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Map of the south Upper City

Apartments[edit]

The elevator from the South Apartments takes you to the northwest corner of Upper City South.

Upon entering from the South Apartments, when you turn to your right you notice a crashed Republic escape pod (presumably yours) being scanned and scavenged by two salvage droids. A protocol droid stands in the foreground.

If this is your first time and you questioned Kadir, the janitor of the South Apartments, you may follow his directions and go south to the Upper City Cantina, perhaps visiting the Equipment Emporium on the way there or back.

However, you can delay visiting the cantina and emporium until the search for Bastila is complete and you're seeking Canderous in one of the cantinas to see about escaping Taris.

Otherwise, you may head east and then north for the entrance to Upper City North, hugging the left of the entrance to avoid being drawn into an altercation between a bullied merchant and two bounty hunters on the other side.

The men and women on the streets of the Upper City may comment on Taris, but they cannot be engaged in dialog. Unsurprisingly, patrolling Sith troopers are even less helpful.

The salvage droids by the crashed Republic escape pod share no insight into it:

[The salvage droids are busy scanning and scavenging the remains of this Republic escape pod.]

Protocol Droids can be more talkative and informative, although you don't need to speak to one.

Rapid Transit System[edit]

You're notified of this 'quest' immediately upon arriving in the Upper City:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Rapid Transit System
STAR WARS Knights of the Old Republic has a rapid transit system to allow you to move quickly through the game. You can access the rapid transit system through your MAP screen.

On the map screen you will see a button that says 'Return to Hideout'. In non-action areas you can use this button to instantly transport you back to the apartment complex where your base is located. In some action areas this button will be disabled.

While in the apartment complex the button on the Map screen will read 'Transit Back'. When pressed you will be transported back to the location where you last used the Return to Hideout function.

Remember: If you leave the area around your hideout, the 'Transit Back' button will switch back to 'Return to Hideout' and you will have to manually walk back to your previous location.

You should try using the Return to Hideout and Transit Back buttons now, just to see how they work.

Returning to the entrance to your hideout in the south apartments at any time warps you (and any party) back there, fully healed, and completes this quest. You receive no experience for this, but it's instructive if this is your first time.

Equipment Emporium[edit]

Travel south towards the Upper City Cantina and you'll pass the Equipment Emporium on your right. Open the door in the west wall to reveal Kebla Yurt standing behind a desk in the middle of the Emporium, and the shop droid:

[This droid is too busy performing its assigned duties to speak with you.]

Kebla Yurt herself is normally much more talkative:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Let me see what you've got for sale. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Let me see your inventory.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kebla Yurt: Ah, just so you know, the prices on the items are final – no bargaining here. This isn't a swap meet, ok? I only deal in top-notch stuff. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kebla Yurt: Because of the Sith quarantine I haven't been able to stock any new inventory, but I've still got some nice items you might be interested in. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kebla Yurt: Of course, of course. Right away.
Kebla Yurt
Buy Item Cost Amount Buy Item Cost Amount
Medpac 40 Infinite Ion Blaster 200 2
Security Spike 100 5 Blaster Pistol 100 Infinite
Bonadan Alloy Heavy Suit 900 1 Sith Sniper Rifle 1500 1
Military Suit 150 Infinite Blaster Rifle 300 Infinite
Heavy Combat Suit 100 Infinite Ion Grenade 130 Infinite
Combat Suit 50 Infinite Sonic Grenade 130 Infinite
Light Battle Armor 250 1 Concussion Grenade 80 Infinite
Vibroblade 80 2 Frag Grenade 80 Infinite
Stun Baton 30 Infinite Sound Dampening Stealth Unit 200 1
Long Sword 5 Infinite Stealth Field Generator 100 Infinite
Quarterstaff 2 Infinite Minor Flash Mine 100 Infinite
Echani Ritual Brand 280 1 Minor Frag Mine 100 Infinite
Vibrosword 120 5 Minor Gas Mine 100 Infinite
Double-Bladed Sword 80 2 Minor Plasma Mine 100 Infinite
Short Sword 1 Infinite Permacrete Detonator 50 1

It's not necessary to buy anything since many of these items (and better) can be acquired while exploring Taris. However, if you ever feel the need, you can return to the entrance of your hideout in the south apartments and take the elevator to the south back to the Upper City, then transit back to your previous location immediately upon returning to the apartments.

You can also ask some questions, although this isn't necessary either:

Upper City Cantina[edit]

Continue south past the Equipment Emporium to find the door to the Upper City Cantina, with a Sith trooper standing to your right:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sith Trooper: Don't bother me – I'm here on official Sith business!

This business doesn't involve preventing entry to the cantina, unless anyone is equipping Sith Armor:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sith Trooper: Hey, what do you think you're doing? You can't go into the cantina while you're on duty!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I'm not on duty right now. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Sorry, I'll be going now.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sith Trooper: Then you shouldn't be in full uniform! If you're off duty go change your outfit. If not, get back to your patrol route! KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sith Trooper: Good. Get back to your patrol route. We need to keep a strong presence in the streets to maintain order here.

Clinic[edit]

Head east to the other end of Upper City South, and you can enter the clinic through an open doorway in the south wall. To the left of the entrance is Gurney, while directly ahead of you is a medical droid.

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gurney: Can't you see I'm busy with my duties? Go talk to Zelka if you need something. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gurney: Don't worry, if I hear anything you Sith will be the first to know… for a price of course.

Beep, boop, beep.

There's a locked door labelled Lab Personnel Only in the west wall, and Zelka Forn is to your right, standing between a desk in the middle of the room and the south wall:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Rakghoul disease? What's that? KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Tell me about the rakghoul disease.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 4. Do you know anything about the Republic escape pods that crashed in the Undercity?

You cannot ask these questions if you threaten him later, but he still heals you and shows you his inventory:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 5. Let me take a look at what you've got for sale. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I need to see your inventory.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: Of course. Just step over here and I'll show you what I have in stock. My prices are very reasonable, just what I need to keep this facility operating. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: Well, I did set this facility up to help those in need, so I suppose I can't really turn you away. Very well, you can see what I have in stock.
Zelka Forn
Buy Item Cost Rakghoul Serum -20% Amount Buy Item Cost Rakghoul Serum -20% Amount
Advanced Medpac 80 64 5 Adrenal Strength 50 40 Infinite
Antidote Kit 49 39 Infinite Adrenal Alacrity 50 40 Infinite
Medpac 40 32 Infinite Adrenal Stamina 50 40 Infinite
Bio-Antidote Package 500 400 1 Rakghoul Serum 50 40 1
Nerve Enhancement Package 500 400 1

Rakghoul serum is only sold if it was delivered to Zelka, and the 20% discount only applies if you declined the reward or persuaded him to give extra. The Nerve Enhancement Package may be worth buying for any character with Implant Level 2 and using melee weapons, or lightsabers offensively, since it gives them Immunity: Mind-Affecting without sacrificing offense.

If you threaten him before speaking to him about rakghoul serum, then you won't be able to give it to him or sell it to Zax; if you threaten him afterwards, you still won't be able to give it to him but you will be able to sell it to Zax.

Rakghoul Serum[edit]

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Rakghoul Serum
Zelka at the Upper City medical center is eager to acquire a sample of the rakghoul serum used by the Sith Undercity patrols.

If you don't speak to Gurney after suggesting to Zelka that you might be able to get your hands on the rakghoul serum for him, he attracts your attention as you leave the clinic:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Rakghoul Serum
Zelka at the Upper City medical center is eager to acquire a sample of the rakghoul serum used by the Sith Undercity patrols. However, Gurney, Zelka's assistant, mentioned that it might be more profitable if you deliver the serum to Zax in the bounty office in the Lower City cantina.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gurney: Remember – if you get your hands on that rakghoul serum take it to Zax in the Lower City bounty office. He works for Davik, and he'll make it worth your while.

Rakghoul Serum can be found on the corpse of a Sith soldier to the south of the Outcast village gate in the Undercity. To minimize travel time, it's best to speak to Zelka on your first visit to the Upper City (you cannot sell it to Zax until Gurney has spoken to you after speaking to Zelka), then wait until you've completed the search for Bastila before returning.

You move closer to the light side of the Force by giving it to him:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Here you go. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Fine, take the serum.
KotOR Icon Light.png Light Side Points Gained: +4
Zelka Forn: Hmmm… let me see… yes, this is it! A cure for the rakghoul disease! With this sample I can make enough serum for everyone!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: The people of Taris owe you a debt they can never repay. Please, take this small reward. It isn't much, but it's all I can afford: a few credits and two spare medpacs.

You can move even closer to the light side of the Force by declining:

KotOR Icon Light.png Light Side Points Gained: +2
1. Keep your reward, Zelka. You need it more than I do.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: You truly have a noble and generous spirit, but you deserve something for your effort. Tell you what, I'll give you a discount whenever you shop at my store. It's the least I can do.
KotOR Icon Bastila.png Bastila: That is very kind of you. We are just glad we were able to bring some relief to the suffering of these people.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: Now, is there anything else I can do for you?

Zelka now sells items from his inventory at 20% discount, the value of which may exceed that of the reward, depending on cost and amount of what is bought. Alternatively, you can accept the reward or try to persuade him to give extra:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Thank you, Zelka. That would be fine. Medium 3. [Persuade] Are you sure you couldn't spare a little something extra? Medium 4. [Persuade] That's it? After all the trouble I went to?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: [Success] I suppose I could give you a discount here at my shop, in addition to the credits and medpacs. Other than that there is really nothing else I can offer.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: I appreciate everything you've done. There are many who would have sold the serum to the crime lord Davik for a much higher sum.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: Now, is there anything else I can do for you?
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 50 KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Zelka Forn

If you succeed in persuading him to give extra, you also get the same 20% discount as declining the reward; if you fail, you can still decline or accept it. Alternatively, you can threaten him to give extra, moving closer to the dark side of the Force:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: [Failure] I'm sorry, but all my credits are spent trying to keep this medical facility operating. I can't spare anymore.
KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -2
5. You better come up with something extra or I'll put a smoking blaster hole right between your eyes!
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 100

You don't get the two Medpacs as well, which you could sell back to Zelka for 16 credits apiece, so you only gain 18 credits at most. Regardless of how it ends with Zelka, the quest is completed.

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Rakghoul Serum
You've delivered the rakghoul serum to Zelka. He plans to mass produce it so that it will always be available in his store at a very affordable price for anyone who needs it.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 200 Delivered rakghoul serum to Zelka

How he and Gurney greet you now depends on whether you delivered the serum to him (without threats) or Zax:

Republic escape pods[edit]

Easy 1. [Persuade] Don't worry, I'm not with the Sith. I won't betray your secret if you tell me.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: [Success] Well, you don't look like you're with the Sith. I guess… I guess I can tell you my secret. Or rather, I can show you.

If you fail or don't bother to persuade him, you can force the issue by opening the door in the west wall yourself:

Security Lab Personnel Only Unlock 5 (0) Bash Resist 5 Vitality 20

Either way, Zelka's secret is revealed:

The door opens to reveal two injured Republic soldiers floating in kolto tanks. Neither is Bastila (or Trask).

You can blackmail him to move closer to the dark side of the Force. However, this could cost you at least 1000 credits if you haven't already spoken to him about Rakghoul Serum, since Gurney won't speak to you about delivering the serum to Zax.

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 3. It's going to cost you if you want me to keep this information secret.
KotOR Icon Carth.png Carth: No, it's *not*. The Sith would torture these men, or worse. You're not threatening this man while I'm present. KotOR Icon Bastila.png Bastila: Don't be absurd. Indulge your darker impulses if you wish, but not at the cost of hurting helpless men. We will not betray this man. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: What? You're threatening to turn me in? But... the Sith will torture these soldiers! They'll shut me down! They might even kill me! You can't really mean to turn me in!
KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -2
2. I don't take orders from you. Either Zelka pays up, or I tell the Sith.
KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -2
2. Not my problem, doc. Hand over some credits or explain all this to the Sith!
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 100

Otherwise:

KotOR Icon Light.png Light Side Points Gained: +2
1. Is there anything I can do to help?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Don't worry. Your secret is safe with me. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Sorry, I was just making a bad joke. Your secret is safe with me.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: Thank you for keeping my secret. I only wish there was more I could do, but medical science has only come so far.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Zelka Forn: I'm afraid there is nothing more anyone can do for these soldiers. Now, if you'll excuse me I should return to the front in case anyone comes in needing medical attention.

Upper City[edit]

Head east to the other end of Upper City South, and you'll find the entrance to Upper City North in the north wall. Hug the left of the entrance to avoid being drawn into an altercation between a bullied merchant and two bounty hunters on the other side. Otherwise:

If you leave them to it like this, the three of them walk off to the north, never to return. Otherwise, you have to intervene:

KotOR Icon Light.png Light Side Points Gained: +2
1. Leave this man alone or you'll have to deal with me!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. I don't like your attitude. I better teach you a lesson. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. It's time for a new arrangement! KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I'm ordering you to leave this man alone.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Bounty Hunter: Guess we have to teach you to mind your own business! KotOR Icon Dialog.png Bounty Hunter: We take our orders from Davik, not you!
Bounty Hunter
KotOR Model Bounty Hunter.png
Class Scoundrel
Level 2
Alignment 50 (neutral)
Skills
Awareness 2
Attribute
Strength 10 0
Dexterity 10 0
Constitution 10 0
Intelligence 10 0
Wisdom 15 +2
Charisma 12 +1
Attribute
Vitality 10
Force -
Defense 16
Fortitude 0
Reflex 3
Will 2
Ranged Main Off hand
Attack 1 -
Energy 1-6-
Threat 20-20,x2-
Melee
Attack 1 -
Physical 2-12-
Threat 19-20,x2-
Items and abilities Feats Force powers

Combat Suit Blaster Pistol+ Vibrosword

Scoundrel's Luck Armor Proficiency: Light Weapon Proficiency: Blaster Pistol Weapon Proficiency: Melee Weapons

None

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

Blaster Pistol+ Stun Baton On Hit: Stun10

Scoundrel's Luck Weapon Proficiency: Blaster Pistol Weapon Proficiency: Melee Weapons

None

Both can be killed with a single Frag Grenade, even if their Reflex saves are successful... so it's not necessary. If you're playing without a party and you run away, Sith troopers may kill them for you (you will still receive experience, although it won't be recorded in Feedback); however, don't run too far away or when they die, the bullied merchant will run off without speaking to you.

KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:

If you have 100 credits, you can give them to him to pay off Davik and move closer to the light side of the Force:

KotOR Icon Light.png Light Side Points Gained: +4
1. Here's 100 credits. Take them.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 100

Otherwise:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. I'm just glad I could help. KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -2
3. Hand over all your credits if you want to live!
KotOR Icon Carth.png Carth: Are you joking? We don't need this guy's credits. Just go on, we were happy to help. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Bullied Merchant: What? You're robbing me? You're no better than those bounty hunters! Here – take my credits! Now I'm getting out of here!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Bullied Merchant: I'm getting out of here before any more of Davik's goons show up. You should do the same. KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 50

However the dialog ends, the bullied merchant runs off to the north, never to return. Search the bounty hunter remains and you'll discover that even if you gave him credits, you receive at least as much as you lost:

KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 250 Saved bullied merchant
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Bounty Hunter (2)
  • Credits (50)