Under the supervision of the new pharohs, who saw a renewed prestige under the reestablishment of the old pantheon, coupled with an ambitious expansion of public projects and a renaissance in the arts, the Asaante Empire regained vitality.
Extensive trade between rapidly growing port cities augmented the wealth of the elite, and even many of the lay craftsman, who enjoyed wider markets for their goods.
The sudden extinction of the Asaante civilization remains a mystery. It is known that its traditional rival empire, the Imiceans, invaded and began its slow crawl across Asaante territories.
Legend suggests that as General Xamxex made his way to the imperial castle, the Prophecy of the Asaantean Eclipse was fulfilled, and the Seven Plagues were unleashed. On the first day, there was a solar eclipse, covering the land in darkness. On the second day, according to legend, the waters turned to blood. On the third, there was a plague of locusts which destroyed crops and stored grains. On the fifth, poisonous insects and snakes crawled from every crevasse, and began to devour the young. On the sixth, everyone was covered in sores and boils. Finally, on the seventh day, the dead began to rise and partake in the flesh of the living.
In the ruins of the capitol, it is known that some surviving members of the mystery death cult of Ranubis, god of eclipse, pestilence, and death, took the remains of their head priest, Nerraj Enots, and left the land to mummify him. His tomb has not been discovered, leading scholars to speculate that his existence is merely a fable. However, archeological evidence is exceptionally scant, because the location of the capitol of the Asaantean civilization has been lost, and is probably covered by the desert.