Floodclaw wrote:^I thought the cultists in Homecoming were the adults in the town that 'went missing', when they really allied with Holloway. The ritual has the effect it does because Holloway believes it does. The Otherworld saturates the town because the families think that that is what is going to happen, so it does. I figured the whole 'moving out' was just her lying to Alex to cover it up. She and the others believe that the gods are angry, so thus they are. They believe the Otherworld is their punishment and they're trying to set it right. I'm bad with wording my theories, is this making sense?
Sorry, just saw this...more *HOMECOMING SPOILERS* obviously.
Well it's debatable, but the fact that they're suddenly operating out of Silent Hill en masse, using those mines, the prison, power station etc has always implied, to me at least, that a good number of them were SH citizens. At any rate they're being allowed to run around the town as they please, which seems odd at best. It's possible that the cult was dying out again and those cultists left in SH simply needed a leader and Holloway's devotion filled that desire, but the way the game is written one is left to wonder about a lot of things and I don't think it's to add mystery, that whole aspect IMO was just poorly thought out.
That's my point. I'm not saying Holloway willingly went and caused the whole mess, but I don't believe it was Alex's failing to die that was directly responsible at all. I agree that it's because of Holloway's belief and that of her followers. But it doesn't appear that the townsfolk in general know much about the cultist roots of the town. It's likely the main families' children were kept in the dark but at least Wheeler obviously knew nothing of it either so Holloway def didn't have easy sailing converting the whole town to the true fatih, it involved some aggressive methods. So either way Holloway instigated it all, and then went and blamed Alex for the consequences she created. Fitch and Bartlett only seemed to harbour mild resentment towards Alex and much more blame themselves for having done what they did. Meaning that if Alex had died the way he 'should have' they most likely would've been just as messed up. IMO had Holloway not existed / been some sheepish person instead, the SG main families probably wouldn't have performed any ritual in these modern times and all would most likely have been fine. I firmly believe that any 'bad' strange happenings in SH are caused by people, wether it's willfully or unconsciously or because they mean to 'harm the town' in any way. Not saying that means there aren't any deities or whatever that can react to people, but I don't subscribe to the notion that Silent Hill has an agenda or worse yet is 'evil' in any way [and the same goes for Shepherd's Glenn or any location in the series] but I think it's an important aspect of the series that evil only exists in man so to speak and that any happenings will need some kind of human involvement and in that sense it's again Holloway that's responsible.
And of course Holloway telling Alex that people were moving out was just an excuse, but it's obvious that many of them refused to convert and were killed off. She's toying around with Alex [she could've had him killed the moment he entered SG] who actually did nothing wrong at any point from any sane perspective, he was a normal kind guy that got traumatized over the death of his kid brother, how dare he...she brutally had her own daughter killed. None of that can be justified as pacifying angry gods or trying to set things right, it's just her being a dominant bitch IMO?