Eli Vance

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{{Character Infobox
|name=Eli Vance 
|image=Eli WF.jpg
|homeworld=Earth
|birth=
|death=202-
|rank=*Scientist (HL1)
*Scientist / Resistance leader (HL2)
|species=Human
|gender=Male
|height=
|weapons=*Briefly used a lead pipe against an Advisor
*Designed the Gravity Gun
|equipment=
|jewels=Wedding ring
|vehicles=Customized the Scout Car with Alyx Vance|Alyx
|hair=White
|eyes=Brown
|cyber=WikipediaProsthetics enhancement|Prosthetic leg
|era=*Black Mesa Incident
*Combine occupation of Earth
|types=
|notable= 
|affiliation=*Black Mesa Science Team (formerly)
*The Resistance
|voice=Robert Guillaume
|model=*scientist03 (''Half-Life'' model)
*Uncredited man
|designer=*Dhabih Eng''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*Marc Laidlaw
|entity=*monster_scientist
*npc_eli
}}
{{Quote|Gordon... Thanks for everything you've done. For Alyx, for all of us. I couldn't be prouder if you were my own son.|Eli Vance|Half-Life 2 Episode Two|Fileeli launch thanksforeverything.ogg}}

'''Dr. Eli Vance''' is a physicist and researcher, an African-American man apparently in his late fifties or early sixties with short gray hair, a beard and moustache. He wears a WikipediaFlex-Foot Cheetah|Flex-Foot Cheetah-type WikipediaProsthetics enhancement|prosthetic leg to replace his left leg beneath the knee.

==Biography==

===Background===

As seen on his sweater, Eli is presumably a graduate of WikipediaHarvard University|Harvard University.

===Appearances===

FileEli Vance talk HL1.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Eli at Black Mesa.

====''Half-Life''====

By 200-, Vance is employed at the Black Mesa Research Facility, working in Sector C's Sector C Labs and Control Facilities|Anomalous Materials. As a full-time employee of Black Mesa, he lives in the facility itself with his wife Azian Vance|Azian and their young daughter Alyx Vance|Alyx. 

Although he was never named during the game or featured as a full character, he is seen on two occasions.''Half-Life 2'' First, when Gordon Freeman is making his way into the test chamber Dr. Vance and another scientist voice their concerns that their computer equipment is being damaged due to the heightened strains of the morning's experiment. Second, when Gordon retraces his steps through Sector C after the Resonance Cascade, he encounters Vance and the scientist he had been with earlier, who is now badly injured. Vance informs Gordon that the telephone network has broken, and sends him up to the surface to seek help. His last act in ''Half-Life'' is to operate the retinal scanner that starts Gordon on his long quest through the facility.

====''Half-Life 2''====

=====Background=====

After assisting Gordon in the aftermath of the Resonance Cascade, Eli managed to escape the facility along with Alyx, although Azian perished in the Black Mesa Incident. Alyx, a family picture and his wedding ring which he still wears were all he managed to carry out of Black Mesa.''Half-Life 2''

After escaping, he relocated to City 17, where he contributed in founding the local Resistance, and became the leader of Black Mesa East. During that period, he also lost his leg to a Bullsquid while helping Isaac Kleiner climb over a barrier to get into City 17.''Half-Life 2 Prima Guide''

During his work at Black Mesa East, he also raised Alyx and built Dog to protect her when she was a kid. He also designed the Gravity Gun, worked on teleportation with Kleiner and Judith Mossman, and rebuilt with his daughter a Scout Car for the Resistance outposts located along the Coast, on which he mounted a ''Half-Life 2.html">Tau Cannon.''Half-Life 2''

According to the Vortigaunts, Eli was the first human being to make peaceful contact with them (''"The Eli Vance was our first collaborator."''), quickly persuading the alien race to ally with humanity against the Combine invasion of Earth. Vortigaunts furthermore state that Eli earned their trust, is indispensable to the liberation and that he almost perceives the "All-in-One".''Half-Life 2''

FileEli-alyx-vance.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Eli and Alyx Vance chatting at Black Mesa East.

As survivors of the Black Mesa Incident, Eli, Alyx, Isaac Kleiner, and Barney Calhoun, form the core of the Resistance who are attempting to overthrow the Combine who have taken over Earth after the Seven Hour War. The Vances have established a makeshift laboratory, Black Mesa East, on the outskirts of City 17. There, Judith Mossman|Dr. Judith Mossman assists them in their continuing research in the field of teleportation.

When Gordon Freeman is freed from stasis in 202-, he is reunited with his old colleagues, and is to link up with Eli at his lab. Kleiner and Vance briefly establish a working teleport system between their two labs; the system fails on its second attempt due to interference from Lamarr, forcing Gordon to reach Black Mesa East on foot.

When Freeman arrives at Eli's lab, his arrival triggers an invasion by Combine forces, who had been chasing him throughout. The soldiers then capture Eli and take him to Nova Prospekt.

Later Gordon and Alyx storm the prison to free him, fighting off hordes of Combine forces to locate Eli and Mossman. During the final siege, however, Mossman teleports herself and Eli into the Citadel.

While infiltrating the Citadel, Gordon and Alyx are captured; Wallace Breen|Dr. Breen addresses both Vances and Freeman in his office with Dr. Mossman at his side, revealing her double agent role. Mossman then turns on Breen and frees his hostages, and stays with Eli while Alyx and Gordon pursue the fleeing Breen.

Before the dark fusion reactor is destroyed and before Gordon and Alyx are rescued by Vortigaunts, Eli and Judith use one of Dr. Breen's escape pods to leave the Citadel, and reach a Vortigaunt camp, "way outside the city", possibly in the Outlands.''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' subtitles file

====''Half-Life 2 Episode One''====

FileEp1 citadel 000035.JPG|Eli smiling to Alyx while she puts her hand on the screen at the foot of the Citadel.|thumb|200px|left

In ''Episode One'', Eli appears at the beginning of the game in a monitor transmission with Dr. Kleiner, telling Alyx and Gordon to get out of City 17 before the Citadel Core explodes. He is likely already at White Forest, that he reached with Mossman, who left soon after they arrived.''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

====''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''====

In ''Episode Two'', Eli works with Kleiner and Arne Magnusson|Magnusson at White Forest on a rocket that will neutralize the Portal Storms, and prevent the Combine from drawing reinforcements through their dormant Superportal. When Gordon and Alyx arrive, they deliver a recording of Judith Mossman's transmission about the ''Borealis (Aperture Science ship)|Borealis'', which never reached White Forest. Eli is visibly shaken by the danger Mossman is in, and is only prevented from going after her himself by pressure from Alyx and Kleiner. When the Borealis appears in the transmission, Eli immediately wishes it destroyed, lest the events of Black Mesa repeat themselves. Alyx then delivers a subliminally implanted message given to her by the G-Man, to "prepare for unforeseen consequences." After a moment of extreme shock, Eli appears to dismiss the message, asking that Alyx make him tea in another room.

FileEp end 33.jpg|Eli being killed by an Advisor.|thumb|200px|right

Once Alyx has left, Eli states that he too is aware of the G-Man's existence (the first character in the ''Half-Life'' universe to openly do so). He indicates to Gordon that the Xen crystal that began the events of ''Half-Life'' was delivered by the G-Man, and that Alyx's survival in Black Mesa was due to his interference. Moments after Gordon entered the Black Mesa test chamber, the G-Man warned Eli to "prepare for unforeseen consequences". He also makes it very clear that he knows that Gordon is aware the G-Man's existence, revealing that he may know of Gordon's direct involvement with him and his 20 years of stasis. He is convinced that the current warning relates to the ''Borealis'', and seems to take it seriously despite his resentment over the way in which it was delivered. Eli indicates he can reveal more about the G-Man, but before he can do so, Alyx re-enters the room, and the conversation is halted.

After the rocket is successfully launched, Eli thanks Gordon for everything and tells him he could not be prouder if he were his own son. He also tells him he has more information to reveal and that he will get back to that later. They then watch the Superportal being shut off by the rocket, then Gordon and Alyx get ready to leave and undertake their search for Judith Mossman with a Mil Mi-8|helicopter. Arrived in the hangar where the helicopter is stationed, Eli and his daughter embrace in an affectionate moment. A few seconds later, Advisors break in and one of them kills Eli while Gordon and Alyx watch helplessly. Dog suddenly arrives and defeats the Advisor holding Eli and the other threatening Alyx and Gordon. Alyx then weeps over her father's dead body, as the screen fades to black, and the credits roll.

===Relationships===

FileEp2 outland 110022.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Alyx hugging her father.

====Alyx Vance====

Having lost a wife and a mother, Eli and Alyx are very close. He calls her "baby", "honey" or "sweetheart" and is willing to sacrifice himself for her when she and Gordon come to rescue him at Nova Prospekt. At Black Mesa East and White Forest, Eli also teases her several times about her relationship with Gordon, and suggests he would not mind having grandchildren from them. Eli and Alyx seem even closer in ''Episode Two'', embracing and expressing joy at being together again. Right before Eli dies, he tells her how he loves her one last time. When the Advisor let go of his body, Alyx weeps over it, devastated, asking him not to leave her.

====Gordon Freeman====
FileEli talk.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Eli warning Gordon in White Forest about things to come, after thanking him for everything he has done.

A few minutes before dying, Eli thanks Gordon for everything and tells him he could not be prouder if he were his own son. He holds Gordon in high esteem and is very admiring of his courage through his ordeals since the Black Mesa Incident. He also does not blame him for what happened in Black Mesa.

====Isaac Kleiner====

Eli and Kleiner have both known each other and worked together since the days of Black Mesa. Kleiner is also affectionately nicknamed "Izzy" by Eli on various occasions. When the Borealis issue is raised, they are both opposed to each other views, Kleiner suggesting they used the technology for the Resistance, Eli insisting that it be destroyed at all costs.

====Judith Mossman====
FileD3 breen 010141.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Judith and Eli in Breen's office.

Judith and Eli have a somewhat ambiguous relationship. At Black Mesa East, Judith seems fully devoted to Eli. During the confrontation with Breen in the Citadel, it is learned that Mossman had bargained for Eli's life, so he could continue his research. When she realizes Breen changes the plans and will have both Eli and Alyx killed instead while he tries to win Gordon's allegiance, she has a change of heart and saves the trio. After Alyx and Gordon leave Breen's office to pursue the latter, Mossman stays with Eli, telling him she won't leave him again, as they stay sitting on the ground, appearing very close. When later it is learned that Mossman is in danger after having discovered the Borealis, Eli blames himself for the situation, stating he should never have let her go. There is probably more than meets the eye between the two, but Eli died before they could reunite, thus halting the revelation of new clues about their relationship, although Mossman's reaction to Eli's death might be revealed later.

====Wallace Breen====

Breen, Eli's former boss at Black Mesa, is quickly shown to be strongly disliked by Eli when he is introduced by Alyx on the propaganda poster found near Kleiner's Lab's hidden entrance. At that point, Alyx suggests that Gordon should not "get her father started" on the subject of Dr. Breen. In the final confrontation with Breen in the Citadel, Eli goes on to explain that he despises Breen for selling himself to the Combine at humanity's expense, and later describes what he has done to Earthlings as "beyond words", "genocide", and "indescribable evil". Eli then challenges his adversary to kill him and Alyx, "if that's the worst he can do."

==Personality and skills==
Eli is warm, good-humored, and charismatic, holding everyone around him in the aura of his personal charm. A skilled scientist, he designed the Gravity Gun and Dog, "put together" the Shorepoint Scout Car with his daughter (and added himself the Tau Cannon to it), and was able to rebuild a teleport with the aid of the other key Resistance members.

==Behind the scenes==
FileHl scientist03.png|right|thumb|100px|Scientist model, third variant.

*Eli is essentially the African American scientist model ("scientist03", or "Luther") from ''Half-Life'' turned into a real character.

*Eli's face was based on that of a local man who was holding a sign indicating that he was looking for work, found on the Seattle streets by Valve employees. Within the ''Half-Life'' community, this man is often improperly credited as WikipediaLarry Heard|Larry "The Count" Heard, a musician actually used as the reference for the List of Citizen models|"Male 3" Citizen. Eli's reference model is actually uncredited.

*Eli's texture files from the ''Half-Life 2'' leak, also seen in the ''Half-Life 2'' E3 2004 trailer, indicate that he was originally to wear a WikipediaYale University|Yale jumper, not WikipediaHarvard University|Harvard University.Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak{{YouTube|iABUHt-Z9Gc|''Half-Life 2'' E3 2004 trailer}}

*Eli Vance stems from two merged characters, Eli Maxwell and Captain Vance. Maxwell was to be a scientist unrelated to Alyx and fill the same role as Eli in Black Mesa East, already building the Gravity Gun and owning Dog. Captain Vance, Alyx's father, was to be one of the few surviving military leaders of Earth, and the leader of the Conscripts.

*"Eli" is a Hebrew name meaning "ascension". In the Old Testament, Eli was the high priest of Israel and the teacher of Samuel. In England, "Eli" has been used as a Christian given name since the Protestant Reformation.http//www.behindthename.com/php/search.php?nmd=n&terms=Eli

*According to Valve's Bill Van Buren, the decision to kill Eli was not made lightly. Once they made it, they had to figure out how to make it meaningful. They had already established Eli's frailty, as well as his importance to the Resistance and Alyx's devotion to him, so from a narrative point of view the impact of his death seemed obvious. The hard part for the team was the execution of the death scene. The Advisors' ability to immobilize the player gave them a way to stage it, the animations and the sound design made it believable, but the performances by Merle Dandridge and Robert Guillaume were the key element. http//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,56498/ Bill Fletcher gives further details to create the sequence, the team talked it through in great detail, wrote up an outline with all the events they had discussed, and then produced an animatic. They used rough sketches painted over screenshots, and a variety of crude special effects and sounds to create a quick pre-visualization of how the scene would play out. Not only did this help them to converge on a shared vision for the scene, but by working rough, they were able to quickly iterate until they had a design worth implementing in the game.''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' commentary

*The loss of the leg was originally to be mentioned by Eli in his lab,Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak files but was ultimately cut, to be only mentioned in ''Raising the Bar'' and the ''Half-Life 2 Prima Guide''. Early sound files found in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak files, dating from when Eli was still known as Eli Maxwell (as the file names feature the name "maxwell"), indicate that he was to lose his leg to a Particle Storm.

*Concept art for ''Episode Three'' features Alyx wearing Eli's jacket and Harvard sweater.

==Gallery==

===''Half-Life''===


FileEli help.jpg|Eli Vance helping a scientist up after the Resonance Cascade.
FileEli Vance talk HL1.jpg|Eli Vance telling Gordon to reach the outside.
FileScanner-eli2.jpg|Eli Vance operating a retinal scanner after the Resonance Cascade.


===''Half-Life 2''===

====Pre-release====


FileEli ref.jpg|Picture of the unemployed (and uncredited) man used as Eli's face texture.
File03 Vance+Vance-2.png|Concept art for Eli Maxwell and the prototype physics manipulator.
File03 Vance+Vance-6.png|Concept art for Captain Vance. 
FileEli model rtb.jpg|Early Eli Vance model, featured in the next image.
FileEli Alyx early lab.jpg|Alyx and Eli in one of the most famous pre-release screenshots for ''Half-Life 2''.
FileEli Alyx early lab 2.jpg|Ditto.
FileGhost04.png|Ghostly ''Half-Life 2'' leak texture based on the early Eli model, used in the E3 2003 video "http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZBwwo5olk0 Psyche" and the ending sequences of the WC mappack maps "e3_end" and "hazard01".
FileEli old model.png|Composite image of the various texture files of Eli's early model.
FileHl2leak eli.png|Leak model.


====Retail====


FileEli hl2.jpg|''Half-Life 2'' model.
FileEli ep2.jpg|''Episode Two'' model, with a different jumper.
FileVance family photo.png|Photography of Eli and his wife and daughter around 200- first seen in a frame in Black Mesa East.
FileFrame002a.jpg|Early version of the frame model, used as the preview image of the retail model, with differences in Eli's hair and beard.
FileEli azian.png|Eli and his wife on a newspaper clip on Kleiner's cork board. 
FilePhoto group001a2.png|The Sector C Labs and Control Facilities|Anomalous Materials team before the Black Mesa Incident. Eli is the second from the left.
FileD1 trainstation 05001415.jpg|Alyx safe and sound near her father after her teleportation from Kleiner's Lab. 
FileD1 eli 010008.jpg|Eli and Mossman telling Gordon how they are pleased he is back, somehow mirroring FileEli Alyx early lab.jpg|one of the first ''Half-Life'' screenshots.
FileD1 eli 010005.jpg|Eli teasing Alyx about Gordon.
FileD3 breen 0100005.JPG|Eli prisoner in Breen's office.
FileD3 breen 010072.JPG|Eli and Alyx prisoner in Breen's office.
FileD3 breen 010065.jpg|Alyx about to spit in Breen's face while Eli and Gordon watches.
FileD3 breen 010010.JPG|Eli and Alyx about to be sent offworld.
FileTrio citadel1.jpg|Judith showing to be close to Eli.
FileTrio citadel kiss.jpg|Alyx kissing her father on the forehead before pursuing Breen with Gordon.
FileD3 breen 010142.JPG|Judith and Eli sitting together.
Filesteamsmiley eli.png|Steam emoticon of Eli.


===''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''===


FileKleiner eli screen different office.jpg|Eli and Kleiner in a different control room in the ''Episode Two'' trailer.
FileEp2 outland 110028.jpg|Eli is teasing Alyx again about Gordon.
FileEli hand.jpg|Eli is slightly confused.
File19551on2.jpg|Eli after discovering the existence of the ''Borealis''.
FileEp2 outland 11b0063.JPG|Eli not wanting the Resistance to use the technology located in the Borealis. 
FileEp2 outland 11b0075.JPG|Eli not feeling well after Alyx's message from the G-Man. 
FileEp2 outland 11b0084.JPG|Alyx and Eli listening at Magnusson's rants.
FileEp2 outland 12a0082.jpg|Eli and Alyx waiting for Gordon to launch the rocket.
FileEp end 01.jpg|Eli and Alyx exchanging perplexed looks before the rocket launch. 
FileEp end 07.jpg|The rocket lifting off as the group watches.
FileEp end 03.jpg|Eli and Alyx watching the rocket lifting off. 
FileEp end 11.jpg|Eli and Alyx watching as the Superportal is about to be shut off.
FileEp2 outland 12a0108.jpg|Alyx and Eli watch as the Superportal is shut off.
FileEp end 13.jpg|Eli and Alyx watching as the Superportal vanishes.
FileEp end 14.jpg|Eli and Alyx enthusiastic moments after the Superportal is shut.
FileFather and daughter.jpg|Eli telling Alyx how her mother would be proud if she were still there.
FileEp2 outland 12a000000.jpg|Eli kissing his daughter.
FileAlyx eli hangar talk.jpg|Eli and Alyx looking at Gordon while discussing the future plans in the hangar. 
FileEp end 18.jpg|Right after being knocked down on the ground by the first Advisor, with the Mil Mi-8 in the background.
FileEp end 23.jpg|The first Advisor pulling Eli. 
FileEp end 24.jpg|Eli trying to reach out for Alyx while being pulled away by the first Advisor. 
FileEp end 25.jpg|Eli picking up a pipe to defend the trio against the Advisor. 
FileEp end 26.jpg|Eli hitting the Advisor with a pipe. 
FileEp end 27.jpg|The first Advisor picking up Eli after knocking him down. 
FileEp end 31.jpg|Eli begs Gordon and Alyx to destroy the ''Borealis'', shortly before dying. 
FileEp end 34.jpg|Ditto.
FileEp end 39.jpg|Dog fighting the second Advisor. 
FileEp end 42.jpg|The first Advisor leaving after throwing Eli's body on the floor. 
FileAlyx Eli spoiler.jpg|Alyx kneeling over her father's dead body.
FileEp end 44.jpg|Alyx hugging her father one last time. 


===''Half-Life 2 Episode Three''===
====Pre-release====


FileEp3 alyx bust eli's jacket.jpg|Bust of Alyx wearing her father's jacket.
FileEp3 alyx bust chullo.jpg|Bust of Alyx wearing a chullo and her father's Harvard sweater.
FileEp3 alyx8.jpg|Full-length Alyx wearing her father's jacket and a sweater similar to that of Mossman.


==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}} {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life'' {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life 2'' {{1stID}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' {{Vo}}
*Source Particle Benchmark {{Gf}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

==See also==
*Captain Vance
*Eli Maxwell
*Retcons|''Half-Life'' series retcons

==References==
{{Quotecat|Eli Vance}}
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