When populations are on the move, refugees turn their hands to any kind of work, then as now. Graduates drive taxis or work in factories. Gratillonius, former King and still accepted as a social leader, gains respect by working in the fields, where he is strong, skillful and helpful. Ysan commoners had not been used to such hard labor. Suffetes become hirelings on established farms.
The Ysan colony gains recruits from among Armorican tribesmen who:
"...had heard tales of opportunities for a fresh start under leadership that bade fair to keep off the barbarian raids that Armorica once again dreaded."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf (London, 1989), Chapter VIII, section 1, p. 149.
Gratillonius' career can be summed up as: determination in the face of any adversity; build, then rebuild.