The old man is satisfied.
It's been a hard few days, but the amount of progress from these few strangers gives him hope that they may be able to attract others and serve his true purpose-- which lies in the ruins not far away. The deep woods that line the clearing this little band has formed hide long-forgotten secrets that he just needs a little bit of time and cooperation to uncover. Then the area he senses he'll remember can be restored-- and with it, his connection to the time before the Collapse.
"It's a fine barracks, @Kjelfalconer
The old man looks the lodge up and down as @Boomvang
emerges from within. Both men beam.
"In time, we should establish separate residences, but it's good for us to be safe for now. @Darggie
should be back from his scouting in no time, and we should assemble in the courtyard this evening. It's time to outline a plan and welcome newcomers to our little bluff stronghold."
He chuckles at this. The wooden barricades they've erected around the outskirts of their few buildings hardly qualify as a stronghold, but they sleep a little better than they did those first few nights. Certainly better than the night @Evilteddy
took on that ravenous bear as they huddled around the fire. Thank goodness for Embers
, he thinks to himself.
A few buildings are still going up, among them a blacksmith and a tavern as well as a tower. He keeps his few special belongings in the barracks, with the others, but the chest he keeps out in plain sight, in the middle of the courtyard.
The group of strangers have become friends, despite varied backgrounds as distinct as his and @Docgeo
's, and this is what the old man wants-- they will need a bond to overcome the days ahead.
As soon as the group shares their various progress in and around the outpost, it's time to share the quest.