Victory Mine Vortigaunt
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- "Our bonds are of nature and require no gratitude."
- ―Victory Mine Vortigaunt[src]
The Victory Mine Vortigaunt is a Vortigaunt seen in Half-Life 2: Episode Two. He assists Gordon Freeman in the battle against the Antlions in the Victory Mine, and in the retrieval of the larval extract.
The Vortigaunt was traveling in the woodlands not far from White Forest after the destruction of the Citadel at the end of Half-Life 2. At the time of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, he was hunting alongside several other Vortigaunts for Advisors not far from a large series of Antlion-controlled tunnels. He called off his hunt momentarily during the chapter To The White Forest when he found Gordon Freeman trapped alongside a badly injured Alyx Vance. Setting Gordon free, he then took Alyx under his care, stabilizing her condition.
During a brief time during which Gordon and the Vortigaunt were separated, the Vortigaunt brought Alyx to a small tunnel occupied by the Resistance members Griggs and Sheckley. When Gordon and the other Vortigaunts arrived, they determined that, to save Alyx, they would need to retrieve the larval extract from deep within the Antlion Hive, a mission that they entrusted to Gordon Freeman and the Vortigaunt.
In the chapter This Vortal Coil, Gordon and the Vortigaunt traveled into the hive, evaded the hostile Antlion Guardian, retrieved the vital extract, and worked their way back to Sheckley and Griggs' lair to restore Alyx to health. With Alyx healed but still weak, the Vortigaunt decided to escort her and Gordon to the surface, where, in the chapter the Freeman Pontifex, he helped them battle through Antlion and Zombie hordes to reach a Muscle Car. Upon them reaching their destination, the Vortigaunt bid them farewell and returned to hunting Advisors after Alyx gives him a friendly kiss on the head.
Behind the scenes
In the Victory Mine, the Vortigaunt says at some point "What next in the parade of constant obstacles?", a variant of one of Dr. Magnusson's sayings, "What next in the parade of constant interruptions?". According to Marc Laidlaw, the affinity between the Vortigaunts and Dr. Magnusson has caused some of his mannerisms to spread among them by way of their lowgrade telepathy.
List of appearances
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two commentary