Webcomic: RWBY Quest

"I did it because I love you..."

RWBY Quest is an alternate universe webcomic/choose-your-own adventure game on Tumblr. It is based on the Rooster Teeth show RWBY, with existing characters and locations appearing throughout, and is influenced heavily by Ruby Quest.

In RWBY Quest, Ruby is trying to escape from Beacon Academy. Something strange is happening at the Academy - students are going missing, strange noises and voices can be heard in the halls, and day by day, more people are gone. Ruby doesn't want to stay, and decides to round up as many of her friends as she can and escape from Beacon. In that time, she has to fight and befriend Entities, the monsters roaming the halls of Beacon, bid farewell to close friends, and try to understand what is happening to the staff and students.

The Quest can be read here. Another version, sans illustrations, was posted on Fanfiction.net under the title I Can't Hear Myself Think. The creator's personal blog is: Rontra.

RWBY Quest contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: The IRC logs aren't required reading, but they give a lot of extra info about the entities.
  • Alternate Reality Game: The IRC has let players talk to King and WQ and Monarch.
  • Anyone Can Die: Part of the premise. As the quest is a game driven forward by reader commands, no one's safety is guaranteed, and readers have to think carefully about the actions they suggest.
  • Arc Words: And how.
    • I didn't mean to. I did it because I love you.
    • Please don't turn me into someone else/erase me because you think it's better that way.
    • X doesn't exist.
  • Art Evolution: Uses detailed art more frequently as time goes on.
  • Art Shift: Frequently switches between simplistic Ruby Quest inspired art and detailed sketches in the artist's own style.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: And then Pyrrha was an Entity.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Weiss when she's wearing eye bandages and making use of her blood sensing ability.
  • Bloody Murder: Some Entities spray their blood on their opponents when wounded. This is to bolster their ranks by turning the victims upon defeat.
  • Body Snatcher: Dead Draw Domination shares Yang Xiao Long's body.
  • Catch a Falling Star: 3D catches Pyrrha after she turns back from her (flying) entity form and plummets from the sky.
  • Character Blog:
    • WQ has one here. Later taken over by Monarch
    • The entities have one here
  • Disability Superpower: Weiss loses the use of her eyes when she's turned back to normal. However, she's able to sense people and entities through their blood, distinguish them from each other, and tell what the origin form of an entity was.
  • Eye Scream: WQ, when her mask breaks, is shown to have curling horns that pierce her eyes; 3D has her eye torn out by Back Rank Knight.
    • Weiss' eyes retain the damage done to them by WQ's horns once she turns back.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Lie Ren attempts to shoot himself after reading Nora's second note.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Ruby invokes this trope (to check whether Yang is still human) by cutting Yang's hair. Yang doesn't react at all,proving that she's become an Entity.
  • Official Couple: Two. Yang and Blake, along with Ruby and Weiss.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Monarch, an IRC Character talks about "tidying up" the world
  • Patient Zero: A Graduated student, Amber Saetta
  • Shout-Out:
    • Nora's first note is similar in content and appearance to the untitled book in the indie game OFF. In addition, Dead Draw Domination occasionally emulates The Batter from OFF as he appears on the roleplay blog Hey Batta Batta.
    • In 0056, Dead Draw Domination accuses King of committing some sort of sin. Her wording is almost identical to a series of red truths in Umineko: When They Cry.
    • In 0062, Yang quotes Puella Magi Madoka Magica near perfectly.
    • In 0090, Dead Draw Domination gives a shoutout to Ruby Quest.
  • Staking the Loved One: Lie Ren has to shoot lover Nora Valkyrie when she begins turning into an Entity.
  • Tears of Blood: King's single eye occasionally bleeds.
  • Tragic Monster: Forced Move King, Nora Valkyrie, Black Queen Sword, Prophylaxis Sacrifice Queen, Zugzwang Blunder Queen, and Black Rank Knight are all considered to be Tragic Monsters.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ruby occasionally speaks out with things she doesn't want to say or shouldn't say. Most notable when she suggests putting Ren in chains and Glynda calls her out on it:
    Miss Rose. I cannot believe you would even dare suggest such a thing to me. You should be ashamed. He is your friend. I will never allow that to happen to anyone again.