Thanks for the comments, Count Zero
. It means a lot that people take the time and trouble to give honest views. Of course, now I'll have to find your work and have a look at that!
I also wanted to apologise for not having updated in a while. Although I've been going over it in my head again and again, the current heatwave is just sapping my energy. It doesn't help that I want to get a big chunk of plot exposition out of the way before we can progress, and finding a way to do that in an interesting manner is a bit of a challenge.