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After defeating Martel and making it through the woodlands, Roy and company face the blizzards common of Ilia's winters. Ilia's harsh weather has in the past served as a natural defense against invaders. In this blizzard, Sigune, captain of a pegasus knight squad working for Bern, makes preparations to attack Roy and his troops...
Chapter 19A: Bitter Cold:
(Inside the castle)
Pegasus Knight: Captain! The enemy has arrived. They are just beyond the mountains.
Sigune: It begins.
Pegasus Knight: Captain, are you sure?
Sigune: About what?
Pegasus Knight: The Eturian Army says they will liberate us from Bern. They say they'll give us our independence...
Sigune: You can't be fool enough to believe that. No one fights a war without gain. Once they defeat Bern, they intend to take over. It will be the same.
Pegasus Knight: But...
Sigune: Bern are the better allies, They are more experienced in warfare.
Pegasus Knight: ......
Signue: Come now, we have more immediate problems. We must eliminate the enemy that lies before us. Are the ballistae ready?
Pegasus Knight: Yes, the archers are all at their stations.
Sigune: Good! Fire at them from a distance. They'll be floundering around in the dark of this powerful blizzard. Observe nature's wrath...
Roy: Such powerful wind and hail... I can barely see in front of me.
Niime: Ilia's winters are always like this. If you want to fight in this weather, you'll have to put up with it.
Roy: We can't allow Bern time to regroup. We must attack now.
Niime: You're right. If the demon dragon is victorious, it could be the end of us all.
Roy: I've been wondering... Do you think the demon dragon is human?
Niime: It seems proable. It could be that all dragons in this realm are in human form. I've even heard stories of dragons in human form living with people.
Niime: Hm? What did you say?
Roy: Er, nothing.
Niime: I don't know much about the details, but I've read that dragons only began to take human form after the Ending Winter.
Roy: The Ending Winter...
Niime: I expect you've heard of it.
Roy: Yes, but only in legend. I learned that in the Ending Winter, the laws of nature were all warped. Day became night, and summer became winter.
Niime: That's it. The scrolls I read are so timeworn that I couldn't decipher all of them. But one thing is clear. The Ending Winter was a disaster powerful enough to bend and twist the whole planet.
Roy: What caused it?
Niime: Nobody knows for certain... Legends says it happened when the dragons released vast amounts of magical power, but nobody is sure what really happened. In any case, it is a certainty that dragons began to take human form after the Ending Winter. I don't believe it is mere coincidence.
Roy: I agree
Niime: Either way, the truth lies in Bern.