Rives spends much of his time out in the stables with the horses and avoiding the others unless he is called for. The presence of real stables for the first time in months has provided the lad with a small amount of comfort as everyone else plans how to defend what is in his mind the undefendable. Sullenly he wishes he could take the horses out for some exercise, finding that he actually misses the sense of freedom he found while in the saddle, but the distant howls of gnolls in the forests still sound too close for the timid stable boy, so he is more than willing to stay near to town.