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Dear Doc,
This may be a trick question, but how does Big Joe always survive those incidents and cross paths with Fei every time? It has to be more than luck.
- LDD4@hotmail.com

Unfortunately, I am at a loss to answer this question! Big Joe is far more in the province of genuine magic than of science or Arcane, and even viewing the Raziel databanks has given me no insight as to his true nature. Perhaps this is one of the questions to which we are not meant to know the answer... though I will not stop trying to discover it.

Dear Doc,
I have a statistical question. How many people were alive in the world right before Deus was defeated? I know that there were the people in the Snowfield Hideout, the very few in Nortune, Taura, that shopkeep who hung around the Anima Relics, and everyone in the Yggdrasil. What does that add up to?
- pooowee@hotmail.com

The survivors of Shevat numbered somewhere in the vicinity of five hundred, although a reliable census was obviously not high on Queen Zephyr's priorities at the time. Another thousand or so arrived later, emerging from various pockets of humanity. Nortune's population was largely composed of hardy Battlers, and between them and their support crews, numbered close to four hundred. Sage Melchior and Shopkeeper Johnny report that they have encountered small nomadic groups in their regions, so I estimate another thousand people are likely to be found in such groups across the globe. Of course, Big Joe lives, but then, he always does, hmm?
And the population of Duneman Isle, paradoxically, appears to be greater than it was before - early reports from the area indicate that there are approximately five million Dunemen on and around the isle. Most curious, really.

Dear Doc,
If Weltall could fit inside the Yggdrasil's Gear Dock, how come Weltall-Id is bigger than the Yggdrasil when it picks it up?
-The Tuff One
P.S. I'm pretty sure it was bigger.....

Appearances can be deceiving. Perhaps the angle or distance from which you viewed the event has clouded your perception of it? Although the actual size of Weltall does vary in its different forms, as its 'Black Box' systems add increased armor and fighting capabilities to the outer hull, it was never larger than the Yggdrasil, or, indeed, even a significant fraction of its size. Weltall-Id is substantially larger than a normal gear, but its ability to pick up the Yggdrasil was entirely due to the ether power of the occupant and the uniquely effective Ether-Amp of the machine.

Dear Doc,
What is the probability of Bart's crew sinking into the sand with the ruined Yggdrasil 1, only to end up in a cave with a completely intact, *exact* replica of the very ship he'd just sunk in, taking into account the fact that there were only two such ships ever made in the history of the world?
- ThLunarian@aol.com

After careful consideration of the factors involved, I have come to the conclusion that the probability of their surviving at all was less than 503,852 to 1. Their chances of finding a replica of the Yggdrasil which was conveniently able to float and which carried upgraded weaponry would be somewhere in the vicinity of 1,834,273,745.6 to 1.

Dear Doc,
I know that Xenogears was edited due to time and game length, but exactly what was edited out? I've also heard of a Xenogears book with other gears including an upgraded Crescens. If it does exist, is it a novel or an art book? and is it a Japanese only item? At the end of Xenogears there is a chapter 5 reference. I'm guessing chapters 1-4 deal with Fei's past lives, but what about chapter 6 and so on? Thanks for looking at my question barrage and have a good day.
- max1255@hotmail.com

Normally, I would accept only a single question at a time. However, do not worry about it!
I cannot say precisely what was edited out of Xenogears, but it is fairly certain that Maria's deathblows, the Anima Relics for Seibzehn and Crescens, a resolution to Rico's personal conflicts, and the ability to play as Kahr were all removed.
The 'Xenogears book' you are referring to is probably Xenogears: Perfect Works. It is an Art Book and also a sourcebook for the Xenogears world, describing the societies, science and history of it in no small amount of detail. Unfortunately, it is not available in English and has not yet been fully translated from the original Japanese.
Episode 1 of Xenogears is, in essence, being released as 'Xenosaga' by Namco, for the Playstation 2. Episodes 2, 3 and 4 deal with the lives of Abel, Kim and Lacan, respectively, and will probably never be released - I have heard rumors that these were originally planned as novels, but I do not believe they were ever written. The contents of Episode 6 remain largely unknown, but it may be released by Namco and/or Squaresoft should they strike a deal and Xenosaga become a hit. This, however, is purely speculative.

Dear Doc,
If only Cain could kill Cain, then why did Emperor Cain have to be in that life support system?
- jackdenver@aol.com

This is a question which puzzled me for some time as well. While investigating Krelian's records in Merkava, I at last learned the astonishing truth: Emperor Cain did not have to be contained within a life support system. He had been critically injured five hundred years ago, and during the period of unconsciousness which resulted, he was placed in the system. However, although Krelian and Miang assured him that only this had saved him from death, it was in fact a sealed and locked 'placebo system' meant to keep the Emperor from ruling directly over Solaris.

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