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Yuri
Well, that was awful. I'm never going back down there, that's for damn sure.
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Balthus
Ha! With things like that wandering around, you couldn't even if you wanted to.
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Yuri
Aren't you optimistic. There were a few times I was sure we were done for.
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Balthus
Not sure I believe you. You were pretty calm that whole time.
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Constance
Has Aelfric yet returned? We must present the chalice to the church at once!
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Rogue, Resident enter the scene
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Resident
You! You're all safe! How could you sneak off at a time like this?!
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Rogue
Underground? But we are underground! Anyway, things are bad! Really bad!
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Rogue
Some strangers from the outside have kidnapped Master Aelfric!
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Constance
Aelfric? No! It cannot be true!
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Rogue
It happened as soon as he returned from the monastery. Bandits were lying in wait.
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Balthus
Dammit! How could this happen?!
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Constance
This was clearly premeditated. I am certain it is connected to the bandits we fended off earlier.
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Yuri
Have you alerted the church?
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Rogue
Not yet. It all happened so suddenly...
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Rogue
Do you think we should? Can we trust them? If we cause too much trouble, Abyss is doomed...
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Resident leaves the scene
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Yuri
Now isn't the time to worry about that! We're in no position to cover something like this up.
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Yuri
The church has eyes and ears everywhere, so they may already know what's going on. Either way, go and tell them the news. Now.
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Rogue
Sure thing! Understood!
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Yuri
Also, if anyone was wounded, send them here. We'll patch them up with healing magic.
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Yuri
Wait... Where's Hapi? And Linhardt?
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Hapi, Linhardt enter the scene
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Rogue leaves the scene
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Constance
Hapi! Wherever did you disappear to! Aelfric has been—
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Hapi
I know. Take a look at this.
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Balthus
What's that? Looks like some kind of fancy letter.
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Hapi
That's because it is. It was lying in the classroom.
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Hapi
"We have abducted Cardinal Aelfric. We can guarantee his safety, for now.
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Hapi
"If you want to help him, meet us tomorrow evening in the ruins of the old chapel. Bring the chalice.
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Hapi
"Know that if you alert the knights, the cardinal's life will be forfeit."
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Could it be...
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Balthus
No doubt about it. This letter must have been left by the people who abducted Aelfric.
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Constance
Then our enemy really is after the chalice. All the while, they were waiting for us to locate it for them.
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Constance
No... No! Something about this does not ring true!
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Hapi
None of it rings true, so which part in particular are you talking about?
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Constance
How did the enemy know that we were searching for the chalice to begin with?
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Constance
This can only mean that someone in Abyss is—
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Yuri
You smell a rat. Someone who notified the church of our plan.
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Yuri
It's no good talking about theoretical rats right now. First we have to deal with the problem at hand.
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Constance
Too true. For once you are speaking reasonably.