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Byleth, Rhea, Claude enter the scene
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Rhea
I am happy to see you two...
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Claude
Sorry to interrupt your rest.
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Claude
But there are some things that we absolutely must ask you.
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Rhea
It seems I do not have much time left. I do not intend to hide anything any longer.
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Claude
Rhea... I have to ask. You're the Immaculate One, aren't you?
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Claude
If what I'm thinking is correct, that's what the children of the goddess is referring to. In other words, you—
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Rhea
I am the last child of the progenitor god.
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Rhea
A long time ago, the progenitor god came from somewhere far away and descended upon this continent.
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Rhea
She changed her form to resemble that of a human, and gave her own blood to birth her children.
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Rhea
The progenitor god and her children shared knowledge and skills with the people of the land. Together, they built a prosperous civilization.
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Rhea
But the humans turned their backs on the teachings of the progenitor god and engaged in senseless wars.
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Rhea
Eventually people began to think of themselves as gods and challenged the progenitor god herself to battle.
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Rhea
The land was scorched in the war that ensued and the majority of humans were annihilated.
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Rhea
I believe that those who slither in the dark are the descendants of those who retreated beneath the ground during that time.
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Claude
So they had been waiting all that time for their chance at revenge...
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Rhea
It took the progenitor god an astonishing amount of time to revive the ravaged world.
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Rhea
But eventually, the continent found peace again, and the progenitor god, having fulfilled her duty, fell into a long slumber in the Holy Tomb.
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Rhea
The children who stayed behind built a settlement in Zanado to protect the Holy Tomb as they quietly lived out their lives.
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Rhea
But then...Nemesis appeared, bringing tragedy along with him.
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Rhea
Even now I cannot forget the sight...of that massive canyon, painted red with blood...
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Rhea
I was never able to forgive those who proudly wielded weapons crafted from the corpses of my brethren.
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Rhea
I was the only survivor of Zanado, and all I could do was wander across Fódlan clinging to my desperate desire for revenge.
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Rhea
I called myself Seiros, fostered the founding of the Empire, and prepared to oppose Nemesis and his followers.
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Claude
Unbelievable...
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Rhea
I put Zanado behind me to gather the remaining children who were scattered across Fódlan...
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Rhea
Finally, we killed Nemesis on the Tailtean Plains, and I took back the Sword of the Creator.
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Claude
Let me get this straight... Saint Seiros...is you?! You're kidding me, right?
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Knight of Seiros enters the scene
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Knight of Seiros
Professor. Claude. There's something you need to hear right away...
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Rhea
If you have something to report, do so at once. There is no need to let my presence worry you.
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Knight of Seiros
As you wish... We're receiving a constant stream of express messengers from cities to the east.
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Knight of Seiros
They claim that an unidentified military force is attacking and that there have already been a large number of casualties.
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Claude
What?!
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Knight of Seiros
The reports indicate that the cities and towns along the East Gronder Thoroughfare in the old Hrym territory have already been destroyed.
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Knight of Seiros
Some villages were razed completely, leaving no survivors...
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Claude
Damn it! Did they come from Shambhala? Could it be that there were some remnants of that wicked group hiding there?
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Rhea
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Knight of Seiros enters the scene
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Hilda enters the scene
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Knight of Seiros
I have a report! The unidentified military force has crossed the Great Bridge of Myrddin!
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Knight of Seiros
Alliance forces met them in battle, but it seems they have already broken through!
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Claude
They've already made it so far. Is Count Gloucester unharmed?
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Hilda
The count is fine, but apparently my brother joined with reinforcements and was gravely injured...
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Claude
You mean to tell me they easily got past a general as skilled as Holst?
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Hilda
They say the enemy general has a weapon that resembles the Sword of the Creator. Even my brother was powerless to stop him...
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The Sword of the Creator?
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Claude
That's not possible...
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Knight of Seiros
The enemy forces are flying a banner bearing the Crest of Flames as they continue their march west along the Airmid River.
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Rhea
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Knight of Seiros
We believe they're marching toward Garreg Mach. We are preparing to meet them in battle.
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Rhea
A weapon that resembles the Sword of the Creator... and banner bearing the Crest of Flames...
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Rhea
There is only one explanation. The one leading the enemy force...is Nemesis himself.
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Claude
Nemesis? That Nemesis? Do you really think the ancient King of Liberation has been brought back to life?
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Rhea
Perhaps the seal was broken when Shambhala fell...
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Rhea
An incredible power that we children cannot hope to match dwells within the blood of the progenitor god.
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Rhea
Nemesis obtained that blood, so it would not surprise me if that were the case.
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Claude
The blood of the progenitor god... That's right, he did take the remains from the Holy Tomb, didn't he...
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Rhea
From the blood of the progenitor god, Sothis, he acquired the Crest of Flames. From her bones and heart, he crafted the Sword of the Creator.
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Claude
The Sword of the Creator is made from her bones and heart?
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Rhea
The heart of Sothis is the Crest Stone that was placed in the Sword of the Creator.
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Rhea
The same is true of the Crests of the 10 Elites and the other Crest Stones... They were born of the blood and hearts of the progenitor god's children.
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Rhea
Those who slither in the dark created them. Stole them. Sothis never gifted that power to the humans.
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Claude
The Crests of the 10 Elites, the Crest Stones, and the Heroes' Relics... I can't believe those who slither in the dark made them all.
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Claude
And after that, Nemesis used the Sword of the Creator to massacre all of the progenitor god's children in Zanado...
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Claude
In other words, the citizens of Zanado were killed by weapons made from the remains of their brethren... How atrocious.
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Claude
But I don't get it... The Sword of the Creator that Teach wields doesn't have a Crest Stone.
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Claude
So how is Teach able to wield its full power?
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Rhea
The Crest Stone of the progenitor god...dwells within your professor.
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Rhea
After I battled with Nemesis as Saint Seiros, I reclaimed the heart of Sothis.
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Rhea
I wanted to use that heart to...to resurrect her.
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Rhea
Even though I had to do some...questionable things to achieve that goal, I wished to see Sothis... my mother...once more.
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You placed her heart in me?
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Rhea
Yes. I believed that if I could resurrect my mother, I could regain all that had been lost...
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Claude
So...that's the truth of it.
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Rhea
I suspected that your body housed the consciousness of Sothis.
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Rhea
Those suspicions were correct. And yet, she merely gave you her power and vanished...
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Rhea
My dearest wish did not come true... But you did inherit the power of the progenitor god.
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Rhea
Now, you must use that power to defeat Nemesis once and for all.
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Rhea
Fódlan's blood-stained history...must end.