Hmm, those Colegium fellas don't seem quite as smart as they used to.
Well this is an unpleasant development for everyone considering the significance of that ship.
The way I see it, this is the effect on the mind and culture of a species that has adopted a Technocratic model so completely that if you don't have an expertise, you are treated as an object instead of a person. My guess would be that violence from a "tool" race like the Tesskans, regardless of their history, was simply something the Collegiate hadn't considered as a possibility without a "user" race/class like the Humans or even the Fillipods in the room.
Hubris, meet the Claw. Claw... that wasn't very nice.
Hmmm: I wonder how many Makers are aboard the Spark.
And how many Tesskans? And how long it would take a bunch of rampaging Tesskans to correct that problem?
Something tells me the Tesskans would have some problems flying their own ships -- without Fillipods. The Fillipods are likely already aboard the Spark. And the Fillipods ain't ig'nant. :^)'
Things are about to get really interesting....
Some questions: assuming the Filipods are as smart as they seem [drivecomic.com], did the Federation really beat the Tesskans? Or were the Filipods playing a deeper game?
I think the answers to those questions are no and yes.
Now, assuming there are Filipods aboard the Spark, would the Tesskans be able to take the Spark?
I think that's an unqualified maybe.