Ashoka was born in 304 BC. He was the son of the Mauryan Emperor Bindusara. When he started showing success as a military leader, his older brothers began to fear that Ashoka would ascend to the throne.
When an uprising occurred in the Takshashila province, Prince Susima suggested to his father that Ashoka would be the best person to deal with it. When news reached the province that Ashoka was coming, the fighting stopped. The militia who had started the revolt welcomed Ashoka's arrival.
In Kalinga, Ashoka fell in love with Kaurwaki who worked as a fisherwoman. His exile was soon ended when there was an uprising in Ujjain Province. Emperor Bindusara now called Ashoka back from exile and sent him to Ujjain. This time there was a great battle and Ashoka was seriously hurt.
During his recovery he found about about Buddhism. He found a nurse and soon fell in love, which became one of his wives.
Ashoka got very sick ad was basicallt on death bed. This mean someone had to take his place. Fights started breaking out from his brothers who thought he wouldn't male it. He ended up killing many of his brothers. He thenh got nicknamed "cruel ashoka". He launched a full invasion into province to catch his brother. In the fighting, thousands of people were killed and large areas of land were ravaged.After the battle, Ashoka decided to look over the destruction. The place that he had once been exiled now lay in utter collapse with houses burned down and many bodies still unburied. It was said that this was the first time that Ashoka saw the direct impact of war.