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Old July 25 2013, 05:46 PM   #17
Anwar
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Re: Would Rom's Cloaked Minefield Work on the Exit Aperture of a Borg

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You're assuming too much continuity. In TNG transwarp was just a "superior power source" that could go faster and longer than warp.
Picard mentioned the Borg having a superior power source to explain how they got to Fed space so fast in a year and a half from their first encounter with them. He was being hypothetical. After they found out about Transwarp Conduits, it's most likely they realized "Oh, THAT'S how they got here so fast."

The Enterprise was able to keep up with the Cube for awhile in Best of Both Worlds for example and stay within striking distance. In First Contact one assumes it was the same given the Federation fleet was able to still intercept the Cube rather far from Earth to engage it in a long running battle(unless you choose to believe the Enterprise E got from the Neutral Zone to Earth in a few hours).
Which adds to the Transwarp Conduit thing. The ships don't have super-duper Warp Drives, they use the Conduits to get places fast from the Delta Quadrant/anywhere else.

Otherwise they should've just been able to drag Voyager to the edge of their space, heck drop them off at Earth for the cure.
They could have, but that'd end the show.

In Unimatrix Zero by all accounts, they just seemed to have forgotten they had this technology as suits the plot as Voyager was able to intercept Borg vessels at will...
They still have it, but perhaps Transwarp Conduits drain a lot of power and should be used only for the big long-range trips.

It wasn't until Endgame that transwarp hubs with exit apertures were brought up. Which given the way the Borg and Voyager had already used "transwarp' to fly from non-fixed destinations.
The idea of the Borg having Conduits was originally from TNG, though. "Descent".

the Earth exit aperture which apparently the Borg just didn't feel like using in the two previous attacks.
Fully possible they just hadn't created that particular conduit yet, and another reason Future Janeway destroyed it was because that conduit was just finished and she knew it'd be used for another invasion in the future.

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I never thought to ask after watching Endgame why the hell they'd need a transwarp network if their ships had transwarp coils.
The Coils are to help use the Transwarp Network as well as boost normal space warp drive. The Network is still superior to their normal ship drives.

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