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Yuri, Balthus, Constance, Hapi, Aelfric enter the scene
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Balthus
You're gonna regret this, Aelfric.
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Aelfric
I accepted the regret I might feel from this long ago. As long as she returns, nothing else matters.
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Aelfric
Yuri, if you think you'll be pulling anything funny, think again.
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Aelfric
The Knights of Seiros won't save you. No doubt they're indisposed right now on some mission or other.
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Yuri
Well, that's a damn shame.
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Yuri
The whole evil villain look really doesn't suit someone as "pious" as you, Aelfric. Heh heh...
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Hapi
Yuri-bird, I could—
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Yuri
Not yet.
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Mercenary, Mercenary, Mercenary enter the scene
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Aelfric
It is time. Take them.
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Aelfric
Your blood will pour forth, filling the chalice.
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Yuri
You really are a fool...
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Yuri, Aelfric enter the scene
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Aelfric
You were diligent, Yuri. You kept me abreast of all the Ashen Wolves' movements.
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Aelfric
As recompense for being such a good student of my flock, I will gladly hear any final words from you.
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Yuri
Heh, that's fresh. If you knew me at all, you’d know these won’t be my final words.
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Yuri
I'm simply biding my time.
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Aelfric
For what...
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Yuri
For the goddess's descent. Can you hear it? She's coming.
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Aelfric
Bells? This late at night?
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Yuri
Yeah, you hear that, Aelfric? That's the sound of your demise. The knights are releasing my people as we speak.
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Yuri
The ones you locked up and hid away.
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Aelfric
How did you know about that— Wait, the Knights of Seiros?!
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Yuri
Heh heh... Like I said, the evil villain look really doesn't suit you.
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Yuri
I know it was you who sent me on that mission that ultimately led to me landing in Abyss.
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Yuri
Overall, your execution was lacking. Lady Rhea has been on to you as well.
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Yuri
Oh, and just so you know, I've been working for her since before I ever began working for you.
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Yuri
She had me keeping an eye on you. Told me to inform her if you seemed to be planning anything.
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Yuri
But you took those I care most about hostage, which limited my options.
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Yuri
You chained up the Wolves and kept a tight grip on my rogues in Abyss to ensure I wouldn't betray you.
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Yuri
I struggled with whether or not to tell her everything. After all, my allies' lives were on the line.
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Yuri
I deliberated on what to do next, knowing I'd have to rely on my own cunning to see this through.
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Yuri
I waited for the chance I could rescue my mother and allies. All while paying lip service to you.
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Yuri
Until today. The day you pulled all your forces in so you could attempt this ritual.
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Yuri
You're no villain, with that sticky conscience you call a heart tripping you up. Not like me.
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Aelfric
I see. You were one step ahead of me all this time.
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Aelfric
It matters not. The ritual has begun. There's no stopping it now.
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Aelfric
You will all die. Just a bit longer.
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Yuri
Don't think for a moment—
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Balthus
That you're getting off easy, pal!
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Balthus enters the scene
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Balthus
Seriously, Boss. Did you have to tie us up so tightly?
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Yuri
Heh heh... Sorry, Balthus. I figured those little tears would be enough for you to break through the rope.
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Balthus
I may be the Unbeatable King of Grappling, but I'm also bleeding profusely...
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Balthus
You didn't wonder why it was taking me so long? Think next time, yeah?
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Constance
I haven't the slightest what you two are jabbering on about, but please untie our ropes as well!
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Yuri
You're talking. Do it yourself. I dispelled the silence from you ages ago, or hadn't you noticed?
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Constance
Oh! I see!
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Constance, Hapi enter the scene
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Hapi
It's great that we're not tied up anymore and all that, but we're still being actively drained...
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Aelfric
I've invested everything to ensure my success today. My private funds, a veritable army...
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Aelfric
Surround them! Don't let them escape! The ritual will not be stopped.
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Constance
Ugh! Why won't it cease? We are freed, and yet our blood still drains from us?
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Yuri
Hmmm. Well, this wasn't part of the plan. Haha!
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Constance
This is no laughing matter! Our very lives are ebbing away!
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Yuri
Stop panicking, Constance. You know I'm never unprepared.
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Balthus
Hey, you've always got a trick up your sleeve, don't ya? I can hear your secret plan running our way.