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Dimitri
We have received a request for aid from the Alliance. They are being invaded by the Empire.
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Dimitri
We have only just taken back Fhirdiad, and yet I am already asking all of you to move out once more. Please accept my apologies for that.
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Ingrid
That's no problem at all. More importantly, how is the Alliance faring?
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Dimitri
House Riegan has rallied the Alliance lords. They are facing the enemy with all the strength they can muster.
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Dimitri
But we do not know how far that will get them. It seems the enemy's relentless attacks have forced them into a tough situation.
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Dimitri
Their defeat at Gronder severely weakened the Alliance. I imagine the Empire now intends to destroy them before they can recover.
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Gilbert
To think they'd watch us chase their soldiers out of the Kingdom capital, then immediately go invade the Alliance...
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Gilbert
Their general is Lord Volkhard von Arundel. He serves as regent to the emperor.
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Gilbert
He has presumably taken command after the emperor was wounded in Gronder.
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Dimitri
He is known for his shrewdness and excels not only in domestic affairs, but tactics as well. He is not an opponent we should take lightly.
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Dimitri
Lord Arundel...
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Are you concerned?
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Dimitri
I always suspected that Lord Arundel was behind the tragedy nine years ago.
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Dimitri
The timing of his departure from the Kingdom, the fact that he abruptly stopped making donations... Too many factors made him suspect.
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Dimitri
If Lord Arundel conspired with Cornelia...then what Kronya and the others said five years ago...
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Gilbert
Hmm...
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Dimitri
Well, never mind that for now. The Alliance needs our help. What are your thoughts?
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Gilbert
If we turn our back on the Alliance and then Derdriu falls, it will undoubtedly make our situation difficult further down the road.
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Gilbert
We would have enemies in two directions... in the Alliance to the northeast and in the Empire to the south.
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Dimitri
That is true. In that scenario, we would not be able to safely march our soldiers to Enbarr.
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Flayn
I am terribly worried about Lady Rhea...but I believe we must save the Alliance first.
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Annette
Oh! Maybe if we do this, the Alliance will help us out in return!
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Annette
We could ask them to help us attack the Empire. You know, a sneak attack or something!
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Mercedes
Annie! When did you become so devious?
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Gilbert
Heh. What would your mother think.
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Annette
What? It wasn't that devious!
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Gilbert
What do you think, Professor?
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Dimitri
I will admit that there is something to be gained for us as well, for when we eventually march south...
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Dimitri
But far more importantly...they need us. We cannot turn our backs on them.
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Dimitri
We will arrange to head out at once. Prepare yourselves, everyone.