|Tower of Conviction|
|Romanized Name:||Danzai no Tō|
|English Name:||Tower of Conviction|
|Manga Debut:||Episode 135
Tower of Shadow (1)
|Anime Debut:||(2016 Anime)
Tower of Conviction
The Tower of Conviction is tied to the legend of Gaiseric as he imprisoned the holy man whose prayers for his punishment at the hands of God were answered. The tower has since become a symbol of judgment by the Holy See Religious Order as the city of St. Albion was built around it. For over the millennia, the tower cast a great shadow down on the inhabitants of the city which became a site of daily persecutions with the lower class living in tents outside the city and either dying of torture or from starvation and plague. This gradual built-up of these countless restless spirits made the tower a suitable place to conduct an Incarnation Ceremony.
The preparations began after the God Hand find an agent to make the needed chain of events happen while instilling dreams of White Hawk's coming prior to Conrad starting a plague in Midland that coincided with the Kushan invasion to force a majority of Midlanders to take refugee in the already crowded St. Albion. This results in the city's priesthood being flayed alive by a cult of crazed, drug-addicted cannibals who hold orgies in a nearby cave in of their "Fire Goddess," forcing the Holy See to sent their high inquisitor Mozgus to restore order in St. Albion with Farnese de Vandimion and her Holy Iron Chain Knights to serve under him.
However, when Guts to find Casca before Mogzus stumbles upon her and perceived her a witch from her Brand of Sacrifice, the inquisitor unknowingly started the incarnation ritual with the restless spirits stirred by Casca and Guts's presence to manifest through blood in the torture chamber and corpses from the mass graves in the city outskirts to consume all life within their grasp. as the spirits partially collapse the tower, Mozgus believed their attack to be Casca's doing and attempted to burn her at the stake before Guts save the girl while killing him. At the same time, after swallowing the Demon Child, the Egg-Shaped Apostle reaches the top of the tower and beckons the spirits to cover the tower while completing the ritual so Griffith could be reconstituted.
Once the ritual ran its course, the tower completely collapsed with those living who attempted to find refuge while evading the spirits crushed to death under the debris. Only Guts, Casca, Puck, Farnese, Serpico, Isidro, Jerome, Luca, Nina, Joachim, Azan, and those were not completely devoted to the Holy See were able to survive compared to those with strong faith in their religious beliefs.
- The Tower of Conviction was likely inspired by the real-life Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, better known as the "Tower of the Inquisition". The Alcázar was used as one of the primary headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition in 1482, where it also had several functional prisons, torture chambers and devices.