The year is 565 of the Third Era. The continent of Karthen, West of the Heart of the World and south of the Dire Isles, is once again tested by the trials of war. the Empire of Pilum and the nation of Victoria are fighting over the legendary Astral Lake, believed to house immense magical power. The dukes of the loose knit nation of Strucia are mysteriously dying under unexplainable circumstances, and Efreet's Tower has been sealed off from researchers by the Strucian Government. The story begins with the party of vagabonds who would come to be known as legends in the eyes of the Karthinians.