Portal Stories: Mel

Portal Stories: Mel

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Noahlvb Jul 8, 2015 @ 8:55am
The ending scene
i just finished PS:M and it was super cool. but the ending scene brought some questions.
And this page is post contains a lot of spoilers.

Why is looks the outside world like a some apocalypse happend.
And at the end we hear a voice saying that sentecs with which portal 2 starts.
Can i assume that it is arround the time PS:M ends portal 2 starts or is there a longer periode.

Noah
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Deadrocks Jul 8, 2015 @ 9:43am 
I too am interested. Virgil kept talking about a "tenacious tester" shutting Glados down, so I wonder if that was Chel, and this C. <REDACTED> is perhaps another character.

Or does this indeed take place between the first two games?
Last edited by Deadrocks; Jul 8, 2015 @ 9:43am
Noahlvb Jul 8, 2015 @ 10:12am 
Yes it takes place in between portal 1 and 2. but my question was how much time there is between PS:M and portal 2
다이아나 봇 Jul 8, 2015 @ 11:35am 
From what I understand, the fact that we shut AEGIS down is the starting point of Portal 2. Since AEGIS is shut, GLADOS is waking up, and the computer screen says that AEGIS final task is to wake up the test subject C.

I think that right when Mel escapes Aperture, Portal 2 starts.
Prawn Jul 8, 2015 @ 12:06pm 
The reason the outside world is like an apocalypse happened is because portal takes place in the same world as the Half Life series, by the time mel escapes the combine had taken over the world from Half Life, around about the time when Half Life 2 takes place.
Noahlvb Jul 9, 2015 @ 3:49am 
But if portal 2 takes place right after PS:M how can it be that when chell escapes from aperture the world seems totally oke to me?
ED-SKaR Jul 9, 2015 @ 8:05am 
Portal stories: Mell ends with Mell shutting down AEGIS. AEGIS has actually been trying to stop GLADOS but she is far too well protected as she is a much more advanced AI system. With his 'final breath', AEGIS awakens Chell and you hear the first line of portal2 said.

Mel comes out of Apatures front door, in the middle of a city. Given that the portal continuity is set within the Half Life continuity the city was probably destroyed during the Combine takeover.
When Chell is set free by GLADOS at the end of Portal 2 (some few hours later in continuity) She comes out of an Apature vent shaft that sits in the middle of a field.

How can you say that a field is a "totally ok" world when you can't see any signs of human life. You can't see any buildings, standing or destroyed. You don't see any people because you're in a field in the middle of nowhere!


To answer the origonal questions:
The world has fallen apart, probably due to Combine attack
Portal Stories: Mell is set immediatly before Portal 2.
Noahlvb Jul 9, 2015 @ 11:28am 
What i ment with "totally ok" whas that it did not seem like a combine attack and when mel leaves apeture it looks like a combine attack.
Cactus™ Jul 11, 2015 @ 7:49am 
So I guess the timeline would be

Half Life and Portal > HL2 > PS:M > Portal 2

HL2 is happening (Maybe, we don't know) during Portal 2
Last edited by Cactus™; Jul 11, 2015 @ 7:50am
Shadow Jul 11, 2015 @ 9:13am 
Actually, during the last dialogs in Portal, GLaDOS mentions that the world isn't good place, or something like that, what gives the idea that the destruction due the attack is happening or already happened. During the last cutscene in Portal the exterior of Aperture doesn't look much destroyed though (despite the fresh explosion caused by Chell). So it's probably that HL2 already happened when Portal 2 took place (I can't say much though, I haven't played HL series I only heard and read about it).

Possibly the time between them is... 9999999999999... Error. :P
Last edited by Shadow; Jul 11, 2015 @ 9:14am
Tmast98 Jul 11, 2015 @ 10:02am 
Originally posted by Shadow:
...So it's probably that HL2 already happened when Portal 2 took place (I can't say much though, I haven't played HL series I only heard and read about it).

Yeah, Half Life 2 takes place before Portal 2. You can tell this due to the way Earth looks like from (the oceans are not drained from the space view), and the missing Borealis in the dry docks.

Valve said themselves they rocketed Chell ahead in the timeline for Portal 2 to avoid any further discrepencies between Half Life and Portal.

Cheers

Christopher Onorati
Level Designer
Java_SE_Binary Oct 31, 2015 @ 5:20pm 
Alright. So, from the interviews done in The Final Hours of Portal 2 and the number that is said by the announcer in Portal 2, 9999999, we can assume that there is a time difference of 27,000 to 50,000 years in between Portal and Portal 2. C. <REDACTED> and the "Tenacious tester" are both Chell. I can assume that there is a period of about 1-2 days before Portal 2 starts since AEGIS drained the facility reserve power, and there is no way in my mind that the reserve power for a MASSIVE underground facility and salt mines below it, to be drained in a few minutes. Moving to when Mel gets outside, she comes out to the original Aperture town, it is very worn down though, most likely due to the amount of time that has passed since GLaDOS was originally created and turned on, when she killed everybody in the facility with neurotoxin. Since then, the outside world of Aperture has been abandoned and we can assume that the area around Aperture town is a former city, most likely destroyed by the Combine in HL2. In Portal 2, Chell comes out an alternate exit, perhaps miles away due to the size of the facility, where there aren't any buildings for miles. AEGIS probably would have killed GLaDOS and itself, had it not been stopped by Virgil and Mel.


NOTE: This is my best understanding of things, so ask me any questions if need be.
NOTE2: We are assuming that 9,999,999 is the exact number of days that Chell was asleep (Thats where we get the roughly 27000 years from.) and that the unit is days since the previous 50 days was not converted to months + days.

Enjoy
Java_SE_Binary
hhhhhhhhhh Feb 1, 2019 @ 6:01pm 
My timeline is:
Half Life - Half-Life 2 - Portal: Still Alive/portal flash version - Portal - Portal Stories: Mel - and finally, Portal 2. Aperture Tag fits in somewhere after Portal 2, i think
SonicCreeper21 Jun 13, 2019 @ 11:22am 
Originally posted by ED-SKaR:
Portal stories: Mell ends with Mell shutting down AEGIS. AEGIS has actually been trying to stop GLADOS but she is far too well protected as she is a much more advanced AI system. With his 'final breath', AEGIS awakens Chell and you hear the first line of portal2 said.

Mel comes out of Apatures front door, in the middle of a city. Given that the portal continuity is set within the Half Life continuity the city was probably destroyed during the Combine takeover.
When Chell is set free by GLADOS at the end of Portal 2 (some few hours later in continuity) She comes out of an Apature vent shaft that sits in the middle of a field.

How can you say that a field is a "totally ok" world when you can't see any signs of human life. You can't see any buildings, standing or destroyed. You don't see any people because you're in a field in the middle of nowhere!


To answer the origonal questions:
The world has fallen apart, probably due to Combine attack
Portal Stories: Mel is set immediatly before Portal 2.
Technically AEGIS could have destroyed GLaDOS given more time. Eventually, the toxic goo would have filled the entire facility and melted what was left of GLaDOS along with AEGIS, any functional personality spheres, and anything else.
Last edited by SonicCreeper21; Aug 21, 2019 @ 8:17am
PS:Mel happens a few second before portal 2 start. i think ratman reconfigure AEGIS to delate and stop GLADOS. When GLADOS free Chell she put in another test that is the time machine test or i think so because when Portal TWTM start is the ending of portal 2 my cuestion is how long has been passed between the star of PS:mel and the ending because the combine take the city but it was a 7 minutes war it destroy city but a city as big of the aperture a think they didnt destroy at all, they take over the city. i think in the ending of PS:mel passed more years that we could imagine like 200 year at least or more i dont know but i think it passed more than 7 years that is the time between half life 1 and 2
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