Zhemshorpel is the Citadel of Lord Yazelern. It is an elegant edifice of creamy yellow stone, with soaring towers, graceful arches and balconies twined with flowering vines.

Zhemshorpel is famous for its libraries, treasuries and splendid banqueting halls, and is often visited by mortal travelers and musicians.

The Citadel stands on a rocky outcrop above the grasslands of Thasenare, surrounded by beautiful orchards and pastures. Vungarba herds graze below, while yuyarni circle in the mauve sky. To the south-west, a path leads through the dust dunes and across the Ravine of Nasthere to the Gateway of Gureshmoy.

Courtyards, Halls and Parlors

Zhemshorpel’s main entrance is lit with golden lanterns. The courtyards and quadrangles are paved with patterned tiles and surrounded by ornate columns. Some are adorned with potted trees; others have tiered fountains at their center, their bowls filled with pebbles.

The halls of Zhemshorpel are paved in tiles of red, gold and brown. Stained-glass lanterns cast wavering shadows over the engraved pillars and statues. The windows are also of stained-glass, adorned with delicate tracery, while the walls are engraved with flowers and fantastical creatures. Some halls contain bookcases filled with antique volumes, or cabinets where musical instruments are displayed. A few have marbled pools at their center.

The parlors and guest-rooms are luxurious. Their furnishings are made of dark, jewel-inlaid wood, with golden fittings and upholstery of brown, fuchsia and cream velvet. The shelves display antiques and tomes written in many languages. The walls are hung with paintings and tapestries depicting garden scenes, while the balconies look out over Zhemshorpel’s gardens.

The Gardens

The gardens of Zhemshorpel are known for their elegance. Yazelern favors pale flowers, especially Askamaran roses of pink, white and yellow. Tiled paths meander among the sweetly-scented trees and shrubs, while flowers spill from pots. The gardens are home to golden adagrias and many kinds of butterflies.

Gardens of Zhemshorpel