The fifth of the Sa'avian ruins discovered in Tolara, the Kuai’ain Palace was found by an Eris'kan expedition team led by Yen Tae-Hyun, some 200 years after the original ruins were discovered; lying on the coast of the Southern Peninsula, it's a sprawling complex that sits half submerged in the ocean- and half atop a high mountain... To this day it remains the most impressive Sa'avian ruin and has greatly advanced Tolaran knowledge of not only the Sa'avian race, but also the arcane technology they employed.
Size & Location
Judging by the rise in water temperatures over the centuries, Archivists theorize that the Kuai'ain Palace was originally situated entirely above sea level with the structure sitting atop artificial terraces carved into the side of Mount Bai-Tia Bunang; it's estimated that the lowest terraces at the time of the Palace's construction, actually sat some 2.5 miles / 4,000 meters above sea level... With the increase in water levels (as well as various earthquakes, avalanches, and other natural events which have shifted the land over time), however, only about 1/3rd of the original complex is accessible today. The rest now sits submerged in the Salhea Ocean.
According to surviving records, the Palace was built between 1403 and 1410. Altogether, the entire complex spans approximately 61 hectares (or 150 acres) in total, with about 20 hectares (or 50 acres) set aside for what appear to be various gardens. Building wise it consists of 980 surviving buildings and 8,707 rooms stretching across 4 terraces- each of which is surrounded by a 4 meter / 13 foot high wall; more akin to a small city than a Palace, Archivists estimate that it could have housed anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 people at the height of its use.
Original Purpose & Function
From the cache of artifacts left behind in the surviving structures of the complex, Archivists have determined that the Kuai'ain Palace was originally built as a home for the Sa'avian Royal Family during Tolara's cold season; it's believe that the Sa'avian Royal Family maintained a primary palace in the mountainous pass leading into the Southern Peninsula of Tolara, and would migrate to the Western Palace before the mountain passes closed with ice and snow- returning during the warmer months after the pass had thawed again.
However, at some point around the year 3000, the Northern Palace was lost to fire during what Archivist surmise was a sort of Wedding Celebration. It was at this point that the Kuai'ain Palace became the permanent residence of the Sa'avian Royal Family.
Architecture & State of Decay
What little of the Palace complex remains accessible exists in various states of deterioration; above sea level, its crumbling structures are overgrown with Silk Cotton, Mangrove, and Banyan trees native to the southern Jungles. Below, the structures have largely remained in tact, but are heavily obscured by coral and other oceanic growth... Despite its decaying nature, however, much of the complex still remains well preserved. This incredible level of preservation is due to the now dormant nature of a power source that Archivists believed initially powered and shielded the complex. It's unknown when the power source went dormant, but the state of the ruins suggest some point within the last 1,000 years or so.
Built from contrasting dark and white stone with gold veins, much of the complex consists of large spires. Domed buildings of various sizes are also found- most whom's domes are decorated with ornate mosaic tiles. Large archways, gates, and walls line the outer perimeter of each terrace- leading the visitor through winding roads between crumbling structures and massive gardens. These buildings appear to have been carefully constructed using quarried slabs, layer by layer, with a slight offset for stability- while the accessible subterranean portions of the palace feature barrel vaulted stonework. Perhaps more interestingly, however, every visible surface appears to have been skillfully carved in ornate designs both geometric and organic in nature. The designs featured on the walls show an incredible level of craftsmanship unmatched by any known empire- modern or ancient.
Palace Complex; LargeBuilt
Between 1403 and 1410Ruined
Some time around 3319Size
Approximately 61 hectares across 4 terracesRemaining Buildings
980 surviving; more than 200 ruinedPopulation
Approximately 10,000 in average use
Approximately 20,000 at height of use
Summer Home for the Sa'avian Royal Family; later, their main residence after the Northern Palace was destroyed