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You weren't kidding about eternal night.

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Brocéliande, also known as the Forest of Eternal Night, is a Camelot location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the third episode of the fifth season.

Brocéliande is based on the location of the same name from the Arthurian legend.


Before Third Curse

While searching through the library of books in Merlin's tower, Regina comes across a book that details the magical toadstool, Crimson Crown, which can be used to communicate with Merlin. Learning that the toadstool is located in Brocéliande, David and King Arthur travel to the forest to retrieve it. On their journey, the two find common ground over their humble beginnings and their rise through the ranks. Reaching a large lake in the center of the forest, they spot a water logged bridge leading to the Crimson Crown sitting on a small mossy island. Since the bridge can only hold the weight of one person, David crosses and pockets the toadstool, but as he walks back across the bridge, he is attacked by phantom knights. David defeats several of the knights, before another one unexpectedly pulls him underwater, to which Arthur rescues him from drowning. Without David noticing, Arthur steals the toadstool, secretly conspiring to keep him and his allies from talking to Merlin. With their quest a failure, David and Arthur discuss the irony of their claims to fame; Arthur's being the prophesied king of Camelot, and David's being the rescuer of his princess, although both desire to be known for more than just that. They agree that it is through loss, and not success, that there is strength to be brave and heroic. From this solidifying bond, Arthur later makes David a knight of the Round Table, and gifts him the Siege Perilous seat. ("Siege Perilous")


On-Screen Notes

Filming Locations

  • The scenes at the Brocéliande docks were filmed on a blue-screen set.[2] Parts of the background was real, while the rest was CGI.


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  2. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 6, 2018. "josh and Liam looking for someone to save ;)" (archive copy)