It is clear in Chapter One of this novel that Daniel is quite divided within himself about his village. One the one hand, he says when he is forced to investigate the appearance of Joel and Malthace that "all he had wanted for give years was to forget that other world in the valley." It is clear as this chapter develops that he does have some unhappy memories of his childhood. However, at the same time, he surprises himself by his desire to find out who these two individuals are and to get news of his home. He describes how he used to sit and look at the view of his village in the first few years of his time with Rosh, his heart full of longing, as he imagined what his grandmother and sister would be doing. When he sees Malthace and Joel, the text describes his longing to speak to them:
He had to hear them. More than that, he was fighting back a longing to speak to them. His own people--after five years!
Clearly Daniel's feelings about his village are very mixed. On the one hand he remembers his mistreatment at the hands of Amalek, his former master who was teaching him how to be a blacksmith, but on the other hand he has very fond memories of his sister and grandmother, and feels responsible towards them.