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Gilbert, Rodrigue enter the scene
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Gilbert
There's quite a bit of fog settling in. We won't be able to advance our troops very far in this.
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Rodrigue
We won't be able to move at all until the fog lifts, no matter which path we take. We'll have to be patient and wait it out.
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Rodrigue
Gilbert. No... Gustave. I would like to take this opportunity to speak with you about something.
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Rodrigue
It's about the Tragedy of Duscur. There's something about it I just can't wrap my head around.
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Gilbert
I'm listening.
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Rodrigue
I lost a son in Duscur that day. I exhausted every last resource I had to investigate what took place there.
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Rodrigue
I was startled to find that...there wasn't a single shred of evidence to suggest that Lady Patricia's carriage had been attacked.
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Gilbert
Go on...
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Rodrigue
Apart from His Highness, whose injuries left him on the verge of death, everyone else present at the time was slaughtered.
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Rodrigue
Of all the victims, only the corpse of Lady Patricia, His Majesty's second wife, was never found. Isn't that right?
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Gilbert
Hmm... Surely that means she was abducted. There was no evidence of an attack, suggesting they threatened her but did not kill her...
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Rodrigue
But what reason would they have to take her? Would it not have been better to kill her?
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Gilbert
Perhaps she had some value as a diplomatic pawn.
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Rodrigue
Nonsense. In the many years since that day, has Lady Patricia ever been used thus?
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Gilbert
No... Not as far as I know. Then perhaps she was used for some political gain within the Empire.
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Rodrigue
Now that her daughter is the emperor, what reason would she have to keep hiding her existence?
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Gilbert
It is possible she passed away after returning to the Empire...
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Rodrigue
Gustave, I know this is hard for you to hear, but just consider what it would mean if Lady Patricia was involved with that incident...
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Gilbert
Silence, Rodrigue. I will not allow you to tarnish her memory like that.
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Rodrigue
I do not mean to imply that she arranged His Majesty's murder or anything of the like.
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Rodrigue
But, Gustave... I cannot shake the feeling that the tragedy was part of a much larger conspiracy.
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Rodrigue
There is more to it than we know, that much is certain...
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Kingdom Soldier enters the scene
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Kingdom Soldier
Rodrigue! Gilbert! Please, hurry!
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Byleth, Dimitri enter the scene
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Rodrigue enters the scene
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Gilbert, Kingdom Soldier enter the scene
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Gilbert
To kill like this...is inhuman.
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Rodrigue
This is one of the knights we dispatched to the leader of the Alliance. Tell me everything you know.
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Kingdom Soldier
Sir! A soldier on patrol came across this knight a short while ago in a rocky area not far from here.
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Kingdom Soldier
Someone from the Alliance must have disposed of the body there...
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Gilbert
Is this how the Alliance chose to inform us that they have no intention of joining our cause?
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Rodrigue
The Alliance lords each have their own motives. It's difficult to say for sure who was behind this.
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Dimitri
Yes. I would not hesitate to believe them capable of this.
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Rodrigue
Whatever the truth is, the other knights we dispatched are in serious danger.
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Rodrigue
It's best to assume that joining with the Alliance is out of the question now.
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Gilbert
Even with Count Charon's support, this makes our situation grim...
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Dimitri
I never expected the Alliance to help us.
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Dimitri
Anyone who stands in my way will be crushed beneath my feet...
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Maiden enters the scene
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Maiden
It is time, dear Brother...