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Byleth, Claude enter the scene
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Claude
Everyone, listen up! I have a proposal.
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Claude
We are now building our forces in order to rise up against the Imperial army.
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Claude
But it wouldn't be smart for us to fight under the banner of the Alliance. That would only incite the lords who support the Empire.
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Claude
We've also combined forces with the Knights of Seiros. Therefore, I suggest that we operate under a new symbol.
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Claude
That's why I've prepared this...
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Claude
You may recognize it as the Crest of Flames, which resides in Teach. The phantom Crest that has reappeared after more than 1,000 years.
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Claude
We're attempting our own miracle, so it seems like a suitable symbol for us.
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Claude
So... Until we welcome the dawn of a new age in Fódlan...
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Claude
Let's fight to the very end, as one, under the symbol of the Crest of Flames!
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Claude, Hilda enter the scene
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Hilda
Impressive, Claude. Forget restoring the monastery. You've somehow roped everyone into fighting back against the Empire!
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Claude
If you'll recall, I never technically asked anyone to join us. If anything, we have Teach's achievements to thank.
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Claude
Now that you mention it, I guess I should express my gratitude.
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Claude leaves the scene
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Byleth enters the scene
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Claude enters the scene
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Claude
Hey, friend. So this is where you've been.
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Claude
Without you, the knights never would have joined our cause. I could never pay you back for that.
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Claude
Just leave it to me, Teach.
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Claude
When this fight is over, I plan to see all of my dreams come to fruition, and yours as well.
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What are your dreams, Claude?
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Claude
Well, for example...to bust open Fódlan's Throat.
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Claude
There's a massive fortress there, which is responsible for protecting the eastern border of the Alliance.
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Claude
I like to think of it as a lid on a bottle.
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Claude
The people of Fódlan only know a small part of the world. Their prejudices are born because they don't know what lies beyond their borders.
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Claude
And the opposite is true too. Those outside of Fódlan don't know about this place. Ignorance breeds discrimination.
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Claude
Whether you look inside the bottle or outside of it... If you really look, all you'll find are people who you can get along with, if you only try.
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Claude
That's why I wanna bust open that lid, which is keeping us locked inside. Or destroy the bottle entirely.
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Are you going to tell our allies about this?
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Claude
I'll find the right time to bring it up. Even if I talked about it now, it doesn't seem realistic, does it?
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Claude
First we need to defeat the Empire and restore peace to... Huh?
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Leonie enters the scene
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Leonie
Professor! Claude! We're under attack!
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Claude
I guess we'll have to cut our conversation short. What's going on, Leonie?
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Leonie
It's a small group, but some Imperial troops are headed this way. It looks like they were stationed nearby.
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Knight of Seiros enters the scene
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Knight of Seiros
Come quickly! We're under attack!
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Knight of Seiros
It's a small force, but the Imperial army is headed this way. They seem to have been stationed nearby.
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Claude
I've got to hand it to Edelgard. Nothing gets past that woman.
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Gain support points with Claude
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Claude
As long as we don't let our guard down, there's no way they can defeat us.
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Gain support points with Leonie
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Leonie
All right! I'll show you how much I've improved, Professor!
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Claude
This will be our first battle alongside the Knights of Seiros. Let's kick off our new partnership with a magnificent victory!