However, Tahl often left Bant behind on what she considered more dangerous missions than Bant could handle. This rejection left Bant angered and with the feeling that Tahl did not have confidence in her or her abilities. Bant often confided in Obi-Wan, her friend, these feelings she was having. However, on one such mission to New Apsolon resulted in the death of Master Tahl, which devastated Bant.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was on New Apsolon with Tahl, as well as Obi-Wan's Master, Qui-Gon. Because of this, Bant blamed Obi-Wan for not being able to save Tahl, and refused to speak with him while the loss was still fresh with her. Later, Bant traveled to New Apsolon with Obi-Wan and Jedi Master Mace Windu to investigate Tahl's death. While there, Mace Windu gave Bant and Obi-Wan a mission to locate a citizen there that might have been involved in the recent, tragic events.
It was on this mission that Bant finally acknowledged Obi-Wan once more, a sign that she was beginning to accept and deal with her loss. While on this assignment, Bant and Obi-Wan discovered the dad body of the woman Pleni, a woman with aspirations for planetary governor. It was these aspirations, the Jedi believed, that led her to commit the crimes she did which ultimately led to the death of Jedi Master Tahl.
Bant and the Jedi later discovered that Pleni was killed by a probe droid, but more disturbingly, that the droid could be traced back to Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, who was also deeply devastated by the loss of Tahl, whom he loved deeply and was plagued by a call to vengeance. Like most Jedi at some point in their career, Bant was forced to face and deal with a devastating loss. However, she overcame the unfortunate turn of events to go on and become an important member of the Jedi Knights.