The Palace of Taxes
"I have been saving for it the whole year, I have the money, but I can't buy it"The Palace of Taxes is a big building in the centre of the City of Vythlan, the capital of the Principality of Red Crest. Raised around 2810 E.Alz alongside most of the most important governmental buildings of Red Crest, it has an imposing, faded-yellow facade filled with bas-reliefs portraying different professional activities. Originally, and during Red Crest's time as a colony of the Kingdom of Merthiorn, the building was known as the Palace of Incomes. Once Red Crest was granted independency by the Queen Tesel of Merthiorn, the newly crowned Prince Virgilim started tightening the levy system and imposing stricter, harder laws around taxation, for which he renamed the building with its current official name.
"The Palace of Two is watching"
The Palace of Two
"You go into The Palace of One, you tell everyone inside to piss off. You get into The Palace of Two, you are into some deep shit"
One of the most important changes Virgilim made to the Palace of Taxes was adding an entire section for summoning the citizens that were past their dues on their taxes, or that were found avoiding them, to judge and condemn them in the moment, usually with very harsh economical punishments.
Virgilim by Hero Forge
People that were summoned to the Palace of Taxes were known to get out of it having lost almost everything to the state, and as such the nation grew a big hatred and an extreme fear for the building and institution, considering the very building to bring bad luck and ruin.
People that walked past it started avoiding looking at it, and, since the only other palace in the city was the Prince's palace, they started calling the Prince's one "The Palace of One" and the Taxes one "The Palace of Two" as a euphemism that got turned into a derogatory joke about both institutions.