Beka is not sure what she was expecting as a result of walking into a snake monster but an Elf city would have been very low on a list of possibilities if someone had jumbled a lot of random words together into place-phrases and had her rank them. "Elf city" would probably have been under "spider void" and above "grape juice ocean". And yet here she is.
"...I don't know." Does he? It's probably not a stupid assumption. The snake monster appeared suddenly but maybe it's one of his things, she wouldn't have seen it if it had been under an illusion.
"What are you?"
"I'm an orf."
"I'm what happens if he tortures a pregnant Elf. You don't get orcs right away."
"Ah huh. What do you know about Elves?"
"...lots of things? I don't know where to start."
"What are your sources of information about Elves?"
"Rumors from orcs and Ainur, and scripts for hallucinations, and my mom. And other prisoners some. And figuring out what things must be Elf things 'cause I have them and orcs don't."
"And you thought we got here recently? Too recently to have cities?"
"Yeah. I think a single digit number of outside years?"
"It's been more than two hundred."
...well that doesn't make any sense. There's his lordship's boyfriend, they got him almost right away, all the scripts agree on that... he was with the first batch, right... she could have been wrong about the time dilation factor but she was really quite sure what direction it goes in...
Elf looks very confused.
Elf leaves for a minute.
Elf comes back.
She sings to the baby while he is gone, pauses and looks up when he returns.
He smiles at the singing. Just a little.
"Why don't you start at the point where you think Elves came and tell me what you know about the Elves and what they were doing."
"Ummmm... I have to figure this stuff out from scripts and the scripts aren't all real things so it might not match up with itself... uh, there were already some Elves, around, like my mom was already around, but Noldor came over in boats from Valinor like... um...." She fumbles for exact timings, Angband lacking much in the way of timekeeping, and proceeds through the story up to the capture of his lordship's boyfriend.
" - the timeline you were, ah, fed, does not match this one. And my brother was not captured by the Enemy at any point."
"...him I saw." She did. He looked like this. "You're his brother?"
"Yes. I just checked. He is definitely in our capitol city and not Angband. And not amused at being Thauron's boyfriend in the minds of miscellaneous orcs."
"...it'd be a weird illusion to set up."
"I am very puzzled. I will convey all of this to some other people who can think it over. In the meantime, under what conditions will you be alive and reasonably functional? Elves can't cope with being imprisoned like this for long, are you like that..."
"I don't think I am."
"So what do you need?"
"Like... food and stuff."