Created By: pyroclastic on July 15, 2017 Last Edited By: pyroclastic on January 12, 2018
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Ultimate Forge

The only place in the world to make or unmake the best weapons

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The Ultimate Forge is the only place in the world where the Sword of Plot Advancement or Armor of Invincibility can be made. It's invariably very difficult to reach, atop the highest mountain or above a river of lava. Just what makes this forge so special may never quite be explained, but it's safe to say that either magic or Lost Technology is involved. The Ultimate Blacksmith might hang out here, but it's also common for the Ultimate Forge to be abandoned or guarded by monsters.

Most common in video games with Item Crafting systems. Other media are more likely to have an Ultimate Blacksmith, so the characters will have someone to talk to.

Compare Eye of Newt.

Categories: Weapons and Wielding Tropes, Creation Tropes, Video Game Items and Inventory, Video Game Settings

Examples:

Literature
  • The Lord of the Rings: The One Ring can only be destroyed in the same place where it was forged, in the fires of Mount Doom.
  • In the Redwall prequel Mossflower, Boar the Fighter reforges Martin's sword from Thunderbolt Iron in his forge atop the extinct volcano Salamandastron.

Live Action TV:
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: According to a legend related in "The Sword of Kahless", the ancient Klingon Emperor Kahless the Unforgettable forged the eponymous first-ever bat'leth by drawing it from the fires of the Kri'stak volcano.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition Book of Artifacts. Long ago the First King of the dwarves created the Anvil of Songs, one of the five Great Tools. He then used the Anvil to create the fifth Great Tool, the Fierce Axe, which later became known as the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Forge Worlds are planet-spanning factories that churn out mind-boggling quantities of weapons, equipment, and vehicles for the Imperium of Man, headed by a Fabricator-General of the Adeptus Mechanicus, and often containing utterly irreplaceable manufacturing facilities and jealously-guarded ST Cs for designs ten millenia old.

Video Games
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age
    • The game has one, but it's not the Ultimate Blacksmith's residence (he lives in Yallam, a backwater-by-backwater-standards). Obaba's forge is located in Champa, and consists of a huge hole in the ground deep enough to reach magma. She uses it it reforge the broken trident and give her pet salamander a huge power boost when she still thinks you're the bad guys.
    • In Dark Dawn, Obaba is still in Champa despite it being overrun by the shadow monsters, kept at bay by burning any wood the inhabitants can get their hands on. She now serves as the Ultimate Blacksmith (many other world locations having been fundamentally changed or removed in the thirty-year Sequel Gap).
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In Skyrim, the Skyforge is the only place where Ancient Nord Armor and weapons can be made, and it's the only place where Skyforge Steel weapons can be bought.
    • Also in Skyrim: The Dawnguard DLC adds a quest "Lost to The Ages" in which your character finds four shards of the incredibly rare material Aetherium, and the legendary Aetherium Forge which is used to turn them into a unique item.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Jonna and Fergus' forge at the Crow's Perch is the only place in the entire game that crafts master-level armor such as the Witcher armors. Hattori's forge in Novigrad is the only place that forges master-level weaponry such as the Witcher blades. Both forges are only available after you complete the multi-point quests which can only be started when you've leveled your character up high enough.
  • World of Warcraft loves these:
    • In vanilla, Dark Iron can only be smelted in the heart of the subterranean dwarven city, Blackrock Depths.
    • In the Legion expansion, Demonsteel can only be made in one special anvil, high above the tallest mountain in the continent.
    • There's even a non-metallurgical example: various types of magic cloth can only be produced once per day in various obscure elven locations.

Web Video

  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara's ship Comicron 1 (which he took from Lord Vyce after defeating him) is revealed to have a program he calls "The Forge" which can draw matter from other dimensions and use it to instantaneously fabricate materials. While primarily used to make shades and weapons, it can also immediately repair the badly damaged ship after Vyce unlocks the function, in fact it's the only thing that can repair the ship as it was made with substances from other universes.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • July 15, 2017
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons, AD&D 2nd Edition Book of Artifacts. Long ago the First King of the dwarves created the Anvil of Songs, one of the five Great Tools. He then used the Anvil to create the fifth Great Tool, the Fierce Axe, which later became known as the famous and extremely powerful artifact the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords.
  • July 15, 2017
    Chabal2
    Golden Sun The Lost Age has one, but it's not the Ultimate Blacksmith's residence (he lives in Yallam, a backwater-by-backwater-standards). Obaba's forge is located in Champa, and consists of a huge hole in the ground deep enough to reach magma. She uses it it reforge the broken trident and give her pet salamander a huge power boost when she still thinks you're the bad guys.
    • In Dark Dawn, Obaba is still in Champa despite it being overrun by the shadow monsters, kept at bay by burning any wood the inhabitants can get their hands on. She now serves as the Ultimate Blacksmith (many other world locations having been fundamentally changed or removed in the thirty-year Sequel Gap).
  • July 17, 2017
    pyroclastic
    Bumping. Also, I'm debating between "Ultimate Forge" and "Ultimate Anvil" for the title. The first one is more accurate (you use more than just an anvil to work metal) but I think the second one sounds a bit cooler and also has the same metrical pattern as "Ultimate Blacksmith." But OTOH, an anvil isn't really a "place." Thoughts?
  • July 17, 2017
    LB7979
    Would the Mountain of Doom / Cracks of Doom from the Lord of the Rings count? After all, that's the place where Sauron forged the One Ring, and that was the most powerful artifact (weapon for Sauron, you could argue) of Middle Earth, and it was so strong that only the Cracks of Doom itself could destroy it.
  • July 17, 2017
    LB7979
    Would the Mountain of Doom / Cracks of Doom from the Lord of the Rings count? After all, that's the place where Sauron forged the One Ring, and that was the most powerful artifact (weapon for Sauron, you could argue) of Middle Earth, and it was so strong that only the Cracks of Doom itself could destroy it.
  • August 28, 2017
    pyroclastic
    ^^ Sure, makes sense.
  • August 28, 2017
    Malady
    Web Original

    Literature.Whateley Universe:
    • The specially made Artificer Forges, for the Ultimate Blacksmiths known as Artificers to make their best work.
    • Possibly the Whateley Academy Workshops, where inventors have access to high-end emgineering techmology.

  • August 29, 2017
    Chabal2
    Warhammer 40 K: Forge Worlds are planet-spanning factories that churn out mind-boggling quantities of weapons, equipment, and vehicles for the Imperium of Man, headed by a Fabricator-General of the Adeptus Mechanicus, and often containing utterly irreplaceable manufacturing facilities and jealously-guarded ST Cs for designs ten millenia old.
  • August 29, 2017
    Chabal2
    double post
  • August 29, 2017
    Astaroth
    Also in Skyrim: The Dawnguard DLC adds a quest "Lost to The Ages" in which your character finds four shards of the incredibly rare material Aetherium, and the legendary Aetherium Forge which is used to turn them into a unique item.
  • August 31, 2017
    MetroidPeter
    Bismuth's forge from Steven Universe counts. It's where Rose's sword was forged.
  • September 2, 2017
    pyroclastic
    ^^ Okay, but can you elaborate? I don't know anything about that series and I'm not sure how complete the part of yours I added is.
  • September 3, 2017
    longpinkytoes
    The only place in the world to make / destroy the best weapons might draw more hats :)
  • September 4, 2017
    DustSnitch
    Sorry, I think you're going to need more examples before being ready to launch. Doing it now would probably end with this page getting no help from Wiki Magic.
  • September 4, 2017
    pyroclastic
    ^^

    1. That's not grounds for bombing.

    2. That's why this is being updated. I had enough hats to launch it a week ago, but I want to get more examples.
  • September 15, 2017
    Arivne
    Corrected illegal Example Indentation in the Golden Sun The Lost Age example.
  • September 15, 2017
    DustSnitch
    ^^ Bombs just signify "this isn't ready to launch." There are a lot of drafts I'm interested that I bomb because they aren't finished.
  • January 5, 2018
    StarSword
    ^No, bombs signify "this page is not worthy of being troped and needs to be gotten rid of".
  • January 5, 2018
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • In the Redwall prequel Mossflower, Boar the Fighter reforges Martin's sword from Thunderbolt Iron in his forge atop the extinct volcano Salamandastron.

    TV:
    • Star Trek Deep Space Nine: According to a legend related in "The Sword of Kahless", the ancient Klingon Emperor Kahless the Unforgettable forged the eponymous first-ever bat'leth by drawing it from the fires of the Kri'stak volcano.
  • January 5, 2018
    Kaiseror
    • Atop The Fourth Wall: Linkara's ship Comicron 1 (which he took from Lord Vyce after defeating him) is revealed to have a program he calls "The Forge" which can draw matter from other dimensions and use it to instantaneously fabricate materials. While primarily used to make shades and weapons, it can also immediately repair the badly damaged ship after Vyce unlocks the function, in fact it's the only thing that can repair the ship as it was made with substances from other universes.
  • January 5, 2018
    bitemytail
    ^^^ This is the message when confirming to bomb s draft:

    You are saying this draft has a ready-to-publish hat it does not deserve and you are taking it back.

    Is that what you meant to do?
  • January 6, 2018
    StarSword
    ^That message is left over from the old system where tropers added and removed hats from a draft. That may be how this system was intended to work, but it's not how it currently exists.
  • January 6, 2018
    zarpaulus
    In Exalted Orichalcum is produced by smelting gold in the heart of a volcano while using an array of mirrors to shine distilled sunlight on it.
  • January 6, 2018
    pyroclastic
    ^^ Is there only one specific volcano where you can do that? If it's merely "some volcano", it's not this trope.
  • January 6, 2018
    DustSnitch
    The opening line should be changed, since "mythical forge superior to all others" is an entirely different trope than "the place where you can get the best item in the game that is also difficult to obtain."
  • January 12, 2018
    zarpaulus
    ^^ There's thousands of Forge Worlds in Warhammer 40,000 yet they're listed as examples.
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