Before the events of the story, Karl V, Emperor of Malkuth at the time, had four noble concubines, and Peony's mother was the one with the lowest status. Emperor Karl also had three sons and one daughter, none of them sharing the same mother, and all but Peony died in a struggle for the throne of Malkuth. The Closed Score predicted that Peony would rule Malkuth, which is why his father kept him confined in a manor in Keterburg, far from the political turmoil of the capital, Grand Chokmah. At his new residence in Keterburg, he rarely had any opportunity to leave the mansion to play with the other kids of Keterburg. Despite his closely guarded childhood, he was able to befriend Jade Curtiss, Nephry Osborne, and Saphir, fellow students who attended a private school with him under Professor Gelda Nebilim. Peony himself claims Nephry was his first love.