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Crimson Flower
Guardian Moon

The Master Tactician

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Having crushed the Alliance’s army and captured the Great Bridge of Myrddin, the Imperial army prepares to attack Derdriu––the Alliance’s base of operations.
— Chapter 14 opening narration

Event - The Aquatic Capital

Date: 1/3
Advisory Room
Daytime

(Edelgard discusses her current plans with Byleth.)
Edelgard: Professor, what is your opinion of Claude? I can’t help but wonder what sort of impression he made on you.

Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
He’s a schemer. He's a jokester. He would be a good king.
Edelgard: That is inarguable. And his schemes are still going strong.
Edelgard: With them, he’s managed to keep the Leicester Alliance from the Empire’s grasp.
Edelgard: That much is obvious. He acts like a fool, but still manages to make the impossible happen. That’s as true now as ever.
Edelgard: He’s managed to protect the Leicester Alliance with his cunning alone.
Edelgard: Interesting... I’ve never thought of him like that. However, I know you have a keen eye for potential.
Edelgard: After all, as leader of the Leicester Alliance, he has managed to protect his entire territory all this time.


How has he done that?

Edelgard: Since the beginning, territories within the Alliance have been split between those who support the Empire and those who oppose it. Claude has been acting as an intermediary between the two, essentially keeping the Alliance pacified. As both sides are of equal strength, he’s created a situation in which they’ve all agreed to avoid fighting each other and causing undue bloodshed.
Edelgard: By carrying on as though the Alliance is united, he’s minimized the Empire’s influence there.
(Hubert enters the room and comments.)
Hubert: Heh. It’s quite impressive how well his bold scheme has worked out. However, he is walking on thin ice. One wrong move and the Alliance will shatter. (Hubert then looks at Edelgard)
Hubert: Speaking of Claude... Your Majesty, we should not delay in our invasion of the Alliance. It would seem that Claude has some fresh scheme up his sleeve, to no one’s surprise.
Edelgard: Is that so?
Hubert: Yes. The people of Derdriu have suddenly found it difficult to leave or enter the city. We can safely assume he is preparing for battle, but I am certain his plans extend beyond that as well.
Hubert: Do you not think we should take Derdriu at once?
Edelgard: Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital... A city floating on the ocean certainly poses a challenge.
Edelgard: Since it’s deep within Riegan territory, we haven’t had the opportunity to attack it directly. However, now that we have control of the Great Bridge of Myrddin, our situation has changed drastically. They can no longer expand their supply line into the Empire, and so we can finally attack Riegan territory.
Hubert: House Riegan is not only Claude’s house, but also the flagship of those who oppose the Empire within the Alliance. If House Riegan falls, the other Alliance lords will be tripping over themselves to join us. That is why we cannot fail to take Derdriu.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Let’s go. That seems difficult.
Hubert: Confidence is one thing, Professor, but see to it that you do not underestimate Claude. Hubert: Fair enough. Claude will certainly be a difficult opponent.

Hubert: The leader of the Alliance has had many things said about him... They say he is unbeatable in a battle of intellect. I hear they call him the Master Tactician.

Exploration: The Master Tactician

Potential Dates: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18 and 1/25

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Event - The Truth About Relics

Date: 1/26
Entrance Hall
Morning

(As Edelgard & Byleth are about to depart to Derdriu...)
Edelgard: It’s almost time to depart. Are you ready?

Choice 1 Choice 2
Leave it to me. I don’t think we can win.
Edelgard: A promising answer. Whatever happens, never allow your foe to see any weakness. Edelgard: I agree that Claude will prove a difficult foe. Still, do not speak such words right before a battle.

Edelgard: We must pay attention not only to Claude’s schemes but to the man himself. He’s a master archer who wields the legendary bow Failnaught. He won’t fall easily.

Failnaught...

Edelgard: It’s the Relic of House Riegan. That bow once belonged to one of the 10 Elites.
Edelgard: Professor... Do you know the true story behind the legend?
Edelgard: The Relics were created by the hands of mankind. Seiros collected them after killing the 10 Elites. Seiros manipulated the people of the world and defeated the all-powerful King Nemesis.

Choice 1 Choice 2
I thought he was corrupted by his power? Why would she do that?
Edelgard: That’s the history the Church of Seiros maintains. However, it was little more than a simple dispute. Edelgard: The church maintains the false history that he was corrupted and turned evil. However, it was little more than a simple dispute.

Edelgard: Should the one leading the people of the world be someone with humanity or a creature that can merely masquerade as a human at will?
Edelgard: In the end, Seiros was victorious. The Immaculate One and her family then took control of Fodlan. I know this because that knowledge is passed down from emperor to emperor. And that is the because the first emperor is the human who cooperated with Seiros, allowing humanity to be controlled in secret.

...

Edelgard: Perhaps it’s fate that you can wield the Sword of the Creator, just like Nemesis, the King of Liberation.
Edelgard: And that very fate will lead you to use that sword to stand against those who would distort history.

Event - The Alliance Leader's Scheme

Date: 1/27
City Streets (Derdriu, the Aquatic Capital)
Daytime

(Meanwhile in Derdriu, Claude seems to be talking with someone...)
Claude: It seems they’ve set out from Garreg Mach... That’s sooner than expected.
Claude: Losing the Great Bridge of Myrddin was a serious blow. So is the fact that Teach is still alive. On top of all that...Judith. I told her to run if things looked grim.
Claude: Damn it. So many people will die, and by my call.
(The camera then reveals who was Claude talking to...)
Nader: And, so what? Gonna run back home with your tail between your legs?
Claude: Nader... You’re really getting on my nerves. Do you have any idea how much of the Alliance adores me and believes in me?
Nader: Well, I suppose it’s quite a lot. Does that mean that...
Claude: Yes. The plan is a go. I’m counting on you, Nader.
Claude: We’ll make a good show taking down those who would assault Derdriu.
Nader: People say our kind may not always win, but we never lose. Let’s teach them the real meaning of those words.
(Claude then looks at the distance.)
Claude: Now then... Let’s see what you’re made of, Teach...

Narration - Capturing Derdriu

North of the Great Bridge of Myrddin, the Imperial Army passes through the allied territory of House Gloucester and invades the land of House Riegan, which leads the opposition.
They move to attack Claude in the capital, Derdriu, where the leader of the Alliance awaits their arrival.

— Introduction to Capturing Derdriu

Battle: Capturing Derdriu

Date: 1/31
Derdriu

Before Battle

Claude: Here she comes, at long last... I've done all I can to prepare. Let the cards fall where they may. It'll be a true test of strength.

Edelgard: It seems Claude has blockaded the city and occupied the naval port.
Hubert: Heh. If that is the case, he will have no choice but to engage us from there.
Edelgard: Yes. Though putting myself in Claude's place leaves me with an unpleasant feeling... If we take over the port and close the entry to the city, Derdriu will be under our control. Each soldier should bear that in mind as they advance.

Player Phase 1

Hubert: There are three gates which connect Derdriu to its naval port. Taking the city will be easy once we secure all three.

Enemy Phase 1

Claude: Now it's our turn, Almyra's elite! Strike the flanks of the Imperial army!
(Derdriu's Harbor is quickly occupied by three Almyran ships, unleashing a wave of reinforcements led by Nader.)

Claude: Those fangs and claws the Alliance fears so much will now be their salvation!
Nader: Leave it to us, kiddo! My undefeated streak will live on. Another chapter in my heroic saga!

Edelgard: That flag and banner... Is that the Almyran army? Ugh, you really did it, Claude!
Hubert: This is no ruse. That is Nader, an Almyran general.
Edelgard: Take care of them quickly! Especially those Almyran wyverns!

Enemy Phase 3 (If Nader hasn't Fallen)

Hubert: The Almyran reinforcements keep coming. We should try to eliminate Nader...

All Reinforcement Tiles are Captured

Villager: We don't have the guts to resist anymore! Here...you can have this! Just please don't attack the city!
Edelgard: I never planned to touch the city. Our target is the Alliance and their leader, Claude.

Sub Boss - Lysithea

Lysithea does not appear if she was recruited and is replaced by an Alliance General Gremory instead.

Vs Anyone:

Don't expect me to go easy on you. Because I won't.
— Lysithea Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

You are here as well, Professor? That is a shame...
— Lysithea Vs Byleth

Vs Edelgard:

Edelgard: Lysithea. How unfortunate that a talented woman like you should throw her life away on a pointless battle.
Lysithea: Ha, do not underestimate me. The fight is far from over, Edelgard!

— Lysithea Vs Edelgard

Vs Balthus:

If both hadn't supported each other in Part I Otherwise

Balthus: Ugh, you're here too? You aren't gonna make this easy on me, are you, little lady?
Lysithea: You think you stand a chance against me? However you feel, I won't stand down.
Balthus: No way, pal. I won't kill you... Hey, Professor! Persuade this one to join our side later, yeah?

— Lysithea Vs Balthus

Defeat Quote:

That's the last of my energy... If you're gonna kill me, make it quick. Fair warning though, I'll likely come back to haunt you. It's not like I've had an easy time of it, after all...
— Lysithea's Defeat Quote
If Lysithea is spared
You...want me to join you? The Alliance is over no matter what. The only thing left is to place faith in you and Edelgard. There's still so much I have to accomplish. Thank you for the second chance, Professor.
— If Lysithea is spared
If Lysithea isn't spared
Father, Mother... I'm sorry I didn't listen to you...
— Lysithea's Death Quote

Sub Boss - Hilda

Vs Anyone:

You didn't forget about me, did you? Maybe you should just let me go.
— Hilda Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

Professor! It's been too long. But now we're on opposite sides, huh? What a shame. I'm not going to hold back. I can't let down my dear old Claude.
— Hilda Vs Byleth

Vs Marianne:

Marianne: I-I'm so sorry, Hilda. I...
Hilda: It's OK, Marianne. These things happen in war.

— Hilda Vs Marianne

Vs Balthus:

Balthus: Back off, Hilda. Holst wouldn't want this.
Hilda: No, Baltie, you back off. I'm right where I wanna be. If you kill me here, I won't be the one my brother holds responsible.
Balthus: If that happens, offering my life is the least I can do to make it up to him. That...and bringing you home.

— Hilda Vs Balthus

Death Quote:

Hilda: It's been fun, Claude... Sorry to go so soon...
Claude: Hilda! Why didn't you retreat?! I counted on you retreating...

— Hilda's Death Quote

Sub Boss - Nader

Vs Anyone:

It's been 30-odd years since I first set foot on a field of battle. Here's a taste of my undefeated strength!
— Nader Vs Anyone

Vs Edelgard:

Nader: The emperor continues fighting at the front line. Is the Empire short on troops?
Edelgard: Unfortunately, I can't deny it. But then, I've heard the Almyran king does the very same. You have traveled far. I do hope it's for a king who would not only lead his army but fight at their side.
Nader: Touché... Yes, he is that sort of king!

— Nader Vs Edelgard

Defeat Quote:

Nader: Sorry, kiddo. It seems we'll have to withdraw...
Claude: You've done enough, Nader. Just stay alive. We'll meet again one day!

Edelgard: We have forced the Almyran forces to flee. I doubt they're expecting more reinforcements.

— Nader's Defeat Quote

Main Boss - Claude

Vs Anyone:

Heh... So sad that our reunion should take place on the battlefield.
— Claude Vs Anyone

Vs Byleth:

Teach... You should have chosen me instead of Edelgard. No point in whining about it now, I suppose. Sorry, but I'll be taking the win today.
— Claude Vs Byleth

Vs Edelgard:

Claude: We haven't seen each other since Garreg Mach. You've grown lovelier than ever, Edelgard.
Edelgard: You're not so unfortunate yourself. And as usual, you're here at a most inopportune moment.
Claude: Well, I'm sure we have much to talk about... But how about we settle things first.
Edelgard: No objections here. Prepare yourself, Claude.

— Claude Vs Edelgard

Vs Jeritza:

Hey, how long's it been? Five years? Who'd have thought you'd end up an Imperial general...
— Claude Vs Jeritza

If Claude's Defeated with Byleth or Edelgard

Claude: Enough! You've bested me. If I die here, the Alliance becomes part of the Empire.
Edelgard: Do you yield, then? You've never known when to give up.
Claude: Well, I can't just surrender so easily. I'm responsible for the others. If you're as smart as you seem, I bet you've figured out why I was able to summon Almyran reinforcements. Wouldn't it be better to let me go and have me in your debt?

— If Claude's defeated with either Byleth or Edelgard
If Claude is spared...
Claude Thank you, Professor. And you, Edelgard. I'm truly grateful for your courageous decision. I will return your kindness one day... I promise.
(Claude flies into the ocean until he disappears from the map...)

— Claude's Defeat Quote
If Claude isn't spared...
I see. Right until the very end, I've read this whole thing terribly wrong... All my hopes have fallen to ash... It's all up to you now, Edelgard... I hope you really do make the world...better...
— Claude's Death Quote 1

If Claude's Defeated with Anyone Else

The plan's not working... The fate of the Leicester Alliance, and all of my dreams, have fallen to ash... It's all up to you now, Edelgard... I hope you really do make the world...better...
— Claude's Death Quote 2

The Alliance's Leader has been Bested

Edelgard: Everybody! Raise your voices in a victory cheer! Derdriu is ours!

Event - Triumphant Return

If Claude was spared... If Claude was killed...

(As Byleth and Edelgard are about to reminisce...)

Claude: Hey, Teach.
(Edelgard is caught off guard by Claude's sudden visit.)
Edelgard: Claude?!
Claude: Settle down, will you? You’re the victor, after all. I could have escaped, but I decided to say hi to Teach. Nothing to worry about.
Claude: Derdriu has fallen and the Alliance has collapsed. There’s nothing I could do to turn things around at this point.
(Edelgard cannot believe what she's hearing.)
Edelgard: You want me to drop my guard around someone who evaded detection by my soldiers? Impossible.
Edelgard: Did you really risk coming here just to say hello?
Claude: I did. But mostly, I wanted to say good-bye. I’m leaving Fódlan.

Choice 1 Choice 2
Why are you leaving? Lend us your strength.
(Support points with Claude go up.)
Claude: Lend you my... I knew I liked you, Teach!

Claude: I daresay Fódlan would be a lot more peaceful without me around. Right, Your Majesty?
Edelgard: It’s as you say. So long as you remain here, the faction of the Alliance that is against the Empire will continue to support you.
Claude: Too true. It’s best if I leave this place altogether. I’ll just have to find some other way to pay back my debt to you.
Claude: All I ask is that you go easy on the Alliance. After all, no one there would dare defy you. And please, treat my former classmates well. I’ve asked them to cooperate with you if I lost.
Edelgard: Wait... Did your scheming include a plan for if the Alliance lost?
Claude: Heh, you think too highly of me. It just seems that way now. Outside of Derdriu, most of the Alliance is unscathed and ready to join your superior strength.
(Claude then briefly looks at the sky.)
Claude: In all honesty, I was hoping to become a supreme ruler and lead Fódlan to peace myself. But...that won’t be happening now.
Edelgard: Claude...
(Claude then looks at the Adrestian Emperor.)
Claude: Good luck to you, Edelgard.
(Claude turns around and departs...)

Edelgard: We crushed him in battle and yet... He really is difficult to understand.

(Suddenly, Hubert and the rest of the army shows up.)

Hubert: Lady Edelgard, Derdriu is now completely under our control.
Hubert: As planned, the Alliance’s affairs will now be overseen by Count Bergliez.
Caspar: My father is coming here? First west, than east... You sure keep him busy.
Hubert: Should the others return to the monastery and prepare to face the Kingdom?
Edelgard: Yes. Thank you, Hubert.

(Edelgard begins talking to everyone.)

Edelgard: Thanks to all of your efforts, our battle with the Alliance has reached its conclusion. However, we still can’t afford to be careless. We must now join the battle against the Kingdom. With the strength of the church on their side, they will prove to be a formidable enemy.
Edelgard: More than ever, your support is invaluable. We’ll need it in the days to come. But for now, let’s enjoy our triumphant return!
Caspar: Let’s get to it!
Dorothea: I’m so happy that the end of the fighting is near. Too bad there’s still more violence to come...
Petra: The Kingdom and the Church of Seiros are worthy for fighting. I will crush them into very small pieces!
Linhardt: Crushing wouldn’t yield a lot of pieces, but I guess it would get the job done. With the Professor we can’t lose...probably.
Linhardt: Well, as long as Teacher is here, we won’t lose. No matter who the opponent is, maybe.
Bernadetta: Oh no, are we fighting Lady Rhea? But she’s scary! And she’ll be really angry!
Bernadetta: But no way she can stay in her spooky beast form all the time...right?
Dorothea: If she could, she would have come and attacked the monastery as many times as she wanted.
Ferdinand: It may be wishful thinking, but perhaps it is a power that she can only access when the situation is dire.
Ferdinand: But whether she is the archbishop or the Immaculate One, we cannot be stopped! Half remains, but half is finished... We are certainly moving forward.
(Hubert cuckles sinisterly.)
Hubert: No one can stop us from pushing forward. No one.