The Heavenly Palace
SummaryThe Heavenly Palace began when Velandra, Sovereign of the Heavens, rose up against the traditional powers that ruled Nerzin. Whether through direct ability or sheer influence, she became an existential threat to their status quo. In time her power grew, and they were too late when they realized the severity of the situation. When their armies surrounded her fortress-home, Velandra simply ripped the veltron up enmasse, taking it all into the sky. Quite literally, she went out of their reach for the most part. Those who had the means to attack still–flight capable mages and cultivators, harpies, wyverns, etc–weren't willing to take the risk. Faced against Velandra's literal home turf advantage and immense magical power, those who could invade still faced suicidal odds. So it is the Heavenly Palace took shape high in the skies over Veltrona, virtually impenetrable from thereon out. That said, the palace itself wasn't completely isolated. Supplies remains its one glaring weakness, although the severity of that problem was addressed. Foods, raw materials, luxury goods, and the like were all needed to run an equitable living standard. As Velandra controls where the palace goes, though, she can choose where to bring it down, too. By descending in relatively safe areas, vital supplies could be acquired quickly. The palace would then ascend again before too much trouble arrived. Overtime, as Velandra's reputation and political power escalated, those willing to actively threaten the palace stayed their blades. The palace was ever being worked on, improved, and fortified with newer defenses. After a certain point, it wasn't a matter of being 'impossible' to attack so much as too 'costly'. Whoever committed toward doing so would leave themselves vulnerable to their own enemies, and possibly be wiped out too. A stalemate that has only ever benefited Velandra, and something she has exploited fully every chance she can. Moreso, the Heavenly Palace itself is closer to a fully functional micro-city. Schools, living quarters, entertainment venues, and more fill out its amenities. The prestige of such a location has drawn all sorts of talented people, from who Velandra carefully recruited staff from. Some of the brightest minds in Nerzin found tenure underneath her, a fact many noble families took note of. Those willing to get in her good graces worked hard on sending their own children on the prospect of such grand tutelage. Others, coming for seclusion and luxury, may also be permitted to visit. It grew from her personal home into an incredible location, essentially a nation's capital in all but name. With the founding of the Xaishan Accord, it fully embraced that identity, becoming the Accord's vital headquarters.
Kept within the sky by Velandra's incredible magical power, the Heavenly palace is a sprawling micro-city atop a number of large, rocky 'islands'. Squeezed together through magic force, they were then sculpted into solid foundations upon which all things were built. Rather than a random collection of rocks and dirt, every inch of the Heavenly Palace's islands were made to both be stylistic and highly functional. For those on the ground, its appearance is deserving of a place actual divinity would inhabit. Hand-crafted forests and gardens cover the breadth of it, punctuated by beautiful, eco-friendly architecture. Fueled by untold riches flowing into their hands, the craftswomen spared no expense nor ounce of skill in everything they made. Gardens, artificial lakes, soothing retreats with all natural aesthetics, and much more can be found everywhere. Living quarters and work areas alike blend together, fusing capable arrangements with intelligent logistical throughput. It came to be a literal dream project for many, whose unbound skills Velandra was more than willing to fund. A special magical array covers the entirety of the Heavenly Palace. Aside from being the palace's primary defensive 'bubble', its main purpose is atmosphere control. Its invisible field maintains ground-like conditions for the Heavenly Palace, so high altitudes are no issue to its inhabitants. It can, to some extent, resist stormy weather, but things like winds and rains will still make it through. Compared to many other places, a stormy day in the palace is a blissfully demure affair. Building-sized singularity spheres are embedded within the island of the palace itself. These massive singularities act as the magical hearts for the palace, providing the untold amounts of raw mana it consumes. Smaller spheres exist within the different workshop buildings, powering them. The tiniest of ones keep entire blocs of homes up and running. In many ways, Velandra's limitless mana is quite literally the center of the palace's ecosystem.