus is a keep that was constructed to defend the Imperial Capital, Enbarr.

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

Flayn

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Flayn
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The Death Knight. I shudder to think of him.

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

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

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

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

Hanneman

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Hanneman
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Fort Merceus is the Empire's single most fortified military installation. Utterly impregnable, they say.

Hanneman
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I wonder, do you happen to know the nickname given to Fort Merceus?

Hanneman
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No, I'm afraid that name refers to the Fortress City of Arianrhod.

Hanneman
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That one is a fortress that stands at Fódlan's Throat.

Hanneman
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Indeed! A very good answer, but of course you'd know that.

Hanneman
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Seems Fódlans give everyone and everything a nickname. Why, you were called the Ashen Demon!

Hanneman
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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
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Each step closer to Enbarr, I'm reminded of another part of my past.

Manuela
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Riches and poverty, glory and failure, that city has it all! And if I'm honest...sometimes I miss it.

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

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

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

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

Alois

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

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

Alois
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What we can do though is topple the Empire!

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

Catherine

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cyril

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Cyril
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Is it true Lady Rhea was taken to the Empire?

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

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

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

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

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper
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Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper
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Is it true that we'll be assaulting Fort Merceus next? That doesn't sound like the brightest idea...

Gatekeeper
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I've heard that it's built to withstand an attack from even the largest of armies!

Gatekeeper
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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
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Doesn't matter how sturdy the keep, if the commander defending it is incompetent, it can fall as easy as anything.

Soldier
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That's what they say, at least. I wonder if that applies to Fort Merceus...

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

Knight of Seiros
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But why hasn't Edelgard killed her yet?

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

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

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

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

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

Monk

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Monk
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I've come here after getting chased out of the Empire. There's no place for our kind there anymore.

Monk
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But there are still many inside Empire territory who haven't abandoned their faith in the Church of Seiros.

Monk
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I pray that one day we'll get the chance to rebuild the church within the Empire...

Squire

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

Squire
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Please defeat the emperor and save Lady Rhea!

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

Monk

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Monk
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So we're finally invading Empire territory, huh?

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

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

Kingdom Knight

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Balthus
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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
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It's not that I don't sympathize with Lady Edelgard's goals, mind you.

Constance
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But perhaps not to the point of shedding blood for her ideals.

Constance
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I must keep her example in mind as I chart a new path.

Constance
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Of course. But I've gone down a different road.

Constance
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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
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Everyone seems pumped about fighting the Empire at long last.

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

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

Anna

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

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

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

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

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

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.