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Balthus
Yuri! You damned scoundrel! What are you doing?!
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Yuri
Heh, I think you can see what I'm doing, Balthus.
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Aelfric
Beautifully executed, Yuri. The chalice is finally mine now.
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Aelfric
Along with the blood of the Four Apostles.
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Constance
It seems I was correct...that there was an enemy in our midst. To think our bird was instead a rat.
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Yuri
You've always had a wild imagination, Constance. I've got to say, turning your attention elsewhere was a challenge even for me.
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Aelfric
That is enough with the banter, Yuri. I informed you not to divulge too much.
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Yuri
They'll all be under the dirt soon enough. It's not like they'll be able to talk at that point.
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Yuri
After all I've gone and done for you, Aelfric, I would think you'd have just a bit more faith in me.
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Yuri
Your silence speaks volumes... Guess this is the end of the niceties.
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Yuri
It's all on you now, friend. I'm sure you and the others will figure it out.
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Byleth enters the scene
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Edelgard, Claude, Dimitri, Linhardt, Ashe, Hilda enter the scene
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Dimitri
Professor! Are you injured?
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Edelgard
Impossible. Surely you suffered a wound.
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Edelgard
I see you're well enough to make light of a serious situation. But surely you suffered a wound.
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I didn't.
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Claude
Teach, there's no time for playing around. Tell us how— Ah, I get it. He only pretended to attack you, didn't he?
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Claude
So you were just playing a part in this grand performance. But was that really the smartest decision here?
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Dimitri
The chalice and the Ashen Wolves are gone. I am loath to think what will become of them without our help.
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Edelgard
And how do you propose we pursue them? We haven't a clue where they went.
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Claude
Well, we know what they're after. That at least narrows down the possibilities.
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Rhea, Priest, Priest enter the scene
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Rhea
Professor! Are we too late?
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Edelgard
Lady Rhea? Why have you come?
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Rhea
After sending all of you off, I began to investigate the lineage of the Ashen Wolves.
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Rhea
In doing so, I was able to confirm that the documented information about their Crests was falsified.
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Rhea
What was once a wild speculation, I now know to be true.
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Rhea
The Crests they bear are the same as those of the Four Apostles—the very same who long ago enacted the Rite of Rising.
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Rhea
Once the blood of the four is poured upon the chalice, its power can be harnessed.
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Rhea
I believe we have enough evidence to assume that our Ashen Wolves will suffice to carry out this ritual.
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Dimitri
So Aelfric's aim must be to carry out the Rite of Rising...at the expense of the students...
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Dimitri
Lady Rhea... What, precisely, is the purpose of this ritual?
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Claude
We've heard it has the power to resurrect life, but that can't be true... Can it?
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Rhea
The chalice is a holy artifact, created by the goddess herself. It serves to restore a physical form that was previously lost to this world.
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Claude
So those wild tales are true. It really can bring someone back to life.
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Rhea
Not exactly. It can breathe life into a body, but it cannot return a spirit that has already departed.
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Rhea
Ultimately, it is a tool to return the goddess to her physical form. Her spirit is omnipresent, but her flesh is no more.
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Rhea
Such incredible power is truly awe inspiring—and extremely dangerous. In that way, it is akin to the Heroes' Relics.
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Rhea
For this reason, the Four Apostles were never intended to pass down their Crests. This gathering should never have been possible.
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Rhea
The Ashen Wolves are now gathered together, making it possible once more.
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Claude
And Aelfric is at the center of this mess, luring them all to Abyss for his own selfish reasons.
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Claude
Without so much as a whisper of it to the church, of course.
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Rhea
This incident is my own doing. I never should have entrusted the chalice to them.
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Edelgard
Lady Rhea, do you have any idea where they could have gone?
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Rhea
I do indeed. Garreg Mach, which is protected by the goddess, is the only place the Rite of Rising can be performed.
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Rhea
Holding such a ritual requires absolute focus, so I imagine the setting would need to be serene, peaceful.
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Dimitri
There are countless such places within the monastery walls...
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Edelgard
It's certainly peaceful there, but due to last month's incident, it's heavily guarded at present.
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Dimitri
I hardly think the dining hall would be considered peaceful, Professor. Are you sure you're not just hungry?
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Claude
I suppose it's quiet there, but it's also open to the public and just a wee bit cramped, Teach.
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Rhea
For now, let us return to the monastery. There is much to consider.
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Alois enters the scene
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Alois
Lady Rhea!
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Rhea
You look troubled, Alois. What has happened?
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Alois
Thieves have breached Garreg Mach's village walls!
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Alois
They've been pillaging the shops and residences, taking whatever they please!
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Rhea
I wonder if this has anything to do with Aelfric.
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Alois
There's no telling, but for now, their numbers are too great. They need the knights!
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Alois
By your will, Lady Rhea, allow us to clear the village of these hooligans!
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Rhea
Yes, Alois. Please ensure the safety of the villagers immediately. However, leave a few of your best knights here with me.
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Alois
Yes, Your Grace. I'll see to it.
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Alois leaves the scene
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Rhea, Priest, Priest leave the scene
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Claude
Teach? You look like you've got something to say.
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I do. It's about Yuri...
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Claude
He told you to meet up with him at the Holy Mausoleum? You never run out of secrets, do ya, Teach?
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Dimitri
I'm certain that Yuri had his reasons for setting up this meeting.
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Dimitri
He took the time to speak with you, however cryptically, before he left.
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Edelgard
Fair point, Dimitri. I do wonder why he told you it needed to be after midnight. Wouldn't it be better to rush to their aid immediately?
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Claude
Yuri's no fool. There's a method to his madness...