Ali Baba: Beams of light shine upon the land. Here the king stands.
Ali Baba: At the golden yellow corner, lie the wishes of all.
Ali Baba uneasily traveled the deserts alone, holding a map with ancient scripts on it. He followed the scripts’ clues and traveled the deserts for months. Almost using up all of his food and water, he still firmly believed that the map in his hands would lead him to the treasure — a lamp which can grant any wish.
He now stood at the juncture where sunlight’s reflection created a radiating angle on the surface of the sea, peering at the ancient tomb in the middle of the desert.
Ali Baba proceeded into the tomb and was surprised to find that all the traps inside were disabled by someone else a long time ago. Naturally, the treasure was gone too.
Ali Baba: Darn! Someone beat me to it!
Ali Baba did not give up. He returned to town and kept searching for clues related to the magic lamp. Eventually, he heard a rumor about a chamber of commerce putting a ragged lamp on sale, so he immediately went to the chamber and there it was, the magic lamp. To steal it, Ali Baba pretended to be one of the staff...
Ali Baba: Ah! Excuse me, I’m new here and I’ m responsible for storekeeping. May I know where the storage room is?
Chamber of Commerce Staff: That’s why I don’t like newbies! Just keep going that way!
Ali Baba: Sorry for the trouble. Thanks!
Ali Baba: Hi. I’m new here and I’m responsible for storekeeping. Nice to meet you!
Storekeeper: Hm?! I didn’t receive news of someone coming over here! Who are you?
Ali Baba: Why didn’t you listen to me? Blame this on yourself!
Ali Baba knocked all the storekeepers unconscious. When he finished tying them to the pillars, they all woke up and wanted to yell and beat him up, but their mouths and hands were all tied up. Their helpless faces made Ali Baba laugh, who then performed a peculiar dance to humiliate them.
Just then, a group of staff entered the storeroom. Knowing that the odds of winning against that many enemies were low, Ali Baba could only hide and watch one of the visitors buy the lamp. Filled with anger, Ali Baba jumped out and berated the tied up staff:
Ali Baba: This is all your fault! If I lose the lamp, I’m coming back for you!
With that said, Ali Baba hurriedly dashed out and chased after the buyer. If he lost sight of it this time, he may lose the lamp’s only clue. When he arrived at the lobby, he saw the staff put the lamp into an embroidered box and handed it to an old man...
Ali Baba located the magic lamp at the chamber of commerce, but his struggle with the staff stopped him from stealing the lamp in time, and he could only watch as an old man bought the lamp. Ali Baba followed the old man and was surprised to see him heading toward the castle. The lamp was given to the emperor as a gift!
Ali Baba approached the castle and observed the guards while estimating the height of the castle walls. He finally found the right moment to sneak into the castle, but it was much more enormous than Ali Baba had anticipated. Hence, he used a lot of time navigating his way, but he was spotted in the process.
Left with no other options, he hurriedly escaped from the castle. However, the castle became more sternly secured since that day, leaving Ali Baba with no more attempts to steal the lamp again. Just as the frustrated Ali Baba wondered what to do, the emperor openly wanted to recruit a tailor who could design a new clothing for him...
Ali Baba: Ha! Fate is helping me!
After re-confirming the tailor recruitment notice on the wall, Ali Baba could not hold back his excitement and yelled with joy. He even blew a kiss to the sky as a token of gratitude. He devised an entire scheme in his mind and was prepared to demonstrate his tailoring skills to the emperor if he was asked to do so. However, he had never thought that His Majesty would decide to hire him with only a glance. Ali Baba could not help but feel delighted to see his plan going so smoothly.
After becoming the emperor’s tailor, Ali Baba was always monitored by someone sent under Prince William’s command to ensure he could finish his product before the emperor’s parade. Ali Baba took a quick glance around the fabric quarter — there were only a door, a bed, a loom and a small and narrow window. He calmly said to the prince:
Ali Baba: Hm...You have all the tools I need. Not bad!
Ali Baba: From now on, do not disturb me, or I won’t be able to create a piece of clothing that the emperor will be content with!
All who were present left the room and locked the door. Ali Baba then carefully walked to the window and sneaked through it to the outside...
Ali Baba: Humph! You really think that a little window can trap me inside? You’re underestimating me, Ali Baba!
Ali Baba: OK...So...where is my cute little lamp?
Ali Baba: ‘There are so many rooms here...where exactly is my magic lamp?’
Since then, Ali Baba would sneak into the castle during work hours, using the title of tailor as an excuse to roam around. However, in this enormous castle, he could not locate the magic lamp even after weeks of searching...During one of his attempts to locate the lamp, he almost ran into the emperor. However, he was lucky enough to overhear the emperor was on his way to check his new clothing, so he hurried back to the fabric quarter and pretended to be working.
The quarter’s door opened and the emperor entered with his subordinates. They all observed the working Ali Baba when they realized that the loom had no thread. The emperor’s subordinates admonished Ali Baba, thinking that he was a fraud and had no knowledge of tailoring at all.
To avoid the emperor’s suspicion, Ali Baba claimed that the fabric was specially made to only be visible to the wise. Although Ali Baba also thought this excuse was ridiculous, the emperor surprisingly complimented him while clapping:
Louis the Emperor: Beautiful! This design is beautiful!
Everyone present was benumbed by the emperor’s reaction; even Ali Baba did not know how to respond, but he took a deep breath and calmed himself down before pretending to be able to see the fabric too. He walked to the emperor and introduced his product:
Ali Baba: Ahem. Marvelous, Your Majesty! This pattern was specially designed, and the sash here...
Louis the Emperor: It would be even better if you could add some feathers and roses on it.
Ali Baba nodded as acknowledgement before the emperor smiled with content. Before the emperor left, he also ordered to postpone his parade for a week. Ali Baba could not help but lopsidedly smiled, feeling proud of his wits, but he did not notice the emperor strangely looking at him...
Ali Baba: Hm? Your Majesty? It’s very late. Are you here to check on your new clothing? It’s not finished yet.
Louis the Emperor: Aren’t you curious? Why I chose you to be my tailor with just one look?
Ali Baba: I don’t know what you’re talking about...
Louis the Emperor: You were that thief the other day, weren’t you?
The emperor walked up to the sitting Ali Baba, leaned toward his ears and quietly said:
Louis the Emperor: All the crimes you have committed are enough for me to end your life more than ten times.
Ali Baba: Humph! If you really want me dead, you would have done it a long time ago. Just spill it. What do you want?
Louis the Emperor: Clever. That saves me the trouble of explaining everything to you. Get me Prince William’s account book.
Louis the Emperor: Of course, I will reward you if you actually get it done. I will not only remit your sentence, I will also grant you one thing you desire.
Ali Baba: Deal! Don’t go back on your words!
In accordance to Louis’ map, Ali Baba arrived at where Prince William lived.
He cautiously waited until the guards changed their shifts before sneaking into the prince’s room...
Ali Baba: Huh, that was easier than I thought. So, where are you, little account book?
Ali Baba calmly removed one book at a time from the shelf until he found a book he could not easily pull out.
With a smile, he pressed the book inward — the shelf flipped and revealed a secret passage.
Ali Baba: Ha! Typical trick! I thought this would be more difficult...
Ali Baba proceeded with caution into the secret passage. Although he was already used to dark environments, he paid attention to any underlying danger. On the other side of the passage was an office.
Ali Baba checked the desk and found a white notebook in the desk’s drawer. He took out a match from his pocket and lit it. He then saw numerous unlawful transaction records written in the notebook — Smuggling, gambling, loaning — it contained every possible unlawful transaction.
Ali Baba smiled and left with the notebook after putting everything back in their original places and ensuring Prince William’s office returned to its previous state. He then gave the notebook to the emperor, who read the book while smiling.
Louis the Emperor: So, what is the one thing you desire?
Ali Baba: It’s simple. I want the old lamp someone gave you.
The emperor took Ali Baba to his treasury, in which Ali Baba finally obtained the magic lamp he had been searching for. He excitedly ran toward it and held it in his arms. Louis did not know much about the lamp’s background and power, so he kept his promise and gave it to Ali Baba as a reward.
After getting the magic lamp, Ali Baba left the castle and immediately summoned Genie for his first wish — “a bunch of men to help me steal”. When Genie made the wish come true, Ali Baba then began his journey to become a true thief.
After Genie summoned “a bunch of men to help me steal” for Ali Baba, he began his journey to become a true thief. Ali Baba could not control his cat subordinates at first, but after an idea flashed across his mind, he now had an effective method to control the cats. It was not until then did he realize the cats could not only transform into mist, they could also shapeshift into Humans and help him fight. Intrigued by the capability of his wish, he began to challenge himself.
Ali Baba: Now that I’m different from my past self, maybe I should try stealing something more difficult!
Before Ali Baba and Genie was the mansion of the richest tycoon in town. The security was even more strict than a castle or palace! There was an enormous number of guards, the treasure storage room was incessantly watched, and it was also a room with only one exit. If Ali Baba wanted anything in there, using force would be the sole feasible method.
Genie the Wish Granter: ‘I don’t think you can triumph over the two well-built men there...’
Ali Baba: Don’t be silly. Robbing is not my style. Just sit back and watch.
Ali Baba put a card on the tycoon’ s bed. On it wrote “Tonight I’m coming for your precious treasure. The Forty Thieves.” Upon seeing the card, the tycoon could not help but break into laughter. He knew his mansion was guarded by impeccable security, so stealing from him was impossible. He simply tossed the card away, but at the same time, Ali Baba had already finished drawing the structure of the house and had planned the entire theft...
With no difficulties, Ali Baba climbed over the wall and entered the mansion.
He carefully avoided the guards and headed toward the treasure storage room.
Ali Baba hid in a corner and threw stones at a nearby bush, attracting the tall and strong guards toward the bush.
Just then, Ali Baba summoned his cats to knock them unconscious.
Ali Baba: Good job, my boys! Now can you please unlock the doors for me too?
Hearing Ali Baba’s order, the cats transformed into a cloud of green mist and drifted into the room through different cracks. In a short while, the door opened, his cats licking their paws and waiting for their master’s compliment. Ali Baba patted each of them on the head and took the treasure. Before leaving the mansion, he ordered the cats to lock the door again, creating a false impression that they had never been there.
The next day, the tycoon still mocked the “Forty Thieves”, but when he went to check the storage room, he was shocked to see that the treasure had vanished!
Various groups searched for the Forty Thieves but none of them could obtain any clues about them. The only thing they knew was that the Forty Thieves never failed during their thefts. For everyone who received their card, they would always lose their precious treasure. Along with this rumor, the name of the Forty Thieves also spread across the country.
Ali Baba: Haha! I’m famous now! So, who should be the next one to receive my card?
Genie the Wish Granter: ‘I think you might want your second wish to be “never getting caught”?’
Ali Baba: No no no. No, Genie. I’m never getting caught, because...
Ali Baba stood on his feet, the lightings of the night bringing out his prideful expression.