The new beta is up.
Y'know, in all honesty, I didn't realize it had been so many days since the incident. I really had planned to upload a couple days ago; but apparently this depression is kicking my ass worse than I thought. Days are blurring together worse than usual.
Turns out I couldn't find the file to upload before because I had completely forgotten to create the Beta 3 archive in the first place. Gotta start sleeping more, I guess...
In any event, Beta 3 contains the revised health system code that will allow for a fix to the infinite loop without requiring my favorite little fairy to rewrite a hundred and forty-five companion scripts. Allows my ass to be lazy as well, albeit on a less grand scale - but still not insignificant; there's a lot of them Vanilla Companions, in addition to the various guards and whatnot.
Because of the lapse in attentiveness to the file on my part, I'm going to extend the beta a couple more days, to give the new version a chance to be tested slightly more fully.