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Court of Gods
Usage Government, Palaces
City T'Telir
Nation Hallandren
World Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Warbreaker

The Court of Gods is the home and parliament of the Returned in Hallandren.[1] While the Returned effectively rule the nation, they are confined inside the walls of this complex in T'Telir, the capital of Hallandren.

The Court of Gods is composed of the God King's palace, a many-roomed building in the center of the court, which holds rooms in every shade of red, green and blue. Around this structure stand the various Returned's palaces, each in the colors of the Returned who resides within, as well as the priests and staff who care for them. The Lifeless barracks are situated at the base of the Court.[2]

The political issues of Hallandren are resolved in the court, and citizens that have reached at least the First Heightening are allowed entrance to observe the choices being made in the Court Assembly.[3]

The Court of Gods is an extravagant place in which every want or need of its Returned inhabitants are met, from luxurious food to exotic performances. The Returned live in luxury until they deem it fit to give their Divine Breath to a person with a need they find worthy. At the time of the Pahn Kahl rebellion, however, most of the Returned are content to live in excess and are apathetic to the wants and needs of the general populace. As such, much of their considerable political power lies with their priests, and no Returned has sacrificed themselves in three years, leading to some resentment among Hallandren's citizens.[4]

A Reacher in Celebrant tries to sell a painting from the Court of Gods to Kaladin for three hundred broams worth of Stormlight. The painting, by Nenefra, seems to Kaladin to depict nine shadows, with a figure kneeling in the middle (the Unmade and Odium's champion). The painting is small, painted from thick strokes of oil. It has red and black colors, and seems sloppy, as if it had been carelessly painted with a knife.[5]


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