Home of the mysterious Empyreans, the city of New Arcadia is nestled in a valley deep in the Antarctic wasteland at 74°23′ S and 55°56′ E, approximately 1,450 kilometers from the South Pole. Although New Arcadia is situated in the relatively well-explored part of the continent, it has remained hidden from the prying eyes of outsiders.
The valley itself is sheltered by the convergence of two recently-discovered mountain ranges: the Reeves and Keaton respectively. The sheer size and height of the peaks comprising these ranges make approaching the valley by land or air nearly impossible. Furthermore, the valley is surrounded by an energy field projected by powerful devices located underground along the circumference of New Arcadia which renders it not only invisible to the naked eye beyond a distance of one kilometer but also completely undetectable by the technological means currently available. These devices are also responsible for the perennial sub-tropical climate that exists in the valley. The design, construction and maintenance of all technology in New Arcadia is the sole responsibility of the Empyrean Master Builder Zadin.
Emerging from springs heated by geothermal activity within the mountains, the River Arogi runs the length of the valley and flows into Lake Eirini at the northernmost end. Although the city of New Arcadia is over one hundred square kilometers in size, it is home to only 356 Empyreans and a handful of other beings who have been invited to live amongst them.
New Arcadia is a harmonious blend of impressive architecture and large, well-tended courtyards and magnificent parks. Located on the shores of Lake Eirini, the Temple of Silence is a golden, fifty-story tower which dominates the landscape as the largest structure in the city. At over sixty meters high, the tallest building in New Arcadia is the Watchtower, which is maintained by Chard, the Empyrean entrusted with the security of the Royal Family and the city of New Arcadia. From its position in the center of the city, it commands a majestic view of the entire valley. Creatures long extinct in the outside world live in the vast wildlife preserve of Noatar that composes the south-west quadrant of the city.
Situated in the center of the south-eastern quadrant, the Royal Palace is the embodiment of the Empyrean architectural aesthetic. It has 135,000 square meters of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. With the exception of the Royal Apartments, the palace is open to the public and serves as both a showcase for Empyrean art and a repository of Empyrean culture. Many of the treasures on display in the palace date back to before the Cataclysm in 30,000 BCE. It also houses the Royal Archives, a complete history of the Empyrean race dating back to the First Generation over 500,000 years ago. The archives also contain detailed records of human history, which have been gathered by Empyreans who have lived among their less evolved human “cousins” over the millennia.
New Arcadia is in fact the second home of the Empyreans. The original, Arcadia, was built on the summit of Mount Pentelikon, which is situated northeast of Athens and southwest of Marathon.