Near the settler times was established a magic academy just West of Val-Vale. It aimed to be isolated from the rest of society in order to conduct arcane experiments deemed to risky or immoral for civil society. Certain departments also dedicated themselves to the study of the vast ecology of the Boreanlands.
About a century ago the once great institution went to dust after a massive arcane explosion deformed the academy. Now all that remains are strange ruins, filled with erratic elemental forces and inhabited by ghastly creatures. The relatively more stable wings (mainly the East Wing) have long been pillaged by those who dared to enter.
As one approaches the ruins, they see what looks like a tower disappearing into a thunder cloud which flashes with lightning of altering colors.