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Webcomic / Wooden Rose

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Wooden Rose is a Victorian fairy tale about love, loss and betrayal, enchanted forests and ancient mythical beings.

Sisters Lillian and Nessa reside alone and care for their father, who has been ill for a year now. Nessa takes a fall out in the snow and is aided by a strange gentleman. Mr. Thorne’s charm quickly draws her to him and she finds herself in the romance she has always dreamed of. What she does not know is that the handsome stranger hides a dark secret, one that puts her and those around her at great risk.

Each page of Wooden Rose is in full color. The style is scattered with hints of anime and art nouveau. It began in January 2009, and ran until July 2012.

Tropes included:

  • After-Action Patch-Up: Lillian for Eric after Nessa's tree spirit baby is possessed by Aidan and attacks him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Lillian hates how 'foolishly tongue tied' she gets around her crush, Eric.
  • Children Are Innocent: Even ones that look like the roots of trees have the same guileless nature as human infants.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: A plot point for the supernatural aspect of the plot. Aidan's green eyes signify his charming human persona. They turn red in the presence of cats and when he has trouble maintaining his illusion.
  • Cute Kitten: Prospero was chosen as an adorable kitten with equally-adorable siblings.
  • Damsel in Distress: Aidan helps Nessa out of a minor spot of trouble at the start. It's the start of their courtship. Later he's the cause of her distress via More than Mind Control.
  • Doing in the Scientist: Eric originally attributed his wife's pregnancy to infidelity, but when he saw that the child was a tree spirit and came to term in a week instead of nine months he had no choice but to accept that the supernatural was involved.
  • Dream Land: Aidan draws Nessa into one that he claims is real.
  • Empathic Environment: It's a beautiful day during Nessa and Aidan's date, grey and rainy during the funeral, and dark during the climax.
  • Enchanted Forest: The woods outside the town were once said to be the home of spirits and the supernatural.
  • Evil Plan: Aidan's true purpose in courting Nessa is to prolong his life by draining hers.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Prospero, Lillian's pet cat, hisses at Aidan and is able to detect him not being quite human.
  • First-Name Basis: Late in the comic, and after bonding in tragedy, Doctor Dawson insists that Lillian address him by his first name 'Eric' instead of his title.
  • Flower Motifs: It's in the title and part of Lillian's name.
  • Foil: The sisters are Sibling Yin-Yang and their respective suitors are also foils; charming mysterious and gentleman familiar.
  • Functional Magic: Aidan uses magic music with his pipe but his true talent is an inherent gift because he's a tree spirit.
  • Grave Clouds: It's completely overcast at the sisters' father's funeral.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nessa pushes her sister toward Eric because of her crush on the good doctor. When they finally begin courting in the epilogue, Nessa insists on dressing her up for it.