Daedalus’s war machine moves to the gates – and it’s a bull’s head. Just the head. Minos doesn’t have a great deal of faith in this achieving much. The Athenians respond by shooting it. With arrows. A giant bronze head. One wonders what they expect to achieve. Inside, Aegeus is still moping over Medea. Ok king, you have officially exceeded your angst quota
Once the bull reaches the gate, it’s mouth opens and it uses a giant drill to cut through it. I rather think a less elaborate covered ram would have done as much but still, point to Daedalus.
Fighting reaches the palace and Lykos runs to his father who has fallen apart on his throne. Lykos tries to convince him to evacuate and the king has chosen moping and suicide. Except when he puts the knife to his neck it hurts so he throws it away. They’re then surrounded by Minoan soldiers
Over to our heroes – Hero and Oracle argue over loyalties. Oracle not understanding why Hero trusts Medea or Aegeus and Hero thinking she’s been influenced by Minos. Neither realising that everyone is terrible. Hero also says he needs Medea because he wants rid of the Lexicon. While Medea is angry that Hero won’t just kill Oracle and Hero still in denial that h loves her. Medea’s also not happy that Hero’s also lost the ring of the Magi which means the next time Kronos decides to invade Hero’s brain he has minimal protection.
When they return to Athens they find it has been taken – Medea is all for abandoning the city but Hero wants Daedalus’ help. Hero also have some thoughts for saving his dad – and inspiration about the Lexicon. If he dies the Lexicon dies – which may upset the gods given that Kronos is guarding it for Zeus.
As they go Oracle warns Hero that Minos may not be thrilled to see her – but also refuses to be left behind. She also talks about something she should do with extreme crypticness.
In the city Minos takes the throne and praises Daedalus who replies graciously with excellent “fuck you” undertones. Minos (who never fails to amuse me) remarks that he thought the throne room would be bigger.
Minos wants the Lexicon so has his lovely daughter Ariadne talk to the captured royal family to find Hero. She is wonderfully creepy and scary – and when Aegeus says he doesn’t know where Medea and Hero went, she cuts Pallas’s throat. Ariadne is convinced – they don’t know where Medea is.
However finding hero becomes much easier when Oracle speaks to Minos’s soldiers and has the three of them brought before Minos and Ariadne. Oracle quickly tries to convince Minos she acted in his best interests and he seems willing to forgive with the obvious proof that the Oracle did bring Hero to him. Ariadne is less trusting. Oracle is very good at convincing Minos to spare, well, everyone, she’s an excellent manipulator.