As some speculated my issue was with missing firmware. It is my assumption that prior to shipment the previous owner did a wipe or hard factory reset. Since adding the necessary files to my /tftpboot/ location I have been able to boot the phone (as far as ethernet disconnected) with it detached from my network.
For any users reading this in the future I highly recommend some time spent getting familiar with tschakmac's wiki article, cisco firmware release notes and an overview of the tftpboot process.
Phone has compatible firmware,
Update the cisco 7970 template for pnp mac detection, phone connects, asks for dhcp and location of tftpboot location (referred to as option 66), lmce generates the needed configuration files.
Phone has incompatible or missing firmware,
Follow the above but if the phone becomes stuck in a loop of syslog entries and reboots while displaying an "upgrading" screen there is a chance you may need to help it out.
Acquire cisco firmware, the latest is available typically with just a registration login, older releases are harder to come by and could end up costing you $.
unzip, tar, etc once you have the compressed firmware and place those files into your /tftpboot/ folder. I used 7.0.3 as there was mention that it was used at the time of the detection/configuration script creation. I agree that for the most part once the orbiter loads it takes over the phone with its refreshes so any added xml screens or options will be hard to access anyways if you wish to use more recent versions.
Best of luck to future users and a sincere thank you for the work developing this automagic configuration. This will be my first time trying to use telecom with lmce and an outside VOIP service so I still have some work and study ahead of me to get this talking with the rest of the world.