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Yuri, Balthus enter the scene
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Balthus
Ugh... Yuri, this is brutal. Tell me again why you're subjecting me to this devastating boredom...
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Yuri
Enough with the yawning, Balthus. If you're really that bored, we could always make a friendly wager...
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Balthus
Thanks but no thanks, pal. I'm low on funds as it is. Last thing I need is another debt I can't pay.
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Constance, Hapi enter the scene
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Hapi
Right, B. As if you could say no to that.
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Constance
Ahaha! How diverting that you should bicker for my amusement!
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Constance
Imagine my overwhelming dread were I stuck here without such joyous entertainment.
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Hapi
Count me out. I'll leave the talking to Yuri-bird and Coco.
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Rogue
Hey, Boss!
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Rogue enters the scene
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Yuri
Back already, huh? Have you detected any movement on the surface?
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Rogue
Well, uh, I looked for the cardinals' meeting—just like you said...
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Rogue
Thing is, I was spotted by some weirdos. They chased after me and everything.
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Yuri
"Some weirdos," you say. So very helpful. They weren't knights, were they?
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Rogue
I dunno. There were only a few of 'em, but I bet they were armed to the teeth!
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Yuri
With meager numbers like that, I doubt they intend to take on Abyss.
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Balthus
They probably took you for some kind of villain. They'll lock ya up if they catch ya.
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Balthus
Finally, a little action! Let's find them first and throw some punches.
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Balthus leaves the scene
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Constance
Hold, Balthus! 'Tis ignorance itself to rush headfirst into trouble.
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Hapi
You're excited to fight too. You've been waiting for a chance to try out your shiny new magic.
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Yuri
Heh heh, surface laws don't apply down here. That gives us the freedom to have some fun with them.
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Yuri
They're probably not knights, but our new friends definitely work for the church.
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Rogue leaves the scene
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Yuri, Hapi leave the scene
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Constance
You had best not leave me behind!
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Constance leaves the scene
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Edelgard
Hmm... It seems this place is more than a simple passageway. There's clear evidence of human habitation.
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Hilda
People living under Garreg Mach... Oh! My brother used to tell me stories like that back in his Academy days.
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Claude
Ah, so Holst attended the academy as well, then?
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Hilda
Of course. Back then, there were tons of rumors about what goes on below Garreg Mach.
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Hilda
Something about tons of passages and houses beneath the town, all inhabited by super-shady people.
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Hilda
It had a real intimidating name too. Ah, what was it again... I think it was called...Abyss?!
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Balthus enters the scene
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Balthus
That's two points for the pink-haired gal! Welcome to Abyss, strangers.
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Dimitri
Identify yourself!
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Dimitri
That uniform...
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Balthus
Welcome, curious students of the Officers Academy! What brings such fine, upstanding surface dwellers to our humble abode?
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Claude
We're tracking someone who was creeping around the monastery.
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Edelgard
Our business here does not concern you. Do you intend to let us pass?
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Constance
Ahaha! Such indulgence simply cannot be permitted.
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Constance enters the scene
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Constance
Your words may fool the fool, but I cannot be so easily deceived!
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Constance
I, Constance von Nuvelle, shall divine your true intentions.
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Constance
You are here by order of the church...which cruelly plots to eliminate the inhabitants of Abyss!
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Edelgard
Did she say...Nuvelle?
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Balthus
I don't care what the reason for this brawl is. A fight's on the menu, and I'm ready to feast.
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Balthus
Let's get right to it, yeah?
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Dimitri
By the look of them, I'd wager they're experienced combatants. I'm not certain this is a wise endeavor.
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Claude
I was thinking the very same thing. Time to make a strategic retreat, then?
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Yuri
Turning back already? Oh, but you'll make me so sad. Now why would you wanna do that?
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Yuri enters the scene
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Hapi enters the scene
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Yuri
Everyone here is starved for amusement. They've been waiting for a good fight.
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Claude
Wow, look at that. A flawless example of a surprise attack. These aren't your run-of-the-mill thugs.
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Dimitri
Claude, this isn't the time to be impressed by our enemy. We must find a way through at once.
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Balthus
Wait... Claude, is it? As in the brand-new heir of House Riegan?
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Claude
Who, me? Nah. Wrong guy. Claude's a common name in Fódlan. It's just too dashing for new moms to pass up.
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Claude
It's even a popular choice for fake names. Just a good, solid, all-purpose moniker, you know?
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Balthus
Right, except there's only one Claude enrolled at the academy this year. Looks like that's you.
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Claude
How do you even know that?
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Balthus
Ha, you just gave yourself away, pal. Looks like my luck's finally taking a turn for the good.
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Balthus
All right, so your choices are as follows: line up for the beating of a lifetime...or let us lock you up like the good boys and girls you undoubtedly are.
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Claude
I have no clue what this guy's going on about, but it looks like a fight's in order, and it's pretty much all my fault.
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Claude
There's a saying from the east about fighting a flicker with a flame. Seems applicable right about now.
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Balthus
Finally! Let's do this already! Prepare to face the Almighty King of Grappling!
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Hilda
Hm... Why can't I shake the feeling that I know that wild man?