King Hyris of Trewas and Lord Keelan of Greyglade, Kneefers’s father, had had a violent argument after Lord Keelan's oldest son defeated the crown prince in a tourney. Unbeknownst to Lord Keelan, after this incident Hyris finally gave in to the urgings of his oldest son and his advisors, all of whom had been pushing for a ‘chastisement’ of house Greyglade, which they regarded as a threat. Therefore, during a royal visit to Castle Rourke by King Hyris of Trewas, a vile plot was put into place.
With the help of Gylk of Agrix, one of his father’s men, King Hyris’s assassins orchestrated a comprehensive overthrow of House Greyglade, in which every noble of the house was slain, including his parents and four siblings. The segment of the plot which was designed to kill Kneefers took place while he was hunting, however, and failed due to the diligence one of his hunting companions (who was also, coincidentally, his sister’s fiancée), who uncovered the plot.
This, however, left Kneefers, who was only fifteen at the time, in a rather untenable and dangerous position as the last Greyglade noble left alive, and also in a position he was entirely unready for, since he was suddenly both a Lord and a Knight by virtue of his birth. He was therefore forced to grow up quickly, and eventually became determined to live up to his birthright and to avenge his family. It was then that he remembered that there was another with Greyglade blood who yet survived. He had a younger half-brother, a bastard born out of wedlock named Artemas who had been cast out of the Greyglade court at a young age. Kneefers and his small band of men who were still loyal to him began the long search for his brother.
After three long years of traveling and searching, he finally located Artemas in a large city in Trewas and offered to legitimize him as a Greyglade if Artemas, then still only a young man of fifteen, would help him to avenge their family members…