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Byleth, Rodrigue, Dimitri, Felix, Gilbert enter the scene
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Rodrigue
It's been too long, Your Highness. But try to temper your joy, will you? This is a war, after all.
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Dimitri
To say such a thing at a time like this. You have not changed one bit.
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Rodrigue
Don't let looks deceive you. I've had a rough go of it ever since I crossed blades with those traitors in Fhirdiad.
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Rodrigue
When I heard you'd been executed, I rushed there as fast as I could, blind with fury.
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Rodrigue
When I got there, I was fed some garbage about not being able to see your body. The next thing I knew, I was gripping my blade and...
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Rodrigue
Gilbert, you have done well to locate His Highness. I am truly grateful.
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Rodrigue
And you... I have you to thank, as well.
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Rodrigue
Well, we are in your debt. I will repay you for this someday, I swear it.
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Rodrigue
And you, Felix... You have also done well to bring His Highness here.
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Felix
Hmph.
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Dimitri
Tell us all you know, Rodrigue.
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Rodrigue
I'm afraid there's not much to tell. You are aware that the western region of the Kingdom was taken by the Empire, correct?
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Dimitri
Yes, so I have heard. They are now calling it the Faerghus Dukedom or some nonsense.
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Rodrigue
If you know that much, then the rest won't take long.
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Rodrigue
Enemy or not, it's undeniable that Cornelia's plan was nothing short of genius. After seizing power, she invited the Imperial army to Fhirdiad.
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Rodrigue
There, she reorganized her troops and then sent soldiers to hunt me down.
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Rodrigue
Because of that, we were forced to act defensively. And now we're being forced into a difficult battle. She's been controlling the situation all along.
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Dimitri
So, that's been the witch's plan from the start. I should have killed her ages ago.
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Rodrigue
Your Highness... Fhirdiad is in a terrible state right now.
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Rodrigue
The tyranny is unbearable, and so the rebellions are endless. Refugees starve to death in the streets.
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Rodrigue
If I may speak freely, Your Highness...
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Rodrigue
We should change course for Fhirdiad and take down those traitors before we embark to Enbarr.
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Dimitri
There's no time for that. We must annihilate Enbarr before all else.
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Rodrigue
Think this through. I understand wanting to destroy the Empire and the emperor. I want that so much it hurts.
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Rodrigue
But which is more important, the dead or the living?
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Dimitri
Silence!
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Rodrigue
No, Dimitri. You will hear me out.
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Dimitri
Are you asking me...asking the dead...to forgive that woman?
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Rodrigue
No, I would not ask that of you. What I am asking is that you allow us to prioritize the Kingdom capital over the Imperial capital for now.
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Rodrigue
As Lambert's close and trusted friend, I am confident that he would have advised the same.
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Dimitri
Do not dare to put words in the mouths of the dead. They are your words alone, even if you borrow their lips.
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Dimitri
Until I offer up that woman's head, Father will remain a slave to his lingering regret and hatred...
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Dimitri
Even now, he suffers. It is ceaseless. As we waste time with idle chatter, his suffering continues!
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Rodrigue
You are my king. Our king. Wherever you lead, we will follow. But Your Highness...
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Rodrigue
There are those who take up their sword in the name of revenge, and yet along the way, lose the strength and composure to follow through...
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Rodrigue
You would do well to bear that in mind.
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Rodrigue
Ah, I nearly forgot. Take this, Your Highness. The time has come for it to be wielded by its true master.
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Dimitri
Areadbhar... The Hero's Relic once wielded by my father.
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Rodrigue
The very same. I managed to steal it back from one of Cornelia's underlings in Fhirdiad.
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Felix
Understated as ever, Father. It must have been a true struggle to get it back.
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Dimitri
I... I am grateful, my friend.
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Rodrigue
Gilbert. Professor. May I request something of you?
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Rodrigue
I wish to fight at your side.
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Felix
Senile already, old man? Who will protect our territory?
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Gilbert
What are you saying, Rodrigue? Don't you need to return to the front lines of your own territory?
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Rodrigue
I expected it would come to this, so I left those matters to my younger brother. He has my complete faith.
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Rodrigue
I must keep my promise to our fallen king...to my dear friend.
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What promise?
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Rodrigue
A very old one. I swore it nearly 10 years ago.
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Rodrigue
Now then, Your Highness. Let's destroy the Empire together. My men and I will spare no effort.
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Rodrigue
I pray that you are right...and that this will save the Kingdom.