Establishing something as being one way and then later going straight against it is either storytelling through hints or just being downright contradictive. While I’d hope for (and aim for) the former, Beyond the Tree is lighthearted enough that I should be get away with accidentally being the latter!
I generally have a rough plan with most things that’s been happening so far; while there certainly are some things that are just filler, there’s also plenty of conventions suggested now which likely won’t come into play until much later. We still have three more supporting cast members to discover for the first story arc which’s intended to last for quite some time yet. While it sometimes definitely (hah!) is compelling to just hurry on to advance the general plot, the other elements of Beyond the Tree are also important really.
Also, Te’len’s wrist is deformed: where a human rotating their hand around will twist the entire lower arm to do this, the skeleton I use only rotates the hand around the wrist and nothing else. While I’m sure there’s ways around this, they’re somewhere above my level of proficiency, so I’ll simply have to settle with trying to avoid it or making it less obvious when it happens. Which probably means I shouldn’t be mentioning the fact!