I got to play for a bit last night, didn't have time to do much but I did get to go through Ardoris in order to progress the tour quest and explore the Palaces. I was anticipating this from the last release and was pretty disappointed by them when I finally saw them in this release. Now two of my big concerns were addressed in other posts I see. Namely that the Advisors to Siri never have their nameplate change, and all the guards in the Palace of Wind have the same name. Also the fact that the guards in Ardoris will often demand you halt but never really do anything to stop you. I see that there's supposed to be lever they pull to let you in that wasn't implemented so I guess that explains that. Just seems funny to have a guard yell halt and just run past him "YOLO sucka!" But my main concern was the size and quality of the "palaces" themselves. I was really expecting something a bit more grand tbh. I've seen some of the player housing that looks larger than these which basically boil down to an foyer, side room, dining room, kitchen and upstairs bedroom. Not much of a palace for the rulers of "one of the largest cities on Novia". There is a fair amount of empty space outside within the outer walls which doesn't really appear to be used for anything. I'd rather see the palaces expanded that just having a bunch of space for no reasons. If some smaller outbuildings or gardens or something are going to be added later that'd be fine but right now it seems to be a waste. Ultimately though the thing that got me down about the palaces was just how drab they seemed. Bare unpainted stone walls, crates lying around in the middle of the kitchens barely any decoration, lack of NPCs. One nice thing in Ultima was going to Lord British's castle and talking to the servants and stableboys and all of that. Here there's just the Lord/Lady, 1 or 2 advisors and a few guards. Are the palaces still be worked on or is this what is being envisioned size/population/decoration wise for release?