• I don't think it is ever explained. Everyone is surprised when they find out what is at the bottom of the well.
    I always thought the well was just like many of the other doorways that connected the different realms. They end up in all sorts of weird places. IIRC Boy Blue found one inside a dragon.

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    Interesting question. And when Bufkin climbed out of the Business Office back to his "native" land of Ev when the Business Office was supposed to be a closed loop, as mentioned in the comics, the explanation can be put to a form of magic that Bufkin wanted to get out of the Business Office. Where did he want to go? Home. So home he went.

    Maybe the same can be said of Ambrose. He wanted to go home, but he knew full well that his real home was overrun by the adversary and his army, so he wished a new home for himself and finally got there.

    Also need to note that this is not a unique problem to Fables. In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, when Gandalf and the Balrog fight in the Mines of Moria, they fall to the top of a mountain (Mt Zirakzigil, as it happens), but how can you fall from under one mountain to the top of another? Tolkien never explained that particularly well.

    I favour the thought that Ambrose (possibly with the help of his magic armour) wished himself to a place he could call home, just like Bufkin wished himself home when the Business Office detached itself from the Woodlands.

    • Gandalf and the Balrog did NOT fall on the mountain. They fell into the underground lake, and then Gandalf pursued the Balrog up the longest stairway in the world (for 8 days IIRC, my Tolkien lore is getting a little rusty), to the top of the mountain. So there is no loop.
      Also, the Witching well always leads to the same place. Everyone ended up where Ambrose finally ends up when he went down the well. Bufkin left the business office by climbing the tree.
      Now the tree is entirely another deal. And there indeed it mattered that Bufkin 'wished' to go home and reached home.

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    OP: I wondered about that myself!

    If there was a passageway leading to the outdoors, don't you think all the dead people would have found it by now? I figured there was an explanation I missed, but apparently this is just a big, dumb plot hole.

    ...Or maybe Deus Ex Machina from the Literals story was thrown down the well!


    • The reason people could not find their way out of the place was because they died and lost their physical forms. The place itself was dreary and desolate and made it hard for its inhabitants to unite or focus to make plans and get out. When flycatcher manages to reach there alive and well it is implied that it's his strength and willpower coupled with the magic of the armor that lets him unite everyone long enough to actually form a coherent plan and make a determined effort to journey out of the badlands. Even then it takes them quite a while to manage that.

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