Overwatch Nexus

{{Location Infobox
|image=FileOverwatch Nexus1.jpg|250px
|name=Overwatch Nexus
|constructed=N/A, refurbished by the Combine
|destroyed=during the Uprising
|location=City 17
|era=The Uprising
|affiliation=Combine Overwatch (formerly human)
|designer=*Dario Casali (mapping)http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casali_brothers Dario Casali on Wikipedia
{{Quote|There's an old building up ahead, a bank or museum or something like that. Whatever the hell it used to be, now it's a nexus for Overwatch in City 17.|Barney Calhoun|Half-Life 2}}

The '''Overwatch Nexus''' was a major building in City 17, being the core for the Overwatch forces in the city. Previously having been a prominent political building, it was later taken over by the Combine.


FileBarney keyboard.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Barney|Barney Calhoun operating Combine computers during the battle to open the way to the roof.

The Combine had apparently been using the building as a headquarters for some time before the Uprising, but after the Uprising it became the Combine's main base of operations in the city and the primary rally point for the Combine forces. Its power is supplied by Combine Power Generators. Atop the building is a device known as the Suppression Device, also known as the "suppressor". It is a powerful weapon which functions much like a mortar, but instead of shells it fires beams of concentrated Pulse energy capable of disintegrating living things, similar to the effects of the Energy Ball. Despite being the Overwatch headquarters, the building is heavily damaged, with half of its circular dome collapsed. This forced the Combine to protect it with Combine walls.

Due to its importance, the Nexus was well guarded by Overwatch Soldiers and an extensive electronic security system, consisting of Combine Ground Turrets (triggered by laser tripwires), Combine Ceiling Turret|Ceiling Turrets and Combine Barricade|Barricades.

==Appearances== ===''Half-Life 2''=== In the ''Half-Life 2'' chapter ''"Follow Freeman!"'', Gordon Freeman and Barney Calhoun led a Resistance assault on the Nexus. After heavy fighting, they breached its defenses and disabled all of the generators, deactivating the Suppression Device and opening the gates that were blocking access to the area, allowing reinforcements to flow in. When the Combine's reinforcements arrived, the fighting reached its peak as Resistance forces engaged several Striders in fierce combat on the steps of the Nexus. The Battle for the Nexus proved a decisive victory for the Resistance, and it turned the tide of The Uprising|the Battle of City 17 in their favor. After the events of ''Half-Life 2'' and ''Half-Life 2 Episode One|Episode One'', the abandoned Nexus was probably destroyed when the Citadel exploded, along with much of City 17. It can be seen in the far distance at the beginning of Episode One, right after Dog lifts up the wrecked Gunship. ==Behind the scenes== FileD3 c17 10a oldnexus.jpg|right|200px|thumb|The Overwatch Nexus in the playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta. *The building design was inspired by the wikipediaHouse of the National Assembly of Serbia|Parliament of Serbia in wikipediaBelgrade|Belgrade. In the ''Half-Life 2'' texture files, several files containing the word "parliament" can be found, tightening the similarities between the two buildings. *In the playable 2003 Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta, the Overwatch Nexus is clearly identified as a former bank. *The inscription inside the dome reads the Latin words "Per ardua ad astra nemine contradicente", which roughly translates to "Through struggle to the stars without dissent". "Per ardua ad astra" is the motto of the WikipediaRoyal Air Force|Royal Air Force.http//www.raf.mod.uk/links/faqs.cfm RAF – Frequently Asked Questions ==Trivia== In almost every map of the chapter ''Follow Freeman'', the rooftop dome of the Overwatch Nexus is broken and fortified with combine metal, except for the last map it is seen (d3_c17_12) where it appears completely undamaged. This is probably due to developer oversight. ==Gallery== FileNexus sidebuilding.jpg|Inside one of the Overwatch Nexus' buildings. FileFloor turret lasers1.jpg|The first Combine Ground Turret encountered in the Overwatch Nexus. FileNexus fturret.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus lazorz.jpg|Ditto, sleeping state. FileNexus lobby1.jpg|The lobby. FileNexus lobby2.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus 2fturrets.jpg|Hallway guarded by Ground Turrets. FileSuppression Device close.jpg|The Suppression Device. FileNexus mainroom1.jpg|The Suppression Device power block. FileNexus mainroom2.jpg|Ditto. FileD3 c17 10b0019.jpg|The Overwatch Nexus' destroyed dome. FileNexus dome.jpg|Ditto, closer view. FileNexus cell.jpg|Rebels trapped behind the Combine Force Field. FileD3 c17 10b0026.jpg|Simple Combine Power Generator|generators in the Overwatch Nexus. FileD3 c17 10b0021.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus cmbhallway.jpg|Ditto, in a Combine-converted hallway. FileD3 c17 10b0020.jpg|One of the three Energy Ball-powered generators in the Overwatch Nexus. FileD3 c17 10b0025.jpg|Ditto. FileD3 c17 10b0022.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus generator.jpg|Ditto, seen in the end of the guarded hallway. FileNexus busthallway.jpg|Hallway with Wallace Breen's busts and Headcrab Shells. FileNexus corridor.jpg|Damaged hallway. FileNexus supplyroom.jpg|Guarded room with supplies. FileNexus rooftop1.jpg|The rooftop. FileNexus rooftop3.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus rooftop2.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus battle1.jpg|Battle near the Overwatch Nexus. FileNexus battle2.jpg|Ditto. FileOverwatch Nexus 2.jpg|After the battle. FileNexusruins.jpg|The probable remains of the Nexus at the start of ''Episode One''. FileParliament Belgrade.jpg|The Parliament of Serbia. ==List of appearances== *''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}} *''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' *''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' {{Pos}} ==References== {{Reflist}} {{succession |title=''Half-Life 2'' story arc journey |before=Kleiner's Lab (2) |after=Citadel }} {{Locations}} {{Combine}} plOverwatch Nexus CategoryCity 17 locations CategoryCombine locations CategoryLocations