[RWBY Volume 5 Opening – Triumph] Back to the fairytale, back to the show Back to the wall and there’s nowhere to go Hopeless and desperate all paths adverse Things looking bleak and there bound to get worse Helpless and doomed and there’s no way to win Goals unachievable, faith running thin Lost and forlorn, impossible odds That’s when you’ll learn you’ve been messing with gods Send in your Grimm, tear off my limb Strike me with bolts of lightning I I won’t I won’t die The battle seems unwinnable but all we need’s a miracle We’re going up, we’ll never be denied Can’t wish away the dismal days, can’t bring back what is gone Won’t waste more tears on yesteryears, instead we’ll carry on (carry on) We’ll win for sure, we will endure and though our goal is far We’ll be the ones to touch the sun, The Triumph The Triumph Will The Triumph Will Be The Triumph Will Be Ours Kali: Are you ready? Ghira: Yes. It won’t be easy for the people to hear, but the truth often isn’t. I know they’ll do the right thing. Huh? Sun: You got this. [Crowd talking amongst themselves] [Microphone feedback]
[Crowd silences] Ghira: Thank you all for assembling here. I wanted to take time to address some of the rumors that have been circulating around our island. I believe that it is important for the people of this territory to understand the truth. No matter how you feel about the human race, I think we can all agree that the event now known as the Fall of Beacon was a tragedy. A tragedy that will set both man and Faunus-kind back. While the main aggressor is still unknown, we do have official confirmation that Adam Taurus… the leader of a powerful splinter group working inside the White Fang, was partially responsible for these attacks. His actions not only tarnished the reputation of an organization originally created to bring peace and equality to all, but to our entire race. With each day that this man remains unpunished, it becomes increasingly difficult to condemn those that look down upon us. [Crowd murmuring] Recently, a spy from the same splinter group set their sights on this very home. My own daughter, Blake, and her friend did their very best to apprehend this individual. While they were unsuccessful after being physically assaulted and seriously injured, they were successful in obtaining the assailant’s scroll. With this, we have been able to ascertain that Adam Taurus has plans to overthrow the current leader of the White Fang, Sienna Khan, and take over the reins himself. [Unsettled discussion] His radical plans do not stop there, the documents on this scroll proclaim his next target to be Haven Academy and its attached CCT tower. Their plan is to strike on the last full moon before the beginning of the fall semester, roughly two months from today. I have sent my swiftest messenger to the government of Mistral, but I believe we have a greater responsibility. My relationship with the White Fang has been… an interesting one. Years ago, I led the organization to help try and create a world where I, and every Faunus who wished, could walk alongside the human race. And while I believe we made great strides toward this goal, it was made clear to me that the people both in and out of the White Fang wanted faster results. So I stepped down, and Sienna Khan was appointed as my successor. It’s true that I do not fully condone many of her methods. What I do condone is what Sienna fights for: the idea that the Faunus and humans are, and should be, equal. Adam Taurus does not seem to have that goal in mind. What he has done benefits no one but himself. I think it’s time that the Faunus showed the world that we are equals! Time that we snuff out this splinter group, and restore the White Fang to what it once was! [Crowd cheers] To do this, I think the answer is clear: we must go to Haven and protect it at all costs! [Crowd falls silent, murmuring] [Clears throat] Before we proceed any further, I’d like to invite my daughter to come and share her story. Not only as a former member of the White Fang, but also as a survivor of the Fall of Beacon. You can do this. Ilia: Traitors! Sun: Ilia… Ilia: Cowards… After everything the humans have done to us, everything they’ve put us through, you’re asking us to help them?! I know we haven’t been treated fairly… Where was their help when the Dust companies treated our people like slaves?! Where was their help when kingdoms hunted Faunus just for being who they are?! Where was my help when my parents were killed in a Dust mine?! Where?! Young lady, progress takes patience and cooperation! Ilia: The Belladonnas are the worst kind of Faunus! They want us to work with the same people that are trying to hold us down! If you truly, truly want to help your people, now is the time to support Adam, not the Belladonnas! He will bring about the future that you deserve. And if you are unwilling to fight, know that the White Fang will do it for you! Sun: Shut up! [Crowd gasps] Rodentia: After her! Nora: Did he age backwards? Jaune: He’s possessed! Ren: Or reincarnated! Ruby: Oh! Isn’t it weird? Oscar: It is very weird, yes. Qrow: Okay, Okay. Let’s all just take a second and remember that this is very overwhelming for everyone. [Nervous chuckling] Oscar: Thanks. Ah, sorry! It’s just I’ve never really met Huntsmen and Huntresses before. Ruby: Well, uh… we’ve never met a person with two souls, so, first times all around. [Chuckles] [Qrow clears throat] Qrow: Not to break up the whole ‘getting-to-know-you’ game, but we need to have a talk. Mind showing us your little parlor trick, kid? [Groans] Yeah, okay. Just so you know, I’ll still be here. [Whooshing] Ozpin: It is so very good to see you again, students. Jaune: Wait, what just happened? Ren: Professor… Ozpin? Ozpin: Correct. And though I may be the one speaking, Oscar is still present, mentally. He’s merely handed over the control, so to speak. Oscar: (mentally) Just don’t make us do anything embarassing… Ozpin: I’m afraid this all must be very perplexing. Nora: And alarming, and bizarre, and just really kind of of hard to believe overall! [Chuckles] Ozpin: It’s good to see you children still have your sense of humor. I know you’ve all been through tremendous hardship already. I’m sorry. Ruby: I mean, it’s not your fault. Ozpin: It’s all my fault. I told you once that I made more mistakes than any man, woman, and child on this planet, and I wasn’t exaggerating. I’m… cursed. For thousands of years, I’ve walked the surface of Remnant, living, dying, and reincarnating in the body of a like-minded soul. The Professor Ozpin you all met was not my first form, and clearly wasn’t my last. It’s… an extraordinarily strenuous process on everyone involved. Jaune: So, who… what… are you? Ozpin: I am the combination of countless men who’ve spent their lives trying to protect the people of Remnant. With every rebirth, my soul is eventually merged with another and I am changed, but my memories stay with me. This curse was bestowed upon me by the gods because I failed to stop Salem in the past. But we must stop her now. Ruby: And how do we do that? Ozpin: We start… by ensuring the safety of the Relic of Knowledge. [Gasps] Bandit Two: Well, well, well, look who’s awake. Wha… what’s going on? Where am I? Vernal: You know… I never thought I’d see a Schnee in this camp. Bandit One: Vernal?! What do you want? Vernal: Straight to the point. I like it. We don’t normally deal in trafficking people – not really worth our time. But, once we realized we had a Schnee, that changed. You’re going to ransom me back to my father, is that it? Vernal: It’s a shame you’re a Schnee. You’d probably do quite well around here. Weiss: I would never sink to your level. Just keep quiet and cooperate and you’ll be back in your mansion before you know it. Don’t make this complicated. What’s going to make this complicated is when my sister finds out I that didn’t make it to Mistral. You know my sister, don’t you? Winter Schnee? Special Operative of the Atlas Military? She’s in Mistral now, and when she hears I’m missing, it won’t take her long to find me. And you. [Bandits laughing] What’s so funny? [Laughs] Oh, I don’t know if it’s more funny or sad, but you’re clearly out of the loop. Your sister isn’t in Mistral anymore. No Atlas personnel are in Mistral anymore. General Ironwood closed the borders and recalled all of his little troops and tin cans. No one is coming to rescue you. [Bandits laughing] This is perfect! We were stuck at a dead end, but now, we can just take cute little boy Ozpin to Lionheart and have him set things straight Ozpin: Please don’t call me that. Qrow: We’re not sure that’s the best idea. [Nora groans] Ren: But I thought the headmasters all took their orders from you. Ozpin: That was the intention. Four lieutenants I can trust, especially during times of reincarnation. But Qrow told me about your meeting with Leonardo. He isn’t just behaving irrationally, he’s disobeying specific instructions I had left him. Something’s wrong. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I don’t want to rule out any possibilities either. No one outside of this room knows that I’ve paired with Oscar, and I think it may be best to keep it that way. Qrow: Play things close to the chest until we get a better hand. Ozpin: Precisely. Now, we have two steps ahead of us. The first is enlisting the aid of more Huntsmen. Ren: But the Mistral council- Qrow: -Doesn’t own every Huntsman in the Kingdom, and I’ve been here enough times to know where we can find some more. Ozpin: So long as they’re trustworthy. Qrow: You can trust them to put up a good fight. I’ll throw together a list tonight. [Table breaks, glass shatters] Nora: Good luck with that. Ozpin: After that, we can move on to step two. Nora: What’s step two? Ozpin: Getting you four into fighting shape. Ruby: But, uh, we already know how to fight. Ozpin: You can only fight so long as you have Crescent Rose, but you’re still lacking in hand-to-hand combat. Ruby: Well, uh, yeah. Ozpin: Mr. Arc, I’m glad to hear you’ve improved, but sorry to say, you’ve yet to unlock your Semblance. All of you still have a ways to go before you’re ready to pose any real threat against Salem and her forces. And though Oscar can give me temporary control, he’ll need to strengthen his body and his Aura. Oscar: (mentally) Wait, what? Ozpin: He’ll inherit my muscle memory in time, but practice will expedite the process. Ruby: But if Qrow’s out looking for Huntsmen, then who’s going to teach us? Ozpin: Well, I believe I was the headmaster of Beacon Academy. We have approximately one month before classes resume at Haven. If Salem were to plan an attack, it would make sense that it would occur prior to students’ return. It’s not much time, but it’s better than nothing. Just don’t expect me to go easy on you. Oscar: Huh?! You’ve gotta be kidding me.