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This isn't any old key. This is the key to the land where all stories come to a screeching halt.
Rumplestiltskin to the Count of Monte Cristo src

Keys to the Land of Untold Stories are magical items featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They first appear in the second episode of the sixth season.

History

Before First Curse

After discovering that Dr. Jekyll's Serum does not remove the ability to love from anyone who takes it, Rumplestiltskin sends Mr. Hyde and, as a result, Dr. Jekyll to the Land of Untold Stories using one of these keys. ("Strange Case")

Not wanting the Evil Queen to have the Count of Monte Cristo poison Snow White and Prince Charming with Agrabahn Viper Poison, Rumplestiltskin poisons Charlotte, who the Count has become infatuated with, with the Agrabahn Viper Poison. While telling the Count of Monte Cristo that there is no cure for the poison, he does offer him another way to save Charlotte. Using one of these keys, Rumplestiltskin transports the Count of Monte Cristo and a poisoned Charlotte to the Land of Untold Stories where time stands still. The Count of Monte Cristo accepts the offer. ("A Bitter Draught")

Cinderella's mother owned one of these keys and told Cinderella stories about it. However, not believing in magic, Cinderella keeps it in a box as a simple memory of her mother. After Rumplestiltskin allows her to attend the ball using magic, she falls in love with Prince Thomas but is convinced by Lady Tremaine that he actually loves her stepsister, Clorinda. Heartbroken and now believing in magic, Cinderella accepts Gus's suggestion that she use the key but is stopped by Clorinda, who tells her the truth: Prince Thomas does love her, and Clorinda loves his footman. Clorinda desires to run away with Jacob to escape her mother, so Cinderella gives her the key so that they can go to the Land of Untold Stories. However, Lady Tremaine forces Cinderella to admit where Clorinda went and stabs Jacob before they can go through the door. When she sees that Cinderella and the prince are now engaged, she becomes frustrated that life has stolen her chance at happiness in favor of Cinderella, and decides to use the key herself, dragging Clorinda along with her. ("The Other Shoe")

During First Curse

Captain Nemo recruits Liam and Hook to search for one of these keys as well, calling it a great treasure. When they recover it from its chest, Hook is surprised to see it is merely a key, but Nemo explains that they key will take them to the Mysterious Island, where they can move on from their searches for revenge. After Liam discovers that Hook is his half-brother who murdered their father, he attempts to kill him but accidentally stabs Nemo. As Nemo dies, Hook flees, and Liam uses the key to go to the Mysterious Island, actually the Land of Untold Stories, to end Nemo's suffering. ("Dark Waters")


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