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Origin

The details of Rosacarnis's youth are unknown, except that her mother died when she was very young. She watched as her father, Nergal, welcomed The First of the Fallen to their castle in Hell; there, The First expressed his considerable unhappiness at The Resurrection Crusade's plan to impregnate a human, Zed, with a new messiah Before he left for Earth, Nergal took Rosacarnis down to a cellar, where he was keeping Eryme, a servant. He had heard Eryme singing to Rosa while she brushed her hair, in order to comfort the young demon after the loss of her mother. Nergal warned Rosa that she should not show her weakness to those beneath her, and had her stab Eryme to death. He then left for Earth, leaving his butler, Druoth, in charge of Rosa.

Creation

Rosacarnis was created by Mike Carey and Steve Dillon.

Story Arcs

A New Master of The Castle

Nergal was betrayed and sent back to Hell by John Constantine. For his failure, The First of the Fallen sliced Nergal into pieces, and then threw his bones out to bleach in Hell's acidic air. News of his death was delivered to Rosacarnis by Druoth, who said that she would become the new leader of the castle, but before she could take over he had one more duty that he had sworn to Nergal to perform. She told him to do it and he did: he slapped her across the face before warning her not to trust anyone claiming to be her friend. He then swore himself into her service; appreciating his dutiful nature she decided to keep him around as her steward, but had him flogged as punishment for hitting her.

Druoth then warned Rosa that her uncle, Sterocax, would be coming to claim the lands as his own. This would prove especially troublesome as his body, stolen from the Duke of Lethe, was completely impervious to almost any force. But Rosa had a plan. She invited her uncle to the castle and asked him to take control of the land while she grew older. To celebrate the transfer, a feast was held, with entertainment provided by live human beings, brought bodily down to Hell. His lust for human flesh inflamed, Sterocax attacked and devoured the humans - as Rosa knew he would. The poison that had been injected into their bodies knocked him unconscious. At that moment her soldiers struck, killing Sterocax's guards; she then had her uncle's body interned in a pool of poison to keep him permanently unconscious.

Over the years Rosa kept an eye on John Constantine, the man that killed her father, and thought about The Resurrection Crusade's plan to make a new messiah. She decided that, once she had grown to adulthood, she would use Constantine to make demonic messiahs of her own - and destroy him in the process.

Ghost of The Past

Unbeknownst to Rosa, her father was not truly dead. Over years he managed to grow his flesh back, eventually clawing out of his shallow grave with most of his bones exposed and his flesh tattered and misshapen. Nergal returned to Rosa and claimed sovereignty. Rosa, either not believing him or wanting to retain control of the lands, had him destroyed once more, forcing him to regrow his body all over again.

Deal with the Demoness

In 2004 Constantine was rendered amnesiac and Rosa finally saw her chance to put her plan in action. She appeared to him first as a little girl, getting close to him only to frame him for murder. Terrified, Constantine went on the run and encountered a serial killer named Peter Gill, from whom he went into hiding. Rosa appeared to him as an adult and offered to return his memories - and thus the skills with which to defeat Gill - in exchange for one day of his life, but he turned her down and walked away. It was only later, after he was about to be burned at the stake by a crazed cult led by the magician Ghant, that he accepted Rosa's offer.

The one day of Constantine's life turned out to be longer than expected: Rosa trapped him in three bubble realities in which they conceived three different children: Adam, Saul and Maria. The kids grew up to be five, twenty and fourteen, respectively, and upon entering the real world immediately began killing Constantine's friends and family. They then returned to Hell, where Rosa, sensing that Maria was beginning to doubt her purpose in life, forced her to 'kiss' a blade, cutting open her lips in a punishment similar to the ones Rosa's father would inflict on her.

This is The End

One of the victims was Constantine's sister, Cheryl, whose soul was wrongly taken to Hell. Constantine entered Hell to confront Rosa and get the soul back, teaming up with a revived Nergal on the way. Nergal managed to take over the body of his brother, Sterocax, with the intention of taking back his throne. A tense stand-off between Rosa, John and Nergal took place until The First of the Fallen, growing weary of the whole thing, killed Nergal, Saul, Adam and Rosa.

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