Our Chosen Paths
Explore - Chapter 21
Our next battlefield will be the Imperial capital. There will be no turning back.
If you have any unfinished business here, you had best settle it before we depart.
Professor. At last, the end is nigh.
I love the Empire. Part of me wants it to survive.
But I know that is not reasonable. The Empire's time has come.
The Kingdom is battle-scarred, the Alliance is in tatters... People must be terrified. The world is crumbling around them.
What we need now is a mighty leader who can rebuild Fódlan and rule it as a single nation.
Nonetheless, it saddens me that we will not have an Adrestian emperor...
When you think of it, as one approaches the end of a war, the sacrifices only grow larger, don't they?
The winning side musters their forces and attempts to strike a decisive blow...
While those of the losing side make desperate attempts to turn the war in their favor.
Neither side will give. I only wish we'd consider those who lose their lives in that struggle.
Yes, exactly my point. Let's be careful to ensure we don't lose our own lives, Professor.
Perhaps, but that doesn't make it any easier to accept your own survival depends on a throw of the dice.
I can appreciate that, but just because a choice is better does not mean that it's good.
It's such a relief that we've made it this far without having to fight my father.
You bet I'm scared! The Imperial army hasn't lost a single battle with my father on the field!
But still, I wonder what'll happen to him if we win...
Professor! My, um, my mother might be in the city.
I don't have many good memories of her if I'm being honest, but she's dearer to me than my father.
If you happen to see her, please make sure she's not caught up in all the fighting.
She's only a civil servant, so hopefully she takes a cue from her Bernie and stays inside.
I keep thinking the war is near its end, then it isn't...
When can we finally put this dreadful war behind us?
That would be wonderful. Imagine, the last moment of combat...then peace. It sounds like a fairy tale.
I want to make this a world where there is no fighting, where children can grow up happy and safe.
Five years ago...Edelgard said a thing to me.
Brigid is a vassal of the Empire.
But she also said I always have the freedom to be choosing whether I am with or not with her.
I will become the ruler of Brigid. So she said I must make my own path.
So now, my path and her path will be colliding.
He intends to speak to the emperor?
She's his stepsister, I know, but this seems risky.
If the two can settle this diplomatically, that would be the best way out of this mess. No more bloodshed.
Let's just hope he doesn't become so overwhelmed with emotion that he's unable to strike her down... should the need arise.
Returning to the monastery brings back so many memories from five years ago.
Hard to believe we only spent a year together here.
So much happened that it felt a lot longer than that. But it was all so exciting. And so much fun.
Honestly, I think those memories are what's kept me fighting this long.
What was that year like for you, Professor?
Let's all do our best to survive this, so we can come back here when it's all over.
I know that's what I'll be doing.
I've been thinking about how we've got our own ideas about justice...and so does the Empire.
And what's coming, it's not just a battle between us and them. It's our ideals that are fighting.
Whoever wins will say they were right and the other side was wrong. And I get it. That's how it goes...
But nobody's willing to talk or compromise, so we'll fight to the death to prove the other guy's wrong.
It won't be an easy battle, but let's make sure we come back alive. Right, Professor?
We'll be heading for the capital soon. So much rests on this moment.
Will the war really be over if we take the capital?
I truly believe that a peaceful future is waiting at the end of all this.
I hope this is the final battle. Don't you, Professor?
When the war is over, everyone will be busy with their own lives...
But let's all meet up again someday. Right here at Garreg Mach.
You, His Highness, my father, our monastery friends, the knights...everyone!
All that matters is whether we choose to make it happen. I really hope that we do!
Ooh, and I'll bake a bunch of desserts for it! Reunion sweets!
All we have to do now is win! Let's get to it, Professor!
I'm so glad that you were assigned to the Blue Lion House, Professor.
We made it this far thanks to your guidance and leadership.
There's a bitter fight ahead—that much is certain. You have my lance.
Yes. Let's do this together!
At last, we've come to the final confrontation! Ruin to the Empire! Glory to Faerghus!
Of course, to be perfectly honest, I would have much preferred to march against the Empire at the head of the Alliance.
But I suppose I have Claude to thank for denying me that satisfaction, don't I?
We're heading up to Enbarr next. I hope I make it back safe so I can tell my little sis about it!
I hear they got a neat opera house there where Manuela used to perform. What was it called again?
My little sis always goes on about how much she'd like to see them perform.
I know we can't see a show, but do you think we could at least see the building?
We're about to put the finishing touches on this war.
I wonder how Fódlan will look without the backdrop of death and destruction. I can't wait to see it!
On the other hand, I'm terrified of what the future might hold. Who knows if I'll survive the assault on the capital?
Wanting so desperately to speak with Edelgard just as we're about to fight...
Could it be that the prince is having doubts about killing her?
I suppose they're the only ones who fully understand the extent of their relationship.
He's certainly changed from the vengeful person he once was.
I don't mean that in a bad way. I'm actually relieved.
A king who's responsible for Fódlan's future can't exact personal vendettas and have a cold heart.
Fighting in the capital! Ugh! And we're fighting against Edelgard! Double ugh!
But with you leading us, Professor, I know we'll win.
Yeah! Wahoo! Fighting!
I'm a little scared, to be honest. I'm just shouting to relieve the tension, but I'll be fine.
At last, it's time to face the Flame Emperor... Edelgard.
I know that the future of all Fódlan rests on this battle. Nothing else is more important.
But for me, this is personal. For Captain Jeralt's sake, I'm going to give it all I've got and more!
Enbarr's streets are paved with unhappy memories, Professor.
I've avoided the damned place ever since I abandoned my nobility. Swore never to return.
Now here we are. To return in this manner... Well, I can't say it is something I ever imagined.
Especially as I'm returning to end the Empire. What a strange feeling, breaking one's history.
Life can be tough, you know? But if you've got your friends to help you through, it can be a lot easier.
Maybe you butt heads sometimes...but that's OK. That's how you build bonds, right?
And I've got friends, Professor. Plenty of those. It's true love that seems to have passed me by.
It matters not how just our cause may be. In the end, war is nothing more than organized murder.
I understand the desire to reach a conclusion, but we mustn't overlook the sins inherent in our deeds.
Heh, sorry. I have a tendency to preach.
We have lost so much, and in return, we have taken much from our enemies.
I pray we can put an end to this cycle of violence.
Looks like we're nearing the end of this struggle.
I'm sure Lady Rhea is on tenterhooks waiting for me to swoop in and rescue her.
Oof... You don't mince your words. Try being a bit more mindful of other people's feelings.
Lady Rhea's not waiting for me, I know, no matter how much I might wish she were. She's waiting for you.
Ten years ago, Dagda and Brigid attacked the Empire from the west.
Their final target was the capital.
But they were countered at a port town, long before they reached their destination.
We spent a lot of time going back and forth, but at least we made it this far.
Whenever I think about how we'll be seeing Lady Rhea real soon, I get happy and really get cleaning!
We'll get there for sure, right? We'll see her again?
I just gotta believe Lady Rhea is waiting for us in the capital... We just have to find her.
Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!
Momentum's really picking up for this final battle, huh? Even I'm starting to feel tense! Me!
Enbarr's history goes back 1,400 years. That even predates the founding of the Empire.
It's one of the sacred sites of the Seiros faith, so it's a pretty big deal.
But hey, no need to worry about the monastery while you're fighting the final battle. I've got it covered! I'll defend it to my last!
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...I used to work for Cornelia in Fhirdiad.
I only followed her because I didn't want to die, but afterwards I felt so ashamed I wanted to die anyway.
I still can't figure out why I did it... Anyway, I'm glad you did what you did.
From now on, I'm going to devote myself to the Kingdom, and fight for what I believe in!
Did you know? A magnificent canal flows through downtown Enbarr.
It's said to have been constructed under the guidance of Saint Seiros before the Empire was even formed.
Ever since, that canal has been a major lifeline for the capital's development.
And now this is how the Empire repays it... Truly, no good deed goes unpunished.
Attacking the capital means crossing swords with the emperor herself.
I hope you won't be caught unprepared. I've heard that she'll stop at nothing in the pursuit of victory.
Be careful of that Hubert too. The Minister of the Imperial Household. They say he's a cunning strategist.
I've got a bit of Duscur blood in me. Faerghus is our ancestral enemy.
But if that man is going to be the king, I don't see any harm in lending him my blade.
I believe that we can forge a proud, new Kingdom.
As you can tell, I'm expecting great things. I won't forgive you if you lose!
While on some business, I went to see how the Kingdom capital is getting on. There are still some things to work out before it can be restored.
But generally, things seem to have calmed down. It's on its way to resuming its old energy.
I think this will end up being a better Kingdom than before. I really believe that.
Knight of Seiros
It's very likely that Lady Rhea is confined in the Imperial palace.
If so, then our strategy will be to gain control of the streets, and then assault the castle.
A street battle followed by a castle invasion... It's just one battle after another. It'll be tough, but we have to win. For Lady Rhea.
I wonder what the emperor looks like... I bet she's really scary.
Oh, you don't think so? I've never seen her, so I was just guessing.
She tried to destroy the Kingdom and the Alliance, and ordered the capture of the archbishop, right?
I dunno... Someone who could do such terrible things just has to be really scary looking!
How would you know what's rare and what isn't? I still believe in the goddess, sort of.
I couldn't recount a single word of scripture for you. But my mother always prayed. I picked up the habit from her.
Believe it or not, I'm praying for you too. For you to come back safe.
I hear that damn Dimitri guy plans to chat with the emperor. Can you believe that nonsense?
Really, though. We've been trying to kill each other, and he wants to shoot the breeze? Is he dumb or just insane?
No "maybes" about it, pal. You ask me, they should settle it like civilized folk—with their fists.
That a fact? Heh, you two are birds of a feather. You ask me, they should throw some fists and be done with it.
Guess it's up to the One True King of Grappling to talk some sense into ol' Dimitri. When I'm done with him, he'll be ready to brawl!
Is it true what they say? That the archbishop is a captive of the Empire?
I've never heard of anything so brash in all the Empire's long history.
It is vexing that Lady Edelgard's true motives elude me. If only I still had noble connections to draw on...
The loss of my house has proven to be a thorn in my side again and again.
The war might be over soon. All this time we've been fighting, and the end comes in the blink of an eye.
I have no idea what I'll do afterwards, though. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Easy for you to say. You obviously know what you're going to do. Which is...what, exactly?
I will. Though you already seem to know what you're going to do. Which is...what, exactly?
Actually, don't tell me your plans just yet. Let's revisit this topic when the war has drawn to a close.
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.
Seems like the war is gonna end soon.
Once the dust settles, it'll be back to rolling in fat stacks of gold for me!
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.
The war is careening headfirst toward its grand finale. Do me a favor and get through this mess alive, OK?
After the dust settles, maybe I'll go on to guard other entrances in other parts of the world. I'm a dreamer, my friend. Always have been.
We're getting along a lot better with the Kingdom soldiers recently. Everyone's in higher spirits.
When they first got here, some of them were aggressive toward us...even abusive.
All that's changed now. They've been courteous with us. Generous, even. It's nice to see.
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.