At Airhaven, Shrike attempts to kill Hester and Tom but they manage to escape in a stolen airship. It emerges that Hester has previously known Shrike. Airhaven is engulfed in fires.
After her parents were killed, Hester had been saved by Shrike. He nursed and taught her for five years.
Meanwhile, Katherine attempts to speak to Crome about MEDUSA but he dismisses her enquiries.
Static character – one who does not change.