SHO: July 29th, 2008: Stumbling into Destiny

JULY 29th, 2008: There was another threatening message written on a receipt in the store.

HERE COMES A CANDLE TO LIGHT YOU TO YOUR BED

HERE COMES THE BUTCHER TO CHOP OFF YOUR HEAD.”

Who left these messages behind?

Once Travis entered the motel, there was a flashback of him in the lobby with a middle-aged man (his father?).

RichardThis man trusted Travis to ring the bell.

Apparently, an R. Grady stayed here with his son in Room 500.

In Room 306, there was a mirror. A note from Richard Grady to Helen was in the Other World version of 306. It was about how much he missed her.

Room 503 had a mirror, too. In the real world 503, there was apparently a scrap of a report.

It was about exactly what I don’t want to read, about how the Silent Hill cult worshiped a false god. This god could only be delivered into the world through a being “of tremendous mental energy”.

And something was written in the margin of the page, questioning how a vessel molded with suffering and pain could deliver a God said to turn the world into Paradise.

It’s possible that this note was written to reference and challenge Claudia’s philosophy on raising God in SH3.

This kind of worship insults the core of my being.

In the real world, Room 500’s door was blocked off by police tape. Oh, and the lock was broken off.

There was an alley off the Maintenance Room. In this alley, there were holes that let you look into the rooms on either side.

In Room 500, there was a flashback of Richard complaining…

There’s too much pain in this world without you, Helen… I can’t be there for him.

That thing that stole your body… It had the right idea.”

In Room 504, the Butcher stood in the doorway.

At the end of the alley, the Manager’s Office Key lied on the table. Also on the table was a picture of some body lying on a bed. “Cause of death SHOTGUN” was written on it.

I also saw Lisa’s coat hanging up in one of the rooms… Should a nurse get around as much as she does?

A big, fat hand cannon was in a gun case in Room 108. It was called the Redeemer.

There was also a Confederate flag hanging in there.

In the Kitchen, Travis saw the Butcher toying with a monster suspended from the ceiling. Then, he noticed Travis peeking out from behind the corner.

The Butcher attacked just like Pyramid Head.

After Travis felled the freak, he picked up his knife and stabbed him with it.

The door to the diner was conveniently unlocked after the Butcher was killed.

There was a sad note left behind by Richard on one of the tables.

The pool on the motel grounds is shaped like a heart! Aw.

In the game room, there was a token lying on top of a blinking pinball machine. I think I need this for a washer/dryer in the laundromat.

Upon leaving, there was a flashback where Richard left Travis alone while he played pinball. Richard returned to Room 500.

Upon examining a cigarette machine, Travis said, “I only smoke when I’m happy.”

A note found in the maintenance room instructed me on how to make the washer/dryer reset.: Set it to low spin, 60 wash, drain, then pre-rinse.

Another note described the buttons.

The Cleopatra suite key was inside of the washer/dryer.

In the Cleopatra suite, there was a picture of a pale, naked, dead woman on the bed. “Cause of death SNAKEBITE” was written on it.

After Travis picked it up, he heard a woman crying from the bathroom.

Upon further investigation, it actually sounded like two people engaging in sexual intercourse.

There was actually a broken bathtub inside. Travis jumped down, and there were two people in the Rose Suite…

Dr. Kaufmann and Lisa. There were sitting on the bed and apparently, they were the source of the noises.

Lisa?” asked Travis.

Travis,” Lisa said, sounding slightly angry, before she left the suite.

You have a habit of showing up where you’re not wanted, Mr. Grady,” criticized Kaufmann.

When Travis said he couldn’t leave town, Kaufmann told him to “Try harder.”

Kaufmann Try HarderThere was some white powder on a table in the suite! “I try to stay away from this kind of thing,” Travis said.

There was a telegram from Dahlia to Kaufmann on a different table.

Kaufmann,

We are almost ready, but must hurry! I sense our hold on her power weakening. I worry that she draws strength from the core I hold. I will leave it behind, hidden in this darkness. It will be safe. Grady is unlikely to return here, he is still running around town chasing after ghosts. He is ignorant of the bigger picture anyway.

I will wait for you here, finish your business and join me soon!

The time approaches, the Flauros is shattered, thrown to the wind, and her will is still buried deep in a sleeping mind. This time the ritual WILL succeed!

Dahlia”

There was a mirror in the bathroom.

In the Other World Rose Suite, there was another picture of a naked dead woman. “Cause of death OVERDOSE” was written on it.

We found an Ornamental Dagger in the game room and used it to get inside the Nero Suite. There, we found another “Cause of Death” photo – “STABBING”. And there was a hole you could jump down to get to the King Suite.

A hole in the wall took us to the alley again. On the table, there was a picture of Richard. “Cause of Death BROKEN HEART” was written on it.

In the Maintenance Room, Richard’s suicide note to Helen lied on the floor.

You died the day you tried to kill our son,” he lamented.

In the Other World, I got the Jeweled Heart in the pool. I took it back to the real world and used a vice to break it.

Helen’s wedding ring was inside. According to the engraving on the inside of the ring, they were married in June.

Kaufmann and Lisa may have been paramours, but they probably weren’t in love. Bleh.

There was a desk calendar on the front desk of the lobby. I presumed that the Gradys’ wedding anniversary was the code. Sure enough, it was 6/12/1961.

I had to put the ring in the newly-revealed depression on the calendar. Then, the Room 500 Key appeared on the key board.

It had some blood on it. “When I hold it in my hand, the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end,” thought Travis.

The key only worked on the Other World Room 500, as I surmised.

Outside Room 503, there was a flashback that showed young Travis walking up to Room 500. Police tape was stretched across the door.

Behind Room 500, there was an obscenely long, descending staircase. They led to a door.

Behind the door, there was a flashback that showed Travis talking to his father. He hung himself.

But in this room, it was just like with Travis’ mom in the Sanitarium. A monster suspended to the wall was there.

Sad DaddyIt left behind the Truth piece.

Travis was fed up with Alessa’s game. “You’ve dug up my parents – what now?” he asked. “When do we get to look inside your sick little mind?”

She made him go to sleep again, and he woke up someplace… unfamiliar.

It was apparently a hospital. Travis found the Present piece on the floor.

And then… he had to fit them all together. What fun!

He had to match similar symbols on each side.

I enjoyed this puzzle, although I was afraid of what would happen when we solved it.

Once he solved it, the pieces formed the Flauros. Then, the fragments kind of… disjointed… and a fire emerged from the middle.

Then Alessa appeared before him again. He was strangely surprised to see her.

She walked up to a door, the symbol appeared, and then she walked through it.

Travis followed her and found himself back in Alchemilla Hospital.

When he left the hospital, Dahlia confronted him.

What have you done?” she asked. “You broke the spell!”

Travis explained that Alessa just wanted out, kind of like how he wanted to leave Silent Hill.

Dahlia laughed. She said that the ritual would succeed, and that “She will birth God!”

Dahlia pointed behind Travis and said, “Look at what you have wrought.”

Alessa appeared behind them, floating in mid-air. With her power, she tore the world apart, forcing a transition to the Other World.

Travis managed to escape her wrath… for now.

He found a Child’s Map. At the end of Simons, there was a circle and an arrow. “GO HeRe” was written above the circle.

Eventually, we entered a kind of store. There was a note that explained the origin and function of the Flauros.

There was a low hole in the wall. It eventually led to a hallway with an altar on the end. Red curtains were draped along the wall, which led to…

…a room where people that wore robes and goat-like masks were circled around a table.

The scorched hide of Alessa Gillespie lied atop it.

And Kaufmann was there. He knocked Travis out with some strange powder that emerged from the floor.

We have to begin this now!” bellowed Dahlia.

Travis woke up in a room with the cult’s symbol on the floor. And he had an unwelcome guest… a demon.

Alessa's Dream

When the demon opened his chest, a beam of fire shot out of it. He could also make fire rain down from the ceiling.

After Travis did enough damage to it, the Flauros appeared again, and chains shot out of it. It used these chains to turn the demon into blood, trapping the creature.

Then, the Flauros spat chains of blood that entered Alessa’s side. For an instant, the image of a baby appeared over her abdomen.

Travis passed out again.

The next morning was a fine one. He walked down the road back to his truck and entered it.

He briefly saw Alessa, smiling, holding a baby in his rearview mirror. He reset his mileage to zero and got going again.

Then, we heard a woman talking to her husband…

I can’t believe it! Harry… it’s a baby.

It’s a girl. Go on, hold her.”

Cheryl… We’ll call her Cheryl.

Then, we heard Kaufmann talking to Dahlia. “Half the soul is lost. The seed lies dormant.”

The other half is not lost,” insisted Dahlia. “We’ll use a summoning spell! Hearing her pain, it is sure to come.

It will take time.

We can wait.

Then the credits, and a summary screen. Here are my stats!

Total Enemies Killed Using Melee Weapons: 56

Total Enemies Killed Using Firearms: 25

Total Enemies Killed Using Fists: 26

Total Items Collected: 346

Number of Map Views: 849 (!)

Number of Times Saved: 36

Distance Walked: 27.67 (miles, I presume)

Total Game Time: 10:56:47:

Total Flashlight Use Time: 4:34:41

Number of Game Completions: 1

% of Enemies Killed with Melee Weapons: 52

% of Enemies Killed with Firearms: 23

% of Enemies Killed with Fists: 24

I find some of these stats surprising.

Savior, Collector, and Explorer accolades achieved!

I checked out some of the Extra Options, but they were stupid.

So my ultimate impression of SHO is… pleasantly unoffensive, with an oddly hopeful ending… for Travis, at least. Anybody who knows the rest of Alessa’s story knows that hope has a high cost.

The fear factor was OK.

Alessa seemed thankful for Travis’ help. That’s good enough for me.

JULY 29th, 2008: There was another threatening message written on a receipt in the store.

HERE COMES A CANDLE TO LIGHT YOU TO YOUR BED

HERE COMES THE BUTCHER TO CHOP OFF YOUR HEAD.”

Who left these messages behind?

Travis is the first SH lead character whose occupation we’re told up front. Weird, huh?

Well, there is information out there about certain characters’ occupations, just not usually within the game itself.

Harry was a novelist; James was a store clerk; Heather did some babysitting (ironically enough considering how much maternal horror there was in SH3); Henry was a photographer; and Murphy was a mechanic. For side characters, Cybil was a cop; Michael was a doctor; Lisa was a nurse; Angela was a waitress (and she hated it); and Eddie was gas station employee.

Once Travis entered the motel, there was a flashback of him in the lobby with a middle-aged man (his father?). This man trusted Travis to ring the bell.

Apparently, an R. Grady stayed here with his son in Room 500.

In Room 306, there was a mirror. A note from Richard Grady to Helen was in the Other World version of 306. It was about how much he missed her.

Room 503 had a mirror, too. In the real world 503, there was apparently a scrap of a report.

It was about exactly what I don’t want to read, about how the Silent Hill cult worshiped a false god. This god could only be delivered into the world through a being “of tremendous mental energy”.

And something was written in the margin of the page, questioning how a vessel molded with suffering and pain could deliver a God said to turn the world into Paradise.

It’s possible that this note was written to challenge Claudia’s philosophy on raising God in SH3.

This kind of worship insults the core of my being.

In the real world, Room 500’s door was blocked off by police tape. Oh, and the lock was broken off.

There was an alley off the Maintenance Room. In this alley, there were holes that let you look into the rooms on either side.

In Room 500, there was a flashback of Richard complaining…

There’s too much pain in this world without you, Helen… I can’t be there for him.

That thing that stole your body… It had the right idea.”

In Room 504, the Butcher stood in the doorway.

At the end of the alley, the Manager’s Office Key lied on the table. Also on the table was a picture of some body lying on a bed. “Cause of death SHOTGUN” was written on it.

I also saw Lisa’s coat hanging up in one of the rooms… Should a nurse get around as much as she does?

A big fat hand cannon was in a gun case in Room 108. It was called the Redeemer.

There was also a Confederate flag hanging in there.

In the Kitchen, Travis saw the Butcher toying with a monster suspended from the ceiling. Then, he noticed Travis peeking out from behind the corner.

The Butcher attacked just like Pyramid Head.

After Travis felled the freak, he picked up his knife and stabbed him with it.

The door to the diner was conveniently unlocked after the Butcher was killed.

There was a sad note left behind by Richard on one of the tables.

The pool on the motel grounds is shaped like a heart! Aw.

In the game room, there was a token lying on top of a blinking pinball machine. I think I need this for a washer/dryer in the laundromat.

Upon leaving, there was a flashback where Richard left Travis alone while he played pinball. Richard returned to Room 500.

Upon examining a cigarette machine, Travis said, “I only smoke when I’m happy.”

A note found in the maintenance room instructed me on how to make the washer/dryer reset.: Set it to low spin, 60 wash, drain, then pre-rinse.

Another note described the buttons.

The Cleopatra suite key was inside of the washer/dryer.

In the Cleopatra suite, there was a picture of a pale, naked, dead woman on the bed. “Cause of death SNAKEBITE” was written on it.

After Travis picked it up, he heard a woman crying from the bathroom.

Upon further investigation, it actually sounded like two people engaging in sexual intercourse.

There was actually a broken bathtub inside. Travis jumped down, and there were two people in the Rose Suite…

Dr. Kaufmann and Lisa. There were sitting on the bed and apparently, they were the source of the noises.

Lisa?” asked Travis.

Travis,” Lisa said, sounding slightly angry, before she left the suite.

You have a habit of showing up where you’re not wanted, Mr. Grady,” criticized Kaufmann.

When Travis said he couldn’t leave town, Kaufmann told him to “Try harder.”

There was some white powder on a table in the suite! “I try to stay away from this kind of thing,” Travis said.

There was a telegram from Dahlia to Kaufmann on a different table.

Kaufmann,

We are almost ready, but must hurry! I sense our hold on her power weakening. I worry that she draws strength from the core I hold. I will leave it behind, hidden in this darkness. It will be safe. Grady is unlikely to return here, he is still running around town chasing after ghosts. He is ignorant of the bigger picture anyway.

I will wait for you here, finish your business and join me soon!

The time approaches, the Flauros is shattered, thrown to the wind, and her will is still buried deep in a sleeping mind. This time the ritual WILL succeed!

Dahlia”

There was a mirror in the bathroom.

In the Other World Rose Suite, there was another picture of a naked dead woman. “Cause of death OVERDOSE” was written on it.

We found an Ornamental Dagger in the game room and used it to get inside the Nero Suite. There, we found another “Cause of Death” photo – “STABBING”. And there was a hole you could jump down to get to the King Suite.

A hole in the wall took us to the alley again. On the table, there was a picture of Richard. “Cause of Death BROKEN HEART” was written on it.

In the Maintenance Room, Richard’s suicide note to Helen lied on the floor.

You died the day you tried to kill our son,” he lamented.

In the Other World, I got the Jeweled Heart in the pool. I took it back to the real world and used a vice to break it.

Helen’s wedding ring was inside. According to the engraving on the inside of the ring, they were married in June.

Kaufmann and Lisa may have been paramours, but they probably weren’t in love. Bleh.

There was a desk calendar on the front desk of the lobby. I presumed that the Gradys’ wedding anniversary was the code. Sure enough, it was 6/12/1961.

I had to put the ring in the newly-revealed depression on the calendar. Then, the Room 500 Key appeared on the key board.

It had some blood on it. “When I hold it in my hand, the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end,” thought Travis.

The key only worked on the Other World Room 500, as I surmised.

Outside Room 503, there was a flashback that showed young Travis walking up to Room 500. Police tape was stretched across the door.

Behind Room 500, there was an obscenely long, descending staircase. They led to a door.

Behind the door, there was a flashback that showed Travis talking to his father. He hung himself.

But in this room, it was just like with Travis’ mom in the Sanitarium. A monster suspended to the wall was there.

It left behind the Truth piece.

Travis was fed up with Alessa’s game. “You’ve dug up my parents – what now?” he asked. “When do we get to look inside your sick little mind?”

She made him go to sleep again, and he woke up someplace… unfamiliar.

It was apparently a hospital. Travis found the Present piece on the floor.

And then… he had to fit them all together. What fun!

He had to match similar symbols on each side.

I enjoyed this puzzle, although I was afraid of what would happen when we solved it.


Once he solved it, the pieces formed the Flauros. Then, the fragments kind of… disjointed… and a fire emerged from the middle.

Then Alessa appeared before him again. He was strangely surprised to see her.

She walked up to a door, the symbol appeared, and then she walked through it.

Travis followed her and found himself back in Alchemilla Hospital.

When he left the hospital, Dahlia confronted him.

What have you done?” she asked. “You broke the spell!”

Travis explained that Alessa just wanted out, kind of like how he wanted to leave Silent Hill.

Dahlia laughed. She said that the ritual would succeed, and that “She will birth God!”

Dahlia pointed behind Travis and said, “Look at what you have wrought.”

Alessa appeared behind them, floating in mid-air. With her power, she tore the world apart, forcing a transition to the Other World.

Travis managed to escape her wrath… for now.

He found a Child’s Map. At the end of Simons, there was a circle and an arrow. “GO HeRe” was written above the circle.

Eventually, we entered a kind of store. There was a note that explained the origin and function of the Flauros.

There was a low hole in the wall. It eventually led to a hallway with an altar on the end. Red curtains were draped along the wall, which led to…

…a room where people that wore robes and goat-like masks were circled around a table.

The scorched hide of Alessa Gillespie lied atop it.

And Kaufmann was there. He knocked Travis out with some strange powder that emerged from the floor.

We have to begin this now!” bellowed Dahlia.

Travis woke up in a room with the cult’s symbol on the floor. And he had an unwelcome guest… a demon.

When the demon opened his chest, a beam of fire shot out of it. He could also make fire rain down from the ceiling.

After Travis did enough damage to it, the Flauros appeared again, and chains shot out of it. It used these chains to turn the demon into blood, trapping the creature.

Then, the Flauros spat chains of blood that entered Alessa’s side. For an instant, the image of a baby appeared over her abdomen.

Travis passed out again.

The next morning was a fine one. He walked down the road back to his truck and entered it.

He briefly saw Alessa, smiling, holding a baby in his rearview mirror. He reset his mileage to zero and got going again.

Then, we heard a woman talking to her husband…

I can’t believe it! Harry… it’s a baby.

It’s a girl. Go on, hold her.”

Cheryl… We’ll call her Cheryl.

Then, we heard Kaufmann talking to Dahlia. “Half the soul is lost. The seed lies dormant.”

The other half is not lost,” insisted Dahlia. “We’ll use a summoning spell! Hearing her pain, it is sure to come.

It will take time.

We can wait.

Then the credits, and a summary screen. Here are my stats!

Total Enemies Killed Using Melee Weapons: 56

Total Enemies Killed Using Firearms: 25

Total Enemies Killed Using Fists: 26

Total Items Collected: 346

Number of Map Views: 849 (!)

Number of Times Saved: 36

Distance Walked: 27.67 (miles, I presume)

Total Game Time: 10:56:47:

Total Flashlight Use Time: 4:34:41

Number of Game Completions: 1

% of Enemies Killed with Melee Weapons: 52

% of Enemies Killed with Firearms: 23

% of Enemies Killed with Fists: 24

I find some of these stats surprising.

Savior, Collector, and Explorer accolades achieved!

I checked out some of the Extra Options, but they were stupid.

So my ultimate impression of SHO is… pleasantly unoffensive, with an oddly hopeful ending… for Travis, at least. Anybody who knows the rest of Alessa’s story knows that hope has a high cost.

The fear factor was OK.

Alessa seemed thankful for Travis’ help. That’s good enough for me.

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