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The subject matter of this article contains in-development information that was cut from the final version of an official and/or canonical source and appears in no other canonical source. It may also contain incomplete information since not all cut material is publicly known.
This article is about the early character. For her successor, see Judith Mossman.
Elena Mossman was to be the director of Kraken Base and, in one iteration of the storyline, to be met at the start of the game when Gordon was teleported from Kleiner's Lab to Kraken Base. Like in the retail version, the teleportation would fail and Gordon would instead go to Eli's lab before reaching Kraken Base much later in the game with Odell, after the Borealis chapter. Mary Kae Irvin, the voice for the female Citizens in the final game, provided her early dialog in the Half-Life 2 leak.
Elena's model shows her as blond with a purple coat and purple trousers. Her original hairdo reinforced the decision that the Half-Life characters would have all short or constrained hair - the alternative to what Valve artists call "helmet hair". Furthermore, as the team started working with Michelle Forbes in the voice sessions, Mossman became much more sympathetic and nuanced, moving farther from the personality type for whom this model was originally designed. Mossman's model in the Half-Life 2 leak files is very similar to the retail one; what remains of the original model are only its textures.
Sound files located in the folder "/temp/alyx/" in the playable Half-Life 2 leak files give some information about a prototype of Half-Life 2's final Citadel confrontation scene. Alyx Vance can be heard saying "Let go of me, bitch!", referring to Mossman, and also lectures the Consul about him being "just another cog in the Combine machinery". As also suggested by concept art seen in Raising the Bar, it hints that Mossman's betrayal was decided very early by the developers.
Elena's name was changed to Judith as series writer Marc Laidlaw considered the original to be too close to "Elena Hausmann", a character in his Gadget tie-in novel The Third Force: A Novel of Gadget which he wrote before joining Valve and incorporated several elements of into his Half-Life writing.
Gordon holding the Consul at gunpoint while Elena restrains Alyx.
List of appearances
- Tweet: "Just remembered that early version of Judith Mossman was Elena Mossman. I must have thought it too close to Elena Hausmann." (September 8, 2017) @Marc_Laidlaw on Twitter
- Marc Laidlaw on connections between Half-Life and his books (July 19, 2016)
- Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
- Half-Life 2 leak files