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The Summer Palace was a palace belonging to the SeaWings that was hidden on an island within the Bay of a Thousand Scales. The Palace was created by the animus magic of Albatross, and it was used by the SeaWings as an overwater sea palace for themselves and their visitors. The palace was so well hidden that it remained out of harm by enemy tribes for two thousand years until it was finally destroyed in the War of SandWing Succession by Burn's army. The Palace is, however, being rebuilt by Coral and other SeaWings under her ruling, and as of Darkness of Dragons, it is titled on the map of Pyrrhia as "Ruins of the Summer Palace."

Description

The Summer Palace was well[1] hidden by a thick canopy of trees.[2]

The entrance of the palace was located within an island shaped like a giant dragon skeleton with gaps and holes throughout the pale stone. The stone skeleton's nose pointed towards another island ringed with forbidding rocks and a high, sheer cliff face on all sides. The top was a rioting jungle, with thick green vines and leaves pressed so close together that there was no clear spot through. Between two spiraling rocks, sharp and evenly matched like dragon horns, there was an underwater entrance[3] leading to a dark[4] tunnel.[3] It was covered by a curtain of long, sun-colored tendrils of kelp[5] and contained at least ten[6] small, above-ground caverns.[7]

The tunnel led into an open lake and sea[8]-green-tinted sunlight.[9] The inside of the island was surrounded by towering cliffs on all sides, and the green canopy was located far above the lake, woven so thickly it looked like a jungle from above. Waterfalls cascaded down from several holes in the cliffs, bursting into spray as they hit the lake. Four pillars of blue-tinted white stone spiraled out of the water, winding towards one another until they formed a towering pavilion in the middle of the lake. The pavilion had twelve circular levels, each smaller than the one below. There were few walls, most of them very low,[8] and the entire structure was latticed with curving spaces and holes and small wading pools. There were ledges within the cliffs, and the only sounds were the splashing of the waterfalls, the soft hush of dragons breathing, and the quiet lapping of waves on beaches around the lake.[8] There were several cave openings and rocks that jutted out of the water.[10] The largest waterfall was located nearly as high as the leaf canopy and divided around boulders.[11] Up close, the leaf canopy contained small blue flowers.[12]

The lake beach was composed of white pebbles and faced a tall cave opening lined with sand.[13] The caves dotting the cliffs were used as guest rooms, and one, used by Blister, was lined with extra sand. Each level had a different purpose, such as dragonet school visits, celebration spectacles, Council meetings, and war planning.[14] The lowest levels were clustered with several guards[15] resting, eating, and playing games.[16] They contained a table with a niche containing a pair of heavy silver keys.[17]

In Darkstalker's era appeared to be spectacular,[citation needed] beautiful,[2] and was shaped like a gigantic narwhal tusk. During its creation, Albatross allowed Fathom to design small corners of the palace as well as the blueprint of the SeaWing throne on the top level of the pavilion.[18] It was built upon a large island rising from the ocean floor; all around the island, gray boulders and tall spires of rock jutted out of the water. A wavering forest of sticky, orange-yellow kelp guarded a dark underwater tunnel in the cliff, which lead to a wide-open lake that was located in the heart of the island, surrounded on all sides by craggy, soaring cliffs[19] that formed a circle over the lake.[20] The center of this lake was the birthplace of the Summer Palace; described as a vast, strange shape growing out of the water, it looked as if someone had taken four towering pillars of white stone and braided them together. Huge, flat bubbles of stone grew out of the pillars at regular intervals, and it slowly, constantly grew. It was an amorphous, misshapen blob, a strange growth within the interior of the beautiful island.[19] The lakeshore was covered in pebbles,[21] with greenery[2], shrubbery, and foliage[22] growing around the top of the cavern, which would later become a full canopy that obscured the palace from view.[2] The temperature inside the island was cool.[22] It took nearly ten years to reach its final form.[23]

After its destruction, the Summer Palace was reduced to smoking foliage,[24] charred ruins, and corpses.[25]

Notable Features

Feasting hall

The dragonets of destiny eating in the Feasting Hall

The feasting hall is located two levels above the kitchens and contains a long, low oval table. Queen Coral's seat was higher than everyone else's, but Blister's, right beside her, was not much lower.[26]

Council Level

A SeaWing report in the Council Pavilion

Council meetings were held on a level halfway up the structure in the center of the lake. Twelve dragon-sized pools were arranged in a circle with small channels running from one to the next, criscrossing the center. Glittering emeralds the size of fish eggs, embedded in the stone, spelled out words by each pool, including DRAGON HEALTH,[27] AQUACULTURE, WAR, HUNTING, MAGIC & PUBLISHING, COMMUNICATION,[28] TREASURY, DEFENSE, and SECRETS & SPIES.[14] The largest pool is labeled QUEEN, and a pool entitled DRAGONET CARE is located two pools away. The wet stone is chilly.[15]

Queen Coral's chambers

Queen Coral's chambers were located in a vast underwater cave below one of the waterfalls, lined with waving tendrils of forest green and brilliant golden anemones. Stone carvings of dolphins danced around the entrance, and the walls were studded with emeralds and pearls. The beds were soft expanses of bubbly seaweed, and the sound of the waterfall splashing overhead can be heard.[29] Where the waterfall met the lake, just behind the cascade and right outside the cave entrance, there was a small pocket of air.[30]

Library level

Four levels from the top, the library level was a pavilion with low walls and several shapes like large cauldrons, filled with neatly rolled scrolls, molded into the stone. Black and blue webbed talonprints trailed all along the floor, and a raised podium stood at one end, with space for an audience of thirty dragons in front. The other end of this level held a long gray stone table with a scroll spread out onto it, held down at either end by small seahorses: heavy, intricately detailed, carved from dark wood, and containing dragonlike expressions on their tiny faces.[23] The top corner of the table contained a small pool of black ink.[31] There is also a curved white boulder that can be used as a chair.[32]

Visiting level

The visiting level was located on the top pavilion and was composed of polished ridges in the blue-white stone. The level was large, with a spiraling starburst of webbed talon-print shapes carved into the floor and filled with glittering water, lined all along the bottom with tiny pearls.[33]

Kitchen level

The kitchen level was described to sound like the clatters of pots.[34]

Armory level

The armory level was located high within the pavilion. It was shaped like a bowl, with low walls and a slight slope down to the center. Weapons were lined along one side, including twisting horn spears, battle armor of chain link or scales, gleaming metal claws,[35] and metal breastplates.[36]

Electric eel prison

The Dragonets imprisoned in the Electric Eel Prison

The prison cave was high up on the cliff wall, not far from the canopy, overlooking the pavilion below. It glowed with a strange blue light, and crackling sounds could be heard from inside. The hard[37] stone floor was damp and the light was dim, and a path wound into a huge cavern.[38] The cages had no bars or doors; instead, a channel of water as wide as two dragons encircled each prisoner, trapping them on islands of stone that varied in size. Water poured from grooves in the ceiling down to the channels, creating cascading walls along all of the islands. The water and moats all glowed the same bright blue and gave off the same fizzing, crackling sound, and the pathway wound around and between the islands like a long bridge. The ceiling was covered in glowworms, casting the prison in an eerie light, and iridescent purple jellyfish added to the dim lighting.[39] The freezing[40] water was controlled by a chain hanging along the wall; when pulled, the mechanisms within the stone clanked and groaned, opening a small doorway in the underwater wall of the moat and releasing electric eels into the water.[37]

History

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Lost Heir

The Summer Palace was first introduced in The Lost Heir when the dragonets of destiny were escorted there by Shark and his guards. It was destroyed at the end of the novel by Burn's forces, forcing the SeaWings to evacuate to the Deep Palace.


The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Escaping Peril

Peril mentions that Queen Ruby had pulled back all the fronts of the war since destroying the Summer Palace.

Darkness of Dragons

In her letter to Turtle seen in the epilogue, Coral mentions that a new palace is being built and will not be hidden from the world like the Summer Palace.


Legends

Darkstalker

The Summer Palace was built with the magic of Albatross and Fathom. The amount of magic Albatross used to create the palace proved too much and he went insane, thus causing the Royal SeaWing Massacre.

After the SeaWing massacre, Pearl decided to use the palace because nobody would ever want to go back to the Island Palace after the traumatizing incident. The SeaWings fixed some parts of the palace, then settled in. The Summer Palace was used for the next two thousand years. The palace was decided to be kept hidden from other tribes, with a few exceptions like using it to house allies in wars.

Trivia

  • The location of the ruins were not plotted until the publication of Moon Rising with a new map and guide by Starflight.
  • The canopy hiding the island was Prince Fathom's idea.[2]

References

  1. The Lost Heir, page 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Darkstalker, page 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lost Heir, page 55
  4. The Lost Heir, page 57
  5. The Lost Heir, page 56
  6. The Lost Heir, page 59
  7. The Lost Heir, page 58
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Lost Heir, page 65
  9. The Lost Heir, page 60
  10. The Lost Heir, page 66
  11. The Lost Heir, page 212
  12. The Lost Heir, page 213
  13. The Lost Heir, page 68
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Lost Heir, page 69
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Lost Heir, page 108
  16. The Lost Heir, page 172
  17. The Lost Heir, page 177
  18. Darkstalker, page 63
  19. 19.0 19.1 Darkstalker, page 25
  20. Darkstalker, page 32
  21. Darkstalker, page 26
  22. 22.0 22.1 Darkstalker, page 33
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Lost Heir, page 73
  24. The Lost Heir, page 294
  25. The Lost Heir, page 293
  26. The Lost Heir, page 193
  27. The Lost Heir, page 118
  28. The Lost Heir, page 109
  29. The Lost Heir, page 100
  30. The Lost Heir, page 102
  31. The Lost Heir, page 90
  32. The Lost Heir, page 137
  33. The Lost Heir, page 70
  34. The Lost Heir, page 106
  35. The Lost Heir, page 204
  36. The Lost Heir, page 206
  37. 37.0 37.1 The Lost Heir, page 257
  38. The Lost Heir, page 254
  39. The Lost Heir, page 255
  40. The Lost Heir, page 269


SeaWings
Queens

Present: Coral
Historical: LagoonPearl

Royalty
(Present)

AnemoneAukletCeruleanFinGillMorayOctopusOrcaSharkTsunamiTurtle

Royalty
(Historical)

AlbatrossClearpoolCowrieCurrentEelFathomHumpbackMantaReefRippleSapphireScallopSplash

Jade Mountain

TsunamiTurtleAnemonePikeBarracudaSnail

Other Dragons

Present: AbaloneFlounderHerringKelpLagoonNautilusPearlPiranhaRiptideSnailSnapperSquidTempestTortoiseUrchinWebsWhirlpool
Historical: DropletIndigoLionfishWharf

Hybrids

Typhoon

Kingdom

Bay of a Thousand ScalesDeep PalaceIsland PalaceSummer Palace

Society

AquaticRoyal SeaWing MassacreSeaWing CouncilTalons of Power ceremony

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