The Highland Army (ハイランド王国軍 Hairando Oukoku Gun) is the opposing army in Suikoden II. It is the official army of Highland (in the Dunan region), and is present in all of Highland's military campaigns, including the Dunan Unification War.
Formally titled the Royal Highland Unicorn Youth Brigade. Originally led by Rowd, this corps was made of young people who wished to serve in the Highland Army, training in the Unicorn Brigade before coming into one of the upper-ranked companies. This group was massacred by Luca Blight immediately prior to the Dunan Unification War, the outrage over their deaths serving as the meaning of going to war, as Highland officials blamed the deaths on Jowston forces.
1st Highland Army
Normally led by the incumbent King of Highland or another such royal, the 1st Highland Army is made up of the elite White Wolf Army.
Led in the Dunan Unification War first by the vile Luca Blight and later by Jowy Blight following his coronation as King of Highland, the 1st Royal Highland participated in many major battles of the war including the Defense of the Mercenary Fortress, Slaughter at Muse and the Battle with the White Wolf Army.
The last major of battle of the Dunan Unification War for the 1st Royal Highland was the Battle of Matilda. Following this, Jowy Blight returned to L'Renouille and was absent from the remainder of the war.
2nd Highland Army
Known as the Royal Guard and famously led by the great Highland general, Han Cunningham, the 2nd Royal Highland is not usually known to participate in offensive wars on the part of the Highland Kingdom.
The 2nd Royal Highland is most noted for its rescue of the royal entourage from an attack by ruffians hired by then-Mayor Darel of Muse in the year 443. Alerted by King Agares Blight, who had escaped the situation, the 2nd Royal Highland saw off the thugs but not before the traumatic and heartless rape of Queen Sara Blight.
During the Dunan Unification War of 460, the 2nd Royal Highland remained in the area directly surrounding the Highland capital, L'Renouille. The army, under General Cunningham, defended the city walls from the New State Army at the ill-fated Battle of L'Renouille.
3rd Highland Army
During the Dunan Unification War, the 3rd Highland Company under General Kiba were regarded highly, participating in the initial Highland attacks in east Muse before making great gains at the Battle of Radat. However, they were outmaneuvered by the strategy developed by Shu at the Battle of North Window. They were forsaken by Luca Blight as the battle turned ugly, due to Luca's distrust for Kiba, whom he felt was more loyal to Agares. This action forced Kiba and Klaus' defection to the New State Army.
4th Highland Army
Solon Jhee was the commander of this army from the start of the war and participated in several battles. Following his failure to achieve victory at the Battle of North Window Castle, Solon Jhee was executed, and Jowy Atreides was granted command of the 4th Royal Highland, beginning his military career. He, with the help of Leon Silverberg, achieved a shocking victory at the Battle of Greenhill, where he had to save his former commander Rowd.
After Jowy became the king, Seed was given command of the 4th army.
The dark knight Yuber commanded his own troops, separate from the Highland Army. He participated in the Highland defense of Greenhill City, which ultimately ended with the liberation of the city. He later appeared at the Battle of Matilda and finally at the Battle of L'Renouille, where he retreated as the New State Army approached.
- Over the years, there have been a lot of misconceptions about the organization of the armies, due to either ministrations or guesses based on the games. For example, according to Genso Suikoden Genso Shinsho Vol.5, neither Yuber nor Rowd was never in charge of the Fourth Army, and Jowy was never given command of the Third.