Medea investigates Hero’s disappearance, finding the claw marks left by Kronos. They’re ancient symbols of the gods and she needs Xerxes to translate – to the prisoner caves! There she gets him to translate with the grim promise of a much less painful and horrible death. The symbols mean love, heritage and human soul.
Of course, Medea doesn’t even follow through on the grim bribe she offered. He resorts to base flattery.
Medea goes to Daedalus who is worried because he made a mistake – he told Hero where the door to Olympus was based on using big impressive buildings which they took to be god made as surrounding the door – except now he realises the buildings are actually petrified titans killed by the gods during the war – and at the centre isn’t a gateway, it’s a weapon. Oops. The doors to hell and bad stuff.
Medea insists she go to rescue Hero. This involves trudging about in the night, being attacked by wild men who have a theological argument, attempted rape before 1 kills the other and the living one runs away leaving her tied up with a corpse draped over her
Hero goes to his rendez-vous with Oracle – and finds Ariadne instead. She is obsessed with him and convinced he loves me. Best line goes to:
“tell me you feel nothing for me and I will leave you alone”
“I feel nothing for you.” Without even a beat of hesitation. Ouch. Unsurprisingly she doesn’t keep her word.
She also wants Hero to know that she and Oracle are totally besties now. She keeps up with the love thing which Hero doesn’t believe and drags her out at sword point, sure she has an army waiting to swoop in. She kisses him – she’s certainly stubborn. She also adds that Oracle doesn’t love Hero because she loves Ariadne and is a lesbian which is why she’s a virgin and Oracle is so in love with Ariadne but it’s all good because Ariadne loves Hero above all.
Yessss, she is not selling this well at all.
They set off and Ariadne collapses in tears because he doesn’t want her and now she can’t go back without daddy killing her and how she has rejected his father for Hero because she loves and adores him and is willing to do everything for him. Hero rejects her – pointing out the idyllic future she thinks of would be doomed because their son would be cursed just like him. He continues to beg for his love and they kiss