Lin, Cyphira, and Pensey have a heart-to-heart with their strange visitor.
The CIC begins to investigate the strange occurrence at the Athenaeum.
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.
Lin’s clumsy attempt to sympathize with Cyphira is poorly received.
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.