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Byleth, Dimitri, Gilbert enter the scene
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Dimitri
It should be in our sights soon, Professor.
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Dimitri
The abandoned tower those thieves are using as a base... Conand Tower.
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Gilbert
This area was the site of a massive battle several hundred years ago. That's when invasions from the north were at their peak.
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Gilbert
Back then, this tower was built for both surveillance and defense. It will be difficult to seize it.
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Dimitri
You're very well informed, Gilbert. Please, tell us more.
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Gilbert
Well, I... Ah. You're joking.
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Dimitri
Professor. Did you see the local villages?
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Dimitri
They were in rough shape, no doubt because of the thief attacks. They're not going to make it through the winter in that condition.
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Dimitri
If the thieves had taken up pillaging in order to survive, that would be deplorable... but understandable.
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Dimitri
But this... This is something else entirely. It looks as though they destroyed those villages purely for pleasure.
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Dimitri
No matter what their reasons may be, that sort of behavior cannot be allowed. Ever.
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Sylvain enters the scene
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Sylvain
Don't bother losing your head over those lowlifes, Your Highness. It's wasted effort.
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Dimitri
Sylvain...
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Dimitri
The thieves' leader...the one who stole the Relic. Word has it he's your older brother. I know he's been disowned, but...
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Sylvain
He is no longer a member of House Gautier...or my brother. He's nothing more than a common thief.
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Dimitri
Are you sure about that? It would be understandable to find this situation... well, regrettable, to say the least.
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Sylvain
Regrets? Heh, you must be joking. You know we're far past the point of regret.
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Sylvain
And it always falls on the younger brother to clean up the mistakes of their elders, doesn't it?
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Sylvain leaves the scene
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Dimitri
This rain threatens a coming storm. We must hurry and begin our war council before the heavens let loose.