"So," says Bella to Rúmil one afternoon, "a few weeks ago I told myself that if in a few weeks I had not come up with an actually good way to bring up a thing I would just mention it anyway on the grounds that if it came up somehow later and I had not done so that would be weird."
"Okay!" And she goes off to actually orchestrate the meeting and is back an hour fifteen minutes later to tell Sibyl about it.
"Welcome back, lovely."
Hug. "I asked Swift how he coped with Saurons being loose."
"What'd he say?"
"They'd be doing terrible things anyway so it's not like fewer people'd be horribly tortured if we were all safe and dead and it's not like it's better for other people to be horribly tortured."
"...that is a perspective."
"I said I'd been kind of hoping for something different and he suggested I ask my evil rapist alt."
"...is that as rude as it sounds, alts are sort of a weird ettiquette case."
"It's not exactly rude but it's exactly as unhelpful as it sounds."
"When did you get around to reading that section, I didn't actually know you had..."
"Tireh asked about taking evil Fëanor to meet his family and I had to know what the fuck had happened such that whether that was a good idea was in question."
"Midnight clearly does have some coping skills the rest of us lack but I am nonetheless not going to ask after or adopt them."
"Wouldn't recommend it. Tireh seems to have decided he's her job now since nobody else knew what to do with him."
"No, but she's coming at it from a perspective such that she thinks she can productively pick it up, with a little bit of 'yeah the peal was gonna let me die I am a suitable sounding board for resentment of the peal' and a little bit of 'I am literally three, he hasn't done anything nefarious since I hatched and I view sexual assault as an obscure old-person misdemeanor'."
"- I guess if it works."
"Seems to be so far."
"Maybe the genderflipping helps but I have a hard time seeing any of the terrible things my alts do as - anything other than very distant disasters that I can fathom having happened under completely different circumstances but - so different that I only sort of recognize myself -"
"Well, I'm glad it doesn't upset you as badly as it does them."
"I'm also not dating my cousin, I bet that helps."
"How's the new planetary governor settling in -"
"There was a hiccup with one of the timocrats but it smoothed over -" And there are details on that to be had.
Things to check: can sorcery teleport an immaterial Maia? (No.) Can Tireh teleport an immaterial Maia? (Yes.) If an immaterial Maia is tipped off and leaps to a world the peal hasn't discovered yet, can they be summoned back to Warp from there - that one works on Olórin, turns out, but they're not confident it will work on Sauron because he has the antidivination/anti-magical-finding up. Can they stop Sauron from himself teleporting (Gandalf and Olórin are still working on it. Either the work requires occasional explosions or they're just having a lot of fun.)
Do Edda and Warp have any neighbors in common such that they can avoid having to teleport Sauron as far (they set some teleporters to jumping for new Edda neighbors).
Can Tireh incorporate her notes into her indestructibility so it's less easy to separate them from her? (Tattoos work but don't have anywhere near the needed surface area.) Are there other ways to make sure Sauron can't separate Tireh from her notes? (Spellbinders are working on it.)
If they intend to kill Sauron who else goes blank in Sibyl's precognition? (can't check that until they're ready with everything else).