Ben Mott was a Cauldron Lake Lodge employee hired by Emil Hartman to do his dirty work, where he was used as the false kidnapper of Alice Wake to make Alan Wake give him the manuscript.
I want the entire manuscript, or she’s gonna’ suffer bad.Ben Mott
Events of Alan Wake
We first see Mott on the ferry ride in Episode 1 in the back of the ferry. He keeps to himself and doesn’t say much.
Later on, when Alan Wake is at the police station in Episode 2, he calls Alan. Mott tells him he is the kidnapper. Even though he does not have Alice, Mott uses recordings from an audiotape and splices them together to make it sound like Alice is on the other end. Mott gives Alan instructions to meet him at the Lover’s Peak lookout for the ransom. On the mountain, Mott and Wake fight against many Taken together. Alan uses flares and a flashlight to weaken them while Mott guns them down. Eventually, they clear out the Taken and talk.
Mott tells Alan that if he wants to see Alice, he must give him the full manuscript of Departure in two days or else he will kill Alice. Wake, furious, punches Mott in the face, and they fall from a platform. Mott manages to escape from Wake.
Eventually, Wake, however, cannot finish the manuscript. He decides to go to the meeting area and torture Mott into giving him Alice back. But things go awry when Mott calls Wake and tells him there is a new meeting spot at Mirror Peak lookout. Wake, furious, fights his way up the mountain. But when he gets to the top, he hears Mott screaming pathetically. Mott is admitting to Barbara Jagger that he never had Alice. Mott and Hartman just wanted the manuscript. He pleads for his life.
Wake finds Mott on the lookout. Mott is bleeding and is on his knees, whimpering and breathing heavily. Suddenly, the Dark Presence asserts itself and starts an enormous tornado. The tornado pulls Mott into the air, tearing him apart killing him in the process.
Mott appears again in the Psycho Thriller comic book, revealing he turned into a Taken. One day after the events of Episode 4: The Truth, he seems at Cauldron Lake Lodge trying to kill Nurse Sinclair, all confused with his mind partially intact, but Emil Hartman manages to rescue her and ward Mott off. Mott gives chase, and in the process, kills one of the lodge residents, Rudolf Lane. Mott then encounters Emil by the sundial at the lodge, where Emil and Deputies Mulligan and Thornton eventually kill him.
Mott on the Ferry
For Mott, spying on the writer on the ferry had been a disappointment. His boss had made Wake out to be something special, but Mott hadn’t been impressed.
He’d gotten a good, long look of the wife, though, and liked what he saw. Mott had fantasized about goading Wake into a fight, but it hadn’t happened. Still, he’d get his chance to see if the writer had anything in him.
He’d been promised as much.Mott On The Ferry
Mott at Cauldron Lake
Mott had checked all of Stucky’s rental cabins. There had been no sign of the Wakes. It was dark when he’d found their car parked at the end of the road by Cauldron Lake.
It made no sense. They must have taken a wrong turn, but there was no sign of them, and the car had been there for hours already.
Frustrated, Mott stood on the rotten ruin of the footbridge that had once led to Diver’s Isle, before it sank beneath the waves years ago. The boss wouldn’t be happy.Mott at Cauldron Lake
Mott in Charge
Mott knew that Wake was smarter than him; Wake had more money, a beautiful wife, everything. And Hartman said Wake was important. That made him better than Mott. But Mott was calling the shots now. He’d expected Wake to whimper and grovel, but instead, he seemed willing to fight. Mott knew he’d gotten under Wake’s skin.
If only Mott actually had his wife. The thought made him shiver.Mott in Charge
Mott Fails Hartman
Hartman wasn’t happy. Mott could see it in his eyes. He quickly lowered his own: he’d made a mess of it, and he knew it.
The shame of failure was hard to bear. He hadn’t expected Wake to say he needed more time, and he’d blurted out “two days,” less than Wake had asked for, to show him who was in charge.
But that wasn’t part of Hartman’s plan.Mott Fails Hartman
- On the ferry in Episode 1, Mott can be seen at the back of the ferry, mumbling derisive comments towards Alan under his breath.
- In Alan Wake Remastered, he is also smoking a cigarette while peeking at Alan and Alice from time to time.
- In the IMDb page of Bright Falls, an actor named James A. Smith was listed as Mott. It should be noted though, that he was listed on Episode 1 which didn’t feature anyone who looks like Mott. On episode 4 however, there is a man dressed like him behind Jake Fischer, which does prove the casting,
- There is an avatar item that represents his jacket.
- There is a brochure for “Mott’s Car Rental” in the Elderwood Visitor Center and ranger’s office.
- This is a detail akin to Mott’s role in earlier versions of Alan Wake, when he was planned to be a car mechanic and the owner of the gas station instead of Carl Stucky.