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Claude
We really lucked out there. Fewer injuries than I would have expected...and most were minor.
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Dimitri
I suppose the only conclusion we can draw is that they really were after Aelfric all this time...
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Edelgard
Perhaps they were instructed to avoid unnecessary casualties...
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Hilda
Is that Aelfric guy really a cardinal? Are the secret cardinals really a thing? I thought that was a myth.
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Linhardt
Hard to believe. Did you folks in the Ashen Wolves know that?
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Balthus
Nah, that's news to me. The identity of the cardinals is top secret, even within the church.
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Balthus
He never would have told us something like that. Oh, except maybe Yuri...
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Yuri
He and I talk about a lot of things.
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Yuri
But right now, I'd say we have more important topics to discuss than his title.
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Yuri
Aelfric's been kidnapped. What are we going to do about it?
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Constance
Even if it is in the name of rescuing him, we simply cannot hand over the chalice to those scoundrels!
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Hapi
Let's just give them the thing and be done with it.
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Claude, Hilda, Linhardt, Edelgard, Dimitri leave the scene
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Alois enters the scene
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Alois
Professor! I came as fast as I could when I heard the report. I had no idea you'd be here!
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Yuri
Is this loud...uh, excitable knight a friend of yours?
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Alois
Precisely so! I'm Alois, right-hand man to the former captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt!
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Constance
Oh my. That means our professor here is the child of a captain!
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Alois
You humble me, Professor! I'm Alois. I serve the church as a knight of Seiros.
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Alois
Professor! I love a good joke myself, but that one was rather cruel, don't you think?
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Alois
Now, about Aelfric's kidnapping...
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Alois
Since he's an important member of the church, we must use any means necessary to find him.
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Alois
That said...most of the holy knights have been deployed to deal with the Western Church.
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Balthus
Sure, but any knights are better than no knights, yeah?
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Alois
I like your attitude, though I'm still embarrassed that we're not in full force... But hey, at least we're quite forceful!
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Yuri
Ugh. Here, take this letter. We believe it was left by whoever kidnapped the cardinal.
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Yuri
In it, the enemy clearly spells out their plan. They're after a chalice that was hidden beneath Abyss.
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Alois
A chalice, hm? A chalice... Hmmm... Ah! Do you mean THE chalice?!
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Alois
But no, why would it be there? I've never heard anything about it being stowed away in Abyss.
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Balthus
Then this is gonna come as a shock, pal.
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Alois
What in the goddess's name?! Is that really the chalice from the legends?!
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Constance
The probability of that is unassailably high, yes.
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Hapi
It was guarded by a bunch of giant, creepy toys. There was powerful magic protecting it and everything.
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Alois
If you say so. Wow, that means the story about the chalice being bound was true.
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Alois
Well, what's done is done! Oh, but I guess it's not done just yet.
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Alois
I must report this to Lady Rhea at once!