Ali was a fast learner and he quickly began to learn how to wield a sword and a spear. He trained every day for two years to improve everything he needed to get into the Sphinx. Eventually, the suspense got too much. He couldn’t stand the feeling that his sister may be suffering, or worse, dead. He told Mura how he wanted to go after them now and that he was ready. Mura responded “Are you sure you want to go now? What if you just disappear like everyone else?”
“I won’t, I’m ready to save my sister,” said Ali confidently.
“There is a test I made up and if you pass it then I will see if you are truly ready.”
“Ok then, what’s the test?”
“Are you sure you want to do it now?”
“Yes Yes, now tell me what it is!” shouted Ali.
“It will be dangerous,” Mura warned.
“It won’t be easy”
Mura told Ali about a different group that was similar to The Arcanum Umbra. It attempted to copy what they did by also kidnapping children except instead of using them for some unknown reason they sold them to The Arcanum Umbra. “This group is usually called ‘Opus’. It’s not as advanced in fighting and running as the Arcanum Umbra, but it should still be quite a handful for a boy like you. If you manage to get out of their base with a kidnapped child without my help, then Ali I deem you ready”
“Where is this base then?” Ali asked, sounding determined.
“You’ll have to figure that out for yourself. And if you ever want to find the entrance to the sphinx then you’ll need to learn some important interrogation skills because this is going to be easy compared to what comes next.”
The next day, Ali set out in town to find out where Opus was. He was looking for especially shady streets where some bad people might be hanging out. Of course, he knew exactly where to look because of the people he used to know and work with. He found a middle-aged man who looked like he may have some knowledge about gangs and cults.
“Hey, do you mind if I ask you a couple questions?”
“Well that depends on what kind of questions, boy.” said the man.
“Have you by chance ever heard of a group called Opus?”
“Just someone who has some business to take care of,” Will said a bit suspiciously.
“I’ve heard… rumours” The other man said.
“Have you seen anybody shady running a specific direction while dragging an unwilling person along?”
“Let me ask you a question boy. If I knew where Opus was then why would I tell someone like you? You know what, you know too much already, I guess I’ll have to kill you then.”
Suddenly the man pulled a knife out of his pocket and swung at Ali. Ali jumped out of the way just in time and he also drew his dagger. “We don’t have to do it this way,” Ali said, but the man wasn’t listening. He tried to swing at Ali again but Ali parried and that made the knife fall out of the man’s hand. Ali went up to him and put his dagger to the man’s throat and he surrendered. After some interrogating and maybe just a few threats Ali found out that this person works for Opus. A while later Ali finally got him to reveal the location of Opus.