When we last saw our villains, Miang had subdued Dominia and Elly with her disco vision, and was heading back to the bridge. All in day's work! She turns in a report on the battle between the pink dolphin and our heroes' giant robots.
To be a villain in this game, you have to be able to keep track of a lot of unattributed pronouns. There's a written test. Ramsus wants to attack right away, but Miang reminds him that the Yggdrasil is an actual submarine now and can simply dive if they try to advance on it. Say, that would have been a good idea earlier, Bart! Maybe you should poach this Miang chick from Gebler, she seems to be going places!
Ramsus is the worst commander, seriously. Meanwhile, back on the Thames, the captain is far along in his plan to contribute to the delinquency of a minor, and Bart is so drunk.
When indeed! She is just wandering around the Thames all unguarded-like. Like you do. When you've been kidnapped by Gebler.
Elly leaves, and everyone is left standing around awkwardly at varying levels of sobriety.
One who's been hit on the head a lot. Meanwhile, Elly has decided that the best place to take a nap on the Yggdrasil is the engine room. She is barked at by a dog, whom this narration is just going to assume is the head of engineering, but it is calmed down by a fellow crewmember. It's okay! It's just that Solarian girl we thought the enemy had captured but was let go with no explanation wandering around restricted areas of the ship! You don't need to bark!
Bart has been hiring from Kislev's security, it seems.
Elly starts hitting some buttons! The "press here to break the engine" buttons! Whoosits start popping out of whatsists all over the place! Bart and Fei run in, and Elly promptly faints. Bart gets one of the best lines in the game:
Yes! Yes, she is. Bart does not even know what TV show he thinks he's on anymore. He tries to find the "press here to fix the engine" buttons, but he does not actually know how his ship works. Also he is probably still drunk. Luckily there is a perfectly ordinary country doctor on hand to totally ignore the girl who has fainted and get this engine to stop exploding!
It's Gebler! The Yggdrasil's engines are in pretty bad shape, so Bart has no choice but to part with the Thames and prepare to face the attack in their giant robots. Elly wakes up, shakes her head a couple of times, and demands to come along. Bart is, uh, not really on board with that idea, but Citan insists that they can trust her now! Probably! And if she betrays them, he will shoot her himself. Everyone agrees to this, though Elly joining the party means that Doc can't, so that's a pretty hollow threat if there ever was one.
So Bart, Fei, and Elly head out in their probably not fixed and definitely not waterproofed giant robots to fight the enemy underwater yet again. They fight Dominia for a bit, which is boring, and then face the pink dolphin again. This time, Ramsus is driving!
No such luck! It was worth a try. They fight, and in a weird turn of events Ramsus gets so mad he just starts ramming Fei's giant robot. Kinda gay, there, Ramsus.
Yes, it is very bad! Fei is going to drown! Elly freaks out and starts hitting random buttons, and she manages to find the good old 'fart aerods' switch! The one she can apparently only press when she is coked up or panicking. ...This narration has no idea how these giant robots work.
Ramsus withdraws! Bart and Elly manage to haul Fei's giant robot back to the surface, but Fei was trapped in a cockpit full of sea water for too long and is very nearly dead. They slap him on life support, but they can't get his vitals back up, and in a surprisingly grim turn Fei leaves the party for the first time since the game started. For those of you keeping track, the shounen protagonist battle now stands at 2:1.
Yes, our lovable country probably-pagan hero will die unless the party can get him to the Vatican. Shakhan is apparently tangentially connected to the Ethos, and Bart and company belong to a different church anyway, so this is really not the best move to make politically. But we don't have time for politics, our main character is dying!
Yes, zombies! But never mind that for now. The Thames people warn the party that the Ethos are not really keen on the public option and won't just help anyone who manages to drag themselves in, especially sketchy-looking types on an Aveh pirate ship. Whatever! Make something up! Citan takes comatose Fei back to the Yggdrasil, and Bart, Margie, and Elly start wandering around the Thames to look for this Etone fellow.
Everyone knows the guy they're talking about, but no one knows where he is at the moment. Typical. Elly glances around and notices a couple of guys trying to kidnap a little girl. Who brings a little girl onto a salvagers' ship?
Christ, Elly, what does it look like they're doing? She and Bart take it upon themselves to intervene, but the guys are not much impressed until they start getting shot at from off-screen. They run away, and a heavily armed guy swaggers up to our heroes and aims a shotgun at Elly's head.