The king of Myrtana needs a lot of magical ore in order to craft weapons to withstand the ongoing threat of the orcs in this war. He imprisons lawbreakers in the very penal colony where the much-needed ore is mined. Khorinis, the name of this penal colony, is surrounded by a magical barrier from which escape is impossible.
You are thrown through this barrier and find yourself in this prison - with your back against the wall. Here you'll choose one of the three rival factions, fight for your survival and work for your escape.
With the upcoming Gothic Remake the whole game is being rebuilt from the ground up to bring the Gothic experience into a present day game.