The Order, also known as the Organization, is the primary antagonistic organization of the Silent Hill series. They are a religious doomsday cult residing within the town of Silent Hill, Maine and have expanded into other towns across the region, such as Shepherd's Glen.
After the events of Silent Hill: Homecoming, the Order was presumably destroyed. The Order believes they are the "one true faith" and "one true religion", and all other religions are deceptions and false lies. It is ambiguous if this is true, or if it is make-believe fantasy manifested by the ancient power of Silent Hill.
The Order is a primary source of struggle for most of the games, and are responsible for the many dilemmas that the protagonists of the series face. When people refuse to convert to the Order, the cult often resorts to brainwashing, murder, kidnapping, child abuse, torture, drug trafficking (like PTV and marijuana), and other acts of violence to meet its needs, though not all of their members are insane or violent, and some, such as the confessor, are sympathetic.
The Order is prevalent in many of the games, and are deeply rooted in Silent Hill's history and culture. They are responsible for Alessa Gillespie's immolation and rise to power, as well as the attempts to contain it. Pyramid Head takes the form of an iconic figure of judgment and punishment of the Order's mythos, Valtiel. The creature itself even makes an appearance to follow Heather Mason and the god sleeping in her womb. They also ran the Wish House Orphanage, and were responsible for Walter Sullivan's descent into madness.
The cult's official seal is known as the Halo of the Sun, and is often used or seen in the presence of cult members, particularly while conducting rituals.
The Order takes inspiration and draws elements from other religions, such as the origins of Christianity, Japanese folklore, Aztec rituals, and Native American beliefs.
It is important to note that the cult is not the same as the native religion before the settlers arrived. However, despite this, Silent Hill's Ancient Gods: A Study of Their Etymology and Evolution, claims "When this religion fell into the hands of immigrants, it was deeply influenced by their own original Christian beliefs.", suggesting that the origins and roots of the Order were inspired from the native religion of the Native Americans.
The cult's roots date back as far as the 17th century, with the burning of Jennifer Carroll by Christians. However, back then, they were not formally known as the Order.
When Silent Hill became a tourist location around the 1900s, the Order was formed at the same time, and were despised by most of the citizens, thus their union was carried out in secret. With time, the cult infiltrated the public institutions of the town, gradually gaining more influence and power.
After the events of the first game, the cult was left in shambles and went through a period of inactivity. After around 10 years passed, Vincent Smith invested in the cult and revived it, along with the new high priestess, Claudia Wolf. The structure of the organization was adjusted and the number of adherents rapidly increased.
After the events of Homecoming in 2007, the presumed final sect in Shepherd's Glen was destroyed, leading to the presumed demise of the cult.
The Order follows a philosophy of moral nihilism; they do not believe in the concepts of "good" and "evil", only chaos and order, and feel this justifies their ways. They believe in Paradise, sins, souls, Purgatory and Hell.
The Order believes that humanity and society is corrupt and that they are among the elite 'chosen people' to bring about a new world unstained by evil. They believe humanity has been contaminated by greedy and earthly material and base desires.
The Order worships the entities of the Otherworld of Silent Hill, which they believe house their faith's incarnation of God, which is often depicted as a woman; it has been stated that this belief is the foundation for the whole cult. Their mythos has a wide variety of angels and saints, including:
According to the Order's beliefs (see Myths (memos) and Sun), humanity existed before God. Here, people knew only pain, war, despair and hatred, and they were immortal. Seeking salvation from the world around him, a man offered a prayer and a serpent to the sun. A woman, offering prayer and a reed to the sun, asked for joy. Taking pity on a world consumed by sadness, the pleas of these two people breathed life into God, and from them, She was born.
The world, as it was then, had no understanding of linear time so the first thing God did was establish a linear, measurable time, separating it into night and day. After this, She outlined to humanity the road to salvation and gave the world joy. Since people weren't able to die, God took away their immortality. The reason for this was so people could know the freedom and release that comes from death.
Her next act was the creation of other deities and angels, those most notable among them being Lobsel Vith, the Yellow God, and Xuchilbara, the Red God. This was done so She would have help in leading humanity to follow Her in obedience. Her final gift to the world would be Paradise after Judgment Day.
With Her creation of the world completed, God set about creating a place where people would be eternally happy. With its creation, though, God's strength was used up and She collapsed. With Her last breath, She promised She would come again. She is then said to have "returned to the dust".
The Order's main goal, as many of its members state, is to usher in the apocalypse and deliver the faithful to Paradise. This paradise means many different things to different members, but the goals remain the same; this is brought about in ways that vary from sect to sect. Some try to actively aid it while others simply prepare for the inevitable. The prevalent belief of the Order is that a true God can only know salvation and offer utopia via being born and exposed to an aura of madness and agony, hence their belief that the Otherworld is a just existence. Many of their beliefs are seen in the Prayer to God memo.
As stated on several occasions, the Order does not believe in terms of "good" or "evil", only "chaos" and "order". Their ways are cruel and brutal, to ensure order remains in place. To ensure loyalty and discipline, many children under the Order's care are cruelly treated and disciplined harshly in some sects. Human life is inconsequential to them, as they are more than willing to sacrifice and kill to appease God.
Their occult and seemingly magical abilities are further unexplained, as many of their rituals produce arcane effects that defy all logic. Their tie to the forces of the Otherworld are also quite strong, as some members of the Order can even go so far as to manipulate it to a degree.
System of beliefs
All members of the Order must have fully committed themselves to this purpose in their beliefs, their activities and their lives.
Membership within the Order is extended to all that seek the Old Ways.
Levels of Membership:
- Mother Circle
The Mother is considered the founding group of the Order. The name of the founding group is The Mother.
- Daughter Circle
Any Second Generation group hived off of The Mother.
- Servant Circle
Any Third Generation group stemming from The Mother.
3. The High Council
The High Council is set in place as a tool for all within the Order to make use of. The purpose of the High Council is to aid in the process of group formation as needed, act as governing body in matters pertaining to the Order as a whole, and to be a judge/jury if asked to settle disputes.
4. Grievances and Discipline Procedures
All decisions made by the High Council are binding. Presenting one's case before the Council implies one's acceptance of their decision. Those seeking mediation must contact the Scribe.
- The High Council shall be called in to preside over disputes within a group, to hear complaints and accusations of inappropriate acts, heresy, abuse of power by leaders any other complaints that are deemed worthy to preserve the public image or internal integrity of the Order.
- The nature of the disciplinary action shall be decided at the sole discretion of The High Council. These actions shall contain, but not be limited to, assignment of manual labor, persecution of an individual member, execution or torture, and the banishment of a group.
- If an individual member wishes to leave the Order, they are required to bring their request to the High Council.
The Order is divided into several sects.
Sect of the Holy Woman
This sect is centered around a priestess named Dahlia Gillespie. They believed that God would return to Earth one day and awaited her coming faithfully. However, Dahlia had attempted to hasten God's rebirth by using an immolation ritual which meant her daughter, Alessa, would be used as a sacrifice. Members of this sect include Dahlia Gillespie, Claudia Wolf, Vincent Smith and Leonard Wolf. They believe that once God has come, She will cause the apocalypse and usher the faithful to paradise. Not all of their members are active in this, however, such as Vincent. Claudia believes that a God born from pain and hatred would thereby be more sympathetic.
Sect of the Holy Mother
Members of the sect of the Holy Mother (not to be confused with Alessa Gillespie, known as the Mother of God) used their self-run Wish House to raise a conjurer. They respected the Mother Stone as something sacred, and called the God "Holy Mother". This sect believed that the Holy Mother would be brought by a conjurer performing a ritual to descend the God into a sacred object. Members of this sect include Toby Archbolt. They are slightly more pacifistic than the Sect of the Holy Woman, though their cruelty is still directly shown by their treatment of the orphans in their care, including a young Walter Sullivan. They also held a ritual for the resurrection of the dead, which James Sunderland may find in Silent Hill 2.
Sect of Valtiel
Sect of Shepherd's Glen
An unnamed sect of the Order resides in Shepherd's Glen. They are a splinter group, having broken away from the core of the Order to live more peaceful, stable lives. Though separate from the Order, many of its core beliefs are still upheld, including faith in their God and a desire for discipline.
The Founding Families that made up this sect entered into a pact with their God; if one child from each of the four families was sacrificed every 50 years, Shepherd's Glen would be spared from the effects of the Otherworld.
With Adam Shepherd's failure to fulfill his portion of the Pact, the agreement was broken, and Shepherd's Glen was left to the ravages of the Otherworld.
- See Members of the Order category.
These locations are known to be part of the Order or used for the Order's purposes.
- Alchemilla Hospital (Silent Hill)
- Gillespie House (Silent Hill)
- Green Lion Antiques (Silent Hill)
- Church of the Rebirth (unknown, but possible) (Silent Hill 2)
- Chapel (Silent Hill 3)
- Wish House Orphanage (Silent Hill 4: The Room)
- Water Prison (Silent Hill 4: The Room)
- Church of the Holy Way (Silent Hill: Homecoming)
- Lair (Silent Hill: Homecoming)
- Shepherd's Glen and its town hall (Silent Hill: Homecoming)
- Sanctuary (Silent Hill: Revelation)
The Silent Hill film features a fanatical religious cult as well; however, the director has stated they are two separate cults and that the Order is not the cult in the film. He implies that Jennifer Carroll was burned alive by the movie's cult, tying the Order to the movie cult and says they have "opposite" beliefs.
The sequel to the first film, Silent Hill: Revelation, contradicts Gans's statements by saying the Order and the first film's cult are actually one and the same. Like the games, the Order's members are seen in the sequel as cloaked figures dressed in dark belted clothing. In the movie, they are renamed the Order of Valtiel. Revelation writer/director Michael J. Bassett stated before the film's release that they were two separate cults.
In contrast to the Order's presentation in the game series, the Order of the comics universe is not a central element to the plot.
Presented as a clandestine group of human individuals, the Order's goal is to facilitate the birth of the entity Samael. In addition to being servants of Samael, the Order is also said to be able to control the monsters of Silent Hill. Whately appears to serve as the intermediary between the otherworldly Samael and members of the Order.
Though their connection is unclear, Christabella LaRoache appears to have entered into some kind of agreement with the Order, but is said to be guilty of betrayals against the group by trying to obtain the powers of Samael for herself.
- The Order's alias is a name of a massive clandestine organization from the 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods.
- The Order is also the name of the antagonistic occult group in the lonelygirl15 video series, which also kidnaps girls for their ceremonies. 
|Heather Mason - Christopher Da Silva - Vincent Cooper - Claudia Wolf - Leonard Wolf - Dark Alessa - Douglas Cartland - Alessa Gillespie|
|Rose Da Silva - Dahlia Gillespie - Suki - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Detective Santini - Mannequin Girl|
|Armless Man - Delusion - Leonard Wolf - Lobotomy - Mannequin Monster - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Nurse - Pyramid Head - Valtiel|
|All Hallows High School - Brookhaven Asylum - Central Square Shopping Center - Jacks Inn - Sanctuary - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Lakeside Amusement Park|
|The Brethren - Halo of the Sun - Monster - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Robbie the Rabbit - Seal of Metatron - Siren - The Order - Great Knife - Welcome Sign|