Benchi was orphaned at very young age and sold to No Koni Wa, a old kensai uncle of the famous kensai master To Jano. To Jano taught Benchi the art of the sword. After the death of his master, Benchi wandered the countryside as a sellsword, becoming quite famous. Around 1357 DR, he grow bored of this life and bought a ship to ferry inhabitants of the ferry-keep of Bex Yr across the wide Fenghsintzu at Shosun. Poling was a good exercise and his sword saved his passengers many times from thieves and pirates. These exploits and his reputation as a honest man founded many tales about the kensai ferry-keep.