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True Conviction
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Event Characters Hugh Worldly Mage Face FC.png Niime Mountain Hermit Face FC.png Cath Master Thief Face FC.png Idunn Divine Demon Face FC.png
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300Hugh Worldly Mage Face FC.webp Hugh's B Conversation300Niime Mountain Hermit Face FC.webp Niime's B Conversation300Cath Master Thief Face FC.webp Cath's B Conversation300Idunn Divine Demon Face FC.webp Idunn's B Conversation
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800Hugh Worldly Mage Face FC.webp Hugh's A Conversation800Niime Mountain Hermit Face FC.webp Niime's A Conversation800Cath Master Thief Face FC.webp Cath's A Conversation800Idunn Divine Demon Face FC.webp Idunn's A Conversation
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3,500 103,500 103,500 103,500 10

Special conversations[]

True Conviction[]

True Conviction - Opening[]

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Niime
Well. It seems we took care of that!

Sharena
Is everyone all right?

Idunn
Yes... I am all right.

Hugh
Phew. It's been a while since I've
seen Nana work her elder magic, but
it sure is incredible.
Seriously Nana, couldn't you have
just saved the Kingdom of Askr from
danger on your own?

Niime
What foolish nonsense are you on
about? Trying to cut corners... It's
time you start taking things seriously.

Hugh
Nana, come on! I'm your grandson.
Don't be so mean to me in front of all
these people from other worlds!

Cath
Hmm...

Hugh
Huh? What's the matter, Cath?
You've got a major wrinkle going on
between your eyes.

Cath
Oh... Um, can I talk to you for a
minute? It's about Idunn. Don't you
think she's kind of...strange?

Hugh
Strange? Well, I was just thinking
about how her eyes are different
colors, and they're real pretty...

Cath
That's not what I meant! I...I've heard
rumors about her. They say she's,
like, the incarnation of dread...
I've heard she has the power to
destroy all of Elibe, all by herself.
Some people even say that she can
create a bunch of terrifying dragons
to serve at her command...
It doesn't make a lot of sense, but
there has to be some truth to the
rumors, right?

Hugh
Yeah, I've heard stories. Apparently
she was called the Dark Priestess
when she followed the king of Bern.
But if you ask me, the Idunn over
there is a lot different from the
rumors. She doesn't seem too scary...

Cath
I wonder... Could it be that she just
isn't fighting with her full strength?
If she's supposed to have all of this
incredible power, why wouldn't she
use it to help us?

Hugh
That's a good question. If even half
the rumors are true, she could end
this war in no time.

Cath
I know! I'll just go ask her!

Hugh
H-hey, Cath—wait!

Cath
Hey, Idunn. I was just thinking, well,
wondering really, if maybe you
weren't using your full strength?

Idunn
...

Cath
Oh, and I also heard rumors that you
can create lots of scary dragons, and
that you can control them.

Idunn
No. No...I'm sorry. I can't...I can't use
those powers anymore...
No... I won't use them.

Cath
Idunn, wait...!

Hugh
There she goes...

Cath
Huh. What was all that about? I was
just asking an innocent question. Why
did she look so sad about it?

Niime
Hmm...
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ニイメ
ふむ、どうやら片付いたようだね。

シャロン
みなさん、お怪我はありませんか!?

イドゥン
ええ…大丈夫です。

ヒュウ
いやー、ばあちゃんの古代魔法。
久しぶりに見たけどやっぱすげえわ。
もう、ばあちゃん一人で
アスク王国の危機を
救えんじゃねえの?

ニイメ
なにバカなことを言ってるんだい。
手を抜こうったって、そうはいかないよ。
あんたも本気でやりな。このアホ孫。

ヒュウ
ばあちゃん、異界に来てまで
アホ呼ばわりは勘弁してくれよ。
実の孫だぜ~。

キャス
うーん…

ヒュウ
ん? どうした。
眉間にシワなんて寄せて。

キャス
ねえ、ヒュウ。ちょっといい?
イドゥンのことなんだけど
なんか変だと思わない?

ヒュウ
変? 左右の目の色が違って
綺麗だなーとは思うけどな。

キャス
そういうことじゃなくってさ!
噂で聞いていたイドゥンって
もっとこう、恐怖の化身というか…
たった一人でエレブ大陸を
滅ぼしちゃいそうというかさ…
よくわかんないけど、あの人
すごい力を持ってるんでしょ?
おっそろしい竜とかを
いっぱい生み出せるとか聞いたよ?

ヒュウ
うーん。言われてみれば
今のイドゥンは聞いてた噂と違うな。
ベルンの王様に従っていたときは
暗闇の巫女と呼ばれていたらしいけど
全然そんな感じ、しないよな?

キャス
もしかしてイドゥン…
本気で戦ってないんじゃないの?
すごい力を持っているはずなのに
どうして全力で戦おうとしないんだろ。

ヒュウ
噂どおりの力を持っているなら
戦争なんてすぐに
終わらせられそうなもんだけどな。

キャス
あたし、理由を聞いてみる!

ヒュウ
お、おい、キャス…!

キャス
で、あたしは思ったんだ。
もしかしてイドゥンって
本気を出してないんじゃないかって。

イドゥン
……

キャス
たくさんの竜を生み出して
従えることができるって噂も
聞いたことあるんだよ。

イドゥン
ごめんなさい。
あの力は…もう使えない…
いえ…使わないの。

キャス
あっ、ちょっと…!

ヒュウ
行っちまったな…

キャス
うーん、なんだろう。
あの悲しそうな顔、気になるなー。

ニイメ
……

True Conviction - C[]

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Cath
I just don’t get it!
Idunn has all this power, but she
refuses to use it. Don’t you think
that’s odd?

Hugh
I guess so, yeah. It just sort of seems
like a waste to me.

Cath
I’ve seen so many people sacrifice
something important just because
they didn’t have the power to fight.
I’ve felt that powerlessness myself,
when I watched my village burn…
I know all too well how those without
power can’t even choose their own
path through life.

Hugh
Idunn is a dragon with immense
power. She was even called the
Demon Dragon in ancient texts.
I think, if you have enough power
to destroy the world, you should be
able to use that power to save it.

Niime
You can change the meaning of that
sort of power…but you cannot
change its cost.

Hugh
Oh! Nana, were you eavesdropping?

Niime
The power to destroy the world…
The power to protect the world…
Both are incredible forces.

Cath
So you’re saying it depends on how
you use it, right? In that case, why
isn’t she using it now?
I mean, Askr is in big trouble. It needs
her help!

Niime
Stop interrupting, child! All power–
especially a power as great as hers–
comes at a price, no matter its use.
Just like how those who use elder
magic must face a deep darkness…

Hugh
Like how if you wanna eat a tasty
meal, you gotta spent lots of coin?

Niime
Idiot grandchild! Don’t make absurd
analogies when we’re discussing
something as important as this!
That girl…Idunn…
As the Demon Dragon, yes, she was
granted great power… But it came at
the cost of her soul.

Cath
*gasp*

Niime
After all she’s been through and
regained, do you two really feel like
forcing her to lose her soul again?
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True Conviction - B[]

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Niime
I’d hope that even a moron like you
has heard of the Scouring before.

Hugh
Hey! I studied elder magic too. I know
about the Scouring.

Cath
I’ve heard about it through legends.
A thousand years ago, humans and
dragons battled for control of Elibe…

Niime
The legends were true. The war was
terrible, but humanity proved
superior in numbers and in spirit.
Eventually, humans gained the upper
hand and nearly overpowered the
dragons. But…
The dragons, knowing they would
lose, decided to create a being of
terrifying power: the Demon Dragon.
And in order to achieve that, they
needed a sacrifice… Idunn.

Cath
No…

Niime
According to legend, her soul was
ripped from her when she was
turned.
She became nothing more than a
dragon meant for one thing: combat.
With her soul lost, she had no choice
but to spend day after day creating
more dragons…and killing people.

Hugh
That’s awful… How could they even
do that to her?

Niime
War does terrible things. But now,
she is free from that horrible fate.
When I spoke to her, I learned that
she is trying to create a world where
humans and dragons can coexist.

Hugh

Niime
That power you speak of, it was once
used to create dragons and strike fear
into mankind…
Demanding that she use that power
again is the same as telling her to go
back to being the Demon Dragon.
She’s only now regaining her soul.
What’s the point of peace if you have
to sacrifice the best parts of yourself
to get it?

Hugh
I suppose you’re right. We can’t ask
for her to use that power again if it
means she has to give her soul.
I can’t really imagine what a peaceful
world would look like, but…
I think a world where kids can smile,
where everyone feels safe… I think
that’s a good start.

Cath
I’m going to go apologize to Idunn. I
feel terrible! No one should have to
make a sacrifice like that.

Hugh
H-hey, wait, Cath! Let me come
with you!
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True Conviction - A[]

English
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Cath
Idunn, I’m so sorry! I was just running
my mouth without thinking.
I didn’t realize how hurtful I was
being when I said you weren’t giving
it your all. Ugh, I’m such an idiot!

Hugh
Me too. I didn’t realize your situation,
and I said some pretty awful things.
I’m a moron, just like Nana said.

Idunn
You don’t have to apologize.
I may not have a human heart like
you do, but…
But…I can understand…how you feel.
You were concerned…

Cath
Idunn…

Idunn
When I was lost to the darkness, I
couldn’t understand such things.
But now, I can feel it… The warmth of
a human heart.

Cath
Anyone would get angry or sad if
they were asked to give up their
precious treasure.
The heart that you’ve regained is
your most precious treasure, Idunn.
An irreplaceable treasure.

Idunn
Yes. I have felt that warmth of so
many people’s feelings. Their
concern…and their love.
I may be unable to create dragons for
battle anymore, but…
But now I have allies who support
each other… Allies who support me.
That warmth fills me.
That is why I keep pushing forward. I
want to protect them. I want to fight
for their futures, for their happiness.

Niime
You need not return to the darkness
ever again, Idunn.
As a user of the powers of darkness,
of elder magic, I tell you this…
You must follow that warm voice
within you. Never stray from it. Let
it guide you forward.

Idunn
Yes…
Something has grown inside of me…
Now, there is this warmth inside my
chest. It is…pleasant…

Niime
When you use a power rooted in rage
and hatred, your heart will become
consumed by hate and sorrow.
Having strong weapons or magical
tomes is not enough to prevent it.
You must have that warmth within. A
positive belief is the best power there
is. Remember that, you idiot kids.

Hugh
Hey, I’m the most optimistic guy I
know!

Cath
I can be positive too!
Idunn, from here on out, let’s work
together to make everyone’s dreams
come true and share that warmth.

Idunn
Yes… Through thousands and
thousands of days and nights, I am
here now.
I will seek to realize the unfulfilled
wishes of those who have passed,
and protect the futures of everyone.
But not alone. Now, I can work
together with my allies and friends.
Allies who are full of warmth.
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Hugh: Worldly Mage[]

Hugh: Worldly Mage - C[]

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Hugh
Look, I think it’s a pretty good deal
for what you’re getting. I’m worth all
of that and more!

Anna
But 10,000 gold for just your
contract is a rather ludicrous amount.

Hugh
OK! I hear you loud and clear! How
about 5,000? And I’ll be ready to hop
off the back of a flying dragon!

Farina
Just 5,000 gold Hah! I win.

Hugh
Hm? Is it my imagination, or… I feel
like people are looking at me funny…
Anyway. Please, I’m begging you. I
can’t make it on the allowance I
get from the Order of Heroes alone.
If I don’t earn more money, then
Nana… Nana will…

Anna
What is it? Is your grandmother sick
or something?

Hugh
Oh, uh… Yeah, something like that.
That’s why I need the money. Please!

Anna
But… I’m pretty certain your nana
was summoned to Askr to fight along
with you. If she was sick…

Niime
And what is wrong with me, exactly?

Hugh
Gah! Nana! Um, why are you here?

Niime
Because these shops have all the
herbs I need to study elder magic. I’m
quite grateful for the selection.

Anna
Oh, Niime, welcome. I’ve set aside
the herbs that you asked for.

Hugh
OK, well, I better be going. All that
training to do!

Niime
Wait right there, idiot grandson! You
weren’t brought to Askr to be a
nuisance. Are you bothering people?

Hugh
D-don’t be absurd! I’m not bothering
anyone! I’m training hard today so
I can help bring peace to Askr!

Niime
Speaking of training, hand over the
Nosferatu tome I lent you. You
clearly aren’t using it.

Hugh
Oh, um, well, like I mentioned before,
I don’t have it with me. Because of,
uh, reasons…
It may have gotten stolen by some
kids who were pretending to be all
friendly. Or something…

Niime
Foolish child! Did you really think I’d
accept that as an excuse? That tome
was priceless!

Anna
Hah! It all makes sense now… No
wonder Hugh wanted so much gold.
He’s in big trouble…

Hugh
I-I’ll buy it back eventually and return
it to you. Just give me like…another
ten years or so!

Niime
I can’t wait that long! Ugh, he really is
a fast runner…
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ヒュウ

Hugh: Worldly Mage - B[]

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Niime
Idiot grandson. I thought you said you
were training!? Look at you, just
spending your time loafing about.

Hugh
I ain’t loafing anywhere. I’m calming
my mind. You know, meditating. To
help me focus on my anima magic…

Niime
Good grief… I thought I’d sent you off
to learn about elder magic, but you
came back an anima magic user…

Hugh
Well, I didn’t really have a choice.
I tried studying elder magic at first.
But I just didn’t have the talent for it.
For some reason, anima magic just
stuck. I can’t help it if that’s what I’m
good at.

Niime
Well, I guess there’s no changing
what you are. But that’s not excuse to
laze about. Why aren’t you training?
There’s a great library here that holds
knowledge from many other worlds.
You should go there and study.

Hugh
The Great Library of Askr? I’ve heard
of it. But, well, I also heard that my
father spends a lot of time there.
And, well, it’s… It’s awkward, you
know? Seeing my father…

Niime

Hugh
I don’t remember much about my
father. He died when I was young…
But he…he might remember, right?
About me, I mean. So, well…

Niime
What are you trying to say?

Hugh
I just worry that he’s going to be
disappointed in me.
You know…when he learns I couldn’t
master elder magic and had to
study anima magic instead.

Niime
Ah… So that’s what you have been
worrying about…
Well, I don’t recall raising a narrow-
minded son. You should let him see
you, at the very least.

Hugh
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ヒュウ

Hugh: Worldly Mage - A[]

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Hugh
I didn’t really mean to come here…
Well, I guess…maybe I did. I need to
focus on my training. To get Nana off
my back. Yeah, that’s it…

Canas

Hugh
So…that’s my father… He’s…he’s a lot
younger than I remember.

Canas

Hugh
Look at him. His eyes twinkle when
he turns the page. He must really
love learning…

Luthier
Hey, what are you doing sneaking
around over there?

Hugh
Wagh?!
Shh! I’m not here for trouble, I swear!
My name is Hugh, and I’m an anima
magic user. I just arrived in Askr.

Luthier
Is there a reason you are staring at
Canas? Do you have business
with him?

Hugh
Um, well, to tell you the truth, I’m…
Well, I’m his…son.

Luthier
…Son?
Hm… I had thought Canas was
devoted entirely to research. I had no
idea he had a family.

Hugh
H-hey, um… I know this is awkward,
but what kind of person is my father?

Luthier
He is a friend of mine. I believe him
to be a good fellow.
I always found it hard to believe he
uses dark magic, when his disposition
is so bright and sunny.

Hugh
I see… Well…I guess that explains
where I got my cheerful personality.

Luthier
…If you’re that curious, why not meet
him and find out for yourself?

Hugh
H-hey! Don’t push me!

Canas
Hm? Hello? Is someone there?
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ヒュウ

Hugh: Worldly Mage - S[]

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Canas
You’re… Hugh!? It’s you! Hugh!
Wow, you’ve gotten so big! I can’t
believe it…

Hugh
U-um… Yes, I’m Hugh. It’s…been a
while? Well, um, no. That’s not quite
right. I’m not sure how to say this…

Canas
You don’t have to say anything, Son.
I’m just happy to see your face.

Hugh
Wh-what? If you’re this happy, then I
wish I had met you sooner…
But, um, Father… I don’t mean to put
a damper on this joyous reunion,
but you need to know something…
I’m not a user of dark…I mean, of
elder magic. I’ve become an anima
magic user. Sorry.
I tried, but I didn’t have it in me. I
didn’t inherit the talent you and
Nana have…

Canas
An anima magic user… I see. Well,
that means your talent came from
your mother. I’m glad! Really, I am.

Hugh
Huh? You don’t think it’s a shame
that I didn’t inherit your skill for dark
magic, then?

Canas
Seeing you develop and carry forth
your own talents is the greatest joy
your mother and I could ask for.
You’ve been summoned to Askr as an
anima mage. That alone proves
you’ve grown into a fine hero.
I’ve never been so happy. You’ve
done so well, Hugh.

Hugh
Heh. Well…I think this might be a first.
I’ve never been complimented for
becoming an anima mage before.

Luthier
There is nothing more heartwarming
than family reunions…

Hugh
From now on, I hope we can fight
side by side as we defend Askr. I’ll be
counting on you.

Canas
And I’ll be counting on you too.

Hugh
Oh, so, totally unrelated, but I was
wondering if you could lend me some
cash. I’m in kind of a bind now…

Niime
Ahem.

Hugh
W-what? Nana! What are you
doing here?

Niime
I thought I’d check in on you. Idiot
grandson! It’s clear your magic isn’t
the only thing that needs training.
We need to completely retrain you
from the inside out, starting with
your personality!

Hugh
N-no, I mean, come on! Save me,
Father!

Canas
Your magical skills will grow under
Mother’s training. What a gift! Good
for you, Hugh.

Hugh
No, not good for me! Gyaaah!

Luthier
At least, I think a family reunion is
heartwarming…
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ヒュウ

Niime: Mountain Hermit[]

Niime: Mountain Hermit - C[]

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Pent
Please wait, learned Niime!

Azelle
What? She’s gone? Did she
disappear?

Reinhardt
I was certain she had turned this
corner, and yet…

Kliff
You’re getting yourselves all worked
up searching for this Niime. What’s
the big deal?

Pent
All mages in Elibe know her name.
The renowned Mountain Hermit… Her
books are of such value to magecraft
that they are nearly priceless.

Kliff
But some are here in the library
of Askr, I take it.

Erk
Yes. Lord Pent guessed that she
must have come here and then
written them.

Hubert
A mage of such power intrigues me.
I am sure her instruction could be
of use to me–and Lady Edelgard.

Kliff
OK, you got me. I’m interested
now too.

Niime
What a terrible racket. This is why
I’m known as a hermit. I can’t abide
a ruckus.
I hope sheltering me here isn’t too
much of a burden to you.

Fjorm
Not at all! My mother always said
I should respect my elders.

Niime
Your mother had a head on her
shoulders. Her words are a gift
to you.
I’m glad I found you. I’ve been
reading up on Nifl in the library here…
Your land was created by a dragon?

Fjorm
Yes. Nifl was revered as both an ice
dragon and as a god, and I’m told she
took part in our kingdom’s formation.
Fjorm
Even though I met her, it was all so
strange, and it doesn’t quite feel
real to me…

Niime
What was that?

Fjorm
Oh, nothing! I’m just mumbling
to myself.

Niime
A dragon that lends its power to
mortal man… We must assume it
is an ally, not a foe.

Fjorm
Pardon?

Niime
You see, I’ve been researching
dragons for a long time now.
Researching exactly what they mean
to mankind…
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Niime
I have studied elder magic deeply.
Perhaps you think of it as “dark
magic,” Princess.
And alongside it, I have also learned
much about dragons.

Fjorm
If I am not mistaken, you are from
Elibe. It is strange, isn’t it? People
and dragons, in every world…
Their fates are always bound.

Niime
A thousand years before I was born,
dragons and men fought a fierce
battle for dominance.

Fjorm
I have heard this before from others
from Elibe. You’re talking about
the Scouring.

Niime
I see you have a studious heart.
Never lost that quality. It sustains
our minds, allows them to grow…
But I should return to the topic at
hand. The Scouring meant that
mankind would never trust dragons.
Dragons became objects of terror.
They were viewed as the means
to destroy the world.
Fjorm
Destroy the world! The relationship
between humanity and dragons
is quite different in Elibe!

Fjorm
Not only did a dragon create my
homeland, but the same is true
of Askr.
I have always seen dragons as
partners with humanity. Powerful
partners.

Niime
*sigh*
Fjorm
Ah! My apologies. I know this is
merely my own opinion on the
matter…

Niime
Oh, don’t fret, now. The world stays
interesting thanks to the proliferation
of perspectives.
This is not just true, it’s important.
A meeting like this can change my
own thinking.
What are dragons? It seems I am
still in the midst of coming to my
own answer.
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Niime
What are dragons to mankind? Do
they bring us ruin, or grant us power?
Askr’s library is the ideal place to
study this question. It holds text
from across the worlds.
My knowledge of dragons can
become as diverse as the realms
whose wisdom is gathered here.

Fjorm
It is certainly an impressive collection.

Niime
It is a true joy to be this old, yet still
have so much to learn.
I do, however, have to contend with
a boisterous crowd who themselves
seem overjoyed by this prospect…
Fjorm
Haha. I think that they simply
wish to share in your knowledge.

Niime
Do they, now? My research is plenty
to keep me busy!
The more I peer into the question,
the more I learn just how different
the views of dragons are…
It is fascinating! It changes from world
to world.
In Archanea and Jugdral, some
dragons assist humanity and are
even part of their religions.
But there are fell dragons, and
shadow dragons–feared for their
hunger to destroy mankind.

Fjorm
You might say they represent two
faces of dragons.

Niime
Dragons create and dragons destroy.
Their variability is in itself quite
interesting.
According to the legends of Fódlan,
the dragons were guided by a
goddess to create the world.
But a dragon of Valla was so
consumed by its rage that it
threw that world into calamity.
In Valentia, the dragons said to have
created the land lived long and lost
themselves to their base instincts.
Fjorm
Their power was great, but they
were unable to hold on to
themselves.

Niime
Dragons may possess power beyond
our ken, but they are not omnipotent.
Mentally, you could say they are
frail. Not so different from us, are
they, in that regard?

Fae
Ah!

Niime
Fae!

Fae
Nana Niime!
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Fae
You’re here in Askr too? Hooray!

Niime
You’re as cheerful as always, aren’t
you, Fae?

Fjorm
It seems like you two know each other.

Niime
We do. This child is like a
granddaughter to me.

Fae
Oh, Nana Niime! Listen! I’ve made a
LOT of friends since I got to Askr!

Nowi
One of them is me, of course–Nowi!

Nah
Is this the “Nana Niime” we’ve been
hearing so much about, Fae?

Fae
Yup! She’s the one who gave me all
those toys!

Myrrh
Well, if Fae is so hapy to see her,
that is certainly more than enough
for me.

Nowi
Did somebody say “toys”?

Niime
Oh, yes. Look at this ball. See how
the light twinkles…

Nowi
Amazing! Wait, what’s this? No,
this! Wait, no–THIS!

Nah
Mother, I think you’re getting carried
away. But, ooh… It is rather pretty!

Myrrh
How soothing! Gazing into that
magical ball, I mean. It really is
beautiful.
Fjorm
They seem to be having a great
time, don’t they?

Niime
Fae was the one who taught me
that not all dragons are the
archenemies of mankind.
I had thought of dragons as fearsome
monsters, imbued with an ineffable
power.
But as you can see, these girls are
full of smiles.

Fae
I like it when you pat my head, Nana
Niime.

Niime
I owe you girls an apology. I used
to look at dragons only in terms of
man’s struggles against them.

Nah
It’s only natural. For both sides.

Myrrh
Just don’t forget that we want to
see everyone living together with
a smile too.

Niime
A world where everyone can live
together with a smile… That young
fool said something similar.
Princess Fjorm, consider this…
Dragons are strength–a strength
that is both pure and beyond
our understanding.
Now, that strength may be
tremendous, even cataclysmic.
But as long as we do not treat them
ill, dragons and mankind may live in
harmony.

Fjorm
I believe you are right. Peaceful
coexistence.

Niime
How, though? How do we live
peacefully when faced with such
power?
We do not let it consume us.
We do not attempt to control it.
If we keep a respectful distance, it
will nourish us.
But we cannot take it for granted.
We must share OUR wisdom with
the dragons, for the sake of peace.

Fae
Nana Niime! Come on, it’s time for
me to show you around the castle!

Niime
Is it? Well, then, let’s be off. I’m lucky
to have you as a guide.
You know, if she keep smiling
like this, man and dragon will have
a happy future, hand-in-hand.
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Cath
The treasures… They call to me!
I’ve heard Askr has connections to all
sorts of unique worlds, so…
I bet there are all lots of treasures
I’ve never seen before hidden here!
Right, underling number one?

Chad
Listen. I’ve said this several times
already: I’m not your underling.

Cath
Y’know, I noticed something… Askr
has a lot of Heroes who make their
living as thieves, doesn’t it?

Chad
So you’re just going to ignore me…
Got it.
But yes, you’re right. I was surprised
to learn that you and I weren’t the
only thieves here, if I’m being honest.
I suppose every world is filled with
those who couldn’t survive without
a little thievery…

Cath
Exactly! And don’t you think this is
an excellent opportunity?
If I pay my cards right, I could recruit
the ones with strong moral codes
as my underlings.
I know! Our group will be called
Cath’s Bandits!

Chad
Huh? W-wait a second… What’re
you talking about?
No one asked you to form a group!
A bunch of thieves would just end up
being a problem for Lord Roy!

Cath
What’s it matter if no one asked me?
I’m helping! The world needs fixing!
It must be done!
On that note, I’m going to recruit
each and every capable thief here
and form Cath’s Bandits!
It’s time to teach the evildoers of
Askr a lesson while saving those
in need!

Chad
H-hey! Wait! Listen when people
try to talk to you…
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Cath
I can tell when someone moves in
the same circles as I do. They have a
unique sort of…aura to them.

Niles

Cath
Oh! Look at him, stalking about
silently. He’s probably a thief! And
no ordinary thief, either…
Hi there. My name’s Cath! I’m a thief
who was recently summoned to Askr.

Niles
Do you want something?

Cath
You seem like you’ve got pretty solid
technique. Why don’t you join Cath’s
Bandits?

Niles
Technique? Hmph. You commend my
technique? Yes, I have all sort of
amazing techniques…

Cath
Huh? Well, what I think you’re trying
to say is you’re confident in your
abilities. Does that sound about right?
A-anyway, I’m gathering members to
join my band of thieves! It’s time we
fixed this broken world!
We’re going to punish all the fat-cat
evildoers in our own special way!
Well? Want to join us?

Niles
Punish them, eh? I like the sound of
that. There’s no better feeling than
making the rich squeal like pigs.

Cath
Um, right So you’ll join then! You
want to be one of Cath’s Bandits!

Niles
I don’t know if it is wise for you to let
me join so quickly.
After all, once you let me in there’s
no going back. Not until it all breaks…

Cath
Umm… Is it just me or does it feel
like we’re not having the same
conversation?

Chad
There she is! And she’s already
recruiting! Hey, Cath!

Cath
Ugh, he already caught up?! I better
get going!
See you later! Keep thinking about
my offer, OK? Cath’s Bandits would
love to have you!
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Cath
I’d nearly forgotten, but my feminine
charms are some of my best talents.
Maybe they’ll help this time.

Yuri

Cath
Oh! The way he moves… An amateur
probably wouldn’t recognize it, but I
know those practiced movements!
I know he’s a fellow thief. One who’s
been through many harrowing
exploits and lived to tell the tale.
This time… This time I’ll use my best
talent to recruit him. No one can
deny my charms!
Why hello there, handsome. Want to
chat? I have…so many ideas of what
we could talk about.

Yuri
Hm? What could you want from a
run-of-the-mill attractive young man
such as myself?

Cath
Ahhh! Wha? How? How is this guy
rea?! When he looks me in the eye,
it’s like his gaze pierces my heart!
A-and his skin is so perfect! It’s
shining like glitter!

Yuri
Is something wrong? You’re kind of
funny, you know. Approaching me
and then getting transfixed like that.

Cath
His perfect skin is blinding me!
Th-there’s no way I could entice
him into joining. He’s too charming!
S-sorry, thought you were someone
else! Forget it! I’ll be on my way now!

Cath
Phew! The Order of Heroes recruits
from every imaginable world. It’s not
surprising that some are…unusual…
Hm… At this rate, there’s no telling
when Cath’s Bandits will form.
No, I won’t give up! I will form the
largest band of thieves Askr has ever
seen, and…

Cath
Ahhh! Oh, I’m so sorry! I was lost in
thought. I didn’t mean to bump into
you…

???
...

Cath
What?! It…it can’t be! There’s another
me?!
C-could it be another me that came
from another world?!
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Cath… You must listen to me! Stop
trying to make Cath’s Bandits a thing!
It will never work.

Cath

OK. I’ll admit, you surprised me at
first. But give it up. I can tell you’re
a fake. Who are you? Show yourself!

???

Xane
Oh fine. What gave it away? Was it
my delivery? I gotta say, you’ve got
pretty sharp instincts.

Cath
Whoa! I was right! How’d you do
that? You could have been my twin.

Xane
I appreciate that, though clearly it
wasn’t enough to fool you. I have the
ability to transform into other people.

Cath
Th-that’s amazing… That’s exactly
the type of skill my band of thieves
is looking for.
How about it? Want to join Cath’s
Bandits?

Chad
Hold up! Phew, I finally caught you…
No more pointless recruitment
attempts, Cath. It’s time to let it go.

Cath
Underling number one?! What are
you doing here?

Chad
Just give me a moment… Damn,
you’re a fast runner.
Lord Roy must have had a tough time
catching you, let alone recruiting you.

Xane
I suppose it’s time to come clean:
Chad asked me to do this. He was all
like, “You gotta help me catch Cath!”
I couldn’t resist a little prank. So I
helped him out to kill some time.

Cath
What? Underling number one put
you up to this? But why? I’m busy
trying to find new recruits…

Chad
That’s what I’ve been trying to tell
you. There’s no need. Think about
why we were really called to Askr…

Cath
No, you think about it! I have to
punish all the fat-cat evil merchants
and rotten aristocrats!

Chad
But Cath, there isn’t anyone like that
here. No dastardly nobles or
gluttonous evil merchants.

Cath
Wait, what? What do you mean? How
could there not be any villains?

Xane
The people of this land are hard
workers. They support each other,
and they trust the royal family.

Cath
Then what about Cath’s Bandits? Are
you saying there’s no need for a
group of benevolent buccaneers?!

Chad
That’s exactly what I’ve been saying!
But you completely ignored me and
went off on your own.
You don’t need to form a group.
There’s plenty of work for us thieves
here with Order of Heroes.
Reconnaissance, diversions,
subverting enemy authority… The
list is never-ending!

Cath
Oh, well, I guess that’s something. I
suppose I just got ahead of myself in
my quest to rid Askr of tyranny.
If there aren’t any fat-cat evil
merchants to thwart, then I won’t
be doing any thwarting!
I’ll just have to settle for punishing
those that try to harm Askr, then.
OK, new battle plan! I’ll put all my
focus on aiding the Order of Heroes.
I’ll be the best thief they’ve ever had.
I look forward to continuing to work
with you, underlings one and two!

Xane
Huh? Are you calling me underling
number two?

Cath
Oh, sorry, underling number two was
[Summoner].
Try to keep up, underling number
one and underling number three!

Chad
I told you before! I never consented
to being called your underling!
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Idunn
I never thought the day would come…
when I would be able to thank you
like this.
So… Thank you… For saving my life.

Roy
You don’t need to thank me. I heard
that, after the war, you were living in
the remote village of Arcadia.
I’m glad you found some peace. You
look well. I suppose it was fate that
brought us together again, in Askr.

Idunn
I feel as if I’d been spending my days
like I’d just awoken from a dream.
The comfort of the gentle breeze.
The beauty of the blooming flowers.
I didn’t know about any of those
things before… Or, perhaps I did,
but had simply forgotten.

Roy
Well… I’m sorry to say it, but it seems
like we may need to take you back
into the fray.
We’ll need your power to protect
the future of this kingdom.

Idunn
I understand. And I thank you… For
worrying about me. You are every bit
as thoughtful and strong as Fae said.
But…this is a path I must take.
I, too, believe that I should do what I
can to protect this country and its
people…

Roy
I appreciate that. I have no doubt that
your strength and determination
will ensure many new tomorrows.

Idunn
Perhaps it was fate that guided me
to this country…
But before I am able to move onward,
there is someone here I must meet.

Roy
I understand. But if there is anything
I can help you with, anything that is
troubling you, know you can ask me.
Although you said that helping the
people of Askr is your own path to
take…
You don’t have to walk that path
alone. You have allies now. Friends.
Together, we’ll walk into the future.

Idunn
Thank you…
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Idunn
You are…Princess Guinivere, yes?
I am…

Guinivere
Oh! Those eyes! I recognize you.
You’re the Dark Priestess… Idunn!?
But, no… There’s a feeling about
you… It’s almost as though…

Idunn
As though?

Guinivere
Yes, that must be it. You are from
Elibe’s future.

Idunn
Yes.

Guinivere
And you…you have been saved.
You’re no longer the Dark Priestess.
I no longer feel that darkness in you.

Idunn
The fighting for the continent of Elibe
has ended.
Thanks to the Binding Blade, which
Roy wielded in battle. Or, no… It was
wielded by Roy and his allies.

Guinivere
The Binding Blade…
The Fire Emblem I had taken from
Bern’s royal palace… Surely this is
a demonstration of its power.

Idunn
When I learned that you were in Askr,
I agonized over whether or not we
should meet.
Because, I thought… I feared I might
end up telling you about a future that
you don’t want.

Guinivere
I see…

Idunn
I’m sorry that I couldn’t save
His Highness…
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Idunn
I have committed so many wrongs.
I…caused a calamity long ago. And
I awoke a millennium later only to
take part in more stolen lives.
His Majesty’s life, too, was…

Guinivere
I understand how you feel. It was my
failure to reconcile with my brother
that led to the outbreak of war.
I couldn’t find a way forward that
didn’t involve spilling blood.
Because…I was not strong enough.

Idunn
Oh…

Guinivere
I betrayed my country and stole the
Fire Emblem, Bern’s prized treasure.
I wanted to bring the war to an end.
That is why I entrusted it to
Lord Roy.
But the truth is…as royalty of Bern,
I should have settled things myself.

Idunn
So you…you have been suffering too.
You’ve spent your days blaming
yourself. It must have been agony.
I can hear it, now. The aching sound
of your heart…

Guinivere
Idunn, that is proof enough that you
are no longer the Demon Dragon.
To understand the pain of another
is to place your heart in theirs.
I am sure that you were very close to
my brother, up until the very end.

Idunn
I was…

Guinivere
I say this not as the princess of Bern,
but simply as my brother’s only kin.
Thank you. Thank you for never
abandoning him.
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Idunn
You…don’t blame me? Even though
I couldn’t save His Majesty?

Guinivere
No. You are not to blame for that.
Our respective ideas of justice were
at odds, and blood was spilled.
In war, everyone may at times be the
victim and the oppressor.

Idunn
The path that His Majesty eventually
walked may not have been the
right one.
But, the starting point of that path…
It began with his kind heart. He
wanted only to free the wolrd from
the chains of sorrow.

Guinivere
My brother was…too kind.
Which was why he couldn’t tolerate
the imbalance he saw in the world,
and he tried to correct it with force.
Idunn, I’ve heard that you dragons
live for close to an eternity.

Idunn
We do…

Guinivere
To you, human lives might seem to
last only a brief moment, but…
Please, hold my brother’s kindness
close to heart, and carry that on
into the future.

Idunn
Yes… I promise.

Guinivere
I said before that in war, everyone
may be both the victim and the
oppressor. I must amend that.
There are also those who, through no
fault of their own, are completely
oppressed. Who need a hero’s help.
I think, then, that our mission must be
to protect as many lives as possible.
To aid those who need our strength.

Idunn
Yes. I believe that is why I am here.
I was uncertain at first, but I know
that is my purpose.
All lives will end one day. We dragons
are no exception.
But feelings…feelings are eternal.
That gentle light that tried to lead me
out of the darkness…that kindness…
I will keep that light–combined with
the warmth I now feel–alive in my
heart…forever.
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In other languages[]

Language Name
Japanese 信念よ力となれ
German Wahre Überzeugung
Spanish (Europe) Convicción real
Spanish (Latin America) Convicción real
French Vraie conviction
Italian Convinzione assoluta
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) 信念化為力量
Portuguese Convicção real
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