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Byleth, Edelgard enter the scene
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Edelgard
Professor, what is your opinion of Claude? I can't help but wonder what sort of impression he made on you.
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Edelgard
That is inarguable. And his schemes are still going strong.
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Edelgard
With them, he's managed to keep the Leicester Alliance from the Empire's grasp.
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Edelgard
That much is obvious. He acts like a fool but still manages to make the impossible happen. That's as true now as ever.
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Edelgard
He's managed to protect the Leicester Alliance with his cunning alone.
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Edelgard
Interesting... I've never thought of him like that. However, I know you have a keen eye for potential.
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Edelgard
After all, as leader of the Leicester Alliance, he has managed to protect his entire territory all this time.
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How has he done that?
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Edelgard
Since the beginning, territories within the Alliance have been split between those who support the Empire and those who oppose it.
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Edelgard
Claude has been acting as an intermediary between the two, essentially keeping the Alliance pacified.
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Edelgard
As both sides are of equal strength, he's created a situation in which they've all agreed to avoid fighting each other and causing undue bloodshed.
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Edelgard
By carrying on as though the Alliance is united, he's minimized the Empire's influence there.
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Hubert
Heh. It's quite impressive how well his bold scheme has worked out.
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Hubert
However, he is walking on thin ice. One wrong move and the Alliance will shatter.
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Hubert
Speaking of Claude... Your Majesty, we should not delay in our invasion of the Alliance.
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Hubert
It would seem that Claude has some fresh scheme up his sleeve, to no one's surprise.
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Edelgard
Is that so?
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Hubert
Yes. The people of Derdriu have suddenly found it difficult to leave or enter the city.
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Hubert
We can safely assume he is preparing for battle, but I am certain his plans extend beyond that as well.
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Hubert
Do you not think we should take Derdriu at once?
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Edelgard
Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital... A city floating on the ocean certainly poses a challenge.
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Edelgard
Since it's deep within Riegan territory, we haven't had the opportunity to attack it directly.
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Edelgard
However, now that we have control of the Great Bridge of Myrddin, our situation has changed drastically.
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Edelgard
They can no longer expand their supply line into the Empire, and so we can finally attack Riegan territory.
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Hubert
House Riegan is not only Claude's house, but also the flagship of those who oppose the Empire within the Alliance.
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Hubert
If House Riegan falls, the other Alliance lords will be tripping over themselves to join us.
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Hubert
That is why we cannot fail to take Derdriu.
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Hubert
Confidence is one thing, Professor, but see to it that you do not underestimate Claude.
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Hubert
Fair enough. Claude will certainly be a difficult opponent.
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Hubert
The leader of the Alliance has had many things said about him...
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Hubert
They say he is unbeatable in a battle of intellect. I hear they call him the Master Tactician.