In 1624, a Jesuit missionary, Father Antonio Andrade, wrote a book highly popular across Europe.
In it, he describes his visit to an amazing country called Tibet.
Father Andrade and his companion tracked from their missioning goal in search for long-forgotten Christian state called Shambhala.
Instead, they discovered Guge.
By this time the story goes, tensions between Khri bKra shis Grags pa lde and his brother were at an all-time high, and they were about to get worse.
The king warmly welcomes Andrade.
In his book, Andrade writes, as holy men, the king treated us with great reverence, and then explains somewhat to my surprise that he wishes to understand our faith.
This was as welcome as it was unexpected.
Not only does Khri bKra shis Grags pa lde proclaim the pair to be his personal guests, he invites them to stay and teach their beliefs even altering the building and the chapel.
Such behavior would have infuriated the Buddhists at Tholing.
They saw the king's actions as a betrayal against Buddihism.
It was a move that would not go unanswered.
According to stories later recorded Andrade, what happened next was an uprising against the king that would forever change the course of Guge's history.
Seeking to protect his strong hold, the head abbot sends word to his supporters in the neighboring kingdom of Ladakh, 500 kilometers away.