Historically Nord Highlands has deep ties with Erebonia, yet 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 Zender Gate and Imperial Watchtower, and one unnamed republic base, the Nord Highlands consists mainly of vast fields and a nomadic settlement.
Nord Highlands is known for their breeding and raising of horses. Most of the war horses used by the Imperial Army of Erebonia descended from Highland stock. The horses raised for Erebonia is one of the nomads' primary sources of income. The Golden Stallion, Erebonia's coat of arms, is said to depict a Nord-raised warhorse.
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, the Triangular Rock as the centerpiece of the southern fields, and the Stone Circle, 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."
Nomadic Settlement is a settlement that exists between the North and Southern sections of the Nord Highlands. While it is mostly stationed there during the calm periods, it is also highly mobile and easily dismantable - so it can quickly be moved by the people of Nord depending on the seasons or circumstances as implied by its name.
Lake Lacrima (ラクリマ湖畔) is a lake in the northwest of Nord Highlands. The nomads settle for a set amount of time during the year. Gwyn Reinford also has a cabin near the lake.
Ancient Quarry is a quarry built by the Neolithics built and operated during the Dark Ages. Local legends dating back from the Neolithic era suggest that the Guardian sealed away an evil djinn in the quarry.
Cave Shrine of Aria (風霊窟) is one of the mysterious ruins scattered around Erebonia that once served as workshops for the Gnomes. Sealed within is a huge chunk of Zemurian Ore. Accessible in Trails of Cold Steel II.
The Watchtower (監視塔) is a military installation located in the southeast of Nord Highlands. They are considered the first line of defense for the border with Calvard, overlooking one of their bases.
- Nord stems from the German word "Norden" (north).
- Nord Highlands was first mentioned in Trails in the Sky The 3rd.