Rose is a dhampir from the Vampire Academy book series by Richelle Mead. She was trained her entire life to be a bodyguard to the Moroi - a race of mortal, living vampires - and one Moroi in particular who happens to be her best friend and the last living member of the Dragomir line, which is one of a handful of royal families amoung the moroi. She's strong, skilled and above all very dedicated to the moroi, especially Lissa.
Reckless. Likely to punch you in the face on a whim, especially if you're threatening Lissa. She has a strong and often intimidating presence, despite looking like a human teenager. The passion and intensity that radiate off Rose is almost palpable. She can also come off as charming and fun, assuming you're not threatening someone she loves. Or a member of the evil undead.
Rose is average height for a dhampir girl, but by nature dhampirs are shorter than the moroi they protect. She's also got a lot more muscle than a moroi or even your average human. Those muscles on Rose are well-defined from years of training. Her natural skin tone resembles the inside of an almond, but is often tanned from spending time outside. She tans pretty easily and rarely burns.
Rose has long, thick hair that is such a dark brown that it often looks black and has a natural wave to it. Her typical clothing is casual, comfortable and well-worn. A lack of money her whole life has meant a lot of her wardrobe is second hand or something she's had awhile, except for the things she's let Lissa and her insane allowance buy her. Rose has a good sense of fashion, though, and it able to put together pretty stylish outfits despite a limited budget. She still tends to go for practicality over style these days due to her seriousness about being a good guardian. She has a lot of t-shirts and thermal shirts and a few pairs of decent jeans and shorts. She tends to favor darker colors (black and red are her favorites). Rose doesn't dress up often and finds dresses super impractical for the day to day when she might need to fight, but still enjoys getting dressed up for special events now and then.
Makeup isn't an every day thing - she doesn't need it and she got out of the habit of wearing more than her favorite lip gloss, but she still keeps a little around for special occasions.
ESFPs get caught up in the excitement of the moment, and want everyone else to feel that way, too. No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as ESFPs when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style.
One of the first things you'll notice about Rose is that she is a very passionate young woman. She doesn't do things by halves and she lives her life with a fire and a recklessness that make her both inspiring and dangerous. Rose is someone who will leap into the fray without much thought to the consequences of her actions. Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes that gets her into a lot of trouble. Whether it's sneaking out to go to a party or punching someone for insulting her best friend, Rose doesn't really think things through. She is the one who acts while others are busy talking or thinking.
Rose is a person who feels things deeply. She has a short temper and she's very likely to show it when she's upset of angry. She doesn't really hold back her feelings, whether they're good or bad. One of her greatest weaknesses is a lack of self-control. If she feels something, she's likely to act on it. She says and does the things that many of her peers are afraid to. It's not that Rose doesn't feel fear, of course. She simply doesn't let it control her.
It would be easy to write Rose off as a delinquent as many adults in her own world have done, but the truth is that Rose has a drive and desire to protect others and a greater sense of her duty as a dhampir and a future guardian than most guardians twice her age. She was raised with the idea that "they come first," which means her first instinct is generally to protect the moroi, especially her best friend Lissa. More than that, though, Rose is generally the first person to stand up when she sees anyone being wronged. It's just as likely she started that fight she's sitting in detention for because she found someone being bullying as that she just really wanted to fight.
Rose has a rebellious nature and doesn't really accept that something is right just because it's what she's been told. She makes up her own mind about things and she doesn't just blindly follow the rules. In fact, if she thinks a rule is stupid, she's probably going to ignore it. If someone else is going against the system, she's probably going to admire them for it. She's got a kind of "damn the system" mentality. Breaking rules and going against the flow are sort of her forte. She has her own sense of morality that doesn't always mesh with what others think, but she also gets kind of a rush from being the bad girl and pulling crazy stunts.
Looking only at her record, it would be easy to assume that Rose is selfish and immature, but the opposite is true. Rose is actually pretty self-sacrificing. She would throw her life in front of Lissa's in a heartbeat. If it comes down to her life or someone else's, she would die in defense of the other person. Rose is also perfectly willing to give up having her own life and her own choices to serve the Moroi (and Lissa in particular). She wants to be a kid and have fun now, but she will always choose Lissa's happiness and well-being over her own.
And, yes, while she may seem pretty immature at times with the crazy stunts she pulls, Rose had that innate sense of duty and she's a lot smarter and more dedicated that other people give her credit for. She goofs off a lot, but she takes all that guardian stuff really damn seriously when she needs to.
Rose is half mortal vampire, half human. That means that she has a lot of abilities that vampires have - enhanced strength, speed, stamina, hearing, eyesight - with none of the weaknesses. Unlike the vampires of her world, being out in the sun doesn't bother her and she doesn't have to drink blood to survive. Rose also has a faster metabolism than regular humans, which means she can eat like nobody's business without gaining weight. Her training has left her with an athletic build and and overall intimidating presence, despite the fact that she's only 5'7. She can survive rougher conditions than most non-dhampirs and she can also hear and see better than humans, although not as well as vampires.
SHADOW- KISSED ABILITIES
In addition to her other Dhampir abilities, Rose is shadow-kissed as a result of Lissa bringing her back from the edge of death after a serious car accident that killed Lissa's parents and older brother. Technically, the crash killed Rose, too, but unknown to them, Lissa had the ability to heal. Her panic at seeing Rose dead awoke the ability in her and bringing her back from the dead forged a bond between them. The bond is one-way, allowing Rose to see into Lissa's mind at any time to see what she is thinking and feeling. She can even project herself into Lissa's mind so that she is actually seeing through her friend's eyes. Being shadow-kissed also means that she has a stronger connection to the world of the dead, giving her the ability to see ghosts and sense when strigoi or other undead are near. The flipside to all of this is that the darkness that affects Lissa when she uses Spirit has been bleeding into Rose for 5 years, making her incredibly moody and unstable.
Dhampirs are natural athletes and Rose possess and inherent skill for all forms of combat. She's trained a little with guns and she's more skilled in hand to hand than most humans her age would be. Rose is a good fighter and can definitely hold her own against humans, other dhampirs, etc. Once she was considered one of the best guardians out there or she would have been if her reputation for being a troublemaker hadn't gotten in the way. She's also naturally good at sports and is an incredibly fast running, due partly to training and partly to natural ability.
Lissa is Rose's best friend and even if it's not official she considers herself to be Lissa's guardian. Her #1 job in the world is to keep Lissa safe. Occasionally she resents that role and wants to live a life for herself, but she loves Lissa more than anything in this world and there's nothing she wouldn't do to keep her safe.
He started out as a mentor, almost a teacher, although technically he was just giving her extra lessons to help her catch up, but Rose fell quickly for him. She and Dimitri saw something in each other almost from the beginning and there are times she's sure he understands her better than anyone, even Lissa. He may have started out as her superior, but now they're equals. Rose is at a point when she believes he wants nothing to do with him and she wishes she could feel the same way. Despite everything, she still loves him.
Rose hasn't had the best relationship with her mom. She's felt abandoned and unloved by the woman for a long time, but she's recently started to understand her mother a little better and has realized she wouldn't trade her for anything in the world.
Rose didn't even meet him until she was 18 and didn't know until she got back to the US that he was actually her father. She's kind of starting to understand why she's as crazy as she is after meeting him, but she doesn't know him nearly as well as she'd like to. That doesn't stop him from threatening her boyfriends, which she is not okay with. She can threaten her own boyfriends, thanks.
While she doesn't like to admit it out loud, Christian has become one of Rose's best friends in additional to being a pretty good boyfriend to Lissa. It doesn't hurt that he's a good cook, but they also share a lot of the sarcastic humor and seeing how he treats Liss has earned him a lot of respect. He's basically like the brother Rose never had.
Technically her boyfriend, she thinks. Rose cares a lot about Adrian and they really have fun together, but she's kind of been accused of murdering his favorite relative, which complicates matters. She's not sure where they stand right now since she hasn't actually seen him since her arrest - not even in her dreams.
Kind of like a kid sister to her and she has no clue how close to home that description really is. Jill is a younger student that Rose and her friends have kind of adopted since she wanted to learn to fight and Rose told her to talk to Christian.
This would be insanely long if I wrote out everything, so have a wiki and some key events...
THE ACCIDENT. Rose and Lissa were with Lissa's parents and brother during winter holidays, as they frequently were - Rose spent most of her holidays with the Dragomirs - when the car hit a patch of ice and slid off the road. The impact killed everyone but Lissa, technically, but Lissa unknowingly brought Rose back, forging a bond between them that would take 2 years to even begin to understand. Rose's mother didn't visit after the accident, further cementing Rose's impression that she didn't care about her. Not only was Rose haunted by the accident from an involvement standpoint, but it also felt like she'd lost the only family she really knew when Lissa lost hers. In true Rose fashion, she buried these feelings and focused on helping Lissa through the aftermath.
"Lissa and I had been best friends ever since kindergarten, when our teacher had paired us together for writing lessons. Forcing five-year-olds to spell Vasilisa Dragomir and Rosemarie Hathaway was beyond cruel, and we'd—or rather, I'd—responded appropriately. I'd chucked my book at our teacher and called her a fascist bastard. I hadn't known what those words meant, but I'd known how to hit a moving target. Lissa and I had been inseparable ever since.
RUNNING AWAY. In the weeks following the accident, Lissa became depressed and even began self-harming. Fed by the paranoia of one of their teachers along with Lissa's own feelings of being watched (which neither of them knew was actually happening at the time), Rose broke Lissa and her out of their boarding school and took them on the run. For two years, they evaded capture and lived among humans. It was the closest to a "normal" life Rose has ever had and there are times when she still misses it. She was always on her guard, making sure Lissa stayed safe, but there were moments when she was just a normal teenage girl. It was nice. Until a guardian named Dimitri Belikov tracked them down and Rose's life was forever changed by knowing him.
MASON'S DEATH. Falling in love with your combat instructor is a really bad idea. Even though the feelings were mutual, Rose and Dimitri knew they couldn't act on them for a variety of reasons. In an attempt to move on, Rose set her sights on a classmate and close friend who'd always had a clear thing for her. Unfortunately, she couldn't get into things with Mason and in his quest to "prove himself" to her, Mason decided dragging a couple of friends off to go hunt strigoi in Spokane was an excellent plan. Needless to say, this went really badly when they found some after Rose went after them. The group ended up locked in a basement as captives of the vampires and while they did eventually escape, Mason was killed during the attempt. Rose blamed herself back then, because she was the reason he even knew where the strigoi were, and although she has coped and moved on, a part of her will always feel some guilt over what happened.
DIMITRI FALLS. The last of Rose's unshakable beliefs? Dimitri Belikov, her god of a combat instructor (and also the man she was in love with) was invincible. She learned the lesson that he wasn't the hard way. There was an attack on the school as a large group of strigoi got through severely weakened wards and in a subsequent rescue mission, Dimitri was taken by surprise. It was the first time Rose had ever seen him so much as falter and she could only watch (albeit held back by her own mother) as the strigoi's fangs sank into his neck. Dimitri didn't die, though. Instead, he was turned into one of the strigoi, becoming his and Rose's worst nightmare. Her ensuing hunt for him so she could release him from his undead state nearly killed her, in more ways than one. She hesitated when she saw him - he looked so much like the Dimitri she'd known except for the chalky skin and the red ring in his eyes - and he knocked her out and kidnapped her. After she'd come to, he fed on her, using the drug in his saliva to drug her into compliance. It was weeks later when she finally broke free of the haze and escaped. She thought she'd killed him on a bridge near Novosibirsk, staking him and watching him fall before passing out from extensive injuries soon after. It was probably only thanks to some healing by a spirit user she'd met in Siberia that she lived to tell about it.
"This isn't over. I'm not giving up on you.
Love Fades. Mine has."
LOVE FADES, MINE HAS. Not only did Rose not actually kill Dimitri, but she found a way to save him for real. She went through a hell of a lot, including breaking into a high security prison and breaking probably her worst enemy out in order to achieve the end of restoring his soul and after all of that, Dimitri would only push her away, wanting nothing to do with her. “I’ve given up on you. Love fades, mine has,” he told her in a church when she pushed him. After everything she did, every rule she broke and risk she took, he didn’t even want her in his life anyone. Rose could probably count the number of times she's actually cried on one hand and that moment is money that legitimately broke her heart. To this day, she believes that Dimitri has actually stopped loving her after his ordeal of becoming a strigoi and later being restored. He has no idea that it was largely a reaction to her pushing and an attempt to push her away because he didn't believe he deserved her love.
FRAMED. Maybe 24 hours after have her heart shattered by Dimitri, Rose was arrested for a murder she didn’t commit and not just any murder. She was accused of killing the queen of the Moroi and thrown in a cell. Rose didn’t do it, but the last thing she remembers before waking up in the crazy ass future is her dad telling her they execute traitors. Neat. Obviously, even with the shadiness of Singularity, she feels like she's probably better off where she is now. At least she's not confined to a cell anymore.
UPDATE. After being in the future for a couple of months, Rose woke up with a new set of memories. Dimitri and her friends staged a jailbreak during the late Queen's funeral and they went on the run together, but Rose didn't want to drag him into her mess, especially when she knew he'd only done for Lissa, so she ditched him at her first opportunity, going off on her own. (NOTE: In canon, Dimitri caught up to her in the woods and dragged her back. In this AU, she managed to avoid him and he never found her.) Rose has been on the run ever since. It had been 5 years for her since that when she found herself in a pod being woken up in Mount Weather, far away from her world and those murder accusations. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, she went from Mount Weather to a really creepy island to the small town of Tumbleweed, Texas.