Given that, this all sounds very, very good at all levels then. Sounds like some very good upgrades in the endgame gear system overall, while still keeping what's "good" (actually great) about how STO does mission / raid rewards in general.
I've never really been excited to play the STF's. Now I am. Nicely done, Gozer. Your hard work is appreciated.
Goz, can you tell us a bit about the Kellerun stuff? What is a Kellerun?
Kellerun were one of a pair of alpha quadrant species locked in war for centuries. They developed a sort of bioweapon that was so terrible they had to finally end the war. Presumably they retained their conventional weapons technology and decided if they weren't going to use it, they'd sell it to other cultures.
Starfleet helped them and their former enemies dispose of the bioweapons in DS9, but they tried to kill the starfleet officers so no knowledge of how to make their bioweapons would survive. So even in peace they weren't particularly scrupulous. Who knows if they're just weapons merchants now or if they've fallen into war once again.
this neutral kellrun stuff, it came kinda out of nowhere. that 1 episode they were in wasn't enough to develop them much, other then they take keeping secrets pretty seriously. perhaps they become a new prominent npc race in the upcoming DS9ish featured episodes...