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|“||True malice, like that which powers the Grand Rite, ferments best in a loveless heart. I have looked into your heart, and it is anything but loveless.||”|
— Rose to Mary Sibley
Rose Browning was a recurring character in Salem and a powerful Witch. She was referred as the 'Samhain' amongst the hive and led the witches before Mary Sibley laid claim to the Grand Rite. She was killed by Mercy Lewis after Mary discovered she had betrayed her by plotting the death of John Alden and conspiring with Magistrate Hale to complete the Grand Rite without her.
She was portrayed by American actress Diane Louise Salinger.
Little is actually known about her life, but through a flashback, it's revealed that she worked as a maid at The House of the Seven Gables when George Sibley's first wife was alive and that she helped Mary Walcott to become the richest woman in Salem.
She appears to be kind to Mary but is willing to betray her in an event she may be swayed from their ultimate goal- enacting the Grand Rite. Since she was the Samhain of the Essex Hive, and then the one who took the decisions, it is assumed that she was very devoted to Witchcraft and that her powers were considerable.
Rose appears to be poorer than the other witches of the town. She has reddish hair with gray streaks, and wears less well-made clothing, and appears to have a physical ailment, as she walks with a staff and is crooked over.
Throughout The Salem Series
Powers and Abilities
Rose was one of the older witches of the Essex Hive, the former Samhain and the one who taught Mary much about witchcraft. Rose was possibly also one of the last old witches of the hive who wielded any sort of magical strength which the Hags no longer possessed, as seen when they were killed by Mercy.
Rose, despite her age, proved to be a skilled practitioner of the Dark Arts and had a great physical durability as seen when John Alden stabbed her with a great amount of a powerful paralytic that would have killed a normal human being. While being questioned, she demonstrated several disturbing feats, such as shortly dismembering her head from her body almost completely. Rose was also capable of crafting powerful illusions on sheer will, as seen when she made herself appear as John's mother, tricking him. She was able to propel herself into the air and climb a tree, though her most significant act was her mastery over raising the dead. By spilling blood from her wrists on the ground, Rose was able to reanimate a dozen corpses who then under her control proceeded to attack John Alden and Cotton Mather. However, upon her death that followed, the spell ended.
|“||It never even occurs to you, does it? I might have outgrown your sage advice.||”|
— Mary to Rose in Lies
The relationship between Mary and Rose began during the events of 1685 when several months after John had left Salem and Mary discovered she was pregnant with his child, She promised her she would have everything she wanted if she sacrificed her unborn child thus becoming a witch and joining their cause. They soon developed a mentor-like relationship and Mary often sought her counsel but when John returns seven years later Rose feared his presence would hinder their plans for Mary and the Grand Rite. She quickly conspired with Magistrate Hale to complete the Grand Rite without her by using the Malum and plotted to remove John for good by allowing herself to be captured and interrogated by him and Cotton Mather. The truth of her betrayal was soon revealed to Mary and that she was the reason her love was sent away after she planted the seed in George Sibley's head that he needed to send John away causing Mary to have Mercy Lewis kill her.
- Rose: (to Mary) "True malice like that which powers the Grand Rite ferments best in a loveless heart. I have looked into your heart and it is anything but loveless. You still love John Alden."
- — The Red Rose and the Briar
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|Children Be Afraid||Absent|
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|Cat And Mouse||Absent|
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- Rose Browning was the Samhain in charge before the role was claimed by Mary Sibley. This means that the role of Samhain and that of Queen of the Night are not synonymous, although they can be held by the witch same as happened with Mary Sibley.
- As Samhain of the hive, it was her task to make sure that everything proceeded according to plan.