Advisor pod

{{Enemy Infobox
| image=FileAdvisor pod front.jpg|250px|
| name=Advisor pod
| affiliation=Combine
| type=Support/Aerial transport Synth
| health=N/A
| weapons=N/A (transport)
| entity=
| designer=Ted Backmanhttp// Facebook
{{Quote|Look! It's one of those Advisor pods! Back in the Citadel...those things we saw...|Alyx Vance|Half-Life 2 Episode Two|FileAl lookpod.ogg}}

'''Advisor pods''', also known as '''Combine Escape Pods'''''Half-Life 2 Episode One Prima Guide'' and '''Combine Pods''',  are Combine vehicles designed to safely transport Combine Advisors.


Advisor pods are large, white Synth ships used by the Combine as escape vessels, transportation, and incubation containers''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' commentary for Advisors. They have a heavily armored, featureless hull bearing the Combine imagery|Combine emblem on its surface. Each pod is marked with a code printed on the side - for example, 314 URB-LOC 0017. The Synth is mostly hollow, allowing it to house an Advisor in the larvae stage of its metamorphosis in a transparent casing. The pod is able to close the retractable canopy lip with its legs to provide complete protection, using this state when in flight. Though they are never seen acting in combat, Advisor pods appear to have the same "Belly Cannon" possessed by Combine Gunships. 

They are first seen in ''Half-Life 2 Episode One|Episode One'' when Gordon Freeman|Gordon and Alyx Vance|Alyx witness a pod transported up through the Citadel with an Advisor housed inside. At the end of the game, many pods are seen fleeing from the Citadel moments before its destruction. In ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two|Episode Two'', an Advisor pod can be seen being transported along with a battalion of Overwatch Soldier|Combine soldiers and Striders. A crashed Advisor pod is also seen later on, having released its Advisor occupant several hours prior to Gordon and Alyx's arrival.

== Behind the scenes==

In ''Episode Two'', the developers originally used flying Advisor pods, much as how they flew from the Citadel in ''Episode One'', to show how Advisors traveled with Combine forces. However, this gave the wrong impression that Advisor pods were self-powered flying crafts capable of being piloted around rather than simple emergency escape units. The flying element was cut and replaced with an Advisor Platform transporting an inert Advisor pod.


FileAdvisor concepts 01.jpg|Early concepts.
FileAdvisor concepts 02.jpg|Concept art of an early design.
FileAdvisor concepts 03.jpg|Ditto with color.
FileAdvisor pod concept.jpg|Artwork of final design.
FileAdvisor Pod.jpg|Rear view.
FileCombine pod rear.jpg|Ditto.
FileCombinepod belly.jpg|Belly, with Advisor visible.
FileEp1 citadel advisors room pods.jpg|Stored Advisor pods in the Citadel. 
FileEp1 citadel advisors room advisor breen leaving2.jpg|Alyx is watching as an Advisor is leaving in its pod in the Citadel. 
FileEp1 citadel advisors room advisor breen leaving1.jpg|Advisor pod leaving the Citadel, with the label "314 URB-LOC 0017" visible.
FileEp1 c17 060020.jpg|Advisor pods fleeing the Citadel moments before its destruction. 
FileEp1 c17 060030.jpg|Ditto.
FileEp1 c17 060031.jpg|One of the Advisor pods fleeing the Citadel. 
FileEp2 outland convoy.jpg|Combine convoy en route to White Forest, escorting an Advisor pod on an Advisor Platform.
FileOutland pod crashed.jpg|Crashed pod in the Outlands.
FileAdvisor pod logo.svg|Bright grey Combine logo featured on its body.

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

{{Imagecat|Advisor pod images}}

CategoryCombine units
CategoryHalf-Life 2
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode One
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode Two