|“||We've arrived, time to Split.||”|
–Leo Valdez making a pun about the city and having to split into two groups.
Jason Grace has a vision of Rachel Elizabeth Dare and Grover Underwood delivering a message to the Romans. After the vision is over Jason orders Leo Valdez to change course for Croatia, the location of the palace and tomb of Diocletian. Jason and Nico di Angelo then go to retrieve Diocletian's scepter encountering Favonius, the Roman god of the west wind, and Cupid, the Roman god of love, who are the guardians of Diocletian's Scepter Cupid manages to make a Nico reveal his romantic feelings towards Percy Jackson in exchange for the scepter. Jason then has a dream showing him that Reyna Ramírez-Arellano is on her way to Split and will visit Diocletian's tomb. He then leaves a note for Reyna telling her where to go from the tomb to find the Argo II.