P.Y.R.A.M.I.D., which stands for Pharaoh Yasiro’s Research Academy and Military Initiative of Defense, is the central galactic command force of Pharaoh Yosira, which was originally founded by her grandfather, Yasiro. It is primarily committed towards fending off Octavian's conquest of the Nile Galaxy, as well as recovering knowledge and information that was lost in the Blight. It is located on planet Mayet. It is also the location for the Academy in the Cleopatra in Space comic book series and the associated TV series.
P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. comprises both the Academy, as well as the nearby Mayet City located just across the river, which houses both Yosira's room and the chambers of the cat council. Students enrolled at the Academy are generally considered to be a front line of defense for galaxy, and as such, their educational curriculum includes combat training, as well as basic education in areas such as history, chemistry, and biology.
The Academy and nearby Mayet City are both protected by a large asteroid shield, which protects them from the constant deluge of asteroids striking the planet, as well as from intrusion of enemy forces. It is shown that the loss of this forcefield can have disastrous results, as it was accidentally drained by Cleo in "Clubbing," which nearly resulted in the Academy's destruction by an asteroid until she managed to get the A.I. Generator to turn it on again.
It is shown that Octavian is well aware of P.Y.R.A.M.I.D.'s location, and he has managed to successfully infiltrate it both by way of having Zaid serve as his spy to smuggle deadly mechs and other objects inside, as well sending a mind-controlled Zedge to capture Cleo in "Suspicion." The forcefield has seemingly always prevented him from sending a force to attack P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. directly, as suggested in "Pyramid Scheme," where it was only after Khepra disabled it that he sent in Xerxes.
The Academy serves as the home of Cleo after her arrival in the future, and it is the setting of many of the episodes in the series. According to Pakin Liptawat's concept art, the P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. council, called the "Cat council" for short, is located in Mayet City, is divided into four pyramids: Main, Command, "Tech," and Combat, while also featuring a courtyard.
Locations inside of P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. and the associated city
- The name is yet another sign the society is modeled after Ancient Egypt
- The complex consists of four interconnected pyramids and is surrounded by a nearby city, likely inhabited by those going to school there and their professors.
- Assecula is the only character to date to refer to P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. as "Yasiro Academy" (consistent with how it is described in the comics), while every other character calls it the Academy or P.Y.R.A.M.I.D.
This art was done by Pakin Liptawat.
- On Instagram he posted the same and commented: "After a long wait. Dreamworks released Cleopatra in Space today on its new Peacock Streaming service. Based on Mike Maihack’s graphic novel it tells the story of Cleopatra and her adventures after being sent into the future. Working on this was an amazing experience. Here are a few early shots from Mayet City which I created using photoshop and sketchup."
- In his description for this on Instagram, he wrote: "More concept art for the Dreamworks / Peacock Networks Cleopatra in Space animated series. Based on the Graphic Novels by Mike Maihack. So this is one of the earliest designs that I created for Mayet City. It was basically everything but the kitchen sink thrown in to figure out exactly what the aesthetic for the city would be. A lot of details and motifs that would make it into the final look of the city including the jelly glass, the coral like surrounding mountains and architectural details made it into the final show. The monorails never made it which is probably for the better."
- On Instagram, he explained that they were trying to "figure out a different way of using the overall classic pyramid shape but also finding a new and more futuristic approach to the layout," with @hootle and @drawslikeagirl coming up with "the idea of the classroom being at the bottom of the structure looking out from The bottom," so they then "separated the shape into a base and a secondary pyramid," which gave them a lot "more cool and interesting architectural spaces to play with."