|As I believe I have explained before, the hero Ramza Beoulve and the pauper-become-king Delita Heiral were the closest of companions throughout most of their adolescence.
Ramza was the youngest son of House Beoulve, an old and respected bloodline of warriors. Delita was the son of farmers in service to the Beoulves. Normally, one mightn't expect the paths of two with such different backgrounds to cross, but fate chose to intervene.
When Delita's parents fall victim to a terrible plague, Ramza's father takes the orphaned boy and his sister into his home and raises them as his own. Sensing greatness in young Delita, Barbaneth elects to enroll him in the Royal Military Akademy with Ramza.
However, not but several moons before their graduation does great tragedy befall them both.
Noble children from across the realm are being abducted by a radical faction of dissident knights and ransomed to their families. Amongst those kidnapped is Delita's only sister, Tietra, mistaken to be of high birth for her place at Barbaneth Beoulve's table.
Or at least so they thought. It turns out the whole affair is a plot set in motion by a petty noble by the name of Argath Thadalfus. Yes, the very corse you encountered deep within the ruins of Lesalia.
You see, Argath and Delita were classmates at the Akademy, yet the former despised the latter, jealous of the baseborn upstart who was always first in his class from swordplay to letters.
And so Argath approaches the renegade knights and tells them of Ramza's sister...only instead of describing Alma's features, he gives them Tietra's that they might kidnap his true rival's kin. And they do.
However, when the commander overseeing the rescue efforts of these noble children learns that it is not Alma, but Tietra they have taken, he abandons all attempts at peaceful exchange with the brigands, refusing to waste valuable resources on a mere commoner.
Ramza and Delita plead with the officer to reconsider, but the order to storm the knights' hideout and burn it to the ground are carried out with cold precision. The mission is a success, and the dissidents─including Argath─are slain to a man...but so, too, is poor Tietra.
Having learned the true “worth” of his blood, Delita leaves both the Akademy and his friend Ramza behind to forge a new path...one that would ultimately lead to war.
Five summers will pass before the two meet again...