The Highlands are a region that crosses national borders. The Clans who live in the Highlands pay lip service to the nation they live in, but in truth it is the Highland Council that rules the Clans. The Council is made up of the heads of the 10 Major Clans.
The Highlands stretch across the southern reaches of Orphir, and the northern reaches of Kothan and Nemedatt.
Like many Highlands, the winters are bitter at that altitude, and the summers cool. These helpd lead to the Highlands being sparesly populated. It is really only the Clans that live here, and the Council likes it that way, and discourages other settlements from being established.
The Zamorath war drew close to the Highlands, before the Orphirians drove them back. The Council summoned warriors from all over the Highlands to defend. The Clansmen came, regardless of nationality, and managed to keep most of the troops away from the vilages of the Highlands. They did it in such a way that few people, even the Zamorians, were aware that it was happening.
The Clans speak Orpherian, but with a thick accent. The accent is caused by the Old Tongue. The average Clansman villager is fluent in both, and tends to weave back and forth. They also speak the language of the nation they reside in, but not as fluently. All formal inter-clan negotiations (such as for wedding contracts, right of passage agreements, trade agreements and such) is conducted in the Old Tongue
The Clansmen have a low population, each village being little more than an extended family, with at most 100 people. These low numbers are easily supported by the crops and heards each Clan maintains. What few luxuries the Clans may want that they cannot produce themselves they trade for. The main exports of the Highlands varies from region to region, but mainly include wool, mutton, excess grain (when available), a small amount of gold and a liquor that the Clansmen call the Water of Life. (uisge beatha)
The Clansmen favour a sword that others tend to feel is over large. TheClansmen call it a Claidheamh Mòr, which in Orpherian translates as “Big Sword”. The Orpherian tongue simplifies Claidheamh Mòr to Claymore.