A really, really good piece of work here CeJay! I think you captured the best traditions of Trek, with topic subjects in a sci-fi/Trek setting. Excellent character work and I really liked how you explored all sides of the argument and left the ending a bit open ended. It felt like Rhory had perhaps sacrificed his soul, but then again, maybe not.
Overall, a really creative look at the Talarian Incursion. I didn't think any more could be written about it after Bry's great work, but you found a way to show that conflict in a different way.