I couldn't help but notice some of the comics-style pages in the back of my Mistlands Tower set. I also got a chance to play a LEGO Knights Kingdom video game. Now I'm just curious about the basics of the story. Here's what I've gathered so far about Knights Kingdom II:
Mathias was the king of Morcia. He had four knights - Sir Danju, Sir Santis, Sir Rascus, and Sir Jayko. His advisor, Vladek, got his hands on the magical Book of Morcia and used it create Shadow Knights to attack the Castle of Morcia. While the four knights were defending the castle, Vladek locked King Mathias away in the dungeon. The knights rescued King Mathias and hid him away where he would be safe while they conquered the trials of the Citadel of Orlan and obtained the heart of the Shield of Ages, which they used to defeat Vladek in the Grand Tournament that he held to determine who would become the next king, claiming that King Mathias had vanished.
Sometime later, Vladek created the Vladmask, began to refer to himself as Lord Vladek, and with the power of the mask, he succeeded in taking over the kingdom. It was Sir Jayko that defeated him this time by destroying the Vladmask. After that, King Mathias passed on the crown to Sir Jayko.
Did I get all that right? Did I miss anything important?
Now, after becoming king, Jayko discovers that Lord Vladek has returned and has recruited the Rogue Knights, led by Dracus and Karzon, to help him seize control of the magical Mistlands Tower to once again take over Morcia. So King Jayko takes his two best soldiers, Adric and Kentis, and sets off for the Mistlands Tower to stop Lord Vladek. King Jayko brings with them the broken pieces of the Shield of Ages to have them reforged by the legendary blacksmith (rumored to be Orlan, the first king of Morcia) who resides in the tower. So as Adric and Kentis hold off the Rogue Knights, the blacksmith repairs the shield and King Jayko uses it to repel Lord Vladek's attack and seal him away in the magical orb at the top of the tower. Once back in Morcia, King Jayko bestows upon Adric and Kentis the title of knight.
I think I got all of that. Was there more to it? I don't see why people hate the Knights Kingdom so much. At least there was some storyline to it. I, for one, would like to see a Knights Kingdom III. Three knights weren't enough to stop Lord Vladek before. King Jayko needs more than two knights, for sure. I wish LEGO hadn't recently taken down their Knights Kingdom homepage or I might have gotten more info from there. And what I found on Wikipedia is sketchy at best. Okay, I guess I'm done. Anyone else have anything to add?