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Judith enters the scene
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Ignatz enters the scene
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Ignatz
I delivered our letter to Fort Merceus. I don't think they suspected anything.
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Claude
I knew I was right to entrust that task to you. You've got that honest kind of face that makes it easy to fool people.
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Ignatz
Is that meant to be a compliment?
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Judith enters the scene
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Judith
I sent our letter to Fort Merceus, with the proper Imperial formatting and everything.
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Claude
Well done.
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Lysithea
What did you write in the letter?
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Hilda
What letter? What did you write?
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Claude
I informed them that reinforcements were on the way. It would have been suspicious for troops to show up unannounced.
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Hilda
So, the plan is...
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Claude
We'll disguise ourselves as reinforcements from the Imperial capital and sneak in to Fort Merceus.
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Hilda
Oh! You used my disguise plan after all!
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Claude
We've also procured Imperial army uniforms.
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Hilda
Ooh, good work. I knew this was the only way!
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Claude
However... That alone wouldn't be enough.
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Hilda
You did say the plan needed a little more refinement. Are you going to dress up like Edelgard, Claude?
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Claude
I'm not sure that would accomplish much.
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Claude
In the letter, I included the name of the Imperial general leading the reinforcements.
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Claude
While we're heading to the fort, a separate army is going to attack us.
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Marianne
We're going to be attacked?!
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Claude
That's all just for show, though. It'll be our allies who are attacking us.
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Hilda
Oh, I get it! We're going to make it look like the Alliance is attacking Imperial reinforcements!
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Claude
Right. When the troops in the fortress panic and open up the gates... We're in.
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Judith
I'd love nothing more than for this plan to work, but I've got some bad news for you.
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Judith
Apparently the notorious Death Knight has been placed in charge of defending Fort Merceus.
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Marianne
The one who kidnapped Flayn...
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Flayn
The Death Knight... I did not wish to ever think of him again.
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Judith
He got some acclaim in the battle to subjugate western Faerghus. They say he holds the most military prowess in the Empire.
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Claude
Even so, we've got Teach here to command us. All will be well. You have to trust us.
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Judith
So your big plan is to just trust your professor? Really, boy?
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Leonie
Under the professor's guidance, I'm sure we'll manage somehow. We're counting on the tactics you learned from Captain Jeralt!
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Claude
Prepare yourselves, everyone. It's time.
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Ignatz, Lysithea, Hilda, Marianne, Flayn, Leonie leave the scene
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Judith leaves the scene
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Claude
Teach... This is for your ears only, but there's actually one more part to my plan.
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Claude
I had hoped it wouldn't come to this, but I have no choice.
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No choice?
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Claude
Absolutely. We can't afford to hold anything back.
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Claude
Thanks to Edelgard's strength, the Imperial army is more unified than I would have expected.
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Claude
It was a painful realization, but after our battle at Gronder Field, it's clear that we can't win if we don't pull out all the stops.
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Claude
I also realized something else during that battle. There really is something special about you, Teach.
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Claude
The reason we were all able to keep our cool in the midst of the chaos was because we all trust in you. In your command and in your strength.
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Claude
Everyone here believes that we will win as long as we have you on our side. Our faith in you is borderline religious.
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Claude
You and I... We have what it takes to free Fódlan from the Empire's rule.
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Claude
I know in my heart that we'll make it through to witness the world after all the fighting has ceased.
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Death Knight
That man approaches...
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Death Knight
That woman approaches...
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Caspar
Who are you talking about? You don't mean that professor, do you?! Doesn't matter. No one could take this fortress.
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Linhardt
Ugh, sounds like a bother... I'll be taking a nap about now.
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Death Knight
Will death's scythe claim you... Or will I fall to that sword of yours...