It was as much a fortress as it was a city surrounded by capable walls lined with siege weaponry and grizzled soldiers. Beneath the city was a huge store of food and supplies to enable the city to withstand long periods of isolation.
The city was founded by the Tenblades adventuring band during the early explorations of the region. The group's leader, Romas Thunderclap, built the fortress to act as a bastion of order in Vaasa after two of his companions were murdered. His efforts were successful, as even during the conquests of Zhengyi the Witch-King, Darmshall never fell, despite being besieged by many goblins.