Year 1855: He is born to the unlikely tryst between Bianca, an Aetherian diplomatic envoy, and the Imperial Warlord of Wysteria, Renee'.
Year 1859: He is sent to Aether with his mother so he can attend Legacy Institute and grow up "safer". Many in Wysteria are vocal about disliking a half-elf taking up ruler-ship and feel its a sign of Renee' "giving in" to their elfin "masters". To keep the boy away from assassins and let him grow up understanding both cultures (in time at least) he goes to Aether for his schooling.
While there he meets many other children, but the ones closest to him become Lydia and Zayne. The former having a take-change and fiery personality that keeps him smiling no matter what, and the latter driving him just enough up the wall to shake him out of being a stick in the mud. He acts put out when he is dragged along by their antics but he secretly loves it.