Rose Walker is a woman with a special connection to the Dreaming.
Rose was born to Miranda Walker and Burt Paulsen. She also has a younger brother, Jed. The two were estranged, as her father had taken Jed when he left Miranda. Burt Paulsen died a few years before The Doll's House takes place, and Jed had been sent to live with their grandfather. After their grandfather died, Jed was living with an abusive aunt and uncle at the beginning of the story arc. Rose unknowingly possessed the trait of the "Dream Vortex" through her grandmother, Unity Kinkaid.
Miranda and Rose traveled to England to meet Unity, and then Rose returned to America to find her little brother soon after, so he could meet their grandmother, too. She moved into a rooming house occupied by Hal Carter (a drag queen), Barbie and Ken (a yuppie couple), Zelda and Chantal (a couple with a spider fixation), and Fiddler's Green, who'd escaped from the Dreaming during the time Morpheus was imprisoned and was going by the alias Gilbert.
Rose managed to track Jed down with Gilbert's help, but by the time she got there, her aunt and uncle were dead, and Jed had been taken by the Corinthian, a psychotic nightmare who had also escaped the Dreaming in Dream's absence. Rose and Gilbert checked into a hotel that, unbeknownst to them, was hosting a serial killer convention in which the Corinthian was the guest of honor. Rose was attacked by one of the killers, but was saved by Morpheus. Meanwhile, Gilbert found Jed in the Corinthian's car, and he was taken to hospital. Rose went home and slept. While sleeping, the vortex aspect of Rose began to wreak havoc on the Dreaming. Morpheus noticed and went to destroy her, but Unity appeared in the dream and sacrificed herself for Rose.
After beating the agoraphobia she developed after the horrors she'd endured, Rose took up writing. She was writing a book on 50s television programs and living off her grandmother's inheritance in an apartment in Lyta Hall's building, babysitting Lyta's son, Daniel, when he was taken by Loki and Puck.
Because of the loss of her "heart" to her grandmother during the threat of the vortex, Rose had stopped aging and lost the ability to love. While visiting Zelda she received a message from her dead grandmother; that if she went to see her she would give her back her heart. Rose departs for England and meets Paul Maguire the curator of her grandmother's retirement home to find out more about her grandmother and who she also stays with while she's in London she falls in love with a Jack Holdaway, a wealthy lawyer. After finding out he's been unfaithful, Rose ends the relationship.
While exploring Paul's home, Rose meets her Grandparent, Desire. Desire has some effect on Rose, and she reveals her true feelings on love, and then she bursts into tears, finally regaining her heart and learning to feel again.
In The Wake, Rose and Jed attend Dream's funeral. She had found out she was pregnant by Jack Holdaway and confides this to her brother and Lyta Hall who, perhaps understandably after her own experiences, tells her to abort the child. In the end, Rose decides to keep the baby.
Powers and Abilities
- Dream manipulation: Rose, as a Dream Vortex, acts as a focal point to combine the dreams of nearby mortals together. However, the event of the dreams' converging is incredibly dangerous and destructive for the Dreaming, and Rose herself.
- Aging suspension: After awakening her powers as the Dream Vortex, Rose started to age much slower than a human, as she retained the appearance of a teenager by the time she was in her twenties.