The Fortress of Light is a sacred temple found in Magix.
The sacred temple of the Fortress of Light hangs above Lake Roccaluce in non-space (nobody knows its exact location) on a huge rocky mountain immersed in the clouds. The Fortress can only be reached by travelling through dimensions; something that requires those seeking to go there to be very well versed in magic.
The temple maintains a stately and imposing appearance with its magnificent exterior walls. It also holds a large purification cell inside for those who have committed serious crimes, which seeks to prime the prisoners into redemption, rather than punishing them for the extent of their crimes. Also, when prisoners reach the right spiritual level, they may cross the threshold without encountering any obstacles as long as they no longer pose a threat.
The Knights of the Fortress of Light also live here as the guardians of the temple. They are required to study Wu-Gong, which is an ancient martial art that leads to the development of very highly qualified warriors. Proficient use of Wu-Gong can allow for the Fortress Knights to be immune to poisons, magic up to a certain level, and incapable of feeling cold or heat.
The Fortress of Light has several radio programs including the Lightrock Weather Station, an hourly news segment called Hope Conquers All, and a music program.
Templars, Knights and Monks
The templars, knights and monks of the Fortress of Light all have similar roles: protecting the Fortress of Light and monitoring its prisoners. While templars and knights are usually sent out to deal with dimensional threats like Lord Darkar, the monks of the Fortress keep watch over any prisoners being held there to oversee their rehabilitation, like in the case of the Trix in Season 2.
Faragonda once stated that the Lord of the Knights and his knights should never be involved in the fight between light against darkness.
Known Templars and Knights
The Fortress of Light also houses a council of ancient wizards who are responsible for overseeing the affairs of all the realms within the Magic Dimension. While there is no mention of them in the animated series, they play an important role in the comics, as they hold authority over the headmasters of Magix's three schools and even have the ability to fire them or appoint other headmasters if need be.
There are one hundred members of the Council as revealed in Issue 29 by the vote held, and they are headed by one much older and wiser wizard among them. They can also act as a large-scale judicial system that decides the fates of apprehended villains who have posed a threat to the Magic Dimension and anyone suspected of being an accomplice to said threat, like in the case of Headmistress Griffin in Issue 35.
- Head of the Council
- Former Councilman Neruman
- Former Councilman Balazar
- Councilman Givelian
- Councilman Yerka
- Councilman Ibnakasir
The Lord of the Templars is the one who defeated Darkar shortly after the destruction of Domino, sentencing him to a seventeen year-long slumber of which he awoke in the beginning of Season 2. According to the official Winx Club website, he and his knights helped the Company of Light fight the Ancestral Witches.
Th Knight-Monks of the Fortress of Light are seen in "The Witches' Downfall". They escort Trix through the portal to take them on a purafication retreat in the Lake Roccaluce.
When Valtor lost all the spells he stole towards the end of Season 3, the Trix left him and tried to flee, but were captured again by the Knight-Monks of the Fortress of Light, who predicted to the Winx that they will have to face the Trix again one day.
Centuries ago, one of the members of the Fortress of Light Council, a wizard known as Neruman, began dabbling in dark magic in secret. Despite being a brilliant scholar compared to his peers, Neruman's fellow Councilmen slowly began to oppose him and, just as he was moments away from mastering his strongest spell, his fellow Councilmen discovered his dark works. As a result, the Councilmen stripped Neruman of his status and threw him into exile, during which, he eventually found the perfect place to pick his research back up in the Dark Dimension.
Shortly after Neruman had been banished from the Fortress of Light, his closest ally, another Councilman named Balazar, was found to be working with Neruman in his dark practices. Balazar managed to evade capture and eventually followed his master into the Dark Dimension to help him regain his former body.
- The Knights of Roccaluce are responsible for punishing the criminals of the Magic Dimension and it is assumed that they have a very high level of authority throughout the Magic Dimension. They are also in charge of the Omega Dimension.
- The Fortress of Light knights and monks might have been inspired by:
- Shaolin Monks, who are Chan Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Monastery in China. The warrior monks' martial art, Wu-Gong, is a reference to Kung Fu, which is the name given to Chinese martial arts, and of which a form, called Shaolin Kung Fu, was developed by the Shaolin Monks.
- The Jedi from Star Wars, who formed an order of warrior-monks and acted as the guardians of peace and justice in the Galactic Republic. Similarly, the knights and monks of the Fortress of Light maintain balance in the Magic Dimension.