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I am Borg – Part 1 - Chapter 5

 

By Kudara

 

Disclaimer: Star Trek Voyager and all who sail in her belong to Paramount/Viacom and no infringement of copyright/trade marks is intended.

 

Stardate: 52683

 

Rating:  PG-13

 

Revision Date: 7/3/04; 7/06/07

 

Summary: Seven remembers how she died.  Seven’s new quarters get a special touch from the Mularan’s.  More bio-technobabble, Voyager’s senior officers get a brief on Seven.

 

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Seven dreamed of waking up on the interrogation platform.  She remembered the cruel words that Ahaoe Muahe had spoken to her.  She remembered how she had thought they were true, that B’Elanna Torres had told this man how much she hated the drone.  Then her dreamscape switched abruptly and she hung, invisible and disembodied, above the establishment where the agents had approached the Chief Engineer. 

 

A silent watcher, Seven observed as the scene unfolded.  Lt. Torres seemed immediately suspicious of the Mularan who offered her drinks then began asking questions about Voyager, and quickly told him in no uncertain terms to leave her alone.  A very few of the other members of the crew though, were not as suspicious, and accepted the offers of free drinks in exchange for news about Voyager’s crew, and especially about Voyager’s ex-Borg.

 

She experienced what occurred next in a state of remote detachedness as the dreamscape around her changed back to the interrogation room.  The ex-drone knew that she had experienced terrible pain during the torture, but what horrified her most was the unreasoning look of hatred on Muahe’s face.  Seeing it, and repelled by it, she suddenly understood why hatred was said to be a dangerous emotion; it made one into something much worse than what one hated.  She watched as her body was taken down from the interrogation platform, followed as she was taken to the Arch of Judgment, and she knew what Mulara had seen when she scanned Seven. 

 

Resistant at first, Seven eventually accepted the conclusion Mulara had reached, she was not guilty of what she had done as a Borg.  Guilt required the ability to choose between what was right and wrong, it required free will.  Without the ability to choose one’s actions, guilt was irrelevant, just as the ex-drone had once stated to Lt. Torres.

 

Seven felt a gentle agreement from outside of herself.  She could feel remorseful over what she had been commanded to do, and she could feel angry that she had been used in such a manner.  She could even hate the Borg Queen for what she had ordered her Tertiary Adjunct to do, but with Muahe’s hate filled face fresh in her memory, the ex-Borg understood only too well what perilous path hatred could lead one to.

 

The ex-drone observed as Mulara’s guardian was activated, moved to pick up her body, and then take it deeper into the temple where she was immersed in the healing tank as High Priestess Analea watched in wonder.  The guardian healed her enough for her body to remain alive and reactivated her neural pathways, then healing tank gently removed all her Borg implants and replaced them with new implants specifically designed for her by Mulara.

 

Seven remained asleep after regaining all her memories, and in the morning she awoke, stretching slowly.  The blonde had gotten into the habit of sleeping nude, discovering that she enjoyed the feel of soft sheets and bedding against her skin.  She frowned as she recalled that she would have nowhere to sleep on Voyager, and resolved to ask Analea if she could relay to Captain Janeway a request for quarters.

 

Then the ex-Borg sat up in the bed abruptly as her mind filled with all that she had remembered and learned while she slept.  The blonde rubbed her left arm absently, remembering how Muahe had severed it.  Looking at it, seeing its wholeness, its lack of current injury, she felt the remembered pain fade.  She tried to dismiss the memory of her torture in the same manner, but that was not so easily vanquished.  Muahe’s face, his rage and what he had done to her because of it, refused to be ignored, refused to be dismissed as irrelevant.

 

Unable to banish the haunting memories, she decided to comply with the desire she felt to walk in the garden.  Dressing in a leaf green blouse and pants, she wandered along the inner temple pathways finding the harmony and beauty of her surroundings comforting.  The green lushness of the leaves and the beauty of its colorful flowers, reminded her that she was alive, and it dawned on her that her attacker had died several days ago by the ritual punishment of beheading. 

 

Seven wasn’t sure how to react to the realization, part of her was fiercely pleased that the one who had hurt her so badly was dead, part of her was relieved that she would never have to fear Muahe finding her again, and part of her sorrowed for what he had let himself become.  After a few minutes of struggling to understand what she was feeling, the ex-Borg decided that experiencing complex and conflicting emotions was particularly unpleasant and taxing.

 

Almost two hours later, prompted by her hunger, the blonde returned to her room, finding the now expected fresh juice and fruit selection awaiting her.  Curious, and wondering why it hadn’t occurred to her before, she touched a bead of juice on the glass’s suface and concentrated on analyzing it.  To her surprise, she realized that the ‘juice’ was certainly not just fruit juice, unless Mularan had some fairly unusual fruits.  Besides the expected proteins, complex sugars, and carbohydrates, there were several different metallic and chemical elements present in sufficient qualities to poison a normal human.

 

Seven knew that she had suffered no ill effects from the juice.  So why were the metallic elements and chemicals present?  It was only a second before she realized that they were all precursors for the metallic alloys and chemicals used in her exoskeleton and in the fibers that ran through her body.  

 

She picked up one of the red skinned fruit and bit into it and then laid an inquisitive finger against the blue flesh of the fruit to analyze it as well.  Her exoskeleton detected more proteins, complex sugar molecules, and several minerals and vitamins.  The blonde raised her ocular implant pattern at this finding and she quickly grabbed one of the green skinned fruits to test as well.  The green skinned fruit was much higher in carbohydrates than the red skinned one, but otherwise they were very similar. 

 

She drained the rest of the juice, considering the empty glass thoughtfully; obviously, the juice was required for her non-organic systems.  Idly she thought that the Doctor was going to find the composition of it interesting, and then with an audible groan she realized how interesting the Doctor was going to find her.  Upon her return it would doubtless take days to escape from Sickbay. 

 

As Seven finished her breakfast, she stared out the clear door of her room, wondering if she would see either Analea or Kayaln this morning.  When neither of the women appeared after twenty minutes had passed, she decided to proceed with her schedule for the day and picked up the padd with her exercise protocol.  This morning she would be exercising in her enhanced state, and Seven was looking forward to the experience.

 

The ex-Borg knew she was supposed to use a device named a resistance belt for these exercises and wondered where she would find the item.  A golden shimmer at the edge of her vision caught her eye and she turned and looked at her bed.  A thick black belt now rested upon it.  Seven walked over to the bed and picked up the belt in order to examine it.  The belt was three inches wide and about an inch thick, the back was covered by a soft cushion and the front was covered in a protective black acrylic except for a few buttons on the side that activated it. 

 

The blonde wished for a moment that she had a tricorder so she could examine the belt closer and determine exactly how it operated.  According to the information contained in the padd the belt would generate a field that would provide resistance to her movements, allowing her to exercise in her enhanced state without having to perform any more repetitions of an exercise than she would in her normal state.  Seven fastened the belt about her waist and went out into the garden to complete her exercise protocol.

 

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Janeway sat at her desk in her Ready Room reviewing the reports from Voyager’s various departments.  The Mularan government had been very apologetic about Seven’s death and as a result had been more than generous when trading with Voyager for supplies.  Indeed, Janeway had come to the conclusion that the Mularan government was actually giving them too many supplies, and had firmly informed Huiah Mlaer that no more was needed.  By that time it wasn’t even an exaggeration, Voyager’s cargo bays were fuller than they had ever been.

 

Lt. Torres had Engineering working around the clock making repairs to Voyager’s external hull.  Knowing that Voyager would be at the space station for at least another week Torres had felt comfortable in requesting that they take full advantage of the extra time to make more extensive repairs.  She had even requested that they implement some of Seven’s suggested upgrades to the ESP Systems while they were in space dock.  The upgrades had previously been put in the Chief Engineer’s good idea but not practical pile, because they required taking shields and weapons systems offline.  However, as they were currently at a friendly space station, Torres felt comfortable requesting that the essential systems be shut down.

 

Janeway had authorized the upgrade after consulting with Lt. Cmdr. Tuvok and Cmdr. Chakotay, and it was due to be completed today.  The admittance chime sounded at that moment and Janeway said “Come in,” looking over to see who wanted to see her.

 

Chakotay entered the room, “High Priestess Analea would like to bring some items onboard for Seven’s quarters.  She also mentioned that she would like to talk to the Doctor and anyone else usually involved in Seven’s care and let them know about the changes in Seven’s physiology.”

 

Janeway looked surprised for a moment and then thoughtful, “Do you think this means that they will be releasing Seven soon?”

 

Her First Officer replied, “I would say so, if they are bringing things for Seven’s quarters and briefing us about what we need to know for Seven’s health.  I would think they are planning on releasing Seven fairly soon.  Perhaps the High Priestess will let us know when today.”

 

Janeway replied, “I hope so.  Inform the High Priestess that she can come up as soon as she is ready, and let me know when she is ready to be transported up.  I need Tuvok to be there as well, I want him to do an unobtrusive a scan of what the High Priestess is bringing aboard as soon as possible.  I don’t want to offend her, but I need to make sure they aren’t transporting anything aboard that isn’t permitted.”

 

Chakotay nodded, “Understood, I will let him know, and I’ll let the High Priestess know that she can come up as soon as she is ready to as well.”  He waited for Kathryn’s answering nod before she turned back to her reports, and then turned and exited the Ready Room.

 

An hour later Chakotay contacted Janeway on her combadge, “High Priestess Analea is ready to come aboard.  We transported up the items for Seven first and Tuvok is going over them right now.   They sent up clothes, some pictures, a Bat’leth and some data padds.  Tuvok wants to examine the data padds further; it looks as if they are sending up replicator patterns and holodeck programs.”

 

Janeway raised an eyebrow at hearing holodeck programs, “Interesting, especially since they don’t have holographic technology that I’m aware of.  I’ll be right there Commander.”  She tapped her combadge again to close the channel and exited her Ready Room to head toward the Transporter room on Deck 4.

 

The Captain arrived at the Transporter room a few minutes later and nodded to Chakotay and Tuvok, then looked at the transporter operator and said, “As soon as the High Priestess is ready beam her aboard Ensign.” 

 

A few moments later the form of High Priestess Analea appeared on one of the transporter pad with a short stack of data padd’s in her hand.  “Good morning Captain, Commander and this must be your Security Chief, Lt. Commander Tuvok,” she said as she stepped off the transporter pad she smiled at the people awaiting her.

 

The two men returned the pleasantries and Janeway said, “Good morning High Priestess Analea, I understand you have a few things you brought up for Seven’s quarters.” She glanced at the two containers that had been transported up earlier and said, “Site to site transport authorized to Seven’s quarters, Ensign.”  As the two containers disappeared the Captain looked at the data padds Analea carried and asked, “Those have the information about Seven’s physiological changes that you need to go over with us?”

 

“Yes, they do.  What time did you want me to discuss them with your Doctor?”  Analea asked.

 

Janeway looked at the chronometer, “Which did you want to do first?  Unpack the items you sent for Seven’s quarters or brief my staff?”

 

The Mularan was surprised, “Staff?  I didn’t know so many people were involved in Seven’s medical support.”

 

The Captain replied with a small smile, “I would have to have the Doctor repeat everything to my Senior Staff if you only briefed him, so I would like for Commander Chakotay, Lt. Commander Tuvok and Lt. Torres to attend the briefing in addition to the Doctor.”

 

Analea nodded, “It should not take me long to unpack the items for Seven if there is a way to display the pictures and her Bat’leth easily.   I would prefer to do that first then meet with your…staff.”

 

Janeway knew she really didn’t have the time to help the High Priestess unpack, but she was intensely curious about what the Mularan woman had brought.  “Certainly if you will follow me I will show you where Seven’s quarters are located.  I understand you brought some replicator patterns and holodeck programs along as well?” The Captain asked determined to find out if there had been a violation of the Prime Directive. 

 

The High Priestess answered, “Yes, Mulara made those for Seven.  I understand the replicator patterns are for the liquid supplement that she drinks, and for the Pujaa and Quara fruits that she has been eating.  I don’t really know much about the holodeck programs, I gathered from Mulara that you have a technology that allows you to make a room look like other places.  The program Mulara showed me was one to make the room look like the inner temple gardens.  I don’t know what the other programs are of, except that they are exercise programs.”

 

The Captain was taken aback by the unexpected answer, recovering quickly she commented, “The inner temple gardens?  Perhaps before you go you can show me around those in the holodeck, I would like to see where Seven is recuperating.”   Janeway turned to Chakotay, “Commander would you contact Lt. Torres and the Doctor and let them know of the briefing, and you have the bridge while Tuvok and I show High Priestess Analea to Seven’s quarters.”

 

Chakotay’s lips twitched and his eyes laughed at her, but he only said, “Of course Captain,” and turned to leave for the Bridge.

 

Janeway knew the Commander was amused at her giving into her curiosity, he knew she hadn’t finished with the departmental reports.  “This way High Priestess Analea,” said Janeway.  She waited for the woman to follow her then headed for the turbolift for Deck Nine.

 

The three of them made their way to the quarters that had been assigned to Seven of Nine.  As the door opened they walked into a large open rectangular room with a dining table placed immediately to the left and openings on either side that lead to the bedroom on the left and to the bathroom on the right.  A sofa in a blue-grey fabric was placed against the wall farthest away from the door, in front of it was a nondescript grey coffee table.  Another couch and chair were placed next to it on the right hand wall.  The walls of the quarters were the usual metallic grey of the rest of the starship.

 

High Priestess Analea examined the room keenly, hiding her dismay at its dominant grey color scheme.  “Can the lights in this room duplicate natural sunlight?” she asked.

 

“No, that takes hydroponic lights,” said Janeway.  “I can have engineering install some if they are needed.”  Puzzlement was obvious in her voice.

 

Analea replied, “Yes, she will need an area where she can absorb natural light at least a few hours each week for maximum health.  Her exoskeleton is designed to use thermal and light energy as part of her energy sources.  Perhaps around the bed or the couch area?” proposed Analea.

 

Janeway took another look at the room trying to decide which area would be better and replied, “The bed would probably be the easiest, a set of ceiling lights should be sufficient.  I’ll get engineering to add those later today.”

 

Analea walked over to the two containers and opened one of them revealing several paintings.  Janeway walked over to look at them and was amazed; they ranged from scenic landscapes, studies of flowers, and one large impressionistic painting whose subject she immediately recognized, the stable Omega molecule.  This was the first painting that High Priestess Analea picked up and as she walked to the far wall she asked, “How do I hang these?”

 

Janeway examined the back of one of the paintings in the container and then went over to the replicator for the proper hanger; a metallic clamp would affix it to the wall.  She took the painting from Analea and attached the hanger then with a raised eyebrow asked, “Where did you want to place it?”  She lifted it above the couch and looked at Analea.

 

Analea smiled, “That’s where I was thinking of placing it.”  They both stepped back and examined the placement, the painting was rather large and its cool whites and blues added a touch of light to the wall.  Analea pulled out two other paintings, this time smaller ones of flowers and said, “I was thinking of placing these on either side of the bed.” 

 

Placement of the paintings continued while Tuvok busied himself with examining the replicator and holodeck programs with the occasional raised eyebrow at the two women as they discussed the best placement of the paintings Analea had brought.  Finally finished, the two women stood back and examined the effect.  The art completely changed the tone of the room, altering the impression of monochromatic emptiness, to one much more welcoming and colorful.

 

Next Analea carefully unwrapped the silver poly-deutonic Bat’leth.  Janeway and Tuvok came over and examined the weapon, admiring the workmanship.  Light shimmered along its surface, revealing that the blade was composed of many layers of metal, giving the metal of the blade a watered effect similar to old Earth Damascus steel.  The outline of the Bat’leth was different from modern Bat’leth blades, the tiq and van at the ends of the main blade were more flared than the typical Bat’leth.  Inscribed onto the length of the blade, one word under each grip, were the Klingon words for Duty, Loyalty, and Honor.  Qu’, matlh, and batlh.

 

“It’s beautiful,” commented Janeway.  “But why give Seven a Bat’leth?”

 

“Seven will need to exercise to maintain her enhanced strength and agility, unarmed combat and weapons training is part of the exercise program that was developed for her.  She chose the Bat’leth as the weapon she wanted to learn,” said Analea.

 

Janeway tilted her head to the side as she considered the High Priestess’s words and said, “I’m starting to really get curious about this briefing.  Let me replicate a hanger for this.”

 

They choose to place the Bat’leth on the wall to the right side of the door; finally all that was left to unpack were the clothes that Analea had brought up with her.  As they unpacked the clothing Janeway asked, “Why bring clothing instead of replicator patterns?”

 

“Power cost,” replied Analea, “This material is similar to the material of the biosuits Seven used to wear.  It’s designed to work with Seven’s implants and her new exoskeleton.  It’s threaded with poly-deutonic and tritanium fibers which not only provide protection, but also work with Seven’s systems to maintain her body temperature and allow her to sense different environmental information.”  Seeing Janeway’s confused expression, the Mularan assured her, “It will all be clearer after I explain some of the things her exoskeleton can detect and analyze.”

 

When the High Priestess pulled blue science Starfleet uniforms out of the container, Janeway stared at them in surprise.  “The Doctor designed her outfits,” the auburn-haired Captain commented, “I never thought about having him make ones that looked like Starfleet uniforms.  Perhaps it might have helped her fit in better, I assume that she will be wearing these while on duty?”

 

“I would suggest it, for the very reason that you mentioned.  It will help her fit in with the rest of the crew, especially since she is the Chief of Astrometics,” answered Analea.

 

Tuvok spoke up at that moment, “I would like the Doctor to go over these replicator patterns.  I see nothing wrong with the two fruit patterns but the liquid supplement would appear to be deadly to most humanoids.  The amount of metallic and chemical elements would appear to be poisonous.”

 

Analea nodded, “To us yes it would be poisonous, but not to Seven.  She needs those elements; they are the precursor molecules for the fibers that support her nervous and muscular systems.”

 

Janeway looked at the now empty containers, “I believe that we are done here?  It’s about time for the briefing.”

 

Analea took one last satisfied look around the quarters then nodded to Janeway. “Lead on,” she said.

 

Janeway smiled at the comment then proceeded to lead the way to Voyager’s Briefing room.  Once there, she took the seat at the narrow end of the table and indicated to Analea that she should take the seat on her immediate left.  The rest of the senior officers filed into the room within a few moments and settled themselves.  Janeway said, “You already know everyone here except for the Doctor and Lt. Torres my Chief Engineer.”

 

The Doctor said, “I understand you have information on Seven’s current medical condition?”

 

Janeway frowned at the Doctor reprovingly, but Analea merely handed the hologram one of the data padds she was carrying.  “All of these contain the same information.  I only brought three though, so you will have to share.”  With that statement Analea handed the Captain the other two remaining padds, leaving it up to her to decide who received the third one.  Janeway handed the extra padd to Lt. Torres and then looked expectantly at the High Priestess.

 

Analea began, “I know very little about engineering or chemistry so you will certainly understand more of the data contained on those padds than I do.  I was present when the guardian brought Seven’s body into the inner temple and placed it in one of the healing tanks.  I then assisted the guardian by inserting a breathing tube and mask.   Once that was done, the guardian brought Seven back to life.  She was still severely damaged though; her cortical node had been damaged by phaser fire prior to the torture, and her abdominal implant was severely damaged by Muahe’s attack.  Over the next six hours I watched as her Borg implants dissolved away and her body healed.  Six hours after that her new implants and exoskeleton started appearing.”

 

Analea paused for a moment to see if anyone had any questions but they were all silent and obviously waiting for her to continue, “Mulara moved her to the reborn’s room off the inner temple gardens the next day.  I understand she woke briefly the day she was moved, but did not stay awake for long.  The third day Mulara removed her from the healing tank.  I know she woke that day and walked around the garden for a short time, but we were not permitted to see her.  On the fourth day she had regained enough of her memory to know who she was and remember everything leading up to her kidnapping.  This morning I was informed that she has remembered everything leading up to her death.  She is dealing with the information very well, I understand that she walked in the garden some and then began her exercises for today or her exercise protocol as she calls it.”

 

The Doctor asked, “Do you know why it took her so long to regain her memory?”

 

“I believe it was a combination of the damage done to her cortical node before her torture, then the removal of all her Borg implants and the need to fully adapt to her new implants,” said Analea.

 

The Doctor nodded, “Do you know how many more days you will keep her before releasing her?”

 

Analea answered, “Three more days, she’s still needs training on how to use her new muscular and nervous system enhancements.  We want to make certain that she can safely use them without injuring herself or others.”

 

B’Elanna said, “Your talking about these metallic-organic fibers that are incorporated into her muscles aren’t you?”

 

“Yes, and the fibers that assist her nervous system,” replied Analea.

 

B’Elanna frowned at her data padd, “This would be easier to understand if I could program it into a holoemitter, I’m not a molecular biochemist.  Doc these descriptions of Seven’s support structure…is it saying that the support rods expand and contract?”

 

The Doctor replied, “Yes, using almost the same mechanics as your ligaments and muscles.”   He added helpfully, “I could create a hologram of this information within a few minutes down in Sickbay.  Commander Chakotay and Lt. Commander Tuvok would then be able to see the data as well then.”

 

Janeway looked over at the High Priestess who shrugged uncertainly as she was unfamiliar with the technology.  “If you think that would be helpful,” the High Priestess responded.

 

Janeway nodded to the Doctor, “We will meet you in Sickbay then Doctor.”

 

A few minutes later the five of them walked into Sickbay, the Doctor was in his office and as they entered the area and arranged themselves around his desk a hologram appeared of Seven’s exoskeleton and support structures.  They all looked at the hologram for a few minutes then B’Elanna said, “Can you take out all the fiber systems for now?”

 

The Doctor made a few adjustments and the haze that had obscured the rod support structure disappeared, giving everyone a clear view of Seven’s new exoskeleton and the skeletal support structure.

 

Janeway inquired curiously, “What’s the metal that’s covering her skeletal structure?”  As she looked at the silver representation of Seven’s skeleton.

 

Analea replied, “A tritanium-poly-deutonic alloy matrixed with an organic.  I don’t know the name of the organic, but I do know that it’s tagged with Seven’s own immune markers so that her body will not attempt to reject it.”

 

B’Elanna asked, “Doctor can you get the hologram to bend and move, I want to see how those support rods react to movement.”

 

The Doctor nodded and made a few adjustments and they all watched as the exoskeleton support structure reacted to the simulated movement.  A side projection showed a greatly magnified section of the rod, detailing at a molecular level the specifics of how they were expanding and contracting.

 

B’Elanna examined the exoskeleton and rods with a practiced eye, admiring the aesthetics and functionality of it.  “Look at how these rods are arranged to dissipate force by dividing it along several rods instead of just one.  It reminds me of Voyagers hull reinforcements.”

 

Janeway nodded, “Yes it does.  Oh, and before I forget,” she looked at Lt. Torres, “Engineering needs to put in hydroponics lights over Seven’s bed.” 

 

B’Elanna nodded once in acknowledgement and stepped over to an open console to put in the request.  Behind her she heard the Captain say, “Now, I would like to see how this exoskeleton transforms light and thermal energy into a form Seven can use.”

 

It took the Chief Engineer only a few seconds to enter the request.  When she returned to the group, the Doctor was explaining, “It’s rather ingenious actually, these fibers extending through the exoskeleton contain molecules that react to photonic and thermal energy.   Then the energy is transferred to produce Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP, which of course is the molecule the body uses to supply energy to our cells.  The exoskeleton system is very similar to the method plants utilize to process photonic energy.  Next the ATP molecules are transferred to these specialized nanoprobes, which then travel through the bloodstream and migrate into the cells where they remain until the body’s own ATP has been exhausted.  Then they release their ATP into the cell and return to the exoskeleton to be replenished.”

 

Analea nodded, “That’s correct, the exoskeleton can also excrete a complex enzymatic and acidic liquid that can break down most inorganic into molecules that can either be absorbed if they can be used by her body or molecules that can be broken to produce energy.  It can also recombine molecules to produce more energy or to produce useful molecules.  The energy produced is then transferred in the same way that light and thermal energy.”

 

Janeway looked amazed, “Chemical fission and fusion reactions?  Federation science hasn’t really done much with either since it’s easier to produce energy by other means.  The complexity of the chemical reactions required though…”  Janeway shook her head, “All of this takes place in the exoskeleton?  I don’t see how…”

 

Analea replied, “Oh no, the exoskeleton only breaks down the molecules so far, then they are transported by nanoprobes to the bio-implants that are connected to her stomach and intestines.  The exoskeleton doesn’t have the ability to break down the molecules further.  Only these bio-implants have the ability to break and recombine molecules, if the Doctor would bring up just the digestive tract data?”

 

The Doctor made a few more entries and everything cleared away except for what were obviously the modifications to Seven’s digestive tract.  To everyone’s surprise the modifications extended almost the entire length of the tract, from her mouth through to her lower intestines.

 

“As you can see Seven’s mouth and esophagus are protected by an artificial epithelial layer, this ensures that metallic and chemical compounds that would damage her tissues are not absorbed until they reach the stomach.  Once they arrive at the stomach they can be broken down for use by the body.  Any toxic elements that are left over are neutralized and can be safely expelled through her urinary tract.”  Analea explained.

 

“What are these connections?” asked Tuvok indicating what appeared to be linkages between Seven’s mouth and nasal passages and her brain and cortical node.

 

Analea answered, “She has conscious control over how sensitive her sense of taste and smell are she can modify either or both to be very sensitive or conversely rather insensitive depending on the situation.”

 

“Lucky her,” replied B’Elanna dryly, thinking of some of Neelix’s cooking.  Analea’s eyes danced and B’Elanna wondered if Seven had said something about the spicy food the Talaxian cook frequently served.

 

“Redundant cortical nodes,” muttered the Doctor and everyone but Analea stared at him curiously.  He tapped his console and suddenly the digestive system information disappeared to be replaced by what was obviously Seven’s nervous system.  “Redundant cortical nodes in the chest cavity and legs, can she use them concurrently with the main cortical node?”

 

“Yes, she has not learned how to do so yet, but she has that ability,” replied Analea.  “As you can see every part of her nervous system is augmented by fibers that can transmit nerve impulses much faster than her organic systems.  These fibers are also connected to her exoskeleton, and utilizing the thermal and pressure sensors embedded in the exoskeleton can detect a wide range of environmental information.  The degree to which her exoskeleton is tactilely and environmentally sensitive is under her conscious control.”

 

They were all silent for a few moments studying the data they had been given, “Anyone have more questions right now?” prodded Janeway.

 

“Yes,” said the Doctor, “she used to have an ocular implant.  I see that the exterior part has been replaced by exoskeleton, but the ocular implant itself doesn’t appear to have been replaced.  If I understand this data correctly, she now has two organic eyes, and there appear to be several of the nervous system fibers directly interacting with her optical nerve and the cortical node”.

 

Analea hesitated, ordering her thoughts so she could explain, “You are correct Doctor. Currently she simply has enhanced visual acuity; from my understanding she could eventually regain all of the functionality of her ocular implant.  However, how, or even if, those abilities develop depends on whether or not she consciously wishes them to.”

 

After she finished, the Doctor’s brow was not the only one raised in surprise as they absorbed the statement.  Janeway looked around the room again, the Doctor and B’Elanna were once again studying their padd’s, but looked more thoughtful than confused.  “If that’s all I for one would like to see the holodeck program High Priestess Analea brought along of the inner temple gardens.  Provide of course that my Security Chief agrees?”

 

Tuvok said, “I see nothing wrong with the program, I too would appreciate seeing where Seven is staying.”  Tuvok paused and then handed the Doctor the replicator pattern padd and said, “Doctor, would you please examine these replicator patterns prior to them being added to Seven of Nine’s personal replicator database.”

 

The Doctor nodded to Tuvok and said, “I’ll go over these today, in the meantime I would like to examine this data further.”

 

B’Elanna said, “I’ll pass for now, I’d rather go over this data with the Doctor.  Will the program be public so I can see it later?”

 

Analea replied, “All of the programs I brought were designed for Seven, but they can also be used by others.  I see no problem with making them available to your crew.”

 

Janeway, Chakotay, Tuvok and High Priestess Analea left for one of the holodecks, leaving the Doctor and B’Elanna engrossed in the data the High Priestess had brought.
 

 
 

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