Overwatch Nexus

{{Location Infobox
|image=FileOverwatch Nexus1.jpg|250px
|name=Overwatch Nexus
|constructed=N/A, refurbished by the Combine
|destroyed=during the Combine occupation of Earth of City 17|uprising
|location=City 17
|era=Combine occupation of Earth|Combine occupation
|affiliation=Combine Overwatch (formerly human)
|designer=*Dario Casali (level design)http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casali_brothers Dario Casali on Wikipedia
{{Quote|There's an old building up ahead, a bank or museum or something like that. Whatever the hell it used to be, now it's a nexus for Overwatch in City 17.|Barney Calhoun|Half-Life 2|FileBa nexusahead.ogg}}

The '''Overwatch Nexus''' was a major building in City 17, representing the center of Overwatch forces and operations within the city. Having previously been a prominent political building (although Barney Calhoun|Barney identifies it as a former bank or museum), it was later taken over by the Combine following the Seven Hour War.


FileBarney keyboard.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Barney|Barney Calhoun operating Combine computers during the battle to open the way to the roof.

The Combine had apparently been using the building as a headquarters for some time before the Combine occupation of Earth of City 17|uprising, but after the uprising it became the Combine's main base of operations in the city and the primary rally point for the Combine forces. Its power is supplied by Combine Power Generators. Atop the building is a device known as the Suppression Device, also known as the "Suppressor". It is a powerful weapon which functions much like a mortar, but instead of shells it fires beams of concentrated Pulse energy capable of disintegrating living things, similar to the effects of the Energy Ball. Despite being the Overwatch headquarters, the building is somewhat damaged, with half of its circular dome collapsed. This forced the Combine to reinforce it with Combine walls.

Due to its importance, the Nexus was well guarded by Overwatch Soldiers and an extensive electronic security system, consisting of Combine Ground Turrets (triggered by laser tripwires), Combine Ceiling Turret|Ceiling Turrets and Combine Barricade|Barricades.

==Appearances== ===''Half-Life 2''=== In the ''Half-Life 2'' chapter ''"Follow Freeman!"'', Gordon Freeman and Barney Calhoun led a Resistance assault on the Nexus. After heavy fighting, they breached its defenses and disabled all of the generators, deactivating the Suppression Device and opening the gates that were blocking access to the area, allowing reinforcements to flow in. When the Combine's reinforcements arrived, the fighting reached its peak as Resistance forces engaged several Striders in fierce combat on the steps of the Nexus. The Battle for the Nexus proved a decisive victory for the Resistance, and it arguably turned the tide of Combine occupation of Earth of City 17|the Battle of City 17 in their favor. After the events of ''Half-Life 2'' and ''Half-Life 2 Episode One|Episode One'', the abandoned Nexus was probably destroyed when the Citadel exploded, along with much of City 17. A building that closely resembles it can be seen in the far distance at the beginning of Episode One, right after Dog lifts up the wrecked Gunship. ==Related Achievements== {|class=wikitable style="vertical-aligncenter;" width=50% |- !colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''The Orange Box Achievements 2|Half-Life 2'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 beat supressiondevice.png !style="text-alignleft"|Fight the Power (10G) |- |''Shut down the suppression device by disabling its generators.'' |- |} ==Behind the scenes== FileParliament Belgrade.jpg|The Parliament of Serbia.|right|200px|thumb *The building design was inspired by the WikipediaHouse of the National Assembly of Serbia|Parliament of Serbia in Belgrade. In the ''Half-Life 2'' texture files, several files containing the word "parliament" can be found, tightening the similarities between the two buildings. The window patterns are also reminiscent of the Reichstag. *In the Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak, the Overwatch Nexus is clearly identified as a former bank. *The inscription inside the dome reads the Latin words "Per ardua ad astra nemine contradicente", which roughly translates to "Through struggle to the stars without dissent". "Per ardua ad astra" is the motto of the WikipediaRoyal Air Force|Royal Air Force.http//www.raf.mod.uk/links/faqs.cfm RAF – Frequently Asked Questions ==Trivia== In almost every map of the chapter ''Follow Freeman'', the rooftop dome of the Overwatch Nexus is broken and fortified with Combine metal, except for the last map it is seen (d3_c17_12) where it appears completely undamaged. This is probably due to developer oversight. ==Gallery== ===Pre-release=== FileTemp hoppers nexus leak 01.jpg|Temporary Hoppers before the Overwatch Nexus in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak. FileTemp hoppers nexus leak 02.jpg|Ditto. FileD3 c17 10a oldnexus.jpg|The Overwatch Nexus and its plaza in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak. FileNexus inside leak.jpg|Inside the Overwatch Nexus in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak. FileNexus roof leak.jpg|The Overwatch Nexus roof in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak. FileSuppresionDeviceleak1.jpg|Closeup of the Suppression Device in the ''Half-Life 2'' leak. ===Retail=== FileNexus sidebuilding.jpg|Inside one of the Overwatch Nexus' buildings. FileFloor turret lasers1.jpg|The first Combine Ground Turret encountered in the Overwatch Nexus. FileNexus fturret.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus lazorz.jpg|Ditto, sleeping state. FileNexus lobby1.jpg|The lobby. FileNexus lobby2.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus 2fturrets.jpg|Hallway guarded by Ground Turrets. FileSuppression Device close.jpg|The Suppression Device. FileNexus mainroom1.jpg|The Suppression Device power block. FileNexus mainroom2.jpg|Ditto. FileD3 c17 10b0019.jpg|The Overwatch Nexus' destroyed dome. FileNexus dome.jpg|Ditto, closer view. FileNexus cell.jpg|Rebels trapped behind a Force Field. FileD3 c17 10b0026.jpg|Simple Combine Power Generator|generators in the Overwatch Nexus. FileD3 c17 10b0021.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus cmbhallway.jpg|Ditto, in a Combine-converted hallway. FileD3 c17 10b0020.jpg|One of the three Energy Ball-powered generators in the Overwatch Nexus. FileD3 c17 10b0025.jpg|Ditto. FileD3 c17 10b0022.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus generator.jpg|Ditto, seen in the end of the guarded hallway. FileNexus busthallway.jpg|Hallway with Wallace Breen's busts and Headcrab Shells. FileNexus corridor.jpg|Damaged hallway. FileNexus supplyroom.jpg|Guarded room with supplies. FileNexus rooftop1.jpg|The rooftop. FileNexus rooftop3.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus rooftop2.jpg|Ditto. FileNexus battle1.jpg|Battle near the Overwatch Nexus. FileNexus battle2.jpg|Ditto. FileOverwatch Nexus 2.jpg|After the battle. FileNexusruins.jpg|The probable remains of the Nexus at the start of ''Episode One''. ==List of appearances== *https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=iABUHt-Z9Gc ''Half-Life 2'' - E3 2004 Trailer {{1st}} {{Nc}} *''Half-Life 2'' *''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' *''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' {{Pos}} ==References== {{Reflist}} {{succession |title=''Half-Life 2'' story arc journey |before=Kleiner's Lab (2) |after=Citadel }} {{Locations}} {{Combine}} plOverwatch Nexus CategoryCity 17 locations CategoryCombine locations CategoryLocations