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# 21
12-31-2010, 02:31 PM
Originally Posted by Barihawk View Post
It is optional. If you read the Benzite info window when creating a character, it says they naturally need the respirator but many opt for genetic resequencing (legal, because Benzar is not a part of the Federation) to allow them to breathe from a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere.
What you say there is not completely canon. Membership of the Federation had nothing to do with the Starfleet-requirements. The reason it is/was allowed is because it was a minor genetic alteration and it is seen as merely correcting an issue instead of enhancing it.

(TNG: "Genesis", DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

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# 22
12-31-2010, 02:44 PM
Originally Posted by sanctuary13 View Post
is it optional? shouldnt be, breathing isnt optional, i dont see them often, but i dont have any active benzite BOs
When you create a Benzite you have the option to use the respirator or not. The description they use in game tells us about some genetic modification that can allow them to breathe normally.

Additionally, two of the more famous Benzites in Trek... one of them (Mordock) used a respirator, another (Hoya) didn't.

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