Six-year old Al-Ashraf Musa becomes the last of the Ayyubid Dynasty sultans to rule Egypt. It is time for Mamluks to rule. The Mamluks are a group of freed slaves who for generations served Arab rulers in various countries as soldiers and administrators. Now, they want their own country. After the recent death of the Egypt's Ayyubid ruler Sultan As-Salih Ayyub, they installed one of their own, Izz ad-Din Aybak, to rule. However, Aybak realises that the Mamluks are not powerful enough to defeat the armies of the other Ayyubid states of Palestine and Syria, which are now advancing on Egypt to push him out. He steps down, places the Ayyubid royal boy Musa on the throne as his puppet, and will continue to rule from behind the scenes while retaining his role as the Egyptian army’s Commander. In four years, he will determine that any Ayyubid threat has passed. He will send Musa to live with his aunt, assume full power as Sultan, and establish the Mamluk Dynasty that will rule Egypt until 1517 and then administer Egypt for the Ottoman Empire until 1798.