During his reign, Windhelm was in an impoverished state. Basic necessities such as wood, coal and food were scarce, and the citizens lived in abject poverty. According to some reports, Elgryr's court wizard performed strange rituals that involved painting a symbol on the door of a house within the city. The next day, anyone who lived there would be found dead. Despite these difficulties, Elgryr lived in relative comfort and seemed to do very little to help his people.