B’Elanna Torres was a Klingon-Human hybrid and former Maquis who served as chief engineer on the Federationstarship USS Voyager under Captain Kathryn Janeway.
In 2371, while Starfleet was trying to capture the Maquis raider Val Jean in the Badlands, she and the rest of her Maquis crew were pulled 70,000 light years across the galaxy, deep into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker’s array and forced to merge with the crew of the Voyager during its estimated seventy-year journey home. Before serving as Voyager‘s chief engineer, B’Elanna had joined the Maquis right after dropping out of the Academy after years of disciplinary issues.
B’Elanna was born in 2349 on the Federation colony Kessik IV to John Torres, a Human father and Miral, a Klingon mother. She spent much of her early life on Kessik IV, but because relations between the Klingon Empire and the Federation were not “too cordial” at that time, B’Elanna and her mother were the only Klingons on the planet. Although none of the other colonists voiced any negative opinions of B’Elanna, she felt that she and her mother were perceived differently; a feeling that made her uneasy and which she found hard to shake.
Beginning in 2366, Torres attended Starfleet Academy where she participated on the Academy decathlon team.
During her time in the Academy, she had four disciplinary hearings and one suspension. She also had to dodge several punches in the lab, which Chakotay later joked about, saying, “Only you, B’Elanna, could start a brawl in Astrotheory 101.“