Shining White was a large cavern and tunnel complex located in the Spine of the World mountain range in northern Faerûn.[1]


It was inhabited by frost giants, who were once united and ruled by Jarl Orel, an ancient frost giant who lay on his death bed. His daughter, Gerti Orelsdottr, was at the time the de facto ruler of the giant clan, and being his only child and heir, it was likely that she would succeed him and become the official ruler of Shining White once he was dead.[citation needed]


Shining White was an ancient barbarian burial cairn. Its name came from both the white marble menhirs and the white chalk soil uncovered by the barbarians' cuts into the permafrost layer.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 slade, Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Paul Jaquays, Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 46. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  2. Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 137. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.