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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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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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Claude
I heard what happened, Teach. The princess... Well, the emperor now. She really did it, didn't she?
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Claude
The lords and dukes of both the Kingdom and the Alliance have been called out, and now have to choose between the church and the Empire.
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Claude
The seed of conflict was always there, and now we find ourselves in the middle of a war that will tear Fódlan in two.
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Lysithea
The Empire is rash, but I never thought it would come to this.
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Leonie
How could something like this happen? I hope everyone back home is safe.
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Hilda
I'm sure it's mass confusion at home right now. My brother must be worried sick about me.
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Claude
You're absolutely right, Teach. I'm sure a lot of us are worried about our homes, but...
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Claude
All we can do for now is prepare for battle...and tread carefully.