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Borg Mermaid by Diana-Huang Borg Mermaid by Diana-Huang
I drew this upon special request from RedAlertRiker from a star trek fan forum I partake in.

I accepted because in the Star Trek world the Borg never assimilated any intelligent lifeforms from fluid filled planets. It created an interesting challenge.

The Borg would have if their technology was advanced enough to be worth taking. I'm sure attempts were made early in the Borg evolution history. Their efforts proved somewhat disastrous by our standards. To capture these people the Borg had to fly scout ships(spheres) deep into the watery planet. Stunning them, trying to tractor them onto the ship so they can inject them with nanites. The intense pressure crushed over a dozen spheres. As the shielding technology improved they would try and try again.

"We will succeed."

So they have. The Borg understood that these creatures (adapted to water) are no good on the dry decks of ships. Their body shape is unnecessary in the vacuum of space. Considering the initial difficulty of assimilating the people and the planet... they decided best keep these creatures and use them for what they were perfected for, the assimilation of other fluidic civilizations.

Problem: Packing their bodies full of hard dense technology slowed their movement... ruins their aerodynamic design..

Solution: Give them their own propulsion system. So that's what I did... I'm not sure about warp technology but maybe an impulse drive... it may sting when activated... but I'll let others continue this tale.
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CoffeeOctopus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god why can't I only favourite this once? It's absolutely stunning, and mixes so many things I love.

I love that you thought out such a believable back story, and it matches the quality execution of this piece.
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Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool! I'm glad you like it!  I forgot I made this! :XD: Its been buried deep under newer things!  It was fun both drawing and writing for me!  It was me challenging myself with adapting to a pre-created world and making it sound like it would fit the tone.  
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Veratai Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool :) also the spaceship containing these does not have the need for artificial gravity, they can still swim
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alexlyoko13 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Cool. But I'd Think at some point the Borg would just relese Nanoprobes into the water and assimilate everything on the planet that way... Like they planed to do to Earth
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Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! As for the nano-probes in water, yes it is more efficient... but it is less visually interesting though... and less compelling storytelling. Its like people complaining about the accuracy of having no sound in space... that's true but who really wants to watch a space adventure in total silence all the time... what about the soundtrack? What does a horn section have anything to do with space? ^_^
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alexlyoko13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
I belive one could make the nanoprobes on Earth a cool Zombie Apocalypse style thing, with everyone around you turing into drones and stuff, but yeah. And Star Trek tended to do well with sound in space
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ShadowedAvatar Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
I love it :)
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Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! ^_^
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ShadowedAvatar Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
i also like the centaur and medusa ones, would be awesome to see other mythical creatures assimilated lol :D
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Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Someday, someday... I'll get back to it... I have many ideas and many half baked projects... waiting for the right time for me to bring them out.
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