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Byleth, Lorenz, Hilda, Claude, Cyril, Judith enter the scene
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Lorenz
Claude. It is time for you to explain. Why are you so close with an Almyran general?
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Hilda
Hey Claude... Can you explain something? How is it that you know that guy from Almyra?
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Claude
Well, he did quite a bit for me when I was younger.
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Lorenz
When you were younger... So, before you joined House Riegan. How and where did you meet him?
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Lorenz
There aren't many opportunities to meet a general from Almyra in Fódlan...
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Hilda
OK, but...there aren't many opportunities to meet someone from Almyra...
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Claude
If that's what you believe, it's only because that's what you've been led to believe.
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Claude
After all, we have Cyril here among our allies, and he was born in Almyra.
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Cyril
Hey, now. Don't drag me into this.
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Claude
There's a big, wide world outside of Fódlan, and it's overflowing with different places and cultures.
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Claude
You think interacting with outsiders is odd, but isn't avoiding contact with the outside world far more unnatural?
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Lorenz
Don't change the subject, Claude. To the people of the Alliance, the Almyrans are—
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Claude
It's true that there's a history of hostility, but why should that mean we're doomed to remain hostile forever?
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Claude
The Almyrans aren't monsters. Just look at Cyril! Does he look like a monster to you?
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Cyril
Hey, what's that supposed to mean?
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Claude
The Almyrans aren't monsters. You saw it for yourself, didn't you? If you just give them a chance, you'll see that they're people.
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Claude
Right, Teach? What did you think when you met Nader?
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Claude
Ha! I'll tell him you said that. And I'm sure that if all of you got to know him, all of your preconceived notions would change too.
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Claude
I know you guys, and you aren't the type of people to reject someone without trying to get to know them.
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Hilda
But...how did those Almyrans even get past Fódlan's Throat?
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Hilda
I doubt my brother would just let them pass without saying anything...
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Claude
About that... I actually made sure your brother met Nader in advance.
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Lorenz
What?! Lord Holst met with an Almyran general?
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Hilda
Oh, so that's why you were so interested in my brother.
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Hilda
But wait, they're supposed to be bitter enemies! They've fought each other several times before!
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Claude
I know. It was a big gamble.
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Claude
But rather than having me try to convince them myself, I knew it would be easier to just have them meet.
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Claude
They were taken aback at first, but sure enough, they hit it off. They were even drinking to their newfound brotherhood before parting.
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Judith
It makes sense. If you take the greatest heroes away from the battlefield, of course they'll get along.
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Hilda
Fighting one minute and drinking together the next... Men are so weird!
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Claude
Ultimately, someone's bloodline has nothing to do with the friendships they forge.
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Claude
Relations between the Alliance and Almyra is a matter we'll tackle in the future.
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Claude
Still, I want to take this opportunity to make one thing clear to all of you.
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Claude
After we defeat the Empire, I intend to tear down the walls that separate Fódlan from the outside world.
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Claude
I want to let people and goods come and go freely, and in doing so, eradicate prejudices about the outside world.
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Cyril
Huh?!
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Lorenz
Would it even be possible to achieve such a thing? It directly contradicts the Seiros tenets.
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Claude
Does it? I'm not so sure.
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Claude
In any case, I'm prepared for the inevitable protests and criticism. New ways of doing things are always met with resistance.
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Claude
During our time at the Officers Academy, all of you overcame the barriers of birthplace, status, and ideology.
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Claude
Having gone through so much with all of you, I have no doubt that, in time, you'll understand.
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Hilda
I guess there were a lot of different people there. People we wouldn't have met through the normal course of our lives.
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Claude
Duscur once opposed the Kingdom, but there was someone from Duscur there. Brigid once invaded the Empire, but the Brigid princess was there.
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Claude
We ate at the same table as those people. Sure, sometimes we didn't get along. But other times, we helped each other out.
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Claude
Can we really draw a definitive line in the sand and say one group of people is all good, and another all bad?
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Claude
If I can realize my dream, Fódlan will be reborn. The old age will end and we'll welcome a new dawn.
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Lorenz
But, if—
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Judith
Save your objections for another day, Gloucester boy.
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Lorenz
Ugh...
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Judith
I think everyone understands what you're saying. It just may take some time to accept it.
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Judith
That said, there are more pressing matters to discuss. Our next step is to invade the Imperial capital, right?
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Claude
That's right. I'm sure Edelgard is eagerly awaiting our arrival in Enbarr.
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Claude
Reinforcements from the Alliance lords should arrive soon. Let's make sure we're ready to greet them.