Brady waited impatiently as his friend manipulated the data.
Any thought she had of trying to make it here faded whenever she saw the desert or thought about how Darkyn manipulated her.
She manipulated the scene before her and saw his concern: the only food repository in the area was under attack.
She'd built up a callus around her heart, one that got stronger and easier to maintain as she manipulated evil men.
Thus the artificial lakes and hills, the stones forming rockeries or simulating solitary crags, the trees and even the bushes are all selected or manipulated so as to fall congruously into the general scheme.