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Nord Highlands (Concept Art)

Illustration of the Nord Highlands

The Nord Highlands (ノルド高原, norudo kougen) are a mountainous region to the northeast of Erebonia. Although the Nord Highland historically have deep ties with Erebonia, it is not part of the empire. The Eisengard Range serves as a natural barrier between the two. Apart from two Imperial military bases, the Nord Highland consists mainly of enormous fields and nomadic settlements.

Emperor Dreichels started raising his army for the War of the Lions in the Nord Highlands.

The Nord Highlands are known for their breeding and raising of horses. Most of the war horses used by the Imperial Army are descended from Highland stock. The horses raised for Erebonia is one of my nomads' primary sources of income. The Golden Stallion, Erebonia's coat of arms, is said to depict a Nord raised warhorse.

The Nord Highlands were first mentioned in Trails in the Sky The 3rd.

Background

Ruins spread through the Nord Highlands have revealed that it was once inhabited by a Neolithic civilisation, presumably prior to the Great Collapse. Noteworthy ruins include a statue in the northern field, an ancient quarry in the northeast and a ring of standing stones in the southern field.

The Guardian statue

According to the legends, the enormous statue represents the Guardian that once sealed away an evil djinn in the ancient quarry. Other legends suggest that this is the same guardian that gave the nomads' ancestors permission to inhabit the Nord Highlands.

The statue reminded Jusis Albarea of a tale that originated in the Dark Ages and spread throughout the Empire: "When the land roils with the tide of war, a colossal knight, wreathed in flame, come forth to quell the conflict."

Another statue similar to the one in the Nord Highlands has been found on Byronia Island, off the coast near Ordis.

Locations

Accessible from Trails of Cold Steel onward.

  • Nord Highlands - North
  • Nord Highlands - South
  • Nomadic Settlement
    • Worzel Home
    • Lodging Yurt
    • Elder's Home
    • Trading Post
    • Doctor's Home
  • Highlands - Lake Lacrima
  • Highlands - Ancient Quarry
  • Imperial Border - Zender Gate
  • Imperial Army - Watchtower

Accessible from Trails of Cold Steel II onward.

  • Nord Highlands - Northeast
  • Cave Shrine of Aria

Trivia

  • Nord stems from the German word "Norden" (north).

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