The origin of the ruins is not known but believed to be elven, possibly related to the Poscadar elves, who would not go near them, because they were alleged to be inhabited by ghosts or other malevolent creatures. The Nahopaca also refused to go near these ruins, because they feared what evil might be within.
Beneath the ruins were the remains of the inhabitants, who destroyed themselves in a magical war. Some were trapped within gems, after having suffered trap the soul. Others were turned into poisonous snakes that continued to inhabit the ruins. The backs of the snakes' heads bore vague impressions of screaming faces on them. Stone golems were scattered throughout the ruins, still waiting for commands from their long-dead masters. Some treasure, like gold, uncut gems, and magical items, remained in the ruins, and some of it was guarded by traps.