Geography & Layout
The city of Choshein was a subterranean one, with smooth, crystal walls and spired buildings.
The ruins of Choshein—if they could even be called that, as naught but a circle of seven columns remained—were located within a massive cavern of stone and frost under the High Ice of the Anauroch.
These seven blue pillars acted as a portal to Gharreil, a sister city of the Empire, and to the capital of Jhothûn. Activating the portal required simply touching one of the columns. The default destination was Gharreil, but one could travel to the city of Jhothûn by speaking its name. When activated, curtains of heatless blue flame appeared between each of the columns, and persons could pass through any of the sides of the formed heptagon. When the destination was changed to Jhothûn, these magical curtains were purple in color. As late as 1372 DR, the portal was still functioning, yet its power was weak, and it could only be activated once per hour and was prone to malfunctioning.
Even so, the magic of the seven portal columns caused them to regrow from total destruction multiple times. The portal was weakened, however, by the magics unleashed by the phaerimm during the creation of the Anauroch desert.
The cavern was later used as a Netherese colony for a time. Something caused the residents of that colony to go mad, and it was eventually abandoned.
At some time after the fall of the Netherese colony, an eccentric red dragon named Icindallix laired here. She had her eggs fertilized by a remorhaz, spawning a half-dragon monster known as the Red Worm.
In 1372 DR, the Red Worm served as the guardian of the portal within the ruins of Choshein. It eventually never left the cavern, relying on other remorhazes to bring it food.
- It is suspected that Jhothûn was itself a part of the empire of Ostoria, but this is never directly stated.
- James Wyatt (2002-06-19). “Portals of the Frozen Wastes: Jhothûn”. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2004-02-16. Retrieved on 2015-10-18.
- James Wyatt (2002-06-05). “Portals of the Frozen Wastes”. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2004-02-23. Retrieved on 2016-04-02.
- James Wyatt (2002-06-12). “Portals of the Frozen Wastes: The High Ice”. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2004-02-16. Retrieved on 2015-10-18.