i rarely ever see people talk about the fact that ironwood was going to use yang, jaune, and ren as leverage to get penny to come to him if winter hadn’t let them go inside monstra……. he was gonna use three kids as bait and when that didn’t work he moved on to threatening to bomb an entire city
CONTEXT: Guardian Angels get asigned a human to protect and make sure it lives a long and happy life using whatever resources they are allowed to use. When the human meets the end of it’s life the angel then escorts the human to heaven and then it’s asigned a new human to take care of until it dies.
Enter Penny, an Angel that just finished her training in becoming a real Guardian Angel. Having never seen, even less met, a human she is ecstatic of how her first one would be like. Whe she meets Whitley, the human she must now take care of for the rest of his life, she becomes fascinated and soon finds herself enamoured with the white haired angel-on-earth beauty that she is bound to.
The fact he was willing to shoot Marrow, I can only imagine what he would have done to Jaune, Ren and Yang.
the scary thing is?? it probably would’ve worked.
of course penny wanted to go because she didn’t want innocent citizens in mantle to die, but it almost would’ve been more personal and more desperate if her friends, including ruby’s sister, had been the ones who’d suffer if penny didn’t do what ironwood wanted.
imagine ruby, weiss, blake, watching yang and their others friends be held over their heads as leverage. imagine nora watching the two people she loves most and another one of her friends being who would suffer if ironwood didn’t get what he wanted. there’s almost a different kind of psychological damage by ironwood using people penny and the others personally care about vs citizens they don’t know, not that that makes either outcome better.