Gilgamesh (ギルガメッシュ, Girugamesshu), also known as Gil, is the original main character from the Tower of Druaga series. He is patterned after the Gilgamesh of Sumerian legend.
Prince Gilgamesh is the son of Marduk, the king of Babylim, and he lived in peace with his friend Ki with the divine protection of the Blue Crystal Rod until the Sumer Empire invaded the kingdom. His father died in the invasion, and Gil was enslaved and forced to work in the construction of a large tower to the Sumerians obtain the Blue Crystal Rod. Later, the demon Druaga took over the Tower of Druaga and the Blue Crystal Rod, and now rules over the kingdom. During the time Gil was enslaved, he got hurt and Ki aided him. Without his knowledge, the maiden Ki prayed to Ishtar and she gave her the task to recover the Blue Crystal Rod, but Ki is captured by Druaga in the top of the tower. When Gil discovered what happened, he asked the gods to help him have the power to rescue her, being granted with magic golden armor.
In the game The Tower of Druaga, Gil faces the perils of the tower, and not only must Gil use his sword and shield to navigate through the labyrinthine floors of the tower, he must use his wit and memory to reveal the locations of the treasures contained on each floor, some of which are absolutely necessary for Gil's success. During his adventure, Gil becomes more powerful and he manages to recover the Blue Crystal Rod that was with Succubus, kill the demon Druaga, and rescue Ki.
The game starts in the top of the Tower of Druaga. After saving Ki and obtaining the Blue Crystal Rod, Gil and Ki must find a way to exit the tower, which is now in ruins and filled with monsters.
The The Blue Crystal Rod begins with Gil and Ki leaving the Tower of Druaga, and they talk with Ishtar, who gives them the task of returning the Blue Crystal Rod back to the sky. As the story is affected by the player's decisions, the destiny of Gil and Ki differ. Most of the endings have Gil becoming the king of Babilym
The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon happens three years after Druaga's defeat. Gil and Ki would soon marry, but a evil sorceress named Skulld captured Ki and took her to the ruins of the Tower of Druaga. Gil goes after her but is defeated by Skulld, and she creates a barrier in the area. He awakens in his room and goes after the Chronos Orbs, which is the source of Skulld's powers. After destroying the orbs, Skulld loses her powers and the barrier is gone, allowing Gil to save Ki. However, Ki and Skulld disappear, and he travels to a sanctuary to ask Ishtar what happened. Ishtar explains the reason they disappeared and that the Blue Crystal Rod obtained by him was a fake, and to make Ki return, Gil must return in time and defeat Druaga again, this time obtaining the real Blue Crystal Rod. Gil succeeds and than returns the Blue Crystal Rod to Anu.
Although Gil was absent in the story of The Quest of Ki, he appears in the end of the extra floors with Ki to compliment the player.
Gil is mentioned in Seme COM Dungeon: Drururuaga and can be summoned with the Spell Card #24.
Gil is a playable character in the game Druaga Online: The Story of Aon.
In the crossover Namco × Capcom, Gil and Ki are playable characters as a single unit. Gil attacks at close range and Ki at long distances. They can also use a Multiple Assault with Arthur from the Ghosts 'n Goblins series.
In the Namco Museum Volume 3, the opening scene shows Gil inside the Tower of Druaga, where he opens a treasure chest and is surprised to find Pac-Man inside. He also appears walking in the loading screen and fights against Druaga in the hidden room.
Gil appears in the opening from Namco Museum Volume 4.
In other mediaEdit
In the anime The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk and The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk, Gilgamesh is the hero that defeated Druaga 80 years ago and now rules as a benevolent king. In The Aegis of Uruk, Gilgamesh moved to Meskia and Pazuzu attempted to assassinate him while sleeping, but he survived the attack. In the last episode, Gilgamesh killed his aide Marf. In The Sword of Uruk, it's revealed Gilgamesh was cursed by Druaga with immortality, and during the anime he has an erratic behavior. He slowly becomes a tyrant, and the people revolt against him. Gilgamesh dies and in the last episode his spirit watches his funeral with Ki. Kaaya is his great-granddaughter.
Gil appears in several Gamebooks based on the series.
- Gilgamesh is a title the player can obtain in Tales of Phantasia by obtaining all The Tower of Druaga items present on the game.
- Gil appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a downloadable Mii Fighter costume that became available on February 3rd, 2016. Gil is also one of the Namco characters that appear in Pac-Man's up taunt.