The warring tribes and creeds of Terra had been alloyed under one rule, and the Imperial Palace was intended to symbolise that staggering achievement. The Sanctum Imperialis is the heart of the Imperial Palace on Terra and the official residence of the Emperor of Mankind. While The Aegis is invincible against orbital bombardment is theory, in its weakest outer reaches slow-moving aircraft can penetrate the shield and attack its open generators. Many of these defences were designed and emplaced by the Primarch Rogal Dorn at the time of the Horus Heresy in the early 31st Millennium. Behind the Golden Throne is a dormant Webway Gate, long ago part of the Emperor's ultimate ambition but dormant since being sealed 10,000 years ago. It sprawls across an entire mountain range, stretching for thousands of Terran kilometres over the surface of the Throneworld. The Emperor had foreseen this and copied much of her work, apparently using the lab's destruction as an excuse to clear the chamber for the Webway Project. During the Siege of Terra, the forces of Chaos managed to penetrate the defences of the Outer Palace and make their way to the Ultimate Gate, which was successfully defended by the Primarch Sanguinius while the Emperor remained seated on the Golden Throne within. [1a] Over the door is the inscription Conservus, Restituere, Revivicarem[5]. As of the 41st Millennium, the Imperial Palace still bears the scars of that titanic battle. The Adeptus Custodes have also long liaised with the Imperial Fists Space Marine Chapter, who still maintain their role as joint guardians of the Sol System, and whose immense star fort -- known as Phalanx -- has often held a protective orbit over the Throneworld. In secret, He had been planning for this moment in history for millennia, ever since the Age of Strife had fractured what remained of the ancient Human interstellar civilisation. After a long journey below the surface of Terra, one finally comes before the last door into the Throneroom of the Emperor himself, which is guarded by a pair of Custodes Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnoughts. The artisan masters built it upon Terra's greatest mountain range, the Himalazia (Himalayan) Mountains, and transformed the monstrous peaks into its bulwarks. Some construction of the Palace was still taking pl… are so multitudinous that no single record remains to list them all, and the techno-urbanic serf tribes, clan holdings and societal sub-nations that dwell within its walls could populate entire star systems. [6], Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion (Novel), https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Sanctum_Imperialis&oldid=433690. It was said that, when they had finished their task, the artisan masters of the Masonic Guilds set down their tools and wept. It spreads across the whole of what used to be the Himalayan Mountains (now called the Himalazians) of Old Earth and is primarily defended by the Adeptus Custodes, although Space Marine, Collegia Titanica, and Adepta Sororitas forces are also known to protect the massive, city-like complex. This was due to the massive Warp Storms that swept the galaxy as the Immaterium was roiled by the millennia-long gestation of the Chaos God Slaanesh and the turbulence that marked the decay of the Aeldari Empire before the Fall. The Imperial Palace is not so much an edifice as it is a handcrafted landmass. The Imperial Palace is the seat of the Adeptus Terra and the centre of Imperial power and administrative authority on its Throneworld of Terra. This page was last edited on 14 September 2020, at 13:42. The Sanctum Imperialis is the heart of the Imperial Palace on Terra and the official residence of the Emperor of Mankind.[3b]. During this long, 5,000-year-period of anarchy, fear and violence, Old Earth's once unified planetary government had completely broken down and been divided into dozens of warring states of so-called "techno-barbarians.". Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 18 – Return to Terra, Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 23 – Folly of Magnus, Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 29 – The Siege, Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 30 – Imperium Invictus, Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 40 – Indomitus. Those that live close to the walls exist in both splendor and squalor. Bands of Custodians have regularly patrolled the Sol System, serving as rotating garrisons for military facilities based around Luna, Venus, Pluto and numerous deep-space star fortresses that watch the approaches to Terra. It was against this backdrop of oppression, violence and casual brutality that the Emperor of Mankind first revealed Himself to the people of Terra. Horusopenly and publicly declared that he would no longer follow the Emperor, believin… Only the members of the Adeptus Custodes and a few select Imperial servants are allowed to pass through the Sanctum Imperialis' Ultimate Gate and enter the presence of the Emperor of Mankind. Its vaults, corridors, fastnesses, plazas and chambers, Some of the great domes in the Precinct, especially the Hegemon, are so vast, they contain their own miniature weather systems. [15] Ten thousand years after the Heresy Terra faced its second major assault following the Thirteenth Black Crusade. Such employment is better than the desperate fight for survival that confronts so many of the men and women who make their homes in the squalid back alleys of the Outer Palace. Even Custodes are are known to fall to their knees before the sight of Him. The Emperor's palace on Terra is the largest and most impregnable defensive structure in the Imperium. Some construction of the Palace was still taking place by the end of the Great Crusade, meaning construction took at least 200 years. The towering spires of its macro-habs and spaceports break through the atmosphere and rise into the void like the spines of some bioluminescent beast. [7], The Imperial Palace has only come under major attack twice, being the site of most of the fighting during the Siege of Terra at the climax of the Horus Heresy. Its sub-levels dig deep into Terra's holy bedrock, in some places reaching a depth of hundreds of kilometres below the surface. His intent was to reunite the warring nations into a unified planetary government and then use Terra as the springboard from which to begin His reconquest of the galaxy under the aegis of an Imperium of Man dedicated to the Imperial Truth of progress and reason. They inspect the endless kilometres of orbital guns and defensive silos, and maintain a wary guard over the hidden vaults deep within the palace which contain secrets so dreadful that they could bring about the fall of Humanity were they ever released. Defense towers consisting of massive gun-citadels run every hundred meters along the walls lengths. Even just letting people look around is a security risk since they would be able to see the defenses and weaknesses inside. It is they who patrol the colossal and seemingly endless walls, who stand guard over the sanctums and armouries, who patrol the petitioners' highways, the famed spaceports and the vast fortifications. This article needs work on its citations.For help on citation see the citation guidelines. 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.