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Byleth, Hilda enter the scene
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Hilda
Hey, Professor. I might have to go back home for a little while.
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Hilda
Oh no, nothing like that.
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Hilda
Well, that's one way of putting it...
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Hilda
The Almyran forces are causing trouble at Fódlan's Locket.
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Hilda
Oh, do you know where that is?
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Hilda
Well, the mountain range that separates the Alliance from Almyra is called Fódlan's Throat.
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Hilda
There's a fortress right on top of the "throat," and they call that Fódlan's Locket.
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So, you're going to help defend it?
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Hilda
Well, yeah, you could say that. I'm sure my brother would be able to handle them on his own.
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Hilda
But he said he really wants me to help out. I guess he's a bit tired out from all his hard work.
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Hilda
Anyway, our dad's not as sprightly as he used to be. He's not up for a fight.
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Hilda
Apparently it would look bad if we left it to the retainers.
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Hilda
I really, really don't want to go, but I guess I have to.
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Cyril enters the scene
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Cyril
Heya, Hilda. I...well, I wasn't trying to eavesdrop, but I heard ya talking...
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Hilda
Hm? Oh, what's up, Cyril?
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Cyril
You're gonna fight the Almyrans, yeah?
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Hilda
Yes. But it's nothing you need to worry about, Cyril.
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Cyril
It's not that. I was just wondering if...if maybe I could maybe go along with ya?
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Hilda
But—you'd be fighting people from your homeland. Do you really want to do that?
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Cyril
None of 'em would remember me anyway...
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Cyril
It's just that...I got captured in the battle at the Locket, and that's how I ended up here.
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Cyril
So I'm kinda worried that other kids who lose their folks might not be so lucky.
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What do you mean?
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Cyril
Before Lady Rhea took me in, I had a real hard time as a servant of House Goneril.
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Hilda
I'm sorry to hear that. But it's not like I'll go around snapping up Almyran children.
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Cyril
That's good, but I just... I want to see things for myself, so I know...that everything's OK.
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Hilda
Hm. Well then, let's go together! Oh, would you want to join us, Professor?
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Hilda
My brother will be there, but I'm a little scared about fighting all those fierce Almyrans...
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Cyril
If you could come too, it be really great. We'd all feel way safer if you did.
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Hilda
Great! I know we'll be OK if you're there! Let's head out right away.
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Cyril
I'll go and get ready too.
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Hilda
You're a real tease, Professor. I know you're going to come along in the end.
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Hilda
But we can't wait long, so hurry up on deciding.