Adrian Shephard

{{Character Infobox
|name=Adrian Shephard
|birth=Timeline of the Half-Life universe 1978 and 1987|Between 1978 and 1987
|weapons=Every Half-Life Opposing Force seen in ''Opposing Force''
|equipment=*Nightvision goggles
*Powered Combat Vest
*Full-facial gas mask and helmet
|era=Black Mesa Incident
|affiliation=*WikipediaUnited States Marine Corps|United States Marine Corps (Special Forces)
*Hazardous Environment Combat Unit
{{Quote|What's your name, dirtbag? Sound off like you got a pair! Corporal Shephard, huh? Looks more like Corporal "Dog Meat" to me! Seems your name was mysteriously bumped to the top of the advanced training list!|Dwight T. Barnes|Half-Life Opposing Force}}

'''Corporal Adrian Shephard''' is a 22-year old''Half-Life Opposing Force'' WikipediaUnited States Marine Corps|US Marine Corporal assigned to the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit from the Santego Military Base, Arizona, where he was trained by Drill Instructors Dwight T. Barnes and Sharpe, and the silent protagonist of ''Half-Life Opposing Force''. He is one of the men sent to the Black Mesa Research Facility to kill the Xen invaders and later silence the witnesses, especially a scientist named Gordon Freeman, as part of a classified mission. Early in the game, Shephard finds himself separated from his unit and ends up fighting solely for his life, aided by fellow Marines scattered around the facility and Black Mesa employees.



====Shephard's diary entries====
FileMarch 3rd.png|left|thumb|150px|First entry of Shephard's diary.

The ''Opposing Force'' instruction manual features several diary entries made by Adrian Shephard prior to the Black Mesa Incident, giving some insight of his Advanced Training before the Resonance Cascade|disaster and the G-Man|G-Man's interest in him.

Since May was incorrectly changed to March,''Half-Life'' instruction manual''Half-Life Opposing Force'' instruction manual''Half-Life Blue Shift'' instruction manual''Half-Life'' PlayStation 2 instruction manual it is corrected here.

*"May 3 - Another typically hellish day at base camp... I'll be glad when this is over and I can finally can get assigned a mission. There has been The G-Man|this really weird civie spotted at the base. Rumor is he's from some government branch looking to recruit; others say he's with some secret research group. I would jump at the chance to join. It would be cool just for the change and the adventure."

*"May 7 - I finally saw the government guy today. I am not sure he is a g-man, but he was wearing a really uptight suit and carrying a briefcase. He looked more like a lawyer or insurance agent to me. I did notice him checking me out. Several times throughout the day I spotted him just watching me during training. I wonder what he's up to..."

*"May 9 - For weeks our drills have been the same crap day after day. Today we assemble for the morning run and our drill instructor tells us we have one week to become experts at indoor strategic combat. We will be spending every day this week at the combat simulation facility. As far as I know this is a specialized training not taught in boot camp. What I want to know is if this is to test our ability to adapt or if we are being readied for a specific mission? Time will tell..."

*"May 12 - The rumors have been flying since our indoor combat training began. Most of my peers are convinced that we are being primed for a mission. No one can agree on what the mission is. I have heard the name Black Mesa Facility thrown around a lot, but I have no information about the place. The rumors are that some top-secret research is going on there. Doesn't sound too exciting to me..."

*"May 15 - The rumor has been confirmed. We are being trained for a mission at the Black Mesa Facility. All I know is that the place is being used by scientists who are doing some kind of new research. I can't imagine what we would be needed for. We were told today to be ready in case it happens tomorrow. I don't know what "it" is, but the whole thing is a little strange. I kind of hope it doesn't happen; the mission doesn't seem to have much excitement potential. I'd rather hold out for something with more likelihood of combat."

FileAdrian Shephard.png|right|thumb|The multiplayer model "shephard.mdl".

====''Half-Life Opposing Force''====

Shephard was to reach Black Mesa aboard a V-22 Osprey designated ''Goose 7''. With him were other soldiers such as Tower and Jackson. When the nearby Osprey, ''Goose 3'', and his are attacked by Alien Aircrafts, it crashes in Black Mesa, killing most of the passengers, including the commander. Shephard must then make his way through Black Mesa to be evacuated. When he arrives at the extraction point however, the G-Man prevents him from catching the last Osprey, forcing Shephard to leave the facility by other means and going through parts of the facilities not seen in ''Half-Life'' and dealing with the Race X aliens and the Black Ops to finally defeat the Gene Worm.

Unlike the other Marines, Shephard works with the increasingly distrustful scientists and guards in order to make it out of Black Mesa alive. This is due to the fact that he never received the orders to kill them, as his Osprey was shot down before his commander could inform the squad of their mission. (However, a surviving scientist informs him that he isn't sure what is worse to encounter, the military assigned to silence all witnesses or the invading aliens.) 

FileGene Worm defeated.jpg|The Gene Worm is defeated.|left|thumb|200px

Shephard and Freeman do cross paths during the game, but at that point Shephard is merely an observer to Gordon's travel to Xen - they never fight against each other at any moment. It should be noted that while Shephard witnesses Gordon Freeman's transportation to Xen, he has the option to follow him through the teleporter before it collapses. However, upon doing so Shephard will find himself teleported several meters away from Gordon, before falling through space. Doing so will produce the message "Evaluation terminated Subject attempted to create a temporal paradox." and end the game (it actually allows Shephard to enter Freeman's timeline, that is, the original ''Half-Life'', thus the paradox).

The G-Man appears to take an interest in Shephard's movements, even before the Black Mesa Incident occurs as early as three months prior, Shephard spots him in his training base.''Half-Life Opposing Force'' instruction manual At one point, Shephard finds himself trapped in a collapsing room, with toxic waste quickly filling the room; the G-Man observes him until the very last moment, when he opens the locked door to allow him in to safety. Later, Shephard deactivates the Mark IV Thermonuclear Device|thermonuclear warhead brought in by the Black Ops to destroy Black Mesa, but the G-Man reactivates it. In the end, the G-Man reveals that he has successfully argued for Shephard's life, detaining him in some unknown void. He expresses a degree of respect for Shephard's abilities, even praising him for having abilities to "adapt and survive against all odds" which "rather reminds me the G-Man of myself.".

====''Half-Life Blue Shift''====

Shephard is briefly mentioned in the ''Blue Shift'' chapter ''Duty Calls''. When its main character, Barney Calhoun, sees a pair of marines dumping corpses into a sewer opening, he overhears one of the Marines grumbling "Just because Shephard's team didn't make it, we have to do the crap jobs?"

====Fate and possible return====
FileTemporal paradox.svg|right|200px|thumb|The "temporal paradox" message.

At the end of G-Man's speech in the last ''Opposing Force'' chapter, Shephard is said to be "detained", followed by "Further evaluation pending". His fate is currently unknown and it is not known where and how he is detained.

He has not been seen in ''Half-Life 2'' and its episodes, but has, however, retained a large number of fans among players of the game, who have been speculating about his return for years. In 2006, Gabe Newell has hinted that he may one day return, although it is unsure when and how.{{cite web|url=http//|title=Adrian Shephard return?| Forums|date=3 March 2006|accessdate=2006-11-28}}

When asked about this possible return in May 2007, Valve's http//,22317/ Doug Lombardi did not dismiss it but stated that there were no plans of bringing him back at the moment or anytime in the future and that for example he won't appear in ''Portal 2'' "There's nothing being built today, there's no secret Adrian Shephard project going on right now, but that's not to say we won't ever come back and tell another Shephard story. He resonated with players really, really well. When we heard the pitch for ''Opposing Force'', he resonated with us too. So we'll see."{{cite web|url=http//|title=Valve clears up Adrian Shephard Portal speculation |work=Eurogamer|date=3 March 2006|accessdate=2009-06-21}}

In 2009, series' writer Marc Laidlaw also joked on his canon status, saying that Shephard is a bit like Schrödinger's cat he is neither canon nor non-canon, depending on whether or not the G-Man may or may not have a use for him.http// ''Marc Laidlaw Vault'' on the Forums

==Behind the scenes==
FileShephard unmasked.jpg|200px|An early unmasked Shephard.|thumb|left

*Shephard was originally to appear unmasked, as seen in an early ''Opposing Force'' screenshot.

*"Adrian" comes from the Latin name "Hadrianus", which "Hadrian" is also derived from. Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the only English pope, Adrian IV, and the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI. As an English name, it has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it was not popular until modern times.http// "Shephard" is an English surname derived from "shepherd".

*In ''Portal'', the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device's acronym is "'''ASHPD'''". This bears a striking resemblance to Adrian's name ('''A'''drian '''SH'''e'''P'''har'''D'''), which led many players to speculate it is a hidden Easter egg, suggesting Shephard's involvement in ''Portal'' or its Portal 2|sequel. In addition, completing ''Portal'' unlocks a new menu background which contains a keyboard that has ''all'' the letters in Adrian Shephard's name highlighted, and these keyboards can also be seen throughout the game. Kim Swift said in an interview that the ASHPD acronym was actually a complete coincidence and that they added the keyboard highlights after people mentioned the acronym.{{cite web|url=http//|title=Beyond the Box Orange Box Afterthoughts||date=13 December 2007|accessdate=2009-06-29}} Valve's Doug Lombardi subsequently confirmed the ''Portal'' reference as a complete coincidence.{{cite web|url=http//|title=Valve clears up Adrian Shephard Portal speculation|work=Eurogamer|date=3 March 2006|accessdate=2009-06-21}}


*As seen in the game's box art and the multiplayer model called "shephard.mdl", Shephard's model is the generic gas mask soldier, with no alterations.

*Adrian Shephard will be the main protagonist in the upcoming Source mod ''http// Opposing Force 2'', set during the Combine occupation. He is also the main protagonist in the Source Mod ''http// Awakening'', continuing his story in a time set somewhere between HL1 and HL2.

*Shephard is also the main protagonist of the short Internet fan film ''http// Beyond Black Mesa'', set during the Combine occupation as well.

*In Christopher Brookmyre's "WikipediaA Big Boy did it and Ran Away|A Big Boy did it and Ran Away", Angelique de Xavier's briefing is taken over by "Captain Adrian Shepherd". Since the book has many references to video game culture, including a terrorist who signs into a hotel as "Gordon Freeman", this may be a direct homage.


FileOpposing Force cover.jpg|''Opposing Force'' box art.
FileSoldier demo2.png|Reversed Shephard cover art, as seen on the official ''Opposing Force'' website.
FileHECU shephard model.jpg|Gas mask soldier / Adrian Shephard model.
FileBXTOP N SHEP.png|Shephard's trunk top at Santego.
FileDetained evaluation pending.svg|Shephard's fate.
FileShephard collapse.jpg|Early screenshot with Shephard running away.
FileMarch 7th.png|Second entry of Shephard's diary.
FileMarch 9th.png|Third entry of Shephard's diary.
FileMarch 12th.png|Fourth entry of Shephard's diary.
FileMarch 15th.png|Fifth and last entry of Shephard's diary.

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' {{Mo}}



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