The Egyptian Rite of the Templar Order, also known as the Order of the Ancients in its early years, was the branch of the Templar Order which has operated throughout Egypt since at least the Ptolemaic dynasty.
In 49 BCE, the Templars, known then as the Order of the Ancients, secretly aided Queen Cleopatra, which allowed her to become the sole ruler of Egypt. However, on 12 August 30 BCE, the Egyptian Assassin Amunet infiltrated Cleopatra's palace, and killed her with a venomous asp.
Acquiring the Scepter of Aset
In 1250, after the Mamluks rose up against the reigning Ayyubid dynasty, the Templars, knowing that the Mamluks had formed an alliance with the Assassins, attempted to retrieve a Piece of Eden called the Scepter of Aset when the artifact was being brought to the rebelling Mamluks by an Egyptian Assassin. However, despite being injured, the Assassin managed to kill the Templar knights and brought the Scepter of Aset to the Mamluks to aid them in their efforts against the Ayyubids, effectively laying the foundation for the Bahri dynasty.
In 1340, the Templars, with the aid of a local named Hasdin Al-Bellal and the rich merchant Bachir Al-Djallil, managed to steal the Scepter, leaving only the fragment of a dagger's handle behind, and smuggled the artifact to their hideout in Karnak.
Assassination of the Sultan
In 1341, the Templars contacted Leila, a servant of sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad, and offered her a chance to avenge the humiliations she had suffered throughout the years - without hesitation, Leila accepted the deal to kill the Sultan. One night, while still active as a servant, Leila was summoned by Al-Nasir. When she was asked to accompany him, Leila seduced the Sultan and killed him by slitting his throat, in the name of the "Templars' fight against oppression". She then made an attempt to flee, but was captured while making her escape from the Palace.
Later on, the Templars were tracked down to Karnak by the Assassin Numa Al'Khamsin, better known as "El Cakr", and his disciple, Ali Al-Ghraib. Arriving at night near the Temple of Amun, the two walked across a village, when Ali noticed a man wearing a dagger with the Templar cross on it. After telling this to his master, Ali started a fire as a distraction, so that Numa was able to look for the Scepter of Aset unnoticed.
However, the distraction was not effective and Numa became surrounded by Templars. While the Assassin engaged in battle with his enemies, Ali stole the Scepter from the Templars. Numa and his apprentice then fled from Karnak, taking the artifact with them.
Killing El Cakr
Two days later, El Cakr arrived at the Sultan’s palace in Cairo. Although the Sultan’s Emirs expected Numa to hand over the artifact, the Assassin did not trust the Emirs and told them the artifact would remain in Assassin hands until a dignified successor to the throne would be presented. Interpreting Numa’s words as an insult, the Emirs locked him up in the same prison cell as Leila.
After convincing Numa that she was not a true believer of the Templar cause and had merely used them in order to kill the sultan, the two escaped and headed for a safe house that Leila had arranged in the city in order to lay low after the murder of the Sultan. There, she seduced Numa into a sexual encounter.
While Numa was in prison, the Templars managed to capture Ali at the Temple of Edfu and tortured him, breaking his wrist. Eventually he cracked, agreeing to help them eliminate his master in exchange for his life.
After Numa arrived at Edfu Temple and noticed Ali's bandaged wrist, the Templars surrounded him and Ali. Leila then came forward, her identity still unknown to Al'Khamsin. She explained that the Scepter was no longer the only priority of the Order and that Numa was such a nuisance that his death was now a new priority. Lowering her hood, she told El Cakr that she felt no hate towards him but had to follow orders before she began dueling with him. Perfectly trained, Leila revealed that everything she had told Numa about her commitment to the Templars was a lie before putting a dagger into his heart, instantly killing Numa before the eyes of his distraught apprentice. However, keeping her promise to spare Ali, Leila let the shaken Assassin apprentice go.
Losing the Scepter
When Leila went to the Sultan's Emirs in Cairo to deliver them the artifact, she discovered that the ankh-shaped box was empty. Quickly rushing in pursuit of Ali, Leila happened to spot the Scepter's luster at the bottom of a well near Edfu Temple, which was where Ali had thrown the scepter. However, Leila fell while climbing up with the object. Suffering a head injury, Leila remained lifeless in the pit during three days before being rescued and tended by passing Bedouins.
Having become amnesiac, Leila had forgotten her allegiance to the Templars and the very existence of the Scepter, which she unknowingly left in the well. She then left with the Bedouins, but died nine months later from internal bleeding while giving birth to the child she had conceived with El Cakr during their night in the safe house.
Sometime in 1505, Odai Dunqas, a cousin of the first Sultan of the Sennar Sultanate, relocated to Alexandria and encountered the Templar philosophy, of which he embraced, and called himself "The Guardian of the Truth". Soon after, he joined the Templars in the hopes of making his ambitions a reality.
In 1511, during an excavation of the destroyed library of Alexandria, the Mamluk Sultanate's soldiers discovered two Memory Seals in a chest from 331 BC. After Ezio Auditore sent some Assassins from Constantinople to Alexandria to retrieve the seals, Templar soldiers launched an offensive to recover the Memory Seals.
Despite successfully ambushing the Assassins and stealing the seals, the Templars subsequently lost them again when the Assassins organized a search party and recovered them.
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