"He says, slowly, ‘Daedalus.’"

 Daedalus is an extremely talented artisan of Greek myth. He singlehandedly created the Labyrinth that housed the Minotaur. Here Herkules refers to a man called Daedalus who supposedly singlehandedly created the Maze. At this point readers might guess that he is referring to Rick’s father Daed, whose name surely must be short for Daedalus. Other names throughout the book also reflect characters in the myth of Daedalus. Rick is perhaps a modernised form of Icarus, Daedalus’ son, and Paz could reflect Pasiphae, the queen of Crete who loved a bull and birthed the Minotaur. The name of the corporation that runs the Maze, Crater, reflects Crete, the island on which Daedalus’ myth begins. The names Perdita and Asterion also reference aspects of Daedalus’ myth, but will be discussed in later bookmarks.