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Felix
Well, Dimitri? Are you finally going to tell us the damned truth?
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Dimitri
What are you talking about?
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Ashe
Didn't Lord Arundel say something about you and Edelgard being family?
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Ingrid
To claim that the king and the emperor are related... Could it be?
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Dimitri
Ah, I suppose I never told you, though I do recall mentioning it briefly to the professor...
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Dimitri
Lord Arundel spoke the truth. My stepmother was Edelgard's birth mother.
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Dimitri
Political turmoil drove my stepmother out of the Empire. Father fell in love with her at first sight and they married.
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Dimitri
I lost my birth mother before I was old enough to remember her. My stepmother filled that role for me.
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Dimitri
But she lost her life in Duscur nine years ago, along with Father.
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Felix
Hang on. I didn't even know she was your stepmother.
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Felix
Did my father know about this?
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Dimitri
Yes. All those who were close to my father knew, including Rodrigue.
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Dimitri
But to speak openly about it would have caused a scandal, and so she was our secret. No one in the general public knew about her.
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Dimitri
Naturally, the fact that Edelgard and I are stepsiblings was kept a secret as well.
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Mercedes
I'm finally beginning to understand what you went through five years ago.
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Mercedes
I mean, Edelgard is the only family you have left, isn't she?
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Mercedes
To find out someone so precious to you is actually your most hated enemy... How heartbreaking.
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Annette
But wait! You two were born and raised in two different territories, right? So you probably never met until you were both at the academy.
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Annette
I mean, don't get me wrong, I think the idea of fighting family is just about the worst thing ever.
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Annette
But hopefully the fact that she's a stepsister who you never really knew helps with the pain... I don't know, it was just a thought.
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Dimitri
I am afraid that's not the case. Though it was only for a short time, Edelgard once called Fhirdiad home.
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Dimitri
It was a long time ago, but she was a cherished friend of mine.
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Sylvain
Wait! I remember now! She was that girl, wasn't she? The one you gave a dagger to!
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Sylvain
Heh, so your little girlfriend was Edelgard.
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Dimitri
Sylvain. If you have any more foolish things to say, please hold them for later.
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Sylvain
I do have a few more up my sleeve, but they can wait. Go on, Your Highness. This is important for us to hear.
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Felix
She may be a hated enemy now, but the emperor is your old friend and your stepsister.
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Felix
Can you bring yourself to kill her?
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Dimitri
I will kill her...if I must.
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Dimitri
But if there is any chance that the world she seeks to create could be a just one...
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Dimitri
Then I... I would love to see a future in which I may reach out my hand for her and have her reach back.
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Dimitri
That said, I have no intention of letting my personal feelings cloud my judgment. Too much is at stake.
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Ashe
Your Highness... I think you should meet with the emperor and at least try to talk to her.
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Ashe
If there's any hope of ending this war without more bloodshed, we have to try. Besides, killing your own family... I'm sorry, but it's not right.
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Dimitri
I...I think so too. And you are right that we should at least try.
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Edelgard, Hubert enter the scene
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Edelgard
I see. So my uncle's defeat is beyond doubt?
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Hubert
Yes, Your Majesty. I have confirmed it via countless channels. I advise that we accept this as a drop of joy amid a pool of sorrow.
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Edelgard
Pretty words, but I'm afraid we can't rest until the joy outweighs the sorrow.
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Edelgard
And for that to happen, it now seems we must confront them all at once.
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Edelgard
Dimitri, who took back Fhirdiad... Claude, who managed to protect the Alliance...
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Edelgard
And that professor, who is successfully mobilizing the Knights of Seiros...
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Hubert
What will you do, Your Majesty?
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Edelgard
Pull back our forces. In the west, to Arianrhod. In the east, to—
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Hubert
Fort Merceus, I presume? There is no better place for such a confrontation, after all.
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Edelgard
Indeed. And dispatch the Death Knight to guard it. He can buy us some time.
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Edelgard
In the meantime, I will—
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Hubert
Forgive me, but I must speak bluntly. I do not agree with what you intend to do. Though slight, there is a chance that once done, it cannot be undone.
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Edelgard
Even I cannot always choose the direction my path leads me. There is no other way. And so, I must walk on.