Rose de Rescht
by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold
Rose de Rescht was something of a mystery among the other Rose Knights. Said to have come from a land more mythical than real, a land that had once born the legendary name of Persia, the name she bore herself was Dutch, and the language she spoke was that of remote Chemeketa. Known as the Fuchsia Knight, the color she wore was an impossibly deep pink, so dark it was almost purple, a shade decadent and exotic, especially among the Armies of the Moon.
Rose de Rescht herself never provided any details of her background, enjoying the mystery with which she surrounded herself and the attention it drew. She was a knight, but she should have been a princess, the way she demanded the impossible from her admirers. For some reason, her admirers only seemed to love her the more for it. Poems were written in her name and roses in every shade of pink and crimson filled her modest knight's apartments in Point-of-Sleep.
Rose enjoyed the poems and flowers, enjoyed the fame of her name, even when it was rarely for chivalric or knightly reasons; she knew that the games she played furthered her true goal, to be one of the most famous knights ever to serve in the Armies of the Moon.