In some Star Trek games and other expanded-universe material, the Borg paired with the insignia seen in TNG's "Descent" episodes.

However, were those Borg actually part of the collective proper, or somehow isolated by Lore to use for his own ends? If the latter, was the insignia then something of Lore's design or properly Borg? I don't recall seeing that insignia on other TNG or VOY episodes.

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    I don't have photos to confirm, but I'm pretty sure it was seen around the ship in Q, Who?
    – eidylon
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 3:19
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    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 20:54
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    I can't help but notice how similar this symbol is to the Narada, Romulan ship from Star Trek 2009
    – Petersaber
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 10:41
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    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 20:05

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As eidylon noted, the insignia was NOT a Lore thing - it first appeared in "Q, Who", designed by Rick Sternbach.

The insignia appears at about 35:00 in the episode, to the left of Commander Riker as the away team walks into the Borg nursery. (source: Wiki)

screenshot from TNG episode showing the insignia on the wall next to Data and Riker

The 1992 TNG trading card (Inaugural Edition 82-A) has a card for the Borg insignia with the following description,

"Resembling a great red claw over a background of circuitry, the symbol of the Borg is as mysterious as the race it represents. The Borg symbol may possibly define an amalgam of living tissue with computer circuits, as the Borg are believed to be a race of cybernetic organisms..."

"Symbol of the Borg" trading card

  • "Believed to be" ?? Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 15:56
  • @ThePopMachine: DATA: Sir, The Captain has been altered by the Borg. RIKER: Altered? WORF: He IS a Borg!
    – Praxis
    Commented May 1, 2018 at 19:58

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