Baldwin lived through a very difficult period for Kovir and the Thyssen dynasty in particular. The bloody struggle for power began with the Secession of Poviss, when Rhyd declared himself autonomous. He gained independence as did the East March (which later split into several duchies and kingdoms, only to finally unite as the so-called Hengfors League). But the worst was yet to come - there was a revolt and Baldwin lost control of his crown to MargraveIdi, and for the first time in the history of the house, the Thyssens were forced to flee. During the escape Baldwin died suddenly, probably due to a brain aneurysm. Later his only son, Esterad, reclaimed the throne for the family in an event known as the Night of Knives and Torches.