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.
In a night of fighting proxies, Mallory and Bailey faced off for the top Magic title and both used their summons to battle instead of stepping into the ring officially themselves. But both crafted magical specimens are powerful and controlled by these respective mages, so it was still quite the show to see! Initially the ring of Olympus was not called upon and Bailey’s summon wished to start things off in a normal ring, where Mallory’s summon wished to start things off in a dance off! It was this first match that after a tight beginning, Mallory appeared to dominate and then closed things out with a score of 5 – 2.5 in 9! Things thing looked to be in Bailey’s favor when Olympus was brought forth and these two fought their way through 12 rounds in the second match with Bailey taking the win with a score of 5 – 2.5, a reversal of the previously won match! But fate would be decided with the third and final match of the evening, where Mallory gained the lead in the third round and never looked back till things were finished with a score of 5 – 3.5 in 8! This sealed the deal for the blood witch and she successfully wrestled the key from Bailey’s impressive reign and signed her name in the book with other Archmages and even the Triple Crowns!
After Mairead Harker won her first Archmage Tournament, it would still be a week and a couple days before she set up a time to face off against Mallory for the Celestial Tower. Mallory decided to start things off in Olympus and since she is expecting Baby Maeda in a couple of months or so, a new summons, Starglass entered the rings to cast against Mairead! It was a match that heavily favored Mallory and Starglass, with Mairead only managing to score two points, one of them with her utilizing the power of the Key to the Tower of Water! It was neat to see all that water, but it was Mallory who won with a final score of 5 to 2 in 7 rounds. The follow up match started off similar to the previous one, but when Mairead doubled up her score in round 5, she focused on scoring to get herself a win. Mallory made her work for it however, as they tied things up at sudden death, 5 to 5 in the 8th round, but it was Mairead’s well timed mage spell, Nether Ray that sealed the deal for her. With the two of them tied one win each, it was on to the third and final match in Olympus! Both casters opened with a trade, leaving no possibility for a shut out here! The slow and steady climb of points continued, and with Mallory being only a half a point away from her first defense in the 5th round, things looked to be in the Bloodwitch’s favor. In the end, Mallory kept Mairead at bay with a final score of 5.5 to 3.5 and continues her reign as Archmage!
With the looming possibility of not only a triple crown but a true lord of the rings hanging over the May 2021 Archmage Tournament it fell upon Anya de la Rose to play spoiler and dash the dreams of breath holding onlookers by defeating Hope Naharis. With that win in hand Anya continued onward with the right and privilege to test her magical prowess against Archmage Mallory Maeda. The two met on the night of Tuesday, May the 18th and out of the gate was Anya in control, besting the Archmage 5.5-1.5 in 7, though soon after did the tables turn as Archmage Maeda countered with a 5.5-3 finish in 8 rounds. The third and final match would take place in Olympus — and poetic as it was that Anya's dreams of achieving the coveted title would be lost in the heavens as Archmage Mallory took the victory with a five round shut out. It should be noted for the histories that challenger de la Rose was wed that night to Ettyn Gedda at the Twilight Pavilion, with the latter taking on Anya's surname.
From a pool of 8 contenders, only one could walk away from the July 2021 Archmage Tournament with the right to challenge standing Archmage Mallory Maeda for the highest title in Duel of Magic. After sweeping the winner's bracket and beating out Mage Emeritus Eden Parker, who even forced a reset in the finals of the tournament, Mairead Harker ultimately came out on top. After a short reprieve to reset and to give new mom Mallory plenty of time as well, Maggie and Mallory met on a pleasant Saturday night under the watchful eyestalks of Tenball to decide the fate of the Celestial Citadel. Olympus served as their battleground and thus, amongst the drifting stars, did the two fight. In the first match, Archmage Maeda took an early lead and held it the entire match, never letting Maggie take the lead before deciding the outcome with an end score of 5.5-3 in 6 rounds. The second match was almost a reversal of the first, with Maggie claiming the first point. It was close in the early rounds before Maggie broke away, only for Mallory to reclaim the lead in round 6. That was the last time Mallory scored in the match, with Maggie notching four unanswered scoring rounds that saw the ultimate outcome end at 5-3.5 in 10 rounds. With one last match to decide it all, the pair opened up with opposing mage spells, giving just the slightest of advantages to Mallory. She climbed all the way to a three point lead before allowing Mairead to score. Then it was Maggie's turn to rack up three points, finally bringing them to even keel in the 8th round. Alas, from there it was all Mallory, with the Archmage scoring the final points needed to secure a third defense during this reign as Archmage. Final score, a grueling 5-3 in 11 rounds
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.
Mart Di'luna, winner of the Novermber 2020 Archmage Tournament, issued challenge to Archmage Bailey. While the first of the three matches started in Marts favor with a 2 - 0 lead, Bailey was able to turn the tide and gain both the lead and the win in the 11th round with a score of 5 - 3.5. In the second match Mart found his footing and within five rounds pushed through with speed to tie the challenge one to one with a 5 - .5 finish against the Archmage. The third and final match looked to be in the challengers favor after he gained 3 points while the Archmage himself held none, yet much like the first match of the night it seemed that Bailey was well prepared to climb out of the hole and did just that after gaining 5 unanswered points in return and took the final match! With a 5 - 3 finish in 8 rounds marking his second victory of the night Bailey Raptis once more defended his right to the Celestial Citadel 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).