Obex is an NPC ship encountered in the mission "The Return", helping the player to defeat the final wave of Borg in the Burgus System. It disappears again after sending a cryptic message to the player's ship: "Look upon us and tremble."
In a way, this makes enormous sense. The Iconian empire in ruins, an endless waste, yet small hints at the past glory remain, and this, the one threat "Look upon us and tremble" from a lone, singular Iconian vessel - admittedly displaying enormous power unto itself, but perhaps it too simply represents impressive remains hinting at a once great power, now wiped clean from the galaxy, a reminder that even the mighty have but little impact after the passing millennium. In this way perhaps the Obex is little more than the "vast and trunkless legs of stone" of some forgotten Iconian display of might.
Are we to look upon the last remaining Iconian relic and be struck with the same impression? These vast empires and alliances stand mighty and fearfully strong now, be they Empire, Federation, or Collective. Yet in some distant future, some alien and future species will stalk through our ruins and, as Horace Smith wrote (in reply to Ozymandias):
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.
Of course, the poem Ozymandias itself shows not just the fleeting nature of power and might, but the eternal timelessness of the artist's passion and skill...
"Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,"
though I'm not sure that deeper layer of thought is what the team is drawing from.
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