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Vance Headquarters
General information

City 17


Combine occupation

Game information



Aaron Barber (level design)[1]

"I'm hurt. Can't move. Go on without me. Find my father. There's an emergency bunker near the inner gates. He'll be in command there. Tell him I... Run!"
Alyx Vance[src]

Vance Headquarters[1] is a City 17 location cut from Half-Life 2. It was to be headed by Captain Vance.


Near Vance Headquarters, with APCs and the Citadel inner wall on the left.

As seen in the WC mappack map "VanceHQ.vmf" ("Vance Headquarters"), last edited February 2001,[1] Captain Vance was to have his headquarters in an "emergency bunker"[2] near the inner gates of the Citadel outer wall during the City 17 uprising following the destruction of the Air Exchange. It is likely the place was originally Combine-controlled.

A very incomplete map, "VanceHQ.vmf" includes, among others, an empty building and an underground parking (likely the headquarters themselves, since it is the only building than can be visited), with four brush VAB APCs on the street and in the parking. As seen in the skybox of the map c17_04_23.vmf, it also includes the huge Citadel concrete outer wall, as well as the so-called "inner gates", therefore locating the headquarters quite close to the Citadel.[1]

Early Alyx sound files (made by another actress than Merle Dandridge) found in the Half-Life 2 leak files indicates that after the crash in the Skyscraper Alyx was to be hurt and unable to move and tell Gordon to find an "emergency bunker near the inner gates" where her father was to be "in command".[2] This bunker is likely the main building of "VanceHQ.vmf". It is therefore likely that some meeting would have taken place there, Vance learning of his daughter being in danger.


The location lost its purpose when Captain Vance and Eli Maxwell were merged into Eli Vance and the Arctic day was removed from the storyline.


Parts of the map are present in early Manhack Arcade maps, such as "c17_05.vmf" (last edited September 2002), before being replaced by the subsequent versions.



Preceded by
Half-Life 2 original storyline Succeeded by