- "Vis à Vis" is unclear which of two humanoid aliens shown (the other, Daelen, being a female resembling a Romulan) is a Benthan. Star Trek Online models its Benthans after Steth rather than Daelen.
Federation forces made first contact with the Benthans in 2374 when Lieutenant Tom Paris, conn officer of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager, was attacked by two ships of the Benthan Guard in the Kotaba Expanse. Led by Commander Avek, the Benthans were attempting to retrieve a starship with coaxial warp drive from a genome thief. (VOY episode: "Vis à Vis")
When the Alpha Quadrant Alliance returned to the Delta Quadrant in 2410, the Benthans were engaged in fighting with the Kazon, Malon, Vaadwaur, Hirogen, and Hazari. They were later convinced by Neelix, under orders from Rear Admiral Tuvok, to become founding members of the Delta Alliance. (STO - The Delta Quadrant missions: "Wanted", "Showdown", "Long Arm of the Law", "Alliances")
- Main page: Benthan Protectorate
- Main page: Benthan Guard
The Benthans' military was known as the Benthan Guard.
Benthans possessed advanced starships in the form of their Benthan assault cruisers, and the Benthan Guard was dedicated, sometimes fanatically, to the rule of law, and its members saw themselves as a force for order in the Delta Quadrant. (VOY episode: "Vis à Vis"; STO episode: "The Delta Quadrant")
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