For seven years Perian worked beside his mother on the farm. Each year he would go up the mountain to see the flower and return, refreshed, to tending the two fields and helping Elyn around the house. He learnt of cooking and the uses of herbs, of wine-making and the preserving of fruit for the winter months. Elyn told him stories of her childhood and about his father Kerig. She told him of Lavrum City to the south, of the legend of Verumis and the kings and queens who had followed him. They were very happy together and Perian grew into a fine young man.