Zemeckis, commander of the army of the Kingdom of Almekia, received a visit from a rune knight called Cador, who wields the title of "Death Knight". Zemeckis was convinced that he had being falsely accused of treason. Therefore, he decided to rebel against the King of Almekia, Henguist. Zemeckis successfully took over the country of Almekia, and renamed it to Esgares Empire. King Hengust died in the hands of Cador, and the son of the King, Prince Lance, flees to the nearby Kingdom of Padstow with the rune knights who stayed loyal to the deceased king. These events had triggered a war between the countries of Forsena.