At the center of the lake of lava within the volcano stands the
Tower of Fire. It looks much like any other stand-alone tower:
60' tall, 50' wide at the base and 30' at the top, complete with
windows, battlements, and large double doors made of solid brass.
It is not made from stone, however, but solid, living, flame. Only
creatures immune to the ravages of heat and fire can even hope to
approach the tower, but only the Keeper of Fire may open the doors,
and only with the proper key, which is made from brass and set with
a fire opal of rare beauty.
Keeper of Fire Powers
The Key of Fire grants wondrous powers to the Keeper of Fire, the most
important powers being a total immunity to heat and fire and the ability
to enter the Tower of Fire. Flames may be created, controlled and doused
at will, anything from a simple candle flame to a raging inferno. The color
of flames are also under the Keeper's control. Fire elementals may be summoned
and banished at will, and any fire elemental or fire spirit encountered will
obey the keeper's commands. Only free spirits or those of unique power can
retain their own will. Also, other fire-dwelling creatures recognize the Keeper
and will not attack him. The Keeper may also transform himself into a being of
fire and back to his normal form at will.
On the downside, water elementals and water spirits will recognize the Keeper
of Fire who what he is. They may not attack on sight, but their attitude will
be hostile at best, and belligerent at worst. Also, any water-based attacks
which penetrate the Keeper's defenses will do increased damage. Water is not
necessarily harmful to the Keeper (as it would make drinking and bathing a tad
difficult) but exposure to water will dim his Keeper powers, while submersion
in water will drain them altogether.
Keeper of Fire Unique Ring - Tartarus
The grounds within the ring shake, splitting open and allowing the blackened,
craggy levels of Tartarus to grind into place. Seemingly self-contained fires
are prevalent throughout the ring, as are small rivers of magma circling around
the rising levels of black, smoldering columns and platforms that make up the
terrain the Keeper and his/her opponent must utilize for cover, attack, and
defense. The topmost platform is the largest by far, and would seem to accommodate
the most conventional styles of combat.
The Key awaited the winner of the Spring 2021 All Ranks Tournament and 12 entrants showed up forcing the popular tournament to go to a single elimination to keep things from running to long and our casters energies up! Rachael was seeded 4th of the total 12, matching up with Bailey Raptis who had just been bested the night prior by Anya de la Rose for the Tower of Earth. The Professor took the lead and win with a final score of 5 to 3.5 in 9 rounds, allowing her to the second round and in turn facing another former keeper of Water (as Bailey had once held that Tower for a year’s span of time), Michelle Montoya. The two had a closely contested match, but it was Rachael who took the win with an impressive score of 6.5 to 5 in 13 rounds. Round three brought on Ebon Ilnaren where Rachael scored the lead early on (4 to 1 in 4), but Ebon dug in deep and looked to be closing the gap before a pair of Fear Touches from both casters sealed Rachael’s third win of the night with a score of 5 to 4 in 8. All that stood in Rachael’s path was Haru Jeong, a friendly and infernal caster who had just the previous week placed second in the Archmage Tournament. Things looked to be in Haru’s favor as he took full point lead in round 5, but by round 7 Rachael was making a steady climb ahead and for the win to seal her win of the Spring All Ranks Tournament and took hold of the key to the Tower of Fire! The waiting had certainly filled.
The first challenger to Rachael's reign as Keeper of Fire came from Haru Jeong. Tartarus would be the ring of the evening and its fiery depths would be where both challenger and Keeper met! At the start of the first match it would be Rachael who saw an early lead of two points in the opening set of rounds, though Haru soon cut that lead in half in the third. The fourth round saw Rachael gaining yet another point but so too did Haru with their trade of spells! Possibly through the confusion of their traded blasts in that very round was Haru able to strike the Keeper once more to tie the match in the fifth. They traded once more soon after, yet Rachael's focus overpowered her opponent and saw her gain an advantage — and soon after the victory in the last round of the first match as she drew on the power of her element and erupted with the force of fire; ending the match 5.5 to 4 in 7 rounds. The second match then begun and Haru brought forth his own elemental fury (this in the form of the Keepers Blessing won from the Archmage Tournament where he had won second place). With the opening round of the second match in his favor, Haru was able to extend his lead well into the third round by three points while Rachael only had one to her name (due to a trade of magebolts in the third). Haru's lead extended the round after by half a point... and either by frustration or deep calculation did the Keeper unleashed the inferno once more — yet Haru, possibly expecting the spell, blasted forth a nether ray so that they would trade; a trade well done in his favor. Yet this trade would herald the Keepers return. Rachael, with two focused spells, was able to bring the match to 5.5 - 5, and while Haru still kept that small lead, it would only be for one more round before Rachael overtook it and then soon after did she take the match. 8 - 6.5 in Rachael's favor would be the final score that cemented her first defense.
Rachael's second challenge came from Karma Armstrong in a bid to unify the Keepers Key of Fire and the FireStar opal together within the inferno. One challenge led to another, with Rachael issuing challenge for FireStar within the very same day; yet the first of the two challenges would be on Twilight Isle. The first match within Tartarus saw the Keeper defend her title with a 5 - 1 victory in 6 rounds, while the challenger shot back in the second to tie the challenge with a 5.5 - 1.5 win in 7 rounds. The challenge would come down to the third and final match. A match won by a strong lead seemed to be the trend tonight in the prior two rounds and the third would be no exception as Rachael defended the Tower of Fire with a final 5 - 1 in 7 round win!
PyroMaster Rachael Blackthorne’s next challenge came from her nephew, Haru Jeong. Their family and friends were out in force to cheer them on as they squared off in Tartarus. The pair got straight to business with Max Lager officiating what might have been one of the quickest challenge matches in the Isle’s history! Both matches went a total of 14 rounds in twenty minutes! Rachael Blackthorne def. Haru Jeong, 5 - 3 in 9 rounds. Rachael Blackthorne def. Haru Jeong, 5 - 2.5 in 5 rounds. — Contributed by Mairead Harker.
The first match that made up the Tower of Fire challenge between Keeper Regina and challenger Mart would have many betters sitting confident in a possible defense. With the Keeper taking the win 5.5 - 3.5 in 11 being the early indicator, the second and third match of the night proved that the process of Keeper challenges within the sport of Magic is a race — not a sprint. The second match saw Mart quickly gaining his first win of the night with an almost shut out in 5 rounds; though 5 - .5 is nonetheless impressive; even more so when it heralded his claim to the Tower of Fire after he secured his challenge victory in the third and final match of the night with an end score of 5 - 2.5 in 7 rounds.
Due to inactivity Mart was stripped of his right to the Tower of Fire.
Mart Di'luna was stripped of the Title of Keeper of Fire by virtue of not dueling since 10-20-2020, yet with Kira Adia's challenge in the wings it was set that Jaycy, the then Keeper of Air, would act as the Champion of Fire. While Kira started the three part challenge strong to take the first match, she was unable to overcome Champion Jaycy's onslaught in the second and third — and with no Keeper of Fire in place the Tower would go dormant for a time as it waits for its future Keeper to be named in the Spring All Ranks tournament.
The one word best used to describe this challenge would be「 Control 」. It would be Regina who held control of the first of three matches as, round after round, she held strong and extended her lead until gaining the first win of the night with a 6 - 3 in 7 finish. The second match saw control shift to Eden as the Keeper's quick thinking saw her with a clear three point to zero lead in the first three rounds. While Regina was able to get on the board, it wasn't enough to truly dent Eden's lead as the Keeper of Fire gained match point in the 7th round and then the win in the 8th with a 5.5 - 2 in 8 win in her favor. The third and final match saw Regina take the reins and, once again, control of the challenge. With only one round of the six being one without her scoring, Regina saw fit to make sure that Eden saw no gain without loss in the third and final match as each score put on the board was either in Regina's favor or a trade between the two fighters. With the third and final match in her favor it would be Regina who stood triumphant in the end and became the newest Keeper of Fire.
With Keepers Blessing (or Peepers Blessing as she likes to call it) in hand Eden challenged Mallory for the Tower of Fire! The challenge itself was an explosive display of magic, and fireworks, as the former Archmage faced off against Keeper Maeda! Eden's magical prowess was on full display as she skillfully fought against the Keeper to take both the first and second match! With her victory Eden gains her first ever elemental keeper title in the sport of Magic! The end score of both matches were: 5-1 in 6, and 5-2.5 in 7.
It wouldn't be the Cycle of Fire without the Tower of Fire being contested. Bellamere set his sights on the fiery Tower in his second attempt at a title — and much like the first did he have the upper hand when it came to the opening match by besting Eden 5.5 - 2 in 7. This did not seem to deter the Keeper as she quickly, and quite soundly, came back in the second match by defeating her opponent 5 - 1 in 6 — a score which returned in the third, though in 8 rounds compared to 6. With two victories from within the elemental ring of Tartarus did Eden Parker defend her right to the Tower of Fire and continue on as its keeper!
As the Cycle of Fire drew to a close it would seem that Eden would not go without another challenge — this time from Haru Jeong; yet it would not be until week one of the new Cycle of Earth that they fought. Eden dominated much of the two matches with Haru only gaining the lead twice; once in each of the matches. With Eden's victory in the first with an end score of 5 - 3 in 6 she decided to draw forth the power of Tartarus so that the second and last match could be fought within the vaunted keepers ring. The match in Tartarus would last 8 rounds with the aforementioned winner securing victory with a score of 5 - 3.
In the fiery depths of Tartarus Mallory would gain her first defense against challenger Jaycy Ashleana. In two duels the Keeper won the first of her matches with an impressive 5 - 2 in 8 win, though it was the second match where Mallory found harder to keep her footing to start — yet in the end she was able to push back a sudden death score of 6 - 6 and reach a 7 - 6 finish in 14.
Unable to defend his title against challenger Rachael Blackthorne, Phil decides to retire as the Keeper of Fire. Xanth van Bokkelen, the then Keeper of Air, acted as champion in Phil's place and defeated Rachael in two duels: 5 - 2 in 7 rounds and 5 - 4 in 10 rounds.