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Aglaophotis
Aglaophotis1
Heather's pendant
Description
"Dad gave me this pendant on my birthday. It's one of my treasured belongings."
Purpose
Plot use
Location
Alchemilla Hospital (Silent Hill)
Starting item (Silent Hill 3)
Port District (Silent Hill: Downpour)
Variants
Unknown Liquid
Pendant
Appearances

Aglaophotis is a red liquid which is obtained from the refinement of a plant of the same name. It has the ability to dispel demonic forces and grant protection against such forces to those who use the item. First seen in Silent Hill, it plays a larger role in Silent Hill 3. It is used only once, but for a greater purpose. Aglaophotis plays an important role in both games, as its use heavily affects what ending the player will get.

Description

Found in Silent Hill 3, this memo gives a brief description of Aglaophotis.

Aglaophotis
Red liquid or crystals resembling
blood. According to the Kabbalah,
the name is taken from an herb with
the power to dispel evil spirits. It is
said to grow in Arabian deserts.
It may be vaporized or applied as
a poultice to guard against demons.
It is powerful, but as it is rare, it is
extremely difficult to obtain.

A book in Silent Hill: Play Novel suggests Algaophotis is also made using White Claudia. [1]

[...........tis]
..de from from the above-mentioned White Claudia,......dr...has..........
u....to perform exor...... It is a viscous liquid, red....color, and is.....
adminis..........remedy.....illnesses for which the cause is not kn....

Silent Hill

Unknown liquid

The then "unknown" liquid.

Dr. Michael Kaufmann, director of Alchemilla Hospital, came into possession of at least two vials of the red liquid. How he obtained them is unknown, though it seems likely from a later conversation with Dahlia Gillespie that Kaufmann was holding onto the substance in the event that Dahlia's plans went in a direction he didn't like.

As Harry Mason explores the town of Silent Hill looking for clues as to the whereabouts of his daughter Cheryl, he comes across Alchemilla Hospital. While searching the hospital, Harry finds a broken bottle of Aglaophotis (then unknown) on the floor in Kaufmann's office. Harry can take the empty bottle from the kitchen and collect a sample and use it to save Cybil Bennett when she is found possessed by a parasite in the merry-go-round at the Lakeside Amusement Park.

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The vial of Aglaophotis Kaufmann kept hidden

Harry can continue investigating Kaufmann's involvement and the Aglaophotis in the Resort Area of Silent Hill. Before reaching the boathouse to meet Cybil, Harry can enter Annie's Bar and save Dr. Kaufmann from an attacking monster. Further investigation of Kaufmann's tracks leads to the discovery of a vial of Aglaophotis hidden in Kaufmann's motorcycle.

Should Harry save Kaufmann, he will appear during Harry's final confrontation with Dahlia in a place known as Nowhere. After Alessa Gillespie is brought to her true form, Kaufmann will appear to intercept Dahlia's plans. He proceeds to shoot Dahlia, then takes the vial of Aglaophotis previously hidden in the motorcycle and hurls it at the combined form of Alessa and Cheryl Mason. The vial breaks and coats the entity in the fluid. Through the Aglaophotis's exorcising power, the "god" imbued within Alessa is forced out as the Incubus, a creature created from Dahlia's vision of God.

Silent Hill 3

Necklace

Harry giving Heather the pendant containing Aglaophotis

Heather Mason, the reborn identity of Alessa Gillespie and Cheryl Mason, was given a necklace by her father Harry at some point in her youth. Containing a red jewel, it is revealed that the crystal is actually a small capsule of Aglaophotis. How he procured the sample is unknown. In the Book of Lost Memories, it is stated that "It would seem that after the first game, Harry once again procured some of the liquid for the sake of his daughter", which suggests that the sample in the necklace is not what Harry found in Silent Hill.[2]

When confronted by the machinations of the Order priestess Claudia Wolf and the prospect of giving birth to the cult's patron deity (as had been intended for Heather Mason's previous self, Alessa Gillespie), Heather instead ingests the capsule of Aglaophotis and proceeds to vomit up the unborn fetus. Claudia, in desperation, consumes the fetus and births an incomplete form of God instead. There have been speculations that the Aglaophotis was designed to be akin to a type of abortion pill, to further add the symbolism of Heather wanting to be rid of the God she was to give birth to.

Silent Hill: Downpour

Collectibles 05

Aglaophotis artifact

Aglaophotis is an artifact found during the Digging Up the Past sidequest on Port District. Murphy Pendleton remarks that it smells bad.

Historical use

Aglaophotis may have been a factual herb, sometimes connected in identity to the European peony. Though the authenticity of the text is often times called into question, Aglaophotis is named as an element needed to work spells in the Simon Necronomicon.

The Greek doctor Dioscorides named Aglaophotis as a member of the peony family, Paeoniaceae. The European peony itself was used as a medicinal herb and is named for physician Paeon, a disciple of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing.

Various preparations of peonies are used in traditional Chinese medicine as an antifungal, and also to treat wounds, pain, fever and spasms (antispasmodic), and central nervous system incentives. The herb has been used to preventive measures against nightmares in the 19th century; it also was used for female infertility treatment that would stimulate uterus muscles. Ironically, it has a vast influence against Incubus.

In certain cultures, it is believed that uncontrollable movements of the body can be a sign of possession by a supernatural being. This could infer that the use of Aglaophotis, in the Silent Hill series, to dispel evil, is a clever wordplay on the actual medicinal properties of various species of peonies.

Aglaophotis can also be found in the Kabbalah. It was used as a medicinal herb that had the effect of expelling evil. Simultaneously, Aglaophotis has been known to be mentioned in works of occultism, the exact inverse of what would be said in a supposedly holy book.

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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys
Monsters
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
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Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake - Old Silent Hill - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Heather Mason - Douglas Cartland - Vincent Smith - Claudia Wolf
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Leonard Wolf - Stanley Coleman - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll - Joseph Schreiber - James Sunderland - Greys - Happy Birthday Caller - Danny - Confessor - Greys - Robbie the Rabbit
Weapons
Beam Saber - Flamethrower - Handgun - Katana - Knife - Maul - Pipe - Shotgun - Stun Gun - Submachine Gun - Unlimited Submachine Gun
Monsters
Closer - Double Head - Glutton - God - Insane Cancer - Leonard Wolf - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Monster in Locker - Numb Body - Nurse - Pendulum - Scraper - Sewer Monster - Slurper - Split Worm - Valtiel
Locations
Borley Haunted Mansion - Brookhaven Hospital - Central Square Shopping Center - Chapel - Construction Site - Daisy Villa Apartments - Happy Burger - Hazel Street Station - Heaven's Night - Hilltop Center - Jacks Inn - KMN Auto Parts - Lakeside Amusement Park - Last Drop Cafe - Underpass
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Murphy Pendleton - Charlie Pendleton - Carol Pendleton - Anne Marie Cunningham - Howard Blackwood - John Sater - Patrick Napier - Frank Coleridge - George Sewell - Bobby Ricks - Nun
Other Characters
Sanchez - Homer - M. Koons - Bryan Handley - Ariadne Johnson - Melissa Matlan - Glen Milton - Ricky - Daniel Stephens - Chloe Zane - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - James Sunderland
Weapons
Baseball Bat - Bottle - Brick - Chair - Colt - Crowbar - Demon Statue - Double Headed Axe - Fire Axe - Fire Extinguisher - Fork - Frying Pan - Golden Gun - Golf Club - Hammer - Handle - Hand-to-Hand - Hatchet - Ladder Hook - Knife - Lamp - Meat Cleaver - Nailgun - Pickaxe - Pitchfork - Plank - Rake - Rifle - Rock - Shotgun - Shovel - Steel Pipe - Vase - Wrench - Tomahawk - Great Hammer
Monsters
Bogeyman - Doll (Shadow) - Monocle Man - Nurse - Prisoner Juggernaut - Prisoner Minion - Pyramid Head - Screamer - Tormented Soul - Void - Wall Corpse - Weeping Bat - Wheelman
Locations
Aerial Tram Station - Centennial Building - Chastain Heights - Chastain Heights Cinema - Devil's Pit - Devil's Pitstop - Interstate Gas Station - Hardware Store - Hillside - Logan's Park - Monroe Cemetery - Overlook Penitentiary - Pearl Creek - Pleasant River - Port District - Ryall State Prison - St. Maria's Monastery - Underground Subway - Toluca Lake - S&W Bank
Terms
Trinkets - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Sidequest - Siren - Walkie-talkie - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - Welcome Sign - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos

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