The Woman, or Laura Vanderboom, is a main character who is featured prominently in the Cube Escape games. She is the reincarnation of William and the daughter of Rose, and a member of the Vanderboom clan.
Cube Escape: The LakeEdit
She discovers an abandoned Cabin in 1969, with very little inside except for a fishing rod and bait. With the rod she catches a Fish, that when cut open, sprouts a tree. The tree can hold five objects on its branches.
If she places a blue gem on the top branch, it will shoot out a star shaped beam. This causes a Corrupted Soul to climb out of the Lake and attack her. However, if she instead places a green gem on top, it will shoot a pentagon beam. When the Soul attempts to enter, the beam will stop it, and it disappears, leaving behind a black cube.
Cube Escape: SeasonsEdit
In the Spring of 1964, the Woman keeps Harvey as her pet. After feeding Harvey with bird seed, she will lay a black egg. Cracking the egg open with a spoon releases a black cube, which she uses to jump forward in time. Now in the Summer of 1971, she uses her telescope to get a close-up of the moon. Upon closer inspection, her own window is seen on the moon's surface, with herself looking through it. A Corrupted Soul slits her throat from behind, coating the window with blood and revealing the code for her safe. The safe contains a shrimp, that when cooked in her oven, reveals a vision of the Lake. The woman stands in the water, before turning into a Corrupted Soul and disappearing into another cube.
In the Fall of 1971, her walls are covered in blood. She has to switch through the channels on her TV screen by the numbers that appear on each station. After following the numbers, a black cube appears on the screen that she can use. In the Winter of 1981, her room is covered in wires connected to a strange machine. Opening her clock's case unveils with the mirror inside that she is a Corrupted Soul. The blue cube that is also in the clock now allows her to go backwards in time.
By going back to the past, she can collect items to fuel the four pumps on the machine. When it is finally activated, it causes her phone to vibrate, but it will not do anything. However, back in the spring, picking up the phone shoots a beam of light at her corrupted reflection, dissipating the shadow.
Cube Escape: Case 23Edit
Dale Vandermeer is sent to investigate her death in 1971. The Woman's dead body is lying on the ground at the Murder Scene, and there is blood on the floor trailing into the Room. However, if Dale tries to enter this room, it disappears. If the Woman's dress is interacted with, it will open up to reveal a slip of paper; the same can be done to her mouth to reveal a beetle.
On her coffee table sits a newspaper advertising for the chance to win a trip to Rusty Lake. He calls the number, but the person on the other end of the line does not provide any answers, only mentioning that his place is already taken. After the phone conversation, the Woman's body is now hanging upside down. Black butterflies fly out of her mouth as her body rises up out of sight. The butterflies fly in formation to spell out the code to her safe, which contains the files to the Rusty Lake archive.
Back at Dale's office in 1972, when the numbers 746 are logged into his TV, the Woman appears on the screen. Her arm reaches up, and a hand comes through the top of the TV. When she is given a black egg, she turns it into a white cube, and hands it back over to Dale.
Cube Escape: The MillEdit
On the top floor of the Mill in 1972, the Woman's dead body from Case 23 can be seen through the TV screen. The channel switches over to her body hanging upside down, and rising out of the screen's range. Her body is transported to inside of the clock to the left of the TV, which must be moved down to the main floor.
Her head is placed into the Memory Extractor, where her memories can be used to create the cubes. At first her good memories are able to make a white cube without consequence, but then her negative memories are used to create a black cube. Once the black cube exits the Extractor, her body becomes corrupted. When the black cube is placed into the Lake, she escapes from the machine. She kills the Old Woman and the Cow, and takes Harvey captive. Mr. Crow will then try persuade her to leave, but she refuses by shaking her head. Mr. Crow will state that her memories belong to the lake, and she shakes her head again. She'll shake her head once more when he tells her to leave them all behind, but when he says "All that you touch, you change," she lets go of Harvey and disappears. This may imply that she did not want to hurt Harvey, if "changing" is something sinister.
Cube Escape: TheatreEdit
A lone man, Bob, sits at the bar in 1971. In his jacket pocket he keeps a letter to him from the Woman. It explains that she has not been feeling well for a while, and will be staying at the Lake. The letter ends with her stating that she is sorry "this" didn't work out, and that perhaps they will meet in another life.
She is featured in the fifth play, "Remember the Seasons". The player must first arrange the window frame, moon, and tree surround her to match the photograph on Bob's letter. Once that is done, five small frames will fall from above. The player will have to venture into Bob's mind to collect four white cubes to place into the frames. She also shows up in Bob's mind. By using the clues found by placing the white cubes into the frames and putting them in their proper positions, the player finds the code to the safe in Bob's mind, and retrieves the final black cube from it. When the black cube's frame is directly over her face, touching it slits the Woman's throat and she dies, ending the play.
Cube Escape: The CaveEdit
In 1972, the player is instructed by Mr. Owl to gather her memories by descending into the Lake with the Submarine. In order to obtain the cubes, her memories are played out on a screen which must be fixed. The white cube features the Woman looking out over the Lake with Harvey on her shoulder, but the black cube features her in a more sinister setting. Holding onto a knife, she commits suicide by slitting her throat, and a Corrupted Soul steps out into view.
Later, she appears as a Corrupted Soul in the white cube in the depths of the Forest. She is strapped into a chair along with Dale, and a contraption is lowered onto her head. Flipping the switch to the contraption briefly uncorrupts her. A larger machine is connected to her chair, and creates a golden cube from the black, white, and blue cubes. Although Dale is able to get out of the chair and leave via the elevator, the Woman remains strapped in her seat.
Also, she is mentioned in the book found in the Cave. In the first chapter, the player must arrange the Vanderboom family tree, where it is revealed that the Woman, Laura, is the reincarnation of William. The second chapter explains that her white and black cubes are used in combination with Dale's blue cube to create the golden cube. Finally, in the fourth chapter, which is titled "A Higher Consciousness", and she is labelled as the "Reborn Mind". This chapter details the doctrines of Rusty Lake Mental Health and Fishing: let the cubes guide you, balance the substance of your past lives, create the Elixir of Life and Death, and find enlightenment.
- In Cube Escape: Seasons, her bulletin board reveals certain clues about her:
- Spring - A flier for Rusty Lake Mental Health and Fishing, a prescription for Prozac, a note saying: "Can I eat Harvey's eggs?", and a note revealing that Harvey's eggs can create black cubes.
- Summer - A note saying: "Remember that song?".
- Fall - A note saying: "I am afraid I will do something horrible".
- Winter - A file explaining: "cube + fire = escape memory", a file explaining: "phone + fuel = change past", a file explaining: "blue cube + fire = escape memory", a file explaining how to turn on the machine, and a note saying: "Change the past".
- Her favorite music is an excerpt from the overture of Egmont Op. 84, by Ludwig von Beethoven, and it can be heard from the radio and a cassette, labelled "MY FAVORITE SONG", and when the Forest shows up on her television set in the Fall in Seasons. It can also be heard in Cube Escape: Theatre, after playing "BADEGG" on the piano.
- In Cube Escape: The Mill, the cassette shows up in her positive memories.
- In Rusty Lake: Roots, the Woman's dress appears in 1933, worn by her mother Rose for her dance with Frank. The dress appears again in 1935, swaddling her as a baby held in Rose's arms.
- In one of the puzzles in Cube Escape: The Cave, William drinks the Elixir and dies, becoming a Corrupted Soul. His Soul is enveloped by the Vanderboom family tree, and he is reincarnated as the Woman. She then also becomes a Corrupted Soul, and produces a black cube.
- In Cube Escape: Paradox, it is revealed that she was born in the Spring of 1935.
See also: The Woman/Gallery