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[[File:Map-OntineFirstFloor.jpg|300px|thumb|right|First Floor, Original Draft]]
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Ontine's grand entrance has 23 steps. The facade has columns reaching up four stories to the pediment, with carvings and statues in every alcove in the walls, elaborate stonework, and reliefs. <ref name="gf-05">''[[Girl on Fire (Fiction) |Girl on Fire]]'', chapter 5</ref>
===Above Ground Floors===
===Above Ground Floors===

Revision as of 21:16, 6 April 2021

Early Rough of the palace

The Eldritch imperial palace, in the capital city. Pronounced /ohn TEEN/.


Post-Coup Renovations

Subtly modernized. There are pin lights in the corridors that dim at night to a soft, diffuse amber. [1]

Appearance and Layout

First Floor, Original Draft


Ontine's grand entrance has 23 steps. The facade has columns reaching up four stories to the pediment, with carvings and statues in every alcove in the walls, elaborate stonework, and reliefs. [2]

Above Ground Floors

Chancellor's Suites

The heir's old apartments are on the ground floor, and the sitting area outside it is known as the Petite Court: it has a painted ceiling and mirrors between the silver and white pilasters on the walls. The Chancellor now keeps his suites here. His office looks like a receiving room, with only a handful of books on a single desk, and several chairs arranged around it. There were cushioned chairs around a fireplace. No windows, so has a chandelier. Walls are painted, and there are carpets, and the colors are ivory, celadon green, delicate yellow. There's a relief running the length of the wall where it meets the ceiling, of a hunt chasing a single basilisk. It smells of sweet beeswax and ink. [3]

The Office of Muniments

Where legal documents are maintained and filed. Presumably this is one of the places overseen by the little mentioned Senior Registrar of the Home Office. This room is adjacent to the Astronomer's Chamber and shares a wall with what used to be the Chancellor's office.

The Astronomer's Chamber

A round room adjacent to the chapel.

Blue Room

This is the small audience chamber. An interior room on the first floor, windowless and without skylights. Stone walls and floors, no tapestries, and only two benches pushed against the walls. Raised chair for the Empress at the end.

The Swords Salle and Barracks

The salle is a round room floored in wood with clerestory windows. The changing rooms and armory are next to one another at one end of the salle, and a corridor leading to the palace on the other. The barracks is off that corridor, as well as the mess.


Tall ceilings with lancet windows, clear-paned. Shelves are dark, fragrant wood with leather-bound tomes, some as old as Settlement. Here and there, narrow wooden tables for setting out larger books. A dais (a short step up to it) under a half-cupola, lined in more lancet windows topped with cinquefoils.

Palace Chapel

There is a chapel in the palace. [4] There is access to the catacombs from its storeroom. [5]


Presumably, the Vaults where the Families keep their jewels and the various other treasures, like swords, are located below ground in the catacombs?

No one knows who carved them and for what purpose, but there are catacombs under most of the capital, with the most extensive ones under the palace and cathedral, near the sea cliff. They have been in use since Landing, and there are still signs of occupancy even in the most desolate corners. [6]

From the palace, there is access via a narrow stairwell. The palace catacombs can also be accessed from the chapel storeroom. From outside the palace, there is a maze of tunnels, high corridors carved out of the dirt and shored up with wooden beams, which leads to the stone catacombs. There is also access from a hole in the sea cliff, six stories above the beach; the hole opens onto a narrow, craggy cave, which leads to a maze of passages, some so tiny as to scrape those who squirm through them. There is a spot where a climb of half a body-length leads to a space that's directly below the servant's quarters. [6]

The catacombs are cold, damp, and moldy stone, and in every nook, there is the occasional whistle of the sea wind. [6]

The High Priest traditionally kept his office in the catacombs beneath the Cathedral, but Val could not stand to work there. [6]


Situation of the palace, 2020 draft

There's a big lake. There are cliffs. Beyond the lake there are woods with copses and things.



Liolesa's Reign

  • Kitchens
  • Pages
    • Thevenel (needs a family name) [5]
  • Guards


  1. Healer's Wedding, Chapter 14
  2. Girl on Fire, chapter 5
  3. Girl on Fire, Chapter 6
  4. "Longest Night", short fiction
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rose Point, Part Three
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Rose Point, Interlude and Part Three
  7. Laisrathera chapter 17