Meanwhile, in Bledavik! The ship we saw passing over the forest earlier is now docking in Aveh's royal city, as part of a crazy high-tech military complex we can safely assume was not part of the original design. It's the commander of Gebler, Ramsus, and he is pissed!
They disembark and are greeted by said puppethead and idiot. Shakahn tries to get all foot-kissy with them but Ramsus ignores him and goes straight to berating Vanderkaum. Awkward!
Ramsus dismisses him after not very subtly suggesting that Vanderkaum's cannon is perhaps symbolic of something. Perhaps. Shakahn then informs Ramsus that tomorrow is Aveh's 500th anniversary as a country, and they were planning on celebrating as a terrible mockery to this proud occupied state. Ramsus doesn't care.
He asks to be taken to her so he can question her himself. The Holy Mother turns out to be a teenage girl in an extremely wacky hat.
Margie is stone-cold, suckas! He ain't getting nothing out of her. Meanwhile Shakahn is fretting because he doesn't know how Gebler found out about the Fatima Jasper. There seem to be multiple levels of occupation and back-stabbing going on here. It won't be signifigant for another thirty hours or so, though, so let's just move on.
Fei, Citan, and Bart have gotten into Bledavik! That was easy! No one is on the look-out for tricked out sand cruisers, apparently. They are accosted immediately and told to get a room, even though nobody was making out or anything. They go along with it, though, and while checking into a hotel they are recognised by a nun from Nisan! She is very happy to see Prince Bartholomew!
Like he's making any effort to be undercover. Three men and a nun go and get a room, but no sexy antics ensue. The nun tells them that she has been in Bledavik ever since the Holy Mother was taken, sucking up to guards and whatnot to try to get information, but all she has learned is that Marguerite is in the castle, which our heroes probably could have figured out themselves. That's okay, though!
Bart thinks he's on The Wire. It's a good thing he isn't! There are all sorts of Millennial Fair things going on, like fire breathers and beer tents and balloon minigames. Citan has to go and be the grownup and tells Fei and Bart they have to keep their minds on the mission. Boo! There is word of a fighting tournament going around, and Citan has a brilliant idea.
Because fighting in a tournament with giant robots could never possibly be interesting to anyone, right? Ha ha. Fei registers for the tournament, and then they look for a way for Bart to sneak in. There is a grate to an underground waterway in town that supplies water to the castle, but they have to chase down some little kid to find the key for it. Luckily they are not arrested. Plan complete! They go back and get some sleep.
Somebody is sleeping on the floor, though.
The party splits up, and Bart goes diving into the city's water supply as Fei goes and enters the tornament. Piece of cake, eh, Fei? Let's go meet the other competitors!
Fei is puzzled because he didn't use his real name to enter the tournament, but he really ought to be used to masked men inexplicaby knowing who he is by now. Don't worry about it, Fei, it's probably not ominous. Meanwhile, Bart is in fact going through with this plan to swim into the castle, which is a strategy the nun is skeptical about.
The tournament is starting! Shakahn gives a moving, inspirational speech. Allow me to summarize:
Ramsus and Miang wander onto the balcony with him, apparently lost, and Shakahn invites them to watch the tournament with him.
Miang sticks around to watch, and Ramsus wanders off muttering. Get used to that. The first match is... Fei, versus some guy!
Meanwhile, Bart's a'swimmin'.
Fei continues against some guy, and another guy, and Big Joe, whom I haven't been mentioning thus far because you can't really improve on Big Joe. Then he gets to the semi-finals, where he faces off against Dan, Alice's creepy brother. How did Dan reach the semi-finals, you ask? I am thinking we do not really want to know!
Man, mention your sister's boobs approvingly once and smartass recappers never forget it. Fei cannot actually bring himself to pound on a grieving child, and eventually Dan gets tired and goes home. But not before flinging his sister's wedding dress at Fei. Dan, what are you trying to say, that the ponytail makes Fei look femmy? Screw you, Dan.
And now, the final match!
Oh, Christ, this game is ridiculous. Fei pounds on the dude with the fish mask, whose name is Wiseman, sure, okay, but none of his hits connect! And Wiseman won't fight back! Wiseman apparently wandered into this tournament looking for the bathroom and does not know where he is. And even though this is not Eva, he starts asking Fei what his reason for fighting is.
DUN DUN DUN!
DUN DUN DUN DUN!
Wiseman fucks off. Fei is the winner! Hopefully Bart has ninjaed his way into the castle by now.
He has! Good show, Bart! He gets yelled at by an old man, who is sick of all these kids ninjaing their way into the castle all the time. That's a security hazard! The prince used to do it all the time! Good thing he's dead.
Bart is a terrible ninja. The old man recognizes him! But he can't believe it, because he doesn't know of the king having any secret sons.
Bart continues to be a terrible ninja and kicks ass through out the castle until he finds the room Margie is in.
Bart and Margie leave the room and comically collide with Ramsus on his way in. Oh, right, we're occupied.
Ha ha, oh, Bart, don't hit on Miang. They fight! Bart has a hard time, as Ramsus has a sword and a girl healing him, while Bart has Margie, who summons rats. Was that a pun in Japanese or something? Popes and rats? Nevermind, this narration doesn't want to know. Just in the nick of time, he is saved, by... Fei! Who... jumped into the waterway and swam after him? Wow, they really need to fire that guy.
That is easy for Fei to say, because his presence for some reason triggers bizarre flashbacks in Ramsus. That's right, another person mysteriously knows Fei! Fei is no longer impressed by this party trick.
He starts twitching, and the party escapes to a nearby elevator.