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Byleth, Gilbert enter the scene
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Gilbert
To think you survived under all that rubble for the past five years... I suppose stranger things have happened, odd as that is to admit.
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Gilbert
There is still much I would like to ask you... But I think that's enough for now.
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Gilbert
On that day five years ago, during the battle with the Imperial army, Lady Rhea went missing.
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Gilbert
Since then, the Knights of Seiros have continued searching for her...and for you.
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Gilbert
I hear they have yet to find any promising leads.
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Gilbert
As the Empire has yet to release a statement, it's hard to imagine that she has perished. And yet... Ah, never mind.
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Gilbert
Once news of your survival gets out, everyone will flock back to the monastery.
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What happened to the Kingdom?
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Gilbert
After that battle, a certain...incident took place in Fhirdiad.
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Gilbert
Rufus, who was serving as king regent, was murdered.
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Gilbert
I was once a knight in service of the royal family... I resigned from the Knights of Seiros, and returned to serve the Kingdom.
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Gilbert
However...
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Gilbert, Cornelia enter the scene
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Gilbert
This is madness! You truly claim that His Highness is the one who killed Rufus?!
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Cornelia
Oh, but it's true. The only one who could slip past the bodyguards and kill so efficiently is the young prince. You can't deny it.
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Gilbert
Rufus is Prince Dimitri's uncle! His Highness is incapable of such an atrocious crime as murdering his own blood!
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Cornelia
Ah, but they were never very close, were they? It's a well-known fact among former retainers.
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Cornelia
There are even rumors that Rufus was originally involved in the Tragedy of Duscur...
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Cornelia
Perhaps His Highness believed those rumors and murdered Rufus in a fit of rage.
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Cornelia
But I'm afraid none of that matters now.
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Gilbert
Cornelia. Do not tell me that you...
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Cornelia
The decision has been made. His Highness will pay for his crime with his head.
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Cornelia
His sentence will be carried out the day after tomorrow. On that day, the royal bloodline will come to an end.
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Cornelia
All you have left to do is sit back and watch, you senile old fool. Watch as the Kingdom you love falls to ashes.
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Byleth, Gilbert enter the scene
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Gilbert
It was soon after announced that his sentence had been carried out.
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Gilbert
With His Highness's death, the royal bloodline of House Blaiddyd was erased from this world.
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Gilbert
True to her word, all we could do was watch as she tore the Kingdom apart before our eyes.
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Gilbert
Since the execution and the prince's corpse were concealed from the public, there have always been those who believed His Highness was still alive...
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Gilbert
As for myself, I only began to hope three years ago, when I chanced upon some compelling rumors...
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What rumors?
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Gilbert
An Imperial platoon attacked without warning. Incident after incident of Imperial generals being slaughtered in Kingdom territory.
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Gilbert
It is said that each died in such a brutal, gruesome way that...it is hard to imagine they were killed by human hands.
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Gilbert
I followed the rumors to location after location. Eventually, I had seen enough. I knew the rumors were true.
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Gilbert
Finally, after a half decade of torment, it happened. I found him...
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Gilbert
I fear his deep hatred, and the weight of his solitude, have consumed him for far too long...
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Gilbert
We must bring him back from the edge on which he stands. To that end, I must speak with His Highness. I imagine it will not be a quick or easy conversation.
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Gilbert
I pray that he is of a mind to speak of such things. I am certain that my words will... Never mind. What must be done, must be done.
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Gilbert
I would wager that you are weary after the day's events. Perhaps you should take this opportunity to get some rest.