Xena and Gabrielle intervene to save young Ikus from being sacrificed by his own father, Anteus.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Xena and Gabrielle are skeptical of Anteus's people believing in one singular God. Meanwhile, Mael ridicules those who believe in the Olympians as primitives who don't know any better.
Bait-and-Switch: When Xena tells Anteus's wife that he's being drugged, there's a sudden knock on the door. Seems like trouble, but it's really just a drugged up Gabrielle.
"This rock told me I had to come find you."
Bargain with Heaven: Anteus begs God to spare Ikus—offering even his very life in exchange. Mael-as-God, of course, rejects him.
Cain and Abel: Mael resents that Ikus was named Anteus's successor, so he orchestrates a plot to have little brother killed.
Crisis of Faith: Anteus's wife prays to Hestia for help and later tries to keep Ikus hidden. It turns out Anteus is also struggling with what he's been told to do more than he let on.
Anteus:[to Xena] Every waking moment of every day since it happened. I keep wondering, "Is it me? Have I done something... wrong, and He's punishing me?" Or is this some kind of a test to see how far I'll go to prove my faith? [to Ikus] Or is He angry with me because He knows how much I love you? Or does His love demand the best, the brightest—you see, it-it never stops. Xena: You can stop it. You're still the leader here. You don't have to do this. Anteus: You're asking me to deny my God. Xena: I am asking you to spare your son! Anteus: And teach him what?! That faith is just for those times when it's convenient to believe? That, that when it gets hard, and, and, and, it hurts to keep faith, y-y-you let go, until it gets easy again? What's the good in sparing his life if I rob him of the very thing that makes it worth living?
Face Death with Dignity: Ikus doesn't want to die, but he genuinely believes that God told Anteus to kill him, so he goes along with this peacefully.
"I couldn't let others die protecting me, Father, not when my death is part of God's plan. I-Isn't that right?"
God Guise: Mael uses a device to amplify his voice and drugs Anteus with henbane in order to sell the trick. Xena and Gabrielle also hope to pull this trope off in order to save Ikus.
Halfway Plot Switch: For the first half, it seems like Xena and Gabrielle have to stop a crazy old man from killing his son because a voice told him to. It's later revealed that Mael is manipulating his father in order to eliminate his rival to power.