Sanctuary is built along a cold stream trickling downhill from a lake in the foothills of the Claws of the Clouds Mountains, beside a very small, cold lake. Each home looks completely different from the next, and Sanctuary's architecture includes a mound of clay with a hole in the roof, a rough cabin made of logs and leaves, and two structures by the lake that are half-submerged in water. It is surrounded by bushes and trees that smell like damp leaves and pine needles. There is a huge boulder half-covered in poison ivy within the forest, and a smooth, cold, tall, flat boulder in the shade of the trees. The air smells like scavengers, pine trees, and distant snow. It is full of scuttling noises.
Halfway up one of the surrounding mountain peaks, there is a pebbly cave. Sanctuary is punctuated by sounds of incessant chatter, leaves rustling, and wind whipping around the snowcaps of the mountains. However, the cave is very quiet.
Not far from the lake's edge, in an area cleared of trees, there is an odd corner: a space surrounded by a very tall fence, which is composed of tree trunks lashed together. Inside, there is a dragon-made pool of water and a pile of leaves and pine needles with a small leaf canopy covering it.
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
In the epilogue, Winter was seen observing scavengers after leaving Jade Mountain Academy, but Kinkajou scared them off. She offered to help Winter find them, as her RainWing scales would likely come in handy. He talked about how he was trying to build a sanctuary for scavengers, and Riptide got the idea for the name of the town when Winter suggested this.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
Sanctuary appeared as the site where Snowfall and other queens of Pyrrhia discuss Pantala's existence. It is also where Crystal decided to stay after Glacier died so she can reunite with her love interest, Gharial. Many LeafWings and SilkWings, as well as Bumblebee, resided there.
- Several IceWings were interested in moving to Sanctuary.
- Anemone donated half of her treasure to help build Sanctuary.