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This article is about the early character. For his successor, see Odessa Cubbage.
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Odessa Cubbage's model, based on the martial arts instructor of one of the game's developers, was originally intended for a character named Odell who was to be met at the start of the Borealis chapter. With grey hair, a beard, wearing an orange gumby suit and a dark brown-colored beanie, he is shown to have hurt his right knee at some point, as it is tied with bandages. He was to use a welding torch to unlock doors aboard the ship, an ability similar to the HECU Engineer's role in Opposing Force.
Odell was to be the engineer of the Borealis, a science ship stranded in the ice that had been discovered and attacked by the Combine. Odell was to be the only remaining crew member; Gordon was to meet him on the ship after leaving the Air Exchange, go through the ship and then leave in a submarine to Kraken Base. While Gordon was to narrowly escape the downfall of Kraken Base in an escape pod, Odell's intended fate is unknown.
According to the Half-Life 2 leak sound files, Odell's personality was to be that of a sarcastic, ironic man, making remarks in the vein of that of Barney Calhoun.
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In the WC mappack maps, Odell's model appears often. It was used for measurements, light tests and placeholders (Alyx's model also alternatively fills this role). It also appears to be often used as a placeholder for Captain Vance in the Air Exchange maps.