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Balthus, Hapi, Byleth enter the scene
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Edelgard enters the scene
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Hapi
So what's the story with this Hero's Relic?
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Balthus
It's not exactly a real Relic, per se.
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It's not?
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Balthus
Nope. It's a replica. Crafted after the War of Heroes.
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Balthus
It's a secret family heirloom of sorts from my mom's village.
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Balthus
Somehow, word of it got out recently. As happens with valuable things, it was stolen soon after.
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Hapi
So when you heard it might be on the black market, you tricked others into helping you steal it by telling them I'd been kidnapped.
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Balthus
You're still mad, yeah? Look, I'm sorry. OK? There. You can go ahead and cheer up now.
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Balthus
I only did it because if they turned into monsters, there was a chance I couldn't take 'em on my own.
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Balthus
Couldn't risk telling you the truth. If the church had caught wind, they'd have taken it for themselves.
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Hapi
How uncharacteristically wise of you, B. So that's why you felt a need for this bizarre scheme.
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Balthus
Oh, and, Professor. Guess I owe you an apology too. Sorry. Shouldn't have done you like that.
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Hapi
I guess if Chatterbox can forgive you, I can too. You were doing it for your family, after all.
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Hapi
Maybe we should cut him some slack, Chatterbox. He was doing it for his family. That's kinda sweet.
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Hapi
What was up with that noble guy, though? He didn't seem interested in hearing what we had to say.
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Balthus
Yeah, good point. I wonder why he wanted this thing to begin with.
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Edelgard
I don't know for certain, but it's likely he wanted that item for his daughter.
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Edelgard
The man in question is Baron Ochs. He is a minor noble from the west of the Empire.
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Edelgard
His daughter went missing last year. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that she's still alive.
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Edelgard
Monica, the girl Kronya was impersonating... She was Baron Ochs's daughter.
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Hapi
What does that have to do with the Relic? Uh, the non-Relic, I mean.
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Edelgard
Word has it that Baron Ochs received a proposition.
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Edelgard
His daughter's safe return, in exchange for a Hero's Relic.
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Balthus
Of course. This whole mess happened because somebody wanted to get their mitts on a Relic.
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Balthus
Could be folks like Kronya and Solon were pulling the strings themselves.
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Edelgard
It's possible. But we weren't able to get anything out of Baron Ochs.
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Edelgard
The head of that house died years ago, and the whole family has been a mess ever since.
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Edelgard
We have no choice but to find another source for that information.
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Edelgard
I don't know for certain, but it's likely he wanted that item for his daughter.
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Edelgard
The man in question is Baron Ochs. He is a minor noble from the west of the Empire.
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Edelgard
It seems Baron Ochs has passed away. That's who you're referring to, I presume?
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Hapi
Eddy. Do you know why he was after this thing?
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Edelgard
I can't say for certain, but it's possible he wanted that item for his daughter.
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Edelgard
Based on Imperial reports, his daughter Monica went missing last year.
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Edelgard
His daughter Monica went missing last year. She was found only recently.
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Hapi
What does that have to do with the Relic? Uh, the non-Relic, I mean.
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Edelgard
Word has it that Baron Ochs received a proposition.
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Edelgard
His daughter's safe return, in exchange for a Hero's Relic.
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Balthus
Of course. This whole mess happened because somebody wanted to get their mitts on a Relic.
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Edelgard
It's possible. But we weren't able to get anything out of Baron Ochs.
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Edelgard
The head of that house died years ago, and the whole family has been a mess ever since.
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Edelgard
We have no choice but to find another source for that information.
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Hapi
Are you sure you want to return this thing to your village? People might come looking for it.
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Balthus
Good point. I actually got a letter from my mom on the subject.
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Balthus
She suggested it would be safer in Garreg Mach. She also said my Crest should allow me to use it...
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Balthus
She's entrusting it to me...which is a bad idea, so I'm entrusting it to you, Professor.
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Are you sure?
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Balthus
Positive. You'll know what to do with it. Give it to me or someone else, whatever you think.
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Hapi
Um, B... That's a priceless artifact.
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Balthus
Sure is. Lose it and you'll owe me, heh!