On a certain continent, in a certain fantasy world, lived a certain society of elves in a certain kingdom, called Ophela. Though the kingdom of Ophela was ruled by elves, it had strong connections to the Empire, to the point where an Imperial Arcane Knight had been assigned to protect the Royal Family, to include the princess Talia. Though she was past the age at which an Imperial princess would have been married off in some sort of arranged political marriage, the knight, called GŁnter, was of the impression that the princess had a rebellious streak that caused her to deny all potential suitors to the point where they stopped trying.
The affairs of the royal family weren't his primary concerned... merely protecting them, along with the kingdom. When he heard rumors of a vicious beast that was attacking and killing travelers, his desire was, of course, to personally ride out and return with the beast's head... but unfortunately, his duty prevented him from doing so. Guard duty of any kind, even to a royal family, was dull and boring... he certainly would have preferred some action, such as front line duty on the war front.
With this thought in mind as he made his rounds, he noted that the princess' chamber was empty. With a frown, the knight knew that she was supposed to be in bed. Thankfully, he was familiar with a secret exit reserved for the royal family to evacuate the castle in the worst case situation, and so he immediately head towards the escape tunnel in order to search for her, figuring she was proving herself the rebellious princess he always suspected her to be by sneaking out of the castle at night. However, he figured that, due to her being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she would be entirely unfamiliar with the dangers of the real world, and protecting her from them definitely fit under the umbrella of his knightly duties.