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Salt-Upon-Wounds without the helmet
He is war chief of the White Legs, and the worst butcher of them all. The tribes he has crushed are many. The warriors he has slain, countless.”— Waking Cloud
Salt-Upon-Wounds is a harsh, merciless leader infamous among the inhabitants of Zion Valley for his cruelty as well as his prowess in hand-to-hand combat. He is well known for personally leading his warriors into battle, and is described as having killed hundreds enemies with his personal power fist. When Salt-Upon-Wounds took New Canaan, he ordered the White Legs to salt the earth so nothing could grow again. This "salt-the-earth" policy of conquest and destruction is progressively transforming Zion National Park into another polluted piece of wasteland.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is involved in quests.|
- Flight from Zion: Salt-Upon-Wounds and his warband block the entrance to Pine Creek Tunnel, and serve as the final obstacle faced by the Courier, Joshua Graham, and Daniel when evacuating the Sorrows from Zion Valley. He can either be defeated in combat, or convinced with a Speech skill of 75 to retreat without a fight.
- Crush the White Legs: Joshua Graham will singlehandedly infiltrate Salt-Upon-Wounds encampment and capture him and his White Legs followers. When the player reaches them, Graham will be systematically executing the White Legs one by one, with Salt-Upon-Wounds begging the player to help save him from Graham. The player can either allow Graham to execute Salt-Upon-Wounds, allow Salt-Upon-Wounds to die in a "fair fight" against the player and Graham, or convince Graham to spare Salt-Upon-Wounds' life and allow him and the White Legs to flee in peace.
Effects of player's actions
- If Salt-Upon-Wounds is spared and subsequently escapes, he is "a dim shadow of his former self," and is unable to prevent his people from being destroyed by their enemies soon after retreating from Zion.
- If the player has the Sneering Imperialist perk, there are extra options referring Salt-Upon-Wounds as "General Goggledegook". One is to mock him, initiating combat with him, the other to tell Joshua Graham to "put a cap in General Gobbledigook."
- If you have a Speech skill of 90, you can ask Graham to spare him, after which he will run away.
White Legs hide armor
|Salt-Upon-Wounds' power fist|
Drops on death
- Salt-Upon-Wounds is 30% faster than a normal non-player character.
- "Outman! Kuna-man mad! He kill all White Legs! You talk! You stop!" (Salt-Upon-Wounds pleading to the Courier)
- "Foolish outman - You best White Legs, you think? By my spear you die!" (After challenging him to fight to the death)
- "Weak words you talk! Now you see strong spears better than weak words!" (After failing the speech check to get them to leave without fighting)
- "Sorrows are weak. We go, find true warriors to test us!" (After convincing him that there are better warriors to test the White Legs)
- "You mock White Legs! You die now!" (After mocking him with the Sneering Imperialist perk)
Behind the scenes
Salting the earth destroys plants and nutrients in the soil, essentially making the area uninhabitable for small farming communities such as New Caanan, and obliterating natural areas such as Zion. Salting the earth of a defeated opponent dates back before the Romans, although the best known example is the (mythical, not historical) salting of the earth at Carthage at the conclusion of the Punic Wars. While it's unlikely Salt-Upon-Wounds would have been aware of it, the White Legs were interested in joining the Legion, and may have picked up the idea from them.
- The Courier: "What do you know about Salt-Upon-Wounds?"
Waking Cloud: "He is war chief of the White Legs, and the worst butcher of them all. The tribes he has crushed are many. The warriors he has slain, countless."
(Waking Cloud's dialogue)
- The Courier: "What do you know of the White Legs?"
Daniel: "They're hateful savages who live only to plunder and destroy. Their leader is a devil called Salt-Upon-Wounds. War is what all he knows. Everything he has, everything that tribe has, was taken by force, raiding and scavenging. It's said there's no man deadlier at close range, that that powerfist of his has smashed a hundred skulls. Maybe that's true, but so what? It's a low form of leadership. A tribe that knows only war has no future. And so he'll lead them to Caesar."
(Daniel's dialogue (Honest Hearts))
- Waking Cloud: "When Salt-Upon-Wounds took New Canaan, he ordered the White Legs to salt the earth so nothing could grow again. What kind of monster could do that?"
(Waking Cloud's dialogue)
- The Courier: "Daniel and the Sorrows are weak prey, not fit for such mighty warriors."
Salt-Upon-Wounds: "Sorrows are weak. We go, find true warriors to test us!"
- Honest Hearts endings#White Legs
- The Courier: "Time to die, General Gobbledegook!"
Salt-Upon-Wounds: "You mock White Legs! You die now!"
- The Courier: "Whatever. Joshua, put a cap in General Gobbledigook here."
Salt-Upon-Wounds: "Baika-ker! You devil!"