Without these adepts, the administrative machinery of the Imperium would grind to a halt, all access to the records of the past and the lines of transmission for decisions about the future cut off from the million worlds of Humanity. The Inner Palace is also the seat of the Senatorum Imperialisthe twelve High Lords of Terrawho are charged with divining the Emperor's will and ruling the Imperium in His name, their decisions implemented by the adepts of the Administratum and all the other organs of Imperial government.
These twelve men and women, often drawn from the highest nobility of the Human-ruled galaxy, are the single most powerful individuals in the Imperium. They ultimately concern themselves with the implementation of Humanity's grand strategy, guiding the deployment of the Emperor's armies and ensuring that His will is respected on the million planets of the Milky Way Galaxy that Mankind calls home.
Ancient map depicting the disposition of both Traitor and Loyalist forces around the Horus Heresy -era Imperial Palace during the Siege of Terra in The Emperor 's palace on Terra is the largest and most impregnable defensive structure in the Imperium. It sprawls across an entire mountain range, stretching for thousands of Terran kilometres over the surface of the Throneworld. The Adeptus Custodes are responsible for the defence of this immense fortress, a duty they discharge with tireless diligence.
In the days of the Great Crusade, the Imperial Palace was a surpassing wonder of engineering. Yet the necessity to fortify that beautiful structure against the baleful intentions of the Warmaster Horus -- and the subsequent widespread devastation suffered at the hands of his Traitor hordes -- wrought irrevocable changes. In the wake of the heresy, the Imperial Palace was rebuilt as the mightiest fortress in human history.
The ten millennia since have seen it become ever more bloated, polluted and immense. The palace's former asceticism lies buried beneath strata of Gothic ornamentation and the brutal grandeur of the Cult Imperialis. What once was bright and magnificent is now vast and lowering, a hunched architectural monstrosity that wears its martial might like a challenge to the terrors of the darkling void. There can be no clearer metaphor for the fate of the wider Imperium, but though the palace is a grotesque mockery of its former self, still the Custodes guard it well.
This is no small task. The circumference of the palace's outermost walls is measured in thousands of kilometres. 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. Its sub-levels dig deep into Terra's holy bedrock, in some places reaching a depth of hundreds of kilometres below the surface.
Its corridors, chambers, vaults, fastnesses and plazas are so multitudinous that no single record remains to list them all, and the societal sub-nations, clan holdings and techno-urbanic serf tribes that dwell within its walls could populate entire star systems. Despite this, the Adeptus Custodes have always proven equal to the duty of overseeing the palace's defence. 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.
They inspect the endless kilometres of orbital guns and defensive silos, and maintain a wary guard Imperial Gard 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.
And yet, the Adeptus Custodes find the manpower and dedication to do so much more. For thousands of Terran years, their Shield Hosts have mustered in secret and set out aboard requisitioned warships to strike down threats identified by the roaming Eyes of the Emperor. Bands of Custodians have regularly patrolled the Sol Systemserving as rotating garrisons for military facilities based around LunaVenusPluto and numerous deep-space star fortresses that watch the approaches to Terra.
The Adeptus Custodes have also long liaised with the Imperial Fists Space Marine Chapterwho still maintain their role as joint guardians of the Sol Systemand whose immense star fort -- known as Phalanx -- has often held a protective orbit over the Throneworld.
The Adeptus Custodes have remained unwavering in these duties for thousands of Terran years. Now, even as the galaxy darkens around them and new wars arise for them to fight, they are more determined than ever to ensure the Imperial Palace, and the whole of Terra, stand inviolable.
The Inner Palace complex contains the headquarters of the most important Imperial institutions, such as the Astronomicanthe Senatorum Imperialis and the Imperial Gard Imperialisthe complex which is home to the Throne Room of the Emperor of Mankind Himself. Two Battle Titans of the Legio Ignatum stand guard at each Imperial Gard of the massive portal, sharing their eternal vigil with the 10, members of the Adeptus Custodes.
The grand hallway of the Inner Palace that leads to the Ultimate Gate, called the Hall of Heroes, is filled with the banners of every Astra Militarum regiment and Space Marine Chapter that has ever loyally served the Emperor. At the end of the Hall of Heroes lies the Ultimate Gate itself, forged of adamantium that has been heavily layered with ceramite to provide extra protection from weapons fire. Camden Place, Chislehurst Royaume-Uni.
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The building of the Colosseum was clearly a political statement on the part of Vespasian. It conveyed to the Roman people the overthrow of the hated Nero and Vespasian's interest in appealing to the broad mass of the Roman people.
Triumphal Arches like Imperial Gard Arch of Titus c. They thus gave clear testament to the great military power of Rome. The foundation of temples was particularly important to Emperors. Religion and politics were very much allied in the Roman world. The public cults celebrated outside these temples were a significant way the population attested to their membership to the community and to the Empire. The building of a temple by an emperor was a clear testament of his pietasor his dedication to the traditional customs of Roman society.
Roman temples, while related to the Greek temple form in general design and use of the Classical orders, represent a very defined category of temple form. The distinctive elements of being raised on a podium, having a front staircase, and having the columns along the sides being attached or engaged pseudo-peripteral allow for the easy identification of a Roman temple.
For a Roman citizen from Syria to England, the appearance of this form of temple and the cult practices associated with it provided a sense of membership in the empire. Basilicas and temples regularly appeared in public squares or fora forum sing. Considering the compact nature of Roman cities, the large amounts of space dedicated to fora were a testament to imperial authority. Large and small cities throughout the empire had fora at their core.
The remains of Pompeii reveal a forum with temple and basilica. The most famous were the so-called Imperial Fora in Rome itself. The largest of these was the Forum of Trajan. The use of axial planning is a characteristic of Roman planning.
It created a clear sense of order and focus to a building complex. Along the central axis of the Forum of Trajan are a series of monuments dedicated to the role of Trajan as imperator or military leader. You entered the forum through a triumphal arch dedicated to Trajan's campaigns in Dacia, while in the center of the large courtyard appeared an equestrian statue of Trajan. The central axis is crossed at right angles by the so-called Basilica Ulpia. Beyond this appeared a small courtyard flanked by two libraries, one for Greek texts and the other for Latin texts.
At the Imperial Gard of the courtyard appeared the famous Column of Trajan decorated by a helical band of relief sculptures illustrating Trajan's campaigns in Dacia. Trajan was originally buried in the base of this column, and apparently after his death, a statue of him was placed at the top of the column. The building complex was completed by a temple dedicated to the Divine Trajan by his successor Hadrian.
The use of hemicycles flanking the courtyard was clearly done in emulation of the adjacent Forum of Augustus. This borrowing clearly connects Trajan to his revered predecessor at the same time the grander scale of Trajan's complex would not have been missed by the Roman audience. Analysis of this early second century building complex demonstrates how the organization of the space and the disposition of the buildings create almost a symbolic map of Roman power.
The constituent parts of the complex relate to the major facets of Roman life. The basilica with its apses allude to Roman law; the libraries reflect the authority of classical literature and culture; and the temple connects to the role of religion in public life. Even the markets added by Trajan on the adjacent hill are a clear testament to the role of the emperor as a provider for the Roman populace. At the very center is the imperial axis with images of Trajan as military leader.
Influence of Roman Architecture on Western Architecture. Echoes of the tradition of the Roman Empire are found in cities throughout the western world. Nations and leaders to give visual testament to their authority and power have emulated the distinct forms of Roman architecture.
Particularly good examples can be found in Paris.
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