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Darkness to Light
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Event Characters Mareeta Astra Awakened Face FC.png August Astute Tactician Face FC.png Galzus Dark Blade of Od Face FC.png Karin Driven Knight Face FC.png
Bonus Accessories Accessory Anima Mage Wrap EX.pngPane 1.png Accessory Hermits Headband EX.pngPane 1.png Accessory Thiefs Ribbons EX.pngPane 1.png Accessory Crown of Flowers EX.pngPane 1.png Accessory Meteor Ornament.pngPane 1.png Accessory Strategists Opus.pngPane 1.png Accessory Swordsters Wrap.pngPane 1.png Accessory Pegasus Charm.pngPane 1.png
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This Life's Light

Availability[]

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Rewards[]

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PointsRewardPointsRewardPointsRewardPointsReward
10Mareeta Astra Awakened Face FC.webp Mareeta's C Conversation10August Astute Tactician Face FC.webp August's C Conversation10Galzus Dark Blade of Od Face FC.webp Galzus's C Conversation10Karin Driven Knight Face FC.webp Karin's C Conversation
25 5025 5025 5025 50
50 30050 30050 30050 300
75 5075 5075 5075 50
100Accessory Meteor Ornament.pngPane 1.png100Accessory Strategists Opus.pngPane 1.png100Accessory Swordsters Wrap.pngPane 1.png100Accessory Pegasus Charm.pngPane 1.png
150 50 1,500150 50 1,500150 50 1,500150 50 1,500
200 10200 10200 10200 10
250 50 1,500250 50 1,500250 50 1,500250 50 1,500
300Mareeta Astra Awakened Face FC.webp Mareeta's B Conversation300August Astute Tactician Face FC.webp August's B Conversation300Galzus Dark Blade of Od Face FC.webp Galzus's B Conversation300Karin Driven Knight Face FC.webp Karin's B Conversation
350 50 1,500350 50 1,500350 50 1,500350 50 1,500
400 1400 1400 1400 1
450 300450 300450 300450 300
500 50 1,500500 50 1,500500 50 1,500500 50 1,500
550 300550 300550 300550 300
600 50 1,500600 50 1,500600 50 1,500600 50 1,500
700 50 1,500700 50 1,500700 50 1,500700 50 1,500
800Mareeta Astra Awakened Face FC.webp Mareeta's A Conversation800August Astute Tactician Face FC.webp August's A Conversation800Galzus Dark Blade of Od Face FC.webp Galzus's A Conversation800Karin Driven Knight Face FC.webp Karin's A Conversation
900 300900 300900 300900 300
1,000 101,000 101,000 101,000 10
1,100 3001,100 3001,100 3001,100 300
1,200 5 1,5001,200 5 1,5001,200 5 1,5001,200 5 1,500
1,300 3001,300 3001,300 3001,300 300
1,400 3001,400 3001,400 3001,400 300
1,500Mareeta Astra Awakened Face FC.webp Mareeta's S Conversation1,500August Astute Tactician Face FC.webp August's S Conversation1,500Galzus Dark Blade of Od Face FC.webp Galzus's S Conversation1,500Karin Driven Knight Face FC.webp Karin's S Conversation
1,600 21,600 21,600 21,600 2
1,700 3001,700 3001,700 3001,700 300
1,900 3001,900 3001,900 3001,900 300
2,100 3002,100 3002,100 3002,100 300
2,300 3002,300 3002,300 3002,300 300
2,500Accessory Meteor Ornament EX.pngPane 1.png 1,5002,500Accessory Strategists Opus EX.pngPane 1.png 1,5002,500Accessory Swordsters Wrap EX.pngPane 1.png 1,5002,500Accessory Pegasus Charm EX.pngPane 1.png 1,500
2,750 3002,750 3002,750 3002,750 300
3,000 103,000 103,000 103,000 10
3,250 5003,250 5003,250 5003,250 500
3,500 103,500 103,500 103,500 10

Special conversations[]

Darkness to Light[]

Darkness to Light - Opening[]

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Karin
Princess Sharena, I've decided to
help out the Order of Heroes!
With your blessing, of course.
If I can prevent even a single
casualty on the battlefield,
it will be more than worth it!

Mareeta
I shall offer my aid as well. If my
blade can help protect others, I have
no qualms about joining the battle.

Sharena
That's very kind of you both. Askr
can certainly use more strong
fighters like you!

August
I have no connection to Askr, but I
understand that princes Leif and
Lewyn have offered their aid...

Sharena
Oh, yes! They have! Their
contributions to our cause have
already proven invaluable.

August
As I would expect. The burden to
end the conflict raging in Thracia
rests on all our shoulders.
The sooner Prince Leif can
settle matters here and return
home, the better for everyone.
To that end, I pledge my service.
There is nothing I cannot do.
Leave everything to me.
Sharena
Oh! If you're sure... We'd be lucky
to have you!

Galzus
I have no duty to protect Askr,
but I am a mercenary.
If you pay my salary, my blade
is yours. Simple as that.

Sharena
Right! I'll, um, ask the commander
how much is left in our coffers.

Mareeta
...

Mareeta
Father, might we speak a moment?

Galzus
You have my ear.

Mareeta
Now that we're together in Askr,
could you teach me the basics
of your swordplay technique?

Galzus
You want me to teach the "basics"?
I wasn't there when you needed me
most. I couldn't even perform the
basic responsibilities of fatherhood.

Mareeta
I know, but—

Galzus
Do you think someone like me could
teach you anything worthwhile?

Mareeta
Well, I...

Galzus
My sword is caked with blood,
Mareeta. No good will come of
any lesson I could teach you.

Mareeta
Father! Wait!

August
...
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カリン
シャロン王女…やります、私!
ヴァイス・ブレイヴに入れてください!
戦いの犠牲になる人を…
一人でも減らしたいんですっ!

マリータ
私も力添えさせてください。
この剣で誰かを守れるのなら…
私は戦場に立つことを、いといません。

シャロン
ありがとうございます!
アスク王国はみなさんの
お力を必要としているんです!

アウグスト
私は縁もゆかりもありませんが
リーフ王子やレヴィン様が
あなたがたに協力されている様子…

シャロン
は、はいっ!
すごく助けていただいてますっ!

アウグスト
そもそも、我らの本義は
トラキアでの戦いにあり。
リーフ王子たちのためにも
アスク王国での戦いを
早々に終わらせましょう。
案ずるに及ばず。
このアウグストに不可能はなし、
万事、お任せを。
シャロン
頼もしいですねっ!
よろしくお願いします!

ガルザス
俺も、アスク王国には
なんの義理もない身だ。
俺の力が必要なら
傭兵として俺を雇えばいい。
それだけだ。

シャロン
わ、わかりました…!
アンナ隊長にも相談してみますね!

マリータ
……

マリータ
あ、あの…お父様。

ガルザス
……

マリータ
せっかく、こうしてともに
アスク王国に来たことですし
ぜひ私に剣の手ほどきを!

ガルザス
手ほどき、か。
お前が一番必要としているときに
俺は手を差し伸べることができなかった。

マリータ
……

ガルザス
そんな俺がお前に
なにを教えられるというのだ。

マリータ
で、ですが…!

ガルザス
それに、俺の剣は血塗られている。
お前には、もっとふさわしい
師がいるはずだ。

マリータ
あっ! お、お父様っ!

アウグスト
……

Darkness to Light - C[]

English
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Mareeta
*sigh*

Karin
Is everything OK? We’re both new
here, so we should stick together. I’m
all ears if you want to talk!

Mareeta
Thank you. It’s just… Lately, I can’t
stop thinking about my father…

Karin
You mean Galzus, right? That really
strong swordsman who used to work
for Raydrik?
It’s amazing to think that someone
like him could be your father!
You two don’t seem to have a lot in
common. Er, I mean, personality-
wise, you know?

Mareeta
I…may take more after my birth
mother in that respect. I never really
got to know her.
Although she brought me into the
world, it was Eyvel who raised me.
You could say I have two mothers.
Eyvel is the one who came to my
rescue when slavers took me from
my father’s side.

Karin
So you two have been separated
ever since that horrible day…

Mareeta
For the longest time, I have no
idea where he might be…
Our paths didn’t cross again until my
ordeal with the cursed sword.
My father saved me, even though it
meant rebelling against the very man
who hired him.
He felt he owed Eyvel a debt for
raising me in his absence, so he lent
us his strength.

Karin
And now you two are reunited! That
sounds like it should be a happy
ending!

Mareeta
Reunited, yes… But it almost feels like
he is avoiding me.
I asked him to train me, but he
refused. And now he won’t even talk
to me…

Karin
What?! But you two have so much to
catch up on! That’s just not right.
If he’s not going to make the most
of this rare opportunity, I’ll just have
to persuade him. Hermes, we ride!

Mareeta
Oh no, you–Karin, wait!
Bah… I’ll never catch up to a
pegasus…

Galzus
Hrrrgh! Raaagh!
Who’s there? State your business.

August
I mean no offence. Forgive me if I
have interrupted your training.

Galzus
You’re Prince Leif’s tactician, right?

August
The very same. It has come to my
attention that your daughter has
asked for your guidance.
Your superior sword techniques
should not die with you. Why do you
refuse her?

Galzus
My techniques are not ones that she
should try to emulate… No, they are
not fit to be passed on to anyone…

August
Hmm… I wonder, do you say this as a
master swordsman, or as a father?
Do not misinterpret my intent. I have
no desire to compel you to play the
role of a proper father.
I say only, as a tactician, that your
techniques would make her a better
fighter, and increase our strength.
That is all I came to say.

Galzus
Hmph.

Karin
There you are, Galzus! Hey, uh, do
you have a minute?
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Darkness to Light - B[]

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Galzus
First Prince Leif’s tactician and now
a pegasus knight from Silesse? Am I
cursed to get no training done today?

Karin
This is about family! You’ve been
apart for so long–you need to
reconnect.
You know we’re at war. And in war…
you may not get another opportunity
like this.

Galzus
Hmm…

Karin
There must be so many things you
wanted to tell her when you were
apart. So many missed moments.
You’re finally back together, but who
knows for how long? You could die
with so many things left unsaid!

August
Calm yourself, Karin. Strong words
such as those should be used with
restraint.

Karin
I…I’m sorry. I guess I let my emotions
get the better of me…
I just can’t stand idly by while a
golden opportunity like this is wasted!

Galzus
Listen to me.
My hands are stained with too much
blood.
After Mareeta was stolen from me, I
created a mountain of corpses so
high…
The memories of what these hands
have done will haunt me forever.
Do you really think these are the
hands that should embrace my
daughter?

August
Whether you fight for justice, ideals,
or some other cause, the result is
always the same.
Those who manage to survive only do
so because of the blood straining
their hands.

Karin
That’s…

August
Once shed, blood is forever lost. In
the aftermath, you must ask yourself
this for each drop:
Was there, or was there not, worth in
spilling it?

Galzus
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Darkness to Light - A[]

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Mareeta
…Eight, nine, ten!
Not bad. But I still have a long way
to go. I need to improve my strength
and speed…

Galzus
Mareeta.

Mareeta
F-Father?!

Galzus
Raise your sword.

Mareeta
My sword… Does this mean…
Y-yes, of course! Focus, Mareeta.
Heart and blade as one…

Galzus
Come at me.

Mareeta
*pant* Th-thank you…Father.
So this is your way of the sword.
Powerful yet precise strikes…the
moves of one who has faced death
many times over…and was victorious.

Galzus

Mareeta
Father, please…listen to me.
I once told you that I don’t blame you
for what happened. I still don’t.
That’s why… That’s why I…

Galzus
I never stopped hoping that one day
I would be able to see you safe and
happy.
It was the only ray of light that could
pierce the darkness of that blood-
soaked hell.

Mareeta
Father…

Galzus
These techniques are stained with
blood. However, if they can help
you in your quest…
Then take what little light is left in the
carnage and use it to build a better
tomorrow.

Mareeta
Yes! I will!
I’ll use everything you taught me to
forge a brighter future for us all!

Karin
Amazing! It looks like those two are
closer now than ever before.
Is this what you had in mind all along,
August?

August
Do not mistake my intentions. I have
little care for family matters.
However…
Motivation comes in many guises.
With those two in fighting form, our
forces will be that much stronger.

Karin
Oh, erm… Right you are… But you
know what?
When you said there was nothing
you couldn’t do, I guess you really
meant it, huh?
Bringing Mareeta and her father back
together again was nothing short of a
miracle.

August
I did not do it alone. I recall a certain
passionate–and persistent–young
pegasus knight helping as well.
For now, we should resume our
training. There is still much to do if
we are to ensure Askr’s survival.
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Mareeta: Astra Awakened[]

Mareeta: Astra Awakened - C[]

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Mareeta
Lord Shannan! I just knew you would
be here in Askr too!

Shannan
I don’t mean to be rude but…have we
met someplace before?

Mareeta
It's me! Mareeta! You taught me how
to use the Astra technique.

Shannan
I…what? I taught you the legendary
technique of House Isaach? I’m
certain I would remember that…

Mareeta
R-really?
”Put you heart into it.” That’s what
you told me, and it helped me learn
how to use Astra.

Shannan
I see. I have no memory of this, but…
maybe I taught you in a different
world than the one I am from.
Or perhaps I shall encounter you in
the future of my world.

Mareeta
Hm… Perhaps. Talking to you now,
something about you does seem
different from when we met before.
Even so, I just know that it was you,
Lord Shannan!
It was only a brief meeting where you
hinted at the key to Astra, but you
helped me become who I am now!

Shannan
A hint? I left the lesson unfinished?
To be able to use Astra from only a
hint, you must be truly talented.
If you would like to continue growing
as a swordswoman, you would do
well to visit a woman named Ayra.
She is my aunt, but also my teacher.

Mareeta
Really?! Thank you very much, Lord
Shannan! I’ll go to see her right away!
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マリータ

Mareeta: Astra Awakened - B[]

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Larcei
Shannan, who is this?

Shannan
This is Mareeta of Fiana. She was
only recently summoned here.
There are other Heroes here already
that shares her same spirit. You’ve
met them, haven’t you, Larcei?

Larcei
Yes, several times in passing,
I believe.
She is… That is, I’ve heard that she is
from the Ribaut family line.

Shannan
You know the Ribaut family was
devastated by our own House Isaach.

Larcei
Exactly. So I imagine she must harbor
ill feelings toward our house.

Shannan
I believe her intentions are pure. She
only wants to improve her sword
skills. Do you doubt that?

Larcei
Oh! It’s not that at all!

Shannan
She seeks to draw out her true
potential as a swordswoman.
I recommended that she seek out
Ayra. She can show Mareeta what
she still needs to learn.

Larcei
Mother? Yes, she would be the best.

Ayra
Yah! Hah!

Mareeta
So that’s Lady Ayra. Even just
watching her train, her spirit seems
so powerful.

Ayra
You there… If you have business with
me, show yourself.

Mareeta
Lady Ayra, I am Mareeta, daughter of
Eyvel of Fiana! I humbly ask you to
guide me in the way of the sword!
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マリータ

Mareeta: Astra Awakened - A[]

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Mareeta
Lady Ayra, I want to get stronger and
faster with my blade! I was really
hoping you could teach me.

Ayra
You may choose to bow you head to
me, but I am only halfway through my
own path.
Concentrating on my personal growth
is already a great deal to handle.

Mareeta
I know that I’m asking for a lot, but it
would mean so much to me…

Ayra
If you are looking for an instructor,
Shannan would be a better choice.
My own daughter, Larcei, has shown
much improvement under him. You
could learn from him too.

Mareeta
It was his guidance that made it
possible for me to learn Astra.

Ayra
You…learned Astra?

Mareeta
I cannot say that I was ever truly a
student of his. Still, he was kind
enough to give me advice.
I met him again here in Askr. He said
that if I wish to improve I should look
for a woman named Ayra.

Ayra
You were able to use Astra from
Shannan’s words alone?
All right, Mareeta. Show me your
Astra. Hold nothing back.

Mareeta
I won’t disappoint you, Lady Ayra!
Put my heart into it… All right, here I
come!

Ayra
Ah! I understand now what Shannan
must have seen in you. However…
Don’t start thinking that you have
mastered House Isaach’s legendary
technique yet! Hah!

Mareeta
Th-this is…Lady Ayra’s…Astra!
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マリータ

Mareeta: Astra Awakened - S[]

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Mareeta
Yah!
I can still fight!

Ayra
It’s true…that your form is of Astra,
but it appears to be self-taught. You
are a long way from finding its limits!

Mareeta
Grrrah! Hah! Hah! She’s so strong!
Such precise movement and perfect
swordwork…

Ayra
It is not perfect. I told you before, I’m
still learning. The journey to prefect
my swordsmanship is not complete.
The gap between our skill is not that
pronounced. If I could point out one
difference, it would be our resolve.

Mareeta
Lady Ayra?

Ayra
When Shannan was younger, I was
determined to fight to protect him.
I risked my life to build that resolve.
And because of my resolve, I was
able to complete my mission.

Mareeta
Lord Shannan told me to put my
heart into my technique.
Lady Ayra, you put more than just
your heart into your technique–you
put your resolve into it too.

Ayra
When you will do anything to protect
someone dear to you, that feeling
becomes part of your strength.

Mareeta
Mother… I understand now.
You would do anything to protect
me, Nanna, and the others…and that
was what made you strong.

Ayra
If you understand that, then there’s
nothing more I can teach you. Keep
your devotion and you will do fine.

Mareeta
Thank you very much, Lady Ayra.
I must thank Lord Shannan as well.
Goodbye, for now!

Ayra
Larcei, Scáthach…and now Mareeta.
Just as blood is passed on, so is the
sword. Passed on for a new future…

Mareeta
I still have a long way to go, but I
know there is potential for growth,
and my path is clear.
I must temper my heart, put resolve
into my technique, and protect what
is important to me!
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マリータ

August: Astute Tactician[]

August: Astute Tactician - C[]

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August
Fascinating. In that case, the many
troubles plaguing Askr may require
heretofore unseen methods to solve.

Lewyn
That’s why Heroes from many worlds
are risking their lives searching for
answers. Prince Leif included.
He could use a steady hand like
yours to guide him in this world. What
do you think?

August
Then a steady hand he shall have.
Such instruction is all the more
important while he is yet young.
Askr may just be the ideal backdrop
for him to cultivate the requisite
qualities of a leader…

August
Hmm… So the royalty of Embla are
able to close these so-called “gates”
to other worlds…
And we have Hel, whose ruler
subjugated the souls of the dead,
slowly extinguishing all life…
All while Askr remains without a king.
These seems to be no end to the
calamities befalling this place.

Reginn
Oh, hey! I’ve been looking all over
for you! I’m–

August
Before we begin the formalities,
young lady, I must insist that you
lower your voice. This is a library.
Reginn
Oh, erm… Right. Sorry about that.

Reginn
Psst… I’m Reginn, princess of
Niðavellir. Nice to meetcha!
I heard a master tactician was
summoned a while ago, and I wanted
to meet you myself!

August
Word indeed travels quickly, but
mastery in and of itself is not a
clearly defined concept.
That I am a tactician, however, is an
assertion that I cannot dispute. Very
well, then.
What is it you desire form me,
Princess Reginn? Consider me at
your disposal.
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アウグスト

August: Astute Tactician - B[]

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Reginn
Someday, I must become the queen
that will rule over Niðavellir…

August
Niðavellir … Ah, yes. The realm of
the dvergar. As I recall, it is quite the
advanced civilization.

Reginn
It is, yeah. Technically, Princess Dagr
of Jötunheimr is watching over
everyone while I’m away…
But only until I’ve figured out what it
means to be queen…with the Order
of Heroes’ help!
It’s going to take a lot of time and
effort, but I’m sure I can learn
everything there is to know.
I wanted to ask: as someone who
advises royalty…what does it take to
run a kingdom?

August
You wish to know what is required
of those who shoulder the burden
of rule?

Reginn
I guess so, yeah. I mean, I know the
basics. You’ve obviously gotta be
strong. And being smart helps too!
But I’m sure there’s so much more. I
hoped someone as experienced as
you could help me out.

August
I can see that you are indeed eager to
learn, and I would not wish to stifle
that…
However, you must understand that
the actual faculties of the ruler
matter little.

Reginn
Uh… By faculties, you mean brains
and brawn, right? I don’t get it…

August
What resonates most with the people
is the fantasy of a hero. That is what
you must present to them.
Unless you are able to create and
maintain that image, they will not
heed your words.
Reginn
Urk… You lost me…

August
I see. This may well be a difficult
concept to explain in so short a time.
Perhaps we should stop here, before
I confuse you further. Be well,
Princess.
Reginn
Hold on, August! I–
Drat. What was he going on about,
anyway? The fantasy of a hero?
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アウグスト

August: Astute Tactician - A[]

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Reginn
There you are, August! I still have a
bunch of questions, if that’s OK!

August
It is, provided that you lower your
voice first. I could hear you coming
from exceedingly far away.

Reginn
Oh, oops… Well, I’ve been told I’m
a bundle of energy.
I tried to wrap my brain around what
you said the other day, but I just
couldn’t figure it out…
Isn’t it enough to train hard and
become really strong, and learn a lot
of useful stuff?
I mean, that’s what royals like Marth
did. And they call him the Hero-King!
And that time Fáfnir came to my
rescue, he was super-strong too…

August
Hmm…
Reginn
I decided to study in Askr since there
are so many amazing Heroes here.
Did I make a mistake?

August
Not necessarily. I was curious after
our talk and took some time to study
the recent events in Niðavellir.
There is no doubt that you have
sacrificed much, Princess Reginn.
Reginn
I have…

August
I understand that your reason for
being here is to improve your
physical and mental faculties…
But as I said before, any effort to
improve those faculties for the sake
of the people is wasted.
The truth is that they simply do not
possess the inclination to ascertain
such advancements.

Reginn
Really?! Then what am I supposed to
do?

August
As I have already told you, what
resonates with the people is the
fantasy a hero presents.
You don’t need to outdo anyone in a
contest of strength or wits.
You simply need to appear as a hero
in their eyes when they look to you
for guidance.

Reginn
But I don’t even know the first place
to start… Can I even do something
like that?

August
Of course you can. Heroes are made
out of necessity, not born of their
own volition.
What is it that you are living for now,
Princess? Therein lies your answer.
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Reginn
What I’m living for…well, is to make
Niðavellir a better place for its
people, of course!
Fáfnir, Ótr, even Eitri…
Niðavellir was always first and
foremost on their minds.
That’s why I–I…

August
As I said, heroes are made out of
necessity.
It seems to me that now, more than
ever, Niðavellir needs a hero–not
just a queen–to guide it.

Reginn
And I can become…that hero?

August
If you rise to fulfill that need, then
yes. Princess Nótt and others thought
that you would.
I daresay this affects not only
Niðavellir, in fact, but Jötunheimr as
well.

Reginn
Princess Nótt thought that I…

August
One cannot hope to become a hero
in the people’s eyes with an empty
show of strength or wit.
What is it that the people expect of a
rule? What is it that they ask of you?
That is the knowledge you should
seek if you wish to earn their earnest
approval.

Reginn
That makes sense… They all have
their own wants and needs.
All this time, I’ve just been thinking
about how to make myself stronger…
But I never considered if that was
really what the people wanted out of
their ruler.
I’ve gotta become a queen who has
her finger on the pulse of her people!

August
You make decisions firmly and
without hesitation. That is admirable
indeed.
You would do well to solicit many
opinions, but remember to always
hold your own.

Reginn
I think I finally get it! Thanks for
helping me with that, August.
This won’t be the last time I come to
you for advice. Count on that!

August
It seems that Prince Leif is not the
only leader here who requires a
watchful eye.
I may not espouse the hollow ideals
like justice or destiny that they wish
to hear…
But I am heartened to see that I can
be of some use to them in my own
way.
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Galzus
Hah! Huh!
It seems that even if the world I am in
changes, what I must do does not.
Huh? Who’s there? I know you’re
hiding!

Dimitri
Is it you? The one who reeks of
blood… Take this!

Galzus
Ah! Hah!

Dimitri
You manage to defend yourself? How
quaint. Now die!

Galzus
Not to you! Hyah!
I was told we cannot harm fellow
Heroes, but…

Dimitri
So you think you know the rules?
Hyah!
Fellow Hero? Don’t make me laugh.
We aren’t heroes. You and I are
monsters.

Galzus
Monsters…

Dimitri
How many have you slain? I can see
them towering behind you, that
mountain of corpses…
You must enjoy it. All that blood… All
that suffering.

Galzus
I don’t kill for pleasure.
I wield my sword because I must!

Dimitri
An interesting claim for one whose
blade is soaked in so much blood.
You may justify your actions, but…
You delight in their pain as much as
I. Haaah!

Galzus
Hyah! Never! I…

Dimitri
No…
You… I thought…

Galzus
You lower your blade… Are you
afraid to fight me?

Dimitri
Hah! Your whole body stinks of
blood. I had thought I would fight a
fellow monster to the death but…
But you are not one of us.

Galzus
I…

Dimitri
Fighting you is pointless. And I have
no desire to make friends.
I must find and kill her as soon as
possible…

Galzus
Even in this world, my hands are
stained with blood.
Is it my Brand that calls to such
battle and death? Or is it something
else…

Nyx
Hmm…
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Galzus
You…
Who are you? You aren’t the man
with the eye patch from yesterday.

Nyx
Clearly.
I wasn’t sure whether to reach out
to you or not.
I have no connection to you, after all.

Galzus
So why…

Nyx
I’m Nyx, a dark mage.
To paraphrase the man who attacked
you, I may be considered a monster
as well.

Galzus
What business does a mage have
with me?

Nyx
I sense…a strong curse on you.
Not only on you, but on the blade
you wield as well.

Galzus
What’s your point?
I have no past or future. All I come
from, and all I walk toward, are blood
and death.
If that isn’t a curse, what is?

Nyx
I have no interest in your past or
future.
What interests me is the curse that
haunts you.

Galzus
Nyx, was it? Seems to me like your
outward appearance doesn’t quite
match who you are inside.

Nyx
I told you I was a monster.
Will you tell me…how you
became cursed?
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Galzus
Why do you want to know about my
past? I have no desire to lament over
what happened to me.

Nyx
I see. Well then, allow me to tell you
your fortune.

Galzus

Nyx
Blood. The blood you inherited…
The blood that will be passed down
to the future… The blood that draws
praise… It all flows within you.

Galzus
You speak of the blood of the Sword
Saint Od.

Nyx
Perhaps. Is that the reason you have
been set on a path of violence and
bloodshed?
No… It would seem not… Your curse
is bigger than that. I sense a huge
aura around you…an aura of regret.

Galzus
I…I failed as a parent.

Nyx
Oh?

Galzus
I had a daughter. When my wife died,
I brought my daughter with me as I
traveled around Jugdral.
But she was stolen from me. By a
slaver.

Nyx
Yes…this is the aura of regret I see.

Galzus
I did everything I could to find her
again. But no matter how hard I tried,
I couldn’t find the slightest trace.

Nyx
I see…

Galzus
Even with the Brand of the Sword
Saint Od, I was unable to protect the
most important thing to me.
Before I knew it, I was using that
blood to slaughter people on
the battlefield as a mercenary.
The more I killed, the more I wrapped
myself in death… I was cursed, and it
ate away at me like worms.

Nyx
This curse… It wasn’t placed
on you by anyone else.

Galzus
What?

Nyx
No. The only one who could have
cursed you like this is…you.
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Galzus
This curse… You think I did this to
myself?

Nyx
There is no doubt that the blood
within you compels you to lead a
cruel life.
However, the loss of your daughter
was the wedge that split your life
into pieces and let the curse in.

Galzus
I…

Nyx
Your regret over not being able to
protect your own daughter became
the curse that continues to eat you.
You have been unable to forgive
yourself.

Galzus

Nyx
You said that you have no past or
future.

Galzus
I did…

Nyx
However, you still haven’t completely
given up hope. Am I wrong?
One who has truly abandoned their
future wouldn’t have the small, dim
light I see burning in your eyes.

Galzus
If you could call such a fragile thing
hope…
That hope was simply that my
daughter may yet live.
Concentrating on that was the only
thing that got me through the never-
ending hell…
I was unable to stop wielding my
sword, even though it stained my
hands with blood.
But because of that dim light, that
hope for her survival, I was able
to keep living.

Nyx
And because of that hope, your soul
did not sink completely into darkness.
You are not a monster. Of that, I am
certain.

Galzus
I…

Nyx
I know how it feels, shackling yourself
to a curse of your own making.
I also understand the desire to bring
about the future that you imagined
amidst all that darkness.

Galzus
My daughter… I can never regain the
time I lost with her.
That is the truth of my curse. No
matter how hard I try, I cannot
change my past.
That time with her will never be
returned to me.
However…if these bloodstained
hands can still do something good for
my daughter…
Then I may yet be able to reach that
future…on the other side of this
curse…
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Erinys
A-all right, let me get this straight.
I’m…the queen of Silesse?
Are you sure?

Karin
Yes! You were wise, incredibly kind,
and greatly admired by everyone!

Erinys
I suppose if it’s true that I’m Ced’s
mother, and he is prince of Silesse,
then that all makes sense, but…
Oh, blast! I can’t wrap my head
around this!

Karin
Um… What’s the matter,
Your Highness?

Erinys
You know, Karin, right now I’m not
a queen of anything. I’m just a
pegasus knight.
So I would appreciate it if you
could simply call me Erinys.

Karin
R-really!? But it would be such a
discourtesy to call you by your name!

Erinys
I know you feel that way, but every
time you address me as “queen,” I get
chills. Like someone’s glaring at me…

Silvia

Karin
Oh! In that case, please let me call
you Lady Erinys, at the very least!

Erinys
W-well, all right. I suppose I can
accept that.

Karin
I can’t believe I get to meet you,
Lady Erinys, at the point when you
were still an active pegasus knight!
Gallant, noble, beautiful! You’re a
shining example of what a pegasus
knight is supposed to be.

Erinys
Aren’t you exaggerating things a bit?
Karin, you’re a pegasus knight
supporting Silesse too, aren’t you?

Karin
Um, well… Th-that’s actually…
I don’t know how to put this, but…

Erinys
What’s the matter? You seem
anxious about something.

Karin
It’s just… I do ride a pegasus, but I’m
not officially a pegasus knight yet.
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Karin
So, these are the training grounds
where the Heroes hone their skills.
All right.
I can’t let Lady Erinys down.
I’m going to meet her expectations.
Lady Fee, please watch me train.
I WILL become a full-fledged knight!

Tanith
Exhausted already? Begnion’s Holy
Guard won’t accept less than your
best effort!

Marcia
Ah! I-I’m sorry. I can keep going!
Hyaaah!

Fiora
Farina. Florina. Don’t slow down.
Keep at it on both sides!

Farina
All right! Leave it to me!

Florina
Let’s go, Huey. We’ve got to keep up!

Karin
Oh, wow, so many pegasus knights!
The training is harsh, but look at the
flying formations. It’s so inspiring!
I won’t let myself fall behind!
Right, Hermes?
Hermes *neigh*

Sumia
So his name is Hermes? He seems
like a good-natured pegasus.

Karin
Oh! H-hello there! I’m a pegasus
knight… Err, in-training. From Silesse!
My name is Karin!

Sumia
I’m Sumia, one of the Shepherds.
It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Karin
The pleasure is all mine! I can’t
wait to become an official knight.
I want to be able to help everyone!

Sumia
U-um, well, if you don’t mind,
would you…like to train with
me for a little while?

Karin
You really mean that? I’d love to! It
would be an honor!

Karin
*huff* *huff* Thank you so much!

Sumia
No, no, thank you. I just hope I’ve
been of some help to you, even if
just a little.

Karin
I could barely keep up with you. The
path to becoming a full-fledged
pegasus knight is tough.

Sumia
When I set out to become a pegasus
knight, I didn’t even have a pegasus.
You not only have a bond with yours
already, you also have the talent
required to excel.

Karin
Talented enough to be a pegasus
knight? Me? If only that were true…
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Karin
Great work, Hermes. You really gave
your all in training again today.
Hermes *neigh*

Karin
I still feel like I’m not good enough
for the Order of Heroes though.
Miss Sumia said that I’ve got talent
and all, but…
Watching those legendary pegasus
knights train shakes my confidence.
I wonder if I really can become
an official pegasus knight.
Hermes *neigh*

Karin
In Silesse, I couldn’t help the
ailing Queen Erinys because
I was too inexperienced.
At least here, in the Kingdom of Askr,
I want to be of service to Lady Erinys.
All I can do is my best, I suppose.
This is my problem, after all.
Hermes *NEIGH*

Karin
Kyah! Hermes?! C-calm down!
Wh-what’s wrong?!

Lilith
It seems like…he’s upset with you.

Karin
Hermes is…angry? How can you tell?

Lilith
I…can understand his feelings.
That is, I understand his words.
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Lilith
Sorry, I should have introduced myself
first. My name is Lilith. I’m charged
with handling stable duties here.
You are Karin from Silesse, correct?
Where Annand and Erinys are from?

Karin
Y-yes. My name is Karin. I’m training
to be a pegasus knight.
Hermes *neigh* *neigh*

Karin
No, Hermes! He’s acting really upset.
Is it because I’m not a good enough
rider after all?

Lilith
It’s quite the opposite. It seems like
he’s angry precisely because he
trusts and cares for you.
There, there. Good boy. That’s
better now.
Hermes *neigh*

Karin
Whew, he’s finally calmed down.
Thank you, Miss Lilith.
He sometimes gets cranky when
men bother him, but he’s normally
such a well-behaved boy.

Lilith
Hermes has a message for you.
He said he wants to do his best
together with you, Karin.

Karin
Huh? Hermes said that?

Lilith
He tells me that you said this
is your problem, and that it is
all up to you to do your best.
A pegasus knight is never alone.
Hermes wants to help you and
grow together with you.

Karin
Hermes… I didn’t think of that, but
you’re right.
A pegasus knight is steed and rider,
working as one. Hermes and I have
to become strong together.
Hermes *neigh* *neigh*

Karin
I’ve been thinking too much about
myself. I forgot to take Hermes’s
feelings into consideration.
I’m sorry, Hermes. I didn’t come to
Askr to accomplish this alone. I came
with you.
Hermes *neigh*

Lilith
Karin, you have a bond with Hermes.
That bond is the most important
thing there is for a pegasus knight.

Karin
Thank you so much, Miss Lilith!
I guess I lost sight of what
was really important.

Lilith
Hermes is very happy to hear you
say that.
Do your best here, you two. I’ll be
cheering you on.

Karin
I’m sorry, Hermes. From now on,
we’ll work to get stronger together!
With your help, I know I can become
a great pegasus knight and protect
the people I care about.
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In other languages[]

Language Name
Japanese 光と闇が紡ぐ未来
German Dunkelheit & Licht
Spanish (Europe) De la oscuridad a la luz
Spanish (Latin America) De la oscuridad a la luz
French L'obscurité a du bon
Italian Dal buio alla luce
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) 光與闇交織的未來
Portuguese Da sombra à luz
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