When last we saw our heroes, a terrible misunderstanding was underway!
This man has correctly identified Elly as Solarian, possibly because it never does occur to her to, say, change out of her uniform. He seems to have some sort of grudge!
DUN DUN DUNNNNN
It would seem that Primera is mute and communicates by staring creepily at her relatives until they think something up to make the situation less awkward. Were that we were all so blessed.
This conversation is mercifully interrupted when somebody finally manages to flag down that Etone our heroes were looking for! Thank God, this could not have possibly gotten more awkward. Let's go charm us a Catholic.
Hm. No, it would seem that Jesiah is just an awkwardness vector.
This narration should probably stop calling Margie a pope now that we have gotten involved with the church that actually has a papacy. ...Nah. Billy feels like Margie's name and affiliation with the Nisan church sound familiar, but he can't quite place her. That is some stunning cultural ignorance for a priest, but our heroes are still trying to play this cool and let it slide.
Billy takes his sister away from their drunk father and says he will meet us at the Vatican later. Sigurd is nearly done overseeing repairs to the Yggdrasil's engines, so our heroes are going to go ahead and get on that.
This narration would like to take a moment to point out that Billy the priest has amazing boots.
If Fei ever wakes up he could stand to have a talk with this young man.
Elly, Bart, and Citan head to the Vatican, as the world map conveniently knows where that is. Billy has beaten them there, so he is presumably putting about in a little boat, or swimming, or... something. Anyway, he got us an interview with the church's Medical Technicians' Guild! The Vatican has a crazy space-age hospital in the basement, just as Dan Brown has been trying to warn us.
Billy clearly does not want to talk about this, so he hurries us down to the basement. The doctors there take a look at Fei and confirm that all that icy sea water in his lungs lowered his metabolism and prevented from him suffering irreversible brain damage! That's... goodish. They don't know why he hasn't woken up yet, but they're pretty sure he just needs to sleep it off. They're going to run a few more tests, and then he's free to go back to being in a coma on the Yggdrasil.
Oh, Bart is sad that his fellow shounen protagonist is a little dead. He and Citan run around and annoy all those priests for a while to get their minds off this. They are all very dignified and Catholic, as you would expect, though in a slightly creepy way, as this is a JRPG and the Japanese have uhhh ideas about Catholics. Mostly they are upset that there are so many zombies these days! We really do seem to be in an entirely different game all of a sudden. Again.
Yes, Fei's treatment is complete, though his plot-induced coma persists. Our heroes collect him to take him back to the ship. They want to thank Billy for all his help, but he seems to have high-tailed it while Bart and Citan were running around bugging people. That was probably wise of him. The doctors tell our heroes that Billy runs an orphanage on another far flung island, and he probably went home to make dinner or something.
Many! He puts exiled pirate princes and ordinary country doctors to shame! They whip out the world map again and find this orphanage, and it is basically the cutest, most saccharine Catholic orphanage ever. Child furries on swingsets! Dragon boys in the rafters! A sad little normal boy that recognizes the bell that Rico is still holding onto for some reason! It belongs to the boy's father, it seems.
Moral ambiguity in Xenogears?! Never! Anyway, Billy is hanging out in the dining room slash home chapel.
Sigurd busts in! The Yggdrasil's radar has picked up a huge ship in the vicinity!
Then Jesiah comes in! Billy, you need to get some locks on these doors.
Apparently Jesiah's family is from Solaris, and back when Sigurd lived there he was their au pair.
Jesiah drags Sigurd and Citan back to the Yggdrasil for drunkenness purposes. Of course the Yggdrasil has a bar! It is a classy establishment! Billy turns his nose up at all this, as does Bart, as he kind of wants to know what happened to this huge ship Sigurd was all upset about thirty seconds ago. They can't launch the ship without Sigurd on the bridge! It just isn't the same!
Bart and Elly go to see what the hell is going on here.