And when that all seems like it's humming along smoothly, Cam hares off to another dimension.
He goes back to Endorë, because it seems like the most useful data for targeting will come if he controls for starting location. Anybody coming along?
"I'm going to check for alts first," Cam says, "suspect they'll be better tour guides than an uninformed corpus grab, sound like a plan?"
"We both have alts here! ...Mine does not seem to have a stable address, yours will be easier to find."
"Yup. This is all notes on -" he scrolls through it -
"okay, different magic system - he can stop time in an arbitrary radius, cool!
...less cool than it sounds, it's not like he can move around freely in the stopped area, everything's just - stopped -
- the kids are all all right -
...Melkor had an alt in their universe, too."
"Really excellent question! There's a speech, calling for war with Melkor, similar to one I gave, and there's a line in it - 'travel light, but take with you your swords!' - if that's not a metaphor -
- maybe 'swords' are a very sophisticated magical weapon that happens to be a cognate with, like, pointy metal sticks."