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It seems that the Feminist Borg website had gone down, and I realized that the only place online you can find pictures of any of the Borg Critters are deep in my tumblr archives.  So as I prep for a BorgCritter story [personal profile] silvercat17 , here all the Borg Critters are in one place! (Right now, the stories are lumped in with the Disabled Cyborg stories; you can read them here.)

The Borg Critters are formally known as Unit #000111, an exploration unit for a digital collective consciousness known as the Hive.  They are sent to an unknown world with harsh conditions, most notably an atmosphere that prohibits regular wireless contact.  Without regular contact from the Mother Hive, they have grown to be individuals, though they are still devoted to the Hive and their work.

Each "appendage" of the unit (the Hive is one mind, so individual bodies are considered 'appendages' rather than 'people') has its own job and specialty.  I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed drawing them, back at the end of the Homeless Year!

A secretary bird with razor legs, highly impractical but SO COOL LOOKING.
Aerial Appendage: Bird.  Takes itself far too seriously and believes its legs are REALLY COOL OKAY.

An adorable cyborg Welsh Corgi, with four little prosthetic legs.  Awww!
Messenger Appendage: Corgi. (Yes, I chose a Corgi PURELY so I could mentally call it Borgi the Corgi.) The fastest of the Unit on land, very good at spatial awareness, but otherwise dumb as a sack of rocks.  It loves you!

A cyborg cuttlefish, with a few robotic tentacles and its mantle replaced by a torpedoesque bomb.
Diplomacy Appendage: Cuttlefish.  The Hive sees nothing strange about making its diplomacy appendages with a self-destruct button.  This might have something to do with why the Hive is not very popular.  Cuttlefish acts as the Unit's psychologist, and had the greatest understanding of individuality and non-singular minds before becoming an individual itself.  It is very nice.

A cybernetic donkey with a beekeepers mask and a pack on its back.
Support Appendage: Donkey.  The unit's doctor, for all software, hardware, and wetware problems.  When Rat's incapacitated, it and Cuttlefish run the unit.  A bit obsessed with cleanliness, and most uncomfortable with being an individual.

A cyborg clown loach, a stripy fish with little balloony bits strapped to it to keep it floating right and swimming straight.
Aquatic artillery appendage: Loach.  It actually can not stay right side up without its little flotation devices, which also double as mines.  Despite being a little death dealer, it's the joker and eccentric of the group, to the point most of the critters find it annoying.  Its wetware didn't work right even WITH the programming, but it's good at what it does.

A cyborg rat, with metal-plated spine and tail.
Brain appendage: Rat.  The de facto leader of the group, because it has the best executive processing and ability to make broad, quick decisions.  A little nervous around the predators of the group.

A cyborg Rex kitten, with big slashing talons on one paw.
Back-Up Appendage: Cat.  It's the baby of the group, and it carries the back-ups of all its fellow team members in case one of them should die and need a new body.  A bit adrift now that individuality makes personal back-ups far more difficult and less useful.

A cyborg tiger, with transparent stripes.
Stealth Appendage: Tiger.  It's sneaky, and was the first of the Unit to attain individuality, due to getting caught in an electrical storm.  Tends to keep quiet and to itself most of the time.  Makes some of the critters nervous.

A cyborg wombat, heavily armored, with a cannon on its back.
Heavy Artillery Appendage: Wombat.  The big guns.  Easygoing and placid, because why wouldn't it be, with all that firepower?

Date: 2015-12-08 11:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] somekindoflight
OMFG we love this series.

And also there's a little tin wind-up donkey in this system, actually about three, who are cheering a cyborg donkey like you wouldn't believe. They think you picked the best support appendage ever.

Date: 2015-12-08 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
... All I want to do is cuddle the cyborg corgi. I maybe shouldn't have read their description after missing a dose of meds. I almost sniffled.

Date: 2015-12-09 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
It was the it loves you! that got me.
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