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The following is a list of the various quotes heard in the Breencasts.

Half-Life 2 leak[edit]

Early Breencast[edit]

Location: sound/C17 (No text data)

The following are speeches that were to be said by the Consul through the early iteration of the Breencast. It makes a reference to the "identiband" featured in the outfits of the early gas mask Citizen, and also mentions oxygen conservation, a reference to the early concept of the air in the game being toxic because of the Air Exchange's work. A foreign language is also heard behind; "pa" in the file names stands for "public address".

Filename(s) Quote
c17pa0 The true citizen knows that duty is the greatest gift.
c17pa1 The true citizen appreciates the comforts of City 17, but uses discretion.
c17pa2 The true citizen's identiband is kept clean and visible at all times.
c17pa3 The true citizen's job is the opposite of slavery.
c17pa4 The true citizen conserves valuable oxygen.

Early City 17 Trainstation PA system[edit]

Location: sound/vo/trainyard (No text data)

Filename(s) Quote
term_pa_01 Welcome to City 17.
term_pa_02 Watch your step.
term_pa_03 No loitering.
term_pa_04 Please exit the train and listen for further instructions.
term_pa_05 Please proceed to the next platform.
term_pa_06 Non residents should proceed at the west side of the station and board and outbound train.
term_pa_07 Please save all questions for processing officials. Do not attempt to question metropolitan security.
term_pa_08 Residents of City 17 may debark and exit the station at the north gate. Please have proper identification and prepare to submit for scanning.
term_pa_09 Welcome to City 17, home of our Administrator, Dr. Breen.
term_pa_10 Dr. Breen welcomes you to City 17.
term_pa_11 The weather today is fair.

Pre-retail[edit]

Location: sound/vo/Breencast

Features three Breencast speeches featured in the final version: Dr. Breen welcoming Citizens to City 17, Dr. Breen on collaboration, and Dr. Breen addressing Gordon Freeman.

Half-Life 2[edit]

Dr. Breen welcoming Citizens to City 17[edit]

Location: sound/vo/breencast

Broadcast throughout the City 17 Trainstation, from the arrival platforms to the checkpoint.

Filename(s) Quote
br_welcome01 Welcome. Welcome to City 17.
br_welcome02 You have chosen, or been chosen, to relocate to one of our finest remaining urban centers.
br_welcome03; br_welcome04 I thought so much of City 17 that I elected to establish my Administration here, in the Citadel so thoughtfully provided by Our Benefactors.
br_welcome05; br_welcome06 I have been proud to call City 17 my home. And so, whether you are here to stay, or passing through on your way to parts unknown, welcome to City 17.
br_welcome07 It's safer here.

Dr. Breen on instinct[edit]

Location: sound/vo/breencast

Broadcast in the trainstation's food hall, on the plaza, and the apartment buildings.

Filename(s) Quote
br_instinct01 Let me read a letter I recently received. "Dear Dr. Breen. Why has the Combine seen fit to suppress our reproductive cycle? Sincerely, A Concerned Citizen."
br_instinct02 Thank you for writing, Concerned. Of course your question touches on one of the basic biological impulses, with all its associated hopes and fears for the future of the species.
br_instinct03 I also detect some unspoken questions. Do Our Benefactors really know what's best for us? What gives them the right to make this kind of decision for mankind? Will they ever deactivate the Suppression Field and let us breed again?
br_instinct04 Allow me to address the anxieties underlying your concerns, rather than try to answer every possible question you might have left unvoiced.
br_instinct05 First, let us consider the fact that for the first time ever, as a species, immortality is in our reach.
br_instinct06 This simple fact has far-reaching implications. It requires radical rethinking and revision of our genetic imperatives.
br_instinct07 It also requires planning and forethought that run in direct opposition to our neural pre-sets.
br_instinct08 I find it helpful at times like these to remind myself that our true enemy is Instinct.
br_instinct09 Instinct was our mother when we were an infant species.
br_instinct10; br_instinct11 Instinct coddled us and kept us safe in those hardscrabble years when we hardened our sticks and cooked our first meals above a meager fire and started at the shadows that leapt upon the cavern's walls.
br_instinct12 But inseparable from Instinct is its dark twin, Superstition.
br_instinct13 Instinct is inextricably bound to unreasoning impulses, and today we clearly see its true nature. Instinct has just become aware of its irrelevance, and like a cornered beast, it will not go down without a bloody fight.
br_instinct14 Instinct would inflict a fatal injury on our species.
br_instinct15 Instinct creates its own oppressors, and bids us rise up against them.
br_instinct16 Instinct tells us that the unknown is a threat, rather than an opportunity.
br_instinct17 Instinct slyly and covertly compels us away from change and progress.
br_instinct18 Instinct, therefore, must be expunged.
br_instinct19 It must be fought tooth and nail, beginning with the basest of human urges: the urge to reproduce.
br_instinct20 We should thank Our Benefactors for giving us respite from this overpowering force.
br_instinct21 They have thrown a switch and exorcised our demons in a single stroke.
br_instinct22 They have given us the strength we never could have summoned to overcome this compulsion.
br_instinct23 They have given us purpose. They have turned our eyes toward the stars.
br_instinct24 Let me assure you that the Suppressing Field will be shut off on the day that we have mastered ourselves... the day we can prove we no longer need it.
br_instinct25 And that day of transformation, I have it on good authority, is close at hand.

Dr. Breen on Gordon Freeman[edit]

Location: sound/vo/breencast

Broadcast in the APC garage, in the Canals.

Filename(s) Quote
br_disruptor01 We now have direct confirmation of a disruptor in our midst, one who has acquired an almost messianic reputation in the minds of certain citizens.
br_disruptor02 His figure is synonymous with the darkest urges of instinct, ignorance and decay. Some of the worst excesses of the Black Mesa Incident have been laid directly at his feet.
br_disruptor03 And yet unsophisticated minds continue to imbue him with romantic power, giving him such dangerous poetic labels as the 'One Free Man', the 'Opener of the Way'.
br_disruptor04 Let me remind all citizens of the dangers of magical thinking.
br_disruptor05 We have scarcely begun to climb from the dark pit of our species' evolution. Let us not slide backward into oblivion, just as we have finally begun to see the light.
br_disruptor06 If you see this so-called Free Man, report him.
br_disruptor07 Civic deeds do not go unrewarded. And contrariwise, complicity with his cause will not go unpunished.
br_disruptor08 Be wise. Be safe. Be aware.

Dr. Breen addressing the Overwatch[edit]

Location: sound/vo/breencast

Broadcast in Nova Prospekt's cell block B4.

Filename(s) Quote
br_overwatch01 I have been asked to say a few words to the transhuman arm of Sector Seventeen Overwatch, concerning recent successes in containing members of the Resistance Science Team.
br_overwatch02 Let me say up front that I regret having to temper my heartfelt congratulations with a strong measure of disappointment. But I wouldn't be doing my duty as your Administrator if I didn't pass along the message I have received from Our Benefactors.
br_overwatch03 The capture of Eli Vance is an event of major significance, make no mistake. And while it's true that conceivably we could have taken him at almost any time in the last several years, the manner of his capture may prove to have unexpected benefits.
br_overwatch04 It cannot have gone unnoticed by all resistance members that Doctor Vance's capture coincided with the act of giving shelter to Gordon Freeman. This might cause other resistance members to think twice before harboring Doctor Freeman. It might cause them to question his allegiance; even prompt some to turn him out, or turn him over to our cause.
br_overwatch05 However, we cannot count on such developments. Doctor Freeman's reputation is such that other desperate renegades are likely to grant him a great deal of license in the spirit of spreading general chaos and terror.
br_overwatch06 This brings me to the one note of disappointment I must echo from our Benefactors. Obviously I am not on the ground to closely command or second-guess the dedicated forces of the Overwatch, but this does not mean I can shirk responsibility for recent lapses and even outright failures on their part. I have been severely questioned about these shortcomings, and now must put the question to you:
br_overwatch07 How could one man have slipped through your force's fingers time and time again? How is it possible? This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing. Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident. I have good reason to believe that in the intervening years, he was in a state that precluded further development of covert skills. The man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that—an ordinary man. How can you have failed to apprehend him?
br_overwatch08 Well… I will leave the upbraiding for another time, to the extent it proves necessary. Now is the moment to redeem yourselves. If the transhuman forces are to prove themselves an indispensable augmentation to the Combine Overwatch, they will have to earn the privilege. I'm sure I don't have to remind you that the alternative, if you can call it that, is total extinction – in union with all the other unworthy branches of the species.
br_overwatch09 Let's not allow it to come to that. I have done my best to convince Our Benefactors that you are the finest the species has to offer. So far they have accepted my argument, but without concrete evidence to back it up, my words sound increasingly hollow even to me. The burden of proof is on you. As is the consequence of failure. I'll just leave it at that.

Dr. Breen on collaboration[edit]

Location: sound/vo/breencast

Broadcast at the start of the City 17 uprising chapters, on the Trainstation Plaza.

Filename(s) Quote
br_collaboration01 It has come to my attention that some have lately called me a collaborator, as if such a term were shameful.
br_collaboration02 I ask you, what greater endeavor exists than that of collaboration?
br_collaboration03 In our current unparalleled enterprise, refusal to collaborate is simply a refusal to grow—an insistence on suicide, if you will.
br_collaboration04 Did the lungfish refuse to breathe air? It did not.
br_collaboration05 It crept forth boldly while its brethren remained in the blackest ocean abyss, with lidless eyes forever staring at the dark, ignorant and doomed despite their eternal vigilance.
br_collaboration06 Would we model ourselves on the trilobite?
br_collaboration07 Are all the accomplishments of humanity fated to be nothing more than a layer of broken plastic shards thinly strewn across a fossil bed, sandwiched between the Burgess shale and an eon's worth of mud?
br_collaboration08 In order to be true to our nature, and our destiny, we must aspire to greater things. We have outgrown our cradle. It is futile to cry for mother's milk, when our true sustenance awaits us among the stars.
br_collaboration09 And only the universal union that small minds call 'The Combine' can carry us there.
br_collaboration10 Therefore I say, yes, I am a collaborator. We must all collaborate, willingly, eagerly, if we expect to reap the benefits of unification.
br_collaboration11 And reap we shall.

Dr. Breen addressing Gordon Freeman[edit]

Location: sound/vo/breencast

Broadcast in front of the Overwatch Nexus.

Filename(s) Quote
br_tofreeman01 I'd like to take a moment to address you directly, Dr. Freeman.
br_tofreeman02; br_tofreeman03 Yes. I'm talking to you, the so-called One Free Man. I have a question for you. How could you have thrown it all away? It staggers the mind.
br_tofreeman04; br_tofreeman05 A man of science, with the ability to sway reactionary and fearful minds toward the truth, choosing instead to embark on a path of ignorance and decay. Make no mistake, Dr. Freeman. This is not a scientific revolution you have sparked… this is death and finality.
br_tofreeman06 You have plunged humanity into freefall.
br_tofreeman07 Even if you offered your surrender now, I cannot guarantee that Our Benefactors would accept it.
br_tofreeman08 At the moment, I fear they have begun to look upon even me with suspicion. So much for serving as humanity's representative.
br_tofreeman09 Help me win back their trust, Dr. Freeman. Surrender while you still can.
br_tofreeman10 Help ensure that humanity's trust in you is not misguided.
br_tofreeman11 Do what is right, Dr. Freeman.
br_tofreeman12 Serve mankind.

Dr. Breen to Gordon Freeman[edit]

Location: sound/vo/citadel

Broadcast during Gordon's journey through the Citadel.

Filename(s) Quote
br_freemanatlast So, this is Dr. Freeman, at last. I wish I could say this was a pleasant surprise, but it's neither a surprise nor, as you would surely agree, very pleasant. Well, I am nothing if not pragmatic.
br_circum Well, Dr. Freeman, under other circumstances I like to think we might have been able to work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Certainly, judging from your brief tenure at Black Mesa while I was its Administrator, you showed every promise of becoming a valuable and productive contributor to the scientific process. And yet... I'm not sure what spurred you to it... but there is really no place in this enterprise for a rogue physicist.
br_mentors Your mentors are partly to blame, of course. My disappointment in Eli Vance and Isaac Kleiner is far greater than my sorrow over your unfortunate choice of career path. In a way, I suppose you could not have done otherwise. Who knows what seeds of iconoclasm they planted when you were young and gullible. But while they certainly share a great part of the responsibility for the recent troubles, it is you alone who have chosen to act with such willful disregard for humanity's future.
br_create Tell me, Dr. Freeman, if you can: you have destroyed so much. What is it, exactly, that you have created? Can you name even one thing? I thought not.
br_foundation I have laid the foundation for humanity's survival, and not as we have narrowly defined ourselves, but as something greater than we could ever imagine. Something we can only now begin to glimpse.
br_worthit Look, Gordon. Look at what you are throwing away. Is it worth it?

Half-Life 2: Episode One[edit]

Dr. Kleiner to humanity[edit]

Location: sound/vo/episode_1/intro

Broadcast on the plaza following the City 17 Underground journey and on the television in the Resistance outpost where Barney is met again, before the Hospital.

Filename(s) Quote
kl_carefullamarr01 Careful, Lamarr!
kl_carefullamarr02 These lamps are quite hot!
kl_isthison Ahem... Is this on? Yes? Very well, I... I am not much of a public speaker, but I'll... I'll do my best.
kl_fellowcitizens01 Ahem... Fellow citizens... Residents of City 17 and environs... by which I mean sentient residents, of course, human and otherwise, although I believe there is little need to explain recent developments to our Vortigaunt allies...
kl_fellowcitizens02 At any rate... First, as a matter of great urgency, if you find yourself still within the confines of City 17, you are well advised to leave the city at once by the fastest means available to you. We have restored service to much of the commuter transport system in order to carry citizens out of the city as quickly as possible. We have also established camps and triage areas in the surrounding environs.
kl_fellowcitizens03 I repeat, you must evacuate the city at once.
kl_fellowcitizens04 While there was certainly a great benefit in destroying the Citadel's teleport core, we have detected one rather unfortunate side effect.
kl_fellowcitizens05 It would appear an inevitability that very soon now, the Citadel will be consumed in a destructive event whose magnitude I cannot currently estimate with any certainty, except to say that it will almost certainly irradiate an area of many miles' radius.
kl_fellowcitizens06 Therefore, I repeat, evacuate City 17 at once if not sooner! I cannot state this without enough undue emphasis!
kl_fellowcitizens07 On a lighter note, if you are already in one of our designated safe zones, I feel obliged to point out that a more fortunate side-effect of the reactor's destruction is the complete removal of the Combine's reproductive Suppression Field.
kl_fellowcitizens08 Previously, certain protein chains important to the process of embryonic development were selectively prevented from forming. This is no longer the case. For those so inclined, now would be an excellent time for procreation. Which is to say, in layman's terms, you should give serious consideration to doing your part for the revival of the species. We must make the most of the time we have, as it is by no means certain how much time we have secured ourselves before the Combine attempt to restore their dominion, as they certainly shall.
kl_fellowcitizens09 Since this is in fact the first opportunity we have had to speak openly of the baleful influence of the Combine, there is much ground to cover—and in fact I hope to institute a series of useful bulletins in the days ahead. However, for now, we will have to content ourselves with some relatively meager exposition.
kl_fellowcitizens10 The destabilization of the City 17 reactor has had repercussions that were not entirely unexpected, although we hardly dared speak this hope ahead of time. The destructive pulse forced a damper on the entire network of linked Citadel reactors. Thus, for the time being, I believe that all Combine portals have failed completely, as well as all communication systems based on that technology.
kl_fellowcitizens11 In short, the Combine are completely cut off. Combine forces currently stationed on Earth are now isolated units. Stranded.
kl_fellowcitizens12 However, this is most likely a temporary state of affairs. As we once learned to our dismay, even the relatively tiny fracture at Black Mesa gave our enemies an opening which they were able to force ever wider, as they poured through in greater and greater numbers.
kl_fellowcitizens13 In addition to the completely xenotheric species, there are many modified post-human allies still remaining on Earth who will be doing their utmost to re-establish lines of communication and supply with the larger forces.
kl_fellowcitizens14 Even so, there is greater reason for hope now than at any time in the past decade.
kl_fellowcitizens15 We have made, in secret, several technological advances which we will do our best to deploy in advance of the Combine's return.
kl_fellowcitizens16 We continue to diligently assemble and train a new generation of scientists and technicians.
kl_fellowcitizens17 For what the Combine fear the most is not any tangible human weapon, but our will, our intellect, our ability to respond selectively and rationally to every terror they turn against us.
kl_fellowcitizens18 We place our firmest hope in the human spirit, even knowing how easily it may be shattered. We have all seen friends and family crushed by the Combine. Some of our neighbors have allowed themselves to be co-opted, and purged of their humanity, by the military machine.
kl_fellowcitizens19 And those who resisted have met a most terrible fate.
kl_fellowcitizens20 Still, I cannot overstate how important it is that we retain our humanity. Only this will allow us to hold together as we must for their inevitable return... and what is certain to be unimaginable retaliation.
kl_fellowcitizens21 And... oh yes, if you missed any part of this message, it will loop repeatedly until there is no point in looping it any longer.
kl_fellowcitizens22 I apologize for any inadvertent errors or omissions. As you can imagine, we have had scarcely time to record, let alone rehearse-
kl_fellowcitizens23 What's that, Eli? Oh, right.
kl_fellowcitizens24 This has been Dr. Isaac Kleiner, formerly of Black Mesa, now simply a citizen, like all of you, of Earth.
kl_fellowcitizens25 Let me just add to all those who can hear me now, as we struggle out of the shadow of our malefactors, welcome back to the light.
kl_fellowcitizens26 Now... where did I put that calculator...?

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