In the beginning, all that existed was Darkness. For a long, long time, Darkness lived in solitude, growing ever so lonely. Out of sorrow and despair, Darkness shed a tear. From the tear were born two brothers: Sword and Shield.
Sword claimed it could cut through all that exists. Shield claimed itself impenetrable. Thus, the conflict was born - a truly vicious conflict, lasting seven days and seven nights. In the end, Sword breached Shield, and Shield shattered Sword. Pieces of sword rained down to make the sky. Pieces of Shield rained down to make the ground. Stars were created from the sparks of that battle.
The 27 gems adorning Sword and Shield transformed into the 27 True Runes. And thus began the world as we know it.
Set in the late middle ages of a world not altogether unlike earth, Suikoden is a world of heavy conflict spurred onward and sometimes subverted by the fate-altering interference of 108 Stars of Destiny and the 27 True Runes. It has been years since the end of the Toran Liberation War, and though still fresh in the mind of the people of the world, the Dunan Unification War is also a thing of the past.
Peace has settled, for the time being... but trouble stirrs in the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia, and the possibility of future conflict looms on the horizon.