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Byleth, Judith, Claude, Hilda, Lorenz, Alois enter the scene
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Judith
To think we'd get into a scrap here of all places.
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Judith
We're lucky we all made it out alive.
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Judith
Don't worry about it. In this day and age, it's a miracle I've been unscathed this long.
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Judith
Well, that's ancient history.
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Judith
Anyway, long time no see, Professor! Are you still watching this boy's back?
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Claude
Can you quit calling me a boy in front of everyone? I'm the leader of the Alliance now. It's not proper—
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Judith
Not proper, is it? Says the leader who has neglected Alliance territory for years.
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Judith
If you're really the "Master Tactician," you should go back to working quietly at whatever little desk you do your planning on.
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Claude
Ugh, don't call me that either. Who even came up with that nickname?
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Judith
It's a perfect title for a boy who loves crafty schemes as much as you do.
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Judith
You should be grateful to the professor. On your own, you'd look like a scoundrel of a leader.
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Hilda
Haha! Claude's usually so flippant, but even he gets overwhelmed when Judith is around!
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Lorenz
As expected from the leader of the prestigious House Daphnel. Her dignity is beyond compare, even if she is no longer one of the Five Great Lords.
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Lorenz
The five most influential lords of the Leicester Alliance. They hold the voting rights at the roundtable conferences.
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Lorenz
House Daphnel used to be included among their ranks, but division from within has hastened their decline.
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Lorenz
Their vote has since been passed to the emerging Margrave Edmund.
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Judith
Thanks for the exposition, Gloucester boy.
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Lorenz
Boy?! I will not—
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Judith
Now, to business. There were some unexpected interruptions, but I've brought soldiers and supplies, as promised.
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Claude
Thanks, Judith. I'll gladly take them off your hands...
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Judith
Hold your horses, boy. You're misunderstanding.
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Judith
These soldiers are precious to me. I made them what they are. I'm not about to loan them out to someone.
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Claude
No? Then why did you come here?!
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Judith
What I'm saying is that I'll be joining your army.
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Judith
You're going to fight the Empire with the Knights of Seiros, right? Fight for Lady Rhea? Not without me.
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Claude
That's admirable and all, but we still don't know for sure if Rhea is in the—
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Judith
Oh, she's there. A witness saw Lady Rhea being dragged off by the Imperial army after the battle five years ago.
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Alois
Are you sure your source is reliable?!
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Knight of Seiros
Are you sure?!
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Judith
One of my own saw it happen. I'm certain.
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Alois
It seems we chose wisely when we decided to fight against the Empire.
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Knight of Seiros
So we were right in our decision to fight against the Empire.
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Claude
But you're the leader of House Daphnel. Is it OK for you to leave your territory unattended?
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Judith
And what about you? Is it OK for you to leave the Riegan territory unattended?
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Claude
That's... I've left it in the hands of a reliable retainer and—
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Judith
And I've asked that retainer to watch over Daphnel territory as well.
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Claude
Wait, wait, wait... You just up and decided to get my retainer to do that without even asking me? No respect, this one...
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What retainer?
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Judith
Oh? You haven't met him yet, Professor? His name is Nardel.
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Judith
He strikes me as a really special individual. And he's quite handsome too!
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Claude
So that's your definition of handsome?
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Judith
No objections, then? Good. That settles it. House Daphnel is now yours to command.
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Claude
I'm sure you'd come along even if I refused. So be it. We'll be counting on you, Judith.