|"Gary Savage is the J. Robert Oppenheimer of the nanotechnology revolution. He was instrumental in creating a technology capable of destroying the world, and he (perhaps belatedly) came to realize that such an act carries with it a certain moral imperative.
While the basic theory behind nano-tech predates him by decades, it's pretty safe to say that Gary Savage is the man responsible for making large-scale, practical nano-engineering a reality. He's the one who took all the pieces and put them together. His ultimate achievement is the first fully operational Universal Constructor, a machine with the potential to create pretty much anything. As he became more aware of the potential of the creations, he also became more aware of the agenda of the organization that sponsored them, Majestic 12. Together with his co-workers and his idealistic daughter, Tiffany, he conceived an audacious plan to break his second UC free of MJ12 control, and thereby create a sort of balance of power. As might be expected, such a move would inevitably draw reprisals"
|— description of Gary Savage, Deus Ex Official Strategy Guide|
Gary Savage is a scientist and head of X-51. Formerly a scientist for the Illuminati and Majestic 12, Savage had a long tenure of conducting inhumane and dangerous augmentation experiments on detained civilians, particularly in creating the Hyron Project and the Gray Death. However, he eventually had a change in conscience and turned against his former employers.
In The Missing Link, it is revealed that in 2027, Savage worked on creating the OCM Project with Tiffany Kavanagh, likely a romantic interest of his and potentially the person whom his daughter, Tiffany Savage, is named after.
Prior to 2051, Savage participated in early research on nano-augmentation with Morgan Everett and Bob Page. After Page's upheaval, he worked for MJ12, training and organizing most of the organization's global scientific operations. While working in Area 51, he was heavily influenced by his daughter and began to question his belief that science exists independent of morals. He finally escaped in 2051, destroying the Universal Constructor in the process. With his fellow scientists, he created X-51 and settled in former Vandenberg Air Force Base.
His wife was murdered by MJ12 soon after the move to Vandenberg. Savage is the only person, besides Page, who has the capability to produce a cure for the Gray Death virus because he stole the reaction modules for the Universal Constructor when he left Area 51. It is for this reason why Everett refers JC Denton to Savage when Everett figures out how to formulate a cure, but cannot mass-produce it himself. Unfortunately, Vandenberg is under siege by MJ12 at the time of JC's arrival.
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After JC lifts the MJ12 siege on the base, he makes contact with Savage. Savage instructs JC to fix the X-51 computer, without which their UC would be useless. When JC does, Page contacts the two, blackmailing Savage into handing over the stolen reaction modules in return for Tiffany, who was captured by MJ12 on a mission in their Ocean Lab.
If the player successfully rescues Tiffany, Savage gives JC an augmentation upgrade canister; if not, the two will still work together, but JC doesn't get a reward. He then directs JC to MJ12's Pasadena Ocean Lab, where JC retrieves the schematics Savage needs to complete X-51's UC.
Savage then directs JC to a MJ12-controlled missile silo, with a missile programmed to hit Vandenberg. He instructs JC to alter the missile's path to hit Area 51 instead. Like Paul, Alex, Everett, and Tong, Savage guides JC as he moves through Area 51 to confront Page. If Paul dies in the game, Savage contacts JC at Area 51's holocomm.
- Savage's relationship with Tiffany Kavanagh is not explicitly stated. No romantic feelings are explicitly expressed between the two during gameplay. Upon his departure, Savage is directed by Kavanagh to seek out her sister, Sandra. Pieter Burke, angered at Kavanagh's insolence in an overheard conversation, makes a reference to Savage's "office romance", stating that while he had previously ignored it, he would force "her" into the Hyron Project, most likely referring to Kavanagh. Kavanagh's status after the Missing Link, in which the player must make a decision to save or lose her, is not confirmed.
- In Deus Ex, due to a scripting oversight, if the player has a full inventory when talking to Dr. Savage in West Coast - OceanLab (just before leaving), the player will be awarded 500 Skill Points but he'll retain the Augmentation upgrade canister that he would otherwise yield. This will keep happening on any subsequent attempts to talk to him, allowing the player an infinite source of Skill Points.