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Byleth, Dimitri, Ashe enter the scene
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Ashe
Why... Why did this happen? Lonato was always such a kind man...
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Ashe
Everyone in the village was...was so nice to me. And I...I killed them. I killed them all!
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Ashe
I had to, I know I had to... I know that! But still... What does that make me?
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Dimitri
Please, don't beat yourself up, Ashe. We did what had to be done.
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Ashe
I'm...I'm sorry. I shouldn't be bothering you.
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Ashe
I'm...I'm going to check on the town. I hope my brother and sister are OK.
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Ashe leaves the scene
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Dimitri
That...that was my first time killing civilians too... Those who I'm sworn to protect.
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Dimitri
Militia amongst the enemies... I didn't expect that. It was my first time killing civilians. Those who I'm sworn to protect.
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Dimitri
Are you insane?! Those weren't knights or soldiers, but fathers and sons! We...we shouldn't have killed them. We should have found another way...
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Dimitri
I...I'm sorry. It's not fair for me to blame you for the circumstance.
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Dimitri
I know that if we hadn't...done what we did, even more civilian lives would have been lost.
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Dimitri
At least, my mind understands that. But...my heart...
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Dimitri
Professor... Those in power, no matter the era, always claim they fight for a just cause. That they take life to protect it.
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Dimitri
But... Is it truly OK to take any life you please, all in service of some implacable "just cause"?
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Dimitri
Lord Lonato didn't take up arms out of a lust for power. He simply believed his cause to be just. Who's to say it wasn't?
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Dimitri
Maybe we didn't have to cut him down like that. Maybe we could have reached a mutual understanding...found a path of peace.
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Dimitri
I...I have to believe that. Perhaps the notion sounds laughable to you. Mere lip service to naive ideals. But I can't believe otherwise.
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Catherine enters the scene
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Catherine
Sorry to intrude, but this incident may be more serious than anticipated.
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Catherine
I found this on Lord Lonato. It's a note that mentions a plan to assassinate Lady Rhea.
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Catherine
We can't tell who sent it, so the source is suspect, but the content is too disturbing to ignore.
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Catherine
We must report this to Lady Rhea right away. I hope that it's nothing...