Veigue Lungberg lives in a small village, Sulz, located in the cold, yet beautiful northern region. While he has never stepped foot outside of the village, he feels he has no choice to leave after his familiar surroundings and family, including Veigue himself, come under attack from a mysterious outside military force.
Tales of Rebirth is set in a world where humans (called Humas) and Gajumas (beast people) coexist in relative peace. In ancient times, both races joined forces to found the kingdom of Karegia. At the age of 60, the Gajuma king Ladras Lindblum, who has wisely governed the kingdom for years, gradually weakens and dies a mysterious death. On the day of his death chaos breaks out in the kingdom, and since then people refer to this day as "The Day of Ladras' Fall". His daughter Agarte Lindblum, the only remaining blood relative and heir to the throne, takes over as queen. She is advised by Zilva Madigan. The latter is often referred to as the princess, due to her close ties to the imperial family.
Source: Wikipedia, "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_Rebirth," available under the CC-BY-SA License.