SPECIES 8472 An overview of this unique
As far as we know, Species 8472 was "discovered" by the Borg,
which is where the designation of the life form comes from. Completely
non-humanoid, these trans-dimensional aliens are tripedal with a leathery
epidermal layer that is purplish or gray-green depending on incidental
The appendages most likened to arms have a length similar
to that of the entire body, which measure, which appear to be about 2.5 to
3 meters tall. The aliens walk in a stooped over posture on either the
three legs or in several instances, on all five limbs.
The skull is elongated, with a crowning cranium that
probably relates to the telepathic abilities these entities possess. Very
striking is the unusual "cross hairs" pupil of 8472ís eyes,
which is golden in coloration. Portions of the external anatomy seem to
barely cover the massive skeletal structures underneath. He necks and
spinal column of these creatures have several well defined orifices, the
physiology of which is unknown at this time. It has been suggested that
this has something to do with the extreme agility the species is alleged
In addition, the species demonstrates extreme strength, the ability to
pierce force fields, rip through the bulkheads of modern spacecraft, and
to dispatch itís humanoid adversaries with apparent ease.
The bodily movement of the creature has been described as sort of
bobbing and swaying, as if it is some fluid environment. This is probably
due to the nature of the fluidic space in the subspace dimension species
8472 inhabits. They seem capable of surviving and acting in virtually any
environment from the vacuum of space to the controlled environment of
Federation, Borg and other alien life support parameters.
Species 8472 is an extremely intelligent life form, having developed an
extremely impressive array of advanced technologies including organic
based bio-ships which have the same essential and completely unique DNA
structure as the species itself. They have developed beam weapons that are
so powerful that just passing near one can throw a large starship off
itís course. This beam weapon can apparently disable and destroy Borg
vessels with ease plus they can combine their beam output in a
unbelievably intense show of power that has been used to destroy entire
8472 exists in a parallel subspace dimension that can only be accessed
through a quantum singularity. This unexplored dimension is called
"fluidic space" as the entire dimension has an atmosphere of
somewhat dense organic fluid. It appears that the only inhabitants of this
dimension are species 8472, although they may have eliminated any other
life forms that may have existed in that dark realm.
One interesting aspect of fluidic space is the fact that entry into the
dimension creates a powerful compression wave that effectively alerts
species 8472ís bio-ships to the presence of an intruder craft.
It has been postulated that species 8472 was not aware of this
dimension until the incursion by the Borg in the early 2370ís. The Borg
learned of the species possible existence via the assimilation of various
civilizations that had been studying the alternate dimension. Using a
powerful artificially generated quantum singularity, the Borg invaded
fluidic space with the intention of assimilating any life forms that might
reside there and their attendant technology.
However, the Borg underestimated the power of Species 8472ís biogenic
technology, for the first time attacking an enemy with the ability to
easily defend itself from Borg technology. Not only did they repel the
Borg from fluidic space, they pursued the Borg into their own territory in
the delta quadrant.
According to the Borg report we translated, in a period of five months
the Borg lost over 300 ships, eight planets and over four million drones
to the attacks by species 8472. The Borg desire to assimilate the life
form was thwarted by their incredibly dense DNA and other aspects of their
advanced physiology that effectively eliminates the possibility of
assimilation by typical Borg techniques at least.
In fact, our studies indicate that species 8472 has an immune system
that is nothing less than extraordinary. Besides incredibly efficient
internal killer cells, the creature can actually project a mild
bio-electric force field. Species 8472 is a formidable enemy, for even
when severely wounded and barely able to maintain consciousness itís
physiology projects an unmeasured bio-electric field that makes it
impossible to complete a scan, effectively blocking out all scanner
We have seen situations where a member of species 8472 has displayed
several gross bodily injuries from beam weapons and puncture weapons and
they still manage to regenerate within a very short period of time.
The internal cell structure of the purple shaded creatures is
fascinating, unlike any life form weíve encountered before. A cell from
one of the creatures will exhibit as many as two thousand mitochondria
versus the normal human which has between 2 and 12 similar structures per
cell. Further, analysis of the DNA of these life forms displays the most
densely coded DNA sequences ever seen. No matter what attacks the
creatureís systems, whether it be a chemical, biological or energy based
agent, the speciesí immune architectures are able to overcome the
In fact, the immune system of the species goes beyond simply protecting
the internal physiology from outside attack. The immune system is so
impressive as to actually provide the creature with an effective form of
attack.. If a challengerís body is infected with even the smallest
amount of the creatureís biological material it rapidly invades every
organ in the victimís body and essentially consumes it from within.
Fortunately, Star Fleet had a treatment developed very early on, utilizing
modified Borg nanoprobes.
Interestingly, the only defense we have against species 8472 is through
similarly modified Borg nanoprobes. Regardless of the method of
introduction, these specially modified cell sized nanoprobes begin the
process of assimilation, but then self-destruct, destroying the alien
material along with themselves. This produces an effect on bio-ships that
causes them to explode, as it does to the actual entities themselves. We
can also adjust the nanoprobes to simply sedate the creature or kill it.
Species 8472 does not appear to have any vocal cords, communicating
telepathically with each other and telepathic humanoids like Betazoids,
Vulcans and the Kes. In any case the creatures limited communications with
humanoids has been very aggressive, emphasizing their bravado and
malevolence for our life form, as well as their belief that they are
invincible. It appears they view our dimension as an infection, an agent
of destruction that they must eradicate.
Members of species 847 display individuality, unlike the Borg
collective. To date we have uncovered a hierarchy that exists within the
speciesí society, with individuals that have varied points of view,
practice different customs and hold various positions of authority within
their social structure. There is no indication of sexual differentiation.
We recently gained additional information about Species 8472 from
subspace transmissions of the Hirogen, a nomadic space-faring hunter clan
that inhabits a large section of the delta quadrant. According to the data
we intercepted, the Hirogen chased a single creature over a region of 50
light years in a six month period as they attempted to hunt it down. They
described the creatureís ability to survive relentless pursuit and
attacks, saying that it appeared like a cat, to have many lives.
In information gleaned from Borg contacts we note that they observed
the specific strategies that species 8472 displays upon entering a
spacecraft. They proceed to disable the ships primary power grid, then
they disable key systems such as life support, gravimetric systems, and so
on. As they encounter other life forms they just as methodically eliminate
the threat as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Again, much like a severely wounded mammal, species 8472 will barricade
itself into a corner, presumably to give itself enough time to
sufficiently regenerate from itís traumatic injuries.
Amazingly, there is evidence in the Voyager transmissions that species
8472 can, presumably due to their unique DNA alter their genetic matrix,
allowing them to assume the shape and anatomical structure of other
species, including humanoid. Since much of the transmission was corrupted
in this particular part of the data packeting, we do not have much in the
way of detail on this fascinating aspect of species 8472. This also opens
up the question as to whether there may already be members of species 8472
living among us as humanoids. The data we did derive indicates that the
creatures can only do this trick for short period of time unless they
utilize some enzymatic preparation that they must inject into themselves.
In summary, the introduction of the humanoid dominated space to species
8472 has been cause for great concern among the strategists at Star Fleet
Command. Any species that can send the Borg running, killing millions of
drones, destroying entire planets, yes this is cause for concern.
Obviously, if species 8472 can develop a method to fight off the effective
our manipulated nanoprobes then we stand, for the moment at least,
defenseless against such a technologically advanced and malevolent race.
Since we discovered strong evidence that the humanoid genome was
intentionally seeded on planets throughout this galaxy, we are now facing
for the first time a species that is completely alien; nothing about them
physiologically, psychologically, or neurologically is in the slightest
way related to humanoids. Their DNA is over 100 times more densely coded
than the humanoid, or any other genome for that matter.
Although the unintentional involvement of Star Fleet in the Borg
conflict with species 8472 and itís frighteningly impressive bio-ships
has afforded the Federation itís first opportunity to establish
peaceable relations with the Borg, the catalyst of this unholy event may
be something akin to the devil himself
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