The Borg were a pseudo-species of cybernetic beings, or cyborgs, from the Delta Quadrant. No single individual truly existed within the Borg Collective (with the possible sole exception of the Borg Queen), as all Borg were linked into a hive mind. Their ultimate goal was the attainment of 'perfection' through the forcible assimilation of diverse sentient species, technologies, and knowledge. As a result, the Borg were among the most powerful and feared entities in the galaxy, without really being a true species at all.
In late 2366, a Borg cube invaded Federation space and assimilated Jean-Luc Picard, whose tactical information contributed, along with the Borg's own vastly superior power, to Starfleet's disastrously one-sided engagement with the cube, the Battle of Wolf 359. A fleet of forty starships assembled to combat the cube. All but one of these ships were destroyed, while the cube remained intact, damaged but healing rapidly. The Enterprise-D recovered Picard and used his connection to the hive-mind to disable the cube before it could attack Earth.
In 2378, a crippling blow was delivered to the Borg when Voyager discovered one of their transwarp hubs and destroyed it, killing the Borg Queen (again) and devastating the Unicomplex in the process. During this battle, the Borg were infected with a neurolytic pathogen, which was carried by Vice Admiral Janeway and designed to disrupt the hive mind, to bring chaos to order. It was this pathogen that killed the Borg Queen, and allowed Voyager to destroy the transwarp hub.
As the Borg represented various species from across the galaxy, they came in many shapes and sizes. Most Borg were humanoid, however, as the Borg always craved perfection, they had even attempted to assimilate beings such as the Undine.
The appearance of any given individual changed drastically after the assimilation process. The individual would lose all of their hair, and their skin would turn to a pale-gray color. On top of that, many artificial implants were installed into the individual's body by the Borg.
The Borg functioned as a Collective, with their thoughts linked and in direct service to the Queen via the hive mind. They were made up of thousands of species and trillions of individuals, referred to as drones.
The Borg showed little concern for anything aside from their goal of assimilating other cultures. They viewed anything contrary to said goal to be irrelevant and futile.
Drones, the workers within the Collective, were not addressed by their original names; rather, they were given designations, such as One of Four or Six of Ten. Even the Queen did not seem to have a name, as she referred to herself as the "One Who Is Many". The Borg used the same designation system for other species as well. For example, the Undine were known to the Borg as Species 8472, and Humans as Species 5618.
The Borg would typically ignore other species unless they were intent on assimilating them, or if the species became a recognizable threat to them.
As the Borg were made up of many species from across the galaxy, their technology was quite advanced. They could adapt to most weapon fire in a matter of seconds, and were quite deadly in a group.
The central hub of the Borg Collective, the Unicomplex, housed billions of drones, and was the residence of the Borg Queen, where she directly controlled the rest of the Borg.
By 2410, the remnants of the Romulan Star Empire had begun experimenting with salvaged Borg technology, even going so far as to outfit one of their ships with weapons and shields enhanced by the tech. Luckily, the prototype vessel was destroyed by an agent of Section 31 before the research could be used on a larger scale.
Borg vessels were not equipped with a central bridge or engineering; rather, the ships were controlled by the entire collective of drones onboard, under direction from the Collective. At the center of each Borg ship was the vinculum, which kept the minds of all drones onboard linked.
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Line in the Sand" (First appearance)
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Stranded in Space" (Mentioned only)
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "The Lost City of Paradise"
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Under the Cover of Night" (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Line in the Sand" (Act I), the Borg make their debut.
- TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds"
- TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
- VOY: "Scorpion"
- VOY: "Unimatrix Zero"
- VOY: "Endgame"
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Line in the Sand"
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "The Lost City of Paradise" (Teaser)
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Under the Cover of Night" (Act III)
- Borg at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
- Borg at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki
- Borg at the Star Trek Online Wiki
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|Saurian/Reptilian||Gorn • Saurian|
|Felinoid||Caitian • Ferasan|
|Other/Unknown||Kelvan • Borg • Undine • Devidian|