The Lady Magus kills a whole family. It seems the mother was rescued from Cyclops by Hero, and might have helped Lady Magus to track him, but she's not much of a source if she's dead, so Lady Magus might want to work on her people skills juuuuuust a little bit.
Oracle tries to convince King Minos and his daughter, the delicate flower Ariadne, that they're not Athenian spies, their meeting with Daedalus was completely by chance, and he shouldn't order any of them executed.
Daedalus isn't faring much better: Minos doesn't believe he was coming to show the king his new flying contraption, but instead was defecting…so that hole in the box on Daedalus's head is about to be used to introduce a fist of angry bees to Daedalus' face, blinding him.
Aegeus is still very attached to the idea of an honorable attack on the Minoans -- by day, outnumbered, with no help from allies, which will surely cause mutiny and get them all killed. Proteus' reasonable objections are met with a throttling.
Ariadne tries to torture Hero -- she's about to cut him open and insert a snake into his thorax -- but she's too busy listening to herself talk forever to notice he's snagged a spoke of her necklace to free himself. Now he's got her hostage, but she's got him in her grip...down there, so he ends up her sex slave before his execution. Or so she thinks...
Turns out Kimon's reporting on Lykos to Pallas, and he's worried: Lykos has teamed up with his mother to stop Aegeus' foolish battle plan, but in exchange, she needs him to send a spy into the Minoan camp and find Hero. Kimon doesn't know that, or much else; Lykos isn't sharing.
Medea convinces Aegeus to hold off on the suicide mission thanks to a bad portent she pretends to see in oxheart blood…and the tender ministrations of a priestess of love, with whom Aegeus will be Doing It until Athena has time to convince Ares of his fitness. Or until Lykos can go behind his back to instruct the generals. One of those.
A bee-blinded Daedalus has to work with accent-impaired Thybus on a new war machine to impress Minos. Thybus is Daedalus's eyes, not his intern, and he's insisting on respect -- even though he keeps eating the fruit Daedalus is using to test the catapult.
Pallas and Xerxes are pretty sure Medea doesn't know it's they who tried to kill her -- but they know she knows someone did. Now they can't figure out her game. What's with the Dorian spy? Is she making allies of enemies -- like Minos himself -- to set herself up with more power?
With the aid of a mini-catapult that slings a rope up out of his cell, Hero escapes and steals a Minoan uniform so he can head into the city…which is good, because Oracle made a good pitch to her new dream-interpretation BFF Minos to let Hero go, lest he get saddled with Hero's curse as well, but Minos would rather go the head-on-a-pike route.