Every morning and every night, he kneels and does the usual devotions to Mielikki, but his heart is not really in it, and he can't seem to feel her presence in the dark caves.

He lights up visibly when the daylight bathes his face again. Kir went ahead of him, soaring in the sky.

He falls back unconsciously to his habits, scouting ahead and looking for landmarks that would tell him how far North they ended up.