Stone is, yet again, getting away, so our heroes jog back up all those stairs so they can catch up with him by that ominous open air bridge. It's a good thing everyone is such great shape from fighting in giant robots all the time.
Hard to say! How exactly do you manuever a giant robot down a bunch of stairs? This guy must have found the service entrance. He's very pleased with himself, in any case, as he is laughing like a coked up Batman villain until he gets interrupted by dialogue. ...A lesser known FF7 OST track.
Oh, too late. Even though Stone is clear on the other side of the bridge with the nanomachine girl everyone seems to want so badly all of a sudden, the asshole with the red giant robot is now pretty much focused on the party. Great!
Id attacks! Id is a sucker-punching deathblow-dodging little bitch who summons mini black holes in battle, applies foundation with a roller brush, and is still using Fei's battle animations. Id is not quite as stupidly unbeatable on foot as he is in his robot, fortunately, but this fight is still a pain in the ass.
Happily for the party, someone else found the service entrance!
This narration stopped making that joke ages ago! It was getting old.
Yes, Wiseman also has a giant robot! Why not? They seem to be standard issue! Maybe there's a rental place. ...That would explain a lot, actually.
Stone escapes with nanomachine girl! Our heroes still don't know what exactly she is supposed to be, but they are pretty sure they want her back, so they resume chasing him. Id is not terribly comfortable being held tenderly by a giant robot and breaks free! He and Wiseman keep hadoukening each other long enough for everyone to get back to the surface. Shut up, spellcheck.
Our heroes make it back to the Yggdrasil just in time to see the flower vase ship backing out of its improvised parking space.
They all head back to the bridge, not really sure what the plan is now. They can't really chase an airship -- they would need giant robots that could fly or something! Ha ha. Fortunately, Sigurd has a distraction waiting for them.
No way! Well, they figure that Fei has got to be on ship somewhere, so they start wandering around looking for him. As it turns out, he is not terribly difficult to find! Guess where he is. No, no, guess. Oh, you'll never guess.
Why, he's in the gear hangar, staring blankly at Weltall!
Fei is apparently not feeling all that hot, for some completely mysterious reason, so Citan grabs him by the scruff and hauls him back to sickbay. Meanwhile, alarms are going off! Alkanshel has been spotted off the bow!
Ah, there's our screencap.
...Stone apparently had a nip and tuck in the six minutes he's been offscreen. Well... okay, a lot of men are going for that these days. There's supposed to be a recovery period, though.
Suddenly, zooming out of the sky, it's... Grahf again! That is what Grahf does, he zooms out of the sky at people. It's a living.
Grahf gives Stone the power, which is still a laser beam to the face. Well, it can only help. Back on the Yggdrasil, our heroes, minus Citan and Fei, strap themselves into their robots, with Billy leading the charge.
They move in to attack, but none of their hits connect! The "power" is apparently just a giant boost to one's evasion stat. Citan is back on from strapping Fei back down to the bed in sickbay and gets on the bridge's comm to tell them there is some sort of barrier! A barrier of HATE!
It's villain exposition time! Oh, that is the worst time of all.
It's Jesiah! In his own... actually it's a sort of smallish robot.
Back on the bridge, Citan more or less agrees with this theory. However!
Unfortunately, Billy is so upset that his comm's connection to the bridge has gone out.
Jesiah gives Billy a quick peptalk about how it's okay to kill zombies, because being a zombie sort of sucks! God is our hearts, not in a weird molesty church, and guns don't kill people, people kill people. Billy is stunned to radio silence by how many cliches Jesiah is managing to fit into this speech, but he is more or less on board with this combo attack idea.
They shoot and destroy the barrier!
Billy's connection to the bridge comes back online!
Now it's time to fight Stone! No pressure or anything! If they don't kill Stone they've only killed Jesiah for no reason.
1I cannot believe, in the many, MANY years since I wrote this line, that no has ever pointed out that I apparently don't know what the King James Bible is. ↩