Empress: Corvo, if only there was someone else I trusted to send, so that you could remain near. But there is no one else. And the Spy Master was right to insist that I send you. The plague has taken so many, and we must find a cure. When you are near, my heart is at peace. Emily and I will count the days until you return. Hurry home, and bring good news.
Male: Steady hand...that's it. Watch it!
Male 2: Cast off line!
Male: Casting off! We're away! Take us straight to Dunwall Tower. Lord Corvo has news for the Empress, and we've come a long way.
Male 3: A long way to bring bad news! The sailors say there's a curse on us...black magic.
Male: Superstition. For all we know, there's a cure for the plague by now.
Male 3: Maybe. We live in strange times. Sending the Empress' bodyguard away for a couple of months...that's unusual.
Male: Well, this was important. We need help with the rat plague. Ho there! We're going up!
Male 4: [inaudible 00:01:48] Ready!
Male 5: Turning on the pipes! And...she's rising!
Male: Home at last!
Male 5: [inaudible 00:02:09] pressure...and stop! Shut 'er down.
Male: The Empress will be waiting for your news, Corvo. Corvo, she's waiting. You should go see the Empress. You know what to do next time?
Male 5: Yes, yes. The pressure was too low.
Male 6: Hello.
Male 7: Just don't do anything crazy. Sokolov changed everything, and we don't know what the hydraulics could do.
Male 6: Her Majesty is waiting in the pavilion.
Emily: Corvo! You're back! Will you tell me about your trip, please? Were there any whales? Wait! Let's play hide and seek first. I'll cover my eyes, and you hide. Well, you have time. Mother's busy talking to that nasty old Spy Master. Okay, here we go. Follow me, Corvo! While you were gone, Mother seemed...
Let's see if you're still good at this. I'll hide my eyes and count, and at the end of the countdown, I'll try and find you. Okay, I'm going to count to ten. Find a place to hide! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten! Here I come! Okay, well...somewhere else, then. Down here!
Okay, you win! We should go now, so Mother can see you too. Uh... run with me! Let's go! Come on! Did you see any monsters while traveling to the other isles? My nanny says the big ocean's full of them. But I think she only says that to scare me.
Campbell: Welcome home, Lord Protector.
Sokolov: Stop moving, Campbell. And you, Corvo, welcome back. From wherever you've been.
Campbell: They sent him all around the isles to beg for aid.
Sokolov: A waste of time. My elixir will banish the plague from this city. Now keep still for a moment, High Overseer Campbell.
Emily: I'm not so sure that painting looks like Campbell.
Sokolov: You saw my improvements to the waterlock.
Campbell: It was a fool's errand, Corvo. The plague comes from inside us. We must all strengthen our faith.
Sokolov: High Overseer, I must ask you to hold your pose!
Male 8: She'll see you at once.
Empress: They're sick people, not criminals! And we will save them if we can.
Spy Master: We've gone beyond that question, Your Majesty. They are--
Empress: They are my citizens. And we will save them from the plague if we can. All of them.
Spy Master: Very well.
Empress: We will not speak of this again.
Emily: Mother! Corvo is back!
Empress: Thank you, Emily. Leave us, please.
Spy Master: As you wish, Your Majesty. Corvo! Two days early. Full of surprises, as usual.
Empress: It's a fair wind that brings you home to me.
Spy Master: Follow me, Captain. You should leave them alone.
Empress: What news have you brought? I hoped that one of the other cities had dealt with this before...knew of some cure. This news is very bad. We're at the breaking point. Cowards! They're going to blockade us! They'll wait to see if the plague turns the city into a graveyard.
Emily: Are you okay, Mother? You seem sad.
Empress: Yes, don't worry, darling. Mother is fine. Wait, where are the guards? Who sent them away?
Emily: Mother, look! What are they doing on the rooftop?
Empress: What?! Emily, come here. Em-- Get behind me. Look out! Another one! Corvo, thank you. If you hadn't been here... No more. Not again.
Empress: No!! Get away from her!
Emily: Mama! Mommy! Get away! Corvo!
Empress: Corvo...it's all coming apart. Find...find Emily. Protect her. You're the only one...you'll know what to do. Won't you? Corvo...
Campbell: Warned us all...look at what he's done!
Spy Master: Yes! He's killed the Empress! What did you do with young Lady Emily, traitor?
Campbell: Her own bodyguard. Ironic.
Spy Master: I'll see you beheaded for this, Corvo. Take him!