The Tower of Uru
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The Tower of Uru was a huge shining grey monolith left behind intact from the Ancient Age located on a small island near the crystal clear lake of Uru, which was now the graveyard of a civilisation forgotten by time. Uru was said to be the birthplace of the drones, and when Edge explored it with Azel, he found the corpses of failed dragons which never made it to completion. Edge described the Tower of Uru as “more like a sleeping giant than an ancient ruin.”
The Tower and the genetic engineering labs that gave birth to the drones were connected through underground and underwater passageways, which were all that remained of humans playing god with all of creation. Here Azel revealed that it was humans who created dragons, much to Edge’s surprise. However, the Ancient laboratory was so inundated with water that it was blocked off to the outside world. It was flooded to such an extent that it was almost inaccessible by outsiders seeking to find a way inside.
In A.F. 119, the Tower of Uru became the focal point of the Empire who had finally discovered how to control it. The Empire had failed to control a Tower thirty years earlier which led to disastrous consequences for all involved, but recent research findings guided the Empire to the missing piece of the puzzle that had eluded them for so long: a female drone named Azel. She was the key to unlocking the Tower’s power embodied in human form. The Empire was highly motivated to seize the ultimate weapon as its own, and planned to let nothing come between it and its goal. Towards that end, the Empire intensified its excavation of Ancient ruins along the frontier. According to Edge’s Captain, the Empire was “desperately trying to find something”. The Empire didn’t know why Azel was created to control the Tower yet, and yet that was all the Imperials needed to know.
The Tower of Uru sits on a trainquil sea waiting to be found.
The dark Tower sleeps peacefully under the sun's burning gaze.
However, the leader of the Black Fleet and Imperial traitor, Lord Craymen, found Azel’s cryogenic resting place first. The Black Fleet, led by Craymen, a former high ranking member of the Imperial Academy, began what would ultimately prove to be one of the most successful rebellions against the Empire yet. Craymen sought to activate the dormant Tower of Uru in the hopes of ending all wars, and the rebellious Black Fleet was always a step ahead of the Empire.
Craymen himself believed that the only way the stop humanity from destroying itself was by allowing the will of the Ancients to go unchallenged. In his eyes, if someone or something did not control the human race, nothing would stop it from walking down a path of self-destruction. Craymen knew that the Tower would restore a dead world to life once activated, but he was also aware of how the restoration process drastically balanced the ecosystem. He wanted to activate the Tower even in the full knowledge of the consequences. To him, it was a small price to save the world.
Black Fleet ships prepare to swoop down on their unsuspecting target.
Craymen smirks and grins at denying the Emperor his prize.
In an ironic twist of fate, Azel had been stolen in the Ancient Age during her creation and given the purpose of destroying the very Tower that Craymen sought to activate. Craymen woke Azel from thousands of years of cold sleep to be rewarded with unwavering loyalty, and she followed him unquestioningly. Azel was so blinded by her loyalty to Craymen that Edge could not convince her to stop.
Azel told Edge that Craymen wanted to “save the world” by activating the Ancient Tower built to regenerate and literally protect the environment, even if this meant wiping out the vast majority of the current human population. However, when Craymen took Azel, he killed all the mercenaries who were guarding the excavation site, which created his own worst enemy. After Edge took the reigns of a dragon, he chased Craymen all the way to the Tower.
A light flickers on the shores of the Imperial capital.
Then the capital is once again engulfed in flames.
Craymen left a “surprise” at the Imperial capital, which burnt it to the ground in seconds. The capital was wiped off the map in a blinding flash of light. However, this did not stop the Empire. The Emperor somehow knew that Craymen was behind this attack, and believed that Craymen did it to slow them down in order to reach the ruins before the Empire did.
The Emperor is more than a little annoyed with Craymen's surprise attack.
In response he sends his own flagship to intercept Craymen.
The Empire was not thwarted so easily. The Emperor sent his own personal flagship, the Grig Orig, to catch up with the traitor. Both Craymen and the Empire started racing towards the Tower in earnest. Nothing was going to delay the Empire’s plans, but Craymen appeared to always be a few steps ahead of the Empire. Edge chased after Craymen for revenge and was never far behind.
Imperial fighters intercept the dragon and Edge before reaching the Tower.
Even a dragon seems to be no match for the Imperial flagship.
The Grig Orig and the rest of the Imperial fleet surrounded the Tower in spite of Edge and his dragon’s attempts to stop them. The Grig Orig’s beam cannon combined with the ship’s resilient armour proved to be more than the dragon could handle. Unlike in previous battles, the Empire came prepared for a confrontation with a dragon. The Empire’s colossal flagship alone was all but unstoppable.
Craymen and Edge watch the Empire descend upon the Tower on a viewscreen.
Edge beholds fishlife as if it were a rare sight while inside the Tower itself.
Edge who began his own hunt for Craymen after what now seemed like a lifetime ago for his own personal desire for vengeance, arrived at the Tower just before the Empire launched its final attack to seize it. In Edge’s eyes, Craymen was nothing but a murderer, but when Craymen explained his motivations to Edge, Edge learnt that Craymen had nothing but noble intentions.
Craymen knew much that there was to know about the purpose the Towers, and shared his knowledge with Edge to help him understand why the Ancients thought it was necessary to build them in the first place. Craymen revealed that the monsters Edge had been fighting had a purpose. The monsters were in fact meant to protect human beings from themselves by stopping them from wasting all the natural resources. It was for their own good.
When Edge and Craymen were traveling through an underwater passageway while inside the Tower of Uru, Edge noticed a whale swimming on the other side as if it were a rare sight to behold. Then Craymen said, “The path to Uru. That is the purpose of these ruins, or what we call the Tower. It creates a habitable environment for an already dead planet…”. The Tower had purified the water of any adverse contamination, and made it habitable for life. Due to what Edge saw and heard, it was easy for him to be convinced that there was more to the Tower than meets the eye.
Unfortunately for Craymen and Edge, the Empire had other plans; they could only watch as the Imperial fleet positioned itself around the Tower. The Tower began to shake as the Grig Orig and its escort ships started blasting entry points into the Tower’s control room.
Craymen is finally captured.
Craymen can do nothing but accept his fate.
Despite Edge’s attempts to stop the invading Imperial forces, the Empire took control of the Tower. Edge returned only to find Azel and Craymen surrounded by Imperial troops with the Emperor himself floating above them. He literally gloated over them as Craymen tasted the bitterness of defeat.
Being so close to the Emperor lent Craymen the rare opportunity to put an end to his plans for global domination once and for all; Craymen drew a hidden weapon from his sleeve, fired once in the Emperor’s general direction and barely missed before being knocked to the ground again. The Emperor punished Craymen by firing an automatic weapon at him from his floating throne.
Azel watched helplessly as Craymen was shot multiple times, and rushed to his aid as soon as the Emperor has finished punishing him for his defiance. Azel could only do the one thing she knew how to do to help Craymen.
Azel cries out in distress.
The Tower slowly but surely comes to life.
Azel realised Craymen’s dream. Particles of energy slowly gathered around Azel and she cried out to the Tower in distress. As if the Tower heard her scream, the sleeping giant came to life and to her aid. Even though Azel was meant to deactivate the Tower, she did the very opposite of what her Ancient kidnappers intended her to do by fulfilling the purpose Craymen gave her. Power began to flow through the Tower’s power veins like blood, slowly bringing it to life. The sound of the Tower powering up filled the room.
A shadow looms overhead over an unsuspecting soldier.
But the soldier is too slow to avoid being crushed to death.
Soon the only thing that anyone could hear was the unnatural pulse of power coursing through the Tower. The Emperor welcomed the Tower coming to life with open arms at the time, but this did not remain a welcome sight for long when the Emperor saw with his own two eyes what he had truly awoken. Something approaching fast from above cast a shadow over the group, and before anyone could react, a pure-type monster dropped down on one of the Imperial soldiers and crushed him to death.
The monster quickly impaled the remaining soldiers, and killed the Emperor himself with a scythe-like claw. In the monster’s eyes, they were all intruders in its home. Bullets and even laser beams from Edge’s Ancient gun bounced off the monster’s armour.
Even after being shot multiple times, Craymen was still alive during the carnage, but he soon became one of the first victims of the very Tower he had made his life’s work to activate. He finally made his dark dream of waking the sleeping giant a reality, even if that meant killing himself in the process.
The Tower of Uru releases a swarm of pure-type creatures to erradicate the Imperial interlopers.
The Grig Orig is overwhelmed in a matter of seconds.
In their relentless pursuit of power, the Empire had become the very problem that the Towers were created to solve.
As soon as the Tower was awakened, it unleashed a swarm of pure-type monsters that blocked out the sky. The swarm quickly overwhelmed the Imperial fleet surrounding the Tower outside in the following moments and tore the gunships apart in seconds. The Grig Orig’s beam cannon malfunctioned at the worst possible time, but in the end the ship was simply outnumbered and had no hope of winning in the face of so many enemies. The crew were ordered to abandon ship.
No Imperial ship survived the attack. Now that the Emperor was dead and the Empire’s fleet was destroyed, the Empire was completely powerless.
The Heresy Dragon’s current rider, Edge, saved Azel and escaped just in time. All three later returned to the Tower to deactivate all the Towers permanently (as opposed to temporarily by only destroying the one Tower). For the Heresy Dragon, this Tower was a means to an end because it was not possible to save the world by only destroying a mere single Tower. Once they reached the Tower’s control room, Azel opened up a gateway leading to Sestren in order to give the Heresy Dragon an opportunity to end this threat once and for all. Once Edge and his dragon departed for Sestren, Azel remained behind to destroy the Tower. She did this of her own will and not because it was her Ancient duty. Before returning to the Tower, Azel could sense that its true purpose was to enslave the world.
The Tower of Uru releases all of the life it has left.
Melted, the Tower no longer poses a threat.
Azel caused the Tower to self-destruct by flooding it with pure energy. The Tower literally melted under the pressure of the release of so much energy. The Tower still stood, proving how nearly indestructible it truly was, but only as a shadow of its former self.
It would have taken a lot longer to destroy all the Towers via the dragon’s individual actions if Azel had not opened a window to access Sestren directly. This was the dragon’s window of opportunity to cut off the problem at the source and destroy the Towers all at the same time.
Approaching Mel-Kava isn't the easiest of tasks as Edge finds out for himself.
The Tower of Uru didn’t have a dragon guardian per se like all the Towers are said to have had. Atolm was Azel’s guardian, even if the pair did try to prevent Edge and his dragon from reaching the Tower. It’s possible that Azel and Atolm were originally meant to be the Tower’s guardians in the Ancient Age, and that is why she was stolen, but this is only speculation.
Instead, the Tower of Uru had other defenders. A ship the size of Shelcoof, named Mel-Kava, spread an impenetrable layer of fog in the Tower’s vicinity. The ship needed to be destroyed before Edge could find a clear flightpath to the Tower (Craymen likely reached the Tower via Uru, explaining why his ships were found there).