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Mysterious Tower is a world in Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts coded, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The tower serves as the home of the legendary ex-Keyblade Master, Yen Sid and a repository of great knowledge acumulated by the mighty wizard.

The Symphony of Sorcery originated the Mysterious Tower, before turning into is a sleeping world that appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, the second to be based on Disney's 1940 feature film, Fantasia. Also, Like Timeless River and Country of the Musketeers, Symphony of Sorcery is set in the past, during a period where Mickey was in pursuit of knowledge to become a Keyblade Master.

Both serve as starting points for Sora and Mickey's quests in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, respectively. Although it is considered part of Twilight Town in Kingdom Hearts II, like Dive to the Heart and Betwixt and Between, it is its own world and not part of the other.

Development

Since the conception of the first Kingdom Hearts, Tetsuya Nomura had wanted to include a world based on Fantasia, but was unable to and ended up only including Chernabog as a boss in End of the World, though in a battlefield very similar to the Night on Bald Mountain segment.[1]

Setting

Outside the Tower

In Kingdom Hearts II, 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, which glow when Heartless are present. 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 the Wardrobe Room where the Three Good 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.

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the portals to the other rooms make no appearance and the Wardrobe Room is inaccessible.

Story

Mysterious Tower

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

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 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 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 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".

Ventus appears here accidentally by 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 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 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

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 it's location since the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, 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.

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.

Signs of What's Next

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 Ven, 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

Template:Spoiler This world is where Yen Sid gathers Sora and Riku to have them undertake the Mark of Mastery exam. Lea also comes here to receive training to become a Keyblade Wielder despite Yen Sid advising him about the dangers. Sora is brought here after Master Xehanort fails to turn him into his thirteenth vessel and has his heart healed by Riku by destroying the Nightmare controlling Ventus's armor. Donald and Goofy wait here after Riku is sent on an errand by Yen Sid and are shocked to see Kairi was brought to the tower to learn how to use the Keyblade. Template:Spoilerend

Symphony of Sorcery

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Mickey is seen here, during his apprenticeship under Yen Sid. During both Sora and Riku's visits, a Spelllican Dream Eater has put him into a dream; one horrific nightmare about the brooms flooding the room with water and the other with him mastering the magic of Yen Sid's hat.

Sora and Riku go to Pastoral Symphony and Nutcracker Suite respectively to find the music to break the spell on Mickey caused by the sheets of music in the room. Successful, they end up fighting the Spellican to break Mickey free of its control. Once done, Mickey thanks both of the heroes and realizes the error of his mistakes. The Keyhole for this world opens in the Sorceror's Loft after Mickey leaves.

Characters

Mysterious Tower

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Yen Sid (イェン・シッド Yen Shiddo?)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1940)

A great sorcerer who dwells within the Mysterious Tower. Mickey is his apprentice.

Yen Sid was the first to detect something amiss with the worlds, and alerted Master Eraqus as soon as he could.

He is concerned about his apprentice, Mickey, who has run off.

It was also he who delivered to Aqua the news of Master Eraqus's demise at the hands of Terra and Master Xehanort.

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Goofy (グーフィー Gūfī?)
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Two Weeks Vacation (1952)

The captain of King Mickey's royal knights. He and Donald are with Yen Sid, where they anxiously wait the King's return.

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Donald Duck (ドナルドダック Donarudo Dakku?)
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The Wise Little Hen (1934)

A magician in the service of King Mickey. He and Goofy rushed to Yen Sid's tower when they heard their king had gone missing in the middle of his training.

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Mickey Mouse (ミッキーマウス Mikkī Mausu?)
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Steamboat Willie (1928)

King of Disney Castle. He put aside his training under Yen Sid and ran off when he heard the worlds were in trouble.

So far his travels from world to world have been mostly accidental, since he cannot control the Star Shard he "borrowed."

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Yen Sid (イェン・シッド Yen Shiddo?)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1940)

A powerful sorcerer, second to none. He tutored the King in magic.

From conjuring up skies full of beautiful butterflies to parting an ocean, Yen Sid's feats of wizardry are...well, amazing. His name alone fills some folks with awe.

Yen Sid shared some of his wisdom with Sora and his friends. He also taught them some valuable techniques to help prepare them for what they'll face on this new quest.

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Flora (フローラ Furōra?)
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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

A kind and good fairy, Flora is always dressed in red. The leader of the group, she helps Fauna and Merryweather make the right decisions.

Flora helped Sora prepare for his journey with just the right traveling clothes.

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Fauna (フォーナ Fōna'?)
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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

A sweet and gentle fairy, Fauna dresses in green. Always eager to please, she only uses magic to help others.

Fauna helped Sora prepare for his journey with just the right traveling clothes.

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Merryweather (メリーウェザー Merīwezā?)
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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

A spirited fairy dressed in blue, Merryweather can sometimes be a bit stubborn. Together with Fauna and Flora, she tries to stop Maleficent from harming others.

Merryweather helped Sora prepare for his journey with just the right traveling clothes.

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Yen Sid (イェン・シッド Yen Shiddo?)
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Yen Sid (イェン・シッド Yen Shiddo?)
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Symphony of Sorcery

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Sorcerer Mickey (魔術師ミッキーマウス Majutsu-shi Mikkī Mausu?) King Mickey back when he was still in training. In this world, he is a sorcerer's apprentice. He was trapped in a nightmare, but Sora and Riku pulled him out of it.
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Magic Broom (ほうきの召使い Hōki?) Brooms brought to life by magic. Mickey created them to fetch water sohe wouldn't have to.
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Chernabog (ファンタジアの魔神 Fantajia no Majin?) A giant demon that emerged from the depths of the earth in a fiery eruption.

Enemies

Mysterious Tower

Heartless

Nobodies

Unversed

Symphony of Sorcery

Somebodies

Treasures

Kingdom Hearts II

Type Items Found Locations Notes
Regular Potion The Tower
Hi-Potion The Tower
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

Puzzle Pieces

Puzzle Pieces Found Locations Notes
Awakening
#5
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
#15
The Tower Need High Jump. Jump off of the staircase leading up to the tower.
#22
Tower: Wardrobe

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

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Trivia

  • Strangely, the Unversed never infiltrate Yen Sid's home. However, in Kingdom Hearts II, the path to his chamber becomes harder to reach due to random portals leading to another dimension full of stairs. This indicates it's a fail-safe defense mechanism Yen Sid has to repel intruders, given Nobodies infest all but the top floor of the tower after Yen Sid and the fairies leave it and the portals remain.
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