Dale Vandermeer is a homicide detective. He is one of the main protagonists of Cube Escape, and makes several appearances throughout the series.
Cube Escape: Case 23Edit
During the Fall of 1971, Dale leads the investigation on the murder of the Woman. He finds the Woman's dead body lying on the floor, with a trail of blood leading into the Room. When he tries to enter, the door disappears. Looking around, he notices a newspaper on the coffee table, advertising a trip to Rusty Lake. He calls the number on the paper, and is answered by Mr. Crow, who does not provide any answers. After the phone conversation, Dale discovers the Woman's body hanging upside down. Black butterflies come out of her mouth as her body rises out of sight. The butterflies fly in formation to spell out the code to her safe, which contains the key to the Rusty Lake archive.
For months, Dale cannot focus on anything other than the events that occurred after he found the Woman's body. In the Summer of 1972, he decides to collect all of the information he can about Rusty Lake, and locks himself in his office in order to try and learn more about the Lake. In his office he has a mysterious television, with a device attached to change its channels. When he inputs 247 into the TV, a man in handcuffs appears on the screen, who reveals that he is a Corrupted Soul. After killing the accompanying Policeman, the man lunges at the window. He breaks the window pane and disappears, leaving a black cube. After inputting the code 746 into the TV, the Woman appears on the screen. She reaches through the top of the TV and gives Dale a white cube. With both cubes collected he inputs 392 into the TV and places the cubes into two slots on the screen. A light on the strange machine next to the TV lights up. shooting a beam of light to the ceiling fan. Slowly the ceiling fades away as the fan spins faster, and Dale falls into a deep sleep.
When Dale wakes up, he finds himself on the floor of the Chapel. Outside of the chapel door there is a boatman in the distance, whom Dale calls with torch signals. By cutting the boatman's sewed mouth open with scissors, the boatman's mouth widens to reveal Mr. Crow. He rows Dale to a small island in the middle of the Lake, and drops him off at the Cabin. Mr. Crow leaves him without another word, and Dale does not understand what to do. However, while at first all seems serene, the longer he spends in the Cabin, the more disturbed things become. The deer standing outside will become decapitated, and be replaced by a Corrupted Soul with antlers. Dale hurries to activate the elevator hidden within the Cabin, and rides it into the Lake as the Soul watches in silence.
Cube Escape: The MillEdit
Mr. Owl has left Mr. Crow a note on the top floor of the Mill in 1972, revealing that he believes Dale may be the one who can stop the Corrupted Souls who are wandering the Lake. It says that if Dale can find the two cubes, Mr. Owl will bring the storm and Mr. Crow must take Dale to the Cabin.
Dale is seen through the TV screen on the Mill's top floor, when he picked up the phone to call "Rusty Lake Mental Health and Fishing" in Case 23, and speaks to Mr. Crow. After this conversation is finished, Dale places the black and white cubes into the TV screen, from whence he disappears in a bright flash. Outside of the Mill's window there is a beam of light shining down by the Chapel, which falls upon Dale's unconscious body. Mr. Owl steps towards him, and causes him to rise mysteriously and begin a storm.
Rusty Lake HotelEdit
In 1893, once the player has delivered the five black cubes to Mr. Owl, he explains that the memories stored in these cubes are not only the key to the past, but also to the future. Underneath the plate cover is a white cube, which leads to a foggy Forest with Corrupted Souls wandering aimlessly around. Further into the forest an elevator is seen rising up in the distance. Dale stands inside, staring silently as the elevator continues to ride up into the Rusty Lake Hotel.
Cube Escape: BirthdayEdit
Dale is riding up the elevator in 1972, and he reveals that he has been reliving his memories, which have been captured in the cubes. One of the cubes appears in front of him, and takes him back to his home in 1939, when he was a child celebrating his ninth birthday. He receives a letter from Mr. Owl, which warns him that today will be the darkest day of his life, but the present he left for him would help him "turn his day around". In a sudden turn of events, Mr. Rabbit breaks down the door and shoots Dale's family dead. He leaves on the table a letter explaining that this substance from one of his past lives is his only chance of escaping his state. Dale also finds a postcard from Harvey in his father's jacket, with a photo of the Rusty Lake Hotel on the front.
After assembling Mr. Owl's present, he is given a blue cube, which, when placed into the clock, reverses time and resurrects his family. His grandfather asks him to get him the gun from his chest, which he then uses to shoot Mr. Rabbit as he breaks into the house. Dale's family survives, and Dale follows a blood trail out the door to find Mr. Rabbit, and watches as he is absorbed into the tree he is resting upon. A black cube is situated at the top of the tree, and it is turned to white as he is taken back out of the cube. He continues his ride on the elevator.
Cube Escape: TheatreEdit
Dale is still on the elevator. He claims that the Lake is changing his memories, and that is past is not what it seems to be. He decides to let the cubes guide him, as a cube stops in front of him and takes him to the year of 1971 at the Rusty Lake Theatre. Dale looks into a mirror, and his reflection is split up. When it is reassembled, he briefly becomes a Corrupted Soul and says, "What is happening to me?" Behind the curtains, a man dressed as Mr. Owl steps forward, explaining that there are six plays that Dale must watch to continue his journey. By finishing five of the plays, the man returns, now wearing a mask of Dale's face. The man explains to him that Bob's memories now belong to the Lake, and that extracting the memories caused the Corrupted Soul, one of the six stages of the wheel. Upon completing the sixth play, the man congratulates Dale because his mind is "reaching a higher state of consciousness", and that he is learning about his past and future, on what he may become.
A lone man, Bob, sits at the bar. He has a letter from the Woman in his pocket. After Dale serves him a Bloody Mary, Bob shoots himself in the head, allowing Dale to travel into his mind to retrieve cubes to finish the fifth play. With the fifth play done, Bob leaves the bar to go sit in the bathroom. He leaves a coaster on the bar counter with the following: "I feel dead inside, why did you take my memory?". When trying to approach him, he lifts his head up revealing that he is corrupted, and shuts the door. The Corrupted Soul reemerges to watch Dale as he enters the elevator to continue his ride.
Cube Escape: The CaveEdit
In 1972, he appears in the white cube in the depths of the Forest. He is strapped into a chair, and a contraption is lowered onto his head. Flipping the switch to the contraption briefly corrupts him. After a golden cube is created by the larger machine his chair is connected to, he stands up and walks over to the elevator. However, his eyes remain closed, and he continues to temporarily become corrupt. After the player gives him the golden cube he goes into the elevator, holding the cube as he continues his journey upwards.
Dale is mentioned in the Book found in the Cave. The second chapter is titled "The Detective", and Dale is labelled as "The Traveler". This chapter explains that Dale's blue cube is used in combination with the Woman's black and white cubes to create the golden cube.
- He is voiced by Infant Tyrone.
- His family name, "Vandermeer", means "from the lake" in Dutch.
- In Rusty Lake: Roots, it is revealed that Dale's birthdate is December 18th, 1930. Finding this in the Steam version of Rusty Lake: Roots will earn the player an Achievement.
- In one of the puzzles in Cube Escape: The Cave, Dale comes down on the elevator to the Forest. With Mr. Owl in his diving suit hovering over the black cubes, he walks through the Corrupted souls to the white cube he is found in at the end of the game.
- As of so far, he is the player character in three games, making him the Rusty Lake character with the most games from their point of view.
See also: Dale Vandermeer/Gallery