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Byleth, Gilbert enter the scene
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Gilbert
Professor, do you have a moment?
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Of course.
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Gilbert
I would hear your opinion on our situation.
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Gilbert
Given our current fighting power, what sort of challenge do you expect we pose to the Empire?
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Gilbert
Do we have any hope of victory?
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Gilbert
So, we agree. However, in order to strengthen our forces, we—
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Gilbert
So, we agree. However, in order to strengthen our forces, we—
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Annette
Aaaargh! Ugh, why would anyone put a barrel here?!
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Annette enters the scene
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Annette
Ow, that really smarts... Oh! Father! I was looking for you.
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Father?
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Gilbert
Yes. Annette...is my daughter.
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Gilbert
Another stupendous fall, Annette. You are just as clumsy as ever...
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Annette
Wait, that's not true at all! But anyway, I have a favor to ask of you.
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Annette
Ow, that really smarts... Oh. Hello, Father.
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Father?
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Gilbert
Another stupendous fall.
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Annette
As though you care about my well-being.
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Annette
Anyway... Professor, I'm heading out for a bit.
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Where are you going?
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Annette
I was thinking of going to visit my uncle.
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Annette
I was a little nervous about going by myself, so I thought you could come with me, Father.
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Gilbert
To see my brother? Why is that, Annette?
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Annette
I wanna ask him to entrust me with the Hero's Relic of House Dominic.
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Annette
The fight from here on out is gonna be tough. I need to do whatever I can to get stronger.
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Annette
The best thing we can do, as far as I can tell, is to have another Hero's Relic at our disposal.
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Gilbert
You are not wrong, yet it will not be easy.
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Why's that?
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Gilbert
Under pressure from Cornelia, House Dominic is maintaining a pro-Imperial stance.
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Gilbert
That makes us his enemy. Brother or no, he will not hand over a Hero's Relic to us.
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Annette
But he's not a bad person... And we'll never know unless we ask, right?
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Annette
And Mother might be there too...
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Gilbert
The Dominic region is, at present, enemy territory. There is no guarantee you can see them safely.
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Annette
You don't know anything! If that's how you're gonna be, I'll just go by myself.
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Annette
Fine. Be that way. It's not like I was planning to ask for your help, anyway.
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Annette
Professor, don't worry about me. I'll be back soon, and with a Relic, no less!
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Annette leaves the scene
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Gilbert
Annette! Wait!
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Gilbert
She never listens. Her recklessness is so frustrating.
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Gilbert
She never listens. So frustrating.
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Gilbert
However, if she were able to retrieve the Hero's Relic, it would prove a great boon to our forces.
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Gilbert
Perhaps I should prepare myself for the worst. I shall travel with Annette to see my brother.
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Gilbert
Professor, might I ask you to take on a task for me?
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Gilbert
It is entirely possible that we shall be captured in the Dominic region. In anticipation of that...
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Gilbert
I would ask that you wait outside of the region, with an army at your command.
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Gilbert
I cannot say with confidence that we will be able to bring back the Hero's Relic without issue.
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Gilbert
While it pains me to ask this favor of you, I must also thank you for accepting.
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Gilbert
I should be able to slow Annette's departure for a short while, at the least.
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Gilbert
Please join us when you can.