ToG is written by Slave In Utero (SIU) and takes place in a universe called Talse Uzer Story (TUS). Currently it is the only comic taking part in that universe. However prequels, sequels, stories that run parallel to the main storyline and alternate time lines are all possible within the TUS universe. The story takes place within the 'Tower' an immense structure or enclosed space, divided into different regions as well as over one hundred floor 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 Shinsoo.
ToG - Spoiler-free OverviewEdit
Within ToG, 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 humourous 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 Shounen, 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.
ToG 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 gray morality and only the consequences of one's actions. There are no heroes or heroines in the stereotypical sense and only, people seeking to fullfil their ambitions. Sometimes, the heroes or heroines will display traits considered villainish or take certain actions which are considered 'good' by someone but some of the impact might directly or indirectly cause suffering, hurt, deaths or other kind of negative consequences.
ToG Season 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 tower to find her. On his journey he meets friends such as Agero 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. More...
ToG Season II - Korean Raw/English Scanlation Status: Ongoing (usually weekly releases)
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?
ToG is published in Korean on Naver.com usually on Mondays; while the scanlation project to convert this into English is done by The Company and usually is 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.com. According to SIU in Ch 46, these are the characters who appeared back then: Baam, Anak, Yuri, Evan, Koon, Rak, Ho, Hong Chunhwa and Sunwoo Nare.
SIU has also created some non-canon works related to TOG. Since they're not canon, any and all "new information" regarding TOG 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 TOG crossover (English version available, created for 9th Anniversary of Maplestory)
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Structure of the Tower - The very layout of the setting, Inner, Middle, and Outer.
Floors - The components of the Tower: only each floor in the Outer Tower is the size of America.
- Guardians - The God-like entities that watch over each floor - since the start of time.
- Tests - To determine if individuals progress to further testing or advance to the next floor.
- Test Admin - Oversees each test.
- Test Director - Oversees the grades and probably, test procedures and so on.
Shinsoo - A substitute for oxygen and water, and can be controlled and manipulated allowing extraordinary feats.
Shinsoo Resistance - The level of Shinsoo density or viscosity you can resist.
List of Characters - The cast of the series.
Rankers - Beings who have scaled the Tower to the 'top' of the explored region.
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.
Dominant Parties of The Tower - An overview of the three major organisations, Zahard, Wing Tree and FUG
Zahard Empire - The main government of the inhabited part of the tower, highly influential and conservative.
- The Princesses - The selected "daughters" of Zahard, granted a strong power and great influence.
- 10 Great Families - The clans involved in founding and administering the Zahard Empire, highly influential.
Walhaiksong (aka Wing Tree) - A powerful group of individuals who seek to find a way out of the tower.
FUG - A criminal group about whom little is known, unlike the Wing Tree, they oppose the Zahard Empire.
Items of NoteEdit
Pocket - A multi purpose utility everyone has - time keeper, translator, communicator and more.
Lighthouse - A modified pocket with enhanced computational and communication abilities.
Observer - A modified ball used like a floating camera by scouts.
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 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.
Armor inventory - So far not much is known about this aspect.
13 Month Series - A unique set of ignition weapons, exclusive to Princesses, all A-Grade level or higher.
Carrier - A multi purpose device used by Fishermen to provide new capabilities including those of other positions.
Opera - A powerful lighthouse utility, vastly improving the capabilities of a Light Bearer.