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Uptaten Towers (Lenoire Castle in fan translations) is a tower dungeon in Dragon Quest V. Owned by Count Uptaten and located north-northwest of Roundbeck, it is visited by the Hero and Bianca during the first era of the game, and is haunted.


Story

In order to convince some kids to stop tormenting a great sabrecub in Roundbeck, Bianca drags the hero off to banish the ghosts. The doors are initially rusted shut and the two can't open them, so they infiltrate through a rear door on one of the towers. After crawling past several ghosts lit by flashes of lightning, they encounter the ghost of the Count who once lived here, explaining that everyone was once slain by forces of Nadiria long ago, and their spirits are being tormented by bored undead that have taken residence. He instructs them to obtain a torch from the kitchen in order to navigate through the dark hall to the ringleader, and opens the barred doors.

After retrieving the torch, the two confront the haunted housekeeper, however he opens a trap door that sends them to a cooking pot in the kitchen. After fending off some wax murderers, they make their way back to the housekeeper, who has moved to the balcony. After a tense battle, he surrenders, and vows not to trouble anyone else as they've been disowned by Nadiria. With the spirits free of torment, the Count & Countess thank them, leaving a gold orb as a parting gift, though the significance of this orb is not revealed until much later.

It is implied that it was their possession of the gold orb that invoked the forces of Nadiria to attack, as it could be used to revive Zenithia.

Trivia

  • As most Dragon Quest names, Uptaten Towers is a pun, but it isn't readily apparent until its residents are considered; as it is ruled by a count and saved by the child heroes, it's a play on count[ing] up to ten, which most kids will learn by about four to six years of age. The Count's companion is Miss Count, which may be a play on the word miscount, to count incorrectly.
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