Skrittsburgh is the largest known scratch of the skritt, ruled by the Skritt King. It is formed out of a series of large caverns within Mount Gnashington in Brisban Wildlands. When the scratch is threatened in any means, the gates to it are closed off to the central and largest portion of Skrittsburgh, though those who show themselves to be allies to the skritt by stopping these threats are allowed inside.
In 1325 AE, Skrittsburgh was targeted by the Elder Dragon Primordus's destroyers as well as the Sinister Triad consisting of bandits, the Inquest, and the Nightmare Court. Although some skritt kings perished during these assaults, the local skritt survived the attempted takeovers when adventurers came to the skritt's aid to help defend Skrittsburgh, and a new king was elected to lead Skrittsburgh whenever a previous king fell.
During the destroyer invasion in 1333 AE led by the Destroyer of the Crystal Fields, many skritt were injured and Skrittsburgh was damaged. However, a strike team led by the Pact Commander, Caithe, and the Elder Dragon Jormag's champion Ryland Steelcatcher managed to save the scratch by defeating the destroyer champion and forcing the rest of the destroyers into a hasty retreat.
There are several areas of Skrittsburgh:
This unofficial center of Skritt civilization and culture has several unique features demonstrating its importance to both the Skritt and members of other races coming to trade and visit.
- Home of the Skritt Royal Court in Skrittsburgh Center.
- A unique series of gates that closes off the center of the city whenever there is a change of government.
- Full set of crafting stations in Skrittsburgh Center.
- Only ectoplasm vendor outside of Lion's Arch in Skrittsburgh Tunnels.
- Two easily accessible, lootable chests in Skrittsburgh Center.
- Vendors selling unique items not found elsewhere on Tyria.
- Skrittsburgh is a parody of the real life city of Pittsburgh, a former industrial center. The zone gives nods to several real life landmarks and neighborhoods, such as Homestead and the Hill District, as well as Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods and the city's many tunnels. Mount Gnashington is also a nod to Mount Washington, a landmark in Pittsburgh.