There are 25-levels in the Cloister building, but only twenty-one levels exist for a vocational purpose. Most levels house the legislative branch offices (Citizenry-Chamber) and the suites of the Ruling Platform. Its four sub-levels contain the Sernatae’s living and hibernation space.
The Cloister is a rydokular structure and is hollow at its center, with an open air space on every level (one can stand in the lobby and stare up toward the dirtoxian-glass rotunda of the Session Hall, 21 levels above).
Crowning the structure is the Session Hall. Red and black quartz tiles cut from the Turkol Mountains cover the floor, while polar concrete sculptures depicting the original subjects stand throughout the space. Capping the Hall is a rotunda designed to let in light during the polar day. The dome’s pinnacle houses the digicaxi-obs launch, a compartment that houses the observational-spheres that record the session for later broadcast* to the citizenry.
*Once, all Cloister Sessions were broadcasted live, until the ascendance of the Ninth Gen; now only the Third Cloister Session appears in real-time.
The Citizenry-Chamber is on the Session Hall’s southern side, with lower booth-seating reserved for citizenry visitors beneath it. Each elevated lower deck contains a biveltop desk with a central chair and one additional seat. Centering the Citizenry-Chamber’s semicircle deck are two hover-platforms called ‘Floats.’ These disks levitate visiting speakers to a place between the Ruling Platform and the Citizenry-Chamber; they are also used by Representatives wishing to address the Hall formally. During a less formal procedure, Citizenry-Representatives need only press the Sernatae-Call Button at their station to be called upon to speak; one does not speak without permission from the Sernatae.
On the northern side of the Session Hall, a two-level balcony hangs thirteen feet above the Chamber. The first semi-circular balcony contains the Committee of Five’s seating and their biveltop working space. The Third and Fifth Offices are opposite one another on the outermost seats. The Second and Fourth are in the inner spaces, and centering the half-circle is the First Office. Directly above the First Office position is the Primary. The Primary Deck is the highest seat in the room and overlooks the entire Hall.
In the Session Hall center, a thin runway spanning the room’s width appears to hover between the Citizenry-Chamber and the Ruling Platform; this is the Sernatae Yard. Here, the Sernatae stands the entire session at what is called ‘the Podium.’ On the other side of the deck sits the Sernatae Second, the official administrator of the Sernatae and commander of the Axyrn stationed throughout the Hall.
Though the Ruling Platform and the Citizenry Chamber work together to govern Ramaxia, the Sernatae maintains complete authority over all legislative procedures in the Cloister Hall.
The remaining levels are for those conducting business within the Cloister:
Level 20 holds the Cloister offices of the Primary.
Level 19, the Cloister offices of the CM1
Level 18, the Cloister offices of the CM2
Level 17, the Cloister offices of the CM3
Level 16, the Cloister offices of the CM4
Level 15, the Cloister offices of the CM5
Levels 14 and 13 contain the Courts of the Ramax Guardia
Levels 12 and 11 belong to the Axyrn Division
Level 10, the Cloister offices of the Utama
Level 9, the Cloister offices of Vanda Prime
Level 8, the Cloister offices of North & Central Vanda
Level 7, the Cloister offices of Toxis Prime
Level 6, the Cloister offices of West & East Toxis
Level 5, the Cloister offices of Pikalit Prime
Level 4, the Cloister offices of Northeast & Greater Pikalit
Level 3, the Cloister offices of the Secondary Sernatae
Level 2, the Cloister offices of the Sernatae
Level 1 (street level) is the Cloister Interaction Office and Prime Lobby
Sub-level 1, houses the Intermediary Barracks of the Sernatae Guard
Sub-level 2, contains the Sernatae Social Meeting Rooms
Sub-level 3, contains Sernatae and her pod’s Residence
Sub-level 4, the paxicol of the Sernatae
- Ramaxian Government