|Tower of Sauron|
|Faction|| The Black Captains|
|Voice actor||J. B. Blanc|
|Appearances||Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor|
The Tower of Sauron is the secondary antagonist of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. He was one of Sauron's Black Captains and was responsible, partly, for the murder of Talion and his family during the retaking of Mordor by the Dark Forces.
Not much is known about the Tower's past. His first appearance happened in the 2014 video game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, where he is seen at the Black Gate helping his fellow Black Captains, the Black Hand and the Hammer, holding the game's main protagonist, Talion, and his family hostage. He demands that Talion drop his sword, which he does, but the Hammer knocks Talion down from behind. The Tower demanded that Talion be brought to the Black Hand alive. When Talion regains consciousness, the Tower is seen holding him down whilst the Black Hand slits the throats of his wife, Ioreth, and his son, Dirhael, and finally, Talion himself.
During an assault on the Sea of Nurnen, the Tower captures the female warrior, Lithariel. The Tower orders his Uruks to hang her high, so Talion would see her body, but when he leaves, Lithariel escapes with the aid of Talion.
At another assault, at Ered Glamhoth, the Tower is shown sitting inside his fortress, Telling Talion and Celebrimbor, the maker of the Rings of Power now in a spiritual form linked with Talion, telling Celebrimbor to leave Talion's body and return to the command of the Black Hand. He tells Talion that Celebrimbor chose Talion as his vessel to act his revenge on Sauron and his armies, and that he could release Talion at any time. Talion then draws his sword, to which the Tower stands up and teleports away, and creates several different versions of himself. Talion then would have to brand 3 of them, causing the Tower to return to his throne, using his magic to take the form of Talion's wife, Ioreth. When Talion approaches him, the Tower attempts to brand Talion, telling him that he would never see his family again. After overpowering the Tower's Magic, Talion stabs the Tower, causing him to fall down. In rage, Talion proceeds to stab the Tower more with his half sword, then uses his whole sword to stab the Tower in the head, killing him.
As his name suggests, the Tower is of great stature, towering over most men including his fellow Black Captains. He is also the most grotesque and tortured looking of all the Black Captains. His skin is deathly gray and his lips are either rotting away or being stretched apart. His mouth resembles that of the Mouth of Sauron, though disformed to a greater degree. He is bald and has piercing blue eyes. His armor is fused to his skin and does not grow with him, causing excruciating agony. He has a metal apparatus on his mouth, preventing it from closing, possibly contributing to its deformity. He has four swords impaled in his back, the two on the end adorned with two banners made from the faces of slain enemies. He has a headdress that seems to be implanted into his head.
The Tower is a representation of the cruelty and pain of Sauron. He is shown as a cruel and merciless character. It is thought that the source of his ceaseless cruelty is the pain his armor inflicts on him. It is also possible that it has reached the point that it effects him no longer, making him an associate to pain and finding pleasure in the pain of others. His voice has a low and calm tone that automatically betrays his true nature, he does occasionally raise his voice in anger when the need arises.
Skills and Abilities Edit
The Tower can drain his foes, is capable of teleportation, and is a master of illusions. He can also generate clones of himself; they could either be animate or hallucinatory as it isn't explained in the game. He is also extremely strong, as when Talion fails to brand him, he keeps punching Talion enough to disable him and brand him.