Characters/Pairing: Saruman, Sauron
Book/Source: Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: “Who knows where the lost Stones of Arnor and Gondor now lie buried, or drowned deep? But one at least Sauron must have obtained, and mastered to his purposes.” –LOTR III.11. ‘Starlight’ challenge.
Meta: I have likely taken liberties with the capacities of the palantíri, but on the other hand Sauron is vastly more powerful and cunning than their prior users.
Sauron conjures in thought the earliest image of Arda, stars its only light. In thought he walks there, conveying this through the palantír. The one in Orthanc attempts unsuccessfully to reject the experiment, his own thought presently drawn into and lending its nuance this synthesis.
Sauron, as memory of his form unmarred by cataclysm at Andórë, walks the foothills. Saruman, seeming now as the dark-haired Maia Sauron recalls, trails along in wary, inquisitive wonder.
Sauron says pleasantly, «I thought we might speak as of old. We’ve not yet discussed why you’d agree to be consigned to a mortal form. . . »