Home to some 11,000 people, Highlake is the “breadbasket” of Arulan, providing over half the kingdom’s grain production, as well as a significant amount of fish from Lochre Lake. Highlake has occasional issues with Akira raids into Merick’s Crossing, but their large number of knights and frequent reinforcements from Redwood to the north keep marauders generally at bay.
Highlake is ruled by the young Lord Ryan from Highlake Castle on the shores of Lochre Lake. This lakeside sprawl is home to nearly 900 inhabitants, many of them fishermen who reap the bounty of their watery neighbor. To the west, the town of Abel forms the basis for the booming farming industry of the hold, with a town dwelling population of 500 and a rural population that bring their harvests to its markets of some 4,000. To the south, the town of Merick’s Crossing on the Jor River oversees further fishing, and also sends trade barges all the way across Eastguard to Lonewater. The population is almost uniformly Auro human.