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6th Mar '17 12:02:51 PM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Telvanni wizards live in towers, often without any stairs - they use magic to get to whatever level they want, and anybody who can't follow probably isn't worth talking to.
*** In the same game, the wizards are also fond of living in domes.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Telvanni wizards usually live in towers, often without any 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 to whatever level where they want, and anybody want to go. (And anyone who can't follow use magic probably isn't worth talking to.
*** In
to.) Dotting the same game, more isolated areas of Vvardenfell are the wizards are also fond of living in domes.ancient Velothi Towers. Most have been taken over by rogue sorcerers and necromancers, though a few have been repurposed into Telvanni outposts.
9th Feb '17 5:26:57 PM tyouker
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This trope probably stems from the metaphorical "ivory tower", which refers to academics who remove themselves from the rest of society to study. A high tower conveys a sense of isolation from "normal" people, which those academics (or in this case, magicians) 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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This trope probably stems May originate from the metaphorical "ivory tower", which refers to academics who remove themselves from fact that many traditions link magic with astronomy or astrology, making the rest top of society a tower a commonsense place for a mage to study. hang out. A high tower also conveys a sense of isolation from "normal" people, which those academics (or in this case, magicians) 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.
9th Jan '17 1:18:45 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', even though she isn't legally allowed to do magic anymore, Glinda's residence in the North is still a tall white tower.
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8th Jan '17 12:16:30 PM Ramidel
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* OlderThanDirt with Odin's tower of Hlidskjalf in Myth/NorseMythology.

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* OlderThanDirt OlderThanPrint with Odin's tower of Hlidskjalf in Myth/NorseMythology.
2nd Jan '17 6:53:29 PM MiddleEighth
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*There are seven of them in a circle at the center of the city of Daarthayu in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', each a different color, and each housing one of the city's ruling wizards. If you stand and look at them, you'll get a feeling that indicates the specialty of each wizard. The one that the four enter is filled with several floors of Arabian Nights-type luxury, with the wizard and his workshop at the very top.
2nd Jan '17 4:10:22 PM Xtifr
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* Earlier variants of "Maiden in the Tower" -- of which {{Rapunzel}} is the best known -- often have the maiden have considerably magical ability, which she deploys to let herself and the hero get away from her mother who kept her in the tower, such as
** [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/10parsley1911.html Parsley]]
** Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed
** [[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=fHt6Jqnmkv0C&pg=PA17&dq=Anthousa,+Xanthousa,+Chrisomalousa&ei=0giqS4z2O43oygT2zYCKDg&cd=1#v=onepage&q=Anthousa%2C%20Xanthousa%2C%20Chrisomalousa&f=false Anthousa, Xanthousa, Chrisomalousa]]
** [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/rapunzel/stories/fairang.html The Fair Angiola]]

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* Earlier variants of "Maiden in the Tower" -- of Tower"--of which {{Rapunzel}} "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" is the best known -- often known--often have the maiden have considerably magical ability, which she deploys to let herself and the hero get away from her mother who kept her in the tower, such as
as:
** [[http://www."[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/10parsley1911.html Parsley]]
Parsley]]"
** Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed
"Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed"
** [[http://books."[[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=fHt6Jqnmkv0C&pg=PA17&dq=Anthousa,+Xanthousa,+Chrisomalousa&ei=0giqS4z2O43oygT2zYCKDg&cd=1#v=onepage&q=Anthousa%2C%20Xanthousa%2C%20Chrisomalousa&f=false Anthousa, Xanthousa, Chrisomalousa]]
Chrisomalousa]]"
** [[http://www."[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/rapunzel/stories/fairang.html The Fair Angiola]]Angiola]]"
29th Nov '16 3:31:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheWheelOfTime'' has the Aes Sedai based in the White Tower. Later, the Asha'man proclaim their own base as the Black Tower, because they want to cement their image as the SpearCounterpart to the Aes Sedai. Their plans to actually build a tower are superseded by the need to keep the world from ending, so the Black Tower never physically appears within the series.

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* ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has the Aes Sedai based in the White Tower. Later, the Asha'man proclaim their own base as the Black Tower, because they want to cement their image as the SpearCounterpart to the Aes Sedai. Their plans to actually build a tower are superseded by the need to keep the world from ending, so the Black Tower never physically appears within the series.



* Telemain the magician from ''TheEnchantedForestChronicles'' has his own [[ClownCarBase rinky-dink]] version.

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* Telemain the magician from ''TheEnchantedForestChronicles'' ''Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles'' has his own [[ClownCarBase rinky-dink]] version.
9th Nov '16 8:40:45 AM Bosco13
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* ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'': In the third book, Peter refers to the Faceless Man's abandoned ElaborateUndergroundBase as an inverted wiazard's tower.

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* ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'': In the third book, Peter refers to the Faceless Man's abandoned ElaborateUndergroundBase as an inverted wiazard's wizard's tower.
30th Oct '16 3:26:27 PM nombretomado
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* In MercedesLackey's ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar The Black Gryphon]]'', it's implied that Urtho, the BigGood Mage of Silence, has owned several towers in his career, as he reminisces fondly about his first one. His current incarnation, as portrayed in the chapter 6 illustration, is an elaborate and flowing creation with several interconnected spires.

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* In MercedesLackey's ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar The Black Gryphon]]'', it's implied that Urtho, the BigGood Mage of Silence, has owned several towers in his career, as he reminisces fondly about his first one. His current incarnation, as portrayed in the chapter 6 illustration, is an elaborate and flowing creation with several interconnected spires.
30th Oct '16 10:14:53 AM nombretomado
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* Octavius of Tyrvo from ''{{GURPS}}: Banestorm'' has a carefully detailed tower.

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* Octavius of Tyrvo from ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Banestorm'' has a carefully detailed tower.
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