jeb said: As I was contemplating this in a hazy, half-asleep state, I wondered if the palaces aura is so big, why hadn't been affecting the elves this whole time? Why did they have all the affects of being deprived of it's influence? Then I remembered that it had to be activated by all those spirits living in it.
Proximity seems to be a factor when it comes to the Palace's magic affecting changes in the elves. After it was "awakened" so long ago by the spirits of the Gliders, that is - that's why, I presume the Go-Backs could live practically on top of it for so many millennia and seem to be totally untouched by magic*, but since "activation", living in or near the Palace does seem to be affecting changes more quickly:
*Teir's gifted adopted dad notwithstanding...