Neither Kiv nor Taulm were particularly surprised to hear of the celebrations planned for the month of Thawing. For most other events, it might have seemed overly lavish to celebrate for a solid two weeks, but for something that was an attempt to not just politically but psychologically cement the alliance between two previously warring factions, it was merely a start. Two weeks to try and offset some of the resentment and hate built over more than two years of hostility.
While Kiv wasn't exactly the type who was eager to spend so much time on partying, he wanted to assess for himself what he could of how genuine and strong this alliance might turn out to be or if it would just end up crumbling apart like the Kingdom had. Taulm was of a similar but more positive mind.
Besides, it seemed that a certain pest wouldn't cease with the noise unless Kiv went. Yes, the illusioned sound of Ruby, Alek's dog, was what was magically triggered when Alek tried to contact him via whisper tree