It was a controversial decision, as the king had three nephews — the sons of his brother Tarag — who could have continued the dynasty. Varug’s enemies muttered that the old king’s mind was addled by grief, and some accused Varug of murdering the crown prince.
Tarag’s sons challenged Varug’s right to rule, but two were slain in battle and their younger brother Eothag was forced to yield. In return for accepting King Varug’s authority, Eothag was allowed to keep his ancestral castle at Edhuga. Years later, his grandson Adath was welcomed back at court by King Raudhan IV.
For a while the Gaurans prospered once more. However, King Idhan II suspected them of plotting treason and besieged Edhuga Castle. He executed Adath’s eldest son Daodhan — who protested his innocence until the end — and divided the Gauran lands among his supporters.
No one dared to question Idhan’s actions openly, but some believed that he had struck the Gaurans down simply because he felt threatened by their growing power. Many years later, Adath’s other son Baonath promised to let Daskesurul rule Eoradha if the immortal lord put Nugra Gauran on the throne as a vassal king.
With the help of Daskesurul’s army, the Seothra forces were defeated and Nugra was declared the ‘rightful king’. However, the nobility knew it was their ancient foe Daskesurul who truly held power, and many of them called Nugra a traitor.