Edelgard & Dimitri

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Dimitri

Pardon the odd question, but something has been bothering me for a while now. Your hair...was it always that color?

Edelgard

That is an odd question. But yes, if you must know, it was a different color when I was a child.

Edelgard

How could you know that? Is it possible that we met before the academy?

Edelgard

It's...a long story. Now is not the time or place.

Dimitri

Yes, of course. My apologies.

Claude & Yuri

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Yuri

Well, well. The Imperial princess, the crown prince, and the next sovereign duke. Must be exhausting trying to suss out each other's intentions, huh?

Claude

Nah, we get along great. I mean, we kind of have no choice. A petty squabble could start an all-out war.

Claude

And it doesn't take a fancy title to have a hidden agenda. Isn't that right, Yuri?

Yuri

Cheeky...and off base. What do you think, friend? Do you think I'm off plotting nefarious deeds?

Yuri

Ha ha ha! Brutally honest... I love it.

Yuri

Ha ha! Not very perceptive, are we?

Yuri

Even so, that's a bit much, wouldn't you say? I do what I need to get by—nothing more than that.

Yuri

As for the others, they've all got their own struggles, but they're nothing if not trustworthy.

Claude

Humbling yourself while promoting your friends... Gotta say, I don't hate this side of you.

Yuri

Seems we're in mutual neutrality of one another. I like that you keep your cards close. We'll get along just fine, you and I.

Linhardt

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Linhardt

The Four Apostles... Gah, this is killing me! I'm on the verge of remembering something.

Linhardt

I can't shake the feeling that one of their names is... also a food or something.

Ashe

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Ashe

I've only had the chance to speak with Aelfric briefly, but he seems like a respectable man.

Ashe

It's obvious the whole town has a lot of affection for him.

Ashe

Kind of reminds me of Lonato in that way...

Hilda

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Hilda

Had a chance to poke your head in here, Professor? It's a fortune-teller's room!

Hilda

Judging by all her mystical-looking doodads, I think she's the real deal too.

Hilda

I wonder if she does matchmaking. Maybe she can help me sort through my countless suitors.

Balthus

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Balthus

I've got a lot of time on my hands down here, so I've been venturing even deeper underground.

Balthus

This place is loaded with winding paths and blocked-off tunnels. It's a real maze.

Balthus

Only a few folks even know how to operate the gate mechanisms and hidden passages.

Balthus

That's what I said. Activate the mechanism, and the gate slams shut. Bang!

Balthus

That's what I said. Things will shift without notice here, revealing hidden passages. Walls. Floors. Everything. Gotta stay sharp.

Balthus

Actually, I'll level with you. Yuri and Constance are much better at scoping out that kind of thing, heh.

Constance

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Constance

The records should be here some— Oh! Hello, Professor. It's good that you've come.

Constance

I realized that I missed an opportunity to congratulate myself on my military achievements.

Constance

But now that you're here, I have an audience for it. Indulge me, won't you?

Constance

Ahaha! Behold the proof that the utmost honor in combat belongs to none other than I, Constance von Nuvelle!

Constance

What a relief to get that off my chest! Now, where did Aelfric get to? I must have words with him.

Hapi

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Hapi

You've only been on the job a few moons, huh? No wonder you don't come off as a mindless church flunky.

Hapi

Plus, you don't flap your trap all the time. I appreciate that.

Hapi

I hope you never change, no matter how many years you spend with the annoying people up there.

Aelfric

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Aelfric

The Ashen Wolves got their name from the beasts who guard the Blue Sea Star.

Aelfric

The archbishop named the house herself, in fact.

Aelfric

In spite of that, it seems she looks unfavorably upon our house of late. This saddens me greatly.

Abysskeeper

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Abysskeeper

Hey, you. Listen up. I've got something to report. The bandit sightings have stopped. For now. I still won't let my guard down, though!

Abysskeeper

What else... Notice how everyone's in high spirits? Know why? I do. It's because Master Aelfric is here.

Abysskeeper

He's real special, that one. He saved my life and lots of others here too. He's earned some hero worship.

Rogue

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Rogue

Don't suppose you're here for a drink, huh. They aren't any better, I'll tell ya right now.

Rogue

Maybe folks down here wouldn't be so awful if they could get their hands on something worth tasting.

Rogue

Who am I kidding... Nobles are just as bad.

Rogue

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Rogue

I heard Aelfric came to Yuri's rescue in the attack that happened recently.

Rogue

That's just what you'd expect from someone as kind and strong as he is.

Rogue

I can't believe he's single...

Elderly Man

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Elderly Man

For folks who've lost their homes on the surface, Abyss is all they've got.

Elderly Man

Place used to be nothing more than a den of criminals who did whatever they pleased.

Elderly Man

Now, we've got Aelfric to keep an eye on things.

Elderly Man

He understands that keeping people fed's the way to keep 'em calm.

Mysterious Woman

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Mysterious Woman

There was a time when I did much fighting. Then I was captured. Then...I escaped.

Mysterious Woman

My home is far away now. My mother is waiting for me, but returning is... It is far away.

Mysterious Woman

I worry that I will be here until I am very old.

Boy

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Boy

Sometimes Aelfric gives out candy!

Boy

Stick close by him, and you might get some too. But save a little for me, OK?

Girl

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Girl

Don't annoy Hapi or make her feel disappointed.

Girl

You mustn't. Not ever! OK?

Rogue

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Rogue

Abyss is a sprawling place. Some houses, like mine, are actually quite far from the center of town.

Rogue

What brings me all the way here then, you ask?

Rogue

I came to see Aelfric. Even a glimpse of him is said to bring good luck.