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Hi! I'm Chan "Ventro" K. and I'd like to welcome you to my project, the Half-Life Saga Story Guide.

What's the purpose of this site? The Half-Life Saga Story Guide was created in order to provide a concise, accurate, user-friendly overview of the events dealing directly with the events of the Half-Life Saga, and allowing users to easily get a better understanding of the story behind the games.

Why did you make this site? This site was created simply because I found that there were far too many people confused with the saga. It's being told in a method far different from the way normal stories and games are told, in a very passive nature. It's up to you, the player, to piece together the information and make conclusions on it. Inherent in these games is the fact that Gordon Freeman simply isn't supposed to know what's going on all the time; he's being kept in the dark for a reason. If you're diligent enough however, it's easy to put together a pretty accurate account of what exactly is going on around the game, and what events preceded them. I've tried to do this and document it here.

Where do I get started? The main navigation is on that column over there on the left. Going by section, most of the information about the saga is laid out in the Saga Timeline in chronological order, so you're best to start out with that. Extended information about the Combine and other specific elements of the games can be found in the Expanded Info section. More specific answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the FAQ section. To read up on the latest updates and goings on of this site, check out the Latest News section. If you still have a question, feel free to contact me at the Author section.

Is there anything else I should know? Remember, this site contains massive spoilers regarding the events of the two HL games. The content of this guide assumes you've beaten both Half-Life and Half-Life 2, so if you haven't, steer clear. Lastly, enjoy! I hope you can get something out of the work here.

Some readers of this guide have been kind enough to translate this site into other languages. However, I can't comment on the accuracy of the translations. Please note that these translations aren't always current.

  Language Translated by
Czech Version Team 314
German Version s|r me|kor
Portuguese Version André
Swedish Version Anders F
Icelandic Version Grímur Daníelsson
Russian Version Stap

  1. Timeline of Events in Half-Life History
    1. The Combine Invades Xen
    2. The Black Mesa Incident [HL1]
    3. The Portal Storms
    4. The Combine Invades Earth / The Seven Hour War
    5. Rise of the Citadel
    6. The Rebellion [HL2]
    7. The Fall of the Citadel
  2. Expanded Information
    1. The Combine
      1. Who are the Combine?
      2. What is the relationship between the Xen monsters and the Combine?
      3. What is the Civil Protection Unit?
      4. What kind of Combine besides the Overwatch exist?
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
    1. The Story
    2. The Site
  4. Latest News
  5. The Author

[ Latest News ]

Half Life: Aftermath Announced If you don't know already, a expansion pack for Half-Life 2 has been announced! This means a lot of things in the guide will be confirmed or denied when this expansion pack is released. We'll also get a lot of new information allowing us to refine the guide even further! Expect a major overhaul of this guide in the days following the release of Aftermath. I'm looking forward to it!
1,000,000 Hits! Yup, we just reached our millionth visitor. We've gotten visitors from over 153 countries spread out over 7 continents. Thanks for recognizing this site as the premiere location for information on the story of the Half Life games! I'll continue to update this site when new content comes out, of course. Thanks for the support!

   Guide Version 2.5
"Good job! Marc Laidlaw pointed this out to me as being pretty darn accurate for the most part."

             - Gary McTaggart (Valve)

The Half-Life name, concept art, game screenshots, and the Lambda logo are copyright Valve Software, Inc. This guide, its content, and its design is copyright Chan Karunamuni, except where cited. Original story written by Marc Laidlaw of Valve.