The Palace of Taglios is a sprawling, ancient structure deep within the storied city of Taglios. It was the ancestral home of the Prahbrindrah Drah (the Prince), his sister the Radisha Drah (the Princess), their court wizard Smoke, and was later occupied by the "Protector" (tyrant) Soulcatcher. It was also the meeting place of the Privy Council and the headquarters of the Royal Guards. The Palace was the setting for many of the events of both Books of the South and all four Books of Glittering Stone.
Each new Prince throughout Taglios's long history has added to it, making the building a tortuous hodgepodge of uneven levels, confusing hallways, and abandoned sections. Only a single man in the city's entire history, the court wizard Smoke, was ever known to have memorized every room, hall, stairway, and entryway of the place.
The Palace naturally became the seat of the Protectorate when Soulcatcher established her despotic regime over both Taglios and the former Shadowlands. She dismissed most of the permanent staff, so maintenance tasks were delegated to day laborers overseen by Jaul Barundandi, the "subassistant housekeeper" of the Palace. Barundandi regularly abused this position to demand sexual favors or kickbacks from the lower classes; the kickbacks were often collected by his subordinate Del Mukharjee. Barundandi's wife Narita also worked in the Palace.
At the very beginning of the Siege of Taglios in Soldiers Live, at least an entire acre of the Palace was utterly flattened. This occurred when two rheitgeistiden (magic flying posts) flown by Mihlos Sedona and General Chu were blown up by fireballs launched by Mogaba's shooters atop the roof of the Palace. The immense shock wave smashed "in an acre of Palace like an invisible giant's foot stomping on eggshells". Most of the structure was in ruins at the end of the battle. Croaker would record:
|“||The popular consensus was that an all-new palace should be erected, once the old structures had been cleared away. I could not imagine what treasures and surprises might surface if they did demolish and remove the whole rambling monster.||”|