At the time, all the crusades had taken their toll on both the Egyptian and Turkish sultanates and its standing military suffered as a result. Consequently, the defending Egyptian garrison at Aleppo was quite small, numbering only about 300 in total.
Even though at first, the Egyptians put up a good fight, setting fire to both the Spanish ram and one of their siege towers, the Spaniards placed two ladders and the remaining ladders on the walls while their trebuchets broke down a different section of the wall. Little did the Egyptians realize but Rodrigo had planned to trap most of their troops between the 1st and 2nd wall between his attacking infantry and flanking cavalry. Once the wall broke down, all available cavalry were sent to intercept the defending Egyptian and all were kill or captured. Only the Egyptian general suceeded to retreat in time and then it was only a matter of time until the Spaniards trapped and kill him behind the third set of walls in Aleppo.
Securing Aleppo, Rodrigo's troops began searching for the grail. Apparently after many months of digging, fights, and fruitless efforts, hope was waning. Desparate, Rodrigo had his Egyptian prisoners interrogated for more information. One by one, Rodrigo, now having some understanding of Arabic, discussed the location of the relic. One by one all either ignored him, spat in his face, called him infidel, or admitted they had no idea or never had heard of such an item.
Until the last man he talked to.
Dirty, beard overgrown, this man wasn't a bodyguard. He had been one of the caretakers of the citadel, performing mainly manual labor around the castle. Grabbed by his soldiers, mistaken as a fighter of the Egyptian army, he was tossed into Aleppo's prison without much thought. But there was something about him, Rodrigo later wrote.
At first glance, this man didn't look like much, but there's something in his eyes that speaks of a wisdom of living, living much longer than most mortal men. Almost comical. He almost seems about to laugh at all the big efforts we do in life, probably small to him. He and I talked, this Amun. He told me that by chance he had been wandering through the deserts between Aleppo and Mosul, earlier caught by bandits while escorting a merchant caravan from Baghdad to Antioch. He was out of water, out of food, and lost. Stumbling, he topped a sand dune in midday and sighted an old ruin in the distance. Of course he thought it a mirage, but what choice did he have?, he told me. Fight for life or just give up then and there? Before dusk, he found refuge in the ruin and immediately collasped. Waking later that night, he heard a slow, but musical drip. Following the sound, he chanced upon wet sand and then a small pool of water. He quickly drank his fill, thanking Allah. Finished, he finally looked up and saw a small, overturned, brass cup, water, ever so slowly, pouring out. Excitedly he quickly turned the cup right side up and the water stopped. Overturned it and water poured, seemingly from no where. Overjoyed, Amun decided to sleep by the mysterious cup that night.
He awoke suddenly. Shouts and the sounds of the small Aleppo market around the corner. A boy was watching him nearby. Questioning the boy, he was told that his father found him in the night by some old ruin, east of Aleppo. In haste, Amun quickly raced back east, stealing a nearby camel and water. He searched for 6 days, but found no ruin. Every year for 10 more years, he went back looking for that ruin, but never found it.
"Allah must have sensed that I had sinned in order to find the blessed cup and erased all traces of the ruin," Amun last told me before I let him go.
Tomorrow, we go East, taking with us digging tools, much supplies, and a few guides. God bless us on our journey and our expedition for in His name we go searching for the Holy Grail.
Rodrigo, either because of his high piety and religious faith or by luck, 3 months later found the most holy of all holy relics, the Holy Grail. Spanish armies that carried this blessed cup were later rumored to recover quicker from their wounds and travel farther in hostile territory without access to water.