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Sylvain enters the scene
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Gilbert
We have received a report from our spy.
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Gilbert
It would seem the Empire is gathering troops at Fort Merceus.
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Gilbert
This is undoubtedly in response to us taking the Great Bridge of Myrddin.
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Gilbert
Their numbers are more than double ours. We believe that the emperor herself may be leading them...
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Gilbert
If House Riegan can reconcile with House Gloucester sooner than later...
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Gilbert
Then Claude can proceed with his plan to rally the Alliance lords, gather troops, and invade Empire territory.
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Rodrigue
At this rate, three military forces will be clashing at Gronder Field.
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Dimitri
If you wish to indulge in nostalgia, do it elsewhere.
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Rodrigue
I'm afraid the difference in military strength is far from negligible. While we are elite soldiers, I am still uneasy about this...
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Gilbert
If possible, I'd like to request reinforcements right away.
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Gilbert
If we can rely on any of the major Kingdom houses for military support, it would be...House Charon, I'd wager.
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Why them?
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Gilbert
House Charon has yet to declare fealty to the Empire.
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Catherine
It is also...my home.
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Catherine
I will make the request to my father. With things as they are, I don't think he can refuse.
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Catherine
The church has long protected me. I am certain that any request from the church will be answered to the utmost of their ability.
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Rodrigue
Very well. We're counting on you, Catherine.
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Gilbert
I will send word at once. I am certain they will cooperate.
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Rodrigue
Very well. We're counting on you, Gilbert.
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Gilbert
I suppose that is all we can do for now.
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Rodrigue
So it would seem. Though, if there are any other avenues worth exploring, I would suggest...
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Allying with the Alliance?
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Gilbert
Ah, good point. We have no reason to engage the Alliance directly.
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Rodrigue
Even if we do receive Count Charon's aid, we still won't have the troops we need to face the Empire.
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Gilbert
But if we join forces with the Alliance, then our numbers will rival the Empire's.
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Gilbert
Agreed. It's about the only thing we can do.
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Gilbert
If we wait too long, we'll lose the advantage...
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Gilbert
For now, let's send a messenger, and try to figure out what the Alliance hopes to achieve.
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Rodrigue
It's hard to believe this decisive battle will take place at Gronder Field... I imagine that place is full of memories for all of you.
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Mercedes
We won the Battle of the Eagle and Lion back in the day. It seems like a lifetime ago...
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Mercedes leaves the scene
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Ashe
I can't help but remember, even though I wish I didn't.
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Ingrid
Our feast after the battle... I remember it well. We all had so much fun together.
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Annette
No! Please, stop it. I had finally put all of that out of my mind...
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Annette
This isn't right. They're our friends! We used to study together. We shouldn't be fighting them.
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Sylvain
Why not march up to Her Majesty and remind her of that? Oh, that's right...because you want to live to see tomorrow.
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Dedue
No matter who the enemy is, I will fight for His Highness.
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Felix
Tell me, boar prince. Do we stand a chance?
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Dimitri
Who knows...
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Felix
If we lose, we'll have died for you. I hope you know that.
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Rodrigue
That's enough, Felix. We must focus on the battle ahead.
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Dimitri
Make your peace before we depart. It's kill or be killed out there.
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Dimitri
We will cross blades with the Empire, but it's possible we will also have to strike down the Alliance.
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Gilbert
Your Highness... Do you feel no hesitation about killing your former friends?
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Dimitri
If they must die, I will kill them. Nothing could be simpler.
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Dimitri
I am used to killing familiar faces by now...