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Amnion
Amnion
Amnion in Silent Hill: Homecoming
Other names
None
Debut
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Other appearances
None
Health
High
Locations
Otherworld Lair
Weapons
Mechanical appendages
Bile
Attack method(s)
Attacks with its mechanical appendages and sprays toxic bile from its mouth

Amnion is the final boss of Silent Hill: Homecoming. She is possibly a manifestation of Joshua's angry and vengeful side, or Alex Shepherd's overwhelming guilt over his brother's demise, or both.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

Amnion appears when Alex discovers the ritual chamber where the Order buries their sacrifices for the pact with the founding families of Shepherd's Glen. After recalling accidentally killing Joshua by taking him to the lake and starting an argument over the family ring, Alex learns he was destined to be sacrificed. It was not Joshua's death that ruined the ritual, however. The emotional strain of now lacking both children broke Alex's parents, and so they refused to carry out the sacrificial ritual. After this sudden realization towards the game's end, Alex's surroundings are invaded by the Otherworld, and Amnion descends from the ceiling, initiating the final boss fight.

After defeating Amnion, Alex slices her bloated stomach open, revealing Joshua's corpse, allowing Alex to finally accept what he's done. Taking responsibility for Joshua's death, he begs for his brother's forgiveness and leaves him with both the ring which they fought over while on the boat and the flashlight that Alex had given to Joshua years before.

Appearance

Amnion appears as an female humanoid figure attached to a large mechanical apparatus resembling a spider. The human body is pale and bloated, like a waterlogged corpse, or a woman in the final days of pregnancy. Amnion has three pairs of breasts just above her inflated abdomen. She has no arms and her six spider-like, metallic legs are fused into her ribs. Another feature is a hose-like, black structure that comes out of her mouth and attaches between her legs, like an umbilical cord; however, it convulses and flows as if it has fluid circulating in it. Amnion's face also telescopes forward, all attached to a mechanical frame which fits back together. The spider limbs end in very wicked, claw-like instruments, much like those of the surgical tools seen in the game's opening scene.

Character

Amnion has a wide attack radius and can knock Alex down with most attacks. She can take a great deal of damage before falling. She attacks both with wide, sweeping motions and vertically angled assaults with her front legs. When she inhales and extends her face, she sprays an incredulous amount of toxic bile from her mouth that can damage Alex. When he comes within arm's length of the creature, she will sometimes leap straight up in the air and slam down, knocking Alex back if he doesn't evade the assault in time.

Amnion
Bloodied Amnion in her second form.
AlexShepherdAdded by AlexShepherd

After taking significant damage, Amnion will shift her form; no longer depending on her mechanical legs, she now faces forward, standing upright, using the forelegs more like arms. Her attacks in this state are swifter and more brutal, retaining her attack pattern from her previous stage while varying it with the addition of various new attacks. She will slam both of her arms down, which inadvertently causes them to get stuck in the floor, leaving it vulnerable to attacks for a short time. She can also spray her toxic bile up in the air, causing a rain of the deadly liquid. Finally, she can also grab Alex when he's underneath her legs, lifting him up and throwing him down without giving him a chance to break free.

Symbolism

Amnion could be seen as representing Joshua's anger towards Alex for his death, and also his desire to have Alex accept what he'd done. Another view on the creature argues that she could represent Alex's guilt regarding Joshua's death.

Her form is derived mainly from Joshua's death via drowning and his love of insects and spiders, as evidenced by his collection and drawings. She is also representative of the fact that Joshua was "babied" by his parents, and was called a baby by Alex not long before his death; this notion is supported when Alex cuts Amnion open to see Joshua's body in the fetal position. She slightly resembles Arachne, a Greco-Roman spider woman whose pride caused her to not acknowledge where her knowledge came from, and may be a representation of Alex refusing to accept his brother's death.

Further symbolism of the theme of birth and Joshua's death include: the name "Amnion" referencing the amniotic sac that surrounds a fetus, the tube of water protruding from her mouth referring to the act of drowning as well as the imagery of an umbilical cord, and the iron lung component used for Amnion's "neck". The body of Amnion's first form is also clearly bloated and gray in tone, appearing very sickly and deprived of oxygen, which are traits very commonly found in a drowning victim. The "leg" contraptions of Amnion appear to have a rust-like texture. Iron gradually rusts when exposed to water, offering more symbolism towards Joshua's cause of death.

The extending neck is reminiscent of a view camera, which may symbolize Joshua's love for photography. The similarity that Amnion's legs have, and also her way of death (flipping upside down and legs crumbling up), to a spider symbolizes Joshua's love for spiders.

Trivia

  • The photo found in the playground foreshadows the final boss battle, the spider being Amnion while the toy soldier represents Alex.
  • Amnion is one of the only two bosses that was not responsible for the death of their parents, the other being Asphyxia; although, in Amnion's case, it was impossible because Joshua and Alex's parents were both already dead.
  • In the opening scene, when Alex is pushed into Room 206, a surgical tool hangs over him that greatly resembles one of the weapons of Amnion, foreshadowing the later boss fight.
  • Defeating Amnion in the Xbox 360 version unlocks the achievement "Head Above Water".

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Characters
Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Families
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Monsters
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
Weapons
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Boiler Room - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - S&W Bank - Dog House
Terms
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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