Haerford Palace Building / Landmark in Iosis | World Anvil

Haerford Palace

Before its destruction, Haerford Palace was considered one of the most beautiful manmade places on all of Iosis. That beauty, of course, masked the ugly atrocities the empire and its people carried out against their enemies and simply because there was no one who could challenge them.

Purpose / Function

This building served as the home for the Emperor/Empress and their family. This was also the place where they held court with the nobility, planned military campaigns, and presided over legal matters brought forth by the peasantry.


Major renovations were made to the palace, 80 years after it finished its initial construction when the new Emperor Oleg, tripled the length of the throne room and doubles its height. Various rulers between then and its destruction added gardens, lakes, and courtyards to the palace.


The palace was built using limestone and marble, and like all other buildings in Braris, the palace had a flat roof with open spaces in the walls for windows and doors. The palace walls were decorated with several large colorful murals, and equally colorful tapestries covered the windows and doors.   In the center of the palace is a massive throne room the Emperor or Empress would sit making rulings. Peasants would beseech their ruler from on bended knee under the watchful gaze of all the nobles seated or stood on dias on either side of the audience hall. The audience hall was 1000 square meters long, and the 24 meters tall ceiling was held in place by 72 pillars carved with depictions of twin-headed bulls, eagles, or lions. Behind the throne stood two massive statues depicting Weldes, God Of Strength, and Tepther, God Of Order. On two smaller thrones, in front of the Emperor/Empress would sit their husband or wife and their heir.   From the throne room, several central halls led to courtyards, villas, smaller palace complexes for the royal family, and apartments for officials. The royal apartments featured a bedroom, a dressing room, a private audience chamber, and a large bath. The palace had a central courtyard, and across from the ruler's rooms were apartments for their daughters and son. In addition, the parents and siblings of the ruler had their own smaller palace complex diagonally across from the Emperor/Empress'. The grounds surrounding the palace were filled with many gardens and man-made lakes.


The palace was built centuries ago by the first Brarisi Empress, Nerantzia Straka , and served as the home for her descendants until her great-grandson was overthrown by Emperor, Olegs Runcis, who took his throne lived in the palace with his family. Olegs made many renovations to the palace, including extending and adding height to the throne room. As with many construction projects throughout this era, both were done with slave labor. Unfortunately, few records remain from the time of either significant construction project. As such, how many people died in accidents or from horrid conditions of the work camps is unknown. A hundred years later, the then Empress Mina Thanoufreed all of the palace slaves when Braris, under social and trade pressure from the other nations, publicly declared slavery outlawed. Despite this, she turned a blind eye to the nobles who continued the trade that had made their families wealthy.   In 794BRC, the palace, along with most of the capital Carthago Nova, was razed to the ground by Lorenzo Rossi during and after his siege of the empire that had forced him into slavery as a child. On top of the palace's ruins now stands the outlaw city of Sanctuary Lorenzo founded, and much of what was once palace gardens have been turned into farmland.
Parent Location
Owning Organization
Braris Empire
Organization | Mar 24, 2023

Was once one of the most powerful empires in all of Iosis but was brought low by a pirate with a grudge

Carthago Nova
Settlement | Mar 24, 2023
Pirate King Lorenzo Rossi's Siege of Braris
Myth | Jul 24, 2018
Khia Slums
Settlement | Jul 20, 2018

Cover image: Royal Court Hall by Baahubali


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Jul 30, 2018 19:04 by TJ Trewin

Fantastic visual descriptions, this sounds like it was an incredibly grand place! Fab layout too with the linked articles in the side.

Journals of Yesteryear

Jul 30, 2018 20:34

Thank you! I'm always a little worried the linked articles don't provide enough of a visual aid to break up the monotony of text.

Jul 30, 2018 20:03 by Tikal

I really like your world! The descriptions are quite involved. I like what I've read about the Braris Empire. Though I say, I'd like to see more tags so I can tell who some of the people are at a glance.   Especially with ol Lorenzo showing up in the article as well.

Jul 30, 2018 20:20

Can you tell Lorenzo is my favorite character? XD Just for you I've made three more stub articles I'll flesh out later.

Jul 31, 2018 08:04

Nicely done!   What's happened to the place since? Was it reduced entirely to a pile of rubble and just kinda left alone?

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Jul 31, 2018 11:11

Like I mentioned in the article, the city of Sanctuary was built on top of the ruins by Lorenzo after hair pirates tore it down with what used to be the gardens being used for farms.

Jul 31, 2018 10:04

I’m wondering what happened to it as well. My hope for such a beautiful place is that either it was left to nature to conquer, either the building was reused by some other empire or will be soon. Great writing! I really like how visual you’re description is, it really is like watching the place being build and destroyed. Well done!

Jul 31, 2018 11:44

Unfortunately, or fortuo depending on who you talk to, the palace was torn down by Lorenzo and his pirates after their siege. On top of the capital the city of Sanctuary was built and still stands. The area that was the palace is made up mostly of farm land just outside Sanctuary's market.

Jul 31, 2018 14:46 by Benjamin Andula

Very interesting and apparently key place of the Braris Empire ! The layout is as interesting as habitually with clearly useful links on the sidebar. I have a bit negative aspect to talk about, it's about the throne room, that I find a bit not enough detailed.

"Nothing great has been accomplished in the world without passion" -- G.W.F. Hegel
Jul 31, 2018 19:23

Alright, challenge excepted. I will add a bunch more detail to the throne room after Summer Camp.