The Emperor’s HIghway is a road in Gard that connects many important cities to each other. The road goes through Gideon City, Pecsmuth, Chester, Rushtide, Casogard, and Eustace. Despite the name, each realm is responsible for the protection of its own section of the road.
In Chester and Casogard, the Emperor’s Highway is patrolled by the Highhands, a band of mercenaries collectively employed by a number of aristocrats and landowners who have claims on parts of the road. The Highhands have a reputation for being little more than a group of ruffians who are little more than outlaws. They’re said to be violent and wild, and to answer to no one. However, the Highhands do take their job very seriously. Travelers along the Emperor’s Highway often mistake Highhand patrols for ruffians and shun them. But when real bandits show up, the sight of Highhands riding to save the day is one of immense relief.