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Quote1 We live in a room, and there's a poster on the wall. We stare at it and we think that's the whole world. The room... and the poster. But it's all a lie. Something to distract us from the truth. The room's not the world, the world... is much bigger, and much stranger. Quote2
― Jesse Faden

Jesse Faden is the protagonist of Control and a major character in the Remedy Connected Universe. Jesse and her brother, Dylan Faden, were the only known survivors of an Altered World Event in their hometown of Ordinary, Maine. Dylan was taken to the Oldest House by the Federal Bureau of Control. In 2019, Jesse managed to track down her brother and the FBC. Upon entering the Oldest House, she became the facility's new Director during the invasion of an entity called the Hiss.

Following the Hiss invasion, Jesse was alerted to activity in the Bright Falls AWE research sector. Novelist Alan Wake, who was trapped in the Dark Place during the Bright Falls AWE of 2010, began writing a story to change reality in order escape the Dark Place and save his wife, Alice, from his doppelgänger, Scratch. According to the facility's readings, an AWE would occur at Bright Falls again in 2023. During this AWE, Jesse briefly came into contact with Alan Wake and Thomas Zane in the Oceanview Hotel.



Jesse Faden was born in 1991 and grew up in the town of Ordinary, Maine. Her brother, Dylan Faden, was born in 1992, and the two were very close, often playing together at a local landfill site. The two were friends with Dylan's classmate Neil Hosenberg, who was often teased at school due to his asthma, particularly by student Tom Barlow and his gang, including Frederick "Freddy" Bartwell and a boy named Hugo. In a later therapy session, Jesse admitted to having felt "lost" during her childhood, "thrown away." She also harbored some resentment for her parents.

On August 30, 2002, when Jesse was eleven years old, she and Dylan discovered that the dump site they played at had seemingly shifted, enabling them to travel deeper inside. There, they discovered an old slide projector which they discovered had the ability to open doorways to other dimensions, or "slidescapes," by projecting the images seen on individual slides. Jesse later reported that there were nine slides, though Dylan claimed there were only eight. After their discovery Jesse, Dylan, and Neil began to explore and play in the slidescapes, though Jesse was averse to some of them, namely "Meadow," which caused them to have strange dreams, and "Temple," home to an entity they dubbed "the Not-Mother."

In one particular slidescape, which the children named "Hand," Jesse and Dylan encountered a mysterious, unseen intelligence which communicated to them telepathically. The entity told the children that they were special, and "made them special." Jesse grew fond of the entity, and named it "Polaris" after the star. The children continued to visit the slide dimensions frequently over the subsequent two weeks, and Neil in particular visited Meadow quite often. However, Tom Barlow beat up Neil and forced him to reveal the location of the Slide Projector. Neil was then trapped in Meadow as Tom and his gang stole the Projector, taking it to their hideout at Sled Hill Cave.

Tom and his gang began their own explorations into the slidescapes, eventually falling under the influence of the Not-Mother, who fed them her "milk" and began to alter their behaviour. This culminated in Tom and the gang attacking and murdering their math teacher, Mrs. Chester. Following this, Tom and the gang were taken away by the police, and Jesse and Dylan were interrogated about the Slide Projector by their parents. Jesse recalled wishing for her parents to disappear, and the next morning, she and Dylan found that the entire adult population of Ordinary had vanished without explanation. They then followed Tom and his gang to their hideout, discovering that the Not-Mother was transforming them into monstrous entities they dubbed "Dung Monkeys."

Jesse grabbed the Slide Projector and they began to run away, pursued closely by the Not-Mother and the Dung Monkeys. When they were almost about to be attacked, Neil suddenly reappeared and saved them, though according to Dylan, Neil now had the appearance of a "melted dog." The Slide Projector would not turn off, so Jesse turned the slide to Hand, where she asked Polaris for help. Polaris instructed Jesse on how to turn off the Slide Projector, which resulted in the instantaneous disappearance of the Not-Mother, the Dung Monkeys, and Neil. Jesse subsequently burned all of the slides except for Hand.

Responding to the disappearance of Ordinary's adult population, the Federal Bureau of Control sent a team led by Director Zachariah Trench and Head of Research Casper Darling to investigate. Jesse and Dylan led them to the Slide Projector, at which point the Bureau attempted to apprehend them both. Jesse was able to escape, but Dylan was captured by the Bureau, and taken away. Jesse would be consumed with guilt over this event.

For the next seventeen years, Jesse drifted between jobs and residences, at one point working as a janitor. No one believed her stories about the events in Ordinary, as the FBC had covered up these events and declared them to be an industrial accident. Jesse was placed under psychiatric care for a number of years, though her psychiatrists consistently disbelieved her stories about Ordinary as well, claiming that she had invented them from her imagination. Jesse remained resolute that the events in Ordinary had indeed happened, but felt lost due to the world around her not believing the same.

Jesse spent much of her life searching for the Bureau which had taken away her brother, but was unable to find them. Unbeknownst to her, that very same Bureau monitored her consistently due to her unique paranatural abilities and connection to the Ordinary Altered World Event. Polaris also remained in distant contact with Jesse, and Jesse would occasionally receive messages from her. However, these messages did not become significant until September 24, 2019, when Jesse became convinced that Polaris was summoning her to New York City. She subsequently left her current residence in Cheyenne, Wyoming and crossed the country to reach Manhattan.


On October 29, 2019, Jesse arrived in New York City and was guided by Polaris to the Oldest House, an enormous Place of Power and the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control. Inside, Jesse encountered the Oldest House's janitor, Ahti, who directed her to the office of the Director, Zachariah Trench. In Trench's office, Jesse discovered that Trench had seemingly shot himself, and, after touching Trench's Service Weapon, was made the new Director of the FBC by the Board. Jesse then learned that the Oldest House had been invaded by a hostile force of resonance which Jesse referred to as "the Hiss," which had turned Bureau agents into its mindless slaves. A number of Bureau agents had survived thanks to devices called Hedron Resonance Amplifiers, which had been developed by the Bureau's missing Head of Research, Casper Darling.

Jesse began working with the Bureau to stop the Hiss, but only as a means to the end of finding the whereabouts of Dylan. She used a Directorial Override to open the closed sectors of the building, then found and aided Head of Operations Helen Marshall to learn the whereabouts of Dylan. Marshall revealed that Dylan and Jesse had both been candidates for the position of Director, but Dylan had proven too unstable and was imprisoned in the Containment Sector. Dylan then appeared in the Executive Sector and voluntarily turned himself in, revealing that he had embraced the Hiss and considered it his liberator. Dylan told Jesse that the Hiss had entered the Oldest House through the very same Slide Projector Object of Power that they had discovered in Ordinary, and Jesse subsequently left to search the Oldest House for it.

During her search, Jesse learned that Darling and Trench had orchestrated several expeditions into the slidescape Hand, which they referred to as Slidescape-36, where they discovered an entity that they named Hedron - the source of the resonance protecting the HRAs. Encountering Hedron, Jesse believed it to be Polaris, only to witness its death at the hands of the Hiss. Jesse's mind was then invaded by the Hiss, but she was able to push it out by finding the resonance of Polaris within herself, thus preventing the Bureau's destruction. In the process of this, Jesse learned that Trench had been responsible for the Hiss invasion, having been corrupted by the Hiss during the expeditions to Slidescape-36, and released it through one of the slides that Jesse burned in Ordinary.

Dylan broke out of containment and found the Slide Projector, entering the Astral Plane and attempting to corrupt the Board. However, Jesse was able to stop him, and purged the Hiss from him, causing Dylan to fall into a coma. Jesse subsequently shut off the Slide Projector, preventing the Hiss from entering the dimension, but corrupted Hiss agents still remained in the building.

The Foundation[]


Alan Wake 2[]

Jesse makes a brief cameo during Alan's interaction with Zane in the Oceanview Hotel, to which she appears in the TV, mirroring the scene from Control AWE Expansion where Jesse witness Alan arguing with Zane. Zane instinctively hides from the TV and warns Alan of anyone asks him to let them know that "he was never here", before crawling away.

Night Springs[]

North Star[]

The Sibling, who takes on the appearance of Jesse, visits Coffee World in search of her missing brother. In the park, it was overwhelmed by the shadow people. She meets with the Sheriff under a lit gazebo, who warns her about drinking the coffee that has the power to manipulate her into becoming 'the coffee', and was convinced that the government was responsible for this. With the help of Polaris, she managed to find her way into the warehouse in Coffee World. In the warehouse, she stealthily avoids two coffee mascots Taken and found a key that leads to the office room. Entering the office room, she finds Sheriff who is now 'the coffee', after being attacked by the shadow people when he was in search for her. He had felt a bit of coffee entered his mouth, to which he shrugged it off that he'll be fine, only for him to turn into one of the coffee people consequently. The Sibling headed down to the basement, in a red-lit room with the walls filled with constellations. The room lead to a door, which leads to a large voidless space, filled with what seems to be piles of discarded coffee cans. She finds out that it wasn't the government that was trying to control them with the coffee. She finally found what appears to be her brother, who takes on the appearance of Alan Wake, floating mid air in a sealed glass container. He tells his 'sister' that he has a dream that he wish to tell her.

Time Breaker[]

The Agent takes on the appearance of Jesse once again. She is first seen barging into the green room in the Director's film setting for a video game, where the Actor found a variant of himself, Branch, killed by Door. She tries to warn the Actor about The Master of Many Worlds, but she was interrupted when the Actor was suddenly transported to Cauldron Lake.

The Agent is later seen again when the Actor found himself in a comic-styled universe as a REC agent variant of himself. The two conversed about other variants, and how energies that rippled through realities can harm individuals, give them powers or even give them an alien companion. The Agent spoke about Door having access to different realms and she thought he was after Branch, but instead, he was actually after the Actor, to which he had sent darker variants of the Actor to hunt him down. Willing to stop the Master of Many Worlds, the Agent sets the Actor to embark on a mission to hunt down Door.


  • Jesse is played by Courtney Hope, who also played Beth Wilder in Quantum Break. Beth Wilder is also confirmed to be an alternate universe version of Jesse during third episode of the Night Springs expansion DLC of Alan Wake 2, although they do not use that name for her - or any other characters who appear in the DLC that came from Quantum Break, due to Remedy not having the legal rights to the game while Microsoft owns it. Instead, the game is also referred to as Time Breaker rather than Quantum Break.