Reunion at Dawn/Script (Azure Moon)
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Reunion at Dawn
|“||It is Imperial Year 1185. Nearly five years have passed since the fall of the monastery at Garreg Mach, and war continues to plague the lands of Fódlan.
Fhirdiad has been captured. The Holy Kingdom of Faerghus is in shambles. The Leicester Alliance is on the verge of collapse, fractured by two opposing factions -those who support the Adrestian Empire and its ruler, and those who seek her demise.
— Chapter 13 opening narration
Event - Revival
???: You.... how long do you intend to sleep? Your body is awake. Your eyes must open now, and you must find the strength to stand upon those legs of yours. Like so much rain, a pool of blood has fallen to the ground... As spears and arrows pierce the earth, it weeps. And even now, it weeps. In order to survive, they kill. And so, the people of this world are lost in an abyss of suffering. They weep as well. The only one who truly knows the nature of such things is I... or rather, you.
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|I'm still sleepy.||Who?|
|???: You are a complete and utter fool! Have you not changed one bit?!||???: Excuse me?! Are you saying you have forgotten who I am? How dare you!|
???: Get on your feet. Right now! I'll coddle you no more! You're just like a child, always needing me to hold your hand...
Villager: Hey! A-are you awake?
(Byleth rises up)
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|Where am I?||Who are you?|
|Villager: We're in a village at the base of the monastery. What are you doing in a place like this?||Villager: I’m just a villager here. What are you doing in a place like this?|
Villager: I honestly didn't expect to find someone floating away down the river...Garreg Mach is upstream of here, but that place was abandoned.
|What do you mean?|
Villager: Huh? You don't know? The Church of Seiros isn't up there anymore. Though there have been folks still living there in the five years since... Well, you know. Anyway, I've heard some thieves have been spotted around those parts these days.
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|Five years?||What year is it?|
Villager: Um, are you feeling all right? You didn't hit your head or anything, did you? It's the Ethereal Moon of the year 1185. It's been nearly five years since the monastery fell. Tomorrow was supposed to be the millennium festival, but who's got time to think about things like that?
|The millennium festival...|
Villager: Uh, yeah, that's what I said. But with the war and the archbishop still missing and all... I doubt there's a soul to be found who has enough blessings worth counting.
(Byleth prepares to leave into the monastery)
Villager: Hey! Slow down, will ya? Where do you think you're going?
Villager: Are you crazy?! I told ya! The thieves are running amok up there, and there's plenty of other dangers too. I heard a rumor that Imperial troops went up there to investigate and got slaughtered. Every last one! Come on, I promise I won't say you're a coward. Just forget about going anywhere near the monastery.
(Byleth shakes head in dissent)
Villager: You just remember I tried to stop you, got it? It's not on my conscience if you wind up dead!
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|My students are waiting for me.||No need to worry about me.|
|Villager: Students? You really are crazy, aren't you? There aren't any kids anywhere near that place anymore!|
Movie - Reunion: Azure Moon
Byleth slowly walks up the stairs of the monastery as they avoid the bodies of Imperial soldiers littered all across it. Once they reach the top, they find a figure covered in shadow, sitting against the wall and holding a lance.
The figure raises his head as sunlight enters the room, revealing it's Dimitri, who the years have not been kind to him as he now seems to be missing an eye, which is covered by an eyepatch.
Byleth walks towards him and holds out a hand. Seeing this, Dimitri chooses to turn away.
Dimitri: I should have known... that one day... you would be haunting me as well.
Event - Beneath the Azure Moon
(Dimitri raises up, determined to wish Byleth away.)
Dimitri: You... What must I do to be rid of you? I will kill that woman, I swear it. Do not look upon me with scorn in your eyes!
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|What are you talking about?||Everything will be OK.|
(Byleth response confuses Dimitri...?)
Dimitri: You... It can't be! You're alive?!
Dimitri: Hmph. If that is the case... That can only mean you are another Imperial spy. Did you come here to kill me? Answer the question. (Byleth can't help but feel sorrow towards Dimitri's state.)
|Of course not.|
(Dimitri suddenly walks away as. As he's about to exit the tower...)
|I'm glad you're safe.|
Dimitri: Am I?
Event - Aftermath of War
(Byleth follows Dimitri to the monastery's cathedral, now in ruins after the Imperial attack it received five years ago.)
|What have you been doing the past five years?|
Dimitri: I have been dead, more or less.
|Why do you say that?|
Dimitri: What do you hope to gain, asking me that? There are more important matters at hand...
Dimitri: Do you not smell them? Filthy rats. Everywhere. And traces of those who were here long ago. And thieves, crawling from the woodwork, attracted by the promise of treasure.
Dimitri: Heh... Since the monastery fell, order in this area fell right along with it. You must have seen the state of the town near Garreg Mach on your way here. Vile thieves run rampant. They pillage and loot to their heart's content.
Dimitri: I must kill them. Every last one. It's time to hunt down their nest.
|What do you plan to do?|
Dimitri: I told you. I will kill them all.
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|Even thieves are just trying to survive...||We don't have to kill them to stop them.|
|Dimitri: It doesn't matter what their reasons are.||Dimitri: They must die.|
Dimitri: Someone must put a stop to this cycle of the strong trampling the weak. Or do you condone their actions? Do you believe that the pillaging and slaughtering those rats live for is justified?!
Dimitri: It is reprehensible, and they must be put down! I intend to give them a taste of the pain they have inflicted on others.
(Dimitri lowers his head as his rant continues.)
Dimitri: Even if it means becoming a rat myself. I swore to at least do that much... I will not let them down...
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|How many thieves are there?||Can just the two of us hope to prevail?|
Dimitri: It doesn't matter. All that matters is killing those who deserve to die.
|Outer City Wall|
(Meanwhile, a Kingdom soldier is seen near Garreg Mach's outer walls reporting something to...Gilbert?)
Gilbert: Good work. I should have known to check the monastery... Let's move, quickly.
Kingdom Soldier: Yes, sir!
(As the soldier leaves, Gilbert mutters to himself.)
Gilbert: Dimitri... I'm on my way.
Narration - Reunion at Dawn
|“||In the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, Imperialist loyalist Cornelia has subdued all regions of the former royal house of Blaiddyd to prevent further revolt. Prince Dimitri has been sentenced. Now, the backbone of the former Kingdom—Houses Gautier and Fraldarius—struggle to continue the resistance. Cornelia—operating out of the royal palace—has accepted the support of the Empire to build an army and plots to wipe out all remaining Kingdom forces.
In the Leicester Alliance, House Riegan leads an anti-Imperial faction, while House Gloucester directs the Empire’s supporters. Despite the undeniable threat of fracture, the Alliance’s adept new leader, Claude, deftly maintains the outward appearance of a unified front.
In Enbarr, the Imperial Capital of the Adrestian Empire, Emperor Edelgard fights to strengthen her regime. She has extended her reach to the Kingdom by inciting a coup and continues to draw its former lords under her influence in pursuit of controlling all of western Fódlan.
In the meantime, the Knights of Seiros have been dispatched to find Archbishop Rhea, who remains missing despite their searching. Left unattended, the monastery at Garreg Mach has fallen to ruin... and become a haven for thieves.
— Introduction to Reunion at Dawn
Battle: Reunion at Dawn
|Garreg Mach Monastery Outskirts|
Dimitri: It smells of blood and sewage. Seems I've found their nest.
Pallardó: What the... Intruders! Protect the goods!
Player Phase 1
Dimitri: Shall we go rat hunting? Don't let a single vermin escape!
Blue Lions & Gilbert Arrive - Part 1
Gilbert: His Highness! And... Professor? We must speak later.
Ashe: I know it's been five years, but I never expected the monastery to end up like this.
Dimitri: Why... Why are you here?
Blue Lions Arrive - Part 2
Dimitri: Listen up. We must end this quickly.
Playable Units begin Reaching Pallardó
Dimitri: There are openings to the north and south. We'll split into two and tear them apart.
If Byleth Talks with the Returning Students
- Byleth may earn support points with the students after talking with them.
Ashe: We promised five years ago we'd meet here and now!
Mercedes: Getting to see you and everyone else again makes having to leave my family feel less difficult.
Annette: Long time no see, Professor! I always knew in my heart that we'd meet again!
If Byleth is Male If Byleth is Female
Sylvain: Where have you been the last five years? I was worried about you, and then I was just sad.
Sylvain: Professor! Has it really been five years? You're as pretty as ever, and that's the only thing that matters.
Ingrid: I'm glad we could meet again, Professor. It'll be nice to fight alongside each other. Just like old times.
Felix: Fancy meeting you here. A welcome surprise.
If Pallardó's Reinforcements Escape
Dimitri: I wanted to kill them once and for all. Now they'll just keep doing the same damned things.
Main Boss - Pallardó
Decoy's Battle Quote:
|“||No! I'm not the one you want! Gah! I guess I've got no choice.||”|
— Decoy Pallardó's Battle Quote
(Pallardó and 2 thieves spawn from the top or botton of the decoy's room.)
Pallardó: It isn't looking good for us. Should we retreat?
Dimitri: You didn't plan on letting him get away, did you?
|“||Ah, you should yield me a tidy profit!||”|
— Pallardó Vs Anyone
|“||I thought it would be easy money... Maybe it wasn't...meant to be...||”|
— Pallardó's Death Quote
If Pallardo Escapes
Pallardó: I no longer have any reason to be here. Good-bye and be well!
Dimitri: Damn it, we failed to kill him...
If Pallardo Falls
Event - The Fallen Monastery
|Outer City Wall*|
(The returning Blue Lions and Gilbert have finally reunited with Byleth and Dimitri.)
Ingrid: Your Highness! Professor! I'm so glad you're both safe...
Dimitri: Why are you here?
Ashe: Did you forget? We all made a promise on this very day five years ago.
Mercedes: Dimitri, weren't you the one who asked that we all meet up here?
Annette: Don't be silly! Of course you remember our promise. That's why you and the professor are here, right?
Gilbert: Your Highness... I have been following news of your whereabouts for a while now. I am relieved to have finally found you.
Dimitri: Do not call me that. I am not a prince, but a walking corpse.
|Why would you say that?|
(Gilbert then looks at Byleth.)
Gilbert: That is what we all believed, but it is not so. I can see with my own eyes that you are alive, Your Highness.
Gilbert: But the jail cells in Fhirdiad are as solid as they come. How did you manage to...
(Now that Dimitri mentions it, Dedue is the only student that appears to be missing from the group...)
Dimitri: He's dead. He died in my place.
Gilbert: I see. We will be sure to honor his loyalty, Your Highness.
(Gilbert bows down to apologize.)
Gilbert: As for the state of the Kingdom, the lords from the western regions have declared their fealty to the Empire, starting with House Rowe. Cornelia's band of traitors now refers to Kingdom territory as the Faerghus Dukedom. They've made Fhirdiad their stronghold as they continue to invade the eastern region.
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|Gilbert: She is a mage who has served the royal family for more than 20 years.|
Gilbert: There is much to tell you. I will explain everything in time.
Sylvain: There are plenty of houses, like mine and Felix's, that remain stubbornly opposed.
Gilbert: Your Highness. Please allow us to take up arms at your side once more. What we need more than anything isn't soldiers, money, or supplies. We need the legitimate heir of Faerghus to overthrow the Empire and reclaim the Kingdom!
Gilbert: Such is your duty. It is yours alone to bear and well worth fighting for. Only you can gather our troops and lead us back into the light.
|You are still needed, Dimitri.|
Dimitri: I see.
(Dimitri then begins talking to everyone.)
Dimitri: So, you all agree that we must fight back. And you see how that woman...how the Empire cannot be forgiven. That we must wipe them all out until not a single one of them remains...
Annette: Wipe them all out? Umm, I don't think any of us here are suggesting anything that extreme...
(Gilbert then looks at Byleth once more.)
Gilbert: Professor... There is something I would like to ask you. Please join me inside the monastery.
(Byleth nods, accepting Gilbert's invitation.)
Event - Five Years Lost
(Now in the Knights' Hall, Byleth has explained Gilbert their confusing situation during the past five years.)
Gilbert: To think you survived under all that rubble for the past five years... I suppose stranger things have happened, odd as that is to admit. There is still much I would like to ask you... But I think that's enough for now.
|Choice 1||Choice 2|
|Is Rhea safe?||Where are the Knights of Seiros?|
(Given Byleth's lack of knowledge, Gilbert proceeds to fill them in on what happened back then...)
Gilbert: On that day five years ago, during the battle with the Imperial army, Lady Rhea went missing. Since then, the Knights of Seiros have continued searching for her...and for you. I hear they have yet to find any promising leads.
Gilbert: As the Empire has yet to release a statement, it's hard to imagine that she has perished. And yet... Ah, never mind. Once news of your survival gets out, everyone will flock back to the monastery.
|What happened to the Kingdom?|
Gilbert: After that battle, a certain...incident took place in Fhirdiad.
Gilbert: Rufus, who was serving as king regent, was murdered. I was once a knight in service of the royal family... I resigned from the Knights of Seiros, and returned to serve the Kingdom. However...
(As Gilbert recaps, memories from the incident begin to cover the screen...)
|Fhirdiad, The Kingdom Capital (Year 1181)|
Gilbert: This is madness! You truly claim that His Highness is the one who killed Rufus?!
(Gilbert is indigned upon hearing the news from a lady with light-orange long hair and revealing attire.)
Cornelia: Oh, but it's true. The only one who could slip past the bodyguards and kill so efficiently is the young prince. You can't deny it.
Gilbert: Rufus is Prince Dimitri's uncle! His Highness is incapable of such an atrocious crime as murdering his own blood!
Cornelia: Ah, but they were never very close, were they? It's a well-known fact among former retainers. There are even rumors that Rufus was originally involved in the Tragedy of Duscur... Perhaps His Highness believed those rumors and murdered Rufus in a fit of rage.
Cornelia: But I'm afraid none of that matters now.
Gilbert: Cornelia. Do not tell me that you...
Cornelia: The decision has been made. His Highness will pay for his crime with his head. His sentence will be carried out the day after tomorrow. On that day, the royal bloodline will come to an end.
(As Cornelia is about to pass Gilbert by, she stops and parts with the following words...)
Cornelia: All you have left to do is sit back and watch, you senile old fool. Watch as the Kingdom you love falls to ashes.
(Back to the present...)
Gilbert: It was soon after announced that his sentence had been carried out. With His Highness's death, the royal bloodline of House Blaiddyd was erased from this world. True to her word, all we could do was watch as she tore the Kingdom apart before our eyes.
Gilbert: Since the execution and the prince's corpse were concealed from the public, there have always been those who believed His Highness was still alive...
Gilbert: As for myself, I only began to hope three years ago, when I chanced upon some compelling rumors...
Gilbert: An Imperial platoon attacked without warning. Incident after incident of Imperial generals being slaughtered in Kingdom territory. It is said that each died in such a brutal, gruesome way that...it is hard to imagine they were killed by human hands.
Gilbert: I followed the rumors to location after location. Eventually, I had seen enough. I knew the rumors were true.
(Sorrow can be felt in Gilbert's voice.)
Gilbert: Finally, after a half decade of torment, it happened. I found him... I fear his deep hatred, and the weight of his solitude, have consumed him for far too long...
Gilbert: We must bring him back from the edge on which he stands. To that end, I must speak with His Highness. I imagine it will not be a quick or easy conversation. I pray that he is of a mind to speak of such things. I am certain that my words will... Never mind. What must be done, must be done.
Gilbert: I would wager that you are weary after the day's events. Perhaps you should take this opportunity to get some rest.
(Byleth nods in agreement.)