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Byleth, Lysithea, Ferdinand enter the scene
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Lysithea
I can tell you what I know.
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Ferdinand
Please do.
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Lysithea
You know about the Hrym rebellion, right?
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Ferdinand
Of course. The rebellion started when Emperor Ionius IX tried to consolidate power.
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Ferdinand
The Hrym family tried to split off from the Empire and join the Alliance.
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Ferdinand
Working with House Ordelia, they raised an insurrection. The Empire suppressed it.
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Ferdinand
And then a puppet leader was installed in the Hrym territory.
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Ferdinand
House Aegir was tasked with handling the actual governance of the region.
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Ferdinand
Seeing this, the nobles feared that the Empire would assume total control.
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Ferdinand
That's when the six great noble families chose to wrest power from Ionius IX.
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Lysithea
That's right. The Insurrection of the Seven. I've always wondered why it was called seven when there were only six noble families.
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Ferdinand
It was the six great noble families, plus Hrym.
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Lysithea
How vexing. Either way, events unfolded shortly thereafter.
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Lysithea
Are you aware of how Duke Aegir was ruling the Hrym territory?
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Lysithea
He imposed harsh taxes upon the people—much harsher than on his own—making their lives very challenging.
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Lysithea
People fled their homes in droves to the neighboring Ordelia territory.
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Lysithea
But they were sent back from where they came. The Empire was occupying Ordelia territory as well, as it turned out.
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Lysithea
Issues were further complicated when Duke Aegir fell from power.
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Lysithea
Aegir was dismissed from his position, only to be replaced by Lord Arundel.
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Ferdinand
Edelgard's uncle, who used to be the regent of the Empire...
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Ferdinand
Edelgard's uncle, the regent of the Empire...
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Lysithea
Correct. And he imposed even heavier taxes on the people, squeezing them painfully dry.
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Lysithea
The people were conscripted for duty. Any who opposed were killed on the spot.
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Lysithea
Lord Arundel did this in the name of Duke Aegir.
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Ferdinand
What?!
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Lysithea
Your father was by no means a great ruler.
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Lysithea
But it was Lord Arundel who stoked the fury of the people and directed that fury at your father.
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Lysithea
Duke Aegir is not perfect, but he's not the villain in this.
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Ferdinand
Lysithea, thank you for telling me all this. I am embarrassed to say, I had no idea.
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Ferdinand
I see now that it was not his fault. But he did go along the wrong path, and place a burden on his people.
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Ferdinand
He can no longer atone for what he did, so I will have to.
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Ferdinand
I need to go think about what I will do after the war. How I will make up for my father's mistakes.
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Lysithea
Nothing helps deep thought like sweets.
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Lysithea
Sweets. They help you think. Perhaps you should find some for us.
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Ferdinand
I see. If I find some, I will be sure to let you know.