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Byleth, Edelgard, Lord Arundel enter the scene
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Edelgard
What turn of events has brought you so suddenly to Garreg Mach, Uncle?
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Lord Arundel
Well, my business in the old Alliance territory had roughly finished.
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Lord Arundel
I wanted to see the face of my niece, who so bravely took Arianrhod.
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Lord Arundel
I have heard that it was done with truly magnificent tact. And that you even deceived some of your allies...
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Edelgard
I'm happy to have earned your praise. However, to say that I deceived my allies is a bit misleading.
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Edelgard
I despise leaks of information, and there may have been a church rat hiding amongst our ranks.
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Lord Arundel
Ah, I see. However, there are some unfortunate consequences.
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Lord Arundel
Cornelia surely planned to betray them, but... she has been struck down.
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Lord Arundel
Truly wasteful meddling. Unless... Was it your intention to kill her?
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Edelgard
Professor, don't joke about that. The only ones we came to kill were our enemies.
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Edelgard
Indeed. We came only to kill our enemies.
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Edelgard
Indeed. We came only to kill our enemies.
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Edelgard
She used a terrible magic weapon... Dolls that she could move and fight with. Did you know about them?
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Lord Arundel
Well now... If that were the case, would it not have been better to keep her as an ally?
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Lord Arundel
If you are only capable of such imprudence, this dark cloud might hang over the Empire's future as well.
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Edelgard
Thank you for your concern. However, I will sweep aside any darkness that comes our way.
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Lord Arundel
I will be praying. Praying that the Empire will not become another Arianrhod.
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Edelgard
Another Arianrhod? Just what do you mean...
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Lord Arundel
Hmph. I must take my leave now. Farewell.
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Hubert enters the scene
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Hubert
Lady Edelgard, there you are. We just received some truly shocking news.
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Hubert
It is said that pillars of light have rained from the heavens and disintegrated Arianrhod.
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Edelgard
Disintegrated?
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Hubert
It was likely some type of magic... Perhaps a forbidden art.
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Hubert
Why would he do that?
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Hubert
Was Lord Arundel just here? So that would mean...
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Edelgard
Hubert! Give me the full report!
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Hubert
Ah, my apologies. I, of all people, should be able to control my discomposure.
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Hubert
The pillars of light descended and exploded, resulting in the complete destruction of the main building and the north wall.
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Hubert
It is believed that all key people within House Rowe, including its leader, were killed.
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Hubert
Of the Imperial officers and men we kept at Arianrhod, about a third are unaccounted for...
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Edelgard
It can't be true...
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Edelgard
So...this is my uncle's trump card.
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Edelgard
In exchange for striking down Cornelia, he has destroyed Arianrhod!
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Hubert
Perhaps we acted too soon in our disposal of Cornelia...
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Edelgard
No. If we'll be fighting them soon, there's no disadvantage to weakening their forces.
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Edelgard
It's also extremely valuable that we forced them to show their hand.
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Edelgard
Hubert, the investigation you made into the legend of Ailell, the Valley of Torment...
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Edelgard
This is likely what took place back then as well.
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Hubert
Yes... The probability is high.
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Hubert
Yes, it is quite likely.
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Hubert
North of Garreg Mach there is a valley where the earth is always aflame.
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Hubert
Once, javelins of light fell from the sky there... they pierced the earth and set the forest ablaze, creating a land of torment.
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Hubert
We believed it may have been the work of the goddess, but... It was actually an attack by those who slither in the dark.
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Hubert
That sums up all that we know.
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Edelgard
By gifting us that knowledge, those who died at Arianrhod will not have died in vain.
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Hubert
Indeed. It would be good to control the flow of this information.
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Edelgard
True. We'll conceal this from everyone as best we can. I trust you, my teacher.