Theme here: Just a bit of friendly rivalry, right? Both of these young fighters were trained by the renowned swordslinger Balgus. Their eagerness to claim the title of top student shows constantly in their dealings with one another. Hitomi's presence complicates the situation, but in an odd way: the men compete to see who is better at keeping Hitomi safe from harm, and sometimes they appear to fight because of their concern towards Hitomi. This results in a few harmless, dirty looks, as one nobleman and then the other rescue the distressed damsel, but this escalates into a passionate conflict when they find another beautiful, young source of contention.