Mhalir also thinks that this makes no sense, but he's observed it directly, so. He describes the things he mean by 'magic'; some of it, like the Gates that imitate hyperspace jumps, might be explainable as some evolved innate ability to do things that here, only advanced tech can manage. But a lot of the rest is just baffling to him.
Mhalir can't actually spend the next several hours explaining everything about Velgarth to his curious host, there's a lot to do, but he comes back to it in snippets whenever he can. It's actually really helpful, talking it through with another person when he can see all of her thoughts, notice where she's confused. See it again from fresh eyes, and...her perspective is objective, sort of, in a way his can't be, because she's not trying to win, here, she's not invested in her plans working. Just curious.
And it helps pass the very uncomfortable period of waiting and not knowing.