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Arcadia (Eldar)

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Map Basic Data Planetary Image
px Name: Arcadia Unknown.jpg
Segmentum: Unknown
Sector: Unknown
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Eldar (Harlequin)
Class: Xenos World
Tithe Grade: Unknown

History

Little is known of Arcadia, fabled library planet of the Harlequins, though both Imperial and Chaos forces have set foot there. Warriors of the Blood Ravens under Gabriel Angelos and the Thousand Sons of Ahriman are recorded to have met in combat on the planet, as well as having combated the Harlequin inhabitants. The Harlequins eventually established an alliance of convenience with the Imperial Space Marines as, while the Blood Ravens were largely on the planet to recover Rhamah, a lost brother, the Thousand Sons were present to plunder the Arcadian Librarium and gain access to the Webway. While Ahriman was able to successfully steal texts from the library and enter the Webway, the Harlequins were able to deceive him about where the Webway Gate he entered would lead, preventing him from achieving his ultimate goal. Gabriel Angelos on the other hand, made the correct choice and was able to lead his forces through a Webway Gate back to the rest of his Company.[1a]

Geography, Culture and Planetary Conditions

The explored (by observers other than the Harlequins themselves) areas of Arcadia appear to be uniformly barren, either desert or windswept sandstone. The only known settlement on the world is hidden within a large rocky mesa, either dug out of the sandstone or built within a pre-existing valley - the craftsmanship of the dwelling is such that it is hard to tell which is the more likely. As a result the entire city is difficult to locate, appearing as natural rock formations to the casual observer, from both above and ground level. Ground approach to the city is through a maze-like series of canyons.[1b]

The city itself is a wonder of Eldar architecture, its naturalistic forms decorated extensively with gargoyles, statues and dry fountains.[1b] It is the location of the the Arcadian Librarium, the library of the Harlequins, one of the most extensive repositories of knowledge in existence.[1c]

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