Agamemnon found Nestor in his bed.  Nestor dressed and they departed to meet Menelaos and the council gathered at the sentry post by the gate.  Agamemnon and Nestor roused Odysseus and Diomedes on their way to the meeting place.  The councilors crossed the ditch and sat in a clear open space free of bodies (the same place where Hektor had broken off his onslaught) to have their council.

Nestor asked for volunteers to scout the Trojan forces.  Diomedes was the first of many to step forward.  Nestor allowed him to chose a companion from the others.

Diomedes choose Odysseus.  They geared for war and moved out into the night.