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have read v.6 will know what is happening.
Heracles never found Hylas and ultimately resumed his own life, "after threatening to lay Mysia waste unless the inhabitants continued their search for Hylas, dead or alive." And a touching after-note: "For Heracles' sake, the Mysians still sacrifice once a year to Hylas ...; their priest thrice calls his name aloud, and the devotees pretend to search for him in the woods."
So now you know why it is Ti'a'toig'a who fights the battle on the Cliff of Fear instead of Ki'shto'ba. And since termites don't box, I made it a wrestling match.
The Argonauts next encounter Phineus, a Seer who was blinded by the gods for prophesying too accurately. He was also plagued by Harpies, who kept flying over his table, snatching the food and fouling it with their excrement. Phineus refused to prophesy for Jason unless the Argonauts got rid of the Harpies for him. After the Harpies were driven away, Phineus proceeded to give the Argonauts advice on how to navigate the remainder of the journey to Colchis, warning them of the Symplegades, the moving rocks in front of the entrance to the Bosporus that clash together and crush ships. Jason defeated them by sending out a dove (or a heron) and following it through the maze.
No mention is made at this point of the Cadmus's dragon's teeth that grow into Warriors when planted, but I introduced it here. The story of Phineus and the Harpies grew into one of the most complex and moving sequences of my version of the myths. And the Argonauts had many later adventures that I have omitted or that will be utilized in the sequel volume (if I ever get it written!) I myself am not completely sure at this point how I'm going to adapt some of them.