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The Flauros and the demon w/in (SH:O, 1 and 3 spoilers)

Post by ERROR on Thu May 15, 2008 12:27 pm

This could probably stand to be revised, but I wanted to post it tonight. I'll edit it further, if need be, later, but for right now this is a suitable explanation of what the Flauros is and what the final boss of Silent Hill: Origins is.

The Flauros

Dahlia Gillespie calls it “a cage of peace” (Silent Hill). Chinese poet and explorer Chang Ch’ien calls it “a demon inside [a] ‘three sided box’” (“Yellowed Page” Silent Hill: Origins). Lutheran monk M.G. Lewis “linked it not to a demon, but to God Himself” (“Yellowed Page” SH: O). So what is it, where did it come from, and what’s inside of it? To answer: It is an artifact of great power, it came from King Solomon, and there’s a demon inside—and the demon inside the Flauros is called the demon Flauros.

According to Gustav Davidson, Flauros (whom I will call Hauras from here on to avoid confusion), is “one of the 72 spirits that Solomon . . . shut up in a brass vessel and cast into a deep lake” (137). It is of little coincidence that the Flauros of Silent Hill is a brass pyramid-shaped vessel given this information and the developers’ knowledge of Judeo-Christian mythology. Note also the significance of it being cast into a deep lake. The town of Silent Hill was developed around the enormous Toluca Lake, which is subject to numerous preternatural events. Though the Flauros was not found in Toluca Lake that we’re aware of, it’s possible that, before it “was excavated from ancient ruins” (Guidebook), it was in Toluca Lake at some point.

The text regarding the artifact in Silent Hill: Origins indicates that it was in the possession of Ch’ien as far back as 115 B.C. when, after his fiery death at the imperial palace, “the device appeared lost” (“Yellowed Page” SH: O). Its whereabouts went undocumented for 19 centuries until, in 1796, Lewis “spoke of its ability to control and amplify thought” (“Yellowed Page” SH: O). One must wonder how the artifact moved from China in 115 B.C. to the possession of a 21-year-old writer in England at the end of the 18th Century to the ancient ruins around Silent Hill—presumably on which The Order’s chapel was built because “it is established that the underground area of the otherworld's church is in fact a ruin where the town's former residents once conducted rituals” (Lost Memories). Unfortunately that question can’t be answered, but, more importantly, the Flauros’ purposes can be.

In Silent Hill, we see the Flauros used first-hand of its own volition when it supernaturally lifts into the air and its “ability to break the continuity of the boundary that surrounds Alessa” (Lost Memories) is performed—meaning it, as Dahlia, suggests, “break(s) through the walls of darkness and counteract(s) the wrath of the underworld” (Silent Hill) manifested by Alessa Gillespie, crumbling her world into what we see as the otherside. Further insight into its use is depicted in Silent Hill: Origins, when, after Travis reassembles it, that continuity is disrupted yet again and the Green Lion Antique Shop must be entered because it “is a place that was originally close to the ‘reverse side’ (Guidebook)—essentially a gateway to the otherworld.

During the ceremony to descend god at the end of Silent Hill: Origins, the brief audile flashback between Alessa and Dahlia informs us that the Flauros became incredibly hot to touch. Also, Dahlia tells Alessa to “Leave it be. It is a cage for a demon. Contained, his power will focus yours.” Her asseveration (from when Alessa was immolated) affirms Lewis’ remark that it can be used to amplify thought. Dahlia continues by saying, “Release him, and we will all burn in the fires of hell” (SH: O). This affirms Ch’iens tract in which he “jokes he trapped a demon inside” (“Yellowed Page” SH: O) the Flauros. Also note that when the Flauros is reassembled, Alessa’s world is restructured into a figurative—or literal—hell, just as Dahlia indicates.

It was assumed at first, from Silent Hill, that when Cheryl was created that Alessa was solely responsible, but now it appears she may have had a preternatural hand in doing so: Hauras. It seems as though when Hauras was freed from its cage and was defeated by Travis, Alessa managed to use the demon to strengthen her own powers—enough so to create a new self. If that power was always available to her, she should have used it immediately after being set ablaze (as we once assumed was the case). But she didn’t—because she couldn’t—and instead had to wait until Travis collected the five pieces of the device to reassemble it. When he did, Hauras was freed and used by Alessa to create Cheryl, and that set the stage for Harry Mason’s adventure seven years later—none of which Alessa could’ve done without being able to “piggyback” (“Repression and Coercion” SH: O) into Travis’ mind and use the demon. Unfortunately for Alessa, her plan only allowed her to endure her suffering for seven years.

One final thing to comment on is the full text regarding the Flauros.
    Origin unknown. The device is first mentioned in the poetry of Chang Ch’ien, an advisor of the early Han Dynasty. In one of his tracts, Chang Ch’ien jokes he trapped a demon inside his “three sided box.”

    When Chang Ch’ien died in a terrible fire at the imperial palace in 115 B.C., the device appeared lost.

    It was later rumored to be in the possession of Lutheran monk M.G. Lewis, who in 1796 spoke of its ability to control and amplify thought. It was Lewis who linked it not to a demon, but to God Himself, claiming it was a weapon left by angels as a force of good.
The history it details is a parallel to the events of Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill. Its origin is unknown but is mentioned in a note by Dahlia to Michael Kaufman that reads “_____ ______ ______ one of the five _____, hide them. Protect them” (“Hurried Note” SH: O). Alessa, like Ch’ien, “died in a terrible fire”—where we know the Flauros was—and, afterward, “the device was lost.”

Seven years later: Silent Hill. The device appears again, yet this time the possessor, Dahlia, informs us it’s not used for evil, but instead “as a force of good,” just like Lewis suggested in 1796.

Solving the puzzle of the Flauros is much like solving the Flauros puzzle in Silent Hill: Origins. What we know is that in Judeo-Christian mythology, Solomon encapsulated the demon Hauras within a brass vessel. We also know that in the context of the Silent Hill series, there is a demon within the Flauros artifact. Because of these similarities and more, we can deduce that the demon seen in the ending of Silent Hill: Origins is the same demon Solomon captured because their likeliness is too much to be coincidental—one thing the developers of the Silent Hill series is often wont to do.

Works Cited
Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels including the fallen angels. New York: The Free Press, 1967.
Lost Memories: Silent Hill Chronicle. Tokyo: Konami, 2003.
Silent Hill. Tokyo: Konami, 1999.
Silent Hill Official Guidebook Complete Edition. Tokyo: KCET, 1999.
Silent Hill: Origins. Tokyo: Konami, 2007.
- - -. “Hurried Note.” Silent Hill: Origins. El Segundo, CA: Konami, 2007.
- - -. “Repression and Coercion.” Silent Hill: Origins. El Segundo, CA: Konami, 2007.
- - -. “Yellowed Page.” Silent Hill: Origins. El Segundo, CA: Konami, 2007.
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The Flauros and the demon w/in (SH:O, 1 and 3 spoilers)

Post by Lobsel Vith on Thu May 15, 2008 12:37 pm

Good read.

There was something else I had noticed too. (I'll be using Flauros from here on out). When inside of a triangle Flauros will gladly tell the truth of all things past, present, and future. When not in the triangle he will tear his enemies apart.

In Silent Hill it's interesting to note that every time Travis finds a piece of the Flauros (which not only has a part of Alessa's power inside, but also a part of the demon - possibly) he's learned the truth about something. It's only when the demon is "released" that it goes after Travis.

There is something I'm wondering about, and that's where exactly the final battle takes place.


Also note that when the Flauros is reassembled, Alessa’s world is restructured into a figurative—or literal—hell, just as Dahlia indicates.

Except, do we really know that's the demon doing it? From what I gathered from playing SH0 was that Dahlia used the Flauros to contain Alessa's powers. This is why Dahlia broke apart the device and scattered the pieces all over the place. She knew that if she didn't, Alessa would have used Hauros right then and there to split her soul.

It's only after Travis has reassembled the Flauros that we see Alessa in the misty world, and even Travis goes, "You're here?" a few minutes later, Dahlia will inform Travis that by putting the Flauros back together that he's freed Alessa. Then the world turns into "a figurative-or literal-hell,"



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The Flauros and the demon w/in (SH:O, 1 and 3 spoilers)

Post by Mercury on Thu May 15, 2008 5:04 pm

That actually helped to explain a lot. I was pretty fuzzy about the meaning of the Flauros and Hauros's purpose himself.

Could the final battle be, figuratively, inside of the Flauros?
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