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Seriously sometimes it hits me hard how Raven and Blake are both dark haired, both have some animal feature (turn into a literal raven, cat ears), both are the mysterious, badass kind and both have (had, in Blake’s case) have the “running away” problem. Wonder if Summer was like that too (I mean, she’s dark haired and disappeared, so yes, she counts). Like damn. The Xiao Longs really have a type.

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Raven: *laying in bed with a fever*

Summer: *putting a damp cloth over Raven’s forehead* Told you that you’d get sick.

Raven: I’m fine…

Summer: *turning to leave the room*

Raven: *quickly grabbing Summer’s hand*

Summer: *stopping* I need to get ready for-

Raven: Dont leave.

Summer: *sighing* Raven…

Raven: Please… dont… dont leave me… I need you.

Summer: *sitting down next to Raven* It’ll be okay. I’m not leaving forever. But I have a mission I need to go on.

Raven: Y-you cant go. Please. I… I dont have much I love, but… I love you. And I need you with me.

Summer: *smiling a bit* Alright. I’ll stay tonight, but I have to leave tomorrow.

Raven: *nodding and weakly squeezing Summer’s hand*

Summer: And no matter what, I’ll be with you.


Raven: *standing over the edge of a cliff* You… you promised me Summer…

Raven: *looking down at the grave marker* I told you not to go… You… You should’ve listened…

Raven: *sighing and opening a portal* Goodbye, my sweet, sweet, Summer Rose.

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Name: Raven Branwen

Age: 37

Sexuality: bi sexual (can be futa)

Team: formerly STRQ

Personality: she is a bit harsh and quiet. She seems likely to hurt you than care for you. But she does care when people get past her rough exterior.

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- Speed. He’s one of the fastest fighters perfectly capable of keeping up with Qrow, and since both Qrow and Raven are evenly matched in speed, it’s fair to say Tyrian can keep up with Raven too. 
- Acrobatics. Not just in his fighting style, but in the way he can use his environment also. If he’s in a place with various levels, he can use them to gain any advantage he can, though it’s less useful in more open areas.  
- Semblance. His Semblance is a pretty useful one, as even his opponents’ Aura can’t protect them if he gets his hands on them. A downside, however, is that he needs to physically touch their body, as Clover managed to avoid getting his Aura spliced by blocking Tyrian’s hands with his weapon, which both Qrow and Raven wield.  
- Prehensile Tail. That thing is far more flexible than an actual scorpion tail should be but I’m not here to argue biology in a show with cat people. 
- Venom. Fast acting to boot, Qrow was almost on death’s door in just half a day. Add in combination that Tyrian can splice through Aura without breaking it first, he can slice and poison opponents at first chance he gets.
- Intelligence. Tyrian knows how to spot and pick at one’s weak points, emotionally crippling them. He managed to get right under the usually chill and cocky Mercury’s skin just by saying something over his abusive father. If he figures out Qrow or Raven’s weakpoints, he could deal some serious blows, but I think Raven has far more control over herself in battle compared to Qrow, who’s been pretty hurt over the loss in his life and the curse he believes he is. 


- Mediocre at Long Range. Besides his mounted wrist guns, Tyrian doesn’t have many options for long distance. From his fight with Qrow in V4, his guns don’t seem to have that much range in them, and he barely uses them after, preferring to get up close and personal. Given that Qrow and Raven have the ability to put distance between them and their opponents by turning into birds, this can be a problem for Tyrian. 
- Personality. Tyrian has a problem of taking a bit too much pleasure in the kill. Repeatedly over his fights, he tends to stop midway to pontificate or savour something before going for the final strike. This has already bitten him in the ass since his slow ways of taking Ruby out the fight allowed Qrow to reach the scene of the fight and save her, ultimately leaving Ruby fit enough to rejoin the fight and ultimately take Tyrian’s original tail. Raven and Qrow won’t let him have too many breaks in an all out fight. 



- Strength. Hazel’s one of the most physically strongest characters in the show, easily outweighing both Qrow and Raven. While Raven and Qrow are certainly faster and has greater agility, if Hazel managed to land a hit on them, it will hurt.
- Durability. It’s noted in the show that Hazel’s Aura regeneration is unlike anyone that the heroes had ever seen. Not only does this protect his body from damage, but it means that he can keep it running faster than Qrow or Raven can wear him down, unless they hit him with some serious force that might be possible with Raven’s Maiden Powers.  
- Semblance. Feeling no pain would normally not be so useful, and actively harmful in certain situations, but combined with Hazel’s unnatural Aura amount and regeneration rate, this actually works in his favour. Since a person can still feel the pain despite having Aura to protect from actual damage, they can reasonably be stunned from pain if hit hard enough, but Hazel doesn’t have that weakness. Downside is that he wouldn’t know when his body is straight up starting to give up until the effects become apparent.   
- Dust Use. Hazel uses dust outside of the typical bullets by injecting raw crystals into his arms, giving him augmented speed and strength, as well as the ability to use both fire and lightning as seen in his only fight in the show. The use of these projectiles give him the ability to go more long distance than he usually is able to, and has the side effects of burning and electrocuting Raven or Qrow if he manages to hit them.


- Speed. Besides the use of lightning dust, Hazel isn’t exactly a very speedy person. Realistically, he wouldn’t, given his large frame meaning he has to sacrifice speed for strength. When against Qrow and Raven, who are both very fast and athletic fighters, Hazel would have difficulty in hitting either of them, especially since the blows he managed to get on Qrow in Haven happened because Qrow also had to worry about protecting Oscar.  
- Lacking Without Dust. Ultimately, Dust is what turns Hazel from a extremely durable fighter to a serious threat. Take the Dust away or wait until he runs out of crystals, and he loses not only the long range options listed above, but his augmented speed that gives him more of a chance against fast fighters.
- Strategy. Really, Hazel doesn’t really show the initiative for strategy? Granted, we’ve only had one fight that he actively partakes in, but even then he just constantly charges and tries to hit his opponents. Unlike Tyrian, he doesn’t really try using cheap tricks or manipulation to gain an advantage, and when he manages to get any lucky shot, it’s more based on the characters acting outside his influence, e.g. him punching Qrow into space because he was trying to protect Oscar, who Hazel would’ve hit instead if Qrow hadn’t pushed the kid outta the way.



- Speed & Agility. Similar to Qrow, Raven is up there alongside Tyrian and way above Hazel, meaning that however fast Tyrian can zip around and use his surroundings to fight, Raven can match him. 
- Versatility. Raven has far more in her arsenal than Tyrian and Hazel. On top of her weapon, Semblance, magic in both the Maiden Powers and her bird form granted by Ozpin, she has shown impressive ability to use them all together during her fight with Qrow and Cinder.  
- Her Weapon. Raven’s sword has numerous blades that’re made from various types of Dust, giving her spares to wield in the event that the blade of her sword shatters. However, seen in her fight with Cinder, these blades seem more flimsy than other weapons and shatter way more often, and with Raven only having a finite amount of Dust blades, she runs the risk of running out and losing a valuable part of her arsenal and fighting style. 
- Semblance. Normally, Raven’s Semblance wouldn’t be that big of an advantage in a fight, since she can only teleport to those she has formed a bond with. Meaning that while she can escape the fight with Tyrian and Hazel, she’d have no means of returning once she’s gone due to no one being there. However, with the addition of Qrow on the battlefield, someone confirmed to have a bond with Raven and allow her to teleport to him, she can reasonably use her Semblance to teleport herself to Qrow, or Qrow to herself, meaning that separating them would be a difficult task to do.
- Maiden Powers. As the Spring Maiden, Raven has access to abilities that outclass normal people in the world of Remnant. She can fly, deflect bullets, have access to the elements, can create storms, and her powers are not connected to her Aura like a Semblance is, meaning that here’s no end to what she can do even if her Aura breaks. However, it’s still connected to Raven’s ability to fight, meaning that if she is too exhausted, there’s nothing she can do, similar to Amber and Cinder.
- Bird Form. Similar to her Maiden Powers, Raven’s ability to transform into a bird is not reliant on her Aura and has the same advantage of being a technically infinite ability that doesn’t impact on Raven. In use of fighting, her bird form gives her more agility to outmanoeuvre other opponents, especially larger and slower ones like Hazel, allowing her to move into more prime positions to strike back. 
- Intelligence. Similar to Tyrian, Raven is supposedly a clever and sneaky woman, capable of manipulating people into situations that end in her favour. While I don’t think she can easily manipulate Tyrian and Hazel like she did Cinder, her intelligence also means she isn’t as easily ruffled by Tyrian as other characters may be. 


- Big Ego. A problem with her complete faith in her cleverness and ability to survive. Raven thinks too highly of it, and it’s shown that this is her downfall with Raven refusing to acknowledge any problems in her plans, e.g. stealing a Relic from an immortal witch who would no doubt hunt Raven down and kill her for it. Since it appears that only Yang can get under Raven’s hardened layer and make her acknowledge her mistakes, with not even Qrow there, Raven is going to have a hard time accepting when she’s just not as smart as she thinks, especially against an equally smart and adaptive player in Tyrian.
- Fighting Style. While it’s more than her fighting style, Raven has a tendency to copy Yang in that she tries to fight harder rather than smarter. Since her arrogance in her strength and capabilities, along with having taken the Spring Maiden’s powers, Raven more often than not prefers brute shows of strength and magic as opposed to deflect and evasive tactics. She does take cheap shots, such as freezing Cinder’s feet and using her sword to stop her fall only to kick an approaching Cinder again, she does have a preference.   



- Versatile Weapon & Fighting. Qrow has one of the most combinations in his weapon compared to the more straight forward weapons in RWBY, similar to Blake’s Gambol Shroud. It can be a giant sword, a shotgun, or a scythe, and all of the various forms give Qrow a new set of pros and cons in his fighting, including range, speed and strength. On top of that, he’s shown to be quick on his feet and use whatever he has to fight, including punches, kicks and even any debris around to hit his opponents for him. Out of the fighters in this ask, this versatility outranks even Raven’s.  
- Speed. Similar to Raven, Qrow has the speed to keep up with Tyrian and run circles around Hazel.  
- Bird Form. All the pros and cons that are listed up in Raven’s category, save for that Qrow has actually been shown to use his bird form in fighting, while Raven has limited herself to using it for spying and retreating. 
- Semblance. Qrow’s Semblance is a double edged sword. While he can amp it up to affect his enemies and trip them up so that he has an opportunity to strike, it can also affect Raven. Since he also has no control over it aside from purposely increasing its influence, and is unable to turn it off, Qrow’s Semblance is both an advantage and disadvantage in a fight since he’s fighting with a partner rather than on his own. 
- Observant. Likely because of how his Semblance works, Qrow is shown to be far more observant than even Tyrian on the battlefield, looking for weaknesses in the surrounding environment to use to deal damage against his opponents.   
- Strength & Durability. Even with all his other strengths, Qrow has been shown to actually possess some considerable strength and durability, able to take numerous blows from not only Tyrian, but Hazel himself, without his Aura breaking and still being capable of fighting afterwards. His strength comes from wielding his heavy weapon; Harbinger, and is shown to punch and kick hard enough to send Tyrian, another fully grown man, several feet away from him.  


- Semblance. As noted above, since Raven is also on the battlefield with Qrow, his Semblance would affect her just as much as it would affect Tyrian and Hazel.  
- Weak Teamwork. Given that he prefers, or at least forces himself, to work alone because of his Semblance, Qrow doesn’t really have the ability to fight well alongside other people. Given that most of his fights are alone, or 1 v 1 in the situation that other people are fighting around him like the Battle at Haven. The few times he actively fights with partners is with Clover, and it could be argued that Clover’s own Semblance likely calmed Qrow down enough to fight without having worry about his Semblance affecting others. 
- Personal Blindness to Tyrian. Now, I’m not here to argue the validity of Qrow somehow managing to manipulate Qrow into teaming up against Clover, but Qrow has repeatedly shown that he has a grudge against Tyrian and that his grudge does affect his judgement. Given what happened in the show, it is feasible that his anger towards Tyrian would impact his abilities and focus.   

Verdict: Mixed. It makes sense how Tyrian and Hazel managed to kill most of Mistral’s Huntsmen, some implied to be Qrow’s friends and likely around his own age, so they would no doubt be a serious threat even to Raven and Qrow. However, the addition of Raven’s Maiden Powers tips the scale more in their favour.

Honestly? I think the Branwen twins would win, if by a scrape. 

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A child starts crying in public:

Tries to make the child laugh: Ruby, Nora, Oscar, Qrow, Sun.

Plays with the kid to calm him down: Yang, Weiss, Tai, Pyrrha, Summer, Velvet, Yatsu.

Doesn’t know what to do: Blake, Coco, Ilia, Willow.

Gives the child a hammer: Ren.

Gives instructions to the parents: Ozpin, Winter, Ironwood.

Cries with the child: Jaune, also Qrow, Neptune.

Ignores the child: Whitley, Raven, Neo, Roman, Fox.

Is the reason why the child is crying: Cinder, Salem, Jacques.

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Summer: *smiling and holding onto Raven as they walked* Oh I just love the Vytal Festival! The sound, the smells…

Raven: *guiding Summer so she doesn’t get run over by anyone* You know you cant watch the fights anymore, right?

Summer: You know that has never stopped me.

Raven: I know dear. Now, lets see if we can find-

Ruby: Mom!

Summer: *smiling as she heard Ruby’s voice* Ruby! There you are.

Ruby: *rushing over and hugging Summer* What are you doing here?

Raven: You know your mother, she cant miss a good fight.

Ruby: Nora and I were just about to head over-

Summer: Oh, right. Nora is with you…

Nora: *smiling nervously* I-I know you dont like me dating your daughter, but I promise, everything has been consensual.

Raven: *raising a brow*

Nora: *hesitating, getting more nervous* N-nothing like that, but ummm… she always gives me permission to do things… but not like… those things… but other things… completely romantic things and not otherwise. *smiles nervously*

Summer: *staring in Nora’s direction* Right.

Ruby: *taking Nora’s hand* Anyway, she’s about to be late. We should get going. Meet you at the seats!

Raven: *watching Nora and Ruby walk off* Reminds me a bit of you and Tai.

Summer: *sighing* I… guess I am a bit rough on them…

Raven: *walking Summer to the stands* Dont worry about it. After the tournament, we can invite her over and get to know her.


Nora: Your parents dont like me much.

Ruby: *squeezing Nora’s hand* They just worry. But I promise, they do like you.

Nora: Doesnt feel like it.

Ruby: *kissing Nora’s cheek* I promise, they do.

Oobleck: *over the loud speaker* And now for the doubles! Nora Valkyrie and Pyrrha Nikos of Beacon vs Flynt Coal and Neon Katt of Atlas!

Ruby: Good luck. I’ll be watching.

Nora: *rushing off* Thanks Rubes!

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I think Vernal is another example of Raven burning her bridges with people because of her belief in strength.

There is a level of respect there, you’re right. She does seem to care what Vernal thinks of her. But the relationship is very professional, kept at a distance, with a clear hierarchy and expectations.

People have jokingly called Vernal “Raven’s other daughter”, but I think they’re both right and wrong: it feels like Raven’s relationship with Vernal is her trying to have something similar to a parental one, but without all those tricky emotions and attachments Raven seems to try to dismiss.

But using her as a decoy was always going to get Vernal killed. And Raven seems to have come to terms with that. She’s not disposable, but she was always going to reach a point where this plan ended in her death.

I feel Raven ultimately stopped herself from feeling anything more for Vernal, because she knew that eventually she would get Vernal killed.

And you can see the difference later in that very Vault. Yang takes up the position as the decoy. The person who takes the attention so Raven can escape. And that moment hurts Raven, because in her eyes this signs Yang’s death warrant, and she’s too afraid to stop it.

She sheds a tear for Yang, where none are shed for Vernal. Because she hardened her heart to Vernal, but never could for Yang.

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Raven—Strictly Girl Time

[Link to Masterpost]

[Get in loser we’re going shopping (jk I love you all)]

“This one’s nice, but the red’s a little bright,” Summer said, waving a sleeve in Raven’s face.

She backed away on reflex and swatted at it. “What are you doing?”

“Checking the color against your eyes. Ooh, this one’s not bad,” Summer said, lifting one in a darker shade from the rack—though it had some ugly green ruffles along the cuffs and hem. “The lace wouldn’t be too difficult to pick off, and then we could put on some black trim instead. Unless you’d rather have black for the main color and use red for accents? There’s always lots of options in black.”

“Um… I think I’d prefer long sleeves,” she said, eyeing the dress’s thin straps. Gauntlets covered her brand most of the time, or the long-sleeved Beacon uniform, but either of those would be out of place at a party.

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