Tower of God (ToG) is written by Slave.In.Utero (SIU) and takes place in a universe called Talse Uzer. Currently, it is the only comic taking part in that universe. However, prequels, sequels, stories that run parallel to the main storyline and alternate timelines are all possible within the Talse Uzer universe. The story takes place within the 'Tower' an immense structure or enclosed space, divided into different regions as well as over one hundred Floors each of which is immense in scale to the point where picturing the scale of the Tower becomes almost impossible.
Those who have been chosen to scale the Inner Tower are known as Regulars and occasionally someone who is not chosen will enter the Tower; they are known as Irregulars. The Regulars and Irregulars attempt to scale the Tower, passing various Tests in order to reach the top and become Rankers. Floors become more dangerous as they go up, populated with strange creatures, Guardians and the mysterious force known as shinsu.
Tower of God - Overview
Within Tower of God, the author SIU has demonstrated a willingness to pursue often dark or negative emotional elements in order to convey a richer, more involving story - which, while alleviated by humorous characters or events and sometimes told tongue in cheek, often delves into a subtle, sombre examination of many of the different motives of those involved. The result is a more sophisticated experience than delivered by most Shōnen, more towards a matured and serious tone found in many Seinen or Josei works (for those aware of the Japanese counterparts), combined with clever twists and manipulations within the storyline itself.
Tower of God features competing themes, one of the key themes identified so far is the importance of trust and friendship, emphasising the importance of communal relations and achievements which competes against individual loyalties, sometimes conflicting or competing motivations and the understanding that not everyone will be able to move on, there are always going to be some who fail - that a 'happy ending' may well be unreachable.
And all these count as the finer aspects of Asian storytelling where there is often no good or bad. There is only grey morality and only the consequences of one's actions. There are no heroes or heroines in the stereotypical sense and only people seeking to fulfill their ambitions. Sometimes, the heroes or heroines will display traits considered villain-like or take certain actions which are considered 'good' by someone but some of the impact might directly or indirectly cause suffering, hurt, death or other kinds of negative consequences.
Tower of God Volume I - Korean Raw/English Scanlation Status: Complete
Wanting to see the stars, Rachel enters the Tower leaving Baam alone; however, he follows her and tries to scale the Tower to find her. On his journey, he meets friends such as Khun and Rak and must face obstacles far beyond his own skill to overcome, as he attempts to climb to the Floors above. To do so he must rely on his more capable friends to help him advance so that he can find and protect Rachel.
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 1
Tower of God Volume II - Korean Raw/English Scanlation Status: Ongoing
Five years have passed since the first season ended, as always there are those who seek to move upwards within the Tower. On the Twentieth Floor, far above the tragic scenes of the past, we meet one such group of people struggling to advance as they encounter a menacing trial in the form of a powerful criminal. Running out of options, how will they choose to gamble?
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 2 - The Return of the Prince
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 2 - The Prince of Zahard
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 2 - The Workshop Battle
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 2 - The Hell Train
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 2 - The Last Station
Tower of God Volume III
- Main article: Tower of God: Part 3
Tower of God is officially published in Korean on Naver.com every Sunday and in English on LINE on Mondays. Before the arrival of LINE, the scanlation project to convert this into English was done by The Company and was usually released several days later, depending on the amount of work involved in the release.
The comic itself was previously published in black and white before SIU was approached by Naver. According to SIU, these are the characters who appeared back then: Baam, Anak, Yuri, Evan, Khun, Rak, Ho, Hong Chunhwa and Sunwoo Nare.
SIU has also created some non-canon works related to Tower of God. Since they're not canon, any and all "new information" regarding Tower of God is likely for fun and shouldn't be taken seriously.
Below are the ones discovered so far:
- Tower of God School (English version available)
- Maple Story x Tower of God crossover (English version available, created for 9th Anniversary of Maplestory)
- (Raw) Rough English Transcript
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- Structure of the Tower - The very layout of the setting: Inner, Middle, and Outer.
- Floors - The core components of the Tower.
- Tests - To determine if individuals progress to further testing or advance to the next Floor.
- Guardians - The god-like entities that watch over each Floor for as long as anyone can remember.
- Shinsu - A substitute for oxygen and water, it can be controlled and manipulated enabling extraordinary feats.
- Shinsu Resistance - The level of shinsu density or viscosity one can resist.
- Characters - The cast of the series.
- Regulars / Irregulars - Beings able to climb the Tower and become Rankers.
- Rankers - Beings who have scaled the Tower to the 'top' of the explored region.
- Rulers - The people in charge of each Floor.
- Test Director - Oversees the grades and probably test procedures and so on.
- Test Admin - Oversees each test.
- Positions - The basic function of individual roles within a team.
- Ranking and Grading - How the abilities of individuals, as well as items and weapons, are measured.
- Zahard Empire - The main government of the inhabited part of the Tower, highly influential and conservative.
- FUG - A criminal group about whom little is known and, unlike the Wing Tree, they explicitly oppose the Zahard Empire.
- Wolhaiksong (aka Wing Tree) - A powerful group of individuals who seek to find a way out of the Tower.
Items of Note
- Lighthouse - A modified pocket with enhanced computational and communication abilities.
- Observer - A modified ball used like a floating camera by scouts.
- Pocket - A multi purpose utility everyone has - time keeper, translator, communicator and more.
- Arms Inventory - Provides a storage and retrieval mechanism for weaponry. Note that there are also specialised inventories for different positions, such as reel inventories for Fishermen, that also exist.
- Ignition Weapon - Special weapons that can release more power or even alter shape once activated.
- Compression Weapon - A special type of ignition weapons which increase in size and mass.
- Armour Inventory - Provides a protective defence.
- 13 Month Series - A unique set of ignition weapons, exclusive to Princesses.
- Carrier - A multi-purpose device used by Fishermen to provide new capabilities including those of other positions.
- Opera - A powerful Lighthouse, which vastly improves the capabilities of a Light Bearer.