The Imperial Palace is a vast edifice sprawling across a large part of a continent on Terra, divided into the Inner and Outer Palaces. The Palace is built to truly monumental proportions; seen from orbit, it consists of connected kilometres-high monolithic and pyramidal structures, marked with landing pads and studded with defense weaponry.
The Imperial Palace is as heavily urbanized and populated as any hive city. Adepts numbering in the billions work and reside within the Palace. The Outer Palace is also heavily urbanized by a population of destitute non-adepts.
The Adeptus Arbites are responsible for maintaining order and vigilance within the Outer Palace, especially outside official buildings which are often thronged with the queue lines of those seeking employment within the Administratum. Shock troops quickly put down the vicious queue riots that occasionally erupt.
The Palace is the heart of the Administratum. Countless souls labour in the immeasurable archives and headquarters of the Imperium, ordering and maintaining an empire that spans the galaxy. Without them, the Imperium would lose all access to its history and databanks. Also, it is the seat of the High Lords of Terra, who are charged with interpreting the Emperor's will. These twelve Lords are accounted the most powerful of all living men. They guide the overall strategy of the inexhaustible armies of the Imperium, and uphold the Emperor's might across a million worlds.
The Inner Palace, the Sanctum Imperialis, is the massive throne room at the heart of the Palace, where the arcane machinery comprising the Golden Throne keep the Emperor's few living cells alive, providing an anchor point in the warp for his mighty spirit. Tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus constantly maintain the vast Golden Throne. In an arena before the Emperor himself, psykers are soul-bound for Imperial service as Astropaths. Standing before the Inner Palace is the massive Eternity Gate, forged of the strongest materials. Two Titans stand guard over the Gate in its damasked beauty and immeasurable strength.
- 1:Inquisition War Trilogy (Novel Series), Draco, Harlequin (Novels), Ian Watson, BL Publishing
- 2:Warhammer 40,000 3rd Edition Rulebook
- 3:Codex Imperialis
- 4:Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook pg.158
- 5: Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook pg.156-157