Player Race: Heck No.
Relation to UFP: Mortal Enemies?
- Errr... there is no way that Borg will be a player race for ACTD. Don't use Seven of Nine has justification.
An immensely powerful civilization of enhanced humanoids from the Delta Quadrant of the galazy. The Borg implant themselves with cybernetic devices, giving them great technological and combat capabilities. Different Borg are equipped with different hardware for specific tasks. Each Borg is tied into a sophisticated subspace communications network, forming the Borg collective, a shared consciouness in which the idea of the individual was nearly a meaningless concept. The Borg exhibit a high degree of intelligence and adaptability in their tactics. Most means of defense or offense against them were found to work only once, almost immediately after which the Borg developed a countermeasure. (Q Who? -TNG). The Borg operated by conquering entire worlds, assimilating the civilizations and technology thereon. Inidividual members of assimilated races were implanted with sophisticated cybernetic implants, permitting each individual to perform a specific task as required by the collective. Thousands of worlds across the galaxy were conquered in this fashion. (Star Trek: First Contact). The Borg were responsible for the near-extinction of the El-Aurian people in the late 23rd century. (Star Trek: Generations). The first known contact between the Borg and the Federation was in 2365, when Q transported the Enterprise-D out of Federation space into the flight path of a Borg vessel heading toward the Alpha Quadrant. (Q Who? -TNG). Following this first contact, Starfleet began advance planning for a potential Borg offensive against the Federation. Lieutenant Commander Shelby was placed in charge of this project to develop a defense strategy. (The Best of Both Worlds, part 1 -TNG). One of the weapons systems developed to help meet the Borg threat was the new U.S.S. Defiant, a heavily armed starship prototype. (The Search, part 1 -DS9).
The anticipated Borg attack came in late 2366, when a Borg vessel entered Federation space, heading for Earth. Starfleet tactical planners had expected at least several more months before the Borg arrival, and thus were caught unprepared. Enterprise-D captain Jean-Luc Picard was captured by the Borg at the beginning of this offensive. He was assimilated into the Borg collective consciousness and became known as Locutus of Borg, providing crucial guidance to the Borg in their attack. (The Best of Both Worlds, part 1 -TNG).
Starfleet massed an armada of some 40 starships in hopes of stopped the Borg ship at Wolf 359, but the fleet was decimated with the loss of 39 ships and 11,000 lives (The Drumhead -TNG), including the U.S.S. Saratoga (Emissary -DS9). As Locutus, Picard explained that the Borg purpose was to improve the quality of life in the galaxy by providing other lifeforms the benefit of being part of the Borg collective. Following the rescue of Picard from the Borg ship, a last ditch effort to implant a destructive computer command into the Borg collective consciousness was successful in destroying the Borg ship in Earth orbit. (The Best of Both Worlds, part 2 -TNG).
By 2368, at least two more Borg vessels were found to have reached Federation territory when a crashed Borg scout ship was discovered on the surface of a moon in the Argolis Cluster. One surviving Borg, designated Third of Five, was rescued from the crash by Enterprise-D crew personnel. This Borg, named Hugh by the Enterprise-D crew, was nursed back to health. During Hugh's convalescence, Enterprise-D personnel developed what they termed an invasive program, which, when introduced into the Borg collective consciousness, was designed to cause a fatal overload in the entire collective. In the process, Hugh befriended Geordi LaForge, a friendship that provided an argument that this invasive program, effectively a weapon of mass murder, should not be used. Hugh was then returned to the Argolis crash site, where he was rescued by another Borg scout ship. (I, Borg -TNG). Following the return of Hugh, Hugh's new sense of individuality began to permeate a portion of the collective. The results were dramatic: Deprived of their group identity, individual Borg were unable to function as a unit. The unexpected arrival of the android, Lore, changed this. Lore appointed himself the leader of those Borg, and promised them he would provide them with the means to become completely artificial lifeforms, free of dependance on organic bodies. (Descent, parts 1 and 2 -TNG).
In 2369, Lore lef the Borg in launching a major new offensive against the Federation. Utilizing transwarp conduits, they entered Federation space in a ship of an unfamiliar design and attacked a Federation outpost at Ohniaka III. During this offensive, the Borg attacked with uncharacteristic anger, later found to be due to Lore's influence. The offensive was halted when Lore was dismantled by his brother, Data. (Descent, parts 1 and 2 -TNG).
In 2373, the Borg launched a second attempt to assimilate Earth. Although the Federation Starfleet was successful in stopping the Borg attack, a single Borg sphere escaped into a temporal vortex, to Earth's 21st century. In the past, the Borg attempted to prevent space pioneer Zefram Cochrane from making Earth's first faster-than-light flight in 2063. The crew of the Starship Enterprise-E, following the Borg sphere into the past, ensured that Cochrane was able to make the critical first warp flight. In doing so, the Enterprise-E crew destroyed the Borg queen, the central nexus of the Borg collective. (Star Trek: First Contact).
On stardate 50541, the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager discovered a Borg corpse on a planet in the Delta Quadrant while trading with Sakari colonists for the mineral gallicite (Blood Fever -VGR). A few weeks later, in the Nekrit Expanse, the Starship Voyager discovered a planet of former Borg drones that had somehow broken away from the collective five years ago. Unfortunately, in a free society, the former drones reverted to destructive ethnic warfare. The survivors asked Voyager personnel to help them reactivate a derelict Borg cube ship in order that a new collective could restore harmony to their society (Unity -VGR).
(In an alternate quantum reality visited by Worf in 2370, the crew of the Enterprise-D did not recover Captain Picard from the Borg. In yet another reality, the Borg had taken over most of the Federation, with a heavily damaged Enterprise-D being one of the few ships remaining (Parallels -TNG). )
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cybernetically enhanced beings. Borg space was vast, comprising thousands of solar
systems in the Delta Quadrant. All Borg drones were linked together in a great
collective through which information was shared; while each drone had access to the
sum of Borg knowledge, retaining information useful to its specific role in the collective
(The Omega Directive -VGR). The Borg, being a collective mind, had no lies and kept
no secrets from each other. Deception was impossible because all thoughts were
shared (Day of Honor -VGR). In the aftermath of the devastating battle at Wolf 359
in 2367, Captain Amasov of the Starship Endeavor, wrote, "It is my opinion that they
Borg are as close to pure evil as any race we've ever encountered." Captain
Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise-D, who had been assimilated during the battle,
wrote, "In their collective state, the Borg are utterly without mercy, driven by one
will alone; the will to conquer. They are beyond reason, beyond
redemption." The Borg invaded an extradimensional domain of fluidic space in
2373, seeking unsuccessfully to assimilate a life-form they had designated as Species
8472. The Borg attack triggered a swift retaliation strike by Species 8472 into our
galaxy, using powerful biogenically engineered bioship technology against which the Borg
had no defense. The Borg, unable to assimilate this adversary, was not able to gain
detailed knowledge of 8472 technology. Fearful of being defeated by Species 8472,
the Borg agreed to a deal with the commander of the Starship Voyager, permitting the
Federation vessel safe passage through Borg space in exchange for assistance in
developing biomolecular warhead technology using Borg nonprobes. A Borg drone,
designated Seven of Nine, became separated from the collective during the development
process for the weapon, and subsequently joined the Voyager crew (Scorpion, parts 1 and 2
-VGR). The Borg experience with Species 8472 was unique. They were the only
life-form to mount what the Borg considered to be true resistance to assimilation (Prey
-VGR). Borg influence even extended to Galactic Cluster 3, where they assimilate the
omnicordial life-forms known as Species 259 (The Gift -VGR). The Borg do no
assimilate all species they encounter, sometimes rejecting those that might detract from
the Borg goal of perfection. The Borg gained the sum of knowledge and technology of
each species they assimilated. From one such culture they gained a technique to use
modified nanoprobes to revive a drone (or other humanoid) that has been clinically dead
for as long as 73 hours (Mortal Coil -VGR). The Borg had no religion in the sense
common to many other cultures, but their pursuit of perfection led them to regard the
immensely powerful Omega molecule, known to the Borg as Particle 010, with something
approaching reverence. The collective believed it to exist in a flawless state, and
was willing to go to any lengths to assimilate it (The Omega Directive -VGR). Borg
drones do not experience fear, but individual drones, once separated from the collective,
have been known to undergo severe anxiety when they are along (One -VGR).
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