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- "I have a brain injury. My brain is injured! Ow."
- ― Gary[src]
While traveling through the Quarantine Zone on her mission to rescue her father Eli, Alyx Vance comes across a number of strange occurrences while passing through a canal. She finds various Headcrab traps, pieces of floating cardboard apparently charged by a green electric energy, and a number of cryptic glowing murals painted on the walls seemingly depicting events of both the past and future. Following the clues left by these phenomena, she discovers the hideout of a lone Vortigaunt named Gary. Living as a hermit, he traps and cooks Headcrabs for food. He bears many scars on his body, Combine insignia tattooed on his chest, and leftover restraints on his arms and head from Combine imprisonment. He also reveals that they had drilled into his brain to sever his connection from the Vortessence, cutting off his contact with other Vortigaunts and impairing his perception of time. He delivers a warning to Alyx that her father has either already died or will die, and that she alone cannot avert this fate. He spurs her on to rescue the other Vortigaunts that have been imprisoned by the Combine, directing her to the Northern Star. As she departs, Gary throws her a dead Headcrab for “sustenance”.
Gary is the only Vortigaunt that has been seen to be able to levitate objects in the Half-Life series.
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Behind the scenes
The notion of a Vortigaunt preparing Headcrabs as a food source is reminiscent of a scene briefly witnessed in Half-Life 2 with Vortigaunts wearing chef hats similarly cooking Headcrabs for consumption in the kitchen of Black Mesa East.
The idea of a Vortigaunt who had been forcibly severed from the Vortessence was conceived by the Half-Life: Alyx story cabal early in development. In an early version of the meeting with Gary, Gary was near death and required Alyx to squeeze 'nectar' from several Headcrab hearts into his mouth to give him sustenance. This was observed in a build dated October 15, 2018. The development team eventually decided that the repetitive interactions and Gary's low energy slowed the flow of the scene, which led them to add more humor and energy to his character and reduce the number of interactions that would be required with him in order to progress. To compensate for the reduced interactions with Gary, the team added more optional interactions in his surrounding environment instead.
Vortigaunts live alongside Antlions.
Combine Dropships deliver Combine forces.
Vortigaunts battle Striders.
The Nihilanth enslaves the Vortigaunts.
The Nihilanth and its Controller servants are eliminated.
Eli and Alyx at the Citadel.
A Headcrab and the G-Man looming overhead.