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Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

"Well, at the Khan's court in Peking, I have seen Buddhist monks make cups of wine fly through the air unaided and offer themselves to the Great Khan's lips. I do not understand it, but I have seen it!"
Marco Polo" -

The Imperial Palace in Peking was the main seat of Kublai Khan's empire. A banquet for an important guest may draw six thousand guests in attendance. In the summer, the Khan's court moved to his Summer Palace in Shang-Tu.

In the summer of 1289, the Khan prematurely moved his court from Shang-tu to Peking when news came that Khan Noghai had encamped his army at Karakorum, 600 miles from Shang-Tu. Peace talks were still to commence but Noghai's emissary made an unsuccessful attempt on Kublai Khan's life as Noghai's army marched on Peking.

That same year, the Doctor's TARDIS was sent to the palace in Peking as a gift by Marco Polo, who was hoping to bargain for his freedom to travel home to Venice. The Doctor spent much of his time there playing backgammon with the Khan to win back his Tardis. (DW: Marco Polo)


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Final Fantasy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Final Fantasy Wiki

The Imperial Palace.

The Imperial Palace is a castle in the game Final Fantasy VI. It is located in the city of Vector, and it is where Gestahl reigns his Empire from. As such, it is heavily guarded, and most trespassers are subject to humiliation by the Guardian if they try to enter. However, once Vector was destroyed by a gang of Espers, Gestahl allowed the Returners to enter the palace and have a banquet with him. There, he asked the Returners to talk to all the soldiers around the palace. He also asked the Returners to send a peace offering to the Espers, which was later revealed to be a fraud.

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Monster formations


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Imperial Palace
General information
Destroyed

27 ABY (possibly reconstructed later)

Location

Palace District, Coruscant

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Affiliation

The Imperial Palace was a building located in the Palace District on Coruscant.

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History

The Imperial Palace was originally called the Presidential Palace or the Palace of the Republic when it was used by the President of the Galactic Republic and as a complex of offices for its Senate.

It was included on the list of the Twenty Wonders of the Galaxy by the historian Vicendi in 10,000 BBY.[1]

Darth Vader kneels before the Emperor within the interior of the Imperial Palace.

The Imperial Palace was the residence of Emperor Palpatine during his reign over the Galactic Empire. He drastically rebuilt the Palace into a massive complex that became the tallest building on Coruscant.

When the New Republic took Coruscant, the Palace was shelled by New Republic forces. New Republic loyalists broke into the Palace, looting it and killing any officials or functionaries affiliated with the Galactic Empire.

Afterwards, the Palace was made the residence of the Chief of State, as well as the main governmental building. The New Republic attempted to change its name to the Capitol, Republic House, or its former title of Presidential Palace. Those names were rarely if ever used, even in official documents.

The Imperial Palace was destroyed during the Fall of Coruscant. With the Palace under siege, Borsk Fey'lya detonated a suicide bomb in his office. The resulting explosion killed Fey'lya and 25,000 Yuuzhan Vong warriors, and much of the Palace was destroyed. Supreme Overlord Shimrra would later locate his citadel near the remains of the Palace.

Although it was damaged, the palace survived the Yuuzhan Vong War.[1] By 130 ABY, Roan Fel's Coruscant throne room was located in a pyramidal structure similar in appearance to the old Palace; presumably, if not a rebuilt Imperial Palace, the new building was constructed to resemble it.

Structure and features

Imperial Palace looked like a hybrid of a cathedral and a monumental pyramid, and bore much resemblance to a Sith Temple. Palpatine's redesigned palace had a total height of three kilometers, making it the tallest building on Coruscant. Beneath the structure of the Palace were a series of chambers that held the Imperial Information Center. There was also a facility used to train Emperor's Hands.

The Palace was made of polished gray-green rock and mirrored crystals. Even at night, the Palace never grew dark since blazing illumination from phosphorescent panels, glowspheres, and electroluminescence strips kept the structure in a shower of blazing light. The Palpatine Gardens were located on the grounds of the Palace.

The Grand Corridor, its centerpiece, featured high ceilings and cutglass windows. Designed by the Emperor himself, it was said to have open areas large enough to accommodate a Victory-class Star Destroyer.

The Palace by night.

Lining the main chamber were Ch'hala trees, which would continuously change color at sound vibrations. These trees were part of a spy system used by Emperor Palpatine, and later, Grand Admiral Thrawn, known as Delta Source. Above the Grand Corridor were cafes situated on balconies with a view of the busy streets below.

The Imperial Palace had its own Senate Chamber that resembled the old Senate Building. It had six hundred, six-person repulsorlift booths outlined in crimson upholstry.

All of the residential floors of the Palace contained extensive libraries. Guests were housed within the President's Guests floor, which had previously been part of the Palace of the Republic that had been absorbed by the larger Palace structure. The Guest Floor was done in hand carved Fijisi wood.

During the New Republic era, the quarters of the Chief of State were located deep within the Palace core, and its "windows" were actually holographic screens, showing panoramic views taken by cameras outside. In 26 ABY, Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker lived in an apartment in the Palace.

The Palace contained over twenty thousand rooms and chambers in fifty connected structures. The people who worked there were expected to have a comlink at all times, because it was so easy to get lost. There were multiple tales of people getting lost in the Palace and never being seen again, and at least one, Frona Zeffla, died at her desk and was not found for at least one standard year.

It is possible that Palpatine or other high-ranking Imperials covered up unofficial executions as similar disappearances, but those theories were never confirmed. Emperor Palpatine was also said to have encouraged children of workers to play Hunter, a hide and seek like game, while their parents were working. Some games were said to have lasted for days.

Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard's office was located in the Palace, as was a small Intelligence prison complex.

The Palace by day.

Numerous architectural styles and design motifs could be found all over the Palace. In some areas, the structure was open and airy, with much illumination and transparisteel while others were dark with carved friezes on the ceiling. The walls of the Palace were made from cortosis, and its flooring included Wayland marble tiles.

At the highest tower of the Imperial Palace was the Emperor's throne room. It was a sunken auditorium, similar to a large crater, dug into bedrock. On the audience decks, there were flat stone benches arranged in long arcs, where visitors could come to hear any pronouncements from the Emperor himself.

What was unique about this chamber was that the audience could hear everything the Emperor said; the Emperor was also able to hear anything said to him from the audience decks. The slanted ceiling of the room was surrounded by gigantic purple and red Imperial banners. At the pinnacle of the throne room was an angled, prismatic skylight that poured rays of light onto Emperor Palpatine in his seat. Around the bottom of the tower at all time were six Emperor's Royal Guards protecting the Emperor.

In the Main Hall of the palace, there was a hanging painting of Padmé Amidala, as a sign of the recognition and respect of her services to the Galactic Republic that Palpatine publicly maintained.

This was Emperor Palpatine's favorite throne room, as well as the most important one. The throne room was located on the highest tower of the Imperial Palace, overlooking all of Coruscant.

Emperor Palpatine on his throne in an audience chamber of the Palace.

There was a blast-shielded war room located in the middle of the second floor. Adjacent to the war room was the Crypt, a computer slicing and decoding area. One wing of the palace contained a medical area, which under the New Republic was used to accommodate water-loving Mon Calamari. The wing resembled a coral reef, and an enclosed pool containing protoplasmic glurpfish and other sea life.

An information center for tourists was located on one of the decks that jutted out from the Palace during the time of the New Republic. Brochure droids and sculptures that had been fitted with speakers were used to allow tourists to access information regarding shuttle departure times, lodgings, eating establishments, and guided tours.

The Imperial Palace also included treasuries (including one treasury said to have been built by the legendary "pirate general" Toleph-Sor and hidden vaults containing Jedi and Sith artifacts), pavilions, prisons, music rooms, and both summer and winter quarters. It also had a private aviary of hawk-bats, so that the Emperor and selected guests could have hawk-bat meat or eggs at their leisure.

Palace security

During the Imperial era, the Palace was guarded by a regiment of stormtroopers, as well as the Emperor's Royal Guard and Imperial Intelligence operatives. However, Palace security was independent of the Coruscant Security Force, the head of which had no jurisdiction over the Palace.

Behind the scenes

Other Versions. Various images of the Imperial Palace.
  • The Imperial Palace was first introduced, along with the rest of Coruscant, in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire novel, though its origins date back to rough drafts of Return of the Jedi.
  • Some fans have gained the erroneous impression that the Palace was seen in the scene of the Uprising on Coruscant in the re-released version of Return of the Jedi, but the Palace has, in fact, never appeared in any of the films.
  • Some depictions of the Imperial Palace are non-pyramidal in shape, including the palaces shown in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars: Rebellion, Star Wars: Force Commander, Star Wars: Dark Times and Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. These depictions may either be non-canonical, or simply depict one of the structures in the Palace complex other than the main pyramid.

It's interesting that some of the latest incarnations of the Imperial Palace seem to depict the non-pyramidal skyscraper like version with a likeness to the Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center building seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Most skyscraper versions seem to occur between Episodes III & IV. This perhaps suggests that later structures were added around the original tower to make it become a pyramid by the time of the events of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.

Appearances

Schematics of the Palace and its immediate vicinity.

Sources

Notes and references


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Traveller

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future

The Imperial palace is not strictly on Capital. It hangs over Capital like a gigantic steel ball. Access is strictly controlled; the antigravity palace is in reality a safe, secure fortress for the Imperial family.

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The Throne Room

The Long Hall stretches 100 meters from the Visitors' Entrance to the throne room. Its floor is a crimson slidewalk flanked by glowing crystal pillars, while atop the pillars are the banners of the 20 sector Dukes whose fiefs make up the Third Imperium. When the Emperor holds court, the pillared area is filled with nobles and guests eager to witness the most important social events of the year.

At the far end of the slidewalk is the Octagon — the throne room itself. In the center of the octagonal room is a triangular marble dais which supports the Iridium Throne. Behind the throne stand the standards of the Imperium. To the left is the crest of the Emperor's family; to the right is the crest of the Empress's family; in the center (and twice the size of the other two standards) is the Imperial sunburst.

Behind the throne is a grand vista of the skyline of the city below, which is actually a projected holographic image display. Image projectors can project information, data, or pictures for the court or the Emperor as desired.

The Iridium Throne

The shining Iridium Throne is often considered synonymous with the Emperor. The throne is a teardrop shaped hemisphere mounted on a powered rotating base. All possible comforts are provided for the Emperor by this throne, as well as a fair degree of armor protection. Traditionally, the Emperor sits in his Iridium Throne and receives the new nobles of the Imperium, entertains guests and ambassadors, and views recorded messages from high ranking nobles requesting aid or assistance.

The Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard consists of 11 regiments of highly trained, superbly equipped troops dedicated to the protection of the Emperor and the Imperial palace. Accepted as one of the elite formations of the Imperial armed forces, the Imperial Guard is a respected unit with a long and honored tradition. One purpose of the Imperial Guard is to provide a symbol of political unity for the Imperium. One regiment is drawn from each of the seven Domains of the Imperium, with each serving a one month tour of duty as honor regiment in rotation. The current honor regiment is the llelish Guard, drawn from the Domain of the Archduke of llelish.

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises and by permission of the author.
Rebellion Sourcebook

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