When the Ballindarroch family is massacred, Alyten only survives the assassinations because he was away on a hunting trip at the time. As Courtann's only remaining son, Alyten becomes king. His first act as king is to declare that he will hunt down his father's killers personally. This hunt led to Alyten's death, as the Warlock Lord set a trap for him and his companions, slaying Alyten and nearly the entire company.
Alyten's death paved the way for Jerle Shannara to become King of the Elves.