Claude

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If our plan succeeds, we'll arrive at the Great Bridge of Myrddin unscathed. The important part is what happens next.

Claude
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We're evenly matched in terms of military power, more or less, so if we can just launch a surprise attack...

Claude
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I wouldn't be so sure. That bridge is almost like a fortress. The defense there is rock solid.

Claude
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Agreed. The bridge is basically a fortress, so the defense will be rock solid.

Claude
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I'll give you that the bridge is basically a fortress. I wouldn't say we're at a loss, but we certainly shouldn't rest easy.

Claude
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But that's why you're here, Teach! No matter the odds, you're the wild card we need to win!

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand
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What used to be Aegir territory lies far to the east of the Great Bridge of Myrddin, downstream of the Airmid River.

Ferdinand
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For the sake of my family, I wish we could invade the Empire from there.

Ferdinand
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But I do not have the power to advocate for that. Strategically, Myrddin is more important.

Ferdinand
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Thank you, Professor. I will not give in. Not until I have restored my noble pride!

Ferdinand
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Yes, I know it would be difficult, but I will not give in!

Linhardt

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Linhardt
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Since I'm originally from the Empire, it seems no one trusts me with any important tasks. Fine by me.

Linhardt
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Honestly, I'd bet they're watching my every move to make sure I can be trusted.

Linhardt
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If I were leading the Alliance, it's what I would do.

Linhardt
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I knew it. War makes people crazy, huh?

Caspar

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Caspar
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The Airmid River separates the Empire and Alliance. It's the largest river in Fódlan.

Caspar
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Sometimes it'll flood when there's lots of rain, but...

Caspar
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At least the land gets some extra water!

Bernadetta

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Bernadetta
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War isn't kind to you if you're a recluse.

Bernadetta
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By the time you realize what's going on, you're already under attack.

Bernadetta
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And if you're off by yourself, you can get killed with no one ever even finding out.

Bernadetta
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Oh, that'd be awful—just terrible! OK, Professor, I get it. I know I'll have to come out.

Dorothea

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Dorothea
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We're going to invade the Empire...which means we'll be fighting people we know, won't we?

Dorothea
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If we're attacked by someone we know, or used to think of as a friend, is it permitted to run away?

Dorothea
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Makes sense. A commander running away would be terrible for morale.

Dorothea
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Really? If something happens, will you keep me safe?

Petra

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Petra
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If we can suppress this Myrddin, we can invade into the Empire. Right?

Petra
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I was in the Empire. Now I will be an enemy...

Petra
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I am having strange feelings. It is with ease that an ally turns into an enemy...

Felix

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Felix
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We can predict what the Empire will do. Faerghus is our real problem.

Felix
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The eastern lords have joined forces and are warring with the Dukedom.

Felix
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But I've heard nothing about that conflict as of late. It's strange.

Felix
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I haven't heard much from my father either. I can't help but find this silence unsettling...

Ashe

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It's thanks to you that I'm here now.

Ashe
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I owe you, Professor. You saved my life.

Ashe
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I swear I'll do all I can to repay that debt.

Sylvain

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Sylvain
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I had an encounter with Lord Gwendal... How many years ago was it?

Sylvain
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Back before the academy, I met this girl who I fell madly in love with...and her dad tried to kill me.

Sylvain
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I suppose he just tried to scare me, but I was sure I was gonna die. Oh yeah, her dad? Lord Gwendal.

Sylvain
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Crazy, right? I never thought I'd seriously be trying to kill the guy in battle.

Sylvain
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I kind of don't know how to make sense of it.

Mercedes

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Mercedes
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Lady Rhea is in the Empire, isn't she? We should hurry up and find her.

Mercedes
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So many people in the monastery and nearby towns are worried...

Mercedes
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I want to ease their minds as soon as possible, Professor. Let's work together to find her!

Annette

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Annette
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Next we face the Great Bridge of Myrddin... We actually crossed it a long time ago.

Annette
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Do you remember? It was five whole years ago!

Annette
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It seems like so long ago, doesn't it? It's odd how fast time flies...

Annette
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What are you talking about, Professor? It was on the way to the Battle of the Eagle and Lion!

Annette
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Everyone was still friends then. After the fighting, we all ate together without splitting into our separate houses.

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Annette
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I often wish we could go back to those peaceful days...

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Annette
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Next we face the Great Bridge of Myrddin... We actually crossed it a long time ago.

Annette
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Do you remember? It was five whole years ago!

Annette
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It seems like so long ago, doesn't it? It's odd how fast time flies...

Annette
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What are you talking about, Professor? It was on the way to the Battle of the Eagle and Lion!

Annette
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Everyone was still friends then. After the fighting, we all ate together without splitting into our separate houses.

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Annette
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But now we're fighting the same people who were our friends back then... Even Ashe...

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Annette
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I often wish we could go back to those peaceful days...

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Annette
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I often wish we could go back to those peaceful days...

Ingrid

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So, that was Judith. Just as I'd heard of her, she was an upstanding person.

Ingrid
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The same Daphnel blood runs through my veins, and yet I feel as though I am nothing like her. I am but a phantom of what could be...

Ingrid
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You think so? Wow, thank you!

Ingrid
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If only I could be even half of who she is.

Lorenz

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Lorenz
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I would like to believe that I have always made my own decisions.

Lorenz
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Even so, I cannot deny that some small part of me has always been aware of my father's wishes.

Lorenz
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Now, here I am. Concealing our plan—Claude's plan—from his sight.

Lorenz
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No. The strategy is sound, and I've consented to it.

Lorenz
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Quite the contrary, honestly. I feel as though a fog has finally lifted from my eyes.

Lorenz
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In this fight, I will finally stand upon my own two feet, independent of my father's influence.

Raphael

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Thanks to all that food from Judith, I'm full for once!

Raphael
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I've got so much energy! Let me at that Great Bridge of Myrddin! I'll bust it down myself!

Raphael
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Oh, but then how do we cross?

Ignatz

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Ignatz
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The Great Bridge of Myrddin isn't just a bridge. It has the features of a fortress.

Ignatz
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I believe it was built for military purposes by the first leader of the Adrestian Empire.

Ignatz
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In other words, it's even older than the monastery.

Ignatz
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So if we occupy the Great Bridge, we'll have to search it from top to bottom.

Lysithea

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I'm sure you know this already, but House Ordelia is aligned with the Empire.

Lysithea
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They face the Empire from across a river, similar to the Gloucesters.

Lysithea
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Even so, I refuse to yield to the Empire a second time.

Lysithea
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The Empire did unthinkable things to my family. And to me.

Lysithea
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The only option here is winning. Professor, you must promise we will overcome the Empire.

Marianne

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Marianne
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Legend says that pillars of light fell and ravaged Ailell. I was reminded of that when I saw it...

Marianne
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Um, Professor? Do you think those legends are true?

Marianne
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I think so too. I don't know if the goddess really destroyed the valley out of anger, but...

Marianne
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Oh! I suppose you may be right. There's no way to be sure it won't...

Marianne
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There are still so many things we don't understand in this world.

Hilda

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It looks like people are slowly starting to come back to the town.

Hilda
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I guess they feel safe now that you and the Knights of Seiros have returned.

Hilda
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Peddlers have become more common too, so there'll be food and supplies available.

Hilda
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After being run-down for all those years, it's really becoming livable again!

Leonie

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Leonie
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Things have gotten a lot more interesting since we've joined up with Judith, haven't they?

Leonie
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Anyone who casually treats Claude like he's just some kid is not a person to be trifled with.

Leonie
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I think Captain Jeralt would have liked her.

Leonie
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I hope someday I can be as strong, kind, and levelheaded as her.

Seteth

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Seteth
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If Rhea really is in the Empire, then we must defeat the Imperial army by any means necessary.

Seteth
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The people at large are just as concerned for Rhea's safety as we are.

Seteth
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The sooner we can settle all our unease, the better.

Flayn

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Judith is a wonderful person. So strong and confident, as well.

Flayn
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Looking upon her, I am sharply reminded of my mother.

Flayn
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Not in the slightest. Rather, it is her way of being—her demeanor. Brilliantly bright and positive, like a warm ray of light.

Flayn
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Very much so! Both brilliantly bright and positive, like a warm ray of light.

Flayn
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I...lost my mother, long ago. I miss her desperately.

Hanneman

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Hanneman
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The battle at Ailell was a tactical marvel. You grow stronger with each passing day.

Hanneman
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Where does your talent end and your Crest's power begin? Are they one and the same, I wonder?

Hanneman
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Most intriguing. Yet it is quite difficult to draw useful conclusions, given the situation.

Hanneman
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It is quite unfortunate I did not achieve my research goals before the war broke out. So much unknown.

Hanneman
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Now, I fear I will not have those answers even by conflict's end. So very frustrating.

Manuela

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Oh, hello there, Professor. Did you need something from me?

Manuela
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It doesn't look like you're wounded or anything. You just looking for...someone to talk to?

Manuela
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I thought so. Well, I'm here for you! Making you feel better is my top priority.

Manuela
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Come on now, you don't have to be shy. Helping you feel better is important to me.

Manuela
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Whether it's physical pain or worries of the heart, you can come to me for anything, Professor.

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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Glad as I am that Judith told us, I wish we had known this five years ago.

Alois
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We spent all that time spread out over Fódlan, searching for the archbishop and you.

Alois
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It was a mistake to abandon the monastery, to leave it in ruins. Now we're paying for that mistake.

Catherine

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Catherine
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I'd heard of the Hero of Daphnel, but that was the first time I've met her in person.

Catherine
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She's the head of a prestigious noble family? Just like Claude. The Alliance nobility is so...odd.

Catherine
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Kind of, but I don't mean that in a bad way. You won't find such big-hearted nobles elsewhere.

Catherine
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Plus, Judith can drink with the best of 'em! A woman after my own heart.

Shamir

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Shamir
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Five years ago, when the Imperial army attacked Garreg Mach, they moved with incredible speed.

Shamir
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But in the middle of all that chaos, she still had operatives watching.

Shamir
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The Hero of Daphnel's spy network is impressive. She shouldn't be taken lightly.

Cyril

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Cyril
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Is it true Lady Rhea was dragged off by the Imperial army? I heard that was true.

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.

Judith

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I don't know where he recruited that man, but Claude's got an eye for great talent.

Judith
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I'm talking about his retainer, Nardel.

Judith
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I've only spoken with him briefly, but he seems to have a fair amount of both brains and brawn, with the skills to match.

Judith
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But there's something about him I can't quite place... Like I've somehow heard of him before...

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper
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Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper
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I was talking to some of the Daphnel soldiers earlier, and it seems that Judith has a weakness.

Gatekeeper
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But they wouldn't tell me what it is! I got the feeling they didn't appreciate the question. Pardon me for being curious!

Gatekeeper
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That said, maybe keep this to yourself. Not that she terrifies me to my soul, but I'd hate to get on her bad side...

Soldier

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We came from the territory of House Daphnel. It's not easy to leave one's home, but it had to be done.

Soldier
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Judith asked us so earnestly, there was no way we could have refused.

Soldier
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We can trust you, right? I'd hate to end up just another pointless death...

Merchant

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Merchant
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I've been away from Garreg Mach for a while, but I came back when I heard the rumors of what you were doing.

Merchant
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The scars of five years ago may still be raw, but it's nice to be back.

Merchant
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Anyway, I'm going to start up business here again, so I look forward to your patronage!

Knight of Seiros

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Gwendal, whom we saw at Ailell, was once a renowned general known as the Gray Lion.

Knight of Seiros
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And yet, as we fought him...it seemed like he was just looking for a place to die.

Knight of Seiros
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Even if House Rowe, whom he served, is no more, he shouldn't have just given up on life.

Knight of Seiros

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The year 1185 is almost over. From next month on, it will be the year 1186...

Knight of Seiros
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It's just a date, of course, but it feels significant. I hope next year is a great one.

Soldier

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On the north side of the Great Bridge of Myrddin lies the territory of Acheron of the Alliance, and to the south, the Empire's Bergliez territory.

Soldier
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Count Bergliez has held the position of Minister of Military Affairs for the Empire ever since the days of Emperor Ionius.

Soldier
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The current emperor seems to have brought the corrupt nobility to heel, but Count Bergliez looks to be an exception.

Monk

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Monk
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Hearing that the Knights of Seiros have returned, the monks have also been coming back.

Monk
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We still don't have enough hands here, but we'll use all that we've got to rebuild the monastery.

Monk
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Until the day that Lady Rhea is returned to us, we have to do all we can...

Yuri

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Damn, who'd have thought that House Rowe would show up.

Yuri
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They must've been sweating blood to get to Ailell from way out there.

Yuri
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Guess it's been a while since I left House Rowe, so it doesn't bother me much to have to fight them.

Yuri
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Kinda always knew I'd be the one to take that stubborn old donkey out. I've been ready for this.

Balthus

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Huh. That lady hasn't changed a bit since I was a kid. Still intimidating as hell. What a woman.

Balthus
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Being me, I'm not nervous or anything. I just... I'm not sure how to approach her, that's all.

Balthus
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My luck, she'll treat me like I'm still a kid, even though I'm clearly a full-grown adult man.

Balthus
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Hm. If that's the angle she takes, maybe I can get some nice hugs out of this... Huh?! Oh, nothing.

Constance

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Invading the Empire at last, are we? I cannot still the wild palpitations in my chest.

Constance
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I have made myself ready to the extent that I could, but now that the day draws near...

Constance
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I fear that to proceed will be to abandon all hope of restoring the Imperial house of Nuvelle.

Constance
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Which leaves me with no choice but to appeal to you and Claude for that. My dream is in your hands.

Hapi

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I've never met someone like Judy.

Hapi
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She's easygoing, but at the same time, tough as nails. I bet she'd be real fun to hang out with.

Hapi
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Ha, yeah, same here. But in a good way, ya know?

Hapi
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Judy's great. Unlike that other guy, Lord What's-His-Name.

Hapi
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I can't stand people like him—people who think they're always in the right.

Hapi
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All he did was make trouble, but he convinced himself it was for a good cause. So infuriating.

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

Abysskeeper
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Lots of things happen down here. Lots of reports need to be reported. And for all reportable things, I'm your guy.

Rogue

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Not sure what brought people back up above, but I'm glad for it.

Rogue
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The dining hall, the greenhouse... They're all ripe for the picking again.

Rogue
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Uh, I mean, for them! Good for them!

Resident

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Resident
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House Daphnel was kind enough to share their food with us.

Resident
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It may not be much in the grand scheme of things, but the gesture means a lot.

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Resident
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The Hero of Daphnel is something else too, isn't she? Balthus seems pretty taken with her...

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Resident
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House Daphnel was kind enough to share their food with us.

Resident
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It may not be much in the grand scheme of things, but the gesture means a lot.

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.