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Aelfric enters the scene
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Constance
Pray tell, Yuri. Did those foul bandits whom we bested at the arena confess to anything?
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Yuri
Not a word. And they wouldn't name names. I got the feeling they didn't know much themselves.
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Yuri
However, one thing is clear. Whoever hired them is after something here in Abyss.
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Balthus
Yeah, that's gotta be it. They must have been on a treasure hunt or something.
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Hapi
A treasure hunt here? I don't get it. What is there to find in these dingy tunnels?
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Linhardt
Aelfric, was it? Looks like this is ringing a bell for you.
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Aelfric
Well, something does come to mind, but the notion is preposterous at best.
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Claude
Never discount a wild hunch. Sometimes they're closer to the truth than you'd think.
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Dimitri
Any lead will do, so long as it helps determine our next course of action. Please, go on.
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Aelfric
As you wish, though again, it is quite far-fetched. You see, there is a longstanding legend here.
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Aelfric
It is said that deep underground, below even Abyss, is a place called the Chasm of the Bound wherein lies the Chalice of Beginnings.
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Linhardt
I've never heard of it, but chances are it's some kind of sacred artifact belonging to the church.
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Yuri
Huh. This is the first I've heard of it... So you believe Abyss is connected to that place?
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Balthus
Lots of twists and turns down here, so it's not the craziest idea ever. Must be well hidden though.
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Aelfric
I once happened upon an old document that mentioned a ritual called the Rite of Rising.
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Aelfric
The text was incomplete, so I was unable to achieve a full understanding of the topic. I cannot even guarantee the authenticity of what I read.
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Aelfric
But it stated that the Chalice of Beginnings is a sacred object crafted by order of Saint Seiros herself.
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Aelfric
Saint Seiros apparently used the artifact to carry out the Rite of Rising, along with the Four Apostles.
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Aelfric
It is a ritual that is believed to have the power to resurrect a life that was lost.
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Linhardt
I vaguely recall reading about the Four Apostles. They were saints...and that's about all anyone knows. Hardly any records of them remain.
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Linhardt
Few alive even know their names, but these apostles supposedly assisted the Four Saints with their holy work.
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Aelfric
It is also believed that Saint Seiros attempted to perform a resurrection using the chalice.
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Aelfric
However, the ritual failed... The Four Apostles bound the chalice so that it would never fall into a mortal's hands.
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Claude
The Rite of Rising, eh? Hmm...
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Constance
Ah, yes, the chalice of legend! My father mentioned it to me a very long time ago.
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Constance
A secret treasure of the church... A chalice powerful enough to resurrect the dead... Exhilarating, no?
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Dimitri
Quite. It is no small wonder that people are after it.
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Edelgard
Even so, we still don't have much to go on. We must gather more information about this legend at once.
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Aelfric
I wholeheartedly agree. I will do all I can to track down more clues within the monastery.
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Aelfric
Although, Garreg Mach's library is so...well curated, I doubt any further records will be found.
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Constance
Wondrous! We shall do all that we can as well.