A Thousand Lore Questions and Theories
I know it's been seven years and all but I'm gonna still add a spoiler warning here just in case
After rewatching The Wolf Among Us, I realized I had... a few questions about the game... and I'm not even talking about the Nerissa theories that have been bluescreening my brain for hours. I have a number of questions I'd like to discuss, because I feel like this game gives us fewer answers than we even realize.
Properties of Fables
How do Fables work, and what makes some of them more durable than others? Georgie died from a stab wound to the stomach, while Woodsman was able to take an axe to the skull and survive. What gives some Fables their uncanny resilience? Speaking of Woody, in the Book of Fables it's said that his real name has been forgotten, but how is this the case? Wouldn't Woody remember his own name, or is it forgotten because Mundies forgot it?
Ichabod and Lily
When it's discovered that "Snow's" body is actually Lily in a glamour, Ichabod has a rather distasteful reaction. He keeps making racist remarks about trolls, which comes off as rather unusual to me due to his relationship with Lily. She was willing to impersonate Snow White for him, why would he speak so ill of her? It didn't sound like a way to deflect suspicion to me, it felt like his dislike for trolls was 100% genuine.
If Vivian intended to free the other girls by killing herself and lifting the curse, it sure didn't seem to work. Even at the end of the game "Nerissa" and the other girls still seem to be wearing their ribbons, and refuse to remove them at every opportunity. This raises two questions: "Was Vivian ACTUALLY Vivian or another girl in glamour?" or, "Did Vivian not understand her own curse?" Of course it could just be PTSD keeping the girls from removing their ribbons. If I had a magical beheading ribbon tied around my neck, I'd be scared to remove it too- even if I thought it was disabled. However, it's equally possible that "Vivian" wasn't who she claimed to be.
The Wolf Among... Everyone
When Bigby is chasing after the Crooked Man's limo in wolf-form, he doesn't even attempt to hide his appearance, but there don't appear to be any consequences for this. I was kind of under the impression that most of the cars driving down the street were Mundies, but I suppose it's equally possible that the population of Fabletown is much more dense than I realized. Every single person there could be a Fable- except the police officers that found Snow's body certainly weren't. If Mundies are allowed to live in Fabletown, how did Bigby not get caught during his wolf-form rampage?
The Butcher Shop
Within the butcher shop, The Cut Above, we find evidence of a glamour-making operation, with shackles, a warning alarm, a chalkboard of names, and various magical ingredients. Bigby mentions that these ingredients could be used to create various kinds of dangerous magic, but we never see any payoff of that. If the Crooked Man and his goons needed to defend themselves from Bigby, why not use some of these "dangerous magical items" they were apparently creating? I've come to realize that we have NO IDEA what the Crooked Man's endgame was with this operation. What exactly was he attempting to do?
Snow White and Glamours
If you give Mr. Toad the money you found in Ichabod's jacket at the Lucky Pawn, you'd be forgiven for thinking they would be able to get glamours and stay in Fabletown. At the end of the game Mr. Toad and his son get the boot and are sent to the farm, despite Toad allegedly telling Snow he had the money to buy Glamours. Why would she just kick him out without even listening? Along with Toad, Colin was also sent back to the Farm, and I have questions about that too. What separates the Fables that can get Glamours from those that can't? If Toad has the money but still wasn't allowed to get one, I don't think it's an issue of them being expensive. At first I thought that all Animal Fables without hands were simply unable to Glamour themselves due to being, essentially, talking animals, but Bigby throws a wrench in this. At the factory we see that Bigby's true form is a giant quadrupedal wolf, which implies Glamours are able to give Fables functional hands even if they don't possess them normally. If this is the case, it means Snow had some ulterior motive for getting rid of Toad, although we have no idea what this could be. Is it possible she was involved in the scheme this entire time, and sent Toad to the farm to tie up loose ends? Snow has made a number of questionable decisions in the game that I couldn't really grasp, such as demanding beyond reason that Bigby burn down Greenleaf's tree. I don't think she's as innocent in this as she appears.