Combine Code Words

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    • Combine Code Words

      I love the convoluted codes that the Combine use. After listening closely to Overwatch and Combine Soldier dialogue, as well as examining "sentences.txt", I've been able to generate a list of the probable definitions of most of the Combine code words for things:

      Code : Definition / Rebel Term

      Anticitizen 1 : Gordon Freeman
      Airwatch : Scanner Network / Air Units
      Biotic : Antlion (Could possibly also refer to other Xen creatures.)
      Bodypack : Armour
      Boomer : Gunship (?)
      Bouncer : Enemy Grenade (Zombines use this for their own grenades.)
      Cauterize : Cut Off
      Containment Field : Shield
      Control Section : Citadel
      Dislocate : Remove
      Displace : Retreat
      Deserviced / Duty Vacated : Dead (Used for friendlies)
      Exogen : (Usually used to refer to Antlions, but also occasionally to other hazards such as reprogrammed Sentry Turrets and Rollermines.)
      Expunge : Kill
      Extractor : Friendly Grenade
      Flare : Grenade (In general)
      Ghost 2 : Gordon Freeman
      Interpose : Cover
      Lock : Stand Ground
      Hard-Point : Mounted Gun Emplacement / Bunker
      Hurricane : Key Resistance Figure (Not Gordon. Used to define status of "outbreak")
      Necrotic : Zombie
      Noncitizen : Rebel
      Outbreak : Human Revolt (When said three times in short succession, means that the speaker is overwhelmed.)
      Parasite / Parasitic: Headcrab
      Phantom : Gordon Freeman
      Political Conscript : Stalker (?)
      Priority 1 Objective / Primary Target : Gordon Freeman
      Probe : Investigate
      Prosecute : Assault
      Restrictor : Thumper
      Ripcord : Retreat
      Signature Imprint : Data Packet (Presumably)
      Sterilizer : Sentry Turret
      Storm System : Canal
      Tag : Kill
      Target 1 : Gordon Freeman
      Transport : Teleporter
      Universal Union : Combine
      Vance Prime : Eli Vance (Presumably)
      Vance Sub-Prime : Alyx Vance
      Viscon : Enemy Sighted
      Verdict : Bullet
      Virome : Antlion
      Viscerator : Manhack
      Workforce Intake Hub : Trainstation
      10-99 : Overrun
      10-108 : Friendly Dead / Death
      404 : Riot

      I may have missed a few, and of course some are speculation, but I've tried to determine the best definitions when taking into account where they are used, etc. Your thoughts?
    • Thanks!

      I wish Valve would release some kind of proper code-book. It'd be interesting to see how they refer to things other things, such as Striders and Headcrab Cannisters. An idea for the latter could be "Vaccine", as it sort of deals with an "infection" with a weaker "infection", which is very vaguely what a real vaccine does.

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    • Hmm, I've heard the Combine call Freeman "Anticitizen One" and "Primary Target/Priority One Objective/Target One" but I've never heard them call him "Ghost Two" or "Phantom." Perhaps I just couldn't quite understand them ingame when they said it.

      Time to dig through the GCFs again.

      The list does seems pretty spot on from what I can decipher ingame and from the clues the names of the audio files in the GCFs provide. Nice job.
    • OldDirtyBastard wrote:

      ".. possible 10-108" was used when you throw a can into a Metrocop near the trash can.


      I checked and it was actually "10-103". The other ones also say it when you throw things at them or get too close. It probably means a disobedient citizen, or some such.

      Super Toast wrote:

      Hmm, I've heard the Combine call Freeman "Anticitizen One" and "Primary Target/Priority One Objective/Target One" but I've never heard them call him "Ghost Two" or "Phantom." Perhaps I just couldn't quite understand them ingame when they said it.

      Time to dig through the GCFs again.

      The list does seems pretty spot on from what I can decipher ingame and from the clues the names of the audio files in the GCFs provide. Nice job.


      The soldiers sometimes call him those when they're in combat, e.g. "Designate target as: Phantom". It is difficult to make out if you don't already know what they're saying.
    • Interesting. I'm wondering whether the Combine have their own phonetic alphabet. Certainly some of the words they use are part of the existing NATO phonetic alphabet, such as echo, kilo, uniform, victor and x-ray. There are also several other words that may or may not refer to code words for weapons, creatures, buildings etc.

      This is just a very quick selection of the short words that may possibly denote some form of phonetic alphabet. I would imagine that most of them refer to something else, but it's still quite interesting.

      A - Apex
      B - Blade
      C
      D - Defender/Dagger
      E - Echo
      F - Fist/Flash
      G - Ghost/Grid
      H - Hero/Hammer/Helix/Hunter/Hurricane
      I - Ice/Ion
      J - Jury/Jet
      K - King/Kilo
      L - Line
      M - Mace
      N
      O
      P - Phantom/Payback
      Q - Quick
      R - Razor
      S - Storm/Sword/Star/Stab/Slash/Stinger/Storm/Striker/Swift
      T - Tap
      U - Union/Uniform
      V - Victor
      W - Winder
      X - X-ray
      Y - Yellow
      Z - Zone

      It could be that they chose to keep some words, but also replaced other, perhaps weaker words with stronger ones. It's interesting that a lot of them are weapons, such as blade, dagger, fist, hammer, mace, razor and sword. It fits in with the Combine's history that they would encoporate violent words into their everyday language, as well as the irony of adapting and assimilating existing codes and improving upon them, or simply altering them to suit their own tastes. Which is precisely what they do, and what Combine means.

      I also find it intriguing that the words spoken by the Overwatch voice that relate to violent procedures are medical terms, and therefore make everything seem ordinary and strict. On the other hand, words that relate to more ordinary procedures by the Overwatch troops are made more violent.
      I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.
    • Interesting: sentences.txt (located in source engine.gcf/scripts, in case anyone else wants to check it out) does give a partial phonetic alphabet list:

      //phonetic alphabet/codes:
      V_RNDCODES0 apex {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES1 ion {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES2 jet {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES3 kilo {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES4 mace {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES5 nova {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES6 payback {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES7 sundown {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES8 uniform {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES9 boomer {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES10 echo {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES11 flatline {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES12 helix {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES13 ice {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES14 quicksand {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES15 payback {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDCODES16 ripcord {Len 0.4}


      A lot of the other words you used refer to squad names for soldiers or Civil Protection officer. The more violent ones tend to be soldiers, whereas Civil Protection has names like "defender", "hero" and "union".
    • Good find man. A lot of interesting information in there that I hadn't checked or seen before. That's not the complete phonetic alphabet that's available though, as victor and x-ray of the existing NATO one are both missing. I'm most intrigued by the air support names.

      // air support names:

      V_RNDNAMES0 ghost {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES1 reaper {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES2 nomad {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES3 hurricane {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES4 phantom {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES5 judge {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES6 shadow {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES7 slam {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES8 stinger {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES9 storm {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES10 vamp {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES11 winder {Len 0.4}
      V_RNDNAMES12 star {Len 0.4}


      Ghost and phantom already refer to Freeman, so I'm wondering what the rest refer to? All air support units? So that would include scanners, synths scanners, manhacks, hunter choppers and gunships I would guess. I had no idea they put so much thought into the game. I had just assumed that the soldiers' speech was meant to be unintelligible.
      I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.
    • "Attention. Rank leaders. Reminder: one hundred sterilized credits qualifies non-mechanical reproduction simulation."

      Other notable comments by the Overwatch Dispatcher are "Premature mission termination will result in fifty percent reproduction credits." and "Memory replacement is the first step towards rank privileges."

      Moreover, when a metrocop kills you, you sometimes hear her say "Reward Notice: Protection Team member, your family cohesion is preserved." So as well as rewarding brutality with non-mechanical reproduction simulations, they also allow them to stay with their loved ones.
    • I never thought of CP's having families before.

      Off Topic: Wouldn't be kinda cool if you fought undercover CP's that impersonated rebels/citizens?
      "I dont like bad guys like that" Jake Snake said to the dead bad guy then he threw his cigar on him and he lighted on fire.

      Lolipopman;30056 wrote:

      Isnt New mexico the capital of mexico?


    • Master Chef wrote:

      I never thought of CP's having families before.

      Off Topic: Wouldn't be kinda cool if you fought undercover CP's that impersonated rebels/citizens?


      Cool idea, but I've never attributed subtlety to the combine.
      The closest thing to a combine spy was Judith Mossman who turned out to be a double agent.

      I've never under stood much of the combine radio chatter, Normally i'm more worried about my health bar or theirs. But I've always been interested in what I consider is missed dialogue.

    • I always thought that these were either the Overwatch phonetic alphabet or if they were procedural instructions issued to Combine forces.

      In any case if I can nitpick..

      Anticitizen 1 isn't specific to Gordon Freeman, it's a level of citizen status, kind of like saying "the most wanted" though surely Gordon is the only person to have ever attained it.

      Airwatch I believe refers to Combine Gunships and Helicopters rather than scanners... Scanners are apparently automated, so I don't think they would take instruction through announcements.

      Biotics (in Episode 2 refer specifically to Gordon and Alyx) seems to refer to human/earth lifeforms.

      Containment Field means the Combine forcefields that do not permit non-combine organisms to pass through.

      Control Section sounds more as if it refers to a district/designated sector of City 17.

      Exogen specifically refers to Antlions.


      Anyway.. bouncer and boomer don't sound like Combine dialogue.. but perhaps refer to hopper mines and thumpers? I sincerely doubt boomer refers to gunships.
    • Mangled* wrote:

      Anyway.. bouncer and boomer don't sound like Combine dialogue.. but perhaps refer to hopper mines and thumpers? I sincerely doubt boomer refers to gunships.


      I don't know about boomer myself, but I was replaying HL2 yesterday, and I heard a Combine soldier clearly yell "Bouncer!" as he was running from a grenade I tossed at him, so Bouncer does indeed seem to at least refer to enemy grenades.

      I haven't heard Boomer used ingame (Though I might have just not understood the soldier or just wasn't paying attention), but it would make sense if it referred to hopper mines or thumpers.
    • Thanks dude, i will use this on my mod when i know how to mod.XD(No, but really)

      And i think every combine is it own code like "C17-3-4" C17 is mean from City 17, from team 3 combine soldier 4, This just my own theory, don't get too drag away by these.

      I hear combine soldier say "Outbreak"x3 when i spawn 4-6 combine soldier in ravenholm for fun, i laugh out when i saw the last combine soldier say "Outbreak!Outbreak!Outbreak!" before mow down by zombies.

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