The Tower of the Sacred Flame is a walled-off palace in Gongmen City that is heavily protected by four watchtowers, cannons, and countless guards. It is the ancestral home of the Peacock clan, whose descendant and heir to its throne, Lord Shen, forcibly took over the palace after being banished in Kung Fu Panda 2.
The tower itself can be seen from miles away as it stands at ten stories tall, eight of those being a round and open atrium. At the very top sits the throne room.
The tower is first shown as the training ground of Masters Storming Ox and Croc, who were under the watchful eye of their Master, Thundering Rhino. But this idyllic scene was interrupted when Lord Shen returned. He battled and imprisoned Masters Ox and Croc, and used his cannon to murder Master Rhino. Lord Shen took over the tower and used it as his headquarters. He destroyed his father's throne and set up one of his prized cannons where it used to be. The Soothsayer demonstrated to Shen that his destiny had not changed in the top of the tower.
Later, Lord Shen and Po battled in the tower's throne room, ultimately resulting in the destruction of the cannon. However, Shen escaped and fired all his backup cannons at the tower in an attempt to stop Po and the Five. They escaped, but the tower was destroyed by Shen's cannons, collapsing into the city. Only the tower grounds remain.
The Soothsayer later argued with Shen over whether or not destroying his old home will make him happy.
It is presumed the city was placed back under the stewardship of the Kung Fu Council, including the tower grounds. It is unknown, however, if the tower was ever rebuilt or if the grounds are still used as training grounds.
Design and ArchitectureEdit
The inside of the tower consists of many flights of stairs. At the very top sits the throne room. In the throne room there is the throne and four tapestries in back of the throne.
The walls are mostly windows and a balcony at the top. On the roof each side has a carved peacock. At the bottom and the top are bigger than the others. The others are rounded. The walls that surround the tower have four watch towers.
- According to art director Tang Kheng Heng, the tower was inspired by two of the Four Great Towers of China: the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, and the Pavilion of Prince Teng in Jiangxi.
- The four watchtowers guarding the palace are said to slightly differentiate itself from the others by representing one of the four seasons in its ornamentation.
- There are exactly 629 steps that lead to the top of the tower.
- It is said by Shen that there are two peacock carvings on the front door of the palace.