Also known as Shangri-La, Shamballa is the mythic repository of wisdom and final fortress against the darkness at the end of the world, according to Tibetan Buddhist legend. The city is located in another dimension just beside the one we all know, and is accessible through mystical gateways or the Crystal Ship time machine constructed by Davidon.
Shamballa is a beautiful city filled with gardens and remarkable architecture. The technology which can be seen there ranges from the distant past to the far future — indeed, one of the Ladies of Shamballa is apparently a Tetris fiend. The Shamballans have gathered this technology, and all knowledge, learning and culture through the ages, to fulfil their great trust.
Ordinary humans can come to Shamballa, and have several times during the course of the game. At the end of their first visit, their strength of character is tested. If they pass this test, they may leave untouched, but if they fail, they must either remain in Shamballa forever or have their memories of the place removed before they depart.