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 seven years since the end of the Gate Rune Wars and dissolution of the Scarlet Moon Empire. The Jowston City-States briefly entered into an unsteady peace, before accusations of a massacre of the Highland Kingdom's Youth Brigade at the hands of the City-States sparked a sudden invasion by Highland. Sweeping through the southeastern city-states and leaving behind a trail of fire and bones, the Highland Army quickly conquered the mercenary fortress owned by heroes of the Toran Republic Viktor and Flik, before moving on and receiving aid from an unlikely assassin in opening the City of Muse to their assault.
Soon, the city of Two River and the City-State of Greenhill will fall under attack, and with a divided fighting force distrustful of its own allies, the future looks bleak for the Jowston City-States...
(OOC: This theme takes place during the middle of Suikoden II, following the fall of Muse.)