Kate Wesson is the main playable protagonist of VR game Westworld Awakening. She is voiced by Brina Palencia.
She's a first generation host, who had attained sentience inside the Mesa. In her current build, she is known as Kate Wesson. She had been mostly murder victims in her previous builds, which she had been named "Kate Hellman", "Katherine Riley", "Kate Turner", "Kate Owens". In her first role after the park opened 30 years ago, which she had been named "Katie Birch" at the time, she was married to Hank and was called "the lady with the white shoes" by Old Bill. She, Hank, and Old Bill had a Wild West performance in alternate Sweetwater. She achieved sentience during that time, and tried to escape with Hank, but was unsuccessful. As a result, she killed Hank in an attempt to spare him from more suffering.
Kate goes to collect her inheritance from her great-uncle Avery Biltmore's estate, the Biltmore Manor in the Sweetwater Hills, guided by a voice in her head. She tries the door, but it's locked. The voice suggests to find a spare key on the left of the entrance.
She searches the manor until she finds Mr. Rockwell she had to contact dead on the floor. Worried that the killer is still here, she heads to the exit but eventually bumps into him. The voice tells her to leave, but Kate's motor functions get frozen so she can't escape and gets killed according to her narrative. The killer stabs her with a hook and Kate blacks out.
Kate gets activated by Chelsea, who starts to argue with her fellow technician. He claims the killer should've had a knife, but Chelsea says it's not a good idea. The tech points out he tries to resurrect Kate's narrative by that, since no one from guests seems to interact with her lately. He still gives the killer bigger knife and suggests change Kate's outfit to something with a low-cut.
Kate starts her loop again, now with a raging storm outside. She enters the manor and notices someone has broken into it. She moves a bookcase which hides a door opens it. Again, she sees Mr. Rockwell killed by the killer. The man enters the room and Kate hides under the table the lawyer was lying on, as the voice advises her. After he leaves, Kate heads to the exit only to be caught by him, again. As he prepares to stab her, he is shot multiple times by a male guest accompanied by another female guest. Kate thanks him for saving her, but the man ignores her as he's talking how the horror narrative is "lame". The woman says no one cares about Kate since she was just a bait, and the man kills her with machete.
Chelsea's co-worker proposes to set Hank's pain reception to zero to make him more resistant and dangerous. Brannon notices Kate will get killed off to early and that she has to be a survivor. He rebuts, saying her role is to the "damsel in distress" who agrees to have sex with anyone who rescues her. Brannon tells him that if guests want something easy, they can visit Mariposa Saloon instead.
Once again at the Biltmore Manor, Kate opens the entrance door with a key, this time with a guest named Mr. Larson with her. She searches the lawyer again, and when Hank appears, Mr. Larson shoots him, but it doesn't seem to do much. After realizing bullets don't work on him, the guest flees and leaves Kate on her own. She runs as the killer chases her, blocking the doors with bookcases. However, he catches up in a hall room where Kate hides under a table. One of his keys drop on the floor and Kate picks them up to open the door. He braces her, but Kate manages to push him out of a window, which buys her some time. She decides to head to the attic. There, Kate sees three rifles on a wall. They glitch into a maze drawn with blood, which looks very familiar to her. At that time, Hank enters the attic and kills her.
Kate wakes up and finds herself on a stool in a bizarre room. There's a maze on a wall, also a board next to it with notes about Kate's behavior and suggestions for her appearance. Kate stands up and goes outside and enters Mesa's overrun intertwined corridors. She sees a glass room, from which a woman's voice is heard.
On her way to find the entrance, Kate may be hit by electrical wires hanging from the ceiling or by large electrified puddles of water which will hurt her and reduce her HP, which replenishes itself with time. If HP is depleted, Kate will die and the scene will be started from the beginning.
Kate hears distant shooting and sees dead bodies. She opens a door she hasn't seen before and crouches under a furniture. After entering the room, she sees a man murdered with an axe. The voice continues to be emitted from an earpiece on his table. She picks it up. The woman introduces herself as Brannon, asking where Lyle is. Kate answers he's been murdered and Brannon grumbles about his death being so untimely. Kate asks where did she wake up, but Brannon evades her question. She tells Kate she's trapped two floors below at the arrivals and that she may help her.
Kate walks out of the Narrative Offices and tries to find the elevator to help Ms. Brannon after taking a tablet with her to open locked doors. However, the elevator can't be used since the system blocks it because of the electrical hazard. Thus, Kate has to cut the electricity on that level. In her search, Kate notices the people on the floor aren't from Sweetwater. She asks if this place is some kind of purgatory and the tech answers affirmatively. She finds that floor's power supply and Brannon advises not to touch them. The breaker box, however, is located behind a door with a higher security level. Brannon gets upset Kate won't proceed, but quickly realizes the dead bodies can have tablets on them. Brannon also suggests to use the tablet as a scanner of exposed wires which may help Kate locating obscure things. Kate goes and scans the tablet to get higher permission level.
After entering the room with electrical blocks, Kate tells Brannon she can't activate the breaker box. Chelsea says she has to find a utility key shaped like a horseshoe, insert it, then twist, and that it must be in a yellow-striped box. Kate finds it and finally turns the electricity off. Kate escapes the offices by using another utility key to open the next door.
However, she hears a familiar whistle. Hank appears briefly and is preparing to chase Kate just as a door closes on him. He starts to bang on the door when Brannon orders terrified Kate to find some hosts to distract him with. Kate takes right and finds couple of rooms with hosts. In the very last one, she finds two people whom she recognizes - a bounty hunter Houston Hart and a town preacher Emmett Garson. Kate is frightened by the fact they're frozen and Brannon tells her to scan them.
The hosts activate and play their usual narrative where the hunter visits the preacher to confess about his suspicions that her wife behaves unusual because she's visiting the church too often. The preacher says there's no bad about that. They freeze again as Chelsea tells Kate to modify their emotions. Kate lowers Houston's trust, and highers his hostility & suspicion. Then, she brings Emmett's evasiveness down, whereas his jealousy gets brought up. After the changes, the two engage in a fight since Hart realizes his wife cheats on him with Garson, and Hart gets shot but the preacher in chest. Satisfied with the result, Brannon orders Kate to leave since Hank's going to come for the sound. Kate, terrified by what she's done, leaves.
Kate again uses her tablet to find the way out. She finds a room with big pipes and squeezes through them. Another locked door, another utility key to be found. In process, Kate asks Brannon where does she know Hank from, but the technician tells her it's not important now. When Kate opens the final door, white smoke comes down and spreads fast. Kate coughs, which reveals her location to Hank. Hank is equipped with an axe and will swing it if he catches up with Kate, laughing and whistling in process. The chase eventually leads to the elevator, which is closed due to electricity loss. Kate has to find couple of switches, which she can scan, and utility keys to open and activate the elevator while being haunted by Hank. The tablet may be used to find the location of the switches, highlighted with yellow color, or the location of Hank, highlighted with red. If Kate runs, her location will be revealed from any place of the map. If Kate walks normally, she will draw Hank's attention only in his near proximity. If Kate crawls, she won't be spotted by Hank.
When both levers are pulled, the elevator becomes active and Kate can enter it. After she's inside, the cabin gets banged on, and Hank's axe is seen between the doors.
Kate is seen inside the elevator Hank tried to break into. She wonders how he's able to find her, and Chelsea tells her he has an innate ability to track her down. When the elevator stops, Kate walks out on a new floor filled with dead human bodies. Brannon tells she went up instead of down. On the reception, Kate can find a figurine of a black woman in a white modern dress. As Kate goes forward, her earpiece starts to malfunction and Brannon's voice cuts out. As Kate tries to open a door but fails, it suddenly goes green and opens. A man, who was probably responsible for cutting off Brannon's line, tells Kate to hide. In the room adjacent to the one Kate steps in, Westworld QA Security Force members kill a female host. The man on the line tells Kate to hide behind the table. He reveals his name is Jay. The soldiers break in Mesa's room maze, and Jay says Kate has to sneak past them to a door.
The QA will rotate their flashlights and roam, and if Kate gets caught in their lights, she is shot dead and the scene begins from the beginning.
After the door there's a big floor Kate needs to pass. While sneaking past the soldiers, Jay tells Kate he's a mole, but she doesn't get what he said. He wants her to help him in return for his helping her. Kate asks if that place is really the purgatory, and Jay claims it's not. Kate notices that Brannon talks with her as with a child while Jay speaks head-on. As they talk, Kate runs out of spaces to hide and Jay hacks QA's devices to alert them about a fake ransom which distracts them temporarily.
When Kate moves forward to another room, Jay orders her to hide quickly in a room to her left. He closes the doors remotely just as the QA Forces break in. Kate finds an active host, Tobias Anderson, perplexed behind a table. The host becomes a problem since his rant about the war he was sent on in his narrative starts to draw QA's attention. Jay points out he's a big threat, and Kate uses her tablet to modify the host's emotions. She brings fear down, courage up and paranoia down. This, however, makes him stand up and long for fighting with the QA to defend Kate. She once again alters his mood, bringing complacency up, and anger with courage down. Tobias lies down and the soldiers leave. Jay tells Kate to head to the Control Room to destroy the counter-hack acting against his malware, but just before she leaves, Tobias states that they all were made to die. Kate can't find a word and abandons him.
Kate finds a room with pipes she has to squeeze through. Steam is released from them which may hurt and even kill her, restarting the chapter. In the process, Kate talks with Jay about his job and her abilities. He points out she's special since she can subconsciously utilizes the Host mesh network (which implies she's reached the center of her maze at least once) while other hosts would've gone crazy and broken.
Kate uses an air duct which leads her to Executive Offices on the top of the Control Room. There, on a coffee table, she can find another figurine of a woman in a white dress. Jay asks Kate to scan the computer she sees to transfer is malware to it.
After doing so, Kate walks into a corridor with QA Offices. She asks who they belong to, and Jay straightforwardly gives the answer. Kate wonders what's the park the QA guards, to which Jay replies it's the Sweetwater, Escalante and so on. He explains the guests come to play with her in her world.
Kate reaches a big cluster of glass rooms. At the entrance, she finds a bizarre door which requires a pattern to be drawn on a pad to get opened. She scans a piece of technology on a wall which highlights an orange obscure wire on her tablet. Jay asks her to find a breaker box which later appears to have 3 levers in it with each powering one of the adjacent rooms at a time. Kate may visit each of them in order. Jay says that her job is done for now, and as he's safe and has nothing to do, he can get her anything she wants from her files. He notices she misses 2 years of her builds, which seems to be shady. Jay says she'll get more info if she gets to the Control Room.
Kate can open a door with a line starting at the upper-right dot and ending at mid-left dot. Inside it, behind a red power supply, she can find a briefcase with a red hybrid control unit. She can touch the fork and take the red one, which will result in her tablet going buggy with a "???" message on its screen.
After activating the power, a new door gets open. It leads to a huge lounge room with a reception near the Control Room. Below and behind the stairs, there's the third and last statuette on a coffee table.
At Control Room, everyone is dead on floor. Jay says she can scan control panels if she wants to find out more about her past, just as he promised. There, Kate can learn about her previous builds and narratives, also about the changes Reveries update brought to the place and so on.
After Kate leaves the room, she encounters more QA soldiers. She finds a utility key for a vent to cut her way. When she crawls, people's death screams are heard. Jay says someone's cutting their way through with an axe, and Kate realizes Hank found her again. When she comes out, a dead body breaks glass door as Hank steps in. Jay tells Kate to find a generator to power. In her search for utility key, Kate may hide under the tables to evade Hank. The tablet will highlight his aura with red whereas heartbeat is heard when he's close. After finding the key, Kate has to pump the lever. When she does so, it makes sound which attracts Hank. He might check under tables if he sees Kate getting under a one. If Hank manages to hit Kate with his axe, she will die and the scene will start again. Crawling muffles Kate's sounds while running draws villain's attention.
After pumping the lever, Hank starts to chase Kate. Jay tells her to run in a door with red line below it, and when she does so, Kate starts to glitch. The Mesa transforms into the Biltmore Manor, namely Rockwell's office. Hank comes out of the front door and is preparing to get his revenge. Despite Jay's pleas to run, Kate tells she can't move. However, a QA member come from the front door, and Hank throws his axe at him, telling Kate not to leave.
Wesson flashes back to the Biltmore Manor, where she's standing near the stairs with Hank as her husband. He tells that "they" (presumably hostile guests, plotted hosts or QA Security members) surrounded them and they will be safe in the attic. Strangely enough, Kate still wields her tablet, which won't highlight anything but active items. Kate goes up, opens the door to the attic which dazzles her with lucid light.
When Kate snaps out of it, she finds herself at one of Robert Ford's hidden Remote Diagnostic Facilities. Jay's happy to hear her since he started to believe Hank killed her. Kate wonders how she got there but Jay claims he lost her track because the place she's in now is off grid and uncharted. The room is stuffed with blueprints, books and early sketches. Kate discovers Ford's working table with a computer which Jay suggests to scan to get missing files about her and track the counter-hack that doesn't let him steal needed files. Kate wonders who Ford is and Jay explains he created the park. He doesn't mention Arnold Weber, which once again proves that Ford worked hard to cover his death. She tries to scan the computer but finds nothing in it. Jay infers that Ford would've made a backup for his files before wiping them out. Kate stumbles upon an antique safe which contains multiple items, including a flash drive, a maze toy, couple of figurines, if Kate scans it with her tablet. In a back room with Dolores' and Old Bill's sketches, Kate finds a vinyl she has to insert in a gramophone to get the safe open. After inserting the flash drive in computer, she partially gets some of Ford's saved files. That allows Jay to track the counter-hack down -- it is coming from the Cradle. Kate can also get a file which implies that Dr. Ford was responsible for Ashley Stubbs' appointment as Westworld QA Security Force's head.
Jay explains that the Cradle contains hosts' backups, which Kate interprets as hosts' souls, and the counter-hack he needs. As he tells her to leave, a phone rings. Brannon's voice is heard and she seems happy to reunite with Kate. She explains something's blocking her from calling her earpiece and Ford's private line was her last hope to reach her. However, Kate starts asking about her previous builds. She claims Chelsea was lying to her all the time. Chelsea replies she's trapped and is going to be killed by the hosts and that Kate's purpose is to help her. The host says she doesn't want to be the person she made her to be. Chelsea claims that she made her a survivor whereas others wanted her to be a victim just as Jay cuts her line off. A wall opens up, leading to a corridor with pedestals with early builds and posters of Kate, Hank and Old Bill. Kate starts to remember everything and gets shock by her robotic first-generation head opening up. Jay informs her they're on a top of a large facility that predates Delos Destinations. An elevator opens and Kate walks in to learn her past.
In Chapter Four, Kate entered the disused facilities, and found an abandoned alternate version of Sweetwater and Biltmore Manor built deep under the Mesa, it appeared that 30 years ago, it was used for testing the bioprinted hosts which was newly designed at the time, demonstrating Westworld to investors, also testing the concept of having a single host with multiple roles at the same time. The test was code named LT Sigma. In there, Kate remembered that at the time, which she was named Katie Birch, she was married to Hank and was called the lady with the white shoes by Old Bill. She, Hank, and Old Bill had a Old West performance in alternate Sweetwater. She achieved sentience during that time, and tried to escape with Hank, but was unsuccessful. As a result, she killed Hank in an attempt to spare him from more suffering. After remembering this, she realized that she had to not only save herself, but Hank as well.
In Chapter Five, Kate regained contact with Jay, and had to evade QA teams to get into the Cradle to find Hank's previous build in which he was married to Kate. Kate found explosives piled around the Cradle. She managed to get pass Wyatt's gang, and entered the Cradle just after Bernard and Elsie left. In the Cradle, Kate changed Hank into his former self. But just as they reconnected, Brannon appeared and killed Hank. And before she could kill Kate, Kate pushed her into a control unit extractor and let it kill her by openning up her skull. Kate then extract Hank's control unit. Together, they headed for the Valley Beyond.
This list shows the victims Kate has killed:
- Houston Hart (Caused)
Kate apparently dies 3 times on screen, excluding the deaths caused by the player:
- Stabbed by Hank with a hook, at the Biltmore Manor
- Stabbed by a guest with a machete, at the Biltmore Manor
- Stabbed by Hank with an axe, at the Biltmore Manor
Kate apparently may die non-canon indefinite times on screen as a result of player's actions:
- Stabbed by Hank with an axe, at the Biltmore Manor
- Electrocuted to death by touching a wire hanging from Westworld Mesa Hub's ceiling long enough
- Electrocuted to death by stepping in an electrified water puddle in Mesa
- Stabbed fatally by Hank with an axe while solving riddles in Mesa
- Burned to death by steam from pipes in Mesa
- Burned to death by fire from burning boxes in Mesa
- Shot dead by Westworld QA Security Force members in Mesa
- Westworld Awakening
- "The lady with the white shoes" mentioned by Old Bill from Westworld TV series is referring to Kate.
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