"It was close," IT admitted. "Had your sages not started learning in earnest how to transport your species across the stars when they did; had you delayed by a single stellar cycle, you would not have been able to leave your planet in time to avert extinction."

    "But you were watching us," I protested. "You could have taught us what we needed; decades or even centuries earlier."

    "Indeed, but that kind of knowledge is only ever granted to the worthy."

    "And how do you determine a species worthy?"

    "You survived."

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