Eli Maxwell

{{Youmayd|the early character|his successor|Eli Vance}}
{{Character Infobox
|name=Eli Maxwell
|image=03 Vance+Vance-2.png
|eyes=Unknown, wears glasses
|era=Combine occupation of Earth|Combine occupation
|affiliation=The Resistance
|designer=*Dhabih Eng (appearance)''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*Marc Laidlaw
|voicesample=FileMaxwell1B1lwv.ogg|220px(Older version)FileMaxwell2-1lwv.ogg|220px(Younger version)
{{Quote|First Particle Storm|storm I saw, I made the mistake of stoppin' to study it. That's... how I lost my leg.|Eli Maxwell|Development of Half-Life 2|FileMaxwell1B2lwv.ogg}}

'''Eli Maxwell'''Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak files is a character cut from ''Half-Life 2'' who was merged with Captain Vance to form Eli Vance.

Originally, Eli Vance was intended to have no more relation with Alyx Vance than being close friends. He would 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. Another proposed appearance consisted of a man with just a white moustache and an eye patch; a similar appearance was also used for concept art for Captain Vance.

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" ("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 Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak 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, physical appearance and relation to Alyx, Maxwell's role and setting is mostly identical to the final Eli Vance.


FileRtb 191.jpg
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.
FileProto eliden fixed0002.jpg|Inside Eli's Den.

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

{{Quotecat|Eli Maxwell}}

CategoryResistance personnel
CategoryHalf-Life 2 (pre-release)
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Raising the Bar
CategoryCut characters
CategoryCut allies