Cyborns in the general sense (as opposed to members of Clade Cyborn) have an organic component that is grown with the express purpose in mind beforehand of being "mated" with its cybernetic component. They are therefore unlike ordinary Cyborgs or Borgs, who typically began life as viable bionts or vecs but later added other components. They often refer to themselves as True Cyborgs. Typically the organic component is "grown into" its cybernetic component. The latter is laid out beforehand and serves as a scaffold for this growth.
Perhaps because of they combine diverse and complementary biotech and hylotech capabilities in a single integrated design, Cyborns typically have an easier time ascending to the next toposophic level than other types of embodied sophonts.
Text by Mike Parisi
Initially published on 10 November 2004.