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  1. There is also a mostly-cheating way to beat Handmaiden easily. If you go to your inventory on the Ebon Hawk you can also cycle through the inventories of your companions. (by pressing the black button if you're playing X-Box). So right after the fight starts you go to Handmaiden's inventory, switch out the sword she's using, and replace it with a mining laser. Naturally she can't hit squat with it, and it does virtually no damage even if she does, so you wail on her with your sword and that's that.

     

    Again, it's pretty much cheating, but if you're desperate you can do this.


  2. Yeah, from remarks in SW movies/games it seems like the double-bladed saber is more "aggressive" and has more killing power, which causes it to be more associated with Sith (though not exclusively). The single-bladed saber is more defensive and precise (hence the defense and attack bonuses), but they should give dueling more of an advantage to reflect this. (they should give you a couple abilities, like at least letting you absorb force lightning - and maybe other aggressive force powers).


  3. Atris isn't a woman of action, and I don't buy her escaping Katarr, or intentionally selling out the Jedi there.

     

    Atris hid on Telos because she has always been driven by fear.  She wanted to follow the Exile, Revan and Malak, but she was afraid to.  Furthermore, she is afraid to teach the ways of the Jedi, despite claiming to try and preserve such knowledge.

     

    It is her emotions that allowed her to be corrupted by the Sith artifacts.

     

    Atris is trying to make up for her past fears, for being too afraid to join the Exile; she wants to atone for that by single-handedly defeating the new Sith threat. That's what leads her to study the Sith Holocrons (to understand the enemy), and what leads her to leak the info about Katarr; she figures they'll show up, she and the other Jedi will defeat the Sith, and she'll be the action hero she's always secretly wanted to be.

     

    Of course, it doesn't really work out that way for her, and she doesn't realize that her fear and actions are driving her down the dark path...


  4. There are limits to Nihilus' ability to detect Jedi. Note that he wiped out Katarr because the Jedi council gathered there, basically creating a "force beacon". Vrook mentions that wherever Jedi gathered, they died (leading to the decision to scatter). So if there's just one Jedi or two, even if they are powerful, that doesn't allow Nihilus to detect them (at least, not easily). So the Exile wasn't really the last Jedi, just the last one that the Sith (Nihilus & Sion) know about. Hence, it's not problematic that Bastila is around.


  5. It is like Palpatine. Using the dark side, you're channelling your body & spirit to gain more power, and it gradually corrodes your body.

     

    Bastila can be explained by the fact that she hadn't been on the dark side for very long (at least at the end of KOTOR). Who knows, maybe 5 years later she would look like Kreia. '

     

    I do have to say that men get it a lot worse than women in KOTOR (at least KOTOR 2). My Sith Lord by the end was so grey and scarred that I had to look away whenever they showed him on screen. By contrast, Handmaiden just looked "goth".


  6. Well, it sort of seems like you can save Atris at the end if you're LS. You have several options of "what to do with Atris?" and one of them is "Atris, you can turn from the dark path", and then she basically agrees to go into exile like you did, and then tells you to save Telos. So it seems like she's returned at least to neutral-ness.

     

    Also I'm not sure Atris ever really FULLY fell to the DS. She delved into Sith teachings in order to fight the Sith, and so obsessed with fighting the Sith that she fell without ever realized it. But the fact that she was always focused on fighting the Sith means that she never really seemed to reach the "BWAHAHAHAHA! Power for its own sake!" stage of full DS-ness


  7. Some? I recall her allowing whole planets to be destroyed? She also enjoyed enslaving others. Not to mention lying, being power hungry, and being full of hate. That's not neutrality.

     

     

     

    When in the game did Kreia allow whole planets to be destroyed? Katarr was Atris' fault, not Kreia's. And she sent Nihilus to Telos, but she did that knowing that the Exile would kill him. It should be noted that she is also in that way responsible for the deaths of the Sith Lords, which, as she put it, "prevented their power from going unchecked in the galaxy", or something like that.

     

    Kreia is absolutely ruthless, willing to lie, cheat & kill, but is actually doing so for relatively selfless (though perhaps crazy, one could argue) reasons. She wants people to be free of the force; to that end, she does everything (including, in the end, give up her own life

     


  8. How do I get the confrontation scene between Visas and Handmaiden (I heard there was one)? Thanx in advance.

     

    If you mean a scene where they fight to the death, that was cut from the endgame.

     

    However, if you have significantly more influence with Visas than Handmaiden, they argue and Handmaiden doesn't talk to you anymore. Is this what you mean? If so, it's not a big deal.


  9. If you're referring to that message T3 has recorded, I think it has more to do with Intelligence than Computer skills. In fact, I know it does, because it shows up in your options with [intelligence] in front of it.

     

    I had really high repair and computer skills, but I could never trigger it... however once I raised my intelligence (to 13, I think... I don't know if intelligences bonuses will work or not for this), I immediately got the option to look at it.

     

    It's 15. With modifiers, though, not just the base, so you can use force valor (and items like the Ossus Robe) to get your INT up high enough to access it.


  10. It is important to recognize that you're never supposed to have all the answers; after all, no character in the game ever does. One of the things I really like about KOTOR 2 is that it raises a lot of interesting questions: is Kreia evil, or neutral? Was Revan ever really evil, or just ruthless? What's the proper role of the Jedi and the Force? What were Revan & Kreia's ultimate plans? KOTOR 2 gives you enough to defend the Jedi Council's actions throughout KOTOR 1 & 2, or Revan's in 1 & 2.


  11. Plus she doesn't seem totally DS

     

    Yep, getting killing an entire planet, numerous Miraluka and about a dozen Jedi on Katarr was pure LS :(

    Even IF she only provided it to the Sith and not killed them themselves.

     

    She didn't intend to get Katarr wiped out. She leaked the info about Katarr in order to draw the Sith out; the problem was only that she underestimated the SIth, which isn't too surprising given that no one (I gather) knew about Nihilus' abilities at the time.


  12. If you want a challenge you could go for consular, as the combat in KOTOR II is quite easy compared to the original. Third time I played through I was a Jedi Consular/ Sith Lord. It made the final fight quite difficult.

     

    Actually I found the final fight easier as a consular/sith lord than as a sentinel/weapon master. As a Sith Lord I could just force wave the sabers away, then force crush them individually until they died. As a weaponmaster I had to constantly recharge my verpine shield & use life packs, and then I just won by charging for Kreia and flurrying her with juyo.

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