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The Mysterious Tower

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Japanese 不思議な塔

Romaji Fushigi na Tō
Games Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

Origin Fantasia (1940 film)
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KHII tracks
Field theme - Magical Mystery
Battle theme - Working Together
KHBBS tracks
Field theme - Magical Mystery
Battle theme - Working Together
Other worlds
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts
Dive to the Heart | Destiny Islands | Disney Castle
Traverse Town | Wonderland | Olympus Coliseum
Deep Jungle | Agrabah | Monstro
Atlantica | Halloween Town | Neverland
100 Acre Wood | Hollow Bastion
End of the World | Realm of Darkness
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts II
Mysterious Tower | Radiant Garden
The Land of Dragons | Beast's Castle | Timeless River
Port Royal | Pride Lands | Space Paranoids
The World That Never Was | End of Sea | Keyblade Graveyard
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts coded
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Land of Departure | Mirage Arena
Dwarf Woodlands | Enchanted Dominion | Castle of Dreams
Disney Town | Deep Space
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
La Cité des Cloches | The Grid | Symphony of Sorcery
Country of the Musketeers | Prankster's Paradise
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
Daybreak Town
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]
Game Central Station | Niceland | Cy-Bug Sector | Candy Kingdom
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts III
The Final World | Secret Forest | Olympus
Toy Box | Kingdom of Corona | Monstropolis
Arendelle | The Caribbean | San Fransokyo
Scala ad Caelum | Quadratum

The Mysterious Tower is a world in Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts III. It is the home of Master Yen Sid, and serves as a starting point for Sora and Mickey's quests in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, respectively. It is a unique world that doesn't always remain in one place, so although it is considered part of Twilight Town in Kingdom Hearts II, at other times it appears on its own.[1]

Settings and Areas[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Main article: Twilight Town

In Kingdom Hearts II, Mysterious Tower is a part of Twilight Town.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Artwork of the Mysterious Tower.

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the world is a lot smaller than the area which appeared in Kingdom Hearts II's Twilight Town. Arriving at the Mysterious Tower (不思議な塔 Fushigina Tō?) has one of the playable characters land in the courtyard outside the tower. Heading inside leads to the Tower Entrance (塔:エントランス Tō: Entoransu?), a round room with an upward-spiraling staircase which goes all the way up to the Sorcerer's Chamber (塔:魔法使いの部屋 Tō: Mahōtsukai no Heya?, lit. "Tower: Sorcerer's Chamber"), where Yen Sid resides. The chamber is the largest room in the building, and the final area in the world, with several bookshelves and pots, as well as windows shaped like stars and a crescent.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Main article: Symphony of Sorcery

A dream version of the Mysterious Tower appears as part of Symphony of Sorcery in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.


Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

During Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, The Mysterious Tower is first seen at the beginning of the game. Mickey is shown riding a book over waves of water, before being sucked down a whirlpool. Suddenly, the water disappears and Mickey appears in Yen Sid's study. Yen Sid looks disappointed, before saying that he senses that something horrible is about to transpire.

Terra is the first of three Keyblade wielders to visit the tower. After learning that Master Xehanort is at the Keyblade Graveyard from the Magic Mirror, Terra goes to see the former Keyblade Master, Yen Sid to gain more information. As he arrives, he sees Mickey disappear into a flash of light from his Star Shard. Terra continues to go see Yen Sid. Yen Sid sensed Terra's arrival and Mickey's departure as he can sense the movements of Keyblade wielders. Yen Sid says he feels that the Unversed and Xehanort may be connected and sends Terra back on his search for Xehanort. As the young man leaves, Yen Sid asks himself if Xehanort still has "distracting thoughts".

Donald and Goofy takes Ventus to meet Yen Sid in the Mysterious Tower.

Ventus appears here accidentally by the Star Shard while visiting Neverland. As he lands, Donald and Goofy are sitting outside wondering where their King has gone. They at first mistake Ven for the king but then take him upstairs to Yen Sid. The old man notes that Eraqus ordered Ven to return home, but says Ven is just like Mickey that way. Ven says that he does not know where Mickey is, so Yen Sid finds him. He shows Ven, Donald, and Goofy an unconscious Mickey in the Keyblade Graveyard, abducted by Master Xehanort. Donald and Goofy prepare to venture out to save Mickey, but Yen Sid persuades them otherwise, knowing that they are no match for Master Xehanort. In the end, Ven goes alone, to repay his debt to Mickey for saving him earlier.

Aqua comes here after finding Mickey unconscious in the space between worlds. She flies him to Yen Sid, and while Donald and Goofy try to wake him up, Yen Sid tells Aqua of Eraqus' defeat at the hands of Terra. Aqua furiously denies that Terra could do that. Yen Sid hopes this as well, but tells Aqua to find the truth by talking to Terra himself in the Keyblade Graveyard. She leaves with Yen Sid warning her to be careful. After Aqua's showdown with the Vanitas-possessed Ventus, Mickey brings the two bodies to The Mysterious Tower.

However, Ven is unconscious, stuck on the border between light and darkness. Yen Sid tells Aqua that she must believe in her friends to save them. If she treasures the bonds she shares with Ven, he will be led back to light. Mickey agrees to believe in Ven too, and Aqua says Terra will too, when she finds him again. Until then, Aqua departs with Ven to find a safe place for him to sleep.

Following Terra-Xehanort's defeat, a dejected looking Mickey, standing beside Donald and Goofy, places his Star Shard and Keyblade on Yen Sid's desk. As he turns away, Yen Sid returns it to him, as the King raises it in pride.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Sora meets Pete for the first time.

After Sora awakens from his year-long sleep in the basement of the Old Mansion, he meets briefly with King Mickey, who gives him munny and tells him to take the mysterious train to Yen Sid. After being seen off by Hayner, Pence, and Olette, the three take the train and arrive at the base of the tower.

Getting off the train, the trio meet Pete, who is loitering outside after sending in Heartless to attack the Tower's master. Due to the tower having changed its location, Donald and Goofy are unfamiliar with the tower and are startled to hear that Yen Sid resides there. The three hurry inside to meet the King's tutor, leaving a bewildered Pete behind.

Yen Sid prepares Sora for his next adventure.

They make their way to the top, slaying Heartless on their way up, and eventually reach Yen Sid. The sorcerer gives them a book that summarizes all three games, and gives them information about the Nobodies and Organization XIII. He and the good fairies also give Sora his new outfit and drive form abilities, and returns the lost Gummi Ship to Donald and Goofy.

After the party leaves, Diablo, Maleficent's Raven, arrives with Maleficent's robe that was left in Hollow Bastion. The three good fairies recognize it immediately, and their memories of its owner start to work magic on it and bring Maleficent back from the past. She plotted to take over the Tower and announced her return with her trademark laugh.

It appears, though, that she failed, as she instead began targeting other castles all over for the same reason, and later, when the player can return to the Tower, there is no evidence that she ever held any sway over it. However, Yen Sid and the Good Fairies are completely absent, and the Tower is overrun by lesser Nobodies.

Kingdom Hearts coded[edit]

Some time after decoding Jiminy's Journal, Mickey returns to The Mysterious Tower to meet with Yen Sid, who appears to have regained control of the Tower from the Nobodies. They discuss the whereabouts of Terra, Aqua and Ventus, as well as the next actions of Master Xehanort, who will be revived due to the defeat of Ansem and Xemnas. Yen Sid orders Mickey to summon Sora and Riku to him to undertake a Mark of Mastery Exam to counter Master Xehanort.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Mickey, Donald and Goofy watch Yen Sid prepare Sora and Riku for their Mark of Mastery exam.

Sora and Riku arrive at The Mysterious Tower to undergo their Mark of Mastery exam. Yen Sid explains the history of Master Xehanort to them and assigns them to the Dreaming Realm to awaken several worlds which remained submerged in sleep following the defeat of Ansem. During the exam, Sora and Riku visit a past incarnation of the tower in the Symphony of Sorcery world.

Later, Mickey, Donald and Goofy receive a note from Maleficent along with Queen Minnie's crown, summoning them to Disney Castle, but they later return with Lea, who makes a shocking request from Yen Sid. When Sora and Riku ultimately do not return from the Dreaming Realm, Yen Sid sends Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Lea inside, where they help Riku rescue the comatose Sora from Master Xehanort and bring him back to the tower. Riku dives into Sora's heart and successfully mends it, reviving him.

At the exam's end, Yen Sid only names Riku as a Keyblade Master, though Sora is still happy for his friend. Riku thanks everybody for their help, and Lea shocks everyone present by summoning his own Keyblade. Sora leaves soon after to continue his training elsewhere, while Yen Sid orders Riku to summon Kairi to him to undergo training with the Keyblade to counter Master Xehanort's new Organization.

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-[edit]

Riku, Kairi and Mickey speak with Yen Sid.

With Kairi now with them, Yen Sid and Mickey reveal that Aqua was with the king in the Realm of Darkness when they were closing Door to Darkness, but she sacrificed herself to save Riku from the Demon Tide. As she did not have the help of DiZ or the king, she remained trapped in the Dark Realm instead of joining them in Castle Oblivion afterwards.

Yen Sid explains that this information was kept secret to prevent Sora from attempting to rescue Aqua, as there was no safe way to get in and out of the Dark Realm at the time. Gifting Riku and Mickey with new garments from Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, Yen Sid tasks them with rescuing Aqua. In addition, he informs Kairi that she will be trained by Merlin, alongside Lea. Kairi is initially hesitant to work with Lea, who she knew as Axel, but Mickey and Riku assure her that Lea is on their side.

After everyone departs, Sora returns and joins Donald and Goofy in Yen Sid's chambers. Yen Sid explains that Sora has lost most of his former powers due to Xehanort attempting to turn him into the thirteenth vessel for his Organization. As such, Yen Sid directs Sora to train with Hercules, who had also lost the will to be a hero before, in order to regain his former strength.

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

Sora, Donald and Goofy return to the tower after their visit to Olympus. Sora reveals that the visit didn't beget a shortcut to regaining his lost powers, leaving him to rebuild his strength the old fashioned way. They are joined by Mickey and Riku, who reveal that Aqua's trail in the Dark World went cold; however, they cannot continue the search as the Heartless also damaged Mickey’s Kingdom Key D and broke Riku’s Way to the Dawn. Yen Sid instructs the King and Riku to visit Merlin for replacements, tasking them with delivering new garments for Kairi and Lea on the trip. When Sora complains he's the only Keyblade wielder not getting anything new, Yen Sid reveals a suitcase that has a new outfit for him; he explains that it took Flora, Fauna and Merryweather some time to finish making them. Before sending them off, Yen Sid gifts Sora with a Heartbinder.

Both groups return later. Sora reveals that the Organization is looking for the new generation of the Princesses of Heart called the New Seven Hearts, with everyone concluding that Kairi is in the group as she has not passed on her pure light. They also reveal that Ventus's heart is inside Sora, but they still need to rescue Aqua in order to find him. Riku and Mickey also reveal that the best way to go looking for Aqua is to find someone who had a bond with her. Ventus's heart reacts in Sora, making him shout that he would go looking for her; however, Sora sheepishly admits that he hasn't regained his power of waking. With nothing else that can be done, the King and Riku head back to the Dark World, while Sora resumes his journey to build his strength.

Aqua and Ventus are rescued and brought to the tower, with Kairi and Lea joining the group after completing their training. Yen Sid states that the Seven Guardians of Light are now complete, jokingly saying that Donald and Goofy make the group nine guardians. Aqua reveals her past meetings with Sora, Riku and Kairi, confusing everyone. An especially confused Lea demands to know why Ventus and Roxas look the same before shouting that its all confusing. Ventus surprises Lea by showing he remembers him. Jiminy tells everyone that he is given them Gummiphones with summaries of everything that has happened, to clear up confusion. Yen Sid tells the guardians to get a night's rest before fighting the Organization. Aqua and Ventus watch the stars outside, catching up on their lives in the last decade.

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory [edit]






Dream Eaters[edit]

Main article: Symphony of Sorcery

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Ultimania, Tetsuya Nomura: "In the first place, the worlds in the rift between darkness and light have different rules than other worlds. The Mysterious Tower isn't always standing in a fixed place." Translation via Goldpanner and SQEXGAL.