ASSIMILATION: The Borg Quest for Perfection
By Rubris Xxe Gonn, Chief, Alien Life Sciences section, Outpost 070
By all accounts, the entire process for varied species humanoid
assimilation, as practiced by the Borg is a shining example of extreme
efficiency. Considering the fact that the Borg employ no scientists, no
designers, no researchers in their work is testament to how advanced they
have become through the assimilation of thousands of alien cultures.
Borg drones are equipped with a number of dual composite tubules,
although it is the two that extend from the favored hand that appear t be
used most often. Apparently the tubules can penetrate almost all known
personnel armor alloys, energy fields and biological material. Upon
puncturing the epidermis of the humanoid host victim, they inject
approximately 3.6 to 3.8 million Borg nanoprobes into the bloodstream of
The nanoprobes attach themselves to individual cells, altering them on
a sub microscopic level. The parent nanoprobes focus primarily on cells
involved in the production of red blood cells, and the red blood cells
themselves. The bone marrow is quickly infiltrated and the victimís own
DNA is used to bring more and more nanoprobes to "life", quickly
altering and in many cases assuming some or all of the functions of that
cell. Within two minutes of the initial nanoprobe injection, there are 15
to 25 billion nanoprobes working throughout the victimís body.
Nanoprobe concentration in the key areas of neurological function is
extremely high, especially in the key structures of the brainís limbic
system. This is no doubt responsible for the sedated state the subject
enters within seconds of nanoprobe primary infiltration. In fact, the
color of the victimís skin turns a pale gray and the blood vessels
immediately under the epidermal layer turn a darker gray as billion of
nanoprobes take their place along side the Borg modified blood cells.
At this time the hiveís newest drone is usually escorted to a
assimilation pod by two other drones, where additional physiological and
surgical alterations are made. The victim is scanned by a variety of
sensors for a determination to quickly determine the droneís most
effective role within the collective. Borg devices, synthetic glands,
neural processors and other modifications are now made on the drone to
build him/her into their hive assigned role.
Each Borg has a neuro-transceiver surgically implanted in the upper
spinal column, usually in the vicinity of T11, T12 (human). This subspace
device links every drone to the collective, to the hive mind. From this
time on, the drone is connected directly to the Borgís subspace
communications network, and the drone literally hears the collective
voices of others in the hive. Recovered Borg have stated that the effect
is almost hypnotic, and quite overwhelming.
The neuro-transceiver also serves another more or less medical
function, by having the ability to act as a receiver for combined neural
energy pooled by the collective to heal a wounded or disabled drone. This
technique is by no means infallible however. If the drone is simply too
damaged to be restored to normal function, other drones will remove key
technology from the drone and then they will switch on a device that
simply disintegrates the droneís corpse (it is now dead due to the
removal of key technology) into nothingness.
Interestingly, there is also a variety of technologies imbedded in the
drone, especially in the neural sub-processing matrix, that point to a
number of capabilities to undergo the stresses of active temporal
phenomenon, and apparently to adapt to that reality quite quickly as well.
While most Borg contain these devices, many older design drone do not have
a trace of these apparently newer technologies. It has been surmised
that these drones are especially well equipped to withstand the stress of
time travel via transwarp conduits, a methodology assimilated by the Borg.
Initially it was surmised that these drones were being transported back
to the Borg craft. That was shown to be inaccurate when the Federation
sponsored a number of high profile studies of the Borg and several showed
that the corpse was in fact disintegrating into subatomic particles which
quickly spread out into the environment away from the dead drone.
Just below the rib cage of most Borg, there exists a neuroprocessor
that contains a mass storage memory chip that records all data and
directives received from the collective. There is another neuroprocessor
located within the back of the skull, within the cerebral neocortex. This
processor is responsible for tying together all of the information coming
from the Borg droneís multiple sensory devices, from the cybernetic
eyepiece to the energy beam detector in the chest piece (which actuates
the individual droneís multi-phase adaptive shield system).
Of course, the modifications mentioned above are just the beginning,
since a number of additional alterations are made on both the macro and
microscopic systems. Modifications that continue on the cellular and
sub-cellular level include such diverse effects as the partial re-writing
of the victimís DNA, the installation of micro-circuit fibers and
synthetic glands of varying types throughout the droneís body.
Additionally, other gross surgical modifications are made which include
the implantation of the Borg specialized cybernetic eyepiece, and the
replacement of one forearm with a specialized prosthetic limb that is far
more durable and strong than the original humanoid arm and hand. Depending
on the droneís designated role and designation within the collective,
some organic tissue may or may not be maintained beneath the Borg
structures. However, in many cases, all traces of organic tissue are
removed from underneath such cybernetic add-ons.
We have seen numerous cases where one droneís eyepiece was fitted
with the normal eye left intact, while in many other cases the eyeball is
simply removed to provide direct access to the optic nerve. These
differences have existed among drones who are designated for the same role
essentially, yet there is no indication as to what makes one approach
different or superior to the other.
The eyepiece has a number of devices contained within it, again the
configuration being dependent upon the designated role of the drone and
the physiology of the species from which the drone was assimilated.
Studies here at Outpost 070 have shown that there are numerous forms of
multi-role standardized eyepieces, yet there are some elements common to
every droneís eyepiece regardless of role. This includes the recently
decoded and fully reversed engineered EVISA device, a key component of the
droneís advanced imaging capabilities. These eyepieces provide the Borg
drone with a level of visual acuity never before seen in humanoids.
The prosthetic arm is the platform for a wide variety of very important
and functional tools installed on the droneís forearm. Again, the
configuration and application of these tools varies depending on the
specific task(s) the drone may be charged with. The forearm often includes
a variety of cutting tools, sensory devices, weaponry, and power interface
When the assimilation process is complete, the once humanoid life form
is now completely supported by the installed Borg technology of the drone.
There is no longer any need for nutrition, this is simply eliminated by
the direct power conversion process that takes place in the Borg
regeneration alcove. The newly implanted cybernetic technologies of the
drone give it the ability to withstand environments that would destroy
most organic life forms, from the vacuum of space to the wide variation in
planetary conditions encountered in galactic space.
Psychologically, the victim looses all sense of individuality very
early in the assimilation process. The super ego is completely submerged
as is the id, keeping the drone in a very sedated physical state, even
during the most violent of confrontations. The only time drones show any
sign of discomfort is once a very critical injury has been inflicted,
usually moments before the expire. The effect of the nanoprobes on the
brain, combined with the powerful hypnotic effect of the collective
consciousness leaves the once individual identity deeply submerged within
As expected, such a denatured humanoid becomes completely dependent on
the collective consciousness and the neural link that keeps the droneís
connected to each other and the hive mind. If a healthy droneís link
with the collective is cut, within a matter of hours the original immune
system begins to reactivate and a rejection syndrome develops as the body
attempts to reject the Borg artificial implants. While this in itself
often proves fatal, some Borg have managed to successfully break away from
the collective and return to something akin to their former self. Some
implants remain in any recovered Borg, for some reason not falling under
the realm of the bodyís defensive measures.
While the humanoid immune system can often eliminate the Borg
bio-technology on a cellular level, surgical intervention is required to
remove many of the prosthetic and cybernetic devices. However, the neuro-transceiver
in the spinal column is exceedingly difficult to remove, although itís
removal is required if the drone is to ever completely severe itís link
to the collective. Interestingly, several recovered Borg state that they
can still hear the collective voice years after the neuro-transceiver has
There also appears to be something of an addictive quality to the
non-anxious, supremely nurtured experience of the collective
consciousness. Former drones that clearly wanted to remain individualized
have repeatedly made attempts to re-establish some form of neural link to
other individual or the collective itself.
The Borg also assimilate environment and technologies, making them
capable of refitting an entire starship with a matter of hours after
assimilation of the crew. Recently weíve seen evidence of new Borg
technologies that allows some areas of their technology regenerate with
extreme speed, making it very difficult for defenders to remove the Borg
component structures and modifications in order to regain control of their
As mentioned early in this abstract, the Borg only means of gathering
information is via assimilation techniques. This results in a high degree
of vulnerability if the Borg encounter a species that successfully resists
or cannot be assimilated. The prime example of this is the Borg conflict
with species 8472, which resulted in the death of millions of Borg drones.
It is difficult to imagine a force as benignly malevolent as the Borg.
Marching through the galaxy, they assimilate every species that they can,
digest itís technology and go on to the next unfortunate planetary
system.. Thousands of worlds have been wiped clean by these cybernetic
automatons. However, the line has been drawn and the line has been drawn
here. The Federation and itís allies will stand up to the Borg and prove
once and for all that for humanoids as well as species 8472, resistance is
not an exercise in futility.