Obviously, this is the spoiler room, and so this post shall be full of such. (I didn't see a 'side story' post up by Lobsel or Fungo, so I figured it'd be pretty safe to start one. If I was just blind, then lemme know and I'll delete this thread.)
My main reason for posting this is to get input and thoughts on some of the story parts that weren't crucial, since I'm fairly new to the series.
Side story A:
[spoiler]The love triangle between the ill Clayton, his wife Carol, and the Atrium's caretaker, Sam. I'm still looking, but what's Mayor Bartlett's first name? He's found in the Atrium, and I'd be willing to bet it's Samuel Bartlett. Also, I've heard a theory that Carol is the woman in Room 301, humming and asking for her memories back. This is one of the more interesting parts in the game, honestly.[/spoiler]
Side story B:
[spoiler]This is one that I read about on another site. It's not so much a side story, but Cybil, from the first game, is confirmed as dead in this one. Or at the very least, M.I.A. for years. That cancels out an ending in the first game, I believe. Douglas Cartland appears to have written a book that I read somewhere in the game (I believe it was in the Church's underground, though I may be mistaken) which means that he and Heather are alive, and definitely outside of Silent Hill.
As far as I've seen from The Room and Homecoming, there's a very 'nobody ever leaves' motif around Silent Hill and the places it connects to. If Heather and Douglas survived and escaped, what about Alex, Wheeler, and Elle? For that matter, Henry and Eileen? (I can't say anything about Travis, James, or Maria, since I haven't played those enough, though Travis taking Alex to Shepherd's Glen kinda makes his survival apparent).
This also brings into question which ending would be/will be the 'canon' one (and I use that term loosely, since from what I've read, the players are supposed to speculate). I won't get into that here, since there's already an ending thread.[/spoiler]
I'm sure there are other side stories. I'm on my second playthrough now, so I'll post up the others.
Yep, I got to that part last night and had my question pretty much answered. Is it safe to say that the Sam referred to in those letters is Mayor Bartlett, then? And if so, here's something maybe you can explain to me, because I don't quite get it. From what I've gathered over some sites (though how reliable is questionable), the original Silent Hill takes place in 1980, or so. Were the Shepherd's Glen Founders going there even after it went crazy with the Otherworld monsters and stuff? I'm not sure when Homecoming takes place, other than Alex is twenty-two years old, Douglas Cartland has been out long enough to talk to an author about a book, and Cybil's been dead long enough for it to have become a Shepherd's Glen legend.
Yes, I'm pretty sure the Sam mentioned in those letters is Sam Bartlett, mayor of Shepherd's Glenn.
SH0 - March 1973
SH1 - April 20th 1980
SH2 - May 14th 1991
SH3 - 1997
SH4 - 2001
Silent Hill Homecoming takes place either in 2007 or 2008 on October 15th.
Silent Hill isn't going to look like a hell infested town for everyone. For example, a man named Paul Scheible visited Silent Hill for two years, and reported that the only darkness within this town was in the minds of the fanatical cult. Indicating to me that he didn't see what we've seen for years. This also makes me suspect that the town only changes when a psychic causes it. (Alessa, Claudia) or when the town itself calls people to it. (James, Angela, Eddie, Laura.)
So I imagine that the people of Shepherd's Glenn could easily visit the town of Silent Hill. In fact, according to one of the memos it seems that the "Keeper of Lore" is supposed to make a journey to Silent Hill.
There are other memos and letters explaining that a group of people from Shepherd's Glenn united with the Order of Silent Hill when the sacrifice went bad and was actively going back to Shepherd's Glenn to abduct the people remaining.
"Chaos is merely the realm of the infinite possibilities. Imagination is merely a spinning wheel pulling threads of reality from that realm. Thought is merely a loom weaving those threads into the fabric of existence." -Someone