rose-peace-coc-mainROSE of PEACE

Classification: Magic item;
    Talismans of Mystic Power;
    active in the
Hyborian era (present since the distant past; see comments)

Creator: Primal Gods (aka "Elder Gods"; see comments);
    IF the Rose of Peace is an incarnation of the Ebon Rose
(see comments) , then it would have been created or re-created by Gaea

User/Possessors: Dreeme, Pau-Styss;
    watched over by the Cult of Creation, notably its priestess,
    if the 
Rose of Peace is an incarnation of the Ebon Rose, then it has also been used by Ian McNee and Morgan Le Fay, at least

Group Membership (More of a collection): Cornerstones of Creation (Crown of Wisdom, Mirror of Beauty, Sword of Strength)

Aliases: The White Rose of Peace

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
Pau-Styss' castle, which floated over the Eiglopohian mountains that separated Cimmeria from Vanaheim and Aesgaard);
    formerly an unidentified land (possibly on Earth or in another world or another dimension)

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#128 (November, 1981)

rose-peace-coc-zapPowers/Abilities/Functions: The full extent and nature of the Rose's power is unrevealed. But those present in the land around it swiftly feel peace in their hearts.

    Only those pure of heart can touch ithe Rose without a painful energy backlash.

    The Rose grows from the ground like a solitary flower, rather than as part of a bush. It stands perhaps 6' tall in its normal state, and it is surrounded by a nimbus of pink energy.

    When a being pure of heart touches the Rose of Peace, it shrinks to the size of a conventional flower; plucking the rose apparently returns those who have come for it to the place from which they traveled to the Rose's land;

    It is one of four items of magic power that collectively form the Cornerstones of Creation, which grant vast magical power to those pure of heart.

    The Rose would presumably grant its holder some power on its own.

Conan the Barbarian I#128 (fb) - BTS) - In the distant past, the Primal Gods (also sometimes referred to as "Elder Gods"; see comments) created four items, imbuing each of them with one of the four elements of the cosmos' creation: The Sword of Strength, the Crown of Wisdom, the Mirror of Beauty, and the Rose of Peace.

    Throughout the ages, the sacred Cornerstones of Creation were jealously guarded by the Cult of Creation. Knowledge of their Earthly hiding places was known only to the hand-picked priestess of the gods.

    Noyo was chosen as the Priestess of the Cult of Creation.

(Conan the Barbarian#128 - BTS) - The demon lord sorcerer Pau-Styss sought the power of the Cornerstones of Creation and kidnapped Laynnen to force his wife, Noyo, to recover the Cornerstones. She was joined on her quest by Laynnen's childhood friend, Conan; her and Laynnen's son, Dreeme, also came along. 

(Conan the Barbarian#130 - BTS) - Having already obtained the Sword of Strength and the Crown of Wisdom, Noyo guided/aided, Conan in accessing the Mirror of Beauty, which transported them to an unidentified location, which even Noyo did not know.

(Conan the Barbarian#130) - Feeling the peace throughout the land, they climbed high into the hills and found the Rose. Dreeme and Noyo were overcome by the Rose's nature and could not find words to express it. Seeking to complete their quest, however, Conan approached the Rose, preparing to use the Sword of Strength (which reverted to its sword-form from the staff-form it had taken when he fought the Guardian of Beauty) to hack it down, but the Rose's nimbus of energy released a painful jolt through the sword, blocking its progress and making Conan's arm feel as if it were afire. rose-peace-coc-dreeme-approach

    Noyo explained that only a heart without the taint of violence could pluck the Rose, but when she reached for the Rose, her hand was similarly jolted back. Noyo was deeply disturbed that the Rose had rejected her, the Priestess of Creation, but then Dreeme rushed forward and touched the Rose, which then shrunk to the size of a normal rose, allowing him to pluck it.

    With the Rose plucked, Conan, Dreeme, and Noyo were returned to the Khitain alley from which they had traveled there; nonetheless, Noyo lamented that this quest had tainted her soul.

(Conan the Barbarian#130 - BTS) - With the Cornerstones hidden in an unspecified location but accessible to her, Noyo led Conan and Dreeme to confront Pau-Styss. However, the sorceror defeated Conan and then forced Noyo to bring forth the Cornerstones, which Styss transformed into their sidereal states and spoke the chants to claim their power. Ultimately, however, the power consumed him, leaving him a skeleton before that crumbled to dust.

(Conan the Barbarian#130 - BTS) - Noyo then revealed that she had recalled/appreciated Laynnen's true nature as the child of the Elder Gods, and Laynnen revealed how, upon learning Noyo's nature, he had understood that only the "chosen one," the one pure in heart, could tap into the Cornerstone's power without harm; he indicated that Dreeme could be that chosen one, though he, Dreeme, and Noyo would have to work on drawing out even the limited stain of violent thoughts on Dreeme's soul.

Comments: Created by J.M. DeMatteis and Gil Kane.

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.

    Khitai is the Hyborian equivalent of China. Read the Blockbusters handbook's entry on the Great Cataclysm for more information.

Profile by Snood.

The Rose of Peace may or may not be otherwise connected to:

rose-peace-coc-landThe land of the Rose of Peace

    The location of the land that contained the Rose of Peace is unrevealed. It may be somewhere on Earth, on another planet, or in another dimension.

    The realm conveyed a sense of peace to those in it.

(Conan the Barbarian#130) - Via accessing the Mirror of Beauty, Conan, Noyo, and Dreeme were mystically transported to a realm that not even Noyo, the Priestess of Creation, knew.

    Peace swelled in their hearts as they stood and watched the gently rippling lake.

    As they climbed high into the hills, they heard the breath-taking song of the doves that danced in the air above.

    They could feel the peace on the whispering winds and in every breath they took.

    Therein they located the Rose of Peace, and after Dreeme plucked it, they were mystically returned to where they had accessed the Mirror, an alley in Khitai.

--Conan the Barbarian#130

Note: If it is in another dimension, the Rose of Peace has yet another connection to the Rose of Purity...both of which were created by DeMatteis. The Rose of Purity transformed the Wasteland dimension/world into a paradise.

images: (without ads):
Conan the Barbarian#130, pg. 12, panel 2 (land of the Rose of Peace);
          panel 4 (Rose, main);
          panel 6 (zapping Conan);
       pg. 13, panel 3 (Dreeme approaching the Rose);
          (Dreeme plucking the shrunken rose)

Conan the Barbarian#128 (November, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Gil Kane (artist), Louise Jones (editor)
Conan the Barbarian#129 (December, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Gil Kane & P. Craig Russell (?) (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Conan the Barbarian#130 (January, 1982) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Gil Kane (artist), Louise Jones (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 09/28/2019
Last updated: 04/10/2020

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