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Plot Analysis/FAQ by Demon-Fighter Ash

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 01/27/04

"This may sound really off the wall, but listen to me.  You've got 
to believe me.  I haven't gone crazy, and I'm not fooling around.  
At first I thought I was losing my mind.  But now I know I'm not.  
It's not just me, it's this whole town.  It's being invaded by the 
otherworld. A world of someone's nightmarish delusions come to 
life..."
             --Harry Mason, "Silent Hill"

THE ANNOTATED "SILENT HILL": A COMPLETE OVERVIEW AND FAQ
for the Sony Playstation game "Silent Hill"
by J. Moore <brittle_bullet@yahoo.com>

Unpublished work Copyright 2004 Jeff Moore

This essay is for private and personal use only.  It can only be 
reproduced electronically, and if placed on a web page or site, 
may be altered as long as this disclaimer and the above copyright 
notice appears in full.  This essay may not to be used for 
profitable/promotional purposes in way without prior permission 
from the author.  This essay was created and is owned by Jeff 
Moore <brittle_bullet@yahoo.com>.  All copyrights and trademarks 
not specifically mentioned are acknowledged.

Silent Hill and all related characters are (c) Konami.
All rights reserved.

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CONTENTS
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 1.  Important Concepts

 2.  Main Characters

 3   The Silent Hill Storyline

     3.1  Before the Fire

     3.2  Cheryl and Alessa

     3.3  Alessa's Revenge

     3.4  Saving Cheryl

     3.5  Nowhere and Beyond

 4.  Appendix

 5.  Frequently Asked Questions  

 6.  Updates

 7.  Special Thanks and Contact Info

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SECTION 1:  CENTRAL CONCEPTS
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Aglophaitis: Within the game, a red liquid, possibly derived from
White Claudia, and most definitely used to exorcise demons.

Astral Projection: A very rare ability, related to out-of-body 
experiences, that parapsychologists believe allows a person to be 
in two or more places simultaneously.  Under enough trauma, the 
real person is thought to project herself into a second form that 
seems real enough, except that it vanishes when the primary person 
wishes it.  The few modern astral-projection cases on record seem 
to be unconscious, and the two shapes are virtually never seen 
together.  Other names for an "astral projection" are a fetch, 
doppleganger and double.

Dissociative Identity Disorder: The psychological process through 
which a person deals with a traumatic event by creating other 
personas, each one with a unique set of personality traits and 
imagined history, to avoid confronting the pain.  More commonly 
known as multiple-personality disorder.

Flauros: The Flauros is a magical artifact, a "cage of peace" that 
binds the target's spiritual powers.

Innerspace: A parapsychological term to describe a space that 
seems real and yet is contained within a smaller space, like the 
Tardis in Doctor Who.  The most famous kinds of innerspace are 
those involving ghost stories in which demolished houses and rooms 
seem to reappear for brief periods of time.

Poltergeists: Not currently believed to be ghosts at all, but 
rather the unconscious telekinetic projections of emotionally 
volatile people.  Poltergeist phenomena seem to accompany certain 
adolescent girls, especially emotionally repressed teenagers--much 
like Stephen King's Carrie, except on a vastly smaller scale.

PTV: Within the game, an illegal hallucinogenic drug made and
distributed exclusively in Silent Hill.

Regression: Under extreme psychological trauma, people often 
regress to earlier and less-mature stages of development, trying 
to find a form of behavior that'll allow them to cope with the 
situation; an adult can even adopt infantile behavior, such as 
assuming a fetal position and refusing to speak.

Samael: Within the game, Samael seems to be a demon, possibly the 
demon that Silent Hill's founders worshipped.  In folklore, Samael 
was a Hebrew demon, a counterpart to the Christian Satan.

White Claudia: An hallucinogenic herb found in Silent Hill that 
was used by the town's founders in religious ceremonies, and used 
by the modern drug dealers to make the drug PTV.

Wraith: A physical projection of a dying person, usually to 
someone who is emotionally close to the dying person and usually 
under grueling circumstances, such as a painful illness or 
traumatic accident.  Parapsychologists believe that the mind can 
project itself to other locations under extreme circumstances.

One of the most fundamental parapsychological concepts is that the 
mind and the environment are intimately connected and that repressed
emotions can be manifested physically outside the self.

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SECTION 2: MAIN CHARACTERS
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Main Characters:

Harry Mason: Harry is a widowed writer who followed his adopted 
daughter Cheryl into Silent Hill; he has no real connection with
the town or its secrets, apart from being a regular tourist.

Cheryl Mason: A seemingly normal 7-year-old girl, she was found 
abandoned as an infant by Harry and his wife outside Silent Hill.  
In reality she is an astral projection of Alessa Gillespie, a 
comatose teenager whose mind was shattered by the horrible fire 
that nearly killed her seven years ago.

Cybil Bennett: Cybil is a young police officer sent into Silent 
Hill to investigate a mysterious phone call.  Like Harry, she is 
in the town through circumstance rather than design.

Dahlia Gillespie: A reclusive old woman who lives in Silent Hill; 
the mother and caretaker of Alessa Gillespie.  She's a witch and 
one of the few people  in Silent Hill who still practices the old 
religion of gyromancy.  The townspeople thought she went mad after 
her daughter seemed to die in a fire and perhaps she did; she 
concocted a plan to use her daughter's comatose condition to 
create a new being, one she believed would be God.  She enlisted 
the aid of the corrupt, drug-dealing Doctor Kauffman to help bring 
this about.

Alessa Gillespie: The fourteen-year-old daughter of Dahlia 
Gillespie and the cause of Silent Hill's destruction, Alessa has 
been in a coma for the past seven years.  She was a psychically 
talented child and Dahlia often used those abilities in occult 
ceremonies.  When a mysterious fire nearly killed her, Alessa 
projected a part of her mind into a new life, one where she became 
known as Cheryl Mason.  Dahlia and the doctors of Alchemiella 
Hospital kept her alive with a combination of medical technology 
and magic, leaving her trapped within a comatose nightmare filled 
with monsters, darkness and charred ruins.  As Alessa grew older, 
her psychic abilities became stronger, and her dreams began to 
leak out into the town itself, ultimately leading to its 
destruction.

Doctor Michael Kauffman: Doctor Kauffman seems to have been the 
hospital director at Alchemiella Hospital; at any rate, he 
definitely was a leader in a local drug cartel that manufactured 
and distributed a hallucinogen made from the native plant White 
Claudia.  He helped Dahlia keep Alessa alive in exchange for a 
promise of vague powers drawn from Alessa.  What exactly it was 
that Dahlia promised is never known, but it most certainly was a 
lie to gain his assistance, for he is as shocked and horrified by 
the town's transformation as the rest of the characters.

Lisa Garland: A nurse at Alchemiella Hospital who attended to 
Alessa Gillespie; she knew nothing of the conspiracy and was 
forced to treat Alessa by Kauffman, who blackmailed her with her 
addiction to the drug that he provided.  She has a quiet, gentle, 
and yet haunted soul.

Samael: It's uncertain whether Samael was a real demon actually 
involved in the transformation of the town or whether Dahlia 
simply mentioned it as a red herring.  If Samael was real, then it 
most likely was a spiritual force manifested through Alessa's 
unconscious fears, a demonic will possessing her own and driving 
her to cast its magical marks throughout the town so that Silent 
Hill would be pulled into her dreams.


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SECTION 3:  THE SILENT HILL STORYLINE
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3.1  Before the Fire

The story begins with the founding of the small mid-western town 
of Silent Hill by a cult of black magic worshippers.  They 
apparently worshipped the demon Samael and used the hallucinogenic 
herb called White Claudia in their ceremonies.  Aglophaitis, 
believed to banish evil spirits from those who either drank or 
touched it, was also used in those ceremonies.  Samael sometimes 
took children as sacrifice. (1)

As the town began to grow, however, people abandoned the old ways 
and began to hide the town's sordid history from the growing 
number of tourists.  Soon only an old witch named Dahlia Gillespie 
publicly remained of the town's occult background.  She had a 7 
year-old daughter named Alessa, a child with strong psychic 
abilities. (2)

Ironically, the native plant that had attracted the attention of 
Silent Hill's original founders, White Claudia, had now become the 
ingredient in a hallucinogenic drug marketed by local drug-
traffickers to the summer tourists.  Alchemiella Hospital's own 
Dr. Michael Kauffman led this underground trade.

Dahlia eventually grew impatient with the blasphemy of the rest of 
the town and decided to bring her own vision of Paradise, a vision 
shaped by her occult beliefs, to life.  Alessa's abilities could 
accomplish this, but not at the level of strength she possessed as 
a child.  Instead, Dahlia needed to focus and refine her 
daughter's abilities, until she truly possessed the power to 
create her vision of God, and to bring about the world she 
envisioned.  To this end, Dahlia concocted a horrible plan--to 
sacrifice her daughter in a fire, to trap the young girl's psyche 
within her own tortured mindscape and allow that nightmarish 
existence to serve as a crucible for her powers.

Dahlia Gillespie approached the drug-dealing Kauffman with an 
offer--the promise of magical power for his help in keeping Alessa 
alive after the sacrifice.  With his assistance secured, she burnt 
her own daughter alive in a horrible fire; the child was kept 
alive with both magic and medicine in the hopes that her comatose 
nightmares would increase her spiritual powers, which Dahlia could 
then harness for her own plans. (3)

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3.2  Cheryl and Alessa

Unknown to the conspirators of Silent Hill, however Alessa had 
been deeply traumatized by the fire and had projected a regressed 
part of herself into a new form on the outskirts of the city--the 
form of an infant.  This astral shape was discovered by freelance 
writer Harry Mason and his wife.  After a failed search for the 
infant's parents they adopted her and gave her the name Cheryl 
Mason.  However, Harry's wife soon began to succumb to her long 
illness. (4)

Dahlia and the doctors quickly realized that Alessa had projected 
herself into another life; so long as her spirit was divided among 
two lives, her powers would be weakened and she would be useless 
to them.  So they used a spell to try to summon the missing 
portion of Alessa's soul, to reunite Alessa's fractured mind.  
Meanwhile Alessa's powers, now twisted by the pain of the fire and 
her burns, were channelled by Dahlia; she used them to kill the 
leaders of the town, such as the anti-drug mayor and the police 
chief, by stopping their hearts. (5)

Kauffman, meanwhile, had faked Alessa's death certificate to keep 
officials from asking questions, but he needed an accomplice to 
care for the unconscious Alessa without revealing her existence.  
To this end, he recruited Lisa Garland, a young nurse at 
Alchemiella Hospital, and swore both her and the other nurses to 
never reveal the existence of Alessa's hidden room, nor to even 
enter that section of the hospital without his permission.

Seven long years passed since the fire and Alessa's near-death.  
The unconscious child soon grew into a teenager with formidable 
powers...and the nightmares that had filled half her inner life 
now began to leak out into the town itself, brought to life by a 
power that Alessa's shattered mind could no longer control.

The first person to be affected by Alessa's projected fear was her 
attending nurse, Lisa, whose confusion and guilt over her role had 
been assuaged only by her compassion for Alessa.  However, Lisa 
soon began to experience horrible visions of insects and blood.  
She tried to resign from the hospital, swearing her secrecy in 
exchange for Kauffman's permission, but Kauffman refused to let 
her leave--she knew too much about Alessa's condition and he could 
hardly afford to involve anyone else in the conspiracy.

Whether Lisa had been addicted to PTV prior to her reassignment by 
Kauffman, or whether he deliberately introduced her to the drug, 
he was able to use his position as her provider to blackmail her 
into staying.  This was, perhaps, a moot point since Lisa quickly 
discovered that only PTV could give her relief from the 
nightmarish visions; she needed to keep her job, not simply to 
stay out of trouble, but to stop the hallucinations Alessa's 
powers had unleashed. (6)

After the death of Mrs. Mason, Harry and his seven-year-old 
daughter decided to visit the small resort town of Silent Hill.  
It seemed the summoning spell had finally begun to work. (7)

Alessa, though, had become hopelessly enmeshed within the endless 
nightmare of monsters and scorched metal wastes,  which both 
enhanced her power and corrupted her thoughts.  Her increasingly 
horrifying dreams began to infect more people; insanity spread 
like a plague through the town until the psychic tempest began to 
condense into corporeal shapes, creating such forms as winged 
beasts and monstrous dogs.

Brahms, a neighboring town, received a frantic call from Silent 
Hill's Police Department.  They sent Officer Cybil Bennett into 
Silent Hill to investigate the mysterious phone call.

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3.3  Alessa's Revenge

As Harry and Cheryl near the edge of Silent Hill, they suddenly 
see Alessa in the road before them; the town is being engulfed by 
her delusions and, as reality and fantasy bleed together, her 
dream-shape now walks the streets.  The jeep crashes into the side 
of the road and Harry awakens to find Cheryl missing.  He pursues 
her into a nearby alley, where she and Alessa are being drawn to 
one another.  Within the alley, she returns to Alessa's psychotic 
mind, and the union brings the innerspace of Alessa's nightmare to 
life around Harry.  He's attacked by the monstrous parodies of the 
taunting children Alessa remembers from school and falls 
unconscious. (8)

Cybil, whose motorcycle had wrecked along the edge of Silent Hill, 
ventures into the alley mere moments after the now-whole Alessa's 
departure, and finds Harry unconscious in a seemingly normal 
alley.  She brings him back to the cafe and he awakens to discover 
that the townspeople seem to have completely vanished; they've 
been drawn into the dark rainy underworld that Alessa's power and 
fear is creating, where most of them adorn the landscape as bodies 
while the few survivors stagger about the nightmarish innerspace 
like half-dead puppets. (9)

Back in the desolate town, Cybil tries to leave the town for 
reinforcements, and Harry begins his search for Cheryl.

Lisa Garland had discovered that PTV could stop her increasingly 
disturbing visions, but even it couldn't protect her from being 
pulled into the growing innerspace that Alessa's dreams had begun 
to create, just like everyone else.  The nurses and doctors of 
Alchemiella hospital quickly fell victim to parasitic creatures, 
worm-like things that controlled their bodies like puppets in a 
unique, and grotesquely symbolic, revenge; just as they had been 
the unwitting puppets of the conspiracy that had victimized 
Alessa, they were now reduced by her madness to literal walking 
puppets.

Lisa was also infected by such a creature, but the White Claudia 
in her system seemed to protect her from its effects, at least for 
a time.  Knocked unconscious by its infection, she awoke to find 
herself alone in the charred ruins of the hospital, surrounded by 
darkness, her memories scrambled by the parasite's influence. (10)

The town of Silent Hill is now being completely distorted by the 
restored psychic abilities of Alessa, so much so that its physical 
properties are beginning to change.  Snow and fog engulf the town, 
whole sections have collapsed into misty chasms, and day and night 
follow no pattern.  There is no way out of the town anymore and 
the creatures that once existed only in Alessa's childhood 
imagination are now running loose through the town. (11)

The town hovers on the brink, reality straining as the world of 
Alessa's nightmares threatens to break through into the physical 
reality of the misty, deserted town.  Those places which were most 
important to Alessa begin to collapse into the otherworld first; 
the elementary school first falls into the dream-state, then the 
hospital where Alessa has spent the past seven years.  Soon the 
antique shop that served as a front for Dahlia's cult is changed, 
then the lighthouse and amusement park.  Each of these points is 
spreading and devouring the whole town, erupting into the world 
from the "marks" that Alessa leaves at each one. (12)

Now that Alessa has been restored to one being, she is using her 
unleashed mental powers to pull the entire town into the 
otherworldly darkness of her dreams.  Whenever Harry gets too 
close to Alessa or one of the six marks, the power emanating from 
them shifts him into the nightmare world.  Once drawn into that 
world, his only means of escape is to defeat the subjects of 
Alessa's nightmares, which causes the nightmare to relent for a 
time. (13)

Alessa herself is enveloped by the nightmare but it fades as she 
moves away, as it did when she left the alley; the six "marks of 
Samael" serve as anchors, stable points that draw everything 
around them into the nightmare.  Once all the marks have been set, 
it will be complete, and Silent Hill will physically shift into 
the nightmare.

Within that nightmare world, Harry begins to hear and see images 
of Cheryl bound somewhere, crying for help.  However, he only 
makes contact with her in Alessa's psychically-projected 
innerspace, never the real world.  She is, in fact, merely a 
memory within Alessa's delusions, a personality struggling to 
break through to Harry.  She is the part of Alessa that still 
remembers her life with Harry and, confused and terrified by what 
has happened to her, she tries to reach out to her father for 
help, only to have the nightmare swallow her up each time.
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3.4  Searching for Cheryl

Harry soon meets Dahlia, who quickly deduces his identity as the 
half-soul's adopted father.  She plays on his love for that child 
and uses him to capture Alessa.  She does tell him the truth, that 
darkness is devouring the town, that the six marks will seal it 
forever, and that the Flauros will stop Alessa.  Her lies are lies 
of omission: she neglects to tell Harry that she is responsible 
for Alessa's condition, she does not reveal to him Cheryl's true 
role in what's happening to the town, and she hides the fact that 
she has a far worse scheme than Alessa's madness-driven revenge.

Of course, Dahlia herself cannot use the Flauros to capture Alessa 
because Dahlia can't get close to Alessa; her daughter's 
uncontrolled powers cause everything around her to shift into her 
nightmare and, as the main target of her rage, Dahlia wouldn't 
last a minute against the monsters of Alessa's fractured mind. 
(14)

Harry also meets Lisa several times in the nightmare hospital.  
She tries to help him, but she cannot leave the hospital or the 
nightmare world: the parasite has made itself part of her and she 
is now just as much a part of the nightmare as the other doctors 
and nurses who now stagger about as murderous puppets.  When Harry 
shifts from the nightmare back to the real town, she vanishes back 
into the innerspace of Alessa's nightmare landscape.

As the effects of PTV slowly wear off, however, Lisa begins to 
fall under the influence of the same parasites that have already 
taken her undead colleagues, and gradually begins to change into 
one of them. (15)

Harry races through Silent Hill, guided by Dahlia's cryptic 
advice, trying to save his daughter and stop Alessa from sealing 
the whole town into her nightmarish abyss.  As he reaches the 
resort district, the mark nears completion, and the nightmare 
world begins to physically overlap the real town.  Harry is no 
longer being pulled into the parallel space of Alessa's nightmare:
the nightmare itself is now erupting and taking over the town.

At the site of the final mark, the amusement park, Harry finds 
that his former ally Cybil has been possessed by one of the very 
same parasitic creatures that have infected the hospital staff.  
During the subsequent he learns that a red liquid he found in 
Kauffman's hospital office, Aglophaitis, can dispel these 
creatures and restore people to normal.  Harry and Cybil then 
discuss Cheryl and he reveals that she is his adopted daughter.
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3.5  Nowhere and Beyond

In the final act of the game, Harry confronts Alessa at the 
amusement park, the last place to be marked.  He uses the Flauros
and stops Alessa, but now Dahlia reveals her true motives; she 
appears and takes Alessa with her to complete the plan she began 
seven years before.  Dahlia has no concern for the town, though 
and so she simply allows it, and Harry, to collapse into the 
nightmare.  Spatial relationships cease to exist, buildings that 
were miles apart now share rooms, and the only reference to the 
town's new location is the cryptic phrase "nowhere." (16)

The town now shifts and ebbs within Alessa's own inner world.  The 
only way for Harry and the others to escape back into the real 
world is to put an end to the nightmare, even if it means killing 
Alessa.

Having been deprived of PTV and the White Claudia that had 
protected her, Lisa gradually becomes aware of the parasite, her 
fractured memory, and her connection to the other doctors and 
nurses.  Her fate is perhaps the most horrible of any in Silent 
Hill: as Harry watches, she becomes a staggering blood-soaked 
monster even as she retains her humanity, pitifully aware of what 
she is becoming and begging Harry to help her.  Terrified by what 
she's become, and not wishing to hurt her, Harry instead flees, 
leaving Lisa to face her doom alone.

Dahlia had used Harry to find and capture Alessa, so that she can 
use that power to create a new being similar to the astral 
projections that had created Cheryl and that are now spawning the 
monsters and dark rainy otherworlds within the town Silent Hill.  
Dahlia thinks that this new astral entity will become God and that 
she'll be able to control or guide this new being, and hence she 
no longer has any use for Harry or Kauffman. (17)

Her plan nearly succeeds; Alessa, now fully subjugated by the 
demonic entity her psychosis has spawned, transforms into a 
seemingly beautiful being of light.  This being is hardly angelic, 
however, as it would quickly kill Dahlia and Harry given the 
change.  Alessa does become a god, but she is a god of 
destruction. (18)

But Kauffman, who, like everyone else in the town, had been pulled 
into "nowhere" when the town collapsed into the mark, had kept one 
vial of Aglophaitis as a trump card against Dahlia.  Outraged by 
what's happened to the town, he threatens her with it, demands 
that she restore the town--and then uses the vial on the goddess.

Alessa is exorcised of the creature that her fear and hatred has 
created, but this creature is far bigger and more powerful than 
Kauffman had anticipated.  Harry fights against Alessa's embodied 
psychosis and when he finally defeats the "god" that Dahlia tried 
to create, he mortally wounds Alessa: the god is a part of her 
dream and part her own psyche, all her fear and anger given flesh, 
and their wounds are one and the same.

With Dahlia dead and her psychoses driven away, Alessa is at last 
whole again, aware of both her former life as Alessa Gillespie and 
her life with Harry as Cheryl Mason.  Now dying, Alessa uses her 
powers of projection to restore part of herself as infant, to 
survive her own death and to return to Harry the daughter he 
called Cheryl. (19)

As the dream begins to collapse into fiery chaos, Alessa opens a 
path out of the nightmare and gestures for Harry and Cybil to flee 
the dying otherworld.  A rain of fire nearly puts an end to their 
flight, but Alessa uses the last of her power to stop the fire in 
mid-air; she has finally learned to control her dream, but it's 
now too late for her.

Kauffman also tries to flee the nightmare world, but he is stopped 
by the now-monstrous Lisa; she has more reason to hate him than 
any of the others and their shared death is her final, tragic 
revenge.

Harry and Cybil escape the dying dream and find themselves back in 
the real world with an infant, Alessa/Cheryl's chance at a happier 
life than the one that Dahlia and the rest of Silent Hill put her 
through. (20)

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SECTION 4:  APPENDIX
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Notes and Remaining Questions

(1) Although the translation is sketchy, this seems to be what 
Lisa was talking about when she said the townspeople used to think 
that missing children had been "summoned by the gods."

(2)  Dahlia seems too old to be the natural mother of 14-year-old 
Alessa.  The game doesn't specify whether she is Dahlia's natural 
daughter, a stepdaughter, or an adopted child.  It is even 
remotely possible that Alessa herself is the wraith or projection 
of a still-earlier child who has long since died.

The fact that Alessa is, in fact, fourteen is almost beyond doubt-
-her bedroom contains a dress for a seven-year-old girl and she 
has been in a coma for seven years. All the flashback scenes prior 
to Alessa's coma show a child apparently comparable in age to 
Cheryl. The book in the alternate school refers to certain teenage 
girls as being predisposed toward psychic projection, a plot 
element that is rendered meaningless if Alessa were any older. 
Cheryl is seven, the same age that Alessa would've been when she 
lost her normal life; this is not a coincidence.

(3)  Near the end of the game, there's a flashback involving 
Alessa and Dahlia, in which Dahlia seems to decide to take action.  
Of course, Dahlia's cryptic as ever so it's unclear as to what 
exactly happens: she seems to try to convince Alessa to "share her 
power," probably in a seance-like ceremony, then decides that she 
doesn't need Alessa's cooperation at all.  There seems to be a 
reference to another being within Alessa, perhaps the demon 
Samael; Alessa is far too young to be pregnant.  It is possible 
that Dahlia is referring to herself when she speaks of power being 
sheltered the womb, saying, in essence, "I gave birth to you, 
therefore I must be more powerful than you."

The fire presumably occurred shortly after this conversation.

(4)  Nothing is told of Harry's wife except that she was 
chronically ill with an incurable disease that finally took her 
life four years ago.  One could easily assume cancer or any other 
chronic, fatal illness.

(5)  The evidence of this is indirect--Dahlia's in alliance with 
the drug dealers, several of Silent Hill's leaders died of sudden 
and inexplicable heart failure several months before Silent Hill 
began to collapse, and Lisa Garland mentioned the rumors of a 
curse being placed upon the town's leaders.  All the clues point 
to Dahlia and she has two motives; she might have been fulfilling 
a promise to the drug-dealers and she might also have sought 
personal revenge on the leaders for abandoning the town's original 
faith in favor of money and prestige.

(6) An assumption, but a logical one.  The opening sequence shows 
Kauffman and Lisa having  a violent argument.  Kauffman was a
dealer and Lisa an addict; Kauffman was her boss.  Lisa's diary 
and resignation-tape show that she wouldn't have stayed at the 
hospital if she'd any choice in the matter.

Lisa's diary also indicates that she began seeing grotesque images 
of blood and insects--visions of Alessa's nightmare--after she 
started working with the comatose girl.  It also reveals that she 
tried to use White Claudia to stop them, hence those last lines: 
"Need drug...help me..."

(7) The instructions make a passing reference at one point to 
Cheryl having decided where to go on their vacation.  Combined 
with what Dahlia said about Alessa's soul being rejoined in the 
Alchemiella Hospital flashback, this indicates that Cheryl was 
unconsciously drawn back to her real hometown and identity.

(8) The alley is one of the few nightmare places where the mark of 
Samael is not seen, and the only nightmare-space where the mark's 
presence isn't implied.  Cheryl's reunion with Alessa would have at
least doubled Alessa's psychic resources, causing the nightmare to
flare up briefly around her.  Harry happened to be too close to the 
event, which is why he was caught up in the nightmare alley as 
well.  This scene also shows why the marks are necessary; without 
it, the innerspace is so unstable that just a few moments after 
Alessa left the alley, Cybil was able to venture into the alley
without seeing any hint of the nightmare world.

(9)  There are a few people in the town who don't seem to be 
affected by the shift, and thus remained in the misty, ruined town.
Dahlia is seen in the opening running through a church.  Perhaps
she knew she would be safe in the church.  Kauffman also seems to
be unaffected by the shift.  Maybe his exposure to White Claudia
has protected him or perhaps he truly was taking a nap during the
shift, and that somehow protected him from it.  It is also possible
that Dahlia is protecting him, as part of their agreement.

Cybil hasn't been pulled into the nightmare for the same reason
that Harry isn't; they both came from outside Silent Hill and
weren't actually there when the split occured.  In the end, however,
all of them end up in Alessa's dreamworld.

(10) This might be the most controversial aspect of the theory.  
However, the game establishes White Claudia as a mystical 
substance used by the cult, and the drug PTV is made from White 
Claudia.  It practically says that Lisa is addicted to PTV--no 
other drug is mentioned--and it reveals Kauffman as one of the 
manufacturers.

Kauffman also makes Aglophaitis, which exorcises demons and 
protects the user from evil, and which, like White Claudia, is 
then used in a ceremony.  It's not a far stretch to suggest that 
it might be made from White Claudia and that, if White Claudia in 
Aglophaitis dispels the parasites, PTV's diluted amount can 
suppress them for a time.

(11)  This actually explains how the radio can detect the 
monsters; since Alessa is creating them through her own psychic 
projections, her brain activity must spike every time she 
projects.  The increased brainwave activity would produce a radio 
pulse--which interferes with the radio.  Since the signal's coming 
from Alessa rather than the monsters themselves, the radio won't
work in the metal sewers.

Perhaps this is the reason why none of the town's technology, such 
as vehicles, telephones, lights and television sets, works; a kind 
of psychic EMP spawned by Cheryl's arrival has cut off the town.

Also, the monsters don't actually appear in the town until after
Cheryl and Alessa are rejoined in the alley; this strengthens the
idea that Alessa's powers, seperate from Cheryl, were only able to
create the parallel nightmare world and draw the townspeople into
that world--Cheryl's return is what gave her the power to give her
nightmares substance and merge the two realities.

(12) This is essentially what Harry tells the incredulous Cybil in 
the boat and I see no reason to doubt his theory.  While Dahlia 
and Cheryl's roles in the events are only revealed later, the 
process itself has already been seen; it merely becomes more 
intense and widespread later in the game.

The marks themselves seem to be centered on six locations, of 
which we actually see four: the alternate schoolhouse, the
alternate antique shop, the lighthouse, and at Dahlia's house
in the climax.  The presence of a mark is implied at the
alternate hospital and the amusement park.  Smaller versions
of the mark adorn many of the walls in the nightmare world,
but the important marks are the ones on the floor.

Since the marks are focal points anchoring the nightmare world,
they are not visible in the normal town.

(13) Harry's periodic shifts between the normal and increasingly 
deserted town and the netherworld version of Silent Hill aren't 
fully explained, but it is told that the dark otherworlds are 
projections of Alessa's comatose dreams.  There's a lot of 
evidence to support this: many of the monsters can be traced back 
to the girl's own interests, such as the moth, the lizard, and the 
wolves.  The nightmare-world looks burnt as if by fire and there 
are distorted sirens in the distance, probably the last thing 
Alessa heard after Dahlia's sacrificial burning.

Harry usually returns to the daylight real-world after defeating a 
giant boss-creature; it'd seem logical that Harry is the hero of 
Alessa's inner fairy-tale and that his defeating the monsters 
calms her and causes her psychically-projected nightmares to fade 
away for a time, leaving him back in the real town.

(14)  Whether Dahlia truly knew that Harry would come, or she's 
bluffing to gain his trust, is debatable.  It's possible that she 
protected Kauffman from the town's shift in order to have him 
chase after Alessa.  Harry's ignorance of the conspiracy, however, 
made him much easier for Dahlia to manipulate than Kauffman.

(15)  This begins to happen even before the shift to "nowhere," 
when Lisa says that she feels cold and strange while telling Harry 
about the waterworks that lead to the resort district.

(16)  One of the locations within "nowhere" is Alessa's classroom.  
Her desk is sitting in the center of the room and there are words 
scratched into it, reading "Thief.  Go home.  Drop dead."  They 
don't seem to correspond to any puzzle: are they clues to the 
story itself?  What do they mean?  Was this meant to show that the 
other kids didn't like Alessa or is there a deeper meaning to the 
message?

(17)  Dahlia may have been many things, but she certainly wasn't 
very bright if she really thought that a demonic entity formed out 
of a child's nightmares could be anything other than evil.

(18) We actually see the destructive nature of this "god" in the 
final battle of the "bad" endings.  Apart from its beauty,. it is 
little different in behavior or powers from the grotesque creature
in the good endings.

(19)  Dahlia makes a very cryptic reference at the beginning of 
this scene; she tells Cybil that she's surprised to find that the 
Talisman of Metraton is being used, but that it is no longer of 
consequence.  You can't find the Talisman in the game and there's 
no further mention of it.  Cybil doesn't seem to know what Dahlia 
is talking about.  What is the Talisman and who's using it?

Dahlia only mentions it if you save Cybil from being possessed and 
get the Good+ ending, so perhaps it's simply a reference to the 
Channeling Stone, which the Good+ ending unlocks.

(20)  There are other endings to the game.  The most mysterious of 
them are the two bad endings, which seem to imply that the whole 
game is occurring within Harry's dying thoughts.

These seem to show what happens if Alessa is killed directly;
apparently, she isn't able to send Harry out of her nightmare as she
does in the good endings.  Although the town and Harry return to
the real world, he is dead, killed by the physical shock of being
within the dreamworld when it collapsed.

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SECTION 5:  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Question: Why didn't you mention Silent Hill 3?  It added a lot of 
new information about Alessa!

Answer: If I'd added Silent Hill 3's info to the analysis, it 
wouldn't be a "Silent Hill" guide!  Although this guide only 
refers to the story elements in the first game, it is consistent 
with the new information given in Silent Hill 3.  In time, I may 
write a series guide incorporating all three games into a single 
essay.  That guide will be the one to deal with Hope House, 
Claudia, Vincent, the Seal of Metraton, and other facets unique to 
Silent Hill 3.

---

Question: But what about Samael and Metraton?  You didn't explain 
their history at all.

I don't think they're very important in the game, other than just 
occult labels Dahlia uses to describe what's happening to the 
town.  She only indirectly refers to Samael once, calling Alessa's 
mark "the mark of Samael," which just seems to be her way of 
saying "black magic mark."  The name "Metraton" is given an even 
less significant role, in a bit of dialogue which only seems to 
portend the channeling stone and UFO ending.  The most direct 
explanation of the game's storyline is one that focuses on 
Alessa's psyche and projective abilities, not on the occult red 
herrings.

---

Question:  What's going on when Dahlia, Kauffman and the rest are 
talking about putting Alessa under a spell?

Well, here's the dialogue's answer...

They say that, although Alessa's now a "charred husk," "half the 
soul is lost." Without that half-soul, according to a doctor, the 
"power we could draw now would be weak, almost nothing." But 
Dahlia says that these are "just stalling tactics," and they 
decide to "cast a magical spell" to ensure that the half-soul will 
"sense this child's pain" and return to Silent Hill. But, as one 
doctor says, "that will take time."

The half-soul is clearly Cheryl, as Dahlia's later dialogue 
reveals, because she and Alessa are, as she said, "the same 
person." Since they share the same soul, it would seem that, 
during the fire seven years ago, Alessa's soul fractured and 
created Cheryl, the baby Harry and his wife found.

With the unconscious Alessa's soul split apart, Dahlia's plans to 
harness her power were useless, so they needed to bring Cheryl 
back to Silent Hill somehow. They had no idea where she was, but 
they used Alessa and a magical spell to unconsciously lure Cheryl 
back, projecting Alessa's pain so that Cheryl would someday drawn 
back to the town, where she would rejoin Alessa as a single being 
and regain her former power.

---

Question: What was the purpose of awakening the goddess?

Dahlia has some really big plans for the world, such as "returning 
us to the true paradise" where "all our sorrows will be washed 
away," among many other mad ramblings. She apparently wanted to 
use Alessa's powers to make her apocalyptic, fanatical visions 
come true and create a god that, deep down, she knew didn't exist.

---

Question: Who is the baby Alessa hands over to Harry?

In my interpretation of the game, she's Cheryl 2.0; Cheryl was 
created when Alessa's soul splintered, and Alessa, with her dying 
strength, splits a part of herself once more, creating the baby.

---

Question: Why does Cybil replace Harry's wife in the opening FMV?

Just to show that the story shown in the opening sequence is now 
complete.

---

Question: How do you solve the piano puzzle?

Sorry, this is just a storyline FAQ.  Check one of the other 
walkthroughs for more information.

---

Question: What's up with the sirens in this game?

The sirens were probably the last thing Alessa heard, and the 
transition between her life as a normal child and her "life" as a 
fractured mind trapped in her own nightmares.  So now they mark 
the transition between the misty, real town and the nightmare 
version of the town, playing every time Harry shifts between them.

---

Question: Was there any symbolism to the dead body impaled in the 
center of the room where you fought the giant lizard? Or the fact 
it caught on fire right before you fought?

It's a reference to the ceremonies and sacrifices of the old 
religion, and Alessa's own burning.

---

Question: Was the moth boss a reference to Phantoms, by Dean 
Koontz?

Quite possibly so, since Koontz is the name of one of the streets.
Within the story, it's a reference to the butterfly collection we
see in Alessa's room at the end of the game, another hint that
the nightmare imagery is derived from her psyche.

---

Question: With Samael/Alessa - was the intent for a separate 
entity/baby to be created...or was the intent for Alessa to be 
transformed into Samael (as signified by the light before she gets 
hit by Aglophaitis)?

If you see both the good and bad ending, this'll make more sense. 
In the bad endings, Kauffman never shows up, and Alessa never gets 
hit with Aglophaitis. In those battles, the demon never emerges, 
and Alessa herself changes into a glowing, angelic being who 
throws lightning bolts at you.

In other words, the intent seems to have been for Alessa herself 
to transform into a higher being, rather than anything else to 
appear. Kauffman just screwed it up with the Aglophaitis so that, 
instead of Alessa wielding the powers and destructive will of 
Dahlia's "god," the creature itself emerged.

---

Question: Alessa did want to do any of these things, correct?

No, Alessa seems to have been innocent. The whole dark world was a 
nightmare that she couldn't escape, and she was as much a prisoner 
of her own fears as anyone else.

---

Question: OK, so I believe the metal/dark SH was an illusion/
alternate reality, or whatever. Was it being manipulated to by 
Alessa, or Samael?

Personally, I believe it was being manipulated by Alessa's fears 
and insanity. She'd been locked in that comatose nightmare for so 
long that she believed it was real; that delusion is what was 
infecting the town and changing it into a living nightmare. Alessa 
herself wasn't directly controlling it--her powers had basically 
gone haywire and her fears were being brought to life by them, 
driven by her raw emotions rather than her conscious will.

---

Question: Was the snowy SH also fake? If so, why did it exist? The 
fact that you found the police car with a broken windshield and 
other signs of people of disappearing makes it seem the ACTUAL 
SH...

No, that was the remains of the real Silent Hill, as evidenced by 
its existence in the other games.

---

Question: If Dahlia was controlling reality at the end, why did 
she let you get anywhere near the house?

She wasn't controlling reality at the end, the town had totally 
collapsed into the innerspace of Alessa's dreamworld. That's why 
rooms led randomly about the town, and it's how Harry, Cybil, 
Kauffman and Lisa all ended up at her house, which was the center 
of the distortion.

Dahlia herself couldn't have been controlling reality, or she 
would never have allowed Kauffman anywhere near the ceremony, nor 
would she have been surprised by Cybil's presence.

---
Question: After using Aglophaitis on Cybil, my impression was that 
it is designed to extract an spirit that is possessing a person. 
So why was Kauffman surprised when this happened in the good 
ending?

Kauffman most likely expected one of those little puppet-larva 
things to pop out of her back, so that he could just step on it, 
as Harry did with Cybil. He was surprised by how gigantic and 
powerful the entity that emerged from Alessa actually was.

---

Question: After reading the book at the school about girl's ESP 
and the note in Police station about White Claudia having 
hallucinogenic properties, I thought maybe the nightmare world was 
being created by a girl (or people) who were being forced to take 
White Claudia and experience severe hallucinations. Is there any 
evidence for this, or was it all because of Samael's power?

There's no direct evidence that Dahlia used White Claudia on 
Alessa to promote her nightmares, but it's an interesting theory.  
I think her nightmares can be explained by natural causes: the 
fire, her occult background, and her mental isolation over the 
past seven years.

---

Question: When exactly did Alessa wake up from the coma? Or did 
she ever? Because if she didn't, then shouldn't the person 
kneeling (at the end of the game) next to the burned figure in the 
wheelchair looked like Cheryl?

She seems to have woken up at about the same time that Harry 
arrived in Silent Hill; there are several shots in the opening 
that show events prior to the game, such as Cybil receiving the 
call and Dahlia fleeing to the church. One of those scenes shows 
the scarred Alessa lifting herself out of bed.

However, the girl Harry sees running around Silent Hill seems to 
be a kind of projected dream-form rather than the real Alessa-
-especially since she was walking on air according to Cybil, she's 
undamaged by the collision with the jeep, and Harry only 
encounters her in the nightmare-world.  She vanishes when he 
returns to the real world, such as the boiler room scene.

The two figures at the end of the game are that dream-shape and 
the real Alessa. Since Cheryl herself was a projection of the real 
Alessa, the dream shape is essentially Cheryl, except now a true 
astral projection of Alessa herself, rather than a separately 
manifested personality.

---

Question: If we do suppose that the snowy Silent Hill was real, 
where did all the people go?

Ever wonder where all those bodies in the nightmare came from?

Things started to fall into chaos as Alessa's psychic powers grew 
stronger, resulting in a panic that led to the police calling the 
town of Brahms for help. At some point, all the combined fear and 
energy was enough to physically pull the townspeople into the 
nightmare.

Most of them were killed quickly, their corpses strung up all over 
the place, while the doctors and nurses faced a worse fate: since 
they were puppets to the conspiracy in the real world, Alessa's 
deluded imagination has taken revenge by making them grotesque 
half-living puppets.

In other words, the townspeople vanished into the nightmare first, 
and then, after Cheryl and Alessa rejoined, the nightmare began to 
physically invade the town, devouring it piece by piece.

---

Question: If the monster that first filter over to reality and 
also infest her nightmare are based on her fears, the pterodactyl 
(dinosaurs), skinless dog (Doberman pincher/most common attack 
dog), and medical personnel make sense. But wouldn't the children 
and babies have been friends of acquaintances of hers? And girls 
of that age usually like monkey/chimps, so the apes don't make 
sense...

Well, the writing on the desk in Nowhere ("go home," "thief," 
"drop dead"), along with it being a solitary desk in the middle of 
the classroom, suggests that Alessa was isolated and shunned by 
the rest of her classmates--which makes sense, considering that 
she's the strange daughter of a woman known to be a hermit and 
witch. She was probably tormented by the other children.

As for the apes, I think Alessa's seven-year nightmare has 
rewritten practically her whole life into a living hell. She had a 
butterfly collection, which would suggest that she wasn't afraid 
of them, but the caterpillar and moth are two bosses in the game. 
Even teddy bears appear as monsters, suggesting that everything 
she remembers has been tainted and corrupted by her nightmare.

---

Question: If Alessa finally reabsorbed Cheryl at the beginning of 
the game, then wouldn't she have been the only person at the end 
scene? Who was in the wheelchair, if Alessa was up and walking 
around (since she seems to wake in the intro)?

This is where it kinda gets tricky. Alessa did awaken from her 
coma, but she's too weak to go running around town, and she's 
still quite lost in the nightmare.  She's almost completely 
insane, and sleepwalking through a world that she still perceives 
as the rusted, cage-like otherworld.

Anyway, I think the shape you see walking around Silent Hill is a 
projection of the real Alessa, who's mind is still walking about 
in her dreams. That projection is the same projection that used to 
be Cheryl, except Alessa has regained conscious control of this 
form.

So, at the end, there are two girls: the projected Alessa who used 
to be Cheryl and has been running around town, and the physical 
body of Alessa who, although awake, is still too weak to 
physically walk. Their minds, however, are one, and the projection 
is not really a separate being anymore.

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Question: Just to clarify, you DON'T believe Harry actually died 
in the alley at the beginning of the game, rather he slipped out 
of the nightmare world just before, and that is how Cybil found 
him?

You've got it.  I think Harry happened to be too close when Cheryl 
reverted back to Alessa, which caused the alley around her to get 
pulled into the nightmare. He was attacked by the mumblers until 
Alessa's dream-shape walked off, which caused him to slip back out 
into normal space.

Cybil most likely happened upon Harry while she was wandering 
around the town, and to her it simply looked like he was wounded 
and unconscious at the entrance to the now-collapsed alley, with 
no hint of the nightmare-world. She brought him back to the cafe 
and waited for him to wake up, hoping that he could tell her what 
had happened to the rest of the town.

---

Question: Cybil and Dr. Kauffman just wandered around normal SH, 
noticing the roads were blocked, people gone, telephone lines out, 
and the monster Kauffman saw, but the two of the never saw the 
nightmare till it actually transposed it self onto reality?

Exactly, and I think the reason they never saw the nightmare world 
was because they weren't chasing after Alessa. Harry was following 
Alessa's movements, thanks in large part to Dahlia's clues, and 
every time he got too close to either Alessa or one of the marks, 
he got pulled into the nightmare-world.

Kauffman and Cybil, on the other hand, never encountered either 
the marks or Alessa, and so they never got pulled into the 
nightmarish otherworld that Alessa's mind had created.

It's only when Alessa had nearly completed the marks, and the 
nightmare actually began to physically pull the town into itself, 
that they got pulled into it and realized that Harry wasn't crazy.

However, Alessa's powers have gotten so strong that, from the
moment she and Cheryl are rejoined, her nightmare world is
constantly "leaking" into the normal reality, which is where the
monsters are coming from. Reality itself is starting to strain
and fracture against her growing powers, hence the mist and
the random shifts between day and night...

---

Question: In the normal town, where did the Clock tower in the 
school go?

I don't think it went anywhere before the mark was set. You'll 
notice that it leads down into a perfectly symmetrical room, with 
two ladders leading up to two clock-towers. The only difference is 
that one ladder has a rusted sign over it, and there are medicine 
bottles around that ladder.

I think that originally there was only one ladder and one small 
storage area.  When Harry crosses the middle of the room, into the 
part of the room littered with bottles, he's actually crossing 
into the nightmare world, like stepping through a mirror. When he 
climbs up the second ladder, he's actually climbing the first one; 
except he's now in the nightmare world rather than the real world.

One definite clue toward this is the medicine bottles, which only 
appear in the nightmare, and also only appear in the second half 
of the room, as though the boundary between the two worlds is in 
the middle of the room. Also, the sirens are heard in this room, 
indicating the shift between realities.

A diagram might help visualize this explanation...

BEFORE THE MARK WAS SET...

  ------
  I     I
HHI     I
  I     I
  ------

This is looking down at the room, with the first ladder being on 
the left-hand side.

The H is the ladder, the I's are the walls of the storage room.

AFTER THE MARK WAS SET...

  --------------
  I     S      I
HHI  1  S   2  IHH
  I     S      I
  --------------

This is the same view, except now with the mark and the nightmare 
world in place.

The "S" is the boundary between the two worlds, with the "1" room 
being the normal room, and the "2" room being its counterpart in 
the nightmare world. When Harry stepped through the "center" of 
the room, he actually crossed over from one to the other without 
knowing it.

---

Question: The gratings/road and buildings in alternate Silent Hill 
all seemed to be built on top of something else. That is, when you 
look at the trees and windmills, they are rising from somewhere 
below. Is there any significance to this?

There are two versions of Alternate Silent Hill. In the first, 
before the marks start pulling the town into the nightmare, the 
platforms are simply hovering in an endless abyss. The windmills 
and other structures rise out of nowhere, and the general 
impression is that the nightmare town is just a speck in the 
middle of an infinite void, in its own separate reality.

Once the nightmare begins to physically change the town, in the 
tourist district, it changes a little. Sometimes, in this version 
of the nightmare-world, you can see fragments of road and cars 
hanging beneath the steel grates, and in this version of the 
nightmare, there are a few trees and normal buildings mixed into 
the nightmare landscape.

At this point, the significance is that the nightmare-reality is 
physically overlapped with normal reality, so that the normal 
cars, roads and so on are still visible, but shattered and 
replaced by the nightmare-world. As Harry said, reality is 
actually turning into the nightmare world.

---

Question: How involved do you think Samael was in the whole thing? 
I guess you could have a continuum of sorts, where at one extreme 
Samael told the cult what to do, manipulated members, and was just 
biding his time. The other end of the continuum would be where 
Samael was just sitting on the couch watching TV and suddenly got 
stuffed in to some girls dormant body. Where along this continuum 
do you think your views/theory fall?

I'm actually torn as to whether Samael was a real presence in the 
game or not; it's possible for the game to take place without 
Samael at all, with the nightmare-world coming from Alessa's own 
powers and mind.

In that case, Alessa's powers would simply be her own nature, 
making her a gifted psychic prodigy rather than a supernatural 
agent, and Dahlia's plan was to use Alessa's powers to create a 
new being, rather than simply unleash or awaken an existing demon.

Remember, the only direct mention of Samael is Dahlia saying that 
Alessa had cast "the mark of Samael," and that might have just 
meant that Alessa is using black magic to seal the town, rather 
than any direct involvement by the specific demon Samael.

However, if we assume that the literal demon named Samael is 
involved in the story, and that he's the source of Alessa's 
reality-warping powers, then I would say that he does have some 
active influence in what's happening. Something's driving Alessa 
to wander about the town, casting the marks and seal the town to 
the abyss, and if it's not her own insanity, then it might be 
Samael.

Samael's motives for doing so were given by Dahlia in the boat; 
he's simply hungry for the sacrifices that the town had promised 
when it was founded but long since abandoned, and apparently using 
Alessa to drag the whole town into a world of nightmares would 
even the balance.

But either way, Samael didn't exist in this world until Dahlia 
used Alessa to create/restore him, so the scheme probably came 
from Dahlia's own twisted mind, rather than any sort of 
possession.

---

Question: If Samael is a fallen angel that is now a lesser demon, 
how come a hunting rifle killed him?

One answer is that Aglophaitis manifested the demon into a 
physical form and that Harry only killed that form, not Samael 
itself. Presumably the demon just went back to the underworld to 
sulk after losing his newly-formed body to a guy with a hunting 
rifle.

However, my theory is actually very different. I think that the 
creature at the end of the game was a manifestation of Alessa's 
psychosis--the Aglophaitis exorcised her inner demons and caused 
them to take on a separate form. You'll notice that the demon 
seems to be feminine, with breasts for example, and that killing 
the demon also kills Alessa, as though the two were connected.

In that theory, the beast was a projection of Alessa's rage and 
insanity, and when you killed it, Alessa was cured of it. Although 
dying from the wounds Harry inflicted on the beast, Alessa is now 
lucid and has regained conscious control of her powers. She uses 
them to project herself into the infant, just as she did with 
Cheryl seven years before, and to open a gate for Harry and Cybil 
to escape the nightmare, which is now collapsing because Alessa, 
the source of it, is dying.

---

Question: Was there any symbolism to the giant fan in the 
alternate school?

Not that I know of, just one more gruesome and mystifying image to 
take in.

---

Question: Are the day and night versions of misty Silent Hill also 
alternate realities, like the misty and nightmare versions?

No, the day and night versions are the same town, just in day and 
night.  If you turn around and go back through the "eclipse" house 
after it turns to night, you can explore the town in darkness.  
Unlike the parallel reality of the nightmare, the items you picked
up, the monsters you killed, and the puzzles you solved when the
town was daylight will still be the same.


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SECTION 5: UPDATES
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1/27/04 - This is the first version of this document, so there
aren't any updates yet.  I don't foresee any major updates, not
unless the upcoming Silent Hill 4 changes everything, but I will
continue to add to the FAQ section as people write
and ask more questions.

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SECTION 7: SPECIAL THANKS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
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A very special thanks goes out to the Gamefaqs "Silent Hill" board 
and members such as Ruvan22, aragorn3 and TUS Valentine, and many
more, for their support and input in putting together this document.
Many of these initial questions were first asked on the board, and
those discussions helped bring together the ideas in this guide
and encouraged me to compile and publish it.

Thanks to Konami for putting together the single scariest video-
game series ever, and a storyline that took players to 
intellectual and emotional levels many people thought impossible 
in a game.

And thanks to the friends and family who smiled politely and
tolerated days of mad ramblings after I'd finished each Silent
Hill game, and for the future ramblings they'll endure
once Silent Hill 4 comes out...

If you have any questions you'd like answered and added to the FAQ 
section, just write to me at the address below.  If that question
has never been asked before, I'll add it to this document; if it
has been asked, I'll probably still reply to it through e-mail,
it just won't be added here.

Since I haven't written an SH2/SH3 guide yet, I'll accept and post 
questions concerning them as well, so long as they somehow connect 
to the first game.  For example, "why did James kill his wife" 
would not be a valid question, although I might answer it through 
e-mail, but "is the nightmare world in SH2 the same as Alessa's 
nightmare" could be answered and published here.

And, of course, if you just want to talk about Silent Hill, horror 
movies, or games, or want to offer feedback on the guide, feel 
free to write me as well!

Just write to: brittle_bullet@yahoo.com

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