The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, located on Nomansan Island, was surrounded by grounds, some rocky and others grassy. There were many paths and plazas between and around the buildings. All students and Executives were warned upon admittance not to leave the paths.This was due to supposed abandoned mineshafts.These "mineshafts" were actually traps. They guarded the secret entrances used to access the Waiting Room and Whisperer. Before they are told this, however, the members of the Mysterious Benedict Society go exploring and get caught in one of these traps.