Averael and the Keepers try to rescue Lin from Evitria.
The Athenaeum goes back into lockdown as crisis strikes the campus.
Lin challenges Cyphira to a duel with Glem officiating as Hace observes, unwittingly escaping a crisis.
The Cohort of 55 begins the Athenaeum’s grueling exam: the Chirothecam.
Pensey presents an unorthodox solution to Lin’s predicament. Carroll prepares a special birthday challenge for Lin.
Lin talks to her father about a medical condition she was diagnosed with as a child.
Lin dreads returning home for the winter holiday, but bonds with her brother and receives moral support from Pensey.
After shooting practice, Carroll introduces Lin to an enigmatic heirloom and a phone call interrupts their lesson.
The Cohort of ’44 gathers for target practice, followed by a discussion of history and tradition.
Lin acclimates to life at the Athenaeum, and immediately makes a strong impression on her cohort.