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Byleth, Claude enter the scene
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Claude
Tomas doesn't seem to be here... Oh well, that's fine.
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Claude
I've been researching the Heroes' Relics a lot since we last spoke to him. I found out something interesting.
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Why? Do you really have to ask? Trust me, what really matters is what I found out.
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It's about the connection between Crests and the Heroes' Relics.
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The Crest Stone of each Relic is carved with a specific Crest—the one that has the ability to wield it properly.
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The Crests are the keys. You need the right one to safely use a Hero's Relic.
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Claude
The only thing I can't figure out is...why doesn't the Sword of the Creator have a Crest Stone bearing a Crest?
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Claude
Hey, now! No need to write off my findings by saying it's a mere whim of the goddess.
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Claude
Precisely. At least, that's my current guess.
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There's more. I believe the Crest Stones might be the source of the Relics' inhuman power.
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When Miklan transformed into a Black Beast, he was taken over by something that originated from the Crest Stone.
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And the Crest Stone was on his body. It all seems to add up. Now, look at this picture I found in the library.
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That creature is called the Immaculate One, who was supposedly sent by the goddess to save the followers of Seiros.
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See the pattern on its brow, and the faint circular boundary? Isn't it possible that's a Crest Stone?
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If all this is true, then Crest Stones are what power the ability to assume massive forms like that of the Immaculate One.
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And maybe the Heroes' Relics can harness that transformative power...
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Seteth enters the scene
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Seteth
Oh. It is you. Have you seen Tomas recently?
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Claude
No such luck. I was hoping to speak with him myself, but he seems to be out on the town.
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Seteth
I see. Well... Hm?! Where did you find that picture?
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Claude
It was in the library. Why do you ask? Is it something my youthful eyes shouldn't be seeing?
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Seteth
No, of course not. However, that is not part of this library's collection. It must belong to Tomas.
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Seteth
It would be problematic if it got mixed in with the other books. I will take possession of it for now.
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Claude
Take it away where no one can see it, you mean...
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Seteth
What was that?
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Claude
That's what Tomas said. He said records that the monastery doesn't approve of tend to disappear.
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Seteth
Tomas said that? Preposterous. I have far too much to accomplish to waste time with this foolishness.
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Seteth leaves the scene
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Claude
He was certainly in a hurry. I wonder if he's off to confront Tomas?
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Claude
Well, he took the picture, so I guess that's that for now. I'll see you later, Teach.
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Byleth leaves the scene
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Claude
So, the church is hiding something after all. Some massive secret about Relics and Crests.
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A secret that must have something to do with the professor's true identity...