Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer arrive at a temple too late to prevent the warlord Cryton from murdering the priests and kidnapping the novitiates. When they find the warlord, Cryton is beating someone on the ground, while his men guard the young women from the temple. Xena steps in and fights Cryton. During the fight, the warlord runs into Joxer, who is holding a dagger in his hand. Cryton falls to the ground and dies. Gabrielle discovers that the person he had been beating is Najara. She tries to convince the bard that she’s changed and that they have a future together.
The trio take the novitiates, the warlord’s body and Najara back to the village. There the town leaders congratulate Joxer on getting rid of the warlord, then tell him that his son may take revenge on him…and Joxer plans to go tell him what happened.
written by Chris Manheim
directed by Andrew Merrifield
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Kathryn Norris (Najara), Darryl Brown (Armon), Mfundo Morrison (Cryton)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell