Claude

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Claude

You know... I'd never have been recognized as the legitimate heir to House Riegan without Judith's recommendation...

Claude

Feels like I'm digging myself deeper and deeper in debt to the Hero of Daphnel, but what do you do? It's all been worth it.

Claude

After all, we need the Daphnel army for our next move.

Claude

It's possible we'll have to deal with our enemy sooner than later. Be prepared, Teach.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand

Some day we will take the Imperial capital.

Ferdinand

It is odd to think that I will be invading the very city that I once called home.

Ferdinand

Ah, that is still a ways off.

Ferdinand

I will prepare for our journey to Ailell.

Linhardt

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Linhardt

I never do get used to the sight of blood. It always makes me feel as if I might faint.

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Linhardt

I suppose I've told you that though, yes? I've no idea how you cope with it.

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Linhardt

I hope this war ends soon. I dislike being lightheaded because other people are bleeding everywhere.

Linhardt

Though the thought of working hard for it does sound like quite a pain...

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Linhardt

I never do get used to the sight of blood. It always makes me feel as if I might faint.

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Linhardt

Have I never told you that? Huh. Oh well.

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Linhardt

I hope this war ends soon. I dislike being lightheaded because other people are bleeding everywhere.

Linhardt

Though the thought of working hard for it does sound like quite a pain...

Caspar

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Caspar

I didn't think we'd end up fighting Randolph...

Caspar

He's my uncle. Well, not by blood, so... I guess I can handle it.

Caspar

Don't worry about me. I'm ready for anything.

Bernadetta

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Bernadetta

Ailell, the Valley of Torment? What kind of a name for a place is that?

Bernadetta

It sounds scary. Do I really have to go with you?

Bernadetta

Hey, um, here's an idea... Maybe let the recluse stay home and hold the fort!

Dorothea

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Dorothea

Hey, Professor, thanks for your hard work again! Nothing to report today!

Dorothea

Was I convincing? Was it like he was standing right in front of you?

Dorothea

Some things are the same as they were five years ago, but I guess a lot more has changed...

Petra

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Petra

Since the past, I have learned much of the language of Fódlan.

Petra

But speaking the Fódlan language still gives me difficulty.

Petra

I can understand, read, and write with nearly perfection now. But understanding and speaking are...fruits of a different color.

Petra

I have gratitude for you, Professor. I hope that I will have fluency one day.

Petra

Yes. I will keep practicing more.

Felix

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Felix

Some in Faerghus believe Dimitri is still alive.

Felix

My father is one such eccentric.

Felix

Hmph, they can't accept reality. Dimitri is dead. He's not coming back.

Sylvain

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Sylvain

Ailell, the Valley of Torment. Aw, man... I really do not want to go there.

Sylvain

Professor, have you ever been to Ailell? If you had, you'd know.

Sylvain

That place is crazy hot! For guys like me who grew up somewhere cold? Man... It's gonna be rough.

Sylvain

Though, I guess that climate will keep our enemies at bay.

Mercedes

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Mercedes

We may not be students anymore, but it's still important to read.

Mercedes

We might even learn something that's useful for our next battle.

Mercedes

I couldn't agree more! I hope the Officers Academy reopens when the war is over.

Mercedes

I suppose that may be true. I always try my best at both.

Mercedes

It's a shame the monastery was ruined, but...

Mercedes

At least the books are still intact!

Annette

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Annette

Professor, how do Claude and Judith know each other?

Annette

I hear there are still quarrels within the Alliance...

Annette

This generous offer of soldiers and supplies seems a little too good to be true.

Annette

I mean, it's also really impressive, but I'm just a little worried, I suppose...

Ingrid

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Ingrid

My family, the Galateas, are an offshoot of the Daphnel family.

Ingrid

The family split in half when two brothers quarreled over an inheritance.

Ingrid

Despite blood relations, the families lived apart from one another, so the relationship has been distant and somewhat estranged.

Ingrid

I'm not so much acquainted with Judith, the head of House Daphnel.

Lorenz

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Lorenz

The bridge that links Alliance and Empire lands is currently under the occupation of the Imperial army.

Lorenz

In other words, the Empire can choose to invade the Alliance whenever they wish.

Lorenz

I want you to understand that my father does not support the Empire to antagonize House Riegan.

Lorenz

He does it to deprive them of an easy excuse to cross that bridge.

Raphael

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Raphael

Sharing her food with us for nothing in return? Judith really is a great person!

Raphael

She's more like a goddess than the goddess is!

Raphael

I never met her, so I don't know for sure, but she must be beautiful and kind.

Raphael

No? Well, she could be a demon for all I care, so long as she feeds me!

Ignatz

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Ignatz

The Valley of Torment... I'd heard of it, but I never expected to go there.

Ignatz

It's exciting! I wonder what the landscape is like.

Ignatz

It probably is dangerous, but I still want to get there and see it as soon as I can.

Ignatz

Hm, that is an interesting point... The name does seem to suggest that.

Lysithea

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Lysithea

Ailell, the Valley of Torment, lies on the border of three noble territories.

Lysithea

The Kingdom's Fraldarius and Galatea families, and the Alliance's Daphnel family.

Lysithea

In the Fraldarius lands to the north, the former Kingdom army and new duke's army are fighting.

Marianne

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Marianne

Valley of Torment... Valley of Torment...

Marianne

I once read a book full of legends surrounding Ailell, but I can't seem to remember...

Marianne

N-no... I'm trying to remember the legends surrounding Ailell...

Hilda

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Hilda

My big brother told me stories of Judith's bravery.

Hilda

With just one look, she tamed a runaway horse that nobody else had been able to touch.

Hilda

When an Almyran general provoked her, she talked him into a tearful apology.

Hilda

She's spectacular. I wish she'd fight alongside us.

Leonie

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Leonie

You're not a teacher anymore, and we're not your students, but everyone still calls you "Professor."

Leonie

Is there something you'd rather be called?

Leonie

Guess that's what we're used to, huh? All right.

Leonie

Oh? All right, then. I'll call you—ugh. Nope! Sorry, can't do it. Too weird.

Seteth

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Seteth

Meeting reinforcements in the Valley of Torment seems an astute decision to me.

Seteth

In that land of oppressive heat, it is unlikely that we will be disturbed.

Seteth

It also means we will need to contend with those harsh conditions ourselves, however. Best ensure we are well prepared.

Flayn

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Flayn

It has been only five years, yet so much has changed.

Flayn

Half of the Kingdom has fallen to the Empire. Skirmishes are rife throughout the Alliance.

Flayn

Despite such tumult, we look upon the same sky, unchanged by the storm happening beneath it.

Flayn

Yes, it would be nice, I suppose. Things were... simpler then. Or so they seemed to be, at the time.

Flayn

Indeed. I gazed up at this same sky with Mother and Father. It does not feel so long ago at all.

Flayn

Wait, but how would you know, Professor?

Hanneman

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Hanneman

The monastery repairs have made solid progress. Most excellent news.

Hanneman

When we first returned here, I was unsure what we were going to do with the ruins of this place...

Hanneman

But if we can get the cathedral rebuilt, we'll have it looking just like old times soon enough.

Manuela

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Manuela

Hearing that an old student has died cuts me right to the heart...

Manuela

As this war with the Empire continues, we'll see more of it, Professor.

Manuela

We have a duty to fight alongside our former students. We taught them how to fight, after all. Now, let's help them win!

Alois

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Alois

Even though we're getting reinforcements, we should still be prepared for the worst.

Alois

Never shirk your training, no matter what.

Alois

To practice, I'm going to chop something up with my sword.

Alois

Unless you'd like to train together! Care to spar?

Catherine

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Catherine

I've heard people talk about the Hero of Daphnel.

Catherine

If the stories of her courage are true, no one will be able to stand against us.

Catherine

In different circumstances, I'd have wanted to try crossing swords with her.

Catherine

Right now we have to focus on getting to those reinforcements. Let's hope nothing goes wrong.

Shamir

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Shamir

There are enemy spies around. Remain vigilant.

Shamir

Capture anyone who seems suspicious.

Shamir

What else would we do with them?

Shamir

I'm glad you understand. I'm counting on you.

Cyril

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Cyril

Gotta clean out the storerooms, tend the flowers, do the washing, dust the library...

Cyril

Well, it's my job, ya know? Gotta do your job.

Cyril

Nah, this is my job. Lady Rhea herself gave it to me.

Cyril

Even if Lady Rhea's not here right now, I still gotta do my duty.

Cyril

Like you. You gotta have other stuff you oughta be doing, yeah?

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper

Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper

Is everyone setting out on a big campaign? Not exactly? Ah, so you're meeting up with the reinforcements.

Gatekeeper

Well, you can leave guarding this place to me! I'll keep an eye out for anything suspicious!

Soldier

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Soldier

To the north of Garreg Mach lie the territories of the Charon and Galatea houses, former lords of the Kingdom.

Soldier

Even though their territory is being nibbled at by the Empire, they are still clinging to their neutrality.

Soldier

Since they only display enough force to defend their borders, I suppose the Empire has no incentive to attack them with any real strength.

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

It seems Arianrhod, one of the Kingdom's sturdiest fortress cities, has fallen to the Empire.

Knight of Seiros

It looks like Count Rowe didn't resist, and switched sides to the Empire straight away.

Knight of Seiros

I guess it did avoid unnecessary bloodshed, so maybe it was a wise decision after all.

Soldier

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Soldier

It seems some of our friends believe that if we get those reinforcements, we'll be set for provisions too...

Soldier

But I think it's best not to hold our breath on the food front.

Soldier

With the added headcount from the reinforcements, there will be even more mouths to feed.

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

With the Faerghus Dukedom in place, the Kingdom is essentially no more.

Knight of Seiros

The majority of the lords who once belonged to the Kingdom are now under the jurisdiction of the Empire.

Knight of Seiros

Even the houses that haven't bent a knee yet, like House Fraldarius, will soon be crushed. It's only a matter of time...

Monk

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Monk

I have lived inconspicuously these past five years, so as not to be discovered by the Empire.

Monk

To be able to finally return to the monastery again is overwhelming...

Monk

I hope that our brothers and sisters who ran far away will also return one day.

Yuri

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Yuri

The Valley of Torment, huh? I see your angle, but don't let your guard down.

Yuri

Any movement about their borders, and the lords of the Kingdom will react swiftly. Don't underestimate them.

Yuri

Keep your focus on a positive outcome. There's a lot to gain and a lot to lose.

Balthus

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Balthus

So Judith is on our side now. That right? Haven't seen that lady in years.

Balthus

These days, people call her a hero. Back then, I just called her a catch and a half.

Balthus

Quite a while. I was a kid back then, but she caught my eye when she came to one of the Alliance dances.

Balthus

Ha! If only. Nah, I was a kid at the time, but she still managed to catch my eye.

Balthus

She was the second loveliest lady in all of Fódlan. Who's the first, you ask? Heh, that's my little secret...

Constance

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Constance

So you intend to march into Ailell. Frankly, I want no part of it.

Constance

Surely, such an uneventful journey won't require my presence.

Constance

And miss my share of the glory? Unacceptable.

Constance

You will? Then...I shall don my marching boots.

Constance

Though I would ask that we at least consider marching only under cover of night.

Hapi

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Hapi

The Valley of Torment... Isn't that the place where it's scorching hot year-round?

Hapi

You know, I've always wanted to see the world. That's why I left my village.

Hapi

And here I am, traveling to all these interesting new places...to kill people. Not what I had in mind.

Hapi

Maybe I'll find some time to admire the scenery. Though people might get mad I'm not taking this silly war seriously...

Hapi

Oops, that was close. Almost sighed.

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

Remember that battle five years ago? Oh... Um, I'm guessing you do. Anyway, remember that knight who watched over Abyss with me for a while?

Abysskeeper

He said he was going to check on things up top but that he'd return. Thing is...I haven't seen him since.

Abysskeeper

Lots of knights have returned, but not him. I hope he's safe...

Resident

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Resident

Bandits from Garreg Mach used to come down to Abyss pretty frequently.

Resident

We never dealt with them, though. We refused their offers at every turn. Sometimes we had to use force.

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Resident

It was Hapi who finally drove them out for good. Only then there were beasts all over the place...

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Resident

Bandits from Garreg Mach used to come down to Abyss pretty frequently.

Resident

We never dealt with them, though. We refused their offers at every turn. Sometimes we had to use force.

Resident

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Resident

When the monastery fell to ruin, we lost all hope for support from the church.

Resident

Most able-bodied folks abandoned Abyss for the surface around that time.

Resident

Since then, we've been barely scraping by...

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.