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Byleth, Claude, Judith, Lorenz enter the scene
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Claude
All of that went about as well as it could have. Each lord has agreed to provide us with soldiers and supplies.
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Judith
I'm impressed you were able to convince all of those scattered nobles to help us.
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Judith
I thought they would quarrel about how much support they should each provide. That's what they usually do.
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Claude
Well, Count Gloucester took the initiative in taking on responsibilities.
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Claude
I presume that was because you spoke with him in advance, Lorenz?
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Lorenz
I merely explained the situation at hand, then my father simply followed your lead, Claude.
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Lorenz
It was because you had the professor there to represent Lady Rhea. My father is a pious follower of the Church of Seiros.
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Claude
I don't doubt it. I wasn't under the delusion that it was my personal charm that unified everyone.
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Claude
And that was all thanks to Teach here acting as a stand-in for Rhea.
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Claude
Thanks for that, by the way. I hope you don't feel like I used you...because I sort of used you.
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Claude
I appreciate that. We don't have time to be picky about our methods.
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Claude
But be honest. You're having a hard time adjusting to your new role, aren't you?
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Claude
I understand. You're having a hard time adjusting to your new role, aren't you?
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Claude
You weren't even a follower of Seiros to begin with, and somehow you've ended up as a representative of the church.
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Claude
I realize that you might feel guilty about deceiving the believers for our cause...
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Claude
But this is just what the archbishop wanted, and she's the highest authority in the church.
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Claude
Besides, as wielder of the Sword of the Creator, it's undeniable that you're special.
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Claude
I think you should be more confident in yourself and use your position to the fullest.
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Shamir enters the scene
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Shamir
I have news. Our enemy is gathering troops at Fort Merceus.
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Shamir
Their army is immense. Likely led by a renowned general. Or perhaps even...
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Knight of Seiros enters the scene
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Knight of Seiros
I have a report from our spies. The enemy is currently gathering troops at Fort Merceus.
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Knight of Seiros
Based on the size of their army, they must be under the command of a renowned general. Or even...
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Claude
Well now, that would be interesting. If we can defeat the emperor, then the Empire will collapse.
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Claude
Perhaps. But she's more than that now. She's the actual emperor. If we can defeat her, the Empire will collapse.
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Judith
There's something else. An unidentified army has approached the Great Bridge of Myrddin.
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Judith
They passed through the Daphnel and Gloucester territories from the northwest with incredible speed.
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Judith
They're raising the banner of House Blaiddyd. Perhaps they are the remnants of the Faerghus royal family.
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Judith
From what we could tell, they posed no threat to the citizens of the Alliance, and so we refrained from engaging them in needless combat.
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Claude
Maybe they hope to fight against the Empire to avenge their fallen prince. And what about the bridge itself?
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Judith
Obviously we wouldn't let them pass without receiving envoys first. We thought they may try to force their way through.
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Judith
We considered firing warning arrows, but they left immediately, heading east.
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Claude
Are they intending to use one of the bridges in Ordelia territory?
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Judith
Most likely. But the Imperial army still controls those bridges.
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Judith
I can't imagine what they intend to do in the Empire, even if they do manage to break through...
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Claude
I'm reluctant to ease up on our surveillance, but it would be difficult to track them there...
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Claude
For now, let's assume they're just troops belonging to the old Kingdom. In any case, we should proceed with caution.
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Claude
Soon, we'll be entering Empire territory ourselves. If our enemies are going to intercept us with an attack...
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Claude
It will probably be at Gronder Field... How fitting that it was the site of the Battle of the Eagle and Lion five years ago.