“The duty of Lians, especially of the Ülrügh,” Ellen’s father had told her many times, “is to help people through the long winters. No task is more important.” Since accepting that she had no option but to follow Elthán’s command concerning winter accommodation, Ellen had been planning how. Routine. If all else failed, routine helped to pass the time.
Ellen had no doubt that this group had thought through the needs of winter, but she could also sense that they were apprehensive: the isolation, the crudeness of their shelter, the thought of months and months of dark and unbroken cold had touched them all with dread.
And such dread was not something Ellen would let them wallow in. She was determined to inspire them to make valuable use of this time.
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