Alelip, out of the corner of his eye, sees Cademon approach; however, he is engrossed in his work and in directing the three or four "helpers" that are helping to construct the chevs. After completing it, Alelip puts down the tools that he has acquired over the course of the morning, and listens to Cademon, wiping the sweat off his brow periodically as he does so. While in good shape, and certainly no stranger to hard work, the morning's exertions were more than he had done recently.
After Cademon completes his report, Alelip wipes his brow again to control the sweating and pauses for a second to consider the report. After a few seconds of quiet, he walks slightly away from Cademon, leading him away from the group for a moment. After they have traveled about 20 feet, he says quietly, "I agree. If the gnolls chased us all the way to where the river turns to the east to enter the lake, it is only a matter of time before they find the town, assuming they haven't already. Defense of the town will be very difficult if they come before we are ready."
He pauses for a second, then offers, "Perhaps the defenses that we are constructing, until we have the town completely ready, might be better served to drive the gnolls to a spot where we want to face them?"
He lets the idea sink in for a few moments, then adds, "But, that is perhaps a matter best discussed over lunch. Weapons training thereafter -- let's see just how raw these people really are."