I just love
how the Republic handled Taris through the ages. I mean they only admitted
Taris into the Republic thanks to a bribe despite the planet not being up to
the Republic’s “standards”. First off, Taris had a fucked up justice system
that condemned criminals and their descendants to live in the Undercity (and
the first criminals were rebels who objected to the upper classes abuse of
power) and the Republic decided to take a lesson and use it on Belsavis. Taris was also xenophobic and its laws forced aliens
to live in the Lower City, and added to that the swoop gangs controlled the
Lower City and corporate corruption ala Czerka and the Exchange.
During the Mandalorian Wars Revan and Malak had
to stop the Exchange and their slaving operation, which the Republic hadn’t put
a stop to, despite slavery being illegal in Republic space. At this time the
Lhosan Industries left Taris, which caused unemployment and riots, which led to
the Chancellor questioning circumstances of Taris joining the Republic. This
led to the disappearance of the Tarisian senator and due to the upheaval the
Jedi and the Republic military mostly abandoned Taris. So of course the
Mandalorians invaded and used Taris as a staging ground to attack the Republic.
A great strategic decision on the Republic’s part as everyone can see. After
the war the Exchange moved back in and the Republic didn’t really care at all.
Then the Jedi Civil War came around and Malak
bombed Taris to the ground. To no surprise the Republic didn’t come to their
aid, during or after the war. Now compared to the aid the Republic gave Telos (funding
the Restoration Project) and the Jedi helping on Dantooine (Vrook), this speaks
volumes to how much the Republic cares about its members that aren’t useful,
are too dangerous (rakghouls), or have an unsavory past.
So the Republic abandoned Taris for roughly 300 years
and only got interested when they realized that they could use Taris as good PR
and gain a symbolic victory over the Empire, as well as to use it as staging
ground against the Empire. To accomplish this the Senate appointed Saresh to
oversee the reconstruction. Unsurprisingly Saresh uses Taris as a stepping-stone
to further her own political agenda without a care for the workers and their
During the reconstruction the Republic is either
ignorant or willfully forgetful of Taris’ past, they act as if Taris was some
model Republic planet and restoring it somehow enforces the Republic’s values
of compassion, unity and tolerance. If you ask me, the Republic should be happy
that they failed, as the values that Taris represents are those of xenophobia,
intolerance, corruption, and injustice. But if the Republic wishes to associate
with such values, they are welcome to.
I knew my sister wouldn’t bring it up until I did, so I suggested getting another cat. The thought made me feel really guilty, but I was hoping having a cat around would help as a deflection for grief. Like I’d feel sad about Max, but there’d be a cat there to help make it feel less painful.
So we went to a nearby shelter, which didn’t have a ton of cats, but did have a lot of adorable kittens. But I wanted an adult (but not one older than 5, bc I don’t want to have to say goodbye again in a few years) so I’d know its personality. Plus they don’t get adopted as often. So one brown tabby caught my eye, and she was being really affectionate (another must, since it’d break my heart to have an aloof cat after a clingy little turd like Max).
But it turned out she was part of a bonded pair, and couldn’t be sold separately. And her brother was in a part of the cage that was covered up bc he was so uptight about the shelter.
But we finally just asked to take them into the meeting room and see them both.
Hey, KotOR fans, can we talk about the Outcast Healer?
Because seriously, what’s her deal?
Down in the Undercity of Taris, I’d been fighting rakghouls while doing the whole “don’t level up until the class change” strategy, so I’m hurting. I talk to her, and there’s the option to ask for healing.
So how does this work, can I buy a medpac off you or-
What the hell.
She just healed my whole team with a wave of her hand.
That’s Jedi power.
She shouldn’t be able to do that HOW CAN SHE DO THAT.
It has the same particle effect as team heal! They could’ve just given it the healing sound and filled up my health bar, but no, this woman is a high-level Force user.
Even the professional upper city doctor couldn’t do it that easily. He still heals you to full health, but you don’t get to see the healing light-thing and his dialogue implies he needs some time and equipment to do it. For her it’s just a hand-wave.
Who are you?
What, that’s it? And with “little resources” you can manage better standing around in a slum than a trained professional in a medical facility?
Who is Esala? Where did she come from? Why is she stuck down here? I can’t find anything about her anywhere. Why doesn’t anyone else think this is weird?