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C.S. Lewis wrote:
"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
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Hello everyone! Soundwave3591 here.
1: Huntsmen/Huntresses (individual or teams, Academy Students or Professionals. If you submit a character as a Student in the “Grimm Incursion” period, you can (but you are not required) to design them all the way through to the 2nd Great War.)
2: New Path personnel (Pathfinders, State Security members, Mantle Night Life figures (think Las Vegas) or Liberated Faunus) These can be righteous souls or complete bastards, it’s up to you how their personality will flow.
References to New Path uniforms and Kit can be found in the “MM! AU” Gallery in my deviantart gallery.
Note: feel free to get creative with weapons and gear: the Pathfinders have recruited Huntsmen among their ranks, and they have confiscated and reverse-engineered a large amount of Huntsman gear.
2nd Note: please try to refrain from having them desert: Loyalty to a cause can trump personal feelings more often than not. You can have them be morally tormented, but unless you can write it really well don’t just have them jump ship at the first moment.
3: Red Fang members (either ex-White Fang converts or Shalim Cultists, and note that these are not limited to the period immediately after the fall of Beacon: the RF is active all the way up to the Second Great War.)
4: Sweeney Members (who could be Huntsmen Academy students or professionals, Criminals, Ex-Red Fang, Occasional Deserters from the New Path, armed citizens of Vale and Vacuo, etc. This is one area where your character can be multiple categories: for example, a Huntsman and a Sweeney member.)
5: The People of Remnant: These could be ordinary civilians or members of some of the groups I’ve created, for example:
Mistral Armed forces
Knights of Mantle
The White Paw
Guardians of the Maidens
Arc Clan or Nikos Clan members
Corporations that broke away from Schnee Dust
etc, etc. Organizations you created yourself are also welcome, provided comprehensive background info is presented.
This category can double as Sweeney members, if placed correctly in the timeline.
When submitting your character ideas, please, please, PLEASE be as descriptive as possible, particularly of their appearance and weapons. If you cannot provide images of the character themselves, please provide as many references as you can.
If you’re using an image someone else has drawn for you, make sure you have permission from the original artist first.
Now, what would a contest be without a prize? There will be three places:
Third Place: a drawing by me of their OC.
Second Place: a drawing by me of their OC, and a drawing of their favorite canon RWBY character.
First Place: OC drawing, Fave Character drawing, and a drawing of a scene of their choice and description, be it from the canon series or a scene they conceive set in the AU. (No “Adult content” please)
All three will also become “Canon” characters in the AU, participating in the events they are set in.
Now, to avoid spamming of a single category ( IE, everyone submitting Huntsmen, and so forth), there must be at least two submissions to each category in order for the contest to move ahead.
This is why, when you comment to say you have entered, please state what category your character is in: so people can see what’s what as regards the categories.
-As stated above, when you submit your character and your entry comment, please state which category your characters are in.
To make it easy, simply state what number category they’re in: for example, if you’re submitting a Huntsman and a New Path officer, you would say
“Hey, I just entered! My characters are Category 1 and 2.”
This is to help keep track of the numbers in each category. And on that note:
- Four characters, no more. Huntsman teams count as one entity, but only one team per participant: the other three entries have to be individuals. And all four members of the team have to have Bios of their own.
-Seasonal Maidens are out of bounds. They are already characters in the AU (Pyrrha’s one of them, and so is her mother.) Characters affiliated with them (like Pyrrha’s father, or agents of Ozpin) are allowed, however.
-No one assassinates Butler, Heydrich, Salem, Cinder, Raven or Adam. I’m sorry, I know you want to put a power-fist through their foreheads, but their fates are already in place, don’t worry.
- Please try to abide by the Color Rule when naming your OC: the Name has to be a color, sound like a color, reference a color, or make you think of a color. Such is the will of Monty Oum.
For example, Sterling Butler: the former references Sterling Silver, which references his silver eyes, while the latter brings to mind a Butler in their Black uniform.
There’s plenty of assets out there for ideas and color meanings, so get creative!
-Any members of Families must have the family name in their own: an Arc is an Arc, a Nikos a Nikos. You can combine their names (Liakada Nikos-Arc, for example) but they must have the family name in their own.
-Relations with main characters are allowed (within reason) but try to avoid “long lost siblings” and so forth. One of Qrow and Taiyang’s old Huntsmen associates, Ruby and Yang’s friends, Blake’s old White Fang pals, etc.
-Please try to avoid overt fetish fuel, or otherwise “adult content” as regards your character: we’re all mature here, but let’s be serious.
-Relations with characters in the AU are allowed (again, within reason) for example, Lia’s classmates at Beacon or JJ’s associates in the NP Science division, or Pyrrha’s office co-workers at the HOC. HOWEVER, No one “rescues” JJ or convinces him to turn away: he’s going to have to figure that out on his own. And please, no one submit Sucre’s father…I want that left alone.
If you want to, say, have an OC who is the daughter of one of Jaune’s sisters, for instance, run it by me first: not all of them have kids.
Basic info on your OC’s should include:
Age: (corresponding to the timeline.)
Features: (Eye color, Skin color, etc. Even if you have an image, please include this.)
Kingdom of Origin:
(If Huntsmen) Academy of Origin, and by extension team.
Species: (Human or Faunus, and if Faunus what kind of Animal features do they have)
Category: (what organization, if any, are they part of, what role do they play, when did they join, etc.)
Active years: (Years will be broken into “Before “Ruby Rose” (BRR) as in Episode 1 of RWBY, and “After “Ruby Rose” (ARR)
For reference: Beacon’s fall to Cinder in the AU was 1 year ARR.
Ruby was born 15 years BRR, Yang 17 years BRR, etc. The 2nd great War breaks out 20 ARR, for framing.
(If Huntsman or other combatant) Weapon: (please be as descriptive as possible, and by all means provide images if you can.)
Relations: (if any) with the Main characters (see rules for how deep these can go) or families of their own.
Summary of the character’s life and activities: a quick Bio on who your character is, what their story is, their motivations, how they got wrapped up in events, etc.
Other: Notable features, Personal Quotes, opinions, etc. Feel free to get creative.
I will be posting basic data sheets on the categories, so if you have any questions, by all Means, feel free to ask! I’m here to help if you have any issues, questions or concerns.
The Organization that would go down in history as “The Sweeney” was rooted in the early days of the Second Great War, As New Path forces operating out of Occupied Vacuo slammed into Vale’s thin border defenses, easily pushing them aside and advancing deep into Vale’s hinterland. As the small forces Vale could muster retreated ahead of the onslaught, communities of people were either overrun by New Path forces or bypassed entirely. But news still had ways of traveling…and reports of what the New Path was doing behind the lines still reached the outside world.
In Vale city itself, Word soon reached the few remaining Huntsmen that had survived the destruction of Shade academy: the New Path was apparently rounding up anyone-not just huntsmen, ANYONE- who possessed any sign of Aura use ability. Ozpin and the other surviving senior Huntsmen knew that, in their headlong retreat after Shade, a small number of their fellow Hunters had elected to remain in the field to both do their duty as Hunters and report on the advance of the New Path. One by One, these Hunters had ominously fallen silent.
With few of the Hunters who had survived Shade in any state to fight, Ozpin, in consultation with Peter Port, the Headmaster of Haven after Leo Lionheart’s imprisonment, Advised that, in order to consolidate their resources, the Huntsmen should retreat to the safety of Mistral, to regroup and plan a counterattack: Mistral’s memory of the Huntsmen’s role in lifting the Siege meant that the Military and government were both sympathetic to the Hunters, and were trusted allies.
Lia Nikos, Daughter of Pyrrha Nikos and Jaune Arc, managed to hide her disgust at this idea when she and the other students of Beacon Academy were told: aside from the fact that, as the New Path had already destroyed Beacon, forcing the students to retreat to Signal Academy on Patch Island, Lia’s Father had nearly been killed when Shade was struck by the meteor, and her mother, already long-suffering from the forced separation from her son, had suffered heartbreak after heartbreak since, and was a shadow of her former self. Lia herself was still recovering from the effects of an experimental Aura-disperser that her Brother had attacked her with when she and her team had brought him back to Beacon to try and talk sense into him…and look how THAT had ended up….
It was then that Lia was approached by none other than Neopolitan and Mercury Black: The two former allies of Cinder Fall pointedly asked Lia if she was simply going to follow all her life, or if she was willing to Lead. They, along with a few old associates of theirs, were planning to do a little pushing back of their own, and wondered if Lia was interested in joining them.
Both Mercury and Neo admitted self-interest motivating their actions, but also confessed a certain sense of “enemy of my enemy is my friend:” the New Path was after Aura users, period, not simply the Huntsmen, revealing to Lia information they had received from associates in the occupied territories: Even children were being taken away if they had such abilities, all of them being sent into Vacuo, where a growing facility loomed ominously over the city below, built on the former Shade academy grounds. Combined with the New Path offensive into Vale, it spelled one thing: a global crusade to wipe out Aura-users and anyone who could train them.
And then there was the biggest bombshell, one Lia hadn’t even considered: According to a source Mercury had in Atlas, the Destruction of Shade was no act of nature…
Unwittingly, the two had tapped into a growing identity crisis Lia has been experiencing, as she pondered if she was her own person or simply an extension of her famous Mother. Considering herself, how she modeled herself after Pyrrha, what had once been a decision of pride now rung hollow, and seemed to her to be trying to leech off her mother’s old fame. Mercury’s questions about who SHE was, not just who her family was, combined with her mother’s fading star and the news brought by the two former terrorists, pushed Lia into a decision.
Even as the transports for Haven were loading, Lia gathered her team BAZL, as well as some of their close friends such as team PWKL and SFRN (sans Sucre, who was still in Atlas) together and announced her plan: To take the fight to the New Path. They would head into the bush, using the survival training they’d received, to fight behind the lines, disrupting communications, destroying supplies and routes of reinforcement, rescue those captured by the New Path, and hopefully force the invaders to divert resources away from the assault on Vale. They would attempt to contact their friends such as team JSMN of Shade, who were still in Vacuo, and Mercury and Neo would also bring associates to the fight.
Lia’s plan was met with aplomb: after so long being on the receiving end of blows from the New Path, it felt good to be hitting back again. Before the teams left the academy, they’d already picked up three more teams to join them, as well as the support of Doctor Oobleck and Sherry Valewood.
Lia herself was given time to ponder, as she stripped off her old Nikos Clan armor and left a note for her parents in the family home: She was doing this for the future not only of the Huntsmen, but for Remnant as a whole. Now wasn’t the time to ponder and regroup. Like her parents had during the ‘Grimm Incursion’ she would act as she felt right.
Emerging dressed in a set of Arc family armor plates that had been a gift from her Aunt Iris, Lia turned to her followers, and with a Nod, the group, the foundation of what would eventually grow to an organization the size of an Army itself, secreted aboard a fishing boat and headed for the shores of Vale. Ahead awaited the New Path…and trials and revelations the likes of which the young Hunters never anticipated….