Highprince is a title given to the leaders of the different princedoms and aristocratic houses in Alethkar and Jah Keved. Save for the King, they are the highest level of the aristocracy. They often fight each other over boundary disputes in Alethkar and compete for gemstones on the Shattered Plains.
Alethkar has 10 princedoms, each synonymous with the highprince who rules it. Its Highprinces are:
In the distant past, each of the ten highprinces in Alethkar had been given a specific charge for the governing of the kingdom. This system had forced them to submit to one another's authority. However, things hadn't been done that way in centuries, ever since the fragmenting of Alethkar into ten autonomous princedoms.
King Gavilar Kholin was taken by the idea, following his reunification of Alethkar, claiming it was a clever device, meant to force the highprinces to work together in an attempt to overcome their tendency towards rivalry. After Gavilar's assassination, his son and heir, Elhokar, reinstated the titles of Highprince of Information and Highprince of War.
- Highprince of Information - had authority over criminal investigations, particularly those of interest to the Crown.
- Highprince of War - had authority over combined armies of the Kingdom.
Another two yet unnamed titles had authority over commerce and state. One had been the ultimate law in regard to merchants, and his troops had patrolled the roadways of all ten princedoms. Another had administrated judges and magistrates.
Jah Keved's Highprinces are: