For those of you who are not aware of the Silent Hill "Survival Horror" Genre, I will break down the dark reality and history.
Silent Hill began as a mining town during the colonial period. A majority of the residence worked in the coal mines deep under the city streets. Above turmoil began to build as rumors and superstitions began to emerge for the strongly religious god fearing residents. Much like Salem, a witch hunt began to round up any potential locals that did not follow their strict christian values. What once was a church soon became a cult that turned putting these individual before a trial to ritualistically sacrificing them to a new god meant to protect the town. When the town violence and anger reached it's limit, the coal beneath the city caught fire burning all who dwelled in the small isolated village.
Today Silent Hill is a myth. Some say the city still stands, others say that the town itself is merely a rumor. The one thing that all people agree on however is that once you enter Silent Hill, you never return. Silent Hill seems to call out to those it wants, emerging into reality for only certain souls. once inside it becomes hard to tell what is reality and what is the nightmare. Quickly new residents learn that their are more then one "Silent Hill" The surface city and the city beneath too close to hell to even comprehend.
I wanted to start a new story where the players are actually descendants of original residents of Silent Hill and all at once the town decides to call out to them to claim the souls that had avoided it's grasp