The Fall of the House of Lancaster
A decade before Homeland Security published its report on the alien community in Strangetown, the Kingdom of Nostravilla was mired in a throne war.
King Benedict, of the House of Lancaster, a king beloved by all his subjects, fell suddenly ill and passed away with no clear heir. A bloody civil war seized the city-state, and was only ended when Ethan Steele married Karen Lancaster, the only daughter of King Benedict.
During the reign of Lancaster, the kingdom welcomed two alien immigrants, Brakka and Vala Zaxnu. However, before the throne war, scholars living near the University began being abducted by aliens and giving birth to alien babies. The newly enthroned King Ethan considered the aliens—and the scholars who bore them—a threat to kingdom security. Abducted scholars were fired from the university and alien offspring forbidden from attending the university. The scholars settled in the Students' Quarter, which soon became known as the "Alien Quarter".
The Zaxnus enjoyed privileged status during the reign of King Benedict for the technology they helped the kingdom develop, and King Ethan continued to offer the Zaxnus special protection. However, the Zaxnus' son, Ssarqo, a student at King Benedict University, resented his parents for collaborating with the House of Steele while he decreed laws restricting the rights of other scholars and their alien offspring. After graduation, Ssarqo moved to the Alien Quarter and pursued a career as a criminal mastermind, specializing in the illegal weapons trade.
Menawhile, Karen bore Ethan a son, William. William always took after his mother—Ethan wanted his heir to pursue a military career like his father, but he chose a life of scholarship. This led to his abduction. Ethan was enraged that his own son should betray the Kingdom with such a shameful manner, and demanded an abortion. William refused. Ethan disowned William, who moved to the Alien Quarter to raise his alien child.
The Kingdom of Nostravilla sits poised on the edge of civil war as a criminal mastermind, backed by a mafia of disaffected aliens, finds the heir to the throne living in his midst.