Joxer arrives one night at Xena and Gabrielle’s camp with a message for Callisto. It’s supposedly a message from the god of war, asking for her to come to an island. They soon learn that several other warlords have received the same message and are gathering at a nearby village. Xena also notices that Gabrielle’s behavior has changed, and that of the villagers as well. The people who are normally even tempered, seem to fly into rages fairly easily. They find Ares in a tavern, drunk. He tells Xena that someone stole his sword and with it his powers. That’s the reason all of these people are hostile. The deposed god asks Xena to help him to recover his sword. Xena realizes that it’s the only way she can get Gabrielle and the others to return to normal. She and Ares travel to an island with the other warriors. They discover that Sisyphus is the one who stole the sword. He tells the group that the one who kills the monster, Brakus, will be the next god of war.
written by Paul Robert Coyle
directed by Charles Siebert
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Hudson Leick (Xena), Kevin Smith (Ares), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Charels Siebert (Sisyphus), Bruce Hopkins (Tegason), Marcei Kaima (Sadus), Jason Kennedy (Carus), Chris Ryan (Virgilius), Patricia Donovan (Old Woman), John Smith (Boat Captain), Tony Ward (Messenger)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell