Sector E Biodome Complex

{{Location Infobox
|image=FileSector E composite.png|250px
|name=Sector E Biodome Complex
|destroyed=200-, during the Black Mesa Incident
|location=Black Mesa Research Facility
|era=Black Mesa Incident
|affiliation=Black Mesa
|maps=*c2a1, c2a1a, c2a1b (HL - ''Power Up'')
*c2a2, c2a2a, c2a2b1, c2a2b2, c2a2c, c2a2d, c2a2e, c2a2f, c2a2g, c2a2h (HL - ''On A Rail'')
*c2a3, c2a3a, c2a3b, c2a3c, c2a3d, c2a3e (HL - ''Apprehension'')
*of1a5, of1a5b, of1a6 (Op4 - ''"We Are Pulling Out"'')
*of2a1, of2a1b, of2a2, of2a3 (Op4 - ''Missing in Action'')
*of2a4, of2a5, of2a6 (Op4 - ''Friendly Fire'')
*of3a4, of3a5, of3a6 (Op4 - ''Crush Depth'')
*of4a1, of4a2, of4a3 (Op4 - ''Vicarious Reality'')
*of6a2, , of6a4 (Op4 - ''"The Package"'')
*of6a4b, of6a5 (Op4 - ''Worlds Collide'')
*ba_tram3 (BS - ''Living Quarters Outbound'')
*ba_outro (BS - ''Deliverance'')
*dy_alien (HLD - ''Xen Attacks'')
|designer=*Ted Backman''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
(Materials Transport concept art) *Karen Laurhttp// ''Half-Life'' section on Karen Laur's official website (textures) *http//,22343/ Dario Casalihttp// Blue's Quake News - August 9-15, 1997{{Wikipedia|Casali_brothers|Casali brothers}}
(''Power Up'' mapping) *Dave Riller
(''On A Rail'' mapping)FileRiller Sector E.jpg|Riller's name in "c2a2c" |hidei= |hideu= |hideg= }} {{Quote|I'm afraid I have trapped myself here, to escape those... beasts. Would you be so kind as to operate that transporter?|Black Mesa Science Team|Black Mesa scientist|Half-Life Opposing Force}} '''Sector E Biodome Complex''' is one of the seven main CategoryBlack Mesa Sectors|sectors of the Black Mesa Research Facility. Connected to the Green Line of the Black Mesa Transit System,FileTram map 01.png|Black Mesa Transit System map its two main areas are the Biodome Complex itself,''Half-Life Opposing Force'' and the Materials Transport.''Half-Life'' ==Overview== ===Biodome Complex=== A relatively newly refurbished area of the facility, the Biodome Complex is still partially under construction at the time of the Black Mesa Incident. It is visited by Adrian Shephard in ''Half-Life Opposing Force'', during the chapters ''Crush Depth'' and ''Vicarious Reality''. The facility is supervised from the Biodome Control Room, but at the time of the Black Mesa Incident its access is blocked by the collapsed ceiling. Furthermore, Xen and Race X creatures have caused utter chaos around the labs. ====Specimen Observation Areas==== FileHL BMRF Biodome observation area.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Specimen Observation Area 02. The complex contains a series of Specimen Observation Areas where captured Xen CategoryXen creatures|aliens and CategoryXen flora and minerals|flora are kept and observed in artificial recreations of their natural habitats. Each Area has a Control Room located above, where it can be observed through a wide window. =====Specimen Observation Area 01===== That area appears as a standard terrestrial area, with grass and rocks. There can be found a dead clean suit scientist and dead Houndeyes. When going there, Shephard is attacked by a Voltigore. Its Control Room cannot be accessed. =====Specimen Observation Area 02===== That area seems to mock a Xen environment. It houses a Bullsquid, several Houndeyes, Xen Trees, Light Stalks and a Xen Healing Pool|Healing Pool. Spore Launcher have also invaded the area. It is accessed through its Control Room. =====Specimen Observation Area 03===== That area is still under construction, and two unwanted Tentacles can be found there, as well as more Spore Launcher spores. Its unfinished Control Room can be accessed using an elevator at the exit of Lab BDRC-101. There only crates full of computer parts can be found. Shephard leaves Sector E through a vent located in Specimen Observation Area 03, and proceeds to the Waste Processing Area 3 where he will confront the Pit Worm. ====Specimen Containment Rooms==== Alongside these enclosures are two Specimen Containment Rooms where aliens are studied in closer detail. One room has three Spore Launchers stored in tanks. One of the tanks is broken, and a Spore Launcher lies on the ground. This is at that point Shephard acquires it. The room also contains Houndeyes and Standard Headcrab|Headcrabs behind glasses. The other room contains, behind glasses, Snark nests, a Bullsquid and more Houndeyes and Headcrabs. A scientist is being zombified, and a Gonome has broken into the room. A small elevator also gives access to Specimen Observation Area 02. ====Specimen Testing Lab==== FileVicarious Reality2.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The hologram message addressed to Bennet. In that lab, Shephard can listen to an holographic message intended to Walter Bennet about their work on the Barnacle and their use as a weapon. In the message, the scientist suggests Bennet to take on the work on Specimen 1176. =====Specimen Containment Room===== In that other, dark Specimen Containment Room can be found four glass cases. One, originally containing specimen 007, is empty and broken, another contains specimen 1069, a Xen Fungus, another contains specimen 0124, a Light Stalk, and the fourth Specimen 1176, the Barnacle Grapple. ====Testing Lab BDRC-101==== In that next room the Barnacle Gun can be tested on several things a Headcrab, a Houndeye and a crate and rocks, the latter being there to show the weapon's inefficiency against non-organic materials. An elevator also leads to the unfinished control room of Specimen Observation Area 03. =====Specimen Cultivation Rooms===== In the Specimen Cultivation Room it is learned how to use the Barnacle Gun on Spore Launcher spores to cross deep pits. The second and last Specimen Cultivation Room, located behind the hologram console, contains several Barnacles attached to the ceiling. ====Hydrofauna Studies Laboratory==== The lowest level of Sector E (Level B), linked to the upper areas with an elevator, contains the Hydrofauna Studies Laboratory, where aquatic aliens such as Ichthyosaur and Leeches are kept and observed by clean suit scientists in older decommissioned areas that have been apparently flooded and converted into makeshift tanks. Two teleports are also used there to easily work inside cages installed among the Ichthyosaurs. At the time of the Black Mesa Incident, the elevator access from the upper levels is obstructed by the collapsed ceiling; it can only be accessed through a hole on the ground leading to the Biodome Drainage System, then to Level B. Adrian Shephard goes through the Sector from Level B, after witnessing Gordon Freeman teleporting to Xen in Sector F. ====Gallery==== {{underconstruction}} FileSign biodome.png FileVicarious Reality.jpg FileOf4a20005.jpg FileOf4a2 Spore Launchers.jpg FileOf4a2000450.jpg FileXen cases BMRF.jpg FileOf3a500044000.jpg FileCrush Depth2.jpg FileHL BMRF Biodome observation area.jpg FileOf4a20002.jpg FileLeeches aquarium.jpg FileC2A3ICKY.png FilePit Drone BM.jpg FileShock Trooper 2.jpg FileOf4a30003.jpg FileOf4a30000.jpg FileOf4a2000003.jpg FileGonome.jpg ===Materials Transport=== FileHL BMRF OldRailSystem.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The freight monorail facing Houndeyes in the Materials Transport. Sector E Materials Transport is featured in the ''Half-Life'' chapters ''Power Up'' and ''On A Rail'', as well as the first map of ''Apprehension'', the ''Opposing Force'' chapter ''Friendly Fire'', and the ''Decay'' bonus chapter ''Xen Attacks''. A similar section is seen at the end of the Hazard Course in Sector A, but is likely unrelated. A mostly industrial area, the Materials Transport consists of a network of dilapidated monorail trams extending deep beneath the facility. It also features several hangars, ordinance facilities, maintenance areas, and offices.''''Half-Life Decay.html">Half-Life''''Half-Life Decay'' Most sections of the Materials Transport features several trams, partially flooded areas, and prominent Xen wildlife. Some parts are still in use while others are in a dire state of disrepair. The HECU firmly holds the area near the High Altitude Launch Center. Along the Materials Transport tracks, they have set up several artillery pieces, and are heavily attacked by Vortigaunts. They also wrote on the wall many taunts directly addressed to Freeman, sometimes rather misspelled. A section has two Levels named A and B, the other sections seem to use color codes; Level A is connected to the Altitude Launch Center|High Altitude Launch Center.''Half-Life'' The Materials Transport includes two types of freight trams one with a control console at the front and a wooden flatbed for carrying cargo, and a bulky, heavy variety presumably used for pulling large volumes of cargo behind it (one is also featured at the end of Sector A's Hazard Course, while it is connected to the Black Mesa Transit System, using different trams). The latter is used and derails at the very start of the chapter ''Apprehension'', and can also be seen at the start of the game during the tram ride, although there it does not use tracks. The Materials Transport should not be confused with the Black Mesa Transit System, provided for the security, comfort and convenience of the Black Mesa personnel, residents and visitors.''''Half-Life Blue Shift.html">Half-Life''''Half-Life Blue Shift'' ====Sector E Track Control==== FilePower Up Garg.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Two HECU soldiers fighting the Gargantua. Part of the lower levels are located under a waste processing area located near a small flooded area under Silo D, where the Tentacles have their roots. This is where Freeman starts his tram ride trough the Materials Transport at the end of the chapter ''Power Up'' after battling a Gargantua. There can be found Sector E Track Control where the G-Man is seen, and powered by a partially flooded Power Generator located below and accessed through a large elevator in an area controlled by a large platoon of HECU Soldiers, and that Freeman must restart. That area is isolated from the rest of the network by concrete blocks put on the tracks and is also filled with Vortigaunts and Houndeyes.''Half-Life'' ====Lambda Sector Transport==== One side of level B is used for a Secured Access of the Lambda Sector Transport, linked to Sector F Lambda Complex. This area is not controlled by the HECU but by the Black Ops. Located beside the tracks are offices where can be found the offices of S. Jones and S. Reardon (a nod to Gearbox employees http//,22314/ Sean Reardon and http//,269459/ Steven Jones), a small lobby with a glass roof, a meeting room with a video projector, charts for the Displacer Cannon and office B-591FG containing a "Employee of the Month" picture of Gordon Freeman. Above the offices and near the building where the tracks can be accessed is also found an Ordinance Storage Facility where the Mark IV Thermonuclear Device is first seen in a truck. The offices are connected to the surface by a deep hole created by an antenna that collapsed, where a generator can be found. One vent found near the tracks directly links to the Level A of Sector F, where Shephard witnesses Gordon Freeman's departure to Xen. ====Gallery==== {{underconstruction}} =====Pre-release===== FileOn a rail concept.jpg|Concept art. FileBeta power up tracks.jpg|Beta Track Control tracks. FileBullchicken underwater.jpg|Bullsquids near the Track Control Power Generator. FileBullchicken swim.jpg|Ditto. FileBeta houndeye bullsquids.jpg|Houndeyes and Bullsquids near the Track Control Power Generator. FileBeta elevator.jpg|Elevator. FileSector e tram beta controls.jpg|Controls of the tram. FileSector e tram beta.jpg|Early train in "traincar" map. FileSector e tram edge beta.jpg|Ditto. FileSector e tram riding beta.jpg|Ditto. FileSector e tram hecu beta.jpg|Ditto. FileHazard traincar end early.jpg|Ditto. FileTraincar lever.png|Ditto. FileBeta ladder.jpg FileRobogrunt pos.jpg FileHECU soldier killed with shotgun.jpg FileStack of radios.jpg FileC2A2A SIGN2B.png|The "Sector E Subsurface Transport" sign removed from ''Half-Life''. FileC2A2A SIGN2C.png|The "Sector E Loading Bay" sign removed from ''Half-Life''. =====Retail===== FileC2a10002.jpg FileSurrenderfreemen.jpg|HECU Double Turret installed near tracks. FileC2a2e0001.jpg|Another double turret firing at Freeman in the Black Mesa Transit System. FileC2a2e0002.jpg|Dynamite being set up along tracks in the Black Mesa Transit System. FileC2a2e0005.jpg|Ditto, after being detonated by the nearby HECU soldier. FileC2a2e0000.jpg|Deployed Tripmine near an HECU graffiti in the Black Mesa Transit System. FileHECU taunt.jpg|"Yore dead Freeman" (sic). FileSniper on a rail.jpg FileS. reardon.jpg FileS. jones.jpg FileEmployee of the Month.jpg FileOf2a40004.jpg FileFriendly Fire 2.jpg FileFriendly Fire4.jpg FileMassn bomb truck.jpg FileOps bomb1.jpg FileBlack ops truck1.jpg FileVort R-4913.jpg FileVort X-8973.jpg FileDy alien0004.jpg FileDy alien0005.jpg FileDy alien0006.jpg FileDy alien0007.jpg FileDy alien0008.jpg FileDy alien0009.jpg FileDy alien0012.jpg ===High Altitude Launch Center=== FileRocket launch canyon.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The Satellite Delivery Rocket launchpad watched by HECU soldiers. Adjacent to Materials Transport Level A and connected to the Yellow Line of the Black Mesa Transit System, the High Altitude Launch Center consists of Silo E, a silo converted into a fully-functional Satellite Delivery Rocket launchpad (the Satellite Rocket Loading Bay), and the Launch Control building. This is used by the Lambda Team, with the help of Freeman, to launch the satellite that later help revert the Resonance Cascade and is essential in closing the Superportal in ''Episode Two''. While not named in ''Half-Life'', it is named on the FileTram map 01.png|Black Mesa Transit System map featured in ''Blue Shift''. ===Ordinance Storage Facility=== FileGene Worm enters.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The Gene Worm coming out of its portal. The biggest of the three Ordinance Storage Facilities seen in the four games of the ''Half-Life'' story arc, this area covers the ''Opposing Force'' chapters ''"The Package"'' and ''Worlds Collide'', as well as the ''Decay'' bonus chapter ''Xen Attacks''. It is separated from Sector G's Hydro-Electric Dam by a small desert land accessed from the dam by a duct system leading to exit H-287GQ, and connected to Sector E Materials Transport through its underground parking lot. The outside is controlled by the Black Ops that set up a Black Ops Mortar|mortar on one roof, but it is mostly swarmed by Shock Troopers, Voltigores and Vortigaunts. Inside, the buildings are partially destroyed, and a Black Ops Apache is targeting a Voltigore. On the ground floor and beneath the facility is a multi-story parking lot where the Black Ops are fighting further Race X creatures, and where they set up the thermonuclear warhead that will destroy Black Mesa, finally activated by the G-Man in person. There Vortigaunts R-4913 and X-8973 are also sent earlier by the Nihilanth to retrieve Xen crystal samples in the part of the parking lot located beyond the gate present near the bomb's truck. Under the parking lot is Storage Unit 04, a freight area filled with crates and containers, and accessible from the parking lot by an elevator. The place is also heavily guarded by the Black Ops, also attacked there by Race X creatures. A practically abandoned industrial ventilation tunnel located further underground contains a Race X Teleportation|portal that, when apparently powered by hundreds of Sprites, brings in the Gene Worm soon defeated by Adrian Shephard. ====Gallery==== {{underconstruction}} FileBlack Ops truck.jpg FileBlack ops apache fly.jpg FileBlack ops apache voltigore.jpg FileBlack ops mortar.jpg FileBomb far.jpg FileBradley wreck.jpg FileG-Man bomb activate.jpg FileGene Worm defeated.jpg FileGene Worm enters.jpg FileGene Worm portal.jpg FileMortar up.jpg FileNuke case.jpg FileOf6a50008.jpg FileSprites fly.jpg FileSuv crash.jpg FileSuv open.jpg FileSuv shock trooper.jpg FileThe Package2.jpg FileDy alien0000.jpg FileDy alien0001.jpg FileDy alien0003.jpg FileDy alien0013.jpg FileDy alien0014.jpg FileDy alien0016.jpg FileDy alien0020.jpg FileDy alien0021.jpg FileDy alien0022.jpg FileDy alien0023.jpg FileDy alien0024.jpg FileDy alien0025.jpg FileDy alien0027.jpg FileDy alien0029.jpg FileDy alien0030.jpg ===Unnamed industrial area=== Visited by Gordon Freeman during the ''Half-Life'' chapter ''Apprehension'', this unnamed area connected to the Materials Transport includes partially flooded areas filled with Leeches and Ichthyosaur (this is where they are first introduced) - one of them introducing the Black Mesa Crossbow|crossbow and its efficiency against Ichthyosaurs, a cryogenic storage facility, and a storage area where the Black Ops are first introduced. After being captured by the HECU (briefly witnessed by Barney Calhoun when caught in an harmonic reflux before escaping Black Mesa), he wakes up in a garbage compactor near the Waste Processing Plant|Biological Waste Processing Plant. ====Gallery==== {{underconstruction}} =====Pre-release===== FileBmrf cooling tank.jpg|Concept art for a cooling tank in the cryogenic storage facility. FileBmrf cryo room.jpg|Concept art for stainless tanks in the cryogenic storage facility. FileZombie frozen area beta.jpg|Early Zombie in the cryogenic storage facility. FileZombie frozen area beta attacking.jpg|Ditto, hitting the player. Filec2a3a0000.jpg|Early "c2a3a" map. FileEntityreport.jpg|The same place in ''Valve Hammer Editor|Worldcraft''. FilePath.jpg|The same map in ''Worldcraft''. FileCordon.jpg|Ditto. =====Retail===== FileHL BMRF Waterplc.jpg FileApprehension vort attack.jpg FileC2a3b0003.jpg ===Sector E Line=== Connected to Area 9 Security Checkpoint, that Black Mesa Transit System line is located below the Sector B Line and above the Sector C Line. Its directions are unknown. ====Sector E Subsurface Transport==== Level A of this Black Mesa Transit System section can be accessed from Sector C Line, where the G-Man is first seen in ''Half-Life'', and leads to an unnamed area where the first Shock Trooper a zombie security guards are encountered. ==Behind the scenes== *According to early builds of ''Half-Life'', the Sector E Materials Transport area and its tram were originally very different, and apparently not in such a state of disrepair.http// Gameplay in an early ''Half-Life'' build, partially in the Black Mesa Transit System *The ''Half-Life'' texture files features three signs with "c2a2a" in their names. One has "Sector E Subsurface Transport - Level A" written in blue, another has "Sector E Loading Bay" written in orange, and the third has "Subsurface Materials Transport System" written in red. When going through the map named "c2a2a", which is the second map of the ''Half-Life'' chapter ''On A Rail'', none of these signs can be found. The "Sector E Subsurface Transport" sign can however be seen near Sector C Line in ''Opposing Force'', in the area where the G-Man is first seen in ''Half-Life'', thus bringing back this name into canon, but in another location. *The cryogenic storage facility traversed in the ''Half-Life'' chapter ''Apprehension'' was originally to feature another room containing Xen specimens and a cooling tank with a puzzle requiring to avert a meltdown or an explosion caused by a power surge. The cryogenic tanks featured in the retail game were also to be made of stainless metal, simplified in the final game. *The ''Half-Life Deathmatch Source|Half-Life Deathmatch'' map "subtransit" features an area similar to Sector E Materials Transport, with a similar monorail, but yellow in color and of more modern. *Under a HECU outpost in the Materials Transport (in the map "c2a2c") can be found an Easter egg placed by the mapper, Dave Riller, consisting of his last name in relief.{{YouTube|url=jIpIRBZomXg|text=Easter egg video}} / http// The Easter Egg Archive ==List of appearances== *''Half-Life'' {{1st}} *''Half-Life Opposing Force'' *''Half-Life Blue Shift'' *''Half-Life Decay'' ==References== {{Reflist}} ==External links== *{{YouTube|lfC1GnQlIlM|E3 1998 - Gruntfight}} {{C|Early footage of the Materials Transport}} *{{YouTube|jMTO5xO1jf4|E3 1998 - Train}} {{C|Early footage of the Materials Transport}} {{succession |title=''Half-Life'' story arc journey |before=Sector D Administration |after=Biological Waste Processing Plant }} {{succession |title=''Half-Life Opposing Force'' story arc journey (1) |before=Black Mesa Transit System |after=Sector F Lambda Complex }} {{succession |title=''Half-Life Opposing Force'' story arc journey (2) |before=Xen |after=Waste Processing Area 3 }} {{succession |title=''Half-Life Opposing Force'' story arc journey (3) |before=Sector G Hydro Electric |after=Unknown }} {{succession |title=''Half-Life Decay'' story arc journey |before=Xen |after=N/A }} {{Locations}} {{Black Mesa}} CategoryLocations CategoryHalf-Life CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift CategoryBlack Mesa Sectors CategoryHalf-Life Decay