An assassin fails to murder a king, only to find the benevolent would-be victim offering him knighthood and then dying in an insurrection a few moments later. The assassin accompanies the son of the king out of their land and into another. The prince swears revenge and believes he must acquire greater power to achieve it. That black knight from the 1990 series, here recast as a king in the new land but retaining his dark elf groupie (now lighter!), was possessed by a wicked god some 300 years back, and so offers to help.
Stereotypes versus some interesting surprises. For instance, the prince never gets to return to take his revenge, and there are moments of impressive darkness in gore, crippled kids, dead principal characters, and so on. Nothing special, but it could have been far worse.