Fei and Citan set out on their quest to probably die in the desert, leaving their broken giant robot behind. Before they manage to get out of the forest, a giant battle ship flies past overhead!
Indeed, the lush dinosaur-filled forest ends and then there is only miles and miles of sand! Aveh has very particular weather patterns. Fei and Citan go marching out into it without so much as a water bottle between them, but they have magic access to the overhead map and soon find their way to Dazil, a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
The local Church Mechanics Guild is no help, alas, as they only stock parts for civilian dug-up robots, where as Fei and Citan need parts for a military dug-up robot. They do not elaborate on how exactly that distinction is made when all the robots are pretty much just dug up, but they do recommend that Citan place an order with the Vatican.
Citan is not listening. He's had a brilliant idea!
Citan rents a sandbuggy and tells Fei to go hit the bars or something. The guy at the sand-buggy shop tells Fei there are pirates in the desert in a sand cruiser also after wrecked robots! They are totally dangerous! People should not head out into the desert by themselves for any reason!
Because he's a businessman, Fei!
Fei never gets much smarter than this.
He spots some robots hopping around and tries to follow them, but he is soon completely lost. He also has no idea which way Citan actually went.
A UFO passes overhead peacefully.
Some more robots hop past, and Fei tries to follow them, but he loses them pretty quickly, too. He is totally lost! And it's getting dark! He's really hungry! This desert is a lot bigger than it said in the travel brochure! Some guys on motorcycles show up out of nowhere, and one of them almost hits Fei. He swerves straight into a sand dune instead.
Fei steals the motorcycle.
Fei amuses himself hopping sand dunes for a while, but this does not make him any less lost, and soon it is nighttime. But then some of those robots he saw earlier catch up to him, and they are now totally pissed, because Fei is joyriding on a stolen motorcycle. Fei thinks these priorities are questionable, but really, what did he think was going to happen.
Suddenly both robots are knocked down in a hail of bullets. It's Citan in Weltall!
He is totally starting an international incident over a motorcycle.
Fei gets into the giant robot, and the other two giant robots get back up, and they have themselves a knife fight!
Ha ha, no, they have themselves a gear fight, which is far more eye-glaze-inducing. Fei's giant robot fights pretty much exactly the way Fei does, and combined with the lack of protection to the pilot one wonders why Aveh and Kislev even bother digging these things up.
Fei defeats the robots! His relief is short-lived, however. One of the giant robots from the attack on Lahan is here, and its pilot is standing out in the open wearing a creepy jester suit skull mask thing. Suddenly... Fei's face vanishes!!
No, wait, he's having another flashback. Well, that was a questionable art direction decision.
There we go.
Grahf flies away. Fei kills the worm, because what else is he gonna do, really. But he breaks the giant robot again! Fei's giant robot is a total dud. Fei and Citan are soon surrounded by giant robots from Aveh's miliatry. What should we do, Citan?
Fuck! They are taken prisoner.
They get put into a cell in a sand ship, and Fei decides this would be a good time to take a nap and have more inexplicale dreams. He is standing on a hillside in the rain and watching Grahf and some other guy bicker over a red-haired dude in kabuki make-up.
Grahf is also maybe coming on to the other guy? This is weird, so Fei wakes up.
Citan sends Fei back to bed. And then he has a flashback! Citan has to be the best and most mysterious about everything, so his is even weirder than Elly's or Fei's.
He is talking to some dude in a terrifying helmet about the -TIME- of the -GOSPEL-! Well, that doesn't sound like it could possibly be a bad thing. Citan and the guy agreed that it is approaching, whatever it is. Maybe they are planning a party.
Meanwhile, Chekhov's gun is fired and the Aveh sand ship is spotted by pirates!