This just keeps getting better and better.
Now both crews have set in motion events which, as they’ve been told, they’ll not be privy to in their lifetimes. And you’ve fleshed out the Klingons very well, here, making them a thoughtful and cunning foe, rather than the plodding, imperialistic dullards they were so often presented as in TOS.
I’d always secretly wondered why it was only the Federation, and humans to be more precise, that were ever abducted and ‘tested’ by these uber-species? Why not the Klingons, or the Romulans, or the Cardies, for that matter? Didn’t any of those species ever stumble into any mega-civilizations and peak their curiosity?
Thanks for finally answering that puzzle for me, David. Really well done.