Cedric always desired the throne. As power-hungry as his was, he managed to poison both Richard and his father, though the attempt ultimately failed. He eventually managed to subvert the Royal Guard, gaining the loyalty of the knights. Doing so allows him to successfully launch a coup d'etat that kills the current king. Richard barely manages to escape, and so he tasks his knights with hunting him down while assuming the position of king. Richard eventually managed to make it to Gralesyde, where he raises an army to retake the throne. Cedric's forces are eventually driven back, and Richard corners Cedric in the throne room. After a fierce battle, Richard ultimately slays his uncle and retakes the throne.