Shortly after Steffon Blackgard's coronation as King Althurin the First, he ordered all of Eddin Blackgard's former allies to swear fealty to him publicly in the Hall of Lords. While most allies immediately bent the knee to the Black King, some, like Asten, refused to swear loyalty to him, outright calling him a traitor and a kinslayer. Afterwards, Althurin ordered the execution of these so-called "traitors". Asten was ordered to be put inside a small cage that was suspended about 5 meters in the air. Asten was left there, where he died of thirst, not before calling Althurin out for his treachery to House Blackgard.