The Shepherd Family Ring is an item obtained in Silent Hill: Homecoming. It is given to Alex Shepherd by his father Adam Shepherd. The ring is obtained when the player completes the Church Organ Puzzle, and after meeting his father, Alex will proceed to the underground Lair. The family ring bears the crest of the Shepherd Family, and on the inside is the Halo of the Sun, the symbol of the Order.
Prior to Silent Hill: Homecoming, Alex was chosen to be the family's sacrifice, while Joshua was meant to carry on the family's name. Adam presented the ring to Joshua and explained to him that the ring has been passed down through generations, and according to him, it represents the family's past and future. Adam warned Joshua to never show the ring to anyone, and when Joshua asked why, Adam reminds Joshua that sometimes he will have to do things and not ask why. The two then hugged.
Later, Alex persuaded Joshua to go out onto Toluca Lake with him. When Alex brought the rowboat to a stop, Joshua became scared. Alex swiped Joshua's flashlight teased him, calling him a baby that can't do anything on his own. In an effort to prove Alex wrong, Joshua showed the family ring. Alex grabbed the ring and taunted him with it, calling it a "piece of crap." Joshua said it wasn't a "piece of crap" and that it was worth more than a million dollars and that's why their father gave it to Joshua and not Alex. Joshua tried to grab the ring back, but as he pulled on the chain, Alex let go. Joshua fell back onto the edge of the boat, apparently breaking his neck or hitting his head to the point he was unconscious, resulting in him drowning in the lake. Alex was able to get help but it was too late. Adam retrieved the dead body of Joshua, and subsequently, the family ring. Alex was sent away from home to a mental hospital shortly after.
Silent Hill: Homecoming
When Alex starts suffering from nightmares, with no memories of the accident, he is forced to endure a horrific quest through his hometown and the neighboring town of Silent Hill. Learning that Adam has gone to Silent Hill, Alex journey's there as well. Within the Church of the Holy Way, Alex encounters his father one last time. The two converse and Adam presents the ring to Alex and asks for forgiveness. Adam is then killed by the Bogeyman.
After Alex journeys through the Order's underground lair, the monstrous manifestation of Joshua, known as Amnion, appears. After its defeat, it is revealed to have the marred body of Joshua inside it. Alex decides to leave the family ring and flashlight with his brother, and he leaves.