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Judith
Our objective is Enbarr, the Imperial Capital. But our greatest obstacle lies before that.
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Ignatz
And what's that?
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Judith
Fort Merceus. If we can't pass through, we won't be able to reach Enbarr.
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Leonie
Fort Merceus... The Impregnable Fortress, or so it's called.
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Ignatz
If I recall correctly, it's sometimes referred to as the Stubborn Old General.
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Lysithea
It is a massive fortress that was constructed to protect the Imperial capital.
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Hilda
Fort Merceus... That's the one that's called The Impregnable Fortress! Yikes...
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Shamir
The Imperial army we defeated has withdrawn to Enbarr.
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Shamir
Fort Merceus should be short on soldiers for now.
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Knight of Seiros
The Imperial troops we defeated passed through Fort Merceus and retreated to Enbarr.
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Knight of Seiros
Right now, Fort Merceus should only have its usual defensive forces to contend with.
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Judith
Yes, it would be good to finish up here before more enemy reinforcements arrive.
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Judith
It would be best to take it before enemy reinforcements arrive. Still, there's a reason it's been called impregnable.
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Judith
The only real question is what our fearless leader intends to do...
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Claude enters the scene
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Claude
Sorry for the delay, everyone. Those mewling lords kept me from leaving for quite some time.
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Judith
So? Were you able to secure additional reinforcements?
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Claude
It's gonna have to wait until next month. It doesn't look like they can afford to keep supporting us at present.
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Judith
Then what should we do about Fort Merceus? Do you plan on waiting around?
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Claude
No. If we wait until next month, the enemy will have bolstered their defenses.
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Claude
That said, the prevailing theory is that you need triple your enemies' forces to take a fortress with a frontal assault.
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Leonie
Right, that's what we were taught at the academy. And this is Fort Merceus we're talking about. It's renowned for its strong defenses.
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Claude
Our current army isn't nearly strong enough. Hmm... What to do...
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Judith
Whatever you do, just don't ask us to scale those huge walls. We'd end up dead when they hurl rocks down at us.
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Hilda
Yeah, no thanks! If only someone would open up the gates for us from the inside.
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Claude
Unfortunately we don't have any spies in there. Wait a minute...
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Claude
I've got it! We sneak in, stir up confusion, and open the gates ourselves to let our allies in.
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Hilda
Right! That's what I was saying all along!
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Ignatz
Right. Nice one, Hilda. But how do you propose we go about sneaking in?
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Judith
How do you imagine we'll be able to sneak in? Those fortress gates are locked tight.
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Hilda
Disguises? If we dress up like Imperial soldiers, maybe they'll think we're allies and let us in!
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Leonie
Do you really think they'd just open the gates for us? I'd be pretty dumbfounded if that worked.
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Judith
Doesn't this all sound a little...suspicious?
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Claude
No, no—she's on to something. It's a good idea, Hilda. We just need to refine it a bit, and we'll be in there before we know it.
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Hilda
Really? Go me!
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Lorenz
What is your definition of refining the idea? I know your go-to strategy is nausea-inducing poison, but...
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Raphael
Urgh! I maybe ate too much. My stomach hurts...
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Lorenz
Raphael... Why are you eating meat during a war council?!
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Judith
So, fearless leader, I'm guessing you're going to keep the crucial parts of your scheme under wraps until the time comes, aren't you?
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Claude
You know me so well, Judith. Whether we like it or not, this war puts a damper on all of our spirits.
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Claude
What's wrong with trying to have a little fun every now and again? Just leave the details to me.