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The thing we desire lies here: Bald Mountain.
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Bald Mountain is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the twelfth episode of the fourth season.

Bald Mountain is based on the location of the same name from the Disney film, Fantasia.


Before First Curse

Bald Mountain is home to the Chernabog, a winged demon who guards a crystal ball containing a powerful curse. Those who dare to venture in will face three fearsome obstacles in their way. Rumplestiltskin desires to acquire the curse for himself, and manipulates Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and Ursula into helping him so they can get their happy endings in life. When blocked by a whole horde of venomous blood scarabs, Cruella uses her power of persuasion on one of creatures, which then influences the entire swarm into moving aside. After this, the group reach a room with the crystal ball on a bier, but it is surrounded by fire, so Maleficent absorbs the flames into her staff. Lastly, Ursula grabs the curse with her tentacles and hands it to Rumplestiltskin. From this action, the Chernabog awakens to face the intruders. Only then, Rumplestiltskin admits he used them for the sake of obtaining the curse for himself. Prior to leaving, he advises them on the Chernabog's ability to detect the heart with the greatest potential for evil and devour it. Left to defend themselves, the women hide behind rock pillars. They brainstorm a plan to allow the Chernabog to attack whoever it desires while the remaining two climb to safety and then rescue the remaining person. Once the women step out, the Chernabog looks at each of them until it lunges at Maleficent, who combats with magic blasts. After Cruella and Ursula scale a crack in the ceiling, Maleficent reminds them of the plan, but when they do not save her, she grudgingly accepts her end at the Chernabog's hands. As the demon swoops down at her, Maleficent expresses bitter hopes that it'll choke on her bones. Suddenly, she is pulled up to higher ground by Ursula's tentacles. The Chernabog, unable to reach them, settles for letting out a vicious roar. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")


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