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  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • In the "Petting Zoo" short, Octavia the eight-legged cow kills and eats a bird.
    • Mabel when flirting with (Austrian) Baron Marius in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" mistakenly thinks he's from Australia and asks if they eat kangaroos or keep them as pets. As a matter of fact... Also, despite the proliferation of "No Kangaroos in Austria" shirts in real life Austrian gift shops, there are at least two restaurants in Vienna that serves kangaroo, and an escaped kangaroo made the news once.
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    • Quentin Trembley once proclaimed that he jumped out a window to depart as president. While a person didn't depart as president by doing this, there is an actual story of an American president jumping out of a window.
  • Acting for Two: Sev'ral Timez consists of five characters, but are voiced by three actors. You try to sort it out.
  • Adored by the Network: Despite the show finishing its run, Disney XD hasn't taken it off the air and continuously shows it to the point it still gets marathons, proudly runs next to new deals, and still gets commercial focus. They also created a "Broken Karaoke" Song Parody featuring Mabel, despite it being off the air.
  • Approval of God:
  • Ascended Fanon: A fan asked Alex for Grenda's last name, and he didn't have an answer so he asked the fan to make something up. The fan said "Grendinator" and Alex immediately pronounced it canon.
  • Banned in China: In 2017, the series was banned in Kenya for adult-oriented humor, including depictions of same-sex couples.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • In 'Fight Fighters', when Rumble defeats Dipper, his victory pose mimics that of Akuma. However, unlike Akuma's kanji 天 (meaning Heaven), the kanji on Rumble's back is 屁 (meaning a fart, or alternatively something so worthless it's not worth considering - either interpretation satisfies the joke).
    • The start screen for Romance Academy 7 in "Soos and the Real Girl" has three choices. Start, Quit and SHIZENHAKKA. The last one translates to "Spontaneous Combustion", which if Soos had known, might have saved him some trouble.
  • Channel Hop:
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    • The first season premiered its episodes on Disney Channel, while the second season had a majority of its episodes first air on Disney XD.
    • Disney itself has the rights, but after a failed attempt at releasing it on home video themselves, they licensed the home video rights to Shout! Factory, which released the complete series on Blu-ray and DVD on July 24, 2018.
  • Children Voicing Children: Young Stan and his brother Ford are voiced by actual boys in the episode "A Tale Of Two Stans"
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Surprisingly and unfortunately happened in a Disney Channel Scandinavia miniseries called The Mystery in Gravity Falls (not to be confused with the fan-run website and YouTube channel "The Mystery of Gravity Falls"). It was a 6-part series that repeated the same things over and over again and, of course, got some things completely wrong. For example, claiming that "ONWARDS AOSHIMA!" was a big mysterious clue when it was just a reference to John Aoshima, who was a director on the show's first season.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Minor example, but former writer/creative director Michael Rianda said they regret giving some characters like Dipper and Mabel only four fingers based on what looked visually better rather than being consistent, since the author of the journals having six fingers is a plot point.
    • Another minor example; Hirsch regrets the placement of "Roadside Attraction" being the second to last episode before the three-part finale.
    • Years later, Hirsch still remains understandably bitter about Disney's refusal to allow explicit homosexual characters in the show. When they posted an image of Disney characters in front of a Pride flag for 2021's Pride Month, Hirsch gave a very vitriolic response where he even advised any other showrunners currently fighting with them over the issue to shove the picture in their faces.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • In addition to voicing four major characters, Hirsch voices Quentin Trembley, the gnomes and several members of Sev'ral Timez.
    • Former writer/creative director Michael Rianda voices Lee, Thompson and Mr. Poolcheck.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Grenda is voiced by Carl Faruolo.
    • Gorney from "Summerween" is voiced by Grey Griffin.
    • Celestabellebethabelle from "The Last Mabelcorn" is voiced by Sam Marin.
    • The "Between the Pines" featurette revealed that Abuelita's voice actor is Matt Chapman.
    • In the Russian dub, Gideon is voiced by a woman.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • 12-year-old Dipper was voiced by Jason Ritter, who was in his mid-thirties at the time of the series' production, same with his twin sister Mabel who was voiced by Kristen Schaal.
    • 15-year-old Wendy was voiced by Linda Cardellini, who was in her late thirties at the time of production.
    • Pretty much any kid on the show who's around Dipper's and Mabel's age, are voiced by adults; same with the teenagers.
  • Defictionalization:
    • A fan sent to Hirsch a homemade "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons" game.
    • Some official pieces of merch are: Dipper's hats, Mabel's shooting star sweater, Grunkle Stan's fez, Soos's Mystery Shack Staff and Pterodactyl Bros. shirts, Wendy's bomber hat, Robbie's hoodie, Gravity Falls postcards and many more.
    • Journal #3 was published as an official book.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Hirsch does the voice of both Stan and Soos, as well as recurring characters like Old Man McGucket, President Trembley, Bill Cipher and Mayor Befufftlefumpter.
    • Writer Matt Chapman voices a few minor characters including Soos' abuelita.
  • Development Gag:
    • In "Irrational Treasure", the characterization of Quentin Trembley as "America's Silliest President" is based on a short Mockumentary Alex Hirsch did for the 24-Hour Toons project, Teddy Roosevelt: You So Crazy.
    • In "The Love God", Mabel's crush on Alexander Hamilton (the "guy on the ten-dollar bill", this was long before the musical made him a household name) was a joke taken from the pilot episode.
  • Edited for Syndication: When the show initially appeared on Disney+, the first few episodes removed the symbol from Grunkle Stan's fez, much to Hirsch's ire. Some time later, after fan outcry, the fez was thankfully restored.
  • #EngineeredHashtag: #TakeBackTheFalls was used to promote the Grand Finale. True to the fans, some ads hid it as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Not the show ending after two seasons, as Hirsch made sure to emphasize that it was entirely his own decision for quite a while, but it was because of the Disney execs that he didn't tell everyone right when he made that decision, as they hoped he'd change his mind about ending Disney XD's highest rated show. Hirsch also commented that Disney gave him a remarkable amount of creative freedom for a first-time showrunner; his only major complaint was that the legal department would frequently veto jokes, parodies and song choices that were too close to existing material.
    • One of the couples in "The Love God" was supposed to be a sweet old lesbian couple getting together, but Disney refused to allow Hirsch to feature it; he has an interview discussing that and some other instances of Executive Meddling here.
      • In the years since the finale of the show, Hirsch has been very vocal about his displeasure of Disney's censorship of LGBT+ themes. After The Owl House began airing and prominently featured a same-sex couple, Alex congratulated the team of that show (in which he voices two major characters, but isn't involved with the rest of production) while lamenting how he was prevented from doing the same in his.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Tumblr fans of the show are called Fallers.
  • Follow the Leader: After the show ended, Disney has been pretty clearly trying to recapture its magic with several other shows about young teens/tweens from our "regular" world who find themselves in a new world surrounded by all kinds of weird fantasy stuff. The three most prominent cases, Amphibia, DuckTales (2017), and The Owl House even share prominent crew members. And for the most part, it went well for them.
  • I Knew It!:
    • "Gideon Rises": Stan has Book 1 and he is aware of the crazy supernatural stuff that happens in town but lies about it.
    • "Scaryoke": Soos becomes a zombie.
    • "Into the Bunker": Wendy knows about Dipper's crush on her and the author of the books has 6 fingers.
    • "Society of the Blind Eye": Old Man McGucket was intimately involved with the mysteries of Gravity Falls before he went crazy — though he turned out not to be the author of the journals, as a number of fans assumed, but merely the true author's lab assistant.
    • "Not What He Seems": The author of the books is Stan's brother and Stan was trying to use the machine to bring him back. This one in particular is the culmination of the infamous "Stanley" or "Stan's Twin" theory, which was very well known but often a hot subject of debate. (Though basically everyone assumed that the lost twin was Stanley and Grunkle Stan was Stanford, as he was called in the show itself prior to The Reveal that it was actually the other way around.)
    • "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future": Mabel becomes so afraid of the future after Gravity Falls, she breaks the Rift, something that a majority of the fandom had predicted since the reveal of its existence.
    • The slightly less-obvious symbols on the intro's Cipher wheel were confirmed in the Grand Finale. Wendy is the Ice Bag, Pacifica is the Llama, and McGucket is the Glasses.
    • Anyone who thought that Mabel and Dipper had similar names like Stan and Ford did, and proposed Mason as Dipper's real name, were validated in Journal 3.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Alex Hirsch was inspired to make the series by his own childhood experiences spending summer vacation with a great aunt. He's made it clear that Dipper and Mabel are basically just cartoon versions of himself and his twin sister Ariel, and Stan is based on both his grandfather and great-aunt.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Cecil Baldwin, the preternatural Voice of Night Vale, is cast as the most normal man in all of Gravity Falls, Tad Strange.
    • See above with Thurop Van Orman as Li'l Gideon despite Disney trying to rip off his show.
  • Make-A-Wish Contribution: Micah Amundsen and Nicolas Isler voice animated versions of themselves in the episode "Soos and the Real Girl", made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Hirsch voices at least five different characters in the show, and they all have their own distinct voice.
    • More specifically, he voices Stan, Soos, the gnomes, Bill Cipher, Quentin Trembley, Old Man McGucket, Norman, Paper Jam Dipper, and additional background characters, including Mayor Befufftlefumpter, ancient and reclusive mayor of Gravity Falls.
    • Grey DeLisle also voices many incidental characters on the show, some of the most notable being Mrs. Gleeful in "Little Dipper," the Summerween Superstore clerk and Gorney in "Summerween", Grunkle Stan's new voice in "Bottomless Pit", and the woman who asks Soos for directions and ends up falling in love with him in "Carpet Diem."
  • Meaningful Release Date: The very first episode, "Tourist Trapped", is released on 6/15/12 (June 15, 2012, when written using the American date system). The Grand Finale is released on that date with its numbers reversed, 2/15/16 (February 15, 2016), fitting with the series' use of secret messages and codes. Amusingly, Alex Hirsch had to later confirm that this was actually a massive coincidence and not at all intended.
  • Name's the Same: Two same company examples:
    • The Lamby Lamby Dance in the episode, "The Inconveniencing", shares its name with a character on Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins.
    • Experiment 210 happens to share the same identifier as an earlier (and not as scary) Monster of the Week in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, although that one's named "Retro" and his ability is to revert things to their primitive state.
  • No Export for You: Unlike North America, Europe didn't see a DVD release of the series.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: Starting with this series, end credits of animated Disney shows tend to only identify the main and supporting voices in the end credits, with the other minor characters listed under "Additional Voices" with no specification who voiced who.
  • Old Shame: Hirsch is, according to a reddit thread, not terribly fond of the 11-minute pilot used to pitch the show, though he did release it as a reward for completing the Cipher Hunt.
    "Any chance we'll see the full unaired pilot at some point in the future?
    "Oh lord I hope not. That thing was a mess, haha! That would be like showing you awkward photos from my high school prom. We all have dark horrible secrets. That 11 minute Flash pilot was mine."
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Strangely enough, in a commercial for Gravity Falls mealbags at Subway, Kristen Schaal does not voice Mabel. Even stranger, all of the dialogue for the twins in that commercial is taken from clips of previous episodes, and they didn't dub over Jason Ritter's voice for Dipper. Maybe Schaal just doesn't like Subway.
    • Nathan Fillion voices Preston Northwest in Season 2 while Chris Parnell voiced him in Season 1's "Irrational Treasure".
    • In the Russian dub of Season 2, Tatiana Vesyolkina was the voice of Wendy in most episodes, until the "Weirdmageddon" episodes, where Olga Shorokhova, Wendy's original voice actress, returned.
    • In the Italian dub, Mario Brusa originally voiced Bill Cipher in the Season 1 finale, but in Season 2 he's instead voiced by Simon Lupinacci, the same voice actor as Dipper.
  • The Other Marty: Following the public reveal of Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment history in December 2017, it was found that Hirsch went back and redid the lines for The Horrifying Sweaty One-Armed Monstrosity, a one-shot character that CK originally voiced in the three-part Grand Finale. This version is currently available on Disney+, has since aired on both Disney XD and Disney Channel and is the version included on the complete series set.
  • Out of Order: Disney XD in the UK airs "Tourist Trapped" as the fifth episode of the first season, and "Scaryoke" as the third episode of the second season.note 
  • Playing Gertrude: Alex Hirsch is actually 5 years younger than Jason Ritter, and 7 years younger than Kristen Schaal, and yet he plays characters that are supposed to be older than they are.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Thurop Van Orman's previous famous role, Flapjack, is a kind-hearted, happy, naive and very innocent boy. Meanwhile his role here, Gideon Gleeful, is anything but.
    • Tad Strange, the most normal guy in Gravity Falls, is voiced by Cecil Baldwin, whose role as Cecil Palmer in "Welcome to Night Vale" is decidedly less normal.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: There is a picture circulating the Internet of the Slender Man watching Dipper and Mabel from the background in one episode. This is not the case; viewing the episode itself yields no Slender Man. Slender Man would, however, go on to have a cameo in Gravity Falls: Lost Legends.
  • Post-Release Retitle: The season two episode, "Northwest Mansion Mystery", was originally called "Northwest Mansion Noir" in promos. Some places still list it with the original title.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
  • Real-Life Relative: If Behind the Voice Actors is to be believed, the Hebrew dub voices of Dipper and Robbie are brothers.
  • Referenced by...: Has its own page.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: A good amount of the cast is a mini Adventure Time reunion: Candy is BMO and Lady Rainicorn, Mabel is Jake Jr., Blendin Blandin and Bobby Renzobbi are Lemongrab, Pacifica is Susan Strong, Tambry and .GIFfany are Flame Princess, Manly Dan is Jake, the Summerween Trickster is Choose Goose, Waddles is Cinnamon Bun, and Bud Gleeful is Martin.
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions:
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Premieres between episodes within the same season in the US could be anywhere from two weeks to four months. It took over a year for the first season to air, and it took another year for the second season to make it on-air. In fact, Hirsch himself was happily surprised when he learned that the second season would premiere earlier than he initially believed.
    • Hirsch learned his lesson from when it happened in Season 1, and constructed Season 2 more like two mini-seasons, suspecting correctly that there would be a long hiatus at the season's halfway point.
    • For the first few episodes of Season 2, they would air on Disney XD Monday and then on the Disney Channel Friday. But after "Little Shop of Horrors" it was months before new episodes aired on the Disney Channel.
    • The hiatuses happened so often and the gaps were so long that some more conspiratorially minded fans believed that Disney was trying to kill the show. Amusingly enough, Hirsch later revealed that it was actually the complete opposite — Disney was instead trying to keep the show going for as long as possible (giving them more of an opportunity to milk it for as much money as it was worth) due to the second season being the final one and them being unable to convince Hirsch to continue the series for longer.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket and Bill Cipher, who are all voiced by Hirsch, who also voices several other minor characters.
    • Literally in "Double Dipper" with Dipper and all his clones.
    • In the Russian dub, Grunkle Stan and his twin brother Ford are voiced by the same voice actor, as are Wendy and Gideon.
    • In the Danish dub, Signe Vaupel voices every single female character who's not Mabel or Wendy (or Grenda), leading to several scenes of talking to herself, for example when Pacifica and her mom are in the same scene. It gets especially muddled up by the fact that she uses the exact same voice for every character she voices.
  • Throw It In:
    • In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", the script had Stan say the punchline to his joke once. But Hirsch accidentally did it twice, resulting in an hilariously awkward and memetic scene.
    • The credits scene of "Weirdmageddon Part 1" is simply Louis C.K. being allowed to go nuts.
  • Trolling Creator: Alex Hirsch is the current page image for the trope, with this being the most infamous example of his shenanigans.
    • He saved the biggest one of all for the series finale, as the ten symbols that appear at the beginning and end of every episode, causing every fan to wrack their brains about their meaning and what each one represents, turn out to be an ancient prophecy about the people who can defeat Bill... and ends up being completely meaningless when Stan wrecks it.
  • Troubled Production: The show suffered constant issues due to its creator Hirsch's lack of experience in running an entire show (he was only 27 years old when it started). By the time the first season wrapped, Hirsch was so exhausted that he seriously considered ending the show right there, leaving it forever on an incredibly tantalizing Cliffhanger. It wasn't until he shared his plans with Jon Stewart, a huge fan who was horrified at the idea, that he decided to press on for another season. The Disney Channel execs weren't very happy about losing one of their most acclaimed shows so soon, and forbade him from revealing the plan to end the show to the public until the season was almost over, spending the entire time in between trying to talk him into continuing it to no avail. When the announcement finally couldn't be put off anymore, Hirsch was a complete stand up guy about it, making clear that the two season run was entirely his own decision and the fans shouldn't blame anyone at Disney for it, and ultimately came out of the experience with a highly acclaimed project he got to end on his own terms, about the happiest ending to the story possible.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Gravity Falls Wiki.
  • Word of Gay:
    • Hirsch confirmed during a YouTube livestream charity event hosted by him and Dana Terrace that Deputy Durland and Sheriff Blubs are in a homosexual relationship. This was no surprise there as fans pretty much knew that Durland and Blubs confirmed their relationship in the series finale.
    • Hirsch also confirmed that Wendy is bisexual.
  • Word of God: Hirsch, for all intents and purposes, is incredibly young to be the creator, show-runner, and main cast member of a Disney animated TV series, and frequently connects with his fans while answering questions on his Twitter feed, and is into a lot of the same nostalgic things from the same time periods of the fans.
    • Wendy's middle name is Blerble.
    • Due to the series' art style, the eye color of most characters are unknown. According to Hirsch, Dipper, Mabel and Stan's eyes are brown (Mabel's green eyes in "The Inconveniencing" are implied to be a result of overdosing on Smile Dip), Wendy's are green, and Li'l Gideon's are blue. As for Soos? "It's a mystery dude!"
    • Mabel is the older of the twins by 5 minutes.
    • Between Stan and his twin brother Ford, Ford is the older of the two by 15 minutes.
    • When asked on Twitter if Ford has six toes on each foot as well as six fingers on each hand, Alex responded with an Image Macro from The Simpsons saying "Eh, sure. Why not?"
    • Hirsch has one answered some questions regarding some information about the Pines Family and beyond on his Twitter:
    • For example, when asked about what political parties they would be associated with (despite canonically not being with anyone), Hirsch responded with these.
    • When a fan asked him about which Hogwarts House everyone would be in, he responded as such.
    • Dipper is confirmed to have made a Sonic OC somewhere in his past: His name is ShadowTail the InvestiGerbil, and apparently he has a magnifying glass for a hand.
    • Despite what some fans imagine, Hirsch believes the Pines aren't practicing Jews. While Stan's parents did follow the faith, as a Meuzuzah outside of their door implies, Hirsch states that Grunkle Stan is an atheist, while the kids are raised non-religiously.
    • According to the show's model sheets, Wendy's brothers are named Gus (the youngest son, with the crew-cut sides), Kevin (the middle son, with the mullet), and Marcus (the oldest son, with the Blinding Bangs and peach-fuzz mustache).
  • Working Title:
    • "Northwest Mansion Mystery" was first announced as "Northwest Mansion Noir".
    • As seen on the deleted scenes featurette on the complete series box-set, the original title for "Not What He Seems" was "Return of Stan".
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprisingly enough! The writers elaborate on the series' DVD commentary that, while they knew the backstory of the Author, nearly everything else was thought up as they worked along. Hirsch himself has freely admitted that while a lot of stuff was planned in advance, the fans are more often than not giving the creators way too much credit in thinking that they'd planned everything from the beginning. Several details were thrown into the series, with the plan to figure out what they meant later on. Including:
    • Originally, they had no idea what role Bill Cipher would play in the series, if any role at all. Much less his connection to The Author and eventual role as Big Bad.
    • The phrase "Search for the Blind Eye", Arc Words that were teased between the Season 1 and 2 hiatus. Hirsch threw it in because he thought it sounded cool, then had to figure out what it meant later.
    • The journals and their respective owners were not even conceived until the production of the fourth episode.
    • Hirsch admits that during production of the pilot, the writers had no idea what was behind Stan's vending machine.
    • The wheel of symbols surrounding Bill in the opening credits had no meaning upon conception.
    • Before Old Man McGucket was revealed to be The Author's old lab assistant, he was originally just meant to be a one-off character.
  • Write What You Know:
    • Hirsch based the series on the childhood summers he and his twin sister spent camping with their great-aunt.
    • Dipper doing the Lamby Lamb Dance in "The Inconveniencing" was based on an experience Michael Rianda had with his sister when he was young, where she would dress him up in a bunny costume and have him dance when mom was out.
    • "Dungeons, Dungeons, & More Dungeons" was inspired by a time during the production of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack when Pendleton Ward and Patrick McHale (of Over the Garden Wall fame) invited Hirsch to try a game of Dungeons & Dragons.
      Alex Hirsch: I asked what the rules were, and they said, "It’s a game of imagination! There are no rules!" and then proceeded to argue about the rules for an hour and a half. I haven’t played since. But I should probably give it another try.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Dipper is based on Alex Hirsch himself and each of the other main characters on people he knows. Mabel is based on Alex's twin sister Ariel, Grunkle Stan on their Grandpa Stan (and a great-aunt he and his sister would spend summers with), Soos on his one-time roommate Jesus Chambrot and Wendy on a girl he had a crush on in his youth.
    • Wendy's list of ex-boyfriends uses the names of real people Ariel Hirsch had crushes on.
  • Writer Conflicts with Canon: Alex Hirsch mentions multiple times on the commentary track that he doesn't consider the show to take place in any particular year—usually at points when years are explicitly mentioned in the show. On the track for "Boyz Crazy", creative director Michael Rianda tries to help paper over this by pinning Sev'ral Timez incessant shouting of "2013!" on their loose grasp on reality.
  • Writer Revolt:
    • Disney wouldn't allow Alex Hirsch to explicitly show Blubs and Durland as a couple. The solution? Do everything but explicitly state it by having every one of their scenes be filled with any and every possible form of subtext. This wore Disney down and they eventually allowed it to be confirmed in the series finale.
    • In "Summerween", the party invitation originally included a subhead reading "Bottles will be spun" (i.e., that Spin the Bottle would be played at the party), but Standards and Practices completely objected to the implication that unsupervised children and teenagers would be kissing. Hirsch, who didn't understand how it could be seen as offensive, fought to keep it in (going so far as to watch other Disney Channel shows to see if he could find something comparatively more offensive to make his argument look better), but Disney wouldn't budge, so "Bottles will be spun" was changed to "Not S&P Approved." Which S&P approved.

Misc:

  • The location of Gravity Falls: a postcard in the first episode puts Gravity Falls almost dead center of the state, in Crook County. However, the second season episode "Scary-oke" puts the location around Malheur National Forest.
  • The birthday of the Stans is June 15, making them Gemini's. What happened on that day? Oh, yes, the party in "Double Dipper"...
    Mabel: But whose birthday is this, Grunkle Stan?
    Stan: No one's, darling. It's a party for local kids to buy my merchandise.
  • Hidden depths? Judge Kitty Kitty Meow Face-Shwartstein's last name, translated from the closest German sound equivalent, is "Black Stone". William Blackstone, an 18th-Century British Jurist, wrote the definitive guide to British common law. Reaching a LOT further, it could also be "Black Rock." The 1955 American film "Bad Day at Black Rock" (with Spencer Tracy, Anne Francis, Robert Ryan and Walter Brennan) is about a small group of friends trying to help one of their number escape from a town controlled by a seemingly all-powerful enemy. Bad Day in Mabeland?

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