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Byleth, Dimitri enter the scene
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Dimitri
Professor. Do you think Edelgard will show up?
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Edelgard
Well, well. It's been a long time, Professor. And hello to you, too, Dimitri.
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Edelgard
Sorry to disappoint you, Professor.
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Edelgard, Hubert enter the scene
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Dimitri
Edelgard. I did not think you would actually accept my request.
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Edelgard
Call it a whim. Well then? What did you want to talk about?
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Dimitri
I will get straight to the point. Why did you start this war?
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Dimitri
There had to be a way to change things in your territory without the need for so many senseless casualties.
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Edelgard
It may be hard to believe, but this is the way that leads to the fewest casualties in the end. Don't you see?
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Dimitri
How could I? Countless people have already lost their lives in this conflict.
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Edelgard
The longer we took to revolt, the more victims this crooked world would have claimed.
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Edelgard
I weighed the victims of war against the victims of the world as it is now, and I chose the former.
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Edelgard
I believe that I have chosen the best path, the only path.
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Dimitri
Even after seeing the faces of those who have suffered the ravages of war, you would still force them to throw their lives away for the future?
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Dimitri
You are obsessively devoted to this war and deaf to the screams of its victims.
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Dimitri
You cannot change the cycle of the strong dominating the weak with a method like that.
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Edelgard
You're wrong. That very cycle is exactly what I have devoted my life and my power to destroying.
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Edelgard
If after all of this you believe the weak will still be weak, that is only because they are too used to relying on others instead of on themselves.
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Dimitri
Yes. Perhaps someone as strong as you are can claim something like that.
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Dimitri
But you cannot force that belief onto others. People aren't as strong as you think they are.
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Dimitri
There are those who cannot live without their faith... and those who cannot go on once they have lost their reason for living.
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Dimitri
Your path will not be able to save them. It is the path of the strong, and so, it could only benefit the strong.
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Edelgard
Heh, so you consider me strong, do you?
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Edelgard
Even if one clings to their faith, the goddess will never answer them. Countless souls will be lost that way. Living without purpose.
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Edelgard
And I can be counted among those who have died that way as well.
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Edelgard
But that's why I must change this world, on behalf of the silent and weak!
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Dimitri
And do you intend to become a goddess yourself? Will you steal the power to take action from the broken-hearted masses you claim to defend?
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Dimitri
The ones who can truly change the way of the world are not the rulers, but the people.
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Dimitri
Pushing your own sense of justice and your own ideals onto even one other person is nothing more than self-righteousness.
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Edelgard
Maybe it is self-righteousness, but it doesn't matter. Someone has to take action and put a stop to this world's endless, blood-stained history!
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Dimitri
Do you not believe in the power of the people to join together and rise up?
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Dimitri
Humans are weak creatures. But they are also creatures who help each other, support each other, and together, find the right path.
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Dimitri
I have learned that humans are capable of all that from the professor...and from everyone in my life.
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Edelgard
I doubt a highborn person like yourself could know how the poor feel or what motivates them.
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Edelgard
This is nonsense. Though, I'm finally starting to understand how you feel.
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Edelgard
But that makes it even clearer to me that we can never fully understand each other.
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Dimitri
I feel the same. I finally understand...what you believe is right.
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Edelgard
Good-bye, Dimitri.
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Dimitri
Wait, Edelgard. There is something I must give you.
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Dimitri
This is for you. Use it to cut a path to the future you wish for. And I will rise up to meet you there...El.
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Edelgard enters the scene
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Dimitri enters the scene
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Dimitri
El! So it's true... You're really going away? Going back home?
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Edelgard
There's nothing I can do about it. It's all happening so fast... I'm as surprised as you are.
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Dimitri
El...
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Dimitri
Um... Here. I want you to have this.
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Dimitri
El, listen to me. No matter how hard things get, you can't give in, OK? You've got to cut a path to the future you wish for, no matter what.
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Edelgard
It's...a dagger? Why would you give me something like this?
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Dimitri
Oh, um... I'm sorry. I couldn't think of anything better to give you.
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Lord Arundel
Edelgard! What are you doing? It's time to go. Hurry and get in the carriage.
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Edelgard
Oh! I... I'm sorry, Uncle!
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Edelgard
I have to go now...
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Edelgard leaves the scene
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Byleth, Dimitri, Edelgard, Hubert enter the scene
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Edelgard
I...I remember now. You gave me a dagger, all those years ago.
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Dimitri
Heh, I'm still sorry about that. I should have given you something that would've made you happier.
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Edelgard
Perhaps. At the time, I was quite flustered by such a dangerous gift.
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Edelgard
I left without giving you a proper response...and that was the last time we saw each other.
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Dimitri
True. It is a sweet memory with a bitter ending.
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Edelgard
I'm afraid it will do no good to reminisce, Dimitri. That girl you knew back then is gone. As good as dead.
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Edelgard
But...I'll tell you now what I wasn't able to tell you back then.
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Edelgard
Thank you. My dear, forgotten friend...because of you, I never lost my heart.
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Edelgard
As for the future...that will be decided in battle.
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Edelgard
King of Faerghus. As the emperor, I shall await your arrival in Enbarr.
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Edelgard, Hubert leave the scene