The Kingdom of Alefgard had long been a realm of peace and prosperity. The kindhearted King Lorik easily upheld justice in a golden age. In Alefgard, the summers were long and plentiful, and the winters short. Monsters and other mystical beings of terror were unheard of. The Orb of Light was responsible for this wondrous time. Peace and well-being seemed to emanate from this magical object; and with it the people of Alefgard were able to enjoy life to it's fullest. However, as civilizations rise and fall, it seems that Alefgard was destined to do the same...
Of all the people in Alefgard, it was said that there was only one man who wasn't satisfied. Angry and alone, this man lived in mountainous caves far away from civilization. One day, while exploring the dark dungeons of his refuge, he came upon a sleeping dragon. Perhaps it was through sorcery, or sheer luck, but the man found that he was able to control the dragon to do his will...and eventually even more beasts... From then on he became known as the DracoLord.
The DracoLord's first show of power came in the form of a fiery attack on Tantegel Castle. The terrified citizens ran outside in just enough time to watch their dreams burn. With hardly any opposition, the DracoLord took possession of The Light Orb and left Tantegel castle aflame.
The day after the attack, a man by the name of Loto approached a devastated King Lorik. Loto promised Lorik that he could help them... and after a hearty meal he took to the wilderness.
Indeed Loto could help them. Shortly after his departure, stories came in to Tantegel of a man who was defeating the beasts, which had appeared and chasing them back into the wilds.
However, once Loto set off on his final quest to destroy the DracoLord himself, nothing more was ever heard from him. Years passed, and the Kingdom suffered another attack by the DracoLord. This time King Lorik's daughter Lora was abducted.
In the world of Dragon Warrior, you are Loto's descendant, and must follow in his footsteps. Princess Lora must be rescued, and the DracoLord must die. Your journey will take you across the various lands of Alefgard. Visit towns and gather information. Explore the dark dungeons and claim their treasures. The road to the DracoLord is paved with enemies, but you are the Dragon Warrior.
--From the GBC Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 instruction manual.