Claude

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Claude

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

Claude

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

Claude

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

Claude

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

Claude

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

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

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

Ferdinand

We had better brace ourselves.

Linhardt

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Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

Linhardt

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

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

Caspar

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

Caspar

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

Caspar

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

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

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

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

Bernadetta

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

Dorothea

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Dorothea

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

Dorothea

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

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Dorothea

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

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Dorothea

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

Dorothea

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

Petra

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Petra

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

Petra

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

Petra

I do not have understanding of the reasoning...

Petra

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

Petra

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

Felix

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Felix

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

Felix

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

Felix

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

Felix

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

Felix

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

Ashe

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Ashe

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

Ashe

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

Ashe

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

Ashe

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

Sylvain

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Sylvain

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

Sylvain

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

Sylvain

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

Sylvain

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

Sylvain

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

Sylvain

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

Mercedes

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Mercedes

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

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Mercedes

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

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Mercedes

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

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Mercedes

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

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Mercedes

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

Annette

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Annette

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

Annette

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

Annette

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

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

Ingrid

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

Ingrid

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

Ingrid

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

Lorenz

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Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

Lorenz

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

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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Raphael

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

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

Raphael

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

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

Ignatz

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

Ignatz

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

Ignatz

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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Lysithea

I trust you and Claude, but I feel uneasy.

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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

Lysithea

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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Marianne

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

Marianne

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

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Marianne

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

Marianne

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

Marianne

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

Hilda

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Hilda

Poor Lorenz.

Hilda

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

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Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Hilda

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

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Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Hilda

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

Leonie

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Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Leonie

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

Leonie

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

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

Seteth

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

Seteth

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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Flayn

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

Flayn

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

Flayn

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

Flayn

I am glad you have not forgotten.

Flayn

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

Hanneman

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Hanneman

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

Hanneman

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

Hanneman

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

Hanneman

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

Hanneman

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

Manuela

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Manuela

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

Manuela

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

Manuela

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

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

Alois

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

Alois

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

Catherine

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Catherine

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

Catherine

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

Catherine

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

Shamir

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Shamir

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

Shamir

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

Shamir

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

Shamir

Good. We have to be realistic.

Shamir

Don't waste your energy worrying about me.

Cyril

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Cyril

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

Cyril

You never can tell when Lady Rhea might be back.

Judith

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Judith

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

Judith

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

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

Judith

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

Judith

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

Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!

Gatekeeper

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

Gatekeeper

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

Gatekeeper

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

Soldier

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Soldier

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

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

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

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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Alliance Knight

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

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

Alliance Knight

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

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

Merchant

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

Merchant

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

Soldier

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Soldier

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

Soldier

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

Soldier

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

Soldier

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Soldier

Edelgard's presence suggests that Hubert is around too.

Soldier

He is Minister of the Imperial Household, after all.

Soldier

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

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

Monk

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

Monk

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

Knight of Seiros

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Knight of Seiros

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

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

Knight of Seiros

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

Yuri

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Yuri

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

Yuri

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

Yuri

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

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

Balthus

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

Balthus

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

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

Constance

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

Constance

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

Hapi

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Hapi

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

Hapi

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

Hapi

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

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

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

Abysskeeper

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

Resident

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Resident

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

Resident

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

Resident

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

Rogue

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Rogue

What a pain. What an absolute pain...

Rogue

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

Rogue

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

What a pain. What an absolute pain...

Rogue

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

Rogue

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

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

Rogue

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

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

Rogue

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

Rogue

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

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.