The City Without Light
Explore - Chapter 20
The history of the Empire spans 1185 years. And just like that, it ends.
But the Hresvelg legacy could live on...
When Edelgard assumed power, there were no other rightful heirs.
She said that whoever takes the throne next should do so by virtue of merit, not blood. And she truly meant what she said.
At any rate... I feel that a huge hole has opened up in my heart. Who knows if it can ever be filled?
As history proves, everything comes to an end eventually. I knew that all along, but it still came as a surprise.
Those who slither in the dark... It's all so fascinating and strange. They must certainly have a long history of their own.
And when they fall, that will come quickly too. Don't you think?
Heh, that almost sounded like a prophecy there. Am I spooking you yet?
He's dead... My father's dead... I'm OK though. Really.
I was ready for it. He was a general in the Imperial army, after all. Minister of Military Affairs...
He gave his own life so the Empire's soldiers wouldn't have to lose theirs.
That's a fight that only he could take on. He was such a tough guy.
I fought side by side with you this whole time.
But did I ever get any stronger? Will I ever be as strong as my father?
With Edelgard gone, maybe Fódlan will finally find some peace.
That's all well and good, but, um...
She was also the one to put my father under house arrest, so now he's been released, and he's taken charge of House Varley.
I can't handle it! I can't deal with him! Please, you have to do something!
Thank you so much!
So, the moment we defeat Edie, the nobles cozy up to the Alliance and church...
That lot really does think only of themselves, and no one else.
But then there's Count Bergliez. He used to be Minister of Military Affairs...
He sacrificed his own life so that all the soldiers and officers who fought could be given quarter...
When I heard that... I don't know...that simple act of humanity... I couldn't help it. I burst into tears.
You know Count Bergliez is Caspar's father, right? I can't even imagine how Caspar must feel about it.
The Empire has broken in...in smithereens. Now it is possible for me to go back to Brigid.
But... I cannot choose that choice. The time is still too soon for that.
We must be stopping the evil for everyone in Fódlan. We will be fighting until the end of it!
I've only ever done what I thought was just.
I've got no regrets, but sometimes I do wonder if I've really done the right thing.
Was all this really for the best?
Sorry—thinking about the end of the war makes me reconsider all kinds of things.
But it's not over yet, is it? I need to steel myself for the next battle.
This war might be over but not war in general. Human beings thrive on conflict. We can't get enough of it.
I don't know when, but you know someday another war will begin.
War may always come back but so will peace.
And peace is what we fight for.
Finally that awful war is over.
Everyone lost something, and everyone had to make sacrifices...
But maybe we can put a stop to all of this pain and loss now. Let's hurry to Shambhala, Professor!
We have to defeat them if we ever want to see a world without war.
Is it really prudent to bring Lady Rhea on our upcoming expedition?
It would be best not to have her doing anything strenuous, considering how long she was confined...
There are still many in Fódlan who are seeking Lady Rhea's salvation.
For their sake, we cannot put her in harm's way.
A mysterious power threatening the very future of Fódlan? Certainly we cannot give it leeway.
Right now, the Empire, the Kingdom, and even the Alliance no longer exist. There is only Fódlan—and Fódlan must fight together as one!
Perhaps I will have the opportunity to strike the decisive blow on the enemy commander. That would secure my place in history for certain!
Our next opponent is an ally of Solon.
Do you remember what Solon called us?
Meanwhile, he refers to himself as "the Savior."
Who exactly is he saving?
Those who slither in the dark... It seems we'll finally discover their true form.
I get the sense that they're in league with the mages who experimented on me as a child.
I wouldn't be surprised if Edelgard was subjected to them too.
There's no telling what their true motives are.
But whatever their motives, what they have done is unforgivable. They must be exterminated.
I thought the war would end with Edelgard's defeat... But that wasn't the case.
This may be premature, but I'm feeling a little relieved.
I have to consider what I'll do with myself and where I'll go when this war is finally over...
I don't have an answer yet...
Let's make sure the next battle puts an end to this war. That way we can all move forward!
"Shambhala" it was called, right? Scary that it's so close to the House Goneril territories.
Who'd have thought all those creeps were living right under my nose?
I was hoping my big brother would help us in this next battle.
But he says that I can represent House Goneril without his help. That I have it in me.
I'm glad he recognizes that I have some ability. Still, I wish he wasn't leaving it all to me.
These are Monica's people, aren't they? The ones who killed Captain Jeralt.
Then this is my real opportunity for revenge. There's no way I can back down from this one.
Rhea is sleeping right now. If it is not absolutely urgent, please do not disturb her rest.
The long confinement took its toll on her health. Truthfully, she is in no shape to be exerting herself at all—to say nothing of a military expedition.
To make matters worse, we are now facing a very old enemy. One that has conspired against us since time out of mind.
Please proceed with caution. I have a bad feeling.
I am so glad that Rhea is unharmed.
My brother continues to worry about her, however.
Of course, I am worried myself. I cannot imagine being in that situation while in such a state...
I hope she will rest now and leave it up to you and my brother to see things through.
A mysterious organization, slithering in the dark of Fódlan... Like something out of a midnight tale.
It appears these fiends have infiltrated the deepest corners of the Empire.
After the fall of Enbarr, they've remained well concealed...
That said, I would keep an eye on Edelgard's uncle, Lord Arundel. Something about him sits ill with me.
Professor! I just got word from the opera company.
I don't know if everyone survived, but it looks like they should be able to mount a revival.
They even asked if I'd consider making a return to the stage someday...
I suspect I may refuse though. We're at the dawn of something new. No reason to look backwards, eh?
You've done it. You did it. You crushed the Empire, and rescued Lady Rhea.
I'm sure the captain is proud of you right now. As am I, of course! I'm as proud as if I'd done it myself!
Sorry. I didn't mean to overdo it.
We still have to deal with Monica's group... Those who killed the captain.
We'll knock 'em down so hard that they can't get back up!
We rescued Lady Rhea! I can hardly express my joy.
But now we know about a new foe, who intends to bring her harm.
In time, we'll realize the peaceful world that Lady Rhea has always hoped for. I'll have to keep that in mind when I'm fighting.
We saved Rhea and the Empire has crumbled. The Kingdom may as well be finished too.
The reasons for me to remain in Fódlan are fading.
Lady Rhea's back! Lady Rhea's back! I'm so happy!
But...things aren't gonna be like they used to be any time soon, are they?
There's still folks out there that want us all dead, and Lady Rhea still hasn't regained her strength yet.
Speaking of which, Professor, please don't ask too much of her right now, OK?
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
I can hardly believe you managed to handle the capital city like that. Everyone did sterling work!
I really thought we'd know peace after that battle. But we're not quite there yet, huh?
Things we can't obtain here are likely obtainable by way of the underground.
Are you unfamiliar with Garreg Mach's underground? The place is an absolute paradise for those who can't stay above ground.
I can still see Dedue's struggle when I close my eyes...
I don't know why he was so bent on destroying Edelgard...
Now that we've completed our mission, I can only pray that his soul is accepted into heaven to rest in peace.
So Lady Rhea was all right after all! Well done bringing her back safely!
Finally, us true believers may breathe easy again.
Simply magnificent! Hm? You're saying the fight isn't over yet?
Knight of Seiros
We finally got Lady Rhea back from the Empire and fulfilled our mission.
I wish we could afford for her to have a good, long rest... But that just isn't possible.
Knight of Seiros
Fighting against enemies whose true nature is unknown is honestly really scary. Still...
If there's a force in this world that clearly means us harm, we have no choice but to fight back.
With our own hands, we'll safeguard Fódlan's future!
I heard that Lady Rhea's back! But why hasn't she shown herself to everyone yet?
Oh, she's convalescing? Fair enough. She was in captivity for a long time.
I pray that she feels better soon.
Lady Rhea's return has already been proclaimed to all the churches in all parts of Fódlan...
They are also being informed by order of Seteth that visitations are very restricted for the time being.
It makes sense. Otherwise, pilgrims would come from all over Fódlan and overwhelm the monastery.
Professor! My most heartfelt thanks and congratulations on Lady Rhea's safe return!
With your magnificent achievements, maybe you'll join the ranks of the saints one day...
I'm sure when the monastery is rebuilt, they'll make a proper statue of you. All majestic and shiny and tall. Oh, I just know they will!
Slithering in darkness. Unsettling to say the least. You must be boiling to avenge your father though.
I imagine this battle will be a defining moment in history. All or nothing. Let's do this.
I thought defeating the Empire would be the end of it, but now we're after some mysterious shadow organization? For crying out loud...
If that's what it takes to achieve peace, count me and my muscles in.
This might be my last chance to literally save the world with my strength. Not gonna let that pass me by.
Whatever threatens Fódlan also threatens my dream.
This folly must end now!
You go to war harboring such doubts? Pray keep these fainthearted ruminations to yourself!
What is frightening is to have scant idea of what is in store. Now that we know, victory shall be ours.
Sounds like there were shenanigans happening behind the scenes in the Empire.
I think war was basically inevitable no matter what Eddy did, with those creeps pulling the strings.
Come to think of it, I wonder if the lady who kidnapped me was...
Never mind. Not worth mentioning.
I'd love to catch up, but I'm super busy right now. Working. For money. You understand.
I'd love to catch up, but I'm super busy right now. Working. For money. You understand.
There's unrest everywhere these days. All of my fellow merchants seem to be endangered.
I hope things go back to normal soon. People need more to smile about, aside from my great deals.
Abyss? You're interested in that place, are you?
Ancient sprawling remains deep below Garreg Mach... That's Abyss.
Some folks have made their home there. Obviously they all have their reasons and tales to tell.
But only the most enterprising merchant would venture near it. My advice? Avoid going there yourself.
Hey, you. Listen up. I've got something to report.
I hear we conquered the Imperial capital...but the war's still not over? Not sure how much sense that makes, but then, making sense of things isn't my job.
Look out for yourself in the next battle. Got it? I'll have lots more things to report by then. That's a promise. In the meantime, I'll be cheering you on.
Nothing tastes better than a drink to celebrate the fall of the Empire!
You know... Fraldarius, one of the 10 Elites, is a distant ancestor of mine.
Even if the Kingdom as we know it no longer exists, there's a poetic justice in taking the Empire down.
Ah, I see. So you are Jeralt's child. You so resemble your mother.
I did indeed. I was acquainted with your parents. I've been wanting to speak with you for a while now.
I've been gone from the monastery for some time now because... Well, it matters not.
Might I...ask a favor of you?
Do you mind terribly picking up some fresh flowers to place upon your mother's grave?
I am certain she'd be deeply moved to receive a gift from you.
Thank you so much. This is just the type of flower she once loved so dearly.
I can rest easy now.
I must be off. Take especially good care of yourself, won't you?
Please, look after Jeralt. She'd have wanted that.