Situated at the source of the Redwine River, Highwater is proving a bone of contention between the Werelords of the Barebones as its resident therianthropes, Earl Mikkel, and Lord Rook from Riven bicker over the trade and tax rights of this important river port. The younger brother of Manfred, Mikkel, is the Barebones' chief envoy in all matters beyond their borders, and a frequent visitor to Highcliff to parley with the King. Frustrated by Leopold's lack of empathy with those outside of Westland, he predicts trouble on the horizon for the whole of Lyssia. Lord Rook is the son of Count Croke, and is waiting for an opportunity to take full control of Highwater for the Crowlords.