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The Lost City of Cremorrah.

"Immortality is folly. Those who desire it become blind to what is precious and right before them."
Malfus the Philosopher
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When Elfo is kidnapped, Bean and Luci embark on a quest to rescue him. Their search coincides with her father's own quest for the Elixir of Life, when it's determined the kidnapper is seeking the Eternity Pendant, one of the keys to creating the Elixir. So Bean, Luci, Sorcerio, Pendergast, Turbish, Mertz (and his mom), and a few other knights go on a long journey across various distant lands in search of both the Eternity Pendent and Elfo's captor.


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  • Beat: Used for comedy when Odval suggests Sorcerio needs a new book. Since the scene doesn't cut away, it shows Sorcerio staring blankly as Odval remains completely still.
  • Bound and Gagged: All the knights, and even their horses, are tied up by Big Jo. Only Mertz's mother is gagged, much to everyone else's relief.
  • Buried Alive: After escaping the ruins of Cremorrah, Bean, Elfo, and Luci fill it in with sand to bury Big Jo. It creates a sinkhole that nearly kills them, but the Griffin rescues them.
  • Call-Back:
    • The witch's burned-down candy house from "Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!" is revisited by Sorcerio in search of clues to the Elixir of Life. Gwen herself returns, and it turns out her sister wasn't killed after all.
    • Big Jo explains that everyone in Cremorrah was turned to stone while throwing a party when the king was away, and asks who would be so irresponsible. Bean decides to change the subject quickly.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: When exploring Cremorrah, Big Jo tells Bean the populace was petrified by a single spell from their rivals. Two episodes later, we see that spell in action, used against Dreamland this time.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • As Sorcerio skims the Omnicon, he passes by the page on how to cook elves from "Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill!".
    • The map montages show Mount Piping Hot Sinkhole, and the Islands of Mermaids and Walruses.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Luci knocks over one of the petrified humans in the ruins of Cremorrah, which starts a chain reaction that ends with all peterified humans falling.
    Luci: Noice!
  • Evil Laughter: Cloyd and the Enchantress are pretty happy about Bean gaining the Eternity Pendant.
  • Exact Words: The Cave of the Single Trap. (Which comes in two parts.)
  • Eye of Newt: The recipe for the elixer of life that Sorcerio tries at the start of the episode includes this ingredient, along with everything else from the newt.
  • Flat World: There's a literal Edge of the World. It comes complete with a gift shop, where people can buy things to throw over the Edge.
  • Foreshadowing: The Griffin says that she exchanged a crown of snakes for the Eternity Pendant with a king. It's later revealed that that king was ruler of a kingdom with a snake-based economy and snakes are very important to them.
  • Get It Over With: Sorcerio resigns himself to being clobbed with a chair once Elfo's kidnapping is discovered.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: At the end of the episode, Sorcerio can be seen smoking a cigarette as the griffon carries the team away from Cremorrah.
  • Got Volunteered: The first of Pendergast's knights to be killed by the cave. The guy who volunteers him is next.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The fate of victims of the Single Trap.
  • I Never Told You My Name: The old man knows Bean's name, despite her never giving it. Before he can explain how, Luci gets bored and makes them leave.
  • Just Between You and Me: Discussed and averted. Big Jo tells Bean that unlike other villains, he is not going to tell her his entire plan.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: A nonhuman example. The griffin, who appears masculine in her human parts (and has a male-sounding voice) is actually female. When questioned on this, she replied "Gender is a spectrum."
  • Lampshade Hanging: The assassin declares that he's been sent to prevent Big Jo getting the Eternity Pendant, as well as "answer all questions".
  • Last of His Kind: The griffon, on account of people preferring not to mate with birds anymore. She's trying to fix the problem, and Sorcerio's up for it.
  • Logical Weakness: The Death Trap in the Cave of the Single Trap (which comes in two parts). Figure out the flaw in it. The designer admits it is kind of weak to parties of three or more, and he has been meaning to get around to solving that one.
  • Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: The Lost City of Cremorrah, which once had a thriving snake-based economy, until they fell afoul of their mouse-based economic rivals (the Empire of Maru), who had them all turned to stone.
  • Lost City: The Lost City of Cremorrah (formerly the City of Cremorrah).
  • My Beloved Smother: Mertz's mother accompanies the knights on their expedition. No one can stand her, least of all Mertz himself.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: "My lady, knights, and... Mertz's mother who decided to come along for some reason."
  • Oh, Crap!: The Laughing Horse, after Malfus says he's going to eat it.
  • Overly Long Gag: "The repetition, the monotony, the repetition, the monotony... where was I? Oh, yes, the repetition, the monotony..."
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: At the Edge of the World, Bean and her companions encounter a griffin. Despite its masculine appearance and voice, it's actually a female, as she can lay eggs.
  • Red Shirt: Mortimer the Expendable. He just barely gets out his title before falling victim to the Single Trap's first part.
  • The Reveal: We learn the name of the kingdom where Cloyd and the Enchantress are operating out of - Maru, which is actually just a short distance from Dreamland, according to the map. Also, Cloyd's the Emperor.
  • Running Gag: The laughing horse.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: A faint tone is heard whenever an Elf is in the vicinity of the Eternity Pendant. Rather than make him comb the entire desert on his hands and knees, Bean takes advantage of this by rigging him up like a metal detector.
  • Talking Animal: Well not quite, but close enough. Sorcerio's experiments with elf blood have produced a horse that can laugh like a human.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • The second knight to fall victim to the Single Trap, who states that it seems safe to enter after Mortimer is killed.
    • The third knight killed stands on the literal Edge of the World and comments it doesn't seem that bad.
      Knight: They call it an edge, but it's really more of a gentle— (the ground gives way beneath him) —slooooooooooope!
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Big Jo tells Luci they can do things the easy way (one of his jars) or the hard way (a set of Wolverine Claws).
    Luci: (in the jar) I'm all about the easy way.
  • Truth Serums: Sorcerio's latest failed attempt to make the Elixir of Life results in him accidentally making one of these, and he himself gets doused with it, resulting in him telling Zog how he really thinks about him.
  • Uncertain Doom: Big Jo is buried under a desert's worth of sand by Bean and Luci. Given he's already fallen into a volcano, it probably didn't kill him. The last episode of the season implies he came back, though the first episode of season 2 reveals this to be a Red Herring.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Big Jo is back no worse for wear, despite getting tossed into a volcano. He did have to get himself a crude artificial arm to replace the one Bean cut off, however.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Nobody cares for the three knights killed during the quest, not even Pendergast, who's more annoyed about losing three suits of armor than he is their "contents".
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Malfus the Philosopher, the last owner of the Eternity Pendant thought so, to the point he threw it over the Edge of the World.
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