ebon_rose-coc-main.jpgEBON ROSE

Classification: Magic item;
    Talismans of Mystic Power

Creator: Gaea

Possessors: Gaea, Ian McNee, Morgan Le Fay

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Mystic Arcana#1 (Magik) (August, 2007);
Mystic Arcana: Black Knight#1

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Imbued with mystic power from the Earth goddess Gaea, the Ebon Rose presumably grants a number of powers, only a few of which have been glimpsed.

    The Rose can severe to root/anchor a user to their location/plane when accessing other dimensions, realms, etc.

    The Rose can also be used to bind/anchor others to the truth.

    Despite its floral appearance, the Rose, or at least its petals, are stone.

    Morgan once enchanted one of the Ebon Rose's petals so that if Ian consumed it, communicating with any of Gaea's "children," any of Earth's flora and fauna, and give Ian a measure of control over them. This allowed him to read the thoughts and emotions of the Lemurian Set-descendent Llyra.

    In conjunction with the Darkhold, Serpent Crown, and Sword of Bone, the Ebon Rose is one of the Cornerstones of Creation.

    Collectively, the Cornerstones grant even greater power, allegedly enough to control all reality.

Mystic Arcana#1 - BTS) - The Ebon Rose is the talisman of (and was presumably created by) the Elder Goddess Gaea, as such, it served as one of the four Cornerstones of Creation, along with the Dark Mirror (another name for the Darkhold, reflecting its creator, Chthon), the Serpent Crown (talisman of Set), and the Sword of Bone (talisman of Oshtur). See comments.ebon_rose-coc-ian

(Mystic Arcana#1 - BTS) - Posing as Oshtur, Chthon instructed young sorcerer Ian McNee to gather the Cornerstones of Creation to restore the ancient sorcerer Heka-Nut in order to save the Mystic Realms, which had been badly damaged by the War of the Seven Spheres.

    After granting the Sword of Bone to Ian McNee, Ammut told him he must next seek the Ebon Rose from its holder, Morgan Le Fay.

(Mystic Arcana: Black Knight#1 - BTS) - In Avalon, within the forests outside Morgan Le Fay's castle, Ian McNee called out to Morgan and asking her to help him find the Ebon Rose. She agreed to reveal the Rose's location only if Ian would look her in the eyes. Ultimately, Morgan appreciated Ian's mischevious nature, and she directed him to go to the darkened heart of Avalon, to the lifeless ashes that were once her oaken altar (which was destroyed in an ancient battle between her and Merliin).

    Wandering the barren ground, like heavy soundproofed glass and surrounded by utter silence (Ian was reminded of reports of Chernobyl) that made him want to scream (although he did not).

(Mystic Arcana: Black Knight#1) - Listening intently to the silence, Ian feared he would lose himself inside it until he finally heard a sound "like a heart pumping or a baby crying or a flower opening). Locating and obtaining the Ebon Rose, Ian gave silent thanks to Gaea and Morgan, her priestess.

(Mystic Arcana#3 (fb)) - Morgan Le Fay enchanted a stone petal from the Ebon Rose and told Ian to swallow it, instructing him that the petal would allow Ian to communicate with any of Gaea's "children," both flora and fauna, and give Ian a measure of control over them, including creatures of the ocean's depths (as he was heading to the Serpent's Sea, the realm of Set, to recover the Serpent Crown).

(Mystic Arcana#3 - BTS) - Arriving in the Serpent's Sea, McNee used the Rose Petal to touch the mind of the serpentine Llyra, who guarded the Serpent Crown.

    After Nagala arrived and formed a new Serpent Crown, McNee pretended to offer Nagala the Ebon Rose to save himself while he acted on and perhaps enhanced Llyra's jealous rivalry, leading Llyra to attack Nagala, while he escaped with the Serpent Crown.

(Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm#1 - BTS) - After being gifted a Darkhold page (the Darkhold being the fourth Cornerstone, also known as the Dark Mirror) by Marie LaVeau, Chthon appeared, again posing as Oshtur, and guided him to cast the spell to restore Heka-Nut.

ebon_rose-coc-cornerstones(Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm#1) - Using the combined power of the Cornerstones, with the Ebon Rose helping root Ian to his location, and secretly aided by Ashake, Llyra, and Morgan Le Fay, Ian summoned the canopic jar holding Heka-Nut's soul and allowed it to take shelter in his own (Ian's) form.

    Chthon then revealed his true identity and prepared to have Heka-Nut take over Ian's form, but Ian had already determined Chthon's deception and taken steps to thwart it. Summoning Ashake to the present and again aided by Llyra (with the power of the Serpent Crown), Morgan (with the power of the Rose), and Oshtur aiding him.
    Using the Cornerstones (notably using the Rose's strength to bind him to the truth), Ashake and Ian helped free Heka-Nut from Chthon's influence, and then Ian banished Chthon from the mortal plane.

Comments: Created by David Sexton.

    For an "ebon" rose, it sure looked red...

Elder Gods and Cornerstones of Creation

Profile by Snood.

The Ebon Rose may or may not be otherwise connected to:

images: (without ads):
Mystic Arcana: Black Knight#1/3, pg. 10, panel 1 (Ian locating Rose);
          panel 2 (main);
Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm#1/3, pg. 4 (Ian utilizing four Cornerstones)

Mystic Arcana#1 (Magik) (August, 2007) - first and third story (McNee) - David Sexton (writer), Eric Nguyen (artist), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Mystic Arcana: Black Knight#1 (September, 2007) - third story (McNee) -
David Sexton (writer), Eric Nguyen (artist), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Mystic Arcana#3 (Scarlet Witch) (October, 2007) -
first and third story (McNee) - David Sexton (writer), Eric Nguyen (artist), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm#1 (January, 2008) -
third story (McNee) - David Sexton (writer), Eric Nguyen (artist), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 11/17/2019
Last updated: 11/17/2019

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