In 2369, Hon'Tihl was the sole survivor of the Toh'Kaht's return trip from the Gamma Quadrant, beaming off the ship as it exploded, only to die on the transporter pad. The crew of Deep Space 9 investigated Hon'Tihl's mission journal in order to determine the fate of the Toh'Kaht.
Miles O'Brien reviewed Hon'Tihl's mission logs to determine the cause of the ship's destruction. He and the crew found that Hon'Tihl, along with the rest of the crew, had succumbed to the influence of Saltah'na energy spheres, whose energy Hon'Tihl had transmitted to the station personnel. He began to suspect everyone in his crew of treachery , and eventually sabotaged the reactor core of the Toh'Kaht, placing a thalmerite explosive there, which detonated soon after the starship left the wormhole. (DS9: "Dramatis Personae")