WHAT DID EPISTLE 3 REVEAL
A closer examination of marc laidlaw’s bootleg Half-life story
Where has Gordon been?
Lost in other dimensions, unable to respond to our calls. Or rather, Marc Laidlaw has been busy working on other projects and now, more than 18 months since it was announced he was leaving Valve, he’s been able to pen a letter from Dr. Freema… we mean Gertie Fremont.
did they find the borealis?
Indeed, but not without some trouble. It turns out that the location discovered in Episode Two was not so much definitive coordinates for the ship’s placement, but its likely re-entry point after flitting in and out of time and space.
What Was the connection to Portal?
It’s all about travelling between spaces, as it's one of Aperture Science’s greatest interests. The Borealis was equipped with a Bootstrap Device that was supposed to allow it to travel inside a generated field from anywhere to anywhere instantaneously. However, when it was activated prematurely to keep it out of Combine hands, it turns out it also travels to any place and time as well. The ship is therefore stretched between its starting location and Arctic destination through time and space.
do they find Judith Mossman?
Yes, Dr. Mossman helps Gordon and Alyx aboard the ship having pleaded her case as a double agent working with the Resistance against the Combine. Alyx still blames her for her father’s death, however.
do they destroy the borealis?
It was a matter of great debate whether they should or shouldn’t, but Alyx, determined to carry out her father’s dying wishes, insists the ship must be destroyed. When Dr. Mossman threatens to shoot them and rematerialise the ship in the Arctic for the Resistance forces to retrieve, Alyx shoots her and decides with Freeman to use the ship as a missile by crashing it into a Combine staging area that they keep seeing as the ship flickers in space.
did G-man’s Plan for alyx Get revealed?
Yes, having suggested to Gordon that he had plans for Alyx, he turns up just in time to grab her from the Borealis before she and Freeman send the ship hurtling into a Combine invasion force. Gordon Freeman is left alone contemplating the futility of this plan as the enormity of the challenge becomes clearer through the bridge windows.
The Breengrub! It turns out the Combine retained some portion of Breen’s consciousness from before he was killed and transplanted it into a grub creature, now seemingly in command of Combine forces in the Arctic. However, the Breengrub is terrified of Freeman and ultimately begs to be killed, ending its miserable existence. Alyx refuses to help and Gordon’s choice remains ambiguous in the text.
how does it end?
Gordon Freeman is saved from the crashing ship by the Vortigaunts just in time, but has apparently been returned to Earth at a much later date. He speaks of the terrain having changed and people not recognising him anymore, but the Resistance lives on. He signs off, saying he leaves it to us to finish the story as this is his final correspondence.