We are assured that the elf can magically return to us soon enough, which rather disrespectfully gets a few groans in response. 'Or you can hear about his hanging a few days later.'
'Can't we roleplay that?'
'You can fight over who will pull the lever, for all I care. But there will be a second, smaller noose for the elf ranger's pet cat.'
'No, not the cat!'
'It's got to be there, so there is at least a slim possibility that you'll hatch a rescue plan for the elf.'