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Celestial Tower

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Celestial City. (drawn by Squidbunny)
Celestial City. (drawn by Squidbunny)
The Tower. (drawn by Ben)
The Tower. (drawn by Ben)
The Tower's base entrance. (drawn by Ben)
The Tower's base entrance. (drawn by Ben)
Impressions of the Tower. (drawn by Lewis Rice)
Impressions of the Tower. (drawn by Lewis Rice)
Sketches of the spire and base. (drawn by pandamonium)
Sketches of the spire and base. (drawn by pandamonium)
Tower. (drawn by pandamonium)
Tower. (drawn by pandamonium)
Arcadia City. (drawn by Lewis)
Arcadia City. (drawn by Lewis)
The Tower in Chapter 2 with new blue glass to reflect the change in politics. (drawn by Shilane)
The Tower in Chapter 2 with new blue glass to reflect the change in politics. (drawn by Shilane)

The Celestial Tower served as the headquarters of The Celestial Empire, and currently as a monument of the Arcadian Republic. This tower is the dominating landmark of Arcadia City. As of Chapter 3, the tower is now surrounded by the radial Arcadian Parliament building and its windows are tinted purple. The article you are currently reading deals primarily with just the tower itself in the states it existed during Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

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General Description

Celestial Tower is 450 meters tall and has a diameter of 150 meters at the base. It extends upwards at a slight angle to the base of the "dome" where it is. The tower has a diameter of 100 meters at that point. The dome itself is a 150 meter in diameter sphere. Atop the dome is a small communication site housing various forms of comm. equipment such as satellite dishes and a wideband radio tower as well as a landing pad for various forms of airborne transports. The construction of the tower: a Steel Frame with a Concrete core surrounded by a Black Onyx and Azul Noce (black granite) shell. There is no external wall surrounding the tower but there are military patrols and outposts around the tower at intervals. There is a single massive entryway facing towards the city proper. This entrance is 15 meters across and extends to a point 30 meters upwards. There are two massive steel doors that are (currently) opened into the tower. There is also various “service” entry points interspersed around the base of the tower leading to different facilities. The six massive steel outcroppings located at 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 o’clock respectively looking at the tower from the top. These supports start from 150 meters up on the tower and sweep downward to 100 meters from the tower at ground level, effectively extending the tower’s footprint to 350 meters. These supports continue underground to prevent damage from earthquakes. The 4 “spires” extending off of the dome portion of the tower are purely aesthetic and are constructed of a hollow steel frame surrounded by thick aluminum sheets to suppress any additional weight strain on the dome.

The main tower levels

The tower is split into three major levels, each one extending 150 meters upward. The bottom level of the tower is the Administrative Level. The middle level is the Personnel Level. And the top level (the dome) is dedicated to Command and Control and all military operations. Any citizen of Arcadia can walk right into the front door as access the bottom level but security rises as one traverses higher into the tower. The walls of the interior are mainly a duplicate of the outer shell of dark granite. The floors are polished dark marble.

The Administrative Level

The bottom 150 meters of the tower were once dedicated to administrative facilities that used to run the nation of Arcadia. Think of this area as a massive city hall/capitol building. Almost all nation related business and processing was once handled is this area. The bottom floor is dominated by a massive fountain with a levitating stone carving of the TCE emblem floating in its center. A massive pillar of light begins in this fountain and extends all the way upwards to the base of the dome through a “chimney” that guts the core of the tower.

This level of the tower is fairly non-descript as it has little to do with the actual tournament or any of the characters. But it’s a vital part to the “in-character” portion of the tower.

The Personnel Level

The central 150 meters is dedicated to personnel, more specifically the high-ranking commanders of TCE/AR. Security is tight between the Admin and Personnel levels, but once inside this level there are relatively few guards as to give the commanders as much as space as possible. Housed here are various facilities to include personal quarters, an infirmary, a massive training area, dining facility, library, hanger for personal aerial transports, and a large entertainment area with a bar, lounge, a video room, and various other locations. Personal quarters are all relatively the same size and layout measuring in at 400 square meters each including a bathroom. Personal decorations and modifications (if any) are the responsibility of the inhabitant. Security in general is probably more loose in this area than it used to be, since a large portion of official activity now takes place in the parliament that surrounds the tower.

The C2 Level

The top 150 meters of the tower (dome) housed all military as well as command and control operations. Security on the level is still extremely tight and there is only one entrance into this level from the Personnel level. A platoon of elite C3 troopers lives here to provide exclusive security. This level’s layout differs from the previous two as there is no central chimney extending through it. Narrow hallways and biometric-locked doors are the norm here as provide an added level of security Some of this level’s facilities include: a large war room which the various commanders meet at before heading into the fray, a network operations facility, the elite C3 troops quarters and dining area, as well as the office of The Celestial. The light that extending up from the ground floor is reflected using massive waveguides to a large, red crystal eye that faces out to the city. This eye is 60 meters in diameter and is constructed of a single piece of artificially produced red crystal that is only 3 inches thick but has the relative strength of steel. The center of the eye has been the office of several previous leaders of Arcadia, including The Celestial and Shilane, most recently. The war room is located right below the office. Both rooms’ outer wall is part of the eye.

See Also

As of Chapter 3 the following locations are part of the Celestial Tower:

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