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Borg Transwarp Prototype

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Borg
Class Name : Borg Transwarp Prototype
Type : Test vessel
Unit Run : Unknown 1 built in total. 1 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : Unknown, but in service as of 2369. [1]
Dimensions : Length : 1,200 m
Beam : 4,500 m
Height : 1,400 m
Decks : Approx 370 maximum
Mass : 500,000,000 metric tons
Crew : Unknown
Armament : Beam weapons [1], total output 200,000 TeraWatts
Defence Systems : Adaptive shield system, total capacity 24,300,000 TeraJoules
Standard Automatic regeneration matrix Single hull.
High level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale / Transwarp) :
Max Transwarp Speed : 9.99999837 [1] (TNG Scale equivalent factor)
Transwarp speeds uncertain; this is the velocity observed by this ship during a 65 light year journey. [1]
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 4,000
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : -
Shield Strength : 9,000
Hull Armour : 272,000
Speed : 999,999.99
Combat Manoeuvrability : 800
Overall Strength Index : 999,999.99
Diplomatic Capability : Generally none - specialized facilities can be constructed if required
Expected Hull Life : Unknown


In 2368 the Enterprise-D discovered a Borg scout ship crashed on a moon in the Argolis Cluster. They rescued an individual whom they named Hugh from the wreckage; Hugh later returned to the crash site and was recovered by another scout ship. [2]

In 2369, The Enterprise encountered a new form of Borg vessel which did not conform to the standard cube design. They discovered that Hugh had been a member of the crew of this vessel, and that his return to the ship after developing his own sense of individuality had caused the destruction of the collective mind on board this particular ship. The ship had drifted for some time before coming under the control of the android Lore, who used it and the Borg in an attempt to take over the Federation.

It quickly became apparent that the new Borg vessel was capable of generating transwarp conduits which allowed it to travel at incredible speeds. One such conduit was accessed by the Enterprise-D - the ship covered sixty light years in eight seconds, an average of 236,000,000 times lightspeed. Standard Borg cubes do not seem to be able to achieve this level of speed, [1]
so Starfleet analysts have theorized that the new design was an advanced prototype built by the Borg to test out a newly assimilated transwarp technology. The vessel is capable of operating in the second transwarp domain, at speeds approaching Warp 30 - a feat which is far beyond standard Borg vessels. It was evidently sent out on a test flight to the Argolis cluster, a trip which would take some two and a half hours with this drive system.

The Borg ship fought several small skirmishes with the Enterprise-D, which eventually masked itself by hiding within the outer layers of a star. The Federation vessel subsequently used its phasers to create a large solar flare which destroyed the borg ship. [1]

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 6 Descent, Part 1
2 TNG 5 I, Borg
Series : TNG Season 6 (Disc 6)
Episode : Descent, Part 1
Series : TNG Season 5 (Disc 5)
Episode : I, Borg


This entry is mostly just based on the canon from "Descent", parts one and two, but I've also thrown in elements of my own transwarp theory to explain why the ship was so fast compared to Borg cubes, and why we haven't seen any more of these ships. Other than that the rest of the entry is pretty much speculation - I've rated the ship as being somewhat less powerful than a Borg cube in most respects and about as fast as the Enterprise-E when using standard warp drive. The speed entry in the strength indicies is based on this figure, since transwarp conduits aren't all that useful for the purposes of combat against other ships.

The size figures are pretty speculative, based on how the ship looked compared to the Enterprise-D onscreen. I've coloured them yellow since this is a canon source, but there's a wide margain of error here - maybe as much as 50% or more - so take it with a bucket of salt.

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