Orthez, capital city of Bearn, was Febus's favored court. Jean Froissart visited him here in 1388. A bridge crossed the river Pau at Orthez; Febus taxed merchants on it after affording them safe passage through his lands. The chateau Moncade sat atop a hill, overlooking the entire valley.
In Febus's day, the tower was half again as tall as it is now. In 1853, the top portion of the tower was destroyed.