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Byleth, Claude enter the scene
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Claude
Nice work, Teach. Still...that fight left a foul taste in my mouth.
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Claude
That aside, did you see how Catherine fought?
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Claude
Agreed. I thought the power of the Heroes' Relics must be exaggerated, but I was clearly wrong.
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Claude
Ha! I love the confidence, Teach. But you're no match for the Heroes' Relics. They're on a whole different level.
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Claude
Makes you wonder about that legend...
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What legend?
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Claude
Oh, it's nothing. Just the usual fanciful nonsense. An ancient Relic that once cut a mountain in half with a single swing.
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Claude
That's what they say, anyway. But as amazing as Thunderbrand is, I don't think it fits that description.
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Claude
Apparently, Relics can harness tremendous power for those with a compatible Crest.
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Claude
Though you can technically use one so long as you have any Crest at all. I dunno. Long story short, I'd like to try cutting a mountain in half someday.
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Hilda enters the scene
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Hilda
Ooh! Are you talking about Relics? You'll be able to use one soon, Claude! I just know it!
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Hilda
After all, you've already been selected as the next head of House Riegan!
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Claude
Easy there, Hilda. I don't know how apt "soon" is. My grandfather is still unbearably healthy.
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Claude
Oh? Is this news to you, Teach?
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Claude
Yours truly was recently recognized as a legitimate child of House Riegan. They possess one of the Heroes' Relics too, though I've yet to see it.
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Claude
I officially joined House Riegan only last year. Before then, I lived with my father.
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Claude
I was raised by my father. House Riegan is on my mother's side of the family.
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Claude
When I learned that my mother was the daughter of an Alliance noble, I was so surprised I thought the whole world was pulling a fast one on me for a week.
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Hilda
So, that means your mother is Duke Riegan's daughter, right? Where is she now?
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Claude
I can't say. My mother's currently living in a different world than the one she grew up in and has no desire to return home.
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Hilda
Um, OK. You sure have a lot of secrets, don't you?
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Claude
I'm just keeping a promise to my parents. Make of that whatever you will.
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Claude
In exchange for my so-called secrecy, I'm free to do as I please, which is why I decided to see what the other side of my family was like.
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Claude
That's how I found out about this strange Crest I bear...
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Leonie, Ignatz enter the scene
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Leonie
Professor. Claude. It sounds like the troops will be withdrawing soon. We should return as well.
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Ignatz
We won. We should be celebrating. Instead, we're heading back with heavy hearts...
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Claude
Whoa there! What's the matter? You look as sad as a kitten without any yarn.
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Claude
If we hadn't done what we did, the rebel army would have followed this road all the way to the monastery.
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Claude
And they would have crushed all the little villages along the way. We stopped that from happening. You should be proud.
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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...