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Byleth enters the scene
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Gilbert enters the scene
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Gilbert
Ah, there you are. His Highness was looking for you.
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Where is he?
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Gilbert
He's gone ahead, and started interrogating the prisoner—Viscount Kleiman's man.
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Gilbert
He said he'd like for you and I to be present as well.
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Gilbert
Will you come with me?
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Byleth, Gilbert, Dimitri, Prisoner enter the scene
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Dimitri
I cannot overlook your reckless remarks. Are you really so keen to lose your head?
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Prisoner
I only did what I believed was right. I swear to the goddess that I'm not lying.
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Prisoner
Amidst the turmoil of the Tragedy, Lady Patricia was supposed to be the only one who was unharmed.
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Prisoner
We had been given orders ahead of time to not approach her carriage...
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Was Patricia an accomplice?
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Dimitri
Of course not. What would my stepmother have had to gain from such a—
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Gilbert
Perhaps Lady Patricia would have done anything to return to the Empire...to her husband and daughter.
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Dimitri
What exactly are you implying?
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Gilbert
For the past few months, I've been spying on lords who defected to the Empire in order to investigate rumors about Lady Patricia.
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Gilbert
Cornelia's words were true. The two of them... I am afraid they conspired together, after all.
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Dimitri
Enough of this nonsense. You say she wished to return home? That isn't nearly enough reason to cause such a tragedy.
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Gilbert
I do not intend to imply that the two of them were solely responsible for the whole affair.
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Gilbert
There were likely nobles who opposed the king, or potentially someone who wanted to throw the Kingdom into chaos.
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Gilbert
The Empire, and people like Solon and Kronya, had their motives, too.
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Dimitri
So, my stepmother joined with them to cause the tragedy... Is that what you believe?
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Gilbert
Ultimately, this is just conjecture based on the evidence at hand. I have no idea what their true intentions were.
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Dimitri
I see. We will hear what this man has to say. For now...
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Prisoner
My lord had long felt that King Lambert's radical ways were dangerous.
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Prisoner
At the time, he was approached with an offer to take part in the incident at Duscur...
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Prisoner
My lord loves his homeland. To me, he embodied justice. We were only doing what we thought was right.
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Dimitri
And so, in the name of justice, he caused massacre upon massacre out of love for his homeland.
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Dimitri
You murdered your own king, killed our soldiers, and involved innocent citizens. And yet you have the gall to speak of justice?
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Prisoner
I am only standing before you now because I could no longer bear the weight of my sins.
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Prisoner
Yes... I believe I do.
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Prisoner
No. I accept your hatred, and even the punishment of death, but I still believe it was a massacre in the name of justice.
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Dimitri
Gilbert. Lock this man in his cell.
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Gilbert
Are you not...going to kill him?
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Dimitri
I will make that decision once I have had time to consider this man's definition of justice.
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Gilbert
Yes, Your Highness.
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Byleth enters the scene
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Are you OK?
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Dimitri
No... I cannot say that I am.
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Dimitri
Tell me, Professor... How well do you remember your father, Jeralt?
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Dimitri
I figured as much. Even the memory of those who pass away is taken from those they left behind. Little by little. Year by year.
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Dimitri
Soon enough you will come to understand how painful it is to forget the faces of those who have passed on.
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Dimitri
To be honest, I cannot really remember my stepmother's...that woman's smile. Nor the sound of her voice.
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Dimitri
I always told myself that I would not allow my mind to forget. And yet...all I can recall with clarity is her gazing away, so forlorn.
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Dimitri
Did my stepmother wish to go home so badly that she would kill Father and me...kill her false family?
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Dimitri
Home...to her own blood. Her true family.
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Dimitri
I suppose it doesn't make any difference now. I am asking you questions you could not possibly know the answer to.
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Dimitri
I am finished with thoughts like that. I am finally able to go on living without clinging to hate.
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Dimitri
If I truly treasure those who have died, then I must earnestly atone for my sins.
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Dimitri
Father, Glenn, all of the soldiers who have fallen... The people of Duscur who still suffer persecution...
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Dimitri
The only atonement I can offer them now is to take responsibility for this broken Kingdom that has been entrusted to me.
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Dimitri
That is why I feel that I must meet with Edelgard and try to talk to her.
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Dimitri
Do you think it is a fool's errand? Honestly... I think so too.
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Dimitri
But I must swallow my feelings and grudges— our whole history, really—and ask her about this future that she sees.
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Dimitri
What she aims for once her domination is complete. What kind of justice she clings to as she fights.
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Dimitri
And why she felt it necessary to start this war...
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Dimitri
I believe that asking her these things is the true responsibility I have been tasked with as king.
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How will you accomplish that?
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Dimitri
We will march our troops to the Imperial capital.
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Dimitri
But before any battle begins, we will set up camp nearby and send a messenger.
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Dimitri
I will tell her that I need to speak with her in a safe place, without any weapons or troops.
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Dimitri
As to whether or not she will agree to my request... Well, that rests solely on Edelgard.
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I'm certain she'll agree.
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Dimitri
I would like to believe that as well.
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Dimitri
You know, Professor... When we fought in Fhirdiad, Cornelia mocked me and called me pitiful.
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Dimitri
But even if it is true that my stepmother never loved me, I am not to be pitied.
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Dimitri
After all, I have allies and dear friends who care for me. And now, I also have you by my side.