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This article is about the early character. For his successor, see Eli Vance.
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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.
He was to use a scrapyard and a cave as his lab, rather than a real building like Black Mesa East. A prototype map of this original lab, last edited in August 2001, can be found in the WC map pack 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.
He would work in that lab on the physics manipulator with his robot Dog and show Gordon a slideshow of what happened between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, mentioning the Air Exchange, among others. 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, while the final version uses a Bullsquid.
Apart from his last name, physical appearance and relation to Alyx, Maxwell's role and setting is mostly identical to the final Eli Vance.
Concept art of Eli Maxwell, Gordon Freeman, Alyx Vance, Skitch - and Dog in the back, made during the first year of Half-Life 2's development.