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Rhea, Alois, Rhea enter the scene
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Alois
Excuse me! Sorry to intrude!
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Alois
Please, forgive the disruption, Lady Rhea, but I have that report you asked for.
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Rhea
Do not worry yourself, Alois. As it happens, I am presently unoccupied. Please, go on.
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Alois
Ah, great! I'll just... Huh? What's that book you've got there?
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Rhea
It is a chronicle covering the 995 years since Garreg Mach Monastery's completion.
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Alois
Huh! Sounds like a good read.
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Rhea
Maintaining the church's records is one of the duties entrusted to all archbishops, myself included.
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Rhea
This one states that Saint Seiros ordered the monastery's construction after the end of the War of Heroes.
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Rhea
This is a rare and valuable text. Most documents of that era have been lost to time.
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Alois
I see, I see... Time aside, we also lost many books in that massive fire 21 years ago...
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Rhea
Indeed. What was once well documented exists now only in this chronicle.
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Rhea
Not least of which is the ceremony commemorating the monastery's completion.
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Alois
Interesting! I'll admit, I know the year it took place but not a thing beyond that.
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Rhea
That is to be expected, unfortunately.
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Rhea
According to this chronicle, the Rite of Rising was held during the ceremony. The intent was to bring about the goddess's rebirth.
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Alois
The Rite of Rising, eh? Hm, can't say I've ever heard of that one.
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Rhea
I am not surprised. There should be countless records documenting that important ritual.
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Rhea
Alas... Today, all we have to go on are fragments of forgotten memories and our own imaginations.
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Rhea
One thing is clear... Their wish for the goddess's return was most fervent.
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Rhea
Saint Seiros held the ritual along with the Four Apostles: Noa, Chevalier, Timotheos, and Aubin.
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Rhea
However, it did not bear fruit, as the goddess did not return to this world... So it is written.
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Alois
I've never heard of the Four Apostles before. They're different from the Four Saints, right?
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Rhea
That is correct. Today, almost no records exist of the Four Apostles.
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Rhea
Their names live on only in the names of their Crests, but the bloodlines bearing those tokens of the past have been lost.
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Rhea
Any deeper knowledge of the apostles has all but disappeared from the grand stage of history.
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Alois
Well, that's interesting. Does that mean they're somewhere...backstage?
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Rhea
In a sense. It is possible that their bloodlines have carried on in secret, perhaps materializing where no one thought to look.
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Rhea
I had not intended to indulge in such a long-winded lecture.
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Rhea
Please, tell me your report, Alois. It concerns the underground, does it not?
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Alois
Oh, right! It's as you suspected. Recently, there have been several incidents in the area beneath Garreg Mach...