The Highlands

The Highlands is a region of northwestern Corwyn, consisting of mostly mountainous terrain; filled with jagged hills, rocky outcroppings, and steep, treacherous valleys.

The Highlands northern border is the Frozen Coast of the Myr Thalal, and its southern borders are the Purple, and Withered Mountains. The Highlands western borders are the shores of the Iron Sea, and its eastern border is the curve of the great Anglarand River.

The Highlands, as expected, contains seven massive large mountain ranges: Kor's Twins, Swordpoint Mountains, Grey Mountains, the Axehead Mountains, Crumbling Mountains, Purple Mountains, and the Withered Mountains. In addition are large hilly areas and vast open rocky plains in between.

The major political divisions of the Highlands consist of the kingdoms of Elyria and Erindar, the Theocracy of Derianor, and the Dwarf-Realm of Orrek. In addition there are several large geographic sub-regions of the Highlands that are not controlled by a single political entity. These are the Barrens, the Eastvale, the Greenwood, Irondale, the Vast, and the Wildlands.

The Highlands are also home to four powerful, independent freeholds: Arkadia, located in the Narchion Valley, Gr├╝enwald, located in the Perdion Valley, Lakewood, and Norwald, located both located in the Vast.


The Highlands have a long and storied past. In the Third Age, large migratory tribes of humans began to populate the region. These peoples were called the Vaas, and there were nine different Clans. These clans were:

  • the Vesten; who populated the far-western regions
  • the Harlochs; who populated the central regions
  • the Thessalans; who populated the southern regions
  • the Severn; who dwelt in the Kronarwood
  • the Eldir; who dwelt along the rivers and streams
  • the Vryne; who populated the eastern regions
  • In the north, there were the Nolar; the so-called "Ten-tribes" of the mountains, led by Kor the Magnificent.

Over the centuries, most of these tribal peoples kept to themselves, occasionally fighting with each other over territory or herds of livestock. The Vaas people were fiercely independent. In the late third Third Age, the Vesten were conquered by the Cynarans of Urland, who controlled the coastal regions of the Sea of Vaas. When the Iskari conquered Urland, and took control of Westvale Island, the northwest Highlands fell into anarchy. For a time, the Queen of the Highlands; a strong Vaas ruler, established the Kingdom of Harloch and brought order to the region, but it was not to last. Later, the Freehold of Dorada was established, but it only controlled a small area.

It wasn't until the Eldir tribes migrated south and established the kingdom of Erindar that real order came to the Highlands.