In the fifth year of his reign, King Burkhart began hearing rumors that one of the colonels suddenly vanished. This Colonel Langward had even stood guard in the palace frequently during his military service. The official report was that he had died while on border patrol, but no body was found. King Burkhart began hearing rumors that Langward still lived and was planning to take the throne from him. He tried having Langward found, but his brother and parents thought him dead. His wife had vanished and some mentioned her saying she didn’t want to raise his child she was carrying alone. As much as he hated and even feared this Langward, that news struck his heart because his own beloved Queen Aurita was due to give birth soon. She had been so very sick while carrying his child and spent much of her time in bed.