The Floating Palace

A sense of irony is shared by both Humaniti and Aslani. The
Hierate’s invasion force spared the famous floating palace of
the Kings of Drinax. They blasted the cities and laid wait to the
countryside, but did not touch the golden grav-platform or any of
the palace’s elegant domes or delicate towers. They exterminated
millions of commoners, but let no harm come to the nobles,
servants, sycophants and courtiers on the Floating Palace.

The survivors of the invasion, numbering a scant few thousand,
had to adapt to survive. The glorious Hanging Gardens, said to
be a wonder of the sector, were cleared of their exotic blooms
from a hundred worlds and turned into hydroponics bays.
Delicate nobles who had never worked an honest day in their
lives suddenly found tools thrust into the hands. The early years
were not easy. Blood stained the diamond tiles of the King’s
Seraglio, and the ancient Scrolls of the Prophet Zaol used for
kindling. Still, the people of the Floating Palace survived. In the
months before the invasion, the King had ordered the staff of the
great university to transfer their best scientists and equipment to
the Scholar’s Tower, so they were able to retain the bulk of their
scientifi c knowledge. The Drinaxi still have Technology Level
15-era knowledge, although they lack the mineral resources
to put it to use. With most of the world below still radioactive,
diseased or simply scorched beyond use, all the knowledge in
the galaxy is useless when you have no copper or steel or rare
earths with which to forge your wonders.

Behold, then, the Floating Palace – a flying city, an aerial
pleasure-dome of surpassing beauty, of endless wonder… and
of utter despair.

The Floating Palace is the size of a city, a fl ying Gormenghast of
plas-steel and carbosamite. It is easy to get lost in the endless
maze of hallways, monumental chambers and spiralling
towers. The palace mixes the wonderful and the absurd at
every side. To take a prosaic example, the bathrooms are all
made of shimmering silver, with delicate fountains sculpted by
microgravity generators in the walls into the shape of nymphs
and dolphins, with baths large enough to drown in that that sing to
you as you bathe – but because the Floating Palace is no longer
visited by water-barges from the planet below, the inhabitants
must collect rainwater in barrels to fi ll the ornamental lakes and
reservoirs. Similarly, the Palace had a hundred ornamental
gardens but no farmland beyond the hydroponics; a hundred
palatial galleries and ballrooms but no factories beyond a few
small workshops. The inhabitants of the Floating Palace may
have all the ball-gowns, starched military uniforms and glittering
jewellery they desire, but there’s a distinct lack of vacc-suits and
engineering overalls.

Notable locations on board the palace include:
The Dragon Throne
The Throne Room
The Scholar’s Tower
Rachando’s Bazaar
The Starport
The Underlinth
Gravity Dungeons

The Floating Palace

Far and Away KellyArmstrong KellyArmstrong