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The Emperor's main throne room on Coruscant.

The Emperor's throne rooms were the private command centers of Emperor Palpatine. They were located in the Imperial Palace on Imperial Center, onboard the Death Stars, Naboo, Byss, Wayland, and all other locations that he might be expected to visit. His favorite throne room was on Coruscant, located a meter higher than the surrounding rooms and overlooking the entire planet.

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Imperial Palace

The Emperor seemed to have two throne rooms on Coruscant, one being for public matters, the other being Palpatine's private and primary chamber. Both rooms appeared in Star Wars: TIE Fighter in various cutscenes, and the one acting as Palpatine's personal chamber also appeared in Vader's Quest, albeit with a slightly altered appearance. Both of them were in the highest tower of the palace, and acted as the Emperor's most important throne rooms, as well as his favorite and most used ones.

The first throne room was a sunken auditorium like a huge crater dug into bedrock. In the audience decks, there were flat stone benches arranged in long arcs, where visitors could come to hear pronouncements from the Emperor himself. The audience could hear everything the Emperor said and the Emperor was likewise able to hear everything said to him from the audience decks. At the pinnacle of the throne room was an angled, prismatic skylight, which poured rays of light onto the Emperor in his seat. And at the bottom, around the tower of the throne, six Royal Guards stood at attention at all times, protecting Palpatine, except when he left the throne room with them or when he ordered them to leave him.

The second throne room was much like many of the Emperor's other throne rooms: a private chamber containing Palpatine, his Royal Guards, and a large window in front of him in his chair. The window gave the Emperor a view of all of Coruscant. When staying in this primary chamber, Palpatine was flanked by at least two Royal Guards. In Vader's Quest, the room was shown with two guards right next to his throne, and two others standing on elevated pedistools also flanking both sides of the throne further out on its platform. The platform where Palpatine, his guards, and his overlooking window were was placed atop a small staircase. In its depiction in TIE Fighter, it was very similar to his throne room in the second Death Star. It was in here where Palpatine promoted his most trusted military commander, Thrawn, to the position of Grand Admiral.

Death Star I

Palpatine battling Galen Marek within the throne room.

The Emperor's throne room on the first Death Star was located in an observation dome at the top of a tower placed directly next to the station's superlaser. The platform served as Palpatine's watchtower in order to view the laser's firing demonstrations. The Emperor's chamber could only be reached through a massive circular doorway with a large metal beam that rotated to unlock the door. In the main chamber, the Emperor's throne was elevated above the floor by a short staircase and flanked by Royal Guards and Senate Guards. There where numerous control consoles below Palpatine's throne and the room was decorated with large statues made of black stone. It was during the Battle on Death Star I, when Galen Marek came to the Death Star to rescue the leaders of the Rebel Alliance, Rahm Kota, Bail Organa, Garm Bel Iblis, and Mon Mothma, that this tower was first seen. Palpatine brought the Alliance leaders here in order to execute them personally (although he implies that he intends to view the execution to the entire galaxy).

After fighting his way through the station, defeating the Shadow Guard and his group of Royal Guards protecting the doorway, and severely injuring Darth Vader in a duel in the tower's carbon-freezing chamber, Galen made it into the chamber and fought Darth Sidious. Sidious and Marek battled with their lightsabers and their use of the force. Marek won the battle, rescuing the Senators. Just as Juno Eclipse arrived in the Rogue Shadow, Palpatine sprung back to life and attacked Kota with Force Lightning. Galen deflected the blast and allowed the rebels to escape by releasing his spirit to the Force. The explosion nearly destroyed the tower. It remains unknown if this tower was ever rebuilt. Palpatine certainly never visited the station again before its destruction.

Death Star II

Palpatine's tower on the second Death Star.

The Emperor's throne room on the second Death Star was on the top of a 100-story tower located on the north pole of the superweapon. It was his command center that had access to all systems on the station. It was also protected by several turbolaser turrets and more shielded than any other part of the station. A circular viewport lined with a web-like framework provided an amazing view for Palpatine, while armrest controls kept him in touch with his countless minions. Barracks for a legion of Royal Guards and various living quarters for his advisors were included at the foot of the tower.

Death Star II tower cutaway.

All entrances to the throne room were lined with security scanners and traps to prevent intruders from coming in, in addition to being guarded by his loyal Royal Guards. There was also a docking rig for his personal shuttle to dock, chambers for receiving guests that bore resemblance to his quarters on Coruscant, a sleep chamber that monitored his health, and a massive holographic map of the galaxy.

The throne room itself was in many ways similar to his throne room in the EmPal SuRecon Center. The tower was intentionally constructed to resemble the central spire on the Jedi Temple. However, while the Jedi Temple spire had four smaller supporting towers, this tower had none, serving as a visual metaphor stating that the Sith stand alone. It would become the site of his death in 4 ABY.

EmPal SuRecon

Palpatine's first throne room was in an upper level of the Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center, built to resemble the Chancellor's holding office. A wide but short burnished staircase bisected the room into two levels, with the upper level replete with long permaplas windows. A pair of the Emperor's Royal Guards were to stand at attention at the staircase's foot. Behind the Guard stations was a table for Palpatine to meet with his Imperial advisors, and behind that table stood his large mechanized throne, integrated with the building's communications and computer systems.

Palpatine moved most of his artwork and statuary (such as the Massassi frieze) from his Republic Executive Building office into this new throne room. Palpatine also had a smaller, private throne room in the center, adjacent to the operating room.

Palpatine's skyhook

Palpatine's skyhook could be treated as a throne room, as it was used only by top Imperial officials at Palpatine's permission. It was a very luxurious place, and contained many of his private artifacts.

Imperial Sanctum

After the Battle of Endor, the throne room was apparently placed in a state of formal mourning—the black drape placed over the throne itself was taken by Mara Jade and used by her as a cloak on her departure from Coruscant. The unavailability of the primary throne room may explain why Sate Pestage tended to use a throne room in the Imperial Sanctum instead, during his brief reign as "Interim Emperor."

This was a far more sparse environment than the more famous throne room, with the throne itself jettied out on a long, blade-like balcony in a vast empty space. The only entrance lay at the far end of the balcony, which Pestage quickly arranged to be guarded by a pair of Royal Guards.

After Pestage's overthrow, the Tribunal governed from the chamber where the Ruling Council had once sat. Subsequently, Director of Intelligence Ysanne Isard used her powers as head of the security apparatus to remove all rivals and seize control of the entire administration, making herself de facto Empress, but she eschewed the formal trappings of power, and her existing office took over the functions of the throne room as a control center and high-level audience chamber. Similarly, Grand Admiral Thrawn would use the secondary command room aboard the Star Destroyer Chimaera.

Emperor's Citadel

The throne room within Palpatine's citadel on Byss appeared to be a semi-circular room with rounded walls and ceiling, with a massive area of the rounded wall occupied by a large circular display-screen, which allowed the throne room to function as a military command center. The throne, also rounded was place in front of the screen. Palpatine used this throne room after his resurrection as a clone in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor. During the commencement of Operation Shadowhand, he would routinely receive visual transmissions from the various battles on the display screen.

It was here that he met with Luke Skywalker after forcibly transporting him to Byss with a Force Storm and successfully turned the Jedi to the Dark Side.

Fel's throne room

Following the Galactic Empire's conquest of Coruscant at the end of the Sith-Imperial War, a throne room was quickly prepared for Emperor Roan Fel. This was a broad chamber, with squat, heavy pillars along either flank, but massive skylights in the roof and vast windows in the end walls opened the space up to the sky and cityscape.

In contrast to earlier throne rooms, the dais was the only large area of open flooring in this space, with steps leading down from the here and from the side walls to a sunken floor in the center of the room, which seems to have been taken up by an ornamental pool. Given that this throne room was functional within a few days of the Imperial conquest of the Jedi Temple, it may have been an existing structure taken over by the conquerors, and although it satisfied the basic architectural requirements of an Imperial throne room, the only detail to define it as such was the throne itself, which rested on repulsorlifts and was not even physically fixed in place.

After Fel's decoy's death, this throne room was immediately taken over by Darth Krayt.

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