When Rick was young, he entered a tournament in Leazas, but was eliminated in the first round by a more experienced opponent. But Alto, watching the match, saw Rick's vast potential, and offered to train him in the art of swordsmanship. He essentially adopted Rick as a son, both raising him and teaching him swordplay. When he retired, he passed down his helmet and the enchanted sword Byroad to his adopted son and pupil, giving him command of the Red Corps.
He is an old friend of Barres Province.