After the death of King Theoden the Wise the Kingdom fell into chaos. His wife Queen Melissa went mad and rumours of an invasion by the Northern savages abounded. Princess Tia tried to assert herself as the first female ruler of the land but Duke Victor Rosenkreuse staged a coup with the aid of imperial forces. Tia was severly injured sent to be kept as a political prisoner but was freed by the assasain Yngvar and joined a Nordane invasion led by her illegitimate Nephew Darren. Now Harald the Black challenges Darren for rule of the Nordanes in single combat and the inquisition and other treachorous forces struggle for control of the Kingdom's capital.