So it seems that while the surface dwellers live in a constant state of lack of historical context, aside from the occasional slide-show, Shevat totally knows all about history! A never-ending stream of weirdly dressed NPCs want to enlighten you via a series of mind-numbing lectures!
Many of which involve Roni Fatima, the founder of Aveh and Bart's great-great-etc-grandfather!
TO WIT: Once upon a time, Solaris and the Gazel ministry basically ruled the world! And life sucked for everyone who was not Solaris or the Gazel ministry, which was pretty much everyone, statistically speaking. And so, as has been stated many times, war broke out between Solaris and Shevat about five hundred years ago. Shevat was helped out by a rebel army on the surface led by one Roni Fatima and his gang of lovable psychotic misfits, about whom we will probably not ever hear more about, as there is no way they could possibly be relevant to life today. They would have to be immortal or something! Anyway, the good guys finally got a hit in on Solaris's citadel and put a stop to their attacks, but almost immediately another set of enemies came along and killed pretty much everyone everywhere. These were the Diabolos, who will never be adequately explained. But no matter: they were all due to that man!
And then Roni Fatima destroyed them all in his giant robot, because Roni Fatima was just awesomeness on a stick, apparently. As was his giant robot! It was a previously mentioned plot device called an Omnigear, and it's now the treasure of the royal family of Aveh.
Alas, the NPC is only programmed with three screens of dialogue and does not take questions.
Anyway, Solaris is still essentially in control of everything, and they implant limiters in surface dwellers to make them magically forget that Solaris exists. Handy! And now they and Shevat use something called gates to separate themselves from the surface and each other, which is a technology developed by Krelian, the de facto ruler of Solaris. Krelian used to be a surface dweller soldier, but he earned enough JP to switch to the molecular scientist job class, and now he lives to make everyone else miserable. Solaris is pretty much thumbs up on that anyway, so cool for them.
There's more, but this narration is bored now. Onward!
Suddenly, the ground starts shaking!
Maria and an engineer come running in and breathlessly tell the party that there's an intruder in the giant robot dock and the gate generator has been destroyed!
Fei and company head out to see what the hell is going on, but not before Maria joins the party. Didn't quite dodge that bullet. Maria has a nicely tricked out giant robot, but it's in the giant robot dock that's been invaded. She is unfortunately useless on foot, as she is literally a twelve year old girl.
Ha ha, oh, Shevat. It is also a boring dungeon, planted there purely to waste precious time in an emergency, so we are just going to skip it and the many glorious battles found within. There are bitches in our giant robot dock!
Okay, just one bitch.
Domina has a story to tell! Solaris is pretty big on giant robots, but there's always been the problem of that pesky pilot fucking things up and hitting the wrong buttons or falling asleep or whatever. The obvious solution would be to scrap the giant robots entirely and start funding a program for better guns, and maybe go into cybernetics if you are feeling fancy. Unsurprisingly Solaris did the exact opposite and kidnapped Nikolai -- who is apparently a brain surgeon or something and not a giant robot engineer at all -- and forced him to think up ways to merge a pilot with a giant robot. So you could have giant robots with thoughts and feelings and maybe an internal organ or two! God, this really is a Michael Bay movie.
Yeah, remember those zombies? Supposedly the reason that Solaris has been mass producing zombies and dumping them on the surface is to do test runs on specific mutations, see which ones work best for... eating people? and then taking those back to Solaris, slicing them up, and implanting bits of them into giant robots as their "nerve circuits."
It's Jesiah! What is he doing here?
Dominia escapes by unspecified means, and Maria sulks over these new revelations about her father. Jesiah tells her to forget everything the bad guy told her. That is the same line he gave Billy and it didn't work then, but he figures he'll eventually come across a grieving child gullible enough for it. Suddenly, the plot alarm goes off!
Quit your bitchin', Fei! The party goes back upstairs. The news is grim!
Nobody is particularly crazy about the idea of fighting freelance, but it's not like they're busy.
This narration is beginning to think that running joke was established in haste.