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Hilda
Ugh, I'm exhausted! What gives, Professor?
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Lysithea
I was so excited to see everyone again, and then this happens...
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Leonie
I'm still tired from the long journey. How did it come to this?
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Ignatz
Let's all take a moment to catch our breath...
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Hilda
If you've got the spare time to play with those guys, the least you could do is prepare some tea.
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Claude
We were hoping someone would come to back us up when we started routing the bandits.
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Claude
Come on, those guys were thieves! We couldn't just let them get away.
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Claude
It seems they've been taking advantage of the church's absence and doing whatever they please here.
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Marianne
In any case, um... I'm glad that all of you are well.
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Ignatz
That's the spirit, Marianne!
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Raphael
That was fun! In fact, I wouldn't mind romping around some more!
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Lorenz
So, you were alive this whole time, Professor. I am not surprised. In fact, that is why I came here.
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Leonie
And it doesn't look like time has rusted your skills. That's a relief!
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Claude
I'm just glad everyone's alive and well. On that note, let's move this reunion party somewhere else.
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Claude
Now that we've dealt with those violent bandits, we could potentially use this place as our base of operations again.
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Hilda
What could you possibly mean by that?
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Claude
I'm talking about the Leicester Alliance taking over Garreg Mach Monastery.
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Claude
After all, it's right in the middle of Fódlan. It's a critical strategic location.
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Lysithea
Are you suggesting that we fight back against the Empire?
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Lorenz
Aren't you getting a bit ahead of yourself? The Alliance is in complete discord at present.
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Claude
And, as leader of the Imperial faction of the Alliance, isn't Count Gloucester, your father, the main cause of that discord?
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Lorenz
I... Yes, that is true. It was inevitable. Our house's territory is close to Imperial land, after all.
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Lorenz
Had we not consented to vassalage under the Empire, they would have invaded immediately.
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Claude
Naturally. And to be clear, I have no problem with your house maintaining its Imperial ties until we're sufficiently prepared to revolt.
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Hilda
But with all of the in-fighting within the Alliance, fighting the Empire seems impossible...
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Claude
The Empire is the cause of the infighting. If we rid ourselves of them, the situation should resolve itself.
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Claude
That's why I'm thinking we should make this our base, raise up an army, and stir up some trouble for the Empire.
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Raphael
Now you're talking! Sounds like fun!
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Hilda
So then, Mr. Leader Man. Does this mean you intend to rope us into your little scheme?
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Leader Man?
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Claude
Hm? Ah. My grandfather passed away. That means yours truly is officially the leader of the Alliance.
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Lorenz
If we had a more reliable leader, perhaps the Alliance would not have been divided...
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Claude
Think what you will. All I need to know is if you're in or you're out.
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Claude
So what do you say? Will you help me?
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Leonie
I'm happy to lend a hand. I won't let those Imperial dogs set foot in Alliance territory!
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Leonie
I couldn't bear it if my village got caught up in the chaos of war.
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Raphael
I'll fight too! I've gotta protect my little sis!
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Lysithea
I will join as well. After all, House Ordelia was once dragged into an Imperial revolt. It ruined us.
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Lorenz
Ah, of course. I understand your motivation.
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Ignatz
I'll fight too... It's time to take responsibility for my own future!
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Marianne
I... I don't want to run anymore. I hope I'll be of use to everyone...
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Ignatz
We can do anything if we work together, Marianne!
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Hilda
What about you, Lorenz? Are you going to go back home to your scary father or what?
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Lorenz
We cannot rely on Claude's scheming to lead us to victory. Therefore, I will remain.
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Lorenz
It is my duty to ensure Claude does not worsen the situation in the Alliance.
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Claude
All of us are fighting for a different reason, but we share a common enemy.
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Claude
If we don't act, the Empire will crush us eventually. I say we stop them before they have the chance!
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Claude
So, Teach... Will you help as well?
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Claude
All the more reason to join us. Admit it. You're not going to be able to do much on your own.
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Claude
Please do. I'm counting on you.
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Claude
Even if your ultimate goal is to find Rhea, it would be better to stick with us as you search.
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Claude
With you on our side, the church will join us as well. That makes fighting the Empire a moral cause, which means it will be easier to rally support.
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Claude
Above all, your knowledge and strength are indispensable if we hope to stand a chance against the Imperial army.
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Claude
Without you, my schemes are nothing. Just words. Please... Take all of that into consideration as you decide.
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Hilda
You're really laying it all on the table, aren't you, Claude?
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Hilda
Well, all that aside, this place is a mess. We can't very well make our base in a ruin!
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Hilda
And repairing it sounds like a lot of work... I wonder if anyone would be willing to help us out with that?