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Black Tower
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Location(s) Lynna Village (past)
Lynna City (present)
Game(s) Oracle of Ages
Boss(es) Veran
Theme Music
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The Black Tower, officially named Ambi's Tower,[1] is a massive tower made of stone featured in Oracle of Ages that was built to the heavens 400 years in Labrynna's past by the order of Queen Ambi.[2] However, after Veran arrived in the past, she manipulated the construction of the project and began using the tower for her own purposes.

Architecture

The Black Tower closely resembles a typical medieval tower. It has some unique features such as gargoyles near the tower's upper end and its original design for its top which is a disc like structure on the roof of the tower's turret. The tower's height extends over Labrynna, making it visible from nearly any place in the land and surrounding sea.

History

Originally, the project of building the tower was intended to guide Queen Ambi's love, the Captain, home from the sea. These plans for the construction of the tower change, however, when the Oracle of Ages, Nayru, arrives and becomes Queen Ambi's most trusted adviser through Veran's cunning. She convinces the queen to build the tower all the way to the heavens so as to go down in history as Labrynna's "greatest queen."[3][4] She also tricks the queen into allowing her to use the powers of the Oracle of Ages to create an endless day so the people would be forced to work on the tower without ceasing. Oblivious to the misery she was bringing upon her people,[5] Queen Ambi's project, Ambi's Tower, begins to earn a new title amongst her subjects: the Black Tower.

Link battles Veran atop the Black Tower.

Link begins a quest in secret to find the eight Essences of Time, as the Maku Tree believes their power is needed to defeat Veran. Over the course of his quest, the tower continued to rise toward the heavens.[6] After completing the sixth dungeon, the young hero gets informed that Queen Ambi has left her palace temporarily to inspect the tower's construction. Link takes this opportunity and enters Ambi's Palace and is able to use Mystery Seeds to eject Veran from Nayru's body. At this moment, Queen Ambi returns to the palace and inadvertently becomes Veran's new host,[7] leaving Veran now in complete control of the construction of the Black Tower. While Link continues his quest for the Essences of Time, the tower soon reaches the heavens with Labyrynna being controlled by a possessed Queen Ambi.

By the time Link retrieves the seventh Essence of Time, the Black Tower is complete. The possessed Ambi climbs to its turret, and Veran absorbs greater power than before, allowing her to stop time even without Nayru's abilities. Veran inflicts greater hardships on the people than before, intending to use their sorrow to light her Flame of Sorrow for the Dark Rites.[8]

With all eight Essences of Time, Link receives the Huge Maku Seed from the Maku Tree, who warns the young hero that he must stop Queen Ambi at the Black Tower and cast down Veran for good.[9][10]

Link heads for the Black Tower and arrives to see that the entrance to the Turret is concealed by a powerful illusion that creates three images of the doorway into the tower, while causing those who try to enter them to "get lost" and return to outside the doors. Using the Huge Maku Seed, Link is able to break the illusion that Veran had cast and climbs to the Turret. Here, Link finds Ralph has already arrived to defeat Veran and Ambi, but Veran dispatches him and casts Ralph aside before battling Link, who ultimately prevails and destroys Veran. Before disappearing, Veran laughs and warns that this would not stop all the negative energy and sorrow she had created from passing through the Black Tower and on into the hands of Twinrova, lighting the Flame of Sorrow. This fulfills Veran's intent for the Black Tower, bringing the return of Ganon one step closer. However, Queen Ambi is restored to her former self and returns to being a kind queen.

Themes and Navigation

The lower areas of the Black Tower are filled with a variety of monsters, and the path up the tower is linear. At the entrance to the Turret, Link must have the Huge Maku Seed to break Veran's illusory magic and open the path forward; otherwise he will loop through the room without progress. Link may attempt to climb the tower without the Huge Maku Seed, but his journey will stall at this point.

The Black Tower's Turret poses two more puzzles to Link to bar his way. One is a maze of staircases between two floors, and Link must make his way through the maze to find the stairs up. On the next floor, Link is surrounded by flames in a room full of staircases, and must follow the right flame (the one that appears behind him when he ascends the stairs) until it shows him which staircase to take. Taking any other staircase forces Link to enter a floor of monsters, and he must destroy them before exiting back to the room of staircases. The true staircase takes him to the top floor of the tower, where Veran's chamber awaits.

Minor Traps and Enemies

Linked Game

In the Present about halfway through a Linked Oracle of Ages, Impa will be at the Black Tower. She will warn Link that Vire has kidnapped Princess Zelda and taken her into the tower and asks him to go save her.[11] The rescue of the Princess plays out like the original Donkey Kong game with Vire as Donkey Kong, Princess Zelda as Pauline, and Link as Jumpman (Mario). After she is saved, she will give Link the Blue Joy Ring.

Gallery

References

  1. "She's building a tall tower so she can search the lands for any sign of his return. It's called Ambi's Tower. It was a touching tale..." — Female Villager (Oracle of Ages)
  2. "This is the entry to the tower being built to the heavens by the order of Queen Ambi." — Construction Worker (Oracle of Ages)
  3. "Oh...I shall be known as a great queen...Nayru, Oracle of Ages, give me an endless day, so the people can work without stopping to rest! Young and old alike will work toward my ends!" — Queen Ambi (Oracle of Ages)
  4. "Queen Ambi...Now, with my powers, the flow of time is yours to command. For you, I shall create a day that never ends, so the people will never sleep, and work on the tower can continue. And when the tower reaches the heavens, you shall go down in history as the greatest queen to ever live!" — Possessed Nayru (Oracle of Ages)
  5. "It's not like Queen Ambi to drive us so hard. We're so busy we don't have time to sleep!" — Construction Worker (Oracle of Ages)
  6. "The Black Tower is growing! I have a very bad feeling..." — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  7. "Are you truly Nayru? You seem different...You seem nice..." — Queen Ambi (Oracle of Ages)
  8. "Ahh! The powers of darkness flow through me! The powers swell! Hah! Even without the powers of young Nayru, I can stop time! Now true darkness comes! The sorrow of people shall be delivered to me, lighting my Flame of Sorrow! Ah hah hah hah!" — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  9. "You must stop Queen Ambi at the Black Tower and cast down Veran! Please!" — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  10. "Veran is at the very top of the Black Tower!" — Maku Tree (Oracle of Ages)
  11. "Link! Great timing! This bird just told me that Zelda is on her way to Lynna Village! So I came to meet her, but... Oh, what a mess! A red monster appeared right before my eyes and carried Zelda off! It flew toward the tower... What am I to do? Link, Zelda is a symbol of hope for the world! If anything happens to her, all hope will be lost! You must save Zelda! Please, Link, you must find a way to save Zelda!" — Impa (Oracle of Ages)
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Language Name
Black Tower Ambi's Tower
Japan Japanese 暗黒の塔 アンビの塔
French-speaking countries French Tour Noire Tour d'Ambi
Federal Republic of Germany German Schwarzer Turm Ambis Turm
Italian Republic Italian Torre Nera Torre di Ambi
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Torre Negra Torre de Ambi


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