|“|| It doesn't really matter what you say. You see, Jennifer, there are really only two kinds of people in the world: those who take orders, and those who give them. And from now on, I'll be giving the orders. Not fair? Well, dear Jennifer, nothing's fair here. You will follow my orders or else, for I am the Prince, and the Prince rules!
The Red Crayon Aristocrat Club, also known simply as the Aristocrat Club or the Aristocracy is a small society in Rule of Rose made up of and run by the children of the Rose Garden Orphanage. Their headquarters in reality is located in the orphanage's attic. In Jennifer's mind, it is the lounge by the first class guest sector of the airship.
Each member has a title referring to them as a prince or princess and a red crayon, which is one of the club's symbols. Similar to a hierarchy, some members also have a rank title, which gives them a place in the pecking order and tells them how powerful they are in the club.
Although officially called a "club", it may be considered a "cult" more than a "club". The club members are unruly and unadulterated from normal society, and it is implied the club members try to hide its existence from the adults. They are two-faced and act well-mannered around adults, but act horrible and violent when they are not around, bullying Jennifer relentlessly. Some methods used within the club can be seen as sadistic, cruel and inhumane, such as their punishments and activities, including harming animals or torturing members who have broken the rules. It has been speculated that the club is responsible for the "disappearances" (possible murders) of Hoffman, Martha Carol and Clara.
The club never truly existed until Wendy introduced all the orphans to the rumors of Stray Dog. She told them the story of Stray Dog luring children out of the orphanage with candy, and eating them up when the Stray Dog had the chance. In fear of the 'animal', the children agreed to do exactly as Wendy said, and so Wendy was the Princess of the Rose. The Aristocrat Club was supposedly created a little while before Jennifer was introduced, and when Wendy and Jennifer ("Joshua" at the time) became close friends, Wendy made Jennifer her Prince of the Rose. Jennifer did not know there was an actual club since she hadn't been to the orphanage, but she gladly accepted. The two of them named a stuffed bear after her, naming it Joshua.
Wendy brought Jennifer to the club, and though Jennifer had to start at the bottom, Jennifer was glad to make friends with Wendy's help. Though when Jennifer introduced a puppy named Brown in the picture, Wendy became unbearably jealous, and told the other members to treat her poorly so that she'd have to give up on her dog. Jennifer endured various ways of bullying over the months.
It eventually lead to the murder of the dog by the Aristocrats, who invited Jennifer to his "funeral" in the Club Room. Jennifer, sick of the Aristocracy, finally stood up for herself and told them how much she hated their guts, and that they're the opposite of Aristocrats.
This also resulted in the lost friendship of Wendy with everyone at the orphanage, especially Jennifer. Jennifer scolded Wendy and all of the Aristocracy for believing in Wendy, and for Wendy being so selfish.
The Aristocracy demoted Wendy from Princess, and she was kicked out of the club.
A while later after Wendy's fall from the throne, Jennifer was promoted to the Princess of the Club. However, Wendy returned with her rumored 'Stray Dog' on a leash and had killed all of the orphans except Jennifer in a massacre.
- Wendy (Princess of the Red Rose)
Due to the elitist mindsets and superiority complexes of the "Refined Class", the club is divided into "Refined Class" and "Lower Class"
- Bear Prince and Princess of the Red Rose (Joshua and Wendy, respectively)
- Duchess Diana
- Countess Eleanor
- Baroness Meg
- Poor Amanda (later changed to Irritating Jennifer)
- Beggar Jennifer (later changed to Miserable Amanda)
After Jennifer locates Peter, she is promoted while Amanda is demoted.
Rules and rituals
- Anyone who disobeyed any of the Rules of the Rose were to suffer dire consequences and terrible penalties. Most of these punishments are invented and performed by the Baroness, Meg.
- The Aristocracy must always follow the instructions of the Prince and Princess of the Rose, and all rules, regulations, and information from the Prince and Princess of Rose were to be read by the Baroness.
- The Duchess, Diana is allowed to command anyone below her.
- The Prince and Princess want a gift every month, those who do not give them a gift are to be punished by the Baroness' choosing.
- There are severe penalties for those who do not obey the rules.
- If anyone of the Aristocracy disobeys the Prince or the Princess of the Rose, they will be punished by Stray Dog.
The Rule of the Rose
|“||Everlasting true love, I am yours.||”|
The Rule of Rose is said to be an eternal vow sworn to by the young girls of the club to never part from each other. It is said that the vow is taken by girls who yearn for love more than anything else. This vow is where the game draws it name from.
|“|| Every month, you need to find a gift, and bring it to the Aristocrat Club. If you don't... I'll kill you! Is there anything about this that you don't understand?
The Monthly Gift is a ritual where each member must find a specific item and donate it to the Gift Box before the month was over. If the item from the person was not given, they are either punished or demoted. These include:
- Beautiful Butterfly
- Sir Peter
- Bird of Happiness
- Unmarried Mermaid
- Goat Sisters
- Filthy Jennifer and Filthy Brown
Punishments are created by the Baroness (Meg). The aristocracy has the power to deal out punishments to its members whenever they fail to bring forth a gift each month, or if one member disobeys any of the rules, or if a lower member is promoted, thereby punishing the newly demoted member. For example, in the Sir Peter chapter, Jennifer is promoted from the rank of Beggar to Irritating, thereby demoting Amanda to the lowest rank in the aristocrat. Diana forces Jennifer to shove a stick with a dead rat on it in Amanda's face as a punishment.
The Onion Bag is a punishment where the one being punished is shoved into a sack. The Aristocracy would then find numerous, disgusting items such as insects, dead animals, rotten food, and drop it into the bag.
- In the attic at the beginning of the game, Jennifer can find bloody tools, such as scalpels and scissors with blood on them. Throughout the game, the aristocracy abuses animals, such as beating "something" in a bag, abusing a rat on a stick which eventually leads to its death, possibly killing Peter the rabbit, killing Eleanor's bird, killing Brown, killing Hoffman's koi, etc. It can be theorized that these tools were instruments used for animal cruelty and torture.
- They are arguably the most psychopathic, deranged, sadistic, ruthless, violent, sinister and twisted kids in the video game medium.
- There is a line of thought that posits boys tend to bully physically, while girls tend to bully psychologically. As the club is comprised mainly of girls, their psychological bullying may explain the style of their punishments.