The ruins of Shadowfell were once home to a well-to-do village. It has been reduced to little more than ashes and rubble from the continual siege back and forth between The Empire and the Orcish Horde.  It's strategic location has it at the bottom of a valley. Due to this neither side can make ground as whenever it brings in it's siege weapons into the town to be in range of the enemy's encampment, they are met with siege fire. Neither side has a strategic or topographical advantage to make any progress.