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In 2374, it was rescued by Voyager before its ship's coaxial warp drive could explode. Once it was transported aboard, it won the friendship of the crew, most notably Tom Paris, who helped repair its ship. Once the repairs were completed, the lifeform switched DNA with Paris, effectively taking his appearance without actually switching bodies or minds, leaving him in its ship which shortly thereafter warped away.
The lifeform remained on Voyager to live out Paris' life, but began to exhibit erratic behavior. When it threatened Seven of Nine while intoxicated on duty, Kathryn Janeway called what she thought was Paris to her ready room. The lifeform then attacked and switched DNA with her when she became suspicious. When Tuvok arrived, having been called, he stunned Janeway, who now had Paris's appearance, and was taken to sickbay.
Paris, in the form of Steth, along with the real Steth, in the form the lifeform had previously inhabited, returned to Voyager, "Janeway" attempted to escape by taking a class 2 shuttle with a modified coaxial warp drive. Paris, was able to convince Chakotay that the lifeform had stolen his appearance, and Chakotay allowed Paris and Steth to pursue the lifeform, who stopped it before it could warp away. Back on Voyager, they managed to force the lifeform to return the DNA of its previous victims, returning Janeway, Tom, and Steth to their original appearance. The real Steth planned to return to Benthos with the impostor, where he hoped to find its previous victims. (VOY: "Vis à Vis")