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Eli Maxwell

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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 his successor, see Eli Vance.

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Eli Maxwell
Biographical information
Homeworld

Earth

Function(s) / Belongings
Rank / Occupation

Scientist

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

White

Eye color

Unknown, wears glasses

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Combine occupation

Faction

The Resistance

Game information
Designer(s)
Voice sample(s)

Older version:

Younger version:

"First storm I saw, I made the mistake of stoppin' to study it. That's... how I lost my leg."
―Eli Maxwell[src]

Eli Maxwell[2] is a character cut from Half-Life 2 who was merged with Captain Vance to form Eli Vance.[1]

Overview[edit]

Originally, Eli Vance was intended to have no more relation with Alyx Vance than being close friends. He would appear as an old bespectacled man with a white beard, a bonnet, an apron and walking with a stick because of his missing leg, and named "Maxwell", "Vance" being the name of the captain, Alyx's original father. Another proposed appearance consisted of a man with just a white moustache and an eye patch; a similar appearance was also used for concept art for Captain Vance.[1]

He was to use a scrapyard and a cave as his lab, rather than a real building like Black Mesa East.[1][3] A prototype map of this original lab, last edited in August 2001, can be found in the WC mappack under the name "proto_eliden003" ("Eli's Den"). It does not contain any hint of a lab, but rather some sort of garage with a damaged school bus and several damaged cars, mirroring Mossman's sentence about the facility being more suited to mechanics than research scientists.[2][3]

He would work in that lab on the physics manipulator with his robot[1] Dog and show Gordon a slideshow of what happened between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, mentioning the Air Exchange, among others.[1] In sound files located in the Half-Life 2 leak files (in the folder /sound/temp/Eli/), he also warns Gordon about Particle Storms, to which he lost his leg,[2] while the final version uses a Bullsquid.[1]

Fate[edit]

Apart from his last name, physical appearance and relation to Alyx, Maxwell's role and setting is mostly identical to the final Eli Vance.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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