ebon_rose-coc-main.jpgEBON ROSE

Classification: Talismans of Mystic Power

Creator: Gaea

Possessors: Gaea, Ian McNee, Morgan Le Fay

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Mystic Arcana#1 (Magik) (August, 2007);
    (seen)
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 serve to root/anchor a user to their location/plane when accessing other dimensions, realms, etc.

    The Rose can generate throny vines to entangle others (even a being as powerful as Chthon); it 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.

History:
(
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. Ashake traveled forward to the present while invoking Oshtur for help, while Llyra (with the power of the Serpent Crown) and Morgan (with the power of the Rose) retrained Chthon to prevent his interference; Morgan specifically used the Rose and Gaea's power to generate thorny vines to entangle Chthon.

    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

Some insight courtesy of creator David Sexton:

     I discovered the original Cornerstones of Creation on your Appendix website as I was investigating magic in Marvel and the idea of the number 4 as a repeated theme in Marvel. And, of course, the way that Tarot fits into all that.

     When I saw the C of C on your site I connected it to Tarot and then the 4 Elder Gods. I knew that Gaea was Earth and Rose fit with her, that the crown was the Serpent Crown, and that the Sword which signifies intellect and the mind was Oshtur.

     So then I was like how would a mirror work with Cthon and I realized that the Darkhold was the mirror of Chthon. A reflection of his twisted vision for the world.

     In Marvel Tarot, it appears as the Ace of Wands (see image on right--Snood; the Ace of Swords is the Sword of Bone, the Ace of Cups is the Serpent Crown, and the Ace of Pentacles is the Ebon Rose)

     In the image of Ian McNee using the Cornerstones of Creation, the Black Mirror is just a magical construct to symbolize the Mirror.

     In my mind, the Darkhold itself is the Cornerstone. Possessing the Last Chronicle of Chthon / Darkhold page allowed Ian to access the Darkhold's power (as far as the Cornerstones of Creation is concerned).

The Serpent Crown. The Ebon Rose. The Sword of Bone. and the Darkhold. Those are the four Cornerstones

The Cornerstones of Creation received a mini-profile in the Talismans of Mystic Power of the Mystic Arcana handbook. It stated:

The Cornerstones of Creation refers to a set of four unique artifacts of the ancient world. The Sword, the Rose, the Crown, and the Mirror are related to air, earth, water, and fire, respectively, and some ancient texts have connected them with four entities known as "Elder Gods." Individually possessed of vast power, some have theorized that if the four Cornerstones were gathered together and used correctly, the very fabric of reality could be altered. This is why the true names of the items have been obscurred throughout history...

After re-re-re-re-reviewing all the stories and speaking to the creator, it seems clear that the Handbook entry offers the best solution...the Cornerstones' reality-altering power changed their nature...or their natures were altered.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
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)


Appearances:
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: 04/10/2020

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