Foreword: A lot of folks gave me advice about this, specifically the writers on the Swarm mailing list. They are a stand-up group of people who are passionate about the Swarm universe. Still, I would be remiss if I didn’t call out Omachuck specifically. He did a hell of a lot of work on this story, editing and re-editing, fact checking and canon-checking as well. He made this story much, much better.
It should go without saying, but I am going to say it anyway. Any remaining errors are mine, all mine.