What does that ribbon mean?

I know there should be various thread about this but i havent found it so i decided to make one just to discuss whats the possible meaning of that purple ribbon at first i thought that it was just a ribbon that Faith´s grandma gave to her or something like that but then i saw it on Neressa's neck so i thought i might have a bigger impact on the story on later episodes.

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  • I am thinking that the ribbon has something to do with the spell that all the girls are under when they say "these lips are sealed"

  • edited March 2014

    I think it might be some kind of signal for potential customers, that they're prostitutes and they work for the Pudding and Pie. When Bigby talks to Faith outside of Toad's apartments she asks "Do you like my ribbon?" and depending on what you respond with (I think if you tell her to stop changing the subject), she says something along the lines of "I'm telling you the only way I can" (NOT a direct quote). I remember thinking later on that she was trying to tell Bigby that she works for Georgie Porgie with out "unsealing" her "lips".

  • Jonas Brothers wore purity rings, I heard. Maybe there are purity ribbons.

  • This seems to be the most likely scenario.

  • Same thing with Nerissa when you talk to her.

  • All the girls working at the Pudding & Pie were wearing them. They seem to put a geis on the wearer, preventing them from divulging certain information about their work and clients to anyone else.

  • I think they are cursed so the girls can keep their "discretion a guarantee" like Vivian said while walking with Bigby to see Georgie. All the girls wear these bands but the fact that Faith had it stuck in her mouth, disgusting as it may be it looks like it is pointing towards that possibility. When Faith comments on her ribbon she is trying to let Bigby know she can't talk about work and hinting the ribbon has something to do with it.

  • I think they are cursed so the girls can keep their "discretion a guarantee" like Vivian said while walking with Bigby to see Georgie. All the girls wear these bands but the fact that Faith had it stuck in her mouth, disgusting as it may be it looks like it is pointing towards that possibility. When Faith comments on her ribbon she is trying to let Bigby know she can't talk about work and hinting the ribbon has something to do with it.

  • There is a tale called The Green Ribbon (here )
    Me and a friend of mine thought the ribbons in the game could be a link to this tale seeing both girls that were decapitated dont have the ribbons around their neck. Idk.

  • There is a tale that is believed to have dated back to the French Revolution, but like Vivian, it's true origins are unknown. The tale has been adapted many times but the most well known titles are "The Green Ribbon" and "The Velvet Ribbon" which was black. Though there are many adaptions, the story is always the same.
    A boy falls in love with a girl who always wears a ribbon. He intends to marry her (in one version before the next full moon in autumn) & he does. On their wedding day he notices that she's still wearing her ribbon. He asks her why she's still wearing it. From this point it slightly varies most notably in the Green version where there's more sympathy for the husband.
    She replies, "I'll tell you when the time is right"
    So he doesn't bother with it & they lived happily married. Years later after they've grown old, the wife grew deathly ill. The man stayed by her side.
    She says to him, "Now I can show you the truth" She removes her ribbon & her head rolls.
    In the other versions, it's slightly darker. Let's rewind to the wedding scene when the man asks about her ribbon.
    She replies, "If I do, you'll be sorry. So I won't."
    So he doesn't bother with it & they continued the wedding. She is the perfect wife... except for the ribbon. The sight of it drove him mad. He couldn't stand the sight of it.
    He would ask "Won't you please take that ribbon off?"
    But her reply was always the same, "If I do, you'll be sorry. If I do, you'll be sorry. If I do, you'll be sorry."
    This truly tested their marriage.
    "Either take that ribbon off, or I will," he said one night to his wife of only four weeks.
    He received the same response, "If I do, you'll be sorry. So I won't."
    He felt all around her neck to find the knot, but he was stunned to find there was no end. After one night when she had drifted to sleep, the husband went to her sewing kit & removed a small pair of sewing scissors. He delicately slid the blade behind the ribbon & snipped. Along with the ribbon, her head roll off the pillow, off the bed, into the floor.
    She muttered her last words, "You'll be sorry... you'll be... sor... ry..."

    I remembered this story back in episode 2 or 3 & wasn't sure this would be a possibility because I thought it was copyrighted by someone, but after seeing Nerissa in episode 4, I felt this was actually the possible source material. So I did research & it turned out to be adapted many times. So I believe the ribbons may be a type of spell in the Fables universe, being able to be any color (like the many versions of the story being black, green, & yellow) & also making the wearer repeat a key phrase or 2 like "You'll be sorry if I do. So I won't." but in Wolf Among Us it's "These lips are sealed." & possibly a second phrase that follows "You like my ribbon?" Much like how "So I won't" follows "You'll be sorry if I do" but isn't required as often. Then of course the obvious side effect of the beheading. It's thought to have originated during the French Revolution due the grand terror & beheading by guillotine. This feature of the ribbon can be used to practically enslave the wearer with the threat to remove it. So Faith & Lily's murders were (unfortunately) quite easy & not require a lot of strength or force to do so. So Mary possibly would not have been needed for the hit & who's not to say she helped with the dirty work of ridding the body & been the one "laughing" that TJ heard.

  • ChateauChateau Banned
    edited June 2014

    lol i'd always think of that story when I saw faith's head and ribbon. I saw a shorter, copy and paste version though. I thought it was made up by a nobody but shocked to find out it's a legendary myth. Stupid anyways..

    maybe their head is always decapitated and the ribbon and spell is what holds it together. In order for them to live, they must listen to the crooked man and obey him or something. Maybe blue beared killed them or something? Who knows.

  • Cursed? lol this ribbon will just rip off your head if you say something that didnt suppose to be said.

  • I think the ribbon is a sign that they work at the Pudding & Pie, but it also has a spell on it that makes their lips sealed.

  • I agree but the ribbon might have a spell on it that makes their lips sealed.

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