winter palace

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14 For Elmira for the OC Codex

OC Codex Prompts (I am still taking these!)

14. Your OC talking about your favorite quest

The handwriting is shaky. Judging from the smell, the stains on the page are from a strong Tevinter-made spirit.

My old Keeper taught me of the Second Exalted March and what it meant to the People. It was the end of an empire. The deaths of thousands upon thousands. Loss of irreplaceable knowledge and our way of life. No, that’s not right. “One way of life. That’s what she… that’s what Keeper Ithirael would always say.

It’s strange to return to this place. To Orlais and the Winter Palace. To waltz in without blades pointed at our necks. Not welcomed, no. But dreaded. Feared. The very thought would have made Ithirael laugh. I could hardly believe it the first time I stepped through those ornate gates.

… yet here we are again.

The Dalish Inquisitor, back at the heart of the Orlesian Empire, in an almost desperate attempt to win over the shems. Again. Those same shems who sought the annihilation of the People seven hundred years ago. The ones who still sit on our throne. Those who still seek to destroy our way of life while insisting on shaking the Inquisitor’s “blessed” hand. Smiling at him. Fuckin’ bastards.

How fitting… for the fate of the Inquisition to be decided here… by those same humans who still try to rid themselves of elves. Is it fate? No, that doesn’t sound right…

The Winter Palace. Halamshiral. The end of the journey.

Keeper Ithirael used to say, “When your journey comes to an end, there isn’t always a path to take you back.”

What do I say to

He’s my best fr

I don’t think

[An entire paragraph is blotted out roughly.]

This may be the end.

— From the private journal of Elmira Vaharel, dated 9:44 Dragon.

And as always, Clan Vaharel belongs to @vir-ghilani. ;) <3

(Note: Ithirael Telvaris/Clan Telvaris is the alternate name for my Keeper Deshanna/Clan Lavellan depending on the timeline or AU.)

Thanks for the ask! :D

the Winter Palace, Vienna, Austria

the battle room, paintings by Jacques Parrocel

“Originally built as a lavish stately residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, then acquired in the eighteenth century by Empress Maria Theresa before being used for the Court Treasury and later as the Ministry of Finance, this Baroque jewel in downtown Vienna has finally been restored to a centre of art and culture. With the opening of the Belvedere’s new – and fourth – exhibition venue, the principal rooms of Prince Eugene’s state apartments will be accessible to the public from 18 October 2013 on.”



The Hermitage Museum | St. Petersburg | Russia.From the 1760s onwards the Winter Palace was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. Many visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public. The Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762. Many of the palace’s impressive interiors have been remodeled since then, particularly after 1837, when a huge fire destroyed most of the building. Today the Winter Palace, together with four more buildings arranged side by side along the river embankment, houses the extensive collections of the Hermitage. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world.The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from the German city of Berlin. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history. The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all. х

Russian Imperial Palaces → The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs. However, some of the monarchs and their families often flocked to their favorite and more secure palaces outside of the city because of the dangers they face at the Winter Palace. In 1905, the Bloody Sunday massacre occurred when demonstrators marched toward the Winter Palace, but by this time the Imperial Family had chosen to live in the more secure and secluded Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, and returned to the Winter Palace only for the most formal and rarest state occasions.

The palace was constructed on a monumental scale that was intended to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia. The green-and-white palace has the shape of an elongated rectangle. The Winter Palace has been calculated to contain 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases. The rebuilding of 1837 left the exterior unchanged, but large parts of the interior were redesigned in a variety of tastes and styles, leading the palace to be described as a “19th-century palace inspired by a model in Rococo style.

Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great’s original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt. After the death of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum had become a private treasure house of the Tsars, who continued collecting paintings and artworks, albeit not on the scale of Catherine the Great. The museum is open to everyone today.