Surmia was a fairly young city. It was built approximately 50 years ago, after the end of the second Guild War. The Charr weren't considered a strong threat at that time, and the people of Ascalon made the mistake of building Surmia beyond the protection of The Great Northern Wall. Later they would regret that; when the Charr attacked Ascalon during The Searing, the city was destroyed completely.
The Ruins of Surmia are located north-east of Ascalon City, and north of The Great Northern Wall. Players are treated to a tour of the Ruins during the Ruins of Surmia mission. The primary quest "Ruins of Surmia" leads you there from the Frontier Gate after completing the Fort Ranik mission.
The Historical Monument of Surmia
The inscription on the Historical Monument of Surmia reminds of the times when the city was founded:
If only gladiators died,
Or heroes, death would be his pride.
Here in the shadow of The Great Northern Wall, we build anew. The second Guild War has ended, and Ascalon has been victorious. For the efforts of the men and women who gave their lives while defending our home, we dedicate this stone and the city of Surmia.
We stand outside the Wall in recognition of all they gave and in faith that the victory they have brought will remain. May the strength in their blades and the courage in their hearts be remembered and upheld.
Surmia is the birthplace of the henchman Cynn.
The lines of poetry on the inscription are from Per Iter Tenebricosum by Irish poet Oliver St. John Gogarty.