Cor gives all his savings to a project that's trying to eat away the distance to the Moon, and he gathers supplies and tries something else.
A young human man in nothing but a pair of shorts, painted all over in broad patterns with still-wet blood and fine ash, appears on his knees in the middle of an unreasonably pretty city and falls unconscious.
I'm glad you think so. My father invented it. "I are writing. You are writing. You are writing a list of vocab?"
"I have paper. I am writing -" the grammatical principles and some theories about related word roots - "and a vocabulary list."
"Probably just for fun. Useful for vocabulary if you don't have any paper."
"Probably. The selectively mindreading works off how you -" structure your thoughts - "for some people meanings of words and other thoughts would be separate, some people they might be close enough selective would be imperfectly selective. Still mostly selective."
"Telepathy is not nightmarish privacy violation for Quendi, we structure the thoughts so we send only what we mean. You can learn different structures of thoughts and then use telepathy for communication but it is not efficient and we are not reading your mind."
It takes months of practice to pick up. "Communicative telepathy is very useful." Humans don't have it and it makes military logistics significantly more complicated.
If there's fighting in the city it's better for people inside the houses to be relatively protected. There are slits to fire through.
He's called Melkor, or Morgoth. He doesn't leave Angband himself, he sends orcs, which are magically bound to his servitude and ordered to war.
"Yes. If you were looking for a good world you have not found one. Yet."
"Ah. We would mind. Why are you looking for that?"
"Not our magic."
Two kinds. Magic songs work for everybody, including your species, and composing them involves direct I think pseudo-sensory interaction with things best described as ambient magic fields - in the sense of 'magnetic field' not 'corn field'. Magic artifacts Elves make with telepathy and Dwarves make with special equipment made from magic ores their god planted for them and you write very long detailed instructions and then inscribe them and then the object obeys them. Song effects are temporary; artifact ones need not be.
"We have humans and Dwarves and Quendi and orcs and Maiar and Valar."