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Lorenz enters the scene
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Lorenz
Ah, perfection. These tea leaves are just divine. Quite the impressive selection, if I do say so myself.
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Cyril enters the scene
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Cyril
Lorenz, so this is where ya are.
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Lorenz
Hello, Cyril. Lured here by the exquisite aroma, were you?
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Cyril
Uh...no? I've got a thing for ya. It's a letter.
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Cyril
Alright. Well, don't say I didn't deliver it.
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Lorenz
A letter for me, is it? Curious.
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Lorenz
Let's see what we have here.
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Byleth enters the scene
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Lorenz
Hello, Professor. It is a rare correspondence from my father, as it happens.
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Lorenz
Alas, Professor, nothing so whimsical as that. This correspondence comes from my father.
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Lorenz
Some difficulty with Acheron, apparently. My father wishes me to return home and settle it.
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Acheron?
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Lorenz
A young lord whose domain borders my father's. Do you know of the Great Bridge of Myrddin?
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Lorenz
It is an old bridge across the Airmid River. A key crossing between Alliance and Empire territory.
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Lorenz
Acheron controls the land on the northern side.
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Lorenz
Controlling such an essential location gives him quite a bit of clout, which he is ever so eager to deploy toward the purpose of stirring up trouble.
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Lorenz
This time, he is dredging up an old border dispute that was supposed to be settled some time ago. He has even begun to dispatch military force.
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Lorenz
It is best we rout his troops before they cause any damage to the surrounding villages.
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Why does this fall to you, Lorenz?
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Lorenz
To my father, Acheron is insignificant in the face of far more pressing political matters.
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Lorenz
Other houses wield far greater power and influence: Goneril, Ordelia, Edmund, and of course, Riegan.
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Lorenz
To make his voice heard at the roundtable conferences, my father must keep up relations with them.
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Lorenz
That is simply the way the Leicester Alliance works.
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Lorenz
It was, after all, founded with the goal of freedom from Faerghus. We prize that independence highly, even if it occasionally hinders cooperation.
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Lorenz
There is often talk of mutual aid, but the truth is that each noble acts to maximize personal benefit.
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Lorenz
At the moment, the Riegan Dukedom is in no state to keep those conflicting motivations in check.
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Lorenz
So while the Alliance may appear to be at peace, the reality is that internal conflict is a routine matter.
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Lorenz
Of course, this leaves me precious little time to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea. Alas, I must be off.
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Lorenz
Since you're here, perhaps you would care to accompany me on this little errand?
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Lorenz
I have no fear of Acheron, but it could be valuable for you to experience these political nuances firsthand.
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Lorenz
The fate of the Alliance will someday rest upon my shoulders, so it is important to me that those I deal with understand its workings.
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Lorenz
Though I have left the Golden Deer House behind, the fate of the Alliance will nevertheless rest upon my shoulders someday.
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Lorenz
It is important to me that those I deal with understand its workings.
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Lorenz
What say you to broadening your horizons?
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Lorenz
Excellent! Let us be away at once. I shall leave the finer details of preparation in your capable hands.
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Lorenz
Of course. I understand you are quite busy, yourself.
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Lorenz
I cannot linger here forever, but please do come and speak with me again if you change your mind.