Outside the Tower
The Tower resides in a secret area of Twilight Town, accessible only by a special train that only appears sometimes in the Central Station. The Countryside itself consists of several hills apparently floating amongst the clouds in the endless sunset of Twilight Town, with several stars gleaming in the background. Other than the hills and the tower itself, the only physical existence in the Countryside is a glowing railway along which the single train rides.
The Tower itself is a surrealistic, crooked, golden-brown tower, loosely based on the setting of Fantasia's The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Though it appears to be missing several key structures from the movie, such as the well and the basement study, it appears that the segment is canon to the Kingdom Hearts storyline, and this tower is where it takes place.
The Tower is topped with blue cone-shaped turret roofs, decorated with moons and stars, similar to Yen Sid's hat. It rests on a floating island that contains a courtyard and many trees that obscure the rest of the Countryside from view.
Inside the Tower
Inside the main door is a simple round room, surrounded by an upward-spiraling staircase that leads to a strange portal. Through the portal, a person is transported to higher areas of the Tower, where the staircases float randomly. They lead into other portals or doors to other parts of the Tower.
Other than the entrance, stairs, and upper floor, there are two known rooms in the Tower. One is the Moon Chamber, and the other is the Star Chamber. Both are perfectly round rooms, each with two doors leading either up or down the Tower, and are decorated with moons and stars, respectively. The final stairway is steep and straight, and leads to Yen Sid's Study.
Yen Sid's study is the largest room in the building, with several shelves containing many books, several about the exploits of King Mickey. There is a large wooden desk behind which Yen Sid sits, and behind it, large star and moon windows displaying the Countryside. A door on the side of the study gives way to another room where the three fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, apparently stay. There is also a large wardrobe, and several covered mirrors that display Sora in his drive forms, including Anti Form and Final Form.
During Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, 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 has good news for Mickey.
Terra is the first of three Keyblade wielders to visit the tower. After learning that Master Xehanort is in a battlefield wasteland 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 Fragment. 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".
Ven appears here accidentally by Star Fragment while visiting Neverland. As he lands, Donald and Goofy are sitting outside wondering where the 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. Donald and Goofy vow to go save him, but Ven decides he will go alone to return the favor for when Mickey saved him before.
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 Keybalde Graveyard. She leaves with Yen Sid warning her to be careful. After Aqua's showdown with the Vanitas- possessed Ventus, Mickey brings the two 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.
During the end credits, a dejected looking Mickey, standing beside Donald and Goofy, places his Keyblade on Yen Sid's desk. As he turns away, Yen Sid returns it to him, as the King raises it in pride.
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. After hearing who lives in the Tower, the three hurry inside to meet the King's tutor, leaving a bewildered Pete behind. 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 to life. 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.
|Ether x 2||The Tower, Tower Entryway|
|Synthesis||Mythril Shard||Tower Entryway|
|Mythril Stone x 3||Tower Wardrobe|
|Maps||Tower Map||Yen Sid's Study|
|Awakening||Tower: Wardrobe||This one is acquired once Sora has obtained his new clothes from the Three Good Fairies. Piece #5 is a mandatory puzzle piece: a cutscene will be played upon leaving the room, and this is therefore the first puzzle piece acquired in Final Mix+. Before accessing this piece in Jiminy's Journal, the directions will be displayed, but only once.|
|Twilight||The Tower||Need High Jump. Jump off of the staircase leading up to the tower.|
- Although it is seen as a part of Twilight Town, it is considered as a separate world story-wise. This is mentioned in an interview included in the Secret Report book released with Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+.
- When the party first arrives at the tower in Kingdom Hearts II, Donald and Goofy seem shocked that the tower is Yen Sid's, yet in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep they are shown to be watching Mickey train under Yen Sid at the tower.
- Since Donald and Goofy have previously visited the tower, it seems likely that one can reach the tower without taking the train from Twilight Town as they would have recognized the area if they had been before.
- In "Kingdom Hearts II", if you visit the tower later, no one is there. The entire tower is empty, except for Nobodies. If you didn't read the book in the beginning, you can read it on your return.