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The Palace of Shadows (formerly the Palace of Lights) was an opulent but ancient building in Sanctaphrax, located between the College of Cloud and the Institute of Ice and Snow. Traditionally, the palace was the home of the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, but after the Great Purges, the High Academe moved to a more modern building and the palace was abandoned, save for its ancient caretaker, Tweezel. Linius Pallitax attempted to revive the tradition when he became High Academe, moving into the palace himself. During the events of The Curse of the Gloamglozer, the Palace of Shadows was consumed in a fire caused by Linius Pallitax knocking over a candelabra.
The Palace of Lights was one of the early and most prestigious buildings of Sanctaphrax. Built to house the Most High Academe and his staff and to provide a forum for discussion for the academics, it was bustling with people and energy. Tweezel, a subject of study for many earth-scholars, was appointed caretaker of the Palace at around -150 ᴇ.ʏ.. When earth-scholarship became first unfashionable and then untolerable in c. -60 ᴇ.ʏ. and the newly elected Most High Academe was a sky-scholar the Palace of Light was abandoned. Newer and higher towers designed in the spirit of the sky-scholars were build around the palace and at last, when the College of Cloud was finished, the palace was cast into deep shadows, earning it a new name. Tweezel looked after the empty palace when the old librarian died and kept it clean and, according to Quint, "ready". Linius Pallitax returned back to the old tradition and moved to the Palace of Shadows. He held his inaugural address from the great balcony and hung his portrait in Portrait Gallery. With his wife and his daughter Maris, life returned to the Palace of Shadows. However, many rooms remained unused. Very few events were held in the palace due to the suspicions of the academics, leading to many of the rooms and chambers being forgotten and unused. When the Gloamglozer caused Linius Pallitax to knock over a candelabra, the Palace was consumed in a fire.
The Palace of Shadows had coloured windows which had illuminated the whole building. When Sanctaphrax turned, the light cast intricate patterns of jewelled light on the walls. Many of the smaller rooms, like the Blackwood Chamber or the Caucus Ante-Chamber were wood-panelled. The living room was a vast hallway held aloft by pillars which created a fantastic acoustic for echos. Only a few hanging armchairs filled the room that would open to the great balcony. The kitchen was full of enourmous ovens and boilers that could feed many.
Rooms in the Palace of Shadows
- Blackwood Chamber
- a music chamber
- a great balcony for adressing the academics
- the living room, a vast hallway held aloft by pillars, illuminated by crystal chandeliers
- the Caucus Ante-Chamber where it was decided who would be the next Most High Academe
- the Gift Chamber that housed generations of official gifts
- the Portrait Gallery of former Most High Academes
- a big kitchen
- and a few hidden chambers, dead-end hallways and murder holes