Banths are large predators, somewhat analogous to the earthly lion, which hunt in the low hills near the long-dead seas of Mars. They have long, sinuous bodies, completely hairless except for a bristly mane around the neck, are supported by ten legs, and have powerful jaws with several rows of needle-like teeth. The eyes of a Banth are protruding and green.
The Banth is an object of great fear among the people of Mars. For instance, the chief god among the Lotharians was an enormous banth that they called Komal. In modern times, the Banths found in the land of Bantoom serve as an unwitting security system to prevent humans from intruding upon the realms of the Kaldanes.