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Byleth, Claude enter the scene
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Claude
It's been five long years. Where have you been, Teach?
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Claude
You don't really expect me to believe that you've been napping this whole time, do you?
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Claude
That's a good one! Except... That's not your lying face. I guess I've got no choice but to believe you.
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Claude
You're not exactly normal to begin with, so it's not a huge stretch to imagine you sleeping for that long.
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Claude
Aaand this is where you say, "just kidding." Right? If this is a rib, now's the time to fess up.
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It's the truth.
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Claude
You must be insane. And yet... Fine. I believe you, OK?
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Claude
But that means you don't know anything that happened after your last battle, right?
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Claude
I guess it's on me to catch you up.
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Claude
As you can see, Garreg Mach was crushed by the Empire and was never restored.
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Claude
The monastery is in ruins, and the town is in pretty bad shape too. Can you guess why?
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Claude
Huh. It would seem that's one possible explanation, since you insist that's what you've been up to.
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Claude
All we know for sure is that Rhea suddenly vanished during that battle five years ago.
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Claude
Her body was never found, and the Empire never declared that she had been killed. So... No telling.
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Claude
All we know for sure is that Rhea suddenly vanished during that battle five years ago.
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Claude
The Knights of Seiros have apparently been searching all over Fódlan for her...
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Claude
But the fact that this place is in ruins tells me they still haven't found her.
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Claude
True. I've got a mountain of questions I'd like to ask her, after all.
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Claude
Worried, huh? Well, for better or worse, Rhea was clearly fond of you.
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Claude
But I'm not so sure whether it would be good for her to return as the archbishop...
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Claude
Rather, with her gone... Eh, never mind. This could be a dangerous conversation.
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Claude
Before we discuss the state of affairs in each territory... Are you hungry? You must be.
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Claude
It's not much, but I did bring some food with me. Let's eat up and go from there.