It's setting up the games story, a prince watching his deceased father, the king being immolated at sea.
He's in mourning,cue the tear, and his mourning is rewarded by the gods. He is struck by lightning, which forms and serpent in hands, an emblem of his right to rule the world.
So yes,classic 80's cheese :-))
Hahah... that's right, I think I knew this at some point and forgot. Does it say it on the back of the box or somewhere? Maybe it even said it in the intro and I was so oblivious I just totally missed it.
Never played Realms, kind of looks like an easier to play version of Power Monger.
It's a pretty decent game. I would say it's not complicated, and as far as strategy games go... it's pretty simplistic. Basically, you start off with a city. You can improve it by buying a few buildings which allow you to produce more (usual thing). You levy taxes, and have a basic concept of keeping them happy. Like... 1/10th what you'd have to deal with in Sim City. You also then have to conquer other lands and other cities. You win when all the land is under your control. The territory can change too... I think there's a few options.
It's similar to Warlords for the PC, but perhaps a bit more in-depth, and with no heroes, and no mini-quests.