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Dimitri
Is your meeting over, Professor?
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I was just thinking about something.
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Professor... The possession of Relics and Crests has been highly valued in Faerghus since ancient times.
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It's far from uncommon for someone to lose their ability to lead their house because they don't bear a Crest. Just like Miklan.
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It happened to my uncle as well. The eldest child of the king, and yet he never ascended to the throne.
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All families whose bloodlines carry the Crests of the 10 Elites are much the same.
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But House Gautier takes it a step further, and absolutely requires an heir who possesses a Crest.
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To that house, the power of Crests is a necessity, not a luxury.
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House Gautier holds the most northern territory in the Kingdom, and they have fought with the people to the north for many years.
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The head of that house is responsible for protecting that territory from fearsome invaders, whom they keep at bay with the power of Crests and Relics.
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In exchange for that responsibility, they are granted special privileges within the Kingdom.
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In a way. That said, ability cannot be measured by the possession of a Crest alone...
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I believe the same. Ability cannot be measured by the possession of a Crest alone.
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I believe that Margrave Gautier was wrong to disinherit Miklan simply because he did not bear a Crest.
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Still, there is always a reason for why such customs stand the test of time.
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Imagine what this world would be like if no one placed any stock in Crests...
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Bloodlines that carry Crests would dwindle. The metaphorical blade used to oppose threats would eventually rust.
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This same argument has been made time and time again across the years. Both sides are at once right and wrong.
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What do you believe, Dimitri?
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I believe those with Crests and those without should acknowledge the others' strengths and learn to respect each other based on personal merits.
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And that doesn't apply only to Crests. The same holds true for lineage, race, faith, ideologies...
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If we could just accept each other and make mutual concessions, one step at a time... Perhaps... Who knows if that's even possible.
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Everyone has something that is unacceptable within them. I certainly do, and I'd wager you do as well.
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I wonder which is best, Professor... To cut away that which is unacceptable, or to find a way to accept it anyway...