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Byleth enters the scene
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Dimitri
It may be spring, but the nights are quite chilly here in Fhirdiad...
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Dimitri enters the scene
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Dimitri
Still, our celebratory feast shows no sign of stopping. Have you grown weary of the festivities?
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Dimitri
If memory serves, you were much the same at the ball, all those years ago.
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Dimitri
It's not that I have grown weary...more that I find it difficult to be around everyone at the moment.
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Dimitri
I have just returned from visiting the graves of my loved ones. It had been a long while since I left flowers.
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Dimitri
I was always terribly afraid of going near there...
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Dimitri
But I could not stay away forever.
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Dimitri
You have taught me something important, Professor.
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Dimitri
That too, of course. But what I'm referring to is far more valuable.
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Dimitri
That too, of course. But what I'm referring to is far more valuable.
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Dimitri
You never let up, do you? No, what I am referring to is far more valuable.
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Dimitri
How should I put this... Perhaps it is most accurate to say that...you taught me how to live.
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Dimitri
If you and I had not reunited on that fateful day, I am certain I would have died a fruitless death on the battlefield.
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Dimitri
I would have foolishly challenged a horde of foes and, in doing so, needlessly sacrificed the lives of my friends and myself.
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Dimitri
But now, I have returned to my rightful place.
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Dimitri
I struggle with what to say, when I know well that words are not enough to express my gratitude.
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Dimitri
You saved me from the darkness...and guided me back to the light.
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Dimitri
Thank you, Professor. With all that I am, I thank you.
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Dimitri
That...is a hard question to answer. I still do not believe I deserve happiness.
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Dimitri
These hands of mine have taken so many lives... Nobles and commoners. Adults and children.
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Dimitri
Perhaps a day will come when I have finally atoned for my sins...but such a day is not possible until after the war is over.
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Dimitri
Revenge was never something I wished for... It was an obligation I felt I had inherited from those who died.
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Dimitri
I believed my life belonged to those who lost their own in Duscur.
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Dimitri
But what I now seek is something else entirely... I can say that with confidence.
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Dimitri
But I digress... For tonight, our only focus should be to bask in our victory.
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Dimitri
After that, we must prepare for our battle with the Empire.
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Dimitri
To start, we must absorb the Kingdom knights taken by the Dukedom into our own forces and reshuffle our troops...
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Dimitri
The lords will need to help purge our territory of Imperial forces, and I will use my authority as king to gather forces from various regions...
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Dimitri
And we'll have to ask the merchants to lend us the funds we require... Oh, and we must request delivery of supplies at once...
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Dimitri
Heh... Just thinking about it all makes my head spin.
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Dimitri
I cannot handle all of this work by myself, you know. I will be counting on you, Professor.
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Dimitri
There is much to do, but it is all critical work if we hope to stand a chance against the Empire.
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Dimitri
Knowing Edelgard, I doubt there is a path that leads to our coexistence.
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Dimitri
Yes... I am well aware.
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Dimitri
I believe we have spoken of this before... Everyone has something they simply cannot accept.
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Dimitri
As for Edelgard, I am certain she will never be able to accept the Church of Seiros.
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Dimitri
I believe that is why she seeks to destroy it. She is looking to revolutionize the world. In her mind, for the better.
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Dimitri
But even if she manages to birth a new world... it would be at the cost of...
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Dimitri
I wish to end this war through acceptance, not annihilation.
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Dimitri
Just as my people accepted me, I wish dearly to accept her. But I fear—
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Kingdom Soldier
Your Highness! I finally found you!
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Dimitri
Ah, I am sorry for slipping away. Has something happened?
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Kingdom Soldier
An express messenger just arrived from the leader of the Alliance. Please return to the castle at once!
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Dimitri
An express messenger? What in the world could Claude be after?
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Dimitri
I am on my way. Professor, please join me.