I quite suspect Only wasn't sent by anybody, or at least, not in a conventional manner... but who knows?
When exactly was this deal made with Pho, I wonder? I, too, was in the "not suspecting or expecting any such thing" crowd.
Monocheres brings up a point of interest. Might the ascended have played some kind of role in Kaye's failure? Would they be able to recognize and respond to such a sweeping act that would've, I would *think*, undone them as well?
Hell, on the note of intervention by higher life forms, wasn't it seemingly the Krawlni that got all the Kays/Kayes/Kais/Kees/etc.etc. together in the meeting that prevented all but this one from going forward with the plan? The Krawlni couldn't care less about the first people and their descendants I wouldn't think, so why would it even bother with doing such a thing? Was the plan going to somehow affect the Krawlni? Did the Krawlni need the humans after all, just so there'd be someone to help patch them up so they could go back home? Or something deeper...?
For another random thought, Vola-B's predicament of living it up in Pho's home splay (how did Kaye manage to pilot to there? I thought splay-to-splay piloting wasn't that precise, from what was said about it in the early pages. Then again, Virtue's father managed to get home a few times, so I dunno, maybe it just calls for better mover understanding that Kaye picked up in her travels, like how the Doctor originally couldn't pilot the Tardis to any specific place, but figured out how to later on) that is grossly lower tech level than her own, with immortality and some other advancements still on her side, makes her not entirely unlike the Krawlni itself, stuck somewhere surrounded by "primitives" and looking for a way to get home!
Also... I know I just said this a week ago, but, there is still one ascended person (Chou. You know, from a narrative standpoint and how closely the late chapters seemed to match up to the splay our Kaye happened to grab Chou from, I feel pretty sure that it just so happens that that was the very same splay that Unicorn Jelly took place in...) who would surely have a unique vantage point and feelings about this whole turn of events, and I have to wonder what role she's going to play (or already is?) in what's going on now...
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