I don't know whether to apologize for this or breathe a sigh of relief.
I am posting this here by request of my spouse, who happens to be my biggest cheerleader (though I feel her support misplaced).
This is a very long intro story, one that grew far beyond my original intent. If that troubles you, or perhaps my lore is slightly conflicting with matters established during the writing, I do apologize. But, in that vein, I also hope, for those of you with enough fortitude to muddle through my long-winded narration, that you enjoy it.