Aloy: "Quite a place you've got here. You can almost see the little people below the mesa."
Sun-King Avad: "You don't approve? Well, I have a secret for you. Neither do I."
The Palace of the Sun is an unmarked location in Horizon Zero Dawn.


The Palace of the Sun is a grand palace located on the outskirts of Meridian. It serves as the residence for the Sun-King.

Dervahl's Plot

In Dervahl's attempt to destroy Meridian and murder Avad, he infiltrated the palace by scaling a nearby cliffside, allowing him to climb to the aquaducts. While he was able to subdue the Sun-King and his guards with a sonic weapon, he failed to accomplish what he set out to do, and was defeated by the Nora Aloy.


The Palace of the Sun is located directly outside Meridian, reachable by a heavily guarded bridge. Meridian's aquaduct flows through the palace, providing irrigation to the city and village below. The architecture of the palace follows the style of Meridian: ornate sandstone walls with copper fixtures. Near the center of the palace is a balcony overlooking Meridian, adorned with blue tapestry. The balcony appears to be the throne area for the Sun-King, and many nobles will wait in line to ask favors of him. Behind this balcony is a shaded living room area, filled with comfortable furniture and lavish decorations. The interior of the palace is mostly unexplored, and off-limits to Aloy.


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