On the night before the finals of the Vytal Festival, we find Jaune Arc. He leaned over the railing of the roof where he trained with Pyrrha, they hadn’t trained tonight, she needed to be in top shape for tomorrow.
Jaune didn’t though, and Jaune had come up to think dressed in his baby blue onesie. Smoking a cigarette in hand and breathing out the smoke into the clear night sky.
Taking a long drag of his cigarette, letting the warm smoke fill his longs, holding it till it lost it’s warmth and expelled it. He spoke out into the night sky, “I’m really going to miss this place again, aren’t I?” There was no one to hear him question.
In his unoccupied hand was his scroll, a message ready to be sent to a group chat. Jaune looked at the scroll his expression mixed, his finger hovering over the send button. One press would be what it takes to summon his friends, they’d deserve an explanation at the very least before he left. He still hesitated before pressing the button, then he signed. “It’s never going to be any easier, is it?” Silence was his answer.
Several minutes passed before Pyrrha showed up, her normal, fake, smile still up, something was bothering the girl. He knew what Orville the poor child to due, and it only added to the list of grievance he had with the man.
“Jaune? Why are you calling everybody?” Pyrrha asked, her face full of worry.
Her mind obviously wondering he could no longer take the guilt anymore, he’d nip that in the bud now.
“I’ll tell you when the rest get here. It’s more than what you think it is.”
The tone of his voice got her attention, but she nodded.
She had yet to notice the cigarette in his hand.
The rest came in the pair of Ren and Nora, and then the Team RWBY who came out in a dogpile on the roof. He snickered, he would indeed miss their antics.
The seven of them formed a semi-circle around him seeming to wonder what Jaune had to say. Jaune said nothing for a long second, taking one last long drag of the cigarette before exhaling.
That got Weiss’s attention, “Since when did you start such a repugnant habit, Arc?“ She asked with disgust.
Nora before Jaune could answer, “Oh, oh, oh, can you blow smoke rings Jauney, and hey wait, when you start smoking? I never smelled any on you before?”
That got a small murmur going through the group of teens, bring a smile to his face.
Yang broke the silence, “So, what’s up VB? Come to have us look at you model your onesie?” She said with a snicker.
A sad looking smile came to Jaune’s face, he let the bud drop to the roof where he ground it under his slippers.
“I’m leaving Beacon, tonight.”
Any words that were about to come out froze in the seven teens mouths, not one had been expecting him to say that.
A series of ‘Whats?!” ‘Why’ ‘Are you for real?’ and so on and so forth, it all blended together to white noise.
It hurt him see his friends look so pained and shocked, but he needed to do what he needed to do. They were weights.
He clapped his hands, infusing his hands and arms to strength them, and then further empowered the shockwave as it left the hands causing a explosion of noise.
They all jumped up in shock, but Ren’s eyes narrowed at him, clearly noticing the aura trick he did.
He smiled softly at him, then at all of them. “I just want to say, thank you, thank you all, you’ve made the last hellish nine months in this place actually pleasant.”
Blakes eyes narrowed at his choice of words.
“I have had more fun here in my time with you seven, than I have had in the last couple centuries.”
NPR and RWBY’s eyes shot open, and before their eyes Jaune disappeared.
“I suppose you’re all curious what that means, but, I don’t have time to explain it all to you, I’m on a schedule you see, and you’re better off not knowing too. You seven have too bright future together, to change the world, to be dragged down into a shadowy conflict. Focus on your life and goals, not the mysterys in the dark. It’s been a pleasure, Ruby, Weiss, Yang, Blake, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren.”
Crocea Mors in hand, Jaune grabbed it by the sheath and handle pulling it with speed that not even the eyes of hunters in training could follow hitting Ruby in the back of the head before her aura went up.
Ruby hit the floor with a nary a sound, looking for the world like she just fainted.
Weiss and Yang stood to either side of Ruby, with Blake at the end of the semi circle next to Yang. Ren stood to Weiss’s side, Nora to Ren’s side, and Pyrrha at the other end of the circle.
Crocea Mors sheath didn’t stop moving after Ruby went down, Jaune turned the strike so the flat of the blade hit Weiss’s temple, eyes went wide and then rolled up into her skull, her aura failing to come up at speed to block the strike.
In all under a second Jaune had incapacitated Ruby and Weiss, in the next ten second the other fives fell to the ground knocked out, not a scratch on the boy, and in the next second Jaune let his expression fall, and suddenly Jaune didn’t look so young and weak anymore, his face going from soft to sharp looking, still young but closer to his mid-twenties than his late teens, but his eye’s held a weight and age to them that could not be measured. It was like looking at the difference between a puppy and a alpha beowolf.
Jaune looked tiredly at his former friends, and took out his scroll and hit another message to each of his former friends, a video personalized for each one, on how to improve their fighting style, semblance, and training, along with a personalized apology.
Then Jaune hit a app on his scroll, then any trace of Jaune Arc ever existing on paper was deleted, being replaced by John Ark who tragically died in a bullhead flight tonight.
The scroll was then broken like cheap plastic and tossed away. Jaune brought up a burner scroll, and called. “I’m ready, are the pieces in place?”
Ozpin’s voice could be heard on the other end. “Yes. Are you in position?”
“No, but I will be within five minutes, tell them to be ready sooner, if all goes as planned the infiltrators will be captured and brought to the vault in less than a half hour, if not, be ready to send them in to capture or kill them.”
“Roger, message sent, I will be waiting below.”
In a blur of speed the onesie was gone revealing briefly too things, a body that was covered in scars of all kinds, burns, pock marks, slashes, bruises, acid burns, a catalogue of wounds that if saw on a normal man would cause a doctor to question how they were alive.
The second was on Jaune’s back, a large Tattoo, one of a fearsome monster that stared off of Jaunes back.
In another Blur of speed Jaune was dressed in dark blues, and blacks, Crocea Mors at his side.
“Tonight the Tarasque hunts again.”
Jaune stood outside of the dark hall way following the aura signature to a visiting students dorm, he could feel the Fall Maiden’s power inside. He was right on the money that it was the transfer student. She was far too old to be playing pretend… Or not old enough.
He sensed the Ace Ops patrols the outside and roof, Goodwitch down the hall, The Branwan skin-changed and waiting outside the window.
Jaune focused on the aura signatures in the room, four, all sleeping.
He took out a key and opened the door, and slipped in.
They never even noticed him stalking up to the fall maiden, and grabbing her by the throat, to her credit her eyes shot open immediately, but Jaune took the handle of Crocea Mors to her head.
Her aura blocked it, but she was clearly dazed, and could barely choke out a “H-help.” In a blur of speed and force he brought the handle to her temple again and again till her aura broke and her eyes rolled up, a dark bruise forming with a blood dripping down the side of her head.
He felt the movement behind him, and the attempt of an illusion to cloud his mind. He feigned falling for it, and let her sneak up with the blades. Just as the girl swung he backhanded her in the throat, she wasn’t expecting it and her aura wasn’t up, so she went out like light.
The half-legs and the woman-girl stirred. He took Crocea Mor’s to their heads, a trickle of blood all the proof he needed.
He went over to the window and opened it, letting the Branwen in.
He pointed at the half-legs and woman-girl, “Grab em’“
The Branwan knew better to argue with him.
The elevator opened with a ding, showing Jaune and Qrow with two unconcious bodies over their shoulders.
“Is that the culprit?” Ozpin asked with a thin frown.
“Good, put her in the machine.”
“No, Orville. I got a better way to do this.” Jaune said.
Ozpin raised a eyebrow, and Qrow looked intrigued. “What’s that Jaune?”
“This,” Jaune said raising his hand, it briefly lighting up the room before dimming revealing a pearlesque white hand.
Ozpin took step back in fear and surprise. “You completed it?!”
Qrow looked nonplussed, and raised his eyebrows. “What exactly is this ‘it’?” He asked with air quote.
“The highest form of aura manipulation I’ve achieve,” He shot a look at Ozpin. “When you have centuries of time on your hands, you either get good at what you do, or make plans for the future… I know what I’ve chosen.”
Ozpin let out a huff. “Well one of us has to make sure the world doesn’t explode.”
“Whatever,” Jaune said with a smirk, and then plunged his pearly white hand into Cinder’s chest.
Cinder awoke with a blood-chilling scream, her hands going to her chest, but then her body started thrashing like she was having a seizure.
“Yeah, I imagine having your soul invaded and having a piece ripped out isn’t very fun is it, yeah, well guess what?” Jaune said to a terrified Cinder. “Turn about is fair play, Amber was a good friend of mine, and you’re gonna pay.”
- Several bloody hours later. -
Ozpin looked mildly disturbed, while Qrow vomited in the corner.
“Dust, dust that was horrifying.”
“Yeah, but I got the Maiden powers.”
“Are you going to do the same to Amber?”
Jaune nodded darkly. “Yes, but I’ll be much gentler with her.”
“That does inspire much confidence.”
“Well, excuse me if soul surgery isn’t exactly a very well explored field!” Jaune said to Qrow, then shot a look at Ozpin. “It would be much farther along if somebody gave me those prisoners, instead of sending me to kill super-heavy class grimm.”
“I find the survival of frontier villages and cities a more pressing matter.”
Jaune shrugs. “Fair.” He then walks over to Amber’s stasis pod, a glowing orange ball in Jaune’s pearly hand.
It open and Jaune rams the orb into her, Amber’s eyes jumping open in pain.
It takes several screaming hour before Jaune is done.
“Well, she might be fine now.”
“Very poorly explored field.”
Qrow looks over to the three accomplices, who woke during the soul surgeries, now looking very terrified.
“What about them?”
“What about them? Their your problem now, as far as I’m concerned the only thing that’s my problem now is Amber, you two chucklefuck deal with the brats.”
Ozpin looked at the two children and Neo, “Soooo, anybody want some coffee.”
Edit: Forgot the Author’s note that would explain somethings, I kinda lost passion towards the end.
AN: This an AU where around a thousand years ago Ozma decided to do a mass aura awakening to see if it would bare fruit. Jaune seemed like he didn’t have semblance after couple years of training. But, come 80 years later, Ozma hears rumors of a lmmortal blonde… Jaune’s semblance is eternal youth.
Salem is in the midst of taking over Atlas and decided to make her own appearance. With her Grimm flooding every corner of the city and her victory assured, Salem thought she would pay a visit to the Schnee Manor.
She did not expect a boy sitting at a grand piano that’s been placed in the middle of the foyer. Hazel, Tyrian, and team CMEN follow behind her.
Jaune, waving: “Hiya!”
Salem, confused but not willing to show it: “Hello, boy. You’re awfully calm in our presence.”
Jaune, shaking off his fingers and warming up: “As a matter of fact, you’re just the people I wanted to see! I’ve heard a lot about you, Salem.”
Jaune: “Just thought you’d like to take a break and hear a song I made just for you.”
Salem, quirking an eyebrow: “Well. I expected many things, but I must admit, this is a surprise.”
Cinder, recognizing Jaune from the Beacon dance: “We are not listening to another one of your ridiculous songs. Come on, he’s obviously not alone, so let’s-”
Salem: “One moment.”
Cinder: “…no. No. We are NOT doing this!”
Hmm well the partners end up being Cinder + Neo and Emerald + Mercury
So the partners end up being pretty close, plus Mercury and Cinder bc they were already friends/technically siblings
Neo and Emerald dont get along at first bc Neo’s family was very antagonistic to Emeralds tribe and even if she left them, shes still bitter. Plus Neo thinks it’s really funny to wind her up.
At some point Mercury and Cinder Fall out because mercury sees her as “the good kid” who’s always loved and never been through anything like him, but they end up opening up to each other about their respective childhoods and abusive parents
Theres not really any shipping here but that could change in the future, especially bc I’m spicecream trash
guys just stop kidding yourselves their team name was CMEN
Here’s CMEN, the next entry in my “Eyes of RWBY” Artwork Series!
This one was a lot of fun to do, particularly because I got to draw and color Neo’s eyes for the first time.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do the next one because of the business of life, as well as the whole jacksepticeye art event that’s going on (which I will be a part of ;) hopefully I can make some cool things for it soon), so it’ll be a little while before I can sit down to do the next entry.
Anyways, I’ll keep y'all updated on things until I can post some more RWBY art!
rwby classpects part 2 (part one: http://20percentmorecynical.tumblr.com/post/162778486237/ok-so-rwby-classpects-team-rwby-ruby-rose-maid)
Cinder Fall: Bard of Void
Mercury Black: Thief of Breath
Emerald Sustrai: Maid of Mind
Neo Politan: Witch of Mind
Professor Ozpin: Witch of Hope
Mr. Schnee: Lord of Blood
Raven Branwen: Prince of Hope
Salem: Muse of Rage
Professor Lionheart: Bard of Heart
Dr. Oobleck: Seer of Life
To my babe, @rnercury-black who loves this man just as much as I do!
long awaited Dancer!Mercury AU because why not? Merc is such a hot babe and I needed to do this~ I actually drooled a couple of times while drawing him so yeah..
Also my playlist for this were break up/ love songs by a new favorite because bad boys are my life <33
Some Cinder I drew back in my school days xD I think during math? But I burned the paper at home of course! Good girl I am
New Headcanon: Everyday is April Fool’s Day to Emerald Sustrai
moodboard: emerald sustrai
“I just…how can they be so happy all the time!?”
moodboard: cinder fall
“It’s not about overpowering an enemy. It’s about taking away what power they have. And we will, in time.”
So in reference to that rwby scene where we see Neo just change from her police outfit into her regular outfit, does that mean she was just having a huge illusion over her normal clothes, did it actually change her clothes, or does she even wears real clothes and her semblance just makes it appear that she’s wearing clothing/