Emperor Palpatine is a man of refined taste. In between plotting to take over the galaxy and putting on a performance as a Senator and later chancellor, he enjoyed the finer things in life. He wore luxurious robes and displayed ancient art in his office. This cultured attitude stems from his plush childhood as a minor Naboo royal, but influenced his life as a Sith in a big way, including one of the most iconic moments of the prequels.
The infamous “Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise” scene in Revenge of the Sith is not only iconic due to the out-of-nowhere lore dump, but for the unusual setting: the performance of the Mon Calamari ballet known as Squid Lake at Coruscant’s the Galaxies Opera House. It always felt like an overly formal, public place to discuss Sith history, but Palps’ flair for the dramatic seemed like enough justification.
That is, until the release of James Luceno’s 2012 book, Darth Plagueis.
The non-canon novel, which follows the life of Palpatine’s master and the rise of Darth Sidious, includes the inevitable Rule of Two moment when Palpatine kills his Sith Master. After years of ill health, Plagueis ventures out into public with Palpatine the night before he is to be elected Chancellor.