|“||When we were young, back in the cabin, we pledged we'd be together forever. You and me against the world... remember?||”|
In Fables Rose Red is the fraternal twin-sister to Snow White, and ran the Farm as Snow White’s counterpart. After awakening their latent magical abilities, Rose Red and her sister part worlds to prevent a great and terrible world. Rose was also the ex-girlfriend of Jack Horner, brief fiancée of Bluebeard, and former wife of Sinbad.
Rose Red was born in a small cottage in a clearing within a great and magical forest. Her father died within a year of her birth, apparently killed by his evil sister. In their youth, Rose Red and her twin-sister Snow White were as happy as any two children in the world. They were terribly fond of each other and never far apart, swearing to each other that nothing would ever come between them.
Snow White and Rose Red
One winter's evening as the family sat comfortably together near the fire, a talking bear knocked on their door and asked for shelter from the bitter cold. Snow and Rose's mother, Lauda, let him in, unafraid of the creature due to having made bargains to keep the family safe from harm, and he stayed throughout the entire winter with them; in the daytime the bear would trot off into the forest while at night he would lodge with the family. When spring came, tardy after the long winter, the bear left them. By summertime the girls, in their youthful exuberance, had nearly forgotten their visitor and they soon met a dwarf who claimed his long beard was stuck on a tree while getting wood for his tea kettle. To the dwarf's chagrin, Snow cut his beard to free him and he, having lied about his predicament, pulled out a treasure bag from the tree. That night, Snow told Rose about a dream of hers of when the bear left them, where he says he needs to return to the woods to protect his treasure from the wicked dwarfs. During the course of that summer, the girls saw the mean old dwarf again as he hung from a branch with his beard tangled in his fishing line. The dwarf was about to be drowned by the fish he ensnared and Snow went to free the dwarf, but he insisted she not cut his beard even more. Rose warned that if the line be cut, they'd lose the big fish that the dwarf had caught. Snow asked the dwarf's preference and he claimed he needed the fish for his dinner. Snow cut his beard and Rose reeled in the fish. The dwarf then pulled out more treasure from inside the fish and departed into the forest, upset that his beard had been shortened. Snow and Rose were troubled by his demeanor, and took the fish home for their mother to cook. Snow White and Rose Red encountered the mean little dwarf one last time, near the end of summer. The dwarf was being attacked by a giant bird, his beard and another bag of treasure in its talons. Snow decided that they should help him and once more cuts the dwarf's beard, freeing him from the bird's grip. After saving the mean dwarf yet again, a giant bird told them that they would come to regret their actions. After being saved, the dwarf was angry with the girls and magically piled his treasures while telling them that because they cut his beard, his reserves of magic will have vanished and his people will shun him. He is then attacked and killed by the same bear Snow and Rose sheltered in the previous winter.
After killing the dwarf, the bear changed into his real form - a human prince - and he vowed to marry Snow, while Rose could marry his younger brother. Both the sisters and the prince told their mother and father, respectively, about the vow. Both parents disapproved for their own reasons; Lauda was unwilling to let her daughters marry so young and into nobility no less, whereas Brandish's father didn't want his eldest son marrying a lowly, peasant girl born of a witch, instead intending to marry him off politically to one of his enemies daughters. Later that night, Lauda used magic to turn into a giant bird and secretly met with the King of the Golden Realm, who ordered her to kill Snow so that his son's vow could be broken without any consequences; aside from Brandish's steadfast commitment to have Snow bear his children because of the powerful magic he sensed from her, in those days there were apparently harrowing consequences for oathbreakers (i.e. giant cauldrons in Hell where one would boil for eternity and be eaten from time to time, rivers of scythes, and all sorts of other ugly punishments). To preserve her daughter's life, Lauda faked Snow's death by pretending she’d ventured to a nearby lake alone and drowned that same night, lying even to Rose, and arranged for her to secretly live with her paternal aunt, the widowed queen of a distant land.
After the loss of her sister, Rose Red was no longer the happy girl of her youth. She didn't play or look for adventures in the magical woods and the woods, sensing her sorrow, left her alone for the most part. Enscrolled princes, in the forms of foxes, lions, trolls, dragons, frogs, and badgers, looked elsewhere for their rescue and restoration. She even missed an absolutely lovely thing that might have happened with a magic teacup that contained an entire watery world in it. A crystal blue ocean with its very own lost archipelago, full of pirate kings and dark towers. She was even bypassed entirely by the delegation faerie ambassadors seeking after a warrior princess to save their realm. Eventually, once word of her sister's marriage made its way to Lauda, her mother reveled that Snow still lived. Rose was devastated over this revelation, jealous of her sister's seemingly charmed life. When she was invited to live with Snow and her new husband, Rose Red adapted to the courtly and chivalrous life surprisingly quickly.
Still resentful of her sister's privileged status, handsome prince, and charmed life, Rose did her very best to cause havoc amongst the royal court. During one such instance, while being courted by Sir Roland and Sit Geoffrey, Rose manipulated Baron Ryald into dueling Roland the next day after he declared her just as lovely as Snow as opposed to being more lovely. Later, while deep in her cups at a banquet, Rose falsely accused Sir Morwen of cheating on his wife with her. To make up for the embarrassment she felt at the banquet, Rose eventually set Morwen and his sacred brotherhood of knights to slay a dragon named Karynderon that had been dwelling in the mountains to the north of Charming's kingdom, promising to grant her favor in the next joust to whichever knight proved himself the most puissant by bringing her the head of that evil beast. Unfortunately seventeen knights, two barons, the Count of Dun Crecy, Prince Helpert of the nearest neighboring kingdom, and all the men at arms who set off to slay the dragon failed and were killed. Prince Charming was furious at these deaths and how Rose singlehandedly nullified his peace treaty with Karynderon, and threatened to exile Rose, but she managed to persuade him otherwise. Afterwards she then set her sights on Prince Charming himself. She spent many weeks seducing the prince, and while he was resistant at first, Rose managed to sleep with him. Snow discovered of the affair and was heartbroken. Snow then divorced Prince Charming and Rose was disowned by her sister. Rose Red's movements after this point and prior to the Exodus is largely unknown.
When the Adversary did invade, Snow White and Rose Red fled together, having heard of a gateway to another world beyond the Adversary's reach. Along the way, they found Frau Totenkinder and nursed her back to health. Taking pity on her, Rose Red and a reluctant Snow White, whose own experience with witches left her cautious, decided to take Frau Totenkinder with them on their journey. They were separated shortly after. Both sisters were then captured by the Adversary's forces and chained up together with others. Their captors were slain by the Big Bad Wolf, who had taken on the task of guarding the gate. Snow White immediately took up one of her captor's swords to defend herself against the Wolf, and was surprised when the Wolf willingly freed them from their bonds. When the Wolf offered to take her through the gate in exchange for a taste of her flesh (in order to ensure that she was not in the service of the Adversary), she agreed. Rose, her sister, and their fellow prisoners were escorted to the cave and escaped through into the mundane world, arriving in the late fifteenth century, where they joined the nascent Fabletown. While Snow became part of its government, exactly what Rose did is unknown. Her relationship with Snow continued to deteriorate, and they drifted apart over the centuries.
Not much is known of Rose's time in Fabletown, aside from the fact that she was in a relationship with Jack Horner and a party girl. Even without speaking to Snow any longer she did her best to be a nuisance, causing trouble for her sister.
With the help of Jack, Rose faked her death as part of a complex plan to avoid marrying Bluebeard after using a great deal of his money to finance one of Jack's ill-fated get-rich-quick schemes. She and Jack were found out by Bigby and as punishment for faking her death she was sentenced to do community service on the Farm.
While there she and Snow White were caught in the middle of a revolution. During the revolution Rose sides with the radical farm-Fables, partly as a means of protecting her sister from Goldilocks and the other radicals who objected to her stance on maintaining the farm regulations.
During this time Rose finds her niche, managing the Farm, which allowed her to stand equal to her sister, the then-deputy mayor. At the end of the arc Rose is shown to have matured greatly and has fixed her relationship with her sister and broke off her relationship with Jack for good. Rose seems to have stopped smoking during that time as well. She continues to run the Farm, doting on her nieces and nephews, and has occasionally provided assistance to covert operations. Though her life as the original party girl is well behind her, she still maintains a cheerful attitude and independent spirit, evident in how she runs the Farm, regardless of how the current administration would like her to manage things.
She was briefly involved with Weyland Smith before his death in the battle of Fabletown. Rose was also the one who persuaded her sister to trust Frau Totenkinder and take her with them to the mundane world while they were escaping from the Homelands and the invading armies of the Adversary. She had shown interest in Boy Blue while overseeing his labor sentence, but rejected his advances on the eve of Fabletown's strike against the Emperor in order to preserve their friendship. Boy Blue did not take the rejection well. Following the "War and Pieces" story-arc, Rose marries Sinbad, but immediately divorces him on account of her despair over Boy Blue's post-war condition. She attempts to revive her romantic relationship with Boy Blue in his last moments, but is denied by Blue himself, who tells her that she is hopelessly attracted to whoever seems to add the most excitement to her life, and that he deserves better than that, but he hopes someone else can "fix her".
Emotionally destroyed by Blue's rejection and death, Rose descends into self-loathing and depression, refusing to leave her bed for any reason. She reunites briefly with Jack on her descent toward rock-bottom, believing that she deserves someone as terrible as Jack. After reconciling with her past, Rose decides to take charge of the Farm again, stopping Ozma, Brock, and Geppetto's bids to take control of the farm and appointing them as her advisers. She also makes it clear to Cole, Beast, and Beauty that she will accept their advice but wants them to respect the fact that they're on the Farm and not at Fabletown. To show no hard feelings with Brock, she wears a blue scarf to show her support that Boy Blue could come back, but maintains that while she wants as much as anyone for Blue to come back, it is the job of everyone to fix their own problems instead of waiting for Blue to return and fix everything. While it's not been said, Rose does feel guilty for divorcing her husband, as Colin points out to her in a dream, by asking what she felt guilty about.
Rose Red was selected and chosen by Hope, one of the Great Power to become one of her paladin's and embody a specific kind of hope, effectively granting her additional abilities and powers as a result of becoming an embodiment of a variant of Hope. Rose herself chose to embody the Hope of Action, the Hope of Second Chances, this in turn granted her a great deal of power.
Rose Red earned and maintained her reputation as a party girl among the Fable community for centuries. Despite her wild personality and tendency to take risks, Rose Red is still a caring person and manages to see hope in places others might not, with second chances becoming a driving force for her. Rose Red is evidently afflicted with clinical depression, shown in the earlier years of her life after she mourned her sister's alleged death and again after the death of Boy Blue.
In her youth, Rose Red was wilder than her sister. She liked to run about in fields and forests.
Rose Red is a lovely young woman with sun-kissed skin, brown eyes and red-orange colored hair. Many have said her to be every bit as fair as her sister, Snow White.
Powers and Abilities
- Immortality: As a Fable, Rose Red is immortal, eternally young and beautiful; however, due to not being as popular as her sister and being barely remembered in literature, Rose is theorized to be nowhere near as durable as Snow White, hinting that a severe massive injury could permanently kill her.
- Magical Abilities: According to the Cricket on the Hearth, Rose Red is descended from an incredibly magical line and thus will inherit great power. Prince Brandish described Rose as being "incredibly naturally magical" and practically "reeking of elegant energies." The extent of Rose's mysterious new abilities is not yet known, although she was powerful enough to subdue Hope, one of the Great Powers. Rose was also able to get past Leigh Duglas' spell-locks with ease, as well as see through her glamour.
- Summoning: When her magical abilities began to manifest in full and Rose had set her heart on building her "New Camelot," she began gathering her own power, as well as foreign energies. Without knowing it, she had sent out not only a call for champions of flesh and bone, but a summoning of great forces to flow her way and pledge themselves to her.
- Conjuration: Rose Red can conjure durable armor, a sword and steed. The Cricket on the Hearth also claimed that Rose likely had the power to conjure whatever sort of food. she wanted.
- Teleportation: Rose can magically transport others and was able to teleport her sword into her hand, despite it being far away from her and sheathed in stone.
- Portal Creation: After going on her journey with the Cricket, Rose Red seemed to have opened a portal from some unknown realm to Fabletown.
- Boxing: Rose Red was capable of unconsciously releasing and summoning numerous powerful entities that were imprisoned by the Boxer Magicians of the Empire. Furthermore, she unintentionally contained them inside herself, taming and forcing them to serve her using her own raw power. Later, she even consumed Hope and kept her as a temporary prisoner.
- Knights of the Endless Table: Rose Red was able to conjure, summon and resurrect hundreds upon thousands of soldiers, knights and warriors from various world from the Homelands from various era's, all of whom had a single thing in common; they all died holding out hope inside their hearts, dying holding out hope for rescue, hoping that someone or something can give them the power to overcome their tribulations and since Rose desired to become the paladin of "second chances" this gave her the ability to summon them back to the land of the living to serve her.
- Supernatural Intuition: Rose Red also displayed a supernatural instinct or sixth sense, as seen when she noticed the "strangeness" of Leigh Douglass's glass ring, despite the fact that even the more powerful members of the 13th Floor didn't detect anything.
- Retrocognition: Rose Red was also capable of looking into Leigh Douglass's recent past to see how she had made her glass ring.
- Magic: Despite being incredibly magical herself, Rose Red is still susceptible to the effects of magic.
- Significant Damage: A Fable, no matter how popular, can be killed. Once dead, they could potentially come back from the dead, provided their story be popular enough, or alternatively the role they left could be occupied by another Fable instead.
- Tontine Curse: Rose Red's maternal lineage suffers from a curse spanning generations. Due to her family's curse, Rose should suffer from an innate desire to kill her sister and shouldn't be able to procreate daughters until Snow White was dead. Since Rose never seemed to suffer from an innate hatred of her sister, and Snow was able to birth seven children, three of which were boys, implies that this curse was weakened, if not broken. To inherit all her generation's accumulated power, Snow White would have to die, after which her share of the family power would flow into Rose.
- She and her sister Snow White are fraternal twins.
- According to her own comments, Rose was born after her sister.
- According to Snow White in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Rose Red adopted injured animals and broken-winged birds, nursing them back to health.
- Rose Red has a penchant for dressing in red and often has some sort of rose motif in her clothing, even if it is just a scarf tied in the shape of a blossom.
- Her exact age is unknown, but it has been established that she is well over five-hundred years old, having arrived in the Mundane world in later half of the 15th century.
- In The Wolf Among Us, Rose Red is first mentioned by Snow White when Bigby Wolf finds a torn photo of her in Lily's glamour tube, Snow stated that the photo was the last picture she had with Rose. In Sheep's Clothing, Rose is listed as a client for the illegal glamours, but giving how she's human and doesn't really need it, it's unknown why she purchased it.
- It was implied that Rose Red had actually resurrected Boy Blue as one of her soldiers of her "Knights of the Endless Round Table," and he later was the one that helped her come to the realization of the potential weakening of the Tontine Curse.
- Rose Red is based on the character of the same name in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow-White and Rose-Red.
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- "Generations". First published in Fables #149 (April 2015).
- "Road Trip". First published in Fables #6 (December 2002).
- Snow White & Rose Red, Chapter Three of Rose Red, First published in Fables #95 (April 2010).
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Chapter Three of Rose Red, First published in Fables #96 (August 2010).
- Fables #122
- "Diaspora" First published in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
- In Fables: The Wolf Among Us 13, after Snow White went to Carpathia and cut Bigby with the a hexed knife that let him turn from a wolf to human, she took him to Salem, Mass. in 1692. In A Wolf in the Fold it was reveled that two centuries earlier he had met Snow, thus putting Snow's arrival to the mundy around 1492.
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- Fables 81: The Dark Ages, Chapter Five
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Chapter Three of Rose Red, First published in Fables #96 (August 2010).
- Fables #137
- Fables #147
- Fables 146
- Fables #141
- Fables #150
- . First published in Fairest #25 (June 2014) (April 2014).
|PATMAT||Snow White • Bigby Wolf|
|The Cubs||Winter • Blossom • Therese • Darien • Conner • Ambrose • Ghost|
|Allies||Beauty • Beast • Cinderella • Briar Rose • Boy Blue • King Cole • Prince Charming|
|Enemies||Dark Man • Leigh Douglas • Prince Brandish|
|Locations||Wolf Valley • The Hesse|
|Other Relatives||Boreas Frostheart • Winter • Lauda • Unnamed Grandfather • The Wicked Queen • Rose Red • Yaponcha • Fei Lian • Yoruba • Lake|