There's some healer-magic in all elves, especially in the young, Savah explains, when Dart's skin turns brown and stays brown. Strongbow and Moonshade can't yet say how well they like it.
His friends won't call him paleface anymore, as they still sometimes do the older Wolfriders, though the name "barbarian" is heard less and less these days. Even so, as Dart plays the games of peace with the soft Sun Village youths, Strongbow and Moonshade sit in silent watch, minds touching, a strange resolution growing between them.
He is theirs, they've decided, for as long as they can keep him.