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Transwarp conduit topology

The topology of a transwarp conduit

A transwarp conduit, also known as a transwarp corridor or a transwarp tunnel, was an artificially-created energy conduit through a realm of subspace known as transwarp space.

The entrances of transwarp conduits bear many resemblances to subspace gateways. They were utilized by the Borg to cover great distances in a relatively short period of time. Accessed via tachyon pulses of alternating frequencies, the conduits contained a matter stream in which a vessel could reach velocities at least twenty times greater than the maximum warp speed of a Galaxy-class starship, in a process Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge described as "like falling into a fast-moving river and being swept away by the current." (TNG: "Descent", VOY: "Dark Frontier", "Shattered", DIS: "Su'Kal")

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Transwarp conduit interior

The interior of a transwarp conduit, supported by interspatial manifolds

The generation of a transwarp conduit was characterized by triquantum waves, subspace disruptions with a field magnitude of at least 2.9 teracochranes, and a highly-symmetric power-utilization curve. Transwarp conduits generated high neutrino emissions accompanied by an intermittent graviton flux, leading Seven of Nine and Harry Kim to believe that they are in fact wormholes. The Borg maintained a network of thousands of transwarp conduits throughout the galaxy, connected by six transwarp hubs supported by interspatial manifolds, with exit points in all four quadrants. They were additionally able to generate new conduits through use of transwarp coils. This allowed the Borg to deploy vessels almost anywhere in the galaxy within minutes, giving them a decisive tactical advantage. Upon entering a conduit, a vessel was subject to extreme gravimetric shear. To compensate for this, the Borg projected a structural integrity field ahead of the ship. Additionally, there were extreme temporal stresses placed upon the vessel, necessitating a chroniton field be projected throughout the ship in order to keep the different sections of the ship in temporal sync. (VOY: "Dark Frontier", "Inside Man", "Shattered", "Endgame"; PIC: "Broken Pieces")

A transwarp conduit opened in the center of the Alpha Quadrant by an unknown entity generated powerful triquantum waves that resulted in a massive energy buildup and discharge that threatened most of the sector that it was located in. (PIC: "Farewell")

According Rok-Tahk, a class at Starfleet Academy taught that some conduits could make ships travel hundreds or even thousands of times faster than warp. (PRO: "The Fast and the Curious")


Borg Type 03 enters transwarp conduit

The rogue Borg ship enters a transwarp conduit

In the 2350s, after three months of shadowing a Borg cube aboard the USS Raven, Magnus and Erin Hansen followed in the cube's wake after it entered a transwarp conduit, traveling all the way to the Delta Quadrant, the Borg's native territory. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")

The crew of the USS Enterprise observed a transwarp conduit in use in 2369, while engaging in combat with a rogue Borg vessel. Pursuing the vessel, the Enterprise became caught in the conduit's energy matrix and was briefly pulled inside. Later, upon analyzing the subspace distortion of the conduit, Commander La Forge was able to reproduce the tachyon pulses the Borg used to open the conduit, allowing the Enterprise to pursue the Borg to the planet which they were using as a base, sixty-five light years away. (TNG: "Descent")

In 2374, the USS Defiant was sent to investigate a subspace compression anomaly. Starfleet believed that analysis of the phenomenon would provide them the knowledge to create transwarp corridors that could help them win the Dominion War. (DS9: "One Little Ship")

That same year, the USS Cairo was believed to have been destroyed by the Dominion after it crossed Romulan space to attack the ship. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight") However, the ship evidently fell through a transwarp conduit into the Delta Quadrant instead where it was taken to the Kazon training facility by the rogue AI running the place. (PRO: "The Fast and the Curious")

During the same year, Seven of Nine attempted to utilize the USS Voyager's main deflector to generate a transwarp conduit in an effort to facilitate their return to the Alpha Quadrant. Erratic fluctuations of the ship's warp power caused the tachyon levels to rise to a resonant frequency. Tachyons flooded the warp core, threatening a breach. Unable to stabilize, Lieutenant Torres was forced to eject the core. (VOY: "Day of Honor")

Borg Queen's vessel exploding

The Borg vessel is destroyed as it exits the conduit

A year later, Kathryn Janeway, Voyager's captain, mounted a mission to steal a transwarp coil from a Borg sphere, in an attempt to return to the Alpha Quadrant. The mission was successful, but the Voyager crew was forced to install the coil in the Delta Flyer in order to travel to Unimatrix 01 to rescue Seven of Nine. Upon completion of the mission, they returned through the conduit to rendezvous with Voyager, pursued by a Borg ship. As soon as the Flyer arrived at Voyager's coordinates, Commander Chakotay ordered a full spread of photon torpedoes fired at the threshold perimeter of the conduit, destabilizing the matter stream and imploding the conduit for at least a light year. This resulted in the destruction of the Borg vessel upon emerging from transwarp space. Voyager was subsequently able to travel another twenty thousand light years towards the Alpha Quadrant before the transwarp coil gave out, eliminating approximately fifteen years from their journey. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")

USS Voyager enters transwarp aperture

Voyager enters a transwarp aperture

In 2378, Voyager discovered a transwarp hub in a nebula, allowing them access to a transwarp aperture less than a light year from Earth. With help from her counterpart from twenty-six years in the future, Captain Janeway was able to outfit Voyager with ablative generators, enabling the ship to withstand attacks from Borg ships guarding the hub. Entering the conduit, Voyager destroyed the interspatial manifolds as it went, causing the hub to collapse. Despite their destruction of the manifolds, Voyager still found themselves pursued by a Borg sphere, which exited near Earth and engaged a fleet of Starfleet vessels. Voyager destroyed the sphere from within using a transphasic torpedo, an advanced weapons technology acquired from Janeway's counterpart. (VOY: "Endgame")

By 2384, transwarp conduits were considered by Starfleet to be "abandoned Borg tech" and were used by other races. (PRO: "The Fast and the Curious")

In 2384. Dal R'El, Rok-Tahk, Jankom Pog, Gwyndala, Murf, and Zero attempted to use one to reach their destination faster as it would otherwise take them 61 days. The entrance to the conduit was an inactive transwarp aperture in the middle of space which Zero activated with a tachyon pulse. Although the conduit greatly reduced the ship's travel time and took it into the Delta Quadrant, a Kazon drone entered the conduit and forced the Infinity out of the tunnel and into a landing at the Kazon training facility. On the planet, First maje Ekthi introduced himself as ruler of both the planet and the conduit and accused the crew of trespassing, but turned out to be mind controlled by a rouge AI who had been scouring the conduit and ships passing through it for "recruits" for the AI's pilot training program. The AI was ultimately destroyed by Zero, ending its tyranny over the transwarp conduit. Amongst the wrecks of the ships that Zero found which had been attacked by the AI over the years were the Cairo and another Excelsior-class ship. (PRO: "The Fast and the Curious")

The USS Voyager-A's search for the missing kids led them to the abandoned transwarp conduit. After arguing with Admiral Edward Jellico, Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway had Voyager enter the conduit. (PRO: "The Devourer of All Things, Part I")

In 2399, Cristobal Rios showed knowledge of how to properly fly a ship through a transwarp conduit while arguing with Soji Asha, suggesting that he had encountered and possibly used the conduits before. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

In 2399, Soji Asha piloted La Sirena to a surviving node on the Borg transwarp network and then through a conduit, in an effort to reach her homeworld before the Zhat Vash, traveling twenty-five light years in about fifteen minutes with a Romulan scout ship secretly following them through as well. (PIC: "Broken Pieces", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1")

After seeing La Sirena in the transwarp conduit being chased by the Romulan ship, Seven of Nine opened another conduit for the Artifact and followed them to Coppelius in the Borg cube. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1")

In 2401, an atypical Borg Queen sought out the Federation's help against an unknown threat, later revealed to be a massive energy wave unleashed by an anomaly in the center of the Alpha Quadrant that threatened billions of lives. By harmonizing the shields of the Federation's fleet with the Singularity, they were able to block the energy wave. The anomaly then transformed into a massive transwarp conduit that was unlike any ever seen before. The Borg Queen revealed that not even the Borg with all of their collective knowledge knew who was behind the creation of the conduit and she called it a piece of the puzzle that's final image was unclear but was tied to a threat. At the Borg Queen's request, Picard granted the Borg provisional membership in the Federation so that they could keep the conduit under close observation as "the Guardian at the Gate." (PIC: "The Star Gazer", "Farewell")

Later in 2401, a Borg cube carrying the Borg Queen emerged from a transwarp conduit in Jupiter's atmosphere to meet with Jack Crusher. After discovering the cube hiding in the Great Red Spot, William T. Riker was surprised that the Borg had hidden a transwarp conduit inside the gases of Jupiter. (PIC: "Võx", "The Last Generation")

As of 3189, a transwarp tunnel with an aperture near the Verubin Nebula was listed on courier maps, although Cleveland Booker believed that few in their right mind would risk using it. Nonetheless, Osyraa took the Viridian through this tunnel in that year to pursue the USS Discovery. (DIS: "Su'Kal")

In 3191, Ruhn's dreadnaught used a transwarp conduit as a shortcut to reach the location of the Progenitors' technology faster. (DIS: "Lagrange Point")

According to the Star Trek: Armada II video game, the Borg also had the technology to generate conduits using transwarp gates (β) and transwarp portals (β).

In the William Shatner novel The Return, it was stated that Starfleet had attempted to access the transwarp conduits after their confrontation with Lore's Borg, but had found it impossible to re-open the conduits using the tachyon pulses that had opened it previously, suggesting that the conduits had adapted like the Borg themselves.

According to the Star Trek Online video game, the Federation established the first links of its own system of transwarp conduits in 2399, and by 2409 would link the Sol system to key starbases in and around Federation territory. The conduits were created based on data gathered by the USS Voyager from their encounters with the Borg.

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