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Half-Life: Decay storyline

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Colette Green and Gina Cross as seen in Decay.

This article describes the Half-Life: Decay storyline, mission by mission.

Gina Cross and Colette Green are members of a different team in Black Mesa than Half-Life's protagonist, Gordon Freeman. They are responsible for monitoring the equipment which Gordon uses during the experiment, and are in turn monitored by Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Keller. Like Gordon, they are forced to fight for survival in the aftermath of the Resonance Cascade.

Mission 1: Dual Access[edit]

Rosenberg and Keller in an argument.
"The experiment must be successful. Monitor the anti-mass spectrometer and deliver anomalous materials to Dr. Freeman."
― Briefing

In the first mission, Gina Cross and Colette Green deliver the test sample to Gordon and activate the Anti-Mass Spectrometer, shortly before the "incident" (Resonance Cascade) occurs.

Trivia[edit]

This is the only mission in which the G-Man is seen.

Mission 2: Hazardous Course[edit]

The training area in Sector A.
"Survivors must call for help. Escort Dr. Rosenberg through the training area to the surface."
― Briefing

Gina and Colette must escort Dr. Rosenberg through the Hazard Course in the Training Facility to the surface in order to call for military assistance.

Mission 3: Surface Call[edit]

Colette and Gina making their way through the warehouse.
"To call for help, survivors need active communications. Help Dr. Rosenberg establish an uplink with the outside world."
― Briefing

Gina, Colette, and Rosenberg reach the surface, with the objective of accessing the Satellite Communications Center to contact the military, as Rosenberg hopes that they will secure the facility and escort the personnel to safety. However, they find the front door to the Comm Center locked, forcing Gina and Colette to circle around through nearby warehouses to get to the unlocked back entrance. Once inside, they manually align the satellite dish and Rosenberg successfully contacts the military while Gina and Colette head back down to Sector C.

Mission 4: Resonance[edit]

Richard Keller instructing Colette and Gina on how to re-engage the dampening fields
"The rift between Earth and the alien world is widening. Reset the dampening fields to prevent another cascade."
― Briefing

Gina and Colette return to Anomalous Materials and link back up with Dr. Keller. Dr. Keller decides that the best course of action is to re-engage the dampening fields, which he felt would end the Resonance Cascade. To do this, Gina and Colette travel through the facility and successfully reset the secondary and primary dampening locks. However, the dampening fields fail soon after. Keller discovers that the failure was caused by intentional interference from the other side of the rifts and realizes that not all the aliens might be there by accident.

Mission 5: Domestic Violence[edit]

Level 3 Dormitories, South Wing entrance.
"A satellite controls major recovery systems. Locate a security guard who knows the satellite signal codes."
― Briefing

Keller hatches a plan to create a resonance reversal using the prototype displacement beacon in the Gamma Labs. However, he needs a satellite in orbit before he can go through with the plan. Personnel in the High Altitude Launch Center are ready to launch the satellite, but due to a military air traffic lockdown that is in effect they can not. To remove the lockdown, an all-clear code is needed. Keller, Colette, and Gina use the transit system to get to the nearby Level 3 Dormitories. There, they begin searching for a security guard with the codes. Their task is made more difficult by the fact that HECU soldiers are also present, and are busy eliminating science and security personnel. Eventually, the security guard is found. Armed with the codes, Gina, Colette, and Keller travel to the Black Mesa Air Control facility on the surface.

Mission 6: Code Green[edit]

"A satellite must be in orbit for recovery systems to operate. Upload the satellite signal codes before the delivery rocket launches."
― Briefing

Gina and Colette, after several fights with HECU soldiers and after successfully fighting off an Osprey Heliplane, manage to secure the Black Mesa Air Control building. They proceed to enter the all-clear codes and lift the military air-traffic lockdown. They then return to Keller and head back underground to find a way to the Gamma Labs.

Mission 7: Crossfire[edit]

Inside Gamma Labs
"Prototype equipment must be used to seal the dimensional rift. Manually raise the displacement beacon into place."
― Briefing

The next task for Gina and Colette is to manually raise the prototype displacement beacon in the Gamma Labs to the surface, so it can be activated. Keller reaches the main lab area, but cannot raise the beacon from where he is because of an obstruction. After accessing the labs via the drainage canals, Gina and Colette travel through the lower levels of the labs, encountering battling HECU soldiers and Xen creatures as they go. They reach the beacon, clear the obstruction blocking it from ascending, and then raise it successfully.

Mission 8: Intensity[edit]

"The prototype equipment requires huge amounts of energy. Activate the beam matrix to power the displacement beacon."
― Briefing

Gina and Colette return to Keller in the lab control area, where he gives them the task of activating the beam matrix system, which provides the power required for the prototype displacement beacon. To do this, they first take an elevator up to the Alien Quarantine Labs, which have become overrun by Xen creatures. After navigating through the labs, they reach the beam matrix and attempt to activate it while simultaneously defending it from Vortigaunts and Grunts, who are rapidly teleporting in. The beam matrix is activated, and Gina and Colette return to Keller, who is making the final preparations for the resonance reversal.

Mission 9: Rift[edit]

Inside Gamma Labs with Rosenberg and Keller
"A resonance reversal may seal the dimensional rift and save the planet. Use the displacement beacon to initiate a reversal."
― Briefing

Gina and Colette are forced to defend the displacement beacon against a variety of attacking Xen creatures, including an Alien Craft. In the midst of the battle both characters are caught in what is explained as a "harmonic reflux" by Dr. Keller. It is during this sequence that the voice of Dr. Rosenberg can be heard warning that he "can't keep the portal open much longer," alluding to Calhoun's coinciding trip in Xen during Blue Shift. Gina and Colette then return safely and Dr. Keller congratulates them on their success.

The resonance reversal presumably had the effect of severely weakening the resonance cascade. It still remains unclear whether the doctors managed to survive the nuclear explosion that occurs at the end of Opposing Force.

Bonus mission: Xen Attacks[edit]

X-8973 and R-4913 retrieving the crystal stolen by Black Mesa
"Earthlings have stolen valuable materials for their research. Reclaim the stolen crystals."
― Briefing

In this bonus mission of Decay, two Vortigaunts named Drone Subjects X-8973 and R-4913 must retrieve the crystal sample which was used in tests (and stolen by the G-Man) in the Black Mesa and take it back to their leader Nihilanth. It is also interesting to note that the level itself is connected to the same parking garage seen near the end of Half-Life: Opposing Force where the nuclear warhead is disarmed by Adrian Shephard and rearmed by the G-Man.

Trivia[edit]

In order to unlock the Bonus mission, an A-grade is required on all nine of the other missions. The ability to play as a Vortigaunt in the main Half-Life singleplayer campaign is also possible through a cheat code which unlocks Alien Mode.

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