Edelgard

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Edelgard

The identities of the cardinals are a closely guarded secret of the church.

Edelgard

Yet Aelfric's status was disclosed in that letter. Could this signal a power struggle within the church?

Edelgard

Or perhaps that's what they want us to believe. Either way, we should pay close attention.

Dimitri

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Dimitri

According to the legend that Aelfric shared with us, the chalice has the power to bring back the dead.

Dimitri

Are his captors hoping to resurrect someone?

Dimitri

Hmm. Or perhaps they simply intend to sell it for an exorbitant payoff...

Claude

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Claude

So it turns out ol' Aelfric is a cardinal, huh? Hard to imagine such an important figure getting abducted.

Claude

And whoever took him somehow knows we have the chalice.

Claude

I bet they know how to use the thing too. I doubt they just plan to decorate their mantle with it.

Linhardt

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Linhardt

I was speaking with Hapi earlier, and it dawned on me that she may possess a unique Crest.

Linhardt

Perhaps it's linked to the Four Apostles. If so, then in the chasm... No. There isn't enough to back that up.

Linhardt

Hm? Oh, sorry, Professor. I need to think on this longer before sharing my theories.

Ashe

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Ashe

Aelfric's been taken hostage... Who could do such a dishonorable thing?

Ashe

It doesn't matter. Abyss needs him. We've got to form a rescue party.

Ashe

I just hope we're not getting in over our heads. We don't exactly know what we're dealing with.

Hilda

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Hilda

We were hoping the chalice would protect Abyss, but it's the reason Aelfric got captured. That's ironic.

Hilda

The people here really adore him. I'm sure they'd appreciate our help getting him back.

Hilda

Then again, are we getting too involved? Maybe we should leave before we make things any worse.

Yuri

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Yuri

Things were dicey for a bit there. Gotta say I'm relieved that no harm befell anyone in Abyss.

Yuri

I've made sure that the elderly and children are hidden in their homes. They need to stay safe.

Yuri

Nothing right now. But I might call on you for a favor later.

Yuri

Comes naturally to me. When I say jump, my rogues jump. That's why they call me boss.

Yuri

So that's the deal. People are safe for now. But I can't shake the feeling that something's just...off.

Yuri

All we can do at this point is focus on the problem staring us in the face.

Balthus

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Balthus

You ask me, we can't expect to just mosey on by, hand over the chalice, and make it out alive.

Balthus

Nothing sounds better than saving Aelfric and roughing up the jerks who took him. It's just...

Balthus

Well, as the Relentless King of Grappling, I'll be fine. But I'm worried about the others.

Constance

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Constance

Might I have a word? It concerns the blackguards who abducted Aelfric.

Constance

I alluded to it before, but I sincerely believe there is a spy in Abyss.

Constance

I see... Well, I shall drop the matter if you think it best.

Constance

We are in agreement, then?

Constance

Yuri is exceedingly devoted to his friends, but there are times that he can be a bit too trusting.

Hapi

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Hapi

We've gotta get Elfie back.

Hapi

I was abducted once, when I was younger. My captor used me as a test subject in her twisted experiments.

Hapi

Maybe we can just give them the chalice and they'll release him unharmed.

Abysskeeper

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Abysskeeper

Hey, you. Listen up. I've got something to report. And it's me. I...I'm a failure. A farce. An insult to the noble title of Abysskeeper.

Abysskeeper

Master Aelfric's done so much for me. I wanted to pay him back one day, but instead...I let this happen.

Abysskeeper

I'll never make this up to him. Ugh! I'm disgusted with myself! Don't look at me—I'm a monster.

Rogue

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Rogue

It all happened so fast. They forced their way in and took Aelfric. There was nothing I could do.

Rogue

We all wanted to fight, but Aelfric stopped us.

Rogue

He always thinks of others first...even if it means sacrificing himself.

Rogue

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Rogue

The leader of the group that took Aelfric... I've seen him before.

Rogue

He wouldn't hesitate to slaughter an entire town... if he stood to gain even a little by it.

Rogue

His laugh chills me to the bone...

Rogue

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Rogue

The Ashen Wolves are strong. I don't think even they can do this on their own...

Rogue

You'll lend them a hand, won't you, Professor? Please, save Aelfric!

Elderly Man

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Elderly Man

Aelfric is a prominent figure in the church.

Elderly Man

If the archbishop hears what happened, she might send the Knights of Seiros.

Elderly Man

That'd make things complicated. Folks down here don't trust 'em.

Mysterious Woman

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Mysterious Woman

I have seen nothing. I have been here in this place, where I always am.

Mysterious Woman

You cannot think it was me who did something. I am full of innocence!

Rogue

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Rogue

It's gotten pretty dangerous around here, so we've sent all the children back to their homes.

Rogue

I hope Aelfric's all right...