|Avalon City is a smoking ruin and the Drakoran are in league with Morgan le Fay. Arawn, Lord of the Dead is the leader of the Inconnu and they want to get Avalon City back.
Per the 1.101 Release Notes 02.24.10:
Certain zones are now flagged as Epic Zones. These zones now relocate anyone logged out for more than 30 minutes to a safe spot typically located at the start of the zone, except for the main Realm Dragon zones. The locations for these Epic Zones place you safely outside the Faction towns, near the bindstones. Per this note, Avalon City (and the Crystal Cave) is now considered an Epic Zone.