When we last saw our hapless hero and heroine, they had slipped into Solaris through the slave quarters, broken through several levels of security, and gotten a minor character killed so they could stand around and listen to the Emperor recite propaganda. Good work, crew!
Fortunately, the Emperor is done talking. He is joined onstage by Krelian.
Fei blacks out! Oh no, it's been like forever since he's had an inexplicable flashback! It's a shame Square RPG protagonists can't pencil these for their free days, as inexplicable flashbacks always kick in with the worst timing. Or... the best timing?!
Old timey Nisan, as it turns out, looks exactly like modern Nisan. All their architects died in the war. Krelian brags to Lacan about having learned how to read, and how he totally reads all the time now! Books are great! He reads like three a day! He says he's studying under a teacher named Melchior, in which Lacan expresses polite but clearly fake interest.
Fei is awake now!
Okay, so apparently everyone has been speaking in random punctuation all this time? And Elly has just been translating everything since they got here? And no one has found that weird or suspicious, this guy who needs everything relayed to him in surface-dwellerese? Because that is totally normal and it's not like they are trying to blend in or anything? Whatever. Fei does not tell Elly that he just had a trippy flashback to five-hundred-years-ago-Nisan and that Krelian was there, but that's not really the kind of thing you tell a girl on the first date.
This game does not even pretend to care about the tertiary characters.
What's a Soylent System? Ha ha. This is the thing about cultural references in video games: in Japanese, the term 'soylent' was likely kind of obscure. The American localization team could have done themselves a big favor by calling the Soylent System... anything other than Soylent System.
This stupid argument unfortunately draws the attention of some guards, so Elly and Fei leap into a convenient sewer dungeon (?!) and get away. They stick to this plan for a while, and then emerge in front of a house in the first class citizen area.
They go inside, where they run to Elly's mother. Awkward!
They are apparently not speaking random punctuation here, though, in this first class Solarian home. Look, if you are going to introduce a language issue, you ought to stick to it.
They go up to Elly's room, which is taken up entirely by the shower and the coffee maker.
Now that Elly is back in the only place in the world where her uniform doesn't make her stick out like a flashing neon sign, it is time to GET NAKED. ...What do you mean, you want a screenshot? You just had a screenshot.
What were you expecting? This game was made in like 1973.
Elly finishes her shower, and now it's Fei's turn! Fei is afraid of this Solarian shower witchcraft, but Elly makes him get in, since he probably hasn't had a bath since Ramsus drowned him in his own robot. She gawks at him like a big ol' red-headed perv, and Fei shrieks like a girl. This relationship just might work.
It is indeed hacking time! Elly's dad is a government bigwig, and she figures that if they can crack his CompuServe account then they can find out where the rest of the party is being held prisoner. The sewer dungeon must not have a stop on the government prison line. They sneak into his office and start fussing with his terminal.
Elly goes to MapQuest and finds a route to the prison that goes through a trash chute back in the third class area. So now they have to go all the way to where they started! Isn't that always the way, having to go mucking through the sewers right after you take a shower.
He is also mad at her for breaking into his terminal. With a surface dweller, no less! The only kind of surface dweller he likes are hot red-headed housekeeping surface dwellers!
Fei runs away! He makes it back to the second class shopping mall area, where everyone is now speaking random punctuation at him. Even the little guard robots that were attacking them before if they even saw them! There are some pluses to monolingualism. But not many! Stay in school.
A guard overhears Fei muttering to himself and recognizes him as one of those kids having that stupid argument from earlier. He is arrested.