Ashoka's journey was set in motion when Chanakya set out to look for Bindusara
to take over the throne and protect Magadh from the Greek Army General,
Seleucus Nicator his daughter Helena and her son Justin. Being Chandragupta
Maurya's wife, Helena wanted to usurp the throne from her step son, Bindusara
and make her own son, Justin the king of Magadh. However, all was not well even
upon Bindusara's return. Magadh's future remained uncertain with everyone's
thirst for the throne. In an attempt to look for the rightful heir to succeed
Bindusara's reign, Chanakya traced Dharma. Bindusara's wife and Ashoka in the
forest and brought them to Magadh. But the transition wasn't an easy one.
Ashoka came to Magadh with a sense of vengeance. His sole purpose was to
restore his mother's honour and secure a spot in the Mauryan Empire for her
once it was revealed to him that the King of Magadh, Bindusara was his sire.