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15th Feb '18 11:15:30 AM DaibhidC
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** Possibly during the events of ''Sourcery'', or maybe at an even earlier time, an unknown wizard built a now-abandoned tower about half way between Ankh-Morpork and Sto Lat. According to the Smoking Gnu in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', it was considered for use as a clacks tower, but there was still some old magic hanging about, and anyone staying there too long went mad. [[spoiler: Moist and the Gnu use it to spoof the next clacks tower along in the finale.]]
20th Jan '18 4:37:01 AM KingLyger
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[[caption-width-right:256:"[[Film/{{Shrek}} Sure it's big, but look at the location]]!"]]
6th Jan '18 4:32:19 PM ViKomprenas
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May originate from the fact that many traditions link magic with astronomy or astrology, making the top of a tower a commonsense place for a mage to hang out. A high tower also conveys a sense of isolation from "normal" people, which the magician can use to study in peace, much the same way that religious gurus are often depicted praying on mountaintops. In another sense, [[TheTower high towers]] are ancient [[TowerOfBabel symbols of arrogance and hubris]]. Or simply extreme isolation.

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May originate from the fact that many traditions link magic with astronomy or astrology, making the top of a tower a commonsense place for a mage to hang out. A high tower also conveys a sense of isolation from "normal" people, which the magician can use to study in peace, much the same way that religious gurus monasteries are often depicted praying on mountaintops. In another sense, [[TheTower high towers]] towers are ancient [[TowerOfBabel symbols of arrogance and hubris]]. Or simply extreme isolation.
hubris]].
27th Dec '17 2:47:31 AM SebastianGray
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has them by the bucketload, at all levels of grandeur and sophistication. The most impressive is undoubtedly the White Tower of Hoeth in the kingdom of Saphery, where the greatest mages of the High Elves study and perfect their craft. The White Tower is several miles high and home to the greatest collection of magical artefacts and lore in the known world, as well as a vast community of mages, loremasters, scholars and academics. It is guarded by powerful spell walls, illusions and sorcery, and if those fail it is also home to an order of supremely capable warrior-ascetics who are themselves seekers of arcane knowledge.
** There are rules for wizards' towers as battlefield features in both the main rulebook and the Storm of Magic supplement, and several official model kits for these terrain pieces, including Witchfate Tor, Skullvane Manse and the ruined tower of Dreadstone Blight.

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** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the most powerful and favoured followers of Tzeentch, the [[GodOfEvil Chaos God]] of Magic, often reside in the arcane Silver Towers of Tzeentch. These daemonic [[OminousFloatingCastle floating fortifications]] are also home to covens of Thrall-wizards and are held aloft by the power of its sorcerous residents and the energies of enslaved daemons.
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''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' specific examples:
*** The Warhammer World
has them by the bucketload, many examples at all levels of grandeur and sophistication. The most impressive is undoubtedly the White Tower of Hoeth in the kingdom of Saphery, where the greatest mages of the High Elves study and perfect their craft. The White Tower is several miles high and home to the greatest collection of magical artefacts and lore in the known world, as well as a vast community of mages, loremasters, [[MagicKnight loremasters]], scholars and academics. It is guarded by powerful spell walls, illusions and sorcery, and if those fail it is also home to an order of supremely capable warrior-ascetics who are themselves seekers of arcane knowledge.
** There are *** Later editions of the game include rules for wizards' towers as battlefield features in both the their main rulebook rulebooks and the Storm ''Storm of Magic supplement, and Magic'' rules supplement. There are also several official model kits for these terrain pieces, including Witchfate Tor, Skullvane Manse and the ruined tower of Dreadstone Blight.
20th Nov '17 3:10:17 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Literature/JourneyToChaos'':

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* Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
20th Nov '17 3:05:35 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** The Royal Mage of Ataidar works in a tower set within the royal palace grounds but free-standing. A significant amount of it is made of Orichalcum to insulate it against outside magic, to keep ill-fated experiments from harming anyone else, and [[ConspicuousConsumption just to prove that Ataidar can afford to do so]].
**Dengel built his final lair on top of a mountain, within a fort, and at the top of a tower. He bobbytrapped the way up to further ensure his privacy.



* Enforced by the government in ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', as Mages(basically magic users far more powerful than average) are put in towers and kept under watch to keep them under control.

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* Enforced by the government in ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', as Mages(basically Mages (basically magic users far more powerful than average) are put in towers and kept under watch to keep them under control.



** The "Circle Tower" actually predates the Circle of Magi and was built as the ancient fortress known as the Kinloch Hold. It's mentioned that such towers are commonly used because they can double as Mage prisons and are built to withstand just about ''anything''. Ferleden's ''other'' tower, the one actually built by (evil) mages, is now [[TheTower a general prison.]]

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** The "Circle Tower" actually predates the Circle of Magi and was built as the ancient fortress known as the Kinloch Hold. It's mentioned that such towers are commonly used because they can double as Mage prisons and are built to withstand just about ''anything''. Ferleden's ''other'' tower, the one actually built by (evil) mages, is now [[TheTower a general prison.]]



** Beginning with the Season 4 finale, Twilight lives in a crystal castle that is considerably taller than the library tree.

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** Beginning with the Season 4 finale, Twilight lives in a crystal castle that is considerably taller than the library tree.tree and, since she is now the Princess of Friendship, she uses it to host parties like Hearth's Warming Eve and political functions. At the start of Season 6, she even invites Starlight Glimmer to live with her and Spike.
20th Nov '17 12:02:45 PM Theriocephalus
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Telvanni wizards usually live in giant magically grown mushroom towers. These towers generally lack stairs to the upper levels where the wizards themselves live, as they simply use levitation magic to get where they want to go. (And anyone who can't use magic probably isn't worth talking to.) Dotting the more isolated areas of Vvardenfell are the ancient Velothi Towers. Most have been taken over by rogue sorcerers and necromancers, though a few have been repurposed into Telvanni outposts.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Telvanni wizards usually live in giant magically grown [[MushroomHouse mushroom towers.towers]]. These towers generally lack stairs to the upper levels where the wizards themselves live, as they simply use levitation magic to get where they want to go. (And anyone who can't use magic probably isn't worth talking to.) Dotting the more isolated areas of Vvardenfell are the ancient Velothi Towers. Most have been taken over by rogue sorcerers and necromancers, though a few have been repurposed into Telvanni outposts.
20th Oct '17 10:36:11 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has a few examples.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has a few examples.''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the "Wizard's Tower" DLC adds for the player in the form of Frostcrag Spire, allegedly inherited from a deceased relative.
** The modding community has a fascination with towers, and often holds the official DLC tower in very little regard. Result: [[http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/search.php?name=tower&scid=20&author=&mname=&desc=&size1=&size2=&downloads1=&downloads2=&udate1_day=0&udate1_month=0&udate1_year=0&udate2_day=0&udate2_month=0&udate2_year=0&ldate1_day=0&ldate1_month=0&ldate1_year=0&ldate2_day=0&ldate2_month=0&ldate2_year=0&endorsements=&images=&readme=&adultonly=&page=1&orderby=name&order=ASC dozens of mods]] that add mage towers all over the place.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Calcelmo the wizard lives in a tower in Markarth guarded by Dwemer traps. The Hearthfire DLC lets the player character become a DeterminedHomesteader, and wizard's towers are some of the optional add-ons to one's homestead.
*** The ''Dragonborn'' DLC reintroduces the Telvanni tower: Master Neloth makes a reappearance from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' bringing the iconic mushroom tower with him.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Oblivion]]'':
*** The
"Wizard's Tower" DLC adds a tower for the player in the form of Frostcrag Spire, allegedly inherited from a deceased relative.
** *** The modding community has a fascination with towers, and often holds the official DLC tower in very little regard. Result: [[http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/search.php?name=tower&scid=20&author=&mname=&desc=&size1=&size2=&downloads1=&downloads2=&udate1_day=0&udate1_month=0&udate1_year=0&udate2_day=0&udate2_month=0&udate2_year=0&ldate1_day=0&ldate1_month=0&ldate1_year=0&ldate2_day=0&ldate2_month=0&ldate2_year=0&endorsements=&images=&readme=&adultonly=&page=1&orderby=name&order=ASC dozens of mods]] that add mage towers all over the place.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Calcelmo the Skyrim]]'':
*** Calcelmo, a
wizard and expert on the extinct [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]], lives in a tower in Markarth guarded by restored Dwemer traps. traps.
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The Hearthfire ''Hearthfire'' DLC lets the player character become a DeterminedHomesteader, and wizard's towers are some of the optional add-ons to one's homestead.
*** The ''Dragonborn'' DLC reintroduces the Telvanni tower: Master Neloth makes a reappearance from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' ''Morrowind'' bringing the iconic mushroom tower with him.
24th Sep '17 11:33:32 AM nombretomado
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* Each of the disciples of Aldur have their own tower in the {{Belgariad}}. It's a deliberate and conscious emulation of their patron god Aldur, though the specific styles vary reflecting aspects of the individual sorcerer's personality. [[SingleMindedTwins Belkira and Beltira]] have a bridge linking theirs while the hunchbacked Beldin has a delicate and airy looking tower. Belgarath lampshades it while infiltrating a villain's tower by saying that every sorcerer he's met seems to build one -- this particular one is upside down and hangs from the edge of a mountain, apparently just because it can.

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* Each of the disciples of Aldur have their own tower in the {{Belgariad}}.''Literature/TheBelgariad''. It's a deliberate and conscious emulation of their patron god Aldur, though the specific styles vary reflecting aspects of the individual sorcerer's personality. [[SingleMindedTwins Belkira and Beltira]] have a bridge linking theirs while the hunchbacked Beldin has a delicate and airy looking tower. Belgarath lampshades it while infiltrating a villain's tower by saying that every sorcerer he's met seems to build one -- this particular one is upside down and hangs from the edge of a mountain, apparently just because it can.
12th Aug '17 8:10:14 PM thatother1dude
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* In the Rainbow song "Stargazer," a wizard telepathically enslaves hundreds of people to build him a huge tower in the middle of the desert so that he, the wizard, may leap from the top and fly. It doesn't work.

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* In the Rainbow Music/{{Rainbow}} song "Stargazer," a wizard telepathically enslaves hundreds of people to build him a huge tower in the middle of the desert so that he, the wizard, may leap from the top and fly. [[KarmicDeath It doesn't work.]]
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