Finally got back to this . . .
Loved it! Especially the part where Picknose steps in and takes over. I wasn't expecting that, but it was so right!
The characterizations are great, and you describe the action well. The only thing that surprised me a little was that there wasn't more initial concern towards Ekuar on the part of Pike and Shenshen. Shenshen seemed more concerned about his lack of limbs and whether he'd be any use to them than about his plight-- and that seems odd to me. I'd think she'd be shocked and compassionate and ready to press food on him at once.
But it's a marvelous story and I'm looking forward to what happens next! :D