The Imperial Palace is a vast structure, at once opulent and decrepit. The ruler of the great city of Gervasa still lives in the Palace, but everyone knows that there are large sections of the vast fortress that have been locked away since before their fathers' fathers' time. The Palace is a sprawling structure, with towers and baileys and galleries meandering over acres of the great city's landscape. Modest hovels and palatial manors surround it on all sides, and although it has been forbidden for generations, the Palace is reduced bit by nibbling bit each year as stones are taken from the walls of its abandoned towers and forgotten galleries. In the rainy season, vagrants frequently take refuge in the exposed outer rooms of the Palace. Sometimes the palace guards find them, and drag them out. Sometimes something else finds them, and drags them in.