In 1159 Laroen Darael was eight years old and Reynard Rypotin was six. That was the year that Prince Morfyn of Caertirn assaulted the Fengates in a feint to draw Corifae into a war.
In winter of that year, Laroen was sent into the woods to protect him from a potential counterattack deep into Fordland. When it never materialized, his father the Count sent him further north to be fostered upon the Castellan Laurent Rypotin of Roenwood.
Brother Barteol came with him, as well as Swordsmaster Haern, who trained young Laroen in battle.