Prince Tobias Stirling is the son of King Richard Stirling and Queen Wilhelmina Sutherland. He is the current heir to the kingdom of Alucarsia.

At the time of his coronation, Richard had three children, including two bastards by his mistress Karen Liu. He began at once to attempt to legitimize them, but was barred by the Council, which feared he was trying to change the line of succession.

Aged five, Tobias is neglected by his parents and ignored by many adults. The precocious boy becomes attached to the recently freed John Stirling, his uncle.