Eli Maxwell

{{Youmayd|the early character|his successor|Eli Vance}}
{{Character Infobox
|name=Eli Maxwell
|image=Eli proto physics.jpg
|eyes=Unknown, wears glasses
|era=The Uprising
|affiliation=The Resistance
|designer=*Dhabih Eng (concept art)''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*Marc Laidlaw
{{Quote|The first Particle Storm|storm I saw, I made the mistake of stopping to study it. That's... how I lost my leg.|Eli Maxwell|Half-Life 2 Beta}}

'''Eli Maxwell'''Playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files is a character cut from ''Half-Life 2'' who was merged with Captain Vance to form Eli Vance.


FileEli HEV suit.jpg|Maxwell and the HEV Suit. It is unknown what this picture suggests, since Gordon was likely to have his HEV Suit already when arriving in Eli's lab.|left|thumb|200px

Originally, Eli Vance was intended to have no more relation with Alyx Vance than being close friends and appear as an old bespectacled man with a white beard, a bonnet, an apron and walking with a stick because of his missing leg, and named "Maxwell", "Vance" being the name of the captain, Alyx's original father.

He was to use a scrapyard and a cave as his lab, rather than a real building like Black Mesa East.WC mappack A prototype map of this original lab, last edited in August 2001, can be found in the WC mappack under the name "proto_eliden003.vmf" ("Eli's Den"). It does not contain any hint of a lab, but rather some sort of garage with a damaged school bus and several damaged cars, mirroring Helena Mossman|Mossman's sentence about the facility being more suited to mechanics than research scientists.WC mappack

He would work in that lab on the Physgun|physics manipulator with his robot Dog and show Gordon a slideshow of what happened between ''Half-Life'' and ''Half-Life 2'', mentioning the Air Exchange, among others. In sound files located in the Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files (in the folder /sound/temp/Eli/), he also warns Gordon about Particle Storms, to which he lost his leg, while the final version uses a Bullsquid.

Apart from his last name, appearance and relation to Alyx, Maxwell is mostly identical to the final Eli Vance.


FileConcept art eli gordon alyx skitch.jpg|Concept art of Eli Maxwell, Gordon Freeman, Alyx Vance, Skitch - and Dog in the back, made during the first year of ''Half-Life 2'''s development.
FileFace.png|This face texture can be found in Odell|Odell's texture files, but it seems to be rather the face texture file for a missing Eli Maxwell model.
FileProto eliden fixed0002.jpg|Inside Eli's Den.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' {{1st}} {{Nc}}


CategoryHalf-Life 2 Beta
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Raising the Bar
CategoryCut characters
CategoryCut allies