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Three Houses (chapter)/Script (part 1)

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White Clouds
Great Three Moon

Three Houses

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The icy winds of the Oghma Mountains have begun to scatter, and the verdant fields once again spring to life across Fódlan, heralding the start of a new year. As they celebrate the dawning year, the people pray that they may realize their full potential, just as a tiny sprout hopes to one day grow into a great tree.
— Chapter 1 opening narration
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The continent of Fódlan, said to be protected by a revered goddess, has existed since time immemorial. Three ruling powers now control the land.

In the south lies a region long held by a more than one-thousand-year-old dynasty–the Adrestian Empire.

Beyond its borders, to the frigid north, is the home of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, ruled by the royal family and its knights.

To the east, a league of nobles that heeds no king nor emperor rules what is called the Leicester Alliance.

Once consumed by a tempest of war and turmoil, Fódlan and these three mighty powers now exist in relative harmony.''

— Opening narration of the continent of Fódlan

Movie - The Archbishop

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The camera focuses on a green forest bathed in sunlight. In it, the Knights of Seiros are seen walking with Jeralt as they talk, with Byleth, Dimitri, Claude and Edelgard following them. Byleth studies each of the students's movements when suddenly one of them speaks.

Dimitri: This will be your first time at the monastery. I’d be happy to show you around.
Claude: It really is Fódlan in a nutshell. The good and the bad.
Edelgard: Like it or not, we’ll be there soon enough.

As the crew begin emerging from the trees, multiple buildings can be seen on top of a hill.

Edelgard: There it is. Garreg Mach Monastery.

A montage of scenes begins, showcasing the monastery grounds, the cathedral and treasure rooms, and two of their teachers, Hanneman and Manuela, teaching to their respective students. Once the camera returns to Byleth and Jeralt as they enter the monastery, the father stops walking and looks up...

Jeralt: Rhea's here.

As Jeralt mentions her, Byleth looks up to see her as well. On top of a balcony, a woman with green hair and dressed in elaborate robes is looking down at Jeralt and Byleth. She's Rhea.

Rhea: I wonder... Did the flow of time bring you here?

Event - Return of the Former Captain

Date: 4/23
Audience Chamber
Great Tree Moon (Daytime)

(Byleth and Jeralt enter the Monastery's audience room.)
Jeralt: It's been years since I've last set eyes on this place. To be forced to see her now...

Choice 1 Choice 2
Her? You've been here before?
Jeralt: You saw her in the courtyard earlier, didn't you? The archbishop...Lady Rhea. Jeralt: I've never spoken of this to you before, but...many years ago, I was a knight here. reported to the archbishop...Lady Rhea.

(Byleth is even more confused.)

Choice 1 Choice 2
The archbishop? Lady Rhea?

Jeralt: As you know, the majority of folks in Fódlan are devout followers of the teachings of Seiros. The leader of that ridiculously large religious organization is the archbishop, Lady Rhea.
(Just then, a man with green hair enters the room along with the archbishop.)
Seteth: Thank you for your patience, Jeralt. My name is Seteth. I am an advisor to the archbishop.
Jeralt: Right. Hello.
Rhea: It has been a long time, Jeralt. I wonder...was it the will of the goddess that we have another chance meeting like this?
(Jeralt bows to Rhea.)
Jeralt: Forgive my silence all these years. Much has happened since we last spoke.
Rhea: So I see. The miracle of fatherhood has blessed you. That is your child, is it not?
Jeralt: Yes... Born many years after I left this place. I wish I could introduce you to the mother of my child...but I'm afraid we lost her to illness.
Rhea: I see. My condolences. As for you... I heard of your valiant efforts from Alois. What is your name?

Choice 1 Choice 2
My name is... ...
Byleth reveals their name. Their support points with Rhea go up.
Rhea: A fine name indeed.
(Seteth is furious with Byleth's hesitance.)
Seteth: You must at least show the basic courtesy of telling us your name! Do you not think you are being a bit rude to the archbishop?
Rhea: It is all right, Seteth. My dear, I am called Rhea. I am the archbishop of the Church of Seiros. In truth, I was only being polite. I already know your name. And a fine name it is.

Rhea: From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for saving those students of the Officers Academy.
Jeralt: Hmph.
Rhea: Jeralt. You already know what it is I wish to say, do you not?
Jeralt: ou want me to rejoin the Knights of Seiros, don't you. I won't say no, but...
Rhea: Your apprehension stings. I had expected that Alois would have already asked this of you. I must step away for now, but I expect they will desire a word with you soon. Please listen carefully to what they have to say. Until tomorrow... Farewell.

Event - A Pair of Professors

(After the session, Byleth and Jeralt remain alone in the room.)
Jeralt: I can't believe it. Forced back into the Knights of Seiros.
(Jeralth then looks at Byleth.)
Jeralt: I'm sorry I dragged you into this. Looks like I'll be stuck here for a while...and I'm afraid your services are requested as well.
Byleth: (I here?)

Choice 1 Choice 2
As a mercenary? As a servant?

Byleth: Nothing like that. They want you to teach, by the sound of it.
Byleth: You heard those brats earlier talking about the Officers Academy, right? Well, the academy just happens to be short a professor. And apparently that damned Alois went and recommended you to Lady Rhea.
(The two professors seen in the movie "The Archbishop" enter the room.)
Manuela: So. You must be the new professor. My, how stern and handsome you are!
Jeralt: Er, no. I'm not the one you're looking for.
(Jeralt then wispers to Byleth's ear.)
Jeralt: You can handle things from here. Good luck. out for Lady Rhea. I don't know what she's thinking, making you a professor like this. She may be up to something. Stay on your guard.
(Jeralt walks away, leaving his offspring with the two professors.)
Manuela: Oh. It's you, then? So young...
Hanneman: Competence and age are not necessarily correlated, as you well know.
(Hanneman proceeds to present himself.)
Hanneman: I am Hanneman, a Crest scholar and professor at the Officers Academy. I wonder if you bear a Crest of your own. When next you have a moment to spare, I insist that you pay me a visit so we can delve into the subject further.
Manuela: I'm Manuela. I'm a professor, a physician, a songstress, and available. It's nice to meet you.

Choice 1 Choice 2
You're a physician? You're a songstress?
Manuela: I look too pretty for that line of work, do I? But yes, when I'm not teaching, I can be found in the infirmary. If you're ever lonely, please do come and pay me a visit. I would love to— (Support points with Manuela go up.)
Manuela: Of course. Before I came here, I belonged to a renowned opera company. Perhaps you've heard of me? The Mittelfrank Opera Company's beautiful, peerless—

Hanneman: Spare our colleague the needless chatter, Manuela.
Hanneman: Now then, it seems you'll be taking charge of one of the academy's three houses. I expect you haven't yet been briefed on the nature of each, have you?.
(Byleth looks confused.).
Manuela: Do you really not know? Fine, I'll do you a favor and explain..
Manuela: The Officers Academy is comprised of three houses of students, each of which is closely affiliated with its region of origin.

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Manuela: The Black Eagle House is for students from the Adrestian Empire. heir house leader this year is Edelgard, the Imperial princess, who is in line to be the next emperor.

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Hanneman: The Blue Lion House is for students from the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. Their house leader this year is Prince Dimitri. He is to be the next king of Faerghus.

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Manuela: Lastly, there is the Golden Deer House, which is for students of the Leicester Alliance. Their house leader is Claude, grandson to Duke Riegan, the leader of the Alliance.

Hanneman: To think that the next emperor, king, and sovereign duke are all here. It certainly is a promising year for the academy.
Manuela: I'll say. I just hope none of those little treasures cause any trouble.
Hanneman: Hm, quite. For now, I suggest taking a stroll around the academy to get your bearings. And when you've a moment, please stop by my research laboratory.
Manuela: The old man has a point. Oh, and keep in mind that I've only notified the house leaders that you're our new professor. It's more fun that way. I suggest you try spending time with the students. Some odd ducks in that bunch, but they're good kids.
Manuela: I'm sure Lady Rhea will have more information for you tomorrow, but that should get you going. Good luck. You'll need it.

Advisory Room

(Meanwhile, in the advisory room, Seteth seems to be discussing something with Rhea...)
Seteth: Have you no intention of changing your mind, Rhea? Appointing a stranger—a child no less!— as a professor at our esteemed academy is—
Rhea: I have made my decision, Seteth. I know worrying comes naturally to you, but there is truly no need. That "stranger" is Jeralt's flesh and blood, after all.
cI can't say that's all too comforting. How trustworthy is this Jeralt character? Is he not the man who went missing after the great fire 21 years ago? I would remind you that Flayn is now here with us as well. I beg of you...please consider whether this is an unnecessary risk.
Rhea: Seteth. They have my trust. Let that be enough for you as well.
Rhea: More importantly, I have received a report from Shamir. I am increasingly concerned about a matter regarding our suspicious individual. We cannot ignore those who harbor ill will toward the church, especially if they are frequenting Garreg Mach.
Seteth: Yes, that matter is of great importance as well. I shall continue my investigation.
Seteth: Rhea... For now, I will have faith that you are placing your trust with the utmost care. I pray that nothing occurs to shake that confidence.

Movie - The Academy

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Byleth reads a book; a bell chimes and Byleth gets up and leaves the room, walking to the light.

As the light fades away, the camera focuses first on the Golden Deer, who are gathered in their classroom as Claude presents a map of Fódlan.

Next comes the Black Eagles, who lie in their classroom as Edelgard presents a magical image of the Crest of Seiros.

Third in line are the Blue Lions, gathered at the Training Grounds as Dimitri spars with Dedue and Felix.

Lastly, Byleth is then seen arriving in the Audience Chamber where Rhea awaits, welcoming them with a smile.

Exploration: Three Houses (Part 1)

Second Floor

Audience Chamber

Rhea: I assume you are already aware that you will be teaching here at the Officers Academy. Correct? To start, please speak with the three house leaders. You should also take a look around the academy and acquaint yourself with your new home. That is your first task here at the monastery. Please let me know if you accept it. Once you have finished, come and speak with me.

Alois: Ha! I imagine you were a bit surprised that I recommended you as a professor here. Frankly, we had someone else in mind for the role, but they ran off during our dustup with the bandits. Can't entrust students to someone who's abandoned them once before, huh?
Seteth: You saved the lives of the students you came across. That, at least, was admirable. Now, you should make the rounds. Go around the monastery and see that you greet everyone.

Overworld dialogue
Rhea: "Your first task..." Seteth: "Be sure to greet everyone." Alois: "I imagine you were surprised."

Cyril: I'm real busy, so could you please move along now? Thanks. OK now, what else did Lady Rhea need doing today?

Tomas: Welcome to the library. Here you may find literature from the far reaches of Fódlan. I am Tomas, the librarian. If you have need of me, do not hesitate to ask. I have worked here I have lost track of the decades, it seems.

Overworld dialogue
Cyril: "Now then, what's next?" "I've never seen you before." "Blessings of the goddess upon you."
Tomas: "Welcome to the library."
Captain's Quarters

Jeralt: Here I am again, the office of the captain of the knights. That said, I'm merely here to assist. Apparently the current captain is getting on in years. I hear the captain has a hard time keeping up with the responsibilities of the job. That's where I come in.

Overworld dialogue
Jeralt: "Damn it all..."
Crest Scholar's Office

Hanneman: This is my research laboratory. I've worked hard to furnish it with the rare materials and purpose-built equipment required for my work.

Overworld dialogue
Hanneman: "This is my laboratory."

With male Byleth
Manuela: Oh, Professor! Dropping by so soon? I expected we'd take some time. Exchange a few smiles as we passed in the hall, flirt a bit, you know... Well, you're here now, and I do like a man who knows what he wants. Lock the door. Huh. That welcome didn't faze you at all, did it? What's the matter? Don't you like me? Or...are you just so innocent you don't understand me?

With female Byleth
Manuela: Hello, Professor. Dropping by so soon? Are you ill? This is the infirmary, you know. If you're ever wounded or sick, do feel free to drop by. Or if you would like a nice cup of tea. Would you? Well, some other time.

Overworld dialogue
Manuela: "Oh, here to visit?"

Reception Hall

Edelgard: So you've accepted a teaching position here... Pity. I was hoping you would lend your strength to the Empire. I never properly introduced myself, did I? My name is Edelgard von Hresvelg. I am the princess and heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire. I wonder if you'll be tasked with leading the Black Eagles...

Character descriptions

Edelgard: I hope you've had a chance to meet everyone. Would you like to know more about any of the Black Eagles?

Choice 1 Choice 2
Yes No
(Continue to character select) (End conversation)

Black Eagle character descriptions
Edelgard Edelgard: Me? Well...some think I'm a bit distant. Arrogant, even. But there's little to be done. One day, I must rise to become Adrestia's next emperor. What else... Well, it seems to me that we may have similar personalities.
Hubert Edelgard: Hubert is the heir of Marquis Vestra. He has served me since I was a child. You may think his blood runs a bit cold, but... Heh, actually, that's rather accurate. Still, if you can get past that, you'll see he's quite astute and reasonable.
Firdinand Edelgard: For some reason, he thinks of me as a bitter rival and is always trying to challenge me. It's terribly irritating. His house is that of Duke Aegir, which produces Adrestia's Prime Ministers. That family is...perhaps too pleased with its own status.
Linhardt Edelgard: He's remarkably intelligent, but he only wishes to apply himself to tasks that particularly interest him and nothing else. He's also fond of...well, napping. If he had any work ethic or sense of duty to speak of, I suppose he would be destined to become an official of the Empire.
Caspar Edelgard: He's the second son of Count Bergliez. He has no inheritance in his future, which is perhaps why he's always so eager to prove himself. He's overly energetic and rushes headfirst into any battle. If he ends up in your care, be sure to keep a close eye on him.
Bernadetta Edelgard: She's Count Varley's only daughter. I suppose you could say she's a bit eccentric, but she seems like a gentle soul. I believe she's shut herself away in her quarters and doesn't care to leave, but...don't worry. I'll make sure she finds her way to class.
Dorothea Edelgard: Few commoners have joined the Black Eagle House, but Dorothea is an exception. She's a songstress from a famous opera company in the Empire. I'm not entirely sure what brought her to the Officers Academy.
Petra Edelgard: To the west of Fódlan is an archipelago called Brigid. Petra is the granddaughter of their king. Brigid is a vassal state of the Empire, which is how she came to be enrolled here. She's incredibly smart and studious.

Gatekeeper: Greetings! You must be the new professor. What a pleasure! As for me, my job is to stand here at this glorious entrance and leisurely watch over the comings and goings of everyone. Make folks smile, you know? Er...and by that, I vigilantly guard this entrance with my very life! No levity whatsoever. As of now, nothing to report.

Overworld dialogue
Edelgard: "Pity..." "Lorenz is a true noble." "Bernadetta is always in her room."
Gatekeeper: "Hello there!" "Linhardt always seems laid-back!" "The songstress Dorothea, in my class?"
"Captain Jeralt has returned!" "Ashe is the best. Totally unpretentious." "Mercedes seems a bit eccentric."
"You must be a new student." "How do I get Dimitri to be my friend?" "Is that a tattoo on Petra's face?"
"Who are you?" "I bet I could take Caspar in a fight." "The professors' rooms are on the 2nd floor."
"Jeralt's a good man."

Officers Academy

Dimitri: Please accept my apologies for the other day. You came to our aid, yet I hadn't even the courtesy to properly introduce myself. I am Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd, crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. Of course, at the academy I am simply a student. And I've heard word that you are to become a professor here. Delightful news. I still have much to learn, but I'm confident I could benefit greatly from your guidance. In any case, welcome to the monastery.

Character descriptions

Dimitri: I hear you're investigating the different houses here. Did any of the Blue Lions catch your attention?

Choice 1 Choice 2
Yes No
(Continue to character select) (End conversation)

Blue Lion character descriptions
Dimitri Dimitri: Me? Oh. Um. Please forgive me... It's difficult to open up on the spot, don't you think? I'm afraid my story has not been a pleasant one... I do hope that doesn't color your view of me, but I understand if that can't be helped.
Dedue Dimitri: Dedue was born in Duscur, and has been loyally working in my service for the past four years. He's rather taciturn, but once you get to know him, you'll see he's a kind and good-natured young man.
Felix Dimitri: Felix is the heir to House Fraldarius. He has a bit of a sharp tongue, but don't let that fool you. Deep down, he's a good guy. He gravitates toward people who are skilled. Perhaps you would enjoy a friendly competition with him sometime.
Ashe Dimitri: He's the adoptive son of Lord Lonato of Castle Gaspard, but I hear he was born a commoner. He has an extremely earnest personality, so I'm certain he will approach your lectures with great enthusiasm.
Sylvain Dimitri: Sylvain is the heir to House Gautier. He is a capable person who highly values his friends. That said... Well, he's always been a bit of a...ahem, skirt chaser, so to speak. Pardon my bluntness. I speak with him about it often, but it doesn't seem to help.
Mercedes Dimitri: I hear she was born to Imperial nobility, but a twist of fate brought her to the Kingdom. She may seem carefree on the surface, but she's actually a kind soul who pays careful attention to everyone around her.
Annette Dimitri: Annette is Baron Dominic's niece. She is a talented student who scored extremely high marks at the Royal School of Sorcery. She's cheerful and hardworking. Brilliant, really. Though she can be a bit oblivious at times. I hear she caused an explosion in the kitchen last night...
Ingrid Dimitri: Ingrid is Count Galatea's daughter. She is also a childhood friend of Felix, Sylvain, and myself. She is diligent, industrious, and principled. In truth, she is more knightly than most knights you will ever meet.

Claude: Well, well. Scored a teaching gig here, did ya? Talk about a great first impression. I guess that means I'd better introduce myself properly. I'm Claude von Riegan. I'm from the ruling house of the Leicester Alliance, but don't worry too much about all that madness. I'm guessing you don't know which class you'll be teaching yet, do you? I bet you'd like ours. We're not as...difficult as the other two.

Character descriptions

Claude: Have you met the folks from the Golden Deer House yet? Care to know more about anyone?

Choice 1 Choice 2
Yes No
(Continue to character select) (End conversation)

Golden Deer character descriptions
Claude Claude: Piqued your interest, have I? As luck would have it, I'm pretty curious about you as well. But what's life without a bit of mystery? Let's just spend the next year or so learning about each other, little by little.
Lorenz Claude: He's the heir of Gloucester territory. If you haven't already picked up on it, he's a bit arrogant and fancies himself a lady's man. That said, deep down he's really devoted and honest... Though I wouldn't mind never hearing him talk about his noble obligations ever again.
Raphael Claude: He comes from a merchant family, but his parents died in an accident. Seems like he's had a rough life. Despite all that, he's just about the most cheerful guy you'll ever meet. His passions are training, eating, and... Actually, that's about it.
Ignatz Claude: He's the second son of a merchant family. Since his brother will inherit the business, he's training to become a knight. If you ask me, doesn't seem like he truly wants to be a knight... He's probably just doing it to please his parents.
Lysithea Claude: Lysithea is the daughter of Count Ordelia, and is probably the youngest student here. But watch out! She gets angry if you treat her like a child. As for me, I do it on purpose. You have to make your own fun in this place, you know?
Marianne Claude: Marianne is Margrave Edmund's daughter... and that's pretty much all I know about her. She doesn't interact much with other students, so I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of folks here have never even heard her speak.
Hilda Claude: Hilda is the only daughter of Duke Goneril. It seems her father and brother coddle her quite a bit. If you look up "lazy" in the dictionary...her picture won't be there because she never got around to submitting it. Not too unusual for a noble, I guess.
Leonie Claude: Leonie enrolled because she wants to be a mercenary. I think she said that her father is a hunter. She's pretty blunt and as stingy as they come. A habitual saver, too. I think she's hoping to repay her village for helping to send her here.

Jeritza: What do you want? I am Jeritza. I teach here. Weapon instruction. These are the training grounds. Good-bye.

Sudent: This is the classroom of the Black Eagle House, which is for students from the Adrestian Empire. Our house leader is Princess Edelgard. There are many other nobles among our ranks as well.

Student: This classroom belongs to the Blue Lion House. Our house leader is Prince Dimitri. All of us here hail from the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus.

Student: The Golden Deer House is for students of the Leicester Alliance. Our house leader is heir to the Alliance's leadership, House Riegan. We have plenty of other prominent nobles as well!

Overworld dialogue
Dimitri: "My apologies..." Student: "Have some business with the Blue Lions?" "I like Dedue's calm attitude."
Claude: "Scored a teaching gig, eh?" Student: "This is the Golden Deer homeroom." "Lysithea is the youngest student here."
Jeritza: "What do you want..." "Goddess, let there be harmony here..." "I like Annette's positive attitude."
Student: "This is the homeroom of the Black Eagles." "Felix is a lone wolf."
Black Eagle classroom

Hubert: I am Hubert. A humble servant of Lady Edelgard. I heard you came to the aid of Her Highness. You have my most sincere thanks. This is Petra. She has come all the way from Brigid to study in the Empire. Back on her archipelago, she is actually a princess. In Fódlan terms, she would be called heir to the throne.
Petra: Hello. I am called Petra. I am pleased to be meeting, I am pleased to have met you.

Bernadetta: Ah! What?! I don't talk to strangers!
Ferdinand: Bernadetta, this is no stranger! Our house leader owes this person a great debt. Is that not right? I am Ferdinand von Aegir, legitimate son of the Aegir family, the Empire's foremost house. Are you going to join our class? I look forward to getting better acquainted with you.

Caspar: Is it true that you saved Edelgard? That's incredible! The name's Caspar, by the way. Pleased to meet ya!
Linhardt: Linhardt. Good-bye.
Caspar: Yeesh, Linhardt. How'd you get into the academy with those manners? So, are you a student here too? Maybe we'll be in the same class!

With male Byleth
Dorothea: Well, aren't you just lovely. Is this your first time in the monastery? Shall I show you around? Oh, my name is Dorothea. Before I joined the academy, I was a member of an opera company in the Empire. You should hear me sing sometime.

With female Byleth
Dorothea: Well now, you don't have a familiar face. What brings you here? Oh, my name is Dorothea. Before I joined the academy, I was a member of an opera company in the Empire. You should hear me sing sometime.

Overworld dialogue
Hubert: "I am most greatful" Caspar: "Is it true?" Petra: "I am pleased..."
Ferdinand: "Oh, you must be..." Bernadetta: "Um..." "Ferdinand's smile makes me melt."
Linhardt: "Need more sleep..." Dorothea: "Oh, an unfamiliar face." "Hubert's so cute. I love broody boys."
Blue Lions classroom

Ashe: Hi, there! You must be the one everyone's talking about. I'm Ashe. Great to meet you. This here is Dedue. He serves Prince Dimitri.
Dedue: I have heard that you rescued His Highness. Words cannot express my gratitude. Should you ever require my strength, please know that I will hasten to repay this debt.

Ingrid: I have heard all about what you did from Prince Dimitri. As a citizen of Faerghus, I thank you.
Felix: He also said you're quite skilled. And he doesn't just say things like that. I look forward to sparring with you and beating you.
Ingrid: Felix, must you always speak of fighting right away? Oh! And, may call me Ingrid. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

With male Byleth
Sylvain: Hey there. Are you the mercenary who saved His Highness? It's an honor to meet you. I'm Sylvain Jose Gautier. Feel free to say hi whenever you like.

With female Byleth
Sylvain: Well, well! It must be my lucky day today, being approached by such a beauty. I'm Sylvain Jose Gautier. Feel free to say hi whenever you like.

Mercedes: And who's this? You don't look familiar at all. Do you work here at the monastery?
Annette: Oh, Mercie! Do you think this is that mercenary people have been talking about?
Mercedes: Now that I think about it, that does sound like something Dimitri may have said... I suppose you'll be enrolling at the Officers Academy too, then? Well, it's a pleasure to meet you. My name is Mercedes, and this is my best friend—
Annette: I'm Annette! It's nice to meet you.

Overworld dialogue
Dedue: "Words cannot express..." Sylvain: "You must be..." Ingrd: "I've heard about you."
Felix: "They say you're a skilled fighter." Mercedes: "And who's this?" "Felix, Ingrid, and Sylvain are old friends."
Ashe: "You're the one..." Annette: "Could it be..."
Golden Deer Classroom

With male Byleth
Lorenz: Ah. You must be the renowned mercenary who rescued Claude. Honestly, you should not have troubled yourself over the likes of him. My name is Lorenz Hellman Gloucester. You will want to remember it.

With female Byleth
Lorenz: Ah. You must be that renowned mercenary. Perhaps you'd like to join me for a cup of tea sometime. My name is Lorenz Hellman Gloucester. You will want to remember it.

Raphael: Are you someone's guest? The dining hall's that way if that's what you're looking for.
Leonie: No, Raphael. That's Captain Jeralt's kid. Hi, I'm Leonie Pinelli—Captain Jeralt's first and greatest apprentice! I'm sure he's told you about me?
Raphael: Nice to meet you! I'm Raphael Kirsten. Who are you again?

Lysithea: So you're the skilled mercenary who saved Claude, are you?
Ignatz: Oh, you are? It's such an honor to meet you! Ignatz Victor. My parents are Alliance merchants.
Lysithea: And I am Lysithea von Ordelia. Please do not forget it.

Hilda: Hey, are you that mercenary? Everyone's been talking about you. I'm Hilda Valentine Goneril. And her name is...
Marianne: M-Marianne von Edmund...
Hilda: Are you joining the Knights of Seiros or something? Well, I look forward to seeing more of you!

Overworld dialogue
Lorenz: "You're that mercenary." Lysithea: "I see. So you're..." Leonie: "You're Captain Jeralt's kid?"
Raphael: "Who are you?" Marianne: "Um, do I know you?" "Leonie is so friendly."
Ignatz: "Hello!" Hilda: "Well, look who it is!" "That's the noble lady Hilda, isn't it?"

Upon completing the Informal Introductions quest

Note: This dialogue also appears after speaking to every student at least once and upon interacting with either of the return points to the Audience Chamber.

Byleth: (I suppose I should return to Rhea...)

Choice 1 Choice 2
Continue exploring Return to the audience chamber
(Continues exploration) (Ends exploration)

Event - A Critical Choice

Audience Chamber

Rhea: How are you enjoying your time at the academy thus far? I hope you have found our halls brimming with the vitality of well-intentioned souls.
Seteth: Hm. I suppose it is time for you to take charge of one of our three houses of students. I must note that I am personally against entrusting someone as lacking in trackable history as yourself with such a task, but it is as the archbishop desires.
Manuela: The Black Eagles, the Blue Lions, and the Golden Deer... All so different. I hope you've made it a point to get to know each of them.
Hanneman: Since you are new here, we have decided to allow you first pick. Manuela and I will take charge of the remaining two houses.
Byleth: (Which house will I choose...)
(The time has come for Byleth to make their choice...)

Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
Adrestian Empire
FETH Black Eagles symbol.png Black Eagle House FETH Black Eagles symbol.png
A house for students from the Adrestian Empire.
Many are nobility, and most of them use magic.
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
FETH Blue Lions symbol.png Blue Lion House FETH Blue Lions symbol.png
A house for students from the Kingdom of Faerghus.
Most value chivalry and excel at military arts.
Leicester Alliance
FETH Golden Deer symbol.png Golden Deer House FETH Golden Deer symbol.png
A house for students from the Leicester Alliance.
As per regional tradition, many are skilled archers.
Rhea: So, you have chosen the Black Eagles, led by Edelgard. Correct? Rhea: So, you have chosen the Blue Lions, led by Dimitri. Correct? Rhea: So, you have chosen the Golden Deer, led by Claude. Correct?

Choice 1 Choice 2
Yes. No.
Rhea: Are you having trouble deciding? Please, open your heart to the will of the goddess and choose carefully.
Byleth: (Which house will I choose...)
Note: If "No." is chosen, returns to house selection; cannot proceed until a house is selected.

Rhea: Your heart has made its choice, then. All I ask is that you guide these open minds with virtue, care, and sincerity. They are all promising youths who bear the weight of Fódlan's future upon their shoulders. I hope you appreciate what an honor it is to lead them.

(A small girl with green hair enters the room.)
Flayn: Brother? Oh! I am so sincerely sorry! I did not mean to interrupt.
Seteth: I am in the middle of something, Flayn. Is it urgent?
Flayn: No, no, it's nothing. More importantly... Who is this?
(Flayn is curious about Byleth.)
Seteth: This is our newest professor at the academy.
Flayn: Oh my! A new addition to the Officers Academy!
Flayn: I am so very pleased to meet you, Professor. I am Seteth's little sister, Flayn. I am so happy to make your acquaintance.

(Now that both parties are familiar with each other, Seteth proceeds with his role.)
Seteth: Let us focus on the topic at hand. There is something you should be aware of.
Seteth: In a few days' time, there will be a mock battle between the three houses, intended to gauge the current progress of the students. We will be using this battle as an opportunity to ascertain your own abilities as well. Please do not disappoint the archbishop. That is all.