So apparently our heroes were so excited about fighting in touraments and swimming up waterways that they did not bother coming up with an escape plan. That's okay! Running around randomly until they find the exit works, too! For now they are stuck in an elevator, having no idea where it goes, doing the awkward staring intently into space on an elevator thing. Ah ha, ground floor! Let's see where they are.
In another game entirely! Well, that's cool.
Luckily the dock is only staffed by stormtroopers who run in single file and don't shoot things, so they manage to run away. Yes, this is certainly a viable escape plan! They end up in some kind of living quarters area, and they comically collide with Elly on her way out her door. Gebler officers ought to have mirrors installed or something.
She shoves them all into her quarters. Hot? The single file group of stormtroopers runs past, and that is apparently all you have to do to evade the Gebler army. Bart is not thrilled with this turn of events.
Bart does not trust this officer from the army that killed his family and occupied his country, because he is a bigot. But that is just too bad, because she's going to help them escape! She is also highly incompetent, you see. They run back to the dock, which is under intruder alert and therefore completely deserted.
Fei is sad, but they leave without her in a stolen robot that she hot-wires for them. Does this place not have security cameras? Performance reviews, anything? Oh, well. Ramsus rounds up the troops to persue them.
One of his men steps forward with a letter! It's from Hyuga. Gee.
DUN DUN DUN!
Our heroes make it back to the Yggdrasil safely! Minus Citan, who is presumably still back at the beer tent. Everyone is happy that Margie is back, and they set sail for Nisan. Who even needs Citan? Bart's minders politely ask Margie why she was so stupid, and she says she went into Bledavik because she heard a rumor that her mother and grandmother were still alive.
Maison takes Margie off to her quarters, and Fei and Bart head for the bridge! But they can't get in, for something terrible blocks their path.
The horrible pink creature that is proof that God exists and hates the inhabitants of this planet is called Chuchu and it proceeds to hit on Fei, which Bart thinks is hilarious, because it's not him.
Margie tells Fei that way back in the day Shakahn took both her and Bart prisoner, and Bart was beaten nearly to death while trying to protect her. Margie blames herself! Margie, it is not your fault if some guys get their jollies from whipping six-year-olds.
Fei and Bart head back to bridge, hoping the pink thing will just go away by itself. They have more important things to worry about. Like exposition! Sigurd, what do you know.
Sigurd saves the good exposition for cute girls and suspicious doctors. Speaking of which!
DUN DUN DUN
And then, somehow, Citan returns to the ship anyway. Perhaps he caught a cab. He and Sigurd hole up in the gun room and talk shit about the villains. Hmm.
Their crypticism and mysteriousness is justified, because Fei is being a little shit and spying on them from the stairs.
Well summed up, Fei.
The Yggdrasil docks at Nisan, which is lovely and provincial and full of people who know embarrassing stories about Bart from when he was six. Word here is that Bledavik is gearing up to attack Nisan and there is a big influx from people all over the country, because they want to be where the attack is? Huh. The people of Nisan themselves are off hiding in the mountains, which seems like a better plan. Everyone is very happy that the Holy Mother is not dead! Margie takes Bart, Fei, and Citan to the church, where she is mobbed by nuns.
She takes the party upstairs where they can get a proper look at the cathedral, which is, you know, cathedraly. There is a pretty stained glass window and a pair of statues suspended from the ceiling depicting one-winged angels.
Kefka and Ex-death apparently declined to renew their contracts.
Ouch. She takes everyone to another room with a big painting that is certainly not of anyone we know who had to be saved from a dinosaur.
Fei wakes up for this one.
Suddenly, Fei has a vision of himself painting this portrait and of Elly sitting in for it. She calls him "Lacan." Oh my stars, what could this meeeeeaaaaaaan. ...If you guessed "Fei is crazy-pants" you are pretty much 80% of the way there.