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The White-Gold Tower (sometimes written without the hyphen), also called the Imperial Palace, White-Stone Tower or simply White-Gold, is the enormous central spire of the Imperial City, located in the heart of the Palace District. It towers above everything else in the city.
The tower was built by the earliest Aldmeri migrants to Cyrodiil in the middle Merethic Era and was the center of the region occupied by their descendants, the Ayleids. Tel Var Stones are believed to be pieces of the tower. The tower was originally called the Temple of the Ancestors, and was home to the Ten Ancestors, a set of Ayleid statues made from meteoric iron and glass. The distance between the Ayleids' lands and those of their theoretical overlords led to the establishment of White-Gold Tower as an independent city state in 1E 0; a state that lasted until Alessia overthrew Ayleid rule in 243. The Ten Ancestors were removed from the temple before its sacking and were dispersed among several Ayleid cities.
Currently it serves as the Imperial Palace and hosts the vaults and libraries of the Moth Priesthood. It can be seen from all over the Imperial City and the surrounding countryside, and is a defining symbol of the Empire.
The Imperial Palace during the Simulacrum (Arena)
The Tower during the Planemeld (ESO)
The Tower after the failure of the Planemeld Obverse (ESO)
Jagar Tharn sitting on the Ruby Throne (Arena)
- For game-specific information, see the Arena article, the Oblivion White Gold Tower and Imperial Palace articles, and the ESO article.
- Aurbic Enigma 4: The Elden Tree — Beredalmo the Signifier
- Guide to the Imperial City — Alessia Ottus
- Red Eagle's Song — Varana Tappo, Imperial Scribe serving the Longhouse Emperors
- Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Umbacano's research
- The Last King of the Ayleids — Herminia Cinna
- Shezarr and the Divines — Faustillus Junius
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes (p.123)
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.