Katharina Bentz

Name Katharina Melitta Bentz

Position Damage Control Specialist

Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age Physical - 26 [Mental 131]
Date of Birth June 16, 2370
Place of Birth Augsburg, Germany

Physical Appearance

Height 173cm (5’ 8”)
Weight 91kg (200lb)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Ice cold sapphire
Physical Description Sturdy, imposing, weathered, and covered in art, it’s no surprise that K almost always gains the nickname Berlin Wall in just about any circle she finds herself in, though with a build and demeanor like hers ‘ring’ would be a more apt word for the places she hangs out in. Built to fight and with scars to prove it, she gives off instant vibes of ‘do not fuck with.’ When you’ve spent most of your life on guard and in danger one would expect the brick shithouse she has become. Less chiseled and more hammered into shape, rough around the edges and everywhere in between, K floats like a battleship and stings like a kut’luch.

Much of her body is adorned in inked art and while most of it is little more than glorified graffiti, some of it holds a deeper meaning to her, though she does not concern herself with explaining them to others.

Ship Identification

Duty Shift Alpha


Father Werner Bentz
Mother Nele Bentz
Brother(s) Oliver Bentz
Sister(s) Emma Knauf

Personality & Traits

General Overview Smarmy and sarcastic with little if any care to give, K’s got a personality built from decades of not a single soul in the universe being there for her. She’s still human though, and is known for her fierce loyalty once gained, no doubt a byproduct of consorting with Klingons for such a long time. “When one must strictly rely on the traits of survival, one must inevitably become Klingon.” Something she learned a long time ago.

K is also driven, though with so much on her mind it can be difficult to stay to task. She’s done a somewhat decent job of settling back into space-bound life and career, but the day-to-day humdrum can be hard on her sometimes. Hard to blame her though when one’s got vengeance on the mind. That takes precedence.
Strengths & Weaknesses Strengths:
Cocky, confident, stubborn. K will let you decide which are strengths and which are weaknesses. She finds herself the center of attention often, both intentionally and through sheer force of personality. She channels her emotion in any way possible other than wanton destruction and thus finds herself in messy situations more often than the typical person and has thus learned to handle tough predicaments with almost inhuman vigor.

As for her redeeming qualities? Well that’s as mixed a bag as a horror house trick-or-treat bag. Despite her hardships she is still as cunning as ever and can handle almost any situation with the determination of a centuries-seasoned veteran. She can get into and out any fight from fist to fire and can brute force her way through most any problem she’s presented. She keeps her head on straight when needed. She follows orders to a T (a skill any inmate learns to keep their skin). Despite her rough as a rock edges you could throw that rock at any problem and she’d shatter it like a neighbor’s window: quickly and completely.

+Strong willed


Cocky, (over)confident, and stubborn. She would probably say she has no weaknesses, but the terrible ordeal that she was subjected to at such an early life has certainly changed her, arguably for the worse according to people that knew her before the incident. She no longer has the same charm she used to and her wit has mutated from something more friendly to something borderline sinister. It takes a lot to get used to her not-quite-malicious jabs and observations.

Also of weakness is her intellect. No longer booksmart save for the few tattered pages left from her long-ago lived life of science, she is now almost purely street-smart, though criminally cunning might be a more accurate description, a description many have attributed to her only half-positively. These once critically useful skills have been an equal bane and boon since her release.

-A bit of an ass
-Not as sharp as she once was
Ambitions K yearns to live her life free and to the fullest and to direct her barely contained fury in useful ways. She will do anything she can to stay out of any imprisonment (aside from those brig visits, which just end up being fun little tests of resolve). She also strives to find who made her the way she is now. To figure out what led up to her fateful reprogramming and why it was done. She has no desire to change what she has become, but whoever put her in that prison for so many decades must answer and must pay.
Hobbies & Interests You’ll find K fighting, exercising, or eating and not much else. A bit of weapons training here and there, maybe. She’s also a fan of competition in general and will rarely if ever back down from a challenge. Other than that she’ll spend her free time lost in her own head and as such has dabbled a bit in the philosophies of life, what with hers being such a mess and all.
Sexual Orientation Androphile
Language(s) Spoken Federation Standard and Klingon. She knows a bare minimum of Romulan and Cardassian (mostly curse words and orders) as well as remnants of the German she learned as a child.


Personal History Early Life:
Katharina Melitta Bentz was born the youngest child of a family she now barely remembers. Seemingly an afterthought from day one, when she became old enough to do something herself, it simply became so. A hair shy of neglect, her parents simply had more important things to worry about than take care of something self-sufficient. One unfortunate byproduct of this was her having to take care of her own social needs too, and so from an early age Katharina was somewhat alone in her own head most of the time having little friends and even less confidants.

Self-sufficiency being the name of her game, it was as soon as she reached adulthood that she directed herself towards a better, stronger life and joined the Starfleet Academy. If she was going to spend most of her time in her own head she was going to build it like a mental palace. Clean, sharp, and full of knowledge, and because of her keen interest in her own head (being as she lived in it so much) she decided she was going to go and study neuroscience.

Starfleet Service:
Katharina began her Starfleet career in the academy studying in the sciences, focusing on neurology and biology while there. Having an undeniable though reserved charm and sharp wit about her, she made many friends and was liked by all, teachers and classmates alike, which was a far cry from her early days of solitude. Despite her somewhat diminutive nature she was living large by the time she graduated from the academy. She had caught the eye of Bolian scientist Dezar Vero, the lead researcher on a new and ambitious project in the experimental sciences department of Starfleet. At his request Katharina was assigned to his team and she eagerly began work with him and the rest of the team. The project he was heading was astounding to her and she felt honored to be part of the team.

The classified project was very new and experimental in nature. A section of the experimental sciences division had 'acquired' the Argrathi technologies of memory engram implantation. The Argrathi had used it to reform criminals by way of implanting memories of imprisonment rather than running actual prisons, dealing out sentences in a fraction of the time and with a much lower rate of recidivism. The system was very effective, but after being discovered by Starfleet the technology was thought to be very useful for other things as well. It could be used to teach people many years and decades of knowledge in a matter of minutes. Years of studying, years of experiencing, and years of learning. It was all possible. The project would use subjects to test the psychological, neurological, and physiological effects of actually ‘living’ decades worth of simulated memories in a matter of hours as well as the cumulative effects of gained knowledge and other influences of the experiences.

Katharina was one of the most excited researchers, providing a lot to the project in both knowledge and testing. She went through years of schooling in minutes. She went through months of testing in a minute fraction of the time. Then, one day she suggested something more fun. A joke of the excessive dedication she had to the project that she decided to make serious. She had volunteered to take four years worth of shore leave and days off in the form of implanted memories so that she could spend more real-world days working on the project at hand. The program was set up and then ready to go. But...

Then her incarceration occurred. A malicious adjustment in programming. Her vacation program had been switched for something much more devious and terrifying. The system was sabotaged to outwardly appear as though everything was going fine, but inside the young Katharina's mind she had been locked away. The program was replaced with engrams of being dragged away for crimes against the Argrathi government and in a few hours real-time she served out three life sentences totaling at nearly a century of hard time.

When she came to she was completely different. Changed. Altered. She kept her cool as best she could, but it was immediately evident that something had gone wrong. She shared only enough information to help her gain insight, which unfortunately wasn’t a lot, and the team set out to confirm what had happened and find out who did it and why, but after only a brief investigation she was turned loose to a different project and the Argrathi technology experiments were quietly cancelled and swept under the bureaucratic rug.

She never spoke of what happened during her incarcerations, and between the destruction of the engram data and a sealed medical file of her psychological and physical evaluations the only on-record data of what happened not much can be gleaned as to what she experienced, an experience she never shares lightly. She spent a short time after the event in Starfleet nosing around trying to look more into the program she was a part of and who could have tampered with it, but was put to an abrupt stop when she was caught viewing classified information. Due to the nature of her situation she was punished lightly for such a crime, the charges of treason and espionage being dismissed and her getting off somewhat “light” with a dishonorable discharge.

After Starfleet:
She returned to Earth after her discharge, though she did not keep contact with her family. She was a completely different person now. Cold. Aggressive. Untrusting. She had been hardened and jaded by her incarceration and she had little care to show people what she had become. She spent a couple years of turmoil in Berlin, Germany, but before succumbing to a life crime Katharina decided to direct her relentless energy into more constructive and useful ways. She had already served more time than even the most despicable of criminals for no crime at all. She wasn't about to serve another day of hard time.

Instead K turned her eyes to the stars once more, working abroad on various vessels of good and ill repute alike as both an enforcer and increasingly as an engineer of sorts, her experience with mining equipment and other penal implements just as useful as her fighting spirit upon her return to deckbound life. Landing aboard any vessel that would take an able body, Katharina served as a jack-of-few-trades, providing muscle where needed, which more often than not on a vessel amounted to throwing one’s hands at the nearest engineering issue from the routine to the catastrophic. While nothing formal was ever logged, her admittedly few years of experience fixing ships were no doubt informative to say the least, fixing ships in the heat of battle or in the heat of a hot nebula.

She was now somewhat safe from trouble and punishment (aside from a visit to the brig here and there), her anger and fury now used as a means to an end. She now works not only to keep herself free and on the straight and narrow, but to find out who sabotaged the experiment that made her the way she is now no matter how difficult those tasks may be.
Service Record Starfleet Academy: Cadet: 2388-2390
Starfleet Experimental Sciences Devision: Ensign/Lieutenant, Junior Grade: 2390-2393
Memory Implantation: 2393
Continued Service: Lieutenant, Junior Grade: 2393-2394
Dishonorable Discharge: 2394
Return to Earth: 2394-2395
Freelance: 2395-2397
Current: 2397