Highprince Valam was a major combatant in Jah Keved's war of succession. Although he was eventually able to defeat opposing factions and become the king of Jah Keved, succeeding Hanavanar, the city of Vedenar was torched and he became grievously ill. When King Taravangian arrives after the final battle and has his doctors treat the wounded, the two kings meet. Valam makes Taravangian his heir, and then orders his bastard son, Redin, to kill him so he can die an honorable death.
"So the night will reign, for the choice of honor is life ... ."