Claude

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We secured the win in our first skirmish, but the next battle is a different matter.

Claude
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The Empire will come after us with everything it's got. Even so, the ultimate victory will be ours.

Claude
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And I'm not just saying that! I've made ample preparations to ensure our victory.

Claude
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It's my rule to never leave victory to chance. You can't rely on the protection of the goddess.

Claude
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With your power and my schemes, I should be able to plot a direct course to victory.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand
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We captured the Great Bridge of Myrddin, but the fight has only just begun.

Ferdinand
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Enbarr, the Imperial Capital, lies far to the south, beyond Gronder Field.

Ferdinand
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And waiting for us on the way there is the entire Imperial army, with twice as many troops as us.

Ferdinand
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We had better brace ourselves.

Linhardt

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Linhardt
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I seem to lack the skills required to grieve for the dead.

Linhardt
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If someone has passed, even someone dear to me, I could stand about and wail or get on with my life.

Linhardt
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While I'm at it, that whole idea that we must speak well of the dead? I don't understand that either.

Linhardt
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If I didn't like them when they were alive, then why pretend to do so when they are no longer here?

Caspar

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Caspar
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After we cross the Great Bridge of Myrddin, we'll be in my father's territory.

Caspar
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We actually crossed it five years ago for the Battle of the Eagle and Lion. Remember?

Caspar
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Ugh! This is terrifying! What am I gonna do? I gotta get a grip...

Caspar
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You think we'll meet him on the battlefield and he'll kill me? The front lines cover a long stretch of land, you know! We might not even run into him!

Caspar
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Oh, no no no. You should pray we don't run into him at all! The front lines cover a long stretch of land, you know!

Bernadetta

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Bernadetta
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So the campaign continues, does it? Well, allow me, as a professional recluse with ten years of experience, to volunteer for, um...staying behind.

Bernadetta
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Oh, who am I kidding? The fighting won't stop until we've defeated Edelgard, will it?

Bernadetta
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Or until we lose, I guess. But there's not much use in thinking about that.

Dorothea

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Dorothea
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The Great Bridge of Myrddin was considerably better fortified than it was five years ago...

Dorothea
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The bridge was full of soldiers...and they all died.

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Dorothea
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And Ferdie was there. We killed Ferdie, Professor, he used to be our friend. Do you remember those days?

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Dorothea
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The Great Bridge of Myrddin was considerably better fortified than it was five years ago...

Dorothea
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The bridge was full of soldiers...and they all died.

Petra

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Petra
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Nobles who are changing allegiance, again and again. I do not have understanding for that.

Petra
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How can you trust if treason comes with ease? How can you be calling yourself a noble?

Petra
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I do not have understanding of the reasoning...

Petra
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Surviving is more difficult without trust. There must be...some other goal.

Petra
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Survival has more importance than that. Are they not knowing this?

Felix

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Felix
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So, the boar prince is dead. Decapitated, I hear.

Felix
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I haven't seen the severed head myself. Perhaps he's still alive and leading that army...

Felix
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Don't patronize me. If his head is still attached to his body, I'll remedy that without hesitation.

Felix
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You're right. I can't let my emotions take hold.

Felix
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Either way, a major battle awaits us. Try not to die. I'd be annoyed if you did.

Ashe

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Ashe
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If we defeat the Imperial army at Gronder Field, what will our next objective be?

Ashe
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I guess we won't have much choice but to try to take Fort Merceus, on the far side of Gronder Field.

Ashe
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It's probably too soon for us to be thinking about that, isn't it?

Ashe
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I'm sure it's already occurred to Claude though.

Sylvain

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The time's come to fight the Empire, huh? Wow, it's shaping up to be quite the battle.

Sylvain
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And I've got no problem with that, but that mystery army really worries me.

Sylvain
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There's no indication if they're friend or foe... Who do you think they are, Professor?

Sylvain
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I suppose it's possible. After all, His Highness is supposedly dead.

Sylvain
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Heh, not unless he rose from the grave to secure revenge. That would mean... Actually, I have no idea what that would mean.

Sylvain
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Well, whoever they are, I hope we can avoid fighting them.

Mercedes

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Mercedes
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So, we're finally going to set foot in the Empire... I'm starting to get a little nervous.

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Mercedes
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We already fought Ferdinand at the Great Bridge of Myrddin, but...

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Mercedes
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I guess there's a good chance we'll be fighting more old friends from here on out.

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Mercedes
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So, we're finally going to set foot in the Empire... I'm starting to get a little nervous.

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Mercedes
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I guess there's a good chance we'll be fighting more old friends from here on out.

Annette

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Annette
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Claude seems filled with confidence, but I wonder if everything really will be OK...

Annette
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The Imperial army might be hiding the emperor, and the troops headed south might belong to the old Kingdom.

Annette
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I'll be honest... I'm incredibly uneasy about all of this. But at this point there's...no option but to move forward.

Ingrid

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Ingrid
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I've cut all contact with my family since joining this fight.

Ingrid
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Were I to see soldiers of the Galatea Family amidst the host flying the royal family's banner... I... Well.

Ingrid
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All chance of reconciliation with my father would end there. I do not know if that is the right path.

Ingrid
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But, the fact is, I've come this far. There's no time for second guessing. Not anymore.

Lorenz

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House Gloucester has changed its allegiance and joined the faction that is against the Empire. The Alliance will thus remain united.

Lorenz
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But thanks to this latest ploy, my father is more suspicious of Claude now than ever. If such a thing is possible.

Lorenz
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Ordinarily I might credit his helpful posture toward us to his devout faith in the Church of Seiros.

Lorenz
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But it is clear to me now that this is nothing more than a shrewd calculation on his part. He is only thinking of his position.

Lorenz
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We are in the clear for now, but please bear in mind that the Alliance is never an entirely stable union.

Raphael

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I gotta say, it's tough to keep the fighting spirit alive when you recognize your enemies on the battlefield.

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Raphael
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It's like when we were fighting before... I saw Lorenz and wasn't sure what to do with myself.

Raphael
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So you can't avoid it, huh? How did everything get so messed up?

Raphael
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Hey, come on! Even I know we can't do that!

Raphael
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Just because we're fighting someone doesn't mean we gotta hate 'em!

Raphael
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That's probably the worst thing about war. Win or lose, I still get a bad taste in my mouth.

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Raphael
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I gotta say, it's tough to keep the fighting spirit alive when you recognize your enemies on the battlefield.

Raphael
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So you can't avoid it, huh? How did everything get so messed up?

Raphael
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Hey, come on! Even I know we can't do that!

Raphael
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Just because we're fighting someone doesn't mean we gotta hate 'em!

Raphael
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That's probably the worst thing about war. Win or lose, I still get a bad taste in my mouth.

Ignatz

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Ignatz
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Thanks to our victory, I've been able to study the Great Bridge of Myrddin at my leisure.

Ignatz
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And you know what? It's an astounding structure. So much history there.

Ignatz
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Imagine how much time and effort it must have taken to build something that big. Over water, no less!

Ignatz
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I hope that someday it will be opened up to the people of Fódlan—a historical site, rather than a military checkpoint.

Lysithea

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I trust you and Claude, but I feel uneasy.

Lysithea
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If we lose in the next battle, the Empire's army will likely come surging into Alliance territory.

Lysithea
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If that happens, my parents won't escape unharmed. They've raised their anti-Imperial flag, after all.

Lysithea
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Thank you, Professor. I'll fight with all I've got too.

Lysithea
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You're right. I chose my path. I must press on. That's all anyone can do, really.

Lysithea
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Speaking with you has eased my mind a bit. Just enough, in fact, to put me in the mood for sweets.

Marianne

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I've been praying to the goddess for Lorenz...

Marianne
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We wouldn't have had to fight like that if things were different.

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Marianne
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Um, I heard that some unidentified troops have appeared, but...

Marianne
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Apparently they were flying the flag of the Faerghus royal family... Do you think it was Dimitri's ghost?

Marianne
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His country was taken before he ever wore the crown. Surely he must regret that...

Hilda

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Poor Lorenz.

Hilda
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He and I weren't very close, but we were friends.

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Hilda
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Claude was saying that our next battle might be in Gronder Field. Is that right?

Hilda
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Reminds me of the Battle of the Eagle and Lion. But of course, that was a very different time.

Hilda
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When it was over, all three class heads complimented each other on their bravery.

Hilda
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And then we had a party. But we can never go back to that, can we?

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Hilda
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Claude was saying that our next battle might be in Gronder Field. Is that right?

Hilda
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Reminds me of the Battle of the Eagle and Lion. But of course, that was a very different time.

Hilda
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When it was over, all three class heads complimented each other on their bravery.

Hilda
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And then we had a party. But we can never go back to that, can we?

Leonie

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Leonie
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We might see Edelgard herself leading the enemy in the next battle.

Leonie
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If they're coming out of Fort Merceus, our troops might even clash on Gronder Field.

Leonie
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And those other troops on the march—who knows what they'll do, or what side they'll take?

Leonie
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Not sure how we're supposed to form a strategy with so many unknowns.

Leonie
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I don't know why you're so confident, but it does somehow make me feel better.

Leonie
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Hey, how come you only ever flatter me in times like these? What am I supposed to make of that?

Leonie
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Anyway, we've come this far. Let's just keep putting one foot in front of the other and see how far we get.

Seteth

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Seteth
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Each time we press forward, our search for Rhea broadens to a wider area.

Seteth
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I certainly hope we will find at least some clue, but I do suspect I already know where she is.

Seteth
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If I am right, and she is in the Imperial capital, then we cannot save her until we topple the Empire.

Flayn

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The Battle of the Eagle and Lion. Has it truly been five years since then?

Flayn
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Can you recall whether it was before or after I joined your class, Professor?

Flayn
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That is not at all the case, Professor. Your memory serves you poorly.

Flayn
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I am glad you have not forgotten.

Flayn
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It was shortly after I joined your class—I remember it like it was yesterday.

Hanneman

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When undertaking research, the usual method is to form a hypothesis, then test it with experiments.

Hanneman
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Those experiments reveal facts and falsehoods, yet sometimes, they also unveil an exception.

Hanneman
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You seem to be that exception when it comes to my Crest research.

Hanneman
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Worry not, Professor. Exceptions are what make my work interesting. Why don't the rules apply to you?

Hanneman
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I will find out, eventually. I feel it is my destiny as a Crest scholar!

Manuela

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I hear the next battle could be a big one, is that true?

Manuela
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I miss the old days when, if someone got hurt, we'd rush them to the infirmary, and make them well...

Manuela
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But on the battlefield, there's not enough time to help. People die. Professor, don't be one of those!

Alois

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Alois
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Word just reached me that the Empire has stationed soldiers in Fort Merceus.

Alois
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If they decide to dig in their heels and defend the fort, we'll be in a difficult situation.

Alois
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I hear it's an impregnable keep, surrounded by high ramparts. Taking it would not be easy.

Catherine

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Catherine
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Beyond the Great Bridge of Myrddin, it's all unfamiliar territory for us.

Catherine
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We don't know where Lady Rhea's being held. We ought to investigate all potential locations thoroughly.

Catherine
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The Knights of Seiros will handle the search. We'll report back if we learn anything.

Shamir

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Shamir
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Reconnaissance is becoming more of a risk the deeper we move into enemy territory.

Shamir
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If I don't come back, assume I'm dead.

Shamir
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I'm glad you think so highly of me, but we have to be realistic.

Shamir
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Good. We have to be realistic.

Shamir
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Don't waste your energy worrying about me.

Cyril

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Cyril
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I gotta keep this place clean, and I mean properly clean, every day. Dust it, sweep it, everything.

Cyril
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You never can tell when Lady Rhea might be back.

Judith

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Judith
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Since little Claude became their leader, the Alliance lords haven't been especially unified.

Judith
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Now, they're suddenly united for a common cause. As a result, the Empire hasn't been able to perform even one successful incursion...

Judith
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Rather, we're the ones who might get the jump on them. It's incredible. Magical, even.

Judith
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Maybe his strategic genius was simmering for those five years, and it returned to a full boil once you two were reunited.

Judith
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Or maybe he always knew he'd meet you again, and he was preparing for that this whole time...

Gatekeeper

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Gatekeeper
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Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper
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I hear we're sending troops to Gronder Field next. Is that what's what?

Gatekeeper
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That whole area is in the territory of House Bergliez. It's famous as the main granary of Fódlan.

Gatekeeper
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If we could capture it, we probably wouldn't have to worry about food anymore! Bread for all!

Soldier

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I can hardly believe we're crossing the borders of the Empire to battle their army. I never thought I'd see the day.

Soldier
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You'd never guess from the calm looks on everyone's faces, though... I mean, we're probably all gonna die, let's be honest.

Soldier
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If you don't mind me saying, you don't look like you're in the middle of a crisis either. Oh, um... Perhaps that was a little rude of me.

Soldier
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Hm, actually it's the Great Tree Moon now, isn't it? Not that anyone's in much of a mood to celebrate the new year, of course.

Alliance Knight

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If this mysterious military force is the remnants of the Kingdom, you'd think there would have been the possibility of a united front.

Alliance Knight
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But from what I've heard, that's going to be difficult. Their behavior is very erratic.

Alliance Knight
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If they're clamoring for revenge and death, then it's probably better if we have nothing to do with them.

Merchant

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Merchant
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Since you secured the Great Bridge of Myrddin, trade got a lot easier within the Empire.

Merchant
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Nevertheless, profits are rather thin, compared to how it was five years ago.

Merchant
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You can't be much of a trader unless you're prepared to traverse the whole of Fódlan...

Soldier

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I'm a graduate of the Golden Deer House, but that was a little before your time, Professor.

Soldier
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We won the Battle of the Eagle and Lion. Of course, we mostly have Holst to thank for that.

Soldier
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And now, he's the greatest general in the Alliance. I didn't do so great in comparison...

Soldier

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Edelgard's presence suggests that Hubert is around too.

Soldier
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He is Minister of the Imperial Household, after all.

Soldier
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He's been around Edelgard since they were children. I suppose he must be pretty happy with his current position.

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.

Knight of Seiros

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So, we're finally moving into enemy territory... We can expect the war to get even more intense from here on out.

Knight of Seiros
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I'm really feeling the tension now. I have almost no experience with battles of this scale.

Knight of Seiros
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Professor... I'll be grateful for your leadership on the battlefield. I know I can trust you!

Yuri

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Yuri
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My rule is never to play my hand if I can't win. That's why I'm here. To win.

Yuri
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This is my life on the line. Don't let me down, yeah?

Yuri
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In the end, I'm the one who decided to be a part of this, so it's my own fault if things go south.

Balthus

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Balthus
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It seems the Alliance has avoided becoming nothing but a glorified battlefield.

Balthus
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I may have cut ties with my family, but I'll admit, I'm still worried about how they're faring...

Balthus
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For now at least, my little bro has managed to keep them afloat. He's a good leader, that one.

Constance

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Constance
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Across the bridge is Bergliez territory. It marks the start of our incursion into the Empire.

Constance
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Worry not. I feel no trepidation as we do this.

Constance
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Mark how my spellcraft carries us through to Enbarr, heart of the Empire!

Hapi

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Hapi
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We're fighting people we used to know from the Officers Academy.

Hapi
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Guess that's the kind of thing that happens in war, but...still. It's pretty twisted.

Hapi
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It makes me feel so... Oof. Maybe I'll just try not to think about it.

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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The Great Tree Moon is finally upon us. It's time to celebrate a new year. We only get so many!

Abysskeeper
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Folks up top don't seem to be in the mood to celebrate though. I hate war...

Resident

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Resident
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I used to be a rather important person in the church, but...I am in exile for committing a crime.

Resident
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I embezzled some money. But it wasn't out of greed!

Resident
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My hometown was pillaged, you see, and the church wasn't putting in enough to rebuild...

Rogue

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What a pain. What an absolute pain...

Rogue
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Concerned, are you? That's nice. A little too nice.

Rogue
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Here's a word of warning—if anyone here asks you for a favor, it's probably just a scam.

Rogue
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Rogue
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What a pain. What an absolute pain...

Rogue
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Concerned, are you? That's nice. A little too nice.

Rogue
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Here's a word of warning—if anyone here asks you for a favor, it's probably just a scam.

Rogue
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...

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Rogue
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Concerned, are you? That's nice. A little too nice.

Rogue
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Here's a word of warning—if anyone here asks you for a favor, it's probably just a scam.

Rogue

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Rogue
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I hurt my leg in the last battle. Had to take shelter down here—nowhere else to go.

Rogue
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Be careful up there. All sides are bringing their strongest people to this fight.

Rogue
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Count Bergliez in the Empire, Lord Holst in the Alliance... I'm sure the Kingdom's got someone too.

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.