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Yuri enters the scene
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Hapi
Where the heck are we?
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Yuri
Finally, you're all awake. Good morning, sleepyheads. Or is it a good evening?
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Constance
Yuri! You scoundrel! You are unfit to speak to us, liar that you are!
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Yuri
Yeah, yeah, liar, blah-blah. Nothing I haven't heard before.
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Balthus
Look, pal. Enough beating around the bush. What exactly are you trying to accomplish here?
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Balthus
Where's Aelfric? And what the hell are you plotting?
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Yuri
Questions, questions. You're wearing me out, Balthus. Fine, then. I'll lay it out for you.
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Yuri
Aelfric intends to reenact the Rite of Rising.
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Yuri
He's preparing everything as we speak.
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Hapi
What is this silly rite, anyway? He trying to do some crazy magic to raise the dead or something?
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Yuri
Actually, yes. By offering up the blood of the Four Apostles in the chalice, you can bring someone back to life.
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Yuri
Saint Seiros performed the ritual 995 years ago, but not enough blood was given up.
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Yuri
So the ritual was a bust. No clue what happened after that.
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Yuri
That's what Aelfric concluded after scouring the records, anyway.
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Yuri
And now, through extreme persistence, he's found and gathered the four of us, with our Crests.
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Yuri
He placed us under his direct supervision within the Ashen Wolf House, and he did all of it to ensure a successful ritual—the Rite of Rising.
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Constance
You mean to say that he intends to drain our blood? To kill us?!
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Constance
Such an act would be unforgivable! An atrocity! I cannot die in this wretched hovel!
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Hapi
Yeah, that sounds painful...and permanent. Count me out.
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Hapi
Hang on—the number four includes you too, right? So you're gonna die too?
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Yuri
Yep. That's the idea.
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Balthus
And here I thought we were close, but all this time you've been skulking around, deceiving us. It hurts, Boss. Hurts bad.
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Balthus
You wanna die, that it? Fine. I'll kill you myself. Just stop that crafty nonsense of yours and face me, fist to fist.
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Yuri
Shut it. I've lived through hell and worse.
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Yuri
After clawing my way here, you really think I want to die?
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Balthus
Then why throw your life away for the likes of Aelfric?
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Yuri
Some things are more important than my own life. Some things are worth protecting.
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Balthus
You're not making any damned sense!
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Aelfric enters the scene
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Balthus, Constance enter the scene
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Aelfric
It would seem that you want to be punished severely, Yuri.
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Yuri
That some sort of threat? There's not much you can do to me that hasn't already been done.
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Aelfric
True. You took wing from the mud into which you were born and rose to such great heights.
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Aelfric
To break your spirit would take far too much effort.
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Aelfric
Though, if I must, I will kill your mother in addition to your dear people.
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Balthus
Oh... So that's it. You were trying to protect your mom.
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Constance
Precisely what is it you are hoping to accomplish, Aelfric?
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Aelfric
To resurrect someone I lost long ago—no matter the cost.
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Aelfric
Surely there are those for whom you'd do similar.
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Constance
Perhaps... Even so, never would we annihilate those we care for!
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Aelfric
There's nothing I wouldn't do, nobody I wouldn't trade to see the light in her eyes once more...
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Balthus
Whoa... That lady looks real dead, pal.
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Aelfric
She is...for now.