In the year 947 after Emperor Valius V's death, Orthros Reise Armor usurped the throne where the line of succession turned into a counter coup by the other princes, thus igniting the War of the Lions. He eventually discovered the sealed Vermillion Testa-Rossa underneath the capital and destroyed all the allied resistances with its overwhelming cursed strength.
Orthros remained at the pinnacle of strength and dominance while the other princes' armies duked out at each other. It was not till the appearance of Dreichels Reise Arnor, their half-blood relative who allied with the Lance Maiden that turn the tides. Refusing to surrender, Orthors decided to evolve the cursed Crimson Knight to higher ascension, thus the Vermillion Apocalypse was created. The mana-syphoning from every citizen in the capital, killing both Albert and Gunnar and their armies in one sweep, and the metamorphosis of the Royal Palace had symbolized nothing can stop the False Emperor's tyranny.
Refusing to give up and with the assistance of a noble witch, Dreichels became the Ashen Awakener to Valimar and defeated the Apocalypse thereby liberating the capital from his rule. Seemingly exiled after the events, it was not until the present Trails timeline that his blood-decsendant, Duke Cayenne would follow his life-long ambitions and unleash the crimson calamity once again.