Kruin tried to rise, but his legs folded under him. A look of astonishment crossed his wasted face.
“Why, I’m dying. But I can’t be. You promised!” […] “Too bad,” he said in that deep but wryly dismissive tone. “It was an interesting experiment.” “Betrayed!” Kruin’s voice cracked into a howl. “I gave you access to my city! I gave you control of my court! At your suggestion, I have slaughtered most of my heirs! And now all you can say… is ‘Too bad’?” The Prophet shrugged. “Some few merit immortality. Most do not. Yours, I fear, is the common lot.”
– Kruin and the Dark Prophet, The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", I
Near the end of his life, when he was dying, King Kruin of Kothifir kept the company of the Dark Prophet of the Karnids, who promised him immortality. For a time, Karnids were welcome in Kothifir. To become immortal, Kruin hired the Gnasher to hunt down his heirs and kill them, as the Prophet advised.
When Kruin did die, it was in the throne room of the Rose Tower tower, and the Dark Prophet was there. He merely said, "Too bad," and then escaped.
After the king's death, Krothen came to power, though limited by a council that was put into power the same time he was. After the Gnasher attacked the Rose Tower, and that same night, Prince Near died, the city council, at his wife Princess Amantine's insistence, declared war on Urakarn.
The Southern Host, commanded by Genjar, favorite son of Caldane, LordCaineron, attacked the Karnid stronghold of Urakarn. The battle was a resounding defeat: many Kencyr were killed, many more captured; fewer escaped the Karnid torture as the religious fanatics attempted to convert them to the Karnid god. Torisen, Burr, Rowan, and Rose Iron-thorn all escaped (the first and last bearing pronounced scars on their hands and forehead, respectively); Rose died in the process of crossing the Dry Salt Sea.
↑The Sea of Time, "Chapter XV: Winter's Tales" — " 'And then there are your losses. One in five dead, or so I hear, not to mention the entire vanguard…' "
↑ 2.02.1The Sea of Time, "Chapter VI: Challenges", II — " 'As I understand it, when King Kruin was dying, the Dark Prophet came to him and promised him immortality if he would buy it with the lives of his heirs. […] Meantime, Karnid priests were welcome here and made a lot of converts. When Kruin found out that he’d been fooled, he drove out his precious advisor. After his death, the city council sent the entire Host against Urakarn.' "
↑The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", I — " 'If your child is a son… what are heirs for… if not to prolong… the life of their king? If I must take him as he is… I shall. So the Karnid Prophet has taught me.' "
↑The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", II — "Despite his blood-claims, it had taken them this long to agree on young Krothen as the new king, but only after saddling him with a council of his elders. Tori had heard his former houseguest complain long and bitterly about his lack both of power and freedom,"
↑The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", III — "That night, Prince Near died. At Princess Amantine’s insistence and on the basis of the Gnasher’s attack, Kothifir declared war on Urakarn."