Adelvar was a poor boy growing up on the farm. When he was young, he was selected by Sir Olrich to squire for him at a tournament. Impressed by his diligence, Olrich made him a full time squire after purchasing him from his parents. They traveled together for a time, and Adelvar was eventually trained with the sword and lance and taught the code of chivalry. Olrich frequently encouraged his knightly ambitions, and would brag about his squire at tournaments - a fact that inflated Adelvar's teenage ego.
Olrich had always been a bit of a drunk, but at the King's Tournament in Zael, he over did it and was unable to compete. His seventeen year old squire Adelvar took his place in secret, entering the tournament.