|“||Please to meet you. I am the chairman of LOA. You may call me Ashtear.||„|
|~ Ashtear Higgins, "Chairman" and leader of the Lords of Alchemy.|
|“||I would expect nothing less, from a destroyer of lives!||„|
|~ Ashtear Higgins|
Ashtear Higgins is the chairman and leader of the Lords of Alchemy or LOA as they go by in public, and a major antagonist in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (also known as Ninja Gaiden 3). Ashtear is an evil madman skilled in the ways of alchemy and sorcery, so much so that he can control the accursed magic of the Grip of Murder, just like the Regent of the Mask who revealed to be his grandson Theodore Higgins.
Sending his grandson Cliff under the pretense of being a scientist for the JSDF (Japan Self-Defense Force), Ashtear, the head of the LOA conglomorate, sets off a terrorist attack in London, hoping to ensnare the Dragon Ninja Clan's leader Ryu Hayabusa in order to bring him to his death. But when Cliff said that they needed his blood for their project's success, Ashtear lets the ninja live.
Aware of Canna's potential, he sends Cliff to retrieve her. But Ryu follows him to the icy plains of Antarctica, where Ashtear meets Ryu for the first time. He reveals that their true objective was Ryu's blood, which is the blood of the Divine Dragons (often commonly referred to as the Dragon Gods) flowing through the veins of the Hayabusa Clan heirs. Ashtear then leaves with Cliff while Ryu fights his demonic clone. Boarding a jet, they head for the US first fleet, the Black Narwhal, in the Polynesia Sea. As soon as Ryu laid waste to the alchemists and soldiers in his way, Ashtear goes head to head with the Dragon Ninja, and despite using all of his alchemy and technology, he is killed by Ryu in the end. When Canna takes on her form as the Goddess, the Black Narwhal is torn apart, and Ashtear sinks into the ocean.
- The Alchemy Robot Ashtear used to fight Ryu looks extremely similar to some models of Zoids, one of Japan's famous robot model toys.
- Even though he told Ryu his name, Ashtear is listed simply as "LOA Chairman" in the official site and strategy guide.
- He was voiced by Jamie Alcroft.