Leareth is lying in a stone room, and nothing in particular is happening right now, and he is mostly succeeding at not having any thoughts. It's a fine moment. He is not, literally this second, being tortured. This is not useful at all for predicting what the next moment is going to be like, of course, or for whether 'quiet stone room' has any particular resemblance to reality, but Leareth has gotten pretty good at not being curious.
A human and a Companion appear in the room.
The human looks around for three-quarters of a second, catches her breath, and then taps the prisoner for all the mana he's got and pulls all three of them into a bit of random forest she saw Tadri riding through one time.
She knocks Leareth unconscious.
"Fuck," she says to the Companion, "fuck, fuck fuck fuck fuck -"
:I, er, think I'm probably missing some context about whatever in all hells that place was?: The Companion looks down at the now-unconscious prisoner. :...And what Leareth was doing there, I am so confused right now:
"Well first of all my spell apparently sometimes doesn't work correctly, since we're supposed to have landed in southern Valinor, I'm going to need to look it over to see if I hit a one in a thousand random failure chance or if I actually fucked it up in some way - it got us back here all right, thank goodness. Second of all uh I think that was Utumno. It looked Utumno-y. It's not the kind of thing you want to take very long to figure out so I didn't make a really detailed assessment, it was supposed to have been shut down an Age ago. I don't know how Leareth got there or when he got there or anything but sometimes people came out of Utumno kind of murdery so I have rendered him unconscious at least until I have mana again and possibly longer, we're going to need to sleep shifts so you can wake me up if he twitches and I can put him back down till I know what to do with him. I'm going to talk to Leareth's people and ask how long he's been missing, and tell Fëanáro and Rúmil what's keeping us..." She does the latter first, then reaches for Nayoki with the earcuff in the mode that doesn't drain her own mana. Nayoki? What happened to Leareth?
:Goodness. I hate all of that: Sayshen settles down next to unconscious-Leareth.
:What? What do you mean, happened to him?:
...has he not been noticed missing? Because I, uh, found him.
:That– what - one moment: Pause. :He is not missing. Are you sure it is him you found?:
...if it's not that raises even more questions and I already had too many! Look! Behold, a Leareth unconscious on the ground in the forest. Also registers the same to arts.
:...The latter seems hard to fake. Where did you find him:
:My transit spell didn't drop me where I was trying to go - this could have been a random accident or a flaw in the spell, but it worked to get me back into Velgarth afterwards so the former's more likely, I just ought to check before I try again. I landed in a place that was or bore a striking resemblance to Utumno, the fortress wherein Melkor used to torture people, and didn't exactly want to stick around and double check and see if Melkor was home or what, so I just grabbed him and brought him here and knocked him out because sometimes people who go through Utumno murder a bunch of people once they're out and since he's a mage he could explode. Unless he is instead some sort of impostor. I don't have a clue what's going on here.
:It would be difficult to fool my Sight with an imposter. Where are you now?:
Random bit of forest. Didn't want to put him anywhere populated or obvious and didn't have long to think of a place. Looks like so.
:Roughly where on a map? I do not think I know the place, but Leareth could raise a Gate to it from that plus a bearing. I think he should not come through, in case it is some sort of very weird trap:
Tadri passed through here, I knew how to aim for it when I was spying on him weeks ago. So somewhere between Haven and where Tadri's Gate was raised.
:I think that is enough. If it fails we can Gate someone to where Tadri's Gate was, and find you from there. Do you want me to come now:
If that's convenient on your end, but if it's not I can sleep out here, get some mana back, Sayshen can stay up and wake me if this guy twitches? I've slept outdoors before. ...in Valinor, admittedly.
:This seems important. I can be there but possibly not for a candlemark or two:
Should I wait up or nap for mana?
:If napping and being woken still helps, probably nap? I can Mindtouch you when I arrive - or the Companion, if she is still with you...?:
I did not leave her in Utumno. She's here.
:All right. Get some rest, I will be there soon:
Bella summarizes this conversation for Sayshen and then, lacking superior pillow options, sits down next to her and leans on her and puts herself to sleep.
A little over a candlemark later, Sayshen nudges her awake with a Mindtouch. :Sorry. He hasn't moved. Nayoki's headed our way:
It's okay, I wasn't actually that tired per se. She stretches and gets up and brushes leaves off herself.
:Bella? I apologize for taking longer, Leareth wished to do the Gate to a distance away:
Thirty seconds later, Nayoki emerges from the trees, riding an ordinary dun-coloured gelding along the trail. She dismounts. "Anything change?"