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Salting the Earth...Again
Salting the Earth...Again mission complete
"Salting the Earth...Again" mission completion screen
Story arc

Ultor (epilogue)

Cutscenes
Enemies

? marked, ? minimum kills

Objectives
Rewards
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Pyramid Scheme ... and a Better Life

"Salting the Earth...Again" is the penultimate mission in Saints Row 2.

Ultor execs enjoy surprise retirement party
Stilwater Gazette newspaper headline

OverviewEdit

At the Saints Hideout, The Protagonist receives a package from an unknown sender addressed to them. Inside is a newspaper clipping revealing Ultor's current fundraising gala aboard a yacht. Spotting an opportunity for revenge against Ultor's recent hostilities, The Protagonist heads out to crash their party despite Pierce's best efforts to dissuade them, who advises on how it could be a trap and reminds The Protagonist of their history aboard yachts, as the explosion aboard Richard Hughes' yacht[1] placed The Protagonist into a years-long coma.[2]

After reaching the yacht, The Protagonist slays all of the executives partying aboard. Dane Vogel watches the carnage unfold from his office at the top of the Phillips Building. It becomes apparent that the executives aboard the yacht belonged to the Ultor board of directors, and Vogel sent The Protagonist the package, manipulating them into killing the executives to further his own goals, and in retaliation for the threats made against him in the boardroom at the end of the previous mission.[3] Knowing that he now fully controls Ultor, Vogel asks his secretary Jaime to set up a press conference for him[4], initiating the events of the final mission.[5]

StoryEdit

The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
It can be read in-game upon completion of the mission by selecting the mission at a Newspaper Clipboard.

Bodies of the Ultor Board of Directors littered the water this morning, as a corporate gala turned into a blood bath. This is the second time a massacre has occurred on the open water here in Stilwater...fortunately there were no explosions.

GameplayEdit

Salting the Earth...Again

Gameplay from the mission.

The objective of this mission is to kill six executives aboard a yacht to the northeast of the Saint's Row District. In the patched version of the game, the two Tornados fire rockets, and there are absolutely no checkpoints throughout the entire mission. However, if the game has not been updated or patched at all, the Tornados lack the ability to fire their missiles and the mission is generally quite easy.

Grab a water craft and get to the yacht

Begin by heading to the Saints Row Mega Condo and jumping aboard the Shark on the dock.

Get to the yacht

If the game isn't patched, drive to the yacht and a Tornado arrives and follows, but does nothing. If the game is patched, immediately disembark from the Shark after boarding it and wait for the message that an Ultor attack helicopter soon arrives. Use the small roof overhead as cover and engage the Tornado on foot; heavy firepower should down it fairly quickly, then get back on the Shark and drive to the yacht peacefully (the Tornado is not replaced).

Another strategy, although more riskier, is to drive to the yacht and exit from the Shark every time the Tornado fires its missiles. The Protagonist smashes awkwardly into the water, but the missile lock is lost and it should crash into the water. This strategy must be repeated multiple times before reaching the yacht.

If a Tornado has been obtained previously, retrieving it from a garage before the mission and using it makes short work of the enemy Torandos and most enemies on the boat before needing to abandon it to kill the ones that remain on the interior.

Kill the Ultor execs

After reaching the yacht, the five executives are all located inside the center of the yacht at various levels. The yacht's defenses consist of little more than a few Ultor security guards, but the game's framerate may drop notably during this section of the mission.

Get to the speedboat and chase down the last exec

The sixth and final executive attempts to flee on another boat; head to the marker to board a Python speedboat and give chase. Another Tornado arrives and give chase; ignore it and quickly focus all firepower on the enemy boat. Ideally, it should fall very quickly. Failure results in the entire mission restarting from the beginning.

RewardsEdit

NewscastEdit

Main article: Newscasts
MUS SHARED 00067 News update (Salting the Earth...Again)
Jane Valderamma: "It was to be the gala to end all galas...and regretably for the Ultor Board of Directors...it was. The mirth born of profits and over priced vodka gimlets was drowned out by gunfire, as an unknown assailent killed the party with more efficiency and brutality than any line dance could. I'm Jane Valderamma, channel 6 news."

TriviaEdit

Newspaper ep03 Salting the Earth...Again

The Stilwater Gazette newspaper clipping from the completion screen and Newspaper Clipboard.

  • While 6 Ultor Directors are murdered in this mission, there appear to be 8 in the ending cutscene of the previous mission, "Pyramid Scheme". The fates of the 2 Directors not attending the gala aren't revealed, but it can be inferred that Vogel either had them eliminated offscreen, or else forced them to make him the de facto leader of Ultor.
  • There are several references and allusions in this mission to the first Saints Row and its final mission, "Saints and Martyrs":
    • The title, "Salting the Earth...Again", is a reference to the cutscene that plays in the Saints and Martyrs mission, "Salting the Earth".
    • The yacht in this mission belongs to the game's antagonists, Ultor, and is being used as a fundraising gala.[6] The yacht in "Saints and Martyrs" belongs to that game's antagonist, Alderman Richard Hughes, who planned to host a fundraising gala aboard his yacht later that night.[7]
    • In the opening cutscene, Pierce sarcastically quips, "Well, your history with boats is pretty solid, so, uh, this seems like a good idea...", referring to The Protagonist being placed into a coma after Hughes' yacht exploded at the end of the Saints Row.
    • There are no checkpoints in this mission, similar to all of the missions in Saints Row.
  • It is possible to complete this mission with a Tornado, but after the final cutscene, it is teleported to the dock beside the Saints Row Mega Condo, with the tail embedded in concrete.
  • The boat driver with the last exec can be obtained by killing the driver and entering it. It is impossible to normally control the boat though as it goes by a scripted path.

TranscriptEdit

"2nd Times A Charm" cutsceneEdit

The Protagonist: "What's this?"
Pierce: "Don't know, I found it here and it was addressed to you."
Pierce: "Lookin' to crash a party?"
The Protagonist: "Thinkin' about it..."
Pierce: "I think I'm gonna go find Shaundi..."
The Protagonist: "Good idea."
Pierce: "Don't you care who sent it?"
The Protagonist: "Nope."
Pierce: "But it's probably a trap..."
The Protagonist: "Yep."
— "2nd Times A Charm" cutscene

"Dane's Triumph" cutsceneEdit

Jaime: "Mr. Vogel, will you be needing a car to take you to the party?"
Dane Vogel: "That's alright Jaime, I think I'm going to skip it this year. Oh and Jaime?"
Jaime: "Yes sir?"
Dane Vogel: "Please move my things to my new office...and set up a press conference."
Jaime: "You were promoted Mr. Vogel?"
Dane Vogel: "I'm about to be..."
Jaime: "Sir?"
— "Dane's Triumph" cutscene

GalleryEdit

  • The Protagonist reads the newspaper clipping from the package addressed to them
  • The Protagonist heads out to the yacht, despite Pierce's objections
  • Dane Vogel watches the chaos unfold from his office in the Phillips Building, safe in the knowledge that he's about to get a promotion
  • The newspaper clipping from the opening cutscene
  • The newspaper clipping from the opening cutscene
  • Gameplay from the mission
  • Gameplay from the mission
  • Loading screen used after completing completing this mission
  • Loading screen used after completing completing this mission
  • Loading screen used after completing completing this mission

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mission: Saints and Martyrs
  2. Cutscene: 2nd Times A Charm
  3. Mission: Pyramid Scheme
  4. Cutscene: Dane's Triumph
  5. Mission: ... and a Better Life
  6. Image:
    Newsclip ultorfund

    The newspaper clipping from the opening of the mission

  7. Newscast:
    SR1 News Shared 0049 Waterfront Explosion (Jane)
    Jack Armstrong: "This just in to the newsroom, a deadly explosion has rocked the waterfront. Our Jane Valderamma is already at the scene."
    Jane Valderamma: "Jack, waterfront residents and the press, who were setting up their cameras and microphones to cover the gala fund-raiser scheduled for mayoral candidate's Hughes' campaign, were treated to an amazing site a few moments ago as the yacht registered to the alderman exploded in a shower of brass and mahogany. We were a safe distance away so no one here was injured, as far as we can tell, but we have no word as to who - if anyone - was actually aboard. We don't know how this happened, why this happened, or even who was on the boat - if anyone - as no survivors have been located. I was inside the press tent when it happened, but witnesses outside say that the peaceful, serene evening was suddenly punctured by a viscous explosion that not only reduced the alderman's yacht to a pile of floating debris, but knocked out windows and swamped smaller boats throughout the marina. Jack."
    Jack Armstrong: "Jane, while you were giving that report we attempted to contact Alderman Hughes' press secretary, and there was no answer. Do we know where the alderman is?"
    Jane Valderamma: "No we do not, Jack. I've asked around and no one from the press cord noticed any official movement on the boat, as it's early in the evening and the event was not scheduled to begin for another couple of hours."
    Jack Armstrong: "Do we know if this was an accident, or yet another attempt on the life of a public official?"
    Jane Valderamma: "Jack, we don't have any definitive answers on that, and with almost no details emerging yet, we still do not know if this was something as silly as a galley or a fuel tank explosion... but in the light of recent events, we cannot rule out the possibility that this was more than just an accident. Reporting live from the waterfront, this is Jane Valderamma. Back to you, Jack."
    Jack Armstrong: "Thank you, Jane, and stay dry. Stay tuned as we get more details on this unfolding event, we will bring them to you immediately. In the newsroom, I'm Jack Armstrong."
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