|Saints Row IV|
|How the Saints Save Christmas|
|Also known as||
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every now and again a situation arises that defies explanation. And so it was with the ascension of the Third Street Saints.
- — Jane Austen, during the introduction of Saints Row IV.
Throughout the majority of Saints Row IV, Austen serves as an unseen and unnamed narrator. She occasionally recounts the events of the game on an historic point of view, providing narration particularly at the beginning of the "Zero Saints Thirty"; the end of "The Real World"; the end of "All Hands on Deck"; and then either at the end of "Grand Finale" or in a post-credits scene depending on whether or not the player has completed all Loyalty missions.
In the post-credits scene, Zinjai and Playa check on the cultural figures that Zinyak abducted using time travel prior to his invasion (and subsequent destruction) of Earth, and it is there that the narrator is revealed to be Jane Austen. As the game comes to an end, she states, "And that, my friends, is how I first met the Saints", implying that she was subsequently released.
Saints Row IVEdit
As a mysterious figure clad in iron sits musing upon a throne, Austen introduces the 3rd Street Saints and briefly describes the gang's evolution "from a degenerate street gang into beloved pop culture icons" and their dissatisfaction: "For it's one thing to be revered as a hero, it is another to be a hero". While past events unfold, Austen states that this is "where our journey begins".
Later, following Zinyak's destruction of Earth, she describes the event as the defining moment of the Zin Empire's downfall – "An act that was supposed to demoralize, galvanized" – as the Saints, now the last of humanity, decide to fight back. Austen does not regret the loss of Earth, instead conceding that if it was not destroyed, "pragmatism would have won over desperation and the Saints would never have been reunited with the most dangerous man in all of history: Johnny Gat".
- Zinyak was fascinated with Earth culture, he made it a point to go back and build a menagerie of his favorite humans.
- — Zinjai, alluding to Zinyak's abduction of Austen.
Depending on whether or not the player has completed all Loyalty missions in the game, one of two endings will play, both of which feature Austen in different capacities: if they have not been completed, Playa commands the Zin fleet to look for a new home world, with Austen simply reciting, "And so, the Saints Empire was born", leaving her true identity unknown.
However, should they all be completed, Zinjai informs Playa of Zinyak's collection of certain humans using time travel, and reveals that time travel could be used to allow the Saints to visit Earth before its destruction. Austen recounts that "when the novelty of shaping history wore off, the Saints remembered the words of Zinjai" and, returning to the Mothership, they release her from captivity, allowing her to meet the Saints.
How the Saints Save ChristmasEdit
- For nearly a decade we've watched the Saints as they rose from humble beginnings to becoming an unstoppable force of nature. In that time we've seen how the Saints rose to power, we've seen how the Saints enact vengeance, we've even seen how the Saints united both humanity and velociraptors. But for the first time ever, I share with you the most important story yet. For this, my friends, is How the Saints Save Christmas.
- — Jane Austen in the introduction for How the Saints Save Christmas.
Jane Austen appears in the introduction cutscene for How the Saints Save Christmas describing how the 3rd Street Saints came from humble beginnings to an unstoppable force. She then mentions one more important story, and that was How the Saints saved Christmas.
Gat out of HellEdit
- Austen is voiced by Eden Riegel, where she is referred to as "The Narrator".
- Both Playa and Zinyak are fans of Austen's work.
- "Chapter 8: My Defining Moment" of Zinyak's Text Adventures alludes to Jane Austen: "So it was I went about collecting the exemplary specimens from cultures throughout the entirety of the known world. With one exception. A certain destination whose exploitation I wished to savor. A place whose artistic contributions had first set me upon my path. There was someone there I especially wished to meet-and with the time-bending capability of the Mothership, I could. But also I knew any planet capable of literary work of that caliber must also breed warriors unlike any other. I was excited, reader. Every part of my essence shivered with anticipation."
- The nude Jane Austen in the end game cutscene is not a defined character model.
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every now and again a situation arises that defies explanation. And so it was with the ascension of the Third Street Saints. When the Saints made their presence known to the world in 2006, they were decried for being pretenders to the throne. The people were confused. Were the Saints sociopathic killing machines hell-bent on destruction? Or puckish rogues living a life of mirth and whimsy? The Saints needed clarity of purpose, and so the course was set... More fun, less mercy killing. This simple choice revitalized the Saints, transforming them from a degenerate street gang into beloved pop culture icons. But even then the Saints were not satisfied... For it's one thing to be revered as a hero, it is another to be a hero. And that, my friends, is where our journey begins.
- — Jane Austen, during the introduction to the game.
- When historians look back on the fall of the Zin Empire, this will be the defining moment. An act that was supposed to demoralize, galvanized; and a course was set that the Saints could never back down from. But even more monumental is this: if the Earth was not destroyed, pragmatism would have won over desperation and the Saints would never have been reunited with the most dangerous man in all of history: Johnny Gat. But ever as always, I'm getting ahead of myself...like all good stories, the second act begins with a call to action and the building of a robot.
- — Jane Austen, prefacing the second act of the game.
- Dante said that the lowest circle of Hell was reserved for betrayers, but it's important to remember that it's the storyteller who decides who the hero is, not morality. But while philosophers will spend years debating the ethics of "The Kinzie Gambit", the Saints had a less charitable view...
- Shaundi: "You got to be fucking kidding me."
Kinzie Kensington: ""Keep what you kill," it's a classic."
Playa: "...time to take over a new home world."
Jane Austen: "And so, the Saints Empire was born."
- Jane Austen: "When the novelty of shaping history wore off, the Saints remembered the words of Zinjai..."
Playa: "Is this all of them?"
Zinjai: "It's hard to say, Your Excellency. Zinyak was a long time collector."
Jane Austen: "...and that my friends, is how I first met the Saints."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Saints Row Wiki: Saints Row IV credits
- ↑ Note: Credited as "The Narrator"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Mission: Grand Finale (if all Loyalty missions have been completed)
- ↑ Mission: Miracle on 3rd Street
- ↑ Escapist magazine: Gat out of Hell Coming
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mission: Zero Saints Thirty
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Mission: The Real World
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Mission: All Hands on Deck
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Cutscene: Scene following the credits
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Mission: Grand Finale
- ↑ Mission: Welcome to Hell
- ↑ Image:
- ↑ Mission: He Lives