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Felix, Ashe, Sylvain, Mercedes, Annette, Ingrid enter the scene
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Felix
So... He's finally shown his true face.
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Felix
The same Dimitri I've seen once before—a beast who loves spilling blood.
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Ingrid
You're wrong! I'm sure of it. There has to be an explanation...
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Sylvain
I knew he'd been carrying the burden of that tragedy.
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Sylvain
I understand his thirst for revenge. His family and closest friends...all massacred right in front of him.
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Sylvain
But...it still doesn't add up. There must be more that we don't know.
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Sylvain
I knew he'd been carrying the burden of that tragedy.
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Sylvain
I understand his thirst for revenge. His family and closest friends...all massacred right in front of him.
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Sylvain
But...it still doesn't add up. There must be more that we don't know.
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Mercedes
That's true. Dimitri didn't come unhinged until after the Flame Emperor was unmasked...
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Ashe
You don't think...there's some connection between those two...do you?
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Ashe
You don't think...there's some connection between those two...do you?
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Edelgard enters the scene
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Edelgard
The leaders of the church have misused its creed to fulfill their true desire—to rule the world. They have fooled the people of Fódlan.
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Edelgard
Long ago, they divided the Empire to create a Kingdom, and then...divided that Kingdom to create an Alliance.
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Edelgard
They did all of this to make the masses bicker amongst themselves. They caused instability in order to reinforce their own authority.
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Edelgard
They gathered gold and lived in extravagance. How? By preying on the devotion of those who wished for the goddess's salvation.
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Edelgard
Those corrupt hypocrites cannot lead Fódlan to true peace. Their foul belief system must be torn asunder so that true wisdom may finally prevail!
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Edelgard
And so, I have decided...
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Edelgard
By order of the Adrestian Emperor, Edelgard von Hresvelg...
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Edelgard
The Empire hereby declares war on the Church of Seiros!
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Byleth, Seteth enter the scene
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Seteth
I cannot believe it...
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Seteth
Let us recount the situation as it stands, Professor. After you returned from the Holy Tomb...
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Seteth
The Adrestian Empire declared war upon the Church of Seiros, as well as our allies.
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Declared war?
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Seteth
Edelgard demanded her own father relinquish the throne, and then assumed the position of emperor.
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Seteth
She has deemed the Church of Seiros to be an evil of this world, and is calling upon the people of Fódlan to help her tear it down.
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Seteth
I must discuss our response to this declaration with the archbishop after the knights return from their investigation.
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Seteth
Until then, watch over the students. See that they remain calm.
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Dedue
Professor. The Empire has declared war on the Church of Seiros.
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Sylvain
We knew this day would come, sooner or later.
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Annette
What's going to happen?!
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Ingrid
We can't afford to be optimistic. It's entirely possible the Kingdom will be invaded.
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Sylvain
Settle yourself, Ingrid. We need to carefully consider our options.
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Ashe
We can't just act rashly. That will only make things worse.
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Dedue
Once we've ascertained the situation, we must return to Fhirdiad.
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Dedue
Your Highness...