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Byleth, Claude, Judith, Lorenz, Hilda, Lysithea enter the scene
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Claude
With Judith joining our forces, we've secured some more troops and supplies...albeit not many.
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Judith
Hmph. I'm sorry it couldn't be more.
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Claude
No, it's enough for the time being. We'll use them to secure even more troops and supplies.
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Claude
The key to my plan is Count Gloucester, the leader of the pro-Empire faction in the Alliance.
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Lorenz
You intend to sway my father to join the other side?
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Claude
If Count Gloucester were to switch to the other side, that would basically unify the Alliance.
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Claude
Then we could utilize our full military force in the fight against the Empire.
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Lorenz
You don't mean to ask me to persuade him, do you? That would be...quite impossible.
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Hilda
In other words, Claude will have to persuade him?
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Claude
I don't plan on it. We'll just take his concerns out of the equation.
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Claude
The Airmid River flows along the border between Gloucester territory and the Empire, right?
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Claude
Of all the bridges that cross it, the Great Bridge of Myrddin is the only one near Gloucester territory large enough for an army.
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Claude
Currently, the Imperial army occupies it.
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Lysithea
So, if we were to capture the bridge...
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Hilda
Ah! So if we just take the bridge...
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Claude
Count Gloucester would be freed from the threat of the Empire. Thanks to us.
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Lysithea
But we have to pass through Gloucester territory to reach the Great Bridge of Myrddin, do we not?
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Hilda
But wait, don't we have to pass through Gloucester territory to get to the Great Bridge of Myrddin?
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Claude
Yes. And if we attempted it, naturally he would try to stop us.
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Lorenz
I am sorry, but I must ask. Surely you do not plan to engage in combat with my father?
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Claude
Don't worry. I want him as a future ally. What good would it do to waste both of our forces fighting?
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Claude
Who do you think you're talking to, Teach? Preparations are in the works even now.
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Claude
We can't be stealthy with so many people. But I have a scheme. Preparations are already in the works.
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Judith
So the Master Tactician is finally going to show us his true power. I'm looking forward to it!
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Claude
I'll do my best to live up to that name by making my scheme as impressive as possible.