Hey, I'm really impressed, Sofia!
The beginning is so tragic, yet so inevitable given the premise, that I really felt for Jarrah and Ingen. I'd never really liked them before, either. :P But they both show real courage in a terrible situation here, and I confess I had not noticed that about them before. They were very courageous people (all the Sun Folk were!) to make it through that drought. (And now I can think of lots of other situations where the gentle Sun Villagers have needed to grit their teeth and survive.)
I can see now, more clearly than ever, where Rayek gets that inner steel. It's his heritage!
And Aroree's going to find him, huh? Great! If you're having trouble with any of the characters, I'll help if I can-- feel free to bounce ideas off me by private message, if you like!