The Sanctuary is the place where the Council keeps animals that have been trained as vegetarians to protect them from going extinct. It has all types of animals, including ones humans believe to be extinct, like woolly mammoths and dinosaurs. Elves believe if any species were to die off the planet, it would upset the delicate balance of the world; Elves refer to this as the Timeline to Extinction.
The Sanctuary is located in the Himalayas. It is described as a beautiful place with lush meadows and green forests that seem to stretch out forever. It is also described that the sky is a cerulean blue that sometimes seems to flash every color of the spectrum as if walking inside a rainbow. The air is fresh and has a crisp sweetness to it. The meadow, with rainbow skies, contains pegasi, unicorns, and (previously) the last two known alicorns, Silveny and Greyfell. Silveny was moved to the Sanctuary in a celebration at the end of Exile, but they were released at the end of Lodestar because they could get away from attackers far better in the wild.
Everything in the Sanctuary is real except for the sky, which is an illusion, and the walls, which are hidden to make it look bigger.
To have an animal enter the sanctuary, there are a few requirements, which are listed below:
- Illness free - an animal needs to be checked to be illness free to prevent large-scale infections.
- Vegetarianized - an animal has to learn to eat only plants to prevent predators from hunting the other animals at the Sanctuary.
- Prepared - an animal has to be ready to fit into the Sanctuary before being moved.
Role in the Story Edit
In Everblaze, Keefe Sencen and Sophie Foster go there because Silveny the Alicorn needed help. It is hidden inside the mountain range of the Himalayas, which the elves use as a sort of shield from humans accidentally finding the Sanctuary, to stop elves (with light leaping crystals) from light leaping directly into the Sanctuary, and so that Alicorns can't use their teleportation ability to get in or out. The animals that live in the Sanctuary must first be trained to get along with other animals and must be vegetarians; a task that is taken care of by the Ruewens at Havenfield, and the Hekses.