Palpatine's apartment suite was a series of Senatorial apartments in the upper levels of 500 Republica on Coruscant used by Palpatine during his tenure as Senator of Naboo, and later as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic.
The suite of apartments used by Palpatine consisted of a reception room leading into the Royal Suite, from which Palpatine's personal quarters were located via a carefully guarded corridor. The primary reception room had access to exit turbolifts, and to a curving corridor leading to a soundproof ante-chamber to the main lounge area. This spacious room was located on the "corner" of one of 500 Republica's residential towers, and featured large windows on the two exterior walls, with a balcony running along the side of one wall.
Palpatine's apartments were decorated in various deep shades of red—a color scheme that would later inspire the look of his Chancellery office and his private chamber onboard the second Death Star. His extensive traveling prior to his tenure as Naboo's representative had given Palpatine a more worldly point of view, and little of his Naboo heritage was displayed in his apartments.
Rather, he decorated his quarters with objects and statues picked up on his travels, and which seemed to hold great personal value for him. It was often noted that he would enter into a near-meditative contemplation of the form and alien beauty of his collection, and seemed to draw strength from them.
He also displayed several items given to him by his peers in the Galactic Senate. Senator Tikkes of Mon Calamari gave him three large pearls from the seas of his homeworld, held in the cup-like ends of polished, fossilized trumpet weed; Senator Baskol Yeesrim of Malastare offered an ornate, ceremonial Gran wind drum from an ancient spiritual era; and Triffian Senator Eelen Li bequeathed Palpatine with a near-prehistoric stone carving of one of her species.
Palpatine maintained official quarters on Naboo during his time as a small-time politician, though relocated—with his collection of decorative items—to Coruscant upon being elected to serve as his homeworld's representative in the Senate. It was in his apartments that Palpatine discussed the broadening of Naboo's horizons with King Veruna prior to the latter's abdication, and discussed the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo with his successor, Padmé Amidala, a short time later.
It was also believed that Palpatine, in the guise of Darth Sidious, met with Darth Maul on the balcony outside his apartments during the clandestine search for Queen Amidala in 32 BBY. Later meetings with his Sith apprentices would take place elsewhere, including a LiMerge Power building in The Works.
Palpatine retained his apartment suite upon becoming Supreme Chancellor, though he was afforded an office suite in the Republic Executive Building that boasted its own private chamber in which Palpatine could rest after particularly tiring days. It was from his 500 Republica apartment that General Grievous attempted to kidnap Palpatine during the Battle of Coruscant, though the Chancellor was rescued, briefly, by Jedi Shaak Ti and Stass Allie. During this struggle, Grievous smashed the window of Palpatine's apartment, and though it was presumably fixed, it is not known whether Palpatine retained his quarters upon becoming Emperor of the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY.
Notes and references
- Cloak of Deception
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 24"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Friends and Enemies" (Mentioned only)
- Labyrinth of Evil
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 32 (COR11-12, Coruscant - Palpatine's Apartments)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary