|Laterose of Noonvale|
- For other uses, see Rose (disambiguation).
As a resident of Noonvale, Rose was a mousemaid who, through most of her life, had only known peace. While she originally had misgivings regarding the necessity of war, she later rallied to Martin's point of view after witnessing the evil of slavery at Fort Marshank. She also realized the importance of a warrior when she was faced with dangerous and violent creatures who were intent on harming others, often without just cause.
An extremely talented singer, Rose was known for creatively using her voice in many varied situations. Several examples include her transmission of secret messages via ballads, imitation of eagle calls to scare off gulls, and even singing to ward off bees.
Rose first came to Fort Marshank with Grumm, with the intention of rescuing her brother Brome, who had been captured and enslaved by the cruel Badrang the Tyrant. There she found Martin the Warrior, bound to two poles to keep him from moving so he would be eaten by seabirds in the morn. Rose was moved by Martin's courage and fierce resolution, and decided to help him avoid certain death by tricking the birds who would have killed him.
Thanks to the assistance of Martin, she was able to free Brome and Felldoh, another slave, but she was separated again from her brother during their escape from Marshank. Vowing to return and free their friends and fellow slaves, Martin, Rose, and Grumm traveled to Noonvale, in the hopes of finding Brome and Felldoh safely at home in Noonvale. Martin also intended to call upon the residents of Noonvale and raise an army against Badrang.
Rose of Noonvale was the great love of Martin and the feeling was mutual. Their affection and admiration for each other grew steadily during their long journey together. Unfortunately, this love came to an abrupt and tragic end when Rose was brutally slain by Badrang as she tried to protect Grumm Trencher during the Battle of Marshank. Martin mourned Rose for many seasons and probably never fully recovered from this terrible loss.
The book and the television series differ in their accounts of the circumstances of Rose's death. In the book, Badrang threw her against a wall, and she was killed by the severe concussion. However, in the television series, it is implied that Badrang stabbed the mousemaid, although the actual stab was off-screen and difficult to see, probably due to the fact that it was too violent.
The Laterose Bush
Laterose of Noonvale was buried in her birthplace and beloved home, Noonvale, and Grumm planted a red rose on her grave. This rose blooms later than other roses and is called a Laterose in memory of the legendary mousemaid. Many seasons later, a cutting from the original Laterose bush was brought by Aubretia to Redwall Abbey, and offered as a gift to Abbot Saxtus. It was planted by Brother Simeon in a special place on the grounds of the abbey. When Cluny the Scourge stole the fragment of Redwall's Tapestry depicting Martin, the buds of this bush wilted, though they rejuvenated after the fragment was recovered.
Portrait of Martin and Rose
Boldred was a talented artist and made a miniature portrait of Martin and Rose, which Aubretia kept in a locket around her neck. It was given to Brome's family by Emalet, the only daughter of Boldred.