In Book One, Curse of the McRavens, Rose was in level one as a Sanguinati apprentice of magic at Mystic Steeples. She has training in art, sewing, and automatic writing.
Address: Before Rose was committed to Grossatete Sanatorium (just outside of Mystic City, Severance, Hoopenfangia) she lived with her Sanguinati apprentice coven mates at Warlocks’ Bane Gallery located in Usabelli’s Floating Gallery in Usabelli Square in Mystic Steeples. Before joining Mystic Steeples, she lived in the southeast region of Lavisham, in Severance, Hoopenfangia.
Date & Place of Birth: August 13, 1996. Rose was born in the hospital where she grew up in the Sigzbee Borough of Lavisham, Hoopenfangia, roughly 15 minutes from the center of Sigzbee by train. Rose had just turned 14 at the start of Book One Curse of the McRavens. She hates the idea of aging and “old fuddy-duddies” and will do anything to hang onto her youth and childhood.
Zodiac Sign: Leo.
Starstone: A red ruby.
Height/Weight/Physical Description: Rose is 5' 10'' and 147lbs and very healthy. She has long, wavy, raven-black hair; long arms and legs; and a tiny waist, which she enhances by wearing corsets. Wears clown-white moon powder on her already pale, model face (a powder from a moon-shaped compact she keeps in her conjure bag). She has dark brown eyes that wink a spark of mischief and witchery. She has an upturned nose and tends to prowl with a lot of hip swaying. Her gestures are as those of a vixen. She intimidates most guys because her public face is volatile and dangerous.
Rose Quote: “My forehead’s as wide as the Severance River piers, where the ships dock. My lips are a bit thin, but a ship full of black lip powder can fix that.”
Habits/Mannerisms/Idiosyncrasies: Rose is a little complicated, but she knows precisely what she wants and will use all her creativity and resolve to get it. Rose thinks and acts bigger than others usually dare. She loves darkness but can’t stay in a room without any windows or doors. Lounging in odd places and positions, drawing attention to herself. Rose lives to shock people. She fiddles with her cat ring on her finger and twirls her hair and other people’s hair.
Rose oscillates her legs when crossed and squints her eyes when feeling playful, angry, or irritated. She likes to perform daredevil stunts on rooftops and balconies. Pork pies she despises. She’s the queen of impetuosity and often makes rash or uninformed decisions, especially in an impulsive or manipulative manner. She sidles close to her friends. If she’s feeling paranoid, she might go on an exhaustive binge, audibly assuming what another character is thinking or feeling. She plays music to think or calm down.
Other Family Members: Rose has a deceased younger brother named Maxwell Decay, who played in a band and drank too much.
Rose Quote: “My friends have become my family. I was more of a caretaker with my real family, and I don’t think they appreciated it. My new friends want me to be myself and grow.”
Familiar: Venus, a female black cat that wears black leather boots and skirt, and can talk.
Spouse or Lover: Rose has unsuccessfully dated a little and has no immediate desires to get married. She doesn't want kids of her own. She and Creighton are only friends.
Rose Quote: “I think I will always distrust a romantic relationship.”
Magic Wand: Before Rose was sent to the sanatorium, she used a kingwood wand with a red tiger’s eye medallion near the center of the wand.
This wand will be returned to her once she gets out of the sanatorium.
Vapid Vapor Wand: Rose has inhaled herbs from her Vapid Vapor Wand much of her life.
“My parents started me on Vapid Vapors years ago; they said it would calm me and help me stay focused since I have trouble paying attention. Some people call my wand an herbal puffer.”
Social Class: Rose was born into the middle class. The Sanguinati elite view her as low class because of her actions and style.
Political Beliefs/Affiliations: Rose wants and has striven for good relations with the Sanguinati, but at heart, she is a Sorcerer.
Rose Quotes: “Don’t just go along for the ride, help steer the carriage.”
Community Status: Rose tried to fit in with the Sanguinati at Mystic Steeples, but for the most part, they either shunned or kept a distance from her. Her friends in the Sorcery clubs and at Lilith’s Lantern know her as Black Leather Rose.
“I’m not a girl’s girl; most of my friends are guys.”
“I’m very protective of my friends. And I love foraging for other people’s esoteric under-moods.”
Magic Specialties: Sanguinati witch. Rose has secretly studied, admired, and practiced Sorcery. Daredevil Magic. Telestic Precision. She’s a practicing alchemist and often utilizes talismans.
“I wanna master shapeshifting. I have powerful intuition and will be a powerful witch.”
"I try to attend convergence every year, and of course, I love using a spirit board in the catacombs of Mystic Steeples — necromantic studies — all forbidden by the Sanguinati. He-he-he….”
“Yeah, I like to think I am the sculptor of my own fate. And even though there are pieces missing in my sculpture, I’m becoming a masterpiece!”
Hobbies/Recreations: Collects too much, especially if it’s unusual or bizarre. Besides designing edgy clothes, Rose is a night poet who collects memento mori, oracles, and automatic handwriting fascinate her. Rose likes fortune telling, playing glow Ouija, gazing into crystal balls, tarot cards, candles, incense, and funerary carriages.
“On All Hallows’ Eve, carry me to a fairy ring, and I will dance macabre.”
“I rarely get in the sun and am currently exploring the mysteries of eternal chamber lighting.”
“I’ve been a night poet for quite some time now. And while in Stumptoe Cemetery reciting poetry, I discovered emotions that I didn’t know existed, and that is what I call nocturnal emotions.”
Occupation/Employer: Self. Financially stable. She makes most of her own clothes and sells her dress designs to small clothiers and idea-lagging designers. As a mural painter and restorer, she loves grand concepts and scale.
Rose’s Poetry: “Black leather roses bound in chains shall adorn my cold, wilting carcass someday, but for now shall be, black leather roses wild and free.” *A poem by Rose Catiya Decay.
Likes: 1) Halloween. 2) Windows and doors. 3) My friends. 4) Making clothes. 5) Personal and foreign memento mori — Rose often consults her memento mori. 6) Pageantry and grandeur. 7) Lavish living. 8) Drama. 9) Changing everyone’s wardrobe. 10) Cats. 11) Rubies. 12) Banbury cakes. 13) Drinks with delightfully unexpected side effects. 14) Deep-amethyst velvet fabric. 15) Pencil skirts that flare at the knee. 16) Dark red and black lipstick. 17) Crazy stockings. 18) Egyptian Maus. 19) Her favorite fragrance is Crimson by Engorgio. 20) The smell of birthday cake, gardenias, roses, and vanilla. 21) Rose prefers gold to silver. 22) Dark and heavy music.
Rose Quotes: “I have a fixation on black leather, especially clothing, and millenary rosettes of darkest red and black leather.”
Dislikes: 1) Doing things safely. 2) Ordinary, day-to-day living. 3) Smallminded people. 4) Penny pinching. 5) Mean spiritedness. 6) Bullies. 7) Know-it-all boys. 8) Malicious girls. 9) Lazy people. 10) People who aren’t themselves. 11) Blending in. 12) The vespercestors. 13) Haters and gawkers.
Voice: Rose speaks in a playful baby-doll voice and often uses slang and tough girl talk.
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