There is a curious correlation with the yet unknowable forces intruding upon our world in the form of Altered World Events. These forces gravitate toward archetypal objects: a gun, a television, a supposedly haunted house. So clearly, humanity affects this process. Our collective unconscious is a map of sorts. We hold the key but we don't know how to use it.

Casper Darling, FBC Presentation 09.1

Altered World Events (AWEs), formerly known as Paradimensional Occurrences,[1] are events in which paranatural forces intrude upon perceived reality, resulting in reality being altered. AWEs are responsible for the existence of Altered Items and Objects of Power. The term is also used to broadly refer to other paranatural occurences investigated by the Federal Bureau of Control.

The Investigations Sector in the Oldest House is dedicated to the study of AWEs. Other areas devoted to AWE research include portions of the Research and Containment Sectors.

Nature[edit | edit source]

Altered World Events occur when paranatural forces intrude upon perceived reality. When this occurs, reality is altered, often in unpreditable and dangerous ways. These forces originate from other dimensions or planes of existence, and often manifest in the form of unknown energies and resonance. The Federal Bureau of Control is responsible for investigating and containing AWE instances on a national and global scale, and devotes significant research to understanding their nature.

AWEs appear to be affected by the human collective unconscious; paranatural forces often gravitate to archetypes created by human culture and psychology. This results in the creation of Altered Items or Objects of Power, ordinary objects infused with paranatural energies, which gives them special properties and abilities. The nature of this connection between the collective unconscious and paranatural forces is not fully understood, and has been described on multiple occasions as "unknowable."

While they often result in the creation of Altered Items or Objects of Power, the FBC may also classify other types of events as AWEs. Because of the vagueness of the term and the unpredictability of paranatural forces, AWEs are very diverse in nature. Known AWEs vary significantly in the severity of their alteration to perceived reality, ranging from mysterious and unexplained noises (Kyiv, AWE-37) to reality being completely rewritten to make fictional stories come true (Bright Falls, AWE-35). There are no known limits on what AWEs may manifest as, or what impact they may have on reality.

Certain AWEs may be influenced or caused by paranatural entities such as Polaris or Fra.

List of known AWEs[edit | edit source]

ID Event Location Event Date
AWE-3 Sawyer County, Wisconsin 06/23/1958
AWE-X Bright Falls, Washington 1970
AWE-7 Fra Mauro Formation, Luna 01/31/1971 - 02/09/1971
AWE-10 Bright Falls, Washington 09/17/1976
AWE-XX Bright Falls, Washington 1978
AWE-17 Butte, Montana 09/23/1992
AWE-18 n/a (suspected California) 06/17/1993
AWE-24 Ordinary, Maine 08/30/2002 - 09/14/2002
AWE-29 Albany, New York 02/08/2006
AWE-35 Bright Falls, Washington 09/01/2010 - 09/14/2010 (recurring)
AWE-37 Kyiv, Ukraine 08/13/2011
AWE-44 Bloomington, Illinois 05/25/2015
AWE-46 Sterling, Colorado 05/04/2016
AWE-48 Havana, Cuba 09/23/2017
Cincinnati AWE Cincinnati, Ohio Unknown
Keystone AWE Keystone Unknown
Willow AWE Willow, Alaska Unknown

References in other media[edit | edit source]

AWEs are alluded to multiple times in Quantum Break, a title by Remedy Entertainment

Remedy Entertainment, the developer of Control, has alluded to Altered World Events on multiple occasions in previous games.

  • In the Alan Wake blog "This House of Dreams" (2012), there is a scene in which a federal agent appears wearing a badge that reads "AWE."[2]
  • In Quantum Break (2016), one Quantum Ripple event will cause numerous conspiracies to arise on the Internet regarding a "Bureau of Altered World Events," affiliated with the organization Monarch Solutions.[3]
  • Additionally, a chalkboard in Quantum Break mentions the acronym AWE as standing for either "Altered World Event" or "Alan Wake Experience."[4] Graffiti reading "AWE" can be found throughout Quantum Break.
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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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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
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