In the early days of Gondor Minas Ithil was sister city of Minas Anor. Built in the Mountains of Ephel Dúath as a watch upon Sauron’s land of Mordor, the city’s silver-white towers shone beneath the light of the moon after which it was named. But when Gondor’s power waned and the enemy rose again in strength, Minas Ithil fell and became the domain of evil things.
The Witch-king of Angmar descended and claimed the citadel as his keep. Halls once full of brave soldiers were haunted by Wraiths and their terrifying mounts. Orcs tore down the city’s structures and camped in its streets, their ugly, corroding fortifications encrusting its walls and staining once pristine bricks with black defilement. Under the gloom of Mordor’s darkened skies, a sickly green glow issued from the city, now renamed Minas Morgul, the Tower of Black Sorcery, and it became a place of dread.