Alton came into his seat of power at the end of the War of Extermination, when his father was slain at the hands of Daerunt Danford. When Daerunt took the throne and demanded that all lord swear fealty Alton was hesitant at first. His house commanded the largest host of men and the Gaferty's and Castello's, who's household heads were also murdered by Daerunt, still remained loyal to the Lagrest name. After counseling with Garth Castello and Bua Gaferty the three decided it best to avoid all out war in the Kingdom. They felt that Pedigran had potentially lead their fathers to their death with his blindness and insanity. Alton still holds a grudge against King Daerunt for killing his father though, but has remained loyal to his king. When Daerunt called for his lords to send men into Pegasus to end the civil war, House Testoke answered the call, and Alton even allowed his first born son and heir Bokal to serve the King as one of his Royal Knights.