"The great new temple has had a powerful effect on the people of Egypt. Priests are revitalized in their fervor and are spreading the word up river and along the coast. You are leading a new settlement in the west near Libya where raiders have been harassing Egyptian towns. These raiders possess a powerful new weapon called a Ballista. Capture the Ballista and bring it to your Town Center."—In-game campaign description
|Game||Age of Empires|
|Campaign||Ascent of Egypt Learning Campaign|
|Course of campaign|
Capture (convert) the Ballista and bring it to your Town Center.
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This scenario can be won in a matter of minutes. The ballista you're after is just south of your town, and you start off with a priest. Train some scouts, and send them to kill the Bowmen, which may otherwise kill either the priest or the converted ballista. Once the Bowmen have been dealt with, the player can now send a Scout and a Priest to the enemy town, using the Scout to draw the Ballista's fire while having the Priest convert it. After being converted, send it to the Town Center, and the scenario will be completed.
- The name of the scenario was probably changed because The Crusades were fought in the medieval period, making the title anachronistic.
Historical outcome Edit
"The religion of Egypt remained a powerful unifying force for thousands of years. It overshadowed or influenced the religions of smaller neighboring barbarian cultures.
Egyptian religion was not without disruption, however. During the reign of Akhenaten (1364-1347 BC), for example, the old gods and goddesses were briefly deposed. The pharaoh insisted the people worship only one god, Aten, represented by the disc of the sun. He built a new city and temple for Aten and banned the worship of the old gods, causing great disruption. The names of the old gods were physically removed from many inscriptions. The idea of one god only may have influenced later religions. Within a few years of his death, Akhenaten was branded a heretic and the old gods and goddesses were restored.
Akhenaten is believed to have been the father of Tutankhamen."—In-game section