The Elven Ruins are an assemblage of dilapidated underground ruins within the Brecilian Forest with human architecture yet elven artifacts. Statues of the old elvish gods, such as Falon'Din, the Friend of the Dead, still line the hallways as lifeless reminders of better days.
This section contains spoilers for: Dragon Age: Origins.
The Dalish Warden and Tamlen discover these ruins after hearing about them from some human scavengers. Within they locate an eluvian however when they approach it, Tamlen vanishes and Mahariel is rendered unconscious. Later, the Dalish Warden returns with Merrill and Fenarel and encounter Duncan who explains that the eluvian had been infected with the darkspawn taint and destroys it to ensure the eluvian harms no one else.
This section contains spoilers for: Witch Hunt.
Several years later, The Warden-Commander visits the ruins with Finn and Ariane to track down the remnants of the eluvian as a means to locate a connected eluvian elsewhere.