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W. Malick is the name or possibly pseudonym of a mysterious man who helped Rachel Blake escape from France and get to Sri Lanka. He was an IT security worker for Hanso Foundation, but betrayed them by helping Rachel escape during an assassination attempt on her life. He then pointed Rachel in the right direction, consequently leading her to record the Sri Lanka Video. Furthermore, his associate de Zylva aided Rachel in her escape to India.
Malick's current whereabouts and full name are unknown. Judging by his accent, Malick might be of British nationality. However, on the first DJ Dan live broadcast, his accent sounds more Australian (it's possible that it could be a different voice actor).
In her fifth Copenhagen blog, Malick was first shown working for Thomas Werner Mittelwerk. Rachel used her glasses cam to deliberately walk into Mittelwerk, in an attempt to see the maps he had collected from an archive building. After rowing with Mittelwerk, Malick appeared (video link):
Guard: Sir, are you alright?
Not long after, in Rachel's sixth Copenhagen blog, Malick broke into Rachel's hotel room while she was still recording her video message. As the camera filmed him without his knowing, he received a phone call and communicated with Mittelwerk. Before he could find Blake hiding, she hit him over the head with an iron and made her escape (transcript available here):
From the conversation, Rachel was able to ascertain that the institute on fire was the Vik Institute, meaning that her next destination would be Iceland.
After reeling from the death of her contact, Darla Taft, Rachel was shot at in her hotel room by Hanso marksmen. Malick broke down the door and rescued her, explaining that he too wants to stop Mittelwerk. In the first clip after being rescued, he told Blake to turn off her camera before speaking. However, Rachel did so only to then put on her covert glasses cam, allowing her followers to still see what was said (video link 1 and 2):
Rachel: There’s no way out of here!
Man: Listen to me! Don’t make me shoot the lock off!
Rachel: Get away!!!
(The man in black from previous posts, the man who Rachel hit with an iron, bursts through the door)
Man in black: Don’t scream! Come to me, stay low! Now!!
(Phone continues to ring, gunshot still fires as Rachel crawls to the door, shrieking from the gunfire)
Man in black: Stop fighting.
Rachel: Get off of me!
Man in black: I’m not who you think I am!
(Rachel hits him)
Man in black: Ah, son of a…
(The camera jerks and shuffles as they run through the hotel, moving down some stairs to an underground passageway. Rachel seems to trip on the stairs, groaning. The man in black stops and runs back, pointing his gun at her)
Rachel: Don’t kill me.
Man in black: If I wanted to kill you, I’d have shot you with this thing already. It’s for my protection from them. Sit down.
Rachel: Them who?
Man in black: Them them, Mittelwerk. Turn that thing off, I’m gonna tell you everything you want to know.
Rachel: Who are you?
Man in black: Not on camera Miss Blake. Unless you want them to know who you really are.
(Both breathe heavily as Rachel puts on her glassescam and turns off the digital cam. Overlap into video 2)
(Cuts out momentarily)
Man: You have caused an awful lot of trouble for me.
Rachel: Want to tell me who you are?
M: Hanso Foundation. Tech support.
R: I'm being terrorized by IT?
M: I worked for Mittelwerk a long time. I erase things. Bank accounts, e-mails, cell phones... people.
R: Zander? Darla?
M: No, that wasn't me. What happened to them was not by my hand. But I knew. And I've seen what you've been doing. I've been on to you ever since you hacked the Hanso Foundation website. I came to your hotel room in Copenhagen to warn you Rachel. But you...
R: You should have knocked. Why do YOU want to help ME?
M: Because I don't want to be a part of it anymore. Because he wants me to help you. (Cuts out for a notable length of time). Now let's talk about you. I heard your mother died. Is she the one who told you?
M: I'm hoping I can trust you, with this. (Hands Rachel a key)
R: What is this?
M: I intercepted an e-mail. I kept it from Mittelwerk and his enforcers. Hugh and Darla have a flat. In St. Germain Des Pres. You can find all your answers there. Tell the world Rachel, make a scandal. It's the only way to stop them.
R: I, I don't understand, you have the access, why don't you tell everyone?
M: Look at who I am. There's no one I -can- tell. You have a vested interest. But me... after this I'm gone, underground. Good luck Rachel.
R: Hey wait, I just... Thank you.
M: Don't, don't. I'm going to Hell. I'm just making sure Mittelwerk is there to keep me company.
During DJ Dan Live Broadcast, "Malick" called in giving a series of numbers. They actually corresponded with page numbers for a book cipher. Taking the first letter from the correct pages of "Bad Twin" created the message: "I know where he is, I can set it up!". This marked the start of a series of coded messages being passed between the two. For a list of the messages, see Coded Correspondence. The call also marked the official reveal of the character name Malick.
In summary, Malick was setting up a meeting between Rachel and Alvar Hanso. He also wished to know how Rachel escaped after filming the Sri Lanka video, and where he could meet her. They agreed on seeing each other in New York City, though it is unknown whether they did actually meet, as soon after Rachel went underground when her location was compromised (see OpenersHep Conversation). However, Rachel did later go to Norway and meet Hanso (see Norway video).
- One of the heroes of the Discordian work The Illuminatus! Trilogy is named Joe Malik, who is a counter-culture magazine publisher. In the sequel the Schrödinger's Cat trilogy he is frequently a hacker, whereas this Malick is an IT specialist.
- A "Malik" is a user folder on letyourcompassguideyou.com - with a W preceding the name. This implies Malick's forename begins with a W.
- It is later confirmed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, one of the writer of The Lost Experience, that neither "malik" nor "malek" was the correct spelling of the name, as it should be "Malick". Also, he added that the name from the user folder was merely a misspelling, which means the user folder was indeed referring to Malick, and not another character.
Before his name was officially stated, Malick was given a number of nicknames by fans, including:
- Ironman (inspired from the object he was knocked unconscious with by Blake).
- Man in black.
- Black suit man.
- Fixer (after his words that "you hire me to fix things").
- "The man who experienced iron-fu" (Speaker).