The Collective

The home world for the Borg pseudo-race is called the Unicomplex and it is located in an unknown area of the Delta Quadrant.  This is the center of all processing activity for the Borg collective, as well as the home of the Borg Queen.  On rare occasions when the fourth moon named Procyon is just above the horizon, it exhibits this reflective quality that shows images of the planet upside down on its face, because of its reflective qualities and its unstable orbit.  It is thought that planetary pull on this moon will eventually yank Procyon out of orbit and the Borg don’t seem to be concerned as they will still have three other moons.  Procyon is the only moon that has snow and being there and watching the steady downward spiral of a snowflake is truly surreal, mesmerizing, and peaceful.

The Borg, or something akin to them, have developed time and again in the galaxy, having evolved and re-evolved into newer and more progressive life forms, becoming an alien race similar to living machines after assimilating their next iteration a new type of Borg is spawned.  The Borg started out as normal life forms without any cybernetic enhancements being composed of organic and artificial life.  It has also been suggested Borg activity occurred in waves and eventually they coalesced into what is known as the Borg Collective.  The hive mind is what makes a Borg a Borg and this collective sharing of minds into a single consciousness, serves and drives the goals of its entire population.  Assimilation is what makes the victim become linked to the hive mind and fall under Borg control.  This was accomplished by implanting a neural processor in the brain of the subject to join their mind in a harmonious order.  Individuality in a hive mind is sacrificed for the whole, and its members and resources are assigned tasks according to how to best achieve those goals.  Borg drones were enslaved mentally, all of their knowledge was drained, analyzed and the useful information that was obtained was shared with every other drone in the Collective.

The Borg assumed that the mechanical was always inherently superior to an organic body structure, so drones were given cybernetic implants.  This resulted in creating a cyborg race who rarely speak, though they do send a collective audio message to their targets, stating that resistance is futile, generally followed by a declaration that the target in question will be assimilated and that their biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to the collective.  In the case of the Borg drone, being an atavism, a modification of a biological structure whereby an ancestral trait reappears after having been lost through evolutionary change in previous generations, their biological half is almost certainly viewed as vestigial, and inferior, and the only reason why they wouldn’t convert themselves to pure androids, is because they most likely don’t have the technology.  A drone might have their arm removed, or have a prosthetic implanted on top of their real arm or hand.  After assimilation a drone’s fingernail will tend to grow rapidly.

The life forms that were newly transformed into drones were issued assigned designations.  Designation of Borg drones describe their number in their group and placement within the assigned vessel or station.  The ultimate goal of the Borg was to attain perfection through the forcible assimilation of diverse sentient species, technologies, and knowledge.  The Borg queen displays a tantalizing affinity being the goddesses of life, death, sexuality and destruction.  The Borg are obviously very adaptable to many situations and environments, but they are part biological, so they still needs the basics for survival. Borg technology advanced to the point where they were able to create a barrier around the body of each drone, like a personalized force field that incorporated a heater, which kept them warm in the vacuum of space.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #218, for Daily Addictions by rogershipp prompt Futile, for FOWC with Fandango – Control, for Martha Kennedy Ragtag Community Marching together to inspire one another Atavism, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, 12 June 2018 where the three prompt words are “snowflake, heater and fingernail” and for Tales From the Mind of Kristian Word Prompt Affinity.

14 thoughts on “The Collective

  1. You’re really banging out these multi-prompt posts. I like the way you weave all the words and prompts into your stories. I’ve done two and occasionally even three prompts into a single post, but you’re the champ.

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  2. My husband is getting a cochlear implant. He already has implanted lenses in his eyes. I’ve got five implants including one plastic bone, two heart valves, two replacement breasts and a pacemaker. Okay, that’s six. Delta quadrant, here we come.

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    1. One Borg origin legend states that they settled on an unidentified world where the inhabitants of that planet had been struck down by a deadly disease which was slowly killing them. The scientists on the planet developed technology that could be injected into a subject’s circulatory system, eradicate the disease, and rebuild the patient’s crippled body. The first experiment was successful in eliminating the disease but also began to change the subject, making them stronger than ever before, replacing their broken body with technology and making them superior.

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