"We have tents, I think... We'll be fine, either way! Much more important things to worry about."
Aval will wander among the homes, cheerily greeting anyone who's around, and just kinda chatting and sharing anecdotes about the world outside this small village. (In particular, he will brag to Elisande about the quality of his family home, even though he's a bit estranged)
I am mildly concerned the forest is an optional miniboss, but also just concerned that the game gets boring when the party is in five different spoilers and not really interacting in any way (or doing things which might shock me into actually taking action if I forget about this again, which I feel was part of why we had a dead period before)