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07 May 2014
Cosmogony is a 6 part collection of community maps for Portal 2 and an unofficial prequel to Portal, taking place during GLaDOS's activation in the Enrichment Center. The player is one of the few survivors of the neurotoxin disaster who tries to escape Aperture. The mappack features custom content, a story deeply immersed in the Portal and Half-Life universe and more. It could also be considered a sequel to Portal: Prelude, though this has not been confirmed to be the case.
- 1 Story/Walkthrough
- 2 Mechanics
- 3 Characters
- 4 Trivia
- 5 External links
The game opens up with a small cutscene showing the aftermath of the Bring You Cat To Workday incident, with several corpses of the scientists lying on the floor. The camera pans into the Central Core Chamber as the screen fades to white.
Episode 1: Deucalion
Episode 2: Hephaestus
Episode 3: A Red Letter Day
Episode 4: Resonance Cascade
Episode 5: Heart To Heart
Episode 6: Free Man
The Anonymous Employee is the main protagonist of Cosmogony. It is unknown what he/she looks like, nor is his/her name revealed. Not much is known about his/her history as she is a silent protagonist similar to Chell from Portal and Portal 2, however it is confirmed that he/she was once an employee at Aperture, and one of the few survivors of GLaDOS. His/her story starts in one of the behind the scenes areas of Aperture. He/she soon makes his/her way through the abandoned offices, and manages to find a portal gun. After taking an elevator down to the lower offices, he/she meets up with Wheatley shortly after, prompting them both to escape the facility.
After making his/her way through a turret manufacturing branch and some offices, he/she finds him/herself in one of the testing tracks shortly afterwards. Upon this GLaDOS traps him/her inside and forces him/her to run through the tests. After a couple of tests, however, Wheatley hijacks the door controls, before cutting GLaDOS off from the him/her. He then forces open the panels and allows him/her to escape.
After arriving to a room with an escape elevator shaft, he/she plugs Wheatley into the controls to try and call the elevator down. Upon noticing this, GLaDOS makes a last ditch effort to prevent them from escaping, practically calling in everything she can get her hands on. This fails however, as the elevator finally arrives, allowing him/her to escape. After reaching the exit, the door is opened, allowing him/her to finally leave, his/her fate left ambiguous.
GLaDOS is never directly seen by the player, nor the Anonymous Employee, however she does play a crucial role in the events of Cosmogony. Her only indirect appearance is during the opening cutscene, in which the camera pans down the hallway to the Central Core room.
After a period of time, the Anonymous Employee portals him/herself into one of the testing tracks. Upon noticing this GLaDOS traps him/her inside and forces him/her to run through the test chambers, while complimenting the player for being "Great At Science". After three tests, however, Wheatley hijacks the door controls, before cutting her off from the Anonymous Employee. He then forces open the panels and allows him/her to escape.
Not long after that, she manages to get a hold of them once more, when Wheatley is calling an escape elevator for the Anonymous Employee. Upon noticing this, she makes a last ditch effort to prevent them from escaping, practically calling in everything she can get her hands on. This fails however, as the elevator finally arrives, allowing the Anonymous Employee to escape. However, she was able to position two Sentry Turrets in front of Wheatley just before the elevator takes off. Although it is never shown, the turrets shoot at Wheatley, damaging him enough to fall out of his core receptacle. She then drags him off to get repaired, and afterwards forces him to watch a slideshow stating that if he did anything that fell out of line, he would die. She then awakens Chell for her mandatory testing of the Handheld Portal Device, kickstarting the mainline events of Portal