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Your hideout becomes quite crowded before you finally escape Taris.

Search for Bastila[edit]

You awaken from a troubled sleep, in which you had a dream or vision of a female Jedi armed with a yellow lightsaber fighting and defeating a dark Jedi. Upon seeing you're awake, Carth speaks to you.

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: The Search for Bastila
You are stranded on Taris, a planet under Sith control. Now you and Carth Onasi must find Bastila – the only person capable of stopping the Sith from conquering the entire galaxy. You should probably begin by investigating reports of escape pods that crashed into the Undercity.

Otherwise, there's one final dialog loop allowing you to ask some more questions, and open Taris: Planetary Information:

Hideout[edit]

Aside from Carth, the apartment contains a locker in the north corner.

KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Locker

There's also a workbench against the northwest wall. This can first be used to upgrade the Prototype Vibroblade from the Sith heavy trooper remains on the Starboard Section of the Endar Spire with the Vibration Cell from the Jedi remains on its Command Module.

The exit to the apartment complex is opposite the workbench, in the southeast wall.

KotOR Icon Dialog.png To Apartment Complex: [Every time you leave the apartment you must select which party members you wish to take.]
[Since this is the first time you are leaving, you will take Carth.]

Before leaving you can speak to Carth again, as well as all others who join your party as you explore Taris.

Taris: Planetary Information[edit]

KotOR Icon Carth.png Carth: Taris was once a magnificent planet-wide metropolis of towering skyscrapers. But that was a long time ago. The Upper City, where the rich citizens live, is…is still pretty safe. If it wasn't for the Sith occupation and the planet-wide quarantine it might not even be that bad a place to live. But farther down things have degenerated. The…the Lower City is nothing but a slum overrun by swoop-bike gangs waging a never-ending war for control. And the Undercity is, well, even worse. The lowest level of Taris is a wasteland overrun by rakghouls; mindless, diseased mutants that attack on sight. I've already entered all this info into your data-pad journal.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Taris: Planetary Information
Taris is a sharply divided world. The rich live in the Upper City, while the Lower City is run by swoop gangs. The lowest levels of Taris are overrun by terrible monsters called rakghouls. To make matters worse, the Sith have seized control and imposed a planet-wide quarantine.

If you speak to Carth or later Bastila anywhere on Taris, you can ask for more information, but as off-worlders they're not particularly informative:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Do you know anything about this place?
KotOR Icon Carth.png Carth: Taris? The planet's all one big city… but its golden years are long past, and things have gotten worse since the Sith occupied it. From what I hear, the wealthy live on the tops of all the tall towers. And if you're poor, you live down in the shadows… and it gets worse the lower you go. That's all I can think of, at any rate. KotOR Icon Bastila.png Bastila: The surface of Taris is covered with an urban skyscrape. Its glittering spires belie the decay that lies in its lower reaches, however. Beyond that, there is little else I can tell you.

Canderous has been here longer, but clearly hasn't made it his home:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Do you know anything about this world?
KotOR Icon Canderous.png Canderous: *grunt* Yeah, I know about Taris. I wasted the last two years in this rat-hole working for Davik. I suppose an accurate way to describe this place would be 'cesspool' or 'dump'. You got the rich people on top, the poor people being crushed underneath, and people like me trying to make a living doing the crushing. It's not exactly what you'd call spiritually fulfilling work, but it gets the bills paid. And on Taris, money can go a long way to making things easier. You have anything else you want to ask?

Zaalbar has similar feelings, but he has even less to say on the subject:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Do you know anything about the planet we're on?
KotOR Icon Zaalbar.png Zaalbar: I know that it isn't my homeworld. That is all I care about. There is nothing here to interest me.

However, Mission grew up on Taris, and has plenty to say: