The Consul

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*Ted Backman (concept art)''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
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{{Quote|They call him the Consul now. It worked fine for him. He speaks for the Combine; he shares in their power. As for the rest of us...|Eli Maxwell|Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar}}

'''The Consul'''Playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files is a character cut from ''Half-Life 2''. He is the predecessor to Wallace Breen.

==Overview==
FileConsul transformed.jpg|The transformed Consul.|left|thumb|150px

*In the early stages of the game's production, Breen was not known as the "Administrator", but rather as the "Consul", who was a slightly different character,WC mappack more in the vein of WikipediaBig Brother (Nineteen Eighty-Four)|Big Brother from the novel ''WikipediaNineteen Eighty-Four|Nineteen Eighty-Four''.

*During the course of the game, the Consul was to become immortal through Combine artificial life-support technology, and the player would not discover this fact before the end of the game, seeing only Breen's face on the monitors, while his body was more and more transformed. The concept might have merely delayed, as theories made after ''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' support the fact that Breen's "mind" was moved into a Combine Advisor body or any other Combine vessel.

*The Consul was to be seen in Eli Maxwell's slideshow, at the foot of a radio tower, wearing a headset, hands raised high to Dropships as he proclaimed Earth's surrender.

*Consul posters were to be seen in the train during the original opening sequence, with words such as "The Consul says... relax" and "The Consul says... report". On these posters he is described as having an owl-eyed solemn face, watching over the passengers.

*In the playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files, the only Consul models to be found are a giant statue and a Breencast bust, which appear to be Wallace Breen. Sound clips for the early Breencasts can also be found in the files (in the folder /sound/C17/), all starting with "The true Citizen...". Sound clips for the final Citadel confrontation can also be found in the folder "/temp/alyx/". In these sounds Alyx Vance lectures the Consul about him being "just another cog in the Combine machinery" and not part of the humanity anymore, but the sound clips from the other characters are missing.

*In the WC mappack can be found a prototype of his Citadel's office also found on concept art by Viktor Antonov, where screens were to be seen turning around his chair.WC mappack

*The Consul statue might be inspired by that of WikipediaVladimir Lenin|Lenin that was to stand above the never completed supertall skyscraper WikipediaPalace of Soviets|Palace of Soviets in WikipediaMoscow|Moscow. The Skyscraper is also inspired by Stalinist architecture, being based on the WikipediaPalace of Culture and Science, Warsaw|Palace of Culture and Science in WikipediaWarsaw|Warsaw.

*The Consul may be a reference to the WikipediaRoman consul|consul title used in the Roman Republic and Empire.

==Gallery==

===Consul===


FileConsul2.jpg|The Consul calling for reinforcements.
FileGordon consul gunpoint.jpg|Gordon Freeman holding the Consul at gunpoint while Helena Mossman is holding Alyx Vance.
FileConsul statue.jpg|The Consul statue.
FileConsul greater good poster.jpg|"It's great to be part of the greater good" - Consul / Metropolice propaganda poster, partially based on the black and white concept art bust portrait.


===Early Breencast===


FileBreencast compound eyes.jpg|Early Breencast device with cluster-like compound eyes. 
FileBreencast c17 04.jpg|Early Breencast.
FileConsulcast arcade.jpg|Fixed map of the same early Breencast, located near the Manhack Arcade.
FileTv screen consul 1.png|Screen image for the early Breencast, based on the black and white concept art bust portrait and used in the previous concept art.
FileTv screen consul 2.png|Ditto.
FileTv screen consul 3.png|Ditto.


===Consul's office===


FileConsul office.jpg
FileProto citadel consul fixed0021.jpg
FileProto citadel consul fixed0000.JPG
FileProto citadel consul fixed0009.JPG
FileProto citadel consul fixed0010.JPG
FileProto citadel consul fixed0011.JPG
FileProto citadel consul fixed0013.JPG


==References==
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