Royal Palace of Juventius
The PalaceThe palace is by the standard of many royal residences on Pascent a humble building, but it is its residents that have lent the building great fame. As the seat of the Manirex of Juventius, the building's walls have witnessed many important decisions, the manoeuvring of courts and the intrigue of royal families. The palace is surrounded by gardens, within a rectangular parkland, which is walled for defensive purposes, almost as thickly as the city itself. The location of the palace giving it less natural defences than those located at the centre of a city in classical designs; though, that would not apply to Juventius City, due to the rivers that congregate in the city centre, theoretically allowing naval access by invaders.
The palace was built in a largely traditional Sura style, with an overhanging pitched roof supported by a classical colonnade. It surrounds a courtyard of carefully tendered gardens, and has two equally spaced, smaller wings on its right and left, connected to the main palace by covered walkways. These serve as the kitchens and barracks respectively. The upper level of the main house is occupied by the royal family and closest advisors and servants; the lower level reception and entertaining rooms and the throne room. A basement level houses servants quarters and other miscellaneous rooms.
The Royal Palace of Juventius was built in 534 by Polus Vinias after fire destroyed the Royal Fortress. He had the New Walls of the city erected at the same time to protect the many homes that had been built outside of Juventius City’s defences due to population growth. The movement of the royal residence to the outer city encouraged many nobles and merchants to do the same with their own great houses, changing the dynamic of the city permanently.
The Royal Palace was a great pillared creation. Iowhe wondered if it they had worried it might fall down, for every few feet of the overhanging roof was supported by yet another carefully carved marble column. This wall of dizzying columns broke only for a pair of great bronze doors centered in the very middle of the facade. They opened as Tertius approached, and Iowhe shrank back into the shadow of the larger man. He was not yet convinced that visiting the young King was a good idea.
The guards saluted as they passed, and suddenly the air was cooler as the doors swept closed behind them. Leaving Iowhe and his master standing in a great hall way, furnished in rows of evenly spaced golden cabinets, in which interesting items sat sparkling.