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The Impregnable Fortress (Azure Moon)/Script

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Azure Moon
Blue Sea Moon

The Impregnable Fortress

Opening Narration FETH Faerghus banner.png

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When Claude steps down as its leader, the Leicester Alliance disbands and its lords swear fealty to the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. The chaos in the Kingdom begins to dissipate as the people unite under Dimitri's rule. Riding this momentum, the Kingdom army prepares to march south for a decisive battle against Imperial forces.
— Chapter 20 opening narration

Event - The Impregnable Fortress

Date: 7/4
Knights' Hall
Daytime

(In the Knights' Hall, Dimitri, Byleth, the rest of ex-Blue Lions, Gilbert and Seteth discuss their upcoming course of action.)
Dimitri: We will finally have our decisive battle with the Empire this month.
Gilbert: The eastern lords are in the process of consolidating all of the troops within the entire Kingdom.

If the paralogue The Silver Maiden has been completed Otherwise

Gilbert: In addition, ever since Arianrhod's liberation, the western lords have been declaring their fealty one after another.

Ashe: Affairs within the Kingdom have calmed down considerably, and we even managed to win over the Alliance.
Annette: Although it was a rough go at first, I'm starting to feel like we could actually win this!
Mercedes: That's true! Thinking back on it now, we've really come a long way.
Seteth: We even have a lead as to where Rhea is located. It is as we predicted all along. If we are to rescue Rhea, then we must defeat the emperor...
(Ashe then looks at Dimitri.)
Ashe: Um, if we're going to march from the monastery to Enbarr, then we'll have to cross the Great Bridge of Myrddin again, right?
Dimitri: Yes, I believe so. As we have gained the Alliance's support, we should not have any trouble this time.
Dimitri: After the bridge, we can cross Gronder Field and head south. And then we'll take Merceus, the so-called impregnable fortress that towers on the other side.

An impregnable fortress?

If the paralogue The Silver Maiden has been completed Otherwise

Ashe: Fort Merceus... I know of it. They say it rivals even Arianrhod.

Gilbert: Count Bergliez, the Empire's Minister of Military Affairs, once had troops stationed there. But according to our spies, a large-scale military force has entered the stronghold. Perhaps they are gathering soldiers from various regions to compensate for their losses.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Should we try to avoid it? Can we really prevail?
Dimitri: If we try to avoid it, those troops will follow us and attack from the rear. It is best for us to handle the situation head-on. Dimitri: It is unlike you to worry so. But I feel we have no choice but to strip that place of its "impregnable" reputation.

Dimitri: Once we take Fort Merceus, Enbarr will be within reach. This is the Empire's last chance to stop us from arriving at our goal.
Sylvain: In other words, if we take this fort, then our blades will be at the emperor's throat in no time.
Ashe: If this is the last fort between us and them, then the emperor will likely do everything she can to strengthen its defenses.
(Dimitri takes the opportunity to communicate important news.)
Dimitri: I just received a report on that very subject. The one commanding the troops stationed at Fort Merceus is someone we have crossed blades with many times.
Dimitri: It is the Death Knight who awaits us there.

If the paralogue The Face Beneath has been completed...

(Mercedes's expression turns grim upon the mention of the masked knight.)
Mercedes: Oh... So that's who we'll be battling... Emile...

Exploration: The Impregnable Fortress (Azure Moon)

Potential Dates: 7/5, 7/12, 7/19 and 7/26

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Narration - Taking Fort Merceus

The Kingdom army crosses the Great Bridge of Myrddin a second time, moving south through Gronder Field. However, in order to reach Enbarr, they must first seize the impregnable Fort Merceus.
— Introduction to Taking Fort Merceus

Event - The Death Knight

Date: 7/31
Gronder Field (Empire Territory)
Daytime

(The Kingdom army stands over Gronder Field.)
Dimitri: Fort Merceus...said to rival Arianrhod, the Silver Maiden. Perhaps a head-on siege was a foolish plan, after all.
Gilbert: No, you're right that it's the only way. I don't think the Death Knight would have fallen for any tricks.
Gilbert: Even if they are denied supplies, they could hold a fortress like this for months. And we cannot discount the possibility that they will receive more reinforcements if our siege is delayed.
Dimitri: Yes, my thoughts exactly. Then we have no option but to do the best we can.
(Dimitri looks at Byleth.)
Dimitri: Say, Professor... In the past, it seemed like the Death Knight took some strange satisfaction from his fights with you. He's an unpredictable opponent. A dangerous one. Please proceed with caution.

Choice 1 Choice 2
No need to worry. Will you save me if I'm in trouble?
Dimitri: I have not come this far just to lose you here. I'm serious. Do not be reckless out there. Dimitri: Of course. You were the heart of the Blue Lions, and the same holds true for the Kingdom army.
If the paralogue The Face Beneath was completed...

(Mercedes slowly walks towards were Byleth, Dimitri and Gilbert are. She looks worried.)
Dimitri: Mercedes...
Mercedes: So, the Death Knight really is inside that fortress. Dear Emile...
Dimitri: I want you to know that no one is forcing you to battle with us at the front lines. I support whatever you decide.
Mercedes: Please, stop. We can't have you saying that.
Mercedes: You and I are the same, after all. We both have to fight our family for the good of the world... And since that's the way it is, I couldn't live with myself if I was the only one running away from this battle.
Mercedes: I will bring Emile back to his senses. I must. I'm his big sister, after all.
(Mercedes tries to smile.)
Dimitri: Understood. Stay safe out there, Mercedes.

Regardless...
Fort Merceus (Empire Territory)

(In the meantime, in Fort Merceus...)
Death Knight: That (wo)man approaches...

If Caspar was not recruited Otherwise

(Caspar reports to the Death Knight.)
Caspar: They broke through the gates? Guess it's time for an impressive counterattack!

(Linhardt then reports to the Death Knight as well.)
Linhardt: Ugh... How did I get tangled up in all of this...

Death Knight: Will death's scythe claim you... Or will I fall to that sword of yours...
Death Knight: And Mercedes... Here you are as well...

Battle: Taking Fort Merceus

Fort Merceus

Before Battle

Death Knight: They broke through the main gate... Trample them. All save...that (wo)man...

Dimitri: Even though we smashed the main gate, Fort Merceus is still an ironclad fortress. And the enemy commander is the Death Knight. We must not falter in our assault!

Player Phase 1

Dimitri: I now see why they call this keep impregnable. Everywhere you turn is defensive weaponry. We must capture all of those locations as we push forward. If even one of them takes a shot at you, we will be in trouble.
(The camera then focuses on all of Fort Merceus' Fire Orbs and Ballistas.)

Enemy Reinforcements Arrive

Gilbert: Worrisome. They have a leader capable of summoning reinforcements. If we find and strike down that person, we can prevent further interruptions.

Western Empire Units Begin Moving

Death Knight: Western units, reinforce the east side...

Eastern Empire Units Begin Moving

Death Knight: Eastern units, advance to the front line...

Multiple Empire Units Begin Moving

Death Knight: Fools. Push forward and surround them...

One of the Reinforcement Gates has been Blocked

Gilbert: There will be no further reinforcements from this side. However, the other side is still in action.
Dimitri: If they call in more reinforcements, we'll be in great danger. We must take down the other commander as well and fast.

Both Reinforcements Gates have been Blocked

Dimitri: Good. Now we should not have to worry about any more reinforcements crashing the party.

Sub Boss - Caspar

Caspar does not appear if he was recruited and is replaced by an Imperial General Warrior instead.

Vs Anyone:

Did you have to kill a lot of your friends to get here? Cause I'm gonna give this fight everything I've got!
— Caspar Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

It's way over my head, and I don't really get what's going on between you and Edelgard. I thought for sure you two would come to an understanding, but I guess I was wrong.
— Caspar Vs Byleth

Vs Linhardt:

Caspar: Looks like we ended up on opposing sides, Linhardt!
Linhardt: Certainly seems that way. I could almost weep over how things turned out. Do you realize, Caspar, that this is the first time we've ever fought?
Caspar: Yeah, I think you're right. The first and probably the last!

— Caspar Vs Linhardt

Death Quote:

Don't worry about me... I always knew... losing meant death...
— Caspar's Death Quote

Sub Boss - Linhardt

Linhardt does not appear if he was recruited and is replaced by an Imperial General Bishop instead.

Vs Anyone:

I'd rather not fight, yet avoiding it is more frustrating and fruitless than engaging in the battle itself.
— Linhardt Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

Ever since returning to the Empire, I knew this day would arrive. I just hoped it might take a bit longer. Ugh...
— Linhardt Vs Byleth

Vs Caspar:

Caspar: Looks like we ended up on opposing sides, Linhardt!
Linhardt: Certainly seems that way. I could almost weep over how things turned out. Do you realize, Caspar, that this is the first time we've ever fought?
Caspar: Yeah, I think you're right. The first and probably the last!

— Linhardt Vs Caspar

Death Quote:

I hope someday there will be no fighting and we can all just...nap the afternoon away...
— Linhardt's Death Quote

Boss - Death Knight

Vs Anyone:

I have no need of you.
— Death Knight Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

You're stronger now. Whether I kill you or you kill me, I'm looking forward to this!
— Death Knight Vs Byleth

Vs Dimitri:

Death Knight: You dare stand between me and my pleasure?
Dimitri: Yes. I dare stand against you, Death Knight.
Death Knight: Death is all that remains...

— Death Knight Vs Dimitri

Vs Mercedes:

Mercedes: I came here to get you. Let's return together...Emile.
Death Knight: Leave. The place of your death is not here...

— Death Knight Vs Mercedes

Vs Seteth:

Seteth: You will not escape, Death Knight. Today you will be unmasked!
Death Knight: My true identity has no value.
Seteth: I will be the judge of that, once I've seen your face.

— Death Knight Vs Seteth

Vs Flayn:

Flayn: So it's you, Death Knight! Remember me?!
Death Knight: You again. Here to lose more blood?
Flayn: Never! You will not lay a hand on me ever again!

— Death Knight Vs Flayn

Death Quote:

To kill, to die... To know one without the other would be maddening...
— Death Knight's Death Quote

The Death Knight has Fallen

Dimitri: The enemy general has been vanquished! Everyone, move to gain control of the keep! Victory is ours! Raise the banner of the knights. May it soar proudly over the impregnable fortress!

Mercedes: Oh! I have to meet... I have to meet Emile!

Event - War Council: Blue Sea Moon

If the paralogue The Face Beneath was completed, and both Mercedes and Annette are on the map...
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Mercedes runs towards the fallen Death Knight. His armor is covered by bloodstains and his helmet has been broken completely, revealing the knight's true identity.
It's Jeritza. Or rather, Emile...

Mercedes: Emile...

Tears begin falling through Mercedes's eyes.

Mercedes: I'm so sorry... This is all my fault for leaving you behind when I left House Bartels.
Mercedes: I should have gone back for you sooner...

Death Knight: Argh...

Emile barely musters strenght to use his voice, if only for this moment.

Mercedes: I'm sorry for not being a better sister to you.

Death Knight: Mer...cedes...

Mercedes: Please forgive me, Emile...

Annette interrupts Mercedes.

Annette: Mercie, we need to go. Now.

Mercedes: ...

Mercedes then looks at his brother one last time before getting up to catch the others. He seems to have already departed...

Mercedes: Good-bye...


Regardless...

Gilbert: Your Highness, our capture of the fortress is complete.
Dimitri: Now the path to the Imperial capital has finally opened to us. Once we have finished cleaning up after the battle, let's have another meeting to discuss our next move.

Choice 1 Choice 2
We should have a victory celebration. Aren't you overworking yourself?
Dimitri: It would be one thing if we were at home or at the monastery, but to waste our resources like that here would be most— Dimitri: Naturally. But it matters not.
Dimitri: Consider this... Once this war is over, the mountain of official business on my plate will be even taller. If I can't handle at least this much, how will I—

(Just then, a Kingdom Soldier reports to Dimitri.)
Kingdom Soldier: Pardon the interruption! We've just received a letter from Margrave Gautier.
Dimitri: Very well. I will read it at once.
(Byleth nods, agreeing with Dimitri.)

(Some time later...)
Dimitri: I see... It seems the conflict within Faerghus has at last come to an end.
Kingdom Soldier: Yes, Your Highness! The Margrave and the other eastern lords are at the center of it, and are gathering the Kingdom's military forces even now. They intend to join with the Alliance army and send troops and supplies to the monastery.
Sylvain: Whaddaya know... My old man is really pulling his weight. Did he seem well?
Kingdom Soldier: Yes, as well as can be expected. He has taken it upon himself to bring order back to our troubled territory while His Highness is away.
Dimitri: I am truly in the Margrave's debt. I will be sure to thank him properly at first opportunity.
Dimitri: Thank you for the information. Now tell me, did it seem to you that my presence was needed back at the monastery?
Kingdom Soldier: Well... I do have a verbal message from the Margrave on the subject.
(The aura of the place gets serious.)
Dimitri: A verbal message? How strange...
Kingdom Soldier: The other day, he arrested one of Viscount Kleiman's men. And, well... The prisoner has claimed involvement in the Tragedy of Duscur. He has implicated his lord as well.
(Dimitri is visibly stun by the news.)
Dimitri: Go on.
Kingdom Soldier: I was told they would be transporting this man to the monastery along with the troops and supplies. The Margrave said that regardless of the credibility of the man's testimony, how he should be dealt with was your decision alone, Your Highness.
Dimitri: Very well. All that considered, I will return to the monastery at once.
(Dimitri looks at Byleth.)
Dimitri: Will you come with me, Professor?
(Byleth nods. Dimitri smiles.)
Dimitri: Thank you.