Citan won't stop talking about this painting that is giving Fei the vapors, so Margie agrees to flag down a nun and ask about it. The nun tells them that the painting is of Sophia, the Nisan Sect's founder, and that she was around about five hundred years ago. That is all they know about Sophia. That's pretty lame, Nisan. In real life we at least pretend to know things about ancient religious figures. In any case, they head back to the house they have commandeered to discuss strategy. Oh, right, we're about to be attacked by an army with flying battleships! Sigurd tries to make nice with small talk, but Bart is having none of that.
Citan explains how this works, but this narration is not really going to touch on that quite yet, since it doesn't make sense anyway. Magic! It is magic.
Is that everything important? It better be, because this narration is moving on now. God, this game. Bart is pretty bummed about his First Mate having a terrible secret past and will hopefully run background checks on his pirates in the future. He goes outside to sulk for a bit, and Citan and Fei are jerks and follow him.
Citan has annoyed everyone in this town to his satisfaction, so it's now time to talk about this attack! Dear lord, this takes forever. Let's sum up: in order to successfully attack Shakahn and take back Bledavik, they have to get Gebler out of the way, so they are going to create an elaborate ruse with some stolen Kislev robots that makes it look like Kislev is attacking Aveh at the border where Nisan is, and that Nisan is aligning with them. This will presumably draw Gebler's forces away from Bledavik. There's a huge battleship in the area, but it is under the command of Vanderkaum, who, we are reminded, is an idiot. They then need to keep Gabler from returning to Bledavik, so they are going to leave a small force behind to keep them busy. Citan selflessly nominates Fei for this task.
It's settled! They will commence with the plan tomorrow! They go around giving everyone high-fives and talking about how great this plan is going to work. Bart frets about whether or not he'll make a decent king after all these years of being a barbarian pirate in the desert, and Sigurd tells him that at the very least he'll need a bath. Ha ha! Everyone indeed seems pretty optimistic, and you know a plan isn't doomed until someone says they have a bad feeling about this.
Meanwhile, in Bledavik, Miang and Ramsus are in bed, and Ramsus is having a nightmare. That seems like a pretty logical progression, but Ramsus is actually dreaming about some battle he was in once where he and his entire unit got their asses handed to them by some red-haired dude in kabuki make-up. Hmmm.
Grahf is there, being a fag in front of the moon pretty much as we last saw him, and the red-haired guy takes out all of the robots while on foot and then gets into his own robot to take out the other people on foot. One suspects some sort of miscommunication there. He pretty much just steps on Ramsus, which is a nightmare probably a lot of people in this world have. It's not like these things have rear-view mirrors.
It is probably worth mentioning that this guy is using Fei's attack animations, but it's not like that's significant or anything. Ramsus wakes up!
Ramsus gets out of bed and leaves the room. It is definitely worth noting that he is wearing, like, black Speedos, but a good cap of it was not forthcoming. Alas.
Grahf appears! He was, uh, invisible before! Okay.
Miang is right, Grahf is basically hilarious. She says some cryptic stuff about Fei looking just like Grahf, and she and Grahf go "way back." No doubt. How long is Ramsus going to be in the bathroom, anyway? We will never find out, as we cut back to Bart in the Yggdrasil. They've caught something on the sonar that looks suspiciously like another ship, but they can't catch it again, and they chalk it up to sand whales. ...Sand whales? Sand whales.
The distraction at the border seems to be working, and Elly is sent out to command a backup unit. And... oh god, her unit consists entirely of the Gebler dorks that broke into the pirates' hideout. They "banter" and "bicker" and are supposedly "funny" for a while while being huge assholes to Elly, because she's a girl, you see. Well, we'll see about that! She gets to drive a robot that only elite officers can operate! That should command some respect!
Fei and his team have reached the border, but Elly and her team catch up to them before he can get into place. She recognizes his giant robot! Well, she'd better, she's the one who stole the thing from Kislev.
Probably not! The Gebler dorks remember Fei, too, and charge in to attack before Elly can give the order! They apparently do not remember that Fei kicked their asses last time, and he proceeds to do so again. They totally freak out, because they are tweeking, and Elly realizes that she might actually have to do something here.
It's flip-out drugs time for Elly! But we are treated to a flashback of Elly running down a hallway at a questionable camera angle while she hears doctors talk about how she should not take flip-out drugs, as they make her go crazy and kill people. That pretty much seems to be the point of flip-out drugs, but whatever, she doesn't want to take them. But she has decided to make an exception for Fei! That's sweet. And even though this is not Eva, the flip-out drugs turn Elly into...
Asuka Langley Sohryu! Holy shit, these drugs are terrible.
Elly responds to this accusation by farting out some aerods, which are some kind of ether bullet.
Everyone on her team is extremely impressed! Only the very top percent of Gebler officers have the raw ability to locate and press the 'Fart Aerods' button!
But the drugs start to wear off! This is not a very efficient drug if it wears off in forty seconds. Elly starts clutching her head and arguing with herself about whether she really wants to kill everyone or not. Elly, don't make fun of Fei.
He does, in a full body tackle that would be sort of sexy if it were not ridiculous giant robots.
Elly firmly communicates that this is bad touch and throws him off of her, but then her robot starts shorting out. Because that's what happens when you come down off of flip-out drugs: your robot shorts out.