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The ink that captured the Dark One – harvested from the rarest species of squid, from the bottom of a bottomless ocean.
Mr. Gold to Henry src

The Bottomless Sea is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twenty-first episode of the fourth season.


After First Curse

Mr. Gold tells Henry that the best way to stop Cora is the same way he was stopped—with squid ink. Henry mentions how Cinderella to trap him with a magic quill and Mr. Gold explains that it wasn't the quill itself, but the ink that captured the him, and that the ink was harvested from a rare species of squids that live at the bottom of a bottomless ocean. ("Into the Deep")

During Alternate Reality

When Isaac rewrites everyone's stories, Emma becomes a prisoner on an island in the Bottomless Sea. Lily becomes one of Queen Snow White's Black Knights and guards Emma's cell from outsiders. Emma suddenly wakes, chained up inside the prison tower. She struggles against the chains holding her, but it's no use, and she screams in horror and despair.

Henry comes to Hook, asking to go to the Bottomless Sea and rescue his mother. Hook's captain, Black Beard, agrees to let them go if Hook defeats him in a duel, but the latter meekly shirks away to resume scrubbing the deck. Henry then knocks out Black Beard and seizes control of the Jolly Roger. Once the captain is knocked out, they seize the ship and sail for the Bottomless Sea. When they arrive at their destination, Hook plays along with Henry's plan to infiltrate the Emma's prison tower by bringing him in as a fake prisoner. After knocking Lily out and locking her inside the tower, Henry frees Emma. To Henry's surprise, Emma has retained her memories, but she was locked up and stripped of her magic to ensure Isaac's story stays on course. The pair sail away with Hook on the ship but Emma says they need to put some distance between the ship and the tower as Lily is no ordinary Black Knight and is dangerous. Lily wakes up and transforms into a dragon. When she breaks out of the tower and chases after them, Hook and Emma work together to defeat her and Emma takes her out with a well-aimed cannon shot. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1", "Operation Mongoose Part 2")


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