These references to the time gap and the years since the Ascendants arc was introduced make me think back to when I purchased my Trek books from a bookstore that ordered them in for me (before I transitioned to ordering them myself, after getting a laptop). There was a rather elderly woman who was the other regular Trek customer. I heard a lot about her from the owners and met her once when we finally happened to be in the shop at the same time. She loved Trek lit, the novel 'verse continuity in particular, and Taran'atar was her favourite character. This came up because we were buying Warpath at the time, and enthusing about what would happen to him. So this was almost a decade ago. I wonder if she's still alive, and in a position to be reading this.