It all starts with a mysterious letter. Your uncle is dead, murdered, and no killer found. It is up to you to investigate the house he left and unravel the mystery of what trouble he got himself involved in that finally took his life.

Meanwhile, the Evil ruler known only as the Alchemist rules the land with an iron fist. Word has it that he once was a humble servant of the king, first seeking his court only as a medicus and a doctor of potions. In his search for an elixir of immortality, the king granted him resources beyond imagining, but what he found was something completely else: the recipe for gunpowder. With his newfound power the Alchemist slowly gained influence over the court, first winning the favour of the General for the remarkable strength his military got. Thereafter the trust of the Treasurer for the riches this gained. Soon a coup followed to dethrone the mild and all to soft King that clearly did not know the destiny of the kingdom to be an empire of unprecedented military strength and economic wealth based upon the suffering of neighbouring countries that must pay heed or be swallowed whole!

Little is known of the ways this knowledge came into the possession of the Alchemist, giving him a technological advantage seemingly centuries ahead of the other nations. Some speak of pure chance, some speak of the Alchemists growing obsession with an object known only as "the Artefact", locking himself up in his high tower with asisstants for his studies entering one after another, but never to return...