Can I cure the Genophage without losing a Salarian?
I've just finished the mission: "The Shroud" which involves distributing the Krogan Genophage cure.
Unfortunately, this mission ended with the loss of Salarian life
-- one of my favorite Mass Effect characters, Mordin Solus.
Is there a way to complete this mission that doesn't involve the death of our Salarian friends?
Everyone's favorite patter-singing Salarian Scientist can be saved...
But the price, and required setup is arguably too high:
In order to keep Mordin alive, you need to have 1) Not saved Maelon's data in ME2, and 2) Urdnot Wreav must be the leader of the Krogans (that is, Wrex must have died on Virmire in ME1).
Incidentally, this is the default state for a new, non-imported Shepard. Under those circumstances, and only under those circumstances,
Mordin can instead be persuaded to lie to the Krogans about the Genophage cure, and they will buy it, hook, line, and sinker. At this point, you gain both the Krogans and Mordin as War Assets.
I forget, is it possible to complete Mordin's loyalty quest without gaining Mordin's loyalty? If so, this seems relatively easy for a Renegade Shep to do.
@MBraedley no, Mordin has no rivals in ME2 so you don't have a chance to make him lose the loyalty.
The question was about both curing genofage (not faking it) and saving Mordin. This is impossible.