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The view from the east end of the swoop platform. From left to right: the Ithorian mechanic; the Black Vulkars, Redros and Doba, by a swoop bike; Bastila caged and guarded; the Race Announcer behind a counter and before the sealed west door; and the Hidden Beks, Anglu and Phirk, by another swoop bike.

Search for Bastila[edit]

Mechanic[edit]

The mechanic, an Ithorian, speaks to you the moment you arrive at the swoop platform:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Sure, tell me how it's done. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Could you go over that again?

Once this dialog ends, you find yourself alone at the east end of the swoop platform, with the mechanic to your left in the southeast corner. There's a sealed door behind you, and another at the west end:

Security Sealed Door Unlock 100 (80) Bash Resist - Vitality -

Return to speak to the mechanic if you need him to run over the basics of swoop racing again:

There are two Hidden Beks standing by a swoop bike to your right upon arrival, the Aqualish Phirk and their best rider Anglu, a Twi'lek female:

There are two Black Vulkars standing by a swoop bike to your left upon arrival, the Rodian Doba and their best rider Redros:

However, you can ignore both gangs and go to speak to the Race Announcer ahead of you to race. After each heat, the mechanic speaks to you again. If you fail to get the best time in your heats:

If you still fail to get the best time in your fifth heat, it will be your last: the prototype accelerator finally overheats and your swoop bike explodes, killing you; you'll need to load game. Otherwise, If you get the best time in your first or second heat:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: You did it – you got the top time! You just beat racers who've been doing this for twenty years! This is amazing! Someone who's never ridden a swoop before today comes in here and… wait a minute. I don't believe this – look at the board!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: One of the Vulkars just beat your time! Who… ah, it was Redros. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: One of the Beks just beat your time! Who… ah, it was Anglu.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: I should have known. That's okay, the day ain't over yet and the accelerator's still holding together. You just have to get out there again and show them how it's done.

Race Announcer[edit]

The race announcer is a Duros standing behind a counter in the center of the swoop platform. To the left as you approach is a cage containing the champion's prize – Bastila! However, you can only speak to her Vulkar guard, who reveals why she's unresponsive:

No one's allowed to talk to the prisoner. Brejik's orders. She wouldn't hear you anyway: she's got a neural disruptor collar on to keep her under control.

Speak to the race announcer to race:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I want to race one of my heats.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Race Announcer: Okay, let's get you out on the track.

So the time to beat is 0:38:43, but even if this is your first time swoop racing this shouldn't be at all difficult. It's best to just go straight, making no effort to avoid obstacles or fly over accelerator pads; as long as you accelerate from the start and switch gears when warned, you should beat this time very easily.

However, regardless of how fast your own time is, if you beat the previous best in one of your first two heats then the Mechanic informs you that it's been beaten by 0:00:25 (quarter of a second) afterwards. The next time you race, avoiding obstacles should be sufficient to beat the new time, but you can try maneuvering to fly over more accelerator pads as well just to see how fast you can go, if you want.

If you're unable to beat 0:38:43 in your first two heats, then beating it in any of your remaining three will win without having to race again. However, it's obviously quicker to finish the race in two heats.

Brejik[edit]

Once again the Mechanic is the first to speak to you after the race:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: You did it! You did it! In twenty years I've never seen anybody handle a swoop like that before! Nobody's going to beat that time – nobody!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: I guess Gadon knew what he was doing when he picked you to ride for us. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: I guess Kandon knew what he was doing when he picked you to ride for us.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: Now the only thing is to wait for the time to become official and go collect your prize.

The Race Announcer announces your victory as Brejik and two Vulkar guards arrive to present the prize:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: The Search for Bastila
Despite all odds, you managed to win the swoop race. However, Brejik refused to give Bastila to you as promised. Somehow you're not surprised.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 330 Won swoop race

Bastila has freed herself from the neural disruptor collar and cage, incapacitated her Vulkar guard and taken his Vibro Double-Blade. All but her and Brejik, his two Vulkar guards and Redros flee to the west end of the swoop platform.

Brejik
KotOR Model Brejik.png
Class Scoundrel
Level 7
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 2
Attribute
Strength 12 +1
Dexterity 16 +3
Constitution 10 0
Intelligence 10 0
Wisdom 15 +2
Charisma 12 +1
Attribute
Vitality 49
Force -
Defense 23
Fortitude 2
Reflex 8
Will 4
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack 9 -
Energy 3-8-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Melee
Attack 6 -
Physical 2-11-
Threat 19-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Brejik's Gloves Brejik's Arm Band Military Suit Brejik's Belt Damage Resistance vs. Slashing and Bludgeoning5/- Blaster Pistol+ Vibroblade

Improved Scoundrel's Luck Sneak Attack IV Armor Proficiency: Medium Weapon Specialization: Blaster Pistol Weapon Proficiency: Melee Weapons Power Blast Rapid Shot Master Rapid Shot

None

Vulkar Guard
KotOR Model Vulkar Guard (Swoop Platform).png
Class Minion
Level 3
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 4
Attribute
Strength 13 +1
Dexterity 11 0
Constitution 12 +1
Intelligence 8 -1
Wisdom 10 0
Charisma 9 -1
Attribute
Vitality 21
Force -
Defense 10
Fortitude 2
Reflex 1
Will 1
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack 3 -
Energy 1-6-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Melee
Attack 4 -
Physical 3-13-
Threat 19-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Blaster Pistol+ Vibrosword

Sneak Attack I Weapon Proficiency: Blaster Pistol Weapon Proficiency: Melee Weapons

None

Redros
KotOR Model Redros.png
Class Jedi Guardian
Level 1
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 2
Attribute
Strength 13 +1
Dexterity 12 +1
Constitution 10 0
Intelligence 10 0
Wisdom 15 +2
Charisma 12 +1
Attribute
Vitality 8
Force -
Defense 13
Fortitude 2
Reflex 3
Will 3
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack - -
Energy --
Threat --
Melee
Attack 2 -
Physical 2-11-
Threat 19-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Vibroblade

Jedi Sense Weapon Proficiency: Melee Weapons

None

Bastila is invulnerable at this point, so you can simply run back to the east end of the swoop platform and she'll kill Brejik and the remaining Vulkars; you'll still receive experience from those she kills, although this won't be recorded in Feedback. However, both Brejik and his Vulkar guards have Sneak Attack, adding 4-24 and 1-6 damage respectively to their attacks if they flank you or your back is turned: it's advisable to use an Energy Shield before retreating, particularly if saving levels.

Brejik has Damage Resistance: Resist 5/- vs. Slashing and vs. Bludgeoning, producing an effective barrier against melee attacks: using blaster pistols and rifles may be better, as may Grenades. Mines could also be set before your winning heat, although Bastila's invulnerability makes the use of explosives extravagant.

KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • Challenge Rating 7 Killed Brejik
  • Challenge Rating 3 Killed Vulkar Guard (2)
  • Challenge Rating 4 Killed Redros
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Brejik

Now it's time to speak to Bastila for the first time:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: The Search for Bastila
By winning the swoop race, you've managed to secure Bastila's freedom from the Black Vulkars. But neither Bastila nor you will be safe until you find a way to escape the planet. It's obvious your work on Taris is far from done.

Escaping Taris[edit]

You return from the swoop platform to your hideout, where you have another dream or vision of the female Jedi, who you now recognize as Bastila. After fighting and defeating the dark Jedi on what can now be seen to be the bridge of a ship, she's joined by three other Jedi as she confronts a hooded and cloaked figure who's just killed a Republic soldier.

KotOR Icon Bastila.png Bastila: You cannot win, Revan!

Before they can engage in battle, the ship is fired upon by another and all are knocked to the ground. Bastila recovers, and looks over the still prone form of Revan...

Carth is happy to see both of you return:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Escaping Taris
Bastila has been found, but you still have no way to escape Taris. Not only do you need the departure codes to get past the Sith blockade surrounding Taris, you also need to find a ship. You're probably going to need help from one of the locals to get off the planet.

Bastila speaks to you before you can do as she suggested, and exit to the South Apartments to start asking around in the cantinas for help escaping Taris. Upon exiting after speaking, a green Twi'lek male comes running from the east to speak to you:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Escaping Taris
A messenger has informed you that Canderous Ordo, a Mandalorian working for the local crime lord, wants a meeting. Although associating with a known felon may not be the wisest move, you do need all the potential allies you can get if you want to get off Taris. Canderous will be waiting for you in the cantina.

Purchasing a Droid[edit]

Canderous can now be found in the central hub of either the Upper City Cantina in the Upper City South, or Javyar's Cantina in the Lower City, to the left of the western exit to the Pazaak room. You need to speak to him before escaping Taris will be possible:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Escaping Taris
Canderous Ordo, a Mandalorian mercenary working for Davik will help you get off the planet if you break into the Sith military base and recover the planetary departure codes. A T3 droid could get you past the security doors, but it'll take more than that to deal with the Sith troopers inside.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Purchasing a Droid
Canderous has told you that Janice Nall has a droid in her Upper City shop that could get you into the Sith base. He said to just mention his name and she'll sell him to you.

Droids by Janice is in the southwest corner of the Upper City North, where you can now buy T3-M4:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Here you go. Easy 2. [Persuade] That price is outrageous! I’ll give you half.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Janice Nall: [Failure] Half? Are you kidding? This is *the* best droid you'll ever buy! The price is non-negotiable, even for one of Davik's agents. The price is firm – 2000 credits, take it or leave it. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Janice Nall: [Success] Half? If you're trying to rob me why not just stick a blaster in my face? On the other hand, I do want to stay on Davik's good side. Tell you what, he's yours for 1500.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Okay, here's the 2000 credits. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. It's a deal.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Janice Nall: Wow... look at you, big spender! Okay, the T3-M4 unit is yours. Pleasure doing business with you. A real pleasure.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 2000 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1500

Alternatively, If you're desperate or willing to move closer to the dark side of the Force, you can threaten her to get T3-M4 for free:

KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -4
4. [Persuade] Give me that droid for free, or Davik will close this shop down – permanently!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Janice Nall: [Success] Hey, I don't want trouble with Davik. Look, take the droid, he's yours. But the next time Davik wants me to do some custom work, he's out of luck!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. [T3-M4 has joined your party.]
[Left-click this response to go to PARTY SELECTION screen.]
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Purchasing a Droid
You've purchased the T3-M4 droid. If Canderous is right, it should be able to get you inside the Sith base.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 250 Purchased the T3-M4 droid

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Now that T3-M4 has joined your party, you can use him to gain access to the Sith Base to the north: once its door is open, T3-M4 can be removed from your party, although skill with Computer Use may be useful with the Reception Terminal just inside the base. Once you've entered you'll be unable to return to hideout or change your party selection without leaving the base, so do so from here if need be.