I don't know whether the blooming lore of the ford and belos relationship is beautiful or cursed, but hey what do YOU think they'd do for an (earlier in their relationship ) date? Would belos spill the news of demon-realm domination at all?
@thewiglesswonder you're the one who created this monstrosity so i'm gonna tag you in to for your opinion
also this is definitely blessed and cursed. blursed. clessed. it evokes shrimp emotions i think.
anyway i imagine that like, they probably meet because Ford portal-shenanigans himself into the Boiling Isles, right? probably during his multiverse adventure era, that seems like it would make the most sense.
so he comes into Belos's realm where Belos is emperor, of course he knows Belos has subjugated and controls the place. i'm sure he'd be interested in the history, he's that kind of nerd, and wow! he gets personal info straight from the Emperor himself! (of course he's not quite naive enough to totally buy it, he knows how propaganda works, but these are datapoints.)
as far as dates... well i mean of course first of all, Belos is going to show the visitor around his extremely fancy castle, and around his workshop. obviously Ford is a man of taste and intelligence who knows him a thing or two about portals, so Belos wants to get his opinion on his work. he's sure that with such an intellect aiding him, he'll make leaps and bounds in his applications of magitech - and perhaps he can assist Ford with the whole portal situation, too :)
since Belos doesn't really leave his castle, he's probably mostly hanging around there. (and trying to discourage Ford from leaving, especially without an imperially-appointed guide.) so you know, tours, workshop, lab, etc - plenty to keep Ford interested in there! maybe he'll venture out to show Ford around the Isles a bit, give him the ol' imperial rise to power tour, who knows.