The Emperor's Step is the main entrance of the Shrine of Seven Stars, located in the center of the first floor. To the left is the Star's Bazaar, the Golden Lantern inn is to the right, the Path of Serenity is upstairs to the left, the Ethereal Corridor to the upstairs right, and the Summer Terrace is outside.
The areas on both sides of the grand staircase are occupied: the southwest side has been converted to a small hospital, while the northeastern side is an engineering workshop.
The southwestern balcony (accessible from second floor; Chamber of Enlightenment) holds examples of gear sets (helm and shoulders only). The northeastern balcony (accessible from second floor; Chamber of Reflection) is being used as a small concert hall.
- Murphy Diremoor <Engineering Supplies>
- H.A.R.V.E.Y. <Mechanical Auctioneer>
- Pink Peony <Sweet Treats>
- Serenka <First Aid Supplies>
- Taijing the Cyclone <Brews>
- Apo the Joyful Heart
- Isaac Eppstein
- Donnelly Firecask
- Kiang Redwhisker
- Keri Reynolds
- Jenessa Riverbreeze
- Master Zhang
- Lil' Canny
- Philip Luke
- Healer Nan
- Priest Whitebrow
- Armorer Kisha (southwestern balcony)
- Andrea Toyas (northeastern balcony)
- Jai Maguri (northeastern balcony)
- Tina Nguyen (northeastern balcony)
- Graceful Jessi (northeastern balcony)
- David Guerrero (northeastern balcony)
- Keilan Hearthsong (northeastern balcony)
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.