Tales of the Drunken Paladin begins, oddly enough, at a point in the story after the heroes have already “beaten the game” so to speak. The opening crawl of the game explains how the paladin Anebriate (groan) saved the kingdom some time ago and is now the greatest and most powerful hero to ever live. When the game begins he already has all the best moves and gear he could ever need and more gold than he could possibly spend. However, instead of doing anything positive with his wealth and influence, Anebriate lives a life of squalor and debauchery, abusing his power and generally not caring about anyone else. As such, his fellow heroes (who went on to become prominent and influential figures) have pretty much turned their backs on him, and the local citizenry are not the least bit amused by his antics.