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Bentusi Exchange
Bentusi tradeship
Ship Information
Classification
Purpose
Trade technology for RUs
Ship Type
Mothership
Technical Information
Acceleration
1000 m/s2
Speed
10000 m/s
Hyperdrive
Armaments
3 Heavy Ion Cannons
Usage
Eras
Affiliation

The Bentusi Exchange is the mainstray mothership of the Bentusi in the Homeworld series. They were mainly responsible for conducting trade or defending themselves or others.

Overview Edit

The primary role of the Bentusi Tradeship was to gain resources which were used by the Bentusi. Each ship had at least one Exchange Unit, which allowed the player to trade with the Bentusi starship. Resources could be transferred from any ship to a Bentusi Tradeship, and technologies could be transported back from the Tradeship to the other ship.

Bentusi tradeship firing

Tradeship using its 3 Ion Cannons

Tradeships were also used to defend the Bentusi - whether it was the Tradeship itself or another Bentusi ship. Each tradeship was armed with three powerful, long range ion cannons, with white or yellow beams. These guns were used for defense against both strike craft and capital ships. Additionally some of the Tradeships were supplied with Super Acolytes. The first known use of a Tradeship for defence of another Bentusi ship was in the Exile Era, during the "Battle of Hiigara", when the Tradeships were wrenched by Bentus from a nebula near Hiigara.

It was very uncommon to see multiple trade ships at any one time, as they were autonomous units trading mostly on the Outer Rim Trade Routes. However, they were seen also in the Inner Rim, over Hiigara and in the Great Wastelands and various other locations around the galaxy. In the Cataclysm Era 3 Tradeships used their onboard super acolytes and weapons to neutralize the Kuun-Lan fleet. During the Homeworld 2 Era, Karan S'jet stated that the Great Harbour Ship of Bentus was the "last of the Bentusi".

Trivia Edit

AK Bentusi ship

Early concept of Bentusi Tradeship

  • In early concept art of the Bentusi Exchange ship, the vessel seems to have an external dockyard and an extra docking arm.
  • Another piece of concept art/storyboarding refers to it as a 'Bentusi Mall', portraying it as a more money-driven, mall-like entity, with large billboards for 'Ammo', 'Guns' etc.
  • The Tradeship is the first Bentusi ship which the player encounters in the Homeworld series, and the only Bentusi capital ship seen until the introduction of Bentus.
  • Although introduced as a Mothership class vessel, the game files label it as only a carrier.

Bugs Edit

  • Due to balancing errors in Homeworld Remastered, the Bentusi Tradeship has overall weaker weapons, as well as weaker armor, which allows it to be destroyed. If this happens, the game is effectively rendered unwinnable, as the Bentusi are required to trigger the entrance of Turanic Raider forces.

Appearances Edit

SourcesEdit

Other Ships
Bentusi Bentus Bentusi Exchange Super Acolyte Cargo Barge
Turanic Raiders Strike Craft Interceptor Standard Corvette Missile Corvette
Capital Ships Ion Array Frigate Attack Carrier
Kadeshi Strike Craft Swarmer Advanced Swarmer
Capital Ships Multi-Beam Frigate Fuel Pod Kadeshi Mothership
Progenitors Strike Craft Mover Progenitor Drone
Capital Ships Keeper Progenitor Dreadnaught

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