Archmage is a unique rank held by the top-ranked Mage. This rank may only be won by a
Mage challenging the Archmage for it. There can be only one Archmage at a time.
As of September 21st, 2000, the Archmage also holds the title of Celestial Keeper.
Citadel of the Stars
The Citadel of the Stars is the lair of the ArchMage, who also bears the title
of Celestial Keeper. This Citadel combines the best and most beautiful of
earth, air, fire and water to create a dwelling worthy of the gods. The
foundation is a large fragment of solid bedrock which floats in the sky
directly above the central node of Twilight Island, forming the apex of a
perfect pyramid with the other Keeper dwellings. The lush vegetation on the
floating isle is fed by abundant water which flows all about the floating
isle; water which vanishes into thin air as it falls over the sides. The
Citadel, itself, resembles an ancient temple, the dome, columns, and steps
made of white marble. Burning within the temple, at the center of a Circle
of Genesis, is a brilliant white flame of pure magic. So great is its power,
that only the ArchMage can approach and draw power from it without being
Celestial Keeper Powers
While many magi are capable of flight and teleportation, none of these powers
will permit anyone to approach the Citadel of the Stars. Only the ArchMage,
bearer of the Celestial Key, may do so in safety. All others suffer an assault
of raw magical force that resembles a sandstorm of tiny stars. The Celestial
Key is made of pure platinum, and set with a large black star sapphire. The
ArchMage may approach the Citadel any way he chooses, but for those with a sense
of drama, a swarm of stars will descend from the Citadel to fly the Keeper home.
The title Keeper of the Stars is somewhat misleading, as the Keeper has no
power over the stars themselves, nor does he draw power from them. His power
is that of the Fifth Element, Quintessence, or magic itself. Stars are merely
a symbolic representation of that element. As the other Keepers can tap directly
into their respective elements to fuel their powers, the ArchMage is able to
tap directly into the source of all magic itself. Those who can sense auras
will see the aura of the ArchMage to be flooded with galaxy of stars, symbolizing
his power. As the strongest of the elements, the powers of the other Keepers,
elementals, and related spirits have no effect on the Keeper of Quintessence.
This Keeper also has no specific
Celestial Keeper Unique Ring - Olympus
From beneath the chosen ring, a rumbling overtakes the Isle. A thunderous sound
precedes the mountain that bursts forth, rising just above all the other rings
as the ground around the peak drops deep into the earth, creating a mountain's
depths all around the ring and casting an ethereal, celestial light across the
others. Clouds and thunder, lightning and wild tempests surround the ring and
fill the pit where earth, air, fire, and water all come into being and play a
part in the overpowering forces that the Archmage and his/her opponent clash
with. Endless tiny, faintly lit stars float listlessly across the battleground
of the Archmage; most powerful of the casters.
Two amazing matches for two excellent duelists! Gloria seemed poised to take the first after defensively (and offensively defensively) gaining 2.5 points with an inch-by-half-point-inch strategy into the 5th round and it wasn't until the 6th that Bailey found his way onto the board with a well timed and rather focused foul fog! The back and forth continued, yet Gloria appeared to be in control as she reached match point with 4.5 points in the 11th, but Bailey wasn't done! Bit by bit, round by round, he clawed his way out of the hole and eased into the drivers seat with a 5-4.5 lead in the 14th before finishing the match in his favor in the 15th! It seemed that boost of morale was all that Bailey needed. With the taste of victory still on his lips Bailey entered the second match of the challenge, took off, and never looked back. 5 rounds was all the challenger needed to end the match in a 5 - 0 in 5 victory to end Archmage Gloria's reign of 198 days! This marks the beginning of Bailey's third reign as Archmage.
Three exciting matches made up the Archmage Challenge. The trio of matches started off with an escaping Karma in the first round and an explosion of traded blows in the second. Bailey took the lead in the third round and extended right into match point by the fifth.. but Karma wasn't out yet! With a combo of focused spells she pushed her way to 4.5 to Bailey's 4 before securing the first match by a defensive obscuring of the ring. A change of scenery came in the second match with the summoning of Olympus — and perhaps that is what Bailey needed to turn the tide. Favor shined brightly on the Archmage in the second round as he was able to bounce back and score a 5 - 2.5 victory in 7 rounds; though that light soon turned a little dim. The third match saw Karma gaining 3 - 1 in 4 rounds and she sought to turn it to match point as she sent the sky raining on top of Bailey — at least that was the plan, until the Archmage reversed the spell and had it reflecting back. Karma put up some defenses during the following round that gave her an edge of an advantage, but Bailey snuck in a massive blow in the 7th before finally blasting his way to victory in the 9th with an ending score of 5 - 3.5.
With another Archmage Tournament coming to an end we were introduced to our next challenger for the title of Archmage. Jaycy Ashleana, who joined the Archmage Tournament the very night of her attaining the rank of Mage, bested all challengers throughout the night to gain the right to face Archmage Bailey Raptis. The challenge itself would go to the full three, with the Archmage taking the win in the first match 5 - 3 in 7, while the challenger fought back for 7 rounds in the second match to gain the win with a score of 5 - 4. With one victory each it would be the third and final match that decided the fate of the Celestial Citadel.. and fate leaned heavily on Bailey that night. As the rounds pressed on the Archmage's lead grew more and more, while the challenger was unable to gain any sort of footing in the final match — until finally Bailey gained the final point he needed by catching Jaycy's mage bolt with a fiery immolation. With his shut-out victory in the third match complete, Bailey once again continues his reign as Archmage for another cycle.
Gloria defends her right to the Citadel against Eden Parker. The Archmage started the challenge with a 5.5 - 3 in 9 victory, but Eden was able to recover by ending the second match 5 - 4 in 14. Gloria secured her defense in the end with a 5 - 1.5 in 7 victory in the third and final fight.
Gloria's second defense was against then Keeper of Water and Archmage Tournament Winner Eregor Túr Gairdín. The long and grueling matches, where both Archmage and Keeper found themselves neck and neck throughout, came to an end with a duo of victories in Gloria's favor. The end results were 7 - 5.5 in 11 rounds and 7 - 5.5 in 14 rounds.
Bailey's third challenge came from Archmage Tourament winner and Keeper of Water, Michelle Montoya. Bailey defeated the challenging Keeper in two duels; the first ending with a score of 5 - 3.5 in 10 rounds and the second finishing 5 - 2 in 7 rounds.
Bailey earned his third defense of Archmage by defeating Rachael Blackthorne in two straight, but closely contested matches. The first ending with a score of 5 to 3.5 in 10 rounds and the second ending with a final score of 5 – 4 in 9 rounds, after Rachael had made an incredible comeback from only half a point in round 5 to sudden death in round 8.
Gren Blockman defeats Eden Parker in 3 duels. Eden was victorious in the first of the three matches with the ending score of 6.5-5.5 in 12 but Gren found his strength in the second to take it 5-3 in 7. The third match looked to be in Gren's corner after scoring 4 points to zip, but Eden wouldn't go down without fighting! Eden dragged it to 4-4.5, still in Gren's favor, before the Archmage found herself unable to get past challenger Gren's foul fog. With the end score of 5.5-4 in 11 Gren became the newest Archmage of Twilight Isle.
Eden entered the Summer 2018 Archmage Tournament and faced off against Claire, the only other participant. It was decided that best of three would determine the newest Archmage of Twilight Isle and Eden won both the first and second match with an end score of 5.5 to 4 ( the first being in 8 rounds and the second in 9 ).
Defended against Lilith in three duels. Lilith won the first match by defeating Nayun 5-2 in 6 rounds, but the Archmage countered with two victories of her own after with the end scores of 5-2.5 in 5 and 5-3.5 in 10.
A letter from the Archmage was read before the 2018 Archmage Tournament after the final bell for entry was rung. Archmage Nayun stated she would be unable to defend the title due to injury and retired so that the title could be won by those who entered the tournament.
It took all three matches but John prevailed against Vinny and thusly retains the Celestial Citadel for another cycle. Historic Note: John won the first of the three matches with a perfect shut out against Vinny (5-0 in 5 rounds).