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Hubert, Edelgard enter the scene
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Hubert
That was incredible, Lady Edelgard.
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Edelgard
Thank you.
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Edelgard
Honestly, I'm relieved. They really chose to follow me...
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Edelgard
I was resolved to move forward alone if I had to, but in my heart I hoped it wouldn't come to that.
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Hubert
So long as I am here, you will never be alone. Please do not forget that.
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Hubert
And...it would seem that the professor also has a key role to play in this.
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Edelgard
You're right. Now, I must speak with our dear teacher.
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Edelgard
Please, make preparations. The messenger should be here shortly.
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Hubert
Consider it done.
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Byleth enters the scene
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Edelgard enters the scene
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Edelgard
Professor, may I speak with you?
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Of course.
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Edelgard
I appreciate it.
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What's wrong?
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Edelgard
I'm just...anxious. It feels like the weight of this burden is crushing me.
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Edelgard
At this very moment, on my orders, I'm starting a war.
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Edelgard
An army far larger than the one that attacked the Holy Tomb last month will soon be locked in battle.
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Edelgard
Long-devised strategies are unfolding across Fódlan. Leaders are deciding their loyalties and preparing to fight...
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Edelgard
So many generals and soldiers will die. It's inevitable that civilians will get caught up in the chaos as well.
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Edelgard
There will be countless casualties. With a single command, the flames of war will rage across all corners of this realm.
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Edelgard
And I am the one who is giving the order.
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Edelgard
Yes, it is. There is no turning back.
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Edelgard
No. There is no turning back now.
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Edelgard
No matter how much blood flows at my feet, I will not relent. We must break the bonds that the depraved church has placed on Fódlan.
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Edelgard
These sacrifices will allow us to create a future where we never need sacrifice again. It may seem contradictory, but it's the only way.
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Edelgard
Heh. Listen to me. I made up my mind long ago. Yet here I am, seeking your approval.
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Edelgard
Tell me the truth, my teacher. Are you happy with your decision to stay by my side?
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Edelgard
Unlike me, you can still walk away from all of this.
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Edelgard
This path leads to the death of the archbishop and the servants of the church. Can you live with that?
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I chose this path too.
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Edelgard
I never thought...
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Edelgard
I'm sorry. It was a foolish question.
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Edelgard
I believe in you, Professor. And you believed in me.
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Edelgard
With that knowledge, I have the strength to keep fighting.
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Edelgard
Let's go... There's something I need to say to Hubert.
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Byleth, Edelgard, Hubert enter the scene
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Hubert
Your Majesty, the latest report indicates that our main army is advancing as planned.
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Hubert
Also, the preparations for your manifesto are almost complete.
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Manifesto?
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Edelgard
We will be distributing our manifesto to every lord within Fódlan.
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Edelgard
We will expose the dark side of the Church of Seiros and the foul practices of the nobles from the Kingdom and the Alliance.
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Edelgard
We will force the people of Fódlan to open their eyes to the truth and relinquish any remaining conviction to unite against the Empire.
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Edelgard
Certain nobles have already offered us their support.
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Hubert
Yes, there are other nobles who oppose the church. We will condemn those who deserve condemnation and forgive those who deserve forgiveness.
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Hubert
We have already purged some of the Imperial nobles who are morally rotten.
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Hubert
My father among them. How unfortunate.
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Edelgard
And soon we will invade and conquer Garreg Mach.
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Edelgard
Our main army has already departed the Imperial capital. They will arrive at the monastery in two weeks' time.
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Edelgard
There, we will join forces with them.
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Edelgard
As for us, I'd like your opinion on how we should be positioned within the army.
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Hubert
Your Majesty intends to fight alongside the professor, correct?
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Hubert
In that case, you will not be incorporated into the Empire's main army.
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Hubert
Your squad can move freely about the battlefield under supervision of the Imperial forces... That would be most prudent.
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Edelgard
Now that I'm the emperor, we can't let it slip that I'm following your command in battle, Professor.
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Hubert
I fully object to the notion of you fighting on the front lines.
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Edelgard
Hubert. We've already discussed this.
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Hubert
My apologies... I overstepped.
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Edelgard
Now that the details are settled, all that's left is to come up with a name for ourselves.
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Edelgard
In honor of our time at the academy, how about we call ourselves the Black Eagle Strike Force?
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Edelgard
I'm so happy you feel that way. I must confess that I spent all night thinking about it.
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Edelgard
With you as our leader, I'm confident we will. To me, that name represents us soaring toward a new dawn, as freely as an eagle.
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Edelgard
It seems we have differing tastes. I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree.
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Edelgard
I'll leave it to you to prepare the Black Eagle Strike Force for departure.