Alan Wake is a writer and paranaturally altered individual identified by the Federal Bureau of Control during the Bright Falls AWE in 2010.

Alan Wake is the protagonist of the eponymous video game by Remedy Entertainment, the developers of Control. Alan Wake and Control take place in a shared universe, the Remedy Connected Universe. During Expansion 2: AWE, it is revealed that Wake may have had a significant influence over the events of Control.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Events of Alan Wake[edit | edit source]

Alan Wake was formerly a popular fiction writer from New York City known for his crime fiction series Alex Casey. Following his most recent publication, The Sudden Stop, Wake experienced a two-year stretch of intense writer's block. In September 2010, his wife Alice took him on vacation to the town of Bright Falls, hoping for him to meet Dr. Emil Hartman, a psychiatrist with whom she had been in correspondence. Unbeknownst to the Wakes, Bright Falls was the location of Cauldron Lake, a paranatural location connected to another dimension known as the Dark Place. The Dark Place's power enabled artists' work to affect reality, but also acted as a prison to the Dark Presence, a hostile force seeking to control artists and write its escape from the Dark Place.

Hartman had studied the Dark Place ever since Thomas Zane, a poet whom he had assisted, disappeared in the lake in 1970. He eventually established the Cauldron Lake Lodge, a clinic ostensibly for the treatment of troubled artists; in reality, these artists were used by Hartman in his attempts to study and possibly control the paranatural forces of Cauldron Lake. When Wake arrived at Bright Falls, the Dark Presence immediately responded to his presence, capturing Alice in the Dark Place and forcing Wake to write a horror manuscript, Departure, which rewrote reality to ensure the Dark Presence's power. Wake managed to escape the Dark Presence, but was captured by Hartman, who hoped to use Wake in his experiments. However, Wake was able to escape from Hartman, and the Dark Presence subsumed Cauldron Lake Lodge.

Wake, guided by the ethereal presence of Thomas Zane, eventually discovered a page written by Zane which had seemingly written for Alan to come to Bright Falls. With the page was a light switch, the Clicker, which Zane had given the narrative power to destroy the Dark Presence. Alan jumped into Cauldron Lake and confronted the Dark Presence, dispersing it. He managed to finish Departure by freeing Alice, but was subsequently trapped in the Dark Place. For the next ten years, Wake made several attempts to escape from the Dark Place, including an incident in which he was confronted by a doppelganger of his, Mr. Scratch. However, Wake was never fully successful in writing his escape.

Events of Control[edit | edit source]

Throughout Expansion 2: AWE, Alan Wake makes several appearances, sending messages to Jesse Faden via the Hotline. In the Oceanview Motel, Jesse also encounters apparitions of Alan through a doorway marked with a spiral. Wake appears to be trapped within the room, and encounters a doppelganger of himself claiming to be the real Thomas Zane, describing the other Zane as a "character" he played in his last film. Zane claims he and Alan are working on an "artistic collaboration," and that he will deal with Mr. Scratch, who is implied to have escaped into reality.

In Wake's Hotline messages, which are structured as manuscript pages, Wake gives the implication that he was responsible for facilitating Emil Hartman's escape from containment, which resulted in the complete closure of the Investigations Sector. He later implies that he even created or at least influenced the Hiss; he reveals that he wrote the Hiss incantation, and he possibly played an even greater role in the Hiss invasion. A transcript of an episode of Night Springs written by Wake has several parallels to the expeditions to Slidescape-36 and its impact on Zachariah Trench and Casper Darling; this suggests that Wake may have adapted this Night Springs episode into a manuscript that rewrote reality and caused the events to play out as they did. Wake even hints that he created or at least used Jesse Faden and the Oldest House, as he needed "a hero," and used elements from his old life, including "his city" (New York City), in the manuscript.

Wake's reasons for scripting events in Control are not entirely clear, though his Hotline messages imply that it was a "path of least resistance" in order to ultimately facilitate his escape from the Dark Place.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Inferred from Alan Wake
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Organizations Federal Bureau of Control
Locations Oldest HouseAstral PlaneOceanview MotelExecutive SectorMaintenance SectorResearch SectorContainment SectorFoundationQuarry ThresholdMold ThresholdAshtray MazeSlidescape-36Ordinary
Characters Jesse FadenDylan FadenZachariah TrenchCasper DarlingAhtiEmily PopeSimon ArishFrederick LangstonRaya UnderhillHelen MarshallAlberto TommasiLin SalvadorRandall PolaskiPhillipWilliam KirklundBroderick NorthmoorTheodore Ash, Jr.Theodore Ash, Sr.Neil HosenbergTom BarlowFrederick BartwellHugoYoshimi TokuiAlan WakeFrank BreakerMr. DoorKate TrenchSusanna Trench
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Events Hiss invasionOrdinary AWEBright Falls AWE
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Missions Mission 1: Welcome to the Oldest HouseMission 2: Unknown CallerMission 3: Directorial OverrideMission 4: Old Boys' ClubMission 5: ThresholdMission 6: My Brother's KeeperMission 7: The Face of the EnemyMission 8: Finnish TangoMission 9: PolarisMission 10: Take Control
Developers Remedy EntertainmentSam LakeMikael KasurinenThomas Puha
Cast Courtney HopeJames McCaffreyMatthew Porretta
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