Rothmar Palace is the home of the Empress and is located in Helmsley. Helmsley is a city within the county of Welshpool in Jascaessau. The palace was built during Declan I’s reign. The Imperial capital was first situated in Xodon in Uhl, Declan’s home. In the year 75, Declan decided to move his family and the capital to Jascaessau. He believed the island nation would provide more protection for the Imperial crown. He began the building of watch towers along the coast of the island, an early warning system.
Rothmar was originally a simple palace of local stone quarried from the island. The stone was dark blue in color, the mortar was a simple mixture of mud and ground stone. The original building of the palace consisted of the Great Hall, kitchen, four bedrooms and the dungeons beneath the palace. The Great Hall would also house the servants that served the palace when not being used for meals or other events.
Declan had a large wall built to encircle the palace. The wall was situated at a great distance from the palace. The extra land allowed tents to be set up for the armies of the realm.
Edward I added the apartments of the Lord, these were the living quarters for the Imperial family. Edward believed the Imperial family needed to be removed from the rest of the palace. He had a separate stairway off the main corridor that led to the apartments. The apartment area consisted of eight en suites. Each apartment contained a sitting room, a bedroom, and a garderobe (bathroom) with a balcony. Two suites were on each floor of the expansion. The lowest members of the family had their suites on the second level while the Emperor’s suite and the Crown Prince’s suite were on the fifth level.
A garderobe was a primitive toilet, a simple wooden seat over a crude metal bed pan. There was a servant assigned to each apartment just to keep the garderobe clean. The room was filled with sweet smelling flowers which were changed daily. The flowers helped to disguise the waste odors.
The garderobe also contained a large wooden “tub” used for bathing. The water for the bath in cooler months would be brought up from the well located outside the kitchen and heated in the fireplace in the apartment. In warmer months the wooden tub could be moved out onto the balcony of the garderobe to warm the water and bather. Bathing wasn’t a daily activity due to the time it took to prepare the bath.
The rooms that once served as bedrooms during Declan’s reign were turned into studies for the Emperor, his wife, and the Crown Prince or Princess.
Edward also had servant homes built along the east wall. Edward didn’t believe the servants should call the palace their home. The servant’s homes were simple wooden structures. The homes consisted of a large room which served as the dining room, sitting room, and bedroom for the home’s occupants. A second home was built above each to accommodate all the staff. The staff homes did not have fireplaces, Edward feared it would be dangerous. Staff meals were prepared in a special dining hall that was constructed in the area of the staff homes.
During Abigail’s reign she added the barracks built for the Imperial Guard. The barracks were built along the front walls just inside the gates leading to the courtyard. A dining hall for the guard was also built in the same area where the guard would take their meals.
Abigail also added the Imperial salon off the Great Hall. She set it up as a place to gather her thoughts prior to entering the hall to hold court. It was her personal sanctuary, a place of peace before facing the people of Hulsteria.
Carlisle I added the guest apartments, opposite the Imperial apartments. The tower was five stories and consisted of three rooms on the second through fifth floors. This addition also had a separate staircase. The first level of the tower housed two garderobes for the guests to use. Carlisle had this tower built to offer boarding for the women with whom he was involved. There was a walkway constructed between the Imperial apartments and the guest apartments, which allowed the mistresses to easily access Emperor Carlisle.
Oliver I, son of Carlisle, added two towers to the front of the palace to house the staff that served the Imperials directly. Each tower had 15 rooms. During Oliver’s reign a fire broke out in the original kitchen, it was contained to just the kitchen but the room was destroyed beyond repair. The kitchen was demolished and rebuilt away from the palace to prevent any damage to the main structure.
Additional buildings were added over the course of other Imperial reigns to create the palace that is home to Stelaphina.