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Byleth, Seteth enter the scene
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Seteth
Now that we have reinforcements, it is time to advance against the Empire.
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Seteth
And yet, we do not have enough troops to face our enemy's main army head-on.
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Seteth
We have no choice but to use our small numbers wisely by taking over key locations as we blaze our way to the Imperial capital.
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Lose support points with Seteth
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Seteth
Do not indulge in being overly optimistic. It could be our ruin.
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Seteth
Yes, it will. We must brace ourselves.
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Seteth
As you know, the Oghma Mountains lie south of Garreg Mach, towards the Empire.
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Seteth
In order to enter Empire territory, we must travel around those mountains.
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Seteth
There are two possible routes—through the Kingdom to the west, and through the Alliance to the east.
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Seteth
The western half of the Kingdom is under the Empire's control. It may be too dangerous to pass through there.
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Seteth
I suggest we take the eastern route, for safety.
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Seteth
Yes, that makes sense.
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Seteth
There are lords in the Alliance who support the Empire, but they are, at least, not completely under their control.
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Seteth
Furthermore, you hold a key to the Empire within your grasp.
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Seteth
Yes, precisely.
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Seteth
Not quite. I am referring to the letter from Claude.
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Seteth
This is no time for tomfoolery. I am referring to the letter from Claude.
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Hey there, Teach. It's been a while, hasn't it? I never dared to imagine you might still be alive. Wonders never cease!
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I don't know exactly why, but I feel that I can trust you. So I'm going to do just that. To that end, I propose an exchange.
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You're intending to invade the Empire. That much is clear. And that means your only option is to pass through the east.
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You'll have to cross the Airmid River, which runs along the border between the Empire and the Alliance.
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That means you'll need to gain control of the Great Bridge of Myrddin, the one closest to Garreg Mach.
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It just so happens my family, House Riegan, is in conflict with House Gloucester right now.
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It would be easy enough for us to eliminate them, but I would prefer that we settle things without it coming to that.
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Do you see where I'm going with this? We'll act as a distraction and draw House Gloucester away from there.
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That will allow you to cross through their territory and take the Great Bridge of Myrddin.
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After you take the bridge from the Imperial army, House Gloucester won't be able to receive their aid.
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You'll get to cross Myrddin without any trouble, and I'll be able to maintain stability in the Alliance.
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Not a bad deal, eh? I hope to hear from you soon. Be well, Teach.
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Seteth
The Master Tactician, indeed. Somehow he is already aware of our plan.
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Seteth
The conditions are not bad... All is as he says it is.
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Seteth
If we take the Great Bridge of Myrddin, and House Gloucester bows down to House Riegan...
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Seteth
The route from the monastery to the Empire will be much safer for our forces.
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Seteth
It seems you are decided. We will send our answer at once.
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I am afraid we have no choice, considering the circumstances...