Here are some questions i've gotten frequently. The FAQ is
split up into Story (A) questions and Site (B) questions.
There's no particular order for the questions, I just add them
as I see fit.
come nobody in HL2 tells you what's been going on the last few
years? Because they assume you already know. That'd be like
you having to inform a U.S. soldier fighting in Afghanistan about
the events of 9/11. You assume he knows what's going on, because
(obviously) it happened in his lifetime,
and not only that, he's already fighting to rid the world of the people
who planned the attacks. So you'd naturally assume that he was aware of recent
history. This is precisely why everyone in City 17 assumes that Gordon (the
player) also lived through the Portal Storms, because they changed the world
so much that everyone was affected by them. Additionally, people are also beginning
to forget that the Portal storms and the Combine conquest ever happened , as
something has been placed in their water supply to 'help' them forget their
side are those Ant-Lions on? It's pretty safe to say that
they are manifestations of Xen wildlife. How can we determine
this? Remember that big Ant Lion Guard battle? After that your
Vortigaunt buddy comes and produces those pheromones out of the
Ant-Lion's carcass. So it's a good bet he's got experience with
the biology of the Ant-Lion, and thus we can make a good bet
that the Ant-Lion is from Xen.
overheard Breen talking about a host-body. Does that mean he's
not human? Listen to that segment again. Breen
wants to get off Earth, through a Combine off-world
portal. The Combine are telling him that he's going to have to
go in a host-body to survive the environment through the portal,
which Breen objects to, and then finally agrees to. When we see the Combine escape pods leave the Citadel at the end of Episode 1, it could be possible that Breen is traveling inside one of them.
are those things eating up the city as well as Nova Prospekt? I
would imagine that they're simply consuming the city to use the
raw materials for whatever the Combine need raw materials for. Notice
that in Nova Prospekt they are simply consuming garbage.
did you find that picture of the
lab. When Eli gives you a chance to look around, do so. You'll
find them at the corner of the room.
is everyone "expecting" Gordon, and how do all the
Rebels know who he is? As I see it, Gordon disappeared after
Black Mesa in 2000, when he was put into stasis by the G-man.
As the surviving scientists and humans began putting together
the history of the portal storms and the Combine Invasion, they must have spoken
of Gordon as a heroic savior, having shown great bravery and prerogative. These
stories could have developed quite a following (Gordon being one of the few who
battled the Xen and survived). Many people may have eagerly believed in Gordon's
eventual return, and hoped that this fearsome warrior's presence would spark
a rebel resurgence. That's why when Gordon reappears and starts making a mess,
the rebels (heavily influenced by Black Mesa lore, and using the Lambda symbol
as their logo) recognize him, and begin doing whatever they can to help.
A-7 Why did you include Portal in the guide when the linkage between the two is sketchy at best?The creators have stated that Portal is indeed a part of the Half Life Universe. I could have waited a bit longer until the link between Aperture Science and the Half Life games was further fleshed out, but Portal is awesome. Seriously, go play it.
a slow-time-warp? Remember
in Half-Life 2, when the Combine portal causes you and Alyx to arrive
in Dr.Kleiner's laboratory one week after you depart from Nova Prospekt?
This is an example of a slow-time-warp. It allows the subject
to travel forward in time (and maybe even backward). This type of
time-warp is what G-Man uses on Gordon to keep him in stasis until
he is needed for an assignment.
who is this Gordon Freeman bloke? He's
a normal guy. Actually, he's a pretty smart normal guy. Freeman was born in Seattle,
Washington. A physics buff, Gordon was especially obsessed with teleportation
(from the HL manual). After receiving his doctorate from MIT in
1999, he spent a short time at the Institute for Experimental Physics
in Austria (Read the "Experiments" section
of this page for
more information), before he came to work at the Black Mesa Research facility
in New Mexico on May 5, 2000 (which happened to coincide with a major planetary
alignment). He is now working for G-Man, kept in stasis when not needed.
out these wacky Vortigaunt / Nihilanth lines I found! What do they
mean exactly? I
haven't the faintest idea, really. I've received a lot of emails
about this but I simply can't find a way to integrate these cryptic
messages usefully and accurately into the guide. They can be interpreted
many ways and until we know more, their predictions and meanings
are rather questionable and vague.
happened to Adrian Shepherd of Opposing Force?
GMan imprisoned him in a slow-time-warp, to keep him from hurting
anyone. GMan didn't kill him, so it's logical to assume that he might
be needed for a future mission. What that mission is, we dont know.
saw some other dead scientists wearing HEV suits during my trip to
Xen in HL1. What's that all about?
They were members of Black Mesa that got through to Xen during the
Resonance Cascade and tried to close the portal. They could also include teams that were sent to Xen prior to the resonance cascade and encountered the Xen "wildlife".
are the soldiers killing the scientists and hunting Gordon in HL1?
The soldiers were ordered to clean up Black Mesa and stop the invasion,
and that meant killing the scientists that knew about it. GMan did
not call the soldiers off Gordon once he took interest in him, as
GMan wanted to test him.
this picture in Kleiner's Lab about?
The person scratched out is Dr.Breen. Gordon can be seen second from
the right. The person next to him is not GMan. Though he has a slight
resemblance to the GMan in HL1, he has no resemblance to the GMan
HL1, you can see a picture of a baby in Gordon's locker. Does Gordon
have a son?
In the HL manual,
the letter written by Dr Kleiner to Gordon states that Gordon is unmarried & without "dependents".
So this baby is not his. It's probably a photo of the child of someone at Valve.
I just KNOW GMan is Gordon from the future. I've got all this proof
and everything! I BELIEVE!!!! Either that or he's his father.
That's a perfectly valid theory, but it's not mine. My theory is
in the guide and that's what it stands as. You can have your own
theories, and make your own guides. Please don't repeatedly send
me emails trying to convince me.
does "Nova Prospekt" mean?
Mark Gottlieb writes: "Nova Prospekt" is
a differently spelled Polish phrase meaning "New
and comes from Polish literature. It
usually implies a "forced assimilation of beliefs."
you planning on adding individual storylines for Opposing Force
(Adrian Shepard) and Blue Shift?
For the time being, no. If and when I deem the events of OF and BS critical
to the telling of the saga, I'll add them. For me, they only flesh out the events
of Black Mesa - that is, they don't tell us many new things plot-specific. I've
included those important points within the guide. However, if I come across some
important facts that further the telling of the overall HL saga, I'll add them.
Right now this saga deals with Gordon's journey only, and I feel that's sufficient.
I tell you about a G-Man sighting? Also, do you want any pictures
of G-man sightings?
Thanks, but no thanks. A G-man
sightings gallery has already been established on the steampowered forums,
with what many consider all of them.
do you think about this [insert G-man theory here]? Do you think
I've read pretty much every G-Man theory out there and believe me,
they can get pretty darn wacky. Please don't send me your G-man theories
because there's no way I can validate it or invalidate it because
they're all valid at this point. We simply don't have information
on our favourite blue-suited friend to make an informed decision
on him and his motives. We're all shooting in the dark here so it's
best if we just keep our G-man theories to ourselves at this point
sent you an email a month ago, and you still haven't replied! You
hate me, don't you.
I don't! It's just that i'm a busy student and I only tend to
this site with the little free time I have. So if it takes me a while to get back to your email, or if I don't get around to responding to your particular email,
don't feel hurt. Contrary to popular belief, this guide isn't my #1 priority out of all the things I'm juggling :)
address would I use if I wanted to link to your site? You've gone
through some hosting changes.
Yup. Your best bet is to link to http://members.shaw.ca/halflifestory/.
I've gotten lots of offers to host this on a dedicated, but the link I have now will be fine, thanks.
want to translate your site into another language!
That's awesome. Please note that we already have some translations
completed. You can find those on the main page. If you still want
to translate the site, go ahead! Unfortunately I don't host translations. So when you've created a translation, just email me with the link and I will put it on the main page.
I do ask that you make sure you keep myself as the original author,
and plainly link to the original site, this one.
add [insert feature here] to your site please. Thanks.
I'd love to, but I have very little time on my hands - I'll add stuff
to the site as I see fit, thanks.
on earth did you get all your information? Where's all the evidence?
Luckily, you've seen all of the evidence - if you've played
the games. Most of it's in there. However, some additional facts
(non-essential to the main plot-line, but interesting nonetheless)
were gleaned via the Raising
the Bar book - sometimes statements we were
too lazy to notice in the game, for example, but were there. To take a lot of the screenshots you see on the site, I used the "noclip" cheat to go through walls and float in the air.
completely disagree with pretty much everything on here! It's absolutely
Please remember - everything on this site is simply my interpretation of
the events. It's the analysis of the story, and how it logically
fits together given all the information we have. If you disagree,
please, I urge you to create your own guide :)